Individual Record 696

Name}   Detwiller, Harry Russel Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa  6 Dec 1891 Place} Tyrol Twp., Griggs, North Dakota
Marr.: Date} Fam 23 Jun 1920 Place} Richmond, St. Croix, Wisconsin     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 13 Jul 1967 Place} Cooperstown, Griggs, North Dakota
Burial: Date} Exa 15 Jul 1967 Place} Saint George Cemetery, Cooperstown, Griggs, North Dakota
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   71 = Family notes
Source 2} 342 = 1900 USA cen
Source 3} 344 = 1910 USA cen
Source 4} 353 = Family notes
Source 5} 355 = Obituary
Source 6} 373 = Geog history
Source 7} 385 = Obituary
Source 8} 526 = Letter
Source 9} 545 = S.S. record
Source 10}845 = Military rec
Source 11}965 = 1915 ND cen
Source 12}966 = 1920 USA cen
Source 13}967 = 1925 ND cen
Source 14}968 = 1930 USA cen
Source 15}1269=1940 USA cen
Source 16}1545=Death record
Source 17}963 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Henry C. Detwiller & Mathilda Moore
   Relationship No.} 220
1st Household No.}   99 = Tyrol Twp., Griggs, North Dakota
      Occupation 1} Farmer
       Occupation 2} Highway department worker
       Occupation 3} Service station worker
  Religion/Church} Roman Catholic
Spouses:   Prime} Williams, Lillian Ellen (Lily)
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Harry Russel Detwiller was born 6 Dec 1891 in Cooperstown, North Dakota.  He was last child of Henry and Mathilda Detwiller, and the only one born in the United States.  The family lived on their farm, located 7 miles north of Cooperstown, and he was delivered by Dr. Kerr, the first doctor in Cooperstown.
In 1900, Harry was living with his parents and brothers Alexander, Fred, and Andrew.  His father was a grain farmer, and the family had a servant, Bell Bettie [sic].  Isabelle Beattie married Andrew three years later.  Harry attended Tyrol School #3.  The 1940 USA census reports that he completed eighth grade.  His father died in December 1900, and in 1910 and 1915 only he and his brother Fred were living with their mother.

On 5 Jun 1918, Harry registered for the World War I draft.  He was described as being of medium height, with a stout build, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was still single and listed his mother Mathilda as his dependent.  Of note is that his birthday is listed as 6 Dec 1892 rather than 1891.  His mother died 20 Oct 1919, and in 1920 he is listed as living with his brother Fred's family.

Harry Russel Detwiller, Lillian Ellen Williams Harry married Lillian Ellen Williams on 23 Jun 1920 in Richmond, Wisconsin.  They are found living on the original family farm in Tyrol Twp, Griggs County in 1925 with their first two children, Mary Evelyn and William Henry.  By 1930, Catherine Eileen and Patrick Roger had been added to the family.  In 1940, the family was still in Tyrol Twp.

In 1941, Harry and his wife went back to Wisconsin, where he worked in a defense plant.  His Social Security number was issued when they were in Wisconsin.  In 1943, they moved back to the farm.  However, they eventually moved into Cooperstown, where Harry began working for the state highway department in 1946.  He also helped his son in a service station retiring about 1961.

Harry died 13 Jul 1967 in Copperstown.  He was the last surviving member of the Henry Detwiller family, pioneer settlers of Griggs County.  His funeral was held Saturday, 15 Jul 1967 in St. George Catholic Church.  He is buried in the Saint George Cemetery, Cooperstown, North Dakota.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}   Click to enlarge
Confirm. Date}   Photos} Harry Russel
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} Eighth                     or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 11 Apr 2014
Date Created}    5 Apr 1994
Copyright © 2009 - 2014 by Karen L. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

Home Page Home Page View Family Tree Tree Next Page Next Page