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The Hand Woven Striped Plachte of Luisa Kohls
"Luisa Kohls was born in Brienne, Bessarabia, on April 28, 1833.
She was the daughter of Gottfried and Karolina (Liedke) Kohls.
On April 12, 1855, she married Friedrich Kruckenberg in the neighboring
village of Alt Arzis where she spent the rest of her life. She
had 13 children, four of whom came to North Dakota.
Martin and Maria (Reich) Kruckenberg immigrated to the United
States in 1902. Friedrich and Luisa (Pomreinke) Kruckenberg came
Samuel and Dorothea (Bausch) Kruckenberg also immigrated in
1904. Immanuel and Katherina (Schmidtke) Kruckenberg came in 1910.
Katherina died however; and Immanuel married Magdalena (Weissenberger)
Each of the four sons had been given a hand woven plachte by
his mother. I have heard that she did all the work on them from
raising the sheep to hemming the blankets. I don't know what happened
to the other three blankets but Friedrich saved his, unused, and
passed it down to his only daughter, Lydia (Kruckenberg) Rasch.
She also put it away; but when her oldest son Roland bought a
farm and set up housekeeping, she brought the blanket and spread
it on his daybed. We used it for years until I heard the story
of the blanket and realized we had a bit of history.
I am pleased to present the plachte to Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo."
--- Ruth Rasch, Mesa, Arizona, August, 1999
Ruth Rasch, Mesa, AZ, (right) shares a historic
family photo with Ann Braaten (left), Curator of the Emily
P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection, North Dakota State
University Library, Fargo, August, 1999.
Ruth Rasch presents the hand
woven plachte to Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, Fargo.
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael