Oral History Interview Form

Theodore Lang

Oral History Interview
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies
North Dakota State University Libraries
P.O. Box 5599
Fargo, ND 58105-5599 U.S.A.

Tel: 701-231-8416
Fax: 701-231-7138
E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu

1. Today’s date: November 7th, 1999
2. Your name (include maiden name if married): Mr. Theodore Lang
3. Your Present Address: 214 NW 4th St., Med-Center Golden Manor, Steele, ND 58482
4. Phone Number with area code: 701-475-2386
5. Date of birth including month, day and year: October 17th, 1916
6. Place of Birth: NE ¼ of Section 32-137-71 Kidder County
7. Name of spouse (including maiden name if woman): Louise Nee Gums
8. Date of Marriage: December 29th, 1938
9. Father’s name: Frederick (Fred) Lang
10. Father’s date of birth (including month, day and year) and place of birth: October 28th, 1893 Freidenstal-Bessarabia- South Russia.
11. Mother’s name and maiden name: (Rosina) Rose Roesch-Lang
12. Mother’s date of birth (including month, day and year) and place of birth: December 24th, 1897 Glueckstal-South Russia
13. Name of village in South Russia or Bessarabia of your father’s ancestors: Friedenstal
14. Name of village in South Russia or Bessarabia of your mother’s ancestors: Glueckstal
15 Your occupation: Diversified farming—Livestock and grain.
16. Father’s occupation: Same as above.
17. Mother’s occupation: Housewife and same as above.
18. Has a family history been published of your family? If so, please identify how to secure a copy of the family history or who may have additional information. (Please provide names and addresses.): Yes! Histories available at the German’s From Russia Heritage Society Historical Center, Bismarck, ND.
19. Other information you feel is important: All mentioned above were immigrants after the year 1900. The Lang’s came to the USA in 1907 via Delmont, South Dakota then on to North Dakota in 1908 settling in southern Kidder County.
The Roesch-Roesler family came to the USA in 1905 via Tripp, South Dakota and then on to Napoleon, North Dakota in the fall of 1905, in Logan County, then homesteaded there, settling in southern Kidder County, specifically, SE ¼-32-137-71. Eine geschichte , means a story which is a true story. I want to relate to the readers of this history: Arthur Werre (father Gottfried) tried to teach the Kemmet nephews and nieces the German word for “uncle.” Art told them I am your uncle, “Vetter;” which automatically implied a degree of respect. There were two Arthur Werre’s and they were cousins, one used Art J. Werre, and the other Arthur Werre, Gottfried’s son , was known by “Vetter” Art, from that time on..

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