Elizabeth A. Townsend

F, b. 2 February 1836, d. 24 May 1904
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationElizabeth A. Townsend was also known as Bettie.
Married Name1855As of 1855,her married name was Gage.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth2 February 1836Elizabeth A. Townsend was born on 2 February 1836 at Mississippi.
Marriage1855She married William Gage in 1855 at Texas.
Death24 May 1904Elizabeth A. Townsend died on 24 May 1904 at age 68.

Children of Elizabeth A. Townsend and William Gage

Mary Abigail Gage

F, b. 3 May 1858, d. 10 March 1928
Father*William Gage b. 11 Sep 1827, d. 21 Mar 1898
Mother*Elizabeth A. Townsend b. 2 Feb 1836, d. 24 May 1904
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Davis.
Name VariationMary Abigail Gage was also known as Mollie.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMary Abigail Gage married John Arnold Davis.
Birth3 May 1858Mary Abigail Gage was born on 3 May 1858 at Texas.
She was the daughter of William Gage and Elizabeth A. Townsend.
Death10 March 1928Mary Abigail Gage died on 10 March 1928 at age 69.

John Arnold Davis

M, b. 2 May 1848, d. 13 August 1946
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageJohn Arnold Davis married Mary Abigail Gage, daughter of William Gage and Elizabeth A. Townsend.
Birth2 May 1848John Arnold Davis was born on 2 May 1848 at South Carolina.
Death13 August 1946He died on 13 August 1946 at Texas at age 98.

Lee Roy Tipton

M, b. 19 June 1881, d. 30 January 1946
Life EventDateDescription
Birth19 June 1881Lee Roy Tipton was born on 19 June 1881 at Coryell, Texas.
Marriage15 October 1932He married Nannie Blanche Pointer, daughter of John Thomas Pointer and Kesiah Schenck, on 15 October 1932 at Coryell, Texas.
Death30 January 1946Lee Roy Tipton died on 30 January 1946 at Coryell, Texas, at age 64.

Edna Pearl Sayles

F, b. 17 August 1894, d. 30 October 1967
Father*Albert Sydney Sayles b. 1862, d. 1930
Mother*Sue Elzan Pointer b. 16 Jun 1874, d. 14 Dec 1969
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name6 October 1912As of 6 October 1912,her married name was Stanford.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth17 August 1894Edna Pearl Sayles was born on 17 August 1894 at Missouri.
She was the daughter of Albert Sydney Sayles and Sue Elzan Pointer.
Marriage6 October 1912Edna Pearl Sayles married Richard H. Stanford on 6 October 1912.
Death30 October 1967Edna Pearl Sayles died on 30 October 1967 at Hico, Texas, at age 73 Edna Pearl (Sayles) Stanford obituary.
Hamilton Herald News November 2, 1967 - Edna Pearl (Sayles) Stanford obituary
  • In October 1962 at Texas Richard H and Edna Pearl (Sayles) Stanford 50th wedding anniversary.
    Hamilton Herald News November 8, 1962 - Richard H and Edna Pearl (Sayles) Stanford 50th wedding anniversary

Richard H. Stanford

M, d. after 1967
Life EventDateDescription
Marriage6 October 1912Richard H. Stanford married Edna Pearl Sayles, daughter of Albert Sydney Sayles and Sue Elzan Pointer, on 6 October 1912.
Deathafter 1967Richard H. Stanford died after 1967.
  • In October 1962 at Texas Richard H and Edna Pearl (Sayles) Stanford 50th wedding anniversary.
    Hamilton Herald News November 8, 1962 - Richard H and Edna Pearl (Sayles) Stanford 50th wedding anniversary

Merrel E. Sayles

M, d. after 1969
Father*Albert Sydney Sayles b. 1862, d. 1930
Mother*Sue Elzan Pointer b. 16 Jun 1874, d. 14 Dec 1969
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationMerrel E. Sayles was also known as M. E.
Life EventDateDescription
Merrel E. Sayles was the son of Albert Sydney Sayles and Sue Elzan Pointer.
Deathafter 1969Merrel E. Sayles died after 1969.

(?) Sayles

F, d. after 1969
Father*Albert Sydney Sayles b. 1862, d. 1930
Mother*Sue Elzan Pointer b. 16 Jun 1874, d. 14 Dec 1969
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was (?) Taylor.
Life EventDateDescription
(?) Sayles was the daughter of Albert Sydney Sayles and Sue Elzan Pointer.
Marriage(?) Sayles married John Taylor.
Deathafter 1969(?) Sayles died after 1969.

John Taylor

M
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageJohn Taylor married (?) Sayles, daughter of Albert Sydney Sayles and Sue Elzan Pointer.

Mabel Missouri Fletchers

F, b. 2 December 1911, d. 19 March 2000
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationMabel Missouri Fletchers was also known as Mable M.
Married NameHer married name was Foster.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMabel Missouri Fletchers married Elbert Leroy Foster, son of Ava Jay Foster and Eulala Dell Bond.
Birth2 December 1911Mabel Missouri Fletchers was born on 2 December 1911 at Morgan, Missouri.
Death19 March 2000She died on 19 March 2000 at Cooper, Missouri, at age 88.

Child of Mabel Missouri Fletchers and Elbert Leroy Foster

Ava Jack Foster

M, b. 5 July 1936, d. 3 June 2004
Father*Elbert Leroy Foster b. 11 Mar 1911, d. 19 Aug 1987
Mother*Mabel Missouri Fletchers b. 2 Dec 1911, d. 19 Mar 2000
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAva Jack Foster was also known as Jack.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth5 July 1936Ava Jack Foster was born on 5 July 1936 at Cooper, Missouri.
He was the son of Elbert Leroy Foster and Mabel Missouri Fletchers.
Death3 June 2004Ava Jack Foster died on 3 June 2004 at age 67.

Dorothy Jean Schenewerk

F, b. 11 November 1932, d. 12 December 2010
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationDorothy Jean Schenewerk was also known as Schenwerk.
Married Name20 May 1950As of 20 May 1950,her married name was Foster.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth11 November 1932Dorothy Jean Schenewerk was born on 11 November 1932 at Moniteau, Missouri.
Marriage20 May 1950She married James Reed Foster, son of Ava Jay Foster and Eulala Dell Bond, on 20 May 1950 at California, Moniteau, Missouri.
Death12 December 2010Dorothy Jean Schenewerk died on 12 December 2010 at Greene, Missouri, at age 78.

Mary Frances (?)

F, b. 15 August 1922, d. 15 February 2000
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Foster.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageMary Frances (?) married William David Foster, son of Ava Jay Foster and Eulala Dell Bond.
Birth15 August 1922Mary Frances (?) was born on 15 August 1922.
Death15 February 2000She died on 15 February 2000 at age 77.

Gladys Frances Bishop

F, b. 2 June 1911, d. 4 May 2008
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Foster.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageGladys Frances Bishop married Marvin Estil Foster, son of Ava Jay Foster and Eulala Dell Bond.
Birth2 June 1911Gladys Frances Bishop was born on 2 June 1911.
Death4 May 2008She died on 4 May 2008 at age 96.

Anne Goldstein

F, b. 30 April 1923, d. 5 September 2005
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Foster.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageAnne Goldstein married Fred Bond Foster, son of Ava Jay Foster and Eulala Dell Bond.
Birth30 April 1923Anne Goldstein was born on 30 April 1923.
Death5 September 2005She died on 5 September 2005 at age 82.

Lester Wegner

M, b. before 1909
Father*Henry J. Wegner
Life EventDateDescription
Birthbefore 1909Lester Wegner was born before 1909.
He was the son of Henry J. Wegner.
Marriage1 September 1927Lester Wegner married Nellie Norbeck, daughter of Governor Peter R. Norbeck and Lydia Theresa Anderson, on 1 September 1927 at Custer State Park, South Dakota, Nellie Norbeck and Lester Wegner wedding announcement.
Mitchell Evening Republican September 2, 1927 - Nellie Norbeck and Lester Wegner wedding announcement

Children of Lester Wegner and Nellie Norbeck

Henry J. Wegner

M

Child of Henry J. Wegner

Albert M. Jennings

M, b. 1900, d. 1990
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAlbert M. Jennings was also known as A. M.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1900Albert M. Jennings was born in 1900 at South Dakota.
Marriage3 September 1926He married Ruth M. Norbeck, daughter of Governor Peter R. Norbeck and Lydia Theresa Anderson, on 3 September 1926 at Pierre, Custer, South Dakota, Ruth Norbeck and Albert Jennings wedding announcement.
Mitchell Evening Republican September 4, 1926 - Ruth Norbeck and Albert Jennings wedding announcement
Death1990Albert M. Jennings died in 1990.

Eugenia Olney

F, b. 6 April 1911, d. September 1991
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Norbeck.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageEugenia Olney married Harold P. Norbeck, son of Governor Peter R. Norbeck and Lydia Theresa Anderson.
Birth6 April 1911Eugenia Olney was born on 6 April 1911 at Washington.
DeathSeptember 1991She died in September 1991 at age 80.

Dr. Alexander Earle

M, b. circa 1912
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1912Dr. Alexander Earle was born circa 1912.
Marriage15 December 1952He married Selma Theresa Norbeck, daughter of Governor Peter R. Norbeck and Lydia Theresa Anderson, on 15 December 1952 at Winchester, Virginia, Sally Norbeck and Alexander Earle wedding announcement.
Huron Huronite And Daily Plainsman January 4, 1953 - Sally Norbeck and Alexander Earle wedding announcement

(?) Hood

M
Life EventDateDescription
Marriagebefore 1979(?) Hood married Nellie Norbeck, daughter of Governor Peter R. Norbeck and Lydia Theresa Anderson, before 1979.

George G. Norbeck

M, b. 25 April 1882, d. 22 October 1938
Father*Reverand George Persson Norbeck b. 13 Oct 1836, d. 17 Jul 1917
Mother*Karen Larsdatter Kongsvik b. 26 Aug 1843, d. 6 Apr 1894
Life EventDateDescription
Birth25 April 1882George G. Norbeck was born on 25 April 1882 at Clay, South Dakota.
He was the son of Reverand George Persson Norbeck and Karen Larsdatter Kongsvik.
Marriage25 April 1906George G. Norbeck married Jane Mathilda Olson on 25 April 1906 at Story, Iowa.
Death22 October 1938George G. Norbeck died on 22 October 1938 at Charles Mix, South Dakota, at age 56.

Children of George G. Norbeck and Jane Mathilda Olson

Jane Mathilda Olson

F, b. 13 April 1884, d. 27 May 1967
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJane Mathilda Olson was also known as Jessie.
Married Name25 April 1906As of 25 April 1906,her married name was Norbeck.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth13 April 1884Jane Mathilda Olson was born on 13 April 1884 at Iowa.
Marriage25 April 1906She married George G. Norbeck, son of Reverand George Persson Norbeck and Karen Larsdatter Kongsvik, on 25 April 1906 at Story, Iowa.
Death27 May 1967Jane Mathilda Olson died on 27 May 1967 at South Dakota at age 83.

Children of Jane Mathilda Olson and George G. Norbeck

Kermit George Norbeck

M, b. 18 June 1909, d. 1970
Father*George G. Norbeck b. 25 Apr 1882, d. 22 Oct 1938
Mother*Jane Mathilda Olson b. 13 Apr 1884, d. 27 May 1967
Life EventDateDescription
Birth18 June 1909Kermit George Norbeck was born on 18 June 1909 at South Dakota.
He was the son of George G. Norbeck and Jane Mathilda Olson.
Death1970Kermit George Norbeck died in 1970.

Sterling Maynard Norbeck

M, b. 6 April 1912, d. 1997
Father*George G. Norbeck b. 25 Apr 1882, d. 22 Oct 1938
Mother*Jane Mathilda Olson b. 13 Apr 1884, d. 27 May 1967
Life EventDateDescription
Birth6 April 1912Sterling Maynard Norbeck was born on 6 April 1912 at Brown, South Dakota.
He was the son of George G. Norbeck and Jane Mathilda Olson.
Death1997Sterling Maynard Norbeck died in 1997.

Robert Peter Norbeck

M, b. 12 May 1920
Father*George G. Norbeck b. 25 Apr 1882, d. 22 Oct 1938
Mother*Jane Mathilda Olson b. 13 Apr 1884, d. 27 May 1967
Life EventDateDescription
Birth12 May 1920Robert Peter Norbeck was born on 12 May 1920 at South Dakota.
He was the son of George G. Norbeck and Jane Mathilda Olson.

Herbert Olson Norbeck

M, b. circa 1907
Father*George G. Norbeck b. 25 Apr 1882, d. 22 Oct 1938
Mother*Jane Mathilda Olson b. 13 Apr 1884, d. 27 May 1967
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1907Herbert Olson Norbeck was born circa 1907 at North Dakota.
He was the son of George G. Norbeck and Jane Mathilda Olson.

Helen Kathryn Norbeck

F, b. 24 December 1915
Father*George G. Norbeck b. 25 Apr 1882, d. 22 Oct 1938
Mother*Jane Mathilda Olson b. 13 Apr 1884, d. 27 May 1967
Life EventDateDescription
Birth24 December 1915Helen Kathryn Norbeck was born on 24 December 1915 at South Dakota.
She was the daughter of George G. Norbeck and Jane Mathilda Olson.

Karl Heinrich Wegner

M, b. 5 January 1930, d. 4 April 2014
Father*Lester Wegner b. b 1909
Mother*Nellie Norbeck b. 14 Dec 1902, d. 8 Nov 1989
Life EventDateDescription
Birth5 January 1930Karl Heinrich Wegner was born on 5 January 1930 at Hughes, South Dakota.
He was the son of Lester Wegner and Nellie Norbeck.
MarriageJune 1957Karl Heinrich Wegner married Mary Jo Waddell in June 1957.
Death4 April 2014Karl Heinrich Wegner died on 4 April 2014 at age 84 Karl Heinrich Wegner died April 4, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Karl was born January 5, 1930, the second son of Nell Norbeck Wegner and Lester F. Wegner. He grew up in Pierre, SD, attending Lincoln Grade School (except for the third grade at Mark Twain in Sioux Falls, SD), and Pierre Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in the class of 1948. He was president of the student body, co-valedictorian of his class (along with his wife Margaret), a three year letterman, governor of Boys State, and represented South Dakota at Boys Nation in Washington, DC.

He received a Navy scholarship to attend Yale University in New Haven, CT, and spent summers as a midshipman in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, except for his senior summer spent with the Marines at Quantico, VA. He graduated in June, 1952, and was immediately commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, serving as a line officer, field/platoon leader, then company commander, achieving the ranks of 1st Lieutenant USMC, and Captain USMCR.

He served 28 months, then received an early discharge after the Korean War because of his prior acceptance into graduate school and immediately entered Harvard Medical School. Following graduation, he also took internship and residency in pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard's major teaching hospital. He served as Chief Resident, including a final year's appointment to the Harvard faculty.

In June of 1957, Karl married Mary Jo Waddell of Beatrice, NE, whom he met in Boston. A daughter Madeleine was born there in 1959. Karl and family returned to South Dakota in 1962 when he accepted the appointment of Chief of Pathology, Sioux Valley Hospital, as well as the opportunity to develop a private practice in pathology, and to join the voluntary faculty of the then two year basic sciences School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.

Over the ensuing years the hospital position grew, his teaching time and academic appointments expanded from Assistant Professor of Pathology and Associate Professor of Medicine to Chair, Department of Pathology and Professor of Pathology. In August, 1973, Karl became Dean of the two year school at USD.

Meanwhile, Karl recruited increasing numbers of pathologist associates to join the Laboratory of Clinical Medicine (LCM), a rapidly expanding practice based in SD, MN, IA, and NE, and instituted a fully accredited four year pathology residency at what had become the largest then known private pathology practice in the United States.

Karl accepted the Deanship at the medical school and the Vice-Presidency of Health Affairs at USD on the condition that he would lead a final drive to convert the school into a full four-year-degree-granting program. The two-year school was facing increasing problems of inadequate funding, transferring its students to out-of-state institutions, and attempting to recruit new physicians to return to practice in South Dakota, which had the lowest physician to population ration in the country. University President Richard Bowen, the SD Board of Regents, Gov. Richard Kneip, the SD State Medical Association, and interest citizens and physicians who'd formed a special committee, the Citizens Concerned for Medical Education, all joined with a well-organized legislative study committee chaired by Senator Harvey Wollman to seek legislative approval for the degree-granting program. This succeeded in the passage of degree-granting legislation in the February 1974 session.

Dr. Wegner worked tirelessly in SD, in Chicago, and in Washington, DC, in obtaining necessary AMA and federal support for the new Program, then seeking provisional and final national accreditation, creating six new clinical departments and numerous specialty sections, recruiting both in SD and nationwide, in negotiating statewide support and participation of SD hospitals, and in initiating appropriate new residency training programs for the school on a statewide basis.

Two more children came to his family, Peter Norbeck in 1963 and Mary Nell in 19 65. Karl and Mary Jo bought the farm of his dreams in 1965 and raised purebred Herefords, then instituted a commercial cow-calf operation along with row crop farming, all in association with his cousin and wife, Dave and Avis Jennings. The farm was in operation over 40 years.

Upon retirement he was able to realize a long-standing ambition to hike and climb, often with more experienced friends. He began with Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro, later included mountains in the western US, and finally Cotopaxi, Cayambe, and Aconcagua in South America.

Following the death of his first wife, Mary Jo, in 2003, he married Margaret Ann Halla Cash, his old high school and college girlfriend, the widow of Dr. Joseph H. Cash, professor and Dean at USD. Together they pursued a common interest in hiking and traveling, including a 200 mile walk across England with USD friends, a 400 mile hike from Oslo to Trondheim in Norway along a primitive trail, and other trips to Europe, Mexico, South America, Antarctica, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Karl's male Sioux Falls Book Club and the Vermillion couples Book Group were especially important in his life as he, after finishing each month's selection, always said "and I read every word, enjoying them all."

Karl was especially proud of his family heritage in South Dakota. He was the great grandson of pioneer Norwegian Immigrants, including Rev. George Norbeck, who homesteaded in Clay County in 1868, served a geographically widespread congregation while also farming, serving in the Dakota Territory Legislature, in the South Dakota Constitutional Convention, and then in the first South Dakota legislature. Rev. Norbeck's son Peter Norbeck and Karl's grandfather went on to serve as a State Senator, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and United States Senator, dying near the end of his third term.

Karl's paternal grandfather, Henry J. Wegner, founded the Wegner Auto Company in Pierre in 1907, the state's oldest automobile dealership and now the oldest Buick Dealership in the world under continuous operation by one family for over 100 years.

Karl's professional boards and membership included statewide, national, and international honors and responsibilities in the field of pathology, membership in the Council of Deans, American Assn. of Medical Colleges, and membership on the Advisory Council Under-graduate Medical Education, AMA. His significant awards included South Dakota Hall of Fame (1988), SD Philanthropist of the Year shared with Mary Jo Wegner (2002), American Pathologist of the Year, Alpha Omega Alpha, Boyston Medical Society (Harvard), Founding Dean USD (now Sanford) School of Medicine, Distinguished Professor Emeritus by SD Board of Regents, Karl H. Wegner Endowed Chair USD (also by Board of Regents), Distinguished Professor of the Year several times, SuperDean, a one-time award from the Medical Student Body, naming of the Karl and Mary Jo Wegner Health Science Information Center, Friends of the SF Community Foundation annual award (shared with Margaret), and Distinguished Service Awards from USD, and the SD Medical Association.

His community and state activities and boards included President, SD Board of Regents of Higher Education, President, Sioux Valley (now Sanford) Health Foundation, President, South Dakota Symphony Board, President, SF Area Community Foundation, member of the boards of the USD Foundation, the SD, Hall of Fame, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Valley Health System Alliance, SD Water Goals Program, Sioux Council, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, and Augustana Fellows.

Immediate family survivors are his wife, Margaret, his three children, Madeleine Jean (Harri Rinta) of Carver, MN, Mary Nell (Josiah Child III), Isabella and Sam of Providence, RI, and Peter Norbeck and his children, Walker, Theo, and Ivy of Berkeley, CA, and his step children and grandchildren, Sheridan Anderson (Robert B.), and Cash of Pierre, SD, Meredith Cash Weber (John P.), Joe and Emily of Rapid City, SD, and Ayla and Claudia Cash, and their mother Dr. Serpil Erzurum of Pepper Pike, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nell and Lester, his only brother Peter Norbeck Wegner, and his first wife, Mary Jo Waddell Wegner.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls.

Peter Norbeck Wegner

M, b. 20 August 1928, d. 22 December 1998
Father*Lester Wegner b. b 1909
Mother*Nellie Norbeck b. 14 Dec 1902, d. 8 Nov 1989
Life EventDateDescription
Birth20 August 1928Peter Norbeck Wegner was born on 20 August 1928 at South Dakota.
He was the son of Lester Wegner and Nellie Norbeck.
Death22 December 1998Peter Norbeck Wegner died on 22 December 1998 at age 70.