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Velda L. Otradovsky Benesch 

ELMWOOD - Velda L. Benesch, 77, of Elmwood died at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 1994, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.


Born Sept. 1, 1916, in Schuyler, Neb., to Otto and Alzbeta "Nellie" Horejsi Otradovsky, she married Daniel V. Benesch on Oct. 6, 1942, in San Diego, Calif.


He died April 19, 1983. One sister also preceded her in death.


Surviving are one son, Daniel of Elmwood; one daughter, Ellen Edmonston of Grants Pass, Ore.; one brother, Arthur Otradovsky of Columbus, Neb.; one sister, Loretta Papa of Columbus; and one grandchild.


She worked at Bob's Market in Elmwood for many years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of Archie Miles Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 31 Auxiliary and Elmwood Senior Citizens.


A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Patterson Funeral Home. The Rev. John Simpson will officiate.


Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded.


Memorials may be made to the BYE Ambulance Service.



Peoria Journal Star, IL, July 10, 1994, Page: C16

Contributed by:  Sara Hemp



Miss Louis Mick   

Mutilated Body of Girl Found 


Schuyler, Neb., Aug. 11 The mutilated body of Miss Louis Mick, the 18 year old girl who was taken from her home  Sunday night by a kidnapper, was found today in a corn field north of Schuyler. The young woman had been beaten to death with a club.   Frank Heldt, a farm laborer, has been arrested.


Miss Mick was taken from her bed and carried away after her mother and an aunt had been bound with wire.



El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas - August 11, 1914 

Transcribed and contributed by:  Dale Donlon





Ron Allen   


Stanton, Neb. Jan. 8. Ron Allen, a prominent farmer of Union Creek precinct, died yesterday of pneumonia after an illness of three days. He came to town one day last week and was taken ill at the Nebraska Hotel, where he died. He was born in Illinois in 1848, and went to Celubra, Ia., in 1868, where a few years later he married Miss Augusta Fritz, who died several years ago. In 1878 they came to Colfax County, living near Howells for twenty-seven years. Two years ago Mr. Allen came to Stanton County and purchased a one-half section farm. He had been in poor health for some time. There are six surviving children.



Omaha World Herald 7 Jan. 1910

Transcribed and contributed by:  Dan Zwakman