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The Death of Robert Arbuckle (1821-1895)

SUICIDE OF ROBERT ARBUCKLE Our community was greatly shocked Wednesday to hear that one of our old citizens, Robert Arbuckle, had taken his own life by swallowing a dose of strychnine.  The deceased was a widower, and had his home … Continue reading

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Will the Real Robert Arbuckle Please Stand Up?

Remember the old game show “To Tell the Truth”  popular in the late 1950’s?  The game went something like this: There are four people trying to correctly identify a described contestant. This contestant is accompanied by two impostors who pretend to … Continue reading

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Daly Family Plot

Here’s a lovely photograph of the Daly Family Plot in Dover Delaware.  Many thanks to Debi Dow Fenimore for sharing this picture! ***************************************************************** Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, November 19, 2011 All Rights Reserved Picture is the property of … Continue reading

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The Bank

Hello Everyone, Here a two wonderful pictures of the original Lakeville Bank building, the bank started by W.H. and F.A. Samels…. enjoy! ********************************************************************************** Building as it looks today. Many thanks to cousin Pat Vasatka for sharing these pictures. Susan J. … Continue reading

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Lakeville Minnesota History

The City of Lakeville Minnesota has a wonderful website, containing among other things several YouTube presentations of various events in its history.  Here’s a link to the YouTube presentation page describing the beginning of the Lakeville Bank which was started … Continue reading

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Susie Shane’s Shoes

My sister and I have very few artifacts from the Samels family, but there is one intriguing item, a pair of wooden shoes.  They seem to have been hand carved and the bottom of one has an inscription that reads: … Continue reading

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Mary, Rose and Josie Samels

Photograph of Mary, Rose and Josie Samels.  What a strong family resemblance exists between these sisters. Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, February 2, 2011, All Rights Reserved

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Samels Brothers in the News

The August 26, 1926 issue of the Lakeville Minnesota Leader newspaper contained a couple of interesting articles about the Samels Family.  First the article about the founding of the bank, then a picture of W.H. Samels farm. ****************************************************************************** From the … Continue reading

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Will of Dominic Samels 1799-1873

Dominic (Dominique) Samels was the Father of Franz Samels and my GGGrandfather.  He was born in Luxembourg 20 February, 1799 and died in Aurora Illinois 19 June, 1873. Dominic Samels married (1) Catharina Schott (1796-1837) and their children were Wilhelm, … Continue reading

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A Letter from June

June Taylor Murphy* and I have had several visits about the Samels family over the years.  When my sister and I visited Minnesota a few years ago we spent an afternoon with June and enjoyed her company very much.  June … Continue reading

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