Leo Palen family-1898-Back row— May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with moustache), Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with moustache). Middle row — Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary Haupert. Front row — Nicolas F., Joseph F., Anne.
Leo’s funeral, his wife and children, 2 November 1909, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota
My maternal 2nd. Great Grandfather, Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen, husband of Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen. Leopold was born on 4 February 1839 in Diekirch, Luxembourg, and died on 2 November 1909 in Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.
Both of them were from Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Leopold emigrated in 1862 to New York and then by covered wagon to Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. Leo and May married on 29 March 1864 in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Leo was a farmer, and May was a Homemaker.
Parents of twelve (12) children: Frank Joseph, Anne (Molitor), Mary A. (Hengel), Frances (Fuos), Nicholas Frank “Nick”, Johanna “Jennie” (Gaspard), Henry, John, Emil, Josephine (Westcott), Lucille “Lucy” (Koel), Josef F. “Joe” Palen.
Leopold’s parents were Joseph Palen & Anne Catherine (Pletschette) Palen both of Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Both were Catholic. They are buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.
My Maternal Grandmother, Phylis Adele (Palen) Linderman, was the daughter of Frank Joseph Palen.
According to the U.S.Census for Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota for 1880, Mary’s father, Frank Haupert (Hupert), resided with “Leo” and “May” Palen in 1880. He was listed as age 72, retired farmer from Luxembourg. All were Catholic.
I traveled to Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and England in April 1980 with my parents, Louis & Jean Mancill, and my first husband, at that time, Richard Fallin. This is one of the postcards from our trip.