1997 - 1998 Pierce County, North Dakota Queries

1997 - 1998 Pierce County, North Dakota Queries

Marilyn Wilkinson Wed Feb 5 10:30:04 1997
Searching for information on the KELLER family. John P. KELLER and Maria Eva FREADE KELLER born abt.1868 in Russia, immigrated to U.S.A. in 1889. They were in S.D. in 1890, by 1891 they were settled in N.D..Seven children were born in N.D.,Vallentine 1891,Peter 1894 Eva 1896, Rosa 1898, Louis 1901, Katia 1906, Michael 1908.

Jerry Austin Fri Feb 14 08:00:24 1997
Melvin HAGEN and Olrika BRUTEN emigrated from Norway probably c. 1890. Melvin's father's last name was LARSEN. Children = Carl - Oliver - Mollie - Lottie - Julia - Henry - Oscar b. 13 June 1893, Minot, N.Dakota - Roy
Several of the family ended up in Alberta, Canada
Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.
David A Olson Thu Apr 10 17:29:39 1997
My mother was an "ORPHIN TRAIN" child, and she was raised by a family named Strader. Their Daughter was Tina Burkhartsmeier who ran the "Home Cafe" and lived in Rugby in 1940s, across the street from Littel Flower School. Her son Tony Burkhartsmeier had a house nest door, and owned a Bar nest to the Cafe. I am looking for any information on the Straders' such as probate records that might give a clue to my mothers real parents names. She was originally transported to North Dakota and subsequently taken in by the Straders but not adopted. I have contacted the New York Foundling Hospital for information. I hope you can assist me in this indevor. Thank you, from the son of a rider.
Sue Fri Apr 18 19:44:12 1997
researching G-Grandparents. Angus BAKKEN bn FEB-1842 emigrated from Norway in 1875. Caren (Karen) bn Sep 1865, emigrated from Norway 1880. They were married in 1885/6. Their children were; Anton bn 01-Mar-1884, Emma bn May-1888, Clara bn Jul-1890, Anna bn May-1893, Alice (or Elise) bn Apr-1896, Albert bn 1902, and Esther bn 1907. Anton, my Grandfather, was born in ND but I don't know where. The other children were all born in Barton (we think). Anton married Alma Karulina Lander (also from Barton), 1908. Angus is on the 1900 census. But, by 1910 it lists Caren as head-of-household. I have not been able to locate a gravesite or obit for Angus. Don't know where Karen went later. Would like to locate ancestors of my Grandfather's siblings. Please respond with any info to - ZOOGAL0@alo.com - happy hunting everyone.
Sue Fri Apr 18 19:58:37 1997
Research Great-Grandparents: Nils Lander bn 23-Dec-1853, emigrated from Sweden in 1890. His wife, Kjersti (later known as Christine) bn 23-Feb-1861 followed Nils to America with their 3 daughters in 1892. The daughters were; Ellen Maria bn 239-Oct-1880, Anna Amelia bn 20-May-1882, and Alma Karulina (my Grandmother) bn 20-May-1885 They first went to Minnesota, where the next 2 daughters were born; Hilma Leonea bn 15-Apr-1893 and Clara Elina Ruth bn 17-Sep-1895. By 1900 census the family is settled in Barton. My Great-Grandfather was naturalized there. His papers only show his place of birth as Sweden. My Grandmother married Anton Bernt Bakken in Barton or Rugby. She had a double wedding with her sister Anna, who married Tideman Ruud. I don't know if my G-Grandfather had any siblings who immigrated with him, but am hoping. He may have had a brother named Pehr and a sister named Elma. There is also mention in the family bible of a Hanna Joppson, but I don't know what her relationship is. If any of these names are familiar please E-mail ZOOGAL0@aol.com
claire kot Sun Apr 20 20:53:56 1997
Looking for information on my great grandparents, who settled in North Dakota, in or around the towns of Berwick, Rugby, Devils lake some time around late 1890's to 1900's.
Beverley Gutenberg Sun Jun 8 09:27:23 1997
Rieger My great grandfather, Ludwig Rieger, his second wife, Helena Salway, his mother, Theresia (??) Rieger, my grandmother, Elisabeth Rieger, and her half siblings, Klara, Philip and Michael immigrated to Orrin in 1900. My grandmother married Paul Meier of Blumenfeld, district not far from Orrin in 1912. They moved to an area near Prelate, Saskatchewan, between that time and 1918. Klara and her husband Frank Lutz also immigrated to Prelate, Saskatchewan. The rest of the Riegers stayed in Orrin and eventually moved to other areas of North Dakota. They changed the spelling of their name to a more Anglicized Reiger. I would like any information about the Rieger family.
Jim L. Johnson Mon Jun 30 21:30:58 1997
I am researching the following surnames from the York and Beaver TWP areas of Benson County: Johnson, Thompson and Sandven. My GGFather, James Lemuel Johnson owned and operated the J.L. Johnson general store in York from 1892-1923. My Thompson & Sandven branches came to Beaver TWP from the Benson, MN area. I have a great deal of information on these family lines and would be glad to share my info with anyone interested.
Jodi (Krenzel) Neal Fri Aug 1 07:29:55 1997
Looking for any info on the Krenzel, Erck, or Laboldus-Leboldus, families. I go back as far as Peter Krenzel b.1866 d. 1934. Can anyone help me find info for Peters parents? He was married to Marianne Kopp. Both from Krasna, Bessarabia, I think is a part of Russia.
Ron DePriest Sat Aug 2 13:56:22 1997
Surname DEPRIEST, grandfather, Lloyd Columbus DePriest, grandmother, Sarah Janes (House) DePriest. They moved from Missouri to North Dakota around 1912.
Terry Murray Sun Aug 10 08:45:21 1997
Looking for information on the HEISLER family, originally from Minnesota, who lived and farmed in the rural Rugby area from 1880-1960. The only name I can place is Frank Heisler, born 14 January 1905, married Francis Ripplinger 9 November, 1925 in Rugby, farmed near Barton and died 7 February 1988 in Devils Lake.

Robin Kinsella-Oliger Tue Aug 19 19:54:45 1997
I am looking for any info on John Phillip Keller, B.03-08-1867 d.05-13-1942. Marr:1-Mary Eva faith d.1912 in Canada 2nd wife: Margaret Feist Schaffer b.12-08-1875 d.04-02-1941 lived many years in Emmons County Moved to Selz area. Children: Regina, Valentine, peter,Eva,Rose marr: Tony Goldade Ludwig, katherine Marr. Wendlin Schaffer, Michael. Margaret Schaffer had 3 children from prev. marriage: Wendlin, barbara Marr. Tony Galfouse, Mary marr Jacob Schmidt, Anna married Ray Bryant.
Valerie Wed Aug 27 16:06:16 1997
Looking for information on Elizabeth F. COREY known as "Bachelor Bess" and who was a school teacher in the Pierce and Stanley counties. Her family lived in Shelby County Iowa. Her mother's name was Margaret Morgan Brown Corey and her father was Edwin Olney Corey. Bess's birthday and middle name are what I specifically need. I know she was born in the winter of 1887/88, but I need specific dates.

Becky Donelan Thu Oct 2 14:58:16 1997
Henry Pilgrim CLARK came to Pierce Co, ND about 1900. Henry CLARK was born 1851 in PA, married Mary Elizabeth PARTNER CLARK and they had 9 children. They moved to Pierce Co about 1900, with a group of people from Juniata Co, PA. I would like to exchange information on this family. I am interested in finding out more about who came with this group. Also, Henry P. CLARK seems to have been active in a group called the Pennsylvania Society. Does anyone know anything about this group? Are there records associated with it? Any information concerning these CLARKS or these other questions would be greatly appreciated!!
Nikki Gilbertson Tue Oct 14 07:54:18 1997
My great grandmother Theresia RIEHL was supposedly from "near Rugby" according to a Ryder, ND Jubilee publication. According to her tombstone she was born in 1864 She married Christopher LINNERTZ in 1899. They lived in Ward County near Ryder. She died in 1929. Her Mother Elizabeth RIEHL is burried in Ryder ND near Theresia and Christopher, Her father's name may have been Nicholas. I am looking for her date of birth, conformation on her fathers first name and any information about brothers and sisters.

Brent Schaan Tue Nov 18 15:28:03 1997
Good day to all!!! I am basically just getting started on my genealogy. Any information on the following individuals would be greatly appreciated. Other than knowing where they are buried I know little about them. All lived in or around the Rugby, Balta, and Orrin areas. Wilhelm Schaan (1859-1934)
Peter Axtman (1874-1949) and Mary Gerhart (1877-1915) Peterís second wife unknown to me.
August Mack (1890-1970)
John M. Hager (1890-1944) and Anna Curtz (1891-1960)
Moritz Hager (1834-1902) He is suppose to be buried in the St. Maria Cemetery. Does anyone know where that may be??? If anyone one has any information, no matter how significant, please let me know. Thanks to all, Brent N. Schaan
Richard Fri Nov 21 20:32:44 1997
Do you have historical information on some of small settlements of Pierce County. Brazil, Leverich, Fero, Pleasant Lake, Orrin, Silva, Fillmore, Balta, Berwick.
Rhonda Buyck Tue Nov 25 00:31:14 1997
I don't know if you have this but I found it this summer in my Grandma Marys KELLER pictures and papers. It was a newspaper clipping about Johanna BUSCH Keller and was Barbara BUSCHs obituary. It said she was born 21 March 1868 in Odessa, Russia and she married John BUSCH in 1888 and in 1898 came to US to live in Bismark, ND and in 1901 settled in Pierce Country. He died in 1927 she married Frank MARTIAN who died 1932 and then married Mike HAGER IN 1935 and lived in Balta, he died in 1937.
I didn't know much about Valentine KELLERs family untill I ran across your post just now on rootsweb. I found GGgrandparents out tonight!!! Rhonda
Christy Long Mon Dec 15 18:23:58 1997
Searching for information on Anton Gerger. He was born in Hungaria in came to the U.S. in 1898. He was living on a farm in Fulda. He had some sons and daughters. I do not have any names. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.
Joyce Arkwright Fri Jan 16 22:05:08 1998
My Grandfather John BERTSCH was reared and educated in the Balta area. I'm searching for information on his parents: Joseph BERTSCH b:? and d:?, Anna Marie DIETZ, b: 1880, d: 1946. There was six children born:
JOHN BERTCH married Mary Wentz
KATHERINE BERTCH married Lambert Kraft
BETTY(Elizabeth)BERTCH married Oswald McNeese
AGNES BERTSCH married Joe Ripplinger
I have very little information on the children, except for my Grandfather John Bertsch. Hoping to find out more information on Joseph and Anna Marie and the rest of the children. Any connections to these surnames please e-mail me at Joyce@utah-inter.net Joyce
Elizabeth Sauer Mon Mar 9 06:30:54 1998
I am trying to respond to Joyce Arkwright's query and my emails keep bouncing back. Info she was seeking---JOSEPH BERTSCH b. 1880 in Strassburg, Russia d. 1908 in Grand Forks, ND - m. bef 1907 - ANNA MARIE DIETZ - b. 28 Mar 1880 - d. May 1949 - One child JOHN BERTSCH b. 27 Nov 1907 in Grand Forks ANNA MARIE then married JACK BERTSCH (brother of Joseph). JACK b. 16 Dec 1883 in Strassburg, Russia - d. 17 Nov 1965 in ND
There were 5 children from this union. If you would like more information on this family, please email me at RJSELS@worldnet.att.net Elizaberth
Shirley Cook Mon Mar 9 13:30:06 1998
I am trying to find whatever information there is about by Great Grandmother Sarah M. Smith and her mother-in-law, my Great Great Grandmother Nancy Smith. They were in Rugby in 1900 where Sarah was listed in the 1900 Census, but do not find a record after that. Sarah ran a boarding house in Rugby. Some of Sarah's children were written about in the newspaper in Rugby around 1902 as attending different functions at Pleasant Lake and Balfour. One of the children Eva was married to Murrill Mendenhall from Pleasant Lake and they went to functions there. I do not know if either died there or moved.
I can be reached at scook@nanosecond.com.
Mike Oiseth Sat Mar 28 20:58:00 1998
11), and Thora's husband (a THORSON) may also have been in Rugby in 1906. The 1920 Census shows Helga living in Cavalier County. I wold much appreciate any information about Helga BEAVER, her relatives, or a Rugby hotel she may have owned or worked at.
Marla Eaheart Millsap Mon Apr 20 16:23:52 1998
Would like to share information with relatives of Gilbert Pierce, whom Pierce County is named for. He was my great grandfather John Walter Eaheart's uncle. Eaheart left some notes of the PIERCE/BARTHOLOMEW family of Porter County Indiana in his journal.

Ann Minter Tue May 12 13:15:08 1998
I am researching the above surnames in Pierce County, North Dakota from 1890 to current. I am interested in all births, deaths, marriages, obituaries and the usual newspaper items. I would like to have a Pierce County history (a mug book) and am willing to pay for all photocopies, postage, etc.


Beau France Mon May 18 16:43:05 1998
We are seeking information on Bertha Van Sickle born in Pierce North Dakota in Oct 31, 1903. Bertha' s father was Lawrence VAN SICKLE and her mother was JULIA BRIGGS. .mothers Bertha was married to Norman Orestad in approx 1920. Any information would be of help. Ethel France/Tammy Lewellen ejf@fidalgo.net

Ron Heil Sun Aug 2 14:30:07 1998
My great uncle, John Heil 1886-1976 moved to the Harvey/Pierce county area in 1900. John Heil lived at the time of his death in Selz. He had at least four brothers: Markus,Micheal,Bernhard (died 1901 buried in Pierce Cty) and Jacob. Their parents were Conrad and Marie Heil. They were from Alace-Lorrain then Odessa,Russia where John and probably Markus were born. Markus is my GGrandfather. I am trying to trace their journey from France to N.Dakota. Their original migration to US was 1894. I would like to know where the other siblings dissappeared to, and about their families. Any information would be appreciated.
Kelly Mitchell Tue Aug 18 17:18:03 1998
Hi There All; Just today learned about Balta ND and was wondering who or where to write to find out more information on the contacting the church at Balta. I was told that they will do look ups as long as you have the persons parents, full name and dates. I would love to know more about Balta. Any information will be greatly appreciated
Yours Truly - Kelly Mitchell
Calgary AB
Sue Eddy Tue Sep 8 17:02:52 1998
John MCCOLLUM-MCCALLUM came to Rugby, Pierce County, N.D. about 1896 with his wife, Margaret Buell and large family of children. John died 17 February 1918 and is buried at Rugby. Several of his children remained in North Dakota, some moving to Reynolds.. Warren, Alva, James, Katy, Ellen, Stella,Eva or Emma are some of the children's names. I would love to hear from any descendants of John and Margaret as the McCallums were close relatives of my Bailey family.

Judy Wittke Sat Sep 12 19:02:57 1998
Searching for information on C A Quarne. My husband'd mother and her brother were living with C A Quarne in Barton, ND in 1919. Olaf Blektvedt died in Minot 25 Feb 1919. He is listed as living in Barton. His sister Ella Blektvedt left North Dakota sometime after Olaf's death and moved to Minneapolis. Would like to know what the connection is between the Quarne family and the Blektvedt family, which had homesteaded in Willow City, ND. The Blektvedts were originally from Gol, Norway. Thank you.


Jeanne Marchus Tue Sep 15 07:12:33 1998
Is there a list of county commissioners for Pierce County ND? My father-in-law "Gust MARCHUS moved to North Dakota from Norway, Iowa, Minnesota in 1909. He was county commissioner but I don't know the years. Can someone point me in the right direction as to where I could find this information.
Also looking for ANY INFORMATION on this family Gust MARCHUS m Julia ANFINSON. They had nine children Gifford, Arthur, Emil, Oscar Floyd, Clarence, Violet, Gordon and Lester.
Thank you,


Annette Tue Oct 6 12:18:37 1998
I wonder if anyone knows anything about Bertha (Burtha) KEENA/KENNA. I know that she was married 2 or 3 times (one marriage to Ole DOKKEN). She was born in Norway in 1830 and died in 1926 in Devils Lake. She had numerous children who all seemed to use the DOKKEN name. She is buried in Pierce County at the Highland Lutheran Church Cemetery. Any information on any DOKKEN family members would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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