1875 John Francis Minor

John Francis Minor 1875–1953
BIRTH OCTOBER 29, 1875 • Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa, USA
DEATH AUGUST 10, 1953 • Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
great-grandfather of writer

SPOUSE:

Katherine Harriet Bentley 1889–1938

PARENTS:

Theodore Henry Minor 1845–1932
Mary Jane Hunter 1847–1889

CHILDREN:

Mary Euphemia Minor 1911–2006
Anne Winnefred Minor 1914–
Florence Hannah Minor 1916–
Frances Katherine Minor 1917–1998
Grace Miriam Minor 1920–
Alice Louise Minor 1921–
Helen Elizabeth Minor 1924–2003
John Bentley Minor 1925–1962
Edith Elanor Minor 1927–

SIBLINGS:

Theodore Henry Minor’s First Marriage: Mary Jane Hunter 1847-1889: they had 6 children.

Anne Louise Minor 1868–1938
Joseph Henery Minor 1870–1946
Hannah Elizabeth Minor 1871–1948
Theodore William Minor 1873–1937
John Francis Minor 1875–1953
Harry Garfield Minor 1881–1949

Theodore Henry Minor’s Second Marriage: Carrie Gaff 1879-1914: they had 4 children

Hazel Minor 1900–1969
Isaac Minor 1902–1918
David Keller Minor 1906–1920
James Edward Minor 1907–1995

Theodore Henry Minor’s Third Marriage: Elizabeth H. Hammon 1892-1936: they had 3 children

Samuel Minor 1916–1962
Matthew Minor 1919–
Elizabeth Minor 1927–2003

FACTS and EVIDENCE:

Early portrait of John Francis Minor – taken some time before he left Nebraska (it appears) as the caption on the cover says it was taken in Nebraska.  It is likely a photo taken some time between 1895 to 1900:

The following photo was marked “Katie 20 years” – Katherine Bentley with her brother Hugh Bentley.  (Note: Discussed with family, my grandmother (Anne Eubanks), stated in the past that the man in this photo was one of Katherine’s brothers who moved to California.  So it must be Hugh Bentley who was 4 years older than Katherine.  Her other brother that moved to California, David Stewart Bentley, would have only been 10 years old when “Kate 20 years” old as this photo is marked).

Katherine Bentley’s parents:

Euphemia “Effie” Bell b. Nov 8, 1852 (mother of Katherine Bentley Minor – who married John Francis Minor):

David Bentley b. August 10, 1847 (father of Katherine Bentley Minor who married John Francis Minor):

Euphemia “Effie” Bell large oval portrait:

Katherine Harriet Bentley b. Aug 2, 1889:

John Francis Minor in photo after killing a wolf in 1903.

The following picture is Members of Minor family, Medicine Hat area, Alberta:  Back row, L-R: Theodore Henry Minor; John Minor; Mrs. Theodore Henry Minor; Ann Halvorsen; Hannah Abbott; Perry Minor (being held); Arthur Abbott; Mrs. Harry G. Minor; Harry G. Minor, holding Edna Minor.
Children standing, 2nd row, L-R: Dave Minor; Roy Abbott; Jim Minor.
Children sitting, L-R: Hazel Minor; Isaac Minor; Dorothy Abbot; Dode Minor.
Owners of Drowning Ford Ranch, north of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The next photo has Members of crew at dipping vat round-up, Sand Hills:  L-R: Arthur Abbot; Babe Sinclair; Harry Minor (making biscuits); John Minor; Joe Buck; Dode Minor; Theodore Henry Minor.
Cook making biscuits on back of wagon, in front of tent.

Next Photo:  Members of Minor family, Medicine Hat area, Alberta.  Back row, L-R: Katie Minor; Flora Minor; Mrs. —? Minor; Ed Westerlund; Hazel Minor; Theodore Henry Minor.
Front row, L-R: John Minor; Mary Minor; Perry Minor; Harry Minor; Edna Minor; Dave Minor; Jim Minor; Isaac Minor.
Ranchers at Drowning Ford Ranch, north of Medicine Hat.

Next photo is:  Members of Minor family, Medicine Hat area, Alberta.  L-R: Flora; Perry; Edna; Katie; Dode; Anne; John; Hazel; Isaac; Alice Forbes; Ed Westerlund; Mrs. —? Minor; Hannah; Theodore Henry Minor.  Owners of Drowning Ford Ranch.

Katherine Bentley Minor (John Francis Minor’s wife) at the Old Minor Ranch, Abbey in 1912.

Homestead Sod House: The sod “homestead” house at the Minor ranch. Women in front of the house are dressing, likely for a photo. My best guess is this is Katherine Bentley Minor working on a dress/fitting it with other women helping her – unsure which one she is – my mom thinks she is one kneeling helping fit the dress. Likely taken in 1912.  John and Katherine were married in 1911 – and the first photo above of Katherine was marked 1912.  This may be that same day.

Next Photo:  Abbot family riding in an automobile, southern Alberta.  L-R: John Patterson; Hannah Abbot (Minor); Dorothy Abbot; Roy Abbot; Arthur Abbot.

John Francis Minor (standing) with his brother Joe Minor – unsure what date.

John Francis Minor’s 9 children.  From right to left:

Mary Euphemia Minor b. December 1, 1911,
Anne Winnefred Minor b. March 4, 1914,
Florence Hanna Minor b. January 7, 1916,
Frances Katherine Minor b. March 23, 1917,
Grace Miriam Minor b. May 20, 1920,
Alice Louise Minor b. September 14, 1921,
Helen Elizabeth Minor b. September 27, 1924,
John Bentley Minor b. December 9, 1925, and
Edith Elanor Minor b. September 6, 1927.

John Francis Minor’s 9 children.  From left to right:

Mary Euphemia Minor b. December 1, 1911,
Anne Winnefred Minor b. March 4, 1914,
Florence Hanna Minor b. January 7, 1916,
Frances Katherine Minor b. March 23, 1917,
Grace Miriam Minor b. May 20, 1920,
Alice Louise Minor b. September 14, 1921,
Helen Elizabeth Minor b. September 27, 1924,
John Bentley Minor b. December 9, 1925, and
Edith Elanor Minor b. September 6, 1927.

Katie watching her girls, Florence, Frances, Anne, and Mary:

Mary and Anne:

Florence, Frances, Mary, and Anne:

Anne and Mary:

Mary and Anne on foot, Florence on horseback:

Florence behind the wheel with her sisters:

Anne on left (unsure on right):

Minor girls:

Another gathering of Minor children

Out on the ranch, John Minor ranch and family:

Anne and Florence:

John Sr with John Jr:

John Jr:

John Jr:

John Minor with brother Harry:

John Jr:

John and Katie:

Minor brothers – 1st generation of Minors in Canada.  From left to right:  Harry Garfield Minor b. June 15, 1881, John Francis Minor b. October 29, 1875, Hannah Elizabeth Minor b. November 15, 1871, Joseph Henery Minor b. March 5, 1870.  (I am not certain about Hannah Minor in this photo – I have been told that this might be the oldest sister Anne Louise Minor b. January 15, 1868).  This photo may have been taken in the 1930s.   Harry and John were the first two Minor men to head to Canada to start ranching.

Family photo of John Francis Minor and Katherine Bentley Minor’s children

The following photos are of life and work at the ranch: