Langdon ND Centennial Edition 1888-1988 page 230
FRANK T. BATA
Frank T. Bata, son of Joseph and Anna Hladik Bata, born 6 Oct 1894 on his parents' homestead in Elgin Township, near Dresden. He was the oldest of a family of five including: Anna Bata Jakoubek and Alvina Bata, both of Langdon; James and Mary, both deceased.
Frank attended a country school in Elgin Township and NDSU where he was a member of R.OT.C. In 1919 he purchased a farm in Waterloo Township known as the McHugh Stock Fram.
Frank and Julia Berger were married 8 Oct 1919 in St. Alphonsus. Julia was born 3 June 1897 to Peter and Anna Hettler Berger on her parents' homestead in Elgin Township. She attended the same country school as Frank did. Frank and Julia lived on the farm near Dresden where they raised their children:
Margaret Bata (Mrs Louis J. Breyer)
Mary Bata (deceased)
Frank A. (Bud) Bata
Joseph P. Bata
Robert J. Bata
All but Margaret farm and live in the Dresden-Langdon area. Maragert lives in Littleton, CO.
Frank was a member of the Waterloo School Board for several years, Community Committeeman on the AAA and P.M.A., forerunners of the ASCS. He served as director of the Farm Bureau and was a Nodak Mutual Insurance salesman. Frank was an organizer and promoter of the R.T.A. In 1926 he built a grain elevator with an 18,000 bushel grain storage on his farm. The elevator is still in use on the farm where the youngest son, Robert J. Bata and family live. Frank won the title of Durum King in 1941 when a sample of his durum wheat was selected. That same year his durum wheat won 12th place in the Chicago International Livestock exposition. Frank ventured to purchase the first Massey Harris self-propelled combine in the area.
Frank and Julia were members of Holy Trinity at Dresden. Frank, a trustee, devoted a great deal of time to the building of the native stone church. Julia participated in various events to raise funds to furnish the church proper.
Frank died 21 July 1955. Julia moved to Langdon in 1965 and lived there until she died 15 March 1971.--recorded 6/85
Photograph: Frank and Julia: their wedding day