Camp G. H. Thomas,
Oct., 9th 1879.
following family history reports have been supplied by the
families involved, and for the most part, have not been
edited, other than perhaps a few grammatical changes. The
Centennial History Book committee appreciates the
cooperation of all those who supplied family histories for
Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Adamy were members of this community over half a century.
Mr. Adamy owned and operated Adamy Oil Co. in the mid-20's
and early 30's. He was Police Judge of the Village of
Bellwood many years.
Frank and Julia (Henggeler) Adamy and son Francis.
Joseph Anderson Family
Joseph Nathaniel and Mary Rolls Brown Anderson originally came to the plains from Waynesburg, Penn., and St. Clairville, Ohio. They were married on April 21, 1892 in Hoxie, Kans., and homesteaded in Sheridan County, Kansas, where a son Lloyd was born in a sod house. In August of 1894
they migrated to Bellwood, Nebraska,
where Joe became manager of the estate of J. D. Bell. Joe
and Mary Anderson were very active in the Bellwood Methodist
Church. Joe was Superintendent of Sunday School for 30
years. They were a couple who proved their teachings by
their example. Joe Anderson was a great talker. He told
stories of hauling wagon loads of apples to Columbus long
before there was ever a bridge to cross. He also related
about the economy. He worked for $10.00 a month, at the time
and saved $100.00. in one year. Mary Anderson was famous for
her White cakes and very beautiful white hair. Joe and Mary
were married for 55 years. Three more sons were born to Joe
and Mary in Bellwood; Paul, Merritt and John. Merritt died
at the age of 13 of lockjaw. The other 3 boys grew up,
graduated from High School, attended some college and
eventually started their own families.
Mary and Joe Anderson (1917).
Henrietta Jebb, born
in Belfast, Ireland, came to Fremont in 1908, and worked at
H. J. Lee's in order to finance her college education at the
then Fremont Normal College, where she subsequently earned
enough credits for a teaching certificate. She did not
return to Ireland until 1928, at that time to visit her
The Benjamin H. Baer
family was derived from the meeting of Nell E. Donohoe,
eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Donohoe of Decatur,
Nebraska, and Benjamin H. Baer, the youngest son of Mr. and
Mrs. Jacob Baer, Bellwood, Nebraska.
daughters); Mrs. Gerald (Kathy) Placek
(two daughters); and Ben Bohuslavsky (two daughters).
Derby Bell Jesse D. Bell
J. D. Bell was born
Oct. 22, 1835, at New Albany, Indiana. He later moved to
Henry County, Illinois, where he married Hattie Derby in
1865 at Geneseo, Ill. They settled in Woodhull, Ill., where
Mr. Bell owned and operated a general merchandise store.
Jesse D. Bell, Jr.,
was born in the family farm home near Bellwood Sept. 1,
1878. After his graduation from Iowa State College in 1902
he married Ada McFall of Lincoln, Nebr., on Jan. 21,
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