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Julia Ann Jewell Smalley

John Henry McCrawley

Herbert Hendershot

John Stephens   

Judge W. R. Towne   

G. W. Klingaman   

Emma Riegle   





Julia Ann Jewell Smalley

Julia Ann Jewell Smalley was born in Benton County, Iowa, March 15, 1848, and departed this life at Valentine, Nebraska, December 29,1922, age 74 years, 9 months and 14 days.

She was united in marriage to Samuel Cruise Smalley on October 11, 1866, at Decorah, Iowa.

To this union 9 children were born, 4 sons and 5 daughters. One son, Frank Smalley and one daughter Mrs. Rosetta Randall, are deceased. Those remaining are Mrs. Eva Metz, of Dorsey, Nebr.,; Samuel E. Smalley of Valentine; Mrs. Alice E. Mansfield of Shell Lake, Wisc.; Laban G.
Smalley of Williston, N.D.; Mrs. Clara M. Hutchinson of Omaha, Neb.; David G. Smalley  of Beaver Dam, Wisc; and Miss Lillian M. Smalley of Chicago, Illinois.

Soon after they were married they moved to Belleville, Minn., where they engaged in farming for a time. Later they returned to Iowa and resided near Storm Lake for some years. Later they came to Nebraska among the early settlers and took a preemption in Holt county, near Dorsey. After proving up on that place they went to Keya Paha County and took a  homestead near Norden, where they lived for several years. While residing there Mr. Smalley met with an accident which resulted later in his death. The wife and mother being left with the care of her large family of children, used her homestead right and filed on land a mile west of the former homestead. After proving up on this she moved to Lancaster, Wisc., where she lived for seven years. She then came back to Nebraska, and located in Valentine, where she has lived for the past nineteen years.

About four years ago she was deprived of her eyesight and had to depend upon her children to care for her. Although she had suffered a paralytic stroke about six months ago and was constantly cared for by her daughter Lillian, yet she remained happy and cheerful to the last.

Her greatest joy was in attending church and Sabbath school. She joined the Methodist church when very young, and remained a faithful member, dying in the triumphs of a Christian faith. She was a member of the W.C.T.U., and was active in good works-ever ready to help in time of need.

Besides her children she leaves 27 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and one brother, Martin C. Jewell of Madison, Wisconsin.

The funeral was held from the Methodist church on Wednesday at 2 p.m., conducted by the pastor, O.E. Richardson, Interment was made in the Mount Hope cemetery. A 46-7

The Republican, Valentine, NE,  Friday, January 5, 1923
Transcribed and Contributed by: Lisa Smalley

John Henry McCawley    

John Henry, 86, Valentine, died Thursday. Ranch hand. Born Hollenberg, Kan. Survivors: sons, Donald, Lincoln, James, El Cajon, Calif. Glen, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Dale, Spokane, Wash.; sisters: Mrs. Mary Mulick, Mrs. Irene Neenan, both Lincoln, Mrs. Ellen Carter, Washington, Kan.; five grandchildren; great-grandson; nieces; nephews.

Services: 10 A.M. Tuesday, St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, Kan.  St John's Cemetery, Hanover, Kan. 


Pallbearers: Terry, Tony, Tim McCawley, Bernell Scheele,  Mike, Chris Uhlrich. 


In State: Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 N. 27th St., Lincoln, through Sunday evening.



Newspaper: Valentine, NE
Transcribed and Contributed by: Terry McCawley



Herbert Hendershot   


Son of Geo. Hendershot near McCann, died last Friday. The cause of the death is diphtheria. Herbert was fourteen years old last summer and was a very large boy for his age. He was born in Cherry Co. within a few miles of the place where his parents now live. Most of his life was passed in this county. Only a month ago Herbert was strong and well. He caught cold which settled in his lungs and developed into diphtheria and he died a veay painful death. His parents have the sympathy of all their friends and neighbors.

Valentine Democrat (Valentine, Neb.), December 25, 1902
Transcribed and contributed by:  Kim Thorp

John Stephens   

Death Takes Rancher, 100

John Stephens Early Keya Paha Settler

Valentine, Nebraska, (AP) – John Stephens, rancher and homesteader, who was one hundred lst November, died Tuesday in a hospital here.

A native of Scotland, Mr. Stephens came to this country when he was vie and lined in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, after moving to Hamilton County in Nebraska.

In 1899, the family homesteaded in Keya Paha County. Mr. Stephens still owned the ranch when he died. He was a Mason for 70 years.

He is survived by a half sister in Oregon.

Omaha World Herald
Wednesday, February 21, 1962

Judge W. R. Towne   

Judge W. R. Towne Passes Away   

Tuesday, May 7, 1907, about 11 o’clock Judge W. R. Towne passed to the great beyond. He had been in better health the past winter than two years ago and was able to be up and attending to the duties of his office until ten days before his death. His last illness was apparently fatal from the first and he gradually sank from the 27th of April, when his stomach began to distress him. Judge Town has long been a sufferer from stomach trouble and his enfeebled health man time brought him very low, but his iron like constitution held him up and his recovery was always rapid until at last, when his life work seemed to be at an end and he was ready to depart this world, he rapidly sank and all efforts failed to bring about a change.

Judge Towne has been getting his work closed up for some months past and his one purpose during the past year seemed to have been to close up his work. He was a pioneer in Cherry County and better known than any one by the old timers.

He leaves a wife, three daughters and a son: George Towne, the oldest, was in Iowa when last heard from. Mrs. Nella Williamson, the oldest daughter, has been staying here with her parents the past year. Her home is in St. Louis. Mrs. Maud Fritz lives in Los Angeles, California.  Mrs. Mabel Cato lives near Cavite, South Dakota. Two daughters and a son died in infancy.

Two brothers and a sister survive the Judge: Ephraim at Shell Rock, Iowa, Almon at Santa Cruz, California, and Mrs. Jane C. Welch at Enosburg Falls, Vermont.

The funeral was held at the home, conducted by the Reverend Wells of the Episcopal Church, and the remains laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery. A large number of friends of the Judge congregated from different parts of the county to pay their last tribute to the departed old soldier and county Judge for nearly eleven years.

On the last page of his paper will be found a partial life history of the Judge.

Valentine Democrat, Image 4
May 9, 1907

Card of Thanks

We wish to assure the people of Valentine that their kindness during our trials shall every be held in loving remembrance

Mrs. W. R. Towne and Family

Valentine Democrat, Image 4
May 9, 1907

G. W. Klingaman   

Died in Wood Lake last Thursday, June 16, at 8:50 a. m.

The deceased was a brother to W. L. and Charles Klingaman.

Heart failure was the cause of his death. No more pathetic scene could have been witnessed than the one when the faithful wife, who had gone thru life’s journey for the past 25 years through the ups and downs and still at her post to the last and such devotion is seldom seen as was the case with the wife of the deceased, whose every thought was of the life partner she had chosen 25 years ago.

George W. Klingaman was married October 21, 1884, to Miss Cora Slater of Iowa at Boulder, Colorado.

The deceased was born July 5, 1857 at Buckingham, Iowa.

Mrs. Klingaman wishes to thank the R.N.A. Lodge and the many friends who showed their sympathy.

Valentine Democrat
June 23, 1910

The remains of G. W. Klingaman were shipped to Chadron on the passenger last Saturday for burial.

Valentine Democrat
June 23, 1910

Emma Riegle   

The funeral of Emma Riegle who died Sunday was conducted Monday by Reverend Beal.

Valentine Democrat
October 29, 1908