Ervin & Bonnie Blauhorn Family of Merrick County, Nebraska

Ervin Blauhorn was born near Palmer, Nebraska. He is the eldest of the seven children born to William and Anna Otto Blauhorn. He grew to manhood in the Palmer area and was educated in a rural school. He farmed with his father for a few years.

On December 1, 1941, he was inducted into the armed services. After receiving his basic training, he was stationed in England prior to the invasion of Normandy. He served with the 3rd Armored Division in campaigns that led through France, Belgium, and Germany during World War II.

Ervin was discharged from the service after his return to the States in 1945. He soon went back to the farm.

Bonnie was born in Sioux City, Iowa. With her parents, she shortly moved to Valley, Nebraska.

She is the eldest child of Martin and Carrie McKnight Scharvin. She has one sister, Mrs. Gerhard (Evelyn) Bruns of Archer, and one brother, Frank Scharvin of Oxford, Nebraska.

Bonnie has lived in the vicinity of Archer most of her life thus far. She graduated from the Archer High School in 1929. Later, she received a B.A. degree from Nebraska Central College at Central City. She took some graduate work from the University of Nebraska.

On June 22, 1947, Ervin took Bonnie Scharvin as his bride. They moved to his farm north of Archer where they have shared the joys and also the concerns of rural life for many years.

Ervin has taken an active part in community affairs having served on the School Board, as a director of the Archer Bank, as a member of the Telephone Board, on the Noxious Weed Board, and as Chairman of the Building Committee for the Archer Community Center. He has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church for over fifty years. He has been an active member of the American Legion for thirty-four years.

Bonnie has also been interested in the activities of her community. She has been a member of the Methodist Church for fifty years. She is an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teachers’ honorary society, also a member of Grand Island Retired Teachers’ Association and of Nebraska State Teachers’ Association. She enjoys social and extension club work.

Bonnie taught in schools of Merrick County for forty-five years. The last thirty-six years were spent as an instructor in the Archer Public School. She retired from teaching in 1976.

In 1967, the Blauhorns built a new home where they still reside although Ervin has recently retired from active farm work.

Submitted by Mrs. Ervin Blauhorn


Merrick County Historical Society, History of Merrick County, Nebraska (1981), Volume I, Dallas, Texas : Taylor Publishing Company, 1981.

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