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Gerald B. Hingtgen Sr. ( September 24, 2003

Looking for decendants of Peter and Ann (Hingtgen) Miller suposedly buried in Bridgewater, South Dakota. They had two daughters Mary born in 1882 and Margaret born in 1885. Margaret married Michael Hoffman in 1911 at St. Donatus, Iowa and died in 1977 and is buried at St. Martins Cemetery, Emery, South Dakota. I understand there is Hoffman decendants somewhere in the area.Thanks Gerald B. Hingtgen Sr.1202 Jefferson Ave.Bellevue, Iowa 52031E-Mail

Vicky Skadsem ( September 22, 2003

Am seeking information on the family especially the father of Alice TRIMBLE-her fathers name was Dale TRIMBLE. Alice was married to Donald VAN WOERT around Canistota, South Dakota.
Thank you. Vicky Skadsem
Gillette, WY
Joyce Harrison ( August 11, 2003
We are looking for the family of John and Margaret Garner, who resided in Emery, Dakota Territory. Family records show that the children were buried in Bridgewater Cemetery. Does anyone know how to contact this cemetery?

**Webmaster note: I believe if you contact the Courthouse in Salem they could direct you to the person(s) responsible for this cemetery. The address and phone are on the lookup page of this McCook County website.****

John and Linda Temple ( August 9, 2003

Wiliam BALLANCE b. Ireland about 1841 with his parents and 9 other siblings and settles in Marlborough Township, Carleton County, Ontario. He marries Jane Perrin and has 4 daughters in the Burritt's Rapids area of Carleton or Grenville counties. After 1877, he moves to the Dakotas, taking up land in McCook County. The family is in the 1880 Census and the Federal Land Records McCook County South Dakota show this entry: BALLANCE WILLIAM 05 103N 055W 015 160 272002 PA 4521 03/10/1887210. His daughter Rachel marries George Byron Truesdell in Hutchison, Kansas in 1891. From there, I lose the family. The children are: Mary Ann b.1871; Rachel Emma b. 1872; Harriett Etta b. 1875 and Eliza Jane b. 1877. I don't know if there were any further children born after they left Canada. I would like to hear from anyone who is connected or can provide information on what happened to this family. Thank you.

Ken Koth ( June 14, 2003

MICKEL, Gilbert d Oct. 1964 in Spencer McCook Co. S.D. Looking for his burial site and any spouse that may be there also. Thanks so much. Ken Kothe Iowa

( June 3, 2003

HIRAM PHILLIPS SHERMAN was born in Knox, Waldo County, Maine, 18 Jan. 1814. He died on 7 Feb 1892 in Canistota, South Dakota. He married DEBORAH BROWN. One of their children was WILLIAM WINSLOW SHERMAN who was my great, great grandfather. I would like to know more about DEBORAH BROWN, especially.

Renee ( March 5, 2003

My grandfather's sister, Margaret HERRES, was in McCook County SD inthe late 1800's. I know that she married a Peter FUHRMAN while living in SD, but I do not have a date and place of her marriage. That is what I am seeking. Her parents were Johann and Margaretha Sausen HERRES who came to SD in 1884/5. Margaret may have come a few years earlier with her brother, Peter Herres. I am actually searching for any info I can get on Margaret and her husband and any children they had. I wish I had more information to give you. I will appriciate any help you can give me. Thank you. Renee Herres @

Reeves ( February 28, 2003

This is a repost from some time ago.

Charles Fremont CAMERON born September 30, 1862 Cresco, Howard township. Iowa moved to McCook County around 1886 he was on the County Commissin for some time. any information on him and his family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

My current address is

This is my Greatgrand Father He doesn't show on the 1920 Census I am sure he lived in the county and in south dakota as my Grandfather was Pratt James Cameron born 25 Nov. 1989 in Salem SD 11 of my Grandfathers children where born between the years of 1920 and 1936. I seem to find no information on any. Email me for more information if you would like. Thank you Larry Reeves

Donna Heise ( February 16, 2003

Hello! I am just beginning a search for any info on my mother's family from Spencer in McCook county. Her parents were Henry Kruse who was born in May 24, 1871 and her mother was Matilda Janke born October 10, 1872 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. My mother Nora and her twin sister Ella were born on April 6, 1904 in Spencer. Henry owned the hardware store in Spencer. Other children of Henry and Matilda were Selma, Esther, Wallace, Arnold, Pauline, and Edna. A twin brother to Arnold was killed in a car crash when he was about 15. There were two Lutheran churches in Spencer, one was the High German and the other the low. Henry went to one and Matilda took the children to the other. Henry Kruse was the son of John H. Kruse and Caroline Schievelbein. Henry had a single sister named Sophie. After being widowed, John later married the sister of Caroline Schievelbein and had one other wife as he was widowed twice. Any info on the family or on suggested contacts I could make would be appreciated. I see that both John and Henry are listed in the names of early ancestors in McCook county.

Maureen Castle Hodgson ( 1/26/2003


I am seeking a birth announcement for Benjamin Morrison CASTLE who was born 8 Oct 1893 In McCook County, SD to Charles K. CASTLE (1867-1935) and Una Emaline PARDEE (1870-1956). Benjamin was my Uncle and we have been unable to get a birth certificate for him so we thought perhaps there would be a birth announcement in one of the local papers. My father, Donald H. CASTLE was also born in McCook County on 12 Jan 1902 and I do have an announcement of his birth from the Montrose Herald, Jan 17, 1902 edition, p.5, column 1.

A nice boy, weight seven pounds, is reported by Dr. Spencer to have arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Castle Sunday evening.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and if there is any charge for this query, please let me know and I will send a check.

Sincerely, Maureen Castle Hodgson

Cynthia Allington ( 1/25/2003

I am looking for any information about a Nellie Gertrude Rasmussen. She was born abt 1873 in Iowa and was adopted there by Joseph and Celestine Feay (also spelled Fay). I have that she married a Rasmussen and in one of the obituaries of the Feay family, it says that Nellie (also called Gertie) was living in Montrose, SD. This would have been sometime between 1910 and 1920, and she may have died there. thank-you, Cynthia Allington

Sally ( ) 1/23/2003

Looking for information on John (Johann) F. Stark in Mc Cook County farming near Unityville, SD. Homesteading beginning around 1880. Sally

Lisa Permenter ( ) 1/21/2003

Looking for the family of John Permenter b. ca.1880-3. He is either a brother or cousin to my grandfather. We were told he was taken to Montrose, SD as a youngster. In Arkansas he was added to the household of James and Lucinda Permenter(Parmenter) which are my gr grandfathers parents, however, I do not believe they were his and Sarah's parents. Any help would be appreciated. Lisa Permenter

Neil Matheny ( 11/05/2002

Seeking information about Bill NAVES born about 1890. He was a farm hand near Bridgewater, South Dakota in 1911.

Jean Bies Hollingsworth ( 10/27/2002

I am looking for any information on the BIES family in Salem SD in 1800 and early 1900?

Merrie ( 10/16/2002

I am looking for information about Emory Knotts and wife Mabel Fuller Knotts, who owned a printing office in Spencer, McCook County, for several years, starting about 1892. Mabel Fuller Knotts was my great-aunt, and I am looking for names of any children they may have had.

George Leitheiser ( 9/03/2002

I am looking for information on the following families that liveed in McCook county in Bridgewater or Salem. the family names I am following are Frank and Elizabeth Stoffel, Franz and Mary Catherine Leithiser, John and Margaret Biever, John and Welhelmina (Schittinger) Biever, Henry and Elizabeth Bartling. Any information is welcomed

David Holmes   ( 8/11/2002
Just trying to piece together the "Tribe of Dan"  the McCooks that survived the Civil War and what was the Dakota connection.  I am one of the distant relatives here in Marietta, Ga. ( Dan McCook was mortally wounded on Kennesaw Mountain 7 miles from my home) I have the McCook family albumn and have a lot of wives and children that I can't piece with which McCook brother.  Any help at all would be appreciated.  Thanks!  Also did Martha Latimer the mother of the group ever visit S.Dakota.  I have her CDV with a Nebraska photo studio logo on the back she looks like she would be in mid or late seventies.  I have a scanner and could send pictures of any of them if you like.  Thanks again.
David Holmes
3130 Greenwood Trail
Marietta, Ga.  30067

John Butler  8/10/2002
We are looking for any information on a McCarthy family living in
McCook County, South Daota, near Salem, from about 1885 to roughly
1895, but not after 1900.
A 1934 obituary of Margaret McCarthy Cota [my wife's grandmother],
who died in Dubuque, Iowa, lists her birth date as Sept. 19, 1886, in
Salem, South Dakota. She was one of 4 daughters--Margaret,
Josephine, Mary, and Anna--whose parents died sometime before 1900
and who were taken to live with relatives in Iowa. The 1900 US
Census for Allamakee County shows Margaret and Anna living with an
uncle, James McCarthy; we have not been able to determine with whom
Josephine and Mary were living.
Regrettably, no one now knows the given names of the McCarthy parents
and without these names, the McCook County Register of Deeds cannot
look up any possible birth records for the girls. We also have no
death record and do not know how or when the parents of the 4 girls
died. so far, a survey of the Salem Register newspaper has not
turned up any information.
We do have a land record that a Timothy McCarthy purchased 160 acres
of land in McCook County on April 21, 1888, but we do not know if
this is the father of the two girls, and a Timothy McCarthy also
purchased land in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, at about the same
time, and this Timothy McCarthy definitely is not the father of these
4 girls.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Jon Butler


Pat Esterday ( 7/16/2002
Looking for information on Isaac Lower. He appeared on the 1920 Federal Census in Salem Twp., McCook County, South Dakota, age 72 years. He is my GGrandfather. He was born in Brookville Twp., Ogle Co. IL. ca. 1847/8, son of Daniel & Elizabeth (Hahn/Henn)Lower. He was the youngest of 12 children. All his siblings were born in PA.  Can anyone help me.  Would like to know if this Isaac Lower is mine. Need an obit or something.  Been looking for him since 1985. Thanks.


Chris Thelen(  7/16/2002
I am trying to locate information and relatives of Caroline Sandberg Thorslund (b. 4 February 1854 at Kallas) She immigrated from Sweden with her parents Peter Sandberg and Katarina Hansdotter Wilson in 1873 and settled in Bishop Hill, Ill. She married a Thorslund and moved to S Dak. She had several children,the youngest named Mabel who married a Carlson and settled in Spencer, S. Dakota. Mabel attended her uncles funeral, John A. Sandberg, in Galva Illinois on April 28, 1942. I have a picture of Mabel with her two children in Galva with her aunt Elizabeth Wickstrom, Nora Wolf, and some other people. I would appreciate any information on this side of the family and will be happy to send copies of the pictures I have.
Chris Thelen


Delaine Tinsley  (  5/25/2002
Hi; I am looking for anyone buried in Evergreen Cemetery or any other Cemetery around Hot Springs that would have anyone buried there by the name of Fred Ward, or anyone else by the name of Ward. It would help me in my search of a family member,
Thank you, Delaine Tinsley


John Vanderelst( 3/28/2002



Donald Omvig ( 3/23/2002
My grandfather ARTHUR KIZER lived mccook county , salem&montrose area for many years , as did his brother GEORGE KIZER & his sister LILLIAN 1883-1967 ---grandfathers parents are beleived to be MASON & EMMA KIZER --- can anyone help me find details of these relatives of mine --they probably died in Montrose ....THANK YOU ,Donald


 Cynthia Salvador( 2/28/2002
Am interested in finding out if a Michael Flaherty was living and farming in Montrose, McCook Co., SD around 1920-1930ish.  He may have died there but I don't know the name of any Catholic cemeteries in Montrose to check with.  He was born in Ireland in 1843, had lived in Linn Co., Iowa up to about 1918.  Heard he was farming in Montrose after that.  He isn't buried in Linn Co, Iowa with his wife who died in 1879, so maybe he's buried in Montrose.  Thank you so very much.  Cynthia


I am looking for anyone who might have infomation on Ruth Elizabeth Loveless. She came to Canistota to live with guardian parents Henry and Lottie Studey about 1906. Both her parents had somehow passed away and Ruth and her sister Grace were sent to the Studeys.
     Ruth then in 1917 married my uncle Fred Rauch of Canistota, SD. He died a year later after one child was born Leonard Willard Rauch Oct 6, 1917. Ruth then married a brother of her first husband, Adam Rauch. They had no children and divorced. Ruth left the Canistota area for western SD. She was not heard from till Jan 1937 when she wrote a letter to her son Leonard giving him permisson to marry. She was living in Eugene, Oregon then with a new  husband of which I have no name. No further info has turned up Please any help would be appreciated. email

**email updated 4-16-2005**

Rosemary Nation    (  Tue, 29 Jan 2002
Robert and J B NATION apparently founded Nation City in McCook County which was renamed Bridgewater.  Any information on these families would be appreciated.  I have Robert and his family including J B on the 1880 census for Sioux City, Minnehaha.

I also need a volunteer to look up NATION  in the Bridgewater area. Are there any volunteers who can help me find as much information as I can on Robert and or J B NATION. Any advice would be appreciated as it is very difficult for me to research from England and I have to rely on the Internet.
Many thanks.
Rosemary Nation (Essex, England)

Seleana(  Sat, 19 Jan 2002
I'm hoping someone can help me: I'm looking for information on the Bilow family. My great grandmother was 'Effie' Bilow born about 1880. Effie could be a middle name or nickname. Bilow could be an English version of Beaulieu, Boileau, etc.. Effie was said to have been of French descent.  She married
my great grandfather, Lancelot Neil Barkley of the German Barkley's of Dundas Co. Ontario,Canada about 1900. I have located French Bilow's in Dundas, but have yet to find any 'Effie'. Their 5 children were named:
Kenneth Cecil,
Hubert Neil,
&  Harold (Bud).

If anyone has similar names in their tree or if anyone can give me ANY info on the Bilow's, Beaulieu's, Boileau's etc. please contact me. Everything about Effie
is a mystery.

Thank you.

Dianne Cullen  ( Sun, 30 Dec 2001
I am looking for information on the Duffy Family and need to know what territory Montrose was in before South Dakota became a state.
Thanks for any help. Dianne Duffy Cullen

Ed & Kathy Harmon  ( Fri, 28 Dec 2001
Surnames:  Lewis & Flint
Looking for a volunteer who would be willing to take a couple of photos of tombstones in the Bridgewater Cemetery....hard copy photo or digital photo.

Benjamin Greene Lewis
d. 1902
Block 7 Lot 10
(Have been told there are two stones and that there may be other family members in the same vicinity)

Wife of Benjamin was Rosette Amelia Parker Lewis....she d. 1910....not sure if buried in WI or MO.   Tue, 13 Nov 2001
I am looking for any more information on Henry BOLLINGER of McCook Co., SD or of his family. He was born 27 Dec 1827 in PA and died 21 Aug 1896 in McCook Co., SD. He married Elizabeth LONG on 8 Nov 1849 in PA. His daughter, Mary Elizabeth BOLLINGER married George Washington WEST on 17 Mar 1886 in McCook Co., SD.

Becky Anderson   ( Mon, 29 Oct 2001
I am looking for some information on my Great Grandparents. I have a birth record that says my grandfather LeRoy Louis Miller was born in McCook county. His parents were Lena and William Henry Miller. Lena gave birth to LeRoy in 1909. It says she had 8 other children, 6 living. If anyone has any information on the children or parents please email me. Thanks.

Neil Matheny( Mon, 8 Oct 2001
Seeking any information on g-grandfather Harm Huisman and g-grandmother Johanna Schwans.  Their ancestors or descendents.
Harm b. 22 November, 1858 in Illinois. Parents from Germany.  Died july 17, 1945 at Bridgewater, SD
Johanna Schwans Huisman b. 26 october, 1862 at oldenberg, Germany. Died 4 December, 1960 at Bridgewater SD
They married 19 May, 1884 in Iowa, Moved to Bridgewater SD in 1905 and had 11 children.

Norma Maxwell    Tue Sept 4, 2001
(Webmaster's note: I accidentally put the wrong email here. If anyone has Norma's email I would appreciate it if you could email it to me.)
Hi. I am looking for death of James Hudspent and his wife Jency Jane Hudspent. They came from Georgia to Arkensas and possible Cheyenne Wyoming to fall River Co. Or at least we think they made it there as a grandson of theirs made it there .William E. Hudspent born Oct.20 1853 died July 28, 1945 fall River. His wife is Nellie, his father James R. Huspent who died Arkensas. Any thing greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Norma Maxwell  ( Sun, 26 Aug 2001 15:38
Christopher GEELAN Jr. farmed outside of Montrose in McCook County before 1915. His father, Christopher Edward GEELAN Sr. died in Montrose in 1895. He is buried in the Catholic cemetary in Montrose?  Any information would be appreciated.

Kevin Sutton  (,11 Aug 2001 12:19:51
BOLIN-SUTTON: I am looking for information (birth & death dates, children, and where they are buried) about Letitia A. SUTTON married William BOLIN/BOLEN. Letitia was born in Rush County, Indiana on May 29, 1852 to Jacob and Nancy A. (DURGIN) Sutton. I have no information at all on William. The only tie to him I have is a line from John Harvey Sutton's (Letitia's brother and my GG GF) biographical story in The History of Northwest Missouri, "The children born to Jacob and Nancy A. Sutton were as follows: John Harvey, of this review, .......,Letitia A., who married William Bolen, of Spencer, South Dakota;". I am assuming the name was actually Bolin as I could not find any Bolen's in Harrison or Davies Counties, Missouri, at that time. There were some Bowen's, however. I also notice there were several Bowen's in the graduating classes listed on the McCook County web page. I suppose it could have been BOWEN. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Kevin Sutton, Flower Mound, TX.

Forst and Lambertz Fri, 29 Jun 2001 17:05:33
FORST and LAMBERTZ: Seeking any information on the FORST and LAMBERTZ families who arrived in McCook Co. in the fall of 1880. Charles Joseph (Hobart?) FROST b. 1848 Prussia married Josephine LAMBERTZ c.1873 probably in Wisconsin. She died c.1881 of typhoid is was supposedly buried in a mass grave in Parker, Turner Co. SD. She had a brother, John D. LAMBERTZ who purchased land next to Charles FORST in McCook Co. in 1888. Charles FORST married 2nd Anna Catherine BARTOLOMA b. 1858 Minnieska, Wabasha Co. MN d. April 1939 Sheldon, Sioux Co. IA. They are both buried at the Catholic Cemetery in Montrose. Any information much appreciated!

Jodi ( Fri Jun 22 23:06:06 2001
STANGE-STANGA-BRUHN-CURRIER LARSON-OLSON I am looking for two sets of ancestors who both immigrated to McCook county. I would like info on Charles(Karl)F. Stange b 1863 and his wife Anna Bruhn b 1873. Their son is Walter Frank Stanga b 2 aug 1893 in Douglas Co SD. I am also looking for Family of Elaine Larson b 5 Feb 1929 in Salem, McCook, South Dakota. She d on 22 Apr 1995 in Salem, McCook, South Dakota. Her parents are Carl B. Larson and Ethel S. Larson. Ethel's madien name is Larson. Ethel was born 26 sep 1891 in McCook County, SD. Her parents are Gustaf Larson and Mathilda Olson. Any information on these people would be greatly appreciated. Please email me at Thanks so much , Jodi Sides

Norma Jeane Bell ( Wed Jun 20 20:48:49 2001
In September 1901 Pearl CURRIER, daughter of Oscar and Samantha CROSS CURRIER, married Orville R. DAVIDS at the Currier home between Canistota and Bridgewater in McCook County. The newspaper account of the wedding says that Mr. DAVIDS is of Bridgewater and is "Commander of the Revival Band of South Dakota". I would like to find out what that organization is. Also, Pearl died in 1905 and her obituary says she left a husband and two children. I'd like to learn the names of the children and what happened to them. Thanks a lot.

Patricia Hawkinson ( Sun Jun 10 08:21:18 2001
I found my great-great grandfather listed in the 850 names of Mc Cook County History. His name was Gustaf LARSON and his wife's name was Emma. They had a daughter named Fanny. I would like any information that can be provided about the family. I know Fanny is buried at Unityville.

Ron Granroos ( Sat Jun 9 23:43:02 2001
i looking for some info on my bestfriends dad . his name is robert lee scott . supposely have passed away in souix falls around 1985- 1988.previous address beleived to have been in your area. any info would be helpful. cemetery location , copy of obituary or anything. thanx!!

William G. Olson ( Thu Jun 7 11:53:39 2001
SALMON family..Julia Ann (Bolin) Salmon,wife of Henry Salmon(Civil War vet..who died in Mo.1880)... their sons LLoyd, James,& Abner, & daughters,Effie, Martha & Samantha.. lived around Spencer in 1990's, (Salmon's traced back to 1640 Southold, Long Island NY...from England.)

LeAnn Patridge ( Wed May 23 21:08:49 2001
I am looking for information on my great~grandparents, William SPINNER and his wife Millie(Banning)SPINNER. I know that they were located in Canistota, McCook County, South Dakota, because my Grandmother Gladys (SPINNER) PATRIDGE was born in Canistota, McCook County, South Dakota on December 30, 1908. Please send me any information that you may have on them.

Norma Jeane Currier Bell ( Sun May 13 15:51:37 2001
Looking for information on Pearl CURRIER, married 4 Sep 1901 to Orville R. DAVIDS. The wedding story from the Salem Special describes Mr. DAVIDS as from Bridgewater and"commander of the Revival Band of South Dakota". I would like to know more about this organization. Also, Mrs. DAVIDS died 30 Sep 1905. The obituary from the Canistota Clipper indicates that she was survived by her husband and two children. Can anyone tell me the names of the children and what subsequently became of them and their father?

Norma Jeane Currier Bell ( Sun May 13 15:20:20 2001
I would like to correspond with the individual "Josh" who posted a query re: surnames CURRIER, STANGA, BRUHN, KNUDSON, etc. My e-mail was returned when I tried to contact. I descend from Oscar C. and Samantha Matilda CROSS CURRIER who immigrated to McCook County in the spring of 1880.

Mary Bryant Park ( Sat May 5 19:07:44 2001
Need more info on p. and gp of Malo Berniece CONN, b. 1911, McCook Co. to Francis CONN and Norah A. MOOSE. Thanks Cousin Mary in OK

Larry Shaw ( Fri Apr 27 18:20:11 2001
My Grandfather Victor NELSON was born in McCook County in 1893. His parents Johann and Brita Nelson moved to McCook County, five miles south of Canova, just across the McCook County line from Miner County in 1878 and lived there for 27 years before moving to Idaho in 1905. The Nelson's lived in Iowa for a few years after immigrating from Sweden before moving to S. Dakota. Johann's sister was Maria SAMMUELSON who lived next door. Johann built a house in McCook county with two chimneys and we have a family photo taken in front of the house. We'll be driving through that area on May 5-7 and would love to find the old place if anyone can give us a clue to its location. Neighbors mentioned in family history include BROWN, Skogland, Weisenberg and Ericsons. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Gail Young ( Sun Apr 22 19:28:22 2001

Eddie Malley ( Wed Mar 28 12:55:53 2001
Searching SPERLING, SILENCE, HENTHORN & WEILAND. I have lots on Silence family which I would be happy to share. This is a new e-mail address, in case you have tried to reach me recently using my old address. I am looking for some kind person who would be willing to do a couple of lookups in Canistota cemetery records. I know that my Great-uncle Robert SPERLING, and his wife Annie, are buried there. However, I don't have the date of their deaths. Can you help me? Thanks so much!

Janet Fett ( Sun Mar 25 06:54:41 2001
Seeking info on FLUEGAL/FLUEGEL and WEBERT families. Looking for burial location, obits and any other info for Charles FLUEGEL (1865-1949 and Mary WEBERT FLUEGEL (1867-1951). Thanks Janet

Janet Fett ( Sun Mar 25 06:46:01 2001
Seeking info on TARRELL/TERRILL/TYRELL and WILLEY/WILEY families. Samuel TARRELL (b. circa 1850-1921 Wisconsin, son of John and Ann) married #1 Agnes WILLEY/WILEY (1854-1879) daughter Addie Belle married #2 Martha WILLEY/WILEY (1859-1906) 4 children married #3Emma WEBB WILLS (1857-1934) Samuel and Martha died in Canistota and buried there. Which cemetery? Emma died Canistota, buried Ireton, IA Agnes died and buried in Wisconsin

Joanne Merritt Bortner ( Fri Mar 23 13:59:29 2001
Does anyone have any info on Joseph MERRITT b. 1846 in NY and lived in Fond Du Lac Co., WI prior to the Civil War? He was married in Richburg, Allegany Co., NY in 1870 to an unknown. He then was in Barron C., WI at least until 1880. He lived in Canistota, McCook Co., SD in 1887 and was a member of the GAR post. Anything would be appreciated!

Jean K. Cordano ( Tue Mar 13 11:27:38 2001
BARNHART, William and Emma I am looking for more information on my great, great aunt, Emma, and her family. EMMA ROCHE (BD: 2/9/1860) married WILL BARNHART (9/13/1884). It is believed that she taught in your area schools in 1883 to 1884. They lived on a farm 4 miles west of Salem. They had only one son named McKinley. Also any info on descendants of McKinley BARNHART. Thank you.

Eddie Malley ( Sat Mar 3 17:38:11 2001
Looking for list of cemeteries in McCook County, near Canistota. Researching SPERLING family name. I am the great-grand-daughter of D.T. SILENCE and EMMA SPERLING SILENCE. Emma's brother, Rob SPERLING, was a long time resident of Canistota and I want to find his burial information to assist in finding immigration information about the SPERLING family.

Barbara CROSS LITTLEBRANT ( Thu Feb 15 04:56:15 2001
I am searching for any connections to Martin T. CROSS b Oct 16, 1836 in New York, m Lucinda COOPER BEACH Mar 21, 1870. Resided in DeKalb, NY until 1881 when they came to Montrose, Mc Cook, S.D. Martin was in Co A 142nd NY Vol Inf. He was a US Census Enumerator in 1890. He was a Teacher, Musician, and a Farmer. He was a brother to my g grandfather. He had a son Arthur C. b Mar 4, 1872, m Florence ZIMMERMAN. Anyone with info please contact me. TIA for any info.

Hayla Fitzgerald ( Tue Feb 13 15:17:25 2001
I'm looking for the de'ILLMANN/KOETHE family bible. My great grandmother died in the early to mid 1940's and it was lost at that time. Would appreciate any information about any of the family papers that might be around as yet.

Scott Gendron ( Tue Feb 6 09:32:22 2001
AIKEN,francis (1827- ?) francis homesteaded in the Salem,McCook Co. area in the 1880's. His wife Anne(GULL)Aiken, died in 1887 in the Salem area. They had 8 children. Does anybody have any information about the descendants of Francis/Anne? My gggrandmother was Mary Ellen(AIKEN) HOLLANTS, a daughter of Francis and Anne.Any information about the HOLLANTS would also be greatly appreciated. (The Hollants also lived in the Salem area.).

Stephen Donovan Kinney ( Fri Jan 5 21:47:41 2001
Eugene KINNEY m. Julia Ethel DONOVAN lived Salem, S.D. ca. 1915-1955

Annette Rhodes ( Thu Jan 4 22:53:52 2001
Looking for offspring of Nicholas VAN HETTINGA and Jennie WICHMANN.. they were married in Illinois but he died in SD in 1901.. after an accident with horses. They had been married for 20 years. She remarried to a William BUCHHOLTZ and moved to Sibley, Iowa..she raised all his children.. Nicholas was the brother of Mrs. Harm KLINGER of McCook County. Am also searching for their offspring.. know that one of the girls married a Harm DE GROOTE and another married an Fred EDZARDS The KLINGER children were: Teda, Omke, Jantje, Ben, Elsina and Ellis A. Klinger. Know there must be some offspring out their somewhere.. thank you.

Janine McDonnell- Hoffmann ( Wed Jan 3 05:38:55 2001
I am looking for information on my grandfather john joseph MCDONNELL's family.I can't find much of anything before they came to SD. I know that grandpa was born in Ramsey twnshp in 1880 and his father John sr. ws born in Louisville KY. can anyone help with information that goes any further back?

Doris Bernhardt ( Wed Jan 5 10:05:09 2000
Searching for information on James RAMESBOTHOM/RAMESBOTHAM who built a two-story stone house in 1880 southwest of Bridgewater, SD (McCook County). According to information I have, he left the homestead and moved to Bridgewater, SD in 1887. He had 8 children: Guy Norman, Eva Alice, Dell Thomas, May Belle, Edna Peral, Maud Myrtle, Irl (Earl) Edison, and Roy Clare. One of his daughters is supposed to be buried at the old homestead, which would probably be Eva Alice or Edna Pearl. Is there anyone who can verify the surname spelling and who may be buried?


Karl D. Dennis ( Sun Jan 9 03:16:57 2000
TURNER BROOKS Looking for descendants of or information on Hiram BROOKS 1842 - 03-26- 1909, and his wife Amanda TURNER 1843 - 01-24-1925. Hiram & Amanda lived in Salem, and their children included Roy, Earl, Vivian, and Fern. TURNER siblings who may have tagged along from Minnesota include Polk and Oscar. Any information appreciated, I have some that I can share.


Tanya Rylee ( Fri Jan 14 14:32:52 2000
Surname: Ehrich I am looking for any information on the Christian Ehrich family who resided in McCook County, SD. I am specifically interested in Christian Ehrich, his wife Magdalena Steffen, and their daughter Johanna Ehrich. Thank you.


Jennifer ( Sun Jan 16 12:49:59 2000
i am trying to verify a reference the name is darwin MILLER the address that was given is 641 e. vermont ave salem south dakota I need to verify his employer can you help me?please e mail me if you can thank you.


David Perrott ( Sun Jan 23 07:27:39 2000
Looking for information on the family of Nicholas PERROTT who died in Salem, SD. He had five children who lived in the SD, Minnesota area.


Eddie Malley ( Thu Jan 27 17:25:19 2000
Researching SPERLING, SILENCE, TILMAN. I am gr-granddaughter of Daniel Tilman SILENCE, who married Emma SPERLING. I have a post-card from her brother R.C. SPERLING who was a resident of Canistota, SD. The photo is of a very nice, white, two-story home. My gr-grandparents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Reedley, Ca. They had one son, William Harry SILENCE. I have reams of info on SILENCE AND TILMAN which I would be happy to share. I am looking for information on my gr-grandmother Emma SPERLING.


Tanya Rylee ( Sat Feb 5 14:04:21 2000
I am looking for any information on Johanna EHRICH (born 1 April 1883) and her family. Also, researching her husband Henry SCHMIDT (born 17 March 1868). They were married and resided in McCook County. Any information would be appreciated.


Marie Pool ( Sun Feb 6 15:58:29 2000
I am looking for a Bernadine FENDRICH, 1873-1940, who lived in Salem, SD. Was born in Anholdt, Westphalen, Germany and was married to Joseph STREFF, 1868-1947. Bernadine's parents were Heinrich FENDRICH and Johanna ROOS, born in 1835 and 1832. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Jeanie Wright ( Tue Feb 8 11:31:38 2000
My Grandmother Marjorie Bessie WADE was born in Montrose, SD, McCook County in 1908. Her mother's name was Bessie (VANHORSEN) WADE, her father's name was Leslie WADE. Marjorie Bessie WADE married James W. CANTRELL in 1925 in Littleton, Colorado. She died on October 2, 1930 in Littleton. I know I have relatives from South Dakota as I have many pictures, I was born in Souix Falls, SD in May 1950. My parents were Robert Lyle TROTTER and Rosabell Mabel (CANTRELL) TROTTER. Any information on any of these names would be appreciated greatly. Thank you.


Phyl Broich-Wessling ( Wed Mar 8 12:44:47 2000
Seeking information on Kaspar WERNER born 19 December 1824 Herbstadt, Bavaria son of Christoph WERNER and Elizabeth SCHMITT. Kaspar married Sophie WEBER in St. Mary's, Pa. They had 8 children. Sophie died in 1869 Winneshiek Co. Iowa. Kaspar married Theresia Steele. They had three children. Kaspar also lived Carroll Co. Iowa and later moved to Salem, S.D. with his sons Michael,Anton, Stephen, George and daughters Anna WERNER SCHEIER and Mary WERNER REICHER. Kaspar died 1895 Salem, S.D.


Heather McNamara ( Sat Mar 18 15:18:26 2000
I am looking for any information about the MCNAMARA family. I have found traces of them located in Hamlin Co., SD and just recently in McCook Co., SD. Henry Matthew MCNAMARA applied for and bought some land in McCook Co. on May 20, 1882. He was born in 1871 in Canada, married Mary W. Blocher in 1895 in Hazel, SD, and died in 1943 in Hazel, SD. His father Matthew MCNAMARA also was born in Canada (1830) and died in Hazel, SD in 1893. Any help would be great!


Joanna Elder ( Wed Mar 29 16:41:35 2000
My father, Ontje John GROENEVELD, had a blacksmith shop in Montrose, I think from about 1916-1919, but I would like the specfic years, and would appreciate any information anyone might have about that. Are copies of The Montrose Hearld available for the years 1915-1935, if so where would they be located at? Thank you. Joanna Elder


Jeremy Nichols ( Sun Apr 9 15:57:28 2000
I have an old family photograph that was made in McCook County. The photo was made by "O.E. BOWMAN/Montrose, S.D." I presume that this is "Oliver E. BOWMAN," listed in the "850 McCook County Names from the Past" on this web site. Can anyone tell me when Mr. BOWMAN was in business in Montrose? This will help me to date the photograph. I can email an image of the photo if that will help.


Laura White ( Tue Apr 11 09:41:12 2000
I'm looking for information on my husband's great-great grandfather, Mathew WHITE and his great grandfather, Caleb Ellis WHITE. Mathew was a South Dakota State Legislator representing McCook County, South Dakota in 1891 and 1892. Caleb Ellis WHITE was a South Dakota State Legislator representing Clay County, South Dakota in 1894. Mathew was born somewhere in Pennsylvania in 1814 and spent much of his life in Grant County, Wisconsin. Mathew moved to South Dakota in 1880 and died in Clay County, South Dakota in 1888. Mathew was married to Caroline KNOX who was born in approximately 1829 in either Illinois or Kentucky. Caleb was born in Plattesville, Grant Co., Harrison Twp., Wisconsin in 1857 and died in Wakonda, Clay Co., South Dakota in 1941. Caleb was first married to Mary Jeanette EATON in Centerville, South Dakota in 1884. Mary Jeanette was born in Wellsville, New York, the daughter of James O. and Jane (HATFIELD) EATON, in 1861. After Mary Jeanette's death in 1905 in Wakonda, South Dakota, Caleb married Mary Jeanette's sister, Alice EATON BEEBE in 1906 in Vermillion, South Dakota. Alice was also born in New York (as was her sister) but Alice was born in 1852.


Katie McConniel ( Wed Apr 12 21:13:05 2000
searching for MCCONNIEL family of Montrose,S.D. Herman MCCONNIEL and Nellie PROUTY(PROUDY) married in Montrose in aug. 1924. Two infant boys possibly burried in St. Patricks catholic cemetary. John Thomas MCCONNIEL and Herman Lindberg MCCONNIEL. Also interested in information about MCCONNEL'S listed in 850 names of people from Mccook county.


SBB (SBBSMITH9009@YAHOO.COM) Thu Apr 13 13:34:48 2000
AUSTIN/HATCH-McCook Co.,SD- James Ganyard Hatch and Hannah Austin were born about 1840 and married probably somewhere in New York state. They moved to MN and SD. They died and are buried near Bridgewater, SD. I have a note written by Hannah in Feb of 1918 so she was still alive then. I have information about the family and would like information on when they died and what cemetery they are buried in.


Kent Robarge ( Sat Apr 22 11:57:22 2000
Seeking maiden name of mother of Pauline C. BETZ (born March 1892) and Henry S. BETZ (born March 1896). Both born McCook County, SD (believed to be in city of Salem) to Charles S. BETZ and ?. Mother believed to have died between 1896 and 1900 based on 1900 Census information.



Linda Rutz ( Mon May 1 01:25:07 2000
Seeking information regarding my grandfather's family who lived in McCook County SD in the late 1890's. George B. OWEN b.11Jul1894 Bridgewater SD and d.28Apr1965 Galesburg IL. Parents were Frank W OWEN and Cora D BABCOCK. Siblings: Fred W., Hazel (HIEDEMAN), Julia Bele (PRINGLE) b.26Oct1888 Lead SD, Ruth Abby (HIEDMAN) b.4Apr1892 Bridgewater SD d.22Apr1965 MN and Nellie C born in Sioux Falls SD. HIEDEMAN'S were brothers. Julia Belle and Ruth graduated from Bridgewater H.S. Nellie never married but had a son.


William Minder ( Sun May 7 12:40:48 2000
Seeking information on Carl R. Minder who was known to be in Salem, McCook Co., SD in 1909. He was born 7-12-1879, married Dorothea Blocker, and father my Dad, Waldo Dale Minder, in Salem in 1904. I believe his father and mothr were Herman and Pauline Minder, but am not sure. Carl was listed in the Salem, McCook Co., 1909 business directory as a barber. Does anyone know anything about this family?


Terri Walker ( Sat May 13 18:55:37 2000
Searching for the family of Alexander MORRISON, born 1880 IL, who married Della GOSLINE b. 1881 Dixon Co., NE. Known children: Rebecca, b. 1903 IA, Wendell, b. 1909 IA, Lorraine b. 1911 IA. This family lived in McCook Co. in 1920.


Gary L. Crippen ( Sun May 14 17:31:18 2000
Looking for information on Lloyd Elwood CRIPPEN, Jr. death 10-16-1952, Canistota. Married to JaNell BURNHAM, Spencer. Born in March 5,1929?


Sharleene ( Sat May 27 03:35:00 2000
BRESLIN,BRESLAIN, BRISLANE Looking for info on Henry Breslin who live in McCook County around 1882.


Josh ( Wed May 31 13:59:39 2000
Requesting any information on these surnames: ERICKSON, KNUDSON, STANGA, STANGE, CURRIER, BRUHN Some of these families were settlers in McCook County in the mid to late 1800s. Key names include: August STANGE (born 1837) Wilhelmine (CHRISTIAN) STANGE Karl (Charles) Frank STANGE (or STANGA) (born 1863) Anna (BRUHN) STANGE (or STANGA) (born 1873) Ellen KNUDSON

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Jan Durst ( Sat Jun 10 15:52:54 2000
Researching ABRAHAM (ABE) HAMAKER of Spencer, McCook Co, SD. Married Etta L. Wayland in Ogle Co., IL in 1879. I know they had children: Clinton, Maurice(sp?), Jennie, Clara Isabelle, Chellis. I would be interested in when ABE HAMAKER came to SD, his parents' names, and any other information about him or his family.


Glenn Kobernusz ( Tue Jul 4 11:31:39 2000
Looking for the name of Charlie POLCHOWS's spouse.She was called "Lizzie", need name and any family ties. Charlie was born in 1872 and died around 1964. They farmed near Salem, Canistota and Bridgewater, SD. McCook County. Last address was Bridgewater. Their three childred were Bob, Irene and Martha. They have ties to the Witt family and I have a lot of info to trade.


The Rev. Netha N. Brada ( Thu Jul 6 17:17:41 2000
CURRIER, Benjamin Moses - he was my great-great-great-grandfather. He died January 9, 1881 and was buried in Bridgewater but in 1905 his remains were moved to Minnesota. I have not been successful, thus far, in tracing my ancestry back any further. Are there any cemetery records, obituaries, land deeds, etc., that might shed some light on his ancestry? I do know that our ancestor, Richard Currier, arrived from England in 1640, settling in the Amesbury MA area. He had one son, Deacon Thomas, but from there until Benjamin Moses Currier, there is a gap which I have not been able to fill. Any help/suggestions/information would be greatly appreciated. I live in Iowa Falls IA.


Dianna Diehm ( Fri Jul 14 16:31:58 2000
I am seeking information on Tobias MARKUSON who lived in Bridgewater SD. Tobias is buried in the Pleasant Prairie Church site, to which he donated the land. My sister and I visited there in 1996 and I must say that smeone does a wonderful job of keeping it up. It was so serene. Tobias is my Great Great Grandfather. His wife and son are also buried there. I am seeking his Naturalization Records to see if I can find what ship he can over on from Norway. Any info would be greatly appreicated.


Norm Jones ( Sun Jul 16 20:38:16 2000
Trying to find out more about my grandmother Jenny Abiah WOOD, born July 22, 1882 in McCook County, South Dakota. Her husband was Silas BOYINGTON. They had four daughters: Olive, born January 14, 1906; Hazel, born ??; Ruby, born September 10, 1904; and Millie, born October 09, 1909. Jenny's parents are: Samuel Wood and Lydia Roana Davis. They were married on February 09, 1881 in Bristol, county of Pontiac, Province of Quebec, Canada.


Roy B Williams ( Wed Jul 26 08:17:08 2000
Good Morning!!!---I am researching the McCook name and would like information regarding the person for whom McCook County was named. Any history in this regard would be deeply appreciated!! Many THANKS---Roy B Williams


Roy B Williams ( Thu Jul 27 10:27:07 2000
I don't know for sure if my original enquiry (07/26/2000)reached you but I would like to know for whom McCook County was named and a bit about him (or her). Also do you know if the person is related to or is the same person for whom the town of McCook, Nebraska is named. Any help you can give will be GREATLY appreciated!!!---Thanks---Roy Williams


Patrick Flannery ( Tue Aug 1 23:08:32 2000
I am looking for members of the FLANNERY family of Montrose. My father was FRANCIS FLANNERY b. May 1, 1915 in Montrose. His father was MICHAEL FLANNERY b. June 28, 1869 in Brownsville, MN d.March 18,1931 in Montrose, buried at St Patrick's Catholic Church. His Father was PETER FLANNERY b. 1832 in Mayo County, Ireland d. April 4, 1909 in Montrose, buried at St Patrick's Catholic Church. My father used to speak of relatives Montrose named LAWRENCE FLANNERY, JOSEPH FLANNERY, VINCENT FLANNERY, FR. ROBERT FLANNERY, CLARA FLANNERY, and many others. Does anyone see any connections? Please contact me.


Mary E. Carey ( Thu Aug 3 13:14:36 2000
I am looking for any information on the SALTZMAN family that I can find. My Great, Great, Grandparents were Wooster Henry SALTZMAN & Amanda Melvina SIMPKINS. They lived in or around Salem, S.D. One of thir boys, my Great Grandfather, David Henry SALTZMAN married Clara HERKER in Salem, S.D. on 1906. If anyone out there has any information on these families please contact me. Wooster and Amanda moved aorund alot and I am trying to find Wooster and Amanda's parents, siblings and location of their children and their children's, children.


Jean Perez ( Wed Aug 9 13:16:32 2000
I am interested in information about my g/g/grandfather Anthony DONELAN. I would like to know what his tombstone inscription reads. He is buried at the Catholic cemetery in Montrose, McCook County.


Mike Yarger ( Mon Aug 14 22:14:14 2000
Looking for help in Researching ANDREW BRADY family. He married ELIZABETH DUNN and had their first 3 children in McCook County. The children were: HUGH BRADY in 1886, CORNELIUS BRADY in 1888, JOHN BRADY in 1891. The family eventually moved to Keswick Iowa before 1894. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


C Fessler ( Mon Oct 2 10:10:19 2000
Searching for Frederick LANDER (b. 1842), or any of his sons: George, John, Edward, Frederick, Clarence (1871), Franklin, or Roy. Or daughter Flora. I have some land patent records, and a biography of Frederick (Sr.), but would like spouses, vital records, church records, children, etc.


Alice Ellis ( Sat Oct 21 17:49:46 2000
I am looking for information on John BIEVER b. 1858 in Germany and Katerina (Minnie ) SCHITTINGER (SCHILLINGER) b. 24 West Bend, WI. They met and married in Brigewater, McCook County and married either 15 Oct, 1881 or 15 nov 1882. They were the first couple married at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Bridgewater, SD. They and both their parents are buried in St. Stephen's Cemetery. John Biever came to Bridgewater in 1879 with his sister,(Mary BIEVER LEITHEISER who was married to Adam LEITHEISER before they moved to Canada in 1907). John BIEVER homesteaded in Bridgewater and also worked on the railroad (early 1880's), I also think he was a county commisioner. I am looking for, and where can I find the information? 1.Is there a Homestead Map for Brigewater Township? Any old maps of Bridgewater? 2. History of Bridgewater and when it was Nation City? 3. Any old railroad records? 4. Old County Commisioner Records with the name John Biever? 5. Looking for record of his marriage? 6. Could not find him on the 1880 census although I know he was there!!!, he was on the 1900, 1910, 1920 US Census. 7. Where are the records from 1880 and 1900 kept? Salem? 8. When did SD start recording birth's so I can obtain birth records of his children who all were born in Bridgewater? 9. Looking for John and Minnie'BIEVER's death records as well as their parents? Are these in Bridgewater, Salem, church or civil records, Sioux Falls, Pierre? John BIEVER died 16 OCT, 1928 in Bridgewater and Minnie SCHEITTENGER BIEVER died 29 Dec. 1939 in Iroquois with her daughter Mary BIEVER MEISTER. John and Margaret SCHEITENGER (Minnie's parents) are both buried at St. Stephen's Cemetery. John BIEVER's father, John BIEVER and his mother Margaret FOX Biever both died in 1895 and are buried in St. Stephen's Cemetery. John died July 1895 and Margaret Aug 1895. 10. Is St. Stephen's Catholic Church still there? Who would I write to? The address? Basically, I need to know what records are available, where can I find them, and the addresses and the fee? I realize this is asking much, but any information would be helpful. I basically am looking for records an information for years 1879 - 1935. Thank you so much, Alice


Patrick Montgomery ( Thu Oct 26 10:59:56 2000
Looking for any information concerning my uncle Daniel J. DESMOND who with his brother-in-law Ray SHERK and his family (Agnes Burness -wife, children Daniel, Burness, and Buddy) farmed near Montrose, Mc Cook County for many years between 1910 and 1942. Surviving members of the family (Dan Desmond, Burness Sherk and Daniel Sherk) relocated to Sioux City in 1942.


Linda Rutz ( Sat Oct 28 14:50:13 2000
Seeking information regarding my grandfather's family who lived in McCook County SD in the late 1890's. George B. OWEN b.11Jul1894 Bridgewater SD and d.28Apr1965 Galesburg IL. Parents were Frank W OWEN and Cora D BABCOCK. Siblings: Fred W., Hazel (HIEDEMAN), Julia Bele (PRINGLE) b.26Oct1888 Lead SD, Ruth Abby(HIEDEMAN) b.4Apr1892 Bridgewater SD d.22Apr1965 MN and Nellie C born in Sioux Falls SD. HIEDEMAN'S were brothers. Julia Belle and Ruth graduated from Bridgewater H.S. Nellie never married but had a son. She may have lived in Salem. I'd placed this query before on May 1, 2000 but my e-mail server changed names. Any information on the above family members appreciated.


Keith Sankey ( Sat Oct 28 19:49:23 2000
seeking info re: June JOHNSON. I have a photo of June taken around the Torn of the Century by Photographer ? E. Bowman, at Montrose, McCook Co. The note on the back indicates she is a cousin to my grandmother Margie Elliott SANKEY.


MIKE HEALY ( Thu Nov 2 09:00:13 2000
I am looking for any information on John Albert HEALY( 1869-1954 )and his family who lived in McCook County near Montrose, South Dakota.


MIKE HEALY ( Thu Nov 2 09:06:59 2000
I am looking for the complete birthdate of William HEALY ( 1846-1897 )who lived in McCook County, Montrose, South Dakota. I am also looking for where William was Born in Canada.


Julie ( Sat Nov 11 18:45:26 2000
I'm looking for anyone with information on the following family who lived in Bridgewater, McCook Co., SD: Joseph CARROLL b.Cook Co, Ireland married to Catherine MCKNIFF.


John Adams-graf ( Sun Nov 19 19:58:48 2000
Can anyone tell me anything about the GRAF and VOSHART store that was in McCook County in the late 19th, early 20th centuries? WOuld like to know of GRAFs or VOSHARTs connected to the enterprise. Thanks! John


Kathy Blomquist ( Tue Nov 21 05:49:25 2000
I am researching Alice (BLACKBURN) and Charles W. SERLE. They were born born in Dane County, WI. They moved to Salem SD where he was the druggist around 1900. I also noticed that he is listed in the index for "Within These Boundaries". I would appreciate if you could lookup what information there is on them.

Richard E. Henthorn ( Sun Jan 10 11:20:56 1999
Seek information about Frederick B. Henthorn and Cynthia Silence and their descendants. 1 - Edmund SILENCE sp- Nancy TILMAN 2 - Cynthia SILENCE Born - 17 Nov 1860 Geneva, Franklin, IA Died - Feb 1936 Mc Cook, SD Bur. - Feb 1936 Riverside Cemete sp- Frederick B. HENTHORN Born - 9 Nov 1856 Mar. - Abt 25 Dec 1881 Died - May 1916 Mc Cook, SD Bur. - May 1916 Riverside Cemete Son of John HENTHORN & Olive Martissa BROOKS Note - OCCUPATION-RESIDENCES: Frederick was a wealthy farmer, living in South Dakota, as of 1909. 3 - Ethel HENTHORN Born - 1883 IA sp- Harry B. STALKER Mar. - 1908 sp- Walter JOHNSON Mar. - 1935 3 - Minnie Alice HENTHORN Born - 14 Apr 1894 sp- Emery PATERSON 3 - Mary HENTHORN Born - 1899 SD sp- Vernon GORDON Mar. - 1919 3 - Nancy HENTHORN Born - 1908 Died - 1957 sp- Harry SPERLING


Michael Hofemann ( Sun Jan 10 20:33:07 1999
Looking to contact any descendents of Owen OBRIEN (b. 1846) and Mary FARRELL (b 1847), early Bridgewater residents. Thanks.


Ann Kunkle-Jones ( Wed Jan 20 20:07:45 1999
KUNKEL/KUNKLE: Henry Kunkel lived in/around Salem, S.D. between about 1882 and 1893. wife= Susanna Wingert Kunkel. Adam Kunkle and Emma Urella Harsh Kunkle lived around Canistota, S.D. between 1910 and 1913. My grandfather was son #1 Sylvester Verti Kunkle born in Canistota in 1910.


Linda King ( Tue Jan 26 06:58:38 1999
Looking for info about the KAPPENMAN family of South Dakota. I have a newsclipping from the mid twenties referring to Tony KAPPENMAN of Montrose South Dakota finding $ in a bail of hay. He was a cousin to my grandfather Ernest KAPPENMAN of Winnebago,Ill. I believe Tony was born in 1912 and died 1992. My 2nd gr grandfather Marcus Kappenman of Hechingen Germany(1820's-?) had a brother Johannes who settled in South Dakota. Any info would be appreciated.


Kristen Eberlein ( Mon Feb 15 20:17:27 1999
My great-aunt, Nathalie EBERLEIN (1870/71-?), married a Gustave Carl Georg PLUDEMAN (?-?) in Shawano, WI on 30 August 1906. Nathalie's mother's obituary in 1906 indicated that Mrs. G. C. PLUDEMAN was living in Montrose, South Dakota. Are there any town/county directories for 1906? Indexes to state of federal censuses? Any information or advise from savy genealogists would be very welcome. Thank you.


Kathy Schmitt ( Fri Feb 19 17:34:38 1999
i am looking for information on matthew and catherine schmitt who lived in salem, so.dakota. they belonged to st. mary's catholic church and had 3 sons, herman, leonard, and harry. matthew and catherine are buried in the cemetary in salem. i believe jake had a brother named jake? they owned a mens clothing store in salem. thanks for any info anyone can give me.


Thomas Armstrong ( Wed Feb 24 17:20:18 1999
Armstrong,thomas and his family are on the federal census of McCook county 1900 vol 10 e.d. 386 sheet 8 line 86 also 1910 federal census district 288 sheet 9a 28 april 1910 McCook County Canistota township. am at a lost to find any info further back then his birth 13 may 1858 and death 1924 he was married to alice Moore in iowa if you have any info please send thanks tom armstrong


Allan Anderson ( Thu Mar 11 12:34:50 1999
Researching Lotta EDBERG(12/19/1855-3/15/1928) born Vastergarden,Larv,Skaraborg,Sweden; died Ramsey Twp, McCook County.wife of Johan (John) JOHANNESSON aka WICKLUND aka WIKLUND (11/9/1856- 7/26/1929) and daughter of Johannes(John) EDBERG aka ANDERSSON of Carver Cnty,MN (2/4/1829-1917)and sister of August EDBERG, Alfred EDBERG, Mathilda EDBERG,Anna Mary EDBERG,John EDBERG,Andrew EDBERG, Mathilda EDBERG,Edith EDBERG & Ellen EDBERG and mother of Blanche ANDERSON, Edythe LIND, Arnold WICKLUND,Hildur ANDERSON, Everet WICKLUND children residents Ramsey & Montrose,McCook Cnty 1880- 1960.


Connie Putnam ( Sat Mar 13 04:58:34 1999
COVERT, MARVIN CHARLES b. 2/5/1916 in Salem, McCook County, South Dakota, to Frances M. and Myrna SCHENCK COVERT. Attending physician Dr. W.E.DICKINSON. Myrna was age 20, "Frank" was 26, both born in New York. I know that this family moved back to NY. I'm wondering why they went to S. Dakota. Did they have relatives there? Any help greatly appreciated.


Dick Reyolds ( Wed Mar 17 19:42:09 1999
Hi. I'm looking for information on Philip Freeman and Milissa Strang. They moved to Bridgewater in McCook County some time after the Civil War. They lived there up to about 1898 and then moved to California. I would appreciate any information you may have on them. Thank you for your time and assistance.

Leonard Swindler ( Thu Mar 18 11:05:56 1999
I am looking for information on my grandfather SWINDLER,Homer and my grandmother SWINDLER (MCDONNELL), Eva They lived on Montrose (McCook County) S.D. My father SWINDLER, Leonard was born there on 16 Oct 1911.


Allan Anderson ( Fri Mar 19 10:24:06 1999
"Standard Atlas of McCook County, South Dakota" published by Geo A Ogle & Co, Chicago, IL, 1911. Does anyone have access to it? Understand it has old pictures of pioneers.


Rhonda Streff ( Sat Mar 27 10:58:21 1999
STREFF McCook County, South Dakota


Misty ( Sun Apr 4 14:44:52 1999
Looking for WEINBERGS. My grandfather was Albert (1909-1984), married Violet NOPENS. Other family names include HARRINGTON and SCHULDT. Thank you, Misty


Karen O'Connor ( Sat Apr 24 01:05:11 1999
Searching for information on Thomas Raymond O'CONNOR (1887-1971) who was married to Anna Johanna RYAN (1881-1963) on 23 Oct 1917 in Salem, SD (McCook County). They had three children: Edmund, Thomas and Margaret. The first Thomas Raymond O'CONNOR was the son of Patrick O'CONNOR and his wife Ellen DURRIGAN.


Terence M Lewnard (TERCANL@AOL.Com) Thu Apr 29 08:23:04 1999
Looking for information on the Henry and Christina (KRATZ) KREBS family of Salem, S.D. Knowledge of three children, Edward, Frances, and Ida. Christina was born in LaSalle Co., Illinois, the daughter of Peter and Mary (HEIDER) KRATZ.


Patricia Savage ( Wed May 5 19:46:59 1999
Catherine (SPINHARNY) WYSS has been located living in Bridgewater, McCook Co., in the 1900 census and was a widow of John WYSS (shortened from VUTTERWISS). Cannot locate where they are buried. Catherine died in 1903. Their son, Henry, is buried at St. Steven's cemetery. I am willing to pay anyone who would like to help me in this endeavor!


Randy Stalding (STALTING or STALDING Family) Sun May 30 14:45:41 1999
Looking for information concerning the STALDING (or STALTING) family from Conistota, SD. We know that George STALDING was born in Ridgeway, IA, in 1870 and that his Brother Albert James (or Julius), born in 1875, was a town marshal of Conistota, SD. Albert was commonly called AJ. AJ was married to Margaret Manary REID in 1896. We believe that they were maried in Conistota. It is possible that George and AJ's father was Julius STALTING. Most of the STALDING's moved to Grayland, WA, by 1929.


Edith L (Beck) Jarding ( Mon May 31 17:09:47 1999
BECK/STALTING Chris Adolph STALTING b Feb 19, 1865 d Sept 8, 1951 married Mary BECK Feb 16, 1897 Herman Julius STALTING b Nov 17, 1870 d Aug 20, 1942 married Anna Marie BECK Jan 8, 1895 one child Earl STALDING b Oct 16, 1905 d Aug 29, 1955


Lars-Åke Lundgren ( Sat Jun 5 04:26:33 1999
Hello. My name is Lars-Åke Lundgren, I am a Genealogist from Sweden, and I am looking for my father uncles in South Dakota. My hope is that you can be able to provide some information reference to tracking former residents. My father Grandfathers name was Olof Anton Johnson and he was born 05.10.1838 in Västerbotten Sweden. His wife was Anna Karolina Jonasdotter born 07.09.1846. They immigrated to USA 02.25.1882, but I don't know where. In Sweden, people talk about he was going to Sioux-Falls SD. The reason why I ask you is that we have an old photo of Olof Anton taken in a studio Picture Frames & Co North Main St. of Barton Alexandria. Olof- Anton, had 6 children born in Sweden but we know they got more children in SD. Daughters and sons to Olof Anton & Anna Karolina. Britta Karolina born 08.09.1863 and she was married to P.A. Sandström born 08.05.1855. They immigrated to USA 07.06.1893. Lindas and P.A:s children: South-Dakota Lake County Clarno (Mcd) Name Birth day Birth place Per-August Sandström Born 5 Aug 1855 Sweden Lina Sandström(Johansson) Born 9 Aug 1863 Sweden + 1928 in ND Children: Mary E Born March 1883 Sweden Amanda Born Dec 1884 Sweden Johan H Born March 1886 Sweden Arvid E Born Feb 1889 Sweden Jessie Born March 1892 Sweden Alfrida H Born Nov 1893 South-Dakota Singnie M Born March 1896 South-Dakota Carl D Born July 1898 South-Dakota Mary was married to Louis Söderholm, she had prosthetics leg. Alfrida lived for some time in Aberdeen, Brown Country SD, and she had two daughters Wivi and Dorthy. I also know Arvid was married with Adeline Schoeberle and they had 9 children and live in a place south west of Salem SD. Children: Florence and she married Herbert Klontz, Children: Patricia- Herbert, Blanche. Clarence died Isabelle married Ernest Reif, Winifred S.D. Children: John-Jerome-Jud, Robert Leo and he was married Amelia. Children: Rita-Jerrt-Carlos-Marie, Anna Alice married Georg Schoeph divorced, Charles Muth Pocatello Idaho. Daughter Diane Muth. Hazel married Ernest Kerkhowe, Montrose S.D. Children: Edvard-Lavonne-Richard-Janice-DeWayne-Linda-Karen-Ronald, Allan. They also raised 2 grandchildren of Edward's-Christopher, Barbara. Opal married Cecil Stockwell, Sioux Falls S.D. Children: Cecil-Dennis (died in Vietnam War) Bruce-John, Lloyd. Donald married Dorothy Davis Children: Donna-Davieen. Second wife Dorothy Lentch, lived in Canistola S.D. Elaine married Clement Heumiller, Emery S.D. Children: Larry-Terry- Cheryl-Steven-Lori-Timothy-Scott-Daniel (deceased) and Michele. That's what I know about the Sandström family. This information I get from Mrs. Elaine Heumiller before she passed away. Eva Matilda born 12.22 1868 married to Abraham Lundgren and she also was my grandma but she stayed in Sweden. Five sons of Olof Anton took the second name Olson in S.D. Johan Anton Olson born 12.26.1871. He immigrated to USA 06.30.1885. I think he died in Canada. Olof August Olson born 10.30.1871. He immigrated to USA 06.23.1889. Olof August and his wife was mutes. I think they had a daughter, and I think they lived in or around Sioux Falls or in a place in Mc Cook County. Carl Oskar Olson born 10.16.1873. He immigrated to USA 06.23.1889, but I do not know where. Jonas Fredrik Olson born 06.22.1876. He immigrated to USA 06.23.1885 to a place called Winifred, Lake Country. He was married with Ellen Klingberg 1903. Jonas died 02.14.1920. Wife Ellen was born 04.10.1881 and died 03.08.1906. They had a daughter Alice born 06.21.1906 and she died 02.01.1974. She was married 03.05.1935 to Vernal Vanderhoff they had no children. Ellen had a brother named Clarens Klingberg and they lived in Salem S.D. Per Edvard Olson born 03.17.1879. He immigrated to USA 06.23.1889 to Lake County but later to Sioux Fall. He was also mutes and was married and get 3 children what I know. One of the son's names was Wallace and I heard he was killed by a car accident for some year ago in your area (maybe)? This inquiry is direct to you on permits that property records from that period may some evidence that Mr. Johnson and / or his family at some time resides in your area. I am most interested what happened with Olof Anton, Olof August, Carl Oskar and Per Edwards families. Any comets, suggestions or information you may have will be much appreciated. If some of the relatives are in live I would be very glad if I can have some address to the person who could know. My wife would also like to get contact with her relatives in Sioux Falls. It was a Sister to her grandmother who lived there with her family. Her name was Charlotta Lovisa born Nov. 11 1871 in Degerfors Sweden. Her first husband was Nils Nilsson from Sweden: Remarried to Stein H. Detlie, they had four children (Oskar, Harry ,Edit and Margaret) and lived in Sioux Falls. Charlotta passed away about 1938. Margaret was married to Gus West Sandwe, one daughter Charlotte, and probably born in 1939. This is all information we have about Charlotta`s family. We would be very grateful if you can help us to find their descendants. Sincerely! Lars-Åke Lundgren Granvägen 15 93531 Norsjö Our fax number is: 0046-918-33604 E-mail: Homepage:


Gary D.Wells ( Sat Jun 5 20:28:19 1999
I'm interested in information on: William Henry Wells (He's in your list of 850 names and the early history page) Birth: Feb 3 1842 Died: Apr 21 1932 He came to McCook County in circa 1876 as one of the early commisioners. Thanks!


Kenneth Thomas ( Sat Jun 12 21:49:39 1999
I am looking for any and all information on the family of Elroy Pemberton AMY b: Sept 1838 in New Hampshire, d: in Canistota, McCook County, SD. m: to Julia Anna VANEATON b: 03 June, 1858 in Faribault, Rice Co., MN. Their children included Elmer AMY b: 1877 in Minnesota, Lydia Elizabeth AMY b: 14 March 1882 in Canistota, SD d: June 1983 in Buena Park, CA. Milton b: 1884 in Canistota, SD, Oren H.L. b: June 1889. Lydia married a man by the name of Carson A. BAKER on 23 August 1903, in Canistota, SD. Elroy had been one of the founding fathers of Canistota, he built what the Canistotans knew as the 'Amy House', he also built Canistota's first livery stable, he also years later built a hotel known as both the 'Pimperton House' and the 'Commercial House'. Elroy's father's name was Isaac AMY, his mother's maiden name was Lydia SHEPPARD, he had brothers Oren Hilton AMY, b: 2 Sept 1833, George AMY, b: unknown, Isaac AMY, Jr., and sisters, but the names are unknown at this time.


Randy Stalding ( Tue Jun 15 10:40:06 1999
RAUCH Surname. Looking for information relating to Adam RAUCH, his wife, and his children Lena, Cora, and Emil. Early settlers in Canistiota, SD.


Randy Stalding ( Tue Jun 15 10:55:46 1999
HUSMAN surname. Looking for information relating to Herman HUSMAN, his wife Antje, daughters Amelia and Dorothy. Hernam and his family moved to Canistota in 1914 and rented the Helsig farm, located immediately west of Canistota.


Edith L Jarding ( Sat Jun 26 06:18:13 1999
Looking for information on William BECK:born April 4, 1841;married Romana BURKART in 1862;died February 13, 1913. Homesteaded in Spring Valley Township in MCCOOK County in 1878. Arrived in Chicago in 1862 from Germany. Have been told he left a brother at this time and nobody has ever known the brothers name nor what ever happened to him. Children born to William and Romana were: Lizzie-Henry-William-Mary-Anna.


Brendon Duffy ( Thu Aug 12 17:15:35 1999
I am desperately looking for a relative who moved to Salem, S. D. later in life. His name was Charles S. LOUGH. Born in Iowa about 1868. He died between 1918-1920 in or near Salem as his brother's obituary indicates. It is believed he was not married. Just wondering if anyone has access to newspapers, death records, cemetery records, or has heard of this man. Thanks!


Shirley Hyatt ( Tue Aug 24 10:21:27 1999
I am trying to trace my roots of Great-Great grandfather John David HUTCHINSON. Info I have he moved to McCook County So. Dak. in 1876. He filed claim to land in Ramsey Township, sections 33 & 34. I would like any other info, I could get on hs family, if there is any available.


Jim Bariteau ( Sun Sep 19 18:49:06 1999
John S. HASEN Birth Date August 31, 1886 Birth Place: Hosmer, South Dakota Died: September 1985 in San Jose, California Spouse: Matilda Steinberg

Donna Wagner ( Sun Oct 10 07:42:27 1999
I am searching for information on the SCHARFENBERG family who arrived from the Schleswig Holstein area of Germany in the middle to late 1800's. The family lived in Bridgewater, McCook County, South Dakota. Louisa Sophia Antonie Scharfenberg Wagner born 1/29/1854 and died 3/19/1914, was my husband's great grandmother. Her parents were Carl Scharfenberg and Sophia Rhese. Louise married Andrew A. Wagner (also from the same region in Germany) Please help me find information about this family.


Jane Delger Donaho ( Mon Oct 11 21:29:39 1999
DELGER: Conrad Heinrich A. DELGER died Spencer, McCook Co., 3 Feb. 1918. Born Oldenburg, Germany, lived in Sibley Co. Minnesota 1860. Wife Dorothea KNOPF, died 5 Nov. 1914. Children Edward, Amandus. Grandchild? Clarence 1900-1901. Looking for info, desc. Have much Delger info to share.


Del Sarlette ( Fri Oct 29 07:18:22 1999
I am looking for information about Peter SARLETTE, my grandfather, who lived in Salem from aproximately 1910 to his death in the late 30's. His sons were Walter (my father) and Ralph. His widow, Freda, lived in Salem until about 1950. We have little or no information about the SARLETTE family prior to Peter.


Paul R. Simon ( Mon Nov 1 14:29:58 1999
I am searching for information on a Fredrick SIMON who may have come from the Bridgewater area. He was married to Louisa HEINZ and settled in Parker for a time. They had one son name Carl August SIMON who lived his entire life in Parker. Fredrick was a carpenter and would have died around 1940. Please email me with any information.


George Snider ( Sat Dec 4 16:54:44 1999
In October 99 I purchased an Enfield Rifled Musket at auction. The Lock is stamped "1860/Tower". The name "F.McCook" is stamped on the stock opposite the lockplate. Will send more descriptions if anyone in McCook county has an interest in this antique weapon.


Anders Nordstrom ( Fri Dec 10 16:40:27 1999
I am looking for information about Knute and Hilma STONE who lived in Salem for many years. They both died in 1974 in an age of 88 years. Their daughter Dorothy then lived somewhere in California. Knute STONE immigrated from Sweden in 1902, and he was a brother to my grandfather.


Allan Anderson ( Wed Dec 22 18:01:53 1999
Re:NORDSTROM's 12/15/99 inquiry on Knute and Hilma STONE and daughter Dorothy. Please be advised I can furnish information required inasmuch as Dorothy and my adopted brother Vincent Anderson were twins.


Michael Hofemann ( Thu Aug 27 20:17:04 1998
Looking to contact those researching the RYAN family of Bridgewater. Particularly any relatives of Timoth Joseph RYAN - early publisher of the McCook County Democrat newspaper.


Denise Frederick ( Tue Sep 1 13:12:44 1998
Looking for information on a family by the name of ELFERT who may have taken care of my grandmother, Mary/Mamie WALPOLE in the mid to late 1880's. Mary was b. Jul 1881, Cheyenne, WY to an "unknown" Walpole and Sarah Franklin. Her father abandoned the family and her mother was unable to raise her. I have found "ELFERTH" in the 1880 census in McCook Co. however, not successful in finding any other information. As the story goes, Mary's mother, Sarah, remarried an "unknown" GOWLING and took Mary back. My father's middle name was ELFERT and he would remember the mention of Salem, but that is about it. Thanks in advance to any one who can help.


Kenneth Thomas ( Sun Sep 6 01:36:30 1998
I am looking for any and all information on the family of Elroy Pemberton AMY b: Sept 1838 in New Hampshire, d: in Canistota, McCook County, SD. m: to Julia Anna VANEATON b: 03 June, 1858 in Faribault, Rice Co., MN. Their children included Elmer AMY b: 1877 in Minnesota, Lydia Elizabeth AMY b: 14 March 1882 in Canistota, SD d: June 1983 in Buena Park, CA. Milton b: 1884 in Canistota, SD, Oren H.L. b: June 1889. Lydia married a man by the name of Carson A. BAKER on 23 August 1903, in Canistota, SD. Elroy had been one of the founding fathers of Canistota, he built what the Canistotans knew as the 'Amy House', he also built Canistota's first livery stable, he also years later built a hotel known as both the 'Pimperton House' and the 'Commercial House'. Elroy's father's name was Isaac AMY, his mother's maiden name was Lydia SHEPPARD, he had brothers Oren Hilton AMY, b: 2 Sept 1833, George AMY, b: unknown, Isaac AMY, Jr., and sisters, but the names are unknown at this time.


Royal Michael Mannion ( Sun Sep 13 11:47:23 1998
Looking for information regarding my grandfather Michael "Mike" MANNION who was a early day farmer that lived near Montrose with his wife and ten children. I believe he immigrated from Ireland and came to South Dakota while it was still a territory. My father, William Joseph Mannion was born in Montrose in 1900. He was the youngest of the ten children. I believe my grandmother's first name was Kathryn. Her maiden name was MULLARKEY. My grandparents are either buried at the Catholic cemetary at Salem or Montrose. Some other names that my father told me about were FLYNN and BRENNAN in McCook County. I think they were cousins. Any information would be appreciated because what I have is very sketchy. I live in Redding, CA.


I am looking for any data on my GGG-Grandfather, Samuel PARKER. He was born 25 July 1813 in Randolph, Cattaraugus, New York. Samuel PARKER married Teressa B. McCAPES 12 January 1832 in Randolph, Cattaraugus, New York. She was born 25 May 1815 in Albany, Cortland, New York. Samuel died 8 October 1888 in Bridgewater, McCook, South Dakota, and Teressa died 7 January 1888 in Bridgewater, McCook, South Dakota. If anyone has any information on Teressa {McCAPES} PARKER and Samuel PARKER, I would appreciate any data you can send my way! Sincerely, Lisa Davison


Larry Reeves ( Mon Sep 21 15:20:08 1998
Charles Fremont CAMERON born September 30, 1862 Cresco, Howard township. Iowa moved to McCook County around 1886 he was on the County Commissin for some time. any information on him and his family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Hayla Fitzgerald (HAYLAF@AOL.COM) Thu Oct 8 21:35:26 1998
KOETHE, guenther, katharina, george, alvina, pat, romeo, amelia, matilda, arthur, gene TILLOTSON, virgil all lived in mc cook county, KOETHE family had plant nursery, guenther was civil war vet. Looking for anyone with information on these family members, TILLOTSON family lived in Spenser, and a KOEHTE married into this line.


MCCOOK MICHAEL JOHN ( Fri Oct 23 21:23:21 1998
Apparentely all McCook came to New Zealand to fight the Moari wars from the USA. Is there any way this can be confirmed ?


Colleen Jousma ( Mon Oct 26 12:02:13 1998
I am trying to find out about the MOHNEY family in Spencer, SD in McCook county. My grandmother's maiden name was Beatrice Marie MOHNEY. She married Kenneth JULIEN. She had seven siblings. Her parents names were John Ray MOHNEY and Jennie SHINGLEDECKER. Her siblings names are Edward, William(Bill), Don, Carl, May, Ethel, and Virginia. I know William(Bill)MOHNEY was born December 16, 1919. He died in Michigan May 15, 1998.


Larry J. Mews ( Sun Nov 1 20:17:07 1998
I'm looking for any info on the August L. MEWS family that lived in the Bridgewater area from approx. 1900 - 1950


Nancy (Ollerman) Myron ( Mon Dec 7 22:18:09 1998
Looking for ancestors with the surname OLLERMAN. A contact from other web searches has produced an Ollerman whose grandfather Charles Edward OLLERMAN was from Salem, McCook County, SD. Believe he came over from German ancestory, but maybe from Latvia, or that area.


George McKee ( Thu Dec 24 17:47:19 1998
Would like to find descandants of Gasper Pope, Indiana 1815 . Missouri 1860. Did he move to McCook county.


Louise P Treat ( Sun Dec 27 23:15:39 1998
McCook County: PARKER, Ansel Burnside PARKER born 1837 in Tioga Co. Pa. married Clemenia BACON Looking for information on Charles PARKER born 1868 in McCook Co. Albert B PARKER born 1870 in McCook Co. Any information on this family, also was there more children than two?


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