Sherman Edwards was born at Broadtop, Pennsylvania, on January 1, 1865 to
Johnathon and Mary Edwards and passed from this life June 22, 1961, at the
Thayer County Memorial Hospital in Hebron, Nebraska at the age of 96 years, five
months and 21 days. Mr. Edwards grew to young manhood in Pennsylvania and
traveled west in early days of the pioneers as a railroad worker and established
his headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Edwards came to the Bruning
vicinity to visit relatives and met and later married Miss Lucy J. Wells.
To this union was born one daughter, Birdeen, now Mrs. Thurman Apley. Mrs.
Edwards passed away on January 25, 1961, and from this loneliness started Mr.
Edwards to become weaker. His will to be with his lifelong partner was
definitely a factor in his short illness until his death.
as he was known to all, was an ardent lover of nature as he loved a nice yard
and garden. His life was enriched by his faithful daughter and his
grandchildren as he loved children very much. His great-grandchildren kept
the vacancy of small children filled for a long time and helped to fill his life
Edwards was engaged in farming near Bruning and later entered the plumbing and
well business. He then began work for the Artificial Stone Company at
Bruning until his retirement. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards lived in the same house
in Bruning since 1913.
was born in the time of Abraham Lincoln and watched many changes and
developments in the world as he lived to know of the first man into space before
leaves to mourn his passing, his children, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Apley of Bruning;
his grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Apley of Portland, Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Don
Apley of Geneva; Mr. and Mrs. Winton Wilson of Bruning and Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Frenzen of Bruning; ten great grand-children, and other relatives and a host of
friends. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C.L. Flickinger, were
held Monday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Bruning. Interment was in
the Bruning Public Cemetery.
Sherm was ready to celebrate his 94th birthday. But a letter from a nephew, Royer Edwards, of Broad Top, Pennsylvania changed all that. The younger Edwards, a teacher, found old records there showing that Sherman Edwards, who attended Broad Top, was 8 years old in 1873. Instead of his 94th birthday, the elder Edwards should be celebrating his 96th birthday. It was a proud moment for him knowing that two more years belonged to him.