Former Resident Observes 100th Birthday in Bismarck
"Former Resident Observes 100th Birthday in Bismarck." Bismarck Tribune, n.d.
Pauline Singer celebrated her 100th birthday at the Baptist Home
in Bismarck Friday, August 30. Singer is a former Turtle Lake and
As part of the birthday celebration, a program was presented with
Pamela Latvin, director of activities, as emcee giving opening remarks.
Also a part of the program was Pat Grueneich, a granddaughter who
read the poem, "What is a Grandmother?" "Gott Ist
Die Liebe," a German song, was sung by Rev. Meth and Arnold
Franke with Leona Schiller singing a solo in both German and English.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Singer and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Singer sang a quartet.
Walter Singer played "The Little Brown Church In The Vale"
on the accordion.
Mayor Eugene Leary gave greetings and congratulations from the
city of Bismarck. Chaplain Orville Meth presented a sermonette.
Meth was a pastor at the Turtle Lake Baptist Church before going
Leo Pfiefle, Pauline's son, read the history of his mother.
Pauline Lang was born September 1, 1885 in Friedenstal, a village
near Odessa, South Russia near the Black Sea. She is the daughter
of Henry and Elizabeth Lang. She attended school there, and in 1907
came to the United States with an older sister and brother-in-law,
the late Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Klein. Later that year she came to
Pauline married Jacob Pfiefle in 1908 and they made their home
in Washburn. Pfiefle was also from Friedenstal and had come to Washburn
a year earlier. They had two children, a daughter who died in infancy
and a son, Leo, who lives in Washburn. The Pfiefles operated a dairy
in Washburn, and for more than 30 years delivered milk to most families
in town morning and evening.
Pauline was a member of the Washburn Baptist Church and a charter
member of the Ladies Mission Society. She is now the only living
Jacob died in 1945 after a long illness of cancer. Pauline lived
in Washburn until 1948 when she married a former Washburn resident,
Andrew Albrecht, and they moved to Startup, WA. Mr. Albrecht died
Pauline lived in Startup until 1958 when she married Adolph Singer
of Turtle Lake. They made their home in Turtle Lake until 1971 when
they moved to the Baptist Home in Bismarck.
Mr. Singer died in 1974, after having a stroke a few years earlier,
from which he never fully recovered.
Pauline is still active and able to get around on her own. She
sometimes uses her walker or a wheelchair. She has crocheted many
afghans and has covered hundreds of hangers through the years.
After giving the history of his mother, Leo thanked her stepchildren,
the family of Adolph Singer and the personnel of the Baptist Home
for their kindnesses.
Paul Pfiefle, on behalf of Pauline's grandchildren and great-grandchildren
presented her with a plaque. She also received many bouquets, cards
Reprinted with permission of the Bismarck Tribune.