New book published about Streeter, ND
December 10, 2000
The new book, "Gazing Forward, Glancing Back, Remembering
Always: Memories Retold and Relived by the Community of Streeter,
North Dakota" by Sandi Dewald has been published by the Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo.
Sandi Dewald shares a wonderful story of special memories from
many of the longtime Streeter families: Becker, Buck, Dewald, Dockter,
Erbele, Gienger, Graf, Hoffer, Iszler, Ketterling, Lang, Moos, Opp,
Rau, Schauer, Schmidt, Schultes, Schulz, Schumacher, Spitzer, Strehle,
Zenker, Zentner, Zinck, Veil, Williams, Wittmer, and Wolff. Sandi
Dewald is a life-long resident of Streeter and a local historian.
She is of Germans from Russia heritage.
Sandi Dewald states in the introduction: "This book is a tribute
and thank you to all the people who have shared their ideas, insight
and love with us. Without the help of each and every one this book
would not have been possible. The stories and advice found in this
book are true-life experiences with the credit given to the individual
"So much of our heritage will be lost if we, the middle-agers,
don't start to record these things. Years ago everyone had a garden,
raised and cleaned chickens and turkeys, raised kids and milked
cows. There weren't any freezers, no electricity and for sure no
running water. Nowadays how many of us have a garden patch, sew,
cook or bake?"
Featured in the book is the history of Matilda Schlenker Dockter
born on July 31, 1895, born at Kloestitz, Bessarabia (today in southern
Ukraine). Matilda celebrated her 105th birthday on July 31, 2000,
at Streeter, ND. When she was seven years old, Matilda came to the
U.S. with her parents and seven brothers and sisters. They were
on the ship for 21 days and she remembers many people were very
seasick. The family landed at Ellis Island, New York. They traveled
by train to North Dakota.
Many photographs are included throughout the book of Streeter and
families, as well as persons who share their memories. Valuable
historic photographs are printed, which were donated to the Streeter
Centennial Library by Frances H. Wardell Morris.
Price of the book is $14 plus $3 postage payable to the NDSU Library.
To order the book, write to: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection,
Streeter, ND Book, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599
(Tel: 701-231-8416) (web address: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/nd_sd/dewald.html).