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Mrs. H. Fruen Funeral Saturday
Once Fled To Island to Escape Indians
Mrs. Henrietta Bergquist Fruen of Minneapolis who died suddenly of
apoplexy at New Smyrna, Florida, Monday, came to Minnesota as a child
fifty-eight years ago. She was born in Illinois in 1849. Her mother
died when she was 5 years old. The father brought the family to
Minnesota in 1854. They settled near what is now known as the town of
Waconia and were the first white settlers in that vicinity, where they
encountered most of the experiences incident to pioneer life.
Once they were driven from their home by fear of an Indian uprising and
sought safety on an island in the lake near their home. She was married
about forty years ago to William H. Fruen in Minneapolis and had lived
in this city ever since, occupying the family residence at Glenwood
Springs for twenty-seven years.
For several years Mr. and Mrs. Fruen had spent their winters at New
Smyrna, Florida. She seemed to be in at least usual health until her
sudden illness and death last Monday.
The above article was clipped from the Minneapolis
Journal of March 9th.
Mrs. Fruen will be better remembered by the older residents of this
community. She came to Minnesota with her father, Andrew Bergquist, and
settled on the place now occupied by the Andrew Andersen, Selby Petersen,
and August Nelson farms. Mr. Bergquist has the distinction of having
given the name "Clearwater" to our lake.
Mrs. Fruen wrote a number of poems, one of which is of considerable
interest to the inhabitants hereabouts. This poem covers a space of
fourteen pages and almost 100 stanzas of the early history of Waconia.
We have not the space to publish the poem but it is our intention, with
the permission of relatives, to file the booklet at the Waconia Public
Mr. Bergquist was the first postmaster in this part of the county. He
erected a building across the road from where the Scandia Church now
stands. When he left this vicinity there was no one to take charge of
the office so it was discontinued and moved to Waconia which had just
The above obituary appeared in the Waconia Patriot on Friday, March 12,
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What is this database for?
This database contains a collection of some of the thousands of bits of information about Frewin's, Frewin's, Fruin's and Fruen's etc that are publicly available in family archives, Census's, the IGI, Parish Records and similar sources.
In many instances, we have attempted to make some sense of the various fragments and give an outline of the most likely family structure as we currently understand it based on the limited information available.
Given the sheer amount of transcription work needed to create a database of individuals, and the very sparse nature of the evidence found in many early records, there will certainly be mistakes in this database!
The intention is that any mistakes will be ironed out as more information becomes available about the various individuals.
Therefore, please do not assume that the information found on this database is absolutely correct! Use the source information privided to check the record yourself and let us know if there are any corrections needed.
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For further information, contact: Lawrence Frewin