Location: Pottawattamie County IA

Biographical Sketch of S. Altshuler

S. Altshuler, dealer in dry goods and clothing, came to Iowa in 1864, and located at Council Bluffs; established his present business in Missouri Valley in 1867. He has a fine store on the corner of Fourth and Erie streets, and carries a large stock of...

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Biography of F. C. Amsbary

F. C. Amsbary, superintendent and manager of the Champaign Waterworks, has been superintending waterworks plants in different parts of the country for upwards of thirty years. It has in fact been his regular profession, though some of his younger years were devoted to railroading. Mr. Amsbary has numerous connections that identify him with the substantial interests of his home city. A native of Illinois, he was born at Pekin, January 24, 1863, a son of William Wallace and Harriet E. (Harlow) Amsbary, both of whom are natives of New York State. William W. Amsbary moved to Champaign in 1907, and for several years was connected with the waterworks here. He died in 1911, and his widow is still living at Champaign. Their five children are: George E., of Urbana; F. C.; Wallace Bruce, of Chicago; Don H., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Cordelia, still at home with her mother. When F. C. Amsbary was four years of age his parents removed to Delavan in Tazewell County, Illinois. He attended the local schools there, and at the age of fifteen he left home and worked as clerk in a store at Tremont in the same county for two years. He then went to Peoria and acquired his initial experience in railroad offices, where he remained about three years. He was next at Council Bluffs, Iowa, in the Chicago Northwestern Railway offices...

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Biography of Almon S. Senter

An eventful career was that of Colonel Almon S. Senter, who for some years figured conspicuously in connection with the mercantile and official interests of Lincoln County. At the time of his death, March 6, 1899, he was serving as district-court clerk and ex-officio auditor and recorder of Lincoln County, and he was also an enterprising and prominent merchant of Shoshone. A native of the old Granite state, he was born February 18, 1845, and is a representative of one of the old and honored families of New Hampshire, of English descent. His ancestors were early settlers of Londonderry, that state, and one of his great-granduncles served in the Colonial army during the Revolutionary war. The grandfather and father of our subject, both of whom bore the name of Thomas Senter, were natives of New Hampshire, the latter born in Petersboro. He wedded Miss Mary C. Giddings, a native of Temple, New Hampshire, and also a descendant of one of the prominent colonial families. Mr. Senter was an industrious farmer, who followed agricultural pursuits throughout his entire life. Both he and his wife were Methodists in religious belief, and the father lived to be sixty-four years of age, while the mother departed this life in her forty-seventh year, leaving a family of eleven children, the eldest but seventeen years of age, the youngest only three months old. Colonel Senter...

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Biography of Mary A. Flickinger

Mrs. Flickinger is gratefully remembered for five years of untiring service as assistant superintendent of Oak Hill Industrial Academy. The sphere of her observation and suggestion included all the women’s work in the buildings, occupied by the students, and the special care of the garden and Boy’s Hall. In connection with this daily oversight, there was always manifested a feeling of personal responsibility, to carry to completion at the end of the day, any unfinished work, that would otherwise prevent some of the larger girls from enjoying the privileges of the school, during the evening study hour. Trained in her youth to execute speedily all the kinds of work, usually required on a well arranged farm, and also as a sewer and nurse, one proved a very valuable helper. She became the home physician, administering the medicines and caring for the sick. Her method of treatment included the prevention of some of the milder, but common forms of disease, by the regular administration of some inexpensive antidotes. These two principles were frequently expressed: “Self-preservation is the first law of nature,” and “Prevention is better than cure.” The young people were also encouraged to learn, how to keep and intelligently use, a few simple remedies in the home. She and her husband are both natives of Port Royal, Juniata County, Pa., and their marriage occurred there, June 20, 1878. They...

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Biography of William W. Woods

Idaho is fortunate in having an able bar. The importance of the legal business growing out of mining enterprises early drew to the state lawyers of ability and experience in large affairs and litigation involving big sums and values. As a result, there is at every important business center of the state legal talent which would do credit to Chicago or New York. Major William W. Woods, one of the leading lawyers of Idaho, was born in Burlington, Iowa, January 24, 1841, a son of James W. and Catharine (Wells) Woods. His father was a successful lawyer, and was born in New Hampshire in 1810, settled in Iowa in 1836 and died at Waverly, Iowa, in 1880. His mother was born in New York in 1825 and died at Burlington, Iowa, in 1864. Major Woods received an academical education at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and at nineteen began the study of law in the office and under the preceptorship of J. C. & B. J. Hall, of Burlington, Iowa. He was called from his legal studies by the demand for soldiers to protect our national interests in the civil war, and in August, 1861, enlisted as a private in Company L, Fourth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, with which he served until September 1865, when he was mustered out, with the rank of major, after having made an admirable record as a...

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Biography of William Woodward

One of the pioneer settlers of Franklin, Oneida county, Idaho, and a farmer of the above state, William Woodward, was born on the 4th of January, 1833, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. He received a common-school education in his native village. In 1845 he removed to Watford, and there he heard Mormonism by a blacksmith, Richard B. Margetts, and he was baptized June 21, 1848. He soon became anxious to join his coreligionists in Salt Lake valley, then in upper California. In January 1850, Mr. Woodward sailed from Liverpool, England, on the ship Argo, Captain Mills, with four hundred Latter Day Saints, arriving at New Orleans, March 8, after an ocean passage of eight weeks. With other emigrants Mr. Woodward wended his way to St. Louis, on the steamboat Glencoe: from there proceeded to Council Bluffs, where he arrived on April 9, and on the 13th of April he went to work for Orson Hyde, at six dollars per month. He lived with Mr. Hyde for over a year and then drove team to Salt Lake City, in Captain Horner’s company. They were some three months on the way. On the plains in that early day, 1851, thousands of buffalo were encountered on the way, and sometimes in the distance they appeared like a forest of timber; twenty thousand were passed in one day. The Platte valley and the hills...

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Biography of William Chester

The substantial rewards that come to the able and upright man as the result of well-doing, small as they may be in comparison with the fortunes and apparent honors won by questionable methods, bring With them a sense of satisfaction to which the sharp financier and the corrupt politician live and die as strangers. A man who wisely and honestly adjudicated the small misunderstandings of his fellow citizens for sixteen years, and who has the respect of all those for or against whom he has decided, as has Justice Chester, of Soda Springs, Idaho, has a greater reward than the perjured judge who ends his days in a bitter struggle to enjoy thousands obtained by oppression, injustice and a systematic affront to the law he has falsely sworn to uphold. William Chester, who is a member of the board of county commissioners, has been for sixteen years justice of the peace at Soda Springs, and is well and favorably known throughout eastern Idaho. He is a native of Lincolnshire, England, and was born May 3, 1843. His father, Thomas Chester, died when William was only a year old, and the baby was taken into the home of his grandfather, John Chester. He was educated in a plain, practical way, worked on the farm and learned the machinist’s trade. He came to America in 1873, with the expectation of having...

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Houses of the Oto Tribe

When Lewis and Clark ascended the Missouri during the summer of 1804 they reached the mouth of the Platte July 21. At that time, so they entered in their journal, the Oto were living on the south side of the Platte, 10 leagues above its junction with the Missouri, and 5 leagues beyond, on the same bank, were the Pawnee. Living with the Oto were the remnants of the Missouri who had, a few years before, joined them. On August 3, 1804, the expedition having ascended the Missouri to about the location of the present city of Council Bluffs,...

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Everson, Howard W. Sr. – Obituary

Howard W. Everson, 78, 2307 S. 6th St., died early today [March 19, 1982] at a local hospital after and extended illness. He was born and raised at Carson and had resided 40 years in Council Bluffs. He was a former employee of the city of Council Bluffs, and also had worked for Brandels Department Store and Yellow Cab. Mr. Everson was a member of Bethany United Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his wife, Lilly [Swanson].; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Rose) Lengyel of Omaha; four sons, Charles and James, both of Omaha, Robert of Dayton, Ohio and Howard of Warrensburg, MO.; 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Meyer Funeral Home. The Rev. David L. Grimm, pastor of the Bethany Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Carson Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 7 to 8 p.m., Sunday at Meyer’s. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Everson, Idella G. Newman Ouren – Obituary

The body of Mrs. Idella G. Everson, 63, former resident of Pottawattamie County, who died Sunday [December 6, 1931] at El Reno, Oklahoma will be shipped to Council Bluffs for burial. Short services at the grave at Silver City will be held Thursday morning. The funeral cortege will leave Cutler’s funeral home at 10 a.m. Mrs. Everson is survived by her mother, Mrs. Lawrence Newman of El Reno, and three sons, L. H. and E. M. Everson of Omaha, and John Everson of El Reno. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Everson, Lillie A. Swanson – Obituary

Lillie A. Everson, 84, 2307 S. 6th St., died Thursday [April 13, 1989] at an Omaha care center. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Howard, died in 1982. Survivors include four sons, Charles of Omaha, Robert of Dayton, Ohio, Howard of Hartselle, Ala., and James of Mead, Neb.; daughter Rose Lengyel of Omaha; three sisters, Louise Stewart of Columbia, Mo., Virgie Wilcox of Fresno, Calif., and Rosie Thompson of Macon, Mo.; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the McCurdy Chapel with the Rev. David Grimm, pastor of Bethany United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Carson Cemetery. Family visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the McCurdy Funeral Home. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bloom, Sedric Cleo – Obituary

Sedric Cleo Bloom, the son of George Arthur and Rosetha E. Bloom was born May 8, 1896 in Carson, IA. He died September 3, 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 84 years. He received his elementary education in Carson, Iowa. In 1911 the family moved to LaPlata, Missouri were Cleo attended high school. Cleo went on to further his education at Kansas City Business College. Cleo was united in marriage to Esther Bell Dudley on September 24, 1919 in South Gifford, Missouri. To this union, two children were born, George Allen of Amarillo, Texas and Cleo Jr. of Valentine. Cleo was a lifetime cattleman, engaging in the production of registered Hereford cattle. He came to Nebraska in 1925 where he began his ranching operation. He devoted the last 25 years to the production of registered Angus cattle. Cleo was a member of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association, the Sandhills Cattle Association, the National Cattlemen’s Association and the Presbyterian Church. Cleo was preceded in death by his parents, George and Rose Bloom. He is survived by his wife, Esther; two sons and their wives, George and Louise and Cleo, Jr. and Frances. Cleo is also survived by three grandchildren, George Allen Bloom, Rosita Louis Seagraves (and husband Paul), Michael, Lee Bloom, and two great grandchildren, Paul II and Rasena. Services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Valentine,...

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Custer, John William – Obituary

John W. Custer, 89, died Saturday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nancy Ormsby, 412 Big Horn. He had been in failing health for the past several months. Mr. Custer was a retired farmer and had lived with Mrs. Ormsby the past five years. He lived on a farm near Deadwood, S.D. for many years. Mr. Custer was born October 2, 1864 in Harlan, Ia., and married March 23, 1888 to Margaret Jones, who died December 30, 1935. Besides Mrs. Ormsby [Nancy], he is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Leo Mooney [Clara], Spearfish, S. D., and Mrs. Arthur Morris [Myrtle], Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Rudy Custer of Avoca, Ia., seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Two sons and two daughters preceded him in death. Funereal services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday from the Landa Funeral Home. The Rev. K. Orlando Lee, pastor of the Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wichman, Phyllis L. Olander Mrs. – Obituary

Phyllis L. Olander Wichman, 76, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died March 6, 2005, at a Council Bluffs hospital. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Broadway United Methodist in Council Bluffs. She was born on Oct. 6, 1928, to Carl Melvin and Myrtle Dorothea Swanson Olander at Stanton, Iowa. She was a 1946 graduate of Elliott, Iowa, High School and a 1950 graduate of Tarkio College at Tarkio, Mo. Her post-graduate work was done at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls, Iowa; Iowa State University at Ames; and the University of Iowa at Iowa City. She began her teaching career at Walnut, Iowa, in 1950. She taught business classes at Thomas Jefferson High School from 1953 to 1960. She taught at Abraham Lincoln from 1960 to 1962 and then returned to Thomas Jefferson where she was head of the business department and a lead teacher. She retired in 1990. She was a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church where she a member of the choir. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Chapter, Council Bluffs Retired School Personnel, Federated Women of Iowa, Council Bluffs Art Council, Chapter GQ of PEO, AAUW Study Group and Book Review Group, Joslyn Art Museum and JAMA Southwest Iowa. She was preceded in death...

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Biography of David H. Wixom

David H. Wixom, the tenth of a family of twelve children of Nathan J. and Betsy (Hadlock) Wixom, was born in 1848 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1850 his parents started with their family, consisting then of ten children, to cross the plains to California. They loaded three ox teams and one horse team with their effects, and brought fifty cows, ten head of horses and a small flock of sheep over as far as Salt Lake, where they spent the winter, and there their eleventh child, Charles W. Wixom, was born. In the spring of 1852 they resumed their journey to the Golden State, and settled in Monterey County, near San Juan Mission, and lived there two years, Mrs. Wixom and her daughters carrying on the dairy business with their cows, making butter and cheese, which they sold at very high prices, to go to the mines. They also kept a public house for the entertainment of travelers. Mr. Wixom devoted his attention to mining. In the spring of 1854 they removed to Los Angeles and two years later came to San Bernardino, and settled on a half block of land they purchased on the corner of Ninth and F streets. In 1857 Mr. Wixom sold out and took his family to Salt Lake, but returned to San Bernardino in August 1858, having been gone ten months. He...

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