|Name} Retzlaff, Helen||Family History} Olson|
|Title}||Race} White||Sex} Female|
|Birth: Date} Fam 26 May 1907||Place} Ray, Williams, North Dakota|
|Marr.: Date} Fam 6 Dec 1933||Place} Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota (Link)|
|Death: Date} Exa 28 Aug 1991||Place} , Grand Forks, North Dakota|
|Burial: Date} Aft 28 Aug 1991||Place} Binford Cemetery, Binford, Griggs, North Dakota|
|Parents: } Otto E. Retzlaff & Helena Steffen|
Relationship No.} None
|1st Household No.} 677 = Clearfield Twp., Griggs, North Dakota|
| Occupation 1} School teacher |
Occupation 2} Housewife
LaPlant, Louis Abraham|
Total Number of} 1
|Notes: Helen Retzlaff was born 26 May 1907 in Ray, Williams, North Dakota. Her parents were
Otto E. Retzlaff and Helena Steffen, who were homesteading near Ray. Her mother
Helena died during her birth, as did her twin. Helen was taken to live with her
maternal grandparents, William and Elizabeth Steffen. Her father Otto moved to
Cooperstown, Griggs, North Dakota, where he became the owner/operator of the livery
In the 1910 U.S. census, Helen, age 2, was living with her grandparents William and Elizabeth Steffen in Clearfield Twp., Griggs, North Dakota. William, 53, born in Germany, was a farmer. His wife Elizabeth, 46, born in Indiana, had had eleven children. Those still living at home were Louisa, 22, Emma, 17, Edna, 14, Frieda, 12, Irwin, 11, Clarence, 9, and Myrtle, 4. Also in the household were Rexalter Adams, 22, and Walter Lockner, 22, both farm laborers. Belle Wall, 23, a school teacher, was boarding with the family.
In 1911, Helen's father Otto moved to Jessie, Griggs, North Dakota. He married Mary Ann McCook in 1914. They are enumerated in the 1915 Kansas State census, in Tyrol Twp., Griggs, North Dakota.
In the 1915 Kansas State census, Helen was still living in Clearfield Twp., Griggs, with her grandmother, Elizabeth Steffen, now a widow.
In the 1920 U.S. census, Helen, now 12, was living with her father Otto and her stepmother Mary on Dewey Street, Jessie, Tyrol Twp., Griggs, North Dakota. The household included Dave Wilcox, a boarder. Otto was the manager of the Farmers Elevator. In the 1925 Kansas census Otto, Anna, Helen and Dave Wilcox are again enumerated together.
In the 1930 U.S. census, Otto, Mary A., and Helen were again enumerated in Jessie. Otto was manager of the grain elevator, they owned their home valued at $2,000., and had a radio set. Helen was a public school teacher.
According to family sources, Helen married Louis Abraham LaPlant 6 Dec 1933 in Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota. In the 1940 U.S. census, they were living on his family farm in Tyrol Twp., Griggs, North Dakota. His mother, Rosa L. LaPlant, a widow, was listed as head of the household. Both Louis and his mother were listed as farm operators. Helen and Louis had four young chidlren, and Frank Geiger, a hired farm laborer was living with the family. Helen had completed four years of high school.
Three more daughters were later added to the family. The family farm was located near Jessie, and the children attended school in Jessie and Kinglsley Twp., before going on to Binford High School.
Louis died 4 Oct 1974, his last residence being Binford, Griggs, North Dakota. Helen died 28 Aug 1991, in Grand Forks County, North Dakota, although her county of residence was Griggs. Both are buried in the Binford Cemetery, Binford, Griggs, North Dakota
|Time of Birth}||Time of Death}||Fraternal/Social}|
|Confirm. Date}||Photos} None|
|Immigr'n Date} N/A||Port} N/A|
|Education: Grade} Twelfth grade or Top 2 Degrees}|
|Military: Service} for the State of}|
Cause of Death}
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