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Margaret Maria Johnson
Margaret Maria Clemens, daughter of Joseph and Mary Clemens, was born in Perry township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, on August 20, 1859. She was married to Millard S. Johnson, June 28, 1877. Had they lived, they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. To this union were born seven children: Mary Messersmith, Farnam; George, Stockville; Susanna Lydic, Glendale, Arizona; Charles, Farnam; Philip, Farnam; Rosie Burton, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Pearl Harrison, Phillips, Nebraska.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri, then later, to Frontier County, Nebraska in 1890, where they resided on a farm. In 1915, they moved to Farnam, then in 1921, to Peoria, Arizona, where they made their home until Mr. Johnsonís death in January, 1937. At that time Mrs. Johnson returned to Nebraska. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Messersmith, April 7, 1937, at the age of 77 years, 7 months, and 18 days.
While living near Orafino, Nebraska, Mrs. Johnson was united with the Evangelical Church. She was active in church work while she lived in Farnam. She was a good neighbor, and a loving wife, mother, and , grandmother. Her assistance at the bedside of the sick and afflicted will always be remembered with deepest appreciation. She was very patient during her own last lingering illness.
Those surviving are her seven children, one brother, John Clemens of Indiana, 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and many friends. Her husband, several brothers and sisters and two grandchildren preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Saturday afternoon, with Rev. L. H. Messersmith in charge. The pall bearers were six grandsons: Emry and Orvis Messersmith, Millard, Irvin, C1arence, and Raymond Johnson. A mixed quartet, Mrs. Merton Parker, Mrs. Lynn Crossgrove, Mr. David Banks, and Mr. Vern Todd sang the same songs that were sung at Mr. Johnsonís funeral a few weeks ago.

Velma Elsie Johnson
Velma Elsie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hand, was born Saturday 10, 1912, at Moorefield, Nebraska and passed away at the Lexington hospital Feb. 27, 1951, at the age of 39 years, one month and seventeen days.
Velma graduated from the Moorefield High School with the class of 1930. She was united in marriage to Irvin C. Johnson, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson at Stockville, Nebraska, April 14, 1932 at North Platte, Nebraska.
To this union five children were born. She is survived by her husband; three daughters and two sons, Ro Jean Crawford of Moorefield, Roberta, Merle, Wayne and Jeannette all at home; her parents; one brother, Vaughn Hand of Moorefield; and one foster brother, Carlos Hoyt of Gering, Nebr.
Also a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church in Farnam, Nebr, Friday, March 2, 1951 at 2 P.M. Elder E. E. Giesler of Moorefield, conducted the services. The singers were Mr. Earl Hess, Mrs. Earl Hess, Mrs. Hugo Blomquist, and Mr. Dale Montgomery. Mrs. Jay Rice accompanied them.
Pall Bearers were Ray Donner, Paul Hess, Jim Speck, Lyle Wollam, Richard Trauernight, and Louis Messersmith. The casket was not opened after the service, and Velma was laid to rest in the Farnam cemetery.
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Eleanor Johnson
Eleanor Lorraine Johnson was born near Stockville, Nebr., Dec. 7, 1920. She passed from this life at Farnam, Nebr., May 15, 1934, at the age of 13 years, 5 months and 8 days.
She spent her short life in the community in which she was born. She attended the Stockville grade school, and was to have been graduated there this year.
Eleanor will be greatly missed by the members of her family, her classmates, teachers, and many other friends. Her sweet face and happy smile will long be remembered by all who enjoyed knowing her.
She leaves in bereavement her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. I. Johnson, of Stockville, four sisters, Mrs. Clyde Gardner and Mrs. Marion Metcalf of Farnam, Mrs. Ed Weiss, near Stockville, and Donna, at home; two brothers, Millard and Irvin, both of Stockville; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Johnson, Peoria, Arizona; eight nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Her death came as a great shock since it was the first in the Johnson family. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Johnson had the privilege of enjoying nearly 57 years with their children and grandchildren before this first one was taken from the group.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Farnam, May 17, Rev. L. H. Messersmith in charge. Pallbearers were the following girls from Eleanorís Sunday school class: Frances Youree, Valena Weiss, Lucille Houghtelling, Helen Henderson, Ruth Hinton and Cleone Churchill.

Millard S. Johnson
Millard S. Johnson was born August 11, 1858, near Liverpool, Pennsylvania. He was married to Margaret M. Clemens, June 28, 1877. To this union were born seven children, Mary Messersmith, Farnam; George, Stockville; Susanna Lydic, Glendale, Arizona; Charles, Farnam; Philip, Farnam; Rosie Burton, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Pearl Harrison, Phillips, Nebr.
Mr. Johnson and his family came from Pennsylvania to Missouri, then to Frontier county, Nebraska in 1890, where they resided on a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson moved to Farnam in the fall of 1915. In 1921 they moved to Peoria, Arizona, where they have made their home since. He passed away at his home in Arizona, Jan. 17, 1937, at the age of 78 years, 5 months, 6 days.
Those surviving are his wife; seven children; a brother, Theorus, Altoona, Pennsylvania; 24 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends. Two grandchildren and two brothers preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at Farnam, Sunday, January 24. Rev. L. H. Messersmith officiated, assisted by Rev. S. McKeown. Pallbearers were five grandsons: Emry and Orvis Messersmith, Millard, Clarence, and Raymond Johnson, and one nephew: Lawrence Johnson.

Clara McMichael Johnson
Clara McMichael was born July 4, 1885, at Farnam and departed from this live at the Farnam hospital September 22, 1942, at the age of 57 years, 2 months and 18 days.
Her entire life was lived in Frontier county, the last 23 years on a farm near Stockville.
In 1903 she was united in marriage to George I. Johnson, and to this union were born seven children, one daughter Eleanor Lorraine preceding her in death at the age of 13 years.
She is survived by her husband, four daughters, and two sons;

George Irvin Johnson
George Irvin Johnson, son of Millard and Margaret Johnson, was born near Maryville, Mo., on April 13, 1881, and passed away April 20, 1945, at a North Platte hospital at the age of 64 years and 7 days. The last seven months of his life were spent in hospitals.
In the spring of 1890 he came with his parents to Frontier county, spending the past twenty-five years on his farm north of Stockville.
In February 1903, he was united in marriage to Clara McMichael, to which union were born seven children, five daughters and two sons, Mrs. Johnson and one daughter Eleanor preceded him in death. Surviving are Jennie Gardner and Dora Weiss of Farnam, Rebecca Metcalf of Woodburn, Ore., Irvin of Eustis, Donna Hinton and Millard of Stockville.
Besides his children, Mr. Johnson leaves four sisters, Mrs. Harry Messersmith of Farnam, Mrs. Susanna Lydic, Glendale, Arizona, Mrs. Willard Burton, Aberdeen, S.D., and Mrs. LeRoy Harrison, Alda, Nebr.; two brothers, Charles of Arlington, Calif., and Philip of Farnam; 17 grandchildren, one, Eldon Metcalf, serving in the armed forces oversea, and many friends.
Funeral services were held at the Congregational church at Stockville April 23 at 2 p.m. with Rev. E. E. Geisler of Moorefield officiating.
Pallbearers were his two sons and his sons-in-law, Ed Weiss, Clyde Gardner and Dean Hinton, and a nephew Orvis Messersmith, music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rice and daughter.
Burial was in Farnam cemetery.

George Johnson
George Francis Johnson, son of Owen and Charlotta Johnson, was born March 27, 1883, in Jones County, Iowa, and departed this life May 12, 1964, in Worland, Wyoming, at the age of 81 years, 1 month and 15 days.
In childhood he moved with his parents to Frontier County Nebraska where he grew to young manhood.
January 3, 1901, George was united in marriage to Sylvia Lorada Brott at Stockville, Nebraska. After a honeymoon in Cherry County, George homesteaded a place west of Ingham. Later buying a farm south of Farnam where they lived until retiring because of ill health. Born to this union were Francis, Marion, Walter, Maude (Plourd), Viola (Lehman), Edward, Edna (Clymore), Norene (Zink), Lewis, and George B.
The last six and half years were spent in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Clymore, at Worland, Wyoming.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia, and two sons, Edward and Marion: three brothers and two sisters. He will be missed by his four sons, and four daughters, 45 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, a sister Grace and five brothers; Edward, Sylvester, Ervin, Arthur, and Owen.
Funeral sevices were held May 16, 1964, in the Farnam Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Donald Green officiating. Mrs. Charles Pollard, Mrs. Charles Davis, and Mr. and Mrs. Truman Barrett sang, accompanied by Gwen Barrett.
Pallbearers were: Clarence Oberg, Fred Johnson, Jake Ernest, Anton Kotschwar, A. J. Jorgensen and Raymond Hansen. Interment was the Farnam Cemetery.

Tony Ray Klein
Tony Ray Klein, 20, of Farnam, died Jan. 21, 1996 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident.
He was born March 25, 1975, in Cozad to Gary and Dianne Lynn Meredith Klein and was a 1994 graduate of Farnam High School. He attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.
He was a member of the Tri-County 4-H Club.
Survivors include his parents; a sister, Lynn Hodson of Curtis; a brother, Travis at home; grandparents, Raymond and Sue Klein of Bartlett, Arlene Klein and Lois Meredith, both of Gothenburg; great-grandparents Nona Klein of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Martha Toberer of Eustis; and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Meredith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Farnam Public Schools with the Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery.

Edward Krepcik
Edward Raymond Krepcik, son of Mr. & Mrs. Emil Krepcik, Sr. was born on November 24, 1914, in Bellingham, Washington. As a small child, he came to Nebraska with his parents, brothers and sisters making their home on a farm five miles from Riverdale, Nebr. In March 1931, the family moved to a farm northwest of Farnam, where he grew to manhood.
He later made his home in Long Beach, California, where he worked in the shipyards during the war. On Sunday, January 3, 1965, the deceased departed this life in a hospital at Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 50 years, 1 month and 8 days.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his brothers and sisters: Joe, Idaho, Emil, Farnam, Louis, Culbertson, Mrs. Ann Blomenkamp, Hastings, Mrs. Grace Ringenberg, Buhl, Idaho, Mrs. Louise Pavelka, Hastings and 13 nieces and nephews. His parents and a younger brother, Calvin, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Janaury 9, 1965, in the McVay-Olesen Funeral home with Rev. Robert J. Schaff officiating. Mrs. Delores Nickerson and Mrs. Audrey Kotschwar sang accompanied by Mrs. Raymond Smith.
Pallbearers were: Richard McMichael, Wayne Williams, Elgie Thompson, Richard Derra, Bert Hampson, and Wray Lydic. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery.

Harold Lehman
Harold Lehman, 92, of Farnam, died June 2,
1996, at Gothenburg.
He was born March 7, 1904, at Sherman
County to Lewis and Ida Finder Lehman. At
the age of two, he moved with his parents, to
Frontier County where he grew to young
manhood.
On March 26, 1928, he married Viola May
Johnson at Stockville and they made their home
south of Farnam for nine years. Later they
bought a farm north of Farnam where they
lived until retirement when they moved to
Farnam in March 1973. He was a longtime
rancher and farmer in the Farnam community.
His wife preceded him in death on March 30,
1992.
He was a member of the Nebraska Hereford
Association, and the American Hereford
Association.
Survivors include three daughters, Della
(Bill) Schnackenburg of Bella Vista, AR,
Loree McCord of Hastings and Linda (Larry)
Brower of Kimball; three sons, Marvin (Lisa)
of Maxwell, Lewis (LaVonne) of Ainsworth
and Jerry (Karen) of Farnam; 18 grandchildren
and a host of great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of
64 years, three brothers and two sisters.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday,
June 6, 1996, at the Farnam Church of the
Nazarene with Pastors Steve Bales and Ken
Sawyer officiating. Burial was in the Farnam
Cemetery.
Memorials to the Farnam Church of the
Nazarene and the Farnam Senior Center.
The FREE PRESS, June 13, 1996, p. 10

Mabel Lervig
Mabel Lervig, 94, of Elwood died July 31, 2000, at the Elwood Care Center.
She was born Nov. 28, 1905, near Smithfield to Walter and Adda Lewis Frazell. She attended schools in Smithfield and Elwood. After she graduated from the Elwood High School, she taught country school in Gosper County.
On Feb. 11, 1927, she married Fred Lervig at Norton, Kan. They made their home in Elwood. In 1936, they moved to Nampa, Idaho. They returned to Elwood in 1942. While teaching at Elwood and Farnam schools, she attended Kearney State College and received her degree. She had made her home at the Elwood Care Center since 1994.
She was a 56-year member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bridge and fishing.
Mrs. Lervig is survived by two daughters, Virginia (LaVerne) Stuehm of Smithfield and Shari (Francis) Gauthier of Grand Island; a sister, Marie Vinzant of Fallbrook, Calif.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971; three sisters; four brothers; and a grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Elwood with the Rev. Fred Andersen officiating. Burial will be in the Elwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad is in charge.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph August 2, 2000

Bernard 'Bernie' Lindvall Jr.
Bernard "Bernie" Lindvall Jr., 84, died Jan. 28, 2000, at his home in Gothenburg.
He was born June 24, 1915, at Lincoln to Bernard A. and Louise D. Wehrs Lindvall. The family resided in Holdrege at the time of his birth but moved to his childhood home west of Farnam in his early years. He attended school at Ingham and later received his bachelor's degree in science from Kearney State College. He was an elementary school teacher, administrator and a friend to young people. He was a great believer in education and had a natural gift for giving his students the ability and desire to learn.
On June 8, 1941, he married H. Elaine McNickle and they had four sons. He also had a farm and cattle operation. He was active in the boys' 4-H activities. His wife preceded him in death April 22, 1969. On June 23, 1972, he married Gail McFarland Norsworthy. They spent many happy years together while he continued to teach and raise cattle. His second wife preceded him in death Jan. 29, 1995.
Mr. Lindvall taught at various schools including Farnam, Eustis, Beaver Valley (Danbury), Maywood and 81R northeast of Gothenburg. He loved to socialize and there were very few who met him that remained strangers by the end of the night. He was a member of Farnam United Methodist Church. Survivors include four sons, Jerry of Omaha, Ron (Minnie Ann) of Edgar, Keith (Lila) of Kearney and Robert "George" (Mary) of Curtis; two stepchildren and their families including, Mary Ann (Jack) Ostergard of Gothenburg; seven grandchildren; families of his wives; nieces and nephews; and best companion, Roy Bartlett of Gothenburg.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lucile; and a brother, Wehrs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Farnam with Dr. William Deahl officiating. Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, February 1, 2000

Bernard Lindvall, Sr.
Bernard Alfred Lindvall, son of Alfred and Hanna Lindvall, was born at Galesburg, ILlinois, September 29, 1874 and passed away at North Platte, Nebr. June 27, 1968, at the age of 93 years, 8 months and 28 days.
He moved with his parents to Kearney, Nebraska, at the age of three. Later in 1891, they moved to Holdrege, Nebr. where his father was engaged in the grocery business. He spent his boyhood and early manhood at Holdrege where he helped his father in the grocery store. He also farmed north of Holdrege.
In 1917, he and his family moved to Ingham, Nebr. and lived on the home farm which is 5 miles west of Farnam, until 1960 when he went to North Platte, where he resided in a small cottage near his oldest son, until two and one half years ago when it was necessary for him to have medical care.
In 1904 he was united in marriage to Louise Wehrs, who preceded him in death in 1940. To this union were born three children; Wehrs of North Platte, Mrs. L. C. (Lucile) Coleman, of Orlanda, Florida, and Bernie of Farnam. He was a member of the Swedish Baptist Church of Holdrege and attended the Methodist Church of Ingham.
He leaves to mourn his death, three children and eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Farnam Methodist Church July 1, 1968, with Rev. James Staley officiating. Music was provided by Mrs. Harold Bick, Mrs. Anton Kotschwar and Mrs. Raymond Smith. Pallbearers were Dale McNickle, Vernon Thomsen, Russell Wilcox, Kenneth Stevens, Wayne Thomsen and Glen Wintermute.

Helen Elaine Lindvall
Helen Elaine McNickle, the daughter of Harve and Lillie McNickle, was born May 22, 1919, at Farnam, Nebr. She spent the early years of her life around Farnam and graduated from Farnam High School in 1936. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for two years.
On June 8, 1941, she was united in marriage to Bernie Lindvall in a double ceremony with her sister at the Farnam Methodist Church. To this union four son, Jerry, Ronald, Keith and Robert were born.
She took off-campus and night classes at Kearney State College and received her B.A. degree in 1965. She taught school in Maxwell, Farnam, Eustis and Elwood. At the time of her final illness she was elementary principal and second grade teacher at Elwood.
Mrs. Lindvall was an active member of the Farnam United Methodist Church, serving on the church board as Christian Education chairman. She taught Sunday School for several years, was a member of the Women's Society of Christian service, led Girl Scouts and was involved in 4-H at the different judging contests. At the time of her passing she was a leader of the Knotty Chefs 4-H club.
Elaine passed away at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebr. April 22, 1969, at the age of 49 years and 11 months. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, Bernie of Farnam, Nebr., four sons: Jerry and wife Anita; Keith, his wife, Sharon and son, Scott; Robert, his wife, Ruth and son, Todd, all of Lincoln, Nebr.; and Ronald of Ames, Iowa. Four brothers: Rex of Lancaster, Pa., Glen of Billings, Mont., Verne and Dale of Farnam, Nebr.; one sister Mrs. Vernon Thomsen of Chappell, Nebr. and several nephews,nieces and a host of friends and relatives.
Services were held April 25, 1969, at 2:00 p.m. at the Farnam School Auditorium with clergymen, Rev. Conley Hinrichs and Rev. Fred Baker officiating.

Robert J. Lydic
Robert Johnston Lydic was born to Robert L. and Anna M. Lydic on October 21, 1879, at Cherry Tree, Indiana County, Pennsylvania and departed this life on August 6, 1969, at Hastings, Nebraska at the age of 89 years, 9 months and 16 days. His early childhood was spent in the beautiful wooded foothills of the Allegheny mountains in western Pennsyslvania.
At the age of nine years he moved with his parents and family to a homestead 9½ miles south of Farnam, where he grew to manhood, suffered the loss of his father in death at the age of 13, and shared the hardships and privations of pioneer life in company with his family and neighbors as did all the early settlers who drew their nourishment from the soil.
When he became an adult he acquired a farm of his own 8 miles south of Farnam and established a home to which he brought his bride, Lula E. Aylsworth, after their marriage on September 19, 1905. To this union four chldren were born, and on this farm all grew to adulthood.
He is preceeded in death by his father and mother, two brothers, James K. Lydic and Edward W. Lydic; three sisters, Luella Rice, Bessie L. Stevenson and Herriet A. Ross; one sister who died in infancy; his beloved wife, Lula E. Lydic and one granddaughter, Bernice Lydic Courtney.
He leaves to mourn his passing two sons, Frank A. Lydic and R. Wray Lydic; two daughters, Alverda L. Hamm and Anna M. Peterman, eight grandchildren, six grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and kind neighbors and friends.

Nina E. (Hughes) (Thompson) Martin
Nina E. Martin, 86, of Gothenburg, formerly of Farnam, died Jan. 7, 1999 at Hilltop Estates. Nina was born Jan. 12, 1912 at Barracksville, West Virginia as the ninth child of WIlliam and Sarah Soxman Hughes.
Her family had long been employed in the coal mines and were beginning to see the deadly results of constant exposure to the coal dust and accidents due to neglect of precautionary timbering. As a result of this, Nina and her family chose to leave the coal fields in 1921 and moved across country in two touring cars to California. The family's first work experience there was in the fruit and nut operations of northern California near Red Bluff. Again the work was seasonal and limited. The family moved to Burlingame, Calif., in 1925, where Nina attended and graduated from high school in 1930.
She continued to do housework for others as she had done through high school, and adding other employment to help with the family's day to day expenses. During this time she attended San Mateo Jr. College for a year where she was interested in art and bettering her life status through education.
In 1933, Nina traveled to Nebraska with her future mother-in-law. She was married to Elgie Thompson Jan. 12, 1934 at Oberlin, Kansas. They farmed north of Farnam until 1938 when they traveled west via Brownsville, Texas, to Red Bluff, California, looking for work.
They returned to Nebraska, moving south of Farnam to farm the Kerr place. For eight years they farmed north of town until 1957 when they moved into Farnam.
Nina began working outside the home, employed at Clement's Mercantile, the Broken Spoke, and Hoppe's Country Store.
Following the death of her husband Elgie in 1970, she continued working until 1979, when she married Jack Martin. In 1987, Jack and she moved to North Star Apartments in Gothenburg where she still resided at the time of her death.
Jack preceded her in death in 1988.
Her latest joy besides her family and friends was her work at the Gothenburg Senior Center, where she was employed as a Green Thumb member.
Nina was a longtime member of the Farnam United Methodist Church, Farnam American Legion Auxialiary, Easter Rebekah Lodge, North Union Aid and several bowling leagues.
Survivors include four daughters, Betty Hoppe-Stevens and her husband Ken Stevens of Farnam, Sally Thomas of North Platte, Ruth Ann (Irvin) Hess of Farnam and Pat (Ron) Binning of Batavia, Ohio; four step-children, June Cooper of North Platte, Jerry (Sandra) Martin of Fairbury, Doug (Sue) Martin of North Platte and Norma Florom of McCook; two brothers, Don (Margaret) Hughes of Petaluma, Calif., and Joseph (Elvira) Hughes of San Jose, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; 11 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, four brothers, husbands, a son-in-law and two grandsons.
Funeral services were Jan. 11, 1999 at Farnam United Methodist Church with Rev. Eugene Beye officiating.
Burial was in the Farnam Cemetery.
Source: The Gothenburg Times


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