Frederick (Fred) Forcier (b. October 10, 1842, d. May 30, 1925)
Frederick (Fred) Forcier (son of Thomas Forcier and Elizabeth Crate) was born October 10, 1842, and died May 30, 1925.He married Ellen Jarvis on October 12, 1864 in Ticonderoga, New YorkCatholic Church, daughter of Moses Jarvis and Mary Jordan. More About Frederick (Fred) Forcier and Ellen Jarvis: Marriage: October 12, 1864, Ticonderoga, New YorkCatholic Church. Marriage Notes for Frederick (Fred) Forcier and Ellen Jarvis: The following was taken from a booklet published by Sharon Burge Roepke. Frederick Forcier, better known as "Fred" Forcier, one of the prominent residents of Stewart, whose long and active career forms an integral part of the history of Stewart and the vicinity, was born at Saint Hyacinth, Canada, October 10, 1842.A son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Crate) Forcier.He was the first member of the Forcier family to come to Minnesota, which he did with his wife and two children, Mary and Ida, in 1869.He had been married in the Catholic church at Ticonderoga, New York, October 12, 1842, to Ellen Jarvis, who was born in New York, September 15, 1842 a daughter of Moses and Mary (Jordan) Jarvis, her parents being natives of Canada who located in Essex County, New York as farmers.In the Jarvis family there were nine children, Moses, Louis, Ellen, Eveline, Joseph, Mary, Sara and Alma.Mr. and Mrs. Forcier, after reaching Minnesota, stayed for a while in St. Paul, but after about two months they got located in Marysville Township, Wright County, where Mrs. Forcier stayed while her husband pursued further investigations, looking for a good chance to homestead.This he found in Section 14, Round Grove Township, McLeod County, where he took up 80 acres of prairie land and that summer built a small frame shanty.In the fall he brought his wife from Marysville to the new home in an ox team, being a week on the trip, as he had to cut roads a part of the way.This ox team and a second-hand wagon was all that they had with which to commence improvements.The first summer Mr. Forcier broke up ten acres and put in his first crops.The nearest mill was at Hutchinson and they ground barley in a coffee mill as a substitute for coffee.Mrs. Forcier did her share of work on the homestead.She spun wool for mittens, caps and socks and used to braid straw hats to sell.When they started, in additon to the ox team and old wagon, all they had for provisions were 20 pounds of flour and $1.00 in money.In course of time, Mr. Forcier became the owner of a half section and established his children on farms, provided with good buildings.He has long been a leading member of the Catholic Church, and he and his father got up the subscription for the first Catholic Church in this section, which was located in Round Grove township, bit is no longer standing.Mr. Forcier gave a cow and sold tickets for the church, his wife helping to the extent of her ability, and both settin an example for energy and devotion that might well be imitated .Others also worked in the cause and in a short time the church became a fact, Mr. Forcier and his family being among its first members.This church was later moved to a location farther north and was sold when the fine new church at Stewart was built.Before its erection, Mass was often held in the Forcier home, the pastor staying there over night.Mr. Forcier was one of the organizers of his township when enough settlers had arrived in ti, which was not until the second year after his arrival, and he served as township treasurer and school trustee for many years.He also took shares in the Farmers Elevator when organized.He had set out a fine 12 acre grove on the old homestead, which had done much to beautify the place.Mr. Forcier had been a man of action all his life and well endowed the qualities for making his way in the world in spite of adverse conditions.These conditions in his younger days he met and conquered by sheer force of character, his good wife helping him, and in the sunset of life he could look around him and see the pleasing results of his labor, which his children enjoyed for years. to come.It is such men as he, who have builit up the great Northwest.The children of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Frocier are:Mary, Ida, Joseph, Josephine, Emily, Agnes, John, Peter, and Moses, all born in Round Grove Township, except Mary and Ida, who were born in Vermont. Children of Frederick (Fred) Forcier and Ellen Jarvis are:
+Emily Angela Forcier, b. July 30, 1880, Stewart, Minnesota (McLeod County) Round Grove Township, d. June 12, 1960, Stewart, Minnesota (McLeod County).