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Dewey Smith (1898-1979) married Ellen Fleckenstein (1902-1973) in Fairbanks
late 1926. In the summer of 1927, they returned to Wasilla and Floyd worked
at a variety of jobs. By 1930, Floyd and Ellen were living in Dillingham
and Floyd was a fur trapper.See more about the Smith's at the bottom of this
The Fleckenstein family is listed as having applied for a homestead in the Matanuska Valley by 1915. The patriarch of the Alaska Fleckensteins, was Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein born 1/18/1870 in Iowa City, Iowa and his wife Marie Antoinette Doane born 1867 in California, daughter of Sharon P. Doane and Ellen Threlfall.
Joseph B. Fleckenstein's parents were Adam C. Fleckenstein
(born 1842 in Bayern, Germany - died 1890 Sherrill, Iowa) and Anna Cathrine
Tigges. His grandparents were Thomas Fleckenstein (born 1810 Germany
- died 1871 Sherrill, Iowa) and Catherine Heurtel.
Children of Joseph
B. and Marie A. Fleckenstein:
William Joseph Fleckenstein 1891-1961
John Paul "Jack" Fleckenstein 1893-1986
Christopher Fleckenstein 1896-1981
Frank Joseph Fleckenstein 1896-1925 (murdered in Dillingham, Alaska)
Sharon David Fleckenstein 1899-1959
Lawrence Edward Fleckenstein 1900-1978
Ellen Catherine Fleckenstein 1902-1973
Eva Marie Fleckenstein 1904-1958
Below is a compilation of Fleckenstein information that I've extracted from the U. S. Census records as well as the Herning diaries and online sources:
1900 U. S. Census Hydesville, Humboldt Co., California
Joseph (Bernard) Fleckenstein 30 b. Iowa
father b. Germany mother b. Germany
Marie (Antionette) Fleckenstein 32 b. California father b. Illinois mother b. Georgia
Earnest Fleckenstein.......not on census but shows up in family records
William Fleckenstein age 9 b. California son
John P. Fleckenstein age 7 b. California son
Christopher Fleckenstein age 9 b. California
Frank Joseph Fleckenstein age 3 b. California
Sharon David Fleckenstein age 2 b. California
Lawrence Edward Fleckenstein 1 month b. California
1910 U. S. Census Eureka, Humboldt Co., California
Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein age 40 b. Iowa married 17 years
Nettie Fleckenstein age 42 b. California married 17 years (2nd marriage for Nettie)
William Joseph Fleckenstein age 19
John Fleckenstein age 17
Christopher Fleckenstein 15
Frank Fleckenstein 12........ (murdered at Dillingham, Alaska 1925 hit over head by Indian)
Sharon Fleckenstein 11........(married Maxine Crocker...and Florence Edlund Strigga)
Lawrence Fleckenstein 10...........(later married Helen ______ of Finland)
Ellen Catherine Fleckenstein 7.………(later married Floyd Dewey Smith) see below
Eva Marie Fleckenstein 6 ………. (later married George Stanley Herning)
1920 U. S. Census taken between Knik and Wasilla
Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein age 53 Farmer
Marie Fleckenstein age 52
Ellen Cathrine Fleckenstein age 17
Eva Marie Fleckenstein age 15
1930 U. S. Census taken in Kanakanak (Old Dillingham)
Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein age 60 Head U. S. Deputy Marshal
Maria Fleckenstein age 63 wife
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
1920 U. S. Census taken on railroad route from mile
236 north to Dead Horse
Sharon Fleckenstein age 21 Head of household
Christopher Fleckenstein age 25 brother
1920 U. S. Census taken on railroad route from Willow Creek
to Montana Creek
Frank J. Fleckenstein age 22 b. California
Notes from Herning Diaries first mention Frank Fleckenstein as being elected to the school board of Wasilla’s 1st school in 1917. He also did the concrete work under the original Herning (later Teeland) store in Wasilla as well as a lot of the carpentry work on the building. In 1918, he left to go to the Army. Herning’s notes also say Frank Fleckenstein was clubbed to death by a Native in Dillingham in 1925. He is buried in the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in the Pioneer section. His headstone reads, born 6/1/1898 died 5/1/1925.
WWI Draft Registration for Sharon Fleckenstein age 19:
Gave Wasilla as Sharon's permanent address, nearest relative listed as Nettie Fleckenstein,
occupation as miner at Willow Creek Mining District. Birthdate given January 2, 1899.
1930 U. S. Census Knik Road near Wasilla, Alaska
Sharon D. Fleckenstein age 30 b. California occupation Fur Farmer
Maxine** (Crocker) Fleckenstein age 22 wife b. Minnesota
Frederick Crocker age 75 Father-in-law b. New York Owns own ranch
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 pre-1915.
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 P. 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 WASILLA, ALASKA
Theodore Monroe Smith born about 1850 Michigan
and died about 1931 in Oregon.
He had 3 wives that I know of: Julia Knoth, Laura Bell Lynd and Sarah Elizabeth Holt.
His children were (not sure which children go with
Charles Augustus Smith b. 1877 Palouse, Whitman Co., Washington died 1958 Sand Point, Idaho
Elbert Hazen Smith b. 1885 " " "
Walter Monroe Smith b. 1886 " " died 1950 Eugene, Oregon
Ethel L. Smith b. 1888 Spokane, Washington
Lenn James Smith b. 1890 Palouse, Whitman Co., Washington died 1944 Monmouth, Oregon
Vernon J. Smith b. 1892 " " died 1896
Mabel Lorenda Smith b. 1894 " " died 1958 Redmond, Oregon
Floyd Dewey Smith b. 1898 Absarokee, Montana died 1979 Wasilla, Alaska
Lyle Theodore Smith b. 1902 Lamonte, Oregon died 1985 Redmond, Oregon
Marvin Loren Smith b. " " died 1979 Eugene, Oregon
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Fleckenstein - Smith Information, please contact me
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