Langdon ND Centennial Edition 1888-1988 page 230-231
Joe and Edna Bata live on a farm three miles west of Langdon in Elgin Township. They purchased their farm in 1956 fra Lawrence and Mary Wilkes. A miniature grain elevator (7 1/2 feet tall) with "Bata Grain Farms" on it stands on the front lawn near the driveway. It is an exact replica of a bigger one built by Joe's father, Frank T. Bata, in 1926 on his farm near Dresden. The Bata's raise hard wheat, durum, barley and flax.
Joseph Peter was born 3 Nov 1929 to Frank T. and Julia Bata. Joe married Edna Elda Marchell, daughter of Adolf and Ida Marchell, 2 Jan 1954 in Fargo, ND.
They are the parents of four children:
Joseph (Joey) Ray Bata, born 1955 in Fort Worth, TX. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.
James Randal, born 1959 and lives in St. Paul, MN.
Sandra Bata lives in Fargo and Jay Robert Bata lives in Cavalier.--recorded 5/85