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EDGOOSE,  Elizabeth

EDGOOSE, Elizabeth

Female 1852 - 1944  (91 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Elizabeth  [1
    Born 16 Nov 1852  Swineshead, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 696 
    _UID B3B4BF5F432F47B48E354A02CA4FE1E1DCA5 
    Died 30 Mar 1944  Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I696  Edgoose
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Joel,   b. 19 Jan 1804, Swineshead, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1883, Amber Hill, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother JONES, Mary Elizabeth Grace,   b. Between 1813 and 1814, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1888, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married Unknown 
    Family ID F488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ID F10045  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family STROHMEIER, Richard,   b. 1865, Stuttgart, Wurtemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1948, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 5 Feb 1894  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. STROHMEIER, Richard William,   b. 15 Apr 1893, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. STROHMEIER, Clara Harriet,   b. 30 Oct 1894, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1980, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     3. STROHMEIER, Alice Anne Grace,   b. 16 Aug 1898, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Elizabeth & Richard Strohmeier in 1916
    Elizabeth & Richard Strohmeier in 1916
    Elizabeth EDGOOSE married Richard STROHMEIER on 5 February 1894.
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    "Elizabeth EDGOOSE has had constructed a greenhouse near the corner of Third street and Fifth avenue, and expects to be able ere long to supply the local and tributary trade. Such an establishment has been wanted for some time and beyond question will be duly appreciated by all who love plants and flowers. Miss EDGOOSE has secured experienced help and will shortly have everything in first class running order."
    (Aberdeen Daily News, 13 November 1889)
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    Edgoose ElizabethEdgoose 696 314.jpg
    Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944) at Manistee, Michigan, USA, in 1883.

    Photograph by L.W. Thornton, Manistee
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    Edgoose ElizabethEdgoose 696 323.jpg
    Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944), by now Mrs. Elizabeth Strohmeier, had a feather shop buit at 809-210 Washington, Aberdeen, South Dakota, in about 1900. It was the only shop of its kind west of Chicago at that time. They renovated feather pillows etc. as well as making new ones, cushions, comforters, and feather mattresses
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    The Aberdeen Greenhouse Company label, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
    It indicates that Mrs. Elizabeth Strohmeier owned a Home Bakery in Main Street between 1897 and 1901. She seems to have sold out to sisters Harriet and Mildred Appleford.
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    Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944)

    Photograph taken by G. V. Yates, Davy's Buildings, Fargate, Sheffield, after 1883.
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    The house at 214 5th Avenue S.W., Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA, which Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944) had bult in 1885.
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    The card inside a manicure case which has the name Miss Edgoose stamped in gold on the leather. It is dated 11 May 1889.
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    The two youngest sisters, Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944) and Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) In Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, probably in 1890.

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    Strohmeier RichardStrohmeier 1105 521.jpg
    The Strohmeiers.
    Richard Strohmeier (1865-1948) with his wife Elizabeth nee Edgoose (1852-1944), their three children Richard William (1893-19??), Alice Anne Grace (1898-19??), and Clara Harriet (1894-1980), and their dog Prince in 1899.
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    Edgoose ElizabethEdgoose 696 519.jpg

    Bill of Exchange to Elizabeth Edgoose
    Bill of Exchange to Elizabeth Edgoose
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    Minneapolis 16 April 1892. Bill of exchange for Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944) in the sum of 969.70 Dollars.
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    The letter heading of Elizabeth Edgoose's C.O.D. Steam Laundry at 412 Main Street South, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, showing weekly turnover figures from 1 January to 25 June 1892.

    From the collection of Harriet Edgoose/Cocker/Riggall (1858-1916)

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    Edgoose ElizabethEdgoose 696 282.jpg
    Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944) married Richard Strohmeier 1865-1948) in Cook County, Chicago, in 1894. She is buried in the cemetery at Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA.
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    Edgoose ElizabethEdgoose 696 283.jpg
    The grave of Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944), wife of Richard Strohmeier (1865-1948), in the cemetery at Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA. In this 1972 photograph are Clara Strohmeier (1894-1980) and Michael Edgoose's first wife. Clara Strohmeier presented Michael Edgoose with a copy of The Early History of Brown County, South Dakota, in which the names Edgoose and Strohmeier are well represented.

    Newspaper Cuttings
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    This advertisement from The Oakes Times of 20 April 1916 shows that the three children of Elizabeth Strohmeier (Elizabeth Edgoose 1852-1944) were already making their mark in the family greenhouse business.
    (Chronicling America)

  • Notes 

      Elizabeth Edgoose was born at Swineshead, Lincolnshire, England, on 16 November 1852, daughter of Joel and Mary EDGOOSE.
      (GRO December Q 1852 [JONES] Boston 07A 358)
      Joel EDGOOSE had married Mary Elizabeth Grace JONES but where or when remains a mystery.

      The family were living at Sutterton at the time of the 1861 census:
      Joel EDGOOSE, head, married, aged 57, agricultural labourer, born at Algarkirk;
      Mary EDGOOSE, wife, married, aged 47, born at Newport, Hampshire (sic);
      Joel EDGOOSE, son, unmarried, aged 16, born at Algarkirk;
      Jonathan EDGOOSE, son, aged 10, born at Algarkirk;
      *Elizabeth EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 7, born at Algarkirk;
      William EDGOOSE, son, aged 5, born at Algarkirk;
      Harritt EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 2, born at Algarkirk.

      According to her daughter Clara Strohmeier CLARK in her chapter on Elizabeth Edgoose STROHMEIER in the History of Brown County, South Dakota, she went to Sheffield when she was 13 years old to learn the dressmaking trade.

      By the time she was 18 years old in 1871 she was employed as a domestic nurse at 12 Paradise Square, Sheffield, Yorkshire:
      Herbert J. WALKER, head, aged 41, surgeon general practicioner, born at Sutton on Trent, Nottinghamshire;
      Elizabeth WALKER, wife, aged 34, born at Sellindge, Kent;
      Earnest (sic) F. WALKER, son, aged 4, born at Sheffield, Yorkshire;
      Emily P. WALKER, daughter, aged 3, born at Sheffield;
      Mary J. WALKER, daughter, aged 1, born at Sheffield;
      William LONGDEN, servant, aged 19, groom, born at Aston, Yorkshire;
      Betsey DUCKETT, servant, aged 21, housemaid, born at Newball, Lincolnshire;
      Mary E. HELLEWELL, servant, aged 23, cook, born at Grenoside, Yorkshire;
      *Elizabeth HEADGOOSE, servant, aged 18, nurse, born at Swineshead, Lincolnshire.

      She emigrated to the USA, landing at New York on 14 November 1873, two days before her twenty-first birthday. She lived with her sister in Chicago for 5 years before moving to Manistee, Michigan, for a further 7 years. She and another lady opened the first laundry there. She was still in Manistee when her brother-in-law David HINCHCLIFF wrote to her on 4 February 1884 (q.v. for transcription of letter).

      From the 1883 Chicago City Directory:
      Miss Elizabeth EDGOOSE boards at 82 Bismarck ct.
      (page 404)

      She arrived in Aberdeen, Dakota, on 1 May 1885 after three whole days on a cold train, rented a room in a doctor's house, and soon started the C.O.D. Laundry there. She also started the first greenhouse in 1886, helped by her brother John Robert EDGOOSE.

      According to Clara Strohmeier CLARK she had a house built at 214 5th Avenue S.W. in June 1885.

      Elizabeth EDGOOSE of Edmunds County, South Dakota, applied for naturalization on 26 June 1885.
      (source: South Dakota Naturalization Records First Papers, 267 Page 143)

      In a chapter of the History of Brown County, South Dakota, entitled "Early History of Aberdeen, South Dakota - 1880-1900" J.H. McKeever writes that "The first steam laundry was established here by Miss Elizabeth EDGOOSE in 1885 and in 1886 she started the first greenhouse. In 1892 she married Richard STROHMEIER, who had come in 1891".

      An undated newspaper cutting reads as follows:
      "Miss EDGOOSE, the proprietress of the C.O.D. laundry, has been having a world of trouble of late in trying to remove her apparatus and washing headquarters to the west side, between Fourth and Fifth avenues and, in consequence patrons have become somewhat impatient. One of the boiler was broken, through lack of, or incompetent, help, just as it was thought the work could be entered upon again. So another vexatious delay followed. Miss EDGOOSE is overcoming obstacles which would stagger most men, and there is now good reason to believe that the laundry will be under full steam in a very few days - possibly tomorrow or Wednesday".

      F H HAGERTY et al to Elizabeth EDGOOSE, lot 1 bd 34 etc.
      Elizabeth EDGOOSE to R J BALDWIN, lot 1, bd34."
      (Aberdeen Weekly News, 20 May 1887)

      According to the Aberdeen City Directory for 1887-8 "Miss Elizabeth EDGOOSE prp Aberdeen C.O.D. Laundry 308 Main bds Mary EDGOOSE".

      Clara Strohmeier CLARK said that her mother Elizabeth EDGOOSE paid a short visit to England in about 1888. The Aberdeen Daily News reported on 10 October 1888 that "Miss E. EDGOOSE departs this morning for England where she intends to remain during the fall and winter."

      EDGOOSE Miss E. is listed in the Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana Gazeteer and Business Directory, Part 1, 1888-9 (volume 6).

      When she returned to Aberdeen she brought with her James WESTMORELAND, son of her sister Sarah; Elizabeth (Lizzie) EDGOOSE, daughter of her sister Mary; J.H. Kirke WRENCH; and one other person. It is probable that her sister Sarah's son Henry EDGOOSE went to Aberdeen from Sheffield at this time.

      "To Miss Edgoose about Kirke going to America Baslow April 15th. 89
      My dear Madame
      Mrs. Wrench tells me that you are in correspondence with the shipping agents for the passage in May. Will you kindly let me know to whom to apply to ensure my son going in the same ship, or if you prefer it will you kindly take an intermediate berth for him, & allow me to send you the money. Kirke will leave his present employment at the end of this week, & can come & see you at any time. I should wish him to make his own arrangements as far as possible but I will be answerable for the money say to £20 which will I hope be enough to pay his passage & start him fair at Aberdeen. If you should think it desirable for him to have more please let me know - Believe me Yours etc E. M. Wrench".
      (transcript published with permission from Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham, 7 September 2005)

      Miss E. EDGOOSE returned Wednesday evening from an extended stay in old England."
      (The Aberdeen Daily News, 30 May 1889)

      Clara Strohmeier CLARK said that MR. and MRS. CLEGG, the mayor and mayoress of Sheffield, saw her off when she left England in 1873 and again in May 1889 (William Johnson CLEGG was mayor of Sheffield in 1887-8 and was succeeded in 1889. Harriet RIGGALL wrote to her sister Elizabeth on 24 July 1900 that MR. and MRS. Charles CLEGG were coming to Mamie's wedding). They presented her with a manicure set in a leather case, her name embossed in gold on the lid. It is said that she sailed from Liverpool to New York on both occasions.

      "Elizabeth EDGOOSE had had constructed a greenhouse near the corner of Third street and Fifth avenue, and expects to be able ere long to supply the local and tributary trade. Such an establishment has been wanted for some time and beyond question will be duly appreciated by all who love plants and flowers. Miss EDGOOSE has secured experienced help and will shortly have everything in first class running order."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 13 November 1889)

      "Some New Machinery.
      Elizabeth EDGOOSE, proprietress of the C.O.D. Laundry on Main street south, has lately added a new Cambridge washer and Sinclair ironer to her facilities and now has everything in excellent condition for first class work and for doing it with dispatch. There is no better machinery in the world for the purposes for which it was made than that mentioned above. It has been secured at considerable expense, but is expected to do the work so much better and quicker that its purchaes will prove economy in the long run.
      The C. O. D. laundry has always had the reputation of doing superior work, and now that it has enlarged its means and made provision for prompt delivery it will steadily gain and hold friends. Other improvements are contemplated and will be made from time-to-time. If you are a regular patron of this laundry you are already satisfied: if you are not it stands you in hand to place your custm where the closest care aided by costly machinery will lay itself out to please you."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 13 November 1889)

      The Aberdeen City Directory for 1889-90 carried an advertisement for the Aberdeen C.O.D. Laundry at 308 Main Street. The same directory lists "Miss Elizabeth EDGOOSE prop Aberdeen C.O.D. Laundry 310 Main, bds J. R. EDGOOSE Sr".

      "A woman named Elizabeth EDGEGOOSE ran a steam laundry to bleach and starch the town's bed linen. She also opened a fifty-foot glass greenhouse for growing flowers. She grew heliotropes, fuchsias, carnations, roses, and houseplants from seeds sent west in packages from eastern suppliers. These flowers were very different from the wild prairie flowers that bloomed every spring amid the grasslands, the sage, yucca, prairie cactus, buffalo berry, and junipers, which the easterners of Aberdeen had no taste for. Grown under Mrs. EDGEGOOSE's glass, the red, yellow, and pink flowers and the dark green leaves of aspidistra plants were a surprise to see in homes on the flat prairie, where no such things grew naturally. Baum sold fresh flowers in the Bazaar, which must have come from the EDGOOSE greenhouse; they were extremely popular with people who missed flowers that spoke of gentler climates where trees and vegetation were abundant, where the emptiness didn't press upon you so."
      (From Rebecca Loncraine's 'The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank BAUM", page 87. See Notes & Queries)

      How the Aberdeen Folks are Passing the Time -- A Breezy Letter
      ORTONVILLE, Aug. 2, 1890.
      DEAR NEWS --Our party has been so busy fishing, boating and driving all week that we have had but little time to write our friends of the good time we are having, but will tell them all about it on our return. We are having such a delightful time that the most of us have decided to remain here several days longer.
      The party regrets that Mr and Mrs. D. McGLACHLIN leave for home tonight, but "Mack" pleads "business" and I do hope that none of us will be unkind enough to claim that the snake we saw on the water this morning had anything to do with his going. Mrs. TENNANT's health has greatly improved since she came here. Her new method of walking should receive part of the credit of this. Mrs. McBRIDE is also improving in health, but persists in displaying her kindness of heart by leaving most of the fish in the lake. Miss Carrie DINSMORE seems to be enjoying the trip very much and might make some excellent catches if she would only half try Little Margaret GILMORE is the pride of our party and receives more than passing notice from every sojourner here. Even the fish seem fascinated with her pretty ways for she has caught more fish than most of the members of the party.
      Miss EDGOOSE is determined to add the art of swimming to her many other accomplishments and will doubtless succeed. Mrs. COCKER, Miss SCHOFIELD and Miss Nettie McBRIDE have by their musical talents added greatly to the enjoyment of the party. Mr. McBRIDE seems to be doing fairly well. Though looking a little pale and careworn, I think, with proper care he will pull through all right. RED LETTER."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 3 August 1890)

      "Rev. J. M. and Mrs. McBRIDE, Mrs. COCKER and the Misses EDGOOSE, SCHOFIELD, Arnetta McBRIDE and Margaret GILMOR returned last evening from Big Stone lake where they have been spending the past week. they report an enjoyable time and splendid fishing, and are loud in their praises of the treatment accorded by Landlord Geo. W. HAWES of the Lake House at Ortonville who did everything in his power to make their stay pleasant."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 5 August 1890)

      "Mrs. COCKER and Miss SCHOFIELD, of England, who have been the guests of Miss EDGOOSE for some time, depart on Tuesday for the east. They will embark from New York on Sept. 17th."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 31 August 1890)

      "Miss EDGOOSE was reported greatly improved yesterday and it is confidently expected she will be up and around ere long."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 11 November 1890)

      "Miss E. EDGOOSE, who has been ill for a long time, has been taken to the Samaritan Hospital for care and treatment. Her condition is regarded as alarming."
      (Aberdeen Weekly News, 14 November 1890)

      "Mrs. M. E. BAYLES, of Chicago, a sister of Miss E. EDGOOSE, arrived last evening to remain for several weeks. Miss E. is reported to be steadily improving in health."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 6 December 1890)

      "Mrs. M. E. BAYLES, a sister of Miss EDGOOSE, departed for her home at Chicago last evening after a visit of several months. She was accompanied by Robert EDGOOSE who goes to the city to receive treatment for his hearing which has been failing for some time."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 19 February 1891)

      "Miss EDGOOSE has partitioned off one corner of the front room in the laundry and will exhibit some of her rarest plants and flowers, now prserved from the vulgar gaze of the public at the hot house. The enterprise should and doubtless will be rewarded."
      (Aberdeen Daily News 19 February 1891)

      "Miss EDGOOSE, proprietress of the greenhouse, has secured the services of Richard STROHMEIER, late of Medicine Lake Park, Minneapolis, and wishes to announce to the public that she will have a superior stock of plants and flowers on hand in a few days. Mr. S.
      is a practical and experienced man and will make a great success beyond peradventure."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 14 September 1891)

      "Miss E. EDGOOSE has purchased of Ira BARNES the vacant house on Second avenue, east of the First National Bank, and will remove it to the vicinity of her residence and green house and fit it up for laundry purposes. A laundry office will, of course, be maintained on Main street."
      (Aberdeen Weekly News, 23 October 1891)

      "Miss EDGOOSE has employed S. G. FLETCHER of Kansas City, MO, an experienced laundryman, to take charge of the C. O. D. Laundry. Such improvements will be made as to make the laundry first class in every way."
      (Aberdeen Weekly News, 11 March 1892)

      "Mrs. [sic] EDGOOSE is moving her laundry office on to the next lot south and will begin the erection of a new laundry at once on her lot, 24x80 feet, with a one story frame. It will be built especially for her laundry business and will be fitted up with all modern appliances for doing good work, with a commodious office and flower rooms in front. When completed it will make one of the most attractive business places in the city. Mrs. EDGOOSE is one of the enterprising women of the city and should receive a liberal support."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 19 July 1892)

      "Petition of Miss E. EDGOOSE to erect a one story frame building 24 x 80 feet, on lot 6 block 12 original plat, Aberdeen, South Dakota, same to be covered with iron, and tin roof was read and the application granted."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 4 August 1892)

      According to South Dakota Vital Statistics accessed on-line Richard William STROHMEIER was born in Brown County on 15 April 1893, son of Elizabeth EDGOOSE and Richard STROHMEIER.

      "Richard STROHMEIER has returned from Fargo where he has had charge of a green house for several months."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 8 November 1893)

      "Mr. and Mrs. Richard STROHMEIER are going to St Paul, Minneapolis and Chicago next week to visit a month or more with relatives."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 2 December 1893)

      "Mr and Mrs. Richard STROHMEIER will return to Aberdeen about the middle of February and again embark in the greenhouse business, growing plants and flowers for the city and neighbourhood trade."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 13 December 1893)

      She married Richard STROHMEIER, who came to Aberdeen from Minneapolis on 20 September 1891, on 5 February 1894. A marriage licence was issued on 6 January 1894. Richard STROHMEIER was said to be of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and aged 28 years and Elizabeth EDGOOSE was of Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, aged 39 years (Cook County, Illinois, marriage records - license 00212808). She was actually 41 years old.

      Their daughter Clara STROHMEIER was born in South Dakota on 30 October 1894.

      "Mr. and Mrs. Richard STROHMEIER, on the west side, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, have a small stock of carnations, chysanthemums and other plants which can be purchased at very low prices. They are also cultivating some 1,200 head of lettuce, and will have parsley and radishes during the winter months if nothing unforeseen occurs. A large part of their lettuce should be ready for market holiday week or shortly thereafter.
      Mr. STROHMEIER's greenhouse is 10x 100 feet [sic] and is located for the public covenience. While it is far from appearing at its best at the present time, owing to a number of adverse circumstances, it nevertheless is a home institution which should have the trade it can supply from the city and neighbourhood. This is not a paid advertisement, but a gratuitous suggestion to the good people of the city."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 20 December 1894)

      "Plants and Vegetables for Home People.
      Residents of Aberdeen and vicinity who have money to spend for flower plants and small garden truck should remember that Aberdeen has an institution for the cultivation of such vegetable growths which has been...............................[rest of article missing]."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 20 December 1894)

      "Richard STROHMEIER, proprietor of the Aberdeen greenhouses, is quite sick with typhoid pneumonia."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 26 March 1895)

      "Arthur FRITZ, of Minneapolis, a nephew of Richard STROHMEIER, arrived this morning. Mr. STROHMEIER's condition is much improved today and his recovery now seems probable."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 30 March 1895)

      A letter dated 3 September 1895 from Harry W. FOSTER, Wholesale Harness and Saddlery Hardware, 408 Main Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota, to her sister Harriet RIGGALL:
      "Mrs. RIGGAL (sic)
      Dear Madam:-
      While I was at dinner a messenger came to me from your sister Lizzie saying her husband was dying - I went at once to her house and founded her nearly distracted with grief and her husband nearly dead with lung trouble. By procuring a doctor he was made easier and may live. She is in need of money for her daily bread (both words underlined). Most of the money you sent was invested in seeds to plant in the garden. I have been furnishing her with a little money at times to live on - if you would send her a monthly remittance it would be a great mercy to her
      Yours Truly H. W. FOSTER"

      "Richard STROHMEIER is having a window fitted up in the front of the Aberdeen Steam Laundry for the display of sale plants and flowers. The enterprise ought to be a popular one, as the demand for flowers has never been greater."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 11 August 1897)

      "Mrs. Richard STROHMEIER went to Minneapolis Saturday night to transact business and visit with relatives of her husband."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 6 September 1897)

      Their daughter Alice Anne Grace STROHMEIER was born there on 16 August 1898.
      (South Dakota Vital Statistics).
      "A daughter came to the home of Richard STROHMEIER and wife August 16, and will probably reside indefinitely."
      (The State Democrat, 19 August 1898)

      According to the Aberdeen City Directory for 1899-1900 Mrs. Elizabeth STROHMEIER, home bakery, resided at 513 S 3rd street. Her husband Richard STROHMEIER, florist, is listed at the rear of the same address. James WESTMORELAND, driver Aberdeen Laundry, also resided at 513 S 3rd st.

      The directory for 1903-1904 lists Richard STROHMEIER as a gardener residing a n end Main. James WESTMORELAND of Westmoreland & Stewart resided at 413 S Main with his wife Effie. Westmoreland & Stewart (James WESTMORELAND, John STEWART) were confectioners at 413 S Main.

      A report of real estate transfers showed that Elizabeth STROHMEIER transferred lot 6 block 12 to Carrie R. BREMER and lots 4, 5, 6, 7, block 8 S. & E. to Richard STROHMEIER.
      (Aberdeen Weekly News, 14 April 1904)

      The index to the 1905 South Dakota State Census lists a 52 year old Elizabeth EDGOOSE of Aberdeen, Brown County, who had been in South Dakota for 20 years (correct) and in the US for 28 years (wrong - 32 years)
      From the 1905 US State Census of Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota:
      Richard STROHMEIER, aged 40, married, gardener, born in Stuttgart, Germany, of German parents, married, arrived in S.D. in 1891, arrived in U.S. in 1895;
      *Elizabeth STROHMEIER, aged 52, married, wife, born in Lincolnshire, England of English parents, arrived in S.D. in 1885, arrived in US in 1877;
      Richard STROHMEIR, aged 12, student, born in Aberdeen, S.D., of German/English parents, years in South Dakota 12;
      Clara H. STROHMEIER, aged 10, student, born in Aberdeen, S.D., of German/English parents, years in South Dakota 10;
      Alice A. G. STROHMEIER, aged 6, student, born in Aberdeen, S.D., of German/English parents, years in South Dakota 6.

      The 1910 US Federal Census of North Lincoln Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota:
      Richard STROHMEIER, head, aged 45, married 18 years (sic), born in Germany of German parents, a florist by profession, an employer, house owned outright;
      *Elizabeth STROHMEIER, wife, aged 56, married 18 years (sic), 3 children all living, born in England of English parents, not working;
      Richard STROHMEIER, son, aged 17, born in South Dakota, working as a helper in the greenhouse;
      Clara STROHMEIER, daughter, aged 15, born in South Dakota, not employed,
      Alice STROHMEIER, daughter, aged 12, born in South Dakota, not employed,
      Paul KUTZNER, roomer, aged 34, born in Germany of German parents, employed as a labourer in the greenhouse.
      ( T624 1477 Ward 1 Enumeration District 49 Image 14)

      In an advertisement for the Aberdeen Greenhouse Co. of 909, North Lincoln Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota, in The Oakes Times of 20 April 1916 the names of R.W. STROHMEIER, C.H. STROHMEIER, and A.A. STROHMEIER appeared prominently, indicating that they were taking a Management role in the business.
      (State Historical Society of North Dakota/Chronicling American)

      The 1920 US Federal Census of Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota:
      Richard STROHMEIER, Head, house owned outright, aged 53, year of arrival in USA 1886, naturalised US citizen in 1924(?), born in Stuttgart, Germany, of German parents, and working as a florist on his own account;
      *Elizabeth STROHMEIER, wife, aged 67, year of arrival in USA 1873, naturalised 1914, working renovating(?) feathers on her own account;
      Clara H. STROHMEIER, daughter, aged 25, single, born in South Dakota, working as a florist on her own account;
      Alice A. STROHMEIER, daughter, aged 21, single, born in South Dakota, working as a bookkeeper for the greenhouse.
      ( T625_1715 Page 11B Enumeration District 40 Image 0655)

      The 1930 US Federal Census of Aberdeen, South Dakota:
      Richard STROHMEIER, head, own house worth $4000, owned a radio set, aged 64, aged 27 at first marriage, immigrated 1886, naturalised, working as a florist in a greenhouse;
      *Elizabeth STROHMEIER, wife, aged 77, aged 40 at first marriage, immigrated 1873, naturalised, working as a feather cleaner;
      Alice STROHMEIER, daughter, aged 31, single, working as a bookkeeper in a printshop.
      ( Roll 2218 Enumeration District 1 Image 542.0)

      From the 1940 US Federal Census of Washington Street North, Aberdeen City, Brown County, South Dakota:
      Richard STROHMEIER, head. aged 74, married, house owned value $3,500, born in Germany, naturalised, florist in retail flower shop on own account;
      *Elizabeth STROHMEIER, wife, aged 87, married, born in England, naturalised;
      Alice G. STROHMEIER, daughter, aged 41, single, born in South Dakota.

      She died in Brown County, South Dakota, on 30 March 1944.
      (South Dakota Death Index)

      William Johnson CLEGG, Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1887-8, died on 15 June 1895. His eldest son, John Charles (Sir Charles) CLEGG, died on 26 June 1937. His second son Sir William Edwin CLEGG, died on 22 August 1932, and his youngest son, L. J. CLEGG, on 10 May 1939. William Johnson CLEGG's first wife Mary SYKES, died in 1860. His second wife, Asenath HARROP, survived her husband and died on 7 August 1907. The family solicitor's business was at 27 Bank Street, Sheffield.
      (See also Family Tree Magazine Volume 20 No. 7 page 68 May 2004).

      The passage on Elizabeth EDGEGOOSE has been taken from page 87 of Rebecca Loncraine's book "The real Wizard of Oz: The life and times of L. Frank Baum" (ISBN 978-1-592-40558-9) with the kind permission of the author. (

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