descendants of Peter Holst


1.         Peter HOLST #82 born 1726, Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., married (1) 8 Sep 1776, in Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., Gertrud STAMP #80, born 28 Feb 1747, Welspang,  Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., (daughter of Johann Juergen STAMP #61 and Sophia Margaretha JEBE #58) died 7 May 1829, Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., Buried: 12 May 1829, Haddeby, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., married (2) Christina STAMP #4384, married (3) 1768, Anna STAMP #4385.  Peter died 5 Mar 1801, Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., Buried: 8 Mar 1801, Haddeby, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of UT. Mrs. C.M. Mueller 818 5th Ave Salt Lake City, UT.(Emigration).  Submitted by Christina Magdalena Mahrt 2nd great grand daughter. Information was obtained by correspondence with Parish Register of Haddeby, Schleswig, Holstein, Germany. (abt 1950) The Holst surname according to the Dictionary of Surnames by Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, Oxford University Press (1988) Oxford, New York.


            Holst Low German, Dutch, and Danish: topographic name for someone who occupied a patch of woodland, from a reduced form of MLG holtsate, a cpd of holt wood (see Holt) + sate tenant (from sitten to sit). The province of Holstein, long disputed between Germany and Denmark, gets its name from the dat. pl. holsten of this word (originally used after a preposition); the final syllable has been erroneously alterted, on the assumption that it is Low German. sten stone, which in High German has the form Stein. var.: Holste. Gertrud: SOURCE: Genealogical Society of Utah.

                                      Children by Gertrud STAMP:

           +   2.          i        Claus HOLST #83 born 26 Sep 1777.

                3.          ii       Dethlef HOLST #84 born abt    1779, Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia.

                4.          iii      Sophie Margaretha HOLST #85 born abt    1781, Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia.

                5.          iv      Friedrich HOLST #86 born abt    1783, Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia.


Second Generation


2.         Claus HOLST #83 (1.Peter1) born 26 Sep 1777, Wedelspang, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., Baptized: 28 Sep 1777, Haddeby, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., married (1) 30 Oct 1804, in Kosel, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., Sophia Margaretha STAMP #87, born 25 Jun 1782, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., Baptized: 30 Jun 1782, Kosel, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., (daughter of Hans STAMP #77 and Anna SCHNACK #49) died 1824, married (2) Margaretha SCHLETH #274, married (3) Anna MOMM #275.  Claus died 10 Mar 1855, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., Buried: 16 Mar 1855, Kosel, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of UT. Mrs. C.M. Mueller. 818 5th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT. (Emigration)  Submitted by Christina Magdalena Mahrt great grand daughter. Information was obtained by correspondence with Parish Register of Haddeby, Schleswig, Holstein, Germany. (abt 1950) Sophia: SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of Utah. Anna: SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of Utah.

                                      Children by Sophia Margaretha STAMP:

                6.          i        Anna Christina HOLST #89 born 1805, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., married Juergen KOOS #114.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of Utah.

                7.          ii       Peter HOLST #90 born 1808, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., married Maria STAACK #115.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of Utah.

                8.          iii      Hans HOLST #91 born 1810, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., married Elsabe STAACK #116.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of Utah.

                9.          iv      Claus Hinrich HOLST #92 born 7 Nov 1812, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., married 2 Jun 1840, Anna Catharina KUHR #117.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of Utah.

                10.        v       Juergen HOLST #93 born 1818, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., died 1848.

           +   11.        vi      Johann HOLST #95 born 13 Dec 1821.

                12.        vii     Margaretha HOLST #94 born abt    1823, Wulfskrug, Schleswig Holstein, Prussia., died 1852.


Third Generation


11.       Johann HOLST #95 (2.Claus2, 1.Peter1) born 13 Dec 1821, Wulfskrug, Schleswig, Holstein, Prussia., Picture: yes, Occupation Farmer, married 13 Aug 1852, in Bellevue, Jackson, IA., Christine STAACK #96, born 28 Oct 1826, Kosel, Schleswig, Holstein, Prussia., Picture: yes, died 7 Dec 1908, Vale, SD., Buried: 8 Dec 1908, Beals, Cemetery, Vale, Butte, SD.  Johann died 22 Feb 1896, Vale, SD., Buried: 23 Feb 1896, Beals, Cemetery, Vale, Butte, SD.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of UT. Mrs. C.M. Mueller, 818 5th Ave Salt Kake City, UT. (Emigration) Submitted byh Christina Magdalena Mahrt great grand daughter. Information was obtained by correspondence with Parish Register of Haddeby, Schleswig, Holstein, Germany. (abt 1950) Others sources of information: Vernon Holst Vale SD. 1987, and Skip Wiest Vale Sd. 1990. Obits, Tena Holdren scrapbook (now owned by Patricia Holdren Wiest) mariage record, naturalization papers, death certificate. (SEE NOTES FOR STORY) Christine: SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Genealogical Society of UT. Mrs. C.M. Mueller, 818 5th Ave, Salt Lake City UT. (Emigration) Submitted by Christina Magdalena Mahrt great grand daughter. Information was obtained by correspondence with Parish Register of Haddeby, Schlewwig, Holstein, Germany. (abt 1950)


               The services of Mrs. Christina Stoke Holst were held at the Vale Presbyterian Church on Friday afternoon, Rev. C.D. Erskine of Sturgis officinting. Interment was made in the Vale cemetery. Deceased died of dropsy on Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Holdren of Vale, after an illness of over a year.    Six children survive the mother Mrs. William Holdren, Mrs. O. Arndt, Mrs. Peter Felion, John Holst, Wm. Holst, all residing in or near Vale, and Mrs. Boyson Ross of Akron, Iowa.

               The deceased was born in Slagswig, Germany, October 28th 1826. She came to this country in 1851, and married Johan Holst in 1852. In 1865 the family came to Dakota Territory, and in 1883 moved to the Black Hills.

               The church edifice was filled with sorrowing friends, which attests the high esteem in which she was held. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family. .

               There were 2 mistakes in the above article. 1st was Christina last name it should of been written as Staack not Stoke. The 2nd was were she was born, it should of been spelled Schleswig, not Slagswig. (Richard J. Duprel (1990)






            Christena arrived port of New Orleans in June 1850 this per papers at the Sturgis, SD. court house in 1989>


                13.        i        John HOLST #97 born 29 Nov 1854, Sabula, Jackson, IA., married 7 Aug 1893, in Sturgis, Meade, SD., Addie RILEY #591.  John died 18 Dec 1932, OK.  SOURCE OF INFORMTION: Vernon Holst Vale SD. (1987).

                14.        ii       Henry HOLST #98 born 12 Feb 1857, Sabula, Jackson, IA., died 3 Aug 1907, Sturgis, Meade Co.  SD.

                15.        iii      Katherine HOLST #31 born 25 Aug 1859, Sabula, Jackson, IA., Picture: yes, Occupation Housewife, married 25 Jul 1888, in Whitewood, Lawrence, Dakota Territory., William David HOLDREN #30, born 11 Nov 1854, Brooklyn, Lee, IL., (son of William B. HOLDREN #126 and Sarah DERR #127) Picture: yes, Occupation Farmer / Businessman, died 8 Jul 1931, Vale, SD., Buried: 10 Jul 1931, Vale Cemetery, Vale, SD.  Katherine died 25 Jul 1942, Vale, Butte, SD., Buried: 28 Jul 1942, Vale, Butte, SD.  SOURCE: Obit, death certificate, Bob Whitman Gig Harbor WA. (1986)


                                 Katherine (Tena) Holst, wife of Willis Holdren, was born Aug 16, 1859, at Sabula, Iowa, south of Dubuque on the Mississippi River.  She was the oldest daughter of Johann and Christine Holst, who had emigrated from Schleswig Holstein, then a province of Denmark in 1851, but a few years later claimed by Germany in the Prussian War. This war was the reason for the emigrants coming to America among them Johann Holst and some brothers and sisters and Christine Staack, whom Johann married after they reached America, from New Orleans where the ship docked, the party came up the Mississippi River to Sabula, Iowa. From Sabula the Holst family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where they owned a hotel.  Tena an Lena came with John, the oldest Holst son, to Deadwood, Tena was employed by Isaac Chase to care for his three small daughters while he took his wife to California for her health. Tena saved her wages and invested in cattle which ran with her father's heard on the prairie but th blizzard of 1887, many perished. Some were found ten miles southeast of home.


                                   In 1888 Tena was married to Willis Holdren at Whitewood South Dakota Tena remembered the Indian scare of 1890-1891 when many families either gathered at the Rosander Store or moved to the Hills towns, but the Holdrens stayed home. When Tena was alone she had a gun handy and no one entered the house until she knew his identity.


                                  One of the highlights of Tina life was having the privilege of talking over the air on station KOBH, Rapid City, it was located on top story of the Sheraton-Johnson Hotel. She was accompanied by her sister Lena Holst Arndt. and Frank Glover, they were interviewed by Bob Dean, concering their life in early days in Dakota.


                                  Tena lived eleven more years on the farm after her husband died. Some of her grandchildren stayed with her, among them were Everett and Donald Adams, Katherine Schaff, and slso Patricia Holdren.


                                      from the book Cowboys and Sodbusters page 40


                                      Black Hills Press dated 30 Jul 1942


                                      Funeral services for Mrs. Tena Catherine Holst Holdren were held in the Vale Community hall on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev. C.D. Erskine, Sturgis Presbyterian minister, officiated. There was a very large attendance of pioneers and relatives and friends from 'Vale and Newell. Several selection were rendered by Mrs. S.S. MkcKay, Margaret Mance, Carole Onstott, Carmalita Baldwin, Ruth Sly, Donna Jean Conklin with Miss Alwynne Waldman as piano accompanist.


                                      Interment was in the Vale cemetery under the direction of the Anderson and Son Morturary. The active pallbearers were Ardy Trohkimoinen,  Andy Rosander, Frank Glover, Fred Mix, Henry Wilson, and Nelson Kingsbury. Honorary pallbearers were Bert Jenks, D.H. Collins, Wm. Gladden, E.M> Adams, Emil Milberg, W.D. Buchholz, and H.M. Jenks.


                                      Tena Holst was born in 1859 at Sabula, IA, near Dubuque. When seven years old, her parents moved to Richland, S. Aak., near Sioux City. She came to the Black Hills in 1883, living at Deadwood, and was married to Wilkiis D. Holdren in 1888 at Whitewood.


                                      Her husband passed away 8 July 1931. Th this union was bo0rn five children all living, Mrs. Harry Adams, Mrs, Arthur Clark, Mrs. John Schaff, Dewey Holdren and Mrs. Darrell Ross. She also leaves to mourn her loss, seven grand children, tow who are in the services of their country, Everett Adams in the Army,  now stationed at Fort Lewis Wash. and Donald Adams in the Navy, now stationed at Ames, IA., six great grandchildren and several nices and nephews, two sisteres living, Mrs. Stena Felion and Mrs. Lena Arndt of Vale. She suffered a severe stroke Saturday afternoon, July 18th, and died Saturday morning, July 25th, at 9:30. She lived in South Dakota 76 years and resided continuously since her marriage on the homestead at Vale.


                                      Mrs. Holdren was one of the noble pioneers who contributed much service in the upbuilding of this area, her generous charity, neighborly qualities, public spirited services endeared her to a large circle of friends. Her gracious hospitality was known far and wide and to the sick and needy she ministered with devbotion and unstinted kindniess.


                                      Through all the years fo depression she never worried, her faith and courage in the Christian hope never faltered, she radiated cheerfulness to others and was a source of great inspiration and support for others in their trials and tribulations. Her name is cherished with great honor and great gratitude throughout the entire Vale country. NICKNAME: Tena William: SOURCES: Edith Clark, Spearfish SD. (1978). The book Cowboys & Sodbuster. Karen Winter, Provo UT. (1980)


                                  Although Mr. and Mrs. Willis Holdren were born a little over 60 miles apart it took the lure of the West before they met here in western South Dakota.    Willis Holdren was born in a little town near Compton, Illinois, about fifty miles west of Chicago on November 11, 1854. His parents came from Pennsylvania and lived for a time in Chicago where his two older brothers, Dennis and John, were born,   His father was a cabinet maker, also he built grand stairways in mansions in Chicago. Later his parents moved to near Compton where Willis his sister, Jeannie, and two younger brothers, James and Barnes, were born.


                                  During the Civil War, Wills father was drafted into the Union Army and Dennis, although only sixteen years old, enlisted. They were both killed in battles of the War.   After the War, Willis and his brothers were sent to a school for sons of veterans of the Civil War. How long they attended this school is not known, but from old letters read, is is known Willis, while a young man, lived near where he was born.  John, his older brother, became an engineer on a train that ran into Kansas. On some of his runs, Willis accompanied him. On these trips he saw many buffalo heards. The sight of the buffalo decided him to be a buffalo hunter, and together with the reports received of finding gold in the Black Hills, he decided to come west.


                                  Will as he was called here instead of Willis, arrived in Deadwood in the spring of 1878, the trip from Pierre having taken about twenty-five days.   Alva Young, who also drove a freight wagon, Clarence and Charles Holdren, cousins of Willis, all came at the same time. Clarence built a cabin in the east part of Sturgis which Calamity Jane occupied while he was buffalo hunting.


                                  Obituary  of Willis David Holdren


                                      Willis DavidHoldren was born at Compton, ILL. on November 11, 1854, and died at his home at Vale on July 8, 193, aged 76 years, 7 months and 27 days. He came to South Dakota in the spring of 1878 and settled on a homestead at Vale in 1883, where he lived until his death.  He was married to Tena Holst in 1887, and to them were born four daughters and one son, as follows: Mrs. Harry Adams and Mrs. Arthur Clark of Vale; Mrs. John Schaff of Bear Butte Balley, Mrs. Darrell Ross of Nisland, and Dewey Holdren of Vale. Walton. Dr. and Mrs. H.W. Jamison sang a duet and Paul Pottor a solo. Interment was in the Vale Cemetery.


                                      Mr. Holdren was a faithful and  loving husband and father, and a good neighbor. He is survived by his wife and five


               16.         iv      Dora HOLST #99 born 22 Feb 1861, Sabula, Jackson, IA., Picture: YES, married 11 Sep 1881, in RICHLAND, UNION, DAKOTA TERRITORY, USA, Boyson ROSS #105, born 24 Jul 1858, OWATONNA, STEELE, MN, USA, (son of Duncan ROSS #2839 and Jeanette MENZIES #2840) Occupation Bank President, died 3 Aug 1935, BELTON, FLATHEAD, MT, USA, Buried: AKRON, PLYMOUTH, IA, USA.  Dora died 21 Oct 1934, Arkon, Plymouth, IA., Buried: 24 Oct 1934, Arkon, Plymouth, IA.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: The book Our Life 1882, History of Akron Iowa. Letter from Lucile Ross wife of Donald to PHW. Dora newspaper obit. Vernon Holst Vale SD. (1987)

                                         In the early 1860's, family named Holst, had roots in Schlewwig, Holstein, Germany. The man's name was Johann holst (December 13, 1821 to February 22, 1896). and his wife's maiden mane was christina Staack (December 28, 1826 to ?). While this couple was in Sabula, Iowa one Dora Holst was born. February 22, 1861 to October 21, 1934.)

                                         Dora Holst had worked in the Duncan Ross household for about four years when Boyson and Dora married on September 11, 1881 in Richland. Boyson: SOURCE OF INFORMATION: "A History of Akron Iowa by Mrs. Walter Roberta Dirks. Newspaper obit.

                17.        v       William HOLST #100 born 25 Aug 1863, Sabula, Jackson, IA., Picture: YES, Occupation Farmer / Rancher, married 3 Feb 1897, in Sturgis, Meade, SD., Ellen Belle BROWN #106, born 25 Aug 1873, Noble, Cass, IA., (daughter of James I. BROWN #2869 and Olive RAILSBACK #2870) died 1 Nov 1945, Sturgis, Meade, SD., Buried: 3 Nov 1945, Vale, SD.  William died 25 Apr 1931, Sturgis, Meade, SD., Buried: 27 Apr 1931, Vale, SD.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Family records Vernon Holst Vale SD. (1975) Obit and SD census records.

                18.        vi      Christina HOLST #101 born 9 Oct 1865, Sabula, Jackson, IA., married 19 Nov 1890, in STURGIS, MEADE, SD, USA, Peter FELION #107, born 30 Oct 1854, RENFREW, ONTARIO, CANADA, died 24 Sep 1921, STURGIS, MEADE, SD, USA, Buried: VALE, BUTTE, SD, USA.  Christina died 13 Mar 1946, Sturgis, Meade, SD., Buried: Vale, SD.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Evelyn Kingsbury Spencer (1984) Obituaries and folders from Furerals for Herriet, Mabel and Herbert.

                19.        vii     Lena HOLST #102 born 12 Sep 1866, Richland, Union, Dakota Territory., married 26 Sep 1891, in Akron, Plymouth, IA., Otheniel Franklin ARNDT #108, born 13 Aug 1859, Mt. Ephriam, Noble, OH., (son of Charles ARNDT #799 and Susanna GLOVER #800) Picture: yes, died 22 Feb 1911, Vale, Butte, SD., Buried: 24 Feb 1911, Sturgis, Meade, SD.  Lena died 19 Oct 1956, Warmsprings, MT., Buried: Sturgis, Meade, SD.  SOURCE OF INFORMATION: From Lena Marjory Ross (1984)


                                   Otheniel Franklin Arndt was born August 13, 1859, son of Charles and Suzannah (Glover) Arndt. He had one brother, two half brothers, and two half sisters. With the exception of the half brother, Arch and Zu, none of these lived in South Dakota.


                                   When Othe was thirteen years old, his mother died and he and his brother went to live with their aunt and uncle, the Curt Willeys.   The Willeys came to South Dakota when Othe was sixteen. They settled in what is now Sturgis, South Dakota, building one of the first houses there. Fort Meade had just been established.


                                  One story told was that soldiers from the fort frequently hung around watching the building going on in the new town. One day Curt laid his hammer down and went around to the lumber pile in back. A soldier came by, and offered to sell him a hammer. Tools were scarce, so a deal was quickly made and the soldier left When Curt got back to where he had left his hammer, he realized he had been taken, having bought his own hammer.


                                  The first winter was bad, and the meat supply ran short. A hunting party was organized, and Othe and another boy finally got permission to go along. Some buffalo were found, but before the party had the meat ready and started for home they were caught in a raging blizzard. None of the party had enough clothes, and some nearly froze to death. Othe and his boy friend, feeling their feet gradually getting numb with cold, finally cut a buffalo hide in two, and wrapped their feet in it. They were almost the only ones to get back without losing some of their toes from freezing.


                                   Nicknames were quite common in the early days, and were often come by in odd ways. The Willey's eldest son, Day, went by the nickname "Dode," which he got in a rather amusing way. He was about two years old when they came to the Hills and there were no fenced-in play-grounds for the children then. One day he turned up missing and searchers could find no trace of him, even up and down the creek banks. It might be mentioned that along with the establishment of the fort, there was also a settlement of camp followers quickly built up a little way off, and their territory was known as "across the creek." Someone finally went over on that side and found the little boy happily sitting on the lap of one of the "ladies." It happened that she was known as Dode, so that name stuck to the boy all of his life.


                                   After a few years Othe left the Hills and started work as a cowboy. He also became a homesteader, taking up the three claims then allowed, near the town of Vale. His nickname ? Farmer Jones. of course. On September 26, 1891, he married Lena Holst, who came to the Vale county in 1882. She was born at Elk Point, in eastern South Dakota. one of the first white children born in South Dakota. She with her elder sister, Tena (Katrina) and their eldest brother John, had come on ahead of the rest of the family bringing a small herd of cattle with them to their brother Henry's homestead on Cottonwood Creek near Vale. They had left in November, together with some other people who were also on their way to the Hills. The trip took a full month, and it was extremely lucky that the party did not hit any bad storms on their way. The rest of the Holst family, the parents, sister Christine and brother Will, came on later.


                                   One night when the caravan had made camp with the cattle along a river, John, who being the eldest, had been entrusted with the money, kept being pestered by one of the members of the party to go down to the river with him. Being suspicious of the man's actions, he didn't go, but he always felt that he would have ended up in the river, with the other man carrying off the money.


                                  Two children were born to Othe and Lena: Suzanne in 1892, and Russell in 1900. Suzanne married Charles F. Long, son of William F. Long, in 1916. They had one daughter, Lena Marjory (Ross). Mr. Long passed away in 1943. In 1961 Suzanne married R.P. Pettit of Denver, Colorado. They live in Weslaco, Texas. Russell married Rutha Mae Loing in 1924. They had one son, Donald Neal. Russell passed away in 1954.


                                  Othe Arndt died February 22, 1911. Lena Holst Arndt died October 19, 1956.


                                    Life in the eighties was far from dull; there were hardships, of course, but there were compensations too. It was not all work, with no time for play. There were picnics in the summer and dances in the winter. The dances were held in the home of a homesteader who had the most room. and the fewest possessions to carry outside. Music was furnished by will Holst and Doc Collins, who took turns leading and seconding on their fiddles.


                                  The Holst girls all loved to dance and always had partners available; they were ready to go for a polka, varsovienne, baltimore, waltz, or quadrille.


                                  There were usually more men than women so a handkerchief was tied around a man's arm to make a partner for another man in the square dance. Since the dance floors were small, not many sets could dance at one time so the men were assigned numbers and danced when their numbers were called.


                                  The spiritual side was taken care of by a small community church helped by the Prebyterian Mission. The lumber and labor were donated by the people, and the church was built on land donated by Othe Arndt.


                                  In the nineties, when I was a little girl, there were two days of equal importance: Fourth of July and Christmas. On the Fourth we usually had a picnic at the Wilson Grove on the Belle Fourche River. There were foot races, horse races, and of course firecrackers, The main feature was the dinner, which was a community affair at which time each cook tried to outdo all the others in making tempting dishes. The tables were loaded with fried chicken, baked ham, homemade bread and Parker House rolls, chokecherry jam, buffalo berry jelly, wild plum preserves, and watermelon pickles. We children were most interested in the big freezers of vanilla ice cream and the cakes: White Mountain, Marble, Devil's Food, and a brand new one called Angel Food.

                                         The first Christmases I remember were held in the old butte Hall. Grandpa L.P. Jenks, with his long white beard, was always Santa Claus. There were mishaps, too, like the time Santa singed his beard by getting too close to the candles on the tree. How our hopes rose and fell as we watched the gifts from the tree being distributed, one by one. We were given an orange and a sack of candy, but the dolly we hoped might be for us was finally handed to its rightful owner.

                                         We who grew up in the nineties feel that we were privileged to have lived in this particular time. It has been a time of greatest change, and we feel the changes were mostly for the better.


                                      Written by Susie A.L. Pettit Cowboys and Sodbusters page 138




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