Friday, April 6, 2012

1940 Census -- Hefenieder

Because I was fairly sure where the Hefenieders lived in 1940, I searched the newly-issued 1940 Census for them.  I was surprised to find so many peopoe in the house!  In addition to my grandparents, dad, and an uncles' family, I also found my aunt and her family!  I don'tknow if they were living there, or just happened to be visiting on census day.

Hefenieder, Adam, head, 65
Hefenieder, Anna, wife, 54
Hefenieder, Adam Jr., son, 24
Hefenieder, George, son, 31
Hefenieder, Amelia, daughter in law, 27
Hefenieder, Vivian, granddaughter, 5
Hefenieder, Carol, granddaughter, 3
Hefenieder, Ether, granddaughter, 1


Knowles, Roy, head, 46
Knowles, Marie, wife, 34
Knowles, Carol Jean, daughter, 17
Knowles, ? Henry, son, 14
Knowles, Phyllis Jane, 14
Knowles, Kenneth Lloyd, 13
Knowles, Joanna Marie, 4

I grew up in this house, and it was tight with four kids.  I can't imagine having 15 people there.

Grandpa was on line 29, which called for supplementary questions, but someone else was asked those questions.   I suppose because Grandpa's English was poor.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Anna Marie Hefenieder Obituary

Published in the Billings Gazette, morning edition, Tuesday, July 5, 1966  Addresses omitted.  This is my grandmother; it was the first funeral I ever attended.

Mrs. Anna Marie Hefenieder, 84, died Sunday in a Billings hospital.

She was born May 17, 1880 in Russia.

They came to Billings in 1907, living in this area since.  Mr. Hefenieder died in 1944.  She was married to Adam Hefenieder May 26, 1900 in Norka, Russia.

Surviving are three sons, George, William, and Adam, two daughers, Mrs. Roy Knowles, and Mrs. George Keiser, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Smith's Funeral home is in charge.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Anastasia Brigid Curran Obituary

From the Billings Gazette, dated in pen May 16, 1997

PLENTYWOOD -- The funeral liturgy for Anastasia Brigid Curran will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday. Father Jerry Connolly will celebrate the Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Plentywood; a vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Fulkerson's in Plentywood. Interment rites will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery at Minto, N.D. at 10 a.m. (CDT) Monday, May 19.

'Stasia died early Wednesday morning at Billings Deaconess Medical Center in Billings.

Anastasia Brigid Curran was born in Walsh County, near Minto, June 16, 1906, the youngest of five children of Timothy and Anna (McHugh) Curran. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural elementary schools near the family farm. She entered high school at Minto when she was 12 and completed a high school program that earned her a second-grade certificate to teach in rural schools. She stayed home for a year, then moved to Montana, where she taught in a McCone County school near Vida. Her father became ill, and she returned to North Dakota's Walsh County, where she taught for four years. She then took two quarters of college at Minot, qualified for Montana Teacher's Examinations, and taught in two rural Montana Schools before she returned to college for a year, now earning a "Standard" certificate. She then taught at Munson school, south of Plentywood, for two years; for five years at Redstone; a year in Augusta; and 27 years at Miles City, where she retired in 1970. Summer school sessions at Missoula, UCLA, and Greeley, Colo., earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Montana at Missoula.

'Stasia was an educator: even though her summers were usually spent traveling, she always took along her nephews or nieces on her journeys ("they had to be taught, you know!") and her example of penmanship, correct English, and accurate spelling and proofreading made lifelong impressions on all of her family. She traveled extensively, and retirement from teaching gave her time to revisit favorite places in the United States and Canada, ant to take a "Circle Pacific Tour" with stops in New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Manila.

Since 1950 she had been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, first as a charter member of Nu chapter, and since 1971 as a member of Chi chapter. Society activities helped her to follow trends in education during her retirement years, and to enjoy the association with other members. Her family remembers that she always made the pies -- especially apple -- for every family gathering, pies that no one else could equal.

After retirement, 'Stasia resided in Plentywood with her sister, Gertrude Heisler, until Gertrude's death in 1982. Since, she had spent her summers in Minto and winters in Plentywood.

Anastasia was baptized July 3, 1906, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minto and was a member there and at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Plentywood, where she was a member of St. Raymond's Guild.

The last survivor of her family of three brothers and two sisters, Anastasia never married; she is survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Maria Curran Obituary

"1936" dated in pen. Newspaper not named; probably Grand Forks, ND

"Maria Curran, 62, Dies in Grafton"

Former Minto, Auburn Resident Since 1898 Succumbs Unexpectedly In Her Home.

Resident of Walsh County since 1898 and Grafton since 1931, Miss Marie Curran, 62, died unexpectedly last Friday in her home, near the armory, in which she lived alone.

Death was of natural causes, Dr. G.L. Countryman, county coroner who investigated the death, said.

Funeral services where conducted Monday morning in St. John's church with Rev. W.T. Mulloy in charge. Pallbearers were Theodore Larson, McCann Archer, Frank Tufft, Dan J. Callahan, Pete Keeley and Pat Burns. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Relatives in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sefert, Greenbush, Minn.; John J. Curran, St. Paul; Anastasia Curran, Redstone, Mont., and Mary Curran, Argusville, N.D.

Miss Curran was born in Shelburne, Ont. in 1874 and came to Minto in 1898. She moved to a farm near Auburn in 1902 and in 1931 came to Grafton. She was unmarried. Her parents and five brothers, who lived in North Dakota, are deceased.

Jeremiah Curran Obituary

From the Grand Forks, ND newspaper, April 13, 1927:

"Local Farmer Passes Away"
On Monday evening occurred the death of Jeremiah Curran at his home four miles northeast of Grafton. Mr. Curren [sic] suffered a stroke about fivc weeks ago and his strength gradually failed until the end.

Mr. Curran was born in Dufferin County, Ontario, sixty two years ago. He received a common school education and followed farming there until 1898 when he came to Walsh County, buying a farm northeast of Minto. He farmed there for four years and then moved to a farm north of Auburn. In 1908 he acquired the farm that has been his home until his death.

Mr. Curren [sic] never married and and only sister, Mary, who survives him, supervised his household. There are also three brothers, Timothy of Minto, and John and Dan at the home of the deceased.

The funeral took place Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. John's Catholic church. Father Corry officiating. The remains were buried in the local Catholic cemetery.