Below is the Foell lineage that I traced at the Genealogy Library in Salt Lake City – one direct branch just to keep it simple. These are the names and birthplaces:
- Christian Foell – Stuttgart, Germany
- Philip Foell – Iowa
- Louis Foell – Iowa
- Arthur Foell – Iowa
- Harold Foell – Minnesota
- John Foell – Minnesota
- Justin Foell – Minnesota
By the power of the internet, the book “Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties”, which contains a short chapter about Philip & Christian Foell, is now available for anyone to read for free. I found this book during my research and made a photocopy of the relevant pages (516-517), but you can read the whole thing at that link.
I did photocopy my census notes that we used at the library during our research.
Sadly, there’s no longer a home there, it’s just a vacant lot. I didn’t find much detail looking at Hennepin County property records, but according to satellite imagery, it was torn down sometime between 2006 and 2009, possibly a victim of the subprime mortgage crisis.
Also, I checked the Minneapolis Library’s City Directory Collection. I checked the 1920 directory since that was backed up with my census data, and found that Arthur Foell was a foreman for Robins Transfer Company, and his brother Louis Foell was a welder.
If you have any questions about my chicken scratch on those census notes, please comment below. I made several corrections with an eraser that blurred the text, plus my handwriting isn’t great to begin with.
If you’d like me to add any additional information, write a comment and I’ll update it.