Library Hosts ND Homesteading Presentation Monday, July 16

The Fargo Public Library welcomes Patsy Knalson Ramberg, editor of The Farm at Pony Gulch: Michael and Anna Sophia (Witt) Baier Come to America and Homestead in North Dakota, 1883-1926 for a reading and book signing. This event is set for Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Main Library.

The Farm at Pony Gulch combines family recollections of North Dakota farm life from 1896 – 1926 and tells the story of German-Russian immigrants Michael and Anna Sophia (Witt) Baier, who came to America in 1883 from Arzis, Bessarabia. While the Baiers first settled at Scotland, SD, this book tells how the family with 10 children moved from Scotland to Pony Gulch Township near Harvey, ND, a six-week journey with four wagons full of “chickens, pigs and whatnot.” This book adds insight into this little-known immigrant group that settled on America’s northern plains.

Family memoirs and oral histories chronicle the life of ND homesteaders, from life in a sod house to the family remedy for frozen fingers. Books will be available for purchase; a book signing will follow the presentation. For information, call the Main Library’s Information Desk at 241-1492.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and a complete list of upcoming events, call the Information Desk at 241-1492 or visit the library’s website, fargolibrary.org.

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