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Frances E. Brown Swope

Roberta J. "Bobby" Gentry-Cettel

Martin Luther Herbert

Minnie Myrtle Herbert

Joseph Morrison

Ferba E. Shafer Morrison

Mrs. Minnie L. Morrison Batchelder

Child of Jones Myers

Mrs. James Hopper

Jacob Shroyer

John W. Curtis

Cora Belle Durfee   

Mrs. May Wissler   

 

 

 

 

     

     

     

     

     

Death of Frances E. Brown Swope

 

Argus, Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois, Thursday December 24, 1891 Sad Death of a Former Citizen  

 

The following letter from Edward Swope, of Stella, Nebraska, to his mother in this city, gives an account of the death of his wife, who was a sister of Abram Brown, of this township.  Mr. and Mrs.Swope, at one time lived here, but went to Nebraska about fourteen years ago.  Mr. Swope and children have the sympathy of a large circle of relatives and friends in South Fulton in their sad bereavement.

 

 

Stella, Nebraska, December 18, 1891

 

Dear Mother;

 

With a sad heart I send you sad news.  My dear Frances is dead.  Yea, last Sunday at 11:30 a. m., she was taken away from me.  

 

On Tuesday following, at 3 o'clock she was laid to rest in Prairie Union Cemetery.  

 

She was not feeling well for a few weeks, before she was taken down, had the grippe or a cold.  

 

On Friday morning she got up, and went about her work, had breakfast nearly ready, when her right foot became partially paralyzed.  I then got her to lie down on the couch, and in less than one hour her right hand bacame paralyzed.  She lay still and talked till about 12:30 when she fell into a deep sleep or stupor, from which she could not be aroused.  She remained so for 47 hours when she breathed her last.

 

Note: Frances (Francis) E. Brown was born Lodi, Seneca County, New York, died December 13, 1891

Stella, Nebraska, buried Prairie Union Cemetery.

 

 She married Edward Franklin Swope August 16, 1857 in Fulton County, Illinois.  They had 8 children:  Clinton, Annie, Charles, William, Ina, Edgar, Frank and Walter.  

 

Submitted by Sara Hemp, descendant of Edward Swope's sister <cryssara@merr.com>

 

Roberta J. "Bobby" Gentry-Cettel

(1922-2007)
Born: November 16, 1922 in Richardson County, Nebraska
Died: September 11, 2007 in Portland or Gresham, Oregon
Marriage: Richard W. Cettel
Survivors: husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren

The Oregonian - September 23, 2007

Obituary edited for length. Full reprint available from The Oregonian Newspaper, Portland, OR."  

Submitted by:   lisamail@verizon.net

 

Martin Luther Herbert

 

 Herbert – At his home five miles southwest of Falls City, on March 8th, 1885, of Chronic Diarrhea, Mr. M. L. Herbert, aged 48 years.

 

Mr. Herbert leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss. 

 

For several years—ever since his discharge from the Army—Mr. Herbert had been a constant sufferer from the disease which finally terminated in his death.

 

He was an honest, upright citizen, a kind husband and obliging neighbor, and his loss will be deeply felt in the circles in which he moved.

 

He was buried in Steele Cemetery on Wednesday morning, with the honors of the G.A.R. by his  comrades of Veteran Post No. 84, of this city.

 

 

Note:  Martin Luther Herbert, a Civil War veteran from Illinois. He and his wife moved to Nebraska in the early 1870s and homesteaded in Falls City. He died in 1885 from an ailment he got from the war. He is buried in Falls City.

 

Falls City Daily News, March 12, 1885, page 4, col. 12

Contributed by:  Mark Herbert

 

 

 

 

Minnie Myrtle Herbert

 

Herbert – November 12th, Myrtle, only child of Martin L. and Emma Herbert.  Aged 2 months and 5 days.

 

When the evening shades were falling

Death the little one was calling;

Pale and dim she grew and weakly,

Bearing all her pains so meekly;

Then to us she seemed still dearer

As her heavenly home drew nearer.

But rest little Myrtle as the gentle bird

Folds its wearied wings,

Tomarrow at our Father’s word

Thou shalt ascent and sing.

 

 

Note:  She died when she was only two months old.  From what, I do not know.

She is also buried in Falls City

 

Falls City, Nemaha Valley Journal – November 19, 1874 - page 2 col 3
Contributed by:  Mark Herbert

 

 

  

Joseph Morrison   

After having spent a busy life full of energentic toll and always with a humor in all of this work Joseph Morrison departed from this life at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning January 21 at the age of 82 years, 9 months. He was born in Kentucky, April 21, 1829, when but a small child he and family moved to Illinois and it was there that he spent his young manhood days and was later married to Miss Ferba Shafer and to this union was born nine children. Three of which have preceded Mr. Morrison to the great beyond, those still living are Robert Morrison of Hamlin Kans.: Mrs. R. M. Stumbo of Perkins Okla.: Mrs. John Howard of Bogue Kans.: Edward Morrison, who has lived by his parents for the past few years and Mrs. Rosa Wagner of Morrill Kans.

 

On the 11th day of this month Mr. and Mrs. Morrison were married sixty years, certainly it was quite a journey of life to make together. After spending several years in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri they came to Kansas in 1868 and after remaining here along the state line near Pony creek for about five years they moved to Graham county, Kansas, where they lived for nine years and on account of the droughts and many crop failures they were compelled to move back to this part of the country and here they have remained for the past thirty years, and the past 26 of these years have been spent on the place where Mr. Morrison passed away.

 

Mr. Morrison was ever a hard working man and was never satisfied while idle, even in his last few years he could be seen working in the field on a hot day and making himself useful at all times. Along with his ambitious nature he was always very cheerful and had a jolly word for everybody. This good nature characterized his last illness which was of about seven weeks duration. Those who were by his bedside during this time say that there was never a complaining word left his lips and he would some times try and encourage those who were attending him despite his severe pain. His death was probably a complication of stomach and heart trouble coupled together with old age.

 

Probably the highest attribute that could be paid Mr. Morrison was the esteem in which he was held by his neighbors and we can say that we never in all our experience saw people to help where ever and when ever they could, more willingly.

 

The funeral services were conducted at the home by the Rev. Keve of the Methodist church of Falls City, the pastor of the church to which Mr. Morrison joined toward the latter part of his life, the sermon delivered was of a very fitting nature for one who was of full age and had spent a long useful life. Burial was made in the Steele cemetery at Falls City. The neighbors acted as pall bearers to carry Mr. Morrison to his last resting place. Only three of the children were able to attend the funeral, Edward, Robert and Mrs. Wagner.

 

The life of the one just related should be an inspiration toward the sunny disposition of the younger generation. Besides the sons and daughters still living Mr. Morrison leaves twenty-nine grand children and ten great grandchildren besides a host of friends to mourn his departure.

 

 

Falls City Journal, Monday, January 22, 1912

Transcribed and Contributed by:  Kim Freeman

 

Please also see "Batchelder Family History"

 

 

 

 

Ferba E. Shafer Morrison          

 

Ferba E. Shafer was born at Hagerstown, Md., May 9, 1834 and died at the residence on the farm about six miles southwest of Falls City at 3:30 Sunday morning, March 10th, 1912, where her husband died January 21, 1912. Mrs. Morrison was living alone, a grandson was with her during the night. Sunday she was in usual health but near midnight she was taken sick with heart failure or apoplexy. The neighbors were called over the phone Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Jenkins arrived shortly before her death.

 

When a young girl she moved with her parents to Illinois where she married Joseph Morrison, January 11, 1852. Remaining in Illinois a few years then removed to Wisconsin then, to Missouri and in 1868 to Kansas near the state line on Pony Creek. Here they remained five years then went to Graham county, Kansas, for nine years but were unable to remain there because of the crop failures and drought and returned to this county and purchased the farm where they have lived for twenty-six years. She was the mother of nine children, those surviving are:

 

Robert Morrison, Hamlin, Kansas, Mrs. R. M. Stumbo, Livingston, Mont, Mrs. U. Stumbo, Perkins, Oklahoma, Mrs. John Howard, Boge, Kansas, Mrs. Rose Wagner, Morrill and Ed Morrison, who lives on the adjoining farm.

 

The funeral will be held from the residence, March 12th at 10:30 a.m. The services will be in charge of Rev. O. M. Keve and Undertaker Reavis.

 

The interment will be in Steele cemetery in the family where lot the husband was so recently laid to rest.

 

 

Falls City Journal, Monday, March 11, 1912

Transcribed and Contributed by:  Kim Freeman

 

Please also see "Batchelder Family History

 

 

Mrs. Minnie L. Morrison Batchelder   

Mrs. Minnie L. Morrison-Batchelder, wife of Willliam W. Batchelder,  died at her home in Batchtown, Sunday evening, Sept. 20, 1888, aged 28 years, 7 months and 6 days.

She was born in Morgan county, Illinois, Jan. 24th, 1860,  and was married to W. W. Batchelder in Graham Co. Kansas, June 30, 1878 at the home of her parents.

 

In the fall of 1880, they came to Batchtown, the early home of her husband,  where they lived in the enjoyment of a pleasant affinity which was ended by the decree of the Death Angel.

 

Besides her consort, Mrs. Batchelder leaves three bright little girls, the youngest being two years of age, an aged father and mother at Falls City, Nebraska, two brothers and four sisters all living in different parts of the west, and many distant relatives, and a host of sympathizing friends  at Batchtown and throughout the immediate community.

 

She became a member of the Methodist Church at the age of sixteen and maintained an honorable Christian deportment during the remainder of her life.

 

She was held in high esteem by the best members of society, and, though young in years, she had a particular love for the company of the aged, among whom she found some of her most intimate friends and associates. The predominant characteristic of her inestimable life and influence in the home and the social circle was a love for everything good and enobling, and a dislike for everything low and groveling. As a wife and mother, she possessed the highest traits of character; such as are well worth the imitation of any mother in her love for husband, children and home.

 

The walls of her ever cheerful home always bore some ornament, placed there by her own busy fingers; but the most endearing shrines are those “the heart hath builded” and which will adorn the walls of memory as long as time lasts. Her funeral was preached in the M. E. church by the writer and immediately afterwards the remains were followed to the private burial ground of A. B. Lowe, and interred beside the resting place of a little girl, who died in infancy several years ago.

 

Among the company of mourners, was the mother of the deceased, who arrived from Falls City, Neb., Tuesday.

 J. F. Tribble

Transcribed and Contributed by:  Kim Freeman

 

Please also see "Batchelder Family History"

 

 

 

Child of Jones Myers   

 

Humboldt – This community is suffering from a severe epidemic of grip. The 18-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Jones Myers, northwest of this city, died.

 

 

Omaha World Herald –3 Mar. 1922

Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

 

 

 

Mrs. James Hopper    

 

Stella – The body of Mrs. James Hopper, who died Monday night at her home atRussell Springs, Kas., will arrive on the afternoon train at Stella Friday, and be taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. Charles Lambert, in the country, seven miles northeast of Stella. The funeral will be at Prairie Union Baptist church Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Omaha World Herald –3 Mar. 1922

Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

 

 

 

Jacob Shroyer    

 

Humboldt – Funeral services for Jacob Shroyer, 86, pioneer of this vicinity, were held here Sunday.

 

 

Omaha World Herald – 2 May 1922

Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

 

 

 

 

John W. Curtis   

 

Stella - Funeral services were held for John W. Curtis Tuesday afternoon.  He was ill two days.  A Nebraska pioneer, he

came to the state in 1878, retiring from the farm two years ago.

 

 

The World Herald, Omaha

Wednesday, August 23, 1922

 

 

 

Cora Belle Durfee   



Birth: July 27, 1894 (Rulo, NE)
Parents: Lewis M. & Maggie (Elshire) Durfee
Marriage: Fred Dobson; Clarence Currie; Jacob Vilhauer
Death: Aug. 2, 1991 (Missour Valley Nursing Home, Pierre, SD)
Funeral: Aug. 6, 1991 (Our Savior Lutheran Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Age: 97 yrs 5 ds
Locations: worked in Faith, SD; Highmore (1914)
Organizations/Civic: Our Saviour Lutheran Church (Highmore, SD)
Preceded in death by: parents, husbands, three sisters, three great-grandchildren

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

 

From the memorial leaflet
Contributed by:  Jacque McDonnell



Mrs. May Wissler    

Resident of Nebraska, Since 1854 Succumbs
Special Dispatch to the World Herald
Table Rock, Nebraska, December 8.--Mrs. May Wissler of DuBois died at her home there, according to word received here.

She came with her parents to Richardson County in 1854.

She is survived by her husband, six sons and four daughters.

The World Herald:  Omaha, Tuesday, December 9, 1924

 

 

 

 

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