Duncans in Otter Tail Co. MN


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised July 31, 2008

Formed 1858 from Pembina, Cass


1860-1870 Otter Tail Co. MN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1880 Otter Tail Co. MN Census (HeritageQuest image 3/2007)
Village of Fergus Falls, pg.22, S.D.3, E.D.147
Pg.42B, #151-166, DUNCAN, William R., w/m age 34 mar. carpenter IL (blank) (blank)
    Nancy J. w/f age 29 wife mar. keeping house IN VA (blank)

1900 Otter Tail Co. MN Census (HeritageQuest image 3/2007)
Fergus Falls City, Ward 1, S.D.134, E.D.169, Sheet 6, 130 Bismark
Pg.240A, #86-108, PULLMAN family, hotel keeper, and clerks, including
    DUNCAN, James, clerk, w/m Aug.1880, age 19, single, MN NY IL hotel clerk, can read/write
Fergus Falls City, Ward 2, S.D.134, E.D.168, Sheet 4, 117 Lincoln Ave.
Pg.226A, #70-76, many servants and boarders, including
    DUNCAN, James, boarder w/m Apr.1850 age 50 wd. NY Scotland Scotland cooper can read/write
Fergus Falls City, Ward 2, S.D.134, E.D.168, sheet 5, 313 Arcade Street
Pg.227A, #85-102, DUNCAN, William F., head w/m Jan. 1856 age 44 mar. 14y, Canada (Eng)/ Scotland/ Canada, immigrated 1883, 17 years in US, physician, can read/write
    Eva, wife w/f Aug.1860 age 39 mar.14y, 2 ch, 2 living, Canada, Vermont, Scotland, can read/write
    Kenneth J., son, w/m, Nov. 1887, age 12, single, MN, Canada (Eng), Canada (Eng), at school, can read/write
    Jennet, dau., w/f, Mar. 1890, age 10, single, MN, Canada (Eng), Canada (Eng), at school, can read/write
    Maude, niece, w/f Aug.1880 age 19, single, Canada (Eng), Canada (Eng), Iowa, teacher, can read/write
    FRANKLIN, Bessie, servant, w/f Apr. 1881, age 19, single, Sweden, Sweden, Sweden, servant, can read/write


Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, William R., widow Duncan, Nancy J.; A 2 Minn. Inf.; 1898 April 12, Invalid Appl. #1206338, Cert. #990753, Oregon; 1901 April 1, Widow Appl. #738178, Cert. #541993, Oregon. (MAD: 1860 Winona Co. MN; 1880 Otter Tail Co. MN; 1900 Multnomah Co. OR b.1846 IL, wife Nancy b.1853 IN, ch. b.1881-1885 MN)

HISTORIES before 1923

1921 "Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota : their story and people : an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, educational, civic and social development" pub. Chicago: American Historical Society (HeritageQuest images 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 13456; FHL film 1,000,265 items 1-3)
      Vol.II, pg.917: KENNETH DUNCAN. Through his profession as mining engineer Kenneth Duncan has been identified with the Range district of northern Minnesota for over ten years. He now lives at Ely and is superintendent of the Zenith Mine for the Vermillion Mining Company.
            A native Minnesotan, Mr. Duncan was born at Fergus Falls [Otter Tail Co.] November 13, 1887, son of Dr. William and Eva G. (Herrick) Duncan. He graduated from the Fergus Falls High School at the age of eighteen, and soon afterward entered the School of Mines of Minnesota University and completed his technical course in 1910. Almost immediately he came to the Vermillion Range as an engineer with the Oliver Mining Company. In 1912 he was associated with R.B. Whiteside on the Mesaba and Vermillion Ranges, with headquarters at Hibbing, and his experience covers much of the mining district of both Ranges. He has been superintendent of the Zenith Mine at Ely since 1919. Mr. Duncan is not only a master of the technique of mining engineering, but is a capable executive, and his hobby is the study of men and their adaptability to the tasks assigned them.
            He is a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, is a member and a past director of the Engineers' Club of Northern Minnesota and is a member of the Masonic Lodge. In 1913 he married Frances Collier, daughter of O.F. Collier, of Fergus Falls, and they are the parents of one son, Robert.


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