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
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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....
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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.
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...
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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.
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...
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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.
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.