|Adam Stegman - Date Unknown|
Adam filled out his Draft Card for the war on June 5, 1917. He is listed as married, tall height, slender build, grey eyes and brown hair. He never served in the military.
Adam and Ora are found in the 1920 census living in Ellis Township, Ellis City, Ellis County, Kansas. (Say that three times fast!) He is 25 years old and a machinist at the railroad and speaks English. I find it interesting that both his parents were born in Russia but he lists them as born in Tennessee and Kentucky.
|Adam Stegman in front of Downs Roundhouse.|
They rented a few different houses in Downs and seemed to settle in and became part of the community.
In 1924 Adam bought a car according to a newspaper article from The Downs News and The Downs Times.
On December 4, 1924 the newspaper stated:
I know that Adam and Ora loved the outdoors. They would spent time together and later as a family outside enjoying many outdoor activities.
Later that same month this article appears:
I asked my Dad about this and he didn't know anything about it. Not sure why they would switch houses but they did.
In 1925 their second and last daughter was born. As of 2018 my Great Aunt is still alive.
According to the newspaper articled the family continued to travel to Ellis to visit family and friends.
In 1926 I found this article and was a little surprised by the tag line:
One evening last week A. Stegman drove his car down town on a mission and when he started to return home, his little baby daughter, who had accompanied him, insisted that she stand on the seat beside him rather then sit down. As he went to turn the car in the intersection at the hotel corner the little tot was thrown from the car, alighting on the pavement. Mr. Stegman immediately stopped the car and picked the little girl up, expecting to find her badly injured, but fortunately her injuries were slight, consisting of only a few scratches and bruises.
They returned to Downs, Kansas after Adam retired. I remember visiting their house and they had a garden in the back. We would enter through the back door into the kitchen. I don't ever remember entering through the front door. Grandpa Adam had a shelf next to his chair and always had a candy bowl that he would let us pick a piece. That was the highlight of my visit.
In 1966 they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
|Adam and Ora Stegman 50th Wedding Anniversary.|
In 1976 they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Ora had a stroke around 1980 and went to live in the nursing home in Downs. Adam decided to move in with her so he could be with her. True Love...
Adam passed away August 26, 1986, two years after Ora passed away. His obituary follows:
Adam Stegman was born to Christopher (sic) and Apollonia Stegman on November 1, 1893, at Pfeifer, Ks. Adam departed this life at the Downs Nursing Center on August 26, 1986. He was married to Ora Parsons, March 29, 1916. To this union of 67 years were born two daughters, Irene Hefley and XXXX. Adam was a master machinist for the Missouri Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1958. He was an avid outdoors man enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He and Ora were members of the Picnic Ants, a chapter of NCHA. Adam was preceded in death by his wife, Ora. He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hefley (Irene), Downs, Ks. and Mr. and Mrs. XXXX XXXX (XXXX), Kansas City, Mo.; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral Service was held August 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Rev. James Hoover officiating.Organist for the service was Mrs. Doris Mick. The following served as pallbearers: Ted McKain, Dan Cowley, Al Stroh, Lawrence Reinert, Raymond Osborne, and George Fletcher. Internment was made at the Downs Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the Downs Nursing Center.