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Lawrence James Pflaum was born in Bamberg, Prusseudorf, Bayern, June 9, 1837. He died in Elm Creek in May 23, 1923 and is buried in the Elm Creek Catholic cemetery along with his wife, Jane Ann Marvel (born April 28, 1848 in Indiana and died August 28, 1934).

Lawrence's parents, Joseph and Barbara Pflaum along with their children came to the United State when Lawrence was three, in 1840. The family settled for a time in Rochester, NY and then to the Malcom/Brooklyn areas in Poweshiek County, Iowa.

He enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and was wounded in the shoulder at Champion Hill, Missouri. He was captured and held prisoner then discharged at Savannah, Georgia in 1865. He returned home to Iowa and the farm life.

He married Jane Ann Marvel of English and Welch descent, in Iowa in1868. They later moved to West Point,Cuming County, Nebraska, farming for a time and then moving west again, settling in Elm Creek.

Lawrence and Jane raised 11 children, who were all born in Iowa: Lorenzo Jerome, Joseph William, Mary Agnes, Frederick Charles, Regina Viola, Barbara Marie, Clara, Florence Ellen, Lawrence John (who were twins), Albert Edward, and Jane Ann known as Jen. There were a set of triplets who were premature at birth and died within a few months of each other. They are buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Brooklyn, IA, along with their Grandfather, Joseph.

In 1882, they moved to a farm called Sunny Slope, just north of Elm Creek, bringing several of their adult children with them. These children married into local families and remained in the area for many years. Their children were:

  1. LORENZO 'Jerome' married Katherine Unknown, they lived in Omaha, NE.
  2. JOSEPH 'Joe' married Katherine 'Kate' Bolan, they lived in Elm Creek.
  3. MARY 'Agnes' who married James Morrison. They farmed in Plainview, NE.
  4. FREDERICK 'Fred', 1874-1927 married Mae Parker 1906-1984 in Overton, NE. They moved to Elm Creek 1915. Fred went to mechanics school in Omaha. He worked at garage owned by Mr. Campney, in Elm Creek, as well as working his farm. Later he sold his farm and purchased the garage on Potter Ave and moved to his own Front street in 1927. Fred and Mae raised 7 children:
    • A. Nellie went to college for two years then worked as secretary for the Swift Company of Kearney, the job took her to North Platte, where she married Harold Bowe, moved to Garden City, Kansas, they had one son. Nellie passed away in 1996 in Garden City, KS.
    • B. Bertha, married Ed Becker and lived in Elm Creek. They had three girls and ten grandchildren.
    • C. Isabelle Mary married George Dickman of Miller and they had 8 children. They lived in Washington State and spent their summers in Yuma Arizona.
    • D. Charles Frederick (Bud)who was a welder, married Marjorie Cook of Amherst. They had one child and 2 grandchildren. They lived in rural Buffalo County, near Amherst.
    • E. Edith Gloria (Babe) married Doyle Christofferson and who had 11 children. Babe passed away in 1976 in Valley, NE.
    • F. Agnesmae married Charley Weible. They had one child and lived in Idaho.
    • G. Edna Marie married Orval Lamb of Genoa, Nebraska. They raised 3 children and lived in Douglas, Wyoming.

  5. REGINA who married James 'Jim' Fitzgerald. Jim ran the Saloon/Pool Hall on Tyler Street in Elm Creek for a while with his brother-in-law, Lawrence 'John', before moving his family to Colorado. Regina died in 1934 in CO.

  6. BARBARA married John Thomas Gatzmeyer. They farmed in West Point, NE.

  7. CLARA married Charles William 'Bill' Gatzmeyer. They farmed in West Point, NE.

  8. ALBERT married Addie Bolan, they moved to California.

  9. FLORENCE 'Ellen' married Matt Fitzgerald and they farmed in Elm Creek.

  10. LAWRENCE 'John' married Antonette 'Nettie' Kormert of West Point. They farmed and later moved to California.

  11. JANE ANN 'Jen' married Patrick Fitzgerald. 'Pat' ran the barber shop and 'Jen' ran the beauty shop for years in Elm Creek. They moved to California, but later returned to Elm Creek where they lived until their deaths.
Several descendants of Lawrence and Jane Pflaum live in the Elm Creek area today. Submitted by Debra Hyre

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