Obituaries - B

Belik, Mary
All For Love
Prague, Neb., April 6 – Mary Belik, living at the Prague hotel in Prague, Neb., committed suicide by taking arsenic yesterday. The cause was jealousy.
[From the Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated April 7, 1892]

Benson, Hanna
Mrs. Hanna Benson, wife of Amos Benson of Wahoo, died in Lincoln Tuesday evening. The body, accompanied by the husband, was taken to Wahoo Wednesday morning where funeral services will be held today. Interment will be in the cemetery at that place. She was fifty-two years old.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated March 23, 1911]

Bergstrom, Olaf
Olaf Bergstrom, 77, cabinet maker, died Tuesday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Theodore Segerstrom, 2326 South Thirty-fifth avenue. Also surviving are a son, John E. Bergstrom, Omaha.
Funeral rites will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Crosby-Carlson-Meyer mortuary with Rev. Paul F. Erickson in charge. Burial will be in Sunrise cemetery at Wahoo.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated January 21, 1937]

Bowers, Joe – son of
Ashland, Neb., Feb. 10 – The 3-year-old son of Joe Bowers fell into a pail of boiling water and was scalded to death. The little one lived twelve hours in dreadful agony, when death came to his relief.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated February 11, 1895]

Brabec, Joe
2 Boys Die As Car Hits Train
Automobile Races Into Side of ‘Q’ Motor at Rail Crossing
In Borrowed Car

Two Wahoo boys, speeding into the side of a motor train near Yutan were killed late yesterday. The Wahoo boys, John Skoda, 17, and Joe Brabec, 19, were killed when their borrowed automobile hit a Burlington motor train a half mile south of Yutan late in the afternoon.
Skoda, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Skoda, Sr., and Brabec, son of Mrs. Daisy Brabec, all of Wahoo, were riding in a small sedan belonging to Brabec’s employer, Carl Bartak, Wahoo pool hall operator.
One Killed Instantly
The car was going west on Highway No. 16 at a very fast rate, according to witnesses, and at the crossing struck the southbound train near the end at the crossing. Skoda was killed instantly and Brabec died soon after being taken to the Wahoo Community hospital.
Two farmers, Hans Hollst and Otto Heldt, who were watching from nearby fields, said it looked as though the driver had been trying to beat the train across the crossing. The farmers said the car seemingly did not try to slow down.
Doctor 14 Miles Away
Totally demolished, the auto was thrown back a number of feet by the impact. The train stopped at once. Since there were no doctors in Yutan, an ambulance and medical aid was summoned from Wahoo, 14 miles away.
Brabec had driven to Venice to get Skoda who had been fishing there and the former youth was driving fast to get back to work by 6 o’clock, it was learned.
County Attorney Clyde M. Worrall said there would be no inquest.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated June 21, 1934]

Brodahl, Nels
Special Dispatch to the World Herald --Wahoo, Nebraska, May 22.--Nels Brodahl, one of the early settlers of Saunders County, died at his farm home one mile east of Wahoo May 21. Mr. Rrodahl leaves a wife and a large family of children. He was a member of the Masons and Odd Fellows. He was of Swedish birth. His funeral will he held in Wahoo. Interment will be at Sunrise Cemetery.
[Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Page: 5 - Saturday, May 23, 1914]
[Transcribed and submitted by: Frances Cooley]

Brosek, Elwin
Hold Funeral Rites for Lightning Victim
Morse Bluff, Neb., June 18 (AP) – Funeral services were held today for Elwin Brosek, 21, killed by lightning Thursday. He had taken shelter beneath a tree during an electrical storm. A horse with which he had been cultivating was also killed.
[From the Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated June 19, 1932]

Brown, Mae
Ceresco, Neb., June 28 – Mrs. Charles Brown died rather suddenly at her home in this village this evening at 7:15. Mrs. Brown, formerly Miss Mae Sumner of Wahoo, has many friends, not only in this county but throughout the state, who will be pained to learn of her death.
Mrs. Brown, nee Sumner, took an active part in the campaign of 1896, being president of the Ladies’ Bryan club of Wahoo, and in recognition of her services in the memorable struggle of that year, was given a clerkship in the state senate of 1897, which she filled with honor to herself and the party she represented. Mrs. Brown leaves a husband and babe, who survive her.
[Source: The Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated June 29, 1899]
[Transcribed and submitted by: Denise Hansen]

Bruce, P.J.
Malmo, Neb. – P.J. Bruce, resident of this town for the past twenty years, died in a Wahoo hospital Saturday. He was 83, and came to this country with his parents from Sweden when 19. They settled a homestead near here, where Mr. Bruce lived until making his home in town. Besides his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by four children, H.E. and Natholie Bruce, of Mamo, J.A. Bruce, of Kingsburg, Calif., and Esther Bruce of Milwaukee. Funeral services will be held here Tuesday in the Mission Covenant church.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated October 30, 1933]

Bruce, Seth
Fall Proves Fatal
Wahoo, Neb., July 28 – (AP) – Seth Bruce, 68, a farmer near Wahoo, died at his home Thursday as the result of a broken hip and shock, suffered in a fall on a Wahoo street three weeks ago. Bruce formerly owned and operated a brick yard here. His widow, eight daughters and two sons survive.
[Source: Lincoln Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated July 28, 1939]

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