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FRANK NUSS was born June 12, 1876, in the colony
of Muenchen, state of Kherson, county of Ananjew, South Russia.
Muenchen received its name from the city of München in Bavaria,
Germany, where most of its original inhabitants came from. It
lies on the right side of the river, Tschitschekleja, some 140
miles from Kherson and 100 miles from Ananjew. It is not one of
the larger colonies of the Ukraine, but since a number of smaller
settlements (Hutoren) belonged to it, it counted, at the beginning
of the 20th century, with the smaller settlements, over 3,500
inhabitants. The foundation of Muenchen was laid in 1809 and 1810.
The original settlers received not only their share of 60 Dessiatine
of land each from the Russian government, but also a small sum
of money to buy a team of horses, a few cows and the most necessary
farm implements. The government helped them also to put up their
first homes. The great grandparents of Mr. Frank Nuss came to
Muenchen in the beginning of the 19th century. In Muenchen were
born his grandparents, as well as his parents, Frank Nuss and
His parents had a small farm at Muenchen, where
young Frank worked until he was nearly 21 years old. Before he
had reached that age, when he would have been drafted into the
Russian Army, he left his parents and the land of the czars, and
emigrated as a single man to the United States. He came to Dickinson
in the first part of 1897, and was soon employed by Mr. John Flint
for nearly three years on the city dray line. After that he worked
for Mr. Nick Kuntz on a ranch a mile and a half west of New England.
Two years later he was back in Dickinson and worked for some time
at the St. Charles Hotel. On November 24, 1902, he entered into
marriage at St. Joseph's Church with Miss Marian Herauf, daughter
of Joseph Herauf and Margaret Froehlich. Their marriage ceremony
was performed by Fr. Thomas L. Rabsteineck, and was witnessed
by Mr. John Froehlich and Mrs. Marian Wandler. However, ten months
later his wife passed away. Two years and eight months later,
on July 10, 1905, he entered into marriage with Miss Catherine
Wanner, born November 13, 1882, at Landau, South Russia, daughter
of Joseph Wanner and Margaret Schur. Their marriage ceremony was
performed by Fr. Thomas L. Rabsteineck, at St. Joseph's Church
and witnessed by Messrs. Joseph Wanner and Adam Friedrich.
Mrs. Frank Nuss came to Dickinson the year before,
after having lived for one year at Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada,
where she had immigrated in 1903, with her cousin Frank Wanner,
who remained in Canada. Before her marriage she was employed at
Dickinson as a domestic by Mr. and Mrs. Mike McGinley. Mrs. Frank
Nuss had four brothers: Casimir, Christ, Jerome and Emmanuel,
the first two stayed in Russia and the later came to America,
Emmanuel to Canada. She also had seven sisters: Elizabeth, Margaret,
Appolonia, Veronica, Philomena, Victoria and Rozalia, wife of
Sebastian Mischel. She had lost her mother when she was barely
three months old, and at the early age of only eight years she
was placed with strangers. Mr. Frank Nuss had two brothers: Peter
and Jacob, both of whom remained in Russia, and four sisters:
Elizabeth, Frances, Catherine and Maryjosepha, wife of John Metz,
the latter was the only one of his sisters who came with her husband
to the United States in 1898.
After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nuss stayed on the ranch
of Mr. Nick Kuntz until late that fall, when they came back to
Dickinson, where Mr. Frank Nuss was employed a second time, for
a number of years on the city dray line. Being by profession a
farmer, Mr. Frank Nuss rented in 1914, a section of land near
Antelope, east of Richardton, from Mr. Lepert, where he farmed
and ranched for three years. However, since he was not in the
best of health at that time, he reluctantly gave up farming and
ranching, which was so much to his liking, and returned again
with his family to Dickinson.
In 1918, he took over the city dray line with Mr.
Martin Metz, for one year, and afterwards he ran the same himself
with the help of his oldest son, until his death. Their marriage
was blessed with twelve children, three of whom died in infancy.
John was born May 3, 1906; Veronica, August 10, 1907; Pauline,
January 3, 1914, wife of Anton Weiler; Frances, February 5, 1915,
now Venerable Sister Conchita (Sister Conchita later changed her
name to Sister Francis Mavis), of the Order of St. Francis, Rochester,
Minnesota; Mary Eve, November 22, 1917, now Venerable Sister Joan,
OSB, Minot, North Dakota; Florentine, September 11, 1919, wife
of Frank Weiler; and Eleanor, September 8, 1921, wife of Joseph
Dorner. Mr. Frank Nuss died on March 18, 1925, and was laid to
rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery two days later.
After being a widow for three years, Mrs. Frank
Nuss entered marriage with the widower, Stephen Frank, August,
8 1928. Their marriage ceremony was performed at St. Joseph's
Church by Fr. George P. Aberle, and witnessed by Messrs. John
Klein and Emmanuel Wanner. Mr. Stephen Frank was born at Landau,
South Russia, September 3, 1873, son of Michael Frank and Marian
Koch. He left Russia for the United States in the spring of 1898,
and homesteaded in the St. Pius region, where his parents followed
him in the fall of the same year. On October 21, 1901, he entered
marriage in the original St. Patrick's Church of Dickinson, with
Clementine Heidt, daughter of Christ Heidt and Appolonia Friedrich.
Their marriage ceremony was performed by Fr. Claude M. Ebner,
OSB, pastor of the church, and their witnesses were Messrs. John
Badinger and Adam Friedrich. After 27 years his wife died, February
14, 1928, leaving him with eight teenaged and small children.
Mrs. Frank Nuss still had five teenaged and small children of
her own when she married Mr. Stephen Frank. After their marriage
she moved with her children on his farm of five quarter sections
of land, four miles southeast of St. Pius. Together they had not
only a most peaceful and happy life raising their children and
giving to them the best elementary education in the St. Pius Parish
School, but also were successful in farming and ranching, in spite
of the hard and dry years of the Thirties. After their children
had all grown up and were managing for themselves, Mr. and Mrs.
Stephen Frank retired in the late fall of 1942 to Dickinson. Here
they joined the St. Joseph's Parish. On March 22, 1958, Mr. Stephen
Frank passed away at the ripe age of 84 years and was laid to
rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery. His widow followed him in death
May 1, 1961 and was interred in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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