Archives for June 2011

Timber Culture TC-0047-074

Names on Document:  Skjelver, Hans T
Issue Date:  March 20, 1886
Total Acres:  160
Land Description:
SW¼ Section 32, T3N R12W, Webster County, Nebraska

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Timber Culture TC-0060-383

Names on Document:  Skjelver, Otto
Issue Date:  June 30, 1892
Total Acres:  160
Land Description:
E½NW¼ & E½SW¼ Section 6, T2N R12W, Webster County, Nebraska

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Timber Culture TC-0062-032

Names on Document:  Wilson, John C
Issue Date:  September 15, 1892
Total Acres:  160
Land Description:
SW¼ Section 26, T3N R12W, Webster County, Nebraska

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Agnes Gibson Thompson 1965 Photo

Colorado Trip

Last weekend we vacationed in Estes Park, Colorado and also attended the Thompson Family Reunion.  We had a great little cabin on the Big Thompson River just down from Estes Park.  We visited Rocky Mountain National Park and took the Trail Ridge road up to the Alpine Visitor’s Center, which they closed the next day due to 3 ft. of snow.  We also tried our hand at fly-fishing for the first time, and although we didn’t catch anything it was a fun experience.  Overall we had a great time and enjoyed being outside taking in the beautiful scenery.

Glenwood Kids

This past week we had supper with some of my old grade school classmates from Glenwood Elementary.  We managed to get all three of the kiddos to sit still long enough to snap a photo.

Week at the Farm

Our daycare was closed last week so Lee got to stay at the farm.  We were worried that he might not want to come back home.

Lee peeking out of the playhouse

Beau pulling Lee behind the tractor

Lee with the Dinkler & Bonifas kids

Lee with the Dinkler & Bonifas kids

Grandpa put Lee to work sweeping the barn

Lee ready to go with his hat and boots

Sidewalk Chalk

Lee and next-door neighbor, Aubrey, enjoyed coloring on the driveway.

Anna Rhode Krichau and Jens Krichau

Jens Rasmussen Krichau (July 26, 1866 – April 6, 1956) was born in Solsted, North Slesvig, Denmark.  His parents were Peter J. and Kristen Jensen Krichau.

Anna Rhode (February 14, 1868 – July 3, 1951) was born in Osterhoist, North Slesvig, Denmark.  Her parents were Hans and Marie Mortison Rhode.

Jens and Anna were both confirmed in the Danish Lutheran Church in Denmark in 1882.  In 1893, they emigrated to the United States.  They left from Liverpool, England on the vessel, Wangurie, arriving at the port of Halifax, Canada and from there went by train to Detroit, Michigan.

They were married in Loup City on September 9, 1893.  They lived on a farm near Litchfield until 1905.  At this time they purchased the SE1/4 and NE1/4 of Section 9 in the Hazard Township from C.C. Hansen.  In 1936 they had a farm sale and moved into Hazard.  Jens and Anna are the parents of eight children:  Hans, Peter, Edward, Christian, Maurice, Christina, Arthur and Elmer.

They are buried in the cemetery at Ravenna.

The children of Jens and Anna are:

Hans (October 7, 1893 – December 26, 1982).  Hans married Christina Hohlfeld, the daughter of Wilhelm and Mary Kohls Hohlfeld of this community.  They were married at Hazard on April 12, 1916.  To this union were born four sons:  Loren, Donald, Ivan and one son died in infancy.

They were engaged in farming in the Hazard and Litchfield area until 1936.  Then Hans and Christina moved to Swan, Iowa and he was the farm manager for a large ranch there that belonged to Chris Abbott.  When Hans retired they moved to Pleasantville, a town nearby.  Christina died in 1968.  Hans and Christina are buried in the cemetery at Swan.  They have two sons buried there also.  Donald died in 1963 and Ivan in 1977.

Peter (November 3, 1896 – August 19, 1938).  Peter married Anna Munster, teh daughter of Henry and Francis Hajek Munster of Pleasanton.  They were married in Grand Island on March 8, 1922.

They are the parents of two children:  Glenn and Gladyce.

Peter served in the United States Army during World War I, serving overseas.  He was in the 91st Division of the 363 Infantry.  He received his discharge in April, 1919.

Pete farmed in this area until he was killed when a scaffold broke while cementing a pit silo.  He was living on a farm in Scott Township, Section 36 at the time.

Anna is now married to Wayne Anderson and is living in Sidney, Nebraska.

Edward (December 27, 1897 – April 16, 1987).  Edward married Dora Rasmussen of Pleasanton.  They were married in Grand Island on March 6, 1923.  To this union were born three children:  James, Sylvia and Bert.

Edward was also a farmer.  They lived on a farm in Bristol Township, SW1/4, Section 21, until 1943 when they moved to Buffalo County.

Dora died in 1974 and is buried in the Ravenna Cemetery.  Edward is living with his son, James, at the present time.

Christian (July 8, 1899 – August 10, 1899).  He is buried in the Cemetery at Litchfield.

Maurice (June 22, 1900 – March 15, 1986).  Maurice married Ruby Reiter, the daughter of Emil and Annie Frame Reiter of Pleasanton.  They were united in marriage at Grand Island on February 14, 1921.  They have two children, Regina and Russell.  They lived in this area until 1935, when they moved to a farm near Bladen, Nebraska.  Maurice retired on the farm in 1975.  They moved to Hastings in 1979.

Both Maurice and Ruby died in 1986 and are buried in the Bladen Cemetery.

Christina (April 22, 1902 – ).  Christina married Otha Lovitt, the son of Walter and Sarah Robertson Lovitt.  They were married on April 4, 1923 at Grand Island.  They have four children:  Alvie, Iona, Ronnie and Lyle.

They lived on the Lovitt farm east of Hazard until 1941 when they moved to a farm near Mason City.  Otha died in 1981 and is buried in the Ravenna Cemetery.  Christina still lives on the family farm.

Arthur (August 30, 1904 – August 1, 1956).  Arthur never married.  He was a farmer also.  Arthur farmed in this area, going to Iowa to work on the Abbott Ranch from 1934 to 1944.  He returned to farm in the Hazard and Ravenna area.  He was killed in an irrigation accident on the farm where he was living, west of Ravenna.  He is buried in the cemetery at Ravenna, also.

Elmer (September 24, 1906 – October 5, 1992).  Elmer married Sigrid Tvedt, the daughter of Nels and Ragnhild Berg Tvedt of Petersburg, Nebraska.  They were married in Kearney on March 26, 1930.

They are the parents of one son, Palmer.

Elmer and Sigrid farmed in this community until moving to Iowa to farm.  They have retired and are living in Pleasantville, Iowa.

Wheels of Time: A Centennial History of Hazard, Nebraska
Published 1986
Pages 136-137

The Jens Krichau Family

Jens Krichau and Anna Rhode were born at Oester Hoejst, Denmark and were married on September 14, 1892.  That same year they sailed on the ship, Tigtana, and landed at Halifax, Canada.  They came to Hazard, Nebraska to settle, as they had relatives there, the Spangburgs and the Petersons.

They were both baptised and confirmed in the Danish Lutheran Faith.

They moved from Hazard to a Danish community south of Mason City, Nebraska in 1901.  In 1906 the Krichau family moved back to a farm they purchased 5 miles northeast of Hazard.

They continued to live here until 1937 when they moved into the village of Hazard and purchased the Jacobson house where they lived until their deaths.  Anna died in 1951 and Jens in 1956.  They were buried at the Ravenna Cemetery.

To this union seven sons and one daughter were born.

Hans married Christina Hohlfeld; Peter married Anna Munster; Edward married Dora Rasmussen; Maurice married Ruby Reiter; Christina married Otha Lovitt; Christian died in fancy; Arthur never married and Elmer married Sigrid Tvedt.

Wheels of Time: A Centennial History of Hazard Nebraska
Published 1986

Page 137

This writing incorrectly identifies their marriage year as 1892, when in fact it is 1893, as noted on their Marriage License.

This writing incorrectly identifies the vessel they emigrated on as the Tigtana, when in fact it was the Wangurie as noted on Jens’ naturalization papers.

Jens R. Krichau Obituary

Jens R. Krichau, a well-known farmer and resident of the Hazard community since 1893 passed away April 6, 1956, after several weeks of serious illness, at the home of his son, Edward, at Ravenna.

Mr. Krichau was born in Solsted, North Slesvig, Denmark, on July 26, 1866, and was 89 years, 8 months of age at his death.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

In 1893 he came to America and in September of that year was united in marriage to Anna Rhode and they settled on a farm near Hazard.  To this union was born seven sons and one daughter.  Surviving are five sons, Hans of Carlisle, Ia., Edward, Ravenna, Maurice, Bladen, Arthur, Ravenna and Elmer of Columbia, Iowa; and the daughter, Christina Lovitt of Mason City.  There are also 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

His wife preceded him in death on July 3, 1951.  Also two sons, one in infancy and Peter on August 18, 1938, at the result of an accident.

He was a kind and loving father and grandfather, and was always thoughtful of others.

Funeral services were conducted from hazard Methodist church on Sunday afternoon, with Rev. A.L. Embree officiating.  Pall bearers were all grandsons.  Interment was at Highland Park cemetery, Ravenna.

Anna Rhode Krichau Obituary

Anna Rhode Krichau was born in Host North Schleswig, Denmark, on Feb. 14, 1868, and passed away at her home in Hazard, July 8, 1951, at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 19 days.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

In January 1893 she came to America and on Sept. 9, 1893, she was united in marriage to Jens Krichau and settled on a farm near Hazard.  To this union was born seven sons and one daughter.

Surviving are her husband, five sons and one daughter:  Hans of Swan, Ia., Edward of Ravenna, Maurice of Bladen, Christina Lovitt of Mason City, Arthur of Ravenna and Elmer of Swan, Iowa.  Also 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  One sister, Hanna Knudsen, of Woodstock, Ill., and one brother, Christ Rhode, of Denmark.

Preceding her in death are two sons, one in infancy and Peter on Augst 18, 1938.

She was a kind and loving mother, wife and grandmother and she was always willing ot help any one in need.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 6th, from the Methodist church in Hazard.  Rev. Lee Brigden, the pastor, was assisted by Rev. E.C. Fad in conducting the service.  Pall bearers were the grandchildren.  Interment was in Highland cemetery at Ravenna.

Johnny Wilson Senior Picture

Russell Krichau Senior Picture

Delores Karr Senior Picture

Bonnie Skjelver Senior Picture

Johnny & Bonnie Wilson Wedding Day

CM Wilson Family – Christmas 1948

Wilson Children

July 2, 1948 - Bus, Allie, Johnny, Verna, Edna, Retta

Otto Skjelver, Jr. Picture from 1960

Russell & Delores Krichau Wedding Picture

Krichau Family

Left to Right: Mother Anna, Maurice, Elmer, Hans, Christina, Pete, Art, Ed, Father Jens Krichau

Krichau Kids

Left to Right: Hans, Elmer, Pete, Christina, Ed, Art, Maurice

Karr Men Picture

William Henry Karr

William Henry Karr, the oldest son of George Phillip and Mary Catherine (Arter) Karr, was born April 1, 1867 at Manhatten, Illinois. In the spring of 1888, his parents moved to the Blue Hill, Nebraska area. February 18, 1890, he married Dora Baker in Hastings, Nebraska. Dora was the eldest daughter of Jacob and Frances (Falley) Baker, born at Arrowsmith, Illinois, April 20, 1870. She was widely known and a popular young lady and has many warm friends. He is reported to be a prosperous and well to do young farmer. They lived on a farm near Blue Hill. Three children were born to them, Blanche Sylvia, William Phillip and Hester Ellen

Dora became an invalid and was bedfast when her youngest child, Hester was born and as she was unable to care for her baby, grandparents, Phillip and Mary Karr took Hester to live with them at an early age. The family lived on a farm three and one half miles west of Blue Hill on the south road to Bladen at the time. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to a farm in the Riverton, Nebraska area. On August 17, 1898, after a long illness, Dora passed away at age twenty eight. Her sister, Lillian (Baker)Sanders thought she may have had M.S. or M.D. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Blue Hill with burial in the Blue Hill Cemetery. Blanche and Willie went to live with the Karr grandparents. After a few years they went to live with their father and Hester continued to stay with the grandparents. According to talk among family members, the maternal grandparents wanted to take the oldest child, Blanche, but their father didn’t want to separate them. There were hard feelings over this and the grandmother did not visit the children in spite of the fact that they lived down the road a quarter of a mile. In 1900 the Bakers moved to Grand Island.

On January 15, 1913, at Normal, Illinois, William H. married Rebecca Virginia Shutts, daughter of Michael and Sarah Shutts. Born October 11, 1864 in Center Hall, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Baptist Church in her youth and after moving to Blue Hill, worked in the Methodist Church. She passed away February 12,1954 at the Maynard Hospital in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Burial in the Blue Hill Cemetery. William made his home with his sister, Sadie Zimmerman after the death of his wife. He passed away August 30, 1958 at Red Cloud, Nebraska. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery.

Information courtesy of Delores (Karr) Krichau’s family history compilation