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Nellie E. and J. S. Kroh

ANDERSON, B RUSSELL: Druggist; b Alburnett, Ia July 30, 1896; s of Martin Anderson-Laura Mae Snowberger; ed Ogallala 1915; 1899- came with parents to Keith Co, farmed near Big Spring; 1917-21 prin Cottonwood Corner Sch; 1923-24 emp in Deuel Co State Bank, Chappell; 1924-34 cash Farmers State Bank of Brule, also in ins bus; 1934- in drug bus with brother George, Ogallala; during World War enl in SATC Sept 1918; past master AF&AM 159, 32o; IOOF past noble grand 397; OES; Rebekah; Rotary; secy Comml Club; mayor of Brule 1931-32; Neb Pharm Assn; Meth Ch; Dem; hobby, hunting; res Ogallala.

ANDERSON, GEORGE MYRL: Druggist; b Big Spring, Neb Nov 27, 1900; s of Martin Anderson-Laura May Snowberger; ed Cottonwood Corner; Ogallala HS 1919; Creighton U, PhG 1925; Phi Delta Chi; m Delores Marie Halligan Sept 19, 1926 Brule; s George Martin, James Russell; 1925-36 opr drug store, Brule; 1937- ptr with brother Russell in drug bus, Ogallala; past secy Lions; Comml Club; IOOF; past mbr Brule sch bd; Neb Pharm Assn; Meth Ch;


Dem: hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Ogallala.

APPLEGATE, HEROLD BYRON: Chiropractor; b Sutherland, Neb Feb 13, 1897; s of Byron Applegate- Fanny Shoup; ed Sutherland HS; 1916-17 U of N, pre med; 1919-21 Palmer Sch of Chiropractic, Davenport Ia; 1921 DC & PhC; m Mabel Bostwick June 17, 1920 Golden, Colo; s Floyd Bostwick; d Myleen Grace; 1915-16 sch tchr Lincoln CO; 1921-22 chiropractor in Wallace; 1922- prac Ogallala; 1934 candidate for congress; during World War enl in 1918 56th Engineers; 1918 attended War Coll Washington D C, technical training in operation of search lights; O/S 7 mos; past VP Neb St Chiropractic Assn; past noble grand IOOF; Amer Leg, past comm; VFW; Dem; Meth Ch; hobby, athletics; res Ogallala.

ARROWSMITH, CLARENCE: Funeral Director; b New York, N Y June 9, 1870; s of David M Arrowsmith- Anna Augusta Miller; ed New York City, HS; learned drug & undertaking bus thru apprenticeship; m Amiee Gertrude Clough Jan 7, 1907 Ogallala (dec); d Frances Elizabeth (Mrs Ray Blancheri); 1888-98 reg pharmacist in New York, New Jersey; 1898-1903 cowpuncher on ranches in Keith Co; 1903-08 in drug bus, Ogallala; 1900- owner undertaking establishment in Ogallala, Arrowsmith Undertaking Chapel; 1914-33 Keith Co judge; 1918- chmn Keith Co ARC; Comml Club; Rotary; Neb St & Natl Funeral Dirs Assns; Episc Ch: hobby, travel; res Ogallala.

BARNARD, ROY R: Publisher; b Warren Co, Ind Apr 15, 1874; s of George W Barnard-Lydia Oliphant; ed Custer Co; m Lydia G Greer Apr 17, 1902 Callaway; 1891 emp in Headlight off, Callaway; 1898 pur half int in Callaway Courier; 1902 sold int to ptr, estab Loup Valley Queen, Callaway; 1916 sold Loup Valley Queen; 1916-17 worked for Kearney Daily Hub; 1917-19 with North Platte Daily Telegraph; 1919-21 editorial mgr Kearney Weekly Democrat; 1921 pur Wolbach Messenger; 1923 sold Wolbach Messenger; 1923-33 job printing off, Long Beach Cal; 1933- owner & publisher Brule Citizen; AF&AM 207; NPA; Rep; hobbies, collecting relics & antiques; res Brute.

BROWN, JOSHUA LOGAN: Stockman; b Aledo, Ill Aug 9, 1883; s of J H Brown-Mary Dilley; ed Chappell; Fremont Normal 1904: m Jennie C Peterson Aug 10, 1910 Chappell; s Kenneth Logan, Philip Aaron, Gerald DeLay: d Doris Irene, Lavonne Mae; 1903-06 tchr Deuel Co; 1906 worked for UP RR in Wyo; 1907-08 farmed in Gordon & Deuel Cos; 1908-17 in lbr & hdw bus, Chappell; 1917- farmed in Keith Co, cattle feeder; 1927-35, 1939- co commr; dir Bank of Brule; dir Farmers Coop; mbr sch bd dist 61; AF&AM 205; IOOF; Rep; hobby, reading; res Brule.

BUENZ, HAROLD RICHARD: Merchant; b Grand Island Neb Feb 13, 1904; s of Richard Buenz-Amanda Paulson; ed Grand Island HS 1923; U of N 1923-26; piano player with Uni dance bands; Acacia; m Catherine Buechler Sept 12, 1929 Grand Island; s John Buechler, August Richard; 1926-32 with J C Penney Co, North Platte; 1932- mgr J C Penney store, Ogallala; past pres Comml Club; Rotary; AF&AM 157; Liederkranz, Grand Island; English Luth Ch; Rep; hobby, music; res Ogallala.

BUTTON, FRANK P: Auto Dealer; b Doniphan, Neb Aug 24, 1897; s of J P Button-Annie Clendenin; ed Doniphan HS 1912; Grand Island Coll, BA 1918; m Lola Brehm Jan 8, 1922 Ogallala; s Joseph Frank; d Nancy Jane; 1918-1919 during World War enl as flying cadet in US army, tsfrd to U of Cal, Berkeley for ground school instruction, att flying school at Mather Field, Sacramento Cal, disch Jan 23 1919; Feb-June 1919 prin Sterling HS; 1919-20 engaged in comml flying at Grand Island & Ogallala; 1920- auto dlr, Ogallala; AF&AM 159; Rotary; Past pres Comml Club; past mbr sch bd; past mbr city coun; past city treas; past county assessor; 1932 recd Master Mcht award from Neb Farmer; past comm Amer Leg Post 135; Congl Ch; Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Ogallala.

COLE, EARL VENNER: Farmer; b Cass Co, Neb May 30, 1882; s of Shadrach Olin Cole-Caroline Cook; ed Weeping Water Acad; m Mary Catherine Perry June 28, 1905 Plattsmouth; s Elmer Perry; d Lois Earline (Mrs Hugh Bruce); 1903-17 farmed in Cass Co; 1917- farming, Keith Co; 4 years committeeman on AAA; 1937- dir Keith Co Farm Bureau; 15 years mbr town coun, chmn several terms, Brule; past mbr sch bd dist 17; helped obtain electricity, sidewalks, new sch bldg for Brule; past mbr bd of trustees Congl Ch; Rep; hobby, travel; res Brule.

DERRY, ZELMA DORIS: Attorney; b Astoria, Ill Apr 7, 1910; d of Jesse M Derry-Sevilla Weber; ed Astoria HS 1927; bus coll in Neb 2 years: 1932-35 studied law in offs M M Maupin & G J McGinley, Ogallala; 1935 adm to Neb bar, tied for high honors in examinations; 1935- prac law in Ogallala, 1937 ptr in firm of Beatty, Maupin, Murphy & Derry; 1939- Keith Co atty, only woman county atty in Neb; 1938- Ogallala city atty; Jr VP Founders Day; one of org Ogallala ch B&PW; W Neb, Neb St & Amer Bar Assns; Chris Ch; Rep, advisory committee woman state Rep com, pres Sixth Congressional Dist Young Rep; hobby, reading; res Ogallala.

DEVOE, LEROY A: Attorney; b McFarland, Wisc Dec 29, 1880; s of Albert F DeVoe-Mary E Townsend; 1900 grad Normal Dept, Tobin Coll, Fort Dodge Ia; 1903 grad U of N, LLB; m S Claire Wetherwax June 16, 1909 Grant; foster s Harold M; 1904- prac law Ogallala; 1905-27 Keith Co atty; chmn of Co Advisory Ed during World War; AF&AM 159; Scot Rite, Shriner of Omaha; IOOF hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Ogallala.

DROST, WILLIAM VINCENT: Osteopath; b North Platte, Neb Nov 5, 1906; s of Dr Louis Charles Drost- Margaret Fienne; ed St Patricks & North Platte high schs 1925; Colorado St Tchrs Coll, Greeley; Kirksville Coll of Osteopathy & Surgery, Mo; Delta Psi; Alpha Tau Omega; m Muriel Welsh Sept 4, 1929 Fort Lupton Colo; d Barbara, Margaret, Mary Jane, Annette, Kathleen; 1932-33 osteopath, North Platte; 1933- osteopath, Ogallala; Rotary; Comml Club; Neb Osteopathic Assn; Cath Ch; Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res 815 W 4th, Ogallala.

DUTCH, THOMAS IRWIN: Hotel Operator; b Oxford, Ia Sept 26, 1882; s of Fredric R Dutch-Mary Carruthers; ed Crete HS 1901; Doane Coll, Crete 1901-04, lettered in baseball; Pi Kappa Delta; m Bess Welpton July 15, 1909 Ogallala; s Ralph Welpton (dec); d Hester Mary (Mrs Charles M Halsted), Betty Jane; 1908-23 org & oprd as corporation Welpton Lbr Co, Ogallala, lbr, hdw, farm Impl dlrs; 1923-28 eng in collecting & dissolving assets of previous enterprise; 1928- owner & opr Duchess Hotel, Ogallala; 1937- one of principals in developing oil & gas resources in Keith Co; Lions; Country Club; Neb Hotel Assn; AF&AM 157; Scot Rite, Tangier Shrine; Congl Ch; Rep; hobby, flower gardening; res Ogallala.

ECHER, JOHN HERMAN: Farmer; b St John, Austria Dec 9, 1871; s of John Echer-Mary Rongish; ed Omaha; m Anna Wahrman Jan 31, 1899 Herndon Kas; s John Nicholas, William Albert, Frances Joseph; d Martha Mary (Mrs S Schimonitz), Nellie Anna, Lenore Johanna (Mrs Albert Griffin); 1883 came to US, Omaha; 1890-99 homesteaded with father in Rawlins Co Kas; 1899-1919 farmed in Rawlins Co Kas; 1916- owner & opr farm near Paxton; 1921-38 pres Farmers Co-op of Paxton; pct chmn Farm Acreage Allotments; pres Paxton Farm Loan Assns; pres Paxton-Elsie Tele Co; past mbr sch bd dist 16; Comml Club; Cath Ch; Dem; hobbies, designing, building; res Paxton.

EGINTON, PETE: Banker; b Killucan, County Westmeath, Ireland May 28, 1883; s of George Eginton-Elizabeth Ray; ed Paxton; m Freda Fritsche Mar 16, 1919 Ogallala; s Peter Eginton Jr; d Betty Ann: 1884 came from Ireland to Fort Kearney; 1894 herded cattle for Welsh Brothers Ranch, Paxton; worked 9 mos, att sch 3 mos in sod school house; 1900 worked in Ogallala; 1901 railroading; 1902-04 worked on ranch near Ogallala; 1904-19 in hog feeding & stock raising bus, running approximately 350 head of cattle & horses on 3600 A; 1919-28 in elevator bus & stock feeding, Paxton; 1928-34 pres Bank of Paxton, 1933-38 dir, now pres; stock buyer & feeder 25 years; AF&AM 299 Sutherland; Episc Ch; Rep; hobby, hunting; 1884 father homesteaded near Paxton; res Paxton.

FISHER, CLARENCE HAROLD: Rancher & Real Estate Dealer; b Waukon, Ia Apr 23, 1889; s of Henry George Fisher-Elizabeth Pieper; ed Waukon Ia; U of N Coll of Agr 1910-11; Sweeney Sch, Kansas City Mo 1914, Master Mechanic; m Pearl Hanna Mar 18, 1909 Cozad; s Howard; 1905-09 with father managed homestead, Lexington; 1911-13 worked for Wells-Fargo Express Co, Ogden Utah; 1913-15 tsfrd to Omaha; 1915-16 in auto bus, Ogallala; 1916-19 auto dlr, Norfolk, distributor for 10 counties; 1919- in garage, hotel, farming & real estate bus, Ogallala; chmn legislative com three major hydro-electric dists; AF&AM 188;


Rotary; Comml Club; past mbr town bd; mayor 1934-39; past pres League of Neb Municipalities; exec com Sutherland Project, chmn of power com, treas; Congl Ch; Dem; hobby, hunting; res Ogallala.

FRUIT, CHARLES WILLIAM: Stockman & Rancher; b Sangamon Co, Ill Aug 20, 1880; s of James T Fruit-Margaret McDaniel; ed Smith Co Kas; m Agnes Ryan May 10, 1905 Red Cloud; d Velma May (Mrs J M Horne), Helen Fernola, Alma Margurite (Mrs M Dunevitz), Marcelene Ellen; 1894-1902 worked on farms in Smith Co Kas; 1902-05 enl in US army 9th US regulars, served during Philippine insurrection & in China; 1905-14 farmed in Smith Co Kas; 1914- homesteaded in Arthur Co under Kinkaid Act, now opr ranch of 2700 A including original homesite, runs 300 head of cattle under F-- brand; 1928-36 Arthur Co judge; mbr sch bd; pres Arthur Co Fair Bd; Neb Stockgrowers Assn; IOOF 274; VFW; USWV, North Platte; Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Keystone.

GAINSFORTH, BURDETT LIVINGSTON: Dentist; b Holdrege, Neb Nov 14, 1911; s of S P Gainsforth-Jessie M Livingston; ed Ogallala HS 1930; U of N, DDS 1935; Omicron Kappa Upsilon; 1935- dentist with father in Ogallala; assoc with dental dept of Goodall Electric Mfg Co in designing various lab equipment; 1935 designed & built amateur radio station near Ogallala, affiliated with army amateur radio system which trains potential army personnel & lays foundation for emergency communication facilities; Neb St & ADA; 1st lt in medical corps dental reserve; AF&AM; hobbies, radio, motor boating; res Ogallala.

GARWOOD, O R: Grocer; b Arborville, Neb Oct 2, 1889; s of M N Garwood-Amelia Austin; ed Hamilton Co dist 18; Aurora Bus Coll 1909; m Abbie Mourer Feb 22, 1911 Aurora; 1909-11 worked on father's farm; 1911-18 farmed & worked in Hamilton Co; 1918-23 farmed in Keith Co; 1923 owner opr Garwood Groceryteria, Ogallala; AF&AM 159, past master; Lions; Comml Club, past pres; mayor of Ogallala 1927-31; Meth Ch; Rep; hobby, golf; res Ogallala.

GOODALL, ROBERT ALDRICH: Inventor & Manufacturer; b Grant, Neb Oct 8, 1891; s of Henry E Goodall-Carrie A Boyd; ed Ogallala HS 1909; Doane Coll, BSc 1913; Pi Kappa Delta; m Clarice McLeod Sept 1, 1915 Stanton; 1913 pur jewelry store in Ogallala, then att Omaha Horological Inst, completing year's course in 4 mos; oprd jewelry & music store until 1929; 1925 invented & marketed electric soldering machine for use in manufacturing jewelry; 1926 invented & marketed first practical watch cleaning machine, now used extensively throughout world; 1927 invented non-synchronized talking machine for sound effects with silent motion pictures; 1928 designed one of first machines in US for reproduction of talking motion pictures; 1928- org & mgr Goodall Electric Mfg Co engaged in designing & manufacturing complete theater equipment; 1928- designs & manufactures Neon displays, air conditioning in which he is making use of natural cold water supply in western US, cold diagnostical lights for dentist & doctors, traveling lawn sprinklers; has business, residential, theater properties in North Platte, Sutherland, Ogallala, Lyman & Grant; pres South Platte Public Power & Irrigation Dist; 1926-27 pres Neb St Jewelers Assn; pres Rotary, 1937 del to Internatl Conv, Nice France; past pres Comml Club; AF&AM 137, Scot Rite, Tangier Shrine; Country Club; hobbies, irrigation in Neb, aviation; res Ogallala.

HARDESSEN, SOPHIA JOHANNA: Homemaker; b Oldenburg, Germany Mar 25, 1886; d of Gerhard Oeltjen-Katharine Heinemann; ed Holsbek Germany; m Otto Johann Hardesson June 4, 1908 Columbus; s Carroll Otto; d Laura Catherine (Mrs George Ballentine); 1902-08 came to US, settled in Columbus; 1908-15 resided in Columbus after marriage; 1915- farming, Keith Co; 1915- raising chickens, has only chicken hatchery in Keith Co, 40,000 chickens per year, accredited by U of N; org Pleasantville Club; Farm Bureau; Internatl Baby Chick Assn; mbr ladies aid of Brute Congl Ch; Luth Ch; Rep; hobby, flower gardening; res Brule.

HOBBS, ERASTUS LEROY: Retired; b Delaware Co, Ind Nov 22, 1862; s of James W Hobbs-Matilda B Smith; ed Carroll Co Ia; m Emma Wetter Feb 17, 1887 Glidden Ia; 1886-90 homesteaded, farmed near Brule; 1890-93 carp in Denver; 1893-97 managed cattle ranch in Douglas Co Colo; 1897-1909 opr ranch in Keith Co; 1909-35 org & opr farm impl bus, Brule; 1935- retired; also owned & managed impl bus, Keystone, Big Spring, Ogallala; past mbr sch bd dist 17; mbr Neb St Hist Soc; Rep; hobbies, stamp collecting, canes; res Brule.

HOLSCHER, FRED W: Farmer; b Ogallala, Neb Dec 7, 1892; s of Fredrick Holscher-Henrietta Meyer: ed Keith Co dist 21; m Anna L Reidel Oct 29, 1919 Ogallala; s Edward, Gene; d Mayetta, Adeline (dec); 1908-18 worked on father's farm, Keith Co; 1918-19 during World War with 219th engineers at Camp Dodge Ia, disch Jan 1919; 1919- farming SE Ogallala; 1934 elec treas Keith Co Agrl Soil Conservation Assn; adjuster of Federal Crop Ins, Keith Co; mbr sch bd past 25 years; road overseer 14 years; dir Roscoe Co-op Oil CO; Luth Ch, Mo Synod; hobby, landscaping; res Ogallala.

KEHR, ALBERT F: Theater Owner; b French Village, Ill Sept 29, 1882; s of August Kehr-Amelia Ardus; ed Clay Co Ill; m May Russell July 26, 1905 Kearney; s Robert Leroy; d Mildred, Alberta May (dec), Ruth: 1898-1901 blacksmith, St Louis Mo; 1901-07 resided in Kearney; 1907-10 opr restaurant, bowling alley & billiard parlor, Amherst; 1910-12 resided in Elm Crook; 1912- in theater bus, Ogallala, owner two theaters; org first fire dept in Ogallala; active in civic progress; past pres & secy Comml Club; past pres & secy Keith Co Fair Assn; city coun; past chmn town bd: first pres Rotary; mbr Rocky Mountain Screen Club, Denver; Congl Ch; Dem; hobby, blue rock shooting; res Ogallala.

KELLER, MICHAEL D: Banker; b Butler Co, Neb Oct 21, 1875; s of John B Keller-Clara Eberly; ed Butler Co; Omaha Comml Coll 1894; m Maggie Nigh Mar 3, 1901 Grant; s Galen; d Lenore (Mrs C G Schwentker); 1898-1900 homesteaded in Perkins Co; 1900-15 owner & opr gen mdse store in Grant; 1915-35 org, opr, pres Farmers State Bank of Grant, later Farmers Natl Bank of Grant; 1935 principal stockholder, pres First Natl Bank of Ogallala; Past mbr town coun, Grant; Rotary; IOOF; Neb Bankers Assn; Comml Club; hobby, travel; res Ogallala.

KILDARE, HUBERT LEO: Lumber Merchant; b Ogallala, Neb Mar 5, 1892; s of John J Kildare-Mary E Cavanaugh; ed Ogallala; 1908 Lexington Bus Coll; m Christine Meyer Sept 1, 1912 Paxton; s Bernard, Lawrence (dec); d Veronica (Mrs Hugh Thalken), Huberta (Mrs Joseph Pribyl), Christine, Dorothy; 1909-23 mgr Welpton Lbr Co, Paxton; 1923-28 part owner of bus under name of LeDioyt & Kildare; 1928-owner & opr Kildare Lbr Co, Paxton; chmn Dem Co Com; 8 years mbr town coun, past chmn; 1917 in 89th div Co B 355 inf, encamped at Camp Funston, Kas; comm Amer Leg, Post 303; Neb Lbr Mchts Assn; BPOE, North Platte; Cath Ch; Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Paxton.

KOENIG, WALTER WILLIAM: Clergyman; b St Charles, Mo Aug 8, 1904; s of John F Koenig-Mary Kammeier; ed Wentzville Mo; St Pauls Acad HS Concordia Mo 1921; St Pauls Coll, 2 years junior coll Concordia Seminary, St Louis, BD 1927; m Alma Zech Sept 2, 1930 Imperial; s Kenneth, Wayne; d Lois, Loretta; 1927- pastor St Paul's Luth Ch, Ogallala, also pastor St John's Luth Ch, Brule; asst field secy of Neb Dist Walther League; Lutheran Ch, Mo Synod; Indep; hobbies, gardening, golf; res Ogallala.

KROH, JOHN SIMON: Publisher; b Clear Spring, Md Jan 25, 1874; s of Courtney H Kroh-Emma C Schnebley; ed Belle Plaine Ia; m Nellie E Snyder Dec 31, 1910 Brule; 1892-1916 emp in various lines of bus, groc stores at Belle Plaine, Reinbeck & Ia Falls Ia; 3 years dept & road salesman for Marshall Field Co; advertising & dept mgr for dry goods store in Oskaloosa Ia; special sales work in Mich & Wis; 1916 org Ogallala Tribune, publisher; 1918- owner publisher ofcl county paper, Keith County News; 1923-24 state senator from 31st dist; has traveled extensively, Alaska, Canada, Mexico; during World War, 4-min man, speaker for Liberty Loans; Country Club; NPA, past pres; Rotary, ch mbr, past pres; C of C, past pres; AF&AM 159; IOOF; Congl Ch; Rep; hobby, gardening; res Ogallala.

KROH, NELLIE ELIZABETH: Homemaker; b Bureau Co, Ill Nov 4, 1878; d of George W Snyder-Josephine C Wassom; ed Peru Ill HS 1896; Ill State Normal, Bloomington 1896-97; m John S Kroh Dec 31, 1910 Brule; 1898-1910 sch tchr in various towns in Ill, Neb & Colo; 1916- part owner Keith Co News; 1916-26 actively engaged in publishing Keith Co News; 1920- secy Ogallala bd of edn; past secy Keith Co ARC, local chmn welfare dept; past mbr lib bd; int in art work, oil, water colors, china;


OES; B&PW; Delphian; Neb Writers Guild; Congl Ch; Rep, past committeewoman Neb St Central Committee; hobbies, landscaping, gardening; res Ogallala.

LEDIOYT, ALBERT EDWARD: Retired; b Wilmington, Ill Mar 25, 1873; s of Roswell LeDioyt-Anna McCabe; ed Ogallala HS 1892; m Gladys Burton June 20, 1917 North Platte; d Mary Alberta; 1885 came to Neb with mother who filed on homestead; 1894-1900 tchr, Keith Co; 1900-12 worked for UP RR, brakeman & conductor; 1912-22 farmed, raised stock near Paxton; 1922-28 owner & opr lbr & fuel bus, Ogallala; 1928- ret, looking after farm properties; past pct assessor; past mbr sch bd dist 16; past mbr town coun; Paxton Comml Club; Cath Ch; Dem; hobby, fishing; res Paxton.

McCAIG, SIDNEY L: Clergyman; b Brady, Neb Dec 27, 1905; s of Frederick Aaron McCaig-Fanny Elizabeth Holcomb; ed Brady HS 1923; KSTC BSc in edn 1931; Boston Sch of Theology, STE & STM; grad work at Harvard; Pi Kappa Delta, Kearney; m Christina Elizabeth Hammond June 20, 1934 Boston; d Sandra Kay, Patricia Ann; 1923-26 tchr near Brady; 1928-30 tchr Kearney HS, prin Emerson Ward Sch; 1929-30; 1934-37 student appointment from Boston U as pastor to Community Ch in Haverhill Mass; 1937-38 pastor Meth Ch Arcadia; 1938- pastor Meth Ch, Ogallala; Lions; Neb Annual Conf of Meth Ch; Dean of Epworth League Summer Institute, Lexington; Indep; hobbies, tennis, astronomy; res 508 N Spruce, Ogallala.

McCUSKER, KATHRYN V: Postmaster; b Albion, Neb Aug 19, 1890; d of Frank McCusker-Mary Burns; ed Albion HS 1907; KSTC 2 years; 1910-12 tchr, Ogallala; 1912-14 tchr, Oshkosh; 1914-16 in Ladies-Ready-to-Wear, Brodhead, Wis; 1916-39 tchr in Roscoe, Keystone, Ogallala; 1933- apptd P M Ogallala, re-appointment confirmed by senate thru civil service July 12, 1939; B&PW, past pres Natl Assns of PMs; past pres St Luke's Altar Soc; Cath Ch; Dem; hobby, historical reading; res Ogallala.

McGINLEY, GEORGE: Rancher & Stockman; b Otoe Co, Neb Apr 17, 1871; s of John McGinley-Mary Sherdan; ed Elementary sch Dunbar; Lincoln Bus Coll; m Margaret Thalken Jan 31, 1901 Ogallala; s John Bernard, Gerald James, George Terrance, Arthur Charles (dec), Theodore William, Jesse Joseph, Donald Francis; worked on father's farm in Otoe Co until 1898; 1898- bought 1200 A near Keystone & started ranching, developing interests which now total 53,000 A running an average of 4,000 head of cattle; 1918- owner of ranch near Lisco consisting of 17,000 A running average of 1,500 head of cattle; 1937- owner of 20,000 A ranch in Cherry Co running an average of 22,000 head of cattle; owner of 1,600 A irrigated farm near Brule; these interests are oprd as a co-ptrship of George McGinley & Sons; 30 years mbr Keystone sch bd; dir Neb Stockgrowers Assn; Dem; .Cath Ch; res Ogallala.

   McGINLEY, GERALD JAMES: Attorney; b Keith Co, Neb June 12, 1904; s of George McGinley-Margaret Thaiken; ed North Platte HS 1922; U of Notre Dame, LLB 1926, LLM 1927; m Ruth J Ewers Nov 21, 1926 South Bend Ind; d Maureen Anne; 1927-28 emp by UP in claim dept, Omaha; 1928 adm to Neb bar; 1928- prac law, Ogallala; 1930-38 Keith Co atty; 1927- ptr in George McGinley & Sons ranch enterprises; secy-treas Federal Land Bank Assns in Keith, Perkins, Arthur & Deuel Cos; Comml Club, pres; Neb St Bar Assn; Rotary, dir; hobby, reading; res Ogallala.

MATHEWS, BENJAMIN GAINES: Retired: b Gallatin Co, Ky Sept 11, 1845; s of John Garner Mathews-Mary Kennedy; ed subscription schs in Ky; m Lucy Henderson Nov 25, 1873 Sheridan Co Mo; s Benjamin Gaines Jr; d Willie May (Mrs Jens Sillasen); 1857-63 came to Sheridan Co Mo & settled on farm with mother; 1865-68 opr grist & saw mill at Walton Ky; 1868-87 farmed in Sheridan Co Mo; 1887 homesteaded in Keith Co; 1887- owner opr ranch including original homesite, 400 A near Keystone; 1902-04 Keith Co judge; 1904-07 in merc bus Ogallala; 1909-11 in merc bus, Keystone; 1907 wife & son filed under Kinkaid Act on land adjoining original homestead; 1938 att Natl Conv at Gettysburg Penn, reunion of Civil War Veterans; has written & had published several Civil War incidents & memoirs; KP; Sons of the Confederacy; 1864 enl in Confederate army in Morgan's Cavalry, campaigned in Ky, Va & Tenn & in Shenandoah Valley, surrendered at Mt Sterling Ky with General Breckenridge on May 2, 1865; Chris Ch; Dem; hobbies, geology, writing; family were among first settlers in Ky, clearing farm in wilderness near Ohio River; res Keystone.

NELSON, EARL WARD: Elevator Manager; b Wilcox, Neb Dec 8, 1894; s of Charles Gust Nelson-Emma Lydia Peterson; ed Elwood; York Bus Coll 2 years; York College; m Agnes Alfreda Melin June 21, 1921 Brule; s William Howard, John Calvin; d Pauline Mae; 1917-18 bkkpr Farmers Elevator Co, Chappell; 1918-19 mgr lbr yard Lodgepole; May 18, 1918 enl US army Camp Dodge Ia, 339th mach gun batt, Co B 88th div, Aug 1918 Camp Mills NY, sailed for Liverpool Eng, to Southampton England, to LeHavre France, to Alsace Lorraine Sector, helped hold this sector for French for 16 days, boarded train to advance on Metz Germany Nov 14, armistice signed while on move; 1919- mgr Farmers Co-op Elevator Assn, Brule; Indep; res Brule.

NELSON, ROY GUSTIS: Merchant; b Ogallala, Neb Jan 16, 1890; s of Axel Nelson-Sadie J Anderson; ed Ogallala HS 1906; Franklin Acad, Franklin; Kearney Military Acad; m Carrie Lute Jan 1, 1914 Paxton; s John Lute; 1914- owner gen mdse store, Ogallala; Rotary; AF&AM 157; Comml Club; Congl Ch; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Ogallala.

NEWCOMB, WAYNE KENNETH: Publisher; b Deweese, Neb May 4, 1900; s of Ward K Newcomb-Annie Childerston; ed Clay Center HS 1919; KSTC, BA 1923; U of N 1 year; Phi Delta Kappa; m Leta Crawford Mar 1, 1919 Kearney; s Warren Kenneth, Ward Crawford; d Anna Mae; 1919-21 org & conducted Midway Federal Farm Loan Assn, Kearney; 1923-29 supt of schs Mason City; 1929-33 supt of schs Cozad; 1933- owner & publisher Paxton Times; past pres 4th dist NSTA; past VP NSTA; NPA; AF&AM; Comml Club; Meth Ch; Dem; hobbies, fishing, gardening; res Paxton.

NYE, HERBERT E: Furniture, Paint Dealer; b Amherst, Neb Apr 15, 1896, s of Will G Nye-Amelia Knapp; ed Kearney HS 1915; KSTC 2 years; Caledonians; m Doris Anderson Mar 21, 1925 Julesburg Colo; d Constance Rae; 1918 called for army service to Fort Logan Colo, tsfrd to Camp Mills NY, to Camp Lee near Petersburg Va, to Camp Dodge Ia, 8th ammunition train 8th div, private, 1st class, hdqrs co; disch Feb 12, 1919; 1919- in furn & paint bus, Ogallala; Amer Leg 135: Rotary; IOOF; Comml Club; Izaak Walton; dist chmn Federated Wildlife Club; Congl Ch; Rep; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Ogallala.

PIELSTICKER, JOSEPH WILLIAM: Insurance, Bond Dealer; b Carroll, Ia, Apr 28, 1877; s of Conrad Pielsticker-Mary Weivel; ed Carroll la HS 1894; m Isabelle Stafford Dec 11, 1928 Paxton; 1894-97 worked in farming communities, Ia; 1897-1900 owner opr hotel in Epiphany SD; 1900-12 in real estate bus, Oakland Ore; 1912-15 in dairy bus near Portland Ore; 1915-23 pres & cash First State Bank of Dickens; 1923-28 cash Comml State Bank of Paxton; 1928- in ins & bonds bus; past mbr town coun; pres Comml Club; Cath Ch; Dem; hobbies, hunting, travel; res Paxton.

PROFFITT, HADLEY RAY: Hardware Merchant & Undertaker; b Unadilla, Neb Nov 24, 1887: s of Henry Robinson Proffitt-Sarah Gee; ed Cook; York Coll 1902-03; Neb Wes 1907; m Mary T Wakeman Sept 1911 Cook; 1903-07 in ins bus with brother, Cook; 1908-11 owner & mgr gen mdse store, Cook; 1911 resided in Dayton Ore; 1912-20 lbr dlr, elev mgr; 1920-26 owner gen mdse store, Flats; 1926-27 hdw & undertaking bus, Arnold; 1927-33 owner gen mdse store, Flats; 1933- hdw mcht, undertaker, Paxton; AF&AM; Neb Funeral Dirs Assn; Meth Ch; Dem; hobby, fishing; res Paxton.

RASDAL, MELVIN EARLE: Druggist; b Pender, Neb July 7, 1891; s of Harry C Rasdal-Ada L Purdy; ed Homer; Lyons; U of N, PhG 1924; Phi Delta Chi; m Agnes Hofeldt June 20, 1920 Laurel; s William Daniel; d Agnes Geraldine; Earleen Jane; 1896-12 resided in Homer, worked in gen & drug stores in vicinity; 1913-23 worked in various businesses in state; 1924- owner & opr drug store, Ogallala; NARD; Amer Pharm Assn; mbr bicameral legislature 1935; active in Jobs Daughters; past mbr sch bd, pres 1934-35; AF&AM 159, master 1927-28; Master Mcht Award 1931: Neb Pharm Assn, past pres; Rotary, past secy & pres; bd of examiners in pharm; secy Comml Club; father opr livery barn in Homer 1896; res Ogallala.

REIKAT, ADELAIDE SARA: County Treasurer; b Paxton, Neb Aug 10, 1895; d of Ferdinand Relkat-Antonia ___; ed Paxton HS; bus ad-


ministration by correspondence; 1898 father killed in train accident; 1898-1915 worked at various jobs, maid, clk, att sch; 1915-17 dep postmaster, Paxton; 1917-22 bkkpr, cash, Bank of Paxton; 1922-23 asst cash, Exchange Bank of Madrid; 1923-24 bkkpr, Citizens Bank of Ogallala; 1925-34 deputy county treas; 1934- Keith Co treas; 1912-19 clk & treas Paxton town coun; now secy Neb Co Treas Assn 2nd term; pres B&PW; VP Comml Club; past pres Amer Leg aux; 40 & 8 Club; Rebekah; Luth Ch; Dem; hobbies, collecting vases & coins; off Keith Co Courthouse, Ogallala; res Paxton.

SCOTT, WALTER JOHN: Auto Dealer; b Philadelphia, Penn Mar 12, 1886; s of William Scott-Mary Kilpatrick; ed Cozad 1901; m Mabel C Hanna Aug 4, 1909 Cozad; s Robert Keith, Jack O'Neil; d Louise Pearl; 1915- auto dlr, Ogallala; also has farm ints & hotel bus; AF&AM 157; mbr sch bd 7 years; mbr town bd 7 years; Rotary; Comml Club; Meth Ch; Dem; hobby, golf, res Ogallala.

SEARLE, RECTOR ERROL: Auto Dealer; b Ogallala, Neb Feb 15, 1896; s of E M Searle Jr-Alice Sims; ed Los Angeles HS; Ogallala HS 1915; m Pattie Miller Oct 14, 1917 Ogallala; s Donn; 1915 worked in father's bank, Citizens Bank of Ogallala; 1915- auto dlr, Ogallala; during World War, in motor transport div Lincoln, tsfrd to Camp Grant ROTC, disch Nov 24, 1918; Kilgore Post Amer Leg; AF&AM 152, Scot Rite, 32o; Tangier Shrine; Comml Club; Rotary, past pres; hobby, aviation; res Ogallala.

SlLLASEN, SILLAS J: Rancher, Stockman; b Esteberg, Denmark Nov 1, 1865; s of Morton Sillasen-Maren Andersen; ed Denmark; m Ella Graham June 1891 North Platte; s Andrew; 1882 came to US, North Platte; 1882-96 horse wrangler, cow puncher for John Bratt Cattle Co; 1886 homesteaded Keith Co; 1896- owner & opr Keith Co ranch 15,000 A, runs approximately 700 head of stock, S-F brand; Neb Stockgrowers Assn; AF&AM 159; Luth Ch; hobby, 4-H Club; res Paxton.

SMITH, HAROLD HENRY: Co-Publisher & Editor; b Topeka, Kas Jan 16, 1903; s of Eugene L Smith-Corabel Zook; ed Elkhart Kas HS 1922; U of Mo 1922-23; U of Kas, BA 1927; Phi Gamma Delta; Sigma Delta Chi; m Irene Wiggins June 27, 1936 Fort Morgan Colo; 1928-35 owner, Publisher Grit Advocate Julesburg Colo; 1935-37 owner & Publisher Herald Fort Morgan Colo; 1937-39 dir press relations of Colo Chain Stores Assn; March 1939- co-publisher & editor Keith County News; 1937 pres Colorado Press Assn; NPA; AF&AM, Elkhart Kas; Rotary; Meth Ch; hobby, photography; res Ogallala.

STAFFORD, JAMES DENNIS: Rancher & Stockman; b Kellerton, Ia Apr 11, 1883; s of David Stafford-Ellen Foley; ed Paxton; m Margaret MeFadden Oct 30, 1912 Paxton; s Stuart Bernard, Francis David; 1887-1916 came to Neb with parents, asstd father on ranch; 1916- opr ranch near Paxton, also ranch near Sarben, 8000 A, running 700 head of cattle under DS brand; past mbr sch bd Paxton; mbr sch bd dist 40; past mbr Paxton town coun; mbr exec com Neb Stockgrowers Assn; BPOE 985; Cath Ch; Rep; hobby, hunting; res Sarben.

STAFFORD, ORDELL D.: Retired; b Center Road Station, Penn Oct 20, 1866; s of George W Stafford- Rebecca Wait; ed Center Road Penn; Rising City; m Hattie Barker June 20, 1910 Rising City; d Lois (Mrs Balentine), (Mrs Lloyd Andersen); 1880-84 worked on father's farm; 1885-1900 farmed in Butler Co; 1900-01 pump & mill work in Butler Co; 1901-03 farmed in Keith Co; 1903-05 moved to coast; 1905-32 farmed, Keith Co; 1932-36 farmed near Sedgwick Colo; 1936- res, Brule, sold farm, ret; mbr town bd: AF&AM 159; Stockgrowers Assn; Congl Ch; Dem; hobby, reading; res Brule.

STEINBRICH, WILLIAM HENRY: Retired; b Iowa City, Ia Dec 27, 1855; s of Gerhardt Steinbrich-Christine Lauer; ed Iowa City Ia; m Alice Kessler Jan 12, 1897 Solon Ia (dec); 1875-84 farmed in Johnson & Pocahontas Cos, Ia; 1884- homesteaded, ranched Keith Co; past mbr sch bd dist 11; KC; Cath Ch; Dem; hobby, reading; res Paxton.

SUDMAN, EDWARD AUGUST: County Clerk; b Paxton, Neb Nov 2 1899; s of Henry Sudman Sr-Mary Ambrassat; ed Paxton HS 1919; Midland Coll, Fremont, BSc 1923; mbr Glee Club; 1923-34 cash & VP Sarben State Bank; 1934- Keith County Clerk; Lions, Ogallala, ch mbr, 1st Secy; IOOF 344, Paxton; Comml Club Ogallala; hobbies, cards, golf; off Keith Co Courthouse, Ogallala; res Paxton.

TAYLOR, FRED G: County Sheriff; b Huntington, Penn Dec 17, 1896; s of William James Taylor-Emma J Walker; ed Brule 1915; York Bus Coll, 1916; m Gladys George Sept 8, 1928 Benkelman; d Virginia (dec); 1896-22 resided in Brule, worked at carpentry; 1922-27 worked for Pacific Ready Cut Homes Inc; 1927-29 contractor, Brule; 1930- Keith Co Sheriff, active in capture of bandits who robbed Farmers State Bank of Brule; during World War with 34th div, Neb, tsfrd to 32nd div Mich & Wis, served 10 mos in France, signal corps; Amer Leg, Paxton; VFW 3755; Comml Club; Congl Ch; Dem; hobbies, hunting, fishing; off Courthouse; res Ogallala.

TERHUNE, ROY LESTER: Farmer, Cattle Feeder; b Hastings, Neb Apr 28, 1892; s of E W Terhune-Susan Furry; ed Adams Cc; m Emma Belle Dougherty Feb 25, 1914 Hastings; 1914-17 farmed, Clay Co; 1917- owner & opr farm in Keith Co;, pct committeeman for Federal Land Bank: mbr sch bd dist 16; IOOF 344; Farm Bureau; Paxton Comml Club; Meth Ch; Rep; hobbies, hunting, fishing; res Paxton.

VANDIVER, HOWARD A: Physician & Surgeon; b Shelbina, Mo Jan 27, 1895; s of Charles E Vandiver-Luella Barkley; ed Lincoln HS 1914; Creighton U Omaha, MD 1921; 1918-21 played basketball with Creighton, undefeated 2 years, 1 year baseball, shortstop; Phi Rho Sigma; m Eleanor McCarthy Aug 11, 1919 Denver; d Aileen Marjory; Mary Luella; 1921-22 interne Mercy Hosp, Council Bluffs Ia; 1922 prac medicine, Ogallala; 1929- owner & opr Ogallala Hosp, which he designed & built; pres Ogallala sch bd; 1926- dist surg for UP RR; Keith Co physician since 1934; during World War, 20 mos enlistment in Med Reserve, 3 mos SATC; Amer Leg; Neb St & AMA; Rotary, past pres; MWA.; IOOF Chris Ch; Dem; hobby, athletics; res Ogallala.

WARREN, MRS RUTH FORSYTH: County Superintendent of Schools; b Ogallala, Neb Dec 29, 1898; d of A M Forsyth-Christie MacLean; ed Ogallala HS 1918; KSTC, BSc 1928; U of Colo 1930; Columbia U 1939; Sigma Theta Phi, Kearney; 1918-19 tchr Keith Co; 1919-20 & 1928-34 tchr Ogallala; 1921-27 resided in Oregon & California; 1934- Keith Co Supt of Schs; B&PW; Cottonwood Corners PTA; VP Dist 6 Neb St PTA; OES; active in ch work, Meth Ch; Indep; hobby, reading; off Courthouse; res Ogallala.

WOODWARD, ISAAC LAWRENCE: Retired; b Philadelphia, Penn Apr 17, 1864; s of Jacob Heald Woodward-Katherine Farnam; ed Media, Penn; Swarthmore 1 year; m Ella Dunn Oct 1898 North Platte; s Keith Lawrence, Keen Elwood; 1864-82 resided in Philadelphia, clk in gen mdse store; 1882-88 worked for John Bratt, North Platte; 1888 moved to Ogallala; 1895-23 painter, opr paint store, Ogallala; also emp by UP RR; 1923-35 Keith Co clk, retired from active duty 1934; IOOF 274; Dem; hobby, sign painting; res Ogallala.

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