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 6
- Folder 1: Grace Kraker, Diaries 1972
- Folder 2: Grace Kraker, Papers Interleaved in Diaries 1972
- Folder 3: Grace Kraker, Diaries 1973 - 1974
- Folder 4: Grace Kraker, Papers Interleaved in Diaries 1973 - 1974
- Folder 5: Grace Kraker, Diary 1975
- Folder 6: Grace Kraker, Papers interleaved in Diary 1975
- Folder 7: Grace Kraker, Diaries 1976
- Folder 8: Grace Kraker, Papers Interleaved in Diaries 1976
- Folder 9: Grace Kraker, Diaries 1977 - 1978
- Folder 10: Grace Kraker, Papers Interleaved in Diaries 1977 - 1978
- Folder 11: Grace Kraker, Diary 1979
- Folder 12: Grace Kraker, Papers Interleaved in Diary 1979
- Folder 13: Grace Kraker, Autograph Book 1901 - 1902, Address Book 1912
- Folder 14: Grace Kraker, Address Book
- Folder 15: Grace Kraker, Personal Expense Journal 1922 - 1925
- Folder 16: Grace Kraker, Diary 1947, 1948, Expense Record 1946
- Folder 17: Grace Kraker, Diary and Account Book of Trip 1910
- Folder 18: Grace Kraker, Papers Interleaved in Diary of Trip 1910
- Folder 19: Grace Kraker, Women's Catholic Order of Forester, Records, Programs, Articles 1922 - 1971
- Folder 20: Grace Kraker, Lincoln Park Bridge Club, Newspaper Clippings, Club Activities, 1946 - 1962
- Folder 21: Grace Kraker, Catholic Daughters of America, Articles, Programs 1921 - 1975
- Folder 22: Grace Kraker, St. Mary's Altar Society, Papers, Articles, Programs 1941 - 1979
- Folder 23: Grace Kraker, Thursday Music Club, Newspaper Clippings Undated
- Folder 24: Grace Kraker, Invitations, Outgoing and Incoming Calling Cards, Dance Card 1905 - 1919
- Folder 25: Grace Kraker, Identification Cards, Membership Cards, Certificates 1920 - 1980
- Folder 26: Grace Kraker, Notes and Personal Records 1950 - 1965 Most Undated
- Folder 27: Grace Kraker, Medical Routines for Diabetes Undated
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