- John Benjamin Rahier & Mary Maurice Rahier (74 KB)
John Benjamin Rahier called "Captain John". Born John Peter Rahier, Sept. 27 1842, Green Bay, Wisconsin Territory. Served in the Navy during the Civil War aboard the Mound City. Drew pension beginning at $4 a month for a stomach injury (hernia). Mary Maurice Rahier, Married at 18, had 19 children in 23 years, 16 lived. 14 still alive at the time of her death. Died in 1891 at age 42. John later married Calina Nicafaro who had 5 children & they had 2 for a total of 23. Arrived in Itasca County in Jan. 1903 with a family of 22 including sons, daughters inlaws and grandchildren.
- Francis Maurice and wife Clotine with family (125 KB)
TOP:Francis Joseph Maurice (Frank), George Maurice, Napoleon Maurice.
CENTER: Clotilda Longtin Maurice, Fransois Xavier Maurice, Kate Maurice Fashant.
BOTTOM: Annie Maurice Edwin Derocher, Pauline Maurice Rahier.
Missing- Adeline Maurice Edwin & Mary Maurice Rahier. Mary died in 1891 and Clotilda in 1902. Picture taken was probably taken between these two dates. This picture was likely taken when they got together for Mary's funeral. Most were from Wright Co MN, Annie was from Marrionette WI. It is unlikely that she would have come that far & Mary who lived in Albion would not have been in the picture if she were still living.
- John Benjamin Rahier leaves for Army 1862 (60 KB)
Tintype of John Benjamin Rahier, left and his older brother Peter. I was told by my uncle that this photo was taken when they left for the Civil War, Peter was captured & spent 9 months in Sothern prisons. Peter is listed as a deserter from the 4th WI Cavalry. He was later exonerated as he was in the hospital when his unit left Texas for Minnesota at the end of the War.
- John Benjamin Rahier & body of George Rahier Jr. (129 KB)
"Captain John" on the left with the body of his Nephew George Rahier Jr. who was murdered in 1911. On right is the Co. Coroner Raymond Randall. Taken in July 1911. George Jr. was murdered near Effie Minnesota by another trapper named Edmund Erway who mistook him for a taxidermist who had turned Erway in for killing a moose out of season. I'm not sure what the stick is but the Coroner may be indicating where one of the bullets struck. You can't really see where the wound was as George had been in the woods 4 days & had been nibbled on by varmints.
- George Rahier Jr., family & homestead cabin. 1910 (125 KB)
George Rahier Jr. who homesteaded Effie MN in 1904 & was murdered in 1911. Wife & children. Picture was taken in April 1910. One more was born between then and July 1911. Notice original log building with wooden eve troughs, hand split cedar shingles. Building has frame addition as family grew. Wolf hides on wall, wolf carcass on stake, right background. Asked old-timers why- they said trappers sometimes dried a carcass, padded it with cotton & put hide back on for stuffed wolf. Asked Doris, girl being held by mother, in 1998 when she was 90 & she said "That might be true but dad did some strange things for no reason at all". Notice the homemade vise in front- cut off tree 3 ft. tall, saw slot, put wedges in bottom & a bolt through that you tighten to hold items.