Biography of Dirk H. Stromer
Adams County, NE Biographies





Dirk H. Stromer was one of the pioneer settlers of Hanover township, Adams county, and, although he had many obstacles to overcome, he persevered and succeeded in gaining financial independence. His demise, which occurred in Hastings, October 24, 1914, was deeply regretted by his many friends. A native of Germany, he was born in 1846 and remained in that country until 1866, when he accompanied his parents, Richard and Elizabeth Stromer, on their emigration to the new world. They located in Woodford county, Illinois; where the father rented land, and Dirk H. Stromer worked as a farm hand for three years, after which he was married and began farming on his own account, renting land for six years. In 1875 he came to Adams county, Nebraska, and the following year his parents also removed here and from that time until their deaths made their home with him. He purchased railroad land in Hanover township and at once began its cultivation and improvement. There were the usual hardships of pioneer life to be encountered, conveniences were few and there was much hard work to be done, but as the years passed he had the satisfaction of seeing his farm brought to a higher state of development and of knowing that its value was constantly increasing. From time to time he purchased other land, owning.in all one thousand five hundred acres. He followed general farming, raising both grain and stock, until January, 1906, when he retired from active life and took up his residence in Hastings, where his demise occurred on the 24th of October, 1914.

Mr. Stromer was married May 3, 1868, in Illinois to Miss Johanna Williams, a daughter of John and Mattie Williams, natives of Germany, where the father passed away. The mother subsequently removed to the United States and died in Woodford county, Illinois, where she is buried. Mr. and Mrs. Stromer became the parents of eight children. Alma, who was born on the 23d of November, 1870, in Illinois, gave her hand in marriage to Wyatt Meester, a son of John and Jennie Meester, of Hanover township, and they have five children. Eliza, who was born on the 12th of February, 1873, in Illinois, is the wife of Sam Yeatman, who is farming in Hanover township, Adams county, and they have three children. Johann, who was born in Adams county on the 15th of February, 1876, and is now living in Home City, Kansas, married Matilda Arnast and has two children. George was born on the 7th of October, 1878, and is now engaged in farming in Hanover township. He married Anna Kohl, by whom he has three children. Andrew, whose birth occurred on the 31st of May, 1881, and who is living in Hanover township, married Kate Meester and has three children. Henry, who was born on the 17th of September, 1883, and is now a resident of Hastings, married Lulu Kohl. William was born on the 26th of December, 1885, and is engaged in farming in Hanover township. He married Sarah Hardenstein and they have five children. Edward, who was born on the 14th of November, 1888, married Elsie Sabbal and resides in Hanover township.

Mr. Stronier supported the democratic party at the polls and served acceptably in a number of township offices. His religious faith was that of the Evangelical Lutheran church and he helped to build the house of worship. His success was due to his determination, his untiring industry and his good management and all who knew him recognized in him a citizen of sterling worth. His widow, who is well and favorably known in Hastings, resides at No. 310 West Fourth street.

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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