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History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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KAESTNER, John D. was born October 21st, 1852, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He moved to St. Paul in 1871; five years later he came to this city and started in the shoe findings, hide and leather business, at No. 228 Washington Avenue north. He is doing a prosperous trade here, and also acts as agent for a Sheboygan firm, buying hides and shipping to them. Mr. Kaestner was married in 1876 to Amelia Selsemeyer, of Wisconsin. They are the parents of one child: Lillian.

 

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KANTROWITZ, J. was born January 1st, 1844, in Germany. He came to America in 1859, and located in New York, where he was employed in a mercantile house until 1861, when he went to Troy and spent six years in the clothing business with A. Ksensky Brothers. In the fall of 1880 he came here and established the Bay State one price clothing house, at 220 Hennepin Avenue, where he is doing a thriving business. He was married February 12th, 1865, to Pauline Cohen. Their children are: James, Isaac, Alexander, Minnie, Rosa, Frank and Josephine.

 

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KARLSON, Frederick Herman was born in Sweden in 1884; attended the University of Stockholm a number of years, and was engaged as missionary for a short time. He came to America in 1868, settled in Mitchell county, Iowa, and the following year removed to Fayette county. In 1870 he was ordained in La Salle county, Illinois, and at once commenced his ministerial labor in Fayette county, Iowa. Came to Minneapolis in 1880 and took charge of St. Paul's church; also, has a Norwegian congregation in St. Paul, which he visits once in three months. Has three children, Alma Victoria, Agnes F. Louisa and Karl Herman, born respectively in 1863,1867 and 1873.

 

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Thomas & Molllie Kearney
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KEARNEY, Thomas, was born on Aug.31,1883 of Irish descent and came from around Turtle Lake, WI. He died on Dec.27,1965 and is buried in the City Cemetery of Champlin, MN. He married about 1907 to Mollie H. Blesi daughter of  John Peter and Anna nee Gigli Blesi. Mollie was born on Oct.15,1888 in the New Schwanden, Swiss Community area. There were no children born of this union. Mollie died on Jun.17,1969 and is also buried in the City Cemetery of Champlin,MN

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing.

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KEATOR, C. H. came to Minnesota in 1856, located at Greenwood, Hennepin county, and for five years followed hunting and trapping. In 1861 he enlisted in the Mounted Rangers, and in 1862 in the Eighth Minnesota Volunteers From 1865 until 1867 he was in the auction and commission business, then he formed a partnership, with Mr. Snyder in the bill posting business; also as carriers for the Minneapolis Daily Tribune. In 1879 they sold the carrier business, but still continue the bill posting. Their office is in the Tribune counting room, City hall. Mr. Keator married Martha McLeod November 15th, 1864. Their only child, Jessie, died at the age of two years.

 

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KEEN, C. T. was born September 21st, 1842, at Calais, Maine. In 1865 he went to Oskosb, Wisconsin and was lumbering eight years, and two years in the hotel business. In 1875 he removed to this city, and followed carpentering until March, 1880, when he became proprietor of the Glyndon House, 219 Third street south. He was married October 18th, 1875, to Miss Susanna King, who has borne him one child, Daisy.

 

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KEES, Matthias, born in Prussia, September 27th, 1839. He came to America in 1856, and first settled in Illinois, but soon moved to Marathon county, Wisconsin, and until 1859 was interested in the lumber trade there. Then he returned to Illinois, and remained until 1862, when he went to Racine, Wisconsin, and enlisted in the Eighth Wisconsin Battery, light artillery. He was mustered out in August, 1865. In September of the same year he came to this city, and worked as clerk until 1869, when he started a grocery store. He is now located at 328 First street north. In 1877 Mr. Kees was elected to the city council to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Alderman Thompson, and in the spring of 1880 he was again elected. In 1866 he married Susan Knaeble. Seven children have been born to them. Those living are: Clara, Susan, and Edwin.

 

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KIESEL, William F. was born on JUN.10,1859 at Langenhagen, Pommern  Germany. He attended the common schools and came to America at the age of 24 in 1883 and spent 6 years in gardening in St. Paul, MN. He married Rachel (Regula) Blesi  on Feb. 21,1886 the daughter of Fridolin and Anna K. nee Strieff Blesi of Champlin, MN. Township . He farmed land in Maple Grove Township for 4 years while living in Champlin. MN. In 1895 He purchased a farm in section 35 in Burns Township north of Anoka, MN. He had 80 acres of land with 45 acres that were under cultivation. In 1910 They moved to  Sheridan, OR. where they lived out the rest of their lives. Their last place of abode was in Dundee, OR. There were 6 children born of the union. 1. Anna M. (Mrs.Thomas) died in Portland, in 1957, 2.Emma F. (Mrs. Merz) died in 1936 at Yelm, WA., 3.Katharine E. died single Jul.1982 at Dundee, OR. 4.Rose B. died single in 1967 at Portland, OR. , 5. Harriet (Mrs. Otto P. Brant) of Dundee, OR. died in 1986 at Dundee, OR. 6.Fridolin (Fred) Kiesel died in 1919 at Sheridan, OR.

 

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KEIM, Andrew was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, April 18th, 1869. In early youth he went to Sandusky, and in 1868 removed to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he learned harness-making. He came to this city in 1877, and worked for George Thele until November, 1880, when he started in business With Mr. Arnoldy, at 120 Plymouth Avenue.

 

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KEITH, Albert A. was born at Dover, New Hampshire, January 30th, 1851. At the age of three years he came with his parents to Minnesota. They located on the bank of the river, about three miles below Minneapolis. Albert received his education in the graded schools of this city, and attended the college at Hillsdale, Michigan, one year, after which he returned home and took a position as clerk in the post-office and remained five years. When the carrier system was adopted, he was promoted to the position of superintendent of carriers, which he has filled five years. He was married in March, 1874, to Miss Maggie McKaban, of Minneapolis. They have one boy, Louis Henry, aged two years. Mr. Keith has been a member of the Old Settlers' Association since its organization.

 

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KEITH, George Hackett, was born in Orange county, Vermont, May 4th, 1825. He attended the district schools at home until sixteen years of age, when he worked on a farm one season, for seven dollars per month. He then went to Meriden, New Hampshire, and passed four years in studying and teaching. He removed to Indianapolis, and engaged in teaching private school one year, after which he was appointed superintendent of the preparatory department of the Franklin College, at Franklin, Indiana. He continued his studies and attended lectures until 1852 ,when he graduated from the medical college at Woodstock, Vermont. He moved to the city of New York and began practice, paying considerable attention to dentistry. In 1856 he came to Minneapolis, and has since resided here, with the exception of 1859-1860, when he made a southern trip. Dr. Keith commenced the practice of his profession in this city, but turned his attention almost wholly to dentistry. He was a member of the first state legislature, which met in 1858-1859. During the Indian war of 1862, he was surgeon of the expedition sent to the relief of Fort Abercrombie. In 1863 he received the appointment of provost marshal for the second district of Minnesota, and held the position until the close of the war. In May 1871, he was appointed post-master, and reappointed in 1875. He was married July 2d, 1851, to Anna Judson, daughter of Dr. Jonathan Going. She died in 1862. The present Mrs. Keith was Henrietta, daughter of S. A. and Dora Jewett. Their children are Walter, Mabel, and Mary. (Same as Dr. George H. Keith below)

From "Minneapolis Portrait of the Past", collected and compiled by Edward A. Bromley. Voyaguer Press. 1890


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From "Minneapolis Portrait of the Past", collected and compiled by Edward A. Bromely. Voyaguer Press. 1890

KEITH Dr. George H. was for many years a prominent figure in Minneapolis. He came here in 1855, being then thirey years of age. He was a native of Vermont. Just before coming west he had been practicing his profession in New York City. He made a specialty of dentistry, and practiced for a number of years in Minneapolis. HE was public-spirited and progressive. In 1858 he was a member of the first State Legislature. During the Indian War of 1862 he was surgeon on the Fort Abercrombie Relief expedition. From 1863 to the close of the war he was provost marshal for the Second District of Minnesota. He was appointed postmaster of Minneapolis in 1871 and reappointed in 1875. (See also George Hackett Keith above)

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing.

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KEITH, H. C. a native of Randolph, Vermont, was born in 1823. In 1841 he moved to Dover, New Hampshire, and remained there three years in the dry-goods and drug trade; he then traveled three years with Dr. Cutler, and in 1853 settled in Minneapolis. He preempted what has since been known as Falls City, now a part of Minneapolis. Until 1877 he was contracting and building; then he was in the real estate business till 1877, when he went to Lake Minnetonka; he spends his summers there, and will build a boarding house on Howard's Point. In 1844 he married Ruth Canney, of Dover, New Hampshire. Three children have been born to them. All are now living in this city.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing.

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KELLER, J. M. was born in Prussia, April 17th, 1830. He came to the United States in 1849, and settled in St. Louis in 1850. He came to this city in 1854, and worked four years for M. S. Hoblitt, He bought , with Frank Rorbach, the Morgan mill at Shingle Creek, but sold in 1865, and the following year was in the cattle trade. In 1866 he went in business with a nephew, but ,owing to ill health he sold in 1869. He opened the market at his present location, 428 First Avenue north, in September 1879. Mr. Keller's wife was Minnie Runge. They have six children living.

 

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KELLEY, H. H. was born in Washington county, Maine, February 4th, 1854. In the fall of 1869 he came to this city, and was employed as clerk in different business houses until he started a meat market in company with his brother; they continued this until August, 1880, when they sold, and established their stock-yards and slaughter-house.

 

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KELLEY, W. A. brother of the above, is a native of Maine; he was born in Washington county, December 27tb, 1851. He has been in partnership with his brother ever since his arrival in Minneapolis in 1874.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing.

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KELLY, E. S. was born June 24th, 1848, in Ottawa, Canada, where he received a liberal education. He came to Minnesota in 1867 and located in this city. He entered the State University in the second year of its existence and studied there five years. He first studied medicine with Dr. H. H. Kimball, and graduated from Rush Medical College, February 1878, being first in his class. Immediately after graduating he returned to Minneapolis and has since continued in practice here. June 1st, 1880, Dr. Kelly was elected county physician.

 

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KELLY, F. W. was born April 5th, 1851, at Brooklyn, Long Island. He learned the plumbing trade at Cleveland, Ohio; worked at it there and in New York city until 1869, when he removed to St. Paul, he lived there several years and then worked two years in Chicago. He came here in 1873, and engaged with Wilson and Rogers, J. L. Spink, and others in his line of business until 1877, since which time he has been alone. Mr. Kelly was married in 1875, to Miss Catherine Collins of St. Paul.

 

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KAMPFF, Louis was born in Hanover, North Germany, in 1828. He learned the trade of potter, and came to the United States in 1854, lived three years at Galena, Illinois, then came to St. Anthony, where he has since been engaged in the manufacture of pottery, with success. He was married in 1857, at Galena, Illinois, to Minnie Koehlberg, of that place seven children were born to them, six of whom are living.

 

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KASSUBE, Karl, was born in Prussia, in 1822. He emigrated to America in 1854; came to Hennepin county the same year, and made a claim of 160 acres; all he had to work with was a grub hoe. In 1849 he married Miss F. Dralle, of Germany. They have six children living.

 

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KASSUBE, Wm. C. a native of Germany, was born in 1853. He emigrated to America in 1855, and settled in Hennepin county. Married, in April, 1879, to Minnie Schulz, of Wright county. They have one child, born April 21st, 1880.

 

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KELLEY, J.W. was born in Williamsburg, N. Y., June 4th, 1836. Removed to Oneida county in 1856. Married in 1859 to Miss C. Joice. Enlisted in 1862 in Co. A, 117 N. Y. Regt, 2d division, and was engaged in many hard-fought battles under Generals Butler, Gilmore, and Terry. Mustered out in 1866. Returned to Oneida same year. Moved to Iowa in 1869, and to Minnesota and b4s present farm in 1874. They have four children. Mr. Kelley is mail carrier from Minneapolis to Richfield, Bloomington, and Bloomington Ferry.

 

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

KELLY, Anthony was born at Swinford, County Mayo, Ireland, Aug. 25, 1832. When fifteen years of age he came, with his parents, to America and settled near Montreal, Canada. After acquiring a good common school education and the rudiments of a business training he located at Macon, Georgia, where he conducted a retail grocery store for several years. In the spring of 1858, having sold out his business at Macon, he came to Minneapolis on a visit to his brother, P. H. Kelly, who came to Minnesota the year previous. He was so well pleased with the opportunities for business that he decided to remain, and soon after associated himself with his brother, opening a retail grocery store on Washington avenue near Helen street, now Second avenue south. The Kelly brothers were popular and successful from the first. In a few months their business had increased so that they needed more room, and they moved into the Woodman building, on the comer of Helen. Later the Kelly brothers found that the central point for business was working towards Bridge square, and quickly deciding to be at the front, moved again. In 1863 P. H. Kelly withdrew from the firm and went to St Paul, and Anthony conducted the business alone for three years, when Hiram W. Wagner joined him as a partner under the firm name of Anthony Kelly & Co. They then began to fill wholesale orders for goods in their line, and by gradual degrees this department became more important than the retail business, which was discontinued. Soon after the business increased to such an extent that more room needed, and Mr. Kelly built the stone building on the corner of Washington avenue north and Second avenue. Mr. Wagner died in 1895, after which time Mr. Kelly conducted the business alone. During all of the years Mr. Kelly was in business in Minneapolis he devoted a portion of his time to the local interests of the city.

Mr. Kelly had hosts of friends, especially among the old settlers and his long time associates, who felt and expressed real sorrow when the announcement was made on the morning of June 1, 1899, that he was dead.

In politics Mr. Kelly was a staunch Democrat, but never an office holder or office seeker. He was an earnest believer in the Catholic faith, but tolerant and charitable towards all Christian religions.

Mr. Kelly was married in Minneapolis, April 26, 1863, to Anne Willey, widow of Ulysses S. Willey, a prominent attorney, who came to Minnesota in 1857 and died in 1860, while a member of the state legislature. Mrs. Kelly was the daughter of Hon. Wm. C. Haymond of West Virginia, where she was born. Two sons and four daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly.

 

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KELLY, Oscar A. born in Adrian, Michigan, in 1853. Moved with his parents to Hennepin county in 1853. His father who took a claim near Osseo, was born in Ireland, moved to Canada in 1847 and finally settled in this county in 1854. Oscar was married to Jessie M. Meddey in March, 1879. They have one child.

 

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KELLY, W. F. a native of Ireland, was born in 1838. He lived in England from 1849 until 1862 when he emigrated to America; for a short time he lived In New York city, then went to Pennsylvania and in 1864 returned to New York. The year following he removed to this city and worked in the Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad shops until 1872, when he started in the grocery trade, in which he is having a rapidly growing business. In November, 1857 he married Annie Ryan.

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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KENNEDY, Edward was born in Ireland. In 1861 he came to the United States and lived in New York until 1865, employed as blacksmith for a railroad company. He then removed to Minneapolis and worked as engineer in the machine shops for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul company. He worked some time with Mr. Butler to familiarize himself with the manufacture of mill picks, and then embarked in that business. His shop and contents were entirely destroyed by fire in November, 1880, but he rebuilt on First street south where he is now located. His wife was Margaret Murphy. Their children are Edward and Margaret

 

From "1868 - 1968 Maple Plain & Independence  Past - Present" published by the Maple Plain Garden Club. Submitted by Claudine Pearson. ClaudeP@aol.com

KENNEDY, William H. - Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy came to Independence Township from Pennsylvania in January, 1869.  They rode on the first passenger train to pull into Maple Plain.  They got off the train, and the train backed up all the way to St. Anthony, and there was only one track.  Their son, Walter, was only eight months old.  Mr. Kennedy owned one of the firs stores in Maple Plain. This property joined the E. A. Conovers on the East.  Mr. Kennedy was taken prisoner during the Civil War, and at first was in Libby prison and later Andersonville.  His wife was a daughter of George Painter, Paintertown, near Mound and painter's Creek was named for this family.  Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy were grandparents of Mrs.. Irene Schultz.  She remembers them telling that her Uncle William Perkins, son of the B. Perkins of Perkinsville, used to drive a team of oxen, called Tom and Jerry, that pulled a bob sled loaded with railroad ties.  He married Ella Budd, sister of her father, Charles Budd.

 

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KENYON, A. H. was born in Washington county, New York, September 14th, 1842. He came here in February, 1873, and engaged in the dry goods trade for about three years; then he was in partnership with Thomas Jeffery a while, and in August, 1880, went in the carpet business with Mr. McVeigh. The firm carries a full line of everything appertaining to the wholesale and retail carpet trade.

 

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KERAN, Hugh born in Ireland in 1818, came to America in 1849, landed in New York and stayed there until 1850, when he went to Buffalo. In 1856 he moved to Minnesota, and bought the farm he now lives on. He married, in 1862, Margaret Branagan, by whom he has had two children.

 

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KERRIDGE, Walter was born in Norfolk county, England, January 21st, 1854. He attended the public schools until eighteen years of age, then learned the florist business which he still follows. In 1872 he came to America, and to this city in 1876. In June of the following year, he, in company with his father and brother, established their present business at 617 Fourth street north. Mr. Kerridge has never married.

 

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KESLER, Jacob was born July 4th, 1820, in Mercer county, Pennsylvania. In 1842 he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and on his arrival had but half a dollar in money. Took a trip to New Orleans in the winter of 1845. Settled for a time in Kentucky, opposite Cincinnati; then rented the Mansion House at Newport, Kentucky, and boarded the 16th regiment until it left for Mexico. For three years he managed hotels in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1851, went to Fort Recovery, Ohio, and engaged in farming for three years. During this time he cleared, with his own hands, sixty-five acres. Moved to Union City, Indiana, in 1854, and went into the grocery business; also dealt largely in grain. In 1863 he came to Minnesota, and settled in Brooklyn, and opened a farm of 700 acres, where he remained nine years; then removed to Minneapolis, and engaged in the real estate business. In 1876 he built his present elegant home, and removed to it. He was married to Miss Orinda Nichols, of Campbell county, Kentucky, October 27th, 1846. They have had two children, only one is living. In the winter of 1868-1869, he opened the first regular pork-packing house in Minneapolis.

 

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KEYS, John was born in 1842. In 1862 he moved to Canada, learned the blacksmiths trade when young, and has worked at it twenty-one years. He removed to Hastings, Minnesota, in June, 1862, thence to Granville, Dakota county, where he lived five years. September, 1879, he came here and opened a shop on First street south, and in March, 1880, formed a partnership with T. H. Cain and bought the shop, No. 117 First Avenue south. He was married in 1863, and is the father of five children.

 

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KIEFER, Sarah a native of New York, was born April 30th, 1831. She lived there for ten years, and then moved, with her parents, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She married, April 10th, 1849; came to Minnesota and settled in Maple Grove, in 1864, and has since made this place her home. Mr. Kiefer was born in Germany, September 6th, 1820, and died April 5th, 1874. Mrs. K. has nine children living. She now owns one hundred and sixty acres of land.

 

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KIESEL, Leopold was born in Baden, Germany, December 12th, 1825. He came to the United States in 1852, and to Minnesota in 1856. Entered a claim near Chaska, and after living there three years removed to Bloomington. In 1864 he bought a part of the farm he now occupies in Richfield. Now owns 220 acres, 150 acres being cultivated. Was married in 1856 to Madeline Leppet, who has borne him five children.

 

File contributed for Minnesota Biographies Project by: Wayne C. Blesi.  waybliss@aol.com


Henry Killmer and Killmer home
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KILLMER, Henry

Henry Killmer was born in 1821 at Bischhausen, Germany. Henry had 2 wives 1.Mary Stell born on Feb.10,1823 and 2. Christina Wille born in 1837. They first came about 1850 and lived in the State of IL. & then  came to the New Schwanden area & settled in the Brooklyn Township. The family took part in the St. Fridolin Church of New Schwanden. A new house was built about 1875 which is still being lived in located on about 95th Ave. No.& Zane Ave. No. In the year of 2006.There were 5 children born of this union 1. Frederick Killmer born about 1854, 2. Katharine born on Nov.1,1856 & married Casper Zimmermann 1856-1932 & had 2 children Mary & Rudolf.  3. Karl (Charles) Killmer Sr. born on Nov.2,1858-1932 & married Margaret Blesi daughter of Peter & Margaretha Blesi. 4. Peter Killmer born in 1863 & died at age 12 in 1875.  5. Henry Killmer Sr. died on Jan.14,1906,His 1st wife Mary died on May 20,1883,His 2nd wife Christina died on Nov.30,1899, & is buried in the German Lutheran Cemetery of Osseo, MN. and
Mary Killmer is buried in the Brooklyn-Maple Gr
ove American Cemetery. Both of these Cemeteries are joined together in the same area.  His two sons Charles & Henry Jr. picture was taken in 1863 on a old style tin-type print before the regular film pictures were developed in the USA.

The following corrections to the above information has been provided by a descendant of Henry Killmer, Mr. Gary Killmer gmlkillmer@warpdriveonline.com

On the 1860 federal census of St. Clair County, Illinois, Henry Killmer(39) is listed as a Farmer. Mary (37), his wife, is also listed as are three of their children:
Frederica (9) so born about 1851, female; Catherine (4) female; and Charles (2) male. The family's fourth child, Peter, was also born in Illinois in 1863. Henry and Mary
came to MN in 1863. Henry, their fifth child, was born in MN in 1865.

Frederica is listed as a boy, Frederick, on your website. Since both the census from Missouri and the one from Illinois list her as a female, I'll go with that. We have
communicated with Wayne Blesi about his inaccuracies in the past; he seems to want to believe his story, not the actual facts.

Since Henry wasn't born until 1865, it is not possible for him to be on a picture from 1863.  Charles would have been five at that time.  I don't know who is on the picture,
but if the date is accurate, it is not Henry.

If you wish additional information on the Killmer family, please contact us. My husband and I have researched the family in depth both in the US and in Germany. As a
speaker of German, I was able to read several documents about the family and speak with the relatives who still reside in the Bischhausen area south of Kassel, Germany.
Additionally, we visited Schwanden, Switzerland on our 1992 visit to Europe. It is a beautiful area.

This is our lineage: Gary (my husband), Allen (his father), Louis (his grandfather), Charles (his great grandfather) and Henry Sr. (his great-great grandfather).
Our first son carries his great grandfather's name as his middle name; our third son is named Charles.

 

 

File contributed for Minnesota Biographies Project by: Wayne C. Blesi.  waybliss@aol.com

Karl and Maggie Killmer
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KILLMER, Karl (Charles F) was born on Nov. 2, 1858 in Brooklyn Township. On Oct.23,1883  Karl (Charles) Sr. married married Margaret Blesi daughter of Peter and Margaretha Blesi of New Schwanden born on Nov.26,1857.They continued living in his fathers home on Zane Ave. No. There were 7 children born of this union, 1. Minnie Killmer born about 1884 died at age 10 in 1894. 2.Edward Peter born on June.5,1885 ,3. Louis Henry born on Oct.17,1887 Married 1. Amelia Berndt and 2. Mamie Wells Phenow,   4.Charles Albert Jr. born on Jun.14,1889 died Sep.24,1966 married late in life to Sadie K. Blesi of Champlin, MN. born Aug.31,1893 died Nov.13,1967, 5. Mary Killmer remained single born on Jun.20,1892 died on Feb.1,1920,  6. Herman Richard Killmer born on Feb.10,1897 died Apr.2,1972 married Rosalie Gosslin born Jul.5,1901 died Oct.25,1985 at the St. Therese Nursing Home. 7. Lillian Killmer born on Dec.27,1899 died on Jan.20,1980 married Daniel Robertson born Nov.30.1884 died on Jan.12 ,1943, both are buried in the St. Fridolin Cemetery of New Schwanden. Charles Sr. died on Aug.1.1932 and Margaret died on Jan.23,1932 and they are both buried in the St.Fridolin Cemetery of New Schwanden, MN

The following corrections to the above information has been provided by a descendant of Henry Killmer, Mr. Gary Killmer gmlkillmer@warpdriveonline.com

We have Charles' birth certificate, stating that he was born in St. Clair County, Illinois on November 20, 1858. On the 1860 federal census of St. Clair County, Illinois,
Henry Killmer(39) is listed as a Farmer.  Mary (37), his wife, is also listed as are three of their children: Frederica (9), female; Catherine (4) female;  and Charles
(2) male.  The family's fourth child, Peter, was also born in Illinois in 1863.  Henry and Mary came to MN in 1863. Henry, their fifth child, was born in MN in 1865.

The website states the following:  "Louis Henry born on Oct.17,1887 Married 1. Amelia Berndt and 2. Mamie Wells Phenow".
The birthdate is accurate, but Louis married Mary Jane Dodds in 1915.  They are my husband's grandparents. Amelia and Mamie were Ed Killmer's wives.
 

 

History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, 1881. North Star Publishing

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KIMBALL, B. W. M.D. was born in Bethel, Oxford county, Maine, March 12th, 1829. He received his early education at Gould's academy, and at the Brighton academy of Cumberland county. He first studied medicine with Dr. Twitchell, of his native place, and next with Dr. Peasley, of Hanover, New Hampshire. He graduated with the degree of M. D., from the medical department of Bowdoin College, Maine, in 1857. He practiced eight years as government physician in Idaho and Oregon, and in July, 1869, came to this city. He has been in practice as an occulist and aurist since 1871, having studied at the Manhattan eye and ear infirmary, the New York eye and ear hospital, and also with Dr. Mark Stephenson of New York. In 1875 he married Susie Lyon. They have two children living.

 

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KING, Edward E. was born at Peabody, Mass., August, 1st, 1836. Came to Minnesota in 1857 and purchased the farm he now occupies. At the time he came to Richfield there was but little improvement and few settlers. He has since built a substantial barn and fine dwelling house at a cost of $6,000. Married in Nov. 1863., Annie N. Couillard, who died August 17th, 1877. His second wife was Miss Katie R. Woodman who was born December 22nd, 1857.(SEE ALSO BELOW)

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

KING, Edward Everett was born at Danvers, now Peabody, Mass., August 1, 1836. His father, Daniel Putman King, was also born in the same house in 1800, and the property is now owned by Edward and his brother. His father graduated at Harvard in 1823, studied law, became a farmer, was a member of the Massachusetts legislature in 1836 and 1837; was a member of the state senate in 1838 and 1839, and president of House in 1843, and represented his district in Congress from 1843 until his death in 1850.

When Edward E. became twenty-one years of age he started for Minnesota in August 1857. The following year he purchased of Wm. Finch 160 acres of land at Richfield, where he made his home until 1880. He was married to Anna Nora, daughter of Cornelius C. Couliard, November 17, 1863, her birthday anniversary. She died in Richfield, August 17, 1877. Mr. King still owns the farm, but soon after the death of his wife moved to Minneapolis. He is the only person who has continuously held a box in the Minneapolis post office since 1857. Although he was not a soldier in the Civil War he annually contributes to the support of the Geo. N. Morgan Post, and the past year was one of the liberal contributors to the log cabin fund of. the Territorial Pioneer Association, of which he is an active member.

 

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KING, T. S. removed to Minneapolis in the autumn of 1862, and has since been a resident of the city. Immediately upon coming to the city, accepted a position on the State Atlas, a weekly paper published by W. S. King, and remained with the paper in a business and editorial capacity until the birth of the Minneapolis Daily Tribune in the summer of 1867, into which the Atlas was merged. He was city editor of the Tribune for the first eighteen months of its existence. In July, 1871, accepted a tempting offer from the publishers of the St. Paul Pioneer, and devoted himself to establishing the Minneapolis branch and editorial department of that paper. Mr. King has since been, and now is, connected with the pioneer and its successor, the Pioneer Press, Minneapolis city editor.

 

From "Minneapolis, Portrait of the Past". Collected and Compiled by Edward A. Bromley, Voyageur Press Inc. 1890


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KING, William S, is another of the pioneers of the '50's who has contributed very largely to the development of the city. He came out from New York in 1858, being then thirty years of age. While yet a boy he had been obliged to "paddle his own canoe", and he did it successfully. Before coming West he had done some effective newspaper work, displaying a remarkably trenchant, forcible style. His first enterprise here was a weekly paper, the State Atlas, started in 1859. His editorials made him famous, near and far. For twelve years, after the war, he was postmassster of the House of Representatives. His public spirit and devotion to the city were manifested in many ways. His fairs advertised the city as well as himself. He helped establish the Minneapolis Harvester Works, the street railway enterprise and the motor line. The city has Mr. King to thank very largely for its magnificent park system. The Lyndale farm, started in 1868, added to his fame, and in later years, when he recovered the valuable properties which he had turned over to a friend, it made him rich. Colonel King's present prosperity is a source of general rejoicing among his fellow-citizens.

 

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

KINGSBURY, David Lansing was born December 28, 1842. He came to Minnesota November 1, 1856. He enlisted in August, 1862, in Company E, Eighth Minnesota Infantry Volunteers. He served two years. Was on the frontier during the Sioux Indian War, then south from October, 1864, to July 11, 1865, in campaigns in Tennessee and North Carolina. Actual service thirty-four months and eleven days. Promoted to the rank of corporal in 1863, and sergeant in 1864, second lieutenant in 1865. When the war closed Mr. Kingsbury went into the mercantile business until 1890. He is now assistant librarian Minnesota Historical Society; also recorder Minnesota Commandery Military Order Loyal Legion of the United States. He was married to Annie S. Braman October 26, 1869. (SEE ALSO BELOW)

KINGSBURY, Anna B. was born December 6, 1839, in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Came to Minnesota in November, 1856, on the steamer War Eagle. She located in Minneapolis. Mrs. Kingsbury was the daughter of Enos Lewis Braman and Lydia Johnston, who were married at Berlio, Vermont, and emigrated to the then far west, now the State of Wisconsin, in 1836, where they purchased from the government 160 acres of land lying along the Rock River. Here they lived until 1847. Miss Braman was married to David L. Kingsbury October 26, 1869.

 

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KINGSLEY, Charles D. born in Medina county, Ohio, September 15th, 1826. When quite young, he moved with his parents to Missouri, and in April, 1846, located at Marine Mills, Minnesota; he followed lumbering three years and in June, 1849, removed to St. Anthony. He worked at his trade of stonemason and plasterer a number of years, and in 1862, enlisted in the Ninth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry; he was captured in June, 1864, and confined at Andersonville, Savannah and Millen prisons. He came home on a furlough and was honorably discharged August 1st, 1865. He has served on the police force of this city since May, 1879. His wife was Julia Shepherd, who has borne him four children, Ira, Effie, William and John.

 

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KINGSLEY, Edward a life long resident of Minneapolis, was born May 2d, 1856. He received his education in the public schools of this city. He has been employed in the manufacture of eave troughs, and is at present running a planer in an establishment of that kind. In 1871, he volunteered in, the fire department, and was appointed stoker; on organization of the paid department, he was given the position of first pipe-man and in May, 1880, was appointed foreman. He was married in Minneapolis, April 17th, 1878, to Miss Augusta Gould. Their union has been blessed with one child, Burton.

 

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KIRK, A. H. was born in Broome county, New York, July, 1947. He enlisted in the Sixteenth New York Battery, February, 1864, and was honorably discharged in July, 1865. He came to this city in 1871, and was employed by O. A. Pray and Company for two years. After that he took charge of the mill furnishing shops for J. W. Johnson, and also did the draughting for the establishment, until May 1st, 1878, when he started for himself in the business of manufacturing mill furnishings. He married Nettie Strong, May 15tb, 1873. Their two children are Zoe and Freeman.

 

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KIRK, J. H. was born in Maryland, September 28th, 1827. Went to Ohio in 1834. Moved to Sargents Bluff, Iowa, 1849; to Anoka county, Minnesota, May, 1851. Married in 1859 to Miss Mary G. Smith, who was born in Vermont, May 28th, 1834. They settled on their present farm in 1866. Have no children, but have given homes to three friendless girls and one boy. His land is valued at $3,200.

 

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KIRST, E. D. a native of Germany, was born in 1831. When but fourteen years of age he commenced to learn cabinet-making. In 1856 he came to America, and for two years lived in Sullivan county, New York, then removed to Dedham, Massachusetts, and remained until July, 1861, when he came to this city. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the Ninth Minnesota, Company B. The first summer was spent in the Indian campaign; then he went south and participated in all the battles of the regiment. He was mustered out August, 1865. Mr. Kirst does cabinet work, repairing, general jobbing, and manufactures corn husk mattresses at 928 First street north. Mr. Kirst was married in 1861. His wife died in 1876; she was the mother of two boys.

 

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KISCH, NICOLAS, Nicolas Kisch was born in Germany in the Northwestern area on Jan.2,1827 and died on Oct.14,1894 in the Osseo, MN. area. Nicolas first came with a friend to Michigan State and about 1850 He walked from Michigan to the New Schwanden area of Brooklyn Township  where He settled. He established a home and married Klara Aubert on Aug.13,1860 who came from Matt, Canton of Glarus, Switzerland. She first came to Pittsburg, PA. before her marriage to Nicolas Kisch. It is not known if she was related to the Aubarts who also settled in this area of Brooklyn Township. Klara died on Dec.8,1878 and they are both buried in the  St. DePaul Vincent Cemetery in Osseo, MN. There were 4 children born of this union: 1. Anna  Apr.12,1868 - Mar.6,1874 age 6, 2.Johann 1868 - 1872 age 4.,  3.John 1873 - 1956, and  4. Michael 1875 - 1954. There were many Kisch families that followed and they were great potato farmers for many years until the suburban growth took over their lands. The land was  very productive on rich sandy loam ground north west of Osseo, MN. and south of 101st Ave. No. and west of Zachary Lane No

 

From "Our Independence 1854 - 1981"  Submitted by Claudine Pearson ClaudeP@aol.com

KLAERS (KLARES), Joseph and Lucy Gorgan were born, grew up and married in Rhine, Germany.  They were poor, so they decided to go to the United States and homestead.  With their three year old daughter, Mary, they left Germany by sailboat on February 5, 1857.  They ran into a calm and drifted on the water for over two months.  All of their food was eaten except for stale bread.  Hoping to make it more palatable, they soaked it in the sea water.  Seventeen of the eighteen small children on board died, including their daughter, Mary.  All were buried at sea in empty food baskets.  The parents' grief was doubled because they had no weights to sink the baskets.  They floated around the ship or days.

After landing in New York on April 10, 1857, they traveled to St. Anthony.  They were told that there was land to homestead near Loretto.  A site was chosen in Section 1 on the Northeast side of Lake Sarah, near what is now Highway 55.  A log cabin was built and land cleared for farming.  Lucy worked with Joseph.  Sometimes she gave birth to a child in the morning and was back in the field by eventide.

Joseph and Lucy had three sons:  Nicholas, Theodore, and John.  In 1862 a daughter was born, whom they named Mary, for the daughter lost at sea.  Mary died at the age of three.  One morning she was walking near the home when she was attacked and mauled by a pack of dogs. Another girl was born shortly after this.  They named her Mary also.  She died of pneumonia at the age of two months.

In December of 1866 the Klaers were thrilled to have another daughter.  On the advice of friends and neighbors they decided to choose another name--Magdalena.  Magdalena lived to maturity.  She married Arthur Laurent and had eleven children of her own.

A few years later little John developed extreme stomach pains.  Before the doctor arrived he had died of appendicitis.

At first they had no animals and very little money.  Often Joseph walked to Minneapolis, carrying wheat on his back, which he exchanged for flour and other groceries.

Two great grandsons and two great granddaughters of Lucy and Joseph still reside in Independence (1980):  Richard Kaers and his wife, Eileen (Grotz), James Kaers and his wife, Geraldine (Hutter), Mrs. Richard (Marge Laurent) Jacobs and Mrs. Dean (Angela Laurent) Triplett.

 

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KLAUSMAN, Mathias, was born June 12th, 1828, in Baden, Germany. He lived with his parents until twenty years of age, when he went into the German army for a time. In 1852, he emigrated to America, stayed in New York a short time, then removed to Ohio, where he was engaged in farming, and also freighting for the iron works, until September, 1864, when he enlisted in, Company F One Hundred and Eighty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. In 1866, he came to Minnesota, and settled on a farm in Carver county, where he lived seven years, then sold out, and came to Plymouth; bought ninety-seven acres, on the east side of Medicine Lake in 1874, he bought fifty-one acres more in section 23. He has a fleet of pleasure boats, and his place is one of the pleasantest on the lake, situated six miles west of Minneapolis. Mr. Klausman married Miss Frances Kreyer, of Germany, January 12th, 1855. They have three living children: Peter, Charles, and Frances.

 

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KLETZIN, M. F. was born in North Prussia, in 1830. In 1852, he came to America and located at Lockport, New York, where he was engaged in gardening until 1856, when he came to St. Anthony, and resided in the city till 1865, then located on the place where he now lives. He has made gardening a successful business. Married in, 1861, Johanna Sandhoff, who has borne him two children, but one of whom is living.

 

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KLINE, J. W. a native of Frederick county, Maryland, was born in 1839. He came to Minneapolis in 1874 and worked at his trade, that of cooper, until 1877, when he, assisted by others, formed the North Star Barrel Company. At present Mr. Kline is president of this company. He resides with his family in this city.

 

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KLOPP, M. J. was born November 28th, 1847, in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania. In 1855 he went to Logansport, Indiana, and at the age of fifteen years commenced learning carriage-making, which trade he has since followed. Mr. Klopp's poor health obliged him to travel, and he spent some time in California, Colorado and Arkansas. In June, 1878, he came to Minneapolis, and worked at his trade, being employed by different firms until October, 1880, when he opened a shop at 99 Main street S. E. At the age of sixteen years he enlisted and served eight months, then re-enlisted and served until 1865. His wife was Christiana Schaefer. They have one son, Henry.

 

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KNICKERBACKER, David Buell D. D. was born in Rensselaer county, New York, Feb. 24th, 1833. He is the son of Hon. Herman Knickerbacker, who was a member of congress from that district, also judge of probate in Rensselaer county. David B. was prepared for college at the Academy of Greenwich, New York; he then entered Trinity College, Hartford, and graduated in 1853; and in June, 1856, he graduated from the Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church of New York city. On the first Sunday in July of the same year, he was ordained deacon in Trinity Church, New York, by Bishop Potter, and was at once appointed missionary bishop of the north-west. His whole ministerial life has been spent in Minneapolis. He was ordained priest in Gethsemane Church, July, 1875, by Bishop Kemper. In 1874 he received the degree of doctor of divinity from Hartford, Connecticut. In 1877 he was elected missionary bishop for New Mexico and Arizona, but declined the honor. He has held the office of dean of the northern convocation of Minnesota, by appointment of the bishop, since 1870, and has represented the diocese in general conventions, five times, since its admission into union with the general convention in 1859. He is a member of the standing committee of the diocese, and also of its missionary committee since its organization. (SEE ALSO BELOW)

As listed in the proceedings and report of the annual meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, May 11, 1899 and 1900.

KNICKERBOCKER, David Buel was born in Schaghticoke, N. Y., Feb. 24, 1833, youngest son of Hon. Herman Knickerbocker of Albany, known as "The Prince," and referred to by Washington Irving in his History as "My Cousin, The Congressman." Bishop Knickerbocker received his education in Union Village Academy, Washingtontown, N. Y.; entered Trinity College at the age of sixteen; graduated and entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary in New York at twenty; graduated and ordained deacon by Bishop Potter at twenty-three. With his young bride he came at once to Minneapolis as missionionary assistant to Mr. Chamberlain at Holy Trinity, St. Anthony.

On a bitter cold Sunday morning in November, 1856, Bishop Kemper held the first service in Minneapolis in the small wooden structure of Gethsemane Church, corner of Fifth street and Seventh avenue south. At this service the young clergyman presented a class of five persons for confirmation. In the spring of 1857 Mr. Knickerbocker became rector of the church, and in one year it became self-supporting. In 1865 the church was rebuilt at a cost of $5,000, and was consecrated by Bishop Whipple Dec. 14, 1865.

Under the strong, young, methodical, determined man the work grew and broadened, including a dozen missions, Cottage Hospital, now St. Barnabas, and Indian work.

In 1877 the degree of doctor of divinity was conferred upon him by his alma mater, Trinity College, and in 1883 he was elected bishop of Indiana. During the eleven years of service as bishop he did his most powerful work. All church debts diminished, all funds increased, churches, schools, homes, hospitals, parishes, houses and rectories were built, and at his death his heart's desire was nearing accomplishment in the fund for endowment of the bishopric of Indiana. The Rev. G. N. Carlenson said of him: "The bishop was one of the strongest personalities I have ever known. He was a man of affairs. He had the business capacity that qualified him to be president of a railroad if his walk in life had fallen in that direction. A man of strong will; a man of the best sense; a father in the Lord to all his clergy; a man entirely free from all bitterness and prejudice, and while he was positive in his views, he had a broad mind and always gave the fullest justice to all who differed with him. The beloved bishop died Jan. 1, 1895 of pneumonia, contracted through over devotion to his work.

"Though apart from us we still feel his presence all about us." (SEE ALSO BELOW)

KNICKERBOCKER, Sarah ( Moore ) was born in London, England, in 1836. She was married to D. B. Knickerbocker, late bishop of Indiana, at Brooklyn, N. Y., in the summer of 1856, and soon after came to St. Anthony with her husband. They had two children. The daughter died in Minneapolis in 1865, at the age of seven, and the son, David, was killed by attempting to jump on cars at the St. Paul & Pacific depot in the fall of 1866.

Mrs. Knickerbocker has resided in Indianapolis, Indiana, since the bishop's death.

 

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KNOBLAUCH, Alois born in Wurtemberg, Germany, September 24th, 1833. He was educated and learned the shoemaking trade in his native country. In 1854 he came to America; worked a short time in New York, then removed to Chicago, Illinois, and thence to Fulton county. In 1857 he came here and started a small boot and shoe store; he is now enjoying a thriving business at 26 First street north. and 125 Washington Avenue south. He was married in 1858 to Amelia Stulcman. Their children are: Anthony, Frank, Amelia, Alois, William, Henrietta, George, Charles, Henry, Alexander and a babe.

 

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KNOBLAUCH, Frank was born in Minneapolis, MN. on Oct.10,1878 son of Joseph and  Anna nee Bollinger Knoblauch who migrated from Germany. They were involved with the Harmonia  Halle a Swiss-German club and had a Choir of over 100 singers which was named the Grutli Verein which was organized in 1861 and dissolved around 1926. The club performed Shakespearian plays and other activities. In 1891 they celebrated the 700th centennial confederation of Switzerland with the Choir and Amelia Blesi held the Swiss flag plaque and Clara Meuller held the Swiss flag plaque and a picture was taken of the celebration which has been preserved. Frank married Amelia Anna Blesi on Jan.30 1900 daughter of Peter and Margaretha Blesi. Their were 4 children born of this union, 1.Margaret married Loyd Kaufman from Delmar, Iowa, 2. Amelia married  Vaud O'Dell from Minneapolis, MN., 3. Dorothy married Clifford W. Patrick from Falls  Church, Virginia and 4. Gladys married Walker Mallory Powell from Charlottesville, Virginia. The family has dispersed to several States.

 

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KNOPF, Michael was born near Buffalo, Now York, in 1835. Lived there ten years, then moved to Cook county, Illinois; remained there until twenty-five years of age. He was educated at the North-west College of the Evangelical Association at Napierville. In 1860 he came to Rice county, Minnesota, and engaged in farming. He enlisted July 24th, 1864, in Company E, Sixth Minnesota Infantry, and served until he was honorably discharged in 1865, at Fort Snelling. He was pastor of the Evangelical Church at Waseca for three years, at Frontenac three years, one year near Henderson, and is now pastor of the Evangelical Church in Maple Grove. Married in 1861, to Miss S. F. Fritch.

 

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KNOWLES, A. H. a native of England, was born in 1830. He came to the United States in 1854, and lived the first few months in Philadelphia, then spent two months in New York in the steam and gas fitting business. He traveled for ten years through the middle states building gas works, and in 1866 came to this city; since which time he has been in the wholesale and retail liquor business.

 

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KOKESH, John born in Bohemia January 5, 1830. When twenty-three years old married Josephine Kostlan. Came to America in 1868, and settled in Minnetonka, and in 1869, bought the farm on which he now lives. Has ten children.

 

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KOON, M. B. born January 22d, 1841, in Steuben county, New York. He moved with his parents to Michigan, and received his education at the Hillsdale College. In 1864 he went to California and remained two years, then returned to Michigan, studied law, and in 1867, commenced practice at Hillsdale; in 1870, he was elected prosecuting attorney of that county, and held the office five years. In 1878 he came to this city and established the practice of law in company with E. A. Merrill; the firm of Koon and Merrill continued until November, 1879, when Arthur Keith became associated with them, and the firm name is now, Koon, Merrill and Keith. Mr. Koon married Josie Van De Mark in 1873. Their children are Kate and Louise. Residence No. 30 Sixth street south.

 


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KOCISKO, Andrew and Anna (Blasko) On March 15, 1869 Andrew Kocisko was born to Mike Kocisko and Anna Balasko
in Slovakia. He lived there until his 19th year when in June of 1888 he landed on the shores of the United States in New York. He then made his way to "The Bohemian Flats" in South Minneapolis, MN. In September of 1888 he was involved in helping with the buying of the Immanuel Evangelical Slovak Lutheran Church. The church became what was known as the first Slovak church on the Flats. This is where on September 18, 1893 he took Anna Ansea Blasko as his bride.
Andrew Kocisko was a Charter Member of the church for over 30 years. They went on to start a family and had 9 children; Anna and her twin Jan, Mike, Andrew, Helen Pauline, George, John B., Joe and Florence L. The Kocisko family moved out of the Flats and into the South side of the city about 1912 or 1913. Andrew Kocisko worked for the Washburn Flour Mill for about 40 years along with other odd jobs. He past on August 31st 1939 and is buried in the Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Anna Blasko, his wife, died July 20th 1947 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Anoka, MN.

Submitted by : Jody Kocisko (granddaughter in-law) jkocisko@msn.com

 

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KRAEMER, John a native of Germany, was born in December, 1827. He emigrated to the United States in 1857, and worked at blacksmithing in Chicago a few months, then came to this city and continued the trade here eighteen years, with the exception of three years in the war. He enlisted August 2d, 1862, in the Eighth Minnesota Volunteers. His wife was Barbara Roch; their marriage occurred August 2d, 1852. Mr. Kraemer owns the building which he has occupied for the past five years, No. 227 Central Avenue.

 

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KRUEGER, H. was born at Watertown, Wisconsin, October 16th, 1859. He learned the trade of gunsmith at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1877 he came to Minneapolis and established business at his present location. A description of his business may be found elsewhere.

 

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KUCH, Philip a native of Germany, was born in 1831. Came to America in 1850, and located in Erie county, Pennsylvania. Followed the butcher business until 1855, when he went to St. Anthony, and remained four years; then moved to a farm near Medicine Lake. In 1861 he returned to the city, and in 1864 started for Idaho with a number of men, under Capt. Fisk, of St. Paul. When near the foot of the Black Hills they were attacked by Indians, and were surrounded by them for twenty days, when help came from General Sally, at Fort Rice. Thirteen were killed; the rest returned to the Fort. He returned home and bought his present homestead in 1865. He married Miss Elizabeth Schafer, in 1856. They have seven children: Lizzie, Henry, Katherine, Leopold, Susan, Marie, and Gracie.

 

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KYTE, John is the owner of 316 acres of land, 75 acres under cultivation. He was born in Ireland in 1817 and came to this country in 1845. After residing in various places in the Eastern States, he came to Minneapolis in 1855. Pre-empted a quarter section of land, bought as much more, and has since been engaged in farming. Has five children, all of whom are married