Dennis Stuhr
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Dennis Stuhr

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Born in York, York County, NE. Baptized in my ancestors church St Johns Lutheran south of Waco. My parents first lived in an old frame house on the Dwehus homestead starting in 1941 when they married while my father farmed w/his dad Henry Stuhr on the Stuhr Homestead in the same section to the west. My great grandfather Henry Stuhr Sr filed for the last available homestead in Beaver Township in York County in 1873. My dad bought his Bradshaw 320 acre farm from the Lenz's around 1944 with an older brother Gus Stuhr who farmed there. Then they traded to own half & half. Then dad purchased an 80 east of Gus's farmstead in the same section next to where grandpa owned 80 acres which I think was considered Dad's to farm. Then they traded quarters & my dad ending up owning all of the 320 acre Lenz farm who sold out originally because of continuous drought to relocate to Missouri to farm. Being the first born in 1942 I think we moved to Bradshaw in 1944. REA came in 1948. Dad drilled his 1st deep well in 1956 & I watched corn recover & grow like we never saw before. I graduated from Zion Lutheran School in Hamilton County & Bradshaw High School in 1960 (12 grades). My grade school consolidated w/St Peter's School in Hampton & the new school recently celebrated 40 years there. A couple of years ago the old Zion school building was moved & expanded south of the church into a large fellowship hall. Bradshaw School District consolidated w/Henderson (a German Russian settlement known to have the largest menonite church betw Denver & Chicago) after 100 years. Grade school lasted a little longer but eventually closed a few years ago. The town now owns the school facilities. I graduated from Nebraska Vocational Technical School in Drafting Technology in 1962 & University of Nebraska in 1971 as a Civil Engineer. Went to work for the Nebraska Game & Fish Commission from 1962 to 1971 except a 2-year hitch in the Army. Received basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, then assigned to 84th Engineers Bn in Fort Ord, CA. Bn was deployed to Qui Nhan, Viet Nam. Went to work for the USDA Forest Svce, on the Apache Natl Forest, Springerville, AZ out of college in 1971. 1974 transferred to the Prescott Natl Forest in Prescott, AZ where I retired in 2004 as their 1st Facility Engineer. My mother kept records of all our relative's in notebooks & I have tried to pick up from there digitizing all of her records w/more research adding to Raymond Stuhr's first Stuhr book w/June Stuhr's updates along w/Lorena Uffelman Schlecthe-Tieken family circle book; Susie Tieken's family circle book; & others. I researched & found passenger records for all of my ancestors, little did I know how many that was! Along w/the help of fellow distance relatives from the Waco area this was accomplished. This included 26 Naber's who came from Neustat, grandduchy Oldenburg, Germany also. Researched my Kruse relatives. In 1980 took a trip to Germany w/Edgar/June Stuhr w/side trip to stay with Hans Stuhr family near Oldenburg. Got to visit a couple of ancestor churches(Stuckhausen parish(St John's), Brake, & Often parish (????), Oldenburg. A 1910ish combination wood frame corn crib/granary from the Lenz farm was donated & relocated to the Wessels Living Family History Farm south of York by my mother Flora after dad died in 2002. Dennis Stuhr

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