Alvin Eugene Abbey
Alvin Eugene "Albin" Abbey was born December 12, 1874, in
Wisconsin, and died
May 24, 1942, at
Willmar State Hospital, Willmar Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN, at age 67.
Buried in Oak Knoll
Cemetery, Plot Protestant Grave 293,
Willmar Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. He
the son of
Isaac Abbey of
Hope Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, and
Mary L. Allen
Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI. Never
Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from
26, 1791, to February 10, 1841;
"Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July
1, 1867; and
"Ontario" after July 1, 1867.
Alvin Eugene "Albin"
Abbey is buried in Oak Knoll
Cemetery, Plot Protestant Grave 293,
Willmar Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN.
The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 4, 1870,
shows Phebe Abbie (age 44) is living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, as
the head of household with $600 value of real estate (keeping house and born in
Canada West), along with her five living children: Lucinda Abbie (age 22) keeping house, Isaac
Abbie (age 20) farm laborer, William Abbie (age 17) farm laborer, Mary Jane
Abbie (age 10) at
school, and Charles Washington Abbie (age 8) at school. All children were born in Canada
except for Charles Washington being born in Wisconsin.
Isaac "Ike" Abbey and Mary
L. Allen were married December 21,
1873, in Lamartine Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.
Alvin Eugene "Albin" Abbey was born
December 12, 1874, in Wisconsin.
The 1880 U.S. Census
taken on June 19, 1880, shows Isack Abbey (age 30) born in Canada to Canadian and
English-born parents is a Furnace Worker living in Williamstown Twp., Dodge Co.,
WI. Living with him are his wife Mary Abbey (age 22) born in Wisconsin to New
York parents, as well as their children Alvin Abbey (age 5), Cora Abbey (age 4),
and William Abbey (age 5/12). All the children were born in Wisconsin.
The 1895 Minnesota State Census taken on June
1895, shows Alvin Abby (age 20) is residing in the farmer Peter Hanson's Household,
and is living in Moscow Twp., Freeborn Co.,
The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 20,
1895, shows Isaac Abbey is the Head of Household living in Sherry Twp., Wood Co.,
WI. There are a total of 2 Males and 2 Females in the household, all were born in
the United States.
The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 26, 1900, shows Alvin Abbey
(age 25) born December, 1874, in Wisconsin to English Canadian-born parents, is an
unmarried Woodsman, and is Boarding in the Village of Hibbing, Stuntz Twp., Saint Louis Co., MN.
The WWI Draft
Registration Report dated September 6, 1918, shows Alvin Eugene Abbey, born December 12, 1874, Medium Height,
Medium Build, Blue Eyes, and Sandy Hair, works as a Laborer for Char. Harrington
in Clyde, Cavalier Co., ND. His closest relative is Isac Abbey, living at N. 5th
St., Superior, Douglas Co., WI. It appears that someone else filled out the
record and Alvin signed it.
Draft Registration Report dated September 6, 1918, shows Alvin Eugene Abbey (age
44) born December 12, 1874, is employed by Chas. Harrington, Clyde, Cavalier
The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 25, 1920, shows Alvin E. Abbey (age 45)
born in Wisconsin to Canadian and Pennsylvania-born parents, is an unmarried
Lumber Camp Laborer, and is living in a Lumber Camp west of Calderwood, Interior
Twp., Ontonagon Co., MI.
On May 4, 1931, Albin E. Abbey was
arrested in Hibbing, St. Louis Co., MN.
By 1935, Alvin Eugene
Abbey was already living
at Willmar State Hospital, Willmar Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN.
The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 8, 1940, shows Albin Abbey (age 65)
born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 6
years of School, is an unmarried Patient, and is living at Willmar State
Hospital, Willmar Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN.
Alvin Eugene "Albin" Abbey died May 24,
at Willmar State Hospital, Willmar Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN, at age 67.
Buried in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Willmar State Hospital, Willmar Twp., Kandiyohi
Name: Albin Abbey
Death Date: 24 May 1942
Death Place: Willmar, Kandiyohi, Minnesota
Birth Date: 1875
Father's Name: Isaac Abbey
Mother's Name: Mary Allen
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B02554-2
System Origin: Minnesota-EASy
Source Film Number: 2243454
Reference Number: 6812
Collection: Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990
Willmar State Hospital
Oak Knoll Cemetery
The Willmar State Hospital Cemetery, now known as Oak Knoll Cemetery, has served
Willmar State Hospital for many years--since December of 1926 at which time one,
Alma Marsh, was buried. The services have continued until the most recent
interment in June of 1973, a Mr. Victor Berdan. Now to think back, the Willmar
State Hospital was established in 1907, when the property of N. Tallman was
acquired for the establishment of an inebriate residential farm. First patients
came to Willmar State Hospital in December of 1912. In 1917, it was adjusted to
include the services for the mentally ill. In examining history, it shows that
the Tallman farm was the initial purchase by the state. Until 1921, there were
several smaller parcels of land purchased. The land that we are most interested
in is that west of now Highway 71 and County Road 90 immediately south of its
juncture at Swan Lake. It is my understanding that about 1923 a Mr. Sampson was
manager of the farming functions here at Willmar State Hospital. Either by
formal training or by avocation, he was a surveyor. Records show that he
re-surveyed the land of all of the State Hospital properties. More specifically,
he laid out on a formal basis what is currently the Oak Knoll Cemetery
establishing plots in units of 10 with the appropriate dividers and cart ways.
The cemetery itself overlooks Swan Lake and the area is quite grassy with a
pleasant oak grove. The cemetery was divided into an area primarily for those of
the Catholic faith and the balance for Protestant faith in general. Thus far,
675 lots have been used in the Protestant area and 194 in the Catholic area,
constituting a total of 869 burial sites. The cemetery itself was expanded in
about 1962 for the third addition. The current usage of the cemetery is held in
abeyance even though space still does exist. It is a contemporary philosophy
that families and counties are responsible for the disposition of the deceased.
Public funds and contractual arrangements for funeral arrangements are quite
common now and we have not had a burial here since June of 1973. The presumption
is that in the event of a devastating economic situaion, we might be called upon
to continue its use.
Hospital farming was ceased in the early 1960s. Land was deeded to the City of
Willmar on the north of the campus itself. To the west side of Highway 71, the
title to the farm land, with the exception of the cemetery properties, was
transferred to the Department of Transportation, ostensibly for a rest area for
the highway system and possibly a roadside park arrangement overlooking Swan
Lake. The cemetery is expected to be under the custody of Willmar State Hospital
and/or the State of Minnesota indefinitely.
Lester E. Johnson