Archie Dorn

January 20, 1880 - September 10, 1957

Dorn, Archie.jpg (64112 bytes)A son of William and Mary Jane (nee Gardner) Dorn, Archie Dorn was born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, and came to Clark County as a small child when his family moved to a farm in Loyal Township, south of Loyal where he grew up.  The 1893 plat map shows an W. Dorn owning land in Section 33 of Loyal Township, close to the York Township boundary.  It is also believed that Archie's mother was a daughter of Wolf and Elizabeth Gardner, who were early residents of York Township.  As such, she would have been a sister to Carrie Bassett (Byron Bassett's wife).  In 1905 Archie Dorn left Clark County to work for a railroad company in Spokane, Washington.  In Spokane on October 7, 1906, he married the former Mamie Rondorf of York Township.  She was a daughter of Joseph and Odelia Rondorf, both of whom were early settlers of York Township.  Archie and Mamie Dorn came back to York Center when her mother became ill with cancer.  They lived on the "Rondorf farm" for a number of years, then moved to a farm in Loyal Township, just a mile and a half north of Loyal, where they raised their three children:  Dale, Lowell and Lucille (Peterson).  Later they came back to the Town of York and farmed on a farm on County Highway C.  When they retired they moved to their other farm house on County Highway C but closer to County Highway K (probably the same house that Abie and Hattie Turner and Hattie's parents, George and Sarah Lindsley lived in).  When they became disabled they rented an apartment in Abbotsford.  They celebrated their 50th anniversary at York Town Hall in 1956.[i]

[i] Lucille Peterson; May 8, 1997



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