|Birth: ||May 12, 1883|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 1955|
Violenta Walker Briese was born May 12, 1883, to George and Clara Mackrell Walker in Forrestburg while South Dakota was a territory. Her parents had arrived in the territory in the 1870s from Pennsylvania and Virginia.
When she was 24, Violenta came to Bonesteel with her father and three younger brothers for the land lottery, filled out a homestead application on June 29, 1907, and drew a winning number for a quarter section (160 acres) of land. She settled on her homestead for a year with her father and brothers in a sod shanty. She broke the sod and grew corn while fighting South Dakota's bitter winters, scorching summers and snakes hiding in the corn ricks.
When she married Paul Henry Briese on January 31, 1907, she gave 40 acres of her section to her father and brought 140 acres to the marriage which her husband and she farmed.
Children born to this union:
Pearl Clara.(1908 - 1995)
Mildred V.(1910 - 1997)
Evelyn (1912 - 1999)
Frank Manvil (1914 - 1990)
Florence Kathryn(1917 - 2013)
Dortha Pauline (1919 - 2002)
Calvin Paul (1925 - 1977)
Violenta and Paul Briese moved to Oregon in 1947 where four of her children (Mildred, Evelyn, Frank and Florence) had settled after WW2. One daughter, Dortha, immigrated to Oregon with her husband and two daughters in 1953.
Violenta was a serene mother who was full of sweet lovingkindess and was revered by all of her children whom she loved unconditionally. Upon her death, Dortha's five-year-old daughter, Stephanie, said that God had taken her "to take care of the babies in Heaven".
George Crawford Walker (1848 - 1929)
Clara L MacKrell Walker (1862 - 1902)
Paul Henry Briese (1874 - 1967)
Frank Manvil Briese (1914 - 1990)*
Florence Kathryn Briese Hein (1917 - 2013)*
Dortha Pauline Briese Wiebelhaus (1919 - 2002)*
Calvin Paul Briese (1925 - 1977)*
Martha Pauline Walker Leafdahl Currie (1881 - 1960)*
Violenta Walker Briese (1883 - 1955)
Rest-Haven Memorial Park
Maintained by: stephanie
Originally Created by: Rebecca Boardman
Record added: Oct 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79537906
Dear Grandmother, Thank you for the gentle loving grandmother you were to all of us many cousins.|
Added: May. 11, 2014
Dear Gramma, I was only five when you died but I knew you well enough so that I told my Aunt Flo that God had needed you in heaven to take care of the babies. I love you.|
Added: May. 7, 2013