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1891 DEATH NOTICE OF GEORGE H. STARBUCK-It is with a feeling of sincere regret that we are called upon this week to announce the death of our fellow citizen George H. Starbuck, which occurred last Friday evening at nine o’clock. For weeks he had lingered very low, but rallied from time to time, bringing a gleam of hope to the faithful and anxious watchers at his bedside, and though all was done that medical skill and patient, and living friends could do, he passed peacefully away, across the dark river to the great beyond. Typhoid fever was the cause, a malady that claims its victims with an unrelenting hand. His funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the Congregational church in this city, the pall bearers being composed of the county officials. One the 5th of November he was chosen by a large vote to a position of trust, as custodian of the county funds, and his death seems sadder and indeed most inopportune at the time when his service was thus depended by the people. The deceased was born in Boxley Town, Hamilton County, Indiana, on July 26th, 1813, and was the third of a family of eleven children all of whom survive him. When but a child the family removed to Indianola, Iowa, then considered the far west, where as he grew to manhood, he witnessed the settlement of Iowa’s grassy prairies. In 1881 his family was among the earliest settlers of Red Willow County, where he has since taken a prominent part in its development socially and politically. He leaves a wife and five small children to mourn the lost of a dutiful, kindhearted husband and father and The Democrat joins a sorrowing public in extending to the afflicted ones, its most sincere sympathy and condolence. Friday 15 November 1889

On Saturday, January 3rd, 1891, Ammi C. Teel, aged 74 years, died at his home, five miles north of this place, from the effects of a throat trouble, after a very short sickness, commencing abut eight o’clock the evening before his death. He realized his end was near and so expressed himself. He was a member of the Universalist church for a number of years, retaining membership in a church in Illinois, where he had previously lived. He had read extensively and retained much useful information; was an entertaining talker. He was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He leaves a wife and seven children, all grown; Charles A., Ammi C., Norman R., Frank E., Oscar C., Mrs. Sarah Hanthorn, and Mrs. Lucy A. Wyant, five of whom were present. The services were conducted by Rev. J.T. Roberts, and was one of the largest funerals ever in this part of the county. His remains were interred in the Indianola cemetery. Friday 9 January 1891

From the 1893 McCook Times. Carl, son of Mrs. A. Lord, one of the little boys who was badly burned with phosphorus two weeks ago, died last Friday evening, age eight years, and was buried Saturday morning. The little fellow suffered greatly from the time he was burned, and the last few days before his death, his agony was so intense he had to be kept under the influence of chloroform, until a short time before his death when all pain seemed to have gone and his last moments were those of peace. The funeral was very large, and the last of the trio of a dreadful catastrophe has been laid to rest. Friday 23 June 1893

A Sad Fatality-The citizens of this place were greatly shocked Tuesday afternoon, when word was brought to town that James Broomfield had been accidentally shot and killed while out hunting. He and Ernest Carter started about noon in a cart. When near J.R. Neill’s place, in driving across a rut, his gun fell from the cart through the slats at his feet and both barrels exploded. The charges entering his body on the right side just above the hip, tearing and lacerating him in a terrible manner. Death must have been instantaneous. His frightened companion immediately went for and secured assistance and the body of the unfortunate young man was tenderly conveyed to the nearest house and a messenger was sent to break the awful news to his parents. The deceased is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Broomfield, living about three miles south of here, and was about 18 years of age. He was an excellent young man, and the sorrowing family have the heartfelt sympathy of everyone. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon, and Rev. Jacob Flook, a former pastor here and a special friend, will be present and officiate. Friday 16 November 1894

An Old Indianola Resident Gone-On Monday H.M. Ashmore died at his residence in Colorado, near Denver, aged 59 years. Perhaps no resident of Red Willow County was better or more favorably known in this part of the state than was Judge Ashmore, until four years ago. He was a resident of this state for sixteen years, and lived during that time in the southwestern portion, and most of the time in Indianola. He was a soldier in the war of the rebellion, during which time his health was so badly undermined by exposure, he had always been a sufferer since, and for years he had been unable to perform any heavy manual labor, but his happy disposition made him many friends. He was elected county judge of this county in 1882 and served two terms. He was honored and respected by all, and but for his disability would undoubtedly been a man of much prominence in state and financial affairs in this part of the state, as he had marked ability in both these lines. His remains were brought to Indianola Wednesday morning, accompanied by his wife, daughter, and many friends and interred in the cemetery here, where several of his children have preceded him. The many friends of both he and his estimable wife were present to show their last sad respects to him whom they had often greeted so friendly while he lived, and offer their sympathy to those to whom he was most dear and who will feel his loss most severely. He leaves a widow and five children, nearly all grown. Judge Ashmore will long be remembered here, where he was well known, and his sorrowing family have the sincere sympathy of many friends all over the west. Friday 1 February 1895

Roy Hendershot Dead-After an illness of about four weeks with consumption of the bowels, Roy Hendershot passed from this earth to the unknown realm at 6:30 last evening. The funeral will take place this afternoon at two o’clock at the M.E. Church in Danbury, conducted by the Rev. Crago, of Indianola and the remains will be interred in the Danbury cemetery. Although his death did not come unexpected, the community was shocked when the news came. Roy has always been a good natured, whole-souled fellow, a favorite in social circles and his rare musical genius was a matter of pride to the community. During the long siege he never was known to complain and although he suffered intense pain almost constantly he bore the burden well and was prone to make ludicrous remarks frequently. His death leaves a vacancy that will be hard to fill. God pity us who watch thy entrance into Heaven when we awake to find only the cold bleak sky above, for thou art gone forever. Friday 10 April 1896

James Dolan; eldest son of J.W. Dolan died Thursday night of brain fever, in Lincoln, where he has been under the doctor’s care for several weeks past. Mr. and Mrs. Dolan were summoned, and reached there Thursday morning, and returned home with the body Saturday evening. The funeral services were held at the Catholic Church Sunday at 3:0 p.m. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community. Friday 20 April 1897

Maggie, daughter of James Ryan and wife, died Wednesday afternoon of pneumonia after a short illness. The little one contracted a cold and the usual remedies were applied. Wednesday morning she became worse and her father went to town for some medicine. Shortly after he left the child became worse and word was sent him to bring the doctor. They stated out and was me on the road and told that the little one had died. The afflicted family have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their sorrow. Friday 29 April 1898

Obituary-Maryette Lee, infant daughter of Charles W. and Rose L. Barnes, died Friday morning, June 2, 1899, at 10:20 o’clock after an illness of but twenty-four hours. Born, September 19, 1898, she was 8 months and 14 days old at her death. She never knew what sin in any form was, nor suffered a minute from pain, from her birth till her fatal illness. With a disposition and a face as bright and sweet as a sunbeam when it shines on the dewy roses on a cloudless summer morning, she taught a love so pure and innocent that those who saw her felt the invisible lesson. Those who knew her loved her dearly, and her short life was not clouded by a single sorrow but was a happy and sweet as it was short and pure, making the parting to her devoted relatives one of the bitterest of life. The funeral ceremonies were held in the Episcopal church, Saturday afternoon, June 3, at 4 o’clock. Rev. Howard Stoy, rector, officiating. Rev. W.J. Turner of the Congregational church assisting. Her remains were interred in Riverview cemetery. Friday 9 June 1899

Gone To Rest-Last Sunday morning, Mrs. Lamborn and Charlie, accompanied by S.R. Smith who met them in Denver, arrived in Indianola with the remains of Capt. John J. Lamborn, who died at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tuesday, July 15, 1901. They were met at the depot by a delegation of Masons, and other friends, and the body was taken to the residence of Mr. Dolan’s family. The funeral was held at the M.E. church, Monday, July 22d, in charge of the Masonic lodge of Indianola. Rev. Geo. P. Tites of Wilcox preached the funeral sermon. The largest concourse of people that have assembled at a funeral for many days in Indianola, came to pay their last respects to the memory of the deceased, a great many being unable to gain admission to the church. The Masonic body of Indianola, with representatives of McCook, Bartley and Danbury, formed the Masonic procession in charge of Bro. A.C. Crabtree, as Marshall, Bro. S.R. Smith in charge. The pall bearers were all old soldiers of the Spanish war, and members of Co. L., Captain Lamborn’s company. They were Roscoe Korn, Louis Longnecker, Lieut. I. A. Sheridan, Albert Price, Harry Rankin and W.A. Dolan. John J. Lamborn was born in Knox county, Ohio, March 22, 1853, came to Indianola, Neb., in 1880, and began his life here as a carpenter. His worth and merit, won him the confidence of Mr. Dolan, and he was given the position of assistant cashier of the Red Willow County Bank in 1882. In 1883 he became cashier of the First National Bank. In 1892 he resigned as cashier and took charge of Mr. Seeley’s business here. When the war with Spain was declared he recruited Co. L., 3rd Neb., and went to Jacksonville, Fla., at the head of his command, where the seeds of disease which terminated his life were sown. He resigned his command and came home. He removed with his family to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in hopes of improving his health, and remained there until his death. Indianola Independent Friday 2 August 1901

Mrs. Margaret McClung, wife of James McClung Sr., at her home in this city last Sunday evening, about 8 o’clock. She had been a patient sufferer for many months, bedfast for a long time, but she bore her afflictions with that Christian meekness and fortitude which has characterized her life. The funeral was held at the Congregational Church, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, where a large concourse of her friends gathered to pay the last tributes of respect. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Turner of the Congregational Church of McCook who took for his text “I am the bread of life”. His sermon was short but full of good thoughts for the living. Margaret K. McClung was born in Armstrong county, Ohio, April 23, 1839, was married to Mr. McClung Aug 25, 1858. Five boys and two girls were born to them, all of whom are now grown and living. She was a faithful member of the Congregational Church of this city having joined with it over 16 years ago. She was also an honored, faithful and active member of the W.R.C. The two daughters Jennie and Minnie and son James were here when she died. The others could not be reached in time for the funeral. She leaves a husband and several sons and daughters to mourn for her. The boys being in Oklahoma and Wyoming could not all get here, Mrs. McClung was one of the good Christian women of Indianola, a consistent, earnest member of the Congregational church, whose precept and example are worthy of imitation. Many friends sympathize with the husband and children. Indianola Independent Friday 9 August 1901

Died-February 14th, 1902, at the Hospital in Omaha, where she was being treated for a cancer, Mrs. R.P. High aged 57 years, 10 months, 14 days. Mr. and Mrs. High came to Nebraska in 1873. They were one of the oldest settlers in Red Willow county. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Monday, February 17th, Rev. Miles officiating. Mrs. High was respected by all who knew her and a host of friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to her. She leaves a husband, one son and a grand-daughter to mourn her loss. The remains were interred in the Lebanon cemetery. Mrs. Sarah E. High of Lebanon, died at Omaha, February 14, 1902, after undergoing an operation in that city. Mrs. High was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, March 30, 1844. She was married to Robert P. High in February, 1866. They came from Pennsylvania to Red Willow county, Nebraska in March, 1873, and were among the pioneers of the Beaver Valley. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church and the remains interred in the Lebanon cemetery Monday afternoon. The husband, son and grand-daughter who survive her have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends in their hour of sore bereavement. Friday 21 February 1902

Charles D. McMillen of Indianola, shot Lee Jones of Bartley, Saturday evening about 10:30 o’clock, killing him instantly. McMillen is a single man 35 years of age. He is well known in Indianola where he had been working for Andy Lord in the harness shop. He is a moderate drinker and gambler. Jones was 28 years of age, unmarried, and a son of G.W. Jones the Bartley merchant. He was a moderate drinker and sometimes played cards for money. Jones in company with a friend named Barton came up from Bartley in the evening. They were in Haley’s saloon where they met McMillen for the first time. They drank together and were talking in a friendly manner when Mr. Haley informed them it was time to close the saloon. The three and also Ed Price, who was in the saloon at the time, went out and stood in front of the building on the sidewalk near the pump. The billiard hall just north of the saloon was still open and persons standing near heard the men talking. McMillen had invited the boys to play a game of poker but they refused. Barton pulled his coat for a fight when McMillen drew a 32 caliber revolver and fired the shot striking Jones and passing through his heart. He walked a few feet and fell dead. McMillen went to the Ough hotel, where he boards and went up stairs, to his room. He was soon found and placed in jail by Sheriff Crabtree. Sunday morning Joseph Spotts, coroner and C.E. Eldred, county attorney, went down to Indianola, where an inquest was held over the body of Jones. After hearing the evidence the following verdict was returned: “State of Nebraska, Red Willow county: At an inquest held at Indianola, In Red Willow county, on the 31st day of May, 1903, before me, Joseph Spotts, coroner of said county; upon the body of Lee Jones, lying dead, by the jurors who names are hereto subscribed, the said jurors upon their oath do say that the said Lee Jones came to his death on the 30th day of May, 1903, by a pistol shot fired by Charles McMillan purposely, maliciously, premeditatedly and with felonious intent, at him, the said Lee Jones, to kill and murder.” At the preliminary trial held before Squire Phillips, Monday, McMillen was held to the district court. He made no defense. W.R. Starr of this place and R.T. Potter of Red Cloud have been retained to defend the prisoner. Friday 5 Jun 1903

Saturday morning the citizens of Bartley were shocked to learn that J. Weeden, an eccentric but highly esteemed old gentleman was dead in his residence and had probably been dead for several days. It seems Postmaster Miller noticed he had not called for his mail since Wednesday preceding and as he was a regular visitor at the office each day, Mr. Miller became alarmed. He sought Will Lyman who lived adjoining to Mr. Weeden and he too had not seen the old gentleman for several days. Mr. Miller and Mr. Lyman proceeded to the Weeden residence and upon investigation found the old gentleman dead in the bed in a badly decomposed condition. Coroner Harland was summoned and he with County Attorney, Eldred, drove down from McCook and held an inquest. It was found that he came to his death from natural causes. Mr. Weeden was a well to do man but was very peculiar, preferring to live alone and in comparative seclusion. He has a brother who is an attorney in Chicago and a sister who lives in Kansas. He was an old soldier and a member of James Laird Post, being its Chaplain, He was also a consistent and devout member of the M.E. church at this place. Burial took place in the Bartley cemetery. Friday 5 August 1904

John J. Meyers, a blacksmith at Indianola, was found dead in bed in his room in the shop building Wednesday evening about 5 o’clock. He was last seen alive Monday afternoon and it is thought that death occurred sometime Monday night. Coroner Arbogast was notified by phone and drove up Wednesday evening, but it was not thought necessary to hold an inquest, death being attributed to apoplexy. The deceased has been a resident of Indianola for a number of years and leaves two sons both residents of that vicinity to mourn his loss. Bartley Inter-Ocean Friday 8 February 1907

Death of Mrs. Katherine Colling. Mrs. Katherine Colling died at nine o’clock yesterday morning, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Short. Mrs. Colling suffered an attack of pneumonia last fall, from which she never fully recovered, having been confined to her bed and the greater portion of the time since. For several days her condition has been growing worse so that the end did not come entirely unexpected. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the Catholic church. Indianola Reporter. Friday 15 January 1909

Taylor Quigley, one of the early settlers of Red Willow county died at his home five miles north west of Indianola last Saturday about ten o’clock after an illness of several months. The funeral was held on Tuesday of this week. Deceased leaves a wife and large family of children to mourn his death. Friday 19 April 1907

Henry Uerling died Sunday night at the age of 67 years. He was born in Germany and came to America when a small boy, his parents settling in Wisconsin. When grown up he went to Pittsburg, Penn. In a clothing business from there he went to Missouri, and while a resident of that state he served as a member of the County Court from there he came to Red Willow county in 1892 on the farm on which he died from heart failure. He leaves ten children to mourn his death. He was buried in the cemetery west of Indianola Tuesday. Indianola Reporter Friday 29 Apr 1910

George Owens Longnecker was born March 2, 1876 in Red Willow County, Nebraska, where he has almost continuously made his home until the time of his death, with perhaps the exception of a few months spent in Kentucky. Feb. 14, 1907 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Nellie Shields. To this union one son, William, was born. Owens came to his death by a complication of diseases that proved to much for medical skill and efficient and capable help, May 27, 1910 at 4:20 a.m. Owens leaves a wife, one son, father, mother, three brothers, two sisters to mourn their loss. Of these two could not be present Jake of Colorado and Mrs. Paul Smith of Colorado. Friday 17 Jun 1910

Mary Mitchell Died – A telegram received Thursday morning announced that Mary, the youngest daughter of Mr. And Mrs. E.J. Mitchell formerly of this city and at that time one of the owners of The Republican, died at Sedalia, Missouri, Thursday morning, November 3, 1910, after an illness of five weeks. Mary was about 10 years old and a very bright lovable girl who has many warm friends here not only among the children of her own age but with all those who knew her. No particulars have been received as to her sickness. Her remains will be brought to Indianola on No. 13 today, Friday, and interred in the family lot there. Mrs. Mitchell is a sister of C.W. Barnes and the family moved from here to Deshler about June, where they purchased the Deshler Rustler. The heartfelt sympathy of everyone goes out to the bereaved family. Friday 4 Nov 1910

Thos. J. Ruggles Dead-Was born near Clarksbury, Ky., Nov. 12, 1849. Removed to Keokuk county, Ia., in 1855, when April 4, 1878, he was united in marriage to Nancy Osborn, coming to Franklin county, Neb. Here they remained one year only, when they came to their homestead in Red Willow county, Neb. In 1890 the family was returned to Iowa and spent one year, while Mr. Ruggles went to the extreme Northwest to look for a location. Not probably impressed with the country he returned with the family to the old home where he resided until the autumn of 1909, when he came with his wife and daughters to Indianola, leaving the farm in care of the only living son, Arthur. He has since made his home in the village. In early life he obeyed his Lord’s commandments and became a Christian united with the Church of Christ. Mr. Ruggles was resigned in his last illness, and said, if it was the Lord’s will he was ready to go. He departed this life April 12, 1911. Aged 62 years, 4 months and 20 days. There remains with us the wife, one son, and four daughters. The first child, a son, having died in infancy. Indianola Reporter Friday 14 April 1911

Henry Crabtree was born February 5, 1833 in Licken County, Ohio. When but a boy his parents moved to Polk City, Iowa, and here when 15 years of age he united with the M.E. church. On July 7, 1859, he was married to Daphne A. Baker. To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom are still living. In the year 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army serving as First Sargent of the Twenty-third Iowa Infantry and receiving an honorable discharge at the close of the war. He came to Red Willow county, Nebraska, in the spring of 1879 and has been prominent as a citizen and official. He was respected by all classes. For a number of years he has been failing in health and died on March 2, 1912. Funeral services were held at the home on March 4, conducted by the pastor C.A. Norlin. The burial service was in charge of the Masonic order of which he was a member. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the stricken family. Indianola Reporter Friday 15 March 1912

Baby born to Mr. And Mrs. Ressie Redfern on Monday, living only a few hours burying it Tuesday at ten o’clock. Friday 11 Jul 1913

Andy Lord Dies – Thursday evening, October 23, 1913 Andy Lord of Indianola died after a short illness and an operation for gall stones. Andy Lord has been in the hardware and harness business in Indianola for thirty years or more and is widely known in Southwestern Nebraska, and has many friends. His word was as good as his note to all who knew him and he had a large patronage. The funeral services were held Saturday and was largely attended. Andy will be long remembered by many. He is survived by his widow and seven children, with whom the community sympathize in their sorrow. Friday 31 Oct 1913

Mrs. D.F. Shaw passed away at her home in this city Wednesday night at 8:20 o’clock, aged about 40 years. She had been an invalid for several years and was operated on at different times without receiving any benefit. She suffered a stroke of paralysis last summer and kept gradually growing worse until the end came to relieve her misery. She was married to D.F. Shaw at Indianola in 1892 and leaves to mourn her loss a devoted husband and two children. Friday 9 January 1914

Mrs. M.W. Plourd died Saturday morning after a long illness, and was buried Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock P.M. Emily C. Tubbs was born in New York State, February 17, 1844. She moved to Monona, Iowa with her parents in 1857. She was married to Michael W. Plourd in 1862. Moved to Gage County, Nebraska in 1890, and to Indianola, Nebraska in 1895, which was her home until she died. She leaves a husband, and two sons, Wallace and William Plourd of Indianola, Nebraska. The deceased had been a great sufferer for years. Friday 23 January 1914

Maggie Vogt was born in Ontario, Canada, August 21, 1868, living there until she was 17 years of age when she moved with her parents to Gage county, Nebraska. She was married to Wm. Baumbach in Gage county, February 14, 1889, removing from there to farm southwest of Indianola in the spring of that year. To this union was born ten children, seven of whom are still living, the other three preceding the mother in infancy. Maggie Baumbach died at her home southwest of Indianola April 12, 1914, after a lingering illness of many weeks. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home and also at the Ash Creek church at 3 o’clock. Interment was made in the Ash Creek Cemetery. She leaves to mourn her departure a loving husband and seven children namely, William, Clara, Edwin, Lawrence, Esther, Henry and Margaret, also many friends and neighbors. Friday 24 April 1914

Lebanon. From The Advertiser. Isabelle Gotchall was born June 22, 1908; died February 3, 1916; aged 7 years, 7 months and 11 days. The sad news of little Bell’s death from the effects of burns she had received Wednesday evening, brought sorrow to every home in the community and every heart was touched with sympathy for the stricken ones. Rev. S.J. Wilton conducted funeral services at the home and the loving hands laid the little form to rest in the Hamburg cemetery Friday afternoon. Friday 18 February 1916

Lebanon and the surrounding community was shocked and speechless with unbelieving awe and incredibility, when word was passed from one to another Wednesday evening that Bruce Cumming was dead. To those in town this news seemed the more incredulous for it seemed but a short time since many of them had seen Mr. Cumming on the street and he had spent the day in his accustomed manner, he had been ailing slightly for the past week, but it was not known that he was affected seriously and he had been about town as usual during the day having been on the street as late as 4 o’clock in the afternoon upon going to his residence between 4 and 5 o’clock he laid down to rest and from all appearances must have passed peacefully away almost immediately, as the body was cold and stiff in death when Mrs. Cumming went to call him at supper time. Mr. Cumming was one of the first settlers on the Beaver valley in this vicinity, taking up his home on a homestead on the valley east of the present town of Lebanon in the fall of 1874, making his home on the farm and in Lebanon continuously since that time. Beside his farming interests he was associated with The State Bank of Lebanon, being vice president of the institution at the time of his death. He was a man who united sound sense with strong convictions, and a candid out spoken disposition, eminently fitted to mold the elements of pioneer life into form and consistency. He was 67 years of age and a veteran of the war of the Rebellion 1861-65. He is survived by his wife, four sons, Ira and Max of Lebanon, Nebraska, Platie, of Lincoln, and James of Spring View Oregon, three daughters, Mrs. J.W. Adkins of Hotchkiss, Colo., and Mrs. J.H. Stephens and Mrs. T.J. Farrell of Lebanon, three brothers Wm. F. of Lebanon, Link and John of Altoona, Pa., and two sisters, Mrs. Ramser of Omaha and Mrs. Ellen Olson of Republican City. Friday 7 July 1916

Death of Julia A. Barnes. After an illness dating fro July 1st, when she fell breaking her left hip, Mrs. Julia Anna Barnes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.J. Mitchell, in Deshler, Nebraska, early Sunday morning, December 24, 1916. Her remains were brought to Indianola, where they were laid to rest beside those of her husband, James Barnes, and son, Albert H. who died while holding the office of treasurer of this county. Mrs. Barnes came to Red Willow county about 1877 to join her husband who had taken up a homestead north of Indianola, since then her residence has been in this county. Julia Anna Rose, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, near what is now known as Grove City, December 26, 1831. She was married to James Barnes, October 12, 1854, to which union were born four children, Mary, Charles W., Albert H., and Tillie M., and is survived by Charles W. of McCook and Mrs. E.J. Mitchell, of Deshler, Nebraska. She was the last of her family to pass away. Mrs. Barnes had been an invalid for over half a century but with all her pain and suffering showed to the world and her family only the bright side, and will always be remembered by those who knew her best as a strong, loving, christian woman. She was well known to many of the early settlers in this county, and all who knew here were her friends. Funeral services were held in the Congregational church at Deshler, Sunday afternoon. Friday 29 December 1916

Man Burned to Death. Wednesday morning two motor trucks, being shipped on a flat car, on train 77A was discovered on fire just after passing Bartley, and the train stopped and backed to the water tank at Bartley and the fire extinguished, but not until one of the trucks was entirely destroyed and the other nearly so. It was then discovered a man’s body, lying in the debris of one of the trucks, burned beyond recognition. The car and its grewsome freight were brought to McCook and set out here. There was nothing left on the remains of the unfortunate man to give the least clue to his identity. His remains were buried here the next day. Friday 20 April 1917

Leonard Harsch was born April 14, 1853, at Hoffnustall, South Russia, and died at his home six miles southwest of Bartley at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 1917, aged 64 years 1 month and 2 days. His death was caused by intestinal troubles. He was married to Miss Charlotte Fritz in November, 1877, at Hoffnustall. She died in April 1908. In 1911 he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Serr, who died in November 1915. Mr. Harsch was the father of sixteen children thirteen of whom are living. Mr. Harsch came, with his family from Russia in 1890 and settled in Red Willow county, where he resided on a farm until his death. Friday 8 June 1917

John W. Deveny Dies. John W. Deveny, of Indianola, who has been ill for some time, died at his home in Indianola, on Christmas day. The decease was one of the early settlers in Missouri Ridge precinct, and by his industry accumulated much of the world’s goods. His health failing he turned his big, well-equipped farm over to his sons, to manage and last summer bought a residence in Indianola and moved in to that town, where he could receive medical treatment and rest the balance of his days. John Deveny, was a kind, indulgent husband and father, a good neighbor, an honest, upright man, and had many warm friends everywhere he was known. Funeral services were held at his late home, Rev. C.D. Gearhart, of the Congregational church, officiating yesterday afternoon. The sympathy of everyone is extended to the sorrowing family. Friday 28 December 1917

Bradley B. Duckworth – He was born near Newark, Ohio, in 1834, died at Indianola, Nebraska Monday, April 8, 1918, aged 84 years. In 1870 he came with his wife and family to Omaha where he worked at his trade. He came to this county in 1873 and homesteaded on the Beaver and acquired soon several adjoining quarters on which tract is now located the town of Marion. He traded this land to Powell Bros. for the mill property in Indianola about 1888 which he ran for some time. He was elected county treasurer and afterwards served several terms as county commissioner. He was of a jovial mature, strong character and a generous disposition. The funeral services were held Wednesday at the home by Rev. Mr. Parker of the Methodist church preaching the sermon, under the auspices of the Masonic order, and was attended by an unusually large number. Friday 12 Apr 1918

Early Settler Dies – The Denver papers announced the death of Mrs. Ada Buck Martin in that city last Saturday, and that her remains were to be shipped to Indianola for burial. The Bucks were among the earliest settlers of this county. Royal Buck and party coming to Red Willow in November, 1871, where they decided to locate. The next spring Royal Buck brought his family from Nebraska City, and settled there, where they lived for many years, finally moving to Denver. Friday 7 Jun 1918

Captain Writes to Father – Battery “C”, 339th Field Artillery Saint Amant Tallende, France, October 31, 1918 – Mr. George Elbert, McCook, Nebr. My Dear Mr. Elbert: It is my duty to confirm the report which you have already received from the War Department of the death of your son George at Saint Amant Tallende, France on October 31, 1918. Always fighting against death with that same spirit of determination which has characterized his life since I have known your son was nevertheless finally overcome by the epidemic of bronchial pneumonia which has claimed the lives of a many soldiers and civilians in the past months. Since your son joined the battery he has always stood out amongst the rest of the men as a better gent than the average, his habit of industry and his clean life would have carried him farther than a soldier. His good work in the battery has won for him the grade of Corporal and I had high hopes of soon being able to make him a Sargeant. I regret exceedingly that his death should have occurred during the training period rather than on the battlefield. The supreme sacrifice of his life for the honor of his country and humanity is the finest tribute to his patriotism and his high ideals of manhood. His memory will always be with the officers and the men of this battery and the thought of his sacrifice will always give us an incentive to do our duty as well ad as loyally as he did his. I extend to you the heartfelt sympathy of the battery in your loss. It is just such men as your son who are making our great National Army an invincible power for the right. Even in your sorrow you can justly be proud of such a son as yours who has so cheerfully given his life for his country in her hour of need. Yours truly, Kendall Winship Captain 339th F.A. Commanding Battery “C” Friday 6 Dec 1918


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