Platte Co., NE - 1934 BMD NEGenWeb Project
PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
RECORDED IN THE COLUMBUS NEWSPAPERS
--1934--


NOTE: Several entries are partial clippings with incomplete information. I will attempt to find the entire obituary and update when possible.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 3 (?), 1934
BOWER--To Missouri - S. L. Burley left yesterday for Butler, Mo., on receipt of word that his cousin, Milton Bower, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bower, of Ainsworth, Neb. had been fatally injured in an auto accident there. Mr. Burley was accompanied by the young man's parents, and their other two sons, Darrell Bower and Harley McCoid. Bower had been visiting at the C. W. Odle home at Butler, and accompanied by Miss Audrey Odle, was returning to the Odle home when the car skidded into a ditch. The couple started to walk to a cafe to summon aid whan a car driven by Clayton Bale, of Adrian struck them. Miss Odle was not seriously injured. Bower's skull was fractured. He was taken to a hospital in Butler, where he died Sunday. The body was shipped to Ainsworth for funeral services and burial. Mr. Burley and Mr. and Mrs. Bower and son are expected to arrive here today. Mr. and Mrs. Burley and daughter, Donna Jean, will go to Ainsworth to attend the funeral, which will probably be held Wednesday.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 24, 1934
BRUCKNER--MRS. FRANK BRUCKNER, 41, PROMINENT PLATTE CENTER MATRON, DIES
    Platte Center, Jan. 24 (Special to The Telegram) - Following an illness of three weeks' duration, Mrs. Frank Bruckner, 41, prominent matron of this community, passed away at 1:55 a. m. today at her home here. Her death was due to diphtheria. She had been troubled with a rheumatic condition for the last few years, and was taken ill about three weeks ago, but apparently was recovering, until she contracted diphtheria last Friday. She had been bedfast since that time.
    As Miss Katherine Perkinson she was born Feb. 22, 1892 at Columbus, and later moved with her parents to Platte Center. She graduated from the Platte Center high school, and then taught school in the rural and Platte Center schools.
    On June 5, 1917, she was united in marriage to Frank Bruckner of Platte Center. To them were born two daughters and a son – Mary Jean, 16; Joyce Ann, 6; and Max, 13; who survive her.
    Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her aged father, Richard Perkinson, who resided with them; one brother, Frank Perkinson, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and one sister, Mrs. W.T. Ripp, of Omaha.
    Private funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the family home, and a mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic church at a later date when the family is out of quarantine. Burial will be made in St. Patrick’s cemetery.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, February 12, 1934
GRADY--Richland, Feb. 12 (Special to The Telegram)--Funeral services for John J. Grady, 44, who resided on a farm six miles northeast of Richland, and who died early Saturday morning in Schuyler, will be hald at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Augustine's Catholic church in Schuyler. Burial will be made in the Catholic cemetery there.
    Mr. Grady returned Friday from Mayo Brothers' clinic at Rochester, Min., where he had been receiving medical treatment for the last three weeks. He had been suffering with cancer for the last several months, and spent a few weeks in the United States Veterans' hospital in Lincoln this fall. He died at the home of his mother, Mr. Catherine Grady, in Schuyler.
    He was born on Feb. 9, 1890 on a farm five miles north of Richland where he spent his boyhood and grew to manhood. He finished school in Schuyler, and then attended Midland college in Fremont for three years. He returned from there at the outbreak of the world war, enlisted in the United States army and was sent to Texas, where he was stationed until the close of the war at which time he was given an honorable discharge.
    On Oct. 1, 1919, in Omaha, he was united in marriage to Miss Vera Babcock, of Schuyler, and they located on the farm where he was residing at the time he was taken ill.
    He was a popular man in his home community, and was a member of the McCloud Post, No. 47, of the American Legion at Schuyler. He was also a member of St. Augustine's Catholic church in Schuyler.
    Surviving are his widow; one son, John, jr.; his mother, Mrs. Catherine Grady, of Schuyler; three brothers, Jerry and Bill Grady, of Rogers, and James Grady, of Schuyler; and five sisters, Mrs. Joseph Ourada, of Clarks, Mrs. Alex Bideaus, of Schuyler, Mrs. Arthur Pollard, of Rogers, and Misses Cecelia and Agnes Grady, of Schuyler. He was preceded in death by his father, one brother and one sister.

SMITH--Lindsay, Feb. 12--(Special to The Telegram)--Word was received here today by relatives that Mrs. F.J. Smith, 67, prominent resident of Lindsay for the last 45 years, passed away at 11 p.m. yesterday in a hospital at Lancaster, Wis. Mrs. Smith went to Patacia, Wis., three weeks ago to visit with a daughter, Ven. Sr. M. Roland, and was taken ill a few days ago. She was removed to the hospital in Lancaster, and lived but a short time after that. She had been suffering for the last several months with diabetes.
    Mrs. Smith was born in Iowa, where she grew to womanhood, and where she was married to Mr. Smith. They came to Nebraska together 45 years ago and located on a farm near Lindsay. For the last few years she has been residing in Lindsay. Mr. Smith passed away three years ago.
    She was a member of the Altar society of the Holy Family church, the Priscilla club, the Improvement club, and the Ladies Kensington. She was one of the prominent matrons of this community, and was held in highest esteem by all who knew her.
    She is survived by three sons, Rev. Fr. Ed Smith, of Sioux City, Ia., Raymond Smith, of West Point, and Bill Smith, of Lindsay; and five daughters, Ven. Sr. M. Roland, of Patasia, Wis., Mrs. Fred Ramaekers, of Spalding, and Mrs.Leo Schaecher, and Misses Eleanor and Mary Smith of Lindsay. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Ven. Sr. M. Fidelis, who died 10 years ago.
    Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Holy Family church, and burial will be made in the Catholic cemetery. The body will arrive here Tuesday morning.

BEHLE--Adam A. Behle Dies – Adam A. Behle, 53, member of one of the pioneer families of Platte Center, residing on a farm a mile west of Platte Center, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at his home following a week’s illness of pneumonia. He was born on a farm in Shell Creek township, 10 miles north of Columbus on Jan. 11, 1881, where he spent his entire life until he was married to Miss Dorothea M. Johannes on June 23, 1929, at Madison, Neb. They established their home in Columbus for a period of four months, and then moved to the farm where they have resided continuously since that time. He was well known in Shell Creek township, and also in the community where he has resided for the last five years. He is survived by his widow; one daughter, Dorothy, 2; his father, Henry Behle; three brothers, Henry Eugene and Eric Behle, of Columbus, and four sisters, Mrs. Fred Wille, Mrs. Nora Claussen, Mrs. Fred Lips and Miss Olive Behle, all of Columbus. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the family home, and at 2 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran church in Columbus. Rev. A. Holm will have charge of the services at the house, and Rev. A.H. Guettler, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran church, will officiate at the church. Burial will be made in Columbus cemetery. The body was taken to the home today from the Gass Funeral home.


The Columbus Daily Telegram, April 19, 1934
BRAUNER--CRESTON FARMER TAKES OWN LIFE - Wendelin Brauner, 62, Hangs Self to Tree on Neighboring Farm
    Creston, Apr. 19 (Special to The Telegram): Wendelin Brauner, 62, well known farmer residing on his own place in Sherman township five miles south of Creston, took his own life Wednesday evening by hanging himself to a small tree in a plum thicket in a corner of the Oscar Lueschen farm, adjoining his farm and about a quarter of a mile from his home.
    The body was found by two of Brauner's sons who instituted a search when the family became alarmed because he did not return to the house at supper time.
    Brauner left his home about 5 p. m. to go out and oil a windmill in a field about half a mile from his house. From there he had apparently walked over to the plum thicket which was on the Lueschen farm just over the fence-line from his own place, where he used a small piece of rope to hang himself. Neighbor children had seen him standing on a hill near there about 5:30 p. m. His body was found about dusk.
    He had been suffering considerably from sinus trouble recently and it is thought this may have prompted his action. He was not in any serious financial trouble, according to his family.
    He is survived by his widow, three sons, one daughter, two stepsons and one step-daughter. One son and his daughter made their home with him and Mrs. Brauner and two other sons farm nearby.
    Mr. Brauner was held in high esteem by his neighbors and other friends.
    Definite arrangements for the funeral had not been made this forenoon, but it will probably be held Saturday.
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    County Attorney Luckey and Sheriff Kavanaugh were notified by members of the Brauner family of the finding of the body and drove out there about 8:30 p. m. After inquiring into the circumstances of the death, Mr. Luckey announced that no inquest would be held.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March (May?) 8, 1934
BOROVIAK--Mrs. Matthew Boroviak Dies – Mrs. Matthew Boroviak, 81, passed away at 8:30 a.m. today at St. Mary’s hospital, after being seriously ill for the past three weeks. Death was due to gall bladder trouble. She had been an invalid for the past 20 years and for the last three years had been at St. Mary’s hospital. As Catherine Kaiser, she was born in Germany Sept. 16, 1853. In 1874 she was united in marriage to Matthew Boroviak and shortly thereafter came to this country and established their home in Alleghany, N.Y. In 1911 the family moved to Columbus, and in 1914, Mr. Boroviak passed away. She is survived by six children, Paul of Columbus, Max, of Stevens, S.D.; Anthony of Desota, Kansas; Mrs. James Canine, of Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. Thornton Schnevly, of Los Angeles; and Mrs. Katherine Stein; 16 grand children, two great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ed Kutzner of Baraboo, Wis. The funeral service will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at St., Bonaventure’s church with burial in the parish cemetery. The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home until the hour of the service.
The Columbus Telegram, June 11, 1934
SOKOL--Duncan Man Drops Dead - Thomas Sokol, 40, who spent his entire life in and near Duncan, dropped dead at 11:50 a.m. yesterday in the offices of Dr. F.B. Cyphers in Duncan, where he had gone a few minutes before for medical attention. He had complained of feeling ill last Wednesday, and since then had been receiving treatment for heart disease. He went to the doctor's office yesterday morning, and was there but a short time when stricken with a heart attack. He died almost instantly. Mr. Sokol was born on June 21, 1893, on a farm northeast of Duncan, where he made his home until 1926 when he moved to Duncan, where he was employed as a truck driver by his brother, Leo Sokol. He was a member of St. Stanislaus' Catholic church. He is survived by three brothers, Frank Sokol, of St. Edward; Charles, of Julesburg, Colo., and Leo, of Duncan, and four sisters, Mrs. Martin Koziol, of Fullerton; Mrs. Mary Flakus of Grand Island; Mrs. Henry Micek and Mrs. Frank Robak, both of Duncan. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stanislaus' church. Burial will be made in the parish cemetery. The body will be taken late this afternoon to the home of his sister, Mrs. Robak, in Duncan, where it will lie in state until the hour of the funeral.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 23, 1934
HIGGINS--The funeral of Mrs. Higgins, whose death occurred yesterday afternoon, will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic church in Platte Center. Rev. Fr. Leo Mainzer, pastor, will officiate, and burial will be made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
    Miss Catherine Elizabeth Conley was born on Oct. 6, 1856 at Napanoch, N.Y., where she spent the first 10 years of her life. The family then moved to Seneca, Ill., and while residing there, she met and was married to Edward Higgins on Mar. 17, 1875. They moved to Oskaloosa, Ia., and after a short time, Mr. Higgins came to Nebraska to join his brother, who was farming on what is now the town site of Platte Center. He was later joined there by Mrs. Higgins and they made their home on a farm a mile south of Platte Center.
    Mr. Higgins passed away on Jan. 4, 1918, and Mrs. Higgins then moved from their farm into Platte Center. Throughout the years she has been a devout member of the Catholic church at Platte Center and has taken an active part in its progress.
    She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. J. T. Gleason and Miss Abbie Higgins, of Platte Center, Mrs. William Naylon, of Omaha, Mrs. Guy Jarvis, of Greeley, Colo., and Mrs. L. O. Fangman, of Kearney; two sons, Dr. William P. Higgins, of Albion, and John Higgins, of Longmont, Colo., and 20 grandchildren. Two sons and two daughters preceded her in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, November 26, 1934
BOSS--Following an illness of the last 3 months duration, Mrs. Emilie Boss, 81, pioneer resident of the Gruetli neighborhood, passed away at 9:25 a.m. today at the home of her son, Fred Boss, 3 miles west of Silver Creek. She had been making her home there since last spring, and became ill early in September. Her death was due to complications incident to her advanced age. As Miss Emilie Gisin, she was born on September 2, 1853 in Altingan, Basel county, Switzerland, and came to the U.S. in June, 1873 with her sister the late Mrs. John Klug. They located in the Gruetli neighborhood, and that fall she was married to Christian Boss. They settled on his homestead in Platte county and since that time she had made her home in and near that community. She was a long time member of the German Reformed Church and for many years was active in the Ladies Aid Society. Mr. Boss passed away on Feb 22, 1902 and since that time she has resided at different intervals with her sons and daughters. She is survived by four sons, Chris, Fred, Louis Boss, of Silver Creek, and Carl Boss whom they have not heard from for the past several years. One step son John Boss; two daughters, Mrs. Mike Blaser and Mrs. Paul Blaser, of Duncan; 18 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fred Boss home, and at 2 p.m. at the German Reformed church in Gruetli, with Rev. C. W. Deglow, pastor, officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery. The body is at the Gass Funeral home.
   

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