Paul and Lida W. Sikra

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Two of my bigger mysteries are Paul and Lida Sikra, both buried in my local cemetery.  Paul was born in 1887 and died September 13, 1918, but even though almost everyone got an obituary in the local paper because of the flu epidemic (every death was front page news), Paul was left out.  He doesn't have a conventional burial permit that might give a teensy bit of information.   Lida is not in the cemetery records at all, although someone assigned her a plot number.  They aren't in our county's probate files.   I can't find marriage or census files.  Any clues?  Here is a link to Paul's Find a Grave page:

in Genealogy Help by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
Silly questions

Have you called the public library to see if they are listed in city directories from maybe 1915+

Sikra maybe should be Sikora?

Military draft records for WW1 for Colorado?

If a recent arrival circa 1900+ first name might be Americanized version of Pavel or Pawel? Immigration/naturalization?

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Pall Szikra

 in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Name: Pall Szikra
Race: Caucasian (White)
Marital status: Married
Birth Date: 25 Jan 1887
Birth Place: Hungary
Residence Place: Garfield, Colorado, USA

Source Citation

Registration State: Colorado; Registration County: Garfield; Roll: 1561814

Source Information U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

by Patricia Stockley G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
selected by Eddie King
Thank you Eddie for the star!
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Pal Szikra

 in the Hungary, Select Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895

Name: Pal Szikra
Gender: Male
Baptism Date: 10 febr. 1888 (10 Feb 1888)
Baptism Place: Noszlop, Veszprém, Hungary
Father: Jozsef Szikra
Mother: Rozalia Vincze
FHL Film Number: 699622
Reference ID: 2

Source Information Hungary, Select Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

Original data: Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

by Patricia Stockley G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
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Pal Szikra

 in the New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957

Name: Pal Szikra
Arrival Date: 7 Feb 1905
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Zeeland
Search Ship Database: Search for the Zeeland in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database

Source Citation

Year: 1905; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 0534; Line: 15; Page Number: 94

Source Information New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Original data:

Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington,

by Patricia Stockley G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
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Thanks Eddie and Patricia.  Patricia, you found my guy.  Hungarian.  Not sure why I didn't think about World War I Draft Registrations.  He's still not in other records.  I've been tracking when different ethnicities get mentioned in the local paper.  For example, for a time, if an Italian-American died, they didn't make it in the paper; for a time, if a Mexican-American died, they weren't in the paper.  It's interesting to see when that changed.  But I can't imagine anyone having an Hungarian-American prejudice.  (At any given time in my town's history, African-Americans made up a tiny percentage of the population, roughly .05% in many censuses--if there were more of them, they would presumably have been discriminated against too).  Maybe he rented his farm.  Interesting.  There were only 10,144 people in the entire county back in 1910; 698 in Rifle, and that went down to 9304 in 1920 (885 in Rifle).  So it surprised me that I couldn't find him.  Anyway, he will now have a profile on Wikitree--and maybe some day I'll learn more about Lida.
by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (172k points)

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