Daniel J. Neuharth
Eight years after Eureka was founded, on Feb. 15, 1895, Daniel
J. Neuharth was born on a farm 12 miles northeast of Eureka. He
was the eldest of 17 children born to John and Katharina Neuharth
who had immigrated here as young children from South Russia. John
farmed and Katharina assisted many women in the area with her midwifery
When Daniel was almost 21 years old, he married Christina Neuharth
of Alpena Jan. 11, 1916. He then received his inheritance from his
father to begin his own farm. Valued at approximately $3,000, it
included four horses, two harnesses, one wagon, one plow, one drag
or harrow and 80 acres of land.
While farming, Daniel was injured in a threshing machine accident
which forced him off the farm. He sold the farm to his brother in
1924, and moved to Eureka where they owned and operated a cream
station. But the injury to his leg from the farm accident continued
to plague Daniel until it eventually took his life Jan. 14, 1926.
He and Christina had shared only 10 years of marriage when he died
at the young age of 30, leaving behind his wife and two young sons
- Walter, six years old, and Allen, 22 months.
Daniel, a member of the Reformed Church, was buried at the farm
His wife, Christina, while continuing to live in Eureka, took
in boarders for her livelihood while raising their two sons. Walter
graduated from Eureka High School in 1935, and Allen attended school
here until the family moved to Alpena. Christina died in 1979, and
upon her burial in Alpena, her husband's remains were also moved
Surviving Daniel today are his two sons, Walter in Long Beach,
Calif., and Allen, founder of USA Today, in Cocoa Beach, Fla., three
grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister, Hulda Wittmayer
and two brothers, Richard and Elmer, all of Eureka.
The life of Daniel J. Neuharth reminds one of all the people who
came before us, working hard day and night, through cold winters,
hot summers, droughts, bugs and blight, farming the land to produce
food for their families. Many, like Daniel, ultimately gave their
lives laboring in the fields, breaking the ground, and establishing
farms. It seems proper then, to dedicate the information booth to
the memory of Daniel J. Neuharth, whose life epitomizes the lives
of all who farmed, lived and contributed in founding the community
Information about Daniel J. Neuharth courtesy of Walter
Neuharth, Long Beach, California.