John Stuehrk, a well known and successful general merchant of Cedar Bluffs, was born in Schleswig Holstein,
March 2, 1865, a son of Peter and Anna (Schenk) Stuehrk. The parents were born and reared in Germany and there
their marriage occurred. The mother died in that country when our subject was quite a small boy but in 1882 the
father came to the United States and made his way to Iowa, where he lived until his demise. There were four children
in the family: John; Mrs. Emma Bailey, of Cedar Bluffs; A. E., of Marshalltown, Iowa; and Mrs. Regina Mellows,
of State Center, Iowa.
John Stuehrk attended school in Germany and secured a good high school education. When about fifteen years of age
he came to the United States with his sister Emma and located at State Center, Iowa, where he worked in a store
owned by an uncle for six years. In 1886 he came to Wahoo, Nebraska, and entered the employ of Killian Brothers,
merchants of that place. After remaining there for one summer he removed to Cedar Bluffs and became connected with
the Killian Brothers store here, remaining with that firm until 1909, his long retention in their service indicating
his ability and loyalty. In 1909 he went to Elm Creek, where he engaged in merchandising for three and a half years,
after which he returned to Cedar Bluffs and formed a partnership with Louis Killian. In February, 1915, however,
he sold his interest in the store and bought out the business formerly conducted by Mr. Schere. He has since been
sole owner of that business, which returns to him a good profit on his investment. He has a large, up to date and
well selected stock of general merchandise, and his efforts to please his customers and his liberal policy of giving
the greatest value possible for the money received have commended him to the patronage of the public.
In 1890 occurred the marriage of Mr. Stnehrk and Miss Della Hayes, and they have become the parents of two children:
Anita, who is a stenographer for the Lincoln Paper Company; and Ernest L., who is with Butler Brothers of Chicago.
Mr. Stuehrk is a republican where national issues are at stake but at local elections votes independently. He has
served as school treasurer of Cedar Bluffs and takes the interest of a good citizen in all public affairs. Both
he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and belong to the Order of the Eastern Star and
the Degree of Honor. He is likewise affiliated with the Masonic blue lodge and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
He is an excellent business man, a public spirited citizen and a loyal friend and is deservedly held in high esteem
in his community.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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