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Blackhawk St.

June 12, 2016
Submitted by Tim Robinson , Reinbeck Courier

Pictured are 502, 506, 508 and 510 Blackhawk St. houses as they appeared in 1908. My great-grandfather Sam Smith purchased 506 Blackhawk St. in that year. Sam and Anna Smith had made arrangements with their son and my grandfather Ralph Smith, Sr., to turn over the family farm that they had homesteaded in the Lincoln area in the early 1870s to my grandfather when he married my grandmother Marie Beyer in April of that year. The story goes that on a snowy morning in January after morning chores were completed, great-grandpa Sam hooked up the horse and buggy and took off for Reinbeck with the intention of buying a house for him and my great-grandma Anna Cold Smith to retire to after the wedding. Great-grandpa Sam picked out a house, paid for it, and then drove back home to show his wife the picture of the house that the current owners had given him to show his wife. When great-grandma died in 1942, the estate sold the house to her granddaughter and her husband Victoria and B. L. Robinson who raised their five kids there and lived there until they built a new house on Upper Ridge St. in 1978. During the 1950s and 1960s the owners of these houses were 502-siblings Carl, Albert, Nellie and Ella Strohbehn; 506-B. L. and Victoria Robinson; 508-Roger and Luella DeWolf; and 510 first were Roger and Norma Thede and later Nick and Jody Hamann.

he Dutch Elm trees lined not only Blackhawk St. but also many other streets in town, including Elmwood Park, until the mid-1970s when they all died of Dutch Elm disease.

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