Oscar Parnow


Born: Abt 1893 in Germany

Died: ? in (unknown)

Father: William Parnow (1854 – ?)

Mother: Othelia Bernsdorf (1856 – ?)


Oscar immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1897, with his mother, and two years after his father.

He was in the U.S. Navy in 1918.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 30 Jan 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
1905 Minnesota State Census
[applies to name, birth]
A History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota, Volume 2
by John Turner and C. K. Semling (editors); Indianapolis, Indiana: B.F. Bowen and Company, 1918. [applies to name, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Oscar likely arrived aboard the ship "Stuttgart" from Bremen on 3 Jul 1895 in Baltimore, along with his sisters Clara (age 14) and Selma(?) (age 16). Their ultimate destination was Good Thunder, Blue Earth County, Minnesota to meet their uncle. (New information from "History of Clay and Norman Counties" suggests this was probably their father, not uncle -- need to resolve this.) In Germany the children had lived in Lochoro, Pos(?). (ship's record, but see the census record for William Parnow)

Oscar is identified explicitly as Clara's brother and was living with the couple in 1910, working as a farm laborer. He was 17 in Apr 1910. (1910 U.S. Census)