My First World

By Edward F. Keller

Self published by Edward F. Keller, Dickinson, North Dakota, 1995, softcover, 76 pages

Central North Dakota Library Network

In My First World, Dr. Keller tells of 28 families who he grew up within the Strasburg, North Dakota area in the 1920s and 1930s. This is the area and time that produced Lawrence Welk; how we lived, worshipped, worked, attended schools; how we survived the dust bowl and the grasshoppers; how our ancestors immigrated from Germany to Russia and then homesteading near Strasburg, North Dakota. The warm and sensitive writing takes people back to their roots. Included are 76 pages plus nine pages of photographs and a map.

What people are saying about My First World:

"Your story is a window to the past allowing us a glimpse into the daily lives of people and events that happened long ago. It is a poignant portrayal of a community bound together by strong commitment to God, love for the land and each other."
--- Edward T. Schafer, Governor of North Dakota

"I don't believe I've ever had such a pleasant surprise. You really made my life better."
--- Mary Eva Vetter Smith, Keller's sixth grade teacher, now 82 years old

"Dr. Edward F. Keller provides an excellent description about growing up in a German-Russian family with rich Christian traditions. Life on the Dakota prairies was difficult in the 1930s. Dr. Keller reviews what life was like as a young boy faced with the challenges of pursuing his dreams and education. Dr. Keller has never forgotten his roots and his life in Emmons County."
--- Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer, NDSU Libraries, Fargo

About the author

Dr. Edward F. Keller, was born in Strasburg, North Dakota in 1927. In 1941, he left for Canton, Ohio, to attend Brunnerdale Seminary High School. He later served in the military, attended St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1955. He is now retired after practicing dentistry in Dickinson, North Dakota for 42 years. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in Dickinson. Dr. Keller is author of Memory Stories published in 1997 also available from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.

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