Frank Axtmann and wives: Kunigunda (Kistner) and
Marianna (Bertsch) Family, Rugby, Pierce County, North Dakota
Baden and Strassburg, Kutchurgan District, South Russia - Pierce County, North Dakota
Frank Axtman and family, along with two brothers and a sister, arrived at the Port of New York on November 9, 1898. They traveled by railroad to Eureka, SD, where they stayed for the winter. In the spring of 1899, they joined the Burckhardtmeier Wagon Train with about 300 people to travel to southern Pierce County, ND, where they homesteaded land in Sandale Township. These were the first white people to settle in this area of Pierce County, ND, now located north and west of the present day towns of Balta and Orrin, ND.
Photographs taken from the family history publication The Centennial Family History: Ancestors - Descendants of Frank Axtmann, Pierce County, North Dakota and Wives: Kunigunda Kistner & Marianna Bertsch, 1899 - 1999 by Mary Lynn Axtman. Self-published, Fargo, ND, 99 pages, softcover. (To secure the family history, contact Mary Lynn Axtman, 4230 9th Avenue SW, Apt. 104, Fargo, ND 58103-2063 (E-mail: TheAxt@aol.com).