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Budd W. Mon, 2 FEB 1998
HUGHES, LACEY - Seek info abt CHARLES ELLIS HUGHES (my uncle) & second wife FRAN (Cecilia) LACEY. They were married in 1893 Verndale. C.E. Hughes b. 1848 Wisc. came from Anoka and worked in Verndale and Aldrich with the railroad and possibly as ticket agent in Aldrich. Committed suicide 1901 Aldrich. Fran Lacey Hughes b. 1865 Mass. and had a son from previous marriage, WILLIAM E. LACEY b. 1879 Minn. Interested in ANY info at all.

John R. Schulte Wed, 04 FEB 1998
Alvar Edward NEVALA was born on 28 May 1935 in Sebeka, Wadena County, MN. He died on 6 Nov 1992 in McGregor, MN. He was buried on 13 Nov 1992 in Alajoki Cemetery, Menhaga, MN. Alvar was married to Clara Baisley and had eight children from that union. His parents are; August Edward NEVALA was born on 16 Oct 1899. He died on 18 Nov 1973. August married Hilda Sophia HENDRICKSON on 15 Aug 1934. She died on 18 Jan 1998. She was buried on 23 Jan 1998 in Alajoki Cemetery, Menhaga, MN. Any information will be gladly shared and forwarded to other family members.

Mare Kimura Sat, 07 FEB 1998
I'm looking for information on Joe KNEISL, m Anna ?, dau Macella. 1920 Census in Leaf River twnshp.

Barbara Casanova Sun, 8 FEB 1998
Looking for information on a BARNES family that resided at a place called the Sunshine Ranch in Leaf River Township in Wadena Co. This family consisted of Alvin BARNES, wife, Isabelle HODGE BARNES, her mother Rebecca HODGE and Alvin and Isabelle's children Lyman, Isabelle, Charlotte, Albert, Letha and Beth. Also living with them was Roy MILLER, Evelyn MILLER and Daisy MILLER. They moved to Leaf River in 1917 and then moved away in the early 1920's. Rebecca HODGE died in the State Hospital in Fergus Falls and is buried somewhere in Wadena. Also, Alvin was apparently hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder while living there. Anyone with any information on this family or any hints about the name of a psychiatric facility in the area or even an idea about where Rebecca Hodge is buried, please contact me.

Joan Perry Sun, 15 FEB 1998
Am looking for information on the MIX family. Nathaniel is the father of William and grandfather to Arminda (Thompson) Mix. They were in Wadena Co. sometime between 1869 and 1880.

Barbara Casanova Thu, 19 FEB 1998
Am researching the BARNES/HODGE/MILLER surnames who lived in Leaf River Township in 1917. Any information on this family would be appreciated. It is my understanding that Rebecca HODGE died in Ottertail County (in Fergus Falls at a hospital) and is buried in Wadena County, although I don't know where.

James Dull Wed, 25 FEB 1998
I am looking for information about Dull or Braddon in Wadena Co + area. Any information would be appreciated.

Tedi Shawver Fri, 20 MAR 1998
RIIKULA - I'm looking for ancestors/descendants of Linus Severi RIIKULA, b. abt 1869 Finland - I think Vaasa. Located in 1910 Wadena County, Red Eye Twp census, which lists his wife as Mary (?) b. abt 1877, daughters: Mayme S, Olga, and Hilda A. Came to US abt 1889. His brother, Victor Karl Riikula came to US about 1904. Victor b. 04 Aug 1883, Finland, m. 07 Sep 1907 Portland OR to Fannie Mariana HAURU, d. 08 Jan 1964 Portland OR. Victor is my grandfather and I have been unable to find any Riikulas (other than my cousins) or any records in Finland. I know that Linus and Victor's parents were Karl and Ann Leena Riikula, both born Finland. Does anyone know any further information?

Debbie Allen Sat, 28 MAR 1998
William Robertson Mccallum died 1909 Sabeka,Wadena County-was married to Jane Gemmel--I would like any information available on this family please.

Diana Tidball Sun, 24 MAY 1998
I am looking for the descendents of Daniel Iggena, born 04/1863 in Norden, Germany. Also descendents of Roolf Hasbargen, born abt. 1768, also from Norden, Germany. No death dates as of now.

Mary Jane Mon, 25 MAY 1998
Any information that can be provided about the Gumtow name would be greatly appreciated. Harvey Gumtow born January 7, 1893 is my grandfather and Lydia Gumtow born 1897, is my grandmother. I am trying to find out about his parents. Wilhelm Frederick Gumtow born April 28, 1869 and his wife Johanna Caroline Gumtow born Oct 11, 1872. Any information would be deeply appreciated. Thank you

Jeff Buckmaster Tue, 2 JUN 1998
In search of my mother's biological mother's possible child(ren)....was awared that she was duly insane and was committed to the State Hospital at Fegus Falls, Minnesota where she was confined under such committment (and from the story my mother had heard over years was that she commit sucided at that hospital) from my mother's (Harriett Lucille Olson (adoption name)) adoption paperwork...apparently to have 4 alias names, which are Milja Karvonen, Amelia Hiltunen, Milija Josephine Hiltunen, and Mrs. Walter Weise. DOB, unknown. Place of Birth, unknown. The biological father is unknown. Had my mother on September 19, 1939 out of wedlock and wholly abdoned her to Ludwig Eugene Olson and Marjorie Opal Olson of Walden on or around October 1, 1939. The adoption paper was done in the County of Otter Tail on October 29, 1945. And would like to locate possible her biological 1/2 brother or siblings with the possible name of Weise (from what my mother heard from her adoption parents)....HELP!!! Thanks!

Rich Aungst Thu, 11 JUN 1998
I have a picture of Litha Butturff, age 12, taken in 1898 of Wadena, Minn. Dose anyone have any idea how Litha is related to my greatgrandmother Mary Elizabeth Butturff of Silver Spring Twp., Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Arlene Shawgo Stromberger Thu, 11 JUN 1998
My name is Arlene Shawgo Stromberger and my great grandparents were Willis Anson Evans and Emma M. Evans (maiden name Zimmer). I know that my grand- mother, Ida May Evans was born in Wadena County and I just sent for her birth certificate. I would like to find out more, if possible, about Willis and Emma and their parents. I think Willis' parents names were William Perry Evans and Mary Mulvin Evans, but I don't know if they ever lived in Wadena County. I don't know Emma's parents' names. Thanks for whatever help you can give me.

Patti Murray Fri, 12 JUN 1998
Michael ZIMMERMAN lived and died May 29, 1882 in Ottertail Co., MN He is buried Wadena cemetery. His son Frederick with wife Sarah (Cain)? lived there also. Michael's son Daniel lived there with his wife Margaret (Mapes) and their children. Frederick's daughter Clara Belle ZIMMERMAN married Eugene BOSS and they lived either Ottertail or Wadena county. I am looking for any inforamtion on this family and their descendants. I specifically would like to find a birthplace for Michael so I might find who his parents were. Thank you.

Shannon Anderson Sat, 20 JUN 1998
I'm looking for information on ELLIS births in Menahaga before they moved up to Akeley, then the Bemidji/Cass Lake area. Specifically, Walter William Ellis b: October 06, 1901 in Menahaga, Wadena County, MN.

David & Vi Wed, 1 JUL 1998
I am researching the John Henry and James Henry Wynn families and the Clara May Salmon and John Salmon families of Wadena, Ottertail, Cass, and probably, nearby counties. James H. Wynn married Clara May Salmon in l885. Any information out there?

L. Johnson Sat, 1 AUG 1998
Looking for information on Waha, Laitainen, and Raisainen.

Carol Hewitt Tue, 4 AUG 1998
I am looking for information on Joseph C. Hewett (B: 1854). He married Lillie Fuller and lived in Rockwood township.

Roland Froyen Thu, 20 AUG 1998
Looking for information on Peter Alfonso DALY and wife Rachel (Ragnhild) NORDBY DALY. They lived in Sebeka between 1915 - 1920 and possibly longer. Some names of their children were Mary, George, Alice, Petra, Clarence and Vera (Babe). Would like to know about Peter Daly's occupation. Would like to find their descendants.

L. Swanson Fri, 28 AUG 1998
Am looking for an Ingeborg Loberg WILLIAMS who lived in the area around 1917 and later moved to Chisholm, MN.

Anna-Karin Mattsson Thu, 3 SEP 1998
We are trying to locate the following: Lejon Carin Larsdotter, born 16th Apr 1850 on Solleron, an island in Lake Siljan, Sweden, married Johannes Andersson, born 22 Jan 1849 in Orsa, Sweden. They left Sweden 1882 with their children Anna born 8 Apr 1874, Karolina born 3 Jun 1876, Anders Gustav 30 Dec 1878 and Lars born 16 Nov 1880. In the United States or Canada six more children were born. They had also a foster son, Kox Jons Andersson, born 16 Jun 1864. He left Sweden 1883. The last known address was Hendon Saskatchewan, Canada. That was 1924 or 27 when Carin died and a daughter wrote a letter to Sweden. The daughter's name was Mary; she lived in Minneapolis and her surname was Johnson. It is said that Johannes was a restaurant-keeper in Wadena, Minnesota but that can be incorrect (possible Wadena, Saskatchewan). Lejon Carin was my grandmother's aunt and I am grateful for all information.
Anna-Karin Mattsson
Karlsarvet 39
793 92 Leksand

Diana Tidball Mon, 7 SEP 1998
I am looking for any information on the descendents of Esther, Friede, Roolf, Kasjen, Albert and/or Daniel HASBARGEN. Some lived in Illinois. They came from Norden, Germany.

Andrew Holmes-Higgin Wed, 9 SEP 1998
I am doing some historical research on a remote part of northwest England called Furness, and I came across a footnote in an old book that in 1872 a small group of craftsmen and artisans from Furness and the town of Barrow in particular, emigrated to Minnesota and were encouraged by a local railroad to found the "Wadena Colony". They felt they had been displaced by the industrial revolution and were looking for somewhere new to continue their old ways. I have no other information other than that; if anyone knows anything about this group or what became of its members, I'd be curious to find out.

Kristine Hague Sun, 27 SEP 1998
I am searching for my birthparents, as I am in need of medical history. I was born on 12/11/66. I weighed 5 lbs. 5 1/2 oz. Full term baby. I was born at Wesley Hospital, which is now Tri county. 5 Hours of labor. I was taken to a foster home until Feb. 1967, then was adopted by the Carter Family. My birth mother was 31 yrs. at time of birth, and divorced. Her nationality was Norwegian, and a member of the Luthern congregation. She was described to be 5'2 tall and 115lbs, blue eyes and fair complexion. She had been employed in secretarial positions in Federal Civil Service. She had four children from her marriage. She divorced approcimatly 3 yrs before my birth. Her father was a custodian at a high school. He suffered heart trouble approximately 1 yr. before my birth. He also had cancer of the nose which was arrested. Her mother was a housewife. She had 2 brothers and 2 sisters. One brother was a carpenter and heavy machine operator. The other brother was majoring in journalism. One sister was a housewife and a part-time steneographer. The other sister was a medical doctor's assistant and housewife. My birth father was 5'7 180lbs. He had brown hair ,brown eyes,and a dark complexion. His nationality was German, and he was a member of a Congregational Congregation. He was employed by a railroad. His father was deceased, cause of death was not in my file. He had several brothers and sisters. I by all means do not want to intrude on anyones life, I would just like to have my medical history , for I have 2 children, and have to know some medical background for some health issues that have risen. I am divorced and my ex-husband was also adopted, so I have no clue to what is in store. Please if anyone has any information that could help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Kathy Dreis Severance Mon, 28 SEP 1998
Looking for relatives of Henry DREIS son of Daniel DREIS & Marie ENTRINGER. Henry is from Luxemburg. He married Francis (Franciska) POHL of Germany on Sep 13, 1859. They moved to Wadena about 1899, died there in 1900 & 1901. During their marriage they lived in New Prauge, Shakopee, & Vermillion, MN. Their children are: Nicholas DREIS m: Mary Ann FICKER; John DREIS; Caroline J. DREIS m: Samuel OAKLAND; Margaret DREIS; Francis B. DREIS m: Nicholas J. REITER II; Joseph DREIS; Francis DREIS. Have much to share.

Scott Harris Thur, 5 NOV 1998
I am looking for information on Gabe ZIMMERMAN of Wadena, wife was (unknown) Fosler, daughter of Edwin B.FOSLER and Harriet HARRIS. Any information will be appreciated.

Terri Carlson Tue, 10 NOV 1998
Researching Nicholas Thielen b.2/14/1856, Leimbach Germany. Married Anna Backes b.12/2/1867 Frier (Trier?) Co. Germany. Nicholas' sister Maria married John Halfen on the same day as he and Anna, 11/22/1886 in Wadena. Born to Nicholas and Anna: Ernest Nicholas, Angelina, Margaret, Joseph Anton, Mary Ann and Theodore. Ernest and Anna moved to Langdon, ND where they died.

Kathy Hall Mon, 16 NOV 1998
I am looking for information on Alma and Leland Cannon. They lived in the in Staples area. I was told that they had nine children. Alma died in the 1940's. That's all the family information I have on them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Kathy Hall

Suzi Kicker Tue, 15 DEC 1998
I'm looking for the KICKER families of Ottertail and Wadena Counties. Thank you.

Bill Everson Tue, 22 DEC 1998
I'm searching for information about my great grandfather, whose last name was Everson. I don't know the first name. An old letter from a deceased aunt indicated he was buried in Menahga, Wadena County, MN. His wife was named Carrie and one account indicates she was the daughter of Christ Olson of Noonan, ND. However, I have other informaton that suggests Christ Olson might have been her second husband, after Olson. Everson was said to have been born in Manitowoc, WI but I haven't been able to verify that. He was probably born in the 1850s and died some time after 1877, when my grandfather was born and before 1900. The children were: Charles Edward (1877-1940 Grand Forks, ND); Cornelius; Albert (spouse Anne) of Idaho?; Charles (may be a stepson?); John; Anton; Oscar (never married); and Hannah.

Cornelius Everson had a son, Wesley, who died in the 1970s or 80s. Wesley's spouse was Gladys of Lethbridge, Alberta. Cornelius also had a daughter, Irene, whose husband was Ahlburn M. Gropp of Swift Current, SK.

Anton Everson had a daughter, Viola, and a stepson, Milvin, who had 12 children from 3 wives (two died).

Hannah Everson married Arthur Wells and probably lived in New Mexico. Their daughter Eva Wells once lived, Billings, Montana.

Bill Everson 350 Cottage Hill Ave Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-833-4230

Tedi Shawver Sat, 26 DEC 1998
Linus Severi RIIKKULA (RIIKULA) came to Wadena County circa 1900 from Vaasa Finland. See March 1998 query. One of my cousins has been contacted by another researcher from Minnesota. I've have been trying to contact descendants of Linus. My grandfather was Victor Karl RIIKULA, who settled in the Portland Oregon area.

Lisa Trembley Sun, 27 DEC 1998
I would appreciate some help locating news articles that will help identify the ancestors of Ole Olson Borseth, died Dec. 18, 1960 and buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Verndale. Ole (and brothers?) emigrated from OKpendol (spelling?) Norway to Cresco Iowa in approx 1887. Sometime later Ole moved to Wadena County MN. Ole's son Olaf Miller BORSETH married Edyth Marie GROW who graduated from Wadena High School in 1923.

Ron Sykes Tue, 29 DEC 1998
Looking for both the Philip MASON and William & Hasmer SHEARER families of Wadena County, MN. Were in the 1920 Census.

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