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A copy of each of the five original documents is shown on the top, with a full transcription below each item.  For purposes of authenticity, I have transcribed the information  exactly as it is written - with all punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure the way it appears in the original text.

 

#1 document

#2 document

#3 document


#1 transcription

Towner, N.D. Dec. 29, 1908

I, the undersigned, August Rosenau, guardian of Bernhard Bieberdorf, Eric Bieberdorf and Herman Bieberdorf, do hereby certify that the following account is correct in regard to the share that said minor children have in grain, raised on the following real estate, namely, the NE 1/4 Sec. 29, NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec. 28 Twp 160, Rge. 77, for the year 1907.

Amount of grain raised 535 bushels of wheat, of which 213 bushels went to the above named minor children, which sold for $188.06.  Expenses paid as follows:

30 bushels of seed wheat at .95 cents = $28.50

Threshing 213 bushels at .10 cents per bushel = $21.30

Share of tax paid for the year 1907 = $11.68

Hauling wheat to market, 5 cents a bushel = $10.65

Total $72.13

Deduct the same from the above named amount leaves a balance to their credit of $115.93.

Signed August Rosenau

Subscribed and sworn to before me on the 29th day of Dec. 1908

County Auditor, McHenry County

#2 transcription

Willow Creek. Jan 31st 1910

I, the undersigned, August Rosenau, guardian for the children of HA Bieberdorf, do hereby certify that the following is a correct statement in regard to money received and paid out during the year 1910.

Seed wheat 75 bushels at $1.10 per bsh = $82.50

Threshing 45 bushels at .12 cents per bushel = $4.50

Tax = $25.68

Hauling grain to market =$2.00

Total $115.58

two fifths part of ___ $46.45

Received 34 1/2 bsh net at elevator price 80 cents per bsh = $27.60

16 ton of hay at $3.00 per ton = $48.00

Total = $75.60

two fifths part of ___ = $30.24

Received as shown per statement $30.24

Paid out $46.45

Shortage $16.21

Crop was hailed during this year

Signed, August Rosenau

 

#3 transcription

Oakland, N Dak
Dec 12, 1911

Dear sir,

I sowed 70 bushels of wheat and only got 158 again, I did all the work my self.

This is of the land where the children get their shairs of.  Tax was $30.

Yours truly
Mr. Gust Rosenau

Kramer N Dak

Note:  I am quite certain that someone else wrote this note, then had August (Gustav) sign it.  I have no evidence that he could read or write, especially English.

#4 document

#5 document

#4 transcription

Kramer N Dak
Nov 22. 1912

Dear Sir,

This is what I threashed on the place that belongs to the Biberdorf children.  818 bushels Flax Threashbill 204 two hundard and four dollars 18 bushels sead Flax $1.90 a bushell 11.40 bushels of Wheat Threashbill $114 one hundard and fourteen dollars

70 bushels seed wheat at 90 cents a bushel

$79.75 for having it halled to town

Yours truly
Mr Gust Rosenau
Kramer N Dak

#5 transcription

This letter, written (dictated?) by August (Gustav) Rosenau is written in German.  Until I can translate it, I can only guess as to what it says.  It is dated October 1914, and it does refer to the section, range and township of the land.  It appears as though someone else wrote the note, and signed Gustav's name, then Gustav signed the note.  

Note:

I am quite certain that someone else wrote this note, then had August (Gustav) sign it.  I have no evidence that he could read or write, especially English.

 

 

 

 

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