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P. N. Meysenburg

John Meysenburg

Henry Woodruff   

 

 

 

 

P. N. Meysenburg

One of the earliest of the Luxemburg settlers, whose home is now in section 35, Savannah township, ButlerCounty, first located on section 30, township 16, range 3, July 3, 1869.

Mr. Meysenburg was born in Luxemburg, Germany, December 11, 1838, a son of Nicholas Meysenburg, and the first twenty-five years of his life were spent in his native country. He left the old country April 29, 1863, and came to New York, and without stopping in that city moved directly to and settled in Cascade, Iowa, and made that his home until 1869. Here he was married, January 19, 1869, and shortly after started, with his wife, father, brother and sister, on a prospecting tour through Kansas and Nebraska. Upon reaching the Platte valley, July 3, 1869, he decided to locate there and lost no time in, preparing a habitation and notifying his friends of the location of his new home, and many of them joined him later. In the following August he was joined by Jacob and Michael Demuth, who also moved to this locality from Cascade. They met Mr. Meysenburg on the prairie not far from his claim. Our subject bought his first farm for two dollars and fifty cents per acre, but he is now the proprietor of one thousand and six hundred acres of land that will compare favorably in value and fertility to the best in Butler county. Mr.Meysenburg is one of the substantial and leading members of the Catholic church in that community. He was one of the potent factors in the organization of a society in the township, first as a Franciscan mission and later as a charge of a secular priest, as will be seen in the sketch of Rev. Carl Stapf, on another page of this volume. His contributions, both for church erection and the support of the society, have always headed the list and he has always wielded a powerful influence throughout the valley. For several years before the church was built, mass was celebrated in Mr. Meysenburg's home.

Mrs. Meysenburg, who bore the maiden name of Miss Mary B. Dehner, is a sister of John Dehner, now of Bone Creek township, Butler county. To this union have been born six children, now living, upon whom they have bestowed the following names: John, Annie, Margaret, Carrie, Henry and Stephen, and five died in infancy.

Source: Memorial and Biographical Record and Illustrated Compendium of Biography, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1899
Transcribed and contributed by: Mary Kay Krogman



John Meysenburg


The subject of this sketch, was born August 29, 1849, in Luxembourg, Germany, and came with his parents to this country in 1864; settled on section 24, 16-2, Butler County, Nebraska, in the spring of 1870. The homestead where he now lives was homesteaded by our subject in September, 1870. The family located in Dubuque, Iowa, when they came to America. Our subject was not yet of age when he came to Butler county, Nebraska.

He was married April 14, 1877, to Susan Reisdorf, a daughter of Peter and Anna (Simon) Reisdorf. She was a native of a small village in Luxembourg, Sandweiler, three miles from the city of Luxembourg, and first made her home in Chicago, Illinois, removing from this place to Butler county, Nebraska. She is the mother of five children: Dominick, Mary, Anna and Kate, and one that died, August.

Our subject has been active in important affairs of the county, being a member of the county board for six years, and still serving. He has always been careful of the interests of the people, serving them in such a manner as to insure the confidence and respect of all who were his daily associates, in business, social, and religious matters. Was a prominent member of the Catholic church, and one of its first adherents at the foundation of it in this county.

He is now the possessor of seven hundred and forty acres of land, well improved, has a comfortable home, fine barns well stocked, and is highly esteemed for the thrift and good judgment he has shown in his management of his own affairs, as well as those of the county. In politics, he is a free silver democrat, and has filled a number of township offices.

Source: Memorial and Biographical Record and Illustrated Compendium of Biography, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1899
Transcribed and contributed by: Mary Kay Krogman



Henry Woodruff   

Ulysses, Neb., March 1 [Special Correspondence of the World-Herald] Henry Woodruff, who lives three miles northwest of Ulysses with his son, was born April 20, 1810, in Ashe county, North Carolina. There were no public schools in his boyhood days and his opportunities to acquire an education were limited; the schools of that time being private enterprises and pupils were compelled to pay for their own instruction. Young Woodruff grew up to manhood and was married in North Carolina to Miss Cynthia Edwards December 29, 1837. They lived in North Carolina until 1855, when they moved to Atchison county, Missouri and then in 1862 to Nebraska City and then to Hamburg, Ia., where they lived until 1881, when the old couple moved to Butler county and have since been living here with their son, H. Woodruff, a prominent farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff have been married fifty-nine years and are today both hale and hearty when their advanced age is considered. On her 73d birthday, Mrs. Woodruff wove five yards of rag carpet.

Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated March 15, 1891]
Transcribed and contributed by: Denise Hansen



 

 

 

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