Biography of Balthauser Gruener
Adams County, NE Biographies





Balthauser Gruener, deceased, was one of the well known farmers of Juniata township and in his death the community lost a worthy and substantial citizen. He was a native of Germany, born July 23, 1849, and in the fatherland spent the days of his boyhood and youth. He was one of a family of six children and he received the usual advantages of boys of the middle class. He came to the United States in 1871, taking up his abode at Mendota, Illinois, where he resided for a few years, devoting his attention to farm work there. He afterward removed to Arkansas, purchasing eighty acres of land near Little Rock, and upon that place he continued for a number of years. He afterward became a resident of Iowa and purchased eighty acres of land near Muscatine, devoting his time and energies to the further cultivation and improvement of that tract until 1888, when he came to Nebraska and bought a farm on section 25, Juniata township. With characteristic energy he began the further development of this place and added to it many substantial modern improvements He owned one hundred and sixty acres of land at the time of his death and was regarded as one of the enterprising and progressive agriculturists of his community, devoting his attention to the work of the fields until his life's labors were ended on the 10th of July, 1899, when he had reached the age of forty nine years.

Mr. Gruener left a family to mourn his loss. He had wedded Miss Louisa Shaber, who was born in Oberfulibach in Coburg-Gotha, Germany. They were married in Mendota, Illinois, and to them were born seven children, as follows: Freda, who is the wife of Albert Shultz, of Denver township, Adams county, Nebraska; Edward, who is a resident of Roseland township, Adams county, Nebraska; May, who is the wife of Glen Christwell and lives near Hansen, this county; Emma, who gave her hand in marriage to William Wright, of Denver township, this county; and Frederick, William and Ludwig, all at home.

Since the death of her husband Mrs. Gruener has remained upon the home farm and has extended its boundaries by the purchase of an additional tract of forty acres. She is cultivating the farm with the aid of her younger sons and has made many substantial improvements upon the place. It is a fine tract of land devoted to general agricultural pursuits and she is a successful business woman. Mr. Gruener was a supporter of the republican party and his sons have followed in his political footsteps. He belonged to the German Lutheran church, in which his wife and children also hold membership, and the family is one of prominence and worth in the community. Mr. Gruener was a very substantial and progressive business man, thoroughly reliable in his dealings and having many good qualities which endeared him to his fellow citizens.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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