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Andrew Oakeson, 1862-1942
ANDREW OAKESON DIED SATURDAY – Andrew Oakeson, a resident of the Fairdale neighborhood for many years, and later a St. Paul resident, before moving to Ceresco a year or two ago, passed away, Saturday night, at a Lincoln hospital where he had gone for treatment of a cancerous condition about a week previous. Mr. Oakeson was born in Sweden and came to this country as a young man. He leaves his wife and several children and grandchildren to mourn his passing. It was only a few short years ago that he and Mrs. Oakeson celebrated their golden wedding by holding Open House. Children residing here are Elmer and Oscar Oakeson. A daughter, Mrs. Gus Haggstrom, resides in Wahoo, a son lives at Ceresco, and another son, Martin, lives in Oregon. Mrs. Emma Oakeson, Mrs. Clayton Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Oakeson, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Oakeson and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Oakeson went to Ceresco, Tuesday, to attend the funeral. We were not able to get an obituary for this week’s paper. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Ceresco and burial was made in Wahoo.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 26, 1942

THE OBITUARY OF ANDREW OAKESON – Andrew Oakeson, son of Martin and Anna Oakeson was born in Ostra Sallerup, Horby parish, Skane, Sweden, July 14, 1862, and ended his earthly pilgrimage November 21, 1942, following three weeks of illness in a Lincoln hospital. At his departure he had reached the ripe age of 80 years, 4 months and 7 days. When but a boy of seven he came to this country with his parents and lived in Chicago for a brief time. Then the family moved to Mead, Nebraska in 1870, where they settled on a homestead. Thus Mr. Oakeson was a Nebraska old settler, for he has lived in this state over seventy years. In 1881 he was married to Anna Anderson in Wahoo. This marriage was blessed with one son, Martin, who was born to them. This marriage was short, for while the first son was still in his infancy, the mother died. On December 27, 1889 Mr. Oakeson was married to Mathilda Nelson of Swedeburg and to this happy union was born six children. Altho’ his first marriage was brief, his second marriage was a long one, for Mr. Oakeson’s death was the first to break the family ties in 53 years. He is therefore deeply mourned by his wife, two daughters, and five sons, Martin of Tillamook, Ore., Olander of Lincoln, Mrs. Olga Haggstrom, Wahoo, Mrs. Edith Lindell, Fremont, Carl, Wahoo, Oscar, Wolbach, and Elmer of St. Paul. In addition he leaves 27 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Anna Petersen of Turloch, Calif., and Mrs. Elsie Barlow of Bloomfield, and other relatives and friends. Mr. Oakeson had lived an active and robust life. It was three years ago that his health began to fail. Besides residing in Ceresco, he lived 28 years on a farm near St. Paul. He was interested in the community program of the Farmers Union. As a Christian he was an active church worker in the strength of his days. He has the honor to be one of the charter members of the Ceresco Covenant church, and served as its first chairman, and was also a member of the building committee when the present church was built in 1906. While he lived in the Fairdale community he was for several years the superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School. He was a good and willing neighbor and always helpful whenever there was a need. As a father he nurtured his children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Peace be upon the memory of his long and useful life. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon from the late home and the Covenant church with Rev. Ebert Turnquist officiating, and Rev. O. W. Strombom of Lincoln, an old friend of the family assisting. Music was contributed by Mrs. L. F. Rudeen, Mrs. Roy Anderson, and the Rev. and Mrs. Strombom. Pall bearers were Olof Olson, Nels Olson, Augustine Erickson, Alfred Burklund, Carl J. Johnson, and August Dahlstrom. Nelson Funeral home of Ceresco handled arrangements.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 3, 1942

Charles William Oakley, 1931-1948 (with picture)
Charles William Oakley Drowns in Cedar River Sun. Funeral Services were Wed. – Was Very Active In Athletics in The Wolbach School -- This community was saddened Sunday evening when they received the news of the drowning of Charles, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Oakley. Charles, who with his parents had been a dinner guest in the Tiny Price home near Belgrade, about four o’clock with his friend Dean Imus went swimming in the Cedar River near Belgrade. The boys had been swimming and diving off of a railroad bridge. The last time Charles dove from the bridge he came up but once. All indications are that the lad suffered with a cramp. Dean Imus, his companion saw that his friend was in trouble and tried vainly to rescue him but he was too small to bring Charles to safety. An alarm was sent to the Belgrade Volunteer Fire Department who worked for two hours before the body was recovered. The water where the body was found was about 20 foot deep and had a fairly heavy under current. Charlie Bill, as he was known as here, attended the Wolbach high school for three years and would have been a senior the coming school term. Charlie was very active in athletics, lettering in football, basketball and track. He was very popular in school with his team and school mates. The Oakley family had moved from a farm near this community to a farm near Fullerton last spring. Funeral services were held in the Trinity Lutheran church here Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the Hillside cemetery. Dr. Harmon of Grand Island officiated. Pallbearers were: Harold Perry, Bob Klein, Neal Marco, Carroll Newquist, Gerald Perry, Jr., and Harold Imus. Flower girls were: Eline Scheibe, Virginia Coe, Marilyn Berney, Phyllis McKenzie, Jacklyn Prokesh, Joan Wohlers, Peggy Klein and Carole Marco. Charles William Oakley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Oakley of Fullerton, Nebraska was born May 31, 1931, on a farm near Wolbach, Nebraska. He lived near Wolbach most of his life except for a few years near Sutherland, Nebraska. He attended grade school at Mt. Zion and Paxton, Nebraska and had attended high school at Wolbach the past 3 years. He has been engaged in farming with his father and brother Lloyd at home. He passed away August 1, 1948 at the age of 17 years, 2 months and 1 day. He leaves to mourn his passing his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Oakley; three sisters, Mrs. Arnold Robinson and Mrs. Orren Price of Belgrade and Laura at home; four brothers, Lyle and Fred of Wolbach; Delbert of Belgrade and Lloyd at home; grandmother, Mrs. Charley Kay of Grand Island and a host of relatives and friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 5, 1948

Batt O’Connell, 1937
Batt O’Connell Buried at O’Connor – Funeral services were held Friday morning at the church of the Visitation at O’Connor for Mr. Batt O’Connell. Mr. O’Connell, who resided on a farm northwest of Brayton, was taken to a Grand Island Hospital last Sunday when double pneumonia made his condition alarming. The end came Tuesday evening. OBITUARY – Mr. O’Connell was born in Carey County, Ireland. When he came to this country is not known. He was married to Miss Anna Dodd at Burchard, Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. O’Connell lived there for several years before moving to Greeley county in 1885, where they resided until their deaths. Mrs. O’Connell died in July, 1923. Mr. O’Connell leaves four children, one daughter, Miss Nora of Omaha, and three sons, Mike of Grand Island and Tim and Tom at home. Three children, two girls and a boy are dead. Two brothers, Mike of Ireland and Tim of Omaha, and a sister, Mrs. Ed Brick of Omaha, also survive him.
Wolbach Messenger. Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 21, 1937.

John O'Connor, Sr., 1830-1909
Mary Devine O'Connor, 1841-1907

Other names: Elliot, Lavelle, Faherty, McManus, Stevenson, Nordhues

Sacred Heart Church Centennial Book, pg 287

James Ogden, 1861-1933
James Ogden Dies At Grand Island – James Ogden, 72, who for the past eight months has made his home here with his sister, Mrs. Dave Horn, passed way at the General hospital in Grand Island at noon Saturday. Mr. Ogden has been in failing health for some time and it was deemed best to remove him to the hospital last Wednesday. He was a pioneer of Greeley county and homesteaded on the farm west of Wolbach, now occupied by the Will Gibbs family. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, in the Old Fashioned church at Grand Island, conducted by Rev. White, pastor of the church. Burial was made in the Grand Island cemetery. Those attending the funeral from here were Mr. and Mrs. Dave Horn, son Merle and daughter Mrs. Jack Prokesh, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dollarhide, C.M. Dollarhide and Joe Prokesh. The Messenger extends sympathy to the bereaved family. James Ogden was born at Sharon, Ohio, in 1861, he came to Nebraska in 1880 and homesteaded in Greeley county. In 1900 he moved to northern Nebraska where two years later, he was united in marriage to Miss Grace Wolheiser, at Mills, Nebr. A year or so later they came to Grand Island to make their home. Mrs. Ogden preceded him in death about nine months ago at Lincoln. Their only child, a son, died when only several years of age. Surviving, to mourn his passing, are six brothers, Abe and Ed Ogden residing in Colorado; Alfred in California; Fred at Crawford, Nebr.; Frank a resident of Grand Island, and John at Norfolk, Nebr.; also three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Shelton at Carey, Kansas; Mrs. Mary Horn at Wolbach, and Mrs. Annie Miner in South Dakota.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 4, 1934

Margaret Olsen, 1842-1928
Mrs. Margaret Olsen Passes On At Age 86 – Margaret Olsen was born in Alsten, Zealand, Denmark, March 14, 1842. She died June 17, 1928, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Andersen, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 3 days. She had been bed fast for more than a year. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in her own native land. About the year 1866 she was united in marriage to Lars Olsen. To this union four children were born, two of whom died in early childhood. The surviving children being Niels Olsen of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Mrs. Fred Andersen of Wolbach, Neb., where Mrs. Olsen has stayed since she came to this country in 1892. Her husband passed away in the fall of 1891. She leaves to mourn the loss, besides her son and daughter, nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one sister in Denmark. Those surviving have the sympathy of many friends and kind neighbors. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 19, 1928 in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Wolbach, which were conducted by Dr. R. A. White. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 21, 1928

Marinis Olsen, 1870-1925
Obituary – Marinis Olsen was born in Allberg, Denmark, October 15, 1870 and died in St. Francis Hospital at Grand Island, Nebraska, September 25, 1925, aged 54 years, 11 months and 10 days. He was married in Denmark to Miss Amelia Andersen. To this union were born seven children, three of which and his wife preceded him to the Great Beyond. Three sons and one daughter, namely, Soren, Charles, Axel and Mabel Olsen, also his mother and two sisters in Denmark, and one brother at Gary, Indiana, survive him to mourn his loss. His surviving children live in the vicinity of Wolbach and are well known here. For several years past, Mr. Olsen has made his home with his son, Soren Olsen. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. White at the Trinity Lutheran church on Sunday, September 27, at 2:30. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. The sympathy of the community is with the surviving relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 1, 1925

Omalia (Anderson) Olsen, 1875-1915
Obituary – Mrs. Omalia Olsen was born in Denmark, August 4, 1875. Her maiden name was Anderson. She was married to Martinus Olsen in 1894. To this union was born nine children, five of whom died, and four are living, namely, Loren, Charley, Mabel and Axel. She came to America in 1904, and settled in Ottawa County, Kansas. She moved to Nebraska in the spring of 1914 and lived in Wolbach one year and then moved near Cushing. She was taken sick with cancer a year ago and after intense suffering, she died November 15, 1915. Funeral services were held by Rev. Sorensen at the home and by Rev. R. A. White at the Lutheran church at Wolbach at 2 o’clock in the afternoon November 16. The burial was in Hillside cemetery, Wolbach. She leaves to mourn the loss her mother, several brothers, a sister, her husband and 4 children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 18, 1915

Albert L. Olson, 1900-1949
Last Rites for Albert Olson held In Cushing Sun. – Services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 in the Lutheran Church in Cushing for Albert L. Olson, who passed away in the Memorial Hospital at St. Paul, Wednesday, August 31. Rev. C. Jeppesen officiated at the service. Mrs. E. G. Anderson and Mrs. N. J. Paul sang, "Jesus Lover of My Soul", "Lead Kindly Light" and "One Sweet Solemn Thought". Mrs. F. J. Taylor was the organist. The flower tribute was large and beautiful. The flower bearers were: Beverly Johnson, Shirley Jepson, Jo Ann Wagner, Donna Peterson, Louise Mickelsen and Helen Mickelsen. The pallbearers were: Henry Goering, Harry Casperson, Orville Jelinek, Charles Glines, Rasmus Rasmussen and Carl Hansen. Interment in the South Logan Cemetery. Albert L. Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olson of Cushing, was born April 22, 1900 at Lincoln and passed away August 31, 1949 at St. Paul, at the age of 49 years, 4 months and 9 days. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church and very active in Sunday School and Church. He was also active in 4-H activities. He leaves to mourn his death, besides his mother and father, 2 sisters, Carrie Mortenson of St. Paul and Lila Delancy of Omaha, 1 brother, Harvey of California and 9 nieces and nephews.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Matta Olson, 1834-1910
Obituary – Mrs. Matta Olson, who has been an invalid a long time, died at the home of her son, John Nilson, west of town, early last Friday morning, from the infirmities of old age. The deceased was in her 76th year, was born in Sweden and married in 1858. They came to America 1892 with their family of ten children, eight of whom are living, and their aged father, who are left behind to mourn the loss of a loving mother and a devoted wife. Funeral services were held in the Wolbach M. E. Church last Sunday afternoon, Rev. Johansen, the Danish minister from Cushing, officiating, assisted by Rev. McDonald. Interment in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 27, 1910

Nels Olson, 1835-1916
Obituary – Nels Olson was born the 29th day of November, 1835, Smedstor Parish, Provine of Scania, Sweden and died at the home of his son John Olson in Wolbach, Friday, June 23rd, at a ripe old age of 80 years, 6 months and 27 days. He was married in 1858 and to this union were born ten children, seven sons and three daughters of which three have passed away. Mr. Olson and family came to this country in the month of June 1892, and settled in the vicinity of St. Paul, where they spent ten years in farming. A few years ago he came to Wolbach where he had resided with his son, three miles west of Wolbach, and then moved to town, where he passed away. He was a highly respected and good citizen, a Lutheran by faith, although he never joined the church here, because no Swedish church of that faith was established at that time. He had been failing in health for some time and on account of the ailment, made his home with his son John, who took the utmost care in making life a pleasure and the old gentleman died in peace. The funeral services were held Sunday June 25th, in the M. E. church at Wolbach and services were conducted by Rev. Axel S. Sjoding, pastor of the Fairdale Swedish M. E. church. The church was filled to its capacity of sympathizing friends, relatives and neighbors. The pastor spoke in Swedish and English, after which the remains were buried in the Wolbach cemetery, where he will rest in peace. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express our thanks to all the kind friends and neighbors for their kind assistance during the illness of our father, and at the funeral. Mrs. Lindblom, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Carlson, John Nelson, N. Nelson, O. Nelson, L. Nelson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 29, 1916

Benjamin James Osterloh, 1907-1929
Bennie Osterloh Dies At G. I. Hospital – Bennie Osterloh died at the General hospital at Grand Island Monday afternoon, following an operation in the treatment of his broken leg which he received in an accident over two weeks ago. The fracture, which was a severe one, was not knitting properly. Bennie came out from under the influence of anesthetic, but his strength did not rally from the shock of the operation and he passed away at about 2:15 p.m. His parents and brother, William and two sisters were with him at the time of his death. The body was brought to Wolbach Monday night. Funeral services are to be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at Trinity Lutheran church. Rev. Philly of Callaway, a former Wolbach minister will conduct the services assisted by Dr. R. A. White. The news of his death comes as a great shock to his many friends here. Although his condition was known to be serious he seemed to be getting along quite well. The deepest sympathy is extended to the family by all in this community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 18, 1929

Obituary of Bennie Osterloh – Benjamin James, son, and youngest child, of Mr. and Mrs. William Osterloh was born, May 13, 1907 and departed this life, July 15, 1929 in the General Hospital, Grand Island, Nebr., aged 22 years, 2 months and 2 days. Bennie was born and grew to manhood in this community; and with the exception of his school days, his life was eagerly and cheerfully devoted to honest toil on his father’s farm, four miles north of town. These traits of his life, won for him the kind regards and high esteem of those who knew him. And it is needless to say that the entire community was shocked and saddened by his untimely departure, and to the father and mother, the brother Wm., the sisters, Mrs. Gertie Jensen and Mrs. Lena Switzer, and other relatives who survive, sincerest sympathy is given. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday afternoon, in Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. Dr. White who was assisted by the Rev. W. L. Philley, Episcopal clergyman from Callaway, Nebr., and Trinity Church Choir. Rev. Mr. Philley delivered the sermon, and based his remarks on Heb. 9:27. The services were largely attended, and there were many friends and relatives from various other towns in the state and from Kansas. Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery. The burial service being read by Dr. White and the I.O.O.F. of which Order he was a worthy member and by the Rev. Philley. CARD OF THANKS -- We wish to sincerely thank our many friends, and specially our good neighbors who so kindly, thoughtfully, and helpfully assisted us during the recent illness and death of our beloved son and brother, Bennie. We wish also to express our gratitude for the beautiful floral offerings, and are especially grateful for the many kindnesses rendered by members of the Odd Fellow, Rebekah and Royal Neighbor lodges. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Osterloh, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Jensen, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Switzer, William Osterloh, Jr. – The following relatives from out of town were in Wolbach last week to attend the funeral of Bennie Osterloh which was held Thursday afternoon: From York there were Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Herzer and family, Mrs. Mary Herzer, Dr. A. E. Calkins, Dr. C. A. Calkins, Don W. Teaster, and Jack Calkins; Herman Osterloh of Thayer, Neb.; Miss Lillian Bivens of Norton, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Walter, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Osterloh and family and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Haickenbotton of Custer Co.; Mr. Johnnie Tucker and family of North Loup; Mrs. Daisy Conway and Children, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bivens and family of Comstock.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 25, 1929

Andrew B. Overgaard, 1918-1944
Former Wolbach Youth Is Killed – Staff Sgt. Andrew B. Overgaard, who grew to manhood on a farm east of Wolbach, was killed in action January 30. Mrs. Anna M. Leslie has received the following obituary, which was published in the Audubon County Journal of Exira. The death of Andrew B. Overgaard, who was reported killed in action in Italy on January 30th has been officially confirmed in a letter received by Mr. Overgaard’s parents from the war department. No added information or details had been available. "Mr. Overgaard was born in Grandin, Mo., on April 18th, 1918. While he was an infant, his parents moved from Missouri to Nebraska. They remained there during Andrew’s youth and there he received his schooling. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1938, when they located on a farm east of Brayton. After leaving school Andrew worked on farms in the surrounding community, and was so engaged when he entered the service in May, 1941. He was assigned to the 34th division. He was first stationed at Camp Claiborne, La., and in 1942 went overseas, being first sent to Ireland, and with his division, was with the invasion forces that went to Africa. He did not take part in the Sicilian campaign, but was in action in southern Italy. Andrew’s army record was a fine one, and included a citation for gallantry in action, in which he was injured and hospitalized for some time. He was a member of the Lutheran church, having been baptized and confirmed in that faith." Sgt. Overgaard is survived by his parents, who live in Brayton, Ia., four sisters and three brothers. Two brothers, Pfc. Eben and Cpl. Arne, are overseas.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 27, 1944


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