By Edward F. Keller
Self published by Edward F. Keller, Dickinson, North Dakota, 1995,
softcover, 76 pages
Central North Dakota Library Network
In My First World, Dr. Keller tells of 28 families who
he grew up within the Strasburg, North Dakota area in the 1920s
and 1930s. This is the area and time that produced Lawrence Welk;
how we lived, worshipped, worked, attended schools; how we survived
the dust bowl and the grasshoppers; how our ancestors immigrated
from Germany to Russia and then homesteading near Strasburg, North
Dakota. The warm and sensitive writing takes people back to their
roots. Included are 76 pages plus nine pages of photographs and
What people are saying about My First World:
"Your story is a window to the past allowing us a glimpse into
the daily lives of people and events that happened long ago. It
is a poignant portrayal of a community bound together by strong
commitment to God, love for the land and each other."
--- Edward T. Schafer, Governor of North Dakota
"I don't believe I've ever had such a pleasant surprise. You really
made my life better."
--- Mary Eva Vetter Smith, Keller's sixth grade teacher, now 82
"Dr. Edward F. Keller provides an excellent description about
growing up in a German-Russian family with rich Christian traditions.
Life on the Dakota prairies was difficult in the 1930s. Dr. Keller
reviews what life was like as a young boy faced with the challenges
of pursuing his dreams and education. Dr. Keller has never forgotten
his roots and his life in Emmons County."
--- Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer, NDSU Libraries,
About the author
Dr. Edward F. Keller, was born in Strasburg, North Dakota in 1927.
In 1941, he left for Canton, Ohio, to attend Brunnerdale Seminary
High School. He later served in the military, attended St. Thomas
College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from Marquette University
School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1955. He is now retired
after practicing dentistry in Dickinson, North Dakota for 42 years.
He lives with his wife, Shirley, in Dickinson. Dr. Keller is author
of Memory Stories published in 1997 also available from the
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.
My First World
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