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Rickenberg, Andrew
B: 31 Aug 1859, Germany or Sweden
(Paul Clay sent info that said Sweden?)
D: 19 Sep 1918, East Emmaus Cemetery, East of Kennedy, Minnesota
M: 07 Dec 1885, Ellen Johanna Larson. Married in Hallock, MN by Justice of Peace. Ellen was b. 14 Jan 1857, Skane, Sweden c. 18 Jan 1857, Konga Parish, Sweden, d. 27 Mar 1937 Hallock, Minnesota. Migrated to U.S. in 1883. Andrew died in 1918. Ellen Johanna lived with her son, Harry, on the homesteaded farm until she died in 1937.
Clara Olson reported on 01/26/88 that Betsy (Bengston) Mattson, was a half sister of Ellen Johanna Larson Rickenberg. Betsy b. 07 Nov 1848 d. 23 Apr 1917 m. Sven Mattson and had 6 children: Martin, Swan, August, Alfred, Hilda and Selma.

FN: Unknown Rickenberg
MN: Unknown

Jorgine Rickenberg said Andrew Rickenberg's father came from Germany and changed his last name to "berg" in stead of "burg." He came to America between the years 1880 and 1885. Andrew worked as foreman on the Kiene Farm for several years. He met Johanna Bengston and they were married 07 Dec 1885. Andrew took a homestead southeast of Kennedy in Springbook Township. He gave the homestead up and bought a quarter of land in Jupiter Township. They moved to the farm in 1894.

Many Rickenberg people may be found by searching the internet which indicates that most Rickenbergs came from Germany but also shows a few from Sweden. There is a place in Germany called Reichenburg or Richenburg. Andrew married Ellen Johanna Larson who came from Lilla Berget (Skane), Sweden. Ellen Johanna Larson emigrated to U.S. in 1883 and married Andrew Rickenberg in 1885.

Jim and Helen Rickenberg advised that Andrew came to the Kittson County area between 1880 and 1885 which coincides with the above statement about Ellen Johanna Larson emigrating to U.S. in 1883. Andrew homesteaded southeast of Kennedy, Minnesota in Springbrook township, but later gave it up. He then bought 80 acres of land in Jupiter township described as Jupiter Township, Section 27, NW 1/4 of NW 1/4, Kennedy, Minnesota in Kittson County. They moved to the farm in 1894. James Rickenberg sent a picture of the log cabin built at the time and another picture of their house taken in 1907. James said the log cabin was sold to some historical organization and moved to another location.

Children of Andrew Rickenberg and Ellen Johanna Larson:

Anton Ludwig Rickenberg
B: 1886
D: 26 Sep 1904, at age of 17 yrs 11 mos & 14 days

Hulda Rickenberg
B: 1888 - 1889
D: 29 Jul 1906, at age of 17 yrs 8 mos & 4 days

Alma Rickenberg
M: Laurence Diamond

Harry Rickenberg
B: 06 Apr 1894
D: Jan 1966
M: 30 Apr 1924, Jorgine Anderson b. 27 Jan 1900 d. 02 Mar 1986, Karlstad Memorial Nursing Center. She was daughter of Alfred and Rachel Anderson, Lincoln Twp, nr Strandquist
She attended school in Strandquist, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

Nellie Mary Rickenberg
B: 1896
D: 13 Mar 1900, age 4 years, 1 month, 23 days, Jupiter Township.

Richard Rickenberg
B: 10 Jun 1899
D: 21 Jul 1985 (Divine Savior Hospital, Portage, WI)
Buried: Maria Cemetery, Kennedy, MN
M (1) Myrtle Olson
M: (2) Lorraine

Stella Johanna Rickenberg
B: 08 Apr 1904
D: 14 Oct 1987, Kirkland, WA
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN
M: 10 Nov 1923, Lomas K. Matthews, at Kennedy, MN


Ellen Johanna Rickenberg

Another of the Kittson County pioneer Mothers was summoned by death March 27th, 1937 at the Hallock hospital when Mrs. Johanna Rickenberg was called. Mrs. Rickenberg was born in Skane, Sweden, January 14, 1857

At her death, she was eighty years, two months, and thirteen days old. She migrated to the United States from Sweden in 1883, coming to Kittson County the same year. She was married in 1885 to Andrew Rickenberg who died several years ago. She is survived by four children, two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Diamond and Mrs. Lomas Matthews of Humboldt, Minn., and two sons, Harry on the home farm, and Richard of Donaldson. Funeral services were held at the East Emmaus Lutheran Church on Tuesday March 30th at 1:30 pm. Rev. John E. Sutherland officiated.

Miscellaneous Information

The I.G.I. microfiche file shows a Johanna Larsson being christened on 18 Jan 1857 in the parish or town of Konga. This would be four days after her birth. It showed this Johanna's Father as Lars Jonsson (Larsson) and Mother as Hanna Hanson. The file shows further that a Hanna Hansdr married a Lars Jonsson on 13 Feb 1843 in the parish or town of Hammarlov.

9/17/96 Other information received from Sweden says that a girl named Johanna was born on 12 Jan 1857 as the daughter of Lars Jonsson and his wife Hanna Hansdotter, however, according to the death records, this child died 6 days later (18 Jan 1857) and had an emergency baptismal.

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