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Merrick County News


from the

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

Contributed by Lois Dittmer Fairfield.

Scrapbook, page 1 extracts - 1930?

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Mr. & Mrs. Henry Mangelson celebrated 50th Anniversary on Sunday, 30 Nov. They married at Schleswig Holstein, Germany. Immigrated to Grand Island in 1882 (20 years), then lived on a farm in Merrick County, retired to live in Clarks. Five children living (4 boys & 1 girl - no names). "The Enterprise joins ... " (Partial header shows "Clarks, Nebraska, Fri...")  NOTE: Buried at Bureau Cemetery. [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 1]

TAYLOR-McGREW Wedding - [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 1]

Married 1 August at Wakefield, NE (Wed) - no year given


Bride: Mildred Evelyn Taylor, dau of Rev. & Mrs. W. T. Taylor

Her father officiated at wedding held at M.E. parsonage.
Grad: Bartlett HS; attended NE Wesleyan. Teacher.

Groom: Forrest Arthur McGrew, son of M/M Albert McGrew

Farmer, near Seward, NE.

Ann Elizabeth McLean died 8 Jan 1930. Born in Clarks, to John & Mary E. McLean. Grad: Clarks HS. Lived in WY. Postmistress of Clarks for nine years, then librarian for Township Library. Survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral Friday 10 Jan. Burial at Clarks Cemetery.
NOTES: Her Mother was Mary Elizabeth Hartwell. Ann Elizabeth can be found in 1900 Census of Merrick County, Clarks, Clarksville, Merrick, NE - ED134 p12b D235 F236 (living with her brother: John Thomas McLean). [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 1]

Scrapbook, page 48 - 1926 extract - Clarks Newspaper?

Henry Dittmer,
b. 18 Mar 1857 at Prosdorf, Holstine, Germany. Immigrated to Chicago, then settled at Minden, Iowa. Moved to Clarks, NE c1897 and lived on farm. Was twice married. First: 1881 to Margaret Kohl - had 13 children, 3 died in infancy, & Hugo in WW I. Second: 1898 to Maggy Juhl - had three children, one died at 2 yrs. Mr. Dittmer died 20 Aug 1926. Funeral at Congregational Church on Monday afternoon. (end of article clipped off). [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 48]

Scrapbook, page 49 - 1933 extract - Clarks Enterprise? and ??

Salvester Ksiazek, b 26 Sep 1916, son of M/M Peter Ksiazek. Died Sat, 7 Jan 1933 at hopsital in Columbus, NE of ruptured appendix. Funeral Mon. at Catholic Church in Clarks; burial Clarks Cemetery.

Harrier   P. O. Harrier, age 67 died at Valley Friday (photo). Funeral "today".

Scrapbook, page 50 - 1926 & 1927 extracts

Newspaper of Shelby or Minden, Iowa?
Mrs. Peter J. Pingel,
born Gertrude Meir 26 Dec 1859 at Banesdorph, Femarn, Germany to August & Cathrehna Meir. Immigrated in 1867 to Walmer, IA; moved to Davenport; to Minden about 1875. Married 7 Nov 1877 to Peter J. Pingel. They had 15 children. Died 26 Jul 1926 at hospital in Harlen, IA. Funeral at Shelby United Lutheran Church "yesterday". Burial at Shelby cemetery. [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 50]  

Clarks Enterprise?
John H. Pollard,
b. 13 Feb 1858 in Sterling, IL son of M/M Wm. Pollard. Moved to Dublin, Colfax Co., NE when about 11 yrs; leg injured in farm accident when young. Attended school in Colfax Co. and Columbus, NE. Was employee of UPRR as station agent including Lincoln and Valley. Returned to Colfax County and had grocery business. Moved to Silver Creek and was in grain business. c1906 moved to Clarks. Married 17 Jul 1887 at Fremont to Julia Kennedy. Had 8 children, three survive. Died 13 Feb 1927 at hopsital in Grand Island. No info about funeral or place of burial. [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 50]

Scrapbook, page 51 - 1925 extract

1925 Marriage Announcement

26 Nov, Clarks?, Merrick, NE

Bride: Mabel C. ROSE

Father: Frank Rose
Brother: Wilbur Rose

teacher at Clarks, NE

Groom: Leslie L. BLACK

Father: Ira Black
Sister: Lola Black

book-keeper in Fullerton, NE

Geo. Armstrong

Scrapbook, page 52 - 1926 extracts, Clarks Enterprise?

Emily Susan Porter Philbrook,
b 4 Dec 1847 at Galliopolis, OH. Moved to IL c1869; 1870 went to Africa as missionary for 2 yrs. Married 17 Dec 1878 to James Barton Philbrook of Champaign, IL. They moved to farm near Clarks, NE. Had 3 sons, one survives. Died Wed. 7 Jul 1926. Funeral 7 Jul at Congregational Church. Burial at Clarks Cemetery. [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 52]


Annie Key, b. 23 Apr 1873 at New Quarrington, England to M/M Thomas Key. To Merrick County, NE c1871. Did not marry. Died Sat. 3 Jul 1926 at home of sister, Mrs. E. T. Walden in Central City. Survived by 2 bro. and 3 sisters. Funeral Tues at Epicopal Church in Central City. Burial at Clarks Cemetery. [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 52]


William White Ferguson, b 12 Feb 1868 Georgetown, PA. Oct 1882: Moved with parents to Scottsville, Holt, NE. Married 1893 of Mary L. Bishop of Genoa, NE; had 2 children. 1898: Moved to Clarks, NE. Died 24 Nov 1926. No info on funeral or burial. [DITTMER Scrapbook, page 52]

Scrapbook, page 56 - 1929 extract


Married 1929 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus, NE -
no date given in article


Bride: Magdalene Oehlrich, daughter of Mrs. Helen Oehlrich

Book-keeper. Brother: Arnold Oehlrich of Lincoln, NE

Groom: Martin Stenger, son of M/M Fred Stenger of Lincoln, NE

Banker, as't-cashier at Columbus State bank.

Scrapbook, page 57 - 1929 extracts

A. B. Stearns, b 28 Aug 1871 at Brothertown, Calumet, Wisconsin to Thomas J. & Carrie Stearns. Moved to Pawnee Reservation (Nance County) c1874, and to Merrick County c1876. Married 12 May 1891 to Lizzie C. Dudney, had one daughter: Mrs. Geo. Schank of Clarks. Was a rural mail carrier for 25 yrs. Died 18 Jan 1929 at home in Clarks. Funeral at Congregational Church; burial Bureau Cemetery.

Alfred L. Boberg, b 30 Jun 1876 at Leksand, Delarne, Sweden. Immigrated c1879 to Stromsburg, NE. Married 28 Jun 1906 to Luella Jones; had 2 children. Worked for the RR at Stromsburg, Papillion, Rogers, Silver Creek and Clarks. Died 26 Mar 1929 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Funeral at home; burial at Stromsburg Cemetery with his parents.

WeddingScrapbook, page 58 - 1943? extracts

KEYES-FOWLER Wedding (no date)
Mona Keys married Robert W. Fowler in Oklahoma City. Bride is one of "Keys Quads" - her sisters are Roberta, Mary and Leota.

Lucinda H. Gardiner Wolfe, b 26 Jun 1864 in Bowling Green, KY. Moved to Donaldson, IA with parents. Married Clyde Wolfe in Mar 1882; they had six children, four survive. Move to Merrick Co., NE in 1885. Died Fri., 30 Jul 1943 at home in Clarks. Funeral at Methodist Church; burial and Burke Cemetery.

NOT in Scrapbook Index

Clarks Enterprise? 1927 extract (Sent by Lois Dittmer Fairfield)

Albert Gerber b. 12 Jul 1869 Aarwangen, Berne, Switzerland. Immigrated c 1887, c1906 to Clarks, Merrick, NE
Married Anna Hasler (Haesler) 27 Nov 1898 in Columbus, Platte, NE.
Funerals: Services held at home in Clarks, procession to Columbus for services held at Evangelical Protestant Church.
Burial: Columbus Cemetery. Survived by wife and 4 children.
NOTES: See obit of predeceased daughter Bertha Gerber
From Billeter Notes (LDS Library, Salt Lake City) "Gerber of Aarwangen": "Albracht" Gerber, son of Jakob Gerber and Catherina Egger.


Clarks Enterprise? March 1938 extract (Sent by Lois Dittmer Fairfield)

Martha Annie Limp Miller b. 1 Oct 1891 near Wickliff, IN. Parents: William H. & Mary E. Limp.
Educated in Crawford Co., IN. Married C.W. Miller of Clarks, NE in May 1931.
Died 12 Mar 1938. Survived by her Mother, 2 sisters and 4 brothers.
Funeral at Methodist Chruch, 16 Mar 1938.
NOTES: Buried at La Clede Cemetery, Polk County, NE as "Annie Miller, 1892-1938". (File of extracts on Polk County website)
Adjacent are buried her husband and two children that died young.


1927 ? Marriage Announcement

6 May, Central City, NE

Bride: Margaret STEGER

Father: John Steger
Sister: Alice Steger


Groom: Harold MILLER

Father: Bert Miller
Brother: Clifford Miller

Employee of UPRR

1938 ? Marriage Announcement

17 March, Lutheran Church, Central City, NE

Bride: Dora DITTMER

Father: H.P. Dittmer of Havens
Brother: Fred Dittmer


Groom: Henry HAHN of Lincoln, NE

Niece: Mary KOBLITZ of Lincoln, NE

Owns farm near Lincoln, NE

Married on the 41st Wedding Anniversary of the bride's parents.

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