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Wessel Kuper:  Dairy Farmer, Father and Grandfather

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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