Submitted by Joyce M. Tice from her Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
Thanks to Charlene FISCHER Kolterman for tracking down the Nebraska Connections and some of the photos and stories included here
1. Esther Ann1 Squires, daughter of Judson Squires and Permelia York, (#5114) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 23 JUN 1841. Individual flags: Photograph; Obituary. Esther died 23 MAR 1906 in Midway, Antelope County, Nebraska, at age 64. Her body was interred MAR 1906 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska.
She married Ephriam C. McConnell 27 MAY 1860 in Sullivan Township,
Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (Ephriam C. McConnell is #4957.)
Ephriam was born 28 MAY 1840 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
Ephriam was the son of Justus W. McConnell and Hannah Bryant. Ephriam
died 13 MAR 1898 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska,
at age 57. His body was interred MAR 1898 in Crawford Valley,Crawford
Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. Ephriam was listed as the head
of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
He migrated from Sullivan Township to Plainview,Nebraska 1879.
Final Receivers Receipt No. 1772 - Application No. 3909 - Homestead Receiver office, Niobrara, Nebraska - April 19th, 1883. Received of Ephraim C. McCONNELL the sum of Four dollars --- cents being the balance of payment required by law for the entry of SE1/4 of section 34 in Township 27 of Range 5 West containing 160 acres, under Section 2291 of the Revised Statutes of the United States. $4.00 Vac Randa, Receiver. $1.00 April 3, 1877. Recorded May 2nd AD 1883 at 9 o'clock AM. R WILSON, Recorder.
See 1904 Crawford Township atlas filed with Ephraim for location of McConnell and related homesteads.
Fiftieth Anniversary book of Crawford Valley United Methodist Church records that E. S. McConnell, commonly called Eph, was Sunday school superintendent. He also led the congregation in singing, using a tuning fork until the first organ was purchased in 1897. It has been said that he was of very cheerful disposition, singing and whistling at his work, and not even being hailed out stopped his whistle.
Presidents, Soldiers & Statesmen p. XLIX:
Obituary: Mansfield Advertiser - Death of a Former Sullivan Resident - Mr. Ephraim McCONNELL, one of the Advertiser's valued subscribers at Plainview, Nebraska, was stricken with paralysis on Friday evening, the 11th inst., and died the following Sunday, aged about 59 years. Mr. McCONNELL attended a sale during the day and was about to take his seat with his family at the supper table when he complained of great pain over his left eye. He grew rapidly worse and soon lost consciousness. Deceased was a member of the Methodist church and and Odd Fellows and a man of many admirable traits of character. He was a son of the late Justus McCONNELL. He went west from Sullivan about twenty years ago. His wife, who survives him, is a daughter of Judson SQUIRES, deceased, of that township. Of his thirteen children eight survive. He leaves also four brothers and four sisters as follows: James McCONNELL of Ralston; George, of Sullivan; Newberry, of Austinville; and Dallas of Mann Creek; Mrs. John Smith of Sullivan; Mrs. H. D. Wood, of this boro; Mrs. Sidney Crippen and Mrs. Charles Miller, of Plainview, Nebraska. The late Mrs. Mahlon Cleveland, of Richmond, was also a sister. Mr. McCONNELL had prospered in his western home, being the owner at the time of his death of a well stocked farm of 480 acres.
Obituary - a Nebraska newspaper: A Sudden Summons - E. C. McConnell of Antelope County Dies Sunday Morning, After and Illness of One Day, of Paralysis - E. C. McConnell, a well known and respected citizen of Antelope County, was taken with a stroke of paralysis at his home last Friday evening about 6:30 and died Sunday morning, March 13, at 5:30. Apparently in his usual good health Friday he had attended Hon. J. R. Nichol's sale and upon returning to his home he did his chores as usual and after entering the house complained of a severe pain over his left eye. This gradually grew worse until numbness of the body began to ensue, when a physician was hastily summoned but, in spite of all that medical skill and tender care could do, he gradually grew weaker until the end, Sunday morning.
The funeral was held at the family residence, near the Crawford Valley church, last Monday. At the time of his death Mr. McConnell was a member of the Plainview lodge No. 157, I.O.O.F. and that order had charge of the funeral. This was one of his last requests - to be buried by the order which he loved so well and with which he had connected himself in Pennsylvania about twenty-four years ago. The funeral was very largely attended, and scarcely more than the relatives could be accommodated in the house. Rev. L. K. McNeill preached the sermon assisted by the Rev. E. O Thorp, the pastor of the deceased. In solemn procession, headed by about thirty-five members of the Odd fellows the funeral cortege left the home and wended its way tho the little cemetery nearby where, under the solemn and impressive ceremonies of the order, all that was mortal of a beloved husband, father, and brother was laid away to await the resurrection morn.
Mr. McConnell was universally loved and respected by all who knew him. he was a kind husband and father and a good citizen. The surviving family have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their great affliction.
Ephriam C. McConnell was born in Sullivan township, Tioga county, Penn., May 28, 1840 and was, therefore, in his fifty-seventh year at the time of his death. He was joined in marriage on May 26, 1860, to Miss Esther S. Squires and to this union have been born 13 children, five of whom have preceded their father to the great beyond. Two are buried in Pennsylvania and three in the cemetery near the homestead. Mr. and Mrs. McConnell and family came to Nebraska in 1870 and took up a homestead in Antelope county which has since been their home. Mr. McConnell also took a tree claim adjoining his homestead, and later purchased another quarter adjoining his farm making 480 acres in all. Although feeling the sting of poverty when he first came to Nebraska, Mr. mcConnell. by frugality and good management, had attained a competence and at the time of his death was in comfortable circumstances. He joined the Crawford Valley Methodist Church in 1883 and was a consistent christian at the time of his death. His wife and eight children survive him...
She migrated from Sullivan Township to Plainview,Nebraska 1879.
Crawford Valley United Methodist Church History - The Crawford Valley United Methodist Church in northeast Antelope County had its beginning with a small group of families including Madison and Lorana Kirk, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Esther A. McConnell ... A little later the Joseph Crippens, Martin Christiansens, Gideon Youngs, Guy Stones, Charles Millers, ... became a part of this group. They began holding Sunday School in various homes. When the McConnell school was built one half of the present church site, Sunday School ws held there and preaching whenever a circuit rider could come to them. The prairie could not be home to these sturdy pioneers long without a house of worship.
Obituary: Died in Nebraska - Esther A. SQUIRES was born June 23,
1841, in Tioga County, PA, and died 23 March 1906, in Antelope County,
Nebraska. She was married to Ephraim McCONNELL, May 27, 1860. To this union
were born thirteen children, five of whom are dead and eight living. The
family moved to their present abode near Midway, Antelope County, Nebraska
in 1879, being pioneers of the wilderness which at that time was very sparsely
settled. Life on the frontier was full of toil and hardships. Deceased
bore her share of them and lived to see the desert transformed into fertile
fields and peopled with thriving and well to do citizens. Her husband died
eight years ago. For the past year her health failed rapidly. She was dearly
loved by her family and friends and enjoyed the esteem of all who made
her acquaintance. Many years ago she was converted and followed in the
footsteps of her Savior ever since. The funeral took place Sunday forenoon
at the family residence, the services being conducted by her pastor, Rev.
Galloway. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Crawford
Valley Cemetery, near her home where she also had three children buried.
All her children now living were present at the funeral. They are: O.D.,
W.E., S.S. and W. M. McCONNELL, of Plainview, her sons; Mrs. A.O. Coleman,
of McCann, Nebraska; Mrs. Glen R. Stone, of Twin Falls, Idaho. Her brother,
Wilbur A. SQUIRES, of Plainview, also attended. She raised a fine family
of intelligent children and reared them well under circumstances that required
patience, perseverance and self-sacrifice. She was a woman who will surely
meet her reward.
|Children of Esther & Ephriam. Someplace in my files I have the label, but if someione knows who is whom, just tell me. Thanks JMT|
Esther Ann Squires and Ephriam C. McConnell had the following children:
2 i. Josephine2 McConnell (#5131) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 30 APR 1861. Individual flags: Obituary. Josie died 6 MAY 1882 in Antelope County, Nebraska, at age 21. Her body was interred MAY 1882 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. Josie taught school in Nebraska. Josephine's tombstone in the Cemetery of the Crawford Valley Methodist Church says she was 21 years and 6 days old at death. She was unmarried. The Republican in Neleigh, Nebraska published the following notice on 12 May 1882. " We learn that Miss Josie McConnell of Willowdale died a few days since. The disease we did not learn. She was 21 years of age, but the hand of death is no respecter of age."
3 ii. Orson Derward McConnell (#5132) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 11 JUN 1862. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Ward died 14 AUG 1933 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 71. His body was interred 16 AUG 1933 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. O. D. McCONNELL OF KILGORE DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Again it becomes our task to record the death of another of our estimable citizens, O. D. McConnell of Kilgore.
Mr. McConnell who has been associated with his brasother in a store at Kilgore for many years, suffered from failing health severel years ago, rallying from this illness to enjoy life for several years before le was again stricken. Since last fall he has suffered frown heart trouble. and bright's disease at intervals, his health and strength failing steadily the past several weeks.
The writer has known Mr. McConnell since coming to Nebraska and with the passing of the years developed an increasing regard for his irreproachable character, his genuine regard for his fellow man, and his stalwart loyalty to his associates and to his Creator.
Association with Ward, as we knew him, was an inspiration, and we sincerely feel that the world is much better for his having liveed here.
Personally and for his countless friends we reverence the memory of Mr. McConnell as a true friend, a loyal and charitable citizen, and a devout Christian.
Orson Derward McConnell was born June 17th, 1862 at Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and passed away at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine on Monday morning, August 14th, 1933, at the age of seventy one years, one month and twenty-seven days, after a lingering illness which confined him more or less to his bed for the past several weeks. The courage, fortitude, and patience of Mr. McConnell under these trying circumstances was an inspiration to all those who knew this Christian gentleman.
His father took up a homestead in Antelope county, Nebraska, in the of 1878 when the family came to this state. Mr. McConnell engaged in the hardware business in Plainview for about two years. Shortly after going into the livery business at Inman for two years,after which he came to Cherry county, settling at Kilgore in 1915 where he worked in the elevator for about two years before accepting, a positon as clerk in a general mercantile store until in 1919 when he, with his brother, Judson, established their own store in Kilgore, which business his brather still conducts
As a young man Mr. McConnell became a member of the Crawford Valley Methodist church and since that time has remained an active leader, follower, contributor and member of the church of his choice throughout his entire life. Upon moving to Kilgore he transferred to the Methodist church of that place where he has served faithfully and well both as a lay member and as an officer. Being especially interested in music he led the musical activities of the church and through his ministry of music was able to accomplish much good.
He leaves to, mourn his death three brothers: Will of Johnstown, Nebraska; Judson Squires of Kilgore; and Wellington of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and two sisters, Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Fox of Kilgore, and many other relatives as well as a host of admiring business associates, fellow citizens and neighbors who will sadly miss this true friend whose three score ten years have been of such service to humanity,
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Valenkine Methodist church with Rev. Kenyon of Kilgore in charge, assisted by Rev. Hanscon. Interment was in Mount Hope cemetery in Valentine.
card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the many
kind neighbors and friends who Sso graciously assisted us in every possible
way during our recent bereavement. Mrs. A. O. Coleman and family. Mrs.
H. A. Fox and family. W. E. McConnell and family J. S. McConnell.
4 iii. William Ephriam McConnell was born 26 MAY
5 iv. Eliza A. McConnell (#5135) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1865. Eliza died 20 SEP 1865 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age unknown.
+ 6 v. Mary Rachael McConnell was born 15 APR 1866.
+ 7 vi. Hannah McConnell was born 27 SEP 1867.
8 vii. Huldah Louisa McConnell (#5141) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania MAY 1869. Individual flags: Obituary. Huldah died 06 DEC 1880 in Nebraska, at age 11. Her body was interred DEC 1880 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. Tombstone says died Dec. 6, 1880. 11 yrs, 6 mos, 10 dys.
Neleigh Leader, 10 December 1880 : Died : In Willow Valley, on Monday the 7th of Dec. 1880, Hulda Louise, daughter of E. C. and Esther A. McConnell, of dropsy; aged 11 years and ten days. After bidding farewell to her parents, brothers and sisters, she said: "Do not cry for me, papa, it's all right, don't cry." The funeral services were held at the Willowdale school house which was crowded with sorrowing friends. Her remains rest in the Willowdale cemetery. "The maid is not dead but sleepeth."
Note differences in the obituary notice and the actual
9 viii. Esther Ann McConnell (#5142) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 31 JAN 1871. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Ettie died 17 DEC 1945 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 74. Her body was interred 20 DEC 1945 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. She married twice. She married Edward Goodspeed 19 SEP 1894 in Neligh, Antelope County, Nebraska. (Edward Goodspeed is #5143.) Edward was the son of E. F. Goodspeed* and Margaret A. Hull*. Edward died about 1924 at age unknown. She married Henry A. Fox* 1928. (Henry A. Fox* is #5144.) Henry died APR 1941 in Nebraska, at age unknown. Esther had three sons who died in infancy. She was the guardian of a girl named Pauline Pearl Scott who went to live with her in April 1931. Pauline was born 29 July 1928 to Harvey Abrim SCOTT and Elizabeth M. HICKS. Harvey died 8 Jun 1940 in Los Angeles. Pauline lived with Esther until December 1945 when Esther died. Pauline then lived with Esther's niece, Fern STONE Pregel in Laramie, Wyoming from Jan. 1, 1946 until her marriage to George CROWLEY. Pauline finished her senior year of high school in Laramie, Wyoming, but went back to Valentine to graduate with her friends. Pauline married between 19 May 1946 and 6 August 1947. She lived in Denver Colorado with her husband and four daughters.
Obituary : Esther Ann McConnell was born in Toga County, Pennsylvania, January 31st 1871 and passed away at Valentine, Nebraska, December 17th, 1945 aged 74 years, 11 months, 17 days.
She came to Plainview, Antelope county, Nebraska with her parents at the age of seven years and was married to Edward Goodspeed in 1893. To this union were born three sons who died in infancy. Mr. Goodspeed passed away 21 years ago. A number of years later she married Henry A. Fox of Kilgore, Nebraska, who preceded her in death four years ago.
She leaves to mourn her death, one sister, Mrs. A. O Coleman of Valentine; two brothers, J. S. McConnell of Kilgore and W. M. McConnell of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; also one grand daughter, Pauline Scott, a student in the Valentine high school.
Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church
in Valentine. Burial was in Mount Hope cemetery.
10 ix. Judson Squires McConnell (#5145) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 4 MAR 1873. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Uncle Jed died 12 MAY 1949 in Kilgore, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 76. His body was interred MAY 1949 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. The Republican of Valentine, Nebraska published the following obituary May 19, 1949. Jedson S. McConnell, son of Ephraim and Esther McConnell, was born March 4, 1873 in Tioga County, Pa., and passed away Thursday. May 12, 1949, at the Valentine Hospital at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 10 days following an illness of only a few days.
In the fall of 1878 Jed came with his parents to Antelope County, Nebraska. There he grew to manhood. He never married.
He came to Cherry County, Nebv. about 1912. He did carpenter work in and around Kilgore until he went into the general mercantile business with his brother, Ward, in 1919. In 1942, he changed from the mercantile to the hardware business, which he continued until his death.
Surviving is a brother, Wellington M., of Grand Rapids,
Minn., the last of a family of thirteen children. There are, also sixteen
nephews, nieces and many friends to mourn his passing.
+ 11 x. Emma D. McConnell was born 07 OCT 1873.
+ 12 xi. Wellington M. McConnell was born 31 JUL 1875.
13 xii. Hattie B. McConnell (#5152) was born in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska JAN 1883. Hattie died 9 APR 1883 in Antelope County, Nebraska, at age unknown. Her body was interred APR 1883 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska.
|4. William Ephriam2 McConnell
(Esther Ann1 Squires) (#5133) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County,
Pennsylvania 26 MAY 1864. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph.
William died 6 FEB 1938 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska, at age 73.
His body was interred FEB 1938 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska.
He married Jennie May Crippen 27 NOV 1889 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. (Jennie May Crippen is #5134.) Jennie was born 7 JAN 1871 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jennie was the daughter of Joseph Crippen and Esther Mary Jackson*. Jennie died 17 DEC 1947 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska, at age 76. Jennie was at Johnstown, Nebraska in 1931 having moved there in 1920 from Inman, Holt County, Nebraska. Her obituary and copy of her marriage certificate were sent by Charlene Kolterman.
Mrs. J. McConnell Dies Suddenly : Funeral serviced were held on
sunday at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. Jennie McConnell who died very suddenly. Services
were held at the M.E. Church at Johnstown conducted by the Rev. Wingate.
Burial was beside her husband in the Johnstown Cemetery.
Jennie M. Crippen was born in Tioga County, Penn., on Jan. 7, 1871 and passed away Dec, 17, 1947. She came to Antelope county Nebraska with her parents when a young girl and here grew to womanhood. She joined the Methodist church at an early age and was always a faithful worker in all kinds of church work. She was married to Wm. E. McConnell in 1889 at Plainview, Nebraska, In 1920 the family moved to Johnstown from Holt county, where they have made their home since. Mr. McConnell passed away in 1938. She leaves to mourn her passing ne daughter and two sons, Mrs. Edna Cole of Baker, Ore., Carl and Leon, both of Johnstown and a brother, William H. Crippen of Hastings, Nebr., three grandchildren and three great grandchildren and a host of friends. William was fourteen when he moved to Nebraska with his parents to homestead. They settled 3 miles west and 6 miles south of Plainview. In the Spring of 1914 William and Jennie moved to Holt County one mile west of Ewing, then they moved to Inman at the first of World War I. In the Spring of 1920 they moved north of Johnstown, Nebraska.
W. E. McConnell Buried Tuesday - The death of William E. McConnell, who passed away at a very early hour Sunday morning last at the family home north of Johnstown, brings sadness to many people of this community who, over a period of 18 years...SCAN THE REST OF THIS.
William Ephriam McConnell and Jennie May Crippen had the following children:
i. Carl M.3 McConnell (#5153) was born in Plainview, Pierce
County, Nebraska 05 Sep 1890. Individual flags: Obituary. Carl
died Oct 1966 in Bassett, Rock County, Nebraska, at age 76. His body
was interred OCT 1966 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska. Obituary
of Carl Mcconnell: Funeral services for Carl M. McConnell were held Oct.
31st at the Methodist Church in Johnstown. He passed away Oct. 26th at
the Bassett Hospital at the age of 76 years 1 month and 21 days, after
a long illness. He was born Sept.. 5, 1890 at Plainview, Nebr. where he
lived until 1914 when the family moved to Inman. In 1920 they came to Johnstown
where he lived the rest of his life.
Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Edna Cole of Baker, Ore. and one brother, Leon H. of Johnstown; two nieces, Mrs. Leone Hays of Yachats, Ore.; and a number of cousins.
The Wisda Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Interment was in the Johnstown Cemetery.
Relatives her for the funeral services were Mrs. Edna L. Cole, Baker, Ore.; Mr. & Mrs. H. D. Coleman, Valentine; Mr. & Mrs. Loren Drinkwalter, Kilgore; Mrs. Marcia Borden, Hastings; Mr. & Mrs. Bob keim, AInsworth; and old neighbors, Mr. & Mrs. R.S. Whistler of Eustis, Nebraska.
15 ii. Edna Leone McConnell (#53743) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 08 May 1892. Individual flags: Marr.Cert.. Edna died 31 Aug 1982 in Prairie City, Grant County, oregon, at age 90. Her body was interred 02 Sep 1982 in Baker City, Baker County, Oregon. She married Andrew Everett Cole 31 OCT 1917 in Inman,Nebraska. Name of town is difficult to read on FGR obtained from Charlene FISCHER Kolterman. (Andrew Everett Cole is #53747.)
Andrew was born 30 JUL 1884 in Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota. Andrew was the son of George Cole* and Mertyle Unknown (Cole Weltz). Andrew died 20 MAR 1947 in Baker City, Baker County, Oregon, at age 62. His body was interred MAR 1947 in Baker City, Baker County, Oregon. Andrew worked in a blacksmith shop in Page, Nebraska. Edna and Andrew lived in Nebraska and South Dakota where they farmed. They moved to New Mexico where Andrew worked in timber, falling trees and working is a saw mill. In 1939 they moved to Oregon and worked in lumber mills and on a dairy farm. Andrew retired and died at home in 1947. Edna outlived him by many years.
16 iii. Leon Hugh McConnell (#53744) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 08 Aug 1895. Individual flags: WorldWarI; Obituary; Fun.Card. Leon died 16 Dec 1987 in Bassett, Rock County, Nebraska, at age 92. Her body was interred 19 Dec 1987 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska. Obituary: Leon Hugh McConnell was born August 8, 1895 at Plainview, Nebraska to William E. and Jennie M. McConnell. He died December 16, 1987 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett at age 92.
Leon grew up near Plainview and attended school throught the eighth grade. he then moved with his parents and family to Holt County in March 1914. He lived there for six years, excluding the period of time he served in the military during World War I.
In March 1920, Leon again moved with his family, this time north of Johnstown. He continued to live in the Johnstown area, except for one year when he lived in Cherry county west of Wood Lake and one year in Baker, Oregon.
Leon ranched until the time of his retirement. he took pride in being a good stockman and was always interested in livestock. He especially enjoyed visiting with his friends.
He was a member of the Johnstown Methodist Church. Preceding Leon in death were his parents; one brother, Carll and one sister, Edna L. Cole; and relatives in Baker, Oregon; Ainsworth, Hastings, and Valentine, Nebraska survive.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 19 at the United Methodist Church in Johnstown. Interment was in the East Woodlawn Cemetery in Johnstown.
6. Mary Rachael2 McConnell (Esther Ann1 Squires) (#5136) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 15 APR 1866. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Mate died 11 AUG 1948 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 82. Her body was interred 15 AUG 1948 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. Both Mary and Alvin are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.
She married Alvin Orlando Coleman 28 NOV 1885 in Plainview, Pierce
County, Nebraska. (Alvin Orlando Coleman is #5137.) Alvin was
born 18 SEP 1862 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Alvin was the
son of James M. Coleman* and Minerva J Mooney*. Alvin died 20 NOV
1946 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 84. His body was
interred 25 NOV 1946 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska.
Alvin O. and Mary Coleman Families - From A Sandhill Century
Alvin O. Coleman was born Sept. 18, 1862 at Layton, Ohio to James M. and Minerva J. Mooney Coleman. His mother had moved from Iowa to Ohio to await his birth as his father had enlisted during the Civil War in August. At the end of the war in 1865, James, Minerva and their son returned to their home in Sisley's Grove, Iowa. The next year they moved to Crawford County, Iowa until 1879. During this time the children born were: George, Clara Belle, Lillian and Gracie. Lillian and Gracie died of diphtheria in 1878 and Clara Belle died at 21 years at Neligh. Alvin and his father came to Antelope County, Neb. in 1879 leaving the family to care for Minerva's ailing mother. They joined Alvin in 1881 when he worked for a freight company from Sidney to Fort Robinson. Alvin and Mary Rachael McConnell were married Oct. 28, 1885 and settled on a pre-emption which Alvin had bought. Mary was born April 15,1866 in Tioga County, Penn., to Ephriam and Esther McConnell. The family and the eight children settled near Plainview in 1879 with only $14 in Ephriam's pocket to build a house with and for food and clothing. Neal Seth was born to Alvin and Mary on Oct. 10, 1886. They moved to Neligh in 1887 where Alvin operated a livery stable and Cecile Dot was born Aug.20, 1888. During the 1888 blizzard, Alvin helped to rescue children from the Neligh school. Other children born were: Harold Derwood, dime 17, 1892; George Wellington, June 5,1894-Nov.3, 1924; Mark Hannah, Feb. 13, 1896; Arlo Bradford, Dec. 30, 1900; Esther Minerva, Sept. 2, 1902; and Mary Viola, Aug. 12, 1906.
Alvin became ill with asthma and moved to Cody for a change of climate where he became a shipper for D.J. Anderson, founder of the Diamond Bar Ranch. Alvin went to Texas, Nevada and back to North Platte where he summered the herd of cattle before selling them. Alvin moved his family to a sod house on Chamberlin Flat near the Diamond Bar, now known as Coleman Lake. During the winter of 1898, Alvin rented the William Carter place, which was known as the McCann Ranch during the days of the open range. While remodeling the house, the family lived in a tent. The Coleman cattle herd had its start when Alvin's father James furnished 23 head on shares and sent them from Neligh by railroad.
The Colemans and other conscientious parents. living near McCann Canyon built a log school about 1900 which still stands as memorial to pioneer parents deeply concerned about education. Sometimes the Coleman children were able to cross the bridge at Pete Calloways but other times had to ford the river to get to school. D.J. Sanford bought the old McCann Ranch in 1901 and the Colemans moved to the Elmer Hoffman place north of Kilgore. During the following two years, the Colemans moved to the Alex Hoffman place and then the Hook Ranch south of Cody. Alvin purchased his ranch south of Kilgore on the Niobrara River in 1904 which was to be their home until they retired. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 28, 1935.
Alvin died Nov.21,1946 and Mary Aug.11,1948. Both are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Valentine.
Neal married Elizabeth Adamson, daughter of John Adamson of Cody, April 27, 1913. He worked with his father and on various ranches as a young e-an. He played the harmonica and fiddle and called for square dances. It was the custom to "pass the hat" at midnight to pay the musicians.
They moved to Valentine and Neal served as deputy sheriff for 12 years. They had three children: Louise, born Nov. 16, 1915; Lee James, Jan. 31, 1917; and Alvin born Oct. 1, 1919. Louise married Alfred Earl Wiston, they had two children, Jerre and James. After Earl's death in 1954 Louise married Fred Henemon.
Lieutenant Lee James Coleman married Kathleen McDonaugh in 1942 in Florida. He failed to return from an air mission in the South Pacific..
Alvin served five years in the Army during World War II, his tour included Africa and Italy. He married Alice Ormesher, daughter of Ted Ormesher of Valentine in 194fl. He wan associated in the Corner Market grocer store before moving to Sacramento, Calm. in 1956 They have three children, Alice Ann, Arleeta and Lee James.
Neal died in 1968, Elizabeth in 1975 and they are buried in California.
CeCile, daughter of A.O. and Mary, married Jim Steadman Dec.6, 1911 Jim was associated with his father Bill in ranching on the Cross I, Ranch west of Brownlee where they had one of the oldest ranches in Cherry County with Bill's brother-in-law, Bob Faddis. After selling the ranch in 191G to Claude Currie, Jim moved to Seneca where he owned a garage, later he worked for the railroad and lived in Alliance. Cecile and Jim moved to Wyoming in the early 1920s. Bill Stead
curved to Valentine and are buried in Mount Hope. Jim died May 18, 1950 and is buried in Wyoming. He and Cecile had one daughter Ruth, born in 1914. She married Bob Nickelson in 1934 in Thermopolis, Wyo. and had two daughters, Shirley and Sharon
Harold "Slim ' and Laura Finch started their married life together 52 years ago on his father's ranch south of Kilgore. Laura taught one year at the ABC School. It was named for the Anderson, Burge and Coleman families. The school still stands but not used for school, the children are bussed to Kilgore and Cody. The school was used for community affairs.
Laura helped with the outside work. One of her jobs was riding windmills on the Reserve. This was usually done horseback.They spent 30 years on the ranch and retired. Slim's nephew, George Drinkwalter and family worked on a share operation with George buying him out eventually .
Harold and Laura became involved in the Lord's work at the Baptist Church in Kilgore and the Berean Fundamental Church after moving to Valentine. Both have held offices and helped with every part of the work.
This story would not be complete without telling of Laura's quilts. Mother Mary started the quilting shortly after Laura's marriage. Laura had been given friendship blocks made by the ladies of the community. Since 1970 quilting has been a daily task. She put an ad in 8 national sewing magazine saying she did hand quilting. Since then she has quilted 292 quilts from all parts of the United States. The quilting frame she uses has been in the family for at least 75 years.
A Coleman family reunion celebrated Harold's 90th birthday June 27, 1982. Seventy-two gathered for dinner and getting acquainted again.
Mark served in the Army during World War 1. He married Mabel Shook, daughter of Elmer Elias and Gertrude Lillian Shook of Kilgore, Feb. I 6,1921. Mark ranched in the Kilgore and Sparks area before moving to Wyoming in 1941 where he farmed near Thermopolis. They had two children: Rachel married Larry Collins and died in 1981; and Max married Barbara Hanson. He died in 1980. Mark died in 1978 and Mabel lives in Thermopolis.
Arlo married Nellie Galloway, daughter of Pete Galloway of Kilgore, May 3, 1927. He worked at the Valentine Bakery and on various ranches as a young man. In the early 1930s they moved to Gordon and in 1942 Arlo started working at Fort Robinson. In 19_57 they moved to Idaho. They are the parents of 11 children: Ardith, Iris, Beverly, Walter, Robert, Donald, Juanita, William, Gerald, Sharon and Peter.
Esther married Loren Drinkwalter. Mary married Earl C. Pote, son of Charles Pote of the Snake River community, April 22,1925. They moved to Wyoming that same year and Earl worked for the Rocky Mountain Power Company. They are retired and living in Casper.Their daughter Ruth married Phillip Ruhl of Oregon. - Gail Drinkwalter - Laura Coleman
From another source sent by Charlene Kolterman
Alvin Orlando Coleman was born near Dayton, Ohio, on September 18, 1862. He was a Civil War baby, as his father was fighting for the North at the time of his birth. At the close of the war in 1865, the parents, James and Minerva Coleman, moved hack to the old home in Sisley Grove, Iowa. The next spring the family moved to Crawford County, Iowa, living there until 1879, Then the father and son, Alvin, came to Antelope County, Nebraska and took a homestead. The mother, due to the illness of her mother, did not come for three years, leaving the father and Alvin, then a lad of 17, to keep the homestead alone.
In 1881, after the mother came, Alvin went with a freight outfit from Neigh to Sidney, Nebraska, working from that place to Fort Robinson the rest of the year.
Mary Rachael McConnell was born on April 15, 1866, in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Ephriam and Esther McConnell, came to Nebraska in 1879 and located near Plainview, Nebraska. The selection for their home had been made beforehand when Mr. McConnell and some of the neighbors had come, selected the site, and taken out papers for the homestead. Then they sent for their families and met them at Wisner, Nebraska. There were eight children in the McConnell family. After their arrival the father had just $14.00 in his pocket and that amount had to build the house and feed the family.
In this community, Alvm and Mary met at parties and dances and a courtship soon followed. On October 28, 1885, they were married. They settled on a pre-emption which Alvin had gotten in the spring before they were married. Here, on October 10, 1886, Neal Seth was born.
In 1887, they moved to Neligh, Nebraska where Alvin operated a livery stable. Cccile Dot vas born in this home on August 20, 1888. During the following winter of 1888, the terrible blizzard occurred. Alvin helped rescue children from the schoolhouse and get them home.
From Neligh the family moved to a farm in the Thompson settlement in Pierce County, in 1891. There Harold Derwood was born June 17, 1892, and George Wellington on June 5, 1894. The drouth year was 1894, with little or nothing grown. There was 130 acres under cultivation but not a thing was harvested. In 1895 they moved to Mary's father's place close to the old home. Here Mark Hannah was born February 13, 1896. On this place Alvin was more in bed than out with asthma. Finally the doctor decided that he would have to change climates so he went to work at Cody, Nebraska, as shipper for C. J. Anderson, the founder of the Diamond Bar Ranch. Alvin then went to Texas and on to Nevada and finally summered at North Platte, Nebraska with a herd of cattle. After selling that herd he went to Manville, Wyo., and shipped another herd to Cody. Then he went back to Neligh where the family was living and was taken sick again. He and his family decided to move to a sod house on Chamberlain Flat near the Diamond Bar ranch now known as Coleman Lake. During the winter of 1898, Alvin rented the William Carter place (known as the McCann Ranch in the Open Range Days). After three years the place was sold to D. J. Sanford. Alvin's father furnished 23 head of cattle on shares. Neal, who had stayed in Neligh to attend school came with the cattle in June. Neal and Cecile went back to Neligh for school that fall, in 1899. At this place, Arlo Beford was born December 30, 1900.
To provide a school for the children of the neighborhood, a log school house was built in the fall of 1901. This old log school house still stands as a memorial to the pioneer families deeply concerned over their children getting an education. Part of the time the Coleman children forded the river to go to school and part of the time crossed the bridge at Pete Galloway's place.
After the place was sold the family moved to the Elmer Hoffman place north of Kilgore. Here Esther Minerva was born September 2, 1902. To send the children to school, the family moved to Kilgore. In the spring they moved to the Alex Hoffman place, living there for one year. From there they moved to the Hook Ranch south of Cody, but in June of 1904, they bought and moved to the ranch south of Kilgore near the Niobrara River. On September 12, 1904, Mary Viola was born. This was home for Alvin and Mary until they retired after Harold and Laura were married and took over ranch operations. On November 2, 1924, George Wellington died, the first to break the family circle.
On October 28, 1935, Alvin and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their home was always a place where all were welcome.
Fifty Years of Wedded Life - Alvin Orlando COLEMAN wa born near Dayton,
Ohio on September 18th, 1862. He was a Civil War baby, his father fighting
for the North at the time of his birth. At the close of the war in 1865,
the parents, James and Minerva Coleman, moved back to the old home
in Iowa at Sisley Grove. The next spring the family moved to Crawford County,
Iowa and there lived until 1879, when the father came to Antelope County,
Nebraska and took a homestead. The mother, due to the illness of her mother,
did not come for three yeavs, leaving the father and Alvin, then a lad
of seventeen, to hold the homestead alone. Then in 1881 when the mother
came, Alvin went with a freight outfit from Neligh to Sidney, Nebraska
and worked from that place to Fort Robinson the rest of the year.
Mary Rachael McCONNELL was born April 15th 1866, in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Ephriam and Esther McConnell came to Nebraska in 1879 and located near Plainview. The selection for their home had been made beforehand when Mr. McConnell and some of the neighbors had come, selected the site, and taken out papers for the homestead. Then they sent for their families and they were met at Wisner. There were eight of the children in the McConnell family and after their arrival Mr. McConnell had just $14 in his pocket. This must build the house and feed the family.
In this community Alvin and Mary met at parties or dances and soon a courtship followed and on October 28th, 1885 they were married. They settled on a pre-emption which Alvin had gotten in the spring before they wee married. Here on October 10th 1886, Neil Seth was born.
In 1887 they moved to Neligh where Alvin operated a livery stable. Cecile Dot was born in this home on August 20, 1888. During the winter that followed occurred the blizzard of 1888. Alvin had a hand in helping to rescue some of the children from the schoolhouse to their homes.
From Neligh the family moved to a farm in Thompson settlement in Pierce county in 1891. There Harold Derwood was born June 17th 1892, and George Wellington on June 5th 1894. '94 was the drouth year. There was 130 acres under cultivation but not a thing was grown. In 1895 they moved to Mary's parents' place close to the old home. Here Mark Hannah was born February 13th 1896. On this place Alvin was more in bed than out with asthma. Finally the doctor decided that he would have to change climates so he went to work at Cody, Nebraska, as shipper for C. J. Anderson, the founder of the Diamond Bar. Alvin then went to Texas and on to Nevada and finally summered at North Platte with a herd of cattle. After selling that herd he went to Manville, Wyoming and shipped another herd to Cody. Then he went back to Neligh where the family was living and was taken sick again. Therefore he came west again bringing the family with him and wintered in a sod house on Chamberlain Flat near the Diamond Bar, now known as Coleman Lake. During that winter Alvin rented the Carter Place now owned by D. J. Sanford and while making over living quarters, the family lived in a tent. Here is where the resent herd of cattle was started when Alvin's father furnished twenty-three head of cattle on shares. Neal who had stayed to attend school in Neligh through the winter came with the cattle in June. Cecile and Neal went back to Neligh for school that fall, in 1899. At this place, on December 30th, 1900, Arlo Bedford was born. To provide a school for the children of the neighborhood a log school house was built in the fall of 1901. This log house still stands at the Olsen place. Part of the time the Coleman children forded the river to go to school and part of the time crossed the bridge that used to stand at the Galloway place. The family lived at this home for three years and then moved to the Elmer Hoffman place north of Kilgore. Before moving, the cattle were divided according to the agreement and Alvin had but twenty-one head as his share. Then buying one more made twenty-two head to be taken to the new home. At this home Esther Minerva was born September 2nd, 1902.
To send the children to school the family moved to Kilgore. In the spring they moved to the Alex Hoffman place and lived there a year. From here they moved to the Hook place south of Cody and in June 1904 bought and moved to the River ranch, south of Kilgore where they still reside. On September 12th 1906, Mary Viola was born.
Many things have happened during the pas thirty years. The family has grown up and grown away from the old home. Alvin and Mary have lived at different timesin Valentine and Kilgore. During these years Mark Hannah answered the call of his country and saw service in France during the World War.
Then on November 2nd, 1924, George Wellington died, breaking the family circle. During this time each child, with the exception of George Wellington, has slected himself a mate and maried to form families of their own. They all live in Cherry county except Cecile Dot and Mary Viola who live in Wyoming.
The home of Alvin and Mary has been a haven these many years and any weary traveler that came was welcome to stop and break bread with them.
See also A Sandhill Century in Charlene's material to SCAN.
|Mary Rachael McConnell and Alvin Orlando Coleman had the following children:|
17 i. Neil Seth3 Coleman
(#5154) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 10 OCT 1886.
Individual flags: Obituary; Newspaper; Photograph. Neil died 2 APR
1968 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, at age 81. His
body was interred 4 APR 1968 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California.
He married Elizabeth Margaret Adamson 27 APR 1913 in Valentine, Cherry
County, Nebraska. Coleman-Adamson: The wedding of Miss Elizabeth
Adamson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Adamson, and Mr. Neal Seth Coleman
was celebrated at the bride's home Sunday, April 27, 1913, at three o'clock.
The bride wore a dainty dress of white mull and shadow lace with wreath and veil, carrying Kilarney roses. Her sister, Miss Minnie Adamson, and her cousin, Miss Lucy Metzger, who also carried roses. ad the groom's brother, Mr. Harold Coleman were the attendants. The bridal party entered the room to the strains of Engleman's wedding march played by Miss Marie Meltendorff, and proceeded to a pretty arch-way decorated with white carnations and smilax, where Dean W. Wells of St. John's Episcopal church at Valentine performed the marriage ceremony. Only relatives were present. The gifts were many and useful.
The groom is an energetic ranchman of sterling qualities. As is the custom of the Adamson ranch, dainty and abundant refreshments were served after the ceremony. (Elizabeth Margaret Adamson is #53479.)
Elizabeth was born 15 APR 1894 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Alexander Adamson* and Margaret Ormeisher*. Elizabeth died 22 MAR 1975 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, at age 80. Her body was interred 24 MAR 1975 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California. Elizabeth's mother was the mid-wife for the area. Neal was the oldest of eight children, and as a young boy moved to Cherry Co. Neb. As a young man he worked on ranches. His main duty was caring for the livestock.
He played the fiddle and harmonica, and called square dances. He called dances and played from Valentine to Cody, Neb. The dancers would pass the hat at midnight when they stopped for refreshments, to pay for the musicians. lie got spending money by playing for the dances. He got a chuckle from Arletta, his three year old granddaughter, when she asked him to play some "chin music".
Neal served as Deputy Sheriff for twelve years in Cherry County, Nebraska. They left Valentine early Dec. 7, 1941, to spend the winter with their daughter in California. They heard the news of Pearl Harbor that evening. They were too far from home to turn back and besides they had rented their home for the winter. They stayed in California and worked in Civil Service. He retired in 1958. Neal had a stroke and passed away April 4, 1963. His wife passed away in l9 75, and both are buried in the Sunset Lawn Memorial Park in North Sacramento, California. (The preceding was extracted from the Coleman work sent by Charlene FISCHER Kolterman)
Neil was born either Plainview or Neligh. Obituary: Neal S. COLEMAN, 81, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at this home in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday. Funeral services will be today, Thursday, as 2 at sunset Lawn Funeral Home in Sacramento. Mr. Coleman was a resident of Valentine until he retired when he moved to Sacramento. He is survived by his wife, a son Alvin and a daughter, Louise, both of California, and a brother and sister, Harold D. Coleman of Valentine and Mrs. Loren Drinkwalter of Kilgore.
18 ii. Cecile Dot Coleman (#21427) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 20 AUG 1888. Individual flags: Photograph; Obituary. Cecile died 26 MAR 1986 in Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming, at age 97. Her body was interred 31 MAR 1986 in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming. She married James J. Steadman 6 DEC 1911 in Kilgore, Cherry County, Nebraska. (James J. Steadman is #53510.) Jim was born 23 Nov 1889 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. Jim was the son of William Steadman* and Bertha Jane McNall*. Jim died 18 May 1950 in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, at age 60. His body was interred MAY 1950 in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming. The following tribute to Cecile was written for her 90th birthday:
Congratulations to Cecile Steadman on her 90th birthday She was born at Neligh, Nebraska and has come a long way Five brothers, Arlo, Mark, George, Harold and Neil Kept her in line which was a good deal.
She is the second child in a family of eight Of which six children are still living and that is great Two sisters, Esther and Mary, are many years younger than Cecile So the five brothers had her hanging on their heels.
They attended country school in Nebraska state And rushed every morning so wouldn't be late On Dec. 6, 1911, she married James Steadman on Cherry Creek In her fathers old ranch house with the floors that squeak
While still in Nebraska she was an Eastern Star And was a Past Matron which is an honor by far Her husband James in his earlier days Was a cowpuncher and brakeman for what little it pays
Her family came to Wyoming in 1922 James was an auto mechanic with nothing better to do They have one daughter, Ruth, in Thermopolis town And one grandchild and three great grandchildren won't let her down
So all in all in her 90 years of life She's had days of happiness and also strife Has shared her life with hosts of friends And adjusted herself to the various trends
We wish her many more years on this land And if needed we'll give her a helping hand So, Cecile, take it easy and enjoy each day And look for happiness in your own chosen way
Girtrude V. Taylor, August, 1978
Obituary : Cecile Steadman THERMOPOLIS: Cecile Steadman, a longtime Thermopolis resident, died Wednesday at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin. She was 97. Mrs. Steadman was born on Aug. 20, 1888 in Neligh, Neb., a daughter of Alvin and Mary (McConnell) Coleman. On Dec. 6, 1911, she married James Steadman near Kilgore, Neb.
The couple moved in 1923 to Greybull, where he worked as an auto mechanic. They resided in several communities in northern Wyoming before settling in Thermopolis in in 1929. A housewife, she was a member of Eastern Star Lodge of Seneca, Neb. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling and being with her farnily.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1950; by a granddaughter; and by three brothers. Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Nickelson of Thermopolis; two brothers, Harold Coleman of Valentine, Neb. and Arlo Coleman ol Caldwell, Idaho; two sisters, Esther Drinkwalter of Valentine, Neb. and Mary Pote of Casper; a granddaughter, Sharon Koch, of Laramie; and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at "Monument
Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Harley Pullis officiating.
19 iii. Harold Derwood Coleman (#53473) was born in Thompson Township, Pierce County, Nebraska 17 JUN 1892. Individual flags: Obituary; Fun.Card; Marr.Cert. Slim died 24 DEC 1992 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 100. His body was interred 29 DEC 1992 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. Slim and Annie are buried at Mount Hope cemetery. He married Annie Laurie Finch 1 JUN 1930 in Cherry County, Nebraska. Slim and Annie married at the Finch ranch near Merriman in Cherry Cunty. (Annie Laurie Finch is #53520.)
Laura was born 25 OCT 1904 in Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska. Laura was the daughter of Fred Swim* and Anna Laura Sherman*. Laura died 27 JUN 1993 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 88. Her body was interred 1 JUL 1993 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. Some sources give name as Laura A. FINCH. Laura's father died when she and her brother and sister were very small. Her mother married Glenn FINCH who adopted the children. Glenn was the only father Laura ever knew. Harold and Laura ranched near Kilgore, Nebraska on his parents' ranch. When they retired they moved to Valentine, Nebraska and a nephew, George Drinkwalter, runs the ranch.
Harold Derwood COLEMAN (Uncle Slim) 1892-1992
Son of Alvin Orlando Coleman and Mary Rachael McConnell, was born at Thompson Settlement, Pierce County, NE. Harold ranched with his father south of Kilgore, near the ABC school. It was named for the Anderson, Burge, and Coleman families of the district that started the school.
Harold "Slim" married Annie Laurie Finch, June 1, 1930, at the ranch hame of her parents, near Merriman, Cherry County, NE. She was the daughter of Glen E. Finch and Anna Laura Sherman. Glen was the only father Laura ever knew, as her natural father, Fred Swim had died when she was very young. Slim and Laura continued to operate the ranch after Alvin and Mary moved to Valentine. They spent 30 years together on the ranch before retiring to Valentine and turning the ranch over to nephew George Drinkwalter, whom eventually bought it.
They were Involved in the Lord's work and active in the Church. Laura was started quilting by mother Mary Rachael after Laura's marriage. She was given friendship blocks from the ladies of the community to make a quilt. Since 1970, quilting was a dally task. She put an ad in a national sewing magazine saying 'she did hand quilting. Since then, she quilted over 300 quilts from all parts of the United States. The quilting frame she used was in the family for over 80 years.
Uncle Slim was quite a prankster. One time, while fixing fence, he had an accident - a staple or nail flew and put an eye out. He got a glass eye. He would always amuse the young kids by taking his eye out! He also played the ' bones ', which he had several pair. He had made them from some cow ribs. He also played music with spoons. Slim always enjoyed playing along with Bob Keim on the piano. In his younger days, he played the "Bones" at the old time dances in the country. Country dances were often held at the ABC school house.
Slim and Laura celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at the Berean Church in Valentine,NE. Their 50th was celebrated first at his sister Esther Drinkwalter's home, with a cake decorated by niece, Lois Keim. Then on the big day, they drove to 50 miles north of Douglas, WYO and celebrated with the Stanley family, a previous pastor at their church in Valentine.
Slim celebrated his 90th birthday with 72 people attending on June 17, 1982 at the church. He celebrated his 100th birthday on June 17, 1992 at the rest home in Valentine where he spent the last two years of his life. He could still visit and always knew us when we went to see him.
Slim passed away, Dec. 24, 1992 after only a few hours of unconciousness. Laura continued living at the rest home and passed away, June 27, 1993.
Obituary: Harold Derwood Coleman, son of Alvin and Mary McConnell Coleman, was born June 17, 1892 in Pierce County and died Dec. 24, 1992. He was.one of eight brothers and sisters, only his sister, Mary Pote, of Oregon survives.
Harold has spent most of his life in the Sandhill country. His father brought the family to Cherry County in 1898 when Harold was only 6 years old. They settled on the river south of Kilgore. Harold married Laura Finch on June 1, 1930 at Gordon. After Harold's father retired, Harold took over the family ranch and resided in the Kilgore Comrnunity until he retired and moved to Valentine in 1960.
Harold accepted Christ as his savior in November of. 1944, when the Kilgore Baptist Church held services in the ABC Schoolhouse on the river, near his home. Upon moving to Valentine, he helped with the founding and the building of the Berean Church.
Harold was preceded in: death by his parents, Alvin: and Mary, and six brothers. and sisters. He is survived by, his wife, Laura, one sister, Mary Pote, and several nephews and nieces.
Services for Harold Coleman were held Dec. 29 at the Berean Church in Valentine. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of the arrangements.
This is a poem. About Uncle Slim Thats the way most folks I know Refer to him
He's tall and lean As he always has been This fellow known As Uncle Slim
There's plenty of stories Of the things he did Down on the river When he was a kid
He chased many a school mom That's a cinch And the one that he married Laura Finch
They were married in '30 June the First Right in the depression Times couldn't have been worse
A little more rain Could have helped quite a bit But by '34 It had just about quit
They really had to scratch To get enough hay Couldn't sell a cow Could hardly give her away
Not a lot better In '35 Just trying to hang on And keep things alive
Then there was wintering cattle In '36 With snow up to here And hard as a brick
Record low temperatures Were daily being set Most of those records Are still standing yet
These are some troubles In this young ranchers life That they stood together He and his wife
But if you were to ask them About when things were so bad They'd most likely tell you Of the good times they had
Like going to house and barn dances That really weren't all that far But it could sometimes seem like it In one of those early day cars
Slim used to play 'Bones' Of some unfortunate cow That in some way had met her demise Maybe no one knows just how
He used to really get with them As he held them just so in his hands Playing a mighty fine rythm Bringing pleasure to so many of his fans
He always has been quite a prankster According to the tales that's been told And it really doesn't seem like he's changed much Now that he's '90' years old
Religion has been real important To both of them-Laura and him But I wonder - If it hadn't been for Laura rThe Lord still might be looking- for 'Slim
by: Bob Keim
iv. George Wellington Coleman (#53474) was born in Thompson Township,
Pierce County, Nebraska 5 JAN 1894. Individual flags: Obituary.
George died 6 NOV 1924 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 30.
His body was interred NOV 1924 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska.
George is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. Obituary: George W. Coleman, son
of A.O. and Mary Coleman, was born in Pierce County, Nebraska, January
5, 1894 and died at the home of his parents in Valentine, Nebraska, November
3, 1924, aged 30 years, 10 months and 2 days.
He came with his parents to Cherry county when only a boy of five years and the remainder of his life was spent in this county. For the last few years he has been engaging in ranching with his brother, Mark on their father's ranch.
A few weeks ago he began to feel badly and did not think that there was anything serious the matter, but when he consulted a doctor it was found that he had typhoid fever. He was very sick but no especial alarm was felt until the fever broke and then his heart showed signs of weakness and finally he succumbed to the disease.
funeral services wee conducted from the Methodist Episcopal church Thursday Nov 6, and the interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery.
21 v. Mark Hannah Coleman (#53475) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 13 Feb 1896. Individual flags: Newspaper; Obituary; WorldWar I; Photograph. Mark died 01 Dec 1978 in Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, at age 82. His body was interred 05 Dec 1978 in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming. He married Mabel Ilene Shook 16 Feb 1921 in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska. (Mabel Ilene Shook is #53521.) Mabel was born 18 Jul 1903 in Homer, Dakota County, Nebraska. Mabel was the daughter of Delmer Elias Shook* and Lillian Gertrude Peterson*. Mabel died 19 Sep 1992 in Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming, at age 89. Her body was interred Sep 1992 in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming. Mark and Mabel ranched in Cherry County, Nebraska on places near Kilgore and Sparks, Nebraska. They moved to Wyoming in 1941. Mark worked on a game refuge, and may have had a farming interest also. He saw service in France during World War I. Mark and Mabel had their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 21, 1971 at Thermopolis, Wyoming. Mark died at the Veterans Hospital in Thermopolis. SCAN IN OBITUARY from Charlene
22 vi. Arlo Bradford Coleman (#53476) was born in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska 30 DEC 1900. Arlo's birth record was filed in Cherry County,Nebraska stating that he was born there. He was actually born in Crawford Township in Antelope county at the home of his grandmother. Esther SQUIRES McConnell. The family had gone up there for a visit when he was born. Arlo died 5 AUG 1988 in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, at age 87. His body was interred 10 AUG 1988 in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho. He married Nellie Evelyn Galloway 3 MAY 1928 in Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota. (Nellie Evelyn Galloway is #53533.) Nellie was born 27 May 1910 in McCann, Cherry County, Nebraska. Nellie was the daughter of Peter C. Galloway* and Emma Celia Wilson*. Nellie died 18 Jul 1990 in Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, at age 80. Her body was interred 10 1990 in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho.
23 vii. Esther Minerva Coleman (#53477) was born in Kilgore, Cherry County, Nebraska 2 SEP 1902. Esther died 1 NOV 1989 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 87. Her body was interred 6 NOV 1989 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. She married twice. She married Merton Heth* on 2 June 1924 at Winner, Tripp County, South Dakota. (Merton Heth* is #53798.) She married Loren Drinkwalter* 20 MAR 1929 in Kilgore, Cherry County, Nebraska. (Loren Drinkwalter* is #53609.) Loren was born 06 Nov 1901 in Bruning, Thayer County, Nebraska. Loren died 01 Dec 1972 in Kilgore, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 71. Loren "Slim" Drinkwalter was born November 6, 1901, at Bruning, Nebraska. When he was eight years old, his parents moved in 1909 to their homestead near Long Pine, Nebr. He made his home there until the desire to become a rancher prompted him to make the move to real "cow country" found in Cherry County, Nebraska. In 1921 after coming to the Sandhills, it didn't take long for "Slim" to be offered a job with the H L Bar Ranch where he worked until 1927, when he accepted George Stetter's offer to work for him. He was soon convinced it was the best place he had worked since coming to the Sandhills. The cook at the Stetter Ranch knew how to prepare just the food he liked best, especially her pie. It has always been said, 'the way to a man's heart is by way of his stomach,' and "Slim" was no exception. The cook for the ranch crew of 10 to 15 men was Esther Coleman, and she made pies every day for that many, besides preparing the other food by herself. Little wonder "Slim" wasted no time in courting the cook, he was looking ahead to that time when he would get all the pie. But he kept the cook waiting until he had gone to Chicago, III., to attend an electrical school. On March 20, 1929, Loren Drinkwalter and Esther Coleman were united in marriage at Kilgore, Nebraska. They moved to the Nelson ranch south of Cody, Nebr., and worked for Irwin Adamson until the spring of 1932. After spending one year on the Zay Davis place north of Kilgore, their next move was to the place vacated by Esther's brother, Neal Coleman, north of the Niobrara River. That was home until 1941, when they bought the old Bill Mecham place near the river, living there for the next 2& years, rearing their family of 11 children. Esther Coleman was a native of the Kilgore, area, having been born to her parents, Mr. Mrs. Alvin Coleman, in 1902, while they were living on the Elmer Hoffman ranch. In 1904, the Colemans purchased the land where the Riege Post Office was formerly located, building up the ranch where their grandson, George Drinkwalter, and family now live. In 1969, Loren and Esther sold their ranch and moved to Ainsworth, Nebr. in June of 1970.
Unexpectedly on December 1972, Loren was stricken by a heart attack while on their way to visit their daughter, Dorothy. Memorial services were December 5, 1972, at the Presbyterian church in Valentine, Nebr., with Rev. Lee Hicks officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Esther now makes her home in Valentine.
Esther Coleman Drinkwalter
viii. Mary Viola Coleman (#53478) was born in Kilgore, Cherry County,
Nebraska 12 Aug 1906. Individual flags: Photograph; Newspaper.
She married Earl Charles Pote 22 Apr 1925 in Winner, Tripp County, South
Dakota. (Earl Charles Pote is #53738.) Earl was born 17 Dec
1903 in Kennedy, Cherry County, Nebraska. Earl was the son of Charles
Andrew Pote* and Clementine Spain*. Earl died 09 May 1993 in Portland,
Multnomah County, Oregon, at age 89. Mary went to school at Kilgore
and Valentine, Nebraska. She and Earl moved to Wyoming in 1925 and they
lived at 1637 Spruce Street in Casper in the late 1970s. Mary is the last
family member alive having survived Harold who died in 1992.
|7. Hannah2 McConnell (Esther
Ann1 Squires) (#5138) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
27 SEP 1867. Individual flags: Obituary; Marr.Cert.; Photograph.
Hannah died 18 JUN 1919 in Stuart, Holt County, Nebraska, at age 51.
Her body was interred 20 JUN 1919 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope
She married Guy Allen Stone 26 NOV 1890 in Antelope County, Nebraska. The wedding of Hannah and Guy took place at the home of Hannah's parents in Antelope County, Nebraska. Witnesses were George G. Stone, Hannah Stone, A.O. Coleman, J. Mary Coleman. This is recorded in the Antelope County marriage records, Book 3, page 356. (Guy Allen Stone is #5139.)
Guy was born 4 MAY 1867 in Neponset, Bureau County, Illinois. Guy was the son of Henry Sparhawk Stone* and Martha Lois Stacy*. He married Lucile Hemenway 3 JUN 1926 in Orchard, Antelope County, Nebraska. This marriage was recorded in Book 12, page 84 of the Antelope County marriage records. Both Guy and Lucile lived in Orchard at the time of their marriage.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, one daughter, Mrs. G. B. Paradise of Stuart, three sisters, Mrs. Ed. Goodspeed, Mrs. Glen Stone, and Mrs.M. A. Coleman and four brothers. All were present except one brother who is in Minnesota. Mrs. Guy Stone was a much loved woman, everywhere she went she made friends, her cheery disposition and her strong personality compelled people to love her. She joined the Methodist church in 1901 and has always been much attached to it. She was a good christian woman and her trust in her Savior helped her to be patient during her long illness. She never gave up, but believed that whatever her Lord did was for the best. She did not wish to stay on earth if God willed it otherwise. Her remains were brot [sic] from Stuart, her home, where she passed away o June 17, 1919, at the age of 51 years, 9 months and 20 days. The burial services were held in the Crawford Valley Methodist church on Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. A large number of friends and acquaintances who had known her id days gone by, were in attendance. A most beautiful casket enclosed the remains. Interment took place in the Crawford Valley cemetery. Her Lord called her by name. She said my Lord I am ready. Your suffering shall cease, Your joys begin. So her good Lord called her Up higher.
Hannah McConnell and Guy Allen Stone had the following children:
25 i. Fern Edna3 Stone
(#5140) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 20 JAN 1894.
Fern died 13 JUN 1972 in Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, at age 78.
Her body was interred 17 JUN 1972 in Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming.
She married three times. She married Guy Bert Paradise 26 MAR 1913
in Neligh, Antelope County, Nebraska. This marriage is recorded in
the Antelope County marriage records in Book 7, page 441. Carl M. and Edna
L. McConnell, cousins of the bride, were witnesses. (Guy Bert Paradise
Guy was born 28 MAR 1893 Geddes, Charles County, South Dakota. Guy was the son of Moses Paradise* and Emma Robare*. Guy died 06 MAY 1985 in Wheatland, Platte County, Wyoming, at age 92. His body was interred MAY 1985 in Wheatland, Platte County, Wyoming. She married Dale Brenum* AFT 1936. This marriage ended in divorce prior to 1942. (Dale Brenum* is #60659.)
She married Arnold Pregal* 30 MAR 1942. (Arnold Pregal* is #53774.) Arnold was born 3 SEP 1889. Arnold died APR 1966 in Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, at age 76. His body was interred APR 1966 in Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming. Fern was legal guardian of Pauline Pearl Scott in January 1, 1946.
26 ii. Zetta Irene Stone (#53502) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 8 AUG 1898. Zetta died 7 OCT 1898 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska, at age unknown.
11. Emma D.2 McConnell (Esther Ann1 Squires) (#5146) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 07 OCT 1873. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Emma died 16 FEB 1920 Rupert, Minidoka County, Idaho, at age 46. Her body was interred 18 FEB 1920.
She married Glenn Roy Stone 31 OCT 1893 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. This marriage is recorded in Antelope county marriage records, Book 4, page 233. Witnesses were A. O. and Mary Coleman, Emma's sister and brother-in-law. (Glenn Roy Stone is #5147.)
Glenn was born 12 MAR 1870 in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa.
Glenn was the son of Henry Sparhawk Stone* and Martha Lois Stacy*.
Glenn died 18 JAN 1917 Heyburn, Minidoka County, Idaho, at age 46.
His body was interred JAN 1917 Heyburn, Minidoka County, Idaho. Glenn
and Emma were farmers, ranchers. They lived in Twin Falls, Idaho in March
of 1906. In 1908 they moved to Heyburn where they farmed, raising mostly
potatoes. Obituary: Death of Mrs. Emma Stone occurred at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Paul Disney (Margaret), Monday afternoon after an illness
of several months. She was born at Plainview, Nebraska (incorrect.jmt)
October 7, 1873. She married Glenn Roy Stone October 31, 1893 and they
moved to Twin Falls in1905 and in 1908 they took up a farm near Heyburn.
After Mr. Stone's death on January 18, 1917, the family moved to Rupert.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon.
Emma died of stomach cancer.
Emma D. McConnell and Glenn Roy Stone had the following children:
27 i. Margaret Madge3
Stone (#5148) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 1 AUG 1894.
Madge died ABT 1962 in San Diego, San Diego County, California, at age
unknown. She married three times. She married Paul Foster Disney
BEF 1920. (Paul Foster Disney is #53775.) Paul was born 09
NOV 1891 in Rushville, Sheriden County, Nebraska. Paul was the son
of Wilber Harry Disney* and Evelyn Coursen*. He married Louise Winkler
(Sparks). Paul died 19 SEP 1947 Tillamook, Tillamook County, Oregon,
at age 55. His body was interred 22 SEP 1947 Tillamook, Tillamook
County, Oregon. She married Bill Brackenberry*. (Bill Brackenberry*
is #60546.) Bill died Late 1950s at age unknown. Bill owned
a gas station.
She married Ed Sherill*. (Ed Sherill* is #60547.) Ed died Early 1970s in California, at age unknown. Ed was from Washington, went to the University of Michigan. He and Madge lived in California. Margaret and Paul divorced. She lived in California in 1949. After the death of her parents, she raised her younger sister, Thelma. Madge lived in Deschutes, County, Oregon in July 1936. She called herself a widow, apparently to overcome the stigma of divorce that existed at that time.
28 ii. Mildred Esther Stone (#53503) was born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska 30 APR 1900. Individual flags: Soc.Sec.; Newspaper. Chick died FEB 1980 in Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon, at age 79. She married O'Rene Nelson* JUN 1919 Rupert, Minidoka County, Idaho. (O'Rene Nelson* is #53776.) O'Rene was born 7 OCT 1891. O'Rene died JUL 1970 in San Diego, San Diego County, California, at age 78. Newspaper: June 12, 1919: Married - Miss Mildred Stone and Orene Nelson at the home of Mrs. Emma Stone Monday evening, Rev. R. P. Douglas officiating. Miss Hazel Nelson played the wedding march. The couple left immediately for Colorado and other points and will return to Rupert to make their home.
Mildred and O'Rene lived in Los Angeles County, California in July 1936. Mildred lived in San Diego, California in August 1949. Her social security death benefit was sent to Bend, Deschutes County,Oregon. After the death of the parents, Mildred's younger brother, Kent, came to live with her.
29 iii. Kent Roscoe Stone (#53504) was born Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington 1 JAN 1905. Individual flags: Soc.Sec.. Kent died SEP 1962 in Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey, at age 57. He married Lucy Hartman*. (Lucy Hartman* is #53777.) Lucy was born 04 MAR 1907. Lucy died DEC 1975 Hallandale, Broward County, Florida, at age 68. Kent was single and living in Rupert, Minidonka County, Idaho in July 1936. Lucy and Kent lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey in July 1949.
30 iv. Thelma Elaine Stone (#53505) was born Rupert, Minidoka County, Idaho 17 JUN 1911. Individual flags: Newspaper. Thelma died 28 SEP 1996 Bandon, Deschutes County, Oregon, at age 85. Thelma was cremated after death. Her wish was to have part of the cremains spread over Tillamook Bay at Tillamook, Oregon, and for the remainder to bu buried at Bend, Oregon. These plans will be completed at a future date (per Charlene DRINKWALTER Kolterman Mar 97) She married Melvin Emmett Knickerbocker 16 APR 1933 in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon. Newspaper: Former Rupert Girl Married in Medford - Returning from Medford, Oregon the last of the week, Mrs. Orene Nelson tells of the marriage there on Easter Sunday, of her sister, Thelma Stone, to Emmett Knickerbocker of Bend, Oregon, she and Mr. Nelson having gone to Oregon ten days or two weeks ago to be present at that event.
Miss Stone, sister also of Kent Stone and Mrs. Paul Disney, all of whom formerly lived here, was married at St. Mark's Episcopal church of Medford, her brother-in-law, Paul Disney, giving the bride in marriage, with the ceremony performed by Rev. Wm. B. Hamilton. She was attended by Miss Ruth Koozer as maid-of-honor and the groom's best man was Raleigh Clark of Bend.
Gray and blue were prevailing colors of the apparel of the bride and bridesmaid, each being attired in modish suit ensembles, the bride wearing gray with blue accessories and the maid of honor a blue suit with gray accessories. Corsage flowers were gardenias, sweet peas and roses.
Miss Stone was a student at the Oregon State College and was affiliated with Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Mr. Knickerbocker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Knickerbocker was also a graduate of Oregon State College. He was affiliated with Alpha Sigma Phi. He is a business man of Bend.
(Melvin Emmett Knickerbocker is #53778.)
Emmett was born 16 JAN 1910 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Emmett was the son of Melvin Wallace Knickerbocker* and Kathleen Coine*. Thelma was orphaned at age eight and then lived with her sister, Madge. Thelma lived in Deschutes County, Oregon in 1949.
|12. Wellington M.2 McConnell
(Esther Ann1 Squires) (#5149) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County,
Pennsylvania 31 JUL 1875. Individual flags: Photograph. Wellington
died at age unknown. Wellington and Myrtle lived in Grand Rapids,
Minnesota in July 1949. Wellington was the last survivor of a family of
He married Myrtle May Staley 1 JAN 1896 in Pierce County, Nebraska. Another source gave Grand Rapids, Michigan as marriage place, but Pierce County is more likely. S. A. KOPP was the minister. Recorded in the Pierce County marriage records, Book A, page 588. (Myrtle May Staley is #5150.)
Myrtle was born about 1878 in Johnson County, Iowa. Myrtle was the daughter of Martin V. Staley* and Mary J. Marvin*.
31 i. Hilda M.3 McConnell
(#5151) was born in Nebraska about 1897.
She married Leo L. Ward 14 JUL 1915 in Neligh, Antelope County, Nebraska.
Marriage recorded in Antelope County marriage records Book 8, page 145.
(Leo L. Ward is #53506.)
Leo was born about 1890 in Hawkeye, Fayette County, Iowa. Leo was the son of George W. Ward* and Ida Rifenburg*.