1863 Frank Finlay and Clara Plante

Frank Finlay Phillips 1863-1904 and Clara (Marie Celenaire) Plante 1868-1952


Frank Finlay Phillips


Clara Plante Phillips and The Plante Family

Clara's was born March 8 ,1868 on the Isle d'Orleans, located in the St Lawrence river just north of Quebec City. Clara was baptised at the church (shown below)  by the river at St Laurent on the Isle. Today a new church has been built on the site and the church burial ground is full of Plante and Cinq Mars memorials.

Clara Baptism Document (translation from original french document)

Parish of Saint-Laurent, Island of Orleans, County of Montmorency, Province of Quebec
Abstract of the birth, mariage, death registry of the parish of Saint-Laurent, Island of Orleans, for the year 1868.
“The 9th of March 1868, by the us the undersigned priest of Saint-Laurent, was baptized Marie-Clara, born the day before to the the legitimate union of Joseph Plante, merchant and resident of the parish, and Marie-Célanire Cinq-Mars. Godfather, Joseph Plante, brother of the child; godmother, Philomène Cinq-Mars, daughter of Guillaume Cinq-Mars, farmer and resident of the parish, who (Philomène) declares not knowing how to sign her name. The godfather and father have signed.
N. Forgues, priest
This extract, we, undersigned, priest of Saint-Laurent, Island of Orleans, certify its conformity with the original registry deposited in the archives of the said parish.
In Saiint-Laurent, Island of Orleans, the 13th day of February, 193?.
Frere Gagnon, priest

Church of the Parish of Saint-Laurent, Island of Orleans, where Clara was Baptised
Clara and her sister Cedulie attended school at the Ursuline convent in the old part of Quebec. Ursuline nuns have taught girls since the 1600's and the school still operates today. The chapel was the burial place of General Montcalm after his death at the Battle on the Plain of Abraham.

Joseph Plante, Claras father died about 1870, leaving Clara's mother to support and house nine children. Marie Celenaire ran a boarding house in St Pierre, Quebec after her husband died.
Joseph Plante, Clara and Marie Celenaire (Cinq Mars) Plante

Joseph Plante, Clara's father, came from a well known and respected family on Isle de Orleans, Quebec, his family were well off and had land on the island. However Joseph's brother Ignace inherited the bulk of the family fortune, but Joseph and his brother Isidore inherited a business from a benefactor M. Couture who thought very highly of the young men. The business was a mercantile store with large house, store and warehouse all attached, there was a barn, lake and a nunnery also on the property the two brothers inherited.

It is unsure whether Marie Celenaire ran her boarding house at this property but it seems she did not move with her younger children out west.

Article about both Ignace and Joseph Plante by D Gosselin


Clara, her sister Cedulie and brother Alfred moved from Isle d'Orleans, Quebec, in about 1884. General Custers last stand was over and The West was being opened up by the new Canadian Pacific railway, with opportunity to own land and build a future out West.  The young Plantes moved to Winnipeg or St Boniface, Manitoba first, working with another Quebecois merchant,a man named Fortunat Martineau. (I can remember hearing the Martineau name spoken of with respect by my grandfather Wendell)


Clara Plante

It is even possible Cedulie married Fortunat Martineau in Quebec, then moved out west and her siblings joined them there.

Certificate of Citizenship for Alfred Plante 1889 is witnessed by Frank F Phillips (see Franks signature at bottom of document.
Soon after this Plante and Martineau moved their business to St John, North Dakota and set up a mercantile business. Amongst other products they sold timber which was hauled by Red River ox cart to Fargo and used to build one of the Catholic churches there. Alfred and his family later moved to St Paul.
Fortunat Martineau became very successful and his home has been preserved. See the story below. 

The Success Story Award for 2008 is presented by Preservation North Dakota for outstanding accomplishments in historic preservation. The Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Fern Swenson, announced this year's award winner.
Martineau House, St John – Rolette County. The Martineau House, Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway.

The Martineau House is the official Visitor Center of the Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway. It is owned by the Rolette County Historical Society, and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Sites. This successful restoration required lifting the structure off the original foundation. After 100 years, the original log foundation had disintegrated, and the building was sitting on packed earth. A poured concrete foundation replaced the logs on the original site. New landscaping was completed with appropriate plants and a historically accurate picket fence. Unique architectural features were restored, including the front porch and gingerbread trim, and historically accurate doors, windows, shingles and siding were installed and painted in period colors.

In addition to its architectural significance, the Martineau House is associated with one of St. John’s most famous residents. Fortunat Martineau  was an early North Dakota settler, dedicated merchant, and community developer. He also built the first telephone system outside of the Red River Valley.

The Visitors Center is the only surviving structure of many built by the Martineaus in St. John . It was built in 1899 as a tenant home and temporary family residence next door to his primary dwelling. The Martineau House is the oldest surviving structure in St. John .





Clara Plante and Frank Phillips (possilby at the time of their marriage)
Clara worked as a postmistress at Fortunat's mercantile establishment in St John. She met Frank while working here.

Clara Plante Phillips

Frank Finlay Phillips, born in Sorel, Richelieu county, Quebec, was from the St Paul , Minnesota where his mother and sisters lived. Frank was a licensed Attorney and came to St.John, North Dakota as an US Indian Agent at Turtle Mountain. Clara met and married Frank in North Dakota, during his tenure there, their eldest child Jeanette was born in St John. (In 1978 Great grand-daughter Jan Hall was in possession of the beaded objects the local Indians had made for him.)

From left to right. Mary Louisa Phillips b 1854, Clara Phillips nee Plante b 1888, Emily Eleanor Sophy Phillips b 1857, Louise Elisabeth Langevin Phillips b 1833, Frank Finlay Phillips 1863

The Frank Finlay Phillips family lived in St John North Dakota,Frank was involved with local government and went to Bismark to meet with the State leaders, Clara accompanied him on this trip. By the time Frank  became ill, with  a cancer tumor in his leg the family were living in St Paul, Minnesota.  Treatment for cancer as fairly primative at the turn of the century. Frank had his leg amputated at a time when this practice was experimental at best, but sadly died 14 months later. His death notices are copied below.

Had been Ill for the Past Fourteen Months.
Frank F Phillips, forty three years old of 261 Carroll Street, St Paul, died yesterday morning after an illnesss of fourteen months. Death resulted from a tumor which necessitated the amputation of one of his legs about a year ago.

Mr Phillips was at one time business manager for the Archbishop of St. Boniface, Mgr. Tachi. and afterward held several important political offices in North Dakota. He is survived by a widow and three children, his mother and a sister, Mres La. Belle of St Paul and a brother Father Phillips of Denver, Colorado.

The funeral will be held from St Joseph's church at 9.30 o'clock to-morrow morning.

The Interment of the Late Frank F. Phillips

Frank Finlay Phillips, attorney at law, 261 Carroll Street, was buried from St. Joseph's church. The requiem mass was celebrated by his brother, Rev. Percy A. Phillips, chancellor of hte diocese of Denver, Colorado. The music of teh mass was of a high order, the organ being held by Mrs Hoffman, while John Gehan sang several impressive hymns.

Rev. Father Stewart, of St Joseph's church, gave the absolution, and impressed the congregation with his few sad words and the reading of the beautiful service in the English language after its rendition in Latin.

The demise of Frank Phillips marks the end of a laborious life. He was the youngest of a family of nine, whose estimable and aged mother, now 80 years old, is still hale and hearty, living with her daughter, Mrs. J. B. La Belle, at 843 Iglehurt Street.

Mrs Frank Phillips survives her husband, with two boys and a girl. She is a sister-in-law of Dr. Cagnac Marquis, who was but a few years since a prominent surgeon of this city.

The following were the pallbearers: J.C.Marquis, Philip Bigue, Frank Terry, Wilfred F.Nelson and Charles Griffin.


Frank is buried in an unmarked grave in the cemetery north of the Cathedral in St Paul. Frank Phillips burial site--- Calvary Cemetery between St Ann street and St Luke St in St Paul Minnesota, . The grave is in section 39, block 16 - grave 74. The site is unmarked

Percy Phillips and his sister Emily Sophie La Belle. (possibly at Frank's Funeral)
Letter written by Father Percy Phillips to Clara after her daughter Jeanette was born.

After Frank died Clara needed to find a way to support her 3 children ,Wendell, Percy and Jeannette. She went back to St. John, to be close to her family and opened a boarding house in the town. There were very few avenues of work open to a widow with children, so like her mother before her , she did this kind of work for the rest of her working life.

USA census 1910. Rolette County, North Dakota. Clara, Jeanette, Wendell and Percy share their house with Albert and Emma Plante and lodgers who include Swen Hendrickson and 6 others.
Times were tough for the Phillips in North Dakota and Cedulie Plante Martinueau, Clara's sister, who had married Fortunat Martineau... along with the DePuy's (another family connected to them, but not sure how at this point) sent care /Christmas trunks to the family in St Paul , evidently for years. Janice Hall says Pat Hall (Jeanettes daughter) remembered Jeanette telling how thrilling it was to open those trunks when she was a child.


1930 shows Clara heading the boarding house in Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Her brother Albert and neice Emma lived with her after Franks death in St John. Then later about 1920, Alfred and his wife Flora and their family moved to St Paul to be close to her also.

Her brother Alfred and wife Flora lived in North Dakota in 1920 with their children Rena, Alfred, Wendell and daughter-in-law Jerel. Alfred aged 64 worked as a manager of a Grain Elevator, Rena as a public school teacher, Alfred was a deputy manager of Auto parts and Wendell traffic controller of the railways.  

Swen and Jeanette Hendrickson, Jeanne, Conrad, Clara Phillips, Norris and Patricia
In 1926 Clara travelled via the Rockies to the coast and sailed to New Zealand, the trip of a life time..(her letters were contributed by Jan Hall Brooks and transcribed below)..where she met rich aristocrats and wealthy socialites on board, she threw herself into all the balls and events of shipboard life. She got to Auckland, New Zealand 10 days before Paul and Peter Phillips (the twins) first birthday, stayed in their lovely home at Orakei Road, Remuera (this home, built for her son Wendell and his wife Connie in the early 20's, had huge gardens, tennis court etc, was lovely and I can remember it, though the Wendell Phillips sold it during the depression years. Sadly the house has now been demolished) and was waited on hand and foot, entertained and had a marvellous time with Wendell and Connie and the three boys in Auckland. Connies father JJ Craig had been an eminent merchant businessman in Auckland, a millionaire who owned the Craig Line of tall ships, mining interests, brickworks, beaches, Kaolin and scoria quarries, farms and Craigs carting business begun by his grand father Joseph Craig. At the beginning of the century JJ Craigs was the largest employer of men and horses in Auckland. JJ Craig died suddenly leaving his company in the hands of his brother and sons. The family retained their luxurious lifestyle until the era of steam ships and the depression took its toll on the family fortunes. At the time of Clara's visit, the young Phillips family lived in fine style.


from back left clockwise. Patricia Hall, her grandmother Clara Phillps, Jeanette Hendrickson with her grandaughter Janice Hall (baby)

Continuation of my trip to New Zealand.
October 28, 1926

Yesterday, 27th, we docked at Honolulu about 8am after going through all the ususal red tape. Doctor passing between two lines looking you in the eyes...its more to count the passengers...so it corresponds well. There was no illness. You see the health officers doctor the ones that got out at Honolulu. Then the customs officers. When the gangplank is put on and passengers begin to get off the custom of greeting your friends is putting wreaths around your neck indicates how popluar you are... such thrills... I am simply breathless.... I cannot express myself.  Honolulu, itself is lovely. The name means Paradise Island. It is well named.. what beautiful country. i wish you could hear all the millionaires praising the U.S.A. I wish you could see this beautiful spot. 1000 miles of good roads and teh scenery, for instance the hills are exactly like a painting...different shades. Flowers everywhere, even on the trees, and to make it even more scenic, this fell into the hands of our progressive Americans.

To whom it may :
This is the ideal spot for honeymooners, its a dream, I was so entranced yesterday that I never could tell you the beauties of this place, my dears, people here are the most cordial wherever you go. To give you a little example: I wanted to go to the wharf from this beautiful hotel where I had my luncheon. Well, I asked a lady what site to take the train. She was waiting for a friend who had a car. So, my dear, they took me in their cary way down to the wharf. I was carrying the biggest pineapple, nearly 6 pounds!

I got into a party of 3 other ladies and we took a Lewis tour around the city. You get a very good idea of the town that way. I was with some very well-to-do ladies on this tour. One remarked to me "what a beautiful bag" Talk of being admired. I can't tell you all, so many have made remarks. I am not in an ordinary crowd either, just wish you could meet some of these people. Nice, pleasant, polite and perfect gentlemen. People who have covered the whole globe, retuire archduchesses and orchard owners and so on.  I have given you much details of Honolulu, but if you read on ti sometime it's all they advertise. I love it here, and will try and stop off 2 or 3 days to really see the view. You see, I have a friend there stationed at Scofield Barrack, a Max Cowler, a young lieutenant from Dunseith, North Dakota. I called him up, he is 30 miles from Honolulu, but I did not get to see him. He was very nice and invited me out but I had not a minute. I may see him on my return.

Today is beautiful out. We are traveling in the Tropics. It is so balmy and warm every day that I leave a little clothing off and if it continues I will be like a native black. The sun is so hot! I must tell you about a dark tall girl I met onboard. She was a little Parisian who could not talk English so I was her interpreter and of course, it is a very good way to get aquainted and we did run around together. Well, I must tell tale... I'd love to tell that later, well this Parisian was going to meet her fiance in Honolulu. Her friend is a very tall man. Nice and aristocratic. I saw the cable she sent to him. It was addressed to Baron...well, I have forgotten the rest. So I was amused about that a tall man, as the fortune teller said I would be very much interested in him and he in me. This may be that I helped his sweetheart so much that he couldn't do enough for me.  They were at the wharf and brought me two of those beautiful wreaths of flowers. The fragrance of them.. I cant tell you.. I was ll decked out. That's this present I was supposed to get, and it also that this tall man would be connected with it and he was, so thats settled. We had a terrible tremor in California for we had three or four days of rough weather. I helped those that were sick a little by visiting them.

There were 75 people sickin the first class list. My! how sick they got. One woman lost 9 poungds in bed for almost the entire 7 days. From Vancouver to Honolulu they got so weak. You can all imagine how pleased and thankful I am to have stood the rought sea so well all alone. I would have surely been lonely. The Pacific is a mightly ocean. The water looks just like a bluing in a tub. It's dark.

Now between Auckland we will have very warm weather and very calm, sometimes it gets rough from Auckland to Sydney.. oh yes, there is great South American pianist that got on at Honolulu. As we left the boat he put flowers around. He had the time of his flife. I hope he plays on board. Next stop is Sana. It might  take us 9 days there. It's very beautiful there, only much more in the Virgin state. The natives and all that partake to their lives are genuine. While in Honolulu all those old times have gone and the young generation are mixing and intermarrying. In Honolulu the population in schools is about 80 percent Japanese. You never saw such beautiful schools, such bright people as the Japs. In all the stores and places they have japanese girls. Here it is so different, you'd have to see it to believe it.

We are at the Grand Hotel at Wakiki Beach. All Jap servants. My table friends got off at Honolulu. Well, my new ones are people who are returning from Japan. Very interesting people. I had to laugh last night, they were saying that their son had won a cup in some college in Spokane, so they were going to cable him... well, what will i say, said the mother. At last she said...Let's say we are all crazy about you! She said she had heard that in America we take it they are all carzy about the U.S.A.

Now I eat breakfast the time is 8am.

Friday 29

Between Port of Honolulu and Suva. Well the further I go the better I am getting acquainted with the passengers. I am surely having the time of a life just now. I am planning a costume for the nex Friday, second of November. A costume dress ball. It will be oceans of fun. I have the dearest girl cabin pal, you ever saw. Well, she had the most beautiful cloth. Her home is in Honolulu, so shie had Chinese costumes galore. I am going to use one. It is a darling. I will make some hats, get a shampoo, and a chinese hairdress. No, but you must get into the spirit of all that goes on on a boat or you don't get acquainted nor your money's worth. I am positively not missing a thing for I don't know when I can make this tour again. People are taking part in all kinds of sports. I did not enter because these English people are regular sharks in sports and bridge and all so I rather not be bound to anything I will see a lot of anyway. More in keeping moosing right along...you never saw such exquisite toilette as at last nights ball. Creations from teh best designers of the world. Mostly models from London, OH Boy, what an amount of money it must take to travel in such state. All I have heard on board is millionaire stuff!

October 29

I think sometimes I am in Fairy Land! Honestly, Folks, a trip like this is worth millions to me.... it's such an education for your mind. You grasp things better after you have passed the giddy age. Well, most people on the ship seeem to be all retired people, elderly, and not ties of young families. A pleasure trip like this if you have no responsibility such as big homes. My mind is very much at ease on that subject.

My dear ones... and my dear friends are my only thoughts. I have showed my babies pictures to my roomate. She is simply crazy about the twins. They are so adorable. She said they were and I don't know shen I ever saw such dear ones.

The day is perfect, very warm, we are one day from the equator. It will be gradually warmer as we go along. Suva is our next stop. In about 5 days from New Zealand. It is a lovely group of islands. We will be there a day. That place is more on the primitive times. Not so commercialized as Honolulu. My! what a place. Never have had such pleasure in all my life...it is a millionaire city.. everything is one the most luxurious styles.... I mean Honolulu.

Dreamland and Paradise Island are well names I can assure you. I wish that all you who read this can some time in your lives make this trip... the natives are very nice people looking lots like our half breeeds. Here is lots of intermarrying among the Hawaiian and Japanese and Chinese. Its all a mixup...but let me tell you something, that mixed marriages make more intelligent people! I am amazed that's all, to see some of those Japs. Helpful, bright and quick as a flash to understand you, perfectly well too. Imagine that in the schools there is 80 percent Japanese, so you can imagine how lively it is.  Millionaire Japanese galore. Chinese and Armenians too. Marvelous schools etc. Natives have separated schools..where english is taught them...as i go along sailing I wish you could see the same sight... the mighty Pacific Ocean... my ! how magestic it is. Of course, it's as nice as when it is calm as when its rough. I have seen it both ways but have always been on both my feet. Thank God for it for I have seen so much and some got so sick that they have lost 9 lbs!

We saw a school of porpoise sailing. It is so interesting to see them jump. they are so game. I love to watch them. Au revoir until tomorrow. I'll read (Mana Chopdelan How)

Saturday 3 October

Nearing the equator.. my dear people: Today is still more interesting. People are getting so friendly and nice. I know we will be very sad to part. Lots of fun for me for being unattached. I get all the fun of the game.  No reproach. I see some ladies are sometimes a little bit too restricted. You know there are so many nice men on board and wealthy and are out for a real good time, that I know many times they weish they were alone! We had more fun this morning. I happened to be in a good bunch and you all know what a good mixer I am! Talk about fun. This great Spanish Pianist still is on board. Took a shine to a little woman and I so we surely did laugh. Well, he has a beautiful spanish shawl and comb so he will drape her and I'll be the chaperon of course, I'll be dressed up too...lots of fun!

You really don't get well acquainted until you are on board about 10 days or so. Then its lots of inner fun.

October 31

This is the end of a perfect day. Got up at 6am. went up on upper deck, had tea and fruit there. At 9.30am I went to Mass.. a lovely sermon..a Father Fleming...a grand man enjoyed them so well, than had lunch later on. Met some more people.. very fine... had tea with a lady from Boston. Oh Boy! what fun. Then at 6pm met the Oahanigi (sistership) to the Niagara in mid-ocean, then a little later saw on little bit of an island with one lovely tree. What a thrill. I wishe you could see the excitement. Those who were supposed to take a bath, well, it was cancelled. Now it is dinner time. It is the finest day. this morning at 8.30am we passed the equator. It surely was a full day. Tomorrow Mass again at 9am in the second classs... La Toussan.

Talk about a gorgeous sunset. It's the grandest you ever saw. The next excitement will be in Suva, Fiji, in 5 more days. Imagine it is the finest. Imagine going to bed on Tuesday night and waking up on Thursday morning.. we lose a whole day! It is so funny. How they manage the time. We had to put our watches 30 minutes back, then ahead again! Everyday a change until a day at Auckland where we lose a whole big day! Now I have had my dinner and very good it was. Turtle soup, roast spring chicken stuffed and potatoes, peas nicely cooked,, then an individual lemon pie. I never ate such pastry. Very fine and I surely enjoyed it too. I came into the parlor and our friend the Spanish pianist entertained us some! What a grand player but a temperament. He is fat...no shape whatever and so emotional. I surely had fun yesterday. He took a fancy to a little woman. We two went with him and he treated us to the loveliest cocktail before lunch. We surely enjoyed it.

November 1

We are sailing along peacefully in nice weather. I got up at 6am. Went to Mass at 7am. in the second class.  Very fine, it was all right for we all have to make the trip. I deal in all shape and manner of course a ship with a big passenger list like this one is, there is lots more chance to make acquaintances. You would be amused to see all the U.S. passengers gather together. Talk about fun...there is the cutest little woman from Boston. Her husband has been sent to Sydney for Studebaker so she is going. But how afraid she is to be lonesome. The people do all they can to amuse her. They are perfect gentlemen.

November 2

We will hav a dress ball tonight. I'll be a Japanese lady. Wish you could see the beautiful attire I'll wear. Honestly you never saw such nice people on board. They do all they can for you. This lady who is my cabin pal, she proved to be OK in everyway. She is a resident of Honolulu. I have a bid to visit her on my way back so if I go by Honolulu, I may go to Sydney and see her. Honolulu is a paradise. Last night we had the grandest concert. Just as in any big city. People dressed in low and beaded dresses, honestly one in a white gown, you would imagine you were at the Grand Opera. such costumes, such people.

We have pianist on board from America. He is a wonder. He is going to Australia too, an all over to show people the mistakes they make in slipping away from good music and I agree with him too. And this jazz is awful, I think! We had a splendid cartoonist, he was great and I enjoyed him. We all sang. It was though you were entertained in some great parlor. A big hotel, the boat is great and service OK. Food extra. Passengers have more chance. I can tell you it is beyond expectations and I still have a great big pleasure coming, to embrace my dear Wendell and his dear little children.

Will be in Suva, Fiji Island tomorrow early. Will spend a day there. How pleasant that will be. The best way to learn all about this country is to get literature at Canadian Pacific booking office. Clay will be so pleased to give you information. My trip is worth 3 times what I paid for its, the best is yet to come. The Pacific is a mighty ocean, I'll say. So rough now, though, we got the tail end of the San Francisco earthquake. The latter part of october, around the 24th or something like that. But it is nothing, i was not a bit sick. Never missed a meal. Allekiki if I have been sick... all above wouldn't have helped me. I thank God for it all to make this trip ideal. Went to Mass 3 days in succession. It is all you can wish for.

Tomorrow I will try and write my impressions of Suva. It is not so advanced as Honolulu for the reason it is so nice because the Americans have made it so. I tip my hat to U.S.A. Every time as far as progress goes, but they also have natural beauty unexcelled anywhere in the world.

November 3

WEll, last night was the great event on board. We had a fancy dress ball, talk about beautiful costumes. Some were made on board, others were bought on board. They were exquisite and some took some deciding to find out who the women were. A woman made a suit called the peanut girl selling peanuts, with a basket and peanuts were sewed all over it. Everybody had a good time. My roomate made me into a little Japanese woman. It was real good, and I had something to occupy my mind. I think people don't go in so much for price.

Today noon we land at Suva, and will remain there tonight then on to Auckland. Three more days.. O Boy!

November 4

Well this is Friday 4th November. We have been onshore, and had the grandest time, but nothing like Honolulu. It's more primitive. Not so comercialised, but beautiful. I shall never forget the place. We saw nice types of natives. They are bigh men, well built, raise all kinds of things and live on it. Those islands are marvellous, ther is coral there and they paint them up and sell it to tourists. A boat comes in on letter day about once a month. I wish you could have seen the mob at the wharf watching us sail, beautiful sight.

Friday 4th pm

The Orange Derby this afternoon. Most exciting afternoon, very interesting, its the place of a racing horse in Australia.  Then each girl has a jockey. They draw for a number, they have different acts. They are given a manicure sissor and each has a tape of 4 yards to cut. The tape is nailed on a board to steady the one who cuts and one who gets the tape cut first gets the Honor. Then the first of 5 different heats competes in the last race of the Derby. I wish you could have seen the betting. Just as good as the real stuff.

November 10th

Dear Folks.. I'll resume my dairy after about 4 days in Auckland.. too busy to write for the Oarangi stayed from the 7th of November until the boat had gone. I was pressed with engagements. Honestly i have made some of the best friends onboard. Real warm friends that I'll never forget, movies and sightseeing.. but this a.m. i stayed at home and settled for a while and sorted my things and unpacked. The trip was simply ideal in every shape and manner. A good trip and I found out I was a real good sailor. Not a bit sick.

Now about Auckland. It is ver beautiful, with little hills here and there, round and houses are all built on the tops or at the nearest point. Cute bungaloes, my it's cute, i like to talk about flowers, well its nothing but flowers... those great easter lillies, they grow like wild here. I just wish you could have seen the armful of lillies I took to the boat for my friends, who were going to Sydney and i took them from Wendell's yard. Roses above all. It's quite the order of California as the flowers are concerned.

The weather has been exceptional this year like all over the world. Here they had had lots of rain.. and New Zealand is about due for their summer months. I expect you all have your woolens out by this time. On my arrival 3 days ago it was quite cool. I had my big coat on to go down town, but today the weather is ideal. Here I sit on a lovely big chair, with 2 or 3 pillows out on the lawn.

Most beautiful place, the sun is beaming and I feel so nice and warm. I know I'll get spoiled here. With this... the interesting subject the twins. Don't think for a moment when I am exaggerating for i just wish you could see them yourself and let you draw your own conclusions. I think they are a little bit out of the ordinary, especially for their size. They are both immense and healthy and advanced. They will be one year old on the 18th of November. That will be very soon. I might take some pictures and will mail them. This will be very soon. All my mail will leave before 2 weeks more. It's the quickest. I can mail it so from this day on I'll prepare all my christmas mail and it will all go on the same boat as I have said count on a month for a letter from Minneappolis, maybe less if you can catch a boat from San Francisco. It's more or about the same distance about 6540 miles really from either point. I mean either from Vancouver or San Francisco. So please dont ever wait for my letters to come before you write, they will meet on the mighty ocean. My what a large body of water, can you imagine the distance!

After you are on it for a while you don't mind it at all. You hate to leave the boat.

Wendell has the nicest place here. Large grounds and cosy home. I have a lovely great big room all of my own and feel quite at home already. Wendell's wife is very nice and very easy to get acquainted. You can  all imagine my joy adn my thrills when I saw Wendell and his wife and his son Wendy (Wendell II), only 6 years old. And Wendell's mother-in-law (Jessie Craig) with an armful of beautiful roses. Imagine the meeting was very touching. i know some of my friends on board the boat told me they saw us from the deck and said they felt very happy for us.. I am sure I'll enjoy my stay here so very much.

Very likely I'll return by way of Sydney, Australia to San Francisco. It will be grand. For, you see, I came through the Rockies. My journey coming the other way and i want to see Uncle Bim (Jim or Tim?) He might hand me a couople of notes or Liberty bonds. I have to learn how to handle money here.. but at first it is all Greek to me. The money is all shillings, pounds and guineas. How funny. Their penny is very large here.

Last night Wendell and his wife and myself went to a wonderful Opera. The Opera was grand and I enjoyed it immensley. The people here are very fond of music and have great talents. I was surprised. the name was the Arcadians. Amateur but very good. It was the last night of 1 week standing so it was the best night. Flowers for each member of the company from a girl about 2 or 4 for each person. All given in full view. I never saw such a lovely sight. Streamers all over the audience, very fine, I enjoyed it all.

Well I think i will conclude this epistle and I do wish I have not bored you all to death. I am giving you impressions the way I feel about them so there you are, only I wish some of you could see our babies.
Imagine they will walk very soon for they walk all over and around their little beds and coops and so on. They are so adorable, that's all in nutshell.
Clara with her twin grandsons Paul and Peter Phillips at Orakei Road, Remuera.

The nurse who takes complete charge of them is an experienced woman.. a lovely girl. You would be amused. This morning I watched her giving them a bath. It was so sweet. Then the feeding. She has two dishes and she is a tall girl, with long knees. Well, my dears, she sits them on her knees, feeds one then the other. This forenoon I fed one, and she fed the other. She has been with them ever since they were 5 weeks old. Funny when one took a bottle, the other never wanted to take the nipple. Can you imagine he has to have the contents of a bottle of milk by the spoon. That's Paul. Peter drinks all of his with a nipple. Peter has less hair and their character is different. Peter is the wisest. How he looks at you in a cute way and you can see him making things out very intelligently. Not that I think they are brighter than any of your dear babies but to me they are so thrilling and to think if two such enormous babies were one. It surely thrilled me to the marrow. Paul is the eldest by 10 minutes.

Taken on the twins first birthday November 18, 1926. On the back of the photo Clara wrote " Crepe de chine Rompers, Pink and Blue painted on flowers. Peter has light brown eyes, very serious but very sweet. Peter is easily upset. Born 10 minutes after Paul. Paul has light blue eyes, dark hair, darker than Peter. Very expressive eyes, always contented, never makes a fuss.
Sadly that was the only time the little boys ever saw Clara. The depression years and World War II meant travel for pleasure was not accessible to the Phillips boys or their Grandmere in North Dakota. In later years, Wendell and Connie travelled to Europe by steamship many times to visit his family there, his last trip to the USA to stay with Jeanne Hendrickson Richards in 1979 was one I (Granddaughter Julie Phillips) shared with him.

Clara moved to St Paul again later in her life. Alfred and Flora nearby. She ran a boarding house, a women's residence home in St Paul, on Summit Ave. 324. The home had been one of the lovely homes built during the height of the railroad building times and was very near the James J. Hill home, now the Governor's mansion. The home where Clara worked still exists and is now an upscale apartment building It seems she undertook some study as an older woman (see graduation picture below) and travelled with the Martineau family to NYC for the Worlds Fair. It seems Clara was surrounded by a her large extended family in North Dakota and Minnesota, though her own children were so fare away.

Please find information for Jeannette Phillips and Swen Hendrickson on their own page.
Please find information for Wendell Phillips and Constance Craig on their own page.
Please find information for Percy Phillips at end of this story.


Eugene Dufresne Wedding (Clara in Centre)                              Clara in graduation gown.

Laureat Martineau and his Aunt Clara Phillips on a trip to New York for the Worlds Fair 1939.

As an older woman she lived for some time with her daughter Pat and Don Hall, but later moved to Wahpeton, ND to live with a friend, where she died in 1952. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Wahpeton. Ref 8--52--40. (701894129 Red River Genealogy Society)

(source of story Jan Hall Brooks)

(source of census documents USA Census, Ancestry.com, Roots.com, birth deaths and marriage documents avail on internet and various other heritage and genealogy sites.)


Percy A Phillips, first born son of Frank F and Clara Phillips.
I have seen a photo of the three Phillips children when they were young and baby Percy was extremely beautiful as a child. ( I have misplaced this photo but will post when I find it)

The only verbal information I have about him from family lore is that he turned out to be no good and disappeared in South America.

Percy was released/discharged from the US Navy, December 24th 1918 , his original release papers were sent to Washington. He applied for a USA passport May 6th 1919 so he could travel to Chile. His intended departure from USA May 13th 1919. He lists his previous address' as Vancouver BC, 1911-1915 and Prince Rupert BC 1915-1916. HIs premanent address he lists at Aneta, North Dakota.


The document above is an application for a US Passport made at the American Embassy in Santiago,Chile on 18th January 1921.
The notes list Percy as Blond with fair complexion, light brown eyes and an oval face. His Father Frank is mentioned as having lived in the USA from 1890 to 1905 and was the Judge of District Court for 7 years.
Percy lived in British Columbia from 1911-1916 and left there for Valparaiso Chile on May 12, 1919 where he arrived on June 5, 1919.(note this is the same year Wendell travelled to New Zealand) Percy was send to Chile as a Telephone Engineer for the Braden Copper Company American of 120 Broadway, NYC.

The document above shows Percy A Phillips arrving back in NYC as a 'stowaway' on the Martha Washington out of Buenos Aires Jan 31st 1921 arriving in NYC Feb 22nd 1921 giving his address at the Central Branch YMCA, Brooklyn, NYC.

It seems likely that he died in June 8, 1960 in California. (USA births and death records)


Fortunat Martineau married Cedulie Plante, Clara's sister. Clara worked as Postmistress for Fortunat Martineau in 1884.

Book written by E.A.Martineau, St John, North Dakota, September 1, 1943

To My Father
In tribute to a pioneer, whose toil and hardships for the benefit of younger generations, is appreciated.


This is a history of a man and a store, and so, in a way, the history of a community; for the life of every community centers around its stores. To a merchant no two days ever bring the same experiences. They are as varied as the temperaments of the individuals who come in to buy. A man's success depends on so many little things that it is impossible to count them.

The mother of Fortunat Martineau, Olive Gingras Martineau, was a woman of prompt decisions and strong resolutions. She had a grim determination that her son should have a chance other than casual farm labor. Her greatest ambition was that sometime he would have teh opportunity to learn a regular trade. The father, Louis Martineau, was an expert wharf builder for ocean-going boats up the St Lawrence River to Quebec. His three sons, Louis, George and Fortunat worked with him. Things went along as usual on the little farm at St Nicholas, Levis, Quebec, until Fortunat was sixteen years old. Then his mother decided he should go to Quebec and begin his apprenticeship in the store of Mr. Belleow on Market Place. She went with him and had him wear an oversize coat, thinking he might be considered too small. She assured Mr Belleow that he was a very good worker, however, and that size didn't count.

He began his apprenticeship immediately and lived in the home of his employer. There was no pay for the first six months and the store hours were long. Mr Belleow was not the easiest man in the world to work for, but took seriously the duties of a master toward his apprentice, and drilled certain fundamentals of buiness that have been vastly useful in his career as a merchant. His formal period of apprenticeship was over when he was eighteen. He was always an ambitious and very sincere boy and never shirked his work. He saved as much of his earnings as he could and when a series of events resulted in Mr Belleow offering his store for sale, his clerk bought him out.

Success wasn't a matter of "pull", but a matter of personal talent, energy and determination. He had very little money, but had the courage and willingness to work hard and think ahead. Handicapped by not being able to speak English, he hired a tutor and studied in the evenings.

He was an artistic young man and very fond of music. He bought a piano and learned sufficiently to play the piece "over the Waves." He also played the fiddle adn the accordian well enough to entertain at family gatherings. His most spectacular accomplishment of those years was his ability to walk a slack wire. He had visions of himself as an entertainer and also used this method in overcoming his shynes and inablility to easy expression.

The Giver of All Things would not desert a man who was humbly trying to be a giver in his turn and He never did. The windows of Heaven opened to pour out many blessings. Father Martineau has always been a devout church goer, practiced Holy Prayer and assisted at Holy Mass devoutly on Sundays.

When Fortunat Martineau was twenty-three he married Cedulie Plante, twenty one. She was a young lady from Isle de Orleans, St Laurent, Quebec, who had been educated in the Ursaline Convent. To her tact and hospitality is attributed in no small measure teh success of his work. She was his constant companion for fifty-one years. Keenly alive to the possibilities that lay before her husband and deeply interested in the career which she was desirious that he pursue, Mother Martineau was an intimate confidante and helpmate. She was given the unique honor, by Hon. Gov. John Burke, of being chosen as North Dakota's most distinguished mother.

The young couple decided they would take advantage of the fortunes offered in the west and became pioneers in Dakota Territory in teh fall of 1883. Fortunat Martineau decided then that the present spot of today would be an ideal location from which to carry on trade with the Indians. This is his sixtieth year here and his store has always been a living, vital thing that reflected the changing demands of a world of human beings. He has enjoyed it, been independent and prospered. His motto is "There is only one thing that can make you fail in business and that is not to have the money in the bank when your bills fall due."

Father Martineau was practical enough to know that his children must have an education. Ten of his family of twelve are living and have benefited from his belief.

Colonel Laureat Martineau, his second son, is in the service of his country as District Director of Immigration of Naturalization in Portland, Maine. He attended the school of St. Boniface, Manitoba, when he was twelve years old. He is an attorney in the United States Department of Justice. He was always a prodigious reader and enjoyed a midnight steak.The steak was not conducive to sleep so the other boys in the bed across the room had a difficult time to get the lamp "blown out." Laureat's method to keep them subdued was a well aimed dash of spittle. Pillow fights ensued at all hours and Mother settled the arguments by the punishment of having the culprit "kiss the floor." This was a Convent punishment and very efficacious in making one feel inconsequential. Mother usually waited until she was "without anger" to punish the children and Father has never reprimanded a child. He has been stern and firm in his word. Many times we felt he was too austere. Firmness and fearlessness are characteristics of his whole life.

Little Joseph, the first born, lived but five months before the Marineaus moved from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Fortune (3rd son) has been called the "Jewel of the Family" by Rev. Father Ouellet. He is one of those apt men who has a keen sense of humor and is always welcom. The one known time when he completely lost his temper was when he volunteered to be the first to be let down a twenty-five foot well in a bucket and when down there was the recipient of a shower of small stones. It was a case of "letting go of the lion's tail" as no one wanted to draw him up. He is a pharmacist at Cando, North Dakota, and serivces radios as a hobby.

Joseph Martineau and family
The fourth child of the family was again called Joseph. He is versatile and ingenious. Although Father Martineau organized the first elementary school here fifty-seven years ago it was many years later that the higher grade schools. Doctor Joseph aided himself thru school by taking correspondence courses and summer terms. He has a very pleasing tenor voice and plays the clarinet, piano and violin. He served as Captain in the Medical Corps in France in World War 1 and has a lucrative practice in surgery in St.Paul, Minnesota.

Doctor Albert was the fifth son. He has located in Rolla, North Dakota, and practices dentistry. He is serving in this war by being in British Columbia on the Alaska Military Highway. He is the most adept man of the family and inherited Mother's even temperament. Doctor Albert has been singularly blessed by a miraculous cure of tuberculosis of hip bone attributed to the graces bestowed by good Sainte Ann. A gold nugget was donated for the crown of her statue to St. Ann de Beaupre, Quebec, in adoration, praise and thanksgiving to God for his infinite goodness and love.

Doctor Marius served in the last war and is practicing dentistry in St. Paul. Minn. He was the poineer merchant at Fish Lake in one of the chain stores owned by his father. He was a farmer too when we planted acres of potatoes and peanuts. He follows in his father's steps when he has taken photography as a hobby. Father Martineau was one of  the early amateur photographers. Colonel Laureat learned to develop the photographs. One of the momentos of those days is a photograph of Mohter with a lady's bicycle, Father with his and the three older boys with theirs. Doctor Marius is Secretary and Treasurer of the Metropolitan Cine Club.

The seventh child to be born was again a son, Sergius Real. He was called the 'Healer' by the natives and was often called upon to cure some malady. Vaseline and cough syrup wer ethe usual prescriptons. Sergius has a cheerful disposition and is self-reliant. He has been a salesman for a famous national automobile and was the first to give his service to all-out war work. He has a position as Senior Mechanic in a Defense Plant in Dayton, Ohio.

When Grace was born the Indians celebrated with a dance and brought gifts to Mother. She had waited a long time for a daughter. Among Grace's many accomplishments can be listed those of a beautiful pianist and organist and gracious hostess. Her home is in St Paul, Minnesota, and her husband is Mr George Herman, Chief Estate Tax Officer.
Grace's son Karl Herman aged 7 years
Martineau boy, Clara, ? ,Laureat Martineau

Grace has inherited a diamond ring given her mother, when she was born. Father Martineau purchased a diamond ear ring from a Lady-in Waiting to Queen Victoria, and had it made into his ring.

Miss Emma made her appearance two years later. She has taught school for a few years and is living in St.John, North Dakota, with her father. She has inherited a twin diamong ring and broach set which her mother received when Emma was born. Emma sang in the chorus of 'La Bohemme' at the Metropolitan Grand Opera in New York City and had an audition by the great Mme. Marcella Sembrich.

Regina was the third daughter. She lives at Willow City, North Dakota, and her husband, Mr Willard Bower, is a merchant. Regina has always been very active, optimistic and happy. She is a graduate of Home Economics and an expert cuisiniere. At the age of nine she helped give an oil stove demonstration by making the biscuits for the people assembled. She is very clever and her hobby is writing limericks. She wears a solitaire diamond ring inherited from Mother as her birth gift.

Dainty little Cedulie remained on this earth exactly two years. She was tiny, her largest size shoes were size two, very bright, talked and walked when one year old.

Ernest is the last child. He is located at Fort Francis E. Warren in Cheyanne, Wyoming, and is in Civil Service. He is serving in this war as a Mechanical Dentist and has charge of the laboratory in this camp. He built a complete head-set radio when that industry was new, and is a skilled mechanic.

Father Martineau has been a quiet and selfcontained trader. Success followed perseverance and hard work. During the years he has owned the whole of Baxter Township, not to mention sections in Fairview, Hutchinson and various quarters in Montana. These were quickly transferred to settlers. One winter he held five thousand muskrat skins for sale. He shipped over four thousand cords of native wood in a season and another favorite means of barter was Seneca Root. Many car loads of  the fifteen thousand pounds were picked by Indians.

In October, 1883, in making a trip to Devils Lake, via Red River Oxcards, the party missed the main trail in a snowstorm and were eight days making the trip. The axle grease used on the squealing cart wheels was the most easily secured lubricant-namely an inquisitive gopher-slit and wrapped around the wooden hub. The drivers were under contract to haul one hundred pounds freight, gratis, for the Catholic Church being constructed of native lumber under Mr. Martineau's supervision. The Church is still in use and is furnished by many of his donations. One year he had a thousand acres of grains seeded. There was an eleven inch snowfall in June and the crop turned into a "bumper".

A generous income was needed to meet the needs of his large family. At one time there were three sons attending medical and dentistry Universities in Chicago. He also remembered to be generous to his sisters and mother remaining in Quebec. Each child has had the opportunity to attend college or university and to learn both French and English, and to play a musical intrument. There were a sufficient in the group to comprise a passable band.

One of the important projects developed was a telephone system, built by Fortune, Joseph, and other boys from St. John, to Rolla, Belcourt, Maryville, Laureat, Dunseith, Bottineau, Omemee and Willow of Fargo in Dakota and connected the various stores operating under Father Martineau's supervision. This system was purchased by the Bell Telephone System Company in the year 1898. The first post office in St John was established in the Martineau Store in 1884 with his sister-in-law Clara Plante as postmistress.

Father Martineau is till a busy, proud, aristorcratic adn sincere man, very competent at eighty-four years, and also the oldest, independent merchant in North Dakota. The habit of careful work done well and with no procrastination has remained with him. Fortunat Martineau's life is a splendid example of a young man who persevered until he suceeded in his chosen work.

the end.
(copy of book supplied by Jan Hall Brooks)


The State Library of North Dakota has a collection of centennial books including The History of Rolette County and Years of the Pioneers. The catalogue # is 978.4592 , R 745 Rolette

That book contained this information:

  • Alfred Plante -born in Quebec in 1865-father died in 1875. The mother came to St John in 1884. Alfred was educated in Normal School of Quebec
  • Alfred was 19 when he arrived in St John. He worked for his brother- in- law, Fortunate Martineau
  • In 1896 he was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland. He held this job for 4 years
  • In 1905 he opened a store of his own.
  • He worked for a lumber yard in the town of St Anthony (a town near St John evidently)
  • In 1915 he was again apppointed postmaster by president Wilson
  • In 1901 he married Flora Brooks of Grand Forks, North Dakota



Fortunate Martineau was born Sept 29 1860 in St Nicholas Parish province of Quebec. He left for Quebec City to learn the mercantile trade. In 1882 he moved to Brandon , Manitoba, Canada.

In 1883 Martineau and Alfred Plante built------( for some reason I did not complete this sentance. I do know that they did go into some sort of mercantile business for a time)



Frank Phillips

In 1888 Frank Phillips was appointed Probate Judge and clerk of court. The States attorney at the time was John Burke. Burke was later elected Governor of North Dakota. (I do remember stories of Clara traveling by train and boat to Bismarck, the state capitol, to visit Gov. and Mrs Burke but have npothing to corroberate that other than recollections of Jeannette and Mom.



F. H. Martineau , a Cando, North Dakota druggist, was bequeathed a telegram by his uncle by his uncle, Frank Phillips. The telegram was from the (Governor) calling back the troops.

I do not know which governor or which war. the notes end at this point. Maybe the library closed and I had to leave.


I did find out the location of Frank Phillips burial site--- Calvary Cemetery between St Ann street and St Luke St in St Paul Minnesota, . The grave is in section 39, block 16 - grave 74. The site is unmarked

Plante Family Tree

Descendants of Nicolas Plante Page 1



1-Nicolas Plante b. 1587, d. 21 May 1647

+Elisabeth Chauvin b. 1601, d. 14 Feb 1646, m. 1620, Laleu, Ar La Rochelle, Aunis, France

2-Jean Plante b. 1621, d. 29 Mar 1706

+Francoise Boucher b. 22 Jun 1636, d. 8 Apr 1711, m. 1 Sep 1650, Quebec, [county], PQ, Canada

3-Pierre Plante b. 7 Apr 1666, d. 4 Dec 1737

+Marguerite Patenaude b. 16 Nov 1669, d. 4 May 1738, m. 6 Nov 1691, Ste Famille, Montmorency, PQ, Canada

4-Pierre Plante b. 31 Oct 1692, d. 29 Oct 1740

+Angelique Havard b. 20 Jen 1693, d. 16 Apr 1771, m. 27 Jul 1717

5-Prisque Plante b. 30 Jan 1722, d. 21 Aug 1798, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

+Marie Josephe LeClerc

6-Joseph Marie Plante b. 22 Dec 1747, d. 9 July1847

+Agathe Gosselin b. 3 Jul 1774

7-Prisque Plante b. 13 Jul 1792, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

+Genevieve Ruel , m. , married 16 July 1816, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

8-Joseph Plante b. 21 Nov 1822, of St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

+Marianne Celanire Philomene Cinq-Mars b. 3 Mar 1833, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans,

Quebec, Canada, m. 17 Apr 1855, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada, par.

Pere Cinq-Mars and Madam

9-Maire Celanire Plante b. 24 Octobler 1857, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec,


9-Joseph Plante b. 3 Mar 1856, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

9-Albert Napoleon Plante b. 5 Nov 1859, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

9-Marie Joseph Cedulie Plante b. 23 Aug 1861, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec,


+Fortune Martineau b. 1860, of , , Quebec, Canada

10-Grace Martineau b. 1896, North Dakota

10-Emma Martineau b. 1898, North Dakota

10-Regina Martineau b. 1900, North Dakota

10-Sigert Martineau b. 1905, North Dakota

9-Marie Georgina Plante b. 18 Sep 1863, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

9-Marie Joseph Alfred Plante b. 12 Oct 1865, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec,

Canada, d. , St John, Rolette, North Dakota, US

+Flora R b. 1871, of , , Quebec, Canada, d. , North Dakota

10-Wendell Plante b. 1907, St John, Rolette, North Dakota, US

+Jerel V b. 1908, m. St John, Rolette, North Dakota, US

10-Rena Plante b. 1896, St John, Rolette, North Dakota, US

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10-Alfred M Plante b. 1905, St John, Rolette, North Dakota, US

9-Marie Clara Plante b. 8 Mar 1868, of St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada, d.

1952, Wahpeton, , North Dakota, USA

+Frank Finlay Phillips b. 1863, Sorel, Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, d. 1904, St Paul,

Minnesota., par. William Finlay Phillips II and Louise Elisabeth Langevin

10-Percy Phillips b. Feb 1895, Minnesotta, d. , Uknown poss South America

10-Wendell Alfred Langevin Phillips I b. 30 Jun 1892, Minnesotta, d. 1987,

Auckland, New Zealand

+Constance Jessica Craig b. 22 May 1892, Espom, Auckland, New Zealand, d.

1976, Auckland, New Zealand, m. 15 Oct 1919, St Barnabas Church Mt

Eden, par. Joseph James Craig and Jessie Campbell

11-Wendell Craig Phillips II b. 16 Jan 1921, Epsom, Auckland

+Isabella Ella Fletcher b. 4/7/18, , Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, m. 22 Dec

1948, , , Auckland, New Zealand, par. Sir James Fletcher and Charlotte

M Cameron

12-Wendell Fletcher Phillips III b. 31 Jan 1950, Auckland, New


+Margaret Burgess

13-Robyn Phillips b. 3 Oct 1970

13-Bailey Phillips b. 28 Nov 1979, Auckland, NZ

13-Courtney Phillips b. 9 Sep 1982, Auckland, NZ

12-Quentin Phillips b. 30 Oct 1952, Auckland, New Zealand, d. 6 Jul

1996, Wellington Hospital

+Susan Motley

13-Matthew Phillips b. 28 Feb 1989, New Zealand

13-James Phillips b. 18 Oct 1987, New Zealand

11-Paul Brian Phillips b. 18 Nov 1925, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand

+Moira Jean Dunn b. 5 May 1934, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand, m. 17

Oct 1956, St Marks Church, Remuera, Auckland, NZ, par. James Dunn

and Annie Dorothy Gibbons

12-Julie Moira Phillips b. 4 Dec 1957, Epsom, Auckland

+Mark Herbert George Gilbert b. 29 Sep 1953, Christchurch, NZ, m.

22 Mar 1980, Diocesan School Chapel, Margot Ave, Auckland

New Zealand, par. Cecil Murray Gilbert and Joy Ford

13-Matthew James Mark Gilbert b. 21 Aug 1982, National

Womens Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

13-Nicholas Murray Paul Gilbert b. 21 Mar 1986, National

Womens Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

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+Phillip Macefield Wood b. 2 Sep 1967, Mater Hospital, Epsom,

Auckland, NZ, m. 12 Dec 1998, St Marks Church, Remuera,

Auckland, NZ, par. John Allen Wood and Shona Marjorie


13-Mcgregor Wood West highland white terrier b. Jun 2001,


12-Patricia Gaye Phillips b. 28 Apr 1959, Espom, Auckland, New


+Paul Lowther b. 28 Apr 1948, Dunedin, m. 2 Dec 1979, Diocesan

School Chapel, Margot Ave, Auckland New Zealand, par. Walter

Russell Lowther and Natalie May Birch

13-Emma Jean Lowther b. 20 Dec 1984, North Shore Hospital,

Takapuna, Auckland

13-Cameron Lowther b. 15 Apr 1987, North Shore Hospital,

Takapuna, Auckland

12-James Campbell Phillips b. 6 Aug 1964, National Womens

Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

+Kimberly Elisabeth Astley b. 27 Mar 1966, Auckland, m. 1987, Kings

Chapel, Kings College, Middlemore, Auckland, NZ, par. Graham

Lloyd Astley and Elisabeth Margaretha Hendrica Bottelier

13-Edward James Phillips b. 20 Sep 1991, Born Auckland,

13-William Nicholas Phillips b. 18 Nov 1993, Auckland, New


13-George Oliver Phillips b. 1 Jul 1997, Auckland, New Zealand

13-Rupert Henry Phillips b. 30 Jun 2000, Auckland

11-Peter Finlay Phillips b. 18 Nov 1925, Epsom, Auckland

+Margaret Kathlene 'Judy' Moore b. 21 Jul 1927, d. 3 Jan 2005, Auckland,

New Zealand, m. 3rd March 1951, St Marys Cathedral, Parnell,

Auckland, NZ, par. Arthur Eugene Moore and Pearl Alberta Crum

12-Richard Phillips


13-Emma Phillips

13-Nicola Phillips

12-John Todd Phillips b. 23 May 1954, Auckland, New Zealand

+Janette Bishop , m. Campbell Road, Greenlane, NZ

13-Erica Phillips b. 1982

+Debra Joy Norton b. 23 Aug 1958, Auckland, New Zealand, par.

Barry E Norton and Mary Mclaughlan

13-Arthur Todd Phillips b. 28 May 1994, Auckland, New


12-Michelle Peta Phillips b. 28th August 1955

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+George James b. 21st December 1953, m. 7th February 1976, St.

Aidans, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand, par. Burnard James

and Margaret Bedford (see Michelle Peta Phillips on page 3)

13-Kelly Margaret James b. 11th February 1979

13-Burnard George James b. 3rd July 1981

12-Scott Arthur Brett Phillips b. 22 Apr 1959

+Lynette Eilleen Fisher b. 22 Sep 1964, m. 30 Jan 1993

13-Oscar Leonard Phillips b. 28 Jul 1995

13-Holly Mimi Phillips b. 3 Sep 1996

13-Louis Finlay Phillips b. 23 Nov 2001

12-Wendy Madeleine Phillips b. 13 Dec 1961

+Tony Sharp b. 15 Sep 1954, par. Clifford Vernon Sharp and Fay


10-Mary Ludovica Emelia Jeannette Phillips b. 4 Apr 1890, St John, North

Dakota, d. , California, USA

+Swen M Hendrickson b. 1884, Norway, d. , Pelican Rapids, North Dakota

11-Norris F Hendrickson b. 1918, Jamestown, Stuntsman, North Dakota

11-Conrad Hendrickson b. 22 Jun 1919

+Henrietta Murack b. 28 Sep 1919, d. , California, USA

12-Steve Hendrickson b. 13 Sep 1947

12-Joseph Scott Hendrickson Hendrickson b. 19 Oct 1948

12-Mark Hendrickson b. 10 Mar 1950

12-Mike Hendrickson b. 16 Dec 1951

12-Paul Hendrickson b. 26 Sep 1953

12-Mary Hendrickson b. 19 Jul 1955

+Joseph Scalmanini , par. Unknown and Unknown

13-Jeannette Jenna Scalmanini

13-Anne Scalmanini

13-John Scalmanini

12-David Hendrickson b. 3 Sep 1957

12-Jeanne Hendrickson b. 9 Jun 1958, California, USA

+Richard Mariani b. 27 Jun 1954, California, USA, m. 28 Jan 1984,

California, USA

13-Natasha Mariani b. 3 Sep 1986, California, USA

13-Victoria Mariani b. 30 Aug 1988, California, USA

13-Mitchell Mariani b. 29 Mar 1994, California, USA

13-Nicholas Mariani b. 29 Mar 1994, California, USA

12-John Hendrickson b. 30 Jun 1960, California, USA

+Sara Hopkins b. 3 Jul 1957

13-Conrad Hendrickson

13-Michael Hendrickson

13-Swen Hendrickson

13-Clara Hendrickson

12-Anne Hendrickson b. 24 Mar 1963

11-Jeanne Gayle Hendrickson b. 1 Jan 1923, North Dakota, d. 10 Jun 1997,

Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

+Reo Norton snr Carr b. 24 Feb 1920, par. Unknown and Unknown

12-Reo Norton jnr 'Skip' Carr b. 13 Sep 1948


13-Sienna Carr

13-Sherie Carr

12-Julie Anne Carr b. 4 Jan 1950


12-Cynthia Lee Carr b. 1 Oct 1958

+Gregory James Heier b. 10 Dec 1956, m. 9 May 1982, par. Donald

Frederick Heier and Patricia Ann Sperry

13-Jacob Alexander Heier b. 22 May 1986

13-Whitney Lauren Heier b. 15 Jan 1989

13-Brett Michael Heier b. 14 Mar 1992

+John Richards d. , California, USA, m. California, USA

11-Patricia Hendrickson

+Donald Hall

12-Janice Hall b. 12 Aug 1940, Devils Lake, North Dakota,

+Bruce Brooks

+Bruce Berg , m. 1962, Bismarck ND

13-Mitchell Paul Berg b. , Rugby North Dakota

13-Susan Karen Berg b. 1964, Jamestown ND, USA, d. 1964,

Jamestown ND, USA

13-Barbara Jeanne Berg b. , Jamestown

13-James Bruce Berg

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12-Geraldine Jerri Hall b. 26 Nov 1943, Devils Lake, North Dakota

+Carl Pfiffner b. 27 Jul 1944, Glenwood, Minnesota, m. 10 Oct 1969

(see Geraldine Jerri Hall on page 5)

13-David Allan Pfiffner b. 28 Jul 1972, Houston, Texas

13-Erin Lee Pfiffner b. 19 Mar 1975, Tokyo, Japan

9-Marie Joseph Emma Plante b. 5 Jun 1870, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec,


8-Ignace Plante

+Marie Anne Ferland , m. 1846, St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

8-Isidore Plante

+Marie Zoe Lebrecque , m. St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

8-Genevieve Plante

+Edward Severin Cinq-Mars , m. St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada

+Edward Severin Cinq-Mars , m. St Laurent, Isle de Orleans, Quebec, Canada, par. Pere

Cinq-Mars and Madam

8-Desange Plante

8-Apoline Plante