Thursday, March 5, 2015

Photos of Yesteryear... Throwback Thursday

Ida Weber Dube

Spotlighting weekly photos from my extensive photo archive... 
today it is my Great-Great Aunt Ida Weber Dube

Ida Weber Dube

Ida Josephine Weber [1905-1987] was born in Silver Lake Township, Martin County, Minnesota, the 6th of 9 children born to William & Jacobina (Krumholz) Weber. Married to Harold Dube, they lived in Fairmont, MN for many years. Ill with Parkinson's Disease in her later years, she died at the Truman Lutheran Retirement Home.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mystery Photo... Ellen Carlson of Cass County, MN

Ellen Carlson



This photo was in an album belonging to my Great-Grandmother... She was a great collector of photographs... which is wonderful!  However, she would paste her photos in albums with no rhyme or reason... photos of her family, her husbands family, neighbors, friends, church members... you name it, they all share a page!

Luckily, I was able to ask her the identities of many of the photos... though this fine portrait however never was truly explained....

"Aunt Ellen"  Ellen Carlson


When I showed it to my Grandfather, he said "Oh, that's Aunt Ellen"... "Well, we called her that, but she wasn't really our Aunt".

I had family of two different Great-Grandparents settle in rural Cass County, Minnesota (and they often trickled over into Crow Wing County as well). Many different, far flung relatives ended up settling there, especially during the 1900s & 1910s. Many not blood relatives, but relatives of kin by marriage, etc.

After Great-Grandma passed away, I inherited her collection of funeral programs... among them was one for Ellen Carlson... born March 14, 1879.... died February 14, 1965

Doing some brief census research, I find that Ellen was born in Sweden and it appears that she arrived in the USA in 1881 (as a young child). The first census I find her in, is the 1910-- where she is living in Cass County, with Annie Hagen. This is most interesting, because my Great-Great Grandmother was a Hagen. Annie Hagen was born in Norway (as was my Hagen Grandma)... now Hagen is not an uncommon Norwegian surname... but the coincidence is strong....

I'm going to have to do some more research and see if this Annie Hagen is indeed a "relative" or not... but I'm pretty certain "Aunt Ellen" is of no blood relation... They were living together up through the 1930 census, but as Annie was 77, it seems she passed away by 1940. 

As both remained unmarried, I don't expect to stumbled upon any descendants... but perhaps someone out there can claim "Aunt Ellen" as their own!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Yellow Medicine County, MN~ Genealogy Resources



As a genealogist from Minnesota, I take great pride in the many resources our state has in place to aide researchers! Many, like the death index, are very well known, but many many others are not.


So I've decided to spotlight a few of the lesser known greats here, in hopes that I can connect someone with a tool they can use! Since Saturdays are good days to do genealogy (at least for us working folks), I decided to post these links then.

Yellow Medicine County

There is also a link to download a spreadsheet with birth records from 1870-1910

An incomplete list of early marriages from the county

A handful of transcribed 1900s-1910s obituaries


Unfortunately, there seem to be few online resources for this far Western county. It does look like the Historical Society has a number of resources by their website.

Do you know of any great resources for Yellow Medicine County?


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Photos of Yesteryear... TBT - Maine Reunion

In honor of Throw Back Thursday... These photos are of various members of the Maine family... Some, if not all, were taken in 1955...

I'm not sure, but they may have been taken at the Ritter farm during a family reunion?

Most of the individuals are identified... but there are a few children/babies I am not sure of

Alex & Ruby (Harrington) Kinn & 2 daughters Ellen & Patsy

Darrell & Leola Maine & family

Dorothy Maine holding unknown baby, Harriet Maine Kraywinkel, Glen & Gertrude Maine?



Lee Ritter

Ernie & Beryl (Maine) Lundblad with Larry


Mildred Maine, Harriet (Maine) Kraywinkel holding a baby?

Pat Ritter Messer


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Southern Minnesota Mystery Photo

I stumbled upon this unidentified photo.... from Southern MN


From a Winnebago & Amboy photography studio, it's likely from the 1890s...

The man looks so much like one of the sons of Erastus Maine... Due to the age of the children, I suspect it is Irving Maine & his wife Emma with two sons Glade & Glen... but I have no proof.

I'm hoping someone out there can either positively ID this family... or already has this photo in their collection.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Photos of Yesteryear-- Throwback Thursday

Ann Thrush Mapson

Spotlighting weekly photos from my extensive photo archive... today it is my Great-Great-Great-Great Grandmother... YES! 4 'greats'... Ann Thrush Mapson

Ann (Thrush) Mapson

Ann Thrush Mapson [1817-1898] was born, raised & married in Brinkworth, Wiltshire, England. Coming to America and settling in Wisconsin in 1854. Eventually heading West to Minnesota. The Mother of 7 children, 6 of whom lived to adulthood and had families, Ann has a very large number of descendants today.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOST Ferris Family Bible... Redwood Falls, MN

Last Summer I was at an estate auction and up came this old leather bible...







A gift to Jay W. Ferris from his wife Rhoda (Driesbock) Ferris

This large bible is not in perfect shape.. the front cover as come apart from the binding... but the handwritten pages contain lots of genealogical information...


It seems a sad tragedy for this bible to not be in the hands of some descendant who would appreciate it.

It appears that this family ended up living in Redwood Falls after moving from Wisconsin.



I would love to return this great family heirloom to a descendant who would treasure it!