October 29, 2022

Charles F. Kostman [RG1611.AM]


RG1611.AM:  Charles F. Kostman, 1876-1966


Seward County, Nebraska:  Pioneer

Size:  One folder


Carl and Wilhelmine Kostman emigrated from Germany and initially settled in eastern Iowa near Elkader.  Former schoolmates from Germany were living in Seward, Nebraska, and after corresponding, convinced Carl to move west and purchase land near Seward.  The family farmed eighty acres.  By 1880, the family had moved to Dawson County, Nebraska.  Wilhelmine died in 1907.  Carl eventually went to live with a daughter and her family in Minnesota.  Carl Kostman died in 1920.  Carl and Wilhelmine Kostman are buried in Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids, Iowa.


This collection consists of one folder containing a photocopy of the handwritten reminiscences of Carl Kostman as recorded by his son, Charles F. Kostman.  Charles’ comments are intermixed in the reminiscences.  The reminiscences describe frontier and pioneer life near Seward, Nebraska, land settlement, an overland journey west, seeing bison and other wildlife, etc.  Also included is a typed transcript of the handwritten reminiscences.



    1. Reminiscences of Carl Kostman (handwritten)

    1. Reminiscences of Carl Kostman (transcript)


Subject headings:

Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska — Seward County

Kostman family

Kostman, Carl, 1842-1920

Kostman, Charles F., 1876-1966

Land settlement — Nebraska


Wildlife — Nebraska


TMM     08-28-2020


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