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Armed Forces. He was married to Pauline Weiglus in September, 1949.

Since finishing school, Carroll Devlin, Jr. has been engaged in the cleaning business in Columbus. For several years, he conducted his own business and was later associated with the Columbus Laundry Cleaners.

He holds memberships in the Federated Church, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wayside Country Club, the Columbus Firemen, and politically, he is affiliated with the Republican Party.


Louis D. Dicke, well-known Bismark Township farmer, was born in Bismark Township, June 10, 1880, the son of Johann Dietrich and Catherine Plugge Dicke, natives of Oldenburg, Germany, who homesteaded in Bismark Township during the frontier days. Johann Dicke died January 25, 1886, and Mrs. Dicke later married C. G. Koch. She was born November 26, 1852, and died October 16, 1944.

Louis Dicke had three sisters, one half-sister and one half-brother: Louise, wife of J. D. Siefken, died July 10, 1926; Amanda, Mrs. Herman Hespe, lived in South Dakota, and died many years ago; Bertha is the wife of John Haesler, and they have a farm near Loup City, Nebraska; his half-sister, Anna Koch, is married to August Hake; his half-brother, Otto, is married to Nora Henke.

Mr. Dicke attended school in District 2. At the age of twenty, he was employed on a farm. Several years prior to his marriage, he purchased his own one hundred eighty-five acre farm and began farming independently. It is now one of Platte County's finest farms.

On June 7, 1911, at St. John's Lutheran Church, at Shell Creek, he married Helena Oltmann, daughter of Johann Herman and Anna Schutte Oltmann. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dicke have seven children: John, born January 4, 1913, married Eileen Hillen, and they have a farm southeast of Creston; Mabel, born May 12, 1914, was employed in Columbus; Edna, born September 27, 1916, is the wife of Martin Reinke, and they farm in Bismark Township; Ernest, born September 6, 1918, married to Verna Groteluschen, is a veteran of World War II, having served over three years in the army, six months of which were spent in the European Theatre of Operations. He lives on a farm in Bismark Township. Elva, born July 1, 1921, a teacher, has taught in the Platte and Colfax County schools. David, born December 11, 1923; and Leonard, born December 10, 1926, are associated with their father in farming.

All of the Dicke children attended school in Disttrict (sic) 2. David, Leonard, and Elva attended Kramer High School, in Columbus.

Mr. Dicke is a devout member of St. John's Lutheran Church, at Shell Creek, and has always been active in the affairs of his church. He has served as treasurer and elder for that church for a number of years.


Charley Lewis Dickey, son of William B. and Frances Ann Stone Dickey, was born at South Whitley, Indiana, July 11, 1869, and died in Columbus, Nebraska, in May, 1935.

His father, a native of Ohio, served as a captain of the Home Guards near Steubenville, Ohio, during the Civil War. His grandfather, William Dickey, fought in the Indian Wars, under General W. H. Harrison; and his great-grandfather, John Dickey, took part in the Revolutionary War, as a member of the 8th Battalion, Cumberland, Maryland Militia that fought with Washington's Army, at Valley Forge.

His mother, Frances Ann Stone Dickey, was born in Jefferson, Ohio, in 1829. This history of the Stone family has been traced back to Mrs. Dickey's great-great-grandfather, Thomas A. Stone, the fifth son of Lord Dunlane, of Sussex, England. It is of interest to note that the lives of three of Lord Dunlane's sons are interwoven with the history of our country. His second son, William Stone, became colonial governor of Maryland. His third son, David Stone, was the father of Thomas A. Stone, II, who was born in 1743 and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His fifth son, Thomas A., was the father of Reverend Benjamin Stone, the great-grandfather of Frances Ann Stone Dickey. Reverend Stone served in a Virginia regiment commanded by Colonel Buford, at Valley Forge. He also served under Colonel Roebuck and Colonel Francis Marion.

Charley L. Dickey attended the public schools of South Whitley, Indiana. At the age of thirteen, he went to western Kansas, and worked in a grocery store for a year. He returned to Indiana, and learned to be a telegrapher. He was employed in that capacity for different railroads for the next twenty years, during which time he was stationed at Montpelier, Ohio, for the Wabash Railroad; at Detroit, Michigan, and in Kansas; for the Union Pacific Railroad, at Council Bluffs, Iowa; Grand Island, Lexington and Wood River, Nebraska. Following this, he went to Valley, Nebraska, as station agent for the Union Pacific.. He came to Columbus in 1904, as traveling freight agent for the Chicago Great Western Railroad. In 1908, he resigned to become manager for a Canadian land company, with which he worked until 1911. In 1911, he went into the real estate and insurance business in Columbus, and continued in that work until 1935.

On December 27, 1893, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, he married Charlotte Ellen Pyle, daughter of David Pyle, who served four years during the Civil War in the Confederate Army. Charlotte Ellen was born at Nebraska City, Nebraska, on January 24, 1867.

Charley L. and Ellen Pyle Dickey had six children: Paul, who married Ethel Pegler, of Lincoln, is employed as a conductor on the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad; Charley L., Jr., who married Wilma Belle Houdersheldt, of Columbus; Davida married Mark G. Wilson, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Frances Ann, who married Paul Brayman, of Bellwood, Nebraska, died


in Lincoln, in June, 1927; Thomas Pyle married Helen Wilson, of Des Moines, Iowa, and is a representative of the World Insurance Company in the state of Washington; Virginia married Eldon A. Bowen, of Columbus. They all attended the Columbus High School. Charley, Jr. attended York College; Davida, Frances Ann, and Virginia attended Nebraska Wesleyan; and Thomas P. attended the University of Nebraska.

The Dickey family were members of the Methodist Church, in Columbus.


Charley Lewis Dickey, Jr., son of Charley Lewis and Charlotte Ellen Pyle Dickey, was born in Lexington, Nebraska, December 4, 1897, and died in Columbus, Nebraska, June 17, 1946. He had two brothers and three sisters.

He moved to Columbus from Valley, Nebraska, in 1904 with his parents. He attended the Columbus schools, was graduated from the Columbus High School, and attended York College, at York, Nebraska, for one year. After which he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad, where he served for several years; first, as a fireman, and later as an engineer.

On March 1, 1921, in Columbus, he married Wilma Belle Houdersheldt, daughter of William Harley and Ida May Funkhouser Houdersheldt. Mr. Houdersheldt was born at Fairfield, Iowa, October 23, 1868, and Mrs. Houdersheldt was born at Champaign, Illinois, February 24, 1869. They established their home on a farm near Shelby, Nebraska, where they lived until their retirement, when they moved to Columbus. They had seven children. Besides Wilma Belle Houdersheldt Dickey, they are: Ralph, who married Fern Bartlett, of Osceola, Nebraska, died April 13, 1934, at Rupert, Idaho; Bess married Jewell L. Stolnaker, of Shelby; Nelle married Paul B. Gruen, of Eustis, Nebraska; Roy who married Ruth Bosserman, of Columbus, is the manager of Penney's Store, at Columbia, Missouri; Maurice, who married Elvira Lohr, of Columbus, farms near Shelby; and Muriel married Harold Ingolls, of Shelby, Nebraska. They attended school in Columbus, driving back and forth each day from their farm home.

Charley L., Jr. and Wilma Bell Houdersheldt Dickey had four children: Charley Lewis, III, Warren Roy, Marian Ellen, and Sandra Ann.

Sandra Ann, born March 12, 1933, in Columbus, attended Columbus grade schools and is enrolled at Kramer High School.

Marian Ellen went to the Columbus grade schools, was graduated from Kramer High School, and attended Doane College, at Crete, Nebraska. In May, 1948, she married Allan Hammer, at the Methodist Church, in Columbus. They live in Columbus, where Mr. Hammer is interested in the Soil Mover Company.

Warren Roy Dickey, born in Columbus, March 11, 1925, attended the Columbus schools and was graduated from Kramer High School in 1943. In June, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army, and received his training at Camp Roberts, California, in the Field Artillery, and at Camp Adair Oregon, where he was assigned to the Infantry. In December, 1944, he went overseas with the Seventieth Trailblazer Division, as a private first class. He was wounded in action at Wingen. France, on January 6, 1945, and received a Silver Star for gallantry in action on January 6, 1945. He received his discharge in February, 1946. While in the Army, in 1943, he attended the Montana State College at Bozeman, Montana, and after his discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska.

Charley L. Dickey, Jr. was affiliated with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers, the Masons, Lebanon Lodge 323, A.F.&A.M., Orient Chapter Number 18 R.A.M., and Gebol Council 12. He was a Methodist and belonged to the Keystone Brotherhood of the Methodist Church. Politically, he was a Republican.

Mr. Dickey's hobbies included an interest in sports, especially football and basketball, music and the cultivation of flowers.

NOTE:  Sep 1990, gravestone at Graceland Cemetery, Shelby, NE - INGALLS / (left) Muriel J. / Apr. 13, 1912 / Nov. 1, 1984 // (right) Harold / Jan. 17, 1911 / (blank).


Charley Lewis Dickey, III, son of Charley, Jr. and Wilma Belle Houdersheldt Dickey, was born in Columbus, Nebraska, November 21, 1921. He went to the Columbus grade schools, graduated from Kramer High School in 1919, and then attended the University of Nebraska, where he was enrolled in the School of Engineering.

In his junior year, he enlisted in the United States Armed Forces, and then attended the Oshkosh State Teachers' College, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Upon his return from the service, in 1946, he entered his senior year in the University of Nebraska.

He served in the United States Armed Forces from February, 1943, to July, 1946. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and transferred to the Engineers. He attended Officers' Training School, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant, and assigned to the Eleventh Combat Engineers. He went overseas in November, 1944, and served as a Reconnaissance Officer, in France, and later with the Army of Occupation, in Austria.

Charley L. Dickey, III, lives in Columbus, where be is associated with the Soil Mover Manufacturing Company. He is a member of the Methodist Church and the Wayside Country Club. He was affiliated with Sigma Phi Epsilon, a national social fraternity, when he was at the University of Nebraska, and is a first lieutenant in the Officers' Reserve Corps. He is a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Math Diederich was born in Germany, on July 18, 1855. He attended school in his native land and as a young man was employed as a boilermaker at the Krupp Munitions Factory, at Essen.

On June 5, 1877, he immigrated to the United States. His first employment was near Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin.

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In June, 1878, at Mt. Calvary, he married Christina Kramer, and they went to Minnesota, where he worked for several months and attended a school to learn the English language.

In February, 1879, Mr. and Mrs. Diederich came to Platte County, and Math bought the homestead rights on some land in St. Bernard Township. At that time, the Franciscan Fathers were organizing the parish of St. Bernard, and the Diederichs became active members of that church.

Mr. Diederich served as County Supervisor from 1900 to 1903, and for thirty years was a member of the school board of District 50.

After their retirement from the farm, Mr. and Mrs. Math Diederich moved to Humphrey, where they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Diederich had eleven children: Mrs. Joe Albracht, of Texas; Mrs. Clem Niebur; Mrs. M. P. Sales; Mrs. William Kurtenbach, who died in 1919; Joe, Tony, John, and Pete. Three children died in infancy.

Math Diederich died March 13, 1939.


Anthony Joseph Diederich, son of Math and Christina Kramer Diederich, was born in St. Bernard Township, March 25, 1892. His father, born July 18, 1855, in Arbach, Germany, came to Calvary, Wisconsin, in 1878, where he met his future wife and was married in June of that year. He came to Platte County, February 1, 1879, and homesteaded in St. Bernard Township, where the family first lived in a sod house. He died March 13, 1939, Mrs. Diederich was born in Calvary, Wisconsin, April 17, 1862.

"Tony" Diederich has three brothers and three sisters: Anna and Joseph, on the parental homestead in St. Bernard community; Clara, John, Kate and Peter. A sister died in 1919.

"Tony" attended the St. Bernard Parochial School. He has been engaged in farming and stock raising and has lived on farms at St. Bernard, Lindsay and Monroe. He lived for fifteen years, 1916-1931, on a farm near Lindsay, and now lives in District 17, Burrows Township, near Monroe.

He worked with the Triple A, on road and land measuring and served as road overseer in his district. He is interested in all work for the betterment and progress in the upbuilding of his home community, such as better roads, community recreation, and politics.

On May 2, 1916, at St. Anthony's Church, in Burrows Township, Tony Diederich married Sophia Greisen, daughter of Henry and Mary Seeberger Greisen, Burrows Township pioneers.

Mrs. Diederich has six brothers and two sisters.

Tony and Sophia Diederich had ten children: Veronica, Harrietta, Anthony, Jr., Mark, Lois, Ward, Cleo, Gregory, Paul, and Marylynn, all born near Lindsay, except Marylynn, who was born in Burrows Township, near Monroe.

Veronica, born March 22, 1917, attended Holy Family Parochial School at Lindsay, and is the wife of Dave Berg, of Waterloo, Iowa. Harrietta, Ven. Sister M. Antonitta, a Black Franciscan. Nun, was born April 17, 1918, attended Holy. Family School and high school in the convent at Manitowac, Wisconsin. She teaches at a parochial school in Delaware, Ohio. Anthony, Jr., born April 14, 1921, attended Holy Family Parochial School and the Platte Center High School. During World War II, he was a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and served as pilot of a B-24. While on a bombing mission over Yap Island, in the Pacific, he was reported missing in the bomber raid of July 15, 1944, and declared dead in March, 1946.

Mark, born January 12, 1923, attended Holy Family School, District 17 and the Platte Center High School. During World War II, he served as Ph. Mate, 2/c, in the United States Navy. Lois, Ven. Sister M. Carol, a Black Franciscan Nun, was born. March 29, 1924, attended District 17 School, Holy Family School and High School and college at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She now teaches at Appleton, Wisconsin. Ward, born October 17, 1925, attended School District 17 and Kramer. High School in Columbus, where he was active in school athletics. During World War II, he served as Torpedo Mate, 2/c, United States Navy, in Panama.

Cleo, born May 22, 1927, attended School District 17 and Kramer High School. She has since been employed as accountant for the Bell Telephone Company, in Omaha. During a national shorthand contest, she received the second highest award in the United States. Gregory, born February 14, 1929, attended School District 17, was graduated from St. Bonaventure High School, in Columbus, and is now engaged in farming. Paul, born April 29, 1931, in Monroe, attended School District 17, and the St. Bonaventure High School. Marylynn, born January 9, 1933, at Monroe, attended School District 17 and St. Bonaventure's School.

The Diederichs are members of the St. Anthony's Catholic Church, in Burrows Township. Anthony Diederich has been a trustee of that church and is a member of the men's sodality there. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and is a Gold Star member of the War Dads. His hobbies are umpiring at baseball games and traveling. He has umpired games within a radius of fifty miles from his home, including surrounding towns in Nebraska and South Dakota. In his travels, he has visited Washington, D. C.; Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Old Mexico. Politically, he is a Democrat.


Frank P. Dietz, vice-president of the Central National Bank, was born in Columbus, Nebraska, July 13, 1895, the son of Phillip and Wilhelmina Mohnks Dietz. Phillip Dietz was born April 18, 1845, in Zielhard, a province of Starkenburg, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and when eight years old, immigrated to the United States. He remained in New York state


for six years, 1863-1869, an then came to Nebraska, locating at Grand Island. In 1883, he came to Columbus, where he was employed at the Elevator Roller Mills. He had learned the baker's trade in Germany, and prior to coming here, had worked at this trade. Mr. Dietz was married twice. After the death of his first wife, he married Mrs. Wilhelmina Mohnks Gaver, who was born November 28, 1857, at Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. Phillip Dietz died in Columbus, October 25, 1914, and Mrs. Dietz died here on August 29, 1937.


Frank P. Dietz

Frank Dietz attended the Columbus grade schools, Columbus High School, and a business college, after which he was employed by the German National Bank, now the Central National Bank, as bookkeeper.

During World War I, he enlisted in the United States Army, and served for two years, 1917-1919. After his enlistment, he received his first training at the Fort Omaha Balloon School, and then was assigned to balloon fields in Colorado, Texas, and Virginia, before going overseas. He served in France, with the Nineteenth Balloon Company.

Mr. Dietz has made banking his life work. In 1919, after his discharge from the Army, he reentered the Central National Bank for a time, and then was connected with the Farmers' State Bank here for several years. Upon his return to the Central National Bank, in the 1930's, Mr. Dietz became a vice-president.

Locally, he holds membership in the Chamber of Commerce, of which he was a director for three years, Izaak Walton League, B.P.O.E., and the Sons of Herman Lodge. He served as City Chairman for seven war loan drives during World War II, and also served as chairman of the gasoline panel, on the Platte County Rationing Board. His hobbies are gardening and flowers. Politically, he is a Republican.

On June 14, 1921, Frank P. Dietz married Lillian Catherine Berney, daughter of Joseph F. and Eva Schilz Berney, of Columbus, Mrs. Dietz attended St. Francis Academy here, the Sacred Heart Convent and Boyles Business College, in Omaha. Frank and Lillian Dietz have three children:

Robert J., born May 14, 1922, in Columbus, was graduated from St. Bonaventure High School, in 1939, and then attended Creighton University, in Omaha, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree, in 1946, and served his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Omaha. He married Mary Ann Masilko, a registered nurse of Omaha. He served with the United States Army in Guam, in 1948

Evelyn was graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1941, and Van Sants School of Business, in Omaha. She worked for a time as a secretary at the Consumers Public Power District, in Columbus. On February 14, 1946, she married Milton Lueke, in Columbus. Mr. Lueke served in World War II, and is now connected with the Railway Express Company, in Columbus.

Lillian was graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1944, and attended Duchesne College in Omaha. She has been employed at the Loup River Public Power District as a secretary. On November 7, 1948, in Columbus, she married Donald Rowlands, who served four years in the Navy during World War Ii, and is employed by the Nebraska Public Power System, in Columbus.

The Frank Dietz family are members of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, in Columbus.


Dick Dirks, prominent Sherman Township farmer, was born April 28, 1884, in Platte County, Nebraska, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin H. Dirks. The elder Mr. Dirks was born February 12, 1845, in Germany, came to Platte County in 1882, and died here, October 13, 1921. Mrs. Dirks was born June I, 1858.

Dick has four sisters and one brother: Minnie, who was the wife of Otto Grotelueschen, died June 30, 1921, in Platte County; Anna is the wife of Carl Luedke; George is married to Louise Schutte; Ricka and Lena live in Columbus.

Dick Dirks has always lived in Platte County, where he attended rural school in District 77. He learned farming and stock raising from first hand experience.

On March 28, 1918, in Columbus, he married Emma Hollmann, daughter of Diedrich and Wilamena Plugge Hollmann, natives of Germany. Mr. Hollmann died in 1903, and Mrs. Hollmann died in 1890.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Dirks had three children: Norman, born April 21, 1919; Dorothy, the wife of Harold Grotelueschen, was born February 3, 1921; and Martin, born March 18, 1925. All three children attended the District 77 School, the Christ Lutheran School, and Creston High School. The two boys are now farming.

The Dick Dirks family are members of the Christ Lutheran Church, in Bismark Township.


Francis M. Dischner, son of Peter, Sr. and Lena Gerber Dischner, was born August 30, 1905, on a farm in Butler Township, Platte County. His father, a retired farmer, was born September 19, 1860, at Kankakee, Illinois, and came to Platte County in 1879, from Lafayette, Indiana. His mother was born December 5, 1879, in Butler Township. Francis has three sisters and one brother: Margaret, now Mrs. Joseph Bandur, of Herman, Nebraska; Elizabeth, Mrs. David H. Mohr, of Fremont, Nebraska; Martha, Mrs.

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A. F. Mielak, of Columbus, Nebraska; and Peter, Jr., of Columbus.

On June 17, 1931, in Columbus, Francis M. Dischner married Florence H. Luchsinger, daughter of John and Minnie Gigax Luchsinger, natives of Glarus, Switzerland. Mr. Luchsinger was a retired farmer. Florence has three sisters: Mrs. B. W. Gertsch, of Stromberg, Nebraska; Bertha, and Helen, of Columbus.

Mr. Dischner is the Assistant Secretary at the Consumers Public Power District office in Columbus. He has previously been engaged in retail sales work, bookkeeping, accounting, photography and news reporting. In 1931 he wrote Historical Sketches of Mid-Nebraska for the History, Franciscans In Nebraska.

From December 27, 1943, to November 11, 1945, he served in the United States Navy during World War II, as an aviation storekeeper, 1/c. During this time, he spent nineteen months with the Aviation Supply Depot, on Los Negros Island, of the Admiralty Group, in the Southwest Pacific, where he had charge of the shipping department office. It was his work to obtain cargo space and handle the details of shipping Naval materials.

Mr. Dischner has been active for many years in the Chamber of Commerce. He served four years as a member of the Columbus City Council, and 20 months as a member of the first Platte County Rationing Board, during World War II.

Aside from his participation in all community activity, his hobbies are writing and research, principally in historical matters. Mr. Dischner is a member of St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church, in Columbus. Politically, he is affiliated with the Democratic Party.


The Reverend Luther Martin Doctor, pastor of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Humphrey, was one of the youngest ministers of the Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod, in Platte County. He was born on March 27, 1912, at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Reverend Doctor is a son of the Reverend Frederich C. Doctor and Emma Ropa Doctor, both of whom were born in Fort Wayne. His father is a Lutheran minister, and his paternal grand father was a farmer. Reverend Luther Martin Doctor is one of a family of six. His three brothers include Paul, who is with the railroad; Frederich, a doctor of medicine; and Walter, who is in the grocery business. Two sisters, Ruth and Lola, are Mrs. Robert Degner, and Mrs. H. D. Fike, a teacher.


Reverend Luther Martin Doctor

Reverend Doctor received his early education in Fort Wayne, and then attended St. Paul's College, in Concordia, Missouri, and the State Teachers' College, at Wayne, Nebraska. After finishing his college work, he taught in high school and the Lutheran parochial school. He studied theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and was ordained a minister there.

After moving from Indiana, he lived in Illinois for several years, then moved to Wakefield, Nebraska, and later lived in Concord, Nebraska.

On December 3, 1939, at Wakefield, Nebraska, he was married to Marie Meyer, of St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of the Reverend Frederich Meyer and Clara Glaudt Meyer, both natives of St. Louis. Her mother died in St. Louis, June 29, 1926; and her father died there on May 10, 1945. She has two brothers and five sisters.

The Reverend Luther and Marie Meyer Doctor have three children; Noel, born in Wakefield, Nebraska, December 4, 1940; Warren, born in Concord, Nebraska, April 7, 1943; and Judy, born in Humphrey, Nebraska, April 24, 1947.

Reverend Luther Martin Doctor arrived in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska, on May 17, 1942, to become the pastor at St. Peters Church. His pastorate also includes the St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, at Lindsay in St. Bernard Township.

Outside of his parish work, he has many interests and hobbies which include the sports of football, basketball, and golf. He likes to ride, hunt and fish, and enjoys music, reading, and work with the arts and crafts.


William F. Dodds was born on March 5, 1840, at Butler County, Pennsylvania. He came to Columbus, Nebraska, in the spring of 1880. and died here on November 4, 1921.

He attended school in Connoquinessing Township, in Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, he served for eighteen months, three of which were spent in the Libby Prison.

On December 30, 1865, William F. Dodds married Elizabeth Jane Shannon, daughter of Thomas and Maria Graham Shannon, at her home in Harmony, Pennsylvania. The Shannons were natives of Butler County, Pennsylvania.

William and Elizabeth Jane Dodds had nine children: John L. died in Columbus, November 5, 1942; Olive L., Mrs. John Cooper, of Rochester, Pennsylvania; William H. died at Columbus, June 11, 1946; Birdie F. died May 24, 1936, at Columbus; Joseph J. died on December 22, 1910, at Cambridge, Nebraska; Anna M. died April 23, 1946, at Seattle; Roy E. lives in Portland, Oregon; Grace Dodds Clancy and Mae E. Dodds live in Seattle, Washington. Birdie Dodds was employed as a teacher in the rural schools of Platte County for forty-five years, from 1889 to 1934. Mrs. William Dodds is also deceased.

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