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Frank Sample, 1877-1943
Last rites Held for Frank Sample Febr. 18 – Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sample and Melvin, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCaslin and Mrs. Jennie Thompson attended the last rites for Frank Sample at the Beeman-Palmer Funeral Home at Fullerton Wednesday, Rev. Carl Sandberg, Presbyterian minister officiating. Mr. Sample was born on March 4, 1877 at Red Oak, Iowa and passed away at Hot Springs, Arkansas on February 14, 1943 at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 11 days. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Hunt of Belgrade and Mrs. Lillian Ramsey of Wheatland, Wyoming; three brothers, Albert of Belgrade and Walter and Irvin of Fullerton. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Burial was in the Fullerton cemetery. Mr. Sample is a brother of the late Wesley Sample and an uncle of Cecil Sample and Mrs. Charles McCaslin.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 26, 1948

John Wesley Sample, 1860-1927
Wesley Sample Dies After Long Illness – The death of Wesley Sample occurred at his home nine miles east of Wolbach, Tuesday afternoon, after an illness of heart trouble, kidney disease and other complications that had extended over a number of years. Mr. Sample was one of the early settlers of Nance county, and for the past thirty years or more has lived on the farm where he died, with the exception of a few years that he lived in Wolbach. They returned to the farm about three years ago, and their son Cecil has been doing the farm work chiefly. Mr. Sample is survived by his wife, and two children, Cecil and Nellie, both of whom have been living at the parental home. Another daughter passed away some years ago. Funeral services will probably be held Friday, and an effort is being made to get word to Rev. Moore who is away on a vacation trip, requesting that he return in time to officiate at the funeral if possible. With the passing of Mr. Sample, the community loses a man of very high character, and one that has heroically gone through years of suffering and pain. The bereaved family have the heart felt sympathy of their many friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 28, 1927

John Wesley Sample – John Wesley Sample was born at Mount Carroll, Illinois, July 25, 1860, and died at his home in Nance County, Nebraska, July 26, 1927, aged 67 years and 1 day. At the age of 12 he came with his parents to Iowa where he continued to live till he reached the age of 21. At that time he went to Denver where he stayed for about one year. Returning to Nebraska, he settled in Nance County, east of Wolbach, where he has since resided, with the exception of ten years spent in Wolbach. He moved back to the farm four years ago. He was married October 7, 1891 at Sidney, Iowa, to Miss Jennie Ackley. To them were born three children, Nellie, Cecil and Nettie, of whom the last named passed away ten years ago. Beside his wife and two children, he is survived by four brothers: Albert, Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, Walter, Belgrade, Nebraska, Frank, Fullerton, and Irvin, Belgrade; also by three sisters: Mrs. Minnie Hunt, Belgrade, Nebraska, Mrs. Mamie L. Davis, Elliott, Iowa, and Mrs. Lillian Rumsey, Wheatland, Wyoming. He was for many years before his death a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Modern Woodmen of America. CARD OF THANKS – Having been for so long a time under the shadow of a great affliction, when human help and sympathy count for more than words can tell, we desire by this means to convey our deep and heartfelt thanks, to all those persons and organizations who by their presence, helpfulness, floral offerings, and expressions of sympathy, have shown their friendship during the long continued illness and in the death and burial of our beloved husband and father. Mrs. Jennie Sample, Nellie and Cecil.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 4, 1927

Nancy J. Sample, 1917
Died -- Mrs. Nancy J. Sample died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. O. Davis, in Elwood, Iowa, Monday, March 19, 1917. She was the mother of seven children, four boys and three girls namely: Wesley of Wolbach, Albert, who resides in Timber Creek, Frank and Irvin, on the old farm, Mrs. C. O. Davis of Elliott, Iowa, Mrs. Ed Rumsey of Wheatland, Wyo, and Mrs. E. W. Hunt of Belgrade. The remains arrived here today and were laid to rest in Riverside cemetery – Fullerton Post.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 27, 1917

Nettie May Sample, 1904-1917
Obituary – The death angel has again visited Wolbach, and has saddened our hearts by the loss of Miss Nettie May Sample, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Sample. But our loss is heaven’s gain. Nettie was born in Nance county, Nebraska, April 28, 1904, and died at her home in Wolbach, April 2, 1917, aged 12 years, 11 months and 5 days. The family have lived here in Wolbach for the past three years, where Nettie has been a member of the M. E. Sunday school and loved by all. And to the bereaved family and relatives in this hour of sorrow, their friends and neighbors extend their sympathies. "There is no death! The stars go down, To rise upon some fairer shore, And bright in Heaven’s jeweled crown, They shine forever more. There is no death! An Angel form, Walked o’er the earth with silent tread, He bears our loved ones away And then we call them "dead." Too thick is every grave yard, The little hillocks lie, But every hillock represents, An angel in the sky." Card of Thanks – We wish to thank the many kind friends and neighbors for their ever grateful assistance, help and the condolences extended us during the sickness, death of our loved daughter and sister. Also for the many beautiful floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Sample and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 12, 1917

Mrs. Walter Sample, ca. 1867-1945
ATTEND LAST RITES – Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sample, son Melvin, Mrs. Jennie Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCaslin, of Grand Island, attended funeral services in Belgrade last week for Mrs. Walter Sample, 78. Mrs. Sample died suddenly in a Lincoln hospital.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, July 19, 1945

Jacob Sautter 1885-1927
JACOB SAUTTER PASSES AWAY MONDAY Jacob Sautter, one of the most well known residents of this community, and of Greeley county, passed to his reward last Monday evening. He has many relatives and friends who deeply mourn his departure from this life, but who will be given courage in the fact that he is through with worldly suffering of which he has had more than his share in the past three months. Jacob Sautter was born in Lake County, Indiana March 18, 1885 and passed on from his home here at Scotia last Monday evening after eating his regular supper at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 24 days. Mr. Sautter was apparently in good health about three months ago when a stroke of paralysis came upon him early one morning and left his left side completely helpless. Every[thing] was done to help him but it was of no avail, and he grew worse continually and last Monday evening he passed out very quietly and peacefully. Mr. Sautter was married to Kathery (sic) Sautter, Oct. 18, 1879 before leaving his home community in Indiana. He and his wife came to this vicinity and settled on a homestead about six miles northeast of Scotia and lived there and raised his family. In the fall of 1910 Mrs. Sautter died leaving him with four children. Two years later he married Mrs. Kuhne Sharp, and made his home in Scotia. Mr. Sautter leaves to survive him his wife and four children. Jake, of Scotia, Edward of Brandon Colo., Mrs. Nancy Miner of Greeley, and Mrs. Ella VanSkike of Scotia. He also leaves three brothers John M. of Grand Island, Gutleib of Chapman, Kansas, and Mike of Spokane Wash. There are also two half sisters, Mrs. Maggie Seins and Mrs. Annie Klass both of Crown Point, Indiana. Mr. Sautter will be greatly missed from this community. He was a man who always had a large number of friends and he was always jolly and jovial with all who knew him. He did not always agree with them but never the less he counted them his friends. While living out here on Fish Creek he took an active part in the German Methodist Church and after moving to town he transferred his membership here. He looked forward with great anticipation to the finishing of the new Church. Here, his is the first funeral in the Church proper. We do not know what is before us. Mr. Sautter's body was laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery with a great number of his friends and relatives attending. Rev. G. A. Randall officiated.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, December 15, 1927, pg. 1, column 5 and 6

Honoreta (Jamrog) Sawicki, 1868-1940
Funeral Services Held For Mrs. J. Sawicki – Funeral services for Mrs. John Sawicki, long time resident of Howard county who died at her home in St. Paul a week ago Monday were held Wednesday, Oct. 16 from the St. Paul Catholic church. Burial was in Mount Carmel cemetery at Paplin. Mrs. Sawicki had not been in the best of health for some time but had been getting along nicely of late. The cause of her death was given as a heart attack. Honoreta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Jamrog, was born on April 15, 1868 in Gallacsia province, Poland, and died at her home in St. Paul on Oct. 14, 1940, at the age of 72 years, 5 months and 29 days. In the year 1873 she came to Pittsburgh, Pa., with her parents, and they lived there until 1880, when they moved to Howard county and settled on a farm in the Paplin neighborhood. On Feb. 5, 1884 she was married to John Sawicki of Paplin at the Posen church near Farwell. They went to housekeeping on a farm northwest of Farwell and here they lived for 15 years, celebrating their golden wedding in 1934. They moved to St. Paul that year and have lived there since. Mrs. Sawicki was a faithful attendant at the Catholic church. She leaves besides her husband the following children to mourn her passing: Mrs. Anna Janc, Wolbach; Walter of Sterling, Colo.; Mrs. Clara Ignowski, Chicago, Ill.; Stanley of St. Paul; A. J. of Greeley; Louis of Grand Island; John of Ashton; Edward of St. Paul; Miss Martha of St. Paul. Besides these there are 26 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. Pallbearers were Virgil Sawicki, Lavern Sawicki, Robert Sawicki, Hubert Janc, Edward Janc and Raymond Janc.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 24, 1940

Frances Schachl, 1852-1926
OBITUARY – Mrs. Frances Schachl was born in Krucemberg, Czecho-Slovakia, on October 29, 1852, being 73 years, 6 months and 13 days old at the time of her death. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church and adhered to this faith to the end. She came to this country over 40 years ago and resided in Omaha the past 29 years. She passed out of this life Wednesday evening, May 12 at 7:55 o’clock at her home, 3919 South 29th Street. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Ignatz Schachl, two daughters, Anna (Mrs. Frank DeVey) of South Omaha, and Albina (Mrs. Frank Bartunek) of Wolbach; also 7 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was a member of camp Vytestvi No. 56, Woodmen Circle at South Omaha. Her remains were brought to Wolbach and funeral services were held at the Lutheran church last Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. White officiating. Burial was made in the Hillside cemetery. The surviving relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. CARD OF THANKS -- We wish to thank the many kind friends, also the members of the Order of the Eastern Star and Masons, who so kindly assisted us in the time of our bereavement, also for the beautiful floral offerings and the young ladies who assisted in taking care of them. Mr. and Mrs. F. DeVry, Mr. and Mrs. F. Bartunek, Grand children and Great grand children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 20, 1926

Ignatz Schachl, 1885-1936
Funeral Rites Held For Ignatz Schachl – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Mr. Ignatz Schachl at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Bartunek, with Rev. Walter Chittenden officiating. Pallbearers were Wm. Messner, Mike Fitzsimmons, Robert Connors, Ernest Wagner, Ernest Rother and Lee DeBord. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery. The deceased who had passed away at an Omaha hospital, was brought here Friday afternoon by the McIntyre Ambulance. OBITUARY – Ignatz Schachl was born in Wiens, Austria, on November 3, 1885 and passed away at an Omaha hospital on October 29, just four days before his eighty-second birthday. He came to the United States over forty-nine years ago. He and his wife made their home for many years in Omaha, at which place Mrs. Schachl passed away on May 12, 1926. For several years the deceased had made his home here with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Bartunek, and Mr. Bartunek, and only a month ago had gone to Omaha to visit relatives. He leaves to mourn his death, one daughter, Albina Bartunek of Wolbach and one step-daughter, Mrs. Anna DeVry of Ames, Nebraska, two grandchildren, Dr. P. A. Bartunek of Wolbach and Anna Flynn of Fairmont, Minnesota, four great grandchildren and a host of other friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 5, 1936

Lanie Schanck, 1897-1919
Obituary – Lanie Schanck daughter of Geo. and Loretta Schanck was born in Seward County, Nebraska, and died at her home in Howard Co., Nebraska, January 9th, 1919 age 21 years, 2 months and 21 days. Funeral services were held at the grave by Rev. J. M. Johnson and interment was made in Crowe Cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 16, 1919

George Henry Schenck, 1854-1933
Obituary of Mr. George Henry Schenck – George H. Schenck son of Ruben and Susan Schenck was born in Easton, Pa. April 7, 1854. As a young man he came to Byron, Ill. On Oct. 2, 1883 he was married to Lanah E. Mitchell. In the early spring of 1884 he and his bride moved to Seward county Nebr. To this union were born 3 daughters, Tillie R. Smith, Winnebago, Ill., Mamie L. Meradith, York, Nebr., and Susan S. Oswald, Aurora, Nebr. In January, 1893 the wife and mother passed away. For 4 years he was both mother and father to the three little girls. Then on Oct 1, 1896 at Seward, Nebr., he married Annie Loretta Myers. To this union was born 9 children – Annie, Oscar G., Lanah E., of Cushing, Ed B. of St. Paul, Daniel J. and Ellen L. Scheibe of Cushing and Alice E. Gannon of Greeley. In March, 1904 he came to Cushing and made his home there until the end except for 2 years spent in Wolbach. Oscar was killed in action in France Oct. 5, 1918 while in the service of his country. One daughter Annie passed away in 1900, Lana in 1919, also one infant son. On Jan. 8, 1919 death came again and his wife Annie was taken. As a kind and loving father he again kept the home together. His greatest interest was his home and children. He was a great lover of flowers and music. When a child he was baptized. As his health and sight failed, he would listen for hours to gospel songs and sermons coming over his radio. His favorite radio pastor being Rev. Brown of Omaha. On Feb. 14 at 1:20 p.m. he passed quietly away after suffering a stroke two days before. His age was 78 years, 10 months and 9 days. He leaves to mourn his passing 5 daughters, 3 sons, 19 grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. John Frazier, two brothers, Oscar and Floyd Schenck all of Winnebago, Ill., besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. H. A. Feldman, were held at the Cushing M. E. Church, Feb. 16 and burial made in Spring Creek cemetery. A very large crowd attended the services, including the following relatives and friends from distant places: Mrs. Archie Smith of Winnebago, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Earl Meradith of York, Mr. and Mrs. John Oswald of Aurora, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Gannon, Peter Gannon, Ed Grey, all of Greeley, Mrs. Roy Irwin, Mrs. August Rickner and Earl Rickner of Columbus, Nebr.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 23, 1933

Loretta (Meyers) Schanck, 1866-1919
Loretta Meyers, daughter of John and Rachel Meyers, was born December 15th, 1866, at Fulton County, Ill., and came to Nebraska with her parents in 1909 and died at her home in Howard county Nebraska, January 8th, 1919. She was married to George Schanck October 1, 1896. She is survived by her husband and five children, Ellen, Alice, Floyd, Eddie. One son Oscar was killed on the battlefield in France October 5th, 1918 and one daughter Lanie passed away January 9, 1919. She was a member of the United Brethren church of Seward, joining the same at the age of 13 years. Funeral services were held last Thursday and interment was made in Crowe cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 16, 1919

John Schiebe, 1858-1940
Funeral for J. Schiebe Held at Cushing Monday Afternoon – Well known resident of this community died at his daughter’s home at Cushing last Thursday – The funeral of Mr. John Schiebe, well known resident of this and the Cushing communities who died last Thursday at the home of his daughter at Cushing, was conducted Monday afternoon from the English Lutheran Church at Cushing with the pastor Rev. H. P. Anderson officiating. Interment was in the Palmer cemetery under the direction of McIntyre’s funeral home. Mr. Schiebe who lived on a farm south of Wolbach for many years was ill for about 10 days prior to his death. Pallbearers at his funeral were Art Peterson, Rasmus Larsen, Tony Fredricksen, Fred Luddington, Clark Sherman and Torval Rasmussen. John Schiebe, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schiebe, was born at Kewaunee, Wis., November 1, 1858, and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. C. Rasmussen at Cushing on March 21, 1940, at the age of 81 years, 4 months and 21 days. Mr. Schiebe was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. At the age of 15 he emigrated with his parents in Merrick county, Neb. On November 22, 1889 he was united in marriage to Miss Emilie Annie Miller of Palmer. To this union were born eight children, four sons and four daughters. One son died in infancy. In the spring of 1902 he moved with his family to a farm four miles north of St. Paul. He made his home here for 24 years. From there he moved to Mason City where he lived for nearly five years. Since then he has been making his home with his daughter at Cushing. He was preceded in death by his wife, May 23, 1927. Those surviving are his seven children, Renhardt of Wolbach; Mrs. Mathilda Hunt, Tulsa, Okla.; Alfred and Laura, Mason City; Mrs. Aurelie Sailing, Mrs. Luella Rasmussen and Louis all of Cushing. Also 16 grand-children and one great-grandchild besides several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 28, 1940

Eugene Schmidt, 1945 KIA
KILLED IN ACTION – F. M. Schmidt of Wolbach received word last week that his grandson, Lt. Eugene Schmidt, pilot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schmidt of Portland, Ore., was killed in action November 2. He previously was reported missing. Lt. Sherman Young, the husband of Mr. Schmidt’s granddaughter, also has been killed in action. Lt. Young, who went overseas a short time ago, was killed in France. He was with the 3rd division of Patton’s army. Mrs. Young is the former Katherine Rigby. Another grandson of Mr. Schmidt, Cpl. Donald Dobry, was killed in action a year ago.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, March 8, 1945

Mary B. (Hansen) Schmidt, 1862-1921
Mary B. Hansen was born in Denmark, September 29, 1862. She died at her home in Howard county, Nebraska, seven miles southeast of Wolbach, August 10, 1921, aged 58 years, 10 months and 11 days. In early infancy she was baptized in the Lutheran church and later confirmed in the same in her native country. She emigrated to America in 1883 and was married to N. C. Schmidt March 15, 1888. To this union were born two sons and four daughters, namely, Andrew and George Schmidt, Margaret Staal, Tillie, Ida and Hannah Schmidt. These with her husband, N. C. Schmidt, are left to mourn the loss. Mrs. Schmidt has lived many years in this community and will be held in affectionate remembrance by many friends, whose sympathies will go out to the surviving relatives. For more than three years she had been a great sufferer, but now she "rests from her labors, and her works do follow her." Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. White, of Wolbach at the home, Saturday, August 13, 1921, at 10:00 a.m. A large number was present to pay the last tribute of respect to a good woman, a kind neighbor, a loving mother and an affectionate wife; as well as to express their sympathies to the stricken family. The contributions of flowers by neighbors and others were very generous. Interment was in Rock Creek Cemetery. Card of Thanks – We hereby desire to express our sincere thanks to the many friends who so kindly helped us in the great affliction which has come upon us in the loss of our dear wife and mother. We are particularly grateful for the many gifts of beautiful flowers. N. C. Schmidt and Family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 18, 1921

Niels Christian Schmidt, 1862-1943
Funeral Held for Nels (sic) Schmidt – The funeral of Niels C. Schmidt, well known resident of Wolbach, who passed away at his home here a week ago Monday evening after an extended illness, was held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the Lutheran church. Burial was at Rock Creek cemetery under the direction of McIntyre’s. Mr. Schmidt had been in poor health since November 1939 and had been quite ill for the past several weeks. Bonnie Bengtson, accompanied by Mrs. Zola Grossart on the piano sang "The Old Rugged Cross." The choir composed of Mrs. Gus Holm, Mrs. P. Sorensen and Mamie Adams sang, "In The Garden" and "No Night There." Flower bearers were Mrs. Stella Perry, Mrs. Ella Herman, Mrs. Christensen, Mrs. Hester Lowe and Mrs. Maude Warren. Pallbearers were Lawrence Lund, Tone Fredricksen, Dave Marcoe, Jake DeLaurant and Robert Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were G. K. Jacobsen, Torval Christensen, Andrew Vang, Chris Christensen, Chris Borre and Andrew Petersen. Obituary – Niels Christian Schmidt was born May 3, 1862 in Lutiv, Denmark and died in Wolbach, Neb. Jan. 11, 1943 at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 8 days. As an infant he was baptized in the Lutheran faith in Denmark. When he was 20 years old he emigrated to America to the state of Connecticut where he remained one year. From there he came to Oakland, Neb., where he lived until 1887 when he moved to Wolbach. He was married to Marie B. Hansen, March 15, 1888 in the home of a friend in Rock Creek community. To this union six children were born. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt farmed in the Rock Creek community for many years. Mrs. Schmidt passed away Aug. 10, 1921 and in 1929 Mr. Schmidt moved to Wolbach, where he has since lived. The survivors include a son, George Schmidt of Cushing, and four daughters, Ida Schmidt of Wolbach, Mrs. Margarethe Staal of Cushing, Hannah Schmidt of Goodland, Kansas, and Tillie Schmidt of Omaha. A son Andrew Peder Schmidt preceded his father in death. CARD OF THANKS – We desire to express our gratitude for the many kindnesses shown us during our recent bereavement, for the beautiful floral offerings and kind deeds. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Staal, Tillie, Ida, Hanna Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Schmidt and Norman.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 21, 1943

Peter Andrew Schmidt, 1893-1931
Andrew Schmidt Killed Instantly – Shock from a high tension electric light line brought death at 9:30 Wednesday morning to Andrew Schmidt, 38, oldest son of Nels Schmidt of Wolbach. Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Friday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. R. A. White in charge. The body will be taken to Rock Creek to rest in the family lot. Mr. Schmidt, electrician for the Elkhorn Valley Power Company, was installing a transformer on the high line near Scribner, when the shock came. A pulmotor was immediately sent by airplane from Norfolk but death is thought to have been instant. Mr. Ed McIntyre, accompanied by Mr. Nels Schmidt, a son George Schmidt and two daughters, Ida Schmidt and Mrs. Chris Staal left immediately for Scribner. Mr. J. R. Wibbels drove the hearse and returned with the body late Wednesday. Miss Tillie Schmidt, Omaha, and Miss Hanna Schmidt, Goodland, Kansas, also returned to Wolbach Wednesday night.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 25, 1931

Peter Andrew Schmidt – Peter Andrew Schmidt was born January 4, 1893, and died at Clarkson, Nebraska, June 24, 1931, aged 38 years, 5 months and 20 days. Most of his life was spent around Wolbach except about six months in the army, and the last nine years, most of which he was about Uehling and Scribner, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wolbach. His mother preceded him in death, August 10, 1930. He leaves to mourn the loss, his father, N. C. Schmidt of Wolbach, four sisters, Margaret Staal of Cushing, Nebr., Tillie of Omaha, Ida of Wolbach, Hanna of Goodland, Kansas, one brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. George Schmidt of Cushing, Nebr., one nephew, Norman. The family being well known, have the profound sympathy of the entire community. Funeral services, conducted by Dr. R. A. white and assisted by Rev. S. S. Kaldahl were held in Trinity Lutheran Church, Friday, June 26, 1931 at 2:30 p.m. The remains were laid to rest in Rock Creek cemetery. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express our appreciation to the many kind friends who have been so kind to us during the loss of our beloved son and brother, and for the beautiful floral offerings. We also wish to thank the Cushing, Wolbach, and the Uehling American Legion posts. Your kindness will always be remembered. N. C. Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. Christ Staal, Tillie Schmidt, Ida Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. George Schmidt, Hanna Schmidt.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 2, 1931

Wolfgang C. Schmidt, 1884-1945
Former Nebraska Newspaperman dies – Wolfgang C. Schmidt, formerly of Norfolk, was born March 19, 1884, at Elkader, Ia., the son of Wolfgang and Pauline Schmidt, and died October 29, 1945 in a Los Angeles hospital from the effects of a paralytic stroke suffered October 23. He was the youngest in a family of eleven brothers and sisters, seven of whom and the parents preceded him in death. He attended the elementary school at Elkader and started his career as a newspaper man with the Clayton County Democrat. In the spring of 1905 he moved to Nance county, Nebraska, with his brother, William F. They engaged in farming on a tract of land their father had purchased from the government. About six years later Mr. Schmidt returned to the newspaper work and purchased the Wolbach Messenger, later the Fullerton Post. On June 2, 1915 he was married to Miss Ada E. Schlingman, and to them two daughters, Jean Elizabeth and Ada JoAnn, were born. He sold the Fullerton Post in 1928 and moved to Norfolk, where he operated a printing shop for some time. He was appointed a state highway inspector by the late Gov. Charles W. Bryan and remained in the employ of the state for several years. For the past several years because of failing health, he lived in retirement at El Monte, Cal. Funeral services were conducted last Thursday in the Wee Kirk O’Heather at Los Angeles by the Rev. W. Clarence Wright of the Wilshire Presbyterian church. Burial was made in Forest Lawn Memorial park in Los Angeles. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Jean E. Thomas and Ada JoAnn Schmidt, El Monte, Cal., two brothers and two sisters.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, November 22, 1945

Martin Schoemaker, 1841-1924
OBITUARY - Martin Schoemaker was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 27, 1841. He departed this life at the home of his son, Edward, in Scotia, Nebraska, Monday morning, October 13, 1924, age 83 years, 15 days. At the age of 2 years he moved with his parents to Chicago, Illinois. When he was about 4 years old his father died but his mother lived with the children until he grew to be a boy of 15 when they moved to what was called Eagle Lake, Will county, Illinois. On June 11, 1864 he was married to Anna Meyer. They made their home at Eagle Lake until 1869 when they moved to Van Horn, Iowa and later in 1882 they came to Scotia, Nebraska. They lived on the farm he had purchased until he retired to the village of Scotia where his wife died. During the first year of his married life he was converted to God and joined the Evangelical Association. He remained firm in the faith and a pillar in the church until God called him home. Eight children were born into the home, 4 sons and 4 daughters. The sons' names are John, Edward, Henry and Irvin all of whom are living except Henry who died in 1901. The daughters' names are Lucy Wegner, Scotia; Sophia Cook, Ord; Martha Fillinger, Osceola; and Hattie Hein, Ft. Collins, Colorado, all of whom are living except Sophia Cook who died in 1920. Mother Schoemaker was converted to God when a small girl and remained a loving, devoted christian companion till her Savior called her home on September 20, 1919. Since her death he made his home with Irvin on the old home place until about 2 months ago when he became afflicted and wishing to be near the physician he went to live with Edward. One son and one daughter preceded him to that better land. He leaves to mourn his going, 3 sons, 3 daughter, 21 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 in Chicago and 2 in Iowa, 2 sisters in Iowa and many friends and acquaintances.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska,Volume XXX, Thursday, October 16, 1924, pg. 1, column 2

Adeline Louise (Stark) Schomburg, 1893-1936
Death Takes Mrs. Henry Schomburg – Mrs. Henry Schomburg, 43, passed away at the Richard Toll home in Grand Island, Wednesday morning. She had been suffering for some time from a kidney ailment and heart trouble but her death came as a shock to this community. She had gone to Grand Island for medical treatment. The deceased was born at Leigh but since her marriage in 1913, she and Mr. Schomburg have resided on a farm near Belgrade. Besides the husband, Mrs. Schomburg is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Adolph Sunderman of Belgrade and Bertha, at home; two sons, George and Edwin, both at home; one grandson; her father, George Stark; three sisters, Mrs. Hubert McCray of Palmer, Mrs. Francis McCormick, Wolbach, and Mrs. Louis Schomburg of Cushing, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at the Timber Creek church, near Belgrade, Friday, at two p.m. A private service at the home at 1:30 p.m. will precede the church service. Burial will be in the Timber Creek cemetery. Complete obituary will be printed next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 8, 1936

Funeral Rites For Mrs. Henry Schomburg – An unusually large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral services for Mrs. Henry Schomburg, held at two o’clock Friday afternoon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Timber Creek. The pastor, Rev. P. J. Weltner, conducted the rites and also a prayer service for the family, previously, at their farm home. Burial was in the Timber Creek Cemetery. Four nieces: Lucille Vogt, Doris McCray, Irene Galitz, and Martha Backelman served as flower bearers and pall bearers were six nephews: Wayne and Robert Schomburg, Raymond Galitz, Herman Backelman, Everett McCray and George McCormick. OBITUARY – Adeline Louise Stark was born at Leigh, Nebraska, April 25, 1893 and passed away, after a brief illness, at the Richard Toll home in Grand Island, October 7, 1936, at the age of 43 years, 5 months and 12 days. In 1910 she moved with her parents and sisters to this community. Soon afterwards she was confirmed in the Lutheran church by Rev. White and had been a loyal church worker. On September 24, 1913, she was united in marriage to Henry Schomburg. Throughout their married life Mr. and Mrs. Schomburg resided on the farm near Belgrade. She leaves to mourn her untimely departure, her husband, two daughters: Mrs. Adolph Sunderman and Bertha; two sons: George and Edwin; one grandson; her father, George Stark; three sisters: Mrs. Huburt McCray, Mrs. Francis McCormick, Mrs. Louie Schomburg; and a host of other relatives and friends. Among the out-of-town guests at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schlingman and son of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fischer and Mrs. Anna Wintjen of Rock Port, Mo.; Mrs. B. N. Fischer and Augusta, Mrs. Wm. Schuster and Emma, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fischer, Mr. and Mrs. Mattenbrink, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Toll, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schuster and Mrs. Gus Schomburg, all of Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. George Haas and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Haas of Albion; and Mr. and Mrs. Will Tiemeyer of Utica.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 15, 1936

Wayne Gayle Schomburg, 1920-1944
Our Boys in the Service – WAYNE SCHOMBURG TO BE FLYING OFFICER SOON – Aviation Cadet Wayne Schomburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schomburg of Cushing has reported at the Lubbock, Texas twin-engine flying school for the final lap of his training. On his graduation he will be made a flying officer. At Lubbock, Cadet Schomburg will complete the training he began in August at Jones Field, Bonham, Texas, and continued at Waco Army Flying School, Waco, Texas. Before receiving his appointment as a cadet, Schomburg was an enlisted man in the Army Air Forces and had completed a three months’ airplane mechanic’s training course at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 31, 1942

Wayne Schomburg Killed In Crash – Wolbach relatives were advised Monday of the death of 1st Lt. Wayne Schomburg. Lt. Schomburg, serving overseas, was killed in a plane crash in England. He was the only child of Mrs. Louis Schomburg of Cushing.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 13, 1944

Memorial Service For Lt. Schomburg – A memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon at the Lutheran church here for Lt. Wayne G. Schomburg, who was killed in a plane crash in England. Dr. C. B. Harman, supply pastor, and Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul will conduct the services.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 27, 1944

Memorial Rites For Lt. Schomburg – Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran church for Lt. Wayne Schomburg, who was killed March 31 in a plane crash in England. Lt. Schomburg entered the service in January, 1942 and went overseas in August, 1943. Dr. C. B. Harman, supply pastor, and Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul conducted the services. The church was filled to capacity for the service. A loudspeaker system was erected so that those who crowded into the basement of the church were able to hear the service. Members of the American Legion marched in a body and placed a flag beside a large photograph of Lt. Schomburg. The table on which the picture was set was surrounded by wreaths and floral offerings, and a letter from President Roosevelt. A choir, composed of Miss Seth Olsen, Mrs. Ralph Zlomke, Harry Lingford and Henry Goering, all of St. Paul, sang several hymns. Mrs. Vic Grossart was the accompanist. Dr. Harman and Rev. Primrose spoke briefly. Letters from Lt. Schomburg’s co-pilot and bombardier also were read. Taps were sounded by J. C. Wilson and the echo by Harry Lingford.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, May 4, 1944

Military Funeral Here Wednesday for Capt. Wayne Gayle Schomburg Killed March 31, 1944 in England – Burial in Fullerton; Local Veterans Conduct Funeral – Military services were conducted here at 2:00 o’clock Wednesday for Capt. Wayne Schomburg, who was killed in a plane crash during World War II. The military services were taken care of by Wolbach and Cushing veterans, who marched in procession from the Funeral Home to the Lutheran Church, where services were conducted by Dr. Harman of Grand Island. Burial was in the Fullerton cemetery. Memorial services were held for Capt. Schomburg, April 30, 1944, before his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schomburg decided on having his body returned home. [picture of Wayne Schomburg] Captain Wayne Schomburg was born 7 miles east of Wolbach October 9, 1920 and was killed during a flight over England while performing his duties as Squadron Commander and Operations Officer March 31, 1944 at the age of 23 years, 4 months and 22 days. He was baptized in the Timber Creek Lutheran Church near Belgrade and confirmed in the Wolbach Lutheran church. In 1935 he and his parents moved to Cushing, Nebr., where he graduated from Cushing High School in 1938 and in the spring of 1939 entered Grand Island Business College. For two years he worked for the Western Land Roller in Hastings. He enlisted in the Army in December 1941, graduating from the Air Corps on Febr. 16, 1943 going overseas in August 1943. In February 1944 he was to return to the states on furlough but was urgently requested to remain by his commanding officer for a new assignment and a promotion. Placing duty ahead of his personal desires he decided to remain. Capt. Schomburg held many medals, some of which were the E. F. O, the Air medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Presidential Citation. He leaves to mourn his passing his parents Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schomburg of Hastings, his aged grandfather George Stark of Wolbach, and many relatives and friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 19, 1948

Fern Schonberg, ca.1923-1926
Little Fern Schonberg, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schonberg, residing east of Wolbach died Monday, February 22, as the result of injuries received while playing in the yard where Mr. Schonberg was handling some unruly horses. Funeral services were held Wednesday and interment was made in Red Wing cemetery. The deepest sympathy of their friends is with the bereaved parents.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 4, 1926

John S. Schow, 1848-1917
An Old Pioneer Called to Rest – John S. Schow was born in Vandrup, Denmark, on the 11th of June, 1848. When but 9 years of age, he came to America with his parents, locating at Iowa City, Ia. After a short stay, the family moved with a party of about 600 people to Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Schow walking the entire distance barefooted. This was in the pioneer days and the deceased had many interesting tales to narrate concerning his experiences among Indians etc., while herding sheep in the mountains and driving wagon trains between Salt Lake City and Omaha, Neb. As there were no railroads west of Omaha, the wagon freighters were the only means of communication with civilization. In 1864 the family moved by ox team to Nebraska, arriving in Fremont on July 4th. Mr. Schow was married on February 22, 1879 to May Hansen, but their happiness was short lived, for in November of the same year, the young bride was called to her eternal home, as was also their infant son. Soon after her death, Mr. Schow moved to Nance county, remaining there nineteen years. The deceased was married a second time, in Nance county near Fullerton, to Mary Neilsen on April 6, 1884. This union was blessed with ten children (two of whom—Mary and an infant son, have passed away), leaving to mourn his demise, with bereaved and beloved wife, the following children, all residing in Howard county: Anna T., wife of Leonard Larsen; John J.; Andrew; Carrie, wife of Andrew Townsend; Marie, Dora B, Laura and Ernest M. A host of relatives, friends and neighbors also mourn his loss. Mr. Schow moved his family to Howard county March 13, 1902, where he resided until his death. He has not been in robust health for a long time, but his recent illness has been of comparatively short duration. His soul was relieved from the suffering body on Friday, December 28th, 1917, at 5:30 a.m. at the age of 69 years, six months and 20 days. The deceased was a good husband and father, loved and respected by his family, a good kind hearted neighbor and a man respected by all who knew him. He was, at the time of his death, a respected member of the Fairdale Swedish M. E. church. He died in peace with a strong faith in the saving power of Jesus, and a firm hope of the life eternal. Funeral services were held in the Fairdale M. E. Church and were conducted by Rev. O. W. Strombom, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Pedersen of Dannebrog. The choir rendered appropriate hymns and the very large attendance as well as the beautiful floral offerings bespoke the esteem in which the departed was held by his many friends and neighbors. The body was interred in the cemetery of the Fairdale church. Thus are the ranks of the old pioneer settlers being thinned out and soon there will be no more of them among us to inspire us and bring us tales of the early experiences on these western plains.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 10, 1918

Mary M. (Nelson) Schow, 1863-1937
Mrs. Mary Schow of Fairdale Succumbs – Funeral rites for Mrs. Mary Schow, 73, who had been a resident of the Fairdale community the past 35 years, were conducted by the Rev. W. B. Zimmerman of St. Paul from the Fairdale Methodist church at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Interment was made in the Fairdale cemetery with six of her grandsons as pallbearers and six of her grand daughters as flower girls. OBITUARY – Mary M. Nelson was born Oct. 1, 1863 at Hernning, Denmark and departed this life May 11, 1937. With her mother she came to America in June 1881, making Fremont her first residence in America. Two years later she went to Fullerton where on April 6, 1883 she was united in marriage to John S. Schow who preceded her in death December 28, 1917. They resided in Fullerton until 1902 when they moved to the present home north of Fairdale Church. To this union were born ten children, Mary, aged 10 and an infant son preceding her in death. The living are Anna P. Larsen, John J., Andrew, Ernest M., Carrie Townsend, and Dora B. Sunderup all of Saint Paul and Marie L. Peterson of Genoa, Nebraska and Laura A. Johnson of Tillamook, Oregon. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in her native country and on April 6, 1913 she and her husband joined the Methodist church at Fairdale and were very faithful in attendance, support and in bringing their children up in the church. Besides her children, she leaves to mourn her departure, two brothers, Martin Nelson of Fremont, Nebraska and L. K. Nelsen of Potter, Nebraska and two sisters, Lena Lorenzen of Fremont and Dora Mathise of Omaha, 27 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and many friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 20, 1937

Edward James Schultz, 1930-1931
Schultz’ Child Taken – Edward James, seven months old son of Mr. and Mrs. James G. Schultz of Brayton died Sunday, May 10, after an illness of several months. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. R. Hamilton, were held at the home Tuesday, and burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. Besides his parents, he leaves five brothers, three sisters, and many other relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 14, 1931

John Schuyler, 1894-1949
John Schuyler, 54 Passed Away Mon. At Grand Island – John Schuyler, 54, of 207 South Locust, Grand Island, former Burlington railroad foreman at Burwell and Wolbach, died Monday night in a Grand Island hospital. He had been in ill health for several years and had been seriously ill for the past year. Mr. Schuyler was born at Burwell Nov. 21, 1894, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schuyler. He attended school and was married there to Miss Elizabeth Gray March 11, 1914. The couple made their home in Burwell, where Mr. Schuyler was employed for two years as a mail carrier. He then entered the employ of the Burlington railroad, serving as foreman of maintenance of that railroad section for 26 years. The Schuyler family lived in Wolbach for several years. Six years ago Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler moved from Wolbach to Grand Island to make their home. Mr. Schuyler was employed at the ordnance plant and in construction work when his health permitted. Survivors include his wife; seven sons, Norman, LeVerne, Adrian, Aden, Keith and Robert, all of Grand Island, and Orin of Ft. Peck, Mont.; four daughters, Mrs. W. D. Neumeyer of Ord, Mrs. Joe Blatny of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Raymond Eden of Powell, Wyoming and Miss Ella Mae Schuyler of Grand Island. Others are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schuyler of Burwell; one brother, Dean of Vancouver, Washington; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Johnson of Burwell and Mrs. Boyd McKenzie of Gering, and 18 grandchildren. Two infant brothers preceded him in death. Arrangements for the funeral which will be held at Burwell, await word from relatives at a distance.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 28, 1949

Cecil Mervin Scott, 1911-1914
CECIL M. SCOTT – Little Cecil Scott Dies After A Short Period of Sickness – Cecil Mervin Scott, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Scott was born in Wolbach, Neb. December 4, 1911 and died Wednesday July 22, 1914 at 3 p.m. age 2 years 7 months and 18 days. He had been sick for some time but no serious alarm was felt concerning his condition until the last few days, and on the day of his death, both father and mother had still hope that he would succeed in the great battle for life. Death has come to another home and taken one of the household jewels, but it has only been transplanted in God’s kingdom where it will ever shine as the precious jewels redeemed by God’s infinite love for mankind. While we cannot call it back yet it will ever live in the life and memory of the sorrowing father and mother. By this loss Heaven is made richer for the little child will be waiting and watching for the coming of the father, mother, sister and brothers. He leaves to mourn his loss father and mother, one sister and two brothers. Short services were held at the house after which the remains were taken to the M.E. Church where the funeral services were conducted by the pastor after which the remains were laid to rest in the Wolbach cemetery to await the general resurrection. The bereaved parents have the entire community. (sic) Contributed. Card of Thanks – We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our son. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Scott.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 30, 1914

Verna Elizabeth Scott, 1918-1944
Obituary – Verna Elizabeth Scott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun Scott, was born December 6, 1918 at the farm home east of Cedar Rapids and died July 26 at the age of 24 years. She grew to womanhood in the Enfield community, and was a member of the Cedar Rapids Methodist Church. Surviving are her parents, a brother, Donald, at home, and a sister, Dorothy, stationed with the Waves at Great Lakes. Pallbearers were Claude Green, Blaine Dickey, Charles Ttate (sic), Asa Watts, John Seriven and Everett Watts. Interment was in the Cedar Rapids cemetery. Relatives attending the last rites were Dorothy Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weisman of Osceola, Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick of Newman Grove.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 3, 1944

Caroline (Wyman) Scripture, 1905-1925
Caroline Wyman Scripture – An exceptionally large crowd attended the funeral of Mrs. Scripture which was held last Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran church in Wolbach, following a short service held at the Nick Johnson home near Greeley at 1:30. The services were conducted by Rev. White and the remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach. Carolyn Wyman Scripture was born at Milford, Nebraska, July 18, 1905. At the age of 14 she came with her parents to this community and lived two miles north of Wolbach. She attended school in Wolbach, both the grades and high school. In infancy she was baptized in the Lutheran church and was confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach. September 17, she was united in marriage to Frank Scripture at St. Paul, Nebraska. After a short illness of one week she died at the Nick Johnson home October 15, 1925, aged 20 years, 2 months and 27 days. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Wyman, four brothers and three sisters, namely: William, Louis, Nathan and Carl Wyman, Mrs. Amelia McNeff, Esther and Lefern Wyman. Her sister Mildred preceded her in death about a year and a half ago. The young husband and stricken family have the sympathy of the whole community. Card of Thanks – We wish in this manner to express our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who gave us sympathy and aid during the bereavement occasioned by the death of our beloved one. We also wish to express our gratitude for the beautiful flowers given. Mr. Frank Scripture, Mr. and Mrs. Wyman and Family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 22, 1925

Bessie Vivian Scripture, 1900-1923
Obituary – Bessie Vivian Scripture, daughter of Grant and Frances Scripture, was born in Wolbach, Neb., March 31, 1909, and died in her native village, September 8, 1923, at the age of 14 years, 5 months and 7 days. Her whole life, with the exception of one year, was spent in Wolbach. Here she attended the public school, passing through all the grades and entering high school a year ago. If she had lived she would have been in the Sophomore class this year. Her future plan was to get her education and become a teacher. From the time she was a child she had attended the Lutheran church and Sunday school. Last year she joined the catechetical class to prepare for confirmation. Baptism was administered to her on Holy Thursday following Easter Sunday morning. Bessie was a good girl and by her many good qualities endeared herself, not merely to her parents, brothers and sisters, but also to her teachers and school chums. There remains to mourn the loss her parents, Grant and Frances Scripture, three brothers, Frank, Leo and Clarence Scripture; three sisters, Mrs. Effie Peterson, Mrs. Ethel Evans and Miss May Scripture, and numerous other relatives, who have the sympathy of the entire community. Funeral services were held in the Trinity Lutheran church conducted by Rev. R. A. White on Monday, September 10, 1923, after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery beside those of a sister, who preceded her to the better land. Card of Thanks – We take this means to express our sincere thanks to the Royal Neighbors, members of the Sunday School class and the classmates for the kindness shown and sympathy extended during the illness, death and burial of our beloved daughter and sister, and we are also very thankful for the floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. Grant Scripture and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 13, 1923

Eaton S. Sears, abt 1831-1926
EATON S. SEARS Mr. Eaton S. Sears, an old settler of the North Loup valley, died suddenly last Friday afternoon, from an attack of heart failure, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Weekes, of Ord. Mr. Sears had been in apparently good health until this time, tho he was almost seventy-six years of age. Mr. Sears together with his brother John Sears, came to North Loup in 1882, and organized a bank at that place. They were engaged in the banking business for a number of years, when John Sears died, and the former soon after retired from the banking business, and a few years later moved with his family to Cotesfield, where Mr. Sears, the subject of this sketch, served as Post Master for about ten years. During this time his wife died, and Mr. Sears soon after retired from business entirely and made his home with his children, principally with Mrs. Weekes at Ord. Mr. Sears was loved and respected by every one with whom he came in contact, and was known as a man of education and ability and his pleasing disposition made friends for him among his acquaintances. Mr. Sears was well known in Scotia, and in the Loup Valley. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the M. E. Church at Ord, conducted by Rev. Maynard, and burial was made in the North Loup cemetery, under the direction of Crystal Lodge of Scotia, where he had been a member for twenty-four years. He leaves to mourn their loss one son, Dr. John Sears, in old Mexico, and four daughters, Mrs. Louise Maddox, of Scotia, Mrs. Ella Weekes, of Ord, Mrs. Julia Sprague, of Longmont, Colorado, and Mrs. Muriel Frandsen, of St. Paul, Nebraska.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, November 18, 1926, pg. 1, column 2

Emma Jane Merchant Seaton, 1875-1933
Obituary of Mrs. Seaton -- Mrs. Emma Jane Seaton was born at Coatsville, Mo. Jan 11, 1875 and departed this life Jan. 13, 1933 at the age of 58 years and 2 days at the home of her daughter in Des Moines, Iowa. When a small child she immigrated to Greeley County, Nebr. in the neighborhood of Enfield where she grew to young womanhood. In 1892 she was united in marriage to Jacob F. Merchant and to this union were born 5 children. One preceded her in death. The living are Comey Merchant of Omaha, Nebr.; Mrs. J. R. McClelland of Des Moines, Ia.; Jake Merchant, Red Oak, Ia.; and Mrs. John Madsen of Wolbach. She also leaves to mourn her loss 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral was held in Des Moines, Ia. Monday, January 16 and burial made in Glendale cemetery. Mrs. Seaton for the past three years had made her home with her daughters. She was a kind hearted, loving mother, and will be missed by all. She united with the church of Open Bible several years ago and remained a very faithful member to the end. Card of Thanks – We wish to express our thanks to our neighbors for the kindness shown us and also for the floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. John Madsen and Family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 26, 1933

Mrs. E. L. Seavey, 1909
Death of Mrs. E. L. Seavey -- As we go to press the community is again shrouded in sorrow. Death has again entered our little town, taking away Mrs. E. L. Seavey. For about two months she suffered most excruciating pain from a chronic ailment of many years standing, but it was not thought until the past week that she was to be taken away so soon. The suffering about ceased as the end grew near and she passed sweetly and peacefully into the better land Wednesday night about 10 o’clock. Words fail us as we attempt to pay a fitting tribute to the life of so grand and noble a woman as Mrs. E. L. Seavey. None knew her but to love her and as it became apparent that she was not long for this world loving hands looked eagerly for some opportunity to make her last days as pleasant as possible. Hers was a life of purity and Christian living; an ardent, never tiring member of the M. E. church, attending even the Sabbath school until her last illness detained her. Always willing, yea anxious, to do some charitable deed, and during the summer scarcely a day passed but some friend or the sick received gifts of flowers or words of cheer from her. For many years she has resided here, endearing herself to all with whom she came in contact, and in her death the community suffers an irreparable loss, but her works shall live on and her life is a good example to us all. She enters the heavenly land fully prepared to meet the Maker. "Blessed are they who are in the Lord." She leaves to mourn her loss a son and daughter of this place, F. E. Seavey and Mrs. F. W. Bissell, besides hosts of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Seavey and Mr. and Mrs. Bissell depart tomorrow morning for New York where the remains will be interred. A short service will be held at the Bissell home in the morning.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 18, 1909

Frank Eugene Seavey, 1856-1931
Death of F. E. Seavey On Christmas Eve – A wave of sadness passed through the community on Christmas Eve, when the news of the sudden death of Mr. Frank Seavey was spread. Mr. Seavey passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at his home in Wolbach at about 8:30 p.m. December 24th. He had been ill for three days but had been able, until a few minutes before he passed away, to talk and joke with his friends. He showed great interest during the last day in the preparation of Christmas packages for the many friends of the family, as he was always most generous with his gifts, both to his friends and to charity. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Wolbach Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. H. A. Feldman officiating, and on Monday the body was placed on the Burlington motor to be taken to Danville, Illinois for burial. Harold Lynch, a nephew of Mrs. Seavey, arrived here Saturday from Chicago to attend the funeral. Several other out-of-town friends were present including Mr. and Mrs. Seymore Bissell of Kearney, Nebr., Dr. N. J. Hoagland, Central City and Mrs. Martin Brower and son Robert of Fullerton. Frank Eugene Seavey was born in Union, N. Y. on April 11, 1856. He grew to manhood in the place of his birth. Owing to long and incapacitating illness of his father, he began work as a mere boy; when he also established a habit of thrift and clean living. As a young man he moved to Nebraska in 1886, and worked in Cedar Rapids as a carpenter. Later purchased and moved onto a farm on Timber Creek, with his mother and sister. After a few years he sold the farm to its present owner, A. A. Klein, and moved to Wolbach, entering the lumber, coal and grain business, forming a partnership with Frank Bissell. Later the firm of Bissell, Seavey & Bissell, Hardware and Furniture, was formed in which business he continued until six years ago. In July 1903, he was married at Danville, Ill. to Theodocia Fox, who preceded him in death in August 1912. In January 1914 he was married at Chicago, Ill., to Emma McLean who lives to mourn his departure. Mr. Seavey died December 24, 1931 after a brief illness of three days, at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 13 days. He will be greatly missed in the community and the church of his choice, because of his sterling character. A man of progressive ideas in business, religious and community interests. He was a pioneer, and one of the first in business in Wolbach and during the many years of business and social contact, he had won the universal respect and friendship of all who knew him. Many were his benefactions, of which only his wife and most intimate friends knew. "Again has God called a good man to his rest: The reward of the faithful to live with the blest. His labors are over, his cares laid aside, We think of his going and say he has died; But no, ‘tis not death, though we are laid in the sod, The mortal decays, but the soul is with God." Card of Thanks – I wish to express to each and everyone who has been so kind to me, in service, floral tributes, sincere sympathy and words of comfort, and kindly expressions of respect and honor to my late husband, in this trying hour, my profound gratitude and sincere thanks. Mrs. F. E. Seavey.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 31, 1931

Theodocia (Fox) Seavey, 1860-1912
Obituary – Theodocia Fox was born Nov. 4, 1860 near Danville, Ill. Most of her life was spent in Danville until 9 years ago when she came here the bride of Mr. F. E. Seavey. During her life here she endured (sic) herself to the hearts of all with whom she became acquainted by her cheerful words and kindly deeds. Throughout her long illness she maintained the same patience and cheerfulness until the very hour that death claimed her on Aug. 8, 1912. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, two sisters, a brother and a host of friends. The closing words, of a short service at the home by her pastor were very fitting: "She has made all things beautiful." Interment at Danville, Ill.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 15, 1912

Anna Louisa (Shryock) Seiver, 1853-1940
Mrs. Louisa Seiver Suffers Serious Stroke – Mrs. Louisa Seiver who makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Wilson and family suffered a paralytic stroke about five o’clock Tuesday evening. Her daughter, Mrs. Katherine Shaneyfelt, who is superintendent of nurses at an Aurora hospital and Dr. Kenneth Steinburg also of that place were called and came by ambulance to take Mrs. Seiver to the hospital in Aurora. Her condition is regarded as quite serious.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 24, 1935

Mother of Mrs. Wilson Buried at Marquette – Funeral services were held at Marquette Monday afternoon from the Methodist church for Mrs. Louisa Seiver, 87, mother of Mrs. J. C. Wilson and a pioneer of Hamilton county. Rev. W. L. Elliot officiated, assisted by Rev. Tudor of Aurora and Rev. H. Jensen. The deceased passed away early Saturday morning at an Aurora hospital. She is survived by three sons, Tom of Marquette, Edwin and William of Scottsbluff; two daughters, Mrs. Kathryn Shaneyfelt of Aurora, Mrs. John Wilson of Wolbach; one stepson, Guy Seiver of Broken Bow, and one step daughter, Mrs. Claudia Farr of Morrow City, Mont.; one sister, Mrs. Susan Fiddock of Denver, Colo., a number of grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends. Interment was made in the Richland cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 5, 1940

Obituary of Mrs. Anna Louisa Seiver – Anna Louisa Seiver was born in New Town, Virginia, now known as Stephens City, Virginia, on Oct. 1, 1853, the second of a family of ten children. She was the daughter of Thomas William Shryock and his wife, Rachel Anna, members of a pioneer family in that section of the country. The parents made their home in Baltimore, where the husband and father worked in the furniture business for his uncle, Henry Shryock. In 1864 because of poor health Thomas Shryock and his wife with their family moved to Plattsmouth, Nebraska. From St. Joseph, Missouri, they traveled by steamboat, no railroads up to that time having been built. Nebraska at that time was a territory and the Civil War was raging. Thomas, the father, had been rejected for military service because of heart trouble. Anna Louise was a girl eleven years of age attending school. In that school one of the teachers – a man – taught music once a week. The scriptures were read responsively between teacher and pupils every morning, and lessons in sewing were given weekly. Boys and girls attended different schools in those days beyond the primary division. She graduated from the Plattsmouth schools and received the equivalent of a college course after graduation. Mrs. Seiver had a vivid recollection of the Civil war and she frequently referred to the horrors and unpleasant experiences of that time. The family moved form Plattsmouth to Weeping Water and after some time moved to Louisville, Nebraska. On March 15, 1883, Anna Louisa was married to D. E. Seiver in Cedar Creek, Nebraska, where for a time they made their home, Mr. Seiver being engaged in the cattle business in partnership with Mr. C. H. Parmalee and Mr. W. H. Newell. Along with others they knew the hardships and rigors of the time and it called for courage and determination to come through. From Cedar Creek Mr. and Mrs. Seiver moved to Marquette, Nebraska and settled on an 80-acre stock farm south of town and here they lived till Mr. Seiver’s death in December, 1918. The children who blessed their home are: Mrs. Kathryn Shaneyfelt, Aurora; Thomas, Marquette; William, Scottsbluff; Edwin, Scottsbluff; Mrs. Bertie Wilson, Wolbach; a step-son, Guy Seiver, Broken Bow; Mrs. Claudia Farr, Miles City, Mont.; one sister, Mrs. Susan Fiddrock, Denver, Colo. One daughter, Mrs. Clara Malster, formerly of Stromsburg, preceded her in death. Surviving also are a number of grandchildren. The funeral was held from the Methodist church at Marquette Monday afternoon. Floral tributes were many and beautiful. Soloist was Mrs. David Bengtson of Wolbach. The pallbearers were the four sons, Guy, Edwin, William and Tom; the son-in-law, John Wilson, and a grandson, Frank Seiver. – The Republican Register, Aurora.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 12, 1940

G. E. Seiver, 1949
G. E. Seiver Funeral Held Wed. Afternoon – G. E. Seiver of Broken Bow fell from a scaffold Saturday afternoon and broke his neck. Mr. Seiver is a brother of Mrs. J. C. Wilson of Wolbach. Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wilson and daughter, Kathleen, attended the last rites for Mr. Seiver at Broken Bow Wednesday afternoon.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 10, 1949

Anna Marie Seversen, 1878-1926
Obituary -- Anna Marie Seversen was born in Forest City, Iowa Feb. 12, 1878 and died at her home in Wolbach, Nebr., May 13, 1926 at the age of 48 years, 3 months and 1 day. She was baptized in infancy and confirmed in the Lutheran church and remained a faithful member until her death. At the age of three she became blind as the result of brain fever. She graduated from the school for the blind at Nebraska City in 1906. She united with the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach soon after its organization and was a devoted member being active in every department. She was a true Christian, very happy in her disposition, and an inspiration to her pastor and all others that came within her influence. She leaves to mourn her death, her mother, Mrs. Betsy Seversen, three sisters, Mrs. Tillie Sorensen, Mrs. Helen Lowe and Mrs. Clara Nestor, and also a number of nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mrs. Lena Lowe in 1900 and by her father, Ole Seversen in 1905. Funeral services were held in Trinity Lutheran church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. R. A. White, Saturday at 10 a.m. and burial took place at Hillside cemetery. The surviving relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. She rests from her labors and her works do follow her. CARD OF THANKS – We desire to thank our many kind friends and neighbors for their sympathy and helpfulness during the illness and in the death of our daughter and sister, Miss Anna Seversen. Betsy Seversen, Tillie Sorensen, Helen Lowe, Clara Nestor.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 20, 1926

Betsy (Jerde) Seversen, 1850-1938
Mrs. Seversen, 88, Succumbs Wednesday – Passes into Eternity Peacefully while Asleep Wednesday Morning; Services Friday – Last rites for Mrs. Betsy Seversen, 88, will be held Friday afternoon from the Trinity Lutheran church with the pastor, Rev. Ernest Haugse, conducting. Mrs. Seversen, who observed her 88th birthday Monday of last week, has been in failing health due to advance age, but the end came peacefully Wednesday morning at 8:30 while she was asleep. As arrangements are not certain nor complete as yet, the obituary will be published next week. The sympathy of the community is extended the children and their families, who survive.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 29, 1938

Last Rites for Betsey Severson (sic Seversen) – Services Held Thursday Afternoon; Came to This Country form Norway in 1853, to County in 1898 – Last rites were conducted Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Betsey Seversen, 88, Thursday afternoon from the Trinity Lutheran church with the Rev. E. N. Haugse, pastor, conducting the services. Mrs. Seversen passed away Wednesday morning following an illness of two weeks and failing health during the past few years. Burial was made in Hillside Cemetery. As Betsey Jerde she was born at Christiana, Norway, September 19, 1850, and departed this life at Wolbach, Nebr., September 28, 1938 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. P. Sorensen. She came to this country in 1853 going to Stroughton, Wisc., where she became a member of the Lutheran church. She had been baptized in Norway. In 1873 she was united in marriage to Ole Severson in Clinton, Wisc., living there a short time before moving by covered wagon to Northern Iowa, where they lived near Forest City until May 1893. At that time they moved to Nebraska residing five years on a farm ten miles east of Wolbach. In 1898 they moved near Wolbach and in 1904 they moved to town where she remained until she was called. Her husband preceded her in death in 1905. She was a charter member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wolbach and was active in the church until her declining years. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Tillie Sorensen, Mrs. Helen Lowe and Mrs. Clara Nestor, two daughters, Lena and Anna preceded her in death. Also left to mourn her passing are two brothers, Ole and Chris Jerde of Sorum, S. D., 15 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a host of other friends and relatives. The Messenger joins the community in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 6, 1938

John L. Shadle, 1877-1924
John Shadle Dead - Last night at 5 o'clock, John Shadle a respected citizen passed away. Mr. Shadle has lived in Greeley county nearly all of his life. For several years past, he was troubled with a tumorous cancer which gradually grew worse until the end came. He leaves a wife, two sons, Lester and Floyd, a sister in Oregon, and two brothers, George and Henry of Scotia. Mr. Shadle was well known around her and the relatives have the sympathy of many friends in and around Scotia.WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED CITIZEN CALLED TO HIS REWARD - Prominent Resident of this Community for Years: Rev. Monkman Conducts Funeral - John L. Shadle – a well known and highly respected citizen of this city as born in Beuton county, Iowa, April 10, 1877, and died at his home in Scotia, Nebraska, June 18, 1924, aged 47 years, 2 months and 8 days. He was married to Miss Ella Brox of Scotia, Greeley Co., Nebraska, February 7, 1900. Three children were born to this union, namely: Lester, Floyd and Guy, the latter dying nine years ago. Mr. Shadle leaves to mourn his departure; his wife, two sons, his mother, one sister living in Portland, Oregon and two brothers, George and Henry, of Scotia, Nebraska. Mr. Shadle was a good son, a loving husband and father and one who made man friends among associates. By his death Scotia has lost an honest, up right man.  Deceased was converted several years ago in the Fish Creek Evangelical church and later with his wife united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Scotia, Nebraska where he remained in good fellowship until the hour of his death. The funeral service, which was largely attended, was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Jesse A. Monkman, in the Scotia Methodist Episcopal church and interment was made in the Mount Hope cemetery. The members of the local society of Modern Woodman of which Mr. Shadle was a member, attended the funeral in a body and conducted brief services at the grave. The sympathy of the entire community is everywhere expressed for the bereaved family and immediate relatives. - Card of Thanks We take this opportunity of thanking all our dear friends who so kindly assisted during the sickness, death and burial of our dear husband and father and for the many expressions of sympathy coming at this hour of our great sorrow. Mrs. John Shadle and family.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Vol. XXX, Thursday, June 19, 1924, pg. 1, column 2

Lynn Sherwin, ca. 1936-1946
NEWS OF DEATH – Mrs. Frank Kinney received word Friday that Lynn Sherwin, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Sherwin, was drowned. Mrs. Sherwin is a niece of Mrs. Kinney. The child and a playmate failed to return to their homes in the evening and a search that continued until noon of the next day ended when their bodies were found in a canal.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 25, 1946

Fred Shilling, 1910
Mrs. Lucy Shilling and son Earle arrived Wednesday evening with the remains of her son, Fred, who died Sunday evening in Loveland, Colo. Funeral was held Thursday in the Evangelical at Fish Creek, Rev. Scherbacher, officiating. Interment in Fish Creek cemetery. The mother, sister, two brothers and many relatives have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 24, 1910

Lucy (Meyer) Schilling, 1854-1926

MRS. LUCY SCHILLING IS CALLED BY DEATH Lucy Schilling nee Meyer was born at Cedar Lake, Lake Country, Indiana, December 15, 1854, and departed from this life August 27, 1926, at 5:15 p.m., at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 12 days. She was united in marriage to John J. Schilling Jan. 15, 1877 at Cedar Lake Indiana. To this union were born five children, four sons and one daughter, three of them- Albert F., Fred H. and Lillie having preceded her in death. Sister Schilling and her husband moved to Nebraska in the spring of 1882 settling on the farm where she resided at the time of her death. They resided for a short time at Grand Island where in 1892 she was left a widow by the death of her husband. She then returned to the home farm where she lived her remaining years with the exception of 8 years spent at Loveland, Colorado. She leaves to mourn her departure two sons, Arthur E. and Earl, both of Scotia, three grandchildren, two brothers, Fred Meyer of Scotia and Henry Meyer of Knox, Ind. and one sister, Mrs. Henry Schilling, of Grand Island, Nebraska, besides a host of relatives and friends. She was converted when quite young and joined The Evangelical Church of which she continued to be a faithful member until the time of her death. She was a charter member of The Evangelical class at Fish Creek. She was the first president of the Woman's Missionary Society of that class. She was also active in the service of the Lord. Always took her children to church and for years was an efficient teacher in the Sunday School. She died triumphant in the faith with the light of heaven upon her face. Farewell dear mother, sweet thy rest Weary with years and worn with pain, Farewell till in some happy place We shall behold thy face again. 'Tis our to miss Thee, all our years And tender memories of thee keep Thine in the Lord to rest and so He giveth his beloved sleep. Funeral services were held at Fish Creek Evangelical Church Sunday at 2 P.M. conducted by Rev. R. M. Reynolds.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, September 2, 1926, pg. 1, column 1

James Garfield Shultz [Schultz?], 1880-1937
James G. Shultz Succumbs Nov. 13 – Funeral services for James G. Shultz, 57, of Brayton, were held from the Methodist church in Wolbach Tuesday afternoon, November 16, conducted by the Rev. G. M. Bing, pastor, with a large number of friends and neighbors present. Pall bearers were Chas. Murphy, Joe Bigley, Ted Steenson, Mr. McBride, Tom O’Connell and Oscar Anderson. Appropriate music was furnished by the Methodist choir with Mrs. Adams at the piano. James Garfield Shultz was born in Sutton, Nebraska, November 2, 1880, and passed away at Brayton, Nebraska, November 13, 1937, after attaining the age of 57 years and 11 days. He was reared in a Christian home and grew to manhood at Sutton. On November 11, 1911, he was united in marriage to Tracey Kalberg at Holdrege, Nebraska, and to this union ten children were born, one, Edwin James, died in infancy. The other nine remain to mourn the loss of a kind father and husband. They are: Robert, Mrs. Mildred Haggstrom, and Merton, all of Ramona, California; Mrs. Margaret Stenberg, of Scotia; Merle, of Custer, South Dakota; and Orrin, Melvin, Marie and Richard, at home. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mrs. Fred Peters, and Mrs. John Rentzel, of Moorefield, Nebraska; Mrs. Alex Johnson, of Scotia, and Mrs. John Skogland, of Glendo, Wyoming. He also has two brothers, Edward, of Sutton, and LeRoy, of Marysville, Washington. Friends in Brayton and Wolbach join in extending sympathy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 18, 1937

Anna Mary Barbara (Hoffman) Silk, 1877-1948
Last Rites Held For Mrs. Tom Silk Wed. Afternoon – A large audience attended and paid their last respects for the Last rites held for Mrs. Thomas Silk Wednesday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. at the home and at 2:00 o’clock in the Trinity Lutheran Church under the direction of McIntyres, Rev. A. Clyde Ehert of North Loup officiating. A large floral offering banked the front of the church. Interment was in Hillside Cemetery. The choir, Karen Nielsen, Phyllis Jeane Wagner, Mrs. Loyal Berney, Mrs. Gordon Wagner and Mrs. Vic Grossart sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", "Old Rugged Cross", and "Till We Meet Again." Pallbearers were: H. B. Johnson, E. L. Johnson, Scott Barr, Len Hurst, Dr. A. H. Holm and J. A. Berney. Flower girls were: June Steenson, Ellen Grossart, Carrie Klein, Lucy Butler, Letha Cook, Hazelle Caudill, Mrs. Joe Nealon and Willa Grossart. Anna Mary Barbara Hoffman was born October 31, 1877 at Macedonia [Iowa] and died April 4, 1948, on the 27th anniversary of her mother’s passing, at the age of 70 years 5 months and 3 days. Death occurred following an illness of three months. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Red Oak, Iowa and came to Nebraska 44 years ago. On June 24, 1896 she was united in marriage to Thomas A. Silk. To this union were born seven children all present at the time of her death. Four daughters: Mrs. Nora Rother, Mrs. Lela Steenson, Mrs. LaVerne Thomsen all of Wolbach, Mrs. Marie Jepson of Cushing. Three sons: Laurence of Cushing, Leo of Griswold, Iowa and Delmar of Wolbach, whom she leaves to mourn her passing beside her husband, Thomas A. Silk, also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Louisa Fox of Middletown, Iowa and one brother, A. C. Hoffman of Henderson, Iowa, fifteen grandchildren and one great grand child. She was preceded in death by her twin sister Emma and one brother Henry. Out of town relatives who attended the last rites were: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Silk and daughters Griswold, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Folger, Omaha, Nebraska, Mrs. Louisa Fox, Middletown, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Fox, Macedonia, Iowa, Eva Fox, Macedonia, Iowa, Mervin Fox, Venango, Nebraska, Russell, Harry and Lee Silk, Griswold, Iowa, W. C. Hoffman, Henderson, Iowa, Dale Hoffman, Henderson, Iowa, Evan Hoffman, Elliott, Iowa, Orville Hoffman, Griswold, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Folger and John, York, Nebr., Delia Christensen, York, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Killinger, Red Cloud, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Killinger and son, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Perlenfein, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, and many friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 8, 1948

Willis Frederick Sintek 1926-1927
SINTEK CHILD DIES Willis Frederick Sintek, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sintek, of Cotesfield, passed away from this life at 8:15 p.m., October 7th, aged 1 year, 2 months and 7 days. Death came as a result of injuries sustained in a fall a few days before. Funeral services were held from the United Brethren Church at Cotesfield last Sunday afternoon. The little boy leaves to mourn his departure, his parents and two older brothers, besides many other relatives and friends.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, October 13, 1927, pg. 1, column 1

Thomas Skrivan, 1866-1917
Thomas Skrivan Dead – Like a thunderbolt from the sky flashed the news of the death of Thomas Skrivan. Although he has been fast failing in health, the end was not expected to come so soon. As the funeral is not to take place until tomorrow (Friday) we are not able to publish a complete obituary, but will make a full account of it next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 8, 1917

Thomas Skrivan – Last Tuesday evening at exact 11 o’clock, Thomas Skrivan passed away quietly at his home in the south part of the city. Mr. Skrivan has been in ill health for the past six months, and it was not until a few weeks ago that his life was gradually ebbing away. Like a thunderbolt the news of his death spread over the city. Thomas Skrivan was born August 28, 1866, in Milcice, Bohemia, and there he grew to manhood. At the age 24, he was married to Miss Marie Hejman, and was a true and faithful husband to the last. To this union 12 children were born: Albert, Vincent, Harry and Mrs. Pete Step, who were born in Bohemia, and Amelia, James, Bessie, Louise and William, who were born since coming to America. Three children dying in infancy. In the year 1899 he with his family of 4 children sailed for America, and settled in Baltimore, Md., where Mr. Skrivan took up his trade as carpenter, and there followed that profession for ten years, when he moved to Greeley county, settling in Wolbach, here residing until his departure to the great beyond. His passing was peaceful and he was conscious nearly to the end. All the children were present at his side, but Albert, who was unable to come from the army. A week before his death he was called and then securing only a few days furlough, not long enough to be present. One of the greatest tributes that could be paid to Mr. Skrivan is the recognition of his success in rearing such a splendid family. In them will his noble life and character be represented for years to come. Many are the friends who have tried by word or pen or flowers to express their feelings of their heart. Tho all who knew him feel their loss, yet we know it was his hour of triumph. It matters not when or where the road terminates, God will be there. He has made his exit out of this world more glorious than we can imagine. It was his home going. Nothing is more beautiful than the close of a day. In the autumn the leaves of the forest are painted with the glory of death in shades of gold and crimson, and a gentle breeze lowers them to their grave. It is the time of ripeness, and all experiences of trials, disappointments, successes, sorrows and joys tend to ripen us for God’s autumnal harvest. All things that ripen are commentaries or death, and God will make our going as easy as Mr. Skrivan’s if we are as worthy as he. TO FATHER: "You have labored hard and long Many a month and many a year "not for me" that was your song "But for my children’s love and cheer." When into our lives there came Shadows, falling thick and fast, Quick to father then, whose name Proved a friend unto the last. We had longed to keep you here Just because we loved you so, We’d have kept you ever near, But farewell—you had to go. Sleep, dear father, sleep and rest Gently on thy Fathers breast, Tho we speak with tear dimmed eyes, God knows best, he is all wise." Funeral services were held from the Catholic church, conducted by Father Feeney of Greeley. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. They were followed to their last resting place by many friends, to pay their last tribute to a good friend they all loved. The bereaved wife and children and (sic) the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of bereavement. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to sincerely thank the public for their grateful help and assistance tendered us during the sickness, death and burial of our beloved husband, father and brother. In appreciation for the beautiful floral offerings, we thank the (sic) from the bottom of our heart. Mrs. Thomas Skrivan and family, Vincent Skrivan.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 15, 1917

Alma Georgie Slaight, 1872-1935
Mrs. H. C. Slaight Called to Reward – After a serious illness of ten days, Mrs. H. C. Slaight passed away at the family home about four miles south-west of town at 10 o’clock Saturday morning. She had been a sufferer from diabetes for the past nine years, which together with heart complications were the cause of death. OBITUARY – Alma Georgie Slaight was born in Laport County, Indiana, December 19, 1872 and passed away Saturday, March 16, 1935 at the age of 62 year, 2 months and 23 days. When she was nine years of age the family moved from Indiana to Nebraska settling near St. Edwards. At this place the deceased was united in marriage to H. C. Slaight. After living at St. Edwards for 18 years the family moved to the vicinity of Wolbach where they have resided for the past several years. To this union five children were born, one son, Wesley, dying in infancy. She leaves to mourn the passing of a faithful wife and loving mother, her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Paul Brawn of Spalding, Mrs. Evie Reiter of Elgin, Alice and a son James living at home. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. A. E. Barber of St. Edwards and Mrs. Alice Slaight of Primrose, seven grandchildren and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in Logan St. Peter’s Church conducted by the pastor, Rev. Kaldahl, assisted by Rev. Primrose of St. Paul, an old time friend of the family. Pall bearers were Paul Anderson, Joe Townsend, Chris Sonderup, Hans Knudsen, Geo. Lindauer and Frank Vogt. Rhonda Sonderup, Doris Sonderup, Leona Wohlers, Berniece Gibson and Velma Gibson who had sang for Mrs. Slaight during her illness were requested to sing at the home and at the services in the church. They also carried floral tributes. Burial was made in the family lot at St. Edwards. The profound sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 21, 1935

Fred Slattery, ca. 1873-1937
Former Resident Dies At Primrose – Funeral services for Fred Slattery, 64, were held Monday morning at the Catholic church in Primrose. Mr. Slattery, who was well known here, had suffered with paralysis the past year and one-half. Interment was made in the Primrose cemetery. Fred Slatery was born in Ireland, the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. V. Slattery, and came to this country with his parents in the late 1870s settling at Chicago, where they resided for several years before moving to Greeley county. He grew to manhood near this community and in 1921 he was married to Miss Anna Klien at the Catholic church in St. Paul. To this union a daughter, Margaret, was born. In 1929 Mr. Slattery and his family moved to a farm located four miles north west of Primrose, where they since lived. His death came Friday night, July 9. Beside his wife and daughter he is survived by four brothers: Will of Brayton, Frank and Henry of Greeley, and Dr. J. T. Slattery of Dunlap, Iowa, one sister, Mrs. Mary Sargent of Cheyenne, Wyo., and a host of other relatives and friends. The sympathy of this community is extended the bereaved.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 15, 1937

Dr. J. T. Slattery, 1880-1938
Dr. J. T. Slattery Answers Call – Funeral services for Dr. J. T. Slattery, well known to many local residents having at one time resided at Brayton and taught in the Midway rural school, were held from his home to the St. Patrick’s Church on Tuesday, January 4 at Dunlap, Iowa, where he had been located for many years and had made a host of friends who paid tribute to his memory at the services. Dr. Slattery was born January 23, 1880 coming to this county with his parents in 1883 settling near Brayton. He spent the early years of his life here later attending St. Mary’s Kansas, where he received his B. A. Degree. It was at Creighton University, Omaha, that he received his M. D. degree later. He was married at Danbury, Ia. Sept. 16, 1914 to Miss Anna McAleer who survives him with five children, Joseph T. and Robert V. of Omaha, Margaret Mary, Gerald Francis and Bette Ann at home. Relatives and those attending the services from away from Dunlap were: Sister Mary Helen, Sister Mary Michaeline and Sister Mary Lourdes of Sioux City hospitals, all sisters of Mrs. Slatery; also Sisters Mary Imeldia, Stanalons and Seriaphia also of Sioux City; Mrs. Mae Sargent and Joe Sargent of Cheyenne, Wyo., William Slattery and family of Brayton, Nebr., Frank and Henry Slattery of Greeley, Nebraska a sister and brothers of Mr. Slattery, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. The sympathy of this community is extended the bereaved brothers and sisters.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 20, 1938

John Slattery, ca.1919-1927
Little John Slattery Passes Away – John Slattery, seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Slattery, of Brayton, died at the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island at 2:45 p.m. Monday, death resulting from tumor of the bowels. An operation was performed but his condition did not respond to surgical treatment. The body was brought to Brayton Monday evening accompanied by relatives. Funeral services were held at O’Connor Wednesday morning and burial was made in the O’Connor cemetery. A very large number of friends of the family attended the services. The boy was ill only a short time before his death, playing actively about his home until the latter part of last week. He was taken to Grand Island late Saturday night and the operation was performed Sunday forenoon. Mr. and Mrs. Slattery and family have the deepest sympathy of all in the community in their bereavement. Mrs. Jacob Schrum, of Millard, grandmother of the boy, came up to be present at the funeral. Also Mr. Slattery’s sister, Mrs. May Sargent, and two daughters, Ella and Lucy, were here from Cheyenne, Wyoming. They will return today.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 6, 1927

William A. Slattery, 1885-1947
Wm. Slattery Dies Suddenly Monday Of Heart Attack – This community was shocked Tuesday morning upon receiving word of the sudden death of William Slattery at his home in Grand Island Monday evening. The cause of his death was a heart attack. Mr. Slattery suffered a heart attack a week ago on his farm near Brayton, where he and his son, Robert have been farming. He had apparently recovered from that attack and had just gone to his home at Grand Island that day.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 18, 1947

Funeral Services for William A. Slattery Held in G. I. Thurs. – Funeral services for William A. Slattery, retired farmer of the Brayton community, were held Thursday morning in St. Mary’s cathedral in Grand Island. The Rev. Leo Keating, pastor, was the celebrant of the requiem high mass, assisted by the children’s choir. Burial was in the cemetery at O’Connor. The rosary was recited Wednesday evening at 7:30 at the family home. Pallbearers were Thomas Kittridge, James McMennaman, Joe Bigley, James Feehan, Frances Farlee and Dr. E. A. Doyle. William A. Slattery, 62, died Monday evening, September 22 at the family home at 504 West First street, Grand Island. He had been in poor health for the past year. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Slattery was born Jan. 16, 1885 , in Greeley county to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Slattery. He and Miss Margaret Schrum were married Jan. 23, 1917, at O’Connor and they resided on a farm near there until December of 1945 when they moved to Grand Island. Mr. Slattery had been in retirement until a year ago when he went into partnership with his son, Robert and operated a farm near Brayton. He was a member of the Catholic church and of the St. Mary’s parish. His only social affiliation was with the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are his wife, seven children, Edward Slattery, Mrs. Paul Farlee, Miss Betty Jean Slattery and Miss Rose Marie Slattery all of Grand Island, Robert Slattery, Wolbach and Miss Alice Slattery and Miss Mary Ann Slattery, Santa Monica, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, John; four brothers, Fred, Peter A., Dr. J. T. and Henry; and one sister, Mrs. May Sargent. Those outside of Grand Island attending the services were: Miss Alice Slattery, Santa Monica, California; Robert Slattery, Mrs. Tom Murphy, Mrs. John Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Harvey, Marvin Steenson, Ambrose Kavanaugh, and Charles Murphy of Greeley; Virgil Haggstrom, Mrs. Hattie Condon, John and William Condon, Mr. and Mrs. George Rother, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rother, Frank Rother and Fern Rother, all of Wolbach; Mr. and Mrs. James Stanczyk and daughter, Evelyn, Silver Creek; Mr. and Mrs. George Koza, Duncan; and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dubas and son, Steve and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Dubas, Fullerton.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 25, 1947

Mrs. John Slick, 1909
27 Years Ago – Following an illness of over two years, Mrs. John Slick died at her home in Wolbach.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 15, 1936

John Sloan, abt. 1871-1926
VICTIM OF A GUN ACCIDENT Wheeler Ranchman Bled to Death in His Wagon, John Sloan, a ranchman, living seven miles north of Ericson in Wheeler County, was the victim of a runaway accident and gun tragedy last Friday afternoon. According to information reaching Greeley, Sloan was driving a team near his ranch at the time of the fatal accident. The horses became frightened and started to run away. In the confusion Sloan stepped on the trigger of the gun, it is believed. The charge entered his left hip and side. He bled to death. In the evening, Mrs. Sloan discovered the body in the wagon. She immediately summoned medical aid from Ericson, but death had taken place a few hours before. The deceased is said to have been about 55 years old. He is survived by a widow and seven children. Funeral services were held at Ericson, Tuesday afternoon. - Greeley Citizen
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, October 21, 1926, pg. 1, column 2

Bruce Smith, 1924-1924
Little Child Dies – Bruce Smith, the six weeks old child of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith who reside three and one half miles east of town, died Sunday night at eleven o’clock. Funeral services were held at the house at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, Rev. E. C. Moore officiating and interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 27, 1924

Celia Ellen (McCole) Smith, 1873-1928
Mrs. J. R. Smith Goes To Her Final Reward – The death of Mrs. J. R. Smith occurred Wednesday evening, January 18, at 5:30 o’clock. She had been seriously ill for several weeks and for the past year, since the death of her husband, had been weighted down with sorrow, and during all that time she did not spare her waning strength to lend help to those in need. The grief and the effort made too big a burden for her to continue to carry on. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church, conducted by her former pastor, Rev. E. C. Moore, now of Adams, Nebraska. A very large crowd attending testified the deep respect and love held for the deceased in this community. A wealth of beautiful flowers was in evidence about the casket and the church rostrum. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. A sister, Mrs. Katherine Dameron of Denver, and two brothers, Dennis McCole of Bend, Oregon, and Maurice McCole of Wolbach, are left to mourn her death. They were all present at the funeral. Will Smith and Clark Smith and their families of Belgrade, relatives of Mrs. Smith’s husband, and many friends from St. Paul and other neighboring towns were here to attend the funeral. OBITUARY – Celia Ellen McCole was born October 28, 1873 at Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, and died at Wolbach, Nebraska January 18, 1928 aged 54 years 2 months and 21 days. In early childhood she came with her parents to Howard county, Nebraska, living first about six miles from the present site of Wolbach. She was married to J. R. Smith in Nance County March 7, 1910, coming at once to Wolbach to make their home. As a child she was baptized under the auspices of the Catholic Church, living through all the years a Christian life. After her marriage she worked with the Methodist Church in Wolbach, which she formally joined on April 20, 1924, continuing her membership to the end. She was bereft of her husband one year ago, sustaining therein a load of grief and sorrow from which she never fully recovered. Realizing that death was near she expressed her faith in Christ and her readiness to go. The whole community is bereaved in her going and will long note her vacant place, and miss her kindly ministrations. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to express our very great appreciation for all the kindly help and loving attentions shown to our beloved sister, Mrs. J. R. Smith, during her recent and last illness, by her devoted friends and neighbors. We take this means of thanking you, one and all, for your comforting sympathy and for the many and beautiful floral offerings sent at the time of her death. Katherine Dameron, Maurice McCole, Dennis McCole.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 26, 1928

Frank L. Smith, ca.1862-1913
Death of Frank L. Smith – Frank L. Smith, for many years a resident of South Omaha died yesterday at the home of his brother in Wolbach, Neb., where he had gone two weeks ago for the benefit of his health. He was 51 years of age and had been ailing for a number of months. Frank L. Smith was for many years killing boss at Cudahy’s and accounted one of the landmark figures in the packing business of South Omaha. He was known by every man and boy who worked in the big packing houses of South Omaha within the last twenty years. Some years ago Mr. Smith buried his wife, who had been a cripple for years before her death. He was a big, strong man and his devotion to his wife during her long illness is said to have been touching in the extreme. After his wife’s death he seemed to lose interest in life. Recently he was compelled to relinquish his job at Cudahy’s by reason of poor health. Two weeks ago he went to Wolbach, hoping to visit his brother. The news of his death came yesterday. The body of the deceased will be brought from Wolbach Monday at 3:45 p.m. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the First Presbyterian church, Dr. Robt L. Wheeler presiding. Interment will be made in Laurel Hill cemetery. – Omaha Bee.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 11, 1913

George Shapleigh Smith, 1882-1939
Last Rites For George S. Smith – Was Active Member of Local Civic Organizations; County Legion Commander – Last rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon, January 25, for George S. Smith who succumbed January 21, following an illness of pneumonia contracted January 4 while visiting his daughter in Denver, Colo. Services were held in the Olinger Mortuary with the Dr. David C. Bayless of the Highlander Foundation in charge and interment was made in the Fairmont Mausoleum in Denver. Pallbearers were: Ted S. Smith, L. J. Warren, A. J. Larsen, Howard Teilmann, Gus Rother and J. C. Wilson, all of Wolbach. Honorary pallbearers were: James Holm, Dr. R. M. Chamberlain and David Bengtson of Wolbach and W. F. Nelson of Grand Island. George Shapleigh Smith, son of Rodney Smith and Eunice Shapleigh Smith, was born January 11, 1882 at Ashland, New Hampshire, and departed this life at the St. Lukes hospital in Denver, Colo., January 21, 1939 at 1:15 a.m. At an early age he became a member of the First Baptist Church at Ashland, New Hampshire. On March 16, 1907 he was united in marriage to Elisa E. Ellis at Idaho Springs, Colo. To this union a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy S. Jurgens was born. Later Mr. and Mrs. Smith resided in California and in Denver, Colo. Previous to his marriage Mr. Smith was located in Chicago. In 1925 Mr. Smith came to this community during the illness of his father, since which time he made Wolbach his home. His father passing away in May 1927. Previous to his coming to Wolbach George was a dental x-ray technician and surveyor, following his arrival here he resided on the farm northeast of Wolbach. During his residence in this community Mr. Smith became interested in various local and civic organizations and when the Peoples State Bank was reorganized he became one of the directors, and at the time of his death he held the position of vice-president of the bank. He was also actively interested in the Elks Lodge. The success of the Wolbach Ray Mapes Post of the American Legion was due in no small part to George’s promotion and for several years he has been Post Adjutant. It was in this latter activity that he became recognized and was elected Greeley County Commander. He was a member of the Wolbach Volunteer Fire Department and held various offices in that organization. He was a member of the Wolbach Golf Cub and was secretary of the group. He was prominently connected with bindweed eradication activities in the county several years ago and was interested in farm organizations. Those who mourn his passing besides his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Jurgens and a grand-daughter, Louann Jurgens of Denver, two cousins, Mrs. Bird Morris of Rhode Island and Mrs. Ida Isaacs of Indiana, and his step-mother, Mrs. H. Janet Smith of Preston, Iowa. His mother preceded him in death in February 1901. A host of friends and acquaintances in Wolbach and Denver also mourn his passing. The Messenger joins the community in extending heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 2, 1939

Jonathan Reuben Smith, 1861-1926
Wolbach Pioneer Passes Away – John R. Smith, a resident of this community for the past thirty six years died last Monday morning at about seven o’clock at his home in Wolbach. Mr. Smith had been gradually failing in health for the past few years. Last week he took a serious cold and in his weakened condition was unable to withstand the resulting sickness. The community feels keenly the loss of Mr. Smith who for years was one of the leading citizens, always ready and willing to lend his influence and help for the good of the community. He was a farmer and stockman, and later was a director in the State Bank of Wolbach, and during the past several years has been actively engaged in the insurance business. Mr. Smith will especially be remembered for his generosity in supporting his church and other good causes. He was always a loyal supporter of the Chautauqua in Wolbach. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Wolbach on Wednesday, December 29, 1926, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. E. C. Moore, assisted by Rev. R. A. White. There was an exceptionally large attendance at the funeral. A wealth of beautiful flowers was given by his friends. Burial was made in Hillside cemetery. A host of friends join in deepest sympathy for the bereaved wife, brothers, and other relatives. OBITUARY – Jonathan Reuben Smith was born in Henderson County, Illinois, July 31, 1861, and died in Wolbach, Nebraska, December 27, 1926, aged sixty-five years, four months and twenty-seven days. At about the age of eight he moved with his parents to Iowa, where he lived till the year 1885. At that time he came to Nebraska, first taking a homestead at Big Springs. Five years later he moved to Nance county, where for twenty years he lived on the place known as the "Johnny Smith Ranch." During this time his business dealings gained for him an unusually wide circle of acquaintance and a host of friends. In the spring of 1910 he moved to Wolbach, where he has since resided. The same year he was married to Celia McCole, who survives him. He is also survived by two brothers, D. H. Smith, of Lindsay, California, and G. W. Smith of Belgrade, Nebraska. He was a member of the Wolbach lodge of I.O.O. F., having joined on December 14, 1905. On February 8, 1916 he was baptized and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Wolbach, of which he continued his membership till his death. For a number of years he has been an official member, holding two official positions at the time of his death. And through all his declining health his interest did not falter.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 20, 1926

Joseph Smith, 1830-1910
Obituary – Joseph Smith – Joseph Smith was born in Fayette Co. Penna., April 28, 1830, and departed this life March 26, 1910, at his home in Omaha, Nebr. The deceased came from Penna. to Ills. when twenty-two years of age. Here he was married in 1854 to Miss Nancy League. To this union were born eight children, three girls and five boys. The girls have preceded him to the realms beyond. The boys are all living: Jessie S. and David H. in California; J. W. in Omaha; J. R. and G. W. in Wolbach. His devoted companion is also left to follow him to that bright land of promise on which their hopes are centered. Mr. Smith came from Ills. to Iowa in the year 1870 where he and his family lived until 1889, when they came to Nebr. where they have made their home ever since. He joined the church when eighteen years old and has been a faithful and consistent member ever since and his departure simply means a translation from the church militant to the church triumphant. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. H. McDonald, the pastor officiating. Interment in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 31, 1910

Nancy J. (League) Smith, 1836-1917
OBITUARY – Nancy J. League was born in Kentucky, March 14, 1836 and died at the home of her son, John Wednesday, December 5, 1917, at 3:15 p.m. at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 21 days. When but a girl she moved with her parents to Henderson county, Ill. She was married at the age of eighteen to Joseph Smith, of Pennsylvania. From this union 8 children, 3 girls and 5 boys were born, of these, four sons are still living: David H. living at Lindsay, Cali.; John R. at Wolbach; G. William at Belgrade and James W. at Omaha. One son, Jesse, died in Los Angeles in 1910. Three daughters, Catherine died in infancy, and the other two, Ida and Lula died at the ages of 11 and 14 years. In 1870 the family moved to Iowa, and in 1889 to Nance county, Nebraska, and 1894 to Omaha, where she resided until the death of her husband in 1910, when she came to Wolbach to live with her son, John R. Smith. She was early converted and joined the United Brethren church, later she joined the Free Methodist church and was a member of this church at the time of her death. She has always lived an active, true and consistent Christian life, was a devoted wife and mother and a kind neighbor. It can be truly said of her, "She is not dead but sleepeth." The funeral services were held Friday afternoon, December 7th, at 2:30 p.m. in the M. E. church of Wolbach. Rev. Johnson preached the funeral sermon from the text Mark 14:8 "She hath done what she could." The text chosen by Grandma Smith herself, to be preached from, at her funeral, some fourteen years ago. Her strong Christian faith, as shown by her life, and patience to the very end, will be remembered by her relatives and friends. "May faith exalt her joyful voice, And now in triumph sing; O grave, where is thy victory? And where, O death, thy sting?" The many friends extend their sympathy to those who mourn the loss of a loving mother and neighbor. Interment was made in Hillside cemetery beside her husband.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 13, 1917

Rodney L. Smith, 1849-1927
Rodney L. Smith Passes Away – Rodney. L. Smith died at his home northeast of Wolbach, Wednesday noon, May 11, after an illness of many months. With his death, the community is bereft of another of the pioneers and early settlers. For many years he has been one of the well-to-do and influential farmers of the county. A short funeral service was held at the home at 8:30 a.m. Friday and the body was brought to town and shipped back to New Hampshire for burial. Mrs. Smith and George Smith, his only son, accompanied the body back to the old home of the deceased. OBITUARY – Rodney L. Smith was born in Newhampton, New Hampshire, November 25, 1849, and died at his home east of Wolbach at 12:15 p.m. May 11, 1927, aged 77 years, 5 months and 16 days. He lived on a farm in New Hampshire until eighteen years of age. Later he lived in Chicago for 34 years, where he was employed as railway conductor on the Chicago & Northwestern. In 1872 he was married to Eunice W. Shapleigh at Ashland, New Hampshire. To this union was born one child, George, who still survives. He came to Nebraska about 1892 and after April 1904, permanently located on the farm where he has ever since lived. In 1904 he was married to Miss H. Janette Sullivan of Kansas City. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife; one son, George of Wolbach; one sister, Mrs. Etta Winslow, Chicago; and one granddaughter.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 19, 1927

Walter William Smith, 1874-1942
W. W. SMITH DIED DECEMBER 19TH – Cotesfield – Walter William Smith was born near Cairo, Mich. the 18th day of August, 1874, being one of a family of eight children of John and Mary Smith. He came to Nebraska in the fall of 1900, where he made his home for some time with his brother, Rev. J. J.Smith, at that time presiding elder of the U. B. church. The Smith home at that time was in lower Fairdale precinct, Howard County. W. W. Smith then moved to Cotesfield, where he built a home. In the spring of 1912 he moved to the state of Idaho, where he took up farming. In the spring of 1914 he was married to Mrs. Maggie Otto of Hally, Idaho. They lived on a farm at Mudloon, Blaine county, for 18 years, when Mrs. Smith passed away July 18, 1932. After selling his farm he went to Oxnard, California, where he lived with a sister, Mrs. Ben W. Wood. In the spring of 1942, he came to Greeley county and made his home with his niece, Mrs. J. N. K. Johansen, who is a daughter of his brother, Rev. J. J. Smith. Funeral services were held at the U. B. church in Cotesfield on Monday afternoon at two o’clock, with Rev. H. A. McKelvey officiating. The choir composed of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Barnes, Mrs. A. K. Coombs and Allen Keep sang favorite hymns of the relatives. Pallbearers were Pete Jacobsen, Jess Parker, Morris Andersen, Jack Hughes, Carl Nielsen and Harry DeLand.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 31, 1942

Harold Smyth, 1931
Spalding Man Dies From Accidental Shot – The report comes from Spalding that Harold Smyth, farmer whose home was near that city accidentally shot himself to death at his residence Saturday night while preparing to go hunting. Two and one-half years ago Smyth’s brother died under similar circumstances and a year ago an uncle died after accidentally poisoning himself. Smyth is survived by his wife and three children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 8, 1931

Leonore (Connors) Smyth, ca. 1901-1920
The Final Summons Comes To Mrs. Edmund H. Smyth – Mrs. Edmund H. Smyth, who lived four miles east of O’Connor died at 11:15 o’clock last Thursday night at the home of her husband’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Smyth, six miles east and 1 mile south of Greeley. Death resulted from an acute attack of appendicitis. Mr. and Mrs. Smyth were visiting at the home of the former’s parents last Sunday afternoon. At 4 o’clock in the afternoon Mrs. Smyth was unexpectedly attacked by the malady. An operation was performed the following Monday, but was unavailing. She succumbed four days after the operation. Mrs. Smyth was only 19 years old. She was married at O’Connor, February 17th, last. She was born on a farm two and one-half miles north of Wolbach. Her maiden name was Leonore Connors. When 9 years old she moved with her parents to Wolbach. After her marriage she and her husband lived on a farm east of O’Connor. Besides the husband Mrs. Smyth is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Connors of Wolbach and two sisters. The funeral was held at O’Connor Sunday morning, at 10 o’clock, Father Hayes officiating. Burial was in O’Connor cemetery. The pallbearers were John McCoy, Thos. Dillan, Jr., Pat McKenzie, Anton Nealon, Alphonse McCarthy and Ernie Thayer, Jr. Mrs. Smyth was a young woman beloved by all. Her friends around O’Connor, Brayton and Wolbach were as numerous as her acquaintances. -- Greeley Citizen.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 6, 1920

William Sommer, 1871-1926
WM. SOMMERS DIES IN GRAND ISLAND Wm. Sommers, well known Scotia resident, passed away at five o'clock yesterday afternoon in the St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island. Mr. Sommers underwent an operation on Monday for cancer of the stomach. He was reported to have been getting along quite well until yesterday morning when word came that he was quite low, and his family was called to his bedside. The body arrived in Scotia this morning on the motor. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon but as the Register goes to press the exact hour is not known. Obituary will appear in next week's issue.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, January 13, 1927, pg. 1, column 1

OBITUARY: This community was greatly shocked last Wednesday evening when it learned that William Sommer had been called from his earthly abode to the great Beyond. Several weeks ago it was learned that he was suffering with a cancer of the stomach. He was taken to the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island where he underwent a serious operation last Monday morning. Everything within human power was done in an effort to save his life, but it was the Lord's will that he should be taken out of this vale of tears. William Sommer was born on January 31, 1871, at Scribner Nebraska. While there he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. In 1900 he left the family fireside and came to Scotia and made this town his home until his death. He reached the age of 55 years, 11 months and 12 days. On October 30, 1902 he was married to Lena Bredthauer. Those left to mourn his death are his wife, six sons, Arthur, John, Henry, Edwin, William and Everet; two daughters, Della and Dorothy, one brother, John Sommer of Stanton, Nebraska and five sisters, Mrs. Anna Schroeder of Oconto, Wisconsin, Mrs. Emma Niermann, of Wabeno, Wisconsin, Mrs. Barbara Wiegand, of Scribner, Nebraska, and Mrs . Frieda Klein who resides near Scotia. Besides the immediate relatives, a large circle of friends mourn the departure of this worthy man. To those who knew William Sommer best he was the embodiment of honor and integrity. He was true to his fellowman and true to his God. One of the organizers of the Zion Lutheran congregation he was for many years a faithful, consistent member of that organization. In health he lived the life of a devoted Christian, but it was in the hours of his suffering that the beauty of his Christian character best revealed itself. Without a sign of impatience or complaint he accepted the physical pain that came to him with a Christian fortitude that was an inspiration to those who had the privilege of being at his bedside. Thus he lived and thus he died, true to the faith which bore him, without a fear, through the valley of the shadow and landed him safely on the Eternal Shores of the Redeemer. The funeral services were held last Saturday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock at the residence and at 2 o'clock from the Zion Lutheran Church, Rev. W. L. Ernstmeyer officiating. The body was laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, January 20, 1927, pg. 1, column 5

Elsie Dorthea (Knudsen) Sonderup, 1862-1925
Obituary – Elsie Dorthea Sonderup, her maiden name being Knudsen, was a daughter of Knud Knudsen and his wife, Kirsten Marie, was born April15, 1862 in Folding, Jylland, Denmark. She came to American in the spring of 1884 and was united in marriage to Mr. Wilhelm M. Sonderup, on March 23, 1887 at St. Paul, Nebr. This union was blessed with five sons and three daughters, Henry, Christian and Michael and two other little boys who died in infancy; the daughters being Marie, Emma and Esther. Mrs. Sonderup fell asleep in the Lord peacefully on Sunday morning, Sept. 20th, after an illness of about two weeks at the age of 63 years, 5 months and 5 days. Her death indeed was a gain for her, for she went home to be with the Lord as she was longing for; but a loss to her dear ones, who will always remember her as a loving, faithful, [illegible], self-sacrificing wife and mother. She was indeed a child of peace. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and children, nine grandchildren, a brother, Anders Knudsen, a niece, Mrs. John Swingholm of Wolbach, a nephew Mr. Knud Knudsen of Geneva, Nebraska, besides two brothers and an old dear mother, 94 years old, also in Denmark, and a host of friends. Blessed be her memory. The funeral was held from the Logan church Tuesday afternoon and a very large audience was present to pay their last respects to this noble woman. Rev. J. C. Pedersen from Dannebrog officiated at the funeral and spoke on a text in Ps. 50:15. Mr. N. Johnson, Rev. Magnussen of Ord and Rev. White of Wolbach all took part in the services and all spoke comfortingly about the life and example of this good, Christian wife and mother, and of the great hope that shines over the grave of a Christian. May the Lord comfort our bereaved friends in their sorrow. Card of Thanks – We hereby wish to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all our friends and neighbors who so kindly helped and comforted us at the death and funeral of our beloved wife and mother. Thanks for all the beautiful flowers and for every kind and comforting word. Especially do we thank the ministers who spoke so comfortingly at the services. William M. Sonderup, Marie, Emma and Esther Sonderup, Henry Sonderup & Children, Michael Sonderup & family, Christian Sonderup & family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 1, 1925

Gurtie Sonderup, 1893-1924
Obituary – Gurtie Sonderup was born October 29, 1893, at Wolbach, Nebr., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus Petersen. She passed away on January 23, 1924, in her home at Logan after but a day’s illness. She died at the age of 30 years, 2 months and 25 days. At the age of twenty-two she was married to Henry Sonderup and for the eight years until her death they lived a happy and blessed life. To this union were born four girls and one boy who died shortly after birth. When she felt that death was drawing near and her husband stood at her bed-side weeping, she spoke as a trusting child, "Angels will soon come and take me home." And soothingly at the last, "Done (sic) cry, Henry, God will be with you and help you." She always lived as one of God’s children and was ever eager to further the kingdom of God. As a mother she was kind and devoted to her children, and she was a true, faithful and self-denying wife. Her place in the home is empty now. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, Henry Sonderup, four daughters, Gladys, seven; Agreta, five; Lois, four; and Rhoda, one year old; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus Petersen, two sisters, Dora and Alice, Mrs. George Jacobsen,and four brothers, Emil, Einar, Henry and Raymond, all of whom will always hold her in loving remembrance as one who never gave cause for sorrow or trouble. Besides these she leaves a host of relatives and friends who have come to love her because of her quiet and unpretentious disposition. Deep sympathy for the bereaved family is felt by the whole community. The funeral was held at the St. Peter’s Lutheran church at Logan, Sunday afternoon, January 27, where her pastor, Rev. J. Magnusen officiated assisted by Rev. J. Chris. Petersen, Rev. Barton and C. Stensen. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near the church. Card of Thanks – It is with sincere gratitude that we wish to express our appreciation of the sympathy and many kindnesses shown toward us in our recent bereavement, and likewise for the many beautiful flowers. Henry Sonderup and children, Rasmus Petersen and family, W. M. Sonderup and daughters, Chr. Sonderup and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Jacobsen, Michael Sonderup and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 31, 1924

Wilhelm Mikkelsen Sonderup, 1864-1944
DEATH TAKES W. M. SONDERUP – Funeral Services Are Held At St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – Funeral services were held Sunday, August 20, at St. Peter’s Lutheran church in Logan for W. M. Sonderup, a native of Denmark and a pioneer resident of this community. The pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased. His grand-daughters served as flower bearers. Wilhelm Mikkelsen Sonderup was born March 23, 1864 in Linstrup, Schleswig, Denmark. He died August 18, 1944, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Theo Petersen, near Dannebrog, Neb. He came to America in 1884, and spent two years at Dwight, Ill., coming from there to Howard county where he has since made his home. On March 22, 1887 he was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Knudsen. To this union were born five sons and three daughters. Two of the sons died in infancy. Mrs. Sonderup died in 1925. Mr. Sonderup took an active interest in the work of the church. For many years he served as a member on the church board of the North Logan church and also as Sunday School superintendent. He is survived by three sons, Henry of Howard county, Chris of Fullerton and Michael of Blair; three daughters, Mrs. Theo Petersen, Mrs. Marius Rasmussen and Mrs. Andrew Enoveldsen, all living near Dannebrog. There are also 29 grandchildren and 5 great grand-children. Out-of-town relatives attending the last rites included Mr. and Mrs. Niels Brojholm and daughter of Battle Creek, Ia., Mrs. Effie Sonderup of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Knud Knudsen of Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sonderup of Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sonderup and family of Fullerton, Norman and Doris Sonderup of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hansen and family of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hansen and sons of Ralston.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 31, 1944

Mrs. William Sonderup, ca. 1862-1925
Grim Reaper Visits This Community -- Mrs. Wm. Sonderup Passes Away – After an illness of about two weeks, Mrs. William Sonderup died at her home west of town at 12:10 a.m. early Sunday morning. The funeral was held Tuesday. Mrs. Sonderup was 63 years old. She leaves many relatives and friends who mourn her death. There was an exceptionally large attendance at Mrs. Sonderup’s funeral showing the great respect and love in which the deceased was held in this community. Rev. Magnussen officiated and was assisted by Rev. Nils Johnson, Rev. R. A. White, and Rev. Peterson of Dannebrog. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery at North Logan Church.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 24, 1925

Arnold Grant Sorensen, 1909-1944
Last Rites For Arnold Sorensen – Funeral rites were held last week at the Presbyterian church in St. Paul for Arnold Grant Sorensen. Rev. V. R. Bell officiated. Burial was in the Elba cemetery. The pallbearers: Marius Kyhn, Andy Ambrose, Ray Hamburger, John Johansen, B. B. Klinginsmith and Joe Waltman. A choir, composed of Harry Lingford, C. C. Reed, Helen Nelsen and Lillian Anderson, sang several hymns. Mrs. F. J. Taylor was the organist. Arnold Grant Sorensen was born September 7, 1909, in Logan precinct, Howard county, and died June 26 in a St. Paul hospital. He had been in failing health for some time. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Martin Leth, of Elba, two daughters, Lavonne Marie Ehresman of Elm Creek, Jean Scriven of Cedar Rapids. Also are the following brothers and sisters: Jens Jensen of California, Mrs. Martha Leach of Independence, Mo., Mrs. Mary Johnson of Canada, Mrs. Christine Scriven of Cedar Rapids, Herman Sorensen of Craig, Neb., Mrs. Minnie Barr of Fullerton, Mrs. Ella Brayton of Kearney, Mrs. Olga Barr of Desota, Mo., Alvin Sorensen of Waterloo, and Mrs. Irene Ehresman of Elm Creek. His father, Niels Sorensen, preceded him in death.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, July 6, 1944

Rhoda Lillian Sorensen, 1915-1921
OBITUARY – The angel of death has again invaded our community. This time he crossed the threshold of Rev. N. P. Sorensen and family, claimed their little daughter, Rhoda Lillian. This lovely little girl was born in Cushing, Nebraska, July 23, 1915, and passed away at the home of her parents in Wolbach, Sunday morning, June 26, 1921. She was baptized in the Danish Lutheran church the same year she was born. Funeral services were held in the home Monday at 2:00 p.m.; led by Rev. R. A. White, and at North Logan church, five miles southwest of Wolbach, at 3:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. C. Petersen of Dannebrog, Nebraska, assisted by Rev. W. W. Rust of Wolbach. The Juvenile class of the Trinity Lutheran church sang at the house and at the church. Miss Anna Bartunek and Miss Anna Wagner sang "My Father Knows," at the house. The pall bearers were Esther Sonderup, Marie Swensen, Bertha Weed and Anna Johnson. Agnes Madsen was flower girl. The burial was at North Logan cemetery. She leaves to mourn the loss two brothers and two sisters, besides her parents, Rev. N. P. Sorensen and wife. The stricken family have the profound sympathy of the entire community. CARD OF THANKS – In order to reach the whole circle of our friends and neighbors we use this paper to express to you all our gratitude and most sincere thanks for your much appreciated help and sympathy during the sickness of our children as well as at the bereavement of our little daughter, Rhoda. Thanks to the pastors especially for your understanding and comforting words. We also did appreciate so much the many and beautiful offerings of flowers that loving hands had picked for our darling’s funeral. May God bless you and continue to bless you all. Rev. and Mrs. N. P. Sorensen and children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 30, 1921

Rufus Sower, ca. 1862-1926
FORMER RESIDENT DIES – Rufus Sower, a brother of Chas. Sower and Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston of this place, died at his home near Belding, Michigan, on June 1, 1926, after a lingering illness. He was 64 years old. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Horn Sower, and eight children. Mr. Rufus Sower lived at Wolbach in the early nineties and was in business here. He moved to Michigan in 1894.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 24, 1926

Charles C. Sowers, 1859-1927
C. C. Sowers Dies From Stroke of Paralysis – Mr. Charles C. Sowers passed away last Monday forenoon after lying helpless for almost a week following a stroke of paralysis which he suffered on Tuesday evening of last week. This was the third stroke which Mr. Sowers had suffered in the past few years. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church. The Woodman lodge, of which the deceased was a member, had charge of the arrangements. Mr. Sowers was one of the early settlers in this vicinity, having come here forty-seven years ago. OBITUARY – Charles C. Sower (sic) was born in Morrow County, Ohio, September 26, 1859, and died in Wolbach, Nebraska, August 29, 1927, aged 67 years, 11 months and 3 days. He lived for a time in Ohio, and then in Indiana, whence he came to Nebraska forty seven years ago, since which time he has lived continuously in Wolbach or vicinity. He settled first in Howard county, moving to Greeley county later. He was married in Greeley county in 1864 to Miss Jessie Horn, to whom were born eight children, six of whom, with their mother, survive, namely, Mrs. Lillian Lyions, Central City, Nebraska, Mrs. Nora Jones, Stanford, Montana, Mrs. Edna Martin, Wolbach, Mrs. Myrtle Nelson, Wolbach, Mrs. Bernetta Hollenbeck, Central City, Nebraska, and Miss Leatha Sower, Wolbach. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters, Levi Sower, Faribault, Minnesota, Mrs. Mary Epenbaugh, Waterville, Minnesota, and Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston, Wolbach; also by sixteen grandchildren. Mr. Sower (sic Sowers) first united with the Lutheran church, and later transferred his membership to the Methodist church in Wolbach, many years ago (prior to 1905), and continued his membership to the end. CARD OF THANKS – We take this means of expressing our deep appreciation to our many neighbors and friends for their kindness and help during the illness and following the death of our beloved husband and father, the late C. C. Sowers. We feel particularly grateful to the members of the Woodman and Rebekah lodges and for the beautiful floral gifts. Mrs. C. C. Sowers and children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 1, 1927

Michel Edward Spafford, 1877-1926
EDWARD SPAFFORD DIES AT GENEVA – Edward Spafford, who lived in Wolbach several years ago and was employed in the meat market here, died Wednesday of last week at his home at Geneva, Nebraska, where he has resided since leaving Wolbach. OBITUARY – Michel Edward Spafford was born May 3, 1877, near Conesville, in Louisa County, Iowa, and died at his home in Geneva, Nebraska, July 14, 1926, at the age of 49 years, 2 months and 16 days, after an illness of several weeks. He learned his butcher trade at the age of 13 years at Columbus Junction, Iowa, and worked at that trade until 1898 when he enlisted in the 5th regiment of the Illinois volunteer infantry and served till the end of the Spanish American war which closed in 1899. He was honorably discharged. He came to Geneva in 1916 from Wolbach and was employed by Mark Alexander. He was married May 20, 1918 to Miss Margaret M. Wagner at York, Nebraska. In 1919 he opened his own grocery and meat market at Geneva, which he operated until his death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, his aged mother, and cousin and a host of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 22, 1926

Blanch E. (Ferguson) Spear, 1891-1918 [very poor copy]
Mrs. W. D. Speer – Blanch E. Ferguson was born at Desmet, South Dakota, December 15th, 1891. [unclear] She lived at Desmet, Osceola and Madison, S. D., graduating from High School at the latter place. She was married at Aberdeen, South Dakota, February 22nd, 1915, to Ward D. Spear, of Butte, Montana. They made their home at Butte until March 1917, when they moved to Wolbach, Nebraska, at which place Mrs. Spear died Thursday, at 4:30 p.m., December 19th, 1918, of bronchial pneumonia following the flu. She leaves to mourn her loss, her devoted husband and little son Dale, her mother, one brother, Mr. Geo. Ferguson of Sioux City, Iowa, and many friends. She possessed the faith of a true Christian and was a member of the Wolbach M. E. church. Her personality was most pleasing and those who knew her best realized she was a woman of unusual intelligence and judgment. Her greatest joy was in her home, which has lost a true wife and mother. Wolbach gained much when Mr. and Mrs. Spear moved here and their influence for good in every way, has been great. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the dear ones she has left behind, for all share in their loss. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank the many friends and neighbors [several words illegible] during the sickness, death and burial of our beloved wife, daughter and sister. W. D. Spear, Mrs. M. E. Ferguson, George E. Ferguson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 26, 1918

Carrie Myrtle (Morgan) Speer, 1892-1915
Mrs. Fred Speer Passes Away – Mrs. Speer, wife of Fred Speer departed this life, Monday, September 20th. The news, while bringing a shock to the community was not surprising, as she had been the victim of a long spell of sickness. During this time her husband showed true manly devotion and the neighbors were very helpful. Funeral services in charge of Rev. Kilbourn assisted by Rev. White, were held in the Lutheran church, Wednesday, at 2 p.m. after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hillside cemetery. The husband and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. Obituary next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 23, 1915

Obituary – Carrie Myrtle Morgan was born at Loomis, Nebraska, on September 9th, 1892. Died at Wolbach, Nebraska, September 20th, 1915. She was united in marriage with Edwin (sic) Speer and they went west and resided for a time but because of Mrs. Speer’s health they came further east and settled at Wolbach, where they have resided since March 17th 1914. She has been in failing health for some months, and during the rapid decline of the last 3 months has been a sweet and patient sufferer. The last time the writer called at the home she assured him that she was living in simple trust in that savior who ever watches over and guards the trusting heart. Rev. K. P. Kilbourn –Card of Thanks – We wish to thank the many friends and neighbors who so kindly helped us during the sickness and death of our beloved one. We also wish to thank them for their liberal floral offerings. Mr. Edward Speer, father, mother and sisters.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 30, 1915

Charles Henry Speer, 1900-1916
Obituary – Chas. Henry Speer was born August 16, 1900 and died December 4, 1916, at the home in Greeley County, about 13 miles north of Wolbach. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran church of Wolbach, Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. R. A. White. The burial was in the Hillside cemetery in Wolbach. This young man had been afflicted for quite awhile with dropsy and heart disease, so that his death was not unexpected, but yet brought a shock to the family when it did occur. He was known as a good boy and very kind to his mother, who very seriously feels the loss. The family and all relatives have the sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 7, 1916

Benjamin Spencer Squires, 1852-1923
Obituary – Benjamin Spencer Squires was born January 14, 1852, and passed away September 4, 1923 at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 21 days. He was born in Licken county, Ohio and his father, mother and sister died before him. He was united in marriage to Seronia Cook April 19, 1903 and leaves to mourn his death a wife, a daughter, several nieces and nephews and other relatives. Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 6, 1923 conducted by Rev. R. M. Fagan of the Methodist church and interment made in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 20, 1923

Mrs. John (Richtsmeyer) Stadler, ca. 1875-1926
MRS. JOHN STADLER DIES FOLLOWING OPERATION – From Grand Island Independent – Wolbach, Neb., Apr 30 – Mrs. John Stadler, aged 51, of near Wolbach, passed away at the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20. An acute dilation of the heart and shock, following an operation was given as immediate cause of death. She was taken to the hospital a week previous and on Thursday morning submitted to a major operation. With her at the time of death were her husband, a daughter, and her mother, Mrs. Richtsmeyer. The body was taken to Minden on Friday for burial, accompanied by the relatives, funeral services to be held there Saturday afternoon.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 6, 1926

J. A. Starett, ca.1857-1946
LAST RITES FOR J. A. STARETT – Former Wolbach Resident Dies In Fullerton Tuesday -- Funeral services were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian church in Fullerton for J. A. Starett of Fullerton, formerly of this community. Burial was in the Fullerton cemetery. Mr. Starett died Tuesday morning at his home after a short illness. He was 89 years of age at the time of his death. The Starett family is well known here, having lived on a farm east of Wolbach for more than 20 years before retiring and moving to Fullerton 9 years ago. Besides his wife, the deceased is survived by three daughters, one son, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs. Osma Mather of Rockport, Ill., Mrs. Earl Leach of Boise, Ida., and Mrs. Gladys Bailey of Indiana. His only son, Rex, is at home. Mr. and Mrs. Will Klein and Mrs. H.E. Galitz of Wolbach attended the last rites.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, June 20, 1946

Adeline (Kuber) Stark, 1842-1918
OBITUARY – Adeline Kuber was born in New York City, December 13, 1842 and after a brief illness of a complication of disease, lasting only ten days, she died on November 6th, 1918, at the home of her son George Stark, ten miles east of Wolbach in Nance County, Nebraska, age 75 years, 10 months and 24 days. She was born and grew to womanhood in New York City with her parents, two brothers, George and Jacob, and one sister, Elizabeth, all who have preceded her to the Great Beyond, except George who resides in New York City. She was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in New York City and at one time was a parishioner of Dr. Krotel, one of the leading ministers of that denomination. In 1862 she was united in marriage to C. G. Stark of New York City. To this union five children were born, three sons, George of Wolbach, Nebraska, E. I. and Theodore of New York City, and two daughters, Mrs. Adeline McKeiver of New York City and Elizabeth who died in infancy. With their family they lived in New York until death claimed the husband and father after which she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Adeline McKeiver until she came west in 1907 to make her home with her son George Stark of Wolbach. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. White, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach, were held at the home of her son George Stark, on Friday, November 8th, 1918, at 1:30 p.m. after which the remains were brought to Wolbach, and the next morning sent to New York City for interment. The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 14, 1918

Louise M. Stark, 1855-1914
Obituary – Mrs. Louise M. Stark was born in New York City February 5th, 1855. She died at her home in Nance county 11 miles east of Wolbach, April 22, 1914, aged 59 years, 2 months and 17 days. In her girlhood days she became a member of St. James Lutheran church in New York City and afterward of Dr. Krotell’s church in the same city. During all her life she remained loyal to the church of her first love. April 26, 1892 she was united in marriage to George Stark, a native of the same place. This couple had been acquainted with each other from childhood, tho marriage took place in Nebraska. To this union was born four daughters, Adeline Louise Schomberg, Harriett Marguritte Stark, Mildred Catharine Stark, Estelle Dorothy Stark, all of whom with her husband George Stark and Grandma Stark are left to mourn the loss. She came to Nebraska April 29, 1884 and lived in Stanton county until three years ago, when the family located in their present home in Nance county. She was a devoted wife, an affectionate mother, a kind neighbor and a sincere Christian. She was very much concerned for the spiritual welfare of her children. Her sudden death was a shock to the family and to whole community. The neighbors generally seemed to vie with one another in showing kindness and sympathy. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. A. White of Wolbach, at the home Friday morning Apr. 24, 1914, at 8 o’clock, were largely attended, after which the remains were taken to Fullerton, Nebraska, for burial. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." Card of Thanks – We wish to thank the many good friends who, by kind words and friendly ministrations, helped to lighten the sorrow that has come to my family and myself during the last week. Their services were sincerely appreciated. George Stark and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 30, 1914

Nellie Carrie (Peck) Barr Stark, 1865-1943
MRS. GEORGE STARK PASSED AWAY – Mrs. George Stark, a long time resident of Greeley county, and mother of Scott Barr and Mrs. Purl Bower, passed away at the farm home east of Wolbach at 8:15 Tuesday morning. Mrs. Stark had been seriously ill only a few days but had not been very well for some years. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon from the Methodist church. A full obituary will be published next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 18, 1943

Funeral Held for Mrs. George Stark – The funeral of Mrs. George Stark, well known Greeley county resident who died at her home east of Wolbach March 16, was held Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Methodist church with Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul officiating. Burial was in Hillside cemetery under direction of McIntyres. A six member choir composed of Christine Holm, Mabel Holm, Jessie Fox, Mabel Davis, R. P. Bissell and W. H. Bissell sang, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "Under His Wings," and "Asleep in Jesus." Zola Grossart accompanied on the piano. Pallbearers were Wayne Schomburg, Charles Barr, Everett McCray, Malvina Horst, Verden and Alvin Barr. OBITUARY – Nellie Carrie Peck was born Nov. 22, 1865 at Granature, Ill., and passed away at Wolbach, Neb., March 16, 1943 at the age of 77 years, three months and 20 days. In childhood she was baptized in the Presbyterian church and was always firm in her conviction of truth and duty. She moved to Elliott, Ia, in 1885 and was united in marriage to Chas. E. Barr. To this union six children were born. In 1902 they moved to a farm eight miles east of Wolbach, where Mr. Barr died on March 10, 1911. Mrs. Barr then made her home with her son, Scott Barr, until 1916 when she was united in marriage to George Stark, residing since then on the farm where she passed away. Though suffering greatly during her last illness her courage and endurance were constantly evident in the battle against disease. She served her own generation and now she has fallen asleep. She leaves to mourn her loss, the widower, George Stark, a sister, Ida Iggerick, Dixon, Ill., eight children, Albyn C. Barr, of Fullerton, George R. Barr, Sutherland, Ore.; Clarence J. Barr, Manawa, Wis.; Scott Barr, Wolbach, Lizzie E. Terry, Bell, Calif.; Lelia B. McNabb, Albion, Mont.; Russell Barr, Belgrade; Clara H. Bower, Wolbach, three step-children, Hattie M. McCray, Palmer; Nellie K. McCormick, Lincoln; and Estelle D. Schomburg, Cushing, 46 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 17 nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Scott Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barr and Beulah, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Barr and Charles, Darlene, Irene Caryl and Jimmy, Mr. and Mrs. Malvino Horst, Mrs. Lizzie Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Perl Bower, Mrs. L. Barnes, Mrs. Nellie McCormick, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schomburg and son, Lt. Wayne Schomburg, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cook, Mr. Don McNabb, Mrs. Marvin Gilson, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cook, Henry C. Schomberg, Mr. and Mrs. Al Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert McCray, Mr. and Mrs. Everett McCray, and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Berney. CARD OF THANKS – We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to our neighbors and friends and all who helped in any way for their kindness and sympathy during the illness and at the time of the death of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Especially do we thank Rev. Primrose and those who furnished the music, also for flowers and food sent. Your kindness will long be remembered. George Stark, The Children and Grandchildren.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 25, 1943

Charles Starrett, 1856-1934
Charles Starrett Funeral Rites – Wolbach business places were closed Saturday afternoon while residents and the community at large paid final tribute to Charles Starrett, highly respected citizen who suffered a sudden fatal heart attack Wednesday morning of last week. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Feldman, pastor, Charles Larson, a missionary, home on a vacation from China and a friend of the family also spoke briefly. Interment was made in Hillside Cemetery. The pall bearers were: F. B. Thompson, Wm. Messner, A. G. Perry, Gus R. Wagner, Wm. Borre and J. D. Wibbels. Relatives and friends attending from a distance included: Wm. Concancon of Laurel, Montana, Mrs. Ellen Schneider of Griswold, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Knowlton and three sons of Silvertown, Colo., Mrs. Ellen Starrett, Mr. James McClung and T. J. Howard of Greeley, Mr. and Mrs. John Jensen of Dannebrog, Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Allard and family of Spalding, Wm. Scott and Cal Scott, brothers of the first Mrs. Starrett and Bella Scott, sister, of Cedar Rapids. OBITUARY – Charles Starrett was born in Ireland, March 12, 1856 and died September 5, 1934, age 78 years, 5 months and 24 days. Mr. Starrett left his native country in 1883 and came directly to Nebraska where he took up a homestead near O’Connor in Greeley county. Living on this homestead the required length of time he sold it and purchased a farm 15 miles east of Wolbach. After a number of years he sold this farm and moved into town. Later he purchased the farm just east of town, where he resided for the past 30 years. September 10, 1888 he was united in marriage to Sarah Scott who preceded him in death in June, 1919. June 2, 1920 he was again united in married to Mrs. Rosa L. Knowlton. Mr. Starrett was a faithful member of the Wolbach Methodist church and was ever willing to do his very best for all the church activities. He served on the official church board for many years and was a member of the board of trustees at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure his devoted wife, three sisters, namely: Mrs. Ann Isabel Gillespie of Wolbach, Mrs. Ellen Schneider, Griswold, Iowa, Mrs. Maria Williamson, Lowell, Mich. One step-son, Lester Knowlton, Silvertown, Colo., and five grandchildren. One step-son, Arthur Knowlton, who was a veteran of the World War preceded him in death a few weeks ago at Los Angeles, California. Four brothers and one sister have also preceded him in death. "No time for a last farewell, No time for a shock of fear, Scarcely a moment’s halt on the shore With the guide and the boatman near – Dear, how surprised you were to go, With little to suffer, little to know, Only a moment of dark, A dream of the fleeting night, And then the beautiful break of day And the quiet peace of light; And he found himself where he long to stand In the repose of the Fatherland." The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the sorrowing family. Card of Thanks – We take this means of thanking our many friends for their sympathy and kindly help and floral offerings during our great sorrow by reason of the sudden death of our beloved husband and brother. Mrs. Charles Starrett, Mrs. Ellen Schneider, Mrs. Maria Williamson, Mrs. Ann Isabel Gillespie, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Knowlton and sons.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 13, 1934

Sarah J. (Scott) Starrett, 1858-1919
OBITUARY – Sarah J. Scott was born May 18th, 1858 in Tyrone County, Ireland, and came to America in August 1885. She was united in marriage to Chas. Starrett of Greeley County, September 7th, 1888, and moved to their home ten miles South East of Greeley Center, where Mrs. Starrett entered into those Pioneer days with great courage. She united with the Wesleyan Methodist church, in early life and remained a faithful Christian to the end. She was a loving wife, kind friend and good neighbor. To know her was to love her. They retired from the farm about fifteen years ago making their home in Wolbach, where she lived until June 24th, 1919 when she was called to her Heavenly home. "A precious one from us has gone A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled." She leaves to mourn her loss a loving husband, two brothers, Wm. and Calhoun Scott of Cedar Rapids, Neb., two sisters, Mrs. Watts of Chapman, Neb., and Miss Isabell Scott, who made her home with Mrs. Starrett, also a host of friends. Mrs. Starrett was a member of the Methodist Church at Wolbach. The funeral services were held at the church Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Services were conducted by Rev. Johnson. The remains were laid to rest in the Hillside cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 3, 1919

Wardie Benjamin Steele, 1885-1946
Last Rites Held For Ben Steele Here Wednesday – Funeral services were held on Friday at Phoenix, Arizona for Benjamin Steele. The body arrived overland at Grand Island Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were held here at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran church, Dr. C. B. Harman officiating. The choir sang "In the Garden," Duet "He Knows It All" by Mrs. David E. Bengtson and Mrs. Victor Grossart. Pallbearers were Garrett Wibbels, Lawrence Sutton, J. W. Cox, Fred Wagner, Charles Smith and Fred Klein. Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery. OBITUARY – Wardie Benjamin Steele, was born on July 1, 1885 at Norton, Kansas and passed away August 6, 1946 at the age of 61 years, 1 month and 5 days. His boyhood was spent in and around Norton, Kansas; on January 31, 1906 he was united in marriage to Zula Maud Francisco. They made their home in Kansas until the spring of 1902, when they moved to Colorado. They remained there until 1917, when owing to Mrs. Steele’s failing health they returned to Kansas. In the fall of 1921 they came to Nebraska where they resided until the death of Mrs. Steele. He then moved to Arizona, where he has lived since. In 1924 he was affiliated with the Church of God. He was a dutiful and affectionate father, patient in his affections, always thoughtful of others, and even up to the last seeking the good and comfort of his loved ones. He leaves to mourn his departure, three sons: Alson W. of Loveland, Colo., Loyld (sic) E. of Wolbach and Bruce W. of Phoenix, Arizona; one grandson, Wayne of Wolbach; one brother of Portland, Oregon and a great host of relatives and friends. "The God who fills immensity And make it joy to live, Though he may take All else away for love’s own sake Himself will give." CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank all of our kind neighbors and friends for their sympathy and kind deeds during our recent bereavement. We also wish to thank them for the beautiful flowers. Mr. and Mrs. Alison Steele, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Steele and Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Steele.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 15, 1946

Mrs. William (Bishop) Steele, 1873-1948
Mrs. William Steele Dies Suddenly Sept. 4 – Mrs. William Steele, 75, of Arnold, formerly of the Olive community of Wolbach passed away suddenly Saturday September 4 at her home. Surviving are her 10 children who all attended the last rites for their mother and one brother, Miles Bishop of Fullerton. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Arnold Tuesday September 7. Burial in the Arnold Cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 16, 1948

Zula Maud (Francisco) Steele, 1885-1906
Mrs. W. B. Steele Passes Away – Mrs. W. B. Steele died at her home northeast of Wolbach Tuesday forenoon at 11 o’clock after an extended illness. For many months Mrs. Steele had been an invalid. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Methodist church, according to present plans. Mr. and Mrs. Al. Francisco, parents of the deceased, and a brother, Mr. Bruce Francisco and wife of Naponee, Nebraska, and Mrs. Ed. Steele of Kensington, Kansas, arrived here Wednesday to attend the funeral. Mr. Steele’s father left California by bus two days before Mrs. Steele’s death and is expected to arrive most any time.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 9, 1927

Mrs. Benjamin Steele – Zula Maud Francisco was born January 13, 1885, near Kensington, Smith County, Kansas. She lived on a farm with her parents till her marriage to Benjamin Steele on January 31, 1906. They made their home in Kansas until the spring of 1909, when they moved to Colorado. They remained there until 1917, when owing to her failing health, they returned to Kansas. In the fall of 1921 they came to Nebraska, where they have since resided. Several years ago she sought the Lord and found Him precious to her soul. Though at times she grew discouraged, she was always true to the faith, and a few years ago renewed her consecration, since then living a consistent Christian life. She affiliated with the Church of God. She was a dutiful and affectionate wife and mother, patient in her affliction, always thoughtful of others, and even up to the last seeking the good and comfort of her loved ones. She leaves to mourn her departure, her aged father and mother, her husband, and three sons, Alson W., Lloyd E., and Bruce W.; also one brother, Bruce Francisco, Naponee, Nebraska; and three sisters, Mrs. John Rogers, of Keenesburg, Colorado, Mrs. Art Basford, of Sterling, Colorado, and Mrs. W. L. Williams, of McDonald Kansas, beside other relatives and friends. CARD OF THANKS – Words are inadequate to express our gratitude to our friends and relatives for their kindly ministration and sympathy in our bereavement by the death of our wife and mother. We would especially mention the music and beautiful floral offerings as well as the comforting words of Rev. Moore of Wolbach and Rev. Smith of Almena, Kansas. May God bless each of you. W. B. Steele and sons.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 16, 1927

Earl Joseph Steenson, 1913-1947
Last Rites for Earl Steenson Mon. In Rawlins, Wyo. – Funeral services for Earl Joseph Steenson, 33 year old World War II veteran, were held Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rawlins, Wyoming with Rev. Schellinger officiating. Rosary services for the young veteran were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McKelvey Funeral Home. Burial in the St. Joseph’s cemetery. The Rawlins VFW post members conducted graveside services. Pallbearers were: Roland Cleary, Edward Cleary, Frank Nealon, James Divis, Leo O’Neil and Lloyd Sintek. Earl Joseph Steenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Steenson was born at Brayton, Nebraska, on July 2, 1913 and passed away at the home of his parents at 620 State Street in Rawlins, Wyoming on Friday, March 28, 1947 about 12:20 noon after a lingering illness. He had been under medical care since his discharge from the army October 28, 1945. Earl graduated from high school at O’Connor, Nebraska. He moved to Rawlins with his parents in 1935. He was employed on the Seminoe dam project during the period of its construction and entered the army March 22, 1942. He served in Africa, Italy and Sicily before his discharge in 1945. Since then had been employed at the Sinclair refinery. He was a member of the Rawlins VFW post, the Eagles lodge, BPOE No. 609 and the Catholic Church. The young man is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Steenson, Rawlins, Wyoming and a brother, Edward also living in Rawlins. Those attending from out of town were: Jack Murphy and Earl Murphy, Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Condon, Mrs. George Horn and Virginia and Mrs. Lyle Oakley, Wolbach, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Art Steenson, Roger, Idaho; Joe Murphy, Greenriver, Wyoming; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Carlson, Mrs. Glen Myer and son, Robert, Mrs. Harold Strasdurg and Johnny Carlson all of Arnold, Nebraska; and Marvin Steenson of Greeley, Nebraska. The Steenson family are well known in this community having resided on a farm south of Brayton for a number of years before moving to Wyoming.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 3, 1947

James Steenson, ca. 1848-1926
JAMES STEENSON HAS FATAL STROKE OF PARALYSIS – James Steenson suffered a severe stroke of paralysis at his home in Greeley at 11 o’clock last Friday night. His left side was completely paralyzed and he remained unconscious, growing gradually weaker until 9:30 o’clock Sunday evening he passed away peacefully and quietly. He was prepared to go and had requested that he be laid to rest at O’Connor, where he had attended church for over thirty years. His wife and ten of his children were with him to the end. Mr. Steenson, who was 78 years of age, was born at Belfast, Armaugh County, Ireland. He immigrated to Jersey City, N. J. in 1865. On December 12, 1872, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Ferguson at Greenville, N. J. One daughter, seven years of age, died May 28th, 1882 and was buried at Jersey City. His wife and eleven children survive him. The children are Mrs. Mary Burt, John, Mrs. Sarah Carlson of Custer county, Patrick, James Jr., Mrs. Margaret Murphy of Fullerton, Arthur, Joseph, Emmett of Idaho, Andrew and Lawrence. He also leaves nineteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was employed thirteen years as a switchman in the yards at Jersey City. Mr. and Mrs. Steenson with their five eldest children came to O’Connor on the first of April 1885. The nearest railroad at that time was at St. Paul. Their first home in Nebraska was on the farm now owned by T. H. Dillon near O’Connor. Later they homesteaded a farm north east of Wolbach. Nine years ago they moved to their present home in Greeley. Mr. Steenson was widely known among the pioneer settlers of Greeley county and leaves many friends to mourn his departure. – Contributed – Mr.Steenson was well known at Wolbach and has sons and daughters living in this vicinity. The funeral was held yesterday morning at the Sacred Heart church at Greeley with Father Feoncy officiating. Interment was made at the O’Connor cemetery as was the wish of the deceased.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 29, 1926

Lena (Brandt) Steensen, 1894-1935
Mrs. Joe Steensen Answers Summons – After weeks of intense suffering, Mrs. Joe Steensen passed peacefully away at the family home just east of town about 8:30 Tuesday evening. The deceased underwent major surgery at the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island on last August 13th, following which her condition remained critical for several weeks and the family were given no encouragement from physicians for her recovery from the dreaded cancers which were slowly taking her life. Rallying with almost super-human endurance, however, she was again able to be busy with small tasks for her family in the home and enjoyed visits among friends and coming to town. For the past several weeks she has been confined to her bed and under the care of a trained nurse who with the aid of members of the family left nothing undone to make her last hours pleasant. Realizing her condition and expecting her summons at any moment Mrs. Steensen as was typical of her nature in health, thought first of her family and loved ones in every expression she uttered. She talked to her children of plans for their future years and made many arrangements concerning details following her death. She is survived by her husband and three children, namely: Delmar who has remained at home following his graduation from high school several years ago, Leatha, who teaches in a rural school district and Lawrence, local high school student. Her mother, Mrs. Minnie Brandt, four sisters, Mrs. Bertha Olsen and Mrs. Gus Schomburg of Grand Island, Mrs. Drew Jackson and Mrs. Roy Wilbur, three brothers, William, August and Louie Brandt all of this community, many other relatives and a host of friends. Her father died in 1922 and a brother Herman Brandt passed away at the hospital in Grand Island following an appendix operation three weeks ago. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Father Maron will be held in Wolbach St. Joseph’s Catholic church Friday morning at 9:30 with interment in Hillside cemetery. Obituary will be published next week. The profound sympathy of the community at large is extended to the bereaved family who mourn the untimely passing of a loved one.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 7, 1935

Funeral Rites Held for Mrs. Steensen – Largely attended funeral services were held in St. Joseph’s Catholic church Friday morning at 9:30 o’clock for Mrs. Joe Steensen who passed away at her home Tuesday evening, March 5. Requiem High Mass was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Father Maron of Scotia. Music was rendered by Dr. Doyle, soloist, Mrs. Thomas Emery and Miss Kate Taylor of Greeley and Mrs. Geo. Brannen of Brayton. Interment was made in Hillside cemetery with Scott Barr, Emmett Wagner, Lawrence Silk, John Caudle, George Myers and Carl Coe as pall bearers. Those attending from a distance included Mr. and Mrs. Andres Carlson, Johnny Carlson and Mrs. Harold Strasburg of Arnold, Mrs. Bertha Olsen and daughter, Marcella, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Toll, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Steensen, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Will Calhoun of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Murphy and son Lawrence of Fullerton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Douthit Sr., Mrs. Norton Douthit of Greeley and Mrs. Ann Lewis of St. Paul. OBITUARY – Lena Brandt was born near Milford in Seward County, Nebraska, January 11, 1894 and died March 5, 1935 at the age of 41 years, 1 month and 22 days. While still very young she moved with her parents to a farm near Cedar Rapids and when the deceased was about three years of age, the family moved to the vicinity of Wolbach in which community she resided until her death. On March 31, 1913 she was united in marriage to Joe Steensen to which union four children were born. Her first born son dying in infancy, April 29, 1914. She was a Past Oracle of the Royal Neighbor Lodge. Surviving to mourn the untimely passing of a loving, faithful wife and a devoted mother are her husband and three children, Delmar, Leatha and Lawrence. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Minnie Brandt of Wolbach, four sisters, Mrs. Drew Jackson and Mrs. Roy Wilbur of this community, Mrs. Bertha Olsen and Mrs. Gus Schomburg of Grand Island; three brothers, William, living east of town, August and Louie living with the mother, and many other relatives. Her father, August Brandt and a brother, Herman preceded her in death. "Gentle hands that never wearied Toiling in love’s vineyard sweet, Eyes that seemed forever cheery When our eyes they chanced to meet, Tender, patient, brave, devoted, this was always our beloved one’s way, Could her worth in gold be quoted As we think of her today. Vain are all our tributes to her If alone in words they dwell, We must live the praises due her There is no other way to tell Gentle mother that we love her Would you say, as we recall All the patient service of her, You’ve been worthy of it all." Card of Thanks – We desire every neighbor and friend who administered to our loved one during her final illness and who aided and comforted us with their help and expressions of sympathy following her death, to know that we are grateful for all the kindness shown. Joe Steensen and children, Mrs. Minnie Brandt and children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 14, 1935

Thomas Albert Bruno Stellman, 1909-1936
Former Resident Is Pneumonia Victim – The following account of the funeral and the obituary of Thomas Stellman is taken from the Nance County Journal. The deceased lived with his family in this community for eight years and will be remembered by many of our readers. Thomas Albert Bruno Stellman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stellman, Sr., was born July 14, 1909 in Custer county near Gothenburg and died at the St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, December 23, 1936, at the age of 27 years, 5 months and 9 days. Death followed a month’s illness with pneumonia and other complications which developed after a tonsil operation. When he was six months old, his parents moved to a farm near Columbus in Colfax county. At the age of eleven he moved with his parents to a farm near Wolbach. In 1927 his parents moved to a farm near Fullerton. He was baptized August 8, 1909 and became a member of the Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach, April 1, 1923. For the past ten years he had been employed as a truck driver by his uncle, B. W. Luschei, with whom he worked four years; and the Hunt Line for six years. He was not married and made his home with his parents and his uncle, B. W. Luschei. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Stellman, Sr., five brothers, Louis of Superior and Albert, Vernon, Robert and Richard at home; three sisters, Elizabeth and Berniece at home and Mrs. Joe Pachunka Jr. of Fairfield, California and one nephew. He leaves to mourn his loss a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Presbyterian church in Fullerton, preceded by short services at 12:30 at the home. Rev. R. Moehring of Grand Island, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran church, officiated. Interment was made in the family lot at Columbus.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 21, 1937

Anton Stepanoski Stepp, 1845-1928
Anton Stepp Dies At Age Of 83 – Anton Stepp died at the home of his son Joseph, here last Saturday, March 3, at the age of 83 years and 17 days, after three weeks’ serious illness from abdominal paralysis. Mr. Stepp did not suffer pain during his illness but was unable to take nourishment. The funeral services were held at the Catholic church at St. Paul Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. John Gleeson. Requiem and high mass was said. The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at St. Paul in the same lot in which his wife lies buried. The four sons and one daughter of the deceased were all present at the funeral. Besides a large number of other relatives and friends, including many from Wolbach. Anton Stepanoski was born in Poland, February 14, 1845, and came to America in 1866, being 21 years of age at the time. He was a shoemaker by trade and spent the first three years at New York City. His wife, who had remained in the old country then came over and they moved to Howard county, Nebraska in 1869, settling in the vicinity of where St. Paul now stands. His first wife passed away and he was married in 1885 to Kathrine Petroski of Howard county. To this union were born four sons, Joseph, who now lives at Wolbach, Charles of St. Paul, John of Papillion, and Peter of Bloomfield. By his first wife two children were born, Adam, who lost his life in the Philippines, and a daughter, now Mrs. Fred Odendahl of Loup City. Mr. Stepanoski was a miller at St. Paul for many years. In 1911, he came to Wolbach and has lived at the home of his son Joseph since that time. In the meantime the family name, first unofficially and later officially, was changed to Stepp. Although for several years Mr. Stepp has not been very active, he always had a friendly greeting and smile for his acquaintances, and won a place in the hearts of the community, and it is with a feeling of great respect and regard that they will remember this sturdy pioneer who aided in the early settlement and development of central Nebraska. CARD OF THANKS – We take this means of thanking all our friends and neighbors for their help and kind words during the illness and at the time of the death of our aged father. We greatly appreciate the beautiful floral gifts, and wish to thank the choir and Rev. Gleeson for the comforting funeral services conducted. THE STEPP CHILDREN.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 8, 1928

Joseph Stepp, 1886-1936
Prominent Business Man Buried Monday – Wolbach business people showed their esteem with a large floral wreath and closed their doors Monday morning to pay final tribute to one of their members, Joseph Stepp, who passed away at the family home here early Friday morning, from anemia. Coming to Wolbach in May, 1911, Mr. Stepp purchased the meat market of G. W. Riley and Co. His success was rapid and he became widely known as a prominent member of his profession. Illness beginning nearly three years ago necessitated an operation from which he never fully recovered and although determined to return to his business, he gradually grew worse in spite of excellent medical treatment. Being forced to his bed several months ago, it became evident that recovery was hopeless. He gradually grew weaker and the end came peacefully. The largely attended funeral services were conducted by Father Muldoon of Scotia and held in the St. Joseph Catholic church of Wolbach. Burial was made in the cemetery at St. Paul, Nebraska, with Geo. Meredith, A. J. Larsen, F. E. McCormick, C. M. Anderson, H. M. Hansen and E. H. Davis as pallbearers. Among the out-of-town people attending the services were: Mr. and Frank Konkolewski and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Konkolewski of Ord, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Stepp of Bloomfield, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kamisnski of Elba, August Knothe of Superior, Stanley Knothe of St. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dunn of Wood River, Mrs. Alfred Wills of Elba and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harris of Greeley. OBITUARY – Joseph Stepp was born July 2, 1886 at St. Paul, Nebraska and passed away December 11, 1936 at the age of 50 years, 6 months and 9 days. He obtained his education in the St. Paul schools and was married to Pauline Konkolewski at Elba, Nebraska, June 8, 1909. He started in the butchering business when a small boy and after his marriage moved to Wolbach purchasing the shop of G. W. Riley & Co., which he continued until his death. To this union were born four sons and one daughter, Max of Ord, Clayton of Douglas, Wyoming; LeRoy; and twins, Donald and Mrs. Donnie (Earl) Madison of Wolbach. He also leaves three brothers and one half sister, Charles of Marshalltown, Iowa; John of Papillion; Peter of Bloomfield; and Mrs. Fred Odendahl of Loup City.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 17, 1936

Ed. Sternberg, 1856-1924
Obituary- Funeral services were held for Mr. Ed. Sternberg, were held from the Lutheran church on Monday afternoon, Rev. A. R. Sander officiating. The mortal remains were shipped to Lexington Tuesday morning, where they will lie next to those who have entered eternity before him. Following is a short history of the deceased. Mr. Sternberg was born in Germany, August 6, 1856. In his infancy he was baptized in the Lutheran church and later also confirmed in this faith. In the year 1856 he left Europe, and came to Nebraska, spending the greater part of his later life in different localities of this state. In the year 1889 he was united in holy matrimony to Miss Bertha Manke. During the last few days of his life, he became afflicted with cancer, causing him untold suffering and discomfort. All medical skill possible was applied, but nothing was powerful enough to combat this horrible ailment. Finally, after a week of especially intense suffering, he died at six o'clock on the morning of August 3. He leaves to mourn his departure: his wife, his four sons and two daughters. Two sons and three daughters having previously been called to their eternal reward. May the Lord comfort the wounded hearts, and my this death cause us all to number OUR days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
The Scotia Register
, Scotia, Nebraska, Volume XXX, Thursday, October 16, 1924, pg. 1, column 2

Albert Ray Stickley, 1880-1945
Funeral Services For Ray Stickley – Albert Ray Stickley, a resident of the Rock Creek vicinity for many years, died at the family home Thursday of last week. He had been in ill health for some time. Last rites were conducted Saturday morning at the home. Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul was in charge of the services. Burial was at Vista, Neb. Pallbearers were William Allen, Dr. A. H. Holm, Archie Nelson, Ed McKelvie, Scott Barr and Edward Allen. Albert Ray Stickley was born at Ottawa, Ill., August 7, 1880, the son of Edward and Rose Stickley. When he was an infant his parents moved to Nebraska, making their home at Columbus, Schuyler and Fullerton before moving to Howard county in 1900. He was married February 19, 1919, at Central City. Surviving are his wife, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Wilson of Wolbach and Mrs. Mabel Soule of Cheyenne.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, May 31, 1945

Edward Morgan Stickley, 1850-1938
Edward M. Stickley Laid to Final Rest – Passed Away at Home of Son Near Cushing Friday; Came to Nebraska in 1882 – Final rites were conducted from the home of his son Ray Stickley near Cushing Sunday afternoon at 2:30 for Edward M. Stickley, 87, who passed away Friday, June 3. Rev. G. M. Bing, pastor of the Methodist church conducted the services. Burial was in the Wolbach Cemetery. Two beautiful duets were sung by the Misses Betty Bissell and Claudia Wilson, accompanied by Mrs. H. C. Adams. Pallbearers were: A. C. Hunkins, Clark Sherman, Tony Fredricksen, Charles Cook, Elden Bucy and Forrest Butler all of Cushing. Edward Morgan Stickley was born at Ottawa, Ill., August 19, 1850 and passed away at the home of his son Ray, June 3, 1938, at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 14 days. He was united in marriage to Roseltha Dickenson, November 12, 1879, at Ottawa, Ill. To this union were born three children, Ray Stickley, who lives on the home farm near Cushing, Mrs. Robert Wilson of Wolbach, and Mrs. Mabel Lucht of Cheyenne, Wyo. With his wife and small son he came to Nebraska in 1882, and settled at Columbus. Later, in 1900, he came to Cushing and located on the farm at which he passed away. In 1934 Mr. and Mrs. Stickley moved to Wolbach, and 11 days later Mrs. Stickley was called to her reward, September 26 of that year. Since that time has made his home with his two children, his son, Ray and daughter, Mrs. Wilson. He is survived by his three children, two grandsons, Floyd and Marvin Lucht and one great-grandson. The communities of Cushing and Wolbach join the Messenger in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 9, 1938

Mary Roseltha (Dickenson) Stickley, 1860-1934
Mrs. E. M. Stickley Laid To Rest – Largely attended funeral services were held in Wolbach Methodist Church Saturday afternoon for Mrs. E. M. Stickley, conducted by Rev. H. A. Feldman pastor of the church. Interment was made in Rock Creek cemetery near the Stickley farm home where the deceased had resided for the past 34 years. The pall bearers, all friends and neighbors of the family from Cushing and vicinity were Charles Cook, Clark Sherman, Tony Fredrickson, A. C. Hunkins, Forest Butler and Eldon Bucy. Mrs. Stickley was a kind and loving wife and mother and her life was lived in devoted service to her home and family. OBITUARY – Mary Roseltha Dickenson was born at Dixon, Iowa, July 4, 1860. She was united in marriage to Edward Morgan Stickley, November 12, 1879 at Ottowa, Ill. In 1881 they came to Nebraska locating at Columbus, Nebraska. In 1900 they moved on their farm northeast of Cushing where they resided until two weeks ago when they moved to Wolbach, where she passed away Wednesday, September 26. She leaves to mourn her departure besides her husband: three children, Ray Stickley residing on the home farm; Mrs. Sylvia Wilson of Wolbach; Mrs. Mabel Lucht of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming; two grandsons, Floyd and Marvin Lucht; two sisters and two brothers. Relatives and friends attending the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. Jonas Lucht, sons Floyd and Marvin of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Clark and the Misses Frieda and Evelyn Sheldon all of Columbus; Mrs. Maude Sheldon of Dickenson and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Larson of Genoa. The heartfelt sympathy of many friends is extended to the sorrowing family. Card of Thanks – Friends and neighbors were very thoughtful and kind during the illness and following the death of our loved one. To all of them we wish to express sincere appreciation. Especially do we thank Rev. Feldman, and for all the beautiful floral tributes are we extremely grateful. Mr. E. M. Stickley, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stickley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Lucht, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Lucht, Marvin Lucht.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 4, 1934

Andrew Stoffel, 1913-1946
ANDY STOFFEL DEAD – Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoffel received word Saturday night of the sudden death of their son, Andrew Stoffel, 32, of Casper, Wyo. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, the former Dorothy Shields, and four children: two sisters, Freda Hansen and Velda Greek, and three brothers, Gustav, Howard and Reynard. Funeral services were held in Casper Wednesday morning. The body will arrive in Grand Island this morning and last rites will be conducted at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon at the Wolbach Trinity Lutheran church, with Rev. C. B. Harman officiating. Burial will be in Hillside cemetery.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 11, 1946

Obituary – Andrew Stoffel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoffel, was born at Wolbach, July 9, 1913, and died April 6, 1946 at Casper, Wyo. He grew to manhood on the family farm in Nance county, where he was engaged in farming. On June 24, 1933, he was united in marriage to Miss Dorothy Shields at Grand Island. To this union were born four children, Bonnie, Nina, Joe and Joyce. The family moved to Casper in 1943, where he was employed. Surviving are his wife and children; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoffel; two sisters and three brothers. Last rites were held at the Lutheran church in Wolbach Thursday afternoon, with Rev. C. B. Harman of Grand Island officiating. Pallbearers were David E. Bengtson, Alvin Barr, Leon Berney, Jess Elliott, Alfred Berney, and Elden Plumtree. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery. Among those from out-of-town attending the funeral services were Mrs. Andrew Stoffel and family, Mrs. Freda Hansen of Casper, Tom Shields and daughter, Peggy, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Shields, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Richards of Central City.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 18, 1946

Mrs. John C. Stokes, ca.1853-1938
Mrs. John C. Stokes Succumbs Tuesday – This community was grieved to learn of the death of the mother of one of our progressive businessmen Tuesday night. The death of Mrs. John C. Stokes, 85, after an illness of a few weeks occurred at Auburn, Nebraska, January 11. Dort Stokes and his brother, Homer Stokes of Palmer, sole survivors, were called to Auburn Tuesday. Services will be held at that place Thursday afternoon, January 13. The sympathy of the community is extended Mr. Stokes in his bereavement.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 6, 1938

Arthur H. Stott, 1871-1930
A. H. Stott Passed On Sunday Evening – Arthur H. Stott died at his home 10 miles south east of Wolbach last Sunday at about 9 p.m. after several weeks of serious illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Methodist church at Fullerton, conducted by Rev. Carmen, and burial was made in the Fullerton cemetery. An exceedingly large crowd attended the funeral. Mr. Stott was 58 years, 6 months and 14 days old at the time of his death. Born at Haysville, Ohio, August 17, 1871, as a small child he moved with his parents to Chase City, Va., where he grew to young manhood. At the age of sixteen, he and his people moved to Lebanon, Mo., and eight years later he came to Fullerton, Nebraska. He has lived in this section of Nebraska for thirty-four years. He was married March 12, 1900 to Miss Naomi Graves of Fullerton. Three sons and three daughters were born to this union. One son died in infancy. Mr. Stott is survived by his wife; two sons, Ray of Palmer, Floyd of Wolbach; three daughters, Hazel, Alene and Nellrene, all at home; four sisters, Mrs. A. S. McBride of White Pigeon, Mich., Mrs. Elizabeth Bodenhamer of Hagerman, Ida., Mrs. Connie Ivey of Rocky Ford, Colo., Mrs. Frank Ivey of Palmer, Nebr.; two brothers, James A. of Wolbach, and Joseph D. of Arnold, Nebr.; and many other relatives. His parents, one sister, one brother and a son preceded him in death. Mr. Stott was a loving, indulgent father and husband, an honest, upright neighbor, held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 3, 1930

Jeane (Hensley) Stratton, 1870-1946
Mrs. Frank L. Stratton Succumbs in Denver – Mrs. Wm. Borre departed Wednesday night for Denver, Colo., being called there by the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. Frank L. Stratton, who passed away Thursday morning at 5 o’clock. Mrs. Borre reached there at 7:00 o’clock. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. Because of the snow storm, burial was held later. Wm. Borre left Friday night to attend the funeral, returning Sunday evening.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 14, 1946

Park L. Stubblefield 1868-1927
PARK L. STUBBLEFIELD PASSES AWAY SUDDENLY The many friends and neighbors of Park L. Stubblefield were deeply grieved to hear of his sudden death last Friday morning, the cause of which was given as heart failure. Mr. Stubblefield had attended the county fair at Greeley the day before his death and was feeling as well as usual until evening. The doctor was called a couple of times during the night and death came at about eight-thirty in the morning. Park L. Stubblefield was born at Carrol, Iowa, August 12, 1868, and passed from this life at his home last Friday morning at the age of 59 years and 27 days. He was married to Mrs. Jennie Cummings, July 16th, 1903 and to them was born one daughter, Ruth. Mr. Stubblefield leaves beside his wife and daughter Ruth, his step-son Elton, who meant as much to him as his own boy, to survive him, three brothers: Elias, of Cando, N. D., Richard of Molta, Mont., and Elmer who also lives somewhere in Montana. Mr. Stubblefield was a devoted member of The Methodist Episcopal Church and at the time of his death held the position as a steward. He was a firm believer in the home, the church and the school. The interests of his home were always on his heart and it held an exalted place in his life. His home was a sacred shrine of devotion, of trust and confidence, although it was but a humble one yet he saw that peace and fellowship and harmony prevailed there. The church held a very important place in his life, and he was always willing to sacrifice his time and pleasure for its upbuilding. He was so interested in the building of the new church and it was but a few weeks past that he and a few of his friends came to the Parsonage and asked if his Pastor would show him through the building and explain the different rooms so that he could visualize more plainly what the structure would be like. The last thing he did was to purchase a Memorial window on the west end of the main auditorium in memory of his wife's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hamilton, who toiled so faithfully for the church in the early days. I think the inscription on that window should also be in the memory of this man of God whose spirit and life reflected the teachings of his Christ. Mr. Stubblefield was a great believer in the public schools and was a member of the school board for many years in his district. Brother Stubblefield was a Mason whom his brethern will miss from their ranks. It was his request that the great order of which he was a member would have charge of the services at his grave. And by the grace of God and the help of his Masonic brothers his wish was fulfilled. He and his wife waited to join the Eastern Star until their daughter Ruth could go in with them and they as a united family assumed the sacred obligations of the Eastern Star. We bid him farewell, and pray that in God's good time we shall meet again on that glorious shore where there is no more pain or sorrow and where God shall wipe away all tears. Friends we turn from the grave, not as those who have no hope, but believing in the Eternal promises of Christ who said, “In my Father's house there are many mansions and I go to prepare a place for you”... “where I am there ye shall be also.” We are richer today in spirit and soul for having known Mr. Stubblefield. Let us go forth with a greater determination to live our lives so that by the grace of God we may follow this, our brother. Interment was made at The Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia, September 12th, Rev. G. A. Randall in charge.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, September 15, 1927, pg. 1, column 1

George Studley, 1853-1915
DEATH OF AN OLD SETTLER – George Studley, almost sixty-two years of age, and a long time resident of this vicinity passed away at his home in Wolbach on Tuesday, April 13, 1915. He was born in Liverpool, England, April 23rd, 1853, from which place he moved in his early life to Roberts, Ill., where he grew into manhood and at the age of 23 years he married Miss Sarah Barbee (sic). To this union there was born 13 children, nine boys and four girls, all whom are living at this time except one girl and one boy. He came to Wolbach in 1894, 21 years ago and has resided here since that time. During his many years of residence here he made many friends, and was well known and well liked by all who knew him. He leaves his wife, eight boys and three girls. Services were held at the M. E. church and the body interred at the Wolbach cemetery Thursday, April 15th, 1915.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 22, 1915

Irene (Jeffries) Studley, 1894-1928
Mrs. Ora Studley Laid To Rest – Mrs. Ora Studley passed away at her home nine miles north of Wolbach, Tuesday, September 11, after an illness extending over two years. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. R. A. White and Rev. Norden of St. Paul at the M. E. Church in Wolbach at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and was attended by a large number of friends. The burial was made in Hillside Cemetery. Mrs. Studley had been confined in the hospital at Grand Island for several weeks until last week when she was brought home. Irene Jeffries Studley was born at Horace, Nebraska, April 16, 1894 and was 34 years, 4 months and 25 days old at the time of her death. After her birth, she lived at Horace 8 years, North Loup 4 years and afterward lived in the Ben Studley home. March 6, 1919 she was united in marriage to Ora Studley. She leaves to mourn the loss, her husband, 4 sisters, 5 brothers, her mother and a host of other relatives. Her father died 31 years ago. The surviving relatives have the profound sympathy of the community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 13, 1928

Sarah Nance (Barber) Studley, 1857-1918
Sarah Nance Barber was born in Joliet, Illinois, the 29th day of August 1857 died at her home at Wolbach, Nebraska, January 28, 1918 at the age of 60 years 4 months and 28 days. She was married to George Studley in the year of 1887, to this union were born 13 children, nine boys and four girls. Her husband and two children have preceded her to the great beyond. She has lived in and near Wolbach for about 25 years, she was a good true and faithful wife and mother and always lived a Christian life and joined the Methodist church in Wolbach last October. She leaves to mourn her loss 11 children, 14 grandchildren, 2 sisters and five brothers besides a host of friends by whom she will be greatly missed. "Why do we mourn for dying friends, Or shake at death’s alarms? ‘Tis but the call that Jesus sends To call them to his arms." CARD OF THANKS – We, the children desire to express our sincere thanks to those who assisted us in our recent bereavement in the death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Sarah Studley.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 7, 1918

Joseph Sturek, ca.1871-1936
Joseph Sturek Found Dead – Joseph Sturek, 65 year old farmer, formerly of the South Branch community about 12 miles north east of Wolbach, was found dead Sunday afternoon a few miles from his farm home near Bartlett, apparently dying sometime Friday. Full details are lacking at this time but according to information given us, Mr. Sturek was in his usual good health and had driven to Bartlett from his farm where he lived with a daughter and her family. While talking to a young daughter who attends high school in Bartlett, he remarked that he was going to a smaller house in an adjoining precinct where he sometimes resided alone while engaged in his duties as assessor. When a few miles from this place, his truck became stalled in a mud hole and after some apparent effort Mr. Sturek started to a nearby farm house for assistance, but did not reach the place. The farmer suspected something was wrong when the truck remained stalled for so long a time, but due to the fact that Mr. Sturek was not missed for a time by his family and that his body was covered by snow which fell after his death, the discovery was not made until late Sunday afternoon. Death was due to a hemorrhage of the heart and according to the report of the doctor, Mr. Sturek had previously consulted him and had been warned by the doctor that any undue exertion or excitement might prove fatal. Besides a daughter, Mrs. Carl Coe, and a son, Joe Sturek, Jr., of this community, the deceased is survived by fourteen other children, all married except two sons and a daughter. Mrs. Sturek preceded her husband in death several years. Funeral services were held at nine o’clock Wednesday morning in the Catholic church at Cedar Rapids. Burial was made in the parish cemetery there.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 9, 1936

Ida (Bartz) Suck, ?? – 1926
Killed by Bull Mrs. Ida Bartz Suck, sister of the Bartz boys of this place, living on the home place a few miles northeast of the village, was attacked by a bull and sustained injuries which resulted in her death late last night.  Mrs. Suck had gone after the cows and when her brother Paul came in from the field and found she had not returned, he searched and found her lying in a bruised and broken state in the pasture. Dr. Hemphill was called but the injured woman passed away about ten o'clock being conscious until the last. - North Loup Loyalist

Mrs. Suck was buried in the Scotia cemetery last Saturday. Harry Miller had charge of the funeral.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, August 12, 1926, pg. 8, column 1

Johannah (Harrison) Sutton, 1852-1928
Mrs. Johannah Sutton Answers Last Call – Mrs. Johannah Harrison Sutton passed away at her home north east of Wolbach at 8:50 p.m. last Saturday, at the age of 76 years, 6 months, and 18 days. Pneumonia, with complications, was the cause of her death. The body was shipped Monday to Harvard, Nebraska, where the funeral was to be held Wednesday forenoon, the remains to be buried by the side of her husband, who died here a little more than three years ago. Their former home was at Harvard. Mrs. Sutton had been living here with her two sons, Thos. J. and Lawrence, and her daughter Mary, on the farm northeast of Wolbach. She is survived by eleven children all of whom were at Harvard to attend the funeral except Joseph of Bend, Oregon, and George who resides in California. The surviving children are: Thos. J., Lawrence, and Mary Sutton of Wolbach; Frank Sutton, Mrs. Tress Stett, and Mrs. Rena Bishoff of Harvard; Eva Sutton of Kenesaw; Mrs. Ceal Penner of Hastings; John Sutton of Scottsbluff; Joseph Sutton of Bend, Oregon; and George Sutton of California. The surviving relatives have the deep sympathy of their many friends in this community at this time of sorrow.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 8, 1928

Lee Sutton, 1900-1930
Lee Sutton’s Funeral Held Last Saturday – The funeral of Lee Sutton, who passed away on Wednesday, July 16 was held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist church in Wolbach and burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. There was a large attendance at the funeral. Rev. Hamilton preached the sermon following an earnest and eloquent prayer by Dr. R. A. White. A beautiful vocal duet "Whispering Hope" was rendered by Mrs. J. C. Wilson and Mrs. E. H. Davis. The pall bearers were Cecil Sample, Darold Bussell, Harold Nielson, Archie Kinney, Glen McIntyre and Gerald Perry. Out of town relatives who were here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Marrs of Redding, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sutton and children, Elmer, Floyd, Esther, Opal and Donna of Bonesteel, S. D., Mr. A. S. Hall of Armel, Colo.; Mr. Nate Hall and daughter, Irma of Sutherland, Nebraska. They all left for their respective homes Sunday. OBITUARY – Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tal C. Sutton, was born in Johnson county near Cook, Nebr., November 25, 1900, and departed this life July 16, 1930 at the age of 29 years, 7 months and 21 days. He moved with his parents to Wolbach when a boy four years old and lived here since that time. He attended school in Wolbach and graduated from the high school here. He has not been well since he was fourteen and for the last nine and one half years he has been confined to his wheel chair. During all the years of his affliction, he bore his suffering without any complaint. He had a smile and a word of good cheer for everyone. Lee became a member of the Methodist church in Wolbach in 1914. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father and mother, one sister, Vera and one brother Ralph; also many other relatives and a host of friends. "Soldier of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare’s past; The battle’s fought, the race is run and thou art crowned at last." Card of Thanks – So many were the tributes of sympathy and helpfulness paid to us on the occasion of our recent great bereavement in the death of our beloved son and brother, that we wish to present this expression of our thankfulness. We wish especially to thank our kind neighbors and friends, the Oddfellow lodge, the Rebekahs and the Royal Neighbors. We deeply appreciated the music rendered by the choir and especially the duet by Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Davis, and are grateful for the prayers and words of comfort spoken by the ministers. Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Sutton and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 24, 1930

Thomas J. Sutton, 1846-1925
Thomas S. (sic) Sutton Obituary – After many months of patient suffering, Thomas J. Sutton passed away at his home near Wolbach, Nebraska, early Friday morning April 3rd, 1925 at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 18 days. He was born near Zanesville, Ohio, May 15, 1846 and when only seven years old left his place of birth and came west with his parents to Harmon, Lee county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage on Dec. 26th, 1869 to Miss Johanna Harrison at Amboy, Illinois and to this union eleven children were born, all of whom survive him. In the year of 1885 he moved with his family to Harvard in Clay County, Nebraska in which vicinity he resided until 1913 when he moved to Wolbach, Nebraska and there resided till the date of his death. He was a faithful husband, a kind father and a good neighbor, winning many friends wherever he was known. He leaves to mourn his loss a faithful wife, six sons and five daughters: Joseph Sutton, Bend, Oregon; Thos. J. Sutton, Mary Sutton and Lawrence Sutton, Wolbach, Nebr.; John Sutton, Scotts Bluffs, Nebr.; George Sutton, Red Bluffs, Cal, Mrs. George Penner, Oak, Nebr., Frank Sutton, Mrs. Arthur Stett, Mrs. Frank Bishoff and Mrs. Eva Kaufman, Harvard, Nebr.; as well as five brothers and five sisters, James Sutton, Larchwood, Iowa, Joseph Sutton, Alva Sutton, George Sutton, Martha Sutton and Mrs. L. Stevensen, all of Hanson, Nebr., Johnnie Sutton, Mrs. James Folley, Mrs. Pete Fitzsimmons and Mrs. John Kelly all of Harmon, Illinois, and twenty-nine grand-children, many near relatives and a host of friends. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. William Sutton, Brock, Nebr.; Oliver Sutton, Harmon, Illinois, and Mrs. H. S. Siefken, Trumbull, Nebr. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o’clock, April 6th at the Catholic church, Harvard, Nebr., conducted by Father Ford of Lincoln, Nebr., and the remains were laid to rest in the Harvard cemetery. Card of Thanks – We desire to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to our many friends and neighbors for the assistance they rendered us at the time of the death and burial of our dear husband and father. The beautiful singing, lovely flowers and comforting words of consolation we feel deeply grateful for and thank you most sincerely. Mrs. Thomas Sutton, Sr., Thomas J. Sutton, Mary Sutton, Lawrence Sutton, Joseph Sutton, Johnnie Sutton and family, Frank Sutton and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bishoff and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Penner and family, Mrs. Eva Kaufman and children, George Sutton and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 16, 1925

Thomas J. Sutton, 1872-1944
Dies After A Long Illness – Thomas J. Sutton died in a Grand Island hospital last Wednesday after an illness of several months. He entered the hospital a week before his death. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at ten o’clock at St. Joseph’s church at Harvard. Mr. Sutton is survived by five sisters and three brothers. They are Mrs. Frank Bishoff and Mrs. Arthur Stett of Harvard, Mrs. Gus Einspahr of Heartwell, Mrs. George Penner of Irvington, Mary Sutton and Lawrence Sutton of Wolbach, Frank Sutton of Harvard, George Sutton of Red Bluffs, Calif.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, March 16, 1944

Obituary – Thomas J. Sutton, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sutton, Sr., was born November 17, 1872, at Harmon, Lee County, Ill., and died March 8, 1944, in a Grand Island hospital at the age of 71 years. He came to Nebraska with his parents in 1885, locating near Brock, in Nemaha county, where he remained until 1888, when he settled on a farm southwest of Harvard. Here he grew to manhood. On March 12, 1913 he moved to Wolbach, where he made his home until his death. Surviving are three brothers, Lawrence of Wolbach, Frank of Harvard and George of Red Bluffs, Cal., five sisters, Mary of Wolbach, Mrs. Grace Einspahr of Heartwell, Mrs. Arthur Stot and Mrs. Frank Bishoff of Harvard and Mrs. George Penner of Irvington, Neb. Two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held March 11 at St. Joseph’s church at Harvard, with Father Sherry, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Harvard cemetery. Among those attending the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Gus Einspahr of Heartwell, Mrs. Goldie Carroll and Mrs. Leliah Bower of Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. James Kennedy of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Penner, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Penner, Evelyn Penner of Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stevenson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hoppers and family, Mary and Lawrence Sutton of Wolbach.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, March 30, 1944

Vera Sutton, 1897-1946
A Former Wolbach Resident Is Dead – Miss Vera Sutton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tal C. Sutton, Monroe, former resident of Wolbach, and an employee of St. Francis hospital in Grand Island, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon of last week. She had been registered for employment at the hospital and was to begin her duties Wednesday morning. When she failed to appear for work, inquiry was made at her residence, where she was found unconscious and was immediately taken to the hospital. Death was attributed to a circulatory ailment. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Methodist church with the Rev. W. A. Hubbard officiating. Burial was in the Wolbach cemetery. Miss Sutton was born at Cook Sept. 11, 1897, and in 1905 moved with her parents to Wolbach, near where they made their home on a farm. In 1931 the family moved to Clarks and in 1934, to Monroe. She made her home with her parents until five years ago when she came to Grand Island and was an employee of the Soldiers home. Surviving are her parents, and a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sutton, Grand Island. A brother, Lee Sutton, preceded her in death. Relatives attending the funeral services from Wolbach were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Perry, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Glenn and Mrs. A. E. Bellairs.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, March 14, 1946

Cora E. (Taylor) Swain, 1867-1943
Mrs. Swain Is Dead After Long Illness – Mrs. Cora E. Swain, 77, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Neils Christensen, in Wolbach after a long illness. She had been bedfast for the last 2 ½ years and was critically ill for the last several weeks. Last rites were held Saturday at the Dannebrog Baptist church. The pallbearers were L. M. Petersen, Lee Martin, Chris Neilsen, P. C. Petersen, Glenn Jackson and A. W. Baxter. Among the relatives attending the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Niels Christensen and family, Mrs. Cyrus Greek, Mr. and Mrs. Dell Frymire, Mrs. M. Christensen, Emma Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. Dell Frymire, all of Wolbach, Bud Swain of Elsie, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Fries of Grant, Guy and Rodney Fries of Benkleman, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Swain and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Smith, all of North Platte, and Orlaw Tschudin of Cedar Rapids. Cora E. Swain, daughter of Johnathan and Lavina Taylor, was born in Painesville, O., December 15, 1867. At the age of 15 they moved to near Dannebrog, where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Charles B. Swain January 25, 1885 and lived in this neighborhood until they moved to Dannebrog. Mr. Swain passed away August 2, 1926. Surviving are two children, Earl E. Swain of North Platte and Mrs. Neils Christensen of Wolbach. One daughter, Mrs. Magnus Fries, died in 1935. Also surviving are three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, August 5, 1943

Albert Edward Swanson, 1869-1945
Funeral Services For A. E. Swanson – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Presbyterian church in Fullerton for Albert E. Swanson, 76. Burial was in the Fullerton cemetery at the side of his wife. Mr. Swanson died in a Grand Island hospital Thursday. He underwent surgery a few hours before his death. Mrs. A. J. Larsen of Wolbach is a daughter of Mr. Swanson.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 5, 1945

Obituary – Albert Edward Swanson, 76, son of Swen Peter and Ellen Swanson, pioneer settlers of Nance county, was born in Knox County, Ill., January 24, 1869 and died March 29, 1945 in a Grand Island hospital. When he was a small child he moved to Iowa with his parents, later coming to Nebraska with his brother, George in 1891, locating on a farm west of North Star. On January 1, 1896, he was married to Ella M. Kennedy. To this union were born the following children: Ruby Larsen of Wolbach, Berniece Olson of Petersburg, Ina Malander of Belgrade, Floyd, Navy warrant officer, now in the South Pacific, Gladys McNary of San Diego, Cal., Max, merchant marine, serving overseas, Capt. Wayne, with the army in India. In 1912 the family moved to Fullerton. Surviving are his children, ten grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Stella Erickson of Villisca, Ia., and Mrs. Esther Rumsey of Ainsworth; four brothers, Charles of Colorado Springs, Milton and Joe of Fullerton, and Ruben of Caldwell, Ida. He was preceded in death by his wife in November, 1924 and four brothers. Mr. Swanson was a member of the North Star Evangelical church and later joined the First Presbyterian church at Fullerton. Funeral rites were held at Fullerton with Rev. W. H. Garries of Hastings officiating. Rev. Theodore Arkens and Rev. F. C. Webber assisted. Burial was in the Fullerton cemetery.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, April 12, 1945

Anthony Swanson, 1913
Anthony Swanson Kill Self – A despondency, which is said to be the result of failing health and business reverses terminated in a tragedy last Thursday morning when Anthony Swanson hung himself in the barn at his home in the south west part of this city. Mr. Swanson has long been a resident of this community and his tragic death has cast a gloom over the hearts of all our citizens. It is rumored that he lost considerable money in business deal at Wolbach, where he has resided for something over a year, which with failing health which has prohibited his working for some time, so depressed him that for several weeks his relatives have been watching him, fearful that he was losing his mind. It is thought by many that the hasty deed was done during a temporary lapse of sanity. Several weeks ago Mr. Swanson closed out his business in Wolbach, and with his family moved back to this city, taking up his residence in property belong to his wife in the southwest part of the city. After having attended to the moving and knowing his family to be comfortably settled he went to Council Bluffs to seek medical advice in regard to his failing health. He took two weeks treatment in that city and then returned home believing he was on the road to recovery. Reports say that all has been about as usual since his return, with the exception of occasional spells of despondency, which were not really considered as serious by the members of his family. On Wednesday night of last week the night of the tragedy, he seemed to be more talkative than usual and there was no suspicion that he might do any harm to himself. Later in the evening he left the home, and according to those who saw him later, evidently went down town returning soon after to the west part of the city, spending some time walking about the various streets of that locality, last being seen on the corner south of Diers’ residence. Just what time he returned home is not known, but it is considered by many that he must have wandered around the streets most of the night, and finally in climax of depression, returned, committing the rash act. His family had retired for the night at the usual time, not knowing until the following morning that he had not returned to the house and retired as usual. A search was made but of no avail. Later parties went out to his farm, thinking that he might have gone out there. It was not until afternoon that his body was found. Mr. Swanson was born in Page county, Iowa, on January 4, 1878 and died in Fullerton, Neb., on April 30, 1913, aged 35 years, 3 months and 24 days. He came to this state in 1892, making his home then and most of the time since, on the farm with his parents near North Star. For four years 1902-1906, he was associated with his brother Chas in the mercantile business at North Star, at the end of that time selling out and moving with his family to Belgrade, Neb., where he conducted a cream station until November 1911. On March 1912, he moved to Wolbach entering into the mercantile business, where he remained until about one month ago, moving from that city to Fullerton, his home at his death. Mr. Swanson was married to Miss Mabel Nellie Loder several years ago, to which union were born three children, one dying in infancy. Besides the wife and children, he leaves seven brothers, two sisters, one brother-in-law and numerous other relatives to mourn his departure. The many friends of Mr. Swanson and of his family extend to the bereaved relatives the sympathy and Kindly feeling of full hearts at this sad time – Fullerton News.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 15, 1913

Lana Kay Swanson, 1948-1949
Lana Kay Swanson Passes Away Wed. – Lana Kay, 5 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Swanson, passed away early Wednesday morning. Death was caused by pneumonia. Funeral services are being held this afternoon in the McIntyre Funeral Home.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 10, 1949

Services Held Thurs. For Lana Kay Swanson – Funeral services were held for Lana Kay, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Swanson at McIntyre Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Woodrow W. Leypoldt, Methodist minister of St. Paul officiating. Burial in the Hillside cemetery. Lana Kay was born October 6, 1948 and passed away February 9, 1949. The cause of her death was bronchial pneumonia. At the time of her death she was 4 months and 3 days. Surviving to mourn her death besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Swanson is three brothers, Harold LeRoy, Richard Kenneth, and Ronnie Eugene, one sister, Linda Mae, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jens Neilsen and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Swanson and a host of other relatives.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 17, 1949

Sweeney, Infant Daughter, 1931-1931
Sweeney Infant Dies – The little daughter who was born Saturday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sweeney was buried Saturday afternoon in the Wolbach Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Will Prewitt of Fullerton and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sutton of near Clarks were here for the burial. Mrs. Prewitt and Mrs. Sutton are Mrs. Sweeney’s mother and sister.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 2, 1931

Sweeney, Infant Son, 1934-1934
Sweeney Infant Dies At Birth – Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sweeney, residing 7 miles north-east of town mourn the death of an infant son, born Friday September 28, which died at birth. The little one was buried in Hillside cemetery, Saturday. Rev. Feldman, pastor of the Methodist church conducted short funeral services at the grave. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to these young people who are bereft for the second time of a baby dead at birth. Card of Thanks – We wish to acknowledge with sincere appreciation, the many acts of kindness shown us and the beautiful tributes sent during our recent bereavement. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sweeney.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 4, 1934

Betty Louise Swingholm, 1926-1926
BETTY LOUISE SWINGHOLM – Betty Louise, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Swingholm, born on Saturday, March 13th, died Friday, April 2nd, after being ill for about a week. Rev. White visited the home last Friday and baptized the babe. Later in the day it passed away. Funeral services were held at the home at 1 p.m. Saturday and burial was made in the Wolbach cemetery. The bereaved family consisting of the mother and father and four sisters and one brother, have the sympathy of the community. CARD OF THANKS – Friends and neighbors were very kind, helpful and sympathetic during our recent bereavement in the loss of our baby daughter and sister. We are very thankful for all the kindness shown and especially do we appreciate the help and the beautiful flowers given by the Danish Brotherhood and others. Mr. and Mrs. John Swingholm and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 8, 1926

James Swingholm, 1898-1923
Obituary – James Swingholm was born in Omaha, Nebraska, October 24, 1898. He died at St. Francis Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska, October 25, 1923, aged 25 years and 1 day. He leaves to mourn the loss, his wife, Mrs. Letty Swingholm and two children, Floyd and Violet. Also his father and mother, four brothers and one sister. He was the youngest member of the family. On the day before his death, which was his birthday, he confessed faith in Jesus Christ and received holy baptism. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. White in the Lutheran church of Wolbach, Sunday October 28, 1923 at 2:00 P.M. after which the remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. As the deceased was well known in the community, the surviving relatives have the sympathy of all. Card of Thanks – We take this means of expressing our thanks to all our friends and neighbors who so kindly helped us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband, son and brother. Mrs. James Swingholm, Father and Brothers.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 1, 1923

Mary (Knutsen) Swingholm, 1896-1918 [very poor copy]
Mrs. John Swingholm – Mary Knutsen was born August 10th, 1896, in Greeley county, three miles west of Wolbach, Neb. and died at her home east of Wolbach, Monday, December 30, 1918 at the age of 22 years, 4 months and 20 days. She was married to John Swingholm November [illegible] 1914. She was baptized in infancy [illegible] and was confirmed by Rev. Beghty and remained a member of the church until her death. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, two children, John Andrew and Dorothy Marie, her father Andrew Knutsen and her sister Christina Knutsen. The cause of her death being influenza brief funeral services were held at the grave this morning, Thursday, conducted by Rev. White and the body was laid to rest in Hillside cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1919

Switzer Infant Son, 1941-1941
BABY IS BURIED – A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Switzer Thursday night, Feb. 6 and passed away early Friday morning. Brief services were held at the house Friday afternoon and burial was in Hillside cemetery with Rev. E. N. Haugse officiating.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 13, 1941

Margaret Rosina Switzer, 1934-1934
Margaret Rosina Switzer – The sympathy of the community is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Switzer who mourn the death of their little daughter, who passed away at the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island, Friday. The baby was taken to the hospital on Sunday when she became seriously ill with complications of whooping cough. Margaret Rosina Switzer was born March 3, 1934 and died June 8, 1934 at the age of 3 months and 5 days. Left to mourn her passing are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Switzer, three sisters: Dorothy, Frances and Dona Jean, one brother, Billy Dean and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Osterloh and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Switzer. Funeral services conducted by Rev. J. S. Rhine were held at the home on Saturday afternoon at 2:30. Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery. Those attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Joy Munson and Miss Margaret Switzer of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. John Fuehrer and Albert Fuehrer of Palmer. Card of Thanks – We sincerely thank the friends and neighbors who were so kind to us at the time of our bereavement. Especially do we desire in this way to thank Mrs. R. A. White and Rev. Rhine for their ministration. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Switzer.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 14, 1934

Sam Switzer, ca. 1870-1940
Funeral For Sam Switzer To Be This Thursday – Well-known resident passed away in the Lutheran hospital in Grand Island. – Sam Switzer, well-known resident of Wolbach passed away in the Lutheran hospital in Grand Island about midnight Saturday night. He was 70 years old. He had been in failing health for several weeks and had entered the hospital Dec. 2 for treatment. Early Saturday morning his condition took a turn for the worse and he passed away shortly after 12 that night. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock from the house and at 2:30 from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church with the pastor, Rev. E. N. Haugse, officiating. McIntyre’s Funeral home will have charge. A complete obituary will be given us to be published next week.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 26, 1940

Switzer Funeral Held Thursday – The funeral of Sam Switzer was conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:15 from the house and at 2:30 from Trinity Lutheran church with the pastor, Rev. E. N. Haugse, officiating. Burial was in Hillside cemetery with McIntyre Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were E. L. Johnson, Herman Johnson, Dave Marcoe, Gus Haggstrom, Leonard Winfrey and John Wibbels. Sam Switzer was born in Odessa, South Russia Nov. 29, 1870. He passed away in the Grand Island Lutheran hospital Dec. 22, 1940 at the age of 70 years and 23 days. Mr. Switzer was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Russia. On March 13, 1894 he was united in marriage to Miss Rosina Hoffman. Mr. Switzer came to America in 1903 and settled first in Sutton, Neb., and the family following in 1905. From Sutton they moved to Butte, Nebraska, and two years later to Greeley county where the home has been since. In 1936 Mr. and Mrs. Switzer moved to Wolbach. Besides his widow Mr. Switzer is survived by eight children. They are Carl of Wolbach, Mrs. Rose Feuhrer of Fullerton, Neb.; Chris of Medina, N. D.; Mrs. Margaret Meyer of Lincoln, Neb., Dick of Ansley, Neb.; Mrs. Hilda Munson of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Katherine Feuhrer of Belgrade, Neb.; and Leoda Switzer of Wolbach and sixteen grandchildren. A host of other relatives and friends join hearts with these who mourn the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Those from out-of-town who attended the funeral were Mrs. Arthur Lee, Jara, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schick, Bowdle, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Gottleib Hoffmann, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Switzer and Bill Kerner, all of Midina, N. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Pete Wolf and Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Meyer of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Pete Lath and Mrs. John Zimmerman of St. Paul. CARD OF THANKS – Neighbors and friends were exceeding kind during the illness and following the death of beloved husband and father, and to those friends we wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation for their many deeds of kindness and expression of sympathy. Especially do we wish to thank those who sent flowers. Mrs. Switzer and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 2, 1941

Victory (Gembica) Szatko, 1889-1942
MRS. SZATKO BURIED AT CRACKOW, NEBR. – Funeral services for Mrs. James Szatko, resident of this community for the past twenty years, who passed away at Cedar Rapids Friday were conducted Monday morning at 10 o’clock from the Crackow Catholic church south of Genoa, and burial was there. Rev. Father Solowaski officiated. Mrs. Szatko had been in failing health for more than two years. Her passing takes a kind and loving mother who will be greatly missed. Obituary – Victory Gembica was born May 1, 1889, on a farm south of Genoa. She went to school and grew to womanhood in that community. She was married to James Szatko, Sept. 25, 1912, at Crackow. They lived there for some years and then moved to Cedar Rapids, and to their present farm home in 1921. Seven children were born to them, six of whom survive. A son, Vincent, passed away last summer. She leaves to mourn her death besides her husband these six children: Frank of Omaha, Louis of Fort Lewis, Wash., Mrs. Walt Kazor of Omaha, Steven, Leo and Ollie at home.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 2, 1942


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