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Merrick County, NE


8 & 15 December 1904
abt 10? December 1914
9 April 1920

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     These are "accidental" bits of news found on newspaper pages which were for copied for one particular article - in this case for obituaries or death/burial notices.
     Newspaper research is most satisfying way to learn an assortment of oddments, and the most time consuming type of research! We hope you'll find something useful here.

Central City Democrat
8 Dec 1904

     J. M. Bice fell from a scaffolding last Friday, while working on a house, and landed in such a way as to very severely sprain his right wrist. He only fell a few feet, and it is likely that his arm would have been broken if the scaffolding had been of the usual height.
     The cold nights have produced ice of sufficient thickness for skating, and that popular resort, Stitzer's pond, was covered several nights with skaters. It was in excellent condition Monday and Tuesday evening, having, as is peculiar with ice, frozen slick side up.
     Mr. F. W. Edmunds, of this city, has started a new industry, in the manufacture of an article which he calls "luncheon cheese." He is starting in moderately, but contemplates an increased output soon. It is being pot on the market in pound glasses, and retails at fifteen cents.
     John Ellis, of Hamilton County, the original Socialist of this section, was in town Tuesday, and we had a short but pleasant talk with him. Mr. Ellis is a very pleasant man to meet, and a few minutes' talk with him shows that he uses his own head when he thinks, differing from many people we know in this particular.
     The fire drill at the school one day last week made the hearts of some of the timorous beat quite rapidly for a few moments. The call was made, and in some way the smoke from a pile of waste paper, which was burned out in the yard, blew into the corridors, thus giving a touch of realism that was not down on the bills.


     Go to Curtis for oil. He sells the best made.

     The early arrival of good old St. Nick is presaged by the appearance of the interior of the various stores of the city. One is quite apt to find half emptied packing cases in the isles and a mixed array of Christmas goods upon the counters now-a-days. From present appearances there will be quite a number of fine stocks to select from this year.
    Samuel Evans received a brief telegram from a son in Montana Monday advising him that another son had been killed, and requesting him to come at once. No particulars have as yet reached us, and even the name of the deceased is unknown to us. He was superintendent in a mine, and it probably that the death was an accident.
     There are now four quarantined cases of scarletina in and near this city, but none of them are very serious and will shortly be raised. An adopted daughter of Ira Walker's is quarantined at the Walker home south of the city, and a child in each of the families of Mrs. Alice Lock and Finley Dye in town, and Wm. Lock, across the river, are also afflicted.

To Sub-Rent.

     In order to secure W. T. Thompson's property, which is soon to be rented, I will sub-rent my present residence south of Geo. W. Aryes', very cheap.


Central City Democrat
15 Dec 1904

Items of interest from Our Wideawake Correspondent Up the Line.

CHAPMAN, Dec. 14.   

     A. Zankbeil was in town Saturday.
     Millie Smith spent Sunday at home.
     Shoes repaired at the B. C. C. station.
     Joe Paro, of Grand Island, was in town Friday inst.
     Henry Stoltenberg made Grand Island a call Saturday.
     Con Orre drove to Grand Island Saturday on business.
     J. C. Vermillion and W. Corcilius Jr. Sundays at home.
     Frank Wallage was in town Saturday on urgent business.
     Mrs. J. McCormick went to Grand Island Monday evening.
     Dick Hennecke and family drove to Grand Island Wednesday.
     T. B. Hord was in town early Wednesday morning looking over his cattle here.
     Con Orre wants your turkeys. Give him a chance to buy them at the highest market price.
     J .Wrasse and Will Tivia both had their cornshellers in town Saturday to have some repairing done.
     A. W. Clark was in town Wednesday putting in his order for a Christmas turkey with Con Orre.
     Mrs. L. Cahow returned Monday from Denver, where she has been making her parents a month's visit.
     O. May was in town Monday looking for a warm stove, as the weather was most too cold to stand on the corner and argue.
     Jim Anderson made a double drive Tuesday. He went to Central City in the afternoon, and on his return changed horses and went to Grand Island.
     The Beatrice Creamery wants you cream. Give the a trial can and you will be given good treatment. Price for butterfat for the first half of December was 25¢.

Con Orre, Manager.     

Honey from Other Hives.

     Ord Journal. -- J. B. Gietzen went to Central City to look after business interests there.
     Fullerton News-Journal -- T. N. Gosnell, of Central City was visiting at the home of H. A. Borst last Tuesday.

First Authentic Account of the Horrible Death
Last Week of Delbert Evans.

Blast in Stone Quarry Explodes Prematurely,
Mangling Him Beyond Recognition.

     As noted, in last week's issue, Mr. Samuel Evans, of this city, was called to Montana by a brief telegram informing him of the death of his son Delbert. The meager details contained in the telegram were all the information obtainable here up to Tuesday, when full particulars reacher relatives in this city.
     The deceased was foreman in a rock quarry at Whitehall, Mont., about thirty-five miles east of Butte, on the Burlington. On December 4, while Evans and another man were placing a blast of dynamite and tamping it in place, it was prematurely exploded. The explosion literally tore Mr. Evans into fragments. The other man was lifted bodily to the height of about forty feet, and landed upon a shelf of rock, escaping with comparatively little injury. Such fragments of the body as could be found were gathered up and the funeral was held Thursday, the father arriving there Wednesday.
     Delbert Evans was about thirty-five years of age, and had been in the West some ten years. He formerly lived near Clarks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Evans, now of this city, and was not generally known in this immediate vicinity. His brother Edward, who has been teaching in Montana for the past three years, is a son-in-law of Jas. Stephen. Edward was well known here, having graduated from the academic course of the college. The message conveying the news of the accident came from him. The deceased was married in Montana, and leaves a wife and one child. The quarry in which he met his death belonged to his father-in-law.
     Four former Merrick County boys, Thomas Hays, Charles Edward, Delbert Evans and Harry Strickler, have met with violent deaths in the West within the last four months, and a feeling of dread hovers over every family with some loved one out there.


Card of Thanks.

     To those who so kindly assisted us during our recent affliction we desire to return our heartfelt thanks.


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From "Clarks Enterprise"?
about 10 Dec 1914

    Mr. and Mrs. Clell Baird and children spent Sunday with Mrs. Baird's mother, Mrs. Mills.

     Lyle Myers spent the latter part of last week with his sister, Mrs. Roy Smith near Central City.

     Mrs. John Cooper called at the Albright home Sunday afternoon.

     The Oradau children who have been sick are reported as improving.

     Mr. and Mrs. Clarence York visited at the Frank Pierce home the fore part of the week.

     Mrs. and Mrs. Geo. Schank visited with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schank.

     Lou Parker was the victim last Saturday evening when a crowd of friends surprised him. Dancing and cards furnished entertainment. Oysters, sandwitches (sic), pickles, clerg, cake and coffee were served and every one reported a good time.


     Albert Hincks and wife were Grand Island visitors last Friday.

     Melvin Townsend arrived home Tuesday noon after a few days visit with relatives at Elm Creek, Nebr.

     Mrs. Elmer Abel visited her mother Mrs. Albright on Friday of last week.

     Dr. Booth and family and Mrs. Melvin Townsend were the guests of A. Townsend and family Sunday.

     D. R. Beck visited at the J. W. Trullinger home, Sunday.

     Cap West and family, Mrs. Rob Sherwood, Warren Armstrong and wife and Earl Abel and wife were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Armstrong Sunday.

     Albert Hincks shelled corn on Wednesday of last week.

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     A.J. Morris was a Fullerton visitor from Saturday to Sunday.
     Putnam Porter returned to his home at Lincoln Wednesday after a three weeks visit here with relatives.

     I will sell at public auction on December 19, 1914 at Polk, Neb., commencing at one o'clock, twenty head of good three year old mules. They will make some good all around mules at maturity. I will also have some native cattle for sale. - J. H. Gibson, owner.

     John Kohl made a business trip to Omaha the first of the week.
     Wm. Douglas attended the meeting of the supervisors at Fremont Wednesday.
     The first snow of the winter in this locality fell Sunday and a light snow has fallen every day since.

     Mrs. Lillie Evans Miller, ... (see obits page for remainder)
     Mrs. Christy is numbered with the sick.

      Mrs. Tom Schmidt and two children and Mrs. Tom O'Neill of Spalding visited here from Friday until Wednesday as guests at the Pollard and O'Neill homes.



     Mrs. Lille Miller .... (see obits page for remainder)

     Bert Ferguson and wife visited the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boettner Sunday afternoon.

     There was no Epworth League Sunday evening on account of the bad weather.

     W. H. Wilhite stopped at Frank Rose's over Sunday.

     Wm. Burger and wife, Mrs. Charley Funk, George McConnell and Ralph Rose autoed to Central City Thursday afternoon.

     Lester Leamons visited his cousin, Floyd Jones from Friday until Sunday.

     Mesdames Will Sims and A. Townsend visited Mrs. G. A. McConnell, Thursday.

     Mrs. Frank Rose and daughters Mable and Effie, Mrs. Henry Wilson, Rose White and Mrs. Lydia Reed visited last Thursday with Mrs. W. Rose.

     Mr. and Mrs. Len McLean and son and Mrs. Frank McLean visited at the Burger home Sunday.

     Charley Cregg and family took dinner Sunday with Mrs. Ida Snyder in Clarks.

     Miss Lucy Shively returned home .... (remainder cut off when paper was copied)

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     Floyd Jones is visiting at the home of his uncle, M. M. Leamons this week.

     Little Virginia Fae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Lewis who has been quite sick is much better at this writing.

     Paul Crawford and Miss Mable Currey visited at Jess Van Pelt's Tuesday.

     Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cowgill arrived from Montana Monday and have moved on the farm vacated by Sam Crawford.

     M. M. Leamons and son Lloyd, Floyd Jones and George McConnel were in Fullerton on business Monday.

     Mesdeames Donaldson, Peregrine and Currey called on Mrs. B. H. Ferguson Thursday afternoon.

     Miss Mable Currey and Mr. Paul Crawford were married Wednesday at the home of the bride's parents at 4 o'clock p.m., Rev. W. St.John Sanders performing the ceremony. Mabel is the second daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. W. H. Currey while Paul is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Crawford. We extend to them the heartiest congratulations.

     Our advertisers are your friends and they want you to know it. They are trying to help you in buying the best material at the very lowest price. This is the way they advertise and they are all honest .... (remainder cut off the page copy)


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Clarks, Nebraska, Friday     April 9, 1920


     The following men will appear on the primary ballot (on April 20, 1920) as candidates for to (sic) the Republican County Convention. M. L. Ormsby, E. E. Harwell, Fred Philbrook, Art Trail, Bert Ferguson, Albert Morris, Dr. R. R. Douglas, James Wolfe, W. J. Henderson, William T. Grant, George McConnel, William Burger.
     Vote for seven, all are good loyal republican. - Otis A. Bittinger, Committeeman Clarksville Township.


     Wanted: - - About 30 head of cattle to pasture $8 for the season plenty of well water and salt. - F. G. Adams

     Burdette Knowles time keeper for the U. P. construction work at Lexington came home Sunday returning Monday afternoon his sisters Lorene and Henrietta went with him and returned home Tuesday.

     Mrs. T. R. Fitzgerald made a bisiness (sic) trip to Grand Island, Monday.


     The Village election on last Tuesday resulting in the re-election of three members of the old board for term of two years and term of one year will be filled by a new member.
     Vote as follows: M. M. Kokjer 114, E. E. Davis 119, O. A. Bittinger 122, Henry Abel 98, George Skutt, 99, W. A. Higgins 99.  One year term G. B. VanWagenen 85, George Goodell 109, School Board, Term of three years the vote was R. E. McLean 75, J. C. Inbody 140, A. E. Norgren 205.  The latter name appearing twice upon the ballot as filed on two pititions (sic). A majority has spoken now lets pull together for the town is what we make it and this is where we live.

Attention Firemen

     The annual meeting of the Clarks Fire Department is called for Friday April 16" (sic) 8 o'clock. Election of officers, etc. Remember the date.


     Nebraska has many farmers who make money in spite of crop failures, according to farm book keeping sets gathered by the College of Agriculture. Some farmers have worked out a method of practical insurance against crop failure. Cattle and silos make money for them every year. Corn damaged by drouth or hail will still yield a lot of silage and enable a farmer to keep his cattle in good condition when otherwise he would have to dispose of them. Some farmers make a practice of filling their silo in a good year as an insurance against drouth or hail Corn properly siloed will keep years. The book keeping sets show that farmers who raise stock make more money, as a rule, than those who see their grain.

  William Campbell believes in keeping employed and emphasizes his belief by accepting a job on the farm of Harvey Abel two miles west of town. It is a mighty good example for a young man to keep busily engaged in a needful occupation.

     For Sale: - - Pure Bred Black Langshan eggs. $1.50 per setting or $6 per hundred. - Mrs. Joe Ourada, Phone 489.

     Harold Morse has filed suit in District Court against Emil Becker and the Editor of the Central City Republican for writing and publishing an article claimed to be libelous and asks judgement for $10,000 against each of the defendants.

     Miss Lonneker will conduct a story hour in the Library Saturday morning, April 10, commences at half past ten. The children of the town and township are invited to attend.

     American Legion has been organized at Clarks and the Charter issued which will be known as Shonsey Post No. 232.

     "Locklear the great Sky Daredevil" in "The Air Robbery" at Donelson Theater, Central City April 9-10.

     See Locklear go from one air plain (sic) to another in mid air at the Donelson Theater, Central City April 9-10.

     Coming at the Donelson "Rivers End" April 16-17.



     Forty girls who can bake and sew will be graduated from the Nebraska College and School of Agriculture, this spring. All are proficient in home making and twenty two of them will receive degrees of bachelor of science in home economics.
     They have been trained in the best methods of housekeeping, with special emphasis on satisfying the appetite of man and avoiding the ready-made clothing merchant. Many of them will make their own graduating gowns, and some have made most of their cloths since entering school.


(for Obituary of Elnora A. Smith Evans - see obit page)


     Misses Laura, and Gladys Hartwell and Geneva Henderson returned to Lincoln the first of the week, where they will resume their school work after spending the Easter holidays with their parents.

     Mrs. J. C. Inbody returned Monday evening from York where she had visited the past ten days with her sister Mrs. George Barker.

     If you want to get the best groceries in town try Shull and Hoffer, you know they keep the best of everything. We also have the Central City Flour every sack guaranteed (sic). Try us. - Shull and Hoffer.

     Call 37. Dr. R. C. Christie, day or night.
     Dr. Christie has purchased equipment for any kind of minor operation. His army experience ... (remainder of article cut off in copying)


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