Katherina Richter

17 March 1881–26 November 1955 (Age 74)
Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Bessarabia, Russian Empire

The Life of Katherina

When Katherina Richter was born on 17 March 1881, in Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Bessarabia, Russian Empire, her father, Christian Richter, was 49 and her mother, Christina Maas, was 31. She married Jakob Metz on 3 January 1902, in Klöstitz, Bessarabia, Russian Empire. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in McLean, North Dakota, United States in 1935 and Garrison, McLean, North Dakota, United States in 1940. She died on 26 November 1955, at the age of 74, and was buried in Garrison Cemetery, Garrison, McLean, North Dakota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jakob Metz
Katherina Richter
Marriage: 3 January 1902
Christian Metz
Otto Metz
Bertha Metz
Emma Metz
Johannes Metz
Elsie Metz
Hulda Metz
Edna Katherine Metz
Lydia Metz

Spouse and Children

3 January 1902
Klöstitz, Bessarabia, Russian Empire



    Otto Metz


    Bertha Metz


    Emma Metz


    Johannes Metz


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Christian Richter


    Christina Maas




    Karolina Richter


    Elisabetha Richter


    Johannes Richter


    Christina Richter



+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Age 8

North Dakota is the 39th state.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 20

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

1 German: occupational name or status name for an arbiter or judge, Middle High German rihtære (from rihten ‘to make right’). The term was used in the Middle Ages mostly to denote a part-time legal official. Such communal conciliators held a position of considerable esteem in rural communities; in eastern Germany the term came to denote a village headman, which was often a hereditary office. It is in this region that the surname is most frequent.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a rabbinic judge, from modern German Richter ‘judge’ (see 1 above). See also Dayan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Katherina Metz in household of John Metz, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Katherina Metz in household of Jacob Metz, "North Dakota Census, 1915"
  • Katie Metz in household of Jacob Metz, "North Dakota Census, 1925"

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