Friederike (Stegg) Adolf -- 1924
About 34 years ago, 1890, with her family, Mrs. Friederike Adolf came to
Kit Carson County to make her home. The family settled on what was
then barren plain about 18 miles northeast of Burlington, in what is known
as the Russian Settlement. Together with early settlers, that colony
of industrious frugal saving people have made that portion of Kit Carson
County one of the most beautiful spots in Eastern Colorado. What
was once the home of wild beasts and the red man has become an oasis of
fertility, dotted here and there with happy homes, big barns, fine churches
and well kept stock of all kinds. Thanks to their energy and perseverance
and cultured home surroundings, that portion of Kit Carson County more
nearly resembles the typical eastern farm neighborhood than almost any
other part of this country which extends for about 60 miles east and west
for a distance of 36 miles in width. It is these early pioneers who
have redeemed Eastern Colorado from its native state.
The obituary of Mrs. Adolf reads as follows:
Mrs. Friederike Adolf, beloved
wife of Christian Adolf, who for 65 years was his companion and helpmate,
was born at Brienne, Bessarabia, Russia, on Feb. 19, 1842. She died
at north of Bethune, Colorado on Tuesday Feb. 5, 1924 at the ripe age of
81 years, 11 months and 16 days. Sixteen children were born to this
union during her life, of whom five1
are living. She was a great grandmother and her own descendents number
91 souls, five more than Jacob and has entire progency that went to Egypt.
She leaves three living sons2 who are fathers
of her 32 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. Of these descendents
she leaves 20 daughter and son-in-laws. Also, her aged husband of
84 years, who for the past 9 years has dwelt in darkness being entirely
blind. She leaves two brothers and three sisters with their descendents
living in Russia.
1Only five children are known
to have emmigrated.
2Sons August, William,
Andrew are known to have been living at his time. Daughters Katherina
and Fredericka (Kramer) were deceased.