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November 1999 thru January 2000


CURRY, YAKEY posted by Mary Gillen on Monday, November 1, 1999

my grandmother Luna YAKEY came to S.D. abt. 1891. She stayed for awhile with John CURRY who lived in Groton. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about them. John was Luna's uncle, that I do know.You can e-mail me at:

HOHLEN, MEYER, PETERS posted by Glenice Hohlen Enger on Friday, November 5, 1999

I am looking for any information on the HOHLEN and MEYER families who moved to Hecla, Brown County, S.D., from Columbus, NE. sometime after 1891, both had the first name Klaas. Klaas MEYER had a son name Fredrek, both Klaas MEYER and his wife, Bernadine are buried in small cemetery in or just outside of Hecla (24 names in all, listed on one marker). Also, Klaas HOHLEN's son Harbert or Herbert married a Bertha PETERS, daughter to Fred and Magdelina PETERS who lived next door to the HOHLEN's. There was also a son Klaas HOHLEN, who I know had children that moved back to the area in more current years from Canada. If you have information, please let me know.

VITENSE posted by Thomas J. Masterson on Tuesday, November 9, 1999

My VITENSE family may have a relationship to the VITENSE family living in Columbia. Oral family history has my gr gr grandfather traveling with one of his brothers when they came to this country. The brother lived in the Dakota's. My gr gr grandfather lived in WI where he died. If anyone researching the VITENSE family is interested, please contact me.

RIBEY, SKINNER posted by Charlene Kolterman on Sunday, November 14, 1999

Researching the family of Clarence Edgar SKINNER and wife Mary Eliza RIBEY? Clarence is found in the on-line atlas info., he is listed as "C.E. SKINNER", in the 1905 Brown County atlas, living in section 31 of Osceola Twp. Clarence and family came to Brown County, SD from Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa sometime between 1900-1905. They had a four year old daughter named Bernice who died of Diptheria, around the 23rd of March 1908 near Frederick, SD. Two other children also had the disease at the same time, don't know if they lived or died. Would like more information on this family. Thanks!

EVERSON posted by Randy Everson on Monday, November 22, 1999

My EVERSON family was among the earliest settlers in Brown Co. The original homestead was in Columbia, but there are also relatives in Aberdeen and Warner in the 1940s. I have the strongest desire for information about my family, or anyone that might have known them. Thanks.

RONAYNE, VICTOR posted by Miriam Dapra on Sunday, November 28, 1999

I'm trying to locate definite information on a Michael RONAYNE buried in the Warner Cemetery in July of 1909. According to the "Early History of Brown County, South Dakota (p. 57), Michael (my maternal grandmother's brother) was murdered with the Christie family in Rudolph in the summer of 1909, by one Emil VICTOR. I would be most appreciative if someone can tell me who to write to for death certificate, news articles (the above history says the news of these murders was the city's "most sensational crime"), and/or burial records.

HENRY, NORTON, SKINNER posted by Lisa Ecker on Monday, November 29, 1999

I am searching for a death record on Sarah SKINNER NORTON who was from Greenville Mich but died while visiting her daughter and son in law Florence NORTON HENRY and Charles HENRY of Brown Co SD on Jul 7 1888.

COLE, GUILD posted by Kay Heavrin on Saturday, December 11, 1999

Looking for ancestors/descendents of: Tracy and Elizabeth Cordelia Shope COLE. Tracy b. 2 Feb 1826 Erie Co, NY. Elizabeth b. 4 Feb 1826 Erie Co, NY. Both d. Hecla, Brown Co, SD. Looking for anc/desc of Joseph W.S. & Elizabeth Ward GUILD. Joseph b. 31 Jan 1848 Alton, Madison, IL. Elizabeth b. 21 Aug 1855 Niles, MI. He d. Hecla, Brown, SD. She d. Anaheim, Ca.

WEEKS posted by Mark Weeks on Saturday, December 11, 1999

I am looking for information on my Great Great Great Grandfather. His name was Robert C. WEEKS he died on Feb. 13, 1898 in Groton S.D. I know that he was born in NY but we are looking for any information that might lead us to parents information. I wrote the Vital Stat. of SD and they told me that they do not keep records that far back. Thank you for you time and any help.

DOLL, HEINE posted by Trevor Doll on Sunday, January 2, 2000

Looking for info on Hubert DOLL and family from Brown County. He was born 1857 in Wisconsin. He married Elizabeth (Lydia) HEINE and they had 14 children. I think the following land records are from Carlisle Township, Brown County.
125N 65W section 20, 160 acres, 07/18/1893
125N 65W section 29, 80 acres, 06/18/1901
Thanks for any info.

HARRIS, LINN posted by Kathleen Anderson on Tuesday, January 4, 2000

Emma LINN b. 1891 in Ashley, MacIntosh Co. ND lived in Aberdeen, Brown Co.,SD in 1915-6,was a telephone operator. Had romance with someone named HARRIS who's father may have been a physician.

DONALD posted by Pamela H. Nichol on Saturday, January 8, 2000

Looking for ancestor--born approx. 1880-1890 probably in NE corner of SD, probably Brown County. Only have his first 2 initials--J.P. DONALD. Family lore says he was a wholesale representative to women's dept. stores in NE SD approx. 1914-1915.

SHADDUCK, WYNN posted by Barbara Crosby on Sunday, January 9, 2000

I am searching for any information on John WYNN who was on the 1900 Brown Co. census. He was born in Missouri in 1870. I would like to know when and where he died. Also, I am interested in information on Eva WYNN and Ida WYNN who were his children and on the same census report. Also researching surname SHADDUCK.

LAMBERTON, SHERMAN posted by Rita Roberson on Friday, January 14, 2000

Looking for SHERMAN or LAMBERTON surnames in Brown County in the early 1900s. Any help would appreciated.

CARPENTER, COUSE posted by Edith Carpenter on Saturday, January 15, 2000

CARPENTER, Alonzo/Arthur Curtis.
Seeking place of burial of the above who died approx. 1915-16 South Dakota, possibly. One of his sons, Jerome Bell CARPENTER and wife Aurilia COUSE and two children Fred C. and Florence Mae left Bath, SD approx. June 1888. Went to Stevens Point, Portage County, WI where their son Fred C. CARPENTER then died at Stevens Point Aug. 1, 1888 at age 17. Could Alonzo/Arthur Curtis CARPENTER possibly have died at Bath, Brown County, SD, where his son Jerome Bell lived until 1888?? He was born in New York, Oswego County, 1820 approx. Jerome Bell CARPENTER was born at Syracuse, New York, Jan. 31, 1847. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

BROWN, COUNTRYMAN, LINDSAY, WEED posted by W. T. Collins on Tuesday, January 18, 2000

Seeking Marguerite Marcella COUNTRYMAN who at age 31 married Ernest Clark BROWN at Aberdeen on 25 Dec 1920. Last known residence Saint Paul, MN in 1953. Their only child, Catherine Harriet BROWN, married Kenneth C. LINDSAY on 27 Feb 1843 at Milwaukee, WI. Would like to contact living descendants for information to be included in a history of the WEED family. Marguerite's father was Dr. George E. COUNTRYMAN of Aberdeen.

NORDHOLM, SJOGREN posted by Vicky Nordholm on Wednesday, January 19, 2000

I am looking for information on my great-grandparents, Alfred and Hannah (SJOGREN) NORDHOLM who lived near Hecla sometime between 1900 and 1916. Born 8-17-1882 in Dalarne, Sweden, died 8-18-1916 near Hecla, SD, 37 years of age. Hannah Marie NORDHOLM is buried in the Hecla City Cemetery, services held in the Methodist church in Hecla.

GROOP, NEFF, PÄÄKONEN posted by Sally Pawlovich on Thursday, January 20, 2000

I have Finnish Settlement (Savo Centennial), Frederick 1882-1982, Dickey County, Gackle, ND, and Hecla 1886-1986 if anyone needs the references. I am looking for info on NEFF, GROOP, PÄÄKONEN. Have only been working with this about a year.

ALTMAN posted by Cyrus Dodd on Sunday, January 23, 2000

Looking for relatives of Hazel ALTMAN, I have a photogragh taken of her at the "Polin Studio" in Groton, Brown County. I would guess the photo was taken sometime before 1900 to about 1910. She was about 20 years old and on the back of the photo it says to Jessie.

MCBRIDE posted by Jane E. Beese on Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Great grandfather Moses MCBRIDE and one of his sons,Tom MCBRIDE began homesteading in the 1890's. Moses' wife Olena came by Conestoga wagon to join them. After Moses died Olena went back to Wisconsin. Tom stayed there. They are mentioned in the Brown County Book. I would like to know more about them.

HAMILTON, MCDONOUGH posted by Stephen L. McDonough on Friday, January 28, 2000

I managed to find out that my relatives were from Aberdeen and Mitchell, SD. James Campbell MCDONOUGH and Mrs. J.C. McDonough (Electa Jane HAMILTON is her maiden name) were listed in the Brown County internet site. They would be my great-great grandparents. I have found out only 2 of their children's names, Fayette Hamilton MCDONOUGH and Louis Campbell MCDONOUGH (my great-grandfather) If you could help me find any information on them, I would appreciate it so much. I have not had much luck so far, and this is the first time that I have seen their names when I have done an internet search. Thank you for your time.

EVENS, SMITH, SWAYZE, WILT posted by Roberta Kieliger on Monday, January 31, 2000

Would like informaiton on the family of Earl EVENS who married Ida Mae SMITH, widow of Daszo WILT, Aberdeen 1889. We have letters written by Earl to his cousin Harriet Deuel SWAYZE during the Civil War.



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