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Merrick County News


Scrapbook of Mrs. C. J. (Elizabeth) Dittmer

Assumption - that all these were published in the Clark's Enterprise ...
or the newspaper of Shelby, IOWA
None of the articles bear a publication date or name of newspaper.

Scrapbook, page 48


Victor Emmett Geiger

   Victor Emmett Geiger was born April 3, 1900, baptized September 14, 1900 by the Rev. E. C. Osthoff and confirmed April 4, 1915, by Rev. William Loos, pastor of the Minden church. He was graduated from the Capital City Commercial college at Des Moines, Iowa, March 26, 1919 and was married in that city to Francis E. Havill of Perry, Iowa on March 30, 1921 by Rev. Grigsby.
   After a severe illness of two weeks brought on by an attack of pneumonia, he departed this life at the Iowa Lutheran hospital in Des Moines, or January 30, 1925, aged 24 years, 9 months, and 27 days.
   He leaves to mourn his untimley (sic) death, his wife, his mother, a brother Howard

and his grandmother, Margaret Krutzfeldt, and other relatives besides a host of friends.
   Victor Geiger was a talented musician, an artist at the piano. He had played his way into the hearts of hundreds who had listened to his playing.
   All day Saturday, the 31st of January, the body lay in state at the Harback Funeral home in Des Moines, and on Sunday was brought to his boyhood home.
   In accordance to his expressed wish, interment was made in the family burying lot beside the father who passed away two years ago.
   After a brief service at the home the body was taken to the Minden church where Rev. ___man conducted the funeral? assisted by the church choir.
   The floral offerings were many and very beautiful.



   Minnie Dittmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dittmer, was born at Clarks, Nebraska, May 5, 1901 and died at her home near Minden, Iowa, August 4, 1924, aged 29 years, 2 months and 29 days.
   She grew, up at her home in Clarks, Nebraska, and came to Iowa on a visit to relatives. in 1919. She made the acquiintance of Fred Bladt here and was united in marriage November 26, 1920. They made their home on the farm from that time until her death. One. child, a boy, Francis Fred. was born to them August 26, 1923.
   Mrs. Blaedt was in good health when she arose Monday morning and went about her work. After breakfast she complained of feeling sick and died about two hours later.
   She leaves to mourn her going, her husband and son, besides her parents, sisters, Mrs. Archie Merrit, and Miss Martha Dittmer. Also he following half brothers and sisters: Herman Dittmer, Henry Dittmer, Charles Dittmer, Otto Dittmer, Mrs. Guss Manelkow, Mrs. Frank Meyer, Mrs. Carl Mustard. Four sisters and brothers: Mr. Edwin Juhl, Mr. Herman Juhl, Mrs. H. McDowal, Tillie Robinson and Mary Smith.


Biggest Barn in Polk County

THE building shown in the accompanying picture, is said to be the largest cattle barn in Polk county, Nebraska. If there is any larger one in the county, the owner is hereby invited to send in a picture of the structure with its dimensions This barn is located on the Fred Lind place near Stromsburg. It is 130 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 35 feet high. There is room for 40 head of cattle in stanchions, also 11 head of horses, and there are several calf pens. The capacity of the mow was not learned, but it is "big as all outdoors." as one visitor put it. The barn and silo adjoining, as well as the water tank nearby, are all built of hollow clay tile. The barn is valued at $36,000.


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