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While still in high school, I became interested in researching our family history. Since then I have accumulated a collection of official documents, church records, photographs and other artifacts. By creating this site I hope to pass this interest on to future generations and to preserve many of the photos and other documents created and collected by myself and others of this and previous generations.

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Hans Petersen, inventor of the Linograph

Linograph Model 12
Linograph Model 12

Similar in design and operation to the Linotype, the Linograph is credited with being invented by Hans Pedersen who was born in Denmark in 1872, but emigrated to America at the age of 10 years with his parents. They settled in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and immediately Hans Peterson (he changed the spelling of his name later) got a job at the local Norwegian newspaper, learning to set type by hand, eventually leaving school at age 12 to become a compositor. Read more

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Henry McCormick Family, 1870
Henry McCormick Family, 1870
studio portrait

standing: Alexander George McCormick
seated l. to r.: Henry McCormick, Letitia Ann McCormick, Eliza Jane (Best) McCormick 


Knudsen, Cyrus Alvin
   b. 17 Mar 1883, Millville, Wabasha County, Minnesota
Lundstrom, Nels P.
   b. 30 Nov 1848, Madesjö, Kalmar, Sweden
Melville, Eliza
   b. 18 Jan 1894, Beaulieu Township, Pembina County, North Dakota
Helgeson, Orrin Parker
   b. 25 Feb 1891, Canton, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Little, John James
   b. 18 Jun 1850, Enniskillen, Lambton County, Ontario
McCormick, Letitia Ann
   b. 20 Mar 1850, Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario
Melville, Adam H.
   b. 29 Nov 1859, Collingwood Township, Grey County, Ontario
McCormick, Alexander George
   b. 27 May 1833, Charlottenburg, Glengarry, Ontario
McCormick, Mary
   b. 1821, Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
Foss, Gjertina A.
   b. 29 Dec 1858, Canoe Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa

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