Obituaries - P

Perky, Lucille
Miss Lucille Perky, 23 years of age, died of heart failure at the Wise Memorial hospital. She was the daughter of Charles Perky, for many years a resident of Wahoo, and her body has been taken to Wahoo for burial.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated January 14, 1909]

Pestla, Frank – son of
A little 2-year-old child of Frank Pestal, a farmer living four miles west of Wahoo, was bitten by a rattlesnake. The child’s chances of recovery are very doubtful.
[Source: Afro-American Sentinel (Omaha, Nebraska), dated April 25, 1896]

Pickett, Thomas J.
Former State Senator Dies
Thomas J. Pickett Was Pioneer Editor

Lincoln, Oct. 4 (AP) – Thomas J. Pickett, 87, former state senator and active newspaper editor in eastern Nebraska for many years, died here today.
Editor of the Wahoo Wash for 28 years, Mr. Pickett retired in 1923. He remained in Wahoo until 1928 when he moved to Lincoln. He was born December 27, 1850, in Peoria, Ill., and came to Nebraska in 1879, settling in Nebraska City. He started the first daily paper there. A year later he moved to Ashland where he founded the Ashland Gazette in 1880.
Mr. Pickett moved to Wahoo in 1895 and edited the Wahoo Wasp until 1923. It was during the legislative term of 1888 that he served as state senator from Sarpy and Saunders counties. He also was appointed postmaster at Ashland in 1882 for one term and reappointed to a second in 1892. He became a Mason while at Ashland and remained active in Masonic circles for 49 years.
Surviving are his wife, Kate, and three sons, Will of Wahoo; Henry of Sterling, Neb., and James of Cedar Bluffs, Neb.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian church in Wahoo. The Masonic lodge will have charge of services at the grave in Wahoo cemetery.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated October 5, 1938]

Placek, Mrs. Emil E.
Illness Is Fatal to Wife of Banker
Wahoo, Neb., March 10 (AP) – Mrs.Emil E. Placek, 55, wife of the president of the First National bank of Wahoo, died late Wednesday at her home after an illness of several months.
Born in Wahoo, she lived here all her life. Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Correne and Enid, and son, Wayne.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated March 11, 1937]

Polsley, John
Oldest Resident Dies
Wahoo, Neb., Jan. 25 – (AP) – John Polsley, 79, the oldest citizen of Wahoo, died at his home here Monday after a long illness. He came to Wahoo in 1871 with his father, the late Jacob C. Polsley, one of the earliest settlers. Polsley retired in 1925 after operating a greenhouse 25 years. His widow, eight daughters, a son and two sisters survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon.
[Source: Lincoln Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated January 25, 1938]

Potadle, Mike
Recluse Died Alone
Wahoo, Neb., Jan. 15 – Mike Potadle, fifty-five years old, was found dead in his shack at Malmo this morning. His wife obtained a divorce several years ago. Since the divorce he has lived alone in a dilapidated shanty in the outskirts of Malmo.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated January 16, 1917]

Primley Jr., W.F.
Saunders Loses Four Men
Its Soldiers Die of Disease – Sidney Johnson Last Victim

Wahoo, Neb., Oct. 4 – Although Saunders county has no company in either of the three regiments now in the field, she has suffered more than her share of the disasters of war. Within the past week four of Saunders county’s best young men have given up their lives, the victims of disease. W.F. Primley, Jr., a member of company J, Second regiment, died at Omaha a few days ago. Will Hodec and Orr Simpson, both of the Third regiment, died on Friday of last week at Pablo Beach, and this morning the sad intelligence arrived at Wahoo that Sidney Johnson of company K also had passed away at Pablo Beach.
All of the latter three were members of the Third regiment, and were among the best young men of our county. The remains of Will Hodec will arrive this evening and the funeral will be conducted under the auspices of the Grand army post of this city.
The remains of Sidney Johnson will probably be shipped here for interment, but the date of the arrival is unknown at this time. Sidney Johnson was a son of Captain Eric Johnson, proprietor of the New Era, and was clerk of his company. W.F. Primley, Jr., was a son of W.F. Primley of the Mead Advocate of the town of Mead. Will Hodec has a windowed mother in Wahoo. By his industry he had paid off a mortgage on his mother’s home and was in every way an estimable young man. Others of the Second regiment are here on sick furlough.
[Source: The Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated October 5, 1898]
[Transcribed and submitted by: Denise Hansen]

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