Frank "Franz" Ferdinand Barkmeier
Frank "Franz" Ferdinand Barkmeier, the oldest child of Frederick John and Mary Catharine (Tepe) Barkmeier, was born February 26, 1867 in Westendorf, Germany. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 20 years in 1887. He was assisted in the immigration process by Henry Wiszmann and settled near the village of Exeter, Nebraska.
After arriving in the United States, he worked to help provide money for the rest of the family to immigrate to the United States. Frederick and Mary Barkmeier and their other children immigrated to the United States in 1889. They all settled in the Exeter area.
In 1900, Franz farmed in the Fairmont Township in Fillmore County, Nebraska. The 1910 census shows that Franz came to the United States in 1887, was a locomotive engineer, and that he spoke English. In both the 1910 and 1920 census, he was listed as a farm owner in the Exeter Township in Fillmore County. A 1918 plat map of the Exeter Township in Fillmore County, Nebraska showed that Franz owned an 80 acre farm.
Following the death of Franz's father in 1916, his mother and step-sister, Victoria Geyger, lived with his brother, William "Bill", and wife, Anna Marie, who had moved to Fred and Mary's farm in the Fairmont Township in Fillmore County. Mary and Victoria then moved to live with Franz until he died in 1928. After his death, they moved into Exeter and lived with Franz's brother, Henry "Hank", and wife, Mary.
Franz did not marry. He died on March 11, 1928 at the age of 61 years. He is buried in the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, Nebraska.