South Dakota

Grant County, South Dakota


Anderson, Emanuel

Bartlett, George W.

Buttke, William

Ebsen, Mrs. Peter

Folk, Barbara Giessinger

Folk, John

Folk, Michael

Folk, Nicholas

Folk, Scholastica (Schnellbach)

Folk, Stephen

Giessinger, Odelia Keller

Heller, Andreas

Helwig, Irene Thuringer

Lee, Mary

Maudlin, Stanislaus

McCormick, Donnalene Prior

Mireau, Moses

Patridge, A. L.

Mrs Peter Rheingans

Seeley, Jesse T.

Tucholke, Mary

Wolite, Henry August



Obituary contributed by Susanne Bain


Residence: Milbank
Birth: Aug 08, 1917 (near Eden)
Parents: George and Johanna (Wier) Thuringer
Baptism: Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Eden)
Marriage: Max Helwig (in Eden, SD)
Death: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 (Milbank, SD)
Age: 93
Funeral: "Thursday" (Immaculate Conception Church, Waubay)
Burial: Waubay Catholic Cemetery
Education: Eden, SD
Occupation: Telephone operator, house cleaner, babysitter, caretaker for church, cafe in Ortley. Retired 1987.
Locations: Milbank, Waubay, Eden, Grenville, Ortley.
Organizations/Civic: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Altar Society; Waubay Senior Citizens.
Preceded in death by: son and daughter.
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Aberdeen Daily News (4 Apr. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Jesse T. Seeley, a pioneer resident of Milbank, died last week at Lake City, Minn., where he had resided for a number of years.

Aberdeen Daily News (30 Apr. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Emanuel Anderson, a pioneer of Big Stone township, Grant county, died last week, aged 81 years. He was a native of Sweden, but came to America many years ago. Five sons, three daughters and thirty-nine grandchildren survive him.

Aberdeen Daily News (9 Dec. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. Mary Lee for a quarter of a century a resident of Milbank, but who moved to Three Forks, Mont., last year, died at her home there, aged 59 years. Three sons and three daughters survive her.

Aberdeen Weekly News (23 July 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ

William Buttke, an old settler of Grant county, died on Thursday of last week, aged 89 years and five months.

Aberdeen Daily News (29 May 1887) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Geo. W. Bartlett, city marshal of Milbank, died suddenly Friday from heart disease.

Aberdeen Daily News (19 Aug. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Henry August Wolite, a resident of Milbank for fifteen years, died there on August 11, aged 54 years. The widow and a family of twelve children survive, two other children having died in infancy. He was a native of Germany, but was brought to America when a child.

Aberdeen Weekly News (24 Mar. 1902) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Milbank, S.D., March 21. - A. L. Patridge died at his home here this afternoon of Bright's disease. He came here in 1879 and engaged in farming. Mr. Patridge was a strong Republican and was a member of the territorial legislature at Bismarck and later of the state legislature at Pierre. He was a man who will be much missed in the town and in his neighborhood. He was 52 years old and leaves a wife and five children.

Memorial Leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


Donnalene Ann (Chickee) Prior was born September 4, 1934 at Big Stone City, South Dakota to Welcome E. and Charlotte (Moss) Prior and died July 22, 1985, following a lingering illness at Long Beach, California at the age of 50 years, 10 months and 18 days.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She received her education in the Highmore and Sisseton Schools before moving to California.

She was united in marriage to James McCormick at Long Beach, California in 1950. To this union one daughter was born.

She was employed as a medical receptionist and was very active in her faith.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Breske, Webster; one granddaughter, one grandson; her father, Welcome Prior, Sisseton, her mother Charlotte Weber, Highmore; two sisters, Bonnie Hayberg, Aurora, Illinois; and Charlotte Elis, Cheyenne, Wyoming; her grandmother, Edna Moss, Highmore; and my other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband James in 1975.

Michael Folk Dies; Funeral This Morning

Funeral services for Michael H. Folk, 29, of Milbank, will be held today (Wednesday) in the St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 10a.m. with Father Carlton Hermann officiating at the rites. Mr. Folk died Sunday at St. Bernard's Hospital following a long illness with muscular dystrophy.

Born November 15, 1948, he was the son of Joseph and Lorene (McNiff) Folk. He attended St. Lawrence School through the fifth grade when he transferred to the Crippled Children's Home at Sioux Falls. He attended school there, graduating in 1968. He also completed a two-year correspondence course in business and income tax reporting as well as studying and obtaining a license to operate a ham radio in 1975. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith in St. Lawrence Church.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lorene Folk, Milbank; three brothers, Leonard of Canton, William, of Huron, and Mark, of Milbank; and three sisters, Mrs. Maurice (Kathleen) Peterson, St. Joseph, Mo., Mrs. Dick (Janice) Bennett, Mt. Horeb, Wis., and Miss Mary Folk, of Ambler, Pa. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, who died in 1972.

The pallbearers will be Charles, Gerald and Leo Folk, Gregory Pew, Bernard Popowski and Lloyd Smith. Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Cemetery. The Mundwiler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A Prayer Service and Rosary were held Tuesday evening in St. Lawrence Church. The Rosary was led by Mrs. Marguerite Johns and Mrs. Margaret Evens.

Grand County Review, Milbank, SD, December 7, 1977, page 6.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk


Funeral Mass For Steve Folk To Be Friday

Funeral services for Stephen "Steve" Folk, 79, of Milbank, a retired farmer, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Lawrence Catholic Church with Father Paul McHarness officiating. Mr. Folk died Monday at St. Bernard's Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Russia, Oct. 20, 1901, he was the son of Nicholas and Charlotte (Schnelbach) Folk. He attended school in Russia. he came to this country with his parents who settled at Grand Forks, N. Dak., later moving to Milbank in 1917.

On Oct. 28, 1924, he married Barbara Giessinger at Milbank. They farmed in Geneseo Township until 1967 when they retired and moved to Milbank. Mr. Folk was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Lawrence Church. He was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and had served on the Geneseo Township School Board for a number of years. Mrs. Folk preceded him in death on March 11, 1975.

The Folks were the parents of six sons and 12 daughters, who all survive. They are Albert, Eugene and Donald, all of Corona; Edward, Leo J. and Charles, of Milbank; Mrs. Clifford (Helen) Wibeto, Sioux Falls; Mrs. Harold (Lillian) Jorgenson, Milwaukee, Wis.; Mrs. Florence Jankord, Yankton; Mrs. Dale (Jeanette) Spahr, Mrs. Arvid (Mary Jane) Whiting and Mrs. Joe (Diane) Van Hout, all of Milbank; Mrs. Richard (Rosella) Lewno, St. Helens, Ore.; Mrs. Bert (Teresa) Hyatt and Mrs. Arvid (Elvina) Boerger, Twin Brooks; Mrs. Lawrence (Lucille) Rademacher, New Ulm, Minn.; Mrs. Jim (Barbara) Graham, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Rusty (Angela) Davis, Spirit Lake, Iowa; 85 grandchildren, and 54 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Philip, of Milbank, and Lucas, of Osborne, Idaho, and three sisters, Mrs. Al (Frances) Kirtzbein, Montevideo, Minn., Mrs. Ralph (Elizabeth) Christianson, Ortonville, and Mrs. Gus (Margaret) Halmadge, Riggin, Idaho. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

The pallbearers willbe Glenn and Randy Folk, Doug Hyatt, Dean and Neil Folk and David Wibeto. Interment will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation will begin Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the Mundwiler Funeral Home.

Grant County Review, Milbank, SD, October 22, 1980, page 2.
Contributed by Suzanne Folk

Mrs. Steve Folk, 68, Dies; Leaves 18 Sons, Daughters

Mrs. Steve (Barbara) Folk, 68, of Milbank, died last Tuesday following an illness of about a week. The mother of 18 children, she had enjoyed good health until her last illness. Last October she and her husband had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. She leaves 131 descendants, including all of the children, 86 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

The daughter of Ignatz and Theresa (Lemmer) Giessinger, who immigrated to this country from Russia, she was born October 14, 1907, at Big Stone City. She attended Geneseo rural school in Roberts county. Her marriage to Steve Folk was solemnized at Milbank October 28, 1924.

Mrs. Folk was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic church and the Ladies Altar society.

She is survived by her husband; six sons, Albert J., Eugene A. and Donald I., of Corona, and Edward, Leo J. and Charles S., of Milbank; 12 daughters, Mrs. Harold (Lillian) Jorgenson, of Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs. Richard (Rosella) Lewno, St. Helens Ore., Mrs. Lawrence (Lucille) Radermacher, New Ulm, Minn., Mrs. Jim (Barbara) Graham, Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Rusty Angela) Davis, Okoboji, Iowa, Mrs. Clifford (Helen) Wibeto, Sioux Falls, Mrs. Florence Jankord, Watertown, Mrs. Dale (Jeanette) Spahr, Mrs. Arvid (Mary Jane) Whiting and Mrs. Joe (Diane) Van Hout, Milbank, Mrs. Bert (Teresa) Hyatt and Mrs. Arvid (Elvina) Boerger, Twin Brooks.

Also surviving are 86 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; six brothers, Ignatius Giessinger, of Englewood, Colo., Arthur, of St. Cloud, Minn., Lucas, of Clear Lake, Walter, of Big Stone City, and Peter and Philip, of Milbank, and five sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Mary) Schmidt, of Minneapolis, Mrs. Mike (Ann) Foley, of Lake Orion, Mich., Mrs. Elmer (Elizabeth) LeMaster, of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Theo (Cecelia) Wiseman, of Twin Brooks, and Mrs, Mike (Katherine) Schliesman, of Milbank.

The pallbearers were grandsons, namely, Gary Hamman, Milwaukee; Richard Jankord, Rapid City; Mike Spahr and Glenn Folk, Milbank; Randy Folk, Corona, and David Wibeto, Sioux Falls.

Her funeral was conducted friday morning at St. Lawrence Catholic church by the Rev. John Nieborski. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

The Mundwiler Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. ;

Grant County Review, Milbank, SD, March 19, 1975, page 4.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk


Mrs. Edward Giessinger, 82 years of age, died at the home of her son, Andrew Giessinger, on Sunday evening, May 4, the cause of her death being cancer. Her husband died on July 13, 1913.

Mrs. Giessinger, formerly Odelia Keller, was born in Ukrane, Russia, December 8, 1846. She was united in marriage to Mr. Giessinger in 1868. To them were born nine children, six of whom are still living. They are: Constantine of Hazen, N.D.; Mrs. William Schwartzenberger of Calgary, Alberta; Mrs. Mary Swengler of Aberdeen; Mrs. Joseph Hoffart of Hazen, N.D.; Joseph and Andrew Giessinger of Milbank. There are also 18 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from St. Lawrence church Wednesday morning, Msgr. F.P. Grabig officiating and interment was made in St. Lawrence cemetery.

Milbank Herald Advance, Milbank, SD, May 7, 1930, page 1.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

Vernon Woman, Stricken Early, Sunday Morning

Mrs. Peter Ebsen, a pioneer and highly respected resident of Vernon township, passed away shortly after 2:00 Sunday morning at the home of her son-in-law, Edward Wellnitz, following a sudden heart attack. She had enjoyed her usual health prior to the attck, and had been in this city Saturday shopping.

The deceased was born in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, August 17, 1870, and had reached the age of 67 years, 9 months and 1 day. When still a small girl she accompanied her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. William Ladwig, to this county when they homesteaded in Vernon township which had been her home ever since with the exception of a nine year residence in Revillo. she had long been an attendant of the Lutheran church north of Albee, or in Revillo.

On February 22, 1899, she was united in marriage with Peter Ebsen, who preceded her in death. Children who survive are four sons, William, Frank, and Walter Ebsen, Vernon township, and Hubert, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and three daughters, Mrs. Gust (Ella) Wellnitz, Mrs. Edward (Milly) Wellnitz, and Sophie, all of Vernon. One daughter preceded her in death.

Other immediate relatives suriving are three brothers, William Laswig, Madison township, and Arthur and Max of Adams township, and two sisters, Mrs. Reinhold Moilette, and Mrs. John Conrad, Revillo. Also 15 grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 o'clock this Thursday afternoon at the Edward Wellnitz home, and 2:00 o'clock at the St. Paul Lutheran church north of Albee, following which internment will be made in the Revillo Cemetery.

Grant County Review, Milbank, SD, May 12, 1938, page 1.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

Mrs. Mary Tucholke, County Resident 57 Years, Died Monday

Mrs. Mary Therese Tucholke, for over fifty-seven years a resident of Grant county, died Monday morning in the St. Bernard hospital at the age of 90 years.

Recently she had been making her home with her son, Anton, near Labolt and was looking forward to her ninety-first birthday on Monday, March 25.

The daughter of William Tucholke and Tena Vogelsang Tucholke, she was born in Germany on March 35, 1879, and came with her parents to this country when she was two and a half years old. They settled in Manchester, Wisconsin, where she attended school and was confirmed in the St Paul Lutheran Church on June 1, 1879.

In 1880 the family moved to Grant county and settled two and a half miles north of Albee.

On June 21, 1883, she married William Tucholke. They lived on a farm three miles west of Albee until 1907 when they moved to a farm near Labolt, where they lived all the rest of their lives. Mrs Tucholke spent fifty seven years there.

Of their ten children, seven survive. They are Emil, Otto and Mrs. Emil Sackreiter (Hattie), all of Milbank; William of Correll, Minn.; Walter of Revillo; Mrs. Gordon (Dena) Burchell and Anton of Labolt.

She was preceeded in death by her husband, one son, Ben, and two daughters, Martha Tucholke and Mrs. Oscar (Amanda) Sackreiter.

Other survivors are one sister, Mrs. Ida Tucholke, and one brother, Paul Vogelsang, both of Revillo, and 27 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for Friday afternoon at 1:15 in the Emanuel Funeral home at 2:00 p.m. in the Grace Luthern Church at Labolt. Burial will be in the Albee town cemetery.

Chosen as casket bearers are Harvey Sackreiter, Milbank; Willis Sackreiter, Revillo; Alvin Sackreiter, Clinton, Minn, and Marlowe Tucholke, Odessa, Minn.; and Wilfred Tucholke, Danvers, Minn.

Milbank Herald Advance, Milbank, SD, March 14, 1957, page 6.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

Unknown newspaper
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


The Rev. Stanislaus Maudlin, OSB, 89, a monk of Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, died at St. William's Nursing Home in Milbank Sunday, Jan. 22. Funeral Mass will be held at Blue Cloud Abbey Thursday, Jan. 26 at 11:00 a.m. Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of arrangements.
Father Stanislaus was born in Greensburg, IN, on Dec. 16, 1916. He entered the Order of St. Benedict at St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, in 1934 and professed final vows in 1938. In 1942, he was ordained to the priesthood. He was assigned to St. Ann's Mission, Belcourt, North Dakota, the following year. Named superior of St. Michael's Mission, St. Michael, North Dakota, he remained there for six years, followed by assignment to Immaculate Conception at Stephan, South Dakota, where he served the parishioners of Stephan, Fort Thompson, Big Bend and Pierre. He returned to Belcourt, North Dakota, for a brief time in 1966.
He was a founding member of Blue Cloud Abbey in 1950. In 1967, he was named the Executive Director of the American Indian Culture Research Center at Blue Cloud, a position he held until his death. Bishop Paul V. Dudley of the Sioux Falls Diocese named him Vicar for Indian Ministry and this past December, he received an honorary doctorate from Mt. Marty College in Yankton. Soon after this, he suffered a stroke.
Survivors include: a brother, Joseph Maudlin of Diamond Bar, California; and a sister, Sister Marie Kathleen Maudlin, O.S.F. of Oldenburg, Indiana.

Note: died Jan. 22, 2006

Nicholas Folk
Nicholas Folk Dies Suddenly At Home Here
Nicholas Folk, well known resident of this city and of the Linden Beach and Corona neighborhoods, passed away suddenly at his home in this city last Saturday morning of a heart attack, the end coming while he sat in a chair. However, he had been serious ill for about two months that his demise was not entirely unexpected.
Deceased was born in Odessa, Russia, and had reached the age of 68 years two months and 28 days. He spent his boyhood near Odessa and at the age of 23 years was united in marriage with Scholastika Schenelback in 1898. Nine years later the family came to America and located near Grand Forks, North Dakota, where they lived for 10 years. In 1917 they came to Milbank and after spending a year here located on a farm near Linden Beach where they made their home until retiring from farming and coming to this city to establish a home six years ago. Five years ago Mr. Folk sufferred a stroke and had been a partial invalid ever since.
Mr. Folk is survived by his wife and 10 children. The later are Philip, Ned, Stephen, Frand and Joe, of this city and locality; Lucas and John, Smelterville, Idaho; Mrs, Paul Cloos, Webster; Mrs. Alfred Kurtzbein, Montevideo, Minn., and Mrs. Ralph Christianson of Wilmot. Also 43 grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. John Feist and Frs. Frank Feist, both of Grand Forks, N. D.
Deceased was an honorable, industrious man, devoted to his home and family and always a dependable friend and neighbor.
The fineral services were held at St. Lawrence church on Tuesday forenoon at 10 o'clock by Rt. Revd. Msgr. Grabig. Burial was in St. Lawrence cemetery. Six sons of the deceased acted as pallbearers.
[Grant County Review, Milbank, SD, September 23, 1943, page 1 - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Scholastica (Schnellbach) Folk
Mrs. Nick Folk Dies; Had 149 Grandchildren
Mrs. Nick Folk, 85, long time Milbank resident, known as "Grandma" to 149 grandchildren and great grandchildren, many of them residents of this community, died at 12:25 a.m. Friday at St. William's home. Death came suddenly, following a day's illness.
Mrs. Folk, the former Scholastika Schnellbach, was born in Odessa, Russia, on Sept. 15, 1875. She attended grammar school and spent her early life there. Her marriage to Nickolas Folk took place at Odessa in February 1897. The couple migrated to the United States in 1907 and lived at Grand Forks, N. Dak., for 10 years before coming to the Milbank community in 1917. They reared a family of seven sons and three daughters, all of whom survive their mother.
A lifelong practitioner of the Catholic faith, she was a member of St. Lawrence church and of the Alter society of the church. Cheerful and pious, she was devoted to her family and nome, and took pleasure in her many grandchildren. She was highly respected by all who knew her.
Her survivors are her sons, Phillip, Ned, Frank, and Joe D., of Milbank; Steve and John, of Corona, and Lucas, of Osburn, Idaho; her daughters, Mrs. Gus (Margaret) Halmadge, of Riggins, Idaho; Mrs. A. R. (Frances) Kurtzbein, of Montevideo, Minn., and Mrs. Ralph (Elizabeth) Christianson, of Brookings; 58 grandchildren and 91 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
The Requiem Mass was celebrated Monday morning at St. Lawrence church by the Very Rev. Thomas J. Shanley. Burial was made in St. Lawrence cemetery.
The pallbearers were Joseph C., Leonard and Gerald Folk, Milbank; Albert Folk, Corona; Alfred H. Kurtzbein, Hopkins, Minn., and Ronald Christianson, Brookings.
[Grant County Review, Milbank, SD, November 17, 1960, page 1 - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

John Folk
John Folk, who made his home with his son Nick and family, out near Big Stone lake, passed away on Friday of last week of general debility, aged 80 years 7 months and 24 days. He was born in Odessa, Russia, December 20, 1850.
Deceased and children came to America in 1905, shortly following the death of Mrs. Folk, locating first at Grand Forks , N.D., and coming to this locality about 20 years ago and residing here ever since. Mr. Folk had been in failing health for more than two years past, failing gradually, and the end was not unexpected. The immediate relatives left to mourn his passing are his son Nick and two daughters, Barbara Fiest and Margaret Fiest, both of Grand Forks, N.D.
The funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Monday fornoon at St. Lawrence Catholic church in this city. Msgr. F.P. Grabig officiating. Interment was made in St. Lawrence cemetery.
[Grant County Review, Milbank, SD, August 20, 1931, pg 1. - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Andreas Heller

Andrew Heller is steadily growing weaker, and there seems to be little hope of his recovery. Everything possible is being done for his relief, but he is undergoing a great deal of suffering.
(page 1)

Andrew Heller, an old settler in Vernon Twp., who located here in 1881, died last Saturday and was buried Monday at Revillo. The deceased was about fifty years of age and leaves a wife and eight children.
(page 5)

[Grant County Review, Milbank, SD, August 14, 1902. - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

The Wilmot Republican, Wilmot, South Dakota
December 24, 1915, page 1.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk

A Real Pioneer Gone Beyond

Moses Mireau, who years ago was chairman of the board of County Commissioner of Roberts County, having served with L. S. Hougen and Fred Dittes in that capacity in the late eighties, passed away in Ortonville on December fourth.
Mr. Mireau had an interesting career that would fill a book, which is of especial importance to our readers for the reason of his association with this section of the county in the early days.
The Ortonville Journal of recent date had the following to say about him: Moses Mireau was born of French parents in the Province of Quebec, Canada, in April 1834 or 5, and died Dec. 4, 1915, at his home in Ortonville at the ripe age of 81 years. His parents gave him an academy education and wanted him to study for the priesthood, but his religious conceptions changes and altered the whole course of his life. Early in life he came to Minnesota to work for various traders, until 1862, when he attempted to establish an Indian trading post on Big Stone lake, but the Indian war broke out and compelled him to flee for his life. He was the last man, and some say the only white man to escape from an upper window in the house at Redwood Falls which was surrounded by Indians. He took refuge among the trees and was not found. He came back to Big Stone Lake in the winter of 1865 or 6 and located two miles above Hartford in 1867 and Linden Beach in 1869.
The deceased was probate judge in 1880 of Grant County S. D., and County Commissioner for several years. In 1896 he came to live in Ortonville where he spent the evening of his life. He owned the boat livery.
Because of his heroism and zeal in the Indian war the state of Minnesota awarded him a pension. Those who knew him intimately and for a long time crown his old age with these words of commendation: He was a man well informed and well liked by all who knew him. No one could say aught against Moses Mireau. Most honest man I ever knew. Never wronged any man. Whatever he told you was the truth.

The Herald-Advance., September 02, 1904 Millbank S.D.
Mrs, Joseph Ede's mother Mrs Peter Rheingans of Big Stone, died last Sunday evening, August 28th, of a complication of the liver and kidney trouble.
The funeral services were held in the United Evangelical church in Big Stone and the remains buried in Greenwood cemetery on Tuesday August the 30th.
Transcribed by FOFG


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