Reinhold and Martha Dargatz


Martha Jesse and Reinhold (Roy) Dargatz visiting family in Ronald, Washington



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Reinhold Dargatz Border Crossing


Name: Reinhold Dargatz

Arrival Date: 25 Nov 1933

Port of Arrival: Eastport, Idaho

Age: 32

Birth Place: Millet, Alberta

Birth Country: Canada

Gender: Male

Race/Nationality: German

Record Type: Cards


Border crossing cards between the United States and Canada is an excellent way to track the movements of ancestors.

Reinhold Dargatz was the son of German immigrants. Herman F. Dargatz and Amelia Klukas immigrated from Hamburg German in 1895. They made their home in Millet Alberta where they had a large family.

Reinhold married a lady by the name of Martha M. Jesse in Oregon where they made their home.


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Headstone of Albert Dargatz

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Albert Dargatz was born in Germany on 24 Dec 1857. He was the son of Carl Dargatz, Sr. and Johanna Miske.

He married his wife Rosa Peters, who was born in what is now Poland, around the year 1881.

Then in 1893 Albert and his family immigrated to the United States.

By the 1900 US Federal Census, they were living in Buena Park, Orange County, California.

Albert passed away on 16 Jul 1941 in Orange County, California. His grave is located in Anaheim Cemetery in Anaheim, California.


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Dargatz Family Reunion

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The Family of the late Herman and Amelia Dargatz gathered for a reunion at Millet recently, 11 of 13 children, their children and grandchildren present. Standing back row, left to right are Mrs. Emma Plitt (youngest of the family from Chilliwack); Carl Dargatz (eldest) of Wetaskiwin; Adolph Dargatz, Wetaskiwin; Paul Dargatz, Wetaskiwin; Roy Dargatz, Forest Grove, Oregon; Herman Dargatz, Edmonton; Augusta Pomeranz, Chilliwack; Seated: Mrs. Elizabeth Bienert, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Olga Dusdal, San Fransisco; Mrs. Bertha Pomeranz, Wetaskiwin and Mrs. Mary Welke, Rosalind, Wash; Albert Dargatz from Chilliwack was prevented from attending by illness, and Bill Dargatz of Wetaskiwin arrived too late for the picture.


140 Attend Reunion of Dargatz Family


About 140 relatives attended the Dargatz family reunion in the Millet Community Hall Sunday, July 8. Twelve of the thirteen children of the late Herman and Amelia Dargatz, ranging in age from 60 to 81, were present for the occasion. Also on hand were many of their children, grand children and even six great grand children. Albert Dargatz of Chilliwack was prevented, by illness, from attending.

The six Dargatz sisters were all presented with corsages of white orchids and the five Dargatz brothers wore carnation buttonholes from Virgil Pomeranz of Edmonton. Herman and Florence Dargatz presented name tags to all the guests and Roy Dargatz presented a handmade souvenir to each of the family.

Mrs. Geneva Weinhandl of Whitecourt was in charge of the guest book, and had made an artistically painted family tree, with names of the family inscribed along the various branches. A smaller copy of the family tree was presented to each of the senior members of the family.

Mrs. Velma Slvaggio of Los Angeles spoke briefly and offered a prayer before the potluck dinner was served. Each family brought a favorite dish and the menu offered a tremendous variety.

After dinner the Welke sisters sang, and Fred Buskas spoke about the family reunion. Velma Slvaggio spoke on old times as a Christian family.

A highlight of the day was when each person was given the opportunity to recall something remembered from childhood days. This brought back many happy memories to the family of the days on the farm seven miles east of Millet.

For the rest of the afternoon the family visited and made the acquaintance of relatives they had never met and talked over old times with those they had not seen for many years.

Following the evening meal, Gordon Welke from Ronald, Washington, who travelled in a converted school bus with his family, took youngsters and oldsters for rides. The time to break up came all too soon, and before departing, the family and visitors joined in a hymn sing of old favorites “Blest be the Tie That Binds” and “God Be With You Until We Meet Again”. A parting prayer was offered by Dennis Pomeranz of Rosedale, B.C.

Members of the family came to the reunion from many parts of Canada and the United States, including several centers in California, Oregon and Washington, from British Columbia and from many Alberta points including Edmonton, Drayton Valley, Ft. McMurray, Blackfalds, Vegreville, Whitecourt, Millet and Wetaskiwin areas.


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Dargatz Brothers



Reinhold (Roy) Dargatz and Herman Dargatz, Jr. were the sons of Herman F. Dargatz, Sr. and Amelia Klukas. Herman and Amelia were immigrants from Germany/Russia. In the spring of 1895, the Dargatz family made the perilous trek across the Atlantic Ocean, across eastern Canada to settle down in the Millet Northwest Territories area. Today, Millet is in Alberta, just south of Edmonton.

Roy and Herman Dargatz were two brothers out of fifteen children, thirteen of whom lived to adulthood. That is an incredible survival rate. Roy, born 30 Jan 1901, was older (child number 6) than Herman (child number 10) who was born 5 May 1908. This picture was taken in the latter half of the 1920s. Both brothers grew up to have families of their own. Today, the Dargatz family flourishes in Canada.


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