Traverse County Minnesota
Queries - 1999-2001
Per Tore Solheim Sat, 7 Apr 2000 This is a call from southern Norway. I am
searching descendants of Peder Solheim, born in Nordfjord (Western Norway)
in 1871. He left Norway in 1889 and settled in Wheaton. He married... (I
dont know the name of his wife),and he had at least three children: Ivanhoe,
Clifford and Thelma Solheim. Peder Solheim was an older brother of my grandfather.
The last Chrismas Card from Mrs and Mr Solheim was received in 1931. Somebody
knew about them? Best regards from Per Tore Solheim
18 Mar 2001 I am researching a family by the name of FONDER who may
have lived in Traverse County at one time. Ernest FONDER died there on Dec
28, 1988, would like his obit?? I would be interested in anyone by the FONDER
name. I found a Emma LENSSEN who died in March 1974 in Browns Valley. Emma
may have been a FONDER. I would like to find out her exact death date, where
she is buried, maybe an obit??? Also would like to find out if her husband,
Henry LENSSEN died there, too.
Thu, 8 Mar 2001 Looking for a Casper Schmitz, born in Germany approximately
1880. He immigrated to Traverse County and wed a Wilhemenia. It is possible
that her nickname is "Lottie". No recorded information is available
to family at time. Possible Casper was documented as Kasper - or the Schmitz
name was changed upon arriving to U.S. .. i.e. it was "Schmidt"
or something similar. Also researching Tobeck name.
Mon, 5 Mar 2001 My great-grandfather, Rodney Chester Kirby, lived
in Browns valley in the early 1900's. He was a doctor and had a hospital
in the area. I am hoping to learn more about him.
S. Baker Thur, 1
Feb 2001 Looking for information on William and William D. Brackin who
both are listed on the 1880 Minnesota census records as being in Traverse
County, MN. Trying to connect them to my Brackin's.
Mon, 27 Nov 2000 I am at a dead end in a genealogy search for ancestors
of my grandfather, who was born in Brown's Valley. His name was Fred Monroe
Bowman; he was born March 10, 1882. His father's name was Elmer H. Bowman.
I do not know when or where Elmer was born, but it could have been in Wisconsin,
in which case you can't help. However, Fred had a brother and sister, Robert
and Louise, whom I'm assuming were also born in Brown's Valley. Can you
help me at all? If so, please let me know the charges, or where I should
write, etc. I thank you for any information you can provide.
Wed, 25 Oct 2000 Hi list, Could anyone tell me what township the
town of Brown Valley, Traverse County is in I want to read the 1910 census
and I thinK it would be much easier to find the family if I had the township
. I am searching for the David McCellen (Mack) Gallarno family. Their son
Daniel Oscar was born in Brown Valley in 4 April 1909. Mackis my great Uncle
and I have been chasing him for 20+ years so any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks Louise Washington State
Merrilee Miller Tue. 24 Oct 2000 Former mayor of Wheaton - I am trying
to find information on my husbands great grandfather. His name was John Thomas Erickson and he was the mayor of Wheaton in either the late 1800's or early 1900's. He emigrated from Sweden as a young child. We'd like to find out more information on his life and early times for genealogical purposes.
Are there any online photo depositories for government officials? Any help would be appreciated.Thanks in advance, Merrilee
Ray Larsen Wed, 4 Oct 2000 I am doing family history research and need info on Andreas Schmidt aka Andrew Smith's daughter Hannah or Johannah Smith that married Albert Cawelti. They lived in the Wheaton and Tenney areas. She lived there from about 1900 to 1920, then maybe in Renville in 1925. In later life it's believed she moved to California. Children include Lloyd, Ardith, Ervin, and Tillie.
David Harris Wed, 27 Sep 2000 I am
searching for any birth relatives, recent info has led me to believe that
some family MAY be from Travere County area. I was born in Pennsylvania
on 12/26/58, adopted at birth by Harris family from PA. My birth certificate
lists last name at birth as baby boy DERBY. Court records indicate birth
mother was born around1933, was a widow with another son who was born around
1954/55, mother told court sheran a small rural unsuccessful newspaper,
could not financially or physically takecare of another child. There was
also the issue of embarassment over the illegitimacy of my birth, her husband
was not my birth father. Birth mother from Minnesota, and records indicate
she returned there after giving birth. Through a check with the Soc sec
death index for mothers deceased husband with last name Derby, found only
1 date of birth that matched up - Everett Warren Derby, Dob 10/18/31, from
Browns Valley, MN--am guessing he MAY have been birth mothers husband, deceased!
at the time of my birth -- If I can find his family and confirm his relationship
to birth mother, then perhaps I can find her?!! It may be a long shot, but
I'm exploring all avenues. Thank you in advance -- If any of this sounds
familiar, please send an e-mail to Kdharris5@aol.com Thank you.
Fran Ray Sat,
16 Sep 2000 I am researching for information on my Great-Grandmother.
She was married to AdolphWilheim Kunzie and believe both had immigrated
from Switerzerland in 1880 and lived in Browns Valley. They had two children,
Emma & John, and then Adolph is married again and living in So Dakota.
I believe my G-Grandmother died in Browns Valley and she was never mentioned
again. I need a name and date of death for her. Any help would be greatly
Betty Mullett Thu,
7 Sep 2000 I am searching for my husbands Grandparents. Ole T. JOINES
and Ingaborg JOINES. He is listed as a farmer. They lived in Browns Valley
in the late 1800's and early 1900 s. There were 4 children born there (Albert
b. Mar. 13, 1893, Julia b. Dec. 13, 1894, Annie b. Oct. 9, 1896 and Tilda
b. July 11, 1898 but I can't find any of them. I was wondering if someone
could help me or point me in the right direction. The family name is Joines
with any spelling variation. They were originally from Norway so the spelling
might be Gjoines. I am told that Norwegians were probably Lutheran but have
had no luck there. If anyone can help me I would be most grateful.
Tue, 29 Aug 2000 An ancestor, Carl John Sjoberg or Shoberg,
died in Traverse County, MN in the year of 1914. I believe he is buried
in the cemetery at Wheaton. I would like to find an obit for him.
Reg Pirie Wed,
19 Jul 2000 I am searching for any information about John (born 1849)
and Emma (born 1858) Anderson who arrived in Traverse County in 1885, after
leaving Stockholm, Sweden. Emma's maiden name was Johnson and we thinkk
her middle name was Elizabeth.One of their children (Josephine Ingeborg
Anderson - my grandmother) was born in Traverse County in October 1886.
Mon, 10 Jul 2000 My great grandmother is said to be from
Wheaton MN and married a Bernard Langston in Minneapolis possibly in 1912.
Her father is said to have been a minister, possibly in a Baptist church
in Wheaton. I was just told last weekend that he had changed the name from
Johnson to Palm because there were too many Johnsons. My understanding is
that he and/or his family came from Sweden, but I have no idea when. Rachel
is said to be buried in Crystal Lake cemetery?? and her father is said to
be buried in Lehman?? cemetery in Minneapolis. Any information would be
Mon, 3 Jul 2000 I am looking for any information on the Waschell surname.
I am told Carl William Waschell was born in Traverse County, MN and I estimate
his birth between 1900-1920. He married in the 1930's in WA. I am told he
had a brother named Art. Any information passed along would be appreciated.
Jennifer Brumfield Wed, 21 Jun 2000 Researching
family tree, looking for Jerome A. Deal, age 53 to 55.
Tue, 13 Jun 2000 I am seeking information about the Indian pictographs
in Browns Valley, Minnesota. Thanks!
Wanda Krenz Drose
Thu, 8 Jun 2000 I am researching the Ferdinand Krenz -----b 1844 and
came to Traverse via Manistee MI and St. Paul in 1881---I am also researching
the Gjermund Johnson family from Delaware Township in Grant County. Those
two families are entertwined as my mother Lena Johnson married Otto Krenz.
The Carl Krenz Family in the Redpath area are related also, as Carl and
Ferdinand were brothers and their wives were sisters.
Thu, 25 May 2000 Traverse County, Minnesota inquiry: I would like to
locate a news article or obituary for a child named Michael Sullivan who
died in an automobile accident around 1920. I only have family stories to
back up the date. The family lived in Tara, Traverse County, but I do not
know if that is where the accident occurred.
Mon, 1 May 2000 Searching for Grandparents in Traverse Co. Leonard
(Leo) Kesch and wife Emily Kuschel Kesch. They moved to White Rock, SD about
1924 but worked around Tintah and Red Path, MN.They had three children John,
Mary, & Frank Grandpa Kesch hanged himelf Mar, 1936 in Red Path. He
is buried in Wheaton. Grandma Kesch and sons moved to Oregon about 1940
Any bits of information would be helpful.
Sun, 26 Mar 2000 UPDATE on Lucius Rufus and Nancy Elizabeth Trimble
Foster. Both were early settlers in Browns Valley. They are buried in the
Plateau Cemetery. Nancy may have been her nickname. She was a Presbyterian.
If anyone has any info linking to this, please write. Thanks
Tonja Lund Sun,
12 Mar 2000 I am looking for the family of Peter Reimers. He married
Bertha Newman in Wheaton, Traverse County, Minnesota. They had several children
including Ted, Walter, Laura, Harriet, and Luella. Walter and Ted went to
California and are no longer living. Please contact me if you have any other
Tue. March 7, 2000 Hello, I'm searching for death/burial infos on Rose
Anna GRAGERT-BAPP, born about 1870 at Bordman Twp, Clayton Co.,IA to William
Gragert and Sarah Hoppus. She was married to George BAPP and died about
1961 at Wheaton, Traverse Co. Any infos on thee date of her death/burial
and infos on her family are welcome. Thank you for help - Wilhelm Gragert
Feb. 29, 2000 I am searching for information on a Stelter family who
lived in Parnell Township, Traverse Co., MN. Rudolph Stelter married Bertha
Krueger in about 1894, and had one son named Berhard (Ben), born Dec., 1896.
Rudolph and Bertha both moved from WI, probably after their marriage (likely
in Eau Claire Co., WI). Bertha died in the 1910s or very early 1920s. Rudolph
then remarried and had several daughters, including Meta, Frida, Emma, and
Leona. His second wife seems to have died as well, and by 1920 Rudolph was
married to a woman named Martha, born 1880 in Prussia.I am looking for information
on the son Bernhardt (Ben) and the dates of Rudolph's various marriages.
Ang Smith Wed.
Feb. 16, 2000 MONSON, Martin, Peter and Nels and families from 1875-
1903. Monson Twp was named after Peter and Nels. Searching for all info
found on these families.
Jon M. Newton Tue.
Feb.15, 2000 FINKE - I am seeking any information on the FINKE family,
specifically, the family of Edward Christ Finke (b. 22 Oct 1879, Fairmont,
Martin County, MN m. 24 July 1902, Wheaton, Traverse County, MN d. 12 June
1963, Wheaton, Traverse County, MN) and Amelia D. Wick (b. 11 Oct 1883,
Blue Island, Cook County, IL d. 29 Oct 1963, Wheaton, Travers County, MN),
daughter of John H. Wick and Anna Harden (m. 28 Nov 1879, Blue Island, Cook
County, IL). I have information on the family of one son, Traverse Willard
Finke, but nothing else. Where did they come from? When did they enter the
country? The family seems to have remained in the same county for generations,
they are still there today. Descendants married into the Newton and Larson
families. Any help appreciated.
28 Jan 2000 Peter SORENSON and his wife Lilly (CALDER). I know she was
born in Canada in 1883 and that they were married in 1905, perhaps in North
Dakota. If they had children, I do not know. Family history says he was
a banker in Wheaton. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Mac
Sun. Jan. 16, 2000 Looking for information on Elmira A. MacKinnon,
married 04 October 1887 in Wilmot, Dakota Territory to Cyrus N. Knight.
They lived in Ransom City, North Dakota, then in Brown's Valley, Minn by
1891. Elmira died about 1897 and is buried in Plateau Cemetery, Brown's
Valley. I am trying to find out Elmira's exact death date and other information
about her. I am also looking for information on her children, Harry, Mae
and Pearl Knight. Pearl Knight married ? Rice and may have had a son.
Melinda Daughtry Thur.
Jan. 13, 2000 I am searching information for my grandfather,Gordon R.
(Raymon) Teare, Born Wheaton, Minn, Traverse County, approx 1903 Any info
would be helpful, as this is all I have - Thank-you
Tue, 11 Jan 2000 Nils Johan Nilsson, who was born in Sweden, immigrated
and settled in Browns Valley. His wife was Karolina Winell. They came from
Misterhult Parish, Sweden. Am also looking for Charles Boom and Ersson,
don't have any background on them except for dates on their gravestones
at the Wheaton Cemetary. Elizabeth Boom 1867-1945 Charles Boom 1852-1926
Nils Ersson d.1913?
Darrell E. Mulroy Mon.
Jan. 10, 2000 I lived in Wheaton until 1952. Mulroy family had a farm
north of town. Was told the house was moved to Browns Valley. Any information
on the house or family would be of help.
E. Gunderson Thur. Dec.23, 1999 Am seeking any information
re: MABEL, RUSSELL, RUEBEN GUNDERSON, three siblings who may have lived
in the Wheaton, MN. area the latter part of the 1800s. Possible father is
SIGURE GUNDERSON, formally of Pierce Co., WI. Thank you. George Gunderson,
box 1081, ALVA,FL. 33920
Barb Flannery Weds.
Dec. 1, 1999 Looking for info on Charles Maria L. (HOUGHTON) FLANNERY,
both buried at Browns Valley. Charles d app 17 Aug 1901, Maria (pronounced
Mariah) d app 10 May 1900. Maria's mother, Anna, is also buried at Browns
Valley, she b app 1815, d app 22 March 1898.
Gary J Zehnder
Mon. June 14, 1999 Looking for any info on Williams S. HOTCHKISS - wife
Margaret Swedeberg NORDSTROM - who gave birth to Gladys Hotchkiss b.12/07/1903
in Brainerd, MN
Mary Fallon Richards
Mon. June 7, 1999 FALLON, Michael / John and Bridget/Mary (BARRETT)
resided with adult family in Walls c 1885-90, when Michael died. Seeking
information about their place of origin in Co Roscommon, Ireland.
Chad Aaron Lupkes
Tue. June 1, 1999 Looking for the Lupkes Family. I know of Aield Lupkes
b: in Germany, and I need more information.
Ron Morley Fri,
28 May 1999 Hello, I am looking for any Jacobson name from Wheaton back
in about 1900. My wife's Jacobson family was very large, with eight sons
and we don't know which son lived at Wheaton. We think it was Albert, but
not sure. The family was originally from Montevideo, MN. Thank you!
Jill Foster Fri,
23 Apr 1999 Looking for information on LUCIUS RUFUS FOSTER and his wife,
NANCY ELIZABETH TRIMBLE. Both died in Browns Valley in 1914 and 1922 respectively.
Also would like any information about any of their children: HARRIET, MARY
ELLEN, CHESTER ADELBERT, NORA BELL, CLARA MAUDE,& LUCINDA MAY. My father
is the son of CHESTER ADELBERT and MYRTLE MADELINE FRENCH. I would appreciate
any records to document my information and to further my search. Thank you
for your willingness to help.
10 Apr 1999 I am looking for Karen Lea Willprecht, daughter of Herb
and Ardelle Willprecht. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 My grandparents, Fred and Minnie Richards,
lived in Browns Valley for a few years after their marriage. I wonder if
anyone has any information that would indicate more precisely when they
lived there. They were married in Glencoe, McLeod Co. MN on 6 April 1899.
After living in Browns Valley, they moved to Sisston, SD, where their second
child was born in 1902. Does anyone have any information on their brief
stay in Browns Valley? I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks for your
time and effort.
Fri. 12 Mar 1999 I am researching the surname CRAWFORD. My
great grandparents names are Edward F. Crawford and Ann Gibbons, my grandmother
Regina Ann Crawford, was born in Browns Valley (?) Traverse Co. in 1884.
Sun. 7 Mar 1999 I am researching the Henderson family. My great grandfather
Robert John Henderson was said to have run a grain elevator in Wheaton.
I'm not sure of the time frame. Possibly before 1890 or after 1890. He was
also said to have been the first potentate or other title of the Masonic
Lodge in Wheaton at that time. That's all I know at this time. I am looking
for any information on him or his family, background, records, etc. He either
left Wheaton for Watertown, South Dakota or came from that area to Wheaton.
Any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Bill
Sat. 27 Feb 1999 I would like information on my grandfather August
Propp. He farmed in Taylor township in the late 1800. My Grandfather G.
Frank Propp was his second child and was born in 1884 in Taylor Township.
August died in 1923 in Salem, OR., I think he was born in Germany. His wife
Bertha Thom died in 1899 and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetary in Taylor
Township. He then marrried a woman whose first name was Louisa.
Sat. 27 Feb 1999 Looking for information on members of the Adam G.
Anderson family. They moved to Traverse County in 1890 or 1891 and I believe,
may have lived in Parnell or Tara Township until about 1920. Adam was married
to Sofia (Sophia) and they had eight children George, Oscar, Nannard, Huldah,
Gredolph, Ansgar, Josephine and Emil. Any information regarding this family
would be appreciated.
Dale Flannery Sat.
27 Feb 1999 I am looking for any info on Elizabeth (Andrews), married
to Harry Edgar FLANNERY in Traverse Co July 7, 1950. Harry d Aug. 28, 1959
and is buried in the Calvary Cem, near Browns Valley, MN, along with his
first wife, Anna. Harry was a carpenter in the Browns Valley area. Harry
is my great uncle.
Ang Smith Sat.
27 Feb 1999 I am searching my maiden name MONSON. My Great- Grandfather
was Martin MONSON,lived in Wheaton from 1889 (or earlier) to around 1900.
He had 5 children born there: Eddie Melvin,Myrtle Cecelia, Elmer Richard,
George Walter and Alberta Signoria. Martin's brother Peter A. MONSON also
lived there from as early as 1875 and left in 1903. He had a family of 13
children. Martin married Ellen Dorotea Larson Dec. 18, 1889 and Peter married
Sarah Betsey Larson 1875 in Wheaton. The women were sisters. I will pay
for all info found on these two families as I have hit a blocked wall for
further info on them. Nels MONSON may also be a relative so info on him
would be appreciated also. Thank you very much.
Beth Ranger Sat.
27 Feb 1999 I am trying to research my grandmother and g.grandparents.
They homesteaded in Traverse county in th 1880's. My grandmother's name
was Minnie Almstrong born in Red Path, Minnesota in 1881. Her parents names
were Gustof Almstrong (might be known as Armstrong) and Emilie Svenson.
Any information whatsoever would be helpful. I cannot find any reference
to them other than the Homestead Deed. Minnie went on to marry a James (Jim)
Cain(e). I have found a reference to James Cain homesteading next to the
Almstrongs but cannot connect the families. Thanking you in advance, Beth
Ranger, Calgary, Alberta