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A. Johann and Anna Catherine arrived in New York on May 3, 1866, and took
a train from New York City to Omaha, Nebraska.  After traveling to near Columbus,
Nebraska, by horse and wagon, they lived in a dug out soddy on the Loseke creek
with A. Johann’s friend, Heinrich Loseke and his wife, who had been homesteading
in Nebraska since 1865.  Johann and Anna moved into a log house a year after their
arrival.  Getting logs for the cabin was a job, since there was only prairie in the area
where they settled.  They had to go about 10 miles to get the logs for their cabin.
The Grotelueschens homesteaded the land to the west of the soddy; the
Loseke family chose the land east of the sod house.  A sod buster with tines was
bought in Columbus and was used that first summer to break up the sod on their
homestead land.  A trip to Columbus, 13 miles away, took 2 1/2 hours and was not
made any more often than every three weeks.
There was much work to do to survive on the prairie and little time for visit-
ing or socializing.  The Richerts, Lusches, Losekes, and Litjeluesches had arrived
earlier than A. Johann and Anna.  Anna Catherine was very homesick at times, but
there was no money for her to re-
turn to her homeland in Germany. 
Bible verses must have been a
comfort to her because she often
quoted them to her family and rela-
A. Johann and Anna Cath-
erine had Louis, Ida, Adolph, He-
lena, Louisa, Emil, and Otto born to
them while they were living in the
log cabin.  An additional room with
only an outside entrance was
added later.  Louis and Adolph
slept in that cold room.  Emil Grote-
lueschen told of sleeping in the
cold upstairs portion of the cabin. 
The upstairs was like an attic with
low side walls and the sloping roof
for a ceiling.  There was no connec-
tion inside the cabin between the
downstairs and upstairs.  Emil re-
membered having to climb down
from the upstairs on a ladder on the
outside of the house when he had
to get up in the middle of the night.
After Otto was born, a larger
house was built 300 feet southwest
of the log cabin.  Clara, Rosa, Ber-
tha, and Minna were born in this
larger wood frame house.  This
house was later occupied by Otto
Anna Catherine, Otto, and A. Johann
(about 1883)
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