Theodore Kraker Papers, 1882-1995
Primary Creator: Kraker, Theodore (1920-1995)
Extent: 15.75 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Materials are arranged chronologically by subject
Date Acquired: 10/01/1995
Theodore Mark "Ted" Kraker was born April 7, 1920, in Wahpeton, North Dakota, to Mark and Grace Jurgens Kraker. The family moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1925. Theodore attended St. Mary's Catholic School and the Central High School, where he graduated in 1938. In 1942, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota (UND). He then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as an air traffic controller in Clovis, New Mexico, during World War II. When the war ended, Theodore returned to UND to study industrial arts education. He received a teacher's certificate in 1947. That same year, he opened his own business, Kraker's Kraft and Kabinet Kurios, in Grand Forks. The business closed a few years later. In 1948, Kraker began employment as a postal clerk in the Grand Forks Post Office, where he worked until his retirement in 1976. Kraker was actively involved in his union, the National Federation of Post Office Clerks, and in the Grand Forks Philatelic Society. He died August 26, 1995 and is buried in Cavalry Cemetery in Grand Forks.
Mark Kraker, father of Ted, served in World War I and worked at the Great Northern Railroad Company. Many relatives of Mark are mentioned in the materials including: his father, Mathias Kraker, mother, Mary Mischke Kraker, brothers, Henry and Math J. Kraker, sister, Sophia Kraker, niece, Bernice Kraker, and uncle, Frank Mischke. Grace Jurgens Kraker was the daughter of Theodore Jurgens and Josephine Formaneck Jurgens. Grace grew up in Wahpeton and later moved to Grand Forks with her husband and son. She was involved in many organizations, including the Women's Catholic Order of Forester, Lincoln Park Bridge Club, Catholic Daughters of America, St. Mary's Altar Society, and the Thursday Music Club.
Theodore Jurgens and Josephine Formaneck Jurgens lived most of their lives in Wahpeton, settling there in the early 1880s. Theodore Jurgens opened a saloon which operated from 1886 to 1890, when it was shut down by North Dakota's prohibition. He then opened a clothing store in Wahpeton with his brother-in-law, Albert Formaneck Jr. The store remained in business from 1891 to 1902.
Other people mentioned in the collection include: Theodore Jurgens brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Tina Jurgens, Josephine Formaneck Jurgens brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Anna Formaneck, Josephine's nephew and Frank and Anna's son, Henry Formaneck, Josephine's brother, Fred Formaneck, Albert Formaneck Jr.'s wife, Mary Schild Formaneck, Josephine's sister and brother-in-law, Rosa Formaneck Chezik and Joseph Chezik, Josephine's nephew and Rosa and Joseph's son, Leo Chezik, Josephine's brother-in-law, Albert Chezik, Josephine's sister, Anna Formaneck Chezik, and Josephine's niece and Albert and Anna Chezik's daughter, Vena Chezik.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Rae Ann McGurran
Addition via John McGurran, donation January 30, 2014 (2014-3243).
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Theodore Kraker Papers. OGLMC 1317, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. Chester Fritz Library. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Existing finding aid migrated to Archon in July 2014 by Special Collections intern, Gideon Rogers. An addition to the collection was processed at this time, also by Gideon Rogers.
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- Box 3
- Folder 1: Theodore Kraker, Address Book not dated
- Folder 2: Theodore Kraker, Appointment/Calendar Books 1969, 1973 - 1975
- Folder 3: Theodore Kraker, Appointment/Calendar Books 1968, 1970, 1987 - 1988
- Folder 4: Theodore Kraker, Certificates and Memberships 1920 - 1984
- Folder 5: Theodore Kraker, Newspaper Articles, not Dated
- Folder 6: Theodore Kraker, Miscellaneous
- Folder 7: Mark Kraker, School Records 1899 - 1910
- Folder 8: Mark Kraker, World War 1 Military Service 1914 - 1968
- Folder 9: Mark Kraker, Employment Papers from Great Northern Railroad 1916 - 1957
- Folder 10: Mark Kraker, Incoming Correspondence 1920 - 1961
- Folder 11: Mark Kraker, Certificates 1918 - 1967
- Folder 12: Mark Kraker, Newspaper Obituaries, Mass Memorial Service and Burial Papers 1967
- Folder 13: Mark Kraker, Memorial Book 1967
- Folder 14: Mark Kraker, Memorial Cards and Sympathy Cards 1967
- Folder 15: Mark Kraker, Memorial Cards and Sympathy Cards 1967 Continued
- Folder 16: Mathias Kraker, Memorial Book, Biography 1931 - 1958
- Folder 17: Mary Kraker, Memorial Book, Obituaries, Sympathy Cards, Death Certificate, 1952
- Folder 18: Mary Kraker, Newspaper Articles
- Folder 19: Frank Mischke, Newspaper Articles
- Folder 20: Math J. Kraker, Outgoing Correspondence to Mark, Grace, and Theodore Kraker 1950 - 1964
- Folder 21: Math J. Kraker, Newspaper Articles, Announcements, Correspondence 1922 - 1957
- Folder 22: Henry Kraker, Outgoing Correspondence to Mark, Grace, and Theodore Kraker 1949 - 1951, 1976
- Folder 23: Henry Kraker, Newspaper Articles
- Folder 24: Henry Kraker, Memorial Book, Sympathy Cards 1954
- Folder 25: Sophie Kraker, Outgoing Correspondence to Mark, Grace, and Theodore Kraker 1955 - 1980
- Folder 26: Sophie Kraker, Pianist Programs, Newspaper Articles, Graduation Programs 1910 - 1972
- Folder 27: Bernice Kraker, Outgoing Correspondence to Mark, Grace, and Theodore Kraker 1963 - 1987
- Folder 28: Bernice Kraker, Graduation Programs 1951, Legal Papers Concerning Sophie Kraker's Estate
- Folder 29: Kraker Family, Minnesota Lake House Journals 1965 - 1966
- Folder 30: Minnesota Lake House Journals 1967
- Folder 31: Kraker Family, Minnesota Lake House Journals 1969 - 1970
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