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Graf, LaVerne Ruff Photographs including Gackle, North Dakota, Ruff, Graf & Schlittenhard Families

Photographs courtesy of LaVerne Ruff Graf, Sacramento, California

Scanning of photographs prepared by Michele West, Sacramento, California

Finding Aid to the LaVerne (Ruff) Graf Collection


Ruff and Graf Family Photographs:

R-1:

William W. Ruff Family – wedding of Emelia Ruff to John Elhard. Feb 1915
Back row: Fred & Mary (Ruff) Merkel, John & Emelia Elhard, Sam & Mathilda (Fetzer) Ruff, Henry & Sophia (Ruff) Fetzer, Susan Ruff.
Front row: Jacob W. & Mary (Edinger) Ruff, William (Sr.) & Christina (Muenz) Ruff, William W. & Lydia (Mueller) Ruff.

 

R-2:

William Ruff (Sr.) & Christina (Muenz) Ruff with youngest daughter Susan. They migrated from Atmagea, Dobrudja, Romania, picture taken in ND.
R-3:

Samuel W Ruff with sisters, Emelia (L), Mary (R) , Susan (in front).

R-4:

Four Ruff sisters taken by Engelhart’s in Bismarck, ND, Back row: Emelia, Sophia, Front row: Mary, Susan.

R-5:

Sunday School class; Grace Baptist Church, Gackle ND.
R-6:

Samuel W Ruff & friends; Gackle ND (1913).
R-7:

Samuel W Ruff and Mathilde (Fetzer) Ruff, William & Lydia (Mueller), Gackle ND (1920’s).
R-8:

Samuel W Ruff and Mathilde (Fetzer) Ruff with sister Sophia (Ruff) Fetzer. Mathilde’s dress is in E. Reynold’s collection with NDSU.
R-9:

Mathias Ruf with his 12 children, taken in Romania, date unknown. Mathias was brother of LaVerne’s grandfather, William Ruff.
R-10:

Wedding picture of Christoph Maier & Katharina (Gruebele) Fetzer, taken in Ashley, N.D., June 10,1915.
R-11:

Wedding certificate of Christoph Maier & Katharina (Gruebele) Fetzer, taken in Ashley, N.D., June 10,1915.
R-12:

Baptismal certificate of William Fetzer, son of Katharina (Gruebele) Fetzer, 1907.
R-13:

Wedding picture of Samuel W Ruff and Mathilde (Fetzer) Ruff, August 24, 1914 in Napoleon (Logan County) North Dakota.

R-14a and R-14b:

Marriage License and Certificate of Marriage of Samuel W Ruff and Mathilde (Fetzer) Ruff.
R-15:

Samuel William Ruff Family, Taken 1930 in Gackle, ND.
Front row: LaVerne, Lucille
Back row: Clemence, Mathilde holding Thelma, Erwin, Samuel W. Ruff
R-16:

Wedding picture of Alfred W. Graf & LaVerne (Ruff) Graf, June 26, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Field (airforce).
R-17:

Wedding license of Alfred W. Graf & LaVerne (Ruff) Graf, June 26, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Field (airforce).
R-18:

Wedding ceremony of Alfred W. Graf & LaVerne (Ruff) Graf, June 26, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Field (airforce). Witnesses are Cpl. & Mrs. Norman Boyum. Chaplain William O. Hope, Capt. AUS, performing the ceremony.
R-19:

Alfred W. Graf & LaVerne (Ruff) Graf, June 26, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Field (airforce) chapel.
R-20:

LaVerne (Ruff) Graf, June 26, 1943 San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Field (airforce) chapel.
R-21:

Alfred W. Graf & LaVerne (Ruff) Graf, June 26, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Field (airforce), the evening of graduation of Class 43F from the Airforce.
R-22:

Alfred W. Graf & LaVerne (Ruff) Graf, June 26, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Field (airforce), after the wedding.

Schlittenhard Family Photographs:

S-1:

Schlittenhard & Rosina (Bechtold) Schlittenhard.

 

S-2:

David Schlittenhard, served in the Russian army for five years. Medal on uniform is for sharp shooting.
S-3:

Emelia Schlittenhard wearing Rosina (Bechtold) Schlittenhard wedding dress. Wedding day was January 1, 1904 in Russia. Donated to Emily Reynold’s collection, NDSU.

S-4 & S-5:

Russian Birth record (top & bottom of page) for two oldest children of David Schlittenhard & Rosina (Bechtold) Schlittenhard.

a. David Schlittenhard, Jr. born November 21, 1904.
b. Katharina Schlittenhard, born August 19, 1906
Also shows baptisms for David Schlittenhard – December 26, 1904
and for Katherina Schlittenhard


S-6:

Katherina Schlittenhard Weikum, LaVerne Ruff Graf, Emelia Schlittenhard, taken 1989 at 75th anniversary of Gackle N.D., All three women wearing their mother’s clothes.

Gackle, North Dakota Photographs:

G-1:

Opening day, Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1919.
G-2:

Opening day, interior of Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1919.
G-3:

Interior of Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1919-1920. From Left to Right, unidentified boy, Samuel W Ruff, Left, AF Lehr, WW Ruff, Helen Kleingartner, rear, customer (unidentified man), Jacob Ruff.

G-4:

Basement of Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1920’s. Samuel W Ruff, Note funeral hearse and buggy.

G-5:

House wares Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1920’s.
G-6:

House wares Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1920’s.
G-7:

Parts Dept. for cream separator, Mr. Ted Smith and SW Ruff, Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1920’s.
G-8:
Parts Dept. Ruff Brother’s Department Store, Gackle, ND, 1920’s. Left side, unidentified man. Right side - Samuel W Ruff.
G-9:

Main Street Gackle, ND, most likely 4th of July parade, 1920’s. Ruff department store is on far rear left, with an awning.
G-10:

Main Street Parade, Gackle, ND, likely to celebrate Summer Bible School, (note sign) in 1920’s.
G-11:

Display of Farm Machinery, Main Street, Gackle, ND, 1920’s.
G-12:

Central Garage Machine Shop - Gackle, ND. Shorty Kroll on far right, unidentified men on left.
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