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Rev Friedrich Wilhelm Daberkow

Rev Friedrich Wilhelm Daberkow

Death 28 May 1929 (aged 60)
Nebraska, USA
Burial Beemer, Cuming County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 75742013 · View Source
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Pastor Friedrich Wilhelm Daberkow was born June 29, 1868 in Pomerania, Germany. His parents, with 4 small sons, came to New York by ship, and, on May 12, 1879, arrived at West Point, Nebraska by train with 27 dollars. Since they needed to earn money, his father hired out as a carpenter and the boys herded cows. In May of 1882, they were able to buy 80 acres at $5 an acre. He paid $100 down and built a dugout to live in. This homestead was about 6 miles southeast of Wisner, Nebraska.
Rev. F.W. Daberkow Family
Rev. F.W. Daberkow and Helena. L. to R.: Christian, Lydia, Helena, Dorothy.

He was the oldest son, and he and his brothers attended Immanuel Lutheran School southeast of Beemer, Nebraska.

Pastor M. Adam was his teacher and suggested that he should become a pastor if he was willing; his parents consented. So, in the fall of 1883, he went to the seminary at Springfield, Illinois. He could not afford to come home for 3 years. He worked in the summers for farmers at Litchfield and Mt. Olive, Illinois. It was at this one farmer's place he met Helena Hoelmer. He graduated in June, 1890, and, on August 10, 1890, they were married.

His first calling was to Minnesota. On April 16, 1902, a fire broke out on the St.Matthew Lutheran Cedar Bluffs,Nebraska church property. The barns and outbuildings burned to the ground, the church and parsonage were saved. Rev. Jahn left on Oct.1903, succeeded by Rev. F. Daberkow. In 1903 he came to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church of rural Cedar Bluffs with his wife and their 3 little daughters; Dorothy, Helena, and Lydia. In 1904, a new parsonage was erected and the old converted into a school. A son, Christian, was born in 1905. In August of 1905, they moved into a new home. In 1913, the congregation began to conduct services once a month in Cedar for 11 families at the rented Evengelical Church. In 1913, St. Matthew's purchased this church for $600. Services then were conducted in the country and in town. He taught the parochial school and also served a mission church at Ithaca, Nebraska for 12 years.

Their second daughter, Helena, went to Deshler College and then assisted him with the parochial school. In the spring of 1919, she was planning to marry Albert Hoffmann on May 25th. On March 14, 1919, however, a tornado struck the area and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church was completely destroyed. The wedding was held in a small church in Cedar Bluffs, and the reception was held in the parsonage which was not destroyed.

On March 14, 1919 a tornado destroyed the church, school and outbuildings in the country-parsonage, summer kitchen and cobhouse spared. Pastor Daberkow, wife, and daughter, Helen, (Mrs. Albert Hoffman) were in the house when the tornado struck. Son, Christian, cleaning the school, was not seriously hurt. In 1919, a new house of worship was built, school attached. Dedication was on Nov. 2, 1919 one week after Rev. Daberkow delivered his farewell sermon.

After serving the Cedar Bluffs congregation for 16 years, Pastor Daberkow left in the fall of 1919.

His last call was to St. John's Lutheran Church southwest of Beemer, Nebraska which was only 3 miles from the original Daberkow Homestead.

He passed away of a sudden heart attack on May 28, 1929 at the age of 61 years. His wife, Helena, lived until 1949. They are both buried in the church cemetery at Beemer. Submitted by Mrs. John Royuk (nee Esther Hoffmann)

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