Johann Winkler & Wilhelmine Christine Caroline Stark | Erich Ehmler & Ida Elsa Winkler | Caroline Christine Ehmler & Albert F. Grunke | Erna M. Grunke & John Finlay
John & Johanne Caroline Grunke | Albert F. Grunke & Caroline Christine Ehmler | Erna M. Grunke & John Finlay
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Wikipedia - Moody County
History of Moody County
City of Flandeau
Genealogy Trails - Moody County
City of West Pointe, Nebraska
Flandeau High School
Flandreau in 1883
Notes: Albert & Caroline came to America and were naturlized at the same time, but were married four years after their arrival. Caroline was only about 13 when immegrating, Albert about 19. This might explain their marriage wait. Question: Did they come over with their families?
It appears that the first children were born in Nebraska, so Albert and Caroline would have settled there and then moved to SD after Raymond's birth. However, Erna's census gives conflicting data of her birth place. Maybe her mother had to go to SD to be with her mother for the birth, but the family was still living in NE.
Note: It is interesting that their first child, Arthur was born two years after their wedding, but then they waited another ten years before having the second child (out of 11).
Note: I wonder about why Albert & Caroline moved to SD. It seems to me that I remember
a story that Erna "had" to go live on an indian reservation. So if she
started out in West Point, NE, and then in 1904-1906 "had" to move to SD (Fladreau has an indian reservation and "indian land" where the family lived), Erna must have had a great attachment to West Point because she returned there because she was married there. In other words, she must have moved with her family to SD and then when old enough, moved back to West Point. I am imagining that after she married John, he got a good job in Omaha, and that
is why they moved there.
So, if her parents were in SD, who would she have lived with when returning to NE (possibly Zuehrs?) You will note that the 1910 census, when Erna would have been 16, she was not living with her parents in SD.
1900 Census, State of Nebraska, County of Thurston, Omaha Precinct, Enumeration District Number 0182, Sheet 2
Census taken June 13-14 1900
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Notes: Albert's brothers are living near in a different household. "Pa" is the code for "papers filed" for naturalization. "Na" is the code for "naturalized.
This location is not in the City of Omaha, which is in Douglas County. It is located on the Omaha Reservation in Thurston County. Wikipedia indicates that Thurston County had a population of 6517 in 1900 and 6969 in 2010.
1910 Census, State of Nebraska, County of Cuming, West Point Precinct, West Point City, Ward 1, District 0071
Census taken May 2, 2010
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Note: Carl and Eda (Ida) are "empty nesters" living alone in the City of West Point. "M1" indicates first marriage and "M2" indicates second marriage.
1910 Census, State of Nebraska, County of Douglas, City of Omaha, 5th Precinct (Part of), Ward 9, District 0069 (2 pages)
Census taken April 15, 1910
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Notes: Erna is living with her half-sister (she is not a niece) in the City of Omaha at the age of 16 years, instead of with her parents Albert & Caroline (seevbelow census) and siblings. Erna returns to live in the City of Omaha during her early married life. On the right edge a street address of "Capital Avenue" is handwritten on the census. Therefore, the address where they lived is 2087 Capital Avenue. This address appears to be a parking lot in 2016. The family listed above is noted as "North 28d Ave."
On the census we see "Germany Ger." or a repeat of Germany. The country of Germany was changing boundaries and forming during war, so it was common to list the native language (ethnicity) as well as the country on the census. Some who spoke German were of a different country. Some in Germany spoke a different language (i.e. Polish). A person may have been born in one country and later as the boundaries moved, came to America as a citizen from a different country.
1910 Census, State of South Dakota, County of Moody, Township of Flandreau, District 0353
Census taken April 21, 1910 (Click to view Document)
Notes: The figure "15" is for the farm's identification number on the census farm schedule. This number is meaningless today because the farm schedules are unavailable. Caroline has had 9 children, but only 6 are living in the home. Erna and her half-sister are living together in Omaha (see above census). [I need to figure out who is the other missing.]
South Dakota, State Census, 1915
Name: Albert Grunke
Birth Year: 1862
Birth Place: Germany
Marital Status: Married
Marriage Year: 1887
Arrival Year in Country: 1882
Arrival Year in State: 1904
Arrival State: South Dakota
Arrival Country: USA
Religion: German Lutheran
Father's Birth Place: Germany
Mother's Birth Place: Germany
FHL Film Number: 2283396
Sheet Number: 416
Residence in 1915: South Dakota, United States
1920 Census, State of Nebraska, County of Moody, City of Flandreau, District 0212
Census taken January 6 1920
Notes: It does not list the house number on First Avenue. It lists no employment. This does tell the year of naturalization of 1889.
Edward age 28 as a lodger with the Scofield family in the town of Riverview, Moody County, South Dakota.
Lancaster, Lincoln Co, NE
John Finlay Head 36 Carpenter
Erna Finlay Wife 26 (Here it says she was born in So. Dakota)
Marie Finley Daughter 6
St Louis MO
John Finlay Head 46 Northern Ireland/ N. Ireland Carpenter
Erna Finlay Wife 36 Nebraska Germany/Germany
Marie Finlay Daughter 16 Nebraska N. Ireland/Nebraska
1930 census for S. Dakota, Moody County, Flandreau, but this time on Township Rd.
Grunke, Caroline Head 59 Widow (age 17 when 1st married)
Grunke, Edward Son 38 Single B. Nebraska Plumber
Grunke, Raymond Son 23 Single B. S. Dakota Laborer on general farm
Grunke, Lucille Dau. 21 Single B. S. Dakota
Grunke, Dorothy Dau. 19 Single B. S. Dakota
Grunke, Elise Dau. 17 Single B. S. Dakota
Harry W. Grunke 22 years old B. in Nebraska living with a family who name looks like Dobbs. as a laborer on their farm in Flandreau. .
Leona must have gotten married between 1920 and 1930.
VARIATIONS OF NAME
GRUNKE (with umlaut)
As I search for information, I continue to find many Grunke in West Point, Nebraska, other than our line. I cannot help but think that these folks should be related in some way. When families emmegrated, surely they settled with other family, especially being in a strange land. So as I come across the information, I've decided to gather it and post it here.
Mount Hope Cemetery,
West Point, Cuming County, Nebraska
Information found at http://www.rootsweb.com/~necuming/mthopecem.html
This is the same site where the Zuehr tombstones are found.
Cuming County Tombstone Information
Mt. Hope Cemetery
Located on the northeast edge of West Point in the Pt SE 1/4 SW 1/4 & Pt SW 1/4 SE 1/4 S26 T22N R6E in Sherman Township West Point City Cemetery, original name was Hughes Cemetery; 6.77 acres & 6.15 acres
Recorded 1982 by Lois E. Schultz
GRUNKE, Harry R.
10 Sep 1899 - 24 Apr 1965
GRUNKE, Katie D.
12 June 1873 - 11 May 1960
GRUNKE, Gustave E.
22 Oct 1871 - 26 Jan 1949
1 June 1898 - 15 Oct 1972
1863 - 1952
1858 - 1928
GRAUNKE, Clara M.
11 June 1884 - 13 Jan 1901
GRAUNKE, Mabel E.
2 Oct 1887 - 18 Sep 1957
GRUNKE, Mary Evelyn
24 Dec 1901 - 15 Feb 1948
GRUNKE, Ira E.
14 Aug 1898 - 15 Feb 1979
15 July 1870 - 14 May 1964
GRUNKE, Herman H.
29 Jan 1869 - 15 Mar 1959
GRUNKE, Richard Eldon
26 July 1935 - 3 July 1944
daughter of Herman & Alvina
17 Nov 1908 - 16 Feb 1920
GRAUNKE, Alvina M.
wife of Herman
29 May 1877 - 23 Feb 1923
30 June 1872 - 16 Aug 1948
1868 - 1930
1864 - 1934
GRUNKE, Fred S.
1873 - 1951
GRUNKE, Emma A.
1879 - 1960
GRUNKE, Helen M.
1901 - 1967
24 Dec 1875 - 22 June 1953
GRUNKE, William T.
24 Oct 1866 - 22 June 1938
GRAUNKE, Mary S.
1888 - 19__
GRAUNKE, Henry H.
1886 - 1960
GRAUNKE, Mabel A.
1900 - 19__
GRAUNKE, P. Emerson
1900 - 1959
This information can be found here.
Photos of tombstones are here and here.
Submitted by: Dennis H. Harmsen
Catharine Dorothea Grunke
May 19, 1960
West Point Republican (West Point, Nebraska)
Mrs. Grunke Services Held Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Gus E. Grunke, who died May 11 at Memorial hospital were held Saturday at the Ray J. Smith mortuary with the Rev. George P. Krebs officiating.
Burial was in Mt. Hope cemetery and pallbearers were; Gus Engelhardt, Ed Lemke, Ira Grunke, Edward Ortmeier and Walter and Robert Brockmann.
Mrs. Grunke was born June 12, 1872 in Fehmarn, Germany to Mr. and Mrs. Nicolaus Ralph. On Sept. 9, 1897 she was united in marriage with Gustave Grunke at West Point. To this union were born two children.
Mrs. Grunke left Germany in 1885 and settled on a farm west of West Point. She has been hospitalized for the past five years.
Survivors include two sons, Ralph and Harry of West Point; two sisters, Ellen Ralph of West Point and Maria, Mrs. Joseph Zich of Omaha; and one brother Carl Ralph of California.
Relatives attended the funeral from Plainview, Pierce, Norfolk, Wisner and Omaha.