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Albert Wocknitz Sr. and
Katherine Weepie Wocknitz

Water Works Wonders
A History of the White, Wilson, McMahon,
River Junction School Districts Page 463
by Verna Fleck

Albert Wocknitz Sr. was born Dec. 7, 1855 in Stettan, Germany. He married Katherine Weepie, who had been born in Prussen, Poland, Oct. 3, 1858.

When their son Paul was two years old, they came to America to Independence, Iowa, where Katherine's father farmed. Later they moved to South Dakota, west of Ethan. Albert walked ten miles to Mitchell to work as a brick mason. They lived on three different farms, including one in the River Junction area. In 1908 Albert and Katherine, with children Paul, Elsie, Martha, Albert, Eddie, Joe, John, and Walter, came to homestead in Canada. They bought the Kormos farm of 1200 acres in the Magrath area. Paul and Eddie continued to farm in the River Junction area.

Paul Wocknitz took over part of his father's farm about 1920, the rest of the land was sold. Two of Paul's sons, Earl; and Willie farmed until recently when part of the land was again sold, this time to the Hutterites. Earl's family is still living on the Wocknitz land.

Two of Paul's daughters - Alice and Gertie attended River Junction School for a short time. Alice now lives in Three Hills, Gertie married Harry Rollingson. Harry died several years ago and Gertie is now in the Edith Cavell Nursing Home.

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