6Abraham B Friesen and Helena Fast Arrived in America 1875 with their parents Nikolajdorf, Molotschna, South RussiaDied in Mountain Lake, MinnesotaHelena 1875 – 1949Alexanderkrone, Molotschna, South Russia
7FarmingOwner of a “fine farm” of 404 acres located about 8 miles northwest of Mountain Lake. Their home was partially destroyed 3 times by tornadoes. Known for his Belgian Draft Horses.
9Gerhard P Rahn and Anna Thiessen Arrived in America in 1889 with their children Sparrau, Moltschna, South RussiaDied in Mountain Lake, MinnesotaAnna ThiessenAssumed she was born in South Russiaand died in Moutain Lake. They had10 children, she died in childbirth andKatie was the only one born in America.
10Gerhard P Rahn and Helena Schultz After Anna died, Gerhard married Helena (1875 – 1969) they had 5 children
11Farming and MinistryTheir farm was southwest of Butterfield. In 1893 Gerhard was ordained as a minister of the gospel in the First Mennonite Church of Mountain Lake. One of the many hardships as a minister was traveling long distances by horse and buggy. Gerhard was also a poet and song writer and has written many poems in German.
12What dad said the following? “My daughters take good care of me!”
53FUN FACTS106 Second Cousins plus 33 spouses TOTAL 139 Elijah (5) ___________ Roseann (48) … 43 year span …
54Only 29% of second cousins attending this weekend Only 29% of second cousins attending this weekend. What do we need to do to attract more of an interest for reunions for the next generation? Thought to ponder …
55Most Popular NameFrom John and Katie to Eliana … what is the most popular name in the Friesen Family?
56Johnfollowed by KatherineKatie Friesen’s birth certificate originally read Katherina Rahn. It was changed in 1963 to Katie G. Rahn
57Following Close Behind David Jason/Jayson Jeremy Joshua Rebecca/Rebekah
62Who went to the dentist with other brothers and got 3 shots of novicane in one day and never got any work done on his teeth because the dentist had three chairs and the work on the other brothers took to long? The reward for pain and suffering was an ice cream cone in Windom.