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Nygaard Reunion
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Sunday, July 1, 1951; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

The annual Nygaard family reunion was held at Sioux Historic park at Ortonville, Minn., with 176 relatives and friends registering. A family history is being compiled. Relatives from North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana and South Dakota were present.

Officers elected were: President, Kenneth Ginderson, Battle Lake, Minn.; vice-president, O. A. Nygaard, Granite Falls, Minn.; secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Kenneth Mohn, Aberdeen; corresponding secretary, for Minnesota, Mrs. O. K. Olson, Wegdahl, Minn., and for South Dakota, L. H. Aadland, Pierpont.

Visitors at the gathering were Mr. and Mrs. Art Myklebust and sons, Sioux Falls; Miss Lois Johnson, Boyd, Minn., and Christ Snorteland, Hettinger, N. D. Capt. Mabel Nygaard, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., attended from the greatest distance.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pierce and Daughter Flora
- - - Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) Mar. 22, 1879; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

[Valley Ventilator, Montevideo, Minn., March 15.]

Two years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pierce were living together near Dayton, Ohio. For reasons unknown to us their marital relations were so disturbed as to result in a separation. Mr. Pierce came to Minnesota, bringing with him their only child, Flora, a bright and intelligent girl, about 10 years of age, who has been domiciled alternately with the family of Mr. J. H. Smith and that of Mr. Bartlett, of the Montevideo House, while Mr. Pierce has latterly boarded at the Merchants Hotel, only a few rods distant. Mr. Pierce has followed the avocation of teaming, and is reputed an industrious and energetic citizen. The daughter, now about 12 years of age, a child of more than usual vivacity, has been in attendance at school here, and bears the reputation of being a very intelligent and well behaved girl. Tuesday evening Flora went to her father's boarding place and asked permission to go to Mr. Smith's to stay over night, and upon obtaining permission, very affectionately kissed him and bade him good-bye. Wednesday afternoon intimations were afloat that Mrs. Pierce, who, since her separation from her husband, has resided near Dayton, Ohio, had been in Montevideo and abducted the child. This soon reached the ears of Pierce, when inquiries after his child revealed the fact that she was gone. From what we can learn, Mrs. Pierce, who has recently obtained a divorce from Pierce in the Ohio courts, reached bye by Tuesday evening's train and probably through the manipulation of friends, was enabled to see her daughter, whom she took away with her on the Wednesday morning train. By the advice of T. F. Knappen, Esq., whose services Pierce retained, the telegraph was sent in motion to determine the whereabouts of the mother and child, and on Wednesday evening it was ascertained that they had been stopped and were being detained at Etter Station, a few miles below Hastings. Thither Knappen and Pierce started, by Thursday morning's train, and we can only wait for the future to develop the result of their chase after the abducted child. Opinion here seems somewhat divided as to the merits of the case, some sympathizing with the father, while others are not backward in the expression of the opinion that the child will be much better off with the mother, and that she was very desirous of going to live with her. It is asserted, with how much truth we do not know, that the decree of the court granting the divorce, gives the custody of the child to the mother. If this statement is correct, it will have much to do in deciding the contest between father and mother, for the possession of Flora Pierce.

- - - Another Version.
[Hastings Union, March 19.]
We had a nice little abduction case in this vicinity last week, of which very little is generally known. The circumstances of the case are these: Mrs. Clara Pierce and her husband were divorced some time ago. Mr. Pierce has since lived at Montevideo with a little 11-year-old daughter named FLora. Mrs. Pierce is reported to be engaged in not very reputable business at Cleveland, Ohio. Last Wednesday she went to Montevideo for the purpose of abducting little Flora, and by some means managed to get her on the early morning train, Smith Jones conductor, and started for Hastings. Late in the afternoon the father missed his daughter, and on inquiry soon learned the trouble. He immediately telegraphed to Messrs. Chamberlain & Dodge, of this city, to have the woman arrested, but the dispatch did not reach them until after the evening train down had gone. Our young lawyers immediately got out a writ of habeas corpus and telegraphed to Minneiska to stop the woman. An answer came back that the train did not stop at that place. The Winona officers were then told to be on the qui vive. The policemen boarded the train, but the woman told such a plausible story, and got so much sympathy from the passengers, that the officers would not take her from the car. Portage City was next tried, and then Milwaukee. A big muss was created at both places, but without stopping them. Messrs. Chamberlain & Dodge sat up all night telegraphing, and Chamberlain took the first train down - supposing of course she would be stopped at Portage or Milwaukee - and returned Sunday morning. Thus ends the first chapter.

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