The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 6, 1935
ROBERTS--Dennis E. Roberts, 70, Platte Center, Dies After Stroke
Found Unconscious on Floor by Sister When She Returns From Church Today Platte Center, Mar. 6 -- (Special to the Telegram) --
Dennis E. Roberts, 70, widely known resident of Platte Center and vicinity for 64 years, died about 10 a.m. today at the home of his sister, Miss Anna Roberts, with whom he made his home.
Death was caused by a stroke which he suffered while alone in the house, his sister being at church. She left the house about 8 a.m. at which time he was sitting at the breakfast table. When she returned about an hour later, he was lying on the floor unconscious. A doctor was summoned, but he died about an hour later. He regained consciousness in the meantime sufficiently to recognize his sister and the doctor.
Arrangements for the funeral had not been completed this afternoon, but it is probable that services will be held on Friday. The body will lie in state at the McGowan Funeral Home in Columbus until Thursday noon.
Denis [sic] E. Roberts was born at Whitechurch, in county Cork, Ireland, Feb. 14, 1865. His parents came to the United States when he was three years of age. They lived in Omaha for three years and then moved to Platte Center. The farm on which they located is now a part of Platte Center.
For many years Mr. Roberts was engaged in the livestock business on an extensive scale, up until sir [sic] or seven years ago. He was township assessor for a time about 45 years ago, and was for many years active in democratic party circles in the county.
He survived by four brothers and three sisters. Ed, Washington D.C.; Daniel, Denver; John, Omaha; Patrick, Platte Center; Miss Anna Roberts, with whom he lived; Mrs. Patrick Scanlon, Omaha; and Mrs. Thomas Corrigan, Tabor, S.D.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 12, 1935
HOEFELMANN--Mrs. W. H. Hoefelmann, Pioneer of Platte County Passes Away - Charter Member of Two Lutheran Churches Had Lived Here 68 Years; Funeral Monday
Mrs. Sophia Hoefelmann, 82, pioneer Platte county woman who came here from Germany 68 years ago, passed away at 6:30 a.m. today at her home on the farm in Grand Prairie township where she and her husband, the late William H. Hoefelmann, had established their first rural home in a sod house in 1873.
Her death was due to infirmities incident to her advanced age. She had been ill the last nine months, her health having begun to fail about the time of her husbandís death last October.
Though in recent months she could not get around much without assistance, she evidenced the fortitude of the true pioneer to the last, and insisted upon being up and about the house every day that she possibly could. She was up as usual yesterday, but her remaining strength ebbed rapidly during the night and she passed away in her sleep early this morning.
Came Here in 1867
As Mrs. Sophia Kuennemann, daughter of Johann H. and Anna Engel Kuennemann, Mrs. Hoefelmann was born in Grossenkneten, Oldenburg, Germany, on Feb. 18, 1853. In 1867 she came with friends from her native land to Columbus.
Her marriage to Wm. H. Hoefelmann was solomnized in Columbus Nov. 23, 1871. Mr. Hoefelmann was at that time engaged in the blacksmith business in the city, but in the spring of 1873, they homesteaded an eighty-acre tract in Grand Prairie township and went to farming, making their home in a sod house until, overcoming the hardships that were the common lot of the pioneers in the Nebraska prairies, they were able to build a frame house.
Gradually, through their combined efforts, they improved the farm and added more land to their holdings. In the years that ensued, they attained prominence in the county and Mr. Hoefelmann became the first county supervisor from Grand Prairie township when Platte county abandoned the commissioner system and adopted the township form of organization.
With the exception of two years in the early Ď80s when they returned to Columbus while Mr. Hoefelmann engaged temporarily in the implement and well-digging business, they made their home on the farm throughout the remainder of their lives. In recent years two of their sons, A.B. and E.O. Hoefelmann have farmed the old home place. Her husband passed away on Oct. 3, 1934.
Charter Member of Two Churches
With her husband, Mrs. Hoefelmann was a charter member of two Lutheran churchesĖSt. Johnís, in the rural community in which their farm located, and Immanuel, in Columbus. They were among the group that formed the St. Johnís congregation during their first period on the farm, and then joined in the organization of Immanuel church while residing temporarily in the city in the early Ď80s. She was a devout Christian and a faithful attendant at church throughout her life.
Mrs. Hoefelmann is survived by four sons, H.W. Hoefelmann, of Platte Center, E.C. Hoefelmann, of Columbus, A.B. Hoefelmann and Ernst O. Hoefelmann, of Columbus; five daughters, Mrs. Emil Hellbusch, of Humphrey, Mrs. Otto Loseke, of Platte Center, Mrs. Otto Osten, of Columbus, Mrs. Carsten Peterson, of Platte Center, and Mrs. Herman Gerken, of Creston; 29 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Two daughters died in infancy. She leaves also one brother, Herman Kuennemann, of Columbus.
Funeral Services Monday
Funeral services will be held at the home in Grand Prairie township at 1 p.m. Monday and at St. Johnís Lutheran church at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Theo. Harms, pastor of the church, is in St. Louis attending a Walther league convention, but it is believed he will return to conduct the services
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 13, 1935
GROTELUSCHEN--William Groteluschen, 65, 2805 Twenty-first street, former member of the county board of supervisors and for many years a prominent farmer in Grand Prairie township, passed away at 2:30 a.m. today at Lutheran Good Samaritan hospital. His death was due to cancer.
Mr. Groteluschen's health began to fail last fall. After learning the nature of his affliction, he went to Rochester, Minn., in January to consult the Mayo clinic. Informed that he had not many months to live, he returned home, accepting the verdict with characteristic courage, and maintaining, as much as it was possible for a man to do under the circumstances, the cheerful, kindly disposition that he had always had.
Though he had not been bedfast, he entered the hospital Sunday, realizing that the end was near. Death came while he slept last night.
Born in Grossenkneten, Oldenburg, Germany, Apr. 17, 1870, Mr. Groteluschen came to America along in November, 1887, when he was 17 years old to join his brother, Henry Groteluschen, who was farming north of Columbus.
He worked for his brother on the latter's farm until his marriage to Mrs. Margaret Hellbusch, in the St. John's community, on Nov. 13, 1894, and then he went to farming for himself. After renting for a few years, they bought the farm in Grand Prairie township, about 36 years ago, where they made their home until they retired from active farm life and moved into Columbus four years ago.
Mr. Groteluschen was elected supervisor from Dist. No. 1, comprising Grand Prairie, Sherman and Creston townships, in the fall of 1922, and served eight consecutive years as a member of the county board, having been reelected in November, 1926.
Faithful and conscientious, he served his district and the county to the very best of his ability, always doing that which he believed to be the right thing to do.
At the expiration of his second term, he retired from the board and shortly thereafter moved into the city to spend his remaining years.
He was a devout member of St. John's Lutheran church for 36 years and served as an elder of the church for eight years. After moving into town, he transferred his membership to Immanuel Lutheran church.
Mr. Groteluschen is survived by his wife; seven sons and daughters, Ernest, Paul, Enno and William Groteluschen, Mrs. Emma Becher and Mrs. Lucy Mueller, all residing in the territory between Creston and Columbus, and Mrs. Otto Cordes, of Wyckoff, N.J., and the following step-children, Mrs. Mathilda Meinke, of Davenport, Neb., Mrs. Herman Inselmann, of the Grand Prairie community, and Herman Hellbusch, near Columbus. He leaves also one brother, Henry Grotelueschen, of Columbus; a sister, Anna, residing in Germany; 21 grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren. Mrs. Cordes came last week from New Jersey for a visit with her parents.
Funeral services will be held at St. John's Lutheran church, 13 miles north and a mile west of Columbus, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, following a brief prayer service at the home in Columbus at 1 p.m., it having been his wish that the last rites be held in St. John's church. Burial will be made in the cemetery near the church. Rev. A.H. Guettler, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran, will conduct the services, and Rev. Theo. Harms, pastor of St. John's, will assist. The body will lie in state at the Gass funeral home until Tuesday morning.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 16, 1935
HOEFELMANN--Funeral of Mrs. Hoefelmann
The funeral services of Mrs. Sophia Hoefelmann, 82, pioneer Platte county woman who passed away at her home in Grand Prairie township last Friday, were held yesterday at 1 p.m. at the home and 1:30 p.m. at St. Johnís Lutheran church, with Rev. Theo. Harms, officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery. At the church the girlsí choir sang several selections and at the cemetery several selections were rendered by the menís choir. The pallbearers were Paul Osten, Elmer Hellbusch, Elmer Loseke, Bernard Hellbusch, Arnold Landwehr, Martin Hellbusch, Arthur Brackenhoff and Reuben Osten. Out-of-town people attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Hoefelmann, of Sherman, S.D., Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hoefelmann, of Pipe Stone, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hellbusch, of Castlewood, S.D., and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Schlosser, of Dodge, Rev. H. Hopmann, Henry Luers, Alvina Luers, Bonnie Brinkman Luers, all of Wayne, Otto Dau, and Miss Caroline Dau, of Yutan, Herman Froelich, of Hader.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, November 25, 1935
HELLER--Press dispatches over the weekend told of the suicide of Luther Heller, 34, reporter for the Columbus Daily Telegram in 1923 and 1924, at Plainview, Neb., Saturday morning. His body was found hanging to a rafter in his home at Plainview, where the family had moved recently from West Point. Despondency over the fact that he had been without work for some time was believed the cause of his act.
Trained for the ministry, Luther Heller gave up a pulpit career following his graduation from a seminary to take up newspaper work, and was employed on numerous dailies from Chicago to the Pacific coast before coming to Columbus with his wife and three boys in 1923. He remained on the staff of The Telegram for two years, his writing often displaying a quality of real brilliance--natural with one of his neurotic type.
In January of 1925 he left The Telegram to go with the Omaha News, going to work later for a paper at Kearney. It was on Oct. 13, 1925, that he made a previous attempt at suicide while stopping at Grand Island on his way to his family, whom he had left in Council Bluffs. After writing three notes--one to the public, one to his parents and one to his wife--in the lobby of the Yancey hotel, he was rushed to a Grand Island hospital where physicians said he would quickly recover from an overdose of alcohol and aspirin--the aspirin acting as an antidote for the alcohol.
In the following year he communicated with Columbus acquaintances from a point in California where he had gone, he said, for the benefit of his health. He asked financial aid to get himself and family back to Nebraska. His parents, once wealthy citizens of West Point, both died during the intervening years in which little ___ been heard locally of Heller ___ his circumstances until news of his suicide at Plainview ____day.
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