|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1877|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 1973|
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James Herbert "Bert" Emch, born on 3 October 1877, at Basil in Liberty Township in Fairfield County, Ohio and died on 22 March 1973, at Roanoke, in Huntington County, Indiana, and was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Roanoke. He was the eldest son of Niclaus "Nicholas" [Carlton] Emch (1852-1930) and his wife, Rachel Rebecca (née Torrence) Emch (1857-1947). Like his father he was a farmer.
Bert married on 29 December 1897, Wayne in Wayne County, Nebraska Della Cook (1877-1974). In 1906, Bert and Della homesteaded in Roosevelt Township in what was then Morton County and later Grant County (Section NE 31, 134-87) 2 miles northwest of Leith, North Dakota. Their first home on the North Dakota homestead was a 12 ft. x 16 ft. wooden shack until Bert with the assistance of some of the other men in the family and friends built a sod house the next year in which they lived until about 1915, when he hired a carpenter named Louis Lockhammer to build them a 2 storey wooden farmhouse. Bert remembered that the land was nothing but rolling prairie when they first got their and so they started planting trees as wind breaks and for shade during the warm summers. He estimated that by 1928, he had planted about 6,000 trees on his land.
One of their biggest memories was the excitement of the railroad coming to Leith. Their farm was bordered on one side by the Northern Pacific Railroad right of way and on the other by the Chicago-Milwaukee Railroad right of way. They watched in amazement in 1910, as the North Pacific crews worked laying track one afternoon and the Chicago-Milwaukee crews came through the next morning laying track on the other side of the farm. The following autumn the first trains began arriving from the east.
For 22 year they farmed and raised shorthorn cattle, sheep, and hogs, as well as planting crops of corn, and wheat. In 1929, Bert sold his farm to his son, Keith, and he and Della moved into Leith.
Besides farming, in 1924, Bert became the secretary-treasurer of the Leith Loan Association, which was affiliated with the Federal Land Bank. A post he held until 1937. During the years he serves on the Leith town board and as its president for a few terms. He was the director of the Grant County Fair for several years until 1932, when it was moved to the county seat instead. After they moved off the farm and into town he was associated with the Clark Mercantile store for a while and started selling Hartford Insurance and work part-time for the post office, while Della was the post mistress at Leith, hauling the mail sacks to and from the train depot with the arrival of the morning and afternoon trains. During the 1930s, Bert was also a livestock broker. In 1970, he and Della moved east to Roanoke, in Huntington County, Indiana to be near their daughter, Fern.
Their union of Bert and Della produced the following children:
Lois Emch (1899-1922).
Glenn C. Emch (1900-1995).
Keith Emch (1902-1978).
Fern (nee Emch) Berry (1907-1995).
Nellie Lucille (nee Emch) Hauge (1909-1992).
James Herbert "Herbie" Emch, Jr. (1911-1922).
Catherine Emch (1914-1924).
Niclaus Carlton Emch (1852 - 1930)
Rachel Rebecca Torrence Emch (1857 - 1947)
Della E. Cook Emch (1877 - 1974)
Fern Enid Emch Berry (1907 - 1995)*
Plot: B 34
Maintained by: Gerald von Kamrath
Originally Created by: OPPSheryl
Record added: Feb 21, 2011
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