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Gwen Bernice Black Pritzkau / Walter and Alice
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Walter and Alice (Riedlinger) Essig Collection
Alice was born on March 30, 1911, in rural McClusky, North Dakota,
to Chris and Ida (Wahl) Riedlinger. She lived in McClusky as a child
with her family and later moved to Washburn. She passed away February
Alice married Walter K. Essig in McClusky on June 24, 1931. In
1933, they moved to the Essig family homestead in the Lincoln Valley
area. Walter and Alice moved to Bismarck in 1974. They were married
over 61 years and had four children.
Alice was one of the original founders of the Germans from Russia
Heritage Society, and worked many years in its headquarters office.
Alice was able to help many people with their family research and
translation of German documents.
The Essig books donated to the GRHC are unique and contain her
marginal notations with facts verified firsthand.
Gwen was born on September 7, 1932 to Ward Black and Hilda B. Marshall
in Salina, Utah. Gwen grew up in Salt Lake City.
Gwen married Julius Pritzkau in 1948. Gwen and Julius were married
58 years and had eight children. She passed away May 2006.
Gwen generated a compelling interest in the ethnic heritage of
her husband Julius from historic Moldova. With a career as a Salt
Lake City librarian, she was co-founder of the Glueckstal Colony
Research Association (GRCA). Her faithful and tireless efforts as
a genealogical research specialist, was respected internationally
when involved in new resources at the Family Research Center (Salt
Lake City), Germany (Stuttgart), Russia (St. Petersburg), and Ukraine,