Descendants of Tama Jim Wilson from Osakis, MN, recently visited Traer and the Traer Historical Museum. Sandra Lauster Bogenrief, great granddaughter, and her son Max Bogenrief, great great grandson, together with Max's two stepchildren, viewed the museum's exhibit which highlights the life and accomplishments of Traer resident Tama Jim Wilson. Wilson served as U. S. Secretary of Agriculture for sixteen years from 1897 to 1913. He holds the record as the longest-serving U. S. Cabinet member and is one of only three Cabinet members to serve in the same post under three consecutive Presidents.
Tama Jim and Esther Wilson had seven children. Their sixth child was George Wright Wilson. The second child of George and his wife Nellie Stevenson Wilson was Ruth Wilson, Tama Jim's granddaughter. Ruth and her husband Lloyd Lauster were the parents of Sandra Lauster Bogenrief, Tama Jim's great granddaughter. Sandra is the mother of Max Bogenrief, the great great grandson of Tama Jim.
The Traer Historical Museum board of directors is currently planning major renovations to the museum's Tama Jim Wilson exhibit. These renovations are being made possible through a $3,000.00 grant from the Tama County Community Foundation and a $4,000.00 grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.
For information about this press release please contact Jeannine Smentek, 319-239-5823.