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Bert Ernest Williams - Born 27 Jul 1883 in Cherokee Co., Iowa.

Parents were Charles K. Williams and Fidelia L. "Delia" Hescock.

Died 2 Aug 1944 at Enterprise, OR.  Buried at Chapman Cemetery, Chapman, Merrick Co., NE

Married 27 Jul 1904 at Ord, NE to

Nora Oleva Mattley - Born 23 Dec 1886 near Ord, Valley, NE.  Parents: Luke Mattley and Elizabeth Jane Erridge.

Died as Nora Brockmoller 25 Mar 1960 at Julesburg, CO.  She is buried with her second husband at Big Springs, Deuel Co., NE.

Bert and Nora had seven children.


Records -

Bert Ernest Williams - Obit #1 newspaper title & year of publication not on the clipping


- Chapman, Neb., Aug. 4. (Special) -- Bert E. Williams, lineman for the Chapman Telephone association for the past four years, passed away Wednesday morning at a hospital at Enterprise, Ore. Death was the result of injuries received a few days ago when Mr. Williams fell 12 feet from a tree while picking fruit at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Isla Ferguson.
      Surviving are his wife, four sons, Walter Lee of North Platte, Glenn C., Hastings, Loren O., Broken Bow and Seaman 1/c Dale D. Williams, stationed at Camp Sampson, N.Y.; three daughters, Mrs. Isla Ferguson, Enterprise, Ore., Mrs. Elma Kaelin, Ansley, and Arlene at home: 16 grandchildren, a half sister, Mrs. Otto Steffenmyer of Lincoln, and a brother, Frank, Pittsburgh, Pa. His parents, a sister and a brother preceded him in death.
     The remains will arrive at Central City some time Saturday and funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Solt funeral home there. Interment will be in the Chapman cemetery."

Bert Ernest Williams - Obit #2

The Custer County Chief, Broken Bow, Nebraska
Thursday, 17 August 1944
ANSLEY - Paul Butler, Reporter

"- Bert Ernest Williams -

     Bert Ernest Williams was born in Vermont* on July 27, 1883, and passed away in a hospital in Enterprise, Ore., on August 2, 1944, at the age of 61 years and 3 days. His death resulted from a fall off a ladder while picking fruit at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Ferguson.
     When just a small boy, Mr. Williams joined the United Brethren church of Seward, near which place he lived until he had grown to manhood. His father, mother two sisters and one brother have preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Nora, of Chapman : four sons, Lee of North Platte, Glen of Hastings, Loren of Broken Bow and Dale of the U.S. navy : three daughters, Isla of Enterprise, Ore., Elma of Ansley and Arlene at home : and 16 grandchildren. Surviving also are one brother, Frank, in an eastern state and one half-sister, Ruth, of Lincoln.
     Mr. Williams has been working for the Chapman telephone company for the past four years. Previous to moving to Chapman he farmed near Ansley for 21 years."

*Birthplace should be Cherokee Co., Iowa.

Bert Ernest Williams -

WW I Draft Registration

Medium height and medium build, blond hair, blue eyes  

Personal notes - Hair was pure white by time he died, his eyes were pale baby blue.  He had the "wunderlust" - traveled all over the country to visit relatives without telling Nora where he was; loved to tease; chewed tobacco; loved to carve & whittle - carved beautiful wooden chains; also liked to listen to boxing matches on the radio.

Other records found  -

1885 Iowa State Census

1920 Census - Loup Township, Custer County, Nebraska Census

1930 Census - Ansley Township, Custer County, Nebraska Census

Info concerning my grandmother - Nora Oleva Mattley Williams Brockmoller:

     Nora Oleva Mattley was born 23 December 1886 on a farm outside of Ord, Valley County, Nebraska to Luke and Elizabeth Jane (Erridge) Mattley.  

     She married (1st) Bert Earnest Williams - 27 July 1904 in Ord, Valley County, Nebraska (which just happens to also be the birth date for Grandpa - 27 July 1883 in Cherokee County, Iowa).  They were living in Ord when (3 children) Walter Lee Williams, Isla Pearl (Williams) Ferguson and Glenn Charles Williams (we called him Uncle Red) were all born. Grandpa was a telephone worker in the Ord vicinity at the time. They moved to Burwell, Custer County, Nebraska where (2 children) Elma Oleva (Williams) Kaelin and (Loren Otis Williams) were born. They then moved to Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska where (2 more children) Dale Dwaine Williams and Elizabeth Arlene Williams were born.  

     While they were living in Chapman, Merrick County, Nebraska, Grandpa worked as a lineman for the telephone company and Grandma worked as the telephone operator (was the operator during WW II in Chapman).  

     After Grandpa Williams died she lived in Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska for many years and then married (2nd) Wilhelm "Bill" Brockmoller.  They lived between Ogallala, Keith County, Nebraska and Big Springs, Deuel County, Nebraska on Bill's farm.  

     She died 25 March 1960 in Julesburg, Sedgwick County, Colorado (just across the state line) of a cerebral hemorrhage.  Grandma Nora's funeral was held Thursday, 31 March 1960 at the First Methodist Church in Big Springs, Nebraska. She is buried in Big Springs, Deuel County, Nebraska (Bill Brockmoller is also buried there).


I am still searching for Grandpa Bert's brothers and sisters descendants and would love to have them contact me.

17 Feb 2007 - Submitted by granddaughter, Vicky Winfield

Daughter of Loren O. Williams

Thank you to Larry Coates for the gravestone photos at Chapman Cemetery!


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