Carl Georg Hermann




Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann was born September 28, 1876, in Püttlingen, near Rockershausen, Saarland, Deutschland (Germany), and died December 24, 1956, at his home, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 80. Buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. He is the son of Peter Richard Hermann of Völklingen, Saarland, Deutschland (Germany), and Rosa Klier of Nedjek, Czech Republic.

Frances Elizabeth Tavis was born August 14, 1881, in Wheeling, Marshall Co., WV, and died November 8, 1947, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, at age 66. Buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. She is the daughter of John Tavis of Beverungen, Wesfalia, Prussia (Germany), and Rosa Klier of Nedjek, Czech Republic.

Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann and Frances Elizabeth Tavis were married September 11, 1900, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND.

Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann and Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman had five children:

  1. Alice Frances Herman: Born July 5, 1901, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND; Died March 27, 1982, at her home, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND (age 80). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Married September 25, 1926, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, to Oran Ralph Abbey: Born  October 13, 1899, in Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died November 12, 1943, in a car accident about a half mile from his farm south of the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND (age 44). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.
  2. Theodore Phillip "Ted" Herman: Born October 8, 1902, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND; Died January 28, 1977, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND (age 74). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Married June 24, 1949, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Agnes H. Keogh: Born March 20, 1908, in Bismarck , Burleigh Co., ND; Died October 5, 1974, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND (age 66). Buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.
  3. Carl Anthony Herman: Born July 19, 1904, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND; Died January 28, 1978, at a Dickinson hospital, Dickinson, ND (age 73). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Married October 2, 1933, at St. Martin's Church, Hazen, Mercer Co., ND, to Marguerite McLaughlin: Born October 27, 1909, in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND; Died February 4, 1998, at a Dickinson hospital, Dickinson, ND (age 88). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.
  4. Wilfred August Herman: Born January 14, 1908, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND; Died August 22, 1980, at a Dickinson hospital, Dickinson, Stark Co., ND (age 72). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Married July 22, 1937, in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND, to Dona Joyce Murray: Born April 23, 1908, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND; Died July 22, 1992, at the Hazen hospital, Hazen, Mercer Co., ND (age 84). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.
  5. Cleo Frances Herman: Born July 5, 1916, in Center, Oliver Co., ND; Died January 1, 1992, in Bloomington, Hennepin Co., MN (age 75). Buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. Married (1) July 25, 1940, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, to Lawrence Andrew Mattson: Born October 29, 1917, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN; Died August 23, 1986, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN (age 68). Divorced about August 23, 1946, in Hennepin Co., MN. Buried in Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. Married (2) October 27, 1951, in the parish house of St. Stephen's Catholic church, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, to Thure Bror Orefalk: Born November 19, 1916, in Asarum Bleki, Sweden; Died May, 1996, in Eagan, Dakota Co., MN (age 79). Buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.



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April 6, 2020

Kay Koslan comments:

One note I had forgotten, as I visited with a cousin. My Great Grandpa Charles Herman, must have been quite prosperous. I found out that he gave his five children land and/or a college education. So my grandmother went to college, and then got the land with coal. Her brother, Ted, went to pharmacy college after he lost his hand, and Charles purchased the drugstore for him, followed by Ted's only child, Jerome, becoming a Pharmacist and taking over the Beulah Drugstore. The other two brothers were farmers or ranchers. Carl grew wheat and Wilfred had cattle, each getting the land from Charles Herman. Charles Herman set up a farm, 1/4 mile south of the Charles Herman farm, for his son, Carl, around the time Carl got married on October 2, 1933.


   

Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann and Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman are buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


John Tavis and Theresa Mary (Rolf) Tavis. They are Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey's grandparents. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Rosa (Klier) Herman, wife of Peter Herman/Herrmann, who is Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey's paternal grandmother. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Sophia (Grauten/Grenth) Tewes/Tavis, and Laurentius Franciscus Lorenzo Tewes/Tavis Sr., who are Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey's maternal great-grandparents. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Carl Georg Hermann was born September 28, 1876, in Püttlingen, near Rockershausen, Saarland, Deutschland (Germany). His name was changer to Charles George Herman after immigrating to the United States.


Kay Koslan comments:

Nr 262

Püttlingen, the 3rd October 1876​

To the below signing registrar came the personally known locksmith Peter Herrmann, residing in Rockershausen, catholic religion, and reported, that by Rosa Klier, his wife, catholic religion, residing at him in Rockershausen, at the 28th September of the year 1876 at night at 11 o'clock a child of male gender was born who got the first names Carl Georg.​

Read, confirmed and signed​

(Signature)​

The correctness of this document with the main register is herewith certified.​

Püttlingen, the 3rd October 1876.​

The registrar


Frances Elizabeth Tavis was born August 14, 1881, in Wheeling, Marshall Co., WV.

In the year 1883 Peter Von Hermann, his wife Rosa and children Charles, Rose, and August, left heir home in Sarr-brucken, Germany, and migrated to the United States. The "Saar" borders the Alsace where the Hermann family originated.​ They lived first in Pennsylvania, later traveled west to Michigan (Detroit), then continued on until finally settling in Glen Ullin, North Dakota, around 1890. They lived in a sod house about 4 miles south of Glen Ullin. At some time during this migration Peter dropped a portion of the last name and the family name became simply Herman. In Germany, a name preceded by "Von" was considered important - it represented political and social position.​ Charles, at the age of 15, worked for the railroad for $15.00 a month. At age 18, he homesteaded the property 12 miles south of Beulah, N.D. He got a herd of sheep and built a house. He would travel to Glen Ullin for groceries - this trip took 2 days.

Frances Elizabeth Tavis received her 1st Communion on Sunday, August 12, 1894, at Sacred Heart Church, ND.


Frances Elizabeth Tavis 1st Communion Certificate. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

Kay Koslan comments, 10/7/2019:

I thought this was pretty cool. I found the attached Frances Tavis 1st communion record this summer in an old trunk. Dad had given everything else to the Beulah Historical Society. I have no idea what was in the trunk originally except for a photo of Frances and Charles wedding in a needlework frame (I have it) and a military suit that I hope is at the Beulah Historical Society. I seem to remember Dad saying he took it over there. I hope I can perhaps visit there next summer. All the years I visited Beulah were spent getting Dad's house in order and cooking for him. Housekeeping was not his forte. I wish I had asked my mother about the old trunk but we spent her last years, helping/visiting her and naming/dating all of our old photos. The trunk is important to me now but really falling apart on the inside. I need to look at it closer inside to see if I can date any of it. It does remind of the kind of trunks that came across the ocean. It looks a lot like this, I think. So it is possible that is was my Charles Herman's parents steamer trunk. It would make sense that my Grandma Abbey got it, as he lived next door to her in his later life. I remember him dying, as one of my aunts was crying and said he was dead. We were all together for a Christmas meal or perhaps it was because we knew he was dying. Being the oldest grandchild and his great granddaughter, at least of the Abbey grandchildren, I remember him well.  


Charles George Herman south of Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND, 1898. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann became a Naturalized United States citizen on October 24, 1898. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis, the sister of  Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman). Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


In 1900, Charles Herman married Francis Tavis, daughter of John and Therese Tavis. The Tavis family had lived in Wheeling West Virginia before moving to Glen Ullin. John Tavis had worked in the the coal mines in Wheeling.​ Charles and Francis lived in Glen Ullin for a while, and then in 1902 moved to the homestead.

Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann and Frances Elizabeth Tavis were married September 11, 1900, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND.


Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann and Frances Elizabeth Tavis marriage picture. They are Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey's parents. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Alice Frances Herman was born July 5, 1901, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND.


Alice Frances Herman at age 9 months. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Theodore Phillip "Ted" Herman was born October 8, 1902, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND.

Carl Anthony Herman was born July 19, 1904, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND.

Wilfred August Herman was born January 14, 1908, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND.

Later in their life Carl and Frances Herman purchased land in Aplin, Oliver Co., ND, about 7 miles south of Beulah, and established a cattle ranch. A cattle brand cH was registered, which remains in the Herman name (the c is raised up on the upper left half of the H). Diana H. Grosz and Justin W. Herman are presently using this brand.​ In 1912, Charles was elected sheriff of Oliver County, so the family moved to Center, Oliver Co., ND, where he served 2 terms as sheriff. While in Center, he owned the Ford Garage and sold Ford cars. In 1918, the Ford business was sold and the family moved back to the ranch.​


   

The John Tavis farm, near Glen Ullin, ND, about 1912. John Tavis had 3,000 or more sheep. From left to right: Ted Herman, Alice Herman, unknown little girl, Carl Herman, and Wilfred Herman with the goat. Peter Herrmann raised cattle and sheep sheep, and lived near Glen Ullin, ND. Peter's son, Charles Herrmann, also raised sheep, and lived southeast of Beulah, ND. Photos courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Group photo at the Charles Herman home, Center, Oliver Co., ND, about 1912. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

   

From left to right: Carl Herman and Ted Herman (sons of Charles Herman), and Don Herman (son of Peter August Richard Herman and Anna Tavis). Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

   

From left to right: Regina Theresa Herman (daughter of Peter August Richard Herman, brother of Charles). Regina's mother was Anna Tavis, a sister of Frances Tavis Herman, thus two brothers married two sisters; Alice Frances Herman; Frances Tavis Herman (mother of Alice, wife of Charles Herman). Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

   

Wilfred Herman and his father, Sheriff Carl Georg "Charles" Herman. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


1909 Ford Model T Touring ad from the Saturday Evening Post Magazine.


       

1909 Ford Model T Touring photos.


   

   

Carl Georg "Charles" Herman owned a Ford car dealership in Center, Oliver Co., ND., in July, 1914. He sold the dealership in 1918. Photos courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Carl Georg "Charles" Herman house in Center, Oliver Co., ND., July 4, 1914. Carl Georg "Charles" Herman is driving the car which contained the float. Alice Herman and Frances Herman are on the left side on house porch. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Cleo Frances Herman was born July 5, 1916, in Center, Oliver Co., ND.


Alice Frances Herman, at her parent's home, Mercer Co., ND, 1919. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Alice Frances Herman at Valley City State Normal School, Valley City, Barnes Co., ND, 1919. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Frances Herman, cake for dinner, Mercer Co., ND, about 1920. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


From left to right: Alice Herman, Cleo Herman, and Frances (Tavis) Herman, 1920. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman and Carl Georg "Charles" Hermann on their farm, ND, 1920, before they moved into town and before Oran died. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

Kay Koslan comments: They moved into town at some point, and my Aunts June and Lois stayed with them and went to Beulah High School.


Alice Herman with girl friends in car, ND, 1920. Alice Herman is the girl who is above the two girls on the ground on the right side. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan. 


Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis, the sister of  Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman), about 1925. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Charles Herman with his foxes, Mercer Co., ND, about 1920. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Time passed and in 1922, Charles built a new home, which still exists on the property. He started buying cattle along with combining farming and ranching. He took time to serve in the House of Representatives for 2 terms during the 1930s.


       

The Charles Herman farmhouse and buildings, Mercer Co., ND. The left picture shows before the new barn was built. The right picture shows after the new barn was built 1922. Photos courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Charles Herman with his Studebaker Car, with Alice Herman, North Dakota, about 1922. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Charles George "Charley" Herman and friends, North Dakota, about 1920. Charley is wearing the white shirt. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Reverse side of a Christmas Card sent from Rosa (Herman) LeBire, Seattle, King Co., WA, to Charles Herman, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, December, 1920. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Threshing crew at the Charles Herman farm, Mercer Co., ND, 1921. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Siblings, Carl Anthony Herman, Alice Frances Herman, and Wilfred August Herman, playing their instruments, ND, about 1920. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Herman group, Left to Right: Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis, Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman, Alice Frances Herman, Rebecca Margaret (Albers) Gentz, and John Leslie "Joe" Easton. Just one of their many dress-up pranks, North Dakota, about 1920. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Herman group, Left to Right: Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis, Alice Frances Herman, and John Leslie "Joe" Easton. Dressed up 2. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

The Herman group, Left to Right: Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis, Rebecca Margaret (Albers) Gentz, Alice Frances Herman, John Leslie "Joe" Easton, and Wilfred August Herman. Dressed up 3. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

The new Charles Herman barn, Mercer Co., ND, early 1920s. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


 

Wilfred August Herman in a modified very old Ford Model T, 1923. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Front row, left to right: Oran Abbey, James William, Joyce Murray Herman, Wilda Murray Webber, Mrs. Sam (Myrtle) Murray. 2nd Row, left to right: Ted Herman, Agnes (Keogh) Herman, Alice (Herman) Abbey, Mrs. Gentz. Front row: Oran Abbey, laying down, with Alice Herman, in glasses, behind him. To the left is Ted Herman and his wife-to-be, Agnes Keogh. Photo taken about 1925. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

Ted (Theodore) lost his hand in a farming accident. He went on to college then and became a pharmacist, as did his son. Both Lenore, and her sister, Marilyn, worked at Ted's drug store in Beulah while in High School. Ted had a great green marble countered counter (more than 20 feet long) where fountain drinks (such as cherry and lime phosphates), milk shakes and "muds" were served. There may have been some booths, at one time. The "muds" were very popular - a mixture of chocolate, marshmallow, peanuts, and ice cream - stirred until they were like a milk shake. Eventually, probably after the 1980s, the fountain drink counter was moved out and bought by someone in Bismarck. Then, it was later moved to South Dakota.


Cleo Frances Herman, Lois Alice Abbey, Frances Alice (Herman) Abbey, and Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman, summer, 1927. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Frances Tavis, her mother and Frances' brothers and sisters, October 8, 1928, at the farm of John & Theresa Tavis, Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

Standing, left to right: Helen (Tavis) Morman, Agnes (Tavis) Bahr, Minnie (Tavis) Morman, Gertrude (Tavis) Hess, Louis Edward Tavis, Theresa (Tavis) Wilmes, Juanita Anna "Annie" Tavis, Francis John “Frank” Tavis, Mary ”Mame” (Tavis) Gauer), and Frances (Tavis) Herman. Seated in front: Theresa (Rolf) Tavis, who died Jan. 20, 1929.


Henry "Hank" Morman and Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis were married October 8, 1928, at the farm of John & Theresa Tavis, Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND.


Henry "Hank" Morman and Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis wedding picture, October 8, 1928, at the farm of John & Theresa Tavis, Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND. Left to right: John Morman, Henry "Hank" Morman, Philomena B. "Minnie" Tavis, and Helen Mormon. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


A four generation picture: Theresa G. (Rolf) Tavis, Frances (Tavis) Herman, Alice (Herman) Abbey, and Lois Abbey, October 8, 1928, at the farm of John & Theresa Tavis, Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Helen Margaret Keogh and Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman, about 1928. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan. Helen was born April 3, 1915, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, and died October 28, 1998, in Three Rivers, Live Oak Co., TX, at age 83. Buried in Three Rivers Cemetery, Three Rivers, Live Oak Co., TX. She married August 7, 1935, in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND, to Albert Rudolph "A. R." Buchli, born October 2, 1910, in Hebron, ND, and died May 13, 1996, in Three Rivers, Live Oak Co., TX, at age 85. Buried in Three Rivers Cemetery, Three Rivers, Live Oak Co., TX. They lived in Wibaux, MT, in 1961, and in Three Rivers, TX, in 1974.


Cleo Frances Herman, Lois Alice Abbey, and Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, summer, 1929. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman and Charles George Herman, about 1930. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Charles George Herman and his Ford car, about 1930. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, Thursday, June 26, 1930

Beulah Man Retains Old Check for One Cent Nearly 20 Years

When Charles Herman of Beulah reads the Bismarck Tribune he reads every line of it. Recently he noticed a small item which told of how a man at Colorado Springs cashed a check for one cent which was 33 years old. The bank honored it, too. "That's not so remarkable," said Mr. Herman. "I have a check for one cent, too. And it's almost as old." He brought the check in to the Tribune office to prove it. Mr. Herman and the check are shown above. The check was dated August 31, 1910, and was made payable to Mr. Herman by John Satterlund, then receiver of the Bismarck land office. It represented a return by the government of an overpayment made by Mr. Herman in connection with filing on some land. "I don't think I'll ever cash it," Mr. Herman said. "I have kept it all these years just as a relic."


Carl Anthony Herman and Marguerite McGlaughlin were married October 2, 1933, at St. Martin's Church, Hazen, Mercer Co., ND.


Carl Anthony Herman and Marguerite McLaughlin wedding picture. Left to right: Cleo Frances Herman, Marguerite McGlaughlin, Carl Anthony Herman, and John McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Wilfred Alfred Herman, 1935. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Theodore Phillip "Ted" Herman with dog. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Cleo Frances Herman high school graduation picture, 1936. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Thure Bror Orefalk high school graduation picture, about 1936. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Wilfred Alfred Herman, 1937. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Wilfred August Herman and Dona Joyce Murray were married July 22, 1937, in Hazen, Mercer Co., ND.


Wilfred August Herman and Donna Joyce Murray wedding picture. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Lawrence Andrew Mattson (age 22), and Cleo Frances Herman (age 24), applied for a marriage about July 25, 1940, in Hennepin Co., MN.


The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Friday, July 26, 1940

MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS

Lawrence A. Mattson, 22, 1632 Tyler st NE; Cleo F. Herman, 24, 2844 Columbus av.


   

The Andrew Mattson family. Lawrence Andrew Mattson at right. Photos courtesy of Find-A-Grave.


Front Row, L. to R.: Oran Abbey, James William, Joyce Murray Herman, Wilda Murray Webber, Mrs. Sam (Myrtle) Murray. 2nd Row, L. to R.: Ted Herman, Agnes (Keogh) Herman, Alice (Herman) Abbey, Mrs. Gentz. Oran Abbey is in the front row, laying down, with Alice Herman, in glasses, behind him. To the left is Ted Herman and his wife-to-be, Agnes Keogh. Ted (Theodore) lost his hand in a farming accident. He went on to college then and became a pharmacist, as did his son. Both Lenore, and her sister, Marilyn, worked at Ted's drug store in Beulah while in High School. Ted had a great green marble countered counter (more than 20 feet long) where fountain drinks (such as cherry and lime phosphates), milk shakes and "muds" were served. There may have been some booths, at one time. The "muds" were very popular - a mixture of chocolate, marshmallow, peanuts, and ice cream - stirred until they were like a milk shake. Eventually, probably after the 1980s, the fountain drink counter was moved out and bought by someone in Bismarck. Then, it was later moved to South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


       

Charles Herman holding a rooster at the Herman farm, about 1942. This car is a 1942 Ford Super Deluxe Tudor Sedan. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan. Ford halted its car and truck lines on February 10, 1942, to begin war production, but not before a short run of 1942 cars was built. Changes were made to the car besides a three-part "electric shaver" grille — and the parking lights were moved from the top of the fenders to between the grill and headlights. Tail lights were enlarged and moved from vertical to horizontal. The frame was lowered and softer springs were used to improve the ride. The dashboard was changed, moving the radio from the top of the dash to low down, and the linear speedometer and clock were replaced with round ones. The radio had an optional floor button so the driver could change preselected stations without using hands. War rationing required auto makers to black out their chrome trim, and a special four-door model was produced with no chrome at all for military use


Charles George Herman outside the Beulah drugstore, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, about 1942. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


In 1943, Charles and Francis left the farm and moved to Beulah.

Lawrence Andrew Mattson and Cleo Frances (Herman) Mattson were divorced about August 23, 1946, in Hennepin Co., MN. She had filed for divorce.


The Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Friday, August 23, 1946

DIVORCES GRANTED

Cleo Frances Mattson from Lawrence Andrew Mattson.


Charles George Herman and Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman, about 1947. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Frances Elizabeth (Tavis) Herman died November 8, 1947, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, at age 66. Buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


The Beulah Independent, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, November, 1947

Mrs. Chas. Herman, Beulah Resident since 1900, is dead

Frances Tavis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Travis, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on August 14, 1888.  In the year of 1886 she came to Glen Ullin, N. Dak., with her family. Here she made her home until her marriage to Chas. Herman on September 11, 1900.​ Six children were born to this union, one which died in infancy. Mrs. Herman was a member of St. Joseph's Church of Beulah and was active in the Christian Mothers and the Altar Society until her illness, four years ago. She suffered a third cerebral hemorrhage on October 28, 1947, which resulted in her death on November 8th.​ The deceased is survived by her husband, Chas. Herman, three sons, Theodore, Carl and Wilfred of Beulah; two daughters, Mrs. Alice Abbey, Beulah, and Cleo Mattson, Mpls; five sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Hess of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. P. J. Wilmes, Mrs. Henry Morman, Mrs. John Morman and Mrs. William Bahr and two brothers, Frank and Louie Tavis, all of Glen Ullin. She also has fifteen grandchildren. Interment was made Nov. 12 at the Beulah cemetery, following the Requiem High Mass at St. Joseph's Church of Beulah.


Theodore Phillip "Ted" Herman and Agnes H. Keogh were married June 24, 1949, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.


Theodore Phillip "Ted" Herman and Agnes H. (Keogh) Herman. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Thure Bror Orefalk, and Cleo Frances (Herman) Mattson were married October 27, 1951, in the parish house of St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.


Thure Bror Orefalk and Cleo Frances (Herman) Mattson (Alice Frances Herman's youngest sister) wedding, October 27, 1951, in the parish house of St. Stephen's Catholic church, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. George T. Nelson is on the far left, and Marilyn Odell (Abbey) Gustafson is on the far right. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan. 


The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Monday, November 12, 1951

Orefalk - Mattson Vows Exchanged

At home at 2021 Pleasant avenue after a wedding trip through the south, are Mr. and Mrs. Thure B. Orefalk (Cleo Frances Mattson). They were married Oct. 27 in the parish house of St. Stephen's Catholic church. The bride is the daughter of Charles Herman, Beulah, N. D. The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Orefalk, Hallstavik, Sweden. Mrs. Marilyn Gustafson, a niece of the bride, and George T. Nelson, the groom's cousin, were attendants for the couple. A breakfast for the bridal party and immediate families was held at 2615 Park avenue. An afternoon reception followed at 2730 Park avenue, where the bride lived formerly.


Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey's Teacher Picture. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The December, 1952, Christmas gathering at the Charles George Herman house, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. The people, from left to right clockwise, are: Colleen Theresa Abbey, Arvid Rudolf Gustafson, Charles George Herman, an empty chair, Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, an occupied chair with James Gerald Abbey, and Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel. Other family members present but not in the picture are: Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel, Marilyn Adell (Abbey) Gustafson, Alan Lee Abbey, Kay Donnette Wetzel, and Barry David Wetzel. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, Kay Wetzel, Charles Herman, Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel, and Barry Wetzel, October, 1953. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Cleo Frances (Herman) (Mattson) Orefalk and her father, Charles George Herman, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, about 1955. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Charles Herman, about 1955. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The remaining Charles George Herman family, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1956. Left to right: Theodore Phillip "Ted" Herman, Charles George "Charley", Herman, Carl Anthony Herman, Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, Cleo Frances (Herman) (Mattson) Orfalk, and Wilfred August Herman. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Beulah Drug Store's 1956 Beulah High School Class Book Ad.


Charles George Herman died December 24, 1956, at his home, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 80. Buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, ND, Wednesday, December 26, 1956

Charles Herman, Ex-Lawmaker, Dies

BEULAH - Charles G. Herman, 80, former state legislator and longtime North Dakota resident, died unexpectedly at his home in Beulah Monday afternoon. He had been in ill health for the past two years.


The Beulah Independent, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, Thursday, December 27, 1956

Charles G. Herman, Oliver Pioneer, Dies Unexpectedly

A solemn requiem mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beulah at 10 a. m. Friday for Charles G. Herman, 80, who died unexpectedly at his home there at 2:45 p.m. December 24, 1956. He had been ailing health the past two years.​ Born in Germany on Sept. 29, 1876, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Herman, he came to Pennsylvania in 1883 and lived for awhile in Detroit, Michigan. He came to Glen Ullin in 1890 and worked for the Northern Pacific when he was only 14. He operated a sheep ranch 12 miles southwest of Beulah in 1900. He married Frances Tavis on Sept. 11, 1900. They lived in Glen Ullin and Center where he operated the Ford garage. He had also served as sheriff of Oliver County from 1912 to1916 and served two terms in the House of Representatives in the early 30's. He later farmed southwest of Beulah and bough cattle until moving to Beulah in 1943 where he continued in the cattle buying business.​ Mr. Herman died Nov. 8, 1947. He is survived by the following children: three sons, Theodore, Carl and Wilfred, Mrs. Alice Abbey, all of Beulah, and Cleo Orfalk, Minneapolis. One son, a brother and two sisters preceded him death. He also leaves 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.​ Father R. Landoll will be the celebrant and interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery at Beulah. The rosary will be recited at the church at 7:30 tonight. Active pallbearers are: Alan Abbey, James Abbey, Jerome Wilmes, Delton Herman and Walter Morman. Honorary pallbearers are James Keogh, Ezra Emig, Sam Murray, William Morris, Charles Murray, and Andrew Tavis.​ Arrangements are made by the Aarthun Funeral Home in Beulah.


The Charles Herman farm was then operated by their youngest son, Wilfred, until 1958 when it was sold to William Heth. The buildings of this farm were torn down February, 2000, by Knife River Coal and the farm yard will be mined for coal.

Agnes H. (Keogh) Herman died October 5, 1974, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 66. Buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


Mrs. Herman Services Tuesday​

Mrs. Theodore (Agnes) Herman, age 66 years, of Beulah, died at her home in Beulah Saturday noon, Oct. 5. She was born March 20, 1908 at Bismarck to Mr. and Mrs. James Keogh (Bertha Koller.) She attended Mercer County schools and graduated from St. Mary's High School at Bismarck. She also attended a Business College at Fargo. She was married to Theo. Herman on June 24, 1929 at Beulah. Surviving her are her husband; one son: Jerome, Beulah; three grandchildren; three brothers: Ed Keogh, Tucson, Ariz., Robert, Beulah, Walter, Nye, Mont.; two sisters: Mrs. A. R. Buchli, Three Rivers, Tex., Mrs. R. H. O'Neil, Larson, N.D. Her parents, and one sister preceded her.​ She was employed as a stenographer in Law offices at Hazelton and Linton. The Hermans have made their home in Beulah for many years, where Mr. Herman has been owner and operated the Beulah Drug Store. She was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in​ Beulah. ​Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beulah, with Rev. Harold Roth officiating. Burial was at the St. Joseph's Cemetery.​ Pallbearers were: Delton Herman, Hugh O'Neil, Darell Herman, Robert Keogh, Emmet O'Neil, and Brooks Keogh.​ (Aarthun Funeral Home at Beulah.)


Agnes Herman, Beulah Woman​

Funeral services for Mrs. Theodore (Agnes) Herman, 66, who died at her home in Beulah, were to be held Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah. She was born March 20, 1908, at Bismarck to Mr. and Mrs. James and Bertha (Koller) Keogh, attended Mercer County schools and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Bismarck. She married Theodore Herman, June 24, 1929, at Beulah and lived there until her death. Her husband formerly owned and operated a drugstore in Beulah. She leaves her husband; a son, Jerome, Beulah; brothers: Ed, Tucson, Ariz., Robert, Beulah, and Walter, Nye, Mont.; sisters, Mrs. A.R. Buchli, Three Rivers, Tex., and Mrs. R.H. O'Neil, Larson, and three grandchildren. (Aarthun Funeral Home at Beulah.)


Kay Koslan comments: Ted (Theodore) lost his hand in a farming accident. He went on to college then and became a pharmacist, as did his son. Both my mother, Lenore, and her sister Marilyn worked at Ted's drug store in Beulah in High School. He had a great green marble countered counter (more than 20 feet long) where fountain drinks (such as cherry and lime phosphates), milk shakes and "muds" were served. I vaguely remember that there may have been some booths, at one time. The "muds" were very popular - a mixture of chocolate, marshmallow, peanuts, and ice cream -stirred until they were like a milk shake. Eventually, probably, after the 1980's, the fountain drink counter was moved out and bought by someone in Bismarck.  Then, it was later moved to South Dakota.

Theodore Phillip "Ted" Herman died January 28, 1977, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, at age 74. Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


Ted Herman, 74,​ Beulah Druggist​

Theodore P. Herman, 74, pioneer Beulah druggist, died at the Bismarck hospital early Friday morning, Jan. 28.  He had a heart been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack on Jan. 3.​ Mr. Herman was born at Glen Ullin on Oct. 8, 1902, the son of Charles and Frances Tavis Herman.​ He was a graduate of Beulah High School and in 1927 graduated from the NDSU School of Pharmacy. He had owned and operated the Beulah Drug Store since 1929. He was a past member of the Beulah Lions Club. He was united in marriage to Agnes Keogh at Beulah on June 24, 1929.​ He is survived by one son: Jerome Herman, Beulah; three granddaughters; two brothers: Carl Herman, Beulah, and Wilfred Herman, Golden Valley; and two sisters: Mrs. Alice Abbey, Beulah; and Mrs. Cleo Orefolk, Mundelein. Ill.  His wife preceded him in death in 1974.​ Funeral services were held at  Joseph's Catholic Church in Beulah Monday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. with Fr.​ Harold Roth officiating. Pallbearers were Alan Abbey, Gale Abbey, Delton Herman, Darell Herman, Robert A. Keogh, and Brooks Keogh. Burial was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Beulah. Family requested that memorials be given to either the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Building Fund or to the Heart Fund.​ (Aarthun Funeral Home, Hazen.)


​Carl Anthony Herman died January 28, 1978, at a Dickinson hospital, Dickinson, ND (age 73). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


Carl A. Herman

Carl A. Herman, age 73, died in a Dickinson Hospital Saturday evening, Jan. 28. He was born in Glen Ullin on July 19, 1904, the son of Charles and Frances Tavis Herman. He attended grade school at Center and attended high school in Glen Ullin. He was married to Marguerite McLaughlin on Oct. 2, 1933 at Hazen. They had farmed since that time on a farm south of Beulah. Surviving him are his widow. Mrs. Marguerite Herman, Beulah; one son: Darell Herman, at home, three daughters: Mrs. Dennis Wolf, (Mary Margaret) Dickinson; Mrs. Marleen Schnaidt, Dickinson and Mrs. Bill Heth (Karen), Dickinson, nine grandchildren; Wilfred A. Herman, Golden Valley; and two sisters: Mrs. Alice Abbey, Beulah, and Mrs. Thure Orefolk, East Moline, Ill.​ He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beulah Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Harold Roth officiating. Rosary was at the church Monday evening, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday morning, Jan. 31 at 9:45 a.m. Pallbearers for the service were: Jerome Herman, Delton Herman, Gale Abbey, Alan Abbey, Myron McLaughlin and Joseph McLaughlin. Honorary pallbearers were: William Heth, Donald Oline, Henry Becker, Julius Orth, Floyd Erickson, Archie Erickson, Herbert Scheidt, John Sailer, Eugene Buchmann and Jake Unterscher. Burial was in the family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Beulah. He was a district member of the Greenvale School Board, was a member of the Mercer County Farmers Union Board, and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.


​Wilfred August Herman died August 22, 1980, at a Dickinson hospital, Dickinson, Stark Co., ND, at age 72. Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, ND, Monday, August 25, 1980

Wilfred A. Herman

BEULAH - Services for Wilfred A. Herman, 72, Golden Valley, who died Friday at a Dickinson hospital, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah. A rosary will be said at 7:30p.m. Monday at the church. Visitation will be held at Aarthun-Erdman Funeral Home, Beulah, until9:30 p.m. Monday. Mr. Herman was born Jan. 14, 1908, at Glen Ullin. He attended schools in Oliver County and graduated from Beulah High School in 1925. He married Joyce Murray, July 22, 1937, at Hazen. They farmed and ranched south of Beulah, where he also worked in the coal mines. In 1958 he moved to a ranch west of Golden Valley, and he retired in Golden Valley in 1978. He was a director of the Beulah Farmers Union Oil Co. for 25 years and was Mercer County water commissioner for several years. He is survived by his wife; one son, Delton, Golden Valley; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Dianna) Grosz, Dickinson; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Abbey, Beulah, and Mrs. Thure Orefalk, Mundelein, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.


"We have loved him during life, let us not abandon him, until we have conducted him by our prayers into the house of the Lord."​​

WILFRED A. HERMAN

Born January 14, 1908​

Died August 22, 1980​​

PRAYER​

Incline Thine ear, O Lord, unto our prayers, wherein we humbly pray Thee to show Thy mercy upon the Soul of Thy Servant, Wilfred whom Thou hast commanded to pass out of this world, that Thou wouldst place him in the region of peace and light, and bid him be, a partaker with Thy Saints. Through Christ our Lord.​

Amen​.


Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey died March 27, 1982, at her home, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 80. Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey Death Certificate.


The Beulah Independent, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1982

Alice Frances Abbey, 80 years of age, Beulah, died Saturday, March 27, 1982 at her home in Beulah. She was born July 5, 1901 at GIen Ullin, to Charles and Frances (Tavis) Herman. She was raised and attended school near Glen Ullin and graduated from GIen Ullin high school in 1920. She attended teachers college at Valley City and taught elementary school In Beulah for six years. On Sept. 25, 1926 she married Oran Abbey and the couple farmed south of Beulah. Her husband died in Nov. of 1943. Alice continued to farm until 1947 when she moved to Beulah where she lived up until the time of her death. She was very active in community affairs. She was a member of the Beulah Homemakers, Beulah Woman's Club, was chosen Mercer County Mother of the Year, served on the city and general election boards, and was past president of the Beulah Senior Citizens. She was also active in St. Joseph's Altar Society and was church organist for approximately 50 years. She is survived by (three sons) Gale of Glendive, Mont., James of Glendale, Ariz., and Alan of Beulah; (six daughters) Mrs. Loren (Lois) Lang of Sidney, Mont., Mike (June) Dolce of Polson, Mont., Mrs. Donald (Lenore) Wetzel of Beulah, Mrs. Arvid (Marilyn) Gustafson of Stanton, Mrs. Stanley (Donna) Stalsel of Mlps., Minn., and Mrs. Delmar (Colleen) Flemmer of Lolo, Mont., and (one sister) Mrs. Thure (Cleo) Orefalk of Mundelein, IIl., also 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers. Funeral Services will beheld Thursday, April 1, 1982 at 10 a. m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beulah, with the Father Harold Roth and Father Joseph Hajduck officiating. The following grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Honorary: Greg Abbey, Scott Stasel, Lance Stasel. Darrin Lang, Jon Abbey, Mike Dolce, Jr. Gary Dolce, Larry Flemmer and Paul Flemmer. Active Pallbearers: Barry Wetzel, Kim Wetzel, Mark Gustafson, Doug Lang, David Lang, and Dean Lang. Interment will be at the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Beulah. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 9 p. m. for family and friends at the Erdman Funeral Home in Beulah. Rosary services will be held Wednesday evening at 7 p. m. at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beulah. The family prefers memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beulah. Erdman Funeral Home in Beulah.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, Tuesday, March 30, 1982

Alice Abbey

BEULAH - Services will be held at 10 a.m. MST Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beulah for Alice F. Abbey, 80, who died Saturday at her home in Beulah. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p. m. Wednesday at Erdman Funeral Home in Beulah. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The former Alice Herman was born July 5, 1901 at GIen Ullin, where she graduated from high school in 1910. She attended Valley City State Teachers College and taught elementary school In Beulah for six years. She married Oran Abbey, Sept. 25, 1926, at Bismarck and they farmed south of Beulah. He died in 1943 and she continued to farm until 1947, when she moved into Beulah. She had served on the Beulah city and general election boards, was past president of the Beulah Senior Citizens, was chosen Mercer County Mother of the Year and was church organist  St. Joseph's Catholic Church for 50 years. She is survived by three sons, Gale, Glendive, Mont., James, Glendale, Ariz., and Alan, Beulah; six daughters, Mrs. Loren (Lois) Lang, Sidney, Mont., Mrs. Mike (June) Dolce, Polson, Mont., Mrs. Donald (Lenore) Wetzel, Beulah, Mrs. Arvid (Marilyn) Gustafson, Stanton, Mrs. Stanley (Donna) Stalsel, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Delmar (Colleen) Flemmer, Lolo, Mont.; one sister, Mrs. Thur Orefalk, Mundelein, Ill.; 32 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. The family prefers memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Beulah.


Lawrence Andrew Mattson died August 23, 1986, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 68. Buried in Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.


The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Monday, August 25, 1986

Mattson

Lawrence A., age 68, of NE Mlps, on Saturday. Survived by special friend, Viola G. Olson; two brothers & their wives, Leroy A. Mattson & Irene, Earl L. Mattson & Dee, all of Mlps; nieces & nephews. Retired employee of Honeywell, Inc. Services 1 pm Tuesday, O. E. Larson-Osborne Chapel, 2301 Central Ave. NE. Interment Hillside Cemetery. Visitation 5-9 pm Monday & prior to the service Tuesday. O. E. Larson-Osborne Chapel 789-3571


Cleo Frances (Herman) (Mattson) Orefalk died January 1, 1992, in Bloomington, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 75. Buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.


Cleo Orefalk

Cleo Herman Orefalk, 75, Eagan, Minn., died Jan. 1, 1992. Funeral services were held Jan. 4, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Eagan, Minn. Interment was at Fort Snelling, Minn., with full military rites. Cleo Frances Herman was born July 5, 1916 to Charles and Frances (Tavis) Herman. She was raised in the Beulah area and was a graduate of Beulah High School. Mrs. Orefalk graduated as a registered nurse from St. Alexius, School of Nursing in Bismarck. She did post-graduate study at the University of Minnesota and taught nursing at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. ​Mrs. Orefalk's curriculum for teaching licensed practical nurses became a model used throughout the country. She served in the United States Army as a nurse overseas during World War II. ​She married Thure Orefalk of Minneapolis, on Oct. 27, 1951. She is survived by her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Faye and Steve Heffele and three grandsons of Eagan, Minn.; and two sisters-in-law, Joyce Herman of Golden Valley and Marguerite Herman of Beulah. ​She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Alice Abbey; and three brothers, Ted, Carl and Wilfred Herman.


This transcription of "Beulah North Dakota, Golden Anniversary, 1914-1964" was edited by Robert P. Schuh on May 23, 1996 and is issued with the permission of Gertrude Buscher, President, Mercer County Historical Society.​

History submitted by Alice, Mrs. Oran Abbey.​

THE HISTORY OF CHARLES G. HERMAN

Charles G. Herman was born in Saarbrucken, Germany, on Sept. 29, 1876, to Peter and Rose, nee Klier, Herman. The Peter Herman family came to the United States in 1883. They first settled in the Pennsylvania coal mining area, where the family; Minnie, Charles, August, and Rose lived for a time. Later they moved to Michigan, but did not stay long; for like so many of our early settlers, they followed the "Westward Movement."

The Herman Family arrived in Glen Ullin in 1890 and took up a homestead about four miles north of what is now Glen Ullin. It was rough going for the Hermans.  In those early years, what with sod houses without floors, and only one room. The whole family had to work hard to make a living. They plowed the land with a hand plow and Oxen.

At the age of fourteen Charlie decided to make some extra money for the family by working for the railroad for $15.00 a month. When he was about eighteen Charlie realized that "hiring out" was not for him, and made the decision to start a sheep ranch. He took up a homestead about twelve miles south of Beulah, built a small house and bought some sheep. He was now a full-fledged rancher. But things did not go as smoothly as he had hoped for; trips to Glen Ullin for groceries took two days, though later on, when the Evans and Farrington Post Offices were built, it was handier for their mail, at least.

In 1900 Charlie was married to Frances Tavis of Glen Ullin. As a girl Frances had come with her parents, John and Theresa Rolfe Tavis, from West Virginia. It had been necessary for Frances to miss some schooling in order for her to take her turn, with her seven sisters and two brothers, at sheep herding. Thanks to the size of the family, her turn did not come too often.

To this union of Frances and Charles five children were born: Alice, Mrs. Oran Abbey; Theodore, Carl, Wilfred, and Cleo, Mrs. Thure Orefalk. For two years the Herman family lived in Glen Ullin. In 1908 they moved back to the homestead, where the number of sheep Charlie owned sometimes reached 2,000. He was the first man in the area to own a Ford Car. During this time the railroad was being built, and the crews would winter their horses at Charlie's. He then bought land in the Aplin area where he established and operated the Charlie Herman Cattle Ranch until 1943, when the youngest son, Wilfred, took over.

In 1912 he was elected sheriff of Oliver County and the family moved to Center where he served in this capacity for two terms. While in Center he also operated the Ford Garage. On Armistice Day, 1918, the family moved back to the ranch. At that time the Hermans got their mail at the Aplin Post Office. They built a new home in 1922 and it was at this time that Charlie started as a cattle buyer. In the early 1930's he served in the North Dakota House of Representatives for two terms. In 1943 he moved to Beulah, where he continued in the cattle buying business.

In 1947 Mrs. Herman passed away after a lingering illness of four years. Charlie continued to live in Beulah until his death on Christmas Eve, 1956
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From Don Wetzel:

Grandpa Charles Herman told me that when he was a little boy and lived in Glen Ullin that he had the opportunity to see Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull gave him some kind of memento. I do not recall what it was. I think it was a small medallion of some sort. He also told me that early in the spring herds of antelope would migrate from south of there someplace and move up into our country Saw 1000's of antelope until RR came through.) They would move back in the fall. That was before a the railroad was built (Charles  on Northern Pacific when he was 14.). When the railroad lines were built they went through there in the winter. The following spring he said the antelope migrated up to the tracks but would do not cross over. They milled around for several days and then retreated south, Never again did they migrate. About 30 years ago antelope were planted in our area. They have prospered quite well. We had some large herds and one year we had deep snow. (The antelope tried to scratch through the snow to find food and many perished. There would be 20 to 30 in one small area. Nature must have given them the knowledge to migrate south those many years ago.)


Written by Cleo Herman Orefalk

In the year 1883 Peter Von Hermann, his wife Rosa and children Charles, Rose, and August, left heir home in Sarr-brucken, Germany and migrated to the United States. The "Saar" borders the Alsace where the Hermann family originated.​ They lived first in Pennsylvania, later traveled west to Michigan (Detroit), then continued on until finally settling in Glen Ullin, North Dakota around 1890. They lived in a sod house about 4 miles south of Glen Ullin. At some time during this migration Peter dropped a portion of the last name and the family name became simply Herman. In Germany, a name preceded by "Von" was considered important - it represented political and social position.​ Charles, at the age of 15, worked for the railroad for $15.00 a month. At age 18, he homesteaded the property 12 miles south of Beulah, N.D. He got a herd of sheep and built a house. He would travel to Glen Ullin for groceries - this trip took 2 days.​ In 1900 he married Francis Tavis, daughter of John and Therese Tavis. The Tavis family had lived in Wheeling West Virginia before moving to Glen Ullin. John Tavis had worked in the the coal mines in Wheeling.​ Charles and Francis lived in Glen Ullin for a while, and then in 1902 moved to the homestead. At times, Charles had over 2000 head of sheep. When the railroad was built through North Dakota, Charles wintered the railroad's horses on his sheep ranch. Later in their life they purchased land in Aplin (in Oliver County, ND), about 7 miles south of Beulah and established a cattle ranch. A cattle brand cH was registered, which remains in the Herman name (the c is raised up on the upper left half of the H). Diana H. Grosz and Justin W. Herman are presently using this brand.​ In 1912, Charles was elected sheriff of Oliver County, so the family moved to Center, N.D. where he served 2 terms as sheriff. While in Center, he owned the Ford Garage and sold Ford cars. In 1918, the Ford business was sold and the family moved back to the ranch.​ Time passed and in 1922, Charles built a new home, which still exists on the property. He started buying cattle along with combining farming and ranching. He took time to serve in the House of Representatives for 2 terms during the 1930's. In 1943, Charles and Francis left the farm and moved to Beulah. Francis passed away in 1947 and Charles in 1956. Their farm was then operated by their youngest son, Wilfred (until 1958 when it was sold to William Heth). The buildings of this farm were torn down February, 2000 by Knife River Coal and the farm yard will be mined for coal.


July 18, 2020

Diana makes the following correction to Cleo Frances (Herman) (Mattson) Orefalk's recollection of the Herman cattle brands:

I see on page 7  where Leigh writes about Herman's moving to Aplin and established a cattle ranch and a brand....cH is incorrect !

Charles  Herman established a brand, called the L lazy H, which was also used by Wilfred Herman. Peter Herman, had the brand reverse PH, which is still used by Wayne Herman, great, great grandson of Peter. This is also why I think Peter raised more cattle than sheep.

Wayne was the 1992 World Champion Bareback Rider for the PRCA, AND In the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, one of Wayne's gloves is on display and on it is the "reverse PH" brand. I'm so proud of that being in the hall.

My brother, Delton, established a different brand for his use. I was able to use Peter's brand of reverse PH when I had some cattle but on a different location on the body than Wayne's. We had cattle with him on shares.

Perhaps this brand language doesn't make sense on how it looks,  but it does to those who know how to 'read' a brand.  I'll draw a picture and send.

Diana