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1867 - 1925
Wessel Kuper - 1923
Wessel Kuper was born
July 7, 1867 in
Holthuserheide, Ostfriesland, Hannover, Germany, the son of Berend "Ben" Kuper (January 8, 1834 - June 26,
1894) and Antje "Annie" Wessels (March 1, 1833- February 14, 1905).
The Kuper family immigrated to the United States in 1884 and settled in the Minnesota. Wessel became a naturalized
citizen in 1891.
Wessel married Christina Johannah Amelia Thaden on March 26, 1890 in Luverne, Minnesota. Christina was born on April 14, 1872 in Iowa, the daughter of Gerhardt Ludwig Thaden (August 18, 1839 - September 14, 1910), a native of Aurich, Ostfriesland, Germany and Johanna(h) Christina Amelia Wilkens (March 9, 1840 - August 17, 1924), a native of Germany. They moved to Lennox, Lincoln, South Dakota. A fire destroyed their farm house prompting them to move along with members of the Thaden family to Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, where they ran a dairy farm near Spanaway.
Children: Anna Marie, Hannah, Ben, George, John, Ernie, Fred and Irene.
His daughter, Irene reported that Wessel died on April 16, 1925 from complications of pernicious anemia.
Lennox, Lincoln County, South Dakota
The Doersam, Kuper and Greenlaw Family Members on a Picnic in the Summer 1923
Top Row (Left/Right): Hannah Kuper Doersam, Wessel Kuper, Loren Greenlaw, Anna Marie Kuper Greenlaw, Christina Thaden Kuper Bottom Row (Left/Right): Fred Kuper, Evelyn Greenlaw, Arnold Doersam, Lorraine Greenlaw, Vernon Greenlaw, Dorothy Doersam, Irene Kuper Kneeling: Alfred Greenlaw
Photographs courtesy of Irene Morris.
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