- it's a distinctive family name.
For sake of
answering questions on the family lineage, I will attempt a
short summary. My Great Grandfather, August
Grandgeorge, emigrated to the United States in 1892. August and his
siblings left their native Alsace-Lorraine Province when the
territory was ceded from France to Germany. The family
was believed to be from the Waldersbach (Wildersbach) area of the present
Alsace region of France.
members of the Grandgeorge family then settled in Wright
County, Iowa community of Woolstock.
is Francis "Hodie" Grandgeorge, the son of August
"Gus" and Mary "Mattie" (Raver) Grandgeorge.
Hodie grew up in the
Eagle Grove, Iowa area and graduated from Eagle Grove High
School. He married Ione Knutson in 1940. Shortly
after getting married, Hodie joined the US Army Air Corps.
He served in the Air Transport Command in the China, Burma,
end of WWII, Hodie returned home and began managing grain
elevators throughout central Iowa. The family of six
children of Hodie and Ione grew up in several Iowa towns,
including Badger, Stanhope, Iowa Falls, Britt and Humboldt. Hodie and Ione retired to West Lake Okoboji. Hodie
died in 1988 and Ione in 1989.
Click to see this photo larger - Hodie and Ione Grandgeorge Family
of the family, here are a few documents that may be of
interest. I want to give my sincere thanks to the
family members who gathered and prepared this information:
my godfather Joe Grandgeorge, cousin Diana Grandgeorge,
cousin Greg Grandgeorge and my father Monte Grandgeorge -
many thanks to you all!
Knutson Family Details
Grandgeorge Family Tree
Knutson Family Tree
Grandgeorge's Confirmation Certificate
Woolstock Old French Church and Cemetery (2007)
Ban de la
Roche Visits Iowa (Des Moines Register - 1985?)
Mason (Maternal) Family Details
Family Wedding Stories
that contain a little more history.