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Indiana, July 26, 1875, the son of Gust and Carolina (Palmer) England. His father, who was a farmer, was born at Grenna, Sweden, March 15, 1838, and died at Saronville, Nebraska, April 25, 1930, came to this country in 1858. His mother was born at Junkoping, Sweden, September 11, 1848.

Mr. England received his education in the public schools of Eldorado, Nebraska, and has been engaged in farm work most of his life. A Democrat, he served as supervisor of Clay County, 1914-27, and committeeman since 1912. During the World War he made loan drives in his county, acting also as registrar, and from 1911 to 1926 was an active member of the school board at Eldorado. He is a Mason and holds membership in the Nebraskana Society.

His marriage to Edith Victoria Anderson was solemnized at Lincoln, Nebraska, March 11, 1903. Mrs. England was born at Saronville, September 14, 1881. They have three children: Earl, born December 13, 1903, who married Elsie Youngsen; Evelyn, born April 1, 1906, who is a stenographer; and Clayton, born July 29, 1909. Earl and Clayton are farmers. Residence: Eldorado.

Thomas William Engles

Born on the farm of his father in LaSalle County, Illinois, October 31, 1858, Thomas W. Engles has been a resident of Nemaha County since 1860. At that time his father, Peter Engles, brought his wife and family to Nebraska, where he pre-empted a section of land in Nemaha County. Peter Engles was born in Metz, Germany, in 1825, and died on his homestead April 25, 1881. This homestead is still in the possession of the family. Peter Engles was the son of William and Katherine (Reek) Engles. After serving three years in the German Army, he came to America in 1848 and participated in the gold rush to California, in 1849.

Mary Ann Meath Engles, wife of Peter, was born in County Mayo Ireland, in 1835, daughter of Thomas and Eleanor (Conway) Meath. She came to America while still a girl and prior to her marriage was a teacher. She died at Auburn, February 16, 1897.

On May 4, 1886, at LaSalle, Illinois, William Engles was united in marriage to Belinda Mary Halligan. Mrs. Engles was born at LaSalle, October 3, 1858. Her father was a plantation owner at Savannah, Georgia, and her brother, Thomas P. Halligan, was first judge of LaSalle County. She died at Kansas City, Missouri, July 12, 1925, leaving four children living. They are: Albert, born August 30, 1888, married Beatrice Ryan; Mary; Emily; Thomas A., born March 12, 1898, married Florence Zimmer. Two children died in infancy, a son, born May 4, 1887, died May 4, 1887, and another, born January 2, 1890, died the same day.

For more than 68 years William Engles has been active in the life of his community. He has always been extensively interested in farming and stock-raising, and during later years established a lumber and coal company, which he thereafter gave into the charge of his son, Thomas. He still devotes most of his time to his agricultural and breeding interests. A Catholic, he attends St. Joseph's Church. His hobby is reading. Residence: Auburn.

James Thomas English

James Thomas English, lawyer, was born at Omaha, October 26, 1893, son of James Patrick and Margaret Agnes (Dalton) English. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in 1916 and his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1920.

On June 18, 1918, he was married to Genevieve Eileen Dross at Omaha. She was born there on August 2, 1895. There is one son, James, born May 19, 1926.

Mr. English is a member of the American Legion, having served in the United States Navy as a second class seaman in the World War. He is a member of St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, the Nebraska State and Omaha Bar Associations, and the Knights of Columbus (advocate). Residence: Omaha.

Oscar L. Engstrom

Oscar L. Engstrom was born at Axtell, Nebraska, July 20, 1884, the son of John E. and Johanna F. (Belfrage) Engstrom. His father, a farmer, was born at Smalan, Sweden, April 3. 1839, and died at Axtell, July 16, 1921. His mother was born at Wesende, Sweden, December 28, 1849, and died at Axtell, April 29, 1930.

Mr. Engstrom, who is a progressive farmer at Axtell, attended public school there and later studied at business college. He has been a member of the local school board since 1920, is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, and holds membership in the Nebraskana Society. His hobby is reading.

On August 29, 1916, he married Anna Maria Anderberg at Wakefield, Nebraska; she was born in Sweden. To them one son was born: Emmett, November 13, 1917. Residence: Axtell.

Loren William Enyeart

Loren William Enyeart was born at Liberty Mills, Indiana, March 12, 1879, the son of John Wesley and Erma Jane (Park) Enyeart. His father, who was a farmer and a Civil War veteran, was born in Indiana, April 12, 1845. and died at Lincoln, Nebraska, May 15, 1906. His mother, whose ancestry was Scotch-Irish, was born in Sullivan County, Ohio, December 22, 1853, and died at Milford, Nebraska, January 27, 1922.

Mr. Enyeart was graduated from the Culbertson High School in 1897. He was editor and publisher of the Hayes Center Times at Hayes Center, Nebraska, for over 20 years, served as county treasurer of Hayes County for four years (1908-1912), and for the past 16 years has been postmaster there. He is a member of the Hayes County Chamber of Commerce and the Red Cross of which he has been secretary for the past 10 years. During the World War he was county chairman of Hayes County of the Food and Fuel Administration. He is also a member of the Southwestern Nebraska Historical Society and the Nebraskana Society. He is a member of Palisade Lodge No. 216, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

On November 18, 1903, he was married at Hayes Center, to Frances G. Potts, who was born in Pennsylvania, November 5, 1881. They have four children: Florence R., born November 25, 1904, who married H. M. Counce at Chester, Nebraska, in November, 1926; Charles R., born May 20, 1907, who married Vivian Sloan at McCook, Nebraska, July 2, 1930; John R., born October 10, 1911; and Kenneth R., born June 2, 1914, who is still in school and working in a bank. Florence, who received an A. B. degree at the University of Nebraska in 1925, is a teacher. Charles is assistant postmaster, and John is a licensed air craft pilot. Residence: Hayes Center. (Photograph in Album).

Jacob M. Epp

Jacob M. Epp was born in York County, Nebraska, April 23, 1881, and for the past 35 years has been a farmer there. His father, Heinrich P. Epp, who was a farmer, was born in South Russia, January 25, 1857, came to America in 1874, and died at Henderson, Nebraska, August 11, 1929. Margaretha (Wall) Epp, mother of Jacob Epp, was born in South Russia, October 26, 1859, and died at Henderson, April 22, 1927.

Mr. Epp has been a member of the board of education in District Number 31 for nine years, and is actively interested in all community affairs. He is affiliated

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with Bethesda Church of Henderson, (trustee 12 years), is a member of the Republican Party, and holds membership in the Nebraskana Society.

On June 18, 1903 he was united in marriage with Maria Peters at Henderson. Mrs. Epp was born in York County, February 26, 1882. Seven children were born to this marriage, Willard, born May 18, 1908; Emma, born March 30, 1906, who married Dietrich E. Peters; Minnie, born May 21, 1910, who married Henry R. Regier; Louise, born September 8, 1912, who married Albert A. Buller; Robert, born March 2, 1914; Herman, born February 4, 1916; and Geannetta, born March 28, 1919. Residence: Henderson.

Richard John Epp

Richard J. Epp, publisher, was born at Fairbury, Nebraska, November 3, 1901, the son of John Jacob and Mary (Geisbrecht) Epp. John Jacob Epp, born in Germany, March 27, 1872, is a milk distributor. Mary Epp was born in Germany, November 28, 1878.

Richard J. Epp, was graduated from Fairbury High School in 1920. There he was active in football. Thereafter he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for three semesters.

He was united in marriage with Lela Ware, June 14, 1926, at Fairbury, Nebraska. She was born at Powell, Nebraska, August 9, 1906. They have two children: Margaret Loaise, born September 22, 1927, and Joan Marie, born May 19, 1929.

Mr. Epp has been editor of the Bruning Banner for some years. His religious affiliation is with the Methodist Church of Bruning. He is a member of the Bruning Community Club and the Nebraskana Society. Residence: Bruning.

Eugene C. Eppley

Eugene C. Eppley was born at Akron, Ohio, April 8, 1884. He is the son of Owen and Jessie C. (Phillips) Eppley. He was graduated from Culver Military Academy at Culver, Indiana, in 1901, and attended Standford (sic) University in 1902-03.

Mr. Eppley entered the hotel business in 1903 with the McKinley Hotel at Canton, Ohio. He has built up a large hotel organization and operates many of the leading hotels of the country from Pittsburgh to the Pacific Coast. The position of president of the Eppley Hotels Company, with executive offices in Omaha, is held by Mr. Eppley.

Among the hotels under the direction of the Eppley organization are the following: Hotel Norfolk, Norfolk, Nebraska; Hotel Lincoln, Hotel Capital and Hotel Lindell of Lincoln, Nebraska; Hotel Fontenelle, Hotel Rome and the Logan Apartment Hotel of Omaha, Nebraska; Hotel Cataract and Hotel Carpenter of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Hotel Warrior, Sioux City, Hotel Martin and Hotel West, Sioux City, Iowa; Hotel Tallcorn, Marshalltown, Iowa; Hotel Chieftain, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Hotel Montrose and Hotel Magnas, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Hotel Seelbach, Louisville, Kentucky; Hotel Fort Pitt and Hotel William Penn, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Hotel Alexandria of Los Angeles, California, and the Elms Hotel of Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

During the World War, Mr. Eppley served as national fuel administrator for hotels. He is a director of the Greater Omaha Association and the Omaha Chamber of Commerce For three terms he served as president of the Hotel Men's Mutual Benefit Association of the United States and Canada. He is a member of Chi Psi, of which he has served as member of the executive council.

In 1926, Mr. Eppley was awarded a special distinction when he was decorated with the Gold Cross of Social Welfare by the French government. He is a Mason and a member of the Shrine. His clubs include the Elks, Omaha Club, Omaha Field Club, the Omaha Country and the Omaha Athletic Club. Residence: Omaha.

Edward Charles Epsten

Edward C. Epsten, president of the Epsten Lithographing Company of Omaha, was born at Rochester, New York, December 24, 1874. He is the son of Edward Arthur and Belle (Perry) Epsten. Edward Arthur Epsten was born at Rochester, New York, in 1851; the family originated in Belgium, emigrated to Germany and thence to America. Belle Perry Epsten was born in Rochester, January 7, 1854, and died at Rochester, November 12, 1927. She was a teacher of dramatic art, music and elocution, of English and Welsh descent. Her mother was of the Perry family.

Edward C. Epsten was educated in the public and high schools of Rochester, graduating in 1892. For some years he conducted an art studio and was assistant instructor at the Milwaukee School of Fine Arts. In 1910 he came to Omaha, where he founded the Epsten Lithographing Company, the first strictly lithographing firm in Nebraska.

He was married to Katherine Louise Krein at Rochester, July 3, 1895. Mrs. Epsten was born at Wayland, New York, June 6, 1876, and is of German descent. To their union three children were born, Edward J., born January 7, 1897, married Helen Bechtold. He is secretary-treasurer and general manager of the Epsten Lithographing Company. Robert F., born June 21, 1911, is a senior at Creighton University, and Thomas P., born April 30, 1913, is a senior at St. Mary's High School, St. Mary's, Kansas.

Mr. Epsten is a Republican. He is a member of St. Cecilia's Cathedral and the Knights of Columbus. His civic and fraternal organizations include the Chamber of Commerce, the Ad-Sell League, the Kiwanis Club and the Elks. He is fond of golf, hiking, fishing and hunting, and his avocation is oil and water color painting. His indoor recreation is reading. Residence: Omaha.

Andrew Erickson

One of the outstanding leaders in business and civic affairs at Campbell, Nebraska, is Andrew Erickson, who has resided in this community since 1873. He was born at Kongsvinger, Norway, October 12, 1855, the son of Erick and Karen (Amundson) Erickson. His father, a farmer, was born at Konsvinger and died at Campbell. His mother was also a native of Norway and died at Campbell.

Mr. Erickson was a pioneer farmer in Franklin County, Nebraska, and in 1910 became active in business at Campbell. He has been president of the Citizens Lumber Company since 1905, has acted as vice president of the Farmers State Bank since 1915, and has been a director in the latter organization since 1904. At this time he is a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Campbell and the Nebraskana Society.

He was married at Campbell, January 8, 1882, to Helena Tollefson, who was born at Bergen, Norway, July 6, 1859. She was a daughter of Hans and Martha O. (Olson) Tollefson. The six children born to this marriage are: Edwin, September 22, 1883, who married Marie Bowers; Henry, born October 23, 1885, who married Hazel Vivian South; Bertha Carolina, July 26, 1887, who married Carl Lindgren; Matilda Olena, born April 7, 1889, who married Alphonse W. Gagnoo; Emma Louise, October 27, 1891, who married Frank Gary Abel; and Anna Maria, August 15, 1893.

Mr. Erickson was active in the Republican Party as a member of the Nebraska Legislature in 1913; he served as state senator in 1919. He homesteaded in 1876 about miles south of Campbell, living in a dug-out after which a sod house was added to the home and in this dug-out both of his sons were born. During the early days on his claim Mr. Erickson recalls many visits by the Pawnee Indians who were on their way to the buffalo feeding ground which was an annual hunt every fall. Residence: Campbell. (Photograph on Page 386).

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George Henry Erickson

George Henry Erickson, merchant, was born at Holdrege Nebraska, March 12, 1890, son of Henry and Laura (Larson) Erickson. His father, born in Drumand, Norway, March 22, 1862, is now retired. His mother, who was born at Drumand, June 2, 1864, died at Holdrege, in February, 1925.

Mr. Erickson attended the Holdrege public schools. On September 8, 1919, he was married to Clara Victoria Swanson, at Lincoln, and to them four children were born: George Roland, born March 22, 1924; James Frederick, born September 22, 1925; Raymond Alden, born January 12, 1929; and Gloria Aldine, on January 12, 1929.

Mrs. Erickson, who was born at Omaha, July 12, 1894, is of Swedish descent. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Woman's Club, and the Mother's Club.

For a number of years Mr. Erickson has been engaged in business at Holdrege, and at the present time is the owner and manager of the Erickson Paint Store. A Republican, he has served as a member of the city council four years, as its chairman one year. During this period eleven miles of paving were put in Holdrege, as well as a sewage disposal plant.

During the World War, Mr. Erickson served with Company C, 355th Infantry; was in overseas service in France, June 4, 1918, to January 9, 1919; and was wounded at Toul. He served as first commander of Martin Horn Post No. 66 of the American Legion at Holdrege. Mr. Erickson is a member of the First Methodist Church, the Odd Fellows, the executive board of the Community Welfare Association, and the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce.

He enjoys hunting and golf and holds membership in the Holdrege Country Club. Recently he was made a life member of The Nebraskana Society. Residence: Holdrege.

Gustavus A. Erickson

Gustavus A, Erickson, retired farmer of Gage County, Nebraska, has lived in this state since 1884 and has taken an active part in economic and civic affairs in his county for many years. His father, Peter Erickson, who was born in Sweden, December, 1834, and died at Virginia, Gage County, Nebraska, November 22, 1901, was also a farmer. Susan Erickson, his mother, was born in Sweden and died at Virginia, August 16, 1923.

Mr. Erickson, who is now a stock buyer and is president of the Virginia State Bank, received his education in the rural schools of Gage County. He is a member of the Christian Church at Virginia, and for the past 30 years has been a member of the school board there. During the World War he served as chairman of the Red Cross in his community.

His marriage to Mary F. Mangus was solemnized at Virginia, January 15, 1893. Mrs. Erickson was born in Illinois, January 29, 1873. Five children were born to this union: Oliver L., born April 26, 1895, who married Amelia Barnard; Walter E., born December 20, 1896, who married Nina Raynor; Nellie M., born August 4, 1898, who died September 13, 1890; Edith V., born September 4, 1890, who married George Weiss; and Elva G., born October 29, 1894, who married William Lawson, and lives in Omaha. Oliver is in the nursery and seed business at Kearney and Walter is a banker at Filley. William Lawson is a traveling salesman. Residence: Virginia. (Photograph in Album).

Henry Erickson

Henry Erickson, successful lumber dealer at Campbell, Nebraska, was born there October 23, 1885, the son of Andrew and Helena (Tollefson) Erickson. His father, who is a retired farmer and lumberman, was born at Kongsvinger, Norway, October 12, 1855; he served as a member of the Nebraska Legislature in 1913 and in 1919 was state senator. His mother was born at Bergen, Norway, July 8, 1859,

Mr. Erickson was graduated from Hastings Business College, Hastings, Nebraska, in 1907. He entered business with the Citizens Lumber Company in 1908 as a yard man, and since 1911 has been manager of that organization of which he is also secretary. He traveled for the Handy-Minor Lumber Company of Denver, Colorado, as salesman for a brief period. He has been a member of the village board at Campbell for several terms, is a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, and for several years was chairman of the Campbell Community Club.

He served as secretary of the village school board, 1923-24, was chairman of the Four Minute Men at Campbell during the World War, and served as a member of the Campbell Home Guard, 1917-18. Mr. Erickson is affiliated with the Campbell Presbyterian Church, is a member of the Nebraskana Society, and holds membership in the following fraternal organizations: Eastern Star; Odd Fellows; Rebekah Lodge; the Bladen Lodge No. 319 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; and the Scottish Rite and Shrine at Hastings. His social club is the Campbell Country Club and his favorite sport is golfing.

His marriage to Hazel Vivian South was solemnized at Strang, Nebraska, on September 12, 1916. Mrs. Erickson, whose ancestry is Scotch and Irish, was born at Stewart, Iowa, September 12, 1895. They had two children: Patricia Dawn, born September 13, 1926; and Hope Diane, born February 20, 1928. Both children died in infancy. Mrs. Erickson is worthy matron of Hildreth Chapter No. 170 Order of Eastern Star. A Royal Neighbor, she is a member of the Christian Church at Cumberland, Iowa, active in church work and takes an active interest in the affairs of her community and home, especially her flower garden. Residence: Campbell.

Oliver Leo Erickson

Oliver Leo Erickson was born at Virginia, Nebraska, April 26, 1895, the son of Gustavus Adolphus and Mary (Mangus) Erickson. His father, who was a farmer, stockman and banker, was born near Galesburg, Illinois, August 2, 1871; he served on school boards for several years. His mother, whose ancestry is Pennsylvania Dutch, was born in Illinois, January 29, 1874.

Mr. Erickson was graduated from the high school at Beatrice, Nebraska, in 1914, received the D. D. S. degree at Creighton University at Omaha, in 1919, where he was a member of Xi Psi Phi. For a time he engaged in farming in Gage County, Nebraska, was engaged in the practice of dentistry at Kearney, for five years, and since 1924, has been proprietor of the Kearney Floral & Nursery Company. He is a director of the Buffalo County Fair Association.

He holds membership in the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of which he was secretary in 1922, the Fort Kearney Memorial Association, the Nebraska State Florists Society of which he is a director, the Red Cross, and the Nebraskana Society. He is affiliated with the Methodist Church and from 1927-31, was a member of the city council at Kearney. He served as a private in the United States Army during the World War, and is now a member of the American Legion. His hobby is attending football games.

On October 23, 1919, Mr. Erickson was married to Corrinne Amelia Barnard at Beatrice. She was born at Filley, Nebraska, October 23, 1895. They have four children: Mary Erdine, born November 1, 1920; Virginia Jeanne,, born April 8, 1922; Evelyn Ann, born August 8, 1925; and Oliver Leo, Jr., born September 17, 1927. Mr. Erickson is a member of the Masons, (chapter), the Elks and the Odd Fellows. Residence: Kearney.

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Leonard Everett Eriksen

Leonard Everett Eriksen, banker, was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa, September 14, 1903, son of Erik Peter and Laura Louise (Leonard) Eriksen.

Erik Peter Eriksen was born in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 1870, of Danish parentage. He is a retired farmer and mail carrier. His wife, Laura, was born in Decatur, Iowa, February 3, 1871. Her parents were born in Ireland.

Upon the completion of his elementary education in the rural schools of Cherry County, Mr. Eriksen attended Hooker County High School, from which he was graduated on May 18, 1921. Thereafter for four years he taught in the public schools of Cherry and Hooker counties. At the present time he is assistant cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Mullen. He is a Democrat.

In 1924 he attended Citizens Military Training Camp at Des Moines, Iowa. He is a member of St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Mullen Lodge No. 282 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and Winifred Chapter No. 292 of the Order of Eastern Star. Residence: Mullen.

H. L. Ernst

Colonel H. L. Ernst, farmer and stock dealer, was born at Graf, Nebraska, August 8, 1880. His father, William Henry Ernst, was born in Hanover, Germany, March 28, 1845. He was a member of the state legislature and a breeder of Percheron horses and Hereford and Shorthorn cattle. He died at Tecumseh, March 3, 1917. Louise Catherine (Hahn) Ernst was born in Germany, January 17, 1849. She resides at Tecumseh.

Colonel Ernst was educated in the country schools of Nebraska, and attended the State Agricultural College two years. On February 18, 1904, he was married to Marie Hannah Schomerus, at Johnson, Nebraska. Mrs. Ernst was born at Syracuse, on March 20, 1883. Their only son, Mark W., was born May 5, 1906, and is a registered pharmacist.

Mr. Ernst is a Republican. During his entire life he has been a farmer and auctioneer, and in the World War he donated his services and held twenty-four Red Cross sales in various towns in southeastern Nebraska. He is a member and deacon of the Presbyterian Church, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and Modern Woodmen of America, and is secretary of Nemaha County fair board. His social club is the Country Club. He is interested in golf, duck hunting, fishing and football. Residence: Auburn.

Edward Floyd Ervin

Edward Floyd Ervin, banker, was born at Danbury, Nebraska, September 2, 1890, son of Edward and Eliza (Wingerter) Ervin.

The father was born at Charleston, Ohio, January 18, 1850. He came to Red Willow County in 1879, where he is now a retired farmer. His ancestry is German. His wife, Eliza, was born in Monroe County, Ohio, September 13, 1856. Her father came to the United States from Germany in 1840, and her mother in 1856.

Mr. Ervin attended public school and business college, otherwise he is self-educated. During 1918, he was sergeant instructor at military training school at the University of Nebraska. There he also taught engineering classes in the agricultural college. There are perhaps few graduates from the eighth grade, who can state that they have taught in the state university. While there Mr. Ervin had the first office in the new agriculural engineering building.

In January 1910, he went into the farm implement and automobile business for himself continuing until 1920, when he became cashier of the bank of Danbury. In 1931 he was elected president of that bank, and is still holding that office. He is also a director of the Beaver Valley Telephone Company. A Republican, he has served as mayor of Danbury for eight years.

On May 22, 1918, he was married to Elna Madeleine McDonald at Danbury. Mrs. Ervin was born at Danbury, May 13, 1892, of English and Scotch descent. They have two children, Floyd McDonald, born December 24, 1919; and Roger Edward, born October 9, 1921.

Mr. Ervin is a member of the American Legion, active in the Red Cross, and is a Mason and Shriner. His religious affiliation is with the Congregational Church. He enjoys golf, and is a member of the Parkhurst Golf Club. He spends his summer vacation fishing. His bobbies are reading and automobiles. Residence: Danbury.

Blanch Mendell Erwin

Blanch Mendell Erwin, daughter of George Henry and Margaret (Miller) Mendell, was born in Laughlinstown, West Moreland County, Pennsylvania, March 11, 1860, and has been a resident of Nuckolls County for the past 50 years.

Her father was born in Ligonier, West Moreland County Pennsylvania, May 12, 1838, and died at Superior, Nebraska. He was a tanner and a farmer and a veteran of the Civil War. His family came from Massachusetts, where they were engaged in the mercantile business and settled in New York City. Mr. Mendell served with Company H, 32nd Ohio Volunteers in the Civil War for three years, and afterward received a pension.

Margaret Miller Mendell was born at Scranton, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1838, and died at Superior, March 11, 1906. Her maternal progenitors were Samuel and Mary (Garver) Neely, who both died in West Moreland County.

Samuel Neely was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, who fought under Generals Wayne and Harrison, and was wounded in the knee and in later years received a pension from the government. He served as a private in the Dulchess County Militia of New York. (See Roberts' New York in the Revolution).

Sarah J. Neely, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Garver) Neely, was born near West Newton, West Moreland County, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1814. She married Phillip Miller at West Newton, Pennsylvania, in 1837. She was one of nine children, and was a survivor of the Johnstown Flood in 1889. Sarah and Phillip Miller had twelve children. She died in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1903.

Margaret Miller, daughter of Sarah and Phillip Miller, was born at Scranton, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1838, and died at Superior, Nebraska, March 11, 1906. She married George Henry Mendell on May 26, 1859, at Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Blanche Mendell, the eldest of ten children, was educated first in the common schools of Shamburg, Pennsylvania, and later attended a girl's boarding school at Ligonier.

On December 22, 1875, she was married to Alem Britten Erwin at Tecumseh. He was born at Milton, Pennsylvania, October 24, 1945,* and died at Superior, Nebraska, August 13, 1907. A farmer, he served as a private in Company G, 156 Illinois Volunteer Infantry from 1864 until 1865, being discharged September 20, of the last year. To Mr. and Mrs. Erwin were born twelve children as follows: Margaret Miller, born September 24, 1876, married William Gabby Weir. William P., born November 22, 1877, married Grace Louise Dysart. Maud Blanch, born April 13, 1882, married William Albert Lunt. Atley Charles, born September 26, 1886, married Sadie Donahue, while Alfred Daniel, born the same day, married Pearl Merganthler. Mary G., born March 7, 1889, married Lawrence J. Arnold. Florence A., born December 12, 1890, married George A. Garrison. Mendell L., born February 17, 1893, married Mary Janette Wood. Lloyd


* Birthyear should probably be 1845. No longer have the book in our possession to check the original.

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