The Daniel family is an example of the settlers who came to Clontarf before the railroad and before it was even Clontarf. These families were truly pioneers.
This entry in the Swift County History book has an interesting bit at the end. I wonder if the French-speaking residents of Clontarf would travel to Benson to hear these sermons on Sundays?
Isadore and Celemia Daniel
Isadore Daniel and his wife, Celemia arrived in the Clontarf area by oxcart in 1870 having moved here from Waverly, Minnesota, where many French-Canadians had settled earlier. Homesteading on a farm in Hoff Township, Isadore and his wife would trade farm commodities such as eggs and milk for moccasins and beadwork made by the Indian families living along the Chippewa River. Isadore and Celemia Daniel had eight children: Joseph, Elisabeth, Rosalie, Helen, Delma, Eugene, John, and Mena. John married Clara Chevalier.
John and Clara Daniel had a daughter Adrance, who married George Gilbertson. George and Adrance farmed in Hoff Township and in 1950 they opened the Clontarf Club which they operated for ten years. The Clontarf Club is still in existence (in 1979).
It might be mentioned that the original members of the family of Isadore and Celemia, along with the many French-Canadians who moved into this area in the 1870’s were French-speaking. For that reason the first priest in Clontarf in 1878 was also French in background, Father Oster, and when the first church was built in Benson by Father Oster in 1881, the sermons were principally in French.
I bet Anne might have a few things to add about the Daniel family history…
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