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Ella Helena Clara Kletke

Female 1906 - 2000  (93 years)

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  • Name Ella Helena Clara Kletke 
    Born 13 May 1906  Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Baptism 10 Jun 1906  Zion Lutheran Church Alva, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Jan 2000  Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ella Helen Clara Kletke Engelken was born on May 13, 1906 on a farm Northwest of Alva, Oklahoma. She was the sixth child of Edward Gustav and Ida Kletke nee Augustin. At the age of eleven years old, in May1917, she had a serious appendicitis attack. This was during World War I and because of anti-German feelings the operation was performed on the farm by Doctor W.E. Simon. She was not expected to live as in those days a burst appendix was almost always fatal. When Grandpa and Grandma Kletke moved to Marino Valley, NM for grandma Ida's health, she had TB, Ella continued her education at Highlands, in Las Vegas, NM. She then taught school in Marino Valley, NM for a number of years. During this time she was active in Girl Scouts and received a number of awards. Due to the poverty of many of the families, she helped in many ways not normally connected to a school teachers job. For example, she occasionally set broken bones and often served as barber and cut the hair of the boys.
      Ella had met my dad, Louis Engelken, while they were still in Alva, OK. A courtship ensued. On occasion Dad would drive with Walter Otte to visit Mom and her sister Martha. That was some drive in those days as the roads were narrow and for the most part had only a dirt/gravel surface. Grandpa, grandma and family moved back to Alva, OK after it was apparent that grandma's TB had been cured. Mom married Ludwig Peter Hinrich (Louis) Engelken on October 29, 1933 and moved to a farm South East of town. Louis was the son of Hinrich (Henry) Engelken and Katharina Meta (Katie) Engelken nee Ehlen and was born on March 3, 1907 in Independence, Kansas.
      On June 16, 1935 (father's day) Ralph Louis was born. On July 12, 1936 Robert Dean was born. On February 16, 1939 Ernest Henry was born. On December 1, 1941 Walter Erick was born. In 1940 Louis and Ella Engelken purchased a farm approximately one-half mile from the one they rented and had been living on since their marriage. They built a two story home on this property and lived their until 1966 when they moved to Alva and into a new home only one block for Zion Lutheran Church. Mother began teaching first and second grade at Lambert, OK (about 1949) when the youngest son, Walter, was in the second grade. She taught at Lambert until the school closed in 1968 and then taught school in Cherokee, OK until she retired. She received her masters degree in 1955 in education and art. For a number of years she taught special German courses at Northwestern State College in Alva.
      Ella had had heart problems for a number of years and in 1983 it was decided to celebrate Louis and Ella's fortieth anniversary in a grand style because surely, she would not live to see the fiftieth. This is the only time that all brothers and sisters from both sides of the family were together at one time. Much like her sisters, Ella Engelken loved art and will be remembered for her paintings. She has painted hundreds of oil paintings over the years and these paintings hang in the homes of not only relatives but friends who have ask her to paint a picture for them. Louis and Ella, now 90 years old, still live in Alva and participate at Zion Lutheran when their health permits

      Ralph Engelken; December, 1996
    Person ID I0271  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 Ludwig Peter Hinrich Engelken,   b. 3 Mar 1907, Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1997, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1933  Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Louis H. Engelken was born in Independence, Kansas on March 3, 1907. He moved to Alva with his parents at the age of thirteen years. He was baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church at Independence, Kansas. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Alva, Oklahoma. He was active in the youth group at that time know as the Walther League. He married Ella (Kletke) in October 1933. Louis served as Elder of the church for many years and also was on the building committee of the new church. After Ella & Louis moved into Alva from the country, Louis was custodian of the church for a number of years.

      Ella was born May 13, 1906 at Alva, OK. Ella taught many years in school. She also taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. She was a member of the LWML and the Mary Martha Guild.

      To this union four boys were born; Ralph Louis, Robert Dean, Ernest Henry and Walter Eric.

      Louis passed away July 1997. Ella is in the Share Nursing Home at this time. She celebrated her 92nd birthday in May, 1999.

      The following text was written by Ella Helen Claire Kletke at the time of their honeymoon in late October and early November 1933:

      Sunday evening Octobe the 29th, 1933 after a lovely banquet we bid farewell to our dear ones and where off on our honeymoon. It was 10:30 when we left Alva, reaching Enid two and one half hours later.

      On October the 30th we spent about three hours looking around in Enid and then we traveled on, reaching Fort Worth by evening. What a lovely town! and what a nice time we had here. We stayed in the Worth Hotel on the sixteenth floor. This gave us a real birds eye view of the city. The next morning we went out sightseeing also spent about two hours in the "American Airway." After an early dinner we were headed toward Fedor, Texas, where Mr. and Mrs. Theo Schroeder and family live. At 8 o'clock without trouble we safely arrived at their home. They were as glad to see us as we were to see them. We spent a long evening telling them all about our lovely wedding.

      On Thursday, November 2 Marie and I done up a big washing. Louis and little Roland went to Hiddings, and Ted, the village Proffessor was busy in his school.

      In the afternoon Marie and I had company, the assistant teacher's wife Mrs. Bunk came calling. We enjoyed her visit very much. On Friday, November 3 I visited school, which was an interesting thing for me.

      In the evening of November 3 we were invited to a big supper at Mrs. Bunk's. Rev. Michalh and family, Ted, Marie and Family and Louis and I were all there. What a wonderful reception and what fine hospitality was shown us.

      Saturday morning Louis and Ted arose early in the morning (5 o'clock) and prepared their own breakfast and then went Squirrel hunting. They returned shortly before the noon hour with only eleven squirrels. M! m! what a dinner!

      After we had finished the big feast we all went to McDade to the Pottery Factory. If we ever saw pots we sure saw them there, scores upon scores everywhere. And above all we found some good bargains that we decided to buy some for future use.

      The pecan hunt was another interesting event well worth remembering Fedor, Texas for. Two negros helped patiently shaking the trees and picking them up. Roland picking up close behind one of the negros finally said "say Dad, this ole nigger leaves half of them lay."

      Sunday morning November 5 we all went to the village church. What a large church!, and what a big crowd! One hardly figure out where the people came from. The county is all timber land and only a few homes can be seen at any one time. And cotton, cotton, cotton, is their industry, no wonder one sees so many black friends.

      Sunday evening we were invited to Mr. and Mrs. Cheeks. We had a marvelous time there, but German!! They all talk german, Louis and I understand, but when it comes to talking we are lost, ha! Just the same before the evening was over I was pretty good at it. I had gained confidence in myself and finally managed very well.

      Monday morning, November 6 we continued our travel. Heading toward Houston we reached the city at nearly 2 o'clock. We drove around the main part of town enjoying all the scenes of a big city. Swiftly driving and passing under the green light and on down the street we suddenly got a jar and heard a bang, we were hit! A large truck speeding through the busy street, dashed into us from the rear, getting excited he turned sharply to the left and plowed right into a fine new car. We were not hurt in the least only the car bent a little, taking our damage, without fussing, we left the main part of town and drove up to the Lutheran school where John Baden teaches. It was 3 o'clock now, the hour that John dismisses. Was he surprised? I don't mean maybe. It was only a few minutes and he was ready to come along. Now what's wrong? Old Henry simply would not start. The starter stuck and nothing would help. John walked home and got his car and pushed the Ford to a garage where we had it fixed.

      At 7 o'clock we went up town to where Dorothy Baden works. She came with us and we four went to supper at Mexican Inn.

      Dorothy and John wanted us to spend two nights with them instead of one as we had planned, because Dorothy would have the next day off and could show us around. So we decided to stay.

      That evening John had to go to the bowling hall and Dorothy had play practice. Louis and I went to the bowling alley for awhile and then to a lecture "A trip to Palestine." This certainly was well worth our time.

      Early Tuesday morning November 7, Dorothy, Louis and I started for Galveston which is 60 miles from Houston. We crossed West Bay over a long bridge in the center of which was a "Draw Bridge" for the passage of large boats and steamships. We reached the Galveston Island on which Galveston is located and drove along the eastern shore looking out across the Gulf of Mexico. Interesting to know, along the entire eastern shore where military reservations, one could see 2 or 3 of the many underground fortresses with their huge machine guns for the protection against a foe.

      After dinner we went along the western shore. Here we saw large ships, one from Hamburg, Germany, one from China and a banana ship from South America. It did not take us long to decide on a boat ride. We went up west bay to the Gulf of Mexico. This was really interesting and we three each had the chance to pilot the boat for awhile.

      After we reached the landing port again Dorothy bought sea foods for supper. Something we had never eaten before "Shrimp." They were good, but we just had seen too many fish that day on the docks.

      After supper we went to the show, and vaudeville "Melody of Love," how beautiful and striking. It was the finest of vaudevilles I had ever seen.

      Early Wednesday morning (we took) Dorothy to work, John to school, and we on our way to Dallas. We reached Dallas in the middle of the afternoon. First we located for lodging for the night , which was in the Jefferson Hotel and then we walked up town looking around, buying notions, getting supper and then taking in a big show.

      Early Thursday morning we hustled around to get an early start cause we wanted to reach home. All day long we traveled, stopped only long enough for our meals and several pictures. We reached home at 8 o'clock Thursday evening without one bit of trouble. We found Alva as we had left it with the exception of some wedding guests what had come from other places, had again returned to their various homes.

      Friday evening we were welcomed by a big "chivarsee." We had a splendid time and when they left that ended the big line of events for the newly weds.

      This also ends my brief sketch of our honeymoon which is never to be forgotten. We both enjoy ourselves and are happy knowing that we have started a life of future happiness.

      With love,
      Ella and Louis
     1. Ralph Louis Engelken
     2. Robert Dean Engelken
     3. Ernest Henry Engelken
     4. Walter Erick Engelken
    Family ID F115  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Engelken Family
    Engelken Family
    Louis & Ella Engelken with their sons Ralph, Robert, Ernest and Walter
    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
    Louis & Ella Engelken
    Louis & Ella Engelken
    Louis & Ella Engelken
    Louis & Ella Engelken

    #27 1947 April 05 - Berlin
    #27 1947 April 05 - Berlin
    Letter from Oskar Koerner to Edward Kletke on the estates of Emma (Koerner) Augustin and Herbert Sterneberg.

    Louis & Ella (Kletke) Engelken
    Louis & Ella (Kletke) Engelken
    Headstone for Louis & Ella (Kletke) Engelken