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[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, April 3, 1930]
Olive Buckminster (1889-1930)
Olive Alice Thompson was born in Oklahoma in 1889 and passed away at Norfolk, Nebraska on March 28, 1930 at the age of 40 years and 4 months. When a small child her parents moved to Richardson County, Nebraska, where she grew to womanhood. In the year 1910 she was united in marriage to George Buckminster. They came west where they homesteaded south of Merriman, remaining for a few years. In 1922 she, with her family, moved to Gordon where she has since made her home. She leaves to mourn her, her husband and a daughter, Fern; her mother, three sisters, three brothers, all of Richardson County, and a host of relatives and friends. Olive was of a kind and sweet disposition. She was a faithful wife and mother and was a member of the Presbyterian church. She was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand wherever she was called. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, being conducted by the Rev. Fenton C. Jones, and interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, April 10, 1930]
Margaretha Meister Holzberger (1853-1930)
Mrs. Christian Holzberger, Sr., formerly Margaretha Meister, was born at Lawrenceburg, Indiana on May 8, 1853, and departed this life at the home of her son, Andrew J. Holzberger, north of Gordon, April 2, 1930, at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 25 days.

Mrs. Holzberger was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in the town of her birth. To this profession of this Church she remained faithful throughout her life. To this profession of this Church she remained faithful throughout her life. It was here also that she grew to womanhood and entered the holy state of matrimony with Christian Holzberger on May 20, 1880. After residing in the vicinity of Lawrenceburg for 34 years, they moved to Nebraska where some of their children were located. It was in the fall of 1914 that they came to Sheridan County, making their home with their son on a farm near Gordon. This was her home at the time of her death. She was a true mother, unselfish, a true friend, and a sincere Christian in every sense of the word. It was to the dear Lord and Master she steadfastly clung when her strength was slowly ebbing away, and thus departed this life in the triumph of the Christian faith.

She leaves to mourn her loss besides the aged husband, four sons and two daughters, who are as follows: Christian, F., George J. Andrew J., and Miss Louise Holzberger, all of Gordon; William Holzberger and Mrs. Martin Kroner of Yorkville, Indiana. There are 14 grandchildren.

The funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. H.M. Roth and her remains were laid to rest in the Gordon Cemetery.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, April 10, 1930]
Alta Luella Graham Beamer (1856-1930)
Alta Luella Graham was born of Scotch-Irish parents, near the city of Independence, Iowa in Black Hawk county in the year 1856 and passed away at Jacksonville, Florida, April 1, 1930 at the age of 74 years and one month.

While a child she moved with her parents to Nemaha county, Kan., in 1868 near Sabetha. At the age of 18 she was united in marriage with Geo. W. Beamer at Hiawatha, Kansas on July 4, 1874.

To this union were born three children, George W. Beamer, of Gordon, Armina Estella, who died while a child and Clara Alice Webster, now of Jacksonville, Florida. She leaves to mourn her, besides her children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and two sisters, one of Fremont and one of Blair, Nebraska. Her friends were numbered b her acquaintances and she was loved by all.

After her marriage she, with her husband, moved to Jasper county, Mo. After living there four years, they moved back to Nemaha county, Kansas. Living at that place for four years they came to Cherry county, Nebr., making their home there for the past 42 years. Her husband passed away August 24, 1921.

Mr. and Mrs. Beamer lived the life of pioneers, having come here when the country was nothing but a grassy plain, with what few homes there were far between. They went through the trials and tribulations of the study and worth ones of the country and reaped the rewards of the brave. They lived in the famous sod house in the early days, cultivating the soil with a cow and horse, hauling water for miles. They were here during the Indian insurrection at Wounded Knee, never faltering to protect their home and family.

In the fall of 1881 they united with the Christian faith, with the Baptist church, and lived in that faith until the end of their lives. She was a firm believer in righteousness and Godliness.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon [April 6th] from the Methodist church, Rev. Embree officiating. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, April 17, 1930]
Mary Martha Jones (1841-1930)
Mary Martha Lynch was born on September 20th, 1841 in Nelson county, Kentucky, and passed from this life at the Crowell Memorial Home at Blair, Nebraska, on April 14th, 1930 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and six days.

At the age of 14 she, with her parents, moved to Clarinda, Iowa where she later met and married Mr. Marlow H. Jones on December 12th, 1861. To this union were born three children: Edward, Martha and Lauren, the first two passing from life in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones were among the earliest pioneers in this country, braving all the hardships and sharing all the joys and sorrows of their friends who, like themselves, had come to inhabit a new country.

Mrs. Jones was born of Catholic parents and was baptized into that church in infancy. When past middle life, her husband was converted, she with him, uniting with the Methodist Episcopal church of this place. She was a consistent member of that church and died strong in the faith which her beloved church teaches.

After the death of her husband in 1914, she lived for a her with her grandson in Wyoming; then she returned to Gordon where she lived until June 1920 when she went to the Crowell Memorial Home, where she was satisfied and happy.

She was a quiet and unassuming woman, caring much more for home and family than for any interests outside the home circle. One son, Dr. Lauren Jones of Daytona Beach, Fla., and three grandsons, Howell Jones of New York City, Warren Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., and Roger Jones of Casper, Wyo., survive her.

She went down into the shadow of death unafraid, comforted by the words of Isaiah 41:13: “For I, the Lord thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying, fear not, I will help thee.” Go forth, oh Christian soul, from this world in the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee. Amen.

The funeral service will be held in the Methodist church on Friday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. Embree officiating. Interment will be in the Hay Springs cemetery.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, April 10, 1930]
Elliot Osin Crawford (1843-1930)
Elliot Osin Crawford was born at Milton, Vermont on August 27, 1843, and died at his home in Gordon on Thursday, April 10, 1930, being 86 years, 7 months and 13 days of age. Mr. Crawford spent his boyhood in Vermont and eastern Canada. In his early manhood he spent two years at sea when he visited many foreign countries.

In 1862 he answered the call of his country and enlisted in the Union Army in Company D, 13th Vermont Volunteer Inf., and after 9 months service he was discharged at Bruttleboro, Vermont, having served from June 2nd to July 21, 1863, beyond his enlistment. He went through the famous Battle of Gettysburg, which practically decided the ending of the war and the destiny of the nation.

After he came out of the Army, he started across the plains with a wagon train that was bound for California but was driven back by the Indians in South Dakota. From there he went to Omaha and finally settled on a homestead in Colfax County.

He was united in marriage to Mrs. Adeline Waltman in 1885. To this union were born three children: Osin Crawford, a son who died in infancy; one daughter, Mrs. Edith R. Demmer of Gordon and Mr. Chauncey M. Crawford of Denby, S.D.; and one granddaughter, Miss Eunice Demmer of Gordon.

In the passing of Mr. Crawford is lost one of our earliest and most highly respected pioneer citizens of Western Nebraska. He came to Nebraska in 1865 and has been a resident of the state for 65 years, 43 of which were spent in Sheridan county.

Until a few years ago, Mr. Crawford made his home at Hay Springs, but more recently he invested near Gordon and both children made their homes here, so he came also. Mr. Crawford was a thrifty citizen of the type that develop a new country.

The funeral was held from the home last Sunday afternoon, April 13, 1930. with Rev. J.W. Embree speaking briefly. The pall-bearers and a Guard of Honor were furnished by Sturdevant Post of the American Legion, and at the cemetery, they paid their last tribute to one of the nation’s heroes by firing three volleys over the grave and blowing Taps.

Interment was in the Hay Springs cemetery.



Gordon Nebr -1932
Clara Maude Devilliers, born in Vernon County, Mo., August 28, 1881, passed away November 1, 1932 at the ate of 51 years, 2 months and 4 days. When she was about six years of age her mother brought the family to Red Willow County where she grew to womanhood. Having some of the pioneer spirit, she took a homestead in Cherry county as soon as she became of age. On January 12, 1904 she was united in marriage to Clyde Albert Kime; seven children were born to this union, five boys, Archie, Glenn, Walter, Harold and John, all of Gordon; and two girls, Mrs. Fay Gwynn and Mrs. Annie H. Egli of Gordon. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, children and three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mary Smith, of McCook; two half sisters, Mrs. Hope Kaden and Mrs. Hattie Modrell, of McCook; three half brothers, George, John and Henry Devilliers and Harlan Kinzer.

Mrs. Kime was one of those sturdy pioneers who helped to lay the foundations of our great state, almost her entire life was spent in Nebraska. She was very popular in the community and in times of trouble and sickness she gaver her services unsparingly to those in need of them in her neighborhood. She was a devoted wife, a good mother and a loyal friend. She will be missed by her family and a great host of relatives and friends.

There is no death! An angel form
Walks oe'r the earth with silent tread,
He bears our best lived things away,
And then we call them dead.
He leaves our hearts all desolate,
He plucks our fairest sweetest flowers,
Transplanted into bliss they now
Adorn immortal bowers.
And ever near us tho unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread;
For all the boundless universe
Is life - There is no death.
Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Gordon at 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, burial being made in Gordon Cemetery.

[transcribed by Kaylynn]



Helen M. Hemstreet was born at Oak Grove, Wisconsin, October 16, 1850, and passed away at the home of her daughter in Gordon, Nebraska, February 21, 1937, at the age of 86 years, 4 month, and 5 days. On October 16, 1877, Miss Hemstreet was united in marriage to Herman P. Allen at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; and to this union five children were born: Anna M. Stauffer of Gordon, Nebraska, Silas H. Allen, deceased, Forrest R. Allen of Alliance, Nebraska, Claire L. Benedict of Bellwood, Nebraska, and Vernon Allen, deceased. In the year 1885 Mr. and Mrs. Allen, with their family, moved to Nebraska by ox team, and settled on a homestead nine and one-half miles southwest of Gordon; where they lived for the most part until the death of Mr. Allen, in May of 1906, when Mrs. Allen came to live with her daughter, with whom she spent the remaining years of her life. Mrs. Allen is survived by her three children: Mrs. Anna M. Stauffer, Mr. Forrest R. Allen and Mrs. Claire L. Benedict; seventeen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and the friends she had made. Funeral services were conducted at the Gates Funeral Home, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. W. B. Pardun, pastor of the Methodist Church officiating, and interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

Source Unknown. Found among family possessions.

Submitted by Nancy Troxel Schatz



Funeral services for Everett James Swesey aged 81 years, were held from the F.O.Jolley Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Carroll D. Erskine, officiating. Interment was in Bear Butte Cemetery. Mr. Swesey was born in Cassville, Wisconsin, July 5th, 1857. He lived in Gordon, Nebraska for 25 years and came to Sturgis in 1918 where he has since made his home. He is survived by nine children. Jesse and Charles at Yakima, Washington; William at Sturgis. Mrs. Effice Avery, big Horn, Wyoming; Mrs. Dora Jay, at Powder River, Wyoming; Mrs. Elizabeth Lavier, Quartz Mountain, Oregon; Mrs. Dorothy Thompson, Salem, Oregon; Mrs. Lucy Burdette and Mrs. Agnes Garnder, Porcupine. There are also 16 grandchildren. He passed away at the family residence on South Pine Street on Thursday evening at 5:30 o'clock of old age infirmities.

Submitter's note: This obituary is for a man named Everett Swesey. He died in Sturgis, South Dakota, so I don't know if you can use it, but he was a resident of Gordon for 25 years and raised his children there. He left Gordon in 1918, so that would mean he was there from 1893-1918. He is mentioned briefly in the Gordon history book as being a homesteader there... And if I'm not mistaken, his old homestead/property is now owned by the Reeve family, who I believe have been there since then and are still there. Anyway, here is the text from his obituary if it might help you. I can also offer you information on his children etc.

Submitted by Melody


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