Category Archives: Samels

Who are We?

Among the items a family leaves behind are often a group of unidentified pictures, right?  I spend a lot of time sitting here scratching my head, looking at faces to see who the person resembles, checking their hair style and … Continue reading

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Samels Family Photo Album

Hello to Samels cousins and interested friends, I’ve added a gallery slide show of  Samels pictures in  my collection.  Special thanks to my Minnesota cousins, Pat, Loretta and Marie for sharing their Samels family photographs. Some pictures are a bit … Continue reading

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Death of the Shane Brothers

This evening I have a post for you about the Shane brothers….this would be my grandfather Robert Nolan Shane and his brother John.  They died just 12 days apart in 1918 and this article appeared in the Monticello Express, April … 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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