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Merrick County News


Scrapbook of Mrs. C. J. (Elizabeth) Dittmer

Assumption - that all these were published in the Clark's Enterprise ...
or the newspaper of Shelby, IOWA
None of the articles bear a publication date or name of newspaper.

Scrapbook, page 38

Tender Vigil of Garvey Boys at End
Mrs. Rose Garvey, Oldest Nebraskan, Who Would Have Been 114 in
March, Expires; Three Aged Sons Never Married.


   Here is Mrs. Rose Garvey, who died Sunday at the age of 113, as she appeared two year ago. Three bachelor sons, who never married because they wished to care for their mother, are left to right, Paddy, Tony and Mike.


Special Dispatch to The World-Herald.
Albion, Neb., Jan 18. -- Mrs. Rose garvey, Nebraska's oldest resident, died Sunday at her home, one mile north of here. She would have been 114 years old March 20.
   Mrs. Garvey was born in County Mayo, Ireland, three years before Wellington and Blu__her crushed Napoleon's dreams of conquest. One had to go back ninety-two years to find her wedding day. Her husband died thrity-two years ago, when 86.
   Death found Mrs. Garvey's three "children" faithful unto the end. They are Paddy, 82, Mike, 74, and Tony, 70. Bachelors are all three "because of mother." Bachelors they had vowed to remain so long a s"mother is with us." And they had kept their vows, "taking care of mother" until the flame flickered and went out.
   There also is another son, John, 77. But he had married and lived three miles from the home place.
   Time had made of the Irsh lass, Rose Moullney, a tiny, wrinkler figure "more like a piece of old bric-a-brac," as a visitor two years ago had described her. He found her then waiting for the spring time when she can go into the yard and attend to the rose bush.
   Her last birthday found her, still there by the window. But recent months had seen death's quickening step. Each day saw her weaker and weaker. Spring was not to come again for her.
   "Work and prayer did it," had once said her son, Paddy as he pointed to the rosary the old lady fingered in her hand.
  Mrs. Garvey and her sons have dwelt alone since the death of the father. The family came from Ireland sixty-four years ago, settleing near Albion in 1882. In the community, the "Garvey boys" are

known as among the richest. They had kept the home as much like old Ireland as possible "to please mother." No phone bell had marred its quiet; no radio had invaded its privacy; they had no automobile.
   The funeral will be held Teusday (sic) morning from St. Micheal's church. Father Crowley officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, beside the body of her husband.




   A quiet wedding took place at the Methodist parsonage on Thursday evening of last week Friday 1, 1923, uniting in the bonds of matrimony Mrs. Emma Kohl and George Goodell two long time residents of this vicinity and highly respected. They immediately went to hose keeping on the farm owned by the groom west of Clarks. Mr. Goodell has many sterling qualities and a splendid representative of our best citizenship.
   We extend congratulations and best wishes to this newly married couple.

(NOTES: See obit of John Kohl on p25 of this scrapbook, and Merrick County Marriage Record Book F, p43)


   Funeral services were held at the late home Friday morning at 10 o'clock for Arthur Jandrall, who passed away at the noon hour, January 16th, after a long and painful illness. For some time Mr. Jandrall had been making his home with his daughter, Miss Ena Jandrall where he received loving care to the end.
   Mr. Jandrall was born in Crossroads, Wales, in the month of April 1857. He came to Nebraska at the age of seventeen years, locating in Central City where he worked on the Union Pacific section under R. Kombrink as foreman, for two years. He then went to Larmie, Wyoming, residing there for a considerable period of years. They he returned to Merrick County, settling on a farm near Clarks with his family. A few years ago he cam to Central City to live with his daughter Miss Edna Jandrall. Developing a malady of a painful and malignant character, he endured a period of intense suffering with all the fortitude he could command, being soliditious of those caring for him and very grateful for all attentions shown by friends.
   The deceased was the father of nine children, six son and three daughters. Two daughter, Mrs. Hannah Stewart and Mrs. Ma___ Clark, passed away a number of years ago. The wife, six sons, and one daughter survive him. The sons are: Alfred, Lewis, Edward and Thomas of Clarks; Homer of Central City; and John of Seaside, Oregon. All, save John who is engaged in teaching, were present for the funeral services and were pall bearers for their father.
   Throughout his life Mr. Jandrall ....
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