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Ancestors of John Jacob Hastings

Generation No. 2

      2. Howard Warren Hastings4, born May 28, 1857 in Sycamore, Dekalb co., IL5; died May 14, 1905 in Oberon, North Dakota5. He was the son of 4. John L. Hastings and 5. Emily C. Keyes. He married 3. Frances Adelma "Della" Harbaugh July 2, 1884 in Elgin, Kane co., IL6.

      3. Frances Adelma "Della" Harbaugh, born April 23, 1864 in Hagerstown, Frederick co., Maryland7; died March 2, 1942 in Oberon, North Dakota8. She was the daughter of 6. George Jacob Harbaugh and 7. Mary Catherine Kretzinger.

Notes for Howard Warren Hastings:
(obituary) The Pecatonica, IL News, Friday, June 2, 1905
"Howard Warren Hastings passed away Sunday evening at 7:20 o'clock after suffering several months of an affliction of the liver. Two operations had been performed for the removal of gall stones and other complications, the first at the Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks early in March after which he enjoyed comparatively good health until about two weeks ago when the old trouble returned, growing worse until last Saturday when another operation was found to be necessary in a vain hope to lengthen his days, but though he rallied he gradually weakened until the following evening when death came to his relief, resting upon the arms of his devoted wife and in the presence of his family in his home.
Deceased was born in Sycamore, IL, May 28, 1857. In 1884 he was united in marriage with Miss Della F. Harbaugh at Elgin, IL. He came to Devils Lake with his family in 1885 working at his trade of harness maker. In 1891 he accepted the position of foreman in the harness department at the Fort Totten Industrial school and leader of the Indian band, resigning that position in 1898. He came to Oberon and established the harness business which he has continued since with musical instruments and musical goods as a side line.
The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Congregational church and was largely attended, the pastor, Rev. Wm. Steele officiating. The service at the grave was conducted by the K.P. lodge of which deceased was a member, J.D. Faxon reading the impressive ceremony. Mr. Hastings was also a member of the Masonic and A.O.U.W. orders.
The writer has known Mr. Hastings since he came to Oberon and is pleased to testify to his kind and generous disposition which was manifested in his business and social intercourse with his fellowmen, being ready at all times to render assistance. No man has contributed more to the social life of the community than he and he will be greatly missed.
Deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Sander O. Bidne and little Catherine and one son, Master John J. Hastings, who have the sympathy of the whole community in thier bereavement in which the Reporter joins. "

August, 1997 I was able to visit Fort Totten, Benson co., ND and saw the music case that contained some of the music of Howard Warren Hastings. It was a great thrill for me to be there where my great grandfather taught and played music and where my grandfather was born and spent his youth.

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More About Howard Warren Hastings:
Cause of Death: bled to death during surgery on kitchen table for appendicitis
Census: 1885, "Saddler" on Devils Lake, Ramsey co., ND
Comment 1: Organized first indian band in ND.
Occupation: Musician, harness shop owner

  Notes for Frances Adelma "Della" Harbaugh:
"Della" was not able to attend school. Probably because she had to work at home helping her mother with the many new babies that came.

When Della came to Oberon she rode on the ferry the Minnie H., captain was Billy Henry.
Frances Adelma Harbaugh was known as "Della" or "Grama Hastings". She was widowed young and raised her children by herself. She rented rooms in her home and worked in the hotel in the small town of Oberon, Benson co., ND. She was well liked by the townspeople and those who knew her. Her best friend, dr. Schickelberger was the doctor who operated on her husband in the kitchen of their home. It is reported dr. Schickelberger operated on Della's husband on the kitchen table and he bled to death.
At one time she went to town and had the local barber shave her head so that the indians wouldn't scalp her during the Messiah war of 1890.
Della was very proud of her family. She was exceptionally proud of her son, John Jacob Hastings. She spoke of him often and also told of how he never returned to Oberon to visit her.
She planted lilac bushes around her house. They are now (1997) very over grown and nearly cover the house. Her little house that once stood without any flowers or trees is now overgrown with both.

More About Frances Adelma "Della" Harbaugh:
Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage
Ethnicity/Relig.: Methodist orig., attended Congregational
Event 1: 1872, Della dropped out of school, 4th grade9
Occupation: Frontier woman
Personality/Intrst: described as an "Angel"
Residence: Oberon, No Dak

Marriage Notes for Howard Hastings and Frances Harbaugh:
Married by Rev. McLean, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Pecatonica, Winnebago co., IL
Children of Howard Hastings and Frances Harbaugh are:
  i.   Ethel Latona Hastings, born February 23, 1885 in Pecatonica, Illinois10; died July 25, 1945 in New Rockford, No Dak11; married (1) Sander O. Bidne April 15, 1904 in Oberon, ND; born Abt. 1880; died 1934 in Oberon, No Dak; married (2) Herman Dittman 1936 in Minot, ND.
  Notes for Ethel Latona Hastings:
Ethel Latona Hastings was born February 23, 1885 at Pecatonica, Ill. When she was a very small child her parents moved to Devils Lake, at that time the end of the railroad. Later they moved to Fort Totten. Since she was the only white child of school age in their community, she was sent to St. Bernards Academy in Grand Forks, ND for her education. Here she had ample opportunity to develop her natural ability in music. This training she used later as she was a Congregational Church organist for many years.
In 1904 she married Sander O. Bidne, and resided in Oberon until his death in 1934. In 1936, she married Herman Dittman, conductor of the Great Northern Railroad. They lived at Minot and later at New Rockford, where she died July 25, 1945. She was survived by her husband, sister, (Mrs Paul Ridley) and brother, John J. Hastings. (Oberon book)

  More About Ethel Latona Hastings:
Burial: Attended St Bernards Academy/Grand Forks
Comment 2: Developed her natural ability in music and
Comment 3: became organist-the congregational church
Ethnicity/Relig.: Congregationalist
Event 1: 12
Event 2: 12
Occupation: Musician/pianist
Residence: Minot, ND

  ii.   Mary Katherine Hastings, born 1887 in Oberon, ND; died Abt. 1888 in Oberon, ND.
  More About Mary Katherine Hastings:
Event 1: Died in infancy

  1 iii.   John Jacob Hastings, born August 10, 1892 in Fort Totten, ND; died June 28, 1957 in Fort Steilacoom, WA; married Jeanie MacDonald October 10, 1916 in (Try Grand Forks, ND).
  iv.   Katherine Emily "Polly" Hastings, born March 16, 1900 in Oberon, No. Dakota; died July 14, 1990 in Twin Valley, MN; married William Paul Ridley January 31, 1918 in Minot, ND; died 1970 in Moorhead, MN.
  Notes for Katherine Emily "Polly" Hastings:
Obituary of Kathryn E. "Polly" Ridley
"The funeral for Kathryn E. Ridley, 90, Twin Valley, MN., formerly Moorhead, will be at 3:30 Sunday in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead, with burial in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Fargo. She died Thursday.
Kathryn E. Hastings, known as Polly, was born March 16, 1900, in Oberon, N.D., where she grew up and graduated from high school. She moved with her family to Rockford, ILL. She returned to Fargo and married Paul Ridley, Jan 31, 1918. They lived in Minot, N.D., before returning to Fargo in 1932. They moved to Moorhead in 1950. They owned and operated Ridley's Office Equipment, Moorhead, from 1939 until they sold it in 1965. He died in 1970. She had been a resident of Lutheran Memorial Home.
She is survived by a daughter, Marcene (Mrs. Kenneth) Pfiffner, Minot; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren."

It is reported that Polly gave up her Congregational church to join the Catholic Church when she married Paul Ridley, a Catholic

  More About Katherine Emily "Polly" Hastings:
Residence: 17 8th st N.W., Minot, ND

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