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Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein (1870 In Iowa City, Iowa) and his wife Marie Antionette "Nettie" (nee Doane) Fleckenstein, raised 8 children. They filed for a Matanuska homestead on 5/20/1914 (E½ of Section 16, Township 17 North, Range 2 West, Seward Meridian). By todays road system, it would be just outside of Wasilla on the Knik Goose Bay Road.
of Joseph B. and Marie A. "Nettie" Fleckenstein:
William Joseph Fleckenstein 1891-1961
John Paul "Jack" Fleckenstein 1893-1986
Christopher Fleckenstein 1896-1981 (wife Anna)
Frank Joseph Fleckenstein 1896-1925 (murdered in Kanakanak, Alaska)
Sharon Daniel Fleckenstein 1899-1959(married Maxine Crocker 1924)(married Florence Edlund 1938)
Lawrence Edward Fleckenstein 1900-1978
Ellen Catherine Fleckenstein 1902-1973 (married Floyd Dewey Smith 1926)
Eva Marie Fleckenstein 1904-1958 (married George Stanley Herning 1926)
Anchorage Daily Newspapers dated 1925 reported that Frank
Joseph Fleckenstein, son of Joseph and Nettie Fleckenstein, was murdered
on 5/19/1925 by an Eskimo prisoner named Mike N. Eqwana. Joseph was working
as a jail guard at Kanakanak (Dillingham) where his father, J.B. Fleckenstein
was the U.S. Marshal. Newspaper stories said Fleckenstein was shot, but
local family stories say he was clubbed over the head.
The prisoner that killed Fleckenstein was a reindeer
herder at Port Heiden and was in jail waiting trial for killing another man
(Carl Nolkhbak) following a "sourdough beer" party at Port Heiden just a
few weeks earlier. After killing Frank Fleckenstein, the prisoner escaped
and later killed himself. Fleckenstein's body was shipped to Anchorage where
he was buried at the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery.
Notes from Herning diaries:
Fleckenstein proved up on his homestead 11/18/1919 (working for railroad)
Fleckenstein boys bought sawmill from Forty Mile Miller (O. C. Miller)
Chris Fleckenstein running Road Commission Cat at Moose Creek 1922
Chris Fleckenstein Cat hauling at Baxter Coal Mine 1923
Chris Fleckenstein overhauling Alaska Engineering Commission Cats and trucks 1923
Chris Fleckenstein sold his homestead to Jim Kennedy in 1946
Joseph B. Fleckenstein in Wasilla for visit, heading to Bristol Bay 1924
Sharon Fleckenstein and Maxine Crocker married after 11 day courtship Wasilla’s 1st wedding 1924
Sharon Fleckenstein's 2nd marriage was to Florence Edlund Strigga 1938
Eva Fleckenstein married Stanley Herning 1926
Ellen Fleckenstein married Floyd Smith 1926 in Fairbanks then they left for Chatanika
Maxine died at the early age of 26 and is buried in the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in the Pioneer section. Her headstone reads born 7/17/1906 died 7/4/1932. I was told that she drowned (in the Little Susitna River) when a car she was riding in (with her husband and two other people) crashed into Pinnacle Rock on the Hatcher Pass Road and rolled into the river, on the 4th of July 1932.
Sharon Fleckenstein's second wife was Florence Evelina (Edlund) Strigga (m. 9/17/1938). They are buried in the Wasilla Cemetery. Their headstones give the following dates: Sharon 1895-1959 Florence 1905-1985 Florence was the daughter of John Fredolph and Lillie Edlund. Her first husband was August J. "George" Strigga, a Russian born soldier at Matanska Junction in 1920. George and Florence had 2 daughters: Lorraine and Shirley. Sharon David and Florence had two sons: Sharon Daniel and Joseph.
1930 U. S. Census for Anchorage
Lawrence Fleckenstein age 29 b. California (died 1978 Soldotna)
Helen Fleckenstein age 30 b. Finland (came to USA 1915) (died 1980 Soldotna)
Myrtle Fleckenstein age 14 b. Pennsylvania
Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein buried at Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in the Pioneer section. His headstone reads born 1/18/1870 died 3/23/1948. His wife Marie is also buried there, her headstone reads born 3/24/1897 died 10/20/1946. Joseph is listed among the original homesteaders of the Matanuska Valley.
ONLINE FLECKENSTEIN INFORMATION:
Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein had five sisters: Mary, Elizabeth
K., Catherine, Anna and Emma.
His father, Adam C. Fleckenstein's siblings were: Elizabeth 1838, Ignatz 1844, Mria Johanna 1846 and Joseph L. 1850.
His wife, Marie Antoinette (Doane) Fleckenstein, was the daughter
of Sharon Pratt Doane and Ellen Threlfell. Her siblings were: Joseph W. Doane
1857, Ada Doane 1859, John F. Doane 1860, Isabel Doane 1863, Tessa Doane
1864, Hattie Doane 1867 and Lizzie Doane 1870.
Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein's 2nd youngest daughter, Ellen Catherine married Floyd Dewey Smith at Chena, Alaska in 1926. Here is the information I have for the Smith family:
FLOYD DEWEY SMITH FAMILY
Floyd Dewey Smith 1898-1979
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