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Georg Leonhard Burger in History of Gage County, Nebraska.

   JOHN L. BURGER -- This venerable and
honored pioneer citizen is now living virtually
retired on the old homestead farm which has
been his place of abode for forty years and
which is one of the fine farm properties of
Clatonia township. He reclaimed his land
from the virgin prairie brought to bear daunt-
less energy and determination and in further-
ing his own advancement and prosperity he
contributed his full share to the social and
material development and upbuilding of the
county. A sterling citizen who can look back
upon many years of earnest and productive
industry, he is specially entitled to recognition
in this history.
   John L. Burger was born in the Kingdom
of Bavaria, Germany, on the 24th of Septem-
ber, 1836, was reared and educated in his
native land, where his marriage was solemn-
ized and where was born the first of his five
   In 1865 Mr. Burger immigrated with his
family to the United States and for the ensu-
ing twelve years he was engaged in farming
in the state of Illinois. In 1877 he came with
his family to Gage county, Nebraska, where,
at the rate of ten dollars an acre, he purchased
the farm now owned and operated by his son
Leonard. No improvements had been made
on the place and he erected as the family
domicile a frame house of one story, twenty-
six feet square. He broke the prairie soil
and with the successive years made each count
in achievement and increasing prosperity. He
made good improvements of a permanent
order, including the erection of the present
commodious house in which he remains with
his son Leonard and the latter's family, and
he had the satisfaction of reclaiming and de-
veloping one of the valuable farm properties
of Clatonia township. In 1897 he abated his
more strenuous activities and in the gracious
evening of a long and worthy life he is living
virtually retired on his old homestead place.
He assisted in the organization of the German
Lutheran church at Clatonia, and is still one
of the revered and active communicants of
the same, his wife likewise having been zeal-
ous in church work.
   In Bavaria, Germany, was solemnized the
marriage of Mr Burger to Miss Barbara
Reuter, who was there born on the 24th of
October, 1837, and their devoted companion-
ship was sundered only when the loved wife
and mother passed to eternal rest, her death
having occurred September 8, 1907. Of the
five children the eldest is Frederick, who is
one of the substantial farmers of Clatonia
township and who is the only one of the chil-
dren born prior to the family immigration to
the United States; George S. is individually
mentioned on other pages of this volume;
John and Leonard are prosperous farmers of
Clatonia township; and Margaret is the wife
of H. Luetkemier, a retired farmer of that

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