J.J. Kremers 50th Anniversary Tribute

50th Wedding Anniversary of Bertha and Jacob J. Kremer, 1912 – 1962

December 18, 1910, a good date to start our story... a special date for a certain young lady of Linton, North Dakota, for ‘twas her 16th birthday. Whose? None other than the Mrs. J.J. Kremer of our story, nee Bertha Sautter. Bertha had lived in Linton only about two years, having been born at Eureka, South Dakota and having lived in the Artas/Herreid area all her life except two years in Washington state, but already she’d taken special notice of a very dapper looking young man working at the Linton Bazaar. Ah, a birthday party would be a very good way to get better acquainted with that young man, and anyway a girl just couldn’t let her 16th birthday go by without a party! Now could she.

This young man? None other than the J.J. Kremer of our story, son of the Jacob Kremers Sr. of Venturia. He was born in South Russia but was so tiny (less than a year old) when his parents came to the U.S.A., he can practically be considered a native. The family lived near Venturia and Jake worked in a store in nearby Zeeland. Jake, being a very ambitious young man, came the day when he boarded the Milwaukee Road, made the journey to Linton and was barely off the train when he was already making the rounds job hunting. Of the several jobs, the one offered by the Linton Bazaar paid the highest salary. The Bazaar was a large department store located on the corner where the Fettig Implement building now is located, and was owned by Atha, Junge and Backhaus. When Jake got home with the big news, the Zeeland store immediately offered more salary but nothing doing, Jake was determined to go to Linton. He worked for the Bazaar about five years, then at Petries a month, then for a Joe Eberle, owned by his father-in-law John Sautter, eventually became part owner, and so on from business to business, leading a very colorful business life.

But we really ought to get back to the romantic side of our story, the birthday of 1910, where a lasting romance got off to a good start. And you know romancing in those days was really romantic. One didn’t hop into a car and quickly flit here or there or rush around… one went on a walk in the moonlight, or sat in the parlor holding hands! This Bertha-Jake courtship was really special, for you see Jake owned a horse. Seems the horse’s name was “Fly”, we don’t know if there was a special reason for such a name or not, we’re not too sure either if this was the horse Jake got from home or just when he acquired it, anyhow he owned it. But a horse alone was not too practical; there should also be a buggy! In due time enough money was saved and the buggy became a reality too and the courtship went ahead in true style... the one-horse buggy. They often went on long rides, even as far as the river on some Sunday afternoons to go fishing.

As with most young couples, their thoughts eventually turned to marriage. In order to get married on had to have a home. Moving in with the folks just wasn’t the accepted thing. So Jake started looking for a location. His choice was the corner where the “Dobler” house is located, and he started dickering for its purchase and ended up trading the horse for the lot, which cost 125.00. Don’t know just what this did to the buggy rides, but perhaps he thought these not too necessary anymore!

Now a house had to be built. All “home labor”... brother Valentine came from Venturia to help and we suspect he did a great share of the work, for many an evening after a little while Jake would lay down the hammer and say, “got to go see my girl for a minute, be right back.” Well, you know how that goes, Valentine ended up working alone. Total cash cost of the two-story house was $609.00.

Nov. 26, the wedding date and the house is practically finished. The wedding took place in the John Sautter home with Rev. A. Ermel officiating. Guests? A little hazy on that, but no doubt Bertha’s family was there. Jake’s parents and sister Katie had come by train.

Yes, ‘twas a varied life they led, but most precious was the family they were blessed with; one son, now a doctor, and five beautiful, talented daughters. You shall hear more about these later in the program.

To Bertha and Jake we would say, God has truly blessed you these 50 years. To your lovely family we would say, what a wonderful privilege it was for you to have this day with your parents. May God continue to shower His blessings upon you, parents and children and grand-children and may it ever be remembered that He is the giver of all good and perfect gifts. (Alma B. Kremer)