2013-02-21 / Front Page

Royalty reigns at Strasburg Care Center


The Royal Court at the Strasburg Care Center includes, left to right, Perry Masset, Margaret Baumgartner, Queen Marion Vander Vorst and King Harley Vander Vorst (Marion’s husband), Rudy Beska and Alvin Sauter. The Royal Court at the Strasburg Care Center includes, left to right, Perry Masset, Margaret Baumgartner, Queen Marion Vander Vorst and King Harley Vander Vorst (Marion’s husband), Rudy Beska and Alvin Sauter. Royalty were crowned on Valentine’s Day at the Strasburg Care Center’s festively decorated dining room that featured red and white hearts.

The program opened with piano music by Activities Director Marilyn Voller, and she welcomed the residents and guests.

First to be escorted into the dining room was 2012 Queen Ellen Tuttle. Adam Silbernagel, the 2012 King, is deceased.

The 2013 Queen candidates included Marion Vander Vorst, Perry Masset and Margaret Baumgartner. King candidates for 2013 were Harley Vander Vorst, Rudy Beska andAlvin Sauter.

Musical entertainment was provided by Julie Brandner, advertising manager for the Emmons County Record and Prairie Pioneer. She sang “Sentimental Journey,” “Hello Dolly” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


Marion and Harley Vander Vorst are this year’s Queen and King at the Strasburg Care Center. Marion and Harley Vander Vorst are this year’s Queen and King at the Strasburg Care Center. Voller thanked Linton Floral ’n More for donating the Queen’s roses and King’s rose boutonniere, the Dietary Department for preparing the dessert for lunch, Brandner for her songs, the center’s staff for the help getting the residents ready for the program and all of the residents, families and friends who attended the program.

Crowned Queen was Marion Vander Vorst, and Harley Vander Vorst, Marion’s husband, was crowned King. After the winners received their crowns, robes and flowers, there was a time to take pictures, followed by lunch.

Queen Candidates


Julie Brandner sings for the residents. Julie Brandner sings for the residents. Marion Vander Vorst Marion LaVerna Vander Vorst entered the Strasburg Care Center on April 5, 2012. Marion had been living at the Good Samaritan Home in Herreid, S.D.

Marion was born to Christine (Bollinger) and George Wittmeier on Sept. 13, 1926. Marion was born in Campbell County, S.D. Marion’s parents farmed in the Gale area. Their family included: Maynard, Irene, Cleo, Bob, John and Marion. Marion attended school in Pollock, S.D., where she earned a high school diploma. She can speak a little German as well as English.

Marion married Harley Vander Vorst on Jan. 12, 1946, in Bismarck. They farmed southwest of Westfield. Five children joined their family: Michael of California, Dale of Bismarck, Pam (deceased), Mark and Leanne Jakobsen of Pollock. Their family worshipped at the Hope Reformed Church in Westfield, where Marion was a member of the ladies group.

She is a member of the Pollock American Legion Auxiliary. She worked in the Dietary Department of the Strasburg Care Center.

Harley and Marion enjoy their six grandchildren and their five great-grandchildren. Harley retired from farming and they moved into Pollock in 1999. In 2010 Marion entered the Good Samaritan Center in Herreid.

Marion said her favorite vacations with Harley include a trip to Washington, D.C., and the many times they traveled to California to visit their son Michael.

Leisure-time activities Marion has enjoyed over the years include playing board games with her family, playing cards—whist and gin rummy, listening to music, doing embroidery, reading, watching TV—especially the game shows, attending the high school basketball games, gardening and attending church events. Marion said her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite food is apples.

Margaret Baumgartner

Margaret L. Baumgartner was admitted to Strasburg Care Center on Dec. 5, 2011. Margaret had been living in her home in Strasburg.

She was born to Elizabeth (Horner) and Jacob Baumann on May 11, 1919. Her parents farmed north of Strasburg. Six children joined the family— Peter and Anton are deceased, Margaret, Benny, Ignatius and Loretta. The family worshipped at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Strasburg.

Margaret attended country school through the eighth grade. Margaret is able to speak English and German.

On Oct. 7, 1939, Margaret married Joe Baumgartner in Moorhead, Minn. They farmed north of Strasburg where Margaret was born and raised. They worshipped at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Their family grew with the addition of Lavern (deceased), Joe, Betty, Mary, Marlene and Alvin.

Margaret lived in the Strasburg area her entire life. She looks forward to seeing her 16 grandchildren, her 26 great-grandchildren, and her five great-greatgrandchildren.

She said her favorite vacation was when she and Joe vacationed in Portland and Spokane, Oregon and Seattle, Wash. Leisure-time activities that have kept her busy over the years include bowling, baking-especially homemade bread and kuchen, going to the casino, watching TV game shows, listening to Old- Time music, attending church and church activities, gardening, watching sports, visiting friends, crocheting, quilting and playing cards—pinochle, whist and gin rummy.

Margaret is a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and the St. Mary’s Society.

She is especially proud of the trophies she won over the years bowling.

Margaret is always ready to play Wii Bowling. Her favorite color is red, chicken and dressing are her favorite foods, and calves are her favorite animals.

Perry Masset

Perry Masset entered the Strasburg Care Center on April 6, 2011. She had been living in her home in Linton prior to coming to SCC.

Perry was born on April 17, 1914, in the St. Bernard’s area to Letticia (Braun) and Casper Bachmeier. Her parents were farmers and attended St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Their family consisted of six girls and five boys. Three are living.

She was educated through the fifth grade at a farm school, and she speaks English and German.

On Oct. 15, 1935, Perry married Anton Masset at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of rural Linton. They farmed south of Linton. Two sons completed their family— Albert of Strasburg and Wilfred of LaMoure. They were blessed with seven grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren.

Perry said her favorite vacation was to Arizona. After farming for 40 years, they moved into Linton to make their home. She worked at the Linton School Cafeteria where she got to see her grandchildren every day at school. She has been a member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Linton as well as a member of the Catholic Daughters for a number of years. Anton passed away in 1969.

Activities Perry has enjoyed over the years include watching TV—“Wheel Of Fortune” and the news are her favorite shows, playing whist and pinochle, crocheting, watching basketball and baseball games on TV, cooking, baking, gardening, listening to “Old Time Music” and going for a walk. Perry lists summer as her favorite season because she says everything gets so pretty. Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite food is bean soup. She is very proud of her family.

King Candidates

Harley Vander Vorst

Harley Vander Vorst entered the Strasburg Care Center on April 30, 2012. He had been living at the Good Samaritan Center at Herreid, S.D.

He was born in Emmons County on July 1, 1924, to Bertha (Van Beek) and Garrett Vander Vorst. His parents farmed in the Westfield area. There were four boys and one girl in their family. Hannes, Eddie, Wilbur and Dorothy are deceased. Their family worshipped at the Hope Reformed Church in Westfield. Harley attended the Hill Country School through the eighth grade. Harley served in the U.S. Air Force.

Harley married Marion (Wittmeier) on Jan. 12, 1946, in Bismarck. They farmed in the Westfield area. Five children joined their family. Their children include Michael of California, Dale of Bismarck, Pam (deceased), Mark and Leanne Jakobsen of Pollock. They worshipped at the Hope Reformed Church in Westfield.

Harley and Marion enjoy their six grandchildren and their five great-grandchildren. He retired from farming and they moved into Pollock in 1999. He enjoyed vacations to Washington, D.C., and to California several times to visit their son Michael. In 2010 Harley entered the Good Samaritan Center in Herreid.

Activities that Harley has enjoyed over the years include playing cards—whist and gin rummy, Bingo, attending high school basketball games, reading, watching TV—game shows and Western movies and hunting.

Harley was a member of the Pollock Senior Citizens and the Pollock American Legion. He took pride in his farm and his livestock. He said his favorite color is black, a horse is his favorite animal and pancakes are his favorite food.

Alvin Sauter

Alvin Sauter was admitted to Strasburg Care Center on Dec. 26, 2012. He had been living in his home in Linton.

Alvin was born on March 31, 1924, to Pauline (Herbalt) and August Sauter. He was born in Emmons County. His parents were farmers. There were nine children born to their family—Edwin, Art, LeRoy and Lillian are deceased, Alvin, Edna, Phyllis, Betty and Eileen. Their family worshipped at the First Baptist Church in Linton. He attended a country school 12 miles southwest of Linton and completed the Eighth Grade.

On Dec. 28, 1951, Alvin married Delores (James) at the Linton First Baptist Church. They farmed southwest of Linton. Delores was a teacher in a country school and did substitute teaching at the Linton School. Joining their family were four children—Clinton, Janet and Sandy of Bismarck, and Larry of Mandan. Alvin and Delores enjoyed their 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. They worshipped at the Linton First Baptist Church.

Alvin has been a member of the First Baptist Church for 55 years and was a trustee for 25 years. He states that he has lived around Linton all of his life. They moved into Linton in 1988. He said his favorite vacation was to visit family in Hot Springs, Mont., with his wife. Delores passed away in December of 2012.

Leisure-time activities that Alvin has enjoyed over the years include checkers, playing cards (whist), making toys out of wood, watching baseball and basketball on TV, listening to Country Western Music, watching western movies, yard work and taking care of the flowers around the yard.

Alvin said he helped move the Temvik church to Linton, helped to build the new church and planted the trees at the church. Alvin and Delores made a park south of the First Baptist Church Parsonage. The shelter in the park can hold 100 people and has bathroom facilities.

He raised pheasants for a few years but states that he has never shot a pheasant.

Alvin said his favorite color is red, a dog is his favorite animal and walleye is his favorite food.

RudolphRudy” Beska

Rudolph “Rudy” Beska entered the Strasburg Care Center on Sept. 9, 2012. He came to SCC from Hazelton where he had been living in his home.

Rudy, as he prefers to be called by his friends, was born on Dec. 1, 1918, to Christine (Kessler) and Frank Beska. His parents farmed in the Temvik area.

Ten children joined this family—Ida (Dale) Hamel, Albert, Fred, Ella (Al) Lidgreen, Rudy, Ted, Edwin, Robert, Irene (John) Lloyd and Milbert. The family’s religious affiliation was Protestant.

Rudy attended country school at the Sand Creek School No. 2 southwest of Temvik area through the eighth grade. He is able to speak English and German.

Rudy spent some time working at a CCC Camp. He was drafted into the military on Oct. 20, 1942. He did his Basic Training in Abilene, Texas, and then was sent to Edwards Air Force Base in California and eventually served overseas. Rudy said when he was in the USA he drove an ambulance. When he was stationed overseas his job was an Auto Equipment Operator that delivered supplies. After serving in World War II, he was discharged on Oct. 18, 1945. Rudy never married.

After he returned from the service, Rudy was a farm laborer for several area farmers. He enjoyed spending time with his friends over the years. Leisure-time activities that he has enjoyed include playing cards—gin rummy, par franc, whist, watching Minnesota Twins baseball games on TV, Bingo, reading, going to the casino, listening to Old-Time music, watching TV—he especially likes “Wheel Of Fortune,” “The Price Is Right,” the news and attending church activities. He attended the Hazelton Presbyterian Church.

Rudy states that orange and blue are his favorite colors, mashed potatoes and gravy are some of his favorite foods, and his favorite animal is a cat.

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