Saturday, December 26, 2015

Newspaper Clippings - Wayne, Nebraska, 1917



Wayne Herald, Thursday, March 29, 1917, pg 2

"Members of the Public Service club lunched at the Gem Cafe Monday noon and had for main consideration perfection of plans for the forthcoming meeting of the North Nebraska Teachers' association.  These committees were apointed in addition to those formerly named in connection with service for the meeting:  Committee to look after decorating the town. Supt. O. R. Bowen, Frank Gaertner, S. R. Theobald and Mrs. Henry Ley.  It was decided to decorate exclusively with the national colors.  Committee appointed to sell tickets for the grand opera, Frank S. Morgan, Carroll Orr, F. E. Gamble and C. E. Carhart.

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COMPANY E, FOURTH ORDERED TO SERVICE

Captain James Pile of Co. E, Fourth Nebraska regiment, received a telegram Monday instructing him to immediately mobilize the company for service, and accordingly he sent out word to all the boys to assemble here at once.
There are now sixty men in the company, but it is expected recruits will increase the number appreciably within a short time.  The possible maximum is 150.
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Washington, March 26 - Twenty additional infantry regiments and five additional separte battalions of national guard troops have been ordered into federal service for the protection of property in the event of possible internal disorder.  The troops have been called out in eighteen western and middle western states not included in the list of the similar orders made public yesterday.
The war department's statement follows:
Following additional national guard organizations have been called in the federal service for general purposes of police protection against possible interference with the postal commercial and military channels and instrumentalities:
"Illinois, First, Fifth and Sixth regiments, infantry; Indiana, Second regiment, infantry; Iowa, First and Third regiments, infantry; Nebraska, Fourth regiment, infantry; Minnesota, First regiment, infantry; Michigan, Thirty-third regiment, infantry; Wisconsin, Third regiment; South Dakota, Third battalion of Fourth regiment; North Dakota, Second battalion of First regiment, infantry; Colorado, First and Second separate battalions, infantry; Wyoming, Second separate battalion, infantry; Ohio, Third and Sixth regiments, infantry; Washington, Second regiment, infantry; Oregon, Third regiment, infantry; California, Second, Fifth and Seventh regiments, infantry; Idaho, Idaho, Second regiment, infantry; Second regiment, infantry; Montana, Second regiment infantry.
Of these organizations the following are already in the federal service and in consequence will not be mustered out as originally planned.
"Michigan, Thirty-third infantry; Colorado, First and Second separate battalions; Ohio, Third and Sixth regiments.
"It is requested that no details of locality be carried in the press with regard to further distribution of these troops unless given out by the war department."
The new order makes thirty-two national guard infantry regiments called into the federal service for police purposes supplemented by six separate battalions and several detached companies.  They will be assigned to posts in connection with their police work by the commanders of the military departments acting under instructions from the war department.

Press is Cooperating.

Assurances of the cooperation of the American press generally in the effort to recruit the navy to its full war strength of 87,000 men reached Secretary Daniels today by telegraph and telephone from managing editors in all parts of the country.  The department is supplementing its recruiting service with automobile detachments which are searching every county for suitable men.  The machines are stopping in every town, village and hamlet and frequently at individual farm houses in order not to miss any opportunity to secure young men.


Iowa Regiment to Mobilize

Des Moines, March 26 - At 3 o'clock this morning Adit. Gen. Logan issued orders for the mobilization of the First Iowa infantry recently back from the border.  The regiment is ordered to assemble at once in compliance with orders received by Gov. Harding from the war department.

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DEATH OF D. L. NEGLEY

D. L. Negley died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Baker, southwest of Wayne, Thursday, March 22 aged about 80 years.  He would have reached that age if he had lived until next May.  Mr. Negley came to Wayne from his home at Decatur, Ia., by automobile with his two sons, C. C. and D. L. Negley.  A third stroke of apoplexy, suffered after reaching Wayne, proved fatal.
The body was taken Monday to Decatur, Ia., for the funeral and interment and was acompanied by Frank Baker and the deceased's son, C. C. Negley, and daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Ditton, the latter of whom arrived Friday from Sioux Rapids, Ia., in response to word announcing her father's death.  D. L. Negley motored to Decatur Friday.  Mrs. Frank Baker was unable to attend the funeral.

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Official war correspondents set a fine example to this extent:  they don't dwell much on the troubles of their own side of the conflict.




Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Parties



Our 26th annual Caroling party is this year.  My husband and I hosted our first caroling party in 1989 and it has become an annual event.  We were involved in the community theater at that time and had a circle of friends that we partied with regularly.  We would all meet at our house,  then drive around town to carol to older friends we all knew.  Some were parents and other relatives of members in the group.  It often brought some of them to tears and occasionally we were treated with goodies or hot chocolate.  After caroling we would have food, drinks and a good time back at our house. 

Sadly, over time, the people we caroled to all passed away.  We started caroling at the veterans home and hospital and a few years ago added one of the four firehouses in town to our list.  We usually spend an hour or two caroling.

When my daughter was young, I used to get very stressed working full time and trying to do so much for Christmas.  One year we planned a trip to California the week before our usual caroling party night.  About October I put out the word among our group that I wasn’t going to be able to host the party, so if someone else wanted to do it they could go ahead.  Well, another couple hosted the party and didn’t realize we were home that night and we weren’t invited.  Those friends now split the hosting responsibilities with us every other year.  It’s a good break for each of us.  In the 26 years, my husband and I have missed two – that year and one other year when I was sick.  It was so nice that year when the group came to our house and caroled to us.  It brought me to tears!  We have some very wonderful memories of our caroling parties. 



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Friday, December 18, 2015

Blog Caroling: I Believe In Father Christmas


Our beloved colleague, and editor/publisher of Shades of the Departedthe divine footnoteMAVEN, came up with the idea of blog caroling on a winter's eve, many long years ago. This year, as a gift to fM, we continue, as any good genealogist would do, by celebrating the tradition. With fM's permission, of course. 

If you wish to contribute to The Great Blog Caroling Song Book 2015 Edition, create your musical blog post, then post your link on the  Friends of footnoteMAVEN Facebook Group located here.

From Wikipedia:  "I Believe in Father Christmas" is a song by Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield.  Although it is often categorized as a Christmas song, this was not Lake's intention.  Lake claims to have written the song in protest at the commercialization of Christmas.  Sinfield, however, claims that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief.


I Believe In Father Christmas
They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin's birth
I remember one Christmas morning
A winters light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire
They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a silent night
And they told me a fairy story
'till I believed in the israelite
And I believed in father Christmas
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
'till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise
I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
Hallelujah noel be it heaven or hell
The Christmas you get you deserve

Hear and see this beautiful song with video on You Tube here. 


Merry Christmas!



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Tree Decorations


Only one tree goes up in my house and the only "theme" is Christmas.  I'm not ambitious enough to do several different trees with themes.  For the most part I only want hand made and/or Christmas related ornaments on the tree.  For ornaments we receive as gifts, I do make an exception.  Occasionally on a trip I'll buy an ornament for our tree for a remembrance and that might not follow my "rules" either. 

Some of my hand made ornaments were made by my daughter when she was in school.  There are snowflakes crocheted by my Mom.  My Grandma made some plastic canvas  needlepoint ornaments, and I cross-stitched a few things.  When I was a kid (I know I was younger than 11 because of the house we lived in), I had fun making these little people ornaments.  The patterns and instructions were in Good Housekeeping magazine – I still have them.  The "people" were cut out of cardboard and covered with felt by glue - no stitching involved.  I made several sets of two, each set with matching colored felt outfits.



When I decorate the tree - and I do it by myself every year - there is a memory of something or someone with so many of the ornaments.  I reminisce every year as I hang them, and again as I put them away.  



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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - School


Today is Santa Lucia Day, and it is appropriate for me that the Advent Calendar prompt for today is "School".  In 4th grade, I played Santa Lucia in the school Christmas program.  While my class sang a song (I assume about Santa Lucia, but I don't remember), I had to walk up the side steps onto the stage, halfway across the stage and then down the front steps off the stage while carrying a tray with cups and a teapot and WITH LIT CANDLES ON MY HEAD!  They were stuck into holes in a not-so-secure-feeling cardboard "wreath".  I have forgotten what I wore or what they sang, but I clearly remember the fear of those candles falling into my long hair.  Santa Lucia decorations are hard to find, so I made this one with a Barbie doll.  


Typically the school program consisted of each class taking their turn on the stage singing two or three Christmas songs.  No one complained about singing religious songs in school in those days.  One year we strayed from the ordinary program and put on an Operetta.  The story is long lost to my memory, but each class from Kindergarten to 6th grade had parts in the play.  My class, 5th grade I think, was Christmas cards.  We "wore" poster boards, sandwich-sign style, decorated to look like a card.  Mine was a Christmas tree.  Although I don't remember everything about it, I do remember it as a fun program.  



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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Crafts


Before Hallmark was selling the collectible Christmas villages, my Mom had one she made out of half-gallon milk cartons (when they were cardboard boxes).  The cartons were covered with construction paper and had doors and windows of different colored paper.  In the village there were some little candles shaped like evergreen trees.  It didn't hold up over time, but I always liked that little village.  Mom also made each of our stockings out of felt material with our names and a Christmas symbol cut out of felt.  She crochets a lot of things like snowflake ornaments, wall hangings, table runners or doilies.  

Needlepoint and cross-stitch were my crafts of choice, but my eyes aren't capable of doing much of that anymore.  This bell hanger is a needlepoint piece that I made several years ago.  I also have several cross-stitched ornaments.  There was a plastic canvas needlepoint nativity set I made, but the dog chewed up some of the pieces.  Every year for as long as I can remember I've tried to make some new Christmas decoration.     


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - TV & Movies




My collection of Christmas movies includes The Bishop's Wife, Miracle on 34th Street and of course, It's A Wonderful Life!.  I first recorded that off the AMC channel (with NO commercials) in about 1983 and I've watched it every year since - at least once.  This year it will be on the big screen here in Grand Island.  Watching these Christmas movies is something I LOVE to do every year! 

As a kid, of course we always watched Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty and The Grinch.  One lesser shown TV Christmas special I always loved was The Little Drummer Boy.  The theme that all he had to give was something of himself was always something I could relate to.



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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Santa Claus


When my daughter asked me point blank if Santa was real, I told her yes he was, but that he gets help from Mom & Dad.  It broke my heart when she cried.  She was about 8 years old.  I don't have a memory of finding that out when I was a kid, but I do remember when I recognized the guy playing Santa at the church program.  He was a guy who came out to our farm occasionally.  We didn't go anywhere specifically to see Santa Claus, he was always at the church Christmas program.  He handed out a little brown sack of peanuts and an apple, maybe a little candy.

On Christmas morning when I was little, things appeared under the tree that were not wrapped.  Those were the gifts Santa had brought for us during the night.  Santa also filled our stockings with a few small things.  That was the way it happened for my daughter too.  Santa works that way.




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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Recipe


This recipe for Hot Chocolate mix is from my Grandma's sister Bethel and is in our family cookbook, first edition (1976) and second edition (2009).  It makes a big batch and works great to give as gifts in a jar or tin.  And it's super simple to make.  We used to make it every winter back in the late 70's, and a few years ago I made a batch and gave my siblings each some for Christmas.


Hot Chocolate Mix

8 qt box dry milk
1 lb can quick chocolate drink mix 
1 (5 oz) jar Coffee Mate
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix in large bowl.  Makes about 4 lbs.  Use 1/4 to 1/3 cup in 8 oz. hot water or milk.



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Friday, December 4, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Lights


When I was growing up, my parents didn't put any lights up on the house.  The Christmas tree was always in front of a window so that maybe the lights could be seen by the neighbors down the road.  It seems like you can see farther than usual in the cold winter air and lights from across the miles do show more.  Of course, there's no tall corn growing in the fields blocking the view then either.  It was always fun driving in the evening when it was dark and seeing other people's light displays.  Some people had lighted stars up on top of the tallest leg of their grain bins, or a nativity scene lit up in the loft of the barn or in the yard.  Others trimmed their house or barn - or both.  

My husband and I used to trim our house with lights, but then we put screens on the gutters and now can't clip the lights on there.  Our outdoor lighting now consists of a polar bear and a few lights on the bushes if the weather cooperates.  We just bought a new pre-lit tree this year - no more messing with tangled strings of lights that don't work!  




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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Music





Music is a big part of our Christmas.  My husband sings with a community choral group that has a Christmas concert every year.  It usually starts off our Christmas season.  We do some caroling and may get the chance to take in another concert or musical event.  This year Mannheim Steamroller will be in town.

Some of my own favorite Christmas songs are the more contemporary stuff from the 70’s. Songs like Bob Seger’s version of "The Little Drummer Boy", Paul McCartney’s "Wonderful Christmas", and Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas".  For a good laugh I'll play Bob Rivers’ "The 12 Pains of Christmas".  More recently my favorite has been "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  It's time to check the boxes beside those titles in my iTunes.  


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Cards


It’s sad to say, but greeting cards are becoming a thing of the past.  The last year or two I have done the Holiday Mail for Heroes, sending cards to men and women serving in the military.  This year my husband and I had a pretty good picture of us taken in Ireland (we don’t have our picture taken often), so I’m sending out a few photo cards.  For several years I created either cards or a letter to send.  

Some Christmas cards are so pretty, I hate to throw them away (OK, I'm a packrat anyway).  There are a lot of good craft projects that can be made from them, not that I get many done.  One year I took five cards that were alike and covered a painted paper-mache box with them.  Another project was this subway art style “sign” I made from the signatures on cards from family members no longer with us.  




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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Trees

Growing up on a farm, our Christmas trees came from our pasture for several years.   They were usually cedar and probably put up about mid-December, I don't really remember.  In the mid 70’s my parents did get an artificial tree, probably for the same reasons I did.  

My husband and I had real trees until after our daughter was born.  Then we bought an artificial tree for two reasons:  1) the fear of fire and 2) the strong scent was too much for sinuses that were already too sensitive.  I usually put our tree up over Thanksgiving weekend because I have the time then. 

The first year I lived on my own, my Christmas “tree” was no more than a branch of a cedar tree my brother and his friend grabbed out of a ditch on their way to my place.  This photo is of my second tree, the first one was much smaller than this. 





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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mary Smith Cook and Her Family


Mary Smith Cook was one of the sisters of my 3rd Great Grandmother, Ruth Smith Simmons Webb.  They were just a few years apart, numbers five and six of Jonathan and Rachel Smith's 10 children.  About 1846, Mary was married to Mathias Cook.  After some quick searching, I have found some things about Mary Cook and her family.  

In the 1850 census, the sisters and their families are living next to each other in Cool Spring Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  Mathias and Mary had two children, daughter Mary, age 3 and an as yet unnamed son, age 1.  

In 1860, the Cook family was in Ritchie County, Virginia (now West Virginia).  That is where in 1854 Mary's sister Ruth married Cyrus Webb after the death of her first husband.  In the census shown below, Mary's daughter Mariah was born in Pennsylvania and Martha was born in Virginia, so they had moved there between 1853 and 1856.  They were probably there for Ruth's wedding.  Ruth & Cyrus Webb moved to Fulton County, Illinois about 1858.  Ritchie County may have been the last place that the two sisters saw each other and may be where Mary was living when Ruth died.



          Mathias, 41, Blacksmith, born N York 
          Mary, 32 born N Hampshire
          Mary P, 12, born PA
          Matthias W, 10, born PA
          Mariah J, 7, born PA
          Martha S, 4, born VA
          Melissa R, 2, born VA 

Ten years later, the Cook family shows up in York, Noble County, Indiana.  Mathias is no longer a Blacksmith, but a farmer.  Wife Mary is 43, the kids are all ten years older with four additional children - Mason, 10; Miranda, 7; Mosell, 4 and Edith, 2.  

It's interesting here - I think the name Mosell could be Rosella as I found in the 1885 census.  At age 4, she was born very near the time that Mary's niece Rosella Simmons Davee (who was probably named after her father's sister) died in Illinois. 

By 1880 they all moved once again to Rock Creek Township, Saunders County, Nebraska.  That would be about 200 miles east of where Ruth's oldest daughter Rachel, my Great Great Grandma, would moved to about 1886.  Matthias was now 63 and Mary, 52.  The older girls and Mason were not with the family, but Washington, "Maridy", Mosella, and Edith were there. 

The Nebraska State census in 1885 below shows them still living in Rock Creek Township.  Edith, listed as Lenora, Rosell and M. W. are there.  Also a John Hedkins, 27 from Virginia is with them.


Family Search has a database of some Nebraska marriage records (definitely not all for the time period it covers).  I found marriage records that could be for five of the daughters of Mathias and Mary: 

Mariah J. Cook married John J Ingram, January 11, 1872 in Lancaster Co., NE
Mary P. Cook married Thomas Hoover, September 15, 1874 in Lancaster Co., NE
Martha Cook married William Misner, January 1, 1876 in Saunders Co., NE
Melissa R. Cook married Levi Mayfield, March 14, 1880 in Saunders Co., NE 
Miranda married James W. Cheever, June 29, 1881 in Saunders Co., NE

I have not been able to find anything on the death or burial for either Mathias or Mary Cook.  The Saunders County GenWeb page has some cemetery listings and for Mt Zion Cemetery there is one listing for Cook.  "Munson J. dau of M & M Cook, d. 10 SEP 1876 15 Y 11 mo 7 days".   Going by the age that should be the son Mason, not a "dau.", so it may be a different Cook family.

At Findagrave.com, I've found possible memorials.  One for Washington Cook, buried in Potter Field, Omaha, died July 23, 1924.  That memorial has a note "Family: Mrs. Martha Misner.", but they are not linked.  William and Martha are buried in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.  Martha died September 18, 1926 and William August 17, 1911.

That's all I've found on the Cook family and won't search for more unless I run across something.  Maybe next spring I can go to the Mt Zion Cemetery and see if there are some other Cook graves not mentioned in that listing.  If you are a descendant of Mathias and Mary, please leave a comment! 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past - One or Two Cute Kids?




There are absolutely no clues as to the identity of these two kids.  I don't even know if these are two different kids (twins?), or maybe the same kid in different clothes.  They look so much alike.  

As with other photos in my "Friday's Faces from the Past" posts, these were in the Old Trunk in the Attic.  Most likely the subjects were residents of the Harvard and Eldorado area in Clay County, Nebraska around 1900.  Or just across the county line near Stockham in Hamilton County.  

They sure are cute.  If you think you know who they might be, please leave a comment!




Saturday, November 7, 2015

Great Grandpa Menke's Birthday



My Great Grandpa Albert Menke was born 129 years ago today, November 7, in 1886.   His first name was actually Charles, but he went by his middle name.  He is the first of six generations of Menke boys with the name Charles (either first or middle), but none of them goes by that name. 

He must have known all about large families.  He was the youngest of the 11 children of Henry & Eliza Menke (with four other half siblings who were grown by the time he was born).  Then he was the father of 13 children with his wife of 59 years.  On October 18, 1906 he married Charlotte Roscoe at the home of her parents in Clatonia, Nebraska. 

Albert lived and farmed in Gage County Nebraska his entire life and at age 78, on September 16, 1965 he passed away.  His family at that time included his 12 children, 34 grandchildren, 18 or 23 great grandchildren and two sisters.  Two different obituaries have those different great grandchildren figures and I haven't determined yet how many would be correct at that point.  At any rate, he left a large family. 



Monday, October 26, 2015

Newspaper Clippings - Franklin, Nebraska, 1906


Mary Jones Harwood is a half-sister to my Great Great Grandmother Nancy Jane (Clemie) Mann.  Just two years apart in age, they had different fathers, but the same mother, Mary Jane Hull.  They grew up in Iowa, both got married, moved around with their families and about 1882 both made their homes in Nebraska.  Nancy Jane lived near Plymouth, in Gage County and Mary near Riverton, in Franklin County, a distance of just over 100 miles.  

After learning her death date from a distant cousin, I found her obituary in the Franklin paper.  It was split over two columns, so along with it here's a little news from Franklin County, Nebraska.





Franklin Free Press, March 2, 1906

Column 1, top image

RIVERTON

Our village marshal walks on two canes because of a hurt from a fall. 
Walter Carnahan came home last week and will remain here for a while.
B. H. Hancock left Sunday night for Montana to purchase horses for this market.
The Chitwood sale last week was largely attended and stock brought good prices.
The H. L. Dunkin sale, which was to have been last week, was called off for want of a sufficient number of people to bid.
The Burlington Bridge gang was here this week and put a new foundation and frame-work under the scales at the stock yards, which was greatly needed.
Norman Mead recently rented the Tom Clarke farm on Farmers creek, which created some suspicion for a time, but since Norman has taken on to himself a wife we see why he wanted a farm.
J. D. Fulton shipped his cattle this week, upon which he realized 5 cents, and now John says he has had enough of farming.  He has bought the Bowers property in town and will move back to his old place.
W. O. Renkin of Red Oak, Ia., arrived here last week and has rented rooms on the south side of Lincoln street in which he will open up a barber shop.  He comes highly recommended as a barber.
John Watt from near Red Oak, Ia., has rented the Duncan section north-west of town and moved onto it the latter part of last week.  Mr. Watt is a well-to-do man, but came out here on....

Column 1, bottom image

account of his wife's health.
H. Crilly stopped off here on his way home from St. Joe Thursday to see that his new tenants were properly installed and to look after his stock here.  Mrs. Crilly and son Howard drove down from Campbell to meet him.
A. Holdridge and family, together with his son-in-law, arrived home Sunday morning.  They brought a fine collection of California fruits such as lemons, oranges, etc., which they plucked from the trees 
themselves.  This fruit is on exhibition in the post office.
This is moving time, D. R. Schenck has moved to the Enos farm just north of town.  B. A. Crosby has gone onto the Livengood place west of town and J. H. Benson takes the place vacated by Crosby.  Mr. Pierce from Missouri goes onto the S. J. Taylor farm while Geo. Fisher occupies the H. Crilly place.

OBITUARY
HARWOOD - Mary Jones Harwood was born in Canada Nov. 17, 1840; died at her home east of Riverton Thursday, Feb. 22, aged 65 years.  She came to Iowa in an early day; was married to Charles Harwood in 1867 and to them were born eight children, four sons and one daughter surviving.  
They came to Nebraska in 1882 and Mr. Harwood died here in 1898.  Mrs. Harwood united with the Baptist church when quite young, which faith she adhered to all her life.  She was more than usually attached to her children, who loved their mother as only good children should.
Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church Tuesday by Rev. G. W. Knapp, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Riverton cemetery.  A sister, Mrs. Margaret Shoemaker, and her son from Burr...

Column 2, top image

Oak, Kans., and a step son from Mankato, Kans., were present at the funeral.
The children wish through these columns to extend their thanks for the help which was so freely furnished during the short illness and during the long period during which the funeral was delayed waiting for the one son, Bert, to arrive from California.

HUNT - Don, the six months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, died Sunday, Feb. 25.  Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday afternoon by Rev. W. T. Owen and the little one laid to rest.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

Special Correspondence
Chas. Murray has moved onto the Will Burr farm.
Phones have been put in at the Carlson place and Chaney ranch.
J. E. Thompson of Bloomington was a home visitor over Sunday.
Mr. Steele is boring for a well near the house on his place.
Chas. Wharton made a trip to Smith Center Saturday returning Monday.
Joel Fager and family of Denver are visiting at the home of F. N. Phillips.
Chas. Wharton is assisting Fred Wineland is building a dipping tank.
Jay Palmer was thrown from a horse Wednesday and received a sprained ankle.
James Palmer and family of Franklin were visitors at the home of his son Charles Sunday.
Andy Anderson is moving to town this week.  Wm. Mucklow has moved onto the Anderson farm.
John Dunafen has moved onto the Beck property. Mrs. Beck is staying...

Column 2, bottom image 

with her daughter Mrs. Ezra Fager.
O. E. Madison has moved onto S. G. Palmer's place in Kansas.  Mr. Palmer has been making some repairs on the house.

MARION TOWNSHIP

Special Correspondence
Mr. and Mrs. Bird Smith visited at J. H. Chapman's Sunday.
Mrs. L. N. Wentworth boasts the first young chickens of the season.
Several ladies of the neighborhood spent the day Monday with Mrs. L. L. Livengood.
Roy Yapp and sister Miss Rae are visiting friends and relatives in Orleans this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Buster and Joe Chapman and sisters spent the evening at L. N. Wentworth's Monday.
Roy Pecht, from Hardy arrived Thursday night with two loads of household goods preparatory to moving on the place vacated by J. H. Chapman.
Lewis, the little son of John Larraway, while out hunting Saturday afternoon accidentally shot himself through the heel.  Dr. McElwee dressed the wound and it is not likely to prove serious.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Q. Lee, who have been spending the winter in California, returned Sunday and are spending a few days with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Yapp.  They will go to housekeeping on their farm near Atlanta.
For the past five years we have endeavored to keep posted on items of interest for the benefit of FREE PRESS readers, but this week  we lay aside the pen with the hope that our readers have enjoyed the items as much as we have enjoyed writing them.  May God bless the FREE PRESS and all the dear old friends of Franklin and vicinity.




Saturday, October 17, 2015

Great Grandpa McGrath's Birthday


Thanksgiving, 1963  Photo by Virg McGrath

Arthur Levi McGrath was born 139 years ago on October 17, 1876. He was the youngest child of John and Rachel (Simmons) McGrath.  He had two older sisters who married while he was a young boy.  They all lived near Henry, Illinois until about 1886 when he moved with his parents and sister Minnie Patterson from Illinois, to Cozad in Dawson County, Nebraska.  

His mother died in 1896 and his father remarried a year and a half later. Sometime before 1900, Art moved to Clay County, Nebraska near his other sister, Becky Smith.  He worked as a farm laborer for Horace Iliff in 1900.  In 1910 he was living in York County working as a foreman for the railroad.  In 1920 he was a laborer in a poultry house and living in Aurora.  His brother-in-law, Cal Negley, was also in the poultry business after having worked on the railroad.  This advertisement was one of several I saw in the Aurora News-Register, this one from 1919.    

The 1930 census has his occupation listed as a "Drayman on a Dray line", meaning he drove a delivery truck.  In 1931 he was a truck driver for the Oberg Transfer Company.  In the 1940 census, he was 63 years old with no occupation given.  

This business card was in the old trunk in the attic.  I have not yet found out when the McGrath's Service Station was in operation.


Art married Sadie Ellen Negley on October 8, 1908, 9 days before his 32nd birthday.  They were married by a County Judge in York, Nebraska.  Four children were born to them, Virgil, Alice, Orville and Violet.  At age 88 on June 19, 1965 he died in the Aurora hospital.  Survivors included his four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren including me.