Conrad Grothen, who owns eight hundred acres of excellent land, ranks as one of the most successful farmers
of Adams county, and his home farm of four hundred acres on section 30, Denver township, is one of the best improved
places in its locality. A native of Germany, he was born in 1866 of the marriage of Diedrich and Margaret (Ehlers)
Grothen. The father died when our subject was four years old and the mother subsequently married John Hofer, who
also passed away in the fatherland. Mr. Grothen of this review and others of the family came to the United States
about 1879 and in 1881 the mother and the three youngest children also emigrated to the United States. By her two
marriages she had eleven children and she now resides with a daughter in Aurora, Illinois.
Conrad Grothen attended the public schools in his native land until he was about fourteen years of age, when he
came to the United States to seek his fortune. He first located in Bureau county, Illinois, and for a number of
years worked as a farm hand but in 1892 he decided to remove farther west and came to Adams county, Nebraska. While
working for others he carefully saved his money and accumulated sufficient capital to purchase a quarter section
of land in Denver township, which constitutes a part of his present home farm. His thorough knowledge of all phases
of farm work, his energy and good judgment enabled him to prosper from the beginning and he has increased his holdings
from time to time until he now owns four hundred acres on section 30, Denver. township, and an additional four
hundred acres in other parts of the county. His land is in a high state of cultivation and yields large crops annually.
He operates his home farm and part of his other holdings and rents the remainder of his land. His principal crop
is wheat but he also grows corn, oats and alfalfa and gives some attention to raising graded cattle, hogs and horses.
With the exception of two small buildings he has made all of the improvements upon his farm and he keeps everything
about the place in excellent condition. His residence is commodious and attractive and the barns and other outbuildings
are large and well adapted to their purposes.
Mr. Grothen was married in 1892 to Miss Amelia A. Gross, a native of Bureau county, Illinois, and a daughter of
Nicholas and Elizabeth ( Stamberger) Gross, who engaged in farming in that county but who are now deceased. Mr.
and Mrs. Grothen are the parents of seven children, namely: Elmer, who was born March 10, 1893, and is assisting
with the work of the home farm; Arthur, born December 14, 1896, who is also assisting his father; George, who was
born May 10, 1899; Walter, May 24, 1902; Flora, March 15, 1904; Henry, October 23, 1907; and Martha, May 21, 1909.
Mr. Grothen is independent in politics, voting for the man rather than the party. He has always taken the keenest
interest in everything relating to the general public welfare and his ability and public spirit have been recognized
by his fellow citizens, who have elected him to the office of justice of the peace. He was one of the leaders in
the organization of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran church in Denver township, in the work of which he and his
wife take an active part. He is not only one of the men of wealth in his county but he is also one of its most
public spirited citizens and personally he is held in warm regard. His genial nature and his consideration for
the rights of others have gained him the friendship of those with whom he has been associated and his integrity
has always been above question. He came to this county as a poor boy but although he had no capital, no influential
friends and did not understand the customs of the country, he was determined to gain success and applied himself
energetically to the work which he found to do. His industry and perseverance have been richly rewarded and his
career indicates what industry and sound judgment may accomplish.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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