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H7:  Letters: Hildenbrand - continued.......

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Letters Continued:

In a message dated 6/7/05 6:09:44 AM, , Kathy, writes:

This is where I came up with Friedensfeld:

Bio from the Lehr Golden Jubilee 1898-1948 Town Book:


                                                    Fred Hildenbrand


Fred Hildenbrand was born on June 19, 1874 in Friedensfeld, South Russia, the son of Johann and Barbara Hildenbrand.  At the age of twenty, he came to America in 1894 and settled at Kulm until May, 1897, when he and his young bride came to Lehr and took up a homestead about eleven miles southeast of town close to the farm on which Gotthold Schill presently resides.


Mr. Hildenbrand regrets the fact that he had little opportunity to attend public school.  His education consists of one week of school, which he attended while working as a hired man at his brother Israel's farm, northwest of Wishek.  In his day work was considered more important than education.


In 1895 at Kulm, Mr. Hildenbrand married Eva Schaffer, who passed away in middle age.  The following children are now living:  Mrs. Emma Dachtler, Lansing, Michigan; Edward Hildenbrand, working for the Fisher Body Shop, Lansing, Michigan; Edward Hildenbrand does plumbing work in Lansing, Michigan; Mrs. Helen Rosbosky lives at South Bend, Indiana; Mrs. Barbara Landseidel living at Lansing, Michigan; Mrs. Tillie George,  living in Lansing, Michigan; Willie Hildenbrand does plumbing work at Grand Ledge, Michigan; Marvin  Hildenbrand, works  for the Fisher Body Shop and lives at Grand Ledge, Michigan; and Alvin Hildenbrand works for Fisher Body Works at Lansing, Michigan.


When Mr. Hildenbrand began farming, he had three horses and a hand plow plus a few other pieces of machinery.  He had to dig his own well and also build a sod house but managed to afford a barn, 24 by 26 feet, built of lumber which he hauled from Kulm.


Mr. Hildenbrand relates an experience which is worth retelling here.  It took place around March 15, 1901.  Two children, Benjamin and Bertha, twins, were about to be born.  Since no doctor was available, Mr. Hildenbrand had to drive about fifteen miles by horse and buggy to get a midwife.  When he left home it looked like spring was here to stay.  It was warm, the snow melting fast, lakes were filling with water, and the wild ducks had already come.  By the time he returned home in the afternoon, the weather had changed.  It turned colder and began to snow.  The following day it turned into a blizzard which raged for three days. Cuts along the Soo Line Railroad filled so high with snow that part of it had to be shoveled out by hand before the rotary snow plow could even get through.  Travel by team and sled proved to be almost impossible for quite a while.


In 1936, Mr. and Mrs. Hildenbrand retired in Lehr.  Mrs. Hildenbrand (second wife) passed away in 1941.  He remarried later.  At present he is janitor of the Baptist Church.



And this is Fred's twin:


  Karl Hildenbrand


Karl Hildenbrand, the twin brother of Fred, was born on June 19, 1874 at Friedensfeld, South Russia, the parents being John and Barbara Hildenbrand.  The father passed away in Russia and the mother became anxious to move to the United States before her sons would be drafted in military service in the Russian army. The escape was made during the black of night with the aid of a Jewish friend.


Mr. Hildenbrand came to Lehr and located on his homestead twelve miles south east.  Gottlieb Strobel is the present owner of the farm.  Mr. Hildenbrand began his farming operations with very few pieces of machinery and no money.  He took for his bride, Mary Bauman and the happy union was blessed with the following seven children:  Barbara, now Mrs. Emanuel Schwab, British Columbia, Can; John Hildenbrand, Alberta Canada, farmer; Amalia, now Mrs. Fred Morlock, Egeland, N.D.; Fred Hildenbrand, farmer, Alberta, Can.; Bertha, now Mrs. John Knoblich, Carrington, N.D.;; Louise, now Mrs. Fred Knoblich, living on farm 15 miles southeast of Lehr, N.D.; and Harold Hildenbrand, farming at Medina, N.D.  Soon after the birth of the last child the mother passed away leaving the farmer on the farm with seven small children.


In 1917, Karl Hildenbrand married a second wife, Mrs. Karolina Strobel (nee Schilling).  Her husband had passed away in Montana, leaving her with the following children: Ludwig Strobel, Fallon, Montana, farmer; Paulina Strobel, now, Mrs. Art Iszler, Monango, N.D.; Lydia Strobel, not Mrs. Christ Mayer, Venturia, N.D.; Bertha Strobel, now Mrs. Charles Knoblich, Ashley, N.D.;and Gottlieb Strobel now farming on the homestead of Karl Hildenbrand, twelve miles southeast of Lehr.  To this second marriage the additional children:  Katie, now Mrs. Walter Beck, on a dairy farm, Lodi, California; Irene, now Mrs. Jacob Roesler, Lafollette, Ca; Helen, now Mrs. Christ  Harr, Lansing, Michigan; Marvin and Ervin Hildenbrand, twins, and  veterans of World  War II at Stockton, California and Lansing Michigan respectively, and Ruby, now Mrs. Alvin Johnson, Lansing, Michigan.  Mrs. Hildenbrand says it was a great responsibility being mother to so many children and coming from more than one home.  At one time when her sister was staying with them for a time, there were twenty-two people in the home.  It took as much as 3,000 pounds of flour a year to bake th bread.  Often she had to bake three times a week and fourteen loaves at one baking.  The bread never got dry before it was all eaten up.  Things did not go too well, as many times their crop was destroyed by hail, drought and heat, but they never lost faith in Almighty God.  He always provided when they could not help themselves.


Karl Hildenbrand died on September 25th, 1935. Mrs. Hildenbrand stayed on the farm with her children and continued farming until the fall of 1941.  She experienced further hard times.  At one time she had no flour and no income to speak of, so she could only but flour in 25 lb quantities. Although cares were many, she never lost faith in herself and her children.


In the fall of 1941, she retired and was married to Fred Hildenbrand, twin brother of her former husband on September 5, 1941.  They both have been accustomed to work all their lives and even old age they feel they must work.


Then there is this  brother from Ashley, ND:


From:  "Ashley Golden Jubilee - 1888-1938"  EMANUEL HILDENBRAND


     Mr. Hildenbrand was born at Friedensfeld, South Russia, on October 11, 1870.  The home of an older brother, Israel, already in North Dakota, and living about five miles northwest of Wishek, N. D., was his destination when leaving Russia. He got as far as Eureka, S. D., by train, and from there he made his way to his brother's home, where he remained until the spring of 1890. Mr. Hildenbrand filed on land about sixteen miles northeast of Ashley, where he made his home until he passed on to the Great Beyond in 1912. The Hildenbrand family had all the early hardships, common to early settlers. Their financial circumstances were not so good at that time and a walking plow, two oxen, a wagon and a mower were their early equipment, with which they tried to make a living. No seeder or thresher was available and all seeding had to be done by hand and what little crop was raised was pounded out by hand. With poor crops and low prices they did not prosper so well in those early years. They also, like many others, picked buffalo bones and trapped rabbits, which were hauled to Eureka, S. D., to be sold and the money used to buy food for the family. Mr. Hildenbrand was united in marriage to Elizabeth Konig, by Rev. August Klup, Pastor of the Baptist church, and to this union were born eleven children, all of whom are living, namely; Carl, born March 12, 1890, now farming in Canada; Barbara, born June 20, 1892, the wife of Reinhold Keller, and living at Merricourt, N. D.; Lydia, born June 8, 1894, the wife of Carl Olsen, and farming near Lehr, N. D.,; Carolena, born November 16, 1895, married to George

Bollinger, and living at Wishek, N. D.; Martha, born June 5, 1897, the wife of Jacob Kegle, and living at Pollock, S. D.; Emanuel, born March 30, 1899, farming in Canada; John born June 12, 1900, employed by the "Soo Line" at Bismarck, N. D.; Edwin, born June 29, 1904, living at Bismarck, N. D.; Paulena,

born October 19, 1906, the wife of Henry Eissinger, farming near Burnstad, N.D.; Hilda, born November 23, 1908, the wife of John Kegele, living on a farm in the state of Washington; Hugo, born August 19, 1910, living at Wishek, N. D.

     Mr. Hildenbrand spent fifteen years of his life in McIntosh County farming, but decided in 1904 to throw his hat into the political ring and was elected Sheriff of McIntosh County in the fall election of 1904. He served the county well during 1905-06 and so efficiently in his first term, that the voters returned him to office again, and he held the office in 1907 and 1908 and again in 1908 and 1909. He was again elected to the office in 1910, and held office until his death in 1912. Mrs. Hildenbrand was remarried to Mr. Eissinger, and now makes her home at Bismarck, N. D.


From what I can figure 1866 was the last Hildenbrand daughter, Maria, to be born in Borodino, the rest of the kids, starting with Maria in 1868 were born in Friedensfeld.



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