Gage County, Nebraska

Gage County Obituaries


Submitted by Tom Baker

Beatrice Daily Sun
April 11, 1926


C.W. Randall, age 85 years, old resident of Beatrice, died at his home last evening at 6 o'clock, at 814 Scott Street, after a lingering illness.

Mr. Randall was a veteran of the Civil War and an honored member of Rawlins Post of Beatrice, Nebr.

He together with his venerable wife were members of the Christian Church, where they were regular attendants to the church services until he became ill and was unable to attend.

He leaves behind his wife, seven children, as follows: Mrs Lottie Vickers, of Aberdeen, Wash., Mrs. Harvey Smethers, Beatrice, Nebr., James Randall, of Yakima, Wash., G.C. Randall and Mrs Viola Huggins of Wamego. Kan., Lester Randall, of Parsons, Kan., and A.W. Randall of Beatrice.

There is also living nineteen grandchildrenand nine great-grandchildren. The body is being held at the Bergmeyer and Lenhart funeral home pending funeral arrangements which will be announced later.


Submitted by Michele

20 January 1923

Charles Burkhalter was born December 29, 1839 In Hangenweeiler, Alsace Lorraine and passed away at the home of his son L.L. Burkhalter Wednesday, January 17th in Wymore. Age 83 years, 19 days. He was the youngest member of the large family of Henry and Henrietta Burkhalter who came to the United States of America in 1849 settling at Zanesville, Ohio. Later he came west and located in White Cloud, Kans.., where he engaged in the general mercantile business, He was married October 24th, 1867 to Vira Elizabeth David of Oregon, Missouri, To this union there were born six children, Lilian and Clarence who passed away in infancy, Mable, Mrs.. J. E. Baird of Lincoln, Guy G of Benlkeman, Gertrude, Mrs. F.L. Leech of Salt Lake City. Utah. and Louie L. of Wymore. Mrs Katherine Sullivan of Salt Lake City, Utah, his youngest sister, also survives him. Mr. Burkhalter and his family have resided in Wymore since April 1885. Hew took an active part in the business and political interests of every community in which he lived. In his young manhood he became a Macon and was one of the oldest members of the Commandery at Hiawatha, Kans. The funeral was conducted at the home be Mr. Elon W Nelson, a former First Reader of the First Church of Christ Scientist of Lincoln, Nebr. Interment by the side of his wife in Wymore cemetery.


Submitted by Laura Mattingly

from The Lincoln Journal Star, Feb. 2, 1944

"Mrs. Menke Dies at 102"

Mrs. Eliza Menke, one of Nebraska's oldest residents died at a local hospital Wednesday night. She was 102 years, eight months, and 17 days old.

Born in Portsmouth, OH on May 15, 1841, Mrs. Menke came to Nebraska with her husband, Henry, in 1879. They traveled by boat on the Ohio river to Cincinnati and then took a train to Atchison, KS. From there, they came to Nebraska and settled on a farm southwest of Clatonia. As soon as they established their home, Mrs. Menke started planting flowers, and had been noted in that vicinity for her beautiful gardens.

Until about five years ago, she was an active member of the Clatonia Methodist Church. For the past year and a half, she had lived in Lincoln, but was not confined to bed.

Surviving are six children: Mrs. Carrie Kloepper, and Mrs. Nettie Steinmeyer, both of Lincoln; Mrs. Matilda Dauhendiek, West Bend, IA; Mrs. Eliza Kiene, Chicago; Mrs. Rose Wayman, DeWitt, NE; and Albert Menke, Virginia; 30 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.

from The Beatrice Times for Women, Feb. 16, 1944

Obituary: Miss Eliza Knapp was born May 15, 1841 in Germany. At the age of four she came to America together with her parents, settling near Portsmouth, Ohio. In this vicinity she grew up to young womanhood. Here she made the acquaintance of Henry Menke, to whom she was married on January 9, 1867.

Attracted by the glowing reports from Nebraska, they turned their faces toward the west. In the spring of 1879 they settled on a farm southwest of Clatonia.

To this union, eleven children were born, six of whom survive. The husband and father passed away in 1915. The widow, however, continued to live on the old home place until she passed her 90th birthday, and she was able to live by herself until after she had passed the century mark. It was only during the last two years that she began to fail in health and even then, it was gradual. The Germans have a saying; "Death seeks a cause". So it was here February 2, 1944 she fell asleep at the Anna Rohe nursing home, to be carried to her eternal home upon wings of celestial messengers.

Six children, five daughters and one son, mourn her departure. They are Carrie Klopper of Lincoln, Mrs. Matilda Daubendiek of West Bend, IA; Mrs. Eliza Kiene of Chicago; Mrs. Rose Wayman of DeWitt, NE; Mrs. Nettie Steinmeyer of Lincoln, NE; and Albert Menke of Virginia, NE. She is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, one great, great-grandchild and many other relatives and friends.

The deceased was truly a pioneer. She had the first mechanical chick incubator and brooder in her part of the country. She was also one of the earliest to operate a sorghum mill. She, early displayed interest as an orchardist, developing new species of fruits from seeds.

The deceased was also a lover of nature. She was fond of birds. Her yard was a flower-garden and she was an extensive grower of vegetables.

She led a life of feverish activity. How she held up under the strain, doubtless puzzled many.

While she had little interest in the usual round of social activities, she always found time to entertain company. Her home was known for its hospitality.

The deceased was reared a Christian atmosphere. Her parents were loyal, United Brehren. Her husband had been a useful, local minister. Together, they established a church in the home, where services where held. She, herself, united with the church of Clatonia of which she remained a life-long member.

As we look back over her passing, we unite in the words of Rozelle Montgomery; "You are not dead - Life has but set you free! You have but passed beyond where we can see. For us who know you, dread of age is past! You took life, tiptoe, to the very last; It never lost for you it's lovely look; You kept your interest in its thrilling book; To you, Death came no conqueror; in the end - you merely smiled to greet another friend."

Marjorie E. Knowles

Submitted by Heather Knowles

Beatrice Daily Sun, Gage County Nebraska, 1997

"Marjorie Elizabeth Knowles, 76 years of age, of Beatrice, Nebraska died at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center on Monday morning, April 28, 1997. She was born on June 3, 1920 at Holyoake, Colo. As an infant, she moved with her partents to Liberty, Nebraska where she received her early education. On March 18, 1939, she married Robert J. Knowles in Beatrice, Nebraska. She lived in Beatrice most all of her life but did live in Buffalo, NY for a time before Robert went overseas during W.W.II. She and Robert owned and operated the Bossart Cleaners from 1948 to 1978, she was then employed in the kitchen at the Beatrice State Developmental Center for five years. She was a member of B.P.O.E. Does, Drove #10 where she served as president for several terms and also was secretary and treasurer. She served as president and chaired several other committees of the Cedar Elementary School P.T.A. Her work with the P.T.A. earned her a lifetime membership in the Nebraska P.T.A. Council. She was a former member of the West Side Baptist Church. She enjoyed ceramics, porcelin dolls and sewing. Survivors include her husband Robert Knowles of Beatrice, Nebraska. Three sons, Jerry Knowles of Lincoln, Nebraska, Larry Knowles and his wife Clara and Steven Knowles and his wife Margaret (Maggie) all of Beatrice, Nebraska. Two sisters, Clara Alt of Lincoln, Nebraska and Joan Hunt of Holdrege, Nebraska. One brother, Ralph Ellison of Phoenix, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Leona (Hollett) (Patton) Ellison, one son Ronald, one granddaughter, Lynn Knowles and one brother, Melvin Ellison.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice, Nebraska. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with the Fox Funeral Home in charge. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from Monday evening until the time of service on Wednesday. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice, Nebraska in charge of arrangments."

Researchers note: Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Beatrice, Nebraska.

Leona Patton

Submitted by Heather Knowles

Wymore Arbor State - Wymore, Nebraska, Gage County, August 22, 1968.

"Mrs. W. T. (Leona) Patton, 71, of Trinadad, Colo., passed away August 13., She was born July 6, 1987 at Wymore and was a long-time resident of Beatrice. Surviving her are her husband, Travis; one son, Ralph Ellison of Phoenix, Ariz., four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Marjorie)Knowles, Beatrice, Mrs. Harry (Clara) Alt, Lincoln, Mrs. Dale (Dorothy) Janssen, Sylmar, Calif., Mrs. Dean (Joan) Hunt, Ragan; two brothers; Edward Hollett of Lincoln and Donald Hollett of Cypress, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Earl (Alpha) Fauver of Wymore; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Melvin and one grandson. Funeral services were held from Fox-DeBuhr Funeral home of Beatrice, August 15. Burial was in the Wymore Cemetery."

Researchers note: The grandson preceeding her in death was Ronald Dale Knowles of Beatrice - 1961.

William Noakes

Submitted by Barbara Little

William Noakes died suddenly June 18, 1929.

Death came suddenly and unexpectedly Tues. evening to Wm. Noakes, after he had retired for the night at his home in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. He had been about his duties as usual during the day apparently as well as ever.

He was 67 years 5 months and 7 days of age. Mr. Noakes was born January 11, 1862 at Joliet, Will Co., Illiois. His parents were Thomas and Anna Noakes. The father was a native of England. The mother whose maiden name was Maxwell, was born in Kentucky. Wm. Noakes was united in marriage with Miss Nellie Marple, who survives him. She is a sister of Mrs. Mary Tennant of Crab Orchard. Mr. Noakes leaves also one brother, Charles Noakes, of this village, and the following children: Ray and Lawrence of Filley, Ernest, Percy, Delbert, Dona and Mrs. Ethel Edgerton, all living in Beatrice. Mrs. Erma Coon, Wakefield, NE, Leo, Colby, KS, and Oscar, Cheyenne, WY.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. O. Stuckenbuck were held Thurs. in the Harman and Johnson funeral home at 1 o'clock and in the M. C. church at Filley at 2:30. Internment at Co. O. cemetery.

Charles Noakes

Submitted by Barbara Little

Charles Noakes, the last member of a family of eight children, of the late Thomas Noakes and Cynthia Ann (Maxwell) Noakes, was born in Morris, Grundy Co., Illinois, Jan. 29, 1853.

He came from Illinois with his parents at the age of nineteen years, locating at Grand Island, Nebraska. While there he helped build the railroad from Grand Island to Hastings. Later he moved to Pickrell, Gage County, where he farmed one year. He then left there and moved to a farm south of Adams, where he lived for 13 years. His next move was to a farm located three and one half miles northwest of Crab Orchard, which was his home for 27 years. He then disposed of this farm and spent nine months on a farm near Beaver City, and then moved to a farm five miles southwest of Crab Orchard.

He was united in marriage to Martha Ann Ritter, Dec. 28, 1884, in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. To this union, nine children were born, five of whom are still living, namely: Clifford Noakes, Steavenville, Mont., Mrs. Thomas J. Furminger, Crab Orchard, Thomas Noakes, address unknown, Elmer Noakes, Crab Orchard and Charles R. Noakes, in the armed forces, in France. On March 13, 1916, his wife and the mother of these children, pased away at Crab Orchard.

On July 19, 1916, Mr. Noakes was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna Lambert, at Beatrice. They located in Beatrice and later moved to a farm at Rockford. After disposing of his farm, he moved back to Crab Orchard, which was his home up to the time of his death.

For a number of years, Mr. Noakes was in failing health. On Aug. 29, 1944 he was taken to the Mennonite hospital, Beatrice, where he passed away Jan. 8, 1945, having attained the age of 86 years, 11 months and 21 days.

The surviving members of his family are: His wife, the five children named, a grandson, Robert Grabouski, who has made his home with his grandfather and step-grandmother, since the death of his own parents: sixteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Thus we record the passing of another pioneer. The funeral services were held in the United Brethren church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, the burial was in the Crab Orchard cemetery.

Francis Marion Layton

Submitted by Phyllis Wingerak

F.M. Layton, 83, well-known Douglas, Wyo., resident for the past 30 years died at 10:20 A.M. July 19 (1947) at his home, following a heart attack suffered a month ago.

Although he had been in failing health for the past several years, he was never known to complain. He was a cheerful, friendly individual and during his life-time acquired a host of friends, which included youngsters as well as grown-ups.

Francis Marion Layton was born in Decatur, Ill., on April 16, 1864, the son of Henry Clay and Martha Jane Layton. He was one of 13 children, two of whom both past 80 live in Nebraska who are Miss Laura Layton of Odell and A.I.. Layton of Blue Springs. This brother and his sister visited at Douglas in April.

Mr. Layton was from sturdy, pioneer stock; his ancestors ( Timothy Logan family) went from Virginia into Kentucky with Daniel Boone. They (Layton Family) endured many of the pioneer hardships of the then frontier country (S.C., then KY) before migration to Illinois where they settled in Coles County. Mr. Layton's father was a close friend and associate of Abraham Lincoln.

In 1888, Mr. Layton moved to Nebraska where he represented the Clay Robinson Livestock Company of Chicago for several years. He then engaged in the real estate and insurance business for 20 years, which business he continued after moving to Wyoming in 1917.

He was married to Ellen Jane Hollenback in Wymore, Nebraska on Sept. 7, 1890. Three months later he was called into the service of his country with the Nebraska National Guard. They were sent to South Dakota during the Indian uprising and participated in the battle of Wounded Knee. On Sept 7, 1940, Mr and Mrs Layton celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Had he lived until September 7th they would have been married 57 years.

He was an active member of the Methodist church, being on the official board at the time of his death. He was a member of Ashler Lodge No.10 A.F.& A.M. and Woodbine Chapter No.18 O.E.S. In 1932, he was made a patron and was issued a life member in the Wyoming Pioneer Association.

Left to mourn his passing are his widow, Ellen Jane Layton; a daughter, Mrs. William D. Tretheway of Douglas; two sons, A..Clay Layton and Scott E. Layton both of Douglas; a sister, Miss Laura Layton of Odell; a brother, A.I.. Layton of Blue Springs; five grandchildren, Francis Clay Layton of San Francisco, Peggy Ann Layton of Douglas, Beth Mullison of Littleton, Colo., Jack Tretheway of Colorado Springs, Colo., Dr. R.W. Tretheway of Loveland, Colo., and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 4;00 in the Methodist church, with Rev. Albert G Rostron of Douglas and Rev. Homer C. Carisman of Lander in charge. Burial was in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Note: (Transcriber's comments in brackets)

Laura Belle Layton

Submitted by Phyllis Wingerak

Laura Belle Layton daughter of Martha and Henry Layton was born in Macon County, Illinois on June 4, 1862. She came to Nebraska with her parents in 1889, settling in the Odell vicinity.

After the death of her parents, Miss Layton went back to Illinois to care for a relative and before returning to Nebraska she cared for several older people in Illinois. When she returned to Nebraska, it was again to help care for someone less fortunate than she.

Miss Layton was a seamstress by trade and at one time operated a millinery shop in Odell.

Laura, as she was always known, was a devout Christian. She joined the Baptist Church in early life in Illinois, later transfering her membership to the Methodist Church after coming to Odell. She was faithful to her God and to her Church, attending regularly to the very end.

The increased years have gradually shown their effect on her tired body, until in recent years, she has expressed many times her anxious waiting for the day to come when her soul could be released from her worn body here on earth.

On last Wednesday, September 27th the Kind Father looked down upon Laura, in her tired and weary condition and said "Well done thy good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the Joy of our Lord". She passed away in her sleep, having reached the age of 88 years, 3 months, and 23 days.

She leaves to mourn her passing one brother Ivan, (A.I. Layton), many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Now the laborer's task is o'er
Now the battle day is past
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last
Father in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now thy servant sleeping

There the tears of earth are dried
There its hidden things are clear
There the work of life is tried
By a juster judge than here
Father in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now they servant sleeping

Earth to earth and dust to dust
Calmly now the words we say
Left behind, we wait in trust
For the resurrection day
Father in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now thy servant sleeping

Andrew I Layton

Submitted by Phyllis Wingerak

Andrew Iverson, 13th (should read 11th) child of Martha and Henry Layton was born in Macon County, Illinois, May 31, 1866. He came to Nebraska with his parents in 1899 (should read 1889) settling in the Odell vicinity.

On August 27, 1893 he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Rathbun of Odell. To this union was born three children. Arthur L. and Ralph J. both residing now at Tyner, Saskatchewan, Canada and Mrs. Martha Fisher of Blue Springs, Neb.

Mr. and Mrs. Layton made their home for many years on their farm one mile north of Odell, where they raised their family to maturity and saw them marry and leave their paternal home to found homes of their own in different parts of the country.

Mr. Layton, with his good wife, were active members of the Odell Methodist Church for many years. Remaining faithful in his support and attendance as long as his health would permit.

Mrs. Layton passed away on December 7, 1946 and soon after Mr. Layton left the farm home and moved to Odell, where he made his home with his sister, Miss Laura Layton. Since Miss Laura's death in 1950, Mr. Layton has made his home with his daughter, Martha, and her husband at Blue Springs.

Although his physical condition has gradually declined in recent years, his condition became critical only a day or so before his death which came on the afternoon of January 19, 1952. He having reached the age of 85 years, 7 months, 18 days.

He leaves to mourn his passing the three children, Arthur L and Ralph J., living in Canada and daughter Mrs. Martha A. Fisher of Blue Springs. Three grandchildren, Phyllis Ann, Patty Arlene, and Dorothy Alice Layton of Tyner, Saskatchewan, Canada. As well as a host of more distant relatives and friends.

Out of town relatives Mr.and Mrs. Vernon Abele of Blue Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Deacon, Cook, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Heuer, Auburn, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. Gardy Beaver, Davenport, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dean, Hollenberg, Kan.; Mrs. Mary Payne, Steele City, Neb.; Mrs. Ray Castle, Steel City Ne.; Mr. and Mrs. Jess Rathbun, Beatrice, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kasparek, Beatrice; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Hawkins and children, Beatrice; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rathbun, Wymore; Mr. and Mrs. Alva Fisher, Wymore; Mrs. Clarence Wohlbrendt, Hanover, Kas.

Alice Layton

Submitted by Phyllis Wingerak


Alice Rathbun was born at Kewanee, Illinois, January 8, 1872 and died at Odell, Nebraska, December 7, 1946 at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 29 days.

At the age of 10 years she came to Nebraska with her parents, locating on a farm 1 mile north of Odell where she has since resided.

On August 27, 1893 she was united in marriage to Andrew I. Layton. To this union three children were born; Arthur L. and Ralph J. of Tyner, Saskatchewan, Canada and Martha A. Fisher of Blue Springs, Nebr. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Phyllis ann, Patty Arlene and Dorothy Alice all of Tyner, Sask. Canada; one brother , Lewis Rathbun of Odell; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Neff of Lincoln and Mrs. Lizzie Mort of Nebraska City and a host of other relatives and friends.

When a young woman she was baptised into the Methodist Church at Odell where she has been an active and conscientious worker.

Mrs. Layton's health began to fail about ten years ago, which hindered her somewhat in the activities of her church and community. However she continued as her strength would permit and was active until the last.

On December 7th she answered God's call and passed over the Great Divide to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has been her strength for so many years.

Services were held Tuesday, December 10th from the Odell Methodist Church with Rev. J.C. Lowson officiating. Burial was in the Odell Cemetery.

One son, Ralph was unable to attend due to distance and unavoidable circumstances. The other two children, Arthur and Martha were able to be with their mother before her death and to attend the services.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral of Mrs. A.I. Layton Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Mort and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mixon of Nebraska City; Mr. and Mrs. Wm Lissenmeyer of Marshallton, IA; Mrs. Ida Townsend of Cook; Mr. and Mrs. John Mueller, Mr and Mrs. Earl Dean and Mrs. Tom Woods of Hollenberg, Kans.; Mrs. Iva Gary of Lincoln; Mr and Mrs. Leonard Payne and Mrs. Irene Castle of Steele City; Mrs. Maude Beaver of Davenport; Mrs. Bessie Rathbun and family of Omaha; Mr and Mrs. Joe Kasparek, Mr and Mrs. Owen Hawkins and Mrs and Mrs. Jesse Rathbun and family of Beatrice; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rathbun and Mr. and Mrs. George Hunnicutt and family of Wymore; Mrs. Clarence Bok of Falls City and Mrs. Madeliene Wolbrant of Hanover, Kans.

John Frederick Grund

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - he died 10 Sep 1915

John Frederick Grund was born in Germany, July 17, 1833. He was confirmed in the German Lutheran church on April 18, 1847. He came to America in October of the same year, and has lived here since that time. He resided in Otoe County about eight years, spending the remainder of his life in Gage County. He was married to Miss Emily A. Golden at Nebraska City on March 4, 1861. To this union were born nine children, six girls and three boys, all of whom have passed away, with the exception of one, Mr. Hiram Grund, of Adams. Mr. Grund had been in poor health for several years; he became worse early in the summer, and had been steadily failing for some time though only confined to his bed a few weeks. He passed away on Friday morning, September 10, at the age of 82 years, 1 month and 24 days. The funeral services were held in the Prespyterian church on Sunday afternoon, largely attended by old friends and neighbors, and some relatives from a distance in addition to the immediate family. Rev. W. I. Doole conducted the service, and interment was in the Highland Cemetery.

Emily Amelia Golden Grund

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska

She died April 11, 1921

Emily Amelia Golden was born in Crawford County, Pa Dec., 12, 1842 and died Apr., 11, 1921 at four twenty A.M., age seventy-eight years. At the age of seventeen with her parents, she came to Nebraska City. March 3, 1862, whe was married to Frederick Grund. Soon after their marriage they settled upon land near Adams and later abandoned it on account of Indians. In the year 1869, they returned to the land upon which they homesteaded. In 1900 the family moved to the present home in Adams, in which they have since resided, Mr. Grund having passed away about six years ago. Nine children were born to this union: three died in infancy; five daughters having grown to womanhood, have since passed away. Mrs. Grund leaves one son, Hiram, of Adams, sixteen great grandchildren, five nieces and four nephews. Mrs. Grund will long be remembered by many for her cheerful greetings which she has given to many who have known her. She was a great lover of nature and flowers. Her life has been burdened with grief many time, but thru it all she was always happy. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the home, conducted by Rev. W. I. Doole pastor of the Presbyterian church. Interment was made in Highland cemetery, by the side of her husband

Bessie Amelia Grund Van Beek

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Apr 4, 1913

Bessie Amelia Grund was born Jan. 22, 1881 on a farm near Adams, and died early Sunday morning at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grund, of this place. She was married April 3, 1900, to Mr. Bert VanBeek. Two children were born to them, Henry, 12 years of age, and another that died in infancy. The husband and son, together with father, mother and a brother remain. The five sisters of the household of whom Mrs. VanBeek was the youngest, have now all passed away. Mr. VanBeek had not been in good health for nearly two years; though it was not until last fall that the more serious symptoms became marked. Through it all she has been patient, cheerful and loving. All the members of the family have the sympathy of the people of the community. She was appreciated by all, and especially by her old neighbors who knew her well. The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, on Tuesday afternoon; and was conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. I. Doole, assisted by Revs. Richard Pearson and A. E. Gooman. The service was lately attended and the floral tributes were beautiful. Interment was in Highland cemetery.

Nancy L. Bigley Delp

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Jul 28, 1910


Mrs. W. E. Delp died Thursday, July 21st, after an illness of six months resulting from gallstones. Deceased's maiden name was Nancy L. Bigley, and was born in Otoe County, Nebraska in 1871 In 1890, near Filley, Neb., she was united in marriage to Walter E. Delp and to this union, nine children were born and five of these with the father survive to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother and wife. She united with the Baptist church at Crab Orchard, at the age of seventeen, since which time she has been a member of that denomination. The Funeral service was held Sunday at the Baptist church in Adams, conducted by Rev. Hamilton, and the remains were laid to rest in Hooker cemetery.

Sarah Tatam Marples

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Sep 16, 1909

Mrs. Sarah Marples

Sarah Tatam was born at Stanton England, Oct. 24, 1834. In 1855 at Weston Cliff, England she was united in marriage to John Thomas Marple. Coming to America they settled in Grant County, Wis., in the year 1861, where they resided until May 1879, when they came to this county settling on a homestead nine miles Southeast of Adams. To this union were born nine children, who, with the exception of Frederick W., survive her, all being in attendance at her bedside, except George, her oldest son, when the peaceful end came, Tuesday evening, Sept. 7, 1909, at the home of her daughter, Bertha Barnhouse. Coming as she did at the early date to the then sparsely settled west she was not long in gathering the few scattered settlers together and forming a Sunday School at Cedar 'Bend, and in later years helping to establish the church at Trinity of which she was a member since its beginning and in which the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C. C. Culmer, who spoke from the text, "And I heard a voice from Heaven, saying unto me, write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them" The floral offering was large. Neighbors and friends followed the remains to the Crab Orchard Cemetery where they were placed beside those of her husband who preceded her a few years. Mother has gone from us but her Christian example cannot. She has passed thru the shaddowy vale, and is safe with her maker beyond.

John C. Bigley

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Nov 5, 1908

John C. Bigley was born May 12, 1847, in Dade Co. Mo He was united in marriage to Margret Autrey May 9, 1871, to which union two sons were born, William, of Havelock, Nebr., and Edward, of near Adams. His wife died Nov. 25, 1905. He gave his heart to God at an early age and has lived a faithful Christian life, loved and honored by all who knew him. He was a faithful father and a kind and loving husband. He departed this life Oct. 31, 1908, aged 61 years, 5 months and 19 days. Mr. Bigley has been in poor health for several years, but had been bedfast a little less than a week before his death. He had been a great sufferer, but bore it with patience and fortitude. He has gone to be With his saviour who has prepared a home for all who loved him. The funeral was held from the home of his brother, Thomas Bigley, where he has made his home since his wife's death, Monday, Nov. 1, 1908, and was conducted by Rev. John H. Wolfe, of Tecumseh. The remains were laid to rest in the Crab Orchard Cemetery. J. W.

Emily Dillie Grund Lyons

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Mar 21, 1902


Emily Dillie Grund was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, February 26, 1863, and died in Adams, Nebraska, March 15, 1902, at half past one o'clock in the morning, aged thirty- nine years and seventeen days. The story of her life is brief. While she was yet a child, her parents moved from Nebraska City, and homesteaded just west of Adams, Nebraska. Here who grew to womanhood. On March 15, 1881, she was married to Mr. Frank H. Lyons. Thus, with the exception of about two years spent in Connecticut, she has lived in our community since early childhood. Mrs. Lyons leaves her husband and seven children, the oldest of the latter being seventeen, and the youngest not quite one year old. Her parents, Mr. Fred and Mrs. Emily Grund, reside in Adams, One brother, Mr. Hiram Grund, of Holt county, Nebraska, and one sister, Mrs. Burt Van Beek, of this vicinity, survive her. Mrs. Lyons' last illness was long and painful. A child of many sorrows, she has laid her burdens down. Her release came, and she said, "My work is done." To her patient little daughter and nurse, Elsie, she left with her dying breath this precious mother's legacy "Elsie has done her duty." She had realized for some time that death was near. To her pastor she expressed her trust in Jesus. On the night before her death, with Miss Blanche Dixon, she repeated the Lord's prayer, "Our Father which art in Heaven." on the fifteenth day of March she was married, and just twenty-one years afterwards to a day, on the fifteenth of March, she died Marriage one step, death! Truly we 'must needs die, and are like water spilled upon the ground which cannot be gathered up again." The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon at half past two o'clock, and were conducted by Rev. Duke Slavens, after which the remains were interred in Highland Cemetery. The attendance was very large, and the floral tributes were many and beautiful. Mr. Lyons and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their great sorrow.

Joseph Walker

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - June 23, 1899

Death of Joseph Walker

Joseph Walker, one of our most highly esteemed citizens, died at his residence in Hooker township, Thursday morning about 10 o'clock. He had been sick only since last Friday. His death was caused by septic poison which started from a sore in his nose. Mr Walker was a member of the G. A. R. Post here. He served in Co. G. 74th Ohio, Inft. from Dec. 1861 to July 1865. Mr. Walker was about 57 years of age. He leaves one son, William, and a daughter, Myrtle, both residents of Hooker township, and a large circle of friends. The G. A. R. will take charge of the funeral services which will occur Saturday. They will start from the residence a 1 o'clock and come to the M. E. church for the services. They will probably reach the church about 2 o'clock. The remains will be laid to rest in Highland Cemetery.

Isaac Nayler

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska

Isaac Nayler was born July 15, 1819 in Ohio. His parents removed from Ohio to Kentucky while he was but a child He was married to Mary Maria Miller on November 2, 1841. Of this union there were born four children three daughters and one son. The son, Jacob B. and one daughter, Mary J. Stults, are still living. His wife departed this life March 5, 1852. They having removed to Illinois the preceeding year. He was remarried to Eliza Boggerly January 15, 1854. Of this marriage there were five sons and seven daughters. One son, Isaac Allen and three daughters, Melissa West , Emely Shores and Martha Steidley, are still living. He with his family removed to Nebvraska in September, 1881, where he has since made his home. He united with the Missionary Baptist church fifty years ago. His wife was called home November 16, 1894 and he died January 26, 1899 at almost four score years of age.

Catherine Whetstone Blachart

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Dec 23, 1898

Death of Mrs. Wm. Blachart

The notice of the very sudden death of there old friend and neighbor who have decided so near to Adams for so many years, and held so kindly a place in their recollection, came with great surprise when it was announced last Sunday morning at the churches that the funeral services of Mrs. William Blachart would be held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. She had one the highest esteem of her many Adams friends who had known so long, and the family have the sincere sympathy of the community. Mrs. Blachart was taken sick last Friday morning and died Sunday morning from congestion of her lungs. Catherine Whetstone, was born in McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania, April 23, 1819. She was married to William Blachart November 15, 1839, and died at Palmyra, Nebraska with the rising of the sun, Sabbath morning, December 18, 1898, age 79 years, 7 months, 25 days. Mrs. Blachart came from Pennsylvania to Illinois, with her family, in 1856, and removed from Illinois to Adams in 1870. She resided at Adams until about 4 years ago when she moved to Palmyra, Nebraska, where she resided at the time of her death. Of the family 4 children survive her. Geo. Blachart, Mrs. Mary Moore, of Palmyra, J. Ebbert Blachart, of Fairbury, Nebraska, and Mrs. N. Moore, of Cripple Creak, Colorado. Though a very disagreeable day, the funeral services were largely attended by old friends of the family. The services were conducted by Rev. C. M. Junkin, assisted by Rev. Duke Slavens. The remains were laid to rest in Highland Cemetery, by the side of her husband.

Charles Hickock

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Aug 12, 1898

Death of Chas. Hickock

Charles Hickock died at his home in Saritoga, Wyoming on July 31, at the age of 74 years. Death was caused by heart disease. He had been out to his green house watering the flowers and just returned to the house and sit down when he fell over and expired. He was making his home with his Daughter Mrs. Minnie Wilcox. Mr Hickock came from Iowa to Nebraska and settled on the Evans farm in the northeast part of Adams Township, in 1857, where he lived for fifteen years. He moved from here to Bennett and from Bennett to Lincoln. From Lincoln he moved to Saritoga, Wyoming, where he started a green house. Mr. Hickock was one of the earliest settlers of this vicinity and the Globe with his old friends regrets to hear of his death.

Minnie Maud O'Neal

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - Feb 11, 1898


Mrs. Minnie Maud O'Neal died at her home 1 1/2 miles west of town on Feb. 5. She had been a sufferer for a long time, and died of consumption. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grund, and was born on their farm west of town, Dec. 22, 1872. She was married to Mr. John S. O'Neal September 28, 1890. Mrs. O'Neal grew to womanhood in this community and leaves many friends who are sad to know of her death. She leaves a husband and two children, a boy and a girl to mourn her loss. She was converted several years ago, and united with the Presbyterian Church at Adams. As the time of her departure drew near her faith in her savior became stronger, and her hope brighter. While her heart yearned for her two little ones, yet she was enabled to commit them into her savior's keeping, and was ready to go when the savior called. She believed his promise, that he had gone to prepare a place for her and would come again to receive her into himself that where he is, she may be also. She has now entered into rest and the joys of her Lord. Her husband, little ones and relatives have the sympathy of the community in this hour of their sorrow. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church Sunday at 2 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. C. M. Junkin. The attendance was very large, there not being room in the church to accommodate all who were there. The pall bearers were selected from the members of the Modern Woodmen of the order, Mr. O'Neal is a member.

John Lyons

Submitted by Wayne Bigley

Adams Globe, Gage County, Nebraska - 14 Feb 1890

DIED: Monday Feb. 10, 1890 at 1 o'clock P.M., Mr. John Lyons aged 63 years. Mr. Lyons had been failing in health for several years, but had only been bedfast about two weeks prior to his death. He leaves a wife and two child-dren, a son, Mr. John Lyons Jr. and a daughter, Mrs. H.J. Merrick. The bereaved family have the sympathy and condolence of the entire community in their affliction. Below is given a brief sketch of the life of the deceased:

Mr. Lyons was born Dec. 14, 1827, in Salisbury, Lilchfield Co., Conn. His father was a native of England, and his mother Charlotte (Bardsley) Lyons was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Lyons's father died in 1833, leaving him to commence life's battles at the early age of seven years. He was bound out to a Mr. Albert Selleck, where he was to have remained until his majority, but on account of harsh treatment, ran away, after serving eleven years. He was married in Mass. on Dec. 31, 1849, to Almira Shaw, and in the spring of 1852, removed from Mass. with his family to Kenosha, Wis. where he followed farming for a period of five years, but from reports recieved of Nebraska, then a territory, he conceived a favorable impression of the country, and in the year 1857 he came with his family to this state, settling in Adams township and on the land now owned by Geo. Gale. He was a member of the methodist Episcopal church, having united as a charter member of the Laona church in 1866, was an honest and upright man who commanded the respect and confidence of all who knew him, and by his death, Gage County loses one of her earliest settlers and most respected citizens.

Clarinda Catherine THOMAS

Submitted by Amy Peterson

From the Beatrice Sun - February 3, 1947

Mrs. Clarinda Thomas - Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 from the Harman mortuary, with Rev. Waters, Diller in charge. Burial will be at Shickley, Nebr.

Nicholas Sharp

Submitted by Lois Teel Bowers

From The Lincoln Star page 2, Feb. 1846

Nicholas Sharp, 94, Dies; Lived In State 81 Years

Nicholas Sharp, 94, 1455 North Twenty-sixth street, a pioneer Nebraskan, died at a local hospital early Saturday morning. He had lived in the state for more than 81 years.

Born in Union County, Tenn., he came to Liberty, Neb. April 1, 1865 and lived there for the next 50 years. In 1915 he came to Lincoln where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Mr Sharp was a farmer and carpenter. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons, N.K. Sharp, Lincoln, and Oscar L. Sharp, Sharon Springs, Kas.; three daughters, Mrs Anna Shannon, Lincoln, Mrs. Leota Saddler, Halford, Kas., and Mrs. Frank L. Rose, Oceanside, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Melissa Sharp, and Mrs Charles Reis, both of Liberty; a brother, N. C. Sharp, Solder, Kas.; 19 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Emma Williss

Submitted by Richard Douglass

Emma Williss was born March 27, 1857, Warsaw Indiana. When a small girl her parents moved to Keokuk Co. Iowa. They traveled in a covered wagon drawn by oxen. As she grew older she was always a faithful helper to her mother. With the many house [holdies], was then there wasn't many conveniences (as in these days 1934). She helped make candles, spin and wove and all of their clothing were made by hand. Emma and her sister Rachel use to knit stockings and sold them and earn their pin money in that way.

In 1874 her parents came to Nebraska, travling again by covered wagon, this time drawn by horses, her father had her drive a team. She wasn't an experienced driver and as she traveled along the prairie grass road and going around a hill side, the wagon got over balanced and up set and all of its contents and she was hurt quite badly. When they arrived at Plattsmouth she drove the team onto the ferry boat and crossed the Missouri river.

Her parents finally settled ten miles south east of Beatrice, near what is now know as Rockford, Nebraska. Emma married Thomas F. Douglass, December 21, 1884 was married at her parents home.

Thomas F. douglass was a railroad conductor and meet his death by a train accident, at that time they were living in Colorado. At the time of the accident she and her children were visiting her parents on their farm near Rockford.

Emma built her a house in Rockford and raised her four children up to be good men and women.

She was a faithful worker of the Methodist church of that place and for many years she rang the church bell for church and sunday school. She was in poor health for some time and passed away November 3, 1938, buried in the Stark Cemetary South West of Rockford, Nebr."

E. Lucille (Mead) Freer Underwood 1916-1999

Deseret News; Salt Lake City, UT; 5 Mar 1999

E. Lucille Freer Underwood

Farmington/Bountiful - Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on March 3, 1999 at the age of 82.

Lucille was born on July 4, 1916 in Blue Springs, Nebraska to J. Cyril and Ethel I. Mead. She married Grant E. Freer on June 1, 1937 in Burley, Idaho. Lucille and Grant owned and managed Bountiful Cleaners for many years. Grant preceded her in death in 1980. Lucille married Ralph E. Underwood, May 16, 1980 in Dutch John, Utah. They enjoyed their golden years traveling and fishing together.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph; daughters, Vola (Jess) Evans of Pocatello, ID; Myrna Mayes of Layton, Utah; Linda (Bob) Hutchinson and Karen (Steve) Creamer of Bountiful, Utah; step-sons, Ray (Susan ) Underwood of Austin, Texasn and Tim (Cathy) Underwood of Bountiful, Utah; sisters, Polly Brown, Helen Amos and brother, Don Mead, all of Colby, Kansas. She enjoyed her surviving 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren very much.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the Lindquist Funeral Home at 727 North 400 East, Bountiful, Utah. The family invites friends to pay their respects on Friday, March 5, 1999 from 6-8 p.m. and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Saturday. Interment will be at Bountiful City Cemetery.

Reiner H. PARDE

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Translated from Ostfriesische Nachrichten, July 1, 1910.

To all our friends, relatives and acquaintances we make known the sad news that it has pleased Almighty God to take our two sons out of our midst. (Note: Their son Jann H. Parde's obituary appeared in the same paper.) Reiner Heyen PARDE was born on July 24, 1869, at Golden, Illinois and was also baptized at that place. In 1892 he married Maria FRERICHS. This marriage was blessed with two children. He lived in recent years near Stratton, Nebraska and on January 30, 1910 he came to Beatrice, Nebraska to undergo an operation. He was operated upon on February 2 and died soon thereafter. He attained an age of 40 years, six months, and nine days. He leaves behind his sad widow and six children. (Note: There is a discrepancy with number of children. Five or six is correct)Pastor Reents preached the funeral sermon on Psalm 31:6 and Luke 12:35-37. Announced by his parents, Heye Parde and wife Tutter nee Baumann, Pickrell, Nebraska.

Joshua Giddings Mead

Submitted by Tom Mead

Joshua Giddings Mead was born in Belmont Co, Ohio near St. Clairsville, April 29, 1849 and died at his home near Blue Springs, Nebraska January 27, 1921, aged 71 years, 8 months, and 29 days. When he was about fifteen, the family removed to Muscatine Co., Iowa and settled at West Liberty. He came to Gage Co., Nebraska in 1879 and has resided near Blue Springs continuously. Thirty-three years ago he and his good wife moved onto the farm where they lived at the time of his death. They chose a beautiful south slope as a building place and erected their neat commodious buildings overlooking a beautiful natural woods which cover the bottoms along the creeks west and south. The companion who shared his happy lot was formerly Miss Nettie Daniels, whose family were among the first settlers at Blue Springs. They were married March 31, 1886. Two children were born to them, both of them are living and by sharing with their mother the griefs which have so suddenly came upon them. Together they will find the silver lining. They are Cyril Mead, Colby, Kansas and Mrs. Ruth Jenkins of Blue Springs. Mr. Mead had planned that the daughter and family should share the family home after the first of March. As things are now, this seems providential.

Besides the family, the deceased is survived by two brothers, John and Elmer of West Liberty, Iowa, and three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Pickering, Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Elma Pickering, Minneapolis, Minn., and Mrs. Mary Whitaker, West Liberty, Iowa.

Mr. Mead was a Quaker by profession and parental training. His parents named him after one of the leading Quakers of their time. The sturdy quality of simplicity and honesty of this sect were strong traits in the character of our esteemed neighbor and friend. In a quiet unassuming way he faithfully made a pioneer’s contribution in the development of our community.

"Such an one goes not unhonored to his grave."

His death was due to paralysis which came on him about sixteen hours before his departure. The funeral was held from the family home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Edgar Rothrock was in charge of the service. The male quartette from South Beatrice Church sang and the following acted as pallbearers: James Gish, Henry Shaffer, Sam Terwilliger, Curtis Jenkins, W.J. Ellis, and C.E. Chamberlain. The body was laid to rest in the Blue Springs Cemetery.

Pauline Wittulski

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Daily Sun June 30, 1909, page 1

Died of Blood Poisoning

Mrs. Pauline WITTULSKI, living at 201 South Front Street, West Beatrice, died yesterday morning about 6:30 of blood poisoning, caused from a scratch on her foot which she received about a week ago. Mrs. Wittulski had resided in Beatrice for about twenty years. She was a native of Germany and at the time of her death was sixty-three years of age. She is survived by a family of eight children, five daughters and three sons, all of whom are residents of Beatrice, except M. J. Wittulski of Valley, Neb. Her husband passed away in this city ten years ago. Funeral services will be held from St. Joseph's Catholic Church Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, conducted by Father Petrasch. Interment in Catholic cemetery.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Christian Wittulski

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Daily Express, Sep. 19, 1898, page 1

Christian WITTULSKI died about 6 o'clock Saturday evening at his home on South Center Street, West Beatrice. He had been in failing health for some time, the result of stomach trouble. Mr. Wittulski has been a resident of Beatrice for thirteen years. He was born in Prussia fifty-six years ago. Mr. Wittulski was married in Prussia and was the happy father of fourteen children, five of whom have died. He leaves a widow and nine children, all living in Beatrice, to mourn him. The funeral services were held this morning at 9 o'clock at St. Joseph's Church, attended by a large congregation. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery, North Sixth Street.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Jessie Wilson Williss

Submitted by Rich L Douglass


"Jesse W. Williss died at his home in Rockford township Friday, December 5, 1902. being nearly 77 years old. Mr Williss was one of the pioneer settlers of Gage county, Nebraska and a more honest, conscientious, honorable man does not live in the state of Nebraska. He was a quiet, unassuming man but a great reader and very few men in Gage county were better posted on the history and all general issues of America than he was. He leaves a wife and nine children and a host of friends to mourn this, their irreparable loss. The Reporter extends sympathy to the wife and children of the deceased in their trial and grief and sorrow."

Anna Whittulski (Witulski)

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Daily Express, Aug. 26, 1898

Mrs. Anna WHITTULSKI, wife of Frank W., died at their home five miles northeast of Dewitt. Cause of death was apoplexy. Daughter of John ADLER of West Beatrice. Burial at St. Joseph's, Beatrice. Survived by husband and several grown children. (2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Antje Weber Schuster Wendt

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Harvard Courier July 4, 1918, page 1

Mrs. Anthea (should be Antje), wife of Fred C. WENDT, died Wednesday morning about two, after a short illness. She suffered heat prostration last week and on Sunday was stricken with paralysis, lingering until death ensued. She was about 65. Her husband and several grown children survive her. Funeral services at the Lutheran Church north of Glenvil.

NOTE: Antje was the widow of Evert (David) Schuster and a former resident of Gage county. She was born in Strackholt, Germany in October, 1851.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Karl Weise

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Sun, Nov. 16, 1907 and Nov. 19, 1907

Karl WEISE, a prominent German farmer living near Hoag, died yesterday morning at 7 AM after an illness of a few weeks, aged 48 years. He had lived in Gage County for many years and is survived by his widow and seven children. He was a brother-in-law of E. Schaekel of this city. Funeral services will be held from the home on Sunday at 12 o'clock. ---Funeral services were held from the home and from the German Lutheran Church north of the city. Conducted by Rev. Heise. Interment at the cemetery near the church. (2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Anna Honicker Thornton

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Liberty Journal, Dec 10, 1896

Anna Honicker was born April 26, 1804, in Virginia. In 1808 she moved with her parents to Kentucky near Bowling Green and in 1823 was married to Joel Thornton. Soon after they moved to Pike county, Illinois, where she united with the Baptist church and in 1848, with her husband, moved to Monroe county, Iowa, where they lived until 1867. They moved to Montgomery county, Iowa, in 1872 when her husband died. She has lived with her children since 1882. She has been an invalidfor the last 7 years, not being able to walk only by the aid of a chair which she used as a support. she was confined to her bed five weeks before her death, and on Saturday, Dec. 5, she was stricken with paralysis and was thought to be dying but revived about 10 o'clock. She asked friends the time of night, and, on being told, she told them when the clock struck twelve to tell her, as it would be the blessed Sabbath and she would leave this world of trouble on the Sabbath and was ready to go. She died a few minutes after six, Dec. 6. She was the mother of 8 children; of which two sons and one daughter are living. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in this place, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.R. Yount, and interment made in the Liberty cemetery.

Frerich Mennen Frieden Schuster

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Ostfriesische Nachricten, March 10, 1907

To all our relatives, friends and acquaintances we bring the sad news that is has pleased the Lord to take from our side, by death, my dear husband and our children's unforgettable father, Frerich Mennen Frieden SCHUSTER. He died on March 1, 1907. The deceased was born at Aurich-Oldendorf, Ostfriesland on May 3, 1852, and reached the age of 54 years, 9 months, and 26 days. His burial took place on March 3 at the cemetery at Hannover, Gage County, Neb. Pastor Reents preached the funeral sermon on Luke 2:29-30. "Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, for my eyes have seen thy salvation." The sorrowing widow brings this notice: Gesche (ALBERS) SCHUSTER with son and daughter. Hannover, Gage Co., Nebr.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Frank M. Schuster

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Sun, March 3, 1907

The funeral of the late Frank M. Schuster will be held this afternoon at 2 PM from the home of his brother, John Schuster, one mile west of the Hanover Church.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Frank M. Schuster

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Sun, March 2, 1907, page 1

Frank M. SCHUSTER, former resident of Gage County, died at his home in Kansas City Thursday night, aged 65 years. Remains were brought to Hanover accompanied by Mrs. Schuster, a son, and daughter. They were met at the train station by John Schuster, his brother, and other relatives. Deceased was born in Germany and after living in Gage County fourteen years, removed to Butler County, Missouri about 12 years ago. The family recently relocated to Kansas City. Cause of death was inflammation of the bowels. He was twice married and leaves a son by his first wife and a daughter by his second wife. He has two brothers living in this county John of Hanover and Fred of Logan.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Efert Schuster

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Ostfriesische Nachrichten, Aug. 1, 1897

To our friends, relatives and acquaintances we bring the news that is has pleased the Lord to take from our midst our dear husband and father, Efert SCHUSTER. He died on Sunday, July 4, 1897. As his body is laid to rest we do so in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. His burial took place on July 7. Pastor Gehre preached the funeral sermon on Isaiah 38:1-3. The deceased was born at Aurich-Oldendorf, Ostfriesland on December 21, 1845 and reached the age of 51 years, 6 months, and 13 days. In March of 1893 we moved from the area around Gage County, Nebr., to Fairfield, Clay County, Nebr. Our marriage was blessed with ten children, two of whom preceded their father in death. Of the 8 living children, two are married. My husband and I lived together in 24 years of happy marriage. It has now pleased God to separate us from our life together. The deeply sorrowing widow: Antje (WEBER) SCHUSTER and our children. Fairfield, Clay Co., Neb.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Carl Schonewise

Submitted by Nancy Pfannenstiel

Source: Beatrice Daily Sun, May 1921

Carl Schonewise was born in Germany, August 10, l844, and died May 8, l921; age 76 years, 8 months and 21 days.

He came with his parents to American [sic] in l851, locating in New York, and lived there two years. In l853, the family came west and located near Petersburg, Menard County, Ill. There they lived until l864, when he came to Auburn, Nebr.

In l865, he married Mrs. Louisa Hickman and in l866, with a mule team, they imigrated [sic] to Illinois, where they lived a short while, then came back and located on a homestead near Hickman, Neb. The country being too wild they moved to Atchison county, Mo, where they made their home for twenty years.

In l887 they moved again to Nebraska, locating on a farm southwest of Adams. In l903 they moved to Wisconsin, living there two years, when he came back to Nebraska, and remained here until his death.

He is survived by his wife, five sons and two daughters: Fred Schonewise of Adams; Mrs. Katie Podtburg of Sterling; Henry Schonewise of Lincoln, Ill; Christ. Schonewise of Paskin, Wis.; Louis Schonewise of Adams; Mrs. Lena Podtburg of Adams; Louisa Schonewise preceded him in death having died in infancy.

He also leaves three step children: Mrs. Mary Harms of Pickrell; Charlie Hickman of Morris, Minn.; and Mrs. Anna Harms of Firth. Also one brother, Henry Schonewise of Clay Center, Kan, thirty-two grand children and twenty-four great grandchildren.

He suffered from dropsy for nearly a year, but during all this time he was always cheerful and kind to everyone.

The passing of this man among men removes a friend that will be more than missed, for many will feel their grief as they bear the loss of his friendship.
(Rt. 1 Box 39, Quinter, KS 67752-9801)

Roderick Infant

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Beatrice Express, June 18, 1873

At the residence of his parents on Bear Creek, on the 13th inst. of spinal disease, an infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Roderick, aged 10 months.

Henry Place

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Beatrice Express, Oct 23, 1873

The death of little Henry Place has released from suffering one who had seemingly been on the very verge of eternity for many days. His disease, which baffled the skill of the physicians, and the nature of which was revealed to them only by a post mortem examination, caused the little invalid an amount of suffering hardly conceivable, freedom from which could not have been otherwise than grateful to the stricken parents, although their lives were bound up in his. The post mortem investigation, which was conducted by Drs. Webb, Sprague and Maynard, showed that the liver had undergone a structural change which almost entirely destroyed its usefulness.

Mary Margaret Petty

Submitted by D. Sue Crowder Kissel

Source: Blue Springs Sentinel Sept 3, 1903, page 1, col 3

Died-At her home one mile east of Blue Springs Thursday, Aug 27, 1903. Mrs. Mary Margaret Petty, aged 73 years 3 months and 17 days. Her husband Joshua Petty, with whom she lived in happy wedlock for over forty years died three years ago. Seven children survive their mother. She was converted at an early age and joined the Baptist church with which church she affiliated until 1880 when she with her husband come to Nebraska and united with the United Brethren church, of which she remained a faithful member in the time of her death. Her sufferings were long and intense but God's grace sustained her until deliverance came. The funeral was held Saturday, Aug 29, at 10 o'clock from the United Brethren church the Pastor rev. J. A. Smith conducting the services after which interment was made in the Blue Springs cemetery.
(3299 Rose Lane, Prescott, AZ 86301)

Joshua Petty

Submitted by D. Sue Crowder Kissel

Source: Blue Springs Sentinel, 8 Nov 1900, page 1, col. 3

Joshua Petty, at his home one mile east of the city on Wednesday afternoon. October 1900, aged 69 year 7 months and 13 days. The funeral of the deceased was held on Thursday afternoon at the united Brethren church of which he was a member the funeral sermon being delivered by Rev. Reed, the pastor, interment being made in the Blue springs cemetery. He was also an old veteran and a member of Scott Post G.A.R., the members of which attended and assisted in the burial service. He was born in Switzerland county Indiana, March 18, 1831 and at the age ten the family went down the Ohio by boat built by his father, to Reno where the family located, and where he grew to manhood. He married to Miss Mary M. McLain Dec 9, 1858 and from which union were born seven children, four boys and three girls, all of whom are living. In 1862, leaving the wife and four children, he enlisted in the service of his country in Co. G 53rd Ind. Vol. Inft, was mustered into the service at New Albany and went to Indianapolis where he guarded prisoners of war three weeks when he left for the front. Took part in the battles of Shilo, Corinth, Lagrange, Holly Springs, Siege of Vicksburg and after which the enemy were driven across the country for a hundred miles to Rome, GA and along which occurred the battles of the Big Shanty, Maryetta, Kencsaw Mountain and Atlanta. At the latter place he was wounded and left on the field without care but worked back to Rome where he was in the hospital four weeks and from where he was sent to a hospital at Cincinnati where he remained six months before recovery. He was then placed in the veteran reserve corps and guarded prisoners on Johnson Island until the close of the war. In 1873 the family left Indiana and came to Iowa and from there to Nebraska in 1880 where they located on the old Otoe reservation on the state line until about five years ago when he secured their present home. Mr. Petty was well known as a square straight forward citizen, was a man of commanding figure and had a host of friends who sympathize with the family in their affliction. He had been a great sufferer for months, but bore it as a true soldier until the end.
(3299 Rose Lane, Prescott, AZ 86301)

Reiner Parde

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Daily Sun, 5 Feb 1910

Former Resident Dead--
Word has been received here of the death of R(einer) PARDE, a former resident of this place, which occurred a few days ago at his home at Stratton, Neb. Mr. Parde resided on the Tamme Zimmerman farm northeast of Beatrice for some time, and later moved to the city where he received treatment. He leaves his wife, four daughters and two sons, besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Parde. The funeral will be held this morning at 11 o'clock from the home of his parents in Hanover township northeast of Beatrice. Interment in Hanover cemetery.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

John H. Parde

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Adams Weekly Globe June 23, 1919, page 1

John H. PARDE, an old resident of Logan township, died Sunday at 10 AM after an illness of three months, aged 38 years. Mr. Parde was born at Golden, Illinois, and leaves a widow and five children. He was one of the best known and esteemed residents of that section of the county. Interment at the Hanover Cemetery.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

John Pardee

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: From Hamilton, Illinois newspaper July 31, 1901

Monday evening, while sitting in his chair at the toll house in Hamilton, John Pardee died from being overheated. He had been in his usual good health all day and had gone to work in the evening, suddenly losing consciousness and soon after dying. Mr. Pardee had lived in this city twenty-four years and had been an employee of the bridge company during the past eighteen years, being well-liked and trusted by his employers. The funeral was held Wednesday morning from the Christian Church, Rev. Weisecke, of St. Paul's German Evangelical Church officiating; interment in the Hamilton cemetery. Mr. Pardee leaves to mourn his departure his wife, daughter Mrs. Barbara Robinson of Keokuk, son Peter, fireman on the T.P.&W. Railroad, and a host of friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved wife and children.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Johannes (Jann) Pardee

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Ostfriesische Nachrichten, Aug. 20, 1901

Johannes (Jann) Pardee (Parde)

To all our friends and acquaintances we make known the sad news that it has pleased the Almighty God according to his will to call suddenly out of time into eternity my dear husband and our father and grandfather, Johannes Pardee on July 22, 1901. He attained an age of 54 years, 9 months and 15 days and leaves behind a sorrowing widow, a son and a daughter. His burial took place on Wednesday, July 24, at 10 AM. The funeral text was Isaiah 40:6-8. The following bring this notice: Widow Mrs. G. Pardee, Peter Pardee, Barbara Robertson. Hamilton, Illinois.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Jann H. Parde

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Ostfriesische Nachrichten, July 1, 1910

Jann H. PARDE was born on Dec. 9, 1871, at Golden, Illinois. In 1893 he entered into marriage with Gretje Schuster. This marriage was blessed with three children, one of whom preceded him in death. His wife died on April 30, 1898. In 1900 he married his second wife, the widow Marie Behrends (Caspers). This marriage was blessed with four children, one of whom preceded him in death. In September 1907 he was operated upon for a bone disease and after 8 months he was able to leave his sick bed and felt well for a time. But in the spring the illness returned and once again he had to submit to an operation on the advice of a doctor. However, he could not decide because his brother (Reiner Heye Parde) had died of such an operation in February. He died on June 19, 1910, and leaves behind his sorrowing widow and two children from his first marriage and three from his second. Pastor Reents preached the funeral sermon on Matthew 28:20. We bring this notice in the names of all the survivors. The sorrowing parents: Heye Parde and wife Tutter Baumann.
(2100 W. 3900 S. Roy, UT 84067)

Heye Parde

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Translated from the Ostfriesische Nachrichten Dec. 10, 1911

To all relatives and friends we make known, by this means, the sad news that it has pleased the Lord to take out of our midst our dear husband, grandfather, and greatgrandfather, Heye Peters Parde. He was born on Dec. 25, 1844, at Strackholt, Ostfriesland (Germany). In the spring of 1865 he married Tutter Baumann and in the same year they came to America and lived near Golden, Illinois, for 20 years. In 1885 we moved to Gage County, Nebr. On October 8, 1911, he was struck a blow from which he died on the 14th, at the age of 66 years, 9 months, and 20 days.

He leaves behind his deeply saddened widow, four sons, two daughters, thirty grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild. Two sons and a daughter preceded him in death. He was buried on the 16th of October. Pastor Reents preached the funeral sermon on Isaiah 53:5.

The sorrowing widow brings this notice. Tutter Baumann Parde, Pickrell, Nebr.
(2100 W. 3900 S. Roy, UT 84067)

Heye Parde

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Adams Weekly Globe Oct. 19, 1911

Death of Heye Parde

Heye Parde died at his home in Hanover township Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock, aged sixty-seven years. Mr. Parde was a native of Germany and located in Gage county twenty-five years ago. He suffered a stroke of paralysis last Sunday from the effects of which he never recovered. He was among the prominent Germans of that locality, and his friends will regret to learn of his death.

He is survived by his widow and five children. They are Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. J.W. Duitsman, Peter, Herman, and O. Parde. The funeral services were held on Monday at the Bear Creek German Church and was very largely attended, there being more than one hundred teams in the procession.
(2100 W. 3900 S. Roy, UT 84067)

Sarah Elizabeth Nash

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Liberty Journal, Dec. 10, 1896

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Nash, wife of W.A. Nash, living on Mission Creek, 5 miles south-east of Liberty, died last Tuesday forenoon at 11:15. The news of the death of Mrs. Nash was a shock to her many friends in this vicinity, although for some time past she she has experienced very poor health, but her death came more sudden than was expected. On the morning of her death she ate breakfast with the family, and was not thought to be any worse, but at the above hour death claimed its victim and she passed away without a struggle. Tumor of the brain was the cause. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Goudy. Her father departing this life about 5 years ago, while her mother still survives her and is a resident of this place. The deceased was a member of the United Presbyterian church of Mission Creek at the time of her death, having given her heart to the service of her master at the age of 16. She leaves a husband and four children--two boys and two girls--the former having grown to manhood, who will deeply mourn the loss of a faithful wife and fond mother. The funeral services were held at the residence this forenoon at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.S. Colvin, pastor of the church of which she was a member, after which the remains were interred in the Liberty cemetery.

Mrs. Margaret Moschel

Submitted by Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts

Source: The Daily Express, Beatrice, Nebraska; Thursday October 7 1886

Mrs. Margaret Moschel, ages 73, died Monday evening, October 4th, at the home of her son, Louis Moschel, three miles north of the city. Her death was the result of infirmities consequent upon advanced age. She had been living in the county about ten years. She leaves nine children, all married, five of whom are in this county. they are her sons, Louis, Charles, Daniel and daughters, Mrs. J. Klein and Mrs. Miller. The others are living in Illinois. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the home of her son Louis. Services were conducted by the Rev. Peoverlein, of the German Lutheran Church. There was a large attendance.
(P. O. Box 2010, Sparks, Nevada 89432)

Louis Moschel

Submitted by Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts

Source: Beatrice Daily Sun; January 8, 1915

Louis Moschel, a pioneer resident of Gage County, died this morning at 11:40 at his home in this city, 804 North 8th Street, at the age of 71 years and two months, following an attack of the grippe. Mr. Moschel was one of the early settlers in this section of the county, having farmed for fifty years on the old homestead three miles north of Beatrice. Seven years ago he retired from active work and moved with his family into the city, to spend his declining years, making his home at 804 North 8th Street. He had been ill for the past week, and failed rapidly during the final hours of his sickness. Besides his wife, he leaves seven children: two sons and five daughters. They are: A. L. Moschel of Beatrice; A. C. Moschel of Lincoln, Mrs. Emery Ellis, Mrs. Albert Pretzer, Katherine, Emma and Ida Moschel of Beatrice who were at home when the end came. Mr. Moschel was a well known figure in Gage County agricultural circles and he has a host of friends over the county who will be pained to learn of his death.
(P. O. Box 2010, Sparks, Nevada 89432)

John Peter Miltenberger

Submitted by Rich L Douglass

Source: 1910 Cortland Paper

Last Sunday morning grandma Miltenberger around 7:30 gave Mr. Miltenberger some medicine as he had been in poor health for some time and then went about her housework and at about 9:00 went to call him to breakfast and found him cold in death. The door to his room had been left ajar and as no sounds were heard he apparently died without a struggle and quietly passed beyond the veil. The news of his death brought sorrow to many ears for he was loved and respected by all who knew him. Cortland and vicinity resident for over 30 years and will be greatly missed by all...A large number of relatives all of the clildren of the deceased were present except Mrs. C. H. Pfeiffer of Clatonia who was very sick and not expected to live.

According to great grandaughter Dorothy Brown, the town is spelled "Schmidthachenbach and is near Kirn"

Anna Meints

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Sun Jan. 10?, 1907

Pickrell, Jan. 9, Mrs. H(eye) J. (Anna) MEINTS died at her home in Logan township last night. She was 65 years old and leaves a family of two daughters and five sons, all grown. The daughters and two sons live in Kansas while three unmarried sons make their home with their father. Mrs.Meints was born in the province of Hanover, Germany, and came to this country about 1860. Ten years later she moved with her family to Gage County. The deceased had been in good health until Tuesday of last week. Her funeral occurred at Hanover Church Jan. 11 at 2 PM and was attended by a large and sympathetic number of old friends and relatives.
(2100 W. 3900 S. Roy, UT 84067)

Elizabeth Ann McVey

Submitted by Beverly Zuerlein

Source: ? , January 1915

"Elizabeth Ann McVey was born near Tazewell, Claiborne Co, TN, Aug 10, 1845.
She married James Knox Polk Goin Dec. 7, 1865. .........(much is not readable) Moved to Gage County in March of 1869........she united with the Baptist church at Liberty and has been a most earnest and devout Christian. Next to her love for her Master, Jesus Christ, was the fond love and devotion which she has always shown to her husband and children and to all with whom she came in contact. The highest tribute which we can express is that she has raised a fine family and reared them well as they have followed her noble example and each of the children have confessed their faith and love to Jesus Christ. She has been failing in health for the past two years and despite all the care of a loving and devoted husband and the tender nursing of her beloved children she passed away on the morning of January 16, 1915. Besides one brother she leaves a husband, six daughters and three sons to mourn her death. There are also two girls and one boy that have gone on before her.

....funeral services conducted by Rev. Bollinger an old friend of the family. Internment at the local cemetery. (Liberty)"

Amanda Leners

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Sun, Jan. 27, 1915, pg. 1

Mrs. Rankin (Renke) Leners (nee Amanda Schuster) pioneer resident of Gage County, living 3 miles SW of the Hanover Church northeast of Beatrice, died yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, aged 65 years. She had resided in Hanover township for nearly 40 years and was well known in the section of the county. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, and three sons. Funeral services will be held Friday at the home and from Hanover Church. Interment in Hanover cemetery.
(2100 W. 3900 S. Roy, UT 84067)

James Layman

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Beatrice Express, June 18, 1873

At Blue Springs, on the 11th inst., of cerebro spinal meningitis, James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Layman, aged about 16 years.

William Fredrich Krueger

Submitted by Rich L Douglass

Source: Cortland Paper of Jan 11, 1912

Age 68 years. The cause of death was angina pectoris following pneumonia. Had been ill for 3 weeks..Not first thought to be serious. Survived by 2 sons: Will C. Krueger of Adams, Albert Krueger Firth, 3 daughters: Mrs Mary Baumfalk of Harbine, Mrs. Sophia Garrison of Adams and Mrs. Frank Miltenberger of Cortland. Also leaves 2 brothers: Mike and August Krueger of Firth and 2 sisters: Mrs. Charles Arnt of Michigan City, IND. and Mrs. John Hanson of Orange Calif. Services conducted by Rev. Meyerhoff were largely attended. Cortland looses a familiar figure, as well as a man of the most unquestioned integrity and highest sense of honor.

Mrs William F Krueger (Ernstina Christina Nemer)

Submitted by Rich L Douglass

Source: typed copy of obit

Left Germany in 1868 for America, arriving on 31st of October. Settled at Michigan City, Indiana where they lived until 1882 when they came to Nebraska, settling on a farm 3 miles east and 1/2 south of Cortland, NE remaining until 1907. Eight children were born to this marriage, moved to Cortland. Ernstina was sick for one year before her death suffering from chronic heart disease. She was a loving mother and a good neighbor, always ready to help anyone in need. She was bedfast for a year except for two months this summer. Services conducted by Rev Meyerhoff and (copy unclear) crowd was too large for home so sermon being preached at the church. Three of her children preceeded her in death five remaining in addition to husband are Mrs. Gustave Baumfalk of Harbine, Mrs. A E Garrison of Adams, A E Krueger of near Firth and William C. Krueger and Mrs. F. Miltenberger of Cortland. She also leaves a mother, three brothers, ten grand children.

John Klein

Submitted by Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts

Source: Beatrice Daily Sun, 6 March 1908

The people of this city, both young and old, were most grievously affected by the sad and unexpected news of the death of John Klein who passed away at his home, 1115 Lincoln Street, yesterday morning at 11:30 o'clock. The time of Mr. Klein's sickness was of but two week's duration, he having been first stricken with la grippe. At first his immediate friends and relatives felt no apprehension regarding his condition, but this week showed an alarming change for the worse, he having been delirious for several hours prior to his death. Mr. Klein was born in Beatrice October 17, 1883, receiving his education in the local schools. On April 8, 1907 he was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle Hagerman, daughter of Mrs. Grant Ford of Glenover. At the time he was taken ill he was active in the Klein Mercantile Company as cashier, which position he had filled for several years. He had been a member of the Y.M.C.A. and this season had played with the businessmen's basketball team. He was a promising young business man whose quiet, genial and unassuming manner had won and held for him scores of friends who mourn his untimely demise. Those who survive him are his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Klein, three brothers, Jacob A., Frederick and Frank, and one sister, Ida Klein. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.
(P. O. Box 2010, Sparks, Nevada 89432)

Jacob Klein

Submitted by Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts

Source: Beatrice Daily Express, 28 December 1918, Saturday

Jacob Klein, pioneer, Beatrice merchant, died this morning at four o'clock at his home 1020 Washington Street, this city, after a brief illness, aged seventy-two years. The cause of death was asthma, with which he had been afflicted for years, together with complications arising from influenza. He was taken ill three weeks ago, his condition not being considered serious until a few days ago, when he gradually grew weaker, death claiming him this morning. Jacob Klein, son of the late Jacob and Margaret Klein, was born in the Upper Palatinate of the Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, not far distant from the historic old city of Bingen, on the Rhine, on 31 March 1846. He came to the United States with his parents in 1855. He was raised on a farm in Tazewell County, Illinois, coming to Nebraska in 1873 at the age of twenty-seven years and locating in Gage County, where he made his home continuously up to his death. He was married to Catharine Moschel in the year 1871, the two locating in Beatrice two years later, where Mr. Klein formed a partnership with Charles Moschel and Emil Lang, the three engaging in the retail grocery business under the firm name of J. Klein & Company. The enterprise met with success and the scope of business was enlarged by the addition of departments devoted to dry goods and men's clothing. The partnership alliance continued until 1887, in January of which year the partners made equitable division of the business and stock, Mr. Klein taking control of the dry goods and clothing department of the enterprise. With characteristic energy and good judgement he made himself leader in anticipating the demands of the public incidental to the development and growth of the county and finally he developed the large and important general merchandise business which marks the present department store of Klein's Mercantile Company as one of the most metropolitan and efficiently conducted institutions of the kind in this part of the state. For some years the store was known as Klein's New York Racket. G. H. Johnson at that time being associated with Mr. Klein. In 1901 the business was incorporated under its present name, Mr. Klein assuming direct charge of the business as president and general manager. Mr. Klein's entire career as a resident of this city marked him as one of the southeastern Nebraska's most progressive and successful businessmen. He was well known throughout this section of the state, not only as the head of one of this city's most successful institutions, but as a public spirited citizen and as one who has been a force in the furtherance of the civic and material advancement and prosperity of the community in which he had made his home for over forty years. He was a democrat in politics, and an intimate friend of William Jennings Bryan. He was frequently honored by his fellow citizens, serving as a member of the Board of Education for a number of years. He served one term as County Treasurer from 1896 to 1898, and represented Gage County in the state senate in the session of 1909 and also represented Gage and Pawnee Counties in the same body in 1913. He is survived by his wife, three sons, Jacob A., Frederick K. and Frank E. Klein, and one daughter, Miss Ida Klein. He also leaves one brother, Charles Klein, residing in Montana, and one sister, Mrs. Katherine Moschel of this city. Several grandchildren also survive him. One son, John Klein, died in this city several years ago. The news of the death of Mr. Klein will be received with genuine regret by his host of friends throughout this section of the state. Private funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home. Those desiring to view the remains may call at the home between the hours of ten o'clock and noon Monday.
(P. O. Box 2010, Sparks, Nevada 89432)

Annie Brinkman Klein

Submitted by Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts

Source: Beatrice Daily Express; 3 April 1902

Mrs. Annie Brinkman Klein died at 2 o'clock this morning at her home, corner Twelfth and Jefferson Streets today after an illness of about three months. Mrs. Klein was one of the most highly esteemed and charming young women of this city, and was formerly Miss Annie Brinkman. She was united in marriage two years ago last September to Mr. Jacob A. Klein of the Klein Mercantile Company. She has been in failing health since the death of her child Margery several weeks ago. Mrs. Klein was born in Syracuse, Nebraska February 10, 1875, and was consequently but little over 27 years of age. She was in all respects a sincere Christian and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of this city. A model daughter, wife and mother, she was deeply nd sincerely beloved by all who knew her. Her death comes with crushing sorrow to her bereaved husband, to whom the sincerest sympathies of the entire community will be extended, and in which The Express most earnestly joins. The funeral services will take place from Trinity Lutheran Church at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
(P. O. Box 2010, Sparks, Nevada 89432)

Mrs. Marie Grieser

Submitted by Nancy Pfannenstiel

Source: Cortland Herald 3 Dec 1903

Mrs. Marie Grieser, wife of Frederick Grieser was born in Germany March 5, l8l8 and died Friday morning, November 27, l903 at the ripe old age of 85 years, 7 months, and 22 days. For the past two years or more her husband has been an invalid and the extra care and worry which necessarily fell to her lot caused a breakdown in health and, although she had every care and attention that loving kindness could bestow and, although a woman possessed with wonderful vitality, the finger of old age had written her requiem and the life that had worn the burdens of more than 85 long years returned to the God who gave it.

In early life she became a Christian and united with the Lutheran Church. In l849 she was united in marriage to Frederick Grieser, who survives her. In l854 they emigrated to America, settling in Franklin County, Missouri, then moving to Illinois in l867, coming to Cortland, Nebraska in l884, and for almost twenty years has been an honored resident of this place.

Five children were born to her, three of whom urvive her; Leonard Grieser, of this place, and two daughters living in Illinois, one of whom Mrs. Maggie Richard, was with her during her last illness; The other Mrs. Kate Nihart [should be Neihart] , could not be here on account of ill health.

Grandma Grieser was a woman of a kindly and loving disposition and a host of friends mourn her taking away.

The funeral services were held Sabbath afternoon in the German M.E. church; the pastor, Rev. Treiber, preaching and interment made in the Highland Center cemetery. A large congregation followed her remains to their last resting place.

Leonard Grieser

Submitted by Nancy Pfannenstiel

Source: Cortland News, Cortland, Nebraska; Friday, July 16, 1920

Leonard Grieser, one of the pioneer residents of Highland township, died at this home just west of Cortland on Saturday morning, July 10, l920 at 5 o"clock. Mr. Grieser's illness dated from the first of the year, although he was not bedfast until some months later. He fought against his illness with the grim determination that characterized his early struggles against adverse conditions in pioneer days, but the hand of the grim reaper could not be stayed.

Leonard Grieser was born in Golhaffen, Mettlefranken, Bayren, Germany, on October 28, 1850. His parents emigrated to America when he was a child three years of age and settled in the state of Iowa. He next resided in the state of Missouri and was identified with a military organization there towards the close of the Civil War, although a mere boy. Later he removed to Pana, Ill, where he was married to Miss Kate Kerr on October 28, 1874.

In the course of time this young couple heard the call of the boundless West and in a prairie schooner made the trip to Wahoo, Neb., thence to the state of Texas. Returning to Nebraska, in the spring of 1879, they settled on the farm adjoining Cortland on the west, where [illegible] -ed their family.

Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Grieser, six of whom survive and are residents of this community. They are Albert Frederick, Oscar Julian, Ernest Edward, Henry Walter, Ralph Clarence, and Frank Edgar. His helpmate and companion, these six sons and two sisters mourn his demise.

Mr. Grieser was an industrious man and this coupled with his natural business ability enabled him to accumulate a large estate. He was honored by being placed in public office several times, having served as director of the schools for many years, and also as justice of the peace, township clerk and township assessor. He was vice president of the Bank of Cortland for some years and was elected President of that institution in 1919.

He was brought up in the faith of the Lutheran church and was an active member of the Masonic order. His last request was that the Masonic funeral services be held at his grave.

Services were conducted at the family home.
(Rt. 1 Box 39, Quinter, KS 67752-9801)

Daniel Freeman

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Fairbury Journal, January 1, 1909

Daniel Freeman, the first man in the United States to take a homestead, died Wednesday at his home in Beatrice. He would have been 83 years old next April. His homestead was taken about seven miles northeast of Beatrice on Cub Creek. Mr. Freeman was a soldier in the Civil War at the time the homestead law was passed, but was home on a furlough, and being in Nebraska, filed on a quarter section of land, his certificate being marked No. 1 and always since then being one of his proudest possessions. Mr. Freeman, in addition to being a man of distinction because of this incident was besides a man of strong character and original ideas. He, at one time secured an injunction restraining the teacher in his school district from reading the Bible in the public school. The case went to the supreme court and Mr. Freeman was partly successful, the court holding that the Bible could not be made a part of the course of study but might be read for its literary style the same as any other book. Mr. freeman was always a staunch supporter of W.J. Bryan, another indication of good character.

A.L. Ernst

Submitted by Mona Sarratt Knight

Source: Shenandoah, Iowa Sentinel-Post, Tuesday, August 27, 1912

THE DEATH OF A.L. ERNST, A PAGE COUNTY PIONEER: Died in Beatrice, Nebraska, August 20., Buried at Coin, Iowa -- Leaves a Large Family.

A. L. Ernst was born near Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) April 8, 1834. While yet young in his boyhood he came with his parents to Peoria Co., Illinois. In 1857 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Frank to which union ten children were born. He is survived by nine of his children and several grandchildren. His wife preceded him to the better land in October 1905.

He was one of the pioneer settlers of Page county, having settled on a farm a few miles west of Coin in 1886 where he remained until 1886 when he removed to Shenandoah where he engaged in the implement business for a number of years. Mrs Ernst's health failing, they went south in search of health but this blessed boon was denied them. Since the death of Mrs Ernst, he has made his home with his children, being of late years with his son C.G. Ernst at Beatrice, Nebraska at which place he departed his life August 20, 1912.

A.L. Ernst was converted and united with the Methodist church at the age of twenty-one, since which time he has lived a faithful and consistent christian life, thereby leaving to his children that which is above price...the hope of immortal life. He was a kind husband and loving father and his children will sorely miss his loving counsel. Of his immediate family present at the funeral were his sons C.G. Ernst of Beatrice, and J.H. Ernst of Alma, Neb., his daughters Mrs Edythe Offenhauser of Omaha and Mrs E.R. Williams of Aurora, Nebr. Funeral services were conducted by Rev A.R. Miller from the Methodist Church of Coin, Iowa. The body was laid to rest in the Snow Hill Cemetary.

Thomas Fredrick Douglass

Submitted by Rich L Douglass

"Obituary of Mr. T. F. Douglass. On the 28th day of August 1892, Mr. T. F. Douglass died from a head end collision near Holton, on the Rock Island R. R. in northeastern Kansas. The cause of the wreck was due to carelessness of the Train Dispatcher alone.

"Mr. Douglass was born in Beekmantown Clinton Co., N.Y. in 1855, and came to Nebraska with his parents in 1871 where he engaged in farming with his parents until the year 1879, when he went to Colorado and engaged in railroading for the U. P. R. R. Co. as conductor. His most important route was from Denver to Leadville which he held for some 8 years. His last route in Colorado was from Denver to North Platte when he met with a sad accident at Brighton in which his skull was broken. Though under the efficient care of Dr. Pieffer of the U. P. Hospital, he recovered after 4 months of time. Mr. Douglass came with his family on a visit to parents and friends in Macon, Nebraska April 1st, 1892, and August 1st following went into the employ of the R. I. R. R. Co. The remains were conveyed by special train in care of Order of Railway Conductors to Beatrice, and left in charge of his wife who was visiting her parents in Gage Co. He leaves a wife and four small children also his parents and two brothers along with many relatives and friends who mourn the loss of one so noble and so dear."

Jane Dorsey

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Beatrice Express, Dec. 11, 1873

The death of Mrs. Jane Dorsey, mother of C.G. and G.W. Dorsey, took place last Sunday about 12 o'clock noon, at the residence of the former of the above gentlemen. She was 78 years of age, and was much beloved by those who knew her. In the evening of Sunday, brief and fitting funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.P. Wilson, of whose church the deceased was a faithful member. The next morning her remains were taken to Neb. City for interment, where her husband lies buried.

Bert Coffin

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Liberty Journal, April 30, 1896

Died, at the home of his brother, Robert Coffin, Monday morning, April 27, Mr. Bert Coffin, aged 21 years and 4 months. He was until recently a resident of Illinois, and a year ago contracted the dreaded disease consumption, coming to Nebraska last November. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. F. Mills, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Liberty cemetery. This is the third member of the family that has been taken away by this terrible disease, the mother and a sister having passed away several years ago. The sympathy of the community is extended to the ralatives in their sad bereavement.

Isaac H. Brubaker

Submitted by Barbara Archer

Source: (from a Beatrice paper)

Died June 29, 1903

The funeral of Isaac H. Brubaker was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 from the family home, the services being largely attended. The sermon was preached by Rev. Edgar Price of the Christian Church and was a beautiful eulogy on the life of the deceased. Those who acted as pall bearers were all neighbors of Mr. Brubaker, and are as follows: Messrs. G. L. Beachley, T. H. Burke, S. B. Hershey, J. F. Steele, Dr. J. S. McCleery and J. R. McCann.

The remains were laid to rest in Evergreen home cemetery.

Richard Brandt

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Sun, Oct. 24, 1918

Richard BRANDT dies of pneumonia--Richard G. BRANDT passed away yesterday morning at his home at 703 S. Sumner Street after a week's illness of influenza, which later developed into pnuemonia, aged 25 years. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John BRANDT who reside nine miles southwest of Beatrice and was born and raised in this city. He was employed as a machinist at Frank Kline's garage. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, his parents and following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Ray C. HEFFELFINGER, Minnie and Agatha BRANDT, John M. BRANDT, Gustave BRANDT, and Arthur BRANDT, all of Beatrice. Private funeral services conducted from the family home conducted by Rev. Poeverlin. Burial in Evergreen Home Cemetery.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534)

Gustav Brandt

Submitted by Fran Zedney

Source: Beatrice Daily Sun, 18 Dec 1918

Gustav BRANDT dies at home--

Gustav BRANDT died yesterday afternoon at his home at 1206 North Eighth Street, Beatrice, after a brief illness of pneumonia following an attack of influenza, aged thirty-years. Richard BRANDT, a brother, died a few weeks ago at his home in West Beatrice of the same disease. Mr. Brandt at the time he was taken ill was manager of the Heffelfinger hide house on lower Court Street and was well and favorably known in Beatrice and vicinity. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brandt, Sr., living about nine miles southwest of Beatrice, and is survived by his wife and two children and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. R.C. Heffelfinger of Beatrice, Mrs. P.W. Evans of Fairbury, Minnie and Agatha Brandt, Henry Grunewald, John M. Brandt, Jr., all of Beatrice. As yet no arrangements for the funeral have been made.
(2100 W 3900 S., Roy UT 84067-3534.)

William Bradt

Submitted by Diane Shoemaker

Source: Beatrice Daily Express, April 1875

"Bradt. -- Tuesday, April 9, (1875), at his residence in Beatrice, Mr Wm. Bradt, aged 62 years, 11 months and 3 days. With the demise of Mr. Bradt this community loses a valued and esteemed citizen, and sustains the severest shock of the kind it has felt for years. His last illness was very sudden and of short duration, but during the time he was confined to his bed he endured intense bodily agony. As a worker, Mr. Bradt never tired; whether in the church or in the management of his business; and like many men, has overestimated his powers of endurance. He was born in Ontario, Canada on the 6th day of May, 1812. At the age of 26 he united with the Church of Christ, and from that time has been a zealous worker in the Lord's vineyard, and most of the time has held the responsible office of elder. Until six years since he made his residence in Canada and Rockford, Ill. Since that time he has been a resident of Beatrice, and has done much to promote the material and moral wealth of the community. His last hours were spent among friends, he having two sons and a daughter living in the city, and another son in the country. Services were held at Central Chapel last Sunday and so great was the attendance to pay their respects to the memory of the departed that many were turned away from the house, being unable to even secure standing room. A vast concourse of people also followed the remains to the cemetery, there to take a last look at the familiar face before it should be forever closed from mortal eyes. The many members of the family have our heartfelt sympathies in their hour of trial, while we trust that He who takes care of even the sparrows will remember them in His divine compassion."

Rosanna Bradt

Submitted by Diane Shoemaker

Source: Beatrice Daily Express, September 4, 1893

"The venerable Mrs. Rosanna Bradt died at the home of her son Byron Bradt, at 600 North Twelfth Street at 5 o'clock Sunday morning in the 79th year of her age, after an illness of several weeks, growing out of the ailments incidental to old age. The deceased was one of the most endearingly known and esteemed residents of Beatrice. She was a native of Canada, and was the relicit of the late William Bradt who died in this country in 1876.

Mrs. Bradt and her husband and family, were among the pioneers of Gage county, having been residents thereof since 1869, coming here from Winnebago County, Illinois. Prior to their residence in Illinois, Mr. Bradt was engaged in the grain supply trade on the lakes from Buffalo, N.Y. On their arrival in Nebraska, they with their family, engaged in agricultural pursuits. The parental household consisted of five children, four sons and one daughter, namely: Byron, Mary (wife of C.W. SNURE), William H., Augustine W. and James H. The last named died at the age of 17, in this city. Byron and A.W. are residents of this city, and Mrs. Snure and W.H. are residents of other points in this state. The deceased's maiden name was Rosanna HANSLER.

The EXPRESS can say but little of this noble woman that is not already known to a very large majority of the citizens of Beatrice. She possessed every attribute of a noble, devoted Christian life, and was happiest when contributing by her kindly, gentle presence and means to the distressed. She was the comforter of many Beatrice households. Her long life was unostentatious and gentle and was in full conformity with that divine precept, "Do unto others as you would be done by". Her long life was one of pious, christian devotion and a strict adherance to scripural teachings. Her faith and hopes were inseperably anchored to the Bible and her chief regret was when sickness prevented her from attending her church and following the multiple lines of Christian duty she had laid out for herself. It was the sincere good fortune of the writer to know "Grandma" Bradt intimately, attesting to the purity and grandeur of her truly noble character words are inadequate to give it that merit it deserves. Her death to many aside from her family, will come in the nature of a personal bereavement. It can be said of her that she had grandly filled the full measure of years alloted to human life, and when the final summons came for which she had so long and happily awaited, her noble spirit gently took its flight to the God she loved and served so well.

The life of "Grandma" Bradt is an inspiration, and her death was by the transition from a world of care and tribulation to a realm of utter peace and reward for a life so truly and faithfully spent. If it were right to grieve over deaths like this, the city could well put on habiliments of mourning. But it would be selfish to regret that she is dead. She longed to go to that sweet rest her long and useful life had so will earned. Her sweet, kind face will be missed from among us, but the example of her life remains, and her death is another tie that binds her relatives and friends to the eternal beyond, and gives us renewed faith in the promise of an everlasting home beyond the skies."

James Harvey Bradt

Submitted by Brenda Busing

Source: The Beatrice Express, Dec. 2, 1871

On the 17th ult., of typhoid fever, in Beatrice, Nebraska, James Harvey Bradt, aged 17 years and 2 months.

Raymond E Van Buskirk

Extract from LA Times, page B13, Thurs 12 Sep 2002

VAN BUSKIRK, Raymond Earl - 77
Born 6 Mar 1925, Beatrice, NE, Died 8 Sep 2002, Redding, CA

Grad: Univ. of NE, WW II and Korean War - US Navy, Employed by FAA at Torrance, CA for 50 years.

Moved to Shasta County in 2001.

Survived by wife, one son, one daughter, one brother, 7 grdch, 1 g-grdch.

Services: 14 Sep 2002, Lawncrest Chapel and Memorial Park

James Franklin Heater

Submitted by Charlene Spaulding

BEATRICE DAILY SUN, Page Four, Beatrice, Nebraska, Sunday, October 8, 1944

James Franklin Heater was born at Heaters, West Virginia, April 14, 1861, and passed away at his home in Adams, Nebr., October 2, 1944 having attained the age of 83 years, five months and 28 days. In 1881 he was united in marriage to Lucinda Ella Spaulding and to this union were born eight children; four boys and four girls. His wife and four children preceeded him in death. Alva in infancy; Bessie at the age of ten; Mrs. Emma Bolin, and William in the First World War. His is survived by four children; Mrs. C. A. Robinson of Adams, Mrs. Ethel Anton and George of Lincoln and Ted of Gering, Nebr. There are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also one brother resided in Kentucky. Brief memorial services were conducted in Frey mortuary by the Rev. R. D. Cox of the Methodist church on Wednesday afternoon and burial in Dawson, Nebr., cemetery.

Gerd Albers

Submitted by Don Albers

The Cortland Sun, April 24, 1902

Death of Gerd Albers

Soon after quitting work last Friday, Gerd Albers was taken with severe pains in the bowels. Dr. Temple of Hallam, was sent for but, could give no relief and Dr. Reynolds of Lincoln, summoned and diagnosed the case as being strangulation of the bowel and the only hope to save his life lay in an operation. He was taken to the hospital in Lincoln, and the operation performed. He never rallied and died at 7 o'clock Sunday morning. A more extended notice will appear next week, being recieved to late for this week.


The Cortland Sun, May 1, 1902


Gerd Albers died at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lincoln, Neb., April 20, 1902, where an operation had been performed by Dr. Temple of Hallam and Dr. Reynolds of Lincoln. Mr. Albers was born at Zetel, Oldenburg, Germany Feb. 4, 1858 and was therefore 49 years, 2 Mo. and 16 days old. Emigrated to America, with his parents in 1861 and settled in Garnavillo, Clayton County, Iowa. Came to Nebraska in 1869 settling on a farm near the town of Hallam, where his parents still reside. On the 7th day of Feb. 1875 he was married to Miss Maggie Dey, who survives him. This union was blessed with three sons and nine daughters who are all living. Besides these he leaves a sorrowing father and mother, seven brothers and three sisters. The subject of this sketch joined the Eve. Congregational church in Hallam, at the time of its organization in 1893 and remained an honored and respected member. Held the office of church treasure, since 1895 and was a teacher in the S. S. from its organization. Was treasure of German Mutual Insurance Co. of Claytonia and has held a number offices of trust in the township and in the party with which he was affiliated. He was known as upright and honest man. Funeral services were held at Hallam, Rev. H. Hilkerbonnier conducting the service. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in their bereavement. A Neighbor

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