Title: Katherina Seifert Debus Diaries
ID: OGLMC 570
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
1857-1928; Hebron, North Dakota, church organist, minister’s wife
Katherina Seifert was born on March 7, 1857 in Baden, Germany. She married Rev. August Debus in August 1881, in Three Oaks, Michigan. Rev. Debus was born in 1854, in Lahr, Germany. In 1881, they moved to Indiana, where Rev. Debus served a congregation in Urbana and Wabash. In 1886, he answered a call in Hebron, North Dakota. They lived in Hebron for thirty seven years and were very active in both church and local affairs. Katherina acted as organist for the church from 1886 to 1910, while also teaching local girls the fundamentals of music, sewing and handicrafts. In addition to his responsibilities as pastor, Rev. Debus also taught in the German school for at least four months a year, from 1886 to 1910. As part of his German religious education, Rev. Debus also acquired medical training and contributed these skills to the Hebron community. In 1923, Rev. Debus retired, and he and Katherina moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rev. Debus died on January 12, 1928, in Fort Lauderdale. Katherina Seifert Debus died on April 21, 1928, also in Fort Lauderdale.
Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: Source: Walter G. Klick, Hebron, North Dakota.
Donation; Acc.#80- 650
Donation; Acc.#80- 650
Other Formats: The diary was loaned for duplication by Walter G. Klick of Hebron, North Dakota, on April 21, 1980. She maintained ownership of the original.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Katherina Seifert Debus Papers. OGLMC 570, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon in October 2013.
Collection Material Type: Diaries
Scope and Contents: The Katherina Seifert Debus papers consist of a photocopied diary kept by Katherina. The diary was written entirely in German from 1890 to 1914. The document was translated into English for inclusion in the publication In the Beginning, Hebron, North Dakota, 1876-1912 written by Jane Berg and Kathy Elmer. The Department holds this book in its North Dakota Book Collection. The diary was loaned for duplication by Walter G. Klick of Hebron, on April 21, 1980.