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Spencer, Nebraska surnames from "Home for 100 years Spencer, Nebraska 1891-1991"

Spencer, Nebraska surnames from "Home for 100 years Spencer, Nebraska 1891-1991"

Doris (View posts)
Posted: 18 Oct 2004 8:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 15 Jul 2005 12:46AM GMT
The Spencer centennial book has the following biographies:

Home for 100 years Spencer, Nebraska 1891-1991

Leo Adams and Dorothy Reel-----Louis Adams -----Louis Adams and Emma
Earl Allen and Una James-----Lavina Allen and Dudley Allen
Clara Nelson and Carl Anderson-----David Anderson-----Frances Mae Martin Anderson
Don Angel and June Reynolds-----Edward and Elizabeth Angel-----Estel Angel and Johanna “Josie” Ellermeier-----LeRoy Scott Angel
Russell Angus and Alma Syfie
Chuck Aronson and Josephine Barney
Edwin Axberg and Emma Schollmeyer-----Neil Axberg and Marsha Pfeifer
Ward and Christine Baldwin
Alden Barden
Doctor Margaret C Himrod Barney
Frank Bata
Hugh Benson and Mildred Tiefenthaler
Gus Bentz and Mary Edna Pratt-----Gustav Joe and Nicole Kay Bentz-----Joe Bentz and Lori Cizek-----John Bentz and Elaine Lampman-----Joni Bentz-----William Bentz and Lavonne Micanek
Nick Berens
Craig Binder and Shellee Hoffman-----Gary Binder and Elizabeth Peterson-----Walter Binder and Audrey Hovda
Dan Bird and Maureen Straka
John Birger and Helen Tejral
Heman Dewey Black-----John W Black-----Ralph Black-----Wayne and Phyllis Black
Hank Blair and Hanna Roberts-----Wayne Blair and Eunice Stewart
Homer Blitzkie and Ann Carlson-----William Blitzkie
Adolf and Emelie Boettcher-----Arthur and Mary Boettcher-----Bruno H Boettcher-----Bruno and LaVerne Boettcher-----Donald Boettcher-----Gustav Boettcher-----Herbert Boettcher-----Ken Boettcher and Trudy Kaczor-----Martin E Boettcher-----Oscar Boettcher-----Richard Boettcher
Thomas Boska and Anna Scheinost Hambek
Joseph Bowers and Hannah Rolf-----Henry Bowers and Rosa Havranek-----Thomas E Bowers and Arlene Johnson-----Tony Bowers and Tillie Belohlavy-----Thomas Bowers and Anna Belohlavy
Carl D Bowman and Lucille Johnson
Bradstreet
Eunice Mott Brandt
Ken Brion and Linda Anson
Braithwait
Tom and Lena Brodersen
Crawford Brownfield-----Elias Brownfield and Elizabeth Funkhauser-----Myrtis LaVerne Brownfield
Charles Carlson-----Ronald Carson and Helen Sedlacek
Cassidy
Albert Cizek-----Andrew Cizek and Antonia Jerman-----Donald Cizek and Darlene Kopecky
George Jacob Classen-----Lloyd Henry Claassen-----Timmien Claassen-----Jacob Classen and Margaret Ward-----Kelly Classen and Kaylen Scheinost
Clinton
Robert Coenen and Linda Shelden
Carolyn Ross Colfack
Ann Collier
Earl Conklin and Libby Sedlacek
John Conn
Orene Spicknall Conner
Ed and Sue Connot-----John Connot
John Connot-----Ray Connot and Arlene Soukup
Gary Conroy and Carolyn Boettcher
Harold Cork and Sophia Walter
Fred Cotton
Couch
Louis Cranford and Leila Duncan
Ben and Genevieve Creamer
George and Dehlia Crooks
Elmer and Della Dahlberg-----Vernon and Peggy Dahlberg
Roy and Geraldine DeVall
Dickey-----Robert Dickey
Harry and Letitia Dierking
E E Dorothy
Charles A Drickey-----Don Drickey-----Henry Drickey-----Roy Drickey and Beverly Swanson
Willard Dummer and Janice Honke
Vince Dvorak
Audrey Kaczor Eddy
August Eilers-----Ernie Eilers and Carol Tunink-----Ernst Eilers-----Henry Eilers-----Ronald Eilers
Harold Ellermeier and Ailene Hammerlun-----Henry Ellermeier-----Herman Ellermeier and Martha Horst
Raymond Elsasser
Bernard Engelhaupt-----Charlotte Adrians Engelhaupt-----Martin Engelhaupt
Cyril Erychleb
Doris Lucille Wagner Fernau
Joe Fiala
Arthur and Anne Ficenec-----John George Ficenec
George Filsinger
Michael Finnegan and Mary Kayl
Fischer-----Clyde Fisher and Georgia Carder-----Lowell Fisher
Monte Fletcher and Mary Rose
Claton Francis and Betty Virnig-----George Henry Francis
Joe and Leora Fredrichsen
John Fredrickson and Gladys Mashino
Carl Theodore Friedrich-----Richard and Gudrun Friedrich
Ole Peter Froseth
Enid Galbraith Fuhrer
Howard Galbraith-----James Floyd Galbraith-----Thomas Nixon Galbraith
Bessie Gallentine-----John Gallentine and Marie Truman-----Tony Sherlock and Hazel Gallentine-----Jossie “Merle” Gallentine and Jane Delaney-----William Gallentine and Alberta Pepper
Ivan Grubbs and Jennifer Pearson
Hagberg-----Kent Hagberg and Danell Thomson
Jerome and Agnes Halva
Anton Hambek-----Anton Hambek and Anna Scheinost-----Joseph Hambek-----William Hambek-----Vaclov Hambek and Agnes Cerny
Gerald and Betty Hamilton-----Gerald Louis Hamilton-----Robert Hamilton and Dilas Delaney-----Roger Hamilton and Susan Benson
Chester Hammon and Erma Zink
Hargens
Joan James Hartsock
Dietrick Fred Hasche and Bertha Ochs
Floyd Haun and Florence Heiser-----Harold Haun and Helen Luedke-----Robert Haun and Judith Hammon-----Roger Haun and Mary Mlady
Alvin Havranek and Betty Halva-----Eddie Dean Havranek and Karen Bowers-----Edward Havranek and Anna Classen-----John Havranek and Bohmila Schuch-----Joseph Havranek and Anna Liska-----Marvin Havranek and Marie Weber Sextro
Dennis Hespe and Romona Hornback
Ivan Hiatt and Marguerite Marlatt-----Rollin Hiatt and Loraine Milacek
Dr and Mrs L I Hines
Gary Hoffman and Karen Rustemeyer-----Kenneth Hoffman-----Martin Hoffman and Ina Johnson-----William and Caroline Hoffman
Bernard and Carolyn Holmberg-----Harry and Helen Holmberg
James Holoubek and Emma Kerbel-----Vaclav Holoubek
Roland Hornback and Rose Engelhaupt-----Walter Hornback and Martha Pritchett
Hypse Schmidt-----John Wilhelm Hypse and Mary Nye-----Hypse
Jacoby and Mathre
Vac Jamber
Harry James-----Millard and Alice James
Herman and Martha Janssen-----Norman Janssen
Soren Clarence Jenson
Charles Jerman
Vaclav Belohlavy and Marie Jimel
Vaclav Jiracek-----Vincent Jiracek
Albert Johnson-----Johnson Hypse-----Bert Johnson-----Johnson-----Shawn Johnson-----Harry and Clarice Johnson-----Helen Petersen Johnson-----Jonas Johnson and Mary Etta Shuler-----Ronald Johnson and Louella Mohl
Jones
Frederick Kaczor-----Alfred Kaczor and Adeline Ring-----Bernard Kaczor-----Elmer Kaczor and Ruby Mott-----Jody and Colene Kaczor-----Reinhold Kaczor and Ida Boettcher
Joseph Karel-----Charles Karel and Laura Mae Kraft
Lyle Karnes and Carolyn Schultz
Roy and Blanche Karr
Gustave Reinhold Kaul-----Reinhold Gustave Kaul------Gerold Reinhold Kaul-----William Alvin “Bill” Kaul-----Clarence Dewitt Kaul-----Meta Cecelia Kaul Best------John Walter Kaul-----Cecil Frederick Kaul-----Gustave Richard Kaul
Kayls-----Franz Kayl-----Pete Kayl-----Frank Kayl-----Raymond Kayl-----Tom Kayl and Debbie Ludwig
Joe and Ann Keller-----Nick Keller and Rose Deaver
Rolland “Jake” Kersch
Josef Kerbel and Anna Nemec-----Lambert Kerbel and Lucy Krivanek-----Joseph Kerbel-----Ray Kerbel
Maude and Bob Kersch
Charles Kirk and Pearl Rickley-----Gladys Kirk-----Arlan Kirk and Marguerite Donlin
Kirkpatrick
James Klasna-----Joseph Klasna-----Frank Klasna-----John Klasna-----Clara Klasna and Major Olin-----Ernest Klasna-----Louis Klasna-----Clayton Klasna-----Emil Klasna-----Harold Klasna and Donna Gallentine-----Duane T Klasna-----Shelley Ann Klasna
Fannie May Finneer Knapp
John Knecht-----Eldon Knecht
Edward and Josephine Kocian-----Edward Kocian and Patricia Lampman-----Joseph and Josephine Kocian-----Stanley and Margaret Kocian
Alphonse Koenig-----Adam Koenig
Henry Koerber
Joseph Kopecky and Agnes Vomacka-----George Kopecky and Rose Engelhaupt-----Ronald Kopecky and Karen Lauts-----Terry Kopecky and Angela Euse
Albert Kraft
Krotter
Lyle and Carol Kryger
Otto Krupicka and Helen Hambek
Harold Lammers and Jeannie Hourigan
John Lampman-----Paul Lampman and Delores Putnam-----William Lampman
Bridget Langan
Albert Charles Lauts-----Albert Ernest Lauts-----Gary Lauts-----Gordon Lauts-----Norman Lauts-----Theola Lauts-----Theodore Lauts and Bessie Prokop
Theodore Gostas
Candy Boettcher Lavington
Charlie Lewis and Mary Mlinar-----David Lewis-----Evan Lewis-----Jesse Lewis
Frank Loock and Bernice Marlatt-----Albert Loock-----Gerhardt Loock and Lena Kloke-----Lucian Loock and Betty Mellor
Alfred Loomis-----E E and Christine Loomis
Edward Ludwig and Edith Wilson-----Edward Ludwig and Annette Weeder-----Junior Ludwig and Lavern Ludemann
Charles Luedke and Marjorie Ericson-----Christina Luedke-----Edward Luedke-----Fredrick Luedke and Christina Pokorny-----William Luedke and Sylva Carlson
Dr Max Magwire
Harry Mahlendorf and Esther Erickson-----Duane Mahlendorf and Norma Johnson
Cecil Malcom and Julia Uhlir-----Chas Malcom
L Cecil “Cece” Mallory
Dr and Mrs J C Marcum
Perry Marlatt and Annis Fulwider---Marlin and Gertrude Marlatt
Francis Kelly Martin
George Martinson and Genevee Brunson
John Marx---Nick Marx-----Leo Marx
Jerry Mashek---Josef Mashek-----Josef Mashek
Cecil Mashino
Albert Mavis
McAllister-----James McAllister and Ruth Ellwanger
McKenzie
Thomas McMath
Benjamin Hazzard Mead
George Mellor
Albina Hambek Milacek
Bernard Miller and Opal Johnson---Howard and Ann Miller-----John L Miller---Wayne Miller and Lynnette Mahlendorf
Wilbur “Bud” Mitchell
William Peter Mohr and Helen Louise Brown
Walter Motacek and Lucille Lauts
Frank Mott and Minnie Mohr-----William and Laura Mott
J R Mourer
Perry Mulford
John and Mary Murray
Christian Nelson and Janettie Brownfield-----Carl Nelson-----Curtis and Mary Nelson-----Douglas Nelson and Virginia Rathje
Nemec-----Joseph and Mary Nemec-----Frank Nemec and Francis Zikmund-----Kristina Nemec-----Frank Nemec and Mary Sedlacek
Thomas and Margaret Nolan-----Clayone Nolan-----Dale Nolan-----John Nolan-----Brenda Nolan-----Gary Nolan-----Jerry Nolan
Walter and Florence Nyquist
Leonard and Cindy Ohri-----Ohri-----Leo and Rose Ohri
Patrick Philben
Olin-----Mandus Olin and Goldie Hambek
Emfrey Olson and Elsie Martinson
Sylvester S Parsons
Grace Patton
Paus and Krueger
August Pearson
Anton Pecena and Anna Sedlacek-----Charles Pecena-----Roger Pecena and Victoria Tiefenthaler
Mollie Peterson
Joseph John Pfeifer-----Joe and Martha Pfeifer
Frank Plouzek and Rose Franek
Frank and Anna Pokorny---James and Hilda Pokorny
Joseph Pravecek and Anna Schuch
Frank Prokop---Jerome Prokop---Rudolph Prokop
J M and Lola Pucelik---Thomas Pucelik
Bruce Purviance and Kimberly Brion
Dale Dean Reber
Reed
George Reel and Mary Simpson-----Paul and Neil Reel
Reinheimers
Earl Reiser-----Joe Reiser-----Martin Reiser and Cindy Holberg
Romald Remter and Cathrine Andersen
Kenneth Riha and Marlene Bouslaugh-----James Riha and Pauletta McAllister-----Roger and Rebecca Riha-----Lavina Boettcher Riha
Emanuel Ring and Margaret Janssen
Anton Roeder
Chester Ross and Mabel Miller-----Colmer Ross
Row
Carl Ruda and Jan Anderson
John Ruff
J O Rundall-----Horace and Kathryn Rundall-----Wallace Rundall
Samuel Rust-----Willard Rust-----Rodney and Kimberly Rust-----Roger Rust and Leslie Trout-----Willard J Rust and Patsy Moody
Darlies Sandberg and Eva Stonewell Bordson
Frank and Hattie Sasek-----James Sasek-----Otto Sasek
Frank and Josie Scheinost-----Frank and Barbora Schienost-----Zoubek and Scheinost and Esgate-----Helen Scheinost Pearson Grabow-----Ladimer Scheinost-----Louis Scheinost and Myrtle Johnson-----Garry Scheinost and Lois Strong-----Javid Scheinost and Michelle O’Brien-----Tony Scheinost and Irene Sedlacek
Schmidt-----Frank Schmidt-----John and Minnie Schmidt
Joseph Schulte and Catherine Engelhaupt
Lawrence Schommer and Pauline Wieger
Joe Schwartz
Charles Seastone
Adolph Sedivy and Mary Fuchs-----Joseph Sedivy-----Frank Sedivy-----Gordon Sedivy
Anton Sedlacek-----Joseph Sedlacek-----Matej “Mike” Sedlacek-----James Sedlacek-----Louis Sedlacek-----Erwin Sedlacek and Sylvia Plouzek-----Lawrence Sedlacek
Eli Shelden and Alice Likens-----Wayne Shelden and Theresa Richardson
Herbert and Lillian Sieler
Jack Sinclair and Dianna Reynolds
Mike Slegel
Anton Soukup and Rose Havranek-----E F Soukup
Schemm Platz
Spicknall-----Leonard Spicknall and Mary Whittaker-----William Spicknall and Eva McNutt
Marvin Stahlecker and Delores Zeitner
John Stockwell and Violet Wheeler
Storjohann
Stumer
Harold Swanson-----Joseph Stanley Swanson and Connie Adams
C L Teaquist
Albert Tejral and Tonie Maly-----Emil Tejral and Camilla McAllister
William Thenhaus
George Tinsley and Margaret Drickey
John Thompson and Donna Schumann
Herman Tunink and Darlene Arp
Veich
Henry Wagner------Otto Wagner
Hal Weakly
Leon Wells and Sadie Henderson-----Sheridan Wells and Helen Smith
Dennis Wendell and Pearl Preslicka
William Wendt-----Vernon Wendt-----Wayne and Diana Wendt
Henry Wenke
Robert and Vada Whetham
James Monroe Whidden-----William Luther Whidden
Orwin White
G W Whitehorn
Whiting
Theodore James Wilkey
Lauretta Inez Galbraith Wood-----Luella Spicknall Wood-----J T Woods-----William Woods-----Frank Woods
Ralph Wurtz and Vera Wilson
Zidko-----Jan Zidko-----Spencer Zidko-----Dr Charles Zidko
Ernest Ziech

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Posted: 31 Oct 2004 2:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brownfield, Funkhauser, Nelson
I am interested in the biographies on Crawford Brownfield, Elias Brownfield and Elizabeth Funkhauser, Myrtis LaVerne Brownfield, Christian Nelson and Janettie Brownfield, Carl Nelson, Curtis and Mary Nelson, and Douglas Nelson and Virginia Rathje. If they are to long to post you can email them or let me know and I will send you my snail mail address. Thanks for sharing your information.

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Doris (View posts)
Posted: 2 Nov 2004 3:00PM GMT
Classification: Query


Spencer, Nebraska page 126 with picture of Crawford and Martha Brownfield
CRAWFORD BROWNFIELD
“Crawford A Brownfield born Nov 2,1876 at Springfield, Ill, to Elias and Elizabeth Funkhouser Brownfield, and died May 24,1941. He married Martha Edith Diehl on Jan 29,1913 at Fremont, Nebr, who was born Jan 17,1884 at Hooper, Nebr, and died June 9, 1962.
Crawford and Martha adopted an 8 week old baby girl, Myrtis LaVerne Brownfield, born April 6,1921.
Crawford came by covered wagon with his parents when just a young boy to Polk County, and lived on a farm near Shelby, Nebr, In the spring of 1891 he moved with his parents to the homestead southeast of Spencer, Nebr, Here he lived with his family until Jan 29, when he married Martha Diehl.
Crawford drove a team and wagon 30 miles to O’Neill, Nebr to purchase building supplies to build a new home 1 ½ miles southeast of the Brownfield homestead. They lived here until the spring of 1931 when they moved to town.
In 1935 they started a rooming house. They rented rooms by the night to travelers going through Spencer, also rooms to school teachers by the month. Martha cooked meals, washed and ironed for the five teachers at a time for only $30.00 a month. She kept Crawford busy doing dishes.
Crawford and Martha were active members of the Methodist Church. Martha was superintenednet of the Sunday School for many years. Crawford was janitor of the church, and also caretaker of the Union Cemetery until his death.
Crawford, Martha, Elias and Elizabeth Brownfield are buried at the Union Cemetery at Spencer, Nebr. Elias died in 1944 at age of 102 at Glendale, California. His eye sight was still good, as he could thread a needle without glasses.”

Spencer, Nebr. Page 126 and 127 with picture of Elias and Elizabeth Brownfield
ELIAS BROWNFIELD AND ELIZABETH FUNKHAUSER (no I didn’t misspell the name, there seems to be more than one spelling in the book)
“Elias and Elizabeth Funkhauser Brownfield came to the area in 1891 in a covered wagon caravan from Shelby, Nebr with five of their children, Janettie, Crawford, Homer, Dora, and Edith. An older son, LeRoy, stayed in Shelby as he was teaching school there. The Henry Dickey family was also in the caravan.
Janettie had the responsibility of driving the cattle on the way. They forded the Niobrara River about three miles south and east of their homestead.
Elias and son Crawford had been to the homestead the year before and put up a sod house and barn. They returned to Shelby to get their family.
About 1896, Elias built a large barn with the help of neighbors. The support studdings were of native cottonwood. The main part would hold 20 head of horses with a lean to on either side for cattle and hogs. It also had a large hay loft.
Elias’ homestead was halfway between O’Neill and Fort Randall, where soldiers were stationed at that time. Freighters and homesteaders on their way back and forth boarded overnight with the Brownfields. Later when the railroad came to Spencer, freighters loaded and came that far to get an early start for O’Neill the next day.
Elizabeth had a carpet loom. From the sale of these rugs and the money from the freighters, she had a large frame house of nine or ten rooms built. Mr Tinsley, a carpenter from Spencer, did the building in about 1903.
The Brownfields had a beautiful homestead with many fruit trees and berries of all kinds. There were rows of walnut, cedar, and cottonwood trees. A large garden along with the fruit provided ample food for the family and also for Janettie’s family when they lived there.
The Brownfields were life long members of the Methodist Church which Elias helped to build.
Elizabeth Brownfield died of cancer in 1910. Elias retired from farming in 1917 and lived for a few years with a sister in Boise, Idaho. In his later years, he lived with his youngest daughter, Edith, in Glendale, California where he passed away at the age of 102 in 1947. Both he and Elizabeth are buried in the Union Cemetery at Spencer.” Written by Amelia Nelson Koehn, grandaughter.

Spencer, Nebraska page 127 with picture of Myrtis and Norman Hartman.
MYRTIS LAVERNE BROWNFIELD
“Myrtis LaVerne Brownfield was born April 6,1921 at Omaha, Nebraska. She married Norman “Lance” Hartman at Burke, SD on July 5,1938. Lance was born Dec 9,1909 at Chapman, Nebr, and died Aug 16,1969 at Omaha, Nebr.
Myrtis and Lance had two children; Norma Jean and Donald Louis Hartman
Norma Jean born Jan 2,1941 at Spencer, Nebr. She married Don Olson on May 14,1962 at Cheyenne, Wyo, Don was born July 27,1937 at Grand Island, Nebr. They have two children.Todd Eugene Olson and Sheila Dawn Olson.
Todd Eugene Olson born Jan 21, 1964 at Grand Island, Nebr. He married Connie Jo Kuhlman on June 7,1986 at Grand Island, Nebr. She was born April 24,1965 They have a son, Jacob Lee Olson born Sept 15,1988.
Sheila Dawn Olson, born March 10,1967 at Grand Island, Nebr.
Donald Louis Hartman born Oct 6,1942 at Grand Island, Nebr. He married Armon Rose Barksdale on Oct 26,1963 at Monroe, Louisiana. She was born Jan 10,1940. They have two children, Scott Allen Hartman and Deanna Lynn Hartman
Scott Allen Hartman was born Feb 20,1965 at Grand Island, Nebr. He married Janna Sue Daniels on Oct 5, 1984 at Albany, La. She was born March 21,1967. They have a son Christopher Lance Hartman born March 9,1985.
Deanna Lynn Hartman born on Dec 19,1971 at Omaha, Nebr.
Myrtis lived with her parents on the farm near Spencer and attended grade school in a one room country school, Dist 14 southeast of Spencer. Then she went to Spencer High School after moving to town in 1931.
After she married, they lived in Spencer where Lance was employed as a mechanic at Ralph Friedrich Garage. He was also the town marshall.
They moved to Grand Island, Nebr in 1942. Lance began work for the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1967 they moved to Columbus, Nebr, where Lance worked as a Union Pacific Railroad Engineer until his death. Lance is buried at Westlawn Cemetery in Grand Island, Nebr.
Myrtis stayed at Columbus, Nebr and was manager at the Hotel Evans from 1969 to 1972. She moved back to Grand Island, Nebr in Oct of 1980.”


Spencer, Nebr page 264,265 with picture 50th wedding anniversary of Chris and Janettie Nelson

CHRISTIAN NELSON AND JANETTIE BROWNFIELD
“Christian Nelson and his brother Charles came from Jutland, Denmark in 1883 to an uncle in Pilger,Nebr. They had only two dollars left between them when they arrived. After working for farmers there for awhile they went to another brother Nels west of Verdigre to farm on their own. While there, they purchased milk products from a neighbor. Not trusting the good woman too far, they always gave some to their cat first. If the cat ate it, they would too.
When homesteading opened in the present Boyd County, Chris and Charles decided to try it. They traveled ina wagon with a teamof one horse and a mule. In order to locate their homestead, they started at a given point near Niobrara and stepped it off. They missed the location by about four miles. That winter they made a dugout in the bank near the Ponca Creek east of present Bristow. Their only neighbor was another Dane, Otto Knudsen, his Indian wife, and their grown children.
One day during the winter their mule fell through the ice in the Ponca Creek. Chris and Charles wrapped their coats around it and brought it into the dugout by the fire until it was dry.
By spring they were low on food, so Charles went back to Niobrara to get supplies. Meanwhile, all Chris had to live on was a bushel of shell corn and what he could forage from the land.
Chris went to O’Neill to the government land office to get the correct location of his land. It was on the Ponca Creek about 3 and ½ miles east of Spencer. They built a one room frame house. Charles returned to Niobrara and a younger brother, John, from Denmark, joined him.
In Aug 1892, Chris was married to Janettie Brownfield, a neighbor. 14 children were born to them, Ten grew to adults. Clara, Elmer, Alfred, Oscar, Elsie, Karl, Amelia, Florence, Goldie and Roy.
In 1893-94 severe drought hit the country and Chris went to Minn to work in the iron mines while Janettie returned to Shelby to live with relatives. The next spring they were back on the homestead. The summer had been so dry that much of the seed planted the year before came up that spring.
In 1894 when he learned that Barrett Scott was to be hung from the Niobrara River Bridge, he rode horseback as fast as he could to try to prevent it, but he arrived too late as the hanging was over with.
In the fall of 1898, hog cholera hit the community causing heavy financial and much hardship to everyone in the area.
Telephone and railroad were the big things that happened. Chris being very vary of the telephone, would not let his wife talk on it. Janettie would have to call him in to the house to answer it.
They moved west of Naper in 1913 for four years. When they came back to Spencer, they moved on the Elias Brownfield farm. Sons Elmer, Alfred and Oscar worked for the contractor that laid the brick street in Spencer.
Chris and Janettie celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1942 at the Niobrara State Park. Chris died in 1946 and Janettie in 1961. They are buried at the Union Cem at Spencer.
All the children are deceased at this writing except Goldie Nelson Bryce of Bloomfield and Amelia Nelson Koehn of Niobrara and over 120 other descendants. “ written by Amelia Nelson Koehn daughter.

Spencer, Nebr page 265 with picture of Lois, Carl, Bob and Ada Nelson

CARL NELSON
“Carl Nelson and wife Ada and two children moved to the Alfred Loomis farm in 1929 where Ada kept house for her widowed father and two brothers. Carl traveled for Advance Rumley (tractor ) Company, then farmed with Mr Loomis and Ed. He started working for the Omaha World Herald in 1937 as a mail subscription solicitor which he continued until his death in 1971. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
They moved into Spencer in 1938 where both children graduated from high school, then attended the University of Nebraska. Lois became a Medical Technologist and worked in Kansas City for 38 years. She has retired and lives in Spencer with her mother.
Son Bob, spent 2 years in the Navy, then worked as a meteorologist until retirement. He and his wife Joyce, live in Lincoln, Nebr.”

Spencer, Nebr page 265
Clifford (CC) and Louise Nelson
“CC was born at Chamberlain,SD in 1900. His parents were Theodore andMartina (Jensen) Nelson. The family consisted of brothers Roy married Ida Rust, Esty married Emma Rust, and Stanley and sisters Myrtle married Melvin Thomas of Newcastle, and Sylvia married Paul Talich of Bristow. The family moved from Viborg to Chamberlain and to Wagner where CC grew up. They came to Boyd County when he was 16 years old.
They settled on a ranch on the bank of the Niobrara River south of Bristow. CC and his brother Roy drove cattle by horseback across the Mo River on the ice. The rest of the family, with the household goods and machinery, came by train. During the 30’s they lost the ranch and moved to Bristow where they ran an implement store.
CC met his future wife, Anna Louise Bergh of Brunswick when his sister Sylvia brought a school teacher friend home for a 4th of July visit. They were married in 1934 and raised two children Anita (Mrs Vernon Saldeen) of Illinois and Curtis of Spencer. Another son, Robert died quite young. Anita has two sons, Paul and Melvin.
Louise’s family settled in the Brunswick area in Antelope County, sold out and moved to Georgia where Louise was born in 1900. The climate didn’t agree with her father so they returned to Brunswick.
CC and Louise started out on a farm east of Bristow and in 1940 bought the ranch one mile west of Bristow where Curtis and family still live.
CC built the first stock dam in the county after seeing one in Mexico on a trip to visit his sister. He and his brother Esty, were instrumental in organizing the Boyd County Fair which was a circuit fair in the early days. CC served as Fair President for 25 years. Esty and Emma started the Dairy Bar in Spencer. Louise helped organize the county extension clubs.
CC and Louise moved to Spencer to retire where CC died in the summer of 1989. His sister, Sylvia of Oregon is the only surviving sibling.

Spencer, Nebr page 265 and 266
CURTIS AND MARY NELSON
“ Curtis was born in 1937 in Norfolk while his parents, CC and Louise Bergh Nelson lived east of Bristow. In 1940 his father bought the ranch west of Bristow where Curtis now lives . Curtis has a sister, Anita (Mrs Vernon Saldeen) who lives in Illinois. A brother, Robert, died quite young.
Mary was born in 1938 in Lynch to parents, Elmer and Vendella Johnson Dahlberg while they lived on the farm northwest of Lynch in Mullen Township. Mary moved with her parents to Spencer in 1954.
Curtis and Mary met in high school and were married in 1959. They started their married life on the Fuhrer place just west of his parents and moved to the home place when CC and Louise moved to town.
Curtis took a very active part in bringing Rural Water District #2 to competion. He had a very personal interest because his parents always hauled water for household use and he continued to do so until the Rural Water system was installed.
Curtis and Mary have raised three children—Janet (Mrs Steven Classen) of Spencer, Alice of Kansas City,Mo and Roger who is a senior at the U of Nebr in Lincoln. They have two grandchildren Leslie Kaye and Andrew Steven Classen.”

Spencer, Nebr page 267 with picture of Douglas and Virginia
DOUGLAS NELSON AND VIRGINIA RATHJE
“Douglas James, the son of Oliver and Lorraine (Mashino) Nelson, grew up on two farm sites northeast of Spencer. He attended rural school, and graduated from high school in 1975 from Spencer High School. He has been ranching and farming in Boyd and Holt Counties.
Virginia Ann, the daughter of Martin and Zelma (Todd) Rathje, grew up on a farm southeast of Shelby,Nebr. She attended the Surprise Public Elementary School and the Rising City Public High School, graduating in 1984. Virginia continued her education at the U of Nebr-Lincoln, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Agriculture College. She taught the agriculture education classes at Spencer-Naper schools for two years.
Doug and Virginia were married on Sept 15, 1990. Doug is currently farming/ranching north of Spencer, and Virginia is employed by the Spencer Veterinary Clinic. They reside along Whipple Street, in Block 37 in the Conklin House.

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Posted: 3 Nov 2004 4:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brownfield, Funkhauser, Nelson
Thanks very much for this information. It fills in several missing generations for me.

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Gretchen (View posts)
Posted: 28 Dec 2004 10:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wurtz
I was wondering exactly where Spencer is located?
Thanks,
Gretchen

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Doris (View posts)
Posted: 29 Dec 2004 7:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Spencer, Nebraska.

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Doris (View posts)
Posted: 29 Dec 2004 7:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Spencer, Nebraska is in Holt County Nebraska, but close to Boyd County.
Highway 20 runs east and west across the whole United States. It runs through O'Neill , Holt County. Spencer is north of O'Neill.

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Naomi Sessions (View posts)
Posted: 29 Dec 2004 3:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Spencer, Nebraska is in Boyd County, I know I was born there.

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Posted: 29 Dec 2004 4:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Dec 2005 3:50PM GMT
Surnames: Wentz,Weickum,Weiss,Trautman,Walter
Naomi,
Do you know the Wentz family in Naper?

Re: Spencer, Nebraska biographies

Gretchen Eggum (View posts)
Posted: 30 Dec 2004 1:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wurtz, Brauer and Mennson
Thank you Doris!
Do you know where I could get a copy of the bio of Ralph Wurtz and Vera Wilson?
Thanks~
Gretchen
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