Note for: Michel Kecks, -
Name also found spelled Keke.
Note for: Anna Catharina Beiher, 8 OCT 1671 - 21 MAR 1741/42
The marriage record of Anna Catharina and Jacob is not in the book, as
a gap in marriage records from 1697 to 1703, but it appears that Anna
(Johanna Catharina, actually) Bieher was his wife. This can be deduced
fair amount of certainty as Anna Catharina And Jacob were the godparents
number of the children born to Hans Schafer and his wife Brigetta. She is
listed as "Anna Catharina, Jacob Schneider's wife" after the date of
marriage, but before that date there is listed as a godmother,"Anna
Marcus Beiher's unmarried daughter". These are almost certainly the same
Note for: Catharina Rosina Schneider, 11 MAR 1747/48 -
Godfather was Johannes Ludwig Wabnitz, the "Schultheiss", or mayor.
Note for: Orville Elmer Eckberg, 6 SEP 1911 - 2 JUN 1981
(Undated, about 1934)
WYANET YOUTH STARS AT WHEATON COLLEGE
Orville Eckberg, former Bureau Township and Wyanet athletic star, now a
student at Wheaton College, where he will graduate in June with a class
of 150 students. Eckberg is studying to be a chemist, and although he is
a good student, he is not devoting all his time to test tubes and
retorts. He is the star right guard on the Wheaton football team.
Wheaton played its first game on September 29 against Milwaukee State
Teacher's College. Milwaukee's line averaged 210 pounds and Wheaton's
line 195 pounds. Both backfields weighed 180 pounds. Milwaukee made two
touchdowns, both of them on passes, and they found it impossible to go
through Wheaton's stubborn line. In the third quarter Eckberg went
through the line and blocked Milwaukee's punt on the Milwaukee nine-yard
line. Wheaton made a touchdown in two plays and won the game 13 to 12.
Eckberg was acclaimed a hero by the Wheaton College paper following the
TWO VETS RETURN TO WHEATON TEAM
The Wheaton College eleven is undergoing a thorough overhauling in
preparation for the game with Eureka College Saturday. Coach Vic
Gustafson, former Northwestern backfield star, will have the services of
Eckberg, versatile guard, and Del Nelson, star halfback, again on
Saturday, two mainstays of the Wheaton eleven who have been out with
(Undated, about 1934)
WYANET YOUTH ELECTED TO COLLEGE FRATERNITY
Orville Eckberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olof Eckberg, of Wyanet, was
recently elected into membership in the Chi Sigma Theta education
fraternity of Wheaton College, at Wheaton, Illinois. Eckberg is a senior
at the institution.
Chi Sigma Theta is open to students planning to teach after completing
their college course. Requirements for admission into this organization
are academic success and scholarship, personality, and general promise of
a professional future.
Last year Orville held the position of business manager of the
advertising department of the college annual. This year he has played on
the regular varsity football team team in the right guard position.
(Undated, about 1934)
ECKBERG'S CAREER VARIES IN SCHOOL-TO-SCHOOL WANDERINGS
Played on Three Varsity Grid Teams--Bluffton, Augustana, Wheaton
"My college career has been a rather checkerboard existence."
That is how Orville Eckberg, varsity guard, describes his
school-to-school wanderings before he came to Wheaton.
Orv has lived all his life near Wyanet. After graduating from high
school there he attended Bluffton college in Ohio for one year, during
which he played football and basketball.
The next year he transferred Augustana college, Rock Island, and played
varsity football in all but the "Little Nineteen" games, for which he was
In the second semester of that year he transferred here, and then came
back last year, but was still ineligible for sports.
The rest is known. Orv came back this year as a senior and now
occupies a place on the team that will be hard to fill. He has played in
every game except against Millikin, when a leg injury kept him from even
making the trip to Decatur.
Education is Orv's major, so that after graduation he expects to teach.
Recently, because of his high scholastic standing, he was given an
invitation to join Chi Sigma Theta, honorary education fraternity.
Eckberg's ambition is to get his Master's degree as soon as possible.
He has not decided as yet where he will attend graduate school. He hopes
to teach next year.
Orv loves the home town. In fact, when there is no football game he
makes frequent trips home even though it is 100 mile saway (sic). He
enjoys visiting his immediate family and another.
Orville Eckberg did some wandering before he found Wheaton. Orv
attended Bluffton College in Ohio his freshman year. The next year he
transferred to Augustana College, Rock Island, and after one semester
there he came to Wheaton as a sophomore.
Born and reared in Wyamet (sic) he early had the desire to be a school
teacher. Majoring in chemistry and minoring in education, Orv expects to
teach chemistry after graduation. As soon as possible he hopes to
complete the work for his master's degree in chemistry.
In his two years at Wheaton, Eckberg has been active both as a scholar
and as an athlete. Besides playing as a regular in one of the guard
positions on the football team, he was elected to Chi Sigma Theta,
honorary education fraternity, last autumn. Heavyweight wrestling is his
interest at present. Orv worked on the advertising staff of the Tower of
To travel extensively is one of Orv's ambitions. So far, however, his
traveling experience has been limited to an Atlantic City hitch-hiking
trip. When he gets his degree his greatest hope is to be able "to
preach, to teach, and to travel."
Olaf Eckburg (sic), Wyanet, Township farmer, returned Thursday from
South Dakota where he had driven on a motor trip with two of his sons,
Leroy and Orville. Orville remained in South Dakota where he will be
director of athletics and instructor at the Rosebud Indian Reservation
near the Dakota Bad Lands. Orville graduated last Spring from Wheaton
College and was appointed to the position on the Indian Reservation by
the Federal Government.
Orville Eckberg has returned to Wood, S.D., where he will again be
principal of the Wood high school, also coach and instructor of science
(Undated, about 1936)
A sacred program of verse and song is to be rendered at the
Congregational church Tuesday evening, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. by the
members of the Sunday school.
The Primary and Junior classes will participate first. A pageant
"Follow the Star" is to be portrayed by a cast of 15 characters. The
young people mostly of Mr. Eckbergs class are giving their talents to
present the old but ever new story of the Saviors Birth. The Angel
Message of "Peace and Goodwill to Man" should touch our hearts and cause
us to realize more than ever the worth of that greatest of all gifts.
The program will be in the nature of a White Christmas service.
Opportunity will be given for gifts of Substance, Service and Self to be
received. Bring your gift either in writing or in material substance in
a white envelope or package. Gifts will be taken care of at the door.
J. D. Warkentin, Pastor
The high school, with Prof. Halstead as superintendent and ably
assisted by Prof. Eckberg and Miss Cisar, has an enrollment of 51
students on the opening day, divided as follows: freshmen, 21;
sophomores, 7, juniors 15, and seniors 8.
(Undated, about 1936)
FRESHMEN RETURN PARTY
The high school plus a few alumni gathered at the schoolhouse for
another merry evening of dancing last Thursday night. We danced for
about an hour and then the spectators witnessed an amateur contest. It
consisted of a song by Opal Netherda and Marie Trautman; Mr. Eckberg with
his hammer and shovel, gave us a speech in Swedish. Don't ask what it
was about as we don't know. We think it is probably a good idea that he
brought his own song (the shovel and hammer) along. Next was a couple of
numbers by Thals Roberts and Goldie Best. dancing was again taken up
following these numbers and it was all two steps and square dances. Some
fun At nine we journeyed to the dorm for a delicious lunch consisting
of hamberger and coffee.
(Undated, about 1936)
Orville Eckberg returned home Friday from Wyanet, Ill., his home, where
he has been to spend his vacation with his parents. Mr. Eckberg put in a
part of his vacation in a sick bed as he was quite ill for a time after
returning home, but we are glad to say that he has entirely recovered his
health and is looking fine, and assumed his duties in our high school
(Undated, about 1936)
Coach Eckberg must have been the point of interest in a "free-for-all"
brawl at the field because he made his appearance for supper at the
dormitory in a very torn shirt.
P.S.--The juniros (sic) have Mr. Eckberg as class sponsor. They
promise to go into a huddle and have his moustache removed.
Orville Eckberg, who taught mathematics in the Wood high school the
past two years, writes that he has been helping his brother with his farm
work near Wyanet, Ill., as his brother was badly hurt in an auto accident
recently. He says they are having plenty of rain and that the crop
prospects there are excellent. He expects to attend college, beginning
next week, where he will continue work on his Master's degree.
ACCEPTS POSITION AS SUPT. OF SCHOOLS IN MILLBORO, S. DAKOTA
Orville Eckberg, has returned home from Wood, S.D., where he has been
teaching Science, Mathematics, and coach of Athletics and principal of
the high school for the past two years. Next year he has accepted a
position of Superintendent of Schools of Millboro, South Dakota.
Orville is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Olof Eckberg, north of town and is a
graduate of the Bureau Township High School, class of 1929, being
Valedictorian of his class. He later graduated from Wheaton College. He
plans to soon return to Wheaton to further his work on his Master Degree.
ORVILLE E. ECKBERG ACCEPTS POSITION LENNOX (sic) COLLEGE
To Be Dean Of College ; Will Teach Science And Coaching
Orville E. Eckberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Eckberg, has accepted a
position on the teaching staff of Lenox College in Hopkinton, Iowa.
Besides teaching science and coaching he has been chosen dean of that
Mr. Eckberg has had previous teaching experience at Wood and Mallboro
(sic), S. D. He received his B. S. from Wheaton college and his M. S.
from the University of Illinois this past June where his average was A4.6
and A.5 is considered perfect. He was awarded membership in two national
honorary education fraternities which are based on high scholastic
standing and achievement, namely Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi.
Mr. Eckberg was offered a part-time position as instructor at the
University of Illinois with the opportunity to work on his Ph. D. degree,
however he accepted the position at Lenox college and will work on his
Ph. D. degree next summer.
We join Mr. Eckberg's friends in congratulations on his achievements
and best wishes for a very successful year.
(Undated, 1939; Bureau County paper))
Orville Eckberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olof Eckberg of Wyanet township,
formerly of Bureau township, has been elected dean of Lenox college at
Hopkinton, Iowa. Orville graduated from the Bureau township high school
class of 1929. He received his B. S. from Wheaton college, Wheaton,
Ill., and his M. S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He
graduated with a 4.6 average and 5 average is a perfect at the University
of Illinois. His previous teaching experience was at Wood, S. D., and
Mallboro (sic), S. D., where he coached and acted as superintendent of
schools. He was elected to Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi, national
honorary education fraternities, based on high scholastic standing and
achievements. He was offered a position on half time as instructor at
the University of Illinois with an opportunity to work on Ph. D. degree
at the same time. However, he accepted the position at Lenox college and
will start work next summer on his Ph. D. degree. At the present time he
has a course of study in chemistry under consideration for publication at
the university. This course of study consists of an original approach to
the teaching of chemistry. As a member of the teaching staff at Lenox he
will devote most of his time to teaching science and coaching.
DEAN ECKBERG HERE; BOARD MAY ADD COMMERCIAL COURSE
The new Dean, Orville Eckberg, arrived in Hopkinton early in July. He
will room at the Ferguson home. He is already busy with planning the
opening of the 1939-1940 college year. All the old students have
indicated their intention of returning, except a few who are planning
special work in full time colleges and universities. The new Dean is
spending most of his time seeking new students and from present
indications it looks as if there will be a large class of freshmen.
Commercial Department Probable.
It has been tentatively decided that if a total of twenty-five student
desire to take a commercial course to include Stenography, Typing and
Bookkeeping and allied subjects, a new department will be inagurated
(sic). Already several have listed their names as prospective students
for such a course. Others interested are requested to call on or write
Dean Eckberg at the college office. Definite announcement will be made
later concerning final decision about the new department.
The required total has not yet been subscribed and a quiet solicitation
is being made to find the necessary additional subscriptions to complete
the total decided on by the Board of Trustees as essential for a complete
re-organization of Lenox college. There yet are needed many substantial
gifts from those financially able before the cost of re-organization is
met. The friends and well-wishers of Lenox are urged to make themselves
known so that they may be called on and full and complete information
furnished as to the future planned for the college. A splendid interest
has been manifested by those already called on and it is the plan of the
Trustees that the canvass for funds shall continue until the full amount
has been subscribed.
Orville E. Eckberg, a graduate of Wheaton College and of the University
of Illinois, has been elected dean of Lenox college.
May he have the scholarship and executive ability of Dr. Hodge and Dr.
Flude, the christian courtesy of Dr. Wilson, the courage and faith of
Dean Laughlin as he leads the college forward in service to the community
and the world.
(Undated, about 1939)
In behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty members, and students of
Lenox College, I wish to thank everyone who so graciously gave of their
time and money making it possible to have lights on the college campus.
It is all appreciated beyond words.
Orville E. Eckberg, Dean
Undated, about 1939)
Orville Eckberg, Dean of Lenon (sic) College in Hopkinton, Iowa, is
enjoying two week's vacation from his duties there and is touring Iowa,
Minnesota, and South Dakota with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Olof Eckberg,
and brother Harold.
ORVILLE E. ECKBERG RE-ELECTED DEAN OF LENOX COLLEGE
At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Lenox college last Thursday
evening, Dean O. E. Eckberg, was re-elected to his position. He has
served the college acceptably as dean during the past year. Lenox is
definitely on the way back, graduates and friends alike, will be glad to
learn. With any kind of break in the fall, it is estimated that around
70 students will be enrolled in the college. Dean Eckberg is busy just
now preparing a bulletin of the many fine attributes of Lenox which he
intends to place in the hands of seniors throughout this section of the
(Undated, March 1941)
ECKBERG ANSWERS COUNTRY'S CALL
Expects To Leave Early In June; Board Grants Leave Of Absence For One Year
Prof. O. E. Eckberg, dean of Lenox college presented a request for a
one year leave of absence to the college board at its regular meeting
held Friday evening, March 7.
His reason for the request resulted from his eligibility for service in
the United States army. He expects to be called to Manchester early in
June and from there sent to Des Moines for induction into the service.
In his letter to the board Mr. Eckberg stated that in case his return
was impossible that due notice would be extended on or before April 1,
1942. He also expressed his sincere appreciation for the loyalty and
support the board had extended in helping build Lenox into a finer
The request was granted and the board went on record as commending him
for the success of his two years of faithful service here. During the
time he has been here Mr. Eckberg has become the friend of all his
students and others who have had occasion to come in contact with him,
all of whom extend best wishes for a successful future.
The board offered contracts for next year to the balance of the
teaching staff which includes Arthur H. Volle, Soren M. Christensen, Ruth
M. Anderson, Franc C. Earhart, Mabel C. Briney, Pearl M. Reeve and Rev.
Wm. J. Grossheim. Final arrangements are to made at a meeting of the
faculty committee to be held in the near future.
Since Mr. Eckberg's arrival here on July 5, 1939, many improvements in
the school have been inaugurated. Some of the more important of which
were the building of six-man football teams which were able to take
second place in the northeast Iowa conference both years; a girl's
basketball team was organized, lyceum course was brought here; roller
skating as student activity has provided wholesome diversion. The
academic standards of the college have been raised and a commercial
department installed. A new system of keeping books and records has done
much to facilitate the office work while improvements in the physical
plant have done much to better the appearance of the grounds and
Orville Eckberg, dean of the Hopkinson (sic) college in Hopkinson, Iowa
spent the past two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Olof Eckberg,
left Monday morning for Manchester, Iowa, and from there will go to Des
Moines where he has been chosen for selective service.
(Undated, about 1942)
Mr. and Mrs. Olof Eckberg, Lester and Harold have returned home from a
visit at Minneapolis, Minn., where they visited relatives and also their
son, Staff Sgt. LeRoy Eckberg of Albuquerque, N.M., who spent fifteen
days there on business.
Mr. and Mrs. Olof Eckberg entertained the following to dinner Sunday in
honor of the birthday of their son, Corporal Orville Elckberg (sic),
labatory (sic) technician of the Medical Dept. of Chicago. Those present
were Corporal Orville Eckberg of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eckberg and
son, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Eckberg and family, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bodelson
and daughters of Walnut, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence (sic) Eckberg and son, Mr.
and Mrs. Vivian (sic) Richmond and family, Max Hamrick, and Lester
Eckberg of Wyanet, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Eckberg and son, Mr. and Mrs.
Willis Hagan of Chicago, Miss Wanda Pollins (sic) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
and Gertrude Raker of Princeton.
CPL. ORVILLE ECKBERG WEDS CEDAR RAPIDS GIRL SUNDAY JUNE 6
Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Paullins of Ryan, Iowa, announce the marriage of
their daughter, Wanda, to Corporal Orville E. Eckberg, son of Mr. and
Mrs. O. L. Eckberg of Wyanet, Illinois on Sunday, June 6 at 4 o'clock.
The single ring ceremony was performed by Rev. James H. Blackstone,
Jr., at the Westminister Presbyterian church in Cedar Rapids, Ia. The
couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Lee of Letts, Ia., sister and
brother-in-law of the bride.
The bride was attractively attired in a blue street length dress with
white accessories and wore a stunning corsage of sweetheart roses and
lilies of the valley. She is a graduate of the Cedar Rapids business
college and is employed as an accountant by the La Plante Mfg. Co. of
The groom is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., and received
his Masters degree at the University of Illinois. At the present time he
is stationed with the Army Medical corp, at Camp McCoy, Wis.
(Undated, about 1958)
AIR FORCE CITES MAJOR ECKBERG
Major Orville E. Eckberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Eckberg, Wyanet, has
been given a letter of appreciation by Major Gen. H. L. Grills,
commanding general of Lackland Air Force base, San Antonio, Texas.
Chief of the Fourth U. S. Army Medical Laboratory's Chemistry and
Serology division at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Major Eckberg was cited by
the air force for his research in chemical analysis of various substances
detrimental to the health and efficiency of airmen at the base.
Major Eckberg graduated from Wheaton College, Wheaton, in 1935. He
received his M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1939. He has
17 years of army service. Before entering the service he was dean of
Lennox (sic) college at Hopkinton, Iowa.
The citation stated in part: "the efficient cooperation, courtesy, and
professional competence displayed by Major Eckberg reflects admirably on
himself and the army..." His services were voluntary.
With his wife, Wanda, and children, David, 12, Douglas, 10, Diane 9,
Debra, 3, and Daniel 18 months, Major Eckberg lives at 671 Infantry Post
road, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
(Undated, from Wyanet area paper)
ORVILLE ECKBERG, LT. COL., RET.
Lt. Col., Ret., Orville E. Eckberg, 69, a native of Bureau County, died
Tuesday morning at Brooks Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San
Military services were scheduled for Thursday morning at the Fort Sam
He was born Sept. 6, 1911, at Manlius, the son of Olaf and Ida Almstrom
Eckberg. He married Wanda Paulens (sic) of Ryan, Iowa, in 1943.
She survives, along with three sons: David of El Paso, Texas, Douglas
of Tulsa, Okla., and Daniel at home; two daughters, Diane of Crockett,
Texas, and Debbie of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren; six brothers:
Arthur, Edmund, and Harold of Walnut, Everett of Princeton and Kenneth
and Lester of Wyanet; a sister, Mrs. Vivan (Anna) Richmond of Wyanet;
nieces and nephews.