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The Life and Times of Hubert Brooks M.C. C.D.
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Less We Forget Poppy


APPENDIX A – EXTENDED BROOKS FAMILY GENEALOGY

A.6.5 BROOKS Daughters Marry in St. John, North Dakota

A 6.5.1 The Marriage in 1907 of Nelida Brooks to Oscar Bolstad

Plante/ Grégoire Out-Of-Town Guests For
Marriage of Nellie Brooks to Oscar Bolstad
St John Jottings
Turtle Mountain Star June 22, 1905
Newspaper St John Jottings re attendees to Marriage of Nellie Brooks to Oscar Bolstad
Newspaper Announcement of
Marriage of Nellie Brooks to Oscar Bolstad
Turtle Mountain Star June 22, 1905
Newspaper Announcement of Marriage of Nellie Brooks to Oscar Bolstad

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:

  1. Anton (aka "Tony") John (b. Oct. 23, 1878) (d. Jan. 8. 1955),
  2. Oscar John (b. Nov. 28, 1880) (d. June 18, 1964),
  3. Martin W. (b. 1884) (d. 1938),
  4. Selmer P. (b. abt 1888),
  5. Joseph Lewis (b. abt. 1892) and
  6. Henry Gehard (b. abt. 1897).

The Oscar Bolstad’s had a very well–to–do house in St. John.

Bolstad Residence in St John ND

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.

Tombstone for Marie Laura Bolstad Holy Cross Cemetery St. John N.D.

PHOTO Courtesy: Cathy Cornell, Fargo N.D.
Tombstone for Marie Laura Bolstad Holy Cross Cemetery St. John N.D.
Newspaper Announcement of
Marriage of
Anton Bolstad to Jennie Johnson
Turtle Mountain Star June 22, 1905
Newspaper Announcement of Marriage of Anton Bolstad to Jennie Johnson

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!

Article noting that Anton Bolstad had 1st auto in St John ND

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

Newspaper Announcement of
Marriage of Dora Brooks to Dr. John G. Warren
Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Volume: XXIX; Issue: 31; Section: PART TWO; Page: 12; Sunday, December 5, 1909 and (right) Friday, December 3, 1909 Paper: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Page: 11
Newspaper Announcement of Marriage of Dora Brooks to Dr. John G. Warren Newspaper Announcement of Marriage 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
LastnameFirstnameCountryPapers DateCountyVolumePage
WarrenJohn GaffneyCanada1stAugust 17, 1909Rolette D-4029
John. G. Warren US Naturalization Document

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.

Dr John Warren Newspaper Ad for practice in St John St John ad for Dr. J. G. Warren LaFayetteHotel St John May 8, 1904  Grand Forks Herald Article on Dr Warren's Smallpox Efforts With Indians

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."

St John STAR newspaper article mentioning Dr. J. G. Warren


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