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Re: Hemler Family of Spearfish, S.D. c1900
Posted by: jbhazen Date: August 22, 2000 at 21:57:44
In Reply to: Hemler Family of Spearfish, S.D. c1900 by Mary Kelly Mills of 102

Was looking up some other postings in my Historic Lawrence County book and thought you might like the following about the HEMLER FAMILY, submitted to the book by a Mrs. Fed D. Fogelsong.
"Joseph Hemler Jr. was the first member of the Hemler family to come from Bonneauville, PA to the Black Hills. He worked as a miner at Ragged Top in the northern Hills about 1897. He returned to Bonneauville for his Mother's funeral in 1898 and while there persuaded two brothers, Frank (Francis) and John Henry (Harry) to return to the BlackHills with him. They worked in the mine until they made enough money to send for their families. Harry's wife, Mary and Frank's wife, Hettie, and their six small children came to the Hills from PA by train, a very long trip, with little money! They left the train at Crown Hill between Deadwood and Spearfish and went on to Ragged Top by wagon. Hettie soon operated a boarding house at Ragged Top. The family later moved to Spearfish, where Frank operated a butcher shop, a livery stable and a thribing horse trading business.
Another brother, Thomas came out from PA later and settled on a ranch northwest of Spearfish. He married Mrs. Jennie McLaughlin, had a daughter Grace (deceased) another daugther, Leta Hemler Holstein, who lives in Spain, a stepson, James McLaughlin (deceased) and a stepdaugther, Bertha.
Joseph Hemler was married to Kitty Baker. Harry Hemler passed away in 1939. He was married and had an adopted daughter, Jessie Hemler Sampson, who lives in Spokane Washington.
Frank and Hettie Althoff Hemler had six children born in PA; John Henry, 1884-1969, married but no children, buried in Idaho Falls, IDAHO; Celilia, 1887-1980, husbands, ALfred Thompson, deceased, John Johson, deceased, all buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish; Stell, 1889, husband Fred Furois (1886-1954), buried in Belle Fourche emetery; Thomas Francis, 1891-1891, died at three months, buried Bonneauville, PA, Teresa Marie, 1892-, husband, Frank Langhoff, 1889, death unknown, buried in Rose Hill Cemetery; John Sylvester (Buck) 1894-1951, buried at Loon Lake, Idaho, wife Ruth Hinds; Lenis, 1896-1958, buried Rose Hill, married May Bradley, (divorces) married Alice Colletti (deceased) and one child, Naomi, 1903-1909, born Spearfish and buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.
There are nine grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren and seventeen Great-great-grandchildren."
Hope this fills you in a little on the children and their families.
Judy hazen in Colorado


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