Thayer County - Genealogy Trails








Bessie Adell Calhoun

Roy Luce

William Eli Smith

Merrill D. Bottom

Oscar Walter Oeltjen

J. F. Grone, Sr.

Ida Dell Smith Luce

John Parker Smith

Leonard Andrew Smith

Honorable Erasmus M. Correll

Joseph Stainer

Russell Parmless

Dr. F. E. Tanner

Herman V. Lyle

David L. Marks  

Edith May Nesmith   

Charles Edgar Duey   

Edna Margarette Koester   

Salem W. Wiswell   

Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pikeman  


Hiram Burnap Davis   


Jennie E Davis   

Virginia E. Griess   

O. B. Shade   

G. Schmidt 

Freda Bostleman

Frederick Lehman

Joseph Stainer

Carl Lickfield

Andrew Bethscheider

Theresa Ann Bethscheider Klaes

Mrs. F. X. Pearl   

Alice A. Schardt    

Irma Emma (Schardt) Ohlrich    

Melvin Russell Davenport   

Lucille Myers   

Mrs. Dorothea Kapperman    

C. H. Vienop    

Albert Steinmann   

Mrs. Ella Parrott   

George Weisel   

McKinley Hubbard   

George Dixon   












Bessie Adell Calhoun

Lifelong Hubbell Resident & Member of Methodist Church, Dies At Age 98

Bessie Adell Calhoun, daughter of Charles and Ida Smith Luce was born on Jan. 9, 1894 at Hubbell and died on July 19 at her home in Hubbell at the age of 98.

She received her education in the Hubbell Public Schools. She was united in marriage to Ray Calhoun on June 4, 1913 at Hebron.

She lived all of her 98 1/2 years at Hubbell except for a short time spent at Odell Haddam, Kan. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of Hubbell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ida Luce; her husband, Ray in 1966, two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by nieces including, Marica Luce of Sterling, Colo.; Aleen McChesney and Ethel Askren of Wapello, Iowa; two cousins including Lloyd Luce of Arlington, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 22 at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Hubbell and conducted by the Reverend Randy Dilts. Interment was made in Hubbell cemetery.

The Hebron Journal-Register; Hebron, NE; 29 Jul 1992; p. 3A.
Submitted by:   Sara Hemp

Roy Luce

"Little Roy, the 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Luce died on last Saturday evening about 6 o'clock. He was a bright little boy and his death brings intense grief to his parents and all who knew him."

[There's also a note in the local news column that Henry Schodr [sic] and wife, of Chester, NE, were visitng friends here last Monday. This is Hattie Smith, sister to the mother of Roy Luce. p. 4 school news column again speaks of the death of Roy Luce]

The Hubbell Times; issue of Friday, 10 Mar 1899; pp. 2 & 4
Submitted by Sara Hemp

William Eli Smith

"Death of W. E. Smith After a Long Illness"

Following an illness of several years, which for the past three months had almost continuously confined him to his bed, W. E. Smith died at his home, 522 West Third street, at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, of cancer of the liver.

Born at Rockport, Atchison county, MO, July 7, 1866, he was aged 60 years, two months and 29 days. With his father he moved to Hubbell, Thayer county, Nebraska, in 1880.

In 1889 he was united in marriage with Miss Minnie A. Luce, and to this union was born a son, Leonard A. Smith. Later Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved to Grand Island and, for a number of years, Mr. Smith was in the employ of The Augustine company, ill health having compelled him to resign his position.

Mr. Smith united with the Presbyterian church at Hubbell in 1907. He was a charter member of Grand Island lodge No. 318, A.F. & A.M. throughout his illness he was a patient sufferer and had ever a cheery word for all who called to see him.

Besides his widow and son, he is survived by two grandchildren, his father, one brother, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Glen Rice officiating.

A brief service for the family, will be held at the home at 2 p.m. The Masonic lodge will conduct its ritualistic work at the grave. Burial will be in the Grand Island cemetery.

FUNERAL CARD: "In Loving Remembrance of W.E. Smith - Died Nov. 3, 1926
Gone but not forgotten
A precious one from us had gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled
God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon his love had given,
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in Heaven."

Nebraska Death Certificate #10660; filed Hall Co, NE

     DOD: 3 Nov 1926 Burial: Grand Island, NE, 7 Nov 1926
     DOB:  7 Jul 1866   Rockport, MO   Age at death 60-3-26
     Address:  522 West 3 St., Grand Island, died at home
     Employed: Augustine Printing Co., Foreman
     Father:  Andrew Smith, place of birth not known
     Mother:  Elizabeth Robertson, place of birth not known
     Died of abdominal cancer(origin not determined) of 2 yr. duration
     Dr. W. D. McGrath.  Undertaker J. A. Livingston.

     Information provided by Mrs. W. E. Smith

Grand Island; p. 8
Transcribed and contributed by:  Sara Hemp

Merrill D. Bottom

Merrill Drummond Bottom, of Marion, IL died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000 at Marion Memorial Hospital at the age of 99 years, seven days.  He was born Jan. 5, 1901 in Deshler, NE, the son of the Rev. Norphie Ernest and Martha Johnson Bottom.

Mr. Bottom was a former employee of the Gazette-Democrat of Anna, IL, a retired Anna dairy farmer and was also retired as a safety inspector for Country Mutual Insurance Company. He was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marion and a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge No. 89 AF & AM.

Mr. Bottom married Lena Harmon October 8, 1921in Eagleville, MO. She preceded him in death on March 6, 1964. He later married Lena Jones.

Mr. Bottom is survived by his wife, Lena; one sister, Mildred Silvers of Knoxville, TN; eleven nieces and nephews; and one cousin, Mary DeLeonardo of Marion. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; one child in infancy; three brothers, Myron, Morris and Milton Bottom; and one sister, Merida Oliver.

Funeral services for Merrill D. Bottom were held at the Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home in Marion Monday January 17, 2000 with the Rev. James Slone officiating. Interment was in Ebenezer Hall Cemetery near Lick Creek, IL.

Contributed by:  Anne Newell

Oscar Walter Oeltjen

Oscar Walter Oeltjen, 90, of Mattoon, Illinois, passed from this life at 5:44 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services in tribute to his life will begin at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18th, at the Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce D. Osborne officiating.

Burial will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Oscar was born May 31, 1917, in Hubbell, Nebraska, a son of George and Emma (Ludwig) Oeltjen. He married Maxine Cooley on December 3, 1949.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Oeltjen of Mattoon; his daughter, Connie Smith and husband Jim of Cowden; one sister, Jennie Windhorst of Nebraska; a sister-in-law, Arlys Oeltjen of Fremont, Nebraska; stepgrandson, Kevin Smith of Mattoon; and two step great-grandchildren, Kelsie Smith and Kelso Smith, both of Mattoon. He was preceded in death by his father, George Oeltjen; his mother, Emma Oeltjen Myers; two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Oeltjen was formerly employed with Century Broom Works and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed reading Louis L'Amour novels, spending time with his family, and Oscar loved playing cards with special friends, Richard Smith, Jim Smith, Dennis Smith, Carl Weber III, Dan Smith, and Jason Weber.<

Memorial gifts in his honor are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church or Lincolnland Nursing.

Published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on 6/16/2007
Contributed by:  Judy Rosella Edwards

J. F. Grone, Sr

Pioneer Citizen Dies at Bruning Aged 93 Years

Bruning, Neb., Oct. 11.—J. F. Grone, Sr.. died at his home in Bruning, Oct. 9 1917, aged 33 years, 11 months and 26 days.

Mr. Grone was a very active man and was able to attend to his usual business affairs until a few days before his death.

He was born in Bremen, Germany, Oct. 14, 1823, and came to New York City in 1836, and in 1886 moved to near Bruning.

He was married in Sauck County, Wisconsin in 1850 and fourteen children were horn to this union, eight of whom survive him. Mrs. Grone died at the age of 73.

The following are the children who are now living. Mrs Augusta Nippert, Bruning, Neb.; J F. Grone, St. Joseph, Mo ; Mrs. Pauline Moor, Ohlowa; Mrs. Matilda Slasna. Hebron, Neb ; Arthur Grone, Diller, Neb ; Will Grone, Rey-nolds, Neb ; George Grone and F. J. Grone, Bruning, Neb.

The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p. m.

The Lincoln Daily Star - Thursday, October 11, 1917

Ida Dell Smith Luce

Roy Luces Mother

Mrs. Ida Luce, whose maiden name was Smith, was born in Atchison County, MO, August 14th, 1872, and died June 19th, 1903, in Lincoln, Neb. She was buried near her old home, Hubbell, Neb. She was at the time of her death, 30 years, 10 months and 2 days old.

When about 10 years of age she moved with her parents into Nebraska and settled on a farm near Hubbell.

She was married to Charles Luce April 14th, 1892. Four children were born to them. The oldest child, a little boy, was laid to rest about four years or a little more before the death of the mother.

Not long after the death of this little boy Mrs. Luce professed her faith in Christ for her salvation and united with the Presbyterian Church of Hubbell. In which faith she remain ed till her death.

At the death of her little boy Mrs. Luce was so deeply affected and prostrated with grief that she became disconsolate and heartbroken and it seemed as though her love for her --ght [torn page] little one was all her solace and ---, and in her grief she could al--t wish to depart and be at rest ---h him in that better land. It has seemed since to many of her friends that this sad bereavement, if not the immediate cause of her affliction which resulted in her death, must have been so great a grief and burden for her to bear, that, together with other complicated troubles, her death was hastened.

A short time before her last sickness her oldest little girl, Bessie was taken seriously ill with fever and so anxious was the grief-stricken mother over the welfare of her little girl, that her bodily informities [sic] entirely prostrated her, from which fated spell she never recovered. Finally death came to her relief on Friday, June 19th.

Mrs. Luce's death is greatly to be lamented. She merited the love and confidence of all her numerous friends and acquaintances. She was agreeable and lovable to all who knew her . She possessed a mild Christian spirit and loving disposition to a marked degree. A kinder neighbor it would be hard to find. She was ever ready to lend a helping hand, even at a sacrifice of her own comfort and convenience, for the good of others.

The sad affliction and death of this good woman causes many hearts to feel sad. We are sorry to record her death, but Christ, her rock of faith, has written her name in the book of life there to abide forever. She died full of faith and good works. She was ready and wanting to go. Her anxious spirit bound up in her feeble and worn-out body, was longing to be free and at rest with her little one, gone before, in that blessed land, where there are no more tears and sorrow. Blessed abiding faith that clung to her in this life's trials and afflictions.

We are sorry of her death, yet we are assured that she is now rejoicing. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.

The Hubbell Standard; Vo. XII, #37; 4 Jul 1903; p. 1, col. 1
Transcribed and contributed by:  Sara Hemp

John Parker Smith

John Parker Smith was born near Tarkio, Missouri, October 17, 1860 and parted this life at his home north of Kearney, Nebraska, October 16, 1937 at the age of 77 years.

He came with his father to Thayer county, Nebraska in 1880, and in 1908 he moved with his family to Kearney, Nebraska.

In 1895 he was united in marriage to Eliza Jane Boyd. To this union were born seven children, one passing away in infancy.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, and six children: Ellis Smith and Elsie Cornell of Crows Landing, California; Lila Vest, of Riverdale, Nebr.; Eliza Stephens of Elm Creek, Nebraska; and Andrew and Jacob at home.  Also seven grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Schroder of Riverside, California; two nieces; four nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

           When a young man he united with the Methodist church at Hubbell, Nebraska.  He was a kind and loving husband and father.
           A precious one from us has gone.
          A voice we loved is stilled;
          A place is vacant in our home..
          Which never can be filled.
          God in his wisdom has recalled,
          And though the body slumbers here,
          The soul is safe in Heaven."

Card of thanks.

We with to thank Rev. Dinsdale, the singer, neighbors and friends, for their comforting words, songs, and beautiful flowers, and the kindness and help during our recent sorrow.  Signed:  The Family"

Note:  his daughter "Lila" was Delila Ann Smith, the only grandchild named for Delilah Robertson Smith. John is buried in Riverdale Cemetery, Buffalo County, Nebraska.

Unknown paper, October 1937
Transcribed and contributed by:  Sara Hemp

Leonard Andrew Smith

Entered Into Eternal Rest Dec 30 1968   Arthur L. Smith's Father is Buried

Funeral services for Leonard Andrew Smith, 78, of Aransas Pass, Texas, father of Arthur L. Smith of 2716 Beldon drive, Port Arthur, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Cage-Marshall Funeral chapel at Aransas Pass. Burial was in the Prairie View cemetery there.

Mr. Smith died Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the Spohn hospital at Corpus Christi following a long illness. He was a native of Hubbell, Neb., and had been a resident of Aransas Pass for nine years. He was a retired railway worker, a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the Eagles lodge and the First United Methodist church of Aransas Pass.

His son and daughter-in-law, Mrs. June Smith, a staff writer for The News, had been in Aransas Pass the last several days.

In addition, Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laura Smith; and one daughter, Mrs. James S. (Thelma Lorraine) George both of Aransas Pass; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Note: original in possession of granddaughter Leslie Smith Collier, May 1996

Port Arthur News
Trnscribed and contributed by:  Sara Hemp

Honorable Erasmus M. Correll

Well Known Nebraska Politician Dies at Hebron

Special Dispatch to the World-Herald 

Hebron, Neb., Sept. 5

After an illness of eight months Hon. E. M. Correll, editor and proprietor of the Hebron Journal, died this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Mr. Correll was a prominent republican, being elected to the lower house in 1881, and at once became a conspicuous member. He was elected state senator in 1892 and was president of the senate in 1893. He acted as governor for two days in August of the same year while Governor Crounse and Lieutenant Governor Majors were absent from the state.

The Masons will conduct the funeral on Saturday.

Hon. Erasmus M. Correll was born in Canada August 4, 1846. His parents were citizens of the state of New York, near Buffalo, but were on a visit to that portion of the queen’s dominion when Correll was born.

When young he removed to Illinois with his parents, from which state in 1852 they proceeded to California, returning in 1853 to Rockford, Ill.

In 1865 he attended Eureka College, where he studied civil engineering and surveying under Major R. Remington, and came to Thayer County, Nebraska, in 1869, in the capacity of surveyor.

Mr. Correll is the father of the press of Thayer County, having started the Hebron Journal in 1871, when there were about three houses in the town. He edited the paper up to the date of his death, and it was one of the most aggressive, ably edited publications in Nebraska.

He studied law in 1871 and 1872 while justice of the peace, and was admitted to the bar in 1873.

He also established the Western Woman’s Journal at Lincoln, which won a national reputation. It did much for the woman’s suffrage cause.

He was the author and champion of a bill to submit a woman’s suffrage amendment to the constitution.

At its annual meeting in October, 1881, at Louisville, Ky., the American Woman’s Suffrage Association elected him president. He was also elected president of the Nebraska Editorial Association in the same year.

Omaha World Herald - September 6, 1895
Transcribed and Contributed:  Vicki Hartman

Joseph Stainer

Special Dispatch to the World-Herald

Hebron, Neb., Dec 17

Joseph Stainer of Deshler, Neb., died very suddenly at the Hebron Hotel yesterday at 12:30 p. m. of asthma and heart failure.

He had been complaining for some time, but was not considered seriously ill.

Mr. Strainer has resided in Thayer County for about twenty years, most of the time west of Hebron, in the German settlement.

Lately he was managing the Deshler Broom Factory, being an honest employee.  He was respected by all who knew him.

He was buried in Rose Hill cemetery yesterday.

Sunday World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska - December 18, 1898, Page 2
Transcribed and Contributed:  Vicki Hartman

Russell Parmless

Hebron, Neb., June 27

Russell Parmless, 68 years of age, died here today.

He had resided in this county eighteen years, and leaves two sons , a daughter and wife to mourn his loss.

The funeral will be conducted by the Masons.

Omaha World Herald - June 28, 1893
Transcribed and Contributed:  Vicki Hartman

Dr. F. E. Tanner

Special Dispatch to the World-Herald

Hebron, Neb., Sept 28

The remains of Dr. F. E. Tanner, who died at Grand Junction, Colo., on Wednesday, from consumption, were brought home by his wife, daughter and James Dinsmore, who went west Thursday as far as Denver as a representative of Hebron lodge, No. 43, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, of which order the deceased was a member in good standing.

He was also a member of Blue Valley lodge, Knights of Pythias, Ancient Order United Workmen and Independent Order Odd Fellows, all of which orders escorted the remains to the First Presbyterian church, where a short and impressive sermon was preached by Rev. Cook, assisted by Rev. Wilcox.

Omaha World Herald - September 29, 1896
Transcribed and Contributed:  Vicki Hartman

Herman V. Lyle

Hebron, Neb., Nov 13


Herman V. Lyle, one of this city’s prominent business men, dropped dead at the breakfast table at the Hebron house this morning.

Last night when he retired he was in good spirits, and this morning he was uncomplaining. He chatted with his fellow boarders until the moment of his death.

Heart disease carried him away. Mr. Lyle has been subject to this affliction for several years, but his friends think that recent business reverses hastened his death.

Omaha World Herald - November 14, 1890
Transcribed and Contributed:  Vicki Hartman

David L. Marks

Loss Of One Of The Oldest Settlers

On Monday of this week occurred the death of David L. Marks, who lived west of Reynolds, just across the line in Thayer county.

He was one of the oldest settlers in this locality, having taken up a homestead in 1865 on the spot where he resided until his death.

He was a son of Rev. Marks, who was a noted character in early pioneer days. David Marks was 67 years old, and a veteran of the civil war.

[Note: he is buried in Rose Creek Cemetery, Thayer Co]

The Fairbury Journal, Friday, September 4, 1903
Transcribed and Contributed by:  Kristin Vaughn

Edith May Nesmith

Edith May Nesmith, daughter of William P. and Hannah George Duey was born on September 24, 1909 at Chester, NE, and passed away on January 17, 1990 at Mount Joseph Care Center, Condcordia, KS, at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 23 days.

She attended the Chester Public Schools and college for two years. She was united in marriage to Eugene G. Nesmith on November 23, 1927 and to this union one son, Richard, was born.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of Chester, NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hannah Duey; two sisters, Grace and Beth.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene of the home, Belleville, KS; one son, Dr. Richard Nesmith and his wife, Patricia of Framingham, Massachusetts, four grandchildren and one great-grandson, several other relatives and a host of friends.

Services were held Saturday, January 20, 1990 at the United Methodist Church, Chester, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Randy Dilts.  Mrs. Jack Long and Mrs. Maurice Mitchell sang and Mrs. Dolan Frye was the organist.  Casket bearers were Keith Fraley, Ralph Walter, Hubert Skucius, Dean Russell, Raymond Duey and Everett Roop.

Interment was made in the Chester Cemetery.

The Chester Herald
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Charles Edgar Duey

Charles Edgar Duey, youngest son of Joseph and Amanda Duey, was born at Chester, Nebraska, December 13, 1887 and passed away at his home in Chester, Nebraska, November 5, 1954 at the age of 66 years, 10 months and 22 days.

On July 23, 1908 he was united in marriage to Mabel George.  To their union eight children were born.  Hazel died in infancy.  Besides his wife he is survived by two sons: John of Belleville and Raymond of Chester; and five daughters: Edna Koester of Ruskin, Gladys Baloun of Hebron, Ruby Baloun of Chester, Bertha Carpenter and Elsie Vaughn both of Aumsville, Oregon.  His survivors also include twenty-five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; his step-mother, Dorothy Duey, a half brother, Blaine Duey of Hagerstown, Pa., and one aunt, Mrs. Sarah Smarsh of Chester.  His parents, three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

He joined the Methodist Church of Chester when a young boy and continued in his Christian faith until his death.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Chester.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Chester Tuesday, November 9, 1954, at 3:30 P.M.  The funeral message was by his pastor, the Rev. J. Frank Bartleson, assisted by his grand-nephew, Rev. Don Sherwood of Minden, Nebraska.

Burial was in the Chester Cemetery

Newspaper: Chester Herald
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Edna Margarette Koester

Edna Margarette Koester, the daughter of Charles E. and Mabel (George) Duey, was born in Chester, Neb. on Sept. 14, 1910. She passed away on Jan. 8, 2004, at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler, Neb., at the age of 93 years, 3 months and 24 days. She was one of eight children born to her parents.

Edna was baptized on April 3, 1921, at the Methodist Church in Chester. She was confirmed on Oct. 22, 1933, at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler by Rev. Fred Schwerin. Her confirmation verse was John 17:3.

She graduated from Chester Public School and attended college for two years. She then taught school for a while at Nora. She was united in marriage to Walter Gerhard Koester on Oc. 15, 1931, in Chester. They farmed in the Deshler/Davenport area before moving to Colorado. While in Colorado Edna taught school in Westminster for about two years. They moved to the Ruskin area in about 1953 and farmed there. Around 1960, they moved to Morrowville, Kan. and farmed there until they retired and moved to Deshler.

Edna was member of Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler and enjoyed church work, Bible classes and quilting. She enjoyed volunteer work and helping in earlier years at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter G. Koester, on Jan 28, 1981; an infant sister, Hazel; one brother, John Duey; and son-in-law, Charles Smith.

She is survived by her daughters, Norma Blakley and husband Everett of Denver, Colo. and Marilyn Smith of Burke, Va.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Gladys Baloun and Ruby Baloun, both of Hebron; Bertha Carpenter of Stayton, Ore.; and Elsie Deenin of Coos Bay, Ore.; one brother, Raymond Duey and wife, Loetta of Belleville, Kan.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler, with Rev. Phillip Nielsen officiating. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," and "Jesus, Still Lead On," with Barbara Koester as organist.

Pallbearers were Marvin Koester, Berwyn Petersen, Donald Koester, Ken Petersen, Tim Koester and Bob Duey.

Interment was in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery at Deshler.

Memorials have been established to the family's choice.

Ahrendts Funeral Home of Deshler was in charge of the arrangements.

Newspaper: Chester Herald
Transcribed and Contributed by: Peggy A. Duey

Salem W. Wiswell

Early Settler Passes the Portals

Salem W. Wiswell was born in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 18, 1855, died September 11, 1922, aged 67 years, 24 days.

Came to Meridian, Nebr., in 1869 and settled on a farm with his parents three miles south of Alexandria, Nebr., on the Blue river.

Was united in marriage to Sarah F. Wilson in 1885, at her home near Clarksdale, Mo. To this union was born three sons, Howard of Genosee, Idaho, Glenn of Carleton, Nebr., Leo of Alexandria, Nebr., who with his wife still survive him.

In 1921 he left the farm and moved to the present home in the east part of Alexandria.

He was laid to rest in the Alexandria cemetery Sept. 14, 1922. Funeral service was conducted by his old friend, Rev. J.B. Butter.

The Fairbury Journal, Thursday, September 21, 1922
Transcribed and Contributed by:  Kristin Vaughn

Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pikeman

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pikeman died Monday evening.

The funeral was held at the home Wednesday and interment made in the German cemetery near Williams.

[Note: I think Williams was located between Hubbell and Reynolds, but I do not know which cemetery this is.]

The Fairbury Journal, November 21, 1913
Transcribed and Contributed by:  Kristin Vaughn

Hiram Burnap Davis

H. B. Davis is Dead

Hiram Burnap Davis was born March 14th, 1848, at Parishville, St Lawrence County, New York and died at his home in Hebron, NE., Aug 23rd, 1913, at the age of 65 years, 5 months and 9 days.  He grew to manhood and was educated in the state normal at Pottsdam, N.Y.  He moved to Chicago about forty-three years ago.  He was united in marriage to Miss Jennie E. Church at Barrington, Il, Nov 19th 1872.  To this union were born three sons of whom one, Leon, of Lincoln, NE is living.  After his marriage, he returned to Canton, N.Y., where he engaged in business for five years.

The family then returned to Chicago where they remained until 1878 when they came to Hebron, NE, where he has resided until the time of his death, with the exception of four years' residence in Chester.

He was an honored member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was chaplain of the order for nearly twenty years.  He was also a charter member of the order of Knights and Ladies of Security, and was for many years financial secretary of the order.  He united with the Christian church twenty-eight years ago and has continued thru the years as an active faithful Christian.  He served on the board of Directors, as church clerk and as a member of the choir.  In these various relationships, he was always acquitted himself as a worthy Christian gentleman.  Although in poor health for a number of years, yet he has been active until a few weeks before his final sickness.

Besides his aged mother, now in her ninetieth year, and one brother, both of Winthrop, N.Y. he leaves a wife, one son, one grandson, two granddaughters and many other relatives who with a host of friends will mourn his decease and remember him as one of Hebron's worthy and well beloved citizens.

The funeral was held at the Christian church, Tuesday morning, with a comforting sermon by Rev. Brandenburg, after which the body was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Hebron Journal - Aug 29, 1913
Transcribed and contributed by: Leon Cotey, Bremerton WA

Jennie E Davis

Jennie E. Church was born September 30, 1850 at Barrington, IL where she grew to womanhood and completed her schooling.  In the year 1872 she was united in marriage to H. B. Davis, and to this union three sons were born, two of whom with their father preceded their mother in death.

About fifty years ago they decided to come west, and in the year 1878 they came to Nebraska and settled in Thayer county, which was their home until the death of her husband, which occurred August 23, 1913.  Since then she has lived alone or with her only son, Leon L. of Chicago, IL where she was at the time of her death May 23, 1928.  She was 77 years 8 months of age.

Mrs. Davis confessed her faith in Christ early in life and became identified with the Restoration movement.  She placed her membership with the Church of Christ of Hebron about 45 years ago, and was a member at the time of her death.  It was her wish that her funeral services should be held in the church at Hebron, and it was regretted by everybody that it was impossible to be done because of the epidemic which had just recently broken out, and all public gatherings were prohibited by the city board of health.  The services were held at the grave, conducted by the pastor of the Church of Christ, who spoke words of comfort to a fine company of old time neighbors and friends, who gathered to pay tribute of respect to a mother, neighbor and friend.  The music was furnished by a mixed quartet and the floral offerings were very beautiful, which expressed the esteem in which she was held.

Mrs. Davis leaves to mourn her death, a loving son, Leon L. Davis of Chicago, Il, three grand children, besides a large circle of relatives and friends.  May the bereaved ones have strength for this sad experience in life.

Internment was in the Rose Hill cemetery beside her beloved husband---J. J. B.

Hebron Register-Champion May 31, 1928
Transcribed and contributed by:  Leon Cotey, Bremerton WA

Virginia E. Griess

78, Hebron, died Sunday, April 9, 2006.

Mrs. Griess was born Virginia E. Moxham on April 30, 1927, in Chester.

She was a secretary in a law office.

Survivors include a son, Richard of Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Deanna Steward of Lincoln; three brothers, Grant Moxham of Plainfield, N.J., Robert Moxham of Chester and Richard Moxham of California; three sisters, Margaret Christensen of Carson City, Nev., Gertrude Braddock of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Evelyn Hybl of Omaha; and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Chester Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family's choice.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home, 519 Thayer, Chester, NE 68327.

The Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas) April 11, 2006
Submitted by: Ida Maack Recu

O. B. Shade

Brought to Hebron for Burial.

Hebron, NE, April 23

The remains of O. B. Shade, a dry goods merchant of this city some years ago, were brought here for burial. Mr. Shade has lived since leaving Hebron at Leachwood, Iowa, but had been traveling and died of rheumatism at Cherokee, Iowa.

The Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias, of which Mr. Shade had been a member, took charge of the funeral.

Source: Custer County Republican, Broken Bow, NE, April 26, 1900 edition
Transcribed by: Melody Beery

G. Schmidt

Deshler, Neb., Oct. 27. – G. Schmidt, a retiredfarmer and stock raiser, director of the Farmers’ and Merchants’ bank, stockholder in the broom factory and other local industries, died at his home here Thursday evening.

Omaha World Herald –October 28, 1921
Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

Freda Bostleman

Deshler, Neb., June 8. – Freda, 19 years old, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bostleman, died suddenly Monday, but a few hours before the time set for her marriage. She had been employed at the local farmers’ store and came home in the evening in apparently good health, expiring a few minutes later.

Omaha World Herald – June 9, 1920
Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

Frederick Lehman

Deshler – Frederick Lehman, one of the pioneer settlers of Thayer County, died at his home in Deshler, aged 70.

Omaha World Herald –Apr. 6, 1921
Transcribed and contributed by: Marla Zwakman

Joseph Stainer

Hebron, Neb.

Dec. 17. – Joseph Stainer of Deshler, Neb., died very suddenly at the Hebron Hotel yesterday at 12:30 p.m. of asthma and heart failure. He had been complaining for some time, but was not considered seriously ill.

Omaha World Herald – Dec. 18. 1898
Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

Carl Lickfield

Deshler – Carl Lickfield, a pioneer resident of Deshler, died here. He was 70 years old. For fifteen years he operated a cream station.

Omaha World Herald –Apr. 23, 1921
Transcribed and contributed by:  Marla Zwakman

Andrew Bethscheider

Hebron Resident Struck By Auto Dies of Injuries (Special to the Star) Hebron, Neb., April 16 - Andrew Bethscheider died Tuesday morning from injuries received last Saturday night, when he was struck by a car occupied by the sons of P. T. Miller of Belvidere. The funeral services were held at the Sacred Heart church in Hebron Thursday morning. P. T. Miler is ill in the hospital here and does not know of the accident. His sons were coming to the hospital to visit him when their car struck Mr. Bethscheider, who was about 65 years old.

Lincoln, Nebraska Lincoln Star, Friday, April 16, 1926, page 5
Transcribed and contributed by:  Jeanne Jessie

Theresa Anna Bethscheider Klaes

Theresa Anna Klaes was born in Honey Creek, Sauk County, Wisconsin June 13, 1860 and died at her home in Hebron, Nebraska, on April 7, 1945 at the age of 84 years, 8 months and 24 days.

At the age of 19 years she came with her parents to Hebron which became her permanent home. She was untied in marriage on June 8, 1886 to Andrew Bethscheider who preceded her in death April 13, 1926. To this union nine children were born: Lawrence, Margaret, Mary, Regina of Hebron; William of Berkley, Mich., Rudolph of Portland, Oregon and Henry of Oakland, CA and two who died in early infancy.

Besides her children she leaves to mourn her departure, three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Cedarholm. Mrs. Josephine Stutz, Mrs. Wm. Schleif of Chester, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Sacred Heart church Saturday morning at 9:30, Rev. C. J. Crowley officiating.

Relatives from out of town attending the funeral were William Bethscheider, Berkley, Mich., Rudolph Bethscheider, of Portland, Oregon, Henry and La Vieve of Oakland, Cal., Mrs. Wm. Schleif and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schleif of Chester. Mrs. Fred Zingg of Platte Center, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shipman and Evelyn of Beatrice and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Engel and Betty Jo of Wymore.

Source Unknown:
Transcribed and contributed by:  Jeanne Jessie

Mrs. F. X. Pearl

Mrs. F. X. Pearl, well known in this vicinity, died at the family home north of Hebron last week at an advanced age.

With her husband she was one of the pioneers of Thayer county, settling there in 1884.

The children living are Louis E., who resides in Canada; Mrs. Alice Brophy, Valier, Mont.; Mrs. Agnes Hruska, Gilead; Mrs. Mary Monohon, Hebron.

Mr. and Mrs. Pearl celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on September 26.

The Fairbury Journal News, Thursday, December 28, 1916
Transcribed and contributed by:  Kristin Vaughn

Alice A. Schardt  

Alice A., 74, rural Carleton, died Friday (5/9/03) in Lincoln. Born, Byron. Survivors: husband, Leonard; children, Maurice, Carleton, Kathryn Wiest, Collinsville, Ill., Marla Musil, Wilber, Janell Stengel, Carleton; 13 grandchildren; brothers, George Kniep, Ruskin, Erwin Kniep, Byron; sisters, Louise Loontjer, Deshler, Olga Reinke, Davenport; nieces; nephews. Services: 2 p.m. Monday, Trinity Lutheran Church Friedensau, Hebron. Church cemetery. Visitation: 3-9 p.m. Sunday, 8-11 a.m. Monday, Price Funeral Home, Hebron. Memorials: family's choice.

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - Saturday, May 10, 2003
Transcribed and contributed by: Maurene Richard Miller

Irma Emma (Schardt) Ohlrich   

92, Deshler, widow of Lawrence, passed away Tuesday (2/12/08) in Hebron. Born north of Friedensau, Neb., to Henry and Emilie (Albrecht) Schardt. Survivors: children, Robert Ohlrich, Pewaukee, Wisc.; David Ohlrich, Kearney; Karen Cooper, Waterloo, Neb.; and Sandra Rothfuss, Lowell, Mich.; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother, Leonard Schardt, Carleton, Neb.; sisters, Lorine Rupprecht, Portland, Ore.; Emily Siebenneicher, Gilead, Neb.; Valora Wurtz, Clifton, Kan.; Florence Eickmann, Edgar, Neb.; Frances Ritterling, Byron, Neb.; and Mildred Holtzen, Deshler. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (2/16/08) at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Deshler. Burial: St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Deshler. Visitation: Friday (2/15/08) Noon-9 p.m. at Ahrendts Funeral Home, Deshler. Memorials to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Deshler. Ahrendts Funeral Home, Deshler, is handling arrangements.

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - Thursday, February 14, 2008
Transcribed and contributed by:  Maurene Richard Miller

Melvin Russell Davenport  

Melvin Russell Davenport passed away at the Dillon Living Center in Hutchinson on February 6, 2015. He was born in rural Chester, Nebraska on March 29, 1930 to Clay A. and Lela F. (Hazen) Davenport.

Melvin married Wanda Leigh Maphet on August 17, 1951 at Enid, Oklahoma.

He attended Phillips University in Enid and graduated from the University of Denver. He received his Master’s Degree from Fort Hays State University. Melvin spent 37 years as an educator in Atwood, Glasco, and Concordia.

He is survived by his wife Wanda of the home, his four sons, Harlan (Barbara), Great Bend, Gary (Susan) Carbondale, Joel (Jeannette), Hutchinson, and Darren (Deborah), Nederland, CO; grandchildren: Douglas (Jennifer) McNett, Larned, Jennifer (Eric) Strecker, Towanda, Chris (Caley) Davenport, Topeka, William (Joy) Davenport, Topeka, Jonathan (Kara) Davenport, Carbondale, Joshua (Lexie) Davenport, Topeka, Carrie Davenport, Carbondale, Andrew Davenport, Carbondale, Ashlea Davenport, Louisville, KY, Tyler Davenport, Clovis, NM, Shelby Davenport, Grove City, PA, and Kate Davenport, Elgin, IL, 15 great grandchildren, brother Glenn (Estel) of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Sisters, Jean (Wilbert) Crouse of Chester, NE, and Joan (John) Crouse of Topeka.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents.

Melvin’s first love was farming on the family farm in the Chester, Nebraska area for most of his life. He was a member of the First Christian Church where he served as an elder, Sunday school teacher, and volunteer.  Melvin recently was presented an award for 55 years of membership in Lions Club.  During his retirement years, he served on the Concordia Planning Commission for several years. Melvin enjoyed keeping up with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren, through Facebook.

Visitation will be held on February 9, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home with family greeting friends from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Graveside  services will be held at the Chester City Cemetery, Chester, NE. 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 10, 2015 followed by a memorial service at the First Christian Church, Concordia at 2:00pm, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.  Rev. Jeff Nielsen will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to NCK Teens for Christ or 1st Christian Church c/o Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.

Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home February 7, 2015
Submitted by: Maurene Richard Miller

Lucille Myers    

Lucille Myers, 91, of Ukiah, Ca. passed away at a Local hospital on Saturday, December 5, 2009. Lucille was born in Chester, Ne., on March 19, 1918. Lucille graduated from Chester High School.

In 1937 Lucille married her late husband Gerald Myers.

Prior to moving to Ukiah 2 and ½ years ago, Lucille lived in Bend, Or. While living in Bend she was a member of the First Christian Church, and the Eastern Star in Redmond, Or.

Lucille was proud to have been a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and to have worked with the Red Cross during World War II.

Lucille is survived by her son Larry and his wife Jill Myers of Ukiah, grandchildren Joanne Doyle of Ukiah and Bradley Myers of Frederick, Md., and 4 great grandchildren.

A private inurnment will be held at the Hebron Cemetery in Hebron, NE. Arrangements are under the direction of the Eversole Mortuary.

Ukiah Daily Journal (CA) - Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Submitters Name: Maurene Richard Miller

Mrs. Dorothea Kapperman   

Deshler – Mrs. Dorothea Kapperman, widow of the late Henry Kapperman, died at her home here while asleep.

The family had lived here many years.

Wednesday, September 28, 1921
Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska) Page: 12


C. H. Vienop    

Deshler – C. H. Vienop, who has been suffering with rheumatism for some time died Friday, the funeral being held Sunday.

Omaha Daily Bee
March 29, 1911

Albert Steinmann   

Deshler – The funeral of Albert, son of Henry Steinmann, a prominent farmer residing southwest of Deshler, took place from Mount Zion Church Sunday.

The young man was recently operated on in the Hebron Hospital for appendicitis.

Omaha Daily Bee
March 29, 1911

Mrs. Ella Parrott    

Death of Alexandria Resident

Mrs. Ella Parrott died at her home in Alexandria, Nebr., Aug. 31, 1934, at the age of 79 years, 3 months and 24 days.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Ella Brickey, was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Brickey. She was born at Renault, Ill., spending the greater portion of her childhood in Virginia. She was married July 29, 1885, to L. N. Parrott at St. Genevieve, Mo. After marriage she lived in Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois, coming to Alexandria, Nebr., 1905, making her home there ever since with the exception of one year in Florida.

She was a member of the Methodist church in Alexandria, also a member of the Rebekahs and R.N.A.

Surviving are her husband, one son Edgar, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in Alexandria at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Rumbaugh officiating. Burial in Alexandria cemetery. Richardson service.

The Fairbury Journal
Thursday, September 6, 1934
Transcribed and contributed by: Kristin Vaughn

George Weisel    

Another Pioneer Gone

George Weisel of Alexandria, who passed away last week at the age of 87 years, was one of the first settlers of this county, coming here in 1859 and locating on the Big Sandy near where the old town of Meridian later sprang up. Here the deceased did a thriving business buying and selling supplies to the Indians and incoming settlers.

At this store the first election in the county was held, Mr. Weisel being elected one of three county commissioners, the first in the county. This was in 1862, the county then being Jones county and including what is now both Jefferson and Thayer counties. Mr. Weisel was elected county commissioner again in 1870. In 1862 and for several years thereafter, his store at Meridian was the principal place for the transaction of county business. In 1867 Mr. Weisel started one of the first sawmills on the Little Blue river, in the county, building a dam of logs and brush to provide water power. Mr. Weisel moved to Alexandria several years ago, and up to his death conducted a store at that place.

The Plymouth News
Thursday, October 28, 1915
Transcribed and contributed by: Kristin Vaughn

McKinley Hubbard   

Death of McKinley Hubbard

McKinley Hubbard of Alexandria, Nebr., passed away May 30, 190 at the Fitzsimmons hospital in Denver, Colo., at the age of 44 years, 9 months and 5 days. He was known locally as Mack Hubbard.

His boyhood and early manhood was spent in Alexandria. He was a graduate of the Alexandria high school. On November 19, 1917 he enlisted for service in the World war. He joined the First Gas Regiment in the Chemical Warfare division. He was a class A Private in Company A of that regiment until the close of the war. He took part in many of the major battles. At the close of the service he returned to Alexandria and managed his father's hardware business for a few years, later working in Kansas for Kirchbaum Bros. Creamery Co. His health broke and during the past 10 years he spent most of the time in hospitals.

He is survived by his son, Craig of Lincoln; a brother Fred of Seattle, Wash., and five sisters, Mrs. Hazel Shay of Brush, Colo., Mrs. Blanche Jacques of Lincoln, Melissa of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Helen Green of Kearney and Mrs. Dorothy Park of Bartlesville, Okla.

Burial was made in the Alexandria cemetery Saturday afternoon, June 1, with military funeral services given by the Alexandria post of the American Legion, State Commander Robert Waring of Geneva officiated. Nuckolls service.

The Fairbury Journal
Thursday, June 6, 1940
Transcribed and contributed by: Kristin Vaughn

George Dixon   

Death of George Dixon

George Dixon, who resided on a farm three or four miles southwest of Hebron, Nebr., passed away at a Fairbury hospital Monday, September 8, 1947, at the age of 83 years.

He was the last of his family and had been in a local hospital the past 16 months.

Services and burial were at Marengo, Illinois. Laipply service.

The Fairbury Journal
Thursday, September 11, 1947
Transcribed and contributed by: Kristin Vaughn