Helena Fredericka Neemeyer:

Helena's Parents
Johann Frederick Neemeyer
Born 22 AUG 1834, Hulstede, Germany
Died 11 OCT 1910, Platte County, Nebraska
Helena Jasper
Born 8 FEB 1836, Torshalt, Germany
Died 24 FEB 1893, Platte County, Nebraska
Married 13 May 1859, Westerstede, Germany
They left Germany February, 1881 and arrived in the United States March, 1881. S. S. Leipzig is the ship the family traveled on to get to the United States.

Helena Fredericka Neemeyer
born 31 MAR 1861
died 12 DEC 1935
Married 8 JUL 1882 to
Henry Deyke born 17 SEP 1849
died 25 MAY 1916

Their children:
Martha b 22 MAR 1884-d 28 SEP 1968
Fred b 29 AUG 1885-d 1 NOV 1973
Emila b 31 JAN 1887-d JUN 1977
Alena b 7 AUG 1893-d 16 APR 1975
Henry b 23 JUL1899-d 28 JUL 1957

Henry Deyke and Family

Henry Deyke is a resident farmer of Sherman township, living on section 30, where he now has two hundred and forty acres of finely cultivated land, his time being devoted to general farming and stock-raising. He was born in Grossenkneten, Oldenburg, Germany, September 17, 1849, a son of John Henry Deyke, who spent his entire life in his native country. He, there, extensively engaged in farming and in stock-raising and was also an active and prominent member of the German Lutheran church.

Henry Deyke acquired his early education in the village schools and in early manhood inherited a part of his father's farm but conditions were then not favorable to money making and he gave his farm to his sister and came to the United States, arriving in Platte county in 1873. He was pleased with the rich land of this district and the opportunities here offered and entered a homestead claim of eighty acres on section 30, Sherman township. His residence in pioneer times was a sod house and he used ox teams to break the sod and turn the furrows. There were no improvements on the land, not even prairie grass covered the soil, for prairie fires had burned it off. In early years after he planted crops they were devastated by the grasshoppers and he had to go to the home of friends in Columbus for his meals. He then sought employment in other ways, securing work on the Union Pacific Railroad, which was then being built to Norfolk. When this had brought him a little money he resumed his farming operations and gradually he has worked his way upward, being now the owner of two hundred and forty acres of rich and productive land on section 30, Sherman township. Today the farm is well improved and is neat in appearance. All of the improvements upon the place are the result of his handiwork. He has erected good buildings, has set out good trees and has otherwise developed the place until it is now an excellent property. In addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he raises Poland China hogs and his annual sales bring him a gratifying financial return.

On July 8, 1881, Mr. Deyke was united in marriage to Miss Helena Neemeyer, who was born in Oldenburg, in 1863, a daughter of Frederick Neemeyer, who in 1880 emigrated from Germany to Platte county and settled on railroad land in Grand Prairie township. His place comprised one hundred and sixty acres, on which he made all the improvements and there he engaged in farming until the time of his death in the early '80s. His religious faith was that of the Lutheran church. To Mr. and Mrs. Deyke have been born five children: Martha, the wife of Otto Schulz, by whom she has three children; Fred, who is principal of the high school at Deshler, Nebraska; Amelia, the wife of William Schulz, by whom she has three children; Aline, the wife of Martin Meyer and the mother of one daughter; and Henry, at home.

Mr. Deyke was one of the organizers of St. John's Lutheran church in Grand Prairie township and assisted in erecting its house of worship. He served as one of its trustees for many years and has always contributed generously to its support. Mr. Deyke is well known in this county, where he has made his home for forty-two years. He has a wide acquaintance and the substantial traits of his character have gained him the warm regard of those with whom he has been brought in contact.

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