COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY REMINISCENCE AND BIOGRAPHY OF NEBRASKA
CONTAINING A History of the State of Nebraska
Embracing an account of Early Explorations, Early Settlement, Indian Occupancy, Indian History and Traditions, Territorial and State Organizations; a review of the Political History; and a concise History of the Growth and Development of the State.
ALSO A COMPENDIUM OF REMINISCENCE AND BIOGRAPHY CONTAINING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF HUNDREDS OF PROMINENT OLD SETTLERS AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS OF NEBRASKA
With a Review of their life work; their identity with the growth and development of the State; Reminiscences of Personal History and Pioneer Life and other Interesting and Valuable  Matter which should be Preserved in History.
CHICAGO: ALDEN PUBLISHING COMPANY,  1912

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JOHN STAHLECKER

   Most of the immigrants from Europe prove to be thrifty, and in time prosperous, and such may be said of the venerable John Stahlecker, now living, retired from active labor, in the village of Naper, Boyd county, Nebraska.
   John Stahlecker was born in the village of Fredersdahl, Prussia, December 17, 1843. His parents, Josias and Katrina (Koch) Stahlecker, soon after his birth, moved to Russia, where that government gave immigrants a tract of free land. Here he followed the life of a farmer until emigrating to America in 1873. Sailing from Hamburg, he landed in New York after a voyage of fifteen days, and came directly to Columbus, Nebraska. He rented farm land there for five years, thence moving to South Dakota, and filing on a homestead in Hutchinson county, where he lived for fourteen years. Selling his land here, he removed to Nebraska, in 1892, and bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Boyd county, two and a half miles west of Naper. Here he resided until 1905, when he bought a comfortable cottage home in town and has since refrained from active labor. He is, with two sons-in-law, interested in two hardware and implement houses, one in Naper and one in Herrick, South Dakota.
   Mr. Stahlecker was married in the old country, in the year 1863, to Miss Barbara Reuter, who is the mother of eleven living children, named as follows: Conrad, who lives on his farm north of Naper; Fredrika, wife of Fernand Klaudt, Gottlieb, who resides at Delmont, South Dakota; Josias, who rents a farm one mile west of Naper; Katrina, wife of Samuel Statsmann, who is one of the partners in the hardware business and runs the store in Naper; John has a farm two miles west of town; Barbara, who lives in Naper, where her husband, Claus Vogt, is engaged in the furniture business; Elizabeth is the wife of Charles Reichel, the third member of the hardware firm and who runs the Herrick branch of the business; Marie is married to John Blakkolb, who owns a grocery store in Naper; Dora and her husband, John Houf, live on their homestead claim in Gregory, South Dakota; and Jacob clerks in the Naper store of his father's firm.

Mr. Stahlecker is republican in political faith. and is a lifelong member of the Lutheran church.
   He has endured the many winter storms that prevail in this region and has weathered a number of the fierce blizzards that sweep the plains, including that of January 12, 1888. Prairie fires have devastated his farm from time to time, carrying up in smoke many tons of hay and endangering his buildings. His earliest home was the typical sod house of the pioneer, but later he built frame dwellings and has had good houses on all the tracts of land that have been his home.



Marriage
Stahlecker, Johann                30 Jan 1864 Rauter, Barbara                  Arcis
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