If you can help with Burmeister/Burmester please contact me.
There is an Addison connection to the Burmester/Burmeister names in Manning but not to the Burmeister branch that I have recently posted the obituaries on...
In 2005, someone connected to the Blocker family sent me these 2 very low resolution scans but I can't figure out who right now.
The old Main Street picture postcard has Burmester written on part of the building. This would be the south half of the present day building where Alan Irlbeck is located - the old Merlin Struve building.
It is hard to see on this scan but Burmester was written on the south end of the second building.
Below is from a 2005 e-mail from a Burmester relative and possibly may have sent me the above scans...
I really wouldn't know if the Burmaster and Burmester are one and the same. Quite possibly. If it were John Henry Burmester it could be the reason he left Manning in 1897.
My information about the furniture'undertaking business comes from my Uncle Lyle Luth who wrote to me in 1967: "Mother's father [John Henry Burmester born 1842, Haderslev, Schleswig, then Denmark] was a farmer but had to quit because of ill health due to sunstroke. They moved to Manning, Iowa [from Ida Grove], where he operated a furniture store and undertaking establishment, a standard combination in the west at least. If mother [Emma Burmester 1st child, born 1879 in Lost Nation, Clinton, Iowa] was in the store when someone came in to order a casket and the deceased was about mother's height she would get into the casket to determine if it was long enough, something she dreaded. Whether she was always somewhat superstitious or this started it is a question.
Her father was a violinist but I do not have any idea as to his ability or whether he played only for his own amusement. He died rather young [1902, Ute, Iowa] and whether before or after the family settled in Ute I know not. Grandmother [Alwina Blocker Burmester] operated a boarding house to support the family.
She subsequently married John Bornhoff, a widower with a family, a farmer at Westside, Iowa."
Emma Burmester married John Luth in Ute and they remained there until John Luth died. The second child of John Henry and Alwina Burmester, Anna married Dan Cronin in Ute and moved to Platte Center, Nebraska. The third child was Richard who went to Montana, married Blanche Streeter there, became a deputy sheriff and was shot to death in the line of duty. Dorothy, "Dora" Burmester, born in Manning 11 May 1847, married Ed Miller in Ute. They settled on a farm near Blackberry, Minnesota.