Family gives quilts, other items to museum

NEW TOWN Star quilts, Pendleton blankets, headresses and other items given to the late Dr. Gerd-Dieter Ebel, a former Watford City physician, by members of the Three Affiliated Tribes were presented to the Three Tribes Museum, west of New Town, Tuesday.

Ebel’s son, Ranier Ebel, and his wife, Suzanne, of Edmonton, Alb., presented the items to Marilyn Hudson, museum administrator.

She said most of the items were star quilts and Pendleton blankets about 17 of them but it also included two headdresses, a leather vest and moccasins. She said some of the quilts are hand quilted and some are satin.

Hudson said Dr. Ebel received the items as gifts from patients and other people. The gifts were presented to him including at funerals and memorials he attended, she said.

Dr. Ebel died in Bismarck in February 2010 at the age of 85. He had practiced medicine in Watford City for 21 years and cared for many Watford City and area residents, including members of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Hudson said the items had been stored in Bismarck and Rainer and Suzanne Ebel brought them to the museum Tuesday.

“We’ll inventory all of them,” Hudson said. She said the plans are to put the items on exhibit and eventually some of the items will be sold to raise money for the museum.