|Douglas Dowain Thomalla
This community was shocked and deeply grieved to learn of the tragic
accident at the farm home of Mr. And Mrs. Earl Thomalla, when their little
son, Douglas Dowain was found drowned at their home Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Thomalla left the little tot in the yard, which was fenced, and
in about 15 minutes after she had seen him playing she went to locate him
and as he had disappeared through a hole under the fence by the gate she
started searching for him. When she had looked every place she thought
he might be near the barn, including a search in the tank and hog waterer
she went to the field where Mr. Thomalla was working and when he was not
to be found there, they returned to find that he had gotten into the hog
waterer. They rushed him to the hospital but were unable to revive him.
Though his stay upon earth was of short duration he had endeared himself
to his parents and his many other relatives and friends who will all miss
him. He had reached the age of one year, 8 months and 11 days.
Funeral services were held from the Catholic church Thursday morning
at 10:00 o’clock.
He is survived by his parents, Leila Belle and Earl Thomalla, his grandparents,
Mr. And Mrs. Henry Derra and Mrs. Ada Thomalla besides the aunts and uncles
and many other relatives.
John P. Thomalla
Services were held from the St. Joseph Catholic church at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, in charge of Father Turek.
Interment was in the Farnam cemetery. John Paul Thomalla was born February
12, 1865, and departed this life Dec. l0, 1937 at the age of 72 years,
10 months and 3 days.
He came to America from Prussia with his parents in 1874 and they settled
near Cambridge, Nebr. He moved to this community about 1885.
In 1801 he married Cyrena Hurshman and to this union two children were
born: Loren and William. His wife preceded him in death in 1890 and his
son, Loren, in 1920.
He moved to Cambridge in 1904, and lived there three years, when he
again returned to Farnam.
In 1911 he married Ada Harry and to this union three children were
born: Pansy, Earl and Gracie.
They made their home at Farnam until 1922, when they moved to Cozad,
where Mr. Thomalla engaged in the implement business.
They returned to Farnam in the fall of 1927 and located on the Laucomer
place, south .of town.
A short time later his health began to fail and he suffered continually
until he passed away at his home in Farnam.
He leaves to mourn, his wife; two sons, William of Curtis and Earl
of Farnam; two daughters, Mrs. Pansy Peirsol and Gracie of Farnam; two
sisters, Mrs. Pauline Beiber and Mrs. Jane Campbell of Cambridge; one brother,
Joe, of Aurora; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, many other
relatives and a host of friends.
Elgie Thomas Thompson
Elgie Thomas Thompson, son of John Edward and Rosetta Thompson was
born May 29, 1913 at Ontario, Oregon. He moved to California with his parents
when he was 10 years old, and graduated from Burlingame, California, High
Schoo1. He attended San Mateo Junior College.
In 1932 he came to Nebraska and started farming with his father in
the Farnam vicinity.
On January 12, 1934 he was united in marriage to Nina Hughes. To this
union was born four daughters, Betty, Sally, Ruth Ann and Patricia.
Elgie farmed in the Farnam community till 1957, when they moved to
Farnam and was employed at the Farnam Co-Op Station. In 1963 he became
manager of the Co-Op Station, which he was yet at the time of his death.
Elgie passed away July 8th, 1970, at St. Mary's Hospital in North Platte,
after a short illness at the age of 57 years, 1 month and 9 days.
He was an active member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, Lions Club and Volunteer
Firemen and a member of the United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed fishing and boating in his leisure time at his cabin at
Survivors include his wife, Nina; his daughters, Mrs. Gene (Betty)
Hoppe, Mrs. Irvin (Ruth Ann) Hess, both of Farnam, Mrs. Sally Thomas of
North Platte and Mrs. Ron (Pat) Binning of Milford, Ohio; 13 grandchildren,
cousins and friends.
Services were held in the Farnam United Methodist Church on Saturday,
July 11, 1970. Rev. Kenneth Coursey officiated. Music was provided by Mrs.
Audrey Kotschwar and Mrs. Deloras Nickerson with Mrs. Doris Smith accompanist.
Pallbearers were Vern Brouillette, Russ Wilcox, Lloyd Beery, Jess Zysset,
Dick Edson and Wray Lydic. Burial was in the Farnam Cemetery.
Owen Thompson was born to J. W. and Ida Owen Thompson, November 17,
1890, at Farnam, Nebraska. He passed away quite suddenly on June 15, 1961,
at the age of 70 years.
Owen grew to manhood in the Farnam community. He enlisted in World
War I and joined the Rainbow division, serving overseas.
In 1924, he was united in marriage to Floy Caley at Denver, Colo. This
union was blessed with one son, Gerald.
He was appointed Postmaster in 1919 serving until 1931 when he was
appointed mail carrier on the rural route where he served until 1959 when
he retired. From then on, he found more time in his favorite sports, hunting
Owen was a member of American Legion Post 288; of the I.O.O.F. no.
235, serving as sec'y for 25 years and of the Farnam Lions Club of which
he was past President and now Secretary.
His dear ones who remain are: his wife, Floy; his son, Gerald; and
his sisters, Maude Thompson and Mrs. Mable Hicks, both of San Gabriel,
H. Wayne Thomsen
H. Wayne Thomsen, 78, of Gothenburg died Feb. 21, 1999, at his home
in Gothenburg following a long struggle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 10, 1921, near Ingham to Herman S. and Mabel Grace
Christensen Thomsen. He attended Ingham School, Wesleyan College and the
University of Nebraska Agricultural College in Lincoln. He was a member
of the Gamma Phi Chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity.
Mr. Thomsen was a farmer and rancher. He lived on the family farm until
retiring and moving into Gothenburg in 1983.
On Jan. 20, 1973, he married Loree Kolb Agent.
An avid sports fan, he played on the Farnam town baseball team in the
1940s and was considered an outstanding player. For years, he was the spotter
for the Farnam High School football team. He attended the University of
Nebraska home football games until this last year. He was a faithful follower
of the local area football and basketball teams.
He was instrumental in starting the Farnam Rural Fire District and
was on the board for 24 years. He was a member of the United Methodist
Church for more than 50 years and a Lions Club Member for more than 40
years. He was a member of Farnam/Eustis Marriage Encounter and also a member
of the *Journey of Hope* cancer support group.
After retirement, he enjoyed part-time employment with Bellamy Fertilizer
and DeKalb and hauling corn for area farmers. He also worked in collecting
the 1990 census.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Carol (Deloit) Cross of
Moorefield and Shelly (Mark) Bierma of Omaha; a son, Earl J. Agent of Topeka,
Kan.; a brother, Vernon (Ethel) Thomsen of Sutherland; four grandchildren,
Jennifer, Wesley, John and Henry Cross; and many nieces and nephews and
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Evelyn Dow, and
a niece and nephew.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Hospice,
United Methodist Church pipe organ fund or to the donor's choice.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church
with the Rev. David Fowler officiating. Burial will be in the Gothenburg
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, February 23, 1999.
Mildred Dorothy Tillinghast, 91, formerly of Arthur, died Dec. 22,
1998, in Tulsa Okla.
She was born Sept. 12, 1907, in Farnam to U.T. and Nettie Wade. She
graduated from Weeping Water High School. She taught school in Cherry,
Garden and Arthur Counties before she married Wayne Tillinghast on May
17, 1930. They lived in Arthur County. her husband preceded her in death
in 1989. She sold the ranch in 1991 and moved to Oklahoma.
Survivors include three sons, Lyle (Doris) of Collinsville, Okla.,
Bernard of Grand Island, and Jerry (Linda) of Holts Summit, Mo.; five grandchildren,
two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and four
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. MST Saturday at the Arthur Cemetery
with Rev. Glendon Epp officiating.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, December 23, 1998
Myrtle Rice Hesse, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clebert Rice, was born
March 26, 1882, at Olmstead, Ohio, and departed this life February 21,
1968, at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 25 days.
Mrs. Rice came to Nebraska with her parents in 1890 to live on a "tree
claim" near Farnam. She was married to Carl J. Velte on January l, 1902.
To this union were born six children: Florence Spearman of Lincoln, Harold
C. Velte, (deceased); Gladys Gaibler of Eustis; Helen Farmer of Terril,
Iowa; Anna Prestegard of Granite Falls, Minnesota; and Gaylord Velte of
Grant. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren.
Carl J. Velte died on December 18, 1925. She was married to Chris H.
Hesse on September 12, 1928. Chris Hesse died on February 4, 1958.
Mrs. Hesse was a member of the Farnam Methodist Church for the last
forty years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the
Rebecca Lodge, the W.S.C.S. the North Union Aid and the Community Workers.
Funeral services were held at the Farnam Methodist Church, Saturday,
February 24, 1968, with Clergyman Rev. James Staley officiating.
Music was provided by Mrs. Anton Kotschwar, Mrs. Deloras Nickerson
and Mrs. Raymond Smith. Pallbearers were Noble Bellamy, Charles Davis,
Henry Wiggers, Russell Wilcox, Raymond Smith and Dale Montgomery.
William Alexander Wallingford
William Alexander Wallingford, son of Hiram and Hannah Wallingford,
was born September 17, 1847 at Montkarmal, Kentucky. He passed away August
15, 1934 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Daisy Depuy in Gothenburg, Nebraska
at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 29 days. He was united in marriage
on May 21, 1872 to Nancy Caster at Greenburg, Indiana. To this union seven
children were born.
In 1887 the Wallingford family came to Nebraska locating on a farm
four and one half miles northwest of Farnam, where they lived until 1918.
At that time they moved to Gothenburg where he has resided ever since.
Mrs. Wallingford passed away May 15, 1931. Since her death Mr. Wallingford
has made his home with his children.
He was baptized and became a member of the Baptist church when a boy
later transfering his membership to the Methodist church at Gothenburg
where he remained a faithful member to the time of his death.
Mr. Wallingford was a kind and loving father, and a good neighbor,
always thinking of the welfare of others.
He leaves to mourn his death four daughters, Mrs. J. Mindenhall of
South Bend, Indiana, Mrs. Ben Lapp of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Daisy Depuy and
Mrs. Pearl Johnson of Gothenburg. Two sons Charley of Denver, Colorado
and Rafe of Gothenburg, one son having passed away in infancy. Mr. Wallingford
is also survived by twenty-five grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren,
besides a host of other relatives and friends. He had five sisters and
one brother all of whom preceded him in death.
A brief service was held at the home of the daughter in Gothenburg
on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock after which the funeral service was held
from the Methodist church in Farnam as 3 o’clock. Rev. C. R. Tanner officiating.
Funeral services for Roy Wear, 84, of Aurora, former resident of Farnam,
were held Friday November 1, 1965, at the Higby Mortuary in Aurora with
the Rev. Lyod Bliss of Hastings officiating.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Farnam Cemetery
with the Rev. John Milkkelsen of Gothenburg officiating.
He was born June 8, 1881, in Tobias, coming to Farnam at the age of
Survivors include his wife, Alice, five sons; Elvin of Big Springs;
Harold of Iowa; and Kenneth, Raymond and LaVern all of California; 4 daughters,
Mrs. Bernice Brown, Brady; Mrs. Elta Yant, Lincoln; Mrs. Betty Norgaard
of Aurora and Mrs. Imo Jean Lamm of Arkansas; two brothers, William and
Lewis of Kansas and one sister, Mrs. Mary Hazen of Idahao, and 28 grandchildren.
William Elwood Wharton
Willam Elwood Wharton son of Thomas and Sarah Wharton, was born September
24, 1861 at Appleby, Westmoreland county, England, and passed away November
2, 1945, at his home in Farnam, at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 9 days.
He was the eldest of seven children. His parents and four brothers
and a sister preceded him in death. His brother Mark and sister Mrs. Annie
Hope still reside in England.
In 1886, he came to America and settled at Jerseyville, Ill. Two years
later he moved to Moorefield, Nebraska, and made his home there until 1909.
At that time he moved to his farm south of Farnam where he has lived for
the past 37 years. Last spring he and Mrs. Wharton moved to their home
in Farnam. Mr. Wharton made two trips back to England since coming to America,
thus crossing the ocean five times.
He attended the Episcopal church while living in England. In 1910 he
was baptized and joined the Church of God at Moorefield. After moving to
Farnam he was a faithful attendant at the Methodist church serving on the
official church board and teaching the mens Sunday school class for many
years. His presence and the many inspirational talks he gave to the church
at various times were a great help to all. The pastors of the church always
found a warm welcome and fellowship in the Wharton home.
He enjoyed execllent health until the last few months. He was keen
minded and cheerful until he quietly slipped away Friday evening with Mrs.
Wharton sitting beside him.
Mr. Wharton took an interest in all worthwhile community activities
for many years. He was an earnest bible student and his life was a true
example of devout Christian living. He will be greatly missed as he and
Mrs. Wharton were always among the first to call on each new neighbor and
in any home where there was illness.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Hannah, his son Harold of Gering,
his daughter Helen of Lincoln, daughter Mrs. Florence Greenlee of Waterloo,
Iowa, and dauther Lt. Martha Wharton, an army nurse who has just returned
from 30 months overseas duty, two step-daughters, Mrs. Naoma Farris of
Chicago and Mrs. Bessie Vig of Sharon, N. Dak., also 4 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Chester Hugo
funeral parlors in Gothenburg to the local Methodist church, with Rev.
McCaig, Rev. Rodewald and Rev. Geisler officiating. Interment was in Farnam
Dency Blanche Wagers Whitman
Dency Blanche Wagers, daughter of William and Luella Wagers, was born
on July 26, 1891, at Shickley, Nebraska; and passed away at the Community
Hospital in Cozad, Thursday, December 1, 1955; at the age of 64 years,
4 months, and 6 days.
She was united in marriage to Leroy H. Whitman, September 15, 1909,
at Mason City, Nebraska. To this union were born two daughters.
After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Whitman lived in Mason City for
two years. They then resided in Primrose for about thirty years. For the
past fifteen years they have lived in Farnam. Since their marriage they
have operated the Primrose Press and the Farnam Press.
Mrs. Whitman was baptized in the Methodist Church in her infancy and
has been a member of the Methodist Church all her adult life. She was a
member in good standing of the Farnam Methodist Church at the time of her
death. She was a member of the Easter Star, Rose Chapter No. 102 of Albion
and of the Rebekah Lodge, No. 175, Farnam.
She is survived by her husband, two daugthers, Irene, Mrs. Donald H.
Bopp of Spaulding, and Helen, Mrs. William B. Macek of Ravenna, two granddaughters,
Eleanor, Mrs. Garrett Kasselder of Spaulding, and Miss Nancy Kay Macek
of Ravenna, one grandson, A. M. 2c Ronald M. Bopp, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville,
Florida. Two sisters, Mrs. Henry J. Williams, Omaha, and Mrs. Velma Latin,
Los Angeles, California, three brothers, Bert Wagers of Indio, California,
W. E. Wagers of Casper, Wyoming, and W. M. Wagers of Redding, California.
Mrs. Whitman was a good neighbor, a fine Christian, and a person loved
by all who knew her. She leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn
Funeral services were on Sunday, December 4, 1955, in the Farnam, Methodist
Church, Rev. B. H. Hart officiated. Interment in the Farnam Cemetery, Farnam,
Nebraska. Olesen Funeral Home in charge.
Mrs. Hugo Blomquist and Robert Zeeh sang beautiful appropriate songs
during the service and were accompanied by Mrs. Earl Edson at the piano.
Rebekah Ladies assisted at the graveside service.
Pallbearers were John Rowland, Hugo Blomquist, Burr Parker, Dale Montgomery,
Ernie Lewis and Jack Martin.
Hazel F. Widick
Hazel Florine Widick, age 89, passed away on December 4, 1998 in Tuscon.
She was born Hazel Florine Goesch on February 6, 1909 in Farnam, Nebraska
where she attended public school. She received her teaching certificate
from Kearney State Teachers College and taught school briefly before settling
into her role as loving wife, homemaker, cherished mother, and devoted
On June 30, 1932 she married Merle Clayton Widick and together they
raised their three children in Pinedale, Wyoming where they moved in 1936.
She subsequently lived in different communities in Wyoming until moving
to Tuscon in 1988.
She was devoted to her family, and never missed a grandchild's or great-grandchild's
band concert, soccer game, graduation, or wedding. Her family was more
important than anything else, and they will miss her terribly.
She is preceded in death by her husband Merle; son, Dennis; brother,
Wilbur; and her parents. She is survived by her son Donald (Claudia) Widick;
daughter, Carolyn (Lyle) Rolston; brother Courtney Goesch; 11 grandchildren;
14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Tuesday December
8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3737 N. Old Sabino Canyon
Madie Widick, 57, a lifelong resident of
Farnam, died April 20, 1998, at Gothenburg.
She was born Aug. 3, 1940, at Farnam to
Clifford Sr. and Elma Rosenfelt Nickerson.
She graduated from Farnam High School in 1958.
On Aug. 30, 1959, she married Ralph G.
Widick in Farnam.
Mrs. Widick is survived by her husband of
Farnam; a daughter, Karmen Widick of Brainard;
a son, Gregg of North Bend; a sister, Barb
Sherlock of Gothenburg; a brother, Cliff Jr.
(Pearl) Nickerson of North Platte; and nieces
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial has been established.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at
the Farnam United Methodist Church, with the
Revs. Art Phillips and Eugene Beye officiating.
Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery.
The North Platte Telegraph, April 22, 1998
Maurice Gene Widick
Spec 4 Maurice Gene Widick, son of Mr. & Mrs. Maurice (Bill) Widick
of Moorefield died in action in Vietnam Sept. 15, 1967.
He was born in Gothenburg Sept. 5, 1946. He made his home with his
parents until called to the service on November 22, 1965. He attended school
in Farnam graduating with the class of 1964.
He leaves to mourn his passing his parents, M.C. (Bill) & Mildred
Widick and three brothers, Frank at home, Bruce and Marsha of Kearney and
Ralph, Madeline and children of Farnam. Grandmother, Mrs. Lottie Devine
of Gothenburg. Grandfather, Mr. G.C. Widick of Farnam besides many other
relatives and a host of friends.
Military services were held at the Farnam School gymnasium Sept. 22,
1967. Gene was buried beside his brother, Kent, who was killed in a tractor
accident in July 1966.
Gene will be remembered by all who knew him for his cheerful and friendly
Merle Clayton Widick
Merle Clayton Widick, the oldest son of Grover and Rose Widick was
born April 22, 1910, at Smithfield, Nebraska. In 1923, the family moved
On June 30, 1932, Merle was married to Hazel Goesch.
In 1936 they moved to Pinedale, Wyoming, where they lived until 1963.
At the time of his death he was living in Sheridan, Wyoming, where he was
employed by the State Board of Equalization.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Hazel, two sons, Dennis of Bonneville,
Utah, Donald of Rawlins, Wyoming, a daughter, Carolyn Rolston of Lander,
Wyoming, his father, Grover Widick, three brothers, Maurice, Ellis and
Orvale, a sister, Elaine Williams, all of Farnam, eleven grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews.
His devotion to his family and his friendliness and gaiety leave many
pleasant memories for his family and friends.
Services were held at the Methodist Church in Farnam on May 5th with
Rev. G. J. Herring officiating. Music was by Mrs. Audrey Kotschwar and
Mrs. Deloras Nickerson with Mrs. Evelyn Davis, accompanist. Pallbearers
were Ralph, Frank, Dan, Bruce and Reynolds Widick and Ronald Williams.
Interment was in Farnam Cemetery with Masonic Rites at Graveside by
Gothenburg Lodge No. 249 AF & AM.
Source: The Gothenburg Times
Mildred Widick, 70, of Farnam, died Sunday at the Gothenburg hospital.
She was born June 5, 1917, near Farnam to Frank and Lottie Gamill Devine.
She was married to M.C. (Bill) Widick on June 1, 1936, in North Platte.
She was a member of the HOP Extension Club in Farnam and the Eagles Auxiliary
of North Platte. She attended the United Methodist Church at Farnam.
Survivors include her husband M.C. (Bill); three sons and their wives,
Ralph and Madie of Farnam; Bruce and Marsha of Malcolm; Frank and Cheryl
of Moorefield; one brother Herald Devine of Portland, Ore.; one sister,
Leila (Mrs. Roland) Gruber of Gothenburg; and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Widick was preceded in death by two sons, Gene, who was killed
in Vietnam, and Kent; and one sister, Eva. A memorial has been established
to the Nebraska Boys Ranch of Alliance or the donor’s choice.
Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church at Farnam
with the Rev. Charles Leypoldt officiating. Burial will be at the Farnam
Source: The FREE Press
Ina Mae Stoner was born April 18, 1888, at Sutton, Nebraska, and passed
away at Kearney , Nebraska, on July 6, 1968, at the age of 80 years, 2
months and 18 days.
When a small girl, she moved with her parents to a farm south of Moorefield
and then to a farm near Farnam.
On October 1, 1920, she was married to S.C. Wilcox. They then moved
to Farnam in 1923 where they resided till her death.
She leaves to mourn her passing: her husband, S.C. Wilcox, one daughter,
Mrs. Bernice Schnitzer of Omaha, one son, Russell Wilcox, one sister, Mrs.
Esther Chittock of Santa Ana, California, two granddaughters, Marla and
Sheila Wilcox and many other relatives and friends.
Roy O. Williams, the youngest child of Eliza and E. C. Williams was
born on a farm near Lexington, Nebraska, February 22, 1894. He attended
In 1916 he moved to Colorado where he was engaged in farming and where
he married and raised a family of one daughter, Irla, and one son, George.
Roy Williams returned to Farnam in 1941 settling at Farnam where he
lived until failing health forced him to enter a care home. He passed away
at a hospital in Gothenburg, Nebraska, June 20, 1968, at the age of 74
years, 3 months and 28 days.
He is survived by his daughter, Irla Goetschel of Fort Morgan, Colorado,
a son, George Williams of Brush, Colorado; two brothers, Bert and Ed both
of Farnam, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews.
Glen L. Wintermute
Glen L. Wintermute, a former resident of the Farnam area, died June
14, 1999, at St. John’s Center in Kearney. He was 93.
He was born June 2, 1906, to Benjamin and Mary Ellen Hansell Wintermute
on a homestead south of Hay Springs. He grew up in that area close to the
“Old Jules” family. He attended a rural school until moving to Kearney,
where he attended Emerson Elementary. He graduated in 1927 from A.O. Thomas
High School in Kearney.
On Jan. 1, 1937, he married Ruth M. Hicks in Farnam. They lived around
Midwest, Wyo., where he had been homesteading and working in the oil fields.
The couple returned to the Farnam area in 1942, where he farmed and
ranched until retiring in 1978. They then moved to Kearney.
Mr. Wintermute was a member of the Kearney First United Methodist Church
and Open Circle Sunday school class, the Farm Bureau and “Old Cowboys”
Nebraska Cattleman Association. The Wintermutes received several conservation
awards for farming practices.
Survivors include his wife; a sister; and nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the church with the Rev. Ron
Roemmich officiating. Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, June 17, 1999