JOSEPH (JOSEF PLOTZKY) BLOTSKE, the son of Jakob & Johanna nee Heidrich Plotzky was born January 1, 1889 in Emmental, Bender, Bessarabia, Russia, today it's called Pervomisc, Moldavia. Jakob and Johanna Plotsky, had five sons Telesphorus, Romanus, Lukas, Josef, Thomas and a daughter Anna Maria who married Anton Harsche. Johanna died between 1889/1895 in Emmental. Later Jakob married 2nd wife Rosina Heidrich they had a daughter Emilia Blotzky born June 20, 1896.
Joseph Blotske's grandfather Jakob Plotzki Sr was born in 1802 in ORSCHOKOWIN (Warsaw), Poland. His Grandmother was Luiza Schulz Plotzki, born 24 Feb 1825 in Krasna, Akkerman, Bess, Russ. Jakob was married three times 1st-Eva Zieburt she died abt 1839, then 2nd-Luiza Schulz she died no year was posted. His 3rd wife was Anna Christina Ganski. All three wives had children with Jakob Plotzki Sr.
Joseph, Romanaus and Lukas immigrated to America at different times.
We don't know what happened to Lukas other than it shows Romanus used his name as the sponsor on the manifest information. The address for Lukas on manifest was Eureka Warfields,SD or some say it was Westfield, ND in 1903.
Romanus entered America by Ellis Island, October 21, 1903. He sailed on the Kaiser Wilheim Der Grosse. The spelling was Raman Plotzki. Romanus got his citizenship in Sept 30 1936.
Joseph was only 19 years old when he left Emmental and sailed on the SS "Main", they docked at the port of Baltimore, MD on July 29 1908. He traveled and lived with the Keller family, later helped them farm land in the Strasburg-Linton area.
Joseph became an American citizen September 17, 1940. The "Certificate of Citizenship" for both brothers can be viewd in the family photo section.
Other Plotzki Families that came to America, Katharina (Half Aunt) Plotzki and husband Joseph Nagel about 1894, they settled in Strasburg/Krassna ND. Children: Elias Nagel and Thekla Nagel Deicher made this trip sometime later.
Peter Plotzki son, Joseph and Felicia Plotsky family immigrated to America and settled in the Bismarck area.
December 9 1913 in Emmons County ND Joseph married Theresa Jochim. They lived in Strasburg area until 1922, then moved to Selfridge, ND with three small children, Pete, Frank and Rose.
It was the dead of winter when they moved to Selfridge so they could cross the Missouri River while it was frozen. (As a small child I remember my family traveling by car, crossing Missouri in the winter so we could go visit my great grandparents.) It was a short cut that was used during the winter months because it would take hours by highway.
The Blotske's had nine children, Peter, Frank, Rose (Blotske) Kraft, Ferdinand, John, Dorothy (Blotske) Vetter, Ann (Blotske) Bruner, Jack and Theresa who died shortly after birth.
Both Joseph and Theresia have passed away along with two sons Peter and Frank.
THERESIA JOCHIM BLOTSKE, born August 16, 1895 - was the oldest daughter of Peter and Stefania (Nold)Jochim, she was age 7 when they left Neu Kandel.
Peter and Margaretha Jochim, parents of Peter Jochim Jr, his brother Georg and family, and Josephina Ziegler made the trip to America. Joseph Jochim son of Peter Sr was the sponsor. They all join him in Hague, ND. He also married Josephina.
The families left Bremen, Germany on June 14 1904, sailed on the Kronprinz Wilheim, docking June 21, 1904 at Ellis Island, NY.
Other children born in the Russia were: Paulina (4), Dorathea, (3), Johann,(2), Georg, (7 months). Children born in the America were Peter, Adam, Ben, Albert, Jake, Damion, Kati and Joe.
They all settled in the Strasburg area, farmed 160 acres, which was part of the Homestead Act.
Stefania died in 1931; Peter's 2nd wife, Bendicta died in 1962; Peter died February 1969......
This is a short Bio of the Plotzki/Jochim families.....
- Bob and Teddi (Ferderer) Blotske Wedding (33 KB)
Married Dec 31, 1968
- Peter and Pauline (Jochim) Kraft Wedding 2/10/1919 (75 KB)
Second-Daughter of Peter and Stefania Jochim.
- Jake and Katherine(Lanitz) Jochim Wedding 1929 (52 KB)
Son of Peter and Stefania Jochim. Jake and Katherine family lived and farmed near Selfridge, ND.
- Helen and Frank Blotske's Four Young Children (31 KB)
Betty, Bob, Baby Linda, Judy
- Paul Blotske's Graduation (25 KB)
Paul is the oldest son of Pete and Dorothy Blotske and also the oldest grandchild of Joe and Theresa Blotske.
- Young - Alan Lee Herman (19 KB)
Alan is the husband of Judy (Blotske) Herman
- Joseph Blotske (36 KB)
Picture taken on wedding day.
- Dorothy Blotske Miller Family (51 KB)
Picture taken between 70's and 80's in Michigan.
- Theresa (Jochim) Blotske (23 KB)
Picture taken on Wedding Day.
- Jack and Connie Blotske's Wedding Party (29 KB)
Names unknown except far right is Pete Blotske.
- Joseph and Theresa Blotske Family (29 KB)
Christening Picture for Frank Blotske taken in 1918. Theresa, Pete standing next to his father Joseph who is holding Frank.
- Studio Picture of Joe and Theresa Blotske (37 KB)
Taken in the 40's
- Little Judy Blotske (9 KB)
Taken between 1947-1948
- Annie and Jack Blotske (20 KB)
Taken on the farm, date unknown
- Helen Blotske with Two Older Children (16 KB)
Helen with Judy and Bob taken in the late 40's.
- Jack and Rose Kraft Family in 60's (43 KB)
- "Young" Marie and Larry Kraft (27 KB)
Studio taken in the 40's
- Theresa Blotske's Three Girls (40 KB)
Dorothy Vetter, Ann Bruner, Rose Kraft
- Helen Blotske's Children in the 90.s (43 KB)
Top Row: Betty and Bob, Second Row: Judy and Linda, Front Row: Bonnie, Helen, Sharon
- "Blotske Homestead Farm" (13 KB)
Blotske Homestead Farm , located near Selfridge North Dakota
- Frank and John Blotske (31 KB)
Riding Buckskin and Sandy on the Blotske Homestead.
- Allen and Joann (Wingerter) Blotske Family (39 KB)
Allen is the oldest son of John and Mary Blotske.
- Dale and Marcy (Berg) Blotske Wedding (41 KB)
John Blotske Family Picture taken at second sons wedding October 25, 1975.
- Frank & Helen Blotske Bridal Party 2-12-1946 (15 KB)
Ferdinand Blotske, Liz Vetter, Frank and Helen, Ann Blotske and George Vetter
- John-John and Terri Blotske's Wedding (23 KB)
John-John is the youngest son of John and Mary Blotske.
- Theresa Blotske Family (40 KB)
Picture taken in the early 60's. Back Row: Mary, Theresa, Helen, Margaret, Dorothy, Ann and Connie. Knelling is husbands John, Frank, Ferdinand, George, Tony, and Jack.
- Frank and Helen Blotske (40 KB)
Picture taken in Dayton, Ohio in the 80's
- Pete and Dorothy Blotske Family 50's (34 KB)
Pete and Dorothy with Children, Paul, Betty Lou, Richard and Joey.
- Mike and Annmarie (Blotske) Grocek Wedding (39 KB)
Jack and Connie Blotske's Oldest Daughter's Wedding.
- Helen Vetter (6 KB)
School Days at the "Vetter School" in Shields, North Dakota.
- Betty Lou Blotske's Graduation (25 KB)
- Helen Vetter (26 KB)
NO DATE 40's
- Blotske Family at Rose and Jack Kraft Farm (30 KB)
Picture taken in 1943.
- Helen (Vetter) Blotske in Kenosha Wisconsin (19 KB)
Helen on right with a friend from Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- Pete and Dorothy Blotske (53 KB)
Taken in San Antonio, Texas
- Joseph Blotske's Citzenship Document (70 KB)
Copy of the original citzenship papers.
- Frank and Helen Blotske's Wedding (35 KB)
Studio - Feb 12,1946
- Peter Jochim's Family in the 60's (35 KB)
- Melissa Waliser's Wedding (31 KB)
Taken in Mandan, ND June 2000. She is the daughter of Diane (Blotske) and Jim Waliser and grand daughter to Ferdinand and Margaret Blotske.
- Ann Bruner Family 2000 (42 KB)
- Tony Bruner at Chicago World's Fair (13 KB)
Chicago World's Fair- Date Unknown.
- Ferdinand and Margaret Blotske Wedding Party (39 KB)
John Blotske far right, Marie Kraft flower girl on left and maybe Larry Kraft ringbear.
- Paul and Pauline Blotske Family (25 KB)
Pauline, Paul, Paul Jr, Tina and Lisa Blotske
- Pete and Dorothy Blotske with Pete's Parents (34 KB)
Is the little Boy Paul, Richard, or Joey???
- Frank Blotske Family -50's (49 KB)
Back row: Helen, Linda, Betty, Frank, Front row: Sharon, Bonnie, Bob and Judy. Picture taken in the late 50's
- Helen and Frank Blotske's - 25th Anniversary (42 KB)
Ann Bruner, Liz Wolfer, George Vetter, Ferdinand Blotske picture with Helen and Frank
- Ann and Tony Bruner (21 KB)
- Frank and Helen Blotske (40 KB)
Dancing at John-John Blotske Wedding.
- John Blotske's Collection (41 KB)
John's Collections of Tractors.
- Tony Bruner Military Days (16 KB)
Tony with military fellows
- Rodney and Mary (Bruner) Kietly Family 1999 (67 KB)
Brittany, Megan, Tanner and Grady
- Helen Blotske- Studio Photo (23 KB)
Picture taken in Dayton, Ohio in the 90's
- Tony and Connie Harris (42 KB)
Picture taken in 1993- Tony, Morgan and Connie- Not Pictured is Grayson. Connie is the second daughter to Tony and Ann Bruner.
- John and Mary Blotske with Theresa (24 KB)
Picturred is Theresa, Mary holding Valerie, John and Allen and Dale
- Peter Jochim Sr Family (28 KB)
Three Families before leaving Russia - Peter and Stefanie (Standing left back row) Dorothy and George (Back Right) seated is Peter and Margarette Jochim
- Betty (Blotske/Long) and Tim Schweitzer Wedding (44 KB)
Pictured is Amanda, Mickey, Betty, Tim, Kevin and Torre. June 1, 1996
- Dave and Donna (Blotske) Gazo's Wedding (41 KB)
Selfridge, North Dakota, Donna is wearing her mother's wedding gown also. Donna is the second daughter of Ferdinand and Margaret Blotske.
- Jack and Connie Blotske's Family in the 60.'s (68 KB)
Jack, Connie and girls Annmarie, Laura and Janie
- Pete and Marie (Kraft) Schmidt Family (18 KB)
Schmidt Families taken in the 90's
- Little Vetter Boys (5 KB)
Ken, Roger, Myron Jerome
- Jack and Connie (Gondek) Blotske Wedding (27 KB)
Married in Michigan
- George Vetter Family in the 70's (20 KB)
- Jack Blotske and Girls (17 KB)
Jack Blotske with daughters and Theresa with Joe Jochim's and the sister who I don't know at this time.
- Harlee and Samantha Hall (20 KB)
Sixth Generation Grand Daughters to Peter and Margaretha Jochim; Fifth Generation Grand Daughters to Jakob & Johann (Plotzky) Blotske.
- Betty Lou and Ronnie's Wedding (22 KB)
Taken in Detroit.
- Judy, Betty and Bob Blotske "Younger Years". (29 KB)
Picture taken in front of Grandma Blotske'
s House in Selfridge ND.
- "Kronprinz Wilheim" (12 KB)
This Vessel was used to bring both the George Vetter Family in(1903)and Peter Jochim Families in(1904) to Ellis Island.
- Betty Lou and Ronnie's Family (46 KB)
Taken in Michigan
- Frank and Helen Blotske Children (43 KB)
Judy's First Communion, pictured are Bob, Betty, Judy, Linda and Bonnie Blotske, picture taken in front of Grandma Theresa's house in Selfridge, ND.
- June 1904 "Kronprinz Wilheim Manifest " (88 KB)
Copy of the original manifest from the Ellis Island files when the Peter Jochim Families came to America.
- Larry and Ann Kraft's Wedding (28 KB)
Taken in Norway
- School Days at the Vetter School (29 KB)
Pictured is Helen and George, do you know anyone eles?
- Theresa Blotske in a "Four Generation" Picture. (30 KB)
Judy (Blotske) Herman, Cindy (Herman) Hall, Samantha Hall, Helen (Vetter) Blotske and Harlee-Renee' Hall taken Jan 2000
- Neil and Shannon (Zeigler) Blotske Wedding 1995 (39 KB)
Neil is the second son of Robert(Bob)and Teddi Blotske.
- Judy and Alan Herman Wedding 1968 (35 KB)
Judy, Al, Helen and Frank
- Pauline and Paul Blotske's Wedding Day (28 KB)
Taken in Michigan
- Jim and Diane Waliser's Family (52 KB)
- Bridget (Blotske) and Micah Davidson Wedding (46 KB)
Bob and Teddi Blotske Family taken at Bridget's and Micah's Wedding. Back row: Neil, Bob, Rob, Micah, front row: Wayne, Shannon, Teddi, Bridget, Chet, April and Trevor
- Rob and Cheri (Thomas) Blotske Wedding (18 KB)
Rob is the oldest son of Robert (Bob) and Teddi Blotske.
- John Blotske in Emmental (48 KB)
Offering of Bread during the church dedication in Emmental, Moldava, the birthplace of Joseph and Romanus Blotske. John is located on the front left side of the picture.
- Rose (Blotske) and Jack Kraft (25 KB)
Taken Between the 70's and 80's
- Pete and Marie (Kraft) Schmidt's Wedding (33 KB)
Selfridge, North Dakota
- Map of Moldova Today (108 KB)
Emmental, Russia today is call Pervomaisc, Moldova. I'm told that it is located near Bessarabka.
- Rose Blotske (28 KB)
Rose Blotske taken some time in the late 30.'s
- Joseph and Theresa (Jochim) Blotske Wedding (35 KB)
Wedding 12-9-1913 in Krasna Emmons County, North Dakota
- Katherine Kraft Wedding (31 KB)
Larry and Ann Kraft's daughter and Grand daughter to Rose (Blotske) and Jack Kraft.
- Rose (Blotske) & Jack Kraft 50th Wedding (42 KB)
50th Wedding Anniversary of Rose and Jake Kraft. Standing: George Vetter, Ferdinand, Frank, Jack Kraft, John, and Jack. Seated: Dorothy, Margaret, Helen, Rose, Ann (Blotske) Brunner, Mary, and Connie
- Jack Blotske Playing the Accordian (58 KB)
"Octoberfest" in Dayton, Ohio 2000.
- Theresa Blotske (38 KB)
Picture taken in front yard in Selfridge
- Curtis and Valerie (Blotske) Kinn Family (43 KB)
Valerie is the only daughter of John and Mary Blotske. Curtis and Valerie with Children, Tyler, Davis and Alecia.
- Larry Kraft Sons & Jack Blotske "Making Music" (42 KB)
1986- Blotske Family Reunion in Selfridge North Dakota.
- Blotske's with Unknown Couple (14 KB)
If you know the couple with the Blotske's let me know...OK
- Torre and Briget (Bonde) Long Wedding (39 KB)
Torre is the second son of Betty (Blotske) and Mike Long.
- Alan and Judy Herman Family 2001 (42 KB)
Cindy, Judy, Al, Carmen, Samantha, Kevin, and Harlee-Renee'
- Jack and Tommy Schober Band (59 KB)
Jack with his Button Accordion playing with The Sorgenbreckers in Dayton, Ohio 2000
- Pete and Dorothy (Gondek) Blotske Wedding (28 KB)
- Pete, Marie (Kraft) Schmidt with Genevieve (31 KB)
Pete, Marie, Genevieve Schmidt, Marie is the daughter of Rose (Blotske) Kraft.
- Peter and Dorothy (Gondek) Blotske (28 KB)
- Blotske Trucking Company (42 KB)
Frank Blotske Business.
- Cowboy Paul Blotske in 2003 (45 KB)
Riding the trail
- Frank & Helen Blotske, Grand & Great Grandchildren (55 KB)
Not all "Grand and Great" Grandchildren are pictured. The total number is 27 grand children with spouses and 10 great grand children.
- Jack Blotske on the Trail in North Dakota 2003 (34 KB)
Playing the Accordian on the Prairie in North Dakota.
- Helen Blotske's Family in 2000 (47 KB)
Not all the family is pictured but the total of family members are 11 Children with Spouses, 27 Grand Children with Spouses and 10 Great Grand-Children.
- Romanus Blotsky (221 KB)
Citzenship Document September 30, 1936
- Jack and Connie Blotske Family in the 90's (55 KB)
Not pictured is Oldest daughter Annmarie and Mike's family.
- John Blotske's Military Days (7 KB)
John Blotske US Army
- Artist Painting of "Emmental Street " (28 KB)
Birthplace of Joseph and Romanus Blotsky
- Little Miss Marianna Josephine Riehl Blotske (39 KB)
Aunt Mary Blotske
- Peter and Stefania Jochim (40 KB)
- Blotske cousins from Kolbenz and Polch,Germany (26 KB)
Johannes Blotzki (Not related), Rosa Kopp (Cousin) and Maria Blotzki (Cousin) of Joseph and Romanus Blotske.
- Joe and Theresa's - 25th Anniversary (37 KB)
Party with family and friends.
- Kevin and Cindy (Herman) Hall Wedding 1990 (31 KB)
Cindy is the oldest daughter of Alan and Judy (Blotske)Herman. Cindy is also the oldest grand daughter to Helen and Frank Blotske.
The wedding dress Cindy is wearing was her grandmother's wedding dress that she wore on her wedding day 44 years ago.
- Jack and Rose (Blotske) Kraft's Wedding (38 KB)
February 18, 1941 in Selfridge, North Dakota
- George and Dorothy (Blotske) Vetter's Wedding (38 KB)
June 19, 1946 in Selfridge, North Dakota
- Dave and Donna Gazo Family (9 KB)
Donna (Blotske), Davina, Dave. Donna is the daughter of Ferdinand and Margaret Blotske.
- John and Mary (Reihl) Blotske's Wedding (27 KB)
February 7, 1950, Carson, North Dakota
- Jim and Diane (Blotske) Waliser Family (38 KB)
Diane is the oldest daughter of Ferdinand and Margaret Blotske and lives in Selfridge, ND.
- Ferdinand and Margaret (Echroth) Blotske's Wedding (32 KB)
October 11, 1948, Solen, North Dakota
- Jeff and Linda (Blotske) Wedding (35 KB)
Linda is the third daughter of Helen and Frank Blotske.
- Tony and Ann Bruner Wedding (39 KB)
Married in Selfridge, North Dakota
- Carmen Herman on the "Blotske Homestead Farm" (13 KB)
Carmen riding on the "Blotske Homestead Farm" in October 1994. She is the great grand daughter of Joseph and Theresa Blotske.
- Dorothy and Annie Blotske (19 KB)
taken in the 30's
- Jackie Blotske with his first Accordian (28 KB)
Look at that smile and how proud he looks.....
- Joe Blotske Family (37 KB)
Dorothy, Joe, Ferdinand, Theresa, John--Front Row Annie and Jackie
- Al Herman Family & Grandma Theresa taken in 1976 (36 KB)
Al, Judy, Cindy,Theresa (Jochim) Blotske and Carmen. Judy is the grand daughter to Theresa Blotske
- Jerry and Marlene (Blotske) Romano (52 KB)
Picture taken at the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Marlene is the daughter of Ferdinand and Margaret Blotske.
- Blotske Family in the 40's (34 KB)
Studio Picture--Missing was Ferdinand Blotske
- Pat and Bonnie (Blotske) Ferderer Wedding (47 KB)
Bonnie is the 4th daughter of Helen and Frank Blotske.
- Theresa Blotske Citzenship Document (80 KB)
Theresa was already a citzen when her father became a citzen in 1910. But Theresa wanted to make sure she was a citzen of the United States when Joesph applied.
- Theresa Blotske Family 60's (45 KB)
Taken in Selfridge at family gathering.
- Romanus & Bertha Blotsky and Selfridge Neighbors (28 KB)
Not Sure of the names. But Romanus and Bertha are the middle couple. Romanus is the older brother to Joseph Blotske
- Peter Jochim (37 KB)
not sure if this Peter Jochim Sr.
- Blotske Brothers Construction Company (34 KB)
John and Frank Blotske Road Construction.
- Joe and Theresa Blotske with two Daughters (29 KB)
Dorothy and Annie with Parents
- Peter & Pauline (Jochim)Kraft Family Earlier Years (13 KB)
Pauline and Peter Kraft family. "Pauline is a younger sister to Theresa Blotske".
- "Young" Jackie Blotske (13 KB)
Picture taken in the between the 30-40's
- "Father and Daughter" (13 KB)
Theresa Jochim Blotske with father Peter Jochim
- Tony and Ann Bruner Family (40 KB)
Ann(Blotske) and Tony Bruner with children, Mark, Pat, Dave, Mary, Connie, Mike and Paul (Not in Order)
- Ann Blotske (24 KB)
Studio Photo taken in the 40's.
- Richard and Renee Blotske (36 KB)
Richard is the second son of Pete and Dorothy Bloske.
- Dorothy Blotske (36 KB)
Studio Photo taken in the 40's.
- Theresa (Jochim) Blotske (10 KB)
Studio Picture in the 70's
- Betty Lou Blotske's First Communion (24 KB)
Daughter of Pete and Dorothy Blotske.
- Trevor and April (Backman) Blotske Wedding (31 KB)
Trevor is the third son of Robert and Teddi Blotske.