Sunday, March 29, 2009

Driewer Family Photos – Set 2

This set of four photos consists of Heinrich and Dorothea Driewer with three of their sons (This photo was probably taken about 1880 in Germany. 1910 Census states that Dorothea had 8 children but only 5 living), Emma Driewer daughter of Heinrich and Dorothea with niece Clara Driewer daughter of Charles and Mary Rehrs Driewer, Gustav Driewer son of Heinrich and Dorothea who married Freda Hankel, and Emma Driewer who married Richard F. Zierott. The photo of Emma and Clara was taken by Henderson of York, Nebraska and the photos of Gustav and Emma were taken by the Elarton Studio of Aurora, Nebraska.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Driewer Family Photos – Set 1

This set of four photos consists of Heinrich J. Driewer and his wife, Dorothea Sophia Christiana Dose and their sons, Henry and his wife, Anna Otte, and their two oldest sons, Otto (l) and Ernest (r), and Charles and his wife, Mary Rehrs. The photo of Heinrich and Dorothea taken by Henderson of York, Nebraska, and the photo of Henry and Anna taken by E.B. Newton of Arborville, Nebraska. The other two photos do not have studio markings.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Photos of Unknown Children

These two photos of unknown children were taken by Edgar Draper of Central City, Nebraska (date of photos unknown). A comment with the bottom photo says “Ida and brother”.

Johann Friedrich Christian Kark & Unknown Men

This photo of Christian Kark with two unknown men was taken by O. D. Welch in Aurora, Nebraska (date of photo unknown).

Marie Wilhelmina Caroline Kark

Mary Kark was born March 13, 1875 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was the youngest daughter of Christian and Anna Marie (Dose) Kark. This photo was taken by O. D. Welch in Aurora, Nebraska (date of photo unknown).

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wilhelm and Theresa (Rohde) Collett Headstone and Obits

Wilhelm and Theresa are buried and the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska. The following are their obituaries.


Well Known Resident of Community Dies at York

William Collett, an old and respected resident of Hamilton county, died last Tuesday [July 3, 1917] at the Lutheran hospital in York after a few weeks’ illness from cancer of the stomach. His death came as a great shock; those about him did not suspect the end was so near, as he had been ill only a short time.

Funeral services were held Friday at 8 p. m. at the German Lutheran church north of town, of which Mr. Collett was a faithful member. Rev. Brommer, the pastor, officiated. A large number of relatives and friends were present. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.

William Collett was born in Pomern, Germany, in 1848 and was 69 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Nebraska in 1872 and was married to Theresa Rhode [Rohde] November 20, 1875*. To this union were born five children, two of whom are still living, Herman and William, both of this county. Besides the sorrowing wife and two sons he leaves two brothers, John, a retired farmer of this place, and Herman, a teacher in Germany. The bereaved ones have the heartfelt sympathy of their friends in their hour of affliction.

Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our friends for their help and sympathy during our recent bereavement and for the many beautiful flowers. Mrs. Wilhelm Collett, Mr. and Mrs. William Collett, Herman H. A. Collett

*Marriage date is incorrect and should have read December 6, 1874.

Newspaper and date of publication is unknown.



Therese Rohde Collett was born at Nikolai, West Prussia, German, September 29, 1856 and died at her home in Hampton, Nebraska, December 10, 1926, at the age of 70 years, 2 months and 11 days. She was baptized in Germany and early childhood came with her parents to America settling at Geneseo, Illinois. Here she attended school and was confirmed in the Lutheran church. Her parents died soon after her confirmation. She then with her brothers and sisters came to Nebraska and settled in Hamilton county. When a young woman she was united in marriage to Mr. William Collett, December 6, 1874. To this union five children were born, four sons and one daughter. About nine years ago Mr. Collett died. Two sons and one daughter have also preceded her in death. In the fall of 1921 she moved from her farm northeast of Hampton and has been a resident of our village until her death occurred at her home early Friday morning after a brief illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Collett has been a woman that has gained many friends in this community and will be greatly missed by her relatives and friends.

She is survived by two sons, William and Herman Collett, both residing northeast of Hampton, and also eight grandchildren and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the St. Peter’s Lutheran church. Rev. O.A. Graebner officiating. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran cemetery four miles northeast of Hampton beside her husband. Sympathy is extended to the sorrowing relatives and friends.

Newspaper and date of publication is unknown.

Wilhelm and Theresa (Rohde) Collett Family

Wilhelm John Frederick COLLETT was born on 8 December 1848 in Swinemunde, Pommern, Prussia. He died on 3 July 1917 in York, York, Nebraska. He immigrated in 1871 to Hamilton County, Nebraska and established a homestead in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska. Wilhelm married Therese Julia Anna ROHDE, daughter of Michael ROHDE and Catherine MASTHKE on 6 Dec 1874 in Hamilton, Nebraska. Therese was born on 29 September 1856 in Schneidemuhl, Nikolai, Prussia. She died on 10 December 1926 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska. They had the five children:

1) Franz C. COLLETT was born on 11 October 1875 in Bradshaw, and died a week later on 18 October 1875.
2) Louise M. COLLETT was born on 17 December 1876 in Bradshaw and died on 19 Apr 1882.
3) William John Frederick COLLETT was born on 25 November 1878 in York, York, Nebraska and was christened on 15 Dec 1878. He died on 8 October 1964 in York, York, Nebraska. William married Ida Louise VAN HOUSEN, daughter of Henry VAN HOUSEN Jr and Wilhelmine NEWMAN on 11 February 1903 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska.
4) Richard COLLETT was born in September 1879 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska and died in 1905. Richard married Bertha Sophia Maria DOSE, daughter of Johann Joachim Theodor DOSE and Anna Caroline Elisabeth SPIEGEL on 24 February 1903 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska.
5) Herman Hugo Alfred COLLETT was born on 5 December 1894 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska and died on 8 December 1955 in Santa Ana, Orange, California. Herman married Helena Ida Bertha HOPP, daughter of John C HOPP and Louise Sophia Wilhemnia KARK on 4 Feb 1920 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska.

Hopp Farm Aerial View

This aerial view was taken in the 1950s or early 1960s. After Selma Hopp died in 1982, this property was sold to the Dose family and the buildings were removed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

7 Wedding Invitations 1915-1925

This entry contains seven original wedding invitations for various Hamilton County families.

Renate Lenz and Gustav A. Pohl

Bertha Joseph and Ernst A. Rhode


Martha Joseph and John T. Suhr

Lillian Senff and Edward J. Lenz

Louise Kolling and Richard A. Rohde

Cecile Casada and Herman F. Collett

Marie Rhode and A.J.F. Joseph

Alma Kamtz and Theodore F. Klute

Karl A. Rohde Family

Karl A. Rohde, son of Michael Rohde and Catherine Masthke, married Louisa Wilhelmine Liedtke on December 17, 1868 in Geneseo, Henry, Illinois. After the death of his father and mother in 1870 and 1872, respectively, and the loss of two children, the Karl left Illinois with his wife, son Carl, and his youngest sister Therese Julia Anna Rohde, and moved to Hampton, Nebraska where the couple’s daughter Carolina was born in 1873 followed by seven more children. Shown in this picture are: (standing in the back row from the left) Carolina, Herman, Henry and Carl (standing in the middle from the left) Theodore, Fred and Ernst (seated from left) Emilie, Marie and mother Louisa. Mr. Karl A. Rohde has died in October, 1895. Some of the members of this family changed their surname from Rohde to Rhode and the name may be found with either spelling in various Hamilton County census records and vital statistics.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

John C. Hopp Family

This picture was taken of the Hopp Family about 1899 or 1900 in front of their new home. From left to right are John C. Hopp, sons Henry and Walter, daughters Meta and Helene and wife Louise Kark. Daughter Selma was not born until 1903.

Death of Mrs. Louise Hopp

Mrs. Louise Hopp with grandsons, Martin Collett (l) and Herman Collett (r).

Funeral services for Mrs. John C. Hopp, who died Friday, June 29, 1939, were held Sunday afternoon, July 2, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk, of which deceased had been a faithful member for the past fifty years. Rev. Carl F. Jonergensen, pastor of the church, had charge of the services.

The following is the obituary: Louise Sophia Wilhelmina Hopp, nee Kark, was born on June 8, 1870, in Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany. At the age of four years she with her parents emigrated to America locating at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At eight years of age her parents came to Nebraska and settled on a farm several miles north of Hampton where she made her home in her girlhood and young womanhood.

At the age of fourteen years on April 1, 1884 she was confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church four miles northeast of Hampton. On October 25, 1889 she was joined in holy wedlock to John C. Hopp. Five children were born to this union, four of which survive.

She leaves to mourn her departure one son, Henry, and three daughters, Meta and Selma at home; Mrs. Helene Collett of Orange, California; two sisters, Mrs. Wilhelmina Mowitz and Mrs. Otto Hankel, both of Hampton, two grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

After a long period of illness, yet patient in tribulation, Mrs. Hopp departed this life on June 29, 1939 at the age of 69 years and 21 days.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Collett-Hopp Wedding

A very pretty wedding occurred Wednesday, February 4th, at 3 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Hordville. Rev. William Batzke officiating when Miss Helen Hopp, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hopp, was married to Herman A. Collett, youngest son of Mrs. William Collett. The bride wore a beautiful dress of white satin with pearl trimmings. The veil was held in place with a wreath and she carried a bouquet of carnations and ferns. The groom was attired in a suit of navy blue. They were attended by Meta Hopp and Mary Rhode as bridesmaids and Walter Hopp and Carl Waak as best men. After the ceremony a large number of guests assembled at the home of the bride’s parents, where a delicious two course supper was served. The color scheme was carried out in pink and white.

They received many beautiful and useful presents. These young people have resided in this vicinity all their lives and are well and favorably known. They will go to housekeeping at once on the farm of the groom five miles north of town. Best wishes for a happy wedded life are extended by their wide circle of friends.

Kark Family

Christian and Anna Marie (Dose) Kark and their youngest daughters, Louise and Mary. There oldest daughter Wilhelmine is missing from this photo. The family immigrated from Prussia and arrived in New York on November 18, 1874 aboard the City of London. After living in Wisconsin where Mary was born, the family moved to Hampton, Nebraska where the family maintained a farm about 7 miles east and 2 miles south of Marquette. Wilhelmine (Minnie) married John Mowitz in 1887 and the couple had 7 children. Louise married John Hopp in 1889 and the couple had 5 children. Mary married Otto Hankel in 1909 and the couple had two sons; both who died early. Photo probably taken between 1885-1887.