Henry Barthel died last Wednesday evening, after an illness of three
weeks. She was the daughter of M. Huss and was reared at St. Joe, the home. She
was 24 years old. She leaves a husband and three young children to mourn her
loss. The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the community. The remains were
interred at St. Joe cemetery last Saturday.
Charles Huss, aged 18 years, son of M. Huss,
died from typhoid fever last Thursday. This makes eight that have died from this
disease in the same family.
- SECTION 33 NW
ON COUNTY ROAD
49 SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 108
STARTED 1869 - BURNED DOWN NOVEMBER 10, 1965
||Jul 18, 1869
||Feb 2, 1946
||Anna Theresa (M)
||May 2, 1874
||Aug 17, 1945
||Married: Nov 16, 1897
||Jan 30 1903
||Jun 22 1923
||Wilma M. (M)
||Ludwig B. (F)
||Sep 24, 1907
||Jun 24, 1974
||Married: Jul 5, 1937
||Jan 1, 1833
||Feb 5, 1899
||Apr 16, 1845
||Feb 17, 1892
||Jan 24, 1892
||5 year, 5 month, 22 day
||Apr 21, 1892
||Jan 15, 1892
||7 year, 7 month, 14 day
||Mar 15, 1892
||May 2, 1874
||Aug 17, 1945
||Feb 17, 1892
||Mar 28, 1892
||Dec 17, 1891
Michael Huss was born January 1, 1833, in
. The first mention of Michael in the
was his enlistment in Co. B 156th Regiment Illinois Voluntary
Infantry on February 16, 1865, in
. On October 9, 1865, Michael was naturalized as an American citizen in
Michael returned to
where he married Susanna Steichen, born May 16, 1845. They returned to
and resided in Maine Prairie it was there that their first child Emma was born
in 1867, and son Louis in 1869.
In 1880, the family was living on a 40 acre
farm near Rush Lake, Minnesota. The 1885 census listed children as follows;
Emma, Louis, Anna, Charles (Carl), Nicholas, Caroline (Catherina, Carrie),
Susanna Elizabeth (Lizzie), John (born in 1882), and Susana (Susie) born May 21,
1884. Later, three more children were born Leonhard (Leo, Leonard) born July 18,
1886, Joseph October 4, 1888 and Michael July 24, 1891.
On May 24, 1887, Emma married Henry
Barthel, a butcher, at
, they had three children.
Tragedy struck the Huss and Barthel families
on December 12, 1891 when Emma died of Typhoid fever in New York Mills,
. In the months to follow, six more member of the Huss family succumbed to
Typhoid. Susana (Susie) on January 5, 1892, Leonhard on January 10, 1892, Susana
(Mother) and Nicholas both died on February 17, 1892, Anna on March 4, 1892,
Charles on March 10, 1892. Then on April 21 of the same year Joseph died.
On November 16, 1897, Louis married Anna
Lein. On April 26, 1898, Lizzie married Carl Hemmelgarn. At some point, Carrie
married a man whose last name was Sweitzer.
On February 5, 1899, Michael passed away, he
was 66 years old.
Louis took over the family farm and was
guardian of the siblings until they married and moved on. Of the siblings that
resided with Louis, there was Michael who married rose Freidsam on September 28,
1920. Rose and Michael had two children, Eldred and Bernice. The other siblings
whereabouts were sketchy, Lizzie and John were believed to be in
in the 1940ís. The family farm was taken over by Louisís son Ludwig (Vic).
Louis died in 1946.
SEBASTIAN HERTEL FAMILY by Mrs. T (Mary) Hertel
the early 1900's, Sebastian Hertel lived in
with his wife Elizabeth and his three sons, Sebastian jr, Theodore and Ambrose.
Life ran quite smoothly because he had a good job as steam engineer in
the local flour mill. His wife, a
very good cook and manager, helped at the hotel on special occasions.
'Bast' was well known and liked as he was a very good runner at one time.
Once racing for the local honor against Tommy Longbow, world's champion
distance and nearly defeating him. At that time,
was trying to attract immigrants and circulated literature that presented, in
glowing terms, the advantages of homesteading in
. The idea appealed to Sebastian, who travelled to the Lougheed district in
early spring, 1906 accompanied by John Kelly, John Chief and Phil Daley.
The rolling hills of the district, covered with luxuriant prairie grass
with open areas that looked easy to break and little pothole lakes that promised
a constant water supply encouraged them all to file on homesteads.
They worked on the railroad all summer and returned to Perham in the
early fall to load their property, including a small herd of cattle belonging to
Kelly, in a cattle car for shipment to Alberta.
The eldest son, Sebastian Jr, then 12 and a foster son, John Barthel,
came with the men on this trip and helped unload the car and freight the goods
to Bast's homestead where a tar-paper shack had been built.
To save money, their fares would have cost, the two boys travelled in a
hidden cubbyhole contrived in the household goods. His
wife, Lizzie, with the two younger children, and Lizzie's two sisters, Maggie
(Mrs. Phil Daley and her two children arrived in
by train in November, 1906. The
snow was deep and there was no sleigh to make the rest of the trip easier.
They traveled to the homestead by lumber wagon.
The horses played out, as the going was tough.
They stopped at a halfway house between Killam and Sedgewick to rest and
have a hot meal. It took all the
second day and well into the night to complete the journey.
Though the group were tired and discouraged when they arrived at the
lonely little tarpaper shack, Lizzie's cheerful disposition soon rose to the
fore....especially when she saw that the stove was raised three or four feet off
the floor so that the available stovepipe would reach through the roof. Times
were hard that first winter and food was not too plentiful.
The 17 chickens that had come with them from Perham were kept cozily in a
6'by 4' hole dug in the ground near the shack.
This was covered with tarpaper and lighted with a cheesecloth window.
The chickens were fed with 4 sacks of buckwheat and table scraps.
In spite of these handicaps, the chickens laid all winter and Liz had a
fresh supply of eggs...a real luxury. An
accidental drowning of 15 head of the
cattle that formed part of the Kelly herd when they fell through the ice in the
lake kept the group in meat for the winter.
JOHN BARTHEL STORY
John Barthel came to
in the spring of 1906 with the
Sabastian Hertel Family who had cared for him since he was an infant. In
November 1913, John married Ida Schwerdel and they farmed south of Lougheed.
1920, they moved to town where John's first job was at the poolroom.
later he worked as a hardware clerk and them mechanic.
His hobby was the radio and he and Cliff Weir had a radio station in the
house. They played records on the
old wind-up gramophone and Marie and Rosetta Schledecher played the piano.
Their broadcast went for miles and finally, they had to stop as it was
interfering with the Edmonton Station. In
1928, John had his own garage, which he ran until illness forced him to retire.
He gave many years of his time on the Town Council and was Mayor for a
number of years. John
and Ida had four children: Louis, Kathryn, Genevieve and Phyllis. I've
edited these stories but thought you might be interested.
It was these immigrants who left everything behind including family that
formed the backbone of our country. They
were courageous, creative and persevering. I've
often wondered what kind of pioneer I would have made. My
grandparents came up from
in a covered wagon to homestead in
also. They had married in
, homesteaded there, then in
and finally in
. Grandma was from
and Grandpa was born in Winona Minnesota, sounds like a lot of wandering to me.
made a note of your e-mail address and I'll forward that picture to you as soon
as I track it down....I actually found it in Lizzie and Sebastian's homestead.
The house has been empty for years but it looked like they had eaten
breakfast and moved to town...even left the dirty dishes on the table...they
left all the furniture and many of their possessions in the house.
I've heard a lot of the ladies that labored so long and hard on the
farms, express the sentiment that "when I move to town, I'm going to get
everything new and have all the new widgets and gadgets available.
Some of the farms never did install running water and some didn't get
electricity until the late 50's.
you again...all the best in the New Year.
surname: Norah Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
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