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Agatha Nowak Tarbox, 1915-1993
Chester Tarbox, 1912-1987

Other names: Whalen, Palma

Sacred Heart Church Centennial Book, pg 287

Edwin Ermal Tarr, 1932-1933
Tarr Infant Child Passes Away – Edwin Ermal Tarr, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Tarr, died last Saturday morning at 3 o’clock at the age of a little over two weeks. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon with a short service conducted by Rev. H. A. Feldman at the house after which the body was laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. The child, the only one to have been born in the family, came to gladden the home of the parents on Dec. 30, 1932, but remained with them only a short period. The sympathy of their many friends is extended to the sorrowing parents. Card of Thanks – We wish to take this means of expressing our deep gratitude and appreciation for the many kind words of sympathy shown by our many good friends and neighbors in the loss of our dear little one. Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Tarr, Mrs. Wm. Glenn and family, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Glenn and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Carlson, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Tarr and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 19, 1933

OBITUARY – Edwin Ermal Tarr infant son of Nellie and Ermal Tarr was born Dec. 30, 1932 and passed away Jan. 14, 1933, aged 15 days. His illness was of but a few days duration and his condition was not thought alarming until Friday and after a few hours intense suffering passed quietly away. Funeral services were conducted in the home Saturday afternoon by Rev. H. A. Feldman and burial in Hillside cemetery. He leaves to mourn his loss the sorrowing parents and a host of relatives. Their many friends extend their sympathy to the family. "A precious one from us is gone, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 26, 1933

Mildred Louise Tatlow 1927-1927
Mildred Louise Tatlow was born at Ord, Nebraska, January 12, 1927 and died at Scotia, Nebraska, March 22, 1927. Although she was of tender age, her sweetness will always be remembered by those who knew her. She leaves to mourn her departure a mother, father and two brothers, besides many other relatives and friends. CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank those who helped at the time of death of our baby. - Mr. and Mrs. Art Tatlow
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, March 24, 1927, pg. 1, column 4

Orrin Taylor, 1943 KIA
Wolbach Boy Is Killed In Action – Wolbach relatives and friends have received word that Orrin Taylor, formerly of this community, has been killed in action somewhere in Italy. Taylor was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Taylor, who now lived at Bennett, Colo. The message was received by James Taylor of Belgrade, an uncle of Taylor. Mrs. Taylor is a cousin of Frank Wagner of Wolbach.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, December 9, 1943

Ane Marie Kirstine (Thygesen) Teilmann, 1866-1942
Funeral Conducted for Mrs. Teilmann Saturday P.M. – Funeral services for Mrs. M. H. Teilmann, long a resident of this community who passed away at her home northwest of Wolbach a week ago Tuesday, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the house and 2:30 from the church, with Rev. Wm. Primrose, St. Paul Presbyterian minister, officiating. Interment was in Hillside cemetery. The trio consisting of Mrs. Zola Grossart, Bonnie Bengtson and Ruth Davis sang "In the Garden," "Going Down the Valley," and "Sometime We’ll Understand." Pallbearers were Gus Rother, Emil Pedersen, Art Christensen, Ernest Perry, J. C. Wilson and Tone Fredricksen. Honorary pallbearers were Will and Pete Madsen, Paul Paulsen, Jake DeLaurant, Fred Wagner, August Larson and Gerald Perry. Flower bearers were Alice Paulsen, Stella Perry, Hester Lowe, Ida Schmidt, Ruth Lowe, Mae Johnson, Charlotte Kasal, Gladys Perry, Elsie Kolar and Retta Mathiesen. Persons from out of town who attended the funeral of Mrs. Teilmann Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Teilmann of Boise, Ida., Mr. and Mrs. Russell Routt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bromm, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Swansen and Mr. and Mrs. Alman Larsen, Nina Teilmann and Warren Stibolt all of Omaha. Obituary – Ane Marie Kirstine Thygesen was born at Brorup, Denmark, September 20, 1866 and died at Wolbach, Neb., Dec. 29, 1942 at the age of 76 years, three months and nine days. She had been ill for ten weeks. She was baptized in infancy and later confirmed in the Brorup Lutheran church. She emigrated to the United States in 1891. After being here 15 months she and Mads Hansen Teilmann returned to the land of their birth and on February 17, 1893 were united in marriage in the church in which Mrs. Teilmann had been baptized and confirmed. They then returned to this country. Four children, Howard, Harry, Nina and Clarie were born to them. Clarie passed away at the age of 2 ½ years. In the early years of their married life Mr. and Mrs. Teilmann lived in Iowa. In 1904 they moved to Tekamah, Neb., and in 1908 came to Wolbach where they have since made their home. Surviving Mrs. Teilmann are her husband, M. H. Teilmann, two sons, Howard of Wolbach, H. A. of Boise, Ida., and Nina of Omaha; five grandchildren Claire, Helen Mae and Harry Arthur of Boise, Ida., and Lucille and M. H. (Buddy) Teilmann of Wolbach, also two sisters, Mrs. Andrea Hansen of Omaha and Mrs. Else Larsen of Miami, Fla., and a brother, Christian Thygesen of Brorup, Denmark. CARD OF THANKS – For thoughtfulness shown in every way and for sympathy expressed by friends and neighbors in the hours of bereavement occasioned by the death of our beloved wife and mother, Mrs. M. H. Teilmann, and to the members of the American Legion and Auxiliary, to the trio assisted by Mrs. Adams, to those who sent flowers and brought gifts of food and to Rev. Primrose we extend our sincere thanks. M. H. Teilmann and daughter Nina, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Teilmann, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Teilmann.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 7, 1943

Mads Hansen Teilmann, 1865-1949
Last Rites Held Here Tuesday for Mads H. Teilmann – Funeral services for M. H. Teilmann, who passed away in a Grand Island hospital last Saturday, were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:45 from the Funeral Home and at 2 o’clock from the Lutheran Church, with Dr. C. B. Harmon of Grand Island officiating. Interment was in Hillside cemetery. The Lutheran Junior Choir sang: "In the Garden," "He Knows It All" and "Abide With Me." Mrs. Harold Nielsen was pianist. Mr. H. G. Wellensiek, a long time friend spoke as a final tribute to Mr. Teilmann. He praised him in glowing terms as a prominent citizen and an efficient and honest public servant. Honorary Pallbearers were: H. G. Wellensiek, Jesse L. Scott, Paul Paulsen, J. C. Wilson, Chris Anderson and Dr. Holm. Active Pallbearers were: Art Christensen, Ernest Perry, Gerald Perry, August Larson, Herman Johnson and E. L. Johnson. Flower Girls were: Peggy Klein, Virginia Coe, Carole Marco, Marilyn Berney, Darlene Elliott, Eline Schiebe, Phyllis Wagner, Karen Nielsen and Lois Mae Johnson. Among the persons from out of town attending the funeral services were: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Teilmann and Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Teilmann of Boise, Idaho; Nina Teilmann and Mrs. Russell Routt of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paulsen of Ogallala; H. G. Wellenseik, T. W. Lanigan, Mr. and Mrs. Orval Pierpont and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Trautmann of Grand Island; Miss Ida Foster, Mrs. Sadie Nelson, Mrs. Edith McDermott, J. M. Lanigan, Jesse L. Scott, E. A. Ondracek, Mike Faherty and Walter Douthit of Greeley. Mads Hansen Teilmann was born at Hjortvad in Schleswig on July 9, 1865 and died at Grand Island, Nebraska on March 19, 1949 at the age of 83 years, 8 months and 10 days. He was baptized in infancy and later confirmed in the Lutheran church. As a young man he was manager of a creamery in Denmark. In 1891 he emigrated to this country, living first in Tacoma, Washington and later at Missouri Valley, Iowa. In 1893 he returned to Denmark and on February 17 he was united in marriage to Ane Marie Thygeson. To this union four children were born: Howard, Hans Arthur, Clarie and Nina. Clarie passed away at the age of 2½ years. Mrs. Teilmann passed away December 29, 1942. In 1904 they came to Tekamah, Nebraska and in 1908 to Wolbach, which has been his home ever since. At Wolbach he was a farmer until 1922, at which time he was elected County Commissioner, and served for 3 terms. He was President of the Peoples State Bank from 1930 to 1934. He is survived by his three children: Howard and Hans Arthur of Boise, Idaho, and Nina of Omaha, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Also by one cousin, Ingvart Teilmann of Fesno (sic Fresno), California.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 24, 1949

Annabelle (Sams) Terry, 1854-1913
Obituary – On Monday morning Mrs. D. P. Terry passed away at the close of a long illness aged 59 years, 3 months and 20 days. Annabelle Sams was born in Ripley County, Indiana Sept. 24th, 1854. She moved to Bremer Co., Iowa in 1866 and resided there until 1871, when she was united in marriage to Don P. Terry and to them 8 children were born, six sons and two daughters. After a short residence at Bremer Co., Iowa, they moved to South Dakota and from there came to Nebraska in 1891 having lived here since. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. J. H. McDonald of this city, her pastor. Mrs. Terry was one of the best church workers, also taking a great interest in the Sunday School work. The funeral was attended by many who came from far and near to pay their tribute of respect and love to their departed friend, and tender their most profound sympathy to the grief stricken husband, children and other kindred. Card of Thanks – We desire to express our sincere thanks to the many kind friends who so kindly helped us to enlighten the burden of our bereavement in the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother. Don P. Terry and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 16, 1913

Don P. Terry, 1850-1915
Obituary – Don P. Terry was born in Illinois on September 13th, 1850 and died June 25th, 1915, being 64 years, 9 months and 12 days old. At an early day he moved with his parents to Waverly, Iowa where he grew to manhood. On August 4th, 1871, he was united in marriage to Anabelle Sams of that place, after which he lived in various places in Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, until 1892 when he came to Nebraska where he has resided since, and from 1900 at Wolbach where two and a half years ago he buried his wife. Eight children were born to this union all of whom are living, namely: Mrs. W. R. Evans of Broadwater, Ed R. and Lee Terry of Bridgeport, C.A. Terry and Mrs. B. M. Kellog of St. Paul, Frank Terry of Filley and O. W. and Earl Terry of Wolbach. Mr. Terry had a stroke of apoplexy three years ago and has been in very poor health ever since. A short time ago he went to Filley to visit his son Frank, and while there on the 10th day of June suffered another stroke which proved fatal. Besides his children, four sisters and four brothers survive him. The hearts of the children are made sad by the loss of a kind father. Card of Thanks – We wish to thank our kind friends for their sympathy and help in the burial of our father. O. W. Terry, Earl Terry.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 8, 1915

Frank A. Terry, 1946
Frank A. Terry Buried In Grand Island Mon. – Funeral services for Frank A. Terry, veteran automobile dealer were conducted Monday afternoon in the Livingston-Sondermann funeral home in Grand Island by Rev. Dr. C. B. Harmon, retired Lutheran pastor. Mrs. Victor Grossart and Mrs. David Bengtson sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide With Me." Mrs. Wilbert Morris played the accompaniment and the organ prelude and recessional. Burial was in the Grand Island cemetery. Many relatives and friends from Wolbach and vicinity attended the last rites.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 31, 1946

Effie L. (Merchant) Thayer, 1868-1939
Mrs. Ernie Thayer Dies Suddenly Thurs. – Mrs. Ernie Thayer, resident of this community for the past 60 years and a very well known resident, died suddenly at home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Kraft, 11 miles northeast of Wolbach early Thursday morning. Mrs. Thayer would have been 71 years old the 24th day of October. She came to this country with her parents when she was 11 years old and had lived here since. During the past several years Mrs. Thayer has not been so very well, having suffered a stroke a little over two years ago. At this writing funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 28, 1939

Last Rites conducted for Mrs. Ernest Thayer – Widely known and beloved pioneer is laid to her rest in the Wolbach Cemetery Saturday. – The funeral of Mrs. Ernest H. Thayer, one of the best known and oldest residents of Greeley county who died at the home of her daughter last Thursday, were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the Wolbach Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. G. M. Bing officiating. A short service was held at the house at 1:30. At the church appropriate hymns were sung by Methodist’s ladies’ choir accompanied by Mrs. Adams at the piano. Interment was in the Wolbach cemetery under direction of McIntyre’s Funeral Service. Effie L. Merchant was born in Jefferson County, New York, on the 24th day of October, 1868, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Kraft, in Greeley County, Nebr., the 28th day of September, 1939 at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 4 days. When she was 11 years of age she moved with her parents to Greeley County, where she, in early life, was baptized in the Methodist Church. On May 11, 1888 she was united in marriage with Ernest H. Thayer, and to them were born six children: Perry, Ernest, Mrs. LaVina Kraft, Bert, Mrs. Effie Nelson and Clarence, all living in Greeley County. Besides her children she leaves to mourn her passing, two sisters, Mrs. LaVina Phelan, and Mrs. Jennie Haven, of Spalding; three brothers, Alfred Merchant of Bellingham, Washington; Jacob Merchant of Centerville, Iowa; and Dan Merchant of Spalding; besides seven grandchildren. Mr. Thayer passed away July 13, 1933. It hardly need be emphasized that she also left a great many neighbors and friends who will greatly miss this fine pioneer, who has answered the last roll call. All too swiftly the shuttle of time in speeding back and forth, finishing the earthly careers of our early settlers, and Mrs. Thayer, among them will leave a vacant space which will be hard to fill. Pallbearers were Ash Marco, Chris Borre, Gus Hold, A. H. Studley, George Studley and Everett Watts.

CARD OF THANKS – We take this opportunity of thanking our many kind friends and neighbors for their thoughtfulness and kindness to us during the death and burial of our beloved mother. Also to those who furnished the many beautiful flowers. Mr. and Mrs. Percy Thayer, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kraft, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Thayer, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Thayer, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thayer.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 5, 1939

Ernest Hoyt Thayer, 1866-1933
Funeral Service Held For Pioneer Settler – E. H. Thayer Came To Greeley County 58 Years Ago. – Funeral services for E. H. Thayer were held at the Wolbach Methodist Church at 2 p.m. last Saturday. Services were conducted by Rev. H. A. Feldman of Wolbach and Rev. Primrose of St. Paul. The latter preaching the sermon. Besides being a brother Mason, Rev. Primrose had in common with Mr. Thayer the experience of a boyhood spent in pioneer life, his folks having settled near the present site of Primrose some time after Mr. Thayer came to Greeley county with his parents. The attendance at the funeral was very large, many coming from O’Connor and Brayton vicinities to say their last respects to an old neighbor and friend. Burial was made in Hillside Cemetery. Members of the local Masonic Lodge and some visiting brothers attended in a group. Pall bearers were, Ernest Hansen, W. R. Studley, Ash Marco, R. D. Miller, F. E. McCormick and L. E. Loomer. -- Came to County in 1875 – Ernest Hoyt Thayer was born Sept. 26, 1866 in Jefferson county Wisconsin. His early childhood was spent in Iowa, and he came to Greeley county, Nebraska with his parents in 1875 at the age of 9. May 13, 1889 he was wedded to Miss Effie Lucy Merchant. They resided on a farm north of Wolbach until 1922 when they moved to town, where he passed away July 13, 1933, after a month of serious illness. Besides his widow, he is survived by six children: Percy, Ernest, Mrs. Lavina Kraft, Bert, Clarence, and Mrs. Effie Nelson, all of this county. Five grand children, one sister and two half-brothers also remain. Mr. Thayer was a kind husband, loving father and a good neighbor. The surviving relatives have the deepest sympathy of their many friends. Card of Thanks – We take this means of thanking our friends who helped us during the illness and at the time of the death of our beloved husband and father. Mrs. E. H. Thayer, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Thayer, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Thayer, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Thayer, Mr. Clarence Thayer, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kraft, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Nelson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 20, 1933

Lewis Marcelles Thayer, 1876-1924
KICK OF HORSE PROVES FATAL – Louis M. Thayer living one-half mile north of Brayton received a fatal injury last Saturday evening when he was kicked in the abdomen by a horse just as he was entering the stall with the bridle. He was taken to Grand Island to the hospital Sunday morning and died Sunday afternoon. The body was brought back to Brayton on the passenger Monday evening. A large number of members of the Masonic order of Wolbach went up to Brayton at the same time to lend their assistance to the bereaved family. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church. Rev. Moore who is spending the week at the Epworth institute at Camp Sheldon at Columbus, returned to officiate at the funeral services. Mr. Thayer was a Mason with membership in the Scotia lodge. The Masonic Lodge of Wolbach had charge of the services at the cemetery. Obituary – Lewis Marcelles Thayer was born September 17, 1876 at O’Connor, Greeley county, Nebr. and died July 13, 1924, at the age of 47 years, 7 months and 26 days. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and six children, Alma, Asahel, Henry, Cecil, Helen and Theresa; one sister and three brothers, Mrs. Frank Gadway of Miller, Nebr., Mr. E. H. Thayer of Wolbach, Mr. Henry Ford and Ruffus Ford of Ogden, Utah. Lewis Marcelles Thayer was married to Frieda Anderson, on March 20, 1901, at Greeley.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 17, 1924

Bessie Marie Thomas 1888-1927
OBITUARY Bessie Marie Thomas was born at North Loup, Nebraska, January 14, 1888, and died at this place August 7, 1927. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, her father and mother, four sisters and a brother. Bessie, as she was familiarly known lived at North Loup all her life, her earliest education was obtained in district No. 42, graduating from the North Loup high school in 1906, she steadily advanced along educational lines, graduating from the Teacher's College at Kearney in 1913, from this time her teaching career began. For eight years she held the position of primary teacher in our public school. She was beloved by pupils and patrons alike. In 1897, she united with the Presbyterian church of this place and remained a faithful member of that organization until it disbanded. While teaching at Arcadia she became a member of the Congregational church, and on returning to North Loup transferred her membership to the M. E. church and has been connected with the activities of this church until the time of her death. For eight years was financial secretary, held this position at the time of the adoption of the budget system. So accurate was her work the books never showed an error. She was superintendent of the primary department for a number of years, teaching a class up to the time of her death. She organized the junior league, was their superintendent for two years. Although the duties of the home, school and church were many and difficult, her desire for an education along religious lines led her to take an extension course in junior methods in religious education. On June 16, 1926, she was married to Herman Graunke of this place. Only for a space of a few months was she permitted to gladden his heart and reign in the home that had been so thoughtfully prepared for her, and which she loved so devotedly. But in that brief space of time the influence of her Christian character has made a lasting impression upon each member of the family. Because of her quiet, unassuming way, few realized the depth of her character and the devotion to the service of the Master loved. The influence of this life upon the children of this community as they came in contact with her in school and church can only be measured by time and Eternity. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. K. H. Clifton, her former pastor.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, August 11, 1927, pg. 1, column 5

Floyd Lewis Thompson, 1890-1913
Obituary – Floyd Lewis Thompson was born Oct. 3, 1890, at Red Oak, Iowa. Later he moved with his father and family to Nebraska, settling in Greeley county about ten miles northeast of Wolbach. On the morning of September 30, 1913 he took his gun and went out in quest of coyotes which had been infesting the neighborhood. Later in the day he was found dead, his gun in some manner having been discharged and sending a ball through his heart. This sad occurrence was not only a shock to the family, but also to the entire community. He lived to be aged 22 years, 11 months and 27 days. On Wednesday October 1 a large number of sympathizing neighbors gathered at the home of his brother, to follow the remains to the funeral as well as to express their sympathy to the stricken father and the bereaved brothers and sisters of whom four of the former and three of the latter survive to mourn the loss. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church of Wolbach and were conducted by Rev. R. A. White, Pastor of the Lutheran church. On Thursday morning October 2, the body was taken to Red Oak, Iowa, to be placed beside that of his mother, who had preceded him several years to the Spirit World. The community of Wolbach deeply sympathizes with the family as was evinced by the large number at the funeral. The young man was favorably known as possessing a character that was in every was (sic way) exemplary. Such an event is not alone a loss to the family, but to the entire community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 9, 1913

Frank Burton Thompson, 1864-1938
F. B. Thompson Called To Reward – Justice of Peace Here many Years; Interment Made in Red Oak, Iowa, Sunday Morning – This community was grieved Thursday evening when it was learned that Frank B. Thompson, 71, had passed away following an illness of several months. Although in failing health he had faithfully served this community as Police Magistrate, until he resigned March 1. This service was typical of his pioneer spirit and a host of friends paid tribute to his memory at the services conducted by Rev. G. M. Bing at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Pallbearers were Jake DeLaurant, Wes Jackson, Mike Fitzsimmons, Paul Paulsen, W. C. Borre, and Gus Wagner. Appropriate music was given by a ladies’ quartette, composed of Mrs. Barr, Mrs. Holm, Mrs. Luers and Mrs. Davis. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen and Oddfellows Lodges many years. Interment was made in the family lot at Red Oak, Iowa, Sunday. Frank Burton Thompson, son of William and Caroline Thompson was born at Saratoga Springs, New York, on the 11th of October, 1864, and passed away at his home in Wolbach, Nebraska, March 3rd, 1938, at the age of 73 years, 4 months and 20 days. He spent his early boyhood in Cincinnati, Iowa. On the 23rd of November, 1884 he was married to Ruth Heflin, of Red Oak, Iowa. To this union were born seven children: Harry, of Brush, Colo.; Charles, of Fraser, Colo.; Clara Sample of Wolbach, Nebr.; Leonard of Kenesaw, Nebr.; Esther of Fremont, Nebr. On September 24, 1903 the wife and mother passed away. In the spring of 1904 Mr. Thompson moved with his family to Wolbach, where he lived until his death. On Sept. 6, 1906 he married Mabel Rosina Johnson of Red Oak, Iowa. To them were born two children, Victor of Grand Island and Grace, who passed away Oct. 1, 1930. The mother of these two children passed away Sept. 2, 1909. On May 1st, 1930 Mr. Thompson was married to Mrs. Jennie Sample, of Wolbach, who, with the six children and two step-children, Cecil and Nellie Sample, survive him. There also survive eight grandchildren, one great-grand-child, one sister, Mrs. Ida Gilmore, of Indianapolis, Indiana and two half-brothers, Albert, of Katy, Texas; and Ernest, of Camas, Washington. From 1895 to 1890 Mr. Thompson lived in Kansas, but returned to Iowa, where he lived until coming to Nebraska. Mr. Thompson needs no eulogy from this writer, as his life, since coming to Wolbach has been an open book, and his friends are legion. Though hardly a pioneer in this region, he had the spirit of the pioneers, and helped to make this community all that it claims to be, as a good place in which to live and rear a family. He will be greatly missed, especially by his older neighbors and friends. The bereaved widow and children have the sympathy of a host of friends and citizens.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 10, 1938

Hans Thompson, 1872-1948
Services Sun. Afternoon For Hans Thompson – Hans Thompson of Cushing died Thursday morning at the Memorial hospital in St. Paul. Born January 23, 1872, he lacked but a day of reaching his 76th birthday. Mr. Thompson was born in Lendum Sogn, Denmark, and with his parents, Thomas and Anna Marie Petersen, came to this county when he was 13 years of age. They settled in Hamilton county, near Marquette. In 1908 he came to Cushing and farmed for ten years, but gave it up on account of ill health and moved to Wolbach. Later he returned to Cushing, where he spent the rest of his life. Since The Rev. E. A. Ahrens of the [apparently a line left out] a niece, Mrs. Rasmus Larsen and her family in Cushing. Mr. Thompson never married. He leaves a sister, Mrs. J. P. Petersen of Marquette and two brothers, Peter Thompson of Cushing and C. M. Thompson of Sacramento, California. Preceding him in death were his parents three sisters and a brother. Services were held Sunday afternoon at one o’clock at the Keating funeral home in St. Paul and at 2:30 at the Kronborg Lutheran church in Marquette, where burial was made. The Rev. A. Ahrens of the Presbyterian church officiated in the service in St. Paul.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 29, 1948

Isabelle Marguerite (Grossart) Thompson, 1884-1926
OBITUARY – Isabelle Marguerite Thompson was born September 13, 1884 at Eastfield, Penicuts Edenberg, Scotland; died May 6, 1926 at Cairo, Nebr., aged 41 years, 7 months, and 23 days. She was married to Loren W. Thompson March 21, 1905 at Wolbach, Nebr. To this union was born seven children, Leona, Rollin, Dale, Merlin, Lorence, Lollita and John D. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Grossart of Cairo, six brothers, William Grossart and Richard and John of Wolbach, James and George of Grand Island, and Laurence of Western, Neb., and three sisters, Mrs. George Bloom, and Edna Grossart of Grand Island and Jessie of Cairo, are also left to mourn her loss. Mrs. Thompson came to the United States with her parents on June 15, 1885, from Scotland. She was baptized in the Methodist church. Mrs. Thompson was operated upon for appendicitis at her home April 23, thirteen days prior to her death. Funeral was held at the M. E. church in Cairo on Sunday May 9, Rev. Murliss and Rev. Strong being in charge, with burial in Mount Pleasant cemetery. The six brothers were the pall bearers, which was according to the wishes of the deceased. – Grand Island Independent.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 20, 1926

Carl Emil Tolin, 1872-1942
Last Rites Held for Carl Tolin Tuesday Afternoon – Funeral Was in Lutheran Church with Dr. C. B. Harman Officiating. – Funeral services for Carl Tolin, long a resident of the community northeast of Wolbach, who died on Saturday evening in a Grand Island hospital were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Lutheran church with Dr. C. B. Harman officiating. Burial was in Hillside cemetery. Mr. Tolin passed away Saturday night at 7:55 following an illness of about a week. He had been in the hospital four days. OBITUARY – Carl Emil Tolin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Tolin was born in Sweden, Febr. 13, 1872 and died at Grand Island, Neb., Sept. 5, 1942 at the age of 70 years, 6 months and 18 days. When he was three years old he came with his parents to America and they settled at Swede-Home, Neb. There Mr. Tolin was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. On December 26, 1907 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Margurite Dunham and the next year they came to Greeley county. Two sons were born to them, Carl and Clarence. Mr. Tolin was preceded in death by his father, mother, a brother and sister. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Margurite, two sons, Carl Tolin of Cedar Rapids and Clarence Tolin of the U. S. army now stationed at New Orleans, La.; two stepsons, Harry Dunham of Chicago, and Rex Dunham of South Sioux City, Neb.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Lynn Jeffres of Scotia and seven step grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Alma Tolin and Mrs. Esther Johnson of Harcourt, Ia.; Mrs. Chas. Johnson of Pasadena, Calif.; Mrs. Ida Branting and Mrs. Frank Lingwall of Hershey, besides nieces and nephews. Mr. Tolin was a kind husband and father and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. Pallbearers were Alfred and Ben Studley, Pat and Matt Merriman, Charley Tate and Claude Green.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 10, 1942

John Torpey, 1940
JOHN TORPEY TAKEN BY DEATH MONDAY MORNING – Death claimed John (Jack) Torpey, president of the Grand Island Livestock Commission company and one of the best known stockmen of the Midwest, Monday morning at St. Francis hospital. A heart affliction was the cause of death. Funeral services were conducted this morning from St. Mary’s Cathedral of which church he was a member. Mr. Torpey came to Nebraska from Pennsylvania in 1910, first locating at Columbus where in partnership with another man he operated a sales and feed barn. In 1913 he went into the mule business with two associates and they built up the second largest horse market in the world. Since that year he had been in the livestock business in Grand Island. Surviving are the widow and two sons. Mr. Torpey was known personally by many Wolbach people.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 25, 1940

Hilda (Klein) Trautman, 1895-1930
Mrs. Chris Trautman Died Sat. A.M. – The sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Chris Trautman, occurring at her home west of town last Saturday morning was a great shock to her many friends. Mrs. Trautman had been suffering from a bad cold and two weeks previously had suffered a severe injury to her knee when she fell upon a concrete floor. She had been bedfast on account of the injured knee, but apparently her condition was not serious. Her death came suddenly without warning. Funeral services conducted by Dr. R. A. White were held in the Trinity Lutheran church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. A very large crowd attended, including relatives who came from Sutton and from Fremont. Burial was made in Hillside cemetery. The surviving family and relatives have the profound sympathy of the entire community. The death of Mrs. Trautman, following the recent death of her niece, Miss Berneice Klein, leaves a double sorrow with her family and relatives. (Owing to some added information to be secured, Mrs. Trautman’s obituary is being held until next week for publication.)
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 16, 1930

Mrs. Chris Trautman – Hilda Klein was born in Sutton, Nebraska February 28, 1895, and died at her home four miles west of Wolbach in Greeley County, Nebraska, January 11, 1930, aged 34 years, 10 months, and 13 days. When four years of age, she moved with the family to Timber Creek on a farm eleven miles north east of Wolbach in Greeley County. She was united in marriage to Chris Trautman on March 5, 1913. To this union was born four children, Wilma, Verna, Lenora and Leo. Verna preceded her in death four and one half years ago. In infancy she was baptized in the Reformed church in Sutton, Nebraska. She was confirmed in the German Lutheran church of Timber Creek in 1909. In 1917 she joined the Reformed church in Sutton, Nebraska. With the exception of living at Sutton six years, she has lived in the vicinity of Wolbach. She leaves to mourn the loss, her husband and three children, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Klein of Wolbach, three brothers and two sisters, William Klein, Hugo Klein, Fred Klein, Mrs. Chris Berney and Mrs. Frank Wagner, all of Wolbach, and many other relatives. The following relatives from out of town were here on Monday of last week to attend Mrs. Trautman’s funeral: Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Trautman of Sutton, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Trautman of Sidney, Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold Trautman of Saronville, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ackerman of Grafton, Mr. Ed Rojewski of St. Paul, Alfred Zimmerman of St. Paul, Henry Trautman and Adolph Trautman of Bixby, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Trautman of Sutton, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Trautman of Saronville, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trautman of Harvard, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Trautman of Harvard, Mrs. Ruben Trautman, Mrs. L. Browning, Mrs. Alex May, Mrs. Andrew Peter, Mrs. Jacob Serr, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Griess, Mr. and Mrs. John Hofmann, Henry Klein, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Theo Ackerman, John A. Klein, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Peter, Herman Peter, and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Ocksner, all of Sutton; Mrs. Rosie Traut, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Klein of Saronville, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peter of Grafton; Mrs. Chas. Redler of Eldorado; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Heming, Mrs. Roselle Hansen, and Mrs. Lillian Loftus of Fremont; Mr. and Mrs. George Rother, and Miss Edith Klein of Grand Island; and Mr. and Mrs. John Feuhrer of Palmer. CARD OF THANKS – We take this means of thanking our many friends and neighbors for the many acts of kindness rendered at this time of sorrow and trouble. Their help will long be remembered. Chris Trautman and children, Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Klein, William Klein and family, Mrs. Chris Berney and children, Hugo Klein and family, Fred Klein and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wagner and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 23, 1930

Dora (Petersen) Travis, 1903-1938
Mrs. Paul Travis Laid To Rest – Dora Travis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Petersen, was born March 2, 1903, at Wolbach, Nebraska, and passed away at her home at Marysville, California, October 31, 1938, at the age of 35 years, 7 months and 29 days. On March 12, 1921 she was united in marriage to Paul Travis, and to this union was born five children, namely, Dale, Dick, Loraine, Yvonne and Pauline, who with their father mourn the loss of this kind and loving wife and mother. She will be greatly missed, for she was ever kind and thoughtful of all that was with her, and her friends were many. Three sisters and two brothers also survive, Andrew and Sam Petersen of Brayton, Nebraska, Mrs. Hans Morrison and Mrs. Oscar Petersen of Grand Island, and Mrs. Paul Hansen of Palmer, as also many other relatives and friends. One brother, and her father and mother, preceded her in death a few years ago. Dora, as she was known to her dear ones and friends, was taken seriously ill October 8th, and after submitting to surgery, with blood transfusion, rallied three weeks, when pneumonia complications caused her death. This mother, so needed here, has been taken to prepare another home in a Better Land. Her loving influence will linger on, and although she is away, the love she gave her family and home remains. The new home she is now preparing will be a guiding star for her loved ones. Services were held Saturday afternoon November 5, at the Hutchison and Mers Funeral Home and Burial was in the Maryville cemetery. Mr. Wayne Francs and Mrs. John Busboom of Omaha, brother and sister of Mr. Francs were present at the Funeral.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 8, 1938

Sena Trosper, ca. 1859-1947
MRS. SENA TROSPER PASSES – Funeral services were held for Mrs. Sena Trosper, 88, at Albion last Wednesday. Mrs. Trosper is the mother of Albert Trosper, brother-in-law of Mrs. Wm. Johnston and Mrs. Gus Wagner.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 27, 1947

William Troutman, Jr. 1895-1917
Wm. Troutman Jr. Dead -- Wm Troutman, Jr., was born in Rohrbach, Russia, the 20th day of October, 1895, and passed away at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Troutman of this neighborhood, Friday, February 23rd, 1917, at the age of 21 years, 4 months and 3 days. Mr. Troutman had been in good health all his life, up until about 5 weeks ago. He went to Clay County for a visit with relatives and friends, and while there complained of not feeling well. His parents received word that he was not gaining in health, and went there to take care of him. He grew worse every day and they were compelled to take him to Sutton where the best medical aid was procured. He then became better and was brought home, and was up and around for two weeks, feeling better all the while. He then took a turn for the worse and expired under a stroke of paralysis. In the year of 1908 he came to this city with his parents and resided here since. Short funeral services were held at the residence and were then taken to the Lutheran church of the city, where services were conducted by Rev. J. J. Balensky of York, German, and Rev. R. A. White pastor of the church. The service was well attended for he was a man of good character and one who had marked the path of his acquaintance with close friendships. Floral offerings were both profuse and beautiful and bore a mute but impressive message of the recognition of a life of great usefulness. He was a good son, a kind and thoughtful neighbor, and the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community is tendered the bereaved parents. Interment was made in the Wolbach cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 1, 1917


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