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  1. Robert Cotesworth FOLLETT: Birth: 20 OCT 1916 in Fargo, ND. Death: 20 MAY 2014 in Kingman, AZ

  2. Janice Elaine FOLLETT: Birth: 9 JAN 1921 in Moorhead, MN. Death: 3 OCT 2005 in Texarkana, TX


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1. Title:   Follett Family Records and Interviews
2. Title:   Riverside Cemetery correspondence, Fargo, ND
3. Title:   Certificate of Death
Text:   Death Certificates
4. Title:   Find A Grave
Url:   http://www.findagrave.com

Notes
a. Note:   N3 Leland Carl Follett (known as “Lee”) was born on January 28, 1891 and grew up in the Mapleton, ND area where his father Charles worked as the operator of a grain elevator. He had two brothers: Clarence O. Follett (who later became a Fargo businessman) and Walter C. Follett (who later became a dentist and lived in Devils Lake, ND).
  Lee was a graduate of Fargo High School. He became a banker in 1911 in Fargo, ND and later got a banking job in the small town of Sabin, MN in 1914.
  He married Jeannette Johnson (known as “Birdie”) on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1914 in Moorhead, MN. by a priest of the Episcopal Church. Their attendants were Lynn Stambaugh and Enid Erickson (their close friends in Moorhead and who later married each other).
  Lee and Birdie lived in Sabin, Mn. where Lee worked as a cashier in the local bank. He was nick-named "Chink" by the locals because his eyes looked a little slanty and his name was of course “Lee”. The couple had a house built in Sabin around 1915 or 1916. Their two children were born in 1916 (Bob) and 1921 (Janice).
  When Birdie’s mother Martha died in 1924, they remodeled the Moorhead house at 119 4th St. So. and lived there between 1924 and 1930. In 1930 the Bank failed and Lee lost his job, but he found another job in Wisconsin, so the family moved. They sold the Moorhead house in 1930 to a local butcher, L. Lague, for $3,000.
  Lee’s work involved acting as a receiver for failed banks in Wisconsin at Shell Lake and Mosinee, and he later got a job working for the FDIC which was was cut short soon after they moved to Appleton, Wi. That was mid-1934. Being out of work in the depths of the Depression was hard on Lee and so Birdie wrote to Lee’s brother Clarence "C.O." in Fargo about finding a job for him there.
  In 1935, the family moved back to the Fargo-Moorhead area, and Lee went to work with his brother C.O. at the Smith, Follett & Crowl wholesale dry goods store. His position was Credit Manager and he made $150/mo. The family rented property in Fargo between 1935 and 1942. They lived at: 504 14th St. So., 102 So. 9th St. (Wellington Apts.), and at 1041 - 8th St. No. in Fargo. Then, in 1942 they bought a house at 1613 So. 9th St. in Fargo where they remained for many years.
  C.O. Follett provided in his will that Lee could buy out his controlling stock, which he did when C.O. died in 1947. He was only able to do this was with the help of Birdie, who had to sell the land she had inherited from her mother and Even Johnson.
  Lee retired in 1956 after recovering from some health problems, but remained on the Board of Directors of a bank in Fargo. In his retirement, he and Birdie began taking winter trips to warmer, more hospitable climates. Lee loved golfing and Birdie was involved in bridge clubs. Birdie loved traveling south in the winters with her husband, but with Lee barely five years in retirement, Birdie had a sudden heart attack, collapsing after they had just left a restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ. She passed away on the sidewalk there on Thursday, Feb. 22, 1962. She was 71 years old. Her funeral was held at First Congregational Church in Fargo.
  (Bonnie note: I was only 10 years old at the time and remember getting out of school with my sisters and brother to go to her funeral. We were rough-housing in the car on the way to the funeral and acting crazy, because it was so fun to be out of school. I don't think any of us little ones really understood how sad the occasion really was, or how hard it was on Dad and Grampa. But I do recall suddenly noticing Dad’s sad face in the car and I came to realize the harsh finality of that occasion.)
  After Birdie’s sudden death, Lee went through a long period of depression, but he would attend dinners at his son Bob’s house quite often, if not daily for a time. He later recovered his good humour, got back on his feet and remarried in August 1967 to a widow, Katherine Wheelock Bristol. They had an apartment in South Fargo.
  In his later years, he suffered a serious stroke and was moved to Bethany Nursing Home in Fargo, where he passed on February 12, 1979. His death certificate states his cause of death as cerebral infarction and cerebral arteriosclerosis. He is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo. ____________________________________
  Info from 1910 Census records, "Electronic," Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. page1B. Image 2.: 914 First Avenue North, Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. Dwelling 14. Family 15.
  Follett, Clarence O., head, male, white, 32, married, first marriage, married 9 years, born in Illinois, father born in New York, mother born in North Dakota, speaks English, manager of wholesale house, worker, can read and write, owns home;
  Follett, Laura B., wife, female white, 31, married, first marriage, married 9 years, mother of no children, born in Canada, mother tongue English, father born in Canada, mother tongue English, mother born in Canada, mother tongue English, immigrated in 1882, speaks English, can read and write;
  *Follett, Leland C., brother, male, white, 20, single, born in North Dakota, father born in New York, mother born in South Dakota, speaks English, can read and write, attended school during year;
  Brown, Pattie, mother-in-law, female white, 62, widow, mother of 4 children, 3 children living, born in Canada, mother tongue English, father born in Canada, mother tongue English, mother born in Canada, mother tongue English, immigrated in 1882, speaks English, can read and write;
  Blocher, John R., roomer, male, white, 39, single, born in Indiana, father born in Ohio, mother born in Ohio, speaks English, manager, wireless telegraph, worker, can read and write;
  Schemelson, Anna, servant, female, white, 22, born in Minnesota, father born in Norway, mother tongue Norwegian, mother born in Norway, mother tongue Norwegian, speaks English, servant, private family, worked 26 weeks in 1909, can read and write. ______________________________________
  Info from findagrave.com memorial:
  Leland Follett Birth: Jan. 28, 1891 Mapleton, Cass County, North Dakota, USA Death: Feb. 12, 1979 Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, USA   . . .   Burial: Riverside Cemetery Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, USA Plot: Southpark Block 8   Maintained by: bonfoll Originally Created by: sleuthesthedead Record added: Aug 22, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 95774512


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