Obituaries

Obituaries - 1901-1910

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1902

transcribed by Helen Selee

The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, March 7, 1902
DIED: Oscar Cornelius Seveland, son of Mrs. John Nelson, survive him. The funeral was held from the Danish church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. R. G. Easley and his remains rest beside those of his wife in the Danish cemetery.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, February 28, 1902
DIED: Mrs. Cottier, wife of David Cottier of Corn Creek, died at the hospital in Norman, Oklahoma, Sunday, February 23, 1902, aged 51 years. She had been an inmate of the hospital for over three years. She leaves a husband, five daughters and four sons to mourn her loss. The body was shipped to Gordon Wednesday and the funeral was held Thursday at the church on Corn Creek, conducted by Rev. Amos Ross.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, March 7, 1902
DEATHS: Mrs. Fred Ellard, daughter of A. E. Wilbur, died at the home of her parents Tuesday evening, March 4th of consumption. She leaves a husband and two children, the youngest being about two years of age. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today from the sod church.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, March 7, 1902
DIED: Tuesday night, March 4, 1902, at his home in Larrabee Creek, Harrel Denny, aged 77 years. Pneumonia caused his death. He was born in Prebble county, Ohio, in 1824, moved to Nebraska in 1878, and located in Platte county, near Columbus. In 1893 moved to Sheridan county. He leaves a wife, one son and three daughters to mourn his death. His son, Henry Denny, and two daughters, Mrs. Theo. Allen and Mrs. Malson, reside in this county. The funeral was held from the sod church at 2 p.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Wilkinson.

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OBITUARY: The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, Jan. 17, 1902
William H. Strong was born in Victor, Ontario county, N.Y., April 20, 1845. He was married February 14, 1864, to Miss Mary Cole of Dundee, N.Y. Two children were the result of this union, Geo. F., who resides in Oregon, Miss Dora, who still resides at home. On March 28, 1872, his wife died, leaving him to struggle alone in the world with two small children. January 6, 1875, he was married to Miss Emma McFarland of Fairport, N.Y. Five sons were born to this union, four of whom survive him and share the grief of a heart broken mother. The family moved to Nebraska in 1885. In 1895 the deceased united with the Baptist church and remained a faithful member until death claimed him and took him to his reward, January 15, 1902. He was a kind husband, a loving father and a peaceable, law-abiding citizen, always ready to lend a helping hand to the poor and distressed. His motto in life was the golden rule. His funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. from the M.E. church in Gordon, conducted by the Rev. J.A. Scamahorn, and the body will be interred in the Gordon cemetery. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved family.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, February 14, 1902
DIED: At the home of his son, Chas. Nelson, at Big Bordeaux, near Chadron, Monday morning February 10, 1902, Morten P. Nelson, aged seventy years.

The deceased was born in Denmark July 3, 1832. He came to America eighteen years ago and settled at Vermillion, South Dakota; moved to Sheridan county fifteen years ago and took a claim seven miles east of Gordon. His wife died about four years ago and was buried in the cemetery near the Danish church. Three sons, Chris, Hans and Antoanna Tuchenhagen, was born in Roland, Iowa, June 9, 1885, and died in Gordon, February 28, 1902, aged 16 years, 8 months and 18 days. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church at 2 pm. Sunday, conducted by Rev. B.A. Wilkinson, assisted by Revs. Easley and Clark. Oscar was a good boy at home and at school, was beloved by teacher and class mates. He was sick about a month, first being attacked by grip, which gradually developed into more alarming symptoms. He leaves a mother, three brothers and a sister to mourn his death. The family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, March 7, 1902
SUDDEN DEATH: News was brought to Gordon Sunday afternoon that Peter M. Girard, Abany had died very suddenly at his home in Albany, between 10 and 11 o clock that forenoon. Coroner Floyd Jones and Fred Duerfeldt drove to Albany Sunday evening. A jury was summoned and an inquest held, the verdict being that the deceased came to his death from heart failure.

The deceased was a man about forty years of age, a blacksmith, married, apparently in good health and enjoying life. About 10 o clock he was seen shoveling through a deep snow drift, leading to the barn. At 11 o clock Chas. Clark called at his home on an errand and was told by Mrs. Girard that her husband was out to the barn. He went to the barn to see him, and found him lying face downward in the barn, with a hammer clutched tightly in his right hand, dead.

Peter Girard had lived in Albany several years, where he worked at blacksmithing. He was an honest, hard working man, kind and generous with his favors, and was loved and respected by all. The funeral was held at the sod church at 12 o clock Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Wilkinson. He leaves a grief-stricken wife to mourn his sudden and untimely death.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, March 21, 1902
DIED. ---Mrs. Frank Coates, at the St. Joseph hospital in Omaha, March 17th, age 43 years.

Aggie Wallace was born in Allamakee county, Iowa, December 25, 1858. She was married to Frank Coates at Beamen, Iowa, January 1, 1883. To this union one son was born, Glen. They moved to Nebraska in 1885. She united with the M.E. church in 1888, and was a faithful member until her death, March 17, 1902.

For the past six months, Mrs. Coates has not been in good health. She was of unusual robust, vigorous constitution, and even her most intimate friends were not aware that her sickness was of a serious nation until a few days before her death. Her physician, Dr. Dyer, realized that her condition was growing serious and advised that she be taken to Omaha at once for examination and treatment. She consented to accompany her husband to Omaha and the two left their home in Gordon for that city, Sunday morning, March 9th.

She was taken to the St. Joseph hospital in Omaha, where an examination was made the following Monday and it was found necessary to operate upon her for appendicitis. She could not bear to submit to such an operation until she had first sent for her only child, Glenn. The little fellow left on his sorrowful journey Tuesday night. It was intended to postpone the operation until last Saturday, but as she grew weaker each day, the operation was performed on Thursday afternoon, March 13th. It lasted two hours and a quarter and there were taken from her over a hundred gall stones, some as large as a common pea. She never rallied from the operation, but continued to grow weaker. Sunday morning the disconsolate husband was told by surgeons and nurse that his wife could not live many hours. He asked permission to tell her the decision of the physicians with his own lips. She replied that she did not fear death and was prepared to go at any time. Before leaving home, she had placed all in the hands of Jesus and was perfectly resigned to his will. She talked freely and hopefully to husband and son and was conscious until a few moments before death came. She passed peacefully away at 10 o clock Monday morning. The last words on her lips were breathed in song, Nearer my God to Thee.

The news of the sudden and unexpected death cast a gloom over the entire community. The body reached Gordon Wednesday morning and the funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, from the M.E. Church. Rev. R.G. Easley preached the sermon, assisted by Presiding Elder J.A. Scamahorn, and the other pastors of the town. The church was crowded and many could not gain admission. The remains were buried in the Gordon cemetery. The deceased leaves a husband, on son aged 12 years, a father, three brothers, one sister and a host of sorrowing friends to mourn her demise. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the grief-stricken husband and little son in their bereavement. Mrs. Coates will be sadly missed in the church and community. She was always an active worker in helping the sick and her hand was always outstretched to those in distress and need.

Card of thanks. To the many kind friends who did so much to lighten our burden of sorrow, and whose kind help and tender words of sympathy and encouragement can never be forgotten, we desire to express our deep appreciation and heartfelt gratitude.
FRANK COATES

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, March 28, 1902
DIED. At the home of Mr. Crop on the old Trowbridge ranch, Monday night, March 23, 1902, Of quinsy, Iver Peterson, aged 29 years. Iver was a young man of steady habits, industrious, a picture of health and strength and respected by all who knew him. He has worked for Mills Bros. on their ranch for the past two years and was held in high esteem by his employers. He was to have been married in a few days and promoted to a foremanship. The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Dane church, conducted by Rev. R.G. Easley. The deceased was a son of Peter Peterson who died a short time since.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan County, April 11, 1902
DIED. JENSEN--Peter M. Jensen died at the Churn ranch near Bailey, Neb., Sunday, April 6, 1902, of quick consumption, aged 36 years.
The deceased was born in Denmark, July 1, 1865, and when nine years of age, moved with his parents to this country, locating at Racine, Wisconsin. In 1886 he came west and located near Whitney, in Dawes county, where he engaged in stock raising. He was married July 23, 1889, at Chadron, Neb., to Miss Amanda Humphrey. To this union were born two sons. He came to Gordon in October, 1900, where he resided on the farm of the writer until January. He became a member of Gordon Camp M.W.A. In March 1902 he went to work for the Churn ranch. Last November himself and family went to Racine, Wisconsin, to visit relatives and it was there that he contracted the disease which later terminated fatally. He was first taken with pleurisy, which developed into pneumonia. After ten weeks suffering in Wisconsin, his physicians advised he be brought back to Nebraska, in the hope that this dry atmosphere might restore him to health again. He return to the Churn ranch in February, but the dreaded disease had gained too firm a hold on him and he continued to waste away until death relieved his sufferings. Funeral service were held at the church in Merriman at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, under the auspices of the M.W.A., conducted by Rev. Gammon and his remains were shipped to his old home in Wisconsin for burial.

Peter Jensen was of a quiet disposition, kind hearted, hones and true. All who knew him were his friends. He was a faithful employee and always did his best to merit the appreciation of his employer. He was industrious and saving and aside from the $1000 life insurance he carried in the M.W.A. he left $850 bank deposits and several head of horses and cattle to his wife. Quite a number of the M.W.A. from Gordon attended his funeral.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska Sheridan county, May 9, 1902
Died. At his home in Bussey, Ia., Tuesday evening, April 22, 1902, Mr. Henry Havener, aged 45 years, 4 months and 25 days. The deceased was formerly a resident of Sheridan county, moving from Nebraska to Iowa in the fall of 1890. He leaves a family of a wife and two children.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, May 23, 1902
An Old Settler Passes Away. Last Sunday evening, May 18, 1902, at 5 o clock, Stephen Hills passed quietly away at his home in Gordon, on Elm Street, surrounded by his family and friends, after suffering intensely for five weeks from gall stones. He was born in Rockford county, N.Y., Sept. 15, 1844, and was 57 years, 8 months and three days of age when he died. He moved from New York to Jefferson county, Wisconsin, in 1861. In 1862 he enlisted in twenty-second Wisconsin Volunteers and served two years, when he was discharged for disability. June 30, 1867, he was married to Miss Phoebe Trowbridge at Hebron, Jefferson county, Wisconsin. To this union seven children were born, five sons and two daughters, all of whom survive him and were present at his bedside when he died. He moved to Sheridan county about fourteen years ago and took a claim on the river about ten miles south of Gordon, where he resided until about four years ago, when he sold his farm and moved to Gordon and has since worked at the carpenter trade. Stephen Hills was a kind neighbor, a good citizen and a man who always tried to do the right. He was highly respected in this community and was a man who had no enemies. The funeral was held from his residence at 2 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. J. A. Scamahorn and the body rests with the soldier dead in Gordon cemetery. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved wife and children in their sorrow and distress.

Card of Thanks. We desire to publicly express our gratitude and thanks to the G.A.R. and other friends for their kindness and assistance during the sickness and death of our husband and father, and especially do we thank Prof. J. E. Owen, whose kindness and efficient aid in sickness we can never forget.
Mrs. Stephen Hills and family
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hills
Mr. and Mrs. Rus Heywood
Mr. and Mrs. Will Hills
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Beamer

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, May 23, 1902
Died. HUTT--Sunday morning, May 18, 1902, at 10 o clock, at the home of his brother, Frank Herman Hutt, aged 31 years, 11 months and 8 days.
Herman Hutt was born in Warren county, Iowa, June 10, 1870, where he grew to manhood and resided with his parents on the farm the greater part of his life. He was converted and united with the M.E. church in January, 1898. On March 16, 1898, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Patton at Indianola, Iowa. To them was born one child, Leiah, who is now about 22 months old. In his religious life he was not especially demonstrative. With him it was a tranquil, confiding restfulness. In his friendships he was sincere. There was no shame or deception in his make up. He was a hater of shams. He was a pure, noble, exalted man, always kind an polite, he was nature's gentleman, and none knew him but to honor and respect him. His sickness dates back to five years ago when he had a severe attack of pneumonia from which he never fully recovered. His usually robust constitution became shattered and since he continued to gradually fail. He came to Nebraska in the hope of regaining his health and for a time seemed better, but last fall he began to decline. He was taken sick the 2nd day of last November, while in Gordon, and never returned to his home on the ranch. Since then his decline has been steady. During his prolonged illness he has never murmured or complained, but with manly patience and heroic fortitude he awaited the result. When his devoted wife finally told him that there was no hope, he replied that he was ready. He spoke of death and the strong desire he had to live with his little family, but calmly put his trust in God, who knoweth best. Sabbath morning, May 18, a morning so tranquil and calm, when all outward things and inward thoughts, teem with assurance of immortality, then it was that the tired wheels of mortal life stood still and the trustful, faithful friend, the affectionate brother, the devoted husband, the fond father, called the little family circle to his bedside, bade them all a fond goodbye and expressed the hope that they might all meet in heaven, and sank back upon his pillow and was soon with the Father, far beyond the twilight judgments of this world, upon his brow rested the light of a cloudless morn. Sleep, brother, in the perfect joy of an awakening to that happiness beyond the grave. Sleep in the assurance that those who loved you will always cherish the memory of that love as the tender inspiration of your gentle spirit. Sleep, and take your rest as calmly and peacefully as you slept when your last Good Bye lengthened into eternity. Brief funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. R. G. Easley, and the body was taken on the midnight train to Indianola, Iowa, where the final obsequies were held Wednesday afternoon, and the body rests in the family lot beside a brother and sister, in one of the most beautiful cemeteries of the state of Iowa.

Word of Thanks. We wish to express our appreciation to the friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness during the long illness and death of our husband and brother, Herman. During his sickness he often remarked how kind the people were to him, and wished that he might be able to repay their kindness by some act or deed. It was his request that we thank the people for all their kindness to him.
Mrs. Ella Hutt
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hutt
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hutt
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hutt

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, June 6, 1902
Died. FINGER--Mary Lucy Finger, daughter of Mrs. Charles Finger, June 2, 1902, at the home of M.M. Abbott on Larabee creek, aged 6 years 2 months and 15 days. Little Mary was a pretty child and Mr. and Mrs. Abbott had become very much attached to her. Only the Friday before her death she came with them to Gordon to attend the Decoration Day exercises. On the road to town that day, her little eyes caught sight of a very pretty cluster of wild flowers by the road side and she asked permission to get out and pluck them for a bouquet to deposit on the grave of Mrs. Coates, whom she remarked had been very kind to her when she was sick. The little hands that gathered the flowers and so tenderly placed them upon the grave of her friend that day, in just four more days were resting beneath the sod in the same cemetery. The funeral was held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. J.A. Scamahorn. She leaves a mother, one sister and three brothers to mourn her loss, all of whom were present at the funeral.

Card of Thanks. We wish to thank all the friends and neighbors for their kindness and aid in the death of our little Mary and especially to the kind people of Gordon who donated so many beautiful flowers.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, June 20, 1902
Died. PEDERSEN--Mrs. Hanna Marie Pedersen, wife of Hans Pedersen, June 15, 1902, aged 73 years
The deceased was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 16, 1829. She was united in married to Jas. F. Beck in 1853. To this union was born six children of which two are living, Martin Alfred Beck of Lyons, Kansas, and Mrs. Henry H. Ganow of Harlan, Nebraska. In 1873 she came to America, locating in Chicago. Here she became acquainted with her second husband, Hans Pedersen, to whom she was married in 1875. In 1875 she moved with her husband to Henry county, Ills. From there they moved to Platte county, Nebraska, in 1880. In 1802 they moved to Cherry county, Nebraska, taking a homestead near Lavaca, where she resided until her death. She has been an invalid for years and for the past year and a half has been confined to her bed a greater part of the time. During all her sickness she was patient and resigned.
She was loved by all who knew her and during her long sickness was the recipient of many acts of kindness from friends and neighbors. It was intended to hold the funeral from Newman’s Chapel at 10 a.m. Monday, but as the heavy rain prevented many of the friends from assembling, it was decided to postpone the funeral sermon until Sunday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at Newman’s Chapel, when Rev. B. Hunt will preach the funeral discourse. The body was interred in the Gordon cemetery at 12:30 Monday.

Card of Thanks. We wish to publicly thank all the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the long sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother.
Hans Pedersen
Mr. and Mrs. H. Ganow

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, July 11, 1902
Died. KLEINBOBB--Monday, July 8th, 1902, at the home of her sister, Mrs. E.S. Elmore, in Gordon, Mrs. Otilla A. Kleinbobb, with heart disease.
The Grim Reaper took from our midst, Monday afternoon, Mrs. Otilla A. Kleinbobb, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, who has made her home with Mrs. E.S. Elmore since last August, hoping by the change of climate, to recover from the dreaded disease which caused her passing away. Her health has been on the decline for the past three weeks, but death was not expected so soon by the relatives and friends.

Mrs. Kleinbobb has made many a lasting friendship since her arrival to this place, being a woman of cheering disposition and always happy. The funeral services were held from the home of her sister Tuesday afternoon, and the remains interred in the Gordon cemetery.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, July 25, 1902
Died. HAROLD ADES--Little son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. S. Ades of Omaha, at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Hattie Reynolds, in Gordon, at noon, Tuesday, July 22, 1902, of diabetes.

Harold was a bright, manly little fellow, eleven years of age. About a month since he came up from Omaha in company with T.M. Huntington and J.H. Crowder, to spend the vacation with his aunt and uncles, Jas. and H.E. Wells. While a delicate looking child, he seemed to enjoy good health and was in his usual health until Monday morning. He was only sick about 24 hours. His home training, intelligence and polite manners made him many friends among the older people of the town, who looked upon him as an exceptional child for one of his years and deeply sympathize with the parents and sorrowing relatives. His body was taken to Omaha Tuesday night for burial. His father has charge of a department in the Nebraska Clothing House in Omaha, and his mother, a sister of Mrs. Reynolds, is in poor health. He has one sister, three years his senior. The people of Gordon who knew Harold, share with the parents in their sorrow.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, August 29, 1902
Died. FLOYD ARTHUR--Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Sailor, Tuesday, August 26, 1902, aged 2 years, 2 months and 25 days.
Floyd was a beautiful child, the joy of the household. He was sick but a short time with cholera infant. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church at 3 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by Rev. Wilkinson. Mr. and Mrs. Sailor have the sympathy of many kind friends in their bereavement.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, September 12, 1902
Gone Home. Died, at her home in Gordon, Neb., Friday, Sept. 5th at 5:40 p.m., Mrs. Lutie M. Morrison, wife of Edgar Morrison. After months of intense suffering, death came to her release as a welcome messenger.

Mrs. Morrison was born in Tama county, Iowa, Sept. 19th, 1871, but had spent a large part of her life in Gordon, where she was well known and where she will be greatly missed by everyone, for all were her friends because she was a friend to everyone. A most beautiful and fitting testimony to the genuineness of her Christian character is found in the fact that during her lifetime she was constantly pointed to as a model of Christian womanhood. Quiet and unobtrusive in manner, she stole her way into other hearts like a sunbeam, for she carried sunshine and brightness wherever she went.

A faithful wife and loving mother, she exalted womanhood in the eyes of all who knew her and left a fragrance behind which has sweetened and purified many another life.

Exceptionally faithful in all her religious duties, she leaves a vacancy in her church home which no one can fill, but which will be a constant reminder to others to so live and labor that of them it may also be truly said, “She hath done what she could.”

What had been the great sorrow of her life has been changed into a greater joy because of the patient spirit of resignation in which she bore it--the separation from her little daughter--but she had only gone on before to welcome her mother to the beautiful mansions.

All who knew her unite in heartfelt sympathy with the sorrowing husband and commend him to the loving care of Him who doeth all things well. Only those who have tried know how utterly useless it is to attempt to express in words what we all know her to have been in life and character when she was among us, for only the Divine hand can truly portray her character or fittingly inscribe her epitaph.

The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. Jas. G. Clark.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Nebraska, Sheridan county, October 17, 1902
Nora M.McNamee, daughter of G.B. and Nancy McNamee, died on the 8th inst. of typhoid fever, aged 15 years. This makes four children of Mr. and Mrs. McNamee who have died of typhoid fever, all in the space of four years.

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1903

transcribed by Helen Selee

The Gordon Journal, Gordon, (Sheridan county), Nebraska, October 9, 1903
Died: On October 2, 1903, of a complication of liver and stomach troubles, Charles E. Hoffman. The deceased was born in Switzerland in May 1858 and came to the United States with his parents in 1871, first landing in New York. Soon after they moved to Elgin, Illinois, thence to Madison this state, and he came to Gordon in 1885 and started a drug store which business he has been conducting in Gordon most of the time since. On February 7, 1886, he was married to Miss Lizzie Rains to which union was born two sons, Earl and Fred. His wife, two sons, mother and a brother survive him. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and was buried with the honors of that order. The funeral services took place in the Presbyterian church on Sunday, October 4th, in the presence of a large concourse of people and were conducted by Rev. J.A. Scamahorn. The services were concluded at the grave, by the imposing ceremonies of the Masonic lodge, where the grave had been beautifully decorated by the members of that order. Mrs. Hoffman will continue the drug business and the other lines in connection with it, and respectfully solicits your patronage.

* Note found later in the paper, but are connected to the above.: Julius Hoffman and his mother, aged 80 years, the brother and mother of C.E. Hoffman, were in Gordon last week. They reside in Madison, Nebraska.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, October 1, 1903
Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Fred Feldhahn, living about seven miles northwest of Hay Springs, met her death in a dreadful manner. The particulars of the Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Fred Feldhahn, living about seven miles northwest of Hay Springs, met her death in a dreadful manner. The particulars of the sad accident, according to our informant, are as follows: Mr. Feldhahn was mowing and being called away from his work by one of his neighbors, he had his wife hold the team. The horses became frightened, started to run, and threw Mrs. Feldhahn in front of the sickle bar. She received injuries about the head, and death ensued almost instantly. The entire community was shocked by the terribly sudden fatality and much sympathy is expressed for Mr. Feldhahn and his motherless girls.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, September 25, 1903
Mrs. Joseph Morrison died last Saturday, Sept. 19, 1903, at the Gordon Hotel, of which her husband is proprietor. She was born in the territory of Dakota April 10, 1870, her father being a Frenchman and early settler in the territory. The remains were interred at the mission on Rosebud Reservation on the following Monday. She leaves a husband and a daughter about one month old.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, September 25, 1903
Frank Skoda died last Friday night at his home in the Bohemian settlement near Rush-ville from stomach and kidney trouble. The funeral was held from the home Sunday at 10 a.m. and the remains interred at Hay Springs.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, September 25, 1903
Frank Coombs, a young man who went through Gordon the latter part of last week to Pine Ridge Agency, shot himself at that place Sunday. The reason for the act is given that when he was younger he was struck on the head with a monkey wrench, and at times since has been mentally unbalanced, and at such a time it is supposed the sad affair occurred. His father owns a small ranch south of the ranch of W.A. Denny, and came up here to look after the burial of his son and brought the remains to Gordon Wednesday, and they were interred in the Gordon cemetery Thursday.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, September 18, 1903
On Sunday, September 6, 1903, at his home 11 miles east of Gordon, Isaac Liptrap passed from this life at the mature age of 88 years, after an illness of about a week. He has been in northwest Nebraska for many years. Early in life he became a member of the Baptist church. He was born in Augusta county, Virginia, and was married for over 60 years, being the father of 13 children, four of whom survive him with their mother, who is yet living but in poor health. The remains were interred in the Lavaca Cemetery.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, September 6, 1903
About seven miles from Hay Springs, the body of an old lady, 65 years old, named Krumel, was found on the prairie in a badly decomposed condition, supposed to have been lifeless for about nine days. Her sons claim that while they were away from the home on Wednesday, she left the house and, supposing that she was at some of the neighbors, they never sought for her until Sunday, and not until Thursday was the body found by one of the sons, who discovered it in a kinds of draw, where he had commenced to mow. The coroner's jury decided that she came to her death from some cause unknown to them.

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1904

The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, April 8, 1904
WILLIAM J. LIPTRAP
DIED At his home east of Gordon in the vicinity of Irwin, on April 3, 1904, of paralysis, Wm. J. Liptrap. Mr. Liptrap was born Oct. 11, 1849, and April 11, 1875, was married to Martha R. Hopkins, there being born to their home, seven children--four sons and one daughter now living. The deceased has been in this country many years and is known more or less by the people of Gordon and west Cherry county.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, April 22, 1904
baby HILLS
The baby of Geo. Hills died yesterday after an illness of about ten days. It has been the intention to hold the funeral services today at 2:00 o clock.

The Gordon Journal, April 29, 1904
Card of Thanks. To the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our darling baby, and for the many beautiful floral offerings, we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks.
MR. AND MRS. GEO. HILLS AND CHILDREN

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, May 13, 1904
Mrs. C. K. Traub
Mrs. C. K. Traub died May 10,1904. She was 64 years, 3 months and 1 day old. She had been ailing for several weeks. Christina Hoffman was born in Germany, Feb.10, 1840. In October 1866 she married David Ziegler, who died in March 1871. To them were born three children, Christ, Gottliebe and one who died in infancy. In June 1872, she was married to C.K. Traub. To this union were born five children, three of whom died in infancy. Carl, at the age of 16, died near Gordon. She came to the United States with her husband and family in 1882, and lived near Gordon for nearly 17 years. She was baptized, confirmed and brought up in the Lutheran Church and has always taken a great interest in that church's work. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three children and also several grandchildren, with many friends to mourn her death.

Her surviving children are: Christ Ziegler and Mrs. Lee Fritz, both of Rushville, Ne., and Mrs. Henry Bonaman of Gordon, Ne. Her father, Conrad Hoffman died in 1893 age 81 years and her mother still lives in Germany aged 86 years. She was always warm hearted and sympathetic and quite unselfish while always taking great pleasure in helping others. The funeral services were conducted from the M.E. church . A large number of friends of the deceased and her family were in attendance, many going to the cemetery where the last of the sad ceremonies were said.

The funeral services were conducted from the M.E. church on Wednesday at 10 o clock a.m. by Rev. J.P. McIntyre. A large number of friends of the deceased and her family were in attendance, many going to the cemetery where the last of the sad ceremonies were said.

Card of Thanks. The undersigned hereby thank the many friends who so kindly befriended us in our late bereavement by the death of our wife and mother.
C.K. TRAUB, MRS. H. BONAMAN, MRS. LEE FRITZ, W.G. TRAUB

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HORACE B. SMITH (1828-1904)
Horace B. Smith was born in Vermont, August 24,1828, and died near Gordon, NE, June 10,1904. He came to New York state with his parents when a small boy, having lived there until 1853, when he went west and settled at Rochelle, Ogle county,Illinois. On Sept. 20, 1854, he was married to Emily Griswold. To this union were born seven sons and two daughters, two boys having died in childhood. All the rest are living; Chas. W., at Gordon,NE; Frank J. at Los Angeles, Calif., Harry C. at Seattle,Washington; Horrace B. at Minneapolis, Minn; Emma F. at Gliden,Iowa; Bert at Ida Grove,Iowa, and Grace G. at Independence, Colo. In 1879 Mr. Smith moved with his family from Illinois to Glidden, Carroll, Co., Iowa. In 1896 he came with his wife to live at his son Charles’ home near Gordon,NE. He also leaves two brothers and one sister who reside in New York state, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The funeral services were conducted from the home of his son Charles Smth on June 12th.

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BURROUGHS, LUCRETIA
The Gordon Journal, August 19, 1904
Mrs. Lucretia Burroughs died at eleven o'clock a.m. August 12, 1904.

Mrs. Lucretia Merrill Burroughs was born May 1, 1842 near Columbus, Ohio. Moved to Wisconsin when about twelve years old. there she met and married Mr. John H. Burroughs in 1861. Three children were born unto them, two girls and one boy. The boy and one girl died in youth and the other daughter, Mrs. Jennie Pitman, is still living in Minnesota. Mrs. Burroughs came of a large family, there being five sons and five daughters. Only three of them now remain to mourn her departure. Two brothers in Califonia and a sister in Minnesota. At the age of sixteen years she was converted and jouined the Baptist church, and has ever lived a faithful and consecrated christian and member of that church until the time of her death. She moved with her husband to Sheridan county in 1889 and lived 12 miles northwest of Gordon where she was instrumental in organizing and maintaning a church. Her husband died at that place September 29, 1897. For the last four years she has lived in Gordon. From the time of her conversion she has been a very active worker on all lines of christian work, but her special field seemed to be in the temperance work. She was prsident of the W. C. T. U. of Omaha, Council Bluffs and other places and was president of that organization at Gordon, where she good work in the suppression of the shisky traffic in the town until her afflictions prevented. She was a very active christian worker and will be greatly missed among us. She had a definite christian experience which always leads to christian activities. But one of her relatives was present when death came, Charlie Selbig, her grandson. No one could have been more faithful, kind and attentive than he has been to her through this last long illness. The funeral service was held from the Methodist Episcopal church where a large concourse of people met to show the high regard in which she was held. The W. C. T. U. attended in a body, each carrying a beautiful bouquet which they placed on the casket. The floral decorations were profuse and beautiful. All the Ministers of the village took part in the services, Rev. Wilkinson having charge of the service. She was laid to rest in the Gordon cemetery.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, August 19, 1904
OBITUARY
Mrs. Lucretia Burroughs died in Gordon at 11 a.m. August 12, 1904. Lucretia Merrill was born May 1, 1842 near Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Wisconsin when about 12 years old. There she met and married Mr. John H. Burroughs in 1861. Three children were born to them: two girls and one boy. The boy and one girl died in youth and the other daughter, Mrs. Jennie Pitman, is still living in Minnesota. Mrs. Burroughs came from a large family, there being five sons and five daughters. Only three of them now remain to mourn her departure, two brothers in California and a sister in Minnesota.

At the age of sixteen years, she was converted and joined the Baptist church, and has ever since lived a faithful and consecrated Christian and a member of that church until the time of her death.

She moved with her husband to Sheridan county in 1889 and lived 12 miles northwest of Gordon where she was instrumental in organizing and maintaining a church. Her husband died there September 29, 1897. For the last four years she has lived in Gordon.

From the time of her conversion she has been a very active worker on all lines of Christian work, but her special field seemed to be in the temperance work. She was president of the W.C.T.U. of Omaha, Council Bluffs and other places and was president of that organization at Gordon, where she did good work in the suppression of the whiskey traffic in the town until her afflictions prevented. She was a very active Christian worker and will be greatly missed among us. She had a definite Christian experience which always leads to Christian activities.

But one of her relatives was present when death came; Charley Selbig, her grandson. No one could have been m ore faithful, kind and attentive than he has been to her through this last long illness.

The funeral services were held from the Methodist Episcopal church, where a large concourse of people met to show the high regard in which she was held. The WCTU attended in a body, each carrying a beautiful bouquet which they placed on the casket. The floral decorations were profuse and beautiful. All the ministers of the village took part in the services, Rev. Wilkinson having charge of the service. She was laid to rest in the Gordon cemetery.

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Mr. Joy (?-1904)
The father of F.E. Joy died 1904 at Beatrice. He had been in the banking business at Pawnee City, Ne.

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SAMUEL DAVID HOYT (1892-1904)
Samuel David Hoyt, who was born on Sept. 2, 1892 in Utah, and died in Gordon, NE on May 20,1904, after a lingering illness of several months. He was brought to Gordon when about six months old and there are many around here but what knew Sammy Hoyt. His troubles the past year were many. As most of our readers know, disease of one leg resulted in its amputation. After he had fully recovered from that, other diseased conditions set up and for the past four months he had been in pain most of the time, gradually getting weaker. Many things were done with the hope of getting relief and cure, but with no success. The boy's suffering was a great trial for his parents, but it is over now. We extend our sympathy to the parents in their afflictions past and present.

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LOOMER, BERT
The Gordon Journal, September 30, 1904
News reached here Wednesday that Bert Loomer had passed away that morning.
The deceased formerly lived in this vicinity and was well known to the old settlers. For several years past he has resided at Merriman being engaged in the Livery Barn business. Several weeks ago he was stricken with typhoid fever which was the cause of his death. His body was brought to Gordon. Interment made in the cemetery south of town, Thursday afternoon. Rev. Stanhope officiating in the last sad rites. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved wife and children.

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BAYLIFF, MRS. BERT (nee GREEN)
The Gordon Journal, October 21, 1904
Dies after two Months of Suffering

When the announcement of the death of Mrs. Bert Bayliff was made last Saturday it came as a shock to all who knew her. She was not well for the past two months and went to Council Bluffs Oct. 5th in company with her sister, Mrs. Dickinson, who was a constant companion to the end. In order to gain relief an operation was resorted to on Monday, from the shock of which she rallied but a hemmorhage set in and death came ten minutes past three Friday morning. Mr. Bayliff left for her bedside Friday morning but was intercepted at Norfolk by a telegram announcing the arrival of death's messenger. Mrs. Bayliff was born at Joliet, Illinois, November 11, 1874, thus being at the time of her death 29 years, 11 months and 2 days old. In 1879 she moved to Council Bluffs with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Green where she resided up to five years ago, when she came to Merriman, Nebraska. On Dec. 17, 1902 she was joined in marriage to Mr. Bert Bayliff since which time they have resided in Gordon. She leaves a husband and daughter to mourn her loss. Her remains were brought here Suday and services held at the home after which interment was made in the Gordon cemetery. The "Journal" joins with a vast number of friends in sympathy for the bereaved husband and daughter. DOD: October 13, 1904.

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GREGORY, SAMUEL
The Gordon Journal, October 21, 1904
Samuel Gregory, who went down to Omaha to be operated upon, died last Saturday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. He had gone to St. Joseph's Hospital the Wednesday previous and underwent the operation at 10 o'clock Saturday morning but was unable to survive the shock. He was buried in Omaha Sunday afternoon at 5:30, the Masons being in charge. He was a member of Arana Lodge No. 195 at Gordon and in good standing. The Masons here held memorial services in his honor Monday evening and adopted resolutions of condolence which will appear in the next issue.

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1905

The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, March 30, 1905
OBITUARY FOR E. WALLS
Elza Walls was born in Indiana Jan. 15, 1824, and was married to Miss Sarah Hughes on Aug. 11, 1842, and died Thursday, Mar. 30, 1905 in Gordon, Nebr. To this union were born six children; four boys and two girls. He leaves his wife and three children to mourn his loss. The children living are Solomon, Josiah and Anna Arobella Osborne. The deceased are James W. Samuel and Angelene Dickinson. He united with the M.E. Church when 17 years of age and remained a faithful member until his death. He was an official member of the church most of his life; was made a trustee of the First M.E. church in Gordon at its organization on the second Sunday of May 1884, and was continued a trustee until his death. Mr. Walls enlisted in the service of his country on Oct. 9, 1861 in the 43rd Regiment, Indian Vol. Infantry, and was appointed Orderly Sergeant. For meritorious service and bravery, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant. He moved with his family to Sheridan county in 1884 and was a continuous resident up to the time of his death. He was twice elected to service as county commissioner of the First District and made a reputation for honesty and upright dealings that any man could be proud of. The above is a partial record of the life of Elza Walls. He was a great sufferer during his long illness, but bore it all with true Christian fortitude, never complaining, always having a kind word and pleasant for those about him. He was a man among men, a gentleman of the highest type, and his conversation was elevating and pure. He was a kind and loving husband, an indulgent father and a patriotic citizen of the bravest order, an honest and faithful officer; and it can truly be said by one who knew him well that the world is better for his having lived in it. 

Card of Thanks: We desire to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for the kind aid and sympathy rendered during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.
Sarah Walls and children.

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