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, April 14, 2010

Henry Batke, Certificate Entitling Naturalization, 1917

Once the oaths of residence and allegiance were sworn to by the alien, as Henry Batke did in the above post, the Justice of the Peace would make a determination whether the alien had met all of the conditions for citizenship. Having made this determination, he prepared the document you see to the left: "The Naturalization Act: Certificate that Alien is Entitled to Certificate of Naturalization." He would fill out the top portion from information on the previous document. The Justice of the Peace then forwarded this document along with the Oath of Residence and Oath of Allegiance to the Clerk of the District Court, in Henry Batke's case it was to the Judicial District of Swift Current.  On the wrapper of Henry's naturalization papers, it is stamped "Judicial District of Swift Current, July 20, 1917, RECEIVED"

When the Clerk of the District Court received the documents he posted them for at least two weeks in his office/court to see if anyone objected to the alien being naturalized.  If no objections were received, as it appears in Henry Batke's case, the Clerk signed the document.  This document then became the basis for Henry's Certificate of Naturalization which is shown in the following post.   Note the court in Swift Current received the papers on July 20, 1917 but didn't complete the process until October 3, 1917.

For a short introduction into the Naturalization Process in Canada, click on Canadian Naturalization Process.
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