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Manuscripts by Subject - Family / Local History - #10026

Title: Albert E. Dease (1895-1980)

Dates: 1868-1880, 1889-1972

Collection Number: 10026

Quantity: .5 feet/1r #1522

Abstract: Papers contain genealogical information concerning the Dease family and early settlers in Pembina County, family papers, photographs, and account book, printed material, financial records, correspondence with Dana Wright, a Louis Riel letter, and a biography of Antoine Gingras.

Provenance: The collection was donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Albert E. Dease over a period of time between 1944 and 1969.
Property Rights:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.
Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U. S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.
Access:  This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.     


Alfred Dease was born to William and Margaret Genthon Dease at Point Coupee on the Red River October 30, 1858. He spent his boyhood in Manitoba and emigrated to Pembina County in October 1876, filing on a homestead near Leroy. He lived at the homestead until his death. Mr. Dease gained his U.S. citizenship in 1884. On February 9, 1880 he married Octavia Gingras, daughter of A. B.  and Scholestique Trottjer Gingras of St. Boniface. They had six children: Hector, John, Albert, Mrs. Alexandre C. Genthon, Mrs. J. Champagne, and Mrs. W. D. J. McArthur.

Albert Edward Dease was born near Leroy, ND to Alfred and Octavia Dease on August 3, 1895. He farmed for several years, was a substitute Rural Mail Carrier on Route 1 Walhalla from 1923-1924, was a newspaper correspondent for the Winnipeg Tribune in 1925, worked at the Municipal Office of St. Vital, Manitoba and at Keewatin Lumber Co. in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1927.  He then worked for the Great Northern Railroad. He was married to Amanda Beaulieu of St. Norbert, Manitoba in 1926. They had seven children.
He moved to San Diego in 1969 and died there October 1, 1980.


Box 1:
Series I: Correspondence
1 Letters from Dana Wright 1937-1963
2 Letter from Louis Riel FRAGILE
3 Photocopy of letter from Albert Dease to Minnesota Historical Society correcting misspelled names in 1850 Census of Pembina District Minnesota Territory 1966
4 Letter from Father Pierre Picton, Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba 1951
5 Letter from Senator William Langer 1945
6 Letters from William Kneeshaw 1935-1943
7 Letters from P. C. Donovan 1929, 1937
8 Letter from Alfred Dease to Ray Mattison 1969; Photos: Tombstone of the family of Antoine B.  Gingras in St. Boniface Cemetery, Walhalla; the now roofless fur trade store of Antoine B. Gingras; portrait of Antoine B. Gingras; old house of Antoine Gingras of Walhalla
9 School No. 4 Leroy District  1878, 1934
10 Misc. Letters and publications 1880-1947

Series II: Legal Documents
11 Handwritten will of Anton Gingras (1821-1877) 1875

Series III: Literary Productions
12 Records of Joseph Parenteau (1876-?) Dr. P. C. Donovan (1849-?), William J. Kneeshaw (1854-1943), and Charles Schill 1957
13 Handwritten history of Leroy Pioneers by A. E. Dease 1953
14 St. Joe Pioneers by A. E. Dease 1954
15 Walhalla Pioneers by A. E. Dease 1954
16 Pioneers of Leroy by A. E. Dease 1953
17 Biography of John Dease (1745-1801); Pioneer Legislators  by A. E. Dease 1955
18 Walhalla Pioneers, 2nd series by A. E. Dease 1954
19 List of County Commissioners of Pembina County 1867-1921
20 Biography of Joseph Lipire (1859-?); Hector Dease (1882-1954)
21 Biography of William Dease (1827-1913) 1929
22 Tales of buffalo hunting, 1942-1943 by Dease; biography of Francis Dease (1786-1864); biography of Dr. John B. Dease (1745-1801); biography of Anton Gingras (1821-1877)
23 Judge Jon Burke Opinions n.d.
24 Biography of John M. Hagerman 1956
25 Biography of Francois Beaulieu 1955

Series IV: Maps
26 Plat of Walhalla 1897
27 Great Northern Railway Plat of Neche, ND 1937

Series V: Printed Materials
28 Certificates of Albert Dease, Jr. re: army service 1946-1964
29 William Dease Declaration of Intent to become U.S. citizen (1877); certificate of appointment to the Council of the District of Assiniboin (1867)
30 U.S. citizenship certificate of Alfred Dease 1884
31 Funeral Program of Maried Evelyn Dease 1965; Wedding invitation of Lucy Gaffney and John Dease 1907
32 References to Dease Family in Michigan Historical Collections n.d.

Series VI: Photographs
33 Photograph of John Warren Dease 1867
34 Photo post cards: of Barbeque at Cavalier Aug. 1911, Neche Military Band [1913], and “Chatauqua Days’ in Riverside Park, Walhalla ND ca. 1915, and an unidentified groupl of picnickers at Riverside Park, Walhalla
35 Photographs and lists of students at No. 3 school near Leroy
36 Photographs: Julia Herzog of Neche, now Mrs. Ross McIntosh of Cavalier; Miss Walton, formerly of Morris MN, later married to George Villeneuve of Walhalla; Solomon Hamelin Dease; Martin Jerome Rolette and children; Grocer John A. Dease, pioneer merchant of Crystal ND and a customer; Bertha Cleveland of Mayville ND; Jean B. Martineau at the Dease home in Leroy ND; Mr. & Mrs. Fred Dease of Williston ND (she was eldest daughter of Martin J. Rolette, son of Hon. Joseph R. Rolette of Pembina)

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