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Janet Bohn Williams and Will Williams 2018 storyJanet (Bohn) and Will Williams -posted on the Independent School District 191 website 2018.

Will and Janet Williams have been involved in One91 for most of their lives. They were classmates who graduated in the second class of Burnsville High School in 1958.

They attended Savage elementary for eight years and then had two years of high school in Shakopee because District 191 had no high school at that time. Once Burnsville High School opened, Janet and Will were among student leaders who helped start up the school by selecting the mascot, school song, colors and more. Janet was the class valedictorian and Will was the first homecoming king.

"We are proud graduates of BHS and strong supporters of public education,” they say. “Whether you have children attending District 191, graduates or not, every resident should support our great schools and even consider a donation to Foundation 191 to enhance the wonderful things that our teachers do.”

They each went to college and had careers – he was a math teacher in St. Paul and she was an administrator in the Scott County Library system – and are now retired.

They’ve continued living in the district. Their three sons and a granddaughter have graduated from Burnsville High School, where another granddaughter is in the Class of 2019.

Janet was elected to the Savage City Council in 2004, then was elected as the first female mayor of the city in 2007 and has served ever since.

Will is a founding member – and continues to serve – on the Board of Foundation 191, the not-for-profit organization that began in 2005 to provide innovative learning opportunities in District 191. He is also a volunteer math tutor at the Savage Public Library.

Their families have lived in the area for many decades, and Will and Janet are known as local historians who are asked to speak to classes and civic groups. They were involved in starting up the Dan Patch Historical Society. Both were previously selected for the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame. See this year’s list of Hall of Fame inductees.
Agustus WilliamsAugustus H. Williams after he enlisted and was mustered into the 2”nd Minn Infantry in St. Paul, 1861.
His name is sometimes shown as Harrison Agustus....

Birth: May 30, 1841,Maine
Death: Jan. 15, 1891 Burnsville

His spouse was Ann Hogan and children were: George, Elizabeth and Mary Williams Kline.
Harrison Agustus and Ann WilliamsAugustus H. Williams and Ann (Hogan ) Williams

Agustus -Birth: May 30, 1841, Maine, Death: Jan. 15, 1891 Burnsville
Ann- Birth: May 18, 1850, New York, Death: May 7, 1935 Burnsville

George T Williams (1871 - 1942)*
Elizabeth Williams (1874 - 1882)*
Mary A Williams Kline (1879 - 1958)*
George T. Williams and Sr. Wilfrida HoganGeorge Williams 1871 - 1942 lived on what is now Williams Drive in Burnsville. Sister Wilfrida Hogan (CSJ) died 1944, his aunt.
Gus Williams Death NoticeDied January 14, 1891, while getting down from a load of hay slipped and fell to the ground, causing a consussion of the brain, which resulted in his death.
Myrtise Williams (Kline) and George Williams
Hogan SistersSister Wilfrida Hogan (CSJ) died 1944 and Anna (Hogan) Williams (1850 - 1935) in front of Williams Farmhouse on Williams Drive.

Sister Wilfrida was one of the Founders of St. Catherines College. She was born in Byrnesville in 1860 to Thomas & Ann ( Riley ) Hogan. Anna was married to Augustus H. Williams, one of the sons of Levi Williams who was the first Postmaster of Hamilton Station (1866).
William's homestead The house stood on today's Williams Drive, near Judicial Road. Augustus H. Williams and wife Anna (Ann) nee Hogan . They had 5 children : George , Henry , Wilfred , Molly and Nellie. Gus was a civil war vet (Second Minn. Infantry ) and got the farm thru the bounty program after the war.
Augustus H. Williams dies 1891St. Paul Globe, January 17, 1891.
Levi and Fedalia WilliamsThese were the Great Great Grandparents of Will Williams, now of Savage Minnesota. He wrote in 2020:

Levi and Fedalia Williams(my GGGparents) with family, came to St. Paul in 1854 from Farmington, Maine.

My GGrandfather Augustus H. Williams was 14 years old. Augustus enlisted in the 2'nd Minn. Inf. in 1861 and his term expired in July of 1864. He did not veteranize (re-up) and returned home to St. Paul. In 1864-1865 he is listed as operating a saloon in downtown St. Paul.

In 1866 he is farming in Byrnesville on a forfeited farm through a bounty program where civil war vets were eligible to claim such properties.

His parents came out and lived with him for a short time and moved back to St. Paul and that is how Levi became the first postmaster. Levi and Fedalia are buried in Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul. Augustus ( He married Ann Hogan of Byrnesville) is buried in St. Johns cemetery along with some of my other Hogan and Williams ancestors.

The civil war headstone says H. A. Williams which is an error as it should be A. H. Williams. People at times wonder why the mail for such a large area would come to Hamilton Landing and then Hamilton Station. If you think about steamboats coming up the Minnesota river in those early days with passengers, supplies, mail, etc. from St. Paul where are they going to land? From Fort Snelling to the first decent place to land on the south side would probably be Hamilton Landing.
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