Valentine Neumann

Valentine Neumann

Birth
Germany
Death 1 Jul 1917 (aged 76)
Henry County, Illinois, USA
Burial Henry County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 40678214 · View Source
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Valentine Neumann was born April 15, 1841 in Langenlonsheim, Germany. He was the son of Wilhelm and Catherine Kohl Neumann. He received a common school education, and was bound out to an apprenticeship. Valentine chose the bakers trade. The grain was all carried in bags on ones back up many stairs to the mill where the grain was ground into flour. Valentine's back gave out due to carrying such heavy loads, and he had to be released from the apprenticeship. The brothers all had German Lutheran Church training, and they became good students of the Bible. They all had musical training and Valentine played the violin.
When the Wilhelm Gottlieb Neumann family arrived in America in 1857, they settled on a farm near Cambridge, Illinois. Here he helped on the farm and found work he liked to do. Valentine naturally turned to buying and selling. He worked odd times in the country store and as time passed he owned a store of his own at Lynn Center, Illinois.
He served in the Civil War from 1862-1863, the 42nd Illinois Infantry. This incident happened. Valentine lay dying in a confederate prison (Jefferson Barraks). Fred and Charles Neumann, his brothers, succeeded in getting him out into a woods and brought him back to some degree of health. The prison was alive with tuberculous, but he seemed to have escaped it and had a very good health the rest of his years.
He married Annie Wickstrom at Bishop Hill, Illinois, November 1865. Witnesses Charles Neumann and Kate Erickson. They had 7 children, Valentine, Arthur, Russell, Maud, Grace, Maurice and Annie.
He married his second wife, Sarah Marie Chase at Orion, Illinois, February 19, 1879. Witnesses Addison M. Chase and Emma Brigham. By this second union there were 3 children Ernst, Clyde and Cornelia.
About this time Valentine began to look for a better business opportunity. He had $1500.00 cash which would have bought the whole town site of Omaha, Nebraska. At the insistence of his younger brother, Henry, of Oakland, Nebraska (near Omaha) he located there. From 1881 to 1886 he was in a general store business.
Oakland was just a wide place in a cornfield with prairie all around. The family had to carry water over a block until spring came. It was difficult to carry enough water for such a big family. Then a well was dug on their own premises. They were very lonesome and even wept, even considered returning to Illinois. But conditions evenually improved, and they stayed on and prospered.
After he discontinued the store business in Oakland he founded in his home, a small money loaning business. Now he would be gratified to realize how this Bank business, which he started, has grown in volume. It prospered while he lived, and has since propsered under the management of his two wonderful sons, Arthur L. and Clyde C. Neumann. Now as of 1958, the management of the Bank has passed to Chase Neumann, son of Clyde C. Neumann. The Bank has never closed and remained open during the financial crisis in 1930.
This tridute is by Cornelia Neumann Dale.
He would also be gratified to know, that Oakland and vicinity, did become a garden spot with good and thrifty people living there. He was able to assist young farmers to develop their lands. Valentine was a thoroughly good American citizen, and stood for all that was right. He supported the Methodist Church, and was a generous subscriber to all the churches in Oakland, and all other good projects. He was a member of the School Board and City Council. He brought up his family to revere the best things in life, and encouraged the best traits and habits in their personalities. He was happy and contented with the results.
Valentine Neumann died 1917
His first wife Annie Wickstorm Neumann died 1877
His second wife Sarah Chase Neumann died 1900
Buried in Red Oak Cemetery
WILLIAM (WILHELM) GOTTLIEB NEUMANN GENEALOGY 1790-1958



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  • Maintained by: Carolyn Russell
  • Originally Created by: T Richardson Satterly
  • Added: 14 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40678214
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Valentine Neumann (15 Apr 1841–1 Jul 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40678214, citing Red Oak Cemetery, Henry County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Carolyn Russell (contributor 47500106) .