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Appleton Family, first family of settlers in Crystal, N.D.
Appleton Family, first family of settlers in Crystal, N.D.
TitleAppleton Family, first family of settlers in Crystal, N.D.
Date of Original1910?
DescriptionA group studio portrait of the Appleton family. The mother and father are in the center, with a daughter on each side, and four sons standing in the back. The men wear suits with neckties and the women have their hair pulled up or back and are wearing dresses.
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Families
Group portraits
Suits (Clothing)
Personal NameAppleton, Albert Francis, 1850-
Appleton, John Francis, 1876-1965
Appleton, Frederick Albert, 1878-
Appleton, Charles Augustus, 1880-1968
Appleton, Grover Cleveland, 1892-
LocationCrystal (N.D.)
Pembina County (N.D.)
Item NumberPCHS5062
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original13 x 18 cm.
Transcription"80.2.1" "The original 10" x 133" Sepia photograph owned by Marion Brymner Appleton, Seattle. Hamilton, Seattle (photographer)" -- Handwritten on back of photograph.
"Appleton Family ca 1910, first family of Crystal settlers, Front row, left to right: Martha L., Albert Francis (father), Martha Tay (mother), Edna M.; Back row, left to right: Grover Cleveland, Charles Augustus, Frederick Albert, John Francis"--Printed and handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryAlbert Francis Appleton was born March 1850 in Ripon, Yorkshire, in England. Naturalization records show that he has his first papers on May 16, 1879 in Pembina, N.D. In the 1885 Dakota Territory Census A.F. Appleton is listed as being a farmer from England, in Pembina at the age of 35 years old. Charles Augustus Appleton was born on May 6, 1880 in Dakota Territory. He married Margaret E. and died in 1968 in Washington state. Charles and his brother John Francis Appleton, born in Canada in 1876, both had WWI draft registration cards from 1917-1918 in Seattle, #3, Washington. Frederick Albert Appleton was born on April 2, 1878 in Ontario Canada, he later married Adelina. Frederick's WWI Civilian Draft Registration was in Seattle #7, Washington.
Albert Francis Appleton, born January 14, 1850, at Bishop Monkton, near Ripon, West Riding, Yorkshire, England was brought to Canada by his parents in 1851, and he lived in Ontario, eventually marring Martha Tay. In 1879 he and his family (three children), together with his nephew, Joseph Fay, James Corbin and sons, James Bedford, and David McKenzie, made settlement in what is now the present town of Crystal May 28. Others coming the first year were Fred Weiss, H.S. Stong, and Frank King.
The first house, for the Appletons, was built northeast of the present town bridge. Mr. Appleton was the first postmaster. The township meeting minutes of 1883 show A.F. Appleton as the justice of the peace. Mr. Albert F. Appleton was a natural leader and was instrumental in encouraging the growth and welfare of his town. He established a real estate office and eventually acquired a considerable amount of land. Linden Park – several acres covered with natural timber – was his gift to the city, in memory of a deceased son. He was president of the First Bank of Crystal of which J. L. Carr was cashier. Later the Appleton sons were bank officers – John F., vice president and Charles A., cashier.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation from
Other information from A History of Crystal, North Dakota, 1879-1979. Published under the Crystal Centennial Committee in 1979.
Repository InstitutionPembina County Historical Society
Repository CollectionPembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection
Credit LinePembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection (PCHS5062)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Owned by Pembina County Historical Society.
Ordering InformationPembina County Historical Society
Address: 13572 Hwy 5
Cavalier, N.D. 58220
Phone number: 701-265-4941 or 701-265-4691
Email address:
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmPCHS5062
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