W. D Grim Family
The following information was published in COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY REMINISCENCE AND BIOGRAPHY OF NEBRASKA containing a History of the State of Nebraska Embracing an account of Early Explorations, Early Settlement, Indian Occupancy, Indian History and Traditions; Territorial and State Organization; a Review of the Political History; and a Concise History of the Growth and Development of the State
Also a Compendium of Reminiscence and Biography containing Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and Prepresentative Citizens of Nebraska with a Review of their life and other interesting and Valuable Matter which should be Preserved in History. (Yep this ends title) ILLUSTRATED. Published Chicago; Alden Publishing Company 1912
W. D. Grim page 437
. W. D. Grim, residing in Walnut Grove township is an agriculturist of prominence in Knox county, and one of those substantial citizens whose integrity, industry, thrift and economy have added so much to the material wealth and growth of Nebraska
. Mr. Grim is a native of Ohio, born in Harrison county, October 31, 1845. His father was also born and reared in that state, of German parentage, and he was a resident of his native state up to 1855 at which time the entire family emigrated to Iowa, remaining there until 1873. During their residence in that state the father was located on a farm in Buchanan county, and part of the time our subject was with his parents assisting in carrying on the home place.
In October, 1873, they packed up their goods and came on to Nebraska, where the father filed on a homestead in section thirty-three, township thirty, range six, Knox county, their first dwelling, which was their home for several years, being a log house. They went through pioneer experiences, suffering from all the drawbacks that fell to the lot of the early settlers in that region, but eventually succeeded in proving up on their land, and improving it in good shape.
. W.D. Grim filed on a pre-emption claim for himself in 1873, but failed to prove up on it. He then filed on it as a homestead and as such proved up on it. This was the northeast quarter of section five, township twenty-nine, range eight. He then built a dugout and started farming, but had a hard time to get along during the first years, the grasshoppers and hot winds taking all his crops during three successive years. After that time, however, prospects were better;
he was able to add to his acreage, and at the present time he has a fine farm consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, equipped with every convenience in the way of buildings, machinery, etc., and every part of the place bears evidence of the most careful management and thrift. This place is on the southeast quarter of section thirty-two, township thirty, range eight, which he purchased about 1896, but he has lived on it in the neighborhood of twenty years,
having rented the farm previous to purchasing.
. Mr. Grim was united in marriage October 8, 1868 to Miss Sarah E. Booth, and eight children have been born to this union, who are named as follows; Frank P. Grim, who is dead, leaving a wife and five children; Stella Belle, wife of Charles Hamilton, and mother of six children; Ella May, wife of Wm. Lester Clyde, and the mother of twelve children; Charles E., married and having three children; George, who is dead; and Ira, married and having three living children;
and Maud, wife of Harry Yount, having one son. Another son, James, is also deceased.
. Mr. Grim has rented his farm for the past few years, and of late he has been devoting his time to inventions, his spare moments being given principally to a flying machine propelled by physical power.