LEROY AND RUTH ADAMS
LeRoy Eugene Adams was born at Tekamah, Nebraska, Nov. 24, 1918. His parents were Chester E. and Pearl V. Adams. His father was born at Ord, Nebraska. His mother was born at Tekamah. They were married in Iowa. They farmed in Nebraska. His parents had 10 children. There was a set of triplet girls. LeRoy's grandparents on his mother's side were Ezra and Alice Prusia. His grandfather was born at Tekamah, and his grandmother in Iowa. They farmed most of their lives near Tekamah. On his father's side his grandparents were Taylor and Marinda Adams. He came from Ireland and she came from Wisconsin. They homesteaded around Ord, Nebraska. He was a Civil War veteran.
Alice Ruth Adams was born at Barada, Nebraska on May 6, 1922. Ruth was born in a log cabin. Her parents were Jay and Gladys Rowell. Her father was born at Barada. He had 17 brothers and sisters. Her mother was born at Bradyville, Iowa. They were married in Kansas and farmed by Barada. Then, later, they moved between Brownville and Auburn for 11 years. There we attended District #66. In 1938, we moved to Two Rivers near Waterloo, Nebraska. They farmed there. Alice's father's parents were William and Stella Rowell. They farmed most of their lives near Barada. Her mother's parents were Thomas and Emma Sever. Both were born in Missouri. They farmed by Nemaha, Nebraska. Later, they moved to Auburn, Nebraska. Ruth had 8 sisters and brothers. One passed away one day after birth.
LeRoy E. and A. Ruth met up by Waterloo in 1938. And in July of 1941, were married at Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Four days later, we and his parents moved to Washington, the state. The men worked in the harvest fields. Then in the fall we all picked fruit in eastern Washington. In November of 1941, we moved to Seattle. His parents went to Oregon. LeRoy started working at Boeing in Dec. of 1941. We had two children. A girl was born in July, 1942, and a boy, in August of 1945. In September of 1945, Boeings closed down for a period. We moved to Oregon City, Oregon. LeRoy worked at Crown Zellerback Paper Company.
Then, in 1947, we moved to Montasamo, Washington and bought a dairy farm in partnership with his folks. In 1948, we moved back to Seattle and LeRoy went back to work at Boeing. Then, in 1949, we moved to a small dairy farm. While he still worked at Boeing, I milked the cows. We had 11 inches of snow that winter and the temperature fell to 8 below zero.
In 1950, we bought a farm just a half-mile up the road. We then built the dairy buildings and a house. We moved up there in 1951 and milked cows. LeRoy worked at Boeing until 1963. I milked the cows and we did the farming together. We almost lost our boy when he was 9. He was in the hospital for six weeks. He was in a coma for three of those weeks.
The children both graduated at Auburn, Washington. Our boy graduated in May, 1963. The following September, he and a friend went deer hunting in northern Washington. Our son lost his life in an accident. In October, 1963, our daughter got married. Her husband also worked at Boeing. They adopted a boy in 1965 and a girl in 1966.
In 1968 we moved to Curtis, Washington and raised dairy heifers and farmed the land.
Our daughter and her family moved back to DeWitt, Nebraska where he works at Petersons in DeWitt. I guess you'd say we missed them very much so we, too, moved back in 1971. We bought a 5-acre place one mile north of Ceresco. In 1976 we bought a farm two miles north of Ceresco and are farming it. From 1971 to 1976 we were semi-retired and got to travel and see many states and lots of beautiful places. By Ruth Adams
CLARINDA THORSON AHL
|Thorson Children Xmas 1910 -- Top row: Myrtle-10, Lillian-11, Clarinda-7, Bottom Row: Gwen-4, Carl-2, Edith-6.|
My grandparents, John Thorson and Peter Gibson, came from Sweden to farms near Mead around 1870.
My father owned a hardware store in Mead. He also sold farm implements which were shipped in by rail and had to be assembled. This he did in the old depot which he had purchased and moved. He purchased a home at 101 So. Vine St. in Mead in 1902. They had six children, Lillian, Myrtle, Clarinda, Edith, Gwen, and Carl. After waiting so long for a boy, it was very tragic that my father had to lose his life at age 37 in a swimming accident. My mother, then 34, was asked to give up two of her children for adoption. This she would not do as she wanted to keep her family together. The children's ages ranged from eighteen months to eleven years. All graduated from Mead High School, three cum laude. Two excelled in basketball and three won awards in declamatory contests. My mother was so proud that she had five teachers in her family.
Lillian graduated from North Western University, School of Speech in 1927. There were four celebrities in her class, Edgar Bergen, Clara, Lu and Em of radio fame. She taught High School Elocution in Wisconsin, South Dakota and Illinois. While in Ashland she presented a Nativity every Christmas using a real live baby for the Christ Child. People from miles around came to hear these performances.
Myrtle taught in several Nebraska towns, elementary and junior high. In Hyannis she met and married a rancher, Clyde Hayward. They have three children and seven grandchildren. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1976.
Edith taught in Saunders County and then went into government work in California. She was very talented in music, both voice and piano. She died in 1975.
Gwen taught in many Nebraska towns and also in California. There she met and married George Rice who was in the Navy. They retired to Mead and lived in Grandma Gibson's house until he died in 1979. Now she lives in a high rise apartment in Alliance, Nebraska.
Carl secured a job in Chicago where he worked his way up to plant superintendent in a large printing plant. There he met and married Mabel Johnsen. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Upon retirement, they moved to California where he died in 1979.
I met my husband, Ed Ahl, when I taught in Rose Hill School near Valparaiso, Nebraska. He had always wanted to go back to Chicago where he had worked with an uncle. So, after working in Wahoo driving a truck for the Department of Highways, he went back to Chicago to establish a home for us. We were married in 1926. I worked in the Standards Department, a division of the Industrial Engineering Department, for a large printing plant.
We started almost immediately saving for a home, but our savings were completely wiped out in the crash of 1929. We had to start all over again, and, finally, moved into our brand new, beautiful English-type home in 1939. Upon moving in I cried and wondered what I had done to deserve such a beautiful home. My husband consoled me and said I had done plenty.
We belonged to Grace Lutheran Church where I taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for eighteen years. I was a sponsor for boys 8 to 12 years of age and took them on trips to see the Dave Garroway Show, Field Museum, Brookfield Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, and downtown on the subway.
We retired to Nebraska in 1965 and lived in my mother's home in Mead, where I was born. We enjoyed fixing up the house and yard. My husband always had a nice garden until he became ill with cancer. He died in 1975. I carried on alone until the work became too much for me. I moved to Westview Apartments in Wahoo in 1979 where I now reside. I love it here as I have so many nice friends, and my in-laws are close at hand. Submitted by Clarinda T. Ahl
One Sunday afternoon, I was with a group of friends who stopped at the Union Pacific depot at Valparaiso to visit with my future husband, John Francis Albin, whom I met that afternoon. He was employed at the time as an operator with the railroad. After a 17-month courtship, we were married on June 5, 1956, at St. Vitus Catholic Church, Touhy.
|August 1, 1981 -- "Albin Family" Seated L. to R.: Anne, Darlene, John F., Kathryn, Cynthia; Standing: John M., Thomas, Michael.|
John is one of twelve children born to Francis and Anne (Novacek) Albin of Brainard in Butler County. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and graduated from Dwight Assumption Catholic High School. He was in the Navy for two years, and, after his discharge, he attended business college in Omaha. He has been employed by the Union Pacific Railroad since then and throughout our married life. Presently, he is the Mobile Agent serving ten towns with his headquarters at the Fremont Depot.
I am the daughter of Cyril and Adeline (Karpisek) Benes and have a younger sister, Mary Lou. Unlike my husband, I have resided my entire life in Saunders County. I was educated in rural schools and graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1954. My sister and I were active in 4-H for several years where my interest in sewing developed. After graduation, I attended college and taught school for two years.
We have resided in Valparaiso during our nearly 27 years of marriage. We have been blessed with six children, Anne, 25, John, 23, Cynthia, 22, Thomas, 21, Michael, 19 and Kathryn, 12. All, with the exception of Kathy, attended Valparaiso Elementary School, Raymond Central Jr.-Sr. High and graduated from Neumann High School in Wahoo. Kathy is in the seventh grade and presently attending St. Wenceslaus School, Wahoo. They have been involved in 4-H, band, baseball, basketball, football, and pep club. All, except Cindy, have been paper carriers.
They all are employed. Anne is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. John served for four years with the United States Army in Germany. He re-enlisted with the Army this past fall, and is stationed in Virginia. Cindy is a graduate of Lincoln
School of Commerce Business School. Tom attended the university for two years. He and his brother, Mike, are working at Walker's Manufacturing Plant in Seward.
Our family are members of Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Valparaiso. I have been active in choir most of my life and am the organist, and a member of the altar society. John serves as an acolyte and lector and also sings in the choir. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. I am a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and Newcomers Extension Club. I was a 4-H leader for 12 years. John served for four years on the Neumann School Board. We are past officers of Neumann Band Parents.
Having had very busy lives in the past, we hope to enjoy to the fullest our family, work, hobbies, and an occasional night out together in the years to come. Submitted by Darlene A. Albin
WILLARD ALLINGTON FAMILY
Our families have been raised locally, only in Saunders and Douglas Counties. My husband, Willard, one of the Herve and Ida Thiessen Allington family, moved to Gretna, Nebraska, from the East and farmed near the State Fisheries. After my husband's family were born, three boys and two girls, they decided to ranch in South Dakota; but, in the 30's, a blizzard claimed all the cattle and savings, so they had to move back to Ashland. They settled on a farm seven miles north of town.
My great-grandmother's family, (Mumms) raised twelve children near Yutan, Nebraska, and came from Germany. My mother's family (Elsie Mumm and Henry Spech) consists of three sisters and one brother. She and my father (Lizzie Spech and Art Peterson) married in 1916 and had two girls and one boy. They had farmed in what we now call Mead Ordnance Plant. My father's family (John and Mary Peterson of Yutan) raised five boys of which three were in World War I. They came from Sweden and Denmark.
After we married (Mae Peterson and Willard Allington) in March, 1935, we moved around in several counties; then came back to Saunders County, near Wann, Nebraska, and raised three girls and one boy (Margie, Peggy, Mary, and Wendell). They graduated from Ashland High School, also went to Wann Christian Church, taught Sunday School, taught 4-H, and joined Ladies Fellowship and Rodeo Club, which we helped organize. My husband was president for eleven years, and I was treasurer.
In 1960, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. In 1967, we bought three 80-acres near Wann. Then we had an ice flood from the Platte River and lost cattle and a lot of possessions.
Our 35th anniversary was celebrated in March, 1970; but my husband passed away the following October. A year later I was selected Queen of the Annual Coronation Festival in Ashland. Five years later, I had a farm sale and moved to town.
Our oldest, Margie, married Charles Anderson of Wann. They live near Wann and have a thoroughbred horse farm. They had two girls and two boys. Our second daughter lives in Lincoln, and is married to Richard Aksamit, who has his own securities service. She works at Lincoln General Hospital. They have two girls and two boys. Our third daughter married Ivan Rogers and lives in Ashland. He is a salesman for a big equipment company. They have two boys and one girl. Our only son married Judy Williams of Yutan and lives on our farm. They have three boys.
I have fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. I enjoy club work and their school activities. Submitted by Mae Allington
ESTHER AND CLEMENS
|Algot and Esther Anderson Adeline, Age 2, Irene, Age 4|
Breaking the sod for planting was difficult. Traveling to Fremont by wagon to purchase lumber and supplies once proved disastrous, as one of the team of horses died on the return trip. Indians would slop at the farm, begging food, and were informed they might run down a chicken. Gypsies stopped, eager to trade horses.
Daughters, Alfiel and Reka, and sons, Swan, Fredrick, Robert, and Algot, were all born on the farm. In a diphtheria epidemic, Swan and Fredrick died when very young. Robert became a mechanic and served in World War I. Due to John's failing health, it became necessary for the youngest son, Algot, to assist in farming at an early age. Consequently, he made this land his home for the rest of his life. Algot's parents moved to Malmo. One day Mother Sophia perished as she attempted to rescue her ailing husband (who had already escaped) from their burning home.
Algot married Esther Steele of Valley, Nebraska. They had two daughters, Irene and Adeline, who attended Pleasant Hill School (District 88), the same school as their father. Once the schoolhouse caught fire, but due to fast-running boys, the summoned neighbors quickly saved the building.
Irene and Adeline attended Malmo High school and graduated from Wahoo High School. They both enjoyed their music lessons, 4-H Clubs, church youth groups, and helped their parents with the farmwork. They accepted the NEBRASKA PIONEER FARM AWARD in 1973 for the 100 years that the Andersons had owned the land.
Adeline graduated from Midland Lutheran College, taught school in Saunders County 13 years, taught at Clarkson School, Fremont, 22 years, was Reading Assistant 4 years and is active in her church. Irene is organist at Edensburg Lutheran Church in Malmo, the church of their grandparents and parents. Adeline and Irene reside in Fremont. Submitted by Adeline Anderson
Andrew Gustave Anderson was born in Linde Parish (Lindsborg), Vastmanland, Sweden on April 2, 1850. His wife, Sophia Skoglund, was born, March 7, 1860, also in Sweden. Both came to America in 1879, and met on the boat coming to America. Sophia remained in Chicago, working as a house-maid, and Mr. Anderson came to Nebraska. Sophia came to Wahoo in 1880, and they were married August 14, 1880. They lived in Wahoo (the house at the corner of 10th and Broadway stills stands today) where Andrew continued the trade of plastering, earning the name of "Plaster Anderson." They moved to the farm south of Swedeburg in 1900, purchasing it from Lusch. On May 2, 1907, Mr. Anderson passed away, leaving his wife and 10 children, namely, Arthur, Selma, Elmer, MaeDora, Esther, Wilhelmina (Minnie), Sexton, Ernest, Raymond, and Roy.
With the help of her sons, Mrs. Anderson continued to farm. She also served as midwife for many of the families in the community, many times taking
care of mother, baby, and cooking for the family. She was very much interested in the work of the church and taught Sunday School for many years. Her children were also active in the church, and continued to be so in following years.
Ernest, pastor, now retired, remembers that the church had a big place in their lives and can remember how, when having devotions, they often sang together.
Mrs. Anderson passed away April 9, 1925, and the farm was sold to Joe Jonas.
CARL OTTO ANDERSON
Carl Otto (C.O.) Anderson, one of seventeen children, immigrated to America with his mother, sisters, and brothers, in the year of 1870. Carl Otto was 10 years of age. His father had preceded them to establish a homestead on eighty acres of land adjoining C.O.'s uncle, August Anderson. This was east of Ithaca, Nebraska. A sod house was constructed for the family arriving from Sweden.
When Carl Otto approached what is now called "teenage", he was hired as chauffeur for the wealthy families of Paxton and Gallaghers in Omaha. They were known as the "Coffee People." This was in the days of carriages, horses and dirt streets.
Hilma Serina Lyons came from Sweden in 1875 at the young age of 12 and went to work for the wealthy family, the Bartons. (That gorgeous mansion was recently torn down.) It was featured in the Omaha World-Herald.
She started as a maid, doing different tasks in the home, and worked up to being the chief cook of the household.
Carl Otto would tell that when he picked up Mrs. Barton to ride with Mrs. Paxton or Mrs. Gallagher, Mrs. Barton would always be bragging about her wonderful cook. He heard all about the delicious pastries and other dishes of food that Hilma had served that day. He perked up his ears and decided that he wanted to meet that young lady. Romance developed and they were married November of 1890. In a short time, C.O. decided to apply for the janitor job at the Omaha Central High School. They lived in a house across the street from the school. It was here that their daughter, Alfreda, was born Feb. 2, 1893.
Carl Otto didn't like this work. He longed for the open country, and they decided to move to the 80 acres of land that he had acquired several years before. It was located one mile east of Ithaca, near his parents and other relatives. They remained here for the rest of their lives.
Their son, Carl E., was born June 12, 1896. And Nov. 2, 1907, Carl Otto and Hilma became foster parents to their niece, Marie, whose mother died in childbirth. Her father and mother were Frank A. Anderson, a brother of Carl Otto, and the former June Johnson of Bethesda, Iowa. They lived on a farm near Malmo.
Carl Otto and Hilma passed away May 21, 1933, just three hours apart. This was their wish. It was a lovely ending to a romance that began in 1890. Submitted by Marie S. Pierce
CHARLES ANDERSON FAMILY
My maternal grandfather, Charles Anderson, and his brother, August, came to Nebraska from Sweden in 1869, attracted by the opportunity to acquire free land under the Homestead Act. They each homesteaded 80 acres in Sec. 6 of Chapman Precinct and took turns farming and working for the railroad to get money to live on and develop their farms.
Grandfather wasn't satisfied with his homesteaded land because there was no stream on it. He wanted to raise livestock and have a pasture with a running creek on it. The next section north of his homestead had such a creek on it. He bought 80 acres from the Union Pacific Railroad on a land contract.
In 1878, my maternal grandmother, Christina Peterson, came from Sweden to stay with her sister, Mrs. Lars Larson, who lived near Weston, about a mile and a half from grandfather's homestead. By December of that year they were married.
In 1882, they sold the homestead and moved to the farm with a creek in Mariposa Precinct. One of the disadvantages of the creek was having to build his own bridge and road to reach his building site. As was the custom among pioneer farmers, the farmstead was usually located on the roughest, least tillable acres of the farm. When horse and buggy was the mode of transportation that didn't matter, but with the advent of autos and tractors more than one farmer cursed the location of his building site.
Three children were born to Charles and Christina Anderson: Ida, Robert and Edith. Robert farmed with his father, who died in 1925, and then remained on the farm until his own death in 1956. Ida and Edith went to the city in their late teens and each had a short-lived marriage. Ida returned to her parents' home in the early 1920's. My mother, Edith Gillespie, continued to live in Omaha but I spent my pre-school years with my grandparents, aunt and uncle. I attended school in Omaha until my mother's death in 1929, when I was nine years of age.
I then attended School Dist. 24 in the same building as my mother, aunt and uncle had attended, and which is still being used, with some additions and modernization. No more taking turns pumping and bringing in water for the day. Since I lived over three miles from school I was privileged to ride to and from school every day while most of the kids had to walk. In the spring when the roads froze overnight and thawed by late afternoon, we went by car in the morning, and horse and buggy at night. One day the roads were so rutted and rough the radiator shell on our Model-A fell off before we got to school.
I went to high school in Weston. My uncle continued taking me to school each day. He often said he spent those four years doing all his farming on the road. Except for the winter and spring of 1935-36. It snowed every day for a week and he had to shovel a quarter-mile driveway every day. Finally he said, "If it snows again today, you stay in town with your girl friend." It snowed again and they packed a suitcase for me and he walked to Weston with it. I stayed in town for nearly two months before we could get the car out of the yard. We were so bored by being snowbound in Weston that one Sunday we walked the railroad track from Weston to Wahoo to go to a movie. By evening the road to Weston had been cleared so we got a ride back.
After college I returned to the farm and commuted to various secretarial positions in Lincoln and later in Wahoo. Now retired, I am still holding down the fort on the farm which has now been in the family for 100 years. Submitted by RuAnn Gillespie
CHARLES JAMES ANDERSON
|The Charles James Anderson Family. Standing -- L. to R: David, Doug and Michelle Anderson; Bill Berge; Front Row -- L to R: Heather, Debra, Marjorie, C.J., Darsey Anderson (on C.J.'s lap), Marsha, Melissa, Meagan Berge (on Marsha's lap).|
C.J. married Marjorie Mae Allington, daughter of Willard and Mae Allington of rural Ashland, on June 28, 1953 at the Wann Christian Church. Marjorie was born 2 miles west of Wann, January 31, 1936. They still reside at the family home 1 mile west of Wann. Four children were born to C.J. and Marjorie: Marsha Dee, Dec. 29, 1953; David Charles, April 16, 1955; Michelle Lea, January 22, 1962; and Douglas Willard, Sept. 25, 1963. All their children attended grade school at Wann, Dist. 20 and graduated from Ashland High School. Now they have 4 granddaughters. Marsha and Bill Berge, married July 7, 1973 have 2 daughters, Melissa Michelle, born Jan. 25, 1974, and Meagan Brooke, born Jan. 8, 1976. Bill works for Burlington Railroad and Marsha is receptionist at Ashland Medical Clinic. David Charles married Debra Hauschild Feb. 27, 1974 and has 2 daughters, Heather Dawn born Sept. 22, 1974, and Darsey Lynn, born Feb. 27, 1978. Michelle Lea lives in Lincoln and has worked for State Farm Ins. Co. for 2 years. Douglas Willard graduated from high school in May 1982, lives with parents and works for the family corporation. All the family are members of the Ashland Christian Church, joining after Wann Christian Church closed.
C.J. and Marjorie were engaged in farming until 1975 when they purchased 50 acres south of the home farm from P.L. Ludden estate, and now own and operate Anderson Thoroughbred Farm Inc. Oldest son David manages the Thoroughbred Farm and Doug, C.J. and Marge are all engaged in the work and operation of the family-owned corporation.
C.J. is on the Board of Directors for the Nebr. Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., member of Clear Creek Drainage Board and an important Public