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Re: Heidels in the Amana Colonies
Posted by: James Heidel (ID *****9046) Date: March 25, 2010 at 09:34:13
In Reply to: Re: Heidels in the Amana Colonies by Mike Heidel of 174

A mystery Heidel for me recorded in the 1930 US Census has been Clarence Heidel living in Rapidan, Blue Earth County, MN. My father, Robert, grew-up in nearby Mankato, so I know the origins of all Heidels in MN. I see now/again that Clarence was recorded, age 30, as a Principal in a Public School, born in Iowa. Could he have come from Amana? However, his parents were recorded to have been born in Norway, but I discount this being wise to the fact that those from Minnie-soda think all Iowans are of Norwegian descendent! (grin)

However, I am possibly seeing a little more (correctly?) for Clarence looking for the several Heidels in 1930 in Iowa. I also certainly see ALL your Heidels in Davenport, which I had always dismissed to have been connected to Heidels in Muscatine and Brighton, at that time, not Amana, since there was a son William Heidel among those Methodists! But now I fully realize he had gotten away by 1930 when moving East to Connecticut from Grinnell.

So, yeah, your pa in Davenport was like my pop's carousing age in Mankato! The Heidel obit I recall all makes sense, however, I think it may have been for your mother whose name (starting with a "C"?) escapes me...

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