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Carrie Bell (Purcell) Dollarhide Wagner, 1879-1922
Mrs. P. H. Wagner – Carrie Bell Purcell was born at Bedford, Iowa, August 8, 1879, and died at Cushing, Okla., June 20, 1922, aged 42 years, 10 months and 12 days. In 1887, following the death of her mother, she was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Dollarhide, and spent the rest of her life in the vicinity of Wolbach until her marriage to P. H. Wagner on October 25, 1900. To this union were born one daughter and two sons, all of whom, together with the husband, survive her. The remains were brought to this city, arriving here Thursday evening, June 22. The funeral was held from the Methodist church in this city at 2 o’clock p.m. on Friday, June 23, the services being conducted by Rev. Mr. Rust, and interment made in Hillside cemetery. During the school days of the deceased in this city a club composed of ten girls was formed. While this club had no definite name, its members were constantly together and while that has been a number of years ago, the days of the past have not been forgotten, and all but two members of the club attended the funeral in a body, Mrs. Wagner having been the first of the club to be called. Those attending were: Mesdames Christina Holm, Lottie Bissell, Hattie Keef, Nell Bryer, Laura Baird, Jessie Fox and Miss Nora Wright. The two absent ones are Mrs. Bessie Hall of Boelus and Mrs. Anna Easterbrook of Gibbon. The funeral was also attended by a brother of the deceased, Lem Purcell, of Bedford, Iowa, the other brother, George, being unable to come. Besides the husband and children deceased is survived by a foster father and four foster brothers, all of whom have the sympathy of the entire community during their hour of grief.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday June 29, 1922

Clara Marie (Niemoth) Wagner, 1869-1947
Mrs. Clara Wagner Succumbs Mon. Night – Mrs. Clara Wagner, 78, passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. J. W. Cox Monday night after being ill for 2 months. The McIntyre Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral services which will be held Saturday afternoon, 1:45 at the home and 2 o’clock at the Lutheran Church. Burial in the Hillside cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 20, 1947

Large Attendance Sat. for Last Rites of Mrs. Clara Wagner – A large crowd attended the last rites for Mrs. Clara Wagner, Saturday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cox and at 2:00 o’clock in the Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Otto Zellienger of Belgrade officiating. Interment in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wm. Allen, Archie Nelson, Emil Pedersen, Algie Wibbels, Albert Klein and Clarence Thayer. Honorary pallbearers were: Pete Berney, Asmus Lange, Paul Paulsen, Chas Layher, Tom Silk and Ed Klein. Flower girls were: Karen Neilsen, Carole Marco, Lois Johnson, Florence Wibbels, Peggy Klein and Eline Schiebe. The songs sung by the choir were: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide With Me" accompanied by Mrs. Vic Grossart at the piano. Clara Marie Wagner, daughter of John Niemoth and Wilhelmine nee Linstadt awoke to the light of this passing world on January 14, 1869 in Berlin, Wisconsin. She became a child of God and an heir of the Kingdom of our Lord through Holy Baptism on the 31st of January, 1869. When she reached the age of 6, she moved to Grand Island, Nebr. with her parents and grew to womanhood in that community. She received her instruction in the Christian faith as confessed by the Ev. Luth. Church and was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church at Grand Island on the 18th of March 1883. Her confirm motto was taken from Ps. 73, 25-26, "Whose Loved in Heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee." On February 24, 1891 she entered into Christian marriage with Ernest Wagner. After marriage they moved to a farm near Wolbach. This union was blessed with 11 children of which two daughters, Ella and Laura preceded the mother in death. On May 30, 1940 her beloved husband passed away. She was a devout and liberal member of the church and was loved by all who knew her. She received Holy Communion for the last time on January 19 of the past month at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cox and prepared herself for the home above. The deceased enjoyed good health most of her long life but began to fail late last fall. However she was not bedfast up to days preceding her passing. On Monday evening, February 17 at 9 p.m. she fell asleep in peace. She leaves to mourn her passing 9 children: Mrs. Selma Cox, Mrs. Annie Wibbels, Mrs. Cora Thayer and Fred Wagner of Wolbach, Frank Wagner of Belgrade; Simon Wagner of Long Beach, California; Freda Lawhead of Couer D’Alene, Idaho; Nora Bible of LaPorte City, Iowa; Clara Larson of Grand Island; 23 grand children and 10 great grand children; two sisters: Amalia Niemoth, Mrs. Auguste Kunze, Ernest Niemoth of Grand Island and brother Frank of Chapman. One sister and four brothers preceded her in death. She reached the age of 78 yrs, 1 month and 3 days. May she rest in peace. Those attending the services from out-of-town were: Gus Wagner and son, Herb, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Niemoth, Mr. and Mrs. Julious Scheer, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Scheer, Mrs. Rheinard Schippman and Mrs. Meta Meyer of Chapman; Mr. and Mrs. Faye Burke, Palmer, John Buchfinch, Whitman; Mrs. Chester Gaddie, Stanton; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Relibe, Sioux City, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Peterson and Marcia, Cushing; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kaiser, St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. La Vern Wagner, Albion; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Schweitz, Belgrade; Doris Wagner, Kearney; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Auten and Mrs. Chas. Auten, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. John Dillon, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Rheinard Kunze, Mrs. Frank Kunze, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Weigart, Miss Amalia Neimoth, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Neimoth, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neimoth, Mr. and Mrs. George Neimoth, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Neimoth, Mrs. Oscar Neimoth, Ernest Neimoth, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Schroder, John Weigart, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Byersdorf and son, Carl, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ranhart, Mrs. Ernie Meininger, Mrs. Vern Grouse and Mr. and Mrs. Orivale Peerpoint all of Grand Island, Bill Luft of Albion.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 27, 1947

Ernest T. Wagner, 1866-1940
Rites for Ernest Wagner Are Conducted Saturday – Funeral is held for pioneer who passed away at his home following a long illness. – Funeral services for Ernest Wagner, early settler of this community who died at his home Thursday after a long illness, were conducted Saturday at two o’clock from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church with the pastor, Rev. E. N. Haugse officiating. Burial was in Hillside cemetery under the direction of McIntyre funeral home. Ernest T. Wagner was born in Saxon, Germany on Nov. 9, 1866. He passed away at his home in Wolbach on May 30, 1940 at the age of 73 years, 6 months and 21 days. At the age of 12 he came to America. On Feb. 24, 1891 he was united in marriage to Clara Neimoth who has been his companion and helpmate for almost a half century. Shortly after their marriage they came to Wolbach and settled on a farm. To their union eleven children were born. Two daughters, Laura and Ella, preceded their father in death. Besides his wife he leaves the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Selma Cox, Mrs. Anna Wibbels, Frank and Fred, all of Wolbach; Simon of Grand Island, Neb.; Mrs. Nora Bible of La Porte City, Iowa; Mrs. Cora Thayer of Greeley; Mrs. Freda Lawhead of Mount Auburn, Iowa, and Mrs. Clara Larson of Grand Island. A host of friends and other relatives join hearts with Mrs. Wagner and her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in this hour of sorrow. Mr. Wagner was baptized in the Lutheran church in Germany and was confirmed in the Lutheran church in Grand Island. The honorary pallbearers were John D. Wibbels, F. A. Kolar, Ernest Rother, Wm. Rassmussen, Chris Borre and A. A. Klein, Active pallbearers were Emil Pedersen, Archie Nelson, H. B. Johnson, J. R. Wibbels, Algie Wibbels and Fred Nelson. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness to us during our bereavement and also for the beautiful flowers. Mrs. Ernest Wagner, and the children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 6, 1940

Frederick S. Wagner, 1878-1918
OBITUARY – Frederick S. Wagner, son of John H. and Katie Wagner was born in Omaha, Nebraska, November 6, 1878. He died in the Lord Lister Hospital, Omaha, January 4th, 1918, aged 39 years, 1 month and 28 days. Fred, as he was usually called, came with his parents to Howard county, settling about a mile and a half southeast of Wolbach, in 1889. December 24th, 1902 he was married to Lou Meyers, and to this union was born one child, November 1911 which died soon after. For a number of years he lived in and around Wolbach. The last two years of his life, he made his home with his father and mother, and was helping them in their declining years. There remains to mourn the loss his father and mother and six brothers, namely, Otto J. Wagner, Henry P. Wagner, Chas J. Wagner, John T. Wagner, Gus R. Wagner, and Emmett C. Wagner. Two of his brothers and one sister died in former years. Fred grew up in the community and was well known by everybody. On account of his friendly disposition, he was generally liked. He was a member of the Royal Highlanders in Wolbach. His untimely death was caused by an accident in being dragged from a load of straw by the branch of a tree, December 10th, 1917. After days of great suffering, during which time all was done for his recovery that kind hands, good nursing and medical skill could suggest. But not withstanding all, the Lord in his kind providence took him away. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. White, were held at the Lutheran church Tuesday, January 8th at 2 o’clock p.m. The floral tributes were beautiful. The church was crowded to its utmost capacity, many being compelled to stand. The burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach. The stricken family have the profound sympathy of the entire community.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 10, 1918

Gustav Wagner, 1868-1942
GUSTAV WAGNER BURIED AT K.C. – Gustav Wagner was born in Saxony, Germany, June 17, 1868. He came to America at the age of 16 and located in the vicinity of Grand Island, Neb. and lived several years with relatives there and later went to Wolbach. While there he met Wilhelmine Schneider. On Sept. 11, 1894 they were united in marriage at St. Paul, Neb. To this union were born five children, four of whom are living, namely: Mrs. Emma Taylor, Bennett, Colo., Mrs. Lena Skiles, Mrs. Anna Ackerson and Mrs. Marie Pentz all of Kansas City, Kansas. A son, Frederick Carl, died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death, Dec. 19, 1926. Beside his children there remain to mourn the loss, a sister, Mrs. Minnie Rother of Wolbach, and brother, Frank Wagner of Bartlett, Neb. Eleven grandchildren and two great grand children also survive. He made farming his life’s work and continued in this work until two years ago when failing health compelled him to retire. He was a member of the Lutheran church of Wolbach, and was in regular standing until the time of his death. He was a loyal church member and while in Kansas City attended the London Heights Baptist church. One of his pleasures was the singing of hymns and many times at home he would take an hymnal and sing at length without the aid of a musical instrument. For many years he was a member of the choir in the Lutheran church. He also sang in the choir in the Baptist church in Kansas City. Mr. Wagner was always very industrious and led an active life until a short time before his death, which occurred at the home of his daughter, Marie, Oct. 18, 1942, at the age of 74 years and 4 months. He was a loving father and a kind neighbor and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Funeral services were held at Kansas City, the Rev. Shelton of the London Heights Baptist church having charge of the services. Pallbearers were Charles Kobusch, Mr. Fritts, Bill Loveall, and three of Mr. Wagner’s grandsons, Edwin, Russell and Donald Skiles.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 29, 1942

John Henry Wagner, 1844-1924
OLD RESIDENT PASSES AWAY – John Wagner, Senior, Dies at His Home South of Wolbach – The Grim Reaper took from our midst a well known citizen last Sunday morning. John Henry Wagner who had passed his eightieth birthday and had lived in this community for thirty-six years died after a short illness. About four weeks ago Mr. Wagner suffered a sinking spell which was quite serious. He recovered, however, and seemed to be feeling quite well. Last Saturday evening he was taken with a similar attack and others followed until death came Sunday morning. The following obituary prepared by Rev. White gives in outline the history of his long and useful life. Obituary – John Henry Wagner was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, February 7, 1844 and died at his home in Howard county, Nebraska, one mile south of Wolbach, October 19, 1924, aged 80 year, 8 months and 12 days. He was baptized in the Lutheran church March 10, 1844, and confirmed in youth in his native country. In 1866 he emigrated to America and lived for a while in New York. He came to Nebraska and lived eleven years in Omaha and lived eight years in Gretna. About 36 years ago he came to Howard county and settled on a farm one mile south of Wolbach where he spent the rest of his life. He was married in Omaha on his birthday, February 7, 1872 to Miss Catharine Peetz. To this union 9 sons and one daughter were born. Three of the sons and the daughter preceded the father to the great beyond. Those remaining to mourn the loss are the wife, Otto Wagner of Gretna, Henry, Charles, John, Gus, and Emmett Wagner of Wolbach and 24 grandchildren. Mr. Wagner was a charter member and constant supporter of Trinity Lutheran church of Wolbach. He was also a member of the Wolbach Lodge No. 280 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Brother and Sister Wagner celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in the Odd Fellows Hall February 7, 1922. A happy occasion that many of the people of this community remember. The deceased has lived in this community so long that he is well known by all. His reputation as an honorable man and citizen, stands without reproach. His many friends unite in regretting his departure and in their sympathies and prayers for bereaved wife and children and grandchildren. On Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, funeral services, conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. A. White were held in Trinity Lutheran church. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. The Odd Fellows lodge of which he was a member attended in a body and participated in the services at the grave.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, October 23, 1924

Lena (Peetz) Wagner, 1854-1930
"Grandma" Wagner Passes Suddenly – Mrs. J. H. Wagner died at her home south of town February 22. The end came unexpectedly as she had been in her usual health Saturday. Early Sunday morning she was found dead in her bed by her son John who had come to bring her to his house to visit for the day. Although often urged to live with one of her children, Mrs. Wagner had preferred to remain at the old home place, where her sons had called upon her often. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach at 2:30 p.m. and burial was made in Wolbach cemetery. Mrs. Wagner was born on Lincoln’s birthday and died on Washington’s birthday. Lena Peetz was born February 12, 1854 in Schleswig, Holstein, Germany, and died at her home in Howard County, Nebraska, one and one half miles south of Wolbach, February 22, 1930, aged 76 years and 10 days. She emigrated to America in 1871 and lived in Omaha where she was united in marriage to John Henry Wagner, February 7, 1872. To this union ten children were born of whom four preceded their parents in death, namely Kate, Fred, William and Eddie. Those remaining are Otto of Gretna, Nebraska, Henry, Charles, John, August and Emmet all of Wolbach, Nebraska. After her marriage she and her husband lived at Gretna, Nebraska eight years. In 1890 they moved to Howard County, settling on a farm a mile and a half south of Wolbach where they wrestled with the early years of pioneer conditions. February 7, 1922, they celebrated their golden anniversary. Her husband preceded her to the great beyond October 19, 1924. Since that time she has lived on the home place. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and was a member of this congregation. She leaves to mourn the loss two brothers, namely Fritz Peetz of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and August Peetz of Omaha, Nebraska, her six surviving sons, twenty-four grandchildren and four great grand children, and many other relatives. The family, being well known, after long residence, have the profound sympathy of the entire community. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy expressed at the time of the death of our beloved mother and sister, Mrs. J. H. Wagner, and we highly appreciate the many beautiful floral gifts sent. Mr. J. O. Wagner and family, Mr. P. H. Wagner and family, Mr. C. J. Wagner and family, Mr. John T. Wagner and family, Mr. Gus R. Wagner and family, Mr. C. E. Wagner and family, Fritz Peetz, August Peetz.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 27, 1930

Louise Wilhelmine Engel (Schneider) Wagner, 1873-1926
Mrs. Gustav Wagner Passes Away – The community was shocked last Sunday morning to hear of the death of Mrs. Gustav Wagner, at her home on the Peder Hansen farm east of town. Mrs. Wagner had not been very strong for some time, and was taken seriously ill the middle of last week. It did not seem advisable to try to take her to Grand Island, so she was operated upon at her home, Saturday. She passed away early Sunday morning. This is the second sad death that has occurred within this community within a few days, where the mother in the home was taken and the whole community has deep sympathy for the grieving ones in the broken homes. OBITUARY – Louise Wilhelmine Engel Schneider was born in Germany, January 5, 1878. She came to America when she was four years old, and lived during the early part of her life in Richardson county, Nebraska. Later she came to the vicinity of Wolbach, where the remainder of her life was spent. In infancy she was baptized in the Lutheran church, and was confirmed in Richardson county. She became a member of Trinity Lutheran church in Wolbach, and was in regular standing at the time of her death. September 11, 1894, she was united in marriage to Gustav Wagner. To this union five children were born, four of whom are living, namely, Mrs. Emma Taylor of Wolbach, Mrs. Lena Skiles and Mrs. Anna Ackerman of Kansas City, Kansas, and Miss Marie Wagner at home. Frederick Carl died in infancy. Beside her husband and four daughters, there remain to mourn the loss two sisters, Mrs. Emil Rother of Craig, Missouri, and Mrs. John Ohrt of Langdon, Missouri, and seven grand-children. Those who preceded her in death are her father and mother, one sister and one brother. She died at her home east of Wolbach December 19, 1926, aged 48 years, 11 months and 14 days. She was a good, kind neighbor, an affectionate wife, a loving mother, and a loyal church member. She always did her part in the promotion of the interests of the church. She will be missed in the congregation and in the Ladies’ Aid Society. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, and will leave a vacant place in that organization. All the surviving relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. R. A. White, were held in Trinity Lutheran church, Tuesday, December 21, 1926, at 2 p.m. The burial was in Hillside cemetery. The Royal Neighbor Camp of Wolbach rendered their burial service at the grave. CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank neighbors and friends for their kind assistance and expression of sympathy at the time of the illness and death of our loved one. We especially wish to thank the Royal Neighbors, the Woodmen, the Ladies Aid, and the Senior class for the beautiful flowers sent. The many kindnesses shown at this time will long be remembered. Gustav Wagner, Mrs. Emma Taylor, Mrs. Lena Skiles, Mrs. Chester Ackerman, Miss Marie Wagner.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, December 23, 1926

Maxine Wagner, 1916-1938
Last Rites For Maxine Wagner – Rev. Haugse Conducts Last Rites Wednesday; Death Followed Brief Illness at Grand Island – The esteem with which Mrs. Maxine Wagner was held was witnessed Wednesday afternoon when the Trinity Lutheran Church failed to seat the host of relatives and friends who gathered to pay their last respects and who proffered an array of floral tributes, at the services conducted by the pastor Rev. Ernest Haugse at 3:00 o’clock. The church services followed brief services in the parental Emmett Wagner home at 2:30. Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery. At the church Mrs. J. C. Wilson sang a solo and the church choir rendered two selections. Flower girls were Mrs. Jack Feathers, Miss Mary Amenda, Miss Margaret Hickman, Miss Dorothy Jackson, Mrs. Marjorie Burke and Mrs. Jessie Knight, most of whom were from Grand Island. Pall bearers were: Thomas Walkin, Jack Feathers, John Wagner, Walter Meincke and Walter Knight of Grand Island and Clayton Jacobsen of St. Paul. As Maxine Wagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Wagner, she was born December 26, 1916, at the present family home south of Wolbach and passed to her reward at the St. Francis hospital in Grand Island, January 9, 1939 at the age of 22 years and 14 days. Her death was attributed to a brain tumor and appendicitis complications. In the early childhood she was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wolbach of which she remained a faithful member. She attended the Wolbach high school until her marriage to Linzel Martin on November 26, 1932. To this union, which was later broken, a daughter, Phyllis Jean, was born. The past few years she has made her home at Grand Island, where she was most recently employed at the Hotel Stratton. Maxine had a kind and loving disposition and endeared herself to all that knew her. She leaves to mourn her passing, besides her daughter, Phyllis Jean; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Wagner, one sister, Mrs. Virgene Feathers of Cheyenne, Wyo., her maternal grandfather, William Messner and her fiancé, Gerald Classen of Grand Island, besides a host of other relatives and friends. The Messenger joins the Wolbach community in extending heartfelt sympathy to those bereft.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 12, 1938

Fannie (Bruna) Wanek, 1888-1948
Last Rites Held Jan. 19 For Mrs. John Wanek – Fannie Bruna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bruna, was born November 23, 1888 in Box Butte County and passed away January 16, 1948 at her home in the Belgrade community at the age of 59 years, 1 month and 13 days. For the past 36 years had lived with her family in Boone and Nance County and has been an invalid for the last few years. In 1905 she was united in marriage to John Wanek. To this union were born three sons: Geo. at home, Joe and Emil of Belgrade; and two daughters; Mrs. Ann LaCour of Red Oak, Iowa and Amy Killinger of Wolbach. Besides her husband and children she leaves a granddaughter, Rogene Ann La Cour, three sisters, Mrs. Ed Wanek of Primrose; Mrs. Tonie Gabriel of Bison, Oklahoma; and Mrs. George Wanek of Albion, and three brothers, John of Belgrade; Joe of Alma, and Frank of Hershey. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mrs. J. B. Schlossen of Perry, Oklahoma, who passed away just three years ago to the day. Funeral services were also on the same day. Funeral services were held the following Monday at the Presbyterian Church at Fullerton, Rev. Carl Sandburg officiating. Pallbearers were: O. V. Adams, Alec Jewell, Lyle Morse, Fred Prentice, George Hansen and Walter Rieck. Burial in the Fullerton cemetery. Relatives from a distance attending the last rites for Mrs. John Wanek were: Mr. and Mrs. George J. Wanek, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wanek, Agnes and George and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bartels of Primrose, Mrs. Frank Stelly of Los Angeles, California, Mr. and Mrs. Milton La Cour and Rogene Ann of Red Oak, Iowa, Mrs. Tonie Gabriel and James of Bison, Oklahoma; Joe Bruna and Fred of Alma.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 5, 1948

Harriet P. (McGervey) Watt, 1839-1927
Mrs. J. D. Watt Passes Away Saturday Harriet P. McGervey was born at Xenia, O., May 11, 1839. She was married in 1858 to Jacob D. Watt and for a number of years her home was at Lima, O., that being the birthplace of her eleven children, one of whom died in infancy. Having decided to move to Nebraska they arrived at Scotia August 1, 1885, where the deceased resided with her family till after the death of her husband in 1906, when with several of her children she went to live in Omaha. For the past four years she has been a bed-fast patient, but in spite of this fact always most patient and uncomplaining and an inspiration to everyone, especially to her children, each of whom made frequent pilgrimages to her bedside. Her final sickness lasted but four days and she passed away Saturday morning, May 28, 1927. She had passed her 88th birthday on May 11, when she was able to greet a number of her friends who called upon her. Therefore at her death her age was 88 years and 17 days. She left to mourn her loss ten children, four sons, Charles E., Chicago, Ill.; Harmon H., Western Springs, Ill.; Fred J. Joliet, Ill.; Arthur M., Omaha; and six daughters: Mrs. Minnie True, Omaha; Mrs. Louella Tolbert, Kearney; Mrs. Harriet Duerr, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Emma Bennitt, St. Joseph, Mo.; Miss Bess Watt, Omaha, Mrs. Helen Plantz, Rushville. Sixteen grand children, four great grand children and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Chew, of Xenia, O., besides a wide circle of friends. Funeral services were held at the home in Omaha on the afternoon of Memorial Sunday. Nine of her children, other relatives and a houseful of friends being there to pay tribute to her memory. The body was accompanied to Scotia by eight children and a grand daughter on Monday, May 30. A host of old friends met the funeral party at the station and accompanied them to Mt. Hope Cemetery, where under a smiling sky in a place made beautiful by Decoration Day flowers and flags, her body was laid to rest.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, June 2, 1927, pg. 1, column 5

Gene Asa Watts, 1936-1938
Small Son of Asa Watts Is Drowned – Boy Found Dead in Stock Tank Friday; Services Held Here Sunday Afternoon at 2 p.m. – Gene Asa Watts, elder son of Asa and Esther Watts, was born August 19, 1936, and passed away August 26, 1938 at the age of two years and one week. He leaves to mourn his untimely departure, his father, mother and one brother, Leland Roy, one year old. Also his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Watts, and Mr. Nels Peterson, besides many relatives, neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Wolbach, Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m. conducted by the pastor, Rev. G. M. Bing. Pallbearers were Darold Studley, Dwain Bussell, Leonard Wibbels and Charles Berganzel. Flower girls were Peggy Cartwright, Phyllis Bussell, Shirley Studley and Anabelle Berney. Appropriate music was tendered by a ladies’ choir, consisting of Mrs. A. H. Holm, Mrs. Luers, Mrs. Hester Lowe, Misses Ruth Luers, Betty Jean Bissell and Willa Day Miller, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. H. C. Adams. Burial was in the Wolbach cemetery. The sincere sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved parents and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 1, 1938

Lena (Jurgenson) Webb, 1883-1937
Mrs. Lena Webb Dies Suddenly – Funeral Services for Mrs. Lena Webb, 53, who passed away suddenly at her home in the Cottonwood community April 23, were held from the Palmer Lutheran Church with the Rev. B. Holm conducting the last rites. Services were also held at the home of a sister, Mrs. Clausen, at West Point, Nebr., where interment was made. Lena Jurgenson Webb was born at Hutchinson, Minn., October 27, 1883, and passed away Friday evening, April 23, 1937. Her death came as a shock to her family and friends as she had been in her usual health that evening, having taken care of her ordinary work. When a small child she came with her parents to Nebraska where they settled at West Point. In the year 1906 she was united in marriage to Edward Webb at this place. They moved to the farm in Nance county in 1922 where she resided until her untimely death. Mr. Webb preceded her in death in November 1928. She is survived by three daughters, namely, Mrs. Charlotte Baker of Archer, Mrs. Thelma Fox of Palmer, Idaho, and Miss Ethel at home, four sons, Alvin, Arthur, Edward, and Elwood at home, and residing in the community, two grand children, four sisters, two brothers and many other relatives and friends. Mrs. Webb had been a reporter for the Cottonwood community for this newspaper for several years and the editor joins this community in extending heartfelt sympathy to the family in their bereavement.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 29, 1937

William Albert Webber 1866-1927
Obituary William Albert Webber was born in Cleveland, Ohio, September 24, 1866 and died at his home in Altoona, Kansas, on June 20, at the age of 60 years, 9 months and 27 days. At the age of 8 years he moved with his father to Lincoln, Nebraska, as his mother died when he was a small child, and in 1877 he moved with his father to Beaver City, Nebraska, and after living there one year his father passed on and when a boy of 15 years of age he went to Sterling, Colorado, with his brother, Theodore. There he lived until the age of 21 years, when he was united in marriage to Sarah McDonnell, at Sidney, Nebraska, then he and his wife moved back to Beaver City, Nebraska, where they lived until 1901, when he and his family moved to Iliff, Colorado, where they lived until 1903, when he moved to North Loup, Nebraska, where he has lived in the vicinity of North Loup and Scotia until 4 years ago [when] he moved to Altoona, Kansas, where he resided until his death. He was a member of the Woodman lodge at North Loup for years, and a true brother to his lodge. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and two children; Theodore Webber, Gibbon, Nebraska, and Mrs. Frank Keppel, Scotia, Nebraska, and nine grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Henry Kasson, North Loup, Nebraska, one brother, Henry Webber, Beaver City Nebraska, and a host of friends.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, June 30, 1927, pg. 1, column 4

Barbara Sophia (Thostesen) Weed, 1874-1937
Mrs. R. N. Weed Called To Reward – After an illness of several weeks and following a major operation, from which she was apparently recovering, Mrs. R. N. Weed was called to her eternal reward Monday morning at a Grand Island hospital. Funeral services were conducted from the Trinity Lutheran church Wednesday at 1:30 by the pastor Rev. J. S. Rhine with interment in the Hillside cemetery. Rev. W. J. Chittenden of McCool Junction assisted with the services. As Barbara Sophia Thostesen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Thostesen, she was born January 3, 1874 in Juleland, Denmark, and departed this life August 23, 1937 at the age of 63 years, eight months and 20 days. In infancy she was baptized and confirmed in the Danish Lutheran church. She migrated to this country in 1907, and that year at St. Louis, Mo. she was united in marriage to Rasmus N. Weed in November, shortly after which they came to Greeley county locating in this community. To this union two children were born, namely, Mrs. Bertha Julia Tharp of Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Nels C. Weed of this place both of whom survive. Her husband preceded her in death April 1, 1929. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Tharp of Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Rev. and Mrs. Walter Chittenden of McCool Junction. To Mr. Weed and Mrs. Tharp who have lost the one they have cherished most, one whose place can never be filled again in their hearts, we offer heartfelt and understanding sympathy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 26, 1937

Rasmus N. Weed, 1857-1929
R. N. Weed Passes On After Lingering Illness – After an illness of several months, Mr. R. N. Weed passed away at his home in Wolbach last Monday forenoon, April 1, at the age of 71 years, 6 months and 27 days. Mr. Weed was born in Lolan, Denmark, September 4, 1857. He migrated to America in 1886 at the age of 29. He first located in Wisconsin but soon he moved to Chicago where he lived for five years. Then he moved to Omaha, and later to Kansas City and St. Louis. At St. Louis he met Miss Barbara Sophie Thostesen and they were united in marriage, Nov. 10, 1907. They moved to Nebraska making Wolbach their home. To this union two children were born, Nels Christian and Bertha Julia. He became Janitor of the Wolbach Public Schools in 1910 and this position he held for 18 years until his health began failing him. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife Barbra Sophie and two children, one daughter, Bertha Julia and one son, Nels Christian; also five brothers, Rev. N. P. Long of Chicago, Fred and George, both of Chicago, also Hans and Bernhard of Denmark and two sisters, Marion and Carrie. Mr. Weed was baptized in the Danish Lutheran Church in childhood in Denmark. He was a good Christian worker, a faithful and loving husband and a devoted father. Funeral services are to be held this (Thursday) afternoon at Trinity Lutheran church in Wolbach, conducted by Rev. R. A. White.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 4, 1929

Dorothy Mae Wegner, 1924-1924
Dorothy Mae Wegner, little daughter of Mr. (sic) and Henry Wegner living east of town passed away last Friday morning. She had been quite sick for the past month or so, but her condition was not considered serious. Her death came as a sad shock to her loving parents and relatives. Funeral services were held in the M.E. church Sunday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in Mount Hope cemetery. An obituary will be found elsewhere in this week's issue.- OBITUARY - Dorothy Mae Wegner, child of Henry and Mae Wegner was born July 6, 1924 and died December 5, 1924, lacking one day of being 5 months old. She was taken sick four weeks ago Monday. Some days she was well and at other times she was worse making her sickness linger a long time, until she passed from a loving home. She had a very sweet disposition and had a smile for everyone. She brought great happiness to the home but passed away suddenly. She was lots of company for the family and she will be sadly missed. She leaves to mourn her loss her father and mother, great grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wegner and Mrs. Dorothy Suck, her grand parents Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Dunkleberger, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Wegner, uncles and aunts, Dan, Martha, Willie, Anna, Elsther (sic) and Ella Wegner and Pearl Dunkleberger and many more relatives and friends.- CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to our many friends and neighors for their sympathy and kindness during the sickness and death of our beloved little daughter and granddaughter. And many thanks to our friends who worked so hard to make it possible to get over the roads.- Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wegner, - Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wegner and family.- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Dunkleberger and family.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Vol. XXX, Thursday, Dec 11, 1924, pg. 1, col 5 and col 6.

Elmer Louis Wegner, 1926-1926
WEGNER BABY DIES The three month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wegner passed away early yesterday morning, as the result of double pneumonia.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, October 28, 1926, pg. 1, column 2

OBITUARY Elmer Louis Wegner, child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wegner, was born July 15, 1926, and passed away on October 27, 1926, at the age of 3 months and 12 days. It was not noticed that the child was sick until six o'clock Tuesday morning, and he passed away the same day at five minutes until one o'clock. He was of a very sweet disposition and had a smile for everyone. He brought great happiness to the home and was the source of much company to the family, and he will now be sadly missed. Left to mourn his departure are his loving parents; his sister; his great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wegner and Mrs. Dorothy Suck; his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Dunkelberger and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wegner; his uncles and aunts, Dan, Willie, Esther and Ella Wegner and Pearl Dunkleberger, also Mrs. Arthur Meyer, Mrs. Robert Smith and many more relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the Fish Creek Evangelical church, October 29th at 2 p.m., Rev. R. M. Reynolds officiating. Burial was made in Mount Hope Cemetery. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble For God is the King of all the earth; Sing ye praises with understanding, Arise for our help, and Redeem us for thy mercies sake.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXII, Thursday, November 4, 1926, pg. 1, column 5

Ella Naomi (Boyle) Welch, 1856-1936
Pioneer of Cushing Laid to Rest Sun. – A pioneer of Howard county, the death of Mrs. John Welch at Cushing, Friday, January 24, cast a pall of sorrow over that community. Friends and relatives throughout this section were grieved to learn of her death which was due to heart complications. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Raymond Rush of St. Paul in the Welch home at Cushing Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The body was laid to rest in the Spring Creek cemetery. Pall bearers were: Herman Lucht, Clifford Smith, Ed Tuma, M. G. Golden, Ira Sailing and Tony Fredricksen. OBITUARY -- Ella Naomi Boyle was born at Freeport, Illinois, January 18, 1856 and departed this life January 24, 1936 after attaining the age of eighty years and six days. She grew to womanhood and attended school at Lanark, Illinois. While in Illinois she united with the Christian church in 1874. December 24, 1879 she was united in marriage to John Welch of Anamosa, Iowa, following which they moved to St. Paul, Nebraska, where they resided three years before locating in the Cushing vicinity. The past sixteen years they have resided in Cushing. To their union six children were born, two dying in infancy. She leaves to mourn her passing: her aged husband, four children, namely: Mrs. Tressie Petersen of Cushing, Mr. Geo. Welch of Cushing, Mrs. Merle Myers of Alliance and Mrs. Ella Bombeck of Cushing, one sister, three brothers, 18 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She experienced the joys and sorrows that accompanied the struggle for livelihood in those early days. Known for her love and duty to her family and community, her passing will be doubly grieved, for she gave her life in neighborliness, Christian charity and devotion to her fellow men. "A pioneer in deed and heart, She lived a humble life replete With love and duty to those near, But, alas—it became complete. Mourn not her peaceful departure, But consider her quiet passing As a Call from Above to a most Beautiful reward everlasting." The Messenger joins the many many friends and neighbors of the bereaved family in extending sincere and profound sympathy.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 30, 1936

D. C. Wenzell, 1868-1923
D. C. Wenzell Dead – D. C. Wenzell passed away at his home at Sheridan, Wyo., on Wednesday morning of last week. Mr. Wenzell was a brother to Mrs. Ruple of Wolbach. In speaking of Mr. Wenzell’s death the Kearney Daily Hub says: Word has been received here of the death of D. C. Wenzell at Sheridan, Wyo. on Wednesday morning. Mr. Wenzell is a brother of W. S. Wenzell of this city and Mrs. B. B. Pierce, the latter being called to Wyoming several days ago when it was learned that her brother was to be operated upon for appendicitis. Mr. Wenzell came to Kearney with his parents nearly fifty years ago and was raised to manhood here. The funeral is to be held in Sheridan.-- D. C. Wenzell Dies – D. C. Wenzell, a brother to Mrs. Hattie Ruple of Wolbach, and at the time of death a prominent attorney of Sheridan, Wyoming, passed away on Wednesday of last week. The Sheridan Enterprise gives the following account of his death: After an illness of more than three weeks following an emergency operation for appendicitis undergone at the Sheridan County Memorial hospital, death at 4 o’clock Wednesday morning claimed Attorney D. C. Wenzell, resident of Sheridan for nearly a quarter of a century and one of the best known and most influential lawyers of the state. The late Mr. Wenzell was born October 2, 1868 at Mount Ayr, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wenzell. He was educated in Mount Ayr public schools and was graduated from Kearney, Nebraska high school in 1884. Four years were devoted to teaching school in Buffalo county. In 1891 and 1892 he was editor and city editor of The Kearney Daily Enterprise, later becoming a member of the law firm of Nye and Wenzell at Kearney. In 1901 he located in Sheridan and engaged in the general practice of law. Br. Wenzell was admitted to practice before the Wyoming supreme court in 1903, and the same year joined E. E. Lonabaugh in the law firm of Lonabaugh and Wenzell, which after the graduation of Harvey Lonabaugh became the firm of Lonabaugh, Wenzell and Lonabaugh. Mr. Wenzell was admitted to practice before the district and circuit courts of the United States, and was district court commissioner for the Fourth Wyoming Judicial district from 1912 until the time of his death. In the fraternal and civic life of the city he always took a prominent part. At the time of his death he was a member of the executive board of the Sheridan Commercial club; past grand of Sheridan Lodge No. 19, I.O.O.F., and a member of all of the York Rite bodies of Masonry—Sheridan Lodge No. 8 A.F.&A.M.; De Molay Commandery No. 6, Knight Templar; Sheridan Chapter No. 8, Royal Arch Masons and Kalif Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Besides his widow the late Mr. Wenzell is survived by one daughter, Miss Pearl Wenzell, one brother, W. S. Wenzell of Kearney, and two sisters, Mrs. B. B. Pierce of Kearney and Mrs. Hattie Ruple of Wolbach, Nebraska. His mother, Mrs. Samuel Wenzell, passed away April 3, 1923, at her home at Kearney, aged 88 years. Funeral services for Mr. Wenzell will be conducted at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church, Dr. George F. Klein and Rev. E. K. Morrow officiating. The services at the church will be followed by the Masonic burial service at Mount Hope.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 5, 1923

Albert Werner, Sr., ca.1864-1937
Albert Werner, Sr. Dies At Cotesfield -- Cotesfield, Neb. Feb 5. (Special) – Albert Werner, Sr. 73 years age and long prominent in business circles of the Loup Valley, died at 9:30 o’clock, Thursday evening, at his home here following a protracted illness. He was the senior member of the firm of Werner and Weinrich, operators of a general merchandise store, and before coming to Cotesfield was in business at Boelus, Farwell and Scotia. Surviving are three daughters and two sons. His wife preceded him in death five years ago. Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon. – G. I. Independent. – Mr. Werner is the father of Albert Werner, Jr., formerly connected in the banking business at Wolbach, and owned the house now occupied by the Jacob Hansen family and Mrs. Elliott.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 11, 1937

Elmer West, 1877-1925
ELMER WEST PASSES AWAY AFTER SHORT ILLNESS Elmer West, a widely known resident of Greeley County passed away at his home in Scotia, at four o'clock Monday morning. About three weeks ago Mr. West was stopped from work because of an attack of acute brights disease and from that time has been bedfast, growing weaker each day. The end came after he had spent an easier day than usual on Sunday. Mr. West was born in Iowa and moved to Greeley county about 1895. After a few years at Scotia he moved to Greeley, where he resided for some time and then back to Scotia. He was actively engaged in business during most of the time spent at Greeley and Scotia and was widely known over the entire county. When death came he was a little past 47 years of age. We extend the deepest sympathy of the community. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock. A large crowd of friends and relatives assembled to pay tribute to the deceased. The services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Monkman and interment was made in the Mount Hope cemetery. Several selections were sung by a special quartette. An abundance of beautiful floral bouquets and wreaths covered the casket. Out of town immediate relatives who attended the funeral were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Justin West and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. West of Grand Island, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Parker of Denver, Colorado and Mrs. Zack Whitney of Chappell.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXI, Thursday, July 16, 1925, pg. 1, column 6

Elmer West was born in Marion Co. Iowa, November 24, 1877 and departed from this life at his home in Scotia, July 13, 1925, aged 47 years, 7 months and 19 days. He came to Nebraska with his parents in 1887 and has been a resident of Greeley county from that time until his death. In 1899 he was united in marriage to Pearl Mitchell of Scotia, who survives him. To this union were born 4 children, William J. of Grand Island, Edna, Gladyce, and Ralph living at home. At the time of his death he was Justice of the Peace of Scotia precinct. At one time he was Mayor of Scotia and also served on the school board of the public school of this place. He was always very enthusiastic over any movement that was for the betterment of his town or community. He had been ailing for some time but had only been bed fast about 3 weeks and his death was very sudden and unexpected to his relatives and friends. He leaves to mourn their loss a beloved wife, four children, three grand children, two brothers, Justin H. of Grand Island, Floyd of Long Beach, California, two sisters, Nellie Parker of Denver, Colorado, Bertie Witney of Chappell besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the Scotia Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock by the Pastor, Rev. Jesse A. Monkman and interment made at the Mt. Hope cemetery. Much tender sympathy is felt for the sorrowing family.
IF I SHOULD DIE TONIGHT My friends would call to mind with loving thought, Some kindly deed the icy hand had wrought, Some gentle word the frozen lips had said; Errands on which the willing feet had sped- The memory of my selfishness and pride, My hasty words, would all be put aside, and so I would be mourned tonight. Oh friends I pray tonight keep not your kisses for my dead cold brow.
The way is lonely let me feel them now. Think gently of me; I am travel worn, My faltering feet are pierced with many a thorn. Forgive, O hearts estranged, forgive, I plead, When dreamless rest is mine, I shall not need the tenderness for which I long tonight. - Con
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXI, Thursday, July 23, 1925, pg. 1, column 2

Justin Hilary West, 1876-1927
Obituary of Justin West Justin Hilary West was born March 24, 1876 at Otley, Marion County, Iowa. His parents moved to Missouri and later to Kansas, finally settling in Nebraska. March 15, 1899, he was united in marriage to Maude O. Blanchard at Cotesfield. They lived at that place until September 1, 1917, when the family moved to Grand Island, Nebraska. Mr. West was engaged in farming and Real Estate. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. West all of whom are living. Walter G. West lives at Miami, Florida, Hilary B. West and Evelyn B. West reside at Grand Island, Nebraska. He is also survived by two sisters and one brother: Mrs. Orin Parker of Big Springs, Nebraska, Mrs. Z. F. Whitney of Chappel, Nebraska, and Floyd A. West of Long Beach, California, and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. West was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Scotia and of the M. W. A. The impressive funeral services were conducted by the Masonic Order of Scotia, and was largely attended by the citizens of this place.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, July 14, 1927, pg. 1, column 2

Infant Wetzel, 1927-1927 age 17 days
Death Claims Infant Child of Dave Wetzel The seventeen day old child of David and Betty Wetzel passed away May 29th, and was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery. The funeral services were held at the house at 10:00 a.m., conducted by Rev. R. M. Reynolds of the Evangelical church. The friends and neighbors sympathize with the family in their sorrow.
The Scotia Register, Volume XXXIII, Thursday, June 2, 1927, pg. 1, column 4

John Jacob Wetzel, 1847-1924
ANOTHER PIONEER AND CIVIL WAR VETERAN GONE TO HIS REWARD - John Jacob Wetzel Bugler of Grand Army of the Republic Dies at Soldier's Home - John Jacob Wetzel was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 10, 1847 and died at his home, 2327 Lafayette St., Grand Island, Nebraska at 10 o'clock, Tuesday, June 24, 1924 after suffering with cancer trouble for nearly two years. He was operated on September 22, 1922 at St. Frances hospital, but gained relief for only a short time. After consulting many different physicians learned there was nothing that could be done. He bore his suffering patiently until a day or two before death claimed him, his suffering ceased and he was at peace. The deceased came to Nebraska from Illinois with his wife and five children in the fall of 1879, the other children being born in Nebraska. He located near Scotia, where they went through the hardships of the early day settlers. Only those who have gone through with them know what it means. In 1908 Mr. Wetzel filed on a homestead 3 miles north of Burwell, Nebraska, living there until October 1913. He and his wife were admitted to membership at the Soldiers' Home at Burkett and buying a home near there have resided near there until death claimed him. At the early age of 15 years, Mr. Wetzel joined the volunteers in Company B, 12th Illinois cavalry and served as bugler till the end of the Civil War. He is survived by a loving wife, 8 daughters and 3 sons as follows: Mr. Nick Wetzel of Horace, Mrs. Anna Brown of Grand Island, Mr. Wm. Wetzel of Burkett, Mrs. Lottie Welsh of Horace, Mr. Dave Wetzel of North Loup, Mrs. Emma Dubry of Lincoln, Mrs. Laura Welsh of Grand Island, Mrs. May Crosley of Spalding, Mrs. Dora Freese of Scotia, Mrs. Iva Bales of Grand Island, and one daughter, Miss Lillian Wetzel still at home. All were present at the funeral which was held at the chapel at the Soldiers' Home at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. Stich of the Methodist church of Grand Island and interment made in the home cemetery. Mr. Wetzel was a man of strong character, honest in all his dealings, loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a good and kind husband and father and very devoted to all his loved ones. We will all miss him as he made his yearly visits to this community to visit his children and old time friends living near here. We are thankful and glad he was spared us so many years and we find comfort in knowing he has gone to his reward where there is no sickness or suffering.
The Scotia Register, Scotia, Nebraska, Volume XXX, Thursday, July 3, 1924, pg. 1, column 1

Rev. Robert Alpheus White, 1854-1934
Rev. White, D. D., Answers Final Summons – Wolbach was hushed by sadness Sunday when word reached here that Dr. White had passed away the night before in Omaha. During the twenty years Rev. White was pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church, by his cheerful kindliness he endeared himself to every man, woman and child in the entire community. His daughter, Helen Cotta Daggett of Whitewater, Wisconsin and son Rev. Paul White of New York City were with their mother at the bedside when the end came. The body was brought here Sunday. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in Trinity Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. Dr. Guss, President of the Nebraska Synod, Dr. Martin and Dr. Mendenhall of Midland College, Dr. Harmon of Grand Island and the local pastor. Interment was made at Benedict where Rev. Ernest Mortensen had charge of the services at the grave. The pall bearers were Alfred Johnson of Ericson, Algie Wibbels, Andrew Anderson, Arthur C. Larson, J. J. Schow and John Behrman. Those who attended from a distance were Mr. Luther White of Meeker, Colorado; Rev. Geo. White and George Jr. of Guymon, Okla.; Helen Cotta Daggett of Whitewater, Wisconsin; Mrs. Laura Martin, Miss Alice Martin, Mr. Will Martin and Mrs. Catherine Stanley of Madison, Kansas; Mrs. Meda Gillam of Kansas City; Dr. and Mrs. Harman, Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Augustine, Andrew Campbell and Wm. Calhoun of Grand Island; Mr. and Mrs. Carr of Horace; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Johnson, Margaret and Alfred Johnson of Ericson; Dr. and Mrs. Mendenhall, Dr. Horace Martin, Dr. Rangler, Dr. Joe Miller of Fremont and Miss Mae Livings of Davenport. The sympathy of the entire countryside goes out to the sorrowing family. Obituary – Robert Alpheus White was born in Frederick county, Virginia, November 23, 1854. He died January 27, 1934 at the age of 79 years, two months and 4 days. He was born of Christian parents and was baptized when a child. His father was William D. White and his mother’s maiden name was Katherine Fletcher. In his early years he lived with his parents near Winchester, Virginia, where they attended the Lutheran Church under the pastorate of Dr. Krauth, Sr. In the autumn of 1856 the family emigrated to Iowa. Here he came under the influence of the preaching of a Lutheran minister by the name of Rev. J. W. Kitch, who greatly impressed him as to the importance of living a Christian life. In 1870 the family moved to Kansas, locating near Ottawa. Here on Easter, 1871 he was confirmed by Rev. D. S. Altman, the father of F. D. Altman, who was later connected with the Western Theological Seminary at Atchison. In 1873, the family located on a farm in Lyon county, Kansas. While located in this community he was engaged in teaching school for ten years, and attended the State Normal School at Emporia, Kansas. For a time the family were united with the Methodist Protestant church inasmuch as the nearest Lutheran Church was at Eureka, 35 miles away. As a young man he was much interested in religion and engaged in Sunday School and other religious activities. It was while teaching that he determined to enter the Gospel Ministery, and he again sought affiliations with the Lutheran Church. For a time he studied privately under the direction of Rev. L. C. Groseclose, a retired Lutheran minister residing at Eureka, Kansas. On May 11, 1878 he was married to Miss Adelia Sonnedecker, at Emporia, Kansas. Four children were born to this union. In 1880 he was licensed to preach for one year by the Kansas Synod. In 1883 he went with his small family to Selinegrove, Penn., where he entered the Theological Seminary of Missionary Institute now Susquehanna University. He finished his course in the Theological Seminary in the spring of 1886, and returned to Kansas where he was ordained October 16, 1886 by the Kansas Synod which met at Waterville. His first regular parish was at Oakland, Tekamah and Grace Church in the country. After serving this parish one year he resigned and accepted a call to Waverly, Nebraska where he served for two years. In February 1890, he became pastor of the Benedict Nebraska charge where he continued until January 12, 1898. At this time he again accepted a call to the Waverly charge and served this parish for a second time for a period of seven years during which time he resided at Lincoln, Nebraska. In January 1905, Rev. White took charge of a mission at York, Nebr., where he was the pastor for eight years and three months. On May the first 1913 he became the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Wolbach, Nebraska, and served in connection with this, the congregation at Ericson, Nebraska. On February 1, 1932 he resigned from the Wolbach-Ericson parish in order to retire from the active ministry. At the request of the congregation he continued to supply this parish until August 6, 1933. For twenty years and three months he was the active pastor of the Wolbach-Ericson parish. At the conclusion of his pastoral activities he was elected Pastor Emeritus by the Wolbach congregation. During his service as pastor of this charge many children were baptized, a large number were confirmed and others were received into the active membership of this parish. His influence in this community was such that today there are many who will rise up and say "Blessed be the name of Pastor White" because of what he meant to their lives. In June 1928 Midland conferred upon Rev. White the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. During his active ministry he was secretary of the Nebr. Synod from 1898 to 1902 and was the historian from 1913 to 1931. Dr. White preached his last sermon January 7, 1934. On account of impaired health he, on January 22 he entered the Emmanuel Lutheran Hospital at Omaha, where on Saturday night January 27, he entered into life eternal. On April 3, 1897 his first wife died. He was married again June 1901 to Miss Augusta Stracke. To this union were born two children. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and the following children: Luther U., Meeker, Colorado; R. Fred, Palo Alto, California; Rev. George C. White, Guymon, Okla.; Rev. Paul C. White, Ph.D. New York City; Mrs. Helen Cotta Daggett, Whitewater, Wisconsin. One sister, Mrs. Laura Martin, Madison, Kansas and seven grand children, three girls and four boys.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 1, 1934

Lucretia (Miller) Whitt, 1850-1923
Obituary – Mrs. Lucretia Miller died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Johnson, residing near Elba, on September 11, 1923 following an illness of several weeks, at the ripe old age of 73 years, 6 months and 18 days. The deceased was born in Dalton, Ohio February 23, 1850. When a small girl she moved with her parents to Harrison county, Missouri, where she grew to young womanhood. During her early childhood she united with the Baptist church and during all these years she was a consistent and devoted church member and a church-goer. At the age of 17 years she was united in marriage to L. D. Whitt. To this union four children were born. Ten years later they moved to Kansas, where they resided until 1892, when they moved to Nebraska, settling on a farm near Wolbach, where the following year her husband passed from this earth to his home above. Since the death of her husband she has made her home with her children, and at the soldiers home in Grand Island. On July 5th, last she went from Grand Island to Elba to spend some time visiting with her daughter, Mrs. John Johnson and family, and a few days later was stricken and from that time until the day of her death all that loving hands and medical skill could do availed nothing against the approach of the grim reaper of lives, and as above stated she passed to her heavenly abode last Tuesday well prepared for the long trip to the other world. As the end of her earthly career drew near she remarked that her life’s work was finished and that she was ready to go. Thus ended the life of this good woman who has done so much to better the world in which she lived for a brief span of time. A life spent in self-sacrifice for the good of others. Her works will live on and on even after she is forgotten by her former associates and friends. Her first thoughts were for the welfare of her family and her friends and thoughts of her own welfare were of a secondary consideration. She leaves to mourn her going two sons and one daughter. They are, Will of Grand Island, Griff, of Wolbach and Mrs. Johnson of Elba. Eighteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren also survive her. She leaves two sisters in Kenatchee, Washington as well. Mrs. Whitt leaves as a fitting monument of her life’s work, these fine children and grandchildren who will continue doing good as she did before them and the good she performed in this life will continue for a long time as her children will follow in her footsteps in the same line of doing good that she did. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon about 2 o’clock, and the remains were conveyed to the little country cemetery about nine miles north-east of Wolbach, where they were tenderly laid to rest. The Messenger desires to extend sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family in their sorrow and distress.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 20, 1923

Albert Wibbels, ca. 1863-1946
Former Resident Dies At Arcadia – Funeral services were held January 27 at Arcadia for Albert Wibbels, who died at his home there at the age of 83 years. Mr. Wibbels lived on a homestead near Wolbach for several years. The family moved to Arcadia in 1907. Surviving are his wife and three children.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, February 7, 1946

Anna Margaret (Kasseldar) Wibbels, 1863-1945
MRS. WIBBELS DIES THURSDAY – Funeral Services For Native Of Holland Are Held Sunday – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in Wolbach at the Methodist church for Mrs. John D. Wibbels, 81, a resident of this vicinity for many years. Mrs. Wibbels died Thursday in Hastings. Rev. W. J. Primrose of St. Paul and Rev. A. C. Ehert of North Loup conducted the last rites. Burial was in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers: C. M. Anderson, J. C. Wilson, George Cordes, Dave Marco, Fritz Wagner and Dr. A. H. Holm. Born in Holland December 3, 1863, Mrs. Wibbels’ maiden name was Anna Margaret Kasseldar. When she was three years old she immigrated to this country with her parents. She grew to womanhood in Fillmore county, Minn. On October 21, 1884 she was married to John D. Wibbels at Fullerton, Neb. Her husband preceded her in death July 4, 1941. Surviving are four sons and one daughter. They are John R. of Elba, Garrett and Algie of Wolbach, Alonzo of Centralia, Mo., and Mrs. Leona Anderson of Walnut, Ia. Other survivors include two brothers and four sisters: Charles Kasseldar of Ericson, John Kasseldar of Burwell, Hattie Rickly of Henry, Neb., Jennie Mark of Torrington, Wyo., Bessie Bowlan of Phillipsburg, Kas., and Elizabeth Hatfield of Spalding. Seventeen grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Wibbels was an early member of the Enfield Methodist church. She took an active interest in church activities. Relatives and friends here to attend the last rites were: John Kasseldar of Burwell; Charles Kasseldar and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kasseldar, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kasseldar, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Litchenburg, all of Ericson; Mrs. John Hatfield, Mr. and Mrs. George Hatfield and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hatfield, all of Spalding; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wibbels and daughters and Mrs. Irene Dalby of Arcadia; Alonzo Wibbels of Centralia, Mo.; Mrs. H. N. Erskine and daughters, Mrs. Torval Anderson and daughter of Lincoln; Mrs. Leona Anderson of Walnut, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Bauer and family, Miss Pearl Bauer of Hastings; Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Bussell and family of North Loup; Mr. and Mrs. Comey Merchant of Grand Island.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, May 10, 1945

Harry Raymond Wibbels, 1904-1929
Harry Wibbels Victim of Scribner Disaster – The funeral of Harry Wibbels was held at the Lutheran church in Wolbach last Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The tragic way in which Harry met his death made this one of the saddest funerals ever held in this community and an immense crowd was present to attend the services conducted by Rev. Dr. White. The members of the Wolbach Fire Department attended in a body as Harry was a member of that organization before he left Wolbach last fall. Four hundred and seventy persons, not including relatives passed the casket and viewed the remains as the services closed at the church. Taken suddenly in the prime of his young manhood and in the fullness of strength and health, his death came as a great shock to his numerous friends here. Harry was one of the victims who lost their lives by the explosion of 500 pounds of dynamite stored in the barn of a county commissioner of Dodge county just outside the city limits of Scribner. The barn caught fire last Thursday night and the firemen of Scribner rushed to the scene and were attempting to extinguish the blaze when the dynamite exploded. All of the farm buildings were destroyed and the terrific shock was felt for miles around. Four of the men, including Harry were so seriously injured, that death came within a very short time. Two more died late Friday, and one or two others were scarcely expected to live. Nearly fifty other persons were injured, several critically. The explosion took place at shortly after 11 o’clock Thursday night. Harry, who had just begun working in a garage at Scribner the Monday previous, had already joined the Scribner fire department. He lived but a short time after the explosion. A telephone message was sent to his people here and early Friday morning Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wibbels and Mrs. Bessie Hansen were on their way to the scene of the tragedy. The body of the deceased arrived in Wolbach Saturday evening on the motor. The following relatives from a distance were here to attend the funeral: Mr. Charles Kasselder, Ericson, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. John Kasselder of Fairfield, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Hatfield and son Harry of Cushing; Mr. and Mrs. George Hatfield of St. Paul; Mrs. Jennie Hoor of Cushing; Mr. Albert Wibbels and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wibbels of Arcadia, Nebr., Mrs. Cecia Snodgrass and son of Central City, Nebr.; Mr. Fred Stevens and Mr. and Mrs. I. F. Stevens, parents of Mrs. Harry Wibbels from Tekamah; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bazer and family of Haven, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Studley of Oconto, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Lou Wyman, of Hastings, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Francisco of Grand Island, Nebr. OBITUARY – Harry Raymond Wibbels was born in Greeley County, Nebraska, eight miles north east of Wolbach, December 25, 1904. He died at Scribner, Nebraska, March 7, 1929, aged 24 years, 2 months and 10 days. He was baptized in infancy and grew to manhood in this community. In 1920 he moved to Wolbach with his father and worked as auto mechanic until 1928. He was united in marriage to Miss Alma Stevens, June 1, 1926. To this union was born one girl and one boy, Harriet Joan and Robert Stevens. On November 25, 1928, he moved to Tekamah, Nebraska, but put in his time in Omaha as auto mechanic. On March 4, 1929 he began work in Scribner, Nebraska, where he was employed as a motor mechanic. Here he joined the local fire department and on the night of March 7, was called out to help extinguish a fire. It was here that he met his untimely death by a high explosive which had been stored in the burning barn. He leaves to mourn the loss, his wife and children; his father, J. R. Wibbels and his step-mother; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Hansen and Diantha Mae Wibbels; his grand parents Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Wibbels and Mrs. J. Collins, and numerous other relatives. His mother preceded him in death January 23, 1917. Having spent nearly his entire life here he is well known, hence many friends in addition to the family and numerous relatives were greatly shocked and grieved at the news of his sudden and accidental death. The deepest sympathy of the entire community is with the stricken family. CARD OF THANKS – Groping beneath the shadow of a great sorrow, still we be hold a star of beauty – a star which reflects the sympathy and the kindness of many neighbors and friends who gave so freely of their sympathy and helpfulness on the occasion of our bereavement in the loss of our beloved husband, son and brother. We are grateful to each and every one who made offerings of kindly words, helpful hands or beautiful flowers. We thank the Wolbach firemen for their kindness and loyalty at this time. Mrs. Harry Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wibbels, Mrs. Bessie Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. I. F. Stevens.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 14, 1929

John D. Wibbels, 1858-1941
Final Rites Held For J. D. Wibbels Sunday Afternoon – Services were conducted from the Methodist church with Rev. Fishel and Rev. Haugse officiating. Funeral services for John D. Wibbels, pioneer of this community who passed away at the home of his son early Friday morning were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the house and at 2:30 from the Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. L. A. Fishel preaching the sermon. Assisting in the service was Rev. E. N. Haugse. Interment was in the Wolbach cemetery under the direction of McIntyre’s. Mr. Wibbels had been ill for only a short time before his death and his passing takes away a real pioneer of Greeley county. OBITUARY -- John D. Wibbels was born Aug. 1, 1858 at Wapaun, Wis., and passed this life July 4, 1941 at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 3 days. When an infant he moved with his parents to Fillmore county, Minnesota, where he grew to manhood. In the spring of 1882 he came to Nebraska and worked for two years on the Wyson ranch. He then bought a pre-emption claim northeast of Wolbach where he has since made his home and raised his family. In the early years on the homestead he helped build the foundation for the railroad station at Cedar Rapids. He was an early member of the Star Sunday school and helped build and was a charter member of the Enfield Methodist Church. When the church was sold, his membership was transferred to Wolbach where it has been since. In the fall of 1884 he was united in marriage to Anna Margaret Kasselder at Fullerton, Nebr. To this union five children were born. Mr. Wibbels was always a faithful and loyal father and devoted to his God. He would gather his family about him and read the Bible often. He expressed himself that he wanted his family to know his God and live for him always. God has gathered another one of his flowers to live with him eternally. Survivors include the widow, four sons, John R. Wibbels, of Elba, Nebr.; Alonzo Wibbels of Columbia, Mo.; Garret and Algie Wibbels of Wolbach, Nebr.; and a daughter, Mrs. Andrew Anderson of Walnut, Ia., besides four brothers, four sisters, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were grandsons, Edsel, Leonard and Ray Wibbels, Lawrence Anderson, Ivan Bauer and Horatio Erskine. Honorary pallbearers were W. H. Bissell, Ernest Rother, Andrew Klein and Everett Watts. – Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wibbels and son Gerald of Arcadia, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Chas Kassalder and Pearl, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kassalder, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kassalder, Mr. and Mrs. John Kassalder of Ericson; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kassalder of South Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Geo Hatfield, Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Kassalder, Spalding; Mr. and Mrs. John Hatfield and son Harry of Dannebrog; Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Wibbels and Mrs. Frances Deles Dernier of Columbia, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Anderson and girls of Walnut, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Bauer of North Platte; Mr. and Mrs. Horatio Erskine, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Anderson and Edsel Wibbels, all of Lincoln; Leonard Wibbels of Fairbury; Mrs. W. F. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Druliner and Mr. and Mrs. Comey Merchant of Grand Island; Mrs. Lester Snodgrass of Central City; Mr. and Mrs. Darold Bussell and girls of Scotia; Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Anderson of Council Bluffs, Ia.; and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Litchenburg of Spalding. CARD OF THANKS – Our sincere appreciation in extended neighbors and friends for kindness and sympathy shown us. We express our thanks to the Choir and for floral tokens of remembrance in the hours of bereavement occasioned by the death of our beloved husband and father, the late J. D. Wibbels. Mrs. J. D. Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. Algie Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Anderson.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 10, 1941

John Ray Wibbels, 1885-1949
Services Held Here For J. R. Wibbels This Afternoon – Services for J. R. Wibbels, 63, of Elba will be held Thursday, May 5, 1:00 p.m. at his home and 2:30 at the Methodist church at Wolbach, with Reverend J. B. Roe of St. Paul officiating and Reverend Clyde Ehert assisting. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery. After being ill for eight weeks, six weeks in the Lutheran hospital at Omaha, one week at the Memorial hospital at St. Paul and one week at home, he passed away Sunday, May 1, at 11:45. Surviving beside his wife Diantha, two daughters, Bessie Hansen of Greeley, Colo., and Mae Clemments of Missouri, also six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 5, 1949

Obituary of John R. Wibbels -- John Ray Wibbels, son of John and Anna Wibbels, was born Sept. 11, 1885 near Wolbach in the Star district and passed away at his home near Elba Sunday afternoon, May 1, 1949. He has been in poor health the past year and the last eight weeks his condition became serious and he spent six weeks in an Omaha hospital, then he was brought to the Memorial hospital at St. Paul for a week and then to his home. Mr. Wibbels was baptized in infancy in the Enfield Methodist church. He attended school and Sunday school in the Star and Enfield community. In 1904 he was united in marriage to Sofia Baslar. They lived on a farm in that community. To this union were born two children, Harry and Bessie. On Jan. 23, 1917 his wife passed away. In June 1919 he was united in marriage to Diantha Francisco of Hastings. To this union one daughter, Diantha Mae, was born. From 1917 to 1919 he operated the Wolbach Municipal power plant, then went into the automobile business, later he installed an artificial ice plant and cold storage facilities. He built the oil station now owned by Sinclair, which he operated a number of years. He was a member of the School Board, Village Board and took an active interest in the development of the town of Wolbach. In 1941 he sold his business, bought and moved on a farm 1 ½ miles northwest of Elba, where he resided until his death. Surviving are his wife Diantha, two daughters, Bessie Hansen of Greeley, Colo., and Diantha Mae Clements of Gower, Mo., a daughter-in-law, Alma Titze of Oakland, Neb., six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister, Leona Anderson, Walnut, Iowa; three brothers, Algie and Garrett of Wolbach and Alonzo of Centralia, Mo. His parents and son, Harry, preceded him in death. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a good neighbor. Rev. J. B. Roe and Rev. Clyde Ehret officiated at the funeral held last Thursday in the Methodist church. The junior choir of the Methodist church sang, accompanied by Mrs. J. C. Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were E. L. Johnson, Dr. A. H. Holm, Chris Anderson, Dudley Miller, A. J. Larsen and J. C. Wilson. Active pallbearers were Wm. Keller, Andrew Jacobsen, Fred Frandsen, Joe Zavitka, Howard Barnes and Ed Svoboda. Burial was in Hillside cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 12, 1949

Sophia (Bazer) Wibbels, 1883-1917
A Flower Has Been Plucked From Our Side – Sophia Bazer, wife of J. R. Wibbles of this community, died at her home of peritonitis, Tuesday, January 23rd. For several days she bravely battled for life. The best medical skill was secured, and all that kind hearts and willing hands could do was done, but alas, to no avail. The deceased was born near Council Bluffs, Pottawattami County, Iowa, February 9th 1883 aged at death 33 years, 11 months and 14 days. She came to Wolbach, Greeley County, Nebraska in the winter of 1902. She was married to the present bereaved husband, February 24, 1904, and to this union two children were born, Harry and Bessie, aged 12 and 10 years. A father, one brother and three sisters having preceded her in death, two children, a mother, six brothers, three sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss. To her husband’s parents and to her own she was a true daughter, to her husband she was an affectionate wife, to her children she was a loving mother, and to this community she was a Godly example, and a most lovable woman. Her entire life has been spent in making home and community round about her happy, always holding to the maxim, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." At the age of 14 years she professed religion and united with the Christian church and from that time she has been an ardent worker for Christ. Star Union School will have a vacant chair not takeable by another. We will miss her sorely for she was always to the fore in Sunday School work. The day before she expired she told of a vision, she said, "I saw the light as bright as crystals. I have a bright future awaiting me." Later she threw her arms around the neck of father Wibbel, as she calls him, and said, "I am going to Jesus – not yet—but when I go, I will see Him." The corpse was kept two days awaiting the coming of relatives. After a short service at the home the funeral was held at Wolbach in the Lutheran church at 1 o’clock p.m., January 25th, 1917. The service was conducted by Rev. R. A. White, and interment was made in the new cemetery just north of town. To show respect and tribute twenty eight heavily loaded automobiles filled with relatives and friends followed the auto hearse carrying the remains. At the church yard a large crowd awaited to join them. The church was filled to overflowing. A very searching and fitting sermon was preached. The casket was overlaid with beautiful flowers, in wreaths and clusters so profusely, they almost enveloped it, and the flowers were given as love tokens. Card of Thanks – We wish to thank the many kind friends and neighbors for their ever grateful assistance, help and condolences extended us during the sickness, death and burial of our beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, Mrs. J. R. Wibbel. We also wish to thank the many for their beautiful floral offerings. J. R. Wibbel, Harry Wibbel, Bessie Wibbel, Mrs. C. D. Collins and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 1, 1917

Edgar A. Wight, Sr., 1857-1932
Pioneer Is Called To Final Reward – Edgar A. Wight, Sr., passed away last Monday, at about 11:15 a.m. after several days illness, at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 1 day. Funeral services were held Wednesday , June 1, at 2:30 p.m. at the Wolbach Methodist church with Rev. H. A. Feldman officiating. Burial at Hillside cemetery, was in charge of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Wight was one of the early settlers in this community, having resided in and near Wolbach for over fifty years. During this time and especially during the early history of the county Mr. Wight always took a prominent part in the affairs of the community. He leaves a large number of friends who extend sympathy to the bereaved family. OBITUARY – Edgar A. Wight was born January 29, 1857, at Fowler, New York and died in Wolbach, Nebr. May 30, 1932. He left New York state in April 1877 intending to go to California, but stopped over at St. Libory, Nebr. To visit an old schoolmate, Arch Haggart, who now lives in St. Paul, Nebr. The two came up into Greeley County for deer hunting and shortly after he homesteaded 10 miles north of Wolbach, Nebr. He stayed on the farm about 6 years, then moved to the new town of Wolbach. For 23 years he was one of the merchants. For 18 years he served this community as Postmaster. He was a member of the State Legislature for two terms, 1917-1921. He was one of the Charter members of the Masonic Lodge and The Order of the Eastern Star of Wolbach. On January 15, 1880 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Cleveland, who preceded him in death November 24, 1929. One daughter, Edna, preceded him in death also. He leaves to mourn his death five daughters and one son, namely: Hattie Keef, Nora Perkins, Denver, Colo., who is not able to attend the funeral on account of sickness, Blanch Browning, Pearl Bradt, Lincoln, Nebr., Edgar, Jr., and Mildred Winfrey. Two half sisters survive: Mrs. Nora Griffeth, Gouverneur, N. Y. and Mrs. Julia Brown, Tampa, Fla. He also leaves to mourn ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. "There is a world above Where parting is unknown; A whole eternity of love Form’d for the good alone; And faith behold the dying here Translated to that happier sphere."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, June 2, 1932

Mary (Cleveland) Wight, 1860-1929
Mrs. E. A. Wight, Sr. Called To Her Reward – Mrs. E. A. Wight, Sr. passed away last Sunday morning at five o’clock, after several weeks of illness. Although she had been very low for several days, the end came rather suddenly and unexpectedly. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. R. Hamilton, were held at the Methodist Church in Wolbach on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and burial made in the Wolbach cemetery. All of the children and several other relatives from out of town were here to pay their respects to their beloved one who had passed on. Mrs. Wight and her husband were among the pioneer settlers of Greeley county. They were married by a country justice in Boston Valley several miles north of Wolbach, a good many years before there was any town of Wolbach. Had Mrs. Wight lived seven weeks longer, she would have celebrated her golden wedding anniversary. For the past forty years she resided in Wolbach, and for the past thirty-three years in the house in which she passed away. Mary Cleveland was born in Cassopolis, Michigan August 16, 1860, and died November 24, 1929, at the age of 69 years, 3 months, and 8 days. She came to Nebraska with her parents in 1879 and was married to E. A. Wight in 1880. To this union were born eight children, seven daughters and one son. The children are, Mrs. Hattie Keef of Wolbach, Nebr., Mrs. Nora Perkins of Denver, Colorado, Mrs. Blanche Browning of Wolbach, Mrs. Pearl Bradt of Lincoln, Nebr., Edgar A. Wight of Wolbach, Nebr., and Mrs. Mildred Winfrey of Wolbach. One daughter died in infancy and another, Edna, at the age of five. She has one sister, Mrs. Garrett Caudle of Sterling, Colorado, and three brothers, Will Cleveland, and Herman Cleveland of Colorado and Charles Cleveland of Pocatello, Idaho. She also leaves nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mrs. Wight was a member of the Wolbach M. E. Church, also a member of the Eastern Star and the Legion Auxiliary. A kind and loving mother and wife, a good neighbor, and a dear friend is lost to the community in the death of Mrs. Wight.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 28, 1929

George N. Wilkins, ca. 1889-1945
George N. Wilkins Dies In Explosion – George N. Wilkins, 56, of the Cushing community was killed in the explosion at the Grand Island ordnance plant Saturday. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the family home in Cushing. Rev. R. V. Bell conducted the last rites. Burial was in the Elmwood cemetery. Soldiers from the Grand Island air base were present at the military rites for Mr. Wilkins, a veteran of World War I. He is survived by his widow, the former Cora Sherman.
Greeley Citizen, Greeley, Nebraska, Thursday, May 31, 1945

George Edward Wilks, 1879-1935
Death Summons George Wilks Mon. – Funeral services conducted by Rev. Rhine were held in Trinity Lutheran church at four o’clock Wednesday afternoon for George Wilks who passed away about eight o’clock Monday evening. Mr. Wilks has been afflicted with cancer for several years but his last illness was only a few days duration. Interment was made in Hillside cemetery. OBITUARY – George Edward Wilks was born at Galva, Knox County, Illinois on the 28th day of January 1879. He died at Wolbach, Nebraska July 22, 1935 at the age of 55 years, five months and twenty-four days. At the age of nine years he moved to Wyoming and at the age of twenty he moved to the vicinity of Wolbach where he has resided since. On Sept. 13, 1910 he was united in marriage to Myrtle Lillian Glines, to which union six children were born: Mrs. Earl Pickrel, Misses Bertha, Grace and Edith and the Messrs Clarence and Roy Wilks all of Wolbach. Left to mourn his death in addition to his wife and children is a sister, Mrs. Will Curry of Watuga, Illinois. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 25, 1935

Bertha Drusilla Wilson, 1907-1925
Bertha Wilson Passes Away – Word came Tuesday morning of last week that Bertha Wilson had passed away at 6 o’clock at the home of her uncle at Omaha that morning. Bertha had been ill for several weeks and was taken to Omaha three weeks ago for treatment. The remains were brought home Wednesday evening and following services at the Lutheran church Friday morning at 11 o’clock the remains were laid to rest in Rock Creek cemetery. The community extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives. Obituary – Bertha Drusilla, daughter of Joseph E. and Elizabeth Wilson, was born Jan. 9th, 1907 at Cushing, Nebr., and lived there all her life, attending and graduating from the public school. Last fall she came to St. Paul and attended the business college. As child she attended the Methodist church and taught a Sunday school class for four years. She died in Omaha, April 21, 1925. Patient and kind, and of a sunny disposition, she leaves to mourn her, her father and mother and grandmother and sisters, Harriet, Vivian and Jean, all of Cushing. Mrs. Houdersheldt, a half-sister of David City, twelve uncles and eleven aunts, and a host of friends. Her funeral was held April 24 from the Lutheran church at Cushing. Revs. Moore of Wolbach and Bryant of St. Paul officiating and interment was made in Rock Creek cemetery. Her classmates acted as pallbearers and flower girls, and a large number of friends were present at the services – many floral tributes adorning the casket.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, April 30, 1925

C. A. Wilson, ca.1864-1946
C. A. Wilson Passes On Sunday Evening At Aurora Hospital – C. A. Wilson, 82, of Aurora, father of J. C. Wilson passed away Sunday evening in the Aurora Hospital. Mr. Wilson, who had been in failing health suffered a paralytic stroke Sunday morning, but his condition did not seem alarming and his sudden death was a shock to the children. Surviving besides Mr. Wilson is three other children, Miss Blanche Wilson of Aurora, Alvin J. Wilson and Mrs. Virgil Freeman of Lincoln, and three grandchildren, Kenneth Wilson of Michigan, recently discharged from the service and Jack and Kitty Wilson of Wolbach. Funeral services were held at the mortuary at Aurora Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Rich, Methodist minister officiating. Burial was in the Aurora cemetery beside his wife.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 28, 1946

Clara (Peterson) Wilson, 1871-1912
OBITUARY – On Monday evening Mrs. Ed Wilson peacefully passed away at the close of a long illness, aged nearly 41 years. Clara Peterson was born in Manson, Iowa Dec. 8, 1871 and moved from there to Colorado where she grew to womanhood. On April 24, 1891 she was united in marriage to Ed Wilson at Holyoke, Colo, and to them were born 3 children, two sons and one daughter. Besides her husband and three children, deceased is survived by her mother, four sisters and two brothers. Her father, two brothers and two sisters died years ago. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church yesterday, conducted by the Rev. J. H. McDonald of this city and were 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. Relatives from a distance that attended the funeral were: Henry Peterson, a brother, of Firth, Idaho, Mrs. Ed Johnson, a sister of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and her sister and niece, Mrs. Will Frazer and daughter, of Goodland, Kan. CARD OF THANKS – We desire to express our sincere thanks to the many kind friends who so kindly helped us to lighten the burden of our bereavement in the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother. Ed Wilson and Children.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 21, 1912

Claudia Wilson, 1922-1942
Claudia Wilson Died Early on Wednesday – The community was saddened to learn of the death of Miss Claudia Wilson early Wednesday at the Aurora hospital where she had been confined during her last illness. She had been gravely ill during the past month during which time her mother had been a constant attendant at her bedside. Her condition became worse Monday night and early Tuesday morning her father was called. He and Jack and Kitty left immediately for Aurora. Miss Claudia put up a magnificent fight against a hopeless disease that claimed her life Wednesday. It was just six months ago in May that she underwent a leg amputation in the Aurora hospital in an attempt to halt the inroads of the disease Sarcoma. She rallied from that operation and was home in the early part of the summer. Another operation was performed during August but evidently the sarcoma was so far advanced it did not seem to help much. Funeral services it was announced will be held Friday afternoon at the Wolbach Methodist church.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 19, 1942

Last Rites Held for Claudia Wilson – Services in the Methodist Church with Interment at Aurora – The funeral of Claudia Wilson was held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Wolbach Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. W. L. Elliott and Rev. David Tudor, pastor of the Federated church of Aurora conducting the services. Committal was made in the Aurora cemetery. A quartet composed of Mrs. David Bengtson, Mrs. Ivan Davis, Roy P. and W. H. Bissell sang "Sometime We’ll Understand." Mrs. Bengtson sang two solos, "Thy Will Be Done," and "He Giveth His Beloved Sleep." Pallbearers were Alvin J. Wilson and Kenneth Wilson and V. H. Freeman of Lincoln, D. Edwin Seiver of Scottsbluff, T. W. Seiver of Marquette and Guy E. Seiver of Broken Bow. This obituary was read at the funeral. Claudia Wilson was born to Mr. and Mrs. John C. Wilson at Marquette, Neb., Sept. 28, 1922 and departed this life on the 18th day of November, 1942. She was graduated from Wolbach high school with the class of ’39, where she had made a good record, distinguishing herself in music and dramatics. In both of these activities she won district honors in contests sponsored by Nebraska high schools. For one year, after graduating, she took preliminary nursing at the Aurora hospital, with her aunt, Mrs. Kathryn Shaneyfelt, on completion of which she entered the University of Nebraska in the fall of 1940 for further education and training. She relinquished these studies in February 1942 and applied for admission to St. Luke’s hospital in Chicago, to undertake her life’s work as a nurse. She was immediately accepted. It was at the time she was ready to enter the hospital that the discovery was made that her health was undermined, making it necessary to abandon the nurses training course, which was one of her greatest disappointments. From that time until she left us she was an uncomplaining patient, undergoing meanwhile three operations which proved unavailing. She fought bravely on, and hopeful, but the battle went against her. With the best of medical care and supervision the end came early the morning of the date above stated. She was received into the membership of the Methodist church at Wolbach at the early age of ten and retained membership until her death. She was of a deeply religious nature, a beautiful singer and musician. Her mind was matured much beyond her age. She excelled as a public speaker and often was called upon to appear in public in that capacity. Her promising career was cut short. By her passing we have lost one of the most influential of our younger citizens. She belonged to that group of loyal hearts and brave spirits who give to the world the best they have in love and service, so those who have taken up the burden of life upon their shoulders, and though, oftentimes, these are heavier than their share, yet they ask not for less. These all bless the world in their times of joy and also in their hours of pain. CARD OF THANKS –To you our friends of Wolbach, we wish to express our grateful thanks for your kindness during Claudia’s prolonged illness and since her death. Especially do we thank the members of the Legion Auxiliary, the quartet assisted by Mrs. Adams, and those who sent flowers and brought gifts of food. Mr. and Mrs. John C. Wilson, Kathleen and Jack. – Poem Written by Claudia Wilson June 8, 1942 – The world had turned against me, Everything went wrong. How I envied all the birds That burst happily into song. I often thought and wondered, As I wept those tears of woe, Why should such things happen? Was God my friend or foe? My heart was filled with unknown pain, I could not help but weep. And lying in my bed one night, I cried myself to sleep. And then I had a glorious dream, Lights were glittering bright, Into the theatre people came, Leaving their work that night. The curtain rose, all was hushed, God was playing the leading role. I was kneeling at his feet And He was giving me a soul. He spoke and told me softly, That we all must take a test, This was mine, I rightly knew—and too, God’s will is best. Tears again flowed down my cheeks, Tears of much happiness, Tears of hope, and a prayer to God, Tears of thankfulness. The curtain fell, the dream disappeared But its story stayed with me still And now I know what e’er befalls Is best and is God’s will.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 26, 1942

Jennie (Bendstrup) Wilson, 1867-1941
Funeral Held For Mrs. C. A. Wilson -- Funeral services for Mrs. C. A. Wilson, mother of J. C. Wilson, who passed away at her home at Marquette, a week ago today, were held at 3:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the United Brethren church at Marquette and burial was in the Aurora cemetery. Rev. Walter C. Hines, United Brethren minister and Rev. Marius Krog, Danish Lutheran minister, had charge of the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wilson attended the services. Mr. Wilson was called to his mother’s bedside Thursday and arrived there a short time before she passed away. Mrs. Wilson was born Jennie Bendstrup at Asrhus, Denmark, May 17, 1867 and departed this life at her home in Marquette, Jan. 30, 1941 at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 13 days. Upon completion of her schooling in her native Denmark she engaged in the teaching profession for about 10 years and then came to America. She was married to Christian A. Wilson, Sept. 16, 1893 in the Danish Lutheran church in Lincoln, Neb. For a short period they made their home in Hampton, Neb., later moving to Marquette in April 1895, where Mr. Wilson entered the mercantile business and that town has been the family home since. At an early age Mrs. Wilson became affiliated with the Danish Lutheran church, retaining and living it’s teachings in her everyday life. To the couple were born four children, all of whom survive. The survivors include the bereaved husband, the four children, John of Wolbach, Blanche of Ogallala, Alvin Wilson and Esther Freeman, both of Lincoln; four grandchildren, Claudia, Jackie and Kathleen of Wolbach and Kenneth Wilson of Lincoln.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, February 6, 1941

John David Wilson, 1932-1948
[Picture included] Last Rites Held For John D. Wilson Tuesday Afternoon—Funeral services were held for John David Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wilson, Tuesday, March 23, 1948, 1:30 p.m. at the residence and 2:00 p.m. at the Methodist church. Rev. Clyde Ehret of North Loup was in charge of the services. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery, Aurora Nebraska. A very large crowd attended the last rites of the local youngster who was a friend to everyone that he knew. John "Jack" Wilson was loved by everyone, which was evident by the large attendance at the services to pay their last respects. John David Wilson, son of John C. and Bertie Wilson, was born August 2, 1932 at Aurora, Nebraska and passed away March 20, 1948 at the Aurora Hospital at the age of 15 years 7 months and 18 days. John, better known to his friends as Jack, lived all his life in Wolbach. He was baptized in the Methodist Church in infancy and joined the Church Palm Sunday in 1946 and had been a very faithful attendant at Sunday School and Church. Jack was a Sophomore in high school and was an honor student. He was active in Athletics being on the football and basketball teams and was looking forward to receiving his letter this spring. He was keenly interested in the development of the new school auditorium and was looking forward to the time when he with the other boys and girls could enjoy the pleasures and privileges of such a project. He was especially devoted to his mother and father and was happiest when he was doing things to help his "mom" or being with his "dad" on various trips to the country, working on the car or at the bank. He often teased Kitty by referring to her as his "little sister" just because he was the older. He will be sadly missed by his school mates and the regard in which he was held was manifested when his school mates so generously offered blood which was needed so badly. He leaves to mourn his loss, his parents and his twin sister, Kathleen. One sister, Claudia, preceded him in death on November 18, 1942. He also leaves a number of relatives and a host of friends. Jack’s friends are numbered by his acquaintances. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to his family in this sad hour. Completing his work here on earth, Jack went out in the early morning to gather roses in God’s Garden. God’s finger touched him and he passed away from earth’s dark shadow to a brighter day. Hymns, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" and "Sometime We’ll Understand" were sung by Zola Grossart and Bonnie Bengtson. Pallbearers were: Charles Oakley, Harold Perry, Bob Klein, Ray Scheibe, Anton Oeltjen, Kenneth McCray, Neal Marco, Melvin Weiser. Honorary Pallbearers were: Dean Ludington, Melvin Brandt, Harvey Hood, Don Winfrey, Lyle Bergantzel, Don Noonan, Robert Nealon and Fredrick Rother. Flower girls were: Karen Nielsen, Roberta Haney, Lois Haney, Joan Wohlers, Carmen Smith, Eline Scheibe, Carole Marco, Peggy Prokesh, Frances Allen, Phyllis Wagner and Lois Johnson. Out of town relatives attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Freeman of Lincoln; Blanche Wilson, Mrs. Kathryn Shannyfelt and Millie Moberg of Aurora; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Seiver and Mrs. Elmer Schmidt and Steven of Scottsbluff; Mr. Guy Seiver of Broken Bow; Mr. Tom Seiver and Donna of Marquette and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Seiver of Central City. Others from out of town attending the services were: Mrs. Geo. Smith of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Max Stepp, Mr. Ernie Ondracek, Mr. Patrick McNelis and Mr. Geo. Brannon of Greeley and Don Spaay of Ravenna.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 25, 1948

Robert Sigfred Wilson, 1877-1949
Robt. Wilson Dies Suddenly, Heart Attack – As we go to press we received the news that Robert Wilson, local service station man passed away this noon (Thursday). Mr. Wilson was filling the fuel oil barrel at the R. H. Thomas home, when he suffered a heart attack. The Messenger will carry more complete details in the next issue.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 13, 1949

Funeral Services for Robert S. Wilson Held Here Sun. – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist church for Robert S. Wilson, 71, who passed away Thursday of a heart attack. Rev. Clyde Ehert of North Loup was in charge of the last rites. Interment in the Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers were: A. J. Larsen, C. M. Anderson, Chris Staal, Emmett Wagner, Clayton Jacobs and E. L. Johnson. A solo "He Giveth This Beloved Sleep" was sung by Mrs. J. C. Wilson. The Methodist Junior Choir sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "No Night There." Robert Sigfred Wilson was born at Ispimin, Michigan, October 3, 1877. He was the youngest son of John and Emma Elsa Wilson and was baptized in the Swedish Lutheran Church. With his parents he came to Nebraska and settled on a farm east of Cushing, Nebraska. In the year 1906 he was married at St. Paul, Nebr. to Sylvia May Stickley and they resided on the farm for four years, later moving to Wolbach, Nebraska in 1910 where he lived until the time of his death. He bought the Wolbach dray line later selling that and taking over the Standard Oil Company products which he operated for over 20 years. Then retiring he bought a Filling Station, operating that until he was called by his Maker. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, one brother, George Wilson of Noonan, North Dakota; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Norseen and Mrs. Selma Rhodes both of Harlan, Iowa. Mr. Wilson was a very kind and devoted husband and was loved by his many friends for the many kind deeds he had done. May God let him rest in Peace and may we all meet him when our Lord calls us away from the many trial and tribulations we have on this earth. Relatives attending the services from out of town were: Mrs. Ida Norseen and Mrs. Selma Rhodes of Harlan, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rhodes of Omaha; Mr. Edgar Wilson of Noonan, North Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soule, Pine Bluff, Wyoming; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Lucht and sons, Grand Island; Mrs. Henry Sheldon, Bellwood, Mrs. Sylvia Larson, Genoa.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 20, 1949

Marie Gurine (Vang) Winfrey, 1908-1948
Mrs. Ray Winfrey takes Own Life Monday – This community was saddened Monday morning when they heard of the suicidal death of Mrs. Ray Winfrey. Mrs. Winfrey took her life about 8:30 a.m. when she shot herself through the temple with a 32 calibre pistol. She had complained for several days of a severe headache. Funeral services were held in the Trinity Lutheran Church here Wednesday afternoon. – Last Rites Held Here Wednesday for Mrs. Ray Winfrey – Last rites were held for Mrs. Ray Winfrey Wednesday afternoon at 1:45 P.M. at the Funeral Home and at the Trinity Lutheran Church at 2:00 P.M. under the direction of McIntyres, Dr. C. B. Harman of Grand Island officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery. The Lutheran Junior Choir sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," " In the Garden" and "Abide With Me," with Zola Grossart as pianist. Pallbearers were: Jess Elliott, Leo Klein, Leo Studley, Leon Berney, Everett Meyers and Paul Rother. Flower Girls were: Roberta Haney, Beverly Berney, Mary Lou Haggstrom, Darlene Elliott, Joan Wohlers and Jaclyn Prokesh. Marie Gurine Vang, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Vang, was born in Greeley County February 29th, 1908 and departed this life at her home on the farm northeast of Wolbach, Monday morning September 27, 1948 at the age of 40 years, 6 months and 29 days. She grew to womanhood in this vicinity, attended and graduated from the Wolbach High School. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. On February 22, 1931 she was united in marriage to Ray Winfrey at the Lutheran Parsonage in Wolbach. To this union two sons were born: Donald Ray and Jimmy Dean. She was a loving wife and mother and will be remembered by relatives and friends for her sincere friendship and helping hand. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1937. She leaves to mourn her passing besides her husband and sons, her father, Andrew Vang, one sister, Anna May Swartz of Grand Island, and six brothers, Stephan, William, Ethan, Harvey, Lloyd and LeRoy and a great host of relatives and friends.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, September 30, 1948

Infant (believed to be Sherrill) Winfrey, 1938
Infant Dies – Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Winfrey, mourn the death of an infant daughter, who passed away at their home at Grand Island, last Friday afternoon, April 29. The body was brought to Wolbach Saturday afternoon, for committal rites at the family plot in the Wolbach Cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, May 5, 1938

Alfred Wingerd, 1857-1938
Alfred Wingerd Is Laid To Final Rest – The following obituary is taken from the Havre (Montana) Daily News, issue of December 28, concerning the death of Alfred Wingerd a former resident of Wolbach. Before moving to Montana in 1909, Mr. Wingerd resided for twenty years on a farm two miles north of Wolbach. He will be remembered by many older residents and we are indebted to Mike Fitsimmons for the article which follows: "Last funeral rites for Alfred Wingerd were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Gildford, the Rev. John B. Stuart, Methodist minister, officiating. The church was filled with friends of the man who had lived many years in the community, and a community floral tribute bore the names of many citizens. Alfred Wingerd was born July 31, 1857, in Fayetteville, Pa., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Wingerd. He was the last surviving member of a family of eight children. In 1877, Mr. Wingerd came to Galesburg, Ill., and in 1881 he married Lottie K. Newman of his birthplace and with his wife soon moved to Nebraska where they made their home until 1909. Mr. Wingerd came to Montana, taking a homestead adjoining the townsite of Gilford where he resided continuously until his death. Mr. Wingerd was found dead in his home on Dec. 21, death probably having come while he was asleep. Surviving are his wife, who lives with a daughter, Mrs. Florence M. Howard of Flats, Nebr., another daughter, Mrs. Nettie A. Whitney of Fullerton, Nebr., a son Curtis G. of Peace River, Altn., (sic) ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. His daughters were present at the services, his son being unable to attend because of illness."
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, January 6, 1938

Wayne Fred Wohlers, 1924-1942
Wayne Wohlers Passed to Reward March 18 – Had Been in Poor Health the Greater Part of His Life; Funeral Saturday – Wayne Fred Wohlers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wohlers of the North Logan neighborhood, passed away at an Omaha hospital on Wednesday, March 18th, following a long illness. He had been taken there only a couple of days previous for treatment. Wayne was born in Howard county, Oct. 7, 1924 and at the time of his death was 17 years, 5 months and 11 days old. He was baptized in the English Lutheran faith on April 12, 1925 by Pastor Aage Moller. He attended school in Dist. 56 and the ninth grade in Dist. 21. He then went to St. Paul to attend high school, where he was a Junior at the time of his death. He was a good boy and never complained, although suffering from a kidney ailment, which caused him much suffering. Most of his life he was in ill health and he had sought medical advice a number of times in an effort to cure his ailment. About two months ago he was obliged to give up his school work on account of ill health. He leaves to mourn his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wohlers, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson and Mrs. Augusta Wohlers of this city, two brothers, Doyle and Vance, three sisters, Mrs. Leona Meston, Joan and Ardys, besides a number of other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at the South Logan church with Rev. W. J. Primrose officiating. A male quartet composed of Harry L. Lingford, B. V. Keister, Dallas Davis and Neal Baxter sang, "God Will Take Care of You," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,: and "Abide With Me." Mrs. W. J. Primrose was at the piano. Pallbearers were schoolmates and friends, Robert McDonald, Dallas Iwanski, Harland Petersen, Merle Thompson, Kenneth Berggren and Richard Knudsen. Flower bearers were Opal Gibson, Pearl Gibson, Delores Larson, Ann Marie Jensen, Eunice Donner and Lois Donner. Burial was in South Logan cemetery.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 26, 1942

A. L. Wolles, ca.1868-1923
FULLERTON MEN KILLED BY TRAIN – Union Pacific Fast Mail Train Hurls Auto and Men Over One Hundred Feet – Failing to heed the order to "Stop, Look and Listen" the lives of A. L. Wolles, aged 55 and D. S. C. Brown, aged 50, were instantly snuffed out when the auto in which they were riding was hit by the Union Pacific fast mail train near Central City last Saturday. Both men were residents of Nance County, and were known to several Wolbach people. A special to the World Herald from Central City gives the following account of the accident: A. L. Wolles, 55, a retired farmer of Fullerton, Neb., and D. S. C. Brown, 50, prominent stockman of Nance county, were both instantly killed this afternoon when the automobile in which they were returning to Fullerton was struck by a Union Pacific fast mail train on the Lincoln highway crossing two miles east of Central City. The automobile was hurled 120 feet. The train was travelling 55 miles an hour, it was said. Nearly every bone in Mr. Brown’s body was broken. Mr. Wolles was at the wheel. No one saw them drive upon the crossing, but as Mr. Wolles was not familiar with a Buick car it is believed he was unable to stop the car in time. The crossing is not obscured. The two men had been at Henry Stubbe’s farm where Brown was buying a calf.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, July 5, 1923

Infant Daughter Wright, 1925-1925
Wright Infant Dies – A daughter born November 17 to Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Wright who reside four miles west of town died early Friday morning, Nov. 20. The funeral was held at the house on Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. R. A. White. The community extends sympathy to the bereaved family. Card of Thanks – We desire to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to our many friends and neighbors for their assistance and sympathy at the time of the death and burial of our dear little baby and sister. We feel deeply grateful for the flowers and comforting words of consolation. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Wright and family.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 26, 1925

Nathan Wyman, 1862-1940
Last Rites For Nathan Wyman – Funeral rites, for Nathan Wyman, resident of this community for more than 20 years who died at the Palmer hospital after an illness of two weeks, were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from Trinity Lutheran church. Burial was in the Wolbach cemetery under the direction of McIntyre’s Funeral service. Rev. Milford G. Vance, pastor of the Fullerton Evangelical church had charge of the service and he was assisted by Rev. E. N. Haugse, Trinity pastor. Mr. Wyman had not been very well for the past two months and was taken to the hospital about two weeks ago. Nathan Wyman, son of Waldrich Wyman, was born Dec. 20, 1862 at El Paso, Ill., and died at Palmer, Neb., Nov. 25, 1940 at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 5 days. At the age of 21 he moved to Milford, Neb., and lived there for several years. He was married to Amelia Irkfetz Nov. 18, 1891. Ten children were born to this union. Three daughters, Augusta, Caroline and Mildred preceded their father in death. In 1919 Mr. Wyman moved with his family to Wolbach and made his home here until 1929 when the family moved to a farm in Nance county where he resided until death. He was baptized in infancy and was confirmed April 2, 1882 in St. Paul’s Evangelical church in Minonk, Woodford county, Ill. Surviving are four sons, Wm. M. of Palmer; Lou of Temple, Ariz.; Nathan J. of Boise, Ida., Carl of Portland, Ore.; three daughters, Mrs. Amelia Lynch of Austin, Tex., Mrs. Esther Cantral of Needale, Ida., and Mrs. La Verne Ostrander of Tacoma, Wash.; two brothers, John Wyman of Milford, Ne., and Fred Wyman of Hastings, Neb., and a sister, Katie Wyman of Earlsboro, Okla., and 10 grandchildren.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, November 28, 1940


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