2002 Cass County Queries

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Surnames: PADDEN
Harry Huntsman (h_huntsman@highstream.net)
Date: 30 Dec 2002

Searching for descendants of Patrick Dowd and Mary Padden, resided in Fargo and Grand Forks at the turn of the century. Daughters, Mamie, Margaret, Sadie Nellie. Sons; James,Thomas, William, John, Edward. All deceased. Seeking progeny. Thank you for any leads.~~HH

Darlene Melton (melton@bendcable.com)
Date: 18 Dec 2002

Juna Mosadis Allen, b. 6-10-1910 in Fargo, ND. Parents listed as Francis Allen, 33, MI, and Susie Mae Hill, 23, MN, on a Fargo, ND birth certificate #100. (later adopted & named Wanda Rebecca Wilton) The state initials (MI & MN) worry me. Usually in 1910 the state was spelled out. Can anyone check to see if the original certificate exists ? My copy may have been altered. Thanks!

Augie (augiebee@hotmail.com)
Date: 31 Oct 2002

I'm searching for information on my gg grandparents. Here is the info that I have: Albert Martin Bahrke b. 21 Oct 1890 Amenia, Cass Co. ND. Son of August Ludwich(Ludvig) Bahrke and Clara Carakno (or Krakau).
Albert served in the military during ww1. refer to link - http://dp3.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndbi/ndbisearch7.cgi?last_name=Bahrke There is a cemetary listing for Bahrke in Cass Co. Cemetery Transcriptions Vol. 1 - found at the following link: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nd/cass/cemetery/cassvol1.txt Any information anyone can add would be greatly appreciated. This has been a tough branch to track. Thanks Augie

Libby Stone (dlstone@netexpress.net)
Date: 22 Oct 2002

I am wondering about the Fremont Creamery in Fargo North Dakota. A descendant of mine worked in the lab there until 1938. We lose track of him after that. I wondered if the creamery moved or shut down to cause him to relocate? His name was Paul Bicksler. Thank you for any help. Libby Stone dlstone@netexpress.net

Surnames: BICKSLER
Libby Stone (dlstone@netexpress.net)
Date: 22 Oct 2002

I am wondering about the Fremont Creamery in Fargo North Dakota. A descendant of mine worked in the lab there until 1938. We lose track of him after that. I wondered if the creamery moved or shut down to cause him to relocate? His name was Paul Bicksler. Thank you for any help. Libby Stone dlstone@netexpress.net

Egil Thomassen (egil.thomassen@oppland-f.kommune.no)
Date: 10 Oct 2002

Many years ago an old aunt gave me an album with more than 20 photos of our relatives "over there". Six of these photos were related to Fargo, N.D. Five of my fathers aunts and uncles from Drammen, Buskerud county, Norway, left for America between 1870 and 1885. One of them were Netta Emilie Thomassen, born 13 Jan 1851. She left Christiania 12 July 1872 on ship "Hero" for Chicago, where she married first time. 22 Nov 1882 she was married second time in Cook county, Ill. to John (Johannes Olsen) Olstad. They moved to Fargo, and the 1900 census tells they were farming in Pleasant township with children Hjalmar, Anna, Sadie and Oscar. Nettie Olstad's two girls of first marriage, Minnie and Nora lived in Davenport township, Minnie married to Jergen Adsero.
One of the photos I have show Nettie and her beautiful family. I have identified some of them, but would like to know who the others were.
Are there any descendants of John and Nettie Olstad living in Cass county that might be interested in this query?
Kind regards, Egil Thomassen

Edith Lueke (elueke@charter.net)
Date: 28 Aug 2002
URL: www.edithlueke.com

Rutten, I saw an obituary for Anton William Rutten (1917-2002), son of a John Rutten, of Wild Rice. Can someone tell me who John's father was, Anton's grandfather? I have done a Rutten family tree, and would like to see if he fits in it; or if Anton and his family belong to another line. Sincerely, Edith Rutten Lueke

Jodi Mauer (princessfirst@peoplepc.com)
Date: 12 Aug 2002

Hi! My name is Jodi Mauer. I am trying to locate Dean Erdman? Erdmann? He would have been born in the 1920's and was going to school in/around Fargo/Moorhead in the late 1940's or very early 1950's. He may have been born/raised in either Minnesota or North Dakota. The town that he was raised in had "Falls" in it. Any information would be greatly appreciated. TIA, Jodi Mauer princessfirst@peoplepc.com

Bill Cossette --email bouncing
Date: 01 Sep 2002

I am researching information about my grandparents Henry J Cossette and Mary Ange Cossette. Lived on the south side of Fargo, North Dakota from about 1920-1970. They are originally from the Wild Rice and Saint Benedict area in Cass County. They had one son named Roger Henry. Henry born 1900 and Mary born 1903.

Date: 16 March 2006
name: C.J.--- mysterypretender@mindless.com

I may have some information for Bill Cossette. Bill, if you're still reading information or posting here. Email me. I might be able to help you out with info. on Henry J Cossette

V.G. Johnson (vgniel@swbell.net)
Date: 31 Jul 2002

A Swedish relative is looking for relatives who settled in Cass County ND. Brothers came to that countyin the 1880s. We seek descendants of John HERMANSON who died in 1943, Charles HERMANSON, and William HERMANSON. One descendant was listed in an obituary as Mrs. Arthur RUDEN. I've contacted many RUDEN families without finding any leads. Can anyone tell me more about her? where she lived? where she died? children?

Surnames: BOWEN
Submitter: Shirley Karle (manpapa@cwnet.com)
Date: 24 Jul 2002

I am seeking information on George Bowen who lived in Fargo, ND and died 21 Mar 1943. He actually died in Perham, MN, where he managed a lodge of some kind. He lived in Fargo and traveled back and forth to MN. He is buried in Fargo. His wife I believe was Cleo. I would like to learn what cemetery he is at and if there is anymore info on him as he lived in Fargo for quite some time.

Ruth (ruth.burk@sympatico.ca)
Date: 16 Jul 2002

I see in the BLM index these two items for Joseph Maxwell: MAXWELL JOSEPH 05 149 N 067 W 030 160 251105 PA 125 07/07/1894 MAXWELL JOSEPH R 05 149 N 066 W 034 160 272002 PA 271 02/29/1888 Can someone please tell me where the land in question is? and also how I can find how long he/they lived on it? Thanks.

Shelly Saxton (shellwe@grm.net)
Date: 15 Jul 2002

Hello- I am hoping that someone out there can help me with the HUGE brickwall that I can not seem to knock down. My great grandfather, Blaine Guy Gardner, was born Sept. 23, 1884 in Fargo, ND (according to his death cert. and obit) and died Nov. 20, 1961 in St. Joseph, MO (fact). He married Margaret Amelia Petersen/Peterson in Iowa. (Can't find him in Iowa either!) They had 3 children: Clifford b. 1910 in Iowa, Blaine T. b. 1912 in ? and Leroy G (my grandfather) b. 1917 in Omaha NE. All died in St. Joe MO. The problem I am having is that I cannot find anything about Blaine or his parents! According to his death cert. his parents are "unknown" (great!) and he does not have a SS#! Now, according to the 1920 and 1930 census reports Blaine says that he was born in SOUTH Dakota. I have checked the birth records in S. Dakota and have found nothing. Cannot find Blaine anywhere!! Does anyone happen to know if he is in your tree somewhere..., or what else I could do to find him? Thanks- Shelly (Gardner) Saxton

Gary S. McLeod (gary.mcleod@verizon.net)
Date: 08 Jun 2002

McLeod family, Trying to locate the Victor Greenleaf McLeod family connection. Lived in Christine. I believe father was James C. McLeod from Plymouth, IA. Mother was Maud Tuttle, from Minn. Possible related to the Hollands family line. thanks, gary

Surnames: GILBERT
Paul Gilbert (res0p7tw@verizon.net)
Date: 28 May 2002

I am seeking information on the Herman "Mick" and John H. Gilbert families which lived in Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota. Herman "Mick" Gilbert died in 1948.
These two brothers came from Decatur Co., Iowa, where their parents, Herman R. and Emily Gilbert, are buried.
Any help will be appreciated.
Paul Gilbert in Mukilteo, WA

Cynthia Windmiller (cindyw@futurshock.com)
Date: 22 May 2002

I am looking for information on my grandfather, Donald Lawrence Olson. He lived at 911 8th Street, Fargo ND from 1957 to December 12, 1959. He died this year. He was an orthopedic surgeon an set many of the boken bones in Fargo at that time. If anyone may have a memory of him or information on his life, it would be greatly appreciated. His wife was Betty Senneff. Information on her would also be appreciated. He had four chilren, Donna, John, David and Charlie. Thank you

Suzanne Frantz (suzyfrtz@tir.com)
Date: 07 May 2002

I am looking for the family of Oswald Lemieux, who in 1918 was living in Fargo. His mother was Etta May Hall. Any information on the Lemieux family of Fargo would be appreciated. Thank you.

JIM BENTLEY (marquetry@att.net)
Date: 21 Apr 2002

looking for information on joseph and augustus bentley. Fargo residents from late 1890's until about 1950' I believe Augustus died in about 1921 and is buried in Riverside Cemetary.

Fran Grecco (FGrecco@swbell.net)
Date: 17 Apr 2002

I'm looking for my gr grandfather's first wife. His name is Michel Mauer. Her name is Rose/Rosa Digula. They were married in 1891 in Richland County (Wahpeton). Their 2nd child was born in Sept. 1896 and baptised in Hankinson December 1896. Sometime between 9/1896 and 4/1903 (date Michel Mauer remarried in Richland County), his first wife died and the kids were placed in an orphanage. Were there other orphanages in/near Fargo between 1896 and 1903? Names? Places? I found a reference to Maurer in the Cass Co. Cemetery Transcriptions (Vol 1, North Half, p. 191 and 192). Could someone look to see if either of these is Rose/Rosa (Digula) Mauer? Thanks!!

Surnames: TAINTER
Laurie Richter (lrich1966@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Apr 2002

I am looking for information about Warren Tainter, Ira Tainter, or Belle Tainter. They were good friends of my Grandmother, Maxine (Becker) Larson. Maxine's father Carl Becker was a law enforcement officer in Casselton years ago. I am very interested in what religion the Tainters were or are and any information anyone can give. All help is greatly appreciated

Ellen Sherlock (sunhap@hotmail.com)
Date: 03 Apr 2002

SHERLOCK/DURKIN Still looking for descendants of a baby born in unwed mother's home in Fargo, Cass County, ND on April 10, 1910. The mother's name was Mary Ann SHERLOCK and she died in childbirth. The father's last name was DURKIN. The child as an adult went to find his/her father. The marriage DURKIN tried to protect then fell apart. Does this story sound familiar to anyone? Any help finding the descendants would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!

Surnames: HOLT
Bruce Wiland (wiland@att.net)
Date: 27 Mar 2002

I have a picture that was taken in my great grandparent's back yard in Clifton, Bosque County, Texas probably around 1912. In the picture are two people that have been identified as Ben & Petra Holt. An internet search for their names indicates these persons to be Benjamin Marvin Holt (b.15 Oct 1882 d.Nov 1986 in Fargo, Cass County, ND)and Petra Caroline Aamodt (18 Nov 1888-10 Jun 1973), daughter of Ole Jacob Peterson Aamodt and Julia Hovland. Ben and Petra married 09 Jun 1909 and had a daughter Orphie Holt (22 Jul 1911-07 Jan 1912). Ben Holt apparently lived in Cass County for a good portion of his life (he died at age 104). I am looking for someone who might know something further about these persons. Bruce Wiland

Elizabeth Weinberg (eweinberg2002@yahoo.com)
Date: 19 Mar 2002

I'm looking for information about my grandfather, James Joseph McGurren (b. 2/3/08, d.12/3/94). He was adopted by the McGurrens of Casselton from a convent orphanage that later burned down. He married Louise Briggs and settled in Fargo, later working for Great Northern Railroad. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!

Surnames: WARNER
Cheryl Parsons (myfamily@wcny.rr.com)
Date: 24 Mar 2002

I am looking for anything on John Deaver Warner and is family that would have been in Cassleton in the late 1800's. I am willing to share any information that I have.

V.G. Johnson (vgniel@swbell.net)
Date: 16 Mar 2002

A Swedish relative is looking for information about Karl HERMANSSON, known in the U.S. as Charles HERMANSON, who came to Fargo, Cass County, ND in 1885. In 1900 he is listed in the census as Chas. HARMONSON, born in March 1864, living in Fargo, with his wife, Palina/Paulina, born in Norway in May 1864, and their children: Harrie/Harry born in 1891; Otto, born in 1892; Helga born in 1896, and Pearle and Myrtle twins born in July 1899. In 1920 Chas. HERMANSON and his wife were still listed in the census as living in Fargo, and their daughter Pearl, age 20, in the only child living with them at 1517 3rd Avenue. I am looking for any descendants of Charles Hermanson and his family. Any and all clues will be appreciated by me and by his Swedish relative.

Albert McKee (clan-mckee@att.net)
Date: 11 Mar 2002

According to family records my grandfather Clifford H. McKee died in Fargo ND,June 16 1933. I am not sure if this information is correct. I am looking for any information regarding Clifford H. McKee. Thank you for any help you can provide. Al

Mary Jo Nemzek (mnemzek@bellsouth.net)
Date: 09 Mar 2002

Alek Nemzek came to Casselton, N.D.in ?1885. His naturalization papers were signed in 1886. He married Wilhelmina Kowalski on October 5, 1886 supposedly at St. Leo's Church. They lived in Casselton for a year and then moved to Moorhead where they resided until they both died. I am looking for proof of their marriage, so that perhaps I can identify their parents. I know that they were both from Germany. The name Nemzek was thought to originally be spelled Niemczyk.

Joni Leffler (joseluiselrapido@aol.com)
Date: 01 Mar 2002

Seeking information pertaining to the family of Clifford P. Nichols/Nicholls, (born about 1892 to William Henry Nichols/Nicholls and Lillie E. Goar), who worked as a conductor for the Great Northern Railroad in Fargo, Cass Co., MN. He is listed in the 1970 Fargo City Directory as being retired. His widow's name (Minnie) appears in the 1971 Fargo City Directory. Would like to connect with any surviving family members or fellow researchers. I believe he had a daughter, but I have no info. on his family so any info. is both welcome and appreciated! THANKS!

Martina Hill (mytimear@ipa.net)
Date: 08 Feb 2002

I am looking for information on my grandmother. She was born at Fargo North Dakota on April 8th 1885. Her maiden name was Margaret Martina Thomson. She married my grandfather Augus Herman Manson at Vallley City North Dakota on 10-6-1907. She passed away at an early age in 1924. Any information on her would be greatly appreciated, as I have't any idea about her parents, etc. Thanks.... Martina

Debbie Harrison (SmithRock@aol.com)
Date: 05 Feb 2002

Am looking for the parents of Jennie "Jane" Ferrier who came from Ontario and married Gordon Thompson Feb 1886 in Cass Co and settled in Rich Township.

Phyllis Snider (GRANNY1732@aol.com)
Date: 30 Jan 2002

I am seeking the parents of Mary O'Connell who married Jul, 1888 in Fargo,Cass Co, ND to a James Edmund Watson. Any information on this woman would be appreciated. Thank you.

Jenny Gibeault (jengibeault@yahoo.com)
Date: 29 Jan 2002

I am looking for information on my unknown great- grandfather. My deceased grandmother was born 2/25/1925 in Fargo, to unwed Ruth Lunseth. She immediately was given to her aunt and uncle, Barrett and Albert Miller to raise as their own, and was given the name Eva Gayle Miller. She had a younger sister (really her cousin) named Ruth (Ruthie) Miller. Ruthie is most likely still alive. I know there were papers on the adoption, because when my grandmother found out about this adoption, shortly before her death, she had remembered seeing papers as a very young girl. Any info on who the father may be?

Marcia Lawrence Ernst (ernst@phonewave.net)
Date: 29 Jan 2002
URL: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=ernstm

Researching family of William G. LAWRENCE b. 1824, PA and wife Cornelia living with son Charles M. LAWRENCE b 1852, Cincinnati, Ohio and dau-in-law Minnie in 1880 census for Casselton, Cass Co., Dakota Territory. Also had sister Martha W. LAWRENCE b. 1857, Cincinnati, Ohio, living with them although she is listed as a brother to Charles. Did this family stay in the area?

Submitter: Larry Thompson (lthompson@mvtvwireless.com)
Date: 28 Jan 2002

Where was the town of Bedford located? I am told it was in Cass County, but now exists under another name.

Susan Lynn Chase (Suschase@hotmail.com)
Date: 26 Jan 2002

Ione Ruth SCHAUER was born on Jun 9,1924 in Fargo,Cass,North Dakota. Her mothers maiden name was ENZMINGER.Need more information on her parents and siblings

Surnames: NIMMICK
Sharol Fletcher (sfs@snowcrest.net)
Date: 25 Jan 2002

Looking to purchase books on Cass County history and information on Reinhold Nimmick family.
Rual Cass County: The Land and People, 1979.
Alice Community History, 1975. Revised 2000.
Tower City History, 1879-1979. 1979
Fingal Community History, 1980
Yesteryears in Traill: Traill County, North Dakota, Vol. 1, 1976.
Alice, North Dakota Diamond Jubilee, June 6-7, 1975: 1900-1975, 1975.

Looking for information on Nimmick family:
Reinhold Nimmick b.Feb 24, 1875 in Russia d.Dec 26, 1965 in Valley City buried in Buffalo Cemetery.
Married--Anna Pauline unknown b.Dec 4,1879 d.Oct 12, 1960 unknown
Children: August b. Aug 19, 1899 Edward b. Jul 8, 1901 Richard b. Aug 14, 1909 Alice b. Aug 19, 1910 Esther b. Oct 31, 1913 Fred b. Sep 24, 1915 Lena b. Nov 25, 1917 Arnold b. Apr 23, 1919 Alma b. Aug 6, 1905 d. Jan 25,1910 Natalie b. Jan 6,, 1908 d. Feb 4, 1910 Martha b. Apr 22, 1903 d. Nov 27, 1908 Theodore b. Apr 22, 1907 d. Nov 24, 1908
Not sure what year family came to Cass County.
Article on Reinhold Nimmick in the "Tower City History, 1879-1979" book. Would appreciate a copy of the article if someone has the book and time. Inquiring about possible epidemic in the years of 1908 and 1910. Two children died with days of each other in 1908 and two children died with a couple weeks of each other 1910. Looking for photos of Cass County businesses, bridges, old farms, etc. during the late 1800's to present. Believe that August Nimmick had business, body shop or mechanics shop, in Alice or Luca about 1925-1930. Business was destroyed in fire. Any information on any of the above would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Sharol Fletcher sfs@snowcrest.net

Surnames: HANSON

Submitter: connie gray (prayer137@hotmail.com)
Date: 24 Jan 2002

Hi, any relatives of forrest norman hanson, also known as Buzzy, he died july 26th of 2001, i would like to have some information about him, he lived in the dunseith nursing home..i am his daughter.

Mona Gehring (liatris875@aol.com)
Date: 23 Jan 2002

John J. and Christiana (BILLMEYER)Bowers settled in Fargo about 1881, bringing their family from Osage IA. Carpenters by trade, John and his sons may have been involved in constructing downtown buildings. Son Fred married Elizabeth LITHGOW and then ? and was father of 8 children. He was Chief of Police in 1900. Seeking details of their lives in Fargo.

Surnames: GODWIN
Charles Godwin (ND.charles@godwin.ca)
Date: 20 Jan 2002
URL: http://www.godwin.ca

I am looking for information on the family of William Harold Godwin (died Fargo 1953), Percy Laurence Edward Godwin (died Fargo 1956) and their sister Alice Emily Godwin (death unknown). all were born in Three Rivers (Trois Rivieres) QC, Canada.

Sharol Fletcher (sfs@snowcrest.net)
Date: 07 Jan 2002

Looking for information on Foogman family, Schneider family, Kapaun family, and Nimmick family.
Adolph Foogman married Helen Schneider on Feb. 27, 1901 in Columbia, Wisconsin. Moved to Hillsboro, Traill County, ND; daughter Pauline Foogman married Adolph Kapaun they lived Clifton Township, Cass County, ND. Emma Foogman married ? on Dec 19, 1903 in Columbia, WI. Irene Kapaun b.Oct 9, 1907 Cass County, ND. d.1992 Davenport, Iowa, daughter of Adolph Kapaun and Pauline Foogman Kapaun m. August Nimmick b.? d.abt 1939 Cass County, ND., lived in Fargo, Cass County, ND. Helen could be the daughter of Michael Schneider b. Apr 11, 1864 d.Mar 5, 1942 and Augusta ? Schneider b.May 5, 1859 d.Mar 4, 19? They had a son Johann b.Aug 4, 1888 d. Mar 24, 1889.
This is all the information I have, anything that might be helpful would be appreciated. Thank you. Sharol Fletcher sfs@snowcrest.net

Roxanne White (roxwhite@home.com)
Date: 05 Jan 2002

I am looking for information on a Carl/Karl/Charles Evenson that lived in Wheatland, in the 1930s. He worked on a farm in that area. The owner of the Farm was a George Schonberger. I have been looking for this family for a long time and was hoping that someone could help me with this. Thank you for your time and effort.
Roxanne White

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