Category Archives: Dakota Territory

The Polar Vortex of 1888

On January 12 of 1888 meteorological conditions combined to create a massive blizzard and cold front that swept from the Dakota Territory, to Nebraska, to Minnesota. There was a drop in temperature of 18 degrees in minutes, with the wind … Continue reading

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Dr. Allen W Perry, Lindsay California

Years of searching and more years of not even knowing, my dad finally uncovered information about his great-grandfather’s death. Allen Wallace Perry was born in Arlington MN on March 13, 1856. His twin sister, Alice, married Elbert Keith and moved … Continue reading

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Willie Nelings and the Blizzard of 1887

Willie Nelings was a schoolteacher during the great Dakota Blizzard of 1887. According to a newspaper report in Wisconsin, where her sister lived, Willie saved the lives of her students during the storm by tying them together and leading them … Continue reading

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Daniel Thompson Nelings

The above section is from The History of Clayton County¬†and includes the names of many local men and boys from Clayton County Iowa. Some of these names are also in an account book kept by Daniel T Nelings from 1867 … Continue reading

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Willamina “Willie” Nelings

Willie Nelings (1861-1921) sounded like quite a woman. In Bess’s note about the family, Willie was one of the sisters who remained behind in Iowa teaching and continued to teach when she moved out to Dakota Territory. She married Frank … Continue reading

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Adah Jane Hazel Perry

Adah Jane Hazel Perry’s gravesite in Madison SD. Adah Jane Hazel was born in October of 1857 in Wisconsin. She moved with her parents and siblings to Blue Earth County in Minnesota sometime after that. She married Allen Perry, son … Continue reading

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Bessie Nelings

¬† Aunt Bess Nelings wrote this story of her family. She is one of the women in these beautiful hats. [on back of paper] This is the Nelings Family My father was D.T. Nelings. This is a story I wrote … Continue reading

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