Perle Angona Randall
- Born: 12 Oct 1904, Lake Mills, Winnebago Co., Iowa
- Christened: 1 Jan 1914, Lake Mills, Winnebago Co., Iowa
- Marriage: Graffius Earl Harman on 17 Jan 1927 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
- Died: 13 Sep 2001, St. Croix Falls, Polk Co., Wisconsin at age 96
- Buried: 16 Sep 2001, St. Croix Falls, Polk Co., Wisconsin
Perle spent the first 16 years of her life living in Lake Mills, Iowa. In 1920 her parents purchased a farm on Lykens Road in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. Perle graduated from Balsam Lake High School in 1923, and worked at the Post Office. Following her marriage in 1927, she and Graf lived on the Harman farm on the Balsam Lake/Garfield town line just south of Deer Lake, Wisconsin.
Perle and Graf moved into Balsam Lake where Graf worked for Polk County. In 1940 they moved to Osceola, where Graf worked for the Rural Electric Association. Perle worked in the family electrical and refrigeration business and for a short while as a nurses aide at Osceola Hospital.
After the graduation of Gloria and Peggy, Perle and Graf moved to Tucson, Arizona. They lived there for 2 years, and then returned to Balsam Lake where they lived on the farm owned by her family since 1920. They continued to winter occasionally in Arizona and Texas. Perle moved into the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls, in 1995.
The Origin of the Surname Randall
Ralf de Tankville was William the Conqueror's Chamberlain. There were several other followers with that given name who received lands and earldoms. The name was also used in England before the Norman Conquest, in the form Raedwuff or "shield wolf", which began Ranulf and the Ralf from which the surnames Raff, Ralph, Rand, Randall, Randolph, Rankin, Ransom, Ranson, Rawlings, and Rawson developed. Rand is also one who came from Rand, a marshy edge, the name of places in Lincoln shire and Yorkshire. "American Surnames"
The name Randall is distinctly traceable to a period of the Norman Conquest of England, A.D. 1066. It first appears in the "Domesday Book" of William the Conqueror in the Assignment of Lands bearing this name, as "Tenants in Capite" immediately from the Crown, and restricted to those who accompanied the Conqueror from his kingdom of Normandy, of which they may have been native citizens or descendants of those who came over from Denmark or Norway with Rollo the Dane in 901. The name Randall, spelled in different forms, is a frequent occurrence in the yearbooks or records of legal proceedings of Edward II to the end of Henry VII, a period of about two hundred years, from 1327 to 1547, and many of the names have borne Coats of Arms granted for distinguished service. The name is a modification of that of Randolfe or Randolph. One authority suggests Randall is an English local name of Nordic origin and interpreted "fair valley" from " ran", which means "fair" and dale which means "dale" or "valley". He adds that Randall may be a derivative of the surname Randolph which was originally Randwulf or Randulf which came from " Ravenwulf". "William Randall and Allied Families", by Frank Alfred Randall, 1943.
A more recent account of the family name origins came from the Canadian Randall branch, that the stories past to him indicated the early family were a group of poor peasants on the Scottish border who rustled sheep from the English gentry, making their escape back to their hovels, "they ran through the dales like those possessed" and but one step ahead of the law no doubt, hence the name "ran dales" or now Randalls.
Perle married Graffius Earl Harman, son of Joseph E. Harman and Mary Ella Fink, on 17 Jan 1927 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota. (Graffius Earl Harman was born on 27 Jul 1900 in Bull Run, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania, christened on 10 Jun 1939 in Centuria, Polk Co., Wisconsin, died on 1 Apr 1980 in Centralia, Marion Co., Illinois and was buried in Jun 1980 in St. Croix Falls, Polk Co., Wisconsin.)