Edith Richardson 1910 Ida Tina Wilhelmina SCHLOTTMAN
1889 - 1970

BORN: May 1889 - Green Garden, Illinois
         21 Dec 1907
         Minnehaha County Courthouse
         Sioux Falls, South Dakota
DIED: 20 Sep 1970
         Parshall, North Dakota

Ida Tina Wilhelmina was the fourth of nine children born to Henry and Sophie Schlottman. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Courtland, Minnesota where her father ran a general store. Ida's mother named her after the Queen of Holland, but Ida hated this name so much she refused to respond to anything but Edith.

Henry's first five children were all girls. The Schlottman girls, as they were called around town, were a very close knit group, enjoying each other's company and supporting each other almost like a gang. In her youth, Edith worked in a millinary shop making fancy hats of the type that were so popular at the time. Edith was a very artistic person.

Edith, Nora and Earl Richardson, 1910

Edith Schlottman met Earl Richardson. They eloped and were married in Sioux Falls, South Dakota a few days before Christmas in 1907. Their only child, Nora, was born in Winnebago, Minnesota the following July.

Nora's health as an infant was not good, she had severe asthma - and so a doctor recommended a change to a drier climate might help her breathe.

They first moved to Sidney, Montana, where Earl worked in a small store owned by his brother Ralph, but the store could not support two families. Edith, Earl and Nora then moved to Dickenson, North Dakota, where Earl worked as a tin smith and carpenter.

Hearing that the Federal government was opening up new lands to the north for homesteading, Earl, Edith and Nora moved again, this time to Plaza, North Dakota until their name was called to select a quarter-section of land to homestead. The land they received was located just north and east of what would become the town of Parshall. They lived in a small, one-room sod shack that Earl built onto the property. Cooking was done on a kerosine stove and heat for the shack was provided by a coal stove. They got their water from an open well using a wooden bucket. In addition, Earl built a small barn that housed two horses, a cow, and several chickens and pigs.

Life on the prairies of North Dakota was hard. One time they were threatened by a large prairie fire that burned several of their neighbor's homes, barely missing their own. Everyone was out fighting the fire, trying to beat it out with gunny sacks. Another time the cow wandered off and they drove in their horse and buggy until finally finding it, the cow's hobble rope had become so entangled that she could not move. Because the nights were dark and there was no electricity, Edith would put a kerosene lamp in the window to help Earl find his way home at night.

A few miles south of their land was the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Indians, many of whom could not speak a word of English, would occasionally come begging for food. Edith was frightened by their presence.

While on the homestead, Edith was butted by a young calf and developed spinal tuberculosis from which she never really recovered. It was never determined how one could have caused the other, but the onset of the disease started from the time of the injury. Edith's health was never the same after that. Doctors tried several treatments, including sending her to Minneapolis for a milk diet. From the time of her injury Earl had to hire help to clean and maintain the house. Nora often helped her father, who bought a trading post in Parshall, and learned to pound a nail better than pound a pretty stitch.

Edith lived until 1970. Her last years were amoung her best in terms of her health. She and her husband, David Earl Richardson are buried in the Apostiles Sections of the Memorial Gardens in Minot, North Dakota. Their daughter Nora, and son-in-law Clarence are also buried close by.

View the Richardson Family Photoalbum, 1879-1967

HUSBAND of Edith:
    David Earl RICHARDSON

PARENTS of Edith:
    Sophie BUCKHOLZ

CHILDREN of Edith:
   1. Nora Fayme (OKESON)



  'The Family History As I Heard It', by Nora Fayme Okeson
  South Dakota Marriages 1905-1949
  1895 Minnesota State Census for Courtland MN
  1900 United States Census for Courtland MN
  1905 Minnesota State Census for Courtland MN
  1920 United States Census for Parshall ND
  1930 United States Census for Parshall ND