Cottonwood County Minnesota Queries

Cottonwood Co. Minnesota Queries

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Looking for the family of Martha Marie ANDERSON born September 07 1879 in Storden [Cottonwood Co] Minn, died October 18 I bought a 1908 sewing machine which contains a box with a 1942 postage stamp addressed to John C. Ahrens, Bingham Lake MN. I would like to know more about who owned this machine. Thanks Glen Anderson 3 July 2004


Looking for the family of Martha Marie ANDERSON born September 07 1879 in Storden [Cottonwood Co] Minn, died October 18 1909 in Cashmere [Chelan Co] Washington. Martha died in childbirth with her third child. Martha's parents were Rasmus ANDERSON & Marie EINERTSON. Martha married Frank HAMILTON September 08 1897 in Windom, Minn. Martha had a brother John E. ANDERSON who lived in Westbrook [Cottonwood Co]. Martha is my Grandmother. Earl Hamilton 14 Dec 1998


Seeking info on the ANDERSON family of Westbroook, Cottonwood County, MN. Margaret Josephine ANDERSON b. 12/14/12 in Westbrook to Anna Louisa HELGE and Oscar Grdeon ANDERSON. They had 4-5 other children. Anna came to America from Värmland, Sweden in 1902. Lori Dearing 22 Jun 1998


Have some info on the ANDERSON/EINERTSON/PETERSON family of Westbrook Storden area Cottonwood MN, Theodore Peterson and Laura Tomina were my maternal grandparents. 13 children are my relation! Willing to share if you are. Wanda Kastner 15 Apr 1999


I am looking for info on Anderson, Johnson and Erickson in Ann Twp. Cottonwood Co. Mn. Nicholas Anderson was the son of Anders Narveson & Maria Ellingson who came to Cottonwood Co. about 1875. Both of the parents believed to have been buried Cottonwood Co. Nicholas married Julia Erickson in southern Wi. Julias brother Erick Erickson and his wife Theoline lived in Cottonwood Co for a period of time. Julias sister Mary married Ole Johnson of Cottonwood Co. Other children of Anders Narveson were Anders C. Anderson, still in Cottonwood Co around 1910, Mary Anderson who married John Svenson, living in MN around 1910 and Jennie who died in childhood. Jerry 16 March 2009


Adrian Wilson ANNES was my Great Grandfather, he was mayor of Windom 1890, Probate Judge 1911. He had three sons and I have been searching for info on two of them. Lynn Hinkson ANNES Born Oct. 5 1894 in Windom and George Everett ANNES. They were my grandfather, Erle C. ANNES's step brothers, this is all the information I have about Lynn and George. If you have any info about their lives and familys I would appreciate you E-mailing me. Mike Adrian Annes 20 Sep 2000


I am seeking info on A W ANNES and his decendants. Judge ANNES resided in Windom and was mayor of that town at one time. He was my grandfther and passed on around 1936. He had two sons from his second marriage named Lynn and Everat ANNES and i am also looking for info on them and their families.Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Erle C Annes 8 Nov 2000


I am researching Jane EDWARDS BROMWICH AUGHENBAUGH. After the death of Uriah BROMWICH, Jane married Andrew AUGHENBAUGH. It is listed here that he died in Windom, Minnesota in 1906. And was buried in Freeborn, Minnesota. I have been searching for Jane EDWARDS BROMWICH AUGHENBAUGH and maybe by chance someone will come across something. Thank you ever so much. EJ Bromwich 29 Jul 2002

AUNE, Peter

Peter AUNE.... Father...b. 1861? Brother - Albert AUNE and wife Mabel. Need info on their son ..... Leonard born 1894? All from Cottonwood County. June Krueger 4 April 2005


I have been unable to find any record of the marriage of my great grand parents.... Olaus Lars or Larsson Austad and his cousin Kjersten Marta Hellem came to America from Norway on the Tasso (Allan line). They left Trondheim harbour on April 20, 1881. Their destination was Windom. The family story goes that they were married in Jackson. However, I can find nothing. They, being Norwegian, were Lutheran, and would have - I would think - been married in church, and a church record somewhere. Thank you so very much. Lucia Hansen 11 Nov 2008


Please help me locate the cemetery where John F. AUSTIN is buried. He died 13 Jan 1912 in Windom. I would also like to get a picture of his headstone, if possible. Thanks in advance for your help with my query. Walter Hartung 8 March 2007


I am searching for a woman with the first name of Colleen who married a man by the name of Lloyd BALCH sometime in the forties. (Not much to go on I know) Colleen was reportedly from Windom MN. Lloyd was from Heron lake. I do not know what Colleens last name was. After the marriage they lived in Minneapolis. I do not know if Colleen died or if they divorced. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone. Thanks, Mary Balch 24 Oct 2000

BARLOW,Josiah W./SHIPPY,Emma Harriet

Looking for information on the Josiah W. BARLOW family which resided in Windom. Emma Harriet SHIPPY was Josiah's spouse. Originally residing in Elkhorn, Wisconsion, they probably arrived in Windom ca. 1889 with son William (born ca. 1878). Children born in Windom were Alice L (born 3/16/1984), Laurence E. (born ca. 1897) and Dorothy L. (born ca 1901) Josiah is listed as a painter by profession during the 1910 and 1920 censuses. George W. SHIPPY, brother of Emma, resided with this family for quite a number of years, never having married. Born 3 July, 1864, he passed in Windom on 3 Oct, 1930. Would appreciate any information and will share what I have resarched. Ruben Ayala 14 April 2009


Am searching for a cemetery in Cottonwood County entitled the Mountain Lake Cemetery. I have a copy of a cemetery deed for my great grandfather's purchase of a lot in this cemetery. The deed is to Michael WOSNACK and is dated 9/29/1906. Mark and Helen Baumgartel 27 Aug 2003


My father was Conrad Fritjof BELL born 1905 in Windom. Mother was Anna I think. Brothers were Nick BELL (former WImdom sheriff), Reuben and I think William. Sisters were Helga and Emma. Anyone with information please contact me at 760-861-4251. Judy Bell or at Judy Bell 27 Feb 2007


My father was Conrad Fritjof Bell born 1905 in Windom. Mother was Anna I think. Brothers were Nick Bell (former Windom sheriff), Reuben and I think William. Sisters were Helga and Emma. The query left by Kirk and Cheryl Morschauser has an incorrect email. In case theirs is removed, their query said: [I am looking for my Grandmother's family from Windom. Her name was Helga BELL and she was born in 1894. I know she had a brother named Conrad and a sister named Emma or Emily who married a man by the name of POPE. She married my Grandfather in is in the 1920 Federal Census in Spring Green, Sauk Co., Wisconsin where she lists her birth place as Minnesota and both of her parents birthplaces as Norway. They changed the surname to BELL, it was originally JACOBSON. I have a bible that was handed down with the inscription "Harriet Whitney Bell - Love Mother" Any and all information would be appreciated. Kirk & Cheryl Morschauser 8 Jun 1999] Anyone with information please contact me at Judy Bell 15 Feb 2007


I am searching the following surnames for people that were in Cottonwood County in the 1880 Census. I have Norman FAIRBANKS, S. S. BILLINGS, John H. PICKETT and John BURNS. These families were all related. Norman Fairbanks and his wife Mary were there along with their daughters Sarah and her husband S. S. BILLINGS, Laura and her husband John H. PICKETT and Rosella and her husband John BURNS. John BURNS daughter Adah was suppose to have been born there in 1880. Also they had a son Elmer Leroy born ca 1883. I am not sure if he was born there or in Barron Co Wis. where they all moved when they left Cottonwood County. Jo Emerson 29 Mar 2001

BLEGEN,Andreas & Pernelle

I am searching for records of Andreas BLEGEN and Pernelle BLEGEN. It is believed that they arrived from Norway to Minn. around 1888 to 1890. I don't know a township in Cottonwood County that they lived inbut it is believed that they died in Cottonwood Cty. I have no date of birth for either. I have a list of nine children. Antionette, Lorenza, Oleana, Irina, Petrina, Jakobia, Petrina, Josephine and Ole. In 1888, their children were grown so Andreas and Pernelle were not young. My thought was that there may be a cemetery with their tombstones. Any help would be appreciated. Rhoda Cummins 25 Oct 2006


Looking for information about the BOTT family that lived in Cottonwood County in the middle to late 1800's around Germantown, Any help is appreciated, Thank you. Bonnie 11 July 2006


I am in correspondence with his great nephew in Norway who is looking for any additional information on a child, an infant, born to Charles/Charlie BRAATHUN and his wife Anna, who lived in Storden from 1902 until his death in 1958. He was a member of the Amo Lutheran church for over 50 years. We're assuming that the child was born there also. Does anyone have the cemetery listings for Amo Lutheran Church cemetery? That would be a start so that I might help this Norwegian descendent locate some information. Thanks for any help. Judy Olson 23 Apr 2000

BRADLEY,George & Ida

I am researching the George and Ida BRADLEY family of Lakeside Twp. George was born April 19, 1870 at Anamosa, Jones Co. Iowa to Marshall and Ellen BRADLEY. George and family moved to Cottonwood Co. about 1913. He died Jan. 1, 1956 and is buried at the Lakeview Cemetery, Windom, MN. George was a brother to my g-grandfather, Horace BRADLEY. Sandy Dempsey 22 Jan 2011


I am looking for any information on the BRANDs located north and west of windom. A Methodist-German family. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Shawn Brand 31 Jan 2004


BRANDT, Gustav and Louisa, came about 1881 to Selma Twp. Son Louis and wife already there and gone. Family: Louis, Edward, Lena, Amy Theodore, Albert Emma, Matilda, Frederick, Robert and Louise. Grandchildren living with them in 1885: Louisa B., Wm. F, and Nathan M. REIMER/RAMER. Gustav died 1895, Louisa probably in 1913. Lena RAMER in 1884. I'm descended from Wm. F. If there are any other BRANDT descendents out there I would like to hear from them. Shirley Newell 15 Jul 2000


Gustave Brandt and Lousie Schmidt, Cottonwood county around 1867. Gus and Lousie were from Dachwig Germany. Beverly Brandt Truscott 27 Sept 2008


I am looking for any information on Jacob BRAUN, wife's name is Elizabeth. I am having a hard time finding any information on my greatgrandfather. I do know that he was born about 1839 in Russia. There were 6 children. He was a farmer. Please send any information to; Carol Fynan 14 March 2007


I am looking for a present day family in Windham. One of my cousins married Stuart A. Brown from Windham. He was the son of Silar A Brown and ?? Noble. I have a bunch of old photos that I would like to send them if there is someone interested and would like to have them. Sharon Fakkema 4 Oct 2008

H3>BRYANT I am trying to determine if land owned by a Mr. Oliver B. BRYANT is my ancestor. The land in question is;
Parcel:  Township 105 N, Range 36 W, (Great Bend Twp), Section 8 
Meridian or Watershed: 5th
Acres: 80
Sale Type: Homestead
Serial # MN 2520__.040
Document #: 5250
Date: 15 Jun 1880
Name: Oliver B Bryant
My ancestor was born 1 Feb 1844 in New Vineyard, (Franklin), Maine and died on 20 Nov 1921 in Goodhue County, Minnesota. Any information you could provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Rose Morris 29 Aug 2001


Searching for information on Burdick family living in Highwater Township in the 1920s. MH Burdick and brother Clark Burdick lived in this area or close to North Redwood Falls. [email protected] 16 Jan 1999

BURKE,John & Sarah

Seeking information about the John and Sarah BURKE family who lived in Bingham Lake in the late 1800's - father John, mother Sarah BARNES, children including but not exclusively Sarah E., born 10 April 1865 in Poole England. The family relocated from Wisconsin. K. Kloos 8 March 2007


I am searching the following surnames for people that were in Cottonwood County in the 1880 Census. I have Norman FAIRBANKS, S. S. BILLINGS, John H. PICKETT and John BURNS. These families were all related. Norman FAIRBANKS and his wife Mary were there along with their daughters Sarah and her husband S. S. BILLINGS, Laura and her husband John H. PICKETT and Rosella and her husband John BURNS. John BURNS daughter Adah was suppose to have been born there in 1880. Also they had a son Elmer Leroy born ca 1883. I am not sure if he was born there or in Barron Co Wis. where they all moved when they left Cottonwood County. Jo Emerson 29 Mar 2001


I am trying to verify the death of a Gerusha (Jerusha) CARRINGTON. Information I have received indicates that she died February 9, 1891 in Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County. She is not listed in the 1880 census or in the death records for 1893-1953 and nothing was found in the Cottonwood County book of wills. Does anyone have access to any kind of earlier records that may help me prove her death in that are and hence move further with this family line? Thanks for any assistance!! Pam Regopoulos 24 Dec 2003


I am seeking information on the descendents of Elizabeth GODBOLT CHEADLE, formerly Elizabeth GODBOLT SMITH. Elizabeth had 3 children from her first marriage to (?) SMITH. They were: Robert SMITH, Alice SMITH and May SMITH. Alice married Samual L. RANK and resided in Cottonwood County. Robert married Mary M. May appears as May GRUMP in the 1895 census. Tim Zuel 22 Jul 2001


Would like to correspond with anyone with connections in Sleepy Eye. I'm researching the family of Peter Christensen who emigrated from Denmark and died in Sleepy Eye in 1907. My particular interest is finding out where in Denmark Peter Christensen came from but will correspond about anything relating to this family. Diane K. Hughes 16 May 1997


I am looking for information on the CHRISTENSEN family. I believe they lived in Windom, MN. in the 1890's. My grandmother Lillian BETHKE (maiden name VOSS) was born 8/25/1890 and named Caroline CHRISTENSEN. She was given up by the CHRISTENSEN's for adoption when she was very young. Her adoptive family was August and Mary VOSS on Waseca, Minnesota. Does anyone have information that may lead me to her birth parents? Any help would be appreciated. Laura Hill 27 June 2005


I am researching Esther Christene Christensen, daughter of Hans J and Mattie Christensen. She was born about 1908. Pam 26 Sept 2010

CLARK,Homer/BROWN,Mary Elizabeth

I am seeking information about my Grandfather, Homer CLARK, married to Mary Elizabeth BROWN aft. 1860 probably in Dale Township. Homer was the Son of Joel R. CLARK, married to Margaret HAUSSER CLARK of Cottonwood County. Joel died on Jan.20, 1910 in Big Bend Township. Mary Elizabeth BROWN was the daughter of Thomas S. BROWN, Probate Judge of Windom from 1896 to his death on January 10, 1911. Thomas was married to Elizabeth Marie WILLIAMS HUNTER BROWN. Homer and Mary were married abt. 1870 probably in Dale Township. They had three children, one being my father Lowell Homer CLARK. I would appreciate any information in my search of my Grandfather, Homer. Fr.Alan Clark 25 Jun 2002


I am searching for my father who I have never met or any of his relatives. His name is Ralph Albert Claussen. He was born 8-19-1915 and died 9-13-1986. He entered the army from Westbrook, Minnesota. I believe his father was John. [email protected] 20 Aug 1999


The obituary of Henry BIERKAMP (died 5 July 1917, Luverne, MN) lists attendees at the funeral, among whom were "Mrs Maggie CLAUSSEN and Miss Nettle of Windom." Henry BIERKAMP's wife was Sophia Magdalena CLAUSSEN. I am trying to determine who Mrs Maggie CLAUSSEN was. One possibility is that she was the wife of Sophia Magdalena's brother, Peter Jacob CLAUSSEN. Does anyone have any information on Mrs Maggie CLAUSSEN and Miss Nettle? Anything provided would be appreciated. Thanks Paul Frost 28 Oct 2003


According to the Obituary of William Edward COFFIN, in the "Record Review" in Marion, Kansas, 3 Aug 1944, he was born in Windom, Minnesota, 2 Dec 1871. William Edward COFFIN (usually called "Ed"), married Nora HARDING, and "Ed" had at least one sister, Emma J. COFFIN, who married John Kersey COFFMAN. However, we have been unsuccessful at finding the names of their parents. Emma COFFIN is my Fraternal greatgrandmother, who was born 1 Apr 1869, and died in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, 31 Dec 1954. We are hoping to get further information including Ed's parents' names and birth states. We have not found Ed & Emma together in a family unit in the 1880 Federal Census. Norma Bruss 29 Aug 2003


A family member stated that my g-g-grandfather, Marshall COLLINS, moved to your area and died there in 1895 or 1896. I do not know the town or area of your county that they resided. He resided with his son, Albert Sylvester COLLINS and his family. Does your area have any death records, newspapers or burial listings going that far back? I do not know how long the family lived there but know that some of the family later moved to CA. This family has been very hard to find info about and I hope I can finally clear some of this mystery up. Thank you for your help in advance. Evelyn Morris Huerd 24 Jul 2002


Will share 1800-1900 photo of Henry, Becky and LaVerne CRAWFORD taken in Windom, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Found in a Portland, Oregon antique shop. Please contact Penny Stewart at [email protected] 18 Jan 2001


Albertine CROCKER, born 12 Oct. 1843 at Springfield TWP, Cottonwood, CO. MN. died 2 Feb. 1929 in San Diego, CA Greenwood Cemetery. Married Chauncey AUSTIN 10 March 1879. Had 2 children, Cora Evangeline Austin & Flora Albertine AUSTIN. Her Mother: Hanna SMALL, born ABT 1835 in Springfield, MN. [email protected] 4 Aug 2000


I am looking for information and family of Thomas CURLEY who came from Ireland and Mary (unknown surname), who was born in Boston and moved to the Mountain Lake area in the 1800's. They had 12 children; 9 boys and 3 girls. One of them, Joseph Bernard CURLEY, homesteaded at Orkney Saskatchewan Canada in 1910. Two other brothers spent a spring and summer in Southern Saskatchewan probably in 1909. Some of Joe's brothers were Frank, Martin Ed, Will, Michael, Thomas, Aloysius and a couple of sisters were Blanche and Katy. Not sure of the others names. My husband is Calvin Bernard CURLEY, son of Joseph and Grace CURLEY. Anita Curley 1 June 2007


Looking for information about Henry DEACH, William Anges or Angus DEACH, who was married to Melinda Ellizabeth KELLY, and John DEACH. I have found a record of Henry DEACH living in Cottonwood County in 1880, and the family history says that Melinda immigrated to the U.S. from Canada, and lived in Minnesota prior to moving to South Dakota, then North Dakota, (I think she and William Angus/Anges may have married in either Canada or Minnesota). You can contact me at [email protected] with any information, or call me at 606-282-0632. Jean-Marie Arelt 29 Oct 1999


There is a lot of history pertaining to Moses DeWOLF B 8/2/1829 coming from Parish, Oswego Co. NY to Cottonwood Co. in the year of 1871. It was Moses who named the town of Amboy, Mn., Besides Moses coming to Mn at this time was his wife Elizabeth Mosher, their sons George b. 7/19/1853, Eugene b. 5/19/1855 and Dalmar b.5/19/1845, also his nephews Milo b. 10/7/1847, James, 9/7/1845, Harley b. 2/23/1853 . In 1886 Andrew l. b. 1850, Mary 5/10/1856, Nettie 8/7/1863, John Place DeWolf 12/5/1866 all locating in Amboy, Bingham Lake and Windom. Moses, Milo and Harley where on the first county commissioners of Amboy township. organized 10/10/1872. If anyone has any information on any of these DeWolfs, please contact me. Maurice R. DeWolf Sr. 21 Aug 1999


Am tracing the family line of Nellie Jane Trumbull. She was born in 1880 in Pipestone Minn, and married William Henry Dhabolt in 1896. They had 6 children and lived in Jeffers, Cottonwood. Anyone with information - please email me? [email protected] 31 Jan 1999


Would like to exchange information on the family of Theodore DOCKENDORF born 26 Oct. 1839 and wife Lousia BULLOCK, born 23 June, 1841, they lived or died about 1939 in Cottonwood Co. Mn. Dau. Ella was married to someone named SPULDING they lived in Chekio, Mn. I question that spelling. Would like to make contact with a SPULDING, I have photo's to share. N. Hartman 08 Jun 2001


I am searching for information on my mother, Marjorie Ann DOLAN. She was born in Windom, MN in 1930. She moved to Grand Rapids, MI around 1955, though her mother, who I believe was a THORNSON, remained until the mid 70's. I would like to trace lineage as far back as possible and any info would be greatly appreciated! Contact: Tom Host 28 Aug 2000


Looking for family of Josephine DOLEN b. Sep. 1867 in MN. Her parents were born in Canada, but do not know their names or have any information on them. She married Theodore SWEENEY abt. 1890. While residing in Cottonwood Co., they had 4 daughters, Ida, Alice, Florence, and Martha Adele. By 1909, they had moved to Reedley, Fresno Co., CA where they are both buried. Mary Saulque 17 May 2000


Roswell Dunsmore, his wife Matilda Kane, and children Lizzie Adeline, Melissa Jane, Anna L. and Roswell E.B. lived in Southbrook Township from 1872 to after 1887. Would like to learn where they went after that or contact descendants. Thanks. Marcia Clark8 July 2008


Looking for anyone who knows of James J. DUROE or any of his children. He and my gr. grandmother were bro and sis, I believe...born in NY? Ann in Oregon 6 Nov 2003


Anna Erickson, b. April 1884 either in Norway or Windom Village, MN married 1902, Cottonwood County, MN to Dennis Bohan, b. 1875, Iowa. Children: Donald Francis Bohan, b. 1903, Windom Village, MN, Joseph Bohan, b. 1906, Windom Village, MN. More information about the Bohan Family can be found in descendant reports and family tree on my web page entitled The Litt Family History Page located at Deborah A. Bohan 1 Apr 1999


Hi, I am looking for the daughter of Pete and Selma Eikenes. Pete and Selma lived in Rake, Winnebago, IA when I visited them in 1975. I believe that the moved to Windom, Cottonwood, MN not shortly after that, to be closer to their daughter. Pete died in Windom July 1977, and Selma June 1983 according to the SSDI. The only thing I know about the daughter, is that her husband had a truck business. Regards Odd Braathun, Oslo, Norway Odd Braathun 17 Jul 1998


I am looking for information of the ENGSTROM family. Father Otto (b. 1849 in Tiveden parish) left Sweden in 1880 and settled on a farm in Cottonwood County. In the 1920 census he lived there with his wife Annabe (Anna Beata)(b. 1849 in Molltorp) and two sons Earnest and Martin. There may have been three older kids: Oscar Sigfrid, Bror Arnhold and Ida Charlotta, but these are not mentioned in the censu records. I am specifically looking for any information or descendents of EARNEST and MARTIN ENGSTROM Joe & Babe Carlson 3 Jan 1999


Looking for information on Halgim and Anna Erickson (birth dates and location in Norway). Immigrated from Norway around 1870. Children; Eric, Ludwig, Alfred, Rose Adelia Josephine, Clara, Also, looking for information on Carl Einertson. He married Rose Adelia Josephine Erickson. Their children were; my mother, Florence, Wilma, Harold, Sherman, and Ernest. Both families lived in Cottonwood County, near Westbrook, Storden. Any information about either of these families will be greatly appreciated. Warren Painter Mon Jan 20 10:14:55 1997


I am looking for any descendents of Heinrich H. EWERT and Anna SPERLING b.1869 to find out more information on Anna's parent and ancestors --Heinrich and Susanna VOTH SPERLING. They are listed on 1880 Federal Mountain Lake census: Heinrich SPERLING, Susannah SPERLING, wife, and Helena SPERLING, dau, Anna SPERLING, dau, Heinrich SPERLING, son, Peter SPERLING, son, Eliza SPERLING, dau. Kathy Penner Sperling 27 Apr 2002


I am looking for information on the obituary or death of Jacob EWY b Jul 21 1809 (married to Barbara ALBERT died 1939-?) Jakob/Jacob died in Minnesota most likely Cottonwood Co. after 1882. Kathy Penner Sperling 27 Apr 2002


I am looking for information on Inez Elain Ewy born November 9, 1914. She was married to my father, Charles Thiel Doms on July 22, 1937 in Westbrook, Cottonwood, County. Her parents were Christian Ewy and Hilda A. Erickson. Is she still alive? Thanks. Linda Beltz March 25, 2009


Joan Safley married David Fairbairn came to Cottonwood county from Greenlake Wi. about 1878. They raised 10 children and were buried in the Windom Cemetery. Don and Melinda Norton 30 Jan 2000


I am searching the following surnames for people that were in Cottonwood County in the 1880 Census. I have Norman FAIRBANKS, S. S. BILLINGS, John H. PICKETT and John BURNS. These families were all related. Norman Fairbanks and his wife Mary were there along with their daughters Sarah and her husband S. S. BILLINGS, Laura and her husband John H. PICKETT and Rosella and her husband John BURNS. John BURNS daughter Adah was suppose to have been born there in 1880. Also they had a son Elmer Leroy born ca 1883. I am not sure if he was born there or in Barron Co Wis. where they all moved when they left Cottonwood County. Jo Emerson 29 Mar 2001


Looking for any information on Emmanuel FARNLOF and his wife Hilda FARNLOF (maiden name GUNDERSEN) Stella FARNLOF, & Clarence FARNLOF in Cottonwood County around 1900-1920. [email protected] 16 Aug 1999


I've "rescued" two old photographs belonging to the FAST and REGIER Families of Minnesota. The first is a photograph of Herm B. FAST which was taken at the C. J. Brown Studio in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. The photograph was taken in early 1900's with Herm appearing to be in his 20's at the time it was taken. The second photograph is of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. REGIER and was also taken at the C. J. Brown Studio in Mountain Lake, MN. This second photograph is dated Xmas 1912 with the couple appearing to be in their 40's or 50's at the time. In addition to names and dates, someone has also written "Sara H. FAST" and "from my S. S. teacher Uncle Jno REGIER" and "S. S. Teacher Mr. J. H. REGIER" on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding these folks and their families:
Herman B. FAST b. 19 May 1887 in Mountain Lake, MN to parents Herman J. FAST (b. 17 Jun 1860 in Jurtemalee, S. Russia) and Aganetha BECKER (b. 9 Dec 1865 in Rudnerweide, S. Russia).  This couple had 8 children including, Herman B.; Aganetha Helen; John B.; Sara A.; Heinrich A.; Elizabeth; Maria Katharina; and Olga Ellen FAST all born between 1887 and 1904 in Mountain Lake, MN.  

Herman B. FAST married Anna WARKENTIN (b. 18 Nov 1886 in S. Russia and together they had 5 children including Wilma Aganetha; Bertha; Alma Gertrude; Marie Ruth; and Herman Robert FAST all born between 1911 and 1927 in Mountain Lake, MN. Herman B. FAST died 19 Dec 1938.

Census records provide the following information:
1880 census of Mountain Lake, MN:
Heinrich REGEHR, age 48, born Russia, a Farmer, parents born Prussia
Sarah REGEHR, wife, age 51, born Prussia, Keeping House, parents born Prussia
Heinrich REGEHR, son, age 25, born Russia, Works on Farm, parents born Russia
Justina REGEHR, dau, age 20, born Russia, at Home, parents born Russia
Johann REGEHR. son, age 14, born Russia, parents born Russia
Gerhard REGEHR, son, age 8, born Russia, parents born Russia
Hermann FAST, step-son, age 20, born Russia, Works on Farm, parents born Prussia
Elizabeth FAST, step-dau, age 15, born Russia, parents born Prussia

1900 census of Mountain Lake Township, MN:
Herman FAST, age 39, born Dec 1860, married 14 years, born Russia, parents born Germany, to USA 1875, Farming
? FAST, wife, age 34, born May 1865, married 14 years, 6 children/5 living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878
? FAST, son, age 13, born May 1887, born MN, at School
Agnetha FAST, dau, age 11, born Jul 1888, born MN, at School
Johan FAST, son, age 10, born Feb 1889, born MN, at School
Sara FAST, dau, age 8, born Mar 1892, born MN, at School
Heinrich FAST, son, age 5, born Oct 1894, born MN, at School

John H. REGIER, age 34, born Aug 1866, married 6 years, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1876, Farming
Katharina REGIER, wife, age 27, born Jan 1873, married 6 years, 1 child/none living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878
Peter J. WIENS, foster child, age 13, born Feb 1887, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1894, at School
+ 1 laborer
+ living directly next door Heinrich & Sara REGIER

1910 census of Mountain Lake Township, MN:
Herman J. FAST, age 49, married 24 years, born Russia, parents born Germany/Russia, to USA 1875, a Farmer
Agnes FAST, wife, age 44, married 24 years, 8 children/7 living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878
Herman B. FAST, son, age 22, born MN, a Farm Laborer
Agnes FAST, dau, age 21, born MN
John H. FAST, son, age 20, born MN, a Farm Laborer
Sarah A. FAST, dau, age 18, born MN, a Farm Laborer
Henry A. FAST, son, age 15, born MN, a Farm Laborer
Mary K, FAST, dau, age 9, born MN
Olga E. FAST, dau, age 6, born MN

John H. REGIER, age 44, first marriage 16 years, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1875, a Farmer
Katia REGIER, wife, age 37, 2nd marriage 16 years, 1 child/none living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878
Richard REGIER, adopted, age 14, a Farm Laborer
Jennie REGIER, adopted, age 12
+ 2 servants

1920 census of Mountain Lake, MN:
John H. REGIER, age 54, to USA 1876, born Russia, parents born Russia, a Carpenter
Tina REGIER, wife, age 46, to USA 1878, born Russia, parents born Russia

1920 census of Odin, MN:
Herman B. FAST, age 32, born MN, parents born Russia, a Farmer
Anna FAST, wife, age 33, to USA 1903, born Russia, parents born Russia
Wilma FAST, dau, age 8, born MN
Bertha FAST, dau, age 5, born MN
Alma FAST, dau, age 2 years + 5 months, born MN

I am hoping to locate someone from this family so that these wonderful old photographs can be returned to their rightful place, with family.  If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks.  Shelley  13 July 2009

FOSS,Julius & Beatrice

I am looking for information on these people in Windom, in the 1918 time frame. Somehow, I think I might be related to them. They took care of two of my Aunts after my grandmother died. Would love to find if they were really there, and if I can match a name to a picture. Marilyn MacLellan 5 July 2005

GAARD,John Alfred

Looking for any infomation anyone might have on John Alfred GAARD, born September 11, 1882 at Windom, Minnesota to John GAARD. Thank you, Hazel Gaard 28 Aug 2003


I know that Alfred (Fred) Severt GAARD was born at Windom, Cottonwood County, Minnesota on October 11, 1882 to John GAARD. Would like to know Alfred's mother's name and more about her. We do know that Alfred's father remarried after the death of Alfred's mother to a Julia SCOTT. Julia would be Alfred's Stepmother. I have checked the Cottonwood Courthouse and no birth record is recorded for Alfred. This was a disppointment, as I thought if I found his birth certificate, I would find out who his mother was. Alfred was married to Emelie Johnson URNESS on October 20, 1904 at Blue Earth, Minnesota and later they moved to Chippewa Falls, WI. Hazel Gaard 2 Nov 2003


I am searching for information on Otto Gaetzke who lived in either Windom or Mountain Lake about 1900 to 1910. Also information on the birth of Fae Floyd Gaetzke on or about May 27, 1904, probably in Mountain Lake and Avis Alta Gaetzke,born in Mountain Lake on November 18, 1907, both children of Ferdinand and Marguerite Mae (nee Collar) Gaetzke. The family moved on to Appleton, Minnesota about 1910. Ross Gaetzke Walker, 9011 West Dallas Street, Milwaukee, WI 53224-4738 or email Ross Gaetzke Walker 5 Oct 199


I'm searching for information pertaining to Francis GARDNER and his wife, Molly JONES, who had a daughter, Elsie I. GARDNER, born in 1898 in Bingham Lake, Lakeside Twp. Cottonwood Co. MN. Other children maybe have been Ruby and Paul GARDNER. Part of the family moved to Arlington, Snohomish Co. WA. where Elsie was married on 24 Dec. 1914 to Samuel Alfred CLOGSTON. It is a family rumor that Elsie maybe part Native American. Thank You Earlene Bale, Bremerton, WA. USA 26 Jan 2002


I am researching the Galloway surname in Cottonwood County. Specifically, I looking for any info I can find on a James Galloway who lived in Carson Twp., Cottonwood County. He died there on 1 April 1893 and is buried in or near Comfrey, MN. Roger D. Hunt


Looking for any information on the families of Fredrick (born 1955) and Mary (Hanson, born 1861) Gibson from Windom, MN. Family ties include Martin Adolph Gibson, Nels Ben Gibson, Hannah Gibson Mayes, Florence Gibson, Clara Gibson Johnston, Lillian Marie Hanson and William Herman Hanson. Mr. and Mrs. George Tadens. Thank you very much. [email protected] 23 March 2011

GRAHAM,Kelso Vernon

My father Kelso Vernon GRAHAM attend grade school in the Cottwood school. We know this as we have a "good attendance" award from the shool. His parents were Nettie and William Frank GRAHAM and he had siblings....Wilbur, Ivan, Bonnie, Archie. Any information on Kelso would be appreciated. Mary


The family of Jacob F. and Mary C. GRANT are given in the 1880 US Decimal Census for Lakeside, Cottonwood, Minn. Does anyone know anything about this family? B Grant 14 Sep 2002


Looking for any information on Catherine [HAYES,maiden name] GRAVLEY and her husband Hugh Gravley. Catherine and her daughters Mary and Grace ran the old tavern in Windom. Prior to this they farmed near windom. Thank you. Ronald R. Gravley


Looking for descendants of Lavina GREENMAN who was a DAVIS before marriage in area of Melrose, WI. Probably b. in 1840/50s. Do not have name of her husband. She was sis. to Lura, Josephine, Washington & James M. DAVIS. Am descended through Josephine. Known towns of residence for Lavina were Westbrook and Storden. Maureen Hyde 16 Dec 1998


Looking for information on George PRATT and his wife Adelia GREENMAN. George, and probably Adelia, too, are buried at a cemetery called Springfield Township cemetery in Cottonwood County. I would appreciate any info anyone might have on these people, and if someone just happens to visit the cemetery and would be willing to transcribe the information on their headstone for me I would really appreciate it! Angela Schultz 6 Jul 2002


Michael Grimes b 1836 in Ireland. Came with family to Susquehanna County, PA in 1837. Migrated to Sibley County, MN in the early 1850s. By 1870 he came to Jackson or Cottonwood Counties. Owned a hotel at Heron Lake in Jackson, and another one in Windom, Cottonwood. Married to a Nancy Rarety. Any information will be appreciated. Bill Grimes, Round Rock, TX 29 Apr 1999


I am looking for information regarding Ethel (MARTIN) GRUNEWALD. She was married to Ernest GRUNEWALD and lived in Windom Minnesota. She is deceased, but I am not sure of the actual date. I have tried to locate a death certificate just to get general information about her ancestry to no avail. She was said to be pure Cherokee. Any and all information you can give me is appreciated. Susan 8 Oct 2003


Looking FOR Judy GULLICKSON from Louisberg, Minnesota. Married to Doug OLSON, went to high school in Appleton MN. Father was a Minister in Louisberg, Minnesota. Thanks, Kathy Leal, Used to be Kathy Koosman from Holloway Minnesota 21 Mar 2007

HABECK, Clarence H.

Just starting a search for history of HABECK family. Only know of Clarence H., born in Westbrook. Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank You, Richard Habeck 1 Mar 2001

HAGEN, Dr. Ole Ellendsen

Hagen (original Norwegian spelling is Hauge), Dr. Ole Ellendsen - lived in Butterfield, MN. Hillestad (emigrated to Chicago) (Severine "Nina" Albertsdater, dtr. of Albert Hillestad and Karen Moe, married Dr. Ole Hagen 10 Feb 1904). Thank You, Joanne Dummermuth 15 Sept 2010


Family with this surname immigrated from Norway in 1881. They settled in Highwater township first. Given names include HANS CHRISTIAN, CARL MARTIN, JOHN CHRISTIAN (he later changed surname to SETER), KARINE and KATRINE. Jim Pederson 21 Jul 1998


Looking for links in the Storden, Windom, Deerfield areas for these names. My GrGrandparents were Peter J. HALVORSON and Mathilda ANDERSON HALVORSON. Peter had sisters Gena and Christina and another (first name unknown) who married a man surnamed LARSON and lived in Canada. Peter was born in 1866 in Deerfield. He and Mathilda ANDERSON had 6 children: Myrtle, Thelma, Violet, John, an infant son who died at birth, and my grandmother Jessie who married Antone (Tony) HAMPTON here in Washington. Mathilda Anderson HALVORSON had a brother named Henry who had quite a large family in the Windom area. I believe many 'cousins' still live near there. Some of Henry's children where Nels, Richard, Willy, Agnes. (there are several others!) My mother has visited her cousins there several times and Richard died this last summer, I believe. Dan HEDMAN was married to one of Peter HALVORSON's sisters, Christina. He, too, was from Storden. All of these folks came to Washington State, to a small town called Wenatchee, sometime @1900. They were pioneer families in the Squilchuck Creek area. If any of this sounds familiar, please contact me! Tammy Grubb 24 Jan 1999


Seeking information on family from Cottonwood Co. John Hamilton, born 1839, Died 1920's in Windom [Cottonwood Co] Minn. Married Emily Russell Feb 11 1868. Emily was born March 10 1848 & died February 13 1917 in Cashmere, [Chelan Co], Washington. Was buried in Windom. Johns parents, Aaron & Elizabeth, also lived in the area and are probably buried there. John & Emily's sons, Henry and Milton, stayed in the area of Windom. They had a barber shop. The other children, Frank, John S, Louisa and Jessie moved to the state of Washington. Frank is my grandfather. Earl Hamilton 14 Dec 1998


I am looking for information on Ray (or Roy) Charles HAMPTON and Mary Myrtle SMUTZ. They were married and lived in Cottonwood Minnesota. Kristin Carthey 10 Sep 2000

HANSEN,Jens (Peter)

I am looking for relatives to Jens(Peter) HANSEN who came to Minnesota 1890, he was born in Taarnborg, September 1869. There was a person named Jens HANSEN in Cottonwood County, who died 1942 or 1952. Also relatives to Julius HANSEN, born in Vemmelev 30. May 1884, arrived Boston 02. May 1902. Destination Westbrook, Minnesota at an uncle Jens(Peter) HANSEN, I think. Kjeld Hansen 4 Oct 2005


I am looking for any information on the HANSON, MATHISON, MATTSON, ENGEBRETSON family. They originally came went to McLeod County and then some of them moved to a homestead by Dutch Charley Creek in Cottonwood Co.. I do have some info to share with others. Missy Ginsky 12 May 2000


I am researching the Gotleib August HASS family. He went by the name of August HASS. He also had a son August. They lived first in the Blue Earth Co. area and near the town of Mapleton and then moved to Westbrook, Mn area and he also had a daughter that he stayed with at the time of his death at Heron Lake, Jackson Co. His first wife Bertha MINKLE died Jan 2, 1878 and he married Minnie Frietag STIBBLE in June same year and within a few years they moved to the Westbrook area. Paul & Selma Reb 3 Jul 1999

HEEKIN/ ?, Luthera

Hello, Please help me find info on my birth mother. Her first name is Luthera, last known married name HEEKIN. She was born in Cottonwood County in 1924. She has, or had 5 brothers, her parents both passed on in their 60's. She is of Irish, French, and Norwegian decent. She married for the first time in 1947 and had 4 children by that marriage, this husband was killed in an accident in 1952. My name is Judith, I was born October, 08, 1956. Any info would be greatly APPRECIATED !!! Judith 12 apr 2004


I am researching the Heinitz Russia families of Cottonwood County, MN. Cottonwood County, MN. Brothers Gottfried, George, and Jeremiah of Dreispitz Russia and families who immigrated to Mountain Lake area in the 1890s. Please contact me if you have any information on any descendants of this family. Kelly (Heinitz) Avant Tue Nov 5 13:03:06 1996


I would like to look for an obituary, and possibly a divorce record. My grandmother married Harry Heintzelman February 18, 1949. Thanks. Gay Murphy 7 April 2010


Looking for HENKELS, Anton J./JENTGEN, Marie Catherine. They emmigrated from Holtz, Luxembourg to Southbrook twp., Cottonwood Co. in 1872. Beatrice Pluard 9 Aug 1999


Family Connections: Searching for info on Herman HERIGON m. Catherine WOLNIEWICZ DRUCK, lived in Cottonwood area....any and all info greatly needed...thanks ahead of time... Patricia Herigon 7 Nov 1999


I am looking for information about Adolph HOFF. He was born Jan. 5, 1894 to Nicholine (LOVELY) and Anders HOFF. The information I have has him born in Windom, Highwater Twp., Cottonwood, MN Thank you, Beryl Hoff 13 May 2001


Seeking info about residence of my great-grandparents, the HOFSTAD family from Norway: father Peter Isaak, mother Ellen Marie PETERSDATTER, son Peter Othello, daughter Ivara Georgina. Lived in Windom area, unknown length of time, approx. 1891, possibly with relatives. Any leads are appreciated! Martha Heuschele 25 Sep 2002

HOFSTROM,Charles Oscar

Looking for info on my great-grandmother and great-grandfather and their parents. Charles Oscar Hofstrom was born in 1872 Sweden and died Dec, 1957 in Windom. I believe he was mayor of Windom for a time. Ebba (Dahl) Hofstrom was born in 1884 Sweden and died in 1987 in Aberdeen, SD. They had two children, George and Dorothy. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks! Julie Loos 3 July 2004


Seeking info on Louise Rebecca HORSTMANN b. 19 Nov 1872 Loganville, Sauk,WI d. 6 Aug 1952 Blue Earth, Faribault, MN m. 24 May 1895 Friedrich Christian HUMBURG b. 2 Sep 1870 Cottage Grove, Dane, WI d. 6 Aug 1952 Blue Earth, Faribault, MN. Children: Fredrick Herman Humburg  b. 23 Aug 1904 Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, MN. Believe there were at least 2 female born to this marriage. 28 Dec 1905 Obituary of brother William Horstman lists Mrs. "Lizzie" Humburg of Mountain Lake, Minn. Gary Schepp 03 Sep 1999


I know this is a long shot but I will give you the information I have. I have an old note from a relative that has passed on. The note lists the name Dillie Horton April 19, 1871 and under it was written Jeffers Minn. If the April 19, 1871 is a birth date I have a match with a Salathiel D. Horton who was my husband's Great-great-grandmother's brother. He was born in Montgomery Co. Iowa. I do not have any more information on him so maybe Jeffers was a death location or at a residence. I wish this person would have written better notes. I guess my question is, do you have a Salsthiel D. or a Dillie Horton buried in Cottonwood Co? Any leads would be GREAT!!!! Roz Boyer 7 Sep 2005


HUNZIKER's were pastor/missionaries in the early (1860-1900) protestant churches. Many be found in several townships. Dorothy Swanson 27 Dec 2004


I am looking for information on Chester F. HUTCHINSON and Sophia Eliza VAN ALLEN. Married in Heron Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota on August 3, 1875. Janice Berger 01 Mar 2004

HYDE, Maude

Am wondering if you have any knowledge of this information. The person is: Maude Hyde, Bingham Lake,MN. Father: Samuel P. Hyde; Mother: Nellie Barr Hyde; Brothers: Arch Hyde; Frank Hyde; Clinton Hyde, (my father), born in 1892; Ray Hyde (barbered for 50 years in Bingham Lake). As we get older we wish we would have paid more attention or remember better, but I thought that was what my dad said years ago. If you have any information it would be great to hear from you. Or, just a note back would be fine, too. Thank you. Eleanor (Hyde) Duerksen 22 June 2009


Looking for descendants of the Peter IVERSEN family, who lived in the Windom area. In 1920 they were living in Springfield Twp. This family came to Cottonwood Co. around 1900 from Iowa and consisted of Peter's wife Marie "Mary" CHRISTENSEN, sons Stanley and Floyd, and daughters Lillie and Maren. There may be more children, these are the only ones of which I am aware. Sheryl McClure, Oklahoma City 8 May 2002


Peter Iverson. He was my Grandfather. I have some information if you are interested. James Glidden 2 June 2011


I am researching Roy and his brother Herman Jaeger. Roy was born about 1905 and Herman was born about 1907. Pam 26 Sept 2010


I'm looking for information on my GGF. My GF was Roy Henry JENSEN. So far the best I can tell is he was in the Cottonwood County area and moved to Canada where he died. Michael Jensen 1 Oct 2006

JOHNSON,Andrew and Margaretha

I'm looking for more information about my great great grandparents: Andrew and Margaretha JOHNSON. I found them in the 1870 cenus in Belmont Township, Jackson Co., MN in 1870:
Andrew 52 born in Norway (birth date 1819)
Marg 53 born in Norway - (also called Margaretha in 1875, Margaretta in 1880, & Maggie in 1895)
also on 1870 census:
Jacob 12 born in Dane Co., Madison, WI
James 11 born in Dane Co., Madison, WI
Betsy 8 born in WI
Obit in Windom Reporter for Andrew died 7/9/1892; (birth date 1819-according to math from death record). Death record at court house shows Andrew JOHNSON, died 7/9/1892 at age 73, birth place Norway, cause of death - drowning.
Does anyone have more info on them? When Margaretha died & where? Where are they buried? When did they immigrate to WI? When were they married? Where in Norway are they from? Kathy Botten 01 Dec 2007

JOHNSON,Andrew and Martha

Looking for any additional connections to; Andrew JOHNSON b.1818 in Norway died July 9, 1892 in Windom. "An Andrew Johnson drowned in DesMoines River in 9th of July 1892" This person lived in the old creamery down by the river. Death record gave only basic information. Also his wife... Martha JOHNSON... born about 1812 in Norway, died April 2, 1896. "obituary Mrs. Koren Johnson died Monday morning she was 84 year old." I have the obituary and I have checked the death record. In 1870, the family was living in Belmont Township - Jackson County. I do know they moved to Windom sometime before 1887. The 1870 census shows Andrew, Mart..., Jacob, James and Betsy (my great grandmother). My dad remembers visiting relatives that owned a motel just off the square on what is now Highway 60/71. Also that an Andy Johnson who drove a grocery truck in Windom in the 1929-1930 era was related. There was a Johnson relative that Dad remembers visiting as a child that lived southeast of Highway 62/71 corner by the river. Also that there was some connection to the CARBINE family. Any help would be appreciated. Judy - JJ Acres 24 Mar 2001


Researching Caroline JOHNSON (married name) born Fish Lake homestead. Family legend was that it was supposedly first birth recorded in Cottonwood Co. which would make it 1870? Her parents came straight from Norway. She died in Windom in 1963 but was over 100? Mother of Alfred, Ernest, Carl, Ida(Murphy), Cleo, Ray. Husband unknown, died young of heart problem. Ernest married Lois (Olson) children: Maynard, Corrine, Leora, Arlon, Myron I am also interested in information about Lois' family. She had something like 11 siblings. Anyone have any connections? Kathleen Apodaca 14 Feb 2000


Gunder O. JOHNSON, born in Norway, served in Company D, Unit 5, Wisconsin Infantry during Civil War. Homesteaded in Cottonwood Co., in 1879. Ole M. JOHNSON, son of Gunder O., born in Wisconsin, farmed in Cottonwood Co., moved to Idaho about 1910. Lars SWENSON, brother-in-law of Ole M. Johnson, most likely born in Norway. Lar's sister Kiriste took surname of NELSON upon arrival to USA. On the Germantown Twp. Cottonwood county June 6 1905, she states 14 yrs 2 months residence in MN. Sharon Young 23 Apr 2002

JOHNSON,Inga & Jacob

Looking for marriage info on Inga and Jacob Johnson.....we didn't find anything before, but I have since obtained an obit of Inga...and it said they were married in 1902. Narrows it down a little....then they moved to Revillo SD for a short time, where their only daughter Ellen was born. I am going to recheck in the Pine City area where her folks lived.... not sure how/where they were married back then. Any help appreciated. Thanks. Marian Torno 24 March 2011


Many of my family settled in Cottonwood County. Could you post a query for the Kickul family of Rosehill/Westbrook? I would like to correspond with living descendants of Gottfried Kickul and find out where the family originated. Thank you. Brita Andersdotter 15 Sept 2010


I am interested in any information on Gottfreid KLEIN born 1843s and son Gottfreid KLEIN born in the 1868s in Dreispitz Russia. Both entered the country in 1877 and lived in Mountain Lake, Mn prior to 1901 when they moved to Cavalier County North Dakota. Am interested in any relatives in the Mountain Lake area and or connection to Klein's from Dreispitz to Marion County, KS. Todd Klein 6 Dec 2004


Obituary for Cecelia KLOPP. I have heard Cecelia KLOPP died on March 20, 2007. She was my first grade teacher. If anyone has any information about her, I would love it. I also am looking for a picture. Thank you so much. JoAnne Christensen 26 Mar 2007


I am researching the family name KNESTANG. Would like to make contact with others reseaching this name. Richard Tiedeman 5 Jul 2001


I'm looking for a Halvor Knudson born May 21, 1835 at Nes, Hallingdal, Norway. He immigrated with his brother's family in 1866 from Drammen to Quebec. His brother Peder 1833, wife J�rand 1842 all born in at Nes, Norway and son Knut 1865; Peter's other children were Marie, Anne,Christine, Theodore, Peter, Arne, Sina, Petra. They homesteaded in Highwater Twp, Cottonwood County, MN around 1880's. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Shar 2 July 2008

KNUDSON,Hans C./BERG,Karen Amelia

I'm looking for information on the family of Hans C. KNUDSON and Karen Amelia BERG. They lived in Mountain Lake area when they were first married about 1887. Hans' parents were suppose to be Knute and Marie KNUDSON. I am researching Karen's family. I'm looking for any information that will tell me where she came from in Norway. Hans came from near Nyborg on Fyn Island, Denmark. I would very much like to know where they were married and when. They were suppose to have been married in Mountian Lake. I can find a couple of the children born in that area, but others should have been there. However, they don't seem to be in the records there. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks. Mary Lee 1 June 2007


LARSON, Andrew d:1929 and Paulina (PETERSON) d:1928. Children: Bertha, Clara, Ella, Hans C., Hilda, Lewis, Albert, Thea Mathine, Oscar Adolph (my grandfather), and Mary Ann, all of the Westbrook area. I am looking for information on any children and spouses, such as their full names, dates of births, dates of deaths, and address for this family tree. Would like to hear from others researching this family! Laurie Radmacher 01 Jun 2004


Please help me find information on my gramdmother, Celia LEDER, born in Cottonwood county Oct 19, 1905, and her parents whom I believe were William LEDER and Emma (BOWERS, BAUER). I'd appreciate any help with this and to find additional family members. I'd love to hear from any living relatives. Nora McCoy 3 Jan 2005


Looking for local or church records on Shepard LEE family. They were Protestant, maybe Baptist. Moved to Selma Twp. about 1866. Lived there till about 1900. Specifically would like info about his son John Watson LEE, born 1872. He married Luscinda (Lula) McDONALD in 1900. They had a son in 1901, Earl LEE. Thanks, David Lee 12 Jun 2001


I'm trying to find information on my Greatgrandfather, August LINSTROM, he lived in the Windom area in the early 1900's and is buried in the Windom Cemetery. Phyllis Wallin 18 Jul 2000


John Henry LOHRE came to the US at age 6-9 with an uncle, possibly named Halvor or Halver LOHRE. John was born March 15, 1862. John LOHRE's wifes name was Ostina, born August 5, 1859. I do not know her surname or her birthplace. They were in the Highwater Township--Westbrook---Storden----Lamberton area about 1870-1889. My grandmother Ida Sigrid LOHRE JOHNSON was born in that area October 3, 1889. In 1889 the family moved to Roseau County, but the uncle and other relatives stayed in Cottonwood County, I think. Ida had brothers, Joseph Eston LOHRE, George Henry LOHRE born Feb. 24, 1888, and sisters Mabel Edna, Maria Ann and Lulu Ella. Only Ida and George were born in Cottonwood Co. Also, family history has always maintained that in Norway the family was HENSON but changed to LOHRE in the US. I found a Nils (Nels) LOHRE that passed away in Storden about 1967? If anyone has information on any LOHRE's I would like to hear from you. Thank you! Deborah Knutson 13 Mar 2000


Hello, I'm looking for any info on the Lokken family who lived in Windom around the turn of the century. My great grandmother, Inez JONES, lived with them for some time. Any info is appreciated, and I would be especially interested in tracking down living descendents. Kind Regards, Erik C. Hjerpe 4 Mar 2001


I am looking for information on John Edward MAHER, also know as Edward. John Edward married Alta WATERMAN. John was born around 1880 and died around 1940. I believe he may be buried in a Catholic Cemetary in Windom, Minnesota. Children of John and Alta are: Cecil, Edward, Francis, Kenneth, Leatha, Orville, Boyd and Kermit. Most of John and Alta's children lived in the Windom area. Susan M. Gregory 6 Jul 1999


Looking for information on Julianna LEHMAN born in 1875 in Holstein Russia. She married Charley MALLES in about 1901. They lived and farmed in the Mountain Lake area. Family history said "Julianna was a imported Russian Bride". Would appreciate any information on either person or Russian Brides in about 1900. Diane Carmichael 30 May 2000


I am interested in the name MANN in the Windom area - I have just traced a couple on my tree who died there in the 1950s. Any website that I can search for gravestones of them & family? Or someone who would search for me. I would reciprocate for research in the Cambridge, Huntingdon area of England. Best wishes & thanks. Mike Stephenson, St Ives, England 30 May 2000


I am doing research on the William MASON that named Mountain Lake, Minnesota and his wife Adelia MOULTON as well as their children. William was my great grand father, and his daughter Iva MASON was my grand mother and the first white child born in that area.I would love to get ahold of the plaque with this data on it but it seems lost for good. Grandpa Marv from Mpls marvbanker 20 Oct 2000


Searching for Mathison / Engebretson / Hanson / Mattson all related through Mathias Hanson born 10/14/1799 in Natterdahl, Norway. Have some information to share also. [email protected] 29 Oct 1999


I have Family trees covering a couple of early settlers to Ann Township, Cottonwood county, where I grew up. These are the Mathias MATHIASON families and Hans NELSON Families. There are many offspring from both families still in Cottonwood County. Please check my Web Site . Lyle and Mary Nelson 5 Aug 2003


Looking for the descendants of John A., Tolena MONSON and their children-Albert, Betsy Julia, Hannie J., and Annie. They were on the 1880 Minnesota Census, Cottonwood County, town of Windom. What I am looking for is any information on Tolena who would have been my Great Aunt. She was the daughter of Gulbrand and Ingri OSTENSON. Chuck Johnson 19 May 2002


My great uncle was Mons O. MONSON and I do believe his old cabin sits in a park in Windom. Do you have any information on any of his offsprings or history. Thanks for your time. I live in Victoria, BC. Canada. My best regards, Garry Brooks 11 Aug 2006


Looking for Viola Fern MOON, born about 1910, died about 1912. Believed buried in or near Mountain Lake. Jim Carpenter 13 Sep 2000


I am looking for information on Moulton family who came to Windom/Mt. Lake area possibly mid 1800's. Benjamin Moulton (b 20 Apr 1823 NH) married Jane Hill(?) Avery (b. 1827 NH) Their children (all but Ernest born in NH): Lois E., Horace L., Henry Russell, Louise F., Ernest B. Henry Russell Moulton (b 27 Sept 1851 NH) married 1. Carun(Caroline) Knudson 14 March 1880 in Mt. Lake. Their children were Earl Russell (b 20 march 1881 Mt. Lake) and Ira Wm (b 23 June 1883 Mt. Lake). Carun died in Mt. Lake 4 May 1890. Henry Russell next married 2. Annie G. Carlson ca 1892. Their children were Mayme Emma (b 9 sept 1893) and Carrie Anna (B 26 Dec 1894 d. 15 Oct 1918) Any info would be appreciated. Alexa Chase Jones 02 Aug 1999


I am trying to find info on my Grandfather Jack Robert MILLER was in the Cottonwood Cnty area in about 1917 and my Grandmother, (maiden name Ella GUST), same time frame. Thanks, Larry and/or Janice Hawkins 17 Oct 2000


I am looking for an obituary for a FRIEDRICH MISCHKE died oct. 30, 1903 Westbrook buried in Rose hill Cemetery, Rose Hill township. And his wife ANNA CHARLOTTE OR CHARLOTTE ANNA DEICK MISCHKE(married LUDWIG JAHNKE in 1915) she died Sept. 13, 1920 in Westbrook, Mn. They lived in Westbrook Village in the 1920 census. Were my great-great grandparents. Would pay for any copies of obit. Thank you. Sandra Enderle 31 Jan 2005


We are looking for any information on Laura MURDOCK from Sleepy Eye, Mn. She was blind, never married and was a brunette with blue eyes. Thank you! Please repy to; Pat Gullion 20 April 2005


My father Rufus August Myers (August 1898 - 1961) died in Westbrook, and is buried in the Westbrook cemetary. He was married to Mathilda Busswitz. Mathilda Busswitz had married Frank Myers (we can find no record as yet), and later divorced him and married a Sanders. Frank Myers father (my great grandfather) was August Myers -- there is an August Myers in the Westbrook cemetary, but we cannot read the dates on the stone. It is rumored that August Myers first settled in either New Hampshire or Vermont, then moved to Iowa, and there married a women with the last name of Cutting. This is all we have to work with. Any info about any of these persons would be appreciated. Don Myers 5 Mar 1998

MYERS,Glenn Henry

Looking for family of Glenn Henry MYERS, born 3/1917, died in Cottonwood County 7/24/44. His daughter is looking for relatives. Mary Jo 16 Oct 2006


I have Family trees covering a couple of early settlers to Ann Township, Cottonwood county, where I grew up. These are the Mathias MATHIASON families and Hans NELSON Families. There are many offspring from both families still in Cottonwood County. Please check my Web Site . Lyle and Mary Nelson 5 Aug 2003


My grandparents (on my father's side) immigrated here from Denmark. His name was JENS NELSON b. 3-16-1852 Fyn, DK. in 1873 he came to America in a little fishing boat with 5 friends. He married MAGRETHE THOMSEN in 9-14-1854 (Thomads Jespersen was her father). She came here a year earlier. They came by oxen team to Westbrook, Cottonwood Co 5-16-1879 and built a sod house. Eventually they moved to Storden. I have alot of history to share! Phyllis in Oregon 31 May 1998

NIEMAN, Alma/ANTON, Martin O.

Do you have any records on Alma Nieman who married Martin O. Anton in 1899. They are on the 1900 Census for Christiania Township, Jackson, Minnesota. And Martin is on the 1920 Windom Census living with his mother and sister Ida Knutson. Martin is listed as single not widowed. I can't find either Alma or Martin on 1910 census. Any help will be appreciated. Wiley Smith 21 Aug 2009


David Andrew Noble married Mary Ann Cuthbert March 12, 1879 in Burns, WI. David Andrew Noble was b. in Canada to Robert & Mary Ann Noble. Mary Ann Cuthbert was b May 19,1857 in Forfar, Angus Co, Scotland to Alexander & Elizabeth Cuthbert. I found David & Mary Ann Noble in the 1880 census MN, Cottonwood Co, Arno; 1900 census MN, Cottonwood Co, Great Bend twp, village of Windom with children all b. MN. They are Myrtie E. b 1880, Jesse B. b 1883, Geneva b 1885, Bertha b 1890, and David A. b 1893. Mary Ann (Cuthbert) Noble is my great grandfather William's sister. If this sounds familiar to you, please contact me. Della Evans 17 Jan 1999


Ella OBERT is my great-grandmother. My dad believes her maiden name was Ella JOHNSON and that she first married a man by the surname of SMALL. We believe she most likely married Mr. SMALL in LaFarge, WI. Mr. SMALL must have died and Ella then married a man by the surname of OBERT. My grandfather, Anson OBERT was born 10/13/1896, possibly in the Viroqua, WI area. Anson and his brother Merton? were adopted by Ella's second husband, Mr. OBERT. My father lived with my great-grandmother in Windom, MN in the 1940's. I believe she died in Windom, MN also. Any information would be apreciated. Thank you, Jeanne Obert 1 May 2001

OLSDATTER,Berthie Marie/ROLLINS,Richard

I am wondering if anyone has the name Berthie Marie OLSDATTER and also Ole Richard ROLLINS in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Berthie Marie is a sister to my grandmother Karen. Only other information that I have is for as follows; Berthie Marie 6 Jan 1871. Olie (OLE) Richard ROLLINS Aar 1868 den 25 mar?? Sootie Verdon. Also any other information would be appriciated. Thank you very kindly. Eugene althoff 27 Sep 2005


I am looking for information on HANS OLSEN b. August 1871. He came here from Denmark c. 1872-73 with his unwed mother, ANNA LARSEN. She gave him to CHRISTIAN & MARY (LARSEN) OLSEN to raise...I don't know if he was ever legally adopted by them. We are wondering if ANNA & MARY were related? The Olsens lived on a farm 5 mi W of Sleepy Eye from 1878-1898 when they left for Corning, CA. HANS OLSEN died in Walnut Grove, MN August 4, 1955. Phyllis in Oregon 15 Jun 1998


I am trying to track my grandmother's birth certificate or information about her family. They were immigrants from Norway and of course had the last name of Olson! My grandmother's name was Selma A Olson (Morphew) and her date of birth was 2-4-1901. Her dad's name was Ole. My dad is the only living relative. Ole had 3 daughters and my dad would be his only living grandchild. Any suggestions on where I might start or questions I could ask my dad. He doesn't remember much. Apparently Ole was a crabby guy so there wasn't much visiting. Probably due to a difficult life..immigrating and then being stuck with 3 daughters!!! :o) Thanks for your help. Terri Friesen 8 March 2010


Am looking for decendants of Ole OPSAL and his wife Mabel A GIESE they were married September 10, 1929 according to some records. Ole's parents were Benjamin OPSAL and mother Olave SANDVIK. Geri Opsal 16 May 2001


I am looking for Gilbert and Ingrid OSTENSON, and their daughter Ostine. The elder OSTENSON's were from Norway, Ingrid being from Oyan farm. Ostine was born in Wisconsin in 1860. The earliest I place the family in Cottonwood County is on the 1880 census of Norwegians living there. In 1885 Gilbert staked his land claim. Ostine married John Hanson LOHRE at, I believe, Westbrook Church, Highwater Township, in 1887. Anne OSTENSON was a witness, and I believe she was Ostene's sister. In the 1880 census, Anne was 17, and is listed as living in Windom as a domestic helper with the MONSON family. I am also looking for information on Esten Erickson LOHRE, who also homesteaded in the same area of Cottonwood County, in 1881. He was the uncle John H. LOHRE came from Norway with, not Halvor as I thought when I posted for LOHRE. Deb Knutson, Anacortes, WA 5 Feb 2001


I am searching for information on where my Grandfather lived while he was in the USA. Born 1872 in Ytre Rendal, Norway. Sailed from Kristiania (Oslo) Dec 4, 1891 en route to New York, and arrived there on December 21/1891. His brother Andreas was also in the USA during the same period. Andreas became known as Andrew OYEN and lived in Crookston, MN in 1900. We found him on the 1900 US Census and also determined that he aquired land both around Crookston and also near Duluth. He also became a US citizen prior to 1905. Melkor's birth records list him as Melkor Gurenus ANDERSEN. His departure from Norway lists him as Melkior A. ØIEN. Andreas went by the name Andrew, and stayed in the US until 1909, when he walked to what is now Oyen, Alberta in Canada from Spokane Washington. Crossing into Canada seems to have changed the last name to OYEN from the OIEN spelling used in the US. Melkor and Andrew also had an older brother Gustav, born in 1867, who may also have traveled with them. Gustav is thought to have lived and died in the Chicago area. They all departed Norway at different times, as far as I know. Melkor returned to Norway in 1906 or 1907 and married Bertine BOLSTAD, the sister of his brother Simon's wife Synøve. In 1910, he went to Canada where he became Melcor (Mike) OYEN/OIEN. If anyone knows their whereabouts of any of these three brother during the 1890's until 1909 (the time period when they were in the USA), I would be very grateful for the information. I can be reached at [email protected] or at [email protected] Thanks, Sandy Oyen-Cumberford. 19 Feb 2004 (Updated 30 Jan 2006)


I an looking for info on the Ludwig Pankonin family. My Father, Willard,was born on Cottonwood, Co and I think his brothers were also. Ludwig came from Germeny in the 1890s and his wife was Bertha. His sons were Gustave, Amil, Charles and Fred. My father's was born in Sanborn, Mn. All info will help. David Pankonin 21 May 1997


Looking for details of children born to Hans & Inga Pederson. Only know Louie was born, but not when or where and what happened to him? Corrine Pederson: Married a man by name of Haugan; when & where did they move to? Peter Christian Pederson: Lived in Highwater township; where else in USA did they live before moving to USA in 1886? Jim Pederson Sun Dec 15 06:09:08 1996


I am interested in the name PEDERSEN. They immigrated between 1857 to 1885. Given names are Hans, Karl, Poul, Margit, & Inger. They lived in the Cottonwood & Fillmore Counties. Thank You, Judy Judith Cassem 21 Feb 1998 NOTE TO JUDITH - PLEASE SEND YOUR LATEST EMAIL ADDRESS TO RAY ASAP.


Researching my grandfather, Carl Frederick PEDERSON, born in late 1912/early 1913. He listed Westbrook, Cottonwood County, MN as his birthplace on my father's birth certificate. Family folklore is that Carl's father's name was Marinus PEDERSEN who emigrated to the US from Denmark. There are stories that Marinus may have been in the Danish Royal Guard before emigrating. Since all involved parties have passed away, any information would be greatly appreciated. Juliet Pederson 12 Aug 2002


Looking for information on JENS C. PETERSEN/PEDERSEN 1849-1925 and his second wife, MARY 1854-1930. We need her SURNAME! They were married in 1887 either Prarieville or Westbrook. She was a good mother to Jens' 6 children, Peter D / Mary Anne / Emma / Caroline / Christina / Laura (who married Andrew P. Nelson). They both died in Westbrook, would love to have more information on this couple. Phyllis in Oregon 15 Jun 1998


I am just beginning research on my grandfather's side of the family. My grandfather was Herman Peterson. He was born on 8 Dec 1895 in Westbrook Tns, Cottonwood Co, MN. His parents were Christian Peterson (born ca 1869 in Westbrook, Cottonwood Co, MN) and Marie Nielsen (born ca 1873 in Westbrook, Cottonwood Co, MN). They were married in about 1894. I know it's not much to go on, but if you think you "know" these folks, please e-mail me. Thanks! Kelli Rae Tubbs 7 Jan 2000

PETERSON, Fredrick William

I am looking for info for the family of Fredrick William, b. 1872 in Denmark, and Elsie (NELSON) , b. 1881, PETERSON. Their children were Herman , Clara, Hannah, Herbert, Eleanor, Bearnice, Jack and Lewis. I do believe most of these were born in or around Westbrook in the early 1900s. Elsie's family was also from the Westbrook area. If anyone can share info for these people I would appreciate it, Thanks, Judy. Judy Primmer 28 Feb 2001


Looking for O.M. PETERSON and family. They were in Windom, Minn. around 1936-1946. Linda 29 Dec 2001


My grandfather - Herman GOLDA - was born in Southbrook Township in Cottonwood County October 3, 1903. His parents were Louis and Theresa PELZEL GOLDA. I am looking for information on Louis and Theresa PELZEL, I know Louis' father and mothers name and I know they were from Austria but I would like to know the name of the area or town in Austria where they were from. Any information you can get from marriage licenses or birth or death certificates would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. James Golda 19 Apr 2001


I am searching the following surnames for people that were in Cottonwood County in the 1880 Census. I have Norman FAIRBANKS, S. S. BILLINGS, John H. PICKETT and John BURNS. These families were all related. Norman Fairbanks and his wife Mary were there along with their daughters Sarah and her husband S. S. BILLINGS, Laura and her husband John H. PICKETT and Rosella and her husband John BURNS. John BURNS daughter Adah was suppose to have been born there in 1880. Also they had a son Elmer Leroy born ca 1883. I am not sure if he was born there or in Barron Co Wis. where they all moved when they left Cottonwood County. Jo Emerson 29 Mar 2001

PRATT(Smith),George Franklin

Hi my name is Linda Shurtleff. I live in Spokane, WA. In 1878 there was a murder in Windom. George Franklin PRATT (SMITH) was murdered by his 2 brother-in-laws and his father-in-law. I am in touch with George�s gr. gr. gr. Grandson, Glenn PRATT, who lives in CA. The man who was involved in this shooting was my gr. gr. gr. Grandfather, Chauncey Wellington GREENMAN. We both have some questions about the events. We both have the newspaper clippings of the trial, but nothing before the trial. Were there articles written about when he was found out to PRATT and not SMITH? Was there anything said about where he came from? Or who his parents or family members were? (We have the info on Adelia and the children). We are just stuck. The name PRATT is very common in the US and there are too many George PRATT�s to be able to get a handle on where he lived before coming to MN. The other questions we have involve the incident that put PRATT aka SMITH, in jail the first time. Was there anything written about where he was jailed or imprisoned? Or why he was jailed? We thought maybe he got into trouble in IL or MN. It�s just too hard to do research from where we live. We�ll be happy to pay you for any expenses and copies. Please let us know what we need to do. Thank you, Linda Linda Shurtleff 12 Aug 2004


(I have an electronic copy of the Genealogy of Hezekiah PURRINGTON.) I am looking for information about the Ethan E. ALLEN family of West Salem Wisconsin. Martha Jane ALLEN (b. 02-1841 d. 08-17-1922, age 81) parents: Catherine BAUX and Ethan E. ALLEN of West Salem WI. Martha was born at St. Lawrence County, New York. Any connection to THE Ethan ALLEN of Green Mountain Boys fame? Martha married Wm B. Williams and their daughter, Mae married John Wilton PURRINGTON. I have an electronic copy of the Civil War record of William B. WILLIAMS (b. 06-20-1843 d. 09-12-1930) born at Lewiston, New York. John & Bryhilde GROTTE PAULSON of Selbu, Norway and later a resident of Windom. I have an electronic copy of a family tree dating back to 1643 and a photo of Brynhilde GROTTE's parents, Ole and Ellen, and their four daughters; Mrs. S H OBERT, Mrs. Will SWAIN, Mrs. John SWEET and Mrs. John (Betsy) PURRINGTON. Carol Kissner 18 Jun 2002

QUIRAM, Stephen/Stefann

Looking for family of Stephen/Stefann QUIRAM, b. ca. 1850 in Prussia, d. after 1900 Windom, Cottonwood Co., MN. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Windom, MN (actual grave has not been located). Would like to know his exact dates of birth and death and marriage and who he married. Known children are: Emil T. QUIRAM (1876-1967); Albert QUIRAM (1877-1963); Henry QUIRAM (1883-1971); Otto QUIRAM (1884-1907); Theodore L. QUIRAM (1911-1941); August QUIRAM; Paul QUIRAM; Alvina QUIRAM md. Adolph GRAFF; and Raymond B. QUIRAM (1923-1990). This family lived near Jeffers and Windom, Minnesota. Glenn Gohr 2 September 2002

READ, George Albro

Looking for George Albro READ. Moved from Maine abt 1852, to Windom, left around turn of century for SD. Married Sarah Fuller, Lucy Fuller, and Mary Ann Hinkson. Possible father's name was William. John & Teresa Smith 02 Mar 2000


My mother's family was from Bingham Lake MN. They were the REEDY's. They were the only REEDY's in Cottonwood Co. that I know of. They moved to Bingam lake in 1923 and to a farm about a mile or 2 east of the lake in 1941. The whole family is dead now and all of the relatives have moved away except for my Aunt Edna REEDY. I would be happy to answer questions if there were any. Bonni Evjen 10 Oct 2007


For the query list. REESE (REISE) Looking for parents and siblings of John Henry REESE. Born in Prussia in 1851. Married to Julia Ann BANKS (born in PA) in MN in 1872. Lived on a farm near Windon MN for a few years early in marriage. Moved to IA then Wayne NE, where he died in 1889. They had 11 children. dmreese 8 Aug 2001


All of my family on my mother's side came from Cottonwood county. The last name is REIMER. Heinrich & Margaretta REIMER lived in Mountain Lake. They had many children including Elizabeth, Jacob, Katrina, Susan & more. Heinrich was born in Russia in about 1853. Margaretta was born in Russia in about 1855. They migrated to Minnesota between 1877 and 1879. Franz REIMER was the original purchaser of land in Worthington, Cottonwood County. I found the original documents of the 160 acre parcel. His wife was Anna. Franz was born about 1831 in Russia. They had a son, Peter Franz REIMER, born 10-7-1871 in Russia. He married Elizabeth Reimer (above)..........ALL REIMERS!!! I know nothing else about them. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Sharon Cook 8 Nov 2003


Charles (Carl) REIPKE born 1837 in Germany & died after 1900 & before 1924. Louise REIPKE (Charles wife) was born 1848-1850 in Germany & from the MN death index I found she died 3/4/1934. Is there a way I might find obituaries for these two? They lived in Windom in 1900. Thanks for your help. Let me know how much it will cost & your name & address if you can do this. [email protected] 11 June 2004


. REISDORPH, Lloyd. Looking for birth date, parents names. He is believed to be from Cottonwood County (Westbrook). He married Bertha ? Born (guessing) 1890. Children born in MN include Leland and Bernice around 1912. Laura Reisdorph Tue Nov 26 15:23:10 1996


My greatgrandparents, Oscar W (1865-1961) and Laura M (Nielsen)(1870-1931) RENQUIST, are both buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Windom, as is their son Walfred (my great uncle). My grandfather, Arthur RENQUIST, was their oldest child; he's buried in White Bear Lake. Another son, Albert, 1895-1982, I believe is buried in Kandiyohi County. Oscar and Laura had three daughters as well: Josie, Edith, and Esther. I have no idea what their married names are. Can anyone research the newspapers from 1961, and see if Oscar's obituary lists them? I'd love to find out where Oscar and Laura got married too. I suspect it's between 1890 and 1893. Oscar first arrived in Gowrie IA, and Laura in Albert Lea. Arthur was born in Jackson County in January 1894. Kerry Zane 23 June 2005


I am researching in Cottonwood Co. for any information on: Tabor C. RICHMOND born 1844 and his wife, Almira KIBBEY RICHMOND. Their son, Joseph Gilbert RICHMOND and his wife Anna May Catherine LEHEN RICHMOND. Thanks for your help! Sandra Burkitt, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada 10 Mar 2000

ROBBINS, Sr.,Angelo Merrick

I would like to submit a link to the Cottonwood County MNGenweb site of the biographical page of my great-great-grandfather, Angelo Merrick Robbins, Sr., who was born in Cottonwood County in 1874. The URL is: I will also be adding a page later on Angelo's father, Charles H. ROBBINS, who owned land in Section 3 of Southbrook Twp., and served in the Minnesota Militia. My Website: . My Database: Miriam (Robbins) Midkiff 8 Oct 2003


Researching the ROGNSTAD/RONGSTAD families of Highwater and Ann Townships who settled in Cottonwood Co. about 1870. Plus any other related families who also originated in Torpa, NordreLand, Oppland, Norway. Most of the NordreLand emigration took place 1866/67. Related families may be HAUGNER/HOUGNER, BAEK/BECK, SKARTLIE/PEDERSON. I have a good deal of information on Torpa which I would be happy to share with others. Mary Rognstad Farrell 12 May 1998


I am attempting to collect data on Michael RIORDAN who in 1900 was a 68 year old (born Nov 1832) resident of Cottonwood Co. He was born in Ireland. Sometime after the taking of the 1880 census the family migrated to MN from IL. Would like to locate the place of burial for Michael and his wife, Cathrine (or Katherine) who was born Dec 1834. Also, interested in his son Jeremiah/Jerry/Gerri Riordan (born 1876 in IL) and his grandson Bernard Norton Riordan, born 10 Jan 1901 probably in Cottonwood Co. Nancy Sieck 12 Feb 1998


Looking for the family of Wilhelm ROSSING. Probably in this area about 1888 to 1900. Was there a sawmill in Windom at that time. His wife was Fredricka. They came from Norway. Fredricka died in 1932. We don't know when Wilhelm died and his name may have been William. Nancy 29 May 2002


We are looking for information for our grandmother, Katherine (Kathryn?)RUPP. Parents were John and Eliz RUPP. She grew up in Rosehill Township area in a Mennonite family, possibly Prussian lineage. Sisters were Lena, Pauline (Olga) and Amelia. Katherine was born 12/10/1884 (give or take a year). We would like any information on the RUPPs of that area. Jeanne Dahlin Swick 26 Feb 2004

SANDSTROM, Ida Caroline

I am searching for my grandmother's ancestry. Ida Carolina SANDSTROM was born in Butterfield, MN in 1890 to Nels Adolph SANDSTROM and Johanna JOHNSON, both from Sweden. Lynne Moore 2 Apr 2000


I am looking for information on Frank or Adolph Schad. We beleive they lived in Austria (perhaps a place called Moletein/Moleteen. It could be a town, river, church, or location.) Frank and his wife Theresa (Montry) came to Cottonwood Co in 1879. Adolph came to the US on 3-28-1886 on the Americana which entered Baltimore Harbor. Frank died in 1912 and is buried in a Catholic Cemetery in Heron Lake, MN. Adolph was a joiner (woodworker). I would like to know where exactly they came from in Austria/ or Germany. First I need to know more info from when they lived in Minnesota. Jesse Clarke 26 Jul 1998


Looking for any information on the Schads who came from Moletin or Muhlleiten, Austria. Frank Schad and his wife, Theresa Montry or Montag emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1800's. They settled in Cottonwood County. They had 6 children: Theresa Mollie, b. 6-19-1874; Frances, b. 12-31-1880; Amelia, b. 3-8-1888; Frank, Jr., b. 10-10-1881; Gustave (August), b. 10-10-1883; and Elizabeth, b. in 1875 or 1879. These dates are as close as we can get. Gustave is my grandfather, who eventually was in Heron Lake, Minnesota because that's where my father, Lester Goodwin SCHAD, was born in 1917. Joyce 02 Aug 1999


Looking for SCHAFFER, John/HAVLICEK,Thecla. They emmigrated from the former Austrian, Bohemia Moravia area, presently the Czech Republic, to Southbrook or Springfield Twp., Cottonwood Co. in 1880. Beatrice Pluard 9 Aug 1999

SCHAUMBURG, John H. & Maggy

I am looking for information about my great-grandparents and grandfather, Ralph Schaumburg. I would like to know when they left Cottonwood County to move to Ramsey Co. Also, did my grandfather Ralph Schaumburg own land in Cottonwood County or did he just farm his dads? The Matsons 27 Sept 2010


I am searching the family name SCHOPPER. Emil SCHOPPER and family resided in the county. He is my husband's grandfather. I have family group sheets for this family and looking for anyone else who is searching my family also. Emil arrived in America around 1887-88. I am having difficulty finding his existance on census records. I am willing to share any information I have. Donna Schopper 3 Oct 1999


Bertha GRAMLOW m. to ? SCHWEIGER - my grandfather Albert Friedrich Wilhelm GRAMLOW lived in Mountain Lake from 1894-1902, perhaps working as lumberjack? He was 22-30 during this period, unmarried. His sister, Bertha, married a man named ? SCHWEIGER; date of marriage unknown, however it had to be not long before Mar. 21, 1901, when she died at the age of 20 3/4 yrs. I have reasons to believe that the marriage may have taken place in Mountain Lake - and that she may also have died in that area.. She is buried at her Dodge County, WI, home but they have no records or evidence of her marriage or death there. When a robust looking young lady dies at age 20, shortly after her marriage - there has to be a story! Wedding pictures may have been taken by H. F. TOEVS (?) photographer of Mountain Lake, MN. Can anyone help me track it down or advise if there are historical groups in the area I could turn to for help!! Thank you from Carole D. Kratz!! 24 Jan 2002


In search of Emma Luella(BROWN)SCUDDER married to Leroy SCUDDER early 1900's.Emma d/o James C.and Esther J. BROWN. One child Ivan Leroy SCUDDER. Emma was buried in Windom,Minn. Any help greatly appreciated. Gail Knights 16 Oct 1999


Searching for information or obits for Leroy and Rosella SCUDDER. They were brother and sister living in Windom area. Leroy died 11 Sept 1951 in Windom. Rosella b. 2/8/1914 d. 3/1986. Parents were Glenn and Emma(BROWN)SCUDDER. Parents are buried in Calhoun County, Iowa. Thanks for any help. Gail Knights 14 Oct 2000(updated 8 July 2008)


Searching for information or obituary on Emma Luella SCUDDER. Date of death 8/24/1957, Cottonwood county,MN. Thanks for any help. Gail Knights 18 May 2003


I am looking for all families of Luxembourg origin that called Cottonwood County home. At present I am looking for anyone with the knowledge of the John SCHAFER Family. John along with his wife Barbara homesteaded in Storden Township of Cottonwood County. They had the following children: Amy b. 1866; Mary b. 1873; Jacob b. 1874; John N. b. 1878. Michael Kirchmeier 1 Sep 2003 (Updated 25 Sep 2005 - SCHAFER?)


We live in Colorado but traveled thru Cottonwood County, MN last week searching for cemetery stones in various areas. The one we were unable to locate was the Delton Township Cemetery. Does this cemetery still exist and if so is there anyone that takes pictures of gravestones? I'm searching for the tombstone of Arthur Siemsglusz. Per his obit he was born 21 Oct 1909 in Delton Twp, Cottonwood County, MN and died 18 Mar 1937 in Delton Twp. Burial was in the Delton Twp Cemetery. Thank you for any help you can provide. Helen Baumgartel 13 July 2011


I am researching the Heinrich SIEMUND family. I know that he owned land near Westbrook. He was married to Elizabeth DEUTCHMAN, and had 11 children. Heinrich died 2-5-1917 and is buried in the Rosehill Cemetary. Any whereabouts of his children Heinrich or Henry, son, is buried in Ladysmith Wis., I need information on Peter, David, Elizabeth, Lena, John, (I know he is buried in Rosehill), Kathrina, Fred and Mary. Lena married to a LIZZET and is suppose to have lived at Jenkins,MN. and Elizabeth SCHRIEBER of Westbrook. Heinrich SIEMUND is my husband's great great grandfather. Marilyn Luft 8 Oct 2000


I am looking for information on the SKARSET family. Olaf and family settled there. We are connected to Edna O. SKARSET who married Willian Robert HILL and left the area. Any help would be appreciated. Lillian Breen 18 Sep 2001


I'm looking for information on Soren Sorensen from Denmark who came to Cottonwood County in the vicinity of Norsk--1875 and Storden--1885. He was married and had children. Also his sister Maren and her husband Johan Peter Jensen came to be by her brother in 1880-1885. Let me know how to find this information. Connie Horne 25 Feb 2010


I am seeking information on Fred STOHL (12-10-1887 to 1-1965) and his wife Alice STOHL (8-8-1902 to 7-1993). Alice's last residence was Windom, Cottonwood County, MN. C Rock 2 May 2000

STORBECK,Wilhelm & Fredricka

I'm looking for info on Wilhelm and Fredricka STORBECK. Their daughter, Martha, was my paternal grandmother. Karen Wyman Durell 7 Feb 2006


My g-g-grandfather, John von Heinrich STUBBS, writes of leaving "Russland" in 1881 for Cottonwood County, Minnesota, "Amerika". He married Anna NEUFELD and had his first three sons in Minnesota and possibly owned land there. Petra Rowell 18 April 1998


I am searching for descendants of Edward Hutton SINCLAIR born 1845 died Nov 1898 in Windom. Married Henrietta (?). Children; Fanny-married John M Jorgenson, Jennie-married Lawrence Jorgenson, Eugene, Alta, Nellie. Lorn Sinclair 11 May 1999


Looking for anyone who might have a connection to Hans J. SOLTAU who passed away 28 May 1971 and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Windom, Cottonwood County, MN. Thank you. Betty VandeVoort 5 Jul 2002


I am looking for pictures and information on the following homesteaders of the Southbrook Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. I have some information on all of them, but lack pictures for almost 50 of them. * = pictures. Anna Jentgen *; John B. Bernardy *; John Mathias *; Henry Clay Roberts * Family; Frank Kirchner (Kagner); William Hamilton Secrest *; Henry Hamlin; John Vanbuskirk; Joseph Nusser* ; John Kane; ; Henry Kane; Joseph Kane; George Morrison; Lyman Oaks; Perry Oaks; Lemuel Oaks; Adam Fabek; John Schneider*; Anton Steiger; Anton Reidl; Vincent Reidl; Stephen Mironawski; Anton Leopold; John ; roll; Simpson King; Florin Leopold; William King; Cornelius Porter; James M. King*; Anton Henkels *; Collins Ludden; John Peter Jentgen *; Dorothy Roberts *; Anton Brekel *; Joseph Lerk*; Milton Handy *; Peter Estenson; Lewis Rued; Ole Rued; John Benson; Peter Olson *; Watkins H. Jones *; Thomas A. Jones; John ; . Jones; John Pelzel; John S. Pelzel*; John Randall; Richard F. Randall; Benjamin Randall; Richard Randall; John B. Randall; Andrew Streeter; Thomas J. White ; r.*; Thomas J. White Jr.; Manly White; Roswell Dunsmore; Charles Vickers; Wedlein Koller; William Snure; Henry Kruse; Theresa Pelzel; Henry B. Conrad; George W. Latham; Betsy Mae Johnson (Hanson)*; John Crapsey *; Charles B. Handy *; Charles Robbins *; John T. Smith *; Ole O. Bakken *; Charles ; ldrich*; Henry Geiselman; Frances H. Moon; Elijah Hudson*; Arne Dieson; Joseph Geisl; John Erickson; John Rostomily. Michael Kirchmeier 18 Dec 2004


Looking for information on and ancestors of Theodore SWEENEY in Amboy Twp, Cottonwood Co., MN. Theodore SWEENEY was born in Canada (French) Dec. 1861. Immigrated to the U.S., most likely MN between 1866-1969. Abt. 1890 he married Josephine ? in MN. By 1900, the Census places him in Amboy Twp. in Cottonwood Co. Between 1891 and 1900 he had 4 daughters, Ida, Alice, Florence, and Martha Adele. By 1909, the family had relocated to Fresno Co., CA. Looking for the parents of Theodore SWEENEY, possibly buried in Cottonwood Co., and the surname of his wife Josephine. Mary Saulque 18 Nov 1999

SWENSON Sr., Neal O.

We are doing some research on Neal O. Swenson Sr. who was born on a farm near Westbrook Mn. His parents were Ole and Caroline Swenson. Because we live some distance from Windom, we won't have opportunity to look for ourselves. One of the things we would be interested in knowing is if he was born at home, who was attending to his mother Caroline. Ken and Lucille Peterson 20 Aug 2010

H3>TAGGART/LANGLEY Samuel Otwell TAGGART and Francena LANGLEY. Looking for information on my great grandfather who lived in Bingham Lake and Windom between 1890-1908. He was apparently postmaster for the area and also the LANGLEYs were founders and trustees of the Bingham Lake School. I have some info on others who attended the Bingham Lake School in 1898-1899. Would be happy to share. Elena Medo 18 May 2004


TAGLEY - Mary (Maria) b.1855 aprox. (possibly in Norway). According to the 1880 MN. census, she was teaching school in Windom, Cottonwood Co., MN, and was 21 years of age.??? Her family, at that time, was living in Belmont, Jackson Co., MN. On the 1875 census, Belmont, Jackson Co., MN., she was 20 yrs. of age.??? Would like to know if she ever married, and if so, who, and were there any children?? Any information on the TAGLEY name would be greatly appreciated. Mary TAGLEY was the sister of my gggrandfather, Andrew Jackson TAGLEY. b. sept.30, 1860 St.Croix Co., Wisconsin - m. Adeline HUBER. b.1858 Winona, MN. Other siblings were: John C. TAGLEY; James (Jens) TAGLEY; Joseph TAGLEY; Olaus (Alver) TAGLEY. Thank you so much, Jean Potvin, Ontario, Canada 23 Oct 2000


My mother, ELLA THEESFELD, taught school in Cottonwood County at a school called the "Knutson or Springfield School" in School District 17 from 1935 to 1937. I am writing up her memories of her teaching years and would enjoy hearing (I know she would too) from anyone who were students of hers, or know of them, and would be willing to share their memories of those days. She married CLIFFORD EVENSON in 1938. Marcia Johnson 06 Apr 2001


Researching TEICHROEW and GOOSEN. Lived in Windom in the 1880s/1890s and in Mountain Lake 1900s. Herman TEICHROEW died 1917 in an accident in LeSeur MN. Katherina (GOOSEN) TEICHROEW died in Mt Lake in 1941. Shirley 14 Dec 2006


I am looking to contact anyone looking up the name TIBBEDEAUX. My Great Grandparents Joseph and Cecila (Allen) Tibbedeaux were married in Windom and My Great Great Grandfather Tuffiel TIBBEDEAUX is buried there. I would like to be put in contact with anyone looking up the Tibbedeaux name. Lori Bellow 27 Mar 2004


I am searching for the family of Aslak TORGERSON b.abt 1819 Fyresdal, Telemark, Norway; his wife Gro KNUTSDATTER HOGEVOLD. They appeared on the 1880 census for Highwater, Cottonwood. They had children Knudt b. abt 1863; Ola b. abt 1865 and Jonas, b.abt 1867. I would like to know if there is any information in the local history books or cemetery records for the area. I believe Aslak is a brother to my gggrand-father. Rhonda Elton 19 Nov 2006


I'm looking for any info on Turnbull. John (Corneleous) Turnbull or wife Millisa Belle. Lived on a farm in Jeffers abt 1920. Looking for sons -- William H Turnbull; Ora Clyde Turnbull; Twins - Ray and Roy Turnbull; Everett Edgar Turnbull who married a Ridenour in Jeffers or Windom. I think he died in Jeffers, looking for children . Also looking for daughters of John -- Cora Bell Turnbull, married James Downs; Mary; & Isis Ann Turnbull. Dennis W. Wimer


I am looking for descendants of Osmund John TYLER who died June 24, 1926, in Jeffers, MN. I am researching Osmund's father and mother, Daniel and Betsey TYLER. And so far have quite a bit of information. Lorene 17 Nov 2001


Searching for info on Lyman UNDERWOOD who was living in Cottonwood County in 1880. He is my great-great grandfather.He had a daughter, Jessie Elizabeth UNDERWOOD who was married to Albert ASHDOWN on Nov. 9, 1880. Murray Lloyd 11 Jul 2000


I plan to be in the Lamberton and Highwater area in the near future. This is that area where my g-grandparents and gg-grandparents lived. I believe my g-grandfather Peter Urness and my gg-grandparents Ole and Anna (Reksten) Urness are buried in a Lutheran cemetery somewhere in or near one of these towns. If anyone has an idea where I can start looking for them I would appreciate your input. I have a picture that was given to me by a relative that was taken years ago, posted at If someone could look at the picture and tell me if they recognize the cemetery that would be very helpful. Gordon Small 28 April 2009


I am searching for the PETER K VOTH & HELENA BEKKER VOTH families in the Mountain Lakes, Cottonwood County area from the late 1800's. I know Peter received a land grant for 120 acres in Cottonwood County in 1892, and he is on the 1880 census. Anyone out there that can connect with me? Patricia Bartelmey 31 Oct 1999


I'm trying to find infomation about and antecedents of Henry Charles WARREN, a newspaper editor, who I believe lived in or around Windom, Cottonwood County, MN in the middle to late 1800s to early 1900s and was married to Myrtle Milford. Their children were John (born in Minn.) and George Vance (my father, b. Feb. 4, 1902, in either Minn. or Wisconsin). Waynne Warren 24 Apr 1999


WEINLICK - Mrs. Joseph - living in or near Springfield, Minn in April 1910, first name may be Anna, Christina, or Catharina - Born Talheim, Germany to Christian IRION (1820-1872) and Ursula STOCKER (1820-1911) about 1860-1866. Date of immigration unknown. She had brothers - Johannes/John, Matthias/Mathew, Rudolph, Jacob and Christian; sisters - Maria, Anna Barbara, Anna, Christina, Catharina. Parents and siblings - Maria, A. Barbara and Rudolph still in Germany in 1910. Seeking first name of Mrs. Joseph, and any descendants. K.R. Schafer 5 May 2001


I am interested in coming into contact with anyone with information on the family of Martin William WELLNITZ. The Wellnitz family that I seek information on was located in cottonwood county, Minnesota in and about 1900 to 1950. The head of this family was a Martin William WELLNITZ and he has a son by the name of Marvin WELLNITZ. Please feel free to contact me on e-mail. Thanks for your kindness and attention. Hubert Roark 25 Aug 2000


Looking for imformation on August and Caroline WERNER who came to the county around 1870 from Prussia. Children -- William, Holda, Amelia, Herman, Sarah, Albert, Edwin and Elmer all born in Minnesota. Caroline WERNER died January 31, 1892 in Germantown, Cottonwood Co, MN. Robin Millis 21 Feb 1999 NOTE: Robin, please contact me ASAP. Ray


I am currently looking for any information on Carl WERNER who was married to Wilhelmina ABENDRATH and moved to Cottonwood County in 1876. Sandy 13 Jun 2001


I am researching the surname WESTGARD. ? Westgard, (spouse) Thea (Wegar) Westgard. Children; Willis Lee WESTGARD b. 1911 in Windom, MN? (spouse) Elfreda Marie (LARSON) WESTGARD, b. Cottonwood, MN d. AZ; Eldro WESTGARD b. 1908-1989 US Military Veteran buried Dist of Col. Arlington Natl Cem.; Everett WESTGARD 1915; and Gladys WESTGARD. Any assistance or direction would be appreciated. Robert Westgard 20 Aug 2006

WIEBE, Aaron

Looking for info on Aaron WIEBE, born 1842/3 in South Russia, emigrated to Amboy Township, Cottonwood County, MN in 1876. Had following children; Henry (1880-1956), Aaron, Johann, Gerhard, Maria, Anna, Katharina, and Justina. Some of the children may have moved to Colorado, Wyoming and California. scott sheppard 02 Feb 2000


Age 45, born in Wayne County, Ohio, on January 2, 1824) & his wife Nancy Elura ALLISON (age 42 born on May 5, 1828, in Illinois) shown on image 3 of 5 in for 1870. Children are Daniel (age 18) born in Wisconsin: Amanda (16) also born in Wisconsin; Albert (14) born in Minnesota; Olive (12), Lilly (10), Lucy (8), John (6), and Thomas (3) all born in Minnesota. Samuel (age 21) born in Wisconsin. This line goes back to Robert WILLFORD and his wife Anne to England in 1615. Thanks Marilyn Geller 10 Jan 2002


I'm trying to find information on Mary Angeline WILTSEY. She died Dec. 30, 1923 near Butterfield, Minn. in Cottonwood County. Her body was brought to Iowa to be buried. All I know of her husband is the name D. E. Wiltsey. Thank you Dixie 31 Mar 2002


I am researching Ezra WINSLOW, Jr. b. 1837 in Maine, migrated to Cottonwood Co. in 1873, he married Lillian FISHER sometime between 1873 and 1901, my grandfather was born Melville Eugene WINSLOW in Wilder to Lillian & Ezra, Ezra was 63 yrs. old. Trying to find marriage license or information, and death information. [email protected] 20 Dec 2000


Looking for Family connections: Nicholas Thomas m. in MN,Sophia WOLNIEWICZ. Children; Lorin, Palen, Veronica and Buddy "Kick". They lived in MT for a time, moved back to MN where they lived till death. I guess....somewhere in Cottonwood or Marshall area....Thanks ahead of time. All info greatly needed.. Patricia Herigon 7 Nov 1999

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