Sons Carl and Henry Batke with friend, Jacob Link

Sons Carl and Henry Batke with friend, Jacob Link
Sons Carl and Henry Batke with friend Jacob Link, St. Joseph, Michigan, c 1941, Photo courtesy Don Fredrick

About Martin Batke and Anna Lock

About Martin Batke and Anna Lock

Martin Batke and Anna Lock(?) are parents to at least five children. In their son Henry's death notice in The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, Michigan, dated April 7, 1949, four brothers are named: John of Canada; Peter of Germany; Carl of Fresno, California; and, Fred of Stockton, California. To my knowledge Martin never came to North America. Anna traveled with her sons John and Henry and their families from the Port of Bremen on the ship Pallanza to Quebec, Canada and eventually settled in Saskatchewan. She homesteaded at Queen Center, Saskatchewan and became a British citizen in 1919. It is believed, but not proven, Anna died on October 31, 1939 in Saskatchewan and may be buried in the Elim MB Church Cemetery, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

John Batke, Canadian Naturalization, 1917

John (Johan) Batke, Henry's brother, was granted Canadian naturalization on July 10, 1917 by the court.  Henry Batke was granted his citizenship by the court on the same date.

Like Henry's papers, John states that he is formerly of Gortiz (Chortitz), in the province of Ekaterinoslav, Russia.  He is now of Queen Center in the Province of Saskatchewan and is a farmer.

On July 15, 1917 he took his Oath of Residence and his Oath of Allegiance in front of Commissioner, John E. Friesen of Morse, Saskatchewan.

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Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, MF# 2,294,909

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