Seeking photos, newspaper clippings and any info on the BOMAR / BOMER family who came to Sheridan County in about 1886 from Iowa. They lived in a sod house on White Clay Creek, northeast of Hay Springs (northwest of Rushville), later homesteading there. They farmed, ranched and ran a sawmill. They also made and sold moonshine.
Robert W. Bomar (1838 - 1907)
his wife Margaret A. (Denham) Bomar (1834 - 1922)
He died in Sheridan County, and they are both buried in the Bomar Cemetery, north of Hay Springs.
Their Children who came with them to Sheridan County:
- William Henry Bomar (1860 - 1936) and his wife Mary F. (Swanger) and their son Billy (1885 - 1970). They had several more children while living in Sheridan County. Wm and Mary moved to Edgemont, South Dakota about 1900 - 1903, and then returned to Sheridan County. They moved to Montana after 1910. Several of their children, and some grandchildren, are buried in the Bomar Cemetery. Three of their 21 children lived several years in Sheridan County: Lila (Bomar) Hankins, Laurie (Bomar) Schmidt Sage, and Jim Bomar.
- Daniel F. J. Bomar (1862 - 1946) married Adeline "Addie" Burchall in Sheridan County in July 1887. Their first 2 children were born there: Oma A. in July 1888, and Edward Arthur in April 1890. Daniel & Adeline returned to Iowa before 1913, and had 5 more children.
- Ida Clotella Bomar (1865 - 1944) and husband Alby J. Terry married in 1882 in Iowa and came to Sheridan County with daughter Minnie. While in Nebraska, they had 2 more daughters: Pearl in Sept 1886 and Sylvia Laura in July 1888. They returned to Iowa by September 1890.
- Bert Walter Bomar (1866 - 1953). He married Mary E. Webber in Sheridan County in Jan 1887. Their first 8 children were born in Nebraska: Aurilla 1887, Rosa 1889, Goldie 1891, Auranda 1892, baby boy 1893, Alva 1894, Andrew 1896, Sylvia 1898). Rosa, Auranda and baby boy are buried in the Bomar Cemetery. Bert, Mary & children moved to Carbon County, Montana about 1899, and had 4 more children.
- Christopher Columbus Bomar (1871 - 1962). He married Alice Tressa Evans in July 1895 in nearby Custer, South Dakota. Their oldest son, Robert W. was probably born near Rushville in Aug 1896. Chris & Alice then moved to South Dakota, and later to Wyoming, and had 15 more children.
- Laura Elizabeth Bomar (1874 - 1928). She married Ira Melvin "Mell" Tanner in Jan 1892 near Rushville. They had at least 8 children born in South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. Laura and Mell are buried in the Bomar Cemetery.
- Norma Margaret Bomar (1876 - 1969). She married Alfred Milton Taggart in May 1891 at her parent's home north of Hay Springs. They had a son, Chris Taggert in South Dakota in 1893, and later divorced. She married Austin Harrold McCray about 1898 and they had 5 children. She later married Leonard Thompson and Fred Orval Hastings.
- Mildred Ann Bomar (1877 - 1953). She married William Crandal Bowlsby in Feb 1895 in Sheridan County. They had 3 children born in Nebraska: baby girl in 1896, Arthur Wm. in 1897, Sylvia in 1899. By 1900, Millie, Wm & children were living near Pinedale, Wyoming and had daughter Della there.
Robert & Margaret Bomar had 3 other daughters, Caroline (Bomar) Duff, Lovina (Bomar) Duff, and Yoma (Bomar) Seaton who were married and stayed in Iowa. We don't believe they ever lived in Sheridan County.