October has been pegged as family history month and Rutland has a lot of family history. There were/are the Narums and Prindivilles, Jacobsons and Christensens, Andersons, Silseths, Sundlies, Dystes, Nelsons, Hoflens, and many more. Doing any family history can be challenging and finding little known or hidden gems can be a wonderful thing. For those whose roots are in Rutland, I happened across a little gem while looking through Village of Rutland Ordinance books. I was reading the first four Ordinances from 1908 which, coincidentally, were only four pages long. The half-inch thick book is mostly blank pages until near the end where there are some family history treasures. These little gems have been hidden away for a long time and here is what that marvelous little book holds.
1911 – 1912 births in the Village of Rutland. This single page lists the seven 1911 newest members of the Rutland residents and four of the 1912 births. Names include Anton Carlson, John Jensen, C.W. Barger, A.M. Christianson and other names familiar to some.
Flados, Rosvold, Johnson
People come and people go and Rutland is no different. There are some Certificates of Death for 1918 in the book as well. The first death entry is for Martha Gurine Erickson Flados Rosvold on April 29, 1918. Two others are also included: Bert L. Johnson and Marianne Jenson.
The last two pages include names of seven children born in Rutland in 1918. The wonderful part of all these entries is that they include not only the child’s name and date of birth, but also the full names of parents (mother’s maiden name) and their place of birth. That mother’s maiden name can often be a block in a family tree.
I hope you enjoy this brief trip down memory lane and I also hope that this helps solve some of those road blocks in your family tree.