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I've "rescued" an old photograph identified only as F. S. MOULTON'S son and
daughter. The photograph was taken at the Segrud Studio in Canton, South
Dakota, likely sometime in the 1890's with the pair appearing to be in their
20's at the time the photograph was taken. This could well be a wedding
photo, but that would mean they weren't both his children, but one either a
son-in-law or daughter-in-law.
Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information
from census records:
1880 census of Lincoln, DT:
Freeman G. MOULTON, age 46, born NH, a Farmer, parents born NH
Carrie B. MOULTON, wife, age 39, born NH, Keeping House, parents born NH
Wilbur J. MOULTON, son, age 17, born NH, at Home
Arthur E. MOULTON, son, age 13, born IA, at Home
Winnie G. MOULTON, dau, age 11, born IA, at Home
Freeman MOULTON, son, age 7, born IA
Carrie E. MOULTON, dau, age 4, born DT
Eva M. MOULTON, dau, age 1, born DT
1900 census of Canton Township, SD:
Freeman MOULTON, age 66, born Mar 1834, married 39 years, born NH, parents
born NH, a Farmer
Carrie B. MOULTON, wife, age 59, born Feb 1841, married 39 years, 6
children/5 living, born NH, parents born NH
Floyd C. MOULTON, son, adopted son, age 5, born Mar 1895, born MN
+ a boarder
1900 census of Mitchell, SD:
Freeman MOULTON, age 27, born Jan 1873, born IA, parents born NH, at School
Eva M. MOULTON, sister, age 21, born SD, parents born NH, at School
+ a Roomer
1910 census of Nodaway Township, IA:
Arthur E. MOULTON, age 43, married 14 years, born IA, parents born NH/VT, a
Mary N. MOULTON, wife, age 36, married 14 years, 2 children/1 living, born
NE, parents born ME/WI
Bronson A. MOULTON, son, age 8 months, born IA
+ 2 roomers
1910 census of Canton Township, SD:
Knut R. KNUTSON, age 28, married 3 years, born Norway, parents born Norway,
to USA 1894, a Farmer
Eva M. KNUTSON, wife, age 31, married 3 years, 1 child/1 living, born SD,
parents born NH
Thelma J. KNUTSON, dau, age 2, born SD
Carrie B. MOULTON, Mother-in-law, age 69, a widow, 6 children/3 living, born
NH, parents born NH
Floyd C. MOULTON, adopted son, age 15, born MN, parents born unknown
1920 census of Canton Township, SD:
Knute L. KNUTSON, age 39, to USA 1892, born Norway, parents born Norway, a
Eva M. KNUTSON, wife, age 41, born SD, parents born VT, a Teacher
Thelma J. KNUTSON, dau, age 12, born SD
Floyd C. MOULTON, brother-in-law, age 25, born SD, parents born VT, an
I am hoping to locate someone from this family so that this beautiful old
photograph can be returned to the care of this family. If you are a member
of the family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.
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Searching for where Christian Christensen died and is buried
1910 United States Federal Census
about Chris M Christenson
Name: Chris M Christenson
[Chris M Christensen]
Age in 1910: 26
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Denmark
Mother's Birth Place: Denmark
Spouse's name: Mayme E
Home in 1910: Fremont Ward 3, Dodge, Nebraska
Marital Status: Married
Year of Immigration: 1889
Household Members: Name Age
Chris M Christenson 26
Mayme E Christenson 24
Ethel M Christenson 3
Lillian M Christenson 1
Martha V Lake 19
The mystery began on 21 Apr 1915, or before when he sent despondent letter to his parents --the day of his supposed death. I don't understand why he wrote a suicide letter to family --
He did sell Singer sewing machines and his sister-in- law Della (Lake) Christensen also sold Singer sewing machines for a short time with him. Christian M. Christensen was married to Mayme (Mary E. Lake) for twelve years at time of these newspaper articles --but he was stilling living, when it was reported that he was dead --
After the newspaper articles of Christian's Death you will find information like he was still living in family newspaper articles, but of course his address unknown.
The fact question is did anyone in the family hear from Christian, Jr. again?
In the Blair Newspaper in May 1915, it was in the gossip section of the paper that said Chris and his wife went and visited his Aunt Nelsena Buchardt.
The decomposition of the body in the water even for one week would even make they body hard to identify. Christian was indeed a big man and so was the mans body and after a week in water things like the way they look have already decomposed to a horrible state to even look at; I can see that it would be the taylor mark that could only identify him. How could this dead man be mistaken for Christian Christensen, Jr?
Article in Fremont Evening Tribune-- April 26, 1915
CHRISTENSEN'S BODY FOUND
Omaha, April 26. -- What is thought to be the remains of Chris Christensen of Shenandoah, Ia., was recovered yesterday morning 10:30 o'clock while floating in the Missouri river at a point quarter mile north of the Bellevue Burlington railroad station by two fishermen, Jack Hike and Alfred Gillen of Bellevue. The body appeared to be in the water for two weeks and no actual identification exited other than the label of the John Flynn Clothing Co., of South Omaha, stamped on the inner lining of the coat.
Hike and Gillen were fishing at the time and discovered the body floating some 150 feet from shore. Hastley securing a rope they lassoad the corpse and haled it in to the bank. Coroner Armstrong of Sarpy county and Undertaker E. Grothe of Papillon were called in and the latter took charge of the body.
Article on the Sentinel Post Paper of Shenandoah, Iowa
April 27, 1915
FIND CHRISTENSEN'S BODY?
Relatives think Drowned Man Found At Omaha May be Shenandoah Man Who Disappeared
A body had been found in the river near Omaha that relatives of Chris Christensen thought might be his body. Mr. Christensen left several suicide notes before his disappearance stating that he would end his life in the Missouri. Mrs. Christensen and her three small boys went to Omaha yesterday morning. The Reo car which he used in delivering sewing machines was left in a garage at Clarinda where it awaits an owner.
At the under takers parlors, where then body was left temporarily, Ernie Blessie, a car inspector assent that he thought the body to be that of a brother-in-law Chris Christensen who disappeared while visiting him. Although Blessie was not positive in his identification he and his relatives will view the body and verify his identity if possible.
The following description of the man was given out of the man was given out by Dr. Armstrong. Were a blue coat and vest and a light blue or gray pair of trousers; a red necktie; height, 5 feet 8 inches; weight 185 pounds; age about 40 years; dark hair. No inquest will be held unless further particulars materialize.
The weight does not compare to that of Christensen as he is much heavier. The description of the clothing does not tally with what he wore and W. B. Collins of the local Singer office says that the body can not be Christensen's, if it answers the description given. The person found had been dead two weeks, it was believed. The Shenandoah man has been missing less than a week.
THE TRIBUNE, Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, 28 Apr 1915--------------------
BODY FOUND IN RIVER
Chris Christiansen, who wrote some time ago a despondent letter to his wife in Shenandoah, IA., was found dead in the Missouri river yesterday morning at a point a quarter of mile north of the Bellevue station. While Identification was not positive, George Blessie, a car inspector at the Union stock Yards and a brother-in-law of Christiansen, was inclined to believe that the dead man was his relative. Partial identification was made through the tailer mark of John Flinn on the coat worn by the dead man. The body had been in the water since April 21, when Christiansen mailed the letters from Omaha to his family. Blessie will bring a number of Christiansen's relatives here to identify the body, which will be held at Papillon awaiting possible identification.
The dead man appeared to be about 40 years or over. He wore a blue coat and vest and light blue or gray trousers. besides his tie, which was red, he wore a string of beads attached to a cross. -- Omaha Bee
The Christiansen referred to in the above clipping, is supposed to be a son-in-law of Elliott Lake, well known in this neighborhood. He has been married about twelve years.
(Christian M. Christensen wore a string of beads also and he wore them in a family photo in his fancy suit.)
Article in the Sentinel Post Paper of Shenandoah, Iowa
April 30, 1915---
No Word From Christensen
No further word has been heard concerning Chris Christensen. His relatives did not identify the body found at Omaha as his. Mrs. Christensen and children have moved to Florence, Neb., which is a suburb of Omaha.
May 14, 1915--
"CHRIS" IN SOUTH OMAHA
Foundation for Report Missing Man Working in Packing House.
C.M. Christensen, the Shenandoah man disappeared after writing suicide notes, is working in a packing house in South Omaha according to information received here. A traveling salesman stated to Frank Baner that he had talked with the missing man. The report has been current here several days that Christensen was there and several people have heard indirect news of him.
The bonding company will doubtless begin a search next week before they put up the money he was short. His bond was $500.
In the Blair Newspaper states that Christian and Mayme visited Nelsena Buchardt and that was after he was labled dead., because it was in May 1915 and he supposed to of died on Apr 21, 1915.
And was this the Father-in-law and Mayme that visited Nelsena or was it really Christian M. Christensen, no one knows for sure and no one really knows where he is buried yet. the question is did he fake his death? After talking to his granddaughter, Karla Martin; Christian & (Mayme) Mary Ellen Lake had 7 children born them & 5 children living. Buddy their first son was born in 1903 & he died in infancy. Then they had a baby girl born in 1904 and she died in infancy.
Their 3rd child was Ethel, she was born in 1905. Their 4th child was Lillian, born in 1908. Their fifth child was Della, born in 1912. Their 6th child was Martha, she was born in 1915. Their Seventh child was Robert, he was born in 1919. After Looking at the ages of the children, he would have to have been alive long after the newspaper articles pointing to a possible suicide in the Missouri River.
His granddaughter Karla said that it was told to her by her grandmother Mayme, that her husband Christian M. Christensen ran off with another woman and that he went to Boone, Iowa to be with that woman.
She also said that in 1919 there was another suicide in the Elkhorn River and Mayme had to travel by wagon to go and identify the body, but she had said that it was not her husband Christian M. Christensen.
In the obituaries of his parents it stated Chris Christensen address unknown. Does this mean that relatives really believed that he was still living?
When Mayme's (Mary Ellen Lake) father, Charles Elliott Lake died there was article in the Pilot Tribune --Feb 20 1930--obituary -- in that article it said "Mrs. Mary Christensen of Omaha ---
Note: In the United States Federal Census taken in 1930 --Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska --Mayme (Mary Ellen Lake) was living with some of her children and grandchildren & son-in-law , and a boarder, Allen A. Allenbeck.
In the Pilot Tribune--16 Apr 1942--Obituary of Chris Christensen --this was Chris, Jr father --in that article it said, "Chris, address unknown".
In Nov 1941 --Ida Christensen --Chris M. Christensen's mother --it mentions his name as on of the surviving people, "Chris Christensen, Jr.".
Kristina Marie Christensen --Christian M. Christensen sister --died on Apr 30 1951 --no mention of him as surviving --
When Niels Peter Christensen died --03 Nov 1957 --there was no mention of his brother Chris. It only mentioned Tillie Lynn & Mrs. Axel Sanders.
There is some questions on Christian M. Christensen when newspaper articles this leave a kind of mysterious thought that he didn't really die, but we know now that he didn't die at that time.
His wife: (Mayme) Mary E. Lake --moved to Florence with their 3 children; Ethel M. Christensen, Lillian M. Christensen, and Della Christensen, after Mayme's husband Christinan abandoned his wife, later after 1930, she remarried to a Mr. Allen A. Allenbeck and later she moved to California.
This relative has left us with unanswered questions on his supposed death. What a mess of details, but what I really think is he wanted to disappear. Can some one help me find any information on when he died and where he is buried --so we can close are mystery of what happened to Christian Christensen
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