FLECKENSTEIN & SMITH FAMILIES OF THE MATANUSKA VALLEY The Fleckenstein family is listed as having applied for a homestead in the Matanuska Valley in 1915. The patriarch of that family was Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein born (of German parents) about 1870 in Iowa.His wife appears on the various census records as both Marie A. and Nettie.On the 1910 U. S. Census, she appears as Nettie M. Fleckenstein.She was born about 1868 in California.The 1910 census record says that her marriage to Joseph was her second marriage and that Joseph and Nettie had been married 17 years on that census.
Below is a compilation of Fleckenstein information that I've extracted from the U. S. Census records as well as the Herning diaries:
1900 U. S. CensusHydesville, Humboldt Co., California
Joseph (Bernard) Fleckenstein 30b. Iowafather b. Germanymother b. Germany Marie (Antionette) Fleckenstein32b. Californiafather b. Illinoismother b. Georgia William Fleckensteinage 9b. Californiason John Fleckenstein age 7 b. Californiason Christopher Fleckenstein age 9 b. California Frank Fleckensteinage 3b. California…………..see 1920 below Sharon Fleckenstein age 2b. California Lawrence Fleckenstein1 monthb. California ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1910 U. S. CensusEureka, Humboldt Co., California Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein age 40b. Iowamarried 17 years NettieFleckenstein age 42b. Californiamarried 17 years (this is 2nd marriage for Nettie) William Fleckenstein age 19 John Fleckenstein age 17 Christopher Fleckenstein 15 Frank Fleckenstein 12........murdered at Westward, Alaska 1925 (hit over head by Indian) Sharon Fleckenstein 11........married Maxine Crocker...and Florence Strigga Edlund Lawrence Fleckenstein 10...........married Helen ______ of Finland Ellen Catherine Fleckenstein 7.………married Floyd Dewey Smith Eva Marie Fleckenstein 6……….married George Stanley Herning ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1920 U. S. Census taken between Knik and Wasilla Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein age 53Farmer Marie Fleckenstein age 52 Ellen Cathryn Fleckenstein age 17 Eva Marie Fleckenstein age 15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1930 U. S. Census taken in Kanakanak (Old Dillingham) Joseph Bernard Fleckensteinage 60HeadU. S. Deputy Marshal Maria Fleckenstein age 63wife ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Notes from Herning diaries: Fleckenstein proved up on his homestead 11/18/1919 (working for railroad) Fleckenstein boys bought sawmill from Forty Mile Miller (O. C. Miller) Chris Fleckenstein running Road Commission Cat at Moose Creek 1922 Chris Fleckenstein Cat hauling at Baxter Coal Mine 1923 Chris Fleckenstein overhauling Alaska Engineering Commission Cats and trucks 1923 Chris Fleckenstein sold his homestead to Jim Kennedy in 1946 Joseph B. Fleckenstein in Wasilla for visit, heading to Bristol Bay1924 Sharon Fleckenstein and Maxine Crocker married after 11 day courtship Wasilla’s FIRST wedding 1924 Sharon Fleckenstein's 2nd marriage was to Florence Strigga Edlund 1938 Eva Fleckenstein married Stanley Herning 1926 Ellen Fleckenstein married Floyd Smith 1926 in Fairbanks then they left for Chatanika //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
1920 U. S. Censustaken on railroad route from mile 236 north to Dead Horse Sharon Fleckenstein age 21 Head of household Christopher Fleckenstein age 25brother
1920 U. S. Census taken on railroad route from Willow Creek to Montana Creek Frank J. Fleckenstein age 22 b. California
Notes from Herning Diaries first mention Frank Fleckenstein as being elected to the school board of Wasilla’s 1st school in 1917.He also did the concrete work under the original Herning (later Teeland) store in Wasilla as well as a lot of the carpentry work on the building.In 1918, he left to go to the Army. Herning’s notes also say Frank Fleckenstein was clubbed to death by a Native in Dillingham in 1925.He is buried in the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in the Pioneer section.His headstone reads, born 6/1/1898 died 5/1/1925.
WWI Draft Registration for Sharon Fleckenstein age 19: Gave Wasilla as Sharon's permanent address, nearest relative listed as Nettie Fleckenstein, occupation as miner at Willow Creek Mining District.Birthdate given January 2, 1899.
1930 U. S. CensusKnik Roadnear Wasilla, Alaska Sharon D. Fleckenstein age 30b. Californiaoccupation Fur Farmer Maxine** (Crocker) Fleckenstein age 22wifeb.Minnesota Frederick Crocker age 75Father-in-lawb. New YorkOwns own ranch ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
******* Maxine is buried in the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in the Pioneer section, her headstone reads born 7/17/1906 died 7/4/1932********** I was told she drowned (in the Little Susitna River) in a car accident on the road to Hatcher Pass. Sharon's second wife was Florence Strigga Edlund (m. 9/17/1938)They are buried in the Wasilla Cemetery.Their headstones give the following dates:Sharon 1895-1959Florence 1905-1985 **************
1930 U. S. Census for Anchorage Lawrence Fleckenstein age 29 b. California(died 1978 Soldotna) Helen Fleckenstein age 30 b. Finland(came to USA 1915)(died 1980Soldotna) Myrtle Fleckenstein age 14 b. Pennsylvania
Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein buried at Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in the Pioneer section. His headstone reads born 1/18/1870 died 3/23/1948.His wife Marie is also buried there, her headstone reads born 3/24/1897 died 10/20/1946. He is listed among the original 1915 homesteaders of the Matanuska Valley.
FLOYD DEWEY SMITH b. 2/22/1898 in Absarokee, Montana came to Alaska before 1930. He worked at a variety of jobs including gold mining, trapping, operating a store at Kanakanak (Old Dillingham) and he owned a gas station in Wasilla.Floyd was the son of Theodore Monroe Smith and he grandson of James Monroe Smith (see below). Floyd married Ellen Catherine Fleckenstein, daughter of Joseph Bernard Fleckenstein and Marie Antionette Dionne in 1926. Ellen was born in 1902 in Yreka, Siskiyou Co., California and died 5/15/1973 in Wasilla, Alaska.Floyd Smith died 6/16/1979 in Wasilla, Alaska.
1930 U. S. Census for Kanakanak (Old Dillingham) (see Smith info below) Floyd Smith age 37born Oregon*occupation Trapper in fur business Ellen (Fleckenstein) Smith age 27 b. California Marvin F. Smith age 2 years 5 months b. Alaska Marie Smith age 11 months b. Alaska
FLOYD DEWEY SIMITH'sPARENTS WERE: Theodore Monroe Smith b. 1850 Kent, Michigan and Julia Knoth. Their children were: Charles Agustus Smth b. 1877 Palouse, Whitman Co., Washingtondied 1958 Sand Point, Idaho Elbert Hazen Smth b. 1885""" Walter Monroe Smith b. 1886 """died 1950 Eugene, Oregon Ethel L. Smith b. 1888Spokane, Washington Lenn James Smith b. 1890Palouse, Whitman Co., Washingtondied 1944 Monmouth, Oregon Vernon J. Smithb. 1892"""died 1896 Mabel Lorenda Smith b. 1894 """died 1958 Redmond, Oregon Floyd Dewey Smithb. 1898 Absarokee, Montanadied 1979 Wasilla, Alaska Lyle Theodore Smithb. 1902Lamonte, Oregondied 1985 Redmond, Oregon Marvin Loren Smith b.""died 1979 Eugene, Oregon
The father of Theodore Monroe Smith was James Monroe Smith b. 1815 in New Yorkd. 1889 Nye, Stillwater, MT James Monroe Smith and Lorinda Burton Smith's children were: Francis M. Smith b. 1843 Michigan Stanford Hess Smith b. 1846 Michigan Theodore Monroe Smith b. 1850 Michigan Elizabeth J. Smith b. 1850 Minnesota Isabella Smith b. 1855 Minnesota Wilbur F. Smith b. 1858 Minnesota