Bender Family - Ronald Wiedmann Photograph Collection

Venturia, North Dakota

Ron is in the process of compiling histories of the Wiedmann, Bender, and Krause families of Venturia, North Dakota.

The Wiedmann family has been traced to the Württemburg area of Germany. They emigrated to the south Russian village of Grossliebental, where Jakob Wiedmann was born. He married Elisabetha Wagner in 1862 and almost immediately moved to the daughter colony of Annental where their children were born. The family came to the United States in 1890, arriving in Eureka, SD, and eventually homesteaded 1/2 mile west of Venturia. They were Lutherans in Russia, but affiliated with the Venturia Baptist church.

Jakob Wiedmann built the Bazaar in 1901, the first building in Venturia. His sons, Jacob S. and John started the Wiedmann Brothers Hardware Store in Venturia in 1906. After Jacob S. died in 1914, his younger brother, Philip, moved in from his farm to take over the store. Philip's son, Otto - Ron's father - married Leah Krause.

The Martin Bender family originated in the ancestral village of Kassel in the Glueckstal district of south Russia. The family arrived at New York in December 1885 and homesteaded land 2 miles north and 6 miles west of Venturia in the Spring of 1886. The Benders were originally Lutherans in Russia, but were influenced by the independent reformed movement. In the US they were life-long members of the Venturia Baptist Church.

The Krause family originated in Schonlanke, Posen, Prussia, and emigrated to Bessarabia, south Russia. The Samuel Krause family came to the United States from Tarutino, Bessarabia in 1886 and lived near Eureka, SD where they were members of the Eureka Lutheran Church. Samuel Krause and Beata Hiller's son, Gottlieb Krause, homesteaded land southwest of Venturia. Gottlieb married Katharina Dobler, and their son, Jacob, married Frieda Bender, and lived in Zeeland for several years before moving to Lehr with their daughter, Leah.

Ron is retired and lives in Fargo with his wife, Glenna.

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This collection of photographs was scanned from pictures he has received from many different sources.

Images 1-21

Image 1.

1905. Martin and Christina (Knoll) Bender shown with their 3 youngest children, Sam, Frieda, and Ginthon.

Image 2.

1911. Daughters of Martin Bender: Back, Albina and Frieda; front, Christina and Bertha.

Image 2B.

"Katherina (Sattler) Knoll, about 1905; mother of Christina (Knoll) Bender; daughter of Philipp & Sharla (Goehring) Sattler, who are buried in the Sattler Family Cemetery in Bon Homme County, SD (see Stevens, David Photographs)."

Image 3.

1907. This picture of the Martin Bender family in front of their house was printed in the Ashley Tribune. L. to r.: Albina, Philipina, August (bicycle), Sam, Gideon, Bertha, Christina, Martin and Christina, Lydia, Frieda, Grandma Katharina Knoll (porch), Bert Schnabel (carriage), Jake and Katie Schnabel, and Martin, Jr. (bicycle).

Image 4.

2004. The same house as it looked in 2004.

Image 5.

1913. Jacob Schrenk and Christina Bender wedding picture.

Image 6.

1913. August Bender and Katharina Denning wedding picture.

Image 7.

1915. Gottlieb Krause and Bertha Bender wedding picture.

Image 8.

1917. Ed Feiock and Albina Bender wedding picture.

Image 9.

1917. Jacob Krause and Frieda Bender wedding picture. Albina and Frieda were married on the same day.

Image 10.

1922. Ginthon Bender and Ella Knoll wedding picture.

Image 11.

1925. Katie (Bender) and Jake Schnabel in front of their Venturia house.

Image 12.

1927 Dorothy Helm and Bert Schnabel (son of Jake and Katie) wedding picture.

Image 13.

1931. Bertha (Bender) Krause and Christina (Knoll) Bender by casket of Martin Bender.

Image 14.

1940. The Martin Bender Jr. family picture. L. to r.: back row, Ada, Ella, Reiney, Alfred, Herman, Reuben, and LaRue. Front row, Jakie, father Martin, Jr., Emil, mother Rika (Fredericka Schnabel), and Gideon.

Image 15.

1942. The funeral of Lydia (Bender) Woehl. L. to r.: Sam, Martin, Jr., Katie (Schnabel), mother Christina, Philipina (Dockter), Christina (Schrenk), Bertha (Krause), Frieda (Krause). Ginthon had died just 3 months earlier.

Image 16.

1960's. Philipina (Bender) and Gottlieb Dockter.

Image 17.

1950. Sam and Leah (Breitling) Bender.

Image 18.

The Sam & Leah Bender farm (now the Donavon & Lorie Bender farm) 7 miles W of Venturia.

Image 19.

Clarence & Sam Bender hauling wheat to town.

Image 20.

Sam Bender's first threshing rig. The belt-drive tractor is a 15-30 Huber; the threshing machine is a 28-inch Red River Special; the tractor pulling the wagon is a 1948 B John Deere. Delbert & Clarence are pitching bundles, Sam is on the trailer."



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