- Twin of sister Dorothy
From Dorothy Daggett Wild diary:
"We looked for a girl after our two boys. I remember the doctor saying, 'It's a boy but I think the next one will be a girl.' That was my first inkling I was to become the mother of twins."
Later, on the twins' birthday, she wrote, "This is the big date in my life. Seems it shouldn't precede my wedding day, but somehow it seems to."
1930 US Census, Easby, Cavalier County, North Dakota
Household headed by Edward G. Wild, 37 years old, married 30 years old at first marriage, able to read and write, born in North Dakota, both parents born Canada-English, occupation farmer, general farm. Wife Dorothy D. Wild, 29 years old, 22 years old at first marriage, able to read and write, born in Minnesota, father born in Iowa, mother born in Canada-English, occupation none. Son Edward G., 6 years old. Son Robert W., 4 years old. Son David, 3 years old. Daughter Dorothy A., 3 years old. Daughter Joyce M., 1 year old. All of the children born in North Dakota. None of the children in school. The household also included a 29 year old farm laborer, born in Iowa.
1940 US Census, Easby, Cavalier County, North Dakota
Household headed by Edward G. Wild; owner; home value $4000; 47 years old; born in North Dakota; completed 8th grade; worked 60 hours during week of March 24-30, 1940; occupation farmer. Wife Dorothy D. Wild, 39 years old, born in Minnesota, completed high school, occupation housework. Son Edward G. Wild, 16 years old, completed 1 year of high school, born in North Dakota. Son Robert W. Wild, 14 years old, born in North Dakota, completed 8th grade. Son David D. Wild, 13 years old, completed 7th grade. Daughter Dorothy A. Wild, 13 years old, completed 6th grade. Daughter Joyce M. Wild, 11 years old, completed 5th grade. Daughter Barbara L. Wild, 9 years old, completed 2nd grade. Son Peter W. Wild, 7 years old, completed 1st grade. Daughter Susan M. Wild, 6 months old.
Diocese Gains Two At June 6 Ordination of Fathers P. Grady, D. Wild
Ordination of two seminarians who have completed their studies at St. John's Seminary, Collegeville, Minn., June 6, will bring two more priests into the service of the Diocese of Fargo. Although it is the smallest ordination class in many years, the addition of the two men will aid greatly in filling the need for priests in the diocese.
Most Rev. Leo F. Dworschak will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders upon Rev. Peter William Grady of Grand Forks and Rev. David Daggett Wild of Langdon, Saturday, June 6, at 10:00 A.M. in St. Mary's Cathedral.
The newly ordained will celebrate their first Solemn Masses on the following day in their home parishes.
FATHER PETER GRADY
Born Nov. 7, 1922 at Grand Forks to Peter Grady and Anne Hedican Grady, Father Grady attended St. Mary's grade school and St. James' Academy in Grand Forks. He entered St. John's University, Collegeville, in 1940, and completed two years of college work before entering the army. He served with the army until 1946 when he took up his studies for the priesthood at St. John's. He received his B.A. degree in Philosophy in 1949 and continued his theological training at St. John's Seminary.
Offering his first Mass in St. Mary's Church, Grand Forks, on June 7 at 10:30, Father Grady will be assisted at the altar by Rt. Rev. Msgr. M.J. Fletcher. Other ministers of the Mass are Rev. Wm. J. Durkin, deacon; Robert Benson, subdacon; and Rev. Donald Cote, master of ceremonies. Rev. Robert Hovda of Fargo will preach the sermon.
Immediately after the Mass a banquet will be held in St. Mary's parish hall. Rt. Rev. Msgr. William McNamee of St. Michael's Church, Grand Forks will be the main speaker. Rev. Wm. J. Durkin will act as master of ceremonies.
From a family of five children, Father Grady has a twin sister, Sister Peter Eymard. Others are John, Edmund, and Margaret (Mrs. Tysdal).
FATHER DAVID WILD
Rev. David Wild will celebrate his first Mass on June 7, at St. Alphonsus Church, Langdon. Very Rev. Vincent Widerholt, pastor of St. Alphonsus, will be assistant priest; Rev. John Regh, deacon; Rev. Mr. David Schmidt, subdeacon; and Alvin Kartes, master of ceremonies. Rev. Lambert Studzinski of Minto will preach the sermon. A reception on Sunday afternoon will be held in the farm home of Father Wild's parents.
Father Wild was born third in a family of eight children of Edward Wild and Dorothy Daggett Wild on March 16, 1927. He attended Osnabrock Township Consolidated school and St. Alphonsus Academy, Langdon. College studies were made at St. John's University, Collegeville, where he received his B.A. degree in philosophy in 1949.
Others in the family are Robert, Dorothy (Father Wild's twin sister), Joyce, Barbara, Peter and Susan. The oldest son, Edward, was killed in pilot's combat training in 1944. Rev. Richard Sinner, ordained for the Diocese of Fargo last year, is a cousin of the Wilds.
800 Present At Father Wild's First Solemn High Mass At Langdon
With St. Alphonsus Catholic church in Langdon filled to capacity, Father David Daggett Wild, ordained Saturday in Fargo, celebrated his first solemn high mass in his home church Sunday at 10:30 a.m. before approximately 800 parishioners, relatives and other friends.
The mass was followed by a noon banquet in St. Alphonsus gymnasium, attended by about 300 persons, and a reception at the Easby township farm home of Father Wild's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Wild, also attended by about 300 guests.
Father Wild, who recently completed his studies for the priesthood at St. John's seminary in Collegeville, Minn., was ordained in St. Mary's cathedral in Fargo when Most Rev. Leo F. Dworschak, bishop of the Fargo diocese, conferred the Sacrament of the Holy Orders at 10 a.m. Saturday. Father Richard Sinner of Grand Forks, a cousin of Father Wild, served as chaplain.
Father Lambert Studzinski of Minto, former assistant priest of St. Alphonsus parish, preached the sermon for Father Wild's first mass, speaking on the magnitude of the priesthood.
Most Rev. Vincent Wiederholt, pastor of St. Alphonsus parish, served as assistant priest. Father John Regh of St. Petersburg, Fla., who was Father Wild's roommate at the seminary, was the deacon, and a classmate, Craig Cower of West Palm Beach, Fla., was subdeacon. Alvin Kartes of Langdon, seminarian at St. John's, was master of ceremonies.
William Sherman of Cando and Neal Kapaun of Fargo, seminarians, assisted at the altar; other seminarians present were Edward Sherman of Cando, John Graven of Jamestown and Edward Becker of Willow City.
Seminarians Kenneth Knoke of Willow City and David Schmidt of Fairmount served as acolytes together with Ray Wild of Edmonton, Alta., Roger Hasey, Gerald Hoffarth, Roger Hiltner, Gary Gapp and John Bata.
Also in the procession for the first mass were the Langdon members of the Knights of Columbus council and fourth degree Knights of Columbus from Devils Lake and Lakota, who were attired in full regalia.
For the mass the St. Alphonsus boys choir, directed by Thomas Hockert, sang the Gregorian chant. Special music included Francke's "Panis Angelicus" and "Ave Maria" sung by Maureen and Margaret Alice Bear and Mr. Hockert. Mrs. Lucile Pierce was the organist.
Students of St. Alphonsus high school furnished the music for the banquet, at which Father J.R. Sammon of Mt. Carmel spoke briefly. Father Wiederholt responded, and Father Wild spoke briefly, expressing his thanks.
Father Wild was presented with a spiritual bouquet from St. Alphonsus high school by his cousin Richard Johnson.
"I Heard A Forest Praying" and "A Priestly Heart" were sung by the sextet, Beverly Gellner, Elizabeth Dempster, Janet Wild, Geraldine Kram, Eileen Lorenz and Joan Hamann, accompanied by Patricia McGauvran. Miss Hamann, also accompanied by Miss McGauvran, sang "The Lord's Prayer." A piano duet, "Kitten on the Keys" was played by Miss Wild and Russell Shablow.
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was given by Father Wild at 2 p.m. after which he gave his first priestly blessing individually to those present.
The banquet was served by the altar society with Mrs. Ray Lebrun, president, in general charge. Mrs. Alfred Asgrimson was in charge of the dining room, and Mrs. E.J. Hughes, Mrs. C.A. Wild and Mrs. Lucile Pierce were in charge of the tables.
Displayed at the banquet and served at the reception was a large three-tier cake, which had been made by his aunt, Mrs. Frank Wild of Edmonton, and decorated by nuns there. With the top layer posted on small pillars, it was fragilely finished in white, accented by silver frosting beads. A framed photo of Father Wild was featured on the side of the top layer, and on the side of the middle tier was the inscription in Latin, "My yoke is sweet and my burden is light," from a prayer said at the mass that morning.
Atop the cake was a small gold chalice; also decorating the cake was a rosary fashioned of silver frosting beads. The cake, which took ten days to decorate and 14 pounds of sugar for the decorations, was transported to Langdon by car by Father Wild's relatives from Edmonton, and was cut at the reception by Mrs. Frank Wild.
Two aunts of Father Wild, Mrs. F.H. Riley of Laveen, Ariz., and Mrs. G.A. Hocum of West Covina, Calif., and his cousin, Anne Dewitt of New York city, poured at the reception.
Neighbors and friends who assisted with the serving were Mrs. J.L. Gellner, Mrs. Jake Lorenz, Mrs. Frank Lorenz, Mrs. William Lorenz, Mrs. William Stremick, Mrs. Ralph Stremick, Mrs. Walter Delvo, Mrs. Lucile Pierce, and Mrs. O.S. Johnson.
After the reception a picnic supper was served at the Wild home for the relatives and for all who had assisted at the reception.
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New York city, Mr. and Mrs. John DeWitt, Maribeth and Jackie of Griswold, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. George Sinner and son of Casselton, Father Richard Sinner of Grand Forks, Pfc. John Peter Wild of Biloxi, Miss., William Wild and Harvey and Mr. and Mrs. James Wild and Ray, all of Edmonton. Ray Wild was one of the acolytes at the first mass.
Relatives from a distance who came to Fargo for the ordination also included Father Wild's aunt, Mrs. Ray Wild of St. Paul; and his cousins, Mary Rachel and Joyce Towey, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Riley, Michael and Johnny, all of Minneapolis, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Bresnaham and Mr. and Mrs. William Sinner, all of Casselton.
A large number of relatives and friends from Cavalier county also went to Fargo to attend the ordination. These in addition to his parents brother Peter and sisters Dorothy, Barbara and Susan, included Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Johnson, Rita, Margaret and Dick, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Charbonneau, Carl Wild, Leon, Larry and Janet, accompanied by Mary Jo Mulcahy, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Gellner, Mr. and Mrs. William Stremick, Sandra and Tommy, Ralph Stremick and P.J. Antony, all of Langdon; Mrs. W.P. Wild of Milton; Mrs. and Mrs. J.C. Wild, Kathleen, Jack, Patsy and Michael, and Mrs. and Mrs. J.T. Wild, and John, all of the Osnabrock vicinity, and Mrs. Charles Dick, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kram and Mary Kram, and Mr. and Mrs. Maxine Coye of Nekoma.
Others attending the first mass and reception included Mrs. and Mrs. William Sherman of Cando and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Knoke of Willow City, who accompanied their sons, who participated in the mass as seminarians; Mrs. and Mrs. James Schumacher of Fargo, and Charles Weber of Rapid City, S.D. Father Ervin Zirbes of St. John, former assistant priest in St. Alphonsus parish, was a guest at the reception.
Father Wild will begin his first assignment July 1 when he will begin serving as assistant priest for the Holy Spirit church in Fargo, new parish established in northside Fargo.
- Obituary, from www.boulgerfuneralhome.com:
Father David D. Wild, 81, Fargo, died on October 26, 2008 in Meritcare Hospital, Fargo.
Father David Wild was born March 16, 1927, in Minneapolis, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Daggett) Wild. He attended Osnabrock township consolidated school and St. Alphonsus High School in Langdon. He received a degree in philosophy from St. John’s University in 1949 and studied theology at St. John’s Seminary, Collegeville, Minn., graduating in 1953. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Fargo on June 6, 1953, at the Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo.
Father Wild served as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo, from 1953 to 1960. He served as pastor at St. Mary’s, Forman, for two years, then at St. Bernard’s, Oriska, for eight years. He was co-pastor at St. Catherine’s, Valley City, from 1970 to 1979, then served as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament, West Fargo. He founded Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo and served as its pastor from 1983 to 1992. He retired in the fall of 1992.
Father Wild is Survived by his: Brother, Robert (Jane), Warrenton, VA, Twin Sister, Dorothy Johnson, Grand Forks, ND, Sisters, Sr. Brian Wild, Mount St. Benedict, Monastery, Crookston, MN, Sr. Moira Wild - St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, MN, Sister-in-law, Eileen Wild, Fargo, ND, Brother-in-law: Melvin Mattson, Gainesville, VA, Many Nieces and Nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward & Dorothy (Daggett) Wild, Brother, Edward Wild, Jr., Brother, Peter Wild, Sister, Joyce (Wild) Mattson
The funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Riverview Place Chapel. There will be a Prayer Service in the Riverview Chapel at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel and one hour before the funeral in the chapel. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.