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My father remembered, Martin J. Walsh Jr.

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

June 19, 2011
My late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., December 7, 1924 to December 6, 2008, stands next to a Great Northern Railway caboose, circa 1940s. Dad was employed by Great Northern and Burlington Northern Railway from 1943 to December 31, 1984. He spent his years as a station agent and telegraph agent in many towns in Minnesota, including my home town of Litchfield. (Note the shadow to the right, most likely the photographer.)

Sending my love,
Your daughter Jannet

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More details about my father
Source Swift County Monitor-News online

Martin Walsh, Jr.
Mass of Christian burial for Martin J. Walsh, Jr., 83, of Bennett, WI (formerly of Murdock) was 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Dec.11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock with Fr. John Pearson officiating. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Murdock. He died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

Martin John Walsh Jr., was born December 7, 1924, in Murdock, the son of Martin J., Sr. and Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. He grew up in Murdock and graduated from Murdock High School with the Class of 1942. He went on to attend St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Martin was employed by Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railway from 1943 to December 31, 1984. He spent his years as a station agent and telegraph agent in many different towns.

He lived in Minneapolis at the time of his retirement, where he enjoyed volunteering at the St. Stephens Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 2029 in Litchfield.

Among the things he enjoyed were traveling by train, photography, coin and stamp collecting, listening to jazz and polka music. He enjoyed playing the trumpet.

Preceding him in death were his infant son, David Walsh; his parents, Martin, Sr. and Jennie; and a sister, Mary Agnes Shopa.

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Genealogy – Catholic colonization in Swift County

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Here is my latest stumble. I just found an online book from Google Books you can read online about the colonization in Swift County.

“On January 22, 1876, (Bishop John) Ireland announced the establishment of the Catholic Colonization Bureau of St. Paul. . . .” (see page 54)

I looked quickly at the book yesterday and found a reference about the Swift County land for the farmers was set aside for the poor and homeless, not for Minnesota farmers that already had land. They were talking about my family and the other Europeans during that period that needed land and place to call home. My family has been here since that time.

In the years 1875 and 1876 the late Archbishop John Ireland started a Catholic colony adjacent to Murdock and DeGraff, the very location my family still has a farm. A church was first built in DeGraff, St. Bridget parish. The people in Murdock did not have a way to travel to DeGraff, so a second parish was started as a mission church of DeGraff in 1894 in Murdock, now know as Sacred Heart.
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My family's farm in Dublin Township, Murdock, Minnesota. Photo by Jannet Walsh

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Genealogy – Digging roots

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Martin J. Walsh Jr., possible high school or college photo

Searching for your family’s roots takes a lot of digging.

Since moving back home to Minnesota in August 2010, I have started to scratch only the surface of finding branches on my family’s tree. As an undergraduate student at St. Cloud State University, I took a class on family history, and still have my paper I worked on, but have many missing links, but that’s normal for researching, I’m thinking.

With the help of family, friends and colleagues, I’ve been trying to put a few pieces together with the goal of tracking back information and relatives to the “old countries” in Europe, such as Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Germany or other lands.

Network your root search
What’s that? If you fish with a net, you stand a better chance of catching more fish, than with a single fishing pole. You need to tell people you are searching for family connections, information, data, records and photographs. If no one knows you are searching, don’t expect too much success.

Blog your family search

I have found relatives by just posting and writing about my searching for family. It’s free and easy to do. You can write about what you know, stories, photos and connections you want to make. Start a blog today!

What info is there already?
If you have family that have already started their investigations in the past, see if they will share. As a warning, there could be errors in the reporting, so you will need to watch what you think might be the “gospel” about your family. An obituary listed my late Agnes (Walsh) Shopa as Sister Agnes Shopa, meaning a religious order sister or nun, originating from the funeral home when my father Martin J. Walsh died in 2008. My aunt was a sister and religious, but never a member of a religious order. The funeral home sent the obituary to the newspaper with the error, and can be found online. Please correct if you are following my Walsh family history.

Online search
There are many places you can go online to search. Here’s a link that can help you with 101 ways. Read more. . .

Have fun!
Finding facts and connecting with lost relatives, only you are not lost, is part of the fun! As a child I heard my mother talk about various relatives, now these very same people and their children are emailing as a result of my blog, Minnesota Native Daughter.

If you have any additional information to add to this blog post, family information, Murdock related history or if you think you are related to me, contact me at jwalsh@wctrib.com.


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Grandpa Mart’s story from 1987

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota


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