8 Feb 1999  7 P.M.
A SUITCASE? - Jeff Kappeler
This is the program that was on 
for November 1998 and Jeff was ill.

 BROWSE NITE: 22 Feb 1999  7 P.M.


Thomas M Gorey         F-10 
829 Woodstream Way 
Chesapeake VA  23322-9501 

Arnelle Gorton Snell   A-41 
14704 S 204 
Gretna NE  68028 

Arnelle was a charter member who had dropped out many years ago and is now returning to family genealogy and we welcome her back. 

Seems like I just completed  the January newsletter  and here I am working on FEBRUARY already. 

Our program for January was great.  Marlene Heinsohn presented the program on “Fehmarn Island” which is between Schleswig-Holstein and Sweden. 

Marlene had the works, even down to the history of the Island, which is 71 square miles in size, 10.25 miles from east to west and 8 miles north to south.  Population of the island is approximately 14,000 persons.  (I think half related to her or else to Nona Wiese.)   At one time there were only three surnames: Macprang, Ehlers and Wit(may be misspelled.) 

Marlene received most of her information from the WEB  site about the island, which is published by John Kostick.  Her photos of the churches (in color) from her printer were lovely.  Made you wish your family was originally from Fehmarn.   And you should see her ancestry chart.  Each time she contacts John, it gets longer… 

According to an article in AntiqueWeek(Genealogy section) of 18 Jan 1999 and from Bluegrass Roots, marriage bonds were instituted in colonial Virginia to prevent couples from being married who were not qualified to marry. A disqualification might be that one of the parties was already married, or not old enough to marry, or an indentured servant without permission of the master or persons within Levitical degrees(too close a family tie.) The law providing for marriage bonds was passed by an Act of the Virginia Assembly in 1661. 

The famine in Ireland took its toll on the population. The 1851 Irish census revealed that the population had  fallen to about 6.6 million.  When estimates of “natural” growth are taken into account, the “missing” total some 2.4 million, or more than a quarter of the country’s population. 

Sorting the number of emigrants from the dead is difficult, but recently research suggests that Famine mortality was around 1.1 million.  Whom did the Famine kill?  Not surprisingly, the poor suffered worst, as they were most vulnerable to destitution.  However, large numbers of doctors, clergy and relief workers also died from epidemic disease.  Slightly more men than women were killed, but it was very young (under five years old) and the elderly (over 40 years old) who were most likely to die. 

The response of the British government to the Irish catastrophe was grossly inadequate, particularly after the Autumn of 1847.  From 1845 to 1850, the Treasury spent 8.1 million pounds of which just over half was in loans to be repaid by Ireland.  When the remaining debts were canceled in 1853, the net amount spent was some 7 million pounds, representing less than half of 1 percent of the British gross national product over five years. 

This from the AntiqueWeek 18 Jan 1999 page 11B


We heard a rumor that a new hotel was shortly to be erected near the UP RR depot by some Danes, for an emigrant house, but we cannot trace out the parties designing the work. 

Supervisor Wolcott was out with a good force of hands repairing the Logan Creek crossing on Maple Creek, and this bridge is now in excellent condition for crossing.  The roads in this county are receiving considerable attention and we think it will not be long before the public highways of Dodge will be the best in the state. 

We are pleased to note the opening of a new Tobacco & Notion store, on E street opposite valley House.  Messrs O C Paint & Co, proprietors of this new house have had experience in the same business elsewhere, and have opened a large and fine stock of goods for the trade at this point.  We can vouch for the excellency of their cigars, and if you want to shut your eyes to the cares of this world and in fancy and more finer quality smokes, just indulge in some of their superior “Golden Crown Havanibis.” 


William Baker to Ephrozena Schulte  16 Feb 1874 
Fred Bruse to Barbara Uehling  13 Feb 1874 
John Tappan to Lena Hansen  9 Feb 1874 
Michael Buehler to Mathilda Wetzel 4 Feb 1874 
Jonas Anderson to Martha C Johnson 17 Feb 1874 
John Murphy to Mary Delaney  8 Feb 1874 
August Dahl to Anna Bode  11 Feb 1874 
Francis M Wolf to Mary F Hagen  25 Feb 1874 
John W Phelps to Maggie M Brown  22 Feb 1874 
Simon P Shultz to Esther E Perrin  19 Feb 1874 
Clark M Dodge to Etta M Jackson  17 Feb 1874 
Albert Stenvers to Reka Schultz  26 Feb 1874 
John Pobanz to Christina Christine  16 Feb 1874 

It is interesting to note that the  marriages in February  in Book A(Dodge Co’s First Marriage book)  were 
Peter Christenson to Mary Christenson  29 Feb 1864. 
Wm E Huffman to Manervia J Hughes  15 Feb 1865. 
A G Brough to Ann E Bowman  15 Feb 1865 
William A Paine to Margaret A Hager  27 Feb 1865 
Callen E Forbs to Edna Francis Legg  3 Feb 1867 
Peter Hammang(Y) to Orella M Earls  5 Feb 1868 


Claire finally completed running off the Ridge cemetery burials which were given to her back in the early 1980’s.  Each time someone was seeking a person in an unmarked grave she would have to run upstairs and get her book.  A New Year’s Resolution, get the book run off and she did!  Now to put the pages in sleeves and it is ready for use in the ENGS library.  She does warn, there are some buried at Ridge that are not in the index, due to early poor record-keeping-but if there was a marker then it was recorded when she and Kathryn Peterson walked and recorded the cemetery back in 1975. Don’t ask for a copy of it, it is close to 500 pages in length. 



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