John Rasmussen Drady Family
John Rasmussen Drady (born Johannes Rasmussen Grodås) was the youngest of seven children. He was born on September 26, 1852 to Rasmus Pedersen Grodås and Johanne Andersdoter Kongsvik in Grodås, sogn og Fjordane fylke, Hornindal, Norway.
At the age of 18, John emigrated with his older brother Elling Rasmussen Grodås, age 22, arriving in Quebec, Canada, on June 26, 1871. They entered the United States in July, 1871, at the port of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For a few years, John lived in St. Peter, Minnesota. He then move to the milling district of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and worked as a painter for Wagner & Wilson.
In about 1878, John married his first wife, Ingeborg. Ingeborg was born in LaCrosse, LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 1857. John’s brother Elling passed away from consumption on January 23, 1877, and Ingeborg passed away after surgery on March 12, 1880, both in Minneapolis. He buried them at Layman’s Cemetery (now Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota). John then moved to Norcross, Minnesota, and operated a general store for a period of time before moving his business to Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1882. He lived in Moorhead until 1898.
John’s second wife, Thomine Grove, was born on April 18, 1866 in Goodhue County, Minnesota to Thrond Larsson Grove (1821-1893) and Anna Pedersdotter Overby (1821-1908). John and Thomine were married on January 29, 1884, in Goodhue County, Minnesota. In 1886, before they had children of their own, they adopted Annetta (Nettie) Anderson, age 2, after her mother died. Annetta was the daughter of Swan and Mary Anderson (1863-1886). Swan was the bookkeeper in John’s store. John and Thomine had three children, Thomas Richard, Clara Josephine, and Julia Taranta. Thomine passed away on May 27, 1894, at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she had been receiving treatment for tubercular meningitis. She was buried in Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, Minnesota.
John married his third wife, Rogine Hoidal on February, 25, 1896, in Freeborn County, Minnesota. Rogine was born in 1865 in Norway. They had one child, Reginald Joseph. Rogine passed away due to complications of childbirth on June 16, 1897. On Rogine’s request, her sister Martha Hoidal took in Reginald and raised him. She was buried in Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, Clay, Minnesota.
John was an active member of the community in Moorhead. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, his name appearing as a sponsor on many baptismal records. He was on the first board of regents for Concordia College, and he served two terms as an alderman. John’s business associates in Moorhead were friend Ole Martinson and, later, nephew Rasmus Peder Kirkhorn, son of John’s brother Peder Rasmussen Kirkhorn. John also had close ties to the Mons T. Weum family. Mons’s wife Gertrud was sister to Rogine and Martha Hoidal. Drady, Martinson, and Weum lots are located side-by-side at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead.
In 1898, John and his four children (Annetta, Thomas, Clara, and Julia) moved to Edinburg, North Dakota, where John ran a general store for two years until the business district of the town, including John’s store, was destroyed by a fire on April 20, 1900. Shortly after the fire, the family moved to Ward County, North Dakota, and John filed on land in Tolgen Township, 12 miles south of Berthold. He operated a ranch there for five years. In People of the Prairie, John was said to have had over two hundred head of cattle, but, in 1902, he lost more than half of the herd to a snow storm. While owning the ranch, John was also employed at the P. P. Lee department store in Minot.
The family then settled in Burt Township, built a home, and started a general store 12 miles southwest of Minot in 1905. On November 1, 1905, the Ward County Independent reported under “Burt Items” that “Underdahl and Drady have opened their store and the farmers are cordially invited to trade with them.” On January 16, 1906, John became postmaster, and the small but active community became known as Drady, North Dakota. “Mr. Drady was one of the most highly respected citizens of Ward County. He was treasurer of Burt school district for years and in the early days was one of the assistant assessors of the old Fourth commissioner’s district, embracing 72 townships,” his obituary would later state.
John managed his store with his son, Thomas, until 1926, when he sold the store to Iver Monshaugen. John retired as postmaster on January 6, 1927, with Iver also taking on that duty. Thomas then began farming. John was a member of Gethsemane Scandinavisk Evangelical Lutheran Church, which had been built in Drady in 1914. After retirement, John lived with Thomas in Drady and also with Clara in Minot.
John passed away in Minot on January 27, 1933, at the age of 80. Rites were held from Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. Pallbearers were L. R. Larson, Joseph Fedge, Knute Holum, John Underdahl, H. R. Blom, and W. D. Wilson. He was buried at Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot, North Dakota, section 1, block 101, lot 8 (book 3, pg 133).
John’s adopted daughter, Annetta Anderson (Drady) Onsrud, was born January 2, 1884. She married Carl Jacob Onsrud (1880-abt 1930-40). Carl Onsrud worked as a clerk in the Flaten Drug Store, the store destroyed by fire. They had one son, Carlyle D. Onsrud, born June 23, 1906. Carlyle never married. He was buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bismarck, North Dakota. Anetta died on December 27, 1965 and is buried at Arlington Municipal Cemetery in Arlington, Washington, lot C-20.
Thomas Richard Drady was born on October 24, 1887. He married Alida Redland (1891-1971) and they had 3 children; Dorothy Ruth (Drady) Flom (1918-1996), John Andrew Drady (1920-1940), and Allen Eugene Drady. Allen was born April 9, 1924. He married Darlaine Rockvoy (1932) on September 7, 1952 in Minot. They had three children, Mark Allen (1963-1994), Lori Ann (1965), and John Thomas (1969). Mark is buried at Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot at the foot of Alida Drady’s grave. Thomas died on September 10, 1949 and is buried in Drady Cemetery in Minot, North Dakota.
Clara Josephine (Drady) Olson was born November 25, 1889 in Moorhead, Clay, Minnesota. She married Edward J. Olson (1885-1968), and they had one child, Jean Lois (Olson) Deeter (1923-1993). Clara died in November of 1984 and is buried in Darrington Cemetery, Darrington, Washington.
Julia Taranta (Drady) Wynne was born on November 13, 1893 in Moorhead, Clay, Minnesota. She married Earl Leonard Wynne (1895-1958). Julia died on February 17, 1982 and is also buried in Darrington Cemetery, Darrington, Washington.
Reginald Joseph Drady was born on June 6, 1897 in Moorhead, Clay, Minnesota. He died on April 9, 1997, and is buried in Riverview Cemetery, New Town, North Dakota.