In fact, Basil spent a great deal of money and time tracing our family's lineage, retracing the line of descent through his father FRANK AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1867 - 1951), to LABAN HAUSE (1831 - 1906), AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1804 - 1875), JOHN HAUSE (1773 - 1844), to WILLIAM HAUSE (1750 - 1818). This information provided the starting point for much of what you read in this Hause family history.
When Basil was three, his father moved the family to Memphis, Michigan, in the Bywater House (now the Blasic Pickle Factory). Frank ran a store with C. B. Oakes at 1539 Riley Center Road, in Riley Center. An opera house was being built near Bywater, and Basil and a friend were playing underneath the flooring. The workers kept laying floorboards, unaware, until Basil was nearly entombed underneath the building. Fortunately for an entire family line, one of the workers noticed the kids before the last board was inserted, and chased them off the property.
In 1905, the family moved to 81521 Belle River Road, called the "Taylor House," in Memphis, and Frank opened a store in a now-defunct wooden building with his brother-in-law, George Cottington. Eventually the shop was moved into a larger brick building, at 80850 Main Street in Memphis. The Hause family lived upstairs, in the back of the building. Basil worked cleaning the front rooms, which were then the offices of a Dr. McVicker. He also split wooden crates to make firewood for the stove, and if he had any time left, he also worked at his grandfather Albert Raymond's blacksmith shop. As he grew older, he took jobs around the country, working at ranches in Florence, Kansas, and Laramie, Wyoming. He then attended a teachers college while his mother and grandmother ran a boarding house near the school.
In 1914 Basil cruised Lake Michigan with the Naval Guard as a college project, but contracted Typhoid fever. He was nursed back to health by his sister-in-law, Ethel Hause. Basil had been offered a contract to teach in Cheyanne, Wyoming, but the typhoid killed the deal. So instead, he hung around the area and agreed to go ice skating with a friend named Sam Starr. Sam had a date lined up with a girl named "Snookie," who also brought along a friend for Basil. I don't know how the romance of Sam and Snookie worked out, but the pairing of Basil and his date would be fortuitous for the Hause family.
The family Coat of Arms is a blue shield with a silver cross calvary charged on the dexter side by a sun, and on the sinister side by a crescent. The Family Motto,"Auxilium meum a domino," means "My help is from the Lord."
Hazel's father, MICHAEL JOHN GILMARTIN (b. 9 Aug 1869) operated a small cigar-rolling factory out of his home. One of her first memories was watching a military parade of soldiers returning from the Spanish American war. Hazel was holding her father's hat when one of the veterans offered five cents for it. It sounded like a good deal to Hazel, who was four at the time, and so she took the deal. When her father learned what happened, he ran down the street, looking for his favorite hat, but the soldier was gone.
Hat sales aside, times were tough, so the Gilmartin family moved to Bay shore, where the family of her mother, ADA SOPHIA ERICKS (1869-1957), lived. They had moved to America 13 years earlier, from Finland. Hazel's father made barrels for a time, then worked in a lime kiln, where he became a foreman. He built a 2-story house with a large porch.
There was no school at the time, so Hazel's mom taught her to read with "Stepping Stones to Literature." Eventually a one-room schoolhouse opened in Bay Shore, and the teachers boarded with the Gilmartins. When she graduated to high school, she had to take the train seven miles to Charlevoix, where she stayed during the week. She worked there to pay for her room and board. She aspired to be a librarian, and worked in her spare time at the local library, mending books. She even incorporated classes from the county Normal college with her high school work, finally graduating from both schools at the same time! She then attended Mount Pleasant Teacher's College, and after that, Ypsilanti Teacher's College.
here have received announcements of the marriage of Basil F. Hause and Miss Hazel
May Gilmartin. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's parents Mr.
and Mrs. John Gilmartin at Bay Shore July 30th. They will be at home after September
10th at 605 North Margaret street, Mishawaka, Indiana, where Basil has held a
position the past two years at the Dodge Pulley Works."
Work again moved the family, this time to Detroit, Michigan, where they lived near Basil's brother, Carlisle. Basil taught at Highland Park High School and Junior College, becoming a well-respected teacher, active in church and community affairs. Hazel was also very active in the church, eventually becoming president in the church's Martha Circle. But her duties at home, raising a child, prevented her from continuing her teaching career. And those duties doubled when daughter BARBARA JOAN was born on July 10, 1928.
Here are the children of Basil and Hazel:
the children grew up and left for college, Hazel finally got to return to teaching,
offering her services in Detroit's inner city.
On Saturday, July 29, 1950, he married SHIRLEY MAE JACOBSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oxel B. Jacobson, at Bushnell Church in Southfield, Grand River, Detroit, Michigan. Shirley earned a Bachelor's Degree in music performance and voice. She was a long-time soloist and choir member at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Michigan. She also sang and performed with the General Motors Choir at the GM world headquarters on Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. Shirley passed away on 19 Jul 2015, but Jerry stills live in the area of Detroit, and keeps the Hause, Gilmartin and Jacobson family stories and traditions alive with their painstakingly and lovingly detailed genealogical work. His house is filled with relics, artifacts, curios and oddities, and their stories of ancestry are filled with life and humor. Jerry and Shirley had the following children: