My grandfather's half brother, Henry Roll, was the earliest known blacksmith
in Ellsworth, Minnesota arriving shortly after it was founded. His shop was
at one time located on lots to the east of the present bank building. Early
in 1893 he decided to modernize his shop with a gas engine to run his emery
wheel and do away with the old horsepower.
Henry and his wife (Mary L. Lichter) had the following children born in the
1890's in Ellsworth:
Lillian Roll b. March 26, 1890
George Henry Roll b. April 9, 1892
Alfred Joseph Roll b. March 3, 1894
Florence Anna Roll b. Aug. 27, 1898
Sylvester Roll b. Oct. 5, 1900
Gerald Roll b. Aug. 24, 1902
Mary R. Roll b. Aug. 1, 1905
Leona Roll b. April 15, 1908
Henry's brother, Joseph Roll, was one of the first blacksmiths in Adrian,
Minnesota. He also apparently lived in Ellsworth before he went to Alaska
looking for gold according to the following quote. Note that a Charles
Loveland is also mentioned in the quote.
"A few of the Ellsworth boys who bought farms with gold from the Klondike
were: John O'Hearn, Norwood Cory, Chas. Loveland, Rudolf and Gerhard Lenz,
Joe Roll, and Tom Maher." An Illustrated History of Grand Prairie Township" -
"Joe Roll" is listed on pages 65 & 66; Adrian, Nobles County, Minnesota
The father of Henry and Joseph (and my great grandfather) was Michael Roll
who was a blacksmith in Mankato, Minnesota. The Rolls were all big men as
was my grandfather.
I am sure Henry and Joseph Roll knew your Waddy Loveland. I don't have any
information linking Waddy to the Charles Loveland mentioned above but,
considering the small size of the town and the small number of people in
southwest Minnesota at the time, they could very likely have been related.
I'd appreciate information on any references to Henry Roll, Joe Roll or other
Roll family members you might find in your Ellsworth clippings.
Arden Hills, Minnesota