I have been reviewing the old posts on the site and realized that I had a piece of our shared family puzzle that perhaps I could share. My great grandmother Marian Adrian Bohmbach, born in 1883 in Germany (daughter of Gerhardt and Lizzette Adrian), left Nebraska and went to North Dakota to help raise a relative's family because the wife had died young suddenly. This HAD to be an Erdelbrock family member since her father, Gerhart, had no siblings and we have no stories of any other family of his of any kind. And it had to be a brother. Moreover, the timing seems to fit. William Erdelbrock has a child born in 1902 that I have seen from posts here, lost two wives young and land records confirm Dietrich and William in close proximity.
Marian Adrian met Dietrich Bohmbach, my great-grandfather (b 1872 in Helmste, Germany, immigrated 1888 to dodge the draft), because his farm either abutted their's or was one farm over. Immigrating alone at 16, he first lived in Red Wing, MN with a great-aunt until he came of age. He then went to North Dakota (he filed 1st papers in Eddy County in 1894) because I believe another Bohmbach relative had homesteaded in the general area. He filed his homestead claim in 1900 for 160 acres in Munster Township, Eddy County near New Rockford, ND. Dietrich and Marian were married December 31, 1903 in New Rockford and started their family there, but not right away - Evelyn was born in 1907 (d. 1988) and Wallace was born in 1910 (d. 2003).
The family eventually sold and moved when Dietrich received his asking price for the farm. They stayed a short while in Kansas City where Marian had family, but city life did not agree with Dietrich. They relocated to Akeley, MN (Remember the fishing version of the "It doesn't get any better than this!" beer ads set at Crow Wing Lake in MN?) and started farming again. Their banked wealth permitted them building a comfortable but not extravagant home. My mother says Marian demanded few creature comforts in her life but did insist on one thing in their new home - a large indoor bathroom with a large bathtub.
Wallace eventually bought the farm next door to his parents raising 1 son and 3 daughters including my mother. She recounts how the young Bohmbachs went next door for their weekly baths as children. She has recounted this basic story to me several times and remembers the names William and Herb Erdelbrock but was always uncertain of which relative her grandmother was living with at the time she met her grandfather.