5. Bernard Franklin Deck

​B: 24 June 1875

D: 1949

The matching dates on the Deck stone for Joseph and Jennie Niklas are believed to be where rumors of a set of twins that tragically died the same day originated. Joseph and Jennie are in fact husband and wife both killed  in a violent crash when a train hit the car they were driving in. The article below from the Chciago Englewood Times gives some details on the horrific accident, including the fact that three other lives were lost, two of those little girls. So far the relationship of the Niklas' to the others killed is unknown.

4. Joseph Niklas

B: 16 Mar 1875

​D: 22 Jul 1921

3. Jennie Niklas {nee Deck}

​B: 1871

D: 22 Jul 1921

2. Mary Deck {nee Daslin}

​B: 1841

​D: 20 January 1921

Bernard F. Deck

Joseph Niklas

Jennie Niklas

Jacob Deck

​Mary D. Deck



1. Jacob Deck

B: 30 April 1840

D: 30 June 1915

Bernard Deck  World War II Draft Card

Below: Bernard F. Deck

World War I Draft registration card

September 12, 1918

Joseph Niklas World War I Draft registration Card

September 12, 1918

Below: Joseph Niklas US Naturalization Record

October 29, 1892 

Article Below from    

Chicago Englewood Times, Chicago, IL

July 29, 1921

Article Below from Morning Star, Rockford, Il  

July 23, 1921   

The day after the accident

Above: Bernie Deck with a Schmidt family member. Photo courtesy of Bob Schmidt. 

The Path to Bachelors Grove

Chicago Tribune (IL) 

Bernard F. Deck, passed away April 22, suddenly. Member of Pyramid lodge No. 887, A.F. and A.M. of Chicago. Funeral 2 p.m., Monday, at Hickey-Trulley chapel, 159th street and Cicero avenue. Interment Bachelor Grove cemetery.