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 Batkes Entering the US

This sheet 6 of the "List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission to the United States from Foreign Contiguous Territory" shows Henry Batke and family, on lines 24 through 29, leaving from the port of Portal, North Dakota, December, 1921. It is noted that Henry has $260 in cash.  In addition to Henry Batke's family, you also can see the names John and Anna Batke on lines 22 and 23. John is Henry's brother and Anna is John and Henry's mother. It notes they were farmers.  It give Henry Batke's last permanent residence as Lydiard, SK and his brother John and Henry's mother as Queen Center, SK.  It notes their final destination as Yellow Pine, Alabama

On the top of the second image of sheet 6 of the Manifest, the departure date is stamped: December, 1921.  The Manifest also notes that John and Henry paid their own way.  They both state they have no relatives in Yellow Pine.  It also gives a physical description of each of the travelers.
In columns 33a and 33b it notes where they were born.  The adults all show Russia and the Henry Batke children show Lydiard, SK with the exception of their oldest child, Katharine, who like her parents shows  born in Russia.

The last image of the Manifest is significant as it states their original seaport of entry.  For those born in Russia, it states Quebec as the seaport, the ship as the Pallanza and gives an arrival date of July 13, 1912.  For the rest, it states, Portal, as in Portal, ND and gives the date of December 7, 1921.  This would be the date the family entered into the United States from Canada.  December 7 is also the date they were "examined" by US Immigration. 

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