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Albert was born on May 14, 1862, in Stargard, Germany, Province of Pomerania, east of the Oder River. Stargard is now part of Poland, part of German territory given to Poland after World War II. The population of Stargard was 25,400 per Atlas issued after 1945. A mention in a history book was about the advance of the Russian Army to Berline when it was said to be in flames from bombing.
Albert came to America in 1882 at the age of 26, landing in Baltimore, the lake or gulf, and then going to West Point, Nebraska. It is believed he had kin or someone else he knew in West Point, or they would not have gone there immediately. Albert's parents lived in West Point, but they probably moved there after he did. His daughter, Caroline said she thought highly of Albert's mother and that her sister Leona was very much like her. Albert's mother died of cancer of the breast. Caroline said one of her sons gave her devoted care during her illness. His name may have been Edward.
Albert had a sister, Augusta, a brother, Herman, and possibly two other full brothers, one of whom may have been Edward. Albert's father married again and had a second family.
Albert and Caroline met at West Point. Albert married Caroline (Lena) Christine Ehmler on April 4, 1888, at the age of 26 years. Caroline was 18 years old.
Albert and Caroline lived in West Point, Nebraska, 7 years; in Bancroft, Nebraska 5 years (actually, Bancroft was the town nearest to the Indian Reservation where they leased a farm); in Bloomfield, Nebraska 3 years; and then in Flandreau, South Dakota. Albert had asthma and was looking for a place better for his health. He liked Flandreau and decided to live there. It is believed they lived in town two years, Albert running a harness shop and shoe repair business. They moved to the farm where they lived for 12 years. Then they moved to an acreage across the river from Flandreau, where Albert died on August 23, 1926.
Albert must have been a good carpenter as he built two houses. He also did cabinet work. His granddaughter Elsie recalls chests of drawers he made.
For more information on Albert's married life, please read his wife Caroline's biography.
Albert and Caroline Grunke Wedding Photo April 4, 1888
Obituary of Albert Grunke in Moody County Enterprise
dated August 26, 1926 Page 1 Column 3, Article 3
Another Pioneer Called
Albert Grunke, an old and well liked citizen of this county, died suddenly Monday morning at his home. Death came to him without warning and it is thought was caused by heart failure. He was 64 years, 3 months and 9 days old at the time of his death and leaves a wife, 5 sons and 6 daughters to mourn his demise.
Mr Grunke had been a resident of this county many years, was honest in all his dealings.
The funeral was held Wednesday, August 25th and the services were conducted from the M.E. church by Rev. Frank Cannon at 2:00 o'clock p.m. Interment was made in Union Cemetery
Transcription of Albert Grunke obituary:
ALBERT GRUNKE CALLED BY DEATH
Albert Grunke, for 21 years a resident of Moody County, passed away suddenly Monday morning at his home across the river.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon with services from the M E church, Rev. Cannon officiating.
Mr. Grunke was born on May 14, 1862, in Stargard, Germany. He came to this country in 1882 and came to Moody count in 1905. In 1889 he was united in marriage to Caroline Ehmler at West Point, Neb. To this union 11 children, all of whom survive, were born.
The children are: Arthur of Crosby, N.D., Edward of Flandreau, Mrs. John Finlay of Omaha, Harry of Flandreau, Mrs. H. Doten of Omaha, Rudolph of Omaha, Mrs. John Bauer of Omaha, Raymond of Crosby, N.D., Lucille, Dorothy, and Elsie of Flandreau.
Mr. Grunke had been in failing health for some years, having been afflicted with asthma and hay fever for years. He was a man highly respected and liked by those who came to know him.