Category Archives: West Highland White Terrier

Tribute to Andrew, the Westie

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My West Highland White Terrier Andrew was laid to rest this year, 1998 to 2013.  More loyal than many people!

Link to video at CNN of Andrew and my mother I shot with my iPhone, 2008 to 2011.

  • Video published, May 5, 2012, by Jannet Walsh, “Missing Mother,” CNN vetted video. Watch CNN video Featured in CNN Living story, May 9, 2012, “8 ideas for a memorable Mother’s Day,” CNN Living by Ashely Strickland and Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN. Read CNN Living story   View iReport

Video is featured in this CNN story and video shot with my late mother Margaret I. Walsh.

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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RSS timeline from blog

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

If you follow RSS feeds, meaning Really Simple Syndication, a way to follow blogs or websites, you can create a chart of the blog posts. It’s easy to make a chart of recent posts from RSS feeds using BEEDOCS Timelines. Read more. . .

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Yes, you will hear a train in the background as trains pass through Murdock several times a day!
A timeline program from BEEDOCS was used and imported to iMovie. Learn more. . .

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2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I have put together the 2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts. The list is based on reader and viewer comments, along with input from the Minnesota Native Daughter staff, that’s me. Read more about the staff. There is nothing scientific about the list, more a review of the blogs in 2010.

A few stats about the blog
September 2010 – 1,294 views
October 2010 – 1,184 views
November 2010 – 1,195 views
December 2010 – 2,553 views
Year total – 6,226 views
(Information from Dec. 30, 2010)

Average views per day – 53

First blog post
September 3, 2010
Murdock, it’s not on the map!

Most viewed blog post in one day
September 9, 2010
Can’t just get along?


2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughters blog posts

(Ten is the lowest rating and one is highest.)


10. Minnesota Native Daughter launched


9. Video with iPhone and tripod


8. Update: Blog brings family and two stained glass windows

7. How to sell house in a bad economy


6. Minnesota Native Daughter Trailer Video


5. Snow Report – Nov. 13, 2010


4. Today marks 88 years in family house


3. Can’t we just get along?


2. Murdock’s native son new Minnesota agriculture commissioner


1. Talked with Garrison Keillor at State Fair via iPhone

I had a chance to talk to Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair on the radio from my iPhone in Murdock. Listen to the audio link.

I have been a fan of Keillor, the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” for years. (I would love to see a live recording one day!) When I lived in the Netherlands I would listen to my audio tapes my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr. gave me years ago. The audio tapes are complete with fictitious news from Lake Wobegon that is needed by every Minnesotan living abroad or maybe just outside of the state of Minnesota. If you are not familiar with Lake Wobegon, learn more at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.

After calling the Minnesota Public Radio at the state fair, I was asked my name, where I was calling from and if I had a question. Of course I was ready with a question after just finishing my lunch at home in Murdock.

Here is what I asked: “How should I prepare for my “re-immigration” back to my home state of Minnesota?”

Keillor answered by telling me I should prepare by suffering as the winters will bring great suffering, but really will not have to prepare as I will be suffering anyway in the winter.

I was able squeeze in one more question in reference to bachelor farmers made famous at Lake Wobegon, usually from Norway. I asked if I should be afraid of this sector of the rural population, but Keillor told me not to be as the bachelor farmers will just walk away and I shouldn’t have any trouble.

Now I feel I be able “re-immigrate” back into the culture of rural Minnesota with little difficulty.

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Murdock’s native son new Minnesota agriculture commissioner

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

As a Minnesota native daughter, it’s great to know Murdock’s native son David Frederickson has been appointed by Minnesota Governor-elect Mark Dayton as the next Minnesota agriculture commissioner.


This is an undated photo with only the caption listed as the Frederickson Family appearing in the Murdock Centennial, 1878 – 1978 book. (Please contact me at jwalsh@wctrib.com if you can identify David Frederickson, if he is in the photograph.)

Fourth Generation from Murdock area
David Frederickson’s family has a history of being outstanding in many farm fields.

According to the Murdock Centennial, 1878 – 1978, a history of the pioneer families and community, the Frederickson family settled in the Murdock area taking up homesteads in the area, working with other families around the time Murdock was settled by Samuel S. Murdock in 1878. (I would guess our families worked together. Learn about my pioneer family.)

David Frederickson is the great-grandson of Christine Wass, originally from Sweden, arriving in the United States in approximately 1855 with her mother, listed as Mrs. R. A. Wass, and four brothers and sisters. Christine’s father, R. A. Wass, had come a year earlier in 1854, but was detained at Ellis Island in New York for three months for diphtheria. Two family members were reported to have died from diphtheria.

Christine married Rudolph T. Frederickson Jan. 3, 1874, the same year they moved to Hayes Township and purchased section 20 from August Hallberg. The 1978 publication listed David and his wife Kay Frederickson as owners of the farm.

Minnesota’s new agriculture commissioner apparently had a great-grandmother that was more than outstanding in her field and many farm fields. The history stated that Christine Wass was considered “quite a business women” as her family were holders of considerable amounts of land in the Red River Valley and also land in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

David Frederickson’s mother, listed as Mrs. W. R. Frederickson, was a member of the centennial book committee. See listing below.

Mrs. Edgar Broden
Mrs. Ruth Shekleton
Mrs. Evelyn Hagen
Mrs. Jack Clarke
Mrs. Ray Schaaf
Mrs. Louie Prekker
Mrs. W. R. Frederickson
Mrs. Kermit Thorseth

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My family's farm in Dublin Township, Murdock, Minnesota. Photo by Jannet Walsh

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