Grandfather Carl Wieland's Wolf Coat
"Frederick Wieland, who was born in Friedenstal, Bessarabia, immigrated in 1909 with his parents at age eight to a farm near Streeter, North Dakota. Frederick's father Carl purchased a wolf coat from Adam Enzminger, his second cousin and owner of a general store in Streeter.
The coat was purchased for $10 in 1910. Adam Enzminger also signed the immigration papers for Carl and Rosina Kalmbach Wieland's admittance in the United States in 1909. My father Frederick (Fred) Wieland received the coat from his father, Carl, in the 1930s. Fred Wieland always wore this coat when pushing snow in very cold winter weather. I still remember my father wearing the coat in the 1970s and 1980s.
On September 2, 1999, on behalf of the Wieland family, I presented Carl Wieland's Wolf Coat as a gift to the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo. The coat will be housed at the Emily P. Reynolds History Costume Collection at College of Human Development and Education on the NDSU campus."
--- Vernon Wieland, Hankinson, North Dakota
Family Photographs courtesy of Vernon Wieland, Hankinson, North Dakota