From Iowa to North Dakota…….

James P. Shane was born in Sand Springs Iowa in 1864/1865, the third child of Bridget Hogan and Robert Shane.  At the age of 25, James married 19 year old Theresa McDonough, daughter of Frank McDonough and Mary Keyes. Theresa and James were the parents of two sons, Frank Earl and Thomas Glen Shane and in 1900 the family was living in Lester Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, west of Delaware County.  The city of Waterloo is located in Black Hawk County as is LaPorte City where James’ siblings John, Mary and Frances were living.

James at some point became a victim of Tuberculosis and was advised by his doctor to leave Iowa and move to a drier climate in North Dakota.  Now it could be argued that the climate in North Dakota was probably not advantageous to combatting the ravages of  TB, but nevertheless on the doctor’s advice James, Theresa and their sons did make the move to North Dakota, first settling in Larimore, Grand Forks County.   In 1907 the family moved further west to Stady, Divide County, in the Northwest corner of North Dakota where they homesteaded. A copy of their land patent is transcribed below:


Patent Number 144215

United States of America

Williston, 010769

Whereas, James P. Shane has deposited in the GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the United States a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Willistopn, North Dakota, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said James P. Shane according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820 entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” and the acts supplemental thereto, for the southwest quarter of Section thirty-three in Township one hundred sixty-one north of Range one hundred west of the Fifth Principal Meridian, North Dakota, containing one hundred sixty acres, according to the Official Plat of the Survey of the said lands, returned to the GENERAL LAND OFFICE by the Surveyor General, which said Tract has been purchased by the said James P. Shane:

NOW KNOW YE, that the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several Acts of  Congress in such case made and provided, HAVE GIVEN AND GRANTED, and by these presents DO GIVE AND GRANT, unto the said James P. Shane his heirs the said Tract above described; TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities, and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging, unto the said James P. Shane and to his heirs and assigns forever; subject to any vested and accrued water rights for mining, agricultural, manufacturing, or other purposes, and rights to ditches and reservoirs used in connection with such water rights, as may be recognized and acknowledged by the local customs, laws, and decisions of courts, and also subject to the right of the proprietor (sic) of a vein or lode to extract and remove his ore therefrom, should the same be found to penetrate or intersect the premises hereby granted, as provided by law; and there is reserved from the lands hereby granted, a right of way thereon for ditches or canals constructed by the authority of the United States.

The document is signed in the name of  William H. Taft President of the United States of America……

Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the FOURTEENTH day of JULY, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and TEN and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and THIRTY-FIFTH.


As James became more and more ill with tuberculosis he was unable to work on the farm so Theresa and her sons picked up the farm work.  According to neighbors Theresa was often seen driving the horses, making hay and doing other farm chores.  James succumbed to tuberculosis on June 9, 1918 and is buried in Fortuna Catholic Cemetery.


1870 US Census, Delaware County, Iowa, population schedule, South Fork Twp, p. 206, digital image, ( accessed 7/26/2007)

1880 US Census, Delaware County, Iowa, population schedule, South Fork Twp.,  p. 531, dwelling 8688, digital image, ( accessed 7/26/2007)

1885 Iowa State Census, Delaware County, Iowa, population schedule, South Fork Twp., p. 294 dwelling118, digital image, ( accessed 7/26/2007)

1900 US Census, Delaware County, Iowa, population schedule, South Fork Twp., p. 76 (supv. district) dwelling unknown, digital image, ( accessed 3/29/2009)

1910 US Census, Williams County, North Dakota, population schedule, Twp 161, dwelling 15, digital image, (, accessed 3/28/2009)

1915/1925,  North Dakota State Census, population schedule, Twp., Alexandria, dwelling unknown, Line 14, digital image, (, accessed 3/28/2009)

1920 US Census, Divide County,  North Dakota, population schedule,  Alexandria Twp., line 14, digital image, (, accessed 4/5/2009)

1930 US Census, Divide County, North Dakota, population schedule, Alexandria Twp., dwelling 36, digital image, (, accessed 3/28/2009)

Gravestone records, Fortuna, Divide County, North Dakota, digital image, Find A (, accessed 5/16/2009

North Dakota Death Certificate #  Frank Shane,  Alexandria Twp. Divide County, North Dakota

Obituary, Thomas Schane (sic) Crosby Journal, April 28, 1922, Crosby, Divide County, North Dakota

Obituary, Theresa Shane, unknown newspaper

Article re: Theresa Shane, unknown publication


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, October 14, 2009, All rights reserved

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