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Budd Sweet-Warren Saturday, February 7, 1998
7 FEB 1998 Budd Sweet-Warren, P.O. Box 662, Kittery, ME 03904
SWEET, COLEMAN, SAVAGE, HOLLENBECK - I'm searching for information on George W. Sweet and his family while they were living in Bismarck around 1880 to about 1895. He was a lawyer and very active in the land settlements with the railroads at that time. It seems that he and his children periodically moved back and forth between Sauk Rapids, MN and Bismarck during those years. His eldest son, David O. Sweet, was apparently there long before George W. came to Bismarck however and had already headed into Montana Territory by then. Several of his daughters were married apparently while in Bismarck. George W. Sweet's family are: Eliza V. Sweet (wife) Cora E. Sweet (dau.) mar. Wm A. Hollenbeck Lizzie O. Sweet (dau) mar. Wm E. Savage Gertrude "Kitty" Sweet (dau) mar. John James Coleman David Sweet also married a girl named Norah while in the area but it would have been between 1875-79. These all lived in Bismarck and the marriages of Kitty and Lizzie possibly took place there. Any information is very much appreciated. Also if anyone knows where to possibly write for the marriage records from that period. They were Episcopal but appear to have attended whatever church was nearby.

Budd Sweet-Warren Saturday, February 7, 1998
7 FEB 1998 Budd Sweet-Warren, P.O. Box 662, Kittery, ME 03904
HOLLENBECK - Looking for information on the the deaths of Wm A. Hollenbeck and his wife Cora E. Hollenbeck. They resided in Bismarck from around 1880 until their deaths. Both died in Bismark but their bodies were sent to Sauk Rapids, Minnesota for burial. Wm died Nov 1893 and Cora died 1889 and was buried in MN on 10 Mar 1889. I would appreciate any help on locating a death record such as church or newspaper sources.

Budd Sweet-Warren Saturday, February 7, 1998
7 FEB 1998 Budd Sweet-Warren, P.O. Box 662, Kittery, ME 03904
VAN ETTEN - I searching for any information on the Thomas & Georgianna Van Etten family while the were living in Bismarck. They moved there between 1871-74. Thomas was a lawyer while in the city. They lived there until Georgianna died and then returned to Minnesota. Their children were: Walter b. 1869; Blanche b. 1871; Burleigh b. 1874; Kitty b. 1875; Merlon b. 1878; Hughes b. abt 1879. Georgianna Van Etten died around July 1884.

Eldridge Sunday, February 15, 1998
Henry ELDRIDGE married Isabelle Maria HANSON 11 Nov 1884 in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND. Their son, Fred Gilbert ELDRIDGE was born in Bismarck 11 Dec 1885 (or 1887?). I would like to know if Henry ELDRIDGE is listed in census these years 1884-1887 or before, or after and what is given as his OCCUPATION. He was born in St. Lawrence Co. NY and after living in Bismarck ND came to Iowa. He died 1 May 1943 and is buried in Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa. Henry was a race horse owner and driver and I would be interested to know whether it was horse racing that brought him to Bismarck. Also I would like to correct the birth date for Fred Gilbert ELDRIDGE. 1885 or 1887? Thanks to any responses in advance. If anyone needs historical information on Black Hawk Co., Iowa, I have a lot compiled. Email me if interested. Mary Eldridge
Bryan Drendel Thursday, February 19, 1998
I'm looking for a woman whose maiden name was Kimberly SENGER, or the last name could be spelled SINGER. She graduated from the University of Mary in 1991. Tragically, I have no other information on her. Has she married? If so, what is her new last name? Thank you, and sorry for the lack of info. -bd

Sara Newman Sunday, March 1, 1998
Seeking any information on my great-aunt, Josephine DRALLE (1863-1929). She was born in Missouri and married William Steven TRIPLETT there before 1900.They followed her brothers, Robert and Marshall, to Burleigh County about 1900/01. I have found reference to several Tripletts, all from Missouri. I am hoping that someone from the Triplett family may have info on their marriage, any children born to them, etc.

Pam Jeans Tuesday, March 3, 1998
I am researching for my step-father's family. They were located in Burleigh County, North Dakota. Surnames of interest SPETEN, JOHNSON and BACKMAN. Henry SPETEN married Hannah BACKMAN JOHNSON. This is a large farming family. Any help appreciated.
Maurice R. Lynn Wednesday, March 4, 1998
My mother Alta Natillie ADSIT was born in Bismarck Oct 12, 1901. Her father was Charlie Wesley ADSIT who had his mother Mary GREEN ADSIT living with him and his wife Arlina Louisa Adsit (SCOTT). His father Willis Hall ADSIT died in 1909 and was buried in Essex County NY in 1909, His mother died in 1917 at Eyebrow Saskatchewan where we presume they were homesteading. Charlie had a son born in Ledyard Iowa in 1898 died in Everett WA. 1968. We will exchange other info as it is required. Have a picture of NPRR steam engine approaching a bridge at Bismarck dated 1910 taken by Freeman Photo. Thanks to everyone.
Sarah Hall Sunday, March 8, 1998
I am helping a friend, Trishann (Weiss) Zdroik, search for her birth family. She was born July 26, 1966 in Jamestown, North Dakota, and her adoption was handled through Lutheran Social Services in Fargo and finalized in Wisconsin. Her birth mother was about 16 and her birth father about 21 at the time, and one or both may have been of Norweigan descent. Either may have been from the Bismarck area. Trish believes that her given name at birth may have been Tanya or Tonja. Her adoptive parents are Herbert and Charlene Weiss of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. One of Trish's two sons was born with a rare genetic disorder, "situs inversus-cilia disconesia," and she and her husband need to learn more about her medical history. They would be grateful for ANY tips about maternity homes which existed in or near Bismarck or Jamestown in the 1960's, how to access local hospital and court records, etc. You can reach her through my e-mail ( or contact her directly:
Trishann (Weiss) Zdroik
10144 State Road 66
Rosholt, Wisconsin 54473
Thank you, Sarah Hall
Juanita Moore Wednesday, March 25, 1998
I am searching for any relations of a John BECHEY/BECKEY born around 1840. I know that he was married to a woman by the name of Mary and that this was her second marriage. They are listed on the 1880 census of Burleigh County with 4 children- one from the first marriage. Mary's married name before BECHEY/BECKEY was LAFRAMBOISE-maiden name unknown. She was Creek Indian and John BECHEY/BECKEY was Scotch. Any persons searching this surnames please contact me. Thank You
Sharie Martin Tuesday, March 31, 1998
Wenlin BRAUN birth 1-3-1857 died 12-15 1920 in Bismarck, ND Burleigh county Eva SCHLEPPE birth 3-5-1857 died 12-15-1920 in Bismarck, ND Burleigh county they had a son Franz BRAUN. I would like info on Franz also also if possible I know the following passes away in Bismarck, ND Burleigh County I do not have any dates Valentine GOLDADER, Katherine MOSER GOLDADER they had a son Bernard GOLDADER any info on him also Thomas MARTIN. Veronica GRATZ they had a daughter Ottillia MARTIN GOLDADER if any info on her also thank you Sharie MARTIN 3309 Central Ave., Billings MT 59102
Glenda Hinze Begnoche Wednesday, April 1, 1998
I am looking for the Hinze name. My GFather was Edward Otto Hinze. I do not know if my Ggparents came form here. But I know that there are a lot of Hinze in this State and am hoping to find one. Glenda
Robin Kinsella-Ross Tuesday, April 28, 1998
KELLER Looking for info on a Katherine Keller, b. approx 1900 in Linton. Parents, John Keller and Mary Eva FAITH.  Katherine married Wendlin SCHAFFER approx. 1922. Had 3 children: Andrew, Mary Eva, Leona. Married Lester Bridell, 1 child, Loretta. Married Joseph HELD approx. 1936 2 children, Jerome and Delores. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.
Suzanne Frantz Tuesday, May 5, 1998
I am searching for any information on JOHN DONIHUE, son of Gibbons Donihue & Mary Foote of Michigan, who was married in Bismarck between 1871 and 1880. This information comes from The Genealogy of the Walker Family by Emma White published in 1902. John Donihue was born between 1851-1858 and was in Washington Territory by 1880. I know that this is a long shot, but if anyone knows anything about him or who he married, it would be thankfully received. Suzanne Frantz
SHANNON MORRIS Friday, May 8, 1998
I am searching for any information on my family.  I do not have much information.   My grandfather's name was Oscar JOHNSON and he married Rose VOLK.  They have many children, one of them is my father.  I am just looking for info.  Thank you.
Ann Monrad Thursday, June 4, 1998
I am looking for information on SHERMAN RARICK b. 1867 Blackhawk Co Iowa.  According to a land deed from Iowa SHERMAN was in Burleigh County in 1888. I found him in the 1900 Census living in Menoken Township, single and listed as a farm laborer living next to a Craven family. He apparently did not know where he was born as the census record says born in Missouri and both parents born in New York. Shermans mother died when he was 3 and I do not know who raised him.  Shermans father was born in Ohio and his mother in Maine. In 1910 Sherman was not in Burleigh County. Sherman is the last male of this line so I am anxious to learn if he married and had children. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you. Annie
Laura Schaeppi Monday, June 29, 1998
I am looking for obits of Peter and Katherina (Lair) Reich. Peter died in 1946 and was buried in Lehr, ND thru the Hall Funeral Home in Bismarck. Katherina died in 1921 shortly after birth of her last child Martha. Peter may have remarried after Katherina's death since she died so young. I would like to know more info on them as to exactly when they died and where are they buried. Their children's names were Fred, Ida, Emma, Lydia, Elsie, Barbara, Martha. Fred is the only living ones now. Any info please e mail me.
Rockester Saturday, August 1, 1998
Looking for info on the Bertina SLYNGSTAD and Harold HALVORSON family. They had children: Ruth Halvorson KROSHUS, Leonard Halvorson, Trygvy Halvorson, and Clifford Halvorson, Harriot Halvorson, Henry Halvorson and Ed Halvorson. Ruth Hallvorson married DALE KROSHUS and had twin boys Ronald of Billings, MT and Russell Kroshus of Bismarck, ND. Any descendants of this family please contact me! Thank you!
Rockester Saturday, August 1, 1998
Seeking info on the BEN JOHNSON family. Ben came from Norway in the 1880-1890's. He was a farmer near Bismarck, SD  in about 1900-05. He had a sister Marit Johnson who married OLE SLYNGSTAD in Hudson, Wisc. After Ole died, she married a CHARLES STROMBERG. Ben and Marit/Mary also might have had brother MARTIN JOHNSON. Any descendants or persons who can find this individual on plat maps please contact me! Thanks!
Susan White Monday, August 24, 998
George W. CHADWICK along with his wife Lucy CLARK settled in Burleigh ND about 1885. Both of them died there 1908 and 1916 respectively. They had a daughter named Nellie G. who married Charles B. EVARTS. They also had a son George W. Jr. George W. Sr. was born in Middlesex MA, his father is Nathan. Would like to correspond with members of this Chadwick branch.
Sandy Schroeder Tuesday, September 15, 1998
Looking for info on the following persons and their descendants
Generation No. 1
1. CHARLES LOWELL1 TAFT , JR. was born July 29, 1885, and died June 27, 1957. He married HAZEL SADIE HARROUN March 11, 1908, daughter of EDGAR HARROUN and ELVIRA WATSON.
    Children of CHARLES TAFT and HAZEL HARROUN are:
    i.    FLORENCE AMY2 TAFT, b. November 13, 1908; d. December 01, 1992; m. LYNN KIMBALL, July 02, 1930.
    ii.    NEAL TAFT, b. August 24, 1911; d. August 1969, Bismarck, Burleigh, ND; m. MARJORIE EARLYWINE, August 1930.
    iii.    ALTA TAFT, b. April 07, 1914; m. ADELBERT ROWLEY, November 24, 1936.
Ann Johnson   Sunday, November 8, 1998 Hamilton, OhioMy grandfather, Allen R. JOHNSON, traveled from Tipton County, IN to Burleigh County, ND to teach in area schools for two years before WWI. I don't know the exact time period, but I would guess it to be sometime between 1912 and 1918. He used to tell stories of living with families of his students, and the cold winters North Dakotans endure. He even learned a little of the Norwegian language. My parents still have the school bell he used to call the students in for class. I am searching for any records of his time in the area, or information on the schools, life in Burleigh County, etc.
Jackie Marler Sunday, November 22, 1998
Seeking information and living relatives of these former Burleigh County
Roy C. GUNDERSON and wife Evelyn and their 2 daughters Marlys Marie Gunderson, and Florence Edith Gunderson, @ 1930s in Bismarck. Roy is the child of Gustave K. and Flossie E. (nee Parker) Gunderson along with other siblings Myrtle Gunderson and George M. Gunderson. The Gustave Gunderson family is formerly of Clay County, Minnesota. Also seeking info on allied family of Edmond E. PARKER, Jr, his wife Louisa H, their daughters Myrza (married name may be KLINE or RETSCHKA) and Gladys and a grandchild James Parker b. @ 1915 Minnesota, last known residence is Minneapolis.

Any and all info appreciated.
Ruth Davison Tuesday, January 5, 1999
I am looking for information on the SCHAUER, GOEHRING, SCHLEPP, BECKER, GREGER, HUFT and related families.
Lorie Zimmerman  Saturday January 30, 1999
I am looking for information on Ludwig or Louis BIESTEFELD, his wife Emma SCHWERDTFEGER. I know they were married in Beecher, Will Co., IL. on 5 May 1889. The records I have are that Louis immigrated from Germany to the U.S. and was naturalized in 1880. Emma immigrated from Germany to the U.S. in 1882. I do not know where they were before Beecher, IL. I am at a total dead end on this couple. I am a great-granddaughter of their eldest son Louis William. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Daniel B Wieland Thursday February 4, 1999
Looking for obit info and anything else on Robert RYDQUIST (b. 3 February 1923, d. March 1982, Bismark).
Marianne Lindley Sunday, February 21, 1999

My family, Capt. H.J. KING and his wife, Josephine Louise (Lucy) ran the river from St. Louis to Montana in the mid to late 1880s.  He was involved with over 14 different steamboats, as captain or pilot or owner or etc. 
I'd like to find out information about the river industry and any steamboats that came through Bismarck.
Additionally, Josephine died in Bismarck after childbirth complications (I understand the infant died as well) and was buried in St. Louis. After her husband, H.J. died in 1905, one of her sons (Martin or Monteford) removed her from St. Louis and had her re-interred in
chamberlain, SD along with other members of the family.
They had a winter home in St. Louis but the children were born in Cincinnatti, St. Louis, New Orleans and etc. Anyway, so I'm looking for information on the KINGs (originally KOENIG) family from 1850 through 1910 or so along the river, and I'm looking for information about the river trade in general. Josephine died 21 July 1878.
Marianne Lindley Girten

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