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Re: Cass County Help Offer--Resch/Wright
Posted by: Joanne Date: July 12, 2000 at 22:41:48
In Reply to: Re: Cass County Help Offer by Merle R. Price of 198


RE: Cass County, Minnesota

Thank you so much for your research. I had a newpaper article on the marriage of Hiram KENNA Wright and Anna Marie Resch on 8-26-1907. But, I didn't have the name of the priest or witnesses.

I was fishing up near Pennington in June and made a trip to Park Rapids Court House to get some Resch family marriage information. I did get a Resch family response from a man in Washington state who is a cousin. We are in the process of sharing information.

Anna Resch's mother was Barbara Lochner. I have visited the cemetery (I try to go there each time I visit Cass Lake). But, I don't have pictures and could certainly scan them into the database. Thank you.

Anna Resch was born in Pierz, MN, (Morrison County). Hiram was in a nursing home in White Bear Lake when he died August 7, 1974. I have a copy of an obituary from the Cass Lake Times, dated August 15, 1974. Here is the information I have in my database:

OBITUARY: Mrs. H. K. Wright, a resident of Cass Lake for over fifty years, and a member of one of the pioneer families of Cass Lake, passed away Tuesday afternoon at her home while taking her afternoon nap. She was found by her husband, who had been asleep upstairs and neighbors with whom she was to have played cards early in the afternoon. Mr. Wright has been helping out at the Endion Hotel as night clerk, and was sleeping through the day. Mrs. Wright never fully recovered from the attack of pneumonia last winter, which affected her heart.

Anna Marie Resch was born at Pierz, Minnesota on the 26th of September, 1884. She came with her parents to Cass Lake in 1905. On August 26, 1907 she was married to Hiram K. Wright, and they have made Cass Lake their home since that time.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning from St. Charles Catholic Church, and interment will be made in Pine Grove cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her five sons, Fred, Don, Charles, LeRoy, and Robert, and her son-in-law, Tom O'Brien.

She is survived by five sons and two daughters, Fred of Los Angeles, Cal., Mable O'Brien of Cuyuna, Donald of Fort Dodge, Iowa, LeRoy of Duluth, Charles of Walker, Robert of St. Paul and Margaret Anne Sheehan of Minneapolis.

She is also survived by five sisters, Margaret Zenniel of Park Rapids, Clara Dugas of Cass Lake, Katherine Kunkel of Marshalltown, Iowa, Eva Kunkel of Haverhill, Iowa, and Josephine Robbins of Stockton, California.

The tragedy of her death at this time was emphasized by plans for the celebration of the Wright's Golden Wedding on Monday, August 26, when the whole community planned to honor one of its best liked couples.

SOURCE: The Cass Lake Times reprint August 8, 1957

Hiram was born April 21, 1885, in Pine City, Minnesota. Here is the article I have in my database:


Hiram K. Wright, a resident of the Cass Lake area for over 70 years passed away on the morning of Wednesday, August 7, 1974, at a hospital at White Bear Lake. He had gone to White Bear Lake and had entered a Nursing Home there, about a month before.

He was 89 years of age.

For four years, he had lived with his son Charles and wife Esther in Cass Lake.

Hi Wright was a youth of 19 when he came to Cass Lake from Pine County, to work for the Great Northern railway. He had been a deputy sheriff, manager for Robert Jarvis Enterprises, but was better known as "game warden" for many years. He then became "walking boss" for Mark Burns at Red Lake, and it was there that he retired. His wife, the former Anna Resch, a member of another pioneer family, preceded him in death in August of 1957.

Funeral services were held at St. Charles Catholic Church on Saturday, August 10, 1974, and interment made in the family lot in Pine Grove cemetery.

His sons and sons-in-law acted as pallbearers.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Thomas O'Brien (Mabel) of Cuyuna and Mrs. James Sheehan (Margaret Ann) of White Bear, and five sons, Fred of Los Angeles, Donald of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Charles of Cass Lake, LeRoy of
Duluth and Robert of St. Paul and by 43 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Source: The Cass Lake Times, Cass Lake, Cass County, Minnesota, August 15, 1974


9/19/97 - Joanne Wright visited the Pine City Court House, Records Department, and viewed the actual birth record (A-26-19), which listed his father's occupation at that time as "laborer."

These are their marriage records:

MARRIED: At St. Michael's hospital on the 26th Inst., Hiram K. Wright and Anna Resh, both of this village. The happy couple departed the same night for Duluth and Pine City, Minn, at the later place to visit the groom's parents. The Times wishes the happy couple much joy and happiness. It is expected that Mr. and Mrs. Wright will return to Cass Lake in about two weeks and will be at home here after a later date.

SOURCE: The Cass Lake Times, Cass Lake, MN, August 31, 1907

I have the names and dates for all of the Wright children (my father's siblings) but did not have the source data from the Court records. Thank you for those. We are having our annual Wright Family Reunion in early August up on Mille Lacs. Don is deceased but Roy is alive and living in Duluth. Would be happy to pass on your wife's name to Don's kids and Uncle Roy at the reunion, if you would like me to.

Thank you again for all of your information. If I can return the favor, please let me know.


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