by Jessie Jenkins Carman for the Norman County History, published in 1976)
Updated by Irene
Maring in 2000
Edward Esli Carman (born September 24, 1887) was the son of Esli and
Mathilda (Corcoran) Carman. He
married Jessie Jenkins (born March 8, 1889), daughter of Elmore and Mary
Jenkins, in 1912. Their married life started out at a hectic pace as Ed because
ill with yellow jaundice and when he finally recovered, he was confined to bed
rest for a long time by Dr. Holmes. His
wife, in addition to being his nurse, had to take care of the farm animals and
work in the field as it was harvest time. Eventually,
they were able to hire a girl to take care of the housework.
Their first child, Mildred, was born March 23, 1915.
About that time the Carmans decided to buy their first car, an overland. The understanding was that they would buy it if it would go
up the Heiberg Hill in high gear. It
did! -- They bought it. They each
learned to drive from the same demonstrator man while the other one held baby
On the 27th of August, 1917, after her mother had served
dinner to the threshers, Lucille helped herself into the world with mother’s
help; the doctor had taken a wrong road and didn’t make it in time.
Mr. Carman enlarged the farm by buying land in the Ada School District.
Mildred and Lucille had previously walked the two miles to country
school. Now in the 4th
and 2nd (should be 3rd and 5th) grades, they
drove to town school in the horse and buggy, hauling the cream to the local
creamery. They used a little
“jumper” sled in the winter; and when the weather was stormy, the neighbors
would call their folks and tell them that the “kids” had gone by.
Grandpa Jenkins put the horse in his barn in town during the day.
Lucille contracted scarlet
fever in school and the family was quarantined.
The day the quarantine was lifted, every inch of space, furniture and
person was disinfected. Even the
cat sitting in a chair had to share in this with tears rolling from its eyes.
The same evening, Irene decided to be born.
Dr. Hanson was called from the local movie house, which was showing
“Seventh Heaven,” to assist in the February 25, 1925 arrival, the only blond
in the family.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1928,
Lorraine arrived to complete the family. Mr.
Carman was quoted as saying he “could” raise livestock and girls, but no
Ed built up a herd of Registered Holstein
cattle and began to exhibit his herd and sell prize-winning animals at various
county fairs, the Crookston Winter Show, Minnesota State Fairs, North Dakota
State Fairs and the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1933, where he sold a prize-winning
cow for over a thousand dollars to a South American livestock producer.
Ed was also president of the creamery board for many
Mildred taught school for several years before
marrying Carl Offerdahl from Borup in 1938.
They later moved to a farm east of Mahnomen. Five children were
born – Carolyn, twin boys Charles and Edward, Mary Lou and Mildred Rose.
Carolyn married Orelin Billing (deceased)
and lives at Fergus Falls. She worked for the Federal Government in the
Food Stamp Division. They had two
children Mike and Sheila. The
twins, Charles and Edward, after being in the service, have now married and live
in Sartell, MN and Grand Forks, ND respectively.
Ed and his wife Marlys have two
daughters, Emily and Lisa.
Edward worked for Pitney Bowes and is now retired.
Charles and his wife Pat
have three children; David,
Kate and Beth. Charles worked as a
Director of a FmHA. Mary
Lou married Pat Doherty and lives at Long Lake, Minnesota.
Mary Lou taught school and is now retired.
Her husband Pat is employed by Pillsbury.
They have two daughters Ann
and Emily. Midge is now living in Vancouver, Washington.
She is married to Allan Burmaster and they have three children
-- David, Kristen and
Michael. She is working for Social
Services in Vancouver.
Mildred taught school at St. Michael’s at Mahnomen, Minnesota for many years and is
now retired.. Carl passed away in
the fall of 1973. Mildred still
lives at the farm by Mahnomen.
Lucille married Ed Offerdahl (both deceased) from
Borup, MN, brother of Carl, in 1939 after having worked in the Court House in
Ada for several years. They had
three children. –Richard, Diane and Vicki.
Richard and his wife Linda live
in Incline Village, Nevada and have three children – Nicole, Kirk and Katelyn.
Richard also has another son Scott from a previous marriage.
Diane lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with husband Greg Kapaun.
Vicki lives near Moorhead with husband Mike Staber.
They have two children Lindsey and Cassie. Vicki worked for U.S. West
until recently and her husband Mike has his own construction company. Lucille
worked at the First State Bank in Ada for many
years and Ed was a custodian at the Ada High School.
Merle Maring and they farmed near
Georgetown for many years. They
have two children Carmen and Mark.. Carmen lives in Fargo.
Mark lives near Hendrum and farms.
He is married to Sandy and they have one child named Luke.
Irene worked for six years for Congressman Bob Bergland and then for the
ND State ASCS Office. She is now
retired and lives in Moorhead.
Roger Flaskerud (deceased) in 1955.
He was a war veteran and
worked for the Social Security Administration for many years before retiring.
Lorraine lives in Overland Park, Kansas. Lorraine
and Roger had two children -– Michael (deceased) and Susan.
Susan and her husband David live in Lenexa, Kansas. Susan is a free lance
In February 1966 Mr. Carman passed away.
Mrs. Carman lived alone in her home in Ada until the winter of 1972.
She then moved in to the Villa Maria Retirement Home in Fargo, ND where
she lived until she passed away in November 1979.