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Tinous Thies

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District pages 330 - 331
by Verda Dudley

Tinous Thies was born January 1889 in Denmark, the son of Christian and Stena Thiesen. They later changed their name to Thies when they came to the United States. He spent his early years in North and South Dakota. He was full of mischief and loved to tease. He was always a hard worker. Tinous was a big handsome man but never married. He was very fond of his sister Kristina Anderson and moved to Spring Coulee to be near her in 1915. He bought land in the same area and farmed it.

He was very close to his sister and fond of her large family. He was very strict and never openly showed his love. None of the Anderson kids like to work for him because he was so strict. He was very protective of his nieces and nephews. He was a fashionable dresser and always invested in the best of cars. All his pictures show women around him, they liked his attention and his cars. He felt obligated to help to raise the Anderson family. He came to all the Christmas concerts and any church or school play the kids had parts in. The popularity contests his nieces took part in were always an expense to him as he always helped them win along with their beauty, ability and talent. He was a beautiful dancer and won every old time waltz contest he entered, often dancing with his sister Kristina.

He lost his sister Alma to cancer and he helped all he could with her surviving eight children who lived in Montana. During the depression be became very ill with depression and died in June 1937. This was one week after Harold's wife Eunice died from their house fire. He left his farm to his sister Kristina. She never did get over loosing him as he had played a large part in her life.

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