Biographies beginning with "G"

Scott County, Minnesota

The Early Settlers of St. John's Parish at Union Hill in 1867
By Victorin J. Ruhland June 1967

Leonard Gansen

The Leonard Gansens came from Waxweiler, Germany, directly to the Union Hill area in 1867. They settled on 40 acres 3 miles north of Union Hill. This land is still in the Gansen name. Their family of six children was approaching adulthood when they came to Union Hill. The Gansens were in this country only four years when Mr. Gansen died.

Mrs. Gansen continued to live on the farm for awhile but later went to live with her daughter in Faribault. She died in Faribault; however, the location of her burial site is not known. Mrs Gansen's maiden name was Catherine Eischens. One report states that the Gansens were first cousins to the Lochens in Union Hill. If this is true, it may be the reason the Gansens came to Union Hill.

The Gansen family included Mrs. Caspar Nall, later Mrs. John Wirtzler (Gertrude) of Hampton, Mrs Peter Ring (Catherine), Mrs Math. Becker (Margaretha) of Faribault, Mrs Carl Stolzenberg (Mary) of Austin, Mrs John Schommer (Anna) of Union Hill and John Gansen of Union Hill.


By Victorin J. Ruhland June 1967
 

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