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Note: We now have special permission to post obituaries from the Ashland Gazette.

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Names Index

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

CARR, Lavina Weygandt, 1848 - 1904

OBITUARY Source - unknown

Mrs. Horace Carr

Lavina Weygandt was born in Akron, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1848. Died of heart disease at her home in Yutan, Neb., Dec. 30, 1904. While a young girl, she with her parents, moved to LaSalle county, Illinois, where she became acquainted with Horace Carr, to whom she was married Oct. 5, 1865, at Mendota, Ill.

In 1866, she with her husband moved to Nebraska, which was at that time a territory. She has ever since resided here, being a citizen when the territory was admitted to Statehood, and thus becoming a pioneer of the State of Nebraska. Her seemingly, untimely taking away has therefore cast a mantle of gloom over the entire community, as she was highly esteemed, and well spoken of by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Of her family besides her aged husband there remain to mourn the loss of a kind, affectionate and indulgent mother, six children, Charles and Elmer, Mrs. Ida Quigley of Evanston, Wyo., Mrs. Cora Tucker of Ontario, Oregon, and Misses Bertha and Edith Carr at home.

The funeral services were held at the Free Methodist church in Yutan Monday Jan. 2, 1905, being conducted by the pastor in charge, Rev. L. M. Poff. The text was taken from Rev. 20th chapter and 6th verse. The singing of those old hymn's of inspiration, "Rock of Ages," "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and "Nearer My God to Thee," no doubt had the effect of drawing the minds of the large concourse of friends and neighbors who were in attendance to that Rock and Bosom of refuge, to which we are all looking for a place of eternal rest.

A goodly number followed the remains to place of internment, which was in Bethel Cemetery, where was commited to the ground, the body of her whom we shall see no more until the trump shall sound on that last great day when The Judge of all the earth shall call the dead of all nations to stand before Him for judgment, and thus passes from our midst, a pioneer, a loving wife, a compassionate mother and esteemed neighbor.

Soon we shall all be called hence, "Be ye therefore also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man Cometh."


To the many kind friends who so kindly helped and consoled us in our hour of grief in the death of our loving wife and mother, we extend our heartfelt thanks. - Horace Carr and Children

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

CARR, Evelyn Ethel, 1912 - 1913

Source - unknown


Evelyn Ethel, aged nine months and eleven days , daughted (sic) of Mr. and Mrs. David Carr died Saturday at 12 o'clock after 10 days' illness of whooping cough. The funeral services were held from the family residence Sunday afternoon Rev. Slocum officiating and interment was made in the Carr cemetery north of Ashland.

Card of Thanks

To our neighbors and friends who in so many ways helped us in caring for our dear one in sickness, and death we extend our sincere thanks, also for the beautiful flowers so lovingly given. May each one of you be surrounded by faithful friends when it is your lot to pass through the same or like grief. Mr. and Mrs. David Carr.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

CARR, Addison 1839 - 1914

Source - unknown

Addison Carr was born at Hampton, Erie county, New York April 3, 1839, and died at his home in Ashland, Neb., April 20, 1914, making him 75 years of age at the time of his demise. For the past several years his health has not been of the best but he has managed to keep up, his strong will carrying him thru attacks from which weaker men would have succumbed. On last Sunday evening he was taken seriously ill, growing worse, rapidly, until the end came on Monday morning, April 20. The immediate cause of his death was an affection of the heart, from which he had suffered for some time.

In 1860 Mr. Carr could no long resist the lure of the mountains and plains and preceeding Horace Greeley's later-given advice he came west to make his fortune and grow up with the country. His success in the new domain amply demonstrated the soundness of the move. He engaged in freighting across the plains following that occupation for several years, during which time his adventures among the Indians and hardly less dangerous characters which infested the country at that time would prove intensely interesting reading if put in book form.

He was married May 28, 1865, to Miss Nancy Tarpenning, the widow who survives him, their union being the first one performed in Saunders county. To Mr. and Mrs. Carr were born five children, two of whom preceeded him to the other shore. Those living are Mrs. Flora E. Tenney of Polk, Neb, Mrs. F. A. Bower, and David N. Carr of Ashland. Mr. and Mrs. Carr homesteaded the home place three and a half miles north of Ashland, where they lived continuously until about 18 years ago when they moved to town, living here ever since.

Mr. Carr was a member of the Christian church having united with that denomination about ten years ago. While living in the country Mr. Carr, held the position of school director for several years and was always looked upon as one of the substantial, enterprising framers of his neighborhood. During the last few years, in the hope to better his health he has spent the winters in California, Florida and Texas, the mild climate of these sections proving of great benfit to him. The funeral services took place from his late home in this city, at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 1914, Rev. C. E. Lemmon pastor of his church officiating, The pall bearers were his town neighbors. Interment in the Carr cemetery.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

CARR, David N., 1875 - 1927 (extract)
Source - unknown


Following Prolonged Illness. Funeral Held Tuesday at 10 O'clock A. M. at Christian Church in Ashland

David N. Carr passed to his final reward Sunday evening at 7 o'clock after an illness lasting a year and a half. The funeral service was held at the Christian church Tuesday forenoon at 10 o'clock, with Rev. E. R. King in charge of the service. The pall bearers were Messrs. C. E. Tarpenning, Herbert Quincy, Elmer Ziegenbein, E. E. Carr, C. E. Mays and Dr. C. M. Pancoast. Interment was in the Ashland cemetery. Mr. Carr was a man who was highly respected in his immediate neighborhood and also in Ashland, where he was well known. He had a kindly and sympathetic nature and was a good friend and neighbor. During his long illness he was patient and uncomplaining though he was a great sufferer.

David N. Carr was born October 8, 1875, and departed this life on Sept. 18, 1927, at the age of 51 years, 11 months and 10 days. He was the youngest child of Addison and Nancy Carr, and was born on the farm three and one-half miles north of Ashland, where he lived all his life.

He was married to Lula Hibler, Sept. 4, 1903. To this union three children were born: Darrel D. Carr of Los Angeles, Calif., Allen A. Carr, Ashland; and Evlin E. Carr, who died in infancy.

He united with the Christian church at Ashland at the age of 18 years, and was a member until his death.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Lula Carr, two sons, Darrel D. and Allan A., his mother, Nancy Drummond, and two sisters, Flora E. Tenney, of San Diego, Calif., and Minnie Bower, of Ashland; and a host of friends.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

CARR, Maria Barnes 1802 - 1885
Source - unknown


CARR-At the residence of her son Robt. Carr, two and one half miles south of Yutan, Neb., on Jan. 7th, Mrs. Maria B. Carr, aged 82 years 4 months and 3 days.

Deceased was born in Pollet, Vt., Sept. 4th, 1802, was married to Robert Carr at Warsaw, N. Y., on March 9th, 1825. After spending the greater part of her life in the Eastern states, she came to Neb., being one of the early settlers. On Nov. 1st she fell and broke her limb, both at the knee and above, which has caused her a long and distressing illness. She has been a member of the M. E. church since she was sixteen years of age. After a faithful religious life, she now sleeps in Jesus.

So He bade mother rest for a season,
   For the pathway had grown too steep.
And folded in fair green pastures,
   He giveth his loved ones sleep.

         A FRIEND.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

DRUMMOND, George Edgar

OBITUARY - Drummond, George Edgar 1848 - 1927 (extract)
Source - unknown

George Edgar Drummond was born at Andies, N.Y., Aug. 8, 1848, and died at Ashland, Nebr., Nov. 6, 1927, at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 28 days.

He was united in marriage to Mrs. Nancy Carr on Febr. 29, 1915.

He had been an invalid for ten years, and was a very patient sufferer.

Burial was in the Ashland cemetery.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

DRUMMOND, Nancy Jane Tarpenning Carr 1848 - 1934 (extract)
Source - unknown

Mrs. Drummond Is Taken After A Long Illness
Funeral for Aged Lady Was Held Sunday From the Christian Church

Funeral services were held from the Christian church Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Nancy Jane Drummond, who passed away Friday after a lingering illness. Rev. Lowell MacFarlane officiated. Burial was in the Ashland cemetery.

Nancy J. Drummond, daughter of Elizabeth and Perry Tarpenning, was born in Warren county, Indiana, in 1848, and passed from this life February 23, 1934, at the age of 85 years, 10 months, and 7 days.

She came to Iowa with her parents when she was 13 years of age, in the year 1861 they moved to Nebraska.

She was united in marriage with Addison Carr in the year 1865. To this union five children were born: Flora E. Tenney of San Diego, Calif., Minnie F. Bower of Ashland, Nebr., Luella C. Carr, Ella N. Reed and David N. Carr have preceded her in death.

With her husband she crossed the plains twice with ox teams. They came to Ashland, taking up a homestead three and one-half miles north of Ashland. In 1894 they moved into Ashland living here until her death.

In 1917 she was united in marriage to George Drummond, who passed away in 1927.

She united with the Baptist church early in her married life, later becoming a member of the Christian church where her membership remained until her death.

She was a loving mother and leaves to mourn her loss her two children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She also leaves two brothers, William Tarpenning of Ashland, and John Tarpenning of Omaha; one sister, Mrs. Harriett Hall of Ashland, many neighbors and friends.

Those from out of town who came for the funeral were John Tarpenning, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Hanson and Mrs. Lula Stewart all of Omaha.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Ashland Gazette 12-28-1938 to 1-4-1939

Longtime Resident Dies After Extended Illness

Funeral services for Herman Richard Harrison were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec.27 at the Methodist Church in Memphis(Nebr.). A short prayer service at the home preceded the services at the church. Rev. Walter E. Neth, former pastor of the church conducted the services, taking his text from Ecclesiastes 7:14 " Consider Thy Adversities." Fleda Graham Ziegenbein sang, "You Asked Me How I Gave My Heart To Christ" and "Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go." The pallbearers were Pete Johnson, Claude Smith, Charles Stransky, William Schultz, A. L. Clouse and J. W. Waldron. Interment was in the Ashland cemetery.

Herman Richard Harrison was born on a farm in Boone County, IA on August 30, 1865 and died at his home in Memphis, Dec.24, 1938 at the age of 73 years, 3 months and 24 days. Mr. Harrison came to Nebraska with his parents when just a young boy, settling on a farm two miles west of Yutan where they lived 20 years.

On April 15, 1889 he was united in marriage with Ellen Josephine Owen. To this union were born seven children, two having preceded him in death, Ira James and Cleona Henrietta. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison lived their first year in Yutan, then moved to Beemer where they lived for four years. From there they went to Memphis where they have lived for 45 years.

Mr. Harrison had suffered from heart trouble for several years and was taken seriously ill on Nov.29. From that time he fought a courageous but losing battle. Everything was done for him that was possible but all to no avail. Those left to mourn his loss are his wife; two sons, Ernest L.(spelled wrong - is Earnest) of Lincoln and Forrest H. of Fremont; three daughters, Mrs. LaVerne Patton of Lincoln, Mrs. Viola Smith of Des Moines, IA and Mrs. Gwendolyn Hoffman of Lead, S.D.; twelve grandchildren, five sisters and many, many friends.

Relatives who came to attend the services were Sam Harrison, Sarah Harrison and Bessie Baker of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Will Harrison, Ruth Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harrison and Mr. and Mrs.Walter Ahler (incorrect - is Ehler) of Beemer; Mr. and Mrs. Elra Harrison of Plainview, and Will Lillibridge of Weston.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

HARRISON, Mrs. Richard

Ashland Gazette - Jan.27, 1911

Death of Mrs. Richard Harrison

A pall of sadness permeated this community last Tuesday afternoon, January 3, when the announcement was circulated that Mrs. Richard Harrison had passed away. Her demise was so sudden that the people were greatly shocked and slow to comprehend the truth. The grim reaper came without warning and in the space of a few moments. She seemed to be in natural good health but a moment before she passed beyond all human aid.

Tuesday being a a very cold day, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison remained about the fire, reading and conversing and about 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon she said, "Dick fix the fire, I'm getting cold." Mr. Harrison complied with her wish at once and having fixed the fire he noticed her and at once saw something was wrong. He telephoned for both doctors and everything known to the medical profession was done to revive her but to no avail. She had gone, never to return within the short space of ten minutes her spirit had taken its flight, she was at rest.

The immediate cause of her death is attributed to heart failure. Mrs. Harrison was well known in this vicinity, in fact through the county. She was a woman of noble character, loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and a large family to mourn her death, who have the deepest sympathy of a host of sorrowing friends. The funeral services were held from the Congregational church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. A. E. Bashford. A short service was held at the home preceeding that hour, beginning at 1:15. Interment was made in the Beemer cemetery. - The Beemer (Nebraska) Times, January 5, 1911. The deceased was the mother Herman R. Harrison and Mrs. Rosa (Ella May Harrison) Owen of Memphis, Nebraska.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

HARRISON, Mrs. Ellen Josephine

From Ashland Gazette - Oct.20 - 27, 1943

Mrs. Harrison Laid to Rest On Wednesday
Death Came to Former Memphis Resident in California

Mrs. Ellen Josephine Harrison 76, died Friday morning, Oct.15 ath the home of her daughter, Gwendolyn, Mrs. Hugo Hoffman, Long Beach, California. She was born near Freeport, Illinois, August 13, 1867, to John and Lydia Owen, who moved to Missouri and from there the family came to Memphis, Nebraska where Mrs. Harrison lived for almost 70 years.

She married Herman Harrison in 1889 at Fremont, Nebraska. They made their home in Yutan, Nebr. for one year, moving then to Beemer, Nebr. for three years. They established a home in Memphis the following year and it became their permanent residence.

Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, two dying in infancy. The surviving family members are: Earnest, Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs. LaVerne Patton, Mrs. Viola Smith and Forrest of San Diego, California and Mrs. Hoffman of Long Beach, California. There are 14 grandchildren.

The body was brought to Ashland for burial. The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the church in Memphis, with burial in the Ashland Cemetery. It was a Marcy service.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

HARRISON, William B.

From Wahoo Wasp - Jan.6, 1898

William B. Harrison Dead

On Monday was held the funeral of Grandpa William Harrison, who died last Saturday night at the advanced age of 86 years. The funeral services were held from the M. E. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Bull. Grandpa Harrison came to Nebraska about thirty years ago where he has remained continuously, the past four years of his life having been spent in Weston with his daughter, Mrs. C. E. Lillibridge. He leaves to mourn his loss, three sons and two daughters. His beloved wife preceded him to the grave two years ago.....(rest of obituary is torn away). Burial was in Weston Cemetery.


Extract from Los Angeles Times (CA), p B13
Thurs 4 Apr 2002
The LA Times has a website, but the obituaries are only archived for 30 days. Contact the newspaper for copies.

b 7 Feb 1911, Ashland, NE
d Los Angeles, CA

mar 1953 in Honolulu, HI to James J. Heffernan

World traveler, hotel manager. Survived by spouse, and a sister in Kansas City, MO.

No funeral. Memorial service Sunday, 7 April, 10 am, at Hollywood Forever Chapel, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA

Memorial donations to Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065.

No maiden name given. The surviving sister is Isabel E. Blackburn - if that will help to get a maiden name...

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

HIBLER, Olive Eliza Hibler 1855 - 1930 (extract)

Source - unknown

Last Rites Are Held for Mrs. Olive Hibler
Many Friends and Relatives Attend Funeral Service for Beloved Resident

Olive Eliza Quincy was born near Boscobel, Wisconsin, Dec. 22, 1855, and died at her home at Ashland, Nebr., Nov. 28, 1930, aged 74 years, 1 months (sic) and 6 days.

She grew to womanhood in the state of her birth, and on Dec. 25, 1878, she was married to Wesley McReynolds, who passed away early in 1880.

After her husband's death she joined her parents in Nebraska, where they lived on a farm west of Ashland.

On Nov. 13, 1881, she was married to Wm. A. Hibler, and they moved to a farm near Ithaca, Nebr. About three years later they moved to a ranch near Alliance where they lived until 1900, when they came to Ashland, and have lived here ever since. Mr. Hibler passed away May 14, 1926. To this union were born six children, three of whom survive her. They are Lulu, Mrs. Victor Covalt, Alliance; Allen, Broadwater; and Myrtle, Mrs. Chauncey Mays, Ashland. The others, two sons and a daughter died when young children.

Besides her children she leaves to mourn her loss, a sister, Mrs. Ellen Replogle of Ashland, and two brothers, Henry E. Quincy of Los Angeles, Calif., and Herbert Quincy of Ashland, Nebr. She also leaves several nieces and nephews and a host of friends who will miss her sunny presence.

Some time ago she was stricken with a fatal malady and for five weeks, aided by medical skill and good nursing, she fought a valiant though losing fight for life. Her unbounded generosity and hospitality will cause many sorrowing relatives and friends to greatly regret her passing.

The funeral service was held last Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. W. N. Wallis officiating. Relatives of the deceased acted as pallbearers. The body was laid to rest in the Ashland cemetery.

Those attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Quincy, Lincoln; Mrs. A. A. Pettis, Mrs. Ida Knight and Mrs. George Stewart, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Laird, Elliot, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Anderson, Lincoln; and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cunningham, Dunbar.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

Hoffman, Hugo C.

Ashland Gazette Feb. 10, 1977

FUNERAL HELD SATURDAY for 1930 State Pentathlon Champion

The Ashland funeral of Hugo C. Hoffman, 65, of Long Beach, Calif., who died at Long Beach Sunday, Jan. 30, after a long illness was held Saturday afternoon, Feb. 5, at the Ashland United Methodist church. An earlier service was held at Long Beach, Feb. 2. The Rev. Richard Ludden officiated. Mrs. Leland Wagner was organist, and Lloyd Edwards sang "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art." Pallbearers were Clifford Keiser, Edward Keiser, Lester W. Schultz, Lloyd Martin, Emory Sherman, and Leland Wagner. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Marcy Mortuary made the Ashland arrangements.

Hugo Cornelius Hoffman, 10th of the 11 children of John and Louise Hoffman, was born in Cass County Dec. 3, 1911. He attended rural school through the eighth grade, and entered Ashland high school in the fall of 1926, graduating in 1930. He was one of the most outstanding ever to go through school here and many of his closest friends and classmates have acclaimed him as the greatest Ashland athlete. He was active in all sports and climaxed his prep career by winning the state pentathlon (discus, shot put, javelin, low hurdles, and 100-yard dash) in the spring of 1930.

During his football career at Ashland high school there were no athletic conferences as we now know them, and Ashland played such schools as Omaha North (Ashland won 6-0), Omaha Deaf, Omaha Business College, University Place, Havelock, Bethany, Council Bluffs T. J.; Fremont, York, and Seward. Ashland defeated most of these schools at least once. Hugo made 305 points in football for Ashland high school, and scored all 52 points in Ashland's 52-0 win over Wahoo in 1928. In 1929 he maintained a 47-yard punting average. It was estimated he gained more than 3000 yards for the "Bluejackets" in his Ashland high school years. He was noted as an inspiring leader as captain, offensive blocker, defensive back, field goal kicker, and was a "vicious" tackler.

The Omaha World-Herald named him as All State halfback both in 1928 and 1929. Basketball went into district tournament competition in those days, and he helped them lead Ashland to a district tournament championship in 1929. After graduating from high school, Mr. Hoffman married Gwendolyn Harrison of Memphis and moved to Lead, S. D., where he worked in the Homestake Gold Mines. At Lead, he starred with some of the outstanding semi-pro baseball teams of the Thirties. Some of the Hall of Fame baseball players he played against were, Satchel Page, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Josh Gibson.

Hugo also gained a reputation as an amateur boxer and was employed as a sparring partner against many ranking professional boxers. In 1935, he entered the University of Nebraska and played football and baseball. An injury in 1936 kept him from playing varsity football until the 1937 season. He was leading hitter on the University baseball team during this time. The Hoffman family moved to Long Beach in 1942, and Mr. Hoffman starred on semi-professional baseball teams in the Southern California area. Later, he coached youth football and baseball teams.

The Long Beach semi-pro baseball teams he coached were city champions between 1960 and 1963. He worked at the naval shipyard during the war and became a building and repair contractor with his brother, Carl after the war. He was seriously injured in an automobile accident in 1966 and underwent a series of operations on his vertebrae afterward. Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn; one son, John F. Hoffman; one daughter, Mrs. Jeanette L. Effinger; four grandchildren, Robert and Tonya Effinger and John F. II and Tammy Hoffman; two brothers, Bion A. Hoffman of Houston, Tex., and Carl Hoffman of Long Beach; and two sisters, Lola L. Bell of Austin, Tex., and Irene M. Sindt of Lincoln. One son, Gary Hugo, died in May 1941.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

Hoffman, Gwendolyn Harrison

Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE April 25, 1985

Services held for Mrs. Hoffman - A memorial service of Mrs. Gwendolyn J. Hoffman, 65, who died Feb. 3, 1985, at Signal Hill, Calif., was held Saturday afternoon, April 20, at the Marcy Chapel. The Rev. Melvin Zerger of the Ashland United Methodist church officiated. Inurnment followed at the Ashland Cemetery. Gwendolyn Harrison, daughter of Herman and Josephine Harrison, was born at Memphis on March 24, 1913. She attended the 10th grade and her last two years at Ashland high school. On Aug. 30, 1930, she married Hugo Hoffman at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Not long afterward they moved to Lead, S. D., where Mr. Hoffman worked in the gold mines for many years.

In 1935, they moved to Lincoln where Mr. Hoffman, state pentathlon winner while at Ashland high school, played football and baseball at the University of Nebraska. In 1938, he left college and the Hoffman's returned to Lead. They moved to California in February 1941. Mrs. Hoffman began work for Douglas Aircraft Co. in Long Beach and worked off and on there for a total of 18 years. In 1947, the Hoffman's bought a home at Long Beach and lived there the rest of their lives. For 35 years she was a member of the Wesley United Methodist church. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Louise Effinger; a son, John (Jack) Franklin Hoffman; and four grandchildren, Tab and Jeanette Effinger, and Tammy and John Hoffman. She was preceded in death in 1977 by her husband Hugo, and in 1941 by her son, Gary Hugo, 7.

Submitted by Linda Hedlund -
Here is another obituary, it is of William Harrison Hooker's father Robert Hooker.

HOOKER, Robert

Ashland Gazette
Sept. 4, 1896


   Robert Hooker died at the home of his son in East Ashland, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1896, aged 79 years and 3 days. Mr. Hooker was an old resident in this vicinity. His illness was very brief. He was taken sick on the Friday preceding his death. The burial was from his late home on Wednesday. Funeral services will be conducted in the future by Rev. C. P. Hackney.


Ashland Gazette
Sept. 18, 1896
p. 5, Col. 2

   The funeral services of Robert Hooker, who died in this city, September 1, was held in the James school house, Sunday, September 6. Several of his relatives were present and a host of friends and former neighbors assembled in honor of his memory. Rev. W. H. Mills, United Brethren, conducted the service.

Submitted by Linda Hedlund -

HOOKER, Delilah Ann

Ashland Gazette
October 16, 1924


   The funeral for Mrs. Hooker was held Thursday afternoon, October 9, at the Christian church, Rev. E. R. King officiating. The pall bearers were friends of early days and were Messrs. Sam Rhoden, Alec Vallier, J. A. Sanders, T. C. Carey, William Tarpening and John Granger. Burial was in Carr cemetery by the side of her husband.

   Mrs. Delilah Ann Hooker was born August 30, 1851, in Bering county, Michigan and departed this life October 6, 1924, at the Lord Lister hospital in Omaha, Nebr.

   When but a child Mrs. Hooker moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stambaugh, to Ashland, Nebr. In those days the country was new and called for the pioneering spirit. Mrs. Hooker caught the spirit, grew up in it and her splendid life of sacrifice and courageousness only speaks of the beautiful lives of those early days.

   In early womanhood Mrs. Hooker united with the United Brethren church and continued in that denomination until her death.

   Mrs. Hooker was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to William Harrison Hooker on October 14, 1867, at Rock Bluffs, Nebr. To this union ten children were born, seven of whom are living, they are: Mrs. Emma Russell, Ashland, Mrs. Lizzie Gartano, Omaha, Mrs. Joseph Osborne, Omaha, Mrs. Mable Rockford, Omaha, Joseph Hooker, Walthill, Boyd Hooker, address unknown and George Hooker, Ashland.

   Aside from her children she leaves to mourn her death three brothers and five sisters. They are Mr. John Stambaugh, Lorenzo Stambaugh, Randolph Stambaugh, Mrs. Robert J. Doom and Mrs. Silas Welden, Mrs. Albert Waybright and Mrs. Del Stanley of Ashland, and Mrs. Emma Foster of Pennsylvania. Also nine grandchildren.

   The out of town people who were here to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Peterson and family and Odom Osborn and family of Omaha.

Submitted by Linda Hedlund -

HOOKER, William Harrison

Ashland Gazette, Friday May 5, 1905



   William Harrison Hooker was born June 22nd, 1844 in Jennings county, Indiana, and died at his home north of Ashland, April 28th, 1905, at 2 o'clock a.m.

   Mr. Hooker moved with his parents from Indiana to Iowa, and in 1865 he moved from there to Nebraska, where he located in Saunders county, where he spent the rest of his life except ten year, which he spent in Sarpy county. He was married to Miss Delilah Ann Stambaugh October 14th , 1867 at Rock Bluffs, Cass county, Neb.

   He was the father of ten children, (three of them dying in infancy), seven of whom are living namely: Mrs. J. L. Russell of Springfield, Neb; Mrs. G. S. Osburn of Omaha, Mrs. W. F. Rockford of Benson, Neb., and Mrs. L. G. Peterson and Messrs. Boyd W. Hooker, George McKinley Hooker and Joseph R. Hooker of Ashland, all but the latter of whom were at the funeral. He leaves to mourn his loss, besides his widow and children, three grandchildren, five brothers and six sisters.

   The funeral services were held at his home on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. G. F. Babbit of the Immanuel Baptist church. The burial was in the Clear Creek cemetery.

   It's hard to break the tender cords,
   When love has bound the heart.
   It's hard, so hard, to speak the words
   Must we forever part?

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Wahoo Wasp
Weston News (NE)

Obituary of Harry W. Lillibridge

"Weston lost one of it's best and most noble citizens on Sunday, March 28,1920, in the death of Harry Weaver Lillibridge. He passed away after an illness of some three weeks duration. Harry was a native son of Saunders County, being a son of Christopher E Lillibridge & Clysta Jane Harrison Lillibridge, born on a farm 4 miles north of Yutan, August 4, 1881. Coming to a farm near Weston with his parents in 1884 and becoming a resident of this place in 1891. He was a graduate of the Weston High School and later associated with his father in the hardware business. After disposing of their store, he was with J.J. Staska until the year 1915, when he was made postmaster and continued in that capacity until the spring of 1919, then resigning to take charge of a rural route in order to be in the open air.

On June 23, 1918, he was married to Miss Edna Mae Rand of Wahoo, Nebraska. Of his immediate family he leaves his wife, his widowed mother, two brothers William E. & Chauncy C. and one sister Mrs. Gladys Von Nordheim.

To know Harry was to love him for his sunny disposition and his kindness to all. His unfailing devotion to his mother has surely won him a place at the right of the Ruler on High. Funeral Services were held at the Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 P.M., Rev. Thomas Bithell in charge. His standing in the community was evidenced by the closing of all business houses in the city and the large number of friends that came to pay their respects to our departed friend. He was laid to rest in the Weston Cemetery there to repose until the general resurrection with favorable expectancy."

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Wahoo Wasp (NE)
March 19, 1896
Vol. XXI #28
Weston News (NE)

"Died: Thursday, March 12, 1896, Percy, little son of Mr. & Mrs. C.E. Lillibridge, aged 7 years. The funeral and burial took place the following day, Rev. Wimberly officiating. The M.E. Church was crowded to its utmost capacity by sympathizing friends, among whom were about 100 children; Percy's school mates who were anxious to pay their last tribute of love and respect. This dear little boy has been a great sufferer since December 25th and while it is sad to part from one so young and beautiful, yet we know he now has perfect rest, found only in that long sleep called death. The sorrowing parents have the tenderest sympathy of all in this hour of bereavement."

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE Sept. 18, 1908 (husband of Clysta Jane Harrison)

Weston - Chris E. Lillibridge, a pioneer resident of Saunders County, died Monday morning at 3 o'clock at his home in this village. He was well known over the county, having been elected twice as sheriff on the democratic ticket and at the time of his death was connected with the Canton Bridge Company and in charge of their business in the county. He was aged 65 years and helped to organize the Knights of Pythias lodge in Weston, also being a charter member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. For some years he was engaged in the hardware business here. The funeral was held Wednesday under the auspices of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the lodge at Wahoo, of which Mr. Lillibridge was a member.

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LOHRY, Augusta

Ashland Gazette, Jan. 1941

Augusta Lohry is Laid to Rest Here January 3
Pioneer Resident Died at Home Near Memphis

Augusta Louise Ziegenbein was born July 6, 1856 in Gabesee, Germany, and died Dec. 31, 1940 at her home in Marble precinct, at the age of 84 years, 5 months, and 25 days. Augusta spent the first 14 years of her life in Germany. During that time she received her education and was confirmed in the Lutheran church. In the year 1870, she came with her parents and the family to the United States. While coming over the mother and some of the children were taken ill and Augusta was left to care for her younger brother during the long journey. The family landed at New York and journeyed overland to Omaha and a little later they homesteaded northwest of Memphis.

Shortly after her arrival in the new land, not being able to speak or read the English language, she began working for the Wiggenhorn family of Ashland where she learned to speak and write the language. Later she worked for other families in the community.

Many were her experiences in those early pioneer days. One night while walking home across the prairie, wolves took after her. She was frightened and ran and became lost, spending the whole night alone, eluding the animals. Another time she spoke of was when left alone with the younger children, on seeing Indians and not knowing whether they were friendly or not, she, with the children, hid all day under the bed.

On May 21, 1875, Augusta was married to Frank Lohry and settled on the homestead which her husband had purchased. In that home all three of the children were born and reared and she herself lived there until her death.

On Dec. 27, 1916, her husband preceeded her in death; and later two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Bentz and Kittie Johnson, also two grandchildren.

It can be said by all the friends and neighbors, She was a ministering angel in the community when babies came and during the hours of sickness and need; and her religious life was inspired by her support of both the Plainview and Memphis churches, and in her own home she was deeply appreciated for the kind, loving mother she was. Much like St. Paul it might be said of her, She had learned what it meant to be all things to all people in need. Her life was more than three score and ten, with each year lived to the full.

She leaves to mourn her death her immediate family, Mrs. Ida Ullstrom of Lincoln, Fred H., J. P., Carl, Frank A., and Mary of Memphis; also two brothers, Herman Ziegenbein of Royal and Fred Ziegenbein of Norfolk; besides 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, together with a host of friends. Joe, Carl, and Mary; who were with their mother in the home during her declining years, will miss her especially.

Submitted by Donna Polk

MAYER, Jacob

JACOB MAYER was born April 25th 1836, at Zeilhardt, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, and came with his parents to this country in the year 1850 to the state of Wisconsin. In 1862 he was married to Louise Hofer, who preceded him in death in 1898. This union was blessed with 6 children, three of who survive. Mr. Mayer lived in Wisconsin until the year 1888 when he with his family emigrated to Nebraska and settled on a farm three miles south of Cedar Bluffs. Here he lived until the year 1906, having after the death of his wife made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schneider. In 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Schneider decided to move to town, he went with them and had had his home with them until the time of his death. Mr Mayer was a sturdy german character who, early in life had learned to meet the conditions and circumstances of his career as they presented themselves to him, and maked the best of them. Consequently he had very little to complain about as far as himself was concerned; even in times of adversity. Religiously he was very sincere without being narrow, having in his younger years through faith experienced the redeeming grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the forgiveness of sin. His aim in life was to be prepared to meet God. When his pastor visited him in his sick chamber, about the very first thing he said, "I am going and I am very satisfied; I am ready". He came to Nebraska as a member of the Evangelical Association and joined the congregation of that church in Cedar Bluffs by letter, serving it faithfully according to his ability until in December 1913, when the congregation through lack of numbers disbanded and sold their church property. He being a member of the Board of Trustees at that time.

His sickness, appendicitis and peritonitis, was of about nine days duration. Medical skill and best of care could not stop the Grim Reaper away. His course was run. He died April 18th 1914, at 11:40 pm.

The near surviving relatives are two sons, David, living in Canada, and John of Cedar Bluffs, one daughter, Mrs. Louis Schneider of Cedar Bluffs, five grandchildren and two brothers. The funeral was held last Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist church of Cedar Bluffs where a large number of friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last respects. Rev. Powers of University Place spoke in the english and Rev. W. Wiegand of Freemont in the german language. A quartet of the Methodist church rendered some very appropriate songs and Mrs. John Stuehrk sang a solo. Interment was had in the cemetery 9 mile southwest of town. The pallbearers were: Thos. Griffin, O.A. Scott, Robt. Haxby, Chas. Schneider Sr., Chas. Ranalem and Chas. Tronque.

Cards of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to our neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us in the late illness and burial of our beloved father, and for the beautiful floral offerings.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schneider
H. J. Mayer
F. D. Mayer

Submitted by Donna Polk

MAYER, Mrs. Jacob
extracted from Cedar Bluffs Standard Friday, July 29, 1898

Mrs. Jacob MAYER, died at her residence south of town Monday, age 60 years, and was buried at the Evangelical Lutheran cemetery Tuesday. A large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral.

Submitted by Anne Welch

MORRIS, Andrew White 1869-1916
Source: Unknown


Stricken with Pneumonia and After
Few Days' Sickness Passed Away
February 2, 1916

Andrew White Morris was born on January 12, 1869, on a farm near Westgrove, Iowa, working on the same and attending the public school until he was 19 years old. He then began teaching school and taught two years in Iowa. He came to Nebraska in the fall of 1891, when he again took up the work of teaching, being principal of schools at Memphis, Yutan, Malmo, and also taught in the high school at Ashland.

He was married on December 29, 1893 to Miss Zoe Moon of Ashland. To this union were born three children, fiz., Jesse J., Ollie H., and Eleanor P., all living. Mrs. Morris died on March 28, 1910. The family was then living at Malmo. On August 19, 1914 he was married to Clara Edith Hendricks at Ashland. To this union was born one daughter, Dena Elizabeth, aged 8 months.

Mr. Morris was converted at the age of 14 years and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. He has been a faithful and consistent christian all these years and died in the triumphs of a living faith, trusting in his Savior at all times. He taught school for about 27 years.

Twenty-four years of this were in the public schools of Saunders county, Nebraska where many will testify to his faithfulness and efficiency.

He was stricken with pneumonia January 31, 1916, and died February 2, 1916, at 5:40 p.m. He was conscious up until a few hours of his death.

His mother preceded him by about two months. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, one son, three daughters, four brothers and three sisters. One sister and two brothers were at the funeral.

Mr. Morris was a kind father and a loving husband, good at all times to his family. He was a genial and kind hearted disposition. He made friends with all with whom he came in contact, and those who knew him best were his closest friends. His life, full of good deeds, was one of which it might truthfully be said, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord."

MORRIS, Andrew W. 1869-1916
Source: Unknown

Neighbors and friends were pained to hear of the sudden death of A. W. Morris last week. Mr. Morris was one of Saunders county's most successful teachers, having taught school in this vicinity for several years. Up to January 1, 1902, he was the Memphis correspondent for the Ashland Gazette. Mrs. Morris and children have the sympathy of the entire community in their hours of sorrow.

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OWEN, Mrs. Roy

Ashland Gazette, Oct. 21, 1971

Mrs. Roy Owen Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Roy Owen, 80, of Crete died suddenly at her home Sunday, Oct. 17. Funeral services were held at the Kunel Funeral Home at Crete Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 20, with the Rev. Jim Tomlinson of Grace United Methodist Church of Crete officiating. Pallbearers were her seven surviving brothers: Harry Ziegenbein of Lincoln, Dr. O. H. Ziegenbein of Ashland, Dr. Rudolph Ziegenbein of Norfolk, James Ziegenbein of Omaha, Carl Ziegenbein of Rt. 2, Ashland, and Walter Ziegenbein of Denver. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

Emma Ziegenbein, daughter of Charles H. and Martha Humboldt Ziegenbein, was born on a farm west of Memphis Feb. 4, 1891.She married Roy Owen of Memphis and one son, Herbert E. Owen, was born to them. He has been head of the music department at Mankato State College, Mankato, Minn. for the past seven years. Mrs. Owen is a retired state Game Commissioner worker.

Mrs. Owen was church school superintendent at Memphis, and at Crete was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, P.E.O., O.E.S., and Priscilla Club. In recent years she had devoted a good deal of time to being a hospital volunteer worker.

Besides her husband, son, and seven brothers, Mrs. Owen is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Baer of Lakewood, Colorado, and Mrs. Ella Lillibridge of Crete, by three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Mrs. Roy

Obituary Ashland Gazette, Oct. 21, 1971

Mrs. Roy Owen Dies Suddenly
Mrs. Roy Owen, 80, of Crete died suddenly at her home Sunday, Oct. 17. Funeral services were held at the Kuncl Funeral Home at Crete Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 20, with the Rev. Jim Tomlinson of Grace United Methodist Church of Crete officiating. Pallbearers were her seven surviving brothers: Harry Ziegenbein of Lincoln, Dr. O. H. Ziegenbein of Ashland, Dr. Rudolph Ziegenbein of Norfolk, James Ziegenbein of Omaha, Carl Ziegenbein of Rt. 2, Ashland, and Walter Ziegenbein of Denver. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Emma Ziegenbein, daughter of Charles H. and Martha Humboldt Ziegenbein, was born on a farm west of Memphis Feb. 4, 1891.She married Roy Owen of Memphis and one son, Herbert E. Owen, was born to them. He has been head of the music department at Mankato State College, Mankato, Minn. for the past seven years. Mrs. Owen is a retired state Game Commissioner worker. Mrs. Owen was church school superintendent at Memphis, and at Crete was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, P.E.O., O.E.S., and Priscilla Club. In recent years she had devoted a good deal of time to being a hospital volunteer worker. Besides her husband, son, and seven brothers, Mrs. Owen is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Baer of Lakewood, Colorado, and Mrs. Ella Lillibridge of Crete, by three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Ashland Gazette July 29, 1937
(My G-grandpa Herman Harrison's sister)

Funeral Service Was Held From Memphis M. E. Church

The Ashland and Memphis communities were saddened Thursday to learn of the passing of Mrs. R. A. Owen of Memphis. While her death was not unexpected and came as a relief from a long illness, still the news of her passing was heard with regret by all who knew her. Mrs. Owen suffered a stroke about seven years ago, never fully recovering from its effects. Her illness prevented her from taking an active part in the life of the community during the past few years, and her absence was greatly felt. Mrs. Owen suffered a stroke Sunday, and another on Tuesday which was directly the cause of her passing. Mrs. Owen was a woman of fine character, always lending her support to every worth-while move in the community. She was beloved by her friends and family and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.

The funeral service was held from the Memphis church Saturday afternoon with Rev. Walter E. Neth of Lincoln in charge. He was assigned by the resident pastor, Rev. Gilbert. Mrs. Harry Ziegenbein of Lincoln sang, "In The Garden" and "The City Four-Square." She was accompanied at the piano by Miss Mary Lohry. The pallbearers were C. H. Ziegenbein, Charles Ueberrhein, A. L. Clouse, J. W. Molzen, Charles Stransky and G. E. Elwood. Burial was in the Ashland cemetery.

Ella May Harrison was born near Charles City, IA Feb.3, 1867 and was granted her eternal rest July 22, 1937 at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 10 days. When a girl, she moved with her parents from her birthplace to Yutan, where she grew to womanhood. On Oct.30, 1889, she was united in marriage to Rosa Alvin Owen. To this union were born five children. One daughter, Dorothy Jane preceded her in death. Her life was spent in the Memphis community. She took active part in her church work and it was her home that the Home Science club was organized. She was a loving wife and a kind mother, always trying to please and do good to all she knew.

She was a member of the Iliff M. E. church at Memphis and a member of the Woodmen Circle Lodge. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband Rosa Alvin and her four children, Roy of Ashland, Elsie L. Smith of Greenwood, Naomi Fern, and Leonard R. of Memphis; three grandchildren, four brothers, five sisters, and a host of friends. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Elra Harrison, Plainview, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. Will Harrison and Ruth, of Beemer, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harrison and son of Beemer, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ehler of Beemer, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Will Lillibridge of Weston, Nebr.; Mrs. Howard Owen of Lincoln, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Owen of Roca, Nebr.; Thomas Owen of Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs. Charles Tanner of Ralston, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Tanner of Omaha, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Smith of Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs. Harry Ziegenbein of Lincoln, Nebr.; Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Ziegenbein of Beemer; Dr. Frank Ziegenbein of Nebraska City, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Mulligan of Lincoln, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. James Mulligan of Lincoln, Nebr.; C. R. Moran, Lincoln, Nebr.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

(My GG-grandfather)


John C. Owen, aged 84 years, 6 mos. and 6 days, died at his home in Memphis, Neb., on Monday, Feb. 23, 1903. He was born in Gilksfield, England, near Wales, in 1818. Having a cousin here, he decided to leave his native country and come to America. Landing in Canada in 1839, he started to work at farming. After staying in Canada one year, he came to Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois. In 1842 he was married to Miss Lydia Fox, from Ohio. From this union eleven children were born, to-wit: Edward J. Owen, Memphis, who died May 14, 1899; Mrs. Sarah J. Woods, Oberlin, Kan.; Mrs. Mary A. McGurk, who died in 1874; Levi, Miss Emma M., Franklin C., Thomas E., Rosa A., Mrs. Ellen J. Harrison, all of Memphis, Neb., and Mrs. Alzina H. German, who died in September, 1890. After living in Illinois 28 years he moved with his family to Montgomery county, Mo., where he resided till 1873. Then coming to Nebraska he settled at Memphis, Saunders county, where he lived until his death.

In October, 1901, he became sick, and from that time until he died he was a constant sufferer. His first affliction was rheumatism and after suffering from that nearly a year, he became a sufferer of dropsy, which caused his death. He was a strong believer in the English church and on his death bed he appealed to God for his salvation and relied upon Jesus as his only refuge. He was laid to rest in the Ashland cemetery, Thursday, Feb. 25, 1903.

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OWEN, Edward J.

Ashland Gazette October 25, 1907

Death Roll
Edward J. Owen

"Edward J. Owen was born near Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois on November 8, 1843 and died at Freeport, Illinois on October 16, 1907 at the age of 63 years, 11 months and 8 days. He worked on his father's farm until the Civil War broke out, when he enlisted in the 93rd Illinois Infantry as Drum Major, serving his term of enlistment until he was taken sick in the fall of 1863, when he was discharged. He again enlisted in the spring of 1864 in the 146th Illinois Infantry and served until the end of the war as a drum major. In the latter part of 1865, he was married to Matilda A. Stubbs of Stephenson County, Illinois, who died in April 22, 1903 at Memphis, Nebraska. To this union ten children were born, five sons & five daughters of which all are living except Sarah Ollie, who died at the age of two years.

On August 2, 1903 he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Larkins of Freeport, Illinois, who accompanied his remains with his son Jesse, to his mother's home at Memphis, Nebraska. The funeral was held at the United Brethren Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. D. C. Pattee of the Episcopal Church of Ashland. Interment in the Ashland Cemetery."

Ashland Gazette October 16, 1907
Fatal Accident Ends Edward Owen's Life

" A telegram was received here Wednesday, announcing the death of Edward Owen, formerly of Memphis at his home in Freeport, Illinois just before noon Wednesday, October 16, 1907. A dispatch was received saying a team of horses which he was driving, the first of the week, ran away, throwing him out and rendering him unconscious. Just before the final ending, he rallied for a moment, only to say, " My only wish is to see my boys before I die." Mr. Owen served in the war of the rebellion, receiving an honorable discharge. For a great many years he resided here before making his home in Freeport, Illinois. He leaves a wife, a mother, three sisters, four brothers, four daughters and five sons to mourn his departure. As yet no funeral arrangements have been made."

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Levi

Ashland Gazette 1-27-1943

Funeral Service is Held for Levi Owen

" Funeral services for Levi Owen were held Tuesday forenoon at the Kremer Funeral Home at Fullerton, Nebraska, conducted by the Rev. Carpenter of the Methodist Church and the services were held at the Marcy Chapel in Ashland at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. H. A. Taylor. Interment was in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Owen lived for the past seven years with his son, W. L. Owen, of that city.

Relatives attending from other parts of the state were Mr. & Mrs. Lester Owen & daughter of Grand Island, Nebraska; Charles Curitan Owen and Walter Owen of Chappel, Nebraska, Thomas Edwin Owen of Burwell, Nebraska & Bryan Wald Owen of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Levi Owen was born in Freeport, Illinois on April 23, 1852 and passed out of this life on January 22, 1943. He was united in marriage to Edna Ann Wald on December 24, 1872. His wife preceded him in death 24 years. To this union were born eight children, seven of whom survive. Charles Curitan Owen, Chappel; Franklin Marion, Portland, Oregon; Thomas Edwin, Burwell; Willie Lee, Fullerton; Mabel Victoria Nye, Hollywood, California; John P., Portland, Oregon and Bryan Wald Owen, Scottsbluff.

Other survivors include two brothers, Tom & Rosa Owen of Memphis and Mrs. Herman Harrison of Los Angeles, California; also 36 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Owen moved to Montgomery City, Missouri with his parents in about 1865. Moving from there to Nebraska in 1875, where he spent the remainder of his life. A true pioneer settling at Memphis where he lived for 22 years, moving from there to Burwell, Nebraska and in 1915 he moved to York, where his beloved wife preceded him in death. Living with with his children at various places in Nebraska, he went to live in 1935 for the remainder of his life on earth, with his son W. L. Owen of Fullerton, Nebraska. If every friend could bring a flower, he would tonight be beneath an embankment of flowers. A sturdy pioneer with a true democratic spirit believing that right makes might and wrong was always wrong. A faithful father, with the greatest respect for the rights of his fellow men. He left this earth in patient sleep. As he would have those who survive to believe in."

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Howard A.

Ashland Gazette - May, 1953

Howard A. Owen Former resident of Memphis Dies

Howard A. Owen, 64, of 1324 South 13th, Lincoln, died there Saturday morning, May 23, following a lingering illness. Mr. Owen was reared in the Memphis community and had spent most of his life there. He had a host of friends who regret to learn of his passing.

Howard Alvin Owen was born on a farm 1 1/2 miles north of Ashland on Sept.21, 1888. He was the eldest son of Thomas E. and Cora F. Owen. His death on May 23, 1953 followed an illness of nearly five years caused from several strokes, the first of which he suffered on May 30, 1948 and the last one on May 11th. When a boy he moved with his parents to a farm a mile north of Memphis, where he grew to manhood.

He was married March 5, 1914 to Mary S. Grauerholz, and to this union five children were born, two of them dying in infancy. Mr. Owen attended church and Sunday school in Memphis, and was a kind and devoted husband and father. He served as a member of the Memphis school board for several years and was always willing to help in any way in the community.

In March 1931, he moved his family to a farm near Hickman, where they lived until 1936 when they moved to Lincoln. His death occurred at his home there. He was preceded in death by his sister Maude Hall.

The survivors include his wife, Mary; three children, Ellen (Mrs. Alfred Bowers) of Wichita, Kansas, William H. of Lincoln and Robert E. of the U. S. Navy and now stationed overseas; three grandchildren, a brother Floyd S. of Roca, other relatives and many friends and neighbors. The funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at the Marcy chapel. Burial was made at the Ashland cemetery. Rev. Roker of Lincoln officiated.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Rosa A.

Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE August 21, 1958

Rosa A. Owen, 93, Funeral Is Held - Funeral services were held at the Marcy Chapel Saturday afternoon for Rosa Alvin Owen, 93, who died Aug. 13 at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. Mrs. Howard Anderson furnished funeral music at the organ. The pallbearers were Dr. O. H. Ziegenbein, Cleon Dech, Frank Lohry, Charles Stransky, Allen Gilkeson and William Fudge. Burial was at the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Owen was born at Freeport, Illinois, Nov. 15, 1864. At the age of seven years he came to the Memphis community with his family, who homesteaded there.

On Oct. 30, 1887, he married Ella May Harrison. Five children were born to them: Roy of Crete, Mrs. Elsie Smith of Lincoln, Naomi of Plattsmouth; Leonard of Memphis and a daughter Dorothy who like her mother preceded Mr. Owen in death. Three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive. Mr. Owen farmed at the homestead site for 70 years before his retirement in Memphis. He was interested and active in music, wildlife, sports, and the breeding and training of thoroughbred horses.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Thomas E.

Obituary from Ashland Gazette - NE April 24, 1946

Death Of Former Memphis Pioneer - Thomas E. Owen, son of John C. and Lydia E. Owen was bornn near Freeport, Ill. on April 9, 1862 and departed this lifeApril 12, 1946 at the age of 84 years and three days. When he was about six years of age he moved with his parents to Montgomery county, Missouri, where they lived some three years. In 1872 the family except some of the older children, moved to Nebraska and settled on a farm one half mile north of Memphis. He and his brother Rosa, made the trip on horseback driving the cows along with the wagon and the family of eleven. Rosa is the only surviving member of the original family.

Tom, as he was generally known, lived with and helped his parents until he was past 24 years of age, when he was united in marriage to Cora F. Sanders on Sept. 29, 1886. To this union three children were born, Howard A. Owen of Lincoln, Mrs. Maud Hall of Los Angeles, Calif. and Floyd S. Owen of Roca. Mr. and Mrs. Owen built their home and lived on the original farm, part of whichis now the site of the Memphis Methodist church. He was always kind and devoted to his wife and family. Mrs. Owen preceded him in death Feb. 25, 1925. He lived with his son, Floyd for a time and later with his son Howard at Lincoln. The last three years of his life, he had lived by himself at Lincoln.

He leaves to mourn his passing, three children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his brother Rosa Owen, and the many friends. Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, April 17, at the Memphis Methodist church. Rev. Walter E. Neth, church pastor, was in charge. Music was furnished by Mrs. Lester Schulz and Mrs. A. N. Fredrickson, with accompaniment played by Mrs. Marian McInerney. The pallbearers were: William Grauerholz, Allen Gilkeson, Walter Wilgus, Henry Grauerholz, Ivan Armstrong and Joe Mitchell. Burial was made in the Ashland cemetery.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Mary Ann Cashman

Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE Sept. 7, 1906

Mary Ann Cashman Owen was born Feb. 1, 1850 and died Sept. 1, 1906, aged 56 years and 7 months. On Nov. 28, 1867 she was united in marriage to Albert R. Owen at Freeport, Illinois. Eight children were born to them, two dying in infancy. Names of children are Anna Hicks of Pueblo, Colorado; Nora French, Malmo, Nebr.; Laura Cantlin, Alliance, Nebr.; John Owen, Della Cadwell and Miss Stella Owen of Memphis, Nebr. She was a member of the Catholic Church from infancy. Funeral services were held from the home at 10 o'clock Monday, Sept. 3 conducted by Rev. Father Bor of the Catholic Church in Wahoo. Interment in the Ashland Cemetery.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Roy Earl

Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE Thursday, June 4, 1987

OWEN - Services were held May 26 in Crete in Kuncl Funeral Home for Roy Earl Owen, who passed away May 23 at the age of 95 at Crete Manor. Services were conducted by the Rev. Ed Bonneau and by Masonic Lodge No. 110 of Ashland. Interment was in Lincoln Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Dale Bruha, Gail Woodside, N. I. Kempsnider, Don Schlaepler, LeRoy Smith, Robert Behrens, and John Schwartz. Roy was born on a farm near Memphis on May 26, 1891. He was the son of Rosa A. and Ella Harrison Owen. He was married to Emma Ziegenbein on Feb. 12, 1913. They were the parents of one son, Herbert.

They moved to Crete in 1942, where Owen was based as a game warden. Mr. and Mrs. Owen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1963. She preceded him in death in 1971. His son, Herbert died in 1977. Owen was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He received a 60-year membership pin in March 1986. Other memberships included the Izaak Walton League of America, the I. O. O. F. Lodge, the Nebraska Peace Officers Association, and Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Edna of San Diego; grandson, Marlin Owen of LaMirada, Calif.; granddaughters, Barbara Schwartz of Ithaca, N. Y., and Marilyn Gray of Green Bay, Wisc.; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Frank C.

Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE Nov. 13, 1940

Frank C. Owen Is Laid To Rest Here Monday

The funeral service for Frank Owen, a man who was highly respected in this community, was held at the Marcy Chapel Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Franklin Curitan Owen, son of John C. and Lydia Ellen Owen, was born at Pearl City, Illinois, Oct. 5, 1856, and departed this life Nov. 9, 1940, aged 84 years, 1 month and 4 days. At the age of 11 years, he with his parents, moved to Montgomery City, MO. Five years later the family came to Nebraska and located on a farm north of Memphis.

In March, 1880, he was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Mitchell. To this union were born six children: Mrs. Mary Gilkeson, Peru, Nebr.; Alva F., Carroll, IA; Jesse J., Washington, D. C.; Lester, Grand Island; and Nellie and William who died in infancy. The mother of these children passed away at Sterling, Colorado Aug. 23, 1888. On June 23, 1896, Mr. Owen was united in marriage to Sarah V. Curfman, and to this union were born four children: Harold L., Memphis, Nebr.; Walter J., Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs. Lucille Conklin, Galt, Calif.; Raleigh L., Memphis.

Mr. Owen is survived by his wife, three brothers and a sister. They are Levi Owen, Fullerton; Thomas E. Owen, Lincoln; Rosa A. Owen, Memphis, and Mrs. Josephine Harrison, Memphis. Mr. Owen was one of the early pioneers of this community and with the exception of a short period spent in Colorado, lived his entire life in the vicinity of Memphis. During his life he gave sympathetic understanding and support to the development of the community in which he lived. Rev. Walter E. Neth was the officiating clergyman. Interment was in the Ashland cemetery. Pallbearers were Messrs. Carl Lohry, Joe Lohry, Clifford Carey, Ben Dean, Charles Stransky and Lincoln Clouse.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Emma Maria

Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE July 10, 1930

Emma Maria Owen was born in Stephenson County, Illinois, near Freeport, May 15, 1853. She died from a stroke of apoplexy at 11:45 p.m., July 3, 1930, at Beatrice, Nebr., at the age of 77 years, one month and 18 days. In 1863 she moved with her parents to Montgomery City, MO., and five years later she moved again to a farm seven and a half miles northwest of Ashland. Miss Owen lived with her parents until their death. Her father, John C. Owen, died Feb. 23, 1903, and her mother died March 29, 1909. Three brothers and four sisters have preceded her in death.

Miss Owen learned early in life the lesson of being pleasant and agreeable. There are left to mourn her death, a sister, Mrs. H. R. Harrison of Memphis; four brothers, Levi Owen of Wyoming; Frank, Tom and Rosa of Memphis. Besides the immediate relatives there are many associates and friends to mourn her death. The funeral service was held at the Methodist Episcopal church, Memphis, on Sunday afternoon and was conducted by the Rev. Walter Neth, the pastor, assisted by Rev. W. N. Wallis of Ashland. A mixed quartet provided the singing. The body was laid to rest in the Ashland Cemetery.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

OWEN, Virgil M.

Obituary - Ashland Gazette - NE December 28, 2001

ASHLAND - Virgil M. Owen, 95, died on December 19 in Ashland.

Owen was born October 22, 1906 in Memphis to W.L. and Hulda (Gustafson) Owen. Owen attended school in Fullerton and graduated from Fullerton in 1924.

On January 21, 1929 he was united in marriage to Nellie Pierce. The couple farmed near Fullerton and then moved to Ashland in 1941, where they also farmed.

Owen was a member of the Worldwide Church of God, former member of Pomegranate Lodge 110 AF and AM. Owen was a longtime volunteer at the Ashland Care Center where he spent much of his time visiting and entertaining residents. He also was an active member of the Ashland Senior Center and Senior Companion Program in Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Nellie who died March 19, 1986, brothers; Archie and Leland Owen and grandson Patrick Owen.

He is survived by sons and daughter-in-laws; Ray and Allene Owen of Indianapolis, Ind. and Clarence and Ruth Owen of Sierra Vista, Ariz. Daughters and sons- in-law Wilma and Henry Lowell of Waverly, Martha and Dave Holman of Ashland and Verna and Ron Polvado of Weatherford, Tx. and sister, Ruth Tallon of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

Visitation with the family was Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Marcy's.

Funeral service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at Marcy Mortuary Chapel in Ashland with Pastors Duane Marquis and Doug Johannsen officiating. Interment at the Ashland cemetery.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Phil Owen, Scott Owen, Michael Calkins, Paul Owen, Mike Henney and Carl Wheeler.

Casket Bearers were Chris Dietze, Eric Holman, Russell Polvado, Dave Dietz, Stan Lowell and Terry Tallon.

Memorials to St. Elizabeth's Hospice of Saunders County or Ashland Care Center.

Marcy Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

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