An American Family History

Franklin Monroe Long

Leo Franklin. Long
Emmons County, North Dakota is in the center of the southern border of North Dakota. Braddock was established in 1898. Extreme seasonal variations in temperature made life difficult for settlers.

Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.

Franklin Monroe Long was born in Lincoln, Illinois, Logan County on January 3, 1875. His parents were Thomas Long and Louisa Taylor. His name was spelled Franklyn in the 1900 census.

He appeared in the 1900 census in Webster County, Iowa. He was a sawmill engineer.

At the time of the 1910 census he was in Emmons County, North Dakota. He was 35 years old and a merchant. He was living by himself when the census was taken and was next door to his sister, Eldora.

He married Louisa Bell on June 15, 1910 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Louisa was born in October, 1877 in Minnesota. Her parents were Lars (Lewis) T. Bell and Ingeborg N. Fretheim.

They moved to Braddock, North Dakota where their son, Leo Franklin Long, was born on September 29, 1910.

Postcard postmarked Braddock, February 1913
to Mrs.Viola Bertrand
223 North Grand St.
Chariton, Iowa
Dear sister and all,
what do you think of the boy
he likes it well in Mpls with his aunt
so Blanch & Dave is coming to N.D.
that is good
their will be lots of work here this spring
All well as ever your brother

from Emma Smith's Postcard Collection

He was a manager in a grocery store and was a lodger.

At the time of the 1925 North Dakota census he was in Braddock with his second, wife Margaret.

In 1930 he was still in Braddock. The household consisted of Frank Long who was 55 and his wife Margarite Long who was 47. Margarite was born in Iowa about 1883. Frank was a merchant in a general store.

In 1955 at the time of his sister, Lura's, death, he was living in Indianola, Warren County, Iowa.
Children of Thomas Long
and Louisa Taylor
  • Viola Belle Long Bertrand O'Dea
  • Franklin Monroe Long
  • Lura Alzada Long Shafer
  • Emma Eldora Long Vie
  • Clara May Long Lane Posekany
  • Frank Long

    Leo Franklin Long

    In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.



    Warren County, Iowa was formed in 1846. The county seat is Indianola.

    L. T. Bell, 89 Years Old, Resident Here for 34 years, Dead

    L. T. Bell, 89 years old, a resident of Minneapolis for 34 years, died Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thea Wedge, 4218 Colfax avenue south. Mr. Bell, who was born in Norway came to the United States 64 years ago living in Freeborn county before he came to Minneapolish. He served as state representative from Freeborn county form 1883 to 1884. In 1861 Mr. Bell was married, driving 120 miles in an ox cart to reach the nearest minister. He is survived by 13 children: Mrs. Anna Dahl, Mrs. Mary Batley, Mrs. Melvin Passalt, Mrs. Thea Wedge, Mrs. C. O. Johnson, Miss Clara Bell, Mrs. Thorwald Lee, Miss Emma Bell and Henry Bell all of Minneapolis; Mrs. A. LaChapel, Cripple Creek, Colo., Miss Gertrude Bell and Atle Bell, Kintyre, N. D. and Mrs. Robert Passalt, Duluth.

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