Descendants of Christian J. and Sophia Albrecht
Gather in Linton
"Descendants of Christian J. and Sophia Albrecht Gather in Linton." Emmons County Record, 24 June 2004.
Descendants of Christian J. and Sophia Albrecht gather
in Linton Christian J. Albrecht ("CJ") was born June
18, 1890, in Gluckstal, South Russia. Sophia Heinrich, one of 16
children, was born Aug. 8, 1896, in Wilhelmstahl, South Russia.
The couple met in South Dakota where their parents lived. They were married in Mound City, S.D.,
Jan. 4, 1914. Their first child was born Nov. 8, 1914. They moved
Temvik in 1917.
CJ Albrecht, as he was called, opened a drayline and creamery in
Sophia basically took care of the cream, milk and eggs when the
surrounding farmers brought their products to be sold. She would
the eggs while the farmers waited around for their egg money.
CJ and Sophia soon had a family of five children. One child died
the early 1900 flu epidemic.
In the early years of married life, CJ was the pitcher on the local
baseball team. Many Sundays were spent away from home playing baseball,
which was his most enjoyable pastime.
Before long, a branch line of the Northern Pacific Railroad went
through Temvik. CJ was kept busy at this time delivering goods to
train and picking up goods to be delivered—done, of course,
and the dray wagon.
It didn’t take too many years before the town had a telephone
railroad station, elevators to market the grain grown in the area
mill to grind wheat into flour. At this time in history, Temvik
had a pool hall, a school, a couple of churches, a meat market and
When the creamery and drayline disappeared, a pioneer-type hotel
postal service station became a busy place in town. Later, the old
creamery became the post office and mail deliveries were started
During these earlier days, CJ became the owner of the first car,
was designed as part buggy and part automobile.
One recollection of the Albrecht children from that time was that
Linton got one of those newfangled movie theaters. On Wednesday
black and white still movies were shown there. CJ would provide
transportation for whoever wanted to attend the movie and however
would fit into their automobile. The little car would be loaded
hilt, and one child of CJ’s would be allowed to go along to
When the car traveled down the gravel road east of Temvik, everyone
the car would have to get out and push it up the hill. With this
around town and soon others, a gas station and repair shop appeared.
Soon Temvik grew to have its own bank, hardware/lumber store and
second general store. Temvik was now quite a prosperous town on
prairie. One reason for its growth was the rich farmland surrounding
As CJ and Sophia’s family continued to grow, he moved his
family to the
Harwood farm northeast of town. The Browns were their nearest
neighbors. Here the children attended a rural school. Dorothy Brown
one of their teachers and later a Miss Larvick taught in their school.
After many years, the family moved back into Temvik and pastured
animals in a large pasture on the edge of town.
Hobos used to ride the train boxcars. Many times they got off the
and spent a few days in or around town, sometimes sleeping behind
the Albrecht’s barn.
Gypsy caravans used to come through the area frequently from early
spring until fall. When the gypsies were spotted on the road leading
town, the stores, bank and business establishments would lock their
doors, if they had time. Often the gypsy people would get their
of milk by going uninvited into the pasture and milking part of
In those days, when storms appeared in the sky and it looked like
tornado might strike the area, the basement of the bank became the
refuge until the storm passed by.
The Albrecht family continued to grow, so CJ again relocated his
family, this time to be full-time farmers. This move was to the
farm east of Temvik. Now the family, and that meant everyone old
to work, farmed hundreds of acres of land, milked a large number
cows, raised a herd of beef cattle, horses, hogs and every kind
poultry. They planted and harvested all kinds of farm produce,
irrigating with water from an excellent well, which still operates
Hundreds of jars of garden produce, beef, poultry and pork products
were canned to feed this large family. However, there were always
enough garden produce and Sophia’s beautiful homegrown flowers
with friends and relatives.
During the years on the Muckler farm, the children attended the
In 1947 when most of CJ’s and Sophia’s family had grown
up and left
home, they again moved into Temvik with the four youngest children,
Ruth, Chrissie, Reinie and Arnie.
In 1949 the Albrechts moved to Bismarck. CJ passed away on January
On February 11, 1961, Sophia married John Banek in Bismarck. He
away in 1968. On June 11, 1971 she married John J. Albright. They
resided in Linton. John passed away on April 16, 1985, and Sophia
on July 16, 1985.
All her life Sophia was well known for her great German foods,
including kuchen. Earlier in life, she sewed all the clothes for
In her sunset years she devoted her sewing talent to needlework
jewelry creations. She produced hundreds of masterpieces of knitted,
crocheted and embroidered works. She made many quilts. Sophia’s
creations can be seen in her descendant’s homes today.
Throughout the Albrechts’ lifetime, they had a strong faith
This carried them through in their journey to the USA and many other
struggles of which the most difficult was losing son, Albert, in
War II on the Normandy Beach.
CJ and Sophia have a total of 259 descendants, which include 15
children, 46 grandchildren, 167 great-grandchildren and 92
CJ’s and Sophia’s children, in order of birth, are:
Martha (deceased)—Married Bill Job, Linton; 8 children, 21
grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
David (deceased)—Married June Landis, Minot; 5 daughters,
17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Emma—Married Emanuel Kiemele (deceased), Minot; 3 children,
6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Walter—Born July 27, 1918; died (flu) November 17, 1918.
Helen—Married Luther McHattie (deceased), Longview, Wash.;
2 sons, 4
Albert—Killed in World War II on Normandy Beach.
Alma—Born June 8, 1923; died October 23, 1923 (flu).
John (deceased)—Married Eileen Holter, Lowland, Colo.; 4 children,
grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pauline—Married Rieno Witikko (deceased); married Harry Anderson
(deceased), Minot; 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 2
Mathilda "Tillie" (deceased)—Married Milton Banek,
children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Irene—Born February 3, 1930; died April, 1932 (heart failure).
Ruth—Married Neil Witikko (both deceased), Glenwood, Minn.;
16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Christine "Chrissie"—Married Clem Wirtz, Mandan;
2 daughters, 6
grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Reinhold "Reinie"—Married Marie Brigl, Bismarck;
4 children, 10
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Arnold "Arnie"—Married Marlene Herran, Kokomo,
Ind.; 4 children and 8
Attending the June 12 Albrecht Reunion at the Knights of Columbus
in Linton were daughters Emma Kiemele, Helen McHattie, Pauline
Anderson, Chrissie Wirtz and daughters-in-law Marie and Marlene
About 65 direct descendants were in attendance and 26 guests, which
included 9 cousins of Sophia’s and also friends of the Albrechts
the Temvik/Linton area.
The reunion, which was hosted by the oldest grandchild, Verda (Job)
Tschritter and husband, Reuben, of West Fargo, began at the Temvik
Cemetery where family gathered to honor the memory of those who
Pauline Anderson displayed a beautiful memorial display, engraved
the deceased family members’ names.
Attendees then drove around Temvik to have a glimpse of the former
town. Photo stops were enjoyed along the way.
The group continued on to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Linton.
there was a public open house, which was followed by a delicious
catered family dinner. The family time was opened by Kenneth Kiemele,
son of Emma, with remarks and a prayer of thanksgiving for the Albrecht
legacy. Nine of CJ’s and Sophia’s family groups were
family group was presented, and updates were given on their family
members. Also, there was a photo and memory display table for each
the family groups.
Don Job, Martha’s son, gave the dinner blessing. Matt Walstad,
son, blessed everyone’s heart with two solos, "The Lord’s
"I Come to the Garden Alone," singing some of the music
in the German
A special time was given to honor Albert, who gave his life in
War II and all family members who had served in the military service.
Jessie Walstad, also Reinie’s son, who had just returned from
also honored during the program.
Memories were shared throughout the day. Those attending the reunion
enjoyed a great day of renewal and fellowship.
The family decided to repeat the Albrecht Reunion every two years.
2006, the reunion will be held in Bismarck, with the Reinhold Albrecht
family as hosts.
This article was contributed by Verda Tschritter who
lives in West
Fargo with her husband, Reuben. Information was gathered from CJ’s
Sophia’s living daughters.
at the Albrecht Family Reunion in Linton are,
Front row, left to right,
Neil Beitelspacher, Phyllis Kiemele, Carol Hanson and grandchild,
Sarah Sherlock, Jeanne Walstad, Marie Albrecht, Emma
Kiemele, Drew Wangler, Helen McHattie, Chrissie Wirtz and
grandchildren, Tyler, Drew and Courtney Wangler, Pauline Anderson,
Marlene Albrecht, Louise Ohlhauser, Verda Tschritter, Donna
Job and Vera Bartel;
Second row, Lyla Beitelspacher,
Emma Ogdahl, Violet Voller, LaVern Schott, Laurie Voegel,
Crystal Albrecht, Randy Albrecht, Kathy Albrecht, September
Yantzke and Dalton Dilts, Bonnie Wangler-Barrett, Tressa Esterbrook,
Lucy Christianson, Karen Witikko, Barbara Albrecht, Reuben
Tschritter, Wally Job, Kathy Job, Don Job,
Esther Wolff, Kathy Pridnia and Ken Kiemele;
Back row, Steve Wangler,
Mark, Tyler and Becky Sherlock, Dennis Voegel, Matt Walstad,
Walstad, John Walstad, Jason Christenson, Rich Roquette, Mike
Christenson, Corey Hanson, Nikki Hanson, Kevin and Kyle Hanson,
Hanson and Henry Bartell.
CJ’s and Sophia’s
daughters, who attended the reunion, are, left to right, Christine,
Helen, Pauline and Emma.
Sophia Heinrich and
Christian J. Albrecht ("CJ") were married in Mound
City, S.D., on Jan. 4, 1914.
Pictured in Temvik
in 1948 are Emma, Helen, Ruth, Pauline, Chrissie, Tillie,
Martha, Grandma Sophie, Grandpa Chris, Arnie and Reinie. The
Albrecht farm is now owned by Jerry and Mona Birdsell.
Grandma Sophia makes
her famous strudels, and great-grandson Tim Tschritter enjoys
"helping" her. The picture was taken in 1979.
Reprinted with permission of the Emmons County Record.