Another Corner of Section 10 (plus Mystery Photo #5)

Section 10 in Tara Township figures prominently in my research of the Irish settlers in the Clontarf area.  Personally, I can make several connections to occupants of this single square-mile of land.

The southwest quarter of section 10 was owned by Timothy Galvin on the 1886 plat map.  Mr. Galvin came to Tara Township from County Cork, via Illinois.  A Timothy Galvin appears on the ship manifest on a 1864 sailing from Queenstown, Ireland, and his name appears right next to Patrick Foley and John Regan.  There is a very good chance this is the same Timothy Galvin and he went to Illinois while Foley and Regan headed to New Hampshire.  Coincidence or not, they then met up in Tara Township about fifteen years after arriving in America.

Timothy Galvin’s name appears until 1912 when it is replaced by D.H. Lawler.  But by March 1913, John Regan buys the 160 acres for his son Jerry.  By 1913, my great-great-grandfather John Regan was an old man and had sold his farm in section 7.  The house John had built on the land served as his home until his death in 1924.

Jerry Regan Home Tara Township

Jerry Regan died in 1933, leaving his wife Agnes and six children.  The family moved from the farm the following year.

Jerry wasn’t the only Regan to live in section 10.  Next time we will look at the history of 80 acres in the northwest quarter.

If you grew up in Tara, do you have any memories of this house?

I will leave you with a mystery photo.  If you get this one, you will deserve a special prize!  The real mystery might be…whose finger is that?

Mystery Photo #5



Filed under Family Histories, Mystery Photo, Tara Township

7 responses to “Another Corner of Section 10 (plus Mystery Photo #5)

  1. Regan

    Could it be my grandfather, John Regan’s, house?

  2. Anne Schirmer

    While I was growing up in Sec. 10 of Tara Twp., Seift Co., that house was owned by Morris & Edna Hagerud, and their children lived with them (Eddie, Donnie, and Millie). Their other daughter, Evelyn (Evie), had married Arley Gades. They had daughters Kay, Kris, Klair, and Karen and lived closer to Holloway, I believe. After Evie passed away, Arley married Mae Jobgen (jobe-jen). Arley Gades had a sister, Zelda, that married and one of her children became a famous movie star, Steven Zahn. I think we need to invite him to come back to MN for a visit to Clontarf! Millie knows him well.

  3. Anne Schirmer

    I don’t have a scanner, so I’ll type an article I have found… BENSON TIMES Oct. 17, 1983…
    Mike Donavan, the king bee of Tara, bought a cow of Clark, Lageson, and Thompson last Thursday, and hitching her behind his little pony cart, started for home. When near the water tank, a train came along and her cowship, becoming frightened, began to make frantic efforts to get away. With a bawl, she put her head beneath the wheels and the air was soon full of flying things, which landed, according to Mike’s statement in the following order: The cow was on top of the horse, the horse was on top of the cart, and the cart was on top of Mike Donovan.” An instant later, the ropes broke, the cart went into kindling wood, the horse and the cow disappeared in different directions and Mike came tearing back to town to “see if he was hurt;” but he looked so comical with his hat smashed and one let of his pants ripped from the bottom to crotch by the cows horns, and his general dilapidated appearance that the onlookers could not help laughing notwithstanding the red swipe on his ear where the cow stepped on him, the losing all patience, he started after Clark to “get satisfaction from the man who would sell such a dom’d brute to him.”
    According to another article, he was born Aug. 25, 1838, in County Cork, Ireland. In the 1850s, he moved with his family from Ireland to the area of Manchester, NH.
    After receiving status as a naturalized Anerican, Donovan fought as a member of the Union Army in the Civil War, from 1862-65 as a member of Company F, 10th Regiment, N.H> Volumteer Infantry. After the war he returned to the family’s farm, farming and working as a stone cutter bfore deciding to follow the sun, ending on the Minnesota prairie to homestead on land in what is now Sec. 14 of Tara Twp, about 4 mi. west of Clontarf, in 1876 There he met and married Hannah Reardon, the daughter of Henry and Bridget Reardon (they had a large farm on the north tier of Tara Twp..). They were married in 1878, but had to use her mother’s wedding band – later, upon order, Bishop Ireland forwarded a new wedding ring to the couple. It was shipped by oxcart….. Michael Donovan died in 1921.

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  5. Anne Schirmer

    My earlier reference to the house were meant to be directed to the large (now tan) house. I was a frequent visitor to that house since my folks were friends of the Hagerud family that lived there It was in the SW corner of Section. 10. The “Mystery” house was in the north center part of Section 10. Albert Wente & wife lived there in the early 60s, I’d say….

  6. Don Sauter

    Don Sauter

    I believe that mystery photo #5 is my Grandparents house, Albert & Irene Wente. I would visit their as a child. There was no running water and an outhouse in the trees out back. They lived there many years and would have sold the farm in the seventies after Grandpa passed.

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