September 7, 1876 – “The James and
Younger gang botched an attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield,
Minn. [on this date]. Joseph Heywood, the bank teller, was shot and killed when
he refused to open the safe. The 3 Younger brothers, Cole, Bob and Jim, were
captured 2 weeks later in a swamp near Madelia [Minn.]. 3 others were killed.
Photos of all 6 were taken at the time and identified by Cole Younger, who
wrote the names on the pictures. The pictures sold at auction in 1999 for
$39,100. The raid was reenacted in 1948 and became a regular event in 1970.”
September 6, 1861 – Frederick E.
DuToit enlisted in Co. “A” Fourth Minn. as a private on this date, participated
in the siege of Vicksburg, and mustered out as a first lieutenant in
Louisville, KY, on July 4, 1865. When he returned to Chaska, he bought a
half-interest in the local newspaper, The
Weekly Herald, and eventually became the sole owner. He continued to
publish the paper until his death in 1922.1
The Herald Block, the newspaper’s office beginning in 1871, is a commercial
building of cream-colored Chaska brick that was placed on the National Register
of Historic Places on Jan. 4, 1980.2
1The Weekly Herald;
Frederick DuToit’s Obit; May 24, 1922; p. 1. 2http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRResults.cfm?Referer=bas
Frederick E. DuToit http://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/photo.aspx?MediaID=5295
The Herald Block, Chaska, Minn.
Photos takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released into the public domain Sept. 6, 2013, as long as acknowledgement
September 5, 1920 - The main attraction
on the opening day of the 1920 Minnesota State Fair “was a ‘Gigantic Locomotive
Collision’ at the grandstand, with two 160,000-pound engines slamming into each
other at 60 mph.”
*September 4, 1862 - The
town of Hutchinson “was founded in 1855 by a group including the famous Hutchinson
Family, who were singers/entertainers. The town was attacked by Little Crow on this
date during the Sioux Outbreak. A stockade 100 feet square was erected on the
present public square, and was successfully defended by home guards, but
several unprotected buildings were burned."
to historic markers erected by the State Highway Department cooperating with
the Minnesota Historical Society
This tablet marks the site of a stockade built by the settlers of Hutchinson and vicinity for protection against the Sioux Indians. Sept. 4, 1862, Chief Little Crow’s band attacked the stockade and was repulsed. Erected Oct. 4, 1905.
September 3, 1917 – “Residents of five
central Minnesota counties believed they experienced earth tremors” lasting for
six to eight seconds around 3:30 p.m. “A distinct rumbling sound [much like] an
engine running on a railroad track was heard simultaneously in” Benton, Crow
Wing, Stearns, Todd and Wadena counties.
The Duluth News-Tribune; “State Has
First Earth Tremors, Five Central Minnesota Counties Jarred by ‘Shocks’ Monday
Afternoon“; September 4, 1917; p. 1.
September 2, 1901 – On this date, “one of the most significant
dates in the Minnesota State Fair's history, then-Vice President Theodore
Roosevelt was visiting and first uttered the famous phrase, ‘Speak softly and
carry a big stick.’ Roosevelt became president just 12 days later after William
McKinley was assassinated.”
A genealogy pedigree chart is a map of family lines. I use it to keep track of a
client’s main lines, e.g., from the client ®
their parents ®
their paternal and maternal grandparents ®
their paternal great-grandparents and maternal great-grandparents, etc. Siblings and cousins are not included in the
main line pedigree chart, so I put them on a separate chart.
Begin with the individual whose line you want to research in the box that says “You.”
Then fill in his or her parents, using the mother’s maiden name for her surname,
and their birth and death dates (at least the years). Next, if you can, fill in
the names and birth and death dates of the grandparents and the great-grandparents.
You don’t have to track your whole family on one chart; you can concentrate on
following just your mother’s line or your paternal grandmother’s line, or
follow one family—mother, father, children, children’s spouses, children’s children,
etc., as far back as you can. Following a family requires a variation of the main
line pedigree chart.
I usually start following the main lines because for me it’s a critical guide
back in time: surnames, maiden names, birth dates, death dates, etc. It’s extremely helpful in finding related
census, military, birth and death records.
Many families have first names that are passed down generation after generation;
for example, in one German line of my family, grandfather, father and son were
all named Ernst (and the grandfather and son both married women named Fredrika—mind-numbing).
When I discover documents or newspaper references, the pedigree chart helps me
determine which Ernst I’m looking at by their birth date and death date; e.g.,
it can’t be the grandfather if he’s already passed, or the son if he’s only
five years old at the time.
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Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a
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