My Maternal Grand Uncle, Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen

Leo F. Palen, 1208 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, June 7, 1917

Leo Frank Palen 
Birth:  Mar. 28, 1890
Houston County
Minnesota, USA
Death:  Jun., 1971
Lee County
Illinois, USA 

Leo Frank Palen, husband of Besse Leone (Koch) Palen, resided 815 Galena Ave., Dixon, Lee County, Illinois.
Father of Virginia Palen (Long), Rev. Robert “Bob” Leon Palen, and William “Billy” Edward Palen.

His Parents were Frank Joseph Palen, and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen.

His parents Frank and Emma resided at 1208 Jackson St., Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. 

Beds 4 Bed, Baths 2 Bath, House Size 2,195 Sq Ft, Lot Size 2,600 Sq Ft Lot, 
Year Built 1890

Leopold’s Grandparents were Leopold Frank Palen and Mary “May”(Haupert) Palen both from Luxembourg. They resided in Caledonia, Houston, County, Minnesota.

Leo was the beloved brother of my Grandmother, Phyllis Eugenia(Palen) Linderman. 

Family links: 
  Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
  Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen (1865 – 1930)
  Besse Leone (Koch) Palen (1895 – 1962)
  Robert Leon Palen (1916 – 2002)

  Virginia Besse “Ginnie” Palen (Long) (1919 – 2015)
  William Edward “Billy” Palen (1933 – ____) 

Mount Calvary Cemetery 
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA  

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Record added: May 04, 2008 
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Virginia (Palen) Long, Leo Palen, Harry Linderman, & Jean (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, c.1970.

Leo Frank Palen

Leo Frank Palen, Dixon, Illinois, circa 1950’s.

Leo Frank Palen and his sister, Phylis “Phyl” Palen Linderman, Dixon, Will County, Illinois, c. 1960’s 

 Leo Palen, Dec. 1962, 4102 Arnold St., Houston, Harris County, Texas, in the backyard of Harry & Phyllis Linderman’s home (Leo’s sister).

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 “May” (Haupert) Palen. Front row–Nicholas Frank, Joseph Frank, and Anne Palen in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.

Patsy, Phyllis Linderman, and Leo Palen, Dixon, Illinois, 1946

Patricia “Patsy” Linderman, Phyllis Linderman, Leo Palen, Dixon, Illinois, 1946.

My Maternal Great Grandmother, Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen

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Emma Elsie Claussen Palen

Birth:  Feb. 15, 1865
Will County
Illinois, USA
Death:  Nov. 27, 1930
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA 

Daughter of Henry Claussen and Mary Koble Claussen both born in Germany. 
Emigrated in 1855 to Illinois. There name was also spelled Claussen, and Classen.
I was so excited to find Emma in the 1870 Census for Illinois, so now after 25 yrs. of searching I know who her parents and siblings were. Emma was my Maternal Great Grandmother. 

The 1870 Census for Illinois shows:
name: Emma Classen
estimated birth year: 1865
gender: Female
age in 1870: 5y
color : White
birthplace: Illinois
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), Emma Classen in household of Henry Classen, Illinois, United States; citing p. 4, family 26, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 545791.

Emma was the sister of:
August, Frederick, Minnie, Caroline “Carrie”, and Louisa Clausenn.
Emma Elsie (Clausenn) Palen, beloved first wife of Frank Joseph Palen, married in 1885 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. 

Mother of Phylis Adele Eugenia (Palen) Linderman, my Maternal 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 then 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 both 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 “Billy” Linderman, had four daughters: Yvonne (Burgess Levesque), Yvarra “Billie” (Jackson), Jean Marie(Frederick Mancill), and Patricia Mae “Patsy” (Cooke), and no sons. 

Family links:
  Henry Claussen (1827 – 1901)
  Maria Koble Claussen (1827 – 1903)
  Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
  Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)
  Fleicitas M. Palen Strueber (1892 – 1920)
  Hedwig J Palen Genz (1898 – 1921)
  Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963) 
Mount Calvary Cemetery 
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA 

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My Maternal 2nd. Great Grandfather, Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen, Bachleiden, Luxembourg

English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houst...
English: Historic Courthouse, Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Dubuque County Courthouse. This particular...
The Dubuque County Courthouse. This particular courthouse is an example of Beaux-Arts architecture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Red Stone Bed & Breakfast in Dubuque,...
English: Red Stone Bed & Breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Luxembourg Skyline

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.

Leopold Frank PALEN's Family, 1909, (Leopold's funeral) Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

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. Leo 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. Leo 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.

Luxembourg, 1980, Postcard

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.