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Rohrs Family

Johannes Heinrich Christoph Rohrs

(Henry C. Rohrs)

Born - September 15, 1867

Schneverdingen, Hanover, Germany

Immigrated to USA - March 15, 1886

Ship - Fulda

Married - November 7, 1894

Died - July 12, 1947

Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Buried - Saint Matthew Lutheran Cemetery

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Lot 14, Plot 2



Henry C. Rohrs

Henry Rohrs learned granite & stonecutters trade in Germany.

In 1886 he came to Nemaha County.  He was a stone-cutter,

 general contractor, builder & bricklayer in Eastern Nebraska

for 25 years.  The community of Rohrs, located five miles

west of Auburn, was named for Henry Rohrs,

who was a depot agent for a few years. He built an elevator along the Burlington railroad tract in 1896. There was also a stockyard

for shipping livestock. He owned Rohr's Quarry for many years.  

 Soon after the railroad built its track, Henry Rohrs and

Herman Bohling opened a stone quarry nearby.

Stone from it was used to build the courthouse in Auburn.

Mr. Rohrs opened a small store in the community.

 In 1910 he built a two room brick building from which

 he sold dry goods, groceries, clothing, hardware, and feed.

 He also bought eggs, cream, and poultry. 

From 1896 to 1916 he was a grain dealer & elevator manager. 

Henry owned 2 farms near Rohrs.  From 1910 to 1922 he built entire village of Rohrs. He built many churches & other structures

in Nemaha County. From 1910 to 1931 he was owner and manager

Rohr's General Store.  From 1897 to 1907, 1919 to 1922,

and in 1925 he was secretary German American Mutual

Life Insurance Company.  From 1916 to 1925 he was director

Farmers Securities Bank, and President from 1925 to 1928. 

Henry was Deacon at Hickory Grove Lutheran Church.




Henry Rohrs Family


Photographs Courtesy of Lanny & Lynnda Richards.

Lanny Richards is the son of Richard & Christina (Rohrs) Richards.


Henry Rohrs farm was up the hill behind the stores of Rohrs



Robbers Loot Henry Rohrs General Store

After Stealing License Number From Car of A. M. Engles

of Auburn, Driver of Big Nash Car Burglarizes Store of $3,000 Worth Of Merchandise

When Henry Rohrs general  merchant at Rohrs station, opened

his store for business Tuesday morning, he found that the

establishment had been practically looted during the night

by burglars who stole merchandise estimated to be worth

between $2000 and $3000,


The counters were in disorder, merchandise having been taken

from the shelves and thrown all over them, while the floor was

literally strewn with empty shoe boxes and covers.


Mr. Rohrs at once telephoned Sheriff Davis, who made a flying

trip to the station and obtained what clues he could to the

robbery. As soon as the proprietor of the general store could a

hasty inventory of the missing articles he did so, and found that

the entire stock of jewelry, amounting to $500 or more had been

stolen. This consisted of pins, gold chains, lavalieres, brooches

and other articles. One brooch had been dropped by the robbers.


All the cigar stock, amounting to about $300 was taken, together

with the entire stock of silks, laces, embroideries. Many pairs

of shoes were stolen. These had been taken from the boxes and

the latter were thrown on the floor. There was also a quantity of

ladies hose, ladies stocking caps, ladies bonnets and other articles

of feminine wear stolen. 


Six men's sheepskin coats ad a quantity of shirts were also among

the loot. In going over his stock several hours afterwards Mr.

Rohrs would find new articles which had been taken. Nothing in the

hardware department which contained guns, cutlery, search lights

and other articles of a very compact portable and compact nature

had been taken except a Marlin rifle, the individual property of

the owner of the store.


The robbers had entered the store by forcing one of the back

windows with a crow bar. Sheriff Davis tried to find some

legible finger prints on the glass of the show cases, and on the

surface of articles, which had been handled by the thieves,

but they were badly smeared that no characteristics could

be developed.


Mr. Rohrs said that there had been cars passing through Rohrs

almost every hour of the night and he had been quite uneasy

and scarcely slept. He had a hunch that something was wrong,

but he did not go down to the store to investigate.


Sheriff Davis, in looking for clues, found that one of the tires

of the automobile used for transporting the stolen articles was

a Goodrich tread and the marks of the car could be seen as it

approached from the east, and as it went west.


He also found, a cushion that had taken out of the machine and

left at the store. It was the kind that is used in a Nash touring

car. One of the robbers, a man evidently of slight build, had

left a gabardine overcoat behind. It bore the mark

of Browning, King & Company.


On Monday night a slight man, between 22 and 24 years

of age drove into town in a large Nash touring car. It had

yellow wheels and the top was enclosed.


A. M. Engles, of the Nemaha county bank, and who is also

city treasurer, has his books under his arm on his way home

from the city council meeting. The driver of the Nash car

stopped and asked him where he could get some gasoline.

Mr. Engles directed the fellow to the Coulter & Gritz garage.

He looked at the rear of the car as it passed him and he

saw what he thought was his own license plate on the car.


The plate contained the number, "Nebr. 254214". This was

Mr. Engles number. He hastened to where he had his car

parked in front of the Nemaha County bank and found the

license plate missing from his machine. Instead of getting

in his car and driving back to the Coulter & Gritz garage,

where the Nash car still stood, Mr. Engles started running

down the street in that direction. The driver of the Nash saw

him; he had just handed a bill to Mr. Coulter for the gasoline

and was waiting for the change. Seeing Engles running in his

direction the driver called out "keep the change," and drove

rapidly away.


Mr. Engles at once telephoned Sheriff Davis of the circumstances,

and the sheriff, believing that the Nash was a stolen car, sent out

warnings to all of the nearby towns.


Mr. Engles says he believes there was another person in the

rear of the Nash car. It is believed that this was the machine

that had been used in the transportation of the goods stolen

from the Rohrs store. It is thought that the driver turned his

car toward Rohrs and waited until after midnight before

attempting the robbery.


Shortly after 2 o'clock in the morning Sheriff Davis received

a long distance call from the city Marshall of Syracuse that a Nash

car which answered the description of the supposed stolen car

had passed through that place and was evidently going in the

direction of Eagle, Nebraska. It is thought the driver was

headed for Omaha, crossing the Platte river at Ashland.



Nemaha County Herald


November 11, 1921




1st Wife – Emma Maria Sophie (Lunzmann) Rohrs

Born – December 12, 1876

Washington, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Died – October 11, 1932

 Nemaha County, Nebraska

Buried - Saint Matthew Lutheran Cemetery

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Lot 14, Plot 1

Parents – August & Anna Lunzmann

Both - Born in Prussia.

To This Union 17 Children Were Born

One Died Before 1900


Woman Summoned By

Death Call

Mrs. Henry Rohrs Has Passed Beyond

Woman Who Was Born in This County and Whose Life Had Been Spent Here Has Entered Into Eternal Rest

Funeral Services At Johnson Sunday


Mrs.  Henry Rohrs passed away Tuesday at 11:30 P.M. at her home near Rohrs.  Mrs. Rohrs had been in failing health for several

months, and although not unexpected, her death brings

profound sorrow to her relatives and many friends. She

had been a resident of Rohrs community for many years and

those who shared her friendship realize that one who was in

every way worthy of their love and respect had been called

beyond. She was a woman admired for her kindly nature and

her beautiful traits of character and disposition. She was a

true helpmate, being very industrious, her household duties

and care of her family occupying most of her time. The

members of her family to whom her passing has brought deep

sorrow, have the sympathy of a host of friends.


Emma Marie Sophia Lunzmann was born in Hickory Grove

vicinity, December 27, 1875, and was the second child of

August and Anna Lunzmann. While an infant she received the

Holy rites of Baptism at the Stone church. In the year 1889

in the Hickory Gove church, Rev. Whitting, pastor, she

accepted the baptismal covenant through the rite of confirmation.


At the age of eighteen, she was united in marriage to

Johann Heinrich Christoph Rohrs at the Hickory Grove

church. Rev. Theodore Streng performed the ceremony.

To this union seventeen children were born, two of whom

have preceded their mother in death, one at the age of 16

months and the other by accident, at 12 years of age.


In early infancy, Mrs. Rohrs was a member of the Stone

church, later becoming a member of the Hickory Grove

congregation. Twenty-six years ago she and her husband

became charter members of St. Mathews church, to

which she brought devotion and support, especially in

the Ladies Aid.


She is survived by her husband and fifteen children;

Rudolph, Auburn; Anna Deubler, Graf; Minnie Hector,
Auburn; Gustav,  Atkinson; Emma Balke, Johnson;

John, Auburn; Lottie Bergman, Byron; Herman and August,

who live at home; Louise Weers, Superior; William,

Christine, Leona, Leo, Lloyd at home; twelve grandchildren,

one sister, Mrs. Louise Harms, Auburn; five brothers,

William Lunzmann, Columbia, South Dakota; Gustav, Enders,

Nebraska; Henry, Johnson; Herman and John, Auburn.


Funeral services were held from St. Mathews Lutheran

church in Johnson, Saturday afternoon, conducted by

Reverend G. F. R. Duhrkop. Many friends attended the obsequies

thus paying tribute to the memory of a good woman who had

been called beyond. The following sons of the deceased acted

as pall bearers, John, Rudolph, August, Herman,

William and Gustav.


Following the services interment was made in the church cemetery.


Nemaha County Herald


October 20, 1932



2nd Wife - Nettie Pearl Loomis (Rockemann) Rohrs

"Pearl Rohrs"

Born - April 1, 1886

Millard, Douglas County, Nebraska

Married - April 1935

Died - August 30, 1970

Beatrice Hospital, Gage County, Nebraska

Buried - Sheridan Cemetery

Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska




Nettie Pearl Rohrs



Nettie Pearl Rohrs was born April 1, 1886 at Millard, Nebraska,

the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Loomis.

After an extended illness, she passed away at the

Lutheran Hospital in Beatrice on August 30, 1970.

She was 84 years, four months and twenty-nine days of age.

She was united in marriage to Ale Rockemann in 1902 at Humboldt, Nebraska. Five children were born to this union. Mr. and  Mrs. Rockemann farmed near Nemaha until Ale passed away in 1933.

In 1935 she was married to Henry Rohrs. They made their home at

Rohrs Corner until 1945 when they retired and moved to Auburn.

Mr. Rohrs farmed, and was the postmaster and depot agent

 at Rohrs Corner. He passed away in 1947.

Pearl continued to live in Auburn until 1963 when she moved to the

Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Wymore.

She had been in failing health for the past several years.
She was a member of the Christian Church in Auburn.

Pearl was also preceded in death by her parents,

two children, three brothers, and two sisters.

Those left to mourn her passing are two sons,

Cleo and Gerald E. Rockemann of Beatrice;

one daughter, Mrs. Joe C. (Opal) Humphrey of Lincoln;

eight grandchildren, and eleven great-great grandchildren.



Obituary Courtesy of Mrs. Roberta Everett






Son - Rudolph Herman Rohrs

      Born – October 20, 1896 – Nebraska

Died - October 1962

Wife - Lucille I. Rohrs

   Born – 1906 – Nebraska

Son - Henry Lee Rohrs

   Born – 1928 – Nebraska


Daughter -  Anna M. (Rohrs) Deubler

       Born – December 1897 – Nebraska

       Died – November 1973

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

       Husband – Albert Deubler

       Born - July 5, 1900

       Died – January 1, 1992

Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska

       Parents – George & Mary M. Duebler

(The 1910 Lafayette, Nemaha, Nebraska Census)

 Gives his mother’s name as “Kneal”

Note - In the 1930 Census

 Albert & Anna are living with his parents,

but states that her husband is Albert’s brother, John.


 Daughter - Minnie M. (Rohrs) Hector

      Born – March 22, 1899

Rohrs, Nemaha County, Nebraska

      Died – February 1985

Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska  

      Husband – Frederick L. Hector

Note - Per the 1910 Washington, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Census it lists, Frederick (34) Minnie M. (32)

Lawrence K. (9), Harold M. (7) and

Willis W. (1 Yr. 7 months).


Son - Gustav Rohrs

       Born – May 5, 1900

Rohrs, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Married - August 25, 1929

Died – March 11, 1985

Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska

Wife - Dorothea Clara (Schukar) Rohrs

Born -  March 1, 1907

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska
Died - July 20, 2006

Boulder, Colorado

Buried - Woodlawn Cemetery,

Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska 

Parents - Frank & Johanna (Bergstraesser) Schukar

To This Union 3 Children Were Born

Son - Robert Rohrs

Daughter - Margaret Meitzen Higgins

Daughter - Sylvia Arnot


Daughter - Emma Louise (Rohrs) Balke

Born - June 5,1902 

Rohrs, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Died - March 9, 1997

Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Husband - Roland Otto Balke

Born - February 7, 1898 - Nebraska

Roland's Parents - Henry & Meta Balke


 Son - Heinrich Karl Rohrs

Born – October 27, 1902

 Died - July 22, 1914

Buried - Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery

Hickory Grove, Nemaha County, Nebraska


 Son - John H. Rohrs

Born -1904  ۩ Died - 1961

Wife - Elsie Rohrs

Born - April 16, 1906

Died - May 1975

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

Buried - Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery

Hickory Grove, Nemaha County, Nebraska


Daughter -   Lottie E. (Rohrs) Bergmann

      Born – June 10,1905

Died – May 27, 1986

Multnomah County, Oregon

      Husband - Theodore F. Bergmann

      Born – March 29, 1901

      Died – October 13, 1979

Multnomah County, Oregon

      Parents – Henry G. and Emma D. Bergmann

      Note -1930 Bryon, Thayer County Census lists

Theodore (28), Lottie (24)  and Leland (2 yrs. 3 months)


 Son - Herman Rohrs

 Born – July 24, 1902

Died – June 1974

Hebron, Thayer County, Nebraska


Son - August H. Rohrs

       Born – May 4, 1908

       Died – December 1, 1965

 Butte, California


Daughter -  Louisa Emma (Rohrs) Weers 

       Born – October 1, 1909

Rohrs, Nemaha County, Nebraska

       Died – June 13, 1998

 Tyqh Valley, Wasco, Oregon

       Buried – Rose City Cemetery Mausoleum

     Husband – Deitrich Henry Weers

(Richard Weers)

       Born – June 13, 1909 – Nebraska

       Died – November 8, 1980

Portland, Mulnomah, Oregon

       Parents - Herman & Sophia Mary (Schleifer) Weers


Son - William "Billy" Rohrs

Born – 1911 – Nebraska

Died - 1934


Daughter -  Christina Frieda (Rohrs) Richards

       Born – April 8, 1912

Rohrs, Nemaha County, Nebraska

       Died – June 28, 2003

Apache Junction, Pinal County, Arizona

Buried - Tecumseh Cemetery,

Johnson County, Nebraska

       Husband – Richard J. Richards

Born - June 5, 1914 - Nebraska

Died - October 4, 1995

Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska

Buried - October 7, 1995

Tecumseh Cemetery,

Johnson County, Nebraska

Block 8, Lot 3B

Richard's Parents - John Thomas  and Nettie Ann Richards

Son - Lanny Richards

Wife - Lynnda Richards


Son - Leo Rohrs

       Born – September 29, 1915

Rohrs, Nemaha County, Nebraska

       Died – July 26, 2004

Prescott Valley, Yavopai County, Arizona

Wife - Jackie Rohrs


DaughterLeona E. (Rohrs) Michaelis

       Born – June 15, 1916

Rohrs, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Died - September 19, 1996

Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Buried - September 27, 1996

Tecumseh Cemetery, Johnson County, Nebraska

Block 218 - Lot 3I

Husband - Ivan Michaelis

Born - November 6, 1916

Died - April 3, 1986

Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska

Buried - April 7, 1986

Tecumseh Cemetery,  Johnson County, Nebraska

Block 218 - Lot 3I

Ivan's Parents - Otto A. and Rose Marie Michaelis


Son -Lloyd Rohrs

Born –October 27, 1917

Died – May 1978  - Nebraska



Father - William Jonas Rohrs

Mother - Christina (Thomen) Rohrs


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