Archives for November 2012

The Polar Express

This evening we went on the Polar Express tour in Kearney with Aunt Terra and the Pfeiffer’s. We rode the trolley, drank hot chocolate, and even saw Santa! The kids all got a bell from Santa and seemed to enjoy the evening.

F.E. Payne Biographical

F.E. Payne, farmer and stock-raiser, Catherton Township, was born in Frederick County, Va., in September, 1850, and is the oldest child born to R.T. and Sarah (Scribner) Payne. They were the parents of six children, viz.: F.E. (the subject of this sketch), Mrs. Mary Cooper (of this township), Mrs. Ida Brown (of Winchester, Va.), Mrs. Pinkney Hale and Mrs. Carrie Harvey (of Inavale Township), and Robert Bruce (residing with his brother, our subject). The father was a cooper by trade, and lived in his native State till 1884, when he came to Nebraska, locating in this township where he is now living. Both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The subject of this sketch received a common school education in his native State, and at the age of twenty-two years began life for himself as a farmer, following that occupation with success in his native State until 1877, when he came to this State. Here he entered a homestead and timber claim, comprising 320 acres in Section 34-3-12 on Farmers’ Creek, all of which he has under an excellent state of cultivation, well improved with good buildings, fruit and forest trees, etc. He is active in politics and votes with the Prohibition party, and for a time has held the office of justice of the peace in this township. He was married in July, 1881, to Mrs. Vernie (Cather) Clutter, widow of Webster Clutter, and daughter of William and Caroline (Smith) Cather, of Virginia; she died in December, 1885, leaving him one child, Wilella. Mr. Payne is a member of the Baptist Church.

Source:
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Adams, Clay, Webster, and Nuckolls Counties, Nebraska
Published 1890
Page 646

Veterinary Medicine on the Farm

Nebraska Farm Life WWI to WWII is a book written by Richard C. McCall based on a true story of a family growing up on a Nebraska farm. In Chapter 10 “Veterinary Medicine on the Farm” there are several mentions of Con Wilson related to his veterinary work.

“This chapter concerns some of the veterinary problems that we experienced on our farm. We administered most of the veterinary care to our animals ourselves. There was a veterinary in Red Cloud named Doc Hurst, but for some reason or other we never used his services. There was a Dr. Moranville in Guide Rock, who was said to be pretty good, but most of our work was done by a self-taught man named Con Wilson.”

“Cholera was an ever-present problem with hogs…Most of the time, Con Wilson came and administered the vaccine but later during World War II when labor was scarce, we were able to get the vaccine and do it ourselves.”

“There were several instances of cases of lumpy jaw in cattle…A veterinarian would arrive, probably Con Wilson, and treat them with an intravenous injection of calcium into a neck vein.”

“Con Wilson had been called once to clean a cow that had failed to deliver the calf bed. By the time he arrived, this was a very foul smelling, messy job. Dick and Dad were observing and providing some help. Neither of them had the strongest of stomachs and both were wishing they were somewhere else. In the middle of the job, Con withdrew the arm he had had inside the cow, reached into his shirt pocket with that hand, and pulled out a plug of chewing tobacco that he offered to Dad. Dad turned slightly green and left the barn. Dick was amused enough at Dad’s discomfort that he managed to stay to the end.”

Source:
Nebraska Farm Life WWI to WWII
Published 2002
Chapter 10
Pages 79-84 

50 Years Ago – The Virginians

By. Dr. W.A. Thomas

The Wilsons

There is one fact about John Wilson that we must not forget. Before he left Virginia he had married a Miss Wisecarver. To this circumstance, in some measure, the county is indebted for the presence of Johnson B. Wisecarver, usually called “Jack” Wisecarver, and his brother, Wade Hampton, more generally known as “Hamp” Wisecarver. We do not know that Jack was named for the president, Andy Johnson, but Hamp was undoubtedly named after the famous confederate general and senator of South Carolina. The elder of the two brothers, Johnson, came to this county in the fall of 1878. Perhaps the most notable fact in his career in this county was his victimization by the Nebraska Farm Loan & Trust company, whereby he found himself compelled to pay a mortgage on his farm twice. It is bad enough to pay a mortgage debt once in hard times. When it comes to paying twice with accumulated interest of ten years and costs, it becomes a pretty sore burden. Fortunately Mr. Wisecarver held his farm with a close grip until he was able to sell it two years ago for some eight or nine thousand dollars. Even then he sold it too cheap, as events demonstrated. But he was sagacious enough to invest a good part of the money received in other lands, so that he has been benefited by the general increase in the values of farm property. Mr. Wisecarver married Miss Olive Bean, daughter of the Rev. John Bean, who was so highly esteemed during his residence in the northwest portion of the county. There are two children from this marriage, Bertha, who is now Mrs. Bruce Payne, and the bright Rittlo Ethel, whom we permit almost anybody to endeavor to trip in spelling hard words. Since the sale of the farm Mr. Wisecarver has made his home in this city.

“Hamp” Wisecarver came to the county some years later. He married a Miss Holmes, a niece of Mrs. Arthur Wilson. (article missing) During the tabernacle meetings, it is related that one of the evangelists, seeing the abruption with which “Hamp” listened to the exercises, approached him and asked him if he did not think it was time for him to “give his heart to the Lord.” Without any intention of being offensive, “Hamp” replied, after considerable effort and delay, that he needed it for his own use at present. “Hamp” is now running a lunch counter in the city.

Another Wilson that we should have mentioned in connection with her brothers is Elizabeth, who became the wife of John Marker while in Virginia. The Markers followed the Wilsons to this county, where they lived in unassuming, industrious quietude until the election five years ago, when Miss Lizzie surprised a great many of the people by securing an election to the office of county superintendent, and demonstrated that the Virginia settlers possessed a culture that fitted them for any position. John Marker died three or four years ago, his widow and nine children surviving him. Lizzie is well known to our readers by reason of her four years occupancy of our highest educational position; Annie, nicknamed “Tishie,” is an accomplished stenographer in Minneapolis; John, the oldest boy, is managing the homestead; Dora and Carrie are each married and live just out of the county on the Blue; Albert is in California, and Ford and Lena are on the farm with their mother and John.

No account of the Virginians would be complete which omitted mention of the Paynes. The first to come was F.E., or “Ed” Payne. He arrived in 1877. His father, “Uncle Dick” Payne, came the next year, with his young son, Bruce, and his two daughters. “Uncle Dick” passed away many years ago. “Ed” has been something of a political storm center in Catherton township since his arrival. Before coming of G.P. Cather in 1873, the Norwegians, under the lead of one German, O. Lee, made a settlement on Thompson creek in Franklin county. They were located on lands by an old gentleman named Budlong. By him their corners were pointed out. As their Norwegian friends spread out to the east, they eventually met the Virginians spreading from the north and east. By this time the few (article missing) government corners that had been in the township, if any, had been obliterated, and a dispute arose concerning the lines which divided the people of the township, culminating in a new survey under the direction of a town meeting. There being no authority for such a survey, lawsuits arose which kept the two elements of the township, the Virginians and the Norwegians, in disquietude for some years. It fell to Mr. Payne’s lot to be the center of this controversy, his land being near the center of the township. Mr. Payne has also, from the organization of the populist party, been a warm and leading adherent to that party. He is consequently better known to the people of the county than most of the Virginians. While a strenuous fighter, he has never been accused of anything worse than obstinacy by his opponents, which is not the worst fault that could be laid to a man. Mr. Payne has one daughter, Miss Willella. Bruce Payne is a comparatively young man. He is a graduate of the Red Cloud public schools, and was a soldier in the Philippine war. He married Miss Bertha Wisecarver, and is at present in Herman, Nebraska.

The two daughters who came with “Uncle Dick” are now Mrs. Noah Harvey and Mrs. Finley Hale. Another daughter, Mary, is Mrs. Cooper. We have not the pleasure of an acquaintance with the Coopers and cannot relate any particulars concerning them in this issue.

One more Virginian deserves mention who is no longer a resident of the county, Mr. Will Matheney. Mr. Matheney married a Miss Andrews, a niece of Charles Cather. He sold his farm in this county a few months ago for over $9,000, and he is trying to live a life of comparative ease on his farm near Campbell.

We believe that we have enumerated all the Virginians who have ever settled in the neighborhood of Catherton. It must be admitted that there is a goodly number of them. It is not at all surprising that they thought themselves of consequence to build a church and christen it the New Virginia church.

There is one lot of Virginians which ought, perhaps, to be mentioned. The Rinkers also came from the Shenandoah valley, and were neighbors of the Cather and Lockharts. But they settled on Walnut creek. There were two brothers, Josiah and Galloway. Of Josiah, the elder, there were two sons, Clinton and Avilon. Clinton married the daughter of R.B. Fulton. She died within a few years after the marriage. Avilon is back on his father’s farm in Virginia. Galloway Rinker, who remained in this county longer than his brother or nephews, is now in Franklin, but Charles Rinker, his son, is still a resident of Walnut creek.

We have almost forgotten another Virginian who is one of the best known to the people of this city, especially the ladies. The present Mrs. Jones, formerly Mrs. G.W. Francis, came to this county an unmarried girl, and showed that she was capable of making her own way in the world by her work in the harvest field, where she did the work of a man prior to her first marriage. Mrs. Jones is at present in Colorado. Mrs. Bortfeldt is an adopted daughter, whom she reared to womanhood with a mother’s affection and care.

A.N. Wilson drowns while swimming in a flooded draw

One of the most tragic accidents that has occurred in this county for many years took place in Catherton precinct, 16 miles northwest of Red Cloud Sunday afternoon, shortly after four o’clock. Albert N. Wilson and a young man by the name of Ole Iverson went bathing in a pond that had been constructed by the damming of a draw. The water was 15 feet deep and about 40 across. They had not been in the water long before Mr. Wilson was heard to give a cry for help and at the same time was seen to throw his arms widely into the air and then sink from view. Young Iverson, at once surmising that the swimmer had been stricken with cramps, immediately went to the rescue, but the struggling man proved too heavy for the younger one and he was forced to abandon him, after he himself was nearly drowned in his efforts to lend assistance. Other help was then secured, and a rope was tied around young Iverson and he made for the place where the body had disappeared. He made a heroic effort to dive and reach the man whose life was, or had already  passed away, but without avail. When he came to the surface blood was running from his nostrils and but for the rope about him he would have never reached the shore. Work was then begun to break the dam and drain the pond, but this consumed time and it was an hour before a sufficient amount of water had escaped to permit of recovering the body. Of course life was then entirely extinct but doctors had been summoned both from Bladen and Red Cloud and they worked with the man in a vain attempt to start a spark of respiration. It was a sad ending of a prosperous life. The funeral was held from the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Priestly of Bladen. It was the largest funeral ever witnessed in the history of Webster County, the first of the procession reaching the cemetery one mile distant before the last had left the residence.

Albert N. Wilson was born in Frederick county, Virginia November 9, 1856. In 1877 he came to Webster county and settled in the southern part of Catherton precinct but a few years later purchased a farm 6 1/2 miles from Bladen. On October 29, 1855, he was married to Mary Robinson, who now survived him, and with three children, Vera, Maud and Kenneth, mourns the untimely departure of a true husband and kind father. He also leaves an aged father, two sister and three brothers.

Source:
The Webster County Argus
1902 

Clarence H. Wilson Obituary

Clarence Wilson aged about 75 years dropped dead suddenly in the Inavale Pool Hall last evening, death attributed to a heart attack.

Clarence H. Wilson was born in Frederick County, Virginia, February 14, 1855, and died at Inavale, July 15, 1930 age 75 years.

He came to Nebraska as a young man in September, 1877, and purchased the farm six miles north Inavale where he spent the remainder of his life, living continuously on this place for more than half a century. When he came here, there was no railway town nearer than Hastings, and the country was yet undeveloped.

Mr. Wilson was eminently fitted by temperament and physical hardihood for pioneer life, and it was men like him who made the wilderness into a garden. In the hardships and privations incident to the life of a pioneer he developed a keen sympathy of mutual understanding of his neighbors and friends.

He was united in marriage to Amanda E. Brooks, February 6, 1887, and three children came to bless their home, Raymond, Gladys and Chester.

He took his bride to the home he had prepared and for more than thirty years they shared the joys and sorrows of pioneer life and rearing their children. Mrs. Wilson’s death on May 2, 1917 was the first shadow that fell on their happy home and was a blow from which he never recovered.

Mr. Wilson was not only a pioneer in this community but was in many respects the founder of this neighborhood. It was largely through his efforts and those of his good wife that the New Virginia Church was organized and later the building erected.

His passing marks the end of the original settlers in the New Virginia neighborhood, he being the last of that group who came from Virginia in the seventies.

Funeral services were held in the home and at the New Virginia Church.

Death of R.T. Payne

The many friends of Uncle Dick Payne were surprised to learn of his death during Sunday night. The previous day he had visied his son and though he seemed in usual health, complained of not feeling very well. This was the last seen of him alive. During Monday his son called at the house and found him lying dead in his bed. The open Bible and his spectacles were upon the table as he had left them upon retiring for the night, when he laid down to his last long sleep. Death had come without warning during his slumber, and he passed away gently and peacefully.

Richard Thornton Payne was born in Loudoun County, Va., March 28, 1828, was married Dec. 10, 1849 to Sarah A. Scrivner who preceded him to the heavenly land in 1891, and with whom he had lived for forty years. Mr. Payne was a great reader of the old family Bible and a member of the church since 1855. He leaves six children, one daughter who lives in Virginia, Mrs. Finley Hale, in Missouri; one son, Bruce, is a soldier in the Philippine Islands serving in the First Nebraska, and one son, F.E.

Payne, and two daughters, Mrs. A.A. Cooper and Mrs. Noah Harvey, at his late Nebraska home, and a host of friends to mourn his demise.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. A.G. Blackwell at the New Virginia school house and the remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of relatives and friends.

F.E. Payne Obituary

F.E. Payne was born in Frederick county, Virginia, September 23, 1850 and was aged 66 years, 8 months and 16 days.

He received a common school education in his native state, and at the age of twenty-two years he began life for himself as a farmer, following that occupation with success in Virginia until 1877, when he came to Nebraska, homesteading on 320 acres in Catherton township, where he continued to reside until the time of his death.

He took an active part in local and state politics, and in 1914 was chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee.

Mr. Payne was always ready and willing to take an interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the state, county and community, and during the past winter he devoted much time to the Federal Road Act.

He was a man possessing all the qualities of a gentleman, kind and loving father, and husband, a good neighbor and an upright christian man, having been a member of the Baptist church for many years.

In July, 1881 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Vernie clutter, to this union was born one daughter, Wilella, now Mrs. C.M. Wilson. Mrs. Payne preceeded him to the great beyond in the year of 1885.

He is survived by one daughter, four grand children, one brother and three sisters.

Funeral services were conducted at the New Virginia church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock by Rev. R.B.E. Hill of McCool, and was largely attended by neighbors and friends of deceased, and the remains were laid to rest in the new Virginia cemetery.

F.E. Payne Will Be Buried Sunday

As announced in these columns on Wednesday evening, F.E. Payne had just been found dead in his field, where he had been plowing and the following obituary is taken from yesterday’s issue of the Red Cloud Chief:

“The deceased was born in Frederick county, Virginia, September 23, 1850 and was aged 66 years, 8 months and 16 days.”

“He received a common school education in his native state, and at the age of twenty-two years he began life for himself as a farmer, following that occupation with success in Virginia until 1877, when he came to Nebraska, homesteading on 320 acres in Catherton township, where he continued to reside until the time of his death.”

“He took an active part in local and state politics, and in 1914 was chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee.”

“Mr. Payne was always ready and willing to take an interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the state, county and community, and during the past winter he devoted much time to the Federal Road Act.”

“He was a man possessing all the qualities of a gentleman, kind and loving father, and husband, a good neighbor and an upright christian man, having been a member of the Baptist church for many years.”

“In July, 1881 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Vernie Clutter, to this union was born one daughter, Wilella, now Mrs. C.M. Wilson. Mrs. Payne preceeded him to the great beyond in the year of 1885.”

“He is survived by one daughter, four grand children, one brother and three sisters.”

Funeral services will be held in the New Virginia church in Catherton precinict on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in charge of Revs. Hummel and Hill.

F.E. Payne Dies Suddenly

On Wednesday afternoon, while plowing on his farm, Mr. F.E. Payne, one of the most highly respected citizens of Catherton township, dropped dead.

The deceased was born in Frederick county, Virginia, September 23, 1850 and was aged 66 years 8 months and 16 days.

He received a common school education in his native state, and at the age of twenty-two years he began life for himself as a farmer, following that occupation with success in Virginia until 1877, when he came to Nebraska, homesteading on 320 acres in Catherton township, where he continued to reside until the time of his death.

He took an active part in local and state politics, and in 1914 was chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee.

Mr. Payne was always ready and willing to take an interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the state, county and community, and during the past winter he devoted much time to the Federal Road Act.

He was a man possessing all the qualities of a gentleman, kind and loving father, and husband, a good neighbor and an upright christian man, having been a member of the Baptist church for many years.

In July, 1881 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Vernie clutter, to this union was born one daughter, Wilella, now Mrs. C.M. Wilson. Mrs. Payne preceeded him to the great beyond in the year of 1885.

He is survived by one daughter, four grand children, one brother and three sisters.

At the time of going to press arrangements had not been made for the funeral services.

F.E. Payne Death Announcement & Obituary

Ed Payne, prominent and well known Webster county farmer, died suddenly of heart failure while at work in the field on his farm in Catherton Township Wednesday afternoon about four o’clock. Mr. Payne was at work driving a riding plow and apparently was in his usual good health. Employees on the farm noticed the team standing at one corner of the field with Mr. Payne in the seat but in a leaning position. Upon investigation it was found that life was extinct and that he had fallen forward and the body had caught in the machinery and to all appearances he had died instantly.

Source:
Bladen Enterprise

Friday, May 11, 1917
Page 1, Column 4 


F.E. Payne was born in Frederick County, Virginia, September 23, 1850 and was aged 66 years, 8 months and 16 days. He received a common school education in his native state, and at the age of twenty-two years he began life for himself as a farmer, following that occupation with success in Virginia until 1877, when he came to Nebraska, homesteading on 320 acres in Catherton township, where he continued to reside until the time of his death. He took an active part in local and state politics, and in 1914 was chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee. Mr. Payne was always ready and willing to take an interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the state, county and community, and during the past winter he devoted much time to the Federal Road Act. He was a man possessing all the qualities of a gentleman, kind and loving father, and husband, a good neighbor and an upright christian man, having been a member of the Baptist church for many years. In July, 1881 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Vernie Clutter, to this union was born one daughter, Wilella, now Mrs. C M Wilson. Mrs. Payne preceded him to the great beyond in the year of 1885(sic). He is survived by one daughter, four grandchildren, one brother and three sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the New Virginia church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock by Rev R B E Hill of McCool, and was largely attended by neighbors and friends of deceased, and the remains were laid to rest in the new Virginia cemetery.

Source:
Bladen Enterprise

Friday, May 18, 1917
Page 1, Column 4 

Services Tuesday for Mrs. Con Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Duval, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Kile and Mr. and Mr.s Laurence Grandstaff attended funeral services Tuesday for Mrs. Con Wilson who passed away Sunday at the Webster County Community hospital in Red Cloud, after a long illness. She was 77 hears of age and a lifetime resident of Webster County. She made her home for many years in the New Virginia community southwest of Bladen. Among the relatives surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Milton Lutz of Bladen. The Rev. J.W. Scott of Red Cloud and the Rev. L.O. Seger of Bladen officiated at the services at the New Virginia cemetery.

1993 Nebraska Hereford Tour

Stop 5 – Wilson Hereford Ranch
Monday, Sept. 20, 1993  Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Stop Location: Bladen

Welcome to the Wilson Hereford Ranch located in Webster County, in south central Nebraska.

The farm/ranch has been in the family for 117 years. Rob’s great-grandfather, John Payne, homesteaded this land in 1876. Robs’ grandfather, Con Wilson, started this home headquarters in 1916. In 1922 he bought the first registered Hereford cattle. They came from around Cambridge, Nebr. from Mousel’s. He started with four bred heifers and a bull. Later he bought some more from Manger’s north of Bladen and from a ranch in Kansas. Con was a veterinary for many years. He still had a practice when he was 92 years old.

Johnny Wilson started operating the ranch after WWII and sold Hereford seed stock for years. He is still very active in the day to day work.

Robert Wilson came back to the ranch in 1973 after working at the meat animal research center for two years.

We now run a commercial Hereford cow/calf and yearling operation. Currently, we are using AI bulls from Mile City, ABS, and Canada. Herd bulls are purchased from Upstream, Spencer Herefords, Grabenstein Herefords, Ron Albrecht, Bob Long Herefords of Kansas and Schepp Herefords of Wray, Colo.

The fifth generation great-great-granddaughters, Laci and Amber Wilson, are exhibitors at the county fair showing Hereford steers and heifers.

We thank you for stopping and invite you to visit any time.

Robert and Johnny Wilson and family


For Those About to Rock, We Salute You

Lee loves playing my guitar. He especially likes hooking up to the amp to “make it loud, Daddy!”

Gilkey Family History

Gens Gilkey is our oldest known ancestor. He and his wife had three son; William, David and Charles. These three brothers immigrated from Ireland to the United States. (F. W. Gilkey, my grandfather told me about them)

Charles Gilkey, our ancestor, was born in 1775 and died 1883. He and his wife Hannah, had two sons, John and William both born in Ireland.

Our ancestor, John and his wife had a son, J. Francis Gilkey, was born in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, in 1810. He was my great, great grandfather.

Francis married Mary Frew, daughter of David Frew. They were the parents of three sons: David, James and Frank. Mary died at the birth of Frank. Francis, with a baby and two small boys, married Mary’s sister, Sarah Frew. That same year William Kenneth was born September 10, 1846. There was also a daughter, Isadora Minerva. Francis was a farmer. He died April 12, 1877 and Sarah died December 19, 1872.

William Kenneth Gilkey, my great grandfather was also born in Westmoreland County. He enlisted in the Army during the Civil War, on March 11, 1865, serving with Company G. the 11th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry. He became wounded in action, having the forefinger of his right hand shot off on May 10, 1865. He was dismissed from the hospital May 27, 1865. Later, William Kenneth Gilkey received a disability discharge, and was mustered out of the Army at Balls Crossroads, Virginia on July 1, 1865.

W. Kenneth’s army buddy, John Martz, was later killed in action. While they were together, he often talked about his wife and children. John asked W. Kenneth to visit his widow if he should be killed. After W. Kenneth was informed of his buddies death, he did look up his friends widow.

According to my Grandparents, in doing as his friend, Martz had asked, W. Kenneth became involved. He found a young woman with six small children, who needed help in a very real way. There was wood to chop and carry in. The water had to be carried up a steep hill. Kenneth stayed and busied himself with the many chores to help this lady in her time of grief. They soon married. It isn’t known if the marriage was for convenience, or if it was because the ‘love bug’ bit. I have hoped it was for love!!

After Kenneth and Susan Deitman Martz were married they had twin daughters, Mary Sarah and Sarah Mary. Later, Franklin Westley Gilkey was born December 23, 1869 in Irwin, Pennsylvania. Harrison Gilkey was born August 10, 1972.

Franklin W. Gilkey, our grandfather, married Catherine Love on December 24, 1888, in Irwin, Pennsylvania. Catherine Frances Love was born March 10, 1872 to John and Charlotte (Edwards) Love. John Love was mean to his family. An older son, James Love left home at fourteen, and was never seen again. John Creighton, a neightbor took Catherine into their home. Later when she married, because she was under age, John gave his consent. Grandma Gilkey told me they were married the day after F.W.’s nineteenth birthday. I never knew what difference it made, maybe they felt better being older.

Franklin and Catherine (Katie) eventually moved to Ardara, Pennsylvania, where their ten children were born. Ardara isn’t on the map now, and I don’t know if there is a town there, by another name.

Their children were: Ella May, Jeffery Harrison, William West, Edward Adam, Royal Robert, Ida Katherine, Anna Deborah, Birdie Marie, Bessie (Betty) Margaret and Franklin Daniel. Grandma said it was very hard losing baby Royal less than a month old. They raised the other nine children.

Grandpappy Gilkey worked at Pitcarin, Pennsylvania for the railroad. It was in the yards or shop, I’m not sure. He walked to and from work, a distance of five miles each way. He was gone from home fourteen hours every day, working twelve hours a day, and sometimes seven days a week. He left home in the morning before the children were awake and they would be tucked into bed when he returned at night. Ella, as a small child, wanted to know who that man was that came late and slept with her mother.

Ella, our mother, was born June 2, 1890 to Franklin and Catherine Gilkey at Ardara, Pennsylvannia. Grandma Gilkey told me, she had miscarried their first baby. Ella started helping around the home at an early age. There were four little brothers born about two years apart, before the birth of another sister.

When Ella was about eleven, she started helping an older neighbor lady. She carried water, coal and wood, and did other errands for her. As the lady needed more care, Ella stayed nights with her until she died.

Jeff and Bill also started doing odd Jobs to help. As soon as they were old enough they went to work with their dad for the Railroad.

After Ella’s grandmother died, she helped her grandfather by cleaned his house and cooking his meals. Ella’s grandfather died in 1909. She had graduated from the eighth grade, and never been far from home.

Ella was a very pretty young lady, with golden red hair, which was curly and the bluest, blue eyes. She had a ‘peaches and cream’ complexion.

Soon after the death of her grandfather, Ella went to Trafford City, Pennsylvania, where she was employed as a dinhing room girl at the Trafford Inn. The manager, Mrs. Clauson, had very strict house rules for all the girls. They were to be polite and helpful to the men who roomed there, but there was to be no extra visiting, and no dating.

Ella was all business, not giving the men the time of day. She was there to work!! When the girls that cleaned the mens rooms were over-loaded, the girls from the dining room helped them when it wasn’t meal time.

This is where Frank Albright, our father roomed and boarded while he was working at the Trafford City foundry. However,cwith some help Frank started dating Ella.

Frank and Ella married in May 1911, and came West to locate a farm to make their home. About one year after they had settled in South Dakota on a farm in Red Canyon, ten miles from Edgemont, my mother, Ella, became very homesick for her family. She had never been away from her folks for more than a week before this. Ed, her fourteen year old brother came out the fall of 1912, to visit. The rest of the Gilkey family, except Bill, moved to South Dakota the following June in 1913. Bill stayed behind so the family would have money for the move. He came six months later.

The Gilkey family stayed with Ella and Frank while they looked for some land to homestead. They settled about three and a half miles up the Canyon from the Albrights. There was a log school house on the land, which provided them with a livable house. Grandpappy was a carpenter, and soon he and Jeff added to the log cabin by building a larger frame structure, which was used for bed rooms for the family.

The grandparents didn’t know anything about farming. It soon became known Grandpappy was afraid of most animals. I don’t think they ever had a team of horses. They did get a cow and chickens. Ed milked the cow and took care of the chickens. In a short time, because they needed money to buy groceries, Grandpappy and Jeff went to work in Edgemont at the railroad yard. They batched in town during the week, while Grandma stayed on the land with the younger children. When fall came the children went to school at the log school near the Stevens place. The two older Gillett boys drove a team and wagon every day to this school and all the neighbor hood children rode with them. In 1915 a school was built in the area and the children went to the new school for a year and maybe more. The T.J. Markey was their teacher.

After several year the split living arrangement became too stressful. At this time Bill was also working for the railroad, so with three incomes, they decided to more the family into Edgemont. Ed remained on the land to hold their rights to the land. I believe they had a short time until they could prove up on the land.

The three men continued to work there until 1922 when there was a big strike on the railroad. They went on strike with the other men. After the strike was settled they never went back, although they could have.

From that time Grandpappy worked at many odd jobs. For a number of years he was clean-up man at the Bar Cafe. The cafe was owned by Al Anderson. Pappy washed dishes on the early night shift, getting off work about eleven each night.

The grandparents became active in the Methodist church. They had been in the church in Pennsylvania, so it was natural to get involved here. My grandpa liked to sing. They were instrumental in the starting of what is now the Assembly of God church in Edgemont. One year the small group had services in the Gilkey home, until they had a building.

Bill left home in about 1924 or 1925 to work in the oil fields in Oklahoma. He was last heard from in 1926. We could not find out what happened to him.

Jeff was born July 17, 1892, was married to Birdie Willard, a school teacher. They had two sons, Westley and Harrison. Jeff died in November 1971.

Edward was born December 16, 1898, and married Bertha Gillett, a neighbor. They were the parents of seven children, Orval, Roy, Franklin, Dorothy, Joyce and two babies that died, Eugene and Clio. Ed died in August 1965.

Katherine (Toots) was born August 18, 1901, and Anna was born July 10, 1903; married brothers, Bulus and Elzie Reeves in 1918. Toots and Bulus children are; Arthur, Lois, Ruby, Ray, Betty, Iola, Evelyn and two babies that died, Hazel and Martha. Anna and Elzie had five children; Richard, Mildred, Leonard and two babies that died, Verna May and Virginia. Toots died in May 1978. Anna died in November 1986.

Birdie was born April 29, 1907. She married Edward Knapp and were divorsed. She died in January 1974.

Betty (Bessie) was born July 9, 1909. She married Morton Stern, they divorsed. She died in August 1981.

Franklin was born November 16, 1911. He married Alma Peterson, they had two children; Thomas and Charlotte. Frank died in April 1989

Ella, the oldest was born June 2, 1890 and married Frank Albright. They had seven children; Catherine, Caroline, Frank, Maizie, Darlyne, Joanne and Rose who died at age four. This names the decendents of F.W. and Katie Gilkey.

All the Gilkey children moved from this area to establish their homes, except Ella. The grandparents also remained in Edgemont. After the children left home Grandma worked for other people doing their laundry. She was good at this job. She house cleaned for two families for years. She was loved by all and didn’t have trouble getting all the work she wanted. The grandparents were short and stocky in stature and a nice looking couple.

Grandma Gilkey died Septmenber 5, 1934 at their home in Edgemont. During the summer she suffered a stroke. She was sixty-two years of age.

Grandpappy Gilkey loved to sing. When he visited our home in Red Canyon, he had to have a time of singing around the piano. Then he was ready to go home. If the others who came that day were not ready to go, he would say, “If I had my walking shoes, I’d be on my way.”

After Grandma’s death Grandpappy continued to live in Edgemont. I became his ‘girl Friday’. I took him shopping for groceries, we went to church together and I cleaned his house. Once a week I washed and ironed his clothes and did extra baking and cooking for him. When his health began to fail, Aunt Betty thought he needed more care. Pappy was then moved to Oregon to live with Frank and Alma. I missed him very much. Grandpappy had been a part of my life for so many years. I don’t know how long he was with Frank, but the last two years of his life were spent with his daughter, Toots at Mullen, Nebraska.

Grandpappy Gilkey passed away at Omaha, Nebraska July, 24, 1951. Both grandparents are buried in the Edgemont Cemetery.

If our grandparents could take a peek at our lives and our homes today, they would think we were living in heaven. We all enjoy so many modern conveniences that they never dreamed of. We have every kind of gadget to ease and lighten our work.

My memories of them are wonderful. Every child should have an opportunity to enjoy grandparents as I have. All our aunts and uncles are gone, also some of the cousins. My Uncle Frank, the youngest was the last to leave us. He and I had a special friendship. He was like an older brother. During our growing years, Frank spent some time every summer with us on the farm in Red Canyon. He helped with the chores, and gave us some wise counsel from time to time.

Source:
Our Heritage
Excerpt written by Caroline Curl – Edgemont, SD

The Gustav Schulz Family History

Gustav Fredrick Schulz was born January 2,1891, the fifth child of Robert and Louisa (Jahn) Schulz. The family lived in a sod house six miles northeast of Bladen, Nebraska. School was a challenge to the first few to go to school as German was the only language used in the home. All eight of the Schulz children attended the Cloverton school, District 25. Great Grandma Jahn and Great Grandpa Schulz made their home with the family until their deaths. Grandpa Robert passed away October 12, 1923 after a lengthy battle with cancer of the lip. Grandma Louise passed away May 31,1936. She had been in frail health ever since the tornado that destroyed the barn and tore the shingles and chimney from the house in May, 1931.

January 26, 1916 at Hastings, Nebraska, Gus married Hester Ellen Karr, the youngest daughter of William and Dora (Baker) Karr. She was born October 24, 1895 on a farm west of Blue Hill. Her Mother was an invalid at the time of her birth and was unable to care for her baby, so grandparents, Phillip and Mary Karr took baby Hester to live with them. Her Mother died August 17, 1898 at Riverton, Nebraska. It was thought she may have had M.S. or M.D. Blanche, seven and William, 5 went to live with the Karr grandparents at that time.

After their marriage they resided for a time on a farm near Cowles, Nebraska with Albert and Blanche (Karr) Schulz. Dorothy was small. Later they moved to the Martin farm 2 1/2 miles west of Blue Hill, where Arthur was born August 16, 1918 and Nina was born November 19, 1922. They survived the financial crises of 1929, bank closings and the drouth and dust storms of the “Dirty Thirties.”

In the fall of fall of 1941 they moved into the Oscar Dahms farm buildings. The Dahms family had gone to California to work in the shipyards during the National emergency which was created by the threat of war in Europe. It became a reality when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands and war was declared on Germany and Japan. In 1942 they moved to the Borcherding farm where they resided until 1948 when ill health forced Gus to quit farming. They moved to the Gus Krueger farm buildings and later to Blue Hill, where in 1954 they bought the house at 410 West Lancaster. He worked for the city utilities for a time and also for government grain storage until he retired in 1956.

January, 1966, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at St. Paul’s Lutheran church, hosted by their children and their families. He enjoyed working in the yard and garden while she kept busy with quilting, embroidery, tatting and Ladies Aid.

Gus passed away on Sunday morning, August 6, 1978 at Perkins Pavillion in Hastings after spending a week in the Mary Lanning Hospital and three days at Perkins. This was his first time to be in the hospital in his 87 years. He had been in failing health since 1970 when he had suffered a light stroke during the summer. He had hardening of the arteries which had caused him to be very confused much of the time. Burial in the Blue Hill Cemetery. Hester went to live with Nina in 1984. On April 12, 1987 she suffered a massive heart attack and went to Bethesda Care Center upon her release from the hospital in Hastings. She passed away quietly in her sleep on April 1, 1988 from another heart attack. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery.

Source:
Information courtesy of Delores (Karr) Krichau’s family history compilation

The Robert Schulz Family

Robert Schulz, son of Leopold and Dorathea (Gottling) Schulz was born near Ledge, Brandenburg province, Germany on October 27, 1853. Emigrated to the United States with parents and two brothers in September 1867, and after a few years in Missouri migrated to Lincoln, Nebraska where he worked as a drayman for a time. June 11, 1875, he filed intent to become a citizen in Webster County and on December 18, 1879, for $240 bought the West half of the North West Quarter of Section one Township four Range eleven West of the Sixth Principal Meridian in Webster County. The land was located about six miles northeast of Bladen. He was one of the early settlers of Webster County and saw the country develop from a vast prairie to a fine agricultural land.

October 28, 1881, he married Maria Louisa Jahn, daughter of Christoph and Fredericka (Baker) Jahn. She was born January 25, 1856, at Quitzobel, Brandenburg Province, Germany where her father had been a fisherman. The Jahn family left their home in Germany on August 15, 1867, and departed for the United States on August 17. They landed in New York Harbor on September 25 after a long and stormy voyage on a sailboat. Food had become scarce and many were ill from the rough seas. They too headed for Osage County Missouri where many of their friends had settled. Other family members included: Fredrick, Maria Anna, August, Fredericka, Wilhelmina and Sophia. Henry and Amelia were bom at Herman, Missouri. The Jahns farmed until 1878, when Mr. Jahn was killed in a farm related accident. In November 1879, Mrs. Jahn and family migrated to Nebraska. Maria Anna remained in Missouri with her husband William Witte.

After Robert and Louisa’s marriage they made their home on the farm northeast of Bladen, living in a sod house where five of their eight children were born. A frame house was built after 1891. All eight children attended Cloverton School. School was a challenge to the first few as only the German Language was used in the home prior to that time. They were Lutherans and later joined the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blue Hill.

Robert passed away October 12, 1923, and Louisa on May 31, 1936. Both are buried in the Blue Hill Cemetery.

The Schulz Children

1. Marie (Mary) Elizabeth (B.8/23/1882-D.2/28/1973)
Married Archie Preston (B.4/28/1884-D.2/22/1964)
Children: Harry Elmer, Lera Mae, Merle Willard and Floyd Lewis

2. August Adolph (B.6/26/1884-D.12/21/1966)

3. Otto August (B.7/26/1836-D.2/23/1975)
Married Bessie Ethelle McMair (B.8/24/1884-D.6/3/1964)
Children: Mildred Argylle, Lessie Ardythe, Eilene Arlynne & Maye Elaine

4. Albert Henry (B.6/30/1888-D.3/29/1970)
Married Blanche Sylvia Karr (B.1/8/1891-D.3/2/1974)
Children: Dorothy Maxine & Elmer Harold

5. Gustav Fredrick (B.1/2/1891-D.8/6/1978)
Married Hester Ellen Karr (B.10/24/1895-D.4/1/1988)
Children: Arthur William & Nina Mae

6. Mathilda Fredricka Dorothea (B.2/2/1893-D.2/20/1982)
Married William P. Karr (B.2/20/1892-D.5/19/1988)
Children: Clayton William, Norman Robert, Deloris Louise, Dever (Chub) Alpha & LaVeda Mae

7. Emma Louise (B.5/2/1895-D.3/6/87)
A daughter: Vera Helen

8. Carl Christopher Leopold (B.4/23/1898-D.2/3/1988)
Married Ferne Beryl Frandsen (B.2/17/1907)

Source:
Information courtesy of Delores (Karr) Krichau’s family history compilation

The Leopold Schulz Family

Leopold Schulz (B.7/23/1827) and Dorathea Gottling (B.3/25/1828) were married about 1852 in Germany. Family members recall that he had been a hostler (one who takes care of horses especially at an inn) there. On September 10, 1867, the family boarded the steamship Garmania and imigrated to the “New World” to avoid compulsory military service for their three sons under the reign of William II, Emperor of Germany. German newspapers had printed glowing accounts of cheap land, large crops and ideal climate, information supplied by U.S. Railroad companies. They arrived at a New York harbor on September 20, 1867, then traveled by train to Osage County, Missouri where friends had preceded them.

When timber claims, homesteads and railroad land sales opened up in Nebraska they migrated to Webster County in 1875. Leopold filed intent to become a citizen in 1877 and on December 8, 1886, filed for a Homestead Land Grant on the North East Quarter of section two in Township four North of Range Eleven West of the Sixth Principal Meridian in Nebraska containing one hundred sixty five acres and forty three hundreths of an acre. The homestead was located two miles north and four miles east of Bladen.

After the death of his wife Dorathea (12/24/1896), he made his home with his children until his death (4/24/1903). Both are buried in the Blue Hill Cemetery.

The Schulz Children:

1. Robert Adam (B.10/27/1853-D.10/12/1923)
Married Maria Louisa Jahn (B.2/25/1856-D.5/31/1936)
Children: Marie (Mary) Elizabeth, August Adolph, Otto August, Albert Henry, Gustav Fredrick, Mathilda Fredricka Dorthea, Emma Louise & Carl Christopher Leopold

2. Carl Fredrick Leopold
Married Johanna Margaret Stumpenhorst (B.1/29/1858-D.7/12/1956)
Children: Ida Gesine, Minnie Catarine, Arthur Leopold & Edward August

3. August (B.12/28/1861-D.9/26/1930)
Married Marie Romig
Children: Lena, Bertha & August

4. Louise (B.8/4/1868-D.4/8/1931)
Married Adolph Kranau (B.1/3/1960-D.2/26/1944)
Children: Elizabeth, Marie, Gustav, Minnie, Emma, Alven, Richard, Anna, Theodore & Harold
It is thought there were two daughters that had died while the family still lived in Germany, Gretchen and Rachel.

Carl Fredrich Leopold Schulz, known as Leopold, married Johanna Stumpenhorst at Blue Hill, Nebraska. Four children were born to them. Ida Gesone Luise; Minnie Caterine, Arthur Leopold and Edward August. The family moved to Oregon in the early 1900’s, coming back to Nebraska for a time after the death of daughter Ida in 1902, but returned to Oregon where they bought a hop farm near Salem.

Information from:
Helen Schulz Wright
Salem, Oregon

August Schulz married Marie Romig at Blue Hill. Three children were born to them. Lena died at age seven, Bertha and August. August died at three months. The family moved to Leavenworth, Kansas around 1894 or 1895 where he did custodial work. Died in Los Angeles, CA.

Information from:
Bertha Schulz Hoffman
14427 E. Mar Vista St.
Whittier, CA 90602

Louise Schulz married Adolph Kranau at Blue Hill. Lived on a farm two miles north of Blue Hill. Ten children were born to them. Elizabeth, Marie(died young), Gustav, Minnie, Emma, Alvene, Richard, Anna, Theodore and Harold.

Information from:
Emma Kranau Schlictman

Source:
Information courtesy of Delores (Karr) Krichau’s family history compilation

Centennial Pioneer Award – Leopold Schulz Family

Jens R. Krichau & Anna Rhode Marriage License

This is Jens and Anna’s Marriage License and Certificate of Marriage, dated September 9, 1893.

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