by Joyce M. Tice
6. Wilber A.2 Squires (Judson1) (#3230) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 07 MAY 1850.(38) Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Wilber died 03 AUG 1934 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska, at age 84.(39) Obituary form Plainview News: Long Time Resident Here DIes - Had Been Ailing For the Past Four Months - Funeral services were held last Sunday at the Methodist church for Wilber Squires, an old time resident of Plainview and vicinity, who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. J. Larson Friday August 3. Mr. Squires had been ailing for some time past but hope for his recovery was maintained until the last. Interment was made in the north cemetery beside his wife who passed away several years ago. Wilber Squires was born near Mansfield, Penn., May 7, 1850 and died at his home in plainview August 3, 1934 of a lingering illness of four months duration. Mr. Squires was truly a pioneer of Pierce county having homesteaded in Stark Valley 51 years ago where the family resided until 1902 when they moved to Plainview, Nebraska...Grandpa Squires, as he has been affectionately known by the entire community was a long time member of the plainview I.O.O.F Lodge and also a member of the Methodist church for over fifty years. His body was interred 05 AUG 1934 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska.
He married twice. He married Abbie Estelle Smith 14 JAN 1874 in Mansfield, Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.(40) Mansfield Advertiser 20th Jan 1874: Married Wilbur Squires & Miss Abbie Smith both of Sullivan twp at Mansfield Jan 14th by Rev. H. Parkhurst. (Abbie Estelle Smith is #3231.)
Abbie was born 1856 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Abbie was the daughter of Albert Guthrie Smith and Louisa Mansfield. Abbie died 13 NOV 1876 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 20. Her body was interred NOV 1876 in Smith Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Abbie died of erysipelos (systemic streptococcal infection) shortly after marriage.
He married Eva Ann Smith 02 FEB 1879 in Tioga, Tioga Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.(41) Wellsboro Agitator Feb. 11, 1879- Married Wilber Squires of Sullivan twp. and Miss Eva A. Smith of Rutland twp. on Feb. 2, 1879 at Tioga - Rev. F. Graves. (Eva Ann Smith is #4494.)
Eva was born 03 JAN 1858 in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Eva was the daughter of Dennis T. Smith and Marilla M. Lewis. Eva died 14 OCT 1919 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska, at age 61.(42) Obituary : Mrs Wilber Squires died at her home in the east part of Plainview Tuesday, October 14, after a brief illness covering a period of two weeks when she was taken ill with a complication of heart trouble and dysentery. Eva A. Smith was born January 3, 1858, at Tioga, Tioga County, Pennsylvania (questionable as family was in Rutland in 1850 and in Sullivan in 1860). She was united in marriage to Wilber Squires, February 2, 1879... To this union two children were born, Mrs. Franklin Larson of Plainview and W. G. Squires of Butte, Montana. Her son and daughter, along with her husband, were at her bedside when her life passed out. Mt. and Mrs. Wilber Squires homesteaded ten miles southeast of Plainview thirty-six years ago, where they resided until 1902, when they moved to Plainview and have made their home since that time. Mrs. Squires was a member of the Plainview M. E. church having lived in that faith for forty-eight years. She was a good Christian woman, true and loving wife and mother and had a large circle of friends in this city. Besides her husband, son and daughter she leaves a sister, Mrs. B. E. Wilcox of Columbia Cross Roads, Penn., and a brother, Meade Smith of Melan, Penn., and ... grandchildren...
Her body was interred 16 OCT 1919 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. Eva was listed among the charter members of the Stark Valley Methodist Church. From The Plainview Centennial Book, p. 323.: Wilber SQUIRES was born near Mansfield, Pennsylvania May 7, 1850. He was united in marriage to Eva A. SMITH, February 2, 1879. Wilber and Eva came west and decided to settle in Nebraska. They arrived in Pierce County in March 1883. Mr. Squires was truly a pioneer (Note from JMT- It would appear that Miss SMITH was also a pioneer, thank you very much) They moved to a farm ten miles south of Plainview. He made Pierce Countydhis home for 51 years. They homesteaded in Stark Valley where the family resided until 1902 when they moved to Plainview. They lived in a sod house for seven years on the farm and then built a two story frame house. This house burned to the ground. They built$another home which still stands on the homestead. Later, they built a home in Plainview. Grandpa Squires was a longtime member of the Plainview I.O.O.F. Lodge. He was a member of the Methodist Church for over 50 years. Grandpa Squires, as he was affectionately called by the Plainview community, was a kind and loving husband and father. Wilbur and Eva had two children; Glenn Squires who loved in Montana; and Marilla Larson who loved all her life in the Plainview area. They had five grandchildren: Genevieve, Naomi, Meade, Kenneth, and Glenn. Mv. Squires passed away at his home in Plainview at the age of 84.
Wilber A. Squires and Eva Ann Smith had the following children:
31 i.Huldah Marilla3 Squires (#53508) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 24 APR 1882. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Marilla died 27 NOV 1957 in Tuscon, Pima County, Arizona, at age 75.(43) Funeral Notice : Mrs. Marilla Larson - Plainview, NEB - Funeral rites for Mrs. Marilla Larson, 75, Tuscon, Ariz., formerly of Plainview, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Methodist church at Plainview. Burial will be at Plainview. Norfolk Daily News, Nov. 1957. Obituary: Mrs. Larson Buried Here - Funeral services for Mrs. Miarilla Larson, who passed away Nov. 23, 1957, at St. Mary's Hospital in Tuscon, Ariz., after an illness of several months, were held Wednesday ... with interment in the pleasant View Cemetery. ... At the age of two years she came to Pierce County with her parents who homesteaded on a fram in Stark Valley. On April 20, 1905, she was united in marriage to Franklin J. Larson. In 1912 they moved to Plainview where she resided until 1953 when she moved to Tuscon, Ariz. to live with her daughter... Surviving are her daughter, Naomi Millnits of Tuscon, Ariz; two sons, Kenneth F. of Plainview and Meade J. of Norfolk and five grandchildren. From Plainview Newspaper, Wed. Dec 4, 1957. Her body was interred 27 NOV 1957 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. She married Franklin Jacob Larson 20 APR 1905 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. Marilla and Franklin were married at the home of her parents. Marriage record recorded in Pierce County, NE Book C, pagge 79. (Franklin Jacob Larson is #53779.)
Franklin was born 19 JAN 1883 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. Franklin(44) was the son of John Larson* and Christina Unknown (Larson). Franklin died 28 AUG 1947 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska, at age 64.(45) Obituary from Norfolk Daily News: Franklin J. Larson of Plainview dies. Franklin J. Larson, 64, a life-long resident of Plainview, died at the Osmond Hospital Thursday after an illness which had extended over several months. He was engaged in the pump and windmill business for many years here and for the last few years been assisted in the work by his son, Kenneth...
His body was interred AUG 1947 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. From the Plainview Centennial History Book: Franklin J. Larson, the son of John and Kristine Larson, was born on January 19, 1883 on a farm south of Plainview. He attended the local schools remaining on the farm with his parents until 1905. On April 20, 1905. Franklin was united in marriage to Marilla SQUIRES. The wedding took place at the bride's home. The couple farmed for seven years on a farm opposite that of his parents'. They then moved to Plainview where Franklin owned a hardware store. Later he devoted himself to the well drilling business in partnership with his son, Kenneth. Franklin and Marilla had one daughter, Naomi, and two sons, Kenneth and Meade. They had five grandchildren; Joan, Bob, Jeanette, Kim and Deb. His four brothers, Wiggo, Grant, Louis, and Weaver lived in the Plainview area. There was one interesting story in the Plainview paper while he lived on the family farm: "Franklin Larson and Richard Gast were so busy husking corn on election day they forgot to come to town to vote. Franklin husked 100 bushels that day and Richard 100 bushels. That was remarkable fast work. John Larson's farm where the husking took place, raised some of the best corn in the Pierce area this year, and Franklin Larson who was raised on this farm was one of the best, if not the best, corn huskers in the county." Franklin passed away at the age of 64 on August 28, 1947. Marilla was named for her two grandmothers, Marilla LEWIS on the maternal side and Huldah, last name not known, on the paternal side.
32 ii.Wilber Glenn Squires (#53507) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 1 JUN 1889. Individual flags: Death Cer.; Photograph. Glenn died 13 NOV 1959 in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, at age 70. Wilber's death certificate indicates death by pancreatic cancer. His body was interred 16 NOV 1959 in Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana. He married Anna Augusta Kyriss 1911 in Bazile Mills, Knox County, Nebraska. (Anna Augusta Kyriss is #59307.) From Nebraska Book- Compendium of History, Reminiscence and Biography. WILBUR G. SQUIRES formerly editor of the "Verdigris Citizen," was at that time one of the youngest men in the state occupying an editorial chair. He was born near Plainview, Nebraska, June 1, 1888. His parents, Eva A. SMITh and Wilbur SQUIRES, were natives of Tioga County, Pennsylvania, where they made their home and engaged in farming until their migration to Nebraska in 1884. They lived for a short time in Antelope County until a suitable location could be found, and then settled ten miles southeast of Plainview where they filed on a homestead, proved up on it, and resided there until 1902, when they retired from active farming and bought a comfortable home in Plainview, where they are taking a well-earned rest. Of the children born to them, two survive; a daughter, Marilla, now wife of Franklin Larson, a prosperous farmer living south of Plainview, and a son, W. G. Mr. Squires was reared on the home farm, near Plainview, attending the district schools and at Plainview where he graduated in 1907, and later took up a six months' course in the Wayne Normal. Having a love of journalism, where he might make use of his aptitude for writing, Mr. Squires became an apprentice in the office of the "Plainview Republican" in 1907, and two years later, having an opportunity to purchase the "Verdigris Citizen," he became proprietor and editor of that journal, which he put on a paying basis. On the first of January, 1911, he removed to Winner, South Dakota, where he took charge of "The Advocate," and is there meeting with well-deserved success. Mr. Squires is a musician of considerable ability. He is independent in politics, and conducts his paper along that line. He affiliates with the Odd Fellows, having joined the local lodge of that order. The great blizzard of January 12, 1888, occurred before Mr. Squires' birth, but he had heard taled of its severity around the family fireside. The cattle had been turned into the pasture that morning, and the father started to get them back to shelter on the appearance of the approaching storm. The blast overtook him before his task was accomplished, and the cattle had to be abandoned to their fate, while he found difficulty in making his way back to the barn, and later to the house, losing about half his stock that was out in the storm. A neighbor and his son, who persisted in bringing in their stock, both perished in the icy blast- the most disastrous blizzard that has swept the state since settlements began.
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