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Pelan Township & the village of Pelan


Pelan Township & the village of Pelan

The town was founded about 1877 and Pelan Township was organized in the village of Pelan on 7 April 1900. This site is a place to share photos and history of Pelan village and township.

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Robert's Halfway House and the Pelan Bank about 1900. On the stage coach route from Stephen to Roseau, Pelan was halfway and the trading center of the area. All the stage coaches stopped here. When the train went east of Pelan, the town was deserted by the 1930's.

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Comment by John Pelan on March 18, 2010 at 7:45pm
At the suggestion of Glenn Browne, I have created a separate group related to Charles H Pelan, the purported founder of the Pelan settlement.

You can read about what I know here;
Comment by Glenn Browne on March 24, 2010 at 2:11pm

This was taken from the Pelan Advocate Newspaper from about 1903 and confirms that Pelan Township and town was named after Charles H. Pelan
Comment by John Pelan on April 6, 2010 at 5:50am
The newspaper article itself is from the 1980s as it was written by the late Milt Sather.
Comment by Carol Novicky on October 10, 2011 at 7:36pm
My great grandfather Christ Edward Christianson and his wife Anna Marie Danielson Christianson lived here around 1884.  He died around 1889 or 1890.  We have no birth date and no date of death for him.  He was buried on the family land in an unmarked grave.  Anna is buried in the Pelan cemetary and we have a headstone for her now.  She was born 2-22-1853 in Sweden and died 1-13-1938.  If anyone has any information I would love it.
Comment by Nancy Gates on November 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

I believe Anna's second husband was Charles Gustafson b. 1862 Sweden with whom she had two more children, Annie and Helga. Is also seems she applied for and was granted ownership of the homestead she had with Edward after his death. She was married in 1884 to Edward and naturalized in under his name in 1886. If you have access to, you can see much more. There's even a picture of Edward that someone has shared. 

Comment by Nancy Gates on November 10, 2012 at 6:51pm

The same person who  posted his picture on lists his birth as 1838 in Norway and a death year as 1888. On July 14, 1891 Edward's widow Anna was grated ownership of their homestead, Township 160 N, Range 45 W, Section 26. Looks like she married Charles in 1891 and moved to Township 159. After that they lived in Arveson into the 1930's. 

Comment by Carol Novicky on November 12, 2012 at 6:39am

I was so excited to get your email Nancy.  Thank you so much for your good information.  I am new to Ancestory and I am inputing information on there.  My dad is David Christinson.  Emma Christianson Peterson is his aunt my great aunt.   Willie Peterson is quite the legend  in our family.   I also have posted a picture of willie and emma that I found in a Karlstad history book and just put in last week on Ancestory..  I just got home from up north last night from visiting my dad.  He lives in Strathcona not far from Karlstad.  I will send you all the info I have on Willie as soon as I can.  I am off to work this morning.  Thank you.  Carol Novicky

Comment by Nancy Gates on November 12, 2012 at 10:50am

I'll look on ancestry for your picture of Willie and Emma and further details. Willie has really stumped me, so I'm excited to see what you have. Do you know his birth year for sure? He reports on his WWI draft card and in census' 1878 but his Minnesota Death record and tomb stone say 1875. I'm really looking for his immigration record and having this right would help.

Comment by Nancy Gates on November 12, 2012 at 11:01am

I see your pictures there of Emma and Willie. It looks like there's a bigger picture. Is there any way I could get a scanned copy of the larger picture? Also, curious, what makes Emma and Willie legendary? 

Comment by Nancy Gates on November 12, 2012 at 11:07am

By way of explanation, you'll not find me on the Peterson tree on Ancestry. My son Christopher will be marrying Michelle Peterson (Mark Peterson, Edward William Peterson, Edward August Peterson, William and Emma Peterson) next July in Milwaukee. I got her interested in this project a while ago and hope to put together a scrap book for her for Christmas. 


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