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Betty Gaddie, 1948
Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Betty Gaddie – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Cedar Rapids for Mrs. Betty Gaddie, who had been ill for two months. Five children are left to mourn her loss: Chester of Stanton; Reva of Chambers; Avery and Frances of Cedar Rapids, and Atley of Oklahoma; also 9 grandchildren and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, June 24, 1948

Dorothy Virginia Galrtz [possibly should be Galitz], 1927-1927
Dorothy Galrtz – Dorothy Virginia, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Galrtz, was born Monday morning, March 21, 1927, and died the same day. Funeral services were conducted at the home, Tuesday at 2 p.m. by Rev. R. A. White, after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. While the life of the little one was very brief, it nevertheless fulfilled a mission and has a place in God’s kingdom. The family have the sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 24, 1927

Ora Gammon, 1926
DEATH CALLS MRS. ORA GAMMON – After a brief illness Mrs. Ora Gammon passed away at her home southeast of Wolbach last Thursday evening. The funeral was held Sunday at Palmer where the remains were interred in the cemetery. Rev. Davies of that place had charge of the services. Her sudden death was a shock to her many friends and much sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and son, Paul, who mourn her death. Seven brothers, five of whom were present at the funeral, are also left in mourning. CARD OF THANKS— We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to our neighbors and friends who showed us so much kindness during the sickness and death of our wife and mother. We especially thank the friends at and near Cushing for the beautiful flowers given. Ora Gammon, Paul Gammon.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 21, 1926

Thomas Gannon, Sr. 1821-1922
Thomas Gannon, Sr. residing just northeast of Greeley, died Sunday afternoon as a result of a stroke of paralysis while walking about his home last Thursday. Deceased, had he lived until March 17, 1922, would have been 101 years of age and was at the time of his death, so it is said, the oldest person in Greeley County. He was born in Ireland and came to America in 1884.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 19, 1922

Catherene (Gross) Gardner, 1857-1925
OBITUARY Catherene Gross Gardner was born in Germany, January 29, 1857. She moved to the United States with her parents when she was six years of age, settling in Wisconsin. In 1869 the family moved to Scotia, Nebr., where she was since made her home. In 1879, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Gardner. Eleven children were born in this home, five of whom, with the husband, have departed this life. Mrs. Gardner has lived a long and useful life. The past few years were spent in suffering which terminated fatally October 6, 1925, she having attained the age of 68 years, 8 months and 7 days. The remaining children are: Geo., of Sargent, Nebr.; Philip, Tony, Mrs. Margaret Webber and Mrs. Esther Lincoln of Scotia; Mrs. Carrie Keep of Elm Creek. She also leaves one brother, Chris Gross of Butte, Mont., and three sisters, all residing in California, Mrs. Anna Becker of San Francisco, Mrs. Mary Bushnell of Fresno, and Mrs. E. Geiselhart of Galt. The above named relatives and a host of friends are mourning today, because of the passing on of this good woman. The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon, October 8, at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. V. Price. Interment was made in the Scotia cemetery. The people of this entire community extend their sincere sympathy to the sorrowing family in this, their time of bereavement.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXI, Thursday, October 15, 1925, pg. 1, column 4

Phillip Gardner, 1894-1926
PHILLIP GARDNER PASSES AWAY AT HASTINGS Phillip Gardner was born in Scotia, Nebraska, June 12, 1894, and died at Hastings, Nebraska, on November 20th, 1926, at 7:35 p.m., at the age of 32 years, 5 months and 8 days. On January 27, 1915 he was married to Dorothy Bath. Two children were born to this union, but both died in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss- his wife, Dorothy Gardner and little adopted daughter, Ruby; three sisters and two brothers, besides other relatives. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church of Scotia. Funeral services were held at Hastings, Nebr., Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The remains were taken to Schaller, Iowa, where short services were held Monday afternoon and burial made.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, December 2, 1926, pg. 1, column 4

August Gebhardt 1860-1927
August Gebhardt Passes Away in Lincoln August Gebhardt, one of Greeley county's most prominent men, was called by death on Wednesday of last week at a Lincoln Hospital. Mr. Gebhardt had been a resident of near Scotia for forty-six years and his death is felt keenly by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Gebhardt was always active in community affairs and served as a member of the board of education of the Scotia Consolidated Schools from the time of it's organization until a year ago. August Gebhardt was born at Schumir, Germany, December 22, 1860, and passed away at a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 1, 1927, aged 67 years, 5 months and 9 days. He came to this country at the age of 4 years with his parents and resided at Odell, Illinois, until coming with his brother, Ferdinand, to Scotia, Nebraska. Mr. Gebhardt was then aged 21 years and took out a homestead, and engaged in the farming and stock raising business. On January 11, 1901, Mr. Gebhardt, was united in marriage to Mary E. Keppel, and to this union nine children were born. He leaves to mourn their loss; his wife; five daughters – Ferne, Dorthea, Imogene, and LaRose, all of Scotia, and Mrs. Gail Kreymborg, of Valley, Nebr.; three sons – Otto and Greeley, who are at home , and Henry who resides at Grand Island; also three brothers – Ferdinand, of Scotia, Fred. of Odel, Ill., and Theodore, of Buffalo, N. Y., one sister, Mrs. George Scott, of Greeley. One daughter, who died in infancy, one sister and three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon, and interment was made in the Mount Hope Cemetery.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, June 9, 1927, pg. 1, column 4

Kimball V. Geist, 1936
Former Resident Killed In Idaho – The Messenger office received word Tuesday of the death of a former resident, Kimball V. Geist, at Couer d’Alene, Idaho, from injuries received the night of November 30, when he was run over by a car. Geist was walking along the highway about three miles from Couer d’Alene when he was struck by an auto. The impact threw him several feet into the air, breaking both legs, and causing serious internal injuries. He regained consciousness and was able to speak to his wife and children but lived only two days. He passed away at a hospital at that place December 2nd. The driver of the car was absolved from blame. Burial and funeral services were held in Couer d’Alene. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, (formerly Miss Nellie McCoullough), one son, Clyde, 17, two daughters, June, 15, and Marion, 13, and one sister, Mrs. Theo Frost of Scottsbluff, Nebr., besides a host of friends here and at Couer d’Alene where the family have made their home the past six years. Kimball will be remembered by his old friends here during the last war, having been among some of the first to enlist from Wolbach in 1916. He lived in and near this community for about three years before moving to Elba after his marriage.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 9, 1936

Minnie Laverne (Smith) Gibb, 1895-1933
Mrs. Bert Gibbs(sic) Passed Away Tuesday -- Mrs. Bert Gibbs died at her home about six miles south east of Wolbach Tuesday afternoon at about 2:45 o’clock. She had been very seriously ill for several days with pneumonia. Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs have resided in this locality for three years, coming from near Cedar Rapids. The funeral will be held today, (Thursday) with a short service at 12:30 p.m. at the house, after which the body will be taken to Cedar Rapids, where her people reside. Services are to be held at the Cedar Rapids Methodist church and burial made in the Cedar Rapids cemetery. An infant daughter, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs was buried at Cedar Rapids several years ago. Neighbors and friends extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved husband and other relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 5, 1933

Obituary of Minnie Laverne Gibb – Minnie Laverne Gibb was born at Harlen, Iowa, July 2nd, 1895, and died at her home at Wolbach, Jan. 3rd, 1933, at the age of 37 years, 6 months and 1 day. She grew to womanhood in the Enfield neighborhood, and at that time joined the Enfield church, and lover (sic) the Christian faith she professed until the time of her death. She was married Oct. 17, 1917 to Bert E. Gibb and to this union, one child was born, who in infancy, preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Smith, 3 brothers, Ralph, Carle and Gaylord, all of Cedar Rapids, Nebr. and a host of friends and neighbors. As reported last week, funeral services were held last Thursday and burial made at Cedar Rapids. Card of Thanks – Our sincere appreciation is extended neighbors and friends for kindness and sympathy shown and for floral tokens of rememberance in the hours of anxiety and bereavement occasioned by the recent illness and death of our beloved wife and daughter. Berten E. Gibb, W. M. Smith and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 12, 1933

Mrs. John (Morrison) Gibbons, 1910- 1947
Mrs. John Gibbons Passed Away Thurs. – Mrs. John Wagner received word Friday of the death of a cousin, Mrs. John Gibbons of Grand Island, who passed away at a local hospital at Grand Island Thursday morning at 9 o’clock November 27. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock in St. Mary’s Cathedral at Grand Island, burial was in the cemetery at that place. Mrs. Gibbons was born on May 23, 1910 to Hans and Mary Morrison, when a small child moved to Greeley County where she grew to womanhood. She was married to John Gibbons on February 3, 1934 at Grand Island, living on a farm near Brayton. She is survived by her husband, one son, John Francis Gibbons, her mother, Mrs. Hans Morrison all of Grand Island; one brother, James Morrison of Clearwater, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Reynolds, Kanorado, Kansas; and Mrs. Svend Christensen and Mrs. Evoldt Bader both of Grand Island, her father the late Hans Morrison died in the service of his country preceded her in death.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 4, 1947

Ann Isabella (Starett) Gillespie, 1847-1935
Services Held for Mrs. Ann Gillespie – This community was grieved Friday, December 20, to learn that death had taken Mrs. Ann Gillespie, resident of this community for nearly fifty years, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allard, in Omaha. Funeral services were conducted in the Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Primrose and Rev. Nordin of St. Paul assisted by the pastor, Rev. J. S. Rhine. A large number of friends and relatives attended the last rites. Interment was made in the Hillside cemetery with the following acting as pall bearers: Messrs. George and Alfred Studley, Leander Johnson, Fred Nelson, Gus Holm, and D. Cleve Jackson. OBITUARY – Ann Isabella Starett was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in June, 1847 and passed to her eternal reward at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Allard at Omaha, December 20, 1935 at the age of 88 years and six months. In 1870 she was united in marriage to Thomas Gillespie in Fentona, Ireland to which union three children were born. In 1886 they came to America and located in Spring Creek precinct where they made their home until Mrs. Gillespie moved to Wolbach shortly after the death of her husband in 1907. In infancy she was baptized in the Presbyterian church and later she joined with the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach. She leaves to mourn her passing, three children, namely, Mrs. Anna Allard of Omaha, Mrs. Menter of Casper, Wyo., and Mr. Wm. J. Gillespie of Wolbach, also two sisters, Mrs. Maria Williamson of Lowell, Mich., and Mrs. Ellen Schneider of Griswold, Iowa, as well as fifteen grand children, eleven great-grand children and a host of other relatives and friends. Mrs. Gillespie was a woman admired for her character and neighborliness, and her presence will be missed not only by those bereft, but her friends as well. The sympathy of the community and this newspaper is extended the bereaved family. Among those in attendance at the services from out of town were: Mrs. Ed Menter of Casper, Wyo., Mrs. Ellen Scneider (sic) of Griswold, Iowa; Mrs. Anna Allard and family of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Densel Fair and Mrs. Wm. Starrett of Greeley; Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Allard of Primrose; Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler Caudill and daughter Mrs. Ole Wolford of St. Paul, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Erickson and three children of Ericson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 26, 1935.

Gillespie, Lee William Thomas, 7 Oct 1916-4 May 2009
Lee William Thomas Gillespie, 92, was born October 7, 1916, the only son of William James and Margaret Hardy Gillespie, at their homesead north of Wolbach, NE. He passed away at Homestead Rehab Center, Monday, May 4, 2009. Lee married Elizabeth Fern Crumrine in Grand Island, NE, November 22, 1937. They farmed around Wolbach and Farwell until moving their family to Lincoln in 1955, where he worked as a framer and finish carpenter for many years. In 1969, he started Lee Gillespie Construction and was also a partner in BGB Concrete Pumping. Lee loved the outdoors, and he loved trees There are many beautiful spruce around that were tended by him from seedlings. He and Elizabeth spent several years involved in camping, boating, and traveling which provided their family with many wonderful memories. In 1989, Lee started loosing his sight to macular degeneration, but became very involved in the Visually Impaired Peer Support (V.I.P.S.) group in Lincoln holding offices at the state and local level. He adapted well to his disability and found ways to help himself, continue to work with woods, and to help others. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; Leona Jurgensen and Hazel Prell, a daughter and sons-in-law; Karen I and Charles Brubaker, and Raymond Lawson; one grand daughter; and one great grand daughter. Those who will miss him in their lives include: wife, Elizabeth, Lincoln; sons and daughters-in-law; David L. and Vicky of Rapid City, SD, and Darrell D. and Sue of Absarokee, MT; daughters and son-in-law; Judith A Lawson of Lincoln, and Shirley R and John Moore of Hickman, NE; sisters, brothers-in-law, and sister-in-law; Viola and Ray Owens of Brighton, CO, Doris Meyer of Vista, CA, Antone Eynetich of Geneva NE, and Nadine Crumrine of Longview, WA; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday (5/7/09), and one hour before services which will be held 10 a.m. Friday (5/8/09) at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S 14, Lincoln, with Rev. John Kisling officiating. Pall bearers; John Moore, Jr., Athony Moore, James Moore, Zac Bragg, James Burroughs, and Brian Schaffer.

Marty Gene Gilroy, 1940-1940
Baby Passes Away -- The daughter (sic) born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gilroy Tuesday passed away Thursday morning.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 28, 1940

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR MARTY GENE GILROY THURSDAY – Marty Gene Gilroy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gilroy was born Tuesday, November 26, 1940 and passed away Wednesday night. Funeral services held Thursday, Rev. Haugse in charge and burial was in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 5, 1940

Peter Gilroy, ca.1919-1921
SMALL CHILD FALLS INTO A CREEK AND IS DROWNED – Little Peter Gilroy Victim of a Tragedy—Doctor and Parents Delayed – Peter, the 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Gilroy who reside west of Spalding, was drowned last Tuesday when he fell into a small creek near the family farm. The child was discovered lying in a pool of water by his mother. The parents wrapped the little fellow in heavy clothing, phoned for Dr. M. M. Sullivan and started toward Spalding to meet the physician on the way. The parents ran out of gasoline on the road. Dr. Sullivan’s car broke down with only a mile and a half between him and the Gilroys. He obtained another car and dashed on, but when he reached the little fellow life was extinct. The Spalding Enterprise thus tells of the tragedy: "The father had gone to work across the creek, just a short time before and the little youngster, who was playing around the yard, attempted to follow him. The mother missed him almost at once and going down to the little stream that flows close to the home, she found him lying in a little pool of water not over two feet deep. Everything possible was done to resuscitate him, and help was summoned, but the little fellow’s life had already passed out when he was found. This baby had just arrived at the age when he was most loved by his parents, and it is indeed a sorrowful home that he has left. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss. The funeral took place this (Thursday) morning."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 17, 1921

Alice M. Glenn, 1902-1929
Funeral of Alice Glenn Held Here Yesterday – Miss Alice Glenn passed away at her home at Brush, Colorado, last Sunday, May 19, after suffering for several years with t. b. Miss Glenn lived in this community for many years. She leaves here a host of friends who remember her with the deepest regard and love. Through her years of suffering, Alice kept cheerful and patient, endearing herself to those with whom she came in contact. In 1925 she was taken to Colorado, in hope that the higher altitude would return her to health. A funeral service was held at the home at Brush, Colo., Monday afternoon after which the body was shipped here for burial in the Wolbach cemetery. Services were held here in the Methodist church Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. R. Hamilton of Wolbach and Rev. E. C. Moore of Adams, formerly pastor here. A beautiful and impressive service was held and the following obituary read: OBITUARY – Alice M. Glenn was born April 12, 1902, at Cedar Bluffs, Nebr., and died at the home of her father, Millard Glenn, in Brush, Colo., May 19, 1929, aged 27 years, 1 month and 7 days. At the age of 8 yrs. she moved with her parents to Wolbach, Nebraska and in 1925 she moved to Brush, Colo., for the benefit of her health. She united with the Methodist church in the year 1924 and was a faithful Christian to the last. Her mother proceeded her in death March 12, 1922. She leaves to mourn her loss, her father Millard Glenn of Brush, Colorado, a brother Fred and wife of Greeley, Colo., a sister Doris Mae, also of Brush, Colo., a nephew Dwayne son of Fred Glenn, other relatives and a host of friends both in Brush Colorado and her home town of Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 23, 1929

Dulcenia Ellen (Bracken) Glenn, 1852-1934
Mrs. Glenn Called To Her Reward – This community was again saddened Friday when it was learned that Mrs. William Glenn had been called to her reward. Mrs. Glenn had the misfortune to fall from the porch of her home last August and sustained an injury from which she never recovered. She bore her afflictions with great patience and fortitude, never complaining of her lot. She was a lovable character and her kindly interest in others won for her a warm place in the hearts of all who knew her. Her home and family meant everything to her and until her last illness she took keen interest in all worth while affairs. Leaving to mourn her departure are eleven children namely, Millard of Fosstore, Colo.; James G. and Mrs. Nora Reaves of Burlington Junction, Mo.; Joe of Hastings; Earl, Mrs. Ida Carlson and Mrs. Nellie Tarr of Wolbach; and Alva, John E., Walter R. and Marguerite who lived at the family home with the mother. She is also survived by one half sister Mrs. H. C. Hiles of Burlington Junction, Mo. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. A. Feldman at the Methodist church, Sunday afternoon and interment was beside the husband in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers were Garret Wibbels, Ora Studley, D. H. Marcoe, George Rother, Dick Bucy and Pete Jensen. Those attending from a distance were Mrs. Nora Reaves of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Joe Glenn and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Maxfield of Hastings. OBITUARY – Dulcenia Ellen Bracken was born near Greenview, Ill., July 17, 1852 and departed from this life on February 16, 1934 at her home north east of Wolbach, Nebraska, at the age of 81 years and 7 months. In the year of 18?? [possibly 1868] she was united in marriage to William Glenn at Petersburg, Illinois and to this union were born twelve children. Mrs. Glenn left her Illinois home with her little family when a young woman. First residing near Burlington Junction, Missouri for a number of years and later moving to Nebraska, living near Cedar Bluffs until coming to Greeley county in 1912 where she resided until her departure. One son Hamilton W. preceded her in death, passing away in 1906. Her husband also answered the final summons in 1919. While still young Mrs. Glenn united with the Campbelite Church, later known as the Christian church and was a devoted Christian throughout her entire life. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community at large. Card of Thanks – To every friend and neighbor who expressed sympathy or extended aid to us during our recent bereavement in the loss of our beloved mother, we here offer our heartfelt thanks, and for the beautiful floral offerings we are grateful. The Glenn Family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 22, 1934

Earl Glenn, 1879-1948
Earl Glenn Succumbs After Heart Attack – Earl Glenn, 68, passed away at his home Tuesday night at 8:20 P.M. after suffering a heart attack on the previous Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. in the Methodist Church at Wolbach. Rev. A. Clyde Ehret of North Platte officiating. Burial in the Hillside cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 22, 1948

Last Rites Held for Earl Glenn Here Friday, January 23 – A large crowd attended the last rites for Earl Glenn Friday afternoon, January 23 at 1:45 at the residence and at 2:00 p.m. in the Methodist church, Rev. A. Clyde Ehert officiating. The Methodist Junior Choir sang: "Going Down the Valley" and "Abide With Me." Mrs. Zola Grossart and Mrs. Bonnie Bengtson sang a duet, "City Four Square," accompanied by Mrs. Helen B. Adams. Pallbearers were: Ben Studley, Archie Nelson, Walter Kinney, Emil Pedersen, Dan Harvey and Ray McLain. Flower girls were: Wilma Greek, Norma Killinger, Amy Killinger, Rammona Morris, Lillian Berney and Helen Wadsworth. Burial in Hillside cemetery. All business houses closed during the funeral services to pay their last respects. Earl Glenn, son of William and Dulcina Glenn, was born in Burlington Junction, in Nodaway County, Missouri, June 19, 1879 and departed this life at his home in Wolbach, Nebraska, January 20, 1948, aged 68 years, 7 months and 1 day. He moved with his parents to Nebraska, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Ghimmina Ann Bellairs of Wolbach, Nebraska, August 11, 1915. To this union were born 2 children, Albert Earl and Bonnie Ruth. To those who knew Earl Glenn and family were inevitable, for the deceased was a man of strong personality which inspired kindliness, cheer, helpfulness and friendship and the finer qualities of Christianity among his acquaintances. And it may be said that these very things made him an esteemed friend to all his acquaintances, he was a kind and loving husband and father and will be greatly missed in this community. After one week of intense suffering, in spite of all that loving hands could do, Earl Glenn slipped away from loved ones and friends to the Home of the Blest, leaving behind to mourn his loss a grief stricken wife, two children, a son, Albert and wife Doris, two grandchildren, Rosena Kay and William Grant. A daughter, Bonnie Ruth and husband William W. Cartwright. Also five brothers: Millard, Joe, Alva, Jack and Walter; four sisters: Mrs. Van Reavis, Burlington Junction, Mo.; Mrs. Chas. Carlson, Miss Marguerite Glenn and Mrs. E. R. Tarr and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and two brothers. Out-of-town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bellairs, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sutton and Mr. William Prewitt, Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Glenn, Greeley, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Timmons and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bellairs, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ruckman, Lincoln; Mr. Millard Glenn, Eustis; Mrs. Albert Hinkle, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Darold Bussell, Scotia and Mr. and Mrs. D. Cleve Jackson, Fullerton.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 29, 1948

Ghimmina "Mina" Ann (Bellair) Glenn, 1894-1949
Head-on Accident Causes One Death – Accident Occurred At Crest of Hill on County Road – Mrs. Mina Glenn of Wolbach died early Monday morning in the St. Francis Hospital at Grand Island from injuries received in a two-car head-on collision 9 miles northeast of Wolbach Sunday night. Ten other persons were injured in the accident. The accident occurred about 8 o’clock Sunday night on the crest of the hill ½ mile north of the Fred Swanson farm. Both cars were in the center of the road as the weeds are high on either side of the county road. William Cartwright, driver of the car going north was on the way to the farm of his brother-in-law, who had been ill. In the front seat with the driver was Mina Glenn, mother-in-law of Mr. Cartwright. Charles Ruckman of Lincoln, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Glenn and his son, Jerry were in the back seat. C. W. Rakestraw was the driver of the other car, they were coming to Wolbach to attend the movie. In the front seat with Mr. Rakestraw was his wife and two year old granddaughter, Linda Grice. In the back seat was Mr. and Mrs. James Grice and 5 month daughter and Janice Rakestraw. Mrs. Grice is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rakestraw. James Grice, the first to regain consciousness after the collision walked ½ mile to the Fred Swanson farm, there being no one home, he used their phone and was able to get Mrs. Austin Berney and tell her of the need for help. Mrs. Berney immediately summoned other neighbors to help in getting the victims to medical care. The injured arrived in Wolbach about nine o’clock and were then taken on to St. Paul. Four cars were used to take the victims from Wolbach to St. Paul. Two ambulances were waiting in St. Paul to take the most critically injured on to Grand Island. Mina Glenn, William Cartwright, Mr. and Mrs. Rakestraw and Charles Ruckman were taken to Grand Island. Mr. Grice and small daughter have been released from the St. Paul hospital. The condition of Mrs. Grice, Linda Grice, Jerry Ruckman and Janice Rakestraw who are in the St. Paul hospital is reported as being good. According to reports before we go to press, of those in the st. Francis Hospital at Grand Island is as follows: William Cartwright, fair; C. W. Rakestraw, fair; Charles Ruckman, poor; and Mrs. C. W. Rakestraw, poor. The Messenger has taken pictures of the accident but it was impossible to get them back in time for this issue. These photos will be carried in your next Messenger.

Services Held Here Wednesday for Ghemmina Glenn – Funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon for Ghemmina Glenn, who died early Monday morning of the results of a head-on collision Sunday evening. Services were held in the McIntyre Funeral Home 1:45 p.m. and in the Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Rev. A. Clyde Ahert of North Loup officiated. Interment in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jacob Hansen, Bus Devoss, Wayne Devoss, Emil Pedersen, Walter Kinney and Asa Watts. Flower girls were: Wilma Greek, Ramona Morris, Norma Killinger, Lillian Berney, Amy Killinger and Helen Wadsworth. The Methodist Junior Choir sang: "In The City Four Square", "God Will Take Care of You", and "Abide With Me." Ghimmina Ann Glenn was born at Brock, Nebraska in Nemaha County on October 10, 1894 and passed away July 11, 1949 in the St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island at the age of 54 years 9 months 1 day. As a child she moved with her parents to a farm near Wolbach. She was married to Earl Glenn on August 11, 1915 at Greeley, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Albert Earl and Bonnie Ruth. She was preceded in death by her father in 1941. Her husband answered the final summons January 20, 1948. Mina was a loveable character and her kindly interest in others won for her a warm place in the hearts of all who knew her. Her home and family meant everything to her and until her untimely death she took keen interest in all worth while affairs. During the past months, Mina with the co-operation of her daughter and son-in-law operated the Koffee Kup Café. She leaves to mourn her loss, her two children Albert and wife Doris, three grandchildren Rosena Kay, William Grant, Eugene Earl; a daughter Bonnie and husband William W. Cartwright and grand-daughter Monica Ann; Her mother Mrs. A. E. Bellair; two sisters, Mrs. Laverne Underwood, Yuma, Colo. And Mrs. Charles Ruckman of Lincoln, Nebraska; one brother, Lee Bellair of Pierre, South Dakota and many other relatives and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 14, 1949

Maud F. (Methven) Glenn, 1880-1922
MRS. M. GLENN IS CALLED HOME – Popular and Highly Respected Lady of the Community Answers Beckoning of Angels – The entire community was shocked and saddened when, on Sunday, March 12, 1922, the news of Mrs. Millard Glenn’s death was given out. To those who knew Mrs. Glenn and family such mingled emotions with a strong sympathy for the family were inevitable, for the deceased was a woman of strong personality, with sterling qualities which inspired kindliness, cheer, helpfulness, friendship and the finer qualities of Christianity among her acquaintances. And it may be said that these very things made her an esteemed friend to all her acquaintances, therefore, gracious helpmate and a loving, sacrificing mother, she will be greatly missed in the community. Maud F. Methven was born in Ringgold county, Iowa, March 2, 1880. When two years of age she came with her parents to Saunders county, Neb., where she lived until 1888, when, with her people, she moved to Frontier county, in this state. In 1897, on March 2, she was united in marriage to Millard Glenn, and in 1900 she and Mr. Glenn came to Greeley county, where they have since made their home. After four weeks of intense suffering, in spite of all that loving hands could do, Mrs. Glenn slipped away from loved ones and friends, on the Day of Rest, to the Home of the Blest, leaving behind to mourn her loss a grief-stricken husband, three children, Fred, aged 24, Alice aged 19, and Doris May, aged 6 months; also two sisters, Mrs. W. G. Diass and Mrs. W. H. Ferguson, both of Buhl, Idaho; and other relatives and many friends. Mrs. W. G. Diass and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Beans of Eustis Neb., cousins, were present for the funeral. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. W. L. Philley of Ewing, Neb., who was assisted by Rev. Mr. Rust, pastor of the local M. E. church, and Rev. Mr. Magnesson, pastor of the Lutheran church west of town, and was attended by a large concourst of relatives and friends, after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. Card of Thanks – Words cannot express our thanks to each and everyone of our kind friends and neighbors and the pastor for the kind deeds in aiding us in the long illness and the burial of our dear wife and mother. Many thanks for the beautiful floral offerings. MILLARD GLENN AND CHILDREN
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 23, 1922

William Glenn, 1838-1919
Obituary – William Glenn, son of William and Sarah Glenn, was born in Louisville, Ky., August 21, 1838, and died at his home near Wolbach, Neb., July 11th, 1919, aged 80 years, 10 months and 20 days. He was married to Miss Ducinea Bracken, of Greenview, Ill., December 29, 1868. To this union were born twelve children, eleven of whom with their mother survive him: Millard Glenn, of Wolbach, Nebr., J. G. of Burlington Junction, Mo., Mrs. U. S. Reavis, of Burlington Junction, Mo., Earl Glenn, of Wolbach, Neb., J. C., also of Wolbach and A. E., J. E., Ida R., Marguerite and Nellie C., living at home, Walter, now serving with the A. E. F. in Germany and H. W. Glenn, deceased. He moved with his parents to Athens Ill., where he grew to manhood. He enlisted for service August 2nd, 1861, serving in Co. F. 28 Ill., Infantry. At the expiration of this term of enlistment he again enlisted for three years or during the war and in April 1866 received his final discharge from service. He united with the Old School Presbyterian church in his early youth and lived a consistent Christian life. He had been in failing health for some time and from the time he first became seriously ill he seemed to realize the end was near and his only ungratified wish was the hope of seeing once more, his youngest son, who is in the overseas service. His last conscious word spoken was his son’s name. For several months he had been gradually declining and on Monday of last week he began to fail rapidly and on Friday evening passed quietly away. He was well and favorably known and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. The family being well known have the sympathy of the community. Funeral services conducted by Rev. R. A. White were held in the Lutheran church, at Wolbach, Sunday, July 13th, after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. Card of Thanks – We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to our many kind friends and neighbors who so willingly came to our assistance in our recent trouble, the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father, also for the beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. Wm. Glenn and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 17, 1919

Andrew Glines, ca. 1908-1931
Andrew Glines Dies In Auto Accident – A telephone message was received by A. A. Klein Sunday evening from Alliance telling of the death of Andrew Glines who was burned to death while pinned beneath his car which was somersaulted into the ditch. The car immediately burst into flames. A companion, Myer Reising of Nonpareil, was severely injured. Reising attempted to pull Glines out from the burning car but was too weak from his injuries. Daily newspaper reports are that the body was very badly burned, the shoes only escaping the effect of the flames. Ed Glines, father of the deceased, was on his way to Wolbach, when his son met with the accident, and did not know of the tragedy until Monday morning when he arrived here. He was coming here to attend the funeral of Will Klein, a brother-in-law. The extremely bad roads delayed him on the trip and he was held up by the muddy roads west of Cushing Sunday night. He turned back to Alliance Monday afternoon, stopping here but a few hours. Andrew Glines was twenty-three years old and was a rancher northwest of Hemmingford. He has many relatives in this community and his sudden tragic death comes as a distinct shock.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 14, 1931

Charles William Glines, 1865-1929
Charles Glines Dies Very Suddenly – Charles Glines died very suddenly and unexpectedly at his home north of Wolbach Wednesday noon, July 30th. He was 64 years old. Mr. Glines was in good health and good spirits during the noon hour and ate a hearty dinner. After dinner he went to the barn to get his team, planning to go to the Lloyd Peterson farm to help in the hay field. A few minutes later his son went to the barn and found Mr. Glines lying dead in the barn. He evidently had a stroke which affected his heart. About two years ago Mr. Glines had a slight stroke of paralysis but it was not so severe but that he was able to continue in active work most of the time since. His health had seemed to be good and his death came as a great shock to his family and friends. Funeral services conducted by Dr. R. A. White were held in Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach on Saturday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. and burial was made at St. Paul, Nebraska. Out of town relatives who were here to attend the funeral services are: Mrs. Arthur Cook, Gillette, Wyo; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Glines, Alliance, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rogers, Memphis, Nebr. Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Zelgenbein, Memphis, Nebr; Mr. Henry Glines, Picering, Missouri, Mr. Mr. (sic) Earl Glines and children, St. Paul, Nebr; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Glines, Cushing, Nebr; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Marshall, Grand Island, Nebr; Mr. and Mrs. Geo McYntyre and family, Larned, Kas; Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Beaty, Cedar Rapids, Nebr; Mr. and Mrs. John Higgins, Sumpter, Nebr. OBITUARY – Charles William Glines was born in New Hampshire, September 7, 1865 and died at his home northeast of Wolbach, Nebraska, July 31, 1929 aged 64 years 10 months and 24 days. When but a year old he came to Peoria, Illinois. In 1883 he located in Nebraska, making his home for many years in Greeley County. He was united in marriage to Mary Belle Rogers, in Fullerton, Nebraska, 23, 1885. (sic) To this union was born 14 children. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Earl Ray, Sept. 28, 1927, aged 40. He also suffered the loss of one brother and one sister, namely Earl Glines of Grand Island 8 years ago, and Mrs. Mary Paine of Howell, Michigan about 7 years ago. He leaves to mourn the loss his wife and his surviving children, namely Edward Lee Glines, Alliance, Nebr., Mrs. Myrtle Lillian Wilkes, Wolbach, Nebr; Harry M. Glines, Cushing, Nebraska, Mrs. Carrie M. Cook, Gillette, Wyoming; Mrs. Ida E. Quillan, Keeline, Wyoming; Mrs. Maude E. Higgins, North Loup, Neb. Mrs. Ethel Barritt , Coffeyville, Kansas; Charles A. Gline, St. Paul, Nebraska, Ruel R. Gline, Wolbach, Nebraska; Mrs. Lela N. Marshall, Grand Island, Nebraska; Mrs. Fern F. Studley, Greeley, Nebraska; Floyd Gline, Wolbach, Nebraska; Mrs. Lafe Willard, Gillette, Wyoming. Besides these he has one surviving brother and one sister, namely: Harry Gline, Pichering, Missouri and Mrs. Sarah McIntyre, Larned, Kansas. The surviving relatives have the sympathy of many friends in this community. CARD OF THANKS – Neighbors and friends were so kind and helpful to us during the sad hours following the sudden death of our beloved father and husband, and we wish in this manner to express to them our heart felt thanks and gratitude for their help and sympathy. Mrs. Charles Glines and children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 8, 1929.

Mary Belle (Rogers) Glines, 1869-1945
Obituary – Mary Belle Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rogers, was born February 4, 1869, at Yutan, Neb., and died January 23, 1945 at the age of 75 years and 11 months.   Her youth was spent in the vicinity of Yutan.  On November 23, 1885, she was married to Charles Glines at Fullerton.  They farmed near Fullerton and Wolbach.   Her husband and three children, Earl, Harry and Mrs. Maude Higgins preceded her in death.  Surviving are the following children:  Ed Glines of Alliance, Mrs. Myrtle Watson of Wolbach, Mrs. Carrie Cook of Wyoming, Mrs. Ida Collins of Burbank, Cal., Mrs. Ethel Barrett of California, Mrs. Lettie Willard of Wyoming, Charles Glines of Cushing, R. Glines of Wolbach, Mrs. Lela Marshall of Grand Island, Mrs. Fern Studley and Ruhl Glines of Wolbach.  Also surviving are 33 great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.  Funeral services were held at Wolbach, with Rev. W. J. Primrose and Rev. V. R. Bell officiating.  Burial was in the Elwood cemetery.  The pallbearers:   George Lindaur, Andrew Christensen, C. P. Christensen, Paul Anderson, Oscar Oakeson and Frederick Frost.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, February 8, 1945

Emily Gould, 1948
Services Held Aug. 10 For Emily Gould – The American Legion Auxiliary has received word from Mrs. Dorothy C. Sutter, Dept. Secretary-Treasurer that funeral services for Emily Gould, Department Gold Star Chairman and former Secretary-Treasurer were held Thursday, August 10 in the Presbyterian Church at Sidney. She passed away Monday morning in Denver.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 12, 1948

Willys Gould, ca. 1848-1933
Willys Gould Dies At G. I. Hospital – Willys Gould, resident of this community for forty-nine years, passed away at the St. Francis hospital at Grand Island, last Saturday afternoon, at the age of over four score years. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran church in Wolbach Monday at 2:30 p.m., Dr. R. A. White officiating. Quite a number of friends from Fullerton attended, Mr. Gould having a considerable acquaintance in that vicinity. Burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. Mr. Gould was born in New York state about 85 years ago. As a young man he moved to Illinois, later going on to Iowa, and in 1884 came to this locality in Nebraska. In 1892 his wife died leaving Mr. Gould with two sons, Harry, who now resides between Fullerton and Palmer, and Frank, who was adopted, and became Frank G. Sherman, present address unknown. In 1892, Mr. Gould homesteaded on a piece of land in Howard county southeast of Wolbach, which is still in possession of the heirs. Mr. Gould has been a familiar figure about Wolbach for many years, and his kindly character made him many friends. During the past few years his health gradually failed, and two weeks before his death he was taken to the hospital where better care could be given him during the short remaining time allotted him in this world. Card of Thanks – I take this means of expressing my thanks for the many acts of kindness and help rendered by our friends during the last days and at the time of the death of my father, Willys Gould. Harry Gould
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 8, 1933

Tille (Wise) Macoy Graham, 1862-1937
Mother of Mrs. R. P. Bissell Dies – Friends of the Roy Bissell family in this community and those who knew A. M. Graham were grieved to learn of her death Friday morning, October 8, at the home of the former. Brief services conducted by Rev. E. A. Pedersen were conducted in the home here Sunday morning with last rites held in the Christian church at York Sunday afternoon. Interment was made at the latter place. OBITUARY -- Tillie Wise was born June 28, 1862 in Keokuk County, near Iowa City, Iowa, and died at Wolbach, Nebraska, October 8, 1937 attaining an age of 75 years, 3 months and 10 days. When but a small child she came to York County with her parents who took up their residence on a farm 6 miles northwest of York on Lincoln Creek where they lived in a sod house and like most Nebraska pioneers of that day, braved the dangers of prairie fires and Indians. At an early age she became a member of the Evangelical church. Later she joined the Christian church of which she remained a faithful member to the end. In 1880 she was married to George W. Macoy, to which union eight children were born; of which survive her, namely: L. Macoy and D. W. Macoy of Lincoln, C. E. Macoy of York and Mrs. R. P. Bissell of Wolbach, Nebraska. Also 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and a half sister in Iowa. On August 11, 1915 she was married to Austin M. Graham of York. He preceded her in death December 11, 1931. She maintained her home in York until 3 years ago, when failing health compelled her to yield to the importunities of her daughter, and make her home with her at Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 14, 1937

Florence (Keef) Grant, 1939
Former Resident Killed in Accident – Relatives have received word here that Mrs. Claude Grant, formerly Florence Keef of this place was instantly killed in a head-on auto collision while returning home to Orange, California from Oklahoma, where she and her husband had been visiting his people. Mr. Grant was seriously injured. Mrs. Grant visited in the Dave Keef home in July. Her father, Charley Keef, lives in Lincoln.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 28, 1939

Theodore Graves, 1918
Casualty List – Killed In Action, Privates: Theodore E. Graves, Clarks, Neb.
The Grand Island Daily Independent, Thursday, November 21, 1918

Resolution of Condolence of Wolbach Lodge No. 280 I.O.O.F. – Whereas: It has pleased the Almighty to remove from our midst by death while serving his Country on the battlefield in France, our esteemed member, Theodore Graves, who as one of its members had the welfare of his Country and the order in his thoughts and was a worthy example to all the brother members. Therefore, Resolved: That in the death of Brother Graves we have sustained the loss of a member whose fellowship it was an honor to enjoy. Ever faithful to his duties, of unimpeachable character, a citizen worthy of the highest honors. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives in the hour of their affliction, and may their faith in God help to temper their grief is the prayer of the members of the order. Resolved: That a copy of these resolutions be presented to relatives of our deceased brother and a copy engrossed upon the records of our order. Committee. Paul Larsen, Jas. A. Moss, C. D. McIntyre
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 28, 1918

Eugene Gray, 1946
FORMER RESIDENT DIES – Wolbach friends have received word of the death of Eugene Gray on February 18 in Illinois. He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John Schuyler of Grand Island, formerly of Wolbach. He made his home in Wolbach for several years and graduated from the Wolbach High school in 1939. Death was attributed to pneumonia.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, January 28, 1946

Dr. Flavius J. Greer, 1841-1922
Dr. Greer Called – Following an illness of several weeks, three of which he was confined to his bed, and principally the result of old age, Dr. Flavius J. Greer passed to the other shore at 12:30 Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roy R. Barnard, in this city. Dr. Greer was born in Carroll county, Ohio, on October 22, 1841, and died at Wolbach, Nebraska, on September 26, 1922, aged 80 years, 11 months and 4 days. He was married to Sabina Jane Noble on May 5, 1863 and to this union were born six children, five of whom are now living and three of whom were with him when the end came. Mrs. Greer passed away at the family home in Callaway, Nebraska on August 27, 1913. The children surviving are: James A. of Grant, Neb.; Harley E., address unknown; George of Rushville, Neb., Mrs. Roy R. Barnard of Wolbach, Nebr., and Mrs. W. F. Zumbrunn of Long Beach, Cal. The latter three have been constantly with him since he was taken to his bed. Dr. Greer located in Nebraska in 1873, and for several years operated a drug store and practiced medicine, later giving up the drug business and devoting his entire time to the practice of medicine. He quit active practice some ten years ago, entering the real estate business. While in this business, with headquarters in Colorado, he was caught in a cyclone, a building blowing in on him and injuring him quite severely. He recovered form the injury apparently, but never entirely. For the past two years his health had been gradually failing him. The remains were taken on Wednesday morning to Benedict, Nebr., for interment, at which place his father and mother, a daughter and other relatives were interred. The remains of Mrs. Greer, now lying in the cemetery near Callaway, will be moved to the burial lot at Benedict in the near future. Dr. Greer was a member of the Methodist church and was a regular and devoted attendant until his health became such that he could not go. For about 50 years he has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and at the time of death was a member in good standing of Callaway Lodge No. 209. He has gone, but his name will live after him among those to whom he administered during health, sickness and death.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 28, 1922

James Simon Greer, 1872-1928
J. S. Greer Passes Away Last Saturday Morning – This community was greatly shocked and grieved last Saturday morning when it was learned that Sime Greer had passed away during the early morning hours. He had retired the night before in his usual health. At six o’clock the next morning he was lying dead in his bed. His father, Charles Greer of Fullerton was here at the time of his death, having arrived here Friday evening. With the passing of J. S. Greer, Wolbach loses a man who had been prominent in business affairs of the town for many years, and one who has made a host of friends during that time. He will be greatly missed in Wolbach where his friendliness and industry drew to him a large number of friends. The funeral service held Monday afternoon at the Methodist church was attended by one of the largest crowds ever gathered here for a similar event. Only a small part of the crowd was able to find room in the church building. The Oddfellow Lodge, of which Mr. Greer was a member, attended in a group, to pay their respects to a departed brother. The casket and altar were beautifully adorned with wreaths of flowers. The pall bearers were G. D. Meredith, W. J. Sawicki, Joe Stepp, E. L. Johnson, Robt. Wilson, and M. E. Fitzsimmons. After a comforting prayer offered by Rev. Dr. R. A. White and music by the choir, the funeral sermon was delivered by W. C. Braymen. The following obituary was read: James Simon Greer was born Nov. 14, 1872 near Hamburg, Iowa. The first 18 years of his life were spent on his father’s farm near that city. When Sime was 18 years of age, his father moved his family to a farm near Fullerton, Nebr. He farmed with his father for two years, afterward returning to Thurman, Iowa. He worked for Harry Paul in his general merchandise store for twelve years. Sime later spent two years traveling out of Chicago. He also traveled as a salesman for Allen Bros. Coffee house of Omaha. Following a year’s service with this firm, he returned to the vicinity of Wolbach to live with his father on a farm five miles east of here. He farmed here for a period of three years. Sime Greer and Polly Cutler were married February 2, 1910. They established together a store in Wolbach during that same year. With the exception of one year, Sime spent his time in building up and taking care of his business. He leaves behind, his wife, Polly Greer, who has long been, and especially during his protracted illness, faithfully and unselfishly devoted to his happiness. His father, Charles Greer was with his son at the time of his death. His mother preceded him to the World Beyond two years ago. Two brothers, Robert and John Greer, both of Fullerton, and one sister, Mrs. Addie Hillman, of Green, Iowa, mourn his going. There are many relatives and a host of friends who join with them in their sorrow. The body was laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to take this inadequate but only available method of showing our sincerest appreciation of the help extended us by friends and neighbors during our great sorrow. We wish to thank especially all the members of the Oddfellow Lodge for their assistance; those who presented the beautiful flowers, and all those who either by thought or deed, helped to make our sorrow lighter. Polly Greer, Robert Greer, Charles Greer, Addie Hillman and family, John Greer and family, Mrs. Mary Cutler, Peder Hansen and family
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 20, 1928

Benjamin Franklin Griffith, 1845-1924
OBITUARY- Benjamin Franklin Griffith was born in Mount Morris, New York, February 23rd, 1845 and passed to his reward from his home in Scotia, Nebraska, Wednesday evening, November 5th, 1924 at 8:10 o'clock having reached the age of 79 years, 8 months and 12 days. At the age of ten years he with his parents moved to Brockwayville, Jefferson county, Pennsylvania and seven years later, during the year 1862 enlisted in company H 105 Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in which company he fought in the Civil War until May 6th, 1864 on which day he was severely wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness. On November of the same year he was transferred to company 14 Second Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps and was stationed at Stone hospital, West 14th Street, Washington, D.C. from which he was honorably discharged with the title of “Lieutenant Colonel” on September 2nd, 1865 going directly to Plainfield, Wisconsin. On July 11th, 1869 Mr. Griffith was united in marriage to Miss Marie Jane Borden of Oasis, Wisconsin and to this union were born three children, Myrtle E., John Turk and Mary Jeanette. The two latter along with Mrs. Griffith, the wife and mother proceeded him in death. In September 1878 the deceased with his family immigrated to Scotia, Nebraska, settling on the farm now owned by Mr. Arthur Schilling and from which he retired some years later to the village of Scotia, Nebraska where he spent the remainder of his life. He was admitted to the practice of law May 18th 1883 and for several years pursued a successful legal business in the district and supreme courts until some three years ago when because of the infirmities of age he was compelled to abandon the active work of his profession. Mr. Griffith united with the Scotia Methodist Episcopal church by certificate August 15th, 1909 during the pastorate of Rev. Chas. Ford remaining a deeply interested devoted and benevolent member to the close of his life. Deceased leaves to mourn their loss: His daughter, Mrs. Myrtle- E. Smith (who cared for her father with the most tender devotion during the last two or more years of declining health) three brothers and two sisters, two nieces Mrs. Eva Johnson of North Loup and Mrs. Carrie Fletcher of Almond, Wisconsin, four grandchildren an six great grandchildren, besides many friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were conducted in the Scotia Methodist Episcopal church Friday afternoon, November 7th, 1924 at two o'clock by the pastor, Rev. Jesse A. Monkman, after which interment was made in the Mount Hope Cemetery. At the conclusion of the ritualistic service for the burial of the dead was read by the minister and taps sounded by Mr. Ammerman. The body of another of our Civil War veterans was covered from the gaze of mortal man until the trumpet of God shall sound on the morning of the resurrection. Several members of the “Army of the Republic” and “American Legion” attended the funeral service. - CARDS OF THANKS We take this opportunity to thank the many good friends and neighbors, who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and burial of our dear father. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Smith.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Volume XXX, Thursday, November 13, 1924, pg. 1, column 6

Henrich Groskurth, 1843-1914
H. GROSKURTH DIES – Succumbs To Stroke of Paralysis, Had Been Ailing Some Time – Heinrich Groskurth, an old resident of this county passed away Tuesday morning June 16 at his home about three and one half miles southwest of Wolbach. Mr. Groskurth was born in Germany, June 4, 1843 and was seventy one years and twelve days of age at the time of his death. He leaves besides his wife, four sons and two daughters to mourn his loss. Two of the boys live in the west but are expected home to attend the last rites. Funeral services will be held Friday June 19 from the home at 1:30 and from the Sonderup church at 2 o’clock. Interment will be made in the church cemetery. Our sympathies are extended to the bereaved ones in their hour of trouble.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 18, 1914

Eva Marie (Rickard) Grossart, 1931
Mrs. George Grossart Dies Suddenly at G.I. – Without warning Mrs. George Grossart of Grand Island passed away at 9:30 last Thursday evening at the General Hospital where she was a patient. She had entered the hospital about ten days previously for surgical treatment after several months of ill health. A major operation had been performed and she was apparently doing well. Mrs. Grossart, formerly Eva Marie Rickard, of Cairo, was united in marriage to George Grossart on May 29, 1918. She is survived by her husband, two children, Derelea, age 6, and Rex, aged 4, also her parents and a brother at Cairo. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at Cairo, and burial was in the Burwick cemetery, near Cairo. Over 600 people attended the funeral. Many relatives from Wolbach were present, including Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grossart, Joe, Glen, and Erma, Mr. and Mrs. John Grossart and Nina, Mrs. Josephine Grossart, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Terry, and son Glenn and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cook. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bahensky of Palmer also were present. The pall bearers were brothers of the bereaved husband, James, Richard, John, and Peter Grossart and two brothers of the deceased.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 8, 1931

John "Jake" Grossart, 1856-1934
Jake Grossart Dies at Grand Island – As we go to press we learn of the death of Mr. Jake Grossart of Grand Island. Mr. Grossart has been seriously ill with cancer of the liver for several weeks and passed away at five o’clock yesterday (Wednesday). The body was brought to the McIntyre undertaking parlor here last night. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 1, 1934

Grossart Funeral Rites Held Friday – A large number of friends attended funeral services, Friday afternoon for John Grossart, a resident of central Nebraska since 1886, the rites being held at Wolbach Trinity Lutheran church. Rev. Rhine, the pastor assisted by Rev. Geissinger, of Trinity Methodist church of Grand Island, officiated and burial was in the Hillside cemetery. Four grand-daughters, Irma Grossart, Larine Thompson, and Ruby and Nina Grossart, served as flower girls and six grand-sons, Joe, Glenn and Victor Grossart and Rollin, Dale and Merlin Thompson, served as pallbearers. Born in Gilmerton, Scotland, December 17, 1856, Mr. Grossart was married in his native land to Cecelia Bain, on April 25, 1879. They came to America, arriving June 22, 1886, and locating in Spring Creek precinct, Howard county, near Wolbach, Nebraska. They resided in this vicinity for forty years, before moving to Cairo in 1917, to make their home. In 1922 they moved to Grand Island, establishing their residence at 916 North Kimball St. where he resided until the time of his death. To this union there were born thirteen children, four of them in Scotland. Surviving to mourn his passing besides his widow, are three daughters, Mrs. E. L. Campbell, Mrs. G. L. Bloom and Jessye Grossart, all of Grand Island; five sons, James and George of Grand Island, John and Richard at Wolbach and Lawrence of Sterling, Colo; also 29 grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends. He was the last member of his family, his youngest brother having preceded him in death three years ago. Children preceding him in death were Isabelle Thompson, Elizabeth Jolls and Nels and William Grossart. Card of Thanks – We take this means of extending to our many friends and neighbors, our heartfelt thanks for their assistance and sympathy extended to us at the time of the death and burial of our beloved husband and father. Mrs. John Grossart and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 8, 1934

Nels Grossart, 1893-1918
OBITUARY – Nels Grossart, son Mr. and Mrs. John Grossart, was born at Wolbach, Nebraska, November 15, 1893, and died at Wolbach, Nebraska, November 22nd, 1918 at the age of 25 years and 7 days. His entire life has been spent in Greeley County. He was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Clay, November 6th, 1913. To this union was born one son, LaMoyne. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and son, his father and mother, five sisters, six brothers and a host of friends. Nels was a victim of the influenza which later developed pneumonia. Outdoor funeral services were held at the Grossart home Saturday, November 23rd, conducted by Rev. J. M. Johnson of M. E. church. He was laid to rest in the Hillside cemetery. The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad hour. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for their kindness during the illness and death of our beloved husband, son and brother. Also for the floral offerings. Mrs. Nels Grossart. Mr. and Mrs. John Grossart and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 28, 1918

William Grossart, 1880-1929
Fatally Injured In Fall From Stack – Wm. Grossart died last night at about 8 o’clock as the result of injuries received when he fell from a hay stack, while stacking alfalfa on the Frank Kolar farm three miles south of Wolbach. They were just finishing up a stack, working late on account of the threatening rain, when the accident occurred. Mr. Grossart, who was working on the stack was knocked off the stack when the last load was delivered by the stacker. He suffered a broken neck, evidently falling upon his head. He lived only a few minutes. The injury on his neck led some to think he had possibly been struck by part of the stacker. The body was immediately brought to town and taken to the McIntyre undertaking parlor. This tragedy comes as a severe shock to this community and great sympathy is felt for the bereaved family and relatives. Miss Lillian Grossart, who has been employed at Scottsbluff, the only one of the children not living here, is expected to arrive home this morning. As we go to press, definite plans for the funeral have not been made.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 20, 1929

Wm. Grossart Funeral Held Last Friday – The body of William Grossart was laid to rest in Wolbach cemetery last Friday afternoon. The Funeral procession left the house at 2:30 pm. and made its way to the church led by four flower girls and members of the Oddfellows lodge. The flower girls were Misses Naomi Larsen, Berniece Rogers, Clara Wagner and Doris Bryer. The pall-bearers were John Lowe, Ole Christensen, F. E. McCormick, M. E. Fitzsimmons, W. F. Nelson and Ed Meyers. Services were conducted at the Trinity Lutheran Church by Dr. R. A. White. The Oddfellow Lodge, of which Mr. Grossart was a member, conducted services at the cemetery. An exceedingly large crowd attended the funeral, friends from miles around leaving all else and coming to pay their last respects to the deceased. Many relatives of the family were present, including Mr. Grossart’s parents from Grand Island. The following obituary was read at the church: William Grossart was born in Edinburg, Scotland, March 21, 1880. He came to his death by accident, 3 miles south of Wolbach, June 19, 1929, aged 49 years, 2 months and 28 days. He came to America June 22, 1886, and located in Spring Creek Precinct near Wolbach, Nebraska, and has lived in this vicinity ever since. He was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Berney, December 12, 1904. To this union was born seven children, Evelyn, Lillian, Lila, Agnes, Ruby, Willa, and William, Jr. He was baptized in the Presbyterian church in infancy. He leaves to mourn his death, besides his wife and seven children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Grossart, Sr. of Grand Island; five brothers and three sisters, namely, James of Grand Island, Nebr., Richard and John of Wolbach, George of Cairo, and Peter of Sterling Colo; Mrs. Lena Bloom, Mrs. Edna Campbell, and Miss Jessie Grossart of Grand Island. Besides these, he leaves many other relatives and a host of friends who were greatly shocked to learn of his death and deeply regret his departure. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death. Niels Grossart of Wolbach and Mrs. Elizabeth Jolls of Grand Island died during the flu epidemic ten years ago last fall. Mrs. Belle Thompson of Cairo passed away three years ago last month. During the past ten years he has made his home in Wolbach, where he was engaged in business. The last year, he served as janitor of the public schools. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge in Wolbach, and will be very much missed by the brothers of that order. The family have the sympathy of the entire community. CARD OF THANKS – We take this means of extending to our many kind friends and neighbors, our heartfelt thanks for their assistance and sympathy extended to us at the time of the death and burial of our beloved husband and father. Mrs. Wm. Grossart and children, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cook.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 27, 1929

Lena Juliana Guterschank (Poschke) 1853-1927
Obituary After a lingering illness, Mrs. Lena Juliana Poschke Guterschank, passed from this life at her home, Monday afternoon. She was born in Freblen, Pommerania, Germany, January 9th 1853. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. In 1874 she was united in marriage to John Guterschank. This union was blessed with one daughter who died at the age of three years. The couple came to this country in 1891 where they lived on a farm in Fish Creek. A number of years ago they moved to Scotia where they have resided since. Those left to mourn her departure are her husband, one sister, Mrs. M. Wald of this town, two brothers, August Poschke of Stapleton, Nebr. and Albert Poschke who resides in Germany. She was also a cousin of Gene Radgen of Fish Creek. Funeral services were held from the Lutheran church yesterday afternoon, preceded by prayer at the home, Rev. W. L. Ernstmeyer officiating. Rev. Ernstmeyer delivered a German and English address. Miss Colia Heyden rendered the beautiful song “We Findet Die Seele die Heimat der Ruhe.” Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Her brother August Poschke of Stapleton and a niece, Mrs. E. J. Wille of Laurel were here for the services. I fall asleep in Jesus' wounds, Where pardon for my sins abounds; Yea Jesus' blood and righteousness My jewels are, my glorious dress; Wherein before my God I'll stand, When I shall reach the heavenly land.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, July 21, 1927, pg. 5, column 4


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