Oakes, Percy Clifford
B: 11 Jan 1911, Joliette, North Dakota
D: 15 Sep 1989, St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN. Buried: Hamilton, ND
M: 15 Jun 1941, Amy Joyce Fleckten, at Niobe, North Dakota
b. 11/20/18 or 19

FN: Charles Oakes
MN: Albertina Bernath

Children of Percy Oakes and Amy Joyce Fleckten:

Richard Arthur Oakes
B: 27 May 1942, Drayton, North Dakota
M: 11 Jul 1964, Kathaleen Ella Switzer, at Hamilton, North Dakota
(b. 04/19/44 at Grafton, North Dakota)

Diane Joyce Oakes
B: 13 Dec 1943, Drayton, North Dakota
M: 23 Jul 1966, David Leroy Peterson, at Drayton, ND
(b. 05/24/42)

Susan Jean Oakes
B: 30 May 1945, Drayton, North Dakota
M: 04 Nov 1969, Donald Richard Hart
(b. 12/31/38 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)


Percy Clifford Oakes - 1911 - 1989
Amy Joyce Flecten Oakes - 1919 -

Percy Oakes, a son of Charles and Albertina Bernath Oakes, was born January 11th, 1911, on the farm where he still resides. Mrs. James (Edith) Middleton of Joliette is the only other surviving member of his family. Mrs. George (Myrtle) Green, Walter, and Harvey have all passed away.

Albertina Bernath emigrated to St. Vincent, Minnesota at the age 9f 2, in 1878, from Brussels, Ontario, Canada. Charles came from Ontario to St. Vincent about 1898. They were married in 1900 at St. Vincent. Following their marriage they farmed on the Minnesota side of the Red River from 1900 to 1902, located 1/2 mile south of the farm presently owned by James Bernath. Then in 1902 they bought the farm now owned by Percy Oakes from Benson Lockwood located 8 miles south, 3/4 mil east of Pembina. Mrs. Oakes passed away April 8, 1940 and Mr. Oakes on May 23, 1962.

Percy attended McArthur and Pembina grade schools and graduated from Pembina High School in 1931. He is active in the Pembina Masonic Lodge, served on the original Board of Directors of the Red River Sugar Company, was a supervisor on the Pembina County Soil Conservation Committee for 21 years, was on the Board of Directors of the Joliette Farmers Grain Compnay, and served on the McArthur and Pembina School boards.

Mrs. Percy Oakes was born Amy Joyce Fleckten November 20, 1918 to Mr. and Mrs. Victor A. Fleckten at Niobe, N. Dakota. Her mother arrived in Minnesota in 1885 from Sweden at the age of 9. Mrs. Fleckten will celebrate her 100th birthday February 14, 1976. Mr. Fleckten, a native of Willmar, Minnesota area and Julia Sand were married in 1900. They homesteaded near Kenmare, N. Dakota. They were parents of eight children: Mrs. H. E. (Ruth) Neve, Mrs. Edward (Lillian) Bechtel, Arthur, formerly a Drayton banker, passed away in 1966, Mrs. O. D. (Linnea) O'Gordon, Chester, Mrs. G. s. (Helen) Fossum, Clifford and Amy. Mrs. Oakes attended grade school at Niobe, and graduated from Kenmare High School in 1934. She had hairdressing training, then came to Drayton in 1936 where she was employed at the Drayton State Bank. In 1941, Amy and Percy were married at Niobe.

Since their marriage, they have made their home near McArthur where he raises small grain and sugar beets. They have three children: Richard, Diane, and Susan.

They are members of the Joliette United Methodist Church at Joliette where Mrs. Oakes has been organist many years; she has served at various offices in the United Methodist Women, the Order of Eastern Star, and in the Joliette Homemakers Club. Mr. Oakes has also served in various capacities on the church board.

A cradle now in the possession of Percy Oakes has quite an interesting history. It has rocked infants since the late 1800's and in the latter days of Fort Pembina.

The cradle was first owned by an officer and his wife at Fort Pembina. Margaret Bernath Thompson who was employed by this family, either purchases or was given this cradle for their infant, Laura, who is now Mrs. Al Steele of Newport Beach, California. Margaret's husband, James Thompson, was in the service and drove the officers from Fort Pembina to and from the town of Pembina in a carriage fixed atop a wagon pulled by six mules. When Laura was two years old, the fort closed and the Thompson family moved. Margaret gave the cradle to her sister, Julia, Mrs. Charles Hart, who rocked her three children in it, Barbara, Mrs. Harold Bray, Arthur, and Lloyd. Julia gave the cradle to another sister, Albertina Oakes, who used it for her five children. Harvey Oakes and his wife, Marjorie DeFrance, rocked their two children, Larry and Linda, in it, and occasionally their granddaughter, Patti Tri. This cradle is at least 82 years old and no doubt older.

- - Amy (Mrs. Percy) Oakes, 1976

Quoted from Pembina Settlement Heritage, 1976
Pembina Settlement Heritage Book Committee &
The Red River Valley Historical Society


Sources and/or Contributors:

Russel M. Hart, 17 Sep 2002 (Formation@earthlink.net)