PIERCE COUNTY CALL; Pierce, Nebraska; Thursday, December 12, 1940
"GRANDMA" KORTH TAKEN BY DEATH
Early Pioneer and Oldest Resident of Pierce Dies Early Wednesday Morning.
This community was deeply saddened Wednesday morning to learn of "the passing" of Mrs. Wilhelmina Korth, Pierce's earliest and most dearly beloved settler and resident. "Grandma" Korth, as she was called with veneration by all, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Fischer at 4 o'clock Wednesday morning. Had she lived until January 10, she would have reached her 91st birthday.
Born in Strelowhagen Kreis, Naugard, Germany, January 10, 1850 she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Paul. In 1872 when she was 22 years of age she came to Pierce county to keep house for her brother, Fred Paul, on his homestead near Hadar. She was a practical nurse and cared for many of the early pioneer families, as is those days doctors were few and far between.
On Febr. 20, 1874 she was united in marriage to Wm. Korth in Pierce. The ceremony was preformed by Judge A.J. Babcock, the first county judge of Pierce county. The couple began housekeeping on the homestead 6 miles east of Pierce, where their son, Ernest now lives. There they made their home until 34 years ago when they retired and moved to Pierce.
Seven children were born to this union, Robert of McLean, Mrs. Ernest Fischer, August, William, Ernest and Mrs. Emil Scheer, all of Pierce. There are 18 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Henry Fischer died twenty-four years ago. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 1, 1921. Since that time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Fischer.
"Grandma" Korth, as she was lovingly called by both old and young, was a friend to all, nothing pleased her more than to have her friends and especially the children call on her for a visit. Her birthdays the last few years were looked forward to with special delight when her children and other relatives and friends gathered at her home. Mrs. Korth enjoyed reading and also took an interest in the news of the day. She spent a great share of her time reading her bible and religious papers. She looked forward eagerly to the visits of her pastor, Rev. M.F. Scheips.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, at 1:00 at the home and at 1:30 at Zion Lutheran church, with Rev. M.F. Scheips in charge of he services.