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Hugo Gailfus

Hugo Gailfus[1]

Male 1864 - 1964  (100 years)

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  • Name Hugo Gailfus 
    Residence 1861  Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Born 24 Mar 1864  Ayton, Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Interesting story 
    Residence 1891  Douglas, Selkirk, Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1900  , Towner Co., North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-170234 
    Died 14 Dec 1964  Rolla, Rolette, North Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I170234  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Blaisus Gailfus,   b. 1830, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900  (Age < 69 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Winkler,   b. CALC 9 Apr 1840, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1911  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1858  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F28982  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Lillian Bowers,   b. 1880,   d. 9 Feb 1902, Rolla, Rolette, North Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years) 
    Children 
     1. Ruth Gailfus
     2. Clarence Eugene Gailfus,   b. CALC 2 Feb 1902, , North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1910, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 8 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F49507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Hilgartner,   b. 1873, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 10 Mar 1904  St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F49508  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Mar 1864 - Ayton, Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - Douglas, Selkirk, Manitoba Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - , Towner Co., North Dakota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Mar 1904 - St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Dec 1964 - Rolla, Rolette, North Dakota, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Hugo Gailfus
    Hugo Gailfus
    dgailfus1 originally shared this to Ancestry Public Member Tree

  • Notes 
    • HUGO GAILFUS, PIONEER OF COMMUNITY, ACTIVE AT 92

      There were some hardy men in the Hansboro community in the pioneer period. One of these was Hugo Gailfus, who at 92 is still "quite a man". When a representative of the 50th Anniversary Committed called on Mr. Gailfus a few days ago at his farm home two miles south and six miles west of Hansboro, he found him sawing wood with a one-man crosscut saw.

      Reminiscing for the benefit of the Committee member, who was seeking information for this article, the nonagenarian recalled that in 1880 he migrated with his mother to Manitoba to Ontario. He was born at Ayton, Ontario, March 24, 1863. They landed at Emerson, Manitoba and walked, driving cattle ahead of them to Clearwater, Manitoba to the new location with oxen and sled part of the way and with a wagon drawn by oxen the last part of the trip.

      In 1890 Mr. Gailfus went to Gretna, Manitoba where he resided with a relative until 1896. He then returned to North Dakota and homesteaded his present farm.

      Mr. Gailfus married Lilah Bower in 1901. They were the parents of a son who did not survive. His wife died in 1902 and in 1904 he married Mary Hilgardner. By this marriage there are six surviving children: Mrs. James Bush (Ruth), International Falls, Minnesota; Mrs. Nestor Juntunen (Vivian), rural Rolla; Myron Gailfus, Rolla; Olivia Gailfus, at home; Mrs. Kathleen Mader, Portland, Oregon and Mrs. Melvin Gessner (Dulcie), Walkerton, Indiana. Mr. Gailfus' second wife died a number of years ago.

      His closest neighbor in the early days was John Cain, who lived about two miles to the west. He also mentioned Mr. Cowan, referred to in other articles in this booklet and Garet Locklin, also mentioned in another pioneer days story.

      Mr. Gailfus recalled that in the early years settlers broke up four or five acre patches with oxen. His first grain crop totaled only 40 bushels of wheat and he had to take it to a neighbor to get it threshed. He first hauled his grain to Churchs Ferry and made one trip to Willow City, before the Great Northern line to St. John was built.

      The pioneer took an active part in the affairs of the Picton community until recent years, serving on township and school boards, and, in spite of his age (he was then over 80) acted as chairman of war bond drives.

      Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Hansboro, North Dakota, June 22, 1955.

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      HUGO GAILFUS FAMILY


      Hugo Gailfus, pioneer of the Picton community, migrated to Clearwater, Manitoba, in 1880 from Ayton, Ontario, where he was born on March 24, 1863, at the age of 17 years with his mother. They landed at Emerson, Manitoba, and walked, driving cattle ahead of them to Clearwater to the new location with oxen and sled part of the way and with a wagon drawn by oxen the last part of the trip.

      In 1883, Hugo squatted on land in Fairview Township, which wasn't surveyed at that time. Filed on preemption made final proof and moved to Picton Township. In 1901, he was united in marriage to Lillah Bowers, who died the following year at childbirth of a son, Clarence Eugene. In 1904, he married Mary Hilgartner of Ayton, Ontario, Canada. She died on January 25, 1943. To this union, six children were born: Ruth Bush, International Falls, Minn.; Vivian Juntunen, Rolla; Dulcie Gessner, Wausaukee, Wis.; Myron Gailfus, Rolla; Olivia Gailfus, Rolla; and Kathleen Mader, Salter Path, N.D. Olivia lives in the farm home of nephew Larry Gailfus.

      Hugo was a Towner County Commissioner for a time and was Picton school treasurer for many years. He was also Grand Marshal at Rolla's 75th Celebration at the age of 100 years.

      His first summer, he sowed some grain on a small tract they had broken up and got 40 bushels of wheat. That same summer, they also built a log shack on his mother's claim, which had cost them $8.00.

      Devils Lake was the nearest railroad point. Hugo also hauled grain to Willow City, a round trip that took three days by oxen. He made trips to Devils Lake each fall to buy supplies for the year. This trip took two days to go, one to load two days to come back. He also hauled grain to Churchs Ferry. Hugo's first trip was in 1883, squatted on land which wasn't surveyed then, so he, his brother and one of the Widmeyer boys plowed a furrow around the land they wanted. They went back to Clearwater, Ontario, for the winter and returned the next spring with three yoke of oxen. They intended to reach their destination in three days, a distance of 35 miles; but because of road conditions, they were forced to camp on the prairie overnight, which was about where the Picton School now stands. They reached their dug-out cabin the next day.

      Hugo's first house was a shack with a sod roof, which leaked when it rained. The present house, which still stands, was built in 1906. It has been in the family all these years. Hugo Gailfus died on Dec. 14, 1964, at the age of 101 years.

      History of Town, North Dakota

  • Sources 
    1. [S448] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - St. James Lutheran St. Jacobs CC#4590 Internet Link.
      East: In memory of/ Elizabeth Winkler/ nee Gailfus/ wife of John L. Wideman/ died Oct. 28, 1911/ aged 71 yrs. 6 mos. 19 ds./ Wideman West: Peter son of/ Blasius & Elizabeth Gailfus/ died Aug. 3, 1874 aged 16 yrs. 22 ds./ Clarence Eugene son of/ Hugo & Lillian Gailfus/ born in N. Dakota U. S. 1902 died at/ St. Jacobs Mar. 1, 1910 aged 8 yrs. 27 d. A. Peter B. Clarence

    2. [S949] Census - ON, Grey, Normanby - 1861, Div 3 pg 12.
      Blazius Gailfuis 29 b. German states Roman Catholic farmer
      Eliza 20
      Peter 2 Grey Co.
      Hugo 1 Grey Co

    3. [S1835] Census - U.S. Census Population Schedule, 1900 12th Census, North Dakota, Towner District: 183 , Sheet Number and Letter: 14B , Household ID: 350 , Line Number: 86 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: T623 , GS Film Number: 1241233 , Digital.

    4. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Blasnis Getfuss Birth Place: Germany Residence: Woolwich Township Age: 27 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1831 Father Name: Thaddeus Mother Name: Barbara Spouse Name: Elizabeth Winkler Spouse's Age: 18 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1840 Spouse Birth Place: Woolwich Township Spouse residence: Woolwich Township Spouse Father Name: Jacob Spouse Mother Name: Regina Marriage Date: 27 Apr 1858 Marriage County: Waterloo