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Bernard Stasney and others on the Stasney farm, Morton County, N.D.
Bernard Stasney and others on the Stasney farm, Morton County, N.D.
TitleBernard Stasney and others on the Stasney farm, Morton County, N.D.
Date of Original194-
DescriptionBernard Stasney (in military uniform) stands on the bumper of a car and three other unidentified men stand on the ground at the Martin Stasney farm near Mandan, N.D. Two other cars, a barn, and a dog are also visible.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectAgriculture
Military
People
Transportation
Subject (LCTGM)Military uniforms
Automobiles
Barns
Farms
Dogs
Personal NameStasney, Martin M., 1875-1949
Stasney, Bernard L., 1914-
LocationMorton County (N.D.)
Decade1940-1949
Item Number10630-1-100-5
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryMartin M. Stasney, known to his friends as "Mike" was born in Cleveland, OH, on February 22, 1875, to James and Elizabeth Stasney. The Stasney family moved to North Dakota (ND) in 1885 when Martin M. was 10, homesteading 10 miles south of Mandan, in Morton County. The family settled in a largely Czech are. James and Elizabeth Stasney had five children in addition to Martin M: John, Molly (Mrs. Anton Kottsick), Edward, Thomas and Minnie (Mrs. John Kottsick). In 1890, Martin M. became the family head when his father James returned to Cincinnati to procure additional funding for his farming operation. Martin M. homesteaded a piece of land near his parents, in Morton County, when he became of age. Martin was self-educated, and lived on this land until the time of his death. On November 25, 1911, Martin M. was united in marriage to Bernadina Welcek. Bernadina was born on June 24, 1891, and passed away May 1, 1981. The couple had three children: Martin Jr., Bernard, and Mrs. Maurice G. LaGrave (Violetta). Martin M. Stasney was a member of Little Heart Band & Mandan band from about 1895 to 1915, and played the baritone and the euphonium. Martin M. joined the Knights of Maccabees in 1895 and was a member through the 1920s. He was also a social member of the Zapadni Ceska Bratska Jednota (Western Bohemian Fraternal Association), beginning as a teenager. Later in life, Martin became a member of the Independent Order of Foresters. He was also active in county and state and politics, and ran for the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1912, but was defeated. Martin M. served: as clerk in the North Dakota Senate in 1913 and on the election and school boards in his district for over four decades. Martin M. passed away in a Bismarck hospital on February 1, 1949. His funeral services were held at the Kennelly funeral chapel on February 4, 1949. Martin M. was buried in St. John's cemetery, nine miles south of Mandan, near his parents and brother, Thomas.
Bernard L. Stasney was born in 1914. He joined the military in 1941. He wrote many letters home to his family from Mac Dill Field, Tampa, FL; Walterboro Air Base, Walterboro, SC; Fort Snelling, MN; Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, TX; Sarasota Field, Sarasota, FL; and Columbia Army Air Base, Columbia, SC. After training in the United States, Bernard was stationed in North Africa beginning in May 1943, followed by tours in Italy, France, and Germany.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionMartin M. Stasney Family Papers Mss 10630
Collection Finding AidConsult http://history.nd.gov/archives/manuscripts/inventory/10630.html
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (10630-1-100-5)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh1063011005
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