M. Baumgartners Wedded 50 Years: Strasburg Couple Observed Anniversary Wednesday With Family

"M. Baumgartners Wedded 50 Years: Strasburg Couple Observed Anniversary Wednesday With Family." Emmons County Record, April 1948.

Michael and Odellia Wolf Baumgartner, Strasburg, North Dakota, April 1948
The names of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Baumgartner, Strasburg, may be added to the list of Emmons County Couples who have observed Golden Wedding Anniversaries. Mr. and Mrs. Baumgartner are residents of Strasburg and that vicinity since they were married. They celebrated their anniversary, Wednesday, with a High Mass given for them in Sts. Peter and Paul church in the morning and a family dinner in the evening. A large number of their relatives and friends attended the church services and called at the home during the day to extend congratulations.

Both are natives of South Russia and came to this country in the early days with their parents. Miss Adilea became the bride of Michael Baumgartner on April 29, 1892. They were married by the late Rev. Fr. Bernard Strassmaier, pioneer missionary priest, at Fort Yates. The couple filed on a homestead four miles east of Strasburg and lived there until 1909 when they moved into town.

Mr. Baumgartner is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johannas Baumgartner, pioneer settlers of Strasburg. His father died a few years ago at the age of 93. After coming to Strasburg, Mr. Baumgartner entered the business field. He was one of the founders of the Strasburg Bazaar with his brother John, Jacob Feist and Egidi Keller. Started in 1902, it was the first mercantile establishment in Strasburg. He was interested in the Strasburg Lumber Co., two local banks and the Northwest Motor Co. For the past forty years he has been buying cattle and has shipped hundreds of carloads of stock from that point.

The couples are parents of ten children. They are Mrs. Anton Wickenheiser, Strasburg; Michael J., fieldman for the Bank of North Dakota at Dickinson; Mrs. Wendelin Wickenheiser, Strasburg; Frank F., with the U.S. Army air force; Mrs. E. M. Klein, Strasburg; John, with Northern Power & Light company at Fargo; Mrs. Peter Miller, Strasburg; Miss Phillipina, deputy county superintendent of schools, Miss Agnes, 5th grade teacher in Linton, and Mrs. Robert Carls, Linton. There are 25 grandchildren.

Mr. Baumgartner has three brothers and three sisters, John, Anton, Leopold, Mrs. Joe Burgard, Mrs. Kasper Unser and Mrs. Conrad Kraft, all residing at Strasburg.

All the members of the family except Frank, their son, were home for the wedding anniversary. Frank left last week to go to Venezuela where he is to be instructor at a new army air base.

Both Mr. Baumgartner and his wife are 68 years old.

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