- Information from Joseph Marquart and Frances Marquart Holm:
Catherine worked in a hotel in Argusville before her marriage. In 1879 Catherine was working at a hotel (inn) in Grandin (might have been another town in the area). Peter stopped there for the night. Catherine noticed how well Peter took care of his horses, checking their feet, etc. She made the statement that anyone who was that kind to his horses would also be very good to his wife.
From "A Family Called Wild", 1989:
The Peter Wild story would not be complete without telling of Grandma Kate. Catherine was born in November, 1860 to Leonard Fahnlander and his wife Augusta Gulde. Peter and Catherine met while they still lived in Ontario, just before the Fahnlanders moved to Georgetown, Minnesota. Catherine was a lady full of love, faith, and tremendous strength of character. After 26 years of married life, she lost her husband, Peter from peritonitis.
She was carrying John C. at the time her oldest son was killed in a threshing machine accident. Later she was to lose her youngest son, Walter age 18 of an injury suffered on the basketball floor. Two years later, she was to lose a daughter, Olivia and grandchild during childbirth. Through all this tragedy, she remained the gallant lady. She so often said, "Enjoy your children for they are not with you long" and "think and speak well of your fellowman."
Mrs. Catherine Wild rode to her new home in Cavalier County on a load of feed, her first son in her arms. She came in 1882 from Grafton. Her husband, Peter Wild, had walked up from there previously, squatted on his 160 acres, and walked back the same day. In 1883, they came to Osnabrock township and claimed land, plowed, seeded, and built a home. When the road was surveyed a short time later, the highway we know as No. 29 was found to run right through their house.
3 Apr 1871, Canada census, Carrick Township, Bruce County, Ontario
Household headed by Linhart Fahrenlaender, 55 years old, occupation laborer. Wife Augusta, 40 years old. Son Peter, 14 years old, occupation printer. Son John, 12 years old, in school. Daughter Catherine, 10 years old, in school. Son Phillipp, 7 years old, in school. Daughter Elisabeth, 4 years old. Everybody Catholic, everybody born in Germany.
1880 US census, Cass, Dakota Territory
Household headed by Linard Fruelander, 64 years old, occupation farmer, born in Prussia, both parents born in Prussia. Wife Austa, 50 years old, occupation keeping house, born in Prussia, both parents born in Prussia. Son Joseph, 24 years old, occupation "at home". Son John, 22 years old, occupation "at home". Daughter Kattie, 19 years old, occupation "at home". Son Filiph, 17 years old, occupation "at home". Daughter Lissie, 14 years old. Daughter Mary, 9 years old. Son Frank, 5 years old. All children born in Canada, parents born in Prussia.
1885 North Dakota census, Cavalier county
Peter Wild, 28 years old, farmer, born in Canada, both parents born in Germany. Wife Katie, 24 years old, born in Canada, both parents born in Germany. Son John, 4 years old. Son Frank, 2 years old. Son Willie, 4 months old. All children born in Dakotah, parents born in Canada. The next two names to appear in the census are John and Phillip Fahnlander, Katie's brothers, 27 and 22 years old, both of them farmers.
8 Jun 1899 The Milton Globe
Today is the date for the big gopher hunt out west. Supper will be served at the palatial home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wild after the slaughter and amusement will be provided for the evening.
1900 US Census, Osnabrock, North Dakota
Household headed by Peter Wilds, born Feb 1857, 43 years old, married 20 years, 10 children, all children living, born in Canada Eng, both parents born in Germany, immigrated to US in 1878, in the US for 22 years, citizen, occupation farmer, able to read and write, able to speak English, own (not renting) home, no mortgage, farm (not house). Wife Catharine, born Nov 1860, 39 years old, married 20 years, born in Canada Eng, both parents born in Germany, immigrated to US in 1877, in the US for 23 years, able to read and write, able to speak English. Son John J, born Jun 1881, 19 years old, born in North Dakota, both parents born in Canada Eng, occupation farm laborer. Son Frank, born Jan 1883, 17 years old, born in North Dakota, at school. Son William, born Feb 1885, 15 years old, born in North Dakota, at school. Daughter Catherine A., born Nov 1886, 13 years old, born in North Dakota, at school. Son Peter L., born Dec 1888, 11 years old, born in North Dakota, at school. Son Joseph F., born Sep 1890, 9 years old, born in North Dakota, at school. Son Edward G., born Aug 1892, 7 years old, born in North Dakota, at school. Daughter Olivia M., born Feb 1894, 6 years old, born in North Dakota, at school. Son Ramond, born Feb 1896, 4 years old, born in North Dakota. Daughter Verna L., born Apr 1898, 2 years old, born in North Dakota. The household also included a woman servant and five farm laborers, all men. The woman was 20 years old, born in Austria, immigrated to the US in 1898. Three of the laborers had immigrated from Canada very recently -- in 1900. One laborer had immigrated from Canada in 1890. The fifth laborer was born in Wisconsin to Irish parents. Four of the laborers were in their mid 20's; one was 53 years old.
17 Sep 1902 Grand Forks Herald
Horrible death of young John Wild, son of one of Cavalier County's most prominent farmers
Yesterday was a day of casualties in the northern part of the state...Yesterday morning John Wild, son of Peter Wild, who lives four miles south of Osnabrock, was instantly killed while working on the engine of his father's threshing outfit. The young man had charge of the engine, and on Monday night some repairs were needed. These were partially made, and yesterday morning the engine was in condition to work, but did not work perfectly. About 10 o'clock the young engineer was engaged in adjusting something about the dome while the engine was in motion. His foot slipped and he fell, his head striking the inner side of the fly wheel, which was rapidly revolving. The inner side of this wheel is toothed, to connect with the traction apparatus, and the head of the unfortunate youth was caught in this gearing and was literally smashed to pieces. All was over in an instant, and nothing could be done except to prepare the fragments of the body for interment. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon.
The young man was about 21 years of age, and was the eldest son in the family. His father is one of the largest farmers in Cavalier county, and operates over 2000 acres of land. A sad feature is the fact that the unfortunate young man's mother is in such delicate health that it was not considered safe to inform her of the accident, and she is still in ignorance of the fact that anything unusual has happened.
18 Aug 1906 Grand Forks Herald
DEATH OF PETER WILD
Occurred at the family home in Osnabrock without any intimation of the unexpected visitor
A telephone message received late yesterday afternoon by relatives in this city conveyed the news of the sudden death of Peter Wild, Osnabrock, one of the first settlers and best known residents of Cavalier county. The news came as a shocking surprise, as nothing was known here of Mr. Wild's illness, and his sudden demise being due to an attack of peritonitis.
Mr. Wild located in the Red river valley in 1876, on a quarter section of land near the Elm river, in Traill county. In 1880 he was married to Miss Katie Fahnlender, sister of J.P. Fahnlender of this city, and a few years later removed to Cavalier county, where he has since resided and accumulated a comfortable fortune. He was about 50 years of age and leaves besides his mourning wife and eleven children, his brother, John Wild, of Milton, Mrs. Geo. Wier of Milton, and several brothers and sisters in Bayfield, Huron county, Ontario, his birthplace.
The funeral will be held from his residence near Osnabrock next Sunday morning, and the remains will be taken to their last resting place in the gamily lot in the Catholic cemetery at Langdon.
Relatives and a number of friends from this city will attend the funeral services.
16 Oct 1908 Grand Forks Herald
Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock, accompanied by her daughter Miss Olivia and Miss Nettie Hagan, passed through this city last evening on their way to Fargo, where the two young ladies will enter the Sacred Heart academy for the winter semester, while Mrs. Wild will remain several days visiting her brother, J.P. Fahnlander and family.
24 Jan 1909 Grand Forks Herald
Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock left for her home Friday after a few days' visit with her brother, Joseph Fahnlender. She has recently been in Fargo, where she placed her little daughter in the Catholic school.
1910 US Census, Osnabrock, North Dakota
(parts of this record were very faint and difficult to read)
Household headed by Catherine Wild, 49 years old, widowed, occupation Manager at a farm. Son Frank, 29 years old, single, born in North Dakota, occupation farmer. Son Willie Philip, 20 years old, single, born in North Dakota. Daughter Katherine A., 22 years old, single, born in North Dakota. Son Thomas Joseph, 18 years old, single, born in North Dakota. Son Edward George, 17 years old, born in North Dakota. Daughter Olivia Mary, 16 years old, born in North Dakota. Daughter Eugene Raymond, 14 years old, born in North Dakota. Daughter Louise Verna, born in North Dakota. Son Clarence John, born in North Dakota. Son James Walter, 5 years old, born in North Dakota. The household also included 12 men "servants" (almost certainly farm laborers), ranging in age from 21 to 50. The oldest of them was John Fahnlander, Catherine's brother. The household also included one female servant, 15 years old, native tongue Russian. Also a female boarder, 66 years old, native tongue Russian.
- 8 Jan 1911 Grand Forks Herald
Foreman Joseph Fahnlander of The Herald job room was a passenger last evening to Georgetown, Minn., where he was called by the serious illness of his mother. Mrs. Fahnlanders sister, Mrs. Peter Wilde of Osnabrock came in on the train last evening and accompanied him to Georgetown. Mrs. Fahnlander was 80 years of age on August 17, when a family reunion was held. Through an accidental fall last Sunday she suffered quite a severe shock and Mr. Fahnlander received a message yesterday stating she was not expected to recover.
15 Jul 1911 Grand Forks Herald
Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock arrived in the city yesterday morning from Georgetown, Minn., accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Augusta Fahnlender. They will remain here for several days as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Fahnlender of Cherry street.
18 Jul 1911 Grand Forks Herald
Mrs. Augusta Fahnlender of Georgetown, Minn., and her daughter, Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock, who have been guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Fahnlender on Cherry street for several days, left yesterday morning for Osnabrock. Mrs. Fahnlender will reside in the future with her daughter, Mrs. Wild.
12 Jun 1912 Evening Times
Mrs. Peter Wild arrived from Osnabrock last evening and after visiting over night with her brother, J.P. Fahnlander, left this morning for Fargo to attend commencement at Sacred Heart academy, her daughter, Miss Olivia, being one of the graduates. Another daughter, Miss Verna, also attends school there and before returning home the three will visit Mrs. Wild's mother, Mrs. Joseph Fahnlander at Georgetown, Minn., for a week before returning home.
19 Feb 1914 Grand Forks Herald
Joseph Fahnlander of this city today received a call from Georgetown, Minn., where his mother, Mrs. Augusta Fahnlander, is critically ill and not expected to live. Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock, Mrs. Fahnlander's sister, will reach the city this evening, and they will leave for Georgetown.
25 Dec 1914 Grand Forks Herald
Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock, who spent the greater part of the week in this city Christmas shopping and visiting her brother, J.P. Fahnlender of 420 Oak street, returned home yesterday morning.
1915 North Dakota census, Osnabrock, Cavalier county
Household headed by Catherine Wild (female between 30-60). Household included J. Overby (female between 30-60, Anne Wild (female between 30-60), Katherine Wild (female between 5-30), Bill Wild (male between 30-60), Joe Wild (male between 30-60), Edward Wild (male between 30-60), John Wild (male between 5-30), and Walter Wild (male between 5-30). The household included 17 additional men, one of whom was John Fahnlander.
17 Jun 1919 Grand Forks Herald
Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock, Frank Wild and family of Edmonton, Alberta, and Mr. and Mrs. John Wild and family of Milton, were all entertained recently at the C.W. Plain home in this city in honor of the boys in these families who have returned from military duties.
1920 US census, Osnabrock, North Dakota
Household headed by Catherine Wild, 59 years old, widowed, entered the US in 1876, became a citizen in 1882, able to read and write, born in Ontario, native tongue English, both parents born in Germany, both parents native tongue German, Occupation farmer, grain and stock. Son William P., 34 years old, single, occupation laborer, home farm. Daughter Catherine A., 33 years old, single, occupation housekeeper, home farm. Son Joseph T., 29 years old, single, occupation manager, home farm. Son Edward G., 27 years old, single, occupation laborer, home farm. Daughter Olivia M., 25 years old, single, occupation teacher, public school. Son Raymond E., 23 years old, single, occupation laborer, home farm. Daughter Verna L., 21 years old, single, occupation none. Son John C., 17 years old, in school. Son Walter J., 15 years old, in school. Son Peter L., 31 years old, married, occupation manager, home farm. Peter's wife Josephine H., 23 years old, occupation none. The household also included a 29 year old hired maid born in Minnesota. There were also four hired men, ranging in age from 22 to 46. (John Fahnlander was not among them.) There is also a married couple from Sweden, immigrated in 1913, not citizens. The husband was 46 years old, occupation laborer, stock farm. The wife was 22 years old, occupation domestic, private family.
30 Nov 1922 Grand Forks Herald
Langdon Boy Dies from Fall at Gymnasium
Walter Wild suffers concussion of brain in basketball practice
Langdon, N.D., Nov. 29 - Walter Wild, 18, Langdon high school student, is dead as the result of an accident during basketball practice at the high school gymnasium Tuesday evening, death having taken place at 6 o'clock this evening from concussion of the brain.
Walter, with nine other high school boys, Coach Larry Stenshoel, Superintendent N.L. Smith and W.A. Bolton, member of the school board, went to the gymnasium Tuesday evening, where the boys were to hav a try-out preliminary to the selection of the players for the Langdon high school team. In springing to catch the ball, the Wild boy collided with another lad and fell backward to the floor, striking the back of his head. He arose immediately, walked around the floor for a moment, then said he felt dazed and asked for a doctor. The doctor arrived in a few minutes' time, and the boy lost consciousness soon after his arrival.
He lingered in an unconscious and partly conscious condition today, dying at 6 o'clock this evening.
Wild was the son of Mrs. Peter Wild of Osnabrock, and this was his first year in the Langdon high school.
Funeral services have not yet been arranged.
1925 North Dakota census, Osnabrock
Catherine Wild, 65 years old. Verna Wild, 26 years old. Joseph T. Wild, 34 years old. Bertha Sorenson, 28 years old. John Wild, 22 years old. Diomah Wild, 32 years old. Mary Jane Wild, 1 year old. Katherine L. Wild (age illegible). Walter Sanders, 24 years old. Hans Olson, 27 years old. Veronica Sanders, 21 years old. Doris Sanders, 4 years old.
1930 US census, Easby, North Dakota
Household headed by John Wild, 27 years old, single, home owner, home has radio set, born in North Dakota, both parents born in Canada-English, occupation farmer. Mother Katherine Wild, 69 years old, born Canada-English, both parents born in Germany, occupation none. Lodger/servant Harry Roth, 55 years old, born in Michigan, both parents born in Germany, occupation farm laborer.
One of the pioneer mothers of Cavalier county, Mrs. Catherine Wild of Milton was honored by her family and friends recently on her seventy-seventh birthday. Born in Ontario November 11, 1860, she has lived in the county since the early days when settlers first began to come into the country.
1940 US census, Easby, Cavalier, North Dakota
Household headed by John C. Wild, home owner, home value $2000, 37 years old, single, completed high school, born in North Dakota, lived in same house in 1935, occupation farmer. Mother Catherine, 79 years old, widowed, completed 4th grade, born in Canada E, lived in same house in 1935, naturalized citizen, working at home.
Funeral Held Monday for Mrs. C. Wild
Pioneer Osnabrock Township Mother Dies In Langdon Thursday
A long life's work as a loving mother, kind neighbor and busy homemaker ended Thursday, October 10, 1940, for Mrs. Catherine Wild, well known and highly respected pioneer mother. She passed away in Langdon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.S. Johnson. Though she had been in failing health this summer, she was seriously ill only since Sunday.
She was laid to rest in Calvary cemetery Monday morning after solemn requiem high mass at St. Alphonsus church in Langdon. Father C. Ward of Langdon was celebrant, Father Lambert Studjinski of Langdon deacon, and Father S.J. Cullen of Nekoma subdeacon. The funeral sermon was given by Father Michael O'Brien of Des Moines, friend of the pioneer woman during almost his entire life. Pallbearers were the seven sons of the deceased.
Catherine, daughter of Leonard and Augusta Fahnlander, was born November 11, 1860, in Bruce County, Ontario, where she lived until the family moved in 1876 to Georgetown, Minn. They came most of the way by boat, landing at Duluth. She made her home with her parents at Georgetown, until her marriage there in 1880 to Peter Wild. The young couple settled at Grandin, where they lived for two years before coming to Cavalier county to homestead in Osnabrock township in 1882. Mr. Wild passed away August 17, 1906, but Mrs. Wild maintained the family home for her children until 1923, when she moved to make her home with her son John. She lived with him until the time of her death, except for times when she visited with her other children. She was a lifelong adherent of the Catholic faith.
The children who survive are Frank Wild of Winterburn, Alta., William P. Wild of Milton, Mrs. A.F. Sinner of Casselton, Peter Wild of Winterburn Alta., Joseph T. Wild of Osnabrock, E.G. Wild of Osnabrock, Dr. R.E. Wild of St. Paul, Mrs. O.S. Johnson of Langdon and J.C. Wild of Osnabrock. Two sons and a daughter predeceased their mother. They were John J., who died in 1902, Walter J., in 1922, and Olivia Mary in 1923.
All of the living children were present for the funeral, as were the two sisters who survive. They are Mrs. F. Marquart and Mrs. M. Hohnadel, both of Georgetown, Minn. Other relatives who came from there were Mr. and Mrs. Albin Marquart and Joe Marquart, and those who came from Fargo were Mr. and Mrs. John Yunkers, Jr., and John Yunkers, Sr.