Orrin, ND

R. David Adams contributed these photos of Orrin, ND, a near ghost town in Pierce county, west of Fillmore.  We checked census records going back to 1920 and found no listing for Orrin.  As we’ve seen time and time again, Orrin began it’s final decline with the closure of the elevator, which happened in 1965.  The school shown below, and the last store, closed in 1972.

According to North Dakota Place Names by Douglas Wick, the population was just 35 in 1984.

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85 Comments on “Orrin, ND

  1. My grandpa and grandma lived in Orrin, N.D. Englebert Kuntz was my granpas name, they live down the street from the catholic Church, We use to visit them there, they are buried in the cemetary there, Alot of my relatives still live around in that area . My mom was Frances(Kuntz) Steffen married to Andrew Steffen, My mom grew up on a farm somewhere around Orrin.

    • I told my dad (Anton Kuntz) about this site. He was talking about Martin, Engleberts dad and he said if you want more information. About any family members you can call him at 228-4252. They now live in Rugby, and said to come and visit any time.

    • Hello: I know we were related to the Kuntz family, but do not know where or how, at any rate my Great Uncle Anthony Dorsher was born there in 1904. The family immigrated to North Dakota to Orrin, and the surrounding area. There is an Grave at St Mathis Cemetery for Agnes Dorsher with her birth as 1828 and Death as 1895, that is a non Iron Cross Burial. We cannot seem to Determine just who she is, we have an G Grandmother by that name, but she was 52 years old in 1901 and married an Kessler, they liven in Anamoose. would you know anything about this person or whom we could contact to find out. Hopefully this site is still active. Warm Regards Tom Dorsher, Tucson Az. 925-381-7831

  2. Hey Barb! That’s my grandma and grandpa too! Sad to see Orrin looking so rundown and neglected. Went to church and Sunday School there and many wedding dances. Good memories.

  3. HI Mona, I can remember playing with Betty and Mike and maybe some others too, running on the road past grandma and grandpas house, There was not much to do there but we had fun, Yes the memories will always stay with us.

  4. I often read on this site, that people have fond childhood memories of these dying towns, full of heart-warming stories of ancestors. Would it be possible to get the state gov’t to simply put a small historic plaque giving a brief description of the towns history? What is a state for if not to preserve the culture of its people?

  5. Linda Lingohr Rehberg—the white house which does not look to bad is mine, we own the 2 lots around it. I grew up on a farm 5 miles west of Orrin, when I was 12 we moved into that house, and for some reason, God’s will, the property came back to me. I would not give up that small piece of property for millions of dollars.

    I actually would have rather have had the farmstead, but it was not available, so I settled for my little house on the Orrin Prairie.

    The saddest part of Orrin dying, is the Church is no longer a church, it is a chapel. My most favorite time, was when I came to Orrin and entered my beloved Sacred Heart Church, the candle was glowing, next to the Tabernacle, where our Lord was reposing.

    His spirit is there, but the Tabernacle is empty. I console myself with imagining all my ancestors still sitting or kneeling in the church praying.

    I love Orrin, I love North Dakota with all my heart and soul.

    • Hi Linda,
      We are quite possibly related. My husband’s great grandfather was Benedict Meier and his wife Elizabeth married Clements Lingohr (lingor) after his wife’s death and her husband’s death.

      I am traveling to ND this week and hope to visit Orrin and the St John’s Blumenfeld cemetery. Do you know where that is or how to find it?

      Karen Meier
      Spouse: Mark Meier
      previously of Jamestown ND
      now Dallas TX

      • So sorry, I do not check this site often. I only now read your message. I am not able to spend a lot of time on my response to you—I am intrigued—hope to send another message to you soon. Hope you found the cemeteries.

      • I am so sorry I didn’t read your entry way back when. My family is from the Orrin area! Peter and Christine Bachmeier were my Grandparents. I know where and visit both of the old St. John Cemetaries each year with my Mom and Dad. (Lawrence & Karen Bachmeier). Please let me know if you come back to the state or if you would like pictures of a specific grave as I have quite a library of the graves in those two Cemetaries. My Grandfather, Peter Bachmeier created some of the crosses in the one cemetery when the families could not afford a marker. Please let me know.

        • Julie,
          My name is Rhiannon and my grandmother is Mary Eva Linghor. Her dad was a Linghor, but her mom was a Bachmeier. I bet we are related!

    • Linda,

      I was raised on the North Dakota Prairie however, I have lived out of state for the last 25 years. I’ve enjoyed your reminiscing and this old Catholic Church looks to be beautiful on the inside . . . the prairie seems to become woven into the fiber of the fabric of our being : ). You may also enjoy a website called Monasteries of the Heart hosted by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania. There’s a couple of deeply devout Prairie women who participate in that online community. Just Google “Monasteries of the Heart”. Hope to meet you there, my online name there is “PrairieGirl”. There is another member, “Prairie Woman” who is a published poet and posts quite frequently in that community.

      Thank you to the kind gentlemen who created and maintain this site, I enjoy it thoroughly!

    • Linda,
      My grandmother (Mary Eva Linghor) used to live on a farm in Orrin as well! I am doing some Geneology stuff for school and was asking her some questions about where she used to live. I came upon this website and saw your post, I would love to hear more about Orrin and your memories. Sounds like we are relatives!

      • So sorry, I just stumbled on your messge. Yes, if Mary Eva is Mary Zettler, she is my first cousin. Not sure what the best way to stay connected. If you are not to political, you know the constant posts, you can try to friend me on facebook. I do like to stay connected with relatives.

  6. As an fyi, I also know the history of the other houses shown. And garage. I attended the school pictured for the last 2 years, we had an old school for the first 6 years of my education. Oh I have so much to share.

    • I would love to some of the history of Orrin! I grew up in Orrin in the 80s and have been trying to learn more about its history for years. Were you in Orrin during the Father X thing?

    • Hi Linda,
      I think we are related as my husband’s father was a son of Mike Meier and Rose Lingor from Orrin.

      I am making a trip to Orrin in early August 2015 and I wondered if you know where the Blumenfeld/Orrin Cemetery is?

      Karen Meier

      • The only cemeteries I know of around Orrin is Sacred Heart at the Northwest edge of Orrin & St Anselm at Fulda about 8 miles South of Berwick at about 5825 19th ave NE , just South of the church is a cemetery.
        But might want to check with Rugby, Little Flower church. or McHenry county clerk in Towner.

        • I was just in Orrin two weeks ago to see the place my grandmother was born. No cemetery there that I could find and the church is from the 40s so postdated my relatives. But a neat old place.
          If you will be driving the farm roads in ND get a recently updated map. Google and gps are not correct. I got quite lost looking for the blumenfeld cemeteries. There are 2 St John blumenfeld cemeteries, north and south. North is older. Gps coordinates are on findagrave. Some roads are now under water, so find a local if you can.

          • Allison,
            Thank you so much. I knew GPS/mapsco wouldn’t be any good so looking for a local is a great
            piece of advice. I have coordinates but knowing ahead of time (I grew up in Rugby ND) how
            farm roads can be I will be prepared.

            Thank you all for your comments!
            I’m excited to be heading to the prairies of North Dakota!

          • The Sacred Heart Cemetery is down North of the Church, several are buried there and the others including the Axman’s are buried in Sacred Heart cemetery go North of the church and before a right at the end is a road of to the left, goes right to the cemetery, When great grandmother Fischer was buried they had horse driven carriages.

          • My friend, Willie Fettig’s brother Thomas Fettig is buried right North of the Church along with 3 others in a memorial, 350 + are buried in the cemetery Northwest end of town near the road the Karlsrud. Many of the Bachmeier family are buried at St Anselm Cemetery South of Berwick.
            Hope the weather is great

      • Karen,
        Hi there. My name is Rhiannon and I am the granddaughter of Mary Eva Linghor from Orrin. I bet we are related!

  7. I recently discovered this website, and the pictures and comments are speaking to me in a profound way. Thanks to all those who have traveled and taken these photographs. And thanks to all those who are sharing some of their memories and stories in the comments.

    I grew up on a small farm in the 1960’s in the prairies of Sun River Valley, Montana.

    Linda Lingohr Rehberg, thank you for your comments. I think one could justifiably substitute the words “Orrin, North Dakota”–or the names of hundreds of other small rural towns and communities that are slowly fading away–for the word “prairie” in the following excerpt from a DVD I recently discovered:

    An excerpt from the DVD “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie”:

    A Young Native American Man Speaking:

    “There’s a circle and someday anything that was at one time will again be. So, as traditional people, we believe that prairie is not dead. Prairie is alive. It may sleep. But underneath the invasive grasses, underneath the carved up subdivisions that land is still there.

    We have a story that the first seven feet are the flesh and bones of our old people—the S’Asage(sp). And, those people are not going to let this place die.

    Someday this culture is not going to be anymore. The culture that we live in is not always going to exist. But, the prairie—as long as there’s one stem of grass somewhere—it’ll come back.”

  8. you are so right Keith, there are so many other towns in ND I am familar with that are now ghost towns, but faith prevails. St Josephs, south of Glen Ullin, ND, Haymarsh, ND, Fallon, ND, Timmer, ND, Odense, ND—I am sure there many others.

    But the prairie will always remain.

    Again, I love that Prairie, along with the God that led our ancestors to our beloved ND prairie, the prairie has been the nurturing, guiding spirit in my life.

    Linda Lingohr Rehberg

    • Linda, my Dad’s family was one of the first homesteaders in Haymarsh. My great great grandpa was Clemens Wehri, and he brought the lumber for the original St. Clement’s Church. My grandma was from the area south of Glen Ullin that you mentioned-would love to hear any stories you have of the area.

  9. I worked with a Tony who said he lived in Orrin and really bragged about it…this was in 1978 and 79,we worked in the Beulah- Hazen area those summers for Border States Paving out of Fargo….anyone remember Tony ?tall red haired guy if I remember right,curly hair,loved those Chevy cars..he had a 554 dr. and a 63 convert

  10. Sat Oct 14, 2012 My husband and I were driving around out near Orrin, ND and drove into the community. We were stunned to see the beautiful church and then the grounds around the church the shrines and the monument to the fallen soldiers.
    I took some pictures. They are not nearly and great as R David Adams pictures but would love to share them. Peeked into the windows of the church.
    Did someone say it is a Chapel now? So if you wanted to see the inside how would you go about doing that? Thanks for posting these pictures R David. Sally

    • You can enter the side door of the church. It is always open. There is also a guestbook in the entryway. Please sign it! There is also a beautiful photo of the monument in it’s early days. It is truly beautiful!

  11. In the mid-1950s I dated a girl from Orrin. She was going to Rugby High School. Her name was Rosellie Burghard. Are the Burghards still in the Orrin area? Anyone know the whereabouts of Rosellie? The last I heard, she had married an Army officer wgo was making a career of the Army and they had been assigned to somewhere in the Pacific. One of her best friends lived in Balta and went to school with her at Rugby. She now lives in Fargo, but she lost track of Rosellie as well. Can anyone help.

    • Hello James and Peggy!!! Happy Valentines Day. Nice to see your story and pix of Orrin,North Dakota. What a surprise. Not much left of those tiny communities including York. On Rosellie Burghard, Angie says she and her husband live in Harvey…not far from Balta and Orrin. Angie is feeling quite well these days. She is half done with the latest chemo-therapy treatments. I am doing ok too. take care. Glenn and Angie.

  12. My mother’s family lived in Orrin. When I was about 12 years old, we had a huge family reunion there. I remember the bar, gas station, post office, church and school. Someone’s bull got loose and was running through the streets during our reunion. My mother’s maden name is Schuck. She is the daugher of David and Lena Schuck.

    • What is your mothers name? I am looking for my Dad’s mothers family. We don’t know much about them. We just have names.

      • What names are you looking for? I have been working on family history for many years and I have several books where I can look information up for you. I look forward to hearing from you my email is scles@srt.com.

  13. What a charming town and beautiful church! Love the conversations on GhostsofNorthDakota. Though I’ve never lived in ND, both my parents were born there and we’ve visited many times. It’s a beautiful and fascinating state.

  14. I am familiar with the Orrin area. My grandmother lived SE of the church. Her name was Josephine Pfeifer. Just wondering if you knew her. My dad had a half brother by the name of David Schuck and a half sister Agatha Leier. My dads name was Odmar, his brothers were Louie, Lawrence and Pete Pfeifer. His sisters were Lena and Rose. I still have a sister that lives south of Orrin and she still owns the homestead quarter. My mother is from the Orrin area also and was wondering if you knew her.

  15. Posting for Francis and Rosella Pfeifer,

    I am familiar with the Orrin area. My grandmother lived SE of the church, her name was Josephine Pfeifer. Just wondering if you knew her. My dad had a half brother by the name of David Schuck and a half sister Agatha Leier. My dads name was Odmar, his brothers were Louie, Lawrence and Pete Pfeifer. His sisters were Lena and Rose. I still have a sister that lives south of Orrin and she still owns the homestead quarter. My mother is from the Orrin area also and was wondering if you knew her. I knew almost everyone in Orrin. I would like to hear from you my email is rj55@srt.com.

    • Cheryl,

      I spoke to my mother and have emailed some information to you. My email is cbabrom@aol.com.

      She was thrilled when I told her about this website. I plan to send her the book as a surprise!

  16. I grew up in Orrin as well. It has many great childhood memories. My brother and his family still live there today.

  17. Hi all – my grandpa, Ralph Rauch, grew up on a farm near Orrin, in the 1920s I believe. My father still holds the title to the land and we may be visiting in 2014. Living on the East Coast means this trip has never been made by me before and I’m looking forward to it. Would there happen to be anyone living there now who might have known Ralph and his family? His parents were Frederick and Aasta.

  18. Hi All–

    It’s great reading & sharing these memories. My grandparents lived in Orrin also–Joe & Frances Schneider. They owned Joe’s Bar with the dance hall in the upper (above ground) floor. Many times i fell asleep below listening to the polka (wedding) parties above. Back then, 2-3 day wedding celebrations were the norm. I remember the beautiful church and grounds, grocery store, post office, beautiful school & gas station. I barely remember riding the train in to visit in the early years. The platform was just across the street from the bar–i remember an old hand water pump there as well. I remember “uncle” Adam Schell’s place there–he “recycled” bleach bottles & other items as windmills/spinners.

    Sadly, Grampa Joe was diagnosed with cancer & they sold the bar around 1976 & moved to Rugby. They’re both buried in the Orrin cemetery. They both taught me life lessons I carry with me today–they’re greatly missed.

    Thanks for sharing your memories with me!


    • Stacy, I remember your grandparents. We used to visit them when they lived in Rugby. My father is Salvinus Hoffert. I remember Francis telling us how the moon landing was all staged. Never happened.. Wonderful to visit with.

    • Stacey – Adam was my grandfather and your grandma Francis was my great aunt. I also remember going to that bar!
      Now (2016) I understand most buildings are gone. The church has been sold. The cemetery is in decent shape. The bar and dance hall are gone.
      Sad to know the things that brought such great childhood memories are completely gone.

    • Stacy. Your uncle Adam Schell was my grandfather. Your grandma was my great aunt, my grandma Helen Schell’s (Fettig) sister. My dad, Pius Schell and my aunt and uncles grew up in Orrin. Sadly my grandpa died in 1986, I was only 9 years old but I could draw a detailed map of Orrin. Absolutely loved going there to visit. Best childhood memories ever.

    • Greg, I just started researching my families history. My cousin gave me some typed papers with the whole Buechler (Bickler) history on. You may have these papers.. They display the two branches of the Buechler brothers, Karl and Michael (first in America). On one page it explains that Michael wanted to change his last name spelling the Bickler instead of Buechler.. Joseph may have taken it upon myself to change his last name back to Buechler. The rest of Joseph’s sibling (Louis, John, Peter, Nick) left their last name, Bickler. My family is related through Louis Bickler (your grandfather’s oldest brother)….. Margaret Bickler (Louis’ daughter) married Adam Axtman and through Nick Bickler whom married my grandfather’s ( Wendlin Axtman) sister Philippena in 1925. Hope this helps.

  19. My Dad, Frank Hager, spent quite a bit of his childhood years in the Orrin area with his cousin, the Father Joe Singer family, and aunt and uncle Pete and Tillie Fettig. This would have been in the 1930’s. The Fettig’s later ran a grocery store in Towner. Dad died in 2003. In the summer of ’02 he and I took a day trip to Orrin and the surrounding area including the Odessa Cemetery where his grandfather and an uncle are buried under unidentifiable iron crosses. At the Orrin cemetery we looked around for quite some time. As we were about to leave, he said to me, “I know every person buried here.” Amazing!!

    • I believe my great grandmother is buried there. Her name was Katie Gefroh and she died in 1915. I visited the cemetery a few years ago but the iron crosses are not marked. Do you have any map etc of who is buried there.

      • The Gefroh’s are cousins of my dad. Johnny Gefroh had a famous polka band. I don’t have a map of the cemetery. I have other relatives buried in the Odessa cemetery east of Orrin and highway 3. Others in Towner, Devils Lake and Grand Forks. My dad is in Rugby Little Flower cemetery.

  20. HELLO ALL,
    My great-grandmother was born in Orrin, ND her name was Bernadina Duchscher on May 13, 1910 then her parents moved in 1917 to Canada.
    What I am looking for if anyone is able to help me, is a way to get birth records, or some information on her, her parents names anything really. I haven’t had much luck finding information on the last name. I was told story’s that before living there her parents lived in Germany.
    Any help would be grateful

    • Was Duchscher her maiden name? What is her married name? I will try and help you. I have quite a few books from the area

  21. Hi Greg, I am Wendelin’s grandaughter. Your grandfather and mine built the shrine by Orrin. Did you ever hear of that? I have family history and pictures. Would like to hear from you. glg1020us@yahoo.com.

  22. The family name has many spellings: Duchscher, even Dukeshire. Bernadina is not on the list of people I know about, but I would guess that she is likely descended from Mathias Tuchscherer (b. 1823) and Katharina Schneider. My grandmother, Theresa, born in Orrin in 1916, was the daughter of their son Bruno.
    If I am correct about you ancestors, check out this fabulous website: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/

    Good luck!

  23. Is Orrin, ND featured in any of the volumes of the book? I looked at all of the photo indexes and didn’t seem to find it. Wanted to give as a gift to my family in ND.

      • You need to return and take photos of the stations of the cross located around the church. Eerie and beautiful. The statues and shrines are something not seen in this region. The pink quartz that was brought in from the fields is gorgeous.

  24. Oh such fond memories of Orrin, my mother, the last of 9 children of Joseph and Francesia Fischer lived in Orrin. I remember coming for visits and Grandma up early getting the coffee pot on, and out to the Southeast would come the train hauling threw town at a pretty good rate kicking up dust, I remember my 7th Birthday in Orrin Easter Sunday, High Mass at the church after the Good Friday stations of the Cross and a 3 1/2 + hour service, March 29, 1959, after the high mass most all of my cousins, Aunts & Uncles gathered and we all a surprize birthday party for me.
    One time while visiting Orrin us kids were left at the house on Shell street, while the folks went up to the dance hall, we curious walked up there as we could hear the music from the house, the moon was so bright we could see so clerly, we peeked inside the dance hall and there wa mom and dad, grandma and grandpa dancing cheek to cheek to a waltz to accordion music. We would go over to the Shell house and get fresh milk and eggs, go to the store for some very special candies.

  25. I grew up in Orrin with my grandparents, Sebastian and Margaret Haman. I was back recently with my sister and her family and my husband. I was saddened to see my old house is no longer there. But not surprised. I sure do miss that little town. I am so glad I got to show my husband where I was raised. I am who I am because of where I’m from 🙂

    • Lindsey, is your dads name Greg? Your grandparents live a couple house up from my grandparents. Adam and Helen Schell. Grandpa died in 1986 but I remember your grandparents.

  26. My Grandparents lived just south east of Orrin (Frank & Nina Hager). I was baptized at the Catholic Church in Orrin. My Mom and I moved off the farm in 1976 after my Dad passed away (Kenneth Hager). I still go back to the cemetery there to tend to my Dad’s grave and go look at my Great Grandfather’s grave. I don’t have many memories of living there because we left when I was so little. I do have to say that for a rural cemetery it is well maintained.

    • Jennifer, before my dad, Frank Hager, died, he showed me grave sites in Orrin and the rural Odessa cemetery near Selz where our relatives were buried. Others in the family have more genealogy info than I do. In case you are looking and don’t know him, I believe Mark Schaan of Rugby, formerly Balta, knew your dad well.

      • As I read this i remember my dad Pius Striefel talking about all these people he grew up with or wired their farm i have been lucky enough to be left the two lots my grandma had in Orrin dont get back very often but lots of relatives at the cemetary and remember my Uncles funeral at the church.

    • Wow, Interesting. My Grandparents lived up there in Orrin on the Corner of Shell & 4th until they moved to Rugby back in 1963 September of that year. They then went to live with my Aunt Mary and Uncle Nick out West of Heaton on a farm that got indoor plumbing in 1964. When Grandma & Grandpa Fischer passed away in 1968 & 1973 respectively, they were buried at the Catholic Cemetery in Sykeston, many miles from all their friends & Family in Orrin where they had lived for over 50 years. s I understand it they came from Odessa Russia then to Aberdeen South Dakota then to an area near Lake George known as Fischer Hill, about 15 miles West of Orrin, then before they moved into Orrin they lived about 3 miles West of Orrin and rode horses into town, My Cousin, Aloy Miller is buried at Orrin and several other relatives In 1990 my Sister Jacqueline married David Hager of Harvey in Devils Lake at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. She and Dave now live in Idaho. My mother Regina left Orrin in 1942 to go stay with her Sister my Aunt Mary and her husband Casper Hoffart in Jerome, Idaho. Help out with Mary’s babies. That stint lasted a year or so until returning to North Dakota, My mother met my dad on a blind date in 1948 somewhere around the Hoople-St Thomas area of North Dakota and they married November 24, 1949 at the sacred Heart rectory in East Grand Forks, Minnesota and moved to Cavalier North Dakota Later on the Hallock, Minnesota, where dad took a job as Deputy Sheriff during the day and had an auto body shop on the side. Mother made it a point come hell and high water that we go back to Orrin at least once a year, sometimes thru flooded roads during the Spring. Had fond memories of visiting Orrin, kind of a small house so the kids all slept on the floor, Grandma never spoke English but would cuss at us if we got near her garden. The Train, Soo Line, would haul thru town before 9 am kicking up a lot of dust going Northeast to Balta and East to Fillmore. We would go down to the store and get some candy and the folks danced there in what I would call The Grange. My last visit to Orrin, I did not find much there, but for the church and cemetery according to my friend and mother’s first boyfriend, the late Willie Fettig, the town was bought up by his cousins and the rest is history. The Shell’s had the best freshest milk in all the world. Always looked forward going over there to get milk and see what was going on there.

  27. As of Today the buildings that are left is the school, church and the post office. My parents live a 1 mile North of Orrin. Most people know the Place as Emil and Rose Weigel Farm. Emil and Rose are my grandparents. I remember going to church and eating pizza at the bar. I got married in the Orrin church just like my parents.

    • Hi Mandy,
      I just came across this site and was wondering if you know if your folks knew Alfred and Alice Berdahl. I’m their grandson and I own their old farmstead straight north of Orrin on the Orrin road, about two miles south of Hwy. 2.
      Thanks, Kent Berdahl

      • Hi Kent Berdahl!
        I’m Stacy Johnson, your very cool cousin! 😉
        I’m hoping that all is well in your world.
        I’d love to reconnect at your convenience:
        StacBethAZ @ HotMail.com


    • My Grandma’s name was Katherine Warmsbecker. Your Grandma Rose was my Grandma’s sister, my mother’s Godmother and was named after her. She was my mother’s aunt.

      • Hi Pamela–
        my grandparents, Joe & Frances Schneider owned & operated that bar for years. You may remember there was a dance hall above the bar (“2nd” floor). They catered many multi-day old German-style wedding celebrations after they got married in that beautiful old church.
        best wishes!

  28. My grandma was born and raised in Orrin. Her name was Leona Fettig.
    I have so many of her pictures and a lot are taken in Orrin.. I have never been there but am so interested in knowing more.
    Anyone know the Fettig or Moszer families?
    Joseph Fettig
    Theresia Fettig
    Leona Fettig (Graves)
    Wilfred Fettig
    Daniel Fettig
    Monica Fettig
    I have so many pictures without names..would love to get a glimpse into the past.

  29. My father Mike Linghor was born on a farmstead in Orrin in 1929. He was one of nine children (Lena, Mike, Mary Eva, The twins Bertha and Ester, Jimmy, Ida, Gemma, And the youngest Patty). His father was Nick Linghor and his mother was Anne (Bachmeier) Linghor. Dad lived on the farm until he was drafted in the Army in 1953 and sent to Korea. When he returned, he settled in the WIlliston/Watford City area where he met and married my mother. I have many fond memories visiting my grandpa’s farm as a child. We use to come into Orrin on Sunday morning for Mass at the Sacred Heart Church. Dad turns 89 year old next week and resides with my mother at Bethal Home in WIlliston. Does anyone know what village our ancestors left when they came to America? I’ve always heard Odessa, but they were farmers so must have been a village on the Steppe near Odessa.

  30. I am a Gebhardt south of the Orrin Road near Girard Lake. My grandma was Rachel (Young) Gebhardt who grew up in the Orrin area on a farm that I could locate only by driving there. Grandpa Anton Gebhardt’s first wife died in the 1910 flu epidemic and I’m pretty sure that they attended the Orrin Catholic Church. Grandpa Gebhardt’s daughter, Ora and her husband Joe Weigel also lived in the Orrin area.
    The nine of us children inherited our Gebhardt farm when Mom passed in 2018. As many have said, “There’s something about the roots of the prairie that never leaves us, pulling us back to home”.

    • Hi Jody my uncle lived very close to you it was Joe Striefel and I do remember his funeral at the old church my grandmas house after they moved her from the frarm was right across the street from that church.

  31. My mom, Hedwig “Hedy” Volk grew up in Orrin. She worked at the hospital in Rugby when she was a young adult. Was wondering if anyone remembers anything about the Volks in Orrin. I know they are working on a Germans from Russia museum in Rugby. Some of my mom’s siblings were Maggie, Floretta, Joe, Peter, Paul, Betty, Walburga, Marcella

  32. Karen,
    Hi there. My name is Rhiannon and I am the granddaughter of Mary Eva Linghor from Orrin. I bet we are related!

  33. Karen,
    Hi there. My name is Rhiannon and I am the granddaughter of Mary Eva Linghor from Orrin. I bet we are related! I would love to catch up and get some family history!

  34. It’s been years since you left this comment, so you may not see this reply. Your grandfather was the brother of my great grandmother, Gena. We were living in the east coast, but are back in ND again. I am just starting to dig into family hx, and sound this website. I hope you made it out to visit! -Carrie

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