BOX ELDER CEMETERY


 This cemetery is north of Cumro, Custer County, Nebraska.  Take Hwy 2/183 south from Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska.  About 1 mile south of Ansley, turn right on Hwy 183 and go approx. 12 miles to the Cumro turn off.  Turn right and go 6 miles west, then turn at the Historical Marker and go 1 1/2 miles north.  This is a public cemetery and is accessible from the road.  On the gate leading into the cemetery it says, "In memory of Everett Fortik,  July 1, 1910 June 19, 1990" & "In memory of Bette L. Fortik, Oct 2, 1918 Aug 8, 1995" is on the fence.

The historical marker says:  Cumro, named by William Edmunds, for his home town in Wales, was a thriving frontier settlement located between Georgetown post office located four miles to the west and Eudell post office three miles to the east.  It boasted a school, a blacksmith shop, physician and store, with the church and cemetery to the north.  Cumro post office was established in 1885 with Morgan W. Jones as post master and discontinued in April 1943.  In the summer of 1877, the Kearney and Black Hills stage line followed the South Loup river valley
with stops south of Eudell and Georgetown.  A Union Pacific line planned for the valley was surveyed through Cumro in the 1880's, but the line was never built because the railroad experienced financial difficulties.  Cattlemen became bringing cattle into the valley in 1869 and conflicts erupted when homesteaders challenged the cattlemens claim to the land.  Fierce blizzards of 1880 and 1881 dessimated the herds, hastening the end of the open range.  Among descendants of the cattlemen and homesteaders that settled the area, can be found such names as George, Morgan, Trew, Wood and many others.


Abbott, Ernest Vernon,  Oct 1, 1865 - Mar 14, 1933;  Marietta, Apr 15, 1867 - Aug 2, 1939

Allen, Linda E., wife of L. S. Allen, Nov 24, 1868 - Sept 5, 1890

Rachel E.,  "Mother", born July 14, 1857 - died Mar 17, 1926 (same type stone as Jennings - between Linda Allen & Jennings, but no last name on this stone)


Blevins, Homer L., June 6 - June 28, 1912

Blevins, Stella, 1876 - 1912

Blevins, Oscar, 1873 - 1947

Brakeman, Amelia A., wife of C. W. Brakeman, died July 25, 1895 Aged 34 ys, 3 ms, 1 da
"She was a fond mother, a loving wife and a friend to all"

Brakeman, Ira W., son of C. W. & Rosa G. Brakeman, died Feb 13, 1899, Aged 1 y 11 ds  "Plucked from earth to bloom in heaven"

Brandt, Lester,  July 28, 1917 - Nov 20, 1989;  Blanche E.,  Apr 6, 1921 - Nov 25, 1900, married Nov 29, 1947, Parents of Steven, Charles, Jeffrey

Brandt, Walter A., Pvt US Army, World War II,  Nov 11, 1903 Jan 11, 1981

Brandt, Herman L., "Son",  Aug 27, 1915 -  Jan 1, 1963

Brandt, Henry J. Jr.,  Feb 3, 1906 - Oct 12, 1969

Brandt, J. Henry, "Father"  born 1869 - died 1945;  Anna T., "Mother", 1881 - 1938;  "infant twins", March 14, 1909

Brandt, David R.,  July 25, 1911 - Jan 20, 1990; Wilma D.,  July 4, 1926 - ____,  married May 19, 1946

Brown, Addie C., wife of S. R. Brown, died Jan 2, 1898,  Aged 35 yrs 9 ms 8 da  "At Rest" & "Dear Friends, it's hard to part, but my Saviour has called me home"

Brown, Sarah, born Sept 23, 1842 - died July 14, 1906  "Dearest, Mother we have laid thee, in the peaceful grave's embrace, But thy memory shall be cherished, 'till we see thy Heavenly face."

Brown, Dr. John G., died August 21, 1903, Aged 63 years & 11 days,  "At Rest", "Peace Perfect Peace", "God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son"

Brown, John, 1856 - 1925


Cherry, Carl H., March 6, 1908 - Mar 19, 1983; married Jan 14, 1942,  Helen B., Nov 30, 1910 - Dec 27, 1979

Cherry, Robert C.,  Dec 14, 1946 - Nov 3, 1981, "Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until eveing."  Vietnam War metal marker

Cherry, Charley H., son of John & Alice, born Apr 30, 1896 died Aug 24, 1909

Cherry, John, "Father", Dec 16, 1856  Apr 23, 1951;  Alice, "Mother", Dec 9, 1863 - March 14, 1950, "In loving memory"

Cherry, Amelia J., "Mother", 1823 - 1897,  "Gone Home"

Cherry, Mary, dau. of G. & M.Cherry, Dec 15, 1902 - June 1, 1912

Cherry, George, 1863 - 1940;  Maggie,  1870 - 1947

Cherry, Joseph H. Sr., June 1, 1851 - Dec 6, 1917

Cherry, Hester Ann, "Daughter"  Apr 30, 1885 - Oct 29, 1961

Cherry, John W.  Feb 25, 1889 - July 24, 1970;  Lucy C.,   Mar 23, 1893 - Jan 13, 1982

Cherry, Annie M.,  May 31, 1892 - Mar 15, 1976

Cherry, William I.,  Sept 16, 1894 - July 3, 1971;  Ethel,  Aug 18, 1897 - Sept 12, 1989

Chrisman, Charles S., "Father", 1848 - 1919;  Bettie B., "Mother",  1852 - 1926

Chrisman, Taylor S., 1883 - 1904

Cline, Hiram, Dec. 21, 1858 - July 5, 1915;  Phebe D., his wife, Dec 14, 1865 - July 5, 1945  Order Eastern Star metal marker, "In my Father's House are many Mansions"

Clouse, Raymond Jim,  1896 - 1982 (mortuary marker)

Clouse, James Jr., 1927 - 1928

Clouse, Glenn Eugene, 1929 - 1931

Cooley, Jackie George, "Son",  Feb 7, 1938 - May 3, 1942;  James Dale, "Son",  Aug 8, 1935 -   Oct 10, 1961

Cooley, Archie M.,  1907 - 1972,  U.S. Navy 1941 - 1945 metal marker;  Mildred L.,  1907 - __

Cooley, Dennis R., "Son",  Dec 5, 1936 - ___ ;  Alvin C., "Father",  Jan 3, 1901 - Dec 24, 1985

Cooley-Parkhurst, Irene,  Feb 2, 1918 - May 27, 1988,  Loving mother of James, Dennis, Jackie, Raymond

Cox, Robert R. Sept. 24, 1902 - Mar 27, 1988;  Laverna P.,  Oct 18, 1908 - May 5, 1936

Cox, Alvia L., son of S. & A. Cox, died Dec 3, 1892, aged 2 ms 13 das  "Plucked from earth to bloom in Heaven"


Davis, Gilbert, "Our Darling", born and died July 1904, "Baby"


Edmunds, Margaret A.,  Apr 31, 1892 - Oct 9, 1892;  Naomi, Nov 3, 1896 - March 9, 1899


Fortik, Darlene Joyce,  "Our Darling", born and died March 18, 1934,

Fortik, Fannie, dau. of Anton & Anna Fortik, March 20, 1909 March 30, 1909

Fortik, Anna, "Mother", 1874 - 1944;  Anton, "Father",  1873 - 1937

Fortik, Everett,  July 1, 1910 - June 19, 1990;  Bette L.,  Oct 2, 1918 - Aug 8, 1995,  married Feb 14, 1942,  BPOE metal marker

Fowler, John M., "Father",  1819 - 1891;  Jane, "Mother", 1822 -1896;  Polly,  1883 - 1906;  Rebecca J.,  1873 - 1900;  Florence and Alberta, Aged 5 mos.


Gibson, Robert,  Dec 1, 1833 - Nov 4, 1917

Gillett, Aurilla, dau. of C. A. & M. E. Gillett.  Apr 16, 1884 Dec 13, 1885

Gillett, John A., born Feb 26, 1832 - died Sept 2, 1890;  Margaret J., born  Oct 10, 1834 - died  Dec 24, 1915

Gillett, Mabel Bird, dau. of H. U. & E. M. Gillett, born Apr 6, 1908 - died June 24, 1910 "Darling"

Gillett, Hilliar U.,  Jan 10, 1865 - Feb 3, 1924,  "Beloved husband & father"

Gillett, Ella M.,  1876 - 1964


Hanson, Ola  1822-1901

____, Charles H.  1911-1931 (no last name, near above Hanson & Watts stone - similar to Watts)

Hillery, John S., 1858 - 1931;  Lydia, his wife, 1863 - 1958

Hillery, Raymond, "Father", Feb 6, 1890 - April 22, 1967;  Nora M., "Mother", Oct 4, 1890 - Nov 29, 1983

Hinkle, Chester  son of Wm. & Mary, 1936 - 1937

Hinkle, Ralph J.  "Father", June 12, 1901 - July 16, 1975

Hinkle, Henry H., 1876 - 1943;  Jessie W.  1881 - 1942

Hinkle, Mary Trew,  Feb 24, 1907 - ___;  William H.,  Sept 16, 1908 - Oct 20, 1994,  married Dec 14, 1929

Hird, "Grandmother and Children Sarah and Samuel"  (no dates)

Hird, Zelma C.,  dau. of James & Ethel Hird, born Apr 3, 1908 - died May 22, 1909

Horn, John M., "Father",  1871 - 1951;  Mabel G., "Mother", 1887 - 1931

Horn, Mary Alice, Nov 6, 1912, 1 month, 22 days (heart-shaped stone)

Huffman, Francis A., Jan. 26, 1908 - Oct. 21, 1971, Ansley Village Marshall many years;  Ethel R., Mar. 28, 1908 - ____

Huffman, Herbert H., "Father", 1880 - 1951;  Nellie Jane, "Mother", 1886 - 1940  "Pioneers of Custer County"


Jelinek, Laura Amy, July 7, 1896 - Jan 20, 1977

Jennings, John J., Apr 24, 1875 - Oct 25, 1889

Jennings, Lucinda K., "Mother",  Oct. 11, 1843 - Jan 27, 1904

Jennings, John A., "Father",  Dec. 13, 1840 - Feb 21, 1926, GAR metal marker

Johnson, Harry C., Aug 2, 1904 - Dec 14, 1981;  Hilda G.,  Oct 3, 1914 - Oct 13, 1991, married Mar 24, 1940

Johnson, Kenneth L.,  Oct 13, 1911 - Apr 26, 1983, TEC5 US Army, World War II;  Janet Claire, wife of Kenneth L. Johnson,  Apr 29, 1924 -  _____


Kulhanek, Fannie, died Feb 22, 1917  aged 74 yrs 5 mos 25 d

Kulhanek, John, died Aug 12, 1907, Aged 69 yrs 8 mos 26 ds


Lash, George  1843-1915;  Maria E.  1860-1937


Martin, Wiley, "Father", 1829 - 1892

Martin, Elcy, "Mother", 1833 - 1891

Martin, A. Lonzo, "Joe",  1851 - 1930

Mason, Benajah T. Cather,  March 26, 1860 - Jan 28, 1942

Mason, Ida M., Aug 1, 1871 - Feb 9, 1904,  "At Rest"

Mason, Elias, "Father", born 1826  died 1894

Mason, Mary C., "Mother", born 1833  died 1911

Mason, Anson T., 1863 - 1937, "At Rest"

Mason, Adelbert A., "In Memory Of",  1883 - 1918

Mason, Mary G. "Mother",  Mar 30, 1863 - Sep 2, 1930

Mason, Isaac M., "Our Father" died Dec 5, 1906, aged 52 yrs 8 ms  "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord"

Mason, Our Loved Ones, Infant dau.'s of Jas. & Ollie M., b. Mar 21, 1900 died March 23 and 30, 1900 (heart-shaped stone)  "Two pilgrims for the holy land have left our lonely door, two sinless angels hand in hand, have reached the promised shore."

Mason, Warren T.,  Sep 9, 1851 - Jan 3, 1925 "At Rest";  Mary E.,  Apr 27, 1858 - Sep 19, 1916  Father & Mother imprinted on seperate stones

Mason, J. Luster, born 1882  died 1964

Mason, Darling Omer E., son of W. T. & M. E. Mason, born July 2, 1887 - died Sept. 3,1888  "We loved this tender little one and would have wished him stay."

Mason, Isaac Leo, son of Isaac M. & Mary G. Mason, died Mar 14, 1897,  aged 1 ys 9 ms  14 ds "A sunbeam from the world has vanished"

Mason, LaVonne Eileen,  July 21 - Aug 27, 1938

Mason, Jennie L.,  May 20, 1882 - April 6, 1919

Mason, Jessie,  Sept 10, 1882 - Nov 21, 1921;  Francis M.,  Febr 4, 1879 - June 27, 1961

Maxwell, Rev. James M., died Feb 4, 1900, 82 ys 2 ms 1 day;  Mrs. Lucinda, died Mar 16, 1897, 80 ys 11 ms 21 ds  "He given His beloved sleep",  "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, RM 14.13

McGinnis, Josephine, died June 15, 1908,  aged 39 yrs, 5 mos, 2 ds

Morgan, Eugene H.,  1856 - 1925,  "Gone Home"

Morgan, Ollie Caroline, dau. of Nc & Ella Morgan, Aug. 11, 1911 - Jan15, 1920

Morgan, Cora J., wife of A. L. Morgan, "Mother",  1860 - 1918

Morgan, Allie L., 1858 - 1928

Morgan, Nc George,  Jan 28, 1885 - Nov 21, 1968;  Ella M.,  Oct 16, 1889 - Dec 10, 1973,  married Febr 26, 1910

Morgan, Eunice, 1923 - 1928

Morgan, Baby Brother, 1907 - 1907

Morgan, Fletcher L., "Father", 1886 - 1958;  Mary A., "Mother", 1887 - 1971


Ogden, R. M., born May 1, 1857 - died (can't read death date - the stone is broken into pieces)

Orchard, Shipton G., "Father",  1853 - 1931

Orchard, Nancy E., "Mother",  1864 - 1944

Orchard, Zephie M., 1887 - 1887

Orchard, Lucy, born 1890 - died 1896

Orchard, Hugh A., 1892 - 1894

Orchard, Leona T.,  born 1896 - died 1896

Orchard, Eltie S., "Son", born 1894 - died 1953

(there are three small stones with a large stone in between - the names on the small stones are: Eltie, son; Nancy E., mother;   Shipton G., father; - on the back of the stone are all the other names:  Zephie, Lucy, Hugh, Leona and also Shipton and Nancy)

Ostrand, Ben R.,  May 9, 1897 - April 24, 1981;  Florence J., Aug 20, 1901 - May 16, 1959


Palmer, Ella, "Mother",  1867 - 1928

Palmer, Francis E., "Father", 1847 - 1925

Palmer, Charlie M., "Son",  1887 - 1900

"Mother", Edith A.,  1892 - 1928 (no other stones nearby)

Pierce, Elizabeth J.,  Feb 16, 1837 - June 28, 1913  grave outlined by cement on ground with mother on it

Popp, Conrad Wayne,  June 11, 1930 - Jan 23, 1940, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the name of the Lord"

Popp, John G.,  1879 - 1963;  Olga C.,  1887 - 1966

Popp, Margaret M.,  Nov 8, 1916 - Oct 10, 1989, "Loving memories"


Robinson, Whitman D., died Dec. 14, 1901, aged 62 ys 5 ms 17 ds Company A, 9 Iowa Vol. Inf, Civil War Vet marker 1861-1865,  "He was a kind and affectionate husband, a fond father and a friend to all";  Olive C.,  Oct. 27, 1841 - Jan. 7, 1917

Robinson, Charles S., born 1867 - died 1939;  Liddie C., born 1862 - died 1936

Robinson, Elba E, son of C. S. & C. L.,  May 10, 1893 - May 4, 1901, "Our loved one"

Robinson, Bertha A., dau. of W.D. & O.C..  died Jan 17, 1883, aged 7 m

Robinson, Amasa, born Apr 28, 1813 - died Dec 28, 1889, 76 ys 8 ms,  "Dearest Father, thou hast left us here, the loss we deeply feel, but it's God has bereft us, he can all our sorrows heal"

Robinson, Dorothy G., born 1932 - died 1933

Robinson, Eva May, born 1926 - died 1928

Rollings, Rebecca, wife of Pleasant, died Mar 20, 1892, aged 84 yrs, "Then weep not, for dear mother above, around her are gathered, God's angels of love, safe in heaven where all is so fair, mother, our dear mother, is there"

Rollings, J. J., Company H, 23rd Iowa Infantry, (Civil War 1861-1865 Vet marker)


Sanford, Donald Hope, 1927 - 1928

Secord, Dixie Charles,  1881 - 1945;  Effie Bell,  1883 - 1961

Sharpless,  Milam L.,  1876 - 1905;  Sallie B.,  1876 - 1905;  Liston B., son of M. L. & S. B., died June 3, 1905, aged 4 mos

Shipley, Roger C.  May 25, 1941  May 28, 1969

Shipley, Clarence C.  Nebr. Pvt. Task Force Repl. W. War II  Nov 12, 1914  Aug 20, 1962

Shoemaker, Willie C., "Father",  1862 - 1957;  Nettie H., "Mother",  1869 - 1934

Shoemaker, Albert, died Jan 18, 1896,  5 mos 3 ds, "Budded on earth to bloom in heaven"

Shoemaker, Lula L., died Jan 12, 1893, 7 mos 18 ds, "Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast."

Shoemaker, Ross,  Jan 13, 1909 - Mar 10, 1993;  Hazel,  Nov 1, 1911 - Apr 2, 1978,  married June 1, 1935

Shoemaker, Ralph E.,  1969 - 1969

Shoemaker, Ray,  May 22, 1901 - Oct 4, 1986;  Ruth,  Dec 18, 1905 - Jan 18, 1998, married July 31, 1928

Shoemaker, Linda Rae,  1943 - 1996

Smith, Robert R.,  "Father",  1847 - 1924

Smith, Mary R., "Mother", 1849 - 1927

Smith, Dale J., son of Rob & Mary, May 30, 1894,  aged 13 y 9 m 14 d

Stewart, Lucy A., "Mother",  June 12, 1837 - July 16, 1922

Swenson, Sam,  1879 - 1975,  "Concerned for Others"

(Swenson,) "Daughter" Matilda Eighmy Smith, 1884 - 1967,  "The Lord Is My Shepherd"

Swenson, John Edward, "Son",  1890 - 1962,  "The Lord Is My Shepherd"

Swenson, Carl Alber, born 1882 d. 1950  "The Lord Is My Shepherd"

Swenson, Marie,  "Mother",  1853 - 1935, "The Lord Is My Shepherd"

Swenson, John, Jan 26, 1838 - Apr 1, 1917

Swenson, Mollie, daughter of J. & M., born March 12, 1878 - died Feb 28, 1900,  "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord"


Tomshicek, Fannie, Daughter of J & E., died Aug 12, 1891 -  born June 24, 1867

Tomsicek, Albin,  Feb 10, 1890 - Mar 26, 1972,  Neb Pvt. U.S. Army, W.W.I

Trew, Nelson W.,  "Father",  1879 - 1941

Trew, Ida M.,  "Mother",  1881 - 1924

Trew, Anna F.,  Oct 3, 1898 - Feb 9, 1979,  married Apr 17, 1922;  Raymen G., Aug 6, 1901 - Feb 9, 1979  (this husband & wife were killed in a car-pickup accident northwest about 4 or 5 miles)

Trew, Julia,  August 3, 1899

Trew, George F., Sept 21, 1874 - Nov 16, 1960;  Lizzie,  Oct 18, 1877 - Apr 18, 1955

Trew, Richard  "Our Darling Boy", son of Mr. & Mrs. Geo Trew, Sep 1, 1905 - Dec 30, 1919

Trew - Wheeler (large stone, 2 names only then:)

Trew, Harley S.,  1882 - 1975;  Ella M.,  1854 - 1938

Trew, Wilmot P.,  1849 - 1930

Trew , Inez,   June 7, 1883 - July 8, 1930

Trew, Chester E.,  June 13, 1913 - July 4, 1995,  member of Gideons International

Trew, Marvin A.,  Mar 25, 1902 - Mar 23, 1991

Trew,  Grace M.,  Jan 28, 1902 - Sept 22, 1990


Van Zandt,  Gayle Ladine,  Mar 9, 1987 - Dec 3, 1988,  daughter of Bill and Lynn, sister of Carry and John


Watts, John, "Father",  1844 - 1915,  Civil War Marker

Watts, Julia A., "Mother", 1843 - 1901

Watts, Sophia, "Grandmother", 1827 - 1898

Watts, Clifford A., "Father"  1903 - 1970;  Lula B., "Mother", 1903 - 1992

Watts, William H., "Father", 1870 - 1948;  Elizabeth J., "Mother",  1879 - 1943

Charles H.,  1911 - 1931 (this is the same kind of stone as the name Watts that is just to the north)

Wheeler, Roy Harding,  Mar 18, 1921 - Oct 8, 1933

Wheeler, Heasell M., Oct 6, 1876 - Feb 8, 1952

Willard, Lola D., June 5, 1898 - Mar 21, 1968

Wright, Florence A., wife of E. H. Wright,  Oct 6. 1866 - June 12, 1915


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