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Manuscripts by Subject - Family / Local History - #11153

Title: Irene (Fielder) Frieboes

Dates: 1919-2003

Collection Number: 11153

Quantity: 5 feet

Abstract: Diaries, photographs, publications, and memorabilia of the Fiedler and Frieboes families. The collection documents the lives of Irene and Alfred Frieboe, community events, businesses and people from the town of Mott, Hettinger County (ND). The Frieboes were married on Pearl Harbor Day, and lived on the Frieboe homestead 15 miles southwest of Mott. MSS 10946 was added to the collection in May 2013.

Provenance: The two scrapbooks were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Arthur Gorgen on March 8, 2013. Gorgen purchased the scrapbooks at an antique store in Minneapolis (MN). The collection formerly assigned MSS 10946 was donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Irene Frieboes on February 3, 2006 and added to MSS 11153 in May 2013.

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From the Bismarck Tribune, April 26, 2010

Irene Frieboes, 90, died April 26, 2010, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck…     Irene was born June 6, 1919, in New Leipzig, ND, the daughter of Richard and Christina (Schmautz) Fiedler. When Irene was five her family moved to Walker Township. She attended school there and at Solon Township. Irene graduated from Mott Lincoln High School in 1941 as salutatorian of her class. She was a substitute teacher in the Walker School District during the teacher shortage in 1941.

On December 7, 1941, Irene was united in marriage to Alfred B. Frieboes at a Baptist Church in rural New Leipzig, by the Rev. William Frieboes. Irene and Alfred then moved to the homestead of Wilhelm Frieboes in Chilton Township, which was 15 miles southwest of Mott. They lived there until 1952 when Alfred was diagnosed with MS. In 1970, they moved to Mott, after having lived three miles west of Mott for the interval. On March 20, 1987, they moved to Bismarck.

Irene was a 30 year employee of Hettinger County. She was the Deputy Clerk of the District Court, Clerk of the County Court and also the Register of Deeds. She was also the Treasurer for Castle Rock Township, Chilton School District, and Mott School District. Irene was also a licensed agent for Prairie States Life Insurance Company. Irene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she held many offices including president in Mott. She was a member of Zoar Congregational Church in Mott where she was a Sunday school teacher, secretary, and youth leader. She was also a former member of the Germans from Russia and the Hettinger County Historical Society. Irene was also a member of the Red Hat Society and was a member of Bismarck Community Church.

Irene is survived by her son, Jim (Terry), Dickinson, ND; two grandchildren, Justin (Arissa) Frieboes, West Fargo, ND, and Jamey (Brooke) Frieboes, Miles City, MT; one great-grandchild, Haydan; her grown foster son, Francis Herauf; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; her parents; her brothers, Arthur, Walter, and Rudy Fielder; her sisters, Helen (Vernon) Erickson, and Selma (Walter) Auch; and her great-granddaughter, Alicyn Frieboes.


Box 1:
1 Diaries, 1961, 1969       
2 Diaries, 1974-1977, 1980-1982 
3 Diaries, 1985-1988, 1990           
4 Diaries, 1995-1998
5 Diaries, 2000-2004
6 Scrapbook: family photographs, family and community news clippings, Mott (ND), ca. 1960s-1970s     
7 Photo album: Mott (ND) American Legion Auxiliary and other events, 1973-1975
8 Scrapbook: correspondence, Jafra cosmetics, organizational materials and photographs, 1970s                
9 Newspaper clippings about Mott and Bismarck (ND), 2000-2001            
10 Memorial book for Richard D. Fiedler (Irene’s father), Mott (ND), 1961            
11  Memorial book for Christina Fiedler, (Irene’s mother), Mott (ND), 1966         
12 Recipes, 1940s; recipes for the microwave, ca. 1970s; Cookbook, Mott (ND) Assembly of God
Box 2:
1 Children’s game book [n.d.] compiled by Frances W. Butts.   Distributed by the NDFU
2 Photo album: family photographs, farming and community photographs, family vacations, high school photos of Irene, 1940s, 1980s      
3 Genealogy: Fiedlers since the Civil War
4  Genealogy: Fiedler Family by Irene Fiedler (copy), 1970s
5  Genealogy:  Fiedler and Frieboes family compiled by Irene Fiedler Frieboes, 1971        
6  Norma Osmon Fiedler: oversize birthday card, portrait and postcard correspondence
7  Family information about Alfred & Irene          
8  Alfred and Irene 50th anniversary portrait and grandson Justin’s school picture            
9  Programs & flyers from Mott Football & Dickinson football & wrestling
10  Zoar Congregational Church bulletins of special events,
11  Negatives from family photographs, Frieboes             
12 Negatives from family photographs, Fiedler (Burt, ND)
13  Negatives from family photographs, unidentified
14 Jim and Justin Frieboes: clipping on bowling score, letter, and get well drawing for Alfred
15 Scrapbook documenting the lives of Irene and Alfred, Mott, Hettinger County (ND), ca. 1950s-1995
16 Scrapbook: newspaper clippings, photographs, 1980s
17  Scrapbook (continued)
18 Scrapbook (continued)
19 Photo album and scrapbook: Julius and Richard Fiedler family history
20 Scrapbook (continued)
21 Scrapbook (continued)
22 Scrapbook (continued)

Box 3:
1 Photo album and scrapbook, Irene’s professional life and retirement, campaign for Register of Deeds, etc., ca. 1980s
2 Photo album: Mott friends, ca. 1940s-1970s
3 Photo album (continued)
4 Photo album: Irene’s 75th birthday and reunion, ca. 1994
5 Scrapbook: Frieboes living in Bismarck, ca. 1990s

Box 4:
1 Scrapbook (continued)
2 DVDS transferred from VHS:
- Fiedler Reunion, 1998
-  50th Anniversary, 1991
- Frieboes reunion, 1992
- Irene’s retirement party
- Miscellaneous
- Scrapbooks (poor quality)

Box 5: Family photos of Ida and Fred Osmon, Blue Hill Township in McLean County
composite of the family members of Ida and Fred, 1915?
Panoramic photo of the Farmers Union All State Camp, Estes Park CO, 1938
Certificate for the Sons and Daughters of Soddies, 1970
Chart for junior varsity Eagles wrestling tournament, 1994           
Photograph composite of North Dakota House, 1959
Photograph composite of North Dakota Senate, 1961

Box 6: Photographs of the Hettinger County Fair parade, 1940s and 1960s
Oversized (1st floor)
Butler photograph of the General Conference of Evangelical Congregational Churches of the
USA, taken in Hebron, ND on June 22-27, 1932

Loose Scrapbooks
Scrapbook documenting the lives of Irene and Alfred, Mott, Hettinger County (ND), ca. 1950s-1995
Clippings and mementos of Irene and Alfred, friends, community events from Mott (ND), ca. 1950s-1990s

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