Kletke/Durham Genealogy

Harold Oscar Gustav Kletke

Male 1909 - 1979  (70 years)


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  • Name Harold Oscar Gustav Kletke 
    Born 22 Apr 1909  Randlet, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Nov 1979  Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Harold Gustav Kletke was born Apr. 22, 1909, in southern Oklahoma, then know as the Big Pasture, near Randlet, seven miles north of the Texas border. Harold is the son of Edward Gustav and Ida Louise Kletke, nee Augustin. As a small infant his mother and sisters came to Alva by train. His father brought the wagons with their belongings overland with neighbors help. His father owned a farm northwest of Alva.
      Harold attended school in the Highland School District northwest of Alva, and the Lutheran School in Alva for one year. In 1918 he moved with his parents to New Mexico. Here he attended high school in Las Vegas, NM, graduating in 1929. While attending school he worked as a round-house clerk for the AT&SF Railroad for two years at 37 cents an hour. He also cleaned basements and stoked furnaces for 25 cents and hour for other businesses there.
      After completing high school Harold started farming the wheat farm at Alva for his father. He would come to Alva near harvest time and remain until the wheat was sown in the fall. He would haul the farm tractor to and from Alva on a one ton Chevrolet truck.
      In 1934 Harold was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Co. that had a distributing point at Ute Park, MN. By accident he dropped a barrel full of oil on his foot and was in the Miners Hospital in Raton for six weeks. While here Harold made the acquaintance of Theresa Emily Stevens, daughter of Frank W. and Theresa Stevens, nee Kelly. Harold and Theresa were married Oct. 7, 1934 and moved to Alva in Feb. 1935. Harold rented the O. A. Cline farm eight miles east and four miles south of Alva. A son Dale Bruce was born.
      In 1939 Harold was one of seven in Woods County selected to purchase a farm in Woods County under the tenant purchase program of the farm Security Administration. The farm purchased was the one owned by his father Edward Gustav Kletke located six and one-half miles northwest of Alva.
      Their second son Edward Martin was born and Harold and Theresa remodeled the house and added more rooms. They did diversified farming, paying particular attention to wheat growing and livestock; dairy cattle being a line in which he spent much energy. Later Harold worked with the Agricultural Soil Conservation, surveying for ponds and terraces in Woods County.
      They became the parents of twins, a boy Jason Daniel and a daughter Joyce Dianne. Theresa died in Apr. 1948 leaving the twins three years old. Eddie seven, and Dale nearly nine.
      Dale Bruce attended Goodwell College, where he received his degree in Animal Husbandry. He married Virginia Lou Durham, daughter of Lacey Coleman Durham and Ruth Durham, nee Bridge in Raton, NM. Dale and Virginia have four children, Dale Bruce Jr., Catherine Ann, Rachel Lynn, and Daniel Brian.
      Edward Martin completed high school and attended Goodwell College in the Panhandle. Edward is married to Barbara Litterell, daughter of Elbert and Edith Litterell, nee Shaddy. Edward's interests are farming and ranching near Alva. They have one son Jeffrey Scott.
      Jason Kletke attended Northwestern. he married Virginia Baker and they have one son Robin Edward. Later Jason married Patricia Frances Sievers, daughter of William and Faye Sievers, nee Chapman. Pat has three children Michael, Alisa, and Todd white. Jason does carpenter work in Alva and during the summer months custom harvesting.
      Joyce attended NWOSU and received a BS degree. She is teaching in Lahoma, OK. She married Max Morse of Dacoma. Max is the son of Ray and Pearl Morse, nee Ikler. Max finished his college work at Northwestern, majoring in Business Education. Max is employed with the Far Gas Co-op in Enid, OK. They live in Lahoma.
      Harold and his family are members of the Lutheran Church. Harold still lives on the farm northwest of Alva.

      Edward M. Kletke; 1976
    Person ID I0035  Kletke-Durham
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2009 

    Father Edward Gustav Kletke,   b. 26 Oct 1873, Alexen, East Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1947, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Ida Louisa Augustin,   b. 18 Jan 1880,   d. 31 Oct 1934, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 29 May 1898  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Louise G. Morrow 
    Family ID F015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Theresa Emily Stevens,   b. 11 Jan 1914, Raton, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1948, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 7 Oct 1934  Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dale Bruce Kletke
     2. Edward Martin Kletke,   b. 29 Dec 1938, Alva, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 2006, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. Jason Daniel Kletke
     4. Joyce Diane Kletke,   b. 16 Jan 1944, Alva, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 2006, Enid, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Family ID F016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Kletke Family
    Kletke Family
    Harold & Theresa Kletke
    Back Row: Edward, Dale
    Front Row: Joyce, Jason
    Harold & Theresa Kletke
    Harold & Theresa Kletke
    Harold Kletke Family
    Harold Kletke Family
    Back Row: Elisha Randall, Louis Engelken, Bob Tecklenburg, Martha Tecklenburg, Theresa Kletke
    Front Row: Erna Randall, Ella Engelken, Hilda Kletke,
    Edward Kletke, Harold Kletke
    Kletke Family
    Kletke Family
    Martha Tecklenburg, Harold Kletke, Ella Engelken,
    Hilda Kirmse & Erna Randall

    Documents
    #29 1947 June 04 - Berlin
    #29 1947 June 04 - Berlin
    etter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Harold Kletke informing him of who in the family is still alive after WWII.
    #31 1947 September 15 - Berlin
    #31 1947 September 15 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke thanking him for the care packages and re-assuring him of their need.
    #32 1947 October 19 - Berlin
    #32 1947 October 19 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Harold Kletke offering her sympathies on the passing of Edward Gustav Kletke.
    #33 1947 October 26 - Berlin
    #33 1947 October 26 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Harold Kletke requesting assistance with food and clothes.
    #34 1947 November 09 - Berlin
    #34 1947 November 09 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Harold Kletke thanking him for the generous care package.

    Headstones
    Harold & Theresa (Stevens) Kletke
    Harold & Theresa (Stevens) Kletke
    Headstone for Harold & Theresa (Stevens) Kletke