Jannet Walsh

Murdock’s native son new Minnesota agriculture commissioner

In Family, Genealogy, Minnesota, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock, Uncategorized, Video, West Highland White Terrier, Willmar on December 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

As a Minnesota native daughter, it’s great to know Murdock’s native son David Frederickson has been appointed by Minnesota Governor-elect Mark Dayton as the next Minnesota agriculture commissioner.


This is an undated photo with only the caption listed as the Frederickson Family appearing in the Murdock Centennial, 1878 – 1978 book. (Please contact me at jwalsh@wctrib.com if you can identify David Frederickson, if he is in the photograph.)

Fourth Generation from Murdock area
David Frederickson’s family has a history of being outstanding in many farm fields.

According to the Murdock Centennial, 1878 – 1978, a history of the pioneer families and community, the Frederickson family settled in the Murdock area taking up homesteads in the area, working with other families around the time Murdock was settled by Samuel S. Murdock in 1878. (I would guess our families worked together. Learn about my pioneer family.)

David Frederickson is the great-grandson of Christine Wass, originally from Sweden, arriving in the United States in approximately 1855 with her mother, listed as Mrs. R. A. Wass, and four brothers and sisters. Christine’s father, R. A. Wass, had come a year earlier in 1854, but was detained at Ellis Island in New York for three months for diphtheria. Two family members were reported to have died from diphtheria.

Christine married Rudolph T. Frederickson Jan. 3, 1874, the same year they moved to Hayes Township and purchased section 20 from August Hallberg. The 1978 publication listed David and his wife Kay Frederickson as owners of the farm.

Minnesota’s new agriculture commissioner apparently had a great-grandmother that was more than outstanding in her field and many farm fields. The history stated that Christine Wass was considered “quite a business women” as her family were holders of considerable amounts of land in the Red River Valley and also land in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

David Frederickson’s mother, listed as Mrs. W. R. Frederickson, was a member of the centennial book committee. See listing below.

Mrs. Edgar Broden
Mrs. Ruth Shekleton
Mrs. Evelyn Hagen
Mrs. Jack Clarke
Mrs. Ray Schaaf
Mrs. Louie Prekker
Mrs. W. R. Frederickson
Mrs. Kermit Thorseth

Read related story by Don Davis.

My family's farm in Dublin Township, Murdock, Minnesota. Photo by Jannet Walsh

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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