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Title: Frank J. and Magdalena E. (Fleckenstein) Schumacher


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Consists of a decorative album of photographs, printed material, and reminiscences, which was presented to Frank and Magdalena by their children. Also includes an apostolic blessings for their 50th and 55th wedding anniversaries (1979 and 1984), and biographical information.

The Frank J. and Magdalena E. (Fleckenstein) Schumacher papers were donated to the SHSND by their daughter, Sister Francis Schumacher, on December 22, 2017. MSS 21111 was added to the collection on December 22, 2017.

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Magdalena Schumacher was born on October 26, 1908 and grew up in a family of thirteen children on a farm near Dodge, ND. Her parents were August and Eva (Mossett) Fleckenstein. On November 11, 1929 she married Frank Schumacher. They lived on their farm south of Halliday, ND, for fifty years. In addition to the farm work and raising a family of twelve children, three boys and nine girls, Magdalena was active in her church and other community affairs. During the years on the farm, Magdalena served a" treasurer for the Big Flat School District, was president of the Christian Mothers' Society at St. Martin's Church, was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and frequently served a" local director for the Mental Health and March of Dimes fund raising campaigns. In 1966 the family was named "Catholic Family of the Year" by the St. Pius Knights of Columbus Council in Richardton, ND.

Magdalena was a loving, generous lady and frequently gave of her time and talent to help others. Her ability to raise money by selling chances and/or cookbooks was phenomenal. Over the years she literally sold thousands of chances to raise money for Catholic Education in Bismarck, her church and other worthy causes. She received several awards and other special recognition for these efforts. Another of Magdalena's special interests was her concern for keeping our environment in order. While still living on the farm, and long before many of us were aware of these environmental problems, Magdalena collected newspapers for recycling and organized clean-up crews to pick up cans and other junk around the area.

Magdalena and Frank retired from the farm in 1979 and moved to Bismarck where they became
members of St. Mary's Church. Magdalena was an active member of the St. Jude's Mission Group in that parish. In 1986, they moved to Marillac Manor where Frank died two years later. Magdalena moved to St. Vincent's Nursing Home in November 1999.


Box 1:
1 Apostolic blessings for 50th and 55th wedding anniversaries and biographical information, 1979-1984
2 Oral History on Education in Dunn County, 1988

Volume 1: Decorative album of photographs, printed material, and reminiscences, which was presented to Frank and Magdalena by their children, 1926-1984

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