Historical Puzzle 1 – Eulogy of Frank Steiger

Hi there everyone. Welcome to a new occasional set of posts I’m going to do. As I mentioned a few months ago, I have a huge box of stuff from my family, going back decades (and some of the pictures go back like 125 years or more). So, I thought it might be fun to share some of it.

And, hopefully, get some help. Because, you see, some of the letters I have are really hard to read. The handwriting’s not necessarily bad, just…crabbed and I can’t read it. So, I’m going to post a letter from time to time and what I’ve managed to make out of it thus far, and then ask you, the reading public, to help me fill in the blanks!

So, here we go!

Today’s puzzle comes from a eulogy written for my…great-grandfather (I think, or else great-great-grandfather), Frank Alexander Steiger, in January 1944 (pretty sure the following picture is him in the early 20th century with either my great aunt or grandmother).


Please read the scanned pages and then read through my guess as to what it says below.

Eulogy 1 Eulogy 2

When God called Frank A. Steiger to his eternal home, this community was bereft of one of its outstanding personalities. Whenever it becomes my privilege to know such a one, I endeavor to learn the secret of his attraction and _____ the Apostle Paul notes in his letter to the Romans, “Mary and ____ and ___________ to _________ may that ___________ good.”

These words are applicable to Mr. Steiger, giving us a true understanding of his successful career.

The cities and homes and roadways of Solano County bear witness to the faithful ___________ __________ Mr. Steiger in the use of his surveying instruments.  By means of them, he made rough ___________ smooth and uneven ______ (surfaces?) level. He _____________ obstructions and overcame barriers to clear the way for _______ ___________ and progress of Solano County. As great as was his ___________ as surveyor, his contributions to ___________ and progress as a man was even greater.  His work (?) was the _____________ of one who _____________ ______________ and ___________ with the dignity of aristocratic bearing.

The gentleness of his voice and manner, the culture and refinement of his interests and expressions revealed him to be a Christian gentleman in the true sense of the word.  Whether in his own home or _________ the family of Solano County officials or on the street talking to a neighbor or a fellow citizen, he was always a gentleman.  And the beauty of it all was that he seemed to be totally unconscious of what he was.  He hid himself beneath his own modesty.

Because Mr. Steiger lived in harmony with his _______________, he lived in peace.  His compromises were agreeable because he was agreeable; his ____________ conditions were pleasant because he made them so. When one ______ ________________, he ____________(places?) himself in harmony and through such ________, many __________ and ___________ ____________

“Glory and honor and ______ to every man that marketh/maketh good”.

Mr. Steiger, being the man that he was, his passing is as a beautiful sunset revealing _________ harmony here and hereafter. We shall always cherish his memory and his ____________ presence and loving influence shall ever remain with us.

So – there you go. Think you can help me out? I certainly hope so! I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

Have a great day, everyone.



  1. The Apostle Paul said: “Glory and honor to any man that worketh good.”

    …to the faithful service rendered by Mr. Steiger….made rough places smooth and uneven places level….he removed obstructions and….to clear the way for growth and progress….as great as was his service…contributions to peace and progress….his work was the courage….stood upright and straight

    whether in his own home or in the family…

    lived in harmony with his surroundings…his (compassions–I think) .. his physical conditions….When one thus reacts, he places himself in harmony, and through such harmony carries/gives? and promotes peace.

    “Glory and honor and peace to every man that maketh good.”

    ..revealing eternal harmony…and his spiritual presence…

    I love reading old letters. Thanks for sharing!


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