My great-great-great grandfather, Peter David Dschaak was born 1834 in Prussia. His family immigrated to “The Crimea” (now known as Ukraine), where he eventually married Elizabeth Fietz and had seven children, of which the third was Jacob who was born in 1867.

Jacob was my great-great Grandfather, married Louisa Ost, who became the the parents of my grandfather, August Dschaak born 1896 in Odessa, The Crimea, Russia.

His family immigrated to the USA in 1902. They left Eupatoria, Crimea, Russia on the ship “Armenia”, landed in Nova Scotia, Canada on November 19, 1902. From there they traveled overland to North Dakota to settle and homestead a stake of land there.

August met and married Hulda Janke, had 8 children, the oldest of which was Raymond Dschaak, my father, born 1920 in Golden Valley, North Dakota.

His family eventually migrated to Montana, where they pioneered sugar beet farming in the Bitteroot Valley. My father met my mother Alberta Rice in Ravalli, Montana, they married and I was born 1942 in Hamilton, Montana (the Bitteroot Valley).

My parents moved to Spokane, Washington, when I was 5 years old. I met my wife Pam (Eakins), in Seattle, Washington, we married in 1963, our children, Jeffrey, Martin, and Cara, born 1964, 1966, & 1968, respectively.

Jeffrey married Tamra Stauffer and had 3 children, Timothy, Bryan, and Alyssa, born 1987, 1989, and 1994.

Martin married Tanya Burke and had 2 children, Alexandra and Taylor, born 1992 and 1994.

Cara has born 2 children, Dillon and Jordan, born 1998 and 2003.

Interesting to note here that Peter David’s brother’s name was Martin !

Written by Timothy J Dschaak, 12-30-2005: link to article

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