Biography of Fred Stulken
Adams County, NE Biographies





Fred Stulken, a resident of Hastings, is a self made man and as such is entitled to the honor which is always given to the man possessing enterprise, self reliance and sound judgment. He has devoted his life to farming and now owns five hundred and sixty acres of fine land in Adams county, the operation of which, however, he leaves to others as he has retired and is enjoying a period of leisure. He was born in Germany on the 25th of October, 1844, and attended the common schools until he was fourteen years of age. For eight years thereafter he worked as a farm hand in Germany but in 1870 removed to Freeport, Illinois. He was in the employ of others in that vicinity for seven years, after which he came to Adams county, Nebraska. For four years he operated a rented farm three miles east of Hastings and at the end of that time had accumulated sufficient capital to enable him to purchase land four miles northeast of Hastings, which his youngest son, August, is now, farming. For many years, however, he devoted his time and energy to the operation of his farm and year by year his well directed labors yielded him a good financial return. In 1903 he removed to Hastings, where he has since lived in honorable retirement. He holds title to five hundred and sixty acres of as fine land as there is in the county and is a man of independent means.

Mr. Stulken was married in 1875 to Miss Helene Lammers, who had emigrated to this country from Germany only a short time previously. They have become the parents of eight children. Helene, who was born February 21, 1876, is now the wife of Luke Buskirk, of Hastings, an employe of the Union Pacific Railroad. Four children have been born to this union. Mr. Buskirk also has two children by a former marriage. Henry, who was born September 29, 1877, is farming three miles east of Doniphan. He married Nattier Olthoff, of Hall county, by whom he has three children. Anna, whose birth occurred on the 28th of April, 1879, is the wife of William Bloomenkamp, a farmer of Key county, and they have six children. August, who was born June 16, 1881, is farming the homestead. He married Miss Lorena Finningsmier, a daughter of Henry Finningsmier, who is living retired in Hastings, and two children have been born to this union Mary, born September 21, 1883, married George Filges, who was formerly of St. Louis but is now farming six miles northeast of Hastings. They have one child. Hermine, who was born on the 8th of March, 1886, married William Molle, an employe at the waterworks in Hastings, and one child has been born to their union Eliza, born February 10, 1888, married L. Ellsworth, an employe of the Manhattan Oil Company, and their children are two in number. Fredericka, born January 14, 1894, is at home.

Mr. Stulken is a member of St. Paul's German Lutheran church and has guided his life by high moral standards. He is independent in politics, refusing to bind himself by party ties. Both he and his wife are still vigorous and in good health and are enjoying leisure made possible by their labor in former years. They are well and favorably known not only in Hastings but throughout the county and the part which they have played in the development of their part of the county is generally recognized.

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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