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November 1997 thru June 1998


BLAIR, FIELDS, ROBINSON posted by Dilys E. Blair-Bain on Monday, November 17, 1997

Looking for information about the following individuals who farmed in Groton, South Dakota.

BLAIR, John W., born March 16, 1812, Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland, died ??? (buried in Groton, South Dakota).

BLAIR, Margaret Ann, nee FIELDS, born New Jersey, married New York City.

Children: BLAIR, Thomas Mitchell, born abt. 1850, died about 1950, Groton, South Dakota, married BLAIR, Angie E., nee ROBINSON.

Children: BLAIR, Francis Eugene, born August 24, 1890; BLAIR, Edward, born August 13, 1895; BLAIR, Florine, born January 1, 1915; BLAIR, Jenny, born ??? Any information about these individuals would be most sincerely appreciated.

EVENS, SMITH, WILT posted by Starr Ossman on Saturday, December 6, 1997

Need help on following line that lived in Brown Co., SD:

Daszo WILT (know only name and that he died between 1886-89), and wife: Ida May SMITH, b. May 1865 (VA,MN?) d. after 1910, probably Kansas City, MO. Children of this union: Alice Ruby Ethal WILT, b. Nov 1882, Aberdeen, d. 1964, MO; and Maud Viola WILT, b. Apr 1886, Aberdeen, d. 1956, MO. From Ida's second marriage to W.Earl EVENS, marr. Aberdeen and had following children: Mead Clinton EVENS, b. 1891 in Aberdeen; Ruth Inez EVENS, b. Mar 1893 in Aberdeen. W. Earl EVENS from New York, professional soldier and roamed alot, dying in CA. Ida May had a twin brother Arthur. parents are suppose to be John and Eloise SMITH of VA as written in Ruth Inez's bible. SMITHs had 19 children (so the record says) Can't find any of them! I assume SMITHs still in Aberdeen along with daughter that married Daszo WILT.

PESIO, SLOCUM posted by Robert J. Kline on Sunday, December 28, 1997

Looking for info on Edna Eugenia PESIO born probably in the 1890s in Aberdeen. Was a teacher for a short time. Married Horatio Jacob SLOCUM in the early to mid 1920s.

HANSON, HEDBLOM posted by Jack Knott on Wednesday, December 31, 1997

Any information on P.J. HEDBLOM, from the Columbia farm area. Owned land in Shelby West Section 1, Brainerd East Section 9, 10, 16, as stated in 1905 Brown County Atlas. Any information on his father Jonas HANSON, homesteaded 1880, followed by son P. J. in 1887 near Sand Lake.

BERRETH, BOEHMER, GEORGE, HENDRICKSON, PETERSON, RIDER posted by Dian Van Deuren on Monday, January 26, 1998

I just found this in an old newspaper. Does anyone have any info on this family after they moved to Aberdeen? Thanks, Dian. Please visit my web page: Also, can any one tell me what this means: "he took over the drayline"

"Ollie" PETERSON, as he was always known in this locality, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. PETERSON of La Porte, Ind. His father came to South Dakota in 1883 and filed on a homestead where later his wife and children joined him. As a young man he worked for Frank BOEHMER along with "Doe" GEORGE, Al BERRETH, Tex RIDER and others. He married Bessie HENDRICKSON in 1906 and lived in Le Beau where he took over the drayline after he had served as town marshal. He became the M. & St. L. hostler at Le Beau and also worked for BOEHMER. When Le Beau began to disintegrate he had built a new home so he had that moved here and he was M. & St. L. hostler when Akaska became the terminus of the line. The couple had 6 daughters and a son, namely Jessie, Olyve, Jack, Opal, Gertrude, Winnie and Beryle. He passed away in 1935. Mrs. PETERSON and family moved to Aberdeen where the children could further their education. When some of the family moved to the west coast Mrs. PETERSON went there, too, remaining.

ISAACSON, PAJARI, PETERSON, SUANGI posted by Celene Eliason on Sunday, February 1, 1998

Karl ISAACSON was born in Alkula, Sweden and his wife Anna, was born in Norway. They had one daughter, Mary, when they left for America. Anna became ill on the journey and died when they reached Calumet, MI in 1871. In 1876, Karl married Anna PAJARI. She was a widow with several grown children in Finland and one daughter, Mrs Peter SUANGI here. The SUANGIs lived on the ISAACSON homestead in Dakota for a while. A family tree claims they homesteaded the NE1/4 sec 8 Savo Twp. In 1880 the ISAACSONs left Calumet for the Black Hills. In 1882 they came to Frederick, SD. There is a mystery as the two Anna's and the daughter, some say she was a sister to Mary and some say step-sister. My aunt has said we have relatives by the name of PETERSON. If she was Mrs. Peter SUANGI, where does PETERSON come in? I realize this has lots of questions. I hope someone can help.

CHRISTIANSON, HANSON posted by Kathy Reynolds on Monday, February 9, 1998

I'm looking for information on Andrew HANSON and his wife Martha (CHRISTIANSON) HANSON. They are supposed to buried in Stratford, SD.

COULTER posted by Ray LaFever on Wednesday, February 11, 1998

Seeking further information on W.S. COULTER. Listed in the 1920 Census residing at 9th Ave, SW, Aberdeen (vol. 4, Ed. 46, Sheet 7, Line 6). He was age 43 and born in Wisconsin. His wife Antoinette, also 43, also born in Wisconsin. Children Harland (17), Frances (13), and Elizabeth (5). I think he is the son of Frank COULTER from Rock County, Wisconsin, but I am not sure. Thanks, Ray LaFever, 22 Old Route 9, Staatsburg, NY 12580.

posted by Jean on Thursday, March 19, 1998

I'm looking for information about a photography studio that was in Groton, S.D. HATTONS STUDIO, I know that the studio was in Groton in 1890-1915 or thereabouts. I have several photos (11) of my grandmother taken by this studio, I was just wondering how a widow could afford so many photos that were done professionally. Or if maybe they were friends with the owners of the studio, or that my grandmother was friends with their children. Thank you for your time and help. Jean. e-mail address is

HARTWIG, TROGE posted by Dennis Hartwig on Thursday, March 19, 1998

Looking for information on: Martin TROGE, his wife Mary (HARTWIG) TROGE, children Edward, Ralph, and Alma TROGE. Late 1800s-early 1900s, and any descendants still living. Mary TROGE was my great-great-aunt. Moved to Brown County, S.D. from Mitchell County, Iowa.

FINCH, GILMORE, MCPHAIL posted by Evalyn Demeaux on Monday, March 23, 1998

MCPHAIL, Mary Margaret, b. ca. 1851, SCT, or NY, USA, m. ca. 1870, Daniel GILMORE, b. ca. 1846, Oneida, Madison Co., NY, USA . Their son William Stuart GILMORE, b 12 Jun 1871, Fayetteville, Onondaga, NY, USA; md. 19 Apr 1899, in Aberdeen, Brown Co., SD, USA to Essie F. FINCH. I don't know if Wm. Stuart's parents stayed in NY or went to SD with him. I would appreciate any info you have on Mary Margaret and her parents. Thank you. Evalyn Demeaux,

MEREDITH, SELLS posted by Jean on Saturday, March 28, 1998

Looking for information on Albert SELLS born July 11, 1860, no birth place listed, married Jesse M. MEREDITH on June 3, 1890, in Brown Co. The SELLS lived in East Riverside, Brown County. Albert SELLS died April 20, 1891 Brown Co. Any information on Albert SELLS would be a great help. Thank you.

ANGERHOFER, FEBYANSKI posted by Ron Bedard on Monday, March 30, 1998

I am trying to research my great grandmother, Carolin FEBYANSKI who was born 1-8-1853 and that is all the information I have on her except that she married William ANGERHOFER who was born in Germany. His father Solomon ANGERHOFER was also born in Germany on 1-8-1801 and moved to the USA in 1882. He died in Highland township near Aberdeen SD in 1888. Thank you for any information on how to go about finding out more about these ancestors.

FREEMAN, HARA, PORTER posted by Audrae Turner Mathis on Friday, April 10, 1998

Elizabeth Louella FREEMAN b. 18 Dec 1899 Mansfield, Brown Co, SD; daughter of Frank Lincoln FREEMAN and Anna Ordelia O'HARA. She married Jacob Morse PORTER 7 May 1921 Aberdeen, SD and d. 28 Sep 1928 Ft. Pierre, SD. Any information on the FREEMAN family which came from WI circa 1895 would be greatly appreciated.

BURNS posted by Jerilyn on Friday, May 15, 1998

I am trying to find David BURNS who was born 1878 in Fairbank, Iowa. In 1930, he was living in Aberdeen, SD. Does anyone have him in their family tree? I don't know who he married or anything. Thanks so much.

BATCH, BATSCH, BLONDO posted by Ted Batch on Thursday, May 21, 1998

Looking for any info on the following surnames: BATCH, BATSCH, and BLONDO. The families were centered around Aberdeen, Brown County, but may be spread in smaller towns such as Groton and Sisseton. Many with the BATSCH surname had it changed to BATCH. (I know John BATSCH/BATCH worked for the railroad and retired from there.) Thanks You.

NEUMANN, SCHMIDT posted by YJ Austin on Sunday, June 7, 1998

Gottfried SCHMIDT born about 1859 in Breslau Germany. Married "Kate" from Quincy, IL. Marriage date unknown. Was living in Warner, Brown County, South Dakota at the time of his mother's death, Ottilia NEUMANN SCHMIDT, in 1923.

DOERSCH, RITTER posted by Barbara Ritter Jessop on Monday, June 8, 1998

I am looking for anyone with the surname RITTER or DOERSCH. Sam RITTER came to Brown Co. and homesteaded in Riverside township in 1881. John DOERSCH came to SD from Missouri in 1883 and settled in Portage township. If anyone has an interest in these surnames, please email me.

DEIFENBACH, DIEFFENBACH, GOETZ, HARTMANN, KREITEL, SAHLI, SPANGER posted by Susan Sahli Germani on Monday, June 8, 1998

Searching my family tree: Seigfred SAHLI m. Rose KREITEL from Odessa, Russia to Brown County (Aberdeen) about 1880 and their son Stephen Jacob SAHLI m. Eva DIEFFENBACH (my grandparents). Also Catherina GOETZ, Cecelia HARTMANN, Barbara SPANGER, Ferdinand DEIFENBACH. Many originally from Alsace in Germany.

DUFFY posted by Gwen Butrum on Wednesday, June 10, 1998

Looking for information on my DUFFY ancestry that settled in Brown Co., S.D. in the late 1800's to late 1900's. They came from Ireland. Was wondering if you could help me out.

HEINEMANN posted by Linda Dillon on Friday, June 12, 1998

Looking for info/desc. of Lewis/Bertha HEINEMANN, who lived in Detroit Township, Brown Co.,from 1897. Children: George, Mary, Clara, Mabel, Elmer, Floyd, Clarence, Laura, Isabel. Lewis died 1931.

COLE posted by CKing on Saturday, June 13, 1998

Am looking for information on Asa Foster COLE died on his homestead outside of Columbia in 1897, his wife Bridget, sons Charles & John Leslie (who is buried in Columbia), Francis Cole his wife. Where do I begin?

DOERSCH, RITTER posted by Barbara Ritter Jessop on Sunday, June 28, 1998

My ancestors homesteaded in Dakota Territory in 1881.The John DOERSCH family settled in Portage Township, Hecla area and the RITTER family settled in RiversideTownship, Detroit Township and the Groton area. It is stated on my Great Grandfather's Marriage certificate that he was from Groton and was married in Detroit Township. His name was William H. RITTER. I believe he had several brothers who also settled in the area. Sam RITTER, Isaac RITTER, Frank and John RITTER. If there is any reference to them in the Groton Centennial Book, I would appreciated it so much if you would let me know. My E-mail address is Thank you very much for you help.

DETTLING, FUNK, KLETZEL, LOGAN, MILLER posted by Sheridan Mitchell on Monday, June 29, 1998

I am researching my MILLER/DETTLING family tree. They are buried in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota. The surnames that I am interested in are KLETZEL, MILLER, DETTLING, FUNK, and LOGAN. I have only been working on my MILLER Family for about a year so there are many, many gaps in everything. I am willing to share eveything that I have discovered.



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