August Frank Barkmeier was born in Westendorf, Germany on March 1, 1876.
He was the son of Frederick John and Mary Catharine (Tepe) Barkmeier. He immigrated to America in 1889 and settled near Exeter,
Nebraska, with his parents, six
brothers, Frank Ferdinand Barkmeier, Henry Mathias Barkmeier, George Henry Barkmeier, John Ferdinand Barkmeier, William
Frederick Barkmeier and Frederick August Barkmeier, and a sister, Anna Marie (Barkmeier) Ekeler. The family also
raised Victoria Geyger who came to Exeter on an orphan train from New York City on
September 4, 1901. She later became a nun, Sister Mary Raphael Geyger.
Anna Barbara (Menke) Barkmeier, daughter of
Louis Menke and Anna M. (Becker) Menke, was born March 27, 1881
on a farm near Exeter, Nebraska. Anna's parents
had eleven children and two of these children died as infants (Louis Menke and William Menke). Her other brothers were -
John Menke, Henry Menke and William Menke, and her sisters were - Fredericka "Rica" (Menke) Dumpert, Mary (Menke) Jansan,
Maria "Minnie" (Menke)
Hammond, Sophia (Menke) Matthews, and Helena "Lena" (Menke) Matthews.
August and Anna were married April 15, 1902 and to this union eight children were born: Louis Frederick Barkmeier, Ella Mary (Barkmeier) Morgan,
Rose Fredericka (Barkmeier) Alldritt Lilly, Helena "Lea" Cecelia Barkmeier, Walter Henry Barkmeier, Vincent August Barkmeier, Raymond
John Barkmeier and
Lillian Anna Barkmeier. August and Anna farmed near Exeter, Nebraska and later in life moved into Exeter.
August died in Friend, Nebraska on September 22, 1960. Anna died in Friend, Nebraska on March 8, 1962. Interment was
in the Exeter Cemetery.
April 15, 1952
Msgr. Patrick J. Healy with August and Anna
Tuesday, April 15, 1952, Mr. and Mrs. August Barkmeier
celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They and their
children attended a Mass said for their intention by Msgr.
Patrick J. Healy at 8 o'clock. Mrs. Clarence Myers, accompanied
by Mrs. John Menke at the organ, sang "Ava Maria" and "On This
Day O Beautiful Mother."
for the immediate family and Msgr. Healy was held at noon at the
American Legion Hall. The tables, arranged in a "U" shape, were
decorated with bouquets of assorted spring flowers, a three tier
wedding cake and yellow tapers. Mrs. Joe Becker, Mrs. Christine
Becker and Mrs. George Becker cooked and served the dinner.
Mrs. Barkmeier has been a lifelong resident of the Exeter
Community. Mr. Barkmeier, born near Riemsloh, Germany, came to
the United States and settled near Exeter in 1889, when he was
thirteen years old.
married in St. Stephen's Catholic Church on April 15, 1902. They are the
parents of eight children, five of whom -- Louis, Walter, Lea,
Lillian and Mrs. Ella Morgan still reside in Exeter. Their son
Raymond, his wife, and two children of Hampton, Iowa were here
for the celebration. Vincent of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and
Mrs. Rose Alldritt of Long Beach, California were unable to
Fillmore County News
April 24, 1952
Sons of August and Anna Barkmeier
Left to Right: Louis, Vincent, Walter and Raymond