Jo Frederiksen

I was born in Clearwater County Idaho, to Clinton R. and S. Elaine (Gleason) Frederiksen. I began documenting our family history in 2002, after my grandmother Stila M. (Harlan) Gleason passed. I decided to create this website because I enjoy the research and I want to document the stories of the people who contributed to my life and made my little part of Idaho so special to me.

May 292017
 

Postcard – World War I

The six names listed below are the young men from, or with connections to,  the Clearwater Valley.  These men made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in “The Great War.” I hope you will take a moment to reflect on the lives lived and sacrificed, for God and Country, as we honor the fallen this weekend.

Private Charles Swinton Hunt Rennison
November 30, 1878 – September 18, 1917
Lieutenant Harold Everett Kinne
February 28, 1896 – July 19, 1918
Private Alton Bellomy
June 1, 1892 – July 26, 1918
Private Charles Augustus Bobbitt
October 11, 1893 – October 6, 1918
Private Glenn Royal Dieterle
February 17, 1891 – October 11, 1918
Private Bernard Smith Armstrong
October 17, 1893 – November 6, 1918

While researching the Cavendish Cemetery and putting together the community ties and relationships of those buried there, I came across the stone of Bernard S. Armstrong.  In researching Bernard, I discovered he was a casualty of WWI and thought it appropriate to write something about his life and the lives of the five men, with ties to Clearwater County, as we honor the memories of the fallen, this Memorial Day. Continue reading »

Oct 232016
 
Newspaper Stories - Walter Stiles

Newspaper Stories – Walter Stiles

When my Grandmother Stila M. (Harlan) Gleason passed away on May 7, 2002, not only did we lose the family matriarch but we lost the our family historian.  I had been dabbling with the family tree for a couple of years and but hadn’t really delved into researching and documenting the life stories of individuals.  I decided someone should document our family’s history to preserve it for future generations and so began my adventurous  journey, as an amateur genealogist, the search for Uncle Walter Stiles and the discovery of an interesting life.

Walter Stiles

Walter Stiles was born in Chicago, Illinois, in October of 1867, the second child and son of George Washington and Mary Jane (Cunningham) Stiles.   Walter’s father was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and his mother in New York.

George W. Stiles - Moves West - Abilene Weekly Reflector, December 5, 1889

George W. Stiles – Moves West – Abilene Weekly Reflector, December 5, 1889

The family remained in Illinois until the late 1870s and then headed West to Dickinson County, Kansas.  The family would remain in Dickinson County until 1889, when George Sr. headed west to Washington and Idaho.  The family, including wife Mary, along with Walter, Albert and daughter Emma, would soon follow.  Oldest son George Jr., remained in Kansas, until 1891.  The family had settled in Idaho; when George Jr. and his family joined them.

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Sep 172016
 

Patriotism is one of the noblest and loftiest emotions of the heart, it should be along with our religion and our homes the first best thought.  Where would be today our happy homes, if it was not for this strong government, whose beneficent laws, like the all pervading sunlight, are above and around us everywhere?  Go where we will, all over this land, the same flag protects us.  Laws not made by tyrant hands, “but by the people, of the people, and for the people.”  Laws that if they ever perish, woe be to us in that day and hour…  We are not yet out of the breakers.  The astute leaders.. and the people they control; love the memory of their fallen institutions.  They believe they were born to rule, they care nothing for the semblance of a ruler, so they in reality rale, and will never rest until they have gained by the ballot what they have lost by the sword.

Emma Webster (Brown) Harlan, July 2, 1886

Emma Webster Brown

Emma Webster (Brown) Harlan - (ca. 1900) (Chester County Historical Society - Photo Archives)

Emma Webster (Brown) Harlan – (ca. 1900) (Chester County Historical Society – Photo Archives)

Emma Webster Brown was the first child and only daughter born to Elwood and Hannah (Webster) Brown, in Cecil County, Maryland, on April 8, 1832.  Emma’s mother, Hannah Webster, was a descendant of some of the earliest settlers in America, arriving in the 1600s.  There are documents indicating Emma’s mother was a direct descendant of William Webster, who came to America, from Scotland in 1685 and settled in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

The Webster family left New Jersey, due to the religious persecution of Quakers and first settled in Abington, Montgomery County, PA  prior to them eventually settling in Chester and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania.

Shortly after Emma’s birth, Elwood and Hannah returned to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where Emma’s seven brothers were born.  The family would remain in Pennsylvania until the late 1850s.

Marriage

On April 26, 1849, Emma married George Washington Harlan.  George was the 2nd child and son born to Jonathan and Elizabeth (Thompson) Harlan.  George was a 3x great-grandson of Michael Harland, one of Harland brothers who arrived at William Penn’s Colony at New Castle, Delaware in 1687.  The brothers, were Quakers who emigrated from England and Ireland to seek freedom from persecution for their religious beliefs.

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Aug 212016
 

Following is a post about a very special person, who is a big part of my childhood memories of ‘The Hill.’   Olive (Herring) Preussler is not a blood relation to my family but I called her Grandma.  I don’t know how many of the other kids in Cavendish-Teakean called her Grandma, perhaps everyone did or maybe it was just me, here is her story:

Olive Vada Herring

Preussler Family - (l-r) Melvin, Olive, David (baby), Marilyn and Marie, Merton standing (ca. 1944)

Preussler Family – (l-r) Melvin, Olive, David (baby), Marilyn and Marie, Merton standing (ca. 1945) photo courtesy Alan Sewell

Olive Vada Herring was born March 25, 1914 at Teakean, Clearwater County, Idaho. She was the fourth of five children born to Orville E. and Carrie (Heltzel) Herring, both of her parents were members of the German Baptist Brethren Church.   Her father’s family came west, from Iowa, and settled in Teakean in 1889.  Her mother’s family came west to Idaho and arrived from Astoria, Illinois in June of 1903.

Dunkard Colonists

P. E. Stookey went to the junction yesterday to meet his brother, Sherman Stookey, who with his family arrived from Plymouth, Illinois, to make a permanent residence in the Potlatch.  Rev. Sherman Stookey is a Dunkard preacher and he is accompanied on this trip by five families of his church people, twenty persons all told, who have come to make a settlement in the Potlatch section.  Friends and relatives have been here for some time and have reported favorably on this section.  Other families will follow in the course of the year to strengthen the colony.–(Source) The Lewiston Teller, March 6, 1903

P. E. Stookey, along with his brother Reed and John Q. Holladay had settled in the Cavendish-Teakean area in 1889.  I believe the article below should read twenty people, not twenty families based on the earlier article.

Colony of Dunkards for Idaho.

A large colony of Dunkards will arrive in a few days from Astoria, Illinois, and take up their abode near Cavendish.  Last spring twenty families arrived from Illinois and they have prevailed upon their friends to follow.  They are a thrifty industrious people and will make good citizens.  Such emigration should be encouraged.  They will bring with them money and show taste to improving their farms. —(Source) The Lewiston Teller, June 19, 1903

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Aug 072016
 

A special thanks to Dennis Roth, for providing all of his information regarding the burials at Teakean Cemetery and taking the time to provide insight, direction and avenues of research.  Without his help and the help of others, I would not have been able to compile this information and hopefully help some of the folks, who have family connections to the early pioneer families of Cavendish-Teakean. 

My ‘LITTLE’ Project

Teakean Cemetery - Satellite View (Google Maps)

Teakean Cemetery – Satellite View (Google Maps)

In September of 2011 I got an idea to add a memorial for Grandma Preussler, on Find-A-Grave and from that idea sprang a “little project” that would take me nearly five years to complete.  Grandma Preussler is Olive V. (Herring) Preussler, she is not my grandmother by blood.  However, I have always called her grandma and she was a very important person in my life, growing up and someone who I adored.  I wanted to make sure her memory was preserved and thought a virtual memorial would be a great avenue to accomplish this goal.  I did some researching and found her grandson Alan Sewell and contacted him and explained what I wanted to do and why.  By happenstance, he had just been to the Teakean Cemetery and had taken a bunch of photographs of the gravestones, which he sent to me.  I created memorials online for everyone and uploaded the photographs over a weekend.  This gave me a great sense of accomplishment, which lasted about a week.  I knew there were many unaccounted for burials at Teakean and I soon became determined, perhaps obsessed, with documenting everyone at rest there. Continue reading »