In 2016, I wrote three articles that were published in consecutive editions of the Minnesota Genealogist.  All three articles were about my ancestor Fred A. King (1857-1920):

  • Searching for the Parents of Fred A. King of Saginaw, Michigan1)Steven Nelson Jonnes, “Searching for the Parents of Fred A. King of Saginaw, Michigan,” Minnesota Genealogist, 47:1 (Spring 2016): 6-11.
  • Fred A. King, Early Entrepreneur and Politician in Northern Minnesota2)Steven Nelson Jonnes, “Fred A. King: Early Entrepreneur and Politician in Northern Minnesota,” Minnesota Genealogist, 47:2 (Summer 2016): 9-21.
  • The Missing Cottage on Star Island: Fred A. King Converts Louis W. Hill Houseboat3)Steven Nelson Jonnes, “The Missing Cottage on Star Island: Fred A. King Converts Louis W. Hill Houseboat,” Minnesota Genealogist, 47:3 (Fall 2016): 16-29.

The Minnesota Genealogist is the quarterly journal of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.  The now-President of MGS, Jay Fonkert, was my editor, assisted by Elizabeth Gomoll.

The articles were based on a 69-page personal research report.  Fred loomed large in family history because of Grandma Helen Bonn’s strong memory.  The most vivid story was Fred’s conversion of a houseboat built on Cass Lake by the James J. Hill family into a lake cabin on Star Island.  The houseboat is shown in the featured image above.4)“Houseboat: Possibly in North Oaks or on Lake Minnetonka, 1895,” Collections Online: Photo Reprint, ID Number: Louis W. Hill 228 (Locator Number SV), Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society, per Use Agreement #4468 with Steven N. Jonnes dated 10/22/2015.  The family’s migration in 1891 from Saginaw, Michigan to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and their arrival at the railroad terminus in the middle of the night in a wild forest was another story my Grandma told.

Fred A. King wearing his Freemason ceremonial apron, year unknown (Source: Author’s collection)

Anyway, I’ve finally gotten around to placing these articles in my blog.  Each is attached as a PDF file and spawns in a separate tab.

Searching for the Parents of Fred A. King of Saginaw, Michigan

Fred A. King, Early Entrepeneur and Politician in Northern Minnesota

The Missing Cottage on Star Island: Fred A. King Converts Louis W. Hill Houseboat

References   [ + ]

1. Steven Nelson Jonnes, “Searching for the Parents of Fred A. King of Saginaw, Michigan,” Minnesota Genealogist, 47:1 (Spring 2016): 6-11.
2. Steven Nelson Jonnes, “Fred A. King: Early Entrepreneur and Politician in Northern Minnesota,” Minnesota Genealogist, 47:2 (Summer 2016): 9-21.
3. Steven Nelson Jonnes, “The Missing Cottage on Star Island: Fred A. King Converts Louis W. Hill Houseboat,” Minnesota Genealogist, 47:3 (Fall 2016): 16-29.
4. “Houseboat: Possibly in North Oaks or on Lake Minnetonka, 1895,” Collections Online: Photo Reprint, ID Number: Louis W. Hill 228 (Locator Number SV), Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society, per Use Agreement #4468 with Steven N. Jonnes dated 10/22/2015.