June 2, 1984
Dear Christine and Bill,
I have just finished talking to Rudolf Engler on the phone. He sends greetings to you and Vicki. He will be reporting back to Ohnemus and Blums.
Finally we can piece the facts about the church. 120 years old. They began renovating only 1 year and a half ago according to Rudolf. I couldn’t think of German ‘floor’. Apparently the floor had to be removed for a new heating system. “It does get cold there”.
I called a Mildred Engler in Wayzata. The phone number and name had been enclosed in the letter. Lacking fluency in German, talked first to Mildred. (Her obvious printed return address didn’t reveal Miss, Mrs. or Ms. simply Mildred Engler. Wayzatta is 12 miles from Minneapolis. Rudolf is visiting northern Minnesota. Bemudji, etc. He will then leave for Detroit, from there San Diego. Do you remember that Wednesday night we entertained our surprise guest Rudolf that Vicki sat by for the duration. Why? She was bemusing herself recording all on tape, without any of us aware of it. And someone swiped that tape after she left Kondringen.
Did Martina write you an identical letter? Helen has a copy of mine. Martina cleared up a bit about the villages. We slept in Kondringen. Across the ‘main street’ thoroughfare lived the Blums in the village of Tenningen. VIP’s in Hondringen must have been Mössingers in Tenningen Blums. In Landeck Lehmann. Albert was born there to Aunt Caroline Blum Lehman.
The brief church record from Reverend Ohnemus, Carl William Blum our grandfather born 10-2-1824. His father was Andrew Blum and mother was Anne Marie Mossinger. Do you know your German will enough to spell out that 3rd letter as written by the pastor?
Think of it, our great grandmother was Mosinger (‘s?). Mosinger the maiden name of our mother, of our Aunt Caroline (Carrie) and of Fritz mother Kathrina (not a sister). The stone in the wall of the cemetery has to be that for our great grandfather, Andrew Blum, who was born in 1782.
All the enclosed material is a version of the last 60 hours in Kondringen. The visit to the parsonage, with Vicki to the cemetery, the meeting with Emmi and her sister Hildegard, seeing the inside of the Rebstock, the picture session arranged by Eric. I am in a dither to put those events in exact order. Not to overlook the luncheon or really dinner with Emmi, Fritz and Alfred and that delicious spinach. You’ll note I have copies of all the material.
Dear Christine and Bill,
Christine, did you get your wheel chair? That should help a lot. My only trouble is nerves, but it effects my muscles and about everything. I am trying hard to fight but at 84 you don’t have much zip. Christine, you never should be shut too. Martin just can’t see too good to drive but Lena takes us. Between Lena and Helen we will make it.
Love, Mary K
The juniors and seniors, including the teachers, Miss Marquardt, principal and Miss Wright, assistant principal of the Louisville high school were entertained at the home of Albert Blum, Monday February 15. The occasion was a birthday and valentine party, a surprise given in honor of his brother, William, a member of the junior class. The evening was spent by playing som’-r’-set and flinch with little or no monotony until an early morn hour. An elegant two course supper was served at the usual hour by the hostess, Miss Marie, which added greatly to the pleasure of the evening. Decorations were hearts and carnations very appropriately arranged. The occasion was a very pleasant one and will be long remembered by all.
Dear Brother & Sister,
To start with I will say Amen, in looking over Marie’s letter find there is not much else to say. One thing I can add as news, the mailman just brought a letter from Albert & Irene. informing us that you had still been lucky with the weather man. Also got a Christmas card from Paul & Carrol. You know a funny thing, we forgot this last name well as I said before Marie pretty much covered the news so will just make a deal with you and Christine. Drive out here next summer while the weather is nice. Then I will drive back rather ride back. In that way you will really see the country. I can dream can’t I.
Your brother, Ernest
From Herb Blum
He loved to visit, he loved to sing,
And now his voice is stilled.
But the hearty laugh is echoing,
As all our hearts are filled;
With a bit of joy, a touch of sadness,
When we recall the ways
He lived with thanks and gladness
And to all around gave praise.
We wish to express our thanks for all the cards, food, memorials and help given at the time of our father’s death. The loving care by the staff at Louisville Care Center, visits by Pastor Gottberg, the fellows who cleared away snow drifts and support of family and friends will be remembered for a long time.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 27, 1996 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Louisville for William Carl “Bill” Blum. He died Wednesday, January 24.
Mr. Blum was born February 17, 1898 at White Lake, South Dakota and was baptized April 10, 1898. His family moved to Cass County and settled on a farm near South Bend, where he attended grade school. He was confirmed in 1912 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Murdock. He graduated from Louisville High School and went on to York Business College.
On January 5, 1925 he married Christine M. Christenson at Trinity Lutheran Church of Murdock. The couple farmed in the South Bend and Murdock areas until 1954, when they retired and moved to Murdock. They moved to Plattsmouth in 1981. After his wife’s death, Mr. Blum moved to Louisville Care Center.
He was active in church, school and community, holding offices in many organizations.
Survivors include: daughter Helen and husband Earl Knop of Murdock; son Herbert and wife Una Jean Blum of Millard; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Gerald Gottberg officiating at the service, with Donna Neumann as organist and Leonard Stohlmann Jr. as soloist.
Pallbearers were his nephews Wayne Christenson, Cecil Pierce, David Stewart, Paul Ehernberger, Merlin Reinke, Norman Sinner.
Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Murdock.
Graphic History from the Pen of William Blum
I was the sixth of eight living children, born on the bleak and barren prairies of White Lake, South Dakota, on February 17, 1898, some time after noon, as mother confidentially related to my wife in theri heart to hearts talks.
My father and mother's sister, Caroline, (William Blum's wife) went into town, (White Lake, South Dakota) to replenish the family larder, as things were not so conveniently handy, as we have it now, and in their absence it was such a beautiful day, my mother decided to get straw for bedding for the livestock, and chickens. She harnessed the horses, hitched them to the hay rack and drove them to the straw stack, soon after arriving there, she felt the urgence to get back to the sod house, for the impending birth made itself felt.
So, she had the conscious concern, would Andrew and Caroline get back in time.
I was two years old, when after nineteen years of very strenuous living, ekeing out an existence on a South Dakota homestead, they were lured to South Bend, Nebraska, to a land of plenty of water. A natural spring which seemed to originate from the roots of a red oak tree, Pawnee Creek, flowed through the middle of the eighty acre tract of land, which had trees and orchards and was a productive land.
My folks were always strapped for funds, as my father made snap decisions, which were not always productive, and mother had to fill in the gaps. He was always hale and hearty with friends and hired men, to cook for, but was also helpful to provide.
We do not realize the aches and pains our parent suffer until we experience them ourselves. Mother was so plagued with headaches, I remember her using the horse radish leaves to tie around her head, and the agony she had with her gall bladder. After her operation in January of 1928, she died, February 2, 1928 of pneumonia. She was recognized as a friend of the old people to relieve them of their suffering.
I was baptized in the Lutheran Church in White Lake, South Dakota on the tenth day of April, 1898. I was confirmed, March 31st, 1912. Psalms 37:3 was the Bible passage. "Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in Him: and He shall bring it to pass."
We were always guided and warned of temptation under mothers watchful eye. This quotation, "God knew he couldn't be everywhere, so he put his little children in a loving mother's care." Mother was always more thorough in exercising attention.
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