Life and Times of Fred

Thursday, August 4, 2016


On the back of this picture are the names of the children. 

Please help me if the names are wrong or you know one that has not been identified. 

Please give their last names and correct any misspelling. 

What year was this?  Where was this picture taken?

Left to Right

Back row:      Unknown, Bertha, Goldy

Middle Row:  Martha Fleming, Verna Jensen, Alice Wiebe

Front Row:     Lelia Frezen, Unknown, Ardith Wiebe 
                     small child in front of Ardith is Unknown

Susanna Richert Duerksen

Not sure when or where this photo was taken. This is my great-grandmother. She's the mother of my grandmother Mary Duerksen Wiebe.

Thelma Jean Duerksen

Thelma Jean Duerksen, the daughter of Abraham J  and Clara Duerksen who died in 1922.

Apr. 16, 1921
North Platte
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA
Aug. 24, 1922
North Platte
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA
Buried Aug 24,1922
Lot 282
Space- 1

Thelma Jean Duerksen
April 16,1921-Aug 24,1922

Thelma Jean Duerksen, living at 1700 west 4th died yesterday at 11:30 o'clock. She was one year, four months and eight days old. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2:30 from the Christian church, with Rev.Stevens officiating. Burial will be made in the local cemetery.

The North Platte semi-weekly tribune., August 25, 1922 

North Platte Cemetery
North Platte
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA

Created by: David Goltry
Record added: Apr 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50810993

I'm so grateful to Greg Pilgrim for this information.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Abraham Daniel Duerksen Family Photo 1920

 Info given by Greg Pilgrim:   "A J Duerksen in the back row on the right.  In front of him is Clara Flinn Duerksen holding Carolyn Louise Pilgrim Duerksen.  The baby in the front row on the left is Thelma Jean Duerksen, the daughter of Abraham J  and Clara Duerksen who died in 1922.  The boy sitting on the lap in the middle of the picture is George A Duerksen the son of Abraham J and Clara Duerksen."

 A.D. / Abraham Daniel Duerksen family

Front row seated left to right:
Mary Sarah Duerksen holding on her lap Thelma Jean Duerksen.
A.D. / Abraham Daniel Duerksen  (father of the family)
George A. Duerksen  (small boy in front)

Lawana is the name that keeps coming to mind for the little girl behind George.
Susanna (Richart) Duerksen  (mother of the family)
Clara (Flinn) Duerksen (Clara is holding on her lap her daughter Carolyn Louise Pilgrim Duerksen)
Back row standing left to right:     

Abraham Nuefeld Wiebe (my grandfather)
Anna Duerksen
Daniel Duerksen
Rose Duerksen
A.J. / Abraham Joseph Duerksen ( I hope I got the middle name correct)

If I remember correctly, my mother told me that Lawana was not a member of the family but stayed with them. If anyone has information on this little girl in the middle of the picture standing behind the small boy, please leave a comment or email me. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Uncle Cornelius Richert 84 th Birthday

The photo below is of Uncle Cornelius Richert, Clarence Richert, and Jake Richert. The photo was taken on September 21, 1961.

If anyone knows where this was taken please let me know.

I want to know their relation to my Grandmother Mary Sarah Duerksen Wiebe?

The top photo is the original and the bottom photo is one I restored using Photoshop.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Old Homes

Whose houses were these?

Where were they located?

What year?









A.D. Duerksen / Abraham Daniel Duerksen in Bessie, Oklahoma



A.D. Duerksen / Abraham Daniel Duerksen in Bessie, Oklahoma 1924