Chester Ralph Blanshan was born September 5, 1880 to Mathew J. and Ada Della Anderson
Blanshan in Grand Junction, Iowa.  He married Alvina "Belle" Buck, daughter of Willis Stickney and
Alzora Celestine Richardson Buck on August 9, 1903. Belle was born in Rochester, Minnesota on
March 29, 1876.  Belle had one child named Harold Daniels (1897) before she married Chester.
   
   When Chester registered for the WWI draft on September 12, 1918, he was 38 years old. He
listed himself as a farm laborer in Freeborn County, Minnesota (Albert Lea). He was listed as "tall,"
of medium build, with blue eyes and light hair.

   In the 1920 federal census, Chester and Belle lived in Ward 4, Mankato, Minnesota in a home they
rented. Chester was 39. Also in the household were Ralph, age 16, Lila, age 13, Alta, age 11, Leora,
age 8, and Vera, age 1 ½.  Harold E. Daniels, age 23, also lived in the home.  Under Harold, it
mentions that his father’s birthplace was New York and his mother’s birthplace was Ireland.  Belle's
father Willis was born in New Hampshire and her mother Alzora  in Indiana.

   In the 1930 census, Chester and Belle lived in Mankato, Blue Earth County.  Chester was 48 and
Belle was 54. Belle's mother, Alzora C. Buck, age 84, was living with them, as was daughter Vera
June, age 11.

   In the 1936 -1937 Mankato city directory,  Chester Blanshan is listed as a driver living at 252
Weaver.

   Chester died on May 5, 1962 in Mankato and Belle died December 12, 1954 in Mankato. They are
buried in _______________.

The children of Chester Ralph and Belle Buck Blanshan were:

Ralph Jay Blanshan - born 1904. (See Ralph Jay Blanshan page)

Lila M. Blanshan Auringer - born June 29, 1906. She married Ernest F. Auringer on February 19,
1923. They had children Wilmar Arnold (1923-1981) and Joyce (1925-1980). Lila died December
21, 2000 in Big Fork, Itasca County, Minnesota.

Alta Mazel Blanshan Bares - born August 20, 1908 in Minneapolis. She married Bohumil F. Bares
and they lived in Mankato, Minnesota. She had children DeloraBelle (1926). She died in St. Peter,
Nicollet County on April 19, 2002.

Leora Gertrude Blanshan Gillson - born June 25, 1911. She married Russell Marvin Gillson (1911)
and they lived in Mankato. Russell died in 1991 and Leora died December 15, 2008 in Salem,
Oregon.

Vera June Blanshan Swartout - born June 21, 1918. She married Edward J. Swartout. She died
March 24, 1995 in Mankato, Minnesota.
CHESTER
RALPH
BLANSHAN
1880 - 1962
LEONIN BLANCHAMP, father of
MATTHEUS BLANSHAN, father of
MATHIEU BLANSHAN, father of
MATTHEUS BLANSHAN, father of
JACOB BLANSHAN, father of
MATTHEUS JACOB BLANSHAN, father of
JACOB SMEDES BLANSHAN, father of
MATHEW J BLANSHAN, father of
Chester and Belle, year unknown
Chester and Belle's 50th wedding anniversary-1953
Chester and Belle wedding portrait 1903
Chester and Belle, year unknown
L to R:  Lila, Alta, Vera, Ralph, Leora
Lila Myrtle Blanshan Auringer