Esther Paustian Stoltenberg Obituary

Esther Paustian Stoltenberg

From the Grand Island Independent


Mrs. Claus Stoltenberg Dies
After Illness of Some Length

Mrs. Claus Stoltenberg, one of the oldest residents of the Island, passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at four o'clock at the old home place now owned by her son, Ferdinand Stoltenberg. For the last ten days her condition has become gradually more serious and the members of the family realized that the end was not far off. With her passing, another of the Hall county pioneers has gone to the great beyond, leaving one of the largest and foremost families in the rural district in this locality.

Mrs. Stoltenberg's maiden name was Esther Paustian. Like her husband, who died about a year ago, she was born in the year 1832, on October 6th, and she was brought up in the Fatherland and worked there until 1862, when she became a member of a party of immigrants to America. Abel Wragge and Henry Stoltenberg, other pioneers here, were also in the party who landed in New York on July fourth, during the troublesome times of the Civil War. They came direct to Omaha where Mr. Stoltenberg and others joined the party. The trip west to the Hall County settlement was made by ox team.

On December 6, 1862, Miss Paustian was united in marriage to Mr. Stoltenberg by John Wallichs, then justice of the peace. It was one of the first marriages preformed in Hall County. On December 6, 1912, the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Stoltenberg was celebrated here. Six children and many grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of their mother and grandmother. All children are living except Mrs. Claus Tagge. The others are Edward Stoltenberg of Prairie Creek, Mrs. Ernest Reher of the Island, and Carl Stoltenberg of this city. The funeral will take place Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from the old home south of Sand Krog.

Esther Paustian Stoltenberg
Born: October 6, 1832 Laboe, Germany
Died: March 1, 1915 Hall County, Nebraska


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