Burnside Photos

Sept 2011 big rain/flood , road north of Independence
Funeral for Louis Wiersgalla . He was an MP directing traffic at the crossroads in Cierges, FR when a German artillery hit. He died the next day from his wounds. His remains were brought home for reburial at the St Peter and Paul Cemetery in 1922
Prvt Louis Wiersgalla
Kids Fishing Contest 2018
Peter A Sura, USMC 6th Infantry, killed in action July 19, 2018 at the Battle of Chateau Thierry. Son of Peter and Agata.
Peter A Sura –the American Legion Post Sura Wiersgalla #186 named for Peter
Blacksmith Shop 1926 Ole Huff, A Filla, Ole Hanson at Anvil. Rear-John Gamroth, John and Peter Pampuch
Wreaths Across America St Peter and Paul Cemetery Dec 2018–a wreath was placed on the grave of each veteran.
Wreaths Across American sponsored by Sura Wiersgalla American Legion Post #186 Dec 2018
Martin Wiemer sold furniture and home supplies, was the funeral director and for many years County Coroner
1928 8th Grade for Monica Woycik who attended Wickham Valley School
Kathy Zeiglin, Jescey Thompson, Kiera Kjos, Vaida Goplin 2017
Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Independence Milk man _______ Markham
Mike Lyga and the  Veteran’s Museum in the Independence High School
Kids’ Fishing Contest , Bugle Lake, Independence 2017
Texaco Station, Independence
Father Gara, St Peter and Paul Church
2016 Main Hall
Rev Kufel of St Peter and Paul Church
Ft Gara’s funeral, July 1922 SSPP
Funeral of Ft Gara, July 1922 SSPP
St Peter and Paul about 1910. The old parochial school is on the far left, the steeple poking up from the trees is the original schoolhouse.
Ft Peter Rombalski’s First Mass May 22 1932 Niece Margaret Rombalski with pillow, Helen Rombalski on his left, on far left Peter Kulig and ____Pyka. Ft Rombalski (Rabalsky) was one of 15 children born to Frank and Catherine (Roskosz) Rombalski

Holy Name Society badges SSPP
SSPP from the southwest side, around 1920
Photo of workmen and priests shows old parochial school in the left background
Cripps School
Cripps School- 1959—Back-L-R ___Cilley, ___Smieja, Ruth Smieja, ___Gruentzal, ___? Middle- ___Dumbeck, Berniece Smick, Bernard Halama ____? Front- Theresa Smieja, Dejno Twins, John Dejno, ___Burt, Vernon Anderson, Joan Burt
Elk Crk 1956
High water–Bugle Lake Dam Independence 4.4.1956
St Peter and Paul (800x571)
St Peter and Paul sanctuary decorated for Christmas 2015
Platz Drug
Platz Drug in Independence
elk crk 1915
January 1915
elk 1940
Elk Creek School Founded 1870-closed 1940 Photo from 1930s
elk cr 1936
1936 Elk Creek School Students
Halama (415x640)
H C Halama late 1940s
Cripps (320x238)
Cripps School Jan 2015 After the school closed the Town of Burnside added on to it and used it for many years. Located north of Independence on Hwy 93
Indep Long Jumper 2015 (435x640)
Andrew Grulkowski, Independence HS 2015
Prom Court 2015 Independence HS
Prom Court 2015 Independence HS–Brennan Christianson, Henry Pfaff, Jordan Speltz, Steve Gamroth, Sophia Woychik, Cheyenne Loewenhagen, Morgan Speltz, GinaGamroth, Tessa Bragger
Football Inde vs Whitehall 2015 (800x730)
Isaac Pape and Jackson Standafer 2015 football
Poultry show (458x640)
1913 Poultry Show held in Independence
poultry sho w2 (414x640)
Poultry show 1913
markham J A (431x640)
J A Markham 1913
Indep ads 1913 (430x640)
Independence Business ads 1913
elk crk 1930
Ad from 1930 county plat book

Icefish whole (800x761)
ERGC Fishing Contest 2016

photo (4)
July 2014 Old span bridge is replaced during Hwy 93 road construction

photo (5)
July 2014 Road construction on corner of Hwy 121 and 93 junction. Old gas station/Kevin Benning business is removed

Ada Markham (800x621)

Ada Markham took over the Independence newsspaper after the death of her husband.

indee baseb
Top-1939 Independence American Legion Team. They went to state but lost in semifinals. Front L-R-Rudy Smieja, Bill Andre, Saul Isaacs, Ray Reck, Lyman Call, Millard Fellenz, Roman Sobotta Back-Pete Misch, Everett Blaha, Ralph Klimek, Ed Resler, Geo Isaacs, Marcel Marsolek, Norris Olson
Bottom photo-Indee Old Timers-Front L-R Ray Hagen, Helmer Neperud, Alan Briggs Edmundson, ernie Fremstad, Len Ellison, Al Windjue, Back row-Cliff Bautch, Ray Reck, Ralph Sygulla, Fred Gardner, Ken Swenson, Don Warner, Merton Hagen, coach De Bow, Peanuts hagen
Henry Kurth Family members
Inde HS Reunion 2015 (800x679)
Independence HS 45th Class Reunion 2015
indee ads (640x268)
Ads from 1914 Plat Book2009 Kids Cont (800x594) 2009 Kids Fishing Contest in front of City Hall
2009 Bugle Lk view east (800x472)
2009 Bugle Lk view east
1930 Dam Repair (800x549)
1930 Dam Repair
2006 Bugle lake (800x602)
2006 Dale Miemiietz in Bugle Lake quagmire
Sunday sch 1979 (800x396)
Lutheran Sunday School kids 1979
Thor Jackson
Thor Jackson Family 1880
new church-Ind.
Independence Lutheran church 1979
Ladies Aid 1980
Lutheran Ladies Aid 1979
early ladies
Lutheran Ladies 1880s Mrs Ever Anderson, Mrs Ole Marveson, Mrs Bennet Anderson, Mrs Tom Jackson, Mrs ___Jackson, Mrs Lars Kelly, Mrs Ole Nelson, Mrs Ed Larson, Mrs Syver, Mrs Amundson
Ind Lutheran church 1905 (800x572)
Norwegian Lutheran Church 1900 Note Independence Public School on the left
Jacob Jackson
Mr and Mrs Jacob Jackson
August Anderson
Mr and Mrs August Anderson 1890s
Confirmands 1920s (668x800)
Lutheran Confirmands 1920, 23, 24
old lake 1881 (540x339)
1881 pen and ink drawing of Independence. At this time Bugle Lake was almost 90 acres in size.
Old bank on left, present day office of Kulig Michalak and Franklin on right next to vacant lot which was once the site of the Runkel Hardware Store and Filla’s Farm Lounge.
Louis Slabik engine.jpg
Louis Slabik engin
Independence Ladies
June 1896 Independence Young Ladies
Independence 1900
Railroad Street 1900 looking east
Independence 1940
Independence 1940 at intersection of CR Q and Hwy 93 view west
Independence High water
High Water in Independence 1906 looking west into town. The grain elevators in the background on the right are the site of the telephone office and lumber yard,(2014)
girls team 2014 (640x528)
girls team 2014, Coach Kale Kowahl
2005 View of City Hall and park from Bugle lake
2009 kids' fishing contest
2009 Kids Fishing Contest
2010 fishing contest
2010 Kids Fishing Contest on banks by bridge
Sept 2011 Flood Bridge to Bugle Park, Independence
2010 Kids Fishing Contest Fishboard Independence
Kids Fishing Contest 2010 L-R Bob Pietrek, Al Suchla,__, Ottie Baecker
Independence aerial shot 2002, Bugle Lake upper right
George Markham Family ( original white settlers of Independence)
Old Independence School–1-12 grades Approx 1915
John Markham and wife
May 2010 Kids fishing contest
Markham Farm with octagon house, Ronceval, in mid rear
Markham Castle-Ronceval 1890s. On hill northeast of independence, torn down in 1930’s
Markham Family Octagon House “Ronceval”
Ben And Susie Wozney
Ben And Susie Wozney
Fred Maule Family
Fred Maule Family
Maule_Sylla Wedding
Maule_Sylla Wedding
1953 Romelle Schneider Roosevelt
1953 Romelle Schneider Roosevelt
V. Pietrek Family
V. Pietrek Family
Valentine and Barbara Pietrek
Valentine and Barbara Pietrek
Maule Farm_ Present Day Wm Maliszewski Farm
Maule Farm_ Present Day Wm Maliszewski Farm
Wozney UBC Store Independence
Wozney UBC Store Independence
Valentine Pietrek Farm
Valentine Pietrek Farm
Fireworks over Bugle Lake
fish cont 2005
Fishing Contest 2005


Sylla_pietrek Wedding

Schneider Roosevelt
Romelle Schneider Roosevelt
St Peter and Paul church 1983
1895 Building St Peter and Paul
2020 ERGC Ice Fishing Contest 2020 The fish board
1954 Township Queen Contest at County Fair
Bob Pietrek 2018
2019 Elk Rod & Gun Club Ice Fishing Contest–City Hall in background

Bushy’s Meat Market bear decorated for St Patrick’s Day 2019

Peter Sura and Louis Wiersgalla, KIA 1918
Borst Valley School 1929 ( was located on Cty BB) Teacher Effie Filla Back Row L-R- Phyllis Burt, Albert Sylla, Lyle Back, Fred Marsolek, Gladys Lokken, Raymond Sylla Front- Helen Rombalski, Caroline Rombalski, Glenn Hendrickson, Carol Hendrickson, Elmer Lokken, Verna Burt, Euphrosine Rombalski
New City School 8th Grade Class 1943 (located on Cty X)
L=R- Marcus Kuka, Irene Bautch, Florence Bautch, Bill Filla photo from Mrs E Dubiel
Borst Valley School girls, 1923 L-R Eleanor Prokop, Agnes Burt, Alla Marsolek, Blanch Burt, Rose Prokop, Phyllis burt Photo from Agnes Amble
Hero dog of John Bautch 1915
Rust proff corset sold at Wise & MIsch in Independence 1915
1915 strange happenings at Huff Family farm
Independence 2019, Bushy’s Meat Market, shop for rent, Eagle Bar, Coffee Cup Cafe, empty building
Pape wreck, Independence 1915
Happenings February 1915 in Traverse Valley
December 1915 Independence News Wave Ad
Autographed advertising fan–Indee Bottling Company
Indee baseball champs 1915
Indee HS grads spring 1915
1913 Independence news
1983 Article on Sts Peter & Paul Church
1950’s at the Eagle Bar. L-R __Bautch, Gene Bautch, 3 Kucera/Miemietz cousins, Irene Symicke, Carl Kampa, Bea Skroch Front- Gertie Miemietz, Paul Miemietz, Paul Klimek Photo from Vitus Kampa ( note Band Box in upper left corner–a music box with figures that moved)
1910 Kampa Farm, Wickham Valley L-R- Carl Kampa, Hattie Miemietz Mylnek, Anna Miemietz Kucera, Julia Miemietz Kampa, Matt Kampa, Mike Kloss(?) Note Carl is dressed in a Silesian outfit
From the October 1957 Independence News Wave–Curtis Skroch and John Lucente
Jack Halama, John Lucente and Edward Misch October 1957 Photo from the Independence News Wave
Lester Senty and Ken Gallagher 1957
First Catholic church in Independence 1875
Old Cripps Schoolhouse north of Independence 2020
Entrance to Cripps School 2020
Dumback Family, Travis Valley
Downtown Independence 1908
John Sura, Killed in the Battle of Cold Harbor 1864. He and his friend George Parsons ran away from their homes to join the Union Army. John”s body was never recovered.
Affidavit from George Parson on Battle of Cold Harbor and John Sura
Miemietz Home in Boland Valley
Independence Legion Post 186 firing squad
1910 John & Anna Wiersgalla Family Back L-R Louie (killed in WW1) Stanley, Teckla, Frank, Thomas, Anna Front-Simon, Frances, Praxeda, Mary, John, Edmund, Paul, Anna, Polly, Mary, Magdaline Baby Paul ( apparently inserted) Missing from photo-Sophia
1955 Independence High School band led by Drum Majorette Cynthia Roskos
August Weier and daughter Phyllis ( married Leonard Kern)
MIddle building was first Post Office in Independence
Span bridge in Independence when it was new
Second post office building in Independence
Newest Post Office , Independence 2019
Independence Snack Shop 1948
Weier Buillding on left
August Weier and Rose Smieja wedding 1920