Germans from Russia Weddings: From the Steppe of Bessarabia and South Russia to the Dakota Prairies

Marie Rudel Portner Germans from Russia Room
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo

Photograph Archives, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection

Selected photographs from the exhibit prepared by Jay Gage, Exhibits and Textiles Curator, the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo

John Gottfried Schulz and Pauline Kist, married September 9, 1909, South of Kulm, (Dickey County) North Dakota. Bessarabien Heimat Bildkalender 1994, January. John M. Lipp married Eva Baumgartner in June 1923 at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Krasna, Emmons County, ND, seven miles west of Strasburg. The Lipp family originated at Joehlingen, Baden, 1727, immigrating in 1808 to Elsass, Kutschurgan District. Both bride and groom had Baumgartner ancestors from neighboring village of Selz. Phillip Lipp 1910, Institute Room Germans from Russia CS71.L762 1988, page 27. Photograph from the Jolenta Fischer Masterson Collection.
As Volhynian Lutheran immigrants to Milwaukee area, Emma Ihde and Julius Swanke are regal on their wedding day, June 29, 1911, at Peshtigo, Wisconsin. In 1913 they homesteaded south of Tower City, ND. Julius Swanke, son of Wilhelm Swanke and Paulina Konrad, was born August 17, 1887 in Novogrod, Volhynia, White Russia. Tower City Centennial History, Institute Room F644.T59 T65, Page 450. Flugelhorn brass band provide "high time" for the traditional Lutheran wedding of Christian J. Hoffman and Marie Siewert, 1936, at Kodschalak, Dobrudscha, (Romania). Heimatbuch der Dobrudscha-Deutschen 1840-1940, Institute Room Germans from Russia DR281.D5 H44 1986, page 131.
This elaborate Catholic wedding portrait of William Scheele and his bride, Margaret Biegler, was taken at Ipswich, South Dakota on November 23, 1914 . Jacob Schlecht, Jr. and Christina Rudolf were married with Lutheran vows on June 27, 1919 in Vananda, Montana, later living at Jud, ND. Jacob was born in 1896 in Friedenstal, Bessarabia, son of Jacob Schlecht and Barbara Vogel. Christina was daughter of Peter Rudolf and Katherina Walth. Descendants of Friedrich Schlecht Family by Wilbur Schlecht, 1998. Institute Room Germans from Russia CS71.S3388 1998.

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