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Located on the P.H.Young Ranch 25 miles south of Valentine.
Section 12, Range 29, Township 31.
The well-kept Simeon Cemetery continues to reflect community pride and the philosophy
"We take care of our own". The Simeon Cemetery is silent testamony of that pride.
Located on a grassy knoll 25 miles south of Valentne, Ne. on th P.H.Young ranch,
it is surrounded by rangeland and cattle, but eight strands of barbed wire insure that
cattle will not trespass.
Cedar tress rise to lofty heights on twisted trunks and the lower branches fan out in a
diameter of 40 feet. Iris beds, some planted 75 years ago, surround the weather-streaked
stones. Native grasses carpet the cemetery in a dense sod and continuous maintenance is
A tall white stone marks the first recorded grave---John Hobbs, 1834-1887.
The family plot includes the graves of his wife, Sarah, and seven children,
each marked with a headstone. The plot is enclosed by an ornate iron fence.
It was not until 1891, however that W.D. Morgareidge had C.G.Patterson,
county surveyor, establishe the cemetery boundaries. Morgareidge donated the land
and filed an official document to that effect to the county clerk, Oct. 31 of
that year at 4 p.m.
Another white marble stone surrounded by another iron fnece notes the Carson plot.
John Carson took a homestead in 1882 in what became the Simeon community.
His wife's name is carved on one side of the stone and his son, Alvin, on the other.
Alvin drowned in an alkali lake April 20,1887.
P.H.Young filed a homestead less than a mile from the cemetery in 1901.
In 1904, Solomon Ellis, merchant and landowner, took Young's place on the chain
while surveying land and was struck by lightning.
Ellis was buried in the little cemetery which was included in land that Young later
bought from Morgareidge.
Stella Young told her children in later years how she and her husband handled the
buriel of infants during the horse and buggy days. Mrs Young lined wooden raisen boxes
with cotton batting and satin for a coffin while her husband prepared the grave and
often conducted graveside services.
"A community takes care of its own", she would say.
Young's trademark was building long lasting fences. In 1947, he enlarged the cemetery
and refenced the area with osage posts set 10 feet apart with eight strands of barbed wire.
Buriel continued on through the years and the community gathered to groom the cemetery
prior to each Memorial Day. In 1960, Young turned his records over to a daughter, Georgia
Lord. That May, the entire community completely renovated the cemetery under the guidance of
Frank Reece, Young's son-in-law. By using the original map and added research, it was
learned that instead of four, there were actually five rows of 20x30 foot lots and four 10
Cemetery markers were then placed at the corner of each of the 30 lots, stones straightened
and cement markers replaced the cedar post markers which had deteriorated. Stone and petrified
wood, often used to mark a baby's grave, were uncovered from the sand and recorded to make a
total of 58 graves.
Morgareidge established the post office in June of 1885 and named it for his brother, Simeon.
That November Elias Stilwell was named postmaster. After the post office was moved, Stillwell's
son,Rivers, and his other children, carried the mail from Simeion to Conterra. In 1926, Rivers
Stilwell died a short time after preparing a grave for his little grandson, Forrest, son of
Carl and Rossa Schleve. They were the first of the 11 members to be interred in the Stilwell
While mowing hay in 1930, Carl Schleve found cedar seedlings growing on the meadow and
transplanted three of them to the cemetery.
Rosa Schleve Gillespie was buried in the Stilwell plot 1983. Georgia and Elver Lord carefully
checked plot boundries and four of P.H.Young's decendants prepared the grave,grandsons, Bobby
Lord, Bud Reece, Paul Young and great grandson, Kevin Reece. They take care of their own.
This story was written and donated by Marianne Beel of Valentine, Ne.
|NAME ||BIRTH || DEATH |
|Bennett, Infant child of Richard Bennett ||06-1947|
|Bennett, Charles W. ||12-09-1849||08-25-1931|
|Bennett, Etta(dau of C.W.& Nellie) ||No dates|
|Betts, infant(child of C.W.) ||08-07-1899|
|Blakely, Baby(child of Sandy & Rita Thompson Blakely) || ||1903|
|Brown, Mrs. John E. ||09-26-1893 ||11-21-1911|
|Carson, Addie Jones(wife of Samuel L. Carson) ||07-30-1868 ||10-10-1889|
|Carson,Alva B. ||05-10-1870 || 03-20-1887|
|Carson, William Guy(husband #1 ???, #2of Mary Ann Baird m.1877 ) ||11-19-1837 ||06-06-1899|
|Cohee, Ethel(dau of Willard& Lura) ||1899 || 1900|
|Cohee, Lloyd(son of Willard& Lura) ||1896 ||1898|
|Cohee, Lura Ellen ||1861 || 1901|
|Cornelius, Mary Sylvia ||1835 ||03-19-1928|
|Dailey, Dennis || ||11-29-1894|
|Daniels, L.F.(Baby) || No dates|
|Davis, Gouverneure Morris(veteran)(Father)(hus of Rosetta Mabel Scott)(son of William & Marguerite Swarthout Davis) ||12-03-1834 ||04-01-1898||Queensburg, NY|
|Davis, Minnie E. || No dates|
|Davis, Ralph N. ||07-02-1872 ||03-08-1975|
|Davis, Rosetta Mabel Scott(Mother) ||06-08-1835 ||12-06-1913||Wyoming, county, NY|
|Ellis, Solomon Linville || 02-26-1865 ||05-31-1905|
|Galligher, Garnet Alice Stilwell(wife of Rivers Galligher)||01-30-1911||1930|
|Garringer, J.E. || || 03-11-1895|
|Gillespie, Rossa Schleve ||1906 ||1983|
|Griggs, John C. ||no dates|
|Hannaman, Thomas ||07-26-1812 ||06-28-1891|
|Hobbs, Charles D. ||06-06-1872 ||12-29-1921|
|Hobbs, Charlotte A. Jennings ||11-24-1861 ||08-20-1888|
|Hobbs, Edgar ||04-05-1876 ||12-29-1948|
|Hobbs, Eva ||03-23-1881 ||02-102-1945|
|Hobbs, Gilbert S.|| 04-12-1865 ||08-21-1902|
|Hobbs, Harvey ||04-24-1868 ||10-29-1942|
|Hobbs, John F. ||10-12-1834 ||08-18-1887|
|Hobbs, Sarah A. ||02-24-1840 ||05-19-1917|
|Hobbs, William D. ||11-14-1869 ||??-15-1943|
|Leach, Louis(hus of Joan Galligher)||?||?|
|McWalker, ??? ||no dates|
|Oliver, Mrs. Charles ||no dates|
|Phillips, Twins (of Archie & Cora Collins Phillips)||No dates|
|Rogers, Venus(Baby) ||Petrified unreadable marker|
|Rounds, Cress ||no dates||age 3 |
|Rowley, Baby ||no dates|
|Somers, Ronald Geoffrey ||10-06-1940 ||10-08-1940|
|Schleve, Carl Stilwell(infant) ||06-08-1927|
|Schleve, Forrest Herman(infant son of Carl)(grandson of Ernest Stilwell)||07-19-1926 ||11-19-1926|
|Schleve, George(grandson of E.R.&Bertha Stilwell) ||1936 ||1945|
|Stilwell, Bertha Rivers(dau of Adam & Lucy Martin) ||11-16-1880 ||06-09-1962|
|Stilwell, Everett(Fuzzy)(son of Ernest & Bertha) ||09-21-1902 ||1958|
|Stilwell, Ernest Rivers(hus of Bertha Alice Martin m.1901) ||05-08-1874 ||11-1926||Lyons, KS|
|Stilwell, Joseph Amos(infant)||01-14-1914 ||01-14-1914|
|Stilwell, Ula Rose (infant) ||10-11-1916 ||10-11-1916|
|Stratton, Amy P. ||1824 ||12-23-1895|
|Stratton, William W.(hus of Alice Ware Summer m.11-01-1934)(son or William Henry Stratton & Julia Ann Stratton)||09-09-1879||09-21-1974||Bainbridge,now Huntley, NE|
|Thissell, Oscar S. ||10-10-1839 ||12-09-1913|
|Thompson, Baby girl || ||01-14-1915|
|Thompson,Mrs Andrew ||no dates|
|Thompson, Uriah ||1820 || 1901|
|Tracewell, Mary N.(wife of S.P.) ||1871 ||1902|
|Vaughn, baby(child of Jim& Ruby) || no dates|
|Vaughn, Baby(child of Jim& Ruby) ||no dates|
3 unknown graves+
1 unknown grave , possibly Alvie Carson who drowned in Big Alkali in 1887.
Names, dates and pictures for this cemetery were donated by Mrs. Ruth Harms, who
walked this cemetery in May of 1974.
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