Albie Irene Oakland, my maternal grandmother, comes from our Norwegian ancestors. The original surname was Egeland. Albie was the first child for Mary Ann Sanderson and Thomas Lewis Oakland. Her parents and her younger siblings were born in northern Illinois. But Albie was born 24 July 1888 in Athol, Spink county, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota). I cannot say for sure why the family was there at that time. There were other Oaklands in the area; most of them moved on to Montana. Our family went back to northern Illinois. Dakota Territory was a rough place with brutal weather – maybe that’s the answer.
Albie had younger brothers, Eber Stanley Oakland, born 15 June 1890 in Plano, Kendall county, Illinois; and Milo Thomas Oakland, born 22 December1893 in Lee, Illinois. Another girl was born Hazel May Oakland 1 June 1892 in Lee, Illinois, but she died 3 weeks later.
On 21 June 1911, she married her high school beau, Thomas Leroy Duncan in Sycamore, Illinois. They had three daughters, Helen Annette, Harriet Lorraine, and Barbara Jean.
From all the stories my mother told I learned that they were an active, fun family.
This didn’t last as Albie was diagnosed with liver cancer. She died 20 June 1927, one day short of her 16th wedding anniversary.