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To All of our subscribers;
This is one large project complete.
Please thank all the volunteers listed for getting
this data complete.
Especially to Bob Kuehl for the much time spent
getting the raw data to the volunteers and getting it
Genealogical data for 460 Crawford Co. families extracted from the 1911
History of Crawford County, Vol. I., has been posted on the Crawford County GenWeb
site. Find it in the Name Lists category of the Database.
The data include names, dates, and places of births, marriages, and deaths IF
they were given in the biographical writeup for all related individuals named
in each of the bigraphies.
We can thank the following volunteers who extracted genealogical data from
the biographies in the book.
Jean Albrecht, Leslie Hamby, Vicki Koeppe, Karla Lewis, Mary Overlien, Bill
Powers, Connie Simonsen, Rose Thomas, and Donald Woodmancy
I just want to thank Fred for sharing that wonderful news article about
Manning. I live in Arizona and would never have known about it without the mention
from Fred. What a terrific piece of knowledge you shared with us all,
wherever we live.
I would appreciate any information, names, etc. regarding the parents and/or
other ancestors of John McDonnell, who died June 13, 1913, at Vail, Iowa. It
is believed that he was a brother of my Great-grandfather, Michael, who lived
in that area and moved to Nebraska before 1900 and then on to South Dakota in
Tiny Iowa town celebrates German heritage in big way
Tim Bewer, Special to the Minneapolis Star Tribune October 24, 2004
Several years ago I spent Christmas in the German village of Heinbockel. Our
friends, and just about everyone else in town, lived in a bauernhaus. In the
old days, families lived alongside their livestock in these "farmer's houses,"
which were once the traditional abode of rural northern Germany.
Our friend's family had long ago moved the horses and cows into another
building and cozied the house up, such that you would never even suspect the
original design. I had to go to west central Iowa to see how their home had once
Manning, Iowa, is so far off the beaten path it makes Mason City look like
Manhattan, but local residents think big and in 1988 they began the
million-dollar odyssey that would become Heritage Park. Looking for a way to celebrate
their German heritage and attract tourists, the city decided to bring a 1660
bauernhaus over from the homeland, though not everyone in Manning got behind the
idea. "We did struggle," said Joelle Puck, the costumed volunteer on duty
during my visit.
There was controversy across the big pond too. Claus Hachmann, the building's
owner, had had a great uncle emigrate to the United States in the 1920s and
also remembered the CARE packages that arrived in the aftermath of World War
II. He saw this as his chance to give a thank-you gift to the United States. But
other residents of Klein Offenseth-Sparrieshoop weren't too keen about losing
the building featured on their city's coat of arms, even if it was thoroughly
Finally, after 11 years of bickering, legal battles and fundraising, museum
supporters got their way. An army of volunteers from United States and Germany
erected the wooden frame, piled the brick walls and thatched the gargantuan
Hachmann's gift was quite an eye opener for me. When I was in Germany, I had
been so certain of a wall between man and beast that I never even inquired
about the layout. In fact, the human living quarters consisted of just one
bedroom and a tiny dining room. Even for visitors who had never heard of such a
living arrangement, Manning's Hausbarn, as they call it, tells a vivid story.
The dreamers won this round. The Hausbarn is now a point of pride for most
locals, even former critics, and a destination for visitors from around the
world. "I'm just so thankful," said Puck, "that we have stubborn Germans here who
keep their vision."
Looking for my greatgrand father: Edward Barden. He came from England. He was born September 9, 1842. Sorry thats all I have on him. I believe he came here to the USA in 1871 .
Any information would be greatly appreciated. Marilyn
In a message dated 10/10/2004 9:54:04 AM Pacific Standard Time,
They were taken in the towns of Hampton and Dows, era 1915.
I think Dows may be Dow City in Crawford county.
Not positive but somewhere someone said it was Dows.
Crawford co CC
Am seeking a marriage record in Crawford County. Just need to find out when
the marriage occurred, where, and the groom's name:
BRIDE: Nina STORESUND b.1900 Iowa, dau. of Rasmus & Emma Storesund.
GROOM: Any (possibly Dewey LARSON b.abt.1897 Neb., son of Emil & Jennie
Any assistance appreciated.