MR. and MRS. FRANK ADAMY
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adamy were members of this community over half a century. Mr.
Adamy owned and operated Adamy Oil Co. in the mid-20's and early 30's. He was Police Judge
of the Village of Bellwood many years.
JOSEPH ANDERSON FAMILY
Joseph Nathaniel and Mary Rolls Brown Anderson originally came to the plains from
Waynesburg, Penn., and St. Clairville, Ohio. They were married on April 21, 1892, in
Hoxie, Kansas, and homesteaded in Sheridan County, Kansas, where a son Lloyd was born in a
sod house. In August of 1894 they migrated to Bellwood, Nebr., where Joe became manager of
the estate of J. D. Bell.
LLOYD ANDERSON FAMILY
Lloyd Anderson married Elna Pauline Evers, who had come from Colome, South Dakota, to Bellwood to stay with her cousin Ada Bell and attend the Bellwood High school. Lloyd and Elna farmed near Bellwood most of their lives. To them 6 children were born: Thomas of Los Altos, Calif.; Richard of Omaha; Harriet of Escondido, Calif.; Mary Jean of Grand Island, Nebr.; Jerry who died at birth; and Jack of Redmond, Wash. The Anderson children grew up, graduated from High School and attended some college. Mary Jean married Marvin Drawbaugh who also has roots from the Bellwood community through the Drawbaugh and Minnick families. Floyd and Elna were very active in church and community affairs and have just recently deceased. They now have 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Elna and Lloyd were married 62 years.
PAUL ANDERSON FAMILY
Paul Anderson married Clarisa Snoover from the North Bend, Nebr., community. They farmed a good part of their lives near Blencoe, Iowa. They have two sons; Joe and Charles who are married and have families. Joe is a food broker at Sioux City, Iowa and Charles is a professor at Ames, Iowa. Paul Anderson now resides in Fremont, Nebr.
JOHN ANDERSON FAMILY
John Anderson married Penelope Comos from Omaha, Nebr. To them a son Craig was born. At the age of 10, Craig was accidentally electrocuted while erecting a tree house. John Anderson spent most of his life in the advertising business in Lincoln and Omaha.
JESSE D. BELL
Farmer and dealer in general merchandise, Bellwood, with his family located here in 1880, had the town surveyed, and is the founder of the town of Bellwood, which is located in one of the finest farming sections of the State. Although still in its infancy, it bids fair to become a town of no small importance, as its citizens are energetic, enterprising men. He has laid out several beautiful parks, planted with evergreens and all kinds of shade trees; has over one hundred acres of timber, shade, evergreen and fruit trees on his farm. In the winter of 1881, he erected a fine, large store building, nicely furnished and finished. He is an active member of the M. E. Church. He is a native of New Albany, Ind., born October 22, 1835; he was married to Miss Hattie M. Derby, of Cambridge, Ill., Aug. 8, 1865, at Geneseo, Ill.
SAMUEL L. BROWN, M. D.
Physician and druggist, Bellwood, came to Nebraska in 1869, and took up a homestead on Section 18, Town 15, Range 3 east, Franklin Precinct; here he resided four years, and was one of the first settlers on what is known as the table lands, in Butler County; then in the years 1874-75-76, he went to Omaha, where he studied medicine in the medical college of that city; he had read medicine several years previous to this time with his father. In January, 1880, he came to Bellwood and started the drug store which was the first drug store in that town. He was born in Pennsylvania, October 7, 1848. He is now Coroner of Butler County, and Justice of the Peace for Savannah Precinct. Is a member of the K. of H. of David City.
Approximately ten years prior to the incorporation of Bellwood, Jacob DeMuth moved
to Butler County. Born January 26, 1349, the son of Michael and Margaretha (Reisdorff)
DeMuth, he emigrated from his birthplace, Sandweiler, Luxembourg, in 1868. He married
Elizabeth Schmit in Fremont, Nebraska on November 2, 1873. Born in Luxembourg on January
6, 1855, Elizabeth, like Jacob had previously lived in the Cascade, Iowa, area before
moving to Butler County. In like Jacob homesteaded on one hundred and twenty acres of
section thirty, Bone Creek Township. In 1873 he purchased two hundred forty acres of
section thirty. In 1880, he purchased forty acres on section thirteen of Savannah
CHARLES W. DERBY
Farmer and foreman of R. H. Henry's sheep ranch, of Bellwood, in the winter of 1881-82. This ranch has on hand 3,200 sheep, it being the largest sheep ranch in Butler County. Charles W. came to Nebraska in 1872, bought the place where he now lives and opened the farm of J. D. Bell, which joined the present flourishing village of Bellwood. He was one of the original members of the M. E. Church society of the place, which consisted of a class of only seven or eight members. Mr. D. was born in Henry County, Ill., Oct. 27, 1851, was married to Miss Ida Warren, in Savannah Precinct, in 1876; she is a daughter of Miles Warren, an early settler of Butler County.
JOSEPH H. DERBY
Foreman and manager of J. D. Bell & Co.'s general merchandise store, Bellwood, came to Nebraska in 1880; started at first a small store for himself, which he ran until he was induced by Mr. Bell to dispose of his stock and take charge of his store, which he did in the beginning of 1882. He was born in Cambridge, Henry Co., Ill., July 16, 1861.
Michael was born in Bavaria, Germany. He came to the U.S. on a sail boat at the age of 18. He married Catherine Miller in New York State and they lived in Rochester, N.Y. until 1870. Catherine was born in 1834 and died on Nov. 7, 1902. They homesteaded in Butler County on the northeast corner of section 8 in Alexis Township on Dec. 4, 1874. The land is now owned by Lucille Kelly. They later moved to the family home in about 1883, which is now owned by Leon Ebel. Farming was their livelihood. Children born to this union were; Anna Ebel Kurt, Lucy Ebel Linden, Mary Ebel Capesius, Frank, Henry and Julia Ebel Klein.
MILES and CLARA ENYEART
Miles J. Enyeart, born February 16, 1882, Keytesville, Mo., the fourth of nine children, was the son of Hiram and Mary Hunter Enyeart. At the age of nine months he came with his parents to a farm seven miles southwest of Bellwood. He married Clara Drawbaugh in 1906. She was born Jan. 6, 1852, Lenox, Iowa, the fifth of seven children, daughter of Armstrong and Sarah Grisinger Drawbaugh. As a small girl she came with her family to a farm west of Bellwood. Clara had one sister, Gertrude, married to William Fluharty. They lived for many years in Bellwood, also their daughter, Ada Baer.
Both Miles and Clara received their education in the Bellwood area schools. He often talked about Hamp Hall, an outstanding and much admired teacher who taught in a rural school he attended. Miles graduated from Fremont Normal College, Fremont. Clara attended Fremont Normal also. They farmed six miles west of Bellwood. Miles owned a threshing machine and harvested grain for many farmers in that area. In the winter he sold Buick cars for Guy Walling, David City. In 1918 they rented out their land and moved into town. He started a general insurance agency which he owned and operated for nearly sixty years. For a number of summers the family traveled extensively, visiting every state, capitol city and national park in the United States. In their latter years they lived at Crowell Memorial Home, Blair, Nebr. Miles died In 1967, age 86; Clara in 1975, age 92. Both are buried in the Bellwood cemetery.
They had three children. Wayne married Bessie Stalnaker and lives in Boynton Beach, Fla. They have a son, Jon. Lois married Milton Ebers and lives in Fremont. Their children are Jerry, and twins, Joann and James. Lucille married Clarence Woerth and lives in Los Angeles. They have a daughter, Carol.
John Fohl was born in Gostingen, Luxembourg and came to this country in January of
1892 at the age of 19. He went directly to Bellwood to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Henry
Schmit. He worked for Conrad Meister one year for five months for board and room and
another year for seven months board and room. In the winter time be attended the country
school. He also worked for the Demuth and Zeilinger families.
ALFRED J. and RITA HANUS
Alfred was born on February 11, 1939 in Brainard, Ne. Rita Hiller Hanus was born on July 4, 1939
in Columbus, Ne. They were married on August 18, 1955. Seven children were born to this
union; Richard J. was born in 1961, graduated from Platte Technical Community College in
Columbus, Ne. in l980 and is presently employed by the First National Bank & Trust in
Columbus, Ne. Michael L. was born in 1961 and is currently attending school at Southeast
Community College in Miford, Ne. Patrick M. was born in 1962 and graduated from Aquinas
High School in David City, Ne. in 1960. He will also attend Southeast Community College in
Milford, Ne. William P. was horn in 1965. He will he a sophomore at Aquinas High School in
David City, Ne. Diane M. was born in 1966 and will be a freshman at Aquinas High School in
David City, Ne. Daniel M. was born in 1968 and will be a 7th grader at St. Mary's Grade
School in David City, Ne. Brian J. was horn in 1969 and will be a 5th grader at St. Mary's
Grade School in David City, Ne.
MRS. IDA HAYEK
Among the many people calling Bellwood home, although living away, is Mrs. Ida (Jacob) Hayek of Los Angeles, California. This spry "young" lady of 96 still flies back for yearly visits to the farm south of town, where she was born on August 25, 1883. She inherited the farm from her father, the late Carl Jacob in 1928, and loves to talk about "way back when". From 1910, until mid 1912, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hayek lived abroad. Upon their return to the States, they purchased a bakery and confectionery store in Bellwood. This, they operated until 1924, when they moved to Omaha and opened a confectionery there. The Hayeks moved to Los Angeles in 1937, after their three daughters, Gertrude, Eva and Rose received their education in Nebraska. Until a few years ago, Mrs. Hayek worked as a housekeeper and baby sitter for several families in the Hollywood Hills area. She gave up her jobs to become housekeeper for her teenage granddaughters, when their mother died. She has no drivers license so she depends on public transportation to get her where she wants to go in the greater Los Angeles area. Until the racial upheaval began several years ago, she used to attend Saturday night dances at the Palladium and, according to her family, didn't sit out too many numbers. Her seventy-fifth birthday was spent touring the Hawaiian Islands, but her greatest delight, however, is the annual trip to the little town of Bellwood, where she can get outdoors and wander to her heart's content.
MR. and MRS. HARRY HILLER
Harry Hiller was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hiller, born on the third of
February, 1906, at Bellwood. He married Edna Peck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Peck,
on August 25, 1936. To this union were born four children. Donald Edward was born on
September 21,1937. He married Linda Sorensen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Sorensen of
Bellwood, on November 23, 1960 and they have two children, Ann Marie and John Paul and
live in Seattle, Washington.
MR. and MRS. PETER HILLER
Peter Hiller was born December 17, 1882 at Bellwood, Nebr. Rose Huger Hiller was
born September 9, 1885. They were married November 23, 1906. To this union were born
eleven children: Harry, Eva, Florence, Francis, Edward, Mary, Veronica, Anthony, Chris,
Paul and Rose Ann. Harry married Edna Peck in 1936. Four children were born to this union:
Donald, James, Richard and Barbara. Harry passed away in 1958 at the age of 40. Eva
married Paul Meysenburg in 1929. To them were born three sons: Gerald, John and Norbert.
Paul passed away in 1978 at the age of 73. Florence married Walter Demuth in 1937. Three
children were born to this union: Michael, Rose Mary, and Judith. Walter passed away in
1961 at the age of 56. Francis married Florence Mlnarik in 1945. They are the parents of
five children: Katherine, Karen, John, Susan and Diane. Edward married Charlotte Kirchner
in 1939. Six children were born to this union: Theresa, Thomas, Mary Jane, Carol, Gerald
and Patricia. Edward passed away in 1974 at the age of 59. Mary married Marlin Scholz in
1938. They are the parents of six children: Rita, Frances, Joseph, Patricia, Kenneth and
Gregory. Veronica married Robert Becker in 1941. They are the parents of four children:
James, Robert, William and Mary Ellen. Anthony married Bette Michael in 1947. Nine
children were born to this union: Connie, Michael, Kathryn, Jeanne, Peter, Beth, Margaret,
Lori and Janet. Chris married Lois Treadway in 1946. They are the parents of three
children: Linda, Steven and Daniel. Paul married Lila Selzer in 1946 Five children were
born to this union: Pamela, Paula, Patricia, Timothy and Penny. Paul passed away in 1962
at the age of 38. Rose Ann married Roben Moran in 1947. They are the parents of eight
children, Patrick, Margaret, Steven, Michael, James, Timothy, Jeffrey and Jeanne.
Mathias Hoshor came to Butler County with his young sons: Clarence, Ora, James, and William from Spring Bay, Illinois in 1890. They first lived southwest of Bellwood on a farm and the boys grew to manhood. James Hoshor married and lived in David City. William married Matilda Platte and moved to Montana. After a few years, they moved back to Nebraska where they operated a filling station and cafe just south of Columbus. Ora never married. After his father died he lived with Clarence and his family. When Clarence passed away, his son, John, moved to the farm and Ora lived with Johns family until his death. Ora was an outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing and spent a lot of his life at the river. He loved sports also and managed many Bellwood baseball teams in the Mid-State and Butler County leagues. He also worked many years for Dr. J. M. McNally.
MR. and MRS. CLARENCE HOSHOR
Clarence E. Hoshor married Anna Rose and they farmed first northwest of Bellwood
until their deaths, Anna in 1954 and Clarence in 1956. Seven children were born to this
union Corrine, Joe, Fern, Erma, Walter W., John P. and one child who died at birth.
Corrine died at the age of 18 during the diphtheria epidemic. Joe died about age 8 from
lock jaw, when Fern and Erma were toddlers. Walter W. and John P. are the only living
children. They both went to Bellwood grade school and graduated from Bellwood High School
Walter was on the basketball team when Bellwood was State Champions in 1934. They both
farmed with their dad and Ora after high school. Walter then left the farm and went to
work for the railroad. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves in the
Construction Battalion (Seahees). He spent three years overseas in the South Pacific and
was one of the first to return after the war ended.
THE TALBOT HOSHOR FAMILY
Talbot Hoshor, Sr., farmer and stock-raiser in Spring Bay, Illinois, came to
Bellwood with his second wife in 1891. He amassed considerable money and land and
continued farming in this area until his death in 1911.
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