Category Archives: Murdock

Christmas Day carols, gifts and more

Dec. 26, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Click here to view CNN iReport video from Christmas Day 2011 from my family opening gifts and signing carols.

Christmas Day 2011 celebrations.

Christmas Tribute
A Christmas carol video is posted with my late mother Margaret I. Walsh of Litchfield, Minnesota, along with me, singing “Silent Night” last Christmas. It was recorded with my iPhone.
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Celebrating 94 years

Dec. 17, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

My aunt Margaret Walsh at her 94th birthday party.


My aunt, Margaret Walsh of Murdock, not to be confused with my late mother, Margaret Walsh, just celebrated her 94th birthday this week with a small party, complete with a cake and candles. Take a look at her cake!


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How my wreath is animated this year. . .

Dec. 11, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

These videos were created with the iPhone App called Viddy.
Green Look

Retro Look

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

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Soup is on!

Dec. 10, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I just made beef barely soup today. The perfect pairing for job searching on a cold winter day.

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

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Silos and church steeple landscape – One year back in Minnesota today!

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Murdock is not on the map.
Those were the words of moving van driver on the day of my big move on Aug. 13, 2010 from Ocala, Florida to Murdock, Minnesota.  How could it be it’s not on the map?  My great-grand parents were pioneers in the area, specifically Dublin Township, before Murdock was incorporated in 1881, located in Swift County.
Could it be that Murdock is located near the fictitious Lake Woebegon or even worse, Brigadoon, a village in Scotland that appears every few hundred years?  How would I make the move to Murdock?
The solution was very  simple.  I made a photocopy of a detailed map and with the help of Global Positioning System, the move was completed.

Here is the map I gave to the moving van driver after he told me he could not find Murdock, Minnesota on the map and it must be a fictitious place.

I invite you to follow my blog in the rural community of Murdock, Minnesota, population 303, according to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau.
The only skyscrapers I need are grain silos and church steeples.  I am a Minnesota Native Daughter.

Travel Facts from Ocala, Florida to Murdock, Minnesota
– Aug. 14, 2010 to Aug. 17, 2010
– Total distance 1,766 miles
– Four days travel by car
– Three overnight stops near Atlanta, St. Louis and Lincoln, Nebraska
– Number of rest stops – unknown

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Bonnie Diederich remembered, benefit breakfast planned

July 20, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Murdock resident Bonnie Diederich honored
A Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Benefit for Bonnie Diederich of Murdock is planned for Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Murdock City Hall in Murdock, Minnesota. Bonnie died of cancer July 7, 2011. There is a free will donation for the breakfast, along with a silent auction. For more details, contact Carmen Froehlich, 320-875-2185, or Bonnie Wentzel, 320-875-4569.

Bonnie’s funeral procession included school buses and local Murdock First Responders on the way to Sacred Heart Cemetery in Murdock on July 12, 2011. (Photos by Jannet Walsh) Click here to download photos.

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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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How does your garden grow?

My grandparents Mary Jannet "Jennie" (Foley) Walsh and Martin J. Walsh Sr. in Murdock, Minnesota, 1950s.

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

How does your garden grow?

If you are like many in Minnesota, and you trying to figure out if you need to wear a sweater or a swim suit, or maybe both. You might also be trying to plant a garden.

This will be my first attempt at a Minnesota garden since my childhood. I can remember the small vegetable garden my mother Margaret I. Walsh had in Litchfield in the location of my childhood sandbox. My grandmother, the late Mary Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh of Murdock, was known for her beautiful flowers around the house and the garden. I think there was even a garden club grandmother belonged to in Murdock.

When we visited my grandparents when I was a child, my mother would go out to the garden to pick vegetables that were prepared fresh from the garden. There always seemed to be a cutting of parsley or other odd plants added as garnish, all I really could not understand as a child.

One my fondest memories of my grandmother Jennie would be her garden and how she toured me around to the several varieties of flowers. (I even had child-size garden tool, most likely a gift from grandmother.) I can remember especially the snapdragon flowers. If you pinch them, they look like the head of a dragon! See YouTube videos below I found.

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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St. Patrick’s poster, video and more

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Trace your Irish roots!



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Irish scenery and thanks

Learn to Irish step dance or at least watch!

Irish Harp

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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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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