South Dakota: Centennial Memories, 1900-2000
Centennial Book Committee, Java, South Dakota, 2000, 373 pages,
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
the Java, South Dakota, centennial book which has been very well
prepared including many historical and current photographs of the
community and families.
The "Homesteaders" section includes these articles with
many valuable photos: "Before Java was a Town" by Herbert
Geigle; and "The Advent of Java" including chronology,
by LeRoy C. Bender.
The "Family Histories" section of pages 91 to 334 is
of great value to the family researcher, especially since many
of the ancestral villages of South Russia are identified including
the Glueckstal District villages and Bessarabia. Some of the German-Russian
names include: Aman, Bauer, Bauman, Bender, Bieber, Biel, Boehler,
Fiechtner, Fiedler, Geigle, Goetz, Haux, Hirsch, Hochstatter, Krause,
Kurle, Lutz, Mittleider, Moser, Mueller, Naasz, Nusz, Ochszner,
Oster, Perman, Pfitzer, Pleinis, Rau, Rosin, Sandmeier, Sauer, Schafer,
Schlaht, Schlepp, Schmeichel, Schnaible, Schneider, Schreter, Schuh,
Sieler, Sonnenfeld, Stadel, Stangl, Stiegelmeier, Teske, Wahl, Wolf,
Wolff, Zeller, and Zweigardt. There is a detailed "Family History
The "A Place Called Home" includes these articles: "A
Pioneer Tells of Early Days" by Fred G. Bauman; "Remembrance"
by Fred G. and Rosina Bauman; "Pete Frazier, Shrewd Horsetrader"
by Freida Schuh; "Woolworth County, South Dakota: Java"
by Jacob Aman; "An Interesting Story" by Philip Spiry
Sr.; "Memories of the Jacob Stiegelmeier Family" by Ben
and Emma Stiegelmeier; "Stale Popcorn and 15-Cent Movies"
and "Sunrise Dance, A Harvest Time Tradition" by Marv
Hoffer; "Saturday Night in Town" by Herbert Geigle; "New
Land and Memories" by Reuben Aman; and "Tales of Early
Java" by Hessel Dyk.
Historical photo of Java,
trappers are unidentified, but the auto is a Maxwell. John H.
Wolf was the Maxwell dealer at Java, SD, in 1916.
Java, SD, schoolhouse
from 1903 to 1921.
church with a thatched roof, believed to be a Seventh Day Adventist
Church that was north of Java. At far right is Jacob J. Aman.
Other members of the Aman family are pictured, but not identified.
Photo courtesy of Delila Biel.