|Written by Elsie Hays for the Decatur Co. History Book:
My grandfather, Andreas Wurm was born in Gols, Austria. The son of George and Susanna (Hutfles) Wurm. Andreas was drafted and served in the Army, being discharged at age seventeen. An officer told him of land to be had for homestead in America. Andreas and two friends came over. Landed in New York, they came by train to Lincoln, Nebraska. On finding old friends, the Meixners, had gone to Herndon, Kansas they decided to go there. They took the train to Orleans, Nebraska and then walked the rest of the way.
After Andreas was in America a year he sent for his parents. He was too young to apply for a homestead, so his father applied for one, just north of Herndon. Andreas worked in Nebraska on the railroad. Andreas married Anna Rumpelts in 1886. Andreas and Anna lived on the homestead north of Herndon in a soddie. Their first four children were born there; Anna, George, Andrew and John. They then moved north of Traer on a farm. Their other nine children were born there; Theresa(1890-1891), Susanna, Matt, Rose, Elizabeth, Mary, Wilhelm, and Henry. In 1916, grandpa moved in with us and made his home. He would go to Idaho to work in the irrigation fields each summer. He died in Oberlin in 1933.
from the Oberlin Herald May 25, 1933
Andrew Wurm was born January 23, 1861, Gols, Austria Hungary, and passed away at the home of his son, George, in Oberlin, May 17, 1933, at the age of seventy-two years.
He was married to Anna Rumpeltes in 186 and to this union were born 13 children, two of which preceded the father in death. Those remaining are Andy, George, and Matt Wurm of Oberlin; John, Bill and H.J. Wurm of Traer; Mrs. Lizzie Haas, Traer; Mrs. Susie Hunt, Mrs. Rosie Grill and Mrs. Mary Portschi of Denver; Mrs.
Anna Hauptman of Herndon, and twenty-five grandchildren.
Funeral service were held at the George Wurm home Thursday, May 18, at 1:30 and at the Lutheran church northwest of Oberlin at 2:30, Rev. F. A.
Wegener, officiating. Burial was made in the Lutheran cemetery. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the McClure Mortuary.
Card of Thanks
We take this means of expressing our appreciation of the kindness of our neighbors and friends following the death of our father.
The family of the late
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