|Stained Glass Windows
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Balta, North Dakota
Information provided by Monica (Sand) Grove, Rugby, North Dakota
No information was included on the stain glass windows
in the church. Based on what I was told by my mother,
Clara Vetsch Sand, the Parishioners paid for the windows
and the name on the bottom of the window was the person
or persons that donated it. I had taken pictures inside
of the church and the two stained glass windows in
the choir loft, because one furnished by Paul A. Sand,
Organist is my dad. The one right beside it listed
Assuming that is the year that all the windows in
the church were installed.
As I live only 15 miles from Balta, I seceded to
drive down and looked at all the windows and listed
the names as well.
A window in the wall that leads to the choir loft
has the insert of Junglenge und Jungefrauen (German
for Young boy and young girl-unmarried).
There are tow windows on each side of the main altar-which
the church faces west-on the south west side the name
Maria Ann. Then on the south west side name John Reinbold.
In the main part of the church on the north side-
starting west end to east end the following windows
had these names on them: Ferdinand Und Pauline Heilman;
Sebastian Und Juliana Schaan; Mathias Und Stephonia
Schaan; Michael Und Eva Schaan; Clemens Und Catherine
Gross; Adam Zacher – Francis Gebhardt. In the
Confessional: FX Und Philipina Goetz.
Main Part on the south side starting from the east
end: Rochus Und Agnes Eisenzimmer; Der Christicher
Mutter Verein (The Christian Mothers Association or
club); Valentine Und Rosa Schaan; John Und Francis
Job; William und Elenore Schaan; Jacob Und Mariana
To some of the families’ ancestors this may
be impertinent if they should review the history which
is very interesting and worth while the time to review.
Much of it had been told to me by my mother, but I
still found it very interesting and had forgotten
some till I read thru this, and much other parts the
detail of it, I wasn’t aware of. It reminds
one that when you are given certain information it
would be best to document it, for further reference.
After all our minds are not computers.
The history may be of more interest to me because
my Grandfather Peter Vetsch and my Dad, Paul A. Sand,
were so involved and I knew Msgr. Boniface Steutz