Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Family Kolterman

Don Kolterman, born in [year?].

Jean Kolterman, born in [year?].


Clark Kolterman, born in [year?].

Mark Kolterman, born in [year?].

Ellen Kolterman, born in [year?].

Paul Kolterman, born in [year?].

Paul Kolterman, third-grade student at St John Elementary School in Seward, Nebraska

From Who's Who In Nebraska.

KOLTERMAN, FREDRICK AUGUST: Merchant; b Millard, Neb Nov. 24, 1883; s of John Carl Fredrick Kolterman-Anna Gertrude Kennenbley; ed Blair & Milford; m Hulda Marie Prochnow Nov 10, 1918 Seward; s Donald Carl; d Eleanor Marie; 1903-05 with brother C F oprd Buckeye Roller Mill in Blair; 1905-08 rancher in Atkinson; 1908-09 with Nye-Schneider Elevator & Lbr Co, Fairfax S D; 1909-14 homesteaded Colome, S D; 1914-15 with brother C F in Blair; 1915- Burke Racket Store in Seward, changed name to Kolterman Variety Store & 1923 to Koltermans 5c to $1.00 store, 1936 changed name to Ben Franklin Store; mbr vol fire dept 23 years; past mbr town coun; Fedn of Neb Retailers; dir C of C; past mbr Rotary; Golf Club; St Johns Luth Ch; Rep; hobby, travel; off 600 Block; res 140 Lincoln, Seward.
From Nebraska Life:

Today’s version of the Seward Fourth of July celebration came from the “Whiz Bang Kids,” the Seward High School class of 1969. In 1967, Clark Kolterman, his twin brother Mark and other classmates decided that Seward needed a modern Fourth of July celebration for Seward’s centennial. They organized the students and began a tradition of youth involvement. Since then, there’s always been a youth chairman as well as an adult chairman of the committee, and the celebration has been organized in large part by young people. In keeping the youth involved, Seward hopes it is grooming future leaders.

“We had a lot of overachievers in our graduating class,” said Mark Kolterman, who married his high school sweetheart (Suzanne, also of the class of ’69) and now runs an insurance and investment business with her in Seward. “There was a competition to excel and we had good role models in Seward. We had parents who said, ‘You have to give back.’”

The Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Allen first coined the term Whiz Bang Kids. Local community supporter, historian and business owner Harold Davisson picked up on the term and made it stick. In 1973 Governor Exon designated Seward “Nebraska’s Official 4th of July City.” A State of Nebraska Historic marker stands on the courthouse lawn.

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