Newt Persinger, was the father of Ed Persinger, who wrote a history of Merrick County in 1895.
John M. Kyes, born in New York state, came to Merrick
County in 1862, after spending two years in Colorado,
prospecting and driving a stage line. For about two more
years after arriving here he drove for the Western Stage
LAFE SIMONSON: son of Simon and Anna
Simonson, was born October 1, 1886, on the farm near Worms,
and died March 21, 1958, after living a very active lifetime
in the vicinity of Worms and Palmer. He was married April
27, 1907, to Miss Milda Dammann, and farmed south of Palmer
for thirteen years before moving to Palmer in 1920. He
served on the Merrick County Board of Supervisors from 1928
to 1934. He was postmaster at Palmer from 1934 until
retiring in 1956. During his term as postmaster, he often
went out of his way to serve his patrons, personally
delivering mail to the hospital, and to invalids and
shut-ins. He was very active in his church, and in all
community affairs. He made many friends and few enemies. The
Simonsons have one daughter, Myrtle (Mrs. C. F. Keefe) of
That is the way the late Hon. John G. Boelts referred to our greatest natural resource, our virgin soil. He believed in not allowing it to erode, nor to lose its fertility. Mr. Boelts served in the state legislature in 1909 to 1911, and again was elected to the Legislature in 1930, and to the State Senate in 1932. He died a few years after completing his term in 1934.
Mrs. Melvina C. Hards, who gave
Central City its fine library.
Hon. John G. Boelts
Mr. Parker was a colorful personality in the early days of Merrick County.
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