353Re: Ernest Wellhausen, Jessie Paden, or Augusta Warmbold
- Jan 8, 2006Ernest and Austusta had 12 kids and Edward and Ernest were brothers.
Edward had a child named Ernest who maybe they called Ernie. So I
think maybe it is in the same family. Thanks for your information.
n NoblesCountyMN@yahoogroups.com, Raymond Crippen <rac8@f...> wrote:
> Here is an interview from 1982 with Ernest Wellhausen of
> Osceola County, Iowa. He was a native of Round Lake, NoblesCounty,
> Minnesota. I know this is not the man you want - there once was anthe declamatory
> Ernie Wellhausen at Worthington but I know nothing of him.
> Ernie of Round Lake/Ocheyedan:
> April 3, 1982
> E.T. Wellhausen
> Fish and frogs and
> trains in Round Lake
> E.T. Wellhausen laughs at the suggestion that it is
> instruction from Mrs. McClure at Round Lake High School whichserves
> him to this day. But he remembers the spirited area high schooldeclam
> competitions of the 1920s. He remembers the names of his fellowhumorous
> students on the Round Lake declam squad, the girl who did the
> readings, Ike Horstman who did oratory, Evelyn Kain who diddramatic
> interpretation.stage with
> "Mrs. McClure said we had to go out there on the
> confidence. She said, `Walk out there like you own the place.'That was quite
> "I did oratory. We would memorize a piece, you know.
> an outing for me. We went to contests at Adrian. We went toRushmore.
>results - I
> "I remember at Adrian one time the man announced the
> couldn't understand him. I asked Evelyn, `What did he say?' Shesaid,
> `We won!'comfortable living room
> Ernie Wellhausen was settled this week in the
> of his beautifully-maintained, older house on main street, justsouth
> of the Ocheyedan school. He is a long-familiar figure at Ocheyedan.remember my
> But you were born at Round Lake?
> "My grandparents on both sides came from Germany. I
> Gramma on my mother's side came on a sailboat and she said shewould
> never go back - she would never get on a boat like that again.was 1884. His
> "Dad was twelve when he came to this country. That
> family settled at Davenport.that was going
> "There was a guy named Custer, a real estate agent
> around telling about land out here. It was through him that thefamily
> came to Sioux Valley.Park.
> "My mother's family - the Stratmans - came to Lake
>that was how the
> "Of course Sioux Valley people trade at Lake Park -
> folks met.Davenport for awhile.
> "After they were married, they went back to
> Then they came to Round Lake."mercantile store.
> Ernie's father worked through a period at the Diehn
>and ducks and
> "They did a good business. They would take in geese
> butter. Eggs.they had to have
> "I remember the train came early in the morning and
> everything down there - the eggs and butter - to load it on thetrain.
>always unloaded that.
> "The bread came to Round Lake by train and they
> The bread would come in deep baskets. They were - oh, four feet bycome to Round
> three feet by two feet. There would be a cloth over them.
> "That was quite an event when the train came to town.
> "Well, there were two trains each day. A train would
> Lake from the east and then it would come back again later. Andthen
> sometimes there would be a special.Particularly on Sunday.
> "But everyone would go to watch the trains.
>them. There was a
> "I remember the cattle cars.
> "They would unload the cattle feed them and water
> stockyards there. When we were kids, we could walk on planks abovethe
> pens in the stockyards if we didn't get chased off. The plankswere
> maybe two-by-sixes. The cattle would be bellering and the menwould
> yell. That was quite a thing.always an
> "Farmers would drive their cattle to town. That was
> interesting thing if you had a chance to go down and watch.Andrew Johnson
> "In those days, there were cattle buyers. I remember
> at Round Lake.get a paper, but
> "Farmers didn't know what markets were. They might
> even that would be late. No one knew much about the markets.make a quotation
> "So the buyers had a kind of closed shop. They would
> and that would be it. You had to have a lot of faith in your buyer.And then they had
> "Even the buyer might not know the market too well.
> to buy to protect themselves. You see, it might be several daysbefore
> the cattle were driven to town and loaded on the train. The marketthe markets
> would change. So the buyers had to protect themselves.
> "It was about 1927, 1928 that radio information on
> started to come through. Then farmers could know themselves whatthe
> market was day by day.and I went to swim
> "One of the first things I remember - another boy
> our ponies in Indian Lake. We were down there by the dam. I saw aa
> pickerel - it was just shallow water there. I hit that. fish with
> rock and grabbed it. It was probably even out of season. I don'tknow.
> But I took that pickerel home. I was proud of that.the fellow who was a
> "Nobody had much in those days. I remember
> dray man. I guess I was working him for a nickel. I got scoldedfor
> begging.She taught at the
> "There was a Mrs. Jenkins who had a little store.
> Sunday School - Presbyterian Sunday School; there was just the onefor a
> church then. You could go to her store and get a stick of Flinch
> penny. Flinch was, oh, a kind of thin taffy. About two-and-one-half
> inches long. I remember, I asked my Dad for a penny one time andhe
> wondered what I was going to do with it. I guess I was a littletell him
> indignant; I thought I was old enough that I shouldn't have to
> what I was going to do with my penny.of pop and we
> "We would go downtown - my sister and I got a bottle
> would have to divide it. She got half and I got half. My sisterwas six
> years older than I was. Strawberry pop wasn't really my favoritebut
> that is what I got."County, Minnesota.
> Memories of a happy boyhood in Round Lake, Nobles
> "In school -
> "We had reading and writing and spelling. The math
> basketball. Things weren't so organized as they are now, but Ithink
> that was good.work you might
> "The Professor would usually indicate what line of
> follow.back -
> "In those days, guys who had graduated would come
> they had post-graduate courses. They were older, of course, andthey
> went out for football and track. That's really what they came backto
> school for.it wasn't legal
> "Well then they said they couldn't do that anymore -
> to have a team with guys that had already graduated.post-graduate
> "I remember a meet at Adrian. Some of the guys in
> courses went over to Adrian even though they couldn't participateany
> longer. They ran along the side of the track just to show themthat
> they could beat 'em."dairy man for Round
> Round Lake High School, Class of '29.
> "There were no jobs. Not then.
> "That was when I learned to pick corn.
> "I went to work for a farmer - well, he was the
> Lake. He and his wife were fine people.farmer said,
> "I worked all day and I picked thirty bushels. This
> `That team of dapple grays know more about picking corn than youdo,'
> and he was right. Picking corn was a tough job, especially whenyou had
> never done it. I got to - oh, seventy bushels a day. I never wasreal
> fast.cream and eggs. That
> "My Dad started a filling station and he bought
> went for a while.got a lot of us
> "I did odd jobs.
> "H.F. Olds was the depot agent. He was the one that
> through. He had a lot of things going.those days. H. F.
> "He had a seining crew. Frogs were plentiful in
> Olds didn't live over the depot. To give you an idea: that's wherewe
> would pile the frogs, in that apartment over the depot.would dress those
> "There would be frogs by the bushel-basketful. They
> out. Pack them in barrels, and ice them. Then they would ship themout
> on the train.big potato
> "Frogs and bullheads.
> "Olds also had several hundred acres of potatoes. A
> operation. That made a lot of jobs. And at that time, potatoeswere
> thirty-five cents a bushel "what brought
> The Nobles County Library was emerging. That was
> Florence Jean Powell to Worthington. Miss Powell was involved withthe
> project of establishing a traveling library service all throughthe
> county.books. Her
> To begin with, she had only her car for transporting
> specific assignment had become that of finding a place for alibrary
> headquarters at Round Lake.thought there might
> Miss Powell went to the Presbyterian church; she
> be someone there who would be interested and willing to lendU.S. Army, with
> assistance. That was how she came to meet Ernie Wellhausen.
> For three years of World War II, Ernie served in the
> the Military Police. In England a part of the time.the Ocheyedan
> After discharge he undertook a 31-year career with
> Co-op Elevator Association. During his tenure as manager, the newat his garden and
> concrete elevators at Ocheyedan were built, the feed mill was
> constructed and the offices were completed.
> Nine years ago, E.T. Wellhausen retired. He worked
> he worked at his raspberries, as he still does.retired citizens all
> But a growing concern for problems which beset
> through the region began to attract his interest increasingly.Wellhausen only
> Crusading for rights of U.S. elderly
> This is the impression of a. stranger who met Ernie
> this week -said, or a thing he
> It most certainly was not a thing Mr. Wellhausen
> even hinted at - it was nothing he suggested in any way -taken a
> Just an impression:
> If he had chosen to go into politics, or if fate had
> different turn, Ernest Theodore Wellhausen of Ocheyedan would havebeen
> a governor of Iowa. Maybe a U.S. senator.Wellhausen talks about
> You get that feeling, speaking with him. Ernie
> issues, and he talks with fervor and conviction.closely, in the
> He is captivating.
> He is informed in the way of those who study issues
> way of insiders.aren't many seen any
> He is that kind of man of public affairs - there
> longer - who begins with a statement of his own deep-felt beliefsand
> who calls for support. He would not have been a governor whowatched
> public opinion polls, one who went out to learn first what otherswere
> saying about this or that issue.elderly, the rights of
> Ernie Wellhausen's cause is the aging and the
> senior citizens, the needs of older Americans, the things olderpeople
> can do for themselves and the things that ought properly to bedone to
> assist them.honored as
> He doesn't tell this, but five years ago Ernie was
> Outstanding Older Iowan for Northwest Iowa.Iowa Lakes Area
> He worked in the effort to establish the 9-county
> Agency on Aging as a freestanding agency, governed by the olderchairman
> citizens themselves and representative of them. He served as
> of the agency.Legislature, a
> The State of Iowa has created an Older Iowa
> unicameral, 99-member representative body which convenes at DesMoines,
> debates issues of close concern to older Iowans and forwardselected
> recommendations to the legislature.
> Twice - two successive years -Ernie Wellhausen was
> Speaker of the House of the Older Iowa Legislature.a lobbyist for
> He gave direction to the successful effort to obtain
> the elderly.it quickly. He
> That's politics, Ernie - that's real politics. . .
> "Oh sure it is," he says. But he dismisses talk of
> continues with comments on the issues which concern him closely:together for
> keeping the elderly in their own homes; meals for senior citizens,
> meals where they can gather and talk; transportation for senior
> Transportation for the elderly is a frustration.
> "The thing you need - buses, vans to get people
> dinner, for that kind of thing.necessary. If
> "A car just to give someone older a ride; that's not
> someone has to see a doctor, we've got - seven, eight - eight carspeople
> right in this block. There are plenty of good neighbors to take
> to a doctor, or to get groceries.out, to be with
> "But it is important for older people just to get
> others. Have meals with others. That's where you need buses. Firstwe
> had to battle to get state aid. Then this high-priced fuel hit us.budget seventy-five
> "You charge older people who have to live on a
> cents to get on a bus, then seventy-five cents for the returntrip -
> that defeats the whole thing. That's three dollars for a round-trip for
> a couple. If the dinners are only a dollar-and-a-half, that'sanother
> three dollars. They can't do that.Iowa full of kids.
> "Here: we send school buses all over the state of
> That's fine. But why don't we do that for senior Iowans? Why notput
> older people on school buses and take them to a dinner?"well there have
> Ernie Wellhausen shapes political arguments. "Taxes -
> to be taxes. But taxes would not be a problem if they were fair.If
> everyone paid on the same basis - if everyone knew the system wasfair
> to all - there wouldn't be complaint."religious
> The political arguments sometimes are bolstered by
> reflections. "Jesus was a radical - he told people to do things,to
> live in a way they never had. He told people to use their talents,not
> bury them. The man who buried his talent - just stashed it awaywhere
> no one could get it - he was condemned."homes,
> It is important to keep older Americans in their own
> Wellhausen believes. "If they can be home, that's best. It costsless
> to make it possible for people to stay in their own home than tohave
> them in a rest home...back to Theodore
> "It's the humane thing.
> "I remember Theodore 'Roosevelt said - now I'm going
> Roosevelt - `You can't move an old tree.' You can't move an oldperson.
> Not without doing harm."today today that
> A growing problem today: "We've got these people
> put a pencil to everything. That's all they pay attention to - thecost
> is this, the return is this. They put a pencil to everything andmake a
> decision, no matter if it's humane or not. You've got to weighthat.
> "A thing can be wrong even if it adds up."
> The arguments are expressed with feeling.
> Before he permits anyone to leave Ocheyedan these
> Wellhausen wants them to see the new senior citizens activitycenter
> which is under construction on main street.and so many
> "O.J. Lee is the one who gets credit for this. Oh,
> others. This is a volunteer project.here - a meal will
> "But isn't this great? People will be able to come
> be available five days a week..."Legislature.
> Ernie Wellhausen. .
> Twice Speaker of the House for Older Iowans'
> On Sunday, October 2, 2005, at 04:04 PM, tamiwell wrote:
> > Has anyone heard of
> > Ernest Wellhausen 1845-1924
> > Augusta Warmbold 1849-1931
> > Ernest WEllhausen 1883-1961
> > Jessie Paden 1899-1958
> > I know that some of these and maybe all resided in Worthington,
> > Does anyone know any information? I think one of the ErnestWellhausen
> > might have started The Worthington Hotel.Service.
> > Ernest and Augusta had 12 children.
> > Thanks for your help
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