Obituaries - S

Safranek, Rudolph
Sudden Death at Wahoo

Wahoo, Neb., Feb. 11 – Rudolph Safranek, a well-to-do citizen of this place, died very suddenly yesterday afternoon. Death was caused by the bursting of a blood vessel in the region of the heart. He had been sick but a very short time. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the funeral services. Mr. Safranek was but little past the prime of his life, and he was walking around the day before his death. He leaves a wife and four children. [Source: The Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated February 12, 1896]
[Transcribed and submitted by: Denise Hansen]


Samek, Clifford
Victim of Motor Crash
Clifford Samek, 19, of Weston is Killed

Wahoo, Neb. – Clifford Samek, 19, son of Joseph Samek of Weston, died in a Wahoo hospital as the result of a skull fracture, sustained when his car was struck by one driven by H.H. Henningson, president of the Henningson Engineering company of Omaha. The collision occurred near Wahoo, Feb. 6.
Besides his father, three brothers and four sisters survive. Funeral services were held from his home at Weston, Sunday afternoon.
[Source: Lincoln Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated March 21, 1937]

Schwartz, Lucy E.
Schwartz Rite on Saturday. Funeral services will be in the Poole-Larsen Chapel Saturday at 1 p.m. for Lucy E. Schwartz of Coburg (Oregon) who died Wednesday June 24.
She was born in Nebraska in October, 1889 and married Otto Schwartz at Wahoo, Neb., in 1906.
She had lived in Coburg since 1936.
Survivors include her husband, 12 children, 37 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives.
Her children include Clarence, Adolph, Fred, and Mrs. Deloris Rud of Eugene; Dorsey and Elmer of Junction City; Ervin, with the Navy in Virginia; Delbert of Wahoo, Neb.; Mrs. Annie Sage and Mrs. Millie Garboden of Springfield (OR); Mrs. Elnora Green of Veneta (OR); and Ray of Medford (OR).
Other survivors include a sister, Mary Bishop of Portland (OR), and a brother W.C. Brooks of Elmira (OR).
Interment will be in West Lawn Cemetery (Eugene,OR).
[Source: Eugene Register Guard]
(again undated but with other articles from 1953)
[Transcribed and submitted by: Kim Torp]


Simodynes, Vencl
Wahoo, Neb., June 26 – Venel Simodynes, one of the pioneer settlers of Saunders county, died yesterday, heart trouble being the immediate cause of his death. Mr. Simodynes emigrated to the United States in 1874 from the village of Kouty, Province of Moravia, and settled on a farm two miles north of Wahoo, where he lived until 1888, when he removed to Wahoo, and conducted a saloon business for fifteen years.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated June 27, 1908]

Simpson, Orr
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]


Skoda, John
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]

Snelling, John A.
Wahoo, Neb., Oct. 7 – John A. Snelling, one of the pioneers of this county, who located here about 1870 south of Wahoo, died at his home Saturday night and will be buried from his late residence tomorrow. Mr. Snelling was a member of the G.A.R. of this place. He came to this county when there was but a few white men living in the county, and experienced many hardships. He was seventy-five years of age, and left a wife and several sons and daughters.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated October 8, 1907]

St. Louis, George J.
The Suicide of Dr. George J. St. Louis

Dr. George J. St. Louis, who was to have been hanged to death according to law yesterday between the hours of two and three o’clock p.m., at Wahoo, in obedience to the sentence of the court, for the murder of his wife, cheated the gallows of its intended victim without the aid of a reprieve, by committing suicide in prison at Fremont, where he was long confined, at about 2:30 o’clock yesterday morning by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. The deed was done at the moment he was ordered to get ready to go to Wahoo to die on the scaffold.
The tragedy that began with the death of Mrs. St. Louis, for whose murder he was tried and convicted, we would naturally say, ended with the bloody event in the Fremont prison yesterday morning. Not so, however. Those orphaned children are witnesses, doubly and dreadfully bereft as they are, who live to show that, if the tragedies of murder and violence are ended, the greater tragedy, that which bruises and breaks human hearts and covers the innocent with the stains of infamy, will go on even for generations.
Full accounts will be found in The Herald this morning of the life, career, trial and death of the man who, if guilty of the crime of which he was convicted, was indeed a horrible wretch, whose taking off by his own hand was a befitting retribution. But he died protesting that he never committed that murder of his wife, and he was convicted entirely on circumstantial evidence. His request to have his body buried by the side of the mother of his children was at least a moving one. We should be false to our own feelings if we did not frankly avow that, on hearing of the death of St. Louis by his own hand yesterday, rather than by that of Sheriff Wilson, of Saunders county, who would otherwise have bravely discharged a distressing duty, we could find no place in our heart for regrets at the occurrence. We do not believe in hanging men for murder at all; remembering the fate of poor Phair, and many more victims of this horrible code, we curse that feature of it that would hang men on circumstantial evidence of guilty. The possibility of innocence is always there, and that possibility damns it beyond redemption in our eyes.
The fact is recalled at this time that when Dr. St. Louis was first arrested on the charged that finally took his life and made orphans of his children, he wrote us in a spirit of careless unconcern to say that it was only a matter of spite and that there was no truth in the charge, as would be fully shown. Although we never saw the man, we received letters from him at intervals for a year or more, both before and after his conviction, among others, one thanking The Herald for what he called its bold attacks upon circumstantial evidence in convicting men of capital crime. He had strong hopes of securing a new trial, and changed attorneys with that view, which was probably a mistake, on account of the fact of change. The end has come, and we leave the painful subject here, referring our readers to the accounts we furnish today for a full history of this most remarkable case.
[Source: The Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated April 19, 1879]
[Transcribed and submitted by: Denise Hansen]


St. Martin, Henry
He Battles With A Robber
Henry St. Martin, a Wahoo Merchant, Shot by a Midnight Visitor
Closing Up His Establishment When He Finds the Thief Making Away With the Cash Box
Duel With Revolvers Follows and the Business Man Falls With a Bullet in His Brain – His Chances Slim

Wahoo, Neb., March 1 – About 12 o’clock last night Henry St. Martin, a prominent druggist of this place and a member of the St. Martin Bros. drug firm, was found lying in the rear room of his store building with a bullet in his head.
It was St. Martin’s custom to close up between 10 and 11 and on his not arriving home, his wife became uneasy about him and went to the store, where she found him weltering in his own blood. He was particularly conscious and in answer to her inquiry as to what was the matter he told her that he was hurt. She immediately called for assistance and he was carried to the office of Dr. Bush, who removed the bullet, which was lodged in his brain and dressed the wound.
The wounded man was then taken to his home, where he now lies in critical condition. He was aroused enough this morning to make a statement of how the affair occurred. He says that as he was preparing to put the cash in the safe before going home, a large man with a full beard and rather shabbily dressed rushed in at the back door and seized the drawer which contained the cash and made for the door, whereupon St. Martin seized his revolver, shoved two cartridges into it and fired when his assailant was within two or three feet of the door. At this the burglar dropped the cash box and made a rush for St. Martin and the two grappled and in the struggle the burglar fired a shot which struck St. Martin in the right ear and lodged in his brain. Three shots had embedded themselves in the woodwork of the door and one had crashed through the glass in the upper portion of the door.
The wounded man’s revolver was lying at his feet containing one empty shell, while three or four empty shells were found on the floor.
No one up to the present has been found answering the description given by Mr. St. Martin. Some mysterious circumstances surround the case.
[Source: The Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated March 2, 1896]
[Transcribed and submitted by: Denise Hansen]


Steen, John
Captain John Steen Once City Treasurer of Omaha
Wahoo Civil War Veteran to Be Buried Today; Was Also Figure in State Politics

Captain John Steen, veteran of the civil war, who died Thursday at his home in Wahoo, Neb., was city treasurer in Omaha from 1871 to 1873.
He became a figure in state politics in 1888, when he was elected commissioner of public lands and buildings. He came to Omaha in 1869. When his term of office expired, he became postmaster of Wahoo, and served until 1900, when he resigned to care for his personal business. He organized and was captain of Wahoo’s first militia company.
Funeral services will be held in Wahoo this afternoon, the Rev. E.L. Hobbs, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Mrs. Effie Steen Kittleson, teacher of dramatic art here, is a daughter of the veteran.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated March 26, 1922]

Stibic, Stephen
Stephen Stibic, Wahoo Tailor Swallows Deadly Dose of Strychnine
Wahoo, Neb., Dec. 28 – This city was greatly shocked today on hearing of the suicide of two well-known residents of this county, one of whom, a man of much wealth, was mentally deranged. The other to willfully cross the river Stix, worried over a business deal which had not proved beneficial to him until, in a moment of mental gloom, he swallowed a fatal dose of poison and died in terrible agony.
The day of suicides was ushered in at 7:30 this morning, when information came to Wahoo that Martin Watipka, an aged and wealthy farmer residing six miles southeast of this city, had committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart with a short-barreled shotgun. He arose early and went out behind the chicken house where he committed the deed. Owing to numerous rabbit hunters in the neighborhood, the report of the gun was not noticed and the body was not discovered until thirty minutes later, when his daughter went to feed the chickens. Mr. Watipka was mentally unbalanced from the effect of a blow on the head several years ago. He leaves a wife and a large family of children.
The next to go by his own act was Stephen Stibic, a tailor, who succumbed to a deadly on the street at noon today. Stibic was found by Thomas Killian standing on a corner. Stibic told Killian that he had taken poison and was going to die. Soon thereafter Stibic went into convulsions and died upon the street before he could be removed indoors. The man had a long letter on his person which shows he worried much over a disastrous deal. He was 45 years of age and leaves a wife and two children.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated December 29, 1910]

Stiles, G.K.
Suicide at Wahoo
A Doctor Takes Morphine – Had Been Drinking Heavily

Wahoo, Neb., Nov. 28 – Dr. G.K. Stiles, who has been traveling with the Mohawk Medicine company, suicided at the Merchants hotel last night by taking morphine. He is supposed to have taken the drug about 12 o’clock last night and was too far gone to be saved when his condition was discovered this morning. Everything possible was done for him, however, but he died at 12 o’clock today. His relatives are supposed to be living at Milan, Ind. He had been drinking heavily.
[Source: The Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated November 29, 1894]
[Transcribed and submitted by: Denise Hansen]


Stone, Ira G.
Dr. Ira G. Stone, formerly of Mead, later of Wahoo, died in a hospital at Wichita, Kan., a few days ago.
[Source: Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), dated January 9, 1909]

Stratton, H.M.
Death Takes Pioneer Merchant at Wahoo
Wahoo, Neb., April 6 – H.M. Stratton, pioneer hardware merchant of Wahoo, died Sunday, at the age of 74. He was a native of Wisconsin, and came to Wahoo about forty years ago. In addition to his hardware business, he had been secretary of the Wahoo Building and Loan association since its organization. Mr. Stratton actively engaged in business until a week ago, when he was stricken with paralysis. He leaves a widow and one son, Lee, and a daughter.
[Source: Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated April 7, 1920]

Strong, D.M.
Attorney D.M. Strong Killed By The Cars
North Bend Lawyer Thrown Under Caboose and Receives Hurts That Prove Fatal
Was Returning From Republican Convention
Dodge County Pioneer
Burial in Minnesota

Fremont, Neb., June 20 – D.M. Strong, the North Bend attorney who was fatally injured at Valley yesterday afternoon, died last night at 12 o’clock. The remains will be taken to North Bend at 7 o’clock tonight and the funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Sunday morning under the direction of the Masonic fraternity, of which Mr. Strong was a member.
The remains will then be taken to Blue Earth City, Minn., for interment in the family burying ground, where the father and a sister are buried.
A brother arrived this morning and a delegation came down from North Bend to accompany the remains. Mr. Strong was 68 years of age and a bachelor, having no relatives in this state.
[From the Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated June 20, 1902]

Accident Occurs At Valley
Fremont, Neb., June 19 – D.M. Strong, an attorney of North bend, and one of the oldest settlers of Dodge county, lost his left arm in a railroad accident at Valley this afternoon, an sustained internal injuries from which he cannot survive.
He was going home from the republican convention at Lincoln over the Union Pacific railroad on a freight train by way of Valley, and was standing on the front end of the caboose at Valley when the slack of cars being coupled together ahead on the train precipitated him between the caboose and the next car, the wheels then passing over his arm before he could extricate himself. He was placed in the caboose and brought to the Fremont hospital as rapidly as possible.
His injuries are believed to be fatal. Mr. Strong is about 65, and has been a resident of Dodge county for over forty years, and was one of the earliest sheriffs. For some years he was a prominent figure in the prohibition party, having run for state offices on that party ticket.
[From the Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated June 20, 1902]

He Makes Verbal Will
Valley, Neb., June 19 – D.M. Strong, the Union Pacific attorney of North Bend, who was fatally injured here this afternoon by falling between the cars of a moving freight train, was at once taken from here to Fremont on the same train by Dr. W.H. Reed. On the way Mr. Strong, who is 68 years of age, expressed the belief that he would not survive, and gave directions for the disposition of his property in the case of death. He was unmarried. His right arm was crushed so that amputation was necessary; his right hip was dislocated, his body was bruised and there were several contusions about the head.
[From the Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), dated June 20, 1902]




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