Custer County Obituaries

Sarah Jane Naylor
ARNOLD SENTINEL, December 1919
Sarah Jane Bryner was born in West Virginia March 31, 1856, and died at Callaway, Nebraska, December 25, 1919, aged 63 years, 8 months and 26 days. In the year 1880 she was united in marriage to Levi Kennard at Marietta, Ohio. To this union were born three children , two of whom died in infancy. The husband also died about seven years after the marriage. In 1889 she came to Callaway, Nebraska where she was married to J.C. Naylor in 1890. Two children were born to this union, both of whom survive. The father died in November 1899.

There remain to mourn her departure two daughters, Mrs Mary Marrs and Mrs. C. S. Cruthers, and one son James C. Naylor of Callaway; four brothers W.H. Bryner of Oakley California, T. J. Bryner of Reno, Ohio and Z.K. Bryner and Isaac Bryner of Callaway, in addition to a number of other relatives.

Mrs Naylor had been a lifelong member of the Baptist Chruch, and lived a consistent Christian Life depicting in a beautiful way that " The sweetest word on earth, is Mother".

Funeral services were held Sunday on Sunday at the Methodist Church conducted by Rev. B.A. Shively of Cozad and interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Card of Thanks
In the wholly inadequate way in which it can be done by words, we wish to convey our heartfelt thanks to everyone whose kindness and sympathy made the loss of our beloved mother a little easier to bear and for the messages carried to us by the beautiful floral offerings.
The Family

Mary Ann Marrs
Arnold Sentinel March 1923


Mrs. R. R. Marrs died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Greg Alexander Wednesday March 7, 1923, following a brief illness of the flu with pneumonia. She had recently been helping in caring for her daughter , Mrs Alexander who was seriously ill. While here she contracted her fatal illness.

Mrs Mary Marrs was one member of thirteen families who came here in the spring of 1885, from Trenton Missouri..and had gone through the trials and tribulations of the early settler. She leaves to mourn her departure one brother, three sisters besides many grand children and great grand children. Interment was made at the Arnold Cemetery following is an Obituary of her life:

Mary A. Bushong daugher of John Bushong and Elizabeth Noel was born at Shelbyville, Indiana May 19, 1851, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs Greg Alexander near Arnold, Nebraska on March 7, 1923, age 71 years, 9 months, 16 days.

Miss Bushong was united in marriage to R.R. Marrs July 2, 1871. to this union were born four girls and one boy. Millie E., Quin M., Lucy A., Augusta C. and Emma M.. These all survive if their mother except Quinn who died April 18, 1919.

Mr. and Mrs. Marrs came to Nebraska in the Spring of 1885. For many years they made their home in and around Arnold. Mr. Marrs died October 18, 1917 after which Grandma lived on her property in the south part of Arnold. She had been an untiring worker all her life.
Wesley Price Marrs

Wesley P. Marrs died at Gothemburg home, of smallpox, bur. at Arnold. He was born April 7, 1854 at Tazewell County, West Virginia, aged 77 yrs. 17 days. he married Sletha A. Tabor in the fall of 1853, and 11 children were born to them, 4 boys and 7 girls; tow boys and three girls now living. He moved in September 1855 to Grundy County, Missouri and there resied until the spring of 1855 when he came to Custer County and took a homestead near Arnold where he resided until the fall of 1910 when he retired to Gothemburg. His wife died in Feb. 1893 and in the winter of 1895 he married Mrs. Anna Caster, four boys were born to them, one died and the other three are with their mother in Gothemburg now. He was converted and united with the Methodist Chruch, later he transfered his membership to the M.E. Chruch at Arnold. he was buried at Arnold Cemetery by his first wife. Rev. J. H. Tabor and S. Ervin brother in laws officiated.
Quinton Martin Marrs
Arnold Sentinel, April 1919

Sabbath morning, April 13th., the community was shocked to learn that Quinn Martin Marrs, had passed from labor to reward; from acute suffering here, to the happy land of which it is written: "Neither shall there be any more pain."

Deceased was born in Mercer County Missouri, january 27, 1875 and at the time of his death was 44 years, 2 months, and 17 days odl. Death resulted from Spanish influenza followed by pneumonia.

At the age of ten years he moved with his parents to Arnold, Nebraska and there attained his manhood.

Febuary 20, 1903 at Gandy he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Kinnard, and to this union were born three sons; Lee, Johnny. Cecil and James. Besides this he leaves to mourn his departure, his aged mother four sisters; Mrs Millie Twist, Mrs. Lucy Newman, Mrs. Augusta Jones and Mrs Emma Alexander, all of Arnold, Nebraska.

Quinn Marrs was a kind husband and an affectionate father who will be sadly missed by members of the home, and the dispositionof the man was such that he is morned as well by a large circle of friends.

Friday morning before his death he called the writer, and after council, reading scriptures and praying he gave himself wholly into the keeping of " The Never Failing Friend" and passed away two days later in the triumph of that faith.

Funeral services were held from the late home Monday afternoon at four o clock, and the remains were transposed to Arnold Tuesday morning and services were conducted on the lawn of his mothers home at ten thirty o clock. Rev. B. A. Shively officated on both occasions. The text at Callaway was " At Evening time it shall be light" and at the Arnold Service Rev: 21:4 . Four ladies from the Evangelical sang at Callaway, and the choir of the Baptist chruch rendered the music at Arnold. Many beautiful floral designs were displayed at the services.

At his own request the remains were placed beside his father at Arnold Cemetery until the time of Welcome and dismissed--Contributed.
Card of Thanks
We the undersigned desire to express our sincere thanks to all who so nobly assisted us both at Callaway and at Arnold in the recent brief illness and death of our dear husband and father.
Mrs Mary Marrs and family

John Newman
Arnold Sentinel 8/24/1924

Although not entirely unexpected the people of this community were shocked to learn of the death of "Uncle" John Newman who passed away at the family home on the night of Thursday, August 14,1924 after a lingering illness of many months.

Mr. Newman had been a resident of theis community for the past thirty years and was well and favorably known all over this part of the county. Mr. Newman had spent the larger part of his time on his farm south of town until four years ago when he resided in Arnold in order he might find life a little easier following is a short obituary of his life:

John Newman was born September 1, 1848 in Hendricks County, Indiana In 1868 he moved to Iowa. On July 15, 1869 he was united in Marriage to Miss Mary Mc Donald and unto this union were born three children. John Newman of Sioux City Iowa, Frank Newman of Arnold and Mrs Delia Hesry of Table, Nebraska all of whom survive the father.

In 1877 Mr. Newman with his family moved from Iowa to Missouri residing there until 1894 when they came to Nebraska making this place their home until the present time.

Mr. Newman united with the Christian Church in 1883 retaining his membership all through his life.

He has been ill for several months and medical skill was called upon in all its knowledge but was unable to succeed and on August 14, 1924 at the end of the day the death Angel claimed him at the age of 75 years 11 months and 13 days.

He leaves to mourn him his true and faithful wife, three children, four granddaughters, one great grandchild , two brothers and two sisters besides other relatives and friends without number.
William Edward Newman
Arnold Sentinel, August 24, 1927

W.E. Newman of Overton, father of Jesse and Tom Newman and Uncle of Frank Newman of this City passed away at the family home in Overton, friday August 12, 1927at the age of 84 years. Mr. Newman was a former resident of Arnold here until about a year ago when he moved to Overton.

William Edward Newman was born April 28, 1843 at Bridgeport Indiana. At the age of 19 he moved from Indiana to Iowa. When 23 years of age he united in marriage with Miss Martha Ellen Harvey to this union were born eight children three having preceeded him in death. At about this time he moved from Iowa to Missouri. This wife having preceeded him in death he united in marriage with Orpha Jane Watts Febuary 9, 1886 to this union were born four children, one preceeding him in death. Mr. and Mrs. Newman with their family moved from Missouri to Mc Phearson County, Nebraska in the year of 1889 where they endured many of the hardships of the pioneer life always with the determination to succeed.

He united with the Christian Church when a young man and lived strong in his faith until death. He helped build three church buildings was a charter memberr of the Christian church in North Platte and a teacher of the Bible class for a number of years. He spent many hours in the stucy of the Bible and history and was a good student of both.

He leaves to mourn his loss his devoted wife and campanion, Orpha J. Newman; five sons and three daughters; Ida Kratzner, Emma Richeson, Lester E. of Long Beach, California, Dessie Mae pile of Los Angeles, California, Willard E. of Tyron, Nebraska, Thomas A. and Jesse of Arnold, Raymound of Lexington. He also leaves several grandchiildren and one brother two sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. the funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Overton, Conducted by Rev. A.R. Regnard pastor of the chruch on Monday at 2 p.m.
Willard Newman's Rites Pending
Arnold Sentinel
Willard E. Newman, 83 of 309 West Eighth, died here Sunday at his home. He was a retired Farmer.
Mr. Newman was born Nov. 24, 1872, Linn Co. Iowa He homesteaded in McPhearson Co. in 1900 and retired in 1943.
he operated a furniture store abd tourist court at Lexington before moving to North Platte. He was a member of the Forst Christian church.
Survivors are his wife Hullie, two sons, Harold E. Newman of North Platte, and Clarence E. Newman of Los Angeles, a daughter Mrs. David Wells of North Platte a brother Jessie Newman of Long Beach, Calif. two half brothers Raymound Newman of North Platte and Lester Newman of Long Beach, Calif. a half sister Mrs. Dessie Pile of Barstow, Calif., four grandchildren.
Arrangements are pending at the Adams-Swanson Funeral home.
Thomas A. Newman
Arnold Sentinel Feb. 1946
Thomas A> Newman 70, former resident of Arnold, was killed at Lexington Sunday when the car he was driving was struck by a train. He apparently became blinded by the sun and did not see the train approaching the crossing.
Funeral services were held from the Baptist Chruch in Arnold Wednesday, Feb. 20 with Rev. A.O. Boyles in charge.
Wm. Rosentrater, Roy Cole, Ferald Johnson, and Geritt Brower sang during the services, accompanied by Mrs. Wm. Rosentrater.
Pallbearers were Archie Geiser, Elmer Geiser, Lloyd Pierce, Martin Erickson, George Holt, and Ernest Purcell.
Internment was in the Arnold Cemetery.
Thomas A. Newman son of William and Ellen Newman was born near Center Point Iowa on May 25, 1875, and died at Lexington, Nebraska on Feb. 17, 1946. He came to Nebraska with his parents when he was a small child and lived in North Platte and later at Arnold.
He had made his home at Lexington since 1934.
He was affiliated with the Baptist Church, becoming a member of the Arnold church.
He was married to Lucy Marrs in September of 1898 and three sons and one daughter were born to this marraige.
One son Loran died in early childhood, and a second son Jessie know as "Bud" died n early manhood.
He is survived by his wife of Lexington; one son Vern, of Long Beach, Calif. , one daughter Mrs. Arthur Potter , of Long Beach; four brothers, two sisters, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Rose Davis Mason City, Nebraska Transcript dated November 28, 1918. Contributed by, Rev. Michael Davis -
Mrs. Rose Davis was born April 25, 1874 at Eagleville, Harrison County, Mo. At the age of six years the family moved to Lamar, Mo., where she lived until she grew to young womanhood. At that time she went to Jackson County, Mo., and after residing there 18 months she was married December 15, 1896 at Kansas City, Mo. to William F. Davis. This union was blessed with eleven children, all of whom are living.
Two years after their marriage she and her husband came to Nebraska. They settled on a farm west of Mason City which they tilled for five years. Thereafter they came to this city fourteen years ago. Since then her continuous residence has been in this community.
Our sister was converted in early childhood at the age of 13 years and united with the Christian church of Mason City when it was organized in 1906, she joined that church. Her friends well know that she lived close to her Master. In her humble way she ever honored his cause. No spot on earth was dearer to her than the House of the Lord. In her health she was a faithful attendant at the Baptist church. After she became bedfast it was a rare treat to her to participate in prayer meetings held at her bedside. As a Christian mother she was also anxious for her children to serve him. Even to her last breath she supervised their regular Sunday school attendance.
We all know she loved Jesus, and he owned her. She has suffered for a year and one week, but through it all she bore up like a heroine on Christ's arms. She was ready to go home, yet she held tenaciously to life. The community has sympathizingly watched how the precious flame of life gradually burned out. It was therefore no surprise when the hush passed over the town: "Mrs. Davis is no more," and many lips reverently whispered, "thank God." The end of her tribulation came November 22, 1918 at 7 o'clock in the evening, at the age of 44 years and 8 months. She quietly fell asleep on earth to awaken in the land of eternal rest, bliss, and light.
The near relatives who mourn her loss are: Her husband, Wm. F. Davis, her 11 children: Lillie May, William Gifford, Oscar James, Albert, Ethel Irene, Bert Wesley, Laura Ellen, Gladys, Alice Maud, Everett and Homer; there are also three sisters and four brothers: Mrs. Chas. Schiffers, and Mr. John James of Norden, Neb., Mrs. Myrtle Fraim, Mrs. Julia Raimy and Mr. Walter James, all of Holly, Colo., George James of Kansas City, Mo., and Joe James who is now in the service. She also leaves many friends who shall miss.
"Thou dwellers in that land of beauty
Once you trod these shores of time.
Once you wept in the black tribulation
Once you wrestled with strong temptations.
But you stood the test of probation.
You wrought nobly with life's duty
And thus entered that home sublime
In that land where there is no night,
Where Jesus is for evermore the light."
The funeral services were held at her late home, Sunday afternoon Nov. 24, 1918 and internment made in the Mason City cemetery. The Transcript extends to the bereaved husband and children our heartfelt sympathy.

Joseph N. Weeth Died
Contributed by, Rene' DH Bartolome This community was shocked by the announcement of the death of Joseph N. Weeth, a pioneer of this part of Nebraska, which occurred at his home some fifteen miles west of this city on Saturday of last week. Mr. Weeth had been sick from some time previous with typhoid fever and his death was not altogether unexpected.
Funeral Services were held at the Catholic Church in this city of which the deceased was a communicant on Monday conducted by the Rev. Father Cavenaugh and interment made in the Ansley Cemetery.
Joseph N. Weeth was born at Chicago, Illinois January 12, 1856. In 1858 he came with his parents to Sarpy County where he grew to manhood. He was married to Dora B. Karker at David City, May 23, 1883. In January 1886 they came to Custer County and took up a homestead at Cat creek where they have since lived. Besides the wife there survives one daughter Elizabeth, who is attending school at Broken Bow. He also leaves a mother, Mrs. Ann Weeth, and two sisters, the Misses Jane and Anna Weeth of Omeha, who were in attendance of the funeral and one sister, Mrs. B. F. Welch of Westerville.
Mr. Weeth had been a prominent democrat and had a wide acquaintance over the county. He was a member of the Modern Brotherhood of the Modern Woodmen. The family have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement."

Mrs. Weeth Called Home The many friends of Mrs. Dora Weeth were deeply grieved when word was passed about Wednesday of her death at one o'clock that day after an illness of several months duration, the past eight weeks being spent in bed. She was a patient sufferer, never complaining because of her condition , taking life mostly as it came. In a personal talk with this dear old lady about two years ago, she stated that she had no fear of death and tried to always be prepared to face the hereafter. We imagine, if anyone ever was prepared she was. In the few years of knowing the deceased we cannot recall ever having heard her speak ill of anyone, always trying to find something good in even the most worthless. She was a dearly beloved woman and had many friends wherever she chanced to go. We personally feel that in the death of Mrs. Weeth we have lost a loyal and true friend. Our most sincere sympathy is extended to her daughter, Mrs. D. C. Olmsted and son Allan Weeth in their sad bereavement.
Ansley Herald
July 13, 1933
Mrs. Dora Weeth
Dora Bell Karker Weeth was born at Prairie City, Iowa, March 15, 1860. At the age of 8 she moved to Sarpy County, where she lived until 1878, when she moved to David City following her mother's death. She was married on May 23, 1883, to Joseph N. Weeth. They moved to Custer County in 1886, where they homesteaded southwest of Ansley. She lived on the homestead until her husband's death in 1912. Since that time she has made her home in Broken Bow, North Platte and Ansley. She was a resident of Custer County for over 36 years. She was preceeded in death by her husband and daughter Myrtle. Surviving are her daughter Elisabeth, and Allan who also called her Mother, four nephews and be many friends. Burial was from the Sacred Heart church on Friday, July 7th and she was laid to rest in the family plot in Ansley cemetery. Those from out of town in attendance at the funeral were: Mr. and Mr.s John Brown, and Loretta Brown of Kearney, Ellen and Mark Cunningham of Lexington, Charles Houston of Miller, Mrs. Lauda McLeod of Monravia, California, Mr. and Mrs. Krause of Eddyville, H.G. Welch and daughter Pauline of Ravenna, Mrs. John Kasper, Mrs. Edmund Ochsner, Miss Mary Ebert, Thomas Finlan, Jas. Baisch, Cornelius Tierney, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brueggmann, Mrs. M.L. Babbitt, Mrs. Geo. Loy and Mrs. Thos. NcNeil of Broken Bow.
Card of thanks
We wish to express our deepest thanks to all our friends for their many acts of kindness and sympathy during the illness and after the death of our beloved mother and also to thank all those who sent floral offerings. It was all deeply appreciated.
Mr. and Mr.s D. C. Olmsted
Allan Weeth

Myrtle Weeth
Contributed by, Rene' DH Bartolome
"Chronicle Citizen
Friday April 26, 1907
Myrtle Weeth
Myrtle, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Weeth of Cumro, passed into eternal rest, Monday at 9 o'clock p.m. after an illness of nearly two weeks. Deceased was a young woman, twenty two years of age, and was a school teacher, and had taught several terms. The funeral was held Thursday forenoon at 11 o'clock, the services being conducted by Father Wolf, of Grand Island, after which the body was laid to rest in the Cumro cemetery. The entire community sympathizes with the bereaved parents in their affliction."

Contributed by, Rene' DH Bartolome
Obituary - Ansley Newspaper April 3, 1903
D. H. Karker, father of Mrs. Joe Weeth of Cumro, died suddenly Friday of heart disease while sitting in a chair. Deceased was an old man in his 77th year. Remains were buried in the Box Elder cemetery Sunday.
Obituary Extract - Custer County Chief March 27, 1903
David Henry Karker died at residence of J.N. Weeth, of heart disease on Friday at 2P.M. Aged 77 years, 2 months and 20 days. He was born January 2, 1826 in Schoharie County, New York, came as young man to Iowa where he married Elizabeth Welch. They moved in spring of 1870 to Nebraska and from there to Butler County, Nebr. in 1880 and then in 1886 came to Custer County and resided here ever since. He was well-known and most highly respected. He leaves his daughter Mrs. J.N. Weeth with whom he has been making his home for some time , a brother in Norton County, Kansas and one brother and 2 sisters in old home county in New York. He was buried in the Box Elder Cemetery.
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