Linderman Family Genealogy~Dubuque, Iowa

705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Home built by E. F. Linderman & Gudrun Ivara (Lund) Linderman

Edward Francis Linderman, 705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa

Shirley, Jimmie, Dickie, Gladys, and Edward Linderman~World War II~Dubuque, Iowa

Written by Roy Leonard “Jimmie” Nelson, Jr.

“Winter school work done in dining room next to coal burning pot belly stove. Heavy drapes to close living room off. House heated by registers, water circulated by furnace in basement. Coal storage room in basement to be hand fed to furnace. Sometime during W.W. II Grandpa had the furnace converted to oil fed. In the basement there was a vegetable room for canned foods, sacks of potatoes, and bags of sugar, etc…

There was a double sink to wash clothes, and one sink had a wringer. There was a four burner stove to heat copper boiler for washing clothes (hot water). Basement foundation large stones. They were white washed every summer.

Three bedrooms upstairs. Me & Grandpa across from each other, bathroom head of the stairs. Mom & Shirley & Dickie on cot in front bedroom and stairs to divided attic, basement, main floor, and upstairs attic.

Backyard, wall with 2 car garage one for storage & one for Grandpa’s 1937 Buick, 2 door. In the winter grandpa would take battery to basement to charge. He would open the door while he charged battery & run motor for a while to circulate motor.

During W.W. II Grandpa had the s/w radio on all day long so we knew what part of the world the fighting was going on. He got the Chicago Tribune with all of the war locations, etc.

When Grandpa was listening to the radio, reading, he used to roll Prince Albert out of the can. He smoked for years, he just up and quit.

3rd. Street was one of the steepest streets in Dubuque & Grandpa walked it after going downtown to the Stock Market. One day it got his wind, so doctor told him to stop smoking & he did.

Grandpa was a Jehovah’s Witness, a real bible study man. He knew a little about everything, a very smart man.

He did not like kids for years. Grandpa was a very frugal man because money was very tight when he grew up.

His lifetime employment was with the government out of Rock Island, Illinois. He used to cut down trees to use as wing dams to help control the Mississippi Spring floods. Later government dams to help control the floods from Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Grandpa worked his way up to barge inventory from Rock Island, the main office still there today. Rock Island, Illinois Munitions Factory, is the only one on the river that still makes our machine gun bullets and bombs.

He got Uncle Arturo “Art” Ayala a job with the Rhode Island office. “Ari” started out sweeping floors & after many years worked his way up to Lock Master – Lock & Dam III- Dubuque, Iowa. That was neat because we could walk the dam to Wisconsin side. Pretty neat to see all of that water rushing through the locks.

When we were young, family and friends would catch a bus up to Eagle Point Park. It was beautiful place with lots of room for kids to play. Beautiful rock gardens, tennis courts, etc. There are several lookout places so you can see this Mississippi, Wisconsin & Illinois & Eppie & Art Ayala’s government house at the Lock & Dam. Good old days. That was quite a treat!

Grandpa turned out to be a very interesting person with contact with a variety of people. Before us kids came along, Grandpa had done a lot of traveling thru the Midwest, and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Surprise for me.

After I got out of the service (Korea period), 1950-1953, grandpa had changed & became the kind of person you’d want to visit with. Lucky me.”

Happy Birthday, Aunt Glady Serene Linderman Nelson

The Dubuque County Courthouse. This particular...
The Dubuque County Courthouse. This particular courthouse is an example of Beaux-Arts architecture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Old Cable elevator
Old Cable elevator (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Seal of the City of Dubuque, Iowa.
Seal of the City of Dubuque, Iowa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Great Aunt Glady Serene Linderman Nelson would have been 106 years of age today. She always remembered our birthdays, even nieces and nephews, that she had never met. She never forgot to send a birthday card with a dime or quarter. She did not have much, but whatever she could send she would. It impressed on my little mind growing up, that someone all the way up in Dubuque, Iowa was thinking about me.

It made me feel special.

Besides the fact that we didn’t get much mail, and when a letter was just for me, it was exciting. Aunt Glady was a Proofreader for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald newspaper for years. She was the strong matriarch in the Nelson clan. She divorced and moved to the Linderman Home place at 705 West Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa with her widowed father. Glady cared for her father up until his death in 1968. Her father, Edward Francis Linderman and mother Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman had their home built in the 1900’s, and it still stands today. It is beautifully kept up.

My mother, Jean Marie Linderman Frederick Mancill and step dad, Louis Clifford Mancill took me and my brother Karl Thomas Frederick, and our cousin, Rebecca Sue Cooke Reeder Floyd to visit them in June 1970. We got to sleep in the attic. We rode the cable car, which terrified me to death. I was scared of heights and that car went straight down the mountain. Back then, children could walk to the store to pick up some things.


Me, Karl, and Rebecca “Becker” walked to the little store down the alley and bought some licorice and other treats. We were happy. A quarter used to buy a lot back then.

Dear Aunt Glady, you are gone but not forgotten. RIP Below is the memorial that I made for her.

Gladys Serene “Glady Serena” Linderman Nelson
Birth: Aug. 17, 1906
Winona County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1996
Harris County
Texas, USA

Daughter of Edward Francis “Edy” Linderman & Gudrun Ivarra “Gud” Lund Linderman, of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa.
Baptized as Lutheran on November 11, 1906 in Winona, Minnesota. Gladys liked to be called Glady and preferred Serena instead of Serene.
Wife of Roy Leonard Nelson, Sr. They married in 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Mother of Roy Leonard “Jimmy” Nelson Jr, Richard Edward”Dickie”, & Shirley Lorraine Nelson.
Glady & Roy Sr. were divorced.
Glady resided with her Father after her Mother died, and cared for him up until his death in 1968.
Great Aunt “Glady” worked as a Proofreader for the Dubuque newspaper, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald until she retired.
Then she sold the Linderman homestead at 705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa, and moved to California to be near her sister, Evelyn “Eppie” (Linderman) Ayala, and brother-in-law, Arturo “Art” Ayala.
Glady always remembered the nieces and nephews, and Great nieces and nephews on our birthdays. We could always count on getting a birthday card from her with some money in it. She couldn’t afford much, but we thought that a dime or a quarter was a lot of money, because back then in the 1960’s it was. It made me feel special–knowing that someone that I hardly knew–way off in Iowa, was thinking of me.
Great Aunt Glady resided with her son Roy “Jimmy” Leonard Nelson Jr., at 4045 Linkwood Drive, Houston, Harris County, Texas for the last few years of her life.
Cremated in Texas and ashes were brought back to Iowa and spread around Mother, Gudrun (Lund) Linderman’s gravesite, in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa, because that is how she wanted it. Her Father’s ashes were also spread around Gudrun’s gravesite.Family links:
Edward Francis Linderman (1875 – 1968)
Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman (1881 – 1924)Spouse:
Roy Nelson (1899 – 1958)Children:
Shirley Loraine Nelson Ogle (1928 – 1982)*
Richard Edward Nelson (1933 – 2006)*
Linwood Cemetery
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA 
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21069469
Gladys Serene Glady Serena <i>Linderman</i> Nelson
Gladys Serene Glady Serena <i>Linderman</i> Nelson
Gladys Serene Glady Serena <i>Linderman</i> Nelson

The Claussens from Germany

Emma Elsie <i>Claussen</i> Palen

Emma Elsie Claussen Palen & daughter, Phylis Adele Palen, c. 1908, Caledonia, Minnesota. My Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

I just found out more information on my Great Grandmother’s family. She is the daughter of Henry Classen (Claussen) and Maria Classen from Germany.

The Census for 1870 for Illinois shows:

name: Henry Classen
estimated birth year: 1827
gender: Male
age in 1870: 43y
color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White
birthplace: Germany
home in 1870: Illinois, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Henry Classen M 43y Germany
Maria Classen F 43y Germany
August Classen M 13y Illinois
Frederick Classen M 11y Illinois
Mina Classen F 9y Illinois
Caroline Classen F 7y Illinois
Emma Classen F 5y Illinois
Louisa Classen F 1y Illinois
Source Citation

United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 Aug 2012), Henry Classen in household of Henry Classen, Illinois, United States; citing p. 4, family 26, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 545791.

It has taken me 25 years to find out who her parents were. I was so excited to find another link.

Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen
Birth: Feb. 15, 1865
Will County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 27, 1930
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen, beloved first wife of Frank Joseph Palen, they married in 1885 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.
Mother of Phylis Adele Eugenia(Palen)Linderman, my Grandmother. I never knew my Great Grandmother, Emma because she died before I was born.
My Mother is Jean Marie (Linderman)Frederick Mancill, and she told me that Emma was Lutheran, but Frank was Catholic. And…that poor Emma had to attend her church alone, because she had promised to raise their children as Catholic.
My Grandmother wasn’t allowed to attend church with her Mother, and was forced to attend Catholic schools until she was in High School.
Phylis changed spelling of her name to Phyllis, and that she begged her Father to allow her to go to Public High School. He never forgave himself for it, because she married a Lutheran not a Catholic.
Through research, thanks to LeRoy Amacher, I found out that Frank and Emma were buried in the Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, beside each other.
Emma was a good, loving, and kind woman. She was a homemaker.
Emma and Frank had four children Leo, Phylis, Hedwig, and Flossie Palen. Hedwig and Flossie died very young.
They have many, many descendants. They would be proud.
One of their daughters, my Grandmother, Phylis Adele (Palen) Linderman, and Harry William Linderman, had four daughters: Yvonne (Burgess Levesque), Yvarra “Billie” (Jackson), Jean Marie(Frederick Mancill), and Patricia Mae “Patsy” (Cooke), and no sons.Family links:
Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)*Children:
Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)*
Phylis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)*
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Feb 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24954456
Seal of Illinois. Center image extracted from ...
Seal of Illinois. Center image extracted from Illinois flag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gladys Serene Linderman Nelson

My Great Aunt Gladys Serene Linderman Nelson born August 17, 1906 in Winona, Minnesota. Daughter of Edward Francis & Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman.
Baptized as Lutheran in Winona, Minnesota on November 11, 1906. Married Roy Leonard Nelson, Sr. in 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa. They had three children: Shirley, Roy, Jr. and Richard Edward Nelson.
Died on April 28, 1996 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Cremated and her ashes were spread around her Mother, Gudrun Ivarra (Lund) Linderman’s gravsite in Linwood Cemetery, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Harry, Glady, Irene, & Mother, Gudrun (Lund) Linderman-Dubuque, Iowa


My Great-Great Grandfather, Leopold Frank & Mary (May)(Haupert) Palen Family-Caledonia, Minnesota-1898

Virginia Palen Long, Leo Palen, Harry Linderman, & Jean Linderman Frederick Mancill-1970-Dixon, Illinois.



Great Grandfather, Frank Joseph Palen, in 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa with Great Grandchildren, Mike Jackson, Bill & Pete Burgess.


My Maternal Aunt, Patricia (Patsy) Mae Linderman (Cooke), Grandmother,Phyllis Eugenia (Palen) Linderman, & Great Grandfather, Frank Joseph Palen in 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa.



My Maternal Great Uncle, Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen-Dixon, Illinois



Robert Leon Palen (Father Bob), Catholic Priest in Dubuque, Iowa.

Abraham and Maria A. “Mary” (Hammell) Linderman

This is all that’s left of the Linderman family urn flower pot.

Abraham &amp; Mary (Holman) Linderman
Harry, Mary, and Edward Linderman-Dubuque, Iowa

Mother Mary (Hammell) Linderman’s headstone.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minnesota where the Linderman family plot is located.

Abraham Linderman, was my 3rd. Great Grandfather, and he was born in 1810 in Montgomery, Orange County, New York, USA, and he died 2 Sept. 1893 in Winona, Minnesota, USA. He enlisted in Civil War as Sgt. for the Union. A Yankee soldier. He was born in New York. His ancestors settled in Germantown Twp., Pennsylvania in 1697.

His ancestors helped found America. Our Linderman ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, American Civil War. We are proud German descendants of the Linderman family.

Abraham Linderman married Mary Hammell in 1833 in New York. They moved to Minnesota in 1856. Their homestead was at 231 E. Mark St, Winona, Minnesota.

He and Mary had one child, Mary Linderman, born 1859, in Bemidji, Minnesota. (she never married and it was a deep, dark secret until 1995).

She had one son, Edward Francis (E.F.) Linderman, of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. She resided with her son, “Edy” and her daughter-in-law, “Gud” Gudrun Ivarra (Lund) Linderman, at 705 W. Third St., Dubuque, Iowa, until her death in 1924.

Gudrun Lund emigrated from Norway in 1896. She also died in Dubuque, Iowa in 1924.

God bless my poor ancestors, they lost so much. Abraham survived the Civil War, and lived until 1884, with his beloved Mary, in the Linderman Home place at 231 E. Mark St., Winona, Minnesota. His wife, Mary (Hammell) Linderman, preceded him in death, in 1884.

Burial: Linderman family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA

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