|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1888|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1966|
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Walter A. Boettcher a son of August and Jennie Adamson Boettcher was born in Columbus in the late 1880's.
He attended the Columbus grade and High Schools, and following that worked in the Real Estate, Insurance and Loan Office of the Elliott, Speice, Echols Company. In 1913 he became a member of the firm and the name of the company was then changed to the Speice, Echols, Boettcher Company.
Mr. Boettcher also has been an executive of the Equitable Building and Loan Association for several years.
He is a Democrat and has been a prominent leader in its party councils. He served the City of Columbus as its treasurer from 1911-1950
He was one of the organizers of the Loup River Public Power District, and served on its early board of Directors. He was an organizer of Consumer's Public Power District and served on its Board of Directors from August 7, 1939, to January 1, 1949.
In November, 1948, he was again elected as a Director of the Loup River Public Power District.
He was married to Elsie Pohl, the daughter of Emil and Anna Hoppe PohI. Mr. Pohl a Columbus merchant came here in 1870.
Walter and Elsie Pohl Boettcher have a daughter Gretchen who was graduated from Kramer High School and the University of Nebraska.
She is married to Mr. Schumacher. They live at Hastings, Nebraska, where Mr. Schumacher is a chain store executive.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Boettcher are both accomplished musicians. Mr. Boettcher is a violinist and Mrs. Boettcher a pianist. They played together in the Maennerchor Orchestra for several years.
Walter A. Boettcher is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. and Mrs. Boettcher are members of the Grace Episcopal Church.
The Daily Telegram, November 16, 1966
BOETTCHER-- W.A. Boettcher dies Tuesday in local hospital
Walter A. Boettcher, 77, prominent Columbus resident, died Tuesday evening in St. Mary's hospital where he had been a patient the past week. He underwent surgery Tuesday morning.
Funeral arrangements are tentatively set for 2 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal church, with burial in Columbus cemetery. Gass Funeral Home is in charge.
Mr. Boettcher had 62 years of experience in the building and loan business. He was former president of Speice, Echols, Boettcher company and former secretary-treasurer of the Equitable Building and Loan association.
One of the organizers of Loup Power District, he served a total of 26 years on its board of directors. He also served on the board of directors of Consumers Public Power District when it was first organized, but resigned that position in 1948 and was re-elected to the Loup board, seving continuously ever since.
Mr. Boettcher, a lifetime resident of Columbus and former city treasurer for many years, is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Carl Schumacher of Rapid City, S.D.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Telegram.
The Daily Telegram, November 17, 1966
BOETTCHER--Funeral services Friday for Walter A. Boettcher
Funeral services for Walter A. Boettcher, 77, prominent Columbus resident, will be held Friday, 1:30 p.m. at Gass Funeral Home and 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal church. The Rev. E. William Pounds will officiate.
Burial will be in Columbus cemetery, with Masonic rites. The body lies in state at Gass Funeral Home.
Mr. Boettcher, who died Tuesday evening in St. Mary's hospital, had 52 years of experience in the building and loan business.
He was former president of Speice, Echols, Boettcher company and former secretary-treasurer of Equitable Building and Loan association. He was a well-known land appraiser in this area.
For many years he was a director of First National Bank.
Public Power Official
Long active in public power affairs, Mr. Boettcher was one of the organizers of the Loup Power District and served a total of 26 years on its board of directors. He was a director at the time of his death.
He also helped organize Consumers Public Power District, and served on its board for 10 years.
An active Democrat, Mr. Boettcher served as city treasurer from 1911-1950.
Son of the late August and Jennie Adamson Boettcher, he was born Dec. 4, 1888 in Columbus and spent his lifetime here.
After his graduation from Columbus high school in 1907 he attended Columbus Business college and began his career in the real estate, insurance and loan office of the Elliott, Speice, Echols company. In 1913 he beame a member of the firm and the name was changed to Speice, Echols, Boettcher company.
Mr. Boettcher was a 45-year charter member of the Lions club, a member of the fire department and Chamber of Commerce.
Prominent in Masonic groups, he was a past high priest of Orient Chapter No. 18, Royal Arch Masons; past master of Gebal Council No. 12, Royal and Select Masters; past commander of Gethsemane Commandery No. 21, Knights Templar; and a member of Lebanon Lodge No. 323, AF & AM.
A member of the Elks lodge, he served 14 years on the Elks Christmas committee. He was a former member of the local Country Club.
Mr. Boettcher was a former vestryman of Grace Episocpal church.
An ardent fisherman and hunter, he held membership in the local Izaak Walton league.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elsa Pohl, whom he married Feb. 4, 1913 in Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Gretchen) Schumacher of Rapid City, S.D.; three grandchildren; one brother, Ray Boettcher of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Matlick of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Mrs. Dorothy Meays of Monrovia, Calif.
Six brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
The family suggests that memorials be directed to Grace Episcopal church.
August Boettcher (1850 - 1918)
Jennie Adamson Boettcher (1864 - 1941)
Elsa Pohl Boettcher (1886 - 1979)
Gretchen B Schumacher (1917 - 1992)*
Walter A. Boettcher (1888 - 1966)
August F. Boettcher (1891 - 1944)*
Paul C. Boettcher (1893 - 1945)*
Louis A. Boettcher (1895 - 1941)*
Mark Albert Boettcher (1898 - 1953)*
Marie Emma Matlick (1901 - 1987)*
Garfield Boettcher (1903 - 1929)*
Raymond H. Boettcher (1904 - 1969)*
Created by: Don
Record added: May 29, 2007
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