Clara Irwin Hicks was born October 23, 1883, at Winfield, Iowa. In
1909 she moved to Farnam to teach in the public school. On October 5, 1910
she was united in marriage to Joseph L. Hicks.
To this union two children were born: Mildred Edson of North Platte,
Nebraska and Gerald Hicks of Kennewick, Washington.
Clara joined the Methodist Church as a girl of about 12 years of age
and this last spring she received her 50 year membership pin. She leaves
to her family and community a life of active participation in her church.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Joseph and a brother, Glen
Irwin. Surviving her passing are her two children; five grandchildren;
one great-grand child; three sisters, Lulu Barclay of Ottumwa, Iowa, Nellie
Smith of Greeley, Colo., Myrtle Cole of Pasadina, Calif., and a host of
other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Rev.
Quincy A. Murphree officiating.
William ĎBillí Hill
William D. (Bill) Hill, 80, of Farnam died Feb. 5, 1999, at Southview
Manor in Cozad.
He was born June 2, 1918, in Marietta, Ohio, to Howard and Violet West
Hill. He lived in Marietta until the age of 7, when he moved with his family
to Nebraska for his fatherís health. After his fatherís death, he was adopted
by his cousin and became the foster son of Mary and LeRoy Pierce of Gothenburg.
He attended Gothenburg Schools and played football for several years.
On Dec. 25, 1938, he married Maxine Boyle in Farnam. They celebrated
60 years together on Dec. 25, 1998.
Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. His hobbies were
hunting and fishing. He was a guide and host to three generations of hunters.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Doug (Rhonda) of Farnam and Dennis
of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren, Chad (Jennifer) of Omaha, Jamie
(Stephanie) of Hastings, Brandon of Kearney and Jessica and Carri of Farnam;
a sister, Mary Burgess of Marietta; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Hill of Marietta;
nieces and nephews; a cousin, Evalyn Keiser of Gothenburg; and many dear
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Maria; his birth parents;
a sister; six brothers; his foster parents; and foster sisters, Ada Maria
Herlocker and Ramona Healey. A memorial has been established.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Farnam United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Eugene Beye and Robert Stevens officiating. Burial
will be in the Farnam Cemetery with military honors graveside by the Farnam
American Legion Post 288.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, February 9, 1999.
Edwin Gene Hoppe
Edwin "Gene" Hoppe, oldest child of Ed and
Lois (McLaughlin) Hoppe, was born near Gretna,
Phillips County, Kansas on August 20, 1928 and
died on August 31, 1992 near Farnam, in Lincoln
County, Nebraska at the age of 64 years and 11 days.
Gene grew up south of Moorefield, Nebraska
where his parents farmed. He attended school at
Mulberry Ridge, Curtis Ag, Moorefield High and
Farnam High School where he graduated in 1946.
In 1950, he entered the U.S. Army, training at
Fort Riley, Kansas before going overseas to serve
in the Korean War until the summer of 1952. He
then returned home to farm with his parents.
On September 18, 1953 he was united in
marriage to Hazel Elizabeth (Betty) Thompson
at the Farnam Methodist Church. While living
near Moorefield, five children were born to them:
John Edward (June 17, 1954), Wesley Gene
(April 6, 1956), Wendel Jon (March 5, 1957),
Weldon James (December 5, 1958) and Sharla Kay
(August 4, 1961).
In 1962, a severe hailstorm forced the family
to leave the farm and move to Farnam. While
continuing to farm until 1980, Gene also served
as bus driver, street superintendent and village
marshal in Farnam. He was an insurance agent
and crop hail adjuster for many years and for the
past six years he has been Farnamís paper carrier.
In his later years he enjoyed several hobbies, but
he enjoyed most of all his grandchildren and the
many friends who needed his help or just stopped
He was a member of the Farnam United
Methodist Church and the American Legion.
Although he suffered many problems with
his health in his life, Gene carried a slip of
paper in his billfold that read:
Do not worry whether or not
the sun will rise,
Be prepared to enjoy it.
He will be greatly missed by his wife,
Betty and parents, Ed and Lois of Farnam;
two sons and wives, Wendel and Donna Hoppe
of The Woodlands, Texas and Weldon and
Paula Hoppe of Colon, Nebraska; a daughter
and husband, Sharla and Brian Rader of
Hickman, Nebraska; two sisters and husbands,
Mary Ellen and Rex Stewart of Omaha,
Nebraska and Carol and Ed Warner of
Littleton, Colorado; a brother and wife,
Glen and Marlene Hoppe of Doniphan,
Nebraska; ten grandchildren and many
other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by two sons,
John in 1954 and Wesley in 1976.
In the past few years, he put much effort
into emulating the lives of his grandfathers,
who were pioneers in Nebraska. He raised a
team of oxen and trained them to pull using
his Grandfather Hoppeís original yoke. His
beard gave him a resemblance to his Great-
Grandfather Gibson, who travelled to California,
crossing Nebraska with a team of oxen in 1859.
The following poem is from Gibsonís
memorial service in 1891:
íTis hard to break the tender cord,
Where love has bound the heart,
íTis hard, so hard, to speak the word,
íTil heaven, we must part.
Services were at the Farnam United
Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday
September 3, 1992 with Rev. Arnie Teachout
officiating. Interment was at Farnam Ceme-
tery with military honors by the Farnam
American Legion Post #288.
Edwin Herbert Hoppe
Edwin Herbert Hoppe died May 28, 1996 at
his home in Grand Island, Nebraska at the age
of 94 years, 11 months and 11 days. He was
born June 17, 1901 at the family home near
Gretna in Phillips County, Kansas to F.C. and
Agnes (Gibson) Hoppe.
As a young man he worked in western Kansas
and southwestern Nebraska for farmers and
ranchers in the area. He married Lois McLaughlin
of Moorefield, Nebraska on January 16, 1928 at
St. Francis, Kansas. They first lived and worked
around Imperial, Nebraska before moving to the
Moorefield/Farnam, Nebraska vicinity in 1930,
where they made their home and living for the
next 65 years. In 1995, they moved to Riverside
Lodge retirement apartments in Grand Island,
Nebraska. They enjoyed over 68 years of married
Farming, playing cards and watching baseball
were among his pasttimes in life and he enjoyed
many years of fishing at his cabin on Jeffrey Lake
north of Moorefield. He also liked friends and
He is survived by his wife, Lois, of Grand
Island; two daughters, Mary Ellen Stewart and
her husband, Rex, of Bella Vista, Arkansas and
Carol Warner and her husband, Ed, of Littleton,
Colorado; a son, Glen and his wife, Marlene, of
Doniphan, Nebraska, nine grandchildren and 16
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by a son, Gene, six brothers, five sisters and two
grandsons, John and Wesley Hoppe.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, May 31, 1996 at the United Methodist
Church in Farnam, Nebraska where Ed was a
longtime member. Burial was in the Farnam
Wesley Gene Hoppe
A Farnam teen-ager, Wes Hoppe, was killed
early Saturday when his small car collided
headon with a tractor trailer near Maryville,
Also killed were Janet Hawk of Des Moines,
Iowa, Stephen Purnell of Glenwood, and Thomas
McAlexander, Council Bluffs. All were 19 and
passengers in the Hoppe auto.
Troopers said the collision occured four
miles north of Maryville about 1:20 a.m. The
car was eastbound when it apparently crossed
the center line and collided with the truck.
It was not determined who was driving at the
The driver of the truck received minor
injuries. Two passengers in his cab were
taken to the hospital with injuries that were
described as not serious.
The four youth were students at Northwest
Missouri State University at Maryville.
Wesley Gene Hoppe, first born living son
of Gene and Betty Hoppe, began his life
April 6, 1956 at Gothenburg, Nebraska. At the
age of 19 years, 9 months and 11 days he
departed this life from Maryville, Missouri
as the result of an automobile accident.
Wesley grew to young manhood in Farnam,
attending the Farnam Public Schools and
United Methodist Church where he was baptized
as an infant, confirmed, and became a faithful
member. His life was filled with many tributes
and being very modest he took each in his
stride as another job well done. Among these
were Great-Plains Most Valuable Player,
All-State Selection several times, Boys State
Representative, United Methodist Youth
Fellowship president, Outstanding Teenager
of America Award, academic awards in
Industrial Arts, dramatics, Student Council
President and humble recipient of the Gene
Widick Memorial award. To his many school
and church activities he added time for
hunting with his dad and friends. He added
to his pleasure of living, work, which he
did diligently and with pride and self
He leaves to cherish his memory, his
mom and dad; brother, Wendel and his wife,
Kathy of Maryville, Missouri; brother, Weldon
and sister, Sharla of his home. Grandparents,
Nina Thompson, Ed and Lois Hoppe of Farnam
and Maude McLaughlin of Omaha. Six aunts
and uncles and their families, his cousins,
many other relatives and a score of friends,
both young and old.
Wesley was preceded in death by an
infant brother, John Edward in 1954; his
grandfather, Elgie Thompson and great-
grandfather, James McLaughlin.
Wesley had no enemy, lived his life with
zeal and joy, filled each day to the brim
and slept only when he had to.
He will be missed by many but leaves
only good memories for them to guide their
lives by. May he continue to live in each,
to the glory of God.
Services were held on Monday, January
19, 1976 at 10 a.m. at the Farnam United
Methodist Church, with the Pastor, the
Rev. Leonard S. Clark, and the Rev. Harold
Ellis of the Farnam Church of the Nazarene
officiating. Music was furnished by Miss
Susan Bick at the piano and Mr. Carroll
VanCleave of Gothenburg as soloist,
accompanying himself on the guitar. He
sang "Country Roads," "Silent Sunlight"
and "Do Lord." The congregation joined
in singing the hymn "How Great Thou Art."
Casket bearers were Garold Messersmith,
Chuck Brauer, Deloit Cross, Rick Williams,
Richard Edson, William Roux and Steve
Scroggins. Honorary bearers were Hank
Voss, Mark Smallfoot, Teammates of the
classes of 1971-77, Coaches Sauer,
Fuller, Gumb and Alsup.
Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery
under the direction of McVay Memorial
Chapel of Gothenburg.
The Free Press, January 22, 1976
Minnette Houdesheldt, former farm and ranch editor at The Telegraph,
died Nov. 9, 1998, at her home in Lincoln. She was 61.
She was born Oct. 31, 1937, at Hebron to Nelson and Earline Walters
Taylor. She graduated from Farnam High School in 1955 and graduated in
1959 with a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
On Oct. 21, 1960, she married Bob Houdesheldt at Kimball.
Mrs. Houdesheldt was a staff reporter and farm-ranch editor at The
Telegraph from 1966 to 1972. During that time, she won several state and
national press awards.
Survivors include a daughter, Dianne (Mike) LaFountain of England;
two sons, Mike (Martha) and Greg (Lori), both of Lincoln; a sister, Kathy
MaGee of Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, David (Anna) Taylor and James Taylor,
both of Virginia; six grandsons; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband in October 1979, her father
in October 1966 and her mother in November 1991.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Butherus-Maser-Love Funeral Home
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, November 13, 1998