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Mabel Adkisson 
Mabel Rose, daughter of Milton and Emma Rose, was born November 8, 1884, at Clay Center, Kansas. She passed away in the Cozad Hospital April 8, 1967 at the age of 82 years and 5 months. 
As a small child she moved with her family to a farm south of Farnam. On November 3, 1902, she was united in marriage to John Adkisson. To this union 12 children were born. Her husband, mother, father, four brothers, three sisters, three sons, and one daughter preceded her in death. 
Those left to mourn her passing are three sons and five daughters; Harry of Hastings, Dale of North Platte, Harold, Edna Hathaway, Stella Lehman, Zella Messersmith, and Hazel Williams of Farnam and Lula Stapp of Cambridge. There are 19 grandchldren, 25 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Hazel Crow of Riverside, Calif., and Velda Grogan of Lucerne Valley, Calif. 
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. at the Farnam Methodist Church with the Rev. Conley Hinrichs officiating. Music was provided by Mrs. Anton Kotschwar, Mrs. Delores Nickerson and Mrs. Raymond Smith. Pallbearers were Russell Wilcox, Tom Vickers, Roger Goltl, Larry King, Raymond Tillotson and James Horn. Burial was in the Farnam Cemetery. 

Arthur Stephen Allen 
 Arthur Stephen Allen, ex-county clerk, age 43, passed away Sunday morning at 11:45 at a a local hospital following a stroke of paralysis which he suffered Saturday morning. Mr. Allen had been receiving medical treatment at the hospital for the past week. 
The deceased has been employed as drayman on the North Platte-Grant dray for the past several months and has been a resident of this city for a good many years. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, four daughters, Elsie, Mildred, Gertrude and Dorothy, a son, Robert, of this city, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Allen, and a brother, Howard, all of Farnam, Neb. 
The funeral will be held at 1 o'clock sharp Tuesday afternoon from the home at 721 West Second street, Rev. Eggleston officiating. The body will be taken overland to Farnam for burial tomorrow afternoon in the Farnam cemetery. 
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, May 16, 1927 

Lois Lelia Anderson 
Lois Lelia Anderson, 83, of Gothenburg, died Nov. 26, 1998, at North Platte following complications from knee replacement surgery. She was born on July 11, 1915, near Orafino to Milo J. and Goldie E. Kilburn Nickerson. 
Her grandparents, James H. and Clarissa A. Stevens Nickerson and James W. and Estella M. Konkle Kilburn, as well as all eight great grandparents were early pioneers in the Orafino area of Frontier County. 
Mrs. Anderson grew up in the Orafino community, attending the local rural schools and Orafino High school. During the 1930s she worked as a waitress and as a housekeeper for various families. 
She was married on July 11, 1940, to Lyle S. Anderson at Bird City, Kan. In 1945, the family moved to the old Charles Swift farm southwest of Gothenburg where she lived for the last 53 years. 
In 1941, she obeyed the Gospel and has been constant and steadfast in her faith in the Lord. For many years she taught Bible classes at Church of Christ services. She loved little children and had a special gift for working with them. 
She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, a good neighbor and friend, and was always honest in all her dealings. She valued hard work and ambition above most things in life and set a good example for her family, rising often at four in the morning to get an early start on her work. She raised a large garden and canned much of the family’s food. She was not a joiner or a leader in community affairs, preferring to spend her spare time with her family and church work. She was a very good cook and made the best pies and cookies. She also loved flowers and planted as many as she could care for. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. 
Survivors include a daughter, Joleen (Sydney) Kite of Gothenburg; a son, Gary L. of Missoula, Mont.; two sisters, Gladys M. (Gordon) Cross of Farnam and C. Maxine (John) Yakich of Denver; three grandchildren, Bryan E. Kite, Valene M. (Ryan) Roseke and Aaron L. Kite; three great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle; her parents; a sister, Helen G. Sheffield and four brothers, Donald, Harold, Delmar and Gene. 
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, November 28, 1998 
 
Clifford Baker 
Clifford Baker of Farnam passed away January 5th (1968) at the age of 87. He was born February 23, 1880 at Olmstead, Ohio. He moved with his family to the Farnam area while still a young child. It was there he attended the Baptist Church of Farnam. 
Mr, Baker was a resident of the Slack Nursing Home for the past twelve years and it was there he passed away. He had been a 1ife long resident of the Farnam and Gothenburg area. 
He was preceded in death by two brothers. Fred and Bert and by one sister, Daisey. 
Survivors include four sisters Mrs. Mae Litchenberg of Gothenburg, Mrs. Dora Whitney, Hays Springs, Mrs. Viola Burchell, Minden and Mrs. Bessie Gardner of Filler, Idaho, nephews, nieces and many friends. 
Services were held Monday afternoon at the McVay Chapel with the Rev. C. Richard Swanson of the First Baptist Church officiating. Mrs, Sherman Bailey was the soloist with Mrs. L. A. Larsen accompanist. 
Pallbearers were Lawrence Baker, Hubert Marquardt, Robert Baker, Otto Franzen, Merle Lind and Denver Shirlaw. 
Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery. 
Source: The Hi-Line Enterprise 
 
Edith Martin Beery 
Edith Martin Beery was born December 11, 1902 in Farnam, and passed away in Denver, Colo., on April 28, 1960 at the age of 57 years, 4 months and 17 days. She was the daughter of John T. and Mary Martin. 
On September 10, 1924 she became the bride of Arvel M. Beery. This ceremony was performed in Norton, Kansas, after which they came to Curtis where they have maintained their home to this time. Two sons were born to this union. 
Edith was always active in church and civic organizations. She served several terms as Chairman of Circles of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service of the Methodist church. She was also a member of Federated Garden Club, Ars Poetica, Book Guild, and was one of the original members of the Women’s Club. She served as a member of the Library Board. 
Mrs. Beery leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Arvel; two sons and acquired daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Warren G. Beery of Littleton, Colo. and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley M. Beery of Boulder, Colo.; her mother, Mrs. Mary Thrasher of Farnam; two brothers, Frank Martin of Maywood and Jack Martin of Farnam; three grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. 
Services were conducted from the First Methodist Church in Curtis on Monday, May 2, 1960 with Rev. Frank W. Hainey officiating, assisted by Rev. Sue Hainey. Organist was Mr. Robert Ellsworth. Singers were Mrs. Doris Andersen and Mrs. Phyllis Anderson. 
Bearers were Clyde Gardner, Donald Hesseltine, Floyd Hecht, Harley Lofton, Lloyd Miller and Roy Pierce. Burial vas in the Farnam cemetery. 

"TAKE TIME TO PRAY" 
By Edith Beery - 1958 
The hours are full from morn to night, 
An infant’s cry, a toddler’s plight. 
With all this work and all this care, 
Dear Lord, I have no time for prayer. 
The years roll by and life expands 
With always more and more demands, 
And I can only sadly say, 
Dear Lord, I have no time to pray. 
The light is dim in halls tonight. 
The nurses tread is soft and light. 
I thank Thee, Lord, for this past day 
In which I had the time to pray.  

Hazel Bellamy 
Hazel Dyer Coker, daughter of Dusenberry and Harriet Coker, was born November 12, 1894, at Pisgth, Illinois, and passed away June 3, 1965, at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 70 years, 6 months and 21 days. 
She came to Nebraska in 1910 to live with her aunt at Bertrand. On June 25, 1911, she was married to Raymond Earl Bellamy who preceded her in death in 1962. 
They lived in the area of Smithfield and Bertrand for several years. Later they moved to the Moorefield Community where they lived for many years. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary in 196l. 
She was the mother of nine children; one infant son Neil, preceded her in death; two daughters, Mable Seamon, St. Ignatius, Montana; Harriet McCormack, Elwood; six sons; Wm. Maurice, Bartley; Horace, Cambridge; Noble and Kenneth, Farnam; Jack and Joe of Elwood, and one sister, Blanche Sanders, Illinois; also 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. One grandson, Billy McCormack, passed away in 1951. 
Services were held Monday, June 7, 1965, at the Union Church in Moorefield with Rev. B.H. Hart of Cozad officiating. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery. McVay-Olesen Funeral Home of Gotherburg was in charge of the arrangements. 
 
Joan Bernal 
Joan Ruth Bernal, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Baker, was born on August 8, 1938, at Farnam, Nebraska. She passed away December 3, 1964, at Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 26. 
On October 10, 1960, she was united in marriage to James Bernal and to this union three children were born. 
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, James, her daughters, Carman Jean, Maria Isabella and Julie Ann, all of Des Moines, Iowa: her father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Baker of Farnam; one sister, Mrs. Sherry Lind of Brady; three brothers, Cecil of Eustis, Jim of Gothenburg and Gary of Farnam, also her grandmother, Mrs. Morna Crampton and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were held in the McVay-Olesen Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. C. Richard Swanson officiating. Music was provided by Mrs. Audrey Kotchwar, Mrs. Delores Nickerson and Mrs. Raymond Smith. 
Pallbearers were: Jack Schultz, Clyde Kotschwar, Russell Wilcox, John Franzen, Ralph Parker and Willis Callahan. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery. 
 
Arthur H. Bick 
Arthur Henry Bick, son of William and Amanda Pendell Bick, was born July 29, 1891, in Seward, Nebraska. He moved to the Farnam area in 1906. In March 1914, he was married to Ernestine Whitney, who passed away in December, 1916. 
He was united in marriage to Edna Gaibler on September 18, 1918. Three children were born to this union; Esther, who died in infancy; Harold and Delphine. 
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and served on various church boards. He was a member of the Lions Club and Farm Bureau and for many years served on rural school boards. He was actively interested in all community affairs. 
He passed away at his home in Farnam, November 17, 1969, at the age of 78. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mrytle, two brothers, Bert and Roy, and daughter, Esther. 
He is survived by his wife, one son, Harold of Moorefield; one daughter, Mrs. Keith (Delphine) Anthony of Lexington; six grand-children, brothers; Virgil of Seward and Chester of Enid, Oklahoma; three sisters, Mrs. Bert(Elizabeth) Balser of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Mrs. Edna Rieker of Eustis; Mrs. Lucille Gailber of Farnam and many relatives and friends. 
Services were held November 19, at 2 o'clock at the United Methodist Church in Farnam with the Rev. Conley Hinrichs officiating. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery. 
Music was provided by Mrs. Deloras Nickerson and Mrs, Audrey Kotschwar, accompanied by Mrs. Doris Smith. Pallbearers were Russell Wilcox, Elgie Thompson, Clyde Gardner, Reynolds Widick, Jake Ernst and Raymond Smith. 
 
Edward Brock 
Edward Henry Brock, eldest son of William Walker and Elizabeth (Wehrman) Brock, was born February 9, 1885 in Nuckolls County, Nebraska. He departed this life on July 2, 1965, at Sunset Haven in Curtis, Nebraska, at the age of 80 years, 4 months and 23 days. 
In 1891 Ed moved with his parents to Stockville where he grew to manhood. He was later united in marriage to Inez May Metcalf on Feb. 19, 1906. They subsequently made their home on a farm near Farnam, Nebraska. In July 1927, Ed and Inez welcomed their niece, Frances, into their home and lovingly reared her to womanhood. 
On February 19, 1956, they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at their home near Farnam. 
After the death of his wife, Inez, on November 9, 1960, he purchased a small home in Farnam and resided there until due to ill health he entered Sunset Haven in Curtis. He remained there until his death. 
Preceding him in death were his wife; Inez, his mother and father; three sisters, Grace, Mabel and Florence; and two brothers, Robert and Everett. 
He leaves to mourn his passing a daughter, Mrs. Frances Ralston of Stockville; six grandchildren, Mrs. Alice Hinton of Denver, Colo., and John, LeeWayne, Connie, Kenneth, and Linda Ralston of Stockville; one great grandchild, Sheri Hinton of Denver; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Ochs of Hartford, Wis. and Mrs. Edna Toberer of Eustis; two brothers, William of Grand Island and Ivan of Farnam; and a host of other relatives and friends. 
Services were held at the Methodist Church in Farnam on Tuesday, July 6, 1965. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery. 
 
Edith "Edie" Brouillette 
Edith Kay Brouillette, 50, died Aug. 11, 1993, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital long-term care unit. 
She was born Dec. 15, 1942, at Orafino to Alvin and Eva Clement McMichael. The family moved to Farnam and she graduated from Farnam High School in 1960. 
On April 5, 1964, she married Spec. 5 Douglas Brouillette at Curtis. After their marriage, they lived at army bases across the United States and overseas. 
She was a member of the Catholic faith and active in various volunteer organizations through the army bases where they resided. 
Survivors include her husband of Washington, D.C.; two sons, Derek of Gothenburg and Chad of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Marvin McMichael of Gothenburg; two sisters, Mary Ann Agnew of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Betty Hogg of Kearney and many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Gothenburg with the Rev. Donald O'Brien as celebrant. 
Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery. 
 
Rochelle R. Brown 
Rochelle Brown, 37, of Gothenburg, died Jan. 6, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. 
She was born Jan. 12, 1961, at Gothenburg to Kenneth and Evonne Schwartz Brown. She attended schools at Hayes Center and Lyman before graduating from Hemingford High School. She moved to Chadron, where she worked at a clothing store and later moved to Alliance, working as an aide at a nursing home. 
She moved to Gothenburg in 1985. In 1986, she married Bill Burling. They made their home at Lincoln and Aurora, where she worked at nursing homes. She returned to Gothenburg in 1989 and was employed at Southview Manor Care Center in Cozad and the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. At the time of her death, she had started a new job at a doctor¢s office in Gothenburg. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. 
Survivors include her parents; a brother, Kenneth G., in the U.S. Air Force at San Antonio, Texas; a grandmother, Lilly Brown of Farnam; and several aunts and uncles. 
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Louis and Mary Schwartz and Elwood Brown. 
Memorials are suggested to the Rochelle Brown Memorial. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Lutheran church north of Gothenburg with Pastor Karen Kaye officiating. 
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, January 9, 1999. 
 
Raymond I. Buehner
Raymond I. Buehner, 70, of Eustis died March 20, 1998, at the Gothenburg Hospital.  Mr. Buehner was born Aug. 25, 1927, south
of Eustis to Chris and Leah Boerkircher Buehner.   He graduated from Eustis High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.   After his discharge, he returned to Eustis.    On March 18, 1951, married to Norma Hueftle at the United Methodist Church at Eustis. They
lived northwest of Eustis, where they engaged in farming and ranching.   He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the VFW. He was active in the American Legion Post 257, serving as past post commander and at the time of his death, vice commander.   Survivors include his wife, Norma of Eustis; two daughters, Sharon (Roger) Bryant of Curtis and Barb (Dave) Margritz of Lexington; two sons, Gary (Laura) and Gerald, both of Eustis; two sisters, Lorene (Lenard) Easterday of Buhl, Idaho, and twin sister Dorothy (Dean) Weissert of Eustis; and 10 grandchildren, Shane and Sabrina, Justin, Jill, Rebecca and Shane, Angela, Josh, Nick, Chris, Katie and Amanda.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Irene Easterday.  Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or the Eustis Senior Center.   Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church at Eustis with the Rev. Eugene Beye officiating. Burial will be in the East Church Cemetery with military honors at graveside.    North Platte Telegraph, March 22, 1998

Dorothy (Case) Cristo
Dorothy (Case) Cristo of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Farnam, died recently.   She was born and raised in Farnam and graduated from Farnam High in 1941. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. (Bud) Case who preceded her in death as well as one sister, Eva Chandler.
She is survived by two sons, Michael and Daniel; one grandson, Matthew and a sister, Helen Kersey of Lincoln.
Source: The FREE PRESS, March 27, 1997, page 10

Harold S. Crampton 
Harold Sumner Crampton, son of Joseph C. and Kathleen Fitzgerald Crampton, was born near Milan, Illinois, March 27 1882, and passed away June 14, 1950, at 1950, at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 17 days. 
He was the eldest child in a family of four, two brothers preceded him in death. He came with his parents to Farnam and here he spent the greater part of his life, getting his education in the Farnam school. Later he spent his time farming in this community. 
He was united in marriage to Kittie A. Dryden, and to this union were born four children; Mrs. Joyce Bowman of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Louise Pisac and Mrs. Georgia Dworsac of Seattle, Wash., one son passing away in infancy. 
In 1940 he and his family started westward, finally settling in Seattle, Washington. At the time of his death he was employed at the Hollywood Poultry Farm. 
Besides his wife and daughters he leaves to miss him seven grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Gus Gauldreault of Farnam. 
Mr. Crampton was a member of the Gothenburg Masonic lodge. Burial was June 17, 1950, with the mason lodge conducting the service. 
 
Joseph Charles Crampton 
Joseph Charles Crampton was born November 22, 1848 at Roscrea, Ireland and passed away October 12, 1937 aged 88 years, 10 months, 20 days. 
He was the youngest son of Robert and Anna Crampton. His three brothers and three sisters preceeded him in death. 
Joseph Charles Crampton came to this country at the age of three, with his parents, he later moved from Brooklyn to Rock Island, Ill. 
He was married to Kathleen Fitzgerald on June 2, 1881; to this union were born three sons: Harold Sumner, Charles William and Thomas Cecil and one daughter Mary Gaudreault. 
His wife passed away on Jan. 7, 1923, and one son, Charles William, passed away three months ago. The others survive him. 
Mr. Crampton came to Farnam, Nebraska in the year 1891, where he lived on his farm, west of town, until 18 years ago, when he and his wife moved to the town home where he has lived since. 
He was a man of sterling character and a kind and loving father. 
He was baptized, when an infant, in the Protestant Episcopal Church. 
Source: The Farnam Echo, 21 Oct 1937, page 1 
 
Kathleen I. (Fitzgerald) Crampton
Kathleen Isabella Fitzgerald was born in Manchester, England, April 10, 1853 and died Jan. 7, 1923 aged 69 years, 9 months and 27 days.
At the age of 4 years, she moved with her parents to New York City where she lived until 18 years of age, when she moved to Casey, Ia., where she made her home with her brothers.   She was married to Charles J. Crampton at Milan, Ill., June 2, 1881. To this union three sons and a daughter were born; Harold S., Charles W. and Thomas C. and Mary A. Gaudreault, all of whom, with her husband, survive her, to mourn her loss. All reside near Farnam. She also left two brothers one of whom, Robert Fitzgerald, lives here. Death took a brother and sister from her a short time ago.  She joined the Methodist church when a young girl and afterwards joined the Episcopal church of which she was a member at the time of her death.  In 1891 Mrs. Crampton with her family moved to Farnam and have resided here ever since. She was much loved and respected by all who knew her and her death calls one more citizen to her reward whom we can not afford to lose.  The entire community joins with the Echo in expressing to the bereaved family our most heartfelt sympathy and live in the hope that we may all meet again in that beautiful beyond to which we are all journeying.
The Farnam Echo, 19 Jan 1923, page 1


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