Mrs. Theresa Shane

Theresa (McDonough) Shane was the wife of James Shane, my dad’s uncle. The Public Library in Crosby, N.D. sent me this lovely article about Theresa, evidently  from a book about the Powers Lake Catholic Nursing Home.  The year of publication is unknown.



On 1908 or ’09, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shane came to what is now Alexandria Township and took up a homestead a mile east of Stady.  Theresa’s maiden name was McDonough, and her mother and three brothers homesteaded in the same township.  They came from Cascade, Iowa, where Mr. Shane’s doctor had found he had tuberculosis and recommended the dry climate of Dakota for health improvement.  They had two sons, Frank and Glenn (Thomas).  Mr. Shane lived until 1918, and Glenn passed away in 1922, at the age of 23 years, of the same ailment as his father’s.

Because her husband could not help with the work, Mrs. Shane and the boys did the farming.  Her neighbors remember her driving horses, making hay or anything else usually thought of as man’s work.  Both boys were fond of athletics, and were members of the Stady baseball and basketball teams for years.  One of Mrs. Shane’s prized possessions still hangs in the living room, an oval photo showing both boys in basketball attire.

In the early years (1915-16-17), Mrs. Shane delivered children to Lee School No. 1 for $40.oo per month.  The Soby chiuldren were among those on her route.  Always deeply interested in advancement and education, she served as President of Lee School Board.  Students remember her regular twice-a-year visits to the schools, and on Arbor Day she always supervised the planting of a tree.  Frank Shane was School Treasurer for 15 years, from 1937 to 1952.

Frank died in 1957, at the age of 63.  Mrs. Shane still lives, and is a resident of the Powers Lake Catholic Nursing Home.  Born in 1879, she will soon mark her 95th birthday.  While she still resided on her farm, which she did until 1959 or ’60, her birthday party was an annual event to her neighbors, Father O’Leary, and members of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church of Hanks, where she was an active member.

A true pioneer, Mrs. Shane will long be remembered in the Stady area.


SOURCE UNKNOWN – Appears to be an article from a book about the Powers Lake Catholic Nursing Home.

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, October 25, 2009

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