Ancestors and Children of Wilhelm Kruse and Abel Stoldt
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|Ref #||M F||Last Name [Birth Name]||Last Name [Married/
|First Name||Middle Name||Nick Name||Relationship||Birth Date||Place of Birth||Death Date||Place of Death||Cemetery||age at death||Spouse 1 Ref #||Spouse 1 Name||Spouse 1 Wedding Date||Pict. code||Notes|
|74||F||Beaver||Kruse||Esther||Mae||Mae||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter-in-law||1898/12/04||Red Oak, IA||1998/03/16||Lincoln, NE||Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, NE||99||51||Frederick William Kruse||1919/04/30||b||Bill and Mae lived on the Kruse home place for a couple of
years after they were married because Wilhelm and Abel had moved
Mae worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. until her retirement.
|60||M||Harder||Harder||John||Jacob||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son-in-law||1891/10/10||Washington Co., NE - Farm near Kennard||1982/08/13||Blair, NE Hospital||German Cemetery, Washington Co, NE||90||53||Meta Louise Kruse||1917/02/21||b||John was born on a farm northwest of Bennington and attended
school at the Dornacker School Dist. #32.
After their marriage, Meta and John first lived on a farm near Arlington, NE. They then moved to the Hans and Anna Harder home place where John and Greta had been born. They purchased the farm in 1952 and lived there until 1977 when they moved to the Crowell Home in Blair, NE. Hans Harder, John's father, had come to America in 1885 and was one of the founding members of St. John Lutheran Church in Bennington.
|58||F||Harder||Kruse||Margaretha||Magdalena||Greta||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter-in-law||1888/07/03||Washington Co., NE||1979/05/24||Blair, NE hospital||Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, NE||90||49||John Kruse||1912/02/21||b||In the mid-1930s, Greta became a charter member of the Extension
Club being offered by the University of Nebraska.
Greta's brother, John Harder, married Greta's husband's sister, Meta Kruse.
|14||M||Kruse||Kruse||Christian||August||Chris||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son||1903/03/28||Bennington, NE||1991/01/09||Omaha, NE||1991/01/12 - Omaha, NE Hillcrest Cemetery||87||16||Rose Juliana Petersen||1926/03/24||c||Chris and his brother, Henry, were married to sisters, Rose
and Helen Petersen.
Chris and Rose met while he was working for Bill Glandt and building a home for the Peter Petersen family after a fire had completely destroyed the large farm home they had built after a tornado just eleven years earlier. Chris worked as a carpenter and cabinet builder for most of his life.
He died of a heart attack at home.
|54||M||Kruse||Kruse||Emil||Hans||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son||1898/01/09||Rural Bennington, NE||1973/03/11||Blair, NE hospital||Elk City, NE cemetery||75||61||Dora Marie Schroeder||1918/08/28||b||Emil had left to fight in W.W.I., but before he even got on the train to leave town they announced the armistice. The war was over, so he came right back home. When Emil and Dora were first married, they lived on the Kruse farm until spring. Then in 1919 they moved to Dora's parent's farm when her parents sold out and moved to town. Emil eventually started working as a carpenter. He died in a car accident.|
|52||F||Kruse||Kruse||Emma||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter||1892/07/29||Bennington, NE||1901/09/21||Bennington, NE||German Cemetery, Washington Co., NE||9||b||Emma died of burns at the age of 9 when her apron caught
fire as she was warming a bottle on the cook stove for her baby
brother Herman. Exactly how long she lived after the fire is
not known (a few days has been suggested), but Wilhelm bought
the Kruse plot in the German Cemetery the day before she died.
The plot was purchased from Claus Lamp on whose farm the cemetery
had been created. Emma's brothers, Chris and Henry, would eventually
marry Claus Lamp's granddaughters, Rose and Helen Petersen.
Wilhelm and Abel are buried next to Emma.
|401||M||Kruse||Kruse||Fred||Wilhelm Kruse's father||18??/??/??||19??/??/??||?||402||Doris Schroeder||18??/??/??|
|51||M||Kruse||Kruse||Frederick||William||Bill||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son||1894/02/11||Rural Bennington, NE||1982/06/22||Lincoln, NE - hospital||Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, NE||88||74||Esther Mae Beaver||1919/04/30||b||Bill and Mae lived on the Kruse home place for a couple of years after they were married because Wilhelm and Abel had moved to Bennington.|
|15||M||Kruse||Kruse||Henry (Heinrich)||George||Hank||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son
Peter and Meta Petersen's son-in-law
|1905/06/09||Rural Bennington, NE at home||1987/09/09||Omaha, NE at home||1987/09/12 Forest Lawn, Omaha, NE||82||17||Helen Caroline Petersen||1929/08/10||b||Henry's name on his baptismal certificate is Heinrich Jurgen,
but he never used his German name.
Henry and his brother Chris married sisters Helen and Rose Petersen.
Henry and Helen lived in three different places in and near Bennington and then eventually lived with Abel until the time of her death, probably of Tuberculosis, on April 6, 1937. During a time of quarantine, Henry and Helen moved in with the Petersen family and got someone else to stay with Abel since it wasn't safe.
Henry and Helen returned to the home after Abel's death. They purchased the house from the estate and lived there until 1940. Henry drove a truck for Bennington Transfer for several years and spent most of his life working as a carpenter.
|5||M||Kruse||Kruse||Herman||Jacob||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son||1901/08/02||Bennington, NE||1993/05/12||At his home in Bennington, NE||Kennard Cemetery, Kennard, NE||91||62||Frieda Rosenbaum||1931/02/04||c||The seventh child of Wilhelm and Abel, Herman grew up on
the Kruse farm west of Bennington.
Herman was the last of the children to be married. His red hair led to his nickname of Red, but later in life only a few people still called him that. He did claim that all of his girlfriends had used that name for him.
Herman waited until he was 19 before he dated and got married at 29. Herman met Frieda at a dance at Oft Hall in Bennington.
He built the first filling station in Bennington in the mid-twenties and then sold cars and machinery. After operating a fleet of trucks, he went into farming for seventeen years. In 1951, he returned to Bennington to run the Mobile station and later worked as a carpenter until his retirement. In the 1950s, Herman and Frieda bought a large home in Bennington and converted the upstairs to an apartment. They eventually built a new house next to the one they had bought in the 50s.
In the 1920s, Herman had small pox to which he attributed the painful struggle with shingles he endured later in life.
|49||M||Kruse||Kruse||John||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son||1887/12/25||Millard, NE||1969/01/25||Fremont, NE||1969/01/28 Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, NE||81||58||Margaretha Magdalena Harder||1912/02/21||b||John was born in Millard, NE. The family moved to a farm
west of Bennington in 1892 and John was soon working in the fields
even while very young since he was the oldest child. He married
Margaret Harder in 1912 and his father bought an 80 acre farm
for them across the road from the home place.
There was a small house by the creek in which they lived. In a few years, they were expecting their first child, Anita, so they built a new house. They then moved the small house behind the new house and used it for a building to store cobs for the kitchen stove. The hilly farm was subject to erosion, and John became a pioneer in soil conservation in the early 1930s. With the terraces and seeded waterways, John's farm was a show place demonstrating the new techniques available.
In 1951, John and Greta moved to Fremont where they lived on south Nye Ave. Many remember John as a fairly serious man who was quite frugal.
|50||F||Kruse||Stender||Mary||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter||1890/06/10||Millard, NE||1919/03/31||Bennington, NE||German Cemetery, Washington Co., NE||28||59||Julius John Stender||1910/ 03/28||b||When Mary and Julius were married, Wilhelm provided a farm for them to live on. Mary died of Tuberculosis while the children were still very young (not in a flu epidemic as some had thought). Herman said that he thought she had what today we would call cancer because she had bumps all over her body, but they didn't call it that then. Those who ought to know still say it was Tuberculosis. She had been ill for a very long time; and at her death, Don Bergman's mother, Lotti, helped raise the kids. Julius tried to farm for a little longer and then moved into Washington, NE.|
|53||F||Kruse||Harder||Meta||Louise||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter||1896/02/18||Farm west of Bennington, NE||1983/03/21||Blair, NE Crowell Home||German Cemetery, Washington Co, NE||87||60||John Jacob Harder||1917/02/21||b||After their marriage, Meta and John lived on the Hans and Anna Harder home place where John and Greta had been born. Hans Harder, John's father, was one of the founding members of St. John Lutheran Church in Bennington.|
|1||M||Kruse||Kruse||Wilhelm||Frederick or Heinrich?||1858/04/05||Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Possibly Kiel||1923/05/10||Bennington, NE||German Cemetery, Washington Co, NE||65||2||Abel Stoldt||1886/04/19||b||It is not known when Wilhelm came to America; it was probably to avoid the army in Germany. After their marriage, Wilhelm and Abel lived near Millard for several years and then moved to the farm in Bennington in 1892. At first, 160 acres were purchased. In 1904 an additional 40 acres were purchased, and in 1909, the last 40 acres. Wilhelm was a good carpenter and mechanic. He built an addition to the house and fixed up the buildings. Their farm was one of the first to get electricity - using generators and batteries to power a few lights until rural electrification came along. They also had running water inside sooner than most. About 1918, Wilhelm and Abel moved to Bennington to retire. Wilhelm had been sick with Asthma for many years and was taking medicine for his condition. Each morning, Chris would give him a shot of morphine. On May 10, 1923, a Thursday morning, Chris came out and explained to his mother that his father said he didn't want his medicine that day. Chris was eating his breakfast when they heard a gun go off and soon discovered that Wilhelm had placed the gun to his head and shot himself.|
|115||F||Lamb||Kruse||Lucille||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter-in-law||1904/10/30||Onawa, IA||1994/11/16||Omaha, NE Skyline Manor||1994/11/18 Onawa, IA Cemetery||90||b||Registered nurse
Lucille had previously been married to a Mr. Weare.
|403||M||Lohse||Lohse||Jacob||Abel Stoldt Kruse's step-father||18??/??/??||18??/??/??||?||404||Maria Sievers||18??/??/??||Jacob is not Abel's biological father. He married Maria Sievers
after Abel's birth and had five children with Maria. The cousins
in Germany list Abel's name as Abel Lohse, but she apparently
did not use that name for herself.
Jakob and Maria had these five children together:
Margaretha 1875-1945 who married Wilhelm Meyer
|17||F||Petersen||Kruse||Helen||Caroline||Peter and Meta Petersen's daughter
Wilhelm and Able Kruse's daughter-in-law
|1908/09/10||Rural Blair, Washington Co. NE||1960/12/13||Omaha, NE at home||1960/12/15 Forest Lawn, Omaha, NE||52||15||Henry (Heinrich) George Kruse||1929/08/10||c||Henry and Helen lived in three different places in and near
Bennington and then eventually lived with Abel until the time
of her death, probably of Tuberculosis, on April 6, 1937. During
a time of quarantine, Henry and Helen moved in with the Petersen
family and got someone else to stay with Abel since it wasn't
They returned to the home after Abel's death, purchased the house from the estate and lived there until 1940.
Helen died at home of Cancer
|16||F||Petersen||Kruse||Rose||Juliana||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter-in-law
Peter and Meta Petersen's daughter
|1906/12/02||Rural Blair, Washington Co., NE||1983/05/24||Omaha, NE Methodist Midtown||1983/05/27 Omaha, NE Hillcrest Cemetery||76||14||Christian August Kruse||1926/03/24||b||Rose and Chris met while he was working for Bill Glandt and
building a home for the Peter Petersen family after a fire had
completely destroyed the large farm home they had built after
a tornado just eleven years earlier. Rose's sister, Helen, married
Chris's brother, Henry.
She died of Emphysema.
|62||F||Rosenbaum||Kruse||Frieda||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter-in-law||1906/09/10||Kennard, NE||1984/04/19||Blair, NE hospital||Kennard Cemetery, Kennard, NE||77||5||Herman Jacob Kruse||1931/02/04||b||Frieda grew up on a farm west of Kennard, NE and worked at a store there until her marriage. Herman and Frieda bought a large home in Bennington and converted the upstairs to an apartment. They eventually built a new house next to the one they had bought in the 50s.|
|61||F||Schroeder||Kruse||Dora||Marie||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's daughter-in-law||1898/06/16||Kennard, NE||1982/03/24||Blair, NE hospital||Elk City, NE Cemetery||83||54||Emil Hans Kruse||1918/08/28||b||When Emil and Dora were first married, they lived on the Kruse farm until spring. Then in 1919 they moved to Dora's parent's farm when her parents sold out and moved to town.|
|402||F||Schroeder||Kruse||Doris||Wilhelm Kruse's mother||18??/??/??||19??/??/??||?||401||Fred Kruse||18??/??/??|
|404||F||Sievers||Lohse||Maria||Mary||Able Stoldt Kruse's mother||18??/??/??||18??/??/??||?||403||Jacob Lohse||18??/??/??||Maria married Jacob Lohse after the birth of Abel. Evidently
Abel's father was a man named Stoldt.
Jakob and Maria had five children together:
Margaretha 1875-1945 who married Wilhelm Meyer
|59||M||Stender||Stender||Julius||John||Wilhelm and Abel Kruse's son-in-law||1882/07/11||1944/10/17||German Cemetery, Washington Co, NE||62||50||Mary Kruse||1910/03/28||b||When Mary and Julius were married, Wilhelm provided a farm for them to live on. Mary died of Tuberculosis while the children were still very young (not in a flu epidemic as some had thought). She had been ill for a very long time; and at her death, Don Bergman's mother, Lotti, helped raise the kids. Julius tried to farm for a little longer and then moved into Washington, NE working as a well digger for awhile. He died of cancer.|
|2||F||Stoldt||Kruse||Abel||1863/03/28||Jamesstadt, Germany Schleswig-Holstein||1937/04/06||Bennington, NE||German Cemetery, Washington Co, NE||74||1||Wilhelm Frederick or Heinrich? Kruse||1886/04/19||b||It is not known when Abel left Germany, but she had been
a seamstress for the Damkes in Millard before she was married.
She apparently met Wilhelm while he was working on a farm in
the Millard area. The only other specific information to survive
was that her brothers were all carpenters in Germany. The name
Stolt appears on the baptism certificate of Chris and Henry.
On their marriage license and Herman's baptism certificate it
is Sturdt. The family in Germany indicates that the correct name
is Stoldt. What is unknown is why she took the name of her biological
father. Her mother's maiden name was Sievers and the man her
mother married after Abel's birth was named Jacob Lohse. Family
in Germany had listed her as Abel Lohse.
She never spoke English around the family, although she evidently could speak a little if she needed to in a store. She died of respiratory failure after a long illness.