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Bertha was born the tenth of eleven children of A. Johann (John) and Anna
Catherine Loseke Grotelueschen on September 7, 1889.  She was born in the farm
house of her parents built in 1881 in Bismark Township, Platte County, Nebraska.
Bertha attended District #15 school, and got her Christian education at
Christ Lutheran German School.  She was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran
Church, where she was baptized on September 29, 1889, and confirmed March 27,
A roller organ was purchased for Bertha by her parents.  It was hand oper-
ated, being turned by a crank which made the rollers go around and play songs
such as “Nearer My God to Thee,” “In the Sweet By and By,” “From Greenland’s Icy
Mountain,” etc.  This organ is more than 100 years old and is in working order as of
this writing in 1985.  Bertha was also fond of a “coffee grinder” that was used by
her parents and herself and is still in working order today.
Bertha was married to Otto
Korte on January 25, 1914.  They had
the first snowfall of winter that morn-
ing.  The snow measured an inch, and
they wondered whether they could
make it to church.  Her brother Otto
drove them to church in his new car
instead of the old buggy.  This was a
treat as they did not have to contend
with the cold winds.
Otto Korte had lived with his
parents, Carl and Elise Korte, and
three brothers and three sisters on a
farm about a mile and a half from the
Grotelueschen homestead.  After
Otto and Bertha got married they
built a home on the Korte farm in
Sherman Township.  Otto and Bertha
stayed at the Grotelueschen home-
stead for the 1 1/2 years that it took to
build the house.  It was said that Otto
could walk the 1 1/2 miles between
the farms in record time with his fast
Otto and Bertha Korte farmed
the land in partnership.  Bertha was
known for her love of horseback rid-
ing, so it became her job to get the
Otto and Bertha Grotelueschen Korte
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