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Edna Mildred Grant

Female 1898 - 1990  (91 years)


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  • Name Edna Mildred Grant  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 1 Dec 1898  Crampton Corner, Near Sunny Hill And Orion, Henry County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Mar 1990  Bainbridge Island, Washington While Visiting Relatives Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 16 Mar 1990  Western Township Cemetery, Hwy 150 North Of Orion, Henry County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11527  My Genealogy

    Father Walter Clark Grant,   b. 5 Nov 1867, On Homestead At Sunny Hill, Henry County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1921, 54 Yr, 14 Dy; Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois; In An Elevator Accident Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Anna "Annie" Love Blair,   b. 14 May 1867, Millville, Cumberland, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1932, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1 Oct 1896  Sunny Hill, Henry County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F65368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hans Scheldemp M. Fiosne,   b. 11 May 1892, Lyster, Sogn, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1984, East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois; Killed While Felling A Tree Per Bessie Blair's Notes Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1938  First Presbyterian Church In The Pastor's Study, Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa; Rev. Bruce Mccullough Officiated Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 12-15 February 1938
      Probably The Daily Dispatch (Newspaper in Moline, Rock Island County,Illinois)
      TITLED: ?Miss Edna Grant Becomes Bride of Hans Fiosne at CeremonySaturday?
      ?Of interest is the announcement of the marriage of Miss Edna Grant ofthe LeClaire hotel, Moline, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs WalterClark Grant, to Mr Hans Fiosne of Rock Island, son of Mrs MelchoirFiosne of Bergen, Norway.
      The ceremony took place at noon Saturday, Feb. 12, in the pastor?sstudy of the First Presbyterian church in Clinton, Ia. The Rev. BruceMcCullough officiated. Mr and Mrs Ferenc Szasz of Moline were theonly attendants.
      The bride wore a smart spring ensemble of navy blue, accented withred, and her flowers were a corsage of white fresias (freesias) andfor-get-me-nots (knots). Mrs Szaaz, the former Miss Mary Plummer ofMoline, who was a bride of Jan. 29, wore her wedding costume, also ofnavy blue. Her flowers were a corsage of white sweetpeas (sweet peas)and pink fresias (freesias).
      Mr and Mrs Fiosne will be at home after Feb 15 at the LeClaire hotel,Moline.
      Mrs Fiosne is a graduate of Moline high school and of Augustanacollege, where she affiliated with Phi Rho sorority. She taught forseveral years at Moline senior high school and is now cataloguer atthe Moline public library. Mr Fiosne is a graduate of the chemicalengineering department of the University of Oslo, Norway. He isemployed as a metallurgist at the Farmall plant of the InternationalHarvester Co.? NOTE: International Harvester no longer operates inthe Quad Cities area. LeClaire Hotel no longer exists in thatcapacity and was located downtown Moline. [Transcribed 14 January2008, SLJuhl RNBSC, Compiler & Genealogist; sljuhl1234@yahoo.com; 3810? 10th Avenue Place, Moline, Illinois 61265]
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F4507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • SOURCE: "EAST MOLINE/SILVIS; THE ARGUS NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
      ROCK ISLAND, ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, ILLINOIS
      DATED: FRIDAY, 16 MARCH 1990
      EDNA FIOSNE
      Services for Edna Grand Fiosne, 90, of 5116 - 180th St. North, EastMoline are 10 a.m. Monday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Privateburial is in Western Township Cemetery, Orion. There is novisitation. Mrs. Fiosne died March 5th while visiting relatives atBainbridge Island, Wash. The former Edna Mildred Grant was born 01Dec 1889, in Sunny Hill, near Orion. She married Hans M. Fiosne in1938 in Moline. He died Oct. 10, 1984. She moved to Moline with herfamily in 1909. She graduated from Moline High School in 1917 andAugustana College in 1922. She taught at Moline High School until1930, when she became reference librarian and cataloger at MolinePublic Library. She and her husband lived in Moline until 1950 whenthey built their home overlooking the Mississippi River. She was amember of Emma Kough Circle of King's Daughters and Phi Rho Sororityat Augustana College. She and her husband traveled extensively in theUnited States, the Caribbean, and the Far East, and for many summersthey were familiar figures on the Mississippi River in their sailboat"Norma" which was designed and built by Mr. FIOSNE. Survivors includea nephew and his wife, Henry and Betty Knutsen, with whom she lived."[Transcribed news article on 19 July 2006, SLJuhl, compiler]

      SOURCE: From: susanna921
      Subject: I found your profile on Ancestry - requesting moreinformation
      To: "sljuhl1234"
      Date: Monday, December 29, 2008, 4:37 PM
      "Hello,
      I found your profile on Ancestry and believe that you are related toAnna "Annie" Love Blair. She was the mother of my great aunt, EdnaGrant Fiosne. Edna was married to my great uncle, Hans Fiosne.
      Edna and Hans did not have children. After my uncle passed at the ageof 92, Edna was taken care of by my parents, living with them untilher death in 1990.
      My parents have since passed away and I am sorting through theirrecords. My mother saved pictures of Edna as a child/young woman, somenewspaper clippings and handwritten geneaology notes written by Edna.I believe these records
      are important and would be more meaningful to a direct descendent ofthis family. Would you be interested in having these records. Pleaselet me know.
      Sincerely, Susanna"
      NOTE: Answered e-mail 30th December 2008. SLJuhl RNBSC, Compiler &Genealogist; sljuhl1234@yahoo.com
      RESPONSE FROM SUSANNA BAKER OF FERNDALE, CALIFORNIA PER POSTAL MAILDATED JANUARY 5, 2009: "Dear Sandy, Here are the photos anddocumentation that I had about Edna Grant and her ancestors. I hopeit will be interesting to you, your daughter-in-law and her family.Although much of the information is about the Blair side of thefamily, I included what I had about the Grant side of the family too.Since they settled near the Moline area, I thought it would have moremeaning to you or that you might run across some member of that familywho may have an interest in this information. Many of the notes arehand written by Edna and are somewhat difficult to read. Edna was awonderful woman, very intelligent and enjoyed documenting parts of herlife. She was employed as a teacher, then a librarian for severalyears until she married Hans Fiosne, my great uncle, in 1938. theyspent the remainder of their years living in Moline, travelingextensively throughout the world and sailing on the Mississippi River(a favorite pastime of my Uncle's). Let me know if you have anyquestions. Sincerely, Susanna Baker, etc..."

      SOURCE: LETTER DOCUMENT FROM THE NOTES OF EDNA: "Moline PublicSchools Administration Building 1619 Eleventh Avenue, Moline,Illinois 61265, 309-762-3631--Office of the Superintendent--January 6,1966--To Whom It May Concern: According to the records of the MolinePublic Schools, Moline, Illinois Edna Grant was born December 10,1898 in Crampton, Illinois. Her parent is listed as Walter Grant.She entered fourth grade at Grant School, March 1909. Paul H.Emerich, Superintendent of Schools, sl." [Transcribed 13 January2008, SLJuhl RNBSC, Compiler & Family Genealogist;sljuhl1234@yahoo.com; 3810 - 10th Avenue Place, Moline, Illinois61265]

      SOURCE: Edna Grant Fiosne's (c.1898-1990 A.D.)HAND WRITTEN PERSONALNOTES ON THE BLAIR, LOVE, GRANT, AND MCWHINNEY FAMILIES. Contributedby, Susanna Baker of Ferndale, California on 12 January 2009. Ednacontributed information, photos, and some certificates of marriage toBessie Blair in abt. 1979. Edna's story of the families odyssey isthe same as told by Mary Gerrity and Bessie Blair, also all of theinformation in her notes is nearly identical.
      1). "SCRIPTURE MEMORANDA - JAMES MCWHINNEY (my great grandfather) wasa carpenter. He married ELIZABETH CAMPBELL, who was said to be adescendant in the 7th generation from a Duke of Argyll. I do not knowwhether this is true or not. The McWhinney's came from County Down,Ireland, and the name is said to be a corruption of MacKenzie orMacKinney, and the family of Scotch extraction."
      2). "Great Grandmother LOVE - As I remember the story, she & greatgrandfather Love had sold their home n goods in Ireland an bookedpassage for America. When he died suddenly, she went on with herchildren, Mary, Matilda, Nancy, James, Alexander as yet unborn. Ann &Jane had already gone to America, & I'm not sure whether Elizabeth(Eliza) & William had already gone or came with great grandmother.The voyage took 6 weeks. they lived on an island in the DelawareRiver at one time & then in Bucks Co., Pa. where Alex was born. Annbecame the proprietor of a lace shop on Chestnut Street, Philadelphiaselling laces, trimmings, buttons, etc. & later made her home withAlec (meaning Alex) Love family. I remember her silky short hair,unusual then, and I believe she left mother a small legacy. JANE: Ithink she married or widowed, but am not sure. I remember her asliving in an apartment in Chicago (9020 Cottage Grove Ln) with hersister Mary Gerrity, also a widow, and giving mother several bits ofjewelry including spin of twisted etched gold tubing (not valuable,but unusual, which had been given her by a seafaring friend (This musthave been about 1910). Also I believe she left mother 100- & me 50-,but I'm not sure. ELIZABETH (Eliza) my grandmother, they lived inMillville, N.J. She married WM. BLAIR (I had the marriage certificate& turned it over to Bessie Blair in 1979 or 80, so I don't recall thedate). she had a son John, then my mother, ANNIE LOVE BLAIR, born May14, 1966 n 67, and she died of "galloping consumption" when mother wasa toddler. WM. BLAIR thought he could keep John & care for him, butnot the baby too, so her grandmother took mother home with her &raised her. I don't know whether this was after grandmother had movedto Illinois or not, & I'm not sure when John Blair came to Ill,Mother had a 1st cousin John Blair, who ran a fish market inBellingham, Washington, & whom we visited once, I think in 1911. Hehad a daughter Winona, with whom I kept contact for awhile, but notfor many years now. Mother attended normal school & graduated inGeneseo. Her graduation picture is among those I turned over toBessie Blair. I think. She taught in country school - and rodehorseback to & from school (she stayed with cousin Emily & Charlot forawhile. And she lost her whole first month's salary when her purseflew open while she was riding her horse home, but they managed tocollect it all along the road--I don't remember how much she got that1st month tho. She married WALTER CLARK GRANT Oct. 1, 1896 & movedto his farm at Sunny Hill. She had a baby GIRL July 1897 who livedonly 3 days (a "blue baby") and I (EDNA) was born Dec. 1, 1899. JOHNBLAIR m. ELLA WILSON & their children were GEORGE & BESSIE. Georgemarried JESSIE COMBS & had 2 sons, RICHARD & GEORGE. Richard lived inIndiana, George in Moline - his wife is MARILYN & they have 5 or 6children."
      3). "ITEMS - When Grandfather (Wm. Grant) married Jane McWhinney hewas a well-to-do widower who lived with his brother Dan Grant & EllaFerguson Grant. Etc... Grandmother was very poor and lived with hermother (Eliz. Campbell McWhinney) in a little shack cornerwise fromwhere Hanna's now live. they did washing, mending, serving, nursing,and other such means of earning an honest living. Grandmother "workedout" for a short time when she was old enough. She once worked forold Mr. Walker, who paid her 50 C(ents) a week & deducted a couple ofweeks wages for two teeth he had pulled for her when she was a child!She was considered a handsome girl, and lively. Tom Campbell and_____Morrison were also her admirers, but she married grandfather &was of course accused of marrying him for his money. They were happyuntil grandfather's sudden death of heart failure. Grandmother liveduntil April 23, 1913 (?) dying of cancer of the stomach at the home ofher youngest son, Albert in Ft. Worth, Texas. Both are buried inHomestead cemetery. Grandfather Grant came from Narin Scotland andduring his boyhood he tended sheep on the mountains. ...he came toAmerica ...Pittsburg for some years & was naturalized there. He did...gardening and even to the day of his death gardening was hisfavorite occupation. His first wife - ______Ferguson is buried inPittsburg. Grandfather was a silent, rather taciturn man. heoriginally spoke Gaelic, and I still have his Gaelic Bible, butgradually forgot the language. I gave the Gaelic Bible to Mary JaneFehr in 197? and also gave her some old pictures, & a garnet broochwhich grandmother Grant was wearing in one of the photos."[Transcribed 02 March 2009, SLJuhl RNBSC, Compiler & FamilyGenealogist; sljuhl1234@yahoo.com or 3810 - 10th Avenue Place, Moline,Illinois 61265]
      SOURCE: "THE LINE O' TYPE NEWS
      VOL. 1 MOLINE, ILLINOIS, HIGH SCHOOL, MARCH 12, 1917 NO. 1
      EDNA GRANT TO BE VALEDICTORIAN
      CLASS DAY PARTS AND HONOR ROLL ANNOUNCED
      EXCERPTS: "At a meeting filled to the brim with enthusiasm and humor,the class of '17, on Monday afternoon at three o'clock, electedofficers to supervise a class day program that is expected to surpassin originality and artistic finish, as well as in wit, any class dayprogram heretofore produced.
      After a talk by Mr. Nutting, in which he lauded the size of the honorroll as well as the high averages attained, the candidates forvaledictorian and salutatorian were announced, and according to theprevalent custom, the two with the highest averages were chosen, thisyears honors going to Edna Grant and Mildred Chinlund, respectively.etc..." [Transcribed 14 January 2008, SLJuhl RNBSC, Compiler & FamilyGenealogist; sljuhl1234@yahoo.com; 3810 - 10th Avenue Place, Moline,Illinois 61265]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1230] Edna Mildred Grant Fiosne, Susanna Baker of Ferndale, California; 12 January 2009, (Name: Edna's handwritten records and family photos.; Susanna Baker of Ferndale, California; 12 January 2009, Edna MildredGrant Fiosne (Edna's handwritten records and family photos.), SourceMedium: Other .).

    2. [S1231] Titled Article: Edna Grant To Be Valedictorian, The Line O' Type, Vol. I Moline, Illinois, High School, March 12,1917 No.1, (Name: School newspaper announcement article; The Line O' Type, Vol. I Moline, Illinois, High School, March 12,1917 No.1, Titled Article: Edna Grant To Be Valedictorian (Schoolnewspaper announcement article), Source Medium: Newspaper .).

    3. [S1232] Edna Grant-Moline Public Schools Superintendent Letter, Paul H. Emerich, Superintendent of Schools, January 6, 1966, (Name: Edna b. De. 10, 1898, Crampton, IL., parent Walter Grant,entered 4th grade at Grant School, March 1909; Paul H. Emerich, Superintendent of Schools, January 6, 1966, EdnaGrant-Moline Public Schools Superintendent Letter (Edna b. De. 10,1898, Crampton, IL., parent Walter Grant, entered 4th grade at GrantSchool, March 1909), Source Medium: Letter .).

    4. [S1233] Titled Article: Miss Edna Grant Becomes Bride of Hans Fiosne atCeremony Saturday, Newspaper article announcement of marriage and a photo of Mrs. HansFiosne, (Name: Married: Saturday, February 12, 1938, by Rev. Bruce McCulloughat the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa; Newspaper article announcement of marriage and a photo of Mrs. HansFiosne, Titled Article: Miss Edna Grant Becomes Bride of Hans Fiosneat Ceremony Saturday (Married: Saturday, February 12, 1938, by Rev.Bruce McCullough at the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, ClintonCounty, Iowa), Source Medium: Newspaper .).