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Victor Dwain Papst, 1925-1925
Papst Infant Dies – Victor Dwain, son of Thomas Dwain and Martha Papst was born and died Monday, Nov 16, 1925. Mrs. Papst was formerly Miss Martha Aldrich of Wolbach and the father of the child is the son of J. H. Papst of Cedar Rapids. The funeral was held in the Methodist Church in Wolbach, conducted by the pastor, E. C. Moore, and the remains laid to rest in the Wolbach cemetery. The sympathy of the community goes out to these young people in their sorrow.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 19, 1925

Thomas W. Parkin, ca.1886-1941
PARKIN RITES AT ST. PAUL – Funeral services for Rev. Thomas W. Parkin, Methodist minister of St. Paul who died in the Omaha Methodist hospital after an illness of about five months, were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the St. Paul Methodist church with McIntyre Funeral Home in charge. Burial was at Ong. Rev. Mr. Parkin was born in Rowlands-Gill, England about 55 years ago but had lived in this country for many years.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 26, 1941

Father of John Parli, 1921
A SUDDEN DEATH – John Parli received a message Tuesday afternoon that his father had suddenly died at Pawnee City. John hurridly got ready and had Bill Cartwright and Algy Lambert take him to Grand Island, where he caught the train the same evening for Pawnee City. It was only two years go since the mother died and now this sudden death is a very sad blow for John.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday April 18, 1921

Donald Partridge, 1948
Funeral rites Held for Donald Partridge – Mrs. J. N. Berney received the sad news Tuesday morning of the death of Donald Partridge, son of her niece, Mrs. Frank Hopkins of Burwell, who had passed away in an Omaha hospital Monday night. Death resulted from being thrown from a horse while horse back riding with several boy friends on June 15, he was thrown backwards off the horse. He remained unconscious until death. Donald is a grandson of Anson Kinney of Grand Island. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Berney and Mrs. J. N. Berney attended the funeral Wednesday.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 1, 1948

Laura Malissa (Butts) Payton, 1847-1924
AN AGED WOMAN IS BURNED TO DEATH - About 7:30 o'clock, Saturday evening, the sad news of the tragic death of Mrs. Laura Payton reached here. She was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed. Locker, when the tragedy occurred. She was an elderly woman, being 76 years old and has been totally blind for some time. At the time when the accident occurred, she was home alone. Mr. and Mrs. Locker had come to town about 4:00 o'clock and when they left home, Mrs. Payton was in bed. When they arrivedhome in the evening, they found the house on fire and found the badly burned body of the dead woman, lying on the kitchen floor. The real cause of the fire is not known, but the supposition in s that she had arisen from bed to start a fire and in some manner had caught her clothing on fire. It is believed that she died almost instantly. The lids were off the kitchen range and kindling had been placed in but had not been lighted. Seemingly, she had gone from the kitchen range into another room and started a fire in a heating stove. Some papers were on the floor in front of the heater and in all probability, these papers caught fire and started her clothing to burning. From there she went back to the kitchen and fell on the floor, where she was found dead when the folks returned from town. Neighbors came tot he rescue, and the blaze was soon put out. Two holes had been burned in the floor where the woman was found, and a part of a door was burned. OBITUARY - Laura Malissa was born December 7, 1847, at Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa, daughter of George and Jemima Butts, both parents being natives of Virginia. She was married January 21, 1868 to Joel C. Payton in Mercer county. in the fall of 1868 she with her husband moved to Carrol county, Missouri. There she lived until the fall of 1879 when they came to Nebraska living in different parts until the last few years she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ed. Locker. On Saturday, May 10, 1924 she met her death while trying to start a fire. The details are not exactly known as the Locker family had been in town while the accident occurred. When they returned at about 7:00 o'clock they found the rooms filled with smoke and her charred body lying in a heap on the floor. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, seven children, twins, William of Douglas, Kansas and Mrs. Orville Parker of Taylor, Nebraska, Bird of Mitchell, Nebraska, G. L. Payton, Taylor Nebraska, Henry, Ericson, Nebraska, Mrs. Ed. Locker of Scotia, Nebraska. Two children died in infancy. She leaves 35 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one niece, Mrs. William Stevens of Taylor, Nebraska, who has been near her all her life and was at the funeral. She was the youngest of six sisters and was one of a family of 13 children. She has three brothers living.- Dear grandma, how we'll miss you, Since the day you passed away, How we'll wish to come and see you, As we did on other days. But dear grandma, you're not forgotten, By your children, brothers and friends dear. And the neighbors will sadly miss you, In the home, when they come near. May you rest in peace, in Heaven, And Heaven will meet you with smiles. For on earth you were not forgotten, And these happy days, You'll travel for miles. - By a friend - CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our thanks to our many friends and neighbors for the assistance and sympathy shown to us in the death of our mother. Ed. Locker and Family.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Volume XXX, Thursday, May 15, 1924, pg. 1, column 1and column 4

Gertrude (Peterson) Paulsen, 1938
Mrs. A. Paulsen Is Called to Reward – Mrs. Albert Paulsen, former resident of Wolbach passed away Thursday evening, September 22, at the Riverside hospital at Arlington, California following an illness of several months. She had entered the hospital July 4. Mrs. Paulsen will be remembered as Miss Gertrude Peterson. Interment was made at Beaumont, California, beside her infant son Wendell Martin.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 29, 1938

Andrew Pearson, 1859-1930
Obituary of Andrew Pearson – Andrew Pearson was born in Esphults Socken Christenstad, Sweden, December 20, 1859. He died because of an accident at the Lawrence Lund farm, south east of Wolbach, July 30, 1930, aged 70 years, 7 months and 10 days. He came to America in 1880. He was united in marriage to Anna Pearson April 12, 1886, at Omaha, Nebraska. To this union nine children were born, of whom six survive, three having died in infancy. In 1893, the family moved to a farm in Howard County, four and a half miles south east of Wolbach, where he spent the rest of his life, except five years in Denver with his son Carl. There is left to mourn the loss, his wife, and his six surviving children: Carl, Minnie, and Ellen of Denver, Colorado; George, Alvin of Crawford, Nebraska, Sigrid and Esther of Seattle, Washington; six grand children; two brothers and one sister in Sweden, besides other relatives. The family having been so long in the community are well known and have the deepest sympathy of many friends. Funeral services, conducted by Dr. R. A. White were held in Trinity Lutheran church Sunday, August 3, 1930 at 2:00 P.M. The remains were laid to rest in Rock Creek cemetery, south east of Wolbach. Two sons, Carl of Denver, and Alvin of Crawford, Nebr., and a daughter, Ellen, of Denver arrived here Friday and remained over until Tuesday. The father had planned to settle up his affairs here in shape so that he could soon return to his people in Denver, when death intervened. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank the many friends and neighbors for the help and sympathy extended to us, at the time of the death and burial of our husband and father, Andrew Pearson. We wish especially to thank Dr. R. A. White, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lund for their kind ministrations and help. Mrs. Andrew Pearson and children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 7, 1930

Walter F. Peck, 1878-1947
Last Rites Were Held Tuesday for Walter F. Peck – Last rites were held for Walter Peck Tuesday afternoon at the McIntyre Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. V. R. Bell officiating. Burial in the Hillside cemetery. Pallbearers were: Oscar Oakeson, Albin Haggstrom, Sam Petersen, Art Larson and Harry Larson. Walter P. (sic) Peck was born at Wakeman, Ohio, September 2, 1878 and departed this life July 19, 1947, at the home of his niece Mrs. Andrew Peterson of Wolbach, Nebraska, who resides in the Brayton community. He came to Nebraska with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Royal Peck and settled in the Fairdale community in 1888. Following this he resided at Ravenna, Nebraska for twenty years. He has lived with the J. H. Patterson family near Inman, Nebraska for a number of years. About a week ago he became ill and came to the home of his niece, Mrs. Peterson, where he passed away a few days after his arrival. Mr. Peck never married and his nearest surviving relatives are three nieces and two nephews, Mrs. Andrew Peterson, Wolbach; Mrs. Mina Tibbetts, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Sabian Haggstrom, California; Joy Jacobsen, Wolbach and Dale Jacobsen, St. Paul. He had numerous friends who will be saddened by his death.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 24, 1947

Will Peck, 1936
Will Peck dies At Cheyenne, Wyo. – Just as we go to press today, (Wednesday) we learn that Will Peck, well known former resident of Wolbach, passed away in a hospital at Cheyenne, Wyoming where the family have lived for a number of years. Full particulars are not available at this time. Mr. and Mrs. George Stark and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cook left today for Cheyenne. Mr. Peck is a brother of Mrs. Stark and Mrs. Cook’s uncle.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 28, 1936

Anna Marie Pedersen, 1898-1918
Obituary – Anna Marie Petersen (sic), daughter of Rasmus and Amanda Petersen was born near Wolbach, Nebraska, July 10, 1898. She died at the home of her parents west of Wolbach, June 14th, 1918, aged 19 years 11 months and 4 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her parents, four brothers and three sisters. Miss Petersen having grown up in the community and was well known by every body as a young lady of good moral and religious character. In early childhood, she was baptized in the Danish Lutheran church and later confirmed in the same, and at the time of her death having her membership in the Danish church in Wolbach. Her life, tho short was not lived in vain. She set before the world the example of a beautiful Christian character. Funeral services were held in the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach, conducted by Rev. J. C. Petersen, Dannebrog, Neb., and Rev. R. A. White, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, Monday, June 17 at 3:00 o’clock p.m., after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hillside cemetery of this city. The stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community, which was shown by the large attendance at the services. "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness during the sickness and death of our beloved daughter and sister. Rasmus Petersen and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 20, 1918

Rasmus Pedersen, 1864-1948
Rasmus Pedersen, 84, Succumbs Monday – Rasmus Pedersen, 84, passed away Monday, March 29. Services are to be held today (Thursday) at the Lutheran church here. The obituary of Mr. Pedersen will be carried in the next week’s issue of The Messenger.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 1, 1948

Services Held Here For Rasmus Pedersen Last Thursday – Funeral services were held for Rasmus Pedersen,84, Thursday afternoon April 1, at 1:30 o’clock at the home and at 2:00 o’clock in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Dr. C. B. Harman of Grand Island officiating. Burial in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were, Eugene Jacobson, Donald Pedersen, Ronald Hansen, Carl Hansen, Ray Christensen and Walt Kunze. Flower girls, Ada Pedersen, Judith Kunze, Joan Pedersen, Lola Pedersen, Delores Jacobsen and Donna Pedersen. The choir sang, "Jesus Lover of My Soul," "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Rock of Ages." Rasmus Pedersen was born in Odense, Denmark, January 4, 1864 and passed away in his home at Wolbach, Nebraska, March 29, 1948 at the age of 84 years, 2 months and 25 days. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Denmark to which church he remained faithful to the end. He came with his parents to this country in 1881 at the age of 17 years, locating in Howard County. He helped in the construction of the railroad between Wolbach and Ord. In 1893 he was united in marriage to Amanda Sundstrom. To this union 9 children were born. In 1894 he moved to a farm in Greeley County where he resided until his death. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary on April 8, 1943. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, 4 sons, Emil, Einer and Raymond of Wolbach, and Henry of St. Paul, two daughters, Mrs. Alice Jacobson and Dora Pedersen of Wolbach, 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Two daughters Marie and Gurtie and an infant son preceded him in death. Out of town relatives and friends were: Mr. and Mrs. August Sundstrom and Mrs. George Obermiller from Loup City, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lanka and Lana and Miss Joan Pedersen from Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Schrum and Dolores Jacobson from Lincoln, Mrs. Claus Clausen and Peter Christensen of Boelus, Mr. and Mrs. Marius Rasmussen and Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Petersen of Dannebrog, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sonderup and Fern from Fullerton, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Noble Larson, Mrs. Iver Rasmussen, Mrs. P. H. Rasmussen, John Mayfield, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Townsend of St. Paul.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 8, 1948

Viola Janice Pedersen, 1936-1944
Scarlet Fever Fatal To Viola Pedersen – Viola Janice Pedersen, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pedersen, died Thursday morning of last week. Scarlet fever was the cause of her death. Burial rites were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul officiating. Burial was in the Wolbach cemetery. Surviving besides her parents, are one sister, Judith, four brothers, Donald, Darwin, Richard and Joe Curtis; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus Pedersen and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Townsend.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, January 20, 1944

Ane Kirstine (Jensen) Petersen, 1868-1925
OBITUARY Ane Kirstine was born in Thorsted, near Thisted, Denmark, on February 18, 1868 and was the youngest of eleven children. She was a daughter of Jens Foged Jensen and his wife, Elizabeth Jensen. She was confirmed in the Lutheran church at the age of 14 years in the town where she was born. When 18 years of age, she came to America and on July 6, 1895 she was united in marriage with John Peterson (sic) in Chicago, Ill. They made their home in that city until the spring of 1902, when they moved to Dannebrog, Nebr., where they lived four years and from there the family moved to Horace, where they have lived ever since. Five children were born to this union, two sons and three daughters, namely, Mrs. Esther Clapp, Mildred and Viola, Iver and Jay Petersen. Mrs. Petersen died suddenly from apoplexy, Friday morning, October 23, 1925 at the age of 57 years, 8 months and 5 days. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and children, five grandchildren, Faye, Fern, Frank, Ruby and John Clapp, three brothers and two sisters, namely Jens Jensen and Carl Jensen of Horace, Nebr., Peter Jensen, Elizabeth Anderson, Rodie Paulsen living in Denmark, and many other relatives and friends. Brothers and sisters who went before were Marie Petersen, Coren Jensen, Mads Jensen, Anders Jensen and Katherine Mikkelson. Mrs. Petersen was a true and faithful wife, a kind and loving mother and a good neighbor and friend. Her death came as a great shock to her dear ones and to us all. She will be missed not only by her loved ones, but by all who knew her. Our consolation and comfort is that she died in the faith of Lord Jesus, who will raise her to life again on the great day. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 26, 1925 at the Horace Baptism church, Rev. Petersen and Rev. Whitman officiating. Interment was made at Mount Hope cemetery, Scotia, Nebraska. Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest; Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast; We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best; Good night! Good night! Good night! Calm is thy slumber as an infant's sleep; But thou shalt wake no more to toil and weep; Thine is a perfect, secure and deep; Good night! Until the shadows from this earth are cast; Until He gathers in His sheaves, at last; Until twilight gloom is overpast- Good night! Until the dazzling glory lights the skies; Until the dead in Jesus shall arise, And He shall come, but not in lowly guise- Good night! Until made beautiful by Love Divine, Thou in the likeness of thy Lord shall shine, He shall bring that golden crown of thine- Good night! Only “Good Night,” beloved – not “farewell”; A little while and all His Saints shall In hallowed union, indivisible; Good night! Until we meet again before His throne; Clothed in the spotless robe He gives His own; Until we know even as we are known- Good night! CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our friends and neighbors, who by word and deed have helped us through our bereavement. For the many beautiful flowers and for all that you have done, we can only say “Thank you,” and “God Bless You.” Mr. John Peterson and Family, Mrs. H. Clapp and family, Mr. Carl Jensen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jens Jensen, Ole Petersen and family.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXI, Thursday, October 29, 1925, pg. 1, column 4

Peter O. Petersen, 1861-1943
FUNERAL HELD FOR FORMER RESIDENT -- Funeral services for P. O. Petersen, former Wolbach resident who died at his home in Lincoln last week were held Friday from the Danish Lutheran church in that city and burial was in Wyuka Cemetery. Peter O. Petersen was born in Vejleby, Sjeeland, Denmark, Feb 10, 1861 and died in Lincoln, Nebraska March 30, 1943 at the age of 82 years, 1 month and 20 days. When he was 20 years old he came to America settling at Bennett, Neb. He was united in marriage to Anna Petersen 50 years ago and they lived for a time at Bennett and later moved to Wolbach, where they lived for 7 years. On account of his health they moved to Lincoln 30 years ago.  Mr. Petersen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Denmark and he remained in that faith until his death. Three children were born to this union, two sons and a daughter. A son and daughter preceded their father in death. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Anna, and a son, Albert, a sister, Mrs. Chris Borre, Wolbach, and many nieces and nephews.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 8, 1943

Jacob Perlenfein, 1879-1918
OBITUARY – Jacob Perlenfein was born at Sutton, Clay county, Nebraska, August 19, 1879 and died after an illness of eighteen months, at Rochester, Minn., June 27, 1918, aged 38 years, ten months, 8 days. In early childhood he was baptized and afterward confirmed by Rev. Bonnekemper of the Reformed Church of Sutton, Nebr. May 26th, 1901 he was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Fueherer. To this union was born two sons, Christian and Theodore Perlenfein, who with the wife and mother, the aged father, six brothers and two of the sisters were present at the funeral, namely, Wm. Perlenfein of Colorado, Edward, John and Gustave Perlenfein of North Dakota; Mrs. Burke and Mrs. Eva Newman, of Wolbach, Nebraska. He united with the Lutheran church of Wolbach, March 1st, 1914, and remained a faithful member of the same until his death. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges of Wolbach, all of whom deeply lament the loss. Mr. Perlenfein came to Greeley County 19 years ago, and lived most of the time since then near Wolbach, hence he was well known and his many good qualities were understood and appreciated by all. He enjoyed the respect of the entire community. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran, Sunday, June 30th at 2:30 p.m. conducted by the Rev. R. A. White, after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs attended the funeral in a body. The church could not hold more than about half of those who desired to be present. The last rites at the grave were conducted by the Odd Fellows, according to the beautiful form in their ritual. The stricken family have the sympathy of the whole community. "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 4, 1918

Jimmie Perlenfein, ca.1927-1934
Jimmie Perlenfein Passes Away – Relatives here were grieved and shocked Thursday afternoon when a message came telling of the death of Jimmie Perlenfein, 7, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Perlenfein which occurred at the family home near Mount Ayr, Iowa, that afternoon. The little boy, who has never been very strong, had been suffering with whooping cough and no doubt his system had became weakened from the severe coughing paroxysms. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon and interment made in the Waterson cemetery. The bereaved parents are well known and have a host of friends here, where they lived for many years and where Jimmie was born. The family moved to Iowa with Mrs. Perlenfeins parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Marrs about four years ago. The relatives from here attending the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bussell and children of Greeley, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Perry and children, Theodore Perlenfein and Ben Marrs. Mrs. Maggie Perlenfein who has been living with her son in Iowa accompanied her son Theodore home on his return Sunday and will visit here for some time. Mrs. Kenneth Bussell and children and young Robert Perry are remaining at Mount Ayr for a few weeks. The profound sympathy of the entire community and many friends elsewhere will be extended to the sorrowing loved ones.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 31, 1934

Albert George Perry, 1865-1938
A.G. Perry Is Called to Reward – Death Follows Long Illness; Came Here in 1901 from Wahoo; Was Born in England – That Albert G. Perry will be missed by a host of friends far outnumbering his immediate family was witnessed at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon when mourners from a great distance attended the last rites conducted by the pastor rev. G. M. Bing, assisted by Bridgadier James Fooks of the Salvation Army at Sioux City, Iowa, a nephew of Mr. Perry. Accompanied at the piano by Mrs. H. C. Adams, Mrs. J. C Wilson sang a solo and Mrs. Wilson, Miss Ruth Luers, and Messrs. W. H. and R. P. Bissell sang two numbers. Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery, with graveside ceremonies conducted by the I. O. O. F. Lodge. Pallbearers were: Tad C. Sutton, Dr. A. H. Holm, Mike Fitzsimmons, M. H. Teilmann, Jake DeLaurant and Fred Elliott. Albert George Perry, son of Jeremiah and Mary Ann Perry, was born at Wolson Sands in Bedfordshire, England, January 11, 1865 and passed away in his home in Wolbach, Nebraska, March 14, 1938, at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 28 days. When a lad of nearly four years he came to America with his parents and other members of the family and his father homesteaded near Wahoo, Nebraska. Here he grew to manhood, and on February 27, 1892 was married to Eva May Moss. To them were born three children, all of whom survive their father. They are Ernest J., Gerald A., and Mrs. Daisy Hansen, all of Wolbach. Mr. Perry came to Greeley County in 1901 and lived on a farm near Wolbach until 1929, when he came to town to live, and his two sons have since farmed the home place. As a child he was baptized by a minister of the Primitive Methodist Church in England, and after coming to Wolbach affiliated with the Methodist Church here. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for many years, as also he was a Modern Woodman of America. Of few men who have lived in a community as long as Mr. Perry has lived here, do we hear so many words of commendation from so many and varied sources. His daily walk to and from the farm was a means of keeping him in health for years beyond the usual age of retired men. About six months ago, he was taken to Grand Island where an operation seemed to promise restoration of health, but complications which were not then apparent, baffled the skill of physician and surgeon and for many weeks he was a quiet, patient sufferer, until at 2 o’clock of the morning of Friday, March 11, 1938 surrounded by his sorrowing family and faithful physician, he quietly breathed his last. He is survived by his widow, Eva May; his two sons and daughter, named above, eight grandchildren, one sister, Miss Fannie Perry, of Sioux City, Iowa, and numerous nephews and nieces. His then one remaining brother Edward passed away at his home at Wayne, Nebraska, a few months ago. The following was contributed: "Some where back of the sunset Where loveliness never dies, He’ll live in a land of glory With the blue and gold of the skies; And we, who have known and loved him, Whose passing has brought us tears, We’ll cherish his memory always To brighten the drifting years."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 17, 1938

Infant [believed to be Mae Anna] Perry, 1926-1926
PERRY INFANT DIES – A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Perry Friday, June 11. The infant lived but two hours until it was called to the great Beyond. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank all our friends and neighbors for their kindness following the death of our baby daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Perry
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 17, 1926

John Perry died at age 85, on 23 March 1936. Rev J. F. Sawyer officiated the services at the Methodist Church in Greeley, and he was buried in the Methodist cemetery north of Greeley. Pallbearers were: Leo Clinch, Jake Hitner, Ralph Dutcher, A. L. Hepp, Jesse L. Scott and C. A Harris. Honorary pallbearers were: E. L. Mefferd, George McGowan, T. J. Howard, John Dutcher, Edward Martin and John Brennen. Mr. Perry was born in Posey County, IN on January 19, 1851. He married Sarah Jane Wheeler on February 14, 1883 in Lincoln, IL. He left his widow, six daughters: Mrs. Fred Lawrence, Mrs. George Eschliman, Mrs. Dick Baldwin, Mrs Jennis Fisher, Mrs. Bo Baldwin, and Mrs. Fred Sautter; and one son: Thomas H. Perry. Two of his daughter, Emily and Priscella died in infancy near Palmer. He was the grandfather of 34 grandchildren. His surviving brothers: Thomas and Eli, and two sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth Holms and Mrs. Margaret Martin.
Submitted by Chris Fisher, chrisinnv@hotmail.com

Sarah Jane Wheeler Perry died at the age of 75. She was born January 21, 1864 in Posey County, IN. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church and was officiated by Rev. J. T. Sawyer.Pallbearers were her six grandsons: Lloyd, Floyd, Tommy, Owen and Cecile Echliman, and Lonze Lawrence. The honorary pallbearers were George McGowen, E. L. Mefford, John Dutcher, Edward Martin, Frank Kneipp and T. J. Howard. Sarah Jane married John Perry, February 14, 1883 in IL. They had six daughters: Mrs. George Eschliman, Mrs. Fred Lawrence. Mrs G. C. Baldwin, Mrs. Jennis Fisher, Mrs. Fred Sautter, and Mrs. V. J. Baldwin. She also had one son: Thomas H. Mr. Perry preceded her in death on March 23, 1936.
Submitted by Chris Fisher, chrisinnv@hotmail.com

Serilda Martin Perry passed away at age 92. Serilda was married to Tom Perry, who passed away in 1937, in 1880. Tom was the brother to J. M. Perry, who died in 1936. Mrs. Perry had one daughter and one son. Serilda and Tom Perry were aunt and uncle to Tom Perry, Mrs. George Eschilman, Mrs. V. J. Baldwin, Mrs. Fred Sautter, Mrs. Fred Lawrence, Mrs. Mary Baldwin, and Mrs. Jennis Fisher.
Submitted by Chris Fisher, chrisinnv@hotmail.com

Lawrence J. Persak, 1894-1935
Lawrence Persak Buried Friday – The following obituary of Lawrence Persak, who died at his farm home Tuesday of last week from a self-inflicted gun shot wound, was given us by members of Mrs. Persak’s family. Lawrence J. Persak was born in Poland March 25, 1894. At the age of twelve years he came to America with his parents. On November 17, 1920 he was united in marriage to Miss Victoria Wrzinski, living at Ord for four years the family moved to the farm eight miles west of Wolbach in 1924 where the deceased was living at the time of his death. To this union four children were born: triplets dying in infancy and a daughter Gertrude, twelve years of age who survives. Surviving also are: his wife, in a Hastings Sanitarium, his father, Joe Persak of Burwell, a sister Josephine in Lincoln and a brother living in the western part of the State. Short funeral services were held Friday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Wrzinski where the body was taken and from the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elba at 10 o’clock with the Rev. Father Czajka officiating. The pall bearers were John and Peter Panowicz, Anton Delecki, Joe Hughes, Ed Pyzinski and Stanley Ziola. Interment was made in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Mr. Persak was a kind and loving husband and father and a good neighbor. His death has brought grief to a large circle of friends and relatives and most of all to the little daughter whose welfare was the last thought in his mind, as evidenced by the note he left. We desire to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 31, 1935

Christian Petersen, 1885-1931
Chris Petersen Of Greeley Passes Away – After a serious illness of several weeks Chris Petersen of Greeley died at his home at Greeley, Tuesday. Funeral services are to be held Friday and the body is to be brought to Wolbach for burial.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 12, 1931

Chris Petersen Buried Here Last Friday – The funeral of Chris Petersen who died at his home in Greeley on February 10th, was held last Friday afternoon. A service was held at the home by Rev. S. S. Kaldahl of Wolbach, assisted by Rev. Brooks of Greeley. The body was then brought to Trinity Lutheran Church at Wolbach, where another service was held at 2:30 p.m. Dr. White preached the sermon and was assisted in the service by Rev. Kaldahl. Burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. Mr. Petersen, who was a merchant at Greeley, was 45 years of age. His death came as a distinct shock to his many acquaintances both here and at Greeley. He had been in poor health for four years and during the last three weeks had been seriously ill. His death was due to heart and kidney ailment. Christian Petersen was born in Iowa on December 2, 1885. When he was seven years old he moved with his parents to Rosenberg (sic Greeley Co.), Nebr., where he grew to manhood. He was married March 5, 1910 to Miss Mattie Peterson at Rosenberg. Shortly after they moved to a farm near Wolbach where they continued to live until seven years ago when they moved to Greeley. Two years ago they opened a grocery store there which they have since operated. Besides the widow he is survived by two sons, Jens and Samuel. He also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Hans Morrison, Mrs. Paul Hansen, Mrs. Oscar Petersen all of Brayton, and Mrs. Travis Omaha; and two brothers, Andrew Petersen and Sam Petersen, of Brayton. He was preceded in death by is father and mother and one brother. Christian was always cheerful and happy even though he was in poor health. He was always ready to lend a helping hand when needed and was a kind and loving husband and father. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to take this means of expressing our heartfelt thanks to those who, by their deeds of kindness and expressions of sympathy, helped to lighten our burden of sorrow in our great bereavement; also for the lovely floral offerings. Mrs. Chris Petersen and Sons, Brothers, and Sisters.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 19, 1931

CORRECTION IN PETERSEN OBITUARY – We wish to correct a statement made last week in the published obituary of Chris Petersen. It was stated that he moved from Iowa when a lad, to Rosenberg, Nebraska. This was an error as he came directly from Iowa to Greeley County where he resided until his death. He lived many years on a farm near Brayton.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 26, 1931

Dale Edwin Petersen, 1911-1926
OBITUARY OF DALE PETERSEN – Dale Edwin Petersen was born at Cushing, Nebraska, May 13, 1911, and died at Grand Island, August 16, 1926, aged 15 years, 3 months and 3 days. He attended school in Cushing, graduating from the eighth grade with the class of 1925, and was last year a freshman in the high school. He was studious in school, of a friendly disposition, and always thoughtful, kind, and generous toward the other members of the family. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Petersen, four sisters and three brothers, namely, Marie, Glen, Hilda, Jay, Earl, Hazel, and Valeria, remain to cherish his memory. The funeral was held at the Lutheran church in Cushing, Thursday afternoon, August 19, conducted by Rev. Henry N. Hansen, assisted by Rev. E. C. Moore. Burial was in the Rock Creek Cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 26, 1926

Jennie (Hansen) Petersen, 1870-1923
Mrs. John Petersen Passes Away – The community was saddened by the news of the death of Mrs. John P. Petersen which occurred at a hospital in Grand Island last Sunday afternoon at about two o’clock. She was taken to the hospital on Monday, December 10 and operated upon December 12, and remained critically ill until death claimed her. Her remains were brought to Wolbach Sunday night in the McIntyre hearse and the funeral was held Wednesday December 19, from the home at 2 p.m. Rev. Arnold from Cotesfield officiated and Rev. R. A. White of Wolbach assisted in the services. Many of her brothers, sisters and other relatives were present for the services. Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Schreeder of Wymore, Rasmus Hansen and Mrs. and Mrs. W. S. Smith from Omaha, D. M. Hansen from Lincoln arrived Monday and Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Petersen of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Nelsen of Bennett and Lars Petersen of Tecumseh, Nebraska, arrived in town Tuesday to pay their last respects to their departed relative. One brother, Chris Hansen of Texas could not be present. The Messenger joins with their many friends in extending sympathy to these bereaved. The obituary will be published next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 20, 1923

Obituary – Mrs. John P. Petersen – Jennie Hansen was born in Denmark, April 30, 1870. She emigrated to America about the year 1887. On April 19, 1894 she was united in marriage to John Petersen at Lincoln, Nebr. She lived in Bennett and Omaha, and about 18 years ago located in Greeley county about 10 miles west of Wolbach. For several years she has lived in Wolbach. On Sunday, December 16, 1923 at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island she passed to the Better Land at 2 PM, aged 53 years, 7 months and 16 days. She leaves to mourn the loss, her husband, John Petersen, one daughter, Mrs. Alice Paulsen of Wolbach, two sons Elmer & Emil Petersen of Wolbach, one sister and 3 brothers in America and 2 brothers in Denmark. Two of her children preceded her in infancy to the great beyond. Two grandchildren are among the surviving relatives. In infancy she was baptized and at the age of 14, she was confirmed in the Danish Lutheran church in her native country. She became a member of the United Brethren church at Fairview and remained in this connection until her death. Mrs. Petersen was a true Christian, remaining firm in the faith until the last. She died trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. She was an affectionate wife and mother a good neighbor and loved by many friends. The stricken family have the sympathy of all. Funeral services were held in Trinity Lutheran church Wednesday, December 19 at 2 p.m. Rev. Arnold of Cotesfield, her former pastor, preached the sermon. Rev. R. A. White assisted in the services. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery, Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 27, 1923

Jens Petersen, 1917-1947
Jens Petersen Rites Held Here Tues. Afternoon – Jens Petersen, son of the late Chris and Mrs. Mattie Petersen of Grant, Nebr. was born June 7, 1917 near Brayton, Nebraska, and passed away suddenly October 17, at the age of 30 years, 4 months and 10 days at Milford, Nebraska, where he had been attending school since last fall, learning to be a radio operator. When a child he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and grew to manhood at Greeley, Nebraska. At the age of 12 he was afflicted with polio and has been crippled since. In spite of the first few years in which he suffered greatly, he was always of a cheerful disposition and remained the same until the last. He always had a smile for everyone and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his father in February 1921. Surviving are his mother and one brother, Sam of Grant, Nebraska and a host of relatives and friends. Services were held at Grant Monday and last rites were held here Tuesday afternoon in the Lutheran Church at 2:30 p.m. with Dr. C. B. Harman of Grand Island officiating, burial in the Hillside cemetery with McIntyre Funeral Home in charge. The Lutheran choir sang, "Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide With Me." Flower girls were four cousins. Pallbearers were: Jimmie Hansen, Raymond Petersen, Sam Petersen, Bruce Petersen, Swend Christensen and Harry Larson. Relatives attending from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Swend Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. Abe Bader, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Peterson and family of Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. John Petersen and family and Adrian Irvin, Lindsay; Mr. and Mrs. Charley Harris and family and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Petersen and family, Elsie; Mike Petersen, Madrid; Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nielsen and family and Christ Johnson, Arnold; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Essley and family, North Platte; Mr. and Mrs. Nels Nielsen, Stapleton; Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hansen and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hansen, Cushing.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 23, 1947

Johanna (Nelson) Petersen, 1857-1927
Mrs. Johanna Peterson (sic) – The deceased Mrs. Johanna Andrea Peterson was born March 4, 1857, near Aalborg, Jylland, Denmark. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church of her home country. She came to America in 1883, to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Here she was united in marriage to Jens Christian Peterson in 1884. They lived on a farm near Bluffs for about two years then they moved to Greeley county, where they have resided ever since. Her husband passed away about 15 years ago. To this union were born eight children, of whom seven are now living: Christian, of Greeley; Mrs. Hans Morrison, Andrew, Mrs. Paul Hansen, Mrs. Oscar Petersen and Sammy of Brayton; Mrs. Paul Travis of Omaha. Mrs. Peterson enjoyed good health during most of her life. About two weeks ago she was taken sick and this illness resulted in her death on Tuesday, November 29, at 3:50 p.m., she was 70 years, 8 months and 26 days old. She is survived by her 7 children, 2 brothers, Chris Nelson of Arnold, Nebraska, and Johannis Nelson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, 18 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Trinity Lutheran church in Wolbach, Friday afternoon, December 2, Rev. Henry Hansen, assisted by Rev. R. A. White conducting the services. The body was interred at the Wolbach cemetery. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends for their kind help and sympathy during the illness and at the time of the death of our beloved mother and sister, and for the beautiful floral offerings. Sam Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Travis, Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nelson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 8, 1927

John C. Petersen, 1879-1925
John C. Petersen Called to His Reward – Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church at Cushing last Sunday afternoon for John C. Petersen who died at Omaha on September 30, 1925. Rev. White officiated, assisted by Rev. E. C. Moore and the body was laid to rest in Rock Creek cemetery. The funeral was attended by a very large crowd and the stricken family have the sympathy of all. John C. Petersen was born in Denmark, April 12, 1879 and was 46 years, 5 month and 18 days old when he died. He came to America in 1885, lived in Omaha two years, then came to Howard county locating on a farm 10 miles southeast of Wolbach, where he lived until his death. He was united in marriage to Miss Alma Hansen, March 15, 1902 and to this union 9 children were born, namely Mrs. James Dunn, Pearl, Louise, Albert, Edith, Esther, Alvia, Raymond and Charles who passed away in infancy. Mr. Petersen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 8, 1925

John P. Petersen, 1871-1936
Crash Injuries Fatal To John Petersen – John Petersen, 65, was instantly killed about 7:30 Wednesday morning when his truck, loaded with buttermilk, struck the north-bound Burlington motor, completely demolishing the front of the truck, derailing the rear wheels of the train and tearing off an air tank. Mr. Petersen had been employed for several years as a driver for the Farmer’s Co-operative creamery and was westward bound on his route. As he was late in getting started on his trip and being particularly conscientious about his work, it is supposed he gave no thought to the train which is due at that hour. The accident was heard by several Wolbach residents who rushed immediately to the scene of the tragedy. Mr. Petersen was lying beside the truck, and although he had received a severe cut beneath the chin and head bruises, little blood was lost, and death was apparently instantaneous due to a broken neck and internal injuries. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church tomorrow (Friday).
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 19, 1936

Train-Truck Crash victim Buried Fri. – Largely attended funeral services were held for John Petersen, truck-train crash victim, in Trinity Lutheran church at 2:30 Friday afternoon. Last rites were conducted by Rev. Walter Chittenden and flower girls were Dorothy Bissell, Wilma Larsen, Patsy Cartwright, Elvina Hansen, Alice DeLaurant and Lorraine Johnson. Interment was in Hillside cemetery with J. B. Houghton, Mr. Bradley, Andrew Christensen, Martin Madsen, Chris Christensen and Carl Nielsen serving as pall bearers. Out of town relatives in attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Emil Petersen of Casper, Wyoming, Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Petersen, Albert Petersen and Mr. and Mrs. Otto Nelsen, all of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Fredricksen and children of Giltner, Mr. Dale Fredericksen of Fort Crook, Mr. Ras Hansen and Mildred Smith of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Rasmussen of Central City, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Finley of Grand Island, and Mrs. Lloyd Haran of North Platte. OBITUARY – John P. Petersen was born in Jagerpres, Denmark April 14, 1871 and passed away at Wolbach, Nebraska, November 18, 1936 at the age of 65 years 7 months and 4 days. In 1892 he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Hansen. To this union were born five children: Alice Paulsen and Elmer J. both of Wolbach, and Emil J. of Casper, Wyoming. The two other children died in infancy. Mrs. Petersen also preceded her husband in death. Mr. Petersen came to this country when he was 18 years old locating at Bennett, Nebraska. In 1906 he moved, with his family to Greeley county where they resided on a farm 10 miles west of Wolbach. In 1920 he moved to Wolbach where he lived until his death. Mr. Petersen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church but later united with the United Brethren church where he retained his membership until his death. Mr. Petersen is the first of a family of six children to be called home. Mrs. Otto Nelsen, Bennett, Nebraska, Mrs. P. A. Petersen, Lincoln, Nebraska; Mrs. Hans Fredericksen, Giltner, Nebraska, A. P. Petersen, Wolbach, and Lars Petersen, Tecumseh, Nebraska. Besides his children and his brothers and sisters, Mr. Petersen leaves to mourn his passing six grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors. He will be missed by his children, his brothers and sisters and his many business friends. He always had a kind word for everyone.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 26, 1936

Julius Petersen, 1860-1914
DEATH CLAIMS J. PETERSEN – The multitude of friends of Julius Petersen were shocked Saturday evening to learn of his death which occurred in the evening of that day. He has been ailing for the past two years but no thot (sic) of his immediate decease was entertained by his family. He was born in Denmark October 7, 1860 where he lived until he was 20 years of age. He then moved to America, coming to Omaha where he lived for nearly twenty years after which he moved to a farm near Wolbach where he has lived most of the time since. He was married in September 1880 to Miss Sophie Steen. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Denmark when a boy and has been an ardent worker up to the time of his disability two years ago, he was an ardent supporter of the English Lutheran church at Wolbach in the beginning of its history. He leaves to mourn him, his wife, mother, one brother and one sister. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran Church at Wolbach Tuesday September 22 at two o’clock p.m. conducted by the Rev. R. A. White. The Danish Brotherhood of which the deceased was a member attended the services in a body and escorted the remains to the place of interment in the Wolbach cemetery. We join the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved ones.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 24, 1914

Lars H. Petersen, 1857-1943
LARS H. PETERSEN DIED WEDNESDAY – Lars H. Petersen, for many years a resident of the South Logan community, passed away early this Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Oakeson at the age of 86 years. Mr. Petersen has been in failing health for several months, ailments incident to old age being the cause of his death. Lars Hans Petersen, a native of Denmark, was born July 22, 1857 and died May 26, 1943 at 1:30 a.m. He came to the United States when a young man and lived near Lincoln, Nebraska before coming to Howard county in 1902. He was a progressive farmer, and did his share in building up the community. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran church. An outstanding characteristic was his giving of his means for charitable purposes. In one particular, the Red Cross. He was generally the first one in the community to send in his membership to the Howard county chapter each year. Mr. Petersen’s wife and one son preceded him in death. He is survived by two daughters and one son, Mrs. Eva Sonderup, Mrs. Alice Oakeson and Verner Petersen, all of the Logan community. There are also three grandchildren left to mourn. Funeral services will be held Friday at St. Paul and interment will be in the South Logan cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 27, 1943

Marie (Andreasen) Petersen, 1844-1928
Mrs. Marie Petersen Answers Last Call – Mrs. Marie Petersen died at her home in Wolbach last Saturday morning at about five o’clock. She passed away suddenly without warning while sitting in a chair after arising in the morning and preparing for breakfast. Her son, John Petersen, who lived with her, was preparing coffee for breakfast and left the house to get some fuel. Upon returning a few minutes later he found his mother dead in a chair. She had seemed as well as usual until the moment of her death. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at Trinity Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. R. A. White, and burial was made in hillside cemetery. All of Mrs. Petersen’s children were here to attend the funeral. Mrs. Marie Petersen was born in Venstov Sjilland, Denmark, July 22, 1844. She died at her home in Wolbach, July 14, 1928. Her entire age was 83 years, 11 months and 21 days. She was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran faith and remained in that faith until the end. She was united in marriage to Nels P. Petersen, May 28, 1870. Mr. Petersen died 9 years ago. The Petersen family came to America in 1892. They lived near Bennet, Nebr. in Lancaster Co., for a number of years then they moved to Wolbach where Mrs. Petersen has lived ever since. She leaves to mourn her departure 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters; namely Andrew and John of Wolbach, Lars, Cook, Nebr.; Mrs. P. O. Petersen, Lincoln; Mrs. Otto Nelsen, Bennett, Nebr.; Mrs. Hans Fredricksen, Giltner, Nebr. She also leaves 21 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and a host of friends. "Precious mother you have left us, Left us yes, forever more. But we hope to meet our loved one, On that bright and happy shore. Lonely the house and sad the home, Since our dead one went away, But Oh, a brighter home than ours, In heaven, is hers today."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 19, 1928

Nellie Mae (Hill) Petersen, 1890-1945
MRS. PETERSEN DIES SUDDENLY – Funeral Services Conducted Monday Afternoon At Lutheran Church – Mrs. Nellie Petersen died suddenly Friday morning in a Grand Island hospital. Mrs. Petersen was taken to the hospital Thursday evening for surgical treatment, but failed to rally. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Trinity Lutheran church. Rev. C. B. Harman officiated. The church choir sang two hymns. Burial rites were conducted at Hillside cemetery Tuesday. The pallbearers were Scott Barr, C. M. Anderson, Herman Johnson, Jacob Hansen, Ted S. Smith and Robert Wilson. Nellie Mae Petersen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hill, was born May 9, 1890, in Omaha. She grew to womanhood there and in 1924 she moved to Wolbach, where she has lived since. Surviving are her mother, two sons, Warren, U. S. Army, and Arnold, U. S. Navy. Warren Petersen arrived from New York Tuesday morning to attend the burial services.
Greeley Citizen. Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, December 13, 1945

Nels P. Petersen, 1842-1919
OBITUARY – Nels P. Petersen was born in Sjeeland, Denmark, December 8th, 1842 and died at Wolbach, Nebraska, May 11th, 1919, aged 76 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was baptized in infancy and confirmed in youth in the Danish Lutheran Church in his native land, remaining a member of the same until his death. On the 28th day of May, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Marie Andreasen. To this union were born six children, three boys and three girls, Andrew and John Petersen and Mrs. Hans Fredricksen, of Wolbach, Neb.; Mrs. Peter O. Petersen of Lincoln, Mrs. Otto Nelsen of Bennett, Nebraska and Lars Petersen of Cook, Nebraska. He emigrated to the United States in 1892, locating at Bennett. In 1910 he moved to Wolbach, and has lived in this community ever since. The stricken family has the sympathy of the entire community. Funeral services at the Trinity Lutheran church were conducted by Rev. N. P. Sorensen and Rev. R. A. White. The remains were interred in Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 15, 1919

Pauley William Petersen, 1930-1933
Pauley Petersen Victim of Accident – a cloud of sadness settled over Wolbach Saturday afternoon when it was learned that Pauley Petersen, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Petersen had been the victim of a truck accident about one o’clock. Mr. John Petersen, grand father of the little boy and who drives a milk truck for Mr. Paul Paulsen, had stopped at the home of his son as was his almost daily custom to see his little grand children whom he dearly loved. The little ones were on his truck and after talking a while he told them to run away as he was going into the country. Mr. Petersen started the car and drove away, not knowing that little Pauley in running after the car, had fallen between the wheels and that the rear wheel had passed over his head. It was not until his brother Junior, four years old, who was the only witness of the tragedy, run to tell the mother that Pauley was hurt, did anyone know of the accident. Mrs. Petersen carried the little boy to the home of Dr. Adams across the street, but loving hands could do no more for the little life had ebbed away. OBITUARY – Pauley William, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Petersen, was born January 31, 1930 at Valentine, Nebraska. He passed away at his home in Wolbach, November 4, 1933 at the age of 3 years, 9 months and 4 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father and mother, one sister, one brother, his grandparents and other relatives and many friends. He will be greatly missed in his home and by his parents, relatives and friends. He was a member of the Lutheran Sunday School and among the scripture passages that he learned, his favorite verse was "God is Love". Being unable to say God, he would during the past summer, frequently say to his mother in that childlike faith concerning which Jesus so often spoke, "If Dod wants me to die I will have to die, won’t I?" In the words of the hymn which he loved: "Jesus loves me, He will stay Close beside me all the way, If I love Him when I die He will take me home on high." Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John S. Rhine, Monday afternoon at two thirty in Trinity Lutheran Church after which interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery. The pallbearers were Frank McCormick, Edwin McCormick, Ernest Haggstrom and Robert Perry. The flower girls were Sherry Hansen, Willa Grossart, Wilma Larsen, Dorothy Helen Bissel, Gloria Nelsen, Phyllis Lowe and Naida Christensen. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the sorrowing family. Among the many friends and relatives attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Haran and family and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Findley of Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Haran of Wood River; Mr. Harl Simpson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dancheski and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Findley of Cotesfield; Mr. and Mrs. Hans Fredrickson of Giltner; Mrs. Kate Kinney, Mr. and Mrs. John Kinney and family and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bigley and Mr. and Mrs. Art Klein of Greeley and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Rasmussen of Central City, Nebraska. Card of Thanks – We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their sympathy, kindness and beautiful floral offerings during our recent bereavement. Your kindness will always be remembered. Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Petersen and family, Mr. John Petersen, Mr. and Mrs. Will Horan and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paulsen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Horan and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Findley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Peterson and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 9, 1933

Rose Petersen, 1908-1941
Funeral Services for Rose Petersen Sunday – The following obituary of Rose Petersen was given us to print. Rose Petersen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Petersen, was born Feb. 4, 1908 in Howard county, Neb., where she grew up. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. At the age of 14 she was taken sick and never recovered. Most of the past five years she has been at the state hospital at Hastings, Neb., at which place she passed away Feb. 5 being 33 years and one day of age. Rose accomplished in poor health what most young people in good health have not accomplished. She learned to know and to love her Savior, and therefore is rich and happy for eternity. She leaves to mourn her departure: her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Petersen; one brother, Robert of Cushing, and four sisters, Mrs. Charlie Berst of Wolbach, Mrs. Jelinek of Sunnyside, Wash., and Carrie and Edna at home. Funeral services were held from the Lutheran church in Cushing, Sunday, Feb. 8, and interment was made at the south Logan church cemetery. The pastor, Rev. H. P. Anderson officiated.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 13, 1941

Rudolph W. Petersen, 1897-1937
Last Rites For R. E. Petersen Today – Last rites are being conducted this afternoon (Thursday) for Rudolph W. Petersen, 39 of near Cushing in the South Logan church with Rev. Emil Pedersen conducting the services assisted by Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul. Rudolph W. Petersen, son of Lars and Anne Petersen, was born in Bennet, in Lancaster county on December 23, 1897 and passed away at his home near Cushing Monday, June 28, 1937, following a lengthy illness. He came to Howard county with his parents 35 years ago. Here he received his elementary education and later farmed at the place that was his home until his death. His mother preceded him in death in 1930. He is survived by his father, one brother Verner and two sisters, Miss Eva and Mrs. Oscar Oakeson. One brother Johannes, died in service in the World War in 1918. Rudolph will be mourned by the many who came to know him as a friend, and the sympathy of this community is extended the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 1, 1937

Stanley Petersen, 1894-1915
Obituary – Stanley Petersen was born in Denmark, June 8th, 1894. He died at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Olaf Madsen, six miles southeast of Wolbach, Wednesday September 30th, 1915, aged 21 years, 3 months and 22 days. He came to America in March 1911 and settled in Clifton, Kansas. About six weeks ago he came to Nebraska and made his home with his sister and brother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Madsen. He had been since about July 4th, the victim of Brights disease from which he died, after great suffering. He leaves to mourn the loss, a father and two sisters in Denmark, a brother in Kansas and a sister six miles from Wolbach. He was baptized in infancy and confirmed in youth in his native country. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. Madsen, Saturday, October 2nd, by Rev. R. A. White, after which the burial took place at the Rock Creek cemetery. A large number of sympathizing friends and neighbors followed the remains to its last resting place.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 7, 1915

Eddie Peterson, 1928-1942
EDDIE PETERSON SERIOUSLY ILL – Roy Peterson of Chapman was called to Lincoln, Saturday morning by the serious illness of his son, Eddie, who was taken to Lincoln General hospital a week ago, suffering with poliomyelitis. Eddie has been in a coma since Friday, and at this time he remains in a critical condition.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 26, 1942

Rites Held For Eddie Peterson -- Funeral services for Eddie Peterson, who died in Lincoln general hospital a week ago Tuesday, were conducted Thursday afternoon from the home at Chapman and burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. Eddie was taken ill the second week in November and was sent to the Grand Island hospital, where his case was diagnosed as poliomyelitis. From there he was taken to the Lincoln General hospital where his condition continued serious until his passing, Dec. 1. He was 14 years and 23 days of age. The Rev. Ross Allen Pace conducted the rites and Mrs. Alma Mack and Mr. Pace, accompanied by Mrs. D. E. Magnuson, sang two hymns at the home. The trip to Wolbach for interment was then made. Six schoolmates of Eddie’s served as pallbearers. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank everyone for the beautiful floral offerings, sympathy, cards and to those who helped in any other way during the death of our beloved son, brother and grandson. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Peterson and LeRoy, Mrs. Maren Christensen. – Relatives attending the burial of Eddie Peterson Thursday from out of town were Roy Peterson of Chapman, James McHugh and Virgil, Mr. and Mrs. Emil McHugh, Mrs. John Nestor, Mr. and Mrs. James Cartwright, all of Grand Island. Afterwards they assembled at the Mrs. Jennie Cartwright home where lunch was served before departing for their respective homes.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 10, 1942

James Peterson, 1945
SPALDING MAN DIES SUDDENLY – A Heart Attack Is Fatal To James Peterson, Greeley County Farmer – James Peterson, Greeley county farmer, died unexpectedly at the family home south of Spalding Saturday. A heart ailment was the cause of death. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at St. Michael’s church. Burial was in Calvary cemetery. Mr. Peterson’s wife is the former Ruth Harris of Greeley. Greeleyites attending the funeral rites were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Harris, Frank Scripture and family, Lester Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Joe McCarthy and daughter, Eileen, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lammers, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Lammers, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harris and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Harris of Omaha also attended. Surviving are his wife and four children, Leo and Maureen, both in the service, and twin sons, Robert and Richard, at home. His mother, Mrs. John Peterson, of Spalding also survives.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, May 10, 1945

Klas Peterson, 1925
Cushing – Klas Peterson who has been ill all winter passed away at his home west of town Tuesday evening of last week. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at St. Paul. The entire community extends sympathy to Mrs. Peterson who is left alone.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 21, 1925

Leona Garnet (Lepper) Peterson, 1876-1929
Mrs. Leona G. Peterson Is Called Suddenly – After an illness of a little more than a week, Mrs. Leona Garnet Peterson passed away at her home in Wolbach at about six o’clock last Monday morning. The end came suddenly and unexpectedly, as Mrs. Peterson had seemed to be improving for a few days before her death. She had passed a quiet night Sunday. Heart failure in connection with the serious case of pneumonia which she had contracted, was the cause of her death. The sad news was a distinct shock to the entire community and deep sympathy is felt for the bereaved family in their loss of a wife and mother. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church at 2:30, Rev. W. C. Braymen of Bellwood, a former Wolbach pastor, conducting the services, which were attended by a large number of friends of the deceased. Interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery. All of Mrs. Peterson’s children were present at the funeral. Near relatives and friends from out of town who were here are, Mr. and Ms. Albert Paulsen, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Amen, and Leland Peterson of Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Larsen and children of Hooper, Nebraska, Mr. Asa Watts of Cedar Rapids and Miss Loraine Roulier of Hastings.
OBITUARY – Leona Garnet Lepper was born in DeWitt, Iowa, July 2, 1876, died at her home in Wolbach, March 25, 1929, aged 52 years, 8 months, 23 days. At the age of 13 years she, with her parents, moved to Greeley county, Nebr., locating on a farm six miles west of Wolbach on the Summit Ridge, where she lived until she was united in marriage to Nels Peterson, October 27, 1896. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Peterson lived on a farm north of Wolbach for about two years, then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where they remained for six months. Returning to this vicinity they resided in Wolbach until her death. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband Nels Peterson, five children, Miss Esther Peterson of Wolbach, Mrs. Gertrude Paulsen of Hastings, Mrs. Alice Amen of Hastings, Roy Peterson of Wolbach, and Leland Peterson of Hastings, a step-daughter, Mrs. Harvey Larsen, Hooper, Nebr., one brother Albert E. Leppe, Live Oak, Florida, one sister, Mrs. James Jenning, Camp Cook, South Dakota, and one grandchild, Audrey Garnet Amen. Mrs. Peterson united with the Methodist church in Wolbach in 1907, and she was always ready to do her share, or more than her share. She was ever ready to bear the heaviest burden, never refusing any task given her. She was also a member of the W. C. T. U., the Wolbach Woman’s Club, the M. E. Ladies aid and the Royal Highlanders, and her presence will be greatly missed in the activities of all of these organizations. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to neighbors and friends for their sympathy and helpfulness at this time of our bereavement. Your kindness will long be remembered. We also appreciate the many beautiful floral gifts that were bestowed. Nels Peterson and children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 28, 1929

Louise (Frazier) Peterson, 1864-1929
Mrs. P. B. Peterson Called To Final Reward – After many months of serious illness, Mrs. P. B. Peterson passed away at the A. J. Larsen home Friday forenoon, August 23rd, at about 11:30 o’clock. Funeral services, conducted by Dr. Rev. R. A. White, were held in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sunday, August 25, 1929 at 2:30 p.m. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. Besides the children and their families, several other relatives were here to attend the funeral, among these were Mr. and Mrs. James Kershaw and Mr. and Mrs. Walgren of Silver Creek, Mrs. Gertrude Paulsen, Mrs. Alice Amen and Leland Peterson of Hastings. The following obituary has been prepared and handed to us for publication. OBITUARY – Louise Frazier was born in Densburg, England, November 12, 1864, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alfred Larsen in Wolbach, Nebraska, August 23, 1929, aged 64 years, 9 months and 11 days. She came to America at the age of 6, residing with her parents at West Branch and Iowa City, Iowa. She came to Greeley County, Nebraska about 1884. On March 27, 1885, she was united in marriage to Peter B. Peterson at Scotia, Nebraska. To this union was born three children, all of whom survive her. They are Mrs. Grace Larsen and Lloyd Peterson of Wolbach, Nebraska, and Mrs. Carrie Ray of Lisco, Nebraska. Mrs. Peterson was baptized in the Episcopal Church in infancy in her native country. Mrs. Peterson and her husband united with the Lutheran church in Wolbach in 1893, when the first organization of the English branch of that church was established, Rev. W. C. Barnett being the pastor. After the first organization had become disbanded, and the work revived by Rev. E. Bollman, aided by the Nebraska Synod and the Board of Home Missions, they became again members of the new organization now known as Trinity Lutheran Church. Since coming to Nebraska she has lived in the vicinity of Wolbach or in the town. She died in the Christian faith leaving to mourn the loss her children, nine grand children, other relatives and a large number of friends. Her husband preceded her to the better land, April 20, 1929. She had one brother Gilbert Frazier, who resided in California. The family being well known have the profound sympathy of the whole community. CARD OF THANKS – Neighbors and friends were very kind to us during the long illness and at the time of the death of our dear mother, the late Mrs. Peterson, and to them all we desire to extend our sincere thanks for their kind ministrations and beautiful floral tributes. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Peterson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ray and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Larsen and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 29, 1929

Margaret Peterson, 1862-1949
Services Held in Grant For Margaret Peterson – Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Peterson of Madrid, Nebr., were held in the Zion Lutheran church, Grant, on Tuesday afternoon, April 12th. The Rev. Wm. F. Reddel, pastor of the deceased, spoke on the text 2 Timothy 4:7-8: "I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." Mrs. Margaret Peterson departed this life on Thursday afternoon, April 7, 1949. She was born April 16, 1862, at Vejle, Denmark. There she was baptized and confirmed. She remained a life-long member of the Lutheran church. In 1879 she came to America and settled near Lindsey, Nebr. She was married to Eske Peterson on March 15, 1883. Mr. Peterson entered into eternity in 1933. The family moved to Perkins county in 1934. The family lived for several years near Wolbach, Nebr. They were blessed with seven children. These are, Mrs. Mattie Petersen of Grant; Mike, Pete and Sam, of Madrid; Mrs. C. H. Harris of Elsie and John of Lindsey, Nebr. Anna, the oldest daughter, died in 1944. There are also seven grandchildren. Throughout her many years of life Mrs. Peterson revealed an energetic and courageous nature. Bravely she weathered many a storm of life, leaning for strength and comfort upon her Savior, whom she willingly served. His precious Word was her great delight. Although her strength in the last months was not sufficient to permit her to attend public services, she heard with joy the sermons and prayers which were read to her and partook of the Holy Supper. Remarkable bodily vigor remained with her until a few months ago when the infirmities of age became more noticeable. After scarcely a week of severe illness, God called her home last Thursday afternoon. Grandmother Peterson had reached the venerable age of 86 years, 11 months, and 22 days. Well could she exclaim triumphantly with the Apostle Paul: "I have finished my course; I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." -- Grant Tribune-Sentinel.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 21, 1949

Nels Peterson, 1859-1947
Nels Petersen (sic ...son), 87, Succumbs Monday – Mr. Nels Petersen, 87, a long time resident of Wolbach passed away Monday evening at the home of his daughter Mrs. Asa Watts. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Lutheran church. A complete obituary will be published in the next week’s issue.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 17, 1947

Services Held for Nels Peterson here Wed. Afternoon – Last rites were held for Nels Peterson at the Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon, July 16, with Rev. Ehret officiating, burial in the Hillside cemetery. Pallbearers were: Edwin Johnson, Paul Paulsen, Dr. A. H. Holm, Gus Holm, Paul Anderson and Albin Haggstrom. Nels Peterson was born April 24, 1859 at Malcom, Sweden and passed away at Wolbach, Nebr., July 14, 1947 at the age of 88 years 2 months and 20 days. When he was four years old he came to the United States with his widowed mother and younger brother. They located at Carolton, Mo. At the age of sixteen they moved to Wahoo, Neb., where his mother homesteaded. He was baptized in Sweden and joined the Lutheran church in Wahoo. He was a charter member of the Modern Woodman Lodge of Wolbach. In 1880 he married Miss Anna Feere and to this union one daughter, Hilda was born. On October 27, 1896 he was married to Miss Leona Lepper of Wolbach. They made their home in and near Wolbach. To this union five children were born, four of whom survive. He lived in Greeley county about sixty-five years and helped lay out the road between Greeley county and Howard county. He was a carpenter and contractor and worked as a carpenter for the Burlington railroad in several states. He was preceded in death by his wife Leona, who died March 25, 1929 and by a daughter Gertrude Paulson, September 22, 1938. Survivors are the five children, Mrs. Harvey Larson, Hooper; Mrs. Esther Watts, Wolbach; Mr. Alive Amen, Hastings; Roy Chapman and Leland, Spokane, Wash.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 24, 1947

Peter B. Peterson, 1863-1924
Obituary – Peter B. Peterson was born near Stockholm, Sweden, February 3, 1863, and died at his home in Wolbach, Nebraska April 18, 1924, aged 61 years, 1 month and 15 days. He came to America during his infancy with his mother and his brother, Nels Peterson of Wolbach. He lived first at Carlton, Missouri. Later he came to Burt county and lived near Oakland and afterward near Wahoo. In 1884 he came to Greeley county and took a timber claim two and one-half miles north of Wolbach, and lived there the greater part of his remaining life. The last years he lived in Wolbach. March 27, 1885 he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Frazier, who in company with him, braved the hardships of pioneer life. To this union was born two daughters and one son, namely Mrs. Grace Larsen, Mrs. Carrie Ray of Lisco, Nebr., and Lloyd Peterson of Wolbach who with his wife, his brother Nels and six grandchildren remain to mourn the loss. Mr. Peterson in line with the people among whom he was born, was brought up in the Lutheran church, being consecrated in baptism in infancy and confirmed in youth. His activities in behalf of his church have been parallel with the history of this congregation. Previous to the present organization, he was identified with a congregation that was formed in 1893 and served for a time by Rev. W. C. Barnett and Rev. I. N. Augustine, but was permitted to die out on account of lack of pastoral service. When the work was revived under the leadership of Rev. E. Bollman, he was one of the charter members, and served on the Church Council until his death. We feel that his death is not only a sore bereavement to his family, but also to the church in which he was so deeply interested. Being one of the pioneers of this community he is known and respected by every body. All will unite in deepest sympathy for the stricken family. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. A. White, were held in the Lutheran Church Sunday, April 20, 1924, at 3 p.m. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. We wish to thank our many friends for the kind acts and beautiful flowers sent during the illness and death of our loved one. Lloyd Peterson and family, Mrs. P. B. Peterson, A. J. Larsen and family, J. A. Ray and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 24, 1924

Robert A. Peterson, 1879-1949
Robert Peterson, 69 Succumbs Thursday – Robert Peterson, 69, passed away at his home here early this morning (Thursday). Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 o’clock in the McIntyre Funeral Home.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 25, 1949

Last Rites Here Sunday For Robert Peterson – Services were held here Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Church for Robert A. Peterson, 69, with Rev. Phillip Biblehimer officiating. Interment in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were: E. L. Johnson, Scott Barr, Ash Marco, Erroll Berney, Henry Galitz, and Max Marco. The flower girls were: Vickie McIntyre, Connie McIntyre, Sandra Grossart, Loy McCormick, Virgie Berney, and Ellamae Allen. The Lutheran Junior Choir sang: "In the Garden", "Abide With Me", and "The Old Rugged Cross". Mrs. Clarence Thayer was pianist. Robert A. Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Peterson was born at Timmersdale, Sweden on Dec. 24, 1879 and passed away at his home Aug. 25, 1949 at the age of 69 years, 8 months, and 1 day after a lingering illness the past few years. At the age of 23 years he came to America settling at Seattle, Washington where he worked as a railroad car inspector for 3 years. At the age of 26 years he moved to Omaha, Nebraska and started to work at the carpenter trade. He was united in marriage on March 8, 1909 to Hilda Haggstrom at Omaha. To this union were born Arnold of Alma, Ted, Alden and Kenneth Peterson and Mrs. Alvira Von-Soosten all of Salinas, Calif., Mrs. Delisa McIntyre of St. Paul and Rolland of Wolbach. Robert was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Sweden. He was a kind and devoted father to his family all through the years, thinking only of them at all times. In 1911 they moved onto a farm near Wolbach, Nebr., and farmed on several farms as tenants up until 1925, when they moved into Wolbach. He began taking up the carpenter trade again and became highly accomplished in a vocational trade, until five years ago when his health failed him. He leaves to mourn his passing besides his wife and 7 children, 9 grand children, 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 1, 1949

Mary Tabitha (Gibbs) Phillipps, 1847-1939
Mrs. Mary Phillipps Is Laid to rest – Civil War Widow Answers Call Monday at Home of Daughter, Mrs. L. E. Morris; Services Here – Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, Rev. G. M. Bing conducted the last rites for Mrs. Mary Phillipps, one of the few remaining Civil war widows who was called Monday, January 30. At the church services appropriate music was rendered by Mesdames Lowe, Barr, Luers, E. H. Davis and R. P. Bissell accompanied by Mrs. H. C. Adams. Interment was made in the Hillside cemetery with Harry Fenton, Harry Storrs, E. C. McKelvey, Wm. Brandt, Ben Rundle and R. R. Morris as pallbearers. To those who mourn her passing, The Messenger joins the community in extending heartfelt sympathy. Mary Tabitha Gibbs was born in Benson, Vermont, August 15, 1847 and passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. L. E. Morris at Wolbach, Nebraska, January 30, 1939 at the advanced age of 91 years, 5 months and 15 days. On July 4th 1867, Mary Gibbs was married in Morseville, Illinois to Augustus Edward Phillipps, a veteran of the Civil War. Mr. Phillipps served in the 17th Illinois Cavalry. To this union were born three children, Della May, who died in infancy, Will H. Philipps of Dixon, Illinois, and Mrs. Lula Morris of Wolbach, Nebraska, with whom Mrs. Phillips made her home for the past fifteen years. Mrs. Phillipps was a sincere Christian and attended the Methodist Church in Illinois, but after coming to Nebraska, was denied the privilege of the Sanctuary on account of failing health and advancing age. She leaves to mourn her departure besides the two children above named, ten grandchildren, and twenty three great-grand-children, besides a host of good neighbors and friends, all of whom will miss her kind smile and pleasant ways.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 2, 1939

Henry Pickerel, 1947
Henry Pickerel, former Resident Found Dead Sun. – Henry Pickerel of Clarks, well known in this community having lived at North Star for a good many years, was found dead in bed last Sunday morning. Although he had been in ill health for several years, he was up and about the day before. Surviving besides his wife and several children is his aged father, Noah Pickerel, living with a daughter at Portland, Oregon; a brother, Jack Pickerel of Caldwell, Idaho; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Stott of Arnold and Mrs. Fern Imus of Portland, Oregon and a host of other relatives. He is an uncle of Mrs. Herman Klein. Funeral services were held last Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock in the Methodist church and burial at that place.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 15, 1947

Joe Pitchford, 1940
SERVICES FOR JOE PITCHFORD HELD AT BAUDETTE, MINN. – Mrs. Nettie Correll received word that her brother Joe Pitchford of Baudette, Minn., passed away on January 5. Mr. Correll came to Nebraska in 8186 (sic) and took claim in Saline county, later buying a farm in Greeley county. In 1895 he was united in marriage to Katherine Reno of Richview, Ill., and to them were born six children, all living. He moved to Berlin, North Dakota in the year 9110 (sic) then later moved to Baudette where he made his home. His wife died in 1936 and was buried in Baudette. He was laid to rest by the side of his wife. He was well known in Wolbach, having come here in 1936 and spent the winter with his sister, Mrs. Correll.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 18, 1940

Sarah (Hales) Pitchford, ca.1858-1944
Last Rites For Mrs. Pitchford – Mrs. Sarah Hales Pitchford, 86, died February 9 in a hospital at Franfort, Ill., after a brief illness. A heart ailment was the cause of death. Mrs. Pitchford was a sister of Mrs. Ellen Bundy of Wolbach. Mrs. Nettie Correll of Wolbach is a sister-in-law of the deceased. Surviving are a son Charles, of West Franfort, Ill., a daughter, Lula of St. Louis, Mo., two sisters, Mrs. Bundy of Wolbach and Mrs. Mary Thompson of Sparta, Ill. Her husband, John Pitchford, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at Franfort, with burial at the side of her husband in Pisguy cemetery.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley,Nebraska, Thursday, February 24, 1944

Clarence Leonard Place, 1918-1946
Funeral Services For Clarence Place – Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church for Clarence Place, 27, who died suddenly Wednesday night of last week. Burial was in Hillside cemetery, with Rev. A. C. Ehret of North Loup officiating at the last rites. Pallbearers were H. B. Johnson, Jacob Hansen, Harold Nielsen, David Bengtson, Cress Marco and Joe Berganzel. Clarence Leonard Place, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Place, was born November 14, 1918, in Wolbach. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are one sister, Mrs. Ida Lewis, of Denver and one brother, Leslie, at home.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, February 14, 1946

Eliza Ann (Daily) Place, 1845-1921
AT REST – Miss Eliza Ann Daily was born in Dayton, Ohio, November 14, 1845, and departed this life February 27, 1921, aged 75 years, 3 months and 13 days. She early sought and found the comfort and strength of a Christian experience and lived a life of sincere devotion to her family and friends. At Princetown, Mo. February 21, 1876 she was united in marriage to Mr. Thomas Place and in the spring of 1883 they came to the vicinity of Wolbach, settling on a homestead on south Timber Creek. In the struggles of homesteaded life Mrs. Place’s patient endeavor and neighborly kindness won her many friends. Her children, Herman J. Place of this town and Mrs. Rose Place McCullough of Central City together with the grand children, one sister and her devoted husband remain to mourn her loss. "Why do we mourn for dying friends, or shake at death’s alarms? ‘Tis but the voice that Jesus sends To call them to his arms."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 10, 1921

Harmon J. Place, 1877-1948
Last Rites held for Harmon Place Sunday – Last rites were held for H. J. Place Sunday afternoon a the McIntyre Funeral home at 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 in the Methodist church, Rev. V. R. Bell of St. Paul officiating. Burial in the Hillside cemetery. Harmon J. Place was born at Trenton, Missouri, February 1, 1877 and passed away at his home March 26, 1948 after a lingering illness at the age of 71 years 1 month and 25 days. He came to Nebraska with his parents in 1883 to the vicinity of Wolbach, homesteading on South Timber Creek. He was united in marriage to Ethel Martin March 30, 1910. They resided in and near Wolbach. To this union was born 4 children, two preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife; one son, Leslie of Wolbach, one daughter, Mrs. Ida Lewis of Denver, Colorado, two grandchildren, Ruby Mae and Cleota Joyce Lewis; one sister, Mrs. O. J. McCullough of Dannebrog and a nephew, Vern Place of Casper, Wyoming. A brother preceded him in death in 1905. Pallbearers were: W. L. Cartwright, E. H. Davis, Rhinehart Schiebe, Scott Barr, Asa Watts and Gus Rother. Relatives out of town attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin, Arnold and Mr. and Mrs. O. J. McCullough.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 1, 1948

Thomas Jefferson Place, 1851-1927
Herman Place’s Father Passes Away – Thomas Jefferson Place was born at Des Moines, Iowa February 27, 1851 and died in Central City, Nebraska, August 18, 1927, aged 76 years, 5 months and 21 days. In 1876 he moved to Trenton, Missouri, where he was married February 21, 1876 to Eliza Ann Daily, who preceded him in death February 27, 1921. To them were born three children, two of whom survive, namely, Mrs. O. J. McCullough, Central City, Nebraska, and Harman J. Place, Wolbach. Leaving Trenton, Missouri, they lived for one year in Iowa, after which they came to the vicinity of Wolbach in the spring of 1883, homesteading on south Timber Creek. For many years Mr. Place was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and is mentioned as a man of good habits and upright living. Beside his children he is survived by ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; also by two sisters, Mrs. Ella B. Myers, and Mrs. Aurilla Adams of Frankfort, Kansas, and one half-brother, John Collins, Norfolk, Nebraska. The funeral was held at the Methodist church at Wolbach Saturday afternoon, August 20, Rev. E. C. Moore officiating and interment was made in Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 25, 1927

George F. Pollard, 1830-1909
Obituary – George F. Pollard was born in North Carolina, Nov. 7, 1830. While still a young man he joined the tide of emigration westward, and on Nov. 2, 1856, was married to Louisa Catherine Paine in Otoe county, Nebr. This union was blessed by fifteen children, seven of whom died before him. His wife, also, preceded him in the departure from this life; and for many years he has been a great sufferer. On Oct. 4, 1909, he took a long and hard journey to Indiana to live with his oldest son. About six weeks ago he was stricken with pneumonia, and on Dec. 15 his spirit took its flight from the feeble body which had so long confined it, and returned to God who gave it. He leaves eight sons and daughters to mourn his loss. Mrs. R. R. Eastabrooks is a daughter of the deceased. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. B. Z. Stambaugh, pastor of the M. E. church at Palmer, officiating. Interment in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska Thursday, December 23, 1909

Louisa Catharine (Paine) Pollard, 1840-1909
Obituary – Louisa Catharine Paine was born in Illinois June 22, 1840 and departed this life Feb. 17, 1909, in Wolbach, Neb. On November 2nd, 1856, she was united in marriage to George F. Pollard in Otoe county, Nebraska. To this union fifteen children were born, seven of whom with the husband are left to mourn. Seven children preceded her into the better world and one has been lost track of and it is not known whether he is dead or alive. Four of the children are here for the funeral services, which takes place today. At an early age she embraced the Christian religion, uniting with the Christian church of which she was a faithful member. Six years ago she united with the Lutheran church at Wolbach. Mrs. Pollard moved here from near Ericson with her husband last fall. She has been gradually failing in health and suffering much for some time. The Messenger extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 18, 1909

Charles Henry Porter, 1838-1925
Chas. Porter Dies – Chas. Porter, an old time resident of this part of the state died Monday afternoon at about 4 o’clock at the home of his son Wm. Porter, northwest of Wolbach. Mr. Porter was 86 years old and for some time had been quite feeble. He formerly lived at Central City but for the past few months has stayed with his son on one of the James farms northwest of town. Obituary – Charles Henry Porter was born September 2, 1838 in Mason county, Illinois, and died July 27, 1925 at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 25 days. In 1858 he was married to Mary Lear and to this union one child was born. Mrs. Porter died in 1861. In 1864 he enlisted for service in the Civil War and served to the end. He was married to Catherine Long in 1866 and to this union were born seven children. He moved to Nebraska in 1881 and followed the occupation of farming practically ever since. He is survived by seven children, 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren also one sister and one brother. The children are Mrs. Nick Wenn, Will Porter and Walter Porter of Wolbach, Mrs. Fred Dahlman and Bud Porter of Grand Island, Mrs. Jess Smith of Clarks and John Porter of Fullerton. The sister is Mrs. E. J. Newcomes of Long Beach and the brother is Will Porter of Central City. The funeral will be held at the home of his brother in Central City today.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 30, 1925

Maggie Jane (Marrs) Porter, 1873-1949
Services Here Wed. For Mrs. Porter – Funeral services were held here Wednesday at 2:00 o’clock at the Methodist church for Mrs. Walter Porter with Rev. Ehret of North Loup officiating. Burial in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Chas Smith, Fred Klein, Arnold Klein, Harold Neumann, Lloyd Steele and Gus Justensen. The Methodist Junior choir sang: "Beautiful Isle", "Home of the Soul" and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye". Mrs. J. C. Wilson was pianist. The Messenger will carry a complete obituary in the next issue.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 12, 1949

Obituary of Mrs. Walt Porter – Maggie Jane Marrs, daughter of Alexander and Catherine Marrs was born near Tecumseh in Johnson county Nebraska June 17, 1873 and after a short illness departed this life at Omaha, Nebraska, May 8, 1949. Aged 75 years, 10 months and 21 days. She grew to young womanhood at the place of her birth moving from there with her mother and brother Wm. J. Marrs to a farm near Fullerton in Nance county, where she resided three years. Then moved to Wolbach, making her home with her brother and family until the time of her marriage to Walter E. Porter April 27, 1905. They lived on their farm five miles southeast of Wolbach until the death of her husband on May 15, 1946. Since then she has made her home with the Fred Klein family, who have done everything possible for her comfort and happiness. She joined the Methodist church in early life and remained faithful to the teachings of her childhood. She was a devoted wife, a loyal friend and a devout Christian. She was preceded in death by two half brothers and two half sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing, one brother Wm. J. Marrs and wife of Tingley, Ida, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 19, 1949

Mary Porter, 1814-1916
Mrs. Porter Dies at Central City at the Age of 101 Years – The above article taken from Omaha Bee of Sunday last will be of interest to many of the Messenger readers. She was the grandmother of Walter Porter of this city. Central City, Neb., July 15 – (Special) – Mrs. Mary Porter passed away at the home of her son, William Porter, Thursday evening, at the age of 101 years, death was due to ailments attending old age, and for some time her condition has been regarded as serious. Mrs. Mary Porter was born November 19, 1814, at Cincinnati, O. She grew to womanhood in that place and at 20 years of age was married to Steven Porter. In 1835 they removed to Mason county, Illinois, then a new country. To this union seven children were born, of whom three survive, William Porter of this city, with whom she made her home, Mrs. Elvira Newcomer of this city, and Charles Porter of Fullerton, Nebr. When the war of the rebellion broke out, her husband and three sons enlisted in the service. One son never returned from this struggle. They removed to Nebraska in 1877 and took up a homestead in Merrick county. Mr. Porter passed away May 29, 1882. Ten years later the wife of her son, William, died, leaving six children, the eldest of whom was only 10 years of age. These Mrs. Porter took in charge and raised with practically no help. She was a member of the Methodist church, having been associated with it since her fifteenth birthday. Mrs. Porter was the oldest resident of this county, and until a short time preceding her death was very active in mind and body. Each year her birthday was observed by a family reunion. Prior to her death there were living five generations of the Porter family. She had sixteen grand children, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The funeral was held from the home this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 20, 1916

Walter E. Porter, 1874-1946
Aged Resident of Wolbach Dies – Walter E. Porter passed away suddenly last Wednesday evening at his farm home southeast of Wolbach. At the time of his death, he was seventy-two years old. Mr. Porter was born February 20, 1874, at Harannal, Ill., and as a child was baptized in the Methodist faith. He was a son of Charles and Catherine Porter, both of whom preceded him in death. He moved with his parents, brothers and sisters to Merrick county, Nebraska, where he lived a number of years, going from there to Nance county. On April 27, 1905, he was united in marriage to Maggie Marrs at Fullerton, and they established their home in Howard county where they have since resided. Besides his widow, he is survived by three sisters and two brothers, namely: Mrs. Maggie Wenn of Wolbach; Mrs. Edith Smith of Central City; Mrs. Metta Dahlman of Grand Island; William Porter of Wolbach; and Bud Porter of Grand Island. A younger brother, John, passed away a number of years ago. Laurence Porter, a nephew, who made his home with the Porters during his grade and high school life and until he entered the armed forces, also survives. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church in Wolbach. Burial was in the Hillside cemetery.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, May 23, 1946

John Porterfield, 1844-1935
John Porterfield Is Called by Death – Mr. Porterfield, who for the past several years has lived with his daughter Mrs. E. H. Davis and family here, passed quietly away Sunday following several months of failing health due to the infirmities of age. OBITUARY – John Porterfield was born March 2, 1844 at Dover, Illinois where he grew to manhood. On August 28, 1867 he was married at Dover to Francis Augusta Belden, and one year later they emigrated to Kansas, taking a homestead on the recently opened Kickapoo Indian Reservation. While in Kansas eight children were born to them, of whom only three survive. In December 1882 the family moved to Nebraska locating on a farm near Fullerton, soon afterward moving into town where they built their own home in which they lived for forty years. About five years ago advancing age compelled them to give up living alone at which time they came to Wolbach to make their home with their daughter, Mrs. Davis and family. At this home he passed away about 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 at the age of 91 years, 3 month and 21 days. Mrs. Porterfield preceded him in death only three months. He leaves to mourn his passing three daughters, Mrs. R. R. Wilbur and Miss Minnie Porterfield both of Missoula, Montana and Mrs. E. H. Davis of Wolbach, 25 grand children and 9 great grand children. Short funeral services were held at his daughter’s home Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock, Rev. H. A. Feldman of the Methodist church officiating, after which the body was taken to Fullerton where services were also held at the C. E. Carter home. Burial was made beside his wife in the cemetery at Fullerton. Profound sympathy is extended the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 27, 1935

Cynthia Potter, ca.1875-1945
NEWS OF DEATH – A. W. Marco received word Thursday morning of the death of a sister-in-law, Mrs. Cynthia Potter, 70, of Hammond, Ill. Funeral rites will be held at Harlan, Ia.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, January 25, 1945

Frank William Prewitt, 1902-1947
Frank W. Prewitt Rites Held in Amelia – Funeral rites for Frank W. Prewitt, 44, Amelia rancher instantly killed in a car wreck near Stuart April 15, were conducted by the Rev. W. C. Birmingham in the Methodist Church in Amelia. Mr. Prewitt, father of six children and a resident of Amelia for about 13 years, was killed when his automobile went out of control and upset on Highway 2? at the east edge of Stuart. Two Amelia neighbors riding with him were unhurt. Burial was in the cemetery at Chambers, beside one of his children who died in 1936. The pall bearers were: Lee Gilman, Henry Traver, Blake Ott, Vern Sagesen, Glen White and Beryl Waldo, all of Amelia. Obituary – Frank William Prewitt, son of William B. and Martha Jane Caudill Prewitt, was born at Wolbach, Neb., on December 12, 1902 and died at Stuart, Neb., April 15, 1947, at the age of 44 years, three months and three days. He grew to manhood at Wolbach. In 1924 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in which he served four years, part of the time in Hawaii, Guam, and Australia. He was married to Alice Phipps at Alliance on December 14, 1929. Their new home was established at Whitman. They also lived at Wolbach a year before coming to Holt County in 1934 and making their home on a ranch near Amelia. Seven children were born to them, six of whom survive. He received Christian baptism by immersion and united with the Methodist church in Wolbach when he was a youth. Surviving are his wife, Alice, six children, Myrtha, a junior in high school at St. Paul, Neb., Dean, a sophomore in Amelia high school, and Peggy, Lynn, Janice and Sharon, all at home; his father, William B. Prewitt, Grand Island; eight brothers and sisters, Mrs. Ben Marrs, Mt Ayr, Iowa; Fred Prewitt, Wheatland, Wyo.; Mrs. Arthur Johnson, Bozeman, Mont.; Mrs. Ralph Sutton, Grand Island; Mrs. Leonard Sweeney, Carson, Iowa; Mrs. Sig Atkinson, Torrington, Wyo.; Mrs. William McPherson, Scottsbluff; and Warren Prewitt, Whitman.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 15, 1947

Martha Jane (Caudill) Prewitt, 1870-1942
PREWITT RITES ARE HELD TUESDAY – The funeral of Mrs. Martha Jane Prewitt, a former resident of the Wolbach community for many years who died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Atkinson in Torrington, Wyo., was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. W. L. glliott (sic) officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery. Martha Jane Prewitt was born July 2, 1870 in Ash county, N. C., and died Aug. 22, 1942 at the age of 63 years, 1 month and 20 days. She attained womanhood in North Carolina and on February 11, 1896 she was united in marriage with W. B. Prewitt. They came to Nebraska in 1901 and located at Wolbach where they lived until 1934 when they moved to Whitman, Neb. Mrs. Prewitt had made her home with her daughter in Wyoming since November 1941 after she had suffered a paralytic stroke. Surviving are her husband, six daughters, Mrs. Pearl Marrs, Redding, Iowa, Mrs. Effie Johnson of Bozeman, Mont., Mrs. Ethyl Sutton of Palmer, Mrs. Minnie Sweeney of Carson, Ia., Mrs. Alice Atkinson of Torrington and Miss June Prewitt of Scottsbluff; three sons, G. T. Prewitt of Torrington, W. F. Prewitt of Omaha and W. H. Prewitt of Whitman and 21 grandchildren; also three sisters, Mrs. Bertie Minard of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Ollie Meyers of Chambers, Mrs. Annie Graham of Jefferson, Tenn., and four brothers, Quiller Caudill of Olympia, Wash., Coy Caudill of Coquille, Ore, Wheeler Caudill of St. Paul, and Lester Caudill of Emmett, Ida., and many nieces and nephews. Maybelle preceded her mother in death 10 years ago. CARD OF THANKS – Our sincere appreciation is extended neighbors and friends for kindness and sympathy shown and for floral tokens of remembrance in the hours of anxiety and bereavement occasioned by the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother. W. B. Prewitt and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 27, 1942

Maybelle Ollie Prewitt, 1911-1932
Maybelle O. Prewitt – Maybelle Ollie Prewitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Prewitt was born north of Wolbach Feb. 17, 1911 and departed this life on April 28, 1932, attaining the age of 21 years, 2 months, and 11 days. Death came when she was attacked by an unconquerable disease that destroys the life center in the blood stream. About nine years ago the Prewitts moved to Fullerton, where Maybelle graduated from high school and then took up nurse’s training in the Lord Lister hospital in Omaha. She would have completed her course within a few weeks had she lived. She was an active member of the Fullerton Methodist church. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church in Fullerton, with Rev. Edgar M. Reed officiating. In attendance at the funeral were members of her nurse’s training class at the Lord Lister hospital, and the superintendent of nurses. Interment was made at Wolbach. The father, mother, six sisters and three brothers mourn her death. They are Mrs. Pearl Marrs of Wolbach, Mrs. Effie Johnson of Bozeman, Montana, Mrs. Ethel Sutton of Clarks, Mrs. Minnie Sweeney of Wolbach, Mrs. Alice Atkinson of La Cross, Kansas, Fred and Frank of Whitman, and June and Warren in the parental home. Other relatives and many friends grieve over the setting of the sun of life before midday had been reached.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 5, 1932

William Burk Prewitt, 1870-1949
William B. Prewitt Rites Here Sunday – ed (sic) Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Methodist Church for William B. Prewitt, 70. Rev. A. Clyde Ehret of North Loup. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery. Mr. Prewitt retired farmer of the Wolbach community died at a Grand Island convalescence home Thursday evening. He had been in poor health for five years and seriously ill since last fall. He had resided with a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sutton of Grand Island during the last few years. William Burk Prewitt was born July 5, 1870, at Wilkesboro, N. C. to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Prewitt. He and Miss Mary Jane Caudill were married Feb. 11, 1896 at Wexil, N. C. They resided in Wilkes county, N. C. until moving to the Wolbach community in 1903. They made their home on a farm until 1939, when illness caused them to retire. Mrs. Prewitt died in July of 1941 and Mr. Prewitt had made his home with his children since that time. He was a member of the Methodist church of Wolbach. Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Ethel Sutton, Grand Island, Mrs. Pearl Marrs, Mt. Ayr, Ia., Mrs. Effie Johnson, Bozeman, Mont., Mrs. Minnie Sweeney, Carson, Ia., Mrs. June McPherson, Scottsbluff and Mrs. Alice Atkinson, Torrington, Wyo.; two sons, Fred and Warren Prewitt, Wheatland, Wyo.; a half-brother, Ambrose Prewitt, North Carolina, 26 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Frank Prewitt and Maybelle Prewitt; one brother, one sister and a half-sister.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 14, 1949

Rev. William James Primrose, 1876-1948
Services For Rev. Primrose Held In St. Paul Nov. 17 – William James Primrose, retired Presbyterian minister, were held at the Presbyterian church at St. Paul at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, November 17 with burial in Parkview cemetery, Hastings. The Rev. Leland Rubesh of Cascade, Iowa, who studied for the ministry under Mr. Primrose’s guidance, conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. E. A. Ahrens of St. Paul. Mr. Rubesh, who had been attending a convention in California, drove back for that purpose. Mr. Primrose, who died in the Penney Memorial Home, Penney Farms, Fla., Nov. 11, was born in Allegheny, Pa., later a part of Pittsburgh, July 1, 1876. He was a son of John and Martha Johnston Primrose. The family moved to Boone county Nebraska when he was eight years old. He was graduated from Cedar Rapids high school in 1898. In 1899 Mr. Primrose taught school near Primrose, a town named for an uncle, Dave Primrose. Between 1900 and 1903 he farmed in that vicinity and in 1903 he was licensed as an evangelist by the presbytery of Kearney and was named pastor of the church at Bridgeport. Attending the University of Nebraska and the Presbyterian Theological seminary in Omaha, he received his A. B. degree from Bellevue college, near Omaha in 1910. In 1911 he taught in the Primrose High school, and was also named as supply pastor of the Presbyterian church at Spalding. He was ordained that year. From 1911 to 1930, one of the longest pastorates in Nebraska Presbyterian history, Mr. Primrose was pastor at Spalding, and from 1930 until 1945, when he retired, he held the pastorate at St. Paul. He was married June 14, 1911 to Miss Jewell E. Jones at Rushville, Neb., who survives, as do five children: Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Binderup of Hastings, John W. Primrose of Grand Island, Mrs. Kathryn Mae Balsey of Seaside, Cal., Mrs. Martha Irene Dumse of Mt. Union, Ia., Mrs. Jewel Fredrica Christensen of Wahoo. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Culbertson of Fort Worth and Mrs. Margaret McClanahan of Hot Springs, S. D., and by 13 grandchildren.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 2, 1948

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Prince, 1942
Palmer Couples Killed In Car-Truck Collision – Sad news came over the radio Sunday night of the death of Mr. Lawrence Prince, former resident of St. Paul, now of Gage Valley, and Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Curren of Palmer in a car-truck collision. The Palmer people and Mr. and Mrs. Prince were on their way to North Platte in a driving snow storm and met a truck head-on near Darr, between Lexington and Cozad. Mr. and Mrs. Curren and Mr. Prince were killed instantly and Mrs. Prince had her chest crushed and both legs broken according to word reaching here. She passed away the next morning. The driver of the truck, which was a Nielsen-Petersen truck out of Grand Island, received a broken arm and other bruises. It was stated that Mr. Curren, who was driving was lodged behind the wheel and the car had to be towed into town in order to get the car apart so that his body could be taken from it.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 5, 1942


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