Convention. For three years he has
held the office of Supervisor of Roads, and is at
present School Treasurer. He is a man of sterling
worth and enjoys the confidence of the people. For
twenty-four consecutive seasons Mr. Beetem. was
engaged in threshing, which is not a usual record.
Nine seasons he was thus engaged in Missouri, fourteen
in Iowa and one in Nebraska.
F. HELMERS. The snug 80-acre farm, owned and occupied
by the subject of this sketch, is finely located on
section 17, Rock Creek Precinct. Mr. Helmers has been
residing here since the fall of 1875, and has in the
meantime given his time and attention strictly to the
improvement of his property. The results indicate with
what industry he has labored, and should be a source
of abundant satisfaction to him. A view, illustrating
his homestead, is presented in connection with this
brief sketch of its owner.
Mr. Helmets came to this locality
from Chariton County, Mo., of which he had been a
resident four years. Prior to this he had lived in the
States of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, and his
earliest home had been on the other side of the
Atlantic, in the little Kingdom of Hanover, Germany.
There he was born Sept. 4, 1843, being the son of John
Frederick and Mary (Alfke) Helmets, who were also of
German birth and ancestry, and the former of whom
spent his entire life on his native soil, dying when
fifty-six years old. He was a mason by trade, and
after his death his widow and children, Sept. 3, 1882,
joined our subject in America, and have since resided
in the vicinity of Berlin, this county. The mother is
now sixty-seven years old.
Our subject was the second child of
the family, which consisted of two sons and two
daughters, all of whom are living and in this county.
Herman H. was the first member of the family to cross
the Atlantic, a journey which he never regretted, and
it was through his means that his mother was persuaded
to come with her family. He first settled in Wisconsin
in the fall of 1865. He also had learned the trades of
a mason and plasterer, which he followed until coming
to Nebraska ten years later. He was married, near the
town of Syracuse, to Miss Sophia Beckefeld, also a
native of Hanover, and born April 20, 1855. She came
to America when nineteen years of age with our
subject, and by her marriage with him became the
mother of six children, only two of whom are living,
Alfred and Oscar, who are eight and six years of age,
and occupied at home. Mrs. Sophia Helmets departed
this life at the birth of her last child in Rock Creek
Precinct, Nov. 11, 1882. She was a lady greatly
beloved by her husband and friends, a kind and
affectionate wife and mother, a good neighbor, and a
devoted member of the Lutheran Church.
Our subject in the fall of 1885
contracted a second marriage, with Miss Dora Bueckman,
who was born in Hanover, in 1847, and came alone to
the United States when thirty-three years of age, two
years before her marriage. Of this union there is one
child, a son William. Mr. and Mrs. Helmers are members
in good standing of the Lutheran Church, and our
subject, politically, is a straight Republican.
L. WEBB, now operating a farm of 130 acres on section
35 of Palmyra Precinct. must be mentioned among the
list of honored pioneers of Nebraska. He is the son of
William and Mary Webb, who were born in New Jersey.
The great-grandfather of our subject lived near May's
Landing. He was one of the honored and prosperous
citizens of his time and of some pretensions to
affluence. He had seven fine, stalwart sons, all of
whom, with the exception of the grandfather of our
subject, sought their fortunes in other States. The
name of this gentleman was Frederick Webb. Upon the
marriage of his son William arrangements were made for
the young couple to settle at Bridgeton, in New
Jersey, and there they made their home, upon a farm.
There, were born to them eleven children, seven of
whom grew up to years of maturity. Our subject is the
youngest of this family, and was born on the 27th of
February, 1833, near Morriston, Burlington Co.,