Ella Rothacker (1914 – 1925), Dick family cousin

Ella Rothacker, 19 Jan 1914 – 30 Nov 1925

Finally found more information about a collateral relative.  Due to a cousin marriage in the Dick family, Ella Rothacker is both a 1st and 2nd cousin to my grandfather, Reinhold Dick.

Ella B. Rothacker was the daughter of Christian Rothacker and Suzanna Dick.  This couple was married in Ukraine / Russia and came to the USA in 1912.  They had four daughters, and this daughter died at age 11.  She’s buried in a rural graveyard southeast of McClusky, ND.



Ella Rothacker, 19 Jan 1914 to 30 Nov 1925
Ella Rothacker, 19 Jan 1914 to 30 Nov 1925



Frey Genealogy scanned papers

I have some Frey genealogy information because the Frey family is related to me twice.

My maternal grandfather’s sister, Ottillia or Tillie Dick, married a Frey.

My maternal grandmother’s sister married his brother.  Jacob, or Jake Frey married Magdalena, or Maggie Bossert.
Jake and Maggie lived in Rugby, ND and never had children.  After they died, some of their belongs came to my mother’s family, and I eventually received a box of photos, with some papers.

Two sets of papers contained mostly typed with some handwritten notes with no author attributed.  The papers contain information that would be useful for family researchers.  Here are PDF scans of those posts:

Frey 01

Frey 02

Reuben Dick

Obituary for my 1st cousin, twice removed;

Reuben Dick
DICK , Reuben Family Well Loved; Friends Well Made; Life Well Lived Reuben Dick passed away in Brooks on February 22, 2009 at the robust age of 93 years, having “got his money’s worth out of life”. Born in McClusky, North Dakota, Reuben moved to Cluny, Alberta with his family when he was eight years old, returned to South Dakota for a few years and came back to Cluny again at the age of twelve, where the Dick family remained for many years. Reuben married his sweetheart Ida Konschuh in November 1938. Together, they farmed and ranched and milked cows in Cluny, Springbank and Strathmore. They moved to Calgary with three children in 1945 where Reuben managed Concrete Drainage Pipe. In 1956, they transferred with that job to Lloydminster, Alberta. In “Lloyd”, Reuben was busy as President of a number of organizations including the Gun Club, Lions Club and Curling Club. He was also General Manager of the Lloydminster Meridians Baseball Team for a few years. In 1962, the family returned to Calgary where Reuben sold mutual funds with Federated Growth, while continuing to enjoy curling, trapshooting, fishing and more. He was well known for his speaking abilities and Ida would often say “he never met a stranger”. In 1968, Reuben moved with his wife and two youngest children to Cassils, just outside of Brooks, to return to farming and ranching. Then in 1974, they moved into town where they remained, moving into Orchard Manor in 2001. While in Brooks, Reuben worked for Bow Slope Shipping, managed some residential properties and began his long-time specialty advertising business “Dick Sales”. Many an area business owner bought pens, caps and calendars from Reuben over a cup of coffee or possibly a game of crib. Reuben was predeceased by his dear wife Ida in 2002 and all his cherished brothers and sisters – Helmuth, Esther, Bertha, Herb, Olga, Theodore, Elizabeth and Jim. He is survived by his five devoted children: Ted (Debbie Kirk) Dick of Calgary; Faye (Doug) Lewis of Portland, Oregon; Lorna Dysart of Calgary; Dennis (Joan) Dick of Gwynne, Alberta; and Cheryl (Ray Burgess) Dick of Lethbridge. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud. He is survived by numerous other relatives including nieces, nephews and cousins as well as friends who will all miss him, his card playing and his humour very much. Funeral Services will be held for Reuben at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brooks, No. 40 – 10 Street West, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 with Interment to follow at the Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Reuben and Ida, who both appreciated the support and kindness they received, memorial tributes can be made to the Orchard Manor Resident Council, 951 Cassils Road West, Brooks, AB, T1R 1K9. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, BROOKS. Phone Toll Free at 1-866-362-4652.