Barnard Robert Winkler

Barnard Robert Winkler

Birth
Oldenburg, Stadtkreis Oldenburg, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death 12 Sep 1910 (aged 69)
Nemaha County, Kansas, USA
Burial Seneca, Nemaha County, Kansas, USA
Plot Sec 1 Lot 78 Sp 4
Memorial ID 41666458 · View Source
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The late Barnard Winkler was a pioneer of Kansas and one of the best known citizens of Nemaha county. His life was well rounded and the years of his earthly sojourn were replete with industry and good deeds, which will make him long remembered. Barnard Winkler was born in Oldenburg, Germany, January 5, 1841, and was a son of Barnard Winkler. He left his native land in 1867, immigrated to America and settled in St. Louis, Mo., where he followed the carpenter trade for a year, and then came to Kansas. Mr. Winkler first settled in Brown county and bought forty acres of land, upon which he erected a two-room house, which served as a residence for him and his bride during the first years of their struggle for a competence in Kansas. Mr. Winkler hauled the lumber from White Cloud with which to build this little dwelling, ten feet square. He did all of his own carpenter work and broke up his forty-acre tract with the aid of an Indian pony and one horse. Four years later he sold this farm and bought seventy-two acres on the county line, which he improved. Times were hard for Mr. and Mrs. Winkler during those early years and they suffered many privations in trying to make ends meet. They bought a lumber wagon for $10, used chains and old harness for tugs, with a leather line on one side and a rope on the other. They farmed this tract until 1889, then sold out and came to Nemaha county, Kansas, where Mr. Winkler bought 160 acres of land in Richmond township. This farm was the permanent home of the Winkler family until 1909. He improved the farm and made it very attractive and profitable, so that he and his family lived in comfortable circumstances. This Kansas pioneer died September 12, 1910, in Seneca, where the family moved in 1909.
Barnard Winkler and Miss Mary Wempe were married February 3. 1869, in Atchison. Kans. Mrs. Winkler was born October 2, 1852, in Effingham county, Illinois, and is a daughter of Herman Henry and Alexandrina (Jensen) Wempe, natives of Oldenburg. Germany, who settled in Kansas in the spring of 1861. Eleven children were born to Barnard and Mary Winkler, as follows: Henry, a farmer of Nemaha county, Kansas ; Barnard, living on a farm near Kelly, Kans.; Charles, of Seneca; Anna, wife of F. M. Sears,' proprietor of the Bonair Hotel, Seneea; Elizabeth, wife of C. Schneider, living on a farm east of Seneca; John S., a farmer in Nemaha county east of Seneca; William, cultivating the home place; Frank, deceased; Joseph, Seneca, Kans., a well known horse and mule dealer, married Minnie Robertson; Mary, deceased, was twin sister of Joseph Winkler; Anton, deceased.
Mrs. Winkler was reared to maturity in St. Clair county, Illinois, and received a good common school education. When twelve years of age she went to work in the fields, binding wheat in the shock by hand. When she and Mr. Winkler were striving to get ahead, she nobly did her part and ably assisted in building up the family fortunes. Mrs. Winkler hauled hogs to market when the market price was just enough so that she received $2 for hauling five or six porkers, going twelve miles to Wetmore from their home, for a neighbor. They thought this amount of money was a small fortune in those days, and that they were amply repaid for the trouble of hauling the animals. The Winklers lived on the farm until 1909 and then removed to town for a well earned retirement in peace and comfort. Mrs. Winkler is the owner of 160 acres of land and has city property in Seneca. Mr. Winkler, wife and children were all members of the Catholic church.

History of Nemaha County, Kansas
By Ralph Tennal

submitted by FAG contributor, Laura L. #47617185



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  • Maintained by: Judy McAsey Arnold
  • Originally Created by: K - B
  • Added: 7 Sep 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 41666458
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Barnard Robert Winkler (5 Jan 1841–12 Sep 1910), Find a Grave Memorial no. 41666458, citing Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Seneca, Nemaha County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Judy McAsey Arnold (contributor 47137206) .