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Submitted by Tim Rovenstine firstname.lastname@example.org whose wife is Roberta
William agle and Lillie Mae Waterman were married in
Park Rapids, April 3, 1900. Their daughter, Violet Nagle was born June
3, 1910 and died May 29, 2002 in Oregon. She married Fred Ludhe.
The following letter was transcribed from hand written notes of Violet
Nagle. They were found after her death, in the family’s files, and were
written in 1968 to her little brother, Richard Nagle, who had asked
Violet about their family roots.
[Lillie Waterman Nagle]: Her
mother, (our grandmother) was married to a man by the name of Bergren or
Bergman. (I can’t remember). It was something like that. Uncle George he
was married to a lady by the name of Hattie. Uncle George was a victim
of a stroke and was in a wheel chair for years. He was paralyzed from
his hips down. He died when you [Richard Nagle] were about 2 years old.
I was about 14.
Then grandmother married a man by the name of
Waterman. She had Aunt Florence, (Flora) and Mother [Lillie Mae]. She
divorced him and then married Grandpa Edison who is buried in Park
Rapids. I only remember seeing him once.
The Waterman’s that
lived in Park Rapids were related to mother. Do you remember them? I
went to school with Byron. 1either them, nor us, ever acknowledged that
we were related. I guess it was just ‘shirt tail’ relations.
Mother and Dad were married April 3, 1900. They lived on a farm at
Ponsford near the Indian Reservation. They had friends and neighbors of
the Indians. Also the Farr’s from P.R were Ponsford neighbors of theirs.
Of course you know Mother died in [28 September] 1931. She was buried
the day before her 47th birthday. Her birthday was October 3rd .
She was teaching school when they married.
1ow about Dad [William
Nagle]. He was born in West Union, Iowa. His natural mother and fathers’
name was Lansing. The 1agle’s adopted him when he was about 1 year old
and Aunt Mary was about 3 years old. Mrs. 1agle had been married before
to a man named Barbarick. That is where Uncle John came from. Dad left
home when he was 9 years old and lived with a family named Bigaulk.
Pronounced BEEawk. He went to school for about 4 years but all that was
taught was German because it was a German settlement. Then he went to
another school 4 years that taught in English. That is why he had such a
poor education. In later years, early teens he learned the barber trade
and spent one day or so in each town and the small towns’ couldn’t
support a full time barber. He got tired of this, and went to work on
the farm. [There was 3 divorces, probably incest, adopted kids ran away
from home. I think sometimes William Nagle probably came to Minnesota on
an orphan train.]
When I was little, (maybe 4 or 5) Grandmother
1agle who was then on a sheep ranch in Oregon, wrote and wanted us to
move to Oregon but as she and mother didn’t get along very well, they
didn’t go. I never do remember of hearing when she died or anything else
Now about Dad’s [William J. Nagle, died 15 May 1951]
natural mother and father. Their name was Lansing. They were not German,
as we all claimed, we were of German descent. Just because Dad could
speak and write German we said the 1agles were German. Dad even said he
was German. But the Lansings were of French descent. They came from a
part of France whose hair is dark and very curly and the skin is darker
than a Swede. It was called Black French. So that is where the curly
hair etc. came from.
I do not believe that Mother or Dad knew
where the Lansings were. Dad and Mother were married April 3, 1900. I
have forgotten the minister’s name now although I used to know it. It
was on a stained glass window in the Baptist Church in Park Rapids
[First Baptist]. Mother was baptized in the LIttle Brown Church in the
Vale, in Iowa (a popular hymn with that name). When Mother and Dad left
the farm at Ponsford they moved to Cresco, Iowa. This was where Frances
was born. Then they moved back to Park Rapids where Arthur, Ivan, and I
was born. Then we moved back to Iowa again. I was so little that I don’t
remember living in Iowa, but I remember very well the day we decided to
move back to Park Rapids. We lived in the little house on the hill. I
think you would remember it was Bethel’s House. It was back of Lewis’s
and East Side School. It was just 3 years later that Grandmother Edison
died. She died in March and left her home to Mother. We moved over there
and that is where you were born. When you were about 2 years old, we
moved to a farm across the road from Hostetter’s. Their son married
Doris Johnson. There was only a Mr. H at the time, his wife had died and
the son was in the service. We moved to 2 other farms, then to Bagley,
and then back to Park Rapids. We seemed to always go back there, as we
did have a house to move into.
McIvor’s bought that house I
always called home. I know that you remember the kids. The McIvor’s kids
father, Asa, had a brother who was in Alabama or Louisiana, wherever the
leprosy colony and hospital is. I happened to be there one day when they
got a letter from him. They told me about him.
You’ll find many
mistakes in both spelling and grammer, I am sure it is hard to write
memories and think grammatically at the same time.
Right now I
can’t think of anything else about “Our Roots”. But if you have some
questions, I’ll try to answer them. Just thought of something, Oh, yes,
Aunt Florence was married to a man who’s name was Lee Greenbaum. He was
a Jew, and owned a large grocery store. Aunt Florence died in a car
accident out west here, not Oregon about 1934 or 1935. They had one
adopted girl named Helen, whose birthday was January 25th. She was 1
year older than Ruby who was born January 30th.
was March 7th, Arthurs Birthday Sept. 26th, Irenes, Chuck’s mother was
Sept. 18th, Ivah’s April 20th, Violet June 3rd, George July 27th.
Debbies July 24th, Dick 1agle Oct. 20th, Dad’s birthday was Aug 17.
About Bill Fox, we always called him Billy or Billie...you must not
have remembered that he didn't have arms or hands from his elbows down.
I noticed in Don Wright’s letter to you he mentioned how neat he ate.
This is his story, when he was a teenager, the train made it's 1st stop
in Park Rapids,* there was a big celebration (do you remember the canon
in the park?) Well, to celebrate the new train making it's first stop in
P.R they decided to shoot off the canon. Billie was helping with 2 other
teen age boys, and something went wrong and blew off Billies hands and
arms. One of the other boys I think was Zimbrick a brother to the one
that lived across from the Eastside school, got an arm blown off at the
elbow and the other arm at the shoulder. I saw him just once that I
remember. The other boy lost his arms and a leg. I never did see him and
I don't remember his name, though mother told me once what it was. I can
remember the 1st time I saw Billy I was three. He was helping dad bring
(move) a single room to add to ours. Upon the hill, past the Howard’s
garden, where Bethel’s lived. The building was on skids and Billy Fox
was driving the horses. I've never seen such beautiful horses. A matched
pair of Dampled Greys. I RA1 inside and told mother THE MA1 HAS 1O ARMS.
She told me he hat to eat like a cat, like a kitty because he couldn't
hold a fork, a cup or a spoon. She said kitty, because we had one, and
didn't have a dog.
Yes, I remember Ira Robinson's orchard. He was
always talking about them, but never gave away fruit from his orchard.
He always kept his gun loaded, all the kids were afraid of him. Once he
asked Dad if he could marry Frances. She sure kept out of his way after
that, but of course dad said 1o. And boy did that ever make him mad. He
had a terrible temper.
Yes, I remember the Zimbricks, but when I
went to East Side School, Mr. Bailey was the janitor. That is the Mr.
Bailey that had the laundry, he didn't have it at the time. I remember
swimming in the hole. One time when I was home, I took you and Chuck
there to swim. Chuck fell on his head, I had to go in all dressed and
grab him out. The place where the rest of us swam was by East end of the
I do not remember Oliver Plummer’s surgery. That must
have been after I was gone to Walker. Mr. Bemisful was after I left P.R
so I didn't know what happened.
Yes, I remember Mrs. Warner’s
knees and legs. Her knees were close together and her legs far apart.
She looked like as if she was upside down. I always thought it might be
a curse by malnutrition. 1o one knew much about food eating for health
in those days.
Yes, I remember Mrs. Buss. They adopted 2 boys
when the oldest one was about 10 and the youngest was about 8. They
never took the Buss name so I can't remember their other names.
*The photo is posted in the history room of the Hubbard County
Historical Society, and is also discussed in one of the soft cover
histories of Park Rapids. The first train in PR arrived about 1894.
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