Edmond Frank Parker


Edmond Frank Parker

Madison, Lake County, Ohio, USA
Death 21 Apr 1918 (aged 83)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Zumbrota, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 41802722 View Source

served in Company F 1st Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War

Edmond grew up in Ohio, married Hannah Rowe in 1857, and moved to Roscoe, Minnesota, where their son Frank was born. He served in Companies F and B of the 1st Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War, and was imprisoned at Andersonville for a time.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, Edmond, wife Hannah, son Frank, and their friend, Dr. Quincy E. Andrews eventually moved to Alexandria, Minnesota, then to Calumet, Michigan, where Edmond was employed as a carpenter, and Dr. Andrews was a surgeon for a mining company there.

The group moved to the Red River Valley in 1880 when Dr. Andrews purchased an 800-acre farm, much of it virgin woodland, in Kragnes Township, Minnesota. They became pioneers of what was eventually known as the "Oak Mound Community," which spans Kragnes and Oakport Townships. Edmond took up farming at this point.

At some point in time, a daughter, Florence "Floss" became part of the Parker family, and as all of her vital records state that she was born in Sweden, she was likely adopted by the Parkers.

On September 14, 1896, Edmond and Hannah, and daughter Floss became charter members of the Plymouth Congregational Church of Kragnes, which was later renamed "Oak Mound Congregational Church." Edmond was one of the first deacons of the church and also served as a trustee, and Hannah was one of the church's first Sunday School teachers and was the first church treasurer.

On June 27, 1901, Edmond became a charter member of the Oak Mound Cemetery Association, and a cemetery was started behind the church.

Dr. Andrews died in 1903, and the Parkers moved to Minneapolis in about 1905. Hannah died the following year and her body was shipped back to buried in Oak Mound Cemetery. Son Frank had died in a mine accident in Montana some years earlier and is believed to have been moved to Oak Mound at some point as his name is on the Parker headstone.

For reasons unknown to this generation, Edmond was not buried with wife Hannah, Dr. Andrews, and son Frank at Oak Mound Cemetery, but rather with his parents in Zumbrota, Minnesota.
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