Person Sheet

Name Lewis Randall Hobart
Birth 2 Jan 1861, Auroraville, Waushara, Wisconsin1,2
Death 14 Jul 1931, Lake Crystal, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Burial Crystal Cemetery, Lake Crystal, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Occupation Farmer, dairy school instructor, teacher
Religion Methodist
Father Lewis Dwight Hoar (1817-1892)
Mother Elvira Pamelia Corbin (1824-1882)
1 Lucy Mix Trask
Birth 29 Aug 1872, Kerns, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota3
Death 24 Mar 1922, Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Burial Crystal Cemetery, Lake Crystal, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Occupation School teacher
Religion Methodist
Education Mankato Normal School
Father Henry Dwight Trask (1832-1913)
Mother Almina LeDuc (1854-1933)
Marriage 29 Aug 1899, Kerns, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota4
Children: Pauline Isabel (1901-1903)
Margaret Lucille (1904-1985)
Dorothy Blanche (1905-1975)
baby (1906-1906)
Henry Dwight (1908-1980)
Louise Ethel (1911-1967)
Lewis Randall Jr. (1915-1971)
Notes for Lewis Randall Hobart
He briefly taught school in the Jackson Co., Wisconsin, schools, in 1883. He homesteaded in South Dakota from about 1881-1888 but later gave it up.

The Groton Advocate, 3(7), October 19, 1883.

"Legal Notice:
Groton, Brown County, Dakota Territory

Notice - Land Office at Aberdeen, Dak., Oct. 8, 1883. - Notice is hereby given, that the following-named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the Register and Receiver of the U.S. land office at Aberdeen, Nov. 30th 1883, viz: Louis R. Hobart, D.S. No. 1312, Aberdeen Series, for the se 1/4 of sec 22 t161, r60. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon, and cultivation of, said land, whose testimony will be taken before G.M.L. Erwin a notary public, at Groton, Dak., on Nov. 30th, 1883, viz: Geo. W. Mereness, Fred Huson, James E. Brooks, Henry Bennett all of Brown Co. Dak. 7-12

S.W. Duncombe, Register"

We have the homestead certificate for his 160 acres of the SE 1/4 of section 32, T. 121N, R. 60W, of the 5th Principal Meridian of Dakota Territory, signed by President Grover Cleveland on 21 April 1887. It was recorded by the clerk of Brown Co, D.T., on 15 May 1888.

Lewis worked at various farms and ranches in the Dakotas in the late 1880s. We have a number of letters from his brother Cassius to him which will let us reconstruct some of his travels. He then worked at a creamery in Lake Park, Minnesota. There was some problem with land which he sold there when he was leaving, but it was eventually settled. He then was involved in forming the Oak Lawn (later Kerns) Creamery Association in Kerns, Belgrade Twp., Nicollet Co., Minnesota. He probably settled there as a result of visits to his brother who was assistant editor of the Mankato Free Press at the time. He received a share of the stock in the association for his efforts as well as being hired as the butter-maker. Other investors included Henry and Guy Trask, Cassius Hobart, David Goodridge, Joseph Hodson. While he was there he met and fell in love with Lucy Trask. He left the association in the summer of 1899, he was given notice by the board, apparently after they had been running at a loss. His shares were discounted from their nominal $5/share value.

He taught at the Minnesota Creamery School for several years after that. Lewis bought a creamery in Tipton, Iowa, but it burned in July 1899 shortly after he bought it. There was a problem with the insurance from the previous owner, so he lost his investment. He was Postmaster at the newly created Kerns, Belgrade Twp., Nicollet Co., Minnesota, postoffice from its creation on May 10, 1898, until August 25, 1899. It was discontinued effective January 21, 1902. He farmed near Cray, Minnesota, for three years after his marriage. He was called a butter maker in the 1900 census. They then moved to Judson Twp., near Lake Crystal in Blue Earth Co, where he was a truck farmer.

The marriage was performed at Henry D. Trask's home by Rev. Josiah L. Keene. The witnesses were Carrie S. Hobart, his sister-in-law, and Nettie F. Sharp. [check to see if this Nettie might be Nettie (short for Henrietta) Trask Sharp!!!]

F. G. Hobart5 has the year of their marriage wrong.

Probably Mankato Free Press, 23 Aug 1899 (penciled date):


Mr. Randall Hobart and Miss Lucy Trask were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Trask, near Kerns, at high noon on Wednesday, August 23rd, by the pastor, Rev. J. Lincoln Keene.

Only members of the two families were present. The wedding march was beautifully rendered by Mrs. Dora LeDue-Goodridge. After the well-wishes and congratulations galore the company repaired to the dining room where a sumptuous repast was served.

Miss Trask has lived in Belgrade most of her life and is one of our most cultured ladies. After graduating from the Normal in '93, she taught school for four successive years in Marshall. She is one of our active workers in the Christian Endeavor, the Sabbath school and the church, and will be greatly missed by these circles.

Mr. Hobart has been engaged for a number of years in the creamery business, and was for two seasons an instructor in the state dairy school at St. Anthony Park. Last month he purchased a creamery plant at Tipton, Iowa, taking possession the first of August, but to his great loss the plant burned to the ground after he had been in possession but two weeks. Mr. Hobart has actively identified himself with Christian people wherever he has been, and we are sure that the newly married couple will be a blessing to the community and church to which they go."

Lake Crystal Tribune, 14 July 1931:

"Stroke Is Fatal To L. R. Hobart, 70

Funeral Services Were Conducted This Afternoon. Lived Here Over 29 Years.

L. R. Hobart passed away at his home Tuesday morning at one-thirty o'clock. Mr. Hobart, who had been confined to his bed for some time as the result of a stroke, suffered a more severe one Saturday evening, and gradually became weaker until he passed away Tuesday.
Lewis Randall Hobart was born January 2, 1861, at Oak Creek, now South Milwaukee, Wis., and was graduated from the Black River Falls high school. About 1882 he filed on land in South Dakota and spent several years there.
On August 23, 1899, he was married to Miss Lucy Trask of Nicollet county. For three years they lived near Cray, where he followed the trade of buttermaker. In 1902, they moved to Lake Crystal where the family has since resided.
The surviving members of the family are three daughters, Margaret, Dorothy and Louise, and two sons, Henry and Randall; also two nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hobart preceded him in death March 24, 1922.
Funeral services were conducted today from the house at one-thirty o'clock, and from the Methodist church at two o'clock with Dr. J. R. Johns of Minneapolis, former local pastor, officiating. Mrs. H. B. Grimes of Madelia and Harold Williams sang at the services, singing some of Mr. Hobart's favorite hymns.
George W. Norman, S. L. Sherwin, Wm. E. Price, E. E. Williams, John L. Clark and George E. Austin were pallbearers. Interment was made in Lakeview Cemetery.
Miss Jesse Wilson of Ashton, S. Dak., a niece of Mr. Hobart, and James Prindle of Athon, S. Dak., an old school chum, attended the funeral services.
The Tribune joins with friends in extending sincere sympathy to the family in this sad hour."
6, 5, marriage certificate (currently with A. Trask)
1870 U.S. census, Jackson Co., Wisconsin, r. 1356, p. 351
1880 U.S. census, Jackson Co., Wisconsin, r. 1429, p. 267D
1900 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 757, p. 77A
1910 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 590, p. 7B
1920 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 825, p. 99B
Medical Notes for Lucy Mix (Spouse 1)
Died from a slow-growing brain tumor. It's first manifestations resulted in her brief committment, from 2 August 1916 to March 1917 in the St. Peter State Hospital. She feared that someone was out to harm her children after she gave birth to Lewis Randall, Jr., whose right arm was deformed prenatally. Lucy had suffered from German Measles (rubella) while she was pregnant.
Misc. Notes
The Nicollet Co. birth record is considerably in error, as it has an unnamed male child born 13 Nov 1872. Possibly the date the birth was recorded was entered instead of the date of birth. Edgar Hobart only had her name.2

Educated at the Mankato Normal School (later Mankato State College, Mankato State University, now Univ. of Minnesota at Mankato), taking the advanced course, and graduating in 1893. One of her natural history notebooks, still containing pressed plants and flowers, is in the possession of Michael Hobart (1996).

After graduating from Mankato Normal she taught school for a number of years.

Lake Crystal Tribune (probably), no date (1922):

"Death Enters

Death Relieves Years of Suffering of Mrs. L. R. Hobart, - Incurable Brain Tumor Cause of Death. - Born and Reared in Minnesota.

After seven years of sickness Mrs. Lucy Hobart, wife of Lewis R. Hobart, passed away at a hospital in Mankato, on Friday, March 24, 1922.

Mrs. Lucy M. Trask Hobart was born in Nicollet County, Minn., August 29, 1872. She attended the county schools and in 1889 entered the Mankato Normal, from which she graduated in 1893. For several years she successfully taught school in the city of Marshall, and by her devotion to this noble calling made many and lasting friends among her pupils and in the community.

In 1899 she was united in marriage to Lewis R. Hobart, the couple residing near Cray for three years then moving to this locality where they since made their home.

Mrs. Hobart has been ill for seven years, due to a tumor of the brain, from which no relief could have been had, the doctors state, by an operation. She was taken to a hospital in Mankato several weeks ago in the hopes of improving her condition.

The surviving members of the family are the husband, daughters, Margarite, Dorothy and Louise, and sons Henry and Randall. The mother Mrs. H. D. Trask, and a sister Elsie Trask reside in Mankato; also a brother Guy Trask, lives in Nicollet county.

Mrs. Hobart united with the church in her girlhood days and has been among the faithful followers of her Master. When in good health, she was active in the work of the church and interested in the advancement of the Kingdom at home and abroad. She bore her sickness and sorrows with a true Christian spirit of patience, and she was ready when the final call came for her spirit to leave its temporary abiding place.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church in this city, Rev. Rester conducting the services, and the interment of the body was made in Lakeview Cemetery."
1875 Minn. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, p. 15 [LDS FHL microfilm 565725]
1880 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. 627, p. 127C
1885 Minn. census, Nicollet Co., p. 8 [LDS FHL microfilm 565747]
1900 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 757, p. 77A
1910 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 590, p. 7B
1920 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 825, p. 99B
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