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Vetter, Hummel, Mautz, and Heck Family Photos

Photographs donated by Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz


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Schmaltz, Dr. Eric J. "Vetter, Hummel, Mautz, and Heck:  The German Lutheran Side of the Family from Bessarabia to North Dakota and Beyond." January 2010.


Immigrants Gottlieb Hummel II (1869-1952) and Karolina (Heck) Hummel (1869-1941) in their later years in McLean County, North Dakota, ca. 1935.

A retired Gottfried Vetter I (1863-1924) in Lodi, California, ca. 1920.
Immigrants Gottlieb Hummel I (1838-1925) and Dorothea (Nitschke) Hummel (1841-1934) around 1915, presumably in McLean County, North Dakota.
Immigrant Gottfried Vetter I’s wife and daughters, ca. 1915, in McLean County, North Dakota. (From left to right): Karolina (Vetter) Nitschke (1888-1981), Otilia (Mautz) Vetter (1863-1919), Maria (Vetter) Gieck (1886-?).
Wedding portrait of Gottfried Vetter II (1884-1952) and Maria (Hummel) Vetter (1889-1955), January 1906.
Portrait of Gottfried Vetter I (1863-1924) and Otilia (Mautz) Vetter (1863-1919), ca. 1918. It might have been taken in McLean County, North Dakota, shortly before their departure to Lodi, California, but it remains uncertain.
Funeral of Otilia (Mautz) Vetter (1863-1919) in Lodi, California, December 1919. (Left to right): son Edward Vetter (1903-1960), Matthew Nitschke (husband of Karolina), Daniel Gieck (husband of Maria), Gottfried Vetter I (1863-1924), daughter Maria (Vetter) Gieck (1886-?), daughter Karolina (Vetter) Nitschke (1888-1981).
In front of the Gottfried Vetter II house in Garrison, McLean County, North Dakota, ca. 1944. In 1942, Gottfried and his wife Maria (Mary) retired from farming and moved into town. Pictured are Gottfried, Estella (Stella), Benjamin (Ben), and Maria (Mary).
Vetter siblings in McLean County, North Dakota, 1939: Gottfried II, Maria (Vetter) Geick, Karolina (Vetter) Nitschke, half-brother Edward.
Gottfried Vetter II Family in McLean County, North Dakota, 1913. (Back row): Gottfried, Albert, Otto, Maria (Mary). (Front row): David, Emil, Elsie, Reuben.
Gottlieb Hummel II Family in McLean County, North Dakota, ca. 1914. (Back row): Johannes (John), David, Gottlieb III (G.G.), Christine (Hummel) Auch, Maria (Hummel) Vetter. (Center row): Reinhold, Olga. (Front row): Adolph, Gottlieb II, Jacob (Jake), Alexander (Alex), Carolina (Heck) Hummel.
Philip Heinrich Mautz (1837-1911) in the German Lutheran village of Sarata, Bessarabia, ca. 1897. He was the husband of Karolina (Brost) Mautz (1839-1908) and the father of Otilia (Mautz) Vetter (1863-1919), who married Gottfried Vetter I (1863-1924). In September 1902, Philip and his family immigrated to McLean County, North Dakota. In this picture, the meaning of the medal pinned on his jacket remains unknown.
The 1936 wedding portrait of Otto Vetter (1907-1991) and Ione (Krebsbach) Vetter (1911-1985) in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota.
Immigrants Gottfried Vetter II (1884-1952) and Maria (Hummel) Vetter (1889-1955) in Garrison, McLean County, North Dakota, 1943.
The Gottfried Vetter II Family of McLean County, North Dakota, ca. 1932 (from top left to right): Albert, Hilda, Otto, Elsie, Emil, David, Reuben; (from bottom left to right): Odelia (Tillie), Raymond, Benjamin (Ben), Gottfried II, Estella (Stella), Mary, Arnold, Wilbert, Gottfried III. The youngest of the “litter,” Kenneth, is not born until 1933.
Eric Schmaltz (b. 1971) visiting his maternal (Vetter) grandparents’ gravestones in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota, July 1995.
Karolina (Brost) Mautz (1839-1908) holding grandson Rudolf Edward Mautz in the German Lutheran village of Sarata, Bessarabia, ca. 1897. Karolina was married to Philip Heinrich Mautz (1837-1911) and was the mother of Otilia (Mautz) Vetter (1863-1919), who married Gottfried Vetter I (1863-1924).
Otto Vetter’s World War II service plaque at the veterans’ memorial in the cemetery at Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota.
The Kempf, Auch, Hummel and Metz couples in a group portrait, ca. 1900. Location somewhere in Bessarabia, Romania. (Second couple from the right): Gottlieb Hummel II (1869-1952) and Karolina (Heck) Hummel (1869-1941).
Gottlieb Hummel II (1869-1952) and Karolina (Heck) Hummel (1869-1941) on the family farmstead in McLean County, North Dakota, ca. 1910s or 1920s. Many of those in the photograph appear to be wearing their Sunday best on this particular day.

The Gottlieb Hummel I (1838-1925) and Dorothea (Nitschke) Hummel (1841-1934) Family, Bessarabia, ca. 1890s. (Standing to the left): Gottlieb Hummel II (1869-1952).

The Gottfried Vetter II Family in Garrison, McLean County, North Dakota, ca. 1950 (from top left to right): Albert, Otto, Elsie, Emil, David, Reuben, Hilda, Arnold, Wilbert; (from bottom left to right): Gottfried III, Raymond, Odelia (Tillie), Mary, Gottfried II, Benjamin (Ben), Estella (Stella), Kenneth.
The sport of baseball turned into a favorite pastime among Germans from Russia immigrants assimilating into mainstream American society. In the early 1920s, the entire Snow Township baseball team was composed of members of the Hummel and Vetter families of McLean County, North Dakota. The Hummels and Vetters were German Lutherans from Bessarabia who came to the United States in 1902. The Vetter homestead even built its own regulation-size baseball diamond, where it hosted competitive games for two summers.

 

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