Adam Finkner was born Oct. 9th, 1858 at Hoefeld Baden, Germany and died at his home Feb. 22, 1925 aged 66 years 4 months and 12 days. In 1881 he was united in marriage to Rosina Diehm who preceded him in death the 25th day of March 1923. In 1882 they came to America making there home on a farm six miles southwest of Sterling Ne. where they have resided ever since. This union was blessed with eight children, being Mrs. Anna Kritner, Sophia Kritner, Tillie Feye, Julia Eilers, Louise Sacha, Tena and Lothie who reside at home. One of the children died in infancy. Besides his children he leaves to mourn his death three brothers, one of Akron Ohio, and two still living in Germany. In 1883 under the work of the Rev. H.C. Ihne he united with the German M. E. Church of Hopewell of which he was a faithful member til his death. Mr. Finkner was a good christian, a true husband and a loving father. The funeral services were held at the Hopewell M. E. Church Wed. at 1:30 pm by pastor Rev. H. Paustion and the interment was in the Granite Hill Cemetary.
OCT. 9, 1858 -- FEB. 22, 1925
MAR. 8, 1854 -- MAR 25, 1923.
Adam Finkner was the third son of John Killian Finkner and his first wife, Katherine Schlund. In the late 1870's, Adam served in the German Army and was stationed at the Army Camp at Heidelburg.
Soon after his marriage on December 15, 1881, to Rosina Diehm, daughter of Thomas Diehm and Rosina Eisner, he brought his young bride to the United States. Traveling with them were his brother, Killian John Finkner, Killian's wife, Magdalena (Hemrich), their two small daughters, Lena and Marie. Also in the party were Rosina's brothers, Ferdinand and Frederick Diehm. The ship on which they had passage docked at Philadelphia on March 14, 1882.
After the long journey by ship, they came by train to Beatrice, Nebraska, then by wagon to the home of some people whom they knew near Sterling, Nebraska. John Michael Finkner, who had come to the United States a year earlier, was working in this neighborhood.
Adam and Rosina soon secured some land about six miles southwest of Sterling, planted some trees, built a house, and established a home where they lived the rest of their lives. Here, their seven daughters were born and grew to womanhood. Others, too, made this their home at various times. Among these were Rosina's half-sister, Barbara, who later became Mrs. John Joekel, Jr., Barbara's mother and a cousin, Marie Friedline, who returned to Germany in 1899.
Life was not easy in the midwest in the late 1800's but neighbors helped each other and, since Michael lived near by, he and Adam exchanged work quite often. Housewives were experts in making the best use of everything they had. Rosina brought her spinning wheel from Germany to her new home and made a part, at least, of her family's clothing from homespun materials. On one occasion, her husband's homespun shirts were, unexpectedly, most welcome. One sultry afternoon Adam, Michael, and two of their neighbors had just begun harvesting Adam's grain when a sudden storm came up. The wind blew so hard that Rosina had to hold the house door to keep it intact. In the field, the men looked for cover from the fury of the wind and rain. The two neighbors took refuge in a small shed and Adam and Michael crawled under a shock of gain. This provided some protection but their clothing was soon soaked. When the storm abated, they made heir way to the house where they exchanged their cold wet shirts for the dry warm comfort of the "homespuns".
In August of 1903, Adam returned to Germany to visit with his relatives. He stayed for three months, but was very glad to see the Statue of Liberty when he returned to the United States and to get back home to his family.
The daughters of Adam and Rosina are respected members of the communities where they live. Ernestine (Tina) and Charlotte (Lottie) served as sales persons in Sterling for many years. After their retirement, they continued to make their home in Sterling where Lottie still lives. Sophia lives in Geneva, Nebraska, where her husband was in business for many years. Otilla (Tillie) and her husband live in Adams. Julia and her husband, who is a farmer, live near Sterling, Louise lives in Arizona where her husband has his work.
Among the descendents of Adam and Rosina are farmers, a florist, musicians, a certified public accountant, a funeral director, a cattleman, and others who are working to provide the best possible homes for their families and who are helping to make their communities into better places to live.
The above text was taken from "The Finkner Family Tree" by William Hobert Finkner, Meryl Ramsey Finkner and Olan Earl Finkner.