William and Zelphia Napier moved from Indiana when their son, Oliver, was a small boy. They had three other sons, Wilber, Roy and Travis, and three daughters, Mary (Mrs. Clarence Smith), mother of Gladys Shamburgh; Adelaid, (Mrs. Luther), mother of Millie Kamenske; and Etta, who died as an infant.
Oliver and Delia Napier, May 5,1903.
Ollie, (as he was called), married
Delia Cobb, daughter of George and Anna Cobb, on May 5,
1903. They lived on a farm just below the hill on Highway
81, now occupied by Francis Adamy. Grandma Napier made her
home with them after her husband passed away. Their children
were: Arlette, Arnet, Sadie, Kenneth, Iola, George and
Beryle. On this farm their twins, Arlette and Arnet, were
born. Arnet passed away at three weeks of age. After
graduating from Bellwood High School, Arlette attended
summer school in Peru and Kearney and taught school a few
years. She married Wilbert Widdowson and moved to a farm
north of Rising City, Nebraska. Later they moved to Columbus
and then to Wichita, Kansas where Arlette now resides.
Wilbert passed away in October, 1958. There were no
and then married Russell Walden. They lived on farms near
Ulysses and Rising City. They then moved to Shelby,
Nebraska, where Russell purchased a produce and feed store
and later worked for Willis McMeekin's Implement and
Machinery in Shelby. Russell passed away in March, 1955.
They belonged to the Methodist Church where Sadie was quite
active. She taught Bible class, sang in the choir, was
pianist and organist and was a member of the music
department on the church board. Two children were born to
this union - Donald of Boerne, Texas and Keith of
Westminster, Colorado. Donald married Nancy Thomson of
Chicago. They have four children: Leslie, Amy, Lori and
Dean. The Waldens' other son, Keith, married Portia
Garrison. They have five children: Cindy, Dale, Robert,
Mindy and Kimberly.
set, and the girls and Kenneth had taken music lessons
from Edna Widdowson. One winter sport we enjoyed was riding
on a large sled Ollie had made for us with our pony pulling
Lydia Jane Derby Newman, a long-time
resident of Bellwood, was born in Schenectady, N.Y.,
February 1, 1830. She married Benjamin Derby, Jr., October
2, 1844. After his death in 1863 she later married Mr.
At the time of her death on January 17,
1921 she was almost 91 years old and had 145 living
descendants which included 23 great-great-grandchildren. She
is buried in the Bellwood cemetery.
Left to right: Lillie Arasmith McMullen, Lydia Jane Derby Newman, Anita McMullen, Rose Derby Arasmith and Paul McMullen. This five generation picture appeared in Colliers magazine in 1914.
Frank Nicolas Family
row: Peter, George, Joseph C. and Frank W.
Frank Nicolas, Sr. was born July 15,
1851 in Lorraine, France. He came to this country with his
parents N. and Elizabeth Nicolas in 1851, locating in Spring
Bay, Illinois. He first came to Nebraska in 1872 and then
returned to Illinois where he married Sophia Fischer and
came back to Nebraska in 1878. He was in charge of some land
belonging to L. Williams.
-By Joseph P. Nicolas, Grandson
Louis W. Nozicka, one of nine children
was born to Matej and Frantiska Smejkal Nozicka on March 5,
1892 in the Plasi area. Mary T. Nozicka, one of ten children
was born to John V. and Mary Novacek Kobza on January 27,
1889 near Brainard.
Frank Gordon Peck was born at Bellwood,
Nebraska on December 28, 1852, and was married to Florett
Rosetta Waldo, who was born in Holland on May 30, 1858.
Frank G. and Florett Peck.
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