Location: Lancaster County NE

Biography of W. F. Kendall

W. F. Kendall, who has been a resident of Bartlesville for the past two decades, is well known as proprietor of the Crescent Planing Mills, in which connection he is conducting a business of extensive proportions. His birth occurred in Iroquois County, Illinois, on the 25th of November, 1880, his parents being W. R. and Elizabeth (Vennum) Kendall, the former a building contractor. In 1896 the family home was established in Lincoln, Nebraska, while five years later a removal was made to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where both the father and mother of W. F. Kendall still reside, the former having now reached the notable old age of ninety-nine years. Mrs. Elizabeth Kendall has passed the eighty-sixth milestone on life’s journey and both she and her husband are well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which they make their home. They reside with Mr. Kendall of this review, as does also their daughter, Mrs. E. K. Saurer. W. F. Kendall had attained his majority when he came with his parents to Bartlesville. Following in the business footsteps of his father he became identified with building operations as a contractor. In 1920, however, he abandoned that field of activity and purchased the business of the Crescent Planing Mills, which were established in Bartlesville thirteen years ago. As proprietor thereof he is actively engaged in the manufacture of doors, windows, cabinet...

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Fry, Ellen Bimson – Obituary

Died at her home in Guernsey, Iowa Jan 29 1899 of tumorous cancer, Mrs. Ellen Fry, aged 60 years, 9 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church at Guernsey conducted by her former pastor, J. F. Kalser, assisted by J. W. Wilson, pastor of the M. E. Church at Guernsey, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Moravian Cemetery at Harmony, Iowa. Ellen Bimson was born in England, April 9, 1838. At the age of four years she came with her parents to America, locating in Adams County Ill., where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Cyrus Griswold, April, 27, 1858. During the same year they came to Iowa locating in Warren Township, Poweshiek County, on a farm. On April 22, 1870 her husband died in Quincy, Ill. leaving her the farm and an estate in a bad shape to settle. She still continued to stay on the farm until March, 1880. Then she sold her farm and moved with her father and youngest brother to Nebraska, settling in Seward County, where she remained until 1886. Then she returned to Poweshiek County, and was married to Abraham Fry on June 22, 1886 and has resided in Lincoln until her death. Thus she may be considered as one of the pioneer settlers of this part of the county, there...

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Harris, Emma Jane Ormsby – Obituary

Mrs. Emma J. Harris, 87, of 3010 S Street, died at her home early Wednesday morning [July 9, 1947]. Surviving are two daughters, Essie Harris and Mrs. Eva L. Springer, both of Lincoln, three sons, Ernest C., Orville E. and Earl E. all of Lincoln, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Roper and Sons. [Interment Lincoln Memorial Park] Lincoln Star, July 9, 1947 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Birdsall, Henry C. – Obituary

Henry C. Birdsall, aged eighty-one years, and a resident of Lancaster County for forty years, died at 5 p.m. yesterday at his home, five miles north of Waverly, from apoplexy. He was out in the yard when attacked. He was carried to the house and Dr. Talcott of Greenwood summoned, but Mr. Birdsall died before aid could reach him. He leaves a wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters. Nebraska State Journal, November 7, 1911 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Birdsall, Eli Alexander – Obituary

Eli A. Birdsall, 73, Waverly, Neb. died recently in Houston, Tex. He leaves his wife and five daughters, Mrs. Ross [Rose] Munn, Brule, Neb., Mrs. Clyde Hughes [Florence], Greenwood, Neb., Mrs. Lyle [Doris] Armstrong, Greenwood, Mrs. Mary Keyworth, Almeda, Tex., and Miss Harriet Birdsall, Waverly, Roper & Sons. Lincoln Star, November 24, 1945 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cooke, Ada Rich – Obituary

Ada C. Cooke, 89, formerly of 103 S. Clark in Kittitas, died Friday at Haven House Nursing Home [died May 22, 1981]. She was born in Lincoln, Neb. on Aug. 3, 1891. She came to Ellensburg from Cle Elum in 1905 with brother Orval and her father, A. E. Rich. The family worked first for the Barnharts and later rented the property northeast of Ellensburg known as the Smyth Panhandle Ranch. She and Edward V. Cooke were married in 1908. They worked for his grandmother, Mrs. Charles Cooke until 1918 when they moved to Yakima. They returned to Ellensburg in 1947. Mr. Cooke preceded her in death on June 28, 1972. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Country Mothers’ Club. Survivors include two sons, Carl Cooke, of Kittitas, and Rex Cooke, of Klickitat; two daughters, Mrs. Howard (Cleora) Pickup, and Mrs. Joe (Nina) Bauer, both of Ellensburg; eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Marjorie Gillis and Irma Cooke, both of Kittitas, and Ella Cooke, of Ellensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral will be Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Evenson Chapel. Pastor Bill Poole will officiate and burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hayes, Katherine Etta “Katie” Harris Mrs. – Obituary

Katherine Etta “Katie” Hayes, 81, died Aug. 9, 2005, at St Elizabeth Health Services after a knee replacement operation. Her graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Katie was born at Salina, Kan., on Aug. 21, 1923, to Nathaniel Creager Harris, a not-so-tall Texan, and Mary Margaret Shank. The Shank family had lived in Kansas for many years as homestead-era farmers. Salina was her home through 1941. After graduating from Salina High School, she set off like many of her generation to work in support of the war effort as a Western Union operator in Pueblo, Colo. It was in Pueblo that Katie met her future husband, Walter Hartwell Hayes. Walt, a longtime Baker City resident, was posted at Pueblo with the U.S. Army in the Signal Corps. Walt and Katie were engaged in late 1942 and, after Walt’s transfer from Pueblo, were married at Walla Walla, Wash., on Aug. 7, 1943. Walt and Katie were subsequently transferred to Lincoln, Neb., where their first child, Walter Creager “Creag” Hayes, was born on Katie’s 21st birthday, Aug. 21, 1944. In mid-1945, Katie and her little baby took the train to Baker City to be with her husband’s parents while awaiting Walt’s discharge in November 1945. Except for a brief one-year period when they lived at Portland, Katie and Walt spent the rest of their...

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Biography of Charles W. Fleming

Charles W. Fleming, editor and proprietor of the Phoenix, one of Riverside’s enterprising journals, was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1858. He started in life’s work when about fifteen years of age, as an apprentice in a printing office at Mt. Holly Springs, and served an apprentice-ship of three years. When eighteen years of age he struck out for the great West, locating in Lincoln, Nebraska. He then established himself at his trade, and was engaged with the State Journal Company for some eight years. In 1885 he resumed his westward march, and in April of that year came to Riverside. He worked as a journeyman on the Riverside Press for some months, and then established the Commercial Job Office, which he conducted until 1887, and then sold to the Enterprise Company. During the next year Mr. Fleming was engaged in real estate and insurance business. In June, 1888, the Tribune Publishing Company was incorporated, and the publication of the Riverside Daily Tribune started, with Mr. Fleming as business manager. The publication of that paper was suspended, December 30, 1888, and later he bought the presses, type, etc., and engaged in job printing, and June 1, 1889, issued the first number of the Phoenix, a weekly paper. He is the editor and proprietor of the paper, and also proprietor of the Phoenix Job Printing-office. Mr. Fleming has spent...

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Biography of John Calvin Christy

John Calvin Christy, one of the leading members of the San Bernardino Bar, and Court Commissioner of the County, was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1839. He was educated in his native State, attending college from 1855 to 1859. Coming west to Illinois, in 1859, he located in the southern part of the State, known as Egypt, read law during 1859-’60th and in the spring of 1861 was admitted to the bar. He soon afterward entered the army as a member of Company B, Eighteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served nearly four years, two years of the time as a scout and sharpshooter. He participated in eleven hard-fought battles. Then, being mustered out of service, he returned to Pennsylvania, and commenced the practice of law, having been married December 13, 1864, to Miss Patterson, whose childhood’s home was just eighty rods from his own, and who had been his playmate and associate from infancy. His health being somewhat impaired, Mr. Christy moved to Washington, Iowa, and a few months later to Wooster, Ohio, and practiced his profession about two years in that place, then removed to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he entered into a law partnership with Hon. James A. Caldwell, an eminent lawyer and a distinguished figure in the history of that State. In October 1886, Mr. Christy came to California, and settled in San Bernardino. A few...

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Vandenbos, Arlo Ledell “Van” – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Arlo Ledell “Van” Vandenbos, 70, of Gresham, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 1, 2003. Born June 8, 1932, on the Rose Bud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, his parents were farmers who later moved their family to Valentine, Neb., where Van was raised with his three brothers and two sisters. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Much of his four years of service was spent at Adak, Alaska, during the Korean War. A tough Marine, he was especially proud of winning the Golden Gloves Boxing trophy. On Feb. 28, 1954, while stationed at the naval depot at Hastings, Neb., he married Ruth Ann Junge, a registered nurse from York, Neb. During the early years of their marriage, Van attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln while Ruth worked as a surgical nurse. After earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Van began a 30-year career with the Soil Conversation Service. Van and Ruth raised five children while moving to various assignments in Wyoming and Oregon, finally settling at Gresham for the past 25 years. He enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities with his family, including camping, backpacking, horseback riding, skiing and hunting. He also liked rodeos, exploring the countryside and visiting national parks and recreation areas. He...

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Staab, Belva Harriet Scott Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Belva Harriet Staab, 94, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 8, 2003, at Bothell, Wash., where she was a resident of the Franciscan Health Nursing Home. Disposition was by cremation at Acacia Memorial Park Funeral Home in Seattle, Wash. Her memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Belva was born Jan. 5, 1909, to David and Harriet Scott of Ansley, Neb., where her family lived for many years. She was preceded in death by her brothers, George and Henry Scott; and sisters, Gladys Payne, Hazel Bristol and Evelyn Eloe. She married Carlyle H. “Buster” Staab at Ansley, Neb., on March 25, l928. Carlyle died on Aug. 28, l990. After their marriage Carlyle and Belva moved to Lincoln, Neb., where they both attended the University of Nebraska. Carlyle played football for the university and received a commission in the U. S. Army upon graduation. After Carlyle graduated from the University of Nebraska, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and he and Belva lived at DeSoto, Paris and Monroe City, Mo. When Carlyle went on active duty with the Army, they moved to Fort Smith, Ark., and Camp Chaffee Army Base. After completion of Army service, Carlyle and Belva moved to Baker City, where they lived for 40 years. Belva was...

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Hayes, Walter Hartwell – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Walter Hartwell Hayes, 85, of Baker City, died April 1, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Care Center, where he had lived the past 9 years. There will be a memorial service this summer at Mount Hope Cemetery when family members can return from Europe and the Middle East. Walt was born at Baker City on April 22, 1920, to Walter Dutton Hayes and Junia Philbrick Hayes. He spent almost his entire life in Baker County. The “lay-in home” where he was born is still standing on Spring Garden Avenue, not but a block from where his oldest grandson and family live. The family lived up Sutton Creek on the “Hayes Creek Farm” as his dad called it, and Walt attended the Brookside School, as well as the Beaver Creek School before coming into town to attend the Helen M. Stack Middle School and Baker Senior High. He and his two sisters would ride their horses to school in good weather and in winter would strap on their skis and head out in the deep snow in order to get to school. It was uphill both ways and a bit of a distance. Being the only son, he spent much of his time working around the farm and growing up quickly, helping his dad with the horses and working in the wheat/barley/oats fields. The hours were...

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Biography of Lyman Wood

LYMAN WOOD. – This popular gentleman, recently auditor of King county, Washington, was born in Gallatin county, Illinois, February 25, 1839, and lived at that place until he moved with his parents in 1845 to Moline, Rock Island county, Illinois. Here he was educated and grew to manhood. On the 11th of August, 1862, enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. He served until May, 1863, when he was mustered out on account of disability. During the winter of 1863-64, he was employed as clerk in the office of the adjutant-general of Iowa. His home was still at Moline, Illinois, until he removed with his little family to Lancaster county, Nebraska, in 1871, building the first dwelling-house in the town of Firth in that county, and keeping boarders for a time until a hotel could be erected. He was married at Davenport, Iowa, May 22, 1865, to Mrs. Nellie Allen, daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Shanks, the first pioneers of Joliet, Will county, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have one child, Enoch Wellington. Mrs. Wood had two children by her previous marriage, William F. and Fannie, the latter having been the wife of Mr. C. Hoisington, of Firth, Nebraska. Soon after reaching maturity and entering upon married life, they both passed away with consumption. Mr. Wood came to Seattle May 1, 1882. His first employment...

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Biography of Thomas M. Lathrope

We regret that space forbids a more extended and minute account of the career of the estimable gentleman and worthy pioneer that has been named at the beginning of this article, but we desire to especially mention that in capabilities he stands among the leading men of the county, while his endeavors have always been attended with energy and skill and also it is becoming to here state that when the demon of fratricidal strife had rented the fair land in twain and our banner of liberty’s throne was trailing in the dust our subject was one of the noble sons of Columbia who quickly stepped to the front and fought back the minions of Rebellion until the last gun was silenced and the last enemy had bowed. On June 10, 1841, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Thomas M. was born to Thomas and Sarah Lathrope. He remained at home and received training in the public schools, and when fourteen years of age went with his parents to Linn County, Kansas, remaining there until the Civil war broke out. He was among the first to offer his services and enlisted in Company K, Second Kansas Volunteer Infantry. He soon was in the heat of battle, participating in the struggle at Cabin creek, besides numerous others, as well as many skirmishes. His service was constant and continued until the close of...

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Biography of Carlton D. Akin

Among the prominent men of Wallowa County, as also one of the leading property owners in the county stands the subject of this brief article and it is with pleasure that we accord to him a representation of this volume of the county’s history, both because he has achieved a success here that demonstrates his ability in the business world and also because commensurate with his general capabilities there have been manifested a stanch and well rounded character, moral qualities of intrinsic worth and integrity unswerving and continuous all of which demonstrate Mr. Akin to be a typical man and foremost and steady in the development of the county. Carlton D. was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, on February 5, 1840, being the son of Chancy and Laney (Golden) Akin. Four years after his birth our subject was removed by his parents to Boone county, Illinois and thence soon after to Kane county. In this latter place he had the distinction of seeing the first train of cars run into Elgin, the same coming from Chicago and being in the year 1852. Our subject received a good common school education in the various vicinities where he resided and spent the rest of his years of minority in the blacksmith shop and on the farm with his father, learning that king of all trades while still a lad. Soon after...

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