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PALI of Badus

Doug Rusher (View posts)
Posted: 1037791458000
Classification: Query
Surnames: PALI and others
Jacob Anthony changed his last name from Pally to Palli.
Left Switzerland April 1870. He was a carpenter.

Jacob Anthony Palli was born Giachen Antoni Pally on September 23, 1838 in Camischolas, Graubunden, Switzerland.
Pursuing an education as a boy until the age fourteen was a community prerequisite. Helping the parents and his older brother, John Ludovic, must have taken up much of his day when he wasn't in the school room. Life was still not easy for the village in the Tujetsch Community and they worked hard to make life bearable. Even with the hundreds who had already emigrated from the valley, there were still too many people for the small area available.
Such was the conditions as Jacob started out from his village in late April of 1870 (age 31) beginning his journey 'Amerika'. By this time his older brothers, Virgil and Martin, had already been in the new country for almost two decades. It is likely letters and monies from them helped to pay Jacob's fare. By this time also, his parents may have passed away and Jacob no longer had the partial responsibility of their care.

Virgil Bartolomeus (Palli) Pauley
Name: Virgil Palli
Age: 24
Country of Origin: Germany
Arrival Date: Nov 15, 1853
Final Destination: United States
Port of Embarkation: Marseilles
Ship's Name: New York Packet
Gender: Male
Captain's Name: E. Uyttenhoven
Purpose for Travel: Staying in the USA
Mode of Travel: Steerage
Manifest ID Number: 00007614
"Virgil" and brother Martinus changed their last names to Pauley.
He immigrated to the U.S. in 1853. His Swiss name was Giuven Vigieli Barclamiu Pally.
Virgil married Rosa Catrina Muggli in Chicago. They had seven children.

Martinius "Martin (Palli) Pauley
Name: Palli, Martin
Age: 22
Country of Origin: Germany
Arrival Date: Nov. 15, 1853
Final Destination: United States
Port of Embarkation: Marseilles
Ship's Name: New York Packet
Gender: Male
Captain's Name: E. Uyttenhoven
Purpose for Travel: Staying in USA
Mode of Travel: Steerage
Manifest ID Number: 00007614
"Martin" and brother "Virgil" both changed their last names from Palli to Pauley.
Martin married Josephine Deragish in Stllwater, MN. They had 5 children.

Jacob Anthony (Giachen Antoni Pally) Palli
Name: Jacob Aus. Palli
Age: 30
Occupation: Farmer
Country of Origin:
Last Residence: Saxony Weimar Eisenach
Arrival Date: May 19, 1870
Final Destination: United States
Port of Embarkation: Hamburg
Port of Debarkation: New York
Ship's Name: Borussia
Gender: Male
Captain's Name:
Purpose for Travel:
Mode of Travel:
Manifest ID Number:

After a long voyage on (a packet to New York?) and arriving at Castle Garden to be checked through, Jacob proceeded on. Somewhere he was met by his brother, Martin, and they traveled on to Minnesota together. Can you imagine the reunion with family and old friends when reaching Stillwater?
Stillwater was still a booming town, and jobs opened up often when men left the area to go further west to farm or seek their fortunes. Jacob went to work as a mill hand for Isaac Staples. Antone Wolf tended bar at one of the pubs and it was likely the one Jacob patronized.
Being single and without the usual family responsibilities at age 31, Jacob , being a frugal Swiss, most likely put aside the major portion of his pay. Except for his room, meals, a shave and haircut, new clothes occasionally, a donation at church, Jacob could easily save.
Jacob married Josephine Pauline Wolf (see Wolf/Pali/Egger Query)Feb. 22, 1876 in Stillwater, MN. They had seven children.
1. Mary Elizabeth Palli was born to Jacob and Paulina on June 24, 1878. She was baptized at St. Mary's Church in Stillwater, Minnesota a few weeks later.
2. On January 17, 1880 Mary B. C. was born and on May 20, 1880 she was one of the first children in "the Ligia Colony" to be baptized at the Badus school house during the first Mass by Father Brogan of Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory.
Her middle initials, B.C., most likely came from her grandmother Barbara Cathrina Wolf, but could also be of the traditional Swiss names Benedictia Cathrina.
On April 12, 1892 Mary B. C. died at age of twelve years, two months, and twenty-six days.
3. "Jenny" was born on the Palli homestead in Lake County, Dakota Territory. She became the guardian of her younger brother and two sisters in the family after her mother Paulina Wolf's death.
Jenny petitioned the courts for guardianship, which was granted to her by Judge J. H. Williamson on March 19, 1907. Jenny paid the sum of twelve hundred dollars. The following May, Jenny was married to Edward Muggli. Her marriage disqualified her as guardian so on July 10, 1908 her sister Paulina Lucy Palli petitioned for guardianship.
Jenny and Anthony lived on the Muggli farm in Badus Twp. On May 17, 1940 Jenny passed away after a lingering illness.
4. Paulina Lucy Palli, at the age of twenty-four, took over the guardianship (now the third time) of her younger two sisters and brother from her sister Jenny. On July 10, 1908, Paulina petitioned the courts. Judge J.F. Blewitt granted her guardianship on July 23, 1908. Paulina remained single and at home until the last of the children was of legal age (18) in *1907. It is understandable why she chose to remain single and not put the children through the ordeal possibly ever again.
Paulina Palli shortly after married Leo Joseph [Palli] Pauley, a first cousin. It is fortunate that she always went by the nickname "Lena" or the poor lady would have been known forever as "Polly" Palli Pauley.
5. Grace Josephine Palli was born May 19, 1885 in Badus Twp., Dakota Territory on the Palli homestead.
Grace and "Matt" farmed just north of Lake Badus. Their farm was called "MemRee J. Ranch" -- the name being derived from the initials of the first names of Matt and the children. The stamp on the farm stationery were Grace's initials GJ.
Grace suffered a stroke in 1934 and was handicapped in her loss of speech and slightly impaired with use of her left arm and leg, but was able to get around and do her housework. She liked things clean and neat, and watched to be sure the girls dusted all the way under the beds. Daughter Mary was in charge of the kitchen.
Grace died May 19, 1985 of heart problems.
6. Teresa was born February 17, 1887 on the Palli homestead in Badus Twp., South Dakota. She may not have lived to be one year of age, as she probably died of the diphtheria epidemic sweeping the nation. Although there is no marker at St. Ann's Cemetery, it is certain she is buried there.
7. Jacob Anthony "Jake" Palli, [II]
"Jake" too, was also born on the Palli homestead in Badus Twp. in the new state of South Dakota.
He attended East Badus Elementary School through the eighth grade.
Jacob and Rosina married on June 27, 1917 at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Witnesses were Anthony Manthey and Mary Katherine Egger. Fifty years after Jake and Rosina's marriage they renewed their marriage vows during their Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Ann's in the presence of their children and grandchildren. A reception was held at St. William's Parish Hall in Ramona. Jake and Rose farmed the Egger land.
It is felt through reading over the "memories" submitted by the children and grandchildren of Jake and Rose, that their home was one of close family ties as well as a warm, loving home. Family was very important to them and their nature has been handed down through the children. Highlights of the pleasant memories and thoughts come to mind of the "shiver parties" in the winters before Lent. All the relatives would gather at one home and play "Yass" (a Swiss card game) or other card games. At midnight a big lunch was served, usually oyster stew or dried beef, summer and liver sausage along with other goodies. Then they'd play more card games. Many times the kids would go upstairs a long time and eventually fall asleep on the beds or on the floor.
It was a treat to watch the making of the dried beef and sausages. It was fascinating to see the meat come out of the machines and into the casings. Occasionally one of the casings would break and they'd have to start all over again. The meat was then hung to dry. Oh, how they'd all patiently wait for the first bite!!
The little town of Ramona had free outdoor movies every Saturday night during the summer. Everyone would bring their own blankets and sit on the grass. That was really a big treat for the children. Not all the movies were so great, but they got to see a lot of relatives there. Afterwards, their parents would grocery shop at Bast's Market and the children would head for the creamery for an ice cream cone.
St. Ann's Catholic Church involved the families in the church itself, and all activities centered around it. Many remember the "Badus" Baseball Team and the afternoon Sunday games.
After the children were grown and started to have families of their own, a trip back to the "grandparent's" farm was a precious time. Holidays were large family gatherings with much joy. Grandpa "Jake" would make the Tom and Jerrys before dinner and all the women would prepare the meal. Gifts were exchanged on Christmas Eve and usually followed by Midnight Mass. Rose would share family history and pictures with all the grandchildren: they were very proud people. There was a reading of the Bible and lots of music and singing. At Easter everyone would dye eggs together and then the adults would hide the eggs for the children to find on Easter morning. Rose always remembered her children and grandchildren with a card and small gift.
There were always puppies and little kittens for the children to play and romp with on visiting the farm. Jake use to hunt and a bunch of the fellows would go pheasant hunting every year.
Jake was a member of the Knights of Columbus and an enthusiastic pheasant and duck hunter. He also liked to work in carpentry and his prize project was a hobby horse he carved for his son, Jerry.
Jacob passed away from a blood clot on July 4, 1969 and Rosina on November 29, 1979 of cancer. Both were nursed through their illnesses by their daughter, Rosemary. They are buried at St. Ann's Cemetery on the shore of Lake Badus. Their grandson, Daniel, cares for the farm today.

Jacob may not have been present at his daughter Mary Elizabeth's "Lizzie's" birth, (June 24, 1878) or left as soon as he knew both Paulina and child were doing well, for on June 28, 1878 he was in Yankton, Dakota Territory filing his homestead papers. On July 5th the same year, he was still in Yankton, this time filing his timber claim.
In the homestead papers on file at he National Archives in Washington D.C., it is shown that Jacob filed claim on his land June 28, 1878 as mentioned previously. He paid the registration fee of fourteen dollars. At this time he was not yet a citizen of the United States but he states in his papers he had filed his intention at the courthouse in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Not long after the land agents and railroads started their promotion opening new land in Dakota Territory, the 'Stillwater Messenger' declared on page 4 of their March 15, 1879 issue:
Quite a number of our "Roman" citizens leave next Monday (Mar. 17) for Lake Co., S. Dakota where they have located claims. The list includes J. A. Muggli and family, Joseph Bass and family, J. Cajacob and family, Julius Genet* and family, Anthony Tuor and family, and Jacob Tuor, William Giossi and family**, and Jacob Palli and family. Several other families will follow within the next thirty days, among them that of Antoine Wolf.

*The original Swiss spelling: Today it is Janett.
**Returned to Stillwater a few years later.

The homestead at this time was a crude building measuring 14 x 20 feet and built of wood. Jacob Palli's timber claim had thirteen years to be cultivated and with the help of his neighbors, John C. Schuster and Joseph A. Jacomet (spelled Gacomet in Switzerland), he was able to cultivate with several acres of cottonwood, ash, box elder, and forest willow. Wheat was the main crop for most of the settlers and remained so for about twenty years.
On January 17, 1880 Mary B. C. was born and on May 20, 1880 she was one of the first children in "the colony" to be baptized at a mass by Father Brogan of Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory.
Jacob became a citizen of the United States before Judge C. S. Palmer, District Court, Lake County on May 27, 1884. His witnesses were Christ Rensch and Richard Lawless, who were American citizens and neighbors.
After six years of permanent residence on his homestead, Jacob received his final papers on May 6, 1885. By this time the homestead had grown and improved by adding to the original home, a well, stable, grainery, fruit trees, a fenced pasture and he had broken 100 acres. The past five seasons 75 acres had been cultivated and the total value was $1,000. Joseph C. Schuster and Joseph Schnell were witnesses for Jacob's application for final papers.
No doubt an exhausted man, Jacob passed away on September 18, 1888 during a diphtheria epidemic, just five days short of his fiftieth birthday. They also lost their daughter Tressie in this year. Jacob was buried in the cemetery near St. Ann's Catholic Church and bordering Lake Badus.
How unfortunate that Jacob could not have lived a little longer to see the territory become the state of South Dakota, and his only son, Jacob Anthony Palli, born just four months later.

The original Palli homestead was rented out when his wife Paulina had remarried to John Florin Egger and they had moved to their new home by Lake Badus. It remained as a rental until his daughter Paulina Lucy Palli and her husband Leo Pauley turned to farming it in the 1920,s. It is still in the possession of his descendants.

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