Anton Shonka, son of Frank Shonka and
Anna Tupee, was born in 1884 by Abie. He married Mary
Cemper, daughter of Joe Cemper and Mary Roh. Anton was a
great orchard man, carpenter and farmer. Mary was a good
seamstress, lover of flowers and homemaker.
Anton Shonka Mrs. Anton Shonka
Fay Smith is the only surviving World
War I veteran in the Bellwood community.
He built the brick store on lot 5, block 6 in 1924. He
operated this store a few years and was followed by George
Dworak, Carl Carson, Clyde Cook and Louis Oborny. It was
last used as a cabinet shop by Jerry Oborny and is now
Fay and Mary Smith
John Speicher Family
John Speicher (1882-1909) was born in
Luxembourg, a small country in western Europe, and married
Margaret Kurt (1887-1907). While living there, their home
was a small house on approximately ten acres of land near
Alzingin in the southern part on the Alzetta - Lorraine
Plateau near the French border.
Grevenmaker, Luxembourg. Their children were Margaret, who married Nicholas Medinger, Ann (Sister Burgenia), Peter, Jacob, Henry, Joseph, Cornelius, Susan, Nick and John. Ann entered St. Joseph's convent at Milwaukee, Wis. on November 11, 1912, receiving her habit in 1913, her First Profession in 1919, Novitiate in 1918, Final Vows in 1925 and celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1963. She died on January 16, 1980, after 94 years of life.
John Sprunk was born in Luxembourg,
Germany on Dec. 24, 1831. He came to America in 1866 with
his two brothers. His brothers remained in Cook County,
Illinois, the heart of Chicago today. There they did truck
gardening until the city of Chicago grew and their land was
sold to the city. Most of their estate was donated to the
Catholic Church, St. Jerome's Parish in Chicago.
They moved from this farm to a farm south of
Bellwood, then to Polk county, and then to Platte county
northwest of Columbus.
Agnes and John Sprunk
The Nicolas Steiner Family
Back row, left to right: Margaret (husband-Nick Coiling), Mary (husband-N. Medinger), Elizabeth and Ann (husband-John Colling).
Nicholas Steiner was bom in Rollingen,
Luxembourg on Jan. 9, 1841. He was the son of Peter and
Magdelena Steiner. He came to the USA with his widowed
mother and three brothers by sailboat, the trip taking 42
days. They stayed in Albany, N.Y. for a time before going to
Cascade, Iowa, and about 1871 they moved to Butler County,
NE and homesteaded two miles east of Bellwood. When Mr.
Steiner went to purchase the land, it was also being
considered as an Agricultural College by the state of
Alabama, but it was decided to sell it to Mr. Steiner for
farming. On June 4, 1866, he married Lena Kramer of the
Cascade, Iowa area. They were the parents of eight children:
Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, John, Frank, Nick and
James Albert and Phoebe Jane West came to Nebraska in
1871, and settled on a farm southwest of what is now the
Villege of Bellwood. Besides farming, Mr. West was also a
blacksmith. There were seven children in the family.
Minnetta Simms died shortly after the birth of her son,
George A. and Milton died in infancy. Mattie married George
Taylor and had three daughters, Grace married Everett Knight
and had five children. John married May Bock and had two
children, Harry married Anna Ladwig and had seven children.
The youngest child, Dessie, married Gomer Jones and had
Anna and Harry West
Henry A. Whitney came to the Bellwood
community from Wisconsin in about 1885, and worked on the
Frank Loomis farm. In 1892, he married Millie Flaxell who
lived west of Bellwood. Three children, Julia, Mabel and
Allen were born to this union.
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