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  • dapwyn@aol.com
    Jun 2, 2001
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      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.

      Dave Petrie
      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,
      Adrian, 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),
      page 221]

      "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 [1908] 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 [1908].

      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]
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