NameGregor Wegscheid
Birth11 Nov 1870
Death18 Mar 1958 Age: 87
Emigration1888, to Stearns County MN, USA Age: 17
OccupationFarmer
ReligionCatholic
Spouses
Birth22 Mar 1877
Death19 Apr 1958 Age: 81
OccupationHome maker
FatherMichael Hansen (1844-1914)
MotherEphrosina Kessler (1854-1945)
Marriage14 Jul 1896
ChildrenMichael (1897-1898)
 Margaret Marie (1898-1990)
 Joseph Michael (1899-1979)
 Alphonse (1901-1988)
 Alois Michael (1902-1961)
 Edmund Frank (1904-1996)
 Ludwig (Louie) Peter (1908-1978)
 Leonard Edward (1910-2011)
 Eugene (1912-1980)
 Hildegard (1914-1958)
 Gilbert (1916-1922)
 Helen Gertrude (1918-)
Notes for Gregor & Susana (Family)
Letter to Modern Life Insurance Company:
Mr. M. A. Nation, Vice President
Modern Life Insurance Company
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dear Mr. Nation:

You have asked me to tell a little about the Wegscheid family and I am very glad to do so. Gregor Wegscheid was born in Germany fifty-nine years ago. At the age of eighteen he emigrated to the United Slates coming directly to Steams County, Minnesota, where he worked as a farm hand while learning the customs and ways of his new country. In 1896 he was married to Susanna Hanson of Meire Grove, Minnesota. After farming rented land for a number of years the time came when they got ready for a farm of their own. The family was growing and some of the children were reaching the age when, as Mr. Wegscheid says. “they become producers”. So in the fall of 1913 they moved to Bluffton, Minnesota, and bought a half section of partially improved land about five miles north of town. By using methods of good business and good funning they built up this farm, until today they have one of the finest farms in our territory and they rightly call it their own.

Mr. Wegscheid is a strong advocate of diversified farming - he practices what he preaches - and unquestionably that has been a factor in his success. We know he has had to mix brains with his hard labor and some of us will say he has had to have good luck, but if I were to choose the one feature that has contributed most toward his success, I would choose the faculty or ability of father and mother to preserve the ideal family unity and to maintain harmonious co-operation between father and mother and between parents and children. As evidence that the parents reciprocate the co-operation and help of the children, I mention the fact that they insure the lives of their “producers” with the Modern Life Insurance Company.

Sincerely yours,
DONALD D. CENTER.

The above letter is furnished us by Donald D. Center, Assistant Cashier of the State Bank of Bluffton, and Mr. Wegscheid’s home bank. We feel that no finer tribute could be paid than the above and therefore reproduce it as written to us. You will see from the pictures of the farm home on the opposite page that this indeed is a model farm. The community of Bluffton as well as the State of Minnesota is to be congratulated on having such citizens.
Last Modified 27 Mar 2008Created 5 Jan 2017 by Brad Wegscheid