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Minnie Cecelia Robertson Lessert

  • Birth 6 Sep 1884 Minnesota, USA
  • Death 20 Dec 1971 Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, USA
  • Burial Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota, USA
  • Plot Robertson family plot Block 1 Lot 46
  • Memorial ID 76930741

Attended a Quaker school in Indiana through 8th grade. High School in Minnestota. Graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. She loved horses, her favorite was Lady, a Tennessee Walker. One time she was pregnant, the mare was also pregnant, when out riding then she was delighted with the synchronicity of their conditions. She, and the love of her life, Eddie, married during the cold mid-west winter of 1913, traveling to Nebraska from South Dakota through heavy snow by a horse-drawn sled smothered in bear robes with hot bricks at their feet to keep warm. She was the first Superintendent of Schools in Bennett county and was Postmistress at Martin 'in the early days'. She also worked for the Farm Security Administration. She gave birth to four daughters; but only the first, Dorothy, survived. The other three died in infancy, each suceeding child died younger and younger. The first survived a few weeks, last survived only an hour. Probably a problem with Rh - factor. She and Edward her husband were married from 1913 to c. 1931 when they divorced. Minnie never remarried although she was asked. She remained in love with Edward all her life. She retired from government office work in Portland, Oregon at 65. She moved to Berkeley, California to be near her only daughter and two grand children. She loved playing games and cross-word puzzles. Her only known health problem was arthritis, which didn't stop her from crocheting a bedspread as a wedding gift for her eldest grand daughter. She lived until 87 years of age. Her ashes are buried in South Dakota, in the Robertson family plot.


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  • Created by: James and Sharon Cissell
  • Added: 22 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76930741
  • James and Sharon Cissell
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Minnie Cecelia Robertson Lessert (6 Sep 1884–20 Dec 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76930741, citing Martin Community Cemetery, Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by James and Sharon Cissell (contributor 47567610) .