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Re: RATZLAFF in Russia
Posted by: Dorrie Ratzlaff Date: August 20, 2000 at 16:44:21
In Reply to: Re: RATZLAFF in Russia by Shaun Davis of 121

Now, once I got started I can't resist coming back to "family" website. I have a list of the names of the eleven Ratzlaff children:
(this is only approximate order, oldest to youngest)

Ida (Schmidt)
Tom (i was exagerating, he was not mayor of Waldheim but was Village Clerk, and then Secretary Treasurer in municipality of Liard, Sask.)
Leone (Mckay?)
Albina (Al)
Berthe (Bea)(Heine)
Lydda (Lil)
Irvin (Irv) (changed his surname to Roland)
Ann (Kromhoff)

As far as I know Ann is the only one still living, although Leone may also be. Natch, I got out my "Waldheim" book which has lots of family histories. Ann wrote the one for Tobias and Eva Ratzlaff, stating that they arrived in New York on September 2, 1874, when Eva was three years old and Tobias was eight. My father, Walter, would tell us stories of his childhood memories, and one was of his father saying how when he first saw Eva on the trip over the Atlantic, he decided right then that she would be the one he would marry. They lived in Yankton, Dakota Terriory. They were part of the Karolswalde settlement, which is described as in "Polish Russia", near Kiev. Eva was born in Karolswalde, Russia, August 3, 1871, to David and Katharina Buller. Tobias was born on December 23, 1865, in Heinrichsdorf, near Volhynia, Russia, to Abraham and Anna (Teske) Ratzlaff. Eva and Tobias homesteaded in Canada, first in Langham, Saskatchewan, and after an unsuccessful attempt in 1907 at relocating in California, returned to Waldheim, Saskatchewan (actually Schmidtsburg, near Waldheim). Eva died on April 11, 1938. My grandfather, Tobias,who I was lucky enough to know for the first two years of my life, died on August 24, 1949. According to my father, all the children were born at home, Eva being assisted by a local midwife. Well, what more can I say. I looked a bit on the net to see if there is a connection for Wladeim History Committee who published the book I am looking at "Waldheim Remembers the Past". My sister Lisa (who lives in Ontario) is also very interested in the history of her Dad's people, and has the photocopied lists of the people who landed in New York with the Buller's and the Ratzlaff's when they arrived in North America. Well, gotta go. Hope to hear back from you.

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