Kittson County Historical Society

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Hello from Montana

Hi, I am looking for final resting locations for John H. Kothe, and His wife Catherine Boose / Kothe, They lived in Granville Township very close to The Larter clan. Thier daughter Nettie married the youngest Larter boy, Vernon. John Kothe passed away around the turn of the century, 1900, and Catherine passed way in Orleans, MN., 15 Feb 1922, and She was to be burried with John at a later date.

Added by Dale Larter/Clow Willis on February 5, 2014 at 4:06am — 2 Comments

Kittson County Family Tree?????

I had an idea last night. I would dearly love to do a 'Family Tree' of Kittson County. I can't speak for your families (although I am aware of several of your families that this would apply to...), but in our family, there are several marriages into other 'original' families. What I'm talking about, is the main migration in the mid to late 1800s. Those families, especially those coming from the same area (i.e., Prince Edward Island, Ontario, etc.) commonly married into other families…


Added by Trish Short Lewis on November 20, 2013 at 4:01pm — 9 Comments

Lake Bronson School

The Lincoln School was built in 1905.  The brick school was built in 1920 a block west of where the Lincoln School was located.

Added by Cindy Adams on October 23, 2013 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Riverside Cemetery Question

Can someone clear up some gravesite information for me?  This is regarding Riverside Cemetery.  Find A Grave lists Ole Billing having a gravesite there (no dates given), however family members have seen a gravesite for Olof Billing but no Ole Billing.  Does anyone know if it is Olof's grave (died in 1906 at age 7) or Ole's (died at age 16 in 1922)?  Was Riverside Cemetery even established in 1906?

Added by Julie Marie Johnson on October 14, 2013 at 5:11pm — 1 Comment

About Halvor Eggerud, Grandma Gina's Father ...

Halvor came to America in 1884 or [1888?] from Telemarken, Norway, and resided for some time in Winshiek County, Iowa. He worked for a farmer near Decorah, Iowa. Halvor went back to Norway and he and brother Austin 'Osten' came back to Iowa where both of them worked for some time. From there Halvor navigated to Elbow Lake, Minn. and met his future wife Astrid and they were married. In 1890 he came to Kittson County, Minn. and…


Added by Ronald Johnson on August 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Charles Monson - Kennedy

These remarks are directed to Edward T. Monson who just joined.  Welcome Ed and Thanks for joining.  It might interest you to know you are the 170th member to join and we are just over four years old.

I have found a Charles Monson in Kennedy, residing there on the 5th of June 1905, during the Census.  I do not know if this is the right Charles Monson you are looking for but this man was born about 1877 in Sweden and thus was 28 years old at this point.

He came to Minnesota when…


Added by Glenn Browne on July 7, 2013 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Looking for Cone Family History

Greetings -

I now have a few more names of ancestors I would like to learn more about, please feel free to contact me if you have any information. 

Charles Benjamin Cone
John Angus Ross
Ambersine Easter (Ross)
Thomas Murray…

Added by Ross Cone on June 12, 2013 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

Carey Family in Northcote


   A cousin of my grandfather was James Carey, who died in 1890 and was buried in a family plot in Northcote.

Below is a newspaper article about his funeral.  Would anyone know anything of him or his family?

Thanks for any help.


   Terrence Boyle

St. Vincent New Era

Obituaries for March 7, 1890
James Carey At Northcote,…

Added by Terrence J. Boyle on April 14, 2013 at 4:13pm — No Comments

kittson plat

hello would anyone have a plat book to look up coordinates to look up where the original farm was granted to daniel hayden? on the land grant it is the 5 th pm 161n-47w. it looks like daniel and 2 of the boys (needler and george) had land very close to each other.  thank you

Added by scott hayden on April 11, 2013 at 7:57pm — 2 Comments

Lake Bronson School

I have two pictures of Lake Bronson Schools.  One is a wood structure (Lincoln School, 1906) and the other has teachers and students on the steps of a brick structure.  Does anyone know when the brick Lake Bronson school was built?  Was it also called Lincoln School?  Thanks so much.

Added by Julie Marie Johnson on March 25, 2013 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Hi from a new member.

Hi everyone!  My name is Julie Johnson and I am a new member of the Kittson County Historical Society.  I live in Minneapolis and make frequent trips to the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, so if anyone has something they would like me to look up and e-mail to them, I would be happy to try to help.  I am researching two Kittson families:  The Erik Billing(s) family who came from Sweden in 1905 and settled in Kittson, and the Charles O. Erickson family, who first settled in…


Added by Julie Marie Johnson on January 31, 2013 at 11:06am — 4 Comments

Find a

Find a is a great web page but it is in no way connected with the Kittson County Historical Society.

All grave records posted on Find a grave have been placed there by individuals that wish to post a Memorial to their loved ones.

There is no charge, but if a family member or relative does not post the data, then you are not going to find any information.

You will find many records of people who are buried in Kittson County on Find a grave but those records got…


Added by Glenn Browne on January 29, 2013 at 10:09am — No Comments

History Books

I contacted the Museum this morning and learned that five different History Books are available for sale. Halma $25.00, Lake Bronson $30.00, Humboldt $30.00, Karlstad $40.00, and "Our Northwest Corner 1979" $20.00.
To order a book send an email to the museum at

Added by Glenn Browne on November 19, 2012 at 9:41am — No Comments


These comments are directed to new member Kristin Strand but they apply to all new members that are requesting assistance in finding family members. The number of requests for help are increasing and it is very difficult for us to keep track of the files & information. Please follow the instructions below as it will assist us all greatly.

Kris has just joined and requested help finding information on Thomas Inglis who ran a store…


Added by Glenn Browne on November 13, 2012 at 8:40pm — No Comments


I am helping some of my friends from church to find their relatives. The father's name was Engnar Forsberg and on his U.S. World War 1 Draft Registration Card 1917-1918 it listed he was born in Hallock, MN on May 30, 1895.   We only have his father as John Forsberg and his mother as Emma, but no last name for her.  They remember that they had some relatives by the name of Lindberg and Mattson (don’t know if that is 1 T or not) Does anyone on this site heard of that…


Added by Connie Erdmann on November 13, 2012 at 1:11pm — 5 Comments


Looking for relatives, from late 1800's, last name Inglis.  I believe Thomas Inglis owned a hardware store in Hallock and I believe that's were the family lived.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Kris Strand

Added by Kristin Strand on November 12, 2012 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Peterson, Frank William (Willie)

New member Nancy Gates sent me an enqiry regarding one of her family members, Frank William Peterson.  My first search for Frank William Peterson failed to give me any information.

However, Nancy also gave me the name of his wife, Emma Christianson and the names of three children.  I found Emma on the Marcy Johnson Kittson Family tree.

For starters Frank went by the name Willie so that was why he did not show up in the early search. He was born in Germany and his fathers name…


Added by Glenn Browne on November 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

GOOD NEWS!! We collected $565. to date.

The drive to raise funds to continue this web page another year was very successful. Our renewal date was July 21st 2012. So we are good until the end of July 2013. The following list shows the names of the individuals that stepped forward to donate from $50.00 to $5.00.

Browne, Glenn

Coffield, Louise

Denny, Catherine

Ervin, Janet

Gonzalez, George & Nancy (Wiklund)

Gunnarson, Virgil

Hill, Vicki



Added by Glenn Browne on August 21, 2012 at 11:56am — 3 Comments

To all ancestry buffs of the Gina Eggerud and Emil Johnson Families ...

I am presently doing a Family Ancestry on my Johnson/Brown/Eggerud/Schubert/Roeber side ... I need your help in finding pictures of esp. the Eggerud and Johnson families ... My grandparents, John Emil and Gina Johnson lived many years on their farm in Poppleton, Lancaster, MN [you will recognize the names of Victor and Lucille Johnson, Lake Bronson and Evelyn Johnson in the Johnson/Eggerud families] ... Emil had one of the largest Grain Operations in the early days in Kittson County, and a…


Added by Ronald Johnson on August 16, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Recommending books!

I highly recommend the Vilhelm Moberg series of 4 books:  The Emigrants; Unto a Good Land; The Settlers; The Last Letter Home.  They are about Swedish immigrants who settled in Minnesota.  They are novels, but based on facts.  He points out when he takes iterary liberties. 

Added by Beverly Ryan Niebruegge on August 13, 2012 at 8:31pm — No Comments

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