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"The definition of the name Herrmann is a patronymic surname which means "soldier, army man, or warrior" derived from the germanic elements "heri," meaning army and "mann," meaning man"

Emil Franz Herrmann was born in Königreich Preußen Berlin, Germany. He was the first Herrmann of this family line to come to America. Emil may have moved to the United States, but Germany was never out of his heart. He was regarded as very German in daily speech and tradition. It is said that he had impeccable German speech. He required that his children speak German in the home until reaching school age. Some of his children passed this down to their own children.

Emil Franz Herrmann went by his middle name of Frank or Francis Herrmann. Frank was a farmer and also served as Truant Officer for the Anoka, Minnesota school district. He greatly revered military figures. He even named two of his son's after Presidents of the United States. Frank died at the early age of 60 from cancer. He died at his home in Grow Township, Anoka, Minnesota. He left behind his wife, 14 children and grandchildren.

 

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The Herrmann Family

(Die Familie Herrmann)

Standing back row L-R:  Albert Heinrich Wilhelm b. 7/10/1896 d. 1/27/1961, Wilhelmine Olga Hulda b. 11/4/1881 d. 4/4/1932, Magdalena Esterlina Augusta, b. 5/17/1892 d. 11/2/1960, Victoria Elisabetha Antoinette b. 9/12/1886 d. 2/16/1965, Franz Alex Max b. 12/29/1882 d. 9/5/1941, Laura Sophia Wilhelmine b. 6/4/1890 d. 3/1/1968, Wilhelm Johannes Franz b. 7/16/1894 d. 3/21/1990, Franz Friedrich Wilhelm b. 9/1/1898 d. 8/20/1972. 

Sitting front row L-R:  Benjamin Friedrich b. 4/23/1900 d. 1/2/1973, Alwine Rosaline Martha b. 8/15/1884 d. 10/30/1959, Emil Franz b. 10/3/1851 d. 12/23/1911, Maria Magdalena Katharina b. 8/13/1904 d. 8/1997, Theodore Roosevelt b. 1/7/1902 d. 9/3/1974, Wilhelmine Christinne Catharine Reinking b. 10/17/1864 d. 10/21/1936, Glatise Louella Dorothy b. 6/4/1908 d. 7/7/1988, Wanda Rosalie Amalie b. 8/12/1888 d.5/13/1965. 

 


 

Emil Franz Herrmann was born 03 October 1851 in Königreich Preußen Berlin, Germany and died 23 December 1911 in Grow Township, Anoka, Minnesota. He was the son of Carl Herrmann. He married Wilhelmine Christinne Catharine Reinking 18 September 1881 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, daughter of Christian Heinrich Reinking and Catharina Hagemann. 

Emil Franz Herrmann applied for naturalization 28 October 1876 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He declared his arrival in the United States on or about 08 September 1874. He took his oath of citizenship in Anoka County, Minnesota on 27 July 1900. 

Emil states in the 1880 census taken in Little Canada, Ramsey County, Minnesota that he, his Father, and Mother were from Prussia. In the 1885 Minnesota state census Emil also states that he, his Father, and Mother were from Prussia. In the 1900, 1905 and 1910 census he states he is from Germany.

Emil was a farmer and he also was employed as truant officer for the city of Anoka, Minnesota.

 

 

Emil Franz Herrmann's obituary:

The ANOKA HERALD, Tuesday, 26 December 1911

"E. F. Herrmann, well known resident of Anoka County is dead. Saturday night, E. F. Herrmann of Grow Township died after a long illness. The deceased was 60 years of age. He was born in Germany. Coming to this country when a young man, he settled in Anoka County and has since made this place home. He leaves a wife and 13 children. The funeral will occur tomorrow at one o'clock at the home. Burial will be in Champlin, Minnesota." 

"From the Thurston Lindberg Mortuary"

19 July 1911 - 23 May 1912, Book #5 page #25

Informant: Miss Minnie Herrmann

Deceased: Emel F. Hermann (wrong spelling on document). Buried 27, "Grow" written on top page.

Casket and services $40.00.

Suit $3.00.

Hearse $7.00.

1 Carriage and Minister $1.50. 

Burial: 26 December 1911, Champlin Cemetery, Minnesota 

Documents for Emil Franz Herrmann:

There are many more available census records (Click on each thumbnail to observe document contents)

Emil death certificate.jpg (83280 bytes)    Death Certificate. (Informant was wife Wilhelmine). 

 

 

Emils Citizenship_intent.jpg (49293 bytes)    Citizenship Intent. (Emil applied in 1876 for citizenship). 

 

 

Emils Citizenship.jpg (68697 bytes)       Citizenship. (Full citizenship was granted in 1900).

 
 
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Wilhelmine Christinne Catharine Reinking was born 17 October 1864 in Corcoran, Hennepin County, Minnesota and died 21 October 1936 in Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter of Christian Heinrich Reinking and Catharine Hagemann. She married Emil Franz Herrmann, 18 September 1881 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

Wihelmine often went by the name of Minnie Rankin. Her father, Christian Heinrich Reinking, was given the name of Rankin by the U.S. Army during his service in the Civil War where he drew a pension under the name of Rankin even though this was not his correct name.

Per Wilhelmine's death certificiate she died in Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Burial: 24 October 1936, Champlin Cemetery, Minnesota

Cause of death: Carcinoma of the Pancreas 

Informant: 'Mrs. C. W. Newgard of Mobridge, South Dakota.' (This was Wilhelmine and Emil's youngest daughter, Gladys Herrmann)

Confirmation: 1879 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Maple Grove, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Marriage notes: Attending Minister, 'Friedrich Sievers, German Lutheran Pastor.' Witness: Henry Saefke and Charlotte Saefke (Wilhelmine's oldest sister)

Documents for Wilhelmine Christinne Catharine Reinking. (Click on each thumbnail to observe document contents)

Marriage license.jpg (58830 bytes)       Marriage License

 

 

Seivers.jpg (28403 bytes)    Friedrich Sievers - (Pastor who married Wilhelmine Reinking and Emil Herrmann).

 

 

minnereinking.jpg (87646 bytes)    Death Certificate - (Youngest daughter Glatise was informant).

 

 

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Children of Emil Herrmann and Wilhelmine Reinking. (Click on each thumbnail to observe document contents)

 

Wilhelmine Reinking received a bible for her 27th birthday from her parents, Christian and Katharina Reinking. In the inside cover they wrote a dedication to their daughter Wilhelmine.

 

 

 

 

Translation of the dedication of Wilhelmine's bible.

 

 

 

 

Emil Franz Herrmann recorded their children's names in the family bible that was a gift to his wife Wilhelmine from her parents Christian and Katharina Reinking. It is believed that he documented their names in approximately the 1906-1907 time period, but at a later time recorded the last child, Glatise. Emil died in 1911.  

Note: The children's names will be documented in this account from baptism and confirmation records. It is notable that Emil Herrmann changed some of the children's names from their baptism accounts as he recorded them in the bible years later. 

 

 

 

 

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Wilhelmine Olga Hulda Herrmann was born 04 November 1881 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. She died 04 April 1932, Fairbault, Minnesota. 

Wilhelmine lived her later years of life in an institution in Fairbault, Minnesota and died there. She is buried with her parents Emil Herrmann and Wilhelmine Reinking in Champlin, Minnesota. Wilhelmine was born with 'Down Syndrome' and never married.

Note: Per family elder, 'While having Down Syndrome, Wilhelmine was still able to live an effective life in Fairbault. She assisted in teaching school to younger children born with the same condition and had a real presence at the institution helping in many ways.' This is verified by documents from the institution.

 

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Franz Alex Max Herrmann was born 29 December 1882 in Hennepin County, Minnesota and died 05 September 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Franz was baptized as, 'Franz Alex Max Herrmann.' In the family bible his father Emil Herrmann later recorded his name as, 'Francis Alex. Max. Herrmann.' Records and family information indicate that Franz full name was, 'Francis Alexander Maximilian Herrmann.' 

Baptism: 08 December 1886, St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Minnesota. Verse read at his baptism, Psalm 119:106.

Burial: 09 September 1941, Hillside Cemetery 

Sponsors/Godparents: Katharina Reinking, Christian Reinking 

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Vina.JPG (85776 bytes)Alwine Rosaline Martha Herrmann was born 15 August 1884 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 30 October 1959 in Brainerd, Minnesota. 

Alwine went by the name of 'Vina.' She passed away at home in November. Her actual death date is approximate. 

Baptism: 08 December 1886, St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Burial: Memorial Garden, Brainerd, Minnesota.

Sponsors/Godparents: Katharina Reinking and Christian Reinking.

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Lizzy.jpg (19657 bytes)Victoria Elisabetha Antoinette Herrmann was born 12 September 1886 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 16 February 1965 in Castle Rock, Cowlitz County, Washington. 

Victoria went by the name of 'Lizzy.' She moved to the state of Washington in 1908 where she raise a family. Family stories state that she never went back to her native state of Minnesota. 

Baptism: 08 December 1886, St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Cause of death: Pulmonary Embolus

Sponsors/Godparents: Katharina Reinking, Christian Reinking

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Wanda.jpg (5106 bytes)Wanda Rosalie Amalie Herrmann was born 12 August 1888 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 13 May 1965 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Per Wanda's baptism records she was given the name 'Wanda Rosalie Amalie', but in the family bible her father Emil Herrmann recorded her name as 'Wanda Rosalche Amalche.' 

Witnesses at Wanda's wedding were her brother Franz Alex Max, and her future sister-in-law, Louisa Augusta Modrow. 

Christening: 10 June 1889, St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

Sponsors/Godparents: Katharina Reinking, Christian Reinking

Burial: 15 May 1965, Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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lauraherrmann.jpg (19413 bytes)Laura Sophia Wilhelmine Herrmann was born 04 June 1890 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 01 March 1968 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

Laura Herrmann was an expert seamstress. She made wedding dresses and women's formal clothing attire. 

Baptism: Salem Lutheran, Loretto, Minnesota, June 1906.

Burial: Hegbert Township, Swift City at St. Agnes 

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Gussie Herrmann.jpg (61329 bytes)Magdalena Esterlina Augusta Herrmann was born 17 May 1892 in Grow Township, Anoka, Minnesota and died 02 November 1960 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

Magdalena went by the nickname of Gussie. She was a professional cook as was her sister Wanda Herrmann. Family stories say that Gussie and Wanda opened the first ever hamburger stand at the Minnesota State fair, which is one of the very largest fairs in the United States. 

Marriage notes: First Methodist Church, Anoka, Minnesota

Cause of death: Sub acute Bacterial Endocarditic

Burial: Minneapolis at Lakewood

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Bill.jpg (27546 bytes)Wilhelm Johannes Franz Herrmann was born 16 July 1894 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 21 March 1990 in Peoria, Illinois. 

Wilhelm was baptized as Wilhelm Johannes Franz, but in the family bible his father Emil Herrmann recorded his name as 'Wilhelm Johannes Franco Herrmann.' 

Baptism: St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Hennepin County, Minnesota

 

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Al.jpg (22726 bytes)Albert Heinrich Wilhelm Herrmann was born 10 July 1896 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 27 January 1961 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

Albert worked for the Moline Company in Minneapolis with his brothers.

Baptism: Albert was baptized 11 October 1896 at St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Sponsors/Godparents: Johann Stark, Sophia Reinking, Louis Reinking

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Frank.jpg (40912 bytes)Franz Friedrich Wilhelm Herrmann was born 01 September 1898 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 20 August 1972 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota at St. Vincent's. 

Franz was baptized as 'Franz Friedrich Wilhelm Herrmann,' but his father recorded his name in the family bible as 'Gov William McKinley' after a U.S. President. Franz went by the name 'Frank.' 

Baptism: Frank was baptized 30 October 1898, St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Burial: Osseo, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Sponsors/Godparents: Katharina Reinking, Wilhelm Reinking

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Ben.jpg (45703 bytes)Benjamin Friedrich Herrmann was born 23 April 1900 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 02 January 1973 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

In the family bible Benjamin's father Emil Herrmann wrote his name as, 'Benjamin Fridrich Herrmann.' 

Benjamin worked for the R. R. Howell Company in Minneapolis. He was machine foreman. 

Burial: Champlin Cemetery, Minnesota. 

Marriage notes: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Ted.jpg (19107 bytes)Theodore Roosevelt Herrmann was born 07 January 1902 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 03 September 1974 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

Theodore later changed his name to 'Theodore Roosevelt' which was his name when baptized. He went by the nicknames of 'Ted, or Dutch.' Theodore's name given at birth was 'Grover T. R. Herrmann.' At his confirmation his name was written as 'Theodore R. Herrmann.' His birth record is on file at the office of the state register, Ramsey County, signed A. J. Chelsey certifying he was born in Anoka County, Grow Township, Minnesota.

Burial: Minneapolis, at St. Anthony

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Mary1_edited.jpg (64542 bytes)Maria Magdalena Catharina Herrmann was born 13 August 1904 in Anoka, Minnesota and died August 1997 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Maria was baptized, 'Maria Magdalena Catharina,' but she went by the name of 'Mary.

Baptism: Mary was baptized 15 September 1904, St. Johns Lutheran, Maple Grove, Minnesota. 

Burial: 22 August 1997, Minneapolis at Ft. Snelling

Sponsors/Godparents: Herman Emil Stark, Louisa Augusta Modrow (Lizzy) 

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Gladys.jpg (25952 bytes)Glatise Louella Dorothy Herrmann was born 04 June 1908 in Anoka, Minnesota and died 07 July 1988 in Minneapolis at Hillside. 

Glatise was the informant for her Mother, Wilhelmine Reinking death certificate.

Glatise lived in Redbluff, California for a time, but moved back to Minnesota in her later years before passing away. 

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