The Extended Batke Family with Link neighbors

The Extended Batke Family with Link neighbors
Pictured in the photo: (Back row, standing, left to right) Herman Fredrick, Anna Batke, Henry Batke, Sr., Selma Batke, Henry Robert Batke, William Batke and Arthur Engler. (Front row/sitting, left to right) Donald Fredrick, Robert Fredrick, Katherine Batke Fredrick, Ruth Batke, Edwin Batke, Katherine Reck Batke, Jerald Batke, Edna Kwiatkowski Batke, Mary Batke Engler and Elaine Engler. Taken c1940, possibly to celebrate Henry and Katherine’s 30th wedding anniversary, October 22, 1940. Photo courtesy: Don Fredrick.

About Henry Batke and Katherine Reck

Heinrich Batke, the son of Martin Batke (c1848-b1912) and Anna Lock (1848-1939) was born in Chortitza, Russia on September 7, 1877. Also in Russia, Catharina Reck was born on October 14, 1890. Her parents were John Reck and Renata Shirk. Henry and Katherine married in Russia on September 22, 1910. On July 13, 1912, Henry, his wife and seven month old daughter, Katherine, sailed from the Port of Bremen, Germany on the ship Pallanza. They traveled to Quebec City, Canada arriving on July 28, 1912. They immediately left on a special Canadian Pacific Railroad train to Saskatchewan, Canada. The Batkes homesteaded in Lydiard, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan between 1913 and 1918. On October 3, 1917 Henry Batke became a citizen of Canada. Due to England's sovereignty over Canada, he became a British citizen. Finding farming in Canada difficult, on December 7, 1921 the Batke family, now also including Mary, William and Selma, left for Yellow Pine, Alabama. After the birth of Anna and much hardship in Alabama, the family moved to St. Joseph, Michigan where children Henry, Ruth and Edwin were born. Henry, a furniture maker in Russia, became a machine operator at the 1900 Corporation, a fore-runner of Whirlpool, in St. Joseph. After Henry's death on April 7, 1949, Katherine Reck Batke married Gustav Schmeichel in 1959. Katherine Reck Batke Schmeichel died at the Claremont Nursing Home in Benton, Michigan on October 28, 1979.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Passenger List showing the Links entering the US - 1921

The Links and the Batkes were on the same train on December 7, 1921 when both families left Saskatchewan.  On this "List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission to the United States from Foreign Contiguous Territory" document, the Links are listed on Sheet 7 lines 8 through 14, one page following the Batke entry.

Jacob Link (35) with wife Maria (26) and five children Freda (6), Frederick (5), Wilhelm (4), Raymond (3) and Jakob (1) are listed.  The first sheet states the Links lived in Queen Center, SK prior to the trip.  Jacob states he was a farmer and the family is of German descent. 

When asked to list the name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien came - a Brother, Fred Summerfelt from Herbert, SK is listed.  We know this is incorrect.  However, it is possible it was intended to say - a Brother, Fred Link who was from Herbert, SK.   The Links note they too are traveling to Yellow Pine, Alabama.

On the second image of the passenger list, the Links state they are paying their own passage and they are traveling with what looks like $120.  They state they have no relatives in Yellow Pine.  When asked for place of birth, it says that Jacob is from Jekaterinoslaw, Russia; Maria is from Pawlowka, Russia; and, the children were born in Queen Center, SK., Canada.   A physical description is provided for each.
 The last image reports that Jacob and Maria arrived at the seaport in Halifax in 1913 aboard the SS Ryndam.
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