North Dakota: 1906 - 2000: Gone But Not Forgotten
Compiled by Geneva Roth Olstad
Self published by Geneva Roth Olstad, Fargo, North Dakota,
2004, 313 pages, softcover
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this impressive book of Danzig, located near to Ashley and Wishek,
McIntosh County, south central North Dakota. Immigrants who pioneered
in the Danzig area came from South Russia including the Bessarabian
and Black Sea German villages.
The author completed extensive research and gathered many photographs.
Olstad includes these sections: "Danzig Buildings;" "Businesses"
including historical information; "Choke Cherry Farm Brings
Danzig Back to Life;" "Education" including listing
of teachers and students from 1917 to 1955; "Religion"
including names of parish members for these churches: Danzig German
Baptist Church, Danzig Christ (Christus) Lutheran Church, Danzig
Reformed Church, Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church.
The "Cemetery" section includes names, births and deaths
for: Danzig Cemetery, Pudwill Cemetery, Danzig Baptist Cemetery
and Salem E.U.B. Church Cemetery. The "Danzig News" section
covers items from the Ashley Tribune and the Wishek
Star from 1910 to 2000 including many printed obituaries.
The "Biographies" section with many photographs includes
these family names: Baumann, Brinkman, Dockter, Donner, Eszlinger,
George, Gohl, Groszhans, Helmer, Hetzler, Joachim, Kemmet, Martz,
Merkel, Olstad, Pudwill, Roth, Salzer, Stroh, Walz, Weber and Wolff.
Finally, the "Danzig Memories" stories from former residents
About the Author
Geneva Roth Olstad, writes: "I am writing this history of
my hometown, Danzig, North Dakota, simply because I do not want
it to be forgotten. When I was born in 1944 on a farm just north
of town, most of the businesses in Danzig had already disappeared.
I remember attending a Christmas program at the Salem Evangelical
Church. My love of books probably started in the Danzig grade school
where a library with about 100 books, which I had read and re-read
many times, always made me want more. It is said that you can never
go back home again, but I don't believe this. As the golden years
are approaching and I go back through the streets of Danzig and by
the farm where I grew up, I am still going home and I can still
hear my Mother saying, "Buss Uff," "Be Careful!"
The roots are deep. No matter where my remaining years take me,
a little piece of my heart will always be in Danzig, North Dakota."
The John Hetzler family home and barn
in Danzig. The home was built in 1916. The elevator is in the
Main street of Danzig.
Danzig School District 3, in the village
of Danzig. Children doing the May Pole Dance which was a popular
Danzig School District 28, school number
3, in the village of Danzig. Photo taken sometime between 1911
and 1914 with one room school house.
Danzig, North Dakota: 1906 - 2000
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