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FARRELL, HART, LEE, LETT, ROBERTSON posted by Jane on Sunday, October 1, 2000

Thanks! I appreciate the information. Jane :-).

HARVEY, MCGUIRE posted by Charles McGuire on Tuesday, October 3, 2000

I'm seeking information On my grandfather John McGuire who homesteaded at Manvel in 1889. With his five sons Michael Henry McGuire, Charles Thomas McGuire and his daughter Mary Ann Harvey McGuire. Mary Ann Havey was married to William M. Harvey who also homesteaded in the Manvel district. I believe all six of the Harvey Children were born at Manvel. Other members of the McGuire family was Francis John McGuire died November 26, 1890 Grand Forks. Daniel McGuire died September 11, 1902 Grand Forks, James McGuire died July 14, 1903 buried some where in Grand Forks County. I would appreciate any information on these two famlies. Thank you

MCGUIRE posted by Jon Raymond on Tuesday, October 3, 2000

Francis, Daniel, and James are probably buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, Grand Forks Cty. Contact Mr. Robin Purcell, the cemetery superintendent. The records are on computer..

HANSON, KORTNESS posted by Ralph Richardson on Friday, October 6, 2000

I'm looking for information and relatives of Rinehart and Bertha(Hanson) Kortness.They were both Norwegian immigrants and were both naturalized 12/9/1910. They lived in Ojata,Grand Forks County,North Dakota. Rinehart is believed to be buried in Brenna Church Cemetery. Thank you..

HANSON, KORTNESS posted by Jon Raymond on Friday, October 6, 2000

Ojata is/was, I believe, a township or small village west of Grand Forks, along US Hiway 2. I know of no church by that name. I would try contacting a Lutheran Church in the area west of Grand Forks; the Special Collections Dept of the Chester Fritz Library at the U of North Dakota in Grand Forks, the ND Historical Society in Bismark, or the Red River Valley Genealogical Society in Fargo. The latter three have web sites..

HANSON, KORTNESS posted by Ralph Richardson on Saturday, October 7, 2000

Thank you for the information..

HANSON, KORTNESS posted by Ralph Richardson on Saturday, October 7, 2000

Information on Rinehart and Bertha (Hanson) Kortness leads me to believe they were buried in a church cemetery in Emerado,Brenna Township,Grand Forks County,North Dakota. They were of Lutheran religion. If there is anyone in or near Emerado that can confirm this,I would greatly appreciate the information. Thank you..

HANSON, KORTNESS posted by Jon Raymond on Saturday, October 7, 2000

Ojata was later known as Stickney, Oakville Township, Grand Forks County. It is just east of Emerado and not far from Arvilla, all along US Hiway 2. You might want to contact Gordon Danner, He is the custodian of the Arvilla Township Cemetery records and can be most helpful. If he has no info for you, I'm sure he can give you names/phones for nearby cemeteries. I hope this helps..

HANSON, KORTNESS posted by Ralph Richardson on Saturday, October 7, 2000

A cousin in Thompson,North Dakota,tells us that we are in the wrong town.Reinhart and Bertha are buried in the Evanger Lutheran Church Cemetery in Thompson,Grand Forks Co.,North Dakota. Thank you for the information on Ojata. I'm still looking for relatives. Thanks again..

KNOWLES posted by Ellen Bishop on Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Ellery Knowles died in East Grand Forks MN 18 July 1939, I am told he would be buried in Grand Forks ND, can some one look for his burial in Calvery and Memorial cemeteries?Would like to know who is buried with him and when they died. Need obit too. Please email me.

KNOWLES posted by Jon Raymond on Tuesday, October 10, 2000

I live in the Twin Cities and am unable to do a lookup for you. However, you could try this. Call Mr. Robin Purcells of Memorial Park Cemetery, 701/772-0988. He is very helpful and the records are computerized. The number for Calvary is 701/772-7911. To request a copy of the death certificate, go to You can order a copy online and they are quite prompt. The two oldest churches in East Grand Forks are Sacred Heart Catholic and Mendenhall Presbyterian. If your ancestor was Lutheran, you have a bigger problem. There are many Lutheran churches in the area. For an obituary, both the Grand Forks Public Library and the Chester Fritz Library, University of ND have web sites and you can order a copy from there. Do not contact the local newspaper, as all of their records were lost in the 1997 Flood..

KNOWLES posted by Ellen Bishop on Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Thank you for your response, someone found the obit and sent it to me, I hope to find out more about who is buried with him, thanks for the advice..

BERG, GARDEN, LANAGER, RISHOF, RISHOFF posted by Jerry Berg on Friday, October 13, 2000

Noticed the recent messages concerning the town Ojata in Grand Forks County. Coincidentally, I was trying to find any available information about a train wreck that apparently occurred there. The following is a query I tried posting on a Great Northern RR fan's message site: As part of my family history research, I've come across the following statement in an obituary: "… who was killed in the wreck of the Oriental Limited train on The Great Northern near Ojata." I think Ojata is a location in eastern North Dakota, although I haven't been able to find it on current highway maps. I don't know when the mishap occurred, although my guess would be in the 1900-1925 timeframe. If anyone has any details about such an incident, they would be much appreciated. Jerry.

posted by Jon Raymond on Friday, October 13, 2000

Ojata is now Stickney, Oakville Township, just east of Emerado along US Hiway 2..

PEDERSON posted by Jostein Molde on Sunday, October 15, 2000

In the year 1888 a party of 4 emigrants left Trondheim, Norway, giving Reynolds, ND, as their destination. That place is in Grand Forks County, to my knowledge. The party consisted of the family head Lorents Pedersen, b. March 4, 1838, wife Lovise, b. Jan. 27, 1854, and their son Arnt, b. Feb. 25, 1876. With them was also a neighbor woman, Inger Anna Eriksen, b. Aug. 4, 1858. They were all born at Aasen, Nord-Trøndelag. I'm writing on behalf of family in Norway, who are looking for descendants of Inger Anna. But information on Lorents and his family will also be appreciated. No other information on their whereabouts in the US is known. Sincerely Jostein Molde Trondheim, Norway

OHLHEISER posted by Karl Ohlheiser on Sunday, October 15, 2000

I read about your investigations about my name. maybe i am able to help you. if youd like to have this. send me a mail.

posted by J Slominski on Wednesday, October 18, 2000

The town of Ojata was located in Grand Forks County. This townsite was founded in 1880 in section 2 and 11 - 151-152 in Oakville Township, 10 miles west of Grand Forks, ND & named Stickney. This name was unpopular with local residents so on 3/6/1883 Charles Hutchinson changed the name to Ojata, after the Sioux word "oz-ate" meaning crossing. A population of 58 was reported in 1890. 45 people were there as late as 1920, but the village failed to develop beyond that date. The post office closed May 1936,& mail now goes to Emerado. The site is abandoned. The Northwest Oriental express (later called Empire Builder then Amtrack)crashed near the town site. Information from the book ND Place Names by D. Wick and information by D Hoverson from Manvel, ND..

HARVEY posted by Charles McGuire on Saturday, October 21, 2000

I'm seeking information on John McGuire who came to Grand Forks 1n 1889 from Grand Rapids Michigan. He homsteaded in the Manvel district and I'm unable to obtain any records. I have contacted the St. Michael's Catholic church in Grand Forks and they have no information I have wrote letters to St, Thomothy's Church in Manvel but have not received a reply. If there is anyone in the Manvel area who can help me locate records on my grandfather John McGuire born 1828 County Fermanagh Ireland and also William M. Harvey and his Wife Mary Ann Harvey McGuire and their children it would be much appreciated.

HARVEY, MCGUIRE posted by Jon Raymond on Saturday, October 21, 2000

Try contacting Memorial Park Cemetery and Calvary Cemetery in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County. Memorial's records are computerized, I don't know about Calvary's. If you have dates of death, try You can order death/birth certificates online. There are three McGuires listed in the Grand Forks, ND phone book. I also remember McGuires living in East Grand Forks, Polk County, MN, which is across the river. St. Timothy's is a very small parish; it might a while before you have a reply..

posted by Jon Raymond on Saturday, October 21, 2000

Thank you for the correction. My uncle's information was reversed!.

LUDDEN, RUNYAN posted by Kim Waller on Sunday, October 22, 2000

Melvin Runyan died in Niagara, Grand Forks County, ND in 1970. He was the son of Harriet Ludden and Edward Runyan. I am looking for a descendant who might have a photo of Harriet's parents, Sarah Ann Nelson and Aaron Ludden. Aaron was a brother to my ancestor, Enos Ludden..

posted by Jerry Berg on Monday, October 23, 2000

Good to get confirmation on the train wreck. Any date or approximate timeframe? In need of this to find when a family member died. Thanks much..

posted by Jody Slominski on Monday, October 23, 2000

I will try to find out more information for you.....

AVERY posted by Tom Cooney on Monday, October 23, 2000

I am looking for information about Agnes AVERY and descendants. Anges AVERY died in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, ND in February 1977. Previously she had lived in Whitefish, Montana. Agnes AVERY was born 7 Jun 1882. She is the daughter of Patrick Cooney, who was my grandfather's brother. Tom Cooney

MCNEILL, TAGLEY posted by Jon Raymond on Tuesday, October 24, 2000

If the marriage occurred at First Presbyterian in Grand Forks, the church lost all of its records in the 1997 Flood. Your best hope is if someone can go to the County Courthouse in Grand Forks. You could try Sandy Slater at (University of North Dakota) for a free lookup. They can be quite helpful. For birth/death info, try Certificates can be ordered online and they are prompt. Finally, you might try Chuck Haga at the Minneapolis(MN) Star Tribune; they have a web site. He worked for the GF Herald for many years. If he doesn't remember Andrew, he may be able to direct you to another source..

posted by Jean on Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Jon, Can't thank you enough. I had all but given up hope of receiving any reply from my posting. Thank you, Thank you !!! Jean.

MCNEILL, TAGLEY posted by Jon Raymond on Tuesday, October 24, 2000

You are more than welcome, I know how frustrating long distance research is. Actually, I was raised in East Grand Forks, Polk, MN, which is across the river. I would also suggest you try the usgenweb for Polk County, MN, and refer to my posting "East Grand Forks info" of Aug, 2000. The Presbyterian Church there is Mendenhall Presbyterian. Very often, when someone said "Grand Forks (ND)," they meant "East Grand Forks (MN)." If you have any questions, just email me directly..

LAUT, PLEINIS posted by Ray Plienis on Thursday, October 26, 2000

I know that my grandfather Jacob Pleinis lived in Grandforks Co.some time between 1900 and 1910.I have a copy of a marriage certificate dated 1902. he married Rosina Laut. I don't know what he did there or how long they lived there, I am hoping some one can help me. thank you, Ray.

BOTTINEAU, BRENNER, MCDONALD posted by Paula Ayres on Friday, October 27, 2000

Marriage certificate of ERNEST W BRENNER to MARY BOTTINEAU 1872 at Fort Totten, Ramsey Co. ND. Birth child Christine Brenner 1873 Fort Totten. I have searched and searched for this information. Thank you for your help.

FOUBERT, MONDA, RAYMOND posted by Robert Jeffrey Haugen on Saturday, October 28, 2000

CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS MESSAGE Josephine RAYMOND married (1) Eusebie FOUBERT in 1880. She married Ludger MONDA after Mr. Foubert died in 1900. All other information in previous message is correct..

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