Bodarc is a
corruption of the French bois d'arc, a thornty shrub or small tree,
native of Texas, usually designated as the Osage orange and frequently
used for hedges. John W. Hunter and . C. F. Slingerland
wanted a name for their post office, and suggested Oress for Hunter's
little daughter. A Texas community asked that their post office
be named Bodarc for their native shrub, and the department in
Washington, by mistake, assigned the name Bodarc to the Sioux Co., NE
post office, and Oressa to the one in Texas.
Excerpt from letter to Harrison Sun, 1951 newspaper, from the Rev.
Emery E. Zimmerman, Carroll, Iowa
"We had been out of school about 2 years and were happy when Dist. 6
began its session in the Columbia house. Ben Smith was teacher,
and too tall for the ceiling, had some hard bumps on the head, and his
temper would flare with very audible expression. One teacher was
Herbert Steele, who died of mountain fever, and was the first one
buried in Bodarc cemetery . . . The "stickers-on", most them now
passed on to the last home, certainly earned the heritage you now enjoy
in a time of plenty. Learning to "hoe your own row" hurts no
From 1885-1890 Hat Creek Valley was being settled with a family on
almost every quarter-section, and a Presbyterian missionary, Reverend
Rice, and his good wife traveled many miles by buggy to encourage
settlers in every way, but especially to meet for Sunday worship.
Sunday School was held in the log schoolhouse, with Mrs. F. W. Knott a
devoted superintendent. The congregation outgrew the schoolhouse,
and they voted to build in 1890. The settlers represented various
denomination, and voted to accept a #300 loan from the Presbyterian
mother church, Rev. Rice to serve as first minister. A sawmill
owner volunteered to saw the lumber if men would get out the logs,
which were on government land. Logs were cut and hauled to the
site donated by Henry Zimmerman; Z. T. Zerbe drew the plans and helped
in construction as well as overseeing; almost all the labor was
donated. Cleve Zimmerman recalled playing around the worksite at
nights while his father and other men built by lantern light after a
day's work in their fields.
The churchyard cemetery's first burial was Herbert
Steele, a fine young teacher who came west for his health but never
recovered, and was laid to rest by friends, as relatives could not be
located. The John Eberspechers' two small sons and Matt Hall's
two little boys, all victims of membraneous croup, were next laid
there, and some graves were moved to the churchyard from homesteads.
After Rev. Rice's health failed, Presbyterian
ministers serving Glen and Cottonwood came every 3rd week to
Bodarc. Mrs. Maggie Brown Childs played an old treadle organ, and
how the people san! Mrs. William Miller and Howard
Wickersham were later Sunday School superintendents, and for years the
many families ate Sunday picnic dinners at the grounds near Hat Creek,
the you folks afterward singing and playing games while parents visited.
labor to build the church included:
J. B. Burke A.
W. S. Hall S.
J. H. Newlin
J. H. Montgomery Amelia
F. M. Hall S.
Lewis Gerlach Minnie
L. A. Pfost W.
Ernest Bunge H.
M. J. Blewett
Marstellar Brothers D. H.
Haugh & Sons W. H.
Dr. J. E. Phinney
James Scott J.
C. E. Wilson
C. F. Adams G.
George C. Read
Alexander Steel John
Christian A. A.
J. C. Parsons
L. N. Freeman
C. F. Coffee S.
J. B. Bradley
Sioux County Nebraska
North of Harrison, Sioux Co., Nebraska
Compiled 1976 – Sioux County Historical Society
Cemetery Records copied from The Wagoner Fall 184 edition Vol. VII, No.
Bodarc Church and Cemetery are located: Sec. 27, Twp 33, Range 55
in Sioux Co., NE
Olita (Mrs. Keith) Zimmerman keeps records current.
Antrim, W. Fay b. 16 May 1888 - d.
27 May 1910 son of Z. W. & Carrie Antrim
Brennan, Edna Leona b. 5 May 1910
- d. 21 Sep 1914
Brown, George E. b. 1871- d.
1934 wife: Lillie M. Brown
Brown, Lillie M. b. 1879 - d.
1910 husb: George Brown
Bunge, Lillie N. b. 28 Jan 1874 -
d. 25 Feb 1897 wife of E. Bunge
Burke, Infant daughter b. 15 Jun 1895 - d. 26 Sep
1895 Twin, daugh. of Rev. & Mrs. Burke
Burke, Infant son b. 15 Jun 1895 -
d. 21 Aug 1895 Twin, son of Rev. & Mrs. Burke
Crane, Helen M. b. 30 Jan 1842 -
d. 15 Jun 1926
Dout, Infant son & daughter no
dates children of Leonard Dout
Dout, Irva L.
b. 16 Nov 1898 - d. 28 Aug 1935
b. 20 Dec 1861 - f. 6 May 1925 wife: Myrtle M. Dout
Dout, Myrtle M. b. 27 Oct 1874 -
d. 7 Feb 1914 husb: Leonard Dout
Dunn, Margaret (Hunter) b. 1881 -
Eberspecher, Charlie b. 16 Oct 1888 - d. 16 Feb
1892 son of John & Francis Eberspecher
Eberspecher, Francis Jane b. 17 Feb 1869 - d. 10 Mar
1943 husb: John C. Eberspecher
Eberspecher, John C. b. 28 Feb
1862 - d. 30 Sep 1946 wife: Francis Jane Eberspecher
Eberspecher, Johnnie b. 21 Feb
1890 - d. 12 Feb 1892 son of John & Francis
Fulton, Infant girl
d. abt.1907 daugh. of Emery Fulton
Hageman, Infant son b. 3 Feb
1900 son of A. K. Hageman
Hall, Claire b.
1896 - d. 1899 daugh. of Francis & Sarah Hall
Hall, Edward b.
1905 d. 1908 son of Francis M & Sarah Hall
Hall, Francis M. b. 1867 - d.
1949 husb. of Sarah Hall
Hall, Frank b.
Jan 1902 - d. Mar 1973 wife: Ola M. Hall ?
Hall, Minnie E. b. 9 Mar. 1869 -
12 Jan 1943
Hall, Ola M. b.
28 May 1908- d. 24 May 1934 husb. Frank Hall?
Hall, Ralph b.
1900 - d. 1901 son of Francis & Sarah Hall
Hall, Ruth b.
1903 d. 1904 daugh. of Francis & Sarah Hall
Hall, Samuel W. b. 1830 - d.
Hall, Sarah b.
1873 - d. 1910 wife of Francis M. Hall
Harder, Infant daughter b. 16 Jun 1940 - d. 17 Jun
1940 parents: Lloyd & Hilda Harder
Haworth, Irven D. b. 15 Jun 1937 - d. 17 Jun
1937 son of Howard & Clara (Zimmerman) Haworth
Hill, Albert d.
Nov 1944 Husb. of Alice Hill
Hill, Alice B.
b. 26 Jul 1882 - d. 12 Feb 1942 wife of Albert Hill
b. 6 Jan 1919 - d. 2 May 1926
Hill, Mary C.
d. 12 Jun 1921 age 75y, 11m, 10d - husb: Sanford Hill
Hill, Robert L.
b. 6 Dec 1904 - d. 19 Apr 1909 son of Albert &
d. 2 Apr 1924 age 81 y, 6 m, 10 d - wife: Mary C. Hill
Holloway, Infant daughter d. 22
Feb 1907 daugh. of S. L. Holloway
Hovey, James d.
19 Aug 1897 d. age 77 y, 6 m, 14 d
Hunter, Adeline B. d. 28 Apr
1888 dau. of John W. & Margaret C. Hunter
Hunter, John W. b. 11 Dec 1842 -
d. 20 Jul 1903 wife: Margaret
Hunter, Margaret C. d. 9 May
1902 husb: John W. Hunter
Hunter, William D. b. 1 Nov 1884 -
d. 28 Nov 1917 Co. I, 163rd 2nd Montana Inf.
Jordan, John, infant son d. 1903
Jordan, Mary, infant daughter d.
b. 1883 - d. 1964
b.1883 - d.1928
Kipp, Molly b.
8 Apr 1860 - d. 29 Jun 1892
Peterson, Anna b. 21 Oct 1841 - d.
7 Aug 1916 husb: Sven?
Peterson, Hanna b. 15 Apr 1876 -
d. 14 Jan 1896
Peterson, Mary E. b. 3 Nov 1883 -
d. 19 Sep 1905 husb: Peter Peterson
b. 16 Feb. 1840 - d. 11 Aug 1896 wife: Anna?
Rickard, Charles E. d. 25 Nov
1893 son of Louis & Elizabeth Rickard
Rickard, Lillie Belle d. 29 Dec
1891 daugh. of Louis & Elizabeth Rickard
Rickard, William J. b. 1861 - d.
1944 born Point Pleasant, W. Va.
Schleyer, Fredrike Wilhelmine b. 3 May 1879 - d. 6
Serres, Ida Mae b. 15 Sep 1896 -
d. 4 Dec 1959 wife of Jack Serres
Serres, John Leo b. 16 Sep 1935 -
d. 13 Sep 1963 son of Jack & Ida Serres
Serres, John Paul (Jack) no dates
b. 30 Apr 1831- d. 11 Jun 1917
Soutau, G. d.
16 May 1903
Steele, Alexander d. Sep
1894 native of Scotland
Steele, Herbert FIRST BURIAL,
BODARC CEM. Teacher from Pennsylvania
Thayer, Caroline b. 1879 - d.
Thayer, Elma Zimmerman b. 26 Nov 1914 - d. 27 Feb
Thayer, Gridley T. d. age 78 y, 1
m, 2 d
Thayer, John A. b. 7 Nov 1853 - d.
27 Apr 1928
Thayer, Lura A b. 21 Mar 1861 - d.
20 Feb 1926
Thayer, Millard A. b. 1879 - d.
b. Jun 1821 - d. Dec 1907
Wagner, Frank b. 2 Jun 1885 - d. 2
Wagner, Louis b. 1882 - d.
Wagner, Minnie b. 7 Jun 1846 - d.
26 Jan 1924
Wagner, Theodore b. 23 Dec 1845 - 26 Jan
Wagner, William b. 1887 - d.
Werderman, Wilhelmine b. 26 Oct 1841 - d. 23 May
Werdrman, Gottfried d. 15 Oct 1897
Zerbe, Alice Elizabeth b. 21 Mar 1853 - d. 8 Jan
1940 husb: Henry Thomas Zerbe?
Zerbe, Alice May b. 9 May 1881 -
d. 4 Aug 1887 child
Zerbe, Anna b. 20 Feb 1910 - d. 26
Oct 1957 husb; Frank Zerbe
Zerbe, H. Loren b. 12 May 1885 -
d. 23 Jul 1887 child
Zerbe, Henry Thomas b. 22 Feb 1849 - d. 25 Dec
1938 wife: Alice Elizabeth Zerbe?
Zerbe, Infant Daughter d. 21 Jan
1941 parents: Frank & Anna Zerbe
Zerbe, Infant son d. 25 Jul
Our many thanks to the Northwest Genealogical Society for keeping these
records and sharing them for all to see.