Platte Co., NE - 1958 BMD NEGenWeb Project
PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
RECORDED IN THE COLUMBUS NEWSPAPERS
--1958--


The Columbus Daily Telegram, [unknown date], 1958
KLOPPEL--Died in Colorado - Mrs. Jennie Kloppel, 93, a former resident of Leigh, died Saturday in Aurora, Colo. Survivors include two sons, Reginald H. of Crawford, Neb., and H.R. of St. Petersburg Fla., and a daughter, Mrs. E.C. Jungbluth of Aurora, Colo. Burial will be at Leigh with the Gass Funeral home in charge of arrangements.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 3 (?), 1958
KNEIFEL--Former Resident Dies - Joe S. Kneifel, a former Coumbus resident, died Wednesday night in Yakima, Wash., where he lived the past 38 years. He was employed by the Gottberg Auto company in Columbus.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 6, 1958
HEBDA--Funeral services for John J. Hebda, 73, of 654 25th Avenue, will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. John Schniegenberg, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.
    Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. today at the Gahan Funeral home, where the body lies in state.
    Mr. Hebda, a retired Union Pacific Railroad employee, died Saturday morning in St. Mary’s hospital after an illness of six months.
    He was born May 27, 1884 in Poland, the son of Joe and Agnes Wadas Hebda. Coming to Nebraska in 1908, he farmed in Valley county until 1922, then was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad in Columbus until his retirement in 1953. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Workers.
    Mr. Hebda was united in marriage to Antonia Persak on Nov. 22, 1911 in Valley county. She passed away in 1925, and on June 2, 1929 he married Anna Swirczek in Fullerton.
    A Catholic, Mr. Hebda was a member of St. Anthony’s church since coming to Columbus.
    He is survived by his wife, Anna; one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Valeria) Wozny of Columbus; one son, Frank of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two stepsons, Julius Swirczek of Long Beach, Calif., and Ted Swirczek of Columbus; a stepdaughter, Josephine Swirczek, at home; 12 grandchildren; a brother and sister, Andrew and Caroline, in Poland; two half-sisters, Victoria Rayhon of Rahway, N.J., and Mary Hopta of Newark, N.J.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, January 19, 1958
FLAKUS--Mrs. Mary Sokol Flakus of Los Angeles, Calif., a former resident of Duncan, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. She had suffered a heart attack that morning.
    Mrs. Flakus is survived by five daughters, three in South America and two in Los Angeles; three brothers, Charles Sokol of San Diego, Calif., Frank of St. Edward and Leo of Duncan; and three sisters, Mrs. Martin Koziol, Mrs. Henry Micek and Mrs. Frank Robak, all of Duncan.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Flakus; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sokol; and three brothers, John, Edward and Thomas.
    Funeral arrangements are not yet definite.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, February 17, 1958
KLUG--Mrs. Albert Klug dies; father one of city's founders
    Mrs. Albert Klug, 87, a lifetime resident of Platte county whose father, the late John Held, was one of the 13 original founders of Columbus, died at 3 a.m. today at 2819 14th street. Mrs. Klug had been in failing health since suffering a broken hip in July.
    Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m at the McKown Funeral Home chapel and at 2:30 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran church, with the Rev. John N. Slice, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Columbus cemetery. The body will lie in state at the funeral home from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the hour of service.
    Mary Held, daughter of the late John and Margaret Schneller Held, was born July 29, 1870, in Bismark township of Platte county, where her parents had settled in 1857. She attended rural school.
    On Oct. 13, 1887, she was married to Albert Klug. They made their home in Columbus, where Mr. Klug operated a blacksmith shop. Mr. Klug died Jan. 23, 1942.
    Mrs. Klug was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran church, and active in the Ladies Aid.
    She is survived by one daughter, Martha Stubblefield of Columbus; a grandson, John M. O'Sullivan of Beaver City; and a half-brother, Otto Schwartz of Chapman.
    Mrs. Klug was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Clara O'Sullivan and Mrs. Hattie Malone; six brothers; one sister, and one half-brother.
    The family requests that memorials be made to the building fund of Trinity Ev. Lutheran church.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 18, 1958
LUSIENSKI--Funeral services for Edward F. Lusienski, 73, of Omaha, former several terms as a state senator, Columbus resident who served [sic--2 lines appear to be reversed] were held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard's Catholic church in Omaha. Burial was in Calvary cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Don Hittner, Fremont; Raphael Gladfelter, Lincoln; Jack Gladfelter, Richard Kemnitz and William Brock, Columbus; and Dan Hittner, Omaha.
    Mr. Lusienski, who had made his home in Omaha the past few years, died last Wednesday in an Omaha hospital.
    Edward F. Lusienski was born in Columbus Dec. 24, 1884, the son of Constans and Katherine Juskiewic Lusienski, pioneer Platte county residents. He received his early education in St. Joseph's school, Platte Center, and later attended school in Omaha.
    Mr. Lusienski spent many years in Platte Center, and at various times worked as a general merchandise clerk, owned and operated a hotel, and was in the produce and newspaper business.
    Interested in public power and irrigation development, he served on the board of directors of the Loup River Public Power District.
    Mr. Lusienski, who came to Columbus in 1933, was elected to the bicameral legislature in 1933 and 1935. He was elected to the unicameral in 1945 and served until early in 1953, when he resigned for reasons of health.
    His wife, the former Nell Regan of Platte Center, died Jan. 3, 1957. The couple was married Nov. 4, 1914.
    Mr. Lusienski is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Maureen Hittner, Omaha; two sons Dean of Omaha and Edward J. of Bountiful, Utah; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 20, 1958
KILIAN--Nephew Dies - Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Sheldon received word this morning of the death of her nephew, James Alphonse Kilian, 66, at Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C. Born in Columbus on July 17, 1891, Mr. Kilian was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius N. Kilian, who lived here until 1901. Services will be held Saturday at the Hines Funeral home in Washington, and on Sunday at Fort Myer chapel, Arlington, Va., with burial in Arlington National cemetery.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 21, 1958
KILIAN--Kilian family has Army background
    By Francis M. Dischner
    Death of Lieut. Col. James A. Kilian in Washington, D.C. Thursday brings into focus a family with a strong Columbus background in which every one of the men, for three generations, served in the U.S. Army.
    The Columbus story started in 1889 when Julius N. Kilian, native of Germany, possessing an excellent education, unusual for an immigrant of that era, came to Columbus.
    Julius Kilian started in Columbus as editor of the Nebraska Biene, German language newspaper, which for many years enjoyed a healthy subscription list. As a sideline, having been admitted to the bar, he practiced law. In a then strong Democratic county, Republican Kilian managed to be elected Platte county judge in 1895.
    Organized Company K
    A year before the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Editor Kilian who had military service in Germany, organized a volunteer company which was designated K in the First Nebraska Regiment. The company went into service as a federal troop during the war and took part in the Philippine campaign.
    Intereting to note that, of all the Columbus men who were in Captain Kilian's company, only two are still living locally. They are State Senator August Wagner and Charles Brock. Mr. Wagner recalled that Kilian was a tough, but good commander. Overseas, Kilian soon left the Columbus company and eventually became a major.
    In 1901, Governor Dietrich appointed Kilian adjutant general of Nebraska and a short time later President McKinley offered him a captain's rank in the regular army, which he accepted. During the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, Kilian then a major, was sent to the stricken city to distribute food to the destitute while the city was under martial law.
    Considered an expert in Philippine affairs, he spent most of his army career on the Islands. He died Aug. 29, 1913 on board ship while returning from one of those tours of duty.
    Tradition Established
    Julius Kilian first came to Blair, where he met and married Myrtle Patrick, a sister of Mrs. C.C. Sheldon of Columbus. The couple had three children, Leo, James and Eunice, all born in Columbus.
    Leo chose the medical profession, served many years as an army doctor, and died in service. James spent all his adult life in the army, rose to lieuteant colonel, retiring a few years ago.
    Eunice is now Mrs. George Bruse of Sibley, Ia.
    James had three sons, Jack, James and Richard. All three chose the army for their careers. Jack died in Germany during World War II. James and Richard are still in the army. Their ranks and present locations are not currently known to Mrs. Sheldon. Also surviving are the widow and minor daughter, Nona.
    Funeral services will be held Saturday in Washington and burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, March 24, 1958
BEHRENS--Miss Alwine Behrens, 75, of 1703 10th street, died Saturday night at the Hoffmeister Nursing home at Genoa after an illness of about three months. Before entering the nursing home she had been hospitalized in Columbus and Omaha.
    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gass Funeral chapel and at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran church with the Rev. A. H. Guettler pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass Funeral chapel after 11 a.m. Tuesday.
    Miss Behrens, a lifetime resident of Platte county, was born July 31, 1882, the daughter of Johann and Maria Kunneman Behrens. She was baptized and confirmed in Christ Lutheran church and received her education in Christ Lutheran parochial school and the Platte county rural schools.
    A resident of Columbus many years, Miss Behrens was a member of Immanuel Lutheran church.
    She is survived by her brother, William of Columbus and seven nieces and nephews.
    Miss Behrens was preceded in death by her parents, twin brother, Emile [sic], and her sister, Mrs. Emily Wurdeman.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, April 16, 1958
KAUFMAN--J. T. Kaufman dies suddenly this morning
    J. T. (Ted) Kaufman, 67, former owner of the Kaufman Hardware store, died unexpectedly about 9:35 a.m. today. He suffered a heart attack while at the store, and was taken to the Lutheran
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hospital by the emergency unit of the Columbus fire department, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
    Funeral arrangements are pending. Gass Funeral home is in charge.
    John Theodore Kaufman, a resident of Columbus since 1900, was associated in the hardware business here for about 40 years.
    He became owner of the Kaufman store after the death of his father. J.E. Kaufman in 1928, and operated the business until January, 1956, when he sold the store to his son-in-law, Gilbert Asche. Since that time, Mr. Kaufman helped at the store intermittently.
    He was a native of Hampton, Neb.
    Mr. Kaufman is survived by his wife, the former Emma Lusche; two children, Mrs. Gilbert Asche of Columbus and John Theodore jr., of Naugatuck, Conn.; five grandchildren; two brothers, William of Dutch Flat, Calif., and Herman of Columbus; three sisters, Mrs. Sophia Gass, Mrs. Ida Lohr and Mrs. Augusta Fontein all of Columbus.
    A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of the Telegram.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, April 17, 1958
KAUFMAN--Funeral services Friday for J.T. Kaufman
    Funeral services for John T. (Ted) Kaufman, 67, who was active in Columbus business circles for many years, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Immanuel Lutheran church.
    The Rev. A.H. Guettler, pastor, will officiated [sic], and burial will be in the Columbus cemetery. The body will lie in state only at the Gass Funeral home, until the hour of service.
    Mr. Kaufman, former owner of the Kaufman Hardware store, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning. He was stricken with a heart attack.
    He was born July 25, 1890, at Hampton, the son of John E. and Augusta Gradowski Kaufman. He attended school in Hampton and later in Columbus, the family moving here in 1900.
    As a youth, he started to work in the lumberyard operated here by his father, and then went into the hardware store when his father started in that field.
    Upon the death of his father in October, 1928, Mr. Kaufman took over operation of the store and continued to operate it until January, 1956, when he sold the business to his son-in-law, Gilbert Asche. Since that time, he helped intermittently at the store.
    Mr. Kaufman married Emma Lusche on Oct. 16, 1912, in Columbus.
    Mr. Kaufman was a former member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, served on the board of directors of Wayside Country Club, and had served on the board of the Columbus Mercantile Bureau, predecessor of the Chamber of Commerce. He was interested in agriculture and sports.
    He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran churh.
    Mr. Kaufman is survived by his wife; a son, John Theodore, jr., Naugatuck, Conn.; a daughter, Mrs. Gilbert (Rose) Asche, Columbus; five grandchildren; two brothers, William of Dutch Flat, Cal., and Herman of Columbus; and three sisters, Mrs. Sophia Gass, Mrs. Ida Lohr and Mrs. Augusta Fontein, all of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, April 22, 1958
KERN--George W. Kern dies; services on Wednesday
    George W. Kern, 74, a retired railroadman, died at 9:10 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's hospital. He had been ill since December.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McKown Funeral chapel by the Rev. J. Alan Justad, and burial will be in Roselawn Memorial cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown chapel until the time of the services.
    Mr. Kern, a railroadman for 47 years, worked as a foreman for the Burlington Railroad at McCook Gillett and Sheridan, Wyo, and later was employed by the Union Pacific as foreman at Kansas City, Junction City and Marysville, Kans., Green River, Wyo., and Columbus.
    He was transferred here from Kansas City on March 7, 1937, and was mechanical foreman when he retired on Dec. 1, 1948, after 30 years of service with the Union Pacific.
    He was a member of the Union Pacific Retired Employees.
    Mr. Kern was a member of the Federated church and was affiliated with Masonic Lodge No. 135 at McCook.
    A native of Andrews, Ind., he was born Nov. 17, 1883, the son of George Adam and Elizabeth Catherine Kern. He attended school at Huntington, Ind.
    Surviving are his wife, the former Frances Wolf; five children, William of Denver, Mrs. Ray (Betty) Wilcynski of Ralston, Mrs. C.F. (Valla Jean) Veach and George W., jr., both of Columbus, Miss Helen of Omaha; and three grandsons.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.
    The family requests that memorials be given to the American Cancer Society.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, April 26, 1958
KINYON--Funeral services Monday for Mrs. Becky Kinyon
    Funeral services for Mrs. Becky E. (Nellie) Drum Kinyon, 95, a former Columbus resident who died in Oregon, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Gass Funeral chapel, and burial will be in the Columbus cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass chapel after 1 p.m. Sunday.
    Mrs. Kinyon, seriously ill the past nine months, died Thursday in a Pendleton, Ore., hospital. She had lived in Hermiston, Ore., the last 14 years.
    The former Becky Emery, she was born Sept. 23, 1862 at Quincy, Ill.
    She and Austin Drum were married Dec. 24, 1879, and lived in Osceola before coming to Columbus about 60 years ago. Mr. Drum died April 24, 1924.
    On March 15, 1925, she was married to William Kinyon of South Dakota. They lived in South Dakota for some time, and he died there.
    Mrs. Kinyon was a former member of the Royal Neighbors in Columbus.
    She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Chester (Dora) Magill and Mrs. Bess Perdue, both of Hermiston, Ore.; six grandchildren, Lyle Magill of Hermiston, Ore., Maurice Drum of Oregon, Leland Drum of Omaha, Neal Drum, jr., Dwayne Drum and Mrs. Lloyd Waldman, all of Columbus; and 10 great grandchildren.
    Preceding her in death were three sons, Lloyd (Buck) Drum, who died here April 12, Neal Drum, sr., and Ervin Drum, also several sisters and brothers.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, May 12, 1958
KISER--Samuel H. Kiser dies; services on Wednesday
    Samuel H. Kiser, 80, Columbus, a former Nance county sheriff, died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in St. Mary's hospital where he was a patient the last two weeks. He had been ill about three months.
    Funeral services will be at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the McKown Funeral home and at 2:30 p.m. at the First Methodist church with the Rev. J. Alan Justad, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home after 1 p.m. Tuesday.
    Mr. Kiser, who served as sheriff of Nance county in 1950-51, had been a semi-invalid the last several years following a stroke.
    A long-time resident of this area, he had worked for the Lyman Richey Sand & Gravel company at Bellwood and Columbus for about 13 years, was employed by the Loup River Public Power District at Genoa for five years and served as a policeman in Genoa for several years. He also worked as a guard at the Grand Island ordnance plant for two years.
    Since 1952 he had lived in Columbus.
    He was a member of the Methodist church and the Nebraska Sheriffs and Peace Officers association.
    The son of John and Mary Jane Auten Kiser, he was born August 21, 1877 at Willow Creek, in Saunders county.
    His marriage to Mattie Zehr Burmood took place August 9, 1922 and she preceded him in death Nov. 3, 1957.
    Surviving are their four children, Mrs. Louis (Fern) Birkel, Mrs. William (Donna) Cejka and Don Kiser, all of Columbus, and Jack Kiser of Fremont; five children by a previous marriage, Earl and Sam Kiser of Omaha, Clarence of Wichita, Kans., LaVern of Lincoln and Frances of Los Angeles; five stepchildren, Lee Burmood, Mrs. Elmer (Bess) Hodges and Mrs. Joe (Evelyn) Sock of Columbus, Mrs. Les (Clara) Ernst of Council Bluffs, Ia., and Russ Burmood, of Albion; 31 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, a great grandson, three brothers, Jess, Jim and Bill, and his sister, Evie.
    The family requests that memorials be given to the American Cancer society or the local Methodist church.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, June 30, 1958
LUTJELUSCHE--Louis Lutjelusche, 88, of 2508 21st street, died Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at his home. In failing health for about a year, Mr. Lutjelusche was seriously ill the past two weeks.
    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the family home and at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church, Shell Creek with the Rev. W.H. Saas officiating. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the Gass Funeral Home Chapel from this afternoon until 10:30 Tuesday morning when it will be taken to the family home, there to remain until the hour of the service.
    Louis Lutjelusche, son of J.H. and Ann Borchers Lutjelusche, was born July 30, 1869. He was born aboard ship as his parents were coming from Oldenburg, Germany to this country to make their home. They landed in Baltimore, Md. on August 6 and came directly to Colfax county to reside.
    His marriage to Milla Plugge took place September 25, 1907 at St. John's, Shell Creek, and they farmed in Colfax County until his retirement in the spring of 1946 when they moved to Columbus. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in September of 1957.
    Mr. Lutjelusche was a member of the Farmers Union. A member of St. John's Lutheran church all his life, he once served as a trustee on the board.
    He is survived by his wife, three sons, Arthur J. and Otto of Columbus, Ernest of Richland; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Muhle and Mrs. Martha Muhle of Columbus, Mrs. Hugo (Clara) Lueschen of Creston; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
    His parents, four brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren preceded him in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, July 19, 1958
HERRGUTH--Alvin Herrguth dies; funeral services Monday
    Alvin F. Herrguth, 63, a former Columbus resident, died unexpectedly about 4 p.m. Friday in the Grand Island Veterans hospital after a short illness. He was a veteran of World War I.
    The body will be brought to Columbus for burial, and funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the McKown Funeral chapel with the Rev. Cleo Kautsch officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside in Columbus cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown chapel from 1 p.m. Sunday until the time of the service.
    Mr. Herrguth, son of Charles F. and Mary Louisa Schroeder Herrguth, was born in Platte Center on Nov. 13, 1894. He attended the public schools there, graduating with the Class of 1911, and then attended a business college in Omaha.
    After completing his schooling, he entered the employ of the Pollock Drug company in Columbus, located on the site of the present Fleischer Drug company where he worked until his enlistment in Company D, 355th Infantry, on April 29, 1918.
    Injured while serving overseas, Mr. Herrguth spent several months in overseas hospitals, and after the close of the war, he was hospitalized in the States for several months. Returning to Columbus after his discharge from the Army, he was employed at the Purity Drug company, now the Miessler Drug company.
    On March 9, 1921, he was united in marriage to Amy Wagner, and they had one daughter, June, now Mrs. Lloyd Loseke.
    Moving to Platte Center in 1929, Mr. Herrguth operated a cafe and grocery business there until September, 1955, at which time he moved to Grand Island, residing there until his death.
    Mr. Herrguth was a member of Parry Post 283, American Legion, at Platte Center, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Grand Island. He was a charter member of the Platte Center Lions club and a former member of Wayside Country club, Columbus.
    He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran church in Columbus.
    Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Loseke of Platte Center, one grandson, William, and one brother, Carl F. Herrguth of Columbus. His parents preceded him in death.
The Columbus Daily Telegram, November 24, 1958
SCHEFCICK--John Schefcick dies; services on Wednesday
    John Schefcick, 85, a retired Union Pacific railroadman, died Sunday at his home at first street and 15th avenue.
    Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic church with the Rev. Fr. Armand Lubanski, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.
    The body will lie in state at the McKown Funeral home from 1 p.m Tuesday until the hour of the service and Rosary will be prayed there at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
    Mr. Schefcick, born February 12, 1873 in Poland, was a resident of Nebraska for many years. He farmed in Nance County before coming to Columbus.
    His wife, the former Mary Knopick, whom he married at Krakow, Nebraska, preceded him in death November 21, 1954.
    He is survived by ten children, John jr. of Omaha; Mrs. Nellie Ballew of San Francisco; Mrs. Ray (Josephine) Schutt of Long Beach, California; Frank of Bardonia, New York; Pete of San Mateo, California; Joe, Steve, Mrs. John (Helen) Price, Mrs. Julius (Vera) Schmit and Mrs. Harry (Frances) Blahak, all of Columbus. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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