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Bernath, John Nicholas
B: 12 Jul 1866, Ethel, Ontario, Canada
D: 04 Mar 1927, St. Vincent, MN
M: (1) Sarah Nolte
b. 1871 d. 1906
M: (2) Jessie Doig, Forfar, Scotland.

FN: George Bernath, Sr.
MN: Catherine Dunneral

Children of John N. Bernath and Sarah Nolte:

1. Matilda "Tillie" Bernath
B: 04 May 1892, Hill Township, Kittson County, Minnesota
D: 22 Dec 1974, Warren, Minnesota. Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN
M: 28 Dec 1910, Harold James Armstrong at farm, Kittson County, MN
b. 07/19/1883 at Hensel, ND d. 01/29/1959 at Stephen, MN

2. Martha Mary Bernath
B: 07 Dec 1894, Humboldt, Minnesota
D: 23 Sept 1984, Grand Rapids, MN
M: 14 Mar 1915, Frank James Matthew
b. 4/28/1890, Prince Edward Island, Canada d. 07/30/1942, Hibbing, MN in sleep.

3. Edward John Bernath, Sr.
B: 14 Jan 1897, Hill Township, Kittson County, Minnesota
D: 05 Oct 1982, Bemidji, Minnesota
M: (1) Mary DeSchane b. 04/19/1897 d. 03/6/20 buried at St. Vincent, MN
M: 05 Jul 1932 (2) Evelyn Mildred McLean, b. 12/14/07 d. 11/21/66
M: 01 Aug 1967 (3) Tillie Dykhuis Cleem b. 11/7/07 d. 11/22/96 buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN

4. Esther May Bernath
B: 14 Jun 1899, Hill Township, Kittson County, Minnesota
D: 27 Jul 1918 (died in childbirth), Humboldt, MN
M: William Griffith

Children of John N. Bernath and Jessie Doig:

Dorothy Margaret Harper Bernath
B: 30 Mar 1908, Hill Township, Kittson County, Minnesota
M: 27 Mar 1937, Porter Johnson, at Crookston, MN b. 07/31/03 d. 08/27/77

Children of Dorothy Bernath:
June Gwendlyn Bernath (adopted by Jessie Doig Bernath)
B: 04 Jun 1927, St. Vincent, Minnesota
D: 27 Sep 1992. Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, Minnesota
M: 27 Nov 1948, William Merton Moore at St. Vincent, MN b. 02/03/1925

Ethel Isabella Doig Bernath
B: 25 Jul 1909, Hill Township, Kittson County, MN
D: 02 May 1980, Riverview Hospital, Crookston, MN buried: Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, MN
M: 23 Jun 1937, Carl Oscar Lundeen at St. Vincent, MN b. 10/13/08 d. 07/02/02

James (Jim) Alexander Bernath
B: 09 Jan 1911, Hill Township, Kittson County, MN
D: 01 Jun 2000, Rosewood Nursing Home, Fargo, ND. Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN
M: 02 Jun 1935, Dora Pearson b. 02/13/11 d. 12/?/81

Wilbur George "Barney" Bernath
B: 28 Jun 1916, Hill Township, Kittson County, MN
D: 18 Mar 1996, International Falls, MN VFW
M: Hannah Carlson Croasdale?, International Falls, MN

John N. Bernath, oldest of ten children, was born July 12, 1866 to George Bernath Sr. and Catherine Rupp near Ethel, Ontario, Canada. His father, George Bernath was born December 21, 1840 at Schaffhausen, Switzerland and his mother, Catherine Dunnerl ? was born June 24, 1842 at Alsace Lorraine, France. Other children of this family were: Salome (Mrs. John Adams); Margaret (Mrs. J. M. Thompson); Albertine (Mrs. Charles Oakes); Julia (Mrs. Charles Hart); Mary (Mrs. Arthur Hart); Barbara (Mrs. James Brown); George, Jr.; Daniel and Jacob.

John Bernath filed on his homestead in Hill Township, February 14, 1891, and received his final papers in 1898 during President McKinley's term in office.

While homesteading, he lived in a sod shanty. Later, he moved into a wooden-pole cabin which was eventually turned into a machine shop when his new frame home was built.

Upon his marriage to Sarah Nolte, daughter of a prominent pioneer family, he was presented a team of oxen as a wedding gift from his parents. It was with this team of oxen that he broke his first quarter section of land.

The children of Sarah and John were: Matilda (Mrs. Harold Armstrong); Martha (Mrs. Frank Matthew); Esther (Mrs. William Griffith) and Edward J. Bernath.

After the death of Sarah Nolte Bernath, John was united in marriage with Jessie Doig of Forfar, Scotland, who had come to the United States for a visit with her Aunt, Mrs. Sandy Blair, of St. Vincent Township.

Children of the above marriage include: Dorothy (Mrs. Porter R. Johnson); Ethel (Mrs. Carl Lundeen); James; Wilbur; and June (Mrs. William Moore) of which the first three were born in Hill Township.

In 1911, Mr. John Bernath and family moved from the farm to their new home in St. Vincent, Minnesota. Mr. Bernath rented his 735 acre farm to Mr. Ole Berge, who in partnership with Mr. Harold Armstrong worked the entire farm for the coming season.

John continued to add to his farm as he was able until it became one of the largest farms in Kittson County.

The St. Vincent New Era quoted Mr. Bernath as an example of what Kittson County land will do for an energetic farmer.

In addition to farming, John was interested in several enterprises of which he held office, such as, being a stockholder in the St. Vincent and Humboldt State Banks; St. Vincent and Humboldt elevators; member of the St. Vincent School Board, as well as, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

His son, James A. Bernath, took over the homestead, farming it successfully and more extensively, and Gerald Bernath, son of James, is continuing with the large farm operation.

James married Dora Pearson of Nevis, Minnesota, who taught several years in the St. Vincent poublic school during the early 1930's.

Dorothy, who lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota spent most of her years as Secretary for the Mayflower Transit Company and also the Johnson-Gillander Building and Construction Company until her retirement.

Ethel, taught school in Kittson County for nine years, beginning in 1928. Seven of those years were spent at Humboldt, Minnesota. After her marriage in 1937 to Carl Lundeen of Crookston, Minnesota, she became an elementary teacher in the Crookston Public Schools, teaching thirty in the Franklin Building. She is well known for her forty-one years of teaching.

Wilbur is retired and lives with his wife, Hannah, at International Falls, Minnesota.

June is the wife of William Moore, a successful farmer in Kittson County.

- - by Porter Johnson, 1980

Ethel Lundeen
1909 - 1979

Mrs. Carl (Ethel) Lundeen, 70, of Crookston, died May 2 at Riverview Hospital, Crookston. Services were held May 5th at United Presbysterian Church, with burial at Oakdale Cemetery, both in Crookston.

Ethel Bernath was born July 25, 1909, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bernath of St. Vincent. She was married to Carl Lundeen June 23, 1927, at St. Vincent. She was graduated from St. Cloud State College and Moorhead State College, MN. She taught school in Kittson County and Franklin School, Crookston for 32 years. She served as deacon and Sunday School superintendent at United Presbyterian Church, past president of Women's Club of Crookston, past worthy matron of Eastern Star, vice president of Crookston Education Association. She was active in several clubs.

Survivors inclue her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Johnson, Grand Forks and Mrs. Martha Matthew, St. Paul; three brothers, James, Moorhead, Wilbur G., International Falls, MN, Edward, Northome, MN; several nieces and nephews. The family prefers memorials.

Carl Lundeen
1908 - 2002

Crookston - Carl Lundeen, 93, Crookston, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, in the Riverview Care Center, Crookston. Carl Oscar Lundeen was born Oct. 13, 1908, the son of Emil and Hannah Lundeen, Crookston.

He worked for the Northern Pacific Railway. He graduated from high school in 1934. He worked for Interstate Power Co. He served with the Minnesota State Guard from May 28, 1943 to Feb. 4, 1947. When Interstate Power was purchased in 1944 by Ottertail Power Co., he remained as a steam plant operator until his retirement Nov. 1, 1973, after 39 years of service. He had a first class engineers license from the state of Minnesota. He married Ethel Bernath in 1937.

He is survived by his companion, Arlene Severson; and a sister, Sophie Malstrom. He was preceded in death by his wife; two sisters; and a brother.

Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Crookston Presbyterian Church.
Visitation: Two hours before services in the church. (Stennes, East Grand Forks)

- - Grand Forks Herald

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Ethel Bernath Lundeen

Contributed by: Milfred D. Hart, June 12, 2000

Russell M. Hart, <>
(Has many pictures of the families)