Merrick County website
Central City Friends Meeting
Centennial Celebration, 1899-1999
Joseph Ray and Bessie Amanda (Mesner) Barnes Family. Ray Barnes came to Nebraska Central College in 1910 to attend the Academy, graduating in 1913. He played football on the College team, which led to enrollment at Whittier College, California for two years prior to return to NCC for the 1916 football season. Ray began farming in Lone Tree Township in 1917, and was married to Bessie Mesner that fall. He continued fanning while completing his college work, graduating from NCC in 1924. He taught in schools at Seward, Gresham, Henderson, Creston, Republican City, and Naponee, all Nebraska towns, before moving in 1938 to Owyhee County, Idaho. He farmed there until retiring to nearby Homedale.
Taken from the Merrick County History written by Phil Barnes.
(Hull) Bennett was born in 1897, the daughter
of a country doctor in Tobias, Nebraska. She died in Sandy
Spring, Maryland at the age of 101 in 1938. She moved with
her family to Central City, and became a member of Central
City Friends Meeting in 1908. She remained a member for the
rest of her life. She graduated from William Penn College in
Iowa and received a medical degree from the University of
Nebraska in 1925. In 1928,
she went to India to become the first physician at a medical
station in Chhatapur, in Madhye Pradesh state. In 1936 Ruth
returned to Colorado and married Claude Bennett to whom she
had been engaged for 20 years. Soon after the birth of her
son, Claude Fraser, she returned to India to resume
management of the hospital. She returned to the United
States and for the next 25 years was a pro-typical farmer's
wife. Eventually she began practicing medicine again filling
in for doctors when they went on vacation. At age 70, Dr.
Bennett retired from medical practice. Her husband died in
1975 and in 1979, Ruth moved to Sandy Spring to be close to
her son and his family. While living there she became active
with several Quaker volunteer enterprises. She also began
participating in the Maryland Senior Olympics when she
reached the age of 90. As a centurion, she did the one mile
walk in 29 minutes. Ruth loved to travel and did so
Distinguished Career Award.
It was for her 53 years of service to mankind and for her
work for the Ohio Mission Board as a medical missionary in
India for nine years, that William Penn College honored her
with this award.
and Julia Crosbie. Milo Havilah and Lillie
Cook Crosbie, was born in Henry County, Iowa December 19,
1885. After finishing rural school, he attended Whittier
Academy at Salem, Iowa. In 1900 he moved with his parents
and two brothers to Boyd County, Nebraska where his father
served as pastor of a Friends Meeting. He entered Nebraska
Central Academy in 1904, graduating in 1905. Four years
later he received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree from
Nebraska Central College in Central City, Nebraska. The
first semester of the following year he attended William
Penn College at Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Julia M. Mesner was born to
Phillip and Nancy Emry Mesner in Pleasant Plain, Iowa April
15, 1883. She was a graduate of Nebraska Central Academy and
Nebraska Central College and received her Master's degree
from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. In 1963 she was
awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters at William Penn
College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Julia taught English and Latin
at Nebraska Central College for many years.
Taken from the Merrick County History
and Amanda (Talbert) Emry. Both David and
Amanda came from early Quakers, whose families gradually
migrated west. Their families were active members of Walnut
Creek Friends Meeting in Iowa, and continued active
membership with Friends throughout their lives.
Taken from the works of Delbert Mesner and Milo Crosbie
and Clara (Wilder) Everett. Clara became a
member of Central City Friends Meeting in 1903. Although
Clara attended another church with her husband, she kept her
membership with the Friends. Clara died at the age of 107.
The Wilder family attended the Academy and the College.
Clara graduated from the Academy in 1906, then completed the
Business Course in 1907.
Information taken from the Merrick County History.
and Clara (Stokely) Ferguson. John and Clara
Stokely Ferguson came to the Central City area about fifteen
years after a Central City Friends Meeting was established.
They settled in a house just north of the college and met
many Quaker families. They liked them, and so started
attending the Friends Meeting and became members. At that
time they had Hazel and Dale. Opal was born in 1918. They
quickly became absorbed in the life of the Meeting and were
deeply committed to it for the rest of their lives. In the
early '20s they moved into what was known as "the Joyce
place", just east across the road from the college where
they remained until John died in 1954. Clara sold the
acreage in 1956 and moved away.
Prepared by Kay Roberts Mesner, granddaughter
Sent by Ann (Foley) Johnston