James Gerald Abbey




James Gerald "Jim" Abbey was born May 9, 1938, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, and died September 10, 2020, in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 82. Future burial in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, near Mandan, Morton Co., ND. He is the son of Oran Ralph Abbey of Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI, and Alice Frances Herman of Glen Ullin, Mercer Co., ND.

Joyce Elaine Erdmann was born July 31, 1940, in Golden Valley Co., ND. She is the daughter of George Daniel Erdmann of near Golden Valley, Mercer Co., ND, and Elenora M. "Toodles" Krueger of Ryder, Ward Co., ND.

James Gerald "Jim" Abbey and Joyce Elaine Erdmann were married December 31, 1966, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.

James Gerald "Jim" Abbey and Joyce Elaine (Erdmann) Abbey had several children:

  1. Julie Lyn Abbey: Born August 12, 1967, in Unknown. Married to Daniel W. Hakalmazian: Born October 2, 1964, in Unknown.
  2. Alissa L. Abbey: Born Unknown. Married to Unknown Williams: Born Unknown. Lived in Seymour, CT.
  3. Unnamed Male Abbey: Born May 12, 1971, at Missoula Community Hospital, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT. Died May 12, 1971, at Missoula Community Hospital, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT (age Stillborn Infant). Buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT.



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James Gerald Abbey was born May 9, 1938, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.

Joyce Elaine Erdman was born July 31, 1940, in Golden Valley Co., ND.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1940, shows Orran Abbey (age 39) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 1 year of College, and who married but has no occupation listed, is renting his home for $15/month, and is living in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Alice Abbey (age 38) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of College; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, June Abbey (age 11) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 5 years of School; his daughter, Lenore Abbey (age 10) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 3 years of School; his daughter, Marilyn Abbey (age 9) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of School; his son, Gale Abbey (age 7) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his daughter, Dona Abbey (age 5) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his son, James Abbey (age 2) born in North Dakota; his daughter, Colleen Abbey (age 5/12) born in North Dakota; and an unmarried Servant, Roger Endresson (age 21) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of High School, a Common Laborer in a Farming Mine.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 11, 1940, shows Alfred G. Stasel (age 46) born in Iowa, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 5 years of College, is a married Hospital Superintendent, and owns his house worth $8,000 and is living at 5156 Queens Avenue South, 13th Ward, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. Living with him are: his wife, Florence A. Stasel (age 42) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 4 years of High School; his son, Alan G. Stasel (age 12) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 5 years of School; his son, Stanley R. Stasel (age 8) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 2 years of School; his daughter, Barbara M. Stasel (age 5) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 0 years of School; his daughter, Shirley J. Stasel (age 4) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 0 years of School; and an unmarried Maid, Loretta J. Singman (age 26) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in Stearns Co, MN, and with 8 years of School, a Maid in a Private Home.


   

James Gerald "Jim" Abbey and Colleen Theresa Abbey, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1942. Black an white photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The entire Oran Ralph Abbey family, taken just before Oran died in 1943. Back row, left to right: Lois, Alan, Oran, Alice, June; Middle row, left to right: Lenore, Donna, Gale and Marilyn; Front row, left to right: Colleen, Jim. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Gale, Jim and Alan Abbey, Beulah, ND, 1947. 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.


James Gerald Abbey in Sophomore Class Picture, Beulah High School Yearbook, Beulah, Mercer Co., 1953. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


James Gerald Abbey in Sophomore Class Picture, Beulah High School Yearbook, Beulah, Mercer Co., 1953. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


James Abbey and Alice (Herman) Abbey, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, about 1955. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


James Gerald Abbey in Officer Class Picture, Beulah High School Yearbook, Beulah, Mercer Co., 1956, where he was Class Vice President. James Gerald "Jim" Abbey was in the 1955 graduating class of Beulah High School, but he liked school so much he returned to continue his education another year. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

James Gerald Abbey, Beulah, Mercer Co., about 1955. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Jim Abbey, Alan Abbey, Alice (Herman) Abbey, and Gale Abbey, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1959. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


James Gerald "Jim" Abbey was studying Forestry at the Montana State University, College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT, in 1961.


Picnic at Alice Abbey's backyard, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, July, 1963. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

​Back row, Left to right: Alice (Herman) Abbey, bent over eating; Donna (Abbey) Stasil; Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel; June (Abbey) Dolce; Jan (Welk) Abbey; Marilyn (Abbey) Gustafson; Don Wetzel; and Stan Stasil​.

Row 2, left to right: Barry Wetzel (lower left corner); and Mike Dolce, rust shirt, back seen and standing.​

​Row 3, left to right: front to back: Stephanie Stasil, sitting in high chair; Gary Dolce, almost hidden behind Stephanie Stasil; Cindy Gustafson; and Mark Gustafson, with bib.​

Front row, left to right: Diane Lang, facing forward, Pink shorts; Kay Wetzel, facing back with orange drink, blue shirt; and Jan Gustafson, lower right corner, barely in the picture.​

Kay Koslan comments: It looked my brother Barry Wetzel and my cousin Mike Dolce were up to no good because they had a long white cord. But then I recognized it was a type of child harness attached to Mark Gustafson at the front end so he wouldn't run off into the street! The only thing Barry and Mike were doing were holding onto that cord. I think it was attached to my Grandma Alice's clothes line, as they often did that to protect the kids from running off. This was especially important because there were 33 grandchildren. There were probably at least 20 in this gathering.


Card playing in 1964 at the Alice Abbey home - a winter sport! From left to right: Alice Abbey (behind Don); Don Wetzel (glasses); Marilyn (Abbey) Gustafson; Jim Abbey; Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel; Jan (Welk) Abbey; Alan Abbey. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Below is a link to the "Beulah, North Dakota Golden '50' Years Anniversary, 1914-1964":

http://www.odessa3.org/collections/towns/link/beulah64.txt


James Gerald "Jim" Abbey and Joyce Erdmann were married December 31, 1966, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.

Unnamed Male Abbey was born May 12, 1971, at Missoula Community Hospital, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT, and died May 12, 1971, at Missoula Community Hospital, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT, at age Stillborn Infant. Buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT.


Unnamed Male Abbey Death Record.


Abbey brothers and sisters at their mother's, Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, funeral, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, April 1, 1982. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Abbey brothers, Left to right: Jim, Gale and Alan, July 8, 1994. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


James Gerald "Jim" Abbey died September 10, 2020, in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 82. Future burial in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, near Mandan, Morton Co., ND.