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Robert Ashton Amundson
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Birth: 1892
Wisconsin, USA
Death: unknown

Pauline and Robert Ashton Amundson lived in 1930 at 1708 Jefferson Street, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin.

Pauline was enumerated as the wife of Robert Ashton Amundson under the name of "Paulene A. Amundson" on the [Y] U.S. Census of 10th ward, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, listed as a married 40-year-old woman born in Wisconsin, her father was born in Illinois and her mother in Wisconsin. She was married for the first time at the age of 33.2 Her Social Security Number was 389-16-3045, assigned before 1951, issued in Wisconsin.3

Pauline died in May, 1984 in Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, at age 94.3

Children of Pauline A. Cole and Robert Ashton Amundson:
Judith Amundson (living)
Karen B. Amundson (living)

Groom name: Robert A. Amundson
Groom race (on document):
Groom age: 30 years
Groom birth year: 1892
Groom birth place: Wis.
Bride name: Pauline A. Cole
Bride race (on document):
Bride age: 32 years
Bride birth year: 1890
Bride birth place: Wis.
Marriage type:
Marriage date: 15 May 1922
Marriage place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Father of groom name: Hoher
Mother of groom name: Carrie Anderson
Father of bride name: Henry U.
Mother of bride name: Agnes Hoeffel
Marital status:
Groom previous wife name:
Bride marital status:
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Additional relatives:
Film number: 2342752
Frame number:
Digital GS number: 4210117
Image number: 244
Reference number: v 8 rn 228481
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
From Helen Cole's Book, "Wisconsin Saga"
Page 207
Pauline Cole was married to Robert A. Amunson and we gave them a wedding breakfast at our apartment.

Polly, everyone said, was more like our mother than any of us. Cecile and I resembled Papa and his parents and Henry and Agnes were definitely Hoeffels, but Polly was our mother almost in duplicate for her beautiful brocaded satin wedding dress just fit Polly when she was a girl of' the same age, about twenty.

Polly and Agnes lived together in Appleton for a few years, where they had jobs until Polly went to Washington during the first World War, where she had a very interesting job as secretey to one of the big men, one of tha so called "dollar a year" men [I wonder if this was Hiram Fist?]; Agnes was married early in the year 1919 to Jack Morris. Polly came to spend Christmas with Joe and me, our first year in New York and we had a great time seeing the city together - the famous shops on Fifth Avenue, the theatres on Broadway, the Paulist Choir, Mary Elizabeth's famous Tea Room etc. Later when Henry returned from the war, he and Polly and Kathleen had an apartment together in Detroit during the year we lived there, and Jess and Ed Early were there with their three children ,Betty, Teddy and Joan; and CarroI1 and Evelyn O'Keefe, and Bess Dana Koebel and Gen. Dana Barrett, old friends from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin were living there too, and we had a very pleasant season. So Polly was married in Detroit, and her first housekeeping was done in a little apartment in Aunt Lizzie's big house in Oconto, where Bobwas a County Agricultural Agent.

Robert Amundson was born on a farm in beautiful Dane County in the southern part of Wisconsin. He was a graduate of the Agricultural School of the University and after serving as county agent in Oconto, he was sent later to Appleton, where they lived for a time, and finally removed to Madison where he was appointed to a permanent postion in the Extension department of the Agricultural College. Their two daughters, Judith and Karen, were born in Appleton. Bob's untimely death in 1938 was very sad. A colleague of his wrote a beautiful tribute which was published in the "Capitol Times," from which I quote:

"In a real sense, Robert Amundson was a modern ‘pioneer' filled with the pioneer spirit of helpfulness, and living the honest and frugal life, so charactertic of' the pioneer of earlier days. His life bridged the gap between the early settlers who fought back the wilderness and the farmer of today. Knowing and feeling, either first hand or through association with his elders, the struggles of the early pioneers, aroused in him an unusual sympathy for the farmers of today, whose struggles are equally severe …. He was among the first county agricultural agents to do work in Wisconsin. Just 20 years ago he went to Oconto county as their first county agent. His job was to lead and to help the settlers who sought to hew out a farm from the already cut-over land…. He became a leader in folk- songs, rura1 music, rural plays, and other forms of rural entertainment. His interest in pioneer days was shown by his efforts to preserve all things historic.

He was the originator of the local museum, in which are now preserved dishes, tools, and implements of pioneer times….As a recognition of his outstanding success, he was called to Madison to assist the staff in the agricultural college in their further development of this work throughout the state …. When the college came and farms right and left were being foreclosed, he offered his services to the Farm Credit Administration, and spent much time in the St. Paul office in helping farmers to retain title to their farms. When a drught struck, he was again among the first to proffer his assistance and became the leader in organizing farmers throughout the state so that they might take advantage of the badly needed seed loans. And thus he carried on until two years ago when a break in his health forced him to go slow and relax his efforts. Today we mourn his passing, but the memory of the good work he did will always last."
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  Pauline Agnes Cole Amundson (1889 - 1984)
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Columbia County
Wisconsin, USA
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Record added: Dec 29, 2011
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