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The Nonpareil - 19 January 1899

Mrs. Margaret Brandt

CHAPMAN From our Regular Correspondent. January, 17th
"Died. - At the home of her son, Jacob Brandt, Mrs. Margaret Brandt. She was born in Maryland June 17th, 1827, and died Jan 14th, 1899, aged 71 years, 6 months, 29 days. Mr. Brandt died in 1893. They came as far west as Iowa City in 1857 and in 1872 moved to Nebraska. Twelve children were born to them, eight of whom are living, two daughters and six sons. Three sons, Oscar, Charles and J. W. Brandt, were present at the funeral. Mrs. Brandt has been in poor health and a patient sufferer for some time past and everything that could be done for her was done by her son and wife. She lived a christian life being a member of the Catholic church. Her remains were conveyed to the Chapman cemetery south of town and there laid to rest to sleep the sleep that knows no wakening. We wish to express our, heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved mother.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Brandt."

Sent by Barbara Ketels <> Margaret Brandt was her 2 G-Grandmother.


Central City Democrat - 29 Sep 1904


Febr. 22, 1835 -- Sept. 27, 1904

Mr. Nickel, Sr. died at the home of his son Fred Nickel in Prairie Creek Township, Monday night. He had been ailing for some time, but was thought to be in no immediate danger. After sitting up with him until late in the night, his son, seeing that he was sleeping peacefully, retired, only to find him dead in the morning. The deceased was about seventy years of age.

10 Apr 2007 - Received from Patsy Scheer <>

Carl Nickel was my gg grandfather, have no idea where his wife Minnie Runzel Nickel is buried but she was very much alive in Saline Co. in 1888 when they arrived in Nebraska. The family lived in Saline, Jefferson, Clay, and Merrick counties.

Central City Democrat - 15 Dec 1904

Ralph Adelbert "Delbert" Evans


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.

Note: Delbert was oldest surviving child of Samuel Cook Evans and his first wife Helen Permelia Yates.  Helen died 1880 in Portville, NY.  Sam married second to Elnora Amanda Smith.  They had 3 children, the last born & died in Merrick County, NE.  Samuel Cook Evans, his second wife and assorted relatives are buried at Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE.

2 Sep 2007: Copy provided by G. Ferris.  Thank you!

Central City Nonpareil - 6 Sept 1906



This community was shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Lulu Lawson at her home in Blaine County on Friday, August 22, 1906. She fell victim of that dread disease, typoid fever, and all that medical skill and loving kindness cound do was done to save her life, but after three weeks of patient suffering God called her to the beautiful home beyond.

Lulu Mae Shively was born in Merrick County, Nebraska, June 1, 1885, and died August 22, 1906, age 21 years, 2 months and 22 days. On January 4, 1904, she was married to Clarence E. Lawson. To this union was born a little daughter, Violet, who with the stricken young husband, parents, brothers and sisters remain to mourn her untimely death.

Too much cannot be said of this beautiful young life which has gone to its maker, and the many floral tributes were but mute testimonies of respect and esteem in which she was held. Lulu had lived her entire life in this community and was dearly loved by all who knew her. In her home, she was a dutiful wife and a kind and loving mother. Her bright and cheerful dispostion made her a favorite among all she met.

Her remains were brought home for burial, and the funeral was held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Shively, Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. Pierce of Fullerton. Followed by seventy teams, the body was conveyed to its lasting place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery to await the trumpet sound that shall bid us and take up the skyward march. The sorrowing relatives have the hearfelt sympathy of the community.


Obit contributed by Lois Miller Lindholm Dawson.

about 12 Feb 1909, no source given -


     This honorable name of a man who has passed on to his final reward, but left behind him the record of good and useful years, should not be omitted from the list of Nebraska history makers. Mr. Wherrett spent an honorable land energetic live, and lived to a good ripe age.
     Charles Wherrett was born in Glocestershire, England, February 6, 1839, and came to America with his father and family in 1853, locating near Cleveland, Ohio, where Mr. Wherrett grew to manhood, receiving his education in the local schools. In 1861, Mr. Wherrett enlisted in Company D, First Ohio Volunteers as orderly sergeant for the three months' call and after serving for that period returned to Cleveland, Ohio, where he re-enlisted in August of 1861 in Company D, First Ohio Volunteers, serving until March, 1862, wheat he was discharged owing to injuries received by the explosion of gun powder. He participated in the battles of Bull Run, Shiloh, and others. After the war, he returned to Cleveland and a few months later went to Illinois, engaging in farming.
     In April, 1865, Mr. Wherrett was united in wedlock to Mrs. Harriet Parrotte, of Illinois, and in 1874 came with his wife and four children to Merrick county, Nebraska, and homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in section eight, township fourteen, range eight, west, which remained the home place until 1900, when Mr. Wherrett retired from the farm and moved to Palmer, where he built a good home. Several years later he became interested in the banking business, and was made president of the Loup Valley Bank at Palmer. He had served as county supervisor for some years and was also a member of the school board in his district for many years. He was prosperous and successful, owning three hundred and sixty acres of land all in Merrick county, aside from good city properties.
     Mr. Wherrett died February 12, 1909, survived by his wife and three children, viz: Grace, who resides at home; George M., living in Lincoln, Nebraska; Cornelia H., wife of H. N. Baird, has two children, and resides in Callaway, Nebraska. Mr. Wherrett had one brother in the state of Washington, one sister in Iowa; the father died in 1869, near Cleveland, Ohio, and the mother died in England, in 1844. Mrs. Wherrett lives on the old Palmer home place, surrounded by a large circle of friends. Her parents are deceased, and she has one son, Fred D. Parrotte, by a former marriage; he resides in Palmer, and has four children.

Sent by Jim Wherrett, 22 July 1999 - The main reason for this letter is help in my search for descendants of Charles Wherrett. His descendants have a very well documented tree to present day both here in the United States and in England. In fact, I'm searching at the request of my distant cousin who is English. Charles Wherrett died in 1909 leaving three children and one stepson. My question is, what do you recommend I do to find any living descendants in Merrick County? Thank you for any assistance you can give -

Obituary - Mahala BURNS

Central City Nonpareil (pg 6, col 6) Thursday Sept 26, 1912


Lacking less than four years of the century mark, Mrs. Mahala Burns died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Dungan (note correction; Mrs. J. L. Dungan), Sunday morning. She has been bedridden for seven years and in recent weeks has been steadily failing. The end came very quietly as she passed peacefully from sleep into the great beyond.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. G. H. Main, assisted by Dr. D. K. Tindall. Interment was made in the cemetery north of town.

Mahala Wilson was born in Polaski (note: Pulaski) County, Kentucky, July 14, 1816, and was thus 96 years, 2 months and 8 days of age. At the age of 15 she moved with her family to Illinois. She was married to Rev. John Burns May 1, 1837, and soon after moved to Iowa. She was left a widow on October 10, 1869, and since that time has made her home with her children, three of whom are living---Mrs. Alice Dungan and Mrs. Delilah Woods, of Central City, and Mrs. Eliza Bennett, of Birmingham, Alabama.

She moved to Merrick county in March, 1881, and has resided here since that time. Mrs. Burns was converted in her youth and has been an exemplary Christian all her life. While confined to her bed for the past seven years her interest in the church has never declined. The influence of her long and well spent life will continue as long as memory lasts.

Submitted on 3 Feb 2010 by Joyce Oelke

From "Clarks Enterprise"?
in column titled "Pierce Chapel" - Dec 1914

Death Notice - Lillie (Evans) Miller

"The Clarks News, page 1 col 4" written on the margin with the date of her Mother's obituary penciled in!

     Mrs. Lille Miller was laid to rest in Bureau cemetery Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. The deceased was brought up in this neighborhood having lived in the house now occupied by Will Grant. She was laid to rest by the side of her father, Mr. S. Evans.

Stapled to the above, and origin uncertain (may be different page of same newspaper?) -
     Mrs. Lillie Evans Miller, a former resident of this vicinity passed away at her home in Iowa, Thursday December 3rd. The remain (sic) were brought here and interred in the Bureau cemetery at Pierce Chapel; Rev. W. Sanders conducting the services.

NOTES: Lillie Evans Miller died 3 Dec 1914 at Villisca, Montgomery, Iowa , and was buried 6 Dec 1914. Her husband was Charles Miller and they had divorced. Lillie had gone to Iowa to live with her brother Otis Samuel Evans, died there.
     "The Clarks News" was NOT established until 1950, so the margin reference must simply mean it was from a Clarks newspaper, probably the Clarks Enterprise. We were fortunate with this death date - most issues of that newspaper published 1903-1914 were lost.


Palmer Journal

1915 - January

Answers Last Roll Call

     Robert C. McCann was born at Sparta, Illinois, May 18, 1845, and died at his home in Palmer, Nebraska, January 14, 1915, aged 70 years, 7 months and 26 days.
     He enlisted in Co. E. 30th Illinois infantry Veteran Volunteers, February 8th, 1864, from which service he was honorably discharged July 17, 1865.
    He was married to Mary C. Chambers August 24. 1865, to which union ten children were born, seven of whom are living, and with the exception of one daughter, Mrs. A. J. Samis, of Calgary, Canada, and one son, William, of Tyndall. South Dakota, were present with their mother in this time of sorrow.
     He was among the early pioneers of this community, arriving in Nebraska with his family in September 1872, and has since been a resident of Howard and Merrick counties.
     At the age of 16 he confessed his faith in Christ, and for the last 56 years of his life he walked in the straight and narrow way.
     The funeral was conducted from the Christian Church Sunday afternoon, the Reverend Nicholas C. Horn, of Morrowsville, Kansas officiating. The ritualistic service of the G. A. R. was used at the grave the small remnant of the "Old Guard" that is left being present to assist in performing the last sad rites of one who had always been a true comrade.
     He was a devoted husband, and a kind and indulgent father, but best of all he was a man. And it is as a man that those who knew him best must love to contemplate him.
     The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the sorrowing family in their bereavement.

13 Jul 1915 (Tues): Grand Island Independent, p6

Mrs. Albert Burger

Mrs. Albert Burger, for many years a resident of Grand Island, passed away this morning about 2:15 at her home on West Seventh street, after an illness of six weeks and being quite low for the past week from blood poisoning. The deceased was 52 years of age and leaves to mourn her death, her husband, A.H. Burger, six daughters, Mrs. J.M. Von Rembow, Mrs. P. D. Willis, Mrs. Herman Bischeld, Mrs. Clarence Bixeman, Miss Helen Burger, Miss Esther Burger, one son, William Burger, and seven grandchildren, all of here, also an aged mother, Mrs. Carl Rudolf and several brothers and sisters of Chapman. Mrs. Burger with her husband and family has lived in Grand Island for the past thirty-four years, coming from Germany. She has numerous friends who were shocked to learn of her death, realizing that they will greatly miss one of the truest of friends. She was a member of the Woodman Circle and the M.B.A. lodge and has always been associated with members of the Plattduetsche, where she will be much missed. The sympathy of the entire community goes to the bereaved relatives. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, 604 West Seventh Street. Rev. Mehl. of the German Evangelical church, having charge.

Obit provided by Dona Hawk <> 1 Apr 2005


1916 - January

Palmer Journal

In Memoriam

     Julia Grace Foster was born at Palmer, Neb., March 14th, 1896 and died at Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 24, 1916, aged 19 years, 10 months and 8 days.
     She died at the sanatarium at College View, whither she had been taken after a lingering illness, which had baffled medical treatment.
     The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Arthur of Grand Island at St. Mark's Episcopal church. The large concourse of friends that crowded the church, and the beautiful floral offerings from Sunday school, church, lodge and friends, attested the esteem in which she was held in the community.
     To the sorrowing father and sister the entire community extend their sympathy.

1916 - March

Palmer Journal


     Chelsey Herbert Coolidage was born in Delaware county Iowa, May 29th, 1854. He died at Laird, Colorado March 18, 1916, being 61 years, 10 months and 29 days 1 old.
     He came west in the early day and has been a pioneer in different parts, of this state, formerly living in this community. He was married to Miss Rebecca Parsons in 1881.
     He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, four sons, Herbert in Iowa, Ray in Holt county this state, Elmer at Laird, Colorado, and Harry and his only daughter who resides at home at Laird, Colorado. An older daughter, Mrs. Inez Humphrey, passed away last week at Mountain View, Missouri, making a double grief to this bereaved family.
     He was so honest, hard working, God fearing man, who left a host of, friends wherever he resided. The body was brought to this town last Monday, and the funeral was held from the M. E. church here Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. W. O. Romick officiating. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery.

2 Apr 1916

Palmer Journal


     David Baird was born at Sparta, Randolph Co., Illinois, August 19, 1856. He died Sunday morning Feb. 27, 1916 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, being 69 years, 6 months and 18 days old at the time of his death.
     He came with his parents to Nebraska in 1881, locating in Loup Township. A few years later they moved to Central City.
     In 1887 he married Genevieve Burkman, daughter of Warren and Elma Burkman of Palmer. 'They made their I home in Merrick county the greater part of the time until two years ago when they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they have since resided.
     He is survived by his wife, his father, A. P. Baird of Lincoln, two brothers, John and Sidney of Grand Island, one sister Mrs. Ham Burkman of Omaha, three nephews, and three nieces. Two aunts, Mrs. John Wilson of Clarks and Mrs. Nancy Foster of Central City, one uncle, Mr. Grandville McDonald of Sparta Ill. Many cousins and friends to mourn his loss. The funeral was held from Methodist church, Wednesday on March 1, and interment made in Rose Hill cemetery.

1916 - April

Palmer Journal

Mrs. Joseph Horgan

     Mrs. Joseph Horgan was born December 26, 1828, in Ireland, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Templin, of Palmer, April 26, 1916, aged 87 years and four months.
     Her husband, Joseph Horgan died several years ago. The remains were taken to Rapid City, South Dakota, where interment will be made in the family burying ground.
     Her son, Chas. Horgan of Kansas city arrived here Wednesday night.


1916 - June

Palmer Journal


     Calvin Absalom Badgley was born at Greenbush, Iowa, April 29, 1855.
     While a young man he came into fellowship with the Baptist church.
     After the death of his first wife he was united in marriage to Rachel Sherwood. To this union were born four children, two sons and two daughters, Edward and Boyd Badgley of Thedford, Neb., Mrs. VanPelt of Palmer, Neb. and Mrs. Bessie Wilson of Richland Center, Wisconsin.
     After a lingering illness of nearly two years he passed from this life, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bessie Wilson, at Richland Center, Wisconsin. June 8, 1916 being 61 years, 1 month, and 9 days old.
     The remains were brought to Palmer and funeral services were conducted by N. F. Horn, pastor of the Christian church, on Monday June, 12. The remains were laid to rest in the Rose Hill cemetery.
     Besides the four children he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Turner Dooley of Palmer, Mrs. Ella Sloan of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs. Lib Griffin also of Iowa; three brothers, Saul of Oconto, Neb., Isaac of Des Moines, Iowa, and Edward of Belleville, Ill., besides a number of other relatives and many friends to mourn his departure.
     Mr. Badgley was well and favorably known around this community,, having worked a. number of years for Henry Grammer and Wm. McNeal who report him a good and trustworthy man.

Card of Thanks
To the friends who assisted us at the funeral of our beloved father and brother, and to those contributing the beautiful floral offerings, we tender our heartfelt thanks,

E. A. Badgley
B. F. Badgley
Mrs. Zera Van Pelt
Mrs. Bessie Wilson
S. D. Badgley
Mrs. Mary E. Sloan
Mrs. Kate Dooley


Palmer Journal

June 1918

Peter DeMoss died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.E. Hudnall, June 2, 1918, age 75 years.

John Melborn Colborn died June 23, 1918.

Mrs. Peregrine, mother of Mrs. Truman Gee, died at Fullerton.

Palmer Journal

Oct 1918

Mrs. Wm. Grey died Oct 19, 1918 at the age of 24 years at the home south of Palmer.

Palmer Journal

Nov 1918

Norbert Lambert died of flu at Loup City.

Notices and Obituary - From the "Palmer Journal," 5 Dec 1918
provided by Carol Page Tilson
<> 28 Aug 2002

By order of the town board all business houses in Palmer are asked to close from 3 o'clock to 4 o'clock p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11th, for memorial services at Opera House for Wm. Beyer who died in the service in France.



     For several weeks the Beyers family had no word from Wm. Beyers, whose division was known to be in the thickest of the fighting in France. As the days lengthened into weeks and no word came, and as his name was not mentioned in the casualty list, they consoled themselves with the old saying, that "no news is good news."
     When hostilities ceased they hoped for a letter saying that he was all right and that he would soon return home, for he had been in France for several months and had been in several desperate engagements. Imagine their grief, when instead of the letter, there came last Friday the following brief telegram:
      "Mr. Charlie Beyer: Deeply regret to inform you that Private Wm. Beyer is officially reported as killed in action Oct. 17. Adjt. Gen. Harris"
     Every person in this community with a relative or friend in the service, has scanned the casualty list every day, and when the armistice was signed, and no boy from this community had been reported killed, all had hoped that no soldier from this place had been called upon to pay the supreme sacrifice, but hardly a community escaped, fathers and mothers who have sons in France are waiting anxiously for news from them, for it was well known that the troops from this section were in the thickest of the fighting at the last, and it will be several days before the casualty list is completed.
      The deceased was born in Grand Island May 11, 1893 and had spent most of his life in Central Nebraska. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Sept. 15, 1917, being among the first of the Nebraska troops to land in France.
     Although a quiet youth, he was very popular and his friends and relatives were looking forward anxiously to the time when he would come home and tell them about his struggles with the crafty foe upon foreign battlefields, but now this hope is gone for he is one of the Grand Army of noble young Americans who gave their lives in the great struggle for human liberty.
      Of all these it may be said as it was said of the heroes of Ancient Greece: "Their glory shall never fade; the whole wide world is their sepulchre; their epitaphs are written in the hearts of men, and wherever there is speech, of noble deeds, their names are held in the most grateful remembrance."
     The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved parents whose consolation is that their son died for a good cause and that he fell fighting bravely.


From Funeral Card (death date error): "Pvt. William Beyer Killed in Action While Serving as an Infantryman with American Expeditionary Forces in France Oct. 1, 1918."

Final Note: Pvt. Wilhelm Franz Walter Beyer, U.S. Army, 61st Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, is buried (Plot E, Row 16, Grave 15) with 14,245 others in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France. He was the son of Charles Johann Frederick and Bertha (Zillmann) Beyer.

Palmer Journal

Dec 1918

Ephriam M. Hills died Dec. 16, 1918 after months of illness.



April, 1919

Grand Island Daily Independent
Saturday, April 12, 1919

Central City, April 12. - (Special)

Death of John E. Jenkins

The funeral of John Edward Jenkins, prominent business man of this city, was held yesterday from the family home, the service being conducted by Rev. George L. Freebern, pastor of the Episcopal church. The deceased, who was 63 years of age, was for the past thirteen years proprietor of the Central City Roller Mills, in which business he was assisted by his sons. Death has been attributed to an infection of the heart, and for several days his condition had been regarded as very serious, a specialist being summoned from Omaha. Mr. Jenkins came to this city from Schuyler, where he had been engaged in the milling business, and the body was taken to that city on the noon train to be laid to rest at the side of a little daughter, who died several years ago. All the business houses were closed yesterday morning during the hour of the funeral service. Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife and four children, Miss Nellie Jenkins, John Jenkins and Edward Jenkins, all of this city, and Mrs. Isabel Wellensick, of Kearney.

NOTES: Obituary sent by Kaylynn, 20 Apr 2004.

For additional info on this Jenkins family - see for the following resources posted on-line
History of the State of NE, Vol 1, by Andreas Colfax Co Chapter, page 594 for John's father David Jenkins and his father-in-law W. Dworak
Merrick Co., NE Marriage Records Book E page 371 #2185 (w/ch: John R.); and Book G page 121 #2662 (w/ch: Isabella)
Data not on-line: 1880 Fed. Census NE - Colfax Co., Schuyler Village ED73 p16 D147 F154 (w/Steven Miller);
     and 1900 Fed. Census NE Colfax Co., Schuyler Ward 2, ED51 p14a D316 F327 (HW & 4 ch)

1919 OBITUARY (from Fullerton News-Journal, no date)

Mrs. W. L. Shively, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Eli Jameson, was born September 16, 1885 near Sargent Nebraska and died at her home near there, April 11, 1919, age 33 years, 6 months and 24 days. Maude Ethel Jameson of Fullerton, Nebraska, was united in marriage to Willis Lafayette, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Shively, of Fullerton, Nebraska, March 20, 1907. To this union were born four children, two girls and two boys, Irene, Nona, Leonard and Baby, who passed away with his mother. Deceased became a member of the M.E. Church in early girlhood, and lived a true Christian life up to the time her Master called her home. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister and loved by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three children, father, mother, three sisters and five brothers and many relatives and friends. Father, mother and sister Viola of Bellingham, Wash., Mrs Blanche Carter of Julesburg, Colorado, Flora Deal and brother Robert and Charles of Elsie, Nebraska, Fred and Ralph of Thedford, Nebraska and Edward of Sargent, Nebraska. All were present. (poem omitted)

Funeral services were held in Pierce Chapel on Tuesday afternoon, April 15th. Rev. William VanBuren had charge of the service and preached the sermon, and the mortal remaines of Mother and Babe were laid to rest in the cemetery in the presence of relative and many friends.

Obit contributed by Lois Miller Lindholm Dawson.


Central City Nonpareil, 29 May 1919

Mrs. Mary Van Pelt Passes Away at Archer

     "Mary M. Burleigh was born in Athens County, Ohio, September 26, 1845, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. Nitzel at Archer, Nebraska, May 22, 1919 aged 73 years 7 months and 26 days.
     She grew to womanhood in the community in which she was born. She graduated from Millers Academy, after which she taught school.
     She was married January 6, 1866, to Jefferson VanPelt and moved immediately to Carpenter, Ohio. To this union six children were born, all of whom survive her. They are: Mayo, Milo, John B., Jessie D., and Mrs. Sophia A. Nitzel of Archer and Mrs. Ionia Trebilcock of Omaha, these together with one brother, C.B. Burleigh of Athens, Ohio and 23 grand children and six great grand children are left to mourn her departure.
     In 1879 with her family she moved to Nebraska which has since been her home. In her new home she met the burdens of frontier life but was willing to pay the price for the sake of her children.
     When sixteen she gave her heart to God and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church where she has since found a church home. A host of friends sympathise (sic) with the bereaved family on their deep loss."

Submitted by Herbert Brown, III <>



Grand Island Daily Independent, Thurs., Jan. 1, 1920

Walter Jacob BRANDT

The town of Chapman and community was shocked and saddened last Sunday afternoon to learn of the sudden death of Mr. J. W. Brandt. Mr. and Mrs. Brandt had been in their accustomed places in the Sunday school at the Baptist church Sunday morning and he was in his usual good spirits and apparent good health. On the way home he began to feel ill and his wife had to assist him up the steps and into the room. Dr. Triplett was called at once and found that he was suffering from a sinking spell caused by heart trouble. Shortly after one o'clock the patient had another sinking spell and the doctor was summoned at once but before he could reach the home, Mr. Brandt breathed his last, without being able to rally sufficiently to speak to his wife.

Walter Jacob Brandt was born in Cedar Bluffs, Iowa, July 22, 1857. He spent his early childhood there and later moved to Nebraska, locating at Chapman. In 1882 he was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Morrill. To this union was born one daughter, Eva, on April 29, 1883. She died at the age of four months and thirteen days.

Mr. Brandt was at first engaged in farming, but later entered business in Chapman and for the past sixteen years he has continuously been in the mercantile business here, operating up to the time of his death one of the leading general merchandise stores in town. His rule of conduct in and out of business, was the "Golden Rule" and was scrupulously upright and honor able in his dealings with his fellow-men. He was a man of positive and determined convictions and what was more he had the courage of his convictions. In any efforts put forth in the town for civic righteousness or improvement he was always a leader and he won the
respect of all through his determination and unflinching stand for those
things that he considered right.

Mr. Brandt was a member of the Chapman Baptist church since 1885 and he was an earnest, consistant Christian gentleman--a type of man that any community can ill afford to lose. He will be sadly missed by his church, his business associates and the entire community, and not the least by the scores of little children who loved him because of his happy faculty of always remembering to greet them with a smile and a pleasant word.

Left to mourn his sudden and untimely departure are his faithful, loving wife, one brother in Louisiana, two brothers in Colorado and one sister in Oklahoma, besides an entire community which had nothing but love and respect for him.

The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, December 30, from the Chapman Baptist church, conducted by Rev. W. O. Samuelson. The large concourse of friends who gathered at the church and the profusion of beautiful floral offerings spoke eloquently of the esteem in which the departed was held. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Chapman cemetery.

Note: Obit from K. Loveland - was found while she was doing newspaper research on another subject.

Obituary from The Clarks Enterprise, 9 Apr 1920

Obituary - Elnora (Smith) Evans

     Elnora A. Smith was born in New York State May 1846 and was married to Samuel C. Evans in may (sic) 1880, to this union three children were born, two daughters and one son. Mr. and Mrs. Evans came to Nebraska in 1886 taking up their residence in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood for a number of years, only one of her children surviving, Otis Samuel of Grand Island at whose home she died on March 30 1920 age 73.

Suffering is over,
          All sorry is passed
And she is in God's care
          With those she loved.

     She joined the Presbyterian church in youth. The funeral services were held at Pierce Chapel April 2, conducted by W. T. Taylor and J. H. Kraemer. Interment in the Pierce Chapel cemetery.


Clarks News - May 1921

Funeral Of Old Resident

     Alfred G. Sweet was born at Nauvoo Illinois, March 4, 1859 and passed away at the M. E. Hospital in Omaha, Saturday May 15, 1921 having reached the age of 62 years, 2 months and 11 days. Mr Sweet came to Clarks in 1871 and engaged in ranch work more or less until 1895 when he settled on the home farm.
     He was married to Sarah Shannon October 17, 1895 and to this union ten children were born, two died in early life. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge of Clarks.
     Mr. Sweet had been ailing for sometime but patiently bearing up under the affliction was ready when the call came. A kind affectionate husband and father whose wife and children are most devoted that the home fires were kept sacred. Mrs. Sweet was with him during the last hours and when the call came she was resigned to the Masters plan. He leaves a wife, eight children and many relatives and friends.
     A delegation of the Masonic Order, relatives and friends met at the home and after a short prayer by the pastor the body was taken to the Congregational Church where a sermon was preached by Rev. J. H. Kraemer pastor of the church and prayer was offered by Rev. W. T. Taylor. A quartet sang splendidly which added to the sacredness of the hour.
     The Masonic order took charge of the services at the grave where the benediction was pronounced by Rev. Kraemer.


Clarks News? Aug 1921

(newspaper not identifed, only the year written in margin)

     Indiana Violet Richards was born in Wabash county, Indiana, Septermber 11, 1857, and departed this life on August 4, 1921 at the Methodist hospital in Omaha, as the age of 63 years, 10 month and 24 days.
     When but 15 years of age she moved with her parents to Merrick county Nebraska, where on July 12, 1877, she was married to Thomas A. Shively. To this union were born seven children, three daughers, Mrs. Vern Porter of North Star, Mrs. Charles A. Miller of Fullerton and Mrs. Clarence Lawson who preceeded the mother to the Great Beyond in 1906. Four sons, Charley of this neighborhood, Lafe of Sargent, Lawrence of Fullerton and Klar who was still at home, besides two sisters, Mrs. John Anderson of St. Joseph, Mo., and Mrs. Frank Sowl of Fullerton, two brothers, Will Richards of South Bend, Neb., and Jay Richards of Fullerton, and eleven grand children are left to mourn her loss.
     For several months, Mrs. Shively has been in failing health and in spite of all that loving hands and physician's care could do, she grew gradually worse until at her request she was taken to the Methodist hospital in Omaha, where her spirit took flight.
     Mrs. Shively's going is felt as a personal loss by the whole neighborhood, although having gone thru all the hardships of the pioneer, her disposition was always genial with a smile and kindly word for every one. No matter what the weather was she was always at Pierce Chapel for worship and did much for the up-builidng of the church -- her loss is keenly felt by every family in the neighborhood and her life has been a worthy example to all who knew her. Had the writer been choosing the text for the funeral sermon, it would have been, "She hath done what she could."
     The sympathy of the entire community is extended the bereaved ones.
     Funeral services were held at Pierce Chapel on Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. Taylor, pastor of the church, asisted by Rev. Kramer of Clarks.



Indiana Violet Richards was born in Wabash County, Indiana, September 11, 1857, and died in the Methodist Hospital at Omaha, Nebraska August 4, 1921 at the age of 63 years, 10 months and 28 days.

She was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amaziah Richards. She spent her girlhood in Indiana and Iowa. She moved with her parents to Merrick County, Nebraska where she lived the remainder of her life.

July 12, 1877, she was united in marriage to Thomas A. Shively, with whom she lived a little more than 44 years. To this union was born 7 children, 6 of whom survive her. The second daughter, Mrs. C. E. Lawson passed away August 24, 1906.

The deceased was a member of the Pierce Chapel M. E. Church and was a faithful member and a true Christian up to the time of her death. Some of the last words were she was ready to meet her Master and Lord.

She is left to mourn her loss, her faithful husband, two daughters, Mrs. Verne Porter, North Star, Nebraska, Mrs. C. A. Miller, Fullerton, Nebraska, four sons, Charles and Klar of Clarks, Nebraska, W. L. Shively, Sargent, Nebraska and Lawrence Shively, Fullerton, Nebraska. She also leaves 2 brothers and 2 sisters, 11 grandchildren and a host of friends.

The funeral services were held at the Pierce Chapel M. E. Church Saturday afternoon August 6, conducted by pastor W. T. Taylor assisted by Rev. Kraemer of the Congregational Church. Internment was in the Pierce Chapel Cemetery.


Obit contributed by Lois Miller Lindholm Dawson.


Clarks Newspaper, 1921


     Last Friday evening when Albert Beck returned home from Central City, whither he was taking county school examinations, he went about his duties as chore boy at the parental home, where a part of his routine work was to bring home the cows and he mounted a horse to proceed on the mission from which he did not return. After waiting some time the father became uneasy and went out to investigate, where he found Albert laying on the ground, face downward in a pool of blood and life extinct. The father heart-stricken returned to the home and gave the alarm upon the phone, there being no other members of the family present, which increased the father's burden.
     Examination revealed a crushed skull, broken neck and dislocated shoulder with the presumption the horse had fallen upon him. Assistance by relatives and friends quickly conveyed the lifeless body to the house, and members of the family received the comfort and blessing of loving friends and neighbors.
     Albert Beck, the youngest son of John Beck, met death by accident at the home last Friday evening, age 14 years, 6 months and 12 days.
     Albert was an affectionate little fellow whose friends were numbered by all who knew him. His funeral was a Pierce Chapel Sunday at 2:30 p. m., Rev. Taylor, assisted by Rev. Kraemer having charge of the services. THe singing was beautiful. His favorite hymn, "Went to the Garden Above," was sung by Mr. and Mrs. Zinnicker. School No. 25 attended in a body. Two girls in his class were flower girls. The flowers were numerous, notwithstanding it was Mother's Day.
     He leaves a father, five brothers and four sisters and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a promising, lovable boy. His mother and one brother had preceded him, where he will now be with them in glory.
     This being the third death in the family within three years, makes it the more sad indeed. The sympathy of the entire community is with beloved ones of the home.
     Besides the father there are left four brothers, Teddy, David, Raymond and Walter, and four sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Hansen of Clarks, Mrs. Iva Branting of Polk, Zoe Beck and Ruth Beck of Clarks.
     The funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Pleasant Hill Church with Rev. Taylor, pastor of the Clarks Methodist church in charge. The pupils of District 25 attended in a body with their teacher, Miss Minnie Cluff. Interment was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery.

NOTES: Sister Elizabeth married Herman Hansen in June 1920, therefore Albert died after that date.


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Apr 1922 - Palmer Journal

Fredrick Gruber Passes Away

     This community was saddened by the news that Fredrick Gruber had passed away at his home on the north side of the river.

     The funeral wsas held at Glenwood Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

     The obituary will be published next week.

(Note: Died 17 Apr 1922. Buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Cottonwood Pct., Nance County, NE.)


25 Apr 1922: Grand Island Newspaper

Frank Rudolf

     Frank Rudolf, farmer, residing near Archer, Nebraska passed away at the St Francis hospital in this city, Sunday morning, after a rather extended illness. He was aged 47 years, 11 months and 14 days. The remains were taken to Archer, accompanied by the relatives on Monday where the burial will take place.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.

May 1922 - Palmer Journal


     Selina Burge was born in Cornwall, England, August 16, 1838, With her parents she came to America when she was seven years old, settling at Hazel Green, Grant Co., Wisconsin.

    On July 3, 1859, she was unitd (sic) in marriage to Stephen A. Nicholas. To this union were born twelve children, five sons and seven daughters, four of whom, with the father, preceded her in death.

     The surviving children are Mrs. James Peck of Grant, Mrs. Ira Griffin of Grand Island, William of Grand Island, Isaac, Alfred, Charles, Joseph and Mrs. Bert Strong of Palmer.

     Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas came to Nebraska in 1872, driving from Wisconsin with their family, which numbered six. They homesteaded first near St. Paul. Two years later they moved to a farm 1 1/2 miles south of where the town of Palmer now stands. A few years later they moved 2 1/2 miles farther south to a timber claim, now owned by the youngest son, Joseph where they lived until eithteen years ago when they moved to Palmer where they since resided.

     She died May 22 1922, aged 93 years, 9 months and 6 days.

     She united with the Methodist Church in girlhood, and always lived a devoted Christain (sic) life, bringing her children up in the fear of the Lord.

     The funeral services was held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home, and were attended by a large assemblage of friends. All the chilren were present and many of the grand-children and several great-grandchildren.

     The services were conducted by Rev. Warren, passtor of the M.E. Church.

     We would not call her back from that far-off shore, though longing with aching hearts for that precious guiding hand, and praying that one day we shall meet her in that fair land.


(Note: Husband was Alexander Stephen Nicholas. See Rose Hill Cemetery)


Palmer Journal - Sep 1922

Perry McFarland, who resided in Palmer for many years, died in Hastings and was buried here Sunday.

(Note: Buried at Rose Hill Cem)

Palmer Journal - 1922


     Word was received here that a workman employed in rebuilding the telephone lines blown down in the recent storm, was killed by being struck by an auto last Thursday.

     The man's name was given as Mayer.

Palmer Journal - 1922?


     Oliver Wright received the sad news Sunday that his brother Lawrence, of Gering had died suddenly following an attack of acute diabetes.

     Oliver left that night for Gering.

     The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of their many friends.

5 Oct 1922 (Wed): GI Independent

William J. Glause

     William J. Glause, a resident of Halsey, Nebr., passed away at the St. Francis Hospital in this city abut 3 a.m., Wednesday, as the result of serious injuries sustained in a runaway accident while at work on his farm, near Halsey, on October 13th, when he suffered a broken back and other severe injuries. He was brought to the hospital in this city, where an operation was performed but all efforts to alleviate his condition were futile.

     Mr. Glause was born in Erie county, New York, on January 5, 1857, and was aged 65 years, 9 months, and 20 days at the time of his demise. In the year of 1873 he located in Merrick county where he resided continuously for a period of 43 years. For the last six years he has resided near Halsey, Nebr.

     Surviving him, besides his bereaved widow, are two sons, Chas. W. residing at Palmer, Nebr., and Paul H., residing at Halsey, four daughters, Mrs. Hulda Willhoft, Mrs. Esther Adams, and Mrs. Lena Campbell, all residing at Palmer, and Mrs. Bertha Anderson, of Halsey. A brother, Phillip Glause, of St. Libory, Neb., a sister, Mrs. Fred Freeland, of Palmer, and seven grandchildren also survive him.

     Funeral services will be held from the home of a son, Charles W. Glause, in Palmer, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, and at 2.p.m. from the Evangelical church near Archer, Rev. Boelter officiating. Interment will be made at Archer, Nebr.

Obit from Dona Hawk <> 5 Apr 2005.


Feb. 1923 (no source given)

Fredrick Deertz

     Fredrick Deertz was born in Heide, Germany, January 6, 1842, and departed this life in Palmer, Nebraska, February 20, 1923. When a young man, he went to Australia where he spent fifteen years. From Australia, he returned to Germany and after a short visit with his mother and friends, he came to America when about thirty-nine years old. For some time he lived at Archer, Nebraska. He has lived in Palmer, Nebraska since 1918. On May 20, 1886, Mr. Deertz was married to Miss Theresa Rudolf at Archer, Nebraska. To this union seven children were given. Two daughters passed away in infancy. The living children are: Mrs. Mary Eckstrom, and Mr. Carl Deertz of Palmer; Mrs. Lizzie Glause near Grand Island; Mr. George A. Deertz, Butte, Montana; and Mr. Fredrick Deertz, Palmer, Nebraska. The last illness of Mr. Deertz was brief. On Saturday, February 10 he had a stoke of apoplexy and later brain fever developed. He lived a devout Christian life. He had many friends and was highly respected in the community. The funeral was held from the Christian Church Thursday, February 23, at 2 o'clock; H.A. Wingard officiating, and interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005


  1924 Obituary

I have this old obituary taken from a newspaper, name unknown. Part of the bottom of the article was missing.

Central City, NE.---Monday newspaper dated 10/20/1924

    James Lowry Dungan was born at Otley, Iowa, on December 7, 1854, and there made his boyhood home. He was united in marriage to Miss Alice Burns on March 20, 1879. To this union five children were born, two of whom preceeded their father to the Great Beyond. Lewis died in infancy and Mrs. Bessie Larson passed away about five years ago.
     The family came to Central City in the spring of 1881, and with the exception of a short period, spent at Ames, this state, Mr. Dungan made this place his home until the final summons came. They first resided on the farm north of the city, now owned by M. A. Larson, and later removed to a farm several miles west of town. For a number of years, Mr. Dungan was in charge of the Teschemacher Ranch, located just west of Central City, being in the employ of T. B. Herd.
     The family came to Central City to reside about 21 years ago. Mr. Dungan being the first rural mail carrier on route two. Not only did he secure the necessary number of patrons to be served, but continued his duties as carrier for a period of 18 years. He retired from the service about four years ago.
     Mr. Dungan had been in failing health for several years, and during the past few months his condition had become such that the family and friends realized that he had not long to live. The end came quietly in the morning of Friday, October 17th, at 6:45 o'clock, when he passed away quietly, bring to a close four weeks of intense suffering. It was an unequal struggle, but one well fought, and when the call came it found Mr. Dungan ready to meet his Maker.
     Mr. Dungan was a splendid husband and father. During the years of greater activity he entered into the life of the community, numbering his friends by his acquaintances. Not only was he an earnest worker, but took out of life the finest it had to offer. To meet him was an assurance had some humorous incident to relate. He represented a high type of citizenship, honorable in his dealings, performing his duties well, devoted to his home and prizing his friendships.
     Mr. Dungan was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and for several years held the office of Consul. He was a faithful worker in the society, and was ever ready to help when his services were needed.
     The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church, and it was there the funeral service was held Sunday afternoon, October 19th, at 2:20 o'clock. Due to his long residence in our community and the esteem in which he and his family had been held, there was a very large attendance. The service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. G. Langley, assisted by Rev. Thos. F. B. Smith of the Presbyterian Church.
     No higher tribute could be paid to his memory than to say that his funeral was one of the largest in the history of the county, hundreds of old time friends and neighbors meeting with the relatives to mourn the loss of a staunch friend. The floral offerings were both beautiful and profuse.
     Interment was in the Central City Cemetery, the Modern Woodmen of America, who attended the funeral in a body, having charge of the service at the grave. In addition to many friends, Mr. Dungan leaves to mourn his loss, his faithful wife; two sons, Pearl Dungan of this city and Charles Dungan of -------------------the rest of this obituary is missing--the rest may have read to-wit: Charles Dungan of Nebraska City, Ne. and one daughter Mae McHargue of Grand Island, Ne.---------

2 Jun 2004 - Submitted by Joyce (Dungan) Oelke, dau of Charles Minot Dungan and Emma (Meyer) Dungan. <>
James Lowry Dungan was my grandfather.


Palmer Journal - one liners

James Prochaska, 80 years old, died at his home in St. Paul May 30, 1928.

Mrs. G.B. Sears, 70, died at her home 10 miles southwest of Palmer, Jun 13, 1928.

Albert E. Wagner died July 5, 1928, age 73 years.

Axel E. Anderson died Jul 7, 1928. age 63 years.

Little Mary Lou Welch, child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Welch died (Oct. 1928)

Mrs. Wm. Whitley of Gregory S.D. passed away (Oct 1928)

Albert James McCann died Nov. 12, 1928 at the home of his son, Athol, at Rising City.

George Cummins died at university hospital Omaha after several operations, age 29 years. He was afflicted with a tumor of the brain. (Nov. 1928)

Mrs. George Adams died at the home of her son Harry. (Dec 1928)

(Note: Maiden name - Eliza Engart)

Phillipine Rudolf, old time resident of Archer vicinity, died December 6, 1928 at the age of 88 years.

Thomas Francis O'Hare, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James O'Hare died from pneumonia, December 11, 1928.

(Note: Buried at Fullerton Catholic Cemetery)


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