“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ashley in McIntosh County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery -Right Marker

Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery -Right Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, May 21, 2017
1. Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery -Right Marker Marker
Inscription. Unlike most of their Jewish brethren who remained on or near the East Coast in big cities, these first-time farmers boarded trains to "The Great Northwest," staking their claims 20 years after McInstosh County was opened for homesteading. They settled in the stony, hilly area called "Judenberg"(Jewish hills) by their welcoming German-Russian neighbors. In addition to their inexperience, the Jewish farmers faced drought, prairie fires, early frosts, blizzards, the Spanish flue Pandemic, and the Great Depression. Nevertheless, with hard work, and God's blessings, this stony ground bore fruit.

- The Ashley Wishek Jewish community retained its religious identity far from any major Jewish population center, as evidenced by this traditional cemetery. They were a nationally registered Jewish congregation in 1907, before they owned a central building for worship or had a formally trained rabbi. The traveled on horseback to each other's sod houses and barns for a "minyan" (the 10-man quorum for certain prayers), and celebrated Jewish weddings outside on the prairie under the "chuppah" (wedding canopy) with sponge cake, homemade wine, and dancing to washtub drums and spirited violins.

- The homesteader family names of the proud American interred here include Auerbach, Becker, Bender, Berman, Bloom, Dorfman, Ewart, Filler, Friedman, Goldstone, Grossman, Jampolsky, Ourach, Parkansky, Raich, Reuben, Schlasinger, Silverlieb, Smilowitz, and Weil.


May God bless and protect you,
May God deal kindly and graciously with you
May God bestow favor upon you and grant you peace.
Erected 2017 by The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation the descendants of the Jewish homesteaders the citizens of Ashley, North Dakota those who have cared for and restored this cemetery, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Location. 46° 4.698′ N, 99° 22.727′ W. Marker is in Ashley, North Dakota, in McIntosh County. Marker is on 48th Ave. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashley ND 58413, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery - Left Marker (here, next to this marker).
Regarding Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery -Right Marker. U.S. Department of the Interior has recognized the site by designating it part of the National Register of Historic Places
Additional keywords. Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery National Register of Historic Places North Dakota
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Jerry Klinger of Derwood, Maryland. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 11 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Jerry Klinger of Derwood, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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