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Fullerton's First 100 Years (1879-1979)

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E. L. and VIRGINIA CHRISTENSEN

  Elmer and Virginia Christensen moved to Fullerton, May of 1946. Elmer was born June 2, 1912 at Minden, Nebraska. Virginia Elaine Jorgensen was born November 16, 1916 in Upland, Franklin county Nebraska. They were united in marriage, April 10, 1937 at Minden, Nebraska. To this union was born three boys, Steven, now of Hilo, Hawaii, Val of Joplin, Missouri and David of Lincoln, Nebraska.

L. W. HEAL

   Louis William Heal and Clara Jeannette Shuck Heal owned and operated Theatres in Superior, Ravenna and Fullerton, Nebraska for many years. To this union was born four children, Neal Louis, died as a baby, Joy Jeanette, now Atkins, San Jose, California, Helen Lillian, now Bake, Portland, Oregon and Mary Lou now Gdowski of Fullerton. Mary Lou married Edmund I. Gdowski, May 28, 1952, in Fullerton, Nebraska. They have four children, Nancy Jane, Patricia Eileen, Kathleen Louise, Thomas Edmund. Ed and Mary own Gdowski Ins. of Fullerton.

MATHEAW GDOWSKI

   Matheaw Gdowski was born March 30, 1896 near Tarnov, Poland. In 1913 he came to the USA. Ana Kula (Kohler) Czarnick was born January 7, 1898 at Verdell, Knox county, Nebraska. They lived in South Dakota and in Nebraska before settling near Fullerton and farmed. To this union five children were born: Lawrence, now a farmer at Fullerton, Nebraska, Edmund, owner of Gdowski Ins. Fullerton, Nebraska, Ben, a government meat inspector at York, Nebraska. Adam a factory worker at Missouri Valley, Iowa and Angeline, married to Lloyd Hansen, a teacher in a rural school near Fullerton.
T.W.DELANEY

   Thomas W. Delaney was born September 5, 1858 in Bureau county Illinois. He married Carolyn Schlitt on August 20, 1890. They came to this area in 1902. He was a farmer. Their children were Joseph Delaney, Estella Steckel, Florence, Sylvia Saville, Francis Delaney.

S. N. SAVILLE

   Samual Newton Saville was born November 9, 1867 at Palmyra, Iowa. He came from Iowa to Ord, Nebraska in 1887 and to Nance county in 1900. He was a farmer. He married Tacy Gildow in 1889. Their children were Augustus G., Maude Dickenson, Mary Speicher, Lenna McKay, Jasper. Augustus "Gus" G. Saville was born April 4, 1896 in Valley county, Nebraska. He graduated from Fullerton High School. He served in the Air Force in France from July 17, 1914 to December 17, 1919. He married Sylvia Delaney on March 4. 1930 at Fullerton, Nebraska. He worked as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service from July 7, 1921 to November 6, 1964 when he retired. One son, William S. was born to this union on December 25, 1930. William now lives at Spalding, Nebraska. Gus was active in the American Legion, VFW, The 40 and 8, Lions Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Red Cross. He received the AkSarBen Good Neighbor Award in 1977.

LOWELL KEITH FAMILY

   Keith Repair formerly Les Repair is owned by Lowell Keith. Lowell was a mechanic for Les for 13 years before he bought the business in April of 1975. Lowell is the son of Howard Keith and has lived all his life in Nance county. He married Nina Bruna and they have two children, Monte and Gina. They are members of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.
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THE MATTEA FAMILY

   Michael Mattea born in Pilsno, Poland in 1867 and Bernice (Knopik) Mattea born in Krakow, Poland in 1876. After marrying moved to a farm seven and one half miles southeast of Fullerton in 1892.
   To this union were born nine children. In the order of birth, they were Louis, Selma, Henry, Theodore, Stephen, Emil, Benedict, Mae and Helen. All of the sons are now deceased. The daughters are now residents of Los Angeles and neighboring communities. For many years, Louis, Stephen and Benedict were Fullerton businessmen operating a Radio and Tire Shop on north main street. Emil was the operator at the Standard Oil Gasoline Station a number of years. Louis was the first radio retailer and authorized repairman in Fullerton.
   Benedict, Mae and Helen were graduates of Fullerton High School. Mae being one of the first students of Polish extraction to graduate.
   Emil Mattea married Victoria Paproski on September 11, 1929. He was a rural mail carrier and he died in 1972. Their son James teaches in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

THE GABRIEL FAMILY

   Joseph P. Gabriel and Eva M. (Bull) Gabriel were born in Polk County, Nebraska and moved with their family to a farm three miles southeast of Fullerton in March 1917. The children Walter, Esther, Margaret and Richard born at Fullerton, were all graduates of Fullerton High School. Walter became a resident of Los Angeles, California in 1941 and affiliated with Southern Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1969. Esther and Margaret married Kuhnel brothers and lived in Osceola and Shelby, Nebraska respectively. Richard after service in the U.S. Air Force in World War II, returned to the family farm in 1945 and died in 1975.
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Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gabriel,
Richard, Margaret, Walter and Esther.
   One rememberance (sic) of Fullerton in March 1917 after several days of rain and the frost leaving the ground, was a trip down main street with the soupy mud hub deep on a spring wagon pulled by horses. When the vehicle came to the concrete crosswalks, it elevated at least two feet in order to cross almost causing the occupants to be thrown out of the vehicle.
   Richard Gabriel married Alice Pelikan on May 14, 1947. Their children are Leonard, Dennis, Victoria Christensen, Mariann. Victoria is married to Dana Christensen and Dennis married Hannalea Alley. Dennis lives on the home place.

RUSSELL HISTORY

   Wesley, Yorkshire, England is where John Russell, Sr. lived before coming to America. John and Hannah Russell had six sons: William, John, George, Walter, James and Edwin. A daughter, Mary Ann died in infancy.
   Mother and her family were what was called an independent family, i.e. could live without working. Having land and income enough to provide them a good living. Mother, her brother, and parents enjoyed a good life.
   Father was just the reverse. He was left homeless with a brother (Roger)
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and a sister, (Betty) to look after, he being the eldest. He possessed nothing of this world's goods. He worked in a lead mine until the others could take care of themselves.
   Father came to California, around Cape Horn, during the Gold Rush days. The trip took six weeks. He worked two or three years, then returned to England, married and raised his family. Bill and John were born in Redmere, England. The others in Wensley.
   The boys were getting a good age and since the Lord (land owner) would not sell Father land, he decided to bring his family to America. He wanted to keep the boys together.
   In 1881, October 14, the Russell's with six boys, ages 10 to 25 two other boys (Storey), who lived a mile from us, a domestic (hired girl) named Sarah, and a dog, were ready to leave England.
   After the sale, which was of liberal extent, and after Father made eight large boxes to encase our belongings, we left for Liverpool.
   We stayed overnight and sailed on the Sardinia of the Cunard Line, the next day.
   The crossing took nine days, and it was a rough crossing, so many were sick. The sailors could endure the roughness and went about their work unconcerned. We could see whales pumping (spouting) water in the air, 10 to 12 feet.
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John Russell
   At the end of nine days, we all were happy to see terra firma, what we'd been used to, and what everyone wants if they choose to feel secure.
   We arrived in Quebec, Canada. Here we transferred to the Grank Truck Railway. This was a crude train and very rough riding, iron seats with no cushions. This was our first apprenticeship to pioneer life, which we later endured much of. Such a drastic endurance for Mother.
   At Port Huron, we rode on a Ferry that took us to United States. Here we took a train to St. Louis, Missouri. With no transportation, city life was not for us. So we left for Allison, Iowa. Father had a friend that left England and had settled in Iowa. We were sorry to find that this friend had passed away a few months before. We stayed here six weeks, all the boys finding work. John and the two Storey boys stayed two years.
   We moved on to Lincoln, Nebraska rented a house and stayed awhile.
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   From here, Father and Bill left for Grand Island, where the Pawnee Indian Reservation Office was located. They inquired about buying government land. They in turn directed them to Slaughter and Lindsay, an adjunct of Grand Island. They took them to Horse Creek where they bought a section of land, paying cash for it. They had to wait a month to get government patent for it.
   Father and Bill came back to Lincoln for horses, harnesses, wagons and supplies. I'll quote prices of the horses we bought. A six year old cost $160, another for a team $130. This was not very good. A stud horse $156, and a mare $140. Wagons cost $50 to $60 apiece. A set of harness cost $30. Also bought a pony for $30.
   Mother and Sarah made canvas covers for the wagons. They bought a stove and supplies and we were ready to leave for our new home. The first day we reached Seward, the next Osceola, Clarksville, and then Fullerton. We crossed the Loup River on a ferry. The first wagon crossed safely. They second ran off so we all (boys) got a thorough soaking. Gress was the name of the man who ran the ferry. The Whitneys had the ferry that was west of town, which we used later.
   In Fullerton, March 28, 1882, we took rooms at the boarding house which still stands across the street, north of the Library.
   A man named Fawsett had charge of the rooming house. He was very kind and found dry clothing for us. Father put the horses in Jim Zibbles livery barn, where Chevrolet garage now stands.
   Let me say accommodations were not much in any town. There being only a few houses, no hotels to mention. If Mother and Sarah could get in, we were pleased. Anything went for the rest. There seemed to be ample livery barns for the horses.
   As we drove up the Valley, making our own road, Mother said, "This somewhat resembles our English Moors".
   We stayed with a family named Shaw's, who had a two story house. Shaws were the closest neighbors to the land we bought. We made our house of lumber, which we bought in Central City. It cost $15.00 a thousand and was a bit inferior lumber.
   Nearly all the houses along the Valley were made of sod, logs, or were dug outs.
   In the Spring more families moved into the valley.
   In 1884, there was a terrible murder on Horse Creek. (See separate page for the story).
   In 1888, about 11:00 in the morning was the worst blizzard of our lives. We drove our cattle to a shelter and never lost a one. Much has been written about this blizzard.
   We lived on this farm until 1892. Mother returned to England for medical care, staying several months. She endured many hardships in this Pioneer life. What a contrast to her pleasant life in England. Father and us four younger boys went to Fullerton to live. Bill and John were married and had farms of their own.
   We rented the home place for five years to two men, Black and Auld from Iowa.
   When Mother returned, Father bought the rest of the Tom Miller place. Tom ran the Post Office at this place and it was called Lone Tree Post Office. This is where Roy Russell now lives.
   The next place we purchased belonged to Henry Knapp. This is where I lived for several years. All the land we purchased was from $2.50 to $25.00 an acre. Most of the land is still in the Russell's possession.
   More settlers were coming, shutting off our herding range. So we decided to fence our land. Buying a car load of oak posts of Colonel Baker of Gingham Iowa. John Reimers told us about this. Then we bought a car load of wire from Ed Kreidler (he was a cousin of Jessie Kreidler). Dudley Barnes worked for Kreidler at the time. He later left Fullerton, but came back again to run a Drug Store till his demise in 1939.
   In 1905. we moved to town. I bought and sold livestock for several years.
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In 1906, my wife passed away, leaving three small children. We had many, many sad experiences of which I won't relate.
   Father passed away February 8, 1901. He lived to be 80 years old. Mother lived to be 75 years old and passing away in 1906.
Edwin Jackson Russell    1871 to 1923
Walter Russell           1867 to 1934
James Richard Russell    1865 to 1934
George Mathew Russell    1863 to 1951
Mary Ann Russell         1861 to 1862
John Henry Russell       1860 to 1936
William Thomas Russell   1858 to 1924

 

WILLIAM T. RUSSELL

   William Thomas Russell and Lillias Laird were married November 21, 1888, at the Laird home west of Fullerton, by Rev. J. C. Irwin of the Fullerton Presbyterian Church. The Laird home, known as Victoria Ranch, was located abut six miles east of Fullerton, just west of what was known as Merchiston.
   The Russells made their home on Mr. Russell's farm in the Loup Valley, between Fullerton and Palmer, and later moved to their farm just west of Fullerton where Arthur L. Russell lived and Richard L. Russell now lives.
   Mr. Russell was a farmer and stockman and a stockholder in First National Bank, where his son John T. Russell was President for more than 30 years and where his granddaughter Margaret Russell is presently employed.
   Mr. and Mrs. Russell had four children:
       John T. Russell
       Lillias K. Lillie Mrs. Gilbert D. Griffin
       William H.
       Arthur L.

JOHN HENRY RUSSELL

   John Henry Russell was the second son of John and Hannah Russell. He was born in 1860 at Bolton Castle, Yorkshire County, England, and was 21 years old when he came to the United States with his parents and five brothers. He worked in Iowa for two years before joining the rest of the family in Nance county.
   J. (Henry) Russell was born October 2, 1892, and lived his entire life in Nance county. He attended school District #5 and Fullerton High School. On Janaury 19, 1919, he married Carrie Belle Epler, a native of Tecumseh, Nebraska. They lived on a farm southwest of Fullerton until moving to Fullerton in 1945. They had one son - John Henry Russell. Carrie died June 15, 1972 and Henry died February 8, 1975.
   John Henry Russell was born March 28, 1932. He attended rural schools and graduated from Fullerton High School and the University of Nebraska. He married Ethelene Watson, a native of Shelton, Nebraska, on June 23, 1963. They have two children - Kimberly, born May 27, 1964 and John Calvin, born May 14, 1966. They reside on a farm southwest of Fullerton.

RUSSELL-FORBES IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF NANCE COUNTY.

   My mother, Sarah Kate Morrison, was born in Higginsville, Kentucky. At the age of three she moved with her parents to Shools, Indiana. In 1880 she came with her parents, four brothers and five sisters to the same community as the Russell family were now living. My maternal grandparents were Robert J. and Nancy Jane Morrison. My grandfather farmed, raised and sold horses, some of which were secured from the Indians. These pioneer families lived about three miles from an Indian camp ground. The Indians were not happy unless they could trade or steal from the new settlers.
   Two of my mother's sisters passed away quite young, one died of child birth and the youngest died with small-pox and pneumonia. They are buried in the valley cemetery, a small isolated plot of ground surrounded by pasture and corn fields.
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   My mother taught school in this same community. Her school house was crudely made of logs. The winters were very severe in those days, sometimes it was hard to keep the school house warm, but the students wore heavy home made clothing, long underwear and high shoes. Some of her pupils were larger and older than she was.
   Sarah Kate Morrison and John H. Russell were married at the Pleasant Valley Church on April 12, 1890. My father had built a two room home on his homestead. It was built of rough lumber, was thinly plastered and was not painted, but turned out to be a very happy home for the new bride and groom. My father farmed, raised cattle and hogs and "fed out" his livestock. To this union, four children were born: Hannah Mae, (Mrs Ed Held, Mother of Anne Held Clark, Gladys Held Kuehn and Avis Jean Laddig) John H. Russell, Jr. Father of John H. Russell, 3rd. Albert E. Russell, father of Albert Russell, Jr. and Patsey Russell Hornby, who is deceased. The youngest and only one of this union living is myself, Nellie E. Forbes.
   In the years to come my parents added on to their home. My father built a barn, cattle shed and hog shed on his farm, out of cement blocks which he molded himself. These building are still standing and are in good shape, being so solidly built. This farm is now owned by Albert Russell, Jr. and occupied by Donn Russell and family. John Russell Sr. and his family lived on this farm until he retired.
   My husband was the son of Frank V. and Laura Hamilton Forbes. Four children were born to this couple. Dorothy Forbes Kilday, mother of Don P. Kilday, Gary Robt. Kilday and JaAnne Kilday Gerber, Evelyn Forbes Todd, mother of Steven and Jennifer Todd. Robert, father of Sandra Forbes Leininger, Ardythe K. Moeller and Larry Forbes. My husband Fred, fondly known as Freddie was the oldest in the family.
   Frank V. Forbes, was the son of John Frederick and Nancy Jane Ayers Forbes. They came from Wilton, Iowa to the Glenwood Community, which joins the Pleasant Valley Community on the west, in 1880 and lived on the land which was later known as Forbes Ranch. They lived in a dug out just south of where their home was later built.
   The Forbes' also were farmers and feeders. Grandpa Fred was the owner of a large herd of prized Hereford cows. He raised and sold purebred stock.
   The Forbes and Russells were neighbors and good friends, so I knew my husband from childhood. We were only friends, until I grew up and graduated from Fullerton High School with the class of 1928 and was in my first year of college that Freddie really knew I was around. In the meantime he graduated from Palmer High School in 1927 and had started farming on his own. One evening we double dated with another couple. The next Saturday night he asked me to go to the show with him and we started going steady. Two years later we were married on September 10, 1931 at the Methodist Church in Central City, with only the immediate families present.
   After our wedding, we left on a honeymoon trip to the Nebraska State Fair. That evening was spent in the honeymoon suite at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. It was just new at that time and was a very beautiful hotel. After a short time at the fair, we visited relatives at Ida Grove, Spencer and Storm Lake in Iowa. Our first night after returning home was spent with Freddie's parents and family. We were welcomed home that evening with an old time chivaree. A crowd of neighbors and friends gathered, some in cars and one kind friend brought his horse and buggy. We were loaded into the buggy and all drove to town (Palmer). We were paraded up and down the street with horns honking and tin cans rattling. Then all went back to the farm where every one was given refreshments of candy bars and apples. That evening when we went to bed, some one had taken the slats out of the bed and filled the covers full of rice The end of a 1931 chivaree! Two evenings later we were given a shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Weems. Friends, relatives and neighbors generally made up for all the "devilment" they had done two evenings before.
   Freddie and I "started up" on a farm just west of the Glenwood school and church. The farm was owned by Grandpa Fred. Our oldest daughter, Marilyn
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was born here. When she was six months old we moved to the Forbes Ranch and, my husband became a partner with his grandfather in farming and raising of purebred cattle. Our second daughter, Dorothy and youngest child, Johnny were born. We lived in a large two story house with a hired man's addition built on  It was a few steps from the smaller home of Grandma and Grandpa Fred. Grandma died and Grandpa lived on in his own home. As his home was so close to ours I kept up his home and he ate his meals with us. There was no staying in bed on Sunday morning, he wanted his breakfast on time 6:30. There was plenty of time to do the chores and get to church. On December 26, 1945, he passed away after being ill just a few days with pneumonia and complications. His death was a great grief to my family. To our children he was the greatest Papoo ever and that is the name they fondly called him when they learned to talk and through the years to come. He was eighty-seven when he died. He was a grand old man and it was his love for his family, especially his great grandchildren, his neighbors, God and the great out doors and his prize cattle that gave him such a long full life.
   This ended our happy life on Forbes Ranch, with Grandpa Fred. We moved to the Hadley Farm, just a half mile east and which we had earlier purchased. The place was very run down, and we felt very handicapped at first. We built a new home, elevator, new fences, new windmills and re-modeled the rest of the out buildings. Finally the place became home. My husband farmed, raised hogs and cattle and fed them out. Johnny grew to manhood here and the operation grows.
   In 1951, my husband's health began to fail, it was discovered he had a leaking Aorta Heart Valve. In March 1962 he had heart surgery in Colorado General Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Swann, a world famous heart surgeon performed the rare type of surgery. On June 20, 1963 he passed away very suddenly while driving his jeep to the Loup River, which was close by and which he often did to fish. He was fifty-four years old.
   Our family is grown now: Marilyn married Vern Sonderup on October 29 1950. They are the parents of Thomas Lynn and Mark Vern who farm and ranch with their father and one daughter Nancy who is a student nurse in Mary Lanning Hospital, in Hastings. Dorothy married Duane Dudney on April 22, 1950. They have two children, Debra Jane in second year at Nebraska School of Medicine and Douglas Duane, a Junior at Wesleyan University at Lincoln. Johnny married Karen Tibbets of Palmer on October 6, 1960. They have three children, John Jr. who attends Hastings Tech College, Jill Lynn and Jeffery Todd at home.
   I lived on a farm close to Johnny and family for eight years, following my husband's death. In 1970 I moved to my present home in Fullerton. He and his family still live on the farm. He has carried on the farm operation his father had to leave . Fred was a Charter Member of Nance county 4-H Clubs.

WALTER RUSSELL

   Walter Russell came to Nance county from England with parents, as a young man. He married Elizabeth Morrison and farmed near Fullerton. Retired and lived in Fullerton until death. Their children were Harry, Louis, Blanche and Roy R.
   Harry Russell married Alma Erskine and farmed near Fullerton until his death. Mrs. Russell still resides in their house. Their children are Harry W. of Honolulu, Hawaii and Marilyn Chisholm of San Diego, California.
   Louise married Walter Hagadone of Cozad, Nebraska and still resides there. They have one son Don also of Cozad.
   Blanche married Horace McKeag of Osceola, Nebraska. They lived on a farm near Osceola and raised Black Angus cattle. Both are deceased, no children.
   Roy R. married Virginia Held and they live on the home place in Pleasant Valley. Their children are Roberta Frazey of Omaha, Roy Jr. of Omaha, Ralph of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Rogelyn Stevens of Columbus, Nebraska and Ruth Anderson of Norfolk, Nebraska.
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GEORGE MATHEW RUSSELL

 

     George Mathew Russell was born in 1863. He married Kathryn Metcalf and they had three children, Avis Margaret, Florence and John, now deceased. They lived on a farm west of Fullerton, in Loup Valley. Mrs. Russell passed away in 1906 leaving three small children and Mr. Russell moved into Fullerton and bought and sold livestock for several years. Later moved to Los Angeles and lived with his daughters and son. Avis and Florence are retired teachers and make their home in Los Angeles, Laguna Hills Area. George died in 1951.

JAMES RICHARD RUSSELL

   James Richard Russell was born in 1865. He married Elizabeth Ludington. Their children were James Lowell, now deceased, Anna Victoria Litchfield, Agnes Eleanor Cooke, now deceased and Lillian Griffin now deceased. James was president of First National Bank from 1913 to 1928. In 1922 he took over the majority stock of the United States National Bank of San Diego and became President of that Bank, but continued to serve as President of the Fullerton Bank until 1928.

EDWIN JACKSON RUSSELL

   Edwin Jackson Russell, the youngest son of John and Hannah Russell, was born September 9, 1871 in Wensley, Yorkshire, England. He came to America with his parents and five brothers when he was nine years of age. He would tell of his life in England and going to school there. He remembered the whales on the ocean. He grew up on the farm and loved rural life. As a young man he went away to business school at Fremont, Nebraska. He was a beautiful penman and loved neat small figures in his books. Physically he was probably considered rather short, 5'8" or 9", stocky build and a beautiful head of auburn hair and a fair complexion to go with it. He wore a mustache as a young father.
   He was working for his oldest brother, William, when he met Kate Almira Ludington, the district schoolmarm that boarded there. They were married April 9, 1898, in Fullerton, Nebraska. Kate was the third daughter of John W. Ludington and Rebecca Newman. She was born March 25, 1874 at Lone Tree, now Central City, Merrick county, Nebraska.
   In about 1903 the Indian Territory of South Dakota opened up for the drawing of land. Edwin, Kate and their two children along with an older brother, James and his family, and a brother-in-law, John Ludington with his family, went up to get land. They did not get land on the first drawing but were able to purchase land from speculators that did, very cheap. James and Edwin started the Rose Bud National Bank of Herrick, South Dakota. They remained there for three or four years and returned to Fullerton.
   Upon returning to Nebraska, Edwin and Kate moved to a farm of 160 acres about 10 miles west of Fullerton near the original farm. He farmed, fattened cattle and hogs for market and had a generally busy and full life. There were brothers and neighbors around them for heavy work, for they helped each other when the need arose. Their family numbered five now, two boys and three girls.
   The Oldest, (Viola) Marie, was ready for high school so they decided to move to town. This was about 1914. Edwin worked in the bank for a time and in the Fullerton grain Elevator, but could not forget his love for the farm. About 1918 he bought 80 acres two miles west of town. They built a lovely two story home, tile barn and hog house and other buildings on it and moved their family there. He was able to keep his boys busy and each child had a pony to enjoy and care for.
   About 1922, Edwin semi-retired letting his oldest son, (Edwin) Clyde, do the farming. His youngest son, Kenneth Ludington died of a ruptured appendix after a short illness, August 16, 1921 at 15 years of age.
   Edwin J. died very suddenly December 19, 1923 at 52 years of age. He had been herding some cattle which were out of the fence, down by the river, some distance from the house. He apparently suffered a heart attack. He was able to
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get into the wagon and start the team, which brought him to the house. This was a very traumatic experience to the children and especially to Kate.
   Kate and her two daughters Kathryn Eleanor and Edith Marion moved into Fullerton. Kate was active in 4-H work, being a leader for several years. She was on the County Fair Board and active in her Episcopal Church. She enjoyed hand work and braided many rugs, she learned to make quilts from wool. She washed, dried, carded the wool and tied the quilts.
   Kate spent the last nine years of her life with her daughters Kathryn in Bountiful, Utah. She died October 31, 1961 at age 87.
   The oldest child of Edwin Jackson Russell and Kate Ludington, (Viola) Marie Russell married Willis Bell. They had two children Bette Ellen and Ronald. Bette married Donald E. Horacek and had three children. Jerilyn Marie who married Tom Dale Rieken. Ralph Edward who married Jeanne Anderson and Janis Francis who married Walter Jarecke Jr. Ronald Bell married Dea and they have no children. Marie Russell Bell died November 22, 1966. Bette Bell Horacek died May 15, 1976.
   (Edwin) Clyde Russell second child of Edwin and Kate was born January 31. 1902. He married (Clara) Blanche Cunningham on November 1, 1923 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Blanche Cunningham was the daughter of Charles P. Cunningham and Olive Myrtle Bergen. Their children were Ardith Doris, Lenore Evelyn, Madeline Blanche, and Kenneth Edwin. Ardith married Warren E. Granger. They had a daughter Nancy Gail and a son Thomas Eugene. Lenore married Ray Ernest Peregrine and they had three children. A daughter and son died shortly after birth. A son Donald Ray was born November 15, 1955 and they adopted a daughter Janet Kay born April 15, 1963. Madeline married Leo L. Bedke. Lenore and Madeline had a double wedding. Madeline and Leo had three daughters, Cynthia Sue and twins, Jacqueline Jo and Vicki Lea. Kenneth Edwin Russell married Marie Rose (Brase) Lockard. Kenneth is a contractor carpenter in Grand Island, Nebraska. They have three children, Ronda Elaine, Shelly Rose and Randy Edwin.
   Kathryn Eleanor, fourth child was born December 9, 1911. She married Paul Pickett. They had one daughter Rogelyn Diane. Paul died and she married Lester C. Bryant. and was divorced. Kathryn married (Delbert) Earl Hess at Salt Lake City, Utah. They have one daughter Linda Karen.
   Edith Marion was born January 1, 1914. Edith married William Ervin Clark. They had two sons William Ervin and Robert Jay. She later married Clifton Wolfe and lives in California.

WILLIAM HUGH RUSSELL

   William Hugh Russell was born in 1896 at the farm home some thirteen miles southwest of Fullerton in Nance county. His parents were William Thomas and Lilias Kerr Russell. Four children were born to this union: John Thomas, Lilias Kerr, William Hugh and Arthur Laird. The family resided at the Loup River home about ten years. They moved to the farm on Pillsbury Hill after living in Fullerton a few months. Mr. Russell thought the farm would be a better place to raise his family.
   William (known as Bill) graduated from Fullerton High in 1915 - and then attended Lincoln School of Commerce. He entered the Army at Leavenworth Kansas in 1918 and was honorably discharged a few months later when the Armistice was signed on November 11th.
   In 1925 Bill opened an International Harvester Machinery shop which he managed for nineteen years in Fullerton.
   Bill and Hanna Ramsey were married in the Presbyterian church in Grand Island, Nebraska by Rev. Irvin Askine on January 2,1929. To this union two sons were born - William Lee on October 30, 1929 and Robert Ramsey June 11, 1932. William Lee died September 4th, 1969 - 39 years old.
   Robert has a computer business in Phoenix, Arizona. He is married to Mary Lou Rosenquist. A daughter Jackie Lee was born October 12, 1960. A son Craig, by adoption was born September 12, 1968 and came to Bob and Mary, December 23, 1968 - a wonderful Christmas present.
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   Bill was also engaged in farming - the home place on the Loup river and a North Star farm. He was born in Nance county lived his entire life here and died here, October 4, 1968 at age 71. He loved Nance county and spent many happy hours fishing and hunting along the Loup and Cedar rivers.
   Hanna Ramsey Russell was born February 2nd, 1902 at Streaton, Illinois to Lee William and Bertha G. McAllister Ramsey. The family moved to Kenesaw, Nebraska in 1904. She graduated from Kenesaw High School. (drove a horse and buggy all four years!) She then attended Hastings College and Colorado University at Boulder. She taught in country schools in Adams county for three years, then 5th and 6th grades in Kenesaw two years and two years in Fullerton (departmental in 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th.)

ARTHUR LAIRD RUSSELL

   Arthur Laird Russell was born October 7, 1898 to William Thomas and Lillias Laird Russell in Nance County, Nebraska. He attended Fullerton Schools from 1st to 12th grade and then attended Lincoln Business College in Lincoln, Nebraska. On October 6, 1926 he was united in matrimony to Grace Gladys Milby at Grand Island, Nebraska. Grace was born April 20, 1907 at Fullerton, Nebraska.
   To this union was born two sons: Richard Laird, September 3, 1930 at Grand Island, Nebraska and Rodney D. on March 19, 1935 at Grand Island, Nebraska.
   Arthur (Pete), as he is called, is a livestock breeder and a farmer. He belongs to the Presbyterian Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, is secretary of the Twin Loups Irrigation Project and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank and Trust of Fullerton, Nebraska.
   Richard Laird Russell was born September 3, 1930 at Grand Island, Nebraska. He attended Fullerton Public Schools and graduated from high school He attended the University of Nebraska and received a B.S. in Agriculture. He married Wilma Marie Kindhart on July 10, 1953 at Oakland, Iowa. Wilma was born February 21, 1933 at Oakland, Iowa.
   Richard served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 as a Master Sergeant and as Personnel Director at two hospitals at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and Fort Riley, Kansas. He served in the Army reserve for 12 years.
   Richard and Wilma have four children, Scott Richard, born October 18, 1955 at Fullerton, Nebraska. Scott is married to Jacque Prososki and has two children. Kirk Thomas was born September 30, 1957 at Fullerton. Laura Ann was born July 23, 1960 at Fullerton and is now attending the University of Nebraska. Jean Marie was born December 22, 1961 at Grand Island, Nebraska and is a senior at Fullerton High School.
   Richard served as a member of the Fullerton School Board for 12 years, and as President of the Nance county 4-H Council 4 years. Served on an Advisory Board at the University of Nebraska four years. He is a life member of the American Legion at Fullerton, is a Fraternal Order of Eagles member and Richard and Wilma were awarded the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award in 1974.
   Richard and his family are the third generation to live on the family farm.
   Rodney Dewood Russell was born March 19, 1935. He married Patsy Louise Swartz. Patsy was born October 26. 1941 at Osceola, Nebraska to Carl Robert and Viola Helen Bridgland Swartz. Rodney and Patsy have three children Diane Marie born April 8, 1963 and Mark Timothy born October 18, 1965 and Nancy Sue born April 13, 1967.

LILLIAS (Lillie) K. RUSSELL

   Lillie Russell was born in Fullerton, Nebraska on March 20, 1895. She married Gilbert Dean Griffin at Fullerton, Nebraska on June 1, 1916. They owned and operated Griffin Cafe in Fullerton. When they retired, they moved to Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Griffin passed away in 1954. Mrs. Griffin stills resides in Santa Barbara, California. Their children are:
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