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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 Carol Novicky on November 13, 2012 at 7:44am

Willie was the stage coach driver for the line that stopped in Pelan.  He was fearless.  The horses were so wild in that time that he would have to run them in town and circle them a few times to get them to calm down to stop.  Many passengers had stories of wild rides with Willie.  I have his birth date from a family tree.  I will have to get my paperwork out and let you know.  I am going to the MN Historical society in a couple of weeks to look up some immigration papers etc... that I could not find.  I will look for anything on Willie to verify his birth death date. What a great gift you are giving your new daughter.  There is also a cousin of my dads that I am writing to who is the descendant of willie and emma and hoping to get some informaton from.  I will let you know.  Thanks


Comment by Carol Novicky on November 13, 2012 at 7:45am

The bigger picture is of willie and emma together.  I just cut it down the middle but I can send you through email the whole thing.

Comment by Nancy Gates on November 13, 2012 at 8:46am

This is so good to hear. The 1875 v.s. 1878 date would be good to clear up. When you go to the MN Historical Society, could you keep your eyes open for anything about Willie's parents? I'd like to know if Willie came here alone or with his family. I have Willie's father as Swedish and his mother as German from his self-reporting on one of the census'. Willie himself says he was born in Germany and one Ancestry tree says that was in Schweiserchen.

Comment by Nancy Gates on November 13, 2012 at 9:01am

I'd just love that picture for my Christmas gift to Michelle. It would make a great front cover. Do you need my email address? 

Comment by Glenn Browne on November 13, 2012 at 10:49am

The following information was supplied by Kathy Pederson, research department of the Kittson Historical Society.  It comes from the Karlstad History Book, pages 435 & 436.

Comment by Nancy Gates on November 13, 2012 at 11:30am

This is very welcome information. I wonder why he wrote 1878 as the birth year on his WWI draft card. Does anyone know the name of the brother-in-law mentioned in the article? That information might help in tracking down his immigration record. 

Comment by WR Grothe on March 23, 2013 at 1:41pm

In the obituary of my grandfather, Ole M. Williamson, it was listed that he once was a butter maker at the Pelan creamery.  From other research I found that the Pelan creamery opened in 1904 and closed in 1905.  The 1905 Minnesota census does not list any Ole Williamson in Pelan.  Does anybody have any information, pictures, etc. on the Pelan creamery.  I am looking for anything that would verify that Ole M Williamson was indeed a butter maker at Pelan.  Thank you!  W. Grothe


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