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Randolph Ackerman and Susan Margaret Frankforther Ackerman History



From "the Ackermans of Clark County, South Dakota" by David L. Ackerman. 

Randolph Ackerman, son of Paul Ackerman and Elizabeth Bock was born January 28, 1857 in Lee County, Illinois. He married Susan Margaret Frankforther on December 25, 1883 in Coleta, Whiteside County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Elias Frankforther and Catharine Hurless. Five children were born to this marriage. Lloyd 10 /21/1884, Hazel 2/18/1890 (Mrs George Shenk), Grace 9/21/1891, (Mrs John (Jack) Henning), Letha 9/30/1900, (Mrs. Menno Schmidt), and Ethel who died as an infant.

Prior to the marriage Randolph had been to Dakota and established a homestead about seven miles northwest of Clark, South Dakota. He obtained 320 acres of land in Clark County. The farm was located in Garfield Township. In March 1886 in the first township election at the McLain school house, Randolph was elected one of the three township supervisors. The first meeting of the supervisors was held at Randolph's house.

Sometime around 1912 the farm house was blown away by a tornado. Only one person was seriously injured, Rose Gloe (Mrs. Tom O'Connor) who worked for them. She recovered with no ill effects. The Ackerman Family lived with the Lammy family until a new house was built.

After the death of his wife, Elias Frankforther came out to South Dakota a few times to visit his daughter Susan and her family. Elias had an apple orchard at his home in Illinois. Every fall he would send a barrel of apples and a keg of honey to Susan and her family.

In 1918 Randolph and Susan sold the farm and moved to Wisconsin where they purchased another farm. Of all the children, only Grace went with them. She graduated from high school at Prairie do Chien, Wisconsin. After a few years in Wisconsin, Randolph and Susan moved back to Clark, South Dakota. Randolph was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. They moved in with Lloyd and his family for a while and then later moved into an apartment in Clark in Jake Suttons large house on the northwest edge of Clark. Randolph's health problems increased and because there were no facilities as there are today for Alzheimer's disease, he was put in the asylum at Yankton, South Dakota. He died there September 6, 1928. 


Susan continued to live in Clark for some time after Randolph's death. She eventually went to live with her daughter Grace, who had married Jack Henning on July 22, 1930. Susan lived the rest of her life with Grace. Susan died in a hospital in Watertown, South Dakota on June 9, 1932.


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