Daughter Nelida Brooks was the first to marry on 20th June 1905 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John to an Oscar John Bolstad (b. Nov. 28, 1880) a
prosperous "book keeper" at a local bank (according to the 1910 US Census).
(Actually Oscar was a cashier as we will see in a later newspaper ad.)
Dr. John G. Warren was groomsman and Miss Dora Brooks was bridesmade.
Oscar had been born in Dawson, Minnesota, a town in the Riverside subdivision of Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota
to Johann (aka "John") A. (b. abt 1852) (d. 1942)
(Burial:Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Dawson, Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, USA; Trinity, Blk B Row 2 Lot 26 Grave W3 )
and Laura Fredricka (nee: Erickson) Bolstad (b. abt 1859) (d. 12 Aug 1926 Lac Qui Parle, Minnesota)
(Burial:Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Dawson, Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, USA; Plot: Trinity Blk B Row 2 Lot 26 Grave W2 )
both who originally hailed from Norway but immigrated to the US abt 1866.
John and Laura had a family of six children:
The Oscar Bolstad’s had a very well–to–do house in St. John.
Marie Laura Bolstad
Nellie and Oscar's first child was a girl, Marie Laura Bolstad, born Oct 29, 1906 in St. John. Tragically, Laura was to die a few months later on Jan 17, 1907.
Marie Laura Bolstad was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in St. John.
OSCAR'S BROTHER ANTON BOLSTAD
Oscar Bolstad’s older (by 2 years) brother Anton (Tony) Vice President of the Rolette Conty Bank was to not only employ Oscar at the position of teller, but eventually yonger brother Martin as assistant teller (see Section A8.1.2).
Interestingly in the same June 22, 1905 edition of the Turtle Mountain Star that announced the marriage of Oscar to Nellie Brooks, in the immediately adjacent column was the announcement of the marriage of brother Anton to Miss Jennie Johnson! In marriage, the brothers seemed to do things together.
Anton (Tony) had the distinction of having the first automobile in St.
John buying it October of 1906.
The car was a Maxwell.
As Vice–President of the local bank – he could afford it!
For more on Oscar, Anton and Martin BOLSTAD see SECTIONs A6.1.2 'News' Items Concerning BROOKS and Friends and A 8.1.2 Bolstad Family in St. John N.D. and of course A17.0 Nellie Bolstad Family.
A 6.5.2 The Marriage in 1909 of Dora Brooks to Dr. John G. Warren
Daughter Dora Brooks was next married on Wednesday Dec 1, 1909 at high noon at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in St. John to a Dr. John Gaffney Warren (b. 2-Sept-1879) (baptised in Saint Patrick church in Montréal Québec) (d. Sept. 26, 1966). (see newspaper announcement at right.)
It would seem that the couple got engaged no latter than November of 1909, as the Nov 11, 1909 Turtle Mountain Star had a brief note; " The bachelors of St. John collected on Monday evening and extended their sympathies to Dr. J.G. Warren."
John Warren had emigrated from Montreal, Quebec Canada late September 1903.
|U.S. NATURALIZATION RECORDS|
|Warren||John Gaffney||Canada||1st||August 17, 1909||Rolette||D-4||029|
Dr. John and Dora Warren would reside with Hubert (Rousseau) Brooks’ family in St John until their departure for Canada in 1911.
Per the local STAR newspaper at the time (circa 1890–1900), which had a section listing "booming businesses", it seems that Dr Warren operated out of the LaFayette Hotel in St. John.
For the longest time stories were told about incidents concerning early cars in St. John. "Doc Warren once left his car in gear in front of Coghlan's Drugstore, and it started to make circles in front of the drugstore with no driver to the great amusement of the kids who were watching."
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