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Bert and Mary Fehr1
Husband's Full Name: Brechter Eilert Fehr
Husband's Place of Birth: Simonswolde, Germany
Husband's Father's Name: Eilert Peter Fehr
Husband's Mother's Name: Bielda Talea Wallenstein Fehr
Husband's Siblings' Names: Peter Eilert, Brechter Eilert, Talea Beyersdorff, Brechter Eilert, Bauwo Eilert, Jan Eilert, Elizabeth Meitz, Johann Eilert, Eberharddine Eilert, Ebhert Eilert, Bielda Beyersdorff
Wife's Full Name: Mary Elmira Egger Fehr
Wife's Place of Birth: Wattenwylo PO, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Wife's Father's Name: John Egger
Wife's Mother's Name: Marie Vuilleme
Wife's Siblings' Names: John, Ray, Ed, Walter, Glen, Oscar, Julie Johnson, Tillie Dunlap, Grace Dereemer
Children's Names: Bielda Hoover, Eilert, William, Julia Albus, Ruth Krueger, Walter, John, and 3 babies who died as infants
Bert and Mary Fehr and baby Bielda
Bert Fehr came from Germany in 1889 when he was 17 years old. He first worked in Iowa where many from his village had settled. Later the family came to the Fessenden vicinity where his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Eilert Peter Fehr and his brother Peter had settled on farms northeast of Manfred. It was at the Baptist Church in Fessenden that he met a young lady, Mary Egger, from Marshfield, Wisc. At the urging of the J.R. Seigenthalers of Bowdon, she had come there to teach school. She was teaching a two month term of school west of Fessenden when she met Bert.
They were married November 2, 1911 at Toronto, SD where they had rented a farm. Here Bielda, Mrs. Warren Hoover of Manfred, Eilert Fehr of Manfred, and Mrs. Walter Albus (Julia) were born.
In 1917 they bought a farm in Rusland township, southwest of Manfred. They lived in a sod house until a frame house could be built. Here Ruth, Mrs. Otto Krueger of Detroit, Mich. and Walter of Manfred were born. They attended the First Baptist Church of Fessenden. They continued to live on the farm until 1953, when they moved to Fessenden They have 17 grandchildren.
Mrs. Mary Fehr passed away June 12, 1963. Mr. Fehr married Mrs. Marguret Blair of Warsaw, Wisconsin in 1966. Mr. Fehr passed away in March of 1976, and Mrs. Marguret Fehr passed away in April 1975.
Source: Growing with Pride