Fred & Myrtle Prestin Wenger History
Fred G. Wenger (28 Jul 1878 -- 30 Oct 57) and Myrtle Caroline Prestin (26 Dec 1886 – 1964) were married March 29, 1908, in Paxton, Ill., at the home of her parents. A fire across the alley called the groom to help since he was a volunteer fireman. The bride cried because she thought her new husband's wedding suit would be ruined.
No wedding was planned because Francis Wenger (08 Sep 02 -- 04 May 24), who was born to Fred and Jessie Louks Wenger, had measles. Fred and Jessie were married in December 1900. Jessie died in 1906.
About 1910, Fred traded some land in Missouri for the ice plant in Paxton and then traded the ice plant for 320 acres of land close to Hecla, S.D. The café and bakery in Paxton were sold and a hotel in Frederick, S.D. was gained through land trades. In 1915, the Wenger couple sold out in Frederick and moved to Eureka, S.D., where they bought the Knickerbocker Hotel and managed it for years. After the sale of the hotel, the Wengers purchased a moving picture place in Bristol, S.D.
Myrtle ran the hotel in Hecla and Fred ran the movies in Bristol for a year before the couple moved back to Eureka and started a restaurant. The Wengers operated this restaurant two years and then bought back the hotel in Eureka. The couple also ran the hotel in Ashley, N.D. Myrtle ran the Ashley place for a little more than a year.
In March 1923 the hotel in Eureka burned. The couple bought the fixtures of the Pierce Hotel in Mobridge, S.D., and sold it in January 1925. Francis died in the hotel in Mobridge.
After the Mobridge hotel was sold, the Wengers lived in Mobridge 10 years before moving to Eagle Butte, S.D. They bought a café there and lived there six years. They sold out and bought a café in Draper, S.D., and lived there three years.
The couple moved to Deadwood for a month and then moved to Hill City, S.D., where the Wengers lived for a year before selling out when they moved to Roseburg, Oregon, in August 1941. Fred and Myrtle bought the stock of the Camp View café and had it until November 1943. The couple also had a café in Vivian, S.D., while they lived at Draper and Hill City.
The Wengers had no children but provided homes for the following children: Martha Heckelsmiller Johnson and Theodore Geidt. They adopted Rose Louise in September 1928. Her name before adoption was Edith Lorraine Hotchkiss. Her mother's name was Lillian Hotchkiss and the father's name was Edgar Miller.
(The above information was provided by Brad).
Forrest Township Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 40.73874, -88.40965
Created by: My Family United
Record added: Aug 11, 2011
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