Joe Kroetsch & Angeline Chartrand

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Joseph was the #1 surviving child of the nine born to his parents, John Battish (Baptist) Kroetsch and Catherine Batte. Joseph took over the operation of John Baptist's woolen mill in Formosa, Ontario. He married Angeline Chartrand, daughter of Luc and Margaret Cascagnette Chartrand on November 4, 1871. Joseph and Angeline had 12 children. The first two died as infants in Formosa, the next three were born at Greenock, which was nearby. In 1878 or 1879, Joseph & Angeline removed from Inneskillen to Manitoulin Island, to be closer to Luc and Margaret Chartrand. Four more children were born there. About 1886, Joseph & his family moved to Plainville, Kansas. Three more children were born in Plainville. Joe died young while shocking wheat in Illinois, and was buried in Plainville, Kansas. He left Angeline an insurance policy (about $5,000) which was unusual for those days! Angeline moved West to Idaho, then on to Spokane, Washington. She lived with the brothers (priests), at Gonzaga, working as their 'housekeeper' during the last 10 years of her life. She died on January 25, 1943, and is buried in Spokane.

Index of Certificates of Intent, Second Book 1881-1903
This is an index to the second book Certificate of Intent to become a citizen of the United States. These are sometimes called First Papers. The years range from 1881 through 1903.This book is located at the Frank Walker Museum in Stockton, KS. Copyright 1999. Darlee Sissel [contact link] Rooks Co.,KS, page 43, listed as Joseph J. Kroetch, age 37, born in Canada, dated 2/20/1886.

Listed in the 1910 US Census in the city of Cour'd Alene, Kootenai District, enumeration district 170 In household:

Angeline head age 58, born in Canada, living in the US since 1886, ten children born, 10 alive, widowed...also in household were her following children:
Elizabeth 25 born in Canada
Lawrence 24 Kansas
Fred 21 Kansas
Leo 16 Kansas

Listed in the 1920 US Census for Lincoln Precinct, Coeur D' Alene, Kootenai Co., Idaho in household with sister, Amaelia and brother-in-law, Robert Jack Bottrell...listed as speaking french in the household; Angeline is listed as 66 years old, and widowed.


Listed on the 1930 US census as living with her son Joseph, in Harrison Township, Idaho. Also listed is that Angeline and her son Joseph became US citizens in 1885, and "French" was spoken in their home.

Although Angeline died in Spokane, she was buried in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (For many years, there was a Kroetch Brother's lumber mill in Coeur d'Alene). I know that she visited her son John Baptist Henry and his second wife Sadie in Dassel,Mn. - we have pictures of her there. She may have lived nearby for a while.

Received the death cert for Angeline 10/28/01. Washington State file #144. Angeline lived at the St. Joseph's Home on E. 707 Mission Ave., Spokane for the last 4 years of her life. She became a housekeeper for the priests at the home. Per the death cert: Angeline lived in Spokane for the last 20 years of her life. Angeline was 89 years, 1 month and 13 days old at time of death. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage, and was attended by F.W. O'Neil, MC|D. Apparently, from what I can gather from the cert, she had the stroke 2 days before her death. Information provided on death cert by Leo Victor Kroetch, Helena, Montana. Angeline was buried January 30, 1943 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Services provided by Hennessey Funeral Home.

Per [external link], Angeline is listed in a periodical titled "Outaquais L' Genealogique, published by the "Soc. de Genealogique de L'Outaouais" volumne 17, # 2 (March 1995). ISSN Number 0707-8137

Per the Bureau of Land Records ([external link]) Angeline Kroetch was the patentee of land that had a title transfer on 1/27/1908. The land was 160 acres, located in Willamette, Stevens Co., Washington...doc. # 6542
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