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Manuscripts by Subject - Education - #10665

Title: Eileen (Birrenkott) Ereth

Dates: ca. 1937-1949

Collection Number:  MSS 10665

Quantity: 4.5 feet (including oversize in map case drawer)

Abstract: Papers consist of Birrenkott’s high school notes (Breien and Solen, ND), additional course work completed by correspondence, promotional career brochures, a scrapbook compiled by fourteen-year old Birrenkott about the secretarial profession and her professional ambitions, and posters about nursing during World War II and filing income taxes. The scrapbook was digitized in July 2013.

Provenance: The papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Eileen Ereth and by her daughter-in-law, Linda, in 1994-1995.

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

Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in 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 and 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.
Transfer:  One publication was transferred to the State Archives’ publications in July 2013.


Eileen Ehreth of Mandan, ND Born in Selfridge, ND on March 20, 1925 Died on October 23, 2011… Eileen was born March 20, 1925, in Selfridge, ND, the daughter of Michael A. and Anna (Bruning) Birrenkott. The family moved to Breien ND in 1930 where they owned a general merchandise store. She attended school in Breien and Solen. On July 1, 1946 she married Benedict Ehreth at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck and they made their lifelong home in Mandan. She began working at the First National Bank in Mandan in 1944, then as bookkeeper in Morton County Treasurers Office until 1950. She did searching for Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. and other corporations for 18 years. Her volunteer work was done at Christ the King School mending books, etc. for 11 years and at the Parish Office Rectory for 17 years and the Parish historian for 53 years. She was a Eucharistic minister for 10 years, a charter member of the Christian Mothers and is an Oblate of the Handmaids of Precious Blood Sisters.

She is survived by her husband, Ben; two sons and daughters-in-laws, Michael and Linda in Mandan and Gregg and Pam in Grand Forks; one daughter and son-in-law, Marguerite and Dan Eberle in Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren, Samuel Ehreth and wife Dianha Ortega-Ehreth, Jessica Folkens, Sarah Eberle, Ben and wife RozAnn Ehreth, Becky and husband Joe Bailey; three great grandchildren, Eileen Folkens, Annabel Ehreth, and Hunter Bailey; one brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Kathleen Birrenkott, Bismarck; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Jim Rinde, Fargo and brother-in-law Art Rebenitsch. She was preceeded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Rebenitsch, sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Don Koch.

Source: Ancestry

Box /Folder Inventory

Box 1:
1 Correspondence coursework, 1941-1942
2 Correspondence coursework, 1941-1942 (continued)
3 School report on tuberculosis, ca. 1939
4 State Of North Dakota Directory of Officials, Boards and Institutions, 1937
5 History notebook, Solen High School, ca. 1939
6 Sioux County (ND) Teacher’s Directory, 1938-1939 (newspaper clipping)
7 Mailings about the Interstate Business College (Fargo, ND) and American Girl
Magazine, ca. 1943
8 Correspondence Course cards and American Junior Red Cross membership card, 1941
9 Handmade textbook cover with Solen High School students’ names and quotations, ca. 1941
10 Department of Public Instruction examinations, 1937-1949

Scrapbook compiled by fourteen-year old Birrenkott about the secretarial profession and her professional ambitions, ca. 1939
Oversize (map case drawer): Posters about nursing during World War II and filing income taxes,
ca. 1945

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