Gage County, Nebraska

Gage County Obituaries

Sherman Taylor Jr.

Submitted by JDT

Wymore Arbor State
February 22, 1973


Services were Tuesday for Sherman Taylor, 80, of Wymore, who died Sunday, Feb. 18, 1973 in a Beatrice Hospital.

He was born Nov. 9, 1892 in Wymore and lived in the community all his life. At the time of his death, he was a retired farmer.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Margaret (Carl) Mueller of Wymore; one son, Joe A. of El Cajon, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Elsie Helmig of Madison, Ill.; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; one daughter, Edith; one sister and two brothers.Prayer services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, while funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, Rev. Dale Westadt officiated. Burial was in the Wymore Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church, with Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home in charge.Laughlin-Hoevet was in charge of funeral arrangements.

[note: cause of death: coronary thrombosis]

Gladys [McMaken] Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Wymore Arbor State
January 1, 1970


Mrs. Gladys Kara Taylor died suddenly at her home at 721 North 8th Street, Wymore, on December 23, at the age of 73.

She is survived by her husband, Sherman; one daughter, Mrs. Carl Mueller of Blue Springs; one son, Joe, of San Diego, Calif.; on brother Joe Mcmaken, Plattsmouth; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Wymore Friday, December 26th, with Rev. A. D. Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Wymore Cemetery with Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

A memorial to the United Methodist Church has been designated and Mrs. George Schafer is in charge of it.

[note: cause of death: heart]

Sherman Taylor Sr.

Submitted by JDT

Weekly Wymorean
January 20, 1927


Sherman Taylor, 62, former Wymore business man and a resident of The Wymore vicinity for forty-five years, died at his home here Thursday, January 13, following a year's illness. Taylor was president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Wymore for six years, prior to 1924, when on account of failing health, it became necessary for him to dispose of his interests and retire from active business. Mr. Taylor was prominent politically for many years in Wymore, and had acted as a member of the city council and also was a board of education member for two terms. He settled on land between Wymore and Odell in the early days of the town, and owned much realty at the time of his death.

Mr. Taylor is survived by the wife, two sons; Sherman Jr., and Ed of Wymore, two brothers; Albert of Kansas City, Ed of Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. John Kelly of University Place.

Burial was from the home at Wymore, Sunday afternoon, in charge ofThe Rev. W. C. Harper of Auburn, former Wymore pastor. Burial was in Wymore Cemetery.

Helena [Swick] Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Wymore Arbor State
November 5, 1943


Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the West Funeral Home for Mrs. Sherman Taylor, Sr. 73, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. M. Helmig at Mexico City, Mexico. Mrs. Taylor is the wife of the late Sherman Taylor, both of whom were residents of Wymore years ago. At one time Mr. Taylor was president of the bank here.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Taylor is survived by two sons, Sherman of Wymore and Edward of Burbank, Calif.

Katherine [Hurtz] Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Beatrice Daily Sun
Dec. 31, 1994

Survived by sons, Paul Taylor, Prescott, Harold E Taylor of LaCanada Ca, 4 brothers, Carl, Wm, and Walter of Wymore Ne. Paul Hurtz & wife Mae of Burbank Ca. Preceded in death by parents and husband, 2 brothers, Albert & Tony Hurtz, 2 sisters, Amanda Jones and Helena Shoff. Laughlin Hoevet, Father Hotovy.

Wymore Arbor State
January 5, 1995


M. Katherine Taylor, 93, of Prescott, Ariz., formerly of Wymore, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 1994 at the Prescott Samaritan Village.

She was born April 23, 1901 at Wymore where she spent her childhood. She was a 1919 graduate of Wymore High School. She married Edwin Ellsworth Taylor, and they lived at Wymore before moving to La Crescenta, Calif. She moved to Prescott in 1967. She was a licensed hair dresser, and was a retail sales lady for the J.C.Penney Company. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Prescott. She enjoyed hand work, especially needlework.

She is survived by two sons, Paul A. Taylor, of Prescott, Ariz.; and Harold E. Taylor, of La Canada, Calif.; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, William, Carl and Walter Hurtz, all of Wymore; and Paul Hurtz and his wife Mae, of Burbank, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Mildred Hurtz, of Hemet, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Anna Margaret ([nee]Paul) Hurtz; her husband, Edwin E. Taylor, on January 14, 1971; two brothers, Albert and Tony Hurtz; two sisters, Amanda Jones and Helena Schoff.Casket bearers were Jerald Hurtz, Dennis Hurtz, Robert Hurtz, Robert Harrison, Todd Harrison and John Plantenga.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday January 6, 1995 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Wymore, Father Dennis Hotovy officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Wymore. There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore.Memorial established with the funeral home in charge.

Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore, was in charge of the arrangements.

Edwin Ellsworth Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Wymore Arbor State
January 21, 1971


Edwin Ellsworth Taylor, a former resident of Wymore, died in Phoenix, Ariz., on January 14, 1971, at the age of 72.

He is survived by wife, Catherine of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, Harold of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Paul of Prescott, Ariz.; three grandchildren, and a brother, Sherman of Wymore.

Rosary was recited at the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home Sunday night, January 17, and the church service was at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Monday, January 18. Father Peter Gadient officiated and burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Wymore.

[note: cause of death" heart disease]

Jacob Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Weekly Wymorean
March 14, 1907


Jacob Taylor one of Wymore's oldest and most respected citizen died at his home after a long illness, Sunday evening.

Deceased was born in England. He and his wife came to America in 1859 and settled on a farm near Wymore in 1882. Some years ago he built a beautiful residence just east of the Touzalin hotel and retiring from farming had lived there since.

Mr. Taylor was prominent in the early up building of this city. By close attention to his affairs, he had become quite well to do.He is survived by five sons and two daughters. They are John, James, Sherman, Edward and Albert Taylor

and Mrs. John Kelly and Mrs. John Dawson. The funeral services were held yesterday from the home. Interment was made in Overlook Cemetery.

[note: cause of death - diabetes]

Alice [Howarth] Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Weekly Wymorean
September 28, 1905


Mrs. Alice Taylor, one of the early residents of this vicinity died at her home in this city Sunday morning at five o'clock, after an illness of five weeks, aged seventy-seven years and six months.

Deceased was born in Ashworth, England, March 24, 1828, and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church at Ashworth. She was married to Jacob Taylor Aug. 20, 1849, and came to America in 1859, locating in Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois. In 1882 they removed to Nebraska settling on a farm a few miles west of Wymore, where they lived until about fourteen years ago when they moved to Wymore where she resided until her death. She leaves to mourn, besides her aged husband, seven children, five sons and two daughters: twenty-three grandchildren and eight great-great-grand-children, all of whom, except two great-grandchildren, were present at the funeral. The two daughters are Mrs. J. E. Kelly and Mrs. J. L. Dawson.

Mrs. Taylor was a woman highly esteemed by all who knew her and lived a life in the community worthy of emulation. She was a true wife and mother in every sense of the word and those who knew her home life knew the best the good she was capable of and did accomplish.

The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon. A short prayer was said at the home and the remains were then taken to the Episcopal Church where Rev, Bacon, her pastor, in an eloquent sermon paid tribute to the deceased, after which the remains followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends were taken to Overlook Cemetery and placed in their last resting place. The profusion of beautiful flowers which covered the casket were mute tokens of the love of the many sorrowing friends of the bereaved family.

Richard Livsey

Submitted by JDT

Blue Springs Weekly Sentinel
March 16, 1899

LIVSEY - At his home in Wymore Saturday morning, March 11th, Richard Livsey quietly passed away this life. The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Episcopal Church in Wymore, interment being made in Overlook Cemetery.

Judge Livsey came to this city from England some twenty years ago and engaged in the furniture business, but removed to Wymore after that city started and also moved his residence and business building and afterwards erected the opera house block. He was one of the prominent men identified in the building of our sister city.

His health has been very poor for several years past caused from a stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered.

Cause of Death: stroke of paralysis

Esther [Taylor] Kelly

Submitted by JDT

Weekly Wymorean
November 1, 1928

Wymore Arbor State
October 26, 1928


Mrs. Esther Kelly, 77, wife of J. E. Kelly, of University Place, former pioneer and long time resident of Wymore and vicinity, died suddenly while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Pearl Roberts, at Monte Vista, Colorado, Sunday. The body was brought to Wymore for burial, funeral services being held from the Baptist Church here Tuesday. Burial was in the family plot here. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly settled on land four miles west of Wymore in the early days of the community and lived there for many years, being among the prominent families of the early days. They retired to Wymore in 1895 and in 1901 moved to University Place, the better to educate their children and have lived there continuously since. Mrs. Kelly is survived by the aged husband, four sons, Lou E. and Will of Wymore, Fred, at the head of Moscow, Idaho University, and James of Hebron and four daughters, Mrs. Bertha Stearns, of Rodgers, Ark., Mrs. Maude Hildebrandt, of Green Castle, Wyo., Mrs. Mable Sterns San Francisco, and Mrs. Pearl Roberts, of Monte Vista, Colo.

James Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Weekly Wymorean
May 30, 1912


James Taylor dropped dead at his home in Washington, Kansas, about ten-thirty Monday morning, of heart failure. He had been in good health previous and was washing windows when stricken. He is a brother of Sherman and John Taylor of this city. He was 59 years old. The body was brought to this city yesterday for burial. Funeral services were held at the Episcopal Church at 2 o'colck p.m. Rev. Mulligan of Beatrice officiated.

There survive the wife and five children, Cyril, Arthur, John, Charlie and Mrs. Toten, all of Washington. Mr. Taylor lived on a farm west of Wymore about fifteen years, leaving here about twelve years ago.

John Taylor

Submitted by JDT

Weekly Wymorean
April 23, 1925


John Taylor, a former resident of this city, passed away Saturday evening, at a Lincoln Hospital, where he had been taking treatment for several months past. He was 69 years of age. Mr. Taylor moved to this community in the early seventies, driving overland from Illinois with a brother and settled on the reservation southwest of this city. Later he moved to California and on his return farmed near Barneston, coming from the farm to Wymore where he made his home until he removed to Lincoln some years ago.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Wymore, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial in Wymore Cemetery.

John E. Kelly

Submitted by JDT

Wymore Arbor State
February 4, 1938


John E. Kelly, 92, formerly of Wymore, died Friday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bertha Stearns of Lincoln, where he had been living for some time. His life story follows:John Edward Kelly, son of Edward and Margaret Keveen Kelly, was born at Peel, Isle of Man, March 16, 1845. He was reared in a Methodist home, one brother being a minister of that denomination.At the age of 23 he came to America, settling in Illinois where he engaged in farming. In 1873 he was married to Esther Ann Taylor and they continued farming there until 1879, when they moved to Nebraska, settling four miles west of where the township of Wymore was later located. In 1907 they moved to University Place. His wife preceded him in death nine years ago after a happy life of fifty-six years together.

Mr. Kelly was a good neighbor and a devoted father. No sacrifice was too great for him to make for his family or his friends. He was active in civic affairs, having served for twenty years on the Board of Supervisors of Gage County, and six years on the City Council of University Place.Nine children were born to this pioneer couple eight of whom survive; Lewis E. of Blue Springs; William J. Of Steel City; Bertha M. Stearns of Lincoln; Fred J. of Washington, D.C.; James A. of Norfolk, Nebraska; Pearl Roberts of Monte Vista, Colorado; Maud Hildebrandt of Greencastle, Indiana; and Mabel Sturm of Berkely, California. One daughter, Cora A. passed away in 1896 at the age of fourteen. There are 26 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren surviving.

Mr. Kelly was a man of genial disposition and always had a pleasant word for everyone, and since his death many persons on the streets of University Place have spoken of him as "that kindly old man".Short funeral services were held Sunday morning January 30, 1938 at the Castle, Roper and Matthews Chapel, conducted by Rev. W.F. Perry of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, and the body was taken to Wymore, where funeral services were held in the Methodist Church in charge of Rev. A.J. Edgar, and the body was laid beside that of his wife in the Wymore Cemetery. Mr. Kelly was one of the few Civil War Veterans left in this part of the country.

More About JOHN E. KELLY:
Census: 1900, Enumerator for Sicily Township,Gage County, Nebraska
Naturalization: 1868
Occupation: Farmer

Charles Adam Taylor

Submitted by Darlene Jacoby

Death Calls Charles A. Taylor of Beatrice

Charles A. Taylor, 51, died unexpectedly Friday night at his home in this city from heart trouble. He recently left a local hospital where he had been receiving treatment for the ailment, and appeared to be recovering. He was downtown Friday, and told friends he was feeling pretty good. He was seized with a heart attack in the night and died soon afterwards.

Mr. Taylor was born at Huntley, Nebraska on October 28, 1882, and came to Beatrice in 1924 with his family to make his home. Up to the time he was taken ill he was in the employ of the Morning Star Dairy operated by his brother-in-law, Charles Salisbury.

Surviving are his wife and five children, Mrs. George Fulton, Mrs. Albert VanBorkum, Alvin, Doyle and Wilferd Taylor, all of Beatrice. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Charles Salisbury of this city, Mrs. Ernest Langdale of Red Oak, Iowa, and Mrs. Gertrude Snyder of McCook, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the home, and 2 o'clock from the First Baptist Church, Rev. C.C. Winter officiating.

Benjamin Hugunin

Submitted by Linda Simons

Weekly Wymorean
June 24, 1893

Crushed at the Shops

Tuesday afternoon, Benjamin Hugunin while working at the coal sheds near the B.& M. shops, was caught between a coal car and the shed and badly crushed. With the assistance of two men he was able to walk home, but he died about 2 hours afterward. Deceased was 49 years old and leaves a wife and six children.

The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at the M.E. church by Rev. C. S. Dudley.

Clarence Lee Roy Hugunin

Submitted by Linda Simons

Weekly Wymorean
May 14, 1892


Clarence Lee Roy, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hugunin, May 9th, 1892, aged one year, four months and 26 days. Funeral services at the house, Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. C.S. Dudley.

Capitola Davidson

Submitted by Linda Simons

Weekly Wymorean
March 26, 1898

Capitola Davidson Burned to Death Sunday Morning
Her Agonizing Cries Awakened the Household, Who Finally Extinguished the Flames

Mrs. Capitola Davidson, a domestic employed at the boarding house run by Miss Susie Chapman, met death in a most terrible manner Sunday morning. She was the first one up and in starting the fire she used a can of kerosene, which became ignited and caught her clothing on fire, and in an instant she was enveloped in a volume of flames. Almost distracted, she ran into a bedroom and called one of the girls, who followed her out into the yard. By this time the entire household had been attracted to the scene by her agonizing cries, and they at once began throwing water on her, but not until she had been burned almost to a crisp did they succeed in extinguishing the flames. She was taken into the house an a doctor summoned, but she had been so terribly burned that medical aid could be of but little use, other than to alleviate the awful suffering she endured. Everything possible was done to make her comfortable, but she only lived a few hours, dying the same evening. The funeral services were held at Miss Chapman’s boarding house on Monday, being conducted by Rev. Moffit of the Congregational Church, after which the remains were laid to rest in Overlook Cemetery.

Esta W. Hartwig

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Wymore Arbor State
Oct. 29, 1970


A FORMER RESIDENT OF Wymore, Esta W. Hartwig, 77, of Lincoln, died in Lincoln Oct. 26.

She was born Feb. 15, 1893, in Goreville, Ill.

Survivors include her husband Harm of Lincoln, a son Alonzo of Havre, Mont., four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy Law of Elsie, Nebr.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Wallace of Lincoln will officiate and burial will be in the Wymore Cemetery.

(Index for Wymore Cemetery Records: Esta Hartwig, Born Feb. 15, 1893, Died Oct 26, 1970, Section: NE ¼, Lot 162, Sp 1, Cremation, Maiden name: Williams.

Harm Frederick Hartwig

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Wymore Arbor State
Dec 21, 1972


Services were held on Sunday for Harm Frederick Hartwig, 78, of the Wymore Good Samaritan Home who died Friday, Dec. 15, 1972 in a Beatrice hospital.

He was born Sept. 23, 1894, in Wymore.

Survivors include one son, Alanzo of Havre, Mont.; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother, Henry of Buffalo, Wyo.; one sister, Mona Zimmerman of Wymore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esta.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. in Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home. Robert Wallace of Lincoln officiated and burial was in the Wymore Cemetery.

Laughlin-Hoevet was in charge of arrangements.

(Index for Wymore Cemetery Records: Harm Frederick Hartwig, Born Sept 23, 1894,at Wymore, NE rural; Died Dec. 15, 1972, at Beatrice NE Hospital, Age at death 78 years, Cerebral hemorrhage, Cremation)

Annie McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Annie McCown, 69, dies at local hospital

Annie Sarah McCown, 69, 928 W. Court St., died Saturday evening in a local hospital. She was born July 2, 1895, in Gage County and farmed north of Marysville, Kan., until 1957, when she moved to Beatrice.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband, John; four sons, Glen of Lincoln, Clarence of Saratoga, Ark., Donald of Artesia, Calif., and Delbert of Lincoln; five sisters, Mrs. Bertha Emal, Mrs. Elsie Vanderhook, Mrs. Lea Williams, Mrs. Zella Howe and Mrs. Pearl Bergstraesser, all of Beatrice; and 13 grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday from the Harman Mortuary Chapel with Mr. Harold Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at Pickrell

John A. McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Beatrice Daily Sun
October 18, 1939

John A. McCown Died In Colorado

Word was received here today of the death of John A. McCown, 87, formerly of the Beatrice vicinity, which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ben Blodgett, Steamboat Springs, Colo. Mr. McCown formerly lived east of the city and later at Armour, Neb.

Surviving are three more children besides Mrs. Blodgett. They are William McCown, Wymore, George of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Mrs. Roy Oglesbee of Greeley, Colorado.

The body will be brought to the Bergmeyer chapel tomorrow, followed by services at 2:30 in the afternoon from the Pleasant View church southeast of Pickrell. Interment in the Church cemetery.

Mrs. John A. McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Mrs. J. A. McCown Died Sunday at Home at Armour

After a prolonged illness extending over a period of nearly five months, Mrs. John A. McCown died Sunday at Armour, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. P. Russell. Death came at about 8 o'clock Sunday morning.

`The body will be shipped to this city for burial and arrived on the afternoon Burlington from Wymore about 5 o'clock yesterday.

Funeral services will be held at the North Dunkard church at 3 o'clock this afternoon and interment in the North Dunkard cemetery eight miles northeast of the city. The friends will start from the home of Mrs. McCown's son, W. S. McCown, 512 Scott Street, about 10 o'clock this morning.

The family lived for seven years on a farm four miles east of Beatrice.

Isaac J. McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Isaac J. McCown Died at Hospital

Isaac J. McCown, 80, retired farmer of this city, died last evening at a local hospital where he had been receiving treatment. He had been in poor health for some time.

Surviving are eight children, six sons and two daughters. His wife died years ago.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the Pleasant View Church two miles southeast of Pickrell with Rev. A. G. Downing in charge. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body is at the Mincks mortuary.

Mrs. Fred McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Mrs. Fred McCown Dies At Home At Clay Center

Mrs. Fred McCown, formerly of this city died Friday at her home at Clay Center, Neb.* She was 29 years of age and leaves her husband and four children, Vernon, Norman*, Jean and Jack McCown. The family located at Clay Center five years ago.

Funeral services will be held from the Pickrell Dunkard church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial in the church cemetery.

Note: Should read Clay Center, Kansas.

Note: Should read Norma.

Dan McCown, Sr.

Submitted by Sherry Ohm


Dan McCown was born Feb. 26, 1905, at London, Ky., and passed away in a Beatrice hospital Oct. 15, 1966, at the age of 61 years, 8 months and 19 days.

Dan came to Beatrice with his parents as a boy of 13, and lived here the rest of his life where he grew to manhood. He farmed and was employed by Dole's Greenhouse for several years.

He was united in marriage to Helen L. Baker Feb. 14, 1928, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. To this union was born eight (8) children as follows: Mrs. Harold (Cleo) Lichty of Lincoln, Neb., Max McCown of Coon Rapids, Minn., Dan McCown Jr., of Fairbury, Neb., Mrs. Howard (Thelma) Knowles of Summer-field, Kan., Lonnie McCown of Lincoln, Mrs. Larry (Judy) Johnson of Ashland, and twins of the home, John and Jone. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. J. T. McCown, Beatrice; three brothers Virgil of Lynnwood, Calif., Ora of Beatrice, Lee of Minnesota; three sisters, Mrs. John (Verna) Masterman of Lincoln, Daisy of Beatrice, and Mrs. Rose Schuerman of Lynnwood, Calif., and 22 grandchildren.

Dan was a member of the Church of Christ, having joined July 6, 1965. He was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Tony Lee McCown and Craig Ray Johnson; his father John T. McCown; two brothers, James Madison and John David; and one sister; Cora.

Memorial services were held Oct. 18, 1966, at Harman's Mortuary Chapel with Brother Harold Mitchell officiating. Music was furnished by the Church of Christ. Pallbearers were Jack Wright, Arch Grapengeter, Emil Johnson, Woodson Barnard, Tom Hawkins and David Turnbull Sr.

He was laid to rest in the Pleasant View Cemetery at Pickrell, Neb.

He was a flower too sweet on earth, sent here but for a while. God marked him when he gave him Birth, and took him with a smile. Our hearts are crushed and broken. We miss him more each day. From the dawn of early morning till the sun had hid its ray. Only God knows how much we miss him. He meant so much to us. Though his smiles are gone forever and his face we cannot touch, we have found sweet memories of him who we loved so much. Oh, then we shall know his reason, though we know it not today, why he took out Loved One away.

James H. McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

McCown – Services for James H. McCown were held Thursday from the Harman Mortuary with George Williams officiating and interment in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Pickrell. Harman Mortuary in charge. Pallbearers were Dean Dragoo, Clarence Emal, Herschel Post, William Seims, Kenneth Wardlaw, and Clifford Winkle.

John T. McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

McCown – Funeral services for John T. McCown were held Friday from the Harman Mortuary Chapel with Mrs. George Williams officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant View Cemetery. A Memorial to the Martin Luther Home has been established. Pallbearers were Max McCown, Lonnie McCown, Glen McCown, Donald McCown, Delbert McCown and Donald Yarpe.

Isaac E. McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Isaac Earl McCown died suddenly here

Isaac Earl McCown, 63, 1500 So. 6th St., died suddenly while at work at the Beatrice State Home this morning. He was born May 27, 1900, at Dutton, Ark., and had lived at Pickrell, Marysville, Kan., and at Wymore, before moving to Beatrice six years ago.

Mr. McCown had been employed at the Beatrice State Home for 11 years and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are his widow, Icie Ellen; one son, Earl Dean of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Ill; one brother, John McCown, Beatrice; three sisters, Mrs. Orval (Maggie) Phillips, Connersville, Ind., Mrs. John (Rose) Vinzant, Fallbrook, Calif., and Mrs. Robert (Ella) Frederick, Beatrice; and one granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were his parents, five brothers and one sister.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Harman Mortuary. (Pg. 3d)

McCown – Memorial services for Isaac Earl McCown will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Harman Mortuary Chapel with Mr. Harold Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, of Pickrell. (Page 3.d)

Lewis McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Beatrice Native, Lewis McCown, dies – (pg. 3a)

Lewis McCown, 70, St. Clair, Mo., from this city many years ago, died Saturday in a hospital at Washington, Mo.

Surviving are his wife Blanche, of St. Clair; brothers Isaac and John, both of Beatrice; sisters, Mrs. Ella Frederick, Beatrice, Mrs. Rose Vinzant, Fall Brook, Calif., and Mrs. Maggie Phillips, Connerville, Ind.; a son, Lorin, Covina, Calif.; and daughters, Mrs. Opal Stolzenburg, Beatrice, Mrs. Clarence Eiben, Whittier, Calif., Mrs. Phillip Titus, Central Point, Ore., and Mrs. Emil Dostal, Riverside, Calif.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. at St. Clair, Mo.

Simmie B. McCown

Submitted by Sherry Ohm

Simmie McCown dies at the age of 79 (pg. 23)

(The Sun's Own Service)

Virginia – Simmie B. McCown, 79, Virginia, died in a Beatrice hospital Thursday evening. He was born in Laurel County, Ky., Nov. 25, 1883, and had been a resident of the Virginia vicinity since 1925.

Mr. McCown had operated the Conoco Service Station at Virginia for the past 34 years.

Surviving are his widow, Margaret, three daughters, Mrs. Zelma Girl, Liberty, Mrs. Linnos White, Inglewood, Calif., and Mrs. Marie Sandersfeld, Beatrice; one sister, Mrs. Martha E. Cornett, Riverside, Calif.; two brothers, Fred of Arlington, Calif., and Rufus of Denver, Colo. 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

One daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Griffiths-Fox Chapel with the Rev. George Warren Campbell officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant view Cemetery, Pickrell.

Charles A. Peters

Submitted by Don Hansen

Fort Morgan Times
08/29/1955, pg 1

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Parker-Cutler Funeral Home for Chas. A. Peters, 63, former Fort Morgan resident.

Peters died Sunday morning at his home near Buckingham. He was stricken with a heart attack while in his front yard.

Until four years ago, Peters had lived in Fort Morgan but at that time moved to his place near Buckingham. He had some here in 1888, 12 years after his birth in Gage county, Nebraska. He had never married.

Peters is survived by one brother, John W. Peters of Fort Morgan and three sisters, Mrs. C. C. Williams and Mrs. Matilda Statley, both of Fort Morgan and Mrs. Emma Statley of Buckingham.

The Rev. E. P. Ingersoll will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Emma Peters Statley

Submitted by Don Hansen

Fort Morgan Times
08/29/1955, pg 1

Mrs. Frank Statley, 77, of Briggsdale, died Saturday evening, following a lingering illness, in the Greeley hospital.

Besides her husband, she is survived by six sons and two daughters; Andy of Fort Morgan, Charles of Brush, Harry of Sidney, Nebr., Alva of Denver, Julius and Frank of Inglewood, Calif., Miss Ruth Statley of Briggsdale and Mrs. John Smith of Brush.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Weldona Nazarene church with Rev. Garfield Dixon officiating. The Adamson Funeral Home of Greeley is in charge of the arrangements.

Matilda Ellen Peters Statley

Submitted by Don Hansen

Fort Morgan Times
05/08/1975, pg 2

Mrs. Matilda Ellen Statley, 93, who had lived in Morgan County for 73 years and the past eight yeras in rest homes in Greeley and Fort Collins, died last night in Fort Collins.

She was born Aug. 6, 1881 in Courtland, Neb. She came to Morgan County in 1893 from Nebraska and was married to Henry Statley Nov. 5, 1902.

Mrs. Statley is survived by several nieces and nephews including Mrs. Harriet Lucht of Fort Collins. Her husband died March 19, 1964.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:15 a.m. from the Jolliffe Chapel with Rev. E. G. Greiner officiating. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery.

Mildred E. Wear

Submitted by Don Hansen

Times-Herald, Vallejo, CA
Wednesday, October 21, 1998

Mildred Wear
(July 9, 1909-Oct. 19, 1998)

Mildred E. Wear, 89, died Monday in a Vallejo convalescent hospital after a short illness.

A native of Cortland, Neb., Mrs. Wear was a resident of Vallejo for 56 years. She was a homemaker, and worked for Red Top Fountain and Ellis Creamery Fountain.

Mrs. Wear was a member of the Douglas Senior Citizens Club; Nite Owls and the Vallejo Independent Club. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing.

Her husband, Rolland "George" Wear preceded her in death.

She is survived by four sons; Donald, Vernon and Larry, all of Vallejo, and Rolland of Green Valley; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home, Vallejo. Entombment follows in Skyview Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Vallejo.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1652 West Texas St., Suite 110, Fairfield 94533.

Henry Menke

Submitted by Laura Mattingly

Beatrice Daily Sun
Sept. 23, 1915

Death of Early Resident of the Clatonia Vicinity

Henry Menke, one of the early settlers of the Clatonia vicinity, passed away at his home south of Clatonia Monday night shortly after midnight, the cause of death being ailments incident to old age.

The deceased was eighty-three years of age. He is survived by his wife, three sons and five daughters. He also leaves a number of grandchildren.

Funeral services were held this afternoon from the German Methodist Church at Clatonia, conducted by Rev. B. Johansen. Interment was made in the Clatonia cemetery.

Katie Engler

Submitted by Jan Martin

Beatrice Daily Sun
Dec. 21 1913

Mrs Katie Engler 95 one of the oldest women in Gage county and for 40 years a resident of Beatrice, died at her home, 325 South Thayer street, west Beatrice last night after a brief illness. She was born in Germany.

She is survived by three sons Paul, Louis and Rudolph and two daughters Mrs Martin Ossowski and Mrs August Schank all of Beatrice. Her husband died in 1915.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o,clock from St John's Lutheran church, Rev. John Streng officiating. Interment will be in Beatrice cemetery. The body is at Bergmeyer's chapel.

Dec. 28 1938

Katie Engler nee Kitschke was born in West Prussia Germany on January 1 1844. In infancy she was baptized in the name of the Triune God and received the customary public school and parochial school training. There she grew up and was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. When she was fifteen years old her father died and the family continued without the head of house. When she was 21 years of age , in 1865 she was joined in wedlock to Martin Engler. The young couple started their own household and in Germany all their children were born.

Mrs Katie Engler

In 1886 a daughter now Mrs Charles Kuhns deceased, was the first of the family to emigrate to America, settled in the Beatrice neighborhood. Two years later she was fallowed by another sister now Mrs Ossowski. In 1898 Rudolph joined his sisters here in America: and the fallowing year Louis came over. Three years later on June 2 1901 the deceased and her husband landed in America accompanied by their youngest daughter Lena now Mrs. August Schank. Due to a train accident which occurred on the way from New York, Mr. Engler was crippled and unable to work very much the rest of his life. A year after their landing their son Paul joined them here in America and finally the late Mrs. Anna Stachs came over in the summer of 1903.

It was on July 24 1915 that sorrow came over the family when their husband and father died and laid to rest in Beatrice cemetery. the mother then stayed with her son Louis who took care of her together with the other sons and daughters who had all settled in this community with their families. Two years previous in 1813 their house burned to the ground and the family lost all of its possessions. They rebuilt the place lived there for several years and then moved to Thayer street in 1922 where she lived until she lived until she passed away.

She was always in good health and we are told not one day of her life. She was another example of that sturdy rugged character of pioneer people who are inseparably interwoven with the history of our country. She died December 20.

She leaves to morn the fallowing children; Mrs. Martin Ossowski, Louis Engler, Rudolph Engler, Mrs. Albert [August?] Schank, all of Beatrice together with their families and children's children. Preceding her in death were her husband and children Mrs. Charlie Kuhns and Mrs. Cornelius Stachs.

All in all four generations survive her. Besides children she leaves to morn 30 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchild. She reached the age of 94 years, 11 month and 20 days.

Charles Lee Moomaw

Submitted by Steve Kamm

Charles Lee, youngest son of John and Matilda Moomaw, was born at Sidney, Ia., July 11, 1876, and passed away quite suddenly Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, January 14, 1933, being at the time of his death 56 years 6 months and 3 days of age. Mr. Moomaw grew to manhood at Sidney attending the public schools of that city. Here he was united in marriage with Mrs. Ida M. Loveland of Hamburg, Ia., on October 14, 1903.

Immediately following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Moomaw established their home at Shenandoah, Ia. In the year 1908 the deceased entered the employ of the Cudahy Packing Co., as their representative on the road in which position he served as a valuable salesman for over 15 years. Later he traveled for the Dold Packing Co., and also for the Wilson Packing Co. For the past two years he has been the capable local representative of the John J. Hall Monument Co., of Sioux City, Ia. Mr. and Mrs. Moomaw came to make their home in Beatrice, Neb., 15 years ago where they have made a host of friends by their affable dispositions.

Besides the grief stricken wife he leaves to mourn his passing, two brothers: Will, who resides at Yetter, Ia., and Joseph L. Moomaw of Clay Center, Neb. One sister died in infancy.

Mr. Moomaw was affiliated with U. C. T. Council No. 79 of Beatrice and also the Bagman auxiliary of the same order. He was also an esteemed neighbor of the Modern Woodsman of America, having been associated with this fraternal society since he was 18 years of age.

When a lad of 15 years of age he gave his heart to Jesus Christ and was baptized in the Nishna Botna [sic] river near his home, uniting with the Methodist church where he had always given the best of his efforts in an active Christian way. When coming to make their home in Beatrice, Mr. and Mrs. Moomaw transferred their loyalty to the local Methodist church where they have faithfully served their Lord throughout the years.

In the passing of Mr. Moomaw this community has lost a very loyal and upright citizen. He was a devoted husband, a kind neighbor, a faithful friend and an earnest Christian. He will be greatly missed especially by the children living near him because of his kindly interest in their play. Into that home eternal he has gone to spend eternity with his Lord.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Harman-Johnson funeral home conducted by his pastor Rev. F. F. Travis, assisted by Rev. R. B. Fouts, and interment [sic] was in Evergreen Home cemetery.

John Loibl

21 Oct 1916
Lincoln Daily Star, Lincoln, Nebraska

Death of John Loibl

Beatrice, Neb., Oct 21.-- John Loibl, for the last thirty-eight years a resident of Wymore, died at that place Thursday, aged 60 years. He served in the civil war and is survived by five sisters and one brother.

James Long

18 Jan 1923
Lincoln Star, Lincoln, Nebraska

Gage Pioneer Expires.

Beatrice, Neb., Jan. 18-- James Long, pioneer resident of Gage county, passed away at his home in Beatrice Wednesday after an illness of two years, aged sixty-two years. He formerly lived near Wymore, where he owned a 280-acre farm. He is survived by a widow, one son and three daughters.

Alvin D. Ramey

The Oregonian, Portland, OR
Mon, 23 Aug 2004.

Alvin D. Ramey, 86
Born 21 Apr 1918, Wymore, NE
Died 18 Aug 2004
WW II: US Army Air Corps (Pacific)
1955: Portland, OR; later lived at Gresham.
Employed by Portland Parks Bureau.
1968: Married Jeanne Bryan.
Survived by wife, son Charles, daughters Carol and Holly; 15 gch & 17 g-gch.
Service: Wed 25 Aug at Gresham Elks Lodge.
Memorials to Legacy VNA Hospice.
Arrangements by Ross Hollywood.

Susan I. Cherry

The Palisade Times, Palisade, Nebraska
September 27, 1940

Susan Isabelle Cherry was born in Colchester, Illinois, on April 21, 1856 and departed this life on Sept. 16, 1940, aged 84 years, 4 months and 26 days.
She was converted in 1873 at the age of seventeen and has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church since.

She married to Wesley Fellers on January 27, 1876, settling at DeWitt, Nebraska, where she lived until 1896 when they moved to Chester. There were born to this union four children, three sons, W. A. Fellers who preceded her in death in 1934; Dr. A. B. Fellers of Palisade; Dr. E. W. Fellers of Beatrice, and a daughter, Mr. R. H. Atwood of Carleton. Her husband, Wesley Fellers, a son W. A. Fellers, a brother, John Cherry, and a half brother, Abram Cherry, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at the Atwood home Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. and at the Methodist church in Chester at 4 p.m. with Dr. A. O. Hinson and Rev. Merrill in charge of the services. -- Carleton Enterprise

William Mann

Submitted by Laura Mattingly

Beatrice Daily Sun
August 30, 1905

The Death Record, William Mann

Wm Mann, one of the old residents of the county, died at his home, 715 Grace Street, yesterday morning of heart failure. He was feeling as well as usual at retiring last night and nothing of his sickness was known until his wife was awakened about three o'clock. He did not regain consciousness and passed away peacefully at 4 o'clock.

Mr. Mann was born in England, Feb. 12, 1830. He came to America when about twenty-one years old and finally to Nebraska twenty-four years ago when he began living on his farm ten miles west of town. Here he lived until about seven years ago when he moved to Beatrice.

He was a hard-working man, a conscientious Christian, a kind and generous neighbor, and a loving husband and father. For several years he has been an efficient deacon of the Baptist church.

He leaves to mourn besides a multitude of friends, his wife and seven children. They are Will and Horace of Plymouth, Oscar and Clarence of Harbine, Mrs. Camp of Harbine, Mrs. S. W. Armstrong of this city, and Mrs. Camp of Murray, IA.

The funeral will be held today at 10 a.m. from the family residence and interment will be in the Kilpatrick cemetery west of town. The sympathy of the community is extended to the family.

Nancy Mann

Submitted by Laura Mattingly

Gage Co. Democrat
February 23, 1894

Mrs. Nancy Mann, aged 56 years, living ten miles west of this city, died Sunday of neuralgia of the heart. The remains were interred in the Kilpatrick cemetery Wednesday.

Minnie Kaminska

Submitted by Susan Adkins

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Gage, Nebraska
Wednesday, September 2, 1970

Services pending
Mrs. Kaminska was born on Feb. 2,1889, near Thorn, Germany and came with her parents to Beatrice in 1902. She was married in 1908 to Otto Kaminska. They farmed until they moved to town in 1927 and opened the Kaminska Grocery Store at 6th and Beaver Streets which they operated until about 1948.

After retiring from the grocery, they purchased four rental properties in the area of 5th and Bell Streets, later building the home for themselves behind the apartment house at 409 Bell.

After Mr. Kaminska died in 1955, Mrs. Kaminska continued living in that house.

Survivors include a son, Otto, of Lincoln; seven daughters, Alice (Mrs. Henry) Tiemann, Mrs. Ethel Scoggin, Lucile (Mrs. Rhen) Dobbs and Mrs. Darlene Webster, all of Beatrice. Helen (Mrs. Dan) Claassen, Banning, Calif., Frances ( Mrs. Floyd) Webster, Rushville, Neb., and Doris (Mrs. Alva) Ridgley, Lincoln; a brother, F. E. Paul, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Trautwein, both of Beatrice; 25 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, besides her husband, were an infant son, a sister and two brothers.

She was a member of West Side Baptist Church.

Services are pending at Harman Mortuary.

Emelia Paul

Submitted by Susan Adkins

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Gage, Nebraska
Tuesday, February 18, 1930

Mrs. F.W. Paul
Emelia Julianna Ahl was born in Germany, February 4, 1844. She passed away at her home in Beatrice, February 14, 1930. Her age was 75 years and ten days.

She grew to womanhood in Germany. She was there married to Fred W. Paul on April 14, 1876. In 1901, she accompanied her family to America and located with them at Beatrice, Nebraska. This city had been her home since that time.

The close relatives who survive are her husband, Fred W. Paul, six children, Mrs. Augusta Hermann of Germany, August Paul and Fred E. Paul of Beatrice, Mrs. Minnie Kaminska of Beatrice, Herman R. Paul of Lincoln and Mrs. Emma Trautwein of Beatrice; thirty-one grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Paul was a splendid wife and mother. Those who knew her well were appreciative of the many good qualities of her life. All her many friends join with the family in sharing the burden of sorrow caused by her departure. She was a member of the Lutheran church for many years.

Her health failed steadily during the last three years of her life. She was bedfast since last September. During her long illness, she had the best care that loving friends and medical skill could bestow.

The funeral service was held at the Bergmeyer chapel February 17. Rev. C.O. Stuckenbruck, pastor of the First Christian church had charge of the service. Music was furnished by Mrs. H.R. Baker and Mrs. M.S. Calvin, with Mrs. Flora Holmes at the piano. The service was largely attended. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.

Frederick W. Paul

Submitted by Susan Adkins

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Gage, Nebraska
Tuesday, April 21, 1936

Others Are Among Passengers Who Were Hurt in Kansas Derailment

Frederich W. Paul, 79, of Beatrice, was killed in a railway accident on the Union Pacific near Menoken, Kansas, late yesterday, and Mrs. Arthur Tart, also of Beatrice, was severely injured, when the motor trailer in wich they were riding was derailed and overturned.

Mrs. Elmer Peterson, Onaga, Kansas, was also killed. Others injured were Miss Goldie Pike, Marysville, Kansas, arm injury; Mrs. G.A. Moberly, Onaga, bruised; Miss Jean Bothwell, missionary from India, home residence, Iowa City, Iowa, cuts and bruises; Walter Schmidt, Topeka, fractured ribs; Pauline Englekamp, Onaga, scalp wound.

The motor train, scheduled to arrive in Beatrice at 8:10 p.m. had left Topeka and passed the first station out. At a highway crossing the trailer car left the track and overturned. It is believed that a loose plate at the crossing derailed the trailer. The front car carrying the motive power and baggage compartment did not leave the track.

The motorman reported that he did not realize that anything was wrong until the trailer left the track and started to turn over. Fourteen passengers were in the trailer. Mrs. Peterson who was killed, was thrown through the window and crushed under the overturned car.

Mrs. Tart suffered a dislocated shoulder and broken collar bone. She is in a Topeka hospital. She was on her way home from a business trip to Kansas City.

Mr. Paul was on his way home from Excelsior Springs, Missouri, were he had gone for a rest last week. His daughter, Mrs. John Trautwein had gone to the station to meet Mr. Paul and learned there had been a wreck.

Mr. Paul was a native of Germany and had resided in Beatrice for about thirty years. He was engaged in farming on an acreage near the Rock Island track, south of the Memorial Drive for a number of years. His wife passed away about six years. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Trautwein, Mrs. Otto Kaminska, both of Beatrice, and Mrs. Ed Herman, who lives in Germany; and by three sons, August and Herman of Lincoln and Fred Paul of Beatrice.

Miss Goldie Pike, Marysville, Kansas, who was seriously injured in the wreck, was reported today in a critical condition and it was necessary to amputate her right arm above the wrist. The body of Mr. Paul was brought here this morning by Charles Harman to remain at the local mortuary until the funeral arrangements can be made later.

April 22, 1936 Beatrice Daily Sun

Funeral services for the late Frederich W. Paul will be at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Trautwein, 907 South Sixth street, with the Rev. Pankratz officiating. Interment in Evergreen Home cemetery.

Mr. Paul, pioneer of Beatrice, lost his life in the motor train wreck near Menoken, Kansas late Monday afternoon.

April 22, 1936 Beatrice Daily Sun

John Trautwein, son-in-law of the late Fred W. Paul, Floyd Trautwein, a grandson, and Fred Paul, a son of the deceased, drove to Menoken, Kansas last night immediately after news reached them that Mr. Paul had been killed in a motor train wreck near that place.

August and Herman Paul of Lincoln have arrived in the city, called here by the death of their father, Fred W. Paul, who list his life in the Union Pacific motor train accident near Topeka, Kansas yesterday.

April 23, 1936 Beatrice Daily Sun

The last services for the late Frederich W. Paul, who lost his life in the Union Pacific motor train wreck near Menoken, Kansas were held this afternoon from the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Trautwein, South Sixth Street. A large number of old friends and neighbors gathered there to pay their respects. The Rev. J.H. Pankratz gave the sermon. The floral offerings were especially beautiful. The body was laid to rest in Evergreen Home cemetery, the grandsons of the deceased acting as casket bearers. Mr. Paul is survived by six children, three daughters and three sons. He had resided in Beatrice nearly forty years.

George S. Harris

Submitted by Judy Morgan

The Weekly Sentinel, Blue Springs, Nebraska
September 5, 1918

At Belfast, Ireland, April 6, 1835, was born George S. Harris, son of John and Margaret Harris. During his early infancy his parents came to America, settling in Ohio; from where after a few years residence, they moved to Wanatah, Indiana. He was married at Flat Rock, Ohio to Arminta Harpster, May 1, 1877, and into their home came two daughters, Ada and Mabel. In the spring of 1878 Mr Harris came with his family to Nebraska, settling on a homestead northwest of Blue Springs. Having proven himself one of the most efficient farmers of Gage County, upon retiring from this busy life, he chose for his home Blue Springs, where he has since resided.
Having been for some time in ill health, Mr. Harris sought medical aid at a Lincoln sanitarium; from where, everything having been done for his relief but of no avail he departed this life Monday, August 26, 1918. Those by whom his going is most keenly felt are-his wife, Mrs. Arminta Harris: two daughters, Mrs. Homer Knight and Mabel C. Harris, two grandchildren, Ellwood and Helen Knight, four brothers, Calwell Harris of Calumet, Oklahoma, Frank Harris of Medford, Oklahoma, Lincoln Harris of Liberty, Nebraska, Robert Harris of Holmesville, Nebraska, and five sisters, Mrs. I.M. Groth of Valpariso, Ind., Mrs. C.S. Osborne of Chicago, Mrs. W.A McMichael of Blue Springs, Mrs. S.A. Mathews of Beatrice, Nebraska. All were present at the funeral except Calwell Harris and Mrs. C.S. Osborne. When about the age of fifteen he was baptized and united with the Christian church at Wanatah, Ind. and continued in his faith until the end. Only a few days ago he said that if his time had come, he was ready to go.

Arminta Harris

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Nebraska
Wednesday, March 1, 1939

Mrs Arminta (Harpster) Harris Dies at Blue Springs
BLUE SPRINGS----March 1------Mrs Arminta Harris, 85, one of the early settlers of this place, died yesterday at her home. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs Homer Knight and Miss Mabel Harris, and a brother George Harpster, all of Blue Springs. Funeral services will be held from the Presbyterian church here Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and interment will be in Blue Springs cemetery.

Homer A. Knight

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Nebraska
Monday, October 14, 1963

Homer A. Knight, Blue Springs, dies
BLUE SPRINGS-----Homer A. Knight, 89, Blue Springs, died Friday at Riverside Calif. He is survived b one son, Ellwood, of Indio, Calif, and one daughter Mrs Helen Crane, Arlington, Va. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the United Presbyterian Church, Wymore, with the Rev. William Llewelyn officiating. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery. Laughlin Funeral Home, Wymore, is in charge of arrangements.

Ada M. (Harris) Knight

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Nebraska
Monday, November 6, 1961

Ada M. (Harris) Knight, 83, dies in hospital
BLUE SPRINGS-----Ada May Knight, 83, Blue Springs, died this morning at a Beatrice hospital. Born Jan 11, 1878, at Wanatah, Ind, she had lived in the Blue Springs community for 80 years. Mrs Knight was a member of OES and the United Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband, Homer, Blue Springs, one son, Ellwood of Indio, Calif, one daughter Mrs Helen Crane, Arlington, Va, one sister, Miss Mabel Harris, Blue Springs, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the United Presbyterian Church, Blue Springs, with the Rev. Willliam Llewelyn officiating. Burial wil be in the Blue Springs Cemetery. Laughlin Funeral Home, Wymore, in charge.

Helen (Knight) Crane

Star, Arlington, Virginia
February 22, 1980

Helen K. Crane
Helen Knight Crane, 68, a self-employed interior decorator and a lecturer on flowers and gardening, died Wednesday at her home on Little Falls Road in Arlington. Mrs Crane, a native of Blue Springs, Neb., and a graduate of the University of Nebraska, worked for the federal government before founding Helen Crane Interiors at her home in 1959.
She was a founding member and former president of the Rock Spring Garden Club, a member and former deacon of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington. She also had been president of the Women of the Church. Mrs Crane was a member of Ikebana International and the Landscape Critics Council. She leaves her husband, Joseph W., a son, Robert B., of Arlington, and a brother, Elwood H. Knight, of Indio, Calif. Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the memorial fund of the church.

George F. Harpster

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Nebraska
July 19, 1948

George F. Harpster of Blue Springs Dies
George F. Harpster, 89, for many years a resident of Blue Springs, died at a local hospital this morning. Born Oct 14, 1858, at Knoxville, Ia, he came to Blue Springs in a covered wagon. A 50-year member of the Masonic order and holder of the Jordan medal, he was the oldest member of the Wymore lodge. He was vice president of the Blue Springs bank. His wife died in 1936 and a daughter, Mrs Myrtle McGuire, died in January of this year. For the past six months he has been making his home with his son, Bert Harpster and wife in Beatrice. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs Leafy Schoenholz of Minneapolis, grandson, Don Harpster of Wymore, granddaughter, Mrs Lois Graves of Denver, two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. The Laughlin funeral directors of Wymore are in charge of arrangements.

Ida Harpster

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Nebraska
Monday, January 20, 1936

Mrs George F. Harpster (Ida Miller) Dies at Blue Springs
Bert Harpster of this city was called to Blue Springs this morning by the sudden death of his mother, Mrs George F. Harpster, 73. She was an old resident of that place. Her husband passed away some years ago. Funeral services will be at 2 o'clock Wednesday from the home and at 2:30 o'clock from the Blue Springs Presbyterian church.

Stella Ashenfelter

Evening State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska
25 Apr 1923

Wymore--Mrs. Stella Ashenfelter, forty-three years old, one of the first children born in Wymore, daughter of Mrs. A. Jacobs, died at the home of her mother here Tuesday night of paralysis. She had been confined to her bed for practically the last seven months. She was a Wymore high school graduate of the class of 1898. The husband has been in a sanitarium at Sioux City for several years. The mother and three children of Wymore survive, besides three brothers, Luther and Clint of Denver, and Mark of Wymore. Mrs. Ashenfelter's father, Ambrose Jacobs, was the first butcher in Wymore. He died eight years ago.

James A. McGuire

Blue Springs Bee, Blue Springs, Nebraska
May 4, 1939

Funeral rites were held for James A. McGuire, a prominent Gage county attorney, on Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the St. Lukes Episcopal church of Wymore. James McGuire was a prominent Gage county attorney and was well and favorably known politically especially in democratic circles over a large area in southeast Nebraska. He died Tuesday evening at the Lincoln General hospital where he had been taken on Tuesday, April 11, after an illness of about a year.

James was the oldest of five children of Mr and Mrs Daniel McGuire who came to the United States from Scotland and settled at Scandia, Kansas. It was there that James was born on the 21st day of September, 1879. Soon afterward the McGuire family moved to Wymore and it was there that James McGuire lived his entire life. His father, Daniel McGuire, died soon after the family moved to Wymore, leaving Mrs McGuire to support the family. James was an industrious boy and at the age of twelve years he worked in the Smith grocery, and in 1896 he left school and worked at the Haas store in Wymore. Some years later he was connected with the post office which position he held for several years after which he was employed in the First National Bank, of Wymore as cashier. Later he was given the entire management of the bank and he remained with the institution for more than fifteen years during which time he was one of the most active bankers in Gage county.

While in the bank he began studying law in the office of the late A.D. McCandless and shortly after the World War he was admitted to the bar and he took over the library and practice of Frank Crawford who was in the army at that time. James McGuire has been a practicing attorney since he was admitted to the bar and has figured in a number of cases that have made legal history in the state of Nebraska. In August 1919, he was married to Miss Myrtle Harpster, and they immediately set up housekeeping in Wymore. During his life James McGuire has served in many capacities. Among them he held the offices of city clerk and city treasurer and for a long period of years he served as city attorney. He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges. Down through the years he has been very active in political affairs in Gage county and he was proud of the fact that he was a close follower of the late William Jennings Bryan with whom he had a personal acquaintance.

He was baptized in infancy and later was confirmed in the Episcopal church. He served the church as a vestryman for many years and he was a devout member always supporting those things of high moral standing and religious influence. Nearly a year ago he became ill and his eye sight began to fail as a result of his illness. Only recently, however, his condition became serious and he was taken to the LIncoln General Hospital two weeks ago where he died, Tuesday evening, April 25. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Myrtle, two sisters, Miss Kathleen McGuire of Kansas City, Mo, and Mrs William Garfit of Chicago, Ill, two brothers, Donald of Kansas City, Mo., and Thomas of Blue Springs, Nebr, also other relatives and a host of friends in Gage county and this entire section. The Rev. Mulligan conducted the funeral services for Mr McGuire. The large floral offering was a tribute to the high regard in which James McGuire was held by his neightbors and friends. The body was laid to rest in the Blue Springs cemetery.

Myrtel (Harpster) McGuire

Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, Nebraska
Monday, January 12, 1948

Mrs Myrtel (Harpster) McGuire Dies At Blue Springs
BLUE SPRINGS---Jan 12---Mrs Myrtel May McGuire, 65, passed away this morning at Blue Springs after a long illness. She had been a resident of Blue Springs all of her life except for four and one half years spent in Glenwood, Ia. Born in June 1882, at Blue Springs, Mrs McGuire was the widow of the late James McGuire, Wymore attorney. She is survived by her father, George F. Harpster of Blue Springs, brother Bert Harpster of Beatrice, and sister, Mrs Perry B. Schoenholz of Minneapolis, Minn. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Laughlin funeral home, Wymore.

Mary Mitchell

23 Jan 1934
Lincoln Star, Lincoln, Nebraska

Funeral at Wymore

Beatrice, Neb., Jan. 23-- Mrs. Mary Mitchell, 79, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Duitsman, West Beatrice. She was a native of Ireland and came here six years ago from Steele city. She had been a resident of Nebraska fifty-three years. Funeral services were held today at St. Mary's church at Wymore and burial was at that place.

Jean Lou McGuire

Weekly Arbor State, Wymore, Nebraska
May 29, 1931

Jean Lou, the 2 1/2 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs T.D. McGuire, passed away Tuesday at the family home in Rock Rapids, Iowa, following an operation on the eye which was infected by cancer. Surviving are her parents and one brother, Tom. The body was brought here Monday and funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of Fred Neumann, Rev. Reid officiating. Burial was in the Blue Springs cemetery.

Mary Kathryn Bloodgood

The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
Monday, July 07, 2008

Mary Kathryn Bloodgood died June 28, 2008, at age 91. Mary Kathryn Green was born Nov. 5, 1916, in Beatrice, Neb. In 1935, she married Charles Loren Bloodgood Sr. Survivors include her daughter, Loretta "Lolly" Fendall; son, Charles "Boz" Bloodgood Jr.; sister, Bea Bassler. Her daughter Carol Clock died in 1980; and her daughter Brenda Long died in 2007. Arrangements by Attrell's Newberg.

William Claiborne

(Death occured the last week of October, 1898.)

William Claiborne, a highly respected farmer living four miles east of Dewitt in Gage County; hanged himself to a tree near his home, Friday afternoon. As of late he has been suffering from a complication of diseases which confined him to the house, but from which he was recovering. During the afternoon he was seen to leave his home and pass into a large draw. Towards evening a young lady passing that way discovered the body hanging to a tree. The gentleman had removed his hat, coat and shoes and laid them at the bottom of the tree and it is supposed, drew himself onto a limb and jumped off. He was 60 years of age and lived with his mother, who is nearly 85. The deceased was in comfortable circumstances. Coroner was notified of the suicide by telephone from Dewitt, and was decided that the expense of an inquest was unneccessary.

Mr. Claiborne suffered from arthritis though said he had been feeling better, as of earlier that week. Margaret Kinzie Claiborne and Thomas Claiborne were his parents.

George E. Woelke

Submitted by Marilyn

Mason City Globe Gazette

COLONA, ILL.- George E. Woelke, 82, recently of Colona, formerly of Beatrice, Neb., Owatonna, Minn., Garner, Ventura and Clear Lake, Iowa, died Friday (Dec. 2, 1994) in Geneseo, Ill.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Harman Funeral Home in Beatrice, Neb. Burial will be In Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, Neb.

Mr. Woelke was born July 19, 1912, in Beatrice, Neb., the son of Arthur and Bertha (Plebuck) Woelke. He married Evelyn Hueske on Nov. 26, 1936, in Beatrice, Neb.

He was employed by Northern Natural Gas Company in Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa as a coordinator for 35 years, retiring in 1972. He enjoyed fishing, golf and was an avid barber shop chorus member.

Survivors include his widow of Colona, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law George and Marilyn Woelke of Colona, Ill.; grandsons, Ged Woelke of Lake Villa, Ill.,and Garrin of Colona, Ill.

Eva [Mooney] Roszell

February 12, 2007
Beatrice Daily Sun

Eva Roszell, 86 years of age, of Beatrice, NE. passed away at the Beatrice Manor Care Center in Beatrice, NE. Friday morning, February 9, 2007. She was born on December 10, 1920 near Liberty, NE. She was a 1938 graduate of the Union Center Consolidated School near Liberty, NE. and attended the Lincoln School Of Commerce in Lincoln, NE. for 2 years. She moved to Beatrice in 1940. She and Richard "Dick" Roszell were married on August 15, 1946 in Beatrice, NE. She was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beatrice, NE. and was a member of the Circle 2, Altar Society and had been a member of the church choir, and had been a volunteer at the Bargain Box in Beatrice. She enjoyed playing bridge.

Survivors include her daughter Sandra James and her husband Emmett of Beatrice, NE.; granddaughter Renee Lauby and her husband Matt of Blue Springs, NE.; great granddaughter Karley Lauby; brother Vincent Mooney of Galesburg, Illinois; and sister Patricia Cripe of Beatrice; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Patrick and Kathryn (Glombitza) Mooney; husband Richard Roszell (1998); grandson Ryan James; brothers John and James Mooney; and sister Kathleen Merklinger.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 12, 2007 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beatrice, NE. with Father Steven Major officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Wymore, NE. The body will lie in state Sunday from 10-9:00 and until 10:00 Monday at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice and not at the church. A scriptural prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in charge. Messages of condolence may be sent to They will be forwarded to the family.

The Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice is in charge of the services.

Velma Harms Hurtz

Wymore Arbor State, Wymore, Nebraska
Aug. 24 1989

Velma Hurtz, 79, of Wymore, died Thursday, Aug 17, 1989, at her home following a lengthily illness. She was born Jan. 15, 1910, in rural Wymore and was a 1928 graduate of Wymore High School. She married Carl J. Hurtz Aug. 30, 1930, and in recent years was an integral part of Harrison-Hurtz Enterprises, Inc. She was an accomplished seamstress and was actively involved in local bridge clubs and gardening up until her illness. She was a Wymore native.

She is survived by husband, Carl J. Hurtz of Wymore; daughter, Mrs. Robert (Shirley A.) Harrison, and son Robert P. both of Wymore; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Christine (Kramer) Harms; and a brother, Norman Harms.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug 21, 1989, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Wymore, with Fr. Dennis Hotovy officiating. Memorials to the family. Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore, was in charge of arrangements.

Dean Andrew Ullman

Dean Andrew Ullman, age 79 years, of Lincoln died Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Tabitha Care Center Journey House. He was born November 25, 1932 at Pawnee City. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Beatrice. Dean served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed at the Fenton Drug Store in Lincoln for many years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lincoln. His hobby was collecting small antiques.

Dean is survived by three brothers, Vincent Ullman of Beatrice; Darrell Ullman and Donald Ullman, both of Lincoln; and by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton L. and Angelina A. (Klein) Ullman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, December 9, 2011 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 11th & H Streets, Wymore with Father Ferdinand Boehme officiating. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Wymore. A rosary will be at 6:00 P.M. Thursday at Roper and Sons Funeral Home, 4300 "O" Street, Lincoln. The body will lie in state at the church one hour preceding the service. Memorial to the church and to St. Jude's Children's Hospital with the funeral home in charge.

Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore, is in charge of arrangements.

Ena Steininger Snyder

Ena Snyder, age 86 years, of Burchard, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at the Shalimar Gardens in Fremont. She was born Dec. 19, 1921, to Eugene H. and Clara (Wenzel) Steininger at Wymore.

She served as a registered nurse in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She married Melvin D. Snyder, a United States Air Force Captain, on October 27, 1945, at Portsmouth, Virginia. They returned to the rural Burchard area, where they raised registered Angus cattle and farmed until retirement in 1979. She moved to the Shalimar Gardens in Fremont in January 2003. Ena was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Wymore and was active in the Beatrice Rose Society, Garden Club and square dance clubs, and was a member of Fisher Post 367 of the American Legion at Virginia. Her hobbies included fishing in Canada.

Ena is survived by three sons, Larry Snyder and his wife Pat of Fremont, Lee Snyder and his wife Marlene of Whitefish, Mont., and Phil Snyder and Dev Cruikshank of Lincoln; by a granddaughter, Kerri Peterson and her husband Bryan of Lincoln; by grandsons, Tim Snyder and his wife Amy of Lincoln, Dave Snyder and his wife Sally of Omaha, and Kevin Brubaker of Kalispell, Mont.; by three great-granddaughters, Lily, Kirsten and McKinzie; by four stepgrandsons, Nicky, Riley, Tyler and Eli. Ena was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Melvin D. Snyder, on Aug. 1, 1998; and by her son, Melvin D. Snyder Jr., on Dec. 18, 1996.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2008, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 115 North 11th St., Wymore, Neb., Fr. Dennis Hotovy officiating. A scriptural prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, 505 North Ninth St., Wymore. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and at the church one hour preceding the service. Memorials to Shalimar Gardens Rose Garden plantings, 749 East 29th St., Fremont, NE 68025. Messages of condolence may be e-mailed to: They will be forwarded to the family. Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore is in charge of arrangements.

Lyle James Ullman

Lyle James Ullman, 71, Wymore, died Saturday, March 22, 2008, at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center, Beatrice. He was born to Michael A. and Anna K. (Klein) Ullman on December 4, 1936, at Tecumseh, Nebraska. He grew up in the Lewiston, Nebraska, area and attended grade school in Lewiston.

In 1954, he graduated from Lewiston High School and attended Southeast Community College for 1 1/2 years. He was married May 12, 1962, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Beatrice, to Kathleen Stahl, and to this union three sons were born; James, John and Jason. He enlisted in the Army Reserves and served from 1954 to 1962. He had been a brakeman for the Burlington Railroad for 18 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wymore; a member of Andersen Post 25 American Legion, Wymore, Nebraska; member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 531, Beatrice; former Mayor of Wymore from 1982“1986; and helped at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wymore. He enjoyed restoring old cars and tractors, attending swap meets and gardening.

He is survived by sons, James Ullman and wife Monica of Wymore, John Ullman of Wymore, Jason Ullman and wife Michelle of Wymore; grandsons, Jacoby Ullman and Cole Ullman, both of Wymore; granddaughters, Jayme Ullman, Sadee Ullman and Joleana Ullman, all of Wymore; brother, Mike Ullman of Wymore; sisters, Edna Musil of DuBois, Marjorie Dorn and her husband (Bernard ) of Burchard, Marie Sunneberg and husband Gerald of Pawnee City, Shirley Baker of Beatrice; and special friend, Jeanie Workman of Beatrice. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lillian Holzenberg, Dorothy Hersch and Jeanette Winters; brother, Lester Ullman; brothers-in-law, Bill Holzenberg, Bob Musil, Fred Hersch, Fred Winters and Mitchell Baker.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 115 N. 11th, Wymore. Celebrant will be Father Dennis Hotovy. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Wymore. There will be a Rosary Service on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Harman-Wright Mortuary Chapel, Seventh and Elk streets, Beatrice. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice, and on Wednesday, March 26, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wymore, prior to the service. A memorial has been established to St. Mary Catholic Church with Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge. A guest book for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at . Harman-Wright Mortuary of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.

Donna Elaine Rock Mick

Donna Elaine Mick, age 59 years, of Wymore died Saturday morning, March 19, 2011, at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln.

She was born Nov. 7, 1951, at Beatrice and has spent most of her life in Wymore. Donna married Richard Dick Mick on April 11, 1970, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Wymore. She operated an in-home daycare, and later was employed in the kitchens at Southern Public School and the Wymore Good Samaritan Center. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church at Wymore and the Altar Society of the church. She had served as a Brownie leader and a 4-H leader. Her hobbies included NASCAR, music, Husker football, playing cards and Keno, and spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her husband, Richard Dick; by two daughters, Jennifer Mick of Beatrice; and Ashley LaPointe of Lincoln; by a son, Derek Mick of Wymore; by two grandchildren, Dylan and Emily LaPointe; by two brothers, Richard Rock and wife Sandy of Hickman; and Rodney Rock and wife Connie of Storrs, Conn.; by a brother-in-law, Bill Mick of AZ; by sisters-in-law, Norma Crosier of CO; Mary Lou Mick and Gloria Mick, both of Omaha; and Doris Mick of Wymore; and by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. & Marjorie M. (Taylor) Rock; by a brother, Larry Rock; by a granddaughter; by a nephew, Matthew Rock; by her parents-in-law, Charley and Mary Mick; by a brother-in-law, Charles Mick; and by a sister-in-law, Paula Mick.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m.. Wednesday, March 23 at St. Marys Catholic Church, 11th & H Streets, Wymore, Father Dennis Hotovy officiating. Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Marys Catholic Church. Visitation will be at the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, 505 N. Ninth Street, Wymore, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday with her family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Wymore.? Memorial established to familys choice with the funeral home in charge.

Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore, is in charge of arrangements.

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