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,
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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
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
On April 5, 1964, she married Spec. 5 Douglas Brouillette at Curtis.
After their marriage, they lived at army bases across the United States
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
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
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 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
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