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Edward Beriah Hart, born 1840

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There are two Carlos Wood's listed in the 1870 census, one in Lake City the other in Mt. Pleasant. I presume that they are related. The one born around 1854 is my great-grandfather. He married Ann(ie) Hunter, aka Hattie or Addie (born in Illinois, father was Heil Hunter). They had a son, John Henry Wood, born in Wabasha Co. in 1877. In the 1880 census they are listed as living in Sioux Valley, Union Co. SD. In 1881 my grandfather, Frank Hiram Wood, was born in SD. At some point (1900-1910?) he returned to Minnesota. In about 1913 he married Mary (Engela Marie) Bolland, daughter of Catherina (Weinberg) and Johann Wilhelm Heinrich Bolland of Belvidere. John returned also. He died in 1945 in Hay Creek. Ann remarried in SD and returned to the area after her second husband died. She is buried in the Bay City Cemetary as Hattie Brown (1854-1938). I was wondering if Carlos was related to any of the Wood's listed in The History of Wabasha County.

Frank died in 1928 in the Red Wing Hospital. Almost nothing is known about that side of the family. I have a quite a bit of information about the Bollands. I would like to share information with anyone who is researching these families. Becky


Thanks Barbara ~ I have just spent many hours on your web site and will go back to it many times. I think you are great. I started looking up my ancestors a few years ago. I made a trip to Wabasha and stopped at St. Felix Church and the library where I found much information. They are more organized and helpful than any other place I have been. I think my great grandfather must have been important but I found no biography on him. He had a Boarding house. I did find that he built a mill which burned down under the bridge to WI. I went to that corner. Then I went past the building which was Dr. Milligan's doctor's office where my uncle practiced as a young doctor before he went to San Diego and became famous. I do have a biography on him. I also have a very long obituary from the library newspaper films. A.G Remondino and his son Peter Charles came from Italy in 1846, My grandfather Charles Otto was born in 1856 but St. Felix only had records from 1858. On the census I learned he was born in Iowa (where?) Unless they went to Iowa for his birth they must have come to Wabasha after 1856. Peter Charles was sent to medical school in PA by Dr. Milligan and served in the civil war. I am in contact with the family of Sarah Glutz (a half G-aunt) and Adrian Remondino. My mother and father were both from Winona, living for some time in Minneapolis. Here I am e-mailing you to thank you for your work and I tell you all about my family but it is because of people like yoursef that I have been able to find them. Thanks again! Sister Jane

Peter Charles Remondino (1846-1926) San Diego Biographies


Barbara, Thanks for your rapid response and efforts to help us. It was fun to browse your website. I came across the reference to Flora Burch who served briefly as a private in the 2nd Minn. Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. He entered his service as a substitute. I had learned about Flora a few years ago and sent for his service record which I now have. Flora Burch was born Florian Baertsch on Sep 24,1847 in Furna, Switzerland. He was a full brother to Christ Burch and to Elizabeth Baertsch Walker. He was a boatman on the Mississippi River. I have heard he drowned in the river as a young man, but have no confirmation of that. We can find no record of a marriage. We have been slowly doing this family research since 1977 and have a lot of data on our Burch Family. When completed we will share with our whole family and also leave data with Wabasha Co. Hist. and Genealogy Societies. Grant and Marge Hayes


Andreas and Ursula (Laeri) Baertsch
Possibly Their Wedding Photograph

War of Rebellion (Civil War)
Andreas Baertsch was born in Furna, Canton Graubuenden, Switzerland, on April 10, 1809. His parents were Enderli Baertsch and Elsbeth Wyss. On June 14, 1835 Andreas married Ursula Laeri in Furna. They had 7 children born there: Elsbeth b. April 18, 1838; Christian (Chris) b. Dec 9, 1839; Margreth b. Jan 6, 1842; Christina Anne b. Mar 10, 1844; Andreas (Andrew) b. Nov 7, 1845; Florian (male) b. Sep 24, 1847; Anna b. Sep 30, 1851; Konrad b. 1854 (in USA).

In 1854 this family sold their home and property in Furna and emigrated to America (Minnesota). Apparently Ursula gave birth to Konrad in Wabasha City. Sadly, her husband died on April 17, 1855. It is not known where Andreas is buried.

In 1856 Elsbeth, the oldest child married John S. Walker. They lived first in Wabasha then moved to Read's Landing where they went on to have 12 children. John became a river pilot and then an owner and Captain of a steamboat on the Mississippi River. By 1857 Ursula apparently married a second time, to Michael Feury, an Irish immigrant farmer. In this marriage Ursula went by the name of Celia , and later, Scelie. There was one child by this marriage, William E. Feury/Fury, b. Jun 9, 1858. Michael and Ursula/Scelie Feury moved to Hyde Park Twsp, Wabasha Co. onto a farm. On Jun 15, 1875 Scelie Feury died of dropsy and was buried in Lake City, MN in the St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery. Michael Feury then married Honora Dennis. They had no children. Michael died Nov 9, 1897. He was a Civil War Veteran and he lies buried in the St. Clement's Church Catholic Cemetery at Hammond, MN with Honora and also his son, William.

Christian Baertsch (now Burch) bought a farm in 1865 in Hyde Park Twsp. He married in 1867 to Ellmena Swartz, daughter of John and Julia Swartz. Ellmena bore 6 children: John, Celia, Anna, Christopher, Charles Henry, and Elizabeth, all in Hyde Park. In 1881 Ellmena died in childbirth. Chris Burch married a second time in 1882 to Augusta Beltz, daughter of Gottlieb and Louise Beltz. Augusta also bore 6 children of Chris Burch: Louis S., Amelia, Margaret Mary, Emil, Mary Ellen, and Ella Christiana. Chris Burch died in 1920 in Hammond, MN. Augusta died in 1932. Both wives are buried in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery (Potsdam) with Chris. Margreth married Richard Greer and they farmed in Hyde Park until Richard died about 1882. They had no children. Margreth/Margaret died in 1924 and is buried in the same cemetery as Chris is.

Christine Anne b. Mar 10, 1844 in Furna. In about 1863 Christine married Alexis Phillippe Bailly, son of a well known Minnesota & Wabasha County Pioneer, Alexis C. Bailly, already documented in Wabasha History. Christine's husband was a widower with 6 children by his first marriage to Elizabeth Dunn who died in the early 1860s. Christine and Alexis had 6 children together: Daniel Grant; Mary Elizabeth; John Howard; Anny Christine; Lucinda Harriet; and Samuel A. Bailly. At some point this family moved to S.D. Alexis P. Bailly died Sep 18, 1898 in Watertown, S.D. Christine died June 11, 1907 presumably in S.D. too.

Andreas (Andrew), b. Nov 7, 1845 in Furna. On Jan 7, 1874 he married Mary Jane Kinney, daughter. of Edmund and Mary Kinney of Hyde Park Twsp., at Lake City, MN. They had 11 children: Rosanna, Edward, Andrew Joseph Jr., Ellen Frances, William Henry, Mary Ursula, Catherine E., Anna Florence, Lillian Christine, Frank, and Margaret G. Burch. Andrew farmed at first in Hyde Park, but in about 1888 the Family relocated to Pipestone, MN where Andrew worked as a stonemason and also moving houses with workhorses. Andrew died on Jan 23, 1934. Mary Jane died on Nov 6, 1928. Both died and are buried at Pipestone.

Florian b. Sep 24, 1847 in Furna. Florian never married. He worked on riverboats, he farmed, and also trapped muskrats along the rivers for furs. In fact, he and his brother, Andrew, were trapping on the Minnesota River near Mankato, MN in about 1873, when Florian's boat overturned and Florian drowned. Andrew was in another boat and he witnessed the accident. It is not known whether the body was recovered, nor where burial may have occurred. Florian served briefly in the Civil War. No doubt for some monetary consideration, Florian( aka Flory) agreed to serve as a substitute for John Sexton of Hyde Park Twsp. He was mustered in on Mar 25, 1865 at St. Paul, MN and mustered out on July 11,1865 at Louisville, KY. Flory was a Private in Co. E of the 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry. Florian did own a farm in Hyde Park at one time.

Anna b. Sep 30, 1851 in Furna. Anna never married. She died on July 3, 1870. She lived with her sister, Elizabeth (Mrs. John S.) Walker at Read's Landing and in Hyde Park with other Burch relatives.

Konrad b. 1854 in Wabasha, MN and died in 1857. He is supposedly buried in Wabasha, MN.


Beth Rau of Redmond, WA connected on the internet with one of our mutual relatives (Andreas Baertsch) now living in Furna, Switzerland, in the same small mountain town that our ancestor came from in 1854! Andreas has sent us this photo as well as a pedigree chart that takes the Baertsch line back to 1687. We are so grateful to Beth for making this possible! We have been working with Beth a lot this year putting this line together. The data on Andrew Baertsch b.1845 came from George Hendren of Stanchfield, MN. The data on Christine Anne Baertsch/Bertsch b.1844 was sent by Chris Burch of Ruthton, MN. We have not yet found all of Elizabeth Walker's children but here is what we have: Louis W. b.1858; Arnett D. b.1859; Henry b.1862; John S. Jr. b.1863; Margaret b. 1866; Francis b. 1869; Wesley b. 1872; Christian b.1875; Frank b.1878; Fred b. 1879. Two are still "missing" but we will send those to you as we get them.

Grant and Marge Hayes


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Orris Loyal Oliver was born in Clinton County, NY on April 6, 1818 to Loyal Oliver and Margaret Weeks. He married Martha Hallowell Forbes on October 28, 1839 in Clinton County. Martha’s parent were William Forbes and Mary Cuppage. The Olivers were of Scotch-Irish descent and the Forbes were from Montreal, Canada.

In 1857 Orris and Martha left Clinton County and settled in Wabasha County, no doubt with the promise of good, cheap farm land, They lived in a little township called Guilford. For many years, they farmed in Guilford and raised 10 children to adulthood.

The following children were born to them, most in Clinton County, and the last two in Minnesota.
  • James Ashley, born September 22, 1840, married Eva Marie Welch from Wabasha County.
  • William Forbes, born April 7, 1842, married (1st) Margaret Whaley and (2nd) Clarissa McCain, both of Guilford Township.
  • Margaret Ann, born December 9, 1844, married Franklin "Doc" Warren of Wabasha County.
  • Elizabeth Amelia, born November 18, 1946, married Samuel D. Welch of Guilford Township.
  • Mary Frances, born September 1, 1848, married Charles D. Bryant of Guilford Township.
  • Hannibal Orris, born December 8, 1953, married Edith Estelle Morse of Wabasha County.
  • Emily Charlotte, born August 20, 1856, married Edmond J. Lamb of Guilford Township.
  • Martha Marie, born January 21, 1858, married John Harboldt of Guilford Township.
  • "Minnesota," born August 5, 1860 ~ the first child born after they arrived in Minnesota, so wanted to give her an appropriate name ~ married Robson C. Atkinson of Wabasha County.
  • George Loyal, born June 17, 1864 ~ the baby of the family and my great grandfather ~ married Emma Dickmann of Wabasha County.
  • Note: One child, Loyal Orris was born in Clinton County and died in infancy.

I have traced this Oliver family back 9 generations to New York and Massachusetts and also have a lot of information on the spouses of the above children, including pictures of Martha & Orris and children. Please contact me if any of these names are familiar and you would like more information on them.

Kathryn C. Bryan


Jane DeBow Gibbs was born in Genessee County, N.Y., in November, 1828. In the fall of 1834, in the family of Rev. J. D. Stevens, she left home for Minnesota. Rev. Stevens was one of Dr. T. S. Williamson's mission band that spent the winter of 1834-5 at Mackinac, Mich., and arrived at Fort Snelling in May, 1835. Rev. Stevens was stationed at Lake Harriet, and the subject of this sketch attended his mission school there with Indian and part-breed children. This log school house built by Mr. Stevens, opened in 1836, was the first school house within the present limits of the state. She left Lake Harriet with the missionary in 1839, when the Indian tribes scattered and the station was abandoned. She spent two years near the present site of Wabasha. From 1841 to 1847 she lived in the western and southern portion of Wisconsin. In the latter year she moved to Elizabeth, Ill., where she was married in 1848 to Heman R. Gibbs. In company with her husband, she came to St. Paul in the spring of '49; in the fall of that year they made a claim in sections 17 and 20. Rosetown, Ramsey County, where Mrs. Gibbs still resides. She is within sight of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, but the attractions of the cities do not draw her from the homestead. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, three of whom are living. Mrs. Gibbs believes herself to be the white person of longest residence in the State of Minnesota.

FROM: Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - Biographical Sketches of Territorial Pioneers
As listed in the Proceedings and Report of the Annual Meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - May 11, 1899 and 1900. With an account of the building and dedication of the log cabin, the names of the builders, the names of the officers and members of the association and biographical sketches of territorial pioneers. Volume II. Double Number. St. Paul, Minn. The Pioneer Press Company. 1901.
FOUND AT: Debbie's Genealogy Library
CONTRIBUTED BY: Dave Baillif Gillespie


Charles W. Hackett was born in New Hampshire in 1831. He came to Minnesota in July, 1856. He settled in Lake Cityand engaged in general merchandising; was register of deeds of Wabasha County from 1860 to 1864; enlisted in 1862 and became captain of Co. C 10th Minnesota Infantry; was mustered out in 1864; moved to St. Paul in 1872 and engaged in the hardware business, of which he now conducts one of the largest wholesale houses in the Nothwest. Captain Hackett organized the Lake City Bank in 1867. He was married in 1853 to Miss Mira Holt. Mr. and Mrs. Hacket have two daughters. Mr. Hacket was a member of the State Board of Equalization from 1895 to 1897, also of the Jobbers' Union during the second year of its existence. He has been vice president of the St. Paul National Bank for many years.

FROM: Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - Biographical Sketches of Territorial Pioneers
As listed in the Proceedings and Report of the Annual Meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - May 11, 1899 and 1900. With an account of the building and dedication of the log cabin, the names of the builders, the names of the officers and members of the association and biographical sketches of territorial pioneers. Volume II. Double Number. St. Paul, Minn. The Pioneer Press Company. 1901.
FOUND AT: Debbie's Genealogy Library
CONTRIBUTED BY: Dave Baillif Gillespie


Lucius Frederick Hubbard. The "History of the Great Northwest" would not be complete if it failed to give a sketch, though necessarily brief, of the eminent services performed by Lucius Frederick Hubbard, who for two successive terms filled the office of governor of Minnesota with distinguished ability. Governor Hubbard is, in the true sense of the word, a self-made man. He had only a limited educational training in youth, but the studious habits he formed early in life placed at his command an education thoroughly practical in its nature. Its benefits are shown in his after career. The commonwealth of Minnesota owes much to Governor Hubbard. No man more creditably represented it in the Civil War than he, none have performed more eminent service at the helm of state, and few have contributed more to its upbuilding. From the beginning of his residence in the state he took an active interest in public affairs and has richly merited the rewards which have been bestowed upon him. The naming of Hubbard County after this distinguished man has perpetuated his name for all time. Governor Hubbard is a native of the state of New York. He was born Jan. 26, 1836, at Troy, N. Y., and was the eldest son of Charles F. and Margaret Van Valkenberg Hubbard. He comes from old Colonial stock, and is descended, upon his father's side, from George Hubbard and Mary Bishop, who came to this country from England in the seventeenth century. On his mothers side he is descended from the Van Valkenburgs of Holland, who were among the earliest settlers in the Hudson River Valley. Lucius was but three years of age at the time of his father's death, and was placed in charge of an aunt at Chester, Vt. He remained here until he was twelve years old, when he went to Granville, N. Y., and attended the academy at that place for three years. Returning to Vermont, he began, when but fifteen years of age, an apprenticeship to the tinner's trade at Poultney. He completed his apprenticeship at Salem, N. Y., in 1854.

Believing that in the west he would find better opportunities to succeed in life, he came to Chicago from Salem and worked at his trade in that city. For the three years following he devoted all his spare time to improving his education. Possessed of literary tastes, the systematic and careful study he pursued was a source of pleasure to him, and he thus acquired, by his studious habits, an excellent practical education. In July, 1857, Mr. Hubbard came to Minnesota and located at Red Wing. The first business venture he undertook was typical of the bold spirit and self-confidence of the man. Although having no experience in the publishing business be started the Red Wing Republican, the second paper established in Goodhue County. The paper was a success from the start. His good business judgment was recognized by the people of Goodhue County a year later by his being chosen to fill the office of register of deeds. In 1861 he became a candidate for the upper house of the state legislature on the Republican ticket, but was defeated. The Civil War having broken, out at this time, Mr. Hubbard recognized his re- responsibility as a citizen, and was not slow in responding to his country's call. He sold his paper in December of that year and enlisted as a private in Company A, Fifth Minnesota, and was elected captain of his company on the fifth of February the following year. On March 20, 1862, the regiment was organized and Mr. Hubbard was advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In May the regiment was divided, three companies being ordered to the Minnesota frontier, the other seven to the south. Mr. Hubbard went with the southern division, which participated, almost immediately after its arrival, in the battle of Farmington, Mississippi, then in the first battle of Corinth, where Colonel Hubbard was badly wounded. In August of that year he was appointed colonel of his regiment. He was in its command at the battle of Iuka, the second battle of Corinth, and at the battles of Jackson, Mississippi Springs, Mechanicsburg and Satartia, Mississippi; Richmond, Louisiana, and the assault and siege of Vicksburg. After the fall of Vicksburg Colonel Hubbard was given command of the Second Brigade, First Division, Sixteenth Army Corps. The brigade participated within a very short time in seven battles on Red River in Louisiana and in Southern Arkansas. Returning to Memphis it also took part in several engagements in Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri. It was also engaged in the battle of Nashville, Dec. 15 and 16, 1864, reinforcing General Thomas in this battle the brigade was badly cut to pieces; Colonel Hubbard had two horses killed under him, and was severely wounded. It added to his laurels, however, by capturing seven pieces of artillery, many stands of colors, and forty per cent more prisoners than were in its command itself. Colonel Hubbard was breveted brigadier general for conspicuous gallantry on this occasion. Subsequently he was engaged in military operations near New Orleans and Mobile, and was mustered out in

September, 1865. During his tem of service, General Hubbard was engaged in thirty-one battles and minor engagements, and has a military record of which his state has reason to be proud. He returned to his home in Red Wing somewhat broken in health, but after a short rest engaged in the grain business, his operations becoming quite extensive. Some years later he turned his attention to railroad building, and in 1876 completed the Midland Railway, from Wabasha to Zumbrota. This road was subsequently purchased by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul. Mr. Hubbard also organized and projected the Minnesota Central from Red Wing to Mankato. Later he projected the Duluth, Red Wing and Southern Railroad, of which he has actual control, as general manager, up to this time. Aside from his numerous business interests, Mr. Hubbard has always found time to take an active interest in public affairs. His political affiliations are with the Republican party. In 1868 he was nominated for congress from the Second Minnesota District, but declined on account of the regularity of the nomination being questioned. He served in the state senate in the sessions of 1872, 1873, 1874 and 1875, but declined re-election in the following session. In 1881 he was nominated for the office of governor and elected by a handsome majority. He was re-elected in 1883, the latter term being for three years. His administration of this responsible office was marked for the high executive ability shown in the conduct of the affairs of the state. Many important legislative measures were enacted in response to his recommendation, among which may he mentioned: The creation of the present railway and warehouse commission, the existing state grain inspection system, the state inspection of dairy products, the present state sanitary system, the state board of corrections and charities, the establishment of the state public school at Owatonna, the organization of the state National Guard, and the change from annual to biennial elections. During Governor Hubbard's service in the gubernatorial chair the state's finances were also administered on the strictest business principles, and the taxes levied for state purposes averaged less than for the ten preceding years, or any similar period since. The rate of taxation was not only greatly reduced, but the public debt was materially decreased, and the trust funds of the state increased nearly two million dollars. Among other important positions of public trust which Governor Hubbard has held, may be mentioned his appointment, in 1886, on the commission to investigate the state railroad bonds and report on the means to he adopted to secure their surrender; his appointment by the legislature, in 1874, on the commission to investigate the accounts of the state auditor and state treasurer; his appointment by the same body, in 1879, on commission of arbitration to adjust the differences between the state and the state prison factors, and, in 1889, on the commission to compile and publish a history of Minnesota military organizations in the Civil War and the Indian War at that time.

In recognition of his distinguished services to his country, Governor Hubbard was appointed a brigadier general by President McKinley, June 6, 1896, and served throughout the Spanish - American War in command of the Third Division, Seventh Army Corps. This was a fitting tribute to a long and useful career, and an honor most worthily bestowed on one of the heroes of our Civil War.

Governor Hubbard is also actively identified the G. A. R. and kindred organizations. He is a member of Acker Post, G. A. R., St. Paul; Minnesota Commandery of the Loyal Legion, Minnesota Society Sons of American Revolution, Society of the Army of Tennessee, Society of American and of Foreign Wars. He is a member of the Red Wing Royal Arch Masons. He was married at Red Wing in May, 1868, Amelia Thomas, a daughter of Charles Thomas, and a lineal descendant of Sir John Moore. Their union has been blessed with three children, Charles F., Lucius V. and Julia M.

Amelia (Thomas) Hubbard was born in Kingstown, Ontario, May 13, 1843. She came to Minnesota in June, 1857, and located in Red Wing. She is a daughter of Charles Thomas a lineal descendant of Sir John Moore, She married at Red Wing in May, 1868, to Lucius P. Hubbard. Their union has been blessed with three children, Charles P., Lucius V. Julia M.

FROM: Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - Biographical Sketches of Territorial Pioneers
As listed in the Proceedings and Report of the Annual Meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - May 11, 1899 and 1900. With an account of the building and dedication of the log cabin, the names of the builders, the names of the officers and members of the association and biographical sketches of territorial pioneers. Volume II. Double Number. St. Paul, Minn. The Pioneer Press Company. 1901.
FOUND AT: Debbie's Genealogy Library
CONTRIBUTED BY: Dave Baillif Gillespie

JACOBS (who's that you say?)

If all of you home-made genealogists have been running into brick walls, don't feel bad. You're definitely not alone!

Vernon Jacobs has been looking for his Great-Grandfather, Juergen Jacobs, who lived in Wabasha County around 1870 until about 1894. His wife's name was Maria Rohweder. There were 2 sons and 4 daughters in the family. They lived in Zumbro township. That sounds like straight-forward information to look for, doesn't it? He later wrote:

"I have done some research and have found the family in the 1870 and 1880 Minnesota Census. Juergen Jacobs is misspelled George Jacobs. Maria is misspelled Mary. My Grandfather's name is Herman and is misspelled Harmon. The children are Herman, Henry, Adelia, Amelia, Leonora and Sophia. Juergen and Maria are both listed as being born in Holstien Germany. I also found out that they were members of Bremmen Lutheran Church. In the church records the name is misspelled Jakobs."

Ah, to err is human ~ to forgive, divine!


That Fred S. Hansmeier has been found reliable, conscientious and efficient in positions of public trust is indicated by the fact that he is now in the eighth consecutive year of his service as assessor of Makee township, and that he is also an able agriculturalist and a progressive business man his fine farm of one hundred acres on section 27 gives ample testimony. He has been a resident of Iowa since 1869, but is a native of Germany, born in Lippe, June 13, 1860, a son of Fred L. Hansmeier, also a native of that principality. The father married there Minnie Kollinge, who was born and reared in Lippe, and the family emigrated to America in 1869, settling directly in Iowa and making a permanent location in Allamakee county. One year later Fred L. Hansmeier purchased one hundred acres of land provided with a log house and with a few acres under cultivation. For many years thereafter he continued to reside on this property, adding to it the adjoining farm and carrying forward the work of improvement and cultivation. He died upon his holdings in 1909, having survived his wife three years.

Fred S. Hansmeier is the eldest in a family of seven children, all of whom reside in Allamakee county. He was reared and educated here and remained upon the homestead until he was twenty-one years of age, aiding in the work of its development and improvement. He afterward learned the carpentering trade and for some years engaged in business as a contractor and builder, many of the finest residences in Waukon and upon the farms in the vicinity of the city standing as evidence of his architectural skill. Eventually he succeeded to the old home place and has since resided thereon, giving his attention to its further development and improvement. He has erected upon it a fine modern residence, good barns, a granary, a corncrib and a henhouse, and has besides sunk a well three hundred feet deep, provided with a gas engine to pump the water to Oak Ridge Farm, by which name it is known. As a result of his efforts he has one of the finest agricultural properties in this vicinity, nothing being neglected which will add to its attractive appearance or its value. Mr. Hansmeier is numbered among the able exponents of enlightened and scientific agricultural methods. In addition to general farming he is also a stock-raiser on an extensive scale, breeding a good grade of shorthorn cattle, Chester White hogs and Shropshire sheep. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative Creamery of Waukon and is now in his fourth year of service as president of that concern, to which he sells the products of the model and sanitary dairy which he operates.

In St. Paul, Minnesota, November 27, 1887, Mr. Hansmeier was united in marriage to Miss Annie Umbriet, who was born in Wabasha county, that state. They were the first couple married in North St. Paul and in the Presbyterian church there, an edifice which Mr. Hansmeier aided in erecting. Seven children were born to their union: Clara, the wife of Ed Raymond, of Waukon; Ella; Calvin A.; Esther; Lillian; Alfred L.; and Arna. Mr. and Mrs. Hansmeier and their children are members of the Waukon German Reformed church.

Mr. Hansmeier is a stanch republican in his political beliefs and takes an intelligent interest in public affairs, cooperating heartily in all movements to promote the permanent interests of the community. In 1901 he was elected assessor of Makee township and after serving one term was reelected. After an interval of one term he was again elected to the office and has since served eight consecutive years, discharging his duties in a capable, reliable and energetic way. He has been a resident of Allamakee county since 1869 and the intervening years have brought him success, prominence and fortune and a place among the substantial agriculturists and men of affairs.

-source: Past & Present in Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-submitted by Linda Earnheart
-contributed by Sharyl Ferrall; Chickaloon, Alaska; Coordinator, Allamakee Co. IA GenWeb at


I am a great great grandson of Olivier Racicot (or Roscoe or Rosco) and Madeline Campbell (daughter of well known interpreter Scott Campbell). I believe they operated a hotel and or other business in Read's Landing for many years. Their daughter Floria (Flora) Jane (a twin) is my great grandmother, born 15 Nov 1855 in Read's Landing. She married James P. Shely on 24 Feb 1879 in Wabasha County, probably Read's Landing. James P. Shely's parents were Patrick Shely and his wife Hannah (Anna). They were from Ireland by way of Vermont. Patrick Shely homesteaded in Section 21 exactly three miles true west of Read's landing.

Here is the 1850 census showing the Olivier Raccicot family: 1850 Census

The Patrick Shely family didn't arrive in Read's Landing until about 1855/56 as their first four children were born in Vermont: John, Michael, James and Mary Jane. Terrance and William Shely were born in Read's Landing about 1857 and 1860 respectively. Do you have the 1870, or perhaps even 1865 and 1875 censuses? Anna Shely and her youngest son William are shown in the following census page: - 1880 United States Federal Census

The obituary (below) for Olivier Roscoe (Raccicot, Racicot, Rasicot) indicates he was born in 1799. However, the 1850 census says he was age 40, the 1860 census says age 51, the 1870 census says age 65 and the 1880 census says age 67.

Miles Rene


I am interested in The Gearey Family - particularly Hamilton B. and Harriet Elizabeth Macy Gearey. Hamilton was born in Pennsylvania abt. 1810. Harriet was born in NY in 1816. They married and lived in Hudson, Columbia Co. NY until 1860. They moved to near Plainview, MN - where Hamilton lived until abt. 1870, and Harriet lived until Abt. 1880. We have obtained a transcription of one of several diaries that Harriet kept - from 1873. I would especially be interested to contact anyone who puchased any other of her diaries.