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Ignatius Zeltinger
Birth: Feb. 27, 1871
Minnesota, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1952
Renville County
North Dakota, USA

Son of John Adam Zeltinger and Magdalena Haller Zeltinger

Married Kathryn "Katie" Magdalena "Lena" Ethen on 02 June 1896 in Stearns County, Minnesota


Ignatius Zeltinger, son of German immigrants and a college educated school teacher from Spring Hill, Minnesota, near Saint Cloud, filed on a homestead claim on what is now the
SW 1/4 of Section 5 of Roosevelt Township in February of 1900.

Ig Zeltinger, his younger brother, John, and a brother-in-law, Henry Ethen (the latter two were unmarried) traveled to Kenmare, North Dakota by train. From the depot, they walked several miles to look at the land which is located south of where the town of Tolley is today. After filing their claims, the three young men went back to Minnesota, but returned in the summer to their new land.

After their return, they built their claim shacks, sod barns, dug a well, and made hay for their horses while waiting for the Zeltingers' mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Dahinden, with their two sons and a daughter, and Mrs. Ignatius Zeltinger, with three children (one month to two and a half years). They arrived in early November with supplies included horses, cows, chickens, and lumber for a house.

The original house (four rooms and a loft) housed the family until 1916, when the house which presently stands on the farm was built. It was the first farm house in the area to have indoor plumbing and hot water heating. Ignatius and John bought two quarters of school land and another quarter and farmed together, at first with horses, but in 1910 they
purchased a Titan International 2545 tractor, an Oliver plow, and a New Racine grain separator.

Ignatius' wife, Katie, did the sewing for the family on her T.M. Roberts sewing machine. Sheets were made from unbleached muslin. After sewing, they were washed and bleached in the sun. She and her children always tended a large garden. In the fall, the garden vegetables were placed in a dirt cellar where they kept all winter. There were always crocks of sauerkraut, as well as salt pork. Potatoes were raised for sale. They raised and butchered pork, beef, chickens, turkeys and ducks. Eggs for the winter months were packed with oats in crocks (or in a liquid called water-glass) and stored in the dirt cellar.

Barn dances and baseball provided entertainment. Ignatius was treasurer of Roosevelt Township School District for some time and for almost forty years, was clerk of
Roosevelt Township. Four of his daughters became teachers, three became nurses, and one a hospital administrator. His sons engaged in farming. The occupations of farming, teaching and medicine continued to occupy the descendants of the family into the next generation.

Nine of his grandchildren are occupied in farming, six became teachers, five became nurses, and one, a physician. Ignatius and Katie celebrated their Golden Wedding
Anniversary on June 1, 1946 with their children and their families. He died in 1952.


Family links: 
  Magdalena Haller Zeltinger Dahinden (1850 - 1942)
  Kathryn Magdalena Ethen Zeltinger (1876 - 1965)
  Mathias Anton Zeltinger (1897 - 1962)*
  Magdelena Marie Zeltinger Resch (1899 - 1983)*
  Louise Francis Zeltinger (1900 - 1991)*
  Frank Xavier Zeltinger (1902 - 1997)*
  John Edward Zeltinger (1904 - 1965)*
  Anne T. Zeltinger Rowe (1907 - 1996)*
  Marie Theresa Zeltinger Rabuse (1909 - 2000)*
  Otillie Mary Zeltinger (1910 - 1922)*
  Raymond N Zeltinger (1912 - 1912)*
  Edward Henry Zeltinger (1913 - 1959)*
  Ignatius Zeltinger (1871 - 1952)
  Mary Zeltinger Kirsch (1875 - 1915)*
  John Zeltinger (1879 - 1971)*
  Katherine Zeltinger Jensen (1883 - 1966)*
  Lena Dahinden Marum (1891 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Charles Cemetery
Renville County
North Dakota, USA
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