Louise Blum was the fifth child born to Andrew Blum and Louise Moessinger Blum. She was born May 4, 1892, in Omaha Nebraska. At that time Andrew and Louise lived at second and Woolworth street. We have no record of her activities until 1910, other than the fact that she lived at home with her parents. In 1910 she went to Louisville, Nebraska to cook and keep house for her brother Albert Blum. He had rented 160 acres of land from Katie Gakemeier. This land was one fourth mile from their aunt and uncle, George Huber and his wife Wilhelmina (Moessinger). Albert was 22 years old, and Louise was 18.
From what information I have, about 1916, Louise went to South Dakota to help her cousin Lena, who was married to Herman Endter. Lena was 38 years old, and her husband was 44. Lena was having headaches and the doctors diagnosed her problem as a tumor near the brain, which was not a fast moving type. Lena was blessed with a baby daughter, born November 6, 1916.
Herman and Ida Thieman traveled to White Lake, South Dakota with their two daughter, Carrie, 10 years old, and Elda, 8 years old, for the Thanksgiving Holiday, to visit Ida's sister, Louise and the Endter family. Their children were Carl 12, Ted, 8, Marie 6, Irvin 3, and the newest baby girl born that November.
Sometime between 1916 and 1922, Louise and her cousin, Otto Blum, (a brother of Lena), each homesteaded a 80 acre parcel of land which bordered land owned by Anna and Alfons Wetterer. Anna was a sister of Lena. Otto's land also bordered the Indian Reservation. Every year land would have to be cleared of timber and improvements made, such as the building of a sod house.
While Louise was helping the Endter's, she met William Behrens, who worked at Dad's (Mr. Endter) meat market in Plankinton, South Dakota. In the summer of 1923, the Endter's returned home from church on a beautiful Sunday morning, and as Lena was stepping out of the buggy she lost her footing and fell to the ground. As a result of this fall, she received a concussion, which later was a factor causing her death. She had agony of intense pain from headaches.
Louise married William Behrens on January 8, 1924. Their first child was born on October 26, 1924. William Behrens died on October 23, 1927 three years after their marriage.
On November 23, 1929, Louise Behrens was married to Frank Lewis Glissendorf. He was a fireman for the railroad. Before their marriage, Louise had to re-imburse Frank with a "dowry". He was grumpy and not one of my favorite people. While on the other hand Louise, was just the opposite, generous, loving, laughing, and happy all of the time.
Louise was a second mother to me, now that is an eloquent portrayal of character, coming from none other than the girl that Louise cared for from birth to the age of thirteen. (Caroline "Endter" Roddy.)
On the last week of January 1930, Louise traveled to South Bend, Nebraska to visit her father, Andrew Blum, who was ill, or sick with pneumonia.
Frank and Louise were blessed with a daughter, Frances, born August 24, 1934, in Plankington, South Dakota. Frank stopped working for the rail road in 1936, and worked as a carpenter until he retired in 1958.
Herman Endter, and his daughter Caroline, lived with Frank and Louise in 1933 until Caroline finished high school.
Frank Glissendorf died and was buried at Plankinton, South Dakota, June 29, 1965. Louise died October 13, 1967 and is also buried at Plankinton, South Dakota.
Written by Herb Blum with help from Caroline Roddy
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