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Leonard Lee Bahensky, ca. 1925-1947
Leonard Bahensky is Killed by Electrocution -- Word has been received here of the death of Leonard Lee Bahensky, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bahensky of St. Paul, who were living for the time being at Kanarado, Kansas. He died from electrocution Friday evening at 5:30, while working with his father, who was operating a welding machine. The family lived here several years ago. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Marian and Betsy. The body was brought back to St. Paul for burial.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday July 3, 1947

Chauncey L. Bailey, 1842-1931
Chauncey L. Bailey Answers Final Call – Chauncey L. Bailey, 89, father of Roy Bailey and C. I. Bailey was laid to rest in the Wolbach cemetery Monday afternoon by the side of his wife, who passed on in March 1924. Mr. Bailey died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helen Adamson at Palmer last Saturday. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Hansen of Palmer, were held at the home Monday afternoon and the body was brought to Wolbach where another short service was conducted at the cemetery by Dr. R. A. White. Mr. Bailey was born in New York state in June 1842. In 1870 he came to Nebraska and settled in Saline county. He and his family moved to Nance county in 1894 and since that time resided in this part of Nebraska, with the exception of ten years spent in Missouri. During the past two years he had been living with his daughters at Palmer. He is survived by six children: C. I. Bailey and Roy Bailey of Wolbach, Mrs. Laura Arnold and Mrs. Helen Adamson of Palmer; Mrs. Lou B. Foy of Kearney; and Mrs. Julia Hadley of Spokane, Washington.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 24, 1931

Glen Robert Bailey, 1908-1920
WOLBACH BOY ACCIDENTLY SHOOTS SELF WITH A GUN –Glen Bailey Victim of an Appalling Tragedy in a Barn at the Family Home – Glen Bailey, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bailey, who live one and one-half miles east of Wolbach, accidentally shot and killed himself in a barn at the family home late last Friday afternoon. Just how the tragedy occurred is not known. It is believed the boy was climbing a ladder in the barn and was dragging the shot gun after him. The hammer of the gun probably caught on the manger and snapped back, causing the charge to explode. The body was found under the manger. Julia, the lad’s 14-year-old sister, discovered the body. She did not hear the discharge of the gun, but had occasion to go to the barn. There was no one at the house at the time. She notified a neighbor and her father and brothers who were at work in a hay field. The contents of the gun entered under the boy’s left jaw. His entire head was mutilated in an appalling manner. The boy’s mother was visiting at Shelby in Cherry county at the time. Efforts to reach her by wire were difficult, but she arrived home in time for the funeral. The family has the sincere sympathy of the entire community. Rev. R. A. White has kindly furnished the Messenger with the following obituary. OBITUARY – Glen Robert Bailey was born near St. Paul, Howard county, Nebraska, November 17, 1908. He died at his home near Wolbach, September 10, 1920, aged 11 years, 9 months and 24 days. His death was caused by an accidental gun shot by himself. He leaves to mourn the loss his father and mother Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bailey, one sister and two brothers, [illegible] Julia, Max and [illegible] Bailey. He was a member of the Methodist Sunday school of Wolbach. As a school boy, Glen endeared himself to his teachers by his good deportment and careful preparation of his lessons and to his school mates by his genial disposition. Wherever known, his record is good. He will be missed, not merely by his family, but by a host of friends beside. On the day of the fatal accident, he had remained at school in the afternoon, and took part in the "house cleaning bee" inaugurated by the teachers, making himself useful wherever he could. About 6 o’clock in the evening the whole community was shocked by the news of his tragic death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. White in the Methodist church of Wolbach, Sunday September 12, at 3:00 p.m. The church was filled and many were not able to get in. Rev. White took for his theme – "Jesus the Model Boy." Four of the high school boys acted as pallbearers. The pupils of the sixth and seventh grades acted as honorary pallbearers, and marched by the grave and cast bouquets of beautiful flowers. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. The stricken family have the profound sympathy of everybody.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 16, 1920

Luthera T. (Smith) Bailey, 1846-1824
Mrs. C. L. Bailey Laid To Rest – Mrs. C. L. Bailey who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Foy, at Omaha Tuesday of last week was brought to Wolbach for burial and the funeral services were performed by Rev. Moore last Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Foy of Omaha and Mrs. Julia Cummings, another daughter, from Lewiston, Idaho, were present. Mrs. Foy returned to her home Tuesday morning but Mrs. Cumings remained for a longer visit before returning to her home in the far west. Mr. and Mrs. Adamsen and Mr. and Mrs. James Arnold of Palmer and Miss Julia Bailey of Burwell were other relatives who came from a distance to pay their respects to the departed loved one. OBITUARY – Luthera T. Smith was born at Naples, N. Y. June 18th, 1846 and died at Omaha, Nebr., Mar 11, 1924, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 22 days. She was married to Chancey L. Bailey, December 30, 1866 and to this union were born seven children, three sons and four daughters. One son died in infancy. She with her husband united with the United Brethren church about 1876, and has lived a Christian ever since and was ready for the end when it came. She came to Nebraska in 1870 and has lived in Nebraska ever since. Seven years ago she celebrated her golden wedding anniversary. Some four years ago she suffered the fracture of her hip which caused her to be an invalid up to the time of her death. The immediate cause of her death was cancer of the stomach, from which she suffered greatly the last few weeks. When she was dying, she quoted, "When He Commeth to make up His Jewels", also "Joy to the World the Lord has come," and "There’s a Land that is Fairer than Day." About 10;25 she peacefully passed to her home on High. Card of Thanks – We wish to thank the many people who expressed their good will and friendly sympathy during our recent bereavement, and especially to our old friends and neighbors, the pallbearers and members of the I.O.O.F. C. L. Bailey and Children
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 20, 1924

Augusta (Gaylord) Baird, 1844-1923
A PIONEER LADY ANSWERS FINAL SUMMONS – Mrs. August Baird Died at Grand Island, is Buried Here – Friends, numbered by those who were fortunate enough to know her, were shocked when word was received here last Friday that Mrs. Augusta Baird had passed away at Burkett, where she was residing, that morning. It was known that Mrs. Baird was very ill, but none seemed to realize that the end was so near. Augusta Gaylord Baird was born March 18, 1844, at Sun Curry, Ohio, and died April 6, 1923 at Grand Island, Neb. She came to Essex, Iowa in 1876 and was married to James Baird on November 10, 1878. To this union were born two children, Carl and Nellie. In 1884 the family moved to Central City, Neb., where they resided until 1891, and from there they moved to Fremont, Neb., where Mr. Baird passed away in 1893. Mrs. Baird was a teacher in public schools for 40 years. Her first school was located in the hot bed of secession, half of the district being south of the Mason and Dixon line. She later taught school in the states of Iowa and Nebraska. In 1894 she and the two children moved to Wolbach, where she again took up teaching to support herself and children. She spent 15 years teaching in the public schools in and around Wolbach. She was a public spirited woman, and lived for the advancement of the community, always using every possible means to eliminate all evils. In early life she made profession of the Christian faith and always has been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church. As well as being a loving and devoted mother, she was ever ready to help a friend and neighbor, and never shirked responsibility when the call came to religious leadership. She was the organizer of the first W.C.T.U. and also one of the number to help organize the first M.E. Ladies’ Aid society in this community. She was one of a large family, all of the members having preceded her to the great beyond except one brother. Death was not unexpected, as her condition had been critical from the time she entered the hospital six weeks ago. The news of her passing away brought a sense of loss and grief which transcends this community and touches all who have come in contact with her. She leaves to mourn her loss one son, Carl G. Baird of Springfield, Ill., one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Bryer of Wolbach, seven grand children, Mrs. Lenore Baird Christensen, Lyle Baird, Frank, Jessie, Doris, Donald and Margarite Bryer, and one great grand child, little Arnold Baird Christensen, also one brother, Tom Gaylord of Grand Island, also a large number of nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss "Aunt Gus" sadly. The funeral was held here Sunday, conducted by Rev. Ralph M. Fagan assisted by Rev. R. A. White, and interment made in the local cemetery. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and after the death of our beloved mother, and especially do we thank those who made her last days more cheerful by remembering her with cards and letters of love and sympathy; also those who sent such beautiful floral offerings, the W.T.C.U., the Odd Fellows and the individual friends. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bryer and Children, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Baird and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 12, 1923

Carl Baird, 1925
Carl Baird Passes Away – This neighborhood was saddened by the news of the death of Carl Baird last Monday. He passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank Bryer where he has been staying for some time. Mr. Baird has lived for the past several years at Springfield, Illinois, and returned to Wolbach last spring in hopes that the change of location would help him regain his health, but in spite of the best of treatment he continued to grow weaker. The funeral was held yesterday and he was laid to rest in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 23, 1925

Carl Glen Baird, 1904-1909
Obituary – Carl Glen Baird was born in Wolbach, Nebr. Sept. 27, 1904, and died Dec. 25, 1909, at fifteen minutes past four, being 5 years, 2 months and 28 days old. His last illness lasted only two days. He leaves a father, mother and two sisters besides numerous other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. B. Z. Stambaugh, pastor of the M. E. Church at Palmer officiating. Interment in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 30, 1909

Eldon L. Baker, age 67-2010 view obit Eldon Leo Bakerbrief obit

Patricia Harris Ballor, 1936-2009 view obit

Frank W. Banks, ca.1920-1949
Frank W. Banks, 29 Victim of Polio – Mr. and Mrs. Art Christensen accompanied by Miss Anna E. Banks of Lincoln, Mrs. Susan Hulbert and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wall and son of Bethesda, Maryland motored to Ord Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of a nephew, Warrant Officer, Frank W. Banks, 29, son of Thomas Banks of Burwell, who died at the Fitzsimmons Hospital August 27 of polio. W. O. Banks had been in the army for 10 years. At the time of his death he was stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado. During the war he served 2 years in Germany and last March he and his family returned from 2 years of duty in Guam. He is survived by his wife, 3 small children, his father, 2 sisters and a brother. His mother preceded him in death in 1934.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Lillian C. Barnes, 1908-2010 view obit

Dorcas E. (Moore) Barr, 1829-1914
DEATH CLAIMS MRS. R. H. BARR – Dorcas E. Moore was born in Maine, October 27th, 1829 and died at her home 8 miles east of Wolbach, Nebraska, September 4th, 1914, age 84 years, 10 months and 7 days, she was married to Rufus H. Barr October 14, 1846, to this union was born four sons and one daughter, Henry Barr of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Geo. Barr of Red Oak Iowa and Mrs. Geo. Peck of Fresno, California. Her husband and two sons have gone before her to give her coming a joyful welcome. While yet in girlhood she gave god her heart and united with the Baptist church, later she moved to Sterling Ill, and again to Montgomery county Iowa and later to Nebraska to her present home. She transferred her membership from the Baptist to the United Evangelical at North Star and was a faithful member up to the time of death. She leaves to mourn her loss, two sons, one daughter, two sisters, eighteen grand children and thirty great grand children. – Geo Barr of Ansley and G. R. Barr of Red Oak Iowa left Tuesday for their homes after being in attendance at their mother’s funeral here Sunday.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 10, 1914

George Albin Barr, 1923-1925
George Albin Barr Passes Away – The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Barr died at their home last Friday evening after a serious illness of several months. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock Rev. Moore officiating. OBITUARY -- George Albin Barr was born in Fullerton, Nebraska July 30, 1923, and died in Wolbach, Nebraska, January 23, 1925, aged 1 year, 5 months and 23 days. He was preceded in death by one baby sister, and besides his parents, is survived by one brother, Charles Howard Barr. – We take this means of expressing our heartfelt thanks to the kind friends and neighbors for their help and sympathy during the sickness and death of our beloved baby, and for the floral offering. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Barr and son and relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 29, 1925

Howard William Barr, 1925-1925
HOWARD WILLIAM BARR -- The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Barr passed away at their home east of Wolbach on Wednesday, December 24, 1925. Howard William Barr was born August 3, 1925 and was 4 months and 21 days old. The family consisting of the parents and six brothers, has the deepest sympathy of the entire community. The funeral services were held at the home of George Stark last Saturday conducted by Rev. E. C. Moore and burial was made in Hillside cemetery at Wolbach. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the kind friends and neighbors for their help and sympathy at the time of the death and burial of our darling baby. Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Barr and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 31, 1925

Mary (Sears) Barr, 1889-1937
Mrs. Albyn Barr Buried Tuesday – Funeral services for Mrs. Albyn C. Barr were conducted from the Methodist church here Tuesday afternoon with the pastor, Rev. Geo. Bing in charge of the rites. Appropriate hymns were sung by a mixed quintet composed of Mrs. A. H. Holm, Miss Betty Bissell, Mrs. Marjorie Bonness, and Messrs. W. H. and R. P. Bissell, accompanied by Mrs. H. C. Adams at the piano. Pall bearers were Ed Cook, Hubert Newquist, Hubert McCray, Tom Silk, Joe Steenson, and Cecil Sample. Interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery. As Mary Sears she was born near Palmer, Nebraska, August 25, 1889, and passed away in a Grand Island hospital July 17, 1937 at the age of 47 years, 10 months and 22 days. On September 29, 1907, she was married to Albyn C. Barr and since that time have lived east of Wolbach and near Belgrade. To this union were born seven sons, one of whom, Billie, died in infancy. The others are: Leonard of Belgrade, Clayton, Ward, Claude, Verdon and Jack, all of the family home. Besides these sons, she leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, her aged father, who made his home with her; two sisters, Mrs. George C. Little of Central City, Nebraska and Mrs. Ole Ross of Brush, Colorado; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Nelle Burk of Palmer, Nebraska and Mrs. Ellen Stotter of Central City, Nebraska. Also two brothers, Clyde of Kearney, Nebraska and George in Colorado; and one half-brother, James in Kansas. These and a host of other relatives and friends mourn her untimely departure. Many friends and neighbors will greatly miss her and mourn with the family in their great loss.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 22, 1937

Russell Howard Barr, 1897-1944
DEATH TAKES RUSSELL BARR – Funeral Services Are Held Wednesday At The Wolbach Methodist Church – Russell Barr, 47, a former resident of this community, died Sunday morning at Fullerton. In failing health for several months, Mr. Barr was stricken with a heart attack Saturday evening. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 o’clock at the Wolbach Methodist church. Surviving Mr. Barr are his widow and six children. Other survivors include two brothers, Scott and Al Barr, and one sister, Mrs. Perl Bower, all of Wolbach. An obituary will be published next week.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 3, 1944
Obituary – Russell Howard Barr was born July 23, 1897, near Red Oak, Ia., and died July 30 at a Fullerton hospital at the age of 47 years. The deceased grew to manhood in the vicinity of Wolbach, moving from Iowa with his parents. On March 25, 1920, he was married to Minnie Sorensen of St. Paul. To this union eight children were born. They are: Charles, U. S. marine corps, now serving in the South Pacific, Mrs. Vivian Hoist of Pueblo, Colo., Darlene, Irene, Caryl and James, at home; one son, George Albyn and an infant daughter preceded him in death. Surviving besides his wife and children, are four brothers and three sisters. They are: George of Portland, Ore, Clarence of Manawa, Wis, Scott and Albyn of Wolbach, Mrs. Lizzie Terry of Bell, Cal., Mrs. Lela McNabb of Albion, Mont., Mrs. Clara Bower of Wolbach. Also surviving are his step-father, George Stark, and three stepsisters, Hattie McCray, Millie McCormick and Stella Schomburg. Funeral rites were held last Wednesday at the Scott Barr home in Wolbach, followed by services at the Methodist church. Rev. V. R. Bell of St. Paul officiated. Pallbearers were Hubert Newquist, Henry Rother, Frank Stofel, Antone Nealon, Carl Coe and Bill Madsen. Burial was in the Wolbach cemetery. Out-of-town relatives attending the funeral services were Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Melvin Horst and daughter, Charlotte, of Pueblo, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Leth of Elba, Mr. and Mrs. E. Ehresman and daughter of Elm Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brayton and family of Kearney, Mr. and Mrs. John Scriven and daughter of Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Verden Barr of Fullerton, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schomburg of Cushing, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert McCray and family.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 10, 1944

Theodore Clayton Barr, 1910-1939
Funeral Services for Theodore C. Barr – Theodore Clayton Barr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albyn Barr, was born in Nance county, near Wolbach, on December 13, 1910, and passed away as the result of a tragic accident while hunting Friday evening, Oct. 27, 1939. Most of his life was spent in Nance County, where he attended the rural schools and Belgrade high school. He had been engaged largely in farm work although he had done other kinds of work and had owned and operated a shoe shop in Wolbach for a time. He was united in marriage with Mabel L. Riley, daughter of R. C. Riley of Central City, June 7, 1938. To this union one son, Richard Albyn, was born. Following his marriage he moved to Belgrade where he was living at the time of his death. Clayton was a man of unselfish spirit, faithful, generous, and kindly, whose constant thought was for those of his family and friends who needed help. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and baby boy, his father, and his brothers, Leonard and Ward living near Belgrade, a brother Claude of Iowa, a brother Verdon living in Belgrade, and his brother John. He leaves also his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. George Stark and his grandfather, Ballard Sears. In addition there are a large number of other relatives, among them are Mrs. G. Little of Central City and Mrs. F. Burke of Palmer, aunts, and two uncles, Russell and Scott Barr of Wolbach. The sincere sympathy of a large circle of neighbors and friends is extended to the wife and family in their sorrow and loss. Funeral services were conducted from the Solt Funeral Home in Central City Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in the Beaulah Cemetery near Silver Creek.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 2, 1939

Bessie Mae (Andrews) Bartak, 1908-1943
FUNERAL FOR FORMER RESIDENT AT EWING – Funeral services for Mrs. Elvin Bartak, former Wolbach resident and sister of Mrs. Alfred Larson, were conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at Ewing where she had lived. Mrs. Bartak who had been ailing for several years passed away at her home near Ewing early on Monday morning. She is survived by her husband, three children, a small son and twin daughters, two years old, her father Letch Andrews, two sisters, Mrs. Larson and Mrs. Mildred Madsen, two brothers, Harold and Howard Andrews.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 1, 1943
OBITUARY OF BESSIE M. BARTAK – Bessie Mae Andrews, eldest daughter of L. C. Andrews was born at Wolbach, Neb., July 4, 1908 and departed this life at her home at Ewing, March 29, 1943 at the age of 34 years, 8 mos. and 25 days. She spent her early years and received her grade and high school education at Wolbach, graduating from Wolbach high in 1926. She then attended the Kearney State Normal school and taught school two years, one year at Palmer and the second at Dist. 21, Wheeler county. There she met and was united in marriage to Elvin Bartak of Ewing at Grand Island, Oct. 11, 1932. They settled, and have since lived on a ranch in Clearwater Valley, west of Deloit. To this union 3 children were born, Donnie Dean, [?] years old, and twin daughters, Bette Lee and Bonnie Kay, one year and nine months old. For the past year and a half she has been in failing health, and although all possible medical care was given, she was called away. She was a devout member of the Catholic church, and funeral services were held by Rev. C. A. Beyersdorfer at St. John’s church of Deloit, March 31. Interment was made at Miller cemetery. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1936. She leaves to mourn her parting her husband and children, her father, L. C. Andrews of Ennice, N. C., two brothers, Howard of Snohomish, Wash., and Pvt. Harold, who is stationed in the Hawaiian Islands; two sisters Mrs. Alfred Larson of Wolbach and Mr. Niels Madsen of Chambers, and numerous relatives and friends. She was a loving and faithful wife, mother and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Relatives attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Larson of Wolbach, Mrs. Harold Andrews of Loup City, Mr. and Mrs. Niels Madsen of Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rethwisch of Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Mignery of Albion. Howard Andrews of Snohomish, Wash. and Mrs. Keith Hacket, Fergus Falls, Minn, arrived too late for the services. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to take this means of expressing our sincere thanks to the relatives and friends, who were so kind and helpful during the illness and death of our beloved wife, mother and sister. Also for the beautiful flowers. Elvin Bartak and children, L. C. Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Niels Madsen, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Andrews.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 8, 1943

Donald Stephen Barth, 1947-1948
Funeral Services held For Stephen Barth Saturday Morning – Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:00 for Donald Stephen, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Barth at their home. The little one passed away Thursday morning, at the time of his death was 3 months and 13 days old. Besides his parents, surviving is a brother David, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Summerville of Grand Island, Mrs. Elizabeth Barth of Palmer, and his great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Wagner, Central City. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery at Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 19, 1948

Hulda Sofia (Christensen) Barton, 1859-1926
Fairdale Items – Mrs. Hulda Sofia Barton – The Fairdale community was greatly shocked last Saturday to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Barton, wife of Rev. N. G. Barton, pastor of the Fairdale church. Mrs. Barton had been failing in health for the past year but no one realized that the end was so near. Her daughter, Gladys was awakened about 3:30 Saturday morning by some stirring around in the mother’s room and hastened to her side, but only to see her pass away without opportunity for assistance or any parting word. Mrs. Barton is mourned by her beloved husband of nearly forty years of happy home life, Rev. Niles G. B. Barton, and daughter, Gladys. She also has one brother in Stockholm, Sweden, and more distant relatives, and a large number of friends, both here and in other places where she has lived. Funeral services were held at the Fairdale Methodist church Sunday afternoon conducted by the District Superintendent, Rev. C. A. Holngren of Clay Center, Kansas, assisted by Rev. E. C. Moore of Wolbach. The choir sang "No Night There," "Under His Wings," and "We Shall See the King Some Day" in the church and "Rock of Ages" at the grave. Dr. E. Thompson of St. Paul also sang a solo "Face to Face" in the church. Rev. Moore spoke briefly on Rev. 22:20 "Behold I come quickly." Rev. Holngren’s sermon was on John 14, 1-3 "Let not your hearts be troubled." A large floral offering spoke eloquently of the esteem in which she was held. A large audience filled the church to capacity. Interment was made in the beautiful cemetery near the church. As pall bearers were Leonard Larson, Julius Berggren, Ed Berggren, Larimore Jacobsen, George Jacobsen and A. G. Dahlberg, all trustees of the church. OBITUARY – Hulda Sofia Christensen was born December 1, 1859 at Philipstad, Sweden. She died in her home at the Fairdale parsonage north of St. Paul, Nebraska, March 20, 1926, her age being 66 years, 3 months and 20 days. She came to this country in 1887, to Chicago, Ill. There she was married to N. G. B. Barton on Christmas Eve of the same year. When her husband entered the Theological Semenary (sic) at Evanston, Ill. to prepare for the Methodist ministry she came along and for some time served the students in the school as matron in the boarding club. She was converted at the age of nineteen in Sweden and joined the Methodist church in Philipstad where she was active as organist and choir leader in the church. In thirty years of active ministry the Bartons have been stationed at the following places: Portland, Oregon, Braham, Minn., Sheldahl, Ia., Ong, Nebr., Burlington, Ia., Sheldahl, Ia., second term Dayton, Ia., Clay Center, Kas., St. Paul, Nebr. Mrs. Barton had enjoyed more than the common advantage of education in her early years in Sweden, and she came from a family of some means and culture. Her paternal grandfather was a state church minister in Sweden and several of her near relatives followed that profession. Her musical training especially was used to good advantage in the churches where her husband served as pastor. When her health began to fail she was necessarily confined more to her home and the Bible and the hymnal were sources of great comfort and enjoyment to her. She had a firm faith in her God and she was well prepared for the sudden departure such as she had. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express again our gratitude to neighbors and friends who have so royally assisted us in the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother, and to the singers and ministers and undertakers and Dr. M. O. Arnold, and to all others who with flowers and their attendance and sympathy shown, helped to make her funeral so beautiful and comforting to us in our time of great sorrow. Rev. Nils G. B. Barton, Gladys Barton.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 25, 1926

Loreen Rose Barnes, 1923-2008 view obit

Rev. Nils G. Barton, ca.1867-1943
Retired Minister Dies In St. Paul – Rev. Nils G. Barton, 76, died at his home in St. Paul Sunday, August 8, after an illness of several weeks. Rev. Barton, who retired several years ago, was pastor of the Fairdale church east of Wolbach at one time. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in St. Paul. Burial was in Elmwood cemetery. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Earl Millspaugh, of Martin, S. D., two brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Barton died in 1926.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 19, 1943

Ida (Nelson) Bartunek, 1877-1942
BURIAL SERVICES HELD FOR IDA BARTUNEK – Burial services for Ida Bartunek, former Wolbach resident, were held Saturday afternoon with Rev. H. Anderson in charge. The body was viewed at the Lutheran church for a short time before being taken to Hillside cemetery for interment. McIntyre’s had charge of the burial services. Mrs. Bartunek died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Irvin F. Gillen in Lincoln early Thursday. A funeral service was held in a Lincoln chapel at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Mrs. Bartunek was born Ida Nelson and was 65 years at the time of her death. As a girl she attended Midway school, and later taught school. She married Antone Bartunek about 1900. For about five years they operated a store in Wolbach, moving to Ord about 190[?]. While in Ord Mrs. Bartunek was active in social circles and was past president of the Ord Womens Club. The family removed to Lincoln in 1919, where she conducted a real estate business. Surviving beside Mrs. Gillen is a son Leo, also of Lincoln. A son Edward died about 25 years ago. Pallbearers were Andrew Christensen, Mike Fitzsimmons, Dr. A. Holm, Ernest Rother, D. H. Marco, and E. L. Johnson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 26, 1942

John Bartunek, ca. 1864-1944
Funeral rites Held For John Bartunek – Funeral services were held in St. Paul Friday afternoon for John Bartunek, resident of that community for more than a half century. Mr. Bartunek died in a St. Paul hospital after a long illness. He was 80 years old. Surviving are his wife, one daughter and one son. Four half-brothers also survive. They are Anton of Ord, Louis and Frank of Wolbach, James of Loup City.
Greeley Citizen. Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 24, 1944

Grandmother [believed to be Katherina] Bartunek, 1838-1910
Grandmother Bartunek, who had been seriously ill the last six weeks, died on Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be held in the Lutheran church Friday morning at 10 o’clock.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 17, 1910
Obituary – Grandmother Bartunek, whose death was announced in our last issue, was born in Austria – Bohemia in 1838. She arrived in New York in Dec. 1883, and in Nebraska in Jan. 1884, where she made her home in Howard county, until a few years ago when she came to Wolbach. The deceased was one of the early settlers and knew what it was to endure the many privations incident to those early days, but notwithstanding that, she ministered to the sick and afflicted in every possible way and will be greatly missed in this community. She passed away in the full assurance of the life beyond. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran church last Friday morning, Rev. J. H. McDonald, of the M. E. church, officiating. The Wolbach Band, as a mark of respect to the deceased, who was a lover of music, attended the funeral in a body and played solemn and appropriate dirges at the church and at the Wolbach cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 24, 1910

Louis Bartunek, 1877-1948
Funeral Services held For Louis Bartunek Here Sun., May 23 – Funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran church Sunday at two o’clock for Louis Bartunek, who passed away suddenly Thursday, May 20 due to a heart attack. Dr. C. B. Harman of Grand Island conducted the last rites. Interment was in the Elmwood cemetery at St. Paul. The Pallbearers were: Jacob Hansen, Bill Kolar, Frank Kolar, Frank Vopat, Carl Rochek and R. D. Miller. The Lutheran choir with Zola Grossart as pianist, sang, "Old Rugged Cross" and "Till We Meet Again." Louis Bartunek son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bartunek was born January 8, 1877 in Czechoslovakia and passed away Thursday, May 20, 1948 at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 12 days. He suffered a heart attack shortly after the noon hour while walking down town. He was baptized at infancy in the Lutheran faith. The Bartunek family immigrated to this country and settled in Howard County. He with his family lived on a farm for awhile. Mr. Bartunek entered the harness business and located in Ashton, Nebraska for a period of 3 years, later moving to St. Paul where he was in the same type of business for 2 years. He then located in Wolbach where he followed his profession for a period of 42 years. Mr. Bartunek was a great lover of music, he played in the Ashton and St. Paul bands and helped to organize the Wolbach band in which he played for many years. He was united in marriage on November 10, 1896 to Miss Rose Suchanek. To this union was born four daughters: Mrs. Ed Kolar, Wolbach, Mrs. C. O. Smith, Grand Island, Mrs. Arnold Berggren, St. Paul, one daughter dying in infancy. Also preceding him in death are his parents, one brother, three half sisters and three half brothers. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of Wolbach; three daughters, Mrs. Ed Kolar, Mrs. C. O. Smith and Mr. (sic) Arnold Berggren; three brothers, Jim Bartunek, Antone Bartunek and Frank Bartunek; six grandchildren and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 27, 1948

Garold Raymond Bazer, 1911-1934
Obituary of Garold Bazer – The community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Garold Bazer at the Falk home early Friday morning. The young couple had just returned from their wedding trip, having visited various places of interest in parts of Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas. Soon after retiring for rest he complained to his wife of pain in his heart. The doctor was called immediately but the young man failed to respond to treatment and died at 3:15 A.M. his bride of only a few days and his mother at his bedside. Words of congratulations were left unspoken as friends and neighbors called and extended their heartfelt sympathy to her who had been deprived of a husband’s companionship so soon. Garold Raymond Bazer, only son of William and Mabel Bazer, was born at Wolbach, Nebraska on May 5, 1911 and died at the home of Mrs. Ida Falk in Clarks, Nebr. in the early morning of August 10, 1934, aged 23 years, 3 months and 5 days. While but a small lad he moved with his parents from Wolbach to Havens, Nebraska where his father was employed in the elevator of the T. B. Hord Co. of Central City. He began his education in the rural school near Havens and later entered the Silver Creek High School where he graduated with the class of 1929. After the death of his father the family moved to Silver Creek for a short time and in May 1931 they came to Clarks where they have since resided. On July 28, 1934 he was united in marriage at Grand Island to Miss Helene Falk, eldest daughter of Mrs. Ida Falk of Clarks. He was ambitious and industrious, always doing his work in a fine way, whatsoever it might be and had a pleasing personality. While he was not a member of any church, in his boyhood he was faithful in his attendance at Sunday School in the Congregational church at Silver Creek. Those who mourn his going are his loving wife, Helene, his mother Mrs. Mabel Bazer; three sisters: Mrs. Lee Bellair of Wolbach; Mrs. Dorothy Hastings of Osceola and Miss Georgia, at home; his grandmother, Mrs. Christina Collins of Lewis, Iowa; besides other relatives and friends. A short funeral service was held at the Falk home on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with further services in the Methodist church at 2:30 P.M., Rev. E. W. Price conducting the services. Music was furnished by a male quartette, Messrs. W. A. Odum, Melvin Smith, H. R. Vedder and Dr. Shaw Little. They sang two numbers, "Abide With Me," and "God will Take Care of You." Prof. H. R. Vedder sang the solo, "A Perfect Day." Burial was in the Silver Creek cemetery. – Clarks Enterprise.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 23, 1934

William Oscar Bazer, 1880-1930
OBITUARY – William Oscar Bazer was born at Griswold, Iowa, on April 2, 1880. Coming to Nebraska in 1901, living in and near Wolbach until 1915, he moved to Havens, where he was employed by the T. B. Hord Grain Co. Nine months ago he moved to Silver Creek, unable to perform his duties, and here he passed away on December 25, 1930. On October 16, 1905 he was united in marriage to Mabel Barr and to this union was born five children, namely Nettie, Elton, Gerald, Georgia and Dorothy. Elton preceded him in death, in infancy. In infancy he was baptized into the Lutheran Church. During the last few years, there being no church of this denomination near, he became an active member in the Congregational Church of Silver Creek. He was a member of the A.F.& A.M., I.O.O.F. and M.W.A. Mr. Bazer, as his friends knew, was ever kind and generous, and helpful to those who came in contact with him. Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 28, at the M. E. church in Silver Creek, and were conducted by Rev. Winker. Burial was at Silver Creek cemetery, the burial services being conducted by the local Masonic lodge, of which he was a member.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 8, 1931

Katherine Mae (Keef) Beattie, 1879-1942
OBITUARY OF MRS. KATHERINE KEEF BEATTIE – Katherine Mae Keef was born on July 7, 1879, in Norton, Kansas. On Sept. 2, 1896, she was married to Dr. J. Beattie. For the past 32 years their home had been in Bethany, where they operated a pharmacy. Dr. Beattie died two years ago January 30th. Mrs. Beattie was an active member of Bethany Christian church and of Columbia Chapter, O.E.S. She died Febr. 28th. Surviving are a son, Dr. Leo Beattie of Ainsworth, two grandsons, John and Richard, a sister, Dr. Carrie L. Bowman of Broken Bow, two brothers, David Keef of Wolbach and Charles Keef of Lincoln. Funeral services were held March 2 in Bethany Christian church, Rev. Paul Becker officiating. Mrs. Edna Stone and Mrs. Millicent Loper sang and Columbia Chapter conducted Eastern Star rites at the grave in Wyuka. Dr. and Mrs. Beattie resided in Wolbach from 1902-1910, operating a drug store and Dr. Beattie was a practicing physician.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 12, 1942

Jerry Beekman, 1948-2009 view obit

Bernard D. Beck, 1934-2009 view obit

Clara Beck (unknown maiden name) 1876-1927
MRS. JOHN BECK PASSES AWAY IN ORD FRIDAY - HAS BEEN RESIDENT OF THIS VICINITY FOR PERIOD OF 22 YEARS The many friends and acquaintances of Mrs. John Beck were saddened to hear of her death last Friday morning at the Weekes hospital in Ord. She had undergone an operation on the Tuesday preceding her death, and was reported to have recovered from it in good shape and for a time was getting along nicely. The John Beck family has lived in this vicinity for about twenty-two years, and the sympathy of the entire community is turned to them at this time. Mrs. Clara Beck was born at Marquette, Nebraska, January 4, 1876, and passed from this life at the Dr. Weekes' hospital, Friday morning, November 11th at the age of 51 years, 10 months and seven days. Mr. and Mrs. Beck were married at Marquette, March 6th 1898, and they lived there for about seven years before moving to this community where they have since made their home. Mrs. Beck was the mother of six children, four boys, all of whom are living, and two girls, one who died in infancy, and the other, Dessie who preceded her mother in death some four years [ago]. Mrs. Beck was a member of the United Brethren church, which she joined while in Marquette, when a girl. And while in this community she worked with the Methodist Ladies Aid, and helped wherever she could. She was a faithful mother and a devoted helpmate to her husband. Besides her husband and her four sons, Milo, Burr, Ralph and Walter, she leaves her father, two sisters, three brothers, and one grandson. Interment was made at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Sunday, with Rev. G. A. Randall in charge.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, November 17, 1927, pg. 1, column 6

Anna Louise Beckman, ca.1854-1946
Funeral rites for Mrs. Anna Beckman – Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Roper and Sons Chapel in Lincoln, for Mrs. Anna Louise Beckman, 92, who died Tuesday afternoon at her home in Waverly, Neb. Burial was in the Davey, Neb. cemetery. Surviving the deceased are four daughters, Mrs. Carl Warner of Lincoln, Mrs. Ed Foreman of Waverly, Mrs. Ed Allen of Wolbach, and Mrs. C. J. Connor of Brush, Colo.; two sisters, Mrs. Hannah Ramka and Caroline Riepe of Burlington, Ia.; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Ed Allen and son, William, of Wolbach, motored to Lincoln Saturday to attend the last rites. Mrs. Allen, who had been caring for her mother during her illness, remained in Waverly.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, June 13, 1946

George Albert Beckman, 1881-1915
Obituary – George Albert Beckman was born in Des Moines county, Iowa, June 30th, 1881. He died at his home 5 miles north of Wolbach, Nebraska, May 23, 1915, aged 33 years, 10 months and 23 days. When quite young he came to Nebraska with his parents and settled near Davey, in Lancaster county. In his early boyhood days, he was baptized by the late Dr. L. P. Ludden. For a number of years he has lived near Wolbach and is well known in this community. About the beginning of the year he became the victim of tuberculosis of the throat. For several weeks he was in a critical condition and Sunday morning, May 23, he passed away. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Beckman and five sisters. He was a good, kind, affectionate son and was in good repute in the community. Funeral services in charge of R. A. White were held in the Lutheran church, Monday May 24th and very largely attended. On Tuesday the body was taken to Davey, his former home for burial. The family and other relatives were accompanied by Rev. R. A. White to the place of interment. At Davey, they were met by a large number of old neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held in the Danish Lutheran church of Davey. The A.O.U.W. lodge of which the deceased was a member attended in a body, and acted as an escort. At both places, Wolbach and Davey, there was no lack of sympathizing friends. CARD OF THANKS – We wish, in this public manner, to express our heartfelt appreciation of the kindness, and self-denying help of our many friends and neighbors, during the illness and in the death of our beloved son and brother, George Albert Beckman. William Beckman and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 3, 1915

Infant Behrman, 1933-1933
Infant Son dies at Birth – A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Behrman, Friday, October 13, but the little one lived only a few minutes. Burial was made in Hillside cemetery Saturday afternoon. This was Mr. and Mrs. Behrman’s first child and they have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank all our friends and neighbors for their kindness at the time of the death of our little son and also for the floral remembrances. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Behrman.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 19, 1933

Rudolph John Behrman, 1916-1940
Rudolph Behrman Died Early Tuesday Morning – Rudolph Behrman, well-known young farmer living in the community northeast of Wolbach passed away at his home early Tuesday morning, following an illness of more than a year. He is survived by his parents and two brothers. At this writing funeral arrangements had not been made. A complete obituary will be published next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1941
Funeral Services Are Held Friday For Rudolph Behrman – Services were conducted from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church with Rev. E. N. Haugse officiating – The funeral of Rudolph Behrman, widely known young farmer of this community who died at his home Tuesday, was held Friday morning at 11 o’clock from Trinity Lutheran church with the pastor, Rev. E. N. Haugse officiating. After the services the body was taken to Omaha for cremation by McIntyre Funeral home. Rudolph John Behrman was born Nov. 6, 1916, at Wolbach, Neb., and passed away at the family home Dec. 31, 1940 at the age of 24 years, 1 month and 25 days. His death followed a lingering illness of more than a year. When young he was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran church. He had lived in this community most of his life on his father’s farm. In the fall of 1938 and 1939 he worked at Lyman, Neb. in the beet fields and also for the railroad. He was a very ambitious young man and a friend to everyone. He leaves to mourn his passing his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Behrman, two brothers, Fred Behrman of Colorado Springs, Colo., and John at home, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred Behrman, three nieces and many other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Ted McIntyre, Glenn and Floyd Bryer, Lloyd and Leo Studley and Ervin Klein. CARD OF THANKS – Words cannot fully express our thanks to the neighbors and other friends for their many acts of kindness and words of sympathy during the illness and following the death of our beloved son and brother. We also thank those who sent floral tokens of remembrance. Mr. and Mrs. John Behrman and son John, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Behrman and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 9, 1941

Elmer Bellair, ca. 1894-1948
Services held in G.I. For Elmer Bellair – Mr. and Mrs. William W. Cartwright and baby of Greeley, Mrs. Mina Glenn and Albert Glenn attended funeral services for Elmer Bellair, 54, Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Livingston-Sondermann funeral home at Grand Island. Rev. William A. Hubbard officiating. Services were held at 2:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church at Giltner, Rev. W. L. Elliott in charge. Mr. Bellairs passed away Wednesday at Grand Island following a stroke.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 30, 1948

A. E. Bellairs, 1861-1941
Final Rites Held for A. E. Bellairs Sunday Afternoon – Services were Conducted from the Methodist Church for Well-Known Local Citizen – The funeral of A. E. Bellairs, well-known Wolbach citizen who passed away Wednesday evening in Grand Island following a month’s severe illness, was held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 from the home and 2 o’clock from the Methodist church, with Rev. L. A. Fischel of Palmer officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery under the direction of McIntyre’s. Mr. Bellairs was taken to the St. Francis hospital Nov. 29 for an operation. After the operation he improved for a time and then grew worse. A second operation was performed from which he failed to recover and he passed away Christmas Eve about 7 o’clock. He was a kind and loving father, his first thought being for his family. He was born Nov. 12, 1861, in Market Deppen, England, and died at Grand Island, Neb., Dec. 24, 1941, at the age of 80 years, one month and 12 days. He grew to manhood in England and worked in the Sheffield steel mills. He emigrated to America in 1881, coming to the state of Iowa where he resided with an uncle for about a year. The next year he located in Nemaha county, Nebraska. He married Lavina Sutton at Brock, Neb., Oct. 25, 1891. In 1907 they moved to Greeley county and farmed north of Wolbach for seven years, when they retired and moved to Wolbach in 1914, where they had since lived. Mr. Bellairs was baptized in England when an infant. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bellairs, a son, Lee Bellairs of Fort Crook, Neb.; three daughters, Mrs. L. P. Underwood of Yuma, Colo., Mrs. Charles Ruckman of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Earl Glenn of Wolbach; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Naish of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Flora Perkington of Springfield, Ill., and four grandchildren. Pallbearers were E. L. Johnson, A. W. Marco, Leonard Winfrey, Paul Paulsen, Fred Elliott and Jake DeLaurant. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Borre, Gus Holm, Wm. Rasmussen and Wm. Osterloh. Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sutton and family of Palmer, Victor and Albert Bellairs of Julesburg, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bellairs of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Petersen of St. Paul, and Miner Harris of Palmer. CARD OF THANKS – We take this means of expressing our sincere appreciation to friends and neighbors for the kind deeds and words during the recent illness and burial of our beloved husband and father. Mrs. A. E. Bellairs, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Underwood and Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Glenn and Albert and Bonnie, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ruckman and Jerry, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bellairs.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 1, 1942

Lillian Klanecky Benson, 1928-2010 view obit

Claudiane Marie Berg, 1829-1917
Obituary – Claudiane Marie Berg was born in Ulvborg, Denmark, August 14, 1829. She came with her husband and children came to America in 1880, and lived for thirteen years in Otoe county. In 1898 Mr. and Mrs. Berg came to Howard county with their son Chris, with whom they made their home until called to their home above. Mr. Berg died in 1904. Five daughters also have preceded their mother. She leaves to mourn her loss, her son, Chris Berg of Nysted and one daughter, Mrs. Nels Larsen of Wolbach, besides several grand children and great grand children and a host of friends. Mrs. Berg was raised in the Christian faith as a member of the Lutheran church and she remained true to that faith until her death. That faith gave her strength to say: "The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord." When she was called on to give up her husband and each of five daughters, all grown to womanhood. In that faith she asked to have the Lords supper administered to her a few days before she died, and in that faith she quietly fell asleep on Thursday, October 18th. Her body was laid to rest in the Nysted cemetery on the following Sunday afternoon. A large number of relatives and friends had assembled to show their love and respect for Mrs. Berg, who at her home had always received them with a cheerful welcome and sent them away with a God speed. We may rest assured that she waits to welcome us that better home where friends shall never part. – Dannebrog News.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 8, 1917

Roman Sebastian Bergantzel, 1851-1933
Mr. R. P. Bergantzel Dies at Son’s Home Friday – After an illness of about six weeks Mr. R. P. Bergantzel passed away last Friday afternoon at the home of his son Joseph, four and a half miles north of Wolbach, where he has been making his home for the past seven years. Mr. Bergantzel was 81 and a half years old. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday noon with Rev. H. A. Feldman officiating, and the remains were taken to Hastings in McIntyres hearse for burial Tuesday afternoon. Nearly all of the nine living children were here for the funeral. Two daughters, Mrs. T. H. Bloom and Mrs. W. C. Cumings of Patterson, N. J. were unable to get here owing to an auto accident in which they wrecked their car last Saturday morning shortly after starting in their way here. Roman Sebastian Bergantzel was born in Alsice-Larraine, Europe, July 14, 1851, came to America when 9 years old, 1860. He lived in Pennsylvania until 17 years old, when he went to Iowa, and made his home around Red Oak, Ia. On Dec. 24, 1883 he was married to Margaret Miller at Creston, Iowa. To this union was born ten children, one dying in infancy. In 1907 he left Iowa and came to Nebraska being located at Hastings for ten years. Mr. Bergantzel was a railroad man for about 30 years. Nine children as follows survive him: Henry Bergantzel, Omaha; Ida White, Red Oak, Ia; Mrs. T. H. Bloom, and Mrs. W. C. Cumings, Patterson, N. J.; Mrs. Jessie Stoddard, and George Bergantzel, Seward; Katie Dean, Red Oak; Joseph of Wolbach, and Roman of Woodward, Iowa. There are 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grand-children and 3 surviving brothers.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 19, 1933

Jerry Gene Berggren, 1948-1949
Kenneth Berggren 7 mo. Baby Died Saturday – Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berggren mourn the death of their 7 month old son, Jerry Gene, who passed away Saturday while his parents were taking him to St. Paul for medical care. The baby was born August 4, 1948. Surviving besides the parents is one brother, Russell; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Berggren and Mrs. Ben Heineman of St. Paul and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 in the Methodist church at St. Paul. Rev. W. W. Leypoldt officiated. Burial in the Fairdale Cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 10, 1949

Emma Amelia (Imus) Berney, 1882-1944
LAST RITES FOR MRS. J. A. BERNEY – Native of Iowa Dies In A Grand Island Hospital – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Lutheran church for Mrs. John A. Berney. Dr. C. B. Harman conducted the last rites. Burial was in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers: Scott Barr, J. C. Wilson, Edward Allen, Archie Nelson, Chauncey Edwards and Ernest Rother. Emma Amelia Imus, daughter of William and Sarah Imus, was born September 10, 1882 at Sydney, Ia., and died October 25 in a Grand Island hospital at the age of 62 years. At the age of two years, she, with her parents, moved from Iowa to Bartlett, Neb., where they made their home for nine years, moving to Nance county, where she grew to womanhood. On June 3, 1903, she was united in marriage to John Anthony Berney. To this union were born ten sons, Frank, Ivan, Lawrence and William, at home, Austin and Errol of Wolbach, Lowell, army air corps, stationed in England, Carrol, U. S. Navy, Raymond and Reed LeRoy, deceased. Raymond died January 7, 1925 at the age of 13, and Reed LeRoy died in infancy. Other survivors are a brother, William G. Imus, of Portland, Ore., three sisters, Mrs. James Claridge of Zurich, Mont., Mrs. Jack Eisenhauer of Modesto, Cal., and Mrs. Peter Berney of Wolbach. Eleven grandchildren also survive.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, November 2, 1944.

Christian Berney, 1884-1926
CHRIS BERNEY PASSES AWAY – Succumbs to a Long Illness Last Sunday Evening – After an illness of many months Chris Berney passed away at his home in Wolbach last Sunday evening at about 7 o’clock.  He had been very low for several months and confined to his bed since the first of the year.  During most of the summer he had lived in a tent which helped to relieve the severe suffering which lasted through the last months of his life.  Mr. Berney endured the great suffering with patience and fortitude, while his family and friends did everything possible for his comfort.  The funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and an immense crowd attended, more than the church could accommodate.  Rev. White had charge of the services and interment was made in Hillside Cemetery.  OBITUARY – Christian Berney was born in Greeley county, Nebraska, about ten miles north of Wolbach, December 1, 1884, on the Joe Berney farm.  He died at his home in Wolbach September 19, 1926, aged 41 years, 9 months and 18 days.  In infancy he was baptized in the German Evangelical church of Columbus, Nebr.  He was married in 1907 to Miss Katie Klein at Greeley.  He leaves to mourn his death his wife and two children, Leon aged 17, and Edna aged 16, his father Joseph Berney, two brothers and four sisters namely, John and Pete Berney of Wolbach, Mrs. Rose Henggler of Columbus, Josephine Grossart, Emma Grossart and Lena Grossart of Wolbach, and also many other relatives.  His mother preceded him in death about 21 years ago, his brother Joseph 22 years ago and his brother George about 3 years ago.  Having lived his entire life in this community, he was well known and respected by all.  The surviving wife and children together with all other relatives, have the sympathy of the whole community.  CARD OF THANKS – To all our kind friends and neighbors we are deeply grateful for their many acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy during the long illness and at the time of the death of our beloved husband, father, son and brother, and we wish in this way to sincerely thank each one.  We would add a special word of appreciation too, of the many beautiful flowers sent.  Mrs. Katie Berney and children, Leon and Edna. Joseph Berney, father.  Pete Berney and family.  John Berney and family.  Wm. Grossart and family.  Richard Grossart and family.  John Grossart and family.  Mrs. Rosa Henggler and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday September 23, 1926.

George Berney, 1832-1915
Old Settler Passes Away – One of the oldest settlers of the state passed away at his home in Columbus. Geo. Berney, brother of Joe Berney of this city died of old age, last Sunday. Mr. Berney as we understand it was one of the oldest settlers in Nebraska, having settled here before the city Omaha started settlement. He could remember the day when the red men roamed all over the state, and the few skirmishes he had with them. Although he had been nearing a ripe old age, the end was not expected and the sad blow came as a distinct blow. Early in the day he had been in the best of spirits, as was his nature, and his actions little foretold the end that was so near. In the very face of death, Mr. Berney maintained a spirit that could well serve as a deep lesson to us all. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Columbus and many gathered to pay their last respect to the one who had resided many years in our midst and during that time had proved himself a citizen of inestimable value. Those present from here were: Honus Berney, Nat Berney, and his brother Joe, besides many others that went to pay their last tribute to the deceased one.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 18, 1915

George Berney, 1880-1923
Obituary – George Berney was born at Columbus, Neb., March 23, 1880. He moved with his parents when six weeks of age to the old home place in Greeley county and lived there until he moved to his own home. He was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Massner October 4, 1905, and to this union were born three sons and one daughter, namely: Marvel, Clyde, Marjorie and Floyd, who, with their mother, are left to mourn his loss. Mr. Berney was baptized in infancy and always remained faithful to the teachings of his mother, who preceded him to the Heavenly home 18 years ago September 13. He was the fourth oldest of nine children, the oldest brother, Joe, having died 18 years ago the 11th of this month. His father, Joseph Berney, three brothers and four sisters, John, Pete and Chris, and Mrs. Rose Henggler of Columbus, Neb., Mrs. Josephine Grossart, Mrs. Emma Grossart and Mrs. Lena Grossart, all of Wolbach are left to mourn the loss of a dear son and brother. Mr. Berney died at his home east of Wolbach Saturday morning, January 13, 1923, at the age of 42 years, 9 months and 21 days. He was a kind and thoughtful husband, a loving father and a man devoted to his home life. The family and numerous relatives are well known in the community and have the profound sympathy of everybody. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. A. White, were held in Trinity Lutheran church, Monday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m., the attendance being so large that many were unable to get into the building. The business houses of the town closed their doors during the funeral out of respect for the deceased. Interment was made in Hillside cemetery. The Royal Highlander lodge of Wolbach attending in a body and six of their members acting as pall bearers. They also participated in the services at the grave. The Sophomore class of the high school, of which Marvel, son of the deceased, was member, also attended in a body. Floral decorations were elaborate and beautiful. Agnes Nielson, Bertha Lowe, Ruby Lowe and Jessie Bryer acted as flower girls.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 18, 1923

John Berney, 1853-1912
Death of John Berney – John Berney, one of the pioneers of Greeley county, died at his home east of town, Monday morning after a brief illness of pneumonia. He is survived by his brother, Joseph and two sons. His wife died Mch. 2, 1909. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon. Interment in the Wolbach cemetery. The deceased was born in Switzerland, Feb. 2, 1853, and came to America in 1882. He was a good citizen and by careful management was one of the successful men in the community in which he lived.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 8, 1912

Joseph Benedict Berney, 1848-1934
Final Summons Comes For Pioneer --Joseph Berney, 86, a pioneer of Greeley county where he has resided for 54 years, passed away Sunday evening at 7:00 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Richard Grossart with whom he made his home. "Grandpa" Berney as he was known to young and old was a familiar character on our streets until the last few months during which time he has been confined to the house with infirmities of age. He was not ill and the end came peacefully, following what is supposed to have been a paralytic stroke. Born March 25, 1848 in Switzerland, he came to America in 1874 at the age of 26 locating in Iowa. Later the same year he came to Columbus, Nebraska where he was married August 6, to Miss Ursula Danuser also a native of Switzerland. In 1880 with his little family Mr. Berney emigrated to Greeley county where he had taken out homestead rights a few years before on land on Timber Creek where he built his home and resided for 33 years. Following the death of his wife 29 years ago he made his home with his daughter, Emma where he has continued to live since, moving to Wolbach with the family 21 years ago from the farm. Mr. Berney was closely associated with the growth and development of Greeley county. He served many years on the school board of his district and was precinct assessor for several years. "Joe" Berney was one of the largest cattle feeders of the old days and by thriftiness and prudence amassed quite a fortune and at one time owned many hundred acres of land. As his sons grew to manhood and desired to leave the home roof, the father built comfortable homes for each of them as they married on land adjoining the old home. His wife and three sons preceded him in death. The wife and son Joe both dying in 1905, George in 1922 and Chris in 1926. Surviving to mourn his passing are 6 children, Mrs. Rose Henggeler of Columbus, John A., Peter, Mrs. Josephine Grossart, Mrs. Emma Grossart and Mrs. Lena Grossart, all of Wolbach. Also 39 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was a good and neighborly man a loving and devoted father and will be greatly missed by his daughter and her family who have cared for him so faithfully in his declining years. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in Trinity Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. John Rhine, pastor of the church. Interment was made beside his wife in Hillside Cemetery. Among the many relatives and friends paying respects to his memory and attending the funeral services were Jim Lanigan of Greeley, Jim Grossart and mother and Elmer Campbell of Grand Island, Mrs. Mae Halpin and son of Belgrade, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Wagner of Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Vogt of Elba, Mr. & Mrs. Ray Bahensky, son Dicky Ray and Glen Grossart of Gage Valley and Mrs. Katherine Berney of Greeley. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family. Card of thanks -- For thoughtfulness shown in every way and for sympathy expressed by friends and neighbors in the hours of bereavement occasioned by the death of our beloved father, the late Joseph Berney, we desire to express sincerest appreciation. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grossart, Mr. and Mrs. John Grossart, Mrs. Josephine Grossart, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Berney, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Berney, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Henggeler.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 19, 1934

Joseph F. Berney, 1867-1922
DEPUTY COUNTY TREASURER DIES – J. F. Berney Victim of Heart Failure – Was Candidate for Democratic Nomination – The following named relatives residing at Wolbach went to Columbus, Neb., on Tuesday of last week to attend the funeral of Joseph F. Berney: Joe, Pete and Christ Berney and Mesdames Richard and William Groccart (sic). In speaking of the death of Mr. Berney the Columbus Daily Telegram has the following to say: Joseph F. Berney, deputy county treasurer the past five years, who was one of the three candidates for the democratic nomination for treasurer at the coming primaries, passed away unexpectedly at his home at Sixth street and Seventeenth avenue at 11 o’clock Saturday night. He had suffered with heart trouble several years. About ten days ago the nervous strain incident to the campaign brought a recurrence of the trouble and all last week Mr. Berney was confined to his bed. Saturday his condition seemed much improved and he planned to resume his campaign today. That evening, however, he suffered another attack, and death came within the hour. For the past ten years or more Mr. Berney has been a familiar figure about the court house. In 1912 he was elected county assessor, being nominated on the democratic ticket and endorsed by the other parties. He served in that capacity four years and then as deputy assessor one term under Assessor Mohlman. Five and a half years ago he was appointed deputy treasurer by County Treasurer A. J. Krzycki and faithfully discharged the duties devolving upon him in that capacity until his death. Always courteous and efficient he was a splendid public officer. Born on a farm five miles southwest of Columbus, June 7, 1867, of parents who were numbered among the pioneers of the ‘50s, he spent nearly his entire life in Platte county and was actively identified not only with public affairs of the county, but with the business life of the city. He attended St. Francis Academy in 1879 and 1880 and in the fall of the latter year, when only 13 years of age, went to the state of Washington to work on a farm. He later spent a year working with a pack train, packing provisions into the coal prospectors’ camp in the Cascade mountains. Another year he devoted to employment in saw mills and logging camps in the northwest, and then spent four years as a coal miner in the mines of Washington. From there he went to California to work in the gold mines. When he attained his majority, he returned home to visit his father and the latter prevailed upon him to enter business college in Omaha in 1189 (sic). After graduating the following year he secured a position as bookkeeper in the First National Bank. He was connected with that institution most of the time from that date until 1901, serving nearly ten years in official capacity as assistant cashier. In 1901 he entered the implement business, purchasing the C. S. Easton stock on Eleventh street, and conducted the business four and a half years. He then sold out and went on the road for the Acme Harvester company, traveling in South Platte territory a year. His next business venture was in the lumber trade in partnership with G. Viergutz. A year later he disposed of his interest and bought an implement stock at Platte Center which he conducted two years. Some time thereafter he entered public life by becoming a candidate for county assessor and from then until his death he served in the public capacities mentioned above. On September 6, 1892, Mr. Berney married Miss Eva Schilz, who with one daughter and four sons, survive him. The children are Mrs. Frank P. Dietz, Joseph, Paul, George and Edmond Berney, all residents in Columbus with the exception of Joseph who makes his home in Sioux City. They were all at Mr. Berney’s bedside at the time of his death. One child, a daughter, died in infancy. Fraternally, Mr. Berney was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Sons of Herman and the Catholic Knights of America. He was a devout member of St. Bonaventure’s church. Funeral services will be held at St. Bonaventure’s church Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock with burial in the Parish cemetery. The county board of supervisors has directed that all offices in the court house be closed during the hours of the service in respect to his memory.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 20, 1922

Raymond Eugene Berney, 1911-1925
Raymond Berney Passes Away – After an illness of only a day or so Raymond Berney, fourteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Berney, died early Wednesday morning of pneumonia. The news of his death was a distinct shock to the community as he had been ill so short a time. Deepest sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 8, 1925
Obituary – Raymon (sic) Eugene Berney was born May 8th, 1911, nine miles northeast of Wolbach, and lived there until called to his heavenly home on Wednesday morning, January 7, 1925 at the age of 13 years, 7 months, and 29 days. He was the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. John Berney. In school he was a very bright pupil and was loved by all his companions. At home he was thoughtless of himself, always thinking of the welfare of others. He was an obedient child and was always willing to help his mother. Raymon (sic) will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his death, his mother and father and eight brothers, namely, Frank, Austin, Erral, (sic) Ivan, Lowell, Lawrence, William and Carroll and many other relatives. One brother, Reed LeRoy, preceded him to the Great Beyond six years ago. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral services were held at the home Friday morning at 10 o’clock conducted by Rev. R. A. White, and burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to extend our many thanks to the neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown us in our bereavement and loss of our beloved son and brother. And especially extend many thanks for the beautiful floral offerings and to those who took part in the singing. Mr. and Mrs. John A. Berney and children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 15, 1925

Reid LeRoy Berney, 1919-1919
Obituary – Reid LeRoy Berney, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Berney was born April 3rd, 1919 and died at the home of his parents, nine miles east of Wolbach, May 15th 1919, aged 1 month 12 days. He leaves to mourn the loss his parents, eight brothers and a large number of relatives. Though his existence in this world was brief, his life was not without its mission. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. A. White were held in the Lutheran church, Friday, May 16th 1919. The burial was in Hillside Cemetery. The stricken family have the sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday May 22, 1919

Russell Ernest Berney, 1909-1930
Auto Accident Fatal to Russell Berney --One of the most largely attended funerals ever to be held in Wolbach took place last Sunday afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Church, when the last sad rites were performed for Russell Berney, 21 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Berney of this place, who met his death suddenly in an automobile accident near Cotesfield on Christmas day.
The accident occurred between 4:30 and 5 pm and Russell passed away a short time later without regaining consciousness. Pinned beneath the auto which overturned while going down a hill three miles northeast of Cotesfield, he suffered a severe crushing injury to his chest which caused his death. The other occupants of the car, Miss Florence Lint of Cotesfield, and Glenn Grossart of this place, sustained minor injuries, Miss Lint receiving bad cuts about the face and body bruises and Grossart cuts about the head. The two young men had motored to Cotesfield in the afternoon of Christmas day to visit with friends, had invited Miss Lint to take a short drive with them in Glenn's new car. Descending a hill, Grossart applied the brakes and the wheels skidded on the snow throwing the car against a bank and overturning it. All three were pinned under the car but were extricated by Carl Barnes and his two sons, Everett and Carl, who had been hunting nearby. The car later took fire, but the flames were extinguished before much damage resulted. Berney was at once taken to the Barnes home, where medical aid was summoned, but he lived only about a half hour after reaching there. The deceased was engaged to wed Miss Elizabeth Lint of Cotesfield, at whose home he had been visiting during the day. The body was brought to Wolbach Thursday evening. OBITUARY-- Russell Ernest Berney was born on Jan 19, 1909 at South Branch Timber Creek, nine miles northeast of Wolbach and passed away, December 25, 1930 near Cotesfield, Nebraska at the age of 21 years, 11 months and 6 days. He lived throughout his boyhood days with his parents on their farm until moving to Wolbach where he lived until his untimely death. As one in this community he was known for his sunny and genial personality. His personal happiness radiated joy and love to those with whom he came in contact. His friends admired his many pleasing ways and were always blessed by being near him. He was thoughtful and kind of parents and friends. The great tribute "Russell was a kind and loving friend" may ever be paid to the one who has gone from us. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father, Peter Berney, his mother Bessie Alto Berney; two sisters, Mrs. Lola Silk and Velda Berney; three brothers, Leland, Loyal and Virgil. Besides those of the immediate family there are a host of relatives and friends who will share in this their common loss. Yet we shall always know that our loved ones have only gone on before, and that some day you and I, in God's own time shall go to meet them.
The funeral services were conducted from Trinity Lutheran Church by Dr. R. A. White, assisted by Rev. Paul C. White of Chicago, Ill. The body was laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery. Card of Thanks -- We wish to thank our many friends for their kind acts of help and sympathy at the time of the death of our beloved. Their kindness will never be forgotten. We also wish to thank them for the beautiful flowers. Mr. & Mrs. Pete Berney, Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Silk, Leland, Velda, Loyal, Virgil, Miss Elizabeth Lint.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 1, 1931

Michael Shane Behnk, 2008-2009 view obit infant son of Shane & Jennifer Vogt Behnk

Raymond Bernt, 1920-2009 view obit

Reamer Best, 1907-1930
Attend Funeral of Reamer Best – Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Bussell, Mr. and Mrs. Darold Bussell, and Kenneth Bussell, and Mrs. Nell Bryer and son Frank and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Herman were among those from Wolbach who attended the funeral of Reamer Best at Callaway last Friday. Mr. Best was killed by a gunshot wound Tuesday of last week at his home at Broken Bow. Relatives are convinced that the discharge was accidental as there is no known reason why the young man should have intentionally shot himself. He was found dead some time after he had returned from down town, where he had purchased some repairs to be put on his car. Reamer Best was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Best of Oconto. They formerly resided on a farm northeast of Wolbach, moving to Custer county about twelve years ago. Reamer had been married only a few months before his death. He had attended school at Callaway, at which place the funeral and burial were held. The funeral was largely attended. The deceased was born February 4, 1907 at Wolbach. He was almost 24 years old. On August 28, 1930, he was married to Miss Alice Clark of Broken Bow. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, father, mother, five brothers and one sister. Six classmates served as pall bearers at his funeral.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 1, 1931

Kathryn A. Murphy Beyer, 1937-2000 view obit

Jesse W. Bilyeu, 1841-1913
Obituary – Jesse W. Bilyeu was born September 20, 1841, in Jamestown, Clinton county, Illinois, and departed this life at his home in Scotia, Greeley county, Nebraska, Feb. 17, 1913 at 11:30 pm. age 71 years 4 months and 27 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, besides a loving wife, four sons and fifteen grandchildren. He enlisted in the Civil war in 1862 in Co. E. 130th Illinois infantry and served 4 years. He was married March 22, 1866 to Emily C. File. Five sons were born to this union, one Lemeul E. passed over to the better world August 13, 1906. The deceased united with the M. E. church when a young man, and lived a consistent Christian life ever since. He met with an accident August 17, 1910 which later caused him to lose both legs but his last illness was pneumonia. He was a kind and loving husband and father. The entire family was with him at the last. The funeral was held at the M. E. church at 2 o’clock p.m. Wednesday, Rev. Chas. Ford of Meadow Grove, his former pastor officiating. We extend sympathy to the sorrowing wife and children in their bereavement – Scotia Register.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 27, 1913

John W. Bilyeu, 1871-1946
Former Wolbach Resident Dies – Funeral services were held in Albion at 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon for John Bilyeu, 74, who died Monday in Scottsbluff after a long illness. Burial was in the Scotia cemetery. Mr. Bilyeu resided in Wolbach at one time and operated a barber shop here. Mr. and Mrs. Bilyeu moved to Albion about 25 years ago, and have been residing in Scottsbluff since last fall. Surviving the deceased, besides his wife, are one son, Jesse, of Scottsbluff and a brother, Fred Bilyeu, of Chadron. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Gus Wagner, Mrs. William Johnston and Mrs. Albert Trosper.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, July 11, 1946
Obituary – John W. Bilyeu was born in Blond county, Ill., November 21, 1871, and departed this life at Scottsbluff, Neb., July 8, 1946, at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 17 days. He was united in marriage to Edie D. Kinney November 15, 1905 at St. Paul, and to this union one daughter and one son were born. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Jesse, of Scottsbluff and a brother, Fred of Chadron. His daughter preceded him in death. He joined the Presbyterian church when a young man and lived a good Christian life. On July 7, 1900, he joined the Masonic order, and in 1909 he became a member of the Nebraska consistory of the Scottish Rite. He was formerly a resident of Boone county for several years, but resided in Scottsbluff for some time before his death. Funeral services were held at Smith Funeral home in Albion July 11, with Rev. E. C. Mitchell of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in the Scotia cemetery.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, July 25, 1946

George Kenneth Bing, 1940
Accident Takes Life George Kenneth Bing – George Kenneth Bing, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bing, was struck and killed by a truck at Cape Giradeau, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 22. Funeral services were held Dec. 24 and burial was there. This information was received from his grandmother, Mrs. Edna Bing, in a card to Mrs. E. L. DeBord. Mrs. Bing and her daughter, Mrs. Johnson, who reside at Randolph, attended the services. George Kenneth was a grandson of Rev. G. W. Bing, Methodist minister who passed away last February. Kenneth and his parents had visited a number of times in Wolbach and was well known by many persons here.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1941

Rev. George Mentor Bing, 1870-1940
Impressive Rites Are Held For Rev. G. M. Bing – Services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church with Dr. Pfoutz in charge – Funeral services for Rev. George M. Bing, Methodist pastor who passed away at his home here a week ago this morning, were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the local Methodist church. Burial was in the Wolbach cemetery under the direction of McIntyre’s funeral home. Dr. F. E. Pfoutz, district superintendent of the M. E. conference delivered the funeral tribute and he was assisted in the services by Rev. W. C. George, president of the Loup Valley ministerial association who read the Scripture and by Rev. Ray Richmond, Aurora pastor, who read excerpts from several letters and the obituary. Dr. Pfoutz chose as his sermon theme, "We are strangers and pilgrims on earth; surely goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life." Members of the mixed choir sang the hymns Jesus Savior Pilot Me and Abide With Me. Miss Hampton sang Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar. At the close of the service in accordance with a wish previously expressed by Rev. Bing to his superintendent the audience was asked to stand and sing a verse from that old favorite, "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow." Rev. Mr. Bing died last Thursday morning following a severe attack of asthma from which he had been a patient sufferer for a number of years. Although handicapped by the affliction Rev. Bing had been active in the pulpit and his daily tasks right up to the time of his death. His sudden passing came as a great shock in his congregation as well as the entire community where without exception he was highly respected and liked. His loss will be keenly felt by his hundreds of friends and truly a great and fine man has passed to his reward. George Mentor Bing was born at Launter Island, Mo., July 13, 1870 and received his "well done good and faithful servant, enter thou in the joy of the Lord," February 1, 1840 at the age of 69 years, 6 months and 18 days. He was the second of 8 children of John Ernest and Marie (Skinner) Bing, the children being: Gertrude, George, Alfred, Bertha, Clara, Nell and James and John who preceded him in death. He was converted at the age of 15 and hearing the "call to preach" attended Cornell College at Mount Vernon, Ia. It was while teaching school that he married Edna E. Patrick at Lincoln, Ia. June 30, 1897. They were the parents of three children all of whom survive. After his entry into the ministry Rev. Bing joined the Upper Iowa M. E. Conference in 1898 and served pastorates at Chelsea, Oasis, Ryan, Norway, Fairfax and Walker. In 1909 he was transferred to Nebraska and served at Schuyler, St. Paul, Laurel, Plainview, Potter, Beaver City, Nora, and Wolbach-Cushing. Because of failing health he retired from the active ministry in 193[?] but continued to serve his church as he was able. The survivors include his wife and the three children: Mrs. Adine Bechman, Los Angeles, Calif., Kenneth L. Bing, Columbia, Mo; Mrs. Thelma Johnson, Wolbach; his aged mother, Pomeroy, Ohio; a brother, Alfred Bing, Waterloo, Ia; four grand children, George K. Bing, Robert K. Bing, Franklin B. Johnson and Davis M. Johnson. Members of the local Masonic lodge and the Eastern Star attended the services in a body and at the grave brief Masonic rites were given. Pallbearers were Reverends W. C. George, J. Bruce Wylie, O. W. Strombom, T. W. Parkin, H. P. Anderson and E. N. Haugse. Among the close friends of the family from out of town who were present for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kubik, Fullerton, Miss Ruth Kile and Harold Scranton, Plainview and Orie Scranton of Aurora. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends for the many expressions of sympathy during the illness and passing of our beloved husband and father. We are truly grateful also for the many beautiful floral tributes and other remembrances. We hope that each and all may accept this expression personally. Mrs. Edna M. Bing, Mrs. Adine Beckman, Mr. Kenneth L. Bing, Mrs. Thelma Johnson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 8, 1940

Bernerd Wayne Bintz, 1918-1921
OBITUARY – Little Bernerd Wayne, the beloved and eldest son of Arthur and Eunice Bintz, was called home of rest Sunday morning, April 24, 1921, at 10:20 o’clock, the little one being 3 years of age on that day. Bernerd Wayne was born April 24, 1918, on his parents farm near Wolbach. On last Friday evening he received a burn from hot water. Although the burn did not seem severe, it caused aremic poisoning. Dr. Davis of Genoa and Dr. R. E. Hall of Fullerton were called Sunday morning. His father, mother and little brother, Lorin Dale, and relatives mourn his untimely death. "Keep green, dear God, a grave that lies Beneath the wide and starry skies; Keep sweet with sleep and give him rest Whose hands are folded on his breast, While dreamless slumber fills his eyes. Keep still, O, Lord, our hearts that beat, With hunger for his soft child feet. With quiet song let springtime stray About him, and the violets lay Their velvet lips to his so sweet. Keep fresh the trailing vines that grow Where we have laid our dear one low; And teach us, Father thru his dust The upward looking and the trust That knew they should not ask to know. Keep bright dear God, the smile he wore, The rosebud that his soft hand bore. And teach us, oh, beyond all this Waits in Eternal dream the bliss Of clasping those we lose, once more." Funeral services were held in Trinity Lutheran church Tuesday, April 26, 1921 at 1:30 p.m. conducted by the pastor, R. A. White, after which the burial was in Hillside cemetery. The stricken family have the sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 28, 1921

Olive Ann (Carleton) Bintz, 1863-1942
SERVICES HERE FOR FORMER RESIDENT – Funeral services for Mrs. Olive Bintz, former resident of this community, who died at her home in Fullerton Sunday, were held from the home there Tuesday afternoon with Rev. B. F. Grussing officiating. The body was brought to Wolbach where interment was made. Mrs. Bintz had been bedfast for the last year. She and her husband lived here from 1911 until 1918 when he passed away and she moved away in 1919. At the time of her death she was 79 years, 10 months and 25 days old.
OBITUARY – Olive Ann Carleton was born Nov. 2, 1863, near Omaha, Neb, the fifth child and only daughter of William J. and Emily E. Carleton. She spent her girlhood days in the eastern part of Nebraska. In the late eighties she came to Clarkson, where she was united in marriage to Peter J. Bintz, Oct. 29, 1891. To this union five children were born; William Bintz of Central City, Andrew Bintz of Osceola, Elva Nelsen of Central City, Nedillia Messner of Fullerton and Ann Stott of North Bend, all of whom survive, together with 11 grandchildren, two great grandsons, two brothers, Edgar Carleton of Sidney and Arthur Carlton of Stanton.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 1, 1942

Peter Joseph Bintz, 1852-1918
Peter J. Bintz – Peter J. Bintz, who resides on a farm northeast of Wolbach, passed away at his home Tuesday, December 31, 1918, of the [illegible]ing influenza. We are unable to obtain an obituary this week. Funeral services were held this afternoon, Thursday.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1919

Peter J. Bintz – Peter Joseph Bintz was born in Jo Davis County, Illinois, December 16th, 1852, and died at his home in Nance county, Nebraska, 11 miles northeast of Wolbach, of the influenza, December 31, 1918, aged 66 years and 17 days. Mr. Bintz immigrated to Nebraska in 1888 and on October 29th 1891 was married to Olive Ann Carleton in Colfax County, Nebraska. He was baptized in childhood in the Catholic Church. He leaves to mourn the loss one brother Michael Bintz, one sister, Mrs. Joseph Hofer, Defiance, Ia., his wife, two sons and three daughters all at home. The two sons are William and Arthur Bintz; Nedelia, Elvira and Anna Bintz. The deceased was a well respected citizen, who was well known on account of his long residence in the community. While living in an adjoining county, his activities were more in the direction of Wolbach. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge in Wolbach. On Thursday, January 2nd, brief funeral services were held at the residence, conducted by Rev. R. A. White, after which the remains were interred in Hillside cemetery. The stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 9, 1919

William Paul Birkby, 1918-2008 view obit

George Bittner, 1929-2008 view obit

Charles Fredrick Biskeborn 1851-1927
CHAS. BISKEBORN CALLED BY DEATH Charles Fredrick Biskeborn was born January 17, 1851, at Esperstedt, Kyffhauser Germany, and passed from this life last Monday afternoon, February 28th at the age of 76 years 1 month and 12 days. Mr. Biskeborn came to America when he was 23 years of age and lived in Aurora, Illinois, where he was married to Miss Amelia Eithelgeorge, December 3, 1874. After his marriage they lived there a little more than a year, and then moved to Schaller, Sack County, Iowa where they lived for 8 years. From that place they moved to Greeley County, Nebraska, where they have lived for more than 44 years. Those surviving him besides his wife are his six sons, Charles, Edward and Elmer, of Scotia, George, William and Henry of Chamberlain, South Dakota, three daughters, Mrs. Celia Lauer of Stover, Missouri, Mrs. Bertha Miller and Lilly, of Scotia, his 21 grand children, all of whom are living. He also has one brother and sister living in Germany. Besides these are a host of friends and neighbors who will miss his friendliness and fellowship. Mr. Briskeborn took an active part in the community life in which he lived, and served in the capacity of County Commissioner for 9 years. He put his heart and soul into this work and by his keen business methods and supervision he built up this particular work of the county. He not only took an active part in the civic affairs about him but he was a tireless worker in the Methodist Church of which he was a faithful member since his conversion at Aurora, Illinois. During the younger years of his life he served as Sunday school superintendent for 25 years. He was a staunch believer of the Church and gave liberally to its support and was a faithful attendant up to the very close of his life. Brother Biskeborn's faith in God was secure and unshaken. He had all confidence in the love and mercy of his Heavenly Father. He was ready to go, and in spite of his severe suffering he was patient and trustful to the last. He never complained but bore his lot bravely to the end. And so let us say in the words of the poet: “Goodbye, till morning come again,” We part, if part we must, with pain, But night is short, and hope is sweet, Faith fills our hearts, and wings are feet; And so we sing the old refrain, “Goodbye, till morning come again.” “Goodbye, till morning come again.” The thought of death brings weight of pain. But could we know how short the night That falls, and hides them from our sight, Our hearts would sing the old refrain, “Goodbye, till morning comes again.” Internment was made at Scotia cemetery, Rev. G. A. Randall officiating.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, March 3, 1927, pg. 1, column 6

Franklin Wesley Bissell, 1863-1918
Frank W. Bissell Passes Away – On last Monday, April 29th, Frank W. Bissell, one of Wolbach’s early settlers and merchant died at Excelsior Springs, Mo. after several months illness. Mr. Bissell or "Frank" as he was known to almost every man, woman and child in and for miles surrounding Wolbach, has lived here for many years, having been engaged in the Lumber and Hardware business and later in the Hardware and Furniture business. He was a man honored by all who knew him. Fearless, a man of strong personality and character and a man who had the courage of his conviction, he never failed to stand for what he believed to be right on any question. Active as he was in business, politics and especially in the fight for prohibition, a Mason for many years he will be missed by his many friends. His death while not unexpected to a few comes as a shock to many, as the last reports from his bedside were encouraging. The body arrived in Wolbach Wednesday and services will be held at 2:30 tomorrow at his home. Complete obituary will be given in our next issue.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 2, 1918
OBITUARY – Franklin Wesley Bissell was born in Algonquin, Grenville county, Ontario, Canada, on February 28, 1863 and died April 29, 1918 at Excelsior Springs, Mo., where he had gone seeking restoration of health, being 55 years, two months and one day old. In February 1879 he with his parents moved to Friend, Nebraska, where they resided for several years, later moving to Fullerton, Nebraska, where he and his father engaged in the Dray and Ice business. When his father moved to York, Nebraska, Frank went west and worked on a ranch in Wyoming for some time. In the year 1888 he came to Wolbach, as the manager and part owner of the Wolbach Lumber and Grain Co., continuing in such until 1890 when the firm of Bissell and Seavey was formed and has continued business until the present. A change having been made in the business from the Lumber to Hardware and Furniture in 1902. August 30th 1894 he was married to Miss Sarah Seavey of Union, N.Y. Mr. Bissell was one of the first in Wolbach and remained one of the foremost in his 30 years of business life. A true spirited man, his time, money, and influence were always freely given to promote the welfare of the community. He was ever a man of his convictions always standing four square before the world on any issue, whether he stood alone or with the masses. His integrity always unquestioned, he was universally respected by those who knew him best, loved. In his charities his left hand knew not what his right hand did. As a patriot he was especially interested in the work of the Red Cross. Thus by his death the community is made to mourn, the loss of a good citizen and a staunch friend. And his family keenly feel the loss of the devoted and loving husband, son and brother. He leaves to survive him, his wife, so well known in our midst, his mother, Mrs. Aaron Bissell of Hastings, Neb. W. H. Bissell of Beaver Crossing, and S. W. Bissell of Hastings, his brothers, Mrs. James Mailley, of Spangle, Washington, his sister, also one nephew and two nieces. "‘Tis well we never go this way again For though there’s joy, there’s so much pain. Besides how happy home will be To dwell forever there with He Who made that home for us." Services were conducted at the home by Rev. J. M. Johnson, and the Mason lodge of which he was a member and officer, took charge of the services at the cemetery. The Masonic and I.O.O.F. lodge marched in regalia to the cemetery. CARD OF THANKS – I wish to express my heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation of the kindness, love and sympathy extended to me, in this, the hour of my deepest sorrow, to my neighbors and friends; to the lodges; to those who assisted in the burial services; to those who contributed the beautiful floral offerings; to all who have tried to make the burden lighter. For by these acts have you shown the love and respect you felt toward my beloved husband, and I feel as tho’ the words of a clipping found in his pocket memorandum has been especially true of him. "Make it an aim in life to be a necessity that people can not do without. Make the world feel lonesome when you are gone." I thank you all. Mrs. F. W. Bissell.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 9, 1918

Sara R. (Seavey) Bissell, 1862-1919
Mrs. F. W. Bissell Passes Away – A wave of sadness passed over the community, Tuesday evening, when friends learned that Mrs. Frank W. Bissell passed away at her home in this city. She has been ill health for the past year. Funeral services will be held Friday at the M. E. church. Complete obituary next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 16, 1919
Mrs. Sara R. Bissell Gone – Sara R. Seavey was born in Union, Broome County, New York, August 8th 1862, was educated in the local schools; and grew into womanhood there. She with her mother came to Wolbach, Neb. in 1893 and made their home with Mr. F. E. Seavey a brother of Miss Seavey’s who had preceded them to this state by several years. In Sept 1894 she was married to Mr. Frank Bissell, a prominent citizen of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Bissell have made their home here thru out the years since their marriage, taking an active part in every phase of society tending to the progress of the community. For a number of years Messrs Bissell and Seavey were partners in business and during that time supported liberally all community enterprises, and since Mr. Bissell’s death about eighteen months ago. Mrs. Bissell has returned their interest in the Bissell & Seavey firm; and has continued their support to the public welfare. Mrs. Bissell being public spirited, patriotic and devoted to all that was good and noble, not withstanding her great love for her home, gave unsparingly, but painstakingly from her material possession, likewise from her abundance of energy, talent and tact to all these things. She has worked untiringly in various auxiliaries of the church; and for several years she and Mr. Bissell sang in the choir of the local Methodist church. She was a charter member of the local order of the Eastern Star and was highly revered by every member of both that and the Masonic Lodge. She was also a highly honored member of the Rebeccas. During the recent war Mrs. Bissell worked very faithfully in aiding the local Red Cross chapter in all its activities; and likewise evidenced her loyal Americanism in many other ways. For several months Mrs. Bissell has been in ill health; and for weeks suffered severely, yet almost silently. She departed this life October 14th, 1919 about seven o’clock P.M. in the same room of the Seavey home, where she and Mr. Bissell were married over 25 years ago.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 23, 1919

Susan Jane (Lenox) Bissell, 1862-1949
Susan Jane Bissell Succumbs Monday. Last Rites today – Funeral services will be held here this afternoon (Thursday) for Mrs. W. H. Bissell, 86, in the Dr. Holm home at 2 p.m. Mrs. Bissell passed away at the Dr. Holm home Monday morning. Rev. A. Clyde Ehert of North Loup will conduct the services. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers are: A. J. Larsen, Ted S. Smith, R. D. Miller, E. H. Davis, Gerald Perry and J. C. Wilson. The Methodist Junior Choir will sing: "Rock of Ages", "Old rugged Cross" and "No Night There." Mrs. Susan Jane Bissell, daughter of Washington and Martha Lenox, was born at DeKalb, Illinois, April 28, 1862 and died at the home of her daughter in Wolbach, Nebraska, January 3, 1949 at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 5 days. At the age of 16 she came to Nebraska with her parents, who located in Saline County, near Friend. On October 26, 1881, she was united in marriage to Watson H. Bissell at Friend, Nebraska. To this union 4 children were born, two of which, a son and daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are Mrs. Mabel C. Holm of Wolbach and Roy P. Bissell of Hastings, Nebraska. Three grandchildren, Charles E. Bissell of Hastings; Mrs. Betty J. Wibbels of Wolbach and Mrs. Dorothy H. Beethe of Tiburon, California. Four great-grandchildren: Dennis Bissell of Hastings; Alan and Gregg Wibbels of Wolbach and Susan Jane Beethe of Tiburon, California. Also her youngest brother, George Lenox of Curtis, Nebraska and 3 nephews and 4 nieces. With her husband she came to Wolbach, Nebraska in 1898. Later they lived in Maywood and Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. Then in the fall of 1925 they returned to Wolbach, where she has since resided. On February 28, 1946 she was widowed and has made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Holm. On August 25, 1946 she suffered a stroke which made her practically helpless. She very greatly appreciated the kindly attention and calls of her many friends. She has been a life-long, faithful member of the Methodist church. "It seems we cannot think of her as gone; She who loved us all so well; Who never spoke an unkind word to anyone, Nor ever murmured at whatever lot befell, But trusted in her God that all was well."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 6, 1949

Clara Jane (Harlow) Bradt Blodgett, 1858-1932
FIRST WOMAN MARRIED IN GREELEY COUNTY DIES – Last services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sowl’s chapel, Ord, for Mrs. Clara Blodgett, 73-year-old Ord woman who passed away on November 25 at the home of her son Archie Bradt, after an illness of several months. Rev. Mearl C. Smith conducted the last rites, interment being made in the Ord cemetery. Clara Jane Harlow was born Feb. 11, 1858 in Rock county, Wisconsin but as a girl came with her parents to Greeley county Nebraska. She was married there to Aaron V. Bradt on March 31, 1874, the ceremony having the distinction of being the first marriage performed within the confines of Greeley county. – Ord Quiz – Mrs. Blodgett, mentioned in the above item was the mother of Eddie Bradt of Lincoln, who formerly resided for a time in Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 8, 1932

Joe Calvin Bockoven, 1898-1923
JOE C. BOCKOVEN TAKES OWN LIFE – Well Known Young Man Leaves No Word as to Cause Leading to Self-Destruction – Saturday this community was shocked when word was passed around the Joe Calvin Bockoven, aged 25, had died suddenly as a result of a self-administered dose of strychnine. The news came as a shock, as the young man was in town the day before and was greeting and meeting his friends as usual. As near as we are able to obtain the facts Mr. Bockoven had but recently returned home after an absence of some duration. He went to the home of his mother and brother some two miles east of town. On Saturday morning he arose and asked his mother to make him some toast for breakfast. His mother complied with his request and he ate heartily. About 10 that morning Mrs. Bockoven, the mother, went to the mail box, leaving her son alone. A few minutes later she found him undressed, in bed and in convulsions. He lived but about an hour after her return to the house. He made no statement of any kind and left no word to anyone and the cause of his decision to leave these earthly cares will no doubt never be known. It is known, however, that he had prepared for self-destruction and only awaited the time when his mother went to the mail box, thus leaving him in the home alone. County Attorney Howard was called as acting coroner and learned that the young man’s death occurred as a result of a dose of strychnine self-administered. Joe Calvin Bockoven was born at Seward, Nebr., on April 7, 1898 and departed this life at his home near Wolbach, Neb., on May 12, 1923, aged 25 years, 1 month and 5 days. He leaves to mourn his death his mother, Mrs. S. F. Bockoven, three sisters, Mrs. C. J. DeLeat of Kearney, Neb., Mrs. Charles Moore of Reynolds, Neb., and Mrs. John Lind of Wolbach, Neb., four brothers, Charles and John of Lincoln, Neb., William of Aurora, Neb., and Bert at home. Mrs. DeLeat and Mrs. Moore were unable to be present at the funeral. Funeral services were held at the home two miles east of Wolbach on Monday, May 14, 1923 at 2:00 o’clock p.m. Rev R. A. White read the burial service and delivered the sermon from John 14:1. Mrs. H. G. Adams, Mrs. E. H. Davis, Mrs. A. H. Holm and Mrs. John Fox did the singing. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery in Wolbach. While the family has lived near Wolbach only about two years, they have nevertheless made many friends, all of whom most deeply sympathize with the members of the family in their sore bereavement. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness during the illness and death of our beloved son and brother. Also for the floral offerings and the ladies who did the singing. Mrs. S. F. Bockoven and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 17, 1923

August Boehm 1858-1925
Obituary – August Boehm was born in Lobsdorf, Saxony, Germany, November 18, 1858, and died at Wolbach, Nebraska at the home of his brother, Ernest Rother, February 24, 1925 aged 66 years, 3 months and 6 days. He emigrated to America in 1878 and stopped at Grand Island where he was employed by the R.R.Company several years. He helped to construct the first railroad through Idaho. Later he homesteaded in Greeley county near Wolbach, Nebraska. From that time he has lived in various parts of Nebraska. His last home was in Loup county near Ovitt until the last two months which he spent at the home of his half brother, Ernest Rother. He was taken with a paralytic stroke last fall and since that time his health kept failing until death. In infancy he was baptized and at the age of 14 was confirmed in the Lutheran church in the land of his nativity, and has adhered to the same ever since. He never was married and lived most of his time alone. He possessed a very kind and gentle character and was held in high esteem by his friends. He leaves to mourn the loss, two half brothers, Ernest Rother of Wolbach and Emil of Rockport, Missouri, 1 step brother, Herman Rother of Wolbach. His brother Fred preceded him in death about five years ago. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. A. White were held in the Lutheran church February 26 at 2 p.m after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. The surviving relatives have the sympathy of the community. CARD OF THANKS – We take this means of thanking all who helped us during the illness and death of our brother, August Boehm. We also are thankful for the beautiful flowers that were given. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rother and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 5, 1925

Louis H. Boesen, 1861-1938
Pioneer Called To Reward January 14 – Brief services in the Carl Bucy home with final rites in the Dry Creek Lutheran church near Dannebrog were held Monday for Louis H. Boesen pioneer resident of Howard and Greeley counties who passed away last Friday, January 14 following an illness of two months at the home of a daughter near this place. Interment was made in the Dry Creek cemetery with many friends in attendance paying their last respects. Services were conducted by the Rev. Emil Pedersen of Wolbach. Louis H. Boesen son of Hendrick and Hannah Boesen was born at Hartland, Wisconsin, August 25, 1861 and died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jacobsen of Wolbach on January 14, 1938, being 76 years 4 months and 21 days. In the year of 1878 on the 5th of June, he with his father and brother Peter came to Howard County, Nebraska, traveling through in a covered wagon and settling on a homestead, four miles northeast of Boelus. Here he spent his boyhood days. In 1880 he went to Wyoming where he was employed about two years. When he returned here he purchased a farm in Greeley County in 1893, and the remainder of his life was spent there and near Boelus. He was married to Masena Marie Madsen, November 27, 1882. Seven children were born to this union, two of these died in infancy. Mrs. Boesen died January 26, 1917 at their home near Wolbach. The children living are Mrs. Jorena Christensen, Boelus; Mrs. Anna Jacobsen, Wolbach; Mr. Hans Boesen, Wolbach; Mrs. Martha Brothwell, Chappell; and Mrs. Hilda Brothwell, Kimball. He leaves to mourn also one brother Chris H. Boesen of Boelus, 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren besides many other relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 20, 1938

Robert P. Bohan, 1923-2008 view obit

Rev. E. Bollman, 1933
Church Founder Passes Away – Many of the older residents of this community will remember Rev. E. Bollman as the one who organized Trinity Lutheran Church and the one who was the Pastor when the present church building was erected. His death recently occurred at his home in Schickley, Nebraska, and the remains were laid to rest beside a former wife at Davenport, Nebraska. Rev. Bollman arrived in Wolbach about January 1, 1903, having been sent under the auspices of the Nebraska Synod, and the Board of Home Missions. There was no organization of any kind to receive him. With much earnestness he began his work, and by February 22 of the same year he was ready to organize with a good following. Two of the charter members are still living here, Mrs. C. M. Anderson and Mrs. Betsey Seversen. By autumn of the first year the corner stone of the new church was laid and in mid-summer of 1904 the church costing $4000 was dedicated, all paid for except a loan of $500 from the Board of Church Extension. When he closed his work here he left behind him good sized congregation, Sunday School and an active Christian Endeavor Society. Four of the former members of the congregation are filling pulpits, three of whom were largely influenced by Rev. Bollman to study for the ministry. He "rests from his labors" and his "works do follow him." – Contributed.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 14, 1933

Siene Bolsen, 1855-1917
Obituary – Mrs. Siene Bolsen was born in Denmark, July 6, 1855 and died at her home 10 miles west of Wolbach in Greeley County, Nebraska, January 26, 1917, aged 61 years, 6 months and twenty days. In her infancy she was baptized and later confirmed in the Lutheran church in her native land. She was married to L. H. Bolsen in this country about November 27, 1884. To this union five children were born who with her husband, L. H. Bolsen are left to mourn her loss. One of these is Mrs. P. Jacobsen of Wolbach. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. White of Wolbach, at the home Monday, January 29, 1917 at 11:30 a.m. after which the remains were taken to the Danish church near Boelus where funeral services were conducted in the Danish language by Rev. J. C. Petersen of Dannebrog. Interment was in the cemetery near this church which is the home church of the family. The funeral services were largely attended, many of the members of the Danish Brotherhood of Wolbach being present and accompanying the family to the place of burial. The family is well known in Wolbach and have the sympathy of all.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 1, 1917

Marie Ernestine (Nuelle) Bombeck, 1865-1939
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. M. E. BOMBECK – Funeral services for Mrs. Marie E. Bombeck, for many years a resident of the Cushing community were held Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 2 o’clock from the Shelton Presbyterian church and interment was in Kenesaw cemetery beside the body of her husband. Rev. S. M. Snyder, pastor of the church, officiated. Mrs. Marie Bombeck, 74, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. Bucy, Friday evening at about 5 o’clock, after an illness of many months. Born in Hanover, Germany, on November 1, 1865, Marie Ernestine Nuelle spent her early life in her native country. At the age of 16 she came to this country, her family locating at Davenport, Iowa and later Neola, Iowa, where they lived for 25 years. On September 5, 1884, she was united in marriage to William H. Bombeck, the ceremony being performed at Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1909 they moved to Cushing, which place she resided until she came to Shelton last September. Mrs. Bombeck lived on a farm for 33 years and for 21 years she and her husband lived a retired life. Since the death of Mr. Bombeck more than a year ago, she had made her home here with her daughter most of the time. Surviving are four children, G. H. Bombeck, who has lived in the community south of Shelton for many years; Mrs. Clara Dutro, Korvel, Col.; Mrs. Pauline Worthington, Casper, Wyo., and Mrs. Frances Bucy, Shelton; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and a host of friends. Mrs. Bombeck was a member of the Lutheran church and had lived a Christian life. She was interested in the church and its work until failing health prevented her from taking an active part. The following six grandsons served as pallbearers: Cortland Bombeck, Billy Dean Bombeck, Gordon Bombeck, Bill Bombeck, Raymond Blue and Merle Hendrix. – Shelton News.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 9, 1939

William H. Bombeck, 1891-1938
Last Rites Held For Wm. Bombeck – Cushing Community Mourns Sudden Passing of Friend at Work Last Wednesday Morning – The Cushing community was stricken with grief Wednesday morning when it became known that "Billy" Bombeck had passed away while at his work near the North Loup River bridge. Due to his cheerful disposition his friends were numbered by his acquaintances, and he will be missed by all who knew him. Services were held in the Lutheran church Saturday afternoon at one o’clock with the Rev. W. J. Primrose conducting the last rites. Four nieces carried the flowers and five nephews and a cousin acted as pall bearers. Two selections were sung by the choir. After the services the body was laid to rest at Kenesaw, Nebraska, beside his father, who had recently preceded him in death. William H. Bombeck was born on November 9, 1891 at Neola, Iowa, and passed to his reward on September 7, 1938 at the age of 46 years, ten months and 28 days. He came to Cushing with his parents in 1909. On January 5, 1915 he was united in marriage to Ella Welch, going to Haswell, Colorado to make their home. To this union was born four children, one daughter Audrey Faye at home, and three sons, Kenneth H. of Hugo, Colorado and Gordon and Billy Dean at home. They had returned from Colorado in November 1935 due to the illness of his father. Besides his family and his mother three sisters and one brother are left to mourn his passing. His father preceded him in death four weeks. The sympathy of the Cushing and Wolbach communities are extended the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 15, 1938

William Henry Bombeck, 1854-1938
Wm. Bombeck Laid To Rest Thursday – Had Resided in Cushing Since 1909; Last Rites Conducted by Rev. Emil Pedersen – After an illness of almost seven years, most of which time he was bedfast, Wm. Bombeck, 84, of Cushing, passed away Tuesday afternoon of last week. Last rites were conducted at the St. John’s Lutheran Church at 1:00 o’clock Thursday with the Rev. Emil Pedersen in charge of the services. Interment was made in Kenesaw, Nebr. William Henry Bombeck was born April 22, 1854 at Stadesen, Province Hanover, Germany, and passed to his reward Tuesday morning, August 2, 1938, at the age of 84 years, three months and nine days. His death followed a severe heart attack at his home in Cushing. In 1881 he came to Chicago, Ill., and one year later moved to Neolam, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Marie Nuelle, September 6, 1884. To this union were born five children: George H. of Shelton, Clara Dutro of Karval, Colo., Pauline Worthington of Casper, Wyo., Will H. of Cushing and Francis Bucy of Shelton. He came to Cushing, in February 1909 and there he has since made his home. Besides his bereaved wife and children, he leaves to mourn fifteen grandchildren, a brother in Omaha and another brother in Germany, together with a host of other friends and neighbors. The Messenger joins the Cushing community in extending sympathy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 11, 1938

Penn Bond, 1939
Receives Word of Penn Bond’s Death – Word was received here last week of the death of Penn M. Bond, 39, formerly of Lincoln, at his home in San Pedro, Calif. His death occurred January 23. He leaves to mourn, his wife, a sister and brother. Mrs. Bond is well known here, before her marriage to Mr. Bond last March she was Carrie Keef-Cartwright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Keef. The Bonds had left for California last August where he had purchased a grocery store at Orange. His death followed a heart attack. The Messenger joins the community in extending sympathy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 2, 1939

Christen Borre, 1860-1946
Christen Borre, 86 Passes on Sat Eve. Services Were Wed. -- Again the grim reaper has entered our midst and has summoned Christen Borre from his family and from the community. Christen Borre was born at Stakkemarke, Denmark on October 8, 1860 and passed away at his home in Wolbach on December 14, 1946, at the age of eighty-six years, two months and six days. He was the son of Niels Borre and Carne Borre and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith while in his childhood. When nineteen years of age he came to America and took up work in Illinois where he remained for two years. In 1881 he came to Nebraska and settled on a farm near Bennett. On April 4th, 1884 he was united in marriage to Mary Peterson of Bennett. To this union nine children were born: Carrie, William, Rose, Anna, Frances, Alfred, Mabel, John and Lulu. He farmed in the vicinity of Bennett for about four years and in 1888 he moved with his family to Colorado, where they settled on a homestead. During their stay in Colorado they endured many hardships which may be well recalled by those of the pioneer days. In the year of 1907 they decided to move back to Nebraska and settled on a farm four miles southeast of Wolbach, where they lived for eleven years and which place he still owns. In 1918 he took up residence in Wolbach where he spent the remainder of his days. In 1920 he made a trip back to Denmark to visit his old homeland where he visited for about three months, but his land of choice which always remained dear to him was the good U. S. A. He was a member in good standing of the Danish Brotherhood Lodge. He was also interested in community welfare and served on the City Council in Wolbach. He was very loyal and devoted to his family and enjoyed his many friends. In his passing he leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, Mary Borre; seven children, William C. Borre, Wolbach; Alfred Borre, Omaha; Rose Hutchinson of Lincoln; Frances Johnsen of Omaha; Anna Brockway of Los Angeles, Calif; Mable Neumann of Cushing; Lulu Nealon of Wolbach and Carrie and John who preceded him in death; twenty-one grand children; 13 great grand children and a host of friends. Services were held Wednesday, 2:15 PM at the home and 2:30 PM at the Lutheran Church with Dr. C. B. Harman of Grand Island in charge.
Pallbearers were: Donald Borre, Wayne Borre, Jack Neumann, LeRoy Neumann, Orville Hutchinson and Kenneth Martin. Honorary Pallbearers were: Chris Casperson, Peter Rasmussen, Nels L. Hansen, Wm. Rasmussen, Paul Paulsen and Thorvald Christensen. "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer" was sung by Zola Grossart and Bonnie Bengtson and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" by the Lutheran Choir, with Zola Grossart, Organist. Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery. Those present at the services from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Johnson, Alfred Borre and Orville Hutchinson of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hutchinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Pine, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pine, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Masters, Mrs. Anna Petersen, Albert Petersen and Nels Jensen of Lincoln; Mrs. Minnie Larsen of Douglas; Mr. and Mrs. Hans Fredrickson of Giltner; Mrs. Anna Brockway, Los Angeles, Calif; Mrs. Wanda Nelson, Grand Island; Cpl Jack Neumann, San Antonio, Texas and Mrs. Clarence Fiese and Larry, Gothenburg.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, December 19, 1946

John Edward Borre, 1900-1933
John E. Borre Dies at G. I. Hospital -- John E. Borre, prominent and respected young business man of Wolbach, died early Friday morning February 10 at the General hospital at Grand Island. He became ill with an attack of appendicitis and was taken to the hospital on February 1, where he was operated upon. Complications set in and a second operation was performed on Tuesday, Feb 7 an abscess having formed. The following day he underwent a third operation, but death came in spite of skillful surgery and excellent care. The body was brought to Wolbach early Friday morning. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon Feb 12 at the Wolbach Methodist church at 2 PM. By 1:30 the church was filled and a very large number were unable to find room within the building. It was one of the largest funerals ever to be held in Wolbach. Rev. E. C. Morre of Guide Rock, a former Wolbach pastor, preached the sermon and offered many words of comfort to the mourning relatives. He was assisted in the service by Dr. R. A. White and Rev. H. A. Feldman, each of whom made short talks. Mrs. Adams at the piano was assisted in the music by Dr. Paul Bartunek who played several violin solos with her accompaniment. A quartet composed of Miss Ruth Savin, Miss Catherine McLaughlin, Clarence Davis and Miner Harris sang 2 numbers. Clarence Davis also rendered a vocal solo. A wealth of beautiful flowers were heaped about the altar and on the casket. The flower girls were Misses Doris Bryer, Lila Nelson, Vivian Borre, Doris Borre, Lorraine Borre, Wanda Borre, Leila Caudle, Lucille Cook, Mrs. Albert Werner of Peetz, Colo and Mrs. Seth Best of Calloway. The pall bearers were Ernest Thayer, Jr. Ernest Hansen, H. M. Hansen, Eddie Wight, A. J. Larsen and Leonard Winfrey. Members of the Masonic order attended in a body, the deceased being a prominent member in the local Masonic lodge. The Masonic services were conducted at the cemetery, led by Judge Ralph Haggart of St. Paul. The passing of Johnnie Borre is a great shock and great loss to this community. Having always appeared so active, so energetic and robust, it is difficult to realize that he has been taken. John Borre was one of Wolbach's most progressive businessmen. Starting about 9 years ago in a little grocery store on the corner, he applied himself with such industry and intelligence to his work that his business grew rapidly and he built up one of the finest grocery stores in the county. Taken in the prime of life, the entire community is stirred with sorrow and regret, and also a deep sympathy for the bereft wife, parents, brothers, sisters, and other relatives of John Borre. OBITUARY -- John Edward Borre was the 8th child of a family of 9, and the first to be called from this splendid family. He was born in Cope, Colorado, February 7th, 1900 and at the time of his death was 33 years and 3 days old. At the age of 7, he moved with his parents to Wolbach, Nebraska. In the year of 1922 he operated a motion picture show. Disposing of this in 1923 he entered the grocery business which he managed with unusual success until the time of his death. On June 14th 1925, he was united in marriage to Ann May Nelson. He was a devoted husband always thinking of the comfort and pleasure of his loving wife. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith March 24, 1921; was a member of the Wolbach A.F.&A. M. Lodge No. 292; and a member of the local Fire Department. He was kind and friendly and it was always his pleasure to lend a helping hand to those in need. He possessed a keen wit and enjoyed laughing and talking with his many friends. In the death of John Borre the community has lost a valuable citizen. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his departure his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Christen Borre, six sisters and 2 brothers: Mrs. Carrie Martin, Waverly, Nebr; Wm. C. Borre, Wolbach, Nebr; Mrs. Rose Hutchinson, Lincoln, Nebr; Mrs. Anna Brockway, Hollywood, Calif; Miss Francis Borre, Omaha, Nebr; Alfred Borre, Wolbach, Nebr; Mrs. Mable Neumann, Wolbach, Nebr; Mrs. Lulu Nealon, Wolbach, Nebr. "To him who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language; for his gayer hours She has a voice of gladness, and a smile And eloquence of beauty; and she glides Into his darker musings with a mild And healing sympathy, that steals away their sharpness ere he is aware. Not scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed By an unfaltering trust, he approached his grave Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams." Many Relatives and Friends Here to Attend Funeral -- Scores of relatives and friends from a distance were here last Sunday to pay their tribute to the memory of John Borre and attend the funeral services held during the afternoon. We cannot attempt to name all of them in the list given below: Miss Frances Borre of Omaha and Mrs. Rose Hutchinson of Lincoln, sisters of the deceased, and Mrs. P. O. Peterson of Lincoln, sister of Mrs. Christen Borre, Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson and daughter Lila of Broken Bow, Nebr., Mrs. John Stamps of Chicago and Mrs. Julia Martin of Council Bluffs, sisters of Mrs. Fred Nelson, Stanley Collins and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Collins of Council Bluffs, Mr. and Mrs. Seth Best of Callaway and Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Best of O'Conto, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Werner, Jr. of Peetz, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Julius Boyek and Mrs. Earl Adams of Grand Island, Messrs. Vic Smith and Lee Lacey of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stowell and Ed Dvorak of St. Paul, Several Masonic members from St. Paul. Two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Martin of Waverly and Mrs. Anna Brockway, Hollywood, California were unable to be present. CARD OF THANKS – The many tender courtesies extended to us in the loss of our beloved Johnnie are appreciated by us to their fullest extent, and will remain a great source of comfort to us in future years. Mrs. Ann Borre, Mr. and Mrs. Christen Borre and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nelson and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 16, 1933

Richard R. Bower, 1881-1936
Richard R. Bower Passes to Reward – The following notice of the death and obituary of R. R. Bower was sent to us by Mrs. A. L. Klinginsmith of Huston, Idaho. Many of our readers will remember Mr. Bower and join us in extending sympathy to the bereaved family. Richard R. Bower passed away January 15, 1936 at a hospital in Caldwell, Idaho, following an illness of a few days duration. Pneumonia and nephritis were the cause of his death. Funeral services were held at Robinson chapel, January 17th, 1936 at Nampa, Idaho and interment was made in Kohlerlawn cemetery there. The funeral was attended by his immediate family, with the exception of his only daughter, Florence, who was in the hospital in Caldwell recovering from an operation for appendicitis, his only sister, Mrs. Mabel Grammer, his sister-in-law, Mrs. A. L. Klinginsmith, and their families and a host of friends. There were many beautiful floral offerings. Mr. Bower was held in high esteem by his many friends and neighbors and will long be remembered for his cheerfulness and kindness to his family and friends. OBITUARY – Richard R. Bower was born at St. Paul, Nebraska, August 8, 1881 and died at Caldwell, Idaho, January 15, 1936. He was 54 years, 5 months and 7 days of age. Most of his life was spent in Nebraska, with the exception of 7 years spent in Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Mary Bower and three brothers, Walter, Frank and Eret. He was married to Minnie Grammer, January 9, 1904. To this union were born four sons, Lawrence, Harold, Glen and Raymond and a daughter, Florence, all of whom survive him. Two grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Mabel Grammer of Reynolds, Idaho, and a brother Lake, of Des Moines, Iowa also survive him.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 23, 1936

Dr. John E. Bowman, ca. 1878-1944
DIES SUDDENLY – Dr. John E. Bowman, 66, prominent Nebraska physician, died unexpectedly in an Omaha hospital last week. Dr. Bowman, whose home was Broken Bow, was a brother-in-law of Dave Keef of Wolbach. Funeral rites were held Sunday at Broken Bow. Surviving is his wife, Dr. Carrie L. Bowman, the former Carrie Keef of Wolbach. They received their education in medicine together.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, November 23, 1944

George Boyle, ca 1873-1936
Rites Held in Illinois For Former Publisher – Funeral services for Mr. George Boyle were held March 11 in his old family home at Lanark, Illinois, who passed away at Augusta, Wis., March 7, 1936 at the age of 63 years. His death was due to pneumonia. Many of our older residents and readers will remember Mr. Boyle as owner of this newspaper in 1904. While publisher of this newspaper he made many friends here and in the Cushing vicinity. On November 20, 1893 he was united in marriage to Harriet Bragg who together with his family now reside at Portland, Oregon. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and four children, namely: Muriel, Dean, Claude and Helen, a sister, Mrs. John Welsh passed away at her home in Cushing a few weeks ago. Mrs. G. N. Wilkins of Cushing, a niece, returned from Lanark Wednesday after having attended the last rites.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 19, 1936

Mahala Boyle, 1945
FUNERAL RITES HELD – Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock for Mrs. Mahala Boyle at the home of her niece, Mrs. Cora Wilkins, at Cushing.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, December 13, 1945

Frank Braddock, 1873-1937
Joint Services for Tragedy Victims – Joint funeral services for Abel Eastabrook, Greeley county’s last Civil War veteran and his son-in-law Frank Braddock, who took his own life after slaying the aged man, were held in the Volland Funeral Home in Hastings, Nebraska, Thursday, February 4, 1937. Mr. Braddock was buried in the Parkview cemetery at Hastings, after which Mr. Eastabrook was brought to Wolbach where services conducted by Rev. George M. Bing and in charge of the McIntyre mortuary were held at the Methodist church. [obituary of Eastabrook followed]… FRANK BRADDOCK – Frank Braddock was born March 21, 1873 near Decatur, Adams Co., Indiana. He was united in marriage to Miss Nora Eastabrook in Howard County, Nebraska in 1896. Three sons were born to this union, Raymond died in 1922, and Clyde of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Earl Braddock of Omaha, together with his wife, Mrs. Nora Braddock, his mother and one brother survive him. Mr. Braddock was a carpenter by trade, going from a farm in Greeley County, Nebraska to Hastings in 1913, where he resided until his death. Just prior to his tragic death he visited his aged mother at Page. For several years past, he has been very deaf, a circumstance that caused him to withdraw himself from others and fostered a spirit of brooding melancholy that gave color to his later life and actions.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 11, 1937

Charles Edward Bradley, 1912-1936
Death Calls Charles Bradley – Wolbach Community was grievously shocked Sunday evening when it was learned that one of its young business men, Charles Bradley, had passed away at a Grand Island hospital about ten o’clock P.M. Mr. Bradley had been subject to a heart ailment for some time, and an attack of influenza last week aggravated the condition by a pressure on the heart. Although his illness was known, it was not considered serious and his removal to a hospital early Saturday morning came as a surprise to his friends. Largely attended funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran church, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Walter Chittenden officiating. Pallbearers were: Chris Nielsen, Jacob Hansen, John Oakley, Jacob DeLaurant, Mike Fitzsimmons, and D. Cleve Jackson. OBITUARY – Charles Edward Bradley was born July 11, 1912 at Wolbach, and passed away at the hospital in Grand Island November 1, 1936, at the age of 24 years, 3 months and 20 days. He grew to manhood here, graduating from the local high school with the Class of 1930. For three years he attended the University of Nebraska. On September 23, 1935, he was united in marriage to Miss Blanche Bremer of Scotia. For some time he had been proprietor of the former Oakley Card Parlor. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Mrs. Edith Bradley, two sisters, Mrs. Olive Goins and Mrs. Carrye Grace Gilbert of Falls City, one brother, Harry of Madrid, Nebraska, his grandfather, James Kentz and two nephews Dean and Wayne Goins of Wolbach, two nephews at Scotia, three at North Platte and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 5, 1936

Cornelius Bradley, 1864-1928
Col. C. Bradley Meets Tragic Death – C. Bradley was instantly killed at about 1:30 p.m. last Saturday afternoon at Central City near the Union Pacific station when he was struck by the Gold Coast limited westbound passenger train. His body was dragged more than a hundred feet before the engine could be brought to a stop. Both legs were cut off below the knee and other injuries inflicted on his head and body. The Gold Coast Limited stops at Central City only to receive or discharge through passengers. It was not due to stop last Saturday and was traveling at about 25 or 30 miles an hour. When the engineer saw Mr. Bradley on the track he jerked open the whistle on the locomotive and slammed on the brakes. Hundreds of people soon gathered to the scene. Different stories about the tragedy were reported, but several people of Wolbach who hurried to Central City as soon as the sad message was received, feel satisfied, upon investigation, that Mr. Bradley met his tragic death entirely by accident. He had been discussing current questions with acquaintances a few minutes before he walked up the track, and evidently was crossing to go up town when he fell. Mr. Bradley had been in poor health for some time and was subject to faint spells. One of the witnesses of the accident said that Mr. Bradley’s legs seemed to give way under him as he crossed the tracks. It is said Mr. Bradley went to Central City Saturday morning expecting to take medical treatment. He had been planning to go to California soon to spend the winter. The body was brought back to Wolbach Sunday evening and funeral services held in Trinity Lutheran Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. W. L. Philley of Callaway, a close friend of the deceased had charge of the services, with Rev. White assisting. A very large crowd including a great many from out-of-town attended the funeral, and seldom has a more beautiful array of floral gifts been in evidence at a ceremony of this kind. The members of the local I.O.O.F. Lodge in which Mr. Bradley was affiliated, attended the funeral in a body and conducted their services at the grave in Hillside cemetery. The pall bearers were, Paul Paulsen, A. G. Perry, T. C. Sutton, Charles Christensen, Chris Mikkelsen, and Christen Borre. Mr. Bradley had been prominent in affairs in this section of the state for many years. He was rated as the wealthiest man in Greeley County owning a large number of farms and other property. The many acquaintances of Mr. Bradley will heartily endorse the tributes paid to him in the following obituary prepared by Rev. Philley. OBITUARY – Cornelius Bradley was born at Rodley, between Leads and Bradford on the river Ayr, Yorkshire, England, April 28, 1864, and there spent the early years of his life. When but a lad the spirit of venture arose in his mind and this led him from his home and native land across the turbulent Atlantic to America. On arriving in this country he came to Dubuque, Iowa, where amid friends and relatives, who had immigrated to this country before him, he lived and labored for several years. From Dubuque he went to South Dakota and there homesteaded and proved up on a piece of land, which became his first real estate holdings. During his days as homesteader, he was forced by circumstances to endure the trials, privations and hardships common to the pioneer adventurers who braved the wilds of the western frontiers to enlarge civilization’s horizon. He also had an experience while in Dakota which, no doubt, had much to do in leading him into his life’s work. On the day following the sale of his homestead it was resold for a price considerably above that which he had received for it. This awakened him to the possibility of financial success in real estate dealing and caused him to make the venture which afterwards brought him the success of which he dreamed. From Dakota he came to Nebraska and settled at Fremont. While living there and in that section of the state he became acquainted with Miss Cordelia V. Byrd of Cedar Bluffs, to whom he was united in marriage on April 26, 1886. To this union were born two sons: Oscar B. who passed away when four years of age, and Harry P. better know as Dick, who survives. Mr. Bradley moved from the eastern section of the state to St. Paul where he resided for a number of years. It was while living here that his son passed on, also his wife Mrs. Cordelia V. Bradley. On December 25, 1893, Mr. Bradley was united in matrimony to Miss Edith Jane Kintz which union was blest with three children: two daughters, Mrs. Olive Goins and Carrye Crayce, and one son Charles Edward, who with their mother and Dick survive to mourn his going. In 1901 Mr. Bradley and family came to Wolbach where he resided until his untimely and sad departure which occurred December 8, about 1:30 o’clock in Central City, Nebraska. During his residence in this section of the state, Mr. Bradley has toiled zealously, wrought wisely and builded well. To this, not only his material success but his friends who are many both here and elsewhere, give common testimony. They also testify to the fact that he was worthy, upright, straight-forward citizen, and a man of broad vision, quick reasonable and accurate conception, staunch convictions, high aspirations, sympathetic understanding and ever ready to give that kindly help and friendship which ennobles and gladdens life. His going is a distinct loss to the community and to his host of friends who with his immediate family are saddened beyond measure by his departure. "Builder of life, doer of deeds, Hoping forever that life’s best Could be gotten for all our needs Done is thy work, won is thy rest."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 13, 1928

George Irvin Bradley, 1893-1917
Obituary – George Irvin Bradley was born in Pottawatomie County, Iowa December 2, 1893, and died in Rochester, Minnesota February 27, 1917 aged 23 years, 2 months and 25 days. He had been ill for some time and went to Rochester in hopes of being restored to health, and while there passed quietly away. He leaves to mourn the loss his father and mother, three brothers and three sisters, all who were present at the funeral except the father, who is away taking treatment in a hospital, besides numerous other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Bradley home 10 miles east of Wolbach in Nance county, conducted by Rev. R. A. White of this place. Interment was at Fullerton cemetery. A large number of sympathizing friends attended the funeral and followed the remains to the final resting place. The deceased was well and favorably known in the community in which he lived as a model young man, a kind son, loving brother and congenial companion. His death is a loss not only to the family, but to the community in which he was so well known. The stricken family have the profound sympathy of all.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday March 8, 1917

August Brandt, 1858-1922
August Brandt was born in Strasund, Germany, April 28, 1858, and died at his home in Howard county, near Wolbach, Neb., on Friday morning, December 29, 1922, at the age of 64 years, 8 months and 1 day. He came to America in 1882, settling at Harvard, Ill., later moving to Seward, Neb. October 9, 1889 he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Irkfitz of Seward. To this union were born nine children – five girls and four boys, namely: Amelia Jackson, Lena Steensen, Bertha Olsen, Emma Brandt, Herman Brandt, Martha Schomburg, William Brandt, August Brandt, Jr. and Louis Brandt, all of whom are living. He is also survived by six grandchildren. He has lived near Wolbach for 19 years, and his children have largely grown up in the community. He was baptized in infancy and confirmed in youth in the Lutheran church of his native country, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach, in which all of his children were confirmed. August Brandt will be remembered as a good neighbor, an affectionate husband and a kind father. He will be sorely missed by the members of his family and by his many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. White in Trinity Lutheran church Sunday, December 31, 1922 at 2:00 o’clock p.m. after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. Representatives from the Royal Arcanum of Cedar Rapids, of which Mr. Brandt was a member, were present and brought flowers. The entire community will join in heartfelt sympathy for the surviving relatives. CARD OF THANKS – We desire to thank our many friends for their sympathy and helpfulness in the loss of our dear husband and father. Mrs. August Brandt and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 4, 1923

Herman August Lewis Brandt, 1890-1935
Herman Brandt Dies In G. I. Hospital Wed. – Citizens of Wolbach and community were grieved last night when the message reached here that Herman Brandt had passed away about 7:00 o’clock at the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island. Herman became seriously ill at his farm home in the Olive neighborhood north-east of town Friday night and was taken to the hospital Sunday. Monday morning he underwent an appendix operation. The appendix had ruptured previous to the operation and peritonitis was very apparent at that time. Herman has always been a strong and active personality and while his condition has been considered critical from the starting of his illness, his passing came as a distinct shock to members of the family and his many friends. Funeral arrangements have not been completed yet.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 14, 1935

Funeral Rites Held for Herman Brandt – The body of Herman Brandt, who died Wednesday evening of last week following an appendix operation at the hospital in Grand Island was laid to rest in Hillside cemetery Saturday afternoon. A brief funeral service was held at the home of his mother here where the body was taken from the McIntyre funeral parlor where it had rested since being brought from Grand Island. The condition of the roads would not permit the taking of the body to the farm home of the deceased. Funeral services were conducted in Trinity Lutheran Church by the pastor, Rev. Rhine assisted by Rev. Kaldahl. Pall bearers were Scott Barr, Emmet Wagner, John Caudle, Ernest Starr, Geo. Myers and Chris Lund. Zola Mae McIntyre, Wilma Marcoe, Lucille Barr and Virgene Wagner assisted with the beautiful and profuse floral offerings. Herman August Lewis Brandt was born March 24, 1890 at Cedar Rapids, Nebraska and died at the St. Francis Hospital, in Grand Island, February 13, 1935 at the age of 35 years 10 month and 20 days. When four years of age he moved with his parents to the vicinity of Wolbach where he resided the rest of his life. He was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran church at Cedar Rapids and was confirmed in Wolbach Trinity Lutheran church by the late Rev. Dr. R. A. White. On his twenty-fifth birthday March 24, 1924, he was united in marriage to Lela Silk who survives to mourn his passing. Besides his devoted wife he leaves a grief-stricken mother, Mrs. Minnie Brandt, five sisters and three brothers, namely: Mrs. Drew Jackson and Mrs. Joe Steensen of this community, Mrs. Bertha Olsen of Grand Island, Mrs. Ray Wilbur, Mrs. Gus Schomburg and William Brandt, also of this vicinity, August and Louis living at home with the mother, many other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father who passed away in 1922. "There is no death! The dust we tread Shall change beneath the Summer showers, To golden grain or mellowed fruit, Or rainbow tinted flowers. There is no death! The leaves may fall And flowers may fade and pass away; They only wait through wintry hours The coming of the May. There is no death! An angel form Walks o’er the earth with silent tread; He bears our best loved things away; And then we call them "dead." But ever near us, though unseen, The dear immortal spirits tread; For all the boundless universe Is life – There are no dead." Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Bertha Olsen and daughter Marcella of Grand Island, Miss Eva Fox, Everett Fox, Will Huffman, Dale Huffman and Lee Silk all of Red Oak, Ia. The profound sympathy of the community at large is extended to the bereaved family. Card of Thanks – We are deeply grateful to our neighbors and many friends for assistance given, kindness shown and sympathy extended us in the hours of sorrow following the death of our beloved husband, son and brother, and for the many beautiful floral tributes. We trust that each and all of you may accept this expression as personally addressed. Mrs. Lela Brandt, Mrs. Minnie Brandt and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 21, 1935

Minnie Hannah (Irkfetz) Brandt, 1872-1944
DEATH TAKES MRS. BRANDT – Funeral Services Are Held Sunday For Long Time Wolbach Resident – Mrs. Minnie H. Brandt, who lived in Wolbach for 40 years, died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Soren Olsen, in Grand Island. Mrs. Brandt, 71, had been in ill health for many months. She had made her home in Grand Island since last July. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at two o’clock at the Trinity Lutheran church in Wolbach. Rev. C. B. Harman, supply pastor, officiated. Burial was in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers: Scott Barr, C. M. Anderson, Gus Rother, Emmett Wagner, William Borre and John Berney. Mrs. Brandt, whose maiden name was Minnie Hannah Irkfetz, was born November 18, 1872, daughter of William and Carolina Irkfetz. She became a member of the Lutheran church when she was a young girl. On October 3, 1888, she was married to August Brandt. To this union nine children were born. One son, Herman, and a daughter, Lena, preceded her in death. Mr. Brandt died December 27, 1922. Mrs. Brandt was a member of the Rebekah and Royal Neighbors lodges. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Drew Jackson of Armona, Cal.; Mrs. Roy Wilbur of Hanford, Cal.; Mrs. Gus Schomburg and Mrs. Soren Olsen of Grand Island; and three sons, William and August of Wolbach, and Pfc. Louis E. Brandt, Fort Custer, Mich. A sister, Amelia Wyman, of Homedale, Ida., also survives. Out-of-town relatives here to attend the last rites were Mrs. Drew Jackson, Armona, Cal., Mrs. Roy Wilbur, Hanford, Pfc. Louis E. Brandt, Fort Custer, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Soren Olsen and daughter, Marcella, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Schomburg, Grand Island.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, March 23, 1944

William Carl Brandt, 1903-1946
Last Rites for Wm. Brandt Here Saturday Afternoon – Last rites were held for Wm. Brandt 2:15 Saturday afternoon at the McIntyre Funeral Home and 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, with Dr. C. B. Harman officiating. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery. The following songs were sung by the Lutheran choir, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "I Need Thee Every Hour" accompanied by Zola Grossart. Pallbearers were: Scott Barr, J. C. Wilson, Wm. Borre, Emmett Wagner, Ray Winfrey and Joe Steenson. William Carl Brandt, son of August and Minnie Brandt, was born June 13, 1903 in Howard County. He passed away December 25, 1946 at his home in Wolbach at the age of 43 years, 6 months and 12 days. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. His entire life was spent in the vicinity of Wolbach. He was united in marriage in 1929 to Alvina Toll of Grand Island. To this union two children were born, a son, Melvin and a daughter, Helen. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and children, four sisters, Mrs. Drew Jackson, Aroma, California; Mrs. Roy Wilbur, Hanford, California; Mrs. Soren Olsen and Mrs. Gus Schomburg, both of Grand Island; and two brothers, August and Louis Brandt, both of Wolbach. His mother and father, a sister Lena and a brother, Herman preceded him in death.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1947

William Bratje, 1883-1922
Obituary – William Bratje was born in Naundorf, Oldenberg, Germany on June 22, 1883 and died in Wolbach, Neb., April 30, 1922, aged 38 years, 10 months and 8 days. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in his native land. About 1907 he came to America and most of the time since has made his home with Asmus Lange, near Wolbach. He has no relatives in this country. Funeral services were held from the Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. R. A. White, Monday May 1, 1922 at 2:30 p.m. after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillsdale (sic) cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 4, 1922

Anne M. Brannen, d. 2010 view obit

Dorothy (Vogeler) Bredthauer, 1852-1926
ELDERLY WOMAN PASSES AWAY The many friends and relatives of Mrs. Wm. Bredthauer, Sr. were grieving to hear of her death last Saturday morning. Mrs. Bredthauer was dearly loved by all who knew her, and her departure is a distinct loss to the community. Mrs. Dorothy Bredthauer, nee Vogeler, was born February 11, 1852, in Mardorf, Hanover, Germany. In early infancy she was baptized in the Lutheran Church. and later at the time of her confirmation renewed her baptismal covenant. On September 5, 1869, she was married to Mr. Wm. Bredthauer. The Lord richly blessed this union with 13 children, 5 of whom died in infancy. On February 28, 1914, her husband preceded her to his eternal home. In June, 1883, Mr. and Mrs. Bredthauer came to America, and settled in Ord, Nebraska, where they remained until 1903, when they located on a farm near Scotia. During the last year Mrs. Bredthauer was ill quite frequently. On January 3, she again suffered an attack of illness but no one imagined it would prove fatal. However, last Wednesday, her attending physician pronounced her recovery doubtful, and from that time on she sank rapidly, and fell asleep, Saturday morning, January 9, at 8:45 a.m. She relied only upon the merits of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and she was ready and prepared to die and be with her Savior whom she confessed in life and death. She leaves to mourn her departure six sons and two daughters, one sister and six brothers (the sister and two brothers still living in Germany), twenty-nine grand-children, and seven great grand-children. She reached the age of 73 years, 10 months and 28 days. The cause of her death was given as acute gall bladder disease, followed by kidney trouble with complications. May God comfort the mourners and may He grant them strength also to continue in faith unto the end.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, January 14, 1926, pg. 1, column 3

Pete Brems, 1946
DIES IN SEATTLE – Mrs. Jacob DeLaurant received a telegram Thursday stating that her brother-in-law, Pete Brems of Seattle, Wash., had passed away Tuesday. Mr. Brems suffered a stroke of paralysis some time ago.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, May 23, 1946

Bressler Infant, 1928
Bressler Infant Dies – A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bressler last Sunday night lived but 24 hours, passing away on Monday evening. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Braymen were held at the home Tuesday afternoon and the little body was taken to Fullerton for burial. CARD OF THANKS – Friends and neighbors were very kind and sympathetic on the occasion of our recent bereavement in the loss of our infant son and we extend our thanks to all. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bressler.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 13, 1928

Lloyd Carl Brinkman, 1929-2008 view obit

Anna Mary (Elstermeir) Brown 1873-1926
OBITUARY Anna Mary Elstermeir was born in Germany, on the 27th of October, 1873 and departed this life on May the 6th, 1926. At the time of her death she was 52 years, 4 months and 9 days old. She was married to Herman Brown August the 16th, 1892 at the home of his father. To this union were born two children, Otto F. Brown of this place and Frieda Buswell, of Grand Island. She was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in childhood. She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted husband, two children and two grand children, Earl and Lucille Buswell, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted last Saturday afternoon by the Rev. E. V. Price of the Scotia Methodist Church and interment was made in the Mount Hope cemetery.
The Scotia Register Volume XXXII, Thursday, May 15, 1926, pg. 5, column 3

D.S.C. Brown, ca.1873-1923
FULLERTON MEN KILLED BY TRAIN – Union Pacific Fast Mail Train Hurls Auto and Men Over One Hundred Feet – Failing to heed the order to “Stop, Look and Listen” the lives of A. L. Wolles, aged 55 and D. S. C. Brown, aged 50, were instantly snuffed out when the auto in which they were riding was hit by the Union Pacific fast mail train near Central City last Saturday.  Both men were residents of Nance County, and were known to several Wolbach people.  A special to the World Herald from Central City gives the following account of the accident: A. L. Wolles, 55, a retired farmer of Fullerton, Neb., and D. S. C. Brown, 50, prominent stockman of Nance county, were both instantly killed this afternoon when the automobile in which they were returning to Fullerton was struck by a Union Pacific fast mail train on the Lincoln highway crossing two miles east of Central City.  The automobile was hurled 120 feet. The train was travelling 55 miles an hour, it was said.  Nearly every bone in Mr. Brown’s body was broken.  Mr. Wolles was at the wheel.  No one saw them drive upon the crossing, but as Mr. Wolles was not familiar with a Buick car it is believed he was unable to stop the car in time.  The crossing is not obscured.  The two men had been at Henry Stubbe’s farm where Brown was buying a calf.
Wolbach Messenger , Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 5, 1923.

Fred P. Brown, 1921-1944
Fred P. Brown Is Killed In Action – Fred P. Brown, seaman first class, has been killed in action, according to word received Sunday by his mother, Mrs. Nellie Brown, from the War Department. The message said that a letter would follow. Mrs. Brown last heard from her son on August 22. He entered the service October 8, 1941.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, September 7, 1944
Receives Letter From Son’s Friend – Mrs. Nellie Brown last week received a letter from Gordon K. Williams, telling of her son, Fred P. Brown, first class seaman, who was killed in action a few weeks ago. The letter: "For many days now I have been trying to write to you, but I always have to give up because nothing that I say seems to sound right. First of all, I would like to tell you what Freddie meant to me. I first met him on August 11 in 1943, and had been with him every day until that day a little over a year later when he was killed. The first day I met him we became the best of friends. I know that a better friend I’ll never find. Everywhere that Freddie went he was liked by all. I have never in my life seen anyone who could make friends and keep them, as he did. He had the courage of two men and, no matter what happened, he was never shaken or became excited by anything. He died instantly. Thank God for that – so many have to suffer. I am sure if he had known what was going to happen he would have still faced it without a sign of fear. Many nights we sat and talked for hours of nothing but home. I feel as though I know Wolbach as I know my own town of Spokane. He told of times he used to have in high school, etc., and how lucky he was to have such a swell Mother. I know what a terrible blow it must have been to you to receive the news of his death, and I hope that I am not causing you further pain by writing this letter. If there is anything I can do or anything you wish to know, please do not hesitate to write and ask me. Please believe me that he died for a great cause so that others may have peace and freedom and through your loss the whole world has gained. His name will go down in history, along with the many others who have given their lives so that we, the living, can enjoy the fruits of freedom. My only hope is that I am able to serve my country half as well as he did."
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, October 12, 1944
Military Services to Be Held Here For Fred P. Brown – Max Marco, local commander of the American Legion received notice this week that the body of Fred P. Brown, S1c U. S. Navy arrived in San Francisco, California March 23. Mr. Marco explained further that the body would be shipped form San Francisco to the Quartermaster Depot at Kansas City and it is expected according to information that he received that there would be a period of one to four weeks before the body will be received here. The Local Legion is making arrangements to hold military services for the first of the war dead to be returned to this community. Fred Brown is the son of Mrs. Nellie M. Brown of Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 25, 1948
Military Services Held Here Tuesday For Fred P. Brown; First War Dead To Be Returned To This Community – Body Returned from Guam; Accompanied Here By Escort – The remains of Fred P. Brown S1c U. S. N. son of Mrs. Nellie M. Brown, were brought here accompanied by an escort, L. A. Funk, CWT U.S. N. Monday and services were held Tuesday afternoon 1:45 at the McIntyre Funeral Home and 2:00 at the Lutheran church. The military rites were taken care of by 50 local veterans, who marched in procession from the Funeral Home to the church, where services were conducted by Dr. Harman. After the church service the procession continued to the Hillside cemetery where the prayer was given by Dr. Harman, followed by taps and the firing of three volley salute over the grave of the departed comrade. Chief Funk, the escort of the body folded the flag and gave it to the bereaved mother. The procession was formed as follows: the funeral coach was in the lead with three pallbearers on either side; the color bearer and color guards were directly behind the coach, followed by the bugler, firing squad, the family of the deceased and the minister, with Legionnaires and Auxiliary completing the procession. The body of "Freddy" Brown was the first of the war dead to be returned to this locality. All of the local veterans turned out to pay their last respects in a very impressive fashion to a departed comrade in arms. The remains were brought from Guam to the Quartermaster Depot in Kansas City, Mo. several weeks ago and were brought on to Wolbach by an escort who also aided in the procedure of military rites. Fred P. Brown, foster son of Mrs. Nellie Brown was born October 31, 1921 at Rapid City South Dakota. He grew to manhood at Wolbach and was graduated from the Wolbach High School in 1941. "Freddy" as he was called by all who knew him, was a true and loyal friend. Always ready to lend a helping hand, was more than willing to do all he could to make the burdens lighter for his mom. At one time he was a member of the Boy Scouts. He attended the Lutheran Sunday School and Church. He was a great lover of sports always taking an active part. He enlisted in the United States Navy October 10, 1941 holding the rank of Seaman First Class at the time of his death. At the time of his death on the Pacific Island of Guam, August 24, 1944 he was 22 years, 9 mo. and 23 days old. With military escort, L. A. Funk, CWT, U.S.N. his remains returned April 12, 1948. Survivors are his mother and foster sister, Mrs. Mabel Hamel of Salem, Oregon and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 15, 1948

Hannah Elizabeth Ann (York) Brown, 1917
OBITUARY – Hannah Elizabeth Ann York was born in Bangor Maine, Died December 31, 1917 at the age of 74 year 9 months and 3 days. Early in life at the age of 8 yrs. She was left an orphan and between the age of eleven and twelve she with those who had care of her came to Stark County, Illinois, and at the age of 15 was united in marriage to Charles E. Brown, who proceeded her to rest two years, months (sic) and three days. To this union was born fourteen children seven of which are living. There is left to mourn the loss of a mother Mrs. Lizzie Johnson, Schuyler, Nebr., Mrs. Geo Clay, Taylor, Nebr., Mrs. Mack Wade, Hertel, Wis., Horace C. Brown, Colfax, Ia., Mrs. Lewis Glass, Wolbach, Nebr., Sidney Brown and Harry Brown, Cushing, also Mrs. Cris Wisser of Cushing who has devoted the last fifteen years of her life to the care of her mother and father. Some forty years ago Mr. and Mrs. Brown were converted and united with the Baptist church. She remained a member of the same until the end. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Wolbach, Rev. Johnson officiating. Interment was made in Cushing Cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 3, 1918

Albert Browne, 1876-1933
Albert Browne Buried in Wolbach Cemetery – Albert Joseph Browne, a brother of Mrs. Mary Bower and Harry Browne of Wolbach, passed away suddenly with heart trouble at his home at Pryor, Oklahoma February 21, 1933. As Mr. Browne and his wife had resided only a year or so in Oklahoma, it was decided that burial would be made here. The body arrived here Sunday and funeral services were held Mon. Feb. 27 at Trinity Lutheran church, with Dr. R. A. White in charge. Burial was made in Hillside cemetery with services at the grave conducted by the Masonic order of Wolbach. Mr. Browne was born near Bloomville, Ohio, February 5, 1876, and lived 57 years and 16 days. He was in the Santa Fe railroad service 23 years. Beginning at Toledo, Ohio, then transferred to Mount Carmel, Illinois, and later to Needles, California. He was an engineer at the time of his retirement, which was due to the affliction of heart trouble that caused his sudden death. While at Mount Carmel, he became affiliated with the Masonic and Eastern Star orders. In the Masonic Order he was a Shriner. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Mrs. Zilliah Browne of Pryor, Oklahoma, a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Albright of Needles, California; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Bower of Wolbach, Nebraska, Mrs. Sarah Thomas of Toledo, Ohio, and Mrs. Ardell Haeffer of Bucyrus, Ohio; one brother, Mr. Harry Browne of Wolbach, one grand-daughter, 14 nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The surviving relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 2, 1933

Blanche B. (Wight) Browning, 1888-1936
Mrs. Browning Is Laid to Rest – The death of a former resident Mrs. Blanche Browning, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tommy Shields at Central City, plunged this community into sorrow Friday. A resident of this community nearly 48 years, her death will be grieved by all who knew her. Her death was caused by cancer and although she had been ill for some time it was not until the past few weeks that her condition became serious. Brief funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Weeks in St. Paul Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. Primrose. In the afternoon largely attended Eastern Star services were held at the Methodist church here with Rev. F. A. Feldman conducting the last rites. Interment was made in Hillside cemetery with the following acting as pall bearers: Ernest Perry, Charlie Smith, Alfred Larsen, George Herman, Ernest Hansen and Ed Johnson. OBITUARY – Blanche B. Wight was born February 2, 1888 near Wolbach and departed this life at the home of her daughter at Central City, Nebr., January 11, 1936 at the age of 47 years, eleven months and nine days. She was united in marriage to Vernon C. Browning April 11, 1909. To this union three children were born, namely: Mrs. Maxine Weeks of St. Paul, Nebr., and Mrs. Wanda Shields of Central City, Nebr., one daughter died in infancy. She also leaves to mourn her passing three grandchildren, David and Rosemary Weeks and Tommy Lynn Shields; four sisters, Mrs. Hattie Keef of Wolbach, Mrs. Nora Perkins of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Pearl Bradt of Lincoln, Nebr., and Mrs. Mildred Winfrey of Grand Island, Nebr., and one brother, Edgar A. Wight of Wolbach. Mrs. Browning was a member of the Methodist church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star chapter, of which she was a Past Matron. She was assistant postmaster here for twelve years. In the death of Mrs. Browning this community has lost a kind and loving mother, sister and a friend and neighbor. "There is a World above Where parting is unknown A whole eternity of love Formed for the good alone. And faith beholds the dying here Transplanted to that happier sphere." – Selected – The profound sympathy of this community is sincerely extended to the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 16, 1936

John Bruna Sr., 1846-1940
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR JOHN BRUNA AT CEDAR RAPIDS – Funeral services for John Bruna, Sr., 93, pioneer of Nebraska, were held from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at Cedar Rapids, April 17. Mr. Bruna was the father of Mrs. John Wanek of northeast of Wolbach. He was born in Austria in September, 1846, and came to the United States as a young man. After living in Dodge and Greeley counties he moved to Nance county where he made his home with his son, John Jr. He had recently moved to Fullerton where he passed away. He was married to Frantiska Charvat in 1879 and 14 children were born to their union of whom eight survive.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 2, 1940

Frank Leon Bryer, 1904-1937
Bryer Rites Are Held This Morning – Last rites were conducted for Frank Leon Bryer, 32, with regiuem (sic) mass in the St. Joseph’s Catholic church this (Thursday) morning. Interment was made in the Hillside cemetery with a great number of relatives and friends paying their respects. Frank Leon Bryer was born November 7, 1904 at Wolbach, Nebraska, son of Frank P. Bryer and Nellie Baird and departed this life at the University hospital in Omaha, Monday June 21, 1937 at 11 p.m. following an illness of six weeks. He had attained the age of 32 years, seven months and fourteen days. He had grown to manhood in this community on a farm north of town, for some time he was employed in a filling station at Greeley, later going to Omaha where he had a position with the Omar Baking Co. Surviving are his loving wife, his mother, Mrs. Nellie Bryer, three sisters, Jessie Stepp and Miss Marguerite Bryer of Wolbach and Mrs. Doris Stepp of Douglas, Wyoming and one brother Donald (Bill) Bryer of Douglas, Wyoming besides a host of other relatives and friends. Frank Bryer, who graduated from the local high school in 1924 will be missed by all who knew him.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 17, 1937

Frank Prothreo Bryer, 1880-1925
DEATH CLAIMS FRANK BRYER – Highly Respected Citizen Goes to His Reward – One of the saddest events that has taken place in this community for some time occurred last Sunday morning when death claimed Frank Bryer at the hospital in Grand Island where he had been seriously ill for several weeks. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. E. C. Moore and Rev. R. A. White. The Odd Fellow lodge had charge of the burial services and the Rebekahs attended in a body. As usual, the business places were closed during the funeral and an exceptionally large number were present to show their deep regard for the deceased and his family. OBITUARY – Frank Prothreo Bryer was born in Lancaster, Wis. November 11, 1880 and died in Grand Island November 29, 1925, aged 45 years and 17 days. He moved with his parents to Wolbach in 1890 locating on the farm now owned by Ben Mahrs, north of town, where he lived until a few years before he was married. He was united in marriage to Nellie Baird on December 28, 1903, and to this union were born five children, namely: Frank, Jessie, Dorris, Donald and Marguerite. He was universally known in this community. He was a dutiful son, a loving husband and father respected and loved beyond words by his children. His kind disposition endeared him to all who knew him and he numbered his friends by his acquaintances. Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his loss, his aged father and mother, one brother, one sister, one brother having preceded him to the great beyond. He also leaves a host of friends which were manifest a few days ago when his neighbors and friends performed a task which expressed their love and kindness.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 3, 1925

Matilda Elinor (Park) Bryer, 1851-1936
Pioneer Woman Is Laid To Rest – Funeral services for Mrs. Wm. Bryer, an early pioneer of this community, were held at the Trinity Church in Wolbach Thursday afternoon with last rites conducted by Rev. Walter Chittenden. Interment was made in Hillside cemetery with Glenn Bryer, Floyd Bryer, Harold Eisenhauer, Max Stepp, Mike Fitzsimmons and Ed Allen as pallbearers. OBITUARY – Matilda Elinor Park was born at Little Grant, Wisconsin, September 5, 1851. She passed away at her home in Wolbach, October 5, 1936 at the age of 85 years and 1 month. She was married to Wm. Bryer April 22, 1875 at North Andover, Wisconsin; moving to Corning, Iowa shortly after their marriage. In 1890 they moved to Nebraska, locating on a farm near Wolbach. In 1908 the family moved to Wolbach where the family home has since been maintained. To Mr. and Mrs. Bryer were born four children: Tom, Nettie, George and Frank. Her husband and two sons, George and Frank, preceded her in death. Besides her son and daughter she leaves to mourn her passing, 9 grand children and 6 great grand children and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 15, 1936

Nettie Lou Bryer, 1882-1946
Last Rites Held for Miss Nettie Bryer Here Last Friday – Last rites were held for Miss Nettie Bryer Friday afternoon at 2:15 o’clock at McIntyre Funeral Home and 2:30 at the Trinity Lutheran church, Rev. C. B. Harman officiating. Pallbearers were: Algie Wibbels, Harold Neumann, Archie Nelson, C. M. Anderson, E. L. Johnson and W. L. Cartwright. The choir sang "My Faith Looks Up to Thee" and "Abide With Me." Burial was in the Hillside cemetery. "The Royal Neighbors" of which she was a member attended in a body. Nettie Lou Bryer, daughter of William and Mathida Bryer was born at Corning, Iowa June 18, 1882 and passed away at Engleside, Nebr., September 17, 1946 at the age of 64 years 3 months and 1 day. She came to Nebraska with her parents in the year of 1890 when they located on a farm north of Wolbach. In 1911 they moved to town, where she spent the rest of her life until 7 years ago, when she became ill and has been confined to a hospital since. She suffered greatly the last two years and our sorrow at losing her is tempered by the thought that she is now at rest, after long hours of pain. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers and leaves to mourn her death one brother, Thomas of Wolbach and family and the family of her brother Frank and many friends. Nettie was a kind and faithful daughter. She spent many years taking care of her aged parents. Among those attending the funeral out of town were: Mrs. Max Stepp and daughter of Greeley, Floyd Bryer and Helen Foster of Grand Island and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stiles.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 26, 1946

Thomas William Bryer, 1876-1948
Last Rites Held For Tom Bryer Here Mon. Afternoon – Funeral services were held for Thomas William Bryer, 72, Monday afternoon, November 29 at 2:00 o’clock at McIntyre Funeral Home and at 2:15 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Dr. C. B. Harman officiating. Interment in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leon Berney, Garrett Wibbels, Algie Wibbels, Archie Nelson, Virgil Haggstrom and Wayne Devoss. The Lutheran Junior Choir, accompanied by Zola Grossart, sang "He Knows It All", "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", and "God Be With You." Thomas William Bryer, son of William and Matilda Bryer, was born at Lancaster, Wisconsin, November 5, 1876, and passed away November 27, 1948 at the age of 72 years and 22 days. He was baptized in early infancy in the Presbyterian faith. He spent his early boyhood days in Wisconsin and he then moved with his parents to Iowa which was his home for a short time. He moved from Iowa to Greeley County in 1890 and settled on a farm 5 miles north of Wolbach. In 1898 he returned to Wisconsin and attended Business College. In 1900 he purchased a farm 6 miles north of Wolbach and was then united in marriage to Mary Laurena Payne in 1902. To this union were born four children. He was a loving and devoted husband, he was very thoughtful and a good father, and was respected in the community and was ready to help others in time of need. Being in poor health they moved to Wolbach in 1945 where he lived the remainder of his life. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and four children, Glenn of Wolbach; Mrs. Grace Eisenhour (sic) and Mrs. Fern Eisenhour both of Santa Rosa, Calif. And Floyd of Tillamook, Oregon; 12 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Those attending the services from out-of-town were: Mrs. Edw. R. Hansen, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Payne, Eli; Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Woodley, Mrs. Mame Spencer and Mrs. Lloyd Bomgardnes, Spalding; Mrs. Fred Eisenhour and Mrs. And Mrs. Harold Eisenhour of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Mr. Floyd Bryer and Miss Helen Foster, Tillamook, Oregon.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 2, 1948

William Bryer, 1852-1934
Death Summons William Bryer – After several weeks illness William Bryer passed away at the family home early Sunday morning. Mr. Bryer, a resident of Wolbach for the past 22 years has always been a familiar figure on our streets until the past summer when his friends began to notice his failing health. Not until the past few weeks, however, has he been confined entirely to his home and bed, growing gradually weaker until the end came peacefully Sunday. The deceased was born March 3, 1852 at Llatarnam, County Surrey, England and died November 18, 1934 at the age of 82 years, 8 months and 14 days. He was baptized in infancy in the Episcopal church. After the death of his father he came to America at the age of 18, leaving England January 29, 1870. On his arrival he located at Bloomington, Wisconsin. The only surviving members of the family, his mother and sister, followed him to Wisconsin from England a few years later, where they lived until their demise a number of years ago. He was united in marriage to Eleanor Mathilda Bark at North Andover, Wisconsin, April 22, 1875 moving from there to Corning, Iowa. In 1890 the family moved to Nebraska locating on a farm near Wolbach where they lived until 1908, when he with his wife and daughter, Nettie moved to town where they have resided since. Surviving to mourn his departure are his wife and daughter, still living at home, a son Tom living north of town, and nine grand children. Four great-grand-children also survive. Two sons preceded him in death, George at the age of ten years and Frank who passed away in 1925. Besides his family he will be greatly missed by a legion of friends both young and old who always enjoyed his kindly interest in everyday events and his never failing sense of humor. Funeral services were held in Trinity Lutheran Church at 2:00 o’clock Tuesday afternoon conducted by the pastor, Rev. Rhine. Interment was made in Hillside cemetery. His grandsons, Frank, Glenn, Floyd and Donald Bryer, Harold Eisenhauer and Max Stepp acted as pall bearers. Attending the funeral from a distance were: Mr. and Mr. George Whitney of Fullerton. The profound sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 22, 1934

Fern Buck, 1921-2009 view obit

Hattie Viola (Clapp) Bucy, 1887-1946
Last Rites Held for Mrs. George Bucy Tuesday Afternoon – Last rites were conducted here 4:00 p.m. Tuesday by Rev. V. E. Bell at the Methodist Church for Hattie Viola Bucy, who passed away at Oak Park, Minnesota, October 26. Hattie Viola Clapp was born at Silver Creek, Nebraska, February 5, 1887 and passed away at her home in Oak Park, Minn. on October 26, 1946 at the age of 59 years 8 months and 21 days. On April 15, 1906 she was united in marriage to Geo. Bucy at her parents home near Wolbach. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Erma Jacobsen of Oak Park, Minn. and Carl Bucy of Wolbach. In 1939 she moved to Minnesota which has been her home since. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Cushing. Surviving is her husband, two children four grandchildren, two brothers, Albert Clapp, Yoder, Wyoming and Sidney Clapp, Orville, Washington; one sister, Mrs. Flora Bucy, Wilder, Idaho and a host of friends. Pallbearers were: Andrew Christensen, C. P. Christensen, John Madsen, Paul Anderson, J. C. Wilson and David Bengtson. "Beautiful Isle" and "Rock of Ages" were sung by the Methodist choir and "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer" by Zola Grossart and Bonnie Bengtson with Mrs. Helen Adams, pianist. Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery. Relatives from out of town attending last rites for Mrs. George Bucy were: George Bucy and Mrs. Jess Jacobsen, Oak Park, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Redy Bucy and Mrs. Merle Hendrix, Lakewood, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner, Clarks; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sidders, Central City; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cook, Chester; Mrs. Floyd Lucht and son, Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bucy, York; Sidney Clapp, Orville, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Clapp, Yoder, Wyoming; Mrs. Raymond Blue, Shelton; Mrs. Wm. McCowin, North Platte; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Cook, Cushing and LeRoy Bucy, Denton, Iowa.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 31, 1946

Henry Elden Bucy, 1880-1949
Elden Bucy Services Held September 30 – Funeral services were held for Henry Elden Bucy, 69, Friday, September 30, 1949 at 10:30 a.m. at Caldwell, Idaho. Rev. E. C. Gates of Wilder, Idaho conducted the services. Interment was in the Canyon Hill Cemetery at Caldwell, Idaho. Pallbearers were: Geo. Meyers, Howard Teilman, Harold Bower, Ben Van Curen, Dale Gilbert and Lee Stevens. Honorary Pallbearers were: John Fox, Albert Van Tress, Geo. Fithian, Charles Fox Sr., Herman Waite, A. L. Erskine, and Seth Grammar. Alice Jasper sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and Alice Dean, Merle Jenkins, Harold Roberts and Alice Jasper sang "Does Jesus Care". Ruth Beasley was the Organist. Henry Elden Bucy was born July 12, 1880 at Vermont, Illinois. His parents moved to Seward County, Nebr. when he was two years old. In 1903 they moved to Howard County, where Elden began farming. On September 25, 1907 he was united in marriage to Flora Clapp of Wolbach, Nebr. To this union were born five children, the first child dying in infancy. They continued living on the same farm until 1939, at which time they moved to their present home near Wilder, Idaho. Death came to him on September 27, 1949 at the age of 69 years, 2 months and 15 days. In years past he was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Masonic Lodge. He served many years on the board of directors of the Farmers Co-operative Creamery Co., Wolbach. Since moving to Wilder he became a member of the Fargo Grange. His health had been failing for several years but this past summer his health grew steadily worse. During these past days he placed his trust in the Lord. His greatest attribute was being a friend to his fellowmen. Those who will miss him dearly are his wife, Flora, his two sons, Ivan L. and Ray V. both of Wilder; his only daughter, Alice Bock of Caldwell; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Myrtle Cook of Cushing, Mary Cobe of Lebanon, Ohio and Effie Wyman of Homedale; four brothers, LeRoy of Benton, Iowa, Rude of Denver, Colorado, Geo. of Minnesota and Charles of York Nebr. One son, Eddie Lee preceded him in death, having been killed as a civilian worker on Wake Island, December 8, 1941. In memory of Elden Bucy we say: "Softly his fainting head he lay Upon his maker’s breast. His maker kiss’d his soul away, And laid his flesh to rest." Isaac Watts – Death Of Moses
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 13, 1949

Hezekiah Bucy, 1858-1927
Mr. H. Bucy Passes To The Great Beyond – H. Bucy died at the General hospital in Grand Island about 4 a.m. last Sunday, death resulting from heart trouble, complicated with Bright’s disease. He had been seriously ill for the past several weeks. Wednesday of last week he was taken to the hospital at Grand Island for treatment. The body was brought back to Wolbach Sunday, and funeral services were held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Moore officiating. Interment was made in Hillside Cemetery. Mr. Bucy had lived in this vicinity for twenty-four years, during which time he gained a large number of friends. He was known as a very honest and desirable citizen, and the high regard in which he was held was shown by the large attendance at the services held Tuesday afternoon. The following obituary was prepared by the children of Mr. Bucy: OUR FATHER –Hezekiah Bucy was born on June 6th, 1858, in Coshocton County, Ohio, and went to his heavenly home February 27, 1927. When four years old his parents moved to Fulton County, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. In 1880 he came to Seward County, Nebraska, living there until 1903, then coming to Howard County where he lived until 1915, when he moved to Wolbach, where he resided until he was called home. On September 25, 1878, he was united in marriage to Lydia Renner. Nine children came to gladden this union. An infant daughter preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife and eight children: Elden, Wolbach; George, Wolbach; Mrs. Myrtle Cook, Cushing; Charles, York; Mrs. Mary Cobe, Winona, Kansas; LeRoy, Wolbach; Rudy, Kenesaw; and Effie, Wolbach; also by twenty-one grand-children; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Quillen, Palmer; and Mrs. Nancy Pease, Snohomish, Washington; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends who mourn his loss. At the age of eighteen he found the Savior, whom he loved and served the rest of his life. He first joined the United Brethren church and when he came to Wolbach, he united with the Methodist Episcopal church in that place, April 23, 1916. His great faith in God enabled him to rear his family, and carry on through trials and difficulties. He was happy to go and meet his Savior, and his last wish to his family was that he might meet each one in the heavenly Home.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 3, 1927

Lydia Ann (Renner) Bucy, 1853-1930
Mrs. H. Bucy Answers Her Final Summons – Mrs. H. Bucy passed away at Cushing last Friday morning, after an illness of several months. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. R. Hamilton, were held at the Wolbach M. E. church Sunday forenoon, and burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. The following obituary read at the services, gives an outline of the life of this good woman who has been called from this community. OBITUARY – Lydia Ann Renner was born in Fulton county, Ill, April 6, 1853, and passed away at Cushing, Nebr., August 8, 1930, at the age of 77 years, four months, and two days. She spent her girlhood days in Illinois at the home of her parents, and in 1878 she was married to Hezekiah Bucy. In 1880 they moved to Nebraska and settled in Seward county, where they lived until February 1902, when they moved to Howard county near Cushing. They lived on their farm there until about 14 years ago, retiring from the farm, they moved to Wolbach. Here they passed several years quietly together, with most of their children near them until on February 27th, 1927, her husband was called by death. She remained in the home at Wolbach until a few months ago. Her health failing, she went to Cushing and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Cook until her death. She leaves to mourn her passing, eight children; five sons, Elden of Cushing, George of Wolbach, Leroy of Wolbach, Charles of York, Rude of Kenesaw and three daughters: Mrs. Charles Cook of Cushing, Mrs. W. H. Cobe of Dayton, Ohio and Mrs. W. W. Wyman of Wolbach; one sister, Miss Margaret Renner of Seward; also 24 grand children and one great grand child. Mrs. Bucy became a Christian in her early girlhood and was a member of the United Brethren church at Bee while in Seward county, and after coming to Wolbach, transferred her membership to the Methodist church there. She was a kind, thoughtful companion to her husband, a loving, watchful mother to her children, and a real neighbor, in every community in which she lived. She will be greatly missed by all her loved ones, but her memory will ever remain sweet. "We would not long for you back with us here Though your place no other ever can fill. Sleep on in peace, Mother, your memory will cheer; Rest, Mother rest! It is God’s will." CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank the many friends and neighbors for their help and sympathy extended to us during the illness and at the time of the death of our beloved mother and grandmother, Mrs. H. Bucy. We especially wish to thank Rev. Hamilton for his comforting words and those contributing for the beautiful flowers. The Bucy Children and Grandchildren.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 14, 1930

Sinda (Clapp) Bucy, 1892-1924
Mrs. LeRoy Bucy Laid to Rest – We made brief mention last week of the death of Mrs. LeRoy Bucy. The funeral services were held at the home northeast of Wolbach last Friday afternoon at two o’clock with Rev. Moore officiating. A very large number of friends and neighbors of the bereaved family were present at the ceremony. The remains were interred in the Wolbach cemetery. The Rebekahs were present to aid at the ceremony and many beautiful floral gifts were bestowed. Following is a brief history of the life of the deceased. Sinda Clapp was born near Whitman, Nebr., November 20, 1892, and died near Wolbach, Nebraska October 8, 1924 aged 31 years 10 months, and 18 days. At the age of about six years, she was brought by her parents to the vicinity of Wolbach, and continued to live in the community the remainder of her life. At the age of sixteen she began teaching in the public schools, continuing for four and one half terms. She was married to LeRoy Bucy, September 13, 1913. She was converted in 1915 and joined the Olive class of the Methodist Episcopal church, removing her membership, with her husband to the Wolbach Methodist church, in August 1917, continuing a member here till her death. She is survived by her husband, and one daughter, Doris, by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clapp of Torrington, Wyoming, and by two brothers and two sisters, Sidney B. Clapp, Torrington, Wyo. and Albert A. Clapp, Mrs. Elden Bucy and Mrs. George Bucy, of Wolbach. To all these is extended the deep sympathy of many other friends in a common bereavement. Mrs. Bucy was preceded to the great beyond by two sisters, Ida May and Lucy Myrtle, both of whom died in infancy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 16, 1924

Josephine Clementine (Merscheim) Bundy, 1883-1922
Obituary – The following is taken from the columns of the Rising City paper: Josephine Clementine Merscheim was born March 21, 1883 near Rising City, Nebr. and died July 1, 1922 at Omaha, Nebr., at the age of 39 years, 3 months and 10 days. She was united in marriage July 5th 1905 to Samuel Bundy of Wolbach, Nebr. To this union was born one daughter, Welda Irene. She was converted in the year of 1903 and she and her family have been attendants of the Methodist church, the daughter a member of the Methodist Sunday school. She was a good wife and mother and made many friends wherever she went. Everything was done that seemed possible to save her life. Her husband gladly gave some of his blood hoping by this means her life might be saved, but when all had been done, she slipped away into the beyond. Mrs. Bundy leaves her husband and daughter, an aged mother and six sisters and two brothers. Mrs. E. L. Marquis of Sligo, Colo., Marie Merscheim of Rising City, Mrs. Peter De Leaf, Erie, Colo., Mrs. Walter Meintosch, Potter, Nebr., Mrs. Walter Huettman, Sidney, Nebr., Charles Merscheim, Rising City, Mrs. Bernice Benson, Lexington, Nebr., and Ralph Merscheim of Osceola, Nebr, these with many friends mourn their great loss. The funeral services were held at the home of her mother, Mrs. Merscheim of Rising City, Nebr., Wednesday, July 5, 1922. Rev. L. E. Lewis, pastor of the M. E. church conducted the services. The male quartet with Mrs. Thompson at the piano furnished the music. The flowers were abundant and beautiful. The body was laid to rest in the Circle Mound Cemetery, Rising City.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 27, 1922

Lemuel F. Bundy, 1857-1930
L. Bundy Passes Away at Canon City, Colo. – Lemuel F. Bundy, for many years a resident of Wolbach died early last Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. E. Dougherty, in Canon City, Colorado, at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 18 days. Mr. Bundy, who was a native of Illinois, moved with his family to Wolbach in 1902. A few years ago his health, which had been excellent began to fail, and on January 1, 1929, he and his wife moved to Canon City. The change of climate seemed to be beneficial for a time but he soon continued to fail until death came. The remains were brought to Wolbach for burial and funeral services held in the Methodist church at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, Rev. J. R. Hamilton officiating. The Wolbach Odd Fellows, of which lodge Mr. Bundy was a member, assisted in making arrangements for the funeral. He is survived by his wife and four children, Mrs. W. E. Dougherty of Canon City, Colorado, Samuel Bundy of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mrs. Laura Arthoud of Hoquiam, Wash., and Eathel Bundy of Mead, Nebr., also five grandchildren. Mr. Bundy was a man of sterling qualities, a faithful husband, a kind father, a splendid neighbor ready to lend a helping hand. The sincere sympathy of their many friends in this community is extended to the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 4, 1930

Mary A. (Chitty) Bundy, 1858-1926

HIGHLY RESPECTED SCOTIA WOMAN CALLED BY DEATH, MRS. MARY BUNDY PASSES AWAY IN GRAND ISLAND SUNDAY The death of Mrs. Bundy has brought sorrow to many hearts, as she was a woman whom to know was to love. Living in Scotia so many years, she endeared herself to all with whom she became acquainted, and her sterling character commanded the respect of all. Her death, after such a short illness, was unexpected by the majority of her friends, as they could not realize the seriousness of her illness. We believe we can truthfully say that not a person in Scotia had so many friends, who deeply grieve over her loss, and the sympathy of all go out to the sons and their families and the sisters and brothers who are left. Her going leaves a vacant place that can never be filled, and she will always be held in loving remembrance. Obituary: Mary A. Chitty was born in Carrol County, near Shannon, Illinois, February 13, 1858. She was united in marriage to Obadiah B. Bundy, at Shannon, Ill., December 31, 1876. To this union two children were born, Walter W. now residing at Grand Island, and Frank L., of Scotia. Mr. and Mrs. Bundy came to Nebraska in the spring of 1879, locating on a homestead near Cozad. In 1884 they moved to Scotia, residing here ever since with the exception of two years residence at North Platte. When they first moved to Scotia, Mr. Bundy was an employee of the Union Pacific Railroad, and rode into Scotia on the first train coming into town. Mrs. Bundy was baptized in the Presbyterian church in childhood and was a member of the Scotia Presbyterian church at the time it disbanded. She was also a member of the Modern Brotherhood Eastern Star and Royal Neighbor Lodges, and was recorded of the Royal Lodge. Mrs. Bundy has led a very active life, enjoying good health until a few weeks ago. She was taken to the St. Francis Hospital at Grand Island, where on Sunday night, Sept. 5, she departed this life, having attained the age of 68 years, 6 mo., and 25 days. Her husband had preceded her in death, having answered the summons at the St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, on July 15, 1919. She leaves to mourn her departure, her children, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bundy and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bundy, two sisters- Mrs. Saphronia Black, of Racine, Wis. and Mrs. Julia Baum, of Shannon, Ill., two brothers- George Chitty of Emporia, Kan. and Wm. Chitty of DeKalb, Ill., three half-sisters and two half-brothers and four grandchildren- Boyd, Wilber and Beatrice, children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bundy, and Fae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bundy, besides hosts of friends.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, September 9, 1926, pg. 1, column 1

Rhoda Ellen (Hails) Bundy, 1863-1945
Mrs. Ellen Bundy Dies At York Home – Mrs. Ellen Bundy, 83, died Saturday afternoon at the I.O.O.F. home at York. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Wolbach Methodist church. Mrs. Bundy had made her home in York since last August 19.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, November 15, 1945
Obituary – Rhoda Ellen Hails was born January 13, 1863, in Jefferson county, Ill., and died November 10 at York, Neb. On July 1, 1880 she was married to Lemuel Bundy. Four children were born to this union. They are Sam Bundy of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mrs. Marie Daugherty of Hillside, Colo., Mrs. Laura Judy of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Ethel Vance of Wahoo, Neb. Mr. and Mrs. Bundy moved from Illinois to Greeley county in 1901 and settled in the Wolbach community. Mr. Bundy died August 30, 1930. Funeral rites were held Tuesday of last week at the Wolbach Methodist church. Burial was in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers: Scott Barr, W. L. Cartwright, Dr. A. H. Holm, E. L. Johnson, Jacob DeLaurant, and D. H. Marcoe. The Royal Neighbors and Rebekah lodges attended the services in a body. Mrs. Bundy was a member of both organizations. Surviving, in addition to the children, are one brother, J. J. Hails, of Long Beach, Cal., one sister, Mrs. Mary Thompson, of Sparta, Ill., seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, November 22, 1945

Mary Ann Burger, 1832-1932
Mrs. Mary Burger Passes To Her Reward – Mrs. Mary Ann Burger, for many years a resident of the State Soldiers home at Grand Island passed away Wednesday evening, January 13th as a result of a fractured hip received in a fall. Mrs. Burger would have been 101 years old had she lived until May 25th. She was well known by the Bussell family, Abe Easterbrook, and others in Wolbach vicinity. Mrs. Burger achieved considerable distinction by taking her first airplane ride on her 99th birthday. She planned to repeat the accomplishment on her hundredth anniversary, but gave it up at the request of her son. She remained exceptionally alert mentally despite the passing of years, and during her spare time showed great skill in making quilts, many of which she gave to friends. Mrs. Burger was the widow of a Civil War veteran, Simon Burger, who died in 1876 from an old wound received during the war.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 21, 1932

Mary Amelia Park (Day) Burgess, 1828-1917
Obituary – Mary Amelia Park Day was born in Utica, New York, August 10th, 1828. When she was about two months old her parents moved to Montreal, Canada, where she lived until her marriage to Chas A. Burgess of Buenos Ayres, South America. They resided in South America for about six years, then moved to Stamford, Connecticut. Several years later they moved to Evanston, Illinois, where Mr. Burgess died in 1878. In 1891 she came to Nebraska and made her home with a son in Merrick county. After the marriage of her daughter, Helen to Dr. Adams of Wolbach, she made her home with them, where she died May 30th at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. She is survived by four children – Mrs. W. E. Paddock of Evanston, Illinois; J. J. Burgess of Lincoln, Nebraska; F. A. Burgess of Geneva, Illinois, and Mrs. H. C. Adams of Wolbach, Nebraska. Another daughter, Fannie, died when a child. When a young woman, she made a profession of her faith in Christ and always lived a devoted Christian life. Quiet and retiring in disposition, she was a devoted wife and mother. Her children shall rise up and call her blessed! "Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare’s past, The battle’s fought, the race is won. And thou art crowned at last." Mrs. Burgess, in her advanced years, was interested in all that was going on around her and expressed great distress concerning the awful war. Of late she had talked so much of the mysteries of Heaven and wondered often what the "home over there" would be like, and a few moments before the stroke came that took her away, she said to her daughter, "I do wonder what the other world will be like?" The daughter answered, "It will certainly be beautiful, Mother." The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Johnson, at the home of Dr. Adams on June 1, at three o’clock. Saturday Mrs. Adams and her sister, Mrs. Paddock, left with the body for Montreal, Canada, for burial. Mrs. Burgess always assisted in every needy cause in the church work, financially, although she was not able to attend personally. Her help will be greatly missed by the church, which has appreciated her kindness and goodness. The friends of Wolbach extend their heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved children and relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 7, 1917

Mrs. George (Wagner) Burns, ca. 1906-1946
MRS. BURNS OF OMAHA IS DEAD – Funeral Services Are Held For Niece Of Wagner Family – Funeral services were held at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Omaha for Mrs. George Burns, 40, who died Saturday night at her home in Omaha. Interment was in the cemetery at Gretna, Neb. Mrs. Burns was seriously ill for about two weeks before her death. Surviving the deceased, besides her husband, are one daughter, Mary Ellen, of Omaha; her father, Otto Wagner, of Gretna, Neb.; three brothers, Thomas, Edward and William, all of Gretna; and three sisters, Miss Katherine Wagner and Mrs. Angie Murphy of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Mary Coubry of Omaha. Charley Wagner, Emmett Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Wagner and Mrs. John T. Wagner, all of Wolbach, attended the last rites for their niece.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, June 27, 1946

Rhoda A. (Parker) Burnsides, 1838-1916
Obituary – Word has been received here of the death of Rhoda A. Burnsides. The particulars follow. Rhoda A. Parker was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, December 20, 1838. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Van Reenan in Bedford, Iowa, August 20, 1616 (sic), aged 77 years and 9 months. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. W. Goodsell. Interment was in Lexington cemetery. She was married to Alexander Burnside of Scott, Iowa, on September 28, 1858. They first resided in Lexington, Taylor county, until 1861, when they moved to Scott county. There were in her family seven children, James E. of Wolbach, Nebr., Mrs. Eliza A. Van Reenan of Bedford, Iowa, Stephen A. of Lake Park, Iowa, John W. of Lead City, S. D., Asmos of Alzada, Mont., Alexander of Weyburn, Canada and Benjamin, who died in 1914. When she was a young woman she united with the Baptist church but after marriage transferred her membership to the Methodist church of which denomination she has since been a faithful member. She is a member of the Church of Lead City, S. D.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 31, 1916

Margaret (Bendrof) Burst, 1862-1915
MRS. BURST DEAD – Dies at Her Home Near Cushing on Jan. 19th – Mrs. Margaret Burst living about a mile and a half north of Cushing died very suddenly at her home on January 19. Mrs. Burst suffered a broken limb some time ago and appeared to be getting along nicely when she suffered an attack of rheumatism, which affected her heart causing her death. Mrs. Burst, Nee Miss Margaret Bendrof, was born in Wisconsin December 1, 1862 and was married to Frank Burst Oct. 29, 1882. Then they moved to Nebraska and made their home in Otoe County for ten years after which they moved to their present home near Cushing, where they have lived for twenty two years. She was the mother of eight children, 5 boys and 3 girls, all of whom are living with the exception of one boy who died some time since. Mrs. Burst was buried Saturday December 23 in the cemetery at St. Paul.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 28, 1915

George Burt, 1864-1939
Pioneer Carpenter Succumbs Thursday – This community was grieved to learn of the death of George Burt, 74, at his home west of Wolbach last Thursday following an illness of about two months. Mr. Burt, a pioneer carpenter, had helped build the first two buildings in and the elevator in this community. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Visitation at O’Connor Saturday, July 15th. Pallbearers were H. M. Teilmann, E. H. Davis, Arthur Christensen, George Brannen, Charles Murphy and John Gibbons. George Burt was born at Keeler, Mich., August 24th, 1864 and came to Grand Island in the spring of 1888 and that fall came to Wolbach where he was employed as a carpenter. In the following years he did considerable repair work on the ranches of Ed Gould and also cared for his trotting horses. He departed this life at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 19 days, on Thursday, July 13, 1939. His health began to fail about the first week of May and on June 29th he became bedfast until his death. On April 18, 1906 he was married to Mary Steenson at O’Connor, and since that time has lived in the vicinity of Wolbach. He is survived by his wife and an adopted son, Harry, also a nephew Coy Rand whose residence is unknown at this time. His sisters, Mrs. Viva Permenter and Mrs. Jenny Rand preceded him in death several years ago. A brother Charles died at the age of three. Those who attended the services from a distance were Mrs. Anders Carlson and son Arthur, Mr. John Carlson, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Carlson, Mrs. Madeline Strasburg and Mr. Ralph Daily from Arnold, Nebr., Mrs. Margaret Myers of Stapleton, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. Andy Steensen and daughters Mary Lou and Clair of Omaha, and a host of other friends from this community. The community mourns the passing of an early resident who had been instrumental in the growth of this vicinity in his building trade, and the community is joined by the Messenger in extending sympathy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 20, 1939

Edward Bussell, Sr. 1820-1913
Well Known Pioneer Dead Edward Bussell – Edward Bussell, Sr. aged ninety three years, seven months and twenty five days, died at the home of his son Henry at Chase, Neb., on Friday, November 21st 1914. He was born near Ilminister, Somerset, England, March 27th 1820, and here he spent his boyhood days. In 1842 he moved to Axminister and in 1849 was married to Jane Ansey Badcock. To this union thirteen children were born, four of whom died in infancy. 1871 he moved with his wife and nine children to America, arriving at Norfolk, Virginia. From there he moved to Belvidere, Illinois. From there he moved to Hall county, Nebraska, in 1872, where he resided most of the time until 1889, when he came to Chase county, being one of the earliest settlers, and has since made Chase county his home. He built the Bassell mill on the Frenchman river and resided there for a number of years. The precinct was named after him and the mill still stands, although not running at the present time. He was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable ways of the pioneer. He raised a large family of children to perpetuate his name and emulate his virtues. He united sound sense with strong convictions. How much this county owed him and his influence for good it is impossible to estimate, though it would be an easy matter to trace it many ways. He was prepared to meet his father. The funeral was held at the Chase school house attended by a very large number of friends and relatives, Rev. R. E. Martin of the M. E. church of Imperial officiated and the burial was in the Chase cemetery. He united with the Methodist church in childhood and was ever a faithful Christian. He is survived by seven children, his wife and two daughters having died since he came to Nebraska. The surviving children are as follows: Mrs. W. C. Mullen, of Grand Island, Nebraska, Edward and George Bussell of Kutch, Colorado, Mrs. F. C. Alexander, of Bellingham, Washington, Benjamin Bussell, of Denver, Colorado, Henry Bussell of Chase, Nebraska, and Mrs. Hustman of Lincoln, Nebraska. He also leaves two aged brothers in England and many warm friends to mourn his departure.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 18, 1913

George Alfred Bussell, 1878-1933
George Bussell Called To His Reward – A great sadness has again settled over Wolbach and the community, caused by the death of George Bussell which occurred about eleven o’clock Wednesday night. Mr. Bussell had suffered an attack of acute indigestion earlier in the day, but his condition was so much improved that there seemed to be no cause for alarm. His son, Stanton had driven to Lincoln Wednesday morning and on his return in the evening had talked with his father and thought that he was resting comfortably. In his talk with Stanton, Mr. Bussell requested that he be sure all was well at the filling station when he closed for the night. Mrs. Bussell was alone in the room with Mr. Bussell, when he spoke her name and reaching for her hand, the end came suddenly. In the passing of George Bussell, the community at large suffers an almost irreparable loss. George was known for his ever ready friendliness to one and all. He was a man of the highest ideals, a man clean minded above the average and generous to a fault. His home was his haven and his first thought was always for others rather than self. Besides his immediate family who will miss his ever kindly consideration, will be Mr. Abe Esterbrook who has been a close companion of Mr. Bussell and his family, living in their home much of the time for the past several years. The sorrowing loved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends in their bereavement. The funeral was largely attended, but on account of the rain many were unable by their presence to pay their last respects to a noble character. OBITUARY – George Alfred Bussell was born October 12, 1878 at Cairo, Nebraska and departed from this life November 29, 1933, reaching an age of 55 years, 1 month and 17 days. At the age of 10 yeas he moved with his parents to the state of Oregon where they remained about two years after which they moved back to Cairo, Nebraska. In 1897 they moved near Wolbach following the occupation of farming. On November 12, 1900 he was united in marriage to Lottie Eastabrook. To this union were born four children, Darold, Kenneth, Stanton and Forrest. The mother of these children died December 17, 1926. He was again united in marriage to Elvira Baker April 4, 1928. Since the spring of 1931 he was a resident of Wolbach. For a short time he was in the implement business soon taking charge of the Sinclair filling station. Besides his wife and four sons he leaves to mourn his sudden departure four grand children, his father, George A. Bussell, Denver, Colo; two brothers, Clarence of Elmonte, California and Oscar of Huntley, Wyoming; one sister Bessie Hall of Denver, Colorado; one half-sister, Vera of Denver, Colorado. He was a kind husband, a loving father. Brother Bussell’s life was characterized by loving service, honor, uprightness and optimism. These attributes of his character made him an asset to the community. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Also a member of the official board. He had an abiding faith in God, and based his life on this faith. "God’s Will For You and Me. Just to be tender, just to be true, Just to be glad, the whole day through, Just to be merciful, just to be mild, Just to be trustful as a child, Just to be gentle and kind and sweet, Just to be helpful with willing feet, Just to be cheery when things go wrong, Just to drive sadness away with a song, Whether the hour is dark or bright, Just to be loyal to God and right, Just to believe that God knows best, Just in his promises over the rest — Just to let love be our daily key, That is God’s will for you and me." Anonymous. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Wolbach, Saturday afternoon, in charge of Rev. H. A. Feldman. Funeral sermon was preached by Rev. G. E. Moore of Guide Rock. He was laid to rest in the Hillside cemetery. The relatives attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. Bryon Baker Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baker and Mrs. S. J. Baker, Miss Creda Baker, A. H. Baker and Bryon Baker Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Siegrald Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Johnson and Mrs. Crede Johnson, all of Weeping Water; Mrs. Jess Bolen and Mr. Charley Allen of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Allen of Phillips; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Braddock of Hastings and John Eastabrook of Lincoln. Card of Thanks – So many were kind, so many were helpful during the illness and following the departure of our beloved husband and father, the late George Bussell, that we fear we may not be able to personally speak or write to each one an expression of our gratitude. Lest any neighbor or friend to whom our thanks are justly due might not receive from our lips or pen due acknowledgment, we present this expression through the columns of our family newspaper, and for all the floral offerings we are sincerely grateful. Mrs. Elvira Bussell, Mr. and Mrs. Darold Bussell, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bussell, Stanton Bussell, Forrest Bussell. – Frank Braddock of Hastings pays this tribute to the late Mr. Bussell in the following lines we received from him Tuesday morning with his request that we publish them in the Messenger. "I am much grieved over the loss of my brother-in-law George. He was a true companion, always striving to do the right and always did more than his share to make me happy and when I went to Wolbach to go hunting he always saw that my grip was well filled when I left to go home. One time after a hard days hunting trip he wasn’t too tired to drive me 65 miles to my home in Hastings so my family could see how pretty the pheasants were as we brought them from the fields. He was a man that could do the right thing at the right time and now at his last resting place may, "Warm summer sun Shine kindly there, Warm southern wind Blow softly there, Green sod above lie light, lie light, Good night, dear George, Good night."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 7, 1933

Lottie Dottie Adelia (Easterbrook) Bussell, 1881-1926
Mrs. G. A. Bussell Goes to Her Reward – Mrs. George Bussell passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island about 3 o’clock last Friday morning, following an operation which she underwent on the previous Monday. Her condition was very serious during the four days between the operation and her death, and friends could only hope for the best. During that time, members of her family and friends made frequent trips to Grand Island to visit the hospital where she lay sick. In the early morning hours last Friday, Mr. Bussell was again called to the hospital just a few minutes before Mrs. Bussell passed away. Perhaps no one realized better than Mrs. Bussell herself, that possibly this would be her last illness and she showed a tender solicitation in regard to the future of her children. The funeral was held at the Methodist church in Wolbach at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Attendance was very large, but not more than half of those present being able to find seats in the church. Very impressive funeral services were conduced (sic) by Rev. Moore, and the body was laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. The large attendance at the funeral, and the wonderfully beautiful floral offerings, were true expressions of the great respect and love which all in this community held for Mrs. Bussell. The bereaved husband and sons have the deepest sympathy of all. Among relatives from a distance who were here to attend the funeral were the following: John Easterbrook of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Braddock and son, Earl of Hastings; Fred Easterbrook of Amherst, and Byron Baker, and son Sammy and Sam Baker of Weeping Water, who came the latter part of the week and returned home Monday; Mr. and Mrs. Roland Easterbrook of Hayes Center, Nebr., and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Allen of Phillips, who remained here until Wednesday. There were also relatives present from Greeley. Lottie Dottie Adelia Easterbrook was born near Cushing, Nebraska August 16, 1881, and spent her entire life in the vicinity of Cushing and Wolbach. She was married November 12, 1900 to George A. Bussell, and to them were born four children, Darold, Kenneth, Stanton, and Forrest, all of whom survive. In young girlhood, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Wolbach, and continued a faithful member till the end, all her church life of more than a quarter of a century being spent in the membership of this one church. She died in the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, in the early morning of December 17, 1926, aged 45 years, 4 months, and 1 day. Beside her husband and sons, she is survived by her father, A. Easterbrook, of Wolbach; three brothers, John, of Lincoln, Rollin of Hayes Center, and Fred of Amherst; and by two sisters, Mrs. Nora Braddock of Hastings, and Mrs. Agnes Evans, of Clovis, New Mexico; also by two grandchildren, Dewayne Clayton and Phyllis Darleen, children of Darold and Esther Bussell. CARD OF THANKS – The wealth of kindness, sympathy, and aid showered upon us in the time of our great sorrow, has placed us under all-time obligation to so many persons, that we fear we may not be able to reach each one in payment of our debt of gratitude, by written or spoken words. Great is our grief, but greater still would it be, if failure to make acknowledgement to each one who was so kind to our loved one and to us, should be regarded as a lack of appreciation on our part. And so we present this acknowledgement through the columns of the Wolbach Messenger, sincerely trusting that it may reach the eye of all for whom intended, and by each one be received as earnestly personal. G. A. Bussell and family, D. E. Bussell and family, A. Easterbrook and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 23, 1926

Venetta Bussell, 1930-2009 view obit

William I. Bussell, 1888-1917
William I. Bussell Killed – George Bussell went to Omaha last week on the sad mission of attending the funeral of his brother, W. I. Bussell, iron worker employed by the American Bridge Company, who was killed as a result of an accident which happened on Tuesday, when the scaffolding upon which he was working gave way. Here is what the World Herald says about the accident: W. I Bussell, 29, iron worker employed by the American Bridge Company, died yesterday at St. Josephs hospital from injuries received Tuesday afternoon when a scaffolding on the east approach of the Union Pacific bridge gave way and a beam struck him, fracturing his skull. William I. Bussell, was born in Chase, Chase County, Nebraska, January 23rd, 1888, and died in Omaha, May 9th 1917. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, little daughter 5 years old, father, sister and four brothers, and all were present at his funeral but his father. He was buried in Forest Lawn cemetery at Omaha. He is well remembered by the people around Wolbach, having spent his boyhood days living on what is known as the Wolbach Ranch. In this hour of bereavement the wife and relatives have the sympathy of all in this community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 24, 1917.


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