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Title: Dickey County Newspaper Clippings

Dates: 1940s

Collection Number:  11139

Quantity: 1.5 ft.

Abstract: Consists of two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings compiled by Myrna Aurelia Genter (later Studebaker, then Presler) and loose clippings collected by Esther Speidel Zinter in the 1940s about North Dakota soldiers in World War II, and events in Dickey County (ND), including: sports, announcements, graduations, weddings, engagements, confirmations, obituaries, and news items.

Provenance: The collection was donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Michael Rempfer on September 19, 2012.
Property Rights:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.
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From Presler’s obituary in the Edgeley Mail September 19, 1990

The funeral for Myrna A. Pressler, 68, Edgeley, ND, was held Sunday September 16, 1990 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Edgeley with the Reverend Wayne McKirdy officiating. Mrs. Pressler died September 11 at High Acres Nursing Home, Jamestown, ND.

She was born November 30, 1921 in Monago, ND, the daughter of Otto and Frederica (Gebhardt) Genter. She received her elementary and secondary education in Monago, and attended Ellendale Normal School. She taught in Hamburg Township, Dickey County in 1944 before moving to Edgeley. She held several job there including working at the Palace of Sweets, Star Hotel and Café, Nagel’s Variety, Hull’s Café, Sirloiner Café, Coast to Coast, Edgeley Mail, Edgeley School hot lunch program and the senior citizens center.

She married Myron Studebaker at Edgeley on June 9, 1946 and the couple lived in Edgeley until his death in 1969.

She continued to live and work in Edgeley until she met and married Henry Pressler on June 17, 1979 in Cashmere, WA, where they lived for a short time before returning to make their home in Edgeley. She had lived [there] until her death.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Ladies Aid, the Church Choir and the VFW. She was also a Brownie leader at one time.

She is survived by a daughter, Deanna Zenker, Gackle, ND; her mother, Frederica, Ellendale, ND; two brothers, Elmer Genter, Monago and Lawrence Genter, Ellendale; a sister, Agnes Gross, Miller, SD; four step-sons, Vernon and Allen Pressler, Kulm, ND, Wallace, Eureka, MT, and Elmer, Cashmere; two step-daughters, Ilene Anderson, Hallsville, MO and Lentina Fauth, Seattle, WA; two grandchildren and 15 step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, and her father.

From Zinter’s obituary in the Aberdeen News October 9, 2007

Funeral services for Esther Ruth Zinter, 80, Aberdeen [were held at] 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pastor John Farden and Pastor Jais Tinglund officiating. Burial at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ellendale, N.D., Albion Township. Esther died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital.

Esther Ruth Speidel was born Nov. 19, 1926, to Gottlieb and Emma (Rempfer) Speidel at Monango, N.D. She attended grade school in Monango and graduated from Ellendale High School. During WWII, Esther acquired a teaching certificate from Normal Industrial College in Ellendale and taught at a rural school near Monango. Esther then worked for the county welfare office until she married.

Esther married Arvin Zinter Dec. 28, 1951, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monango. She worked at the A.S.C.S. Office in Ellendale. Esther and Arvin moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for Sears Roebuck and Co. She then devoted her life to raising her family. The family moved to Aberdeen in 1969.

Esther was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, where she participated in LWML, Bible study, and sang in the choir. She also volunteered for the Aberdeen Senior Center. Esther enjoyed gardening and sewing. She also liked playing cards, pool, puzzles, and swimming. Esther loved family gatherings. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her strong faith served as a model and legacy to her children and grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared Esther's life are her husband, Arvin, Aberdeen; three sons: David (Rhonda) Zinter, Milbank, S.D., Paul (Cheryl) Zinter, Aberdeen, and Tim (Kari) Zinter Aberdeen; her daughter, Susanne (Mark) Morlock, Ipswich, S.D.; eight grandchildren: Kiel (Heather) Zinter, Kevin Zinter, Michael Zinter, Stephanie Zinter, Melanie Zinter, Thomas Zinter, Chrystal Morlock, and Steven Morlock; and one great-granddaughter, Hailey Zinter. Esther is also survived by her brother, Christian (Cecil) Speidel, Edgeley, N.D.; and sister-in-law, Helen Speidel, Menomonie, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marie Speidel; and two brothers: Arndt and Paul.


Box 1:
Two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings compiled by Myrna Aurelia Genter (later Studebaker, then Presler), 1940s, about: ND soldiers in World War II, and events in Dickey County (ND), including: sports, announcements, graduations, weddings, engagements, confirmations, obituaries, and news items.
Folder of newspaper clippings collected by Esther Speidel Zinter, 1940s                                

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