Hazel Flatau, Violet Flatau, Pearl Flatau, Doris Flatau, Rhoda Flatau (Violet & Rhoda are sisters)  All others are sisters and children of Ernest & Mabel.

Anker Friestad, Grandma Marie Beckman, Rhoda Flatau, Rodney Flatau, Elsie (Beckman) Flatau, Albert Flatau, Vernon Flatau in 1940.

Left to right, August Beckman, Bill, Minnie, Marie, Marie Beckman, Elsie (9 years old), and Emil.
Beckman house built in 1909, near the Smith Bros.' Wagon Factory in Perham, MN.

Theodore Flatau - 1890

1951 March - Vi holding Kristin with Norris and Wally cuddled beside her.

Rhoda (age 6), Violet (age 7), Rodney (age 2), and Vernon (age 4) on Aunt Ida's front porch in Gresham, OR in 1927.

The Flatau kids in 1933.  Violet (age 13), Rhoda (age 12), Vernon (age 10) and Rodney (age 9).

1939 Rodney, Rhoda, Vernon, and Violet Flatau

Violet, Rhoda, Rodney and Vernon in 1929

Johann & Anna Husen


1943 Rhoda and Bud Koehnen

1925 Model T Ford

​photo courtesy of smclassiccars.com

Albert and Elsie on January 15, 1919


Elsie (age 19) working in the field with a team of horses in 1919

The photo of Albert with his prized bull shows him with a cigarette between his lips which was typical of how he smoked a cigarette.  

He never appeared to take a drag off the cigarette.  He would let it hang from the right side of his mouth.  He rarely touched the cigarette once it was lit and placed between his lips.  If he was concentrating on a project and not moving very much the ash of the cigarette could become more than an inch long before it dropped.   The grandkids would often talk about how long they saw the ash build upon the end of the cigarette before it fell.

The smoke would curl up around his face and his eyes.  Often he would be seen squinting out of his right eye as he looked up during a conversation.

Albert always wore a suit and tie going to church on Sundays and special occasions.  One of the things us grandchildren remember (besides the falling ash) is the smell of Grandpa on the occasions he dressed up.  He smelled of cologne and tobacco and he looked very stylish.

Added by Kristin Peterson

1941 in front of Rodney's 1929 Ford - Albert Flatau, Harlon Simon, Vernon Flatau, Marie (Beckman) Friestad, Grandma Marie Beckman, Rodney Flatau, Emma (Beckman) Parks.

Marie (Beckman) Friestad, Lucille Beckman, Marie Beckman, Grandma Marie Beckman, Pearl Beckman, Elsie (Beckman) Flatau, Wanda Walther, Albert Flatau, Louise (Beckman) Schriner, Emil Beckman, Minnie (Beckman) Heilman, Alton Heilman, John Beckman, Clara Walther, Rodney Flatau, and Bill Beckman in 1941.
Lucille and Marie Beckman are the daughters of John and Ann Beckman.  
Pearl is the daughter of Emil and Liz Beckman.

​​​​  FLATAU

Albert and Elsie

Rodney (age 5) feeding a lamb in 1929.

A 1938 trip, also with their friends and neighbors, Helen & Joe Krueger, as companions, took them West. 

The Kruegers had relatives in Washington to visit; Albert’s sister, Ida married Harry Bell in Olympia; and they visited Amanda and Carl in Aberdeen, Washington.

Accounts and stories told to Grandma Elsie by her Grandmother:  


Anna's mother died shortly after she was born and her father remarried.  He was a fisherman and was away from home a lot.  Her step-mother was mean to her.  Her father died before her teens and her step-mother remarried.  Her step-parents made her work on farms and was whipped many times.  


One farm had mean bulls and she was forced to go into the pens to feed them.  She took a darning needle and stuck it in the bull's nose if he got too close.  ​She ran away from home.  It was dark and she could hear them coming after her on horseback.  She hid in a cemetery.  She would travel by night and once heard someone coming when crossing a bridge and she jumped off.  The canal had no water in it.  


Her sister, Hannah, had also left home and Anna finally found her.  The two found work near the shipyards, possibly a cafe and this is where Anna met Johann who worked at the shipyards.  


Johann died in Perham (possibly pneumonia).  Anna lived with her daughter, Marie, and died 19 years later on the Beckman farm.

1927 - Vernon (age 4) and Rodney (age 2) in front and Rhoda (age 6), Violet (age 7), and Marie Gable in the back.

Albert and Elsie rented the Theodore Flatau homestead before purchasing it. 

In 1932 they purchased 180 acres from the estate, east of the buildings. 

Elsie (age 28) and Albert Flatau (age 31) with their children, Violet (age 10), Rhoda (age 8), Rodney (age 5) and Vernon (age 6) in 1929.

Chicago World's Fair in 1933

There is more to Albert and Elsie's story.  

To read what happens in the next 28 years click on FLATAU (1959 and on)

Marie’s parents, the John Husens (John and Anna), had taken a homestead in Spruce Grove Township, Becker County, MN and this is where August and Marie were to make their home.  Upon arriving by train, about all they saw were the tents of an Indian village. 

The Beckman’s first children, a set of twins, were the first white children born in that township.  The twins, Albert and Martha, only lived five months and were buried on the homestead.  

August died Sept. 12, 1917, at the age of 62.  Marie died on October 18, 1954, at the age of 90. 

​Click August Beckman for more information.

Rodney (age 10) and Vernon (age 11) in 1934

Rodney Flatau in 1940.

House they lived in for 27 years from 1948 to 1975. 

Cigarettes

In 1947 they purchased 162 acres and buildings (the present Peter Irvine place) and started remodeling.  In November 1948, they moved there.  A windstorm of 1952 felled several trees in their yard.

Early Years for Albert and Elsie

1955 Albert's sisters: 

Amanda Flatau and 
Ida (Flatau) (Locke) Bell

Rhoda (age 8), Rodney (age 5), Violet (age 10), and Vernon (age 6) in 1929

John "August" Beckman III &

Henrietta "Marie" Sophie Husen

Minna Flatau - 1890

The Big Move to Oregon

Albert and Elsie were married on the Beckman farm on January 15, 1919. 


After the ceremony, they rode across the lake in a one-horse cutter and honeymooned on the farm that Albert had been renting.

Train trip in 1958

More Land was Purchased

Mississippi and Louisiana in 1940

Rodney by his car in 1942

Sisters with their Mom in 1941 - Grandma Marie Beckman, Emma (Beckman) Parks, Louise (Beckman) Schriner, 
Marie (Beckman) Friestad, and Elsie (Beckman) Flatau

1955 Liz and Emil Beckman, Albert and Elsie Flatau, Kay Beckman - Art taking photo

There are many photos of the Beckman family gathering at Albert and Elsie's farmhouse near Devils Lake.

The attraction was Grandma Marie.  She lived with Albert and Elsie for 29 years.  Elsie was the youngest child in the family of ten living children.  Her siblings visited many times to see their mother, Marie.  The Flatau children, Vi, Rhoda, Vern, and Rod had a great time getting to know and visiting with their 26 cousins while they were growing up.  Marie and August Beckman had 30 grandchildren.


Elsie made a trip by train to Seattle. WA on June 1, 1943, for Rhoda and Bud Koehnen’s wedding. 


On the return trip, she stopped for a week at Sheridan, Wyoming to visit Violet, who was employed there.

1941 Grandma Emma Flatau

1936 Cousins - Laverne Schriner (age 21), Lucille Parks (age 19), Violet Flatau (age 16), Rhoda Flatau (age 15), Margaret ‘Margie’ Schriner (age 13), Yvonne ‘Bonnie’ Parks (age 12), Inez ‘Inie’ Parks (age 9).

Albert was born on the Flatau homestead on August 18, 1898.  This was the home that Minna and Theodore built in the early 1890s.  Today (in 1983) the original house is still standing and is located on the northwest side of Devils Lake.  Only the center of the house existed when Albert was born.  Later the log portion of the house was added and in 1914 the southern portion was built.


1968 Albert and Elsie Flatau's home

In the fall of 1918, Albert received his call to report for duty in World War I.  He was fortunate as the war ended and he did not have to leave. 

In October of 1918, Albert rented a farm (which is the present Ray Zeigler home) and was batching.  Shortly after that, he came down with the flu which was sweeping the countryside and causing many deaths. 

Elsie's brother-in-law, John Plowman, passed away from the flu on December 16, 1918.  He was 23 years old and had just married Elsie's sister, Minnie, the previous year on December 27, 1917.  Their son, John Henry Plowman, was born September 16, 1918...only three months before his father passed away.

Albert remembers the only visitor he had during his illness, was Walter Regier.  Elsie wasn’t able to visit him as she was busy taking care of the sick in her family.

Albert recovered from the flu well before Thanksgiving and remembers driving his horse and cutter across Devils Lake to the Beckman’s for Thanksgiving dinner.


In 1925 Albert and Elsie bought a new Model T Ford Coach.  They were the first in the area to have such a car…it was the first year Ford manufactured a car with glass windows!

Rodney Flatau (age 2) at the Lewis River in Washington on May 29, 1927

In the fall of 1940, Albert purchased his first tractor – a Minneapolis Moline.  

Elsie's maternal grandmother

When Elsie was 5 years old, in 1905, she remembers seeing her first car.  The car belonged to Dr. Schumaker and as it rumbled down the street, it scared her cat as they strolled down the sidewalk.  Not so unusual, except the cat was dressed in doll clothes and was lying in the doll buggy!

She also remembers how everyone was asked to stay off the streets of Perham when men brought in herds of wild horses that were rounded up from the countryside.

Elsie attended school in Perham through the third grade and the start of the fourth.  Then she attended school at District #233 through the seventh grade.  Only the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) were taught – no tests and very few books. 

For the eighth grade, she attended school in Linton, ND.  She took some classes in the seventh grade, too, that were not available to her at District #233.  She stayed with sisters Marie and Clara, who were employed in Linton and later she stayed with Pete and Louise Schriner (her sister).

After Elsie’s family moved to the country in 1910, she lived only three miles from Albert’s family.  Albert and Elsie met at the “Flatau School” in Hobart Township.

1940 Vernon Flatau

Harry, Bennie, Ernie, Hazel, and Pearl Flatau.

Tractor

August and Marie Beckman's Grandchildren 
Emma and Clint Beckman's Children   
Harold Lisle Parks
b. July 11, 1910 - d. July 26, 1995
85Grave
m. June 15, 1941 Vivian Lucille Wells
b. October 24, 1915 - d. December 18, 199176Grave
Almira "Myra" Lorna Parksb. November 19, 1911 - d. March 7, 197967Grave
m. May 10, 1937John Hart Lewisb. March 28, 1909 - d. March 2, 200696Grave
Thomas Emmerson Parks
b. April 8, 1915 - d. August 20, 193318Grave





Lucille Marie Parks
b. September 17, 1916 - d. May 22, 2018101Grave
m. February 15, 1942 Eugene "Gene" Henry Fox
b. November 16, 1914 - d. May 10, 198166Grave
Kitty Ione Parks
b. June 27, 1918 - d. 1919, age 11





Frank Beckman Parks
b. May 6, 1922 - d. June 3, 199775
m. June 13, 1948Dorothy "Dot" Earnshawb. May 30, 1926 - d. October 5, 201791
Leota Yvonne "Bonnie" Parks
b. June 3, 1924 - d. February 19, 199166Grave

Johnnie Lee Williams Jr. 
b. January 22, 1925 - d. February 3, 199368Grave
Inez Louise Parks 



m. June 27, 1948 George Benjamin Parker 



Louise and Pete Schriner's children   
Blanche "LaVerne" Schrinerb. October 9, 1914 - d. December 17, 199985m. March 26, 1938Sarkis Katzakianb. February 1, 1911 - d. May 1, 199281
Margaret "Margie" Mary Schriner
b. May 5, 1923 - d. May 18, 196946
m. December 31, 1942Donald S. Dodge


Bill and Marie Beckman's children   
Theodore "Ted" William Beckmanb. August 1, 1927 - d. November 5, 200780Grave
John and Anna Beckman's children
Lucille Regina Beckman
b. October 7, 1925 - d. January 19, 2013
87
m. February 8, 1947
Floyd Ortis



Marie Beckman




Lloyd J. Walsh



Marie and Anker's Children
Theodore Julius "Teddy" Friestad
b. February 15, 1921 - d. 19309





Nona Gene Friestad
b. November 2, 1922 - d. June 2, 201693





Clara and Alex Walther's Children
Lucille Ursula Walther
b. July 28, 1921 - d. January 30, 200886Grave
m. June 28, 1946 Eldon Kenneth Wudel
b. January 21, 1920 - d. November 11, 197151Grave
Alan Alexander "Bud" Walther 
b. February 19, 1923 - d. May 21, 198057Grave
m. May 18, 1946Norma Lucille Metcalfe
b. July 29, 1926 - d. April 1, 201083Grave
Wanda Mae Walther








Minnie and John Plowman's Children
John Henry Plowman
b. September 16, 1918 - d. February 16, 199576
m. June 24, 1941 Aileen May Duerst
b. February 24, 1920 - d. November 17, 201191
Minnie and Fred Heilman's Children
Norel Frederick Heilman
b. April 28, 1918 - d. July 199274

Vera
b. February 20, 1921 - d. June 8, 196948




m. May 5, 1970Elizabeth J. "Betty" Hulse
b. January 16, 1932 -  d. October 26, 199866
Evelyn Marie Heilman
b. December 6, 1922 - d. June 14, 2012
89
m. January 19, 1944Robert (Bob) Lee Hummel
b. January 30, 1921 - d. June 11, 198867
Lorna Martha Heilman








Irene Louise Heilman
b. February 10, 1927 - d. December 24, 200881
m. February 22, 1949 Edward Noffsinger
b. March 2, 1929 - d. January 18, 201686
Alton Phillip Heilman
b. June 15, 1933 - d. November 23, 198855

Barbara Holmes



Emil and Liz Beckman's Children
Pearl Elizabeth Beckman
b. July 23, 1923 - d. August 2, 2012
89
m. August 5, 1945 Donald Earl VanGorden
b. July 5, 1915 - d. April 5, 200387




m. August 24, 2004Clarence Lindstrom


Arthur "Art" Harold Beckman



m. September 18, 1948Kathleen "Kay" Dawn Zeigler








Madge
b. February 10, 1911 - d. November 28, 200897
Opal Odell Beckman

b. September 12, 1927 - d. March 27, 1928

6m





Elsie and Albert Flatau's Children
Violet "Vi" Marie Flatau
b. November 19, 1919 - d. December 21, 2014,
95Grave
m. August 10, 1946Walter Edwin Johnson



Rhoda Amanda Flatau
b. January 26, 1921 - d. March 21, 1985
64Grave
m. June 1, 1943 Verle "Bud" Samuel Koehnen
b. December 6, 1918 - d. April 23, 2001
82Grave
Vernon Beckman Flatau
b. March 15, 1923 - d. November 23, 2008
85Grave
m. November 16, 1948 Lorraine Ida Carrow



Rodney Albert Flatau
b. October 3, 1924 - d. August 8, 2011
86Grave
m. October 1, 1947 Marian Ellen Richter
b. August 13, 1928 - d. August 27, 2019
91Grave

On October 3, 1926 they arrived in Portland and stayed at Walt and Ida Locke’s place (Albert’s sister).  A two-car garage was fixed up for living quarters and the family lived there and Grandma Marie stayed at Locke’s house when she wasn’t away visiting other relatives.

Albert and Elsie are Wed

1955 Karen Koehnen, Louise & Pete Schriner, and Bud Koehnen

Anna Husen's Life

Theodore married Emma Quade in 1899.  Emma was born June 2, 1875.  Theodore was 34 when they married and Emma was 24 years old.  Theodore's children would have been the ages of 9 (Ida), 6 (Amanda), 4 (Ernest), 3 (Louis), and 1 (Albert) when Theodore and Emma married.  Theodore and Emma had five children of their own.

​​Johann F.W. Husen was born on February 23, 1828.  He died December 11, 1893, age 65.  Anna (Sass) Husen was born May 30, 1829, and died August 18, 1912, age 83.  They were both born in Germany and came to the United States in the spring of 1882 when they were 53 and 54 years old.  (August & Marie came with and were married aboard ship).


They stayed with Johann's brother, William Husen and his wife, Friederike (Luders) and also friends for a short time.


 Johann was a shipbuilder and was offered a very good job in Hawaii to set up a shipbuilding plant, but Anna wanted to go to the United States to see their ailing son, John Husen, who was already in the U.S.



August 15, 1952.  Sweeping across Northern Minnesota in the wake of 90-degree temperatures, a violent windstorm flattened many acres of crops and wreaked havoc with power and light lines in many communities Thursday night.  Hardest hit was Perham………

1929 Albert Flatau (age 31) and team of horses

Rodney Remembers

Snow storm of 1951

The following is taken from a booklet that was written for Albert and Elsie’s 65th Wedding Anniversary celebrated August 14, 1983.  Their actual 65th anniversary was January 15, 1984.  The booklet was written by Vi Johnson and Kristin (Johnson/Granquist) Peterson from information supplied by relatives.  Susan Flatau provided much of the information from the great records that she keeps.  The majority of the information from the booklet has not been modified, but more photos (and some text) has been added.
The full story has been provided in three web pages: 
FLATAU (from the beginning to 1958)
FLATAU (1959 to forever)

Lorna Heilman (age 2), Vernon Flatau (age 4), and Evelyn Heilman (age 4) in Oregon in 1927

The Flatau Cousins

1951 March - Walt, Wally, Norris, and Kristin on top of a huge snow drift.

Elsie's parents

Purchased Land

West in 1947

The Parents

1952 Koehnen Family - Jon, Bud, Rhoda, Gary, Donna holding Diane, Toni, and Karen

Albert & Elsie on their wedding day

Elsie’s father, John "August" Beckman III, was born in Bolstedt, Germany on May 25, 1855.  Elsie’s mother, Henrietta "Marie" Sophie Husen, was born Aug. 13, 1864, in Kiel, Germany. 
August and Marie were married June 17, 1882, in Belfort, Ofemeimde, Germany and they came to America on their honeymoon.   August was 27 and Marie was 18 years old when they married.

In 1912 - Ida, Ernest, and Amanda in the back.

Louis, Theodore, and Albert Flatau sitting  (Albert was 14 years old)

A trip in January 1955, took them to Washington, Oregon and California to visit relatives.  Then on to Texas for sight seeing and to Louisiana to visit relatives.

Violet (age 4), Vernon (age 9 months) and Rhoda (age 2) in December 1923 .

Rodney (age 1) in 1925​.

Many of the Flatau cousins lived in the area and the kids of Albert and Elsie enjoyed growing up with the many Flataus in the area.  A total of 31 grandchildren of Theodore Flatau are listed below.

Albert & Elsie Flatau wedding - Louis Flatau, Minnie Woessner (later married Louis), and Elsie's brother Emil Beckman, and her sister Clara Beckman

1950 Albert and Elsie's Home

A trip in October was made helping Rhoda and Bud and their six children (at the time) move to Lodi, CA.  This was in 1952. 

Bud drove a truck which was loaded with their belongings, Albert and Rhoda drove Koehnen's car and Elsie drove their Mercury.  The children took turns riding in the different vehicles. 

After getting the Koehnen’s settled, Albert and Elsie visited her sisters: Louise Schriner and Clara Walther who lived there. 

On the return trip, they went through Yellowstone National Park.

The family lived at Carl and Amanda’s (Albert’s sister) a few days until they left on their trip.  Grandma Marie also went out West with the family.  They stopped at Louise’s place (Elsie's sister) at Jamestown, ND and then to Clara’s (Elsie's sister) at Linton, ND and stayed over the weekend and left Monday morning. 

The ages of everyone:  Albert (28), Elsie, (almost 26), Violet (almost 7), Rhoda (5), Vernon (3), Rodney (almost 2), and Grandma Marie (62).

Monday night they stopped at a farmer’s place to spend the night, sleeping in the car that Albert had fixed for that purpose….a narrow bed for Albert and Elsie was supported by the back window ledge and front dashboard; the front passenger seat was taken out permitting Grandma Marie to sleep along that side; Violet, Rhoda, and Rodney slept alongside her and Vernon by the driver’s seat.  Albert helped the farmer milk cows and received milk for the family.  

Albert and Elsie remember the trip well.  When going over the Continental Divide at Pipestone Pass, they wore out the brakes, low and reverse, and it was necessary to install all new linings that next morning.  The only time they paid lodging along the way was at Cabin City near St. Regis, Montana.  The trip was approx. 2,000 miles and took 6 days…all on dirt roads until Washington state.

Rhoda (age 8), Grandma Marie (age 65), and Violet (age 10) in 1929

Seattle, WA in 1943

West and Texas in 1955

Emma Flatau in 1946
Emma was 71 years old.

Theodore and Emma Flatau's Children 
Theodore Daniel Flatau
b. July 23, 1865 - d. September 28, 193065

Grave

m. August 5, 1899Emma Pauline Quadeb. June 2, 1875 - d. September 12, 196287Grave
CHILDREN    


Otto David Flatau
b. May 4, 1900 - d. August 5, 1900.3m​Grave


Robert Rudolf Flataub. March 20, 1902 - d. March 7, 199289Grave
 ​Gertrude V. "Gertie" 
b. 1911 - d. 197362Grave
Herman Heinrich Flatau
b. January 7, 1906 - d. September 2, 1992
86Grave
m. October 27, 1930Sophie Annie Singer
b. March 11, 1911 - d. December 27, 198473Grave
Elsie Louise Flatau
b. April 18, 1908 - d. July 1, 1992
84Grave
m. January 12, 1931​Sivert "Swede" Emil Gustavsonb. April 20, 1912 - d. September 7, 198169

Grave

Walter Heinrich Flatau
b. October 27, 1911 - d. December 2, 2005
94Grave
m. October 24, 1939Agnes Marie Eicher
b. December 10, 1915 - d. January 5, 200488Grave

1939 Rhoda Flatau

1918 - Albert (age 20) in his one horse open sleigh.

Rhoda (age 13) and Violet (age 14) in 1934

Minna and Theodore Flatau with their children Martha and Ida in 1890.
Theodore age 25, Minna age 21, Martha age 5, and Ida, age 6 months.

1955 Sisters - Elsie (Beckman) Flatau,

Louise (Beckman) Schriner, and

Clara (Beckman) Walther at Louise's house

Battle Axe Inn at Mount Hood Loop Rd near the Mount Hood summit in Oregon on July 31, 1927

Albert's Parents

A Return to Minnesota

Grandma Marie Beckman in 1942

In the Beginning.....

1936 - Marie Friestad (age 43), Louise Schriner (age 47), Marie Beckman (72), Elsie Flatau (age 35), Emma Parks (age 51).

​​​​​​Theodore and Minna Flatau's Children 

Theodore Daniel Flatau
b. July 23, 1865 - d. September 28, 193065

Grave

m. March 27, 1885Wilhelmina "Minna" Dupslaff b. June 13, 1869 - d. November 24, 189829Grave
CHILDREN    


Martha Ida Flatau
b. June 16,1885 - d. December 14, 1898
13Grave





Wilhelm Karl August Flataub. July 15, 1887 - d. May 1, 188810m


Ida Wilhelmina Agnes Flatau
b. January 7, 1890 - d. March 31, 198090Gravem. 1911Walter Ralph Lockeb. March 1, 1886 - d. June 27, 194559Grave




m. September 10, 1936Harry S. Bell
b. 1889 - d. 197383Grave
Amanda Augusta Flatau
b. January 13, 1893 - d. May 19, 1959
66Grave
m. February 14, 1912Carl Friedrich Flataub. November 21, 1885 - d. July 23, 195468Grave
Ernest Christian Herman Flatau
b. January 29, 1895 - d. July 12, 1976
81Grave
m. October 26, 1915Mabel Mary Reggear
b. January 15, 1895 - d. October 7, 196570Grave
Louis "Louie" Carl Flatau
b. November 20, 1896 - d. April 20, 1977
81Grave
m. September 24, 1919Mina "Minnie" Barbara Woessnerb. August 26, 1900 - d. August 23, 197170Grave
Albert Edward Flatau
b. August 18, 1898 - d. April 14, 1986
88Grave
m. January 15, 1919Elsie Minnie Caroline Beckmanb. November 16, 1900 - d. November 2, 199291Grave

1952 October - Storm at Albert and Elsie's place - Marie Beckman, John Beckman, and Elsie Flatau assessing the situation.

Vernon Flatau, Violet Flatau, Art Beckman, Pearl Beckman, Rhoda Flatau, and Rodney Flatau in 1940

In 1943 they purchased 280 acres from the estate of Charles Flatau.  This is the present Rodney and Marian Flatau farm.  Land on the prairie towards Perham of 110 acres was purchased from Concordia College in 1945.

About 1935 more acreage was purchased from Father Viegard. 

This property was south of the buildings at the Theodore Flatau homestead that they had purchased.

Albert & Elsie Flatau (from the beginning to 1958)

Elsie Minnie Caroline Beckman - Growing up

Theodore and Minna Flatau's Grandchildren 
Ida and Walter Locke Children   


Orval Theodore Locke
b. December 18, 1914 - d.  July 15, 1982
67Grave




Hazel Alice Lockeb. July 14, 1917 - d. January 4, 200486Grave

(1st) unknown






m. August 6, 1938(2nd) Fred August Panter
b. February 10, 1911 - d. April 15, 196958Grave





(3rd) Birger West
b. February 7, 1904 - d. February 14, 1979
75Grave
Amanda (Flatau) and Carl Flatau's children   
Martin Ernest Flatau
b. May 6, 1913 - d. October 9, 1996
83Grave
m. July 9, 1936 Dorothy Mildred Franklin
b. September 30, 1916 - d. March 10, 200992Grave
Clarence Emil Flatau
b. July 9, 1914 - d. March 14, 1976
61Gravem. January 20, 1946Fern Mae Schmidb. June 21, 1922 - d. January 22, 200077Grave
Ernest and Mabel Flatau's children  
Pearl Dora Flatau
b. October 11, 1916 - d. August 11, 1997
80Grave
m. February 6, 1937William Clarence "Bill" Holzb. January 18, 1913 - d. August 15, 199885Grave
Harry Ernest Flatau
b. March 26, 1918 - d. February 17, 2006
87Grave
m. June 14, 1941Edna Lorraine Sauer
b. July 30, 1919 - d. June 5, 200383Grave
Hazel Louise Flatau




Robert Lawlor








Tom Lester



Irene Ida Flatau
b. October 2, 1920 - d.  October 30, 1921
1Grave





Ernest Walter Flatau
b. April 19, 1922 - d. March 26, 2005
82Grave
m. July 26, 1947Doris Irene Sickles
b. October 9, 1927 - d. January 30, 201385Grave
Bennie Albert Flatau
b. March 9, 1924 - d. August 3, 2007
83Grave
m. December 31, 1946Beatrice "Bea"
b. May 1, 1927 - d. December 21, 200982




m. April 29, 1973Rose C Franich Hoke
b. April 19, 1913 - d. September 20, 200188Grave
James Reggear "Jimmy" Flatau
b. May 16, 1925 - d. May 31, 1925
16dGrave





Doris Mabel Flatau



m. November 23, 1946Maxwell Wayne Kamm 
b. December 8, 1919 - d. May 3, 201292Grave
Marvin Martin Flatau
b. December 25, 1927 - d. October 19, 201890Grave
m. June 27, 1948

(1st) Marjorie Lucille "Margie" Wanless

b. June 4, 1913 - d. June 8, 196754Grave




m. June 2, 1968(2nd) Barbara Jean Templetonb. January 2, 1929 - d. March 6, 200677Grave





(3rd) ​Madeline


Raymond Ruben Flatau
b. July 30, 1929 - d. June 8, 1994
64Grave
m. February 4, 1955Nancy Lee Thompson
b. November 28, 1935 - d. April 12, 199963Grave
Lucille May Flatau



m. July 7, 1951Ralph David Long
b. May 24, 1928 - d. November 12, 201284Grave
Burnell Burnice Flatau



m. June 23, 1956Charles "Chuck" Murray Babcock



Louie and Minnie Flatau's children
Lloyd Louis Flatau
b. October 23, 1920 - d. March 1, 2000
79Grave
m. June 23, 1946Eleanor Elaine Bruns



Dolores Elizabeth Flatau
b. January 15, 1923 - d. November 21, 1993
70
m. May 7, 1951Leonard Hugh Butler
b. May 7, 1918 - d. January 9, 198970
Laura Amanda Flatau
b. May 11, 1924 - d. November 7, 1975
51Grave

Claudious Samuel “Claude” Crocker
b. September 4, 1914 - d. January 2, 200893Grave
Betty June Flatau
b. June 1, 1928 - d. August 18, 2013
85Grave
m. September 20, 1952Donald Gene Newman
b. September 7, 1929 - d. March 7, 201484Grave
Albert and Elsie Flatau's Children
Violet Marie "Vi" Flatau
b. November 19, 1919 - d. December 21, 2014
95Grave
m. August 10, 1946
Walter Edwin Johnson



Rhoda Amanda Flatau
b. January 26, 1921 - d. March 21, 1985
64Grave
m. June 1, 1943
Verle Samuel "Bud" Koehnen
b. December 6, 1918 - d. April 23, 2001
82Grave
Vernon Beckman Flatau
b. March 15, 1923 - d. November 23, 2008
85Grave
m. November 16, 1948
Lorraine Ida Carrow



Rodney Albert Flatau
b. 3 Oct 1924 - d. 8 Aug 2011
86Grave
m. October 1, 1947
Marian Ellen Richter
b. August 13, 1928 - d. August 27, 2019
91Grave

Theodore and Emma Flatau

Elsie Gustovson with children Mary, Rosie, and Harold.

​​​​​​Theodore and Minna Flatau's Children 

Theodore Daniel Flatau
b. July 23, 1865 - d. September 28, 193065

Grave

m. March 27, 1885Wilhelmina "Minna" Dupslaff b. June 13, 1869 - d. November 24, 189829Grave
CHILDREN    


Martha Ida Flatau
b. June 16,1885 - d. December 14, 1898
13Grave





Wilhelm Karl August Flataub. July 15, 1887 - d. May 1, 188810m


Ida Wilhelmina Agnes Flatau
b. January 7, 1890 - d. March 31, 198090Gravem. 1911Walter Ralph Lockeb. March 1, 1886 - d. June 27, 194559Grave




m. September 10, 1936Harry S. Bell
b. 1889 - d. 197383Grave
Amanda Augusta Flatau
b. January 13, 1893 - d. May 19, 1959
66Grave
m. February 14, 1912Carl Friedrich Flataub. November 21, 1885 - d. July 23, 195468Grave
Ernest Christian Herman Flatau
b. January 29, 1895 - d. July 12, 1976
81Grave
m. October 26, 1915Mabel Mary Reggear
b. January 15, 1895 - d. October 7, 196570Grave
Louis "Louie" Carl Flatau
b. November 20, 1896 - d. April 20, 1977
81Grave
m. September 24, 1919Mina "Minnie" Barbara Woessnerb. August 26, 1900 - d. August 23, 197170Grave
Albert Edward Flatau
b. August 18, 1898 - d. April 14, 1986
88Grave
m. January 15, 1919Elsie Minnie Caroline Beckmanb. November 16, 1900 - d. November 2, 199291Grave

Lodi, California in 1952

Marian Flatau comments: “I remember the snowstorm of March 1951.  It started snowing on the 16th and our second baby was six days over-due.  We stayed with Rodney’s folks, they lived closer to town.  It snowed for 72 hours and by the 20th, Rodney and his Dad could no longer get to our place with the pick-up so they went with a team to do our chores. 

At about 4:00 pm that afternoon, I knew I was going into labor so we called Rodney and he and his Dad quickly did chores and drove the horses back and took me out to the highway on the bob-sled where we met the taxi that took me to the hospital. 

Rodney’s Mom paced the floor while we waited for the men to get there to take me in.  I never doubted that I’d be in the hospital in time, but neither of us knew that Susan would be born 30 minutes after I got there!”

Elsie was born November 16, 1900, in Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.  She is the twelfth child of John "August" Beckman II and Henrietta "Marie" Sophie Husen.  Elsie was born in Perham on West Main Street. 

Photos of Perham and Perham City History 

​When Elsie was four years old (1904) a fire destroyed the house where she was born.  Her father, being a shipbuilder and carpenter by trade, then built a house near the Smith Bros.' wagon factory in Perham.  It still stands today (1983).  They occupied this house until Elsie's father, August, retired in 1910 and he built another house on the south shore of Devils Lake.

In March 1940, and also Art and Esther Hanneman, they travel to Mississippi and Louisiana to visit relatives.  They then traveled to Florida, stopped at Atlanta, Georgia where the world premiere of “Gone with the Wind” made its debut; toured Norris Dam at Knoxville, Tennessee; continued throughout the Ozarks and home.  

Check out this video on YouTube regarding Gone with the Wind.

Theodore and Emma Flatau's Grandchildren 
Herman and Sophie Flatau's Children   
Anita Alise Flatau           




James Carlton "Jim" Ashley
b. January 23, 1937 - d. December 27, 198467Grave
Elsie and Swede Gustavson's Children 
Rosetta Louise "Rose" Gustavson
b. August 19, 1931 - d. January 20, 201684Gravem. March 26, 1955 Emil Schwanke
b. February 11, 1931 - d. November 23, 200675Grave
Mary Amanda Gustavson



m. October 17, 1953
Maurice L. Skoog

Harold Louis Gustavson








Walt and Agnes Flatau's Children
Dianne Theresa Flatau


Milo Fossen
Donald Robert Flatau
b. December 7, 1942 - d. May 25, 201976Grave
m. September 5, 1970
Dolores "Dee" Breher



Joanne Elizabeth Flatau




Michael Joseph Wagner, Jr.




1940 Violet Flatau

In the spring of 1927, Elsie packed strawberries in a cannery.   Albert worked as a hod-carrier for Walt Locke.  Violet and Rhoda were in the first grade and Vernon and Rodney stayed with Ida or Grandma Marie.


Land in 1943

Windstorm of 1952

Theodore and Emma Flatau's Children 
Theodore Daniel Flatau
b. July 23, 1865 - d. September 28, 193065

Grave

m. August 5, 1899Emma Pauline Quadeb. June 2, 1875 - d. September 12, 196287Grave
CHILDREN    


Otto David Flatau
b. May 4, 1900 - d. August 5, 1900.3m​Grave


Robert Rudolf Flataub. March 20, 1902 - d. March 7, 199289Grave
 ​Gertrude V. "Gertie" 
b. 1911 - d. 197362Grave
Herman Heinrich Flatau
b. January 7, 1906 - d. September 2, 1992
86Grave
m. October 27, 1930Sophie Annie Senger
b. March 11, 1911 - d. December 27, 198473Grave
Elsie Louise Flatau
b. April 18, 1908 - d. July 1, 1992
84Grave
m. January 12, 1931​Sivert "Swede" Emil Gustavsonb. April 20, 1912 - d. September 7, 198169

Grave

Walter Heinrich Flatau
b. October 27, 1911 - d. December 2, 2005
94Grave
m. October 24, 1939Agnes Marie Eicher
b. December 10, 1915 - d. January 5, 200488Grave

Elsie's maternal grandparents

Albert's father and stepmother

In the fall of 1919, Albert and Elsie moved to the Beckman farm and on Nov. 19, 1919, their first child was born.  She was named Violet Marie.

Two years later, while still on the farm, another daughter was born on Jan. 21, 1921.  She was named Rhoda Amanda.

Albert farmed the land at the Beckman farm and also rented farmland on the ‘prairie’.  Marie, Elsie’s mother, sold the Beckman farm in the early spring of 1922.  In the cold months of spring,  Albert, Elsie, and girls were looking for a place to live nearby as they had land rented on the prairie.  A grainery was the best they could find.  It was on the rented land.

Violet (age 7) and Rhoda Flatau (age 6) at the Portland (Oregon) Rose Festival in June 1927

Albert and Elsie Flatau in 1941 
with their children Rhoda Flatau, Vernon Flatau, Rodney Flatau, and Violet Flatau

Albert’s mother, Minna, passed away from Typhoid Fever three months after he was born.  When Albert was a year old his father married Emma Quade in 1899.

When not needed for farm chores, Albert attended school through the fourth grade at School District #233, also called the Flatau School.  The Flatau School was located near the site where the Flatau cemetery stands today.  Albert’s teacher was Lillian Murrill.


At seven years of age, Albert remembers herding cows in the brush to keep them from getting into the field crops.  He also remembers herding pigs in the fall of the year to eat the grain along ditches that were not caught at harvest.  Several times while herding the pigs a passenger train would arrive in Luce at 11:30 a.m. and blow its whistle.  This noise would get the wolves to howl and this, in turn, would scare the pigs.  They would make a mad dash towards home and Albert, fearing a harsh reprimand, would be in close pursuit.


Albert and Elsie made arrangements to purchase land near Portland and build a house.  However, they longed to return to Minnesota; and on August 18, 1927, Albert, Elsie, Grandma Marie, and the kids left for Minnesota. 

An unusual sight in Washington on their return trip was a combine being pulled on a wheat field by 20 mules and one horse for a leader.  They stopped in Jamestown at Pete and Louise’s place and almost managed a farm near Spiritwood, ND.

In late August they arrived at Amanda (Elsie's sister) and Carl’s place and stayed there for two weeks.  Albert recalls having 50 cents left in his pocket when arriving there.


Violet and Rhoda attended first grade again – at District #233.

The family moved to the Theodore Flatau (Albert’s father) homestead.

In September 1928 Albert and Elsie rented an apartment in Perham so that Violet and Rhoda could attend school there – this time in the third grade.  Grandma Marie was their “Mom” while attending school.  Weekends and vacations were spent at the farm.

When Vernon and Rodney reached school age, they also stayed with Grandma Marie and attended school in Perham. 

August and Marie Beckman's children

John "August" Beckman III
b. May 25, 1855 - d. September 12, 191762

Grave

m. April 1, 1882Henrietta "Marie" Sophie Husen b. August 13, 1864 - d. October 18, 195490Grave
CHILDREN    


Albert Beckmanb. 1883 (twin to Martha - died in infancy)



Martha Beckman
b. 1883 (twin to Albert - died in infancy)

 



Emma Wilhelmina Beckman
b. November 23, 1885 - d. April 29,1976
92Grave
m. November 23, 1909Clinton Lisle Parks
b. June 28, 1879 - d. November 9, 196990Grave
Augusta Cecelia Beckman
b. April 21, 1886 - d. February 8, 1887, 10 mos.

Louise Johanna Sophia Beckman
b. September 14, 1888 - d. February 11, 1958
70
m. November 23, 1909Peter "Pete" James Schrinerb. November 2, 1884 

William "Bill" Frederick Nicholas Beckman
b. January 20, 1890 - d. April 8, 1973
83Gravem. 1923Marie Emma Sophia Heilman
b. June 8, 1896 - d. July 1, 197983 Grave
John Louie Ludwig Beckman
b. May 4, 1891 - d. April 5, 1969
78
m. January 31, 1922 Anna Catherine Graff
b. September 19, 1899 - d. May 18, 197171
Marie Clara Minnie Beckman
b. May 6, 1893 - d. November 2, 1974
81
m. June 10, 1919 Anker Theodore Friestad
b. December 3, 1892 - d. June 12, 198188
Clara Anna Beckman
b. September 3, 1896 - d. April 18, 1983
86Gravem. June 28, 1920Alexander "Alex" Walther
b. September 30, 1898 - d. August 22, 197576Grave
Wilhelmine "Minnie" Martha Beckman
b. May 2, 1897 - d. December 1, 1998
101
m. December 27, 1917John Lind William Wallensten Plowman
b. March 2, 1895 - d. December 16, 191823




m. February 20, 1921 Frederick William Heilman
b. September 25, 1889 - d. September 20, 195969
Emil Arthur Martin Beckman
b. December 7, 1898 - d. July 12, 1984
86
m. March 23, 1923 Elizabeth "Liz" Mathilda Weimann
b. November 6, 1923 - d. February 12, 197349




m. July 6, 1974Helen Aileen Broden



Elsie Minnie Caroline Beckman
b. November 16, 1900 - d. November 2, 1992
91Grave
m. January 15, 1919Albert Edward Flatau
b. August 18, 1898 - d. April 14, 198687Grave

One of their long train trips, which was January 1958, took them to Portland, OR and to California. 

While seeing relatives in Lodi, Elsie’s sister, Louise, died in February. 

Emil, Elsie’s brother, was also visiting in CA at the time at their daughter, Pearl's place, in Los Angeles.  Albert and Elsie and Emil and Liz then traveled into Mexico. 

The remainder of the train trip took them to Louisiana; Kansas; DesMoines; Iowa; Minneapolis, MN, and home.

Violet (age 9) standing, Rhoda (age 7) sitting with Rodney (age 4) on the left and Vernon (age 5) on the right in 1928.

1932

Back row: Kaufman, Pearl Flatau,

Rhoda Flatau, Hazel Flatau, Violet Flatau,

Rodney Flatau, Ernie Flatau, Bennie Flatau, Vernon Flatau, and Doris Flatau in front. 

1937 Albert Flatau (age 39) and  Anker Friestad (age 44) standing.   Frank Parks (age 12), Vernon Flatau (age 14), Rodney Flatau (age 12) kneeling.

Rhoda Flatau (age 6), Marie Gable and Violet Flatau (age 7) in Oregon in 1927

Violet and Rhoda in front on either side of girl in black skirt.  Attending school in 1927 at Dist. #233 – also known as the Flatau School

In the spring of 1918, Albert started seriously courting the “bell” of the countryside, Elsie Beckman. 
Of course, a guy has to have wheels when courting and Albert bought his first car in the summer of 1918.  It was a 1917 Model T Ford. 
Things were starting to roll now and Albert proposed to Elsie….and this, we all know, is the beginning of a wonderful love story.

Albert and his hog in 1940

January of 1947 they headed West; but took the southern route to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit relatives and to continue to California, Oregon, and Washington.  This was their first visit to Port Angeles, WA.  At that time Albert’s relatives of a sister, Amanda, and brothers Ernest and Louis and nephews of Martin, Clarence, Lloyd, Ernie, Bennie, Marvin, and Ray lived there.  On the return trip, they went through Yellowstone National Park.

The Flatau kids at Walt and Ida Locke's place in Portland in 1927.  Vernon (age 4), Rhoda (age 6), Rodney (age 2), and Violet (age 7).

In 1926 Albert and Elsie decided to head west to Portland, Oregon. 

In September they held an auction selling their farm machinery, livestock and belongings. 

A. Diamond was the auctioneer and they were told their auction had drawn the largest crowd Diamond had ever auctioned at.

1951 March - Vi, Wally, Norris, and Kristin sledding in the snow a the Little Place.

In 1933 Albert and Elsie along with their neighbors, Joe and Helen Krueger went to the Chicago World’s Fair. 

They stayed with Helen’s sisters, Mary and Grace, and each day checked the newspapers for free events to attend. 

They spent a total of $10.00 at the fair.

For more information watch this video about the Chicago World's Fair. 

1943 Violet and Elsie Flatau in Sheridan Wyoming

Albert’s father, Theodore, was born in West Prussia, Germany on July 23, 1865, and immigrated to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1881 when he was 16 years old. 


He married Minna Dupslaff on March 27, 1885.  Minna was born in Ann Arbor on June 13, 1869.  When they married, Theodore was 20 years old and Minna was 16 years old.

Minna and Theodore homesteaded in Otter Tail County in the early 1890s.  They had seven children. 


Minna died of Typhoid Fever on Nov. 24, 1898, shortly after Albert was born.  Minna was 29 years old.


Theodore and Minna's daughter and oldest child, Martha, was born June 16, 1885, and died December 11, 1898, at the age of 13.  Minna died on November 24, 1898.  Both died of Typhoid Fever.  


​Albert Edward Flatau was born August 18, 1898, in Hobart Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.  He was the seventh child of Theodore Daniel Flatau and Minna (Dupslaff) Flatau.   

The Beckman farm by Devils Lake.  August (age 59) and daughter, Minnie (age 17), in front of the house.  
Photo taken in 1914.

1917 Model T Ford

photo courtesy of mtfca.com

Arrived in Oregon

Albert and Elsie remember the year of 1922 as a year of disasters.

A good producing cow died;  Rhoda had an infected gland lanced in her neck in early March;  Violet got a piece of steel in her eye in May and a cracked block on the car developed when Albert, Elsie, Violet, and Emil (Elsie’s brother) went to Fargo to see an eye specialist and Elsie and Violet had to remain in Fargo.

Albert and Emil were near Detroit Lakes when the car broke down. They had only enough money for a loaf of bread and a can of sardines and found drinking water at Detroit Lakes. They saved enough money for train fare to Perham and then walked home.

In the fall of 1922, Albert rented a farm in Perham Township from Emil Husen, a cousin of Marie (Elsie’s mother).  It is presently owned by Ray Zeigler (1983).

On March 15, 1923, a son named Vernon Beckman was born at the “Husen” farm.

On October 3, 1924, Rodney Albert was born.

1955 Liz (Weimann) Beckman, Art Beckman, Elsie (Beckman) Flatau

1936 Frank Parks, Elsie & Albert Flatau, Louise Schriner, Rhoda Flatau, Marie Beckman, LaVerne Schriner, Nona Friestad, Marie Friestad, Lucille Parks, Rodney Flatau, Violet Flatau, Margie Schriner, Inie Parks, Vernon Flatau, Emma Parks, and Bonnie Parks

Rodney wrote in 1983: " I remember when the folks would take off on one of their many trips to the West Coast or South.  I was in the sixth or seventh grade.  Vern and I would take care of the chores, take the cream to town and pick up the cream check.  We had to buy the groceries or whatever Grandma Marie needed.  Grandma Marie would always make sure we had enough to eat and get enough sleep.  They sure must have had a lot of confidence in us to leave like that.  But we sure had fun!"

Washington State in 1938

Albert with a young bull in 1934

Albert Edward Flatau - growing up

January 15, 1919

 Albert & Elsie Flatau on their wedding  day

with Louis Flatau, Minnie Woessner (Minnie later married Louis),

Emil Beckman, and Clara Beckman

Albert (age 61) & Elsie (age 59) going to church, July 1960

The Flatau kids in Portland in 1927.  Vernon (age 4), Violet (age 7), Rodney (age 2), and Rhoda (age 6).

Albert Flatau (age 28) digging sewer system for Walter Locke in Portland, OR in 1927.


Grandma Marie

1937 Art Beckman (age 12), Anker Friestad (age 44), Albert Flatau (age 39), Vernon Flatau (age 14), Emil Beckman (age 38), Rodney Flatau (age 12) and Elsie Flatau (age 36) in the background.

August and Marie Beckman's children

John "August" Beckman III
b. May 25, 1855 - d. September 12, 191762

Grave

m. April 1, 1882Henrietta "Marie" Sophie Husen b. August 13, 1864 - d. October 18, 195490Grave
CHILDREN    


Albert Beckmanb. 1883 (twin to Martha - died in infancy)



Martha Beckman
b. 1883 (twin to Albert - died in infancy)

 



Emma Wilhelmina Beckman
b. November 23, 1884 - d. April 29,1976
92
m. November 23, 1909Clinton Lisle Parks
b. June 28, 1879 - d. November 9, 196990
Augusta Cecelia Beckman
b. April 21, 1886 - d. February 8, 1887, 10 mos.

Louise Johanna Sophia Beckman
b. September 14, 1888 - d. February 11, 1958
70
m. November 23, 1909Peter "Pete" James Schrinerb. November 2, 1884 

William "Bill" Frederick Nicholas Beckman
b. January 20, 1890 - d. April 8, 1973
83Gravem. 1923Marie Emma Sophia Heilman
b. June 8, 1896 - d. July 1, 197983 Grave
John Louie Ludwig Beckman
b. May 4, 1891 - d. April 5, 1969
78
m. January 31, 1922 Anna Catherine Graff
b. September 19, 1899 - d. May 18, 197171
Marie Clara Minnie Beckman
b. May 6, 1893 - d. November 2, 1974
81
m. June 10, 1919 Anker Theodore Friestad
b. December 3, 1892 - d. June 12, 198188
Clara Anna Beckman
b. September 3, 1895 - d. April 18, 1983
88
m. June 28, 1920Alexander* "Alex" Walther
b. September 30, 1898 - d. August 22, 197576
Wilhelmine "Minnie" Martha Beckman
b. May 2, 1897 - d. December 1, 1998
101
m. December 27, 1917John Lind William Wallensten Plowman
b. March 2, 1895 - d. December 16, 191823




m. February 20, 1921 Frederick William Heilman
b. September 25, 1889 - d. September 20, 195969
Emil Arthur Martin Beckman
b. December 7, 1898 - d. July 12, 1984
86
m. March 23, 1923 Elizabeth "Liz" Mathilda Weimann
b. November 6, 1923 - d. February 12, 197349




m. July 6, 1974Helen Aileen Broden



Elsie Minnie Caroline Beckman
b. November 16, 1900 - d. November 2, 1992
91Grave
m. January 15, 1919Albert Edward Flatau
b. August 18, 1898 - d. April 14, 198687Grave