Wednesday, January 13, 2010

More Family Arrive from Germany

In 1923, Adolpfine (a neice of Louise Blum) and her husband, Paul Sick along with their children, Willie, Kurt, and Werner, arrived from Germany.  Andrew guaranteed them a place to stay and food to eat until they could become established in business. 

While staying with them on the homestead at South Bend, Grandma Louise fell while going to the chicken house to pick up eggs.  Adolfine took over the household while grandma recovered, cooking for everyone, cleaning, gathering eggs, and milking the cows.  She thought it was an awful lot of work.

They soon moved to Omaha where Paul started a nursery of flowers and vegtables.

Adolphine was born to Karl Adolf Mossinger (born 1850 died 1989) son of George Karl Mossinger and Caroline Jenne of Koendringen, Baden, Germany, Febuary 20, 1886 in Germany.  She died in Omaha, Nebraska on February 17, 1989 just short of her 103rd birthday.

Ida Blum, daughter of Andrew

Ida Blum Thieman

As stated in an earlier post Ida Blum was born in Omaha, Nebraska on January 22, 1882, and spent her early years in South Dakota.  Now on the homestead in Nebraska Ida meets Herman Thieman.

Herman visited Ida Blum often and everyone made fun of that older man courting that young girl.  Herman and Ida Thieman were married June 15, 1905 at Trinity Lutheran church in rural Murdock, Nebraska.  Herman died November 25, 1930.  Herman and Ida had four children.

Marvin Sutton
Marvin Sutton was born July 17, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pensylvania to Clarence Sutton and Alice Curtiss, who lived at 250 west 37th St., New York, New York.  His mother took him to the children's aid society on October 27, 1903 and he was taken to the orphan train soon after that.  We think that he arrived at South Bend, Nebraska on the Burlington Railroad, the date we are not sure of.  He was adopted by Herman and Ida Thieman. 

Carrie Thieman

Carrie (Thieman) Reinke was Born June 8, 1906. 

Elda Thieman

Elda (Thieman) Duerr was born January 31, 1908 (and will soon celebrate her 102 birthday in Louisville, Nebraska).

Margaret (Thieman) Stewart was born June 4, 1918.

William Blum

William Blum, son of Andrew, attended Klondyke school for seven and a half years, which was located one and one half miles west of South Bend, Nebraska.  He finished the eighth grade at District #57 school which was located one mile west of the Platte River Exit on west bound interstate 80.  He stayed at the Judge Worthman house which was one fourth mile east of the school on the south side of the road.  It was a two story white stone mansion.  He attended high school at Louisville, Nebraska, in 1913 for three and one half years.  His bother Albert rented the Gakemeier farm three miles south and west of Louisville on the south side of the road.  The original house still stands and is being used.  Albert rented this farm from 1910 to December of 1917.  William graduated from high school and attended the York Business College.  He graduated after seven months attendance at this school.  His education here was financed by Andrew and Louis Blum with eggs and cream from the farm.  He stayed at a boarding house which cost $2.50 a week.  A piece of pie at this time cost .05 cents.

Albert Blum

Albert Blum not being married in 1910, had his sister Louise cooking for him.  His sister, Marie also joined them later.  There were four brothers and sisters living on the Gakemeier farm .  Just north of them on the east side of the creek, their Aunt Minnie (Louise's sister) and her husband George Huber, and his brother Eugene Messenger lived.  The kids would get together for dances every weekend.  William and Albert looked so much alike they were always being mistaken for each other.  George Charles, and Eugene often stayed with Andrew.  Andrew would have to reprimand Eugene many times as he would always harness the horses the wrong way.

In 1917 as Albert was discing the ground in preparation to plant a crop, the horses became frightened and ran away.  Two horses had to be destroyed.  Andrew and Louise were concerned for his safety and wanted him to farm closer to home.  In 1918 Albert went to Spokane, Washington with his brother Ernest, and learned to head wheat.  Four horses were used with the machine in front of the the horses.  A canvas conveyor piled the  wheat.

Ernest Blum