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Frank Leroy Meyers

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 12th at the Christian church in Hendley for Frank LeRoy Meyers, life-long resident of that community. Reverent Horn, retired Christian minister from Arapahoe officiated at the last rites.


Frank LeRoy Meyers, one of nine children born to Ida and Philip Meyers, was born on a farm west of Hendley April 11, 1887, and departed this life on February 8, 1957, at the age of 69 years, 9 months and 2l8 days. His mother, father, four brothers and sisters preceded him in death, and one daughter, Donna Mae, passed away in 1933.


On August 17, 1910 he was united in marriage with Lily Arminta Boop. To this union four children, two sons and two daughters were born. In 1924, he was converted and baptized into Christ and placed his membership in the Methodist church of Hendley. He was appointed Sunday School Superintendent and filled this position for several years. In later years he transferred his membership to the Christian church in Hendley and served as an elder and a trustee.


His entire life was spent in the Hendley community with the exception of temporary short periods of time. He had been in ill health for about four years. Love for his family and home was the dominating factor of his life.


Those remaining to mourn his departure are his wife, Lily, three children Birdee May of Englewood, Colorado, Darrel of San Diego, California, Floyd of Wichita, Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Roberts of Wilsonville, Mrs.Lucy Yarnall of Lynwood, California; two brothers, P. T. Meyers of Hayward, California, and John Meyers of Hendley; nine grandchildren, one great granddaughter, besides a host of other relatives and friends.


A stalwart citizen, a good husband and father, a trusted friend and neighbor has thus passed on to his final reward.


Music for the services was supplied by Richard Martin and accompanied by Mrs. Kenneth Orvis.


Pallbearers were Sylvester Hurt, Arlen Hurt, George Herron, Dale Nitzel, Audis McClain and Earl Bruening. Interment was made in the Lynden cemetery west of Hendley.


Hopping-Haase Funeral Home of Beaver City was in charge of the arrangements.

Appeared in the Beaver City, NE Times-Tribune, 21 Feb. 1957  Contributed by Marilyn Cozza

Mrs. Henrietta Diebler Meyers


Henrietta Diebler Meyers was born in the state of Pennsylvania March 18, 1847. She was married to Isaac S. Meyers in 1868.


They removed to Forreston, Ogle County, Ill., then to Furnas County in May 1872. She and her husband took up the pioneer life full of the dangers and deprivations known only to the early settlers who experienced them. Although naturally timid and refined in her tastes, she adapted herself with great courage to those early demands upon her strength and true womanhood which only a devoted wife and mother could display.


It is interesting to know that she ventured twenty-eight miles farther than any white woman had ever settled. There were no towns or railroads within many miles, but in her patience and isolation with her husband they reared their family.


Ten children blessed their union. Two having died in infancy, eight survive her. Seven were present \at the funeral, one son, Dr. Emery L. Meyers, of Chico, CA, being unable to be present. Mrs.Meyers was one of the truly good of this world. As a mother she was one of the best. As a wife she was absolutely true. As an invalid she never lost her interest in life and during her most intense pain never seemed completely discouraged. Her patience was marvelous and her faith in God was of that gentle trusting sort that took things for granted. Death came like a gentle angel of mercy to release her from the suffering of many years. She fell asleep early Saturday morning, November 2, never to awaken again to the pain and sorrow of a temporal world.


She leaves eight children, one sister, one brother, nineteen grandchildren and an enormous company of devoted friends.  She won the love of all who knew her. Our hope is firm in the realization that she has entered that glorious peace where `God shall wipe all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more sorrow nor crying neither shall there be any pain, for the former things have passed away'.


The funeral services were held in Hendley Sunday afternoon, November 3, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. C. M. McCorkle, of Juniara, conducting the service, assisted by Rev. L. W. Hewitt, pastor of the church. Internment was made in the Meyers Cemetery.



Card of Thanks


We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors who so kindly lent their help and sympathy during the prolonged illness and death of our beloved mother, Henrietta Meyers.


Susie T. McCorkle

Sylvester L. Meyers

Elizebeth R. Wilburn

Isaac N. Meyers

Henrietta M. John

Eva A. Brubaker

Emery L. Meyers

From the TIMES-TRIBUNE, Beaver City, NE, November 7, 1918  Contributed by Marilyn Cozza

Issac Stine Meyers

Was born in the state of Pennsylvania, December 13, 1845, where he lived until young manhood.  


In the war of the rebellion he responded to his country's call in 1862, enlisting for a few months.  


When his first term of service expired he again enlisted in the Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry and served his country faithfully until the end of the war. The last seven months as a soldier were spent amid the awful privations, extreme suffering and hopeless discouragement of the infamous Andersonville Prison, where he would have lost his life had it not been for the close of the war, which ended the terrible prison experience.


February 27, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Diebler, who survives him.


The young couple took up their residence near Forreston, Ill., where they resided four years.


Then began the thrilling experiences of the early pioneer life of Nebraska. Traveling overland by wagon he arrived in Furnas County in May, 1872, when Indians and buffalo roamed these plains at will. Mrs. Meyers arrived the following July, coming to Grand Island, the nearest railroad station.


They were the earliest setters in the entire section.


God only knows how many dangers and hardships were encountered during these early years before Hendley or Beaver City were even thought of, and when Republican City was the nearest post office.


Loneliness, privations, blizzards and lurking Indians called out the genuine heroic spirit in this sturdy pioneer and his splendid young wife. To them ten children were born. Sarah and Elmer died in infancy. Three sons, Sylvester, Isaac and Emery, and five daughters, Susie, Elizebeth, Henrietta, Eva and Olive, survive him and were present at the funeral.


Mr. Meyers was very active in the affairs of his county, serving two terms as county commissioner and manifesting a progressive spirit in everything that pertained to the advancement of its people and growth. In his active life before old age came on to cripple his mental powers, he was an excellent businessman and a most accommodating and thoughtful neighbor. The old-fashioned pioneer hospitality was always manifested and every weary stranger traveling his way found a cordial welcome to the cheer of his fireside and table.


He held membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which order was represented at the funeral.


Bordering on a half century of residence in the very locality in which he first settled has procured for him an enormous circle of acquaintances.


He leaves to mourn his departure his faithful wife, eight children, one sister, three brothers, nineteen grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.


The funeral took place from the Methodist Church in Hendley Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Hayward, pastor of that church officiating. Interment was made in the Meyers Cemetery.



Card of Thanks


We desire to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to those who so carefully and tenderly ministered to our beloved husband and father during his illness and death, to the members of the Independent


Order of Odd Fellows whose sympathy was manifested by their attendance in a body,

to the pastor, organist and singers for their valued services, to those who contributed floral offerings and to the many neighbors and friends who have so kindly lent us their help and sympathy in this time of sorrow.


Mrs. I. S. Meyers

Susie C. McCorkle

Sylvester L. Meyers

Elizebeth R. Wilburn

Isaac N. Meyers

Emery L. Meyers

Henrietta M. John

Eva A. Brubaker

Olive M. Beaty

No source name  given   Contributed by Marilyn Cozza

Mrs. Lillie Arminta Meyers

Services for Mrs. Lillie Arminta Meyers, a longtime resident of Hendley, Nebraska, were held April 26, 1977, at Hendley. Mrs. Meyers died in Rifle on April 23, at the age of 86.  The Sowder Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Mrs. Meyers was born Lillie Arminta Boop, the daughter of Luther and Tamsen Arminta Wilson Boop, on Dec. 30, 1890 at Humboldt, Neb.  At the age of three years her family moved to Furnas County, Neb, near Beaver City.  She was educated in rural schools near Beaver City and grew to womanhood in that area.  


Mrs. Meyers was united in marriage with Frank Meyers at Hendley on Aug 17, 1910.


 He wasowner and manager of the Ford Agency in that area for many years.  He died in Feb of 1957.  


Mrs. Meyers continued to make her home at Hendley until June of 1976 when she came to Rifle to be near a daughter, Mrs. Birdie May.


She was a member of the Hendley Christian Church.


She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna in 1933.


Survivors included her daughter, Mrs. Birdie May of Rifle; two sons, Floyd Meyers of Wichita, Kans and Darrell Meyers of Santee, Calif;  four sisters Mrs. Edith Schiedegger of Delia, Kan, Mrs. Ollie Worrell and Mrs. Ellen Hedges both of Madison Lake, Minn and Mrs. Mable Streeton of Omaha, Neb; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Newpaper clipping - no source name given    Contributed by Marilyn Cozza

Donna Mae Meyers

Donna Mae Meyers was born at Hendley, Nebr., November 9, 1926 and passed away at her home in Hendley June 28, 1933, aged 6 years, 7 months and 19 days.

Donna Mae began her first year of school at the beginning of the last year of school.  On the first of January she received a severe injury from a fall and after twelve more days of school she became violently ill, from which which beginning developed tubercular meningitis.  After five and one-half months of intense suffering, during which every means known to medical skill and patient loving care were given her.  She passed quietly away to be with the Savior whom she learned to love each Sunday in Sunday school.  She was of a cheerful, sunny disposition, loved by teachers and playmates and numbered her friends by her acquaintances.

She leaves to mourn her going, her father and mother, Mr. And Mrs. F. L. Meyers, one sister Mrs. Birdie May, two brothers Darrel and Floyd all of Hendley; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Meyers of Hendley and M. L. Boop of Beaver City, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Beaver City "Times - Tribune" newspaper of 6 July 1933   Contributed by Marilyn Cozza

Celia M. Babcock

Celia M. Babcock, 65, of rural Beaver City was killed Friday, Dec. 6 in a one vehicle accident near McCook, according to the Nebraska Highway Patrol.

Babcock was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband, Russell Babcock, 76, also of Beaver City. They were west bound at 10:05 a.m. on Nebraska Route 6 about four miles east of McCook Nebr, when the automobile veered across the eastbound lane and struck a tree head on.

Services will be held Friday, Dec 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Beaver City, with the Reverend John Grant officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Beaver City.

She was born March 19, 1926, the daughter of Joseph E and Cecile D Gove Teeter. She was a lifelong resident of Furnas County. She graduated from Beaver City High School in 1944 and taught country school for one year. She was united in marriage to Russell Babcock May 14, 1945 at Norton. They farmed southwest of Beaver City. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Beaver City Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, two sons, Douglas of Bloomfield, Colo. And Monte of Imperial Nebr; one sister, Mrs. Thomas (Joan) Hardin, Beaver City; two grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.


Husband Russell C. Babcock died about 10 days later, result of the same accident.

Norton Daily Telegraph, Dec 1992
Transcribed and Submitted by:   D. Lofgreen

G. L. Hutchinson

Death of Harlan Pioneer

Special Dispatch to the World Herald

Jalapa, Mexico, June 27. --  G. L. Hutchinson of Harlan County, Nebraska died June 11, aged 80 years, at the residence of his son in Jalap Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Mr. Hutchinson was an old settler of Harlan County, where he was in the mercantile business until failing health made a change necessary.

He leaves a widow and one son -- M. L. Huthcison - Sperintendent of the Jalapa & Cordoba Railroad.

Omaha World Herald - June 28, 1905

Mrs. Christian Hagberg

Arapahoe – Mrs. Christian Hagberg, who took a homestead here in 1871, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Marshall. She was 88, and emigrated from Sweden in 1862.

Omaha World Herald –Oct. 23, 1921
Transcribed and contributed by:  Dan Zwakman

Lane Morse

Eugene, Or., June 29 – (Special) – Lane Morse, 64, well-known farmer of Pleasant Hill, died suddenly at Arapaho, Neb., Saturday, according to a message received by relatives here. He had lived in Lane County 16 years, having gone to Nebraska a short time ago to visit at the home of his daughter, Mrs W. H. Emerick. Mr. Morse is survived by his widow, two sons, E. A. Morse, Eugene; Tom Morse of Noti, and two daughters, Mrs. Emerich at Arapaho and Mrs. O. W. Bartlett of Silver Dale, Wash.

The Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Thursday, June 30, 1927
Transcribed and contributed by:  Jim Dezotell

Mary G. Starks


Starks – June 19th at Precept, Furnas Co., Neb of Diptheria Mary G. Starks, only daughter of Chas. S. and Lucinda Starks, aged 11 years, 11 months and five days.

The Omaha Daily Bee - Omaha, Nebraska - June 22, 1883
Transcribed and contributed by:  Dawn Minard

J. R. Cooper   

Aged 48 years, a prominent resident of Holbrook, Neb., died at a local hospital yesterday. The deceased came to this city only a short time ago for the benefit of his health, he is survived by a wife residing at Holbrook, Neb., and one brother, C. P. Cooper, of Colfax Wash.   The body was removed to the McCarthy parlors to await the arrival of relatives.

Wednesday, January 30, 1918  Paper: Pueblo Chieftain (Pueblo, CO)  Page: Twelve
Transcribed and contributed by:   Barbara Ziegenmeyer

Hattie Mutchmore    

Died of consumption in Orleans, Furnas County, Nebraska, on Sunday, August 23, 1885, Miss Hattie Mutchmore, daughter of A. M. Mutchmore, of this place.  Hattie was a child when the family came to Bradford, and here received her education.  She was a pleasant child, a dutiful daughter, and estimable young lady, and we believe that she died as she lived, enjoying the respect, love and admiration of all who were favored with her acquaintance.  After receiving her education she taught a few terms of school, giving the best of satisfaction; but her health failing, she went West, in hopes that the dryer air might be beneficial, but to no avail.  Hattie Mutchmore was born March 8, 1863, and was therefore in the 23rd year of her age; just fairly entered on the voyage of life, which may lead through sunny days over peaceful waters; but which in her experience was but as a pleasant drifting down the channel, undisturbed by storms or billow, until the eventide brought an eternal peaceful joy.

Unknown Newspaper
c. Aug 1885
Sub. by K. Seeman

Floyd Rummell    

Floyd Rummell Dead

From Wednesday’s Daily

A telephone message from Beaver City, was received at the home of William Rummell, west of the city, yesterday morning, telling of the death of Floyd Rummell, a son of Jacob Rummell, who lives near Beaver City, of Diabetes.

Mr. Rummell has been sick for about a year and a half with this malady, and a few days since, the disease had reached a very acute and dangerous stage.

Word was telephoned to the relatives here and Monday morning Will Rummell and daughter Florence Rummell departed for Beaver City, only to get there just before the young man died.

No arrangements for the funeral is known.

The Plattsmouth Journal
December 27, 1917