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S: Elwell Family


1: James Tallmadge Elwell 7/2/1855-8/10/1933 James was the son of Tallmadge and Margaret (Miller) Elwell. At the age of 17 he invented and patented a spring bed. Out of this grew the Minneapolis Furniture Company and Minneapolis Bedding Company. Not long after James went into real estate and in 1882 started the Elwell Additions to Minneapolis. The profits from these additions allowed James to buy over 50,000 acres in Anoka County. On the Anoka property James built two large stock farms, the Golden Lake Farm and the Oak Leaf Farm. Unfortunately, the panic of 1893 caused him to lose much of the land when the family moved to Golden Lake Farm in an effort to save expenses. While there, James was elected to the State Senate where he served for 8 years. His main interests while in the senate were road improvement and the needs of the University of Minnesota. He was perhaps best known as the originator of the Elwell Law for financing municipal improvements and his name can be identified with park, University of Minnesota and other civic improvements. He was a life member of the Minneapolis Athletic club, a trustee of Carleton College and a member of Como Ave Congregational Church. Emma Elizabeth "Lizzie" Alden Elwell 10/27/1860-4/27/1936 Lizzie was the daughter of Albert Martin and Maria Elizabeth (Shedd) Alden. In her early life she lived in southern Minnesota. Her mother died when Lizzie was 10 and a year later her father remarried Harriet Pardee, at which time the family moved to Minneapolis. She attended the University of Minnesota for two years, later teaching in rural schools. In 1882 she married James. The mother of 9 children, she was an excellent cook and hostess. The family often entertained distinguished guests such as Cyrus Northrop, President of the University of Minnesota, T.B.Walker, founder of Walker Art Institute and others. She was devoted to the education of her children, rejecting arguments advanced by the boys to drop out of school to help with family finances. At the age of 63 she suffered a broken hip which necessitated her to use crutches the remainder of her life. She continued to be active, attending museums and lectures. On a trip to Alaska even the ship's officers were amazed at her courage in climbing up and down the gangplank instead of remaining on the ship. A woman of tremendous curiosity and energy, she had a great interest in nature and loved to travel and read.. | 1.

2: Lizzie and J.T. Elwell with Tallmadge & Margaret Elwell | James Tallmadge Elwell | Back Row: Ruth (Ford), Mary, Edwin, James Jr., Alden, Elizabeth (Weigel) & Margaret (Cook) Front row: Watson, J.T., Lizzie & Laurance | 2.

3: Louis Grant Perry 1864-1950 Lewis Perry was a teacher and Indian Services worker. Born in Iowa to the family of Cyrus and Rebecca Perry, he attended local schools and then continued post-secondary study in education at Grinell College. His first teaching post was apparently in Elbow Lake, Minnesota. In 1982 he transfered to Richwood, Minnesota near Detroit Lakes. The same year he met and married one of his students, Lilley McDougall. She was born in Richwood, MN to Jennie, an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of the Mississippian Ojibewa and was raised by her grandfather Duncan McDougall. Louis and Lilley continued to teach until 1907 when Louis joined the U.S. Indian Service as a School Superintendent. Subsequently he worked at the White Earth Chippewa and Beaulieu settlements, transferring to Fort Defiance in Arizona and later Needles, California, finally returning to Richwood in 1918 where they remained until Louis's death 19 April 1950. They both are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, Minnesota. The house that they lived still exists in Richwood. *There is a discrepancy in the year of her birth. The Social Security administration has it listed as 1872 but White Earth records list 1875. | Lilley McDougal Perry 4/15/1872*-8/24/1969 | 3.

4: Lilley & Louis Perry's home in Richwood with Asa, Lilley & Louis in the automobile | 4.

5: Asa, Ellen, Hazel (in door). three unknown relatives | Lilley & Ellen | Louis Grant Perry

6: Louis & Lilley | Louis with his family | 6.

7: Louis Perry | Florence Perry, Lilley Perry, Louis Perry, Ellen Johnson & Hazel Johnson | 7.

8: Louis & Lilley Perry with students at their school

9: Hazel Ruth Perry Johnson 12/29/1893-6/27/1964 Hazel Perry Johnson, the daughter of Louis and Lilley Perry, grew up in Richwood, Minnesota with her younger sister Florence Rebecca Perry (born 1896). She left home at the age of 16,moving to St Paul, and put herself through nursing school. In 1917 she married Asa Miller Johnson and the couple moved into a duplex at 429 Holly Avenue. A year later their daughter Ellen Louisa was born. Hazel continued to work as a nurse throughout her lifetime and as well as supplementing the family income by making hand-smocked children's dresses. She was an enormously hard worker and believed everything one did should be done well. Hazel was also an excellent baker, making donuts every Saturday as well as prize winning pies and cakes. | 9.

10: Florence & Hazel | Asa, Ellen & Hazel | Hazel & Ellen | Ellen & Hazel at the beach with friends | 10.

11: Ida with Hazel & Asa's first car, a 1914-15 Cadillac | Florence, Lilley, Louis, Ellen & Hazel | 11.

12: Hazel & Ellen | Hazel | Back: Ellen Johnson & Harry Oerting Front: Hazel, Marie Oerting, Asa & Dorthey Oerting | 12.

13: Hazel at work in St.Paul | Hazel with fellow nursing graduates | Hazel | Ellen, Hazel & Eleanor at Eleanor's graduation | 13.

14: Asa Miller Johnson 1870-1950 Asa Miller Johnson is the son of Samuel Fiske Johnson (1831-1893) and Ellen Dawson. He grew up in Northfield, Minnesota where, as a boy, he witnessed the Jesse James gang's raid on the Bank of Northfield. Asa had three older half-brothers who were the sons of Wealthy and Samuel. Asa had three older half-brothers. They were Eldon (1857), Hartland (1860), and Herbert (1866). After Welthy's death, Samuel remarried Ellen Dawson. Asa was a general practitioner who received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1886 when Cyrus Northrop was its president and John Pillsbury was Governor of Minnesota. He did further training at Chicago's Rush Hospital. His training completed, he opened a medical practice in St. Anthony, later moving to St Paul, where he joined his half-brother Dr. Hartland Johnson, an obstetrician, in a joint practice at the 540 Lowry Building. It was said that he was the first physician in Minnesota to do house calls in an automobile. In 1947 Asa received a medal of recognition from the Minnesota Medical Association for 50 years of continuous practice. He was a longtime Mason and Shriner in St. Paul. Asa had a zest for life, was wonderful with children and seemed to charm everyone he met. He died in St. Paul on 19 November 1950 and is buried in Northfield with his wife and parents. | 14.

15: Asa with his niece Ida and sister-in-law Marie at Hartland's house | 15.

16: Asa & Hazel | Asa

17: Asa in his horse and buggy | 17. | Asa skating with a friend

18: Asa Johnson | Asa in his skimmer | Asa on Holly Avenue

19: Veda Hope Loomis Elwell 4/29/1888 - 1/13/1960 Veda Hope Loomis, daughter of Louis N. and Alice (Nisbet), was born in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. She had four older brothers. Veda attended grammar school in Alpena, South Dakota, during which time her father was a State Senator. The family moved to Minnesota in 1902. Veda attended the University of Minnesota in 1910 followed by a year of graduate studies, majoring in languages. In 1915 Veda married Edwin Shedd Elwell. They had three children, Edwin Shedd Jr., Eleanor Ruth and Ellen Jean. Eleanor Ruth died of spinal meningitis at the age of 5. Ellen Jean was born in 1925 with Downs Syndrome. Her husband, Edwin, felt that subsequently Veda found solace and comfort working in her garden in the summer and cultivating an extensive collection of African Violets in the winter. Veda also love travel, visiting Europe a number of times as well as Mexico, Canada, Hawaii and the Panama Canal. Her 15 year old granddaughter, Eleanor, accompanied her on her third trip through Europe. She believed there was no better way to get to know a grandchild. In 1956 the couple built a home in Fort Lauderdale where Veda took a great deal of care designing both the garden and special rooms for her grandchildren. She had a great eye and always surrounded herself with beauty. In 1959 she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer and died a year. | 19.

20: Veda & Eleanor Ruth | Veda in South Dakota | Veda's wedding | 20.

21: Veda in her garden on Belmont | Veda | Veda's Graduation 1910 | 21. | Veda in a lace dress | Formal portrait

22: Veda & Alan Loomis at 5127 Belmont | Veda & Edwin In Florida | 22. | Sanford Loomis, Eva Loomis. Veda, Edwin, Alice Guier & Alan Loomis | Pat Weigel's wedding June, 1958 Her sisters Marian & Elizabeth & Aunt Veda in attendance

23: Edwin Shedd Elwell 3/3/1886-12/1/1980 Edwin was the son of Lizzie (Alden) and James T. Elwell. He spent the first 6 years of his life in SE Minneapolis but moved to the Golden Lake Farm when the depression hit in 1892. He took a great interest in farm activities and at age ten was milking 25 cows daily. Later the family moved back to Minneapolis and he attended East High School. At age 17 he bid on a contract to deliver artesian well water to Minneapolis city schools. The money he made on the water delivery was invested in the dairy business. At the same time he entered the University of Minnesota, graduating with a law degree in 1910. The money he invested in the dairy business continued to grow and Edwin helped to consolidate several of the larger larger milk companies in Minnesota, starting branches in Iowa, Florida, Wisconsin, and California. It was a point of pride for him that by the time he finished law school he was earning more money than the dean. He served as president of the resulting Northland Milk Company for 40 years. Edwin married Veda Loomis in 1915 and lived for a short time in S.E. Minneapolis, later moving to Colfax Ave in South Minneapolis. After the birth of Ellen Jean, they built a home in South Minneapolis at 5127 Belmont Ave which was their home for the next 30 years. In 1956 they built a home in Fort Lauderdale where they spent their winter months. After Veda's death in 1960, Edwin married his first cousin, Florence (Elwell) Compton and spent increasingly more time in Florida. Edwin was active in church affairs as a Trustee of Knox Presbyterian Church and an Elder of Westminster Church for 25 years. He was on the board of Union City Mission for 35 years, a Trustee of Macalester College and the Chairman of the Board of Northwestern National Bank. He belonged to a number of clubs including life membership in the Minneapolis Athletic Club. He enjoyed gin rummy and back gammon, and played golf into his 90's. He was devoted to his family, doing all he could to support and care for them. | 23.

24: Portraits of Edwin Shedd Elwell, Sr. | 24.

25: 25. | Edwin & Eleanor Ruth at their home on Colfax | Edwin & Veda | Edwin & Eleanor Ruth

26: Top: Edwin Jr., Eleanor Zeff Bottom: Daniel Zeff, Edwin Sr. & Andrew Zeff | Award Presentation | 26.

27: Edwin Shedd Elwell Jr. 7/10/1916-2/22/2008 Edwin Shedd was born in Minneapolis on July 10, 1916 during the great white shark attack on the East Coast. Shedd's grandfather, James Tallmadge Elwell was State Senator and author of the Elwell Law concerning the improvements and assessment of property in Minneapolis. Shedd grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Blake School in 1935 and Harvard University in 1939 majoring in Latin American History. He married Ellen Johnson in 1941 and entered Harvard Business school. With the outbreak of World War II, he returned to Minnesota to enlist in the army, serving in the 77th Infantry Division (The Statue of Liberty Division) in the Army of Occupation in Japan. After serving with the artillery and communications, he retired with the rank of Captain and joined Northland Milk Co. becoming president before the age of forty. Edwin participated in many civic activities including the Rotary Club, Civil War Round Table and Ham & Eggs Club. He enjoyed the symphony and filled the house with music. For many years he had season tickets to the U of M basketball games and the Minnesota Vikings. He continued his love of history throughout his life visiting most of the Civil War battlefields. Some of his greatest pleasures were hunting with his dogs, Encampment Forest, world travel and skiing. He was a major supporter of Ducks Unlimited, Blake School and the Nature Conservancy. He and Ellen traveled extensively, including trips to Timbuktu and China where he witnessed the Beijing Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989. He had a wonderful kindness, wry sense of humor, a photographic memory and a gentle character. He frequently remarked about what a wonderful life he was lucky enough to enjoy. | 27.

28: Edwin as youth | 28.

29: Encampment | Lawton, Oklahoma | 29.

30: Encampment | Edwin, Ellen & Priscilla | Edwin, Ellen & Ted | Edwin & Eleanor | 30.

31: Ellen Louisa Johnson Elwell 8/30/1918-3/10/2004 | Ellen was the only child of Asa Miller and Hazel Perry Johnson. She attended St Paul Academy/Summit School, graduating in 1936. She went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1940. While at the University she was active in campus politics and a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Before her marriage to Edwin a year later, she did a year of post graduate work studying medical art. Ellen was a full time homemaker and dedicated community volunteer. One of her proudest achievements was helping to found and build, and then serve on the Board of Trustees of Minneapolis Children's Hospital for 30 years. A volunteer with the American Field Service Committee, the family hosted two AFS students, Margaret Walker from England and Alvaro Mello from Brazil. She was also a member of Minikahda Club, a sustaining member of the Minneapolis Junior League and served as the Republican Chairwoman for her precinct. Ellen developed an interest in gourmet cooking and had a fascination for the cultural impact of food. At Lutheran Social Services she worked with teen-aged mothers teaching nutrition, life skills and cooking. Ellen's artistic eye was evident in their first house in Excelsior and later in their homes at 111 W. Elmwood Place, 2112 James Ave South and 2741 Upton Ave South in Minneapolis. Ellen did a beautiful job of of the remodeling and decorating each of these homes. A consummate mother, Ellen spared no effort in the care of her three children, Eleanor, Priscilla and Edwin Shedd Elwell III (Ted). She sewed Halloween costumes, baked cookies, and provided them with a variety of lessons including golf, tennis, sailing, horseback riding, sculpting and music. She was also an excellent hostess serving magnificent Thanksgiving dinners to dozens of relatives and entertaining her friends with elaborate dinners and beautiful decorations. | 31.

32: Ellen with her doll | Ellen with White Earth Children | On an outing | Ellen in an Umbrella tree on the Fresno ranch owned by Herbert Johnson 1927 | Ellen in one of Hazel's smocked dresses | 32.

33: Wedding dress | The bridal party | At the beach | Edwin's favorite dress | 33.

34: Ellen | Eleanor and Ellen in Oklahoma | Priscilla, Ellen & Eleanor at the wedding of Ruth & Laurance Elwell 2/12/49 | Ellen | Ellen & Eleanor

35: At Encampment | Family Christmas at the Elwell's on Upton | Ted & Ellen at Eleanor & Bob's wedding | Fishing | 35.

36: By Priscilla Elwell With thanks to Eleanor Elwell Zeff for all her dedicated research

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