|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1852, Germany|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 1955|
Source: Arapahoe [Nebraska] Public Mirror, 21 Aug. 1952, p. 1, col. 4-6
Long-Time Resident of Arapahoe Community to
Observe Her 100th Birthday Anniversary August 28th at
Home of Daughter
Eighty years ago, a young woman in Pommern, a northern province of Prussia, cried so hard to join two of her sisters and their families on a venture to make a new home in America, that she elicited the loan of $90 for passage money. So starts the life story of Mrs. Emilie Bloch of Arapahoe, who reaches her 100th birthday next Thursday, August 28.
An observance of her birthday is planned for the following Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Riepe, with whom she has lived for the past 15 years.
This centenarian was born Emilie Louise Caroline, daughter of Wilhelm and Marie Schievelbein, on August 28, 1852, at Greunberg, Dramsburg, Pommern, Prussia. She received her schooling in Lutheran parochial schools and was confirmed in that faith, September 23, 1866. Her father was an overseer for a large landholder at Greunberg and Emilie, like the other girls, worked in the fields without compensation.
A desire to own land for themselves was the cause of two of her sisters, Mrs. Fred Wendland and Mrs. Julius Ziebell, and their husbands determining to come
to America, and Emilie accompanied them to their new home in Washington county, Nebraska.
To repay the $90 that it cost for her 18 days of sea-sick passage to the new land, Emilie worked on a farm near Omaha for wages of $8 a month. Besides the regular household duties, she milked eight cows daily. (Mrs. Bloch says that during those days she cried just as hard from home-sickness as she had to be allowed to come to America).
In Washington county she met Gustav Bloch, whose home had been at Kameonke, Posen, Prussia, and in 1876 they were married in a Lutheran church at Arlington, Nebraska.
To the Blochs were born seven children, the two eldest--Anna, Mrs. Frank Riepe, and Louise, Mrs. Paul Wendland, who both live in Arapahoe--were born in Washington county.
Moves to Gosper County
In 1881 the family moved to Gosper county, locating about ten miles north of Arapahoe. They brought their household belongings in covered wagons and their first home was a soddy on the banks of Elk Creek. The location of the improvements was later changed to their present site because of the danger of the creek flooding. On this 160-acre farm the other five children in the family were born, and here a son, Emil, and his family still reside.
Five of Mrs. Bloch's seven children are still living, the three mentioned, miss Helen Bloch of Arapahoe, and Herman Bloch of Chicago, Ill. The latter has been a parochial teacher for many years and although lately suffering from a nervous breakdown, is hoping to visit his mother around the time of her birthday. Another daughter, Bertha Wichman of Denver, Colo., died about six years ago, and Clara, at the age of 17 years. Grandma Bloch also has 21 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bloch's parents and her five brothers and sisters all in time came to Washington county and then all moved on to Gosper county, to make their home. Her brothers were Julius and William Schievelbein and Mrs. Fred Melchert was another sister. All are deceased. Her husband died in 1908.
Mrs. Bloch's general health is very good and she reads as much as her eyesight permits, her Bible and prayers coming first each day. The reporter found her busy sorting and sewing carpet rags and a few years ago while confined to a wheel chair, she pieced a number of quilts.
Grandma Bloch has always been a great nature lover and speaks often of the beautiful woods and fields of her girlhood home. She has taken great pride and joy in the beautiful lawn and flowers at the Riepe home. Taking rides in the car are a great enjoyment to her and when weather permits she rides to church in the car where she remains so the family may attend the services, which she no longer attempts to attend since she is nearly deaf. Mrs. Bloch has always been a faithful member of the Lutheran church.
Wilhelm Christian Schievelbein (1814 - 1897)
Maria Christina Koepke Schievelbein (1818 - 1904)
Gustav Johann Bloch (1852 - 1908)
Anna Bertha Maria Bloch Riepe (1876 - 1954)*
Louise Johanna Albertine Bloch Wendland (1878 - 1973)*
Helene Emilie Bloch (1881 - 1979)*
Bertha Helene Bloch Wichmann (1884 - 1945)*
Emil Gustav Bloch (1887 - 1974)*
Clara Auguste Bloch (1889 - 1907)*
Herman Otto Bloch (1892 - 1956)*
Julius August Ferdinand Schievelbein (1842 - 1934)*
Johanna Wendland (1843 - 1927)*
Augustine Wilhelmina Schievelbein Ziebell (1846 - 1931)*
Wilhelm F C Schievelbein (1850 - 1906)*
Emiline Louisa Caroline Schievelbein Bloch (1852 - 1955)
Bertha A Melchert (1854 - 1936)*
Maintained by: Leona Gustafson
Originally Created by: Stanley L Fastenau
Record added: Oct 29, 2008
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