12 January 2014

Leonard and Anna (PAGEL) HAKES

Leonard James HAKES was born 27 Jan 1904 in Minnewaukan, Benson county, North Dakota to Jesse & Elizabeth "Bessie" (WELLS) HAKES. Leonard was the oldest of 3 boys. According to the memories written by his mother (I  have a PDF of a transcription by his daughter), his family moved around a fair amount when he was a child.
Leonard's birth certificate.
Anna Wilhelmina Fredericka PAGEL was born 14 Feb 1899 in Grafton township, Sibley county, Minnesota to Carl "Henry" and Alwina (KOLLATH) PAGEL. Anna was the 4th of 7 children.
Leonard and Anna in 1928.
Leonard and Anna were married 3 Nov 1928 in Buffalo Lake, Renvile county, Minnesota. They had 3 chilredn: Lenora in 1930, Ruth Elizabeth on 6 Apr 1932, and Stanley Leonard on 20 May 1934. I do have a PDF of Leonard and Anna's wedding registration.
This was taken shortly before Anna died in 1948.
Back row: Lenora, Ruth, and Stanley
Front row: Leonard and Anna
Anna died 15 May 1948 in Preston Lake township, Renville county, Minnesota of mitral regurgitation. After  her death, Leonard married Erma Lea (KOOPMAN) NELSON. Erma was herself a widow at that time with children. I haven't asked to get the names of her children at this point though. I'm unsure of exactly when Leonard and Erma were married. I just know that it was sometime before 1951. Leonard died 29 May 1984 in Mora, Kanabec county, Minnesota. Erma lived for a few more years and died 28 Apr 1990 in Renville county, Minnesota. I currently don't have obits for either Leonard, Anna, or Erma. All 3 do have memorial on findagrave though (LeonardAnna, and Erma).

I have the following censuses for Leonard, Anna, and Erma after their respective marriages.
1930 US Census for Preston Lake township, Renville county, Minnesota.
Leonard and Anna are on lines 2 and 3. Leonard's parents are in the same household at this point.
1940 US Census for Preston Lake township, Renville county, Minnesota.
Leonard and Anna are on lines 54 and 55.
19 Jan 2014 - This update has the death certificates for Leonard, Anna, & Erma.


  1. Hi Martha:
    Welcome to Geneabloggers!
    Reading your blog, it struck me that the Koopman name sounds very Dutch. Being Dutch myself, I was very much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is http://www.patmcast.blogspot.com/2012/05/dutch-ancestors.html. The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,

    1. Seeing as Erma is my step-great-grandma, I'm currently not too interested in the KOOPMAN name myself. I'll leave your comment here though for anybody who would find this post & be interested in it.

    2. Sorry, I didn't notice the part on sharing earlier. It's OK with me. I put the information up in order to help other people researching the same people I am. It's also the reason I'm sharing the images of sources I have when possible.

  2. Also the surname Hakes is known here. I had 8 hits in a large Dutch database, all from the 17th/18th century.

    1. I was guessing English for HAKES. I do admit, that I could be guessing wrong. Unfortunately, I don't yet (if I ever will) know who was the first HAKES in America.

    2. It took awhile but your blog is now shown in mine. If you want me to change/add anything. please let me know.