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Seeking help from a Harrison county researcher with the John Poke Sonner family
Posted by: Jerry Sonner (ID *****5105) Date: September 25, 2007 at 07:26:08
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While I have tons of information on the Sonner family genealogy I have very little detail on the enclosed members. Any help from a research in Harrison County would be most welcome. I expressly would like to learn more about Kristine Thomsen such as her arrival records in the US from Denmark. Where they were married? They are both buried in Harrison County. Not sure if they are in either of the Sonner cemeteries or not. The enclosed personal histories are out of date.
5-4 John Polk Sonner b. 12-29-1871 Harrison Co., In d. 10-8-1952 Harrison Co., In
Kristine Thomsen b. 6-2-1884 Denmark d.5-16-1960 Harrison Co., In
John was a tall angular man. In his early life he left Harrison Co to homestead in Nebraska. He also was employed as a conductor on a train where he met his wife Kristine who was working as a cook for the Danish railroad work crew. Later he moved back to Indiana and lived on a farm near New Middletown, Harrison County, Indiana, where he spent the remainder of his life. He also worked as a traveling photographer.
Kristine was an unwed mother who was sent to America to hide her from polite company. As I have this story she was in the family way by someone from the Royal Danish family and he paid he passage to America and supported her for a number of years. Also her own family in Denmark was quite well to do because the children remember getting larger boxes of toys ever Christmas when they were small from Denmark. Her child’s name was either Lewis or Louise Thomsen on arrival in America. In the family Bible I seen the name scratched out and re written as Louis Sonner. Not sure if he was legally adopted or not.

6-1 Dora Lola Sonner b. 9-28-1912
Ernest Lasley Kopp b. 11-20-1909
Ernest is a carpenter by trade. At one time they lived in San Diego, California. Presently they live in Ohio.
6-2 Reno Sonner b. 6-29-1914
Lorraine Hoffman b. 3-25-1919
Reno was born in Nebraska on a farm which had been acquired as a homestead. He spent some of his early youth in the C.C.C. Camp. He then joined the Navy Construction Engineers and spent time in the South Pacific. After the war he worked as a carpenter and was involved in the building of Disney Land, California. He and his brother owned a grocery business and then an air craft service business. He presently is retired and lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
6-3 Thomsen Sonner b. 3-3-1919 Harrison Co., Ind. d. 12-19-1975
Mildred Stone b. 12-19-1925
In his early life Thomsen was in the C .C .C .camp in Oregon where he was, a radio operator While in the C.C.C. he added James to his name and became known as James Thomsen Sonner. He then joined the U.S .Navy as an aviation radioman and served in the Aleutian Islands. After his marriage in San Diego, California, he established a radio repair business in that city. Later he became involved in aircraft-related service and manufacturing. He served as Vice President of Lear Siegler Service Inc. and then owner of a manufacturing business in Roswell, New Mexico, which produced military-related hardware.
Mildred was a homemaker. After the death of her husband, she has done some work in a hospital.

Anyone interested in SONNER research is welcome of my information

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