1864 – In March Storm takes up his position as bailiff in Husum.
1865 – Death of Constanze. Cycle of poems Tiefe Schatten. Novella Von Jenseit des Meeres. Trip to Baden-Baden to see Ivan Turgenev.
1866 – Marriage to Dorothea Jensen. Relocation to the house at Wasserreihe 31.
1868 – After abolition of the office of bailiff, Storm becomes a Prussian district judge. First edition of Sämtliche Schriften is published.
1870 – Storm compiles the Hausbuch aus deutschen Dichtern seit Claudius. Eine kritische Anthologie. Friendship with the illustrator Hans Speckter.
1872 – Draußen im Heidedorf. Trip to Leopoldskron near Salzburg to the Austrian politician and writer Julius Schindler, who published stories under the name “Julius von der Traun”.
1874 – Appointment as chief district judge. The Novella Pole Poppenspäler is a commissioned work. It is Storm’s only story written especially for the youth.
1876 – Publication of Meine Erinnerungen an Eduard Mörike. Novella Aquis submersus.
1877 – Beginning of friendship and correspondence with Gottfried Keller and with the literature professor Erich Schmidt. Novella Carsten Curator. Storm’s novels are developing in the direction of uncompromising realism.
1878 – In the novella Renate, Storm addresses the socio-political changes of his time in the guise of historical narration (chronicle novellas).
1879 – Poem Geh nicht hinein.
1880 – Storm retires at his own request and decides to leave Husum with his family.