Person Sheet

Name Henry Dwight Trask6,28
Birth 20 Aug 1832, Hiram, Portage, Ohio
Death 19 Sep 1913, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota29
Burial 21 Sep 1913, Kerns Oak Grove Cemetery, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota
Occupation Farmer, carpenter, town clerk (1858)
Religion Methodist
Education Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, 1853
Cause of death Gangrene
Father Dr. Lyman W. Trask (1809-1863)
Mother Lucy Mix (1809-1881)
1 Almina LeDuc6,28
Birth 7 Sep 1854, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont
Death 5 Jan 1933, Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Burial 9 Jan 1933, Kerns Oak Grove Cemetery, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota
Occupation School teacher
Father Joseph LeDuc (1825-1908)
Mother Emily Daignau (1827-1907)
Marriage 19 Feb 1871, Belgrade, Nicollet, Minnesota30
Children: Lucy Mix (1872-1922)
Guy Homer (1874-1943)
Elta (1876-1878)
James Henry (1879-1908)
Elsie Emily (1883-1978)
Medical Notes for Henry Dwight Trask
Died from gangrene after being injured when his tractor overturned. The Nicollet Co. death record states that he had suffered from gangrene of the right extremity for six months and had had artereosclerosis for a long time. The attending physician was Dr. G. R. Curran.
Misc. Notes
He attended the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute in Hiram, Ohio, (now Hiram College), joining it's first class. He graduated from the "normal cirriculum" in the standard three years. Note that his father was Secretary of the Board of the Institue and was involved in raising money for the founding of the institute. Chester A. Garfield, later President of the College, General in the Civil War, State Senator, Congressman, and President of the United States, was a classmate. After he graduated, he lived in Bloomington, Illinois (presumably with his uncle, D. K. F. Trask), and then moved to Galesburg, Illinois (there presumably with his brother Homer Trask). Then he moved to Belgrade Twp., Nicollet Co., Minnesota, where he and D. K. F. Trask homesteaded. He was the first Belgrade Township Clerk when it was formed on 27 April 1858. According to Elsie Trask28, during the Sioux Indian uprising in 1862 he went from farm to farm taking care of the remaining farm animals while most of the settlers had retreated to town.

He was living with his parents in Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, and attending school in the 1850 U.S. census. I did not initially see him listed in the 1857 census for Belgrade Township. The surrounding townships should be checked, as should the census returns for Mankato and St. Peter. He may have been working in one of those towns in 1857. The 1860 U.S. census showed him living alone in Belgrade, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, adjacent to D. K. F. Trask, and with land worth $300. He was living in the household of Ebenezer Fletcher in Belgrade at the time of 1870 U.S. Census. He had real estate worth $1400 and personal estate worth $150.

He was the initial town clerk for Belgrade township.31
His marriage to Almina was performed by Rev. H. P. Satchwell, a Methodist minister. The witnesses were Mary C. Satchwell and Mary C. Fletcher.

Subsequent censuses (1880, 1900, 1910) saw him living with his family in Belgrade, with his son Guy listed as the head of the family in the 1910 listing. The 1895 Minnesota census shows him in Minnesota and Belgrade for 35 years, but that is a slight underestimate, as he was in Belgrade in 1856, not the 1860 implied by the census.

He and his wife spent some time in Iowa during the mid-1870s when Nicollet County was being ravaged by grasshoppers in the 1873-1878 interval. This would account for their daughter Elta dying there 32.

Henry was one of the founders of Kerns Oak Grove Cemetery in Belgrade along with his uncle Daniel K. F. Trask.

Nicollet Co. death records correctly have his parents as Lyman W. Trask and Lucy Mix and Henry's birthplace as Ohio, but incorrectly give his parents' birthplaces as Ohio.

Nicollet Leader, 27 September 1913:

" H. D. Trask died last Friday afternoon at his home in Belgrade township the result of a broken hip, which he sustained seven or eight years ago. He was born at Hiram, Ohio, in 1834, and attended Hiram college, coming west in the latter fifties. He was one of the organizers of Belgrade township and was the first assessor and held other offices later. He assisted his neighbors in making a safe retreat to Mankato at the time of the Indian trouble, and witnessed the hanging of thirty-eight Sioux Indians in 1862. His wife, two daughters, one son and five grandchildren survive him. The funeral was held from the Kerns Congregational church Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. Heddle officiating." 6 33

Mankato Free Press (probably), 19 Sep 1913:

"Death of H. D. Trask

Long-Time Resident of Belgrade Passed Away Yesterday: His Trouble Was Gangrene

H. D. Trask, a long time resident of Belgrade, died at his home there at three o'clock yesterday afternoon. His death was caused by gangrene, following an injury to his hip several years ago, from which he never recovered.

Mr. Trask was born in Hiram, Portage county, Ohio, August 29, 1832. He attended Hiram college and lived in that town until 1856, when he moved to Bloomington, McLean county, IIlinois. Later he moved to Galesburg, Knox county, Illinois, and then to Belgrade. He remained in Belgrade all during the Indian trouble and did not move to town as most of the settlers did.

He helped to organize the town of Belgrade and was the first assessor. Later he served as town clerk and held other offices.

I did not see him in Nicollet County in the 1857 territorial census. I did not check Mankato in Blue Earth County.

In 1871 he was married to Miss Almina Le Duc, who with three children survive him. His children are Mrs. L. R. Hobart, Miss Elsie E. Trask and Guy H. Trask, all of Belgrade. There are also five grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Kerns Congregational church, with Rev. John Heddle officiating."6
Nicollet County deeds, Kerns Cemetery history
1870 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. 8, p. 8
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]
1895 Minn. census, Nicollet Co., p. 124 [LDS FHL microfilm 565791]
1900 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. ___, p. ___
1910 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. ___, p. ___
Notes for Almina (Spouse 1)
Note that the death certificate indicates Brandon, VT, as the birthplace while the 1870 U.S. Census shows Canada. That is a lot closer to the time of her birth and her parents were providing the information, so is possibly more accurate. She would have been born in 1852-3 according to the census age.

The 1880 U.S. Census shows birthplace as Vermont, with father born in Vermont and mother born in Canada. By way of comparison, H.D. Trask's parents are shown as being born in New York and Connecticut, which is correct. The 1900 U.S. Census specifically gives Sept. 1851 and Vermont for the relevant information. Her obituary gives 7 Sep 1854 and Brandon, VT.

Nicollet Leader, 14 January 1933:

" Mrs. Almina Trask, 78 years old, a pioneer resident of Belgrade township, died Thursday afternoon of last week at the home of her daughter, Elsie, in North Mankato, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Trask was born Sept. 7, 1854, in Brandon, Vt. In 1864 the family moved to Nicollet county, and settled on a farm in Belgrade township. She was married to Henry D. Trask February 19, 1871, who died 19 years ago. Surviving her are one daughter, Elsie E. Trask, one son, Guy, of Belgrade, one sister, Mrs. Dora Goodridge of Carleton, Ore.; four brothers, Philip LeDuc, North Mankato, Wm. LeDuc, Anaheim, Cal., and Henry and John LeDuc, Milwaukee [Ore.], and seven grandchildren. Two daughters and a son preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Monday from the M. E. church in North Mankato, Rev. E. C. Reinecke officiating. Burial was made in the Oaklawn Cemetery at Kerns." 33
Death certificate,
1870 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., r. 8, p. 5
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]
1895 Minn. census, Nicollet Co., p. 124 [LDS FHL microfilm 565791]
1900 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. ___, p. ___
1910 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. ___, p. ___
1920 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. ___, p. ___
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