Renowned archivist to be remembered TuesdayPublished 11:17am Monday, November 19, 2012
Ann Jordan died Wednesday in Fergus Falls. A tribute is planned at the Otter Tail County Historical Society at noon on Tuesday.
“She was almost like a regular staff member here,” said Chris Schuelke, OTC Historical Society executive director. “She was involved in a lot of decision making. She was like one of the family.”
As someone instrumental in organizing the archives for the OTC Historical Society, Jordan knew the archives inside and out. She volunteered daily from fall through spring.
“Ann did so much work with the archives that we named them after her in 2004,” said Schuelke. “People like Ann don’t come along very often — she had good life experiences, and was a strong and calming presence. She was a good friend.”
Jordan was also one of the original members of the OTC Genealogical Society. She specialized in researching family histories, searching through death records, newspaper archives, census records and plat maps.
During the summer, Jordan would stay at her cabin at Marine on the St. Croix, but she did not stop contributing. She spent several summers combing over and indexing as many as 1800 cemetary records, in between grubbing brush and pumping water at the rustic cabin.
“Ann was a true pioneer woman,” said friend Ann Lundeen. “When she worked as a public health nurse, she got grant money to help kids before anyone even knew to apply for grants.”
Jordan’s roots are in Otter Tail County, growing up in Perham. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, she was a nurse in WWII, stationed in South Carolina, Australia and New Guinea. She also served many years as a public health nurse in Otter Tail County.
A memorial will be held at the Otter Tail County Historical Society in Fergus Falls at noon on Tuesday. The memorial event is open to the public.