Ernest Nelson Feind
Born Dec 11, 1898 Kellerton Farm near Hazel SD
Died Jan 16, 1989 Germantown section, Philadelphia PA

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Leila Seastrand

m. June 22, 1922
Lake Preston SD
b. Mar 13, 1898
St Peter MN
d. Jan 15, 1976
Philadelphia PA
Lisabeth Marie

b. May 5, 1926
Mitchell SD
d. Feb 3, 2011
Durham NC
John, Ernie and Walter
Before Ernest turned 16, his father and older brother had died, leaving him the oldest male on the farm, which he ran for two years. His brother Walter and and sister Alice eventually ran the farm most of the 20th century, before transfering to their long-time hired hand and neighbor.
Photo of the 1st Cavalry Band, Vienna SD, during World War I. Ernest is in the front row, third from right.
Ernest graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1925.
Paper titled "The Psychology of History", written for an Education course at Dakota Wesleyan University by Ernest submitted on Feb 9, 1924.
Ernest N. Feind and Leila M. Seastrand Wedding Jun 22, 1922.
Feinds and Seastrands at Wedding, Jun 22, 1922, Lake Preston SD.
Back: Earl Feind.
Standing (l to r): Ruth Seastrand, Nellie and Mary Feind, Rev H. D. Seastrand.
Seated: Rosa (Robish) Feind and Jennie Marie (Perry) Seastrand.
Front: Ernest Feind and Dorothy Seastrand.
After marrying in 1922, Ernest and Leila lived in a small house that Ernest built in Mitchell SD. Ernest taught high school geometry and debating, and Leila taught elementary school.
When Ernest decided to pursue the ministry full-time, Leila felt that he should attend the best seminary, so in 1930 the family drove east to Princeton NJ. While Ernest attended Princeton Seminary, Leila taught Lisabeth at home.
Photo of daughter Lisabeth as a child.
Ernest obtained two degrees from the Princeton Seminary in 1933, a Bachelors in Theology and a Bachelors in Philosophy.
Princeton-Seminary Class of 1933 where Ernest is pictured in the top row 4th over.
Ernest became an ordained Presbyterian Minister in 1934 and became pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Kensington in Philadephia PA, where he served until 1953, when he joined the Presbyterian Minister's Fund, a clerical insurance company not officially connected with the Church. He soon transferred to the home offices in Philadelphia, remaining there until 1971 at which time he was an assistant vice president.
On Jan 8, 1952 he was inducted as Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia at the Arch Street Presbyterian Church. On Sep 21 of that same year he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity from Beaver College in Jenkintown PA.
Daughter Lisabeth's Wedding Picture 1951
Ernest died where he had lived with his daughter's family in Philadelphia, but his ashes were buried in Hamlin Co. SD in the Kellerton Zion Cemetery, near the family farm. List compiled from cemetary records of others buried there.
Feinds at Kellerton Church in 2003.
Hogstad, Marlys, Hamlin County, SD - Kellerton Zion Cemetery records, USGenWeb Archives.
Holloway, Lisabeth M, "Ernest Nelson Feind, 1898-1989", compiled from various family sources, typewritten, Jan 1989, 3 pp.
Obituary, "The Rev Ernest N. Feind", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 20, 1989.
Obituary, "Ernest N. Feind, 1933B", Princeton Theological Seminary Alumni News, Princeton NJ, Winter 1990, p. 22.
Program of "Service of Induction of The Reverend Ernest N. Feind as Moderator ...", Arch Street Presbyterian Church, Jan 8, 1952.