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Alma Sophia BENSON

Female 1881 - 1961  (79 years)


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  • Name Alma Sophia BENSON 
    Born 28 Aug 1881  Tumleberg, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Buried 1961  Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 Jul 1961  Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Kaye Wachter's book:
      In 1883, at the age of one and a half years, Alma (with her family] sailed to Hull, England from Goteborg, Sweden, on the S.S. "Romeo" of the Cunard line. From there they travelled across England by train to Liverpool, boarding the S.S. "Catalonia" [also of the Cunard line] for America. The fare from Goteborg to St. Peter MN was $28.00 for Andrew, $28.00 for Christina, half price of $14.00 for eight year-old Alfred and $1.40 for the infant Alma, bringing the total to $71.40. [That was at 1883's prices. Today it would be many times that amount.] At that time the exchange rate was 14 cents US to one Crown Swedish. It took Andrew and Christina years to save enough money to make that journey.
    • From Kaye Wachter's book:
      After finishing her education, Alma worked as a seamstress. According to Alma, in those days they made their own patterns, which must have been quite challenge.
      "Alma grew up and married her 'knight in shining armour'. He was the Express Messenger on the train from Omaha who tossed notes and goodies to her from the door of the mail car as the train sped by the farmyard. She was there each day to wave and then answered his letters to the address he tossed out to her. After their 'by mail' courtship they married and made their home in Minneapolis." *
      Alma had an extensive postcard collection. Friends and family sent her postcards from many different locales, including England and Sweden. Fortunately, many of them have been saved and they have been a valuable source of information for this book.
      She was very active in the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Women's Auxiliary, attending conventions around the US. , serving as an officer and proudly marching in Minneapolis parades as a flag bearer. She enjoyed playing cards and met regularly with a women's card group She also was a member of the Eastern Star.
      Alma had two apple trees ? Rhode Island Greenings. Every August the picking, peeling and canning of apples took place, and throughout the year almost every meal included delicious home made applesauce. Alma - 1955 She often had the extended family at her home for holiday dinners.
      You "Minneapolis" Hows will all remember, undoubtedly. the ritual of mopping the kitchen floor. It was always saved for the first arriving son to do! It was a family joke to us, but maybe it was more than that to Alma and her sons. We all have our own traditions and perhaps that was one of theirs.
      *Excerpt from Other Things by Alma C. Berryhill, Alma How's niece.
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      Memo from the Family Register:
      Frank and Alma with their little son Francis Waldo How arrived at Plymouth on Wednesday, June 12th 1907 - reaching 3 Gleneagle Villas 11.30 p.m. - per S.S. "Oceanic". They left for London - Saturday, July 6th.
      Editor's Notes: Little is known about this trip other than from a few post cards, a few photos and comments remembered.
      From diary excerpts, Alma had been quite busy sewing in preparation for the trip.
      Alma was very early pregnant with her second child ? not the best time to be taking an ocean voyage! She did not feel well for most of the visit and ocean crossings.
      A post card was waiting at Gleneagle Villas from Rhoda in Swansea, welcoming Frank and Alma to England.
      Another post card came from "Marjorie", inviting Francis to a children's picnic.
      And one more post card to Frank from Cornwall stating that Cornish pasties were being sent, as the sender remembered how much Frank had liked them. This was from Mrs. Gillbard, wife of the farmer Frank had worked for in Cornwall.
    Person ID I00043  How Genealogy | HOW family branch that emigrated from England to Minnesota, USA
    Last Modified 6 May 2015 

    Family Samuel Francis Stephen HOW,   b. 25 Jun 1871, 4 Seymour Crescent, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1925, 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 3 Aug 1904  Kasota, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Francis Waldo HOW,   b. 16 May 1905, 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1981, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Redwood City, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +2. Donald Benson HOW,   b. 19 Feb 1908, 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1983, University Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +3. Gordon Hilson HOW,   b. 16 Jan 1911, 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1999, Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +4. Dorothy Alma HOW,   b. 6 Apr 1913, 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1981, Hennepin County General Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     5. Bennett John HOW,   b. 10 Jun 1915, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 2002, Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     6. Kenneth James HOW,   b. 10 Jun 1915, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1918, 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2010 
    Family ID F00018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Aug 1881 - Tumleberg, Sweden Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Aug 1904 - Kasota, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1961 - Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Jul 1961 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gordon, Donald, Bennett, Francis, Sarah, Dorothy, Alma - 1928
    Gordon, Donald, Bennett, Francis, Sarah, Dorothy, Alma - 1928
    Taken at a studio during Sarah HOW's visit to Alma and family in Minneapolis
    Thomas Waldo How Family Trip to England c.1907
    Thomas Waldo How Family Trip to England c.1907

    Documents
    Letter from Carl Benson to Francis Waldo HOW about Samuel Francis Stephen HOW passing on.
    Letter from Carl Benson to Francis Waldo HOW about Samuel Francis Stephen HOW passing on.
    Letter from James Nicholas How's to Alma Sophia BENSON
    Letter from James Nicholas How's to Alma Sophia BENSON

    Headstones
    Headstone of Alma Sophia BENSON b.1881
    Headstone of Alma Sophia BENSON b.1881
    Located at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
    Plot: Section 45 Lot 87 Grave 3