Ronald Wiedmann Photograph Collection
Lehr, ND

Lehr, 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.

His e-mail address is:

His family web site is:

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

Images 1-3

Image 1.

Highway sign in Logan County north of town looking S into McIntosh County.

Image 2.

Service station in Lehr in the 1930's.

Image 3.

Frieda and Leah standing in back of the Jacob & Frieda (Bender) Krause home in Lehr in 1922.

Image 4.

1943. Jacob Krause holding Ronnie Wiedmann. In back is one of Jacob's trucks that he used in his business.

Image 5.

1946. Otto Wiedmann with Janell Jenner (1943-1950), daughter of Arnold & Martha Jenner, in Krause back yard.

Image 6.

Henry & Elizabeth (Pfeifle) Krause. Henry was the son of Samuel & Beata Krause.

Image 7.

1918. Eureka, SD. L. to r.: Henry Krause, Elizabeth Krause, ?, Frieda (Bender) Krause, Leah, Jacob Krause. Front: Adelia (Tillie Perman) Krause, Bert Krause, ?, ?.

Image 8.

1921. Leah Krause and Adelia (Tillie Perman) Krause."

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