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Title: Raymond and Gertrude Schaefer Family Film Collection

Dates:
1938-1967

Collection Number:
10624

Quantity:
2.5 feet

Abstract:
Consists of 8mm black and white and color reels of family films.  Film includes vacations to grandparents’ farms, the Badlands, and historic sites around North Dakota. Family holidays such as Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and first Communions are also captured in the film.  Contains film from Bismarck and Mandan in the forties, fifties, and sixties. Captures World War II on the home front including the send off of a soldier and a parade in Bismarck to celebrate the ending of the war.

Provenance:
The State Historical Society of North Dakota received the Schaefer Family Film Collection from Raymond and Gertrude Schaefer on May 19, 1993.  

Property Rights:
The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights:
Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access:
This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation:
Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

From obituary in the Bismarck Tribune, December 17, 1995

Raymond A. Schaefer, 92, St. Vincent’s Nursing Home, died December 16, 1995 in the nursing home. 

Raymond was born December 21, 1902 in St. Martin, Minnesota, the son of Casper and Matilda Schaefer. He moved to North Dakota in 1909 with his family, who were original homesteaders in Slope County. He graduated from high school in 1924 and went to Wahpeton State School of Science. He graduated with an associate degree in electrical engineering. Raymond married Gertrude Wanzek in 1933. He worked for Montana-Dakota Utilities and was chief engineer prior to retiring in 1968. His love of music and dance was evident throughout his life. He and his wife taught square dancing in Bismarck for 46 years. He also taught ballroom dancing for many years.  In 1992, he wrote and published his book of memoirs, “In Those Days We Danced til Dawn.” He was the fourth recipient of the Gold Award given by Northwest Bank in 1980.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eagles, and United Commercial Travelers.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gertrude; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary Klinkhammer, Lafayette, California, Mary Pat and Tom Severin, Bismarck and John Raffaelle, Glen Carbon, Illinois; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Mary, Fargo, Mike and Mary, Orangevale, California, and Tom and Bernadette, Lancaster, Wisconsin; one brother Sylvester, St. Paul, Minnesota; and 22 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; one sister; his daughter, Jackie Raffaelle; and one son-in-law, Paul Klinkhammer.

From obituary in the Bismarck Tribune, September 23, 2000

Gertrude W. Schaefer, 89, Bismarck, died September 16, 2000 in Sioux City, Iowa, care center. 

Gert was born October 31, 1910 in Windsor, the daughter of August and Anna (Schultz) Wanzek. She attended St. John’s Academy in Jamestown, graduating as valedictorian at age 16.  She attended St. Alexius School of Nursing and obtained her R.N. in 1932.

She worked from Drs. Henderson, Goughnor, and Orr at Capital City Clinic, which later became Q & R Clinic. She also was a staff nurse at St. Alexius in the psychiatric department for 12 years and was a staff nurse at St. Vincent’s.

Gert married Raymond Schaefer in 1933, and they had six children. She taught square dancing with him in Bismarck for 46 years.

Gert was a member of Church of St. Mary’s, St. Mary’s Altar Society, and Catholic Daughters for almost 70 years.

Gert is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ree Klinkhammer, Lafayette, California, Mary Pat and Tom Severin, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, and John Raffaelle, Glen Carbon, Illinois; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Mary, Fargo, Mike and Mary, Orangevale, California and Tom and Bernadette, Lancaster, Wisconsin; 22 grandchildren; and three brothers, Joe Wanzek, Preston, Iowa, Phil Wanzek, Surprise, Arizona, and Robert Wanzek, Chicago.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray; one daughter, Jackie Raffaelle; two brothers; five sisters; and one son-in-law, Paul Klinkhammer.

INVENTORY

ORIG_NO

YYYYMMDD

CITY

STATE

DESCRIBE

10624-01

1938-43

 

ND

Jackie, Dick, Mike in home yard (1938); Grandma Schaefer's farm (1938); Kramer, ND; Dick & Bessie Schaefer wedding in Mobridge (SD, 1941); Grandpa Casper Schaefer funeral (1943); Aelred, Ruth and Roberta Schaefer; Tom Schaefer in bathtub

10624-02

1939-41

 

ND

Minot bridge & Mouse River (1939); Kramer, ND: CCC Camp, Souris Lake (1940); Rhame, ND: Schaefer farm, Grandma Schaefer, horses (1940); Mandan, ND: Ft. Lincoln, Indian Mounds, Uncle Ed & family; Bismarck, ND: Museum on Capitol grounds, cathedral in snow

10624-03

1940-42

 

ND

Xmas at Home; New Years and snow (1941); Spring: Jackie, Nancy Quast, Daddy (March 1941); Marbles: Ree; Prairie outside Bismarck & '42 Studebaker; Mandan Park (March 1941); Jackie's 4th Birthday (Home 1941)

10624-04

1941-42

 

ND

Xmas at Home; Ree 1st Communion, Fr. Feehan, Easter (Spring 1942); Dick 4th birthday (Spring 1942); Hilda Mac, Jack, Mike, Jim Quast; The Magic Box

10624-05

1941-42

 

ND

Wanzek farm, Grandma & Grandpa, Ree, Jackie, Dick, Bob (1941); Helen and Uncle Phil, Phil leaves for World War II; Grandpa Wanzek in field threshing; John & Alex Schulz; John & Turkey; Thanksgiving; Bob & dogs

10624-06

1943

 

ND

Mom & Dad's 10th Anniversary, Helen Borner was babysitter; Mandan Park, swing, horses; Backyard at home; Sibley Island, picnic, tree climbing; Sunset at Sibley Island

10624-07

1944

 

ND

Home: Ree & Delores Blinsky go ice skating; Capitol: Mom & Dad, Jackie, Dick, Mike, Roosevelt's cabin; Donald & Joey Aurit; Wanzek farm: lamb & turkey; Jackie 7th birthday; B-29 bombers during WWII

10624-08

1944

 

ND

Rosary, Jackie, Nancy Quast, Ree, Carol to church; Catholic Day Parade; Jackie 1st Communion at St. Mary's, Fr. Feehan; Mary Ann & Bill Mulfinger married (Windsor, ND); Dick 6th birthday; Sr. Rosanne and Sr. Carlos at Wanzek Farm

10624-09

1944

 

ND

Home yard playing; Girl Scout Camp: Camp Chan-O-Waupi, Wilton, ND; Grandma Schaefer at Fort Lincoln, Heart River Bridge, picking choke cherries; Throwing rocks in river; Xmas 1944

10624-10

1944

 

ND

Wanzek farm: Joey & Donald Aurit are married, Mike as ring bearer, group pictures, bouquet toss

10624-11

1945

 

ND

Happy New Year, Tinker Toys, Dick & Mike; Ice skating; Jackie's 8th birthday; Dick 7th birthday; World War II Ends: newspaper, celebration, parade; Sunset

10624-12

1945-46

 

ND

All Tom Schaeffer: Tom born through 1st birthday, Daddy makes pancakes, cat, Tom's girlfriend is Judy McMullen…

10624-13

1946

 

ND

Home in the snow: sledding between Rosser & Thayer; Wanzek farm: ride horses; Dick 1st Communion; Fort McKeen; Xmas

10624-14

1941-47

 

ND

Black Butte, Slope County; Badlands, Grandma Schaefer, Little Missouri (1945); Badlands scenes: Roosevelt Park, Studebaker, climbing hills

10624-15

1947

 

ND

Vacation; Wahpeton: Ten-Mile Lake, Minneapolis: Cathedral Fall, zoo, Sylf Schaefer family; Preston, Iowa: Joe Wanzek; Madison, Wis.: Phil Wanzek, lake and sunset

10624-16

1947

 

ND

St. Alexius North Wing dedication: Sr. Wanda, Bishop Ryan; Sibley Island picnic; Bismarck Jubilee Days parade; Bombers, trains, fireworks; Wanzek farm: reunion; Autumn: Jackie on bike, Capitol in fall

10624-17

1948

 

ND

Ft. McKeen: Picnic, shooting cans, Indian Mounds; Black Butte/ Lake Stewart; Home: Mary Pat is born; Halloween; Swimming near Badlands; Rhame, ND: daddy's hill; Badlands; Burning Coal Mines; Elk's Pool

10624-18

1948

Bismarck

ND

Soap Box Derby

10624-18b

1948

 

ND

20 Mile Lake, Mobridge Bridge & Hwy 12

10624-19

1948

Bismarck

ND

Xmas: Mary Pat 1st Christmas

10624-20

1949

Bismarck

ND

Mary Pat 1st birthday, Front porch & backyard

10624-21

1949

Bismarck

ND

Home yard: Autumn, picking up leaves, snow

10624-22

1949-50

 

ND

Home: Christmas; Wanzek farm: prairie and Studebaker

10624-23

1950

Windsor

ND

Windsor: Fr. John, first mass or ordination; Bismarck: parade with floats

10624-24

1950-5

Bismarck

ND

Christmas, Mary Pat's 3rd birthday

10624-26

1951-52

Bismarck

ND

The Living Rosary; Church steps; Capitol grounds; home

10624-27

1952

Bismarck

ND

Christmas: surprise visit from Santa

10624-28

1952

 

ND

Ten Mile Lake?; Home: Winter: Boy Scouts

10624-29

1953-54

Bismarck

ND

Home: Autumn in our backyard; Christmas; Summer: picnic at Mandan park

10624-30

1955-56

Bismarck

ND

Home: Christmas, tree; Mary Pat's 8th birthday

10624-31

1957

Bismarck

ND

Elk's Swimming Pool

10624-32

1957-58

Bismarck

ND

Christmas; San Francisco (1958) scenery; Ree Wedding

10624-33

1960/12/25

Bismarck

ND

Christmas

10624-34

1961

 

ND

Wanzek Reunion: farm, golf, basketball

10624-35

1961-62

 

ND

Christmas; Badlands (1962) ground hogs, hills

10624-36

n.d.

 

 

Episode of Abbott & Costello

10624-37

n.d.

 

ND

Farm Scenes

10624-S10

1962

Bismarck

ND

Home on the Range Rodeo

10624-S11

1963

 

ND

Garrison Lake; Stiedlers; Badlands

10624-S12

1964

 

ND

Camping with Cullens and Dick & Bessie

10624-S13

1964

Mandan

ND

Miss Indian of America Parade in Mandan

10624-S14

n.d.

Bismarck

ND

Mom's birds in backyard

10624-S15

1967

 

ND

Badlands (best shots of all) prairie dogs, wild roses, tree shots

10624-S4

1951

Bismarck

ND

Bismarck Zoo; Elks Swimming Pool.  (Also labeled "25")

10624-S5

1952

 

ND

Cows on Schaefer Farm; Badlands

10624-S6

1953

Metigoshe

ND

Square Dance Camp

10624-S7

1958

 

ND

Badlands scenery

10624-S8

1958

 

ND

Badlands scenery

10624-S9

1959

Bismarck

ND

Shrine Circus

 

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