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Names Index

Submitted by Patricia McGinn-Kuechmann

PABIAN, Joseph

WAHOO WASP Saunders County September 10, 1908 Vol. XXXIII No.52


Joseph Pabian one of the old and highly respected citizens of Bohemia Precinct died at the home of his son in-law Mr. N. C. Wagner in Morse Bluff, Monday afternoon September 7, 1908. A short time ago it was discovered that Mr. Pabian was suffering from cancer of the stomach, and on last Saturday an operation was performed by Dr. Allison of Omaha, assisted by Doctors Hoff and Parmenter. No hope of having his life was given, and forty-eight hours after the operation he passes away. The funeral took place from the Cedar Hill Church. Wednesday morning at 10 O'clock.

Joseph Pabian was born in Bohemia in 1844. He came to America in 1869 first settling in Ohio. In 1873 he came to Nebraska and took up homestead in Bohemia precinct, in this county where he lived up to the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife and six children, Joseph B., John J. Mike, Mrs Dora Wagner, Mrs Alvin Schroeder and Mrs. Mary Ruzek. He had a kind and jovial disposition politics he was a republican and for years attended republican county conventions.

He held the office of Precinct Assessor many years and was also a school director. We sympathize with the family in the loss of a kind and loving husband and father.

PABIAN, Rudolph

12 Ibid - Wahoo WASP, November 24, 1918 Vol. XXXXIV, No. 11

Rudolph Pabian son of Mr and Mrs John Pabian died Friday morning after a serious attach of influenza. He was taken to the National Cemetery.

PABIAN, Grandma

Wahoo WASP, August 10, 1916, Vol. XXXXI No.49

Grandma Pabian of Cedar Hill, died Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock. She will be buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery Thursday.

Submitted by Patricia McGinn-Kuechmann

PABIAN, Mrs Mike

Wahoo WASP, July 13, 1911, Vol XXXVI No. 44

The death of Mrs Mike Pabian occurred last Thursday. Mrs. Pabian had been suffering for over a year and the end came to relieve her sufferings. Mrs. Pabian was buried at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Saunders.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

QUINCY, Samuel Allen, Jr., 1864 - 1928 (extract)

Source - unknown


Samuel Allen Quincy, Jr., was born Jan. 8, 1864, at Grant county, Wisconsin, and passed away Nov. 27, at Ashland, Nebr., at the home of his sister, Mrs. Olive Hibler, aged 44 years, 10 months, and 19 days. He was the second son of Samuel Allen and Mary Ann Quincy, and came to Nebraska May 1, 1978, and resided here until the time of his death.

Mr. Quincy was converted at the age of 18 at the Cedar Hill schoolhouse. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and took great interest in Masonic work.

He is survived by two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Olive Hibler and Mrs. Ellen Replogle of Ashland, Henry Edmund Quincy of Los Angeles, Calif., and Irvin Herbert Quincy of Ashland. Two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Tennyson and Dr. Mary A. Quincy, preceeded him in death. He also leaves a number of nephews and nieces and other relatives, and a host of friendss to mourn his departure.

The funeral service was held on Friday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. W. N. Wallis officiating, and Rev Fred Varcoe of the Cedar Hill Methodist church, assisting.

The body was laid to rest in the Ashland cemetery.

The pall bearers were the following nephews of the deceased: Elmer Ziegenbein, Edmund Quincy, Elwood Quincy, Roy Quincy, Ralph Cunningham and C. E. Mays.

The following relatives from out of town were present at the funeral service: Mrs. Grant Plumer, Salina, Kans., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Quincy and family, Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cunningham, Havelock; and Alvin Mason, Omaha.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

REDDICK, Wilford

Saunders County Journal: June 18, 1903, Page 5, Col. 3
Ashland Gazette: June 19, 1903, Page 4, Col. 3

An Old Settler Gone!

Wilford Reddick, one of the original settlers of Marble Precinct, who made his home here in 1869, died at his home in Ashland, June 13, 1903. He was born at Felicity, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1821. he lived in Ohio until 1857, then moving to Lee County , Iowa, where he remained for several years. His subsequent life was spent in Scotland County, Missouri, Fulton County, Illinois, until he made his home in Saunders County, Nebraska, on a homestead Oct. 6, 1869. In 1893, he moved to Custer County, Nebraska, making his home there for two years. In the year 1900 he made his home in the town of Ashland, Nebraska, where he resided until the time of his death.

He married Nancy Jane Kennedy Sept. 26, 1844, in Brown County, Ohio. His widow and 7 children survive him. His home was blessed with 10 children. Living survivors include, J.R. Reddick, L.M. Reddick of Bethany, Mrs. Sara E. Charling of Mead, Charles B., George W., William Harvey Reddick of Ashland, and Mrs. Maggie Hunter of Memphis, Ne. Three children preceded him in death , they are, Louise Jane, John K., and Ida May. He was a victim of heart disease, which caused him great pain and suffering. Funeral services were at home with internment at Ashland Cemetery. Grandchildren attending Funeral , Ora A. Reddick, Arlie C. Reddick, Harvey C. Reddick, and Gertie Miller. This were men and women of Cotner University, of strong influence.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

REDDICK, Charles

Ashland Gazette: Feb. 23, 1922, Page 1, Col. 1


Mr. Charles Reddick died at 7a.m. Feb 23 , 1922 at his home. He had been ill with pneumonia, for 2 or 3 weeks, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Charles Hunter, but had recovered, in so far as he had returned to his own home. He evidently suffered a relapse, which proved fatal. The Funeral was held at the Methodist Church, Internment at the Ashland Cemetery. A brother , J.R. Reddick came from Bethany.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

REDDICK, George W.

Ashland Gazette: Dec.4, 1908, page 1, Col. 4

Blind man burns to death

George W. Reddick, the blind man burned to death Thursday. He had been using gasoline and his clothes took fire as he was warming his hands.

One of the most fearful tragedies that have ever took place in Ashland occurred about noon on Thursday, when George Reddick lost his life in a gasoline fire. It happened at the home of his brother Charley, in the northwestern part of the city. George was cleaning a suit of clothes in a kettle containing several gallons of gasoline. Working in the open air, near the house, his hands became cold. He went into the house to warm his hands at the stove. His clothes being saturated with gas, in an instant they were ablaze from the heat of the stove. He ran outside and the first person he attracted with his screams was Jack Trimmer, his nearest neighbor. Mr. Trimmer ran to his relief. He grasped a blanket lying near and threw it around the blazing man in hopes of smothering the flames. Not knowing the blanket had also been cleaned also. This was the fact however and it only added fuel to the fire.

By this means the fire was communicated to the kettle of gasoline, and in an instant a dangerous fire was burning near the house. The fire alarm was given and the department responded as quickly as possible. Neighbors came in large numbers , but not in time to save George's life. When the blazing mass of clothes was extinguished, it was reduced to near ashes and the poor victims body was literally cooked from his chin to his ankles. parts of the flesh sloughed off from the deep burns.

Dr. Clark was summoned and he arrived in a few minutes and relieved George's suffering with the use of anesthetics. In the course of a few hours he dropped off into a deep sleep from which he never awakened. He died at 8.30 p.m. about 8 hours after the accident.

Fire seemed to plague George all of his life. When he was four years old, he was burned so severely that it disfigured his face and destroyed his eyesight. The fire was under a kettle of boiling soap and the child was taken suddenly with a spasm of whooping cough. When his mother discovered him he was lying face down in the coals of the fire.

George had quite a genius for trade and not withstanding the severe handicap of deformity and blindness, he made a good living. He ran a notion store at mead at one time. From his accumulated earnings he invested in a Hotel and store property at Ithaca. A fire several years ago destroyed it all, without any insurance.

He was born in Scotland Co., Missouri and was in his 49th year when he died. in 1869 his fathers family settled on a homestead in Marble precinct, in the plainview neighborhood. Since that time his home has been in Saunders Co., for the last several years in Ashland. The Funeral was held at his home, with internment at the Ashland Cemetery.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

REDDICK, Nancy Jane Kennedy

From the Ashland, Gazette : September 2, 1904



Nancy J. Kennedy was born in Brown County, Ohio , February 19, 1824. In 1844, she was married to Wilford Reddick. She died in Ashland, Nebraska, September 1, 1904, at the age of 80 years, 5 months, 9 days. She was a great sufferer from abscesses in her throat, in the last few weeks of her life. At the time of her death she leaves 5 sons and 2 daughters to mourn her departure. Services at her home , with internment at the Ashland Cemetery, next to her husband.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

REDDICK, Mrs. Melissa Ann

Ashland Gazette, Ashland, Nebraska: January 1, 1918

Mrs. Melissa Ann Reddick

Mrs. Melissa Ann Reddick was born March 23, 1856, near Aledo, Illinois. She was married December 19, 1875 to Wm. Reddick. She came to Ashland when 13 years of age and has lived in Nebraska ever since. She joined the Christian church when she was 20 years old and has lived a consistent Christian life these many years. The end came Sat. morning, December 29, 1917, when after a brief illness, she was spirited away to the home in the mansion of the Father of Lights. Five children are left to survive her, Nellie Maude, Iva May, Irvin Grant and Lester, who was with the colors in Deming, New Mexico, at the time of his mother's death. One child, Sara Catherine, on Sept. 6, 1880, aged one year, and four months, proceeded her mother to their glory home.

Submitted by Jo Ann Stephens

RIDDLE, Mrs. Benjamin
(Mrs. Riddle was Jemima Ingraham who migrated from West Virginia)

Mrs. Benjamin Riddle of Ceresco, one of the old residents of this county, was buried on Tuesday last. Rev. T. K. Tyson officiated at the funeral.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

SANDERS, Cora Florence

Ashland Gazette 3-5-1925


" Cora Florence Sanders, daughter of Jacob & Siche Sanders, was born one mile north of Ashland, where she grew to womanhood, getting her education in the Ashland High School. She was united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of Ashland, when about 15 years of age and remained true in faith until death. She was united in marriage to Thomas E. Owen, September 28, 1886. They made their home on their farm joining Memphis where they remained until moving to Memphis in 1920, where she spent the remainder of her days. She departed this life in the Methodist Hospital in Omaha February 25, 1925, at the age of 59 years, 6 months and 18 days.

To this union were born three children, Howard A., Mrs. Maude A. Hall and Floyd S. Owen, all of Memphis. Mrs. Owen was a home loving woman, a kind and affectionate wife and a loving mother. A good neighbor and friend. She leaves her husband, three children, three grandchildren and a brother and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

Funeral services were held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Iliff Chapel, Memphis, Nebraska. Rev. W. N. Wallis of Ashland was in charge. Music by ladies' quartet. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery."

Submitted by David Fenton

Sanders, Emeline
Ashland Gazette Feb. 22, 1907 Pg. 1 Col. 4

"Mrs. Harry Sanders

   Emeline Fenton was born in Wapello Co., Iowa, November 2, 1846. She was married to Harry Sanders in Smyrna, Iowa, February 23 1862. Two children came to bless this union, both of whom preceeded their mother to the spirit world.

   In the fall of 1868 she came with her husband to Nebraska settling on a farm North of Ashland living in Ashland part of the time up till the year 1893, when she moved with her family to Monte Vista, Colorado.

   She died at her home near that place Monday morning, February 18, after an illness dating from the preceeding Thursday, from an acute attack of pneomonia.

   Very early in life she gave her heart to her Savior and for fifty years she was a faithful follower of Him to whom she had committed her life.

   The remains where brought to Ashland on the early morning train Wednesday, accompanied by her husband. They were taken to the undertaking rooms of Harford & Waltermire Furniture Company. The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the pastor, the Rev. J. Mark Darby, conducting the service.

   The remains were laid to rest by the side of those of her daughter in the Ashland Cemetery."

Submitted by Norma Winget Paul

SMITH, John - 1863-1951
The Ashland Gazette, Ashland, Saunders County, Nebraska, Thursday, April 19, 1951, pg.1 col. 5

Death Friday of Aged Resident; Funeral Sunday

   John Ellsworth Smith was born January 10, 1863 at Johnstown, PA, the son of Manuel and Elizabeth Rager Smith and passed away Friday, April 13, 1951 at the age of 88 yrs. three months and three days. His death occurred at the home of his son, Clyde Smith, where he had lived the past eight years. He had been a resident of this community most of his life.

   When he was four years old he came to Nebraska with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs Charles Rager. They had made the long trip by river boat, then a slow but reliable means of transportation. Mr. Smith grew to manhood in the Murdock vicinity.

   On June 7, 1882 he was united in marriage at Murdock to Lucinda Johnson, a resident of Ashland. They lived at South Bend for two years and then moved to Ashland where he spent his remaining years. To this union were born two sons and one daughter. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, John and his daughter, Grace.

   Mr. and Mrs. Smith were privilaged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary which was observed June 7, 1932. John, who was better known as Al, was widely known for his talent as an oldtime fiddler and had won prizes at a number of contests.

   He had been in failing health for some time and was bedfast the last five weeks.

   He is survived by his son, Clyde; a half-brother, Frank Campbell, Wellsville, Ohio; his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Grace Smith; eight grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. There are also several nieces and nephews and a host of friends who will miss his presence among them.

   The funeral services were held Sunday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the Marcy Chapel. Rev. Walter E. Neth, pastor of Memphis and Cedar Hill Methodist Churches was in charge.

   Mrs. Warren Robinson sang "Beautiful Isle if Somewhere" with Mrs. Howard Anderson as organist.

   Pallbearers were Al Ulstrup, Dwight Beetlson, John Groenjes, Roll Weaver, Vernon Ewing and Leon Siemsen.

   Burial was made at the Ashland Cemetery.

   Those who attended the services from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Proffit and Lois, Mr. and Mrs. James Proffit and Kenny, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Elliott and family of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs Will McCrary, Fremont; Mr. and Mrs. Ford Templeton and son, Gene and dau., Mrs. Mark Steinhausen, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Smith, and Mr, and Mrs. Cecil Hutchison of Lincoln.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

TARPENNING, Elizabeth Russell 1820 - 1893
Sources - unknown

TARPENNING-Sunday, Feb. 1st, 1891, ELIZABETH TARPENNING, wife of Perry Tarpenning, aged 70 years, nine months, and fifteen days.

The deceased was born in Ohio and moved to Warren county, Indiana, where nearly forty-nine years ago she was married to Mr. Tarpenning. In the spring of 1861 they came to Nebraksa and settled on a farm a few miles north of Ashland. Besides a husband the deceased leaves eight children to mourn her death as follows: Harrison, Nancy Jane Carr, Elizabeth Richardson, William, O. C., Luke, Harriet Hall, and John. She had been sick for over a year and while her death was not unexpected in was nevertheless very sad. The funeral took place Monday evening at 4 o'clock, Rev. C. P. Hackney officiating. The remains were laid at rest in the Carr burying ground. Mr. Tarpenning and family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.

DIED-At her residence north of Ashland, Grandma Tarpenning, Sunday evening, Feb. 1, 1891. Aged 71 years.

Mrs. Tarpenning was well known in this vicinity, having lived here for a number of years. Her health had been failing for the past two years, yet many hoped for her recovery, but it was clearly seen two months before her death that the end was near at hand. All aid possible was secured, yet to no avail. The remains were interred in the Carr cemetery, north of Ashland. The relatives and friends of Mrs. Tarpenning have the sympathy of all in the entire community.

Leaves have their time to fall,
   And flowers to wither at the north
      winds breath,
And stars to set but all,
   Thou hast all seasons for their own,
      Oh! Death.

We know when the moons shall wane,
   When summer birds from far shall
      cross the sea,
When autumn's hue shall tinge the
      golden grain;
   But who shall teach us when to look
      for thee.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

TARPENNING, Mary Elizabeth Dodd(s) 1856 - 1890
Source - unknown

TARPENNING-In Marble precinct, Saunders county, Neb., Feb 25th, 1890, after an illness of seven months, Bessie, wife of L. Tarpenning, aged 33 years, 2 months and 3 days.

Mrs. Tarpenning was the daughter of Isaac Dodd, who settled in Saunders county about twenty years ago. She married L. Tarpenning twelve years ago and since the year 18?1 has lived on the Platte bottom where she had won the esteem of a large circle of friends by whom she will long be remembered. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss, four boys, 8, 5, and 4 years old respectively and one months old. Just think of this kind friends and you will surely know how to sympathise with me. All the efforts of skilful physicians; all the help of my kind hearted friends failed to save poor Bess. It is no use to talk the time had come and she had to leave us. When she saw she had to leave us she called me to the bed side and said, "Luke, I must go, I can't stay with you any longer." She then kissed me good bye and taking the little boys one at a time kissed them good bye, giving them all the good advice a loving mother could give her children, then she lay down to rest. She said when she lay on her dying bed if she could not stay with me and her little boys any longer, Oh, if she could only take us along with her. Kind friends I want you all to pray for me that I may bring those little boys up in a way that when we are called to go let be soon or late that we may meet her where all aches and pains are o'er. L. TARPENNING.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

TARPENNING, Harrison 1845 - 1918
Sources - unknown


Harrison Tarpenning was born in Illinois December 28, 1845, and died at Arcadia, Nebr., Nov. 11, 1918.

He was married to Eliza E. Calvert November 23, 1876. Seven children were born to this union, two having died in infancy, Essa Ada and Benjamin Harrison. Those surviving are his wife and five children, viz., Leatha M. Sanford, Ericson, Nebr.; Elizabeth L. White, Primrose, Nebr.; Lucie J. Woods, Fremont, Nebr.; Ralph H. Tarpenning, Chambers, Nebr.; and Hazel F. Tarpenning, Arcadia, Nebr. He has three sisters and four brothers surviving, viz., Mrs. Nancy Drummond, Mrs. Kizzie Johnson and Mrs. Harriet Hall, Mr. William Tarpenning, Luke Tarpenning of Ashland, Nebr., John Tarpenning of Valley, Nebr., and O. C. Tarpenning of Oklahoma City, Okla.

The body was brought from Arcadia to Ashland for burial. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. A. Jones. Interment was made in the Carr cemetery, north of town. The deceased was well known in this community in which he lived for many years.


Harrison Tarpenning, who lived on a farm near Wann, Nebr., for many years, passed away at Arcadia, Nebr. Nov. 11, 1918, at the age of 73. He was well known in this community, having lived near here until a year ago when he removed to Arcadia.

His body was brought to Ashland for burial. The funeral was conducted by L. A. Jones. of the Methodist church. Interment was made in the Carr cemetery. The wife and five children survive him, - Leatha Sanford, Betty White, Lucy Woods, Ralph and Hazel; also three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Drummond, Mrs. Kizzie Johnson, Mrs. Harriet Hall; and four brothers, William, Otis C., Luke, and John. Three brothers and three nephews acted as pall bearers. Beautiful flowers covered the casket.

Submitted by Vicki McAlister

TENNEY, Cyrus Cass, 1860 - ?
(second husband of Flora Carr) (extract)
Source - unknown

Many friends of the late Cyrus C. Tenney gathered at the Methodist church yesterday afternoon to unite in paying to him the last tributes of respect and affection. Mr. Tenney's death occurred at Ashland, July 24, and after a brief service at the home there, his remains were brought to York, where the greater part of his life was passed, that he might be buried beside his father and mother in Greenwood cemetery. The service at the church was conducted by Rev. Alexander Bennett. The pall bearers were Messrs. E. A. Wells, A. O. Wyman, H. C. Kleinschmidt, R. Rossiter, A. C. Hubbell and J. L. Meixel. Of these, two, Mr. Wyman and Mr. Wells, were friends and schoolmates of Mr. Tenney's in boyhood.

Mr. Tenney was born June 21, in Kendall county, near Plano, Illinois. When he was still a child his parents moved to a farm near Sycamore where the family lived until Cyrus was seventeen years of age, when they removed to land near York. His father, John C. Tenney, was a well known citizen of the community. August 5, 1889, Mr. Tenney married Flora A. Hall who survives him with two sons, Frank and Carroll. Mr. Tenney was a skilled mechanic and was for many years engaged in the windmill business, being one of the firm of Graham and Tenney. Four years ago failing health compelled him to retire from his business and he entered into the employ of W. F. Rankin, remaining with the house until July 15 of last year, which was his last day of active work.

During the last year Mr. Tenney sought all possible means of regaining his health and made a brave, though vain, fight for life. He was a man of integrity, of sincere and upright nature, a good citizen and a loyal friend. He was known as an expert in his chosen work and esteemed for ability as well as character.

Of Mr. Tenney's father's family, two brothers, J. W. Tenney, of Polk, and W. E. Tenney of Lincoln, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Bear of Lincoln are living and were present at the funeral yesterday.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

WARD, Esther Mariah

Ashland Gazette: 5-10-1923

Esther Mariah Ward

Esther Mariah Lee was born January 30, 1841, in Springfield, Ill., and died at her home in Ashland May 2, 1923, at the age of 82 years, 3 months, and 2 days. She was married to Stephen Ward , January 31, 1858. To this union were born eleven children , four of whom have gone on before. Mary J. Bass, Dayton, Iowa, Rose M. Mayfield, Primrose, Ne., Evaline Freeman, Northfolk, Ne., Lillie Landreth, Hexton, Colo., Jas H., Lawrence, and Stephen F., all of Ashland. She leaves to mourn her loss, one sister, who resides in Missouri, Fifty-five grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren, beside a score of friends. They came to this county in 1868.

She had been a member of the Methodist church here at Ashland for many years, but owing to ill health she had been unable to attend services regularly.

Services were conducted by Rev. D.M. Beggs of the Congregational church.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

WARD, Stephen Ward

Ashland Gazette: 1-17-1908

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward was born February 2nd, 1822, in Bowling Green in Indiana, and died at Ashland, Nebraska, February 15, 1918, at the age of 96 years and 13 days He came to Nebraska in 1868. He was married to Esther Mariah Lee, January 31, 1858. To them were born eleven children, four of whom are dead, and seven living, who with his wife survive him, The names of the children are: Mary Jane Bass, Dayton, Iowa; James Henry Ward, Ashland, Ne.; Evaline Freeman, Northfolk, Ne.; Rosa May Mayfield, Primrose, Ne.; Lillie Landreth, Sparks, Ne.; Stephen Franklin Ward, Ashland, Ne.

Mr. Ward was a member of the Methodist Church for a number of years and lived faithful to the end. Lead on, lead on, oh Christian band. And meet him in a better land, When life is o'er. The timid dove has left his heart, To return no more. One bitter cup and all is done, And heaven is his home.

(NOTE: I have his death certificate and it does not match the Obituary, Birth 7 February 1834, 84 years of age at death)

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

WARD, Mrs. James Ward

Ashland Gazette: 1-18-1923

Mrs. James Ward

Mrs. James Ward died Tuesday morning, Jan.16, at 8:45, after a prolonged illness, caused by stomach trouble. The funeral was held from the Christian church , this afternoon, Rev. Brayton Piersol, of Royal, Ne. officiating. The burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Julia Ellen Landreth was born in Boone, Boone Co., Iowa, 4-1-1868. She was married to James Henry Ward, 12-26-1886, at the age of 18 years. Died 1-16-1923, at the age of 54 years, 9mos. and 15 days.

Mrs. Ward was the mother of ten children: Ethel Dora (deceased), Clarence Everett, Merrit David (deceased, soldier of the world war), Ray Milo, of Lincoln, Goldie Esther Hall, Sylvia Nicey Reddick, Anna Elizabeth Kelly, Jimmy Ernest, Elmer William, and Julia Ellen. She also leaves 2 brothers, one living at Haxton, Co., and the other at Stratton, Co., and a sister who lives in Lincoln.

Submitted by Vicky Stephens

WARD, Merritt David

Ashland Gazette: 9-2-1920

Merritt Ward Brought Home For Burial
Tubercular Trouble Proves Fatal For Ashland Boy

Merritt David Ward was born on Nov. 29, 1891, at Ashland. Ne.; and died at Kearney, August 26, 1920, age 28 years, 8 months, and 28 days. He has always made his home at Ashland until this spring.

On June 5, 1917, he enlisted in the army and was stationed at Fort Crook, Omaha, for a period of 7 weeks, then joined his company at Ashland, and departed for Deming, N. Mexico, where he was stationed for 11 months. From there he was sent to Fort Sills, Oklahoma, and after 5 weeks at that camp was sent overseas, on Sept. 25, 1918. He served over there until Dec. 25, 1918, when he returned to the states. He received his discharge at Fort Dodge, Iowa, the 22nd of Jan., 1919.

He was married to Miss Ella Gray of Ashland, May 14,1919 and to this union a son was born. On May 11th he went to Engleman for his health and was there for three weeks, then getting no relief was sent to the tuberculosis hospital at Kearney where he died. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and son, his father, mother, 4 sisters, 4 brothers, and his grandmother. Namely, Mrs. Ella Ward and son Alvie, Mr.& Mrs. James Ward, Mrs. Sylvia Reddick, Mrs. Anna Kelly, Julia Ward, Clarence E., Ray M., Jimmie E., and Elmer B. Ward all of Ashland, with the exception of one sister, Mrs. Goldie Hall of Stanton, Ne.

Funeral services were held at the Christian Church, Sunday afternoon, at 3:00, and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Shallenberger. Internment was made in the Ashland Cemetery.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Ashland Gazette, November 16, 1938

Last Rites For C. H. Ziegenbein Held Friday
Long Time Resident Of Memphis Laid to Rest

Funeral services for Charles Herman Ziegenbein were held at Marcys chapel Friday afternoon at 2 oclock. It was a large funeral, the chapel and adjacent rooms being filled to capacity. The great number of sorrowing friends and relatives who were present and the many beautiful floral pieces attested to the respect and esteem in which Mr. Ziegenbein was held in the community. Soft organ music played preceding and at the end of the service. Mrs. Harry Ziegenbein in sang a vocal number, "You Ask Me How I Give My Heart To Christ." Mrs. Kenneth Marcy accompanied her at the piano. Rev. T. Porter Bennett, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church of Ashland conducted the service and preached a short sermon, taking for his text the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is My Shepherd."

In his sermon, Rev. Bennett paid tribute to Mr. Ziegenbein, and eulogized him for his service to the community. He spoke of the splendid heritage which was left the family. That the husband and father had located in Saunders County over 65 years ago, and had discharged his civic duty by helping to mold it into a progressive community. The pallbearers were Mr. Ziegenbeins eight sons. The body was laid to rest in the Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Ziegenbeins life might well be emulated by all who knew him. He was a kindly, righteous man, who always had a good word for everyone. He was the father of eleven children, and he encouraged them and helped them to complete their education and training, and to take responsible positions in the communities where they chose to locate. Never, throughout his lifetime, did any of his family or friends hear him utter a profane word, or see him perform any act which was unworthy. Mr. Ziegenbein turned to music for relaxation, and his talent with the fiddle furnished entertainment and diversion for his family and friends. He instilled the love of music in his children, and encouraged them to give of their time and talent to the public, generously and without thought of self.

He was a kind husband, a loving father, and a true friend. His passing has brought real sadness to all who knew him. He lived out his three score and ten, and passed from this life in the quiet, loving atmosphere of his home, with his wife and his children at his bedside. His life was rich, fine, clean and eminently worthwhile, and all who remember him in years to come will think of him with warm affection and deep respect. Charles Herman Ziegenbein was born in Saxony, Germany on Feb. 24, 1868 and died Nov. 9, 1938 at the age of 70 years, 8 months, and 15 days after an illness of two months. In 1870 he came with his parents to this country where they located on a homestead three miles northwest of Memphis, Nebraska. He spent his entire life in this community.

He was united in marriage on Sept. 7, 1890 to Martha Maria Humboldt. To this union eleven children were born, namely: Mrs. Emma Owen, Memphis; Harry H., Lincoln; Mrs. Ella Lillibridge, Crete; Frank E., Nebraska City; Mrs. Mary Baer, Ashland; Oscar H., Ashland; Rudolph C., Wisner; Henry P., Columbus; James R., Gretna; Carl W., Ashland; Walter E., Basin, Wyo., all of whom were at his bedside at the time of his death. Besides his wife, he is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Augusta Lohry, Memphis; two brothers, Fred of Memphis and Herman of Royal, and nine grandchildren. Among the relatives and friends who came from out of town for the funeral services were Herman Ziegenbein and sons of Royal; Mrs. Kenneth Cobb and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ullstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ullstrom and daughter, Louise, Charles Huyck, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Baer, Mrs. Way, Mrs. Glenn Clemans, Mrs. Claude Ray, Prof. Kenneth Banks, Miss Elva Burkland, and Miss Pearl Meese, all of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tanner and sons of Omaha; Miss Iliff Miller of Hartington; Mr. and Mrs. Will Harrison and Mrs. Walter Ehlers of Beemer. About thirty friends of Dr. Frank Ziegenbein came from Nebraska City for the service. They were all officers in civic, fire, and police departments of that city.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Ashland Gazette; October 1997

Dr. R.C. Ziegenbein

Dr. R.C. Ziegenbein, 96, of Norfolk, died on Oct. 23. He was born Jan. 9, 1901, in Memphis to Charles H. and Martha Ziegenbein and was one of eleven children, eight sons and three daughters.

Dr. Ziegenbein, who was known to his friends as Rudy completed his secondary education in Memphis and Ashland, where he graduated in 1920. He then entered the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry and graduated there in 1925. Before departing the university, Ziegenbein earned a varsity letter in baseball in 1922.

Dr. Ziegenbein practiced dentistry in Beemer and Wisner, before joining the Norfolk Regional Center. He retired from the Regional Center in 1974. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Norfolk and the Norfolk Country Club where he began his membership in 1946. Dr. Ziegenbein, along with his seven brothers, belonged to the Sesotris Shrine Temple of Lincoln and the Ashland Pomegranate Masonic Lodge 110. Ziegenbein and six of his brothers played in the Shrine Band for a number of years.

Dr. Ziegenbein was married to Margaret Wupper who died March 14, 1977. On November 5, 1983, he married Erma M. Scheibe who died Feb. 6, 1991. He was also preceded in death by his only child, Charles.

Surviving are four grandchildren, Charles Ziegenbein, Merrimac Mass.; Susan Flint, Plano, Tex.; Laurie Brosnan, Andover, Mass.; and Cathy Ann Kea, Charlestown, Mass.; and two brothers, Walter of Lakewood, Colo., and Carl of Ashland.

Services are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, at Memorial Park in Lincoln. Roper and Sons Mortuary, Lincoln, in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

ZIEGENBEIN, Herman Charles

Ashland Gazette, May 7, 1941

H. C. Ziegenbein Dies at Royal Friday, May 1

Herman Charles Ziegenbein, of Royal, Nebr., passed away at his home at Royal on Friday, May 1, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 10 days, after an illness of five weeks.

Mr. Ziegenbein was born in Gebesse, Germany on July 21, 1859. He was baptized in the Lutheran church at the age of ten years.

In July, 1970 he came to America with his folks, locating at Ashland, Nebr. He was united in marriage to Emma Eyer on Feb. 12, 1879, and to this union were born six boys and four girls, all of whom are living. They homesteaded in 1890 on a farm near Royal, living there until the fall of 1909 when they moved to Ashland. In the spring of 1920 they moved to Royal where they resided until the time of his death.

He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife; six sons, Alfred of Orchard, Ernest, Earl, Oscar and Clifford of Royal and William of Wausa; four daughters, Mrs. Saloma Noddings, Mrs. Edna Maurer and Mrs. Bessie Aughe of Royal and Mrs. Melvina Cobb of Lincoln; 56 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren, and a brother, Fred, of Norfolk.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church at Royal Friday, May 2, at 2:30 oclock, with Rev. C. F. Steiner of Omaha officiating, assisted by Rev. D. Litterel of Royal. Interment was in Pleasant Valley cemetery at Orchard.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Ashland Gazette, December 23, 1942

Death claimed F. Ziegenbein at Norfolk
Funeral Service Held Sunday for Memphis Resident

Ferdinand Ziegenbein passed away Thursday at a hospital in Norfolk, where he had been receiving care. The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at the Marcy Chapel, with Rev. Walter E. Neth, pastor of the Memphis church, in charge. The pallbearers were Fred Lohry, Frank Lohry, Joe Lohry, Dr. O. H. Ziegenbein, Dr. R. C. Ziegenbein, and James R. Ziegenbein. Mrs. Mabel Mays sang, accompanied by Mrs. Wm. McInerney. Interment was in the Ashland cemetery.

Ferdinand Ziegenbein was born September 17, 1863, in Gebesee, Germany, and died December 17, 1942 at a hospital in Norfolk, Nebraska, at the age of 79 years and three months.

In the year of 1870 he came with his parents to America. The family landed in New York and journeyed overland to Omaha, and a little later they homesteaded on a farm northwest of Memphis.

Mr. Ziegenbein became a member of the Iliff Chapel, M.E. church early in his life and remained a member of this church until his death.

February 23, 1890 he married to Miss Arlinia May Shield. Four children were born to this union. One daughter, Selma, died in infancy, and on October 25, 1900, his wife preceded him in death, leaving in his care three boys, the youngest two years of age.

He was quiet and unassuming, his one objective in life seemingly to be both mother and father to his young family, so early deprived of a mothers care. He spent the active years of his life farming in the vicinity of Memphis. He leaves to mourn his death, his three sons, Elmer and Arley of Ashland and Alva of Louisville; eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

His friendliness and willingness to serve his neighbors and friends caused them to miss him keenly, when he was no longer physically able to be active among them.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison

ZIEGENBEIN, Mrs. Ferdinand

Ashland Gazette,

Mrs. Ferdinand Ziegenbein

Mrs. Ferdinand Ziegenbein died at her home near this city last Thursday, October 25, after an illness of about five months with quick consumption, aged 29 years, 2 months, and 18 days. The funeral was held on Saturday last from her late home, Elder C.A. Huyck conducting the services. The interment was in the Ashland cemetery. Arlina May Shields was born in Fulton County, Illinois, August 7, 1871, and came to Nebraska with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Shields, in September 1882.

February 23, 1890, she was married to Ferdinand Ziegenbein. Four children were born to this union, three of whom, namely Elmer, Alvie and Arlie, survive their mother, and one, Selma, died in infancy. She leaves her father and mother, two brothers and one sister, and her husband and three children to mourn her death. Mrs. Ziegenbein was a Christian and was a member of the Christian church, having united with that denomination at the age of fifteen.

Submitted by Kathie Harrison


Ashland Gazette, January 12, 1961

Alva Ziegenbeins services Are Held

Alva W. Ziegenbein, 68, of Ashland, who died suddenly at his home here Jan. 5, was honored at funeral services conducted Sunday afternoon, Jan. 8, in the Marcy Chapel. The Rev. B.F. Parnell of the Ashland Christian church officiated. Leland Hiatt sang Abide With Me and Beyond the Sunset, with Mrs. Warren Robinson accompanying him. The Pallbearers were Allen Gilkeson, Frank Newsham, William Guarerholz, Albert Otto, Cecil Quick, and Frank Lohry. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery, Marcy Mortuary was in charge.

Alva William Ziegenbein, son of Ferdinand and Arlina Ziegenbein, was born Feb. 19, 1892, near Memphis. He spent his boyhood in the Memphis community. After spending his life farming and in the oil business, he retired about four years ago and had lived in Ashland since then. He was a Methodist.

On May 19, 1912, he married Ethel Ramsey. To this union were born two sons, Lawrence Ziegenbein and Donald Ziegenbein of Ashland, and two daughters, Mrs. Helen Hauschild of Louisville and Mrs. Fern Hauschild of Ashland. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; four children; 15 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a brother, Arley Ziegenbein. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Elmer; and a sister, Selma.

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