When I looked through my old e-mail files I did find some good additional
information on the Hein family in Nobles County. I have included it below.
I also have a map of the county showing the Hein and Roll family farms which
I will scan and send to you off list. I have a question about Bertha Hein's
sister Lousia. The 1880 census does not show a Louisa along with Bertha Hein
and the rest of her family. It does show a "Louis" age 7 born Wisconsin.
Could this have been Louisa with the "a" accidentally left off? He/she would
have been born around 1873. Could she have been born after the 1880 census?
I notice that Joseph and Bertha (Hein) Roll named a daughter "Louisa" (Lucy)
so chances are that you do have the right family and Bertha and your Lousia
Hein were sisters. Let me know what you think.
Arden Hills, Minnesota
Joseph Roll b. 16 Dec 1855 Lancaster, Erie County, New York, USA ch. 23 Dec
1855 St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, Lancaster, Erie County,
New York "1855, baptized 23 December Joseph born 16 December, son of Michael
Roll and Magdalena Knauber. Baptism sponsors: Joseph Knauber and Barbara ????
[probably Barbara Burnhard wife of Joseph Knauber based on the baptism record
of Joseph’s older brother William in 1854 - see above]." [St. Mary's of the
Assumption Catholic Church in Lancaster (LDS Film #1282892)] m. Bertha Hein
1881 Wisconsin, USA d. April 11, 1901 (aged 45 years, 3 mos., 18 days) bur.
St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery Section A6 Row 5". "Cause of death: ‘Dilation
of Heart’ Full names of parents and birthplace of parents: Father ‘Michael’
(Germany); Mother ‘Catherine’ [apparently his mother’s name was wrong on
this document. It should have been ‘Magdalena’] (Germany) [Register of
Deaths in the Village of Adrian, County of Nobles, State of Minnesota p. 148]
Occupation: Blacksmith Residences: Lancaster, New York, Mankato, Minnesota,
Obituary for Joseph Roll from the Mankato Review in 1901. "... Mr. Roll
located in Adrian in 1878, starting the first blacksmith shop in the embryo
village. He continued this business with a marked degree of success until
1891, when in company with Charles A. Sands, he established the hardware and
machinery business so long conducted under the firm name of Roll & Sands. ...
Mr. Roll was born at Lancaster, New York, in 1855, and at the time of his
death was a little more than 46 years of age. Upon coming west he located at
Mankato, where he lived several years previous to his removal to Adrian. In
1881 he was married to Miss Bertha Hein, who together with five children,
viz: Mamie, Lucy, Ida, Leo and Marguerite survive him. ... Mr. Roll's fatal
illness is traced in the exposure and privations incident to life in Alaska,
having gone to the Klondike country in 1898 in search of the elusive golden
rainbow. His trip was not wholly unprofitable as far as worldly wealth is
concerned, but in the trip he lost that which is more precious than the
riches of Croesus--his health. ... In the death of Joseph Roll the community
has lost an estimable and enterprising citizen, and his family a doting
husband and father. Although never a candidate for public office outside of
village polities, he was nevertheless deeply interested and well-versed in
political work, and all his life was a consistent and uncompromising
Democrat. For several years he was village treasurer, and in every public
movement he was a conspicuous figure..."
According to the 1888 Nobles County Atlas, Joseph Roll farmed the southeast
quarter of section 13 of Grand Prairie Township. This was less than a mile
south of the land farmed by his wife, Bertha Hein’s family in the Northwest
quarter of section 12 of the township. [Minnesota Genealogical Society
(1991), page 40]
"History of Adrian: In the spring of 1876 the St. Paul, Dakota R.R. Co.
decided to branch out from Sioux Falls, S.D. to Worthington, Minn. About the
first of April the preliminary survey for the RR began and by May the
grading. The town site of Adrian was plotted on or about the 23rd of May,
1876 by O.D. Brown for the St.P.D.R.R. Co. The track laying crew reached the
site about August 28, 1876, this was the time Adrian really came into being."
[Adrian Minnesota Centennial Book 1876-1976, page 2]
"Adrian Census: 1880 - 193; 1885 - 533; 1890 - 671; 1895 - 1072; 1900 - 1258;
... 1960 - 1215" [Adrian Minnesota Centennial Book 1876-1976, page 127]
"In the summer of 1878 Joseph Roll erected a building and opened Adrian’s
first blacksmith shop. He continued in this line till 1891 when he went into
business with Charles A. Sands. They opened their hardware store and
implement store, plumbing, gas and steam fittings in May of 1891. They bought
the building from Benjamin Midboe. They sold the famous Stewart Stoves and
Ranges. In the implement line they handled Mc Cormick binders and mowers,
LaBelle & Rushford wagons. In Nov. 1894 they added machinery manufacturing of
galvanized iron cornices, which they supplied for the new school building. In
1891 Roll and Sands moved the Hardware store building from the corner lot to
the lot where the "Nobles County Review" now stands, and sold the lot to the
Mylius Brothers to build their new brick bank." [Adrian Minnesota Centennial
Book 1876-1976, page 8] "Has. Sands, who succeeded the firm Roll & Sands
handled everything in the line of hardware, farm implements, stoves, ranges,
and tools of every description, and his stock was full and complete. He
manufactured all kinds of tinware, galvanized metal work, cornice, roofing,
etc." [Adrian Minnesota Centennial Book 1876-1976, page 32]
"Saint Joseph’s Aid Society, Organized 1881 Adrian, Minn. The following men
were designated as officers until the first election: Joseph Roll –
President. The following men signed the Articles of Incorporation in May of
1888 [1881?] Joseph Roll ..." [Adrian Minnesota Centennial Book 1876-1976,
page 235]"Following is a list of those who have filled elective offices in
the city government up to the present time: 1886 - trustees ... Joseph Roll."
[An Illustrated History of Nobles County Minnesota by Arthur P. Rose (1908),
"August 1894, the Adrian Fire Dept., a volunteer [organization] was formed.
The equipment of the department consisted of 2 hose carts, 1000 ft. of hose,
and a hook and ladder truck. Joseph Roll was the first fire chief. On
November 22 or shortly after the department was organized and before they had
any drill, a fire broke out in the Faragher Bros. & Ulveling elevator, near
the depot, and 4 blocks from the engine house, and in less than 5 minutes
after the alarm sounded a stream of water was playing on the fire and in 7
minutes from the alarm, steam was up in the power house and direct pressure
could have been brought to bear on the fire, but fortunately little damage
was done and direct pressure was not needed." [Adrian Minnesota Centennial
Book 1876-1976, page 19]
"At the general election [November 1902] 2,602 votes were polled, although
the highest cast for any one office was 2,555. The republican party was found
to have regained some of the loss sustained during the previous campaigns,
and carried the county by big majorities. E. W. Goff, for treasures was the
only democrat elected The vote: [County] Commissioner Fourth District - P. C.
Pratt (rep), 259; Jos. Roll (dem), 204." [An Illustrated History of Nobles
County Minnesota by Arthur P. Rose (1908), page 148] The following is a
response to a question about Joseph’s death being recorded in 1901 and other
records which show him running in an election in 1902! "Dear David, I have
searched the Rose book thoroughly and according to the book (which is subject
to errors, obviously) it was, indeed, in 1902 that Joseph Roll ran for
Commissioner of the Fourth District. As you will note, he lost to P.C. Pratt
by only 55 votes (out of 463 cast). It appears that over 40% of the voting
public felt that a dead man could do a better job. I did some more "digging"
(no pun intended) and came up with another election result from 1886. In
this election Mr. Roll was both alive and victorious. Which just goes to show
that it is easier to win an election when alive than when dead. Rose
‘Illustrated history of Nobles county’ page 221 1886 Village Trustee Joseph
Roll." [Meredith Vaselaar, Adrian, Minnesota Librarian]
"C.M. Thompson sold his saloon to A. Zollmer and moved it from the basement
of the hotel to the Roll and Sands building in May if 1909." [Adrian
Minnesota Centennial Book 1876 - 1976, page 20]
Nobles County is located in the south western corner on Minnesota, about 60
miles east of Sioux Falls South Dakota. The county seat is Worthington. Other
communities include Adrian, Bigelow, Brewster, Ellsworth, Leota, Lismore,
Reading, Round Lake, Rushmore, St. Kilian and Wilmont. Bordering counties in
Minnesota are Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Pipestone and Rock. Bordering
counties in Iowa are Osceola and Lyon. In May 1857 Nobles County was created.
It was named in honor of Col. W. H. Nobles, of St. Paul. Nobles County did
not have permanent settlers until the spring of 1867. The county government
was set up in 1870. This is when the first vital records were recorded.Adrian
(Nobles County), Minnesota, is situated in the Western part of Nobles County.
A centennial book - with early history and a large section on personal
Biographies - is available for sale. The books were published in 1976, the
town's centennial year. The following entry was made in the Centenial Book
concerning Joseph Roll, "JOSEPH ROLL: Joseph Roll was born in Lancaster,
N.Y., December 23, 1855 and spent part of his life there and at Mankato,
Minn. He came to Adrian in 1878 and started a blacksmith shop. January 1891
he entered the hardware business with C.A. Sands. His health was seriously
affected after working 16 months up in the Klondike Country. He married
Bertha Hein in 1881. They had 5 children: Mamie, Lucy, Ida, Leo, and
Marguerite." [Adrian Minnesota Centennial Book 1876-1976, page 247] Books are
available from the Adrian Branch Library. Send a check or money order made
out to Chamber of Commerce - Adrian. Amt: $10.00. Adrian Branch Library, 214
Maine Avenue, Box 39, Adrian, MN 56110 (adrianlb@...).
Bertha (Hein) Roll: b. Abt. 1860 Port Washington, Ozaukee county, Wis.
"Catholic Daughters of America - ‘Unity & Charity’, Organized 1914 - Adrian,
Minn. Charter members: Bertha Roll ..." [Adrian Minnesota Centennial Book
1876-1976, page 235] Parents: Joseph Hein (b. 1823 Belgium m. 1853
Wisconsin d. 1 Aug 1883 Nobles county, Minnesota; occupations: tanner &
farmer) & Mary Kirch. "J[oseph]. Hein [Bertha’s father] a native of Belgium,
moved on the farm of Clark Noyes (northwest quarter of Section 12) in [May
14] 1877. The Hein family were related to the John Masgai family.
1880 Census: Hein, Joseph age 50 born Belgium; Hein, Mary age 36 born
Belgium; Hein, Bertha age 20 born Wisconsin; Hein, Appollina age 15 born
Wisconsin; Hein, Joseph J. age 12 born Wisconsin (***see additional
information on Joseph J. below); Hein, Mary age 10 born Wisconsin; Hein,
Louis age 7 born Wisconsin; Hein, John age 5 born Wisconsin; Hein, Nicholas
age 2 born Wisconsin." [A Short History of Grand Prairie Township, Nobles
County, Minnesota by George P. Heikes (1995), page 46 & 96]
*** "J.J. Hein [Joseph J. - brother of Bertha Hein], a farmer of Grand
Prairie township, is an early settler of the county of Nobles, having lived
here since eleven years of age. He owns 240 acres in sections 11 and 12. Mr.
Hein was born in Port Washington, Ozaukee county, Wis., on Jan. 4, 1866.
Joseph Hein, his [and Bertha’s] father was born on the Rhine, in Germany in
1823 [contradicts 1880 census?] and came to America when a boy of about
twenty years of age. He lived in Illinois a short time and then went to
Wisconsin and engaged in the tannery business in partnership with a brother
at Port Washington, which he followed till he came to Nobles county in 1877.
He died in Nobles county Aug. 1, 1883. Our subject’s [Joseph J. Hein] mother
is Mary (Kirch) Hein. She was married to Mr. [Joseph] Hein [Bertha and Joseph
J. Hein’s father] in Wisconsin in 1853 and now  resides at Brewster.
Our subject [Joseph J. Hein] was educated in a sister’s school at Port
Washington and in the district schools of Nobles county, to which place he
came with his parents May 14, 1877.
The elder Hein [father of Bertha and Joseph J. Hein] bought the northwest
quarter of section 12, Grand Prairie township from Clark Noyes, the
homesteader. On that place J[oseph]. J. Hein [Bertha’s brother] lived until
1892, when he moved to Adrian and engaged in the butcher business. After
going out of business he continued to reside in Adrian one year and then
spent on year in Blue Earth City. He moved back to the farm in 1902 and has
since made his home there .
Mr. [Joseph J.] Hein was married at Woonsocket, S.D., May 11, 1897, to Katie
Hinker, a native of Iowa and a daughter of George and Kate Hinker, who now
reside near Woonsocket. The following children have been born to Mr. And Mrs.
Hein: Alfie, born May 8, 1898; George, born Sept. 22, 1901; Joseph, born
April 25, 1904; Nick, born May 5, 1907. The family are Catholics. The Hein
family were charter members of the Adrian [Catholic] church." [An Illustrated
History of Nobles County Minnesota by Arthur P. Rose (1908), page 522]
Notes from Nobles County for 1892: "Seven railroad cars of emigrants arrived
here last week and will occupy farms just over the Iowa state line."
[Ellsworth News 1892] "When it became known this week that a box car laden
with immigrants were in bad shape, Father Hartleib, together with Bernard
Ball and several other business men collected enough food and money to keep
them going for a week. The people had not eaten since their train left
Chicago several days ago." [A Short History of Grand Prairie Township, Nobles
County, Minnesota by George P. Heikes (1995) ), page 46]