Individual Record 1450

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
  Grave Marker}  
Source 1} 373 = Geog history
Source 2} 394 = Letter
Source 3} 1624=1910 USA cen
Source 4} 965 = 1915 KS cen
Source 5} 966 = 1920 USA cen
Source 6} 967 = 1925 KS cen
Source 7} 968 = 1930 USA cen
Source 8} 1269=1940 USA cen
Source 9} 1545=Death record
Source 10} 549 = S.S. record
Source 11} 1614=Cemetery rec
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
Spouses:   Prime} 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 stable.

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}  
Baptism Date}   Place}    
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}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   1 Sep 2014
Date Created}  10 Aug  1993
Copyright © 2014 by Karen L. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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