Almy Descendant No. 1407-2511

290. FREDERICK8 ALMY (Charles7, Peleg6-5, John4, Job3-2, William1),b. RI, Jan 1847; d. Williston, ND, 1936.

He m. Crookston, MN, 10 Dec 1879, BESSIE KNUTSON, b. Norway, 14 Jan 1857; d. Noonan, ND, 1933; dau of Elling Knutson.


iCHARLES9, b. MN, Apr 1882; d. Minot, ND, Jan 1962. Charles was married twice, but had no children.
435iiGUY E., b. Minot, ND, Dec 1888; d. Minot, 10 Jul 1956; m. Minot, Nov 1908, HAZEL ROBINSON, b. Minot, 1890; d. Duarte, CA, 15 Apr 1977; dau of Albert A. and Louise (Arpin) Robinson.

Bessie Knutson came to America with her parents when she was three years of age. The Knutson family settled near Forest City, IA, and a few years later they traveled with ox team to their new home near Albert Lea, MN. They moved to a farm near Crookston, MN in 1876 and on 10 Dec 1879, Bessie Knutson was united in marriage to Fred Almy.

After their marriage they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where Fred Almy was engaged in railroad work. His work took him to various points as far west as British Columbia, and they later moved back to Crookston, coming to Minot, ND, 4 Jul 1888.

Fred worked for the Great Northern until 1882 when, due to a collision, he lost his job. He then went to Winnipeg, where he became engineer for the Canadian Pacific, returning to the Great Northern in 1887, reporting for duty at Minot. At this time the road had been built only as far west as Minot. That spring the work of building west from Minot was started. Fred was engaged in construction work perhaps more than any other engineer who worked in the west. He operated the engine at the front when the line was built from Crookston to St. Vincent, as well as many other sections of the road. He helped build 1,300 miles of the Canadian Pacific railway from Oak Lake, Manitoba, west, and was on the first train that pulled into Calgary, Alberta. He worked two years in British Columbia, taking trains up and down a mountainside for a distance of eight miles. For more than 20 years he served as Chief of the Great Northern engineers at Minot.

Mr. Almy was in railroading for 59 years. He retired 1 Sep 1913, at the age of 72, after 31 years of continuous service with the Great Northern.

The Frederick Almy household in the 1900 Federal census for Minot, ND, consisted of Fred 52, b. RI, Jan 1847; Elizabeth, 52, wife, b. Norway, Jan 1857; Charles 18, son, b. MN Apr 1882; and Guy 11, b. MN, Dec 1888.

REFERENCES: CW RECORDS, V p. 273; FAMILY RECORDS, including newspaper clippings whose source and date are unknown; FEDERAL CENSUS; LAWTON p. 80c.