Notes Page One
- Christian Henneberg and his wife Wilhelmina Teske Schultz, brothers Ernest and Charles, and his parents, Karl and Katherine Henneberg joined a group of homesteaders traveling to Kansas from Wisconsin as they passed through Iowa:
Land holdings of Christian Henneberg included all of Section 27-6-10 (640 acres) in Pottawatomie, Kansas The land was later divided between Christian’s children:
- Michael Frederick Hartwick, Sr. (spelled Hartwig at that time) and his wife Anna Strunske, William F. Kolterman, Sr., Daniel Kolterman, and Fred Brunkow.
Otto Henneberg received the west 240 acres, which passed to his son,
Louis Henneberg. Later Milton Henneberg purchased this land,
continuing to farm it today.
Emil Henneberg received the east 240 acres, which passed to his son,
Roy Henneberg; who owned and farmed this land, and selling it to
Milton Henneberg, who continues to farm it today.
Maria Louisa Schultz, who married William Fischer, received the
north 160 acres. She was the step-daughter of Christian.
Dad shared that the crock, earthenware jugs were wrapped in many layers of burlap. He had to wet down the burlap also and carry the crocks back to his dad and Dean. The jugs had a strap on them so the could be hung from the harnes on the horses. Dad explained that you put a padded collar on the horses first and the hames fit around the collar.
Dad recalls having one dog, Streak, a border collie that went with him to the Rock House when he got married.
Jonathan Eugene Berges, is a 7th generation farmer of this land:
Henneberg Family Reunion, July 1992, held in Wheaton, Kansas with the evening picnic meal at the Spring over on the Bluff:
Deborah Kay Henneberg Berges (Eugene Berges)
Jonathan Berges (Rents the farm ground.)
Notes Page Two
While visiting with Aunt Mary in June of 2005, I learned that my poem, “The Spring over on the Bluff’, should have mentioned that Mary, too, worked in the fields as well as drove the stacker teams. Often she would help Uncle Dean with the field work while Aunt Fay stayed in the house to help Grandma.
Another memory Aunt Mary shared was about a white spotted pony that her dad (Grandpa) wanted to sell. Grandpa told Mary that when the person showed up to look at the horse, she was to bring the horse out of the barn, making sure it didn’t limp. So instead of leading the horse out of the barn, she rode the horse out for the potential buyer.
Aunt Mary mentioned that whenever Fay and Etholene Tunison Teske, their cousin that lived up the road, rode the horses, they got to have a saddle, but Mary had to ride bareback.
These memories are from circa 1936.
Horses that Skeeter remembers being on the farm are:
Dan and Bailey, which was the team Skeeter was always relegated to. According to Skeeter, Bailey was the “worst, laziest animal of them all. He would lag back and let Dan do the pulling. He was a white roan who bore many switch welts from my reins.”
Perched on the tresses of the L. K.& W. where it crossed a little creek between the hills to the north of the Spring over on the Bluff on Henneberg lands, is Lola Henneberg Rowley while Leo “Bing” Rowley sits on the cement foundations. On the south side of the tracks were fields while on the north side were pastures. Photo found in Aunt Lola’s scrapbook.
Milton Henneberg remembers sitting on these tresses with his brother, Dean, as the steam engines rattled across the rails above.
To this day, you can find cinders from their steam engines all along the tracks.
The Leavenworth, Kansas and Western (L. K. & W.) Railroad, its wooden tresses crossed over Kansas land from Leavenworth, Kansas to Miltonvale, Kansas between the years of 1897 and 1935. Prior to 1897, the railroad was known as the Kansas Central Railway Company. In 1935, the L. K. & W. Railroad had to foreclose and was sold to the Union Pacific. The Union Pacific began “immediately to move all property and the railroad land was returned to original farms.” (The History of Onaga and..., p. 35.)
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