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Gordon Nebr. -1951
Clyde Kime Services Tuesday
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church for Clyde Kime, long time resident of the Gordon area. Mr. Kime died last Friday in an Omaha hospital after an extended illness. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery. An obituary appears elsewhere in today's paper.

Clyde Kime, the eldest son of John and Annie Kime, was born in Brown county, Nebr. Sept. 7, 1881. He died at Omaha, Nebr. June 15, 1951 at the age of 69 years, nine months and eight days. Mr. Kime grew to manhood on the family ranch near Mullen, Nebr. Here he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Maude De Villers. The couple homesteaded near the old ranch home and experienced the many hardships of early pioneer life. To the union seven children were born. AFter several years on the homestead, the Kimes assumed reponsibility of the Lund post-office, making their residence there, and continuing responsibilities for the ranch. On Oct. 30, 1932, Mrs. Kime was called to her heavenly home. Mr. Kime remained on the ranch, kept the family together, and carried on the work. Mr. Kime was characterized by a generous spirit, both with the members of his family, and with his numerous friends and neighbors. Helpfulness to others seemed to be the first principle of his life. His counsel was sought by many people and was always generoulsly but quietly given. Honest in all his dealings he was held in high esteem by all who knew him. Out of sorrow an dling affliction from a leg ailment, Mr. Kime developed the rare quality of patience, sympathy, and understanding. These qualities endeared him to his family, and to a wide circle of friends, who will always hold him in grateful remembrance. He is survived by his father, John Kime, Ansley, Nebr., one brother, Nicholas Kiem; Three sisters, Mrs. Cyrus Wofendin, Mullen, Nebr., Mrs. Roy Smith, St. Cloud, Fla., Mrs. Wood Matlock, Ansley, Nebr.; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Gwynn, Cody, Nebr., Mrs. John Egli, Gordon, and Pvt. Harold Kime with the United States service in Korea. In addition there remain 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchidlren, and many friends.

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"Valentine Republican," December 10, 1953
Fernando Thaddeus Barnes was born at Big Springs, Minn., February 19, 1864. For the past year and a half he has been bedfast at his home in Hay Spirngs, under the care of his daughter, Mildred. His illness became dangerous Thanksgiving day and he was taken to the Rushville hospital where he grew steadily worse and passed away December 2, 1953 at the age of 89 years, 9 mos. and 13 days. When he was five years old he moved to Iowa with his parents and grew to manhood there. April 2, 1884 he was united in marriage with Ida Blafuss. To this union eight children were born - May, Cecil, Alta, Byran, Mildred and Claire. Two died in infancy. Mr. Barnes moved from Iowa to O'Neill, Nebr. and then to Cherry County south of Cody where they lived from 1888 to 1913. Later they lived near Chadron for a few years, moving to Hay Springs in 1918 where they have made their home ever since. His early life was filled with trials and hardships of the pioneers, and during his long illness his patience and cheerfulness coupled with his dry humor and keen memory of early events, was an inspiration to all of his friends and neighbors. Besides his wife, Ida and three children, Bryan of Scottsbluff, Claire of Omaha and Mrs. Mildred Mueksch of Hay Springs, he leaves to mourn his passing 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one brother, E. R. Barnes of Cody, and one sister, Mrs. Alta Shelbourne of Ainsworth, and many other relatives and friends. If Mr. Barnes had lived until April 2, this pioneer couple would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversay. Final rites were conducted from the Methodist Church at Hay Springs on Friday at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Greer officiating. Burial was in the Hay Springs Cemetery. Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Barnes and Mr. and Mrs. Al Aurich and son of Scottsbluff, Claire Barnes and two daughters, Mary Jane and Eileen of Omaha, Mrs. Eddie Shamis of Balentine, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Sager, Mrs. Maggie Goodin, Mrs. Lee Sellers and Mrs. Wm. Hinze of Gordon. 

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[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, May 5, 1954]
Myrtle May Park (1877-1954)
Myrtle May Park was born in Mercer county, Penn., June 30, 1877 to A.W. and Alice Gealy and died April 28, 1954. In 1885 she came with her parents to Gordon, Nebr., where she made her home until 1912 when she moved to the ranch where she lived until now. In November 1899 she was united in marriage to Theodore S. Park, who preceded her in death in February of 1931. To this union four children were born: Gilbert W. Park and Mrs. Lewis Wiles of Rushville, Mrs. Robert Bennett of Eugene, Ore., and T. Shirley Park of Rushville. Besides these surviving are three grandchildren, Ruth and Ralph Bennett and Mrs. Val J. Doughty; two brothers Glenn and Lester Gealy of Gordon; several cousins, nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She has always had a deep and abiding faith in her Master’s guiding hand.


Carrie Belle Phillipy Ehlers (1889-1954)
Carrie Belle Phillipy, daughter of George and Mary Phillipy, was born July 29, 1889 at Woodbine, Iowa, and died at the Gordon Memorial hospital May 24, 1954 at the age of 64 years, 9 months and 25 days. On Aug. 9, 1912, she was united in marriage to Adolph Ehlers at Logan, Iowa, and to this union were born nine children; six sons and three daughters. In 1921 she moved from Dunlap, Iowa, to her home 18 miles southeast of Gordon, where she lived until 1939, then moving back to Dunlap. Later she returned to Gordon where she lived until her death. A son, Dick J. and grandson George Wesley Ehlers, preceded her in death in 1937. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, always there when the family needed her -- always willing to help others in sickness and in trouble. Although in poor health the last two years, she never complained. She was baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist church of Gordon in the summer of 1953. Surviving are her husband; sons, George of Warroad, Minn.; Frank of Chadron; Henry and Fritz of Gordon, and Leroy, serving with the armed forces in Germany; daughters, Mrs. Dayrold Sipp, Mrs. Raymond Heywood and Mrs. Norman Evans, all of Gordon; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Vollmer of Dunlap, Iowa, and Mrs. John Frederick of Boone, Iowa; one brother, John Phillipy of Gordon; 15 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Source: The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, June 9, 1954]


Robert Leroy Skanadore (1948-1954)
Robert Leroy Skandore was born Oct. 29, 1948 in Rushville, Nebr. and died June 4, 1954 at Omaha, Nebr. at the age of five years, eight months and 25 days. Bobby Lee will always be remembered by his many friends for his happy disposition and big smile. He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. He leaves to mourn his passing, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nern Skanadore; two sisters, Mary Kay and Beverly Jean; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Skanadore, and Mrs. Eunice Tice; many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Gordon Gospel chapel and interment was in the Gordon cemetery.
Source: The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, June 9, 1954]


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, Aug. 18, 1954]
OBITUARY --- Hattie Tausan

Hattie Louisa Salisbury, daughter of Alvin and Susanne Salisbury, was born in Colon, Mich., on Nov. 15, 1885, and died on Aug. 10, 1954, aged 68 years, 8 months and 20 days.

She was united in marriage with Nels S. Tausan at Gordon, Nebr. on March 15, 1905. This union was blessed with four children. Her husband preceded her in death on June 3, 1934.

When Hattie was nine months old, she came with her parents from Michigan to Nebraska. The family settled northwest of Gordon where they lived in a sod house, where she remained until her marriage. When she was just a child, her father died. Later her mother was united in marriage with Frank Sandell. He became a good and kind father to the children. In later years, he made his home with Hattie and her family. After Hattie’s marriage, she and her husband settled on a farm one and one-half miles east of Clinton. They resided here until 1922, when they moved to the town of Clinton. She came to Gordon to live in 1946.

Mrs. Tausan has been a very faithful and loyal member of the Methodist church for a long time. She belonged to the Methodist church in Clinton for many years. White there, she was an ardent worker in the Ladies Aid Society. She later united with the Methodist church in Gordon. She She attended Sunday School and services of worship a great deal during this past year, although her health was very poor. She was determined to attend the services of her church as long as possible.

Mrs. Tausan was a member of the Friendly Twelve club in Gordon and she was a charter member of the Clinton project club. She greatly enjoyed the participation in the activities of these clubs.

Her life was dedicated to helping others. Besides raising her family, she was “mom” to her grandchildren and many of her friends and neighbors in the Clinton community.

Mrs. Tausan is survived by three daughters: Mrs. George (Vera) Glover of Gordon, Nebr.; Mrs. Bruce (Clair) Jenkins, New Plymouth, Idaho; Mrs. John (Fern) Nath, Leland, Iowa; one son, Gerald L. Tausan, Clinton, Nebr.; nine grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Gordon Methodist church. Pallbearers were: Lloyd Chappell, Alfred Dennon, Mills Crane, C.J. Cunningham, Willard Hess and Jonathon Perreten.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, Aug. 18, 1954]
Johanne Marie Nielsen Christiansen, daughter of Maren and Niels Hansen, was born in Schleswig, Denmark, on June 23, 1863, and died at her home [in Gordon] on Aug. 11, 1954 at the age of 91 years, one month, and 19 days.

Mrs. Christiansen was the last of her family of nine children. She was baptized and confirmed in the Danish Lutheran faith in her homeland and to this faith she adhered throughout her life.

At the age of 18 years she came to America with her brother and sister and they settled in Omaha, Nebr. It was here that she met and married Eric Andersen on June 23, 1885. After their marriage they moved to Racine, Wisc. To this union three children were born: Walter, Kathrene and Eric. In 1890 they came to Gordon to make their home. The following year, Mr. Andersen died. Mrs. Andersen and her three small children stayed and kept house for her father. In 1896 she was married to Peter Christiansen. They made their home on a farm nine miles east of Gordon. In 1898, Mr. Christiansen and the youngest son, Eric, died. After Mr. Christiansen’s death she remained on her farm and endured the hardships of pioneer life, while raising her two children. In 1936 she moved to her home in Gordon where she lived until the time of her death.

She was a loving and devoted mother and was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her son Walter preceded her in death on April24, 1951.
Surviving are her daughter, Kathrene Andersen and her son’s family; Mrs. Anna Andersen of Denver, Colo.; one grandson and five granddaughters; five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. S.A. Hanke in the Presbyterian Church, Gordon, Saturday afternoon, August 14.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, September 15, 1954]
Tuchenhagen Rites Sunday Afternoon
Fred Tuchenhagen, 63, prominent rancher of this vicinity, died unexpectedly last Thursday afternoon, Sept. 9. He had worked in his yard and had been downtown during the forenoon when he spoke to friends of having felt under par the night before. After lunch, he complained to his wife of recurring pain and asked that the doctor be summoned. He was rushed to Gordon Memorial hospital where he died about 2 p.m.
Engaged for years in the livestock business, Mr. Tuchenhagen retired in the fall of 1952 when he and Mrs. Tuchenhagen moved to Gordon where they had built a modern, ranch-type home.

Surviving are his wife Ethel; one sister, Mrs. Joy Fairhead, Merriman; two half-brothers, John Seveland, Gordon, and Sam Seveland, Merriman.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, the Rev. Silas A. Hanke in charge. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were L.A. Brooks, Lyle Hull and Fay Hill of Gordon; Ray Cozad, O.A. Hodson and R.D. Cook of Martin, S.D.
An obituary appears on another page of today’s Journal.


Fred Tuchenhagen:
Fred Tuchenhagen was born at Gordon, Nebr., on Sept. 8, 1891 and died Sept. 9, 1954 at the age of 63 years and 1 day. On Nov. 25, 1929, he was married to Ethel Gardner of Des Moines, Iowa.

Most of Mr. Tuchenhagen’s life was spent in the Gordon vicinity except for a few years that were spent in operating a store in Allen, S.D. His occupation was ranching and he became most successful in his chosen work. Just recently Mr. and Mrs. Tuchenhagen leased their ranch.
Mr. Tuchen-hagen was in the first World War and spent much time in overseas duty. He was a part of the 39th Infantry Regiment, Company B. He was in many of the major battles, including the battle of Chateau-Thierry; the battle of Saint Mihiel and the battle of the Argonne forest.
Mr. Tuchenhagen was active in many organizations. He was a member of the Fred Sturdevant post of the American Legion, Gordon; Masonic Pioneer Lodge No. 219 of Martin, S.D.; the Alliance Consistory; Tangier Shrine of Omaha; the IOOF Lodge and the Easter Star, Chapter 171 of Martin. He served as master of the lodge and also was a past patron of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gordon.

Fred’s pleasing personality made for him many friends and his sudden passing was a great shock to the whole community.
He leaves to mourn his death, his wife Ethel; one sister, Mrs. Joy Fairhead of Merriman; two half-brothers, John Seveland of Gordon and Sam Seveland of Merriman; nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12th, at the Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery.



[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, March 23, 1955]
C.A. Stratton. (1877-1955)
Charles Aubrey Stratton was born at Des Moines, Iowa, on March 20, 1877. He suffered a severe stroke of paralysis on Monday evening and died at the Gordon Memorial hospital, at Gordon, Nebr. on Tuesday afternoon, March 10, 1955, aged 77 years, 11 months and 25 days. 
Mr. Stratton was united in marriage to Goldie McNamee on April 13, 1902, at Merriman, Nebr. For most of his life he was engaged in paper-hanging and painting, a trade he learned from his father. He brought much happiness and satisfaction to many people through this occupation. Mr. Stratton resided in the Gordon Community for 65 years. He believed Gordon to be a friendly town, a good place to live. He possessed a friendly personality. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Walter Perry and Mrs. Frank Davidson of Portland, Ore; two sisters, Mrs. Andy Schow, Portland, Ore. and Mrs. George Williams, Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1955]
William Cleveland Arnold (1885-1955)
William Cleveland Arnold was born April 10, 1885, at Tilden, Nebr. and died at his home in Alliance, Nebr. on Jan 5, 1955, at age 69. His parents died when he was a very young boy and he was taken to live with his grandparents in Iowa, where he grew to manhood. He came to western Nebraska while still a young man and filed on a homestead some 35 miles southeast of Gordon. On Oct. 26, 1910 he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Johnson of Gordon, Nebr., and to this union eight children were born. After proving up on his homestead he moved to a farm west of Martin, S.D., later moving to Gordon where he and his family made their home until 1926 when he moved to Alliance where he established a home where he has since resided. Mr. Arnold was a kind and loving husband and father, his first thoughts always being of his wife and children. He was proud of his family and his home. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn him, Miss Jennie Arnold, Scottsbluff, Nebr., Mrs. Bertha Hunderdmark, Pomona, Calif., Mrs. Frances Wallace, Antioch, Calif., Miss Doris Arnold, Gering, Nebr., Gordon Arnold, Laramie, Wyo., and Chester Arnold, Scottsbluff, Nebr. One daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Bowder, and one infant son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Alliance under the direction of the Nazarene Church on Jan. 8. Burial was in the Alliance cemetery. Attending the funeral from Gordon were Martin B. Johnson, Mrs. Mamie Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hansen, and Mr. and Mrs. Milford Hansen.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1955]
William Wesley Ladely (1878-1955)
William Wesley Ladely, eldest son of Charlie and Aceanith Ladely, was born at Keswick, Ia., on Febr. 15, 1878, and died at Cody, Nebr. Jan. 14, 1955, at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 29 days. In the year of 1898 he came to Holt county, Nebr. Two years later he came with his parents to Cherry county and filed on a homestead southeast of Newton. Later, he worked on different ranches in Cherry county. Bill, as he was known by his friends, was a true friend and neighbor. His sudden death Friday morning was caused by a heart attack. Surviving him are his two brothers, Henry and Albert of Gordon, and one sister Anna Carson of Red Bird, Nebr., also six nephews and three nieces; a host of relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his father, mother and one sister. The funeral services were conducted at the First Methodist Church in Gordon, Monday, Jan. 17, 1955, the Rev. Ben Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery.


[The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan county, Nebraska, March 23, 1955]
THOMAS R. HARDIN (1886-1955)
Thomas Rohrer Hardin, son of William D. and Hattie Hardin was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Aug. 20, 1886 and died March 18, 1955 in the Gordon hospital at the age of 68 years, six months, 28 days. His early life was spent at the place of his birth and he was educated in the Council Bluffs schools. In early childhood Mr. Hardin worked for the John Deere Plow company. Later he was associated with his father in the assessor’s office in Council Bluffs. He came to Sheridan county in 1907 and took up a homestead south of the Niobrara river. Following his experience on his homestead farm, Mr. Hardin moved to an adjacent farm and engaged in farming and raising livestock. In 1923 he moved to a ranch east of Gordon and remained there till 1947. His last years were spent on a cattle ranch 22 miles south of Gordon. On March 16, 1944 he was united in marriage to Miss Esther Kearney at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mr. Hardin, know to his many friends as Tom, was widely known throughout the territory as a highly respected citizen and a friend to man. He genuinely loved nature with all its animal and bird life, and the wide open territory. He was a great sportsman and loved to hunt wild game, but always mindful of good sportsmanship. He is survived by his widow and a son by a previous marriage, W.D. Hardin, San Francisco, Calif., a brother Dudley M. Hardin and a nephew Kenneth of Gordon, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, Tuesday at 2 p.m. and interment made in the Gordon cemetery. Pall-bearers were: Leonard Sandage, Bernard Sandage, Melvin Armstrong, W.J. Magowan, Sid Waterman and Ben Schaer.



Anna May Allen, daughter of Hermon P. and Helen M. Allen was born July 4, 1878 at Fond Du Lac, Wisc. and died at Redondo Beach, Calif. May 5 1957 at the age of 78 years, 10 months and one day. She moved from Wisconsin to Gordon, Nebr. with her parents at the age of seven. On March 26, 1895 she was united in marriage to Charles Case and to this union was born one child, Merle C. Case. Her husband Charles Case died Nov. 17, 1898. She was married to Harry Stauffer on April 1, 1901 and to this union were born six children: Velma Stauffer, deceased; Helen Troxel, Omaha, Nebr.; Dale Stauffer, deceased; Gordon Stauffer and (still living June 1999)*, both of Redondo Beach, Calif. Surviving are her four sons, one daughter, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. W. D. Benedict, Bellwood, Nebr.; a brother Forrest Allen, Bremerton, Wash.; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock, May 9 in the Gates funeral home, the Rev. John Mikkelsen, pastor of the Methodist church in charge. *Name of living daughter was omitted. Remaining text of obituary is transcribed as it was written. Source Unknown. Found among family possessions.

Submitted by Nancy Troxel Schatz



Gordon Nebr. -1959
Funeral services were conducted at Gordon, Saturday afternoon for Samuel W. Ellis, 70, of Cody, who passed away Wednesday evening, December 9, 1959, following several weeks of illness, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ray Colvin in Rapid City, South Dakota. Services were conducted at the Gates Funeral home by Rev. Holland Vaughan of Cody and committal was in the Gordon Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Behrens Mortuary of Rapid City, and with American Legion grave-side rites.

Mr. Ellis, a native of Kansas, was born June 15, 1889, at Seldon, Kansas. Later he moved to Nenzel, Nebraska with his parents. He spent most of his life in western Nebraska. On November 29, 1922, he married Ruby Hellen Reeves. For thepast fourteen years this couple lived in Cody. Mr. Ellis was employed as school janitor until he retired. He was a veteran of World War I, and a member of Cody Legion Post and World War I Post in Valentine. Mr. Ellis is survived by his wife. He was the father of seven sons and three daughters and was preceded in death by one sonm Melvern, who drowned in an irrigation canal at Ceres, California. He was the grandfather fo fufteen grandchildren. Mr. Ellis' nine surviving children are six sons, Robert, Cody; Arhtur and Ben, Pueblo, Caolorado; Jack, Crawford; Clifford, Bushnell, Nebraska and Ronnie of Lincoln. Three daughters, Mrs. Ray Colvin, (Mary Ardath); Mrs. John Gray, (Dorothy), and Mrs. Mel Kitchen, (Sharon), all of Rapid City, South Dakota. He also leaves to mourn his passing two brother, Eugene of Valentine and Rockford of Cody; one sister, Nettie Barr of Phoenix, Arizona; several nieces and nephews, a host of friends and other relatives. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him as he never had an unkind work for anyone. Pallbearers were Rodney Dimmick, Ted and Mac Connery all of Cody, Bill May of Nenzel, Joe Sanders and Robert McGauhey of Gordon. Legionaires who helped with grave side rites were John Nelson, Mike Schmit, Raymond Andrews, John Nollette, Leo Stasch, Gene Deweese, Gen Kehre, Gary Eberly, Clinton Wobig, Donald Adams, Donald Wobig, Jim Kroeger, Bud Schmit, Charlie Starr, and Danny Stasch.

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