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Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

CARR, Jacob A.

   Jacob A. Carr was born January 1, 1847, in Allen County, Ohio, and died at his home in Wahoo, Neb., March 2, 1917, after a two months' sickness, aged 70 years, 2 months and 2 days. At the age of 10 years he moved with his parents to Davis County, Iowa, and later came to Nebraska where he has since resided on his farm near Memphis and the last few years at Wahoo. He was married to Miss Emma Meyer on February 3, 1876. To this union three children were born. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and three children, Mr. W. A. Carr of Memphis, Mrs. A. A. Robbins of Wahoo, and Mrs. C. L. Robbins of Ithaca, also three sisters and one brother and many other relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father. He was a member of the Plainview Christian Church, north of Memphis. The funeral services were held from the home at one o'clock Sunday afternoon, March 4, conducted by the Methodist minister at Wahoo. Interment was made in the Indian Mound Cemetery at Ithaca.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

CARR, Wallace

   The community was shocked last Monday morning to learn of the death of Wallace Carr of Memphis, Neb., which had occurred at 4:30 a. m. at the C. L. Robbins residence at Wahoo.

   His death, as reported to the health department, was caused by angina pectoris, the medical term for a disease of the nerve that controls the action of the heart. This complaint, if acute, usually causes death in a very short time and the patient nearly always suffers terribly during the short period of illness.

   Mr. Carr, who had not been feeling very well of late, decided to spend a couple of weeks visiting his sisters, Mrs. A. A. Robbins and Mrs. C. L. Robbins of Wahoo and take a course of medical treatment while here to see if he could not get to feeling a little better.

   He came to Wahoo Saturday, and Sunday he spent the day with the families of his two sisters at the A. A. Robbins home, and he and the Robbins brothers were down town twice during the day. He went to the C. L. Robbins home to spend the night and retired early but awoke during the night and complained of considerable pain. After a little while he seemed to get relief and went back to bed again. Later on his sister was awakened by hearing him make a noise, and on investigation found him to be a very sick man. The physician, Dr. Elder, was summoned but Mr. Carr expired before the doctor arrived.

   Wallace Carr was born June 20, 1877 in Saunders County where he spent his entire life. He married Miss Mattie Mays, a daughter of Joseph Mays, who survives him. Besides the widow, he leaves three children, Veda of Lincoln, Inez and Harold at home, and two sisters, Mrs. A. A. robbins and Mrs. C. L. Robbins of Wahoo.

   Wallace Carr was a clean -cut type of the modern Saunders County farmer and a good neighbor who will be greatly missed by his wide circle of friends all over the county.

   The funeral was held Tuesday noon at the home of A. A. Robbins in Wahoo and burial was made at Ashland.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins


Wahoo Democrat April, 16, 1914

   Death summoned Fred Eberhardt on Tuesday morning, April 14, 1914, at 6:15. His passing came as a shock to many of his acquaintances. Mr. Eberhardt has been a sufferer from asthma for fifteen years and for some years he has passed his winters in Florida and two weeks ago he returned to his home in this city. He was about for a few days but a week ago Saturday night he became quite ill and on Sunday morning a physician was summoned. The pain in his head became so severe that he was almost deranged. He could not keep still and despite the orders of the doctors that he should remain in bed, he would get up and go into the yard. It was congestion of the brain that caused his death.

   Fred Eberhardt was born in Wurtenberg, Germany, September 15, 1846. He came with his parents to America in 1866 and settled at Sterling, Illinois. At Dixon, Illinois, September, 1869, he was united in marriage with Miss Ida Meyer. The young couple immediately started overland with Mrs. Eberhardt's parents for Nebraska. They came to Saunders county and homesteaded in Green precinct south of Ithaca on the farm now owned by August Eichmeier. Their first house was a dugout and sod combination and they built it in a half day. Here the young people started life, Mr. Eberhardt pursuing the peaceful avocation of a farmer and serving his neighbors in Green precinct as justice of the peace and assessor. To the worthy couple were born ten children, seven of whom with the wife survive him. They are Mrs. Frank Stocking, Wahoo: Mrs. O. S. Barnes, Iowa City, Iowa; Mrs. Aaron Hanson, Wahoo; Mrs. R. B. Hill, South Omaha, and three sons, Pitts, Earl and Ernest all of South Omaha.

   In March, 1889, Mr Eberhardt moved to Wahoo. He was one of the best known men in the city. He always had a happy word and joke and he brought cheer to many a heart.

   The funeral will be held from the house in South Wahoo on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock. The services will be under the auspice of the Odd Fellow Lodge and Rev. J. M. McDonald will preach the sermon. Interment will be in Indian Mound Cemetery at Ithaca.

Card of Thanks.

   To friends and neighbors who all kindly aided during the illness, death and burial of our beloved husband and father we extend our heartfelt thanks.

Mrs. Fred Eberhardt and Children.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

EBERHARDT, Ida Augusta Meyer

Wahoo Democrat July 8, 1920

Death of Mrs. Eberhardt

   Ida Augusta Meyer was born Feb 19, 1852, at Magdeburg, Germany. At the age of two years she came with her parents to America and lived in Illinois until the fall of 1869, when she was united in marriage to Fred Eberhardt and came with him and her parents to Saunders county where they homesteaded in Green precinct south of Ithaca on the farm now known as the Eichmeier place. Here they lived for twenty years doing their part in developing the country.

   In 1889 they moved to Wahoo where she has since lived, being at the time of her death 68 years, 4 months and 18 days old.

   Mrs. Eberhardt's health became seriously impaired a few weeks ago and since that time had gradually failed. She has been tenderly cared for at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Stocking, where all that is known to medical skill has been done for her.

   She passed away July 5th at 4:30 p.m. leaving to mourn her, three sons, four daughters and seventeen grand children. Her husband preceded her April 14, 1914. The children are Pitts Eberhardt of Minendosa, Manitoba, Canada; Mrs. O. S. Barnes, Iowa City Ia.; Mrs. Bruce Hill, Omaha; Mrs Frank Stocking, Mrs. Aaron Hanson, Earl and Ernest Eberhardt, all of Wahoo. Also three brothers, and one sister, Chas. Meyer of Wahoo, William Meyer of Hay Springs, Nelson Meyer of Bethany and Mrs. Jacob Carr of Wahoo.

   She was a patient sufferer and she leaves with all the memory of a character the sweetness and humility of which was such that it can be truly said, her life was patterned after that of the Savior.

   Private funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Frank M. Stocking home in this city, conducted by Rev. Nickerson. Interment will be in Indian Mound cemetery at Ithaca.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

MAYS, Albert Wesley

   Albert Wesley Mays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mays, was born on the farm near Memphis, Nebr., April 13, 1890, and died from influenza February 6, 1919, aged 28 years, 9 months and 23 days. He attended school in District No. 6, completing the eighth grade, after which he took charge of his father's farm and was manager of it at the time of his death. All who knew Albert spoke of him as an ideal young man, and a successful farmer. On friday, January 31, he contracted that dreaded disease, the Spanish influena, and after a week's sickness passed from this earthly life to the one beyond. He leaves to mourn his departure, his parents, two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Carr and Miss Bessie Anna Mays, and a host of other relatives and friends. His eldest sistrer, Carrie Emily Mays, preceded him in death August 17, 1881, and his eldest brother, Charles P. Mays, passed away february 7, 1919, within 24 hours following, from the influenza.. Short funeral services were held Friday, February 7,1919, conducted by the Rev. Bert W. Salmon. Inerment was made in the cemetery at Ashland. Sympathy of the community is deeply stirred by the affliction of the unfortunate family.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

MAYS, Mrs. H. D.

Ashland Gazette June 19, 1919, p. 8, col. 4

Mrs. H. D. Mays

   Amelia Catherine, third daughter of Wm. and Amelia Meyer, was born near Dixon, Illinois, on December 20, 1864, where she lived until the family emigrated west in the year 1868. They settled on a homestead in Marble precinct where she endured the hardships of a pioneer's daughter.

   On October 1, 1883, she was united in marriage to Henry D. Mays, a young farmer of the same precinct, at Wahoo, and by diligent work they made for their reclining years a beautiful home.

   This union was blessed by nine children; namely, Mrs. Emma Conrad, Wahoo; Mrs. Ida Knight, Valparaiso; Mrs. Lizzie Hanson, Mead; Sylvia, Howard, Nellie and Herbert, at home. Mrs. Geneva Thomas, Fremont, and Arthur have preceded their mother.

   Mrs. Mays in early life joined the Plainview Christian church. Her health has been very delicate for a number of years past. Last Tuesday she went over to visit with her daughter near Valparaiso. While at the breakfast table Friday; she remarked how much better she was feeling and after partaking of a hearty meal, she was clearing off the table, and without a warning sank to the kitchen floor. Before her daughter could reach her, life was extinct, Age 54 years, 5 months and 23 days.

   She leaves to mourn: her husband, seven children, three brothers and two sisters, also a large circle of warm friends.

   Funeral services were conducted by L. E. Snapp, pastor of the Christian church, at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and interment was made in the Ashland cemetery.


   We desire to thank our friends and relatives for the many acts of kindness extended during the burial of wife and mother; also for the beautiful floral offerings. - H. D. Mays; Mrs. Albert Conrad; Mrs. H. W. Knight; Mrs. Elmer Hanson; Misses Sylvia and Neil Mays, Howard and Herbert.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

MAYS, Charles Percy

   Charles Percy Mays, son of Joseph Mays, was born near Memphis, Nebr. February 2, 1884, and departed from this life on Friday, February 7, 1919, at the age of 35 years, and 5 days, his death being caused from pneumonia following influenza. He lived with his parents near Memphis during his school days. On Jaunary 28, 1906, he was united in marriage to Miss Leora Tracey. To this union was born one son, Percy. He was a loving husband and father, a good neighbor highly respected by all who knew him. He enjoyed good health until last Saturday, when he became afflicted with influenza. All medical aid seemed in vain, and on Friday morning about 9 o'clock, he passed away to another land to await the coming of his loved ones. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, son, father, and two sisters. His brother preceded him in death about 24 hours, and his mother passed away three days later. besides these he leaves many other relatives and a large host of friends.

   Short funeral services were held at the home and at the Ashland Cemerery, where burial was made, conducted by the Rev. Bert W. Salmon.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

MAYS, Henry D.

Ashland Gazette, August 2, 1923, p.1, col. 4


   Word was received early in the week regarding the sudden death of Mr. Henry D. Mays, of Wahoo.

   It appears that he was last seen alive at 10:30 Saturday night, at his home, and his body was found on Monday morning. It is thought that he had a paralytic stroke and died some time Saturday night.

   Mr. Mays was not usually left alone, as he has been in poor health for about three years, but his two daughters and one son had gone on a vacation trip to the mountains and had made arrangements to have a young girl do the necessary house work while they were away, and through some misunderstanding the girl had gone to Fremont Saturday afternoon, believing that Joe Mays was coming for the week end, and it appears that Joe had been planning to thresh but on account of the rain was delayed and unable to get to his brother's home, consequently, Mr. Mays was alone when he passed away.

   The deceased was well known and highly respected here in Ashland as he had lived on a farm a few miles northwest of town for over forty years, going to Wahoo only three years ago, and was 62 years old.

   Up to the time of writing the children who are on an auto trip could not be located and are unaware of their father's death.

   Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Ashland and the remains were laid to rest in the Ashland cemetery at 2:30 today.

   Rev. Mr. Hobbs, of the Wahoo M. E. church conducted the services at the church and the K. of P. lodge, of which Mr. Mays was a member, carrying out their ritualistic service at the grave.


   Henry D. Mays was born in Aledo, Mercer county, Illinois, December 13, 1861, a son of Andrew and Barbara Ann Mays, both natives of Ohio. He came to Saunders county as a 14 year old boy with his father's family in 1876, the elder Mays having purchased a farm not far from the present site of Memphis. He continued to work with his father until he reached his majority and soon after was married to Miss Amelia Meyers, the wedding having occurred on October 1, 1882, at Wahoo. They lived a happy contented and prosperous married life until interrupted by the death of Mrs. Mays on June 13, 1919, which resulted from hearth failure as an after effect of the influenza.

   Mr. Mays and his daughters, Sylvia and Nellie, and son, Herbert, moved to Wahoo on January 1, 1920, where they resided until his death Sunday, July 29, 1923.

   To Mr. And Mrs. Mays were born nine children, six girls and three boys as follows: Mrs. Emma Conrad, Mrs. Ida Knight, Mrs. Lizzie Hanson, Mrs. Geneva Thomas, Mrs. Sylvia Edmonson, Miss Nellie Mays and Arthur, Howard and Herbert Mays. Arthur and Geneva have been dead for several years. He also leaves four brothers, Joseph and Levi of Ashland and Nelson and Martin of Wahoo.

   Henry Mays was a kind father, a good neighbor and a consistent lodge member whose presence in the community will be greatly missed. As a farmer he was very successful in every point of view and was rated as one of the best in a community noted for good farmers.

   Both Mr. and Mrs. Mays were members of the Plainview Christian church.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

MAYS, Ida May

   Ida May Whitlock was born at Munsey, Penn., November 22, 1857, and passed away at her home near Memphis, Nebr., February 10, 1919 after a short illness from pneumonia, aged 61 years. 2 months and 18 days. In 1864, she went with her sister to Rock Island, Ill., where she grew to womanhood. On February 16, 1879, she was united in marriage to Joseph Mays of Memphis, Nebr. They came directly to Nebraska and made their home on the farm on which the deceased was living at the time of her death. To this union were born five children, namely, Carrie, Mattie, Charles, Albert, and Bessie. Carrie died in infancy. Albert preceded his mother in death February 6, 1919, and Charles on February 7, 1919.

   Mrs. Mays was a member of the Memphis Methodist Church. She was a kind and loving mother, respected and honored by all who knew her. She was loved most because of her kind and pleasant disposition. Her death is exceptionally sad, the Grim Reaper having entered the home and taken away three loved ones within five days. She leaves to mourn her loss a host of relatives and friends.

   A short service was held Wednesday, February 12, at 12:30, at the grave, conducted by the Rev. Bert W. Salmon of Ashland. Interment was made in the Ashland Cemetery.

   The bereaved have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

MAYS, Joseph

   The funeral service was held Friday from the Methodist Church for Joe Mays, who passed away at a private hospital in Omaha about 4 o'clock last Monday afternoon, following a long illness. Rev. Ellis officiated, and a quartert, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Porter, B. A. Greenslit and H. F. Anderson , sang. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery.

   Mr. Mays, who would have been 78 years old April 1, was an early settler in Saunders County. He was prominent in the republican politics of the county at one time, and served as a county commissioner from the first district from 1900 to 1906. He was a member of the board when the contract was let for the new court house.

   Mr. Mays was well known in the county, and was liked by everyone for his sincerity, geniality, and friendliness.

   Joseph Mays was born at New Boston, Ill., April 1 1856, and passed away March 19, 1934, at Omaha, Nebr. He moved to Ashland, Nebr., with his parents in 1877 and was united in marriage to Ida May Whitlock of Aledo, Ill., on February 16, 1879. To this union were born five children, namely Carrie, Mattie, Charles, Albert and Bessie. Carrie passed away in infancy. His wife and two sons, Charles and Albert preceded him in death in 1919. He leaves to mourn his loss, his two daughters, Mrs. Mattie Carr and Mrs. Bessie Stacey, four grandchildren, Veda, Inez and Harold Carr and Percy Mays; two brothers, Levi and Martin Mays.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

MAYS, Nelson

   Nelson Mays was born August 19, 1863, at Aledo, Ill., and died August 12, 1930 at Omaha at the age of 66 years 11 months and 24 days. Mr. Mays was married to Miss Jennie Colbert on December 15, 1886, and to this union were born two children, Edith and LeRoy. Surviving him are his wife and the two children. Mr. Mays was one of a family of six boys. Two brothers, William and Henry, preceded him in death and Levi, Joseph and Martin survive.

   When Mr. and Mrs. Mays were first married, they moved to a farm home near Memphis, Neb., where they lived and reared their family, moving to Wahoo twelve years ago. Mr Mays was a prominent farmer and stockman. Of late months, Mr. Mays, with his son Leroy, had entered the oil business at Wahoo.

   Mr. Mays was a member of the Knights of Pythias. During all his life he was associated with the church. At their farm home they were members of the Ilif Methodist Church and upon moving to Wahoo, their memberships were transferred to the Wahoo Methodist Church. Mr. Mays had served for a number of years as a member of the board of trustees of the Wahoo Church.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins


   Emma Meyer was born in Dixon, Ill., May 20, 1857, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Robbins, Oct. 9, 1923, aged 66 years and l9 days.

   In 1869 she migrated to the broad prairies of Nebraska with her parents . On Feb. 3, 1876, she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. Jacob Carr in Marble precinct. They took up their abode on a farm north of Memphis residing there until 10 years ago when they moved to Wahoo and established their home there. Here about seven years ago Mr. Carr passed away.

   Mrs. Carr was, until two weeks ago, in the very best of health, but she had the misfortune to step on a nail. The wound from the beginning caused a lot of pain and she was taken into the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Robbins, where everything possible was done to prevent the dreaded disease lurking near, but in spite of all that could be done, on the sixth day she was taken suddenly ill with tetanus. Every possible effort was made to save her but she passed away on the following evening.

   She was a kind and good mother, highly respected and loved by her friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Mrs. Carr was a member of the Plainview Christian Church.

   She is survived by one son, Mr. Wallace Carr of Memphis, Neb.; two daughters, Mrs. Albert Robbins and Mrs. Louis Robbins of Wahoo, Neb. She also leaves three brothers, Mr. Chas. Meyer of Wahoo, Mr. William Meyer of Hay Springs; Mr. Nelson Meyer of Bethany, Neb.; besides a host of their relatives and friends. Eight grandchildren also survive her.

   Funeral services were conducted at the A. A. Robbins home, 1460 N. Broadway, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11th, Rev. Kellow of Ithaca officiating. Intermet was had in Indian Mound Cemetery at Ithaca.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

ROBBINS, Benjamin Jackson

Wahoo Newspaper

   Benjamin Jackson Robbins was born May 30, 1845 in Jefferson county, Indiana, and died at his home in this city (Wahoo, Nebraska) July 27, 1915 of paralysis.

   At the age of nine years he moved with his three half brothers to Davis county, Iowa, his parent having passed away when he was but a little child. There he grew into young manhood. At the age of twenty he came to Nebraska, first locating at Ashland. He helped build the stone building at that place. Later he took a homestead about five miles southeast of Ithaca. He sold to his father-in-law and move on a farm one mile north of it. There he stayed till eleven years ago when he retired from the farm and moved to Wahoo.

   On April 17, 1874 he was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Beyer. To this union six children born, namely, Mrs. J.P. Knipple, of Wahoo, Mrs Grant Wagner, Albert A. Robbins of Memphis, Henry and Louie Robbins of Ithaca and Miss Edith of Wahoo who with the mother and one half-brother, Mr. Aaron Robbins of Ashland, mourn the loss.

   He was a kind and loving husband and father an honest, upright citizen and although he was not a member of any church, was a strong believer in Christianity.

   The funeral was held at the M.E. church at Ithaca, on Friday, July 30, 1915 at 2 o'clock, Rev. Kellow conducting the services. Interment at Indian Mound Cemetery at Ithaca.

Submitted by Lanny A. Robbins

ROBBINS, Mrs. Henry

Wahoo Wasp Aug 19, 1943, p. 6, col. 5 - Ithaca

   Mr. & Mrs. Ross Robbins came Saturday from Dayton, Ohio having been called by the illness and death of his mother, Mrs. Henry Robbins who passed away Saturday night.

- p. 8, col 4. Funeral Service Held Tuesday for Mrs. Henry Robbins

   Martha E. J. Beulke, daughter of Ferdinand and Augusta Beulke, was born July 7, 1889, southeast of Ithaca, and passed away August 13, 1943, at the age of 54 years, one month and 8 days. At the age of four, she moved with her parents to their farm southeast of Ithaca, where she lived until her marriage. She attended school in District 102 and the German school at the Zion Lutheran Church. Here she was confirmed March 30, 1902.

   She was united in marriage to Henry N. Robbins of Ithaca, on April 28, 1909. They lived on their farm near Ithaca for 33 years. To this union were born three sons: Earl W., Ross R., and Harold J.

   On February 9, 1941 they moved to their present home in Ithaca, Nebr.

   All her life she has been known for her cheerful disposition, her appreciation of music, and, the hospitality she showed to others. She was a member of the Evangelical Church and the Women's Missionary Society, and attended services and meetings faithfully as long as her health permitted. Her health has been failing for the past two and a half years. In spite of excellent care and medical aid she grew steadily worse.

   She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Henry Robbins, her three sons, Earl of Ithaca, Ross of Dayton, Ohio, and Harold of Ithaca; five grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Emma Hass of Ithaca; two brothers, Carl Beulke of Ashland, and Emil Beulke of Valporaiso, also a host of relatives and friends.

   Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon August 17, at the home at 1:30, and at the Evangelical Church at 2 o'clock, with her pastor, Rev. W. C. Iliff in charge. Music was furnished by Mrs. Henry Hageman, Mrs. Ervin Hageman, Alvin Kaufman, and August Noerenberg at the piano. Pall bearers were Francis Hass, Ervin Hageman, Ernest Scheuneman, Ernest Treptow, Ben Treptow and Louie Cornell. Interment was in Indian Mound cemetery at Ithaca, Nebr.

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