Title: Follett Family Records and Interviews
Title: Follett-DeValska Family Questionnaire Responses (1992-1993)
Title: Certificate of Birth, Birth Certificates
Title: Certificate of Death
Text: Death Certificates
Note: N2 Short bio - Robert Cotesworth Follett lived as a boy in Sabin, MN and Moorhead, MN. He graduated from High School in 1934 in Mosinee, Wisconsin and graduated from NDSU (Fargo, ND) in 1939 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Robert (Bob) married Virginia DeValska in 1941 and they had six children together. He worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he was an accounting manager, and retired in 1976. He had also served in WW II in the Army’s Signal Corp, stationed in Puerto Rico. His wife Virginia died in 2002. He later remarried a long-time family friend, Eileen Kaufer Olsen, in Jan. 2005. They lived in Medford, OR and enjoyed many happy years before his health began to fail. He then moved to Kingman, AZ in March 2013, where he lived with his daughter Nancy and son-in-law Gary as caretakers until his death on May 20, 2014 at the age of 97. _____________________________________
Following are Notes from Dad transcribed with assistance of Ron Olsen (nephew of EIleen Olsen):
November 30, 2007 - by Robert C. Follett
I met Mal and Gordy in Shell Lake, Wisconsin in early 1931. My family moved there from Moorhead, Minn in Dec 1930 after the Sabin, Minn. bank closed during the great depression. My Dad got a job at Shell Lake Bank, collecting whatever people could pay. After 2 years, he went to Mosinee, Wisc. and did the same work there. I graduated from Mosinee High School in the Spring of 1934. After Mosinee, Dad got a job as bank examiner for the US Govt. This lasted until the Democrats discovered that Dad was a Republican and he was let go. We returned to Fargo - Moorhead in Dec. 1936. He went to work for his older brother in a wholesale dry goods business (Smith, Follett and Crowl) in Fargo, No. Dak.
About Oct. 1936, I had stopped in St. Paul to see Malcolm and Gordy on my way home from New York where I had been at West Point Army Academy from July 1, 1936 until I resigned from the school following a knee injury in a ball game. Having spent a week in the hospital, I fell behind in my studies and wanted to get back to Fargo where I had only 2 more years to graduate from North Dakota Agricultural and Engineering College in the spring of 1939 (now NDSU).
I got a job working for Mal and Gordy's uncle Ed Kisserow. We were hauling oxygen and acetylene by truck to the Fort Peck Dam being built by the Army Engineers on the Missouri River (in Montana). I only drove for about 2 ½ months from mid-October 1936 to near the end of the year. I returned to N.D. Ag College in Jan. 1937.
Uncle Ed had 2 Ford trucks but I do not know if he used the name Kisserow Trucking. Most likely he did. He paid me $8.00 for my first week and a little more after that. It was enough to buy food (a much different dollar then).
The trucks were in good enough condition but we were hauling loads of about 7 tons of cylinders in trucks not rated for so much of a load. Our top speed was between 30 & 35 M.P.H. In those days, almost all the No. Dak roads were gravel. A round trip took about a week, we slept in the truck while the other drove but we really enjoyed a good sleep at Uncle John's house in Glasgow, Montana. Near the dam project. Uncle John Kisserow had moved to Glasgow from his ranch near Havre, Montana, probably just for the winter.
We did have a 4th driver. He was a waiter at Shieks café in Mpls or St Paul and he needed to get off his feet for a while. He was a good guy but I can't remember his name. I recall that he and I drove to Havre with a load of car batteries all the way from St Paul.
I met Mal and Gordy's cousin Virginia De Valska when we got back to St. Paul after my first Montana trip. After returning to Fargo, I managed to come to see Virg every 2 or 3 weeks, even though I was going to college and working at the telephone company too (a job my uncle got for me in January ‘35). It became a regular job after graduation. Virg and I were married in May 1941.
I was in the Army Signal Corps from July 1, 1942 to March 1946, almost 4 years. Most of that time was spent on communications work for the Army and Navy in Puerto Rico. I attended officers candidate school at Camp Crowder Missouri and also finished OCS in New Jersey so I was a brand new "2nd Lt" when I shipped out to P.R. Virg came to New Jersey and we enjoyed being together for a short time before I shipped out to P.R.
I retired from Bell Tel. on July 1, 1976 after 41+ years, including the time in the Army. ___________________________________
Following is my informal Obituary published on Facebook on May 26, 2014 (by Bonnie Follett):
Robert Cotesworth Follett passed away on May 20, 2014 in Kingman, AZ, at the age of 97. He was born Oct. 20, 1916 in Fargo ND to Leland Carl Follett and Bertha Jeannette Enggren Johnson Follett. The family lived in Sabin, MN and Moorhead, MN, but after the Great Depression began, they moved to Mosinee, Wisc. in 1930. He graduated from High School in 1934 in Mosinee. The family returned to Fargo in 1936. Robert attended college at NDSU in Fargo, graduating in 1939 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He married Virginia DeValska in St. Paul, MN on May 17, 1941. They lived in Fargo and had six children: Nancy, Steven, Vicki, Bonnie, Peggy and Linda.
During World War II Robert served in the Army Signal Corps from July 1, 1942 to March 1946. He attended officers candidate school at Camp Crowder Missouri and finished OCS in New Jersey. He was stationed at Camp O'Reilly in Puerto Rico as a Second Lieutenant, later promoted to Captain, and he did communications work as a Telephone & Telegraph Installation and Test Engineer and Post Signal Officer. He received the American Theatre Medal and Victory Medal.
He worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Fargo, ND, where he was an accounting manager. He retired on July 1, 1976 after 41 years. After his retirement, he did volunteer work for the Red Cross and Blood Services as a driver, helping elderly or disabled people to get to their appointments, or picking up and delivering blood for the hospitals.
His wife Virginia died in 2002. In Jan. 2005 he remarried a long-time family friend, Eileen Kaufer Olsen, and moved to Medford, OR. where they lived on the property of her daughter and son-in-law, Bev Olsen Carlton and Mark Carlton. When his health began to fail, Bob moved to Kingman, AZ in March 2013 and lived with his daughter Nancy and husband Gary Pfaff. His second wife Eileen died in Sept. 2013 in Medford, OR.
Over the years, Bob Follett enjoyed spending time with his family at their lake cabin on Little Toad Lake, MN. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and photography, and was an avid reader. He was a dedicated father and family man and his family will love and miss him always. We truly appreciate his determination to remain in our lives despite his failing health.
He is survived by his daughters Nancy (Gary) Pfaff (Kingman, AZ), Vicki (Greg) Dwyer (Lake Havasu, AZ), Bonnie Follett (San Francisco), Peggy (Sid) Smith (Hawley, MN) and Linda (LeRoy) Luchau (Fargo, ND), as well as his Oregon "Olsen" step-children: Bev (Mark) Carlson, Carol (Ted) Acker, Kevin (Karen) Olsen, Mike Olsen, and Chris (Marilyn) Olsen. Bob had 12 grandchildren (Jason Pfaff, Corey Pfaff, Joel Pfaff, Todd Dwyer, Stacy Dwyer Dow, Dawn Dwyer McQuillan, Natalie Smith Carlson, Zach Smith, Kayla Smith Aipperspach, Charlie Smith, Vincent Luchau, and Avalon Luchau. He also leaves 14 great-grandchildren: Garrett, Carson, Chris, Cassidy, Cody, Jaxson, Emma, India, Jude, Elias, Keaton, Ivy, Katori and Arielle.
Bob was preceded in death by his two wives, his son Steven Follett, parents Leland and Bertha Follett, his sister Janice Follett Patman (Texarkana, TX), and his step-mother Katherine Wheelock Bristol Follett.
Funeral services will be held at the Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m, with visitation starting at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery North in Fargo, ND. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.
I added a findagrave.com memorial for Robert on 9/1/2015 at url: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=151576366
Created by: bonfoll Record added: Sep 01, 2015 Find A Grave Memorial# 151576366
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