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.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Batke/Link Homesteads, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Homestead Index is a file locator database to the homestead files at the Saskatchewan Archives. It contains 360,000 references to those men and women who, from 1872 to 1930, under the terms of the Dominion Lands Act, took part in the homestead process in the area now known as Saskatchewan.
On its website Saskatchewan Homestead Index, the Batke and Link homesteads are listed.

From information on this website, I have drawn out Kelstern, Township 14 of Range 6, 3W and noted who originally homesteaded in this Township. I have also added the section of Township 13, where Jacob Link had his homestead, so one could see how close they all lived together.   A full Township, e.g., Township 14, consists of 36 sections and is approximately six miles square in size.

The Homestead file number, homesteader's name and the land survey description for each of the yellow squares are as follows:

- #2887368, Mrs. Anna Batke, Part SW, Section 23, Township 14, Range 6, Meridian W3
- #0784874, Henry Batke, Part SE, Section 22, Township 14, Range 6, Meridian W3
- #2834533, Johan Batke, Part NW, Section 23, Township 14, Range 6, Meridian W3
- #2603054, Karl Batke, Part NW, Section 1, Township 14, Range 6, Meridian W3
- #2451684, Friedrich Link, Part NW, Section 7, Township 14, Range 6, Meridian W3
- #2025984, Jacob Link, Part NE, Section 34, Township 13, Range 6, Meridian W3
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