Can someone help me with the source of the following Bio? I wrote down that it was on page 124, but didn't write down the name of the book, the author, or the date! I can't believe I did that. I'm assuming that the book was some kind of county history book, or some other history book, because I have other Berndt bio's with this one.....so they probably all came from the same source. I think I copied all the name spellings as they were written. (Wilhelmina WEYHRAUCH would be part of the EBERLEIN / WEYHRAUCH tree that was originally from Columbia Co., WI. The family lived in MN before moving to ND.)
Herman BERNDT Family
Herman Carl BERNDT, oldest son of Christian F. J. and Willahmena (NEW JAR) BERNDT was born near Karlsruhe, Germany 4-29-1867. He came with his parents & younger sister to America in 1869 or 70, settled in Ohio and came to N.D. at the age of 13. Boyhood days were spent in the Great Bend area farming with his family. On 9-25-1891 he purchased the S.W. 1/4 of 12-131-50 (Belford Twp.) On 11-1-1894 he married Wilhemina WEYRAUCH, born 11-3-1870 of Harmony, MN.
The children, Aaron born 11-4-1895, Reuben 9-24-1897, Alice (Mrs. Arthur HOEFT) 5-15-1900, Esther 11-12-1902, Elroy 4-29-1905, Mollie (Mrs. Dick VANHOUEKLOM) 7-15-1908, Martha (Mrs. SMITH) 3-1-1910, Elmer 3-3-1913, Clinton 9-15-1915.
A Hard working family with strict parents that spoke German at home. The children attended local schools and drove six miles to the Evangelical Church in Great Bend. The boys often worked for neighbors or relatives. When the children were small Herman employed a man on the farm, which enabled them to journey by horse and wagon to Elizabeth, MN to have wheat ground into flour and to visit. In later years flour was ground in Wahpeton. An epidemic of diptheria took the life of four year old Esther on Christmas Eve 1906. Other children were stricken but survived.
At one time Herman farmed five quarters, and all work was done with horse machinery. The family was living on the NE 1/4 34-131-49 (Brandenburg Twp.) at the time of Herman's passing in 1933. In 1934 Mary Berndt and daughter Martha moved to Great Bend. Mary passed away 9-28-1941. The children of Herman and Mary Berndt all live in Richland County with the exception of Mollie who lives at Linton, N.D. and Martha who lives in Everett, WI.