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John Anthony Nealon, 1889-1935
Highly Respected Citizen Dies Friday – Citizens of Wolbach were grieved Friday when it was learned that John Nealon had passed away at his home in Brayton following a week’s illness from pneumonia. John Anthony Nealon, oldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Nealon, was 46 years of age January 31, 1935. He was born in Logan precinct in this county where he lived all his life until about three years ago when he moved to Brayton where he had since made his home with his brother Tom and family. Mr. Nealon could almost be regarded as one of Wolbach’s leading citizens as he was the secretary of the local Farmer’s Co-operative Association for the past fifteen years, a position he held at the time of his death. He enjoyed a wide acquaintance and was favorably known and highly respected throughout this section of the state. He was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and the K. C. Lodge, and was a candidate for the State Legislature in the last election. Largely attended funeral services were held in the O’Connor Catholic church Monday morning conducted by the Rev. Fr. McDaid. Ed Cleary, Jim Feehan, Jesse L. Scott, Harry Salter, Wm. Joyce and Mike Faherty served as pall bearers. Surviving to mourn his passing are one sister, Mrs. Peter Meister of Elsie and seven brothers, Frank, William, Thomas, Earl, Paul, Matthew and Maurice and many other relatives. His parents and one sister, Mrs. Joseph Meister preceded him in death. The sincere sympathy of the community at large is extended to the sorrowing family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 4, 1935

Mrs. John B. Nealon, 1926
Mrs. John B. Nealon Passes to Her Reward – Mrs. John B. Nealon died at a hospital at Sutherland, Nebraska, last Friday and was laid to rest at O’Connor Monday morning. Services were held at the O’Connor church at which there was a very large attendance. Mrs. Nealon was taken ill while visiting her daughter in the western part of the state some time ago, and was taken for treatment to the hospital where she passed away. The body was brought back to Wolbach last Saturday evening. Mrs. Nealon leaves to mourn her death, a husband, one daughter, and several sons. Her death is a distinct loss to the whole community in which she lived, as she had a very large number of friends and was dearly loved by all who knew her. The Nealons were early settlers in Greeley county.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 16, 1926

Patrick Nealon, 1865-1918
Patrick Nealon – Patrick E. Nealon died at the family home in Logan precinct at 3:40 o’clock Saturday morning. He had been ill less than a week. He was first afflicted by Spanish influenza which developed into pneumonia. Only a week ago he was in Greeley. Mr. Nealon was born at Carbondale, Pa. August 8th 1865 being 53 years old at the time of his death. He came to Greeley county in September 1882. He was married to Miss Ellen Nestor, December 18, 1898. Besides his widow he is survived by six children. They are Anthony, Frank, Edward, Ellen, Joe and Roy. Two brothers, A. and J. B. Nealon of this county, and one sister, Mrs. John Neary of Old Forge, Pa., also survive him. The funeral was held at O’Connor at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, Father Fayer officiating. It was largely attended. Mr. Nealon was a highly respected farmer and leaves a host of warm friends. He was honorable in all his dealings and had the confidence of all. He took an active part in precinct affairs. – Greeley Citizen.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 24, 1918

H. P. Nelsen, 1843-1920
Obituary – H. P. Nelsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1843 and died at his home in Wolbach, Nebraska, January 10th, 1920, aged 76 years, 4 months and 19 days. His father’s name was Nels Olsen and his mothers maiden name is unknown. He came to America in 1864 and settled at first in Wisconsin and afterward in Nebraska at Wolbach. In 1873 he was united in marriage to Mary Larsen. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter, ten grand children and one great grandchild. One son, Gus Nelsen, and two grand children preceded him to the Great Beyond. The two sons are William Nelsen of Curlew, Wash., and Chas. Nelsen of Greeley, Nebr. The daughter is Mrs. Ida Bartunek of Lincoln, Neb. In infancy the deceased was baptized and later confirmed in the Danish Lutheran church, and remained an adherent of the Lutheran faith. He was a member of the Danish Brotherhood in Wolbach. Funeral services conducted by Rev. White were held in Trinity Lutheran church, Tuesday, January 13th, at 2 p.m., after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. Grandpa Nelsen as he was often familiarly called, being an old settler, was well known. The church was well filled with old friends, neighbors and members of the Danish Brotherhood. The surviving wife, children and grand children have the profound sympathy of the entire community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 15, 1920

Mette Marie (Sorensen) Nelsen, 1841-1930
Mrs. Jorgen Nelsen Is Laid To Rest – Mrs. Jorgen Nelsen died last Thursday night at the home of her son, Nels J. Nelsen, in Wolbach, after an illness of several weeks. She was almost eighty-nine years old at the time of her death. Until a few months ago Mrs. Nelsen lived in her little home on Kingston Ave., where she spent the past several years in peace and contentment, taking care of her home and her garden. Although a modest home, she always made it attractive with flower beds around the house, while her garden was always a model for productiveness. But age crept on, and a few months ago she went to stay at the home of her son, where, after gradually losing strength, she passed away peacefully last Thursday night. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rev. S. S. Kaldahl officiating and burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. The following obituary was read by Rev. Kaldahl during the service: Mrs. Jorgen Nelsen, whose maiden name was Mette Marie Sorensen, was born August 10, 1841 in Denmark, and passed away March 13, 1930 at the good age of 88 years, 7 months and 4 days. Mrs. Nelsen was baptized and confirmed in the State Church of Denmark. She was united in marriage to Jorgen Nelsen in 1861. They emigrated to this country in the year 1887 and came directly to Cushing, Nebraska, where they lived a few years before going to Omaha. Shortly after moving to Omaha, Mr. Nelsen died. Mrs. Nelsen lived the last part of her life in Cushing and Wolbach spending her last 11 years in Wolbach. Mrs. Nelsen was the mother of seven children. Only two of these survive her, namely Andrew and Nels, both of Wolbach. She also leaves to mourn her death 19 grand children and 7 great grand children. May God bless her memory among us! CARD OF THANKS -- We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for their expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness during the illness and following the death of our dear mother and grandmother. The beautiful floral offerings were deeply appreciated. Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Nelsen and children, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nelsen and children. – Out of town relatives present for the funeral of Mrs. M. M. Nelsen included Mr. and Mrs. August Fredrickson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fredrickson, Mr. Mads Fredrickson, and Mrs. Sophie Peterson, all of Cushing. The out-of-town grand-children of Mrs. M. M. Nelsen who were here for her funeral Sunday were: Miss Irene Nelsen of St. Paul, Mr. Otto Nelsen of Lincoln, Louis Nelsen of Guide Rock and Mrs. S. V. Mentzer of Ericson. Mr. Mentzer and son Lavern were also here. All returned to their homes Sunday evening.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 20, 1930

Louie Mitchel Nelsen, 1907-1932
Funeral Services Held For Louie M. Nelsen – Funeral services of Louie M. Nelsen were held at the Wolbach Methodist church at 2 p.m. last Friday. So many relatives and friends of the deceased young man gathered to pay their final tribute, that every seat in the church was filled and many had to remain on the outside. Rev. H. A. Feldman and Rev. S. S. Kaldahl conducted the services, each preaching a short sermon. Many beautiful flowers were borne to the church altar by six flower girls, who were Misses Oddetta Bower, Wanda Browning, Naomi Larsen, Berniece Rogers, Mrs. Fred Weeks, and Mrs. Glenn Grossart. Joe Grossart, Harold Glass, Victor Thompson, Bert Thayer, Clarence Thayer and Harold Davis were the pall bearers. Of these the first five named graduated with Louie from the Wolbach high school in the class of 1926. During the service, a vocal solo, "Abide With Me," was sung by Miss Berniece Rogers, also a duet by Miss Rogers and Miss Catherine McLaughlin, and a mixed quartet number. Interment was made in Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach. OBITUARY – Louie Mitchel Nelsen was born in Howard County, near Wolbach, Dec. 1st, 1907. On Nov. 22, 1932, at the age of 24 years, 11 months and 22 days, he departed this life, at the Lincoln General Hospital from a heart ailment, the cause of which is unknown. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Nelsen of Wolbach, five sisters and three brothers, namely: Mrs. Hattie Mentzer of Ericson, Mrs. Marie Nelson, Broken Bow, Mrs. Maybelle Wohlers, Wolbach, Mrs. Esther Bussell, Wolbach, Mrs. Lillian Nelson, Broken Bow, Otto of Lincoln, Arthur and Andrew of Wolbach, one brother, George Arthur, preceded him in death. Louie was a young man of high esteem, he was a kind and loving son and brother, a sincere and true friend, who never forgot his companions. He was admired and loved by all who knew him. He graduated from the Wolbach High School in 1926, after his graduation, he was employed by the Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Co., and at the time of his death he was a Junior in the University of Nebr. Electrical Engineering College. All through life he was very ambitious, always striving to better his education and when the goal was just ahead he was called from this earth. "For one ship goes east, another west, By the selfsame winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sail, and not the gale, That determines the way they go. Like the winds of the sea, are the ways of fate As we voyage along through life, ‘Tis the set of the soul that decides the goal And not the calm or the strife." - Riddell. – Card of Thanks – In the hours of suspense and sorrow following the recent illness and death of our dear son and brother, the late Louie Nelsen, the sympathy and kindness shown us by friends and neighbors served as a sustaining force while hope lasted, and a source of comfort in later days. To each and to all we wish to express our sincere gratitude and assurance of appreciation. We also thank those who sent floral tokens of remembrance. Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Nelsen and Family
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 1, 1932

Marie (Larsen) Nelsen, 1843-1925
Mrs. H. P. Nelson (sic) Called To Her Reward – After several weeks of illness, Mrs. H. P. Nelson died at her home in Wolbach at about 1 o’clock last Sunday morning. This is the second time death has claimed an old resident in this community during the past few weeks, Mr. Lambert having been taken about ten days prior. Mrs. Nelson’s daughter, Mrs. Ida Bartunek was at Lincoln at the time of the death of her mother, having returned to Lincoln Saturday. She was called back to Wolbach Sunday and her daughter, Kathleen, accompanied her. Many other relatives and friends came to attend the funeral which was held Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran church conducted by Rev. R. A. White at 2:30 P.M. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. Obituary – Marie Larsen was born in Lulland, Denmark, November 4, 1843 and died her home in Wolbach, Nebr., February 22, 1925, aged 84 years, 3 months and 18 days. She was married at Waupaca, Wisconsin to H. P. Nelsen October 6, 1873. Grandpa Nelsen passed on five years ago. Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Nelsen had three sons and one daughter, Will of Curlen, Washington, who could not be here today, Gus H. Nelsen, who preceded the parents to the Better Land 8 years ago, Charley of Greeley, Nebr. and Ida Bartunek, who has lived with her mother at a time when it became necessary for some one to live with her. There were 12 grandchildren, three having died, and one great grandchild living at Seattle, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Nelsen were among the early settlers of Wolbach having lived here 40 years. Being such long residents of the community they are well known and leave a large number of friends behind. The surviving children and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. Card of Thanks – We take this means of thanking all who so kindly and lovingly helped us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother, Mrs. H. P. Nelson. We are also grateful for the beautiful flowers and the kindness show to us by the Danish Brotherhood. The Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 26, 1925

Nels J. Nelsen, 1866-1945
DIES AFTER A LONG ILLNESS – Funeral Rites Held Tuesday Afternoon For Nels J. Nelsen – Nels J. Nelsen, native of Denmark and a resident of the Wolbach community for 52 years, died early Sunday morning at the family home in Wolbach after a long illness. Mr. Nelsen, who was 79 years old, had been failing health for the last ten months. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home and at 2:30 at the Methodist church, with Rev. A. C. Ehret of North Loup officiating. The choir was under the direction of Mrs. Helen B. Adams. Burial was in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers were E. L. Johnson, Herman B. Johnson, Fred Elliott, Perl Bower, E. H. Davis and A. W. Marco. Born April 16, 1866, Mr. Nelsen came to the United States from Denmark when he was 20 years old. From 1893 to 1912 he farmed southeast of Wolbach, and in the later year the family moved to Wolbach, where they since have lived. In 1893 he was married to Mary Mikkelsen. To this union ten children were born. Two sons preceded him in death, one son, George, dying in infancy and Louie at the age of 26. Surviving Mr. Nelsen are his wife and the following children: Otto, Arthur, Hattie Mentzer, Marie Nelson, Mabel Wohlers, Esther Busell, Andy, and Lillian Nelson. Also surviving are one brother, Andrew, 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, November 22, 1945

Charles Oliver Nelson, 1880-1928
C. O. Nelson of Greeley Dies at G. I. Hospital – This community was shocked last Friday to hear that C. O. Nelson had died at a hospital in Grand Island. Mr. Nelson was operated upon Monday of last week and was very sick for several days. Wednesday and Thursday he seemed much better, but took worse Thursday night. He passed away about ten o’clock Friday morning. The funeral services were held Monday morning at Greeley. A good many Wolbach people attended. Charles Oliver Nelson was born at Centralia, Wood County, Wisconsin, October 21, 1880 and was 47 years, 4 months and 15 days old at the time of his death. At the age of 5 years he came to Nebraska with his parents who homesteaded between Wolbach and Brayton, and where he and his brother Gus, who were inseparable grew to manhood. Gus died about ten years ago. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, Sadie, and an only son, Gerry, aged five years, one sister, Mrs. Ida Bartunek of Wolbach and a brother Will, of Curlew, Washington, several nephews and nieces and a host of friends. Charles Nelson was known for his kindly spirit and for his love for an outdoor life. He was a prominent farmer and stockman of Greeley county, owning a large ranch north west of Greeley, where he handled cattle and hogs in large numbers. Many will miss the hearty wholesome laugh and good cheer of C. O. Nelson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 22, 1928

Gerry Lee Nelson, 1947-1947
Charles Nelsons’ Lose Infant Son at Birth – Committal services were held at the grave side December 9, 1947 for Gerry Lee, infant son of Charles and Leah Jane Nelson. The baby passed away at birth in a Grand Island hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have no other children. At last report Mrs. Nelson was recovering satisfactorily.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 11, 1947

Harley Emmet Nelson, 1923-1949
Military Rites Held Here Monday For Harley Nelson – Military rites were held here Monday at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church for Harley Emmet Nelson. Rev. Philip Biblehimer officiated. Burial in the Hillside Cemetery. The Lutheran Junior Choir sang: "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", "The Old Rugged Cross", and "Abide With Me". Pallbearers were: Frank Rother, Glen Grossart, William Berney, John Lange, Henry Henningsen and Marvin Christensen. Harley Nelson was born March 15, 1923 here and passed away Friday, August 12, 1949 at the age of 25 years, 4 months and 27 days. When he was five years of age his parents moved to Carter Lake, Iowa where he attended Grammar School. He graduated at Omaha. He entered the Army February 24, 1943 at Ft. Calhoun and served in the Pacific Theatre for three years. During this time he received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged from the army December 27, 1945 at the Separation Center at Fort Logan, Colorado. He served his remaining years here doing the work he loved helping his father on a farm 4 miles north of Wolbach. He leaves to mourn his passing besides his mother and father, 6 sisters, 4 brothers, 2 grandmothers, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. The military rites were taken care of by the local American Legion, who marched in procession from the Funeral Home to the Church. After the Church services the procession continued to the cemetery where the prayer was given, followed by taps and the firing of a three volley salute over the grave. Francis Kolar folded the flag and Chaplin Bibleheimer gave it to the bereaved mother. The procession was formed as follows: The color bearers, Junior Grossart and Kenneth Studley, the Color guards, Jack Neumann and Gordon Wagner, the bugler, the funeral coach with three pallbearers on either side, the firing squad, the family of the deceased and the minister, with the Legionnaires and Auxiliary completing the procession.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 18, 1949

William Fredrick Nelson, 1876-1941
Funeral Services For William F. Nelson Are Held Monday – Former well-known citizen was stricken in his home early Saturday morning. – Funeral services were held for William Fredrick Nelson by Rev. Earl Raitt of the Methodist church at 1 p.m. Monday at the McIntyre Mortuary in Grand Island with services following in the Methodist church at Wolbach, Committal was in the Wolbach cemetery. OBITUARY – William Fredrick Nelson was born February 18, 1876 at Red Oak, Iowa and passed away early Saturday morning at his home 311 east 3rd street, Grand Island at the age of 65 years 2 months 15 days. At the age of 14 years he with his parents moved to St. Edwards, Nebr. In 1892 he moved to Greeley county eight and one half miles north-east of Wolbach in the district known as Star. On November 28, 1896 he was united in marriage to Martha Ray of Greeley, Nebr., to this union four children were born. He was a successful farmer and became one of the leading citizens of the Star district. He served as an officer of the Farmers Co-operative Union, superintendent of the Sunday school also a member of the school board. On January 16, 1920 be moved to Wolbach and immediately became active in civic affairs, serving on the school board, village board and church board. Served an un-interrupted term of 12 years as electric light and water commissioner also several terms as constable. On September 1, 1936 he moved to Grand Island to manage an apartment building. He was baptized in infancy in the Methodist church. He participated with his family in baptismal ceremony at Enfield church, later transferring to Wolbach then to Grand Island. He was the last of five children to survive, three sisters and one brother preceding him in death. He leaves to mourn his wife and three children, Archie of Wolbach, John of Broken Bow, and Anna Druliner of Grand Island and ten grandchildren. The loss to his family is irreparable. His host of friends and the community will greatly miss him. Let us think that Edgar A. Guest has a man like Fred Nelson in mind when he wrote, "Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man." Pallbearers were Dr. A. H. Holm, John R. Wibbels, Ed. L. Johnson, Alfred J. Larsen, A. H. Studley, and Wm. C. Borre. Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Paulsen, Chris Borre, Mike Fitzsimmons, Nels Nelson, E. H. Davis, W. P. Bissell, Grover Farlee, and W. A. Druliner.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 8, 1941

Bertie Nestor, 1894-1922
Mrs. Bertie Nestor – Mrs. Bertie Nestor was born in North Carolina in 1894 and departed this life at Kearney, Neb., on April 28, 1922, at the age of 28 years. The remains were brought to this city Monday and at 10:30 Tuesday funeral services were held from the Catholic church, a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends attending to pay their last respects to the departed one. Interment took place in Hillside cemetery. Deceased leaves a husband, a daughter, a son and many relatives and friends to mourn her death. Card of Thanks – Our thanks go out to the friends for the kindness shown and sympathy extended during the sickness, death and burial of our beloved wife and mother. Fred Nestor and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 4, 1922

Lawrence W. Nestor, 1870-1948
Services are Held For L. W. Nestor at O’Connor Jan. 2 – Funeral services for Lawrence W. Nestor were held at the Church of the Visitation at O’Connor Friday morning January 2nd. Rev. Robert Foster, assistant pastor, officiated at the Requiem Mass. Burial was in the O’Connor cemetery. Pallbearers were: John Whalen, Albert Whalen, Francis Harrahill, Phillip Dillon, John Sweeney and George Schaub. A resident of this county for 72 years, Mr. Nestor was born at Dundee, Iowa, September 19, 1970 (sic). Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Roy Barnes of Lexington, Nebraska and Mrs. Thomas Moran of Grand Island, five brothers and four sisters. His parents, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 15, 1948

Mary Addie Nestor, ca.1878-1944
Mary A. Nestor Dies Suddenly – Mary Addie Nestor, 66, died suddenly Tuesday morning at 5:30 o’clock at the home of her niece, Mrs. Bart Anderson. A heart ailment was the cause of her death. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will be held Friday, with Rev. H. P. Anderson officiating.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, February 3, 1944

Funeral Services For Mary Nestor – Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Bart Anderson home for Mary Addie Nestor, Rev. Lawrence Charko, assistant pastor at O’Connor, officiated at the last rites. Burial was in the O’Connor cemetery. The pallbearers: William Lantz, Jack Whalen, Ernie Thayer, Edward McNelis, Pat Merriman and John Noonan. Death come unexpectedly last Tuesday morning at the home of a niece, Mrs. Bart Anderson. She was 66 years old. Surviving are one son, Pete Nestor, of Wolbach, and one daughter, Mrs. Carl Muchlecke, of Omaha. Also surviving are six brothers and four sisters. They are Henry and Lawrence Nestor of Wolbach, Fred Nestor of Lincoln, John Nestor of Oregon, Louis Nestor of Idaho, Marion Nestor of Colorado, Mrs. Ollie Kinney of Omaha, Mrs. Joe Kinney of Missoula, Mont., Mrs. Myrtle Eckleberger of Pocatello, Ida., and Mrs. Pat Nealon of Wolbach. Three sisters preceded her in death.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, February 10, 1944

Mrs. Michael Nestor, ca.1848-1922
MRS. NESTOR DEAD – Well Known Woman Answers Call of Her Creator Monday Night – After a residence in this county for the past forty-five years, Mrs. Michael Nestor died at the family home of her son, John in O’Connor precinct Monday night at ten o’clock at the age of seventy-four years. Mrs. Nestor has been connected with the history of Greeley county for the past forty-five years, coming here from Hastings where the family first settled after arriving in Nebraska from the old home in Iowa. She was married to Michael Nestor in Dubuque, Iowa fifty-five years ago. Ten years later, on April 20, 1877, they homesteaded near O’Connor and have continuously resided on the same place until on the 20th of May 1920 when Mr. Nestor died. Since then Mrs. Nestor has made her home with her son John but still on the old homestead. She was the mother of fifteen children, twelve of whom survive her. They are: Mrs. Lottie Smock of Los Angeles, California; Patrick, Mark and Marion Nestor of O’Connor; Lewis Nestor of Rexburg, Idaho; Mrs. Myrtle Ischelberg of Pocatello, Idaho; Mary, Henry and John Nestor and Mrs. Ida Kinney of O’Connor, Mrs. George Kinney of Spalding; Fred Kinney of Grand Island. Three of the children have died. Mrs. Ella Danials died in Omaha three years ago next July and Ed Nestor last August. One child died in infancy. The funeral was held yesterday morning, March 8th at O’Connor from the Church of the Visitation, Rev. Fr. Hayes officiating, and was largely attended. Following were the pallbearers: John O’Gorman, Walter Sawicki, Patrick Merriman, John Noonan, Frank Phelan and Robert Whalen. The family have the sincere sympathy of all in the death of their loved one. – Greeley Leader-Independent.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 16, 1922

Raymond Edward Nestor, 1917-1918
The two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nestor, while playing at his home Wednesday noon, fell into a tank of water and drowned before help arrived. The parents of the baby were away from home at the time of the accident. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved parents in this their hour of sorrow.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 5, 1918

Obituary – Raymond Edward Nestor, child of Edward and Gertrude Nestor, was born nine miles north of Wolbach, January 12, 1917 and died September 4th, 1918, aged one year, seven months and twenty two days. This death was an unusually sad event of the kind. The little one fell into a water tank near the house. The amount of water in the tank was insufficient to produce drowning, but marks on the forehead showed that he had fallen in head first, and was stunned into unconsciousness, and with face downward in the shallow water died before he had time to recover. He leaves to mourn the loss, his father and mother, grandmother and three sisters: Emma, Francis and Margaret. One sister, Gertrude preceded him in death. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. A. White, were held in the Lutheran church, Friday, September 6th, 1918, after which the body was laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. The stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community, as was evinced by the large number that attended the funeral and followed the little one to his last resting place. CARD OF THANKS – I wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kind help during the death and burial of our son Raymond. E. F. Nestor and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 12, 1918

George Lee Neumann, 1870-1948
Funeral Services held For Geo. Neumann Tuesday, Sept. 14 – Funeral services were held here Tuesday, September 14 for Geo. Lee Neumann, who passed away at St. Paul September 11. The services were conducted by Rev. Clyde Ehert of North Loup, 1:45 at the McIntyre Funeral Home and 2:00 p.m. at the Methodist church. Interment in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jack Neumann, LeRoy Neumann, Robert Auten, Richard Thompson, Earl Miller and Arthur Kessler. Flower Girls were: Betty Auten, Eva Jean Thompson, Doras Jean Neumann, Lois Neumann and Carol Neumann. The Methodist Junior Choir sang: "Sweet By and By", "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "God Be With You", with Mrs. Adams as pianist. George Neumann, son of Charles and Mary Neumann, was born February 10, 1870 at Cambridge, Illinois and departed this life September 11, 1948 in Memorial Hospital, St. Paul, Nebraska at the age of 78 years, 7 months and 1 day. He was from a family of eight children, four brothers and three sisters, five of whom preceded him in death. He moved to Sutton, Nebraska with his parents at the age of nine years. Here he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Eva Perlenfien March 19, 1899. To this union were born six children, four girls and two boys, Mildred Eastman, who preceded him in death December 21, 1946, Mable Auten of Pierce, Nebraska, Lillian Thompson of Juniata,, Nebraska, Dorothy Eigbrett of Buffalo, New York, Harold of Wolbach and Ralph of Fullerton. The family moved from Sutton to a farm 3 miles north of Wolbach in 1913. Here he resided and spent his declining years until three days prior to his death, he was removed to the St. Paul hospital where he passed away. Mr. Neumann was a kind and devoted husband and father. He stood for right and fair dealing in the community and was conscientious in his work. He was patient during his three long years of illness and was tenderly nursed by his devoted wife. He united with the Methodist Church and remained a faithful Christian until the end. He is survived and mourned by two sisters, Mrs. Ida Esch of Sutton, Nebr. and Mrs. Katherine Copley of Maywood, Illinois, his wife, three daughters, two sons, seventeen grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends. Those attending from out of town were: Mrs. Ida Esch, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Kessler and Arthur of Sutton, Nebr., Charles N. Kessler of Lincoln, Nebr., Raymond Neumann of Davenport, Nebr., Mrs. Frank Eigbrett of Buffalo, New York., Sgt. Jack Neumann, San Antonio, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Perlenfien of Yuma, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Perlenfien of Harvard, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Auten, Pierce, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Auten, Norfolk, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Thompson and family, Juniata, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Neumann, Fullerton, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Miller and family, Denver, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Scott, Greeley, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmerle, Fullerton, Nebr., and Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmerle, Jr., St. Edward, Nebr.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 16, 1948

Charles Newquist, 1853-1936
Charles Newquist Buried In Lincoln – Mr. Charles Newquist passed away at the home of his son, H. R. Newquist, in the Happy Hollow Community Monday morning. Due to the infirmities of old age he had been confined to his bed for the past two months and the end came peacefully. Brief services were held at the son’s home Wednesday morning, after which the body was taken to Lincoln for burial. OBITUARY – Charles Newquist was born on September 29, 1853 in Stockalyd, Sweden and passed away at the home of his son H. R. Newquist, on December 7, 1936 at the age of 83 years, 2 months, 7 days. On May 4, 1881 he was united in marriage to Anna M. Svenson and in April [illegible] they migrated to this country. To this union there were born four children, two, Hilbert and Jennie, died in infancy, and two, Hilbert Richard and Emily Kathrine, still living. Having come to this country they settled in Linsborg, Kansas, remaining there for two years. They then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, then to Genoa, and finally to this community where he has resided 21 years. Anna M. Svenson Newquist died on November 4, 1894 and in 1898 Mr. Newquist was united in marriage to Mary Lindehl. To this union one son, Carl Oscar, was born. Mary Lindehl Newquist died on September 16, 1902. Mr. Newquist was for a time associated with the Lutheran Church at Lincoln. He leaves to mourn his passing, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren, relatives and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 10, 1936

Norma Gene Newquist, 1931-1931
Carl Newquist’s Child Died Tuesday Night – Norma Gene, eight month’s old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Newquist, passed away at their home fourteen miles east of Wolbach at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday after being ill a few days. Funeral services conducted by Dr. R. A. White of Wolbach were held at the home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., and burial was made in the Fullerton cemetery. Norma Gene was born the 13th of last January.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 10, 1931

Axel Christian Nielsen, 1892-1929
Axel Nielsen Is Called To His Final Reward – The Grim Reaper entered our community last week and took from our midst a man in the prime of his life. Axel Christian Nielsen passed away last Friday afternoon at Grand Island where he had been taken to the hospital the night before. Pneumonia and other complications were the cause of his death. A wife and four small children are left. The sad news came as a great shock to the community as Mr. Nielsen had been active about the farm until a few days before his death. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach with Dr. R. A. White officiating. As the deceased was an ex-service man, the Wolbach American Legion attended in a body and rendered their services at the grave. Burial was made in the Summit cemetery 10 miles west of Wolbach. The bereaved family and relatives have the heart-felt sympathy of the entire community. OBITUARY – Axel Christian Nielsen was born in Denmark December 4, 1892. He died in St. Francis Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska, March 1, 1929 aged 36 years, 2 months and 27 days. He emigrated to America in 1913 and lived six months in Lincoln County, Kansas after which he came to Nebraska, and has lived since in the vicinity of Wolbach. At the time of his death his home was four miles south in Wolbach. May 3, 1920 he was united in marriage to Mary J. Andersen. To this union 3 boys and one girl were born, namely Frances Opal, Myron John, Earl Christian and Paul Duane. Besides his wife and children, he leaves to mourn the loss, his father and his grandmother who live in Denmark, four brothers and 5 sisters and other relatives. One brother and four sisters live in Denmark. They are Conrad, Margaret, Marie, Johanna, Othella. He leaves three brothers and one sister in America: Paul of New York, Harold of Morehead, Iowa and Jens L. of Wolbach; and Elsie of New York. His mother preceded him in death. In infancy he was baptized and in youth confirmed in the Lutheran church in Denmark. During the World War he served over seas in the United States Army. He died trusting in God for salvation and with prayers on his lips and from his heart. CARD OF THANKS – Mere words fail us in attempting to thank our many friends who by their kindly deeds and words of sympathy, helped to lighten our heartache in the loss of our dear Axel. Especially do we thank the American Legion, and all those who gave the beautiful floral offerings. May God bless you all. Mrs. Axel Nielsen and family, Jens L. Nielsen and family, Harold Nielsen, Mrs. Abby Andersen, Paul and Ella, The Joe and Andrew Townsend families.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 7, 1929

Caroline Christine (Lind) Nielsen, 1869-1931
Mrs. Niels Nielsen Answers Final Call – Mrs. Niels Nielsen passed away at her home in Wolbach last Saturday afternoon after being seriously ill with pneumonia for several days. Mrs. Nielsen’s three children, Walter, August and Clara, of Lincoln, arrived here Friday evening and early Saturday morning and their mother was able to recognize them before she passed away. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Dr. R. A. White, at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 1st, after which the remains were taken to Lincoln for burial. OBITUARY – Caroline Christine Lind was born March 4, 1869 at Melerup, Denmark, and died at her home in Wolbach, Nebraska, January 31, 1931, aged 61 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was baptized and confirmed in the Danish Lutheran Church in the land of her birth. In September 1888, at the age of 19 she came to America. In the spring of 1894 she was united in marriage to Niels Nielsen. For a time they lived near Bennett, Nebraska, moving from there to Staplehurst, Nebraska. Later they settled on a farm in Howard County, near Wolbach, and afterward they made their home in Wolbach where she lived until called away by death. To this union was born two sons and one daughter, Walter R. Nielsen, August C. Nielsen and Clara Nielsen, all of Lincoln. She leaves to mourn the loss, her husband, Niels Nielsen, her three children; one sister, Mrs. Jake Grimes of Holdrege, Nebraska; one brother, John Lind of Harvard, Nebr.; and one sister in Denmark. One brother preceded her to the great beyond. Mrs. Nielsen was known as a good, upright woman, living in peace and harmony with her neighbors, leaves many friends all of whom deeply sympathize with the family and surviving relatives, and pray that the wonderful grace of God may sustain them in this dark night of sorrow.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 5, 1931

Chris P. Nielsen, 1884-1923
Obituary – Chris P. Nielsen was born in Howard county, Nebraska, near Cushing, on August 12, 1884. After a brief illness of appendicitis he died in St. Paul, Neb., on April 27, 1923, at the age of 38 years, 8 months and 15 days. Deceased lived most of his life in the community in which he was born, and so has a wide circle of acquaintances. One brother, Jens Nielsen, survives to mourn the loss, his parents and the rest of the family having previously passed to the great beyond. In infancy he was baptized and in youth confirmed in the Danish Lutheran church. The surviving brother has the profound sympathy of the community. Funeral services were held in the Danish Lutheran church at Cushing, conducted by Rev. R. A. White of Wolbach, after which the remains were laid to rest in Rock Creek cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 3, 1923

Christen Nielsen, 1869-1939
Chris Nielsen Is Called To Reward – Resident of Community Since 1885; Death Saturday Following Illness and Failing Health – This community was grieved to learn of the death of Chris Nielsen, 69, at his home here Saturday following an illness of a few weeks, although he had been in failing health for some time. Last rites were conducted by the Rev. E. N. Haugse at the home at 2:15 and the Trinity Lutheran church at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Interment was made in the Hillside cemetery. A large number of friends and relatives from Wolbach and nearby communities were in attendance at the services. M. H. Teilmann, Andrew Christensen, A. G. Dahlberg, August Larson, Julius Berggren and Mike Fitzsimmons were pallbearers. Mr. Nielsen had come to this community at the age of 16 and during his residence here was interested in farming and cattle buying. Christen Nielsen was born at Skibby, Denmark on April 30, 1869 and died at his home in Wolbach on January 28, 1939 at the age of 69 years, 8 months and 28 days. He was baptized and confirmed in the Danish Lutheran Church in Denmark at the age of 14 years. He came to America and settled in Wolbach in 1886 and has lived here until his death. On August 13, 1899 he was united in marriage to Sophia Christensen. To this union five children were born. One son, Darold, preceded him in death, having passed away in 1933. He leaves to mourn his passing besides his wife, four children, Mrs. E. A. Quealey, Mr. Harold Nielsen, Mrs. George Herman, and Mrs. Clarence Thayer, and three grand children, Wally Douthit-Thayer, Cherie Herman and Karen Nielsen. The Messenger joins friends in this community in extending sympathy to the family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 2, 1939

Darold Leonard Nielsen, 1907-1933
Darrell (sic Darold) Nielsen Dies From Gun Shot Wound – The entire community was saddened and shocked Wednesday afternoon about 3 o’clock, when it was learned that Darrell Nielsen, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nielsen had shot himself. Darrell and Glenn Grossart were hauling corn to the elevator here, from the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Marcoe where Mr. Marcoe’s son Arnold and family live, about 4 ˝ miles south east of town. While Glenn was scooping corn from inside the bin, young Nielsen called to him that he was going out to shoot a pheasant and when later Glenn heard the shot he thought nothing more of it, but when Darrell had not returned by the time he had finished the loading and blew the horn a number of times, he became alarmed and going to the house for a drink, remarked to Mrs. Marcoe that he was worried. On going to look for Darrell, Glenn saw him lying in a grove of trees about 30 rods from the house and without going to the body hurried to town, where he notified Darrell’s older brother Harold and together with City Marshall Scott Barr they drove to the scene of the tragedy. The coroner and Howard County Sheriff were called and pronounced the death a suicide. Mr. Nielsen has been despondent and in a melancholy mood for some time according to friends and acquaintances who have talked or been with him and he remarked to Glenn on the way from Grand Island the night before that, worry was going to kill him, but what his cause for worry might be was not apparently known by family or friends. Where he got the gun or to whom it belongs is also a mystery and young Grossart did not know he had the gun, a single barrel 12 gauge shot gun, in the truck. He had only one shell with him, but another was found later in the truck. He had written a note while home at noon for his dinner and had evidently placed it in the watch pocket in the bib of his overalls, but only the two words, "I wish" were found intact. From all appearance Darrell had placed the stock of the gun against a tree and had leaned against the barrel and pushed the trigger with a stick, first [illegible 4 words] too short as a longer one had also been broken and lay close by. The charge entered just below the heart passing upward and Darrell was killed instantly. Funeral arrangements have not been made as we go to press.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 5, 1933

Darold Nielsen Laid To Rest – The funeral services of Darold Leonard Nielsen were conducted Saturday afternoon by Rev. J. S. Rhine and Dr. R. A. White, Pastor and Pastor Emeritus respectively of Trinity Lutheran Church. Services were held at both the home and the Church after which interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery. The pall bearers were, Max Stepp, Emil Petersen, Leonard Winfrey, Carl Madsen, August Larsen and Carl Larsen. OBITUARY -- Darold Nielsen was born at Wolbach, Nebraska, May 18, 1907. He was baptized in infancy and since the age of fifteen has been a confirmed member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He departed from this life October 4, 1933 at the age of 26 years, 4 months and 16 days. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nielsen of Wolbach, Nebraska; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Quealey of Monroe, Wisconsin, Mrs. Ella Herman and Mrs. Agnes Douthit and one brother, Mr. Harold Nielsen of Wolbach. He lived all his life in and around Wolbach where he leaves a large host of friends and relatives who respected and loved him. He was especially loved by his little nephew Wally and niece Cherie. Among the many relatives and friends at the funeral were: Mrs. Clarence Quealey of Monroe, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Christensen, Mr. John Christensen and Mr. Marvin Christensen of Merna, Nebr.; and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sonderup of St. Paul, Nebraska. Card of Thanks – Neighbors and friends were very gracious to us during the sad hours following the death of our beloved son and brother, the late Darold Nielsen, and we wish in this manner to convey to them all our sincere gratitude for their kindly ministrations and expressions of sympathy and for the many floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nielsen, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Quealey, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Nielsen, Mr. and Mrs. George Herman, Mrs. Agnes Douthit.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 12, 1933

Ethel Rosella Nielsen, 1925-1925
Ethel Rosella Nielsen – Ethel Rosella Nielsen was born in Howard county, Nebraska, June 13, 1925 and died at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha July 28, 1925, age 1 month and 15 days. She was the daughter of Jens L. and Bertha May Nielsen, living about seven miles southeast of Wolbach. Besides her parents, four sisters and one brother mourn her death. One brother preceded her to the Better Land in 1914. The funeral services conducted by Rev. R. A. White were held at the home July 30, at 2 p.m. and the remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery, Wolbach. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. Card of Thanks – We take this means of expressing our heartfelt thanks to all our neighbors and friends and especially to the Danish Brotherhood for their many kindnesses shown during the sickness and death of our loved one. Mr. and Mrs. Jens L. Nielsen and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 6, 1925

Hans Jakob Nielsen, 1847-1928
Hans J. Nielsen Answers Last Call – Hans Jakob Nielsen, a familiar figure about Wolbach for many years, passed away at his home last Thursday evening at 8:30 o’clock after several weeks of illness. He was 80 years, 4 months and 27 days old. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sine Nielsen, and some relatives in Denmark. Funeral services were conducted at Trinity Lutheran church Sunday, at 1 p.m. by Rev. Henry N. Hansen. Mr. Nielsen was born October 25, 1847, on a small island near Fyen, Denmark. He immigrated to America in 1891. He came to Nebraska and has lived in this community ever since, part of the time on a farm and later in town. He was united in marriage to Sine Nielsen in November, 1909, his first wife having died in 1906. Mr. Nielsen enjoyed unusually good health during most of his life. CARD OF THANKS – I desire to thank each and every one of my friends and neighbors who have been so good to me during the recent illness and death of my beloved husband, to those who expressed sympathy in my bereavement, and those who sent such nice flowers. Your kindness will always be remembered. Mrs. Hans J. Nielsen.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 29, 1928

Maren (Christensen) Nielsen, 1841-1913
Obituary – Maren Christensen was born in Denmark the 20th day of June 1841, and died in her home in this city Monday Oct. 13, 1913. The subject of this sketch was married to Soren Nielsen in Denmark on the 9th day of March 1860. To this union 5 children were born, of which one, a boy, died in infancy. Two live in Denmark, a girl and a boy, and two in Wolbach, namely Mrs. Andrew Knudsen and Chris Nielsen. They came to America in 1870 and located near Wolbach and have lived here ever since. The funeral services were held at the house Wednesday the 15th, Rev. Soholm of Cushing conducting the same. CARD OF THANKS – We desire to extend our sincere thanks to the many kind friends who so kindly helped us in our bereavement in the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother, especially to Mrs. Wm. Correll. Mrs. Andrew Knudsen, Chris Nielsen, Soren Nielsen.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 23, 1913

Mrs. Hans [believed to be Sine] Nielsen, 1864-1933
Passes Away At Old People’s Home – Mrs. Hans Nielsen died at the Bethany Old People’s Home at Minden, Nebraska, August 17, 1933. Mrs. Nielsen moved to the Home from her little home in Wolbach two and a half years ago. She became an inmate of the institution because of her feebleness which made it hard for her to care for herself. She passed through a very severe ailment at the home some over a year ago. But she recovered to the extent she could be up and around, and was even able to attend the local church, which she attended two weeks prior to her death. The last few days before her death she was not feeling so well, but not to an extent to cause any alarm. Thursday morning after a good night’s sleep, there was a sudden turn in her condition for the worse. The doctor was called after dinner but was not able to do anything for her. She passed away shortly after he had left. The funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Rev. Rhine read the Scripture and offered prayer. Rev. Hofgaard, Supt. Of the Home and Rev. Kaldahl preached the funeral service. Her remains were layed to rest beside those of her husband on Hill Side cemetery. Mrs. Nielsen had no relatives in this community. The only relative known to be in this country is a brother in the state of Washington but he was not present at her funeral. Mrs. Nielsen was born in Denmark in the year 1864 and reached the age of 69 years.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 24, 1933

Sophia (Christensen) Nielsen, 1878-1939
Funeral Services for Mrs. Sophia Nielsen – Last Rites are conducted on Saturday afternoon from the Trinity Lutheran Church – Funeral services for Mrs. Sophia Nielsen, early settler of this community who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Harman a week ago last night, were held Saturday afternoon from the house at 2:45 o’clock and from the Trinity Lutheran church at 3:00 o’clock. Rev. E. N. Haugse, the pastor, officiated and interment was in Hillside cemetery beside her husband. Appropriate hymns were sung by members of the Lutheran choir. Pallbearers were M. H. Tielman, Andrew Christensen, Ed Berggren, Gus Holm, Jake DeLaurant and Torval Anderson. Mrs. Nielsen, who had not been very well for the last eight years, was seriously ill only two days and passed away at 8:15 p.m. October 4. She was born Sophia Christensen, March 17, 1878 at Wahoo, Neb., and died October 44 (sic) 1939 at Wolbach, Neb., at the age of 61 years 6 months and 17 days. She grew to womanhood at Wahoo and attended school there and later came with her parents to this community settling on a farm west of Wolbach. She was baptized and at an early age confirmed in Trinity Lutheran church. On August 13, 1898 she was married to Chris Nielsen and this union was blessed with five children, four of whom are living. A son, Darold, died in 1933. Mr. Nielsen died last January 28. The surviving children are three daughters, Mrs. C. A. Quealey of Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. George Herman, Mrs. Clarence Thayer of Wolbach and a son, Harold Nielsen of Wolbach and four grand children. Among the out-of-town persons who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Christensen and son, Thomas, and Mr. and Mrs. John Christensen of Merna, Mr. and Mrs. John Christensen and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Christensen of Rapid City, S. D., Mrs. Hans Hansen and Sherry of Grand Island and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sonderup of St. Paul. CARD OF THANKS – To those whose thoughts and deeds contributed so much to the family in the time of illness and bereavement of our mother and sister, we wish to take this means of extending our sincere thanks. The Nielsen Children, Hans Christensen and family, John Christensen and family, Henry Christensen and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 12, 1939

Soren Nielsen, 1826-1914
Obituary -- Soren Nielsen was born at Tilst, Jutland, Denmark, Dec. 20, 1826. He was united in marriage to Maren Christensen March 9th, 1860. To this union was born five children, 3 sons and two daughters. One died as infant, two lived in Denmark and two at Wolbach, Christen Nielsen and Mrs. Andres Knudsen. Soren Nielsen and wife came to America in the year 1880 and have lived at Wolbach since. Soren Nielsen has been sick many years. He died the 24th day of March, 1914. The days of life were: 87 years, 4 months, and 4 days.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 16, 1914

Soren Nielsen, 1881-1921
OBITUARY—Soren Nielsen was born in Illinois, December 12, 1881, and died in the hospital in Grand Island, July 11, 1921, aged 39 years, 6 months and 29 days. About 27 years ago he came to Nebraska, and lived in Howard county near Wolbach. He was afflicted with tuberculosis of the bone, caused by an accident 18 years ago. He became such a sufferer that it was necessary that one leg should be amputated. He died under the operation, never recovering from the effects of the anesthetics. In infancy he was baptized in the Danish Lutheran church, and later confirmed. He leaves to mourn the loss two brothers, Chris and Jens Nielsen and numerous other relatives. Funeral services conducted by Rev. R. A. White of Wolbach, were held in the Danish Lutheran church of Cushing and after which the remains were laid to rest in Rock Creek cemetery. The deceased having lived so many years in the community, is well known by many friends whose sympathies go out toward the surviving brothers.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 14, 1921

Fred Niemoth, 1946
MR. NIEMOTH DEAD – Mrs. Ernest Wagner received word Sunday night of the death of her brother, Fred Niemoth of Missouri. He formerly lived north of Wolbach. No particulars are known.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday March 14, 1946

John "Jack" Noonan, 1863-1931
Jack Noonan Funeral Held At Stanton – A number of folks from Wolbach drove to Stanton last Saturday to attend the funeral of Jack (John) Noonan, who was well known in this vicinity, having made his home for twenty years with the George Start family east of Wolbach. Last fall, Mr. Noonan went to Stanton where he resided at the home of his niece, Mrs. Winnie Mundel, until the time of his death, which occurred at the University hospital at Omaha Friday, July 31. Mr. Noonan leaves many friends in this community, who will cherish a kindly memory of him long after his passing. He was born in Iowa May 15, 1863, lived to the age of 68 years, 2 months, and 16 days. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Mary McDonald, of Omaha and a niece at Stanton. The following from here attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Stark, Mrs. Scott Barr and son Alvin, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schomburg, Mrs. Henry Schomburg, Mrs. F. E. McCormick, Leland Berney, Wm. Schlingman, and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert McCray of Palmer.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 6, 1931

Mrs. M. E. Noonan, 1924
Mrs. M. E. Noonan Dies at Her Home in Leo Valley – May 8th – Mrs. M. E. Noonan died at her home in Leo Valley at an early hour this morning. The news came as a shock to her friends, as very few knew her condition was serious. As we go to press, no arrangements have been made for the funeral. A full obituary will be published next week. – Spalding Enterprise – The following Masons from this place drove to Spalding to attend the funeral of Mrs. M. E. Noonan last Sunday afternoon: A. J. Larsen, Torval Anderson, Edwin Johnson, John Larson, George Meredith and John Borre. There was an exceptionally large attendance at the funeral and it was especially sad as Mrs. Noonan’s mother was at the time on the way from her home in Texas to visit her daughter here and knew nothing of the death as they had not succeeded in locating her on her journey and getting a message to her.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 15, 1924

Arvid Nordland, 1881-1936
Former Editor’s Father Dies Sat. – Interment for Arvid Nordland, 54, of Cedar Rapids, father of Ole Nordland formerly employed by the Messenger, was held at Columbus, Nebraska, Monday afternoon. Funeral services were held at 1:30 P.M. at St. John’s Lutheran church in Cedar Rapids, with Rev. W. J. Weltner, of Timer Creek, officiating, and the funeral cortege continued to Columbus following the services. Mr. Nordland died at 2 P.M. Saturday at his home, following a lingering illness. OBITUARY – Arvid Nordland was born in Charlotteberg, Sweden, October 17, 1881, and when 21 years of age he came to this country, locating in Chicago. He was employed there for several years, and came to Columbus in 1907, following his marriage to Miss Emma Olson, February 9 of that year. She was also a native of Sweden and had lived in Chicago. Mr. Nordland was a painter-decorator throughout most of the years of his life and followed that profession until a few years ago when they opened a bakery and café in Cedar Rapids. His ability and workmanship in decorating were ever found above criticism and through his work in many homes in central Nebraska he became widely acquainted. He is survived by his wife; four sons, Louis of Omaha, Ole of Lindsay and Elmer and Nels at home; three daughters, Ellen of Columbus, and Alma and Betty, at home; a brother, Louis Nordland of Genoa, and two sisters, Miss Beda Nordland of Charlottenberg, Sweden and Miss Lydia Nordland of Goteberg, Sweden.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 25, 1936

Nels A. Nordland, 1944
KILLED IN ACTION – 1st Lt. Nels Nordland was killed in action in Belgium December 27
[1944], according to word received here.  Lt. Nordland was a son of Mrs. Emma Nordland of Aurora.  His wife, the former Clara Maister of Aurora, is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wilson of Wolbach.  The Nordland family formerly lived in Wolbach.
Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, January 25, 1945

The Purple Heart to Lt. Nordland’s Wife – Mrs. Nels A. Nordland of Cleveland, O., has received posthumously the award of the Purple Heart for her husband, Lt. Nels A. Nordland, who was killed in action in Belgium on Dec. 27,1 944.  Mrs. Emma Nordland of Aurora received the following account of her son’s death from one of his men the past week:  “Much to our regret and sorrow, Lt. Nordland did lose his life at Minel, Belgium, Dec. 27, 1944.   Our company was outposting the small town when we were attacked by a mechanized force of tanks and other vehicles.  The main force of the attack hit our third platoon.  His men fought like tigers with all the skill they possessed.  Lt. Nordland was following in the tracks of one of the Tiger tanks to reach a position to change a bazooka team to a more vital spot.  While doing so, another tank coming in from the rear opened fire with its machine guns and hit him.  He died immediately.  The loss of your son meant a great deal to the men of the company, especially the men of the third platoon of which he commanded.  He was proud of his men, each and every one of them, as they were proud of him.  I can mention several different times when our Bn.Commander sent for him to take out patrols at night because of his skill and daring way.  His heroic leadership and outstanding personality will always be remembered by the men of my company as well as myself.  I sent a writeup to higher headquarters and his wife will received the Silver Star for his action against the enemy.”  Lt. Nordland attended the Cedar Rapids, Neb., schools and was employed in the offices  of the Albion Argus at Albion and the Messenger at Wolbach before enrolling in the school of journalism of the University of Nebraska, where he was a junior at the time he was called to active service in May, 1942.  In July of 1943 he was married to Clara Malster, niece of Mrs. Katharyn Shaneyfelt of Aurora.  Lt. Nordland is survived by his mother, his sisters, Mrs. Bruce Good and Alma Nordland of Aurora, and Mrs. Leroy Gathman of Omaha; and his brothers, Louis of Clarinda, Ia., Ole of Brawley, Cal., and Elmer of Wilmington, Cal.  Mrs. Nordland will complete her studies at the Western Reserve University at Cleveland April 1 and will then return to the home of her aunt, Mrs. Katharyn Shaneyfelt, for an indefinite visit.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1942 and has recently received her degree in nursing.  -- Grand Island Independent – Mrs. Nordland is also a niece of Mrs. J.C.Wilson of Wolbach.  The Nordland family formerly lived in Wolbach.
Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 5, 1945

Clayton J. Norton, ca. 1874-1914
Clayton J. Norton Dead –This community was shocked Monday when the report became current that Clayton Norton was dead at his home in Cozad. He died that morning very suddenly, having been ill but a few hours. N. J. Paul was the first to receive word of the death. Deceased was in the drug business at Cozad and was about forty years of age. He worked for many years for Druggist Wilson in this city, and grew to manhood here. He leaves a widow and three children. His wife was Miss Birdie Hobson. The remains were brought here last evening and were taken directly from the depot to the cemetery, where they were laid to rest beside those of his parents. Cliff Norton of Deer Lodge Idaho, a twin brother of the deceased, and Clyde Norton, another brother, and Mrs. Frank Brown of Miller, a sister, accompanied the widow here for the funeral. Wesley Hobson a brother of Mrs. Norton and his wife accompanied them here. Deceased was a son of C. J. Norton an old settler here and at one time county judge, and the whole family were well known throughout this county. – St. Paul Republican.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 5, 1914.

Cela Ann (Hillman) Nurton 1866-1926

OBITUARY Cela Ann Hillman was born in Dubuque County, Iowa, April 29th, 1866, and departed this life on June 8th, 1926, aged sixty years, one month and nine days. She was the daughter of Rev. George and Mrs. Hannah Hillman. When a little girl, (in 1872), she came with her parents to Greeley County, Nebraska. The family was one of the first to settle in the North Loup Valley. Her father was the pioneer Methodist minister in this part of Nebraska. The first Sunday School in the Loup Valley was organized at the Hillman home in Lamartine. Mr. Hillman also helped organize Greeley County, and was chosen the first Judge of this county. On January 1st, 1884, Cela Ann Hillman was married to Austin Nurton. To this union two children were born. Earnest G., of Sheridan Lake, Colorado and Mrs. Grace Woodford, who so lovingly and devotedly cared for her mother through the long months of suffering preceding her death. She leaves besides her husband and children to mourn her going, her grand-daughter, Roberta Woodford, two brothers, Rev. Morris Hillman of Stultgard, Ark., and Olliver Hillman of Hoonah, Alaska, and three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Blauvelt of Thedford, Nebr., Mrs. Sarah Rector and Mrs. Mary Clark of Washington, and many other relatives. Mrs. Nurton was dearly loved by many friends, and those who knew her best, loved her most. All her life Mrs. Nurton was a true and earnest Christian. She united with the M. E. Church when but a little girl, and it is a comfort today to those who loved her, to know that she has passed into a better life, where there is no pain nor parting. The loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend is at rest. The funeral was held at the Lamartine church on Thursday, conducted by her pastor, Rev. E. V. Price, and she was laid to rest beside her parents in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Card Of Thanks: We want to thank the many dear friends for the beautiful flowers, and the kindness and sympathy extended to us during the long illness and the death of our beloved wife and mother. They will always be in grateful remembrance to us. Austin Nurton, Mrs. Grace Woodford, Roberta Woodford, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Nurton.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Volume XXXII, Thursday, June 17, 1926, pg. 1, column 4

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