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About Kevin Jesmer NIU UBF

Kevin Jesmer NIU UBF has been a member since July 10th 2011, and has created 2236 posts from scratch.

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I am a originally from Canada. I am a pastor of a house church ministry praying for the people of DeKalb, IL and the students of NIU. I also work as nurse. My wife Julie and myself are raising five wonderful children, who are serving the Lord together.

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White Otter Castle. Canoe Trip in NW Ontario

Here is a nice canoe destination. Near Ingnace NW Ontario. It is the White Otter Castle.

return to the communities page

The White Otter Castle. Grave of Jimmy McOuat, the man who single handily build the house over 100 years ago, completed in 1916. He drowned in 1918 in his fishing nets.

White Otter Castle is an elaborate 3-story log house built on the shore of White Otter Lake, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Ignace, Ontario, Canada, by James Alexander “Jimmy” McOuat.
T
he “Castle” is a sturdy log house which stands 3 stories tall (29 feet), with a turret extending up to an additional floor (41 feet). The main part of the building measures 24 by 28 feet, while an attached kitchen area adds a further 14 by 20 feet to the floorplan.

McOuat built his “castle” single-handedly, beginning in 1903 when he was 51, and finally completing it in 1915. He felled and cut all of the red pine logs himself and hoisted the finished, dovetailed beams (some of them weighing as much as 1600 lbs) into place by means of simple block and tackle.
James Alexander McOuat was born in Chatham, Argenteuil County, Lower Canada (Québec), on Jan 17, 1855. He was the youngest son of David McOuat and Christian McGibbon, both of whom were born in Scotland and emigrated to Lower Canada in the early part of the 19th century.

As a young boy, Jimmy threw a turnip at an elderly neighbour who cursed at him and said: “You’ll amount to nothing and die in a shack.” Years later, in his forties and farming near Rainy River, he invested all that he had in a gold mine on the Upper Manitou. He lost everything, including his land.

McOuat turned to animal trapping to earn a living and found himself on White Otter Lake, living in a rough trapper’s shack. He became obsessed with what the old man said to him. Visitors to the cabin who met McOuat often commented that he would say “What do you think of my home – you’d never call that a shack, would you?”

McOuat is assumed to have drowned while netting fish in 1918. His body was discovered by forest rangers, tangled in his net, near a reed bed beside an island on the lake. The Rangers had come looking for him after reports he hadn’t been seen all winter. He likely drowned in late fall of 1918 and was found the following spring.
His grave is next to the Castle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Otter_Castle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whenPS2Rt1I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJyFTkaaJIw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SueKFSvJRDE

White Otter Castle. Canoe Trip in NW Ontario

Here is a nice canoe destination. Near Ingnace NW Ontario. It is the White Otter Castle.

return to the communities page

The White Otter Castle. Grave of Jimmy McOuat, the man who single handily build the house over 100 years ago, completed in 1916. He drowned in 1918 in his fishing nets.

White Otter Castle is an elaborate 3-story log house built on the shore of White Otter Lake, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Ignace, Ontario, Canada, by James Alexander “Jimmy” McOuat.
T
he “Castle” is a sturdy log house which stands 3 stories tall (29 feet), with a turret extending up to an additional floor (41 feet). The main part of the building measures 24 by 28 feet, while an attached kitchen area adds a further 14 by 20 feet to the floorplan.

McOuat built his “castle” single-handedly, beginning in 1903 when he was 51, and finally completing it in 1915. He felled and cut all of the red pine logs himself and hoisted the finished, dovetailed beams (some of them weighing as much as 1600 lbs) into place by means of simple block and tackle.
James Alexander McOuat was born in Chatham, Argenteuil County, Lower Canada (Québec), on Jan 17, 1855. He was the youngest son of David McOuat and Christian McGibbon, both of whom were born in Scotland and emigrated to Lower Canada in the early part of the 19th century.

As a young boy, Jimmy threw a turnip at an elderly neighbour who cursed at him and said: “You’ll amount to nothing and die in a shack.” Years later, in his forties and farming near Rainy River, he invested all that he had in a gold mine on the Upper Manitou. He lost everything, including his land.

McOuat turned to animal trapping to earn a living and found himself on White Otter Lake, living in a rough trapper’s shack. He became obsessed with what the old man said to him. Visitors to the cabin who met McOuat often commented that he would say “What do you think of my home – you’d never call that a shack, would you?”

McOuat is assumed to have drowned while netting fish in 1918. His body was discovered by forest rangers, tangled in his net, near a reed bed beside an island on the lake. The Rangers had come looking for him after reports he hadn’t been seen all winter. He likely drowned in late fall of 1918 and was found the following spring.
His grave is next to the Castle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Otter_Castle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whenPS2Rt1I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJyFTkaaJIw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SueKFSvJRDE

Charts of Community Alliances in NW Ontario

Charts of Community Alliances in NW Ontario. The following charts were found on a map. They show which organizations communities are aligned with. They form these alliances for economic, cultural and political reasons. They try to stand together to help build each other up.

Link to the communities section.

Newspaper Articles of the Jesmer Clan in 1898

Newspaper Articles of the Jesmer Clan in 1898.

Summary of 1898- Princeton Minnesota Jesmer Clan

Link to newspapers by year

Link to Jesmer family history

Joseph A. Jesmer’s page

In 1898 we see Nelson E. Jesmer’s son Hiram Bert Jesmer taking a role in managing the store and being a leader in the service clubs. He was building a large home next to his father. The Jesmer clan is visiting one another. Eunice Rose (Jesmer) Waldhoff is battling consumption, TB all year long. She eventually dies of it at the end of the year. Family members are reported as visiting her in North Branch Minnesota. She died at 26 years old and she had two young kids at home. Didn’t they worry about other family members getting TB? There were two wedding among the Jesmers in Princeton in this year, William Kaliher and Eugenie Jesmer  – January 1898….H. Bert Jesmer and Julia A, Nyquist – June 1898. A militia was active and William Kaliher had joined it.

1-13-1898: Nelson E. Jesmer store is having a closing out sale because of administrative changes in the store. He is willing to trade goods for butter, eggs, ties and two car loads of hoop holes.

1-18-1898: A.D Jesmer, Brother of Joseph A. Jesmer, is thinking of running for the legislature.

2-24-1898: Nelson A. Jesmer is buying up goods for the store.

3-3-1898: Bert Jesmer, N.E. Jesmer’s son is getting involved in the Princeton business community.

3-13-1898: Canada is inviting settlers to the prairie provinces. Maybe Nelson A. Jesmer became interested in Manitoba because of these advertisements.

4-10-1898: A.D. Jesmer attends a night of entertainment at the Knights of the Maccabees, in Mora MN. People were very involved in various service groups.

5-9-1898: W.F. Kaliher joins a local militia. He was married to Eugenia Jesmer, daughter of Joseph A. Jesmer.

6-21-1898: H. Bert Jesmer, Nelson E. Jesmer’s son, got married in the home of his father.

7-7-1898: Nelson E. Jesmer store selling women’s summer corsets for 50 cents.

8-3-1898: A.D. Jesmer is checking out Park Rapids as a place to live.

8-25-1898: William Kaliher owned a barbershop and bathroom.

9-8-1898: Roy Jesmer, Nelson E. Jesmer’s son is training running horses in Wisconsin, and will ride horses in the state fair.

Nelson E. Jesmer and family are making frequents visits to family. He also did a camping trip to Mille Lacs lake region. Money allows one to travel a lot.

9-9-1898: Eunice Rose (Jesmer) Waldhoff was in St Paul for medical treatment. I believe that she had consumption, which is tuberculosis.

Eunice Rose Jesmer [Parents] was born in <1870/1872> in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. She died on 19 Nov 1898 in North Branch, MN. The cause of death was Consumption. She married 1Emanuel Gustave Waldhoff on 6 Oct 1892 in Mille Lacs Co, MN.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mercierhedlund/pafc193.htm#5660C1

10-27-1898: Emmanuel, the widowed husband of Eunice Rose Jesmer, got remarried to Hulda Kreasal in North Branch. There doesn’t seem to be any Jesmer’s listed in the newspaper article about the wedding.

11-4-98; Family members were visiting the home of Eunice and her husband, Emanuel. He was a business man in the nearby community of North Branch. She was slowly dying of TB. Her sister, Delia Jesmer was nursing her in the last days. She had started showing symptoms of TB one year previous.

11-28-98: The funeral of Eunice Rose Jesmer. She died of TB. (Nov 19). She was about twenty-six years old and had three kids. Two of them were living at the time of her untimely death.

12-29-1898: H. Bert’s Jesmer’s grand new home almost burnt down because of painting rags spontaneously combusting. Lola, his sister saw the light from next door and with the help of friends put out the fire.

Weddings in 1898:

William Kaliher and Eugenie Jesmer  – January 1898

  1. Bert Jesmer and Julia A, Nyquist – June 1898

What Was Happening in Nelson Adulphus Jesmer’s  Life in 1898?

1/3/1898       Sister, Eugenia, marries William Kaliher in Greenbush MN.

1/15/1898     Son, Herbert, is sick.

February 15, 1898 Battleship MAINE explodes, 266 crewmen killed.

        3/2/1898      Nephew, Lester Louis Jesmer born to Sidney Jesmer in MN

April 25, 1898 – U.S. declares war, but makes the declaration retroactive to April 22. Matanzas,

Cuba bombarded by the US Navy. http://www.spanamwar.com/timeline.htm

1898      Minnesota, the first state to volunteer, raises four regiments, one of which

serves in the Philippines.

5/14/1898     N.A. Jesmer is indicted on 2nd degree grand larceny charges. Spent time in jail

and was released “with the help of wealthy relative from Princeton.” (Probably

his uncle, Nelson Edward Jesmer)

10/29/1898      Nephew, Joseph Dennis Kaliher was born to Eugenia (Jesmer)

11/28/1898:         The funeral of Eunice Rose Jesmer. She died of TB. (Nov 19). She was about

twenty-six years old and had three kids. Two of them were living at the time of

her untimely death.

The fact that Nelson was indicted on 2nd degree grand larceny charges, meant that his life in local politics was over in Hibbing. He could not continue with what had become a major passion in his life. So in order to make a new beginning, the forty two year old Nelson did what he had done in the past, after five years in Hibbing he decided to pack his bags to go on ahead of his wife, Jennie, and four children, (Herbert, Ida, Carl and Harvey), to another pioneering community, Langdon North Dakota. He may have had his eye on  Manitoba.





1898 was a  busy year for the Minnesota Jesmer clan

 

(Gordon) Clair Robinson- Jessie Jesmer’s uncle who farmed in Paswegin

(Gordon) Clair Robinson- Jessie Jesmer’s uncle who farmed in Paswegin Saskatchewan. Clair was one of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer’s uncles. He was a single man, who farmed next to Harvey and Alive Jesmer in the hamlet of Paswegin. He was the son of Arthur and Jessie Robinson.

The children of Arthur and Jessie Robinson;  Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Lillie, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. (Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902.)

Link to Arthur and Jessie Robinson, Clair’s parents. 

Link to Carl and Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

Link to the Nelson and Jenny Jesmer

Link to the Jesmer family history

Some pictures of Clair and his family


The photos were from a history book on Paswegin and scanned by Gloria Jesmer

Arthur and Jessie (Lytle) Robinson

Arthur Robinson and Jessie (Lytle) Robinson

Arthur and Jessie were pioneers in the Paswegin area in 1906. They had built a homestead about 6 miles NW from Paswegin. They had nine kids, one of which (Hugh Allen) died of diphtheria in 1902. They were the grandparents of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer, the wife of Carl Jesmer.  Jessie had once lived in Clair Ontario and  Wooler Ontario.

Links the children of Arthur and Jessie Robinson: Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Lillie, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. (Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902)

Link to Carl and Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

Link to the Nelson and Jenny Jesmer

Link to the Jesmer family history

The children of Arthur and Jessie Robinson;  Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Lillie, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. (Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902.)

The brother of Jessie Robinson was Tom Lytle. He and Arthur helped each other to establish their homesteads in the Paswegin area.


 

Could this be a picture of Jessie Robinson?

The pictures in the article were taken from a history book on Paswegin. The scans were provided by Gloria Jesmer

George A. Johnson and Lillie (Robinson) Johnson

George A. and Lillie (Robinson) Johnson…The Parents of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

  • Please note: When reading this, keep in mind that it gets a little complicated because there are two Jessie’s to keep in mind and many teachers. Jessie (Lytle) Robinson is the grandmother of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer.

Link to Arthur and Jessie (Lytle) Robinson, Jessie Jesmer’s grandparents.

Link to Carl and Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

Link to Nelson and Jenny Jesmer (Carl’s Jesmer’s parents.)

Link to the Jesmer family history page.

George A. Johnson and Lillie are the parents of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer. As a child Lillie had lived in the Paswegin Saskatchewan area. Previously, her family lived in Manitoba and North Dakota. Her mother (Jessie) had previously lived in Clair Ontario and Wooler Ontario. Lillie had, at one time lived in Flin Flon Manitoba. In 1943 they were recorded as attending a Robinson family reunion. Lillie had eight other siblings.

The siblings of Lillie (Robinson) Johnson were; Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902.

The children of George and Lillie Johnson were; Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer, Aubrey, Louise, and Alva.

Jessie Jesmer is the daughter of George Johnson and Lillie Robinson. She was born on July 25th, 1912. Her siblings were Aubrey, Louise and Alva.

Her grandparents, on the Robinson side, were Arthur and Jessie Robinson. Jessie Jesmer had come from a family of teachers, where many of her aunts and uncles on the Robinson side of the family were teachers.  Jessie’s mother, Lillie was also a teacher.

Jessie’s uncle: Clair Robinson: (He was a farmer. He was single. He lived in the next farm over, from the farm of Harvey and Alice Jesmer.) Jessie was encouraged to get involved in the debating club by her Gramma Robinson and her Aunt Bella.

Bella Robinson: She was Jessie’s aunt. She was the Post Mistress of the area. She had inspired Jessie to read.  Jessie’s mother, Lillie also inspired Jessie to read. Eventually Jessie became a teacher.

There was also a Mr. Robinson who was a radio announcer in Watrous Saskatchewan. He broadcasted farm information stuff.

The pictures were take from a History of Paswegin book, scanned by Gloria Jesmer

Papers of Frank Albert Mass

Rescued Papers of Frank Albert Mass “Albert”

Link to main page of Albert and Sarah Mass

I recently was shown some papers of Albert Mass (My wife’s (Julie) maternal grandfather.) They were in a house fire and were saved by Michelle (Nugent) Sanchez, Julie’s sister. I took photos and edited them the best I could. Here are the pics of the documents that I have thus far.

Oscar Jesmer

Oscar Jesmer.

Jesmer family history

Donald Jesmer’s page

Hubert Jesmer’s page

Children of Oscar Jesmer:    Donald, Andrew, Darlene (Rob), Gordon, Sharon (Stephen).

Parents of Oscar Jesmer: Donald (Jesmer) and Clara (Meekis)

Siblings of Oscar Jesmer: Marieanne (Richard), Shirley, Helen, Rose, Maxine, Donald and Walter.

In Memory of:   OSCAR JESMER

September 13, 1943 – September 22, 2018

With family close by his side, our beloved father passed away, in the early hours on Saturday September 22, 2018. He was born in Deer Lake Ontario, grew up in Red Lake and moved to Winnipeg for the later part of his life. During his youth he was very athletic; he dominated in track and field, and excelled at hockey.

Oscar was predeceased by his parents Donald (Jesmer) and Clara (Meekis), his two sons Donald and Andrew who I am sure were waiting for him with open arms. They are the lucky ones now as they have our father and he will forever be in our hearts and the memories we had will live on forever.

Oscar is survived by his children Darlene (Rob), Gordon, Sharon (Stephen). Also his sister’s Marieanne (Richard), Shirley, Helen, Rose, Maxine and his brother’s Donald and Walter. Oscar is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He has numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. May his memory live on in each and every one of us.

Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street.

https://cropo.com/tribute/details/6223/OSCAR-JESMER/obituary.html

Belle Wood Jesmer-Nelson Adulphus Jesmer’s First Wife

Belle Wood Jesmer-Nelson Adulphus Jesmer’s First Wife.

Link to Nelson A. Jesmer

Link to Herbert Jesmer, Belle’s and Nelson’s son

Link to Jesmer family history page

Herbert J. Jesmer was the first child of Nelson Adulphus Jesmer. He was born to Belle Wood, the first wife of Nelson A. Jesmer. Herbert was born in 10/23/1886 in Bessemer Michigan. “J” most likely stood for Joseph, since both of his grandfathers were named Joseph. Nelson had married a woman named Belle Wood. She was the daughter of Joseph and Belle Wood, who were Canadian. She had come to Ashland WI to visit her brother and a week later she was married to Nelson. They later moved to Bessemer MI where Nelson was running a hotel. Nelson was a pioneer of the town and run a hotel called Jesmer and Long.  Later he ran the Colby House. Having a baby was very dangerous back then. It proved to be very dangerous for Belle Jesmer, because she died one week later, after giving birth to Herbert, from post-partum infection.

November 14, 1885, “Miss Belle Wood is here visiting her brother J.A.” The Ashland Press.

[Article] History Of Bessemer  (One week later she married Nelson A. Jesmer in Ashland)

 The witnesses to their marriage were John McNeil. and Mary McNeil. The Pastor was Pauluius O.S.F. who resided in Ashland. Date of registration was December 16, 1885.

(Wisconsin vital records   No. 97    00074)

Belle Wood’s parents were both born in Canada. (From the marriage certificate)

 Belle Wood died of “Birth Fever”  according to the county clerk registrar.

 Nelson E. Jesmer (i.e. Ted Jesmer) (grandson) found that in June 26, 1895, Hibbing MN census, Herbert was living with his father and his step mother.

1901; The family moved from Langdon ND to South western Manitoba near Killarney

 Nelson also stated that Herbert went with his family to Saskatchewan Canada in 1904.

 Nelson, his wife Genevieve and three (four) children, (Herbert), Ida, Carl and Harvey came to the Quill City area in the spring of 1904. They traveled by a yoke of oxen and wagon from Sheho, the end of the steel. There was no town or post office in the area. At that time it was unknown where the rail would be laid or when. The land here had just been opened for homesteading a year earlier, …Nelson discovered that S.E. of 22-34-14 W2nd was open and filed on it. The nearest land office was Humboldt

 The family spent the summer in a tent and put up some hay. The wild hay was thick and so tall it brushed the bottom of the wagon box. In August it turned cold and there was a bad wind storm. The tent blew down and a great deal of snow fell. The family spent two days lying under the canvas of the fallen tent, under the snow. They ate raw oatmeal.

They returned to Sheho for the winter. The G. Clarksons and Aspenalls and their children wintered with them.

 1905 The spring was very early and dry. When the family returned, a fire had swept the area and burned the hay, but the hay-rack left behind the year before, was intact. Everywhere in the blackened ground, white buffalo bones were to be seen.

 At 17 years old, Herbert J. Jesmer, the son of Nelson A. Jesmer and Belle (Wood) Jesmer left home with his wagon and was never seen again. It was said that he was moving cargo in the Red Lake Ontario area. He would have left almost immediately after arriving in Canada.



Birth Certificate of Herbert J. Jesmer, The First Son Of Nelson (and his first wife, Belle Wood)

State Of Michigan                                                                                                       121-5-282

Department Of Community Health

Certificate Of Live Birth

___________________________________________________________________

  1. Child name

Herbert J.  Jesmer

  1. Sex 3.  Race or Color    4. Stillborn, twins, etc.                 5. Date of Birth

male                                     White                                                                         October 23, 1886

______________________________________________________________________

  1. Location of Birth 7. County of Birth

Bessemer Township                                                                                                   Gogebic

_______________________________________________________________________

8a. Mother’s Name (First, Middle, Last)  8b. Birthplace of mother         8c. Occupation of mother

Belle Wood Jesmer                                       Canada                                      Not given

______________________________________________________________________

9a. Father’s name (First, Middle, Last)    9b. Birthplace of Father           9c. Occupation of Father

Nels A. Jesmer                                             New York                                 Hotel Keeper

________________________________________________________________________

10a. Mother’s residence                                                                                10b. Father’s residence

Bessemer, MI                                                                                                  Bessemer, MI

_________________________________________________________________________

11a. Date received by registrar

September 2,1887

_________________________________________________________________________

October 26, 1998

I hereby certify that the above is a true and correct reproduction of the certificate on file in the Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, Michigan.

Certified by:  Carol V. Getts

State Registrar

Belle Wood Was Nelson’s First Wife. She died of post partum infection

State Of Michigan                                                                                                           3-16

Department Of Community Health                                                           State Office Number

Certificate Of Death                                                33

Registered Number

_________________________________________________________________________

Decedent’s name (First, Middle Last)                        Sex                Date of Death (month/day/year)

Belle Wood Jesmer                                  Female                                 11-09-1886

__________________________________________________________________________

Age                                                    Date of Birth (Year, Month, Day)          Birthplace

31                                                                                                                           Canada

_________________________________________________________________

Marital status                                   Race or Color                                      Occupation of deceased

Married                                             White                                                     Housewife

____________________________________________________________________

Mother’s name (First/Middle/Last)                                                               Mother’s residence

Belle Wood                                                                                                       Canada

________________________________________________________________

Father’s name (First/Middle/Last)                                                                 Father’s residence

Joseph Wood                                                                                                     Canada

______________________________________________________________

Cause of death

  1. Fever following child birth

________________________________________________________________________________

Date received by registrar                                               registrar

09-02-1887                                                                        Conrad Carlson

________________________________________________________________________

09-15-98

I hereby certify that the above is a true and correct reproduction of the certificate on file in the Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, Michigan.

Certified by:  Carol V. Getts

State Registrar

(The certificate was typed into a word document by Kevin Jesmer 2007)

(Certificate typed as a word document by Kevin Jesmer 2007)

 

I Finally Got To See The Gravesite of My Great Grandparents, Nelson and Jennie Jesmer

I finally got to see the gravesite of my great grandparents, Nelson and Jennie Jesmer.

Link to Nelson and Genevieve’s main page

Link to Jesmer family history 

They moved from the USA to Manitoba in 1901 and then to Quill City RM in 1904 (Next to Wadena Saskatchewan). I have done so much research about this man and his wife. It was like a knew them, though they died in 1936 and 1937. I always missed one thing, I never ever saw where they were buried. In July 2018 I visited Wadena and I saw the foundation of their old barn and the place where he had a garage, among other things. But the most intriguing thing was seeing their final resting place. They are buried in the Wadena Cemetery. Howard Jesmer, my dad’s cousin and Gloria Jesmer his wife took me on a tour. Nelson is the common ancestor of Howard and myself.


Photos of me and Howard around the grave site.