Gottfried “Fred” Quensel

Gottfried “Fred” Quensel

Birth
Towanda, McLean County, Illinois, USA
Death 9 Jan 1933 (aged 57)
Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Burial Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 86802106 · View Source
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Fred’s cremated remains were never taken after his death and are still available at the Oregon State Hospital to be claimed by anyone who is related. More information about unclaimed cremains at OSH is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/cremains.aspx A book by David Maisel and a short documentary film by Ondi Timoner & Robert James, both entitled "Library of Dust" also provide more information.

Fred was born in 1875 in rural central Illinois, a child of German immigrants. His mother, Amalia Handemann, was born in 1858 and immigrated to the US in 1867. Fred’s father, Henry Quensel, was born in 1838 and immigrated in 1866. They were married on 1/4/1875 in McClean County, Illinois. Amalia had 5 children (all born in Illinois) including: Fred (in 1875), Minnie (about 1879), Henry (in 1881), Ida (about 1885), and Nina (in 1898). Nina died in August 1900.

At the time of the 1900 census Fred was 24, working as a teamster, and living in Normal, McLean County, Illinois with his sister Minnie and her husband Reinhard Wolff who had been married about a year. Fred was single all his life. In 1900 Fred’s parents and other siblings were living and farming in Towanda, McLean County, Illinois.

At the time of the 1910 census Fred was 34 and living with his parents in Towanda. At 72 Fred’s father was not working, but had his “own income.” Fred was working on the “home farm.” His 25 year old sister Ida was also living in the home. On 6/29/1910 Ida married Paul Wolff in Chicago. It appears Ida and Paul never had children. Fred’s father died in 1914 and was buried at Pennell Cemetery in Towanda. In 1917 -1920 Fred’s mother was living in Portland, Oregon. It may been at that time the Fred moved to Oregon with his sister Minnie Wolff and her family.

By the time of the 1920 census Fred was living with his sister Minne and her family in St. Helens, a small community east of Portland in Columbia County along the Columbia River. Minnie’s husband operated a farm. Fred was employed as a farm hand. Minnie and Reinhard’s children included Reinhard, Jr, (born about 1902), Walter P. (about 1904), Mollie V. (about 1905), Henry R. (about 1908), and Daniel R. (about 1911). The older children were born in Illinois while Henry was born in Iowa and Daniel in Montana. In the census of 1920 Fred’s widowed mother was living with her daughter Ida in Highwater, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Fred’s mother died in 1922 and was buried with her husband in Toward, Illinois.

In the census of 1930 Fred was living with Minnie, Reinhard, and 4 of their adult children on Deer Island, a 5 miles long island on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Although he was not actually employed at the time of the census Fred was a laborer with the railroad.

On 7/25/1932 he was admitted to the Oregon State Hospital, a residential facility in Salem, Oregon for the treatment of people with mental illness. After being a patient at OSH for 4 1/2 months he died there on 1/9/1933 at the age of 57. The cause of death was heart problems.

In the 1940 census Minnie and Reinhard were living in St. Helens, Oregon. Reinhard died in 1941 and Minnie died in 1952. They were buried in Columbia County, Oregon along with sons Walter (died 1948), Henry (died 1960), and Daniel (died 1975). Fred’s brother Henry stayed in Towanda, Illinois, married and had two sons, Raymond and Warren. He died on 5/27/1948. Raymond died on 11/3/1987. Warren died on 9/4/2007.


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  • Maintained by: Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
  • Originally Created by: Reggie Sutton
  • Added: 15 Mar 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 86802106
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gottfried “Fred” Quensel (3 Sep 1875–9 Jan 1933), Find a Grave Memorial no. 86802106, citing Oregon State Hospital Patient Memorial, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Phyllis (Porter) Zegers (contributor 47125324) .