Obituaries - B

Barnes, J.J.
Died at Breakfast
Wahoo, Neb., Sept. 14 – J.J. Barnes, aged fifty-seven, a mechanic, resident of Wahoo for eleven years, died here this morning at 7 o’clock of heart failure. He got up as well as usually, did all his chores, sat down to breakfast and fell back in his chair dead.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated September 15, 1895]

Beebe, Mrs.
Mrs. Beebe, a prominent woman of Wahoo, died last week. She was born in 1804, and was a widow for nearly 50 years.
[Source: McCook Tribune (McCook, Nebraska), dated October 16, 1896]

Belik, John
John Belik of Prague, 83, died Saturday in Lincoln. Surviving are a son, Kasmar, and a daughter, Mrs. Wick, both of Prague. The body is at Splain, Schnell & Griffiths.
[Source: Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated July 28, 1934]

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]

Bunnell, Theodore Armstrong
Senator Bunnell, of Saunders - A Sudden Call
Suddenly the bolt has fallen. Senator Bunnell, of Saunders, is dead. It is with sadness that we chronicle this fact and add hereto something of his life. His death occurred between 11 and 12 o’clock Saturday evening, of enlargement of the heart. He died at Ashland, his home, surrounded by friends and loved ones. The deceased was one of the best-known Senatorial members of the Legislature, and was a resident of Saunders County, where he was very popular politically, professionally and socially. He was elected to the State Senate on the Greenback ticket by a large majority, but Republicans and Democrats alike voted for him, for they knew him to be a thorough, conscientious, and reliable man.
Senator Bunnell was born in Pennsylvania and came West immediately after the war, and located at Dixon, Ill., whence he moved to Nebraska, a little less than ten years ago. At that time Ashland, where he lived and died, could scarcely be called a village; but here he settled, and began the practice of his profession. As a physician Dr. Bunnell was well qualified, and his practice was large. He was a graduate of one of the Chicago medical colleges, where he was known as a hard student, and thoroughly well posted in his profession. For a year or two back his health has not been of the best; and while his death was sudden, it was, nevertheless, not altogether unexpected. His own medical knowledge warned him that death might occur at any time, and the professional brothers whom he consulted in Chicago and elsewhere, consigned him to the same sad fate.
During the day of his death, he had been constantly busy, and on returning home late at night, complained for the first time of illness. An hour passed, and he grew rapidly worse. Then his old friend and fellow-laborer, Dr. Taylor, was sent for, and all that could be done for the sinking man was done, but to no purpose. He knew his fate well, and in less than an hour before breathing his last, and almost with his last breath, he said: “The crisis I have looked for so long has come. I am dying.” He passed away peacefully, and apparently without a struggle.
Dr. Bunnell was a married man, his wife being the daughter of Mr. Barnhill, an old and respected citizen of Saunders. The death of her husband has rendered the bereaved lady almost inconsolable, and the other relatives and friends of the family take the death very much to heart. The sympathy of a large circle of friends is with them in their bereavement, and members of the Legislature, one and all, will feel the loss of their brother and friend.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated February 7, 1879]

Funeral of Senator Bunnell
It was but a fitting tribute to the late Senator Bunnell that the Senate should adjourn and attend his funeral in a body, which it did Wednesday. The train was a special one, and started from Lincoln yesterday morning, arriving at Ashland at 10 o’clock. The procession filed at once to the residence of the deceased, and conducted the remains to the Methodist Church, from whence he was buried. The attendance was very large, the people of Ashland turning out en masse and completely filling the rather large church in which the funeral was held. The Senators and members of the press were given seats near the casket in front of the pulpit. The coffin which contained the earthly remains of the dead Senator was a handsome one, and tastefully and appropriately draped in mourning. The family and immediate friends of the deceased occupied seats near the casket. The choir sat to the right of the pulpit, and the pallbearers on the platform in front of the coffin. At 11 o’clock the choir sang an appropriate hymn, after which a chapter of scripture was read by one of the clergymen present, a fervent prayer was offered, and then the Rev. C.A. Miller, who had been requested to officiate on the occasion, arose and preached the funeral sermon. He took as his text a verse from Revelations: “And I heard a loud voice from Heaven saying. There shall be no more death.” He said among other things that he had long known the dead man and honored him for his many good qualities of heart and mind; spoke of him as a kind husband, a generous neighbor and true friend. The people of Ashland would miss him, for a good man has gone from their midst. The reverend gentleman is an old friend of the family, and what is a little singular, performed the ceremony of marriage for the deceased, baptized him, and finally officiated at his funeral. After the solemn services were concluded, the remains were taken to the cemetery and there laid away forever. It is scarcely necessary to say anything further concerning the late Senator. The brief sketch of his life in Tuesday morning’s Journal is virtually correct. Dr. Bunnell had hosts of friends and no enemies, and his untimely death will cause wide-spread sorrow throughout the County of Saunders and wherever else he was known.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated February 7, 1879]

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