Introduction... provided enough information to keep me interested in continuing my search and the story below is the result of my findings. 

There is still a lot of research to be done as many of the State records are not available online.  Much to my frustration, there was very little information available on the internet for Conrad Martin Klein Sr. (from Luxembourg, Germany).

One of these days I'd like to take a trip to Wenona, IL and another to Gregory County, South Dakota where my Great Grandfather, Grandmother, and Great Uncles are buried.  My hope is that there will be more to report after these trips.

For anyone that may be interested, I have copies of Newspaper articles, census copies, etc. available.

I'll be updating this blog as I gather information.


The Beginning...

Although little can be found (online) concerning the head of our family line (pre-USA), Conrad Martin Klein Sr. emigrated from Luxembourg, Germany sometime before 1863.  It was that year that he took his bride, Christina Kauth of Belgium, Wisconsin.  At this time I can only speculate on their marriage, but they were likely married at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, in Belgium, WI as it was the oldest Catholic (relatively young at the time) Church available in the area at that time.

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Christina Kauth
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Christina Kauth was born to her parents (also from Luxembourg), Peter and Anna Kauth, on March 22, 1845 in Holy Cross, Wisconsin.  At the age of five, she was living in Germantown, WI, later living in Belgium, WI (age 14).  

Port Washington (Lake Michigan), WI resides between Germantown and Belgium, WI.  It is likely here that Conrad Sr. arrived from Luxembourg.  Neither the 1850 or 1860 census lists him as living in either area prior to 1860.  Conrad Sr. may have arrived sometime after 1860, prior to his marriage in 1863.

Conrad and Christina were married and (sometime later) left for Wenona, Illinois.  At this time, I have no certainty as to why they moved to Wenona, IL.  During that period a coal mine and railroad construction attracted those seeking employment.  It is possible that they moved to Wenona to farm as well.

Shortly after their marriage they gave birth to their first child Christina and their second Conrad Martin Jr..  Conrad Martin Jr. was born December 7, 1866 in Wenona, La Salle County, Illinois.

Conrad Martin Klein Sr. died in Wenona, Illinois.  Family accounts claim that he died in some type of accident.  Conrad Sr. must have died some time after March of 1866 (conception of Conrad Jr.) and before October 9, 1867 when Christina remarried Dominic Moes.  Eventually, a trip to Wenona may help as I plan to search through archived records and newspapers.  A fire is noted in Wenona (1870) which destroyed many records.

As mentioned above, Dominic Moes and Christina (Kauth) Klein were married, according to their marriage certificate, in Illinois, on October 9, 1867.  They continued to live there where they farmed for eight years in Osage Township, IL (just east of Wenona).  Christina Klein (older sister of Conrad Jr.) must have died at a very young age as she is not listed on the 1870 census as living with her mother and Dominick.  Conrad Jr. (listed as Martin) is listed on the census (age 4).

Dominic and Christina...

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Dominic and Christina
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Dominic and Christina’s Marriage

Dominic Moes and Christina (Kauth) Klein are married on October 9, 1867 in Wenona, Illinois.  I have a copy of the marriage certificate but haven't scanned it yet.  I will post it online when I get it scanned.  The marriage license lists her as “Susannah Klein” (the name of Dominic and Christina’s first daughter) on the first page and “Christina Klein” (the name she went by) on the second page as her signature. 

Dominic and Christina Moes History in Illinois

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Christina and Susan
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Dominic and Christina farmed the land in Osage Township, La Salle County, Illinois (about a mile east of Wenona) from 1867 to 1873.  The two of them had their first daughter in Illinois as listed on the 1870 Federal Census (Susannah (age 1) and Martin (age 4) in 1870).  They moved from Illinois to NW Iowa and settled in Floyd Township, Hospers, Iowa in 1874.  Susannah Moes married William Walgenbach and the Walgenbachs still farm the land to this day.

Dominic and Christina Moes History in Iowa

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Dominic and Christina (front center)
Conrad Martin Jr. (back center)
Moes Daughters
Dominic and Christina settled in Hospers, Iowa in 1874 as farmers.  Conrad Martin Jr. assisted on the farm until 16 years of age.  The also held school at their home for the community until the school was eventually built.

Dominic and Christina had a total of 10 daughters together, six of whom were still living in 1900. 

Susannah (Susan) Moes was Dominic and Christina’s first daughter.  She was born in November 9, 1868 in Osage Township, La Salle County, Illinois.  She married William Walgenbach – the two of them were named as the executors of Dominic Moes estate when he died in 1914.  She named one of her sons, Martin Walgenbach, after my Great-Grandfather.  Susan died July 1, 1953 in Iowa at the age of 85.

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Downtown Hospers, Iowa
My Great Grandfather (Conrad Martin Jr.) farmed until the age of 16, with his step-Father Dominic Moes.  The Walgenbach family still farm the same property in Hospers, Iowa.

Two of the Moes girls with their husbands.  At this time, I'm not exactly sure who is pictured in either photograph.

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A Little about Dominic Moes – Husband of Christina (Kauth) Klein...

Sherman's men destroying
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Dominic Moes was born on January 13, 1833 in Hagen, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.  He arrived in the United States in 1857. 

On August 9, 1862 he enlisted with Company B, 104th Illinois Infantry, for the Civil War.

Dominic was wounded (shot through his right shoulder) at the battle of Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863), where the Union Army suffered defeat.  He later marched with General Sherman at the Atlanta campaign during the summer of 1864, and on to Sherman’s March to the Sea (Savannah Campaign).  The Savannah campaign ended on December 21, 1864 with the capture of the Port of Savannah.  Dominic was discharged with his Company June 6, 1865.  They traveled from Washington and arrived in Chicago on June 10th, 1865 where they were paid and returned home.

By this time, Conrad Martin Sr. and Christina were living in Wenona, Illinois.  Dominic was honorably discharged from the Civil War and traveled to Wenona, Illinois.

David Walgenbach, great-grandson of Dominic, told me on the phone that Dominic went to see his friend Martin Klein after the Civil War.  It’s possible that they, Dominic and Martin, traveled from Luxembourg together or that they knew each other from living in Illinois.  There’s not much information concerning their acquaintance.   

I did find one record that stated almost all of the men in Company B, 104th Illinois Infantry were from La Salle County, Illinois.  They were recruited at Ottawa, Illinois, just north of Wenona, Illinois.  This leads me to believe that Dominic was living in the area before his enlistment and it’s likely the reason he returned to the area (Osage Township, east of Wenona, Illinois) after being discharged.

Dominic farmed in Osage Township (just east of Wenona) for eight years after marrying the widowed Christina in 1867.  Conrad Martin Jr. was living with them. 

Christina’s firstborn daughter (Christina) must have died at a very young age as she is not listed on the 1870 census.  

I can find no information concerning Conrad Sr.’s grave.  There are no records of him, or his daughter (Christina), listed on the internet.  It's possible that Dominic and Christina may have buried both of them on their farm land as there were not many public cemeteries at the time.  The oldest cemetary, as far as I can tell, is Cumberland Cemetery, in Wenona.  I also found another note on the internet stating that there was no law concerning the recording of deaths in Illinois before 1877.

Christina's Death...

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Christina's Marker

Christina (Kauth) (Klein) Moes, died at the age of 58 on September 7, 1903.  She is buried at St. Anthony’s cemetery in Hospers, Iowa with Dominic.  They share a common gravestone, which is shown to the left, but Dominic’s name is no longer legible.

Christina’s obituary, from the Newspaper, The Alton Democrat, September 12, 1903 reads as follows:
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Christina's Obituary

“Mrs. Dominick Moes of Hosper and one of the pioneers of Sioux county died at her home Monday and was buried from St. Anthony’s church Wednesday – Rev. Father Gehling conducting the last ceremonies.  Deceased was born at Holy Cross Wisconsin in 1845 and came to this county with her husband twenty-eight years ago.  Her maiden name was Christina Kauth and she was married to Martin Klein in 1863.  He died at Winona Illinois two years later after the birth to them of two children – Christina and Martin – the latter of whom is still living.  In 1867 Mrs. Klein was married to Dominick Moes at Winona where they lived eight years.  Ten children were born to them of whom four are dead.  The seven living children of the two marriages are Martin Klein of Chicago, Mrs. Walgenbach of Hosper, Mrs. Peter Theis of Canova South Dakota, Mrs. John Heitzman of Sheldon, Mrs. Joe Enders of Hartford South Dakota and Mrs. Budde of Hosper and Mrs. F. J. Baadte of Matlock.  Deceased was widely known in the county and a large number of the old settlers from different towns were present at the funeral.”

Christina had 12 children total (seven of which were still alive in 1900).  Dominic and Christina had 10 girls.  Conrad Martin Sr. and Christina had two children (Christina and Conrad Martin Klein).

Dominic's Death...

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Dominic raised Conrad Martin Jr. from shortly after his birth in 1866.  Dominic died December 9, 1914 in Hospers, Iowa.  He is also buried at St. Anthony’s cemetery in Hospers, Iowa. 

It is worthy to note that these two men had a respectful relationship.  Conrad Martin Jr. was raised by Dominic and gave Dominic’s name to his youngest son, Conrad Dominic Klein.  Dominic obviously raised Conrad Martin Jr. from a very young age and instilled in him the hard work ethics and values that made Conrad Martin Jr. a successful and well respected man in his own community.

It is also worthy to note that Conrad Martin and his step-sisters also loved each other.  They spent a lot of time together over the years and one of the younger sisters, Martha (Moes) Budde, named her son “Martin” after my Great-Grandfather.

Dominic’s obituary, from the Newspaper, Harwarden Independent, December 17, 1914 reads as follows:

Lived in County Forty Years

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Dominick Moes died at the home of his daughter at Hospers Dec. 9th at the age of 83 years.  He came to the United States from Luxembourg at the age of 17 years and settled in Sioux County in 1874.  He was a Civil war veteran and was wounded at the battle of Chicamaugua, later marching with Sherman to the sea.  He has amassed a fortune estimated at $75,000.  He is survived by six married daughters.”

Conrad Martin Klein Jr. ...

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As mentioned earlier, Conrad Martin Jr. was born December 7, 1866 in Wenona, Illinois.  By the age of four his Father and sister had both died.  Christina, his mother, had remarried Dominic Moes and he now had a new sister, Susannah - named after Christina.  They farmed just east of Wenona until 1874 when they moved to Iowa.

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Conrad Martin Jr.
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The 1880 Census shows Conrad Martin Jr. as living in Hospers, Iowa.  Conrad Martin Jr. is now 16 years old and listed as a farmer/laborer (on Dominick Moes, now Walgenbach’s farm). 

He left the farm, shortly after this census, for a job in Chicago, Illinois.  Conrad Martin Jr. worked with the Ironworkers Labor Union in Lake View Township, northern Chicago, Illinois, for 17 years.

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Conrad and Maggie Wedding
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St. Alphonsus Church
Illinois is where he met his bride, Margaret Ann Roller, and married her on St. Valentine’s Day (February 14, 1900) at St. Alphonsus Church in Chicago.  You can find a history on the church by clicking here.  They rented a home in Lake View Township, Chicago, Illinois according to the 1900 census.

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St. Alphonsus Church

In 1904, Conrad Martin Jr. returned to Hospers, IA (from Chicago) on his way to Chamberlain, South Dakota to apply for the Rosebud lottery.  He stayed with his step-sister, Susan (Moes) Walgenbach, en route.

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A Newspaper article, from The Alton Democrat, July 16, 1904 reads as follows:

“Martin Klein is here from Chicago to visit his halfsister Mrs. William Walgenbach.  He is employed with a constructive gang of iron workers.  He went from here to Chamberlain to register for the Rosebud drawing.  He belongs to the labor union and gets forty-five cents an hour for work.”

As a side note, a couple of thoughts come to mind:

[1] Forty-five cents p/hour was a pretty good job back then, and…

[2] He left that good job to farm the land in South Dakota with his new family.  He was known, according to his obituary, as a man “who forced a living from the soil even in difficult times and was never given to depend on anyone else for his livelihood”

[3] Chamberlain, South Dakota was one of the tamer drawing locations for the Rosebud Lottery.  Bonesteel, SD got exceptionally ugly for this drawing. 

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Bonesteel, South Dakota
Conrad Martin Jr. was likely standing in line (at Chamberlain) for days to apply.  The article said that in Chamberlain they spent the night in line to apply and the line reached down the blocks for miles.

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August 4, 1904

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August 4, 1904

Conrad Martin Jr. did win his drawing, and is shown as winning (#325) as a citizen of Chicago, Illinois in the Newspaper, Milford Mail, August 4, 1904.

There’s much to be said about this Rosebud Lottery and the men that made their claims in that area.

My Dad has a book called The Capital City Saga, by Adeline S. Gnirk that details the Rosebud Lottery winnings, the formation of Burke, South Dakota, the Great Depression, the grasshopper infestation, and the “Dirty 30’s” that they all went through.

As a personal thought – I am amazed at what the people of that time went through, not only to survive, but also to my Great-Grandfather’s accomplishments – obviously, a testament to his character.

One of my favorite quotes, concerning this era, from the same book as above (p. 344) is as follows:

“The sunsets of Gregory County were far and away the most beautiful I have seen anywhere.  The Saturday afternoon procession of Indians in their buckboard wagons was always colorful and interesting spectacle.  There were so many good times; and there were bad times; hail storms which destroyed gardens and crops (one I recall left such an accumulation of ice that, hours later of a July afternoon, there was yet so much of it that had not melted that we made ice cream); tornadoes which sent us scurrying to our cyclone cellar; drouth which parched the earth while the blazing sun burned up the foliage; the dust storms which blackened the sky at noonday and buried fences post-high in the top soil from lands far away; the grasshoppers which came in such numbers as to destroy all vegetation and crunch underfoot on the sidewalks of little towns; the devastating depressions which truly tried men’s souls.  Yet through it all, the people had a quality of goodness and love and concern, one for another,  and a never-faltering faith in God.  Gregory County, and our parents, taught us to be strong, compassionate, resourceful, frugal, and with God’s help, self-reliant.”

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Original Map
I have a color copy of this map
framed at home.
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Section 19 - Burke, SD
Conrad Martin Jr. later claimed section 19, the NE ¼ (160 acres) just north of Burke, SD (shown in the red box below).  He later acquired two more plots from neighbors.  

There were only 2500 winners out of close to 110,000 registrations.  The congressional papers show close to 107,000 registrants.

After the announcement of his lottery winning, I’m assuming that he went to his property to build his first barn.  Unfortunately, tragedy strikes…

In 1904, Conrad arrives in Hospers again.  A newspaper article form The Alton Democrat, December 10, 1904 reads as follows:

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“Martin Klein came to town this week in a covered wagon.  He is a son of the late Mrs. Moes.  He drew a claim in the Rosebud and quit a good job in Chicago to file on it.  The recent prairie fires in that region burned him out of house and home and the Rosebud has lost its charms for him.”

If the fires were not devastating enough, they faced even more tragedy.  Conrad and Maggie had three sons prior to the birth of their fourth who was stillborn in 1905.  All four children died before settling in Burke, South Dakota.

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Newspaper, The Alton Democrat, January 21, 1905 reads as follows:

“We regret to report the sad bereavement of the Martin Klein home southwest of town.  On the eleventh their thirteen months old child died of diphtheria and three days later a little one – which might have taken the others place in the parental hearts – was stillborn.”

He and his wife are listed on the Census as living in Hospers, Iowa (no children) in 1905.  Conrad is also listed as an occupant of Burke, South Dakota in 1905 on another Census record.

Nonetheless, they moved on to Burke, South Dakota from Hospers, Iowa.  His first barn, including all of their possessions and paperwork, was burnt to the ground so Conrad and Maggie stayed with neighbors while constructing their soddy house.

Raymond, Rosie, and Ambrose were all born in the soddy home.  While living in the soddy Conrad was building their new larger barn and eventually building their frame house where Victor and Conrad were born.

The pictures below were taken and sent to me from my Dad.

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By 1913, Conrad Martin Jr. had become a successful farmer.  A newspaper article from the Hospers Tribune, February 14, 1913 reads as follows.

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“Martin Klein, a step-son of Dominick Moes, has been here this week from Burke, South Dakota, to visit his people.  He took a homestead near Burke several years ago, and now has a valuable place, as a new railroad is expected to run within a mile of his farm.  He had not visited Hospers for several years, and was surprised at the many changes that have taken place here.”

This was likely the last time Conrad had seen his step-father alive as Dominic died in 1914.

Below are two pictures that I found online of Burke, South Dakota.  I'm sure that when Conrad walked these streets this is what he saw.

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Downtown Burke, 1909

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Burke Livery Stable 1910

I mentioned earlier that Conrad had become a successful farmer.  My Great Aunt Maxine (wife of Conrad Dominic Klein) sent a copy of an auction notice that appeared in 1948 after Conrad Martin Jr.'s death.  If you click on the image below you'll see the land he had acquired in addition to his original 160 acre homestead.  Overall, it sounds like a great farm on 385 total acres.

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Below is a map showing the original Klein homestead (lower left, closest to Burke) and his later acquisitions.  The yellow boxes in the map photo below don't show to well - you'll have to look closely to see them.

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Conrad Martin, the Musician...

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Conrad with his violin
in Chicago
Conrad was a violinist.  I had no idea that he played the violin until I stumbled across the following paragraph from one of his neighbor’s (Pharis Walter Glick) biography in the book Capital City Saga, by Adeline S. Gnirk (p. 251).

“Neighborhood house dances were very popular and Martin Klein, a homesteader north of Burke, played the violin and was accompanied by Marvin Glick on the guitar.  Marvin also played the violin.  Neighbors traveled in horse-drawn bobsleds during the winter to the dances and picked up other neighbors en route.  The congoleum rug in the parlor was rolled up and placed behind the house.  The dancers danced until midnight, when the hat was passed for a collection to pay the musicians after which lunch, furnished by those attending, was served.  One bedroom was usually full of babies and the other full of wraps and coats.  When the fun was over everyone went home.”

Another quote from the same book, the biography of another friend, Francis Schmitz:

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Conrad's violin and case
“In the early days, the only entertainment was visiting neighbors, playing cards or dancing in the claim shantys on Saturday nights to music provided by local fiddlers, but he spoke of those times with pleasure, and I am sure everyone had a good time.  Neighbors were appreciated and enjoyed.  His close neighbors were Joe Cerny, Charles Umberger, Ed Pete, and Conrad Klein.”

My father then questioned my great aunt (Maxine (Mann) Klein) and she informed us that she remembers going to the neighborhood dances.  She also told us that her son Dale still had Conrad Martin Jr’s. violin and a picture of him with a violin in Chicago (above - pre-1900).

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My Great-Aunt Maxine Klein
Wife of Conrad Dominick Klein
Son of Conrad Martin Jr.

Conrad and Maggie...

Conrad Martin Klein Jr. Dies

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Conrad Jr. died on July 3, 1939 in Herrick, South Dakota at the age of 72.

His obituary reads as follows:


Homesteaded Present Farm Home 2 Miles Northeast Of Here – Well Known

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C. M. Klein, well-known farmer living 2 miles northeast of Burke, dropped dead Monday in Zorba’s store at Herrick.  Mr. Klein had been in failing health for several months and spent part of last summer in the hospital receiving treatment.
Mr. Klein came to Gregory County in 1904 and drew a homestead where he hade his home for the past thirty-five years.  He has long been a familiar person in Burke and has made many friends and acquaintances during his regular visits to town each week.
Needless to say Mr. Klein’s death came as a great shock to friends and relatives, bringing many expressions of sympathy to the bereaved family.  He was the kind of man who forced a living from the soil even in difficult times and was never given to depend on anyone else for his livelihood.  He was a highly respected husband and father in his family and proved himself a successful man in his occupation.
Conrad Martin Klein was born in Illinois on December 7, 1866 and passed away at Herrick, S. D. on July 3, 1939 at the age of 72 years, 6 months, and 25 days.  He spent the early part of his life in his home state later moving to Iowa and to Chicago.  On February 14, 1900 he was united in marriage with Margaret Roller and to this union were born nine, children, the four oldest preceeding him in death.  In 1904 he homesteaded a farm 2 miles northeast of Burke where he has lived ever since.
He is survived by his wife, four sons and one daughter, Raymond of Burke, Mrs. Herman Raschke of Colome, Ambrose of Colome, Victor and Conrad of Burke, and four grandchildren, Margaret, James and Robert Klein and Vernon Raschke all of Colome.  Other relatives surviving him include three sisters, Mrs. Susan Walgenbach of Hosper, Iowa, Mrs. Katherine Heightsmen of Illinois and Mrs. Martha Buddy of Chicago, Ill.
Funeral services were held this (Thursday) morning at 10 o’clock from Sacred Heart Church with Rev. W. J. Connaughton in chage.  Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery south of Burke.”

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Downtown Herrick South Dakota
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Margaret "Maggie" Ann (Roller) Klein dies.

Margaret (Maggie) Klein died on March 14, 1947 at the age of 68.

Her obituary reads as follows:

Mrs. Maggie Klein Laid To Rest

Passed Away Last Friday At Gregory Hospital – Came To Homestead North Of Burke in 1904

Requiem High Mass was celebrated at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, March 19th, from the Sacred Heart Church in Burke for Mrs. Maggie Klein, pioneer mother of Gregory Count, who passed away at the Mother of Grace Hospital in Gregory March 14th.  Rev. Father W. J. Connaughton officiated at the service and internment was made in the Catholic cemetery near Burke beside the grave of her beloved husband.
Choir members consisted of Mrs. Frank Schmitz, Mrs. Delbert Drey and Victor Klas.  Pallbearers were E. M. McMullen, Jess Hall, Joe Cerny Sr., Joe Kirsch, Frank Schmitz and Ed Pete.
Margaret Roller Klein was born at Belgium, Wisconsin in 1878 and passed away after several months of failing health at the age of 68 years, 7 months and 24 days.  She spent her early life in Wisconsin later living in Chicago, Ill. And on February 14, 1900 she was united in marriage to Conrad Martin Klein and to this union nine children were born, the four eldest preceeding her in death.  In the year of 1904, the family came to Gregory County settling on a homestead 2 miles northeast of Burke which has be her home since that time.  Mr. Klein passed away July 3rd, 1939 but his wife continued to maintain the home there with her sons, Raymond and Conrad, and the latter’s family.
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Mrs. Klein was a devoted wife and mother and the place left vacant in her passing will be deeply and sincerely mourned by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by four sons, Raymond, Victor and Conrad, all of Burke, and Ambrose of Gregory, and one daughter, Mrs. Herman (Rose) Raschke, of Winner, besides nine grandchildren.  Two brothers and two sisters living in Wisconsin also are left to mourn her departure.  All of the children were present at the funeral services.”

Conrad, Maggie, Raymond, and Victor are all buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery just south of Burke, South Dakota.

Together Conrad and Maggie had nine children.  The first four died before settling in South Dakota.  Raymond Francis, Rosie, Ambrose Fred (my Grandfather), Victor Martin, and Conrad Dominic.

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The Klein Children
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Raymond Francis Klein

Raymond was born in 1906 and never married.  Raymond lived in Burke (near the homestead).  Raymond Francis died September 6, 1966.

Rosie Klein

Rosie was born September 1, 1908 went on to marry Herman Raschke and had two sons Donald and Vernon.  Rosie died June 15, 1966 in Winner South Dakota.

Ambrose Fred Klein – My Grandfather

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Ambrose was born June 20, 1911 and married Gladys Eva Bowers Aught 18, 1934.  

Gladys was born February 23, 1913.  They had six children:  Margaret Rose (Kapp) Klein, James Conrad, Robert Ambrose Robert, Leroy Francis (my Father), Alvin Joseph, and Kathleen M (Strum) Klein.  

Gladys died in March of 1978 and Ambrose died February 24, 1997.  They are both buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Story County, Iowa.
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My Grandfather was also a musician.  I remember vividly him playing the accordion and harmonica all the time when were kids.  From what I understand, he could skillfully play just about any musical instrument he touched with no formal musical instruction.  Pictured are his accordions that my dad has.

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Victor Martin Klein

Victor Martin was born April 12, 1913 and went on to marry Blanche (Henrecy) Dawson.  Together they had three children: Sandra Klein, Albert Dawson, and Darus Dawson.  Victor died October 17, 1984.

Victor went on to serve in WWII.  His obituary reads as follows:

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Victor M Klein

Funeral sevices for Victor M Klein, 71, were held on Monday, Oct. 22, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Winner, with Rev. Joseph Zeller officiating.
Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Burke, with the Burke American Legion performing full military rites.
Pallbearers were Harold Sell, Joe Engelmeyer, Everett Hageman, John brinkman, Earl Bordeaux, Sr. and Frank Soles.
Klein was born on April 12, 1913, to Martin and Margaret Klein at Gregory and died Oct. 17 at the VA Hospital at Hot Springs.
On April 1, 1942, he entered the United State Army serving 19 months in England and France during World War II.  While in the service he earned the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart, Bronze Arrow Head Medal, American Theatre Service Ribbon, European, African, Middle Eastern Service Ribbon and the Bronze Star.  He was discharged from active duty Dec. 1, 1945.
After the war, Klein worked in the Gregory, Mellette, and Tripp County areas.
On Dec. 26, 1946, he married Blanche (Henrecy) Dawson of Gregory.  To this union on son, Virgil, who died at infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Martin (Sandra) Varilek of Winner, were born.
Klein was active in the American Legion, VFW and a member of the Catholic Church.
Survivors include his daughter; stepson, Darus Dawson of Colome and Albert Dawson of Freeport Texas; one granddaughter; one step-grandson; two brothers, Ambrose, Nevada, Iowa and Conrad, Winner; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, infant son, one step-grandson, one sister, and five brothers.”

Victor’s wife and son are also both buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Burke South Dakota.

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Conrad Dominic Klein

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Maxine with grandchildren
Conrad was born June 3, 1917 and married Maxine Mann on December 6, 1944.  Maxine was born April 5, 1921.  Together, they had six children: Dale, David, Debbie, Janice, Joan and Susan.  Conrad died in May of 1985 in Winner, Tripp County, South Dakota.

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Conrad's obituary reads as follows:

  “Funeral services for Conrad Dominic Klein, 67, were held Monday, June 3, at Mason’s Funeral Home in Winner with Rev. Joseph Zeller officiating.  Burial was in the Winner Cemetery.
   Pallbearers were John Brinkman, Frank Soles, Bud Dewing, Bud Mann, Herman Raschke and Wilbur Newland.
   Klein was born on June 3, 1917, in a sodhouse to Maggie and Martin Klein at Burke and died May 30 at the Gregory Community Hospital.
   He grew up on his parents homestead and attended school in a one room country school house.  He helped his parents on the farm.
   In 1944 he married Maxine Mann and the couple had six children.
   He worked as a farm worker for several years and in 1964 he moved his family to Winner.  While living in Winner he worked as a veterinary helper for two years, as a janitor at Central School for seven years and a custodian for the city of Winner at the Municipal building.  While working for the city he suffered a massive stroke which left him paralyzed.
   The remainder of his life was spent in hospitals and nursing homes.
   Survivors include his wife, two sons, Dave of Pierre and Dale of Casa Grande, Ariz., four daughters, Joan, Debby and Susie, all of Winner and Jan of St. Paul, Minn., 13 grandchildren; one brother, Ambrose of Nevada, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Rose, two brothers, Raymond and Victor and four brothers who died in infancy.”

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Main Klein Headstone
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Burke, South Dakota