Posts Tagged Sterns County MN
So the story is, two brothers and a sister from the Herman family, married two sisters and a brother from the Langner family. What? Who married who?
Hey, it is not my line. I was squirreling up collateral line of my Great Aunt first husbands tree. Why, because I get distracted on my line when I cannot find any records.
Now I am not the first person to discover this ultra close knit family. I was content just to stop at my aunt’s in-laws. However, the surnames kept popping up and I had to write out a mind map to see if they were part of the same family group.
There are a few branches in my tree where I have double in-laws, where siblings of one family marry siblings of another family. So, I was a little taken back to see a three-some.
The Herman and Langner families were immigrants from Prussia. The Langner family arrived in 1870, the Herman’s in 1887. They settled near Avon and Holdingford in Sterns Co, Minnesota. Very small farming communities near St. Cloud, MN. They are still sparsely populated today.
The towns claim to fame is that they are most like the fictional town of “Lake Wobegon” created by Garrison Keillor. The local All Saints Catholic church serves both towns. A church that most likely brought the two families together.
Maybe the world was just a little too small to find a subtle mate at the turn of the century for these families. One pair, Peter and Victoria Herman left Minnesota for work at the auto factories in Detroit. No one else followed them that I can see. Even after Peter died in 1917, Victoria remained in Detroit until her death in 1970.