Finding Minnesota: Winona’s Cemetery Walk

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Reporting Mike Binkley

WINONA, Minn. (WCCO) – When the earliest settlers arrived in what is now Winona, it was not only the beauty of the surrounding bluffs that drew them in. It was the potential they saw along the Mississippi River.

Many of the founders’ bodies may be buried along a bluff nearby, but the stories of what they started are still being kept alive.

For a few days this week, visitors to Woodlawn Cemetery will get to hear those stories from costumed actors at the various grave sites.

Retired steamboat captain Richard Karnath will be portraying his own father, Walt Karnath, who spent 55 years as a steamboat captain himself.

“The river’s in your blood and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Karnath said. “Without the steamboats, Winona wouldn’t be here.”

At another corner of the cemetery is the headstone of biology teacher Cal Fremling, who died in 2010. He was a river expert who made sure his students understood what they had.

A family friend, Steve Bachler, has volunteered to tell Fremling’s story.

“I used to take them out on pontoons and boats and go in the back waters, and we’d just spend all of our days just studying the river,” Bachler said, portraying Fremling

This is the 14th year for the annual Cemetery Walk, a fundraiser for the Winona County Historical Society.

According to event chair Kathy Turner, it’s scheduled to coincide with Woodlawn’s prettiest season.

“This place, when the leaves change, it’s absolutely glorious,” Turner said.

Sixth graders in every Winona school make it their annual fall field trip.

“The first year, the kids would come and say, ‘Is this going to be scary?’” Turner said. “And of course we said, ‘No, it’s going to be fun and it’s going to be educational.’”

Sometimes they’ll meet the city’s heroes. Other times, it’ll be the scoundrels. Ray Beyers was a hero who will be played by Pastor Sonny Misar.

“We needed to save our city. We needed to make sure we didn’t flood,” Misar said, portraying Beyers.

In the spring of 1965, melting snow and heavy rains sent the Mississippi River over its banks and threatened to overtake Winona’s storm sewers as it blew open manhole covers.

Beyers was a milk man who had been in the Navy. He volunteered to dive into the raging river with an inflatable bag to block an inlet and protect the sewer system.

“Winona was the city that saved itself because of how we acted during the flood of 1965, and it was national news,” Misar said.

It’s a reminder that behind every date of birth and death you see etched in granite was a real person with a real story, stories that Winona honors each fall.

“We’re surrounded by some great nature and some great people in this fantastic historic cemetery,” he said.

Tours for the general public will be on October 12 and 13 starting at noon. Click here for information about tickets and times.

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My Maternal 3rd. Great Grandfather, Abraham Linderman Resided in Winona, Minnesota

Sgt Abraham “Abraim” Linderman 
Birth: 
1810
Montgomery
Orange County
Death: 
Sep. 2, 1893
Winona
Winona County
 
Enlisted in Civil War as Pvt. and promoted to Sgt. when he re-enlisted for the Union. A Yankee soldier. [ABRAHAM] A. LINDERMAN WAS A UNION [YANKEE] SOLDIER, ON 14 AUGUST 1862, A SERGEANT IN COMPANY F, OF THE 117th. ILLINOIS INFANTRY , ENLISTED IN CAIRO, ALEXANDER COUNTY, ILLINOIS; DURING THE CIVIL WAR BETWEEN 1862-1865, BOX #000539, EXTRACT # 0053, RECORD #0000169.
He was born in New York. His parents moved from Germantown Twp, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania to Montgomery, Orange County, New York.
His ancestors settled in Germantown Twp., Pennsylvania in 1740. His ancestors helped found America. Our Linderman ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, American Civil War.
We are proud German descendants of the Linderman family, and the Hammell family were from England.
Abraham married Mary Hammell 26 November 1835 in Newfield, Orange County, New York.
They moved to Minnesota in 1856.
Their homestead was at 231 E. Mark St, Winona, Minnesota.
He and Mary had one child, Mary Linderman.
God bless my poor ancestors, they lost so much.
Abraham survived the Civil War, and lived until 1893 with his beloved wife Mary, in the Linderman Home place at 231 E. Mark St., Winona, Minnesota.
His wife, Maria A. (Mary) (Hammel) Linderman, preceded him in death, in 1884.
They are all buried together in the LINDERMAN Family Plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Winona County, Minnesota
 
Family links:
 Spouse:
  Mary (Hammell) Linderman (1815 – 1884)
 
 Children:
  
  Mary Linderman (1859 – 1924)
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Winona
Winona County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21069099
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Edward Francis “Edy” Linderman
 
Birth: Feb. 9, 1875
Winona
Winona County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 1968
Dubuque
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

Only grandson of Abraham & Mary (Holman) Linderman of Winona, Minnesota. Only child of Mary Linderman. Father unknown.
E. F. Linderman worked and lived on the Mississippi River all his life. He worked for the U.S. Lock & Dam in LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and Dubuque, Iowa.
Married Gudrun Ivarra Lund from Norway on 11 September 1902 in Winona, Minnesota. Edward & Gudrun had one son, Harry; and three daughters, Gladys Serene, Irene Mary, and Evelyn Frances Linderman. They all resided at 705 W. Third St., Dubuque, Iowa.
Great Grandpa was in the I.O.O.F. in Dubuque, Iowa. He converted to Jehovah’s Witness after the death of his beloved wife, Gud. The children were raised as Lutheran and all baptized as Lutheran in the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 2025 Jackson Street, in Dubuque, Iowa.
Edy was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the same cemetery as Gud, up on the hill, because the government told his family, that they couldn’t scatter his ashes in the Mississippi River where he wanted to be. They said that it would pollute the river.Family links:
Parents:
Mary Linderman (1859 – 1924)Spouse:
Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman (1881 – 1924)Children:
Harry William Linderman (1903 – 1995)*
Gladys Serena Linderman Nelson (1906 – 1996)*
Irene Mary Linderman Wiedner (1908 – 1997)*
Evelyn Frances Linderman Ayala (1913 – 1997)*
 
Burial:
Linwood Cemetery
Dubuque
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA 
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21069314
Edward Francis Edy Linderman
Added by: TEXAS TUDORS

My Maternal Grandfather, Harry William Linderman, German & Norwegian Ancestor

My mother, Jean Marie Linderman Frederick Mancill, daughter of Harry William Linderman, 1980 @ Cellar Door Restaurant, Houston, Texas.

 

Harry William “Billy” Linderman

Birth: Jun. 13, 1903
Winona
Winona County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1995
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

Great Grandson of Abraham & Mary (Hammell) Linderman of Winona, Minnesota.Grandson of Mary Linderman.
Son of Edward Francis Linderman & Gudrun (Lund) Linderman. Baptized as Lutheran on September 7, 1903, in Winona, Minnesota.
Raised at 705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa. Played the violin, organ, and piano. Graduated from Dubuque High School. Attended Ames College.
Grandpa was a suave, debonaire gentleman. He was a true salesman.
Married Phylis Adele Palen of Winona, Minnesota on 27 February 1923 in Clayton County, Iowa. They met in High School, and were very much in love. They eloped. Harry & Phyl moved from Iowa, to Indiana, and then Crosby, Texas.
Moved his family to Houston, Harris County, Texas in 1945.He and Phyl ran and owned “Saturday’s Tavern” in Gayhill, Texas in the 1950’s. They owned Linbar, Inc. in Houston, Harris County, Texas.Elected January 1954 Harris County Republican Chairman. Phyl and Harry resided at 4002 Arnold St., Houston, Texas, and were quite the gracious hosts.Harry & Phyl had four daughters; Yvonne Phyllis, Yvarra (Billie) Irene, Jean Marie, and Patricia (Patsy) Mae Linderman, and no sons.Grandpa Harry grieved the loss of my Grandmother in 1963, when she died of Hodgekin’s Disease. He went bankrupt and had to sell off the family business and home to pay his wife’s medical bills.
Harry remarried in 1966 to Martha Burden Preston Johnston. They resided at 2727 Drexel Dr., Houston, Texas as husband and wife in 1995 when Grandpa Harry passed away.He was the family historian and photographer. I guess you could say that I came by it rightfully.–:)Family links:
Parents:
Edward Francis Linderman (1875 – 1968)
Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman (1881 – 1924)Spouse:
Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)Children:
Yvonne Phyllis Linderman Levesque (1924 – 2010)*
Yvarra Irene Linderman Jackson (1925 – 1985)*
Jean Marie Linderman Mancill (1927 – 2012)*
Patricia Mae Linderman Cooke (1929 – 2000)*
Burial:
Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21069606
Harry William Billie Linderman
Added by: TEXAS TUDORS
Harry William Billie Linderman

HARRY WAS RAISED LUTHERAN. HE WAS THE ONLY SON OF EDWARD & GUDRUN LINDERMAN. HIS FATHER NICKNAMED HIM “BILLIE”, AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIS FATHER” EDY”. EDWARD CALLED GUDRUN “GUD”. HE HAD THREE SISTERS, GLADYS, IRENE, AND EVELYN LINDERMAN. HARRY LINDERMAN WAS THE GRANDSON OF MARY LINDERMAN OF WINONA, MINNESOTA, GREAT-GRANDSON OF ABRAHAM & MARY LINDERMAN OF WINONA, MINNESOTA AND CRAWFORD, NEW YORK. HARRY WAS SUAVE, DEBONAIRE, WELL-MANNERED GENTLEMAN. HARRY MARRIED PHYLIS ADELE PALEN. HE WAS RAISED AT 705 WEST THIRD ST, DUBUQUE,DUBUQUE CO, IOWA. THE LINDERMAN CHILDREN WERE RAISED LUTHERAN. HE ATTENDED LINCOLN SCHOOL, DUBUQUE,IOWA FROM SEPT. 1909- JUNE 1915. GRANDPA’S GRADES WERE ALL A’S. HARRY GRADUATED FROM DUBUQUE HIGH SCHOOL IN JUNE 1921. HE WAS A VERY INTELLIGENT,WELL MANNERED GENTLEMAN. HARRY WAS A SUAVE, DEBONAIRE GENTLEMEN. HARRY WORKED AS DISTRICT SALESMAN,AND THEN SALES MANAGER IN THE REFRACTORY [FIRE BRICK] DEPARTMENT, AT HOUSTON BUILDER’S SUPPLY, AT 119 NORTH HAMILTON, HOUSTON, TEXAS. THEN, HARRY AND PHYLIS PALEN LINDERMAN, STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS IN HOUSTON,TEXAS, CALLED “LINBAR INC,” IN 1952, AND RAN IT UP UNTIL 1970. IT WAS INSTALLING FURNACES. HE WORKED FOR “FLEXIBLE WALLS,INC.” FROM 1970-1972. “DRYWALL INC.” FROM 1972-1977, AND “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC.” FROM 1977-1982. HARRY RETIRED FROM HIS BOOKKEEPING POSITION WITH “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC. AT THE AGE OF 80 IN 1982. HARRY & PHYL BOUGHT A HOME AT 4002 ARNOLD IN WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE, HOUSTON,TEXAS. THEY ALSO BUILT A SUMMER PLACE, AND A TAVERN IN GAYHILL, BURLESON CO, TEXAS. THE TAVERN WAS NAMED “SATURDAY’S TAVERN”. HARRY RAN THE BAR, PHYL PLAYED THE PIANO, AND AUNT PATSY LINDERMAN COOKE & UNCLE KENNETH JACKSON SANG IN THE TAVERN. OUR FAMILY LOVED THE “NIGHT LIFE”. GRANDPA WAS THE FAMILY BARBEQUER, AND HE BUILT A HUGE, BRICK BARBEQUE PIT. HARRY & PHYL LINDERMAN, JEAN & LEROY FREDERICK, PATSY & JAY COOKE, AND BILLIE & KEN JACKSON SPENT MANY A SUMMER WEEKEND TOGETHER IN THE COUNTRY. HARRY WILLIAM LINDERMAN WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF HARRIS COUNTY IN 1954. HARRY SOLD THE FAMILY HOME AT 4002 ARNOLD TO HELP PAY FOR PHYL’S MEDICAL BILLS. PHYLIS PALEN LINDERMAN DIED OF HODGEKIN’S DISEASE ON 27 DEC. 1963, IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.
HARRY’S SECOND WIFE WAS MARTHA BURDEN JOHNSTON. THEY MARRIED IN RICHMOND,FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ON JULY 13, 1966. HARRY AND MATTYE RESIDED AT 2727 DREXEL DRIVE, HOUSTON,TEXAS FROM 1966 TO 1995. THEY WERE MARRIED FOR TWENTY EIGHT YEARS. GRANDPA HARRY WAS THE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER, AND HISTORIAN. BETWEEN 1950 AND1960 GRANDPA TOOK ROLLS AND ROLLS OF 8mm. MOVIE FILM OF OUR FAMILY. MOST OF THE ROLLS WERE DESTROYED IN THE FLOOD FROM TROPICAL STORM ALLISON ON 8 JUNE 2001, AT 11039 LAFFERTY OAKS STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS. GRANDPA-HARRY WILLIAM & GRANDMA-PHYL ADELE PALEN LINDERMAN WERE ALWAYS THE GRACIOUS HOSTS. THEY WERE LOVED BY ALL. HARRY’S FATHER WAS GERMAN, AND HIS MOTHER WAS NORWEGIAN. HARRY’S WORD WAS HIS BOND. HE WAS HONEST,HARD-WORKING, AND RESPONSIBLE. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY! THIS LINDERMAN DESCENDANT IS VERY PROUD OF HIM.
written by Sally Ann Frederick Fallin Brown Tudor

Winona, Minnesota- Luxembourgian Ancestors

Palen Family Genealogy

This blog is dedicated the memory of my mother, Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill. Today would have been her 85th. birthday. Her mother died when I was young and I don’t remember her much. She was Phylis Eugenia (Palen) Linderman. Mother was only 36 then in 1963 and she missed her dearly, and always honored her memory.

My maternal Great Grandfather, was Frank Joseph Palen of Caledonia, Houston County,  Minnesota. His father, Leopold Frank Palen emigrated from Bachlieden, Diekirch, Luxembourg in 1862 to Caledonia, Minnesota.

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