|Henry and Lydia Ohlhauser Came to the U.S. From Russia
in the Early 1900's
"Henry and Lydia Ohlhauser Came to the U.S. From Russia in the Early 1900's." Emmons County Record, 15 August 2002, 8.
The Henry and Lydia Ohlhauser Family.
From left, Alex, Albert, Lydia, Edwin, Henry, Walter and Hilda.
Henry Ohlhauser was born in 1897 in Russia, Odessa District town
of Freuden, the second son of Adam and Elizabeth (also an Ohlhauser
but no relation). He had four brothers, Martin, Jake, Adam and Carl,
and one sister, Lizzie. One sister died in infancy (name unknown).
Henry's parents and siblings came to the United States in 1901,
but Henry was not allowed to board the ship because he had an eye
infection‹so at the last minute he had to be left behind.
He was a street orphan for awhile; then he was taken in by the Gottlieb
Schlittenhart family and came to the U.S. with them (as a Schlittenhart)
When Henry reached North Dakota, his parents had homesteaded on
a farm west of Hazelton. (that farm was later owned by Adam Jr. or Martin) then Ted and Florence Ohlhauser (then Neil Sautter and
now Rolly Hogue Jr. of Fargo). But Henry's parents couldn't
afford another mouth to feed so at the age of 7 he became a hired
man to Ted Schnaible Sr. and later to George Huber Sr. where he
lived and worked until 1924 then he married and moved to his own
farm. (Ironically when Henry's parents (both Adam and Elizabeth)
became old and couldn't care for themselves anymore-it was to Henry's
home they moved and Henry who took care of them until their deaths.
Lydia Schuler was born in 1903 in Russia, Odessa District-town
of Groffliebenthal, to Fredrick and Rosina (Meyer). She also came
to the U.S. with her family as a young child. She had five brothers,
Rudolph, Jake, Ed, Ted and Art, and one sister, Rose, who later
became Mrs. Fred Heberle and then after Fred's death, Mrs. Louie
Weber. Lintonite Irene Will is a daughter of Rose. The Schulers
homesteaded on a farm by Mound City, S.D. Lydia lived with her parents
at that farm until her marriage to Henry in 1924.
Henry and Lydia Ohlhauser are pictured
at their wedding ceremony in 1924.
Lydia and Henry were married at a country church 8 miles north
of Herreid, S.D., in 1924. They bought and moved to a farm 14 miles
west of Temvik. (The former Fred Beep farm which is now a pasture
2 miles north of the Ike Lawler farm. There is still a windmill
and a small tree bush there that is said to be where their garden
was; and where their first born infant, Edwin, was buried when he
died a few hours after birth.
In 1936, they bought and moved to the Ferman Busby Farm 12 miles
west of Linton. This Busby Farm was originally built in 1917-18
as a tentative railroad delivery stable and hotel so the house and
barn were very large and "grand" (elite and fancy) for
their time. There was also a small town-Williamsburg-about 10 miles
northwest of the Busby place (a few miles north of the Godfrey Grenz/JT
Ranch). This small town had an elevator and the Emmons County Courthouse.
Plans were for the railroad to pass by the Busby place and on up
past Williamsburg. But plans changed. The courthouse was moved to
Linton and the railroad passage was also routed to go through Linton.
Ferman Busby never regained his financial losses in this manner,
and he went broke because of it.
Besides the child that died in infancy, Henry and Lydia had five
sons, Edwin, Albert, Walter and Alex, and one daughter, Hilda. Henry
and Lydia farmed and ranched on the Busby farm until their retiring
to Linton in 1950. There they built a home at 112 2nd St. SE (now
owned by Magdalena Bender). Lydia died in 1967 after a 17 year battle
with cancer. Henry remarried Freda Hoffman of Leola, S.D., in 1968.
Henry died of diabetic and heart complications in 1969.
Henry and Lydia Ohlhauser are pictured
on their 25th Wedding Anniversary in 1949. Lydia passed away
in 1967 and Henry passed away in 1969.
Edwin was born in 1929 at the Linton Hospital (old corner stone
building on Hickory Ave.). Edwin attended country school until 5th
grade at which time he was taken out of school/kept at home because
he was needed to "work on the family farm." Edwin also
didn't/couldn't pursue his dream of joining the Army because his
father believed he was "needed on the farm more." Edwin
married Luella Weber, daughter of Willliam (Bill) and Martha Weber
of rural Linton, in 1950. They lived with and worked for Chris Job
for about six months; then they bought and moved to the home farm
(Busby farm), where they farmed, ranched and lived until moving
to Linton in 1963. Luella died in 1987 after a two-year battle with
cancer. Edwin continued to farm and ranch until his retirement in
1995. Edwin still owns and rents out the home land.
Edwin and Luella had four children, three sons-in-law and two step-grandchildren.
They are Sandi Lawler and Nick Lawler and their four children:
Bridget of Fargo, Melanie (Mrs. Lance) Jangula of Linton, Michelle,
a college student at Fargo, and Thomas, still at home at Linton;
Tammy (Mrs. Rick) Schuette of Fargo and stepdaughters, Amanda and
Ashley Schuette, still at home in Fargo; Paula (Mrs. Les) Balliet
of Fargo, and their daughter, Sonia (Mrs. Ben) Heidenreich of Seaside,
CA; and Jeff Ohlhauser of Fargo. Albert was born in 1931 at the
farm home. Albert graduated from Linton High School in 1948. During
his high school years he "boarded" at the Dave Job home.
He was active in football for awhile until he injured his back and
had to quit.
While in high school Albert worked for the Lloyd Roberts Bakery
and the Tillie and Tony (Scoop) Calhoun Cafe. After graduating Albert
joined the Army in Nov. 1948, for 3 1/2 years serving in the Korean
War during that time.
Walter was born in 1932 at the farm home. Walter attended country
school to grade 7 or 8. He then worked for various farmers and contractors
until joining the army in 1952 for 3 years, serving in the Korean
War during that time.
Walter married Violet Haid, daughter of John and Pauline Haid,
in Linton in 1956. They lived in various homes in Linton before
purchasing the former George Naumann and James Mona-han home in
Temvik (that home was also considered very "grand" for
its day and is now owned by Scott and Margaret Schaar) where they
lived for 15 years until moving into Linton, where Violet still
Over the years, Walter was part-owner and operator of J&W Gas Station (with brother-in-law John Ackerman) for a short time, worked many years for Linton Gambles Store (owned by a Mrs. Yengling), did part-time farming and worked for Hazelton Farmers Union for 20 years. Water died in 1992 after suffering many years with rheumatoid arthritis and heart problems. Walter and Violet have six children; two daughters-in-law; five sons-in-law, 18 grandchildren and at this time 2 great grandchildren.
They are Rod and Bonnie (Schiermeister) Ohlhauser and son, Mason, of Bismarck; Holly (Mrs. Mark) Johnson and their children: Kara (Mrs. Andy) Speidel (Maple Grove, MN), Travis and Shannon (Linstad) and daughter Hadley of Thompson, Lacey and Morgan, of Lisbon; Paulette (Mrs. Craig) DeVos, and their children Casey and Amiee, of Bismarck; Pam (Mrs. David) Adrian of Binford and her daughters (from a previous marriage to Al Bjornson of Mandan): Emily Bjornson of Mandan and Amanda (Mrs. Michael) Gill and thier child Caroline of Moorhead; Byan and Laura (Miller) Ohlhauser and their children: Amber, Justin, Adam and Jessica, all of Lakota; and Heidi (Mrs. Elwin) Nieuwsma of Linton and their children: Matthew, Tyler, Nicole, Katie and Noah.
Alex was born in 1934 at the farm home. Alex graduated from Linton
High School in 1951. During his high school years he "boarded"
at the Henry Knittel home.
After graduating, Alex immediately joined the army for 4 years
spending 18 months of that time serving in the Korean War. Alex
married Jean Lammert, daughter of William and Alma Lammert of Hazelton,
in 1956. They lived in Linton, where Alex worked for the National
Guard (In 1961 he served 10 mos. active duty in the U.S. during
the Cuban Crisis) until 1963. At that time, they bought and moved
to the Herman Meier farm (west of Linton by the Missouri River).
Their farm home was destroyed by fire in 1985, and they moved to
their present home in Linton.
Alex continued farming and ranching until 1988. He is now the service
officer for the North Dakota Veterans Association (a position he
has held since 1985). Alex and Jean have four children, three daughters-in-law
and eleven grandchildren.
They are Monte and Judane (Schmaltz) Ohlhauser and their children:
Heather, Brandon and Tiffany, all of Bismarck; Wanda Ohlhauser and
her children: Jared, Jessica and Joshlon, all of Mandan; Marlin
and Sheila (Dosch) Ohlhauser and their children: Waylon, Brent and
Austin, all of Linton; and Henry and Tori (Volk) Ohlhauser and their
children, Emily and Issac, all of Bismarck.
Pictured is the house on the Ferman
Busby farm, located about 12 miles west
of Linton. The farm, built in 1917, was purchased by Henry Ohlhauser
1936, and his son, Edwin, later purchased the farm and lived
there from 1950 to 1963. The house was originally supposed to serve as a hotel,
railroad changed its route, and the plans for the hotel did
The house is still standing, but it has been unoccupied for
almost 40 years.
Hilda was born in 1935 at the Linton Hospital (old cornerstone
building on Hickory Ave.). Hilda attended country school to grade
8. She then worked at Les Renschler's Linton Cafe 3 years,
Linton Red Owl Store 1 year and lived in Billings, Mont., for 1
Hilda then moved back to North Dakota and married Darrel Weber
(son of Ed and Hazel Weber of Minot) in 1955. They lived in Minot
and Burlington, where Hilda worked as a house cleaner and then later
in the Food Service for the Air Force, a job she continued in various
cities until her retirement in 1995.
In 1969, Hilda married James Stokes at the Minot Air Force Base.
They lived at the Air Force Base then Denver, Colo., Tucson, Ariz.,
Spain and finally, San Antonio, Texas, where they still reside today.
Mrs. Hilda Stokes and Darrel Weber had six children, including
daughter Pamela Weber, who died in infancy, three sons-in-law, ten
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
They are Terry Weber of Alamogordo, N.M.; Eddie Weber of Alamogordo,
N.M., and his children, Tia and Thomas of Parshall and Tory of Minot;
Cindy (Mrs. David) Fahlsing of Alamogordo, N.M. and their children:
Tina (Mrs. Alfonso) Rivera and son, David, of Tucson, Ariz.; Lisa
(Mrs. Jay) Neil of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tania Fahlsing of
El Paso, Texas; Candace (Mrs. Jack) Sneider of Corpus Christi, TX,
and their sons, Jack, Jr. and Javon Sneider and daughter, Madison,
of San Antonio, and Timothy Sneider of Corpus Christi, TX., and
Kim (Mrs. Oscar) Macias and their daughter, Victoria, all of San
Hilda and James Stokes had one son, James Stokes, Jr., who resides
in San Antonio, Texas.
Reprinted with permission of the Emmons County Record.