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News Articles 1892 – 1898


Early editions of the Osmond Republican are unavailable, with the exception of a few copies microfilmed by the Nebraska State Historical Society. The following bits of information were taken from those early editions.




December 8, 1892


R. J. Paddock who has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Ballantyne, returned to his home at Omaha, this week.


Miss Emma Mahitis we are sorry to learn confined to her bed with lung fever. We trust she may soon recover.


Miss Ida Deal of Ponca sister of Mrs. L.B. Matteson, has been here on a visit. She is well pleased with Osmond.


We met John Swan on the streets last Saturday accompanied by a box of cigars and after inviting us to smoke he said that he had a new boy at his house. All concerned doing well.


Mr. E.L. Morlan and wife of Union Co., S.D. had been in town a few days visiting the family of Ed. Record. Mr. M. is a brother-in-law of Mr. Record. We acknowledge a short call on Monday.


John Zeurcher, a highly respected young man of this neighborhood has become violently insane. He imagines that his brothers and in fact almost every one he converses with has a desire to poison him. He will be taken before the insane commission.





October 10, 1895


L. R. Booth returned to his Ia. home on Wednesday.


Mr. Ballantyne has been enjoying a visit with his father, who resides in Knox county.


Miss Jessie Diltz came down from Bloomfield on Monday and is visiting her sister, Mrs. Chrystal.


Amel Peters and wife, north of the village are rejoicing over the advent of a sweet little girl baby that came to them on Tuesday.


Hannah McMillan left the first of the week for Norfolk where she will trim for the Inskip millinery emporium. She is a wide awake young lady and we wish her success in her larger field.



October 24, 1895


Mrs. Scofield of Washington, Ia., spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Will McQuaid.


Rev. Rouse was called to Pierce on Thursday to preach the funeral sermon of a Mr. Martin who died of consumption.


Miss Esther Gregory is spending a month with her sister in Saunders county, where we trust she may have a pleasant visit.


Miss Celie Nelson met with a severe accident on Sunday, while out horse back riding. She was thrown and received a fracture of the collar bone.



November 28, 1895


Mrs. C. B. Willey returned home on Wednesday from a visit with her parents at Argyle, Wis.


G. A. Thode was called to Holstien, Ia. on Friday by a telegram announcing the death of a sister.


Mark Felbert is married! We have 17 pairs of old boots securely stored away which will be “lammed” at him on his first appearance in our town. Meanwhile the cream tinted congratulations of this sheet is extended.


We congratulate J. L. Stevens and wife, of Plainview, who are the recipients of a sweet little girl baby that came to their house last week.



December 5, 1895


Ed Zurcher living north east of Osmond, lost a child about two month’s old, yesterday morning. The little one was not known to be unwell until about 6 a. m. Wednesday morning when Mr. and Mrs. Zurcher got up and found that the child was nearly dead.


Mrs. C. W. Scott and two Children left on Tuesday for Virginia, where she will visit a portion of the winter.


Mr. Bichlemeier has returned from South Dakota, where he went a few days ago for the purpose of moving his family over. They could not get across the big Missouri with their teams, hence the delay in getting the family here.



December 12, 1895


Miss Bessie Sexton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sexton, who has been stopping at the home of Thos. McDonald while attending Pierce schools, disappeared Monday night after supper and has not been heard from since. The simultaneous disappearance of Mr. Ed Sheldon, who with a brother has lived on one of the Bishop farms north of town, leads relatives of Miss Bessie to believe that she and Sheldon have gone to Wisconsin for the purpose of getting married. -- LEADER


Frank Nelson son of J. H. Nelson, living southeast of town, is quite sick with typhoid fever.


We understand that Ed Sheldon and Miss Bessie Sexton visited Yankton last week, and came home with the nuptial knot securely tied. May their voyage in the matrimonial sea be a pleasant one-only squalls enough to more firmly plight their faith and love for each other-is our wish.



December 26, 1895


The funeral obsequies of the late Jenard Meyer, was largely attended on Sunday. Rev. Schrewin preached a very touching sermon.


Mrs. Alex Docken and Hans Olsen received the sad news of the death of their aged mother on Thursday night of last week. The old lady lived in Omaha and had attained the age of 74 years. On behalf of their numerous friends, we extend the sympathy of the community.


Scott Deal of Ponca is spending a few days with his sister, Mrs. L. B. Matteson.





January 16, 1896


John Jefferson has been confined to his room with greater portion of the week with the grip.


Peter Schwartz of Eldridge, Ia., is in town settling up business for his brother who recently died.



January 30, 1896


Mrs. A. E. Powers died Thursday evening at 8:05 o’clock of gastric fever. Mrs. Powers was taken with sciatic rheumatism about three months ago and has been a constant sufferer ever since from that disease with other complications, finally ending with gastric fever. Deceased maiden name was Minnie Owens. If she had lived until next April she would have been twenty-nine years old. She was married ten years ago to Mr. Powers, four bright children, three boys and one girl, coming to bless this happy and sacred union; the youngest child, a boy is only a year and ten months old. During a residence of two years, Mrs. P. made many warm friends, all of whom greatly sympathize with the grief stricken husband and children. The body of deceased was taken to Osmond Saturday morning, and from there shipped to Fergusen, Ia., for interment.--Call

A large company of friends accompanied the grief stricken husband to the depot, at this place, to pay their last respects to the departed wife and mother. All of whom deeply sympathize with the bereft ones.


Dr. Chrystal and wife are rejoicing over the arrival of a little girl baby that came to their home on Sunday.



February 20, 1896


Mrs. S. E. Smith has ordered a neat monument to be erected on the grave of her deceased husband, in a few weeks.


The grim messenger of death has entered the home of J. L. Stevens of Plainview, claiming the wife and mother as the victim. Mrs. Stevens had been sick for sometime and about two weeks ago she was taken to the Samaritan Home, at Sioux City where a very delicate operation was performed, from the effects of which she succumbed on Monday night last. The Republican extends its heartfelt sympathy to our afflicted brother in this, his hour of great bereavement.


Grandma Matteson is expected home from Iowa, next week, which fact we are please to note.



April 30, 1896


Accidental Shooting!

John Hynek Accidentally Shoots His Little 18 Months old Girl

The Child Seriously, Though not Fatally Wounded.

Mrs. Barnhart Attempts Self Destruction.

Other Accidents Noted!


On Sunday morning, John Hynek, a Bohemian farmer, living on the old Phil Ross farm southwest of town, took down his gun for the purpose of shooting a chicken hawk. He walked out of the house and around the place for a few moments and then returned, and in the act of hanging the gun on its accustomed peg, it was accidentally discharged, shooting his little 18 months old girl in the right side, the wound extending from the ankle to the ear, the most serious part being in the abdomen, just above the pouparts ligament, and in front of the illium or hip bond.

The child, it seems, was sitting on the floor in direct range with the gun about 8 feet away; fortunately a galvanized iron pail sat near it and received the force of the charge, otherwise the child would have been instantly killed.

Dr. Nye of this place was hastily summoned and has been doing his utmost to save the little one, and at this writing his chance of success--baring complications--is good. The baby seems to be on the improve and is resting quite easily at this writing.


We have the following special from Pierce in the State Journal, of Monday morning, which we reproduce without comment: “Mrs. H. F. Barnhart of this place attempted to drown herself in the Elkhorn near the ice house this afternoon. She tied a piece of ribbon to a stick and then tied her pocket book to the stick and then laid it down on the bank and then jumped in. Wm. Mitchell and Ed. Ruhlow, who were about sixty rods away, saw her jump in and ran to the spot and by the aid of a fish pole rescued her as she went down the third time. It is charged that her husband has been on a big spree and that they had quarreled.


Robert E. Bradshaw, a young Englishman, who came to Plainview, a few years ago and followed the vocation of a race horse rider, was thrown from a horse belonging to George Hitchens, of that place, on Sunday. He had both arms broken and otherwise injured so that he died on Monday afternoon. His people all live in the old country and he was buried by friends in the cemetery at that place on Tuesday.



Huber:-- At the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Huber, 8 miles northeast of Osmond, on Monday Apr. 27th, 1896, Llewellyn Huber.

The subject of this obituary was born on Jan. 18, 1871 and resided with his parents until Dec. 1893, when we went to India as a missionary. He was converted when but 16 years old and soon after felt that he had a Divine cal to the work of a foreign missionary and entered that field as stated. In his work in India he was successful, but dread disease of that country fastened it tentacles upon him and he soon had to return to his home with the hope of defeating the ravaging destroyer. He arrived home on Feb. 12th, and rapidly failed until the Master relieved him on Monday.

Those who had met the deceased during his short residence in our midst, speak of him as a Christian gentleman, and attested their friendship in sorrow at the obsequies on Tuesday.

Rev. Rouse the pastor, conducted a very impressive service from the texts “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”--Gen. 18-25 also “And he said unto them go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mar. 16-15, after which the remains were interred in the Osmond cemetery.



May 28, 1896


M. Wigton, father of Mrs. Leedom, came in on Friday last, and will remain with us..



July 16, 1896


Mr. Kearn and wife are enjoying the week attending the soldiers reunion at Neligh.



July 30, 1896


Death, the grim monster, entered the home of our friend, Alex Docken, on Monday and claimed as a victim their six months old girl. The little one had only been sick a few days when the end came. It was laid to rest on Tuesday followed by a large circle of sympathizing friends.


Married. -- At the residence of Rev. A.G. Brande, in Pierce, Thursday, evening, July 23. Mr. John H. Jefferson and Miss Lizzie Matteson, of Osmond. The couple are well and favorably known in Osmond and their marriage will undoubtedly come in the nature of a surprise, as no one there knew of the couples intentions. The Call congratulates.

The above announcement was taken from the Call and was quite a surprise to their many friends. On behalf of the numerous friends the Republican extends congratulations, and trust that Johnny, and Lizzie may spend their days in happiness and bliss.



August 6, 1896


Bert Buchanan is the proud papa of the sweetest little girl baby in the town. All getting on fine.


Geo. Spaulding who resided near Foster with a brother, was drowned on Saturday while in swimming. He started for the Lucas ranch where he was to assist in stacking and it is supposed that he was taken with cramps and in this manner came to his death. This morning Mr. Lucas came to town and drove past the home of the deceased when he was accosted and asked “How is George?” to which he replied that he had not seen him. A search was made and his clothing found on the bank of the creek, and about 400 yards below his body was found. He was about forty years old and unmarried. The coroner was called but whether he will deem an inquest necessary we are unable to state.


Married at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. E.C. Leigh the bride’s parents, July 29th, 1896, by Rev. J. L. Rhodes, Mr. Warner Matteson of Osmond, Neb. and Miss Nettie G. Leigh. The bride has grown to womanhood in this neighborhood and she is well known to all. For the last two years she has been teaching school in the primary department. The groom is one of Osmond’s prosperous business men. They received a number of beautiful presents. The happy couple left Beatrice over the B. & M. at 2:30 amidst a shower of rice and with the best wishes of the entire community for a prosperous and happy voyage through life. The News congratulates.--Plymouth News.

The happy pair arrived home on Thursday evening, and on Friday evening a reception was given at the pleasant home of L. B. Matteson, where the friends assembled for the purpose of wishing the bride and groom a happy life o’er the matrimonial sea. The Republican trusts that their married life will be one of sunshine--only cloud enough to make them nearer and dearer to each other.



August 20, 1896


On Sunday next. Rev. Sharpless will preach the funeral sermon of Pearl Hazel, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Docken.


Chas. Decker was notified by the pension department to appear at Sioux City for examination. We trust he will get what he is justly entitled to at this time.



September 3, 1896


Mrs. Baldwin of LeMars, Iowa., is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Culton.


Mr. F. Junge an old and esteemed citizen of this county died from the effects of paralysis at his home east of town on Saturday night. He was buried on Wednesday.


Mr. A. W. Kelley our popular lumberman and Miss Bertha Packard, were married at Creighton, yesterday by Rev. James, at the home of the brides parents. In next weeks issue we will give a full and complete account of the happy event. We extend our congratulations.


Henry Goetsch and wife of Davenport, Iowa, father and mother of Mrs. Peter Peterson, of this place, are here on a visit. They are well pleased with our country and the pleasant home of their daughter.



September 24, 1896


Born at Elkton, Mo., on Sept. 19 to W. J. Grimshaw and wife, a son. All doing well.



October 1, 1896


In Memoriam

Mayflower Lodge No 152 D. of . of A.O.U.W. Osmond Neb., Sept. 25, 1896.

Resolution of condolence passed by Mayflower Lodge D. of H. of A.O.U.W.

Whereas: It has pleased Almighty God in His infinite widom and mercy to remove from our midst by death, little George Trautman, son of sister and brother Troutman.

Resolved: That the sincere sympathy of this lodge be extended to them in this their sad and sudden bereavement. But it further Resold: That a copy of said resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our lodge, a copy be presented to the bereaved family, also a copy be sent to the Golden Rod Workman and the Osmond Republican for publication.

Emily Kissinger, Allie Mattison, Ella F. Hoes. Com.


The little child of Mr. Troutman that was snake bitten last week, died and was buried on Friday. The family have the sympathy of in their loss.


Fred Wallenstein and Miss Marey Kahler were married at Vermillion by Judge Rumsey. Fred and his wife have gone to housekeeping on their farm north of town.


Al Turner has declared for the double standard. Twin boys at his home on Monday is the occasion. We are glad to say that all hands, even Grandpa Farrow, is getting along much better than expected.



October 8, 1896


Mrs. Ren Matteson was called to Ponca on Tuesday by the serious illness of her mother; Maggie Funk accompanied her.



October 15, 1896



Died: In Ponca, Neb., October 9th, Mrs. A.J. Deal, mother of Mrs. Ren Matteson of this place.

Mrs. Deal was born in Ohio in 1841, married in 1862 and moved to Missouri in 1876. In 1882 they moved to Dixon county and there resided ever since.

Some few days ago the deceased tripped on the carpet and fell, resulting in internal injury from the result of which she died. She joined the Methodist church soon after marriage, and passed away from in the faith of a risen Lord. The funeral was conducted from her last residence by Rev. Bray of the Presbyterian church.


Rudolph Peters of Pierce, a former residence of this place, died at his home on Friday night. He leaves a host of friends to mourn his untimely death.



November 12, 1896


Accidental Shooting.

On Saturday morning while the domestic in the home of Merchant Foreman was attending to the bed room work. Little Walter, 3-year old son of Mr. Foreman was discovered playing with a revolver. The young lady cried out to the child, “put it down!” and the little fellow gave the pistol a fling. It happened to go off, the bullet striking the child on the left arm near the elbow, glancing off. Dr. Long was hastily summoned and upon examination assured the frightened parents that the wound was not serious and that the boy would be using the injured member in a few days. Right now would be a splendid time to deliver a discourse on the care of firearms in the homes where little people are. We believe that guns are dangerous even though they have neither lock, stock, cock, or barrel.


Mr. Weiss, father of Mrs. Claus Peterson was buried in our cemetery on Sunday. We understand that the old gentleman had been quite feeble for some time.



December 17, 1896


Josh Sullivan has a child quite sick with lung fever.


Lou Boyer and wife are happy over the arrival of a 9 pound girl since Friday last. All doing nicely.


Mrs. Gus Kissinger and children left on Tuesday, for a few weeks visit with her parents at Farley, Iowa.


E. B. Hirschman was called to Hartington on Friday last, by telegram, accounting the serious illness of his father, Franz Hirschman. Mr. H. did not reach home in time to see his father alive. We extend our sympathy to our fellow townsman and his family in this their hour of affliction.





January 14, 1897


Just as we go to press we learn of the death of Judge Willey of Pierce, father of Attorney Willey of this place.


Frank Tucker and wife northwest of town are rejoicing over the advent of a new girl, the first one, at their home. All are doing nicely.


Mrs. Banish received the sad news of the death of her mother from Atkinson, Neb. on Saturday night. She left on Monday for that place. We sympathize with her in her great bereavement.



January 28, 1897


J. C. Schroeder of Hoskins, was here to visit his brother, Gus, last week.


J. H. Stewart was called to Ia., on Saturday on account of the death of his aged mother. We extend sympathy.


Frank Tucker was a surprised boy the other morning when his younger brother from Iowa walked in upon him at his home northwest of town.


The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Synovec of the Willow, was buried in our cemetery on Tuesday. The little one was three months old and was only sick a couple of days. Mrs. Synovec is the daughter of Mr. Steadry living east of the village.



February 25, 1897


Jos. Sladek who has lived on a farm west of town for several years left on Wednesday for Saline Co., where he will reside.


The Steadry family wishes us to return their sincere thanks to the neighbors and friends who assisted them in their late bereavement.


Elmer Lowderbaugh a respected reader of this paper, and Miss. Josie Tate were united in marriage by Judge McDonald at Pierce on Monday. The Republican extends congratulations and trusts that the happy couple may enjoy a long and prosperous wedded life. Mr. and Mrs. L. will at once begin housekeeping on the old John Carpenter farm.


Dr. Alden was called from Pierce on Sunday to assist Dr. Long in the case of little August Suckstorf, who has been suffering with an abscess on the thigh for the past two months. The physicians look for a speedy recovery.



March 4, 1897


Dr. Chrystal’s home was made happy on Saturday night by the advent of a nine pound baby boy. All concerned doing nicely.


Little Aug. Suckstorf, who has been suffering for a long time is reported by the attending physician as much improved. The little fellow was pretty low at one time.


John M. Stewart returned on Monday night from his stay in Iowa. Mr. Stewart has been a great sufferer from the prevailing disease, but we hope to soon see him fully recover.



April 8, 1897


We are glad to say that little August Sucksorf who has suffered so long from an abscess on his limb is on the road to recovery.


Alex Docken came in on Thursday, last, after our paper had gone to press and informed us that a new girl baby had arrived at his house the night before. We congratulate.


From a personal letter from Dr. Nye, formerly of this place, but now of Lovilia, Ia., we learn that he is prospering and that their family has been increased by the birth of a baby boy.


We are pleased to announced the complete recovery of John Stedry who had been down with typhoid fever. Other members of the family, the mother and Frank, are now down with the dread disease.



April 15, 1897


Will Kelley and wife left the first of the week for Auborn, Iowa where they will reside in future. Their friends here wish them success in their new home, and can recommend them to the citizens of Auborn as a family to be respected and esteemed for their many good qualities.



April 22, 1897


Jos. Koening, living north east of Foster, died from strangulated hernia. The young man failed to call a physician in time.



May 20, 1897


The house of Henry Bruegman is rejoicing over the advent of a new baby boy since Monday.


Dr. Long was called six miles south of Pierce to see a Mrs. Kidder who is quite low with consumption.



June 3, 1897


The little three year old son of Prof. Courtright of Petersburg, Neb., an uncle of Mrs. Frank Tucker of this place, came near losing his life one day last week by drinking carbolic acid from a bottle which he found in a neighbors yard. By prompt action on the part of the parents and physician, however, his life was saved.



June 17, 1897


A. T. Reigle of Madison, father of Mrs. E. E. Davis is here on a visit.


Ed Rodgers had a very sick child on Sunday but at this writing it is greatly improved.


Lee Brant was called to his home in Kingsley, Ia., on Thursday last by the illness of his mother. He returned on Monday and left her greatly improved.



July 1, 1897


On Saturday last, Miss Emma, daughter of Henry Davids of Thompson, returned from an extended visit with relatives at Tama, Iowa.



July 15, 1897


Dr. Chrystal was called to his old home in Canada on Monday by the serious illness of his father. We hope he found the old gentleman greatly improved.



July 22, 1897


Cards are out announcing the marriage of Ed Jefferson and Miss Belle Scott. The ceremony will take place next Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the home of the bride.



July 29, 1897


Dr. Chrystal returned from Canada last Friday and reports that his father was greatly improved. We are glad to note this fact.



Jefferson-Scott: At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Scott, Wednesday evening, July 28. Edwin B. Jefferson and Laura Belle Scott, Rev. Gortner officiating.

Last evening about 40 invited guests assembled at the Scott home, south east of the village to witness the happy union of their daughter Belle to Mr. Ed Jefferson. The bride wore a costume of lavender cashmere trimmed in white silk with orange blossoms at throat and in her hair, while the groom wore the conventional black. Promptly at eight o’clock the happy couple stepped out on the lawn and Rev. Gortner, using the ritualistic service of his church, pronounced them husband and wife. After the bride and groom had received the most hearty congratulations of their friends the guests entered the house and sat down to the most sumptuous wedding supper which we have ever partaken.

Thus has entered upon the life long voyage of matrimony one of Osmond’s most popular sons and fairest daughters. May their pathway lead through the grassy lawn of young man and woman hood; down the pleasant dale of old age, each securely sheltered in the love and affections of the other is the wish of the Republican force.

The following presents were received.

Cow, pig and chairs, C.W. Scott and wife.

Rocker, E.C. Holly and wife.

Knives, forks and christy knife set, Dr. J.H. Long and B.S. Leedom and wife.

Water bowl and pitcher, W.A. Hoes and wife.

Decorated glass set, W.L. and M.B. Smith and wives.

Dozen glasses and pitcher, D.D. Walker and wife.

Napkins, A.E. Foreman and wife.

Table linen, J.F. Gregory and wife.

Towels, Esther Gregory

Table damask, D.W. Wood and wife.

Water set, C.J. Allison and wife, and J.M. Johnson and wife.

Table linen, J.C. Saunders and wife.

Berry set, Al. Turner and wife.

$5, Grandpa Reigle.

Salt and pepper set, J.M. Hladik and wife.



August 5, 1897


August Schutt is the happy father of a new child that came to his home last week.


Frank Lambert has returned from his visit with his mother who resides in Canada. Mr. L reports a very pleasant trip and a splendid visit with his mother. Mr. Lambert informs us that the Canadian people do not take kindly to McKinley and his tariff bill. This to us, is an evidence that it is good for this country.


Silver Wedding

On Wednesday evening, August 4th, 1897. Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Grunwald celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of their marriage at their home ten miles southeast from Osmond. The marriage ceremony took place at 6 o’clock after all partook of a most bountiful supper, served in open air. The present numbered one hundred and seventy five, and all report a pleasant time.



August 12, 1897


Claus Peterson, living north east of town is confined to his bed with typhoid fever.


The home of John Ballantyne was made happy last week by the arrival of a little girl baby. All doing nicely.


John Rohrberg south of town is probably, the happiest man in north Pierce county. The reason of his joy was imparted to a reporter of this paper on Tuesday--It’s a girl and her Mamma is getting along fine.



August 26, 1897


C. J. Peterson living northeast of town, who has been down with typhoid fever was in the village for the first time since his sickness on Tuesday. We were pleased to meet Claus and hope he will now get along nicely.



September 9, 1897


Caron Petersen and wife of Davenport, Ia., came out to attend the funeral of their brother, C. J. Petersen deceased.


A Sad Death

The home of Mr. Jos. Schmitt of this place is shrouded in gloom this pleasant fall morning all occasioned by the break in the brittle thread of life. Their son, Edward, aged 18 years 3 months 21 days, who has been down with Typhoid fever, was called to his long home this morning. It indeed is sad to see a promising young man like Edward removed from our midst, yet these seasons of sorrow must be met by all and the afflicted parents, brothers and sisters are reminded by the death that life at best is trausitory and that their loved one is free from bodily pain and suffering, securely housed in the Father’s kingdom, where, in a few short years, they will all meet to part no more.

Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church, on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., conducted by Father Hork of Randolph. Interment in the Catholic cemetery, situated on land of the deceased father.


September 30, 1897


Herman Plagge north of town is the happy father of a new girl baby.


Mr. Ed Jefferson informs us that her sister Miss Rae Scott, of Onawa, Ia., is confined to her bed with malarial fever. Hope Rae will soon recover.


Mr. Updike of this place, father of Mrs. T. A. Culton is quite sick this week. His son from Illinois was sent for and arrived last night.


The eight months old child of Frank Tate’s died last night.


Mrs. Gansebom is again in Omaha at the hospital where her baby is being treated.


John Sucksorf and wife have returned from Sioux City where they have had their little son August for treatment. We trust the boy will recover fully.


Mrs. C. J. Fenton died at her home northeast of the village on Saturday night, of inflamitory rheumatism. She was about 40 years old and leaves a family of five children.



October 7, 1897


Henry Maass and Miss Alvena Mohr were married by Judge McDonald this morning at the Hammond House parlors. Both are popular young people, the bride a daughter of Chris Mohr, living northeast of Osmond, and the Leader extends congratulations. -- Pierce Leader



November 4, 1897


C. W. McQuaid and wife formerly of this place, but now of Hartington, were called upon to part with their three months old baby girl on last Friday. The little one was sick only a few days when death came to relieve it. Their friends here sympathize with them.





January 6, 1898


Theo Goeres and wife are the proud parents of a new baby boy.



March 31, 1898


Henry Mohr informs us that his wife’s sister was burned to death one day last week.


We desire to express our sincere thanks to our many friends who assisted us in our recent bereavement and burial of our beloved daughter, Florence.

            Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Ballantyne


Married, at the Methodist parsonage, Wednesday evening, March 30th. Mr. Geo. W. Rockwell and Miss Emma Anderson; Mr. Newton Sewell, and Miss Lizzie Anderson, acting as groomsman and bridesmaid. The wedding was strictly private, no invited guests being present. The bride was tastefully attired in brown and presented an altogether attractive appearance. We congratulate the young couple on their prospects of a sunny life; and trust that they will live many years to enjoy the mutual bliss and love of nuptial association. Rev. J. Narver Gortner was the officiating clergyman.



Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, March 29, 1898. Luella Suckstorf died of what was pronounced diptheria, after a sickness of about one week. She quit school on the previous Wednesday, complaining of feeling ill, and continued to grow worse in spite of medical aid, until death relieved her of her suffering.

Luella was born March 15, 1888, and hence was 10 years and 14 days old. She was a member of the Presbyterian Sunday school and was in the Fourth grade in Miss Heath’s department. There was no funeral service, except at the grave where Rev. J. Warner made a few remarks and all joined in singing “The Sweet Bye and Bye”. Twenty two teams composed the procession to the cemetery. The rest of the family are apparently well and all went to the grave.



April 7, 1898


J. M. Huwald, father of Wm. Huwald, living south of the village passed away at the home of his son, August, on Monday, near Randolph, at the ripe old age of 85 years. The funeral was largely attended by friends.


Married -- At the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Rote in Pierce, Neb., Mr. James C. Scott and Miss Estella Tate, Rev. J. Narver Gortner officiating. This young couple start out in life together with bright prospects for the future. We trust that domestic felicity will make the home they establish bright and that flowers will adorn the pathway of life that they, hand in hand, shall tread. The ceremony was performed last Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m.



April 14, 1898


Bert Buchanan is the proud papa of a new girl baby, and Bert is as happy as a clam in high tide.


Rev. Gorner has been notified of the serious illness of his mother who resides near Page.


Hans Olsen living north of the village, reports a new daughter at his house about one week old. The little miss land her Mamma are getting along fine.


It pains us to announce the death of Miss Mattie Suckstorf who died yesterday at 3 o’clock. We will publish the obituary next week.



April 21, 1898


Mrs. C. A. Kissinger and children left on Monday for Earley, Ia., for a couple weeks visit.



Mattie Aug Suckstorf. Is the third pupil of Osmond high school who has succumbed to the dread disease which has prevailed in our midst during the past winter. The Angel of Death has come the second time to this family this spring. Just two weeks before Mattie died she followed her sister, Luella, to the grave. This is the third death that has occurred in less than a month. The first was in the primary department; the second in the intermediate; and the last in the grammar department. Miss Leigh will open the spring term of her school with one vacant seat. Mattie was in the advanced class in the grammar department and was expected to be promoted to Prof. Preston’s room this spring. Mattie was a member of the Presbyterian Sabbath school and she and her sister would often sit under the elms in their yard and sing the S. S. hymns and she was also one of Miss Lawrence’s music scholars. She was born June 7th 1883 and died April 13, 1898, aged 14 years 11 months and 23 days. She was buried on Thursday afternoon, the only services being at the grave, Rev. Joel Warner made suitable remarks. Prof. O. A. Preston made some tender and touching references to the deceased, and the congregation sang two pieces. The day was fine and there was a large procession of 34 teams. The providences of God are often inscrutable, but if we believe that God can, for reason unrevealed to us, call his children of all ages, one by one, to other scenes, to the labors, to other developments, wisely and well then let us not impugn the wisdom or the goodness of God.



April 28, 1898


Eggert Klidt living east of town, is we are sorry to learn, confined to his bed with typhoid fever. In fact the whole family are unable to be around.


A. G. Weander was called to Omaha, on Saturday last by a telegram announcing the death of his father. The old gentleman was laid to rest in the Oakland, Neb. cemetery on Tuesday. We extend sympathy to Andy in his hour of trouble.


The announcement was made from the Catholic pulpit on Sunday last, in this place, of the approaching marriage of Mr. Henry Billerbeck and Miss Baches of Randolph. The happy event will take place at the Church in Osmond on next Tuesday.


Mrs. J. M. Johnson received the sad news on Monday of the death of her sister, Miss Lola B. Montanye, at Denver, Colo. On which occurred on Sunday. Mrs. J. left to take charge of the corps at Omaha, and will take it to the home of her childhood in New York. We extend sympathy to her in her sad trip.


The home of John Fischer has been under quarantine for the past week for diphtheria. At this writing one child is much better while two younger ones are quite low. This disease will never be stamped out until a more strict quarantine is enforced. Public gatherings should be prohibited and the first individual coming from any of the afflicted premises should be forced to return and remain until all danger of disseminating the disease is past. We have had the germs of this death dealing malady in our midst for the past four months and from present indications it will remain here that much longer unless decisive steps are taken to prevent its spreading.



Schmitz: -- On Friday, April 22nd 1898 John Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Schmitz, aged 14 years, 3 months, and 26 days.

The people of the neighborhood as well as those of the village were shocked on Friday afternoon when the announcement was made that grim death had entered the home and claimed for its own Eddie Schmitz, son of our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Schmitz, living north east of the village a few miles. The boy had only been sick a very few days with a spinal affection, but in that short time he was a great sufferer and when death came he quietly fell asleep to awake in the arms of the Good Shepherd who said “Suffer the little ones to come unto me”. The funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. Horke at the Catholic Church, on Sunday, the 24th, where a large number of friends assembled to pay their respects and sympathy to the afflicted family. Interment was made in the new Catholic cemetery in Osmond.



May 12, 1898


Geo. Olsen, of Omaha, father of Hans, and Mrs. Docken came in on Saturday night for a visit with his children.