Monthly Archives: September 2013

Touring Etna Township, Hardin County, Iowa: Learning About the Early Ostfriesen Settlers

The Steamboat Rock Historical Society and the Ackley Heritage Center recently sponsored the third tour of ghost towns in Hardin County, Iowa.  Some of my roots go back to that area as my grandmother, Jeanette Sievers, was born in 1875 … Continue reading

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Descendants of Goran Hansson of Lily, South Dakota

With a current population of four, the tiny town of Lily, South Dakota is still generating interest. Beverly L. recently sent these two photos of former residents: Bengt (Ben) Hanson, born 17 Dec 1866 Burlof, Malmohus Ian, Sweden; immigrated 1887; … Continue reading

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St. Ansgar Parish, rural Lily, South Dakota

Blog reader Jim Westby sent this photo of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, taken mid 1930s.  The church was closed in 1932 but this appears to be a work day to clean the yard.  Grass has been mowed on the side … Continue reading

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