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Published January 06 2003

Bob Lind column: The good book, school on list for two women

Let's start the new year right by helping a couple of women out. One would like to find an old family Bible. Another wants to learn what happened to her old school.

The Bible

It's a German family Bible. Ella Bosik, Orangevale, Calif., would love to find it.

This is what Ella writes: "The Bible was brought to America by my great-grandparents, August and Mary Hanum Kerk (Kirch) in the early 1850s.

"They settled in Michigan City, Ind., but when August died, Mary moved to Fargo to be with her son and his wife, William and Olena Wee Kirch.

"Mary died in 1901, William in 1938 and Olena in 1951. They are buried near Lake Park, Minn.

"When Olena died, her son, George Kirch, came to dispose of her belongings and searched for the family Bible but couldn't find it.

"I understand that our ancestors' names were entered in the Bible and perhaps the name of the town they lived in in Germany.

"I have been unable to locate their place of birth, and since the records in Germany are only local records, I have been unable to find where they came from. Even ship records fail to help. They may have come through Canada which didn't record immigrants.

"I know my ancestors are waiting for me to find them and I am doing the best I can. That's why I need all the help I can receive. I would be deeply grateful to anyone who may be able to help me.

"The Bible may be lying somewhere in someone's bookcase or library or tucked away."

If you can help her in any way, this is her address:

Mrs. Ella L. Bosik

6914 Walnut Ave.

Orangevale, Calif. 95662

The school

It was a one-room school in or close to Fargo. Bonnie Munson attended first through eighth grades there.

Bonnie, of Lake Park and of Yuma, Ariz., is trying to locate a picture of it and find out what happened to the building.

It was on the south side of U.S. Highway 10 in Barnes Township, between 25th Street and the Valley Veterinary building, but she's not sure if it was in the Fargo School District.

Bonnie lived in Fargo for more than 60 years, which gives an idea of when the school was up and running.

If you remember that school, let Neighbors know.

Final thought

A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail rlind@forumcomm.com