Culture Oral History Transcribed Interviews
Oral History Interview Form
||Today's date: December 22, 1992
||Your name: Eva Schatz
||Present address: Available upon request to Michael
||Phone number with area code: Available upon request to Michael
||Date of birth including month, day and year: October 3,
||Place of birth: 13 miles South and 2 miles West of Napoleon,
North Dakota, in Logan County
||Father's name: Mathias Gross
||Father's date of birth (including month, day and year) and
place of birth: August 23, 1870 - South Russia, Mannheim
||Mother's name and maiden name: Barbara Schweitzer
||Mother's date of birth (including month, day and year) and
place of birth: December 7, 1877 - Barbara was born in the
Dorf of Straßburg located Northwest of city Odessa, South
||Other information you feel is important: [My father] He
served 5 years in the Russian Army under Kaiser Nickoli. He
left Russia December 17, 1896. Barbara came to Emmons County
with her parents John and Christina Schweitzer. When they
came to America she was 17 years of age. They came in October
1893. On November 6, 1898 he married Barbara Schwitzer.
I grew up on my parent's home and farm. When I was young,
we played balls in the evening after work. My brother and
I went to the creek and caught crabs, which we would take
home and cook in salt water. They were good to eat. The
water was 1 foot deep there and the crabs were all around.
The creek was ¾ of a mile from home.
In June we went to the Shell Butt hill. It was a big hill,
1 mile from home. We picked June berries there. They get
ripe in June so we picked a few gallons on the middle of
that hill. On the west side there were still Indian houses.
Little houses where Indians used to live before. We also
set traps for catching golfers. We lived on that farm and
in a sod house with an outhouse until I was 11 years old.
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