Forward, Glancing Back, Remembering Always
Memories Retold and Relived by the
Community of Streeter, North Dakota
Compiled by Sandi Dewald
Published by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North
Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, ND, 2000, 86 pages, softcover
The new book, Gazing Forward, Glancing Back, Remembering Always:
Memories Retold and Relived by the Community of Streeter, North
Dakota by Sandi Dewald has been published by the Germans from Russia
Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo.
Sandi Dewald shares a wonderful story of special memories from
many of the longtime Streeter families: Becker, Buck, Dewald, Dockter,
Erbele, Gienger, Graf, Hoffer, Iszler, Ketterling, Lang, Moos, Opp,
Rau, Schauer, Schmidt, Schultes, Schulz, Schumacher, Spitzer, Strehle,
Zenker, Zentner, Zinck, Veil, Williams, Wittmer, and Wolff. Sandi
Dewald is a life-long resident of Streeter and a local historian.
She is of Germans from Russia heritage.
Sandi Dewald states in the introduction: "This book is a tribute
and thank you to all the people who have shared their ideas, insight
and love with us. Without the help of each and every one this book
would not have been possible. The stories and advice found in this
book are true-life experiences with the credit given to the individual
"So much of our heritage will be lost if we, the middle-agers,
don't start to record these things. Years ago everyone had a garden,
raised and cleaned chickens and turkeys, raised kids and milked
cows. There weren't any freezers, no electricity and for sure no
running water. Nowadays how many of us have a garden patch, sew,
cook or bake?"
Featured in the book is the history of Matilda Schlenker Dockter
born on July 31, 1895, at Kloestitz, Bessarabia (today in southern
Ukraine). Matilda celebrated her 105th birthday on July 31, 2000,
at Streeter, ND. When she was seven years old, Matilda came to the
U.S. with her parents and seven brothers and sisters. They were
on the ship for 21 days and she remembers many people were very
seasick. The family landed at Ellis Island, New York. They traveled
by train and homesteaded in south central North Dakota.
Many photographs are included throughout the book of Streeter and
families, as well as persons who share their memories. Valuable
historic photographs are printed, which were donated to the Streeter
Centennial Library by Frances H. Wardell Morris.
Albina and Peter Dewald
Vangie and Pauline
Facing North in Streeter
Some Business Men of Streeter:
L to R: Adolph Graf, Anton Enzminger, John Seher, Ted Graf,
Gazing Forward, Glancing Back, Remembering Always
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