Saunders County NEGenWeb Project


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You may submit your Saunders County Obituaries for posting to this page. We can only post obituaries that are older than 1923, or where you have written permission from the newspaper to reprint/post them. You may submit an 'extract' for an obituary for current obituaries. Thank you for following these guidelines. Submit your obituaries to Connie Snyder

Note: We now have special permission to post obituaries from the Ashland Gazette.
Karen Steele also obtained permission to post obituaries from the Wahoo Newspaper.

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Names Index

Submitted by Karen Steele

Anderson, Sophia Bryant

Yutan News
March 15, 1934

Pioneer Yutan Lady Passes On

   Sophia (Bryant) Anderson was born August 3, 1859 at Fontenelle, Ia. and passed away at her home in Yutan after a very brief illness of four days at the advanced age of 73 years, 8 months and 3 days.

   She lived with her parents at Fontenelle until she was six years of age when they moved to Muscatine. At the age of 13 she came with her parents to Saunders County, Nebraska in the vicinity of Yutan. The beautiful grove of pine trees stands today as a memorial to the industriousness and forethought of our pioneers.

   Mrs. Anderson had lived in and around Yutan for 61 years, and can be considered one of the earliest pioneers. Inasmuch as Yutan did not become an incorporated village before 1873 she has been one of the few remaining to have witnessed the growth and progress of the village from the beginning.

   Sophia Bryant was married to Andrew Anderson in the year 1898 on December 14th. To this union was born but one child. There are those of her family who will regret her passing, Mrs. George Adsit, the only child of Yutan, one sister, Mrs. James Morgan of Lincoln and one brother Frank Bryant of Omaha. She also leaves three grandchildren, Grace, June and Keith Adsit, all of Yutan. In addition to these she leaves a host of old friends and acquaintances who will earnestly regret her passing.

   Funeral services were held from the Reformed Church Friday afternoon, Rev. A. G. Crisp conducted the services. Mr. and Mrs. F.Loeffler and their daughter Jane, and Rev. Crisp, sang two numbers. Burial was in Bethel cemetery.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Bishop, Harriet Steele Thompson
(Sister of Samuel Steele)

December 4, 1930
Front page

Body Laid to Rest in Ashland Cemetery After Services Monday

   Harriet Jane Bishop was born in Owen County, Indiana January 26, 1846 and passed away at Memphis, Nebraska on November 29, 1930 at the age of 84 years, 10 months and 3 days.

   In 1865 she was united in marriage to Henry Thompson of Neoga, Illinois and to this marriage was born one child Floretta D. Carr of Ashland, Nebr. Mr. Thompson passed away in 1868.

   On January 25, 1874 she was united in marriage to Alfred Bishop of Toledo, Illinois and he preceded her in death on April 24, 1889. To this union were born six children, three of which have passed away. Those surviving are Oscar Bishop of Memphis, Nebraska, John Bishop, Blue Jacket, Oklahoma and Mrs. Walter Law of Havelock, Nebraska.

   Mrs. Bishop united with the Methodist Episcopal church in early life and remained a faithful member until her death. She was a kind and devoted mother and was greatly loved by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her loss, three children, 23 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and a host of friends.

   The funeral service was held on Monday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church and the service was conducted by Rev. W. N. Wallis. A mixed quartet provided the singing. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Bryant, Isaiah W.

Yutan News
January 12, 1905
Front Page

Mr. Isaiah W. Bryant

   Isaiah W. Bryant died at the house of his nephew, F.C. Bryant in Yutan Friday the 6th instant. Mr. Bryant was well known in Ashland, having been among the earliest settlers of Saunders county, coming here in the early sixties. He owned a farm just north of this city, where he spent the life of a recluse up to a few months ago, when he was obliged by sickness to seek another home.

   The deceased was a man of peculiar idiosyncrasies. He was among the earliest of the argonauts. He crossed the mountains in the forties and located a claim in Oregon or Washington, but allowed it to lapse, thus forfeiting his rights. In later years this fact seemed to prey upon his mind and he was continually corresponding about this claim.

   He was a man of a good deal of wealth. In the famous Bryan campaign of 1896, he was an ardent supporter of Bryan, and yet he did not want to suffer any of the effects of Bryan's theories put in practice. He went to one of our local banks where he had money deposited and drew out $1200 dollars in gold and hoarded it away.

   In early life, it is related of him, he was an intensely religious man. He was so much addicted to the Bible that he would not read any other book. While he was making his pilgrimage in company with others across the plains, a terrible thunderstorm and rain came up. During the storm he lost his religious balance and forever after was a confirmed agnostic.

   He was a man of intelligence and a good reader. He was also a man of tender impulses.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Carr, Elmer Ellsworth

December 22, 1943

   Elmer E. Carr 66, who had a room in the Ralph Hayes apartment house was found dead in his room Monday evening around 5:00. It was thought that he had a heart attack. He was born in Yutan and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Carr.

   The only surviving relatives are his two sisters, Mrs. Jake Siemensen and Mrs. Robert LaShelle. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 at the Marcy Chapel.

   He was a veteran of the Spanish American War.


Awarded Purple Heart In the War With Spain

   Elmer Ellsworth Carr, son of Horace and Lavina Carr was born at Yutan, Nebraska on January 14, 1877 and passed away at his home in Ashland aged 66 years, 11 months and 4 days.

   He grew to manhood in Saunders County and on September 20, 1899 enlisted in the United States army in the war with Spain. He served two years in Company F of the 39th Infantry, and was honorably discharged as corporal June 30, 1901.

   His military records say "Service, Honest and Faithful Character Excellent"

   He saw active service in the Phillipines and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in battle.

   On April 17, 1914 he was united in marriage to Floretta D. Hatfield at West Point, Nebraska and they made their home on a farm at Butte, Nebraska returning to Ashland in 1923.

   They farmed near Ashland until his wifes health failed and she passed away at the home of her daughter in Denver.

   Since then he has made his home in Ashland.

   He leaves to mourn his passing his two sisters, Bertha Siemensen and Edith LaShelle of Ashland. Three nephews, Leon Siemensen of Ashland, Walter and Harry Tucker of Anaconda, Montana. His father, mother, one brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Gustavson, Alma Ellen Steele Kirkwood

Note: No obituary available, information from Death Certificate, Saunders county and California records. Alma's first husband was Howard Kirkwood, a native of Yutan, Nebraska. Karen Steele

   Alma Ellen Steele Kirkwood Gustavson was the youngest child of Samuel and Isabella Steele. She was born in Cumberland County, Illinois on April 12, 1877. She passed away at the age of 85 in Lomita, California on November 11, 1968. In March of 1895 she married Howard Kirkwood in Saunders County. They lived in the Yutan area for many years and were the parents of five children, Hazel, Hershell, Hester, Harley and Hiawatha Helen. In 1944 Alma married August Gustavson, she was widowed at the time of her death. Alma is buried in the Ingelwood Park cemetery near Los Angeles, California.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Hatfield, Isaac B.
January 18, 1902
Front Page

   We sadly announce to our readers the sudden death of Mr. L. B. Hatfield, one of the oldest settlers of Saunders County, a highly respected citizen, loved by all who knew him. He was struck by an extra freight Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. and died at 8 p.m. never regaining consciencesness. He leaves a widow and five children. Funeral was held last Tuesday noon at Bethel Cemetery, Pastor M. F. Rinker officiating. Rev. Johnson of the Free Methodist Church offered a short prayer. The Breeze extends its fullest sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Note: Isaac B. Hatfield is featured in the 1900 edition of BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of LEADING CITIZENS of SAUNDERS AND SARPY COUNTIES, NEBRASKA. He helped establish the first post office at Yutan, Nebraska in 1870 and also had the honor of choosing the name of Union precinct.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Hatfield, Amanda M.

Yutan News
October 8, 1902

   Mrs. Amanda Hatfield widow of Captain I. B. Hatfield died this morning of heart disease. She was 65 years old and leaves a large family. The funeral will be Friday afternoon at 2:00 from the English Lutheran Church.

Yutan News
October 17, 1902

   Mrs. Amanda M. Hatfield, and old resident of Saunders County passed away at her home in this village last week. She was only sick one week. The funeral was held from the Zion Lutheran Church Friday afternoon and interment took place in Bethel Cemetery, north west of town. Her husband preceded her about eight months, having been killed here last spring by a Union Pacific freight train.

   In memoriam, W. H. F.M. Society of the Zion Lutheran Church of Yutan.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Hatfield, J. P.

January 17, 1918
Front Page


   The community was shocked on Monday afternoon when the news was sent over the city that J. P. Hatfield had passed away very suddenly while assisting with the loading of corn at the Burlington Depot. He had made no complaint during the day of not feeling well and just previous to his passing away had been in the wagon watching the workmen at their work. As he got out of the wagon, he was seen to fall and every indication was that life passed out almost instantly. He was rushed to a doctors office, but he was beyond medical help and later the body was removed from his him. Obit follows.


    J. P. Hatfield was born in Grant County, Indiana on October 25, 1859. When he was three years old he moved with his parents to Illinois where they started for Nebraska in two covered wagons. After arriving in Nebraska they took up a homestead on the north edge of Yutan, being one of the earliest settlers of Saunders County. Here he grew to manhood and on January 31, 1883 he was united in marriage to Miss Lillie M. Steel and to this union there were born four children. Omer S, Orfah A., Ruth E., and Bernice E. Ruth E. proceeded her father to the other shore January 12, 1906.

   Mr. Hatfield was converted and joined the Free Methodist Church in 1896 and remained a Christian of that faith to the close of his life.

   At six in the evening of January 14th, 1918 at the age of 58 years, 2 months and 19 days he passed out of life into that great life beyond, leaving for the rest of their lives in this world an aching place in the hearts of his wife and the children, a brother Rev. E. E. Hatfield, of Dalls, South Dakota, 2 sisters, Mrs. D.J. Robinson and Mrs. F. Munson both of Denver, Colorado and a host of friends and old neighbors both in Ashland and Yutan.

Yutan News
January 24, 1918

   The following attended the funeral of J.P. Hatfield at Ashland last week. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Parmenter, Grandma Steele, Wm. Gilster, F.A. Batten, O. E. Stange and wife, W. C. Bender and Lydia Bender, Miss Fern Welden.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Hatfield, Lillian Magnolia Steele

August 31, 1950
Front Page


   Mrs. J. P. Hatfield, 86, passed away Saturday, August 26 at a nursing home in Omaha. She had been in failing health for some time but had remained active until the time of her last illness. She was a pioneer resident of Saunders County which had been her home nearly seventy years.

   The funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, August 29, at the Marcy chapel. Rev. Milton Laib, pastor of the Ashland Congregational church was in charge. Music was furnished by Mrs. Roger Laune who sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" accompanied by Mrs. Warren Robinson at the organ.

   Pallbearers were Conner Bliss, Louis Laughlin, Joe Fries, Wallace McClelland, Earl Mansfield and Frank Bader.

   Burial was made in the Ashland cemetery.

   Lillian Magnolia Hatfield, daughter of Samuel and (Isabella) Jane Steele, was born February 16, 1864 on a farm near Mattoon, Illinois. She came to Nebraska with her parents in 1881, the family settling on a farm near Yutan. There she joined the German Lutheran Church.

   In 1883 she was united in marriage to J. P. Hatfield, who proceeded her in death. Four children were born to this union, two of whom, Ruth and Orpha (Mrs. Otto Timmons) are deceased.

   Mr. and Mrs. Hatfield had resided on farms near Yutan and Ashland and for a number of years, "Grandmother" Hatfield had been making her home in Ashland. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She passed away in Omaha on August 26, 1950 at the age of 86 years and 6 months.

   Surviving are two children, Mrs. William LaVey of San Francisco, California and Omer Hatfield of Ashland; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Effie Knapp and Mrs. Howard Kirkwood, both residing in California.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Hatfield, Ruth

January 12, 1906
Front Page

   Ruth Hatfield died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Hatfield on Thursday January 11, 1906 aged 13 years, 5 months and 26 days after an illness of one week with diptheria. The burial will be at the Ashland Cemetery today. There will be no public funeral and the family are under quarantine. Ruth was born in Yutan, Nebraska July 14, 1892. She was a bright child and greatly loved by all who knew her. Her afflicted parents have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in there affliction.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Hatfield, Omer Samuel

December 13, 1951
Front Page


   Omer Samuel was the son of J. P. Hatfield and Lillian Hatfield. He was born in Yutan, Nebraska on August 25, 1889.

   Mr. Hatfield received his elementary education in Yutan and high school education in Ashland. He taught school for a number of years following his graduation, and then entered farming activities, from which he retired in 1943. In addition to farming he was a salesman with the Robinson Seed Co. of Waterloo, Nebraska for a period of 27 years.

   In 1910 Mr. Hatfield was united in marriage with Hazel Weldon, who passed away in 1918. To this union four children were born of whom Beulah Warren and Maxine Gerke survive. Twin children Mildred and Milton passed away in infancy.

   In August 1919, Mr. Hatfield was united in marriage with Pauline Frutzman Griffis. They resided in Ashland for four years and then moved to the farm north of town which was their home until they retired in 1943, when they retired from farming operations and re-established residence in Ashland.

   Mr. Hatfield joined the First Congregational Church of Ashland in 1921 and continued as one of the most faithful members until his passing.

   He was elected treasurer of the church in 1949 and was serving at the capacity at the time of his death. Mr. Hatfield was a Master Mason in Promegranite Lodge No. 110 of Ashland and a 32nd degree Mason with membership in the Scottish Rite Bodies of Omaha.

   Mr. Hatfield passed away at his home on December 3, 1951 at the age of 62 years. He is survived by his wife Pauline Hatfield, two daughters and sons in law. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Warren of Elkhorn and Mr. and Mrs. Derald Gerke of Bellevue, five grandchildren, one sister Bernice LaVey of San Francisco, California.

   The funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday December 6th at the Ashland Congregational Church with the Rev. Milton Laib officiating.

   Music was furnished by Mrs.Mignon Bucker of Omaha and Mrs. Rosemary Robinson who sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Abide With Me." Mrs. Grace Anderson was organist.

   Pallbearers were Earl Mansfield, Elma Ziegenbein, C.D. Latton, Arthur Dryer and Ernest Harnaberger.

   Burial was made at the Ashland Cemetery with committal service in charge of Promegranite Lodge # 110 A. E. & A. M.

   Those who came from a distance to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Neenah Osborne and son James of Shannon, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Prutzman of Oak Park, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Loughran and Mr. and Mrs. P.F. Greenwalt of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Jay Timmons of Beatrice, Mrs. Mabel Milan and daughter of Clifton Hill, Mo. And Mrs. Sadie Eber of Oakland, California. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Putz and daughter LeAnn and Mrs. Margaret Grummert of Nelson, Mrs. S.C. Warren and Miss Joyce Warren, Miss Mary Safford, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Warren, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Safford, Miss Jeanette and Frank Warren and John Walvoord of Elkhorn. Dr. and Mrs. Charles Moon, Fred Lowery, Dan Tarpey, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Donahoo, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Donahoo, Omaha. Mrs. Edna Jones, San Francisco, California, Mr. and Mrs. George Mansfield, from Paulina, Iowa. Miss Willa Jean Mansfield. Paul McGill, Lincoln representative of Fox-bilt Feed Co. Representatives of the Robinson Seed Co. of Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Schneider, Yutan. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ruff, Mr. Sewing and son. Tony and Carston Keuhl, Millard, Nebraska Mr. and Mrs. Leon Ruff, Herman Prinze and Harold Warren, Gretna.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Knapp, Effie Sarah Steele

March 10, 1953
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Mrs. Knapp Dies In Santa Monica

   Mrs. Effie Knapp, former Fremonter, died in Santa Monica, California where she has been residing. She was 83.

   Surviving are four sons, Guy of Fremont, Ed of Denver, and Sidney and Orville of California; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Kenkens of Fremont, Mrs. Bill Brown, Mrs. Harry Anderson and Mrs. Floyd Rosenback, all of California. Also surviving are 28 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

   Her husband and three sons preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at Santa Monica.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Knapp, Silas Fisk

Knapp, William

Knapp, Glenn

July 13, 1922
Page 6


   Funeral services for Silas F. Knapp and his two sons Glenn and William, who met an untimely death yesterday when the car in which they were riding, was struck by a Chicago and Northwestern passenger train, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday from the Methodist church, Rev. Fred Young of the Baptist church conducting the services. Interment will be made in Ridge cemetery.

   On account of the death of the three members of the Baptist congregation, the picnic which was to have been held by the church on Friday will be postponed indefinitely.

   Silas F. Knapp was born in Saunders County on Feb 18, 1857, near the town of Yutan. He has lived in Fremont for the last six years. As caretaker at the country club, he was a conscientious worker and held the esteem of those for whom he worked.

   William Knapp was born on April 3, 1905. At the time of his death he was employed at the Plumfield nurseries. He was well known and popular with everyone.

   Glenn Knapp, born Feb. 27, 1911, was a caddy at the country club. And industrious little worker, he pleased everyone for whom he worked.

   The family of the victims is grief-stricken over the unfortunate accident which took three members of the family.

July 17,1922
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   We sincerely thank our neighbors and friends for the many beautiful floral offerings received at the funeral of our beloved father and two boys, and for the kindly expressions of sympathy and assistance given in our time of sorrow and bereavement. For all of which we are deeply appreciative.

   Mrs. S. F. Knapp and Family

July 19, 1922
Yutan News

   Mrs. Isabelle Steele who spent a few days last week with her daughter Mrs. Knapp in Fremont returned to her home Saturday.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Miller, Mary Parmenter
(Sister of William J. Parmenter)

January 28, 1937
Front Page


   Mrs. Mary S. P. Miller, a resident of Ashland for many years, passed away Sunday January 17, at the home of her son Marvin at Brewster where she had been making an extended stay. Her death came as a shock to her family and friends, for Mrs. Miller was found dead Sunday morning when members of the family went in to get her room warm so that she could get up. In spite of her advanced years, Mrs. Miller had been feeling quite well. The funeral was held Tuesday Jan.19 and the body was laid to rest at Brewster. She was 92 years old.

   Mrs. Miller was a fine, Christian woman and she had lived a long and useful life. She was a resident of Ashland for many years and she had many warm friends here who will be saddened to learn of her passing. We have written to Mr.Miller for the obituary and hope to have it for publication next week.

February 11, 1937
Front Page


   Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Miller who passed away quite suddenly from injuries sustained in a fall which she had one day last week, were held at the Congregational Church Tuesday afternoon Reverend Frank Raef officiating. Mrs. Miller had been making her home with her son M. S. Miller, west of this city. The obit follows.


   Mary Susan Parmenter was born Dec. 29, 1844 and departed this life January 17, 1937 at the age of 92 years and 22 days. At the age of four she came to Ohio with her parents where she remained until she was 18. At this age she moved to New Jersey and opened a millinery store. Here she met and married Samuel Miller in 1872. To this union was born at Long Eddy, New York where the family now resided, an only child Martin S. Miller. About four years later the family moved to Dallas, Illinois. The husband and father was called in 1887. Then the mother and son moved to Nebraska in order to be near relatives, where they have since resided. Mrs. Miller came to Brewster in Oct. 1935 to be with her son, where she remained until her passing.

   At an early age she united with the church and has always been a faithful attendant. For the last 49 years she has been a member of the Congregational Church of Ashland, Nebraska.

   She leaves behind her son, Martin S. Miller and seven grandsons. Her life has been an example and an inspiration to all who knew her. It speaks for itself and needs no eulogy from any of us. Mrs. Millers grandsons acted as pallbearers at her funeral.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Nielsen, Louisa Weaver Steele Willis

September 18, 1930
Front Page

Long time Resident Dies after Long Illness Is Buried in Ashland

   Mrs. Louisa Nielsen died Thursday afternoon at 2:00 at her home in this city. She had been ailing for the past four years but was bedfast only 2 weeks. Her daughter, Mrs. G. S. Smith of Bellevue, Kansas had been with her for about 3 years and had looked after her during her failing health.

   The funeral service was held at the Christian Church Sunday afternoon and was conducted by her pastor Reverend Lowell MacFarlene.

   Louisa Weaver Nielsen was born at Newton, Illinois October 29, 1854 and died at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 5 days. When she was but a girl of 10 years she became a Christian and remained steadfast until the end.

   At the age of 17 years she was married to Nean Steele September 14, 1872. To this union five children were born. Two of them, John W. Steele and Flora D. Steele with their father proceeded her in death.

   Mrs. Steele remained a widow for 3 years and then married William Willis June 4, 1887. To this union two children were born, Walter Willis and Edna Willis. Walter Willis and Edna along with their father passed away.

   In 1906 she was married to August Nielsen who passed away in October 1918.

   Mrs. Nielsen was a loving wife, a kind mother and will be missed by her many neighbors, friends. She had been in failing health for a longtime. During the last 2 weeks she was bedfast and was a patient sufferer until God came to take her home.

   She leaves to mourn her death, three children Mrs. L. A. Aughe, Mrs. Elzaidee Smith and Fred W. Steele of Ashland. Two grandchildren, Mrs. Mildred Heflin of Fairbury, and Thomas Witherel of Ashland. One great grandchild, Marjorie Heflin of Fairbury, and one sister Mrs. Margaret Meedham of Illinois.

    A precious one from us is gone.
    A voice we loved is taken
    A place is vacant in our home
    That never can be filled

Submitted by Karen Steele

Norris, George Washington

March 10, 1904
Page 5, Column 3

   George Washington Norris, a son of John and Sarah Norris, was born near Van Buren, Ohio, December 25, 1833 and died at his home in Marble precinct March 5, 1904, aged 70 years, 2 months and 10 days. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Wagner, the first part of their married life having been spent in Ohio and Illinois. In 1869 he emigrated with his family to Nebraska and settled on a homestead where he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. Norris was one of the most substantial farmers. Over twenty five years ago he was converted and united into the Christian church which he remained a faithful member until his death. He was the father of 12 children, seven sons and five daughters, three sons and two daughters having gone before him. The living are Solomon, near Yutan, David in Kansas, Albert in Phelps county, Nancy Parmenter, Yutan, Sarah Hiatt in Custer county, Ruth Parmenter, Mead and John, who is living on the old farm with his widowed mother. The funeral services were held from his late home Sunday March 6, at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. E. M. Johnson. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Carr Cemetery. He leaves a large circle of friends who sympathize with the bereaved family.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Norris, Sarah Wagner
May 15, 1913
Yutan News

   The following persons from out of town attended the funeral of Grandma Norris Monday; D.W. Morris, Morrowville, Kansas, J. C. Norris, Marshall, Mo. Mrs. J. C. Hyatt, Ansley, Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Parmenter and daughter Bernice of Lincoln, and George W. Parmenter of Bethany, Nebraska.


   Another name has been stricken from the list of Saunders County's early settlers and transferred to the home that has been prepared for her in heaven.

   Mrs. Sarah Norris died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.J. Parmenter, Saturday May 10, 1913. Mrs. Norris has been an invalid for a number of years and under the care of a physician. The deceased was a member of the Christian Church and those who knew her intimately can point with satisfaction to a record of good deeds and an active influence always exerted to the betterment of humanity. She was a woman of kindly disposition and there was always sunshine in her presence.

   Mrs. Sarah Wagner was born in Hancock County, Ohio in 1834 and was married to G. W. Norris in December 1854 in Vercer County, Illinois. They were blessed with 12 children, 7 of whom survive her. Mrs. Norris came to Cass County, Nebraska with her husband October 14, and from there to Saunders County the 3rd day of November 1869, where they homesteaded the land on which they resided until Mr. Norris's death.

   Seven children survive her viz; D.W. Norris, Morrowville, Kansas, J. A. Norris, Marshall, Mo., Mrs. Andrew Parmenter, Lincoln, Nebraska. S. P. Norris, Ashland, Nebraska. All the children were present at the funeral. The funeral was held at the house Monday, May 12, the Rev. Olbert officiating. The remains were interred in the Carr Cemetery, north of Ashland.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Parmenter, Guy Norris

February 8, 1934
Front Page


   The funeral services for Guy N. Parmenter, 44, were held from his house just south of the court house in Wahoo on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Rev. H. M. Bryant pastor of the Methodist Church conducted the services.

   Members of Wahoo Lodge No. 99, Knights of Pythias took charge of the remains from the home and conducted the burial services at Sunrise Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Attorneys B. E. Hendricks, Chas. H. Slama, Chas Hood, H.E. Kokjer, Alfred W. O'Dell and J.L. Pallat.

   Grand Chancellor George Ewaldt, Grand Keeper of Records and Seals, Will H. Love and Past Grand Chancellor J.M. Thompson of the Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias were up from Lincoln to attend the funeral. Mr. Parmenter was Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias Lodge of Nebraska during 1927 and 1928.

   Mr. Parmenter who was born near Yutan, Nebraska passed away at his home in Wahoo Sunday night February 4, following an illness of several months. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters and his mother Mrs. W.J. Parmenter. He served as County Judge of Saunders County from 1918 until 1930.

Note: Guy Norris Parmenter's wife was Hutoka Jane Knapp, granddaughter of Samuel and Isabella Forcum Steele, daughter of Silas and Effie Sarah Steele Knapp.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Parmenter, William Judson

June 29, 1933

W. J. Parmenter

   William Judson Parmenter, a pioneer of Saunders County passed away at his home in Yutan late on Sunday afternoon, June 25, at the age of 73 years, four months and 25 days. During all of his long illness he was a patient sufferer.

   He was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, January 30, 1860 and the winter of 1973 he came with his parents to Nebraska. They located on a farm about 10 miles north of Ashland. Here he attended the country school and later taught in one of the neighboring districts.

   In 1880 he moved toYutan where he operated a store. He continued in this business until a few years later when he was appointed postmaster in which capacity he served the community for eight years. After that he was a rural carrier for 15 years.

   Mr. Parmenter was a member of the Christian church at Plainview, but circumstances prevented church attendance during the past few years. He was also a staunch Democrat and took an active part in local politics and the welfare of his community.

   His long residence in Yutan and his many years in the postal service gave him a wide acquaintance in Saunders County. His many friends respected him for his integrity, admired his pleasant personality and his willingness to be of assistance to his friends and neighbors.

   On March 13, 1882, he was married to Miss Nancy Norris. To this union were born two sons, John Parmenter who preceded him in death in 1919 and Guy of Wahoo. He is survived by his wife, his son Guy of Wahoo. He is survived by his wife, his son Guy and five grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Mary Miller of Ashland, 3 brothers, Wilson of Denver, Andrew of Lincoln and Grant of Lyman, besides other relatives who mourn his loss.

   The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home with burial in Bethel cemetery. Rev. J. W. Hilton of Lincoln officiated.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Parmenter, Nancy Norris

January 3, 1935
Front Page


   Mrs. Nancy Parmenter, pioneer resident of Saunders county near Yutan, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Andrew Parmenter at Cheney, Friday, December 28th.

   She was the wife of the late W. J. Parmenter whom she married March 13, 1882. She was the daughter of George W. Norris, old Saunder County pioneer. Mr. and Mrs. Parmenter were influential in the establishing of Plainview Christian church and were among the founders of Cotner College, Lincoln. She had made her home in Yutan until about a year ago when ill health compelled her to go to Wahoo to make her home with her son, Guy and family. Since his death she has spent some time visiting relatives in different places. For the past few months she has been with her sister.

   Surviving are five grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

   The body was taken to Wahoo to Biggerstaff's Funeral Parlors Friday where a brief service was held Sunday, conducted by Rev. H. M. Bryant. Burial was at the Bethel Cemetery where Rev. Crisp officiated. The pallbearers were Fred Michel, John Thomas, Walter Fuchser, Frank Sanden, Roy Ueberhein and John Mumm.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Edward W.
(Oldest son of Samuel and Isabella Steele)

October 28, 1915
Yutan News

   Ed Steele of Wolbach was instantly killed at his home Wednesday of last week by having a wagon tongue run through him. It seems he was going to town with two loads of wheat and while fixing the end gate of one wagon the team behind him came up and pushed the wagon tongue through him.

October 21, 1915
Page 1, Column 3

   Edward Wesley Steele was born in Neoga, Illinois Sept. 11, 1859. He came to Nebraska in 1881 and there married Inez E. Bryant in 1884. To this union there were 9 children 6 of whom are living, Odessa Kennedy, Rachel Barton, Sherman Steele, Nellie Steele, Walter Steele and Birdie McDaniel. In 1903 he was married to Clara Frances White and to them were born 5 children; Alice, Arthur, Edith, Elmer and Bernice. He leaves a mother Isabelle Steele of Yutan, also two brothers and three sisters; Will Steele of Wolbach, Scott Steele of Ewing, Mrs. Maggie Hatfield of Ashland, Mrs. Alma Kirkwood of Fremont, and Mrs. Effie Knapp of Yutan. He departed this life October 20, 1915 age 56 years, 1 month, 9 days. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday, October 22. Rev. J. W. Hendersen of the Belgrade M. E. Church officiating and the remains laid to rest in the Red Wing cemetery.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Eliza Jane Bishop

September 9, 1948


   Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Jane Steele, 75, who passed away Saturday morning, September 4th after being ill only the day before, were held from the Methodist Church in Arnold on Tuesday September 7th with the Rev. F. Walker of the Baptist church in charge of the service.

   Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pearce and Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Brower accompanied by Mrs. Donsel Erickson sang during the service.

   Pallbearers were Vic Auble, Don Smith, Ernest Christensen, Harold Morgan, Harold Strasburg and Ted Andre.

   Internment was in the Arnold Cemetery.

   Eliza Jane Bishop, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Robinson Bishop was born June 6, 1873 at Morouish, Indiana and departed this life September 4, 1948 at the age of 75 years and 28 days.

   Part of her childhood days were spent in Indiana and North Carolina. When she was 7 years of age she came with her parents to Nebraska, locating near Omaha. Part of the trip was made by boat, an experience which left its permanent impression upon her mind.

   Mrs. Steele's mother died when she was 12. Four years later she moved to Fremont to work and it was while working there that she met William Erwin Steele. They were united in marriage in the Lutheran Church on May 3, 1891 in Yutan, Nebraska. To this union were born eight sons and two daughters.

   In 1901 they moved to Nance County and resided there for sixteen years. The Steele family moved to Logan County in 1917 and were engaged in farming and raising of livestock. Mr. Steele passed away July 18, 1918. Mrs. Steele and her sons continued on with the farming until October of the last year. She moved to into her home in Arnold last fall and spent many hours in beautifying the lawn and grounds. Mrs. Steele was a great lover of flowers.

   She was baptized into the Free Methodist Church 50 years ago. Later she and Mr. Steele were affiliated with a Community Church where they worked and worshiped until coming to Logan County. She united with the Methodist Church here a number of years ago and remained a faithful member. Mrs. Steele worked with the Garfield Ladies Aid for many years.

   Mrs. Steele leaves to mourn her passing her ten children, Roy, Ray, Mirle, Ruth, Orvel, Otto, Frank, Carl, Kenneth, and Dwight. Thirty living grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, one brother Miles L. Bishop and one half sister, Mrs. Cora Donahue.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Flora

March 3, 1899
Town and Country

   Flora Steele died in Omaha at 9:05 last night. The funeral will be at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ashland at 11:00 Sunday morning.

March 10, 1899


   Flora Steele, whose dreadful death is known to all of our readers, was born in Cumberland County, Illinois April 27, 1883 and died at Omaha, Nebraska March 2, 1899, aged 15 years, 10 months and 3 days.

   When Flora was a little over two years old the family moved to Nebraska and her father died the same month they arrived in their new home. Her mother remained a widow until 1887 when she remarried and moved with her family to Lincoln, where her second husband died, after which she returned to Ashland. Since the date of her return to this city, the family have lived here, Flora's young girlhood having spent in Ashland. She was a favorite among her schoolmates and universally esteemed for her amiable traits of character.

   On the 26th day of January, 1899 she went with her mother and brother to Omaha to visit her sister Mrs. Bert Wetherel, who lives at No. 312 Woolworth Avenue. The family were in enjoyment of their visit, happy and peaceful, when almost with the rapidity of a stroke of lightning they were plunged into the darkest sorrow and Flora became the victim of the most dreadful agony that the human body is capable of suffering. The little son of her sister in playful glee attempted to reach some object on the table near the lamp, and in doing so upset the lamp causing it to break. In a flash Flora was enveloped in flames. In the ordeal her body was dreadfully burned and the flesh was literally burned off her fingers.

   Dr. S. H. Smith, whose office is at the corner of Tenth and Pacific streets was immediately summoned, and he began a most heroic effort to save the poor girls life, sparing neither time nor money to alleviate her dreadful suffering and win her back to life if possible. After the most skillful treatment, lasting almost a month, she succumbed to her dreadful fate, her poor little body not having vitality enough to stand the strain.

   The body was brought to this city for internment on Sunday morning last, and the funeral was held at the Methodist church at 11:00 conducted by the pastor Rev. W. M. Worley. The church was densely packed, not withstanding the severe storm. Two beautiful bouquets, one of cut roses and ferns, and the other of calla lillies rested upon the white coffin. The pulpit of the church was prettily decorated with festoons of white bunting. Six young ladies of the same age and personal friends of Flora, were dressed in white and acted as honorary pallbearers.

   The remains were laid at rest in the Ashland Cemetery.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Fred F.

October 17, 1963


   Funeral services were held at the Marcy Chapel Saturday afternoon, October 12 for Fred F. Steele, 82, who died at his home in Ashland October 8.

   The Rev. H. C. Jorgensen of theAmerican Lutheran church officiated. Lloyd Edwards sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond the Sunset," with Mrs. Warren Robinson as organist. Pallbearers were William Beetison, J. C. Bryant, Earl Chamberlin, Archie Hightshoe, Keith Hightshoe, and Harve Meredith. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery.

   Mr. Steele, a painter by trade, was born June 2, 1981, at Mattoon, Illinois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nean Steele. He is survived by his wife, Lucy and these children; Mrs. Edna Millrons of Blair, Mrs. Bernice Jensen of Omaha, and Donald Taylor of Portland, Oregon.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Inez Bryant

August 14, 1903

Mrs. Edward Steele

   Inez Bryant was born in Iowa in 1861. In 1876 she came with her parents to Nebraska, the family settling in Clear Creek, now Yutan, where she spent the remainder of her life. In 1884 she was married to Edward W. Steele. Nine children were born of this union, two of whom preceded their mother to the other world.

   After a protracted illness she died at her home near Yutan August 7, 1903. The funeral was held at the Free Methodist Church in Yutan on Sunday the 9th, the pastor Rev. R.F. Johnson, conducting the service.

   The deceased was a member of the Free Methodist Church and a true example of the teachings of her Savior. Her death was peaceful and happy, a triumph of the Christian faith. She leaves her husband, seven children, two sisters, and one brother to mourn her death.

August 13, 1903
Yutan News

   We are sorry again to state that grim death again has visited our community this time calling to her last home Mrs. Inez Steele, beloved wife of Ed Steele. Mrs. Steele had been sick for sometime but hope had been entertained that she would be spared to her family until Friday when she grew worse and died in the evening at 10 o'clock. She was a woman of sterling worth and liked and respected by all who knew her. Mrs. Steele leaves a husband and six children besides a brother and three sisters, who have the sympathy of the people of this community. Internment at Bethel Cemetery Sunday.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Isabella Jane Forcum

Yutan News
November 19, 1925

   Omar Hatfield and wife of Ashland were in town Monday to make arrangements for the funeral of his grandmother Mrs. Isabelle Steele, who passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. H. Kirkwood in South Omaha on Sunday night at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Steele was a resident of Nebraska since the early 80's living on a farm a mile east of town. The last 25 or 30 years she lived in Yutan in her own little home until about 10 days ago, when she was taken to Omaha. Mrs. Steele had the respect of all her friends having lived a consistent life to the end. Three daughters, one son mourn the death of a devoted faithful mother. The bereaved have the sympathy of the community.

(Posted with permission from the Fremont Tribune)
November 18, 1925
Yutan, Nebraska


   Mrs. Isabelle Steel passed away at the home of Mrs. Howard Kirkwood, her daughter in South Omaha Sunday night November 15.

   Mrs. Steele was an old resident of Yutan having lived here since the death of her husband nearly thirty years ago.

   She was a faithful member of the Lutheran church and a constant attendant at the services until the infirmities of old age prevented her doing so. She was also a member of the W. C. T. U. The funeral took place from the Reformed church Wednesday morning at 11:00 and burial was made in Bethel Cemetery. Reverend Franke was in charge of the funeral services.

November 25, 1925
Yutan, Nebraska

   Mrs. John Devore and Mr. and Mrs. Timmons of Valley were in Yutan Wednesday attending the funeral of Mrs. Steele. Others from out of town were: J Siemson and wife, Mrs. Elmer Carr of Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Stange, and Mrs. W. C. Bender of Fremont, besides numerous relatives from Wahoo, Fremont, Ashland, Omaha and Valley.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Lucy Agnes Jackson

July 15, 1965


   Funeral services for Mrs. Fred Steele, 81, who died on her birthday Wednesday July 7, 1965, at a Blair hospital were held Saturday afternoon, July 10 at the Marcy Chapel. The Rev. C. M. Foust of the First Christian church officiated.

   Mrs. Warren Robinson, organist, played "The Old Rugged Cross." The pallbearers were Carl Anderson, Clifford Gilliam, John Gilliam, Harold Jensen, Ronald Jensen, and Claar Millrons. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery.

   Lucy Agnes Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson was born at Fontanelle, Nebraska on July 7, 1884. She married Lee Taylor in 1901. Four children were born to them; Donald Taylor of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Bernice Jensen of Omaha, Mrs. Edna Millrons of Blair, and Mildred who died at the age of 10.

   In 1914 she married married Fred Steele, of Ashland, who died on October 8, 1963.

   Mrs. Steele had nine brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by nine grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and a great number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Christian church.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Ninian/Nean

(Brother of Samuel Steele)

   Compiled from the 1884-85 Saunders County Mortality Schedule, Productions of Agriculture Census, the 1880 Cumberland County, Illinois Census and family member obituaries, by Karen Steele.

   Ninian Steele, the youngest son of Philander and Eliza Jane Bebout Steele was born in Cumberland County, Illinois in 1853. In September of 1884 Ninian brought his family to Ashland, Nebraska from Neogo, Illinois. At the time he came to Nebraska he was ill with consumption, which he had contracted in Illinois. In November of 1884, just two short months after his arrival, Ninian died at the age of 32. He was survived by his wife Louisa Weaver Steele and their four children, Elsie, Elzaidee, Fred and Flora. A young son John, died in Illinois.

Note: According to the 1880 Cumberland County, Illinois census Mr. Steele's given name was spelled Ninian, which is a Steele family name. On his tombstone at the Ashland Cemetery, his name is spelled Nean. The 1884-85 Saunders County Mortality Census has his name listed as N. Steele. His wife's obituary spells his name Nean. Not known if there was a legal change in the spelling.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Ross R.

May 1, 1913

   The many friends of Ross Steele of Valley were greatly shocked to learn that he was accidently killed last Friday, near Elkhorn by a U.P. train while walking on the tracks. Ross was born and raised in this community and lived here till he was a young man. The past few years he has lived in Valley, where he was engaged in the insurance business. His age mother Isabelle Steele lives in Yutan. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother three brothers and three sisters.

Note: Ross served in the Spanish American War Company B Irst Regiment Nebraska Vol. Infantry. Family lore is that he served under Teddy Roosevelt himself. In 1916, his wife Martha Zwiebel Steele, a Waterloo, Nebraska native passed away. She is buried in the Valley Cemetery, just west of Valley, Nebraska. Ross is buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery just west of Elkhorn. Surviving them were their two young sons Russell and Ernest Steele.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Russell

Ashland Gazette
June 17, 1937
Page 8


   Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Burke went to Prospect Hill Cemetery near Elkhorn Sunday for funeral services for her nephew Russell Steel, 32 who passed away in Callifornia. The body was cremated there and the ashes were brought here for burial. Mr. Steel was also a nephew of Mrs. J.P. Hatfield.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Samuel

Yutan News
March 18, 1897

   Samuel Steele's death caused quite a surprise to everyone being so sudden. He was milking and had a stroke of apoplexy and died in four hours.

March 13, 1897
Front Page


   Samuel Steele had a paralytic stroke Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock and died at noon. Deceased was born in Morgan county, Illinois, and was 59 years old: He leaves a wife, four sons, Edward, William, Scott and Ross, and three daughters, Mrs. J. P. Hatfield, Mrs. S. F.Knapp, Mrs. H. S. Kirkwood and two sisters to mourn his loss, besides a host of friends who sympathize with the mourners in this their time of bereavements. Funeral was held at 3 p. m., Thursday, at the Lutheran church, Rev. Schulz officiating.

Our husband and father
Has gone on before.
And we hope to meet him
On the other bright shore.

Our life is but short
In this world here below
And few of us reckon
The time of death's blow.

We all should consider
That death is but sure
And all prepare to meet one
Who lives forevermore.

   Note: Samuel Steele, the son of Philander and Eliza Jane Bebout Steele was born on June 28, 1837 in Morgan County near the town of Gosport, Indiana. He died on March 10, 1897 at Yutan, Nebraska. In 1881 Samuel brought his wife, Isabella Jane Forcum Steele and seven children, Edward W., William Erwin, Lillian Magnolia, Winfield Scott, Effie Sarah, Ross R. and Alma Ellen to Saunders County from Cumberland County Illinois. They located on a farm one mile east of Yutan, Nebraska

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, William E.
(Son of Samuel and Isabella Steele)

August 1, 1918
Yutan News

   We received the sad news of the death of William Steele a formerYutan resident, but now of Arnold. Mr. Steele is the son of Mrs. Jane Steele of this place and was well known in and around Yutan.

July 11, 1938

Items chosen from the Sentinel of 20 Years ago This Week


   Wm. Steele who has lived on his place ten miles west of Arnold was brought to town two weeks ago to be under the doctors care. He had been afflicted for some time with cancer of the stomach, which caused his death. The deceased was born at Mattoon, Illinois, July 19, 1861, and died at Arnold, Nebraska July 18, 1918 at the age of 56 years, eleven months and 29 days. He came to Nebraska about 30 years ago and settled at Yutan, and on May 3, 1891 was married to Eliza Jane Bishop. For several years the family lived on a farm near Wolbach, Nebraska and a year ago last fall moved to a place ten miles west of Arnold, which he purchased consisting of 800 acres.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Steele, Winfield Scott

May 3, 1943
Posted with the permission of the Denver Post.


   Winfield S. Steele of 3422 West 33rd Ave. Husband of Mrs. Anita R. Steele. Father of Orval L., Charles, Archie, and Miss Elvia Steele and Mrs. Zeda Schleiger. Services Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Hofmann's, Crown Hill.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Wade, Clara White Steele

March 15, 1923


   Clara Francis White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. White was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa November 6, 1880 and died at her home in Cedar Rapid, March 9, 1923 at the age 42 years, 4 months and 3 days.

   She was married to Edward W. Steele December 12, 1903, at Sioux City, Iowa. To this union five children were born all of whom are living. Her husband Edward, W. Steele died October 21, 1915.

   She was married to Wm. H. Wade November 3, 1918. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, W.H. Wade and five children Alice, Arthur, Edith, Elmer and Bernice, her mother and step father, Mr. and Mrs. John B. White of Cedar Rapids; seven sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Chas. Paddleford, Jason White, Johnnie and Ruth White of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Ralph Dap of Sioux City, Iowa; William, Walter White, Mrs. W. H. Bridger, Mrs. Wm. Smith, Mrs. F. J. Fuchsberger and Mrs. C.H. Carney all of Lincoln, besides many other relatives and friends.

   She was raised a Presbyterian, but later united with the Methodist church of Cedar Rapids. She was a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge.

   She was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed by all.

   The funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Roe. She was laid to rest beside her husband (Edward Steele) in the Red Wing Cemetery.

Submitted by Karen Steele

WEAVER, George W.

April 1, 1904
Page 8, Col 4


   George W. Weaver was born near Rising Sun, Indiana April 28, 1848 and died at Lincoln, Nebraska March 28, 1904, age 55 years and 11 months.

   Brother Weaver was a most consistent Christian, believing in an experimental life and knowledge of the power of Christ to save. He held his church membership in Platte Valley United Brethren Church.

   When a child his father's family went to Illinois, where he lived until 1881 when he came to Nebraska. While in Illinois Mr. Weaver enlisted in Company F. 46th Illinois infantry in which he proved faithful to his country.

   March 13, 1860 he was united in marriage to Miss Mariah Steele. From this union 7 children were born, 2 having gone on before to await his coming on the other shore. Five children, namely Ellsworth Weaver the only son, Mesdames Mary Greer and Myrtle Dodds and Messes Lillian and Francis and a loving wife remain to mourn his loss, together with one brother and three sisters, Solomon W. Weaver of Ashland and Mesdames Margaret McShane and Sarah Dupes of Illinois and Mrs. Willis of Ashland. He went to South Omaha to live about a year ago and returned to Ashland the beginning of the year.

   His natural vision is closed but his spiritual vision transports his soul to a land free from all sickness and pain, where God shall wipe all tears from our eyes and sorrow no more.

   The illness leading to his death was of a duration of about 3 months. About three months ago he was afflicted with a sore which appeared on his foot and which proved to be of a cancerous nature. The disease developed internally and last Monday he went to Lincoln to be operated on at a hospital. The operation was performed, but terminated in death a few hours afterwards. The remains were brought to Ashland Tuesday.

   The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday the 31st at 2:00 p.m. The pastor, the Rev. A. M. Perry conducted the sermon. The remains were buried in the Ashland cemetery.

Note: George W. Weaver's sister Mrs.Willis of Ashland was Ninian Steele's first wife.

Submitted by Karen Steele

Weaver, Mariah Steele
(Sister of Samuel Steele)

January 30, 1913
Front Page

   Mariah E. Steel was born on January 29, 1846 and died January 23, 1913 age 66 years and 25 days. She was united in marriage to George Weaver in the year 1868 to this union were born nine children four of who have passed her to the better world.

   Her husband died March 28, 1902 and she has since made her home with her children, the last year at the home of Mrs. James Dodds.

   She united with the church in early life and has ever since lived a devoted Christian woman. She leaves five children to mourn her loss, four girls and one boy; Mrs. James Dodds of near Wann, Wm. Elsworth Weaver, Mrs. Joseph Greer, Mrs. Will Copeland and Mrs. Will Barger all of Omaha.

   The funeral services were held on Saturday morning from the Wann church. The Rev. W. E. Goings, pastor officiating, Internment in the Ashland Cemetery.

Card of Thanks

Signed by:
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Dodds
Mr. and Mrs. J. Greer
Mr. and Mrs. Will Barger
Ellsworth Weaver

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