The Pennsylvania Colony of Nebraska
The Heim Cemetery in Dawson, Nebraska
Stories from the Penn Colony
Emil August Fiala
Early Years in the Colony
1870 Group of Pennsylvanians, Most migrated to Nebraska starting the Pennsylvania Colony of Dawson, Nebraska; Back: Elizabeth (Gross) Heim, Mary (Heim) & Jake Ulmer, John J. & Rosina (Heim) Heim, Margaret Heim, and Catherine Ulmer; Front: Regina (Gross) & Jacob G. Heim, Mr & Mrs. John Sippley, and Johnny Heim. Additional Historical Information: “Between 1874 and 1887, 13 families and three individuals of German (Pennsylvania Dutch) descent from the Williamsport, Pennsylvania vicinity, who were related to each other, migrated to the Dawson, Nebraska area where they formed what is called the “Pennsylvania Colony in Nebraska.” Those families included the Jacob G. Heim family (1874), John Gross and the John Sippley family (1879), the Frederick Marquardt family (1879), the Christian Wuster and David Wagner families, (1880), the John “Johnnie” Heim family and Emanuel Ulmer (1881), the John J. Heim family (1882), Henry W. Heim (1883), the John Kerr and Catherine Ulmer (widow of Martin) families (1884), the John Eckard family (1885), the William Stoltz family (1886), and Ella, Emma, and George Eckard (1887).”
Child Group, circa 1902. Front: Alan Heim, Melvin Heim, Nelson Ulmer, Howard Heim, Pearl Heim behind Harlan Heim, Ruth Heim, and Elby Boring. Back: Mabel Ulmer, Esther Stoltz, Tillie Heim, Marie Judd, Harry Ulmer, Paul Heim, Ruth Heim, Reuben Ulmer, Anna Kilma, Adah Heim, Gladys Buser, and Mattie Heim.
Dawson Public School, 1889
Dawson Town Band, about 1890. Front: Bryan Riley, Christian F. Heim, Jonas Heim, Clarence W. and Walter Stratton. Back: Delbert Judd, Elvon Barlow, Solomon Ulmer, Will Judd, Jacob S. Heim, and Ellet Judd.
Evangelical Church, Dawson, Nebraska (The first Church).
Church on Harvest Home Sunday. Church was built by W.B. Maze and was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
Cousins. L to R: Howard Heim, Nelson Ulmer, Melvin Heim, Hewitt Judd, Isaiah Stratton, Claire Liebhart, Harlan Heim, Linden Heim. Richard Heim is standing on the porch rail. About 1915.