Saturday, October 11, 2014

52 Ancestors #42: John Larimer Haglind, Cousin and "Useful Citizen"

This week's post continues my look at hubby's Larimer family. His 1st cousin 3x removed was John Larimer Haglind (1852-1918), the first son of Eleanor Larimer and Eric Haglind. Born in Elkhart, IN, where many Larimers lived and worked, John and his family moved to Lagrange, IN when he was a teen.

Using Newspaper Archives (accessed through my membership in the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center), I was able to locate dozens of news snippets about this cousin.

During his life, John served in many civic roles, including as superintendent of a municipal water works, clerk of the town of Lagrange, recorder for the adjutant general in Lagrange county, and on and on.

As his obits show, he was also active in the Masons, Odd Fellows, and Knights of Pythias. Plus he found time to play the violin. As the newspaper says, "Mr. Haglind was a good man and a useful citizen and Lagrange sustains a great loss in his demise."

PS John's son, Harry W. Haglind, became a bandleader in the 23d Engineers during WWI and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This means music runs in the family in the Larimer line as well as the Slatter line.


Elizabeth Handler said...

Don't you just love finding newspaper articles, even short ones, about family members!

Marian Burk Wood said...

Oh, Elizabeth, I really get a thrill out of reading what these family members were doing, even if it's just "so and so visited so and so." Love those newspaper databases!

Ginger Smith said...

You have access to some really great newspaper articles! Thanks for sharing. I have ancestors in Indiana, but I have not yet located news articles for them!

Marian Burk Wood said...

Hi Ginger, I am so lucky that many of these ancestors were news-worthy. Now if only the databases included MORE newspapers from MORE areas! Thanks for reading.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Marian, newspaper clippings like this add lots of 'color' to our ancestors. Congratulations on uncovering these nuggets of information!