Thursday, October 10, 2013

1890s/1900s Autograph Album of Annie Schanno of St. Paul, Minnesota


1890s autograph album of Annie Schanno of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Interestingly, I read in a brief biography of Emile Schanno of Pennsylvania, who may or may not have been related, that the name Schanno derived from Jeannot, a surname from southern France, that Emile's ancestor changed to Schanno when the family moved from France to Switzerland during conflicted times.

Annie signed a page at the beginning of the album, on March 2, 1891, at St. Paul, Minnesota.  At some point, Annie resewed the binding on the album and caused some of the right edge of many pages to be hidden from view, as you can see with her own page.



The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/2" and contains the sentiments of over 60 of Annie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.



From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

Annie Schanno, possibly Annetta L. Schanno, was born 4 May 1872 in Minnesota, the daughter of Matthias Schanno, also called Matthew Schanno, and Hattie Louise (Freid) Schanno, who were born in Wisconsin and in Sweden, respectively.  Hattie's birth date was included on her Minnesota Death Record.

Matthias' parents were both born in Germany and emigrated to the United States at least by the 1840s when Matthias was born at Wisconsin.  They may have been Jacob and Catherine Schanno, but I don't have confirmation of that.

And I don't have any information on the parents of Hattie Louise (Freid) Schanno.

I believe that Annie had three siblings: Iona; Herbert John; and Mayme Hazel.  Herbert signed a page in the album on September 10, 1900.



Two people named Holmes signed pages in the album and indicated they were Annie's cousins.  One was signed by Alma Holmes on September 28, 1894 at White Rock, Minnesota.  The other page was also signed at on September 28, 1894 at White Rock, but I can't make out the given name.  If you can supply the missing name, please leave a comment.

Note: scroll to the comments section for a reader's discovery that there were two sisters named Alma and Selma in Goodhue County, Minnesota.  Their father was John Holm/Holms/Holmes, and their mother was Sophia (Freid) Holm/Holms/Holmes.  Sophia may have been a sister, or other relative, of Annie's mother Hattie (Freid) Schanno.





On 30 April 1901 at St. Paul, Minnesota, Annie married George E. Wharton, son of Henry and Isabel Wharton.  Their son George was born in 1902.  He in turn had a son named John, who wrote a page in his grandmother Annie's album on September 17, 1951.  "Grandma's Apple Dumpling is Always In To Something."



Annie died in 1958 at Ramsey, Minnesota.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

List of signers: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

  • Martha; last name illegible; signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 22, 1891, and inscribed to Mary.
  • Initials, possibly C. G. S., signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1891
  • Written in [possibly] Swedish, by a friend at Cannon Falls, Minnesota
  • Initials, possibly M. M. C., signed at St. Paul, Minnesota in 1891
  • Theresia B*, signed on January 5, 1892.  Surname could be Bruce or Breem or ??
  • Louise
  • Blanche, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 28, 1891
  • Minnie, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 23, 1891
  • Emma T, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 5, 1891.  The surname runs into the spine where a crucial piece of her surname is missing.  Might be Emma Tunb - possibly the Emma Tunberg that I found in the area.
  • Name looks like Tilde Andersen, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September '91
  • Laura Beck, "I wish you a husband Gallant and True, Proud of himself but More of you"
  • Trina Beck
  • Ingeborg Bell, signed on November 22, 1891
  • Christina Bollman
  • Mary Brickner, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 10-22-91
  • L. M. Burghardt, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 22, 1891
  • Mrs. Caleman or Coleman
  • Name appears to be Harry M. Castello, signed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota
  • Hilda Chalberg of 2513 28 Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Ella Chellson, signed at Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on July 11, 1891
  • M. de la Fere, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 1891
  • Maud Earl, inscribed to Annetta; drew sketches of a girl, perhaps herself, and of flowers
  • Bessie Elton signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 4, 1891
  • Ester Erickson, signed at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Hilda Erickson, signed at Red Wing, Minnesota,, on April 26, 1891
  • Henry Erickson signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 22, 1892
  • Eugene T. Fay, signed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on March 2, 1891
  • Annie Green, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oscar Gustafson, signed on February 15, 1892
  • Eleanor Harris, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 10, 1892
  • ? Holmes, signed at White Rock, Minnesota, on July 11, 1891; Annie's cousin; possibly *alina
  • Alma Holmes, signed at White Rock, Minnesota, on September 28, 1894; Annie's cousin
  • E. Jackson, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 1, 1892
  • Alma Jaeger, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 26, 1894
  • Mrs. J. Johnson, signed at Cannon Falls, Minnesota; middle initial possible Z or G
  • Theo Johnson, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 23, 1892
  • J. Johnson, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 18, 1892
  • Peter Johnson, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 23, 1892
  • Clara Johnson
  • Hulda Johnston, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 23, 1894
  • Lizzie La Bell
  • Minnie Lebelle
  • Ida Lidstrand, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 9, 1891
  • Maude M. Merrill, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 4, 1892
  • Emily Merrill, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 4, 1892
  • Stella E. Morrissette
  • Anna Nelson, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 9 [no year written]
  • Clara Oberg, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Delia M. Peterson, signed at St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 26, 1891
  • M. A. Premo; the facing page is signed by M. M. Primeau.  The names are probably the same family
  • M. M. Primeau; the facing page is signed by M. A. Premo.  The names are probably the same family.
  • Miss Mary Richard of Mankato, Minnesota, signed Austust 6, 1891
  • Annie Schanno of St. Paul, Minnesota, album owner.  Her name might be Annetta Schanno
  • Herbert Schanno, signed on September 10, 1900; Annie's brother Herbert John Schanno
  • Frances Schmaltz, signed at Mankato, Minnesota, on October 15, 1894
  • Maggie Sheridan, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 17, 1894
  • T. C. Snider, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 15, 1891
  • Mrs. T. C. Snider, wife of T. C. Snider who signed the facing page at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 15, 1891
  • Maggie Sweeney, signed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota
  • Tillie Truher, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 12-1-1892
  • Gussie Truher of Minneapolis, Minnesota, signed on November 3, 1894
  • Ida Ulrich, signed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on March 2d [no year written]
  • John Wharton, signed on September 17, 1951, "Grandma's Apple Dumpling Is Always In To Something"  John David Wharton was the son of Lorraine (Fales) and Edward G. Wharton, who was the son of Annie (Schanno) Wharton and husband George E. Wharton.
  • Esther Wharton, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 1, 1892.  Older sister of George E. Wharton, Annie's future husband.


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2 comments:

  1. John A. and Sophia (Freid) Holm/Holms lived in Leon Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota, in 1880 with daughters Selma, 7, and Alma J., 2:

    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ9W-T24

    Here is Selma's birth record:

    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDS3-F57

    And her parents' marriage record:

    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X2B5-WL9

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  2. Looks as though you nailed it, and the girls were cousins to Annie through her mother - will amend the post to direct readers to your comment. Thanks!

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