Josiah Jerome Judevine was born June
19, 1882, in New Hampshire. His grandfather, Calvin, came
from England before the Revolutionary War and settled in
Vermont, where Josiah's father, Joseph, was born.
- Mrs. Joe Romshek
Mr. and Mrs. John Kirchner.
John J. Kirchner was born in Cechan,
Austria, in 1868. He migrated to the U. S. when he was 11
years old and lived with his family northwest of Bellwood in
the first farm home east of Leonard Kracman's present
Reinhardt was born in Paderborn,
Germany. His father was Joseph Koenig. Joseph's occupation
in Germany was driving the Catholic Priests to various
destinations in a horse drawn coach. Paderborn was so named
because so many boys born in the community became Priests.
Reinhardt came to the U. S. and lived in Detroit, Michigan
where he worked in the copper mines. He then went to
Australia around by South America to hunt for gold. He and a
few others made the journey in a small sailboat and it took
them 105 days to get there. He then returned to Germany.
While there he married Magdolena Munsterman. She was born
Jan. 6, 1841 and died Nov. 3, 1892. They came to America in
1869 and went to Michigan. They homesteaded in Nebraska on
June 15, 1877. Their homestead was in Butler County on
section 8 of Alexis Township. The land is now owned by Allen
Hanner. Reinhardt's main occupation was raising livestock.
Children born to this union were: Henry, William, Mary
Koenig Waibel, Charles and Clementine Koenig Vanderwark.
After Reinhardt's first wife died he married Anna Nebosis on
Nov. 2, 1894. Twin daughters were born to them on Feb. 25,
1897. They are Anna Koenig Francis and Lucy Koenig
Adolph C. Kosch, son of Alois and
Alouisa (Janicek) Kosch, born 1895 at a farm east of
Bellwood. In 1917 he married Minnie E. Schmid, daughter of
Robert and Sophia (Zwiener) Schmid.
director at St. Peter's Parish for over 61 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Kosch and Verleen
Alois Kosch was born in 1849 to John
and Anna Geyerova Kosch at Irmsdorf, Austria. He came to
America first in about 1874. Then his parents and others in
his family came. The first purchase of land was in 1877 in
his father's name John. This land is four miles east and one
south of Bellwood. The first house was across the road from
the Arthur Kosch old home. In 1881, Alois acquired land of
his own and built the house Arthur had before he built his
new one. Alois married Aloisia Janieck, who came from
Jechan, Austria with her folks, Frank and Karolina
Hermethova Janieck. They had nine children. One son Rudolph,
died at age 15. The oldest son, Herman, took over the farm
after his dad died in 1910. He married Loretta McGowan.
Herman and brothers built a house in Bellwood for their
mother. This is the Adolph Kosch house now. In 1915, Aloisia
was struck by a car, walking across the road to her home
from church and was killed.
Mr. and Mrs. Alois Kosch, William, Herman and Anna.
Lizzy married George McGowen and they
farmed at Ulysses and had five children, Charlotte, Leo,
Bob, Kathleen, and Thomas.
Joseph F. Kreizinger and Adelheid
Schmid Kreizinger and son Frank came to America from
Irmsdorf, Austria in 1874 and made their home on a farm
three miles southwest of Bellwood. Later on, Joseph W.,
Louis R., Anna, Emma, Sophia, and Charlotte were born.
their home with Audrey's parents until 1951 when the
parents retired and moved into Bellwood.
In the spring of 1869 Francis John
Loomis and Elizabeth (Kieffer) Loomis along with their
infant daughter, Cora, left Sheboygan, Wisconsin traveling
by covered wagon to the Platte Valley of Nebraska. Where
with only a compass for direction they located a spot on the
south bank just east of where the Platte and Loup Rivers
join and settled on an 80 acres in a section reserved for
row, left to right: Joseph W. Kreizinger, Joseph F.
Kreizinger, Adelhied Schmid Kreizinger, Charlotte Meinyer
© 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 by Ted & Carole Miller and Carolyn Wilkerson