Nuckolls County - Genealogy Trails







Joshua Clinton Botton

Henry S. Bottom

Hugh K. Morris

Dale Eugene Adamson   


Bobby Adamson   


Jennie Delphia Adamson   


John Benjamin Adamson   


Lawrence Clifford Adamson   


Lawrence Glenn Adamson   


Majorie Clare Adamson   


Mildred Mary Adamson   


Dortha Mae Aikin   


Claude Andrew Flower   


Gary Lee Swanstrom   


 Carrie Sylvia Kinnison Herrick   


Chester Charles Bargen   


 Ruth M. Bargen   


Dietrich "Dick" Harrow Bargen   


Effie Bargen   


James "Jim" Andrew Bargen   

Hans Christian Peterson    


Robin Lagala Drohman   


G. Nelson Lyon   


Beulah Almeda Adams   


Francis Henry Adams  


Peter Andersen   


Morris Anderson   


Corbin Nathaniel Andreasen   


Gladys Fay Sibert  


Sid Timmerman 


Peter Peterson


Mary Ann Milligan    


Stella Bella (Dugas) Meier   


Henry Schroer   

Miss Anna Follmer   

C. C. Dudley    





Joshua Clinton Botton

Joshua Clinton Bottom was born August 17, 1827 in Tenn., died at the residence of his son, Henry S. at Willow Springs, MO January 25, 1916, being 88 years, 3 mo., 8 days of age. He was married to Miss Sarah Ann Thornton March 11, 1847. To this union 8 children were born, of whom 6 remain to mourn his departure:  Henry S., Willow Springs, MO, Robert C. of Hutton Valley, MO., Mrs. Emma Adams of Ruskin, Neb., Edward S. of Edgar Neb., Franklin H. of Ong, Neb. and Mrs. Frank (Olive) Spence of Bladen, Neb.


He came to Southern Illinois in 1862 where he resided until 1874, when he came to Neb.


In 1875 he homesteaded a farm 4 miles NE of Ruskin, Neb. where he lived for many years.


In 1911 he moved to Southeast Missouri to escape the rigors of Neb. winters.


He was converted to the Christian faith in early life uniting with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

He remained an earnest, loyal worker for the Master during all the seceding years of life.


He held at various times during his long life every position in the church to which a layman was eligible.


He was a patient sufferer for many weeks while awaiting the summons of his Maker to come to eternal rest, never forgetting to express his gratitude for the loving care of those surrounding him. He has gone to join that throng of which he had so often spoken in class meetings, "where congregations never break up and Sabbaths never end."


The funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Adams at Ruskin, Neb. Sunday, January 30 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Hanger of Ruskin conducting the services and interment was in family lot at Mt. Zion Cemetery.


Note: His grandson, Rev. Norphie E. Bottom, conducted the service at Willow Springs, MO.


Contributed  by:  Anne Newell



Henry S. Bottom



Henry Sanders Bottom, son of Joshua C. and Sarah A. (Thornton) Bottom, was born near Bloomfield, Stoddard County, Missouri, December 31, 1849, and died at his home near Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri Tuesday, February 3, 1925, aged 75 years, 1 month and 3 days.


Near the close of the Civil War he moved with his parents to Southern Illinois, living in Union and Johnson Counties till 1874.


He married June 28, 1868 at Cape Girardeau, MO to Miss Hazy A. Spence. To them one son was born, N. Ernest Bottom, who is now editor of the Caldwell County News at Kingston, Missouri, and pastor of the Federated Church at Kingston.


In the spring of 1874 the Bottom families residing in southern Illinois moved to Brownville, Nebraska, then a flourishing county seat town, living there and on the Missouri side for about eighteen months.


In the fall of 1875 they moved in covered wagons to south central Nebraska, 150 miles west of Brownville, and Henry and a brother homesteaded in Kiowa precinct, Thayer County, 12 miles west of Hebron, the county seat.


It was pioneer days in Nebraska then, and the family faced the hardships incident to existence in a new country, but they saw the new country gradually develop into one of the best farming sections in the United States.


As all the farms around had been taken by foreigners, he sold his homestead in 1885 and bought a farm in Nuckolls County. From the fall of '89 to fall of '91 he had a store at Smyrna, Neb. and was appointed postmaster while there.


He moved to Webster County the fall of 1891 and lived there about two and a half years.


Later he lived in Clay County and then moved to Nuckolls County again, settling near the place where he had lived some years before. His wife, Hazy A. Bottom died July 2, 1907 and was buried July 4th.


In 1909 he moved to Howell County, MO locating on a farm near Burnham. On November 16, 1910 he married at Thayer, MO to Miss Margaret Stewart, who survives him. They lived on the farm near Burnham for several years and then moved to Willow Springs, where they resided till the fall of 1922, when they purchased a country store and small farm about eight miles from Willow Springs. They were residing there at the time of his death.


While on the farm and at other times, he spent some years in practicing his profession, that of veterinarian. From boyhood he was fond of horses and other stock, and just after the Civil War he had an opportunity to take a course in veterinary science under the eminent Dr. Mays, one of the leading veterinarians of that time. He made the best of this opportunity, and became a noted judge of horses and remarkably successful in the treatment of their diseases. He could have been eminently successful in this work, but lost interest in it and refused to follow it continuously.


He was converted and joined the Church when a young man, and had a prominent part in the life and advancement of the work of the Church in the early days in Neb. At that time when books were scarce in the western homes, he had a few of the great standard religious works and spent many winter days and evenings reading them aloud in the home.


Prior to his death he had been failing rapidly for over a year, and had been confined to his bed for nearly two months.


When the time of departure came he simply ceased to breathe and fell asleep.


He leaves behind, the wife, the son, six grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Robert C. Bottom of Pomona, MO, Edward S. Bottom of Edgar, Neb. and Frank H. Bottom of Ong, Neb. The sisters are Mrs. Emma Adams of Ruskin, Neb. and Mrs. Olive Spence of Arkinda, Ark.


Funeral services were held at Burnham, MO on Thursday afternoon, February 5, 1925 conducted by Rev. Parrish of Willow Springs.


The body was laid to rest in Burnham Cemetery, Howell County, MO. 

Contributed  by:  Anne Newell 

Hugh K. Morris    

Hugh K. Morris, former owner of the Ford garage here, died about 11 o'clock Wednesday morning at the Superior, Neb., hospital.


Hugh had been ill several months.


He is survived by his wife, one son, Bill of the home, a sister of Houston, Texas, and an aunt, Miss Lois Cornforth of Superior.


The Hugh Morris funeral will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Zuloff Funeral Home in Superior.


Members of the Masonic lodge who plan to attend the funeral are requested to meet at the hall here at 1 p.m.


The Courtland Journal - July 31 1947

Transcribed and Submitted by Sandy DeLauretis



Dale Eugene Adamson   

Nelson resident Dale E. Adamson, 77, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996, at the Good Samaritan Center in Nelson. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Nelson Community United Church of Christ in Nelson with the Rev. Royce Buchtel officiating. Burial will be in Nelson Cemetery with military rites provided by the Nelson Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts. Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson.

Mr. Adamson was born Feb. 19, 1919, to Hugh McKinley and Annie Myra (Wright) Adamson near Nelson. He graduated from Nelson High School and attended the University of Nebraska for one year. He married Marjorie Clare Becker Oct. 20, 1946, in Peru. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1943-45 and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Nelson American Legion and VFW posts and had served as post commander and District 13 commander for VFW. He also had served as the Nuckolls County veterans' service officer and president of the Nuckolls County Fair Board. He was a member of Nelson Community United Church of Christ. Survivors are his wife; four daughters, Nancy Fuller of Mableton, Ga.; Beverly Sutherland of Omaha; Sharon Wenig of Kearney; and Janet Adamson of Lincoln; one son, Dean of York; two sisters, Halle Grummert and Helen Wilhelms, both of Superior; two brothers, Earl of Nelson and Joseph of Lincoln; two grandchildren; and stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be directed to the family.



Newspaper: Funeral Bulletin
Transcribed and Contributed by:   Peggy A. Duey



Bobby Adamson   

Nelson community was sorrow stricken Monday evening when news came from Grand Island that Bobbie Adamson had passed away. The boy had been ailing for some two weeks before and ten days ago he was taken to the hospital in Grand Island for treatment for pneumonia. Hopes were held out for his recovery, but in spite of all that was done through medical aid and the care of loved ones, he fell victim to this dread disease.

Bobby Adamson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Laurance Glen Adamson, was born April 9th, 1920, and died at the hospital in Grand Island June 24, 1935, aged 15 years, 2 mo., 15 days. He was born on the farm two and a half miles southeast of Nelson, and five years ago he with the family moved to their present home northeast of Nelson. He passed through the grades in the rural school, and entered high school in Nelson in the fall of 1934, completing one year.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his father and mother, four brothers: Clifford of Nelson, LaVerne of Central City, Colorado, Glen Junior and Dwight of Nelson; four sisters: Marvel, Leone, Jean, Faye and Ellen Mae (NOTE: This adds up to five sisters), all of Nelson; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Clifford Adamson and Mrs. LaVerne Adamson. Also the grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Adamson of Nelson, and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins, besides many friends.

The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church (sic) Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The pastor, Rev. John Caldwell, and Rev. C.A. Lehman of Ruskin, a long-time friend of the Adamsons, conducting same, the latter delivering the sermon. It was one of the largest gathering in of friends assembled at such an occasion had here in a long time. All were deeply saddened by the calling home of this young man at such an early age.


For the love and sympathy shown us during the sickness and passing of our son and brother, we express our sincere gratitude. L.G. Adamson and family, Clifford Adamson and wife, LaVerne Adamson and wife.


Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Due



Jennie Delphia Adamson   

Obit: Jennie D. Oldham was born at Eddyville, Ia., Oct. 21, 1865, and passed away at the home of her daughter Aug. 8, 1958, at the age of 92 years, 0 months and 18 days.
She came to Nebraska at the age of ten years in a covered wagon with her parents and settled on the Oxbow.

She was united in marriage to Noah L. Adamson on Sept. 24, 1890. To this union were born one son and two daughters. One daughter passed away at the age of three and one-half years. Her husband preceded her in death on May 13, 1939.

She is survived by her son, Vernie and daughter-in-law, Berneice, of Hudson, Colo.; her daughter, Lola and son-in-law, Glen Skinner of Edgar; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Pearl Rennick and brother-in-law, O.E. Rennick of Nelson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was united with the Christian church (sic) at Oxbow at an early age and remained faithful to that church to the end.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Aug. 11, at 2:30 in the Christian church (sic) at Edgar. Burial was in the Nelson cemetery (sic).

Relatives and friends from a distance who came to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Adamson, Hudson, Colo.; Mrs. Woodrow Stiles, Miss Shirley Chamn, Brighton, Colo.; Miss Bonnie Adamson, Lincoln; Mrs. Mary Screen, Mrs. Harry Counter, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Morford, Mr. Elbert Adamson, Mr. Everett Adamson, Miss Lucille Adamson, Oberlin, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Peters and Delores, Wauneta; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Norwood, Bostwic; Mrs. Alta Adamson, Miss Jeanne McMullen, Lamar, Colo.; Mrs. Lena Bennett, Hastings; Mr. and Mrs. John Herman, Oak; Mr. Irvin Oldham, Miss Lulu Norwood, Fairfield; Mrs. Cecil Williams, Davenport; and Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Adamson, Mrs. Hazel Statz, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Adamson, Mrs. Verda Hauser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dillman and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Adamson, all of Nelson.


Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Due



John Benjamin Adamson   


The following regarding the late John B Adamson, of Nora, Neb, who was killed by a train at that place is taken from the Nelson Nebraska Gazette:


John B Adamson was born in _nio_ [Union] county, Iowa, August 20th, 1848, and removed with his parents to Appanoose county, Iowa, May 1, 1852.

In the winter of 1860 or in the spring of 1861 he united with the Church of Christ.


In August 1862 he hearkened to the call of his country by enlisting in Company "I" 36th Iowa Vol Infantry, remaining in the service of his country two years and eleven months, ten months of which time he was a prisoner of war in a confederate prison at Tyier, Texas, having been captured with his entire command in battle. He was duly exchanged and served with his regiment until mustered out Sept 7th, 1865.


On the 7th day of February, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Kelley, who was removed by death February 28, 1871. To this union two children were born, Julius, whose home is in Ariba, Colo, and Mary who died in childhood. On the 10th of March 1872 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Norwood, to which union nine children were born: Sarah Bell Wright, Sanger, Cal; Eugene Stanley Adamson, Marilla Downing, Athey EIton Adamson, Lilly Penthestlea Corman, Ada Pearl Stowers, Delia Scherzinger, Nuckolls county, Neb; Blanche Houston, Idaho, and one child, Warren, died in infancy.


In October, 1878, he removed his family to Nuckolls county, Neb, and in March, 1896, he moved to Nora, Neb where he has been actively engaged in business up to the very moment of his death by deplorable accident May 1st 1912.


He leaves his devoted Christian wife, nine dutiful children, seven brothers, and many other relatives, besides his few surviving army comrades and a host of friends to mourn his loss. After a short service at his home conducted by Rev Wilson of the M E Church, his remains were brought to Nelson where the regular funeral services were held, conducted by the pastor, M H Cantrell, assisted by Rev Brooks and Rev Green in the presence of an unusually large concourse of people.


His remains were interred in the Nelson cemetery under the auspices of the G A R of which he was a member at the time of his death.


Six brothers and all his children but Mrs Wright of California were present at his interment.


This sad accident was a great shock to the community to which Mr Adamson has so long resided and where he was so well known.

Note: The date on the stone is 1843, but the date in the obit is 1848.


Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey



Lawrence Clifford Adamson   

Obit: The funeral of a Nelson man, Lawrence Clifford Adamson, was Wednesday at 2 p.m., from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ. He died Saturday at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 17 days.

One of 10 children, he was born to Glenn and Alda Doane Adamson at Prairie Home, Neb., near Lincoln, May 13, 1911.

He was educated in rural schools east of Nelson and graduated from Nelson High school with the class of 1928. Jan 27, 1934, he was united in marriage to Mildred Rust. This union was blessed with one son, Gordon.

He was a member of the Nelson Presbyterian Church, Superior Elks Lodge, No. 2197, and the Elk Creek Country Club.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his son, Gordon, in 1972; two sisters, Jean Adamson and Faye Hudgins; and two brothers, Junior and Bobby Adamson.

Survivors are his wife, Mildred; two brothers, Lavern of Salem, Ore., and John of Exeter; three sisters, Marvel McMullen of Denver, Mrs. Leslie Troudt (Leone) of Alma and Peggy Van Buren of Lakeside, Ariz,; two grandchildren, Kirby and Angela Adamson, Lincoln; and many other relatives.

The Rev. Norman F. Brooks officiated at the services and burial was in the Nelson Cemetery. Klawitter-Price Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Newspaper: The Superior Express
Transcribed and Contributed by:
Peggy A. Duey




Lawrence Glenn Adamson   

Lawrence Glenn Adamson, son of Mose (sic) and Josephine Adamson, was born March 3, 1887 on a farm west of Angus, Nebr., and passed away July 17, 1956 at Lamar, Colo. after a lingering illness, at the age of 69 years, 4 months and 14 days.

While employed as a telegraph operator for the Burlington railroad, he met and was united in marriage to Atla Ethel Doane of Dorchester, Nebr., Dec. 23, 1908.

To this union 10 children were born, 5 sons and 5 daughters of whom 8 survive. Clifford of Nelson, La Verne of Inglewood, Colo., Glen jr. of McMinnville, Ore., Dwight of Exeter, Nebr., Marvel McMullel of Inglewood, Colo., Leone Troudt of Davenport, Nebr., Fay Hudgins of Lamar, Colo., Ellen Mae Van Buren of Coal Creek, Colo., and Bobby and Jeannette who passed away in 1935 and 1937.

His school days were spent at Brown country school and he graduated from Nelson High School with the class of 1905.

He led an active life, farming and commercial trucking until the year of 1945. In 1952 he retired and spent most of his remaining years in Lamar, Colo., near his daughter Fay and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hudgins and daughter Rhonda.

Besides his wife and children he also leaves to mourn his passing, 22 grandchildren, two sisters, Libbie (Mrs. R.R. Morrow) of Granville, N.Y. and Mrs. Hazel Statz of Nelson. Two brothers, McKinley Adamson of Nelson and Whitfield Adamson of Cherokee, Io. (sic), and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 Friday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church with Rev. Clyde Goddard officiating.

Pallbearers were 5 nephews, Raymond Statz, Bill Statz, Dale Adamson, Earl Adamson, and Joe Adamson, and one grandson, Gordon Adamson.

Interment in the Nelson cemetery


Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey



Marjorie Clare Adamson   

Marjorie Clare Adamson, the daughter of Clarence and Anna (Heye) Becker, was born on March 3, 1922 at Glenvil, Nebraska. She passed away on December 5, 2008 at the Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 86 years, 9 months and 2 days.

Marjorie moved with her family to Nelson as a teenager and graduated from Nelson High School in 1939 and furthered her education at Kearney State College and Post Graduate work at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln graduating in 1943 with a degree in Music Education. She taught in Beaver City, Nebraska, Mondamin, Iowa and Woodriver, Nebraska before marrying Dale E. Adamson on October 20, 1946 in Peru, Nebraska. This union was blessed with 5 children and they raised their family on their farm 5 miles northeast of Nelson, Nebraska. They lived there for 40 years before moving into Nelson in December of 1986.

Marjorie returned to teaching music in Lawrence in 1970 and 1971, then in Ruskin from 1972 to 1974. Marjorie was employed by the City of Nelson as the City Clerk from 1975 until her retirement in 1987. After retirement, Dale and Marjorie enjoyed visiting with relatives and seeing the sites in different states. She enjoyed gardening, and carried on her mother's skill of raising flowers, particularly day lilies and iris. Marjorie was known for her excellent peach pies and many of them made their way to various community functions.

In her later years, Marjorie enjoyed the company of friends and family who often ate out together at the Sportsman's Corner and other neighboring towns. She was a member of the Nelson Community United Church of Christ, NCWCC, Extension Club, VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries, Eastern Star Order, serving as past Worthy Matron, Women's Fellowship, and the Home Improvement Club.

Preceded her in death were her parents, and husband Dale on December 26, 1996.

Survivors include her children, Nancy Fuller and husband Bill of Mableton, Georgia, Dean Adamson of York, Nebraska, Beverly Sutherland and husband Cliff of Omaha, Sharon Wenig and husband Mike of Omaha, Nebraska and Janet Adamson of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandchildren, Zack Adamson and fiancee Jenna Antholz of Lincoln, Nebraska and Clint Adamson of Lincoln, Nebraska. one sister, Marion Marriott-Johnson and husband Ed of Colorado Springs, Colorado her Aunt Peg Dahlke of Marquette, Michigan, brothers-in-law, Newell Wilhelms of Nelson, Nebraska, Joe Adamson of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Betty Adamson of Nelson, several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Michaela Myers and her sons, Cory and Wyatt of Omaha, Nebraska, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ, Nelson, Nebraska with Rev. Dr. Stephen Berry officiating. Music was "Amazing Grace" and "In The Garden", with Stephanie Thayer as soloist and recording of "Untitled Hymn - Come to Jesus" with Lloyd Carr as organist.

Pallbearers were Cliff Sutherland, Dean Adamson, Mike Wenig, Bill Fuller, Zack Adamson and Clint Adamson.

Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, Nebraska

Memorials may go to the Nelson Community United Church of Christ

Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 282, Superior, NE 68978 or in care of

Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.


Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey


Mildred Mary Adamson   

Mildred Mary Adamson, the daughter of Smiley I. and Alma Wilma (Klawitter)Rust, was born on April 3, 1913 on a farm Northwest of Nelson, Nebraska. She passed away on January 28, 2008 at the Haven Manor in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 25 days.

Mildred was one of four children. She attended school in the Bethel District, Brown Country School and graduated from Nelson High School in 1931. Mildred was a member of the Presbyterian Church later the Nelson United Community Church of Christ for many years.

Mildred lived most of her life around Nelson. On January 27, 1934 she married Clifford Adamson. The couple farmed outside of Nelson. To this marriage a son, Gordon was born July 24, 1935.

Active in the church, she held many offices. She was in 4-H. In sewing and style she won 10th in her division at State. Mildred was also a 4-H leader in sewing and cooking for 10 or more years. Mildred belonged to the U-D Extension Club from 1940 to the early 90's. Church circle for years too. Her love was her flowers and garden. She spent many hours out in her yard and garden.


Mildred loved watching Nebraska football, basketball and volleyball. She watched any and all sports. She also enjoyed embroidery, cross word puzzles and listening to music.

In 1976, Mildred and Clifford retired moving into Nelson, where they built a new home. During this time, the couple traveled extensively, enjoying all states but Florida and Alaska.

Mildred moved to Lincoln in January, 2003 to be closer to her grandchildren and great-grandson Eli, whom she was very proud of.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clifford on April 30, 1988; son, Gordon on November 15, 1972; two brothers, Donald and Wayne Rust and sister-in-law Laurine Rust.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Carlson of Lincoln, Nebraska, grandson, Kirby Adamson and granddaughter, Angela Churray both of Lincoln, Nebraska; great-grandson, Eli Adamson of Carlton, Kansas; and one brother, Clyde Rust and wife Marian of Mountain Grove, Missouri; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 11:00 AM from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ in Nelson, Nebraska with Rev. Dr. Stephen Berry officiating.


Music was "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "They Shall Soar Like Eagles" and "He," with Janice Myers as soloist and Carlita Erickson as organist.

Pallbearers were Kurt Myers, Steve Rust, Janice Myers, Jeanne Royal, JoDee Mika and Carroll Troudt.

Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, Nebraska.

Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson, Nebraska was in charge of the


Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by:: Peggy A. Duey




Dortha Mae Aikin   

Dortha Mae Swartz Aikin, daughter of Archibald A. and Mary Frances Furse Swartz, was born in Alma, Neb., July 23, 1900. She died at the Good Samaritan Center, Nelson, Friday, Oct. 28, at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 5 days.

She was baptized as a young girl in the Christian Church Feb. 28, 1918, by the Rev. V. E. Shirley and remained a member of that church until the time of her death.

She attended school in Nelson and graduated with the class of 1919.

April 5, 1922, she was married to Ralph M. Aikin in Nelson at the home of her parents, Arch and Fannie Swartz. To this union one daughter and one son were born.

Mrs. Aikin lived most of her life in the Nelson community. She was an active 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 27.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, in 1984; her parents; two brothers, Lawrence and Joseph; and one sister, Leta.

Survivors are her children, Eileen Joy of Nelson and Ramon Aikin of Norwalk,Calif.; five grandchildren,Deborah Joy Moeller of Camden, Maine, Jamyes Joy of Lincoln, Chris Joy of Nelson, Rebecca Aikin Golda of Downey, Calif., and Robert Aikin of Norwalk, Calif.; six ,great grandchildren, Jeremy, Gabriel and Nathan Moeller, Camden, Maine, Michael and Ember Joy of Lincoln, and Mark Golda, Downey, Calif.; and many other relatives.

The funeral was Friday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m., from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ with the Rev. Norman F. Brooks officiating. A rose memorial was given by the Order of Eastern Star, No. 27. Burial was in the Nelson Cemetery. Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, Nelson, was in charge of the arrangements.


Newspaper: The Superior Express
Transcribed and Contributed by:: Peggy A. Duey


Claude Andrew Flower   

Claude Andrew Flower was born August 22, 1896, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of William K. & Mary Flowers (sic) and passed away May 12, 1967 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, at the age of 70.

Mr. Flower served as a veteran in Europe during World War I, and upon his discharge from the army came to Nelson, Nebraska, in 1919. On January (NOTE: Stone says June) 1, 1920, he was united in marriage to Ocie Cannon, and for thirty-seven years, until the time of his retirement, he served as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Department in the Nelson area. Mr. Flower was a member of the First Presbyterian church (sic) of Nelson, and served on the Session as an elder for many years.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father and seven brothers and sisters, and is survived by his wife Ocie and brother Alfred, both of Nelson; three sons, Winston of North Platte, Nebraska, Duane of Englewood, Colorado, and Lawrence of Grand Island, Nebraska; ten grandchildren and several other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 13, at the Presbyterian church (sic), Nelson, Nebraska, Reverend Peter Vanderveen was in charge of the services with music furnished by Verleen Gharring and Joe Ferebee, Esther Wehrman, accompanist. Casket bearers were O.P. Porter, C.E. Wehrman, Sr., Guy Bruce, Homer B. Wehrman, Jr., George Cowsky and Darrel Jansen. Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery, with arrangements by the Klawitter Funeral Home of Nelson.


Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Gary Lee Swanstrom   

Gary Lee Swanstrom, 18, was accidently drowned Thursday in a creek at his farm home a mile south of Oak. Details of the drowning are undetermined.

Gary was born on September 25th, 1948, at Oak, Nebraska, and passed away on June 8, 1967.
He leaves to mourn his death his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Swanstrom and two sisters, Sandra and Anne, both at home; one grandmother, Mrs. John Erickson of Superior, seven aunts, six uncles, nine cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gary was a graduate of Davenport High School in 1966. He attended the University of Nebraska this past year working towards a Teachers Degree. He was a member of R.O.T.C.

Gary was baptized in the Christian Faith in the First Community Church in Oak in January 1949, where he has been very active in the Youth Group and Church activities.

Funeral services were held in the First Community Church at Oak, June 10, with the Reverend Russell Wayland officiating.


Casket bearers were Richard Corman, Randy Pearson, Blaine Cederberg, Stanley Lowery, Thomas Kieber and Jim Meers.


Burial was in the Nora cemetery (sic) with arrangements by Urbauer Funeral Home of Davenport.

Newspaper: The Nelson Gazette
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey






Carrie Sylvia Kinnison Herrick    

Carrie Sylvia Kinnison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kinnison, was born in Brock, Nemaha county (sic), Nebraska, December 2, 1880, and passed into the eternal realm April 5, 1936, at the Mary Lanning hospital in Hastings; age 55 years, 4 months and 3 days.

She moved with her parents to Nuckolls county (sic) in 1888.  On September 6, 1898, she was united in marriage to John D. Herrick, and to this union was born one son, John LaVerne.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, son, daughter-in-law, two small grand daughters, her aged mother, and one sister, Mrs. Joe Diehl, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

As a young girl she united with the United Brethren church (sic) and later placed her membership in the Methodist church (sic) at Nelson where she was a willing worker so long as her health permitted.

She was a devoted wife and mother, a kind, loving daughter and sister, administering always a cheerful and solicitous hand to those about her.  Hers was the happy faculty to see the silver lining to the many dark clouds which cross life’s sky.  We will say with the poet Riley, she is Away.

We cannot say, and we will not say,
That she is dead, she is just away,
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there.
And you, O you, who the wildest yearn
For the old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of There, as the love of Here;
Think of her still as the same, I say
She is not dead – she is just away!



The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W.S. Henry of Clay Center.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, April 9, 1936
Transcribed and Contributed by:   Peggy A. Duey





Chester Charles Bargen   

Chester Charles Bargen, son of Dietrich and Effie (DeMilt) Bargen was born south of Nelson, Nebraska on March 24, 1911, and died Hastings, Nebraska, on July 11, 1993, at the age of 82 years, 3 months and 17 days.

He grew up in the Nelson vicinity and attended rural school and graduated from Nelson High School with the class of 1929.

In 1935, Chester started the Allis Chalmers Dealership in Nelson, which he and his wife still operated. He was the recipient of many sales awards. For a time they also sold cars. The past several years they have also operated a lime quarry south of Nelson and also oversaw the family farm at that location.

On August 24, 1941, Chester was united in marriage to Ruth Green at Loveland, Colorado.
Chester was a member of the Nelson Community United Church of Christ, belonged to the Nelson Masonic Lodge #77, was a member of the Superior Elks Lodge and the Eagles and was a member of the Iowa Nebraska Farm Equipment Association.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Lloyd.

Survivors include his wife Ruth of Nelson; one son Jerry and his wife Carla of Nelson; one daughter Peggy Duey and her husband Paul of Ft. Riley, Kansas; one brother James Bargen of Nelson; two sisters, Ruth Yost of Joplin, Missouri, and Dorothy Higby of Aurora; six grandchildren (Brian, Richard "Rich" and Elizabeth "Beth" Bargen and Russell "Russ", Julie and Jeffrey "Jeff" Uhrmacher) and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, July 14, at 2 p.m. from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ with the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery. Higby Mortuary in Aurora was in charge of the arrangements.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, July 15, 1993

Transcribed and Contributed by:   Peggy A. Duey




Ruth M. Bargen   

Ruth M. Bargen, the daughter of Alah and Adelaide (Lyman) Green was born on November 2, 1918 in Denver, Colorado. She passed away at her home on August 2, 2007 in Nelson, Nebraska at the age of 88 years and 9 months.

Ruth graduated from McDonald High School at McDonald, Kansas and received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1940.

She taught in Nelson for about four years. She was united in marriage to Chester C. Bargen at Loveland, Colorado on August 24, 1941 and to this union was blessed with two children.


After there marriage they lived together in Nelson and Ruth has resided in her current home since 1943.   She was the bookkeeper for Bargen Implement and also the Lime Quarry.


While the children were young she was a Girl Scout Leader and taught Sunday School. In later years she began to quilt and made sure that all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren received one. She also enjoyed embroidering pillowcases for all her family plus her nieces.


Ruth was a member of the Nelson United Community Church of Christ, the Nebraska Retired Teachers Association and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chester C. Bargen in 1993 and one sister, Rachel Welsh.

She is survived by her son Jerry Bargen of Gilroy, California and her daughter Peggy Duey and husband Paul of Lincoln, Nebraska. Six grandchildren, Russell Uhrmacher and wife Tina of Fairbanks, Alaska, Julie Stevenson and husband Tom of Aurora, Nebraska, Jeffrey Uhrmacher and wife Stacie of Aurora, Nebraska, Brian Bargen and wife Melissa of Hardy, Nebraska, Richard Bargen and wife Karen of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Elizabeth Bargen of Leoma, Tennessee. Nine great-grandchildren, Tyler and Riley Uhrmacher of Fairbanks, Alaska, Trè Uhrmacher of Lincoln, Nebraska, Zachary, Jordan and Madison Stevenson of Aurora, Nebraska, Misty and Ashley Bargen of Leoma, Tennessee and Kimberly Bargen of Deshler, Nebraska along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 6, 2007 at 10:00 from the Nelson Community United Church of Christ in Nelson, Nebraska with Rev. Dr. Stephen Berry officiating. Music sung by the congregation was "Amazing Grace" and a special entrance hymn was, "Come Running Home" by Chris Tomlin. A solo, "On Eagles Wings" and "The Lord Is My Shepherd" was sung by Stephanie Thayer with Carlita Erickson as accompianist and organist.

Pallbearers were Jeffrey Uhrmacher, Tom Stevenson, Brian Bargen, Jim Higby, Kenneth Himmelberg and Jay Lyon. Honorary pallbearers were all of Ruth's great-grandchildren.

Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, Nebraska.

Eastern Star services were conducted by the Nelson O.E.S. Chapter #27.

Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.



The Nelson Gazette

Transcribed and Contributed by:   Peggy A. Duey



Dietrich "Dick" Harrow Bargen   

Dietrich Harrow (Dick) Bargen, son of Eilert and Anna Gerdes Bargen, was born at Godens, Germany, Aug. 17, 1880, and passed away at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, Nebr., Aug. 4, 1953 at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 17 days, following an illness of a few hours.

He left his native land and parents to come to the United States at the age of 14 years and came to the Nelson community where he has since resided.

On Oct. 25, 1905, he was married to Effie DeMilt of Nelson. To this union five children were born. Their family home was south of Nelson until January, 1948, when Mr. and Mrs. Bargen retired from the farm to their present home in Nelson.

Mr. Bargen was an ever loving husband and father and a friend to all. His happiness was his family and his farming and livestock feeding activities. He was prominent within those circles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother in Germany.

He leaves in his passing, his wife; three sons, Lloyd, James and Chester, all of Nelson, Neb.; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Yost of Pawnee City, Nebr., and Mrs. Eldon Higby of Aurora, Nebr.; four brothers, John and Carl of Superior, Nebr., Eilert of Nora, Nebr., and Fred in Germany; two sisters, Mrs. Hanna Taddigs and Mrs. Lizzie Martins in Germany; three grandsons and two granddaughters; a niece, Mrs. Weston Hatfield, who came from Germany and is now living in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and other nieces and nephews in Germany and others from this community.

Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Friday morning, Aug. 7, 1953, at the Presbyterian church in Nelson, with the Reverend R.L. Williams officiating. Miss Elizabeth Wehrman sang "The Twenty-third Psalm" and "The Lord's Prayer," accompanied by Mrs. Homer Wehrman at the piano.

The casketbearers were Fred, Eilert and Donald Bargen, Ralph and Floyd Meyer, and Basil Williams, all nephews of Mr. Bargen.

Burial was in the Nelson cemetery.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, August 13, 1953

Transcribed and Contributed by:   Peggy A. Duey



Effie Bargen   

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church here Monday afternoon for Mrs. Dick Bargen, who died suddenly early Saturday morning following a heart attack suffered the previous day. The Rev. J. Henry Warren officiated and burial was made in the Nelson cemetery.

Effie DeMilt Bargen, daughter of James and Nancy Whiteley DeMilt, was born at Wilber, Neb., Oct. 25, 1886, and passed away suddenly at her home in Nelson Nov. 19, 1955, at the age of 69 years and 23 days.

She came to Nuckolls county in the spring of 1893 as a small child and has made her home here since that time.

On Oct. 25, 1905, she was married to Dietrich Bargen at her parent's home south of Nelson. To this union five children were born. Their family home was south of Nelson until January 1948, when Mr. and Mrs. Bargen retired from the farm to their present home in Nelson.

Mrs. Bargen was an ever-loving mother and friend to all. Her happiness was always with her family. Her husband passed away Aug. 4, 1953. Since that time her son James has made his home with her, lessening her loneliness and again making her home more complete.

She is survived by three sons: Lloyd, James and Chester, all of Nelson; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Yost of Pawnee City, Neb., and Mrs. Eldon Higby of Aurora, Neb : five grandchildren, Vaughn and Susan Yost of Pawnee City; Dick and Jim Higby of Aurora, and Sally Bargen of Nelson; one brother, Charlie DeMilt of Nelson; four sisters, Mrs. Henry Meyer, Mrs. Nettie Meyer and Mrs. Walter McCutchan, all of Nelson, and Mrs. Leland Williams of Hastings, Neb: and an aged aunt, Mrs. Ed Sykes of Ruskin, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She united with the Presbyterian church at a later date and was a faithful member always.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, November 24, 1955

Transcribed and Contributed by:   Peggy A. Duey



James "Jim" Andrew Bargen    

James "Jim" Andrew Bargen, son of Dietrich "Dick" and Effie (DeMilt) Bargen, was born June 16, 1909, on the family farm south of Nelson.


He passed away Tuesday, December 6, 1994, at Community Care Home in Edgar, Nebraska at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 20 days.

He attended a country school near their farm through the 8th grade. Jim graduated from Nelson High School in 1927. He was active in athletics and the year he graduated their basketball team won the state tournament in their class.

He attended the University of Nebraska College of Engineering for two years. Most of his working experience was with building contractors in Hastings, Grand Island and Arizona. Jim was later employed by AAA Farm Program in the county and found map drawing a specialty.
Jim served with the United States Army Postal Service in England during World War II. He made his home several years with his parents and later at Elk Creek Manor.

Jim was a member of American Legion Post #187 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7197, both of Nelson.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and two brothers, Lloyd and Chester.

Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Yost of Joplin, Missouri, and Dorothy Higby of Aurora; 4 nephews, 3 nieces and 2 sisters-in-law, Ruth and Evelyn Bargen, both of Nelson, and other relatives and close friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 9, 1994, at 2 p.m. from the Klawitter-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Nelson, Nebraska, with the Rev. Royce Buchtel officiating. Music was provided by organist, Carlita Price, playing selections of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "How Great Thou Art".


Casketbearers were Ira V. Adams, Everett Barfknecht, Ira L. Clabaugh, Dale Adamson, Jim Menke and Marvin Oltmans.


Burial with military rites by V.F.W. and American Legion Posts of Nelson was in Nelson Cemetery. Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson, Nebraska, was in charge of the arrangements.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, December 15, 1994
Transcribed and Contributed by:   Peggy A. Duey





Hans Christian Peterson

Hans Peterson was born near Copenhagen, Denmark, May 15, 1858, and departed this life March 10, 1922, at the hospital in Hebron, Nebraska.


 He came to the United States at the age of twenty-one years settling at Muskegon, Michigan, where he was married to Mary Lou Oleson, April 2, 1880.  To this union was born one son who died in infancy, being buried with the mother who died February 10, 1881. He was again married on November 17, 1882, to Karen Sorensen who preceded him to the heavenly home, departing his life March 3, 1900.

Mr. Peterson moved from Muskegan, Mich., to Filley, Nebr., in the spring of 1884, where he worked at the carpenter’s trade until the spring of 1891, when he moved to Nuckolls County, settling on a farm four miles west of Nelson.  He has lived in Nuckolls County continuously since that time.  


For the past eleven years he has lived in Nelson with his only child, Peter A. Peterson, who together with his wife and the three grand children deeply mourn his departure.  


Besides the son’s family he leaves one sister, Mrs. J. P. Jensen of Edmore, Mich., and two brothers, Peter of New York, and Carl F. of Sidney, Mich.; also numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives, besides the host of friends.  


He was confirmed in the Danish Lutheran church as a young man.  He deconsecrated his life to God soon after settling in Nuckolls County, when he joined the Evangelical church at Red Line school house remaining an active member until that congregation was disbanded.  He was later united with the Presbyterian church of Nelson and remained a faithful worker and believer until the end.  


He was also a member of Nelson Lodge No. 77, I.O.O.F.  He was a most loving and devoted father and a true friend, being most unselfish and always eager to be of service to others in need.

The funeral service was conducted by his Pastor at the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon at three o’clock.  


The members of the Odd Fellows lodge attended in a body, and they conducted the ritualistic ceremony at the grave.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, March 16, 1922

Transcribed and contributed by:  Peggy A. Duey


Robin Lagala Drohman

A one-car accident on the Oak road took the life of a Nelson child Sunday night.

The victim was 4-year-old Robin Lagala Drohman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Drohman of Nelson.  The Drohman family was traveling east when the accident occurred about 7:00 p.m., a mile north and 4 ½ miles east of Nelson.

Mr. Drohman, 29, driver of the 1967 Ford, told the State Patrol that another car forced him off the road and over an embankment.

Other passengers in the car were Mrs. Drohman, 28, and two other daughters, Laurie, 7, and Jackie, 2.  All were hospitalized at Brodstone Hospital in Superior.

Loren and the two girls were dismissed from Brodstone Hospital Monday.  Jackie is staying in the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Drohman of Oak.  Laurie was taken to Lincoln General Hospital for further treatment.  Her grandmother, Mrs. Edna Hineline, is in Lincoln with her.  Mrs. Drohman will have to remain in the hospital in traction for at least 6 weeks.

Funeral services for Robin will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Davenport with Rev. Henry Dumler officiating.  


Burial will be in the Davenport Cemetery.  The Klawitter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, February 8, 1968

Transcribed and contributed by: Peggy A. Duey


Robin LaGala Drohman, daughter of Loren and Virginia Drohman, was born on August 29, 1963 at Deshler, Nebraska, and passed away February 4, 1968 at the age of 4 years, 5 months and 6 days.

Robin was baptized at Christs (sic) Evangelical Lutheran Church at Davenport, Nebraska on September 22, 1963 and was a member of the Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her parents, two sisters, Laurie Lee and Jacqueline Rae; her grandparents, Mrs. Edna Hineline of Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Drohman of Oak; her great-grandmothers, Mrs. Mary Runge of Oak and Mrs. Susie Drohman of the Good Samaritan Home in Nelson.



I’ll lend you for a little time
A child of mine, He said
For you to love the while she lives
And mourn for when she’s dead.

It may be six or seven years
or twenty two or three
But will you, till I call her back,
Take care of her for Me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladen (sic) you
And should her stay be brief
You’ll have her lovely memories
As solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked this wide world over,
In my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd
Life’s lane, I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love
Nor think the labor vain…
Nor hate me when I come to call
To take her back again.

I fancied that I heard them say
Dear Lord, thy will be done.
For all the joy thy child shall bring
The risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shelter her with tenderness
We’ll love her while we may
And for the happiness we’ve known.
Forever grateful stay.

But should the Angels call for her
Much sooner than we’ve planned
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.


The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, February 15, 1968; pg.  5

Transcribed and contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

G. Nelson Lyon

A lifelong resident of Nelson, G. Nelson Lyon, passed away at Salina, Kansas Friday, June 7.  He was 82.

Funeral services were held at Sacred Heart Church Monday, June 10, with Father James O’Connor officiating and burial was in the Nelson Cemetery.  The Klawitter Funeral Home was in charge.

Mr. Lyon, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lyon, graduated from the Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Nebraska Bar.  He never practiced law, but took care of the Lyon real estate interests and was a partner in the abstracting firm of Lyon, Imler and Lyon.

Nelson’s Harbine Park was named in memory of his mother, who’s maiden name was Harbine.

Mr. Lyon has been living at Salina during the past two years to be near a daughter, Mrs. Katie Lake.  


Survivors include two daughters, Mr. Lake and Mrs. Ethel McIllece of Fort Madison, Iowa; two sons, William of Minneapolis, Minnesota and George of Kingsville, Texas; and a sister, Mrs. O.C. Myers of Nelson.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, June 13, 1968

Transcribed and contributed by:  Peggy A. Duey

Beulah Almeda Adams   

Beulah Almeda Adams was born December 24, 1894, at Ong, Nebraska. She passed away June 15, 1971, at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska.

On November 17, 1917, she was married to Ira R. Adams at Ong, Nebraska. To this union were born two sons, Ira V. of Nelson and Ray D. of Wichita, Kans. Her husband passed away on January 12, 1970.

After her marriage, Mrs. Adams lived briefly at Hastings, Ainsworth and Stromsberg, Nebraska. She moved to Nelson in 1926 where she lived until her death. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, Wardie and Willard Johnson and two sisters, Ethyl Sugden and Nellie Cuscaden. Surviving are her two sons, two grandchildren annd (sic) one sister, Myrtle Hughes of Hastings.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 1971  
Transcribed and Conributed by: Peggy A. Duey


 Francis Henry Adams

Francis Henry Adams, son of Henry and Mary Ada Adams, was born August 12, 1887 at Burchard, Nebraska and passed away May 27, 1972 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Nelson, Nebraska after suffering a broken hip December 17, 1971.

Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Maude; daughters, Irene Hamilton, Yuma, Arizona, Audrey Cahill and Velma Schroder of Omaha and Alta Moore of Sacramento, California; a son, Herman Adams of Sacramento, California; a brother, Russell Adams, Abascadero, California; a sister, Clara Smith, Anaheim, California; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 30, 1972 at 2:00 p.m. in the Klawitter Funeral Home. Reverend Jerry Densmore officiated. Interment was in the Nelson Cemetery.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, June 15, 1972
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Peter Andersen

Peter Andersen was born at Vensisel, Denmark, November 30, 1885, and died at his home near Nelson, Nebraska, January 6, 1937, at the age of 51 years, 1 month and 6 days.

He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at an early age. He was later confirmed in the same faith. He spent his boyhood in Denmark, and at the age of 16 years he emigrated to the United States in the spring of 1902, and located at Rusking, Nebr. He spent several years in farming near Ruskin, after which he and his brother, J.C. Ottesen, engaged in the hardware business in Cadams, Nebr., for three years.

On February 28, 1917, he was married to Lena M. Kern. They immediately went to housekeeping on a farm one and a half miles south of Cadams. They moved to the present home March 1, 1921. Four children were born to this union: Beulah Fern, Dorris Mildred, Junior Kern, and Robert Wayne.

He united with the Danish Lutheran church at Ruskin in early manhood. On October 11, 1925, he and his wife united with the Presbyterian church at Nelson.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, two daughters, Beulah Fern and Dorris Mildred, two sons, Junior Kern and Robert Wayne, his aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jens Andersen of Cadams; three brothers, J.C. Ottesen of Elizabeth, Colorado, Rev. I.M. Andersen of Waupacia, Wisconsin, and Helmer L. Andersen at the home; and one sister, Mrs. Matilda Tophigh of Hardy, Nebr.; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, was always cheerful and kind in all his actions, always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. He will be sadly missed by all.

The funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian church in Nelson, Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, with Rev. John Caldwell in charge. Rev. P.J. Vammen, pastor of Bethany Lutheran church near Ruskin, assisted in the service. He gave a short talk in the Danish tongue, which was fllowed (sic) by the address given by Rev. Caldwell.


The following tribute written by a friend of the family was also read by Rev. Caldwell.

Death Knocks at the Door.
Death knocked at your door
In the still chilly morn
And took your loved one away,
But God sent death on that mission
Because he needed another that day.
God always knows best, and He tries to do
the things that are best for us.
And so we must cherish a living faith
And in Him place a dutiful trust
And God will leave you a memory
That will ever be dear and true
Keep faith in your prayers at all times
And Good will take care of you.


Interment was made in Nelson cemetery (sic).


For all the kindness shown us in the passing of our dear husband and father, we express our grateful and sincere thanks. Also for the beautiful flowers. Mrs. Lena M. Andersen and Family, and other relatives.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, January 14, 1937
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Morris Anderson

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 30 at 2 o'clock in the United Methodist Church for Morris Anderson, 73, of Nelson, who died Saturday at the Nelson Good Samaritan Home.

The Rev. Jerry Densmore officiated. Burial was in the Nelson cemetery. The Klawitter Funeral Home of Nelson was in charge.

Anderson was born at Omaha and was a longtime resident of Nelson. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and in his later years was a truck farmer.

Besides his widow, Dorothy, he is survived by 2 sons, Morris of Anchorage, Alaska and Jack of Superior; and 5 daughters, Mrs. Wanda Amack, Superior, Mrs. Marlys Waller, Pilot Grove, Missouri, Mrs. Donna Madson and Mrs. Judith Mertens, both of Nelson and Mrs. Bonnie Adrian, Brandon, Iowa.

Other survivors include 5 step-chidren; 37 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Marie Frey, Lawrence; and 3 brothers, George of Deshler, Alfred of Fairbury and Albert of Norwood, Missouri.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, December 2, 1971
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Corbin Nathaniel Andreasen

Corbin Nathaniel Andreasen, infant son of Rory and Autumn (Sanders) Andreasen, Superior, was stillborn Thursday at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings.

Services were Monday at The Church of Christ, Superior, with the Rev. Jim Stark officiating. Burial was in Nelson Cemetery. Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his parents; one sister, Haley, Superior; grandparents, Rick and Carl Andreasen, Superior, and Steve and Candice Sanders, Nelson; great-grandparents, Glenn and Betty Andreasen, Mankato, John and Cloma Corman, Oak, Junior Glasson, Nelson, Les and Erma Wilson, Ulysses, and John and Tammi Overton, Hardy; and great-great-grandparents, Dottie Huggins, Beaver City and Karen Sheldon, Hardy.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandmother, Shirley Glasson.

The Superior Express, Thursday, April 10, 2003

Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey



Gladys Fay Sibert

Gladys Fay Sibert was born at Achilles, Kansas, October 30, 1895, and passed peacefully away at Portland, Texas, February 5, 1936, at 9 a.m. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. She was 40 years, 3 months and 5 days of age. She lived in Kansas with her parents until 13 years ago, then she with her parents moved to Nelson, Nebraska, January, 1910.


She united with the Christian church (sic) of Nelson in 1912, where she lived a true Christian life and was loved by every one to whom she came in contact while her stay here. She was united in marriage to T.E. Angell August 6, 1919, a few days after the world war. One child was born to bless this home, a son Willard Ellsworth, December 6, 1925.


They left Nelson, October, 1933, on account of her husband's ill health, and located in Portland, Texas, where they lived at the time of her departure from this world. She leaves to mourn her death, her invalid husband, her son Willard of Portland, Texas; her aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Sibert of Nelson, Nebraska; and one sister, Mrs. Mina Gregory and family of Hastings; also one foster brother, Frank Sharp and family at Dexter, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends, to mourn her loss.


‘Tis hard to break the tend chord,

When love has bound the heart.

‘Tis hard, so hard to speak the words,

"We must forever part."

Dearest Gladys, we must lay thee in the peaceful grave's embrace;

But thy memory will be cherished

‘Till we see thy heavenly face.

The body was brought to Nelson for interment. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church (sic) Monday afternoon at 2:30, by the pastor, the Rev. P.H. Peterson.


Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wood, Mrs. George Moss and Ollie Aikin.


The pallbearers were: Earl Greenwood, Claud Flower, Arden Cannon, George Moss, Don Goodrich and H.A. Williams.


We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all who so kindly assisted us in the time of our deep sorrow. Trig E. Angell and son, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Sibert, R.K. Gregory and family.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, February 13, 1936
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Sid Timmerman

Superior, Neb., Sept. 6. – Sid Timmerman, who built the Superior Hotel and was a charter member of the Old Abe post of the Grand Army of the Republic, died at North Platte and was buried here yesterday.

Omaha World Herald –Sept. 7, 1919
Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

Peter Peterson

Ruskin – Peter Peterson, an old-time citizen of Ruskin, is dead at an advanced age at his home here. He had lived here many years.

Mr. Peterson is survived by a wife and a large family.

Omaha World Herald –July 12, 1921
Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

Mary Ann Milligan

Mary A. Milligan was born in Platte County, Missouri, March 6th, 1842, and died at her residence in Nelson, Nebraska, on June 12th, 1908, aged 66 years, 4 months and 6 days.  She moved with her parents to Belmont County, Ohio in 1847 where the family lived until the fall of 1857, when they moved to Richland County, Wisconsin.  In November 1860 she was married to Wm. Crandell and to this union two children were born; one, Mathias Crandell of Nelson, Nebraska, still survives her, while the other died in infancy.  On November 7th, 1867 deceased was united in marriage to James C. Reeve, to which union four children were born, all of whom are living.  George G. Reeve, John C. Reeve, Charles B. Reeve, and Mrs. Amanda Dunken.  Mrs. Reeve moved with her husband to Nelson, Nebraska, on June 8th, 1874, and she continued to reside here till the time of her death.

During her residence in Nelson she united with the First Baptist church there in January 1891 and lived in that faith till her death.  She had a bright Christian experience and in all her times of sickness and suffering it was quite clear to all around her that she enjoyed the fellowship and favor of her Lord.  She bore a great deal of pain without murmur or complaint and her patience was a great inspiration to her loved ones.  When health permitted she was a frequent worshiper at the Methodist church in Nelson, for whose pastor and people she had a warm regard.  She will be missed in the congregation and in the home but the influence of her life will be with us.  We must follow her to the Homeland.

There was a very large attendance at the funeral services in the Methodist church, Nelson last Sunday afternoon.  The Oddfellows and Rebekahs, of which latter Order Grandma Reeve was a member, formed a guard of honor at the house and marched in a body to the church where the ladies of the W. R. C. were also present.  The church was nicely decorated with flowers and the Stars and Stripes.

The pastor, Rev. J. Henry Stitt preached from the text, “I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.  “Psalm 17:15.  The Oddfellows and Rebekahs also marched to the Nelson cemetery, and before the casket was placed in it's resting place the beautiful symbolic ceremony was preformed by these two Orders of marching two and two with linked fingers past the remains of the departed sister.  Sister C. E. Jensen, Sister Kinney and Sister Gee, as Nobel Grand, Vice Grand, and Chaplain, then read the beautiful burial service of the Rebekahs, and after all had marched around the grace and deposited sprigs of evergreen, the benediction was pronounced by the minister, and the mortal remains of our beloved mother and sister were left to await the glorious resurrection, “when the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be raised and made like unto His own glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself.”

"The Nelson (Nebraska) Gazette", June 18, 1908, page 1
Sub by:   Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Stella Bella (Dugas) Meier   

Meier - Stella (Dugas), 88, Deshler, widow of Hugh, died Friday (7/12/01).

Born, Aurora, Kan. Retired beauty shop owner. Formerly of Superior.

Survivors: daughters, Annetta Young, Superior, Ginger Thayer, Houston, Theresa Doe, Pennacook, N.H.; son, Thomas, Centennial, Colo., Richard, Arvada, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Thompson, Coulee Dam, Wash.; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Superior. Rosary: 7 p.m. Sunday, Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior.
Evergreen Cemetery, Superior. Visitation: noon-9 p.m. Sunday, funeral home.

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - Saturday, July 13, 2002
Submitted by: Maurene Richard Miller

Henry Schroer    

At Lawrence, funeral services were held Monday for Henry Schroer, 57, killed in an auto accident four miles south of Edgar Friday night.

Reverend Charles Baker officiated. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Schroer’s car plunged off the end of a viaduct after the driver, Henry Schroer, a son, apparently was blinded by headlight of an oncoming car.

Morning World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska
August 23, 1938

Miss Anna Follmer    

Pioneer of Nukolls Dies At Age of 78

Special Dispatch to the World Herald

Nelson, Nebraska, July 29 – Miss Anna Follmer, 78, Nuckolls County pioneer, died Friday.

She was born in Milton, Pennsylvania, February 11, 1847. She came to Nuckolls County in 1876. She was one of the first teachers in Nuckolls County. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and an Eastern Star.

One sister, Mrs. Florence Montgomery, survive her.

The funeral was held in Nelson Sunday.

The World Herald, Omaha
July 30, 1925

C. C. Dudley   

C. C. Dudley Dies at Ruskin

Nuckolls County – News was received at Nelson of the death of ex County Treasurer C. C. Dudley at his home at Ruskin of Typhoid Fever

Mr. Dudley had been cashier of the Ruskin Bank since the expiration of his term of office three years ago.

He leaves a wife and infant child.

The Columbus Journal
July 27, 1910