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one.  Before she would prepare a meal she would often juggle 3 eggs, pieces of
fruit, or whatever was on the menu for the day.  None of them ever remember her
dropping any of the items she juggled.
Adolph’s children
have fond memories of the
times when Adolph loaded
the Republic truck with
wheat to take to Pete
Schmit’s mill.  It was a “real
treat” to be the child Adolph
picked to ride along with him
to the mill, which was 9 miles
southwest of his farm.  The
mill was run by a wheel
which was powered by water
from the dam next to it.  The
grain that was ground at the
mill was brought home and
supplied Katie with the flour
needed to make the bread
for her family of twelve.
In 1912 Adolph hired well-
diggers to dig for water on his 350
acre farm.  The digging was at a
standstill at a depth of 77 feet, so a
second digger was hired.  The second
digger, C. C. Abts and Son, finally
made it through the hard rock.  The
water gushed up into the air, scatter-
ing tools and flooding the farmyard. 
The well produced 300 gallons of wa-
ter per minute or 432,000 gallons a
day.  The well water was ideal for live-
stock and human consumption be-
cause it had a constant temperature
of 52 degrees and was pure.  Area irri-
gation made the flow irregular during
the summers of 1974-76.  In 1976 an-
other well was dug near the farm-
house.  The new well was also an arte-
sian.  Water from this new well was
used for household and livestock con-
sumption.  Another artesian well was
dug in August of 1984 as a backup for
livestock.  It provided a more than
adequate and steady supply of water
for the farm’s needs.  This is the only
farm in Nebraska that has artesian
water as a year-round, tapped, con-
trolled, and continuous water source.
Adolph drives the Republic truck.
1912—The water flows.
Left to right:  Katie, Adolph, Art,
Abts and his son (well diggers),
Henry Lueschen (Rose’s husband), and
Henry Lueschen (Henry’s father)
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