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ball ANDERSON - Seeking the descendants of Earl, Pauline, or Julia Presson, who are the children of Julia A. (Anderson) and George Presson of Stromsburg, NE (1920); also the descendants of Owen F. Johnson, who is the son of Lillian I. (Anderson) and W. Fred Johnson of Stromsburg, NE (1930). Julia A. and Lillian I. were the daughters of F.A. and Lenale Anderson of Central City and Stromsburg, NE. Contact: James Daft

ball CLOWNHOURSE - looking for information on Laura Clownhorse or Clownhouse. She is buried Clownhorse Cemetery, Polk County. She was married to John Edward Ratliff on 24 Jan 1959. John Ratliff, born 29 Mar 1934, in Thedford, Thomas, Nebraska, died 30 Feb 1976 Deadwood, Lawrence, South Dakota.
Contact: Leland M. Archer



ballBAUM - Looking for the cemetery where my great grandparents are buried in Polk County. Their names are Oscar and Mary BAUM and they lived in Harrinson County, Iowa in 1895 but later moved to NE and I can't find anything on them. (16 Jun 1999) Contact: Linda Sumner

ballBECKWITH - Looking for marriage of Emma G. BECKWITH and Harry E. GETCHELL about 1901 or 1902. Their first born were twins Ray and Roy b: June 14, 1902 at Silver Creek, NE. The 1900 federal census shows Emma in the Beckwith household in Polk Co, Silver Creek Township. Harry died 18 Feb 1919 at Silver Creek. Emma married Charles LOWE and died at St. Louis MO, July 1973 but is buried in the Silver Creek Cemetery. (23 Jun 1997) Contact: Daniel E. Getchell

ballBENNET - Searching for info on MUDGE and BENNET families. I specifically am looking for the husband of Clair Ellen BENNET, who came to Nebraska from England in about 1880, with two daughters, Helena and Jessie(?). Helena may have been a librarian, married to Henry Mudge about 1889, and they homesteaded around Hordville. Contact: Desmion Grosshuesch

ballBERRIE - looking for information on the surname BERRIE. They lived in Polk County and had several kids there and at least one died there, possibly more. The family was: Francis Marion BERRIE (head of household, father), Susanna BERRIE (wife), Etta May BERRIE (daughter) born 11 April 1874 in Polk Co., Pinna O. BERRIE (daughter) born 12 August 1876 in Polk Co. died 3 April 1877, Abbie A. BERRIE (daughter) born 7 March 1879 Polk Co. died 7 March 1879, Steve Althea BERRIE (son) born 20 March 1881 Polk Co., David Admiral BERRIE (son) born 13 December 1883 in Osceola, Polk Co., Charles O. BERRIE (son) born 31 January 1886 Polk Co., died 6 July 1886. Any further information you can locate would be greatly appreciated. Contact: Laura Ann Williamson

ballCARLSON - Researching Carl Rudolph CARLSON b. 4/12/1900 d. 2/1964. Believed to have lived most of his life around Osceola NE. 1930 Census has a Carl Carlson married to Gladys. Her last name is not verified but believed to be WALGREN as Carl's brother in law named Chester O. WALGREN is living with them. Gladys appears to have been born 6/20/1900 and passed on 3/1977 in Osceola. Carl and Gladys had two children, Carl R. Jr. b. abt 1924 and Mary E. b. abt 1926. Any assistance or contact with others researching this line would be greatly appreciated. Contact: Ron Gates

ballCOUCH - Seeking information on James H. Couch (1853-1923), and his wife Serah (1827-1908), buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co. Thank you. (23 Dec 1997) Contact: Linda Couch Dennis

ballCOX - Looking for information on the COX family. Josiah COX, b: ca 1837 in Ohio, married J. Mary, b: ca 1841 in Illinois. Children: Eugean b: 1868 Illinois, Byron b: 1870 Nebraska, Annette b: 1872 Nebraska, Anna b: ca 1875 Nebraska, and Ernest b: 1878 Nebraska. All are found in the 1880 census soundex for Polk Co. (17 Nov 1997) Contact: Jeanie Wrather

ballCREMEEN - Looking for information on the parents of Chancy Earl CREMEEN, and his wife Edith Alice YOUNGER. Chancy's parents were George W. CREMEEN and Flora A. RIDLEY. Edith's parents were Calvin YOUNGER and Cora HASTINGS. Chancy was born and raised in the Silver Creek and Osceola area of Polk County. I would like to know something about these people. Were they all farmers? Were there other sisters and brothers? Any information would be a great help.
George W. Cremeen, b: 26 Jul 1858, d: 18 Jan 1940; Flora A. Ridley, b: 31 Dec 1860, d: 15 Nov 1896; Edythe Alice Younger, b: 1 Jun 1888, d: 15 Jul 1937; Calvin Younger, b: 30 Aug 1866, d: 30 Sep 1945; Cora M. Hastings, b: 9 Mar 1866, d: 2 Jul 1916. (17 Apr 1997) Contact: Charmaine Keith

ballDAVISON - Seeking information on Harriet Matilda DAVISON, She was born 17 Apr 1817, died 2 Jan 1900 in Osceola, Polk County, NE. She was the wife of Daniel Davison, mother of Ida Mae Davison who married James T. Bonner. Farmed outside Osceola. Searching information on where Harriet DAVISON was born and her parents. Contact: Brian Mavrogeorge

ballDIZNEY - Interested in information on John and Loawson DIZNEY, who were in Polk County farming around 1915 - 1920. (16 Jun 1997) Contact: Desmion Grosshuesch

ballDOWERS - Seeking information on William Clementine DOWERS who was married on 4 Jan 1888 in Polk County, NE to Missouri Ryan, known as "Zuri" or "Souri" Ryan. Contact: Helen

ballDRAWBAUGH - Am searching for ANY information on Charles DRAWBAUGH (Draubaugh) (1903-1941) buried in the Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, Polk Co, NE. He may have been the son or grandson of Armstrong (1846-1914) and Sarah Ann GRISSINGER (1848-1923) DRAWBAUGH of Bellwood, Butler Co., NE. Does anyone know anything of the Charlie DRAWBAUGH that was living in Rising City, Butler Co, NE in 1931? This may be the same person. Will share any information I have. (28 Aug 1997) Contact: Audrey G. Risser

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ball ECKLUND - searching for a Swedish family whose immigration records show a destination of Osceola, Polk County Nebraska in 1887. So far I have not been able to find them. The listing in the 1890 Neb. State Gazette Farmers list shows of A. J. Eklund of Arborville. Anders EKLUND, born 1838 Sweden. Wife is Karin Jonsdotter EKLUND born 1942 in Sweden, son Ander Johan born 8 May 1867, daughter Johanna Katrina born 17 Jan 1870, Jonas Albert born 5 Aug 1880. It is possible that the Anders Johan is the Andrew Eckland who shows up in the Lincoln County, Nebraska 1900 census with wife Christina. They married about 1892. It is possible the Christina's maiden name is LUNDGREN of which there a few in Polk County. Records indicate her immigration as 1880, and Birth around 1872.
Contact: Glenn Dunavan

ball EMMINGER - Maurice Gray EMMINGER, born 1 Feb 1911 in Osceola, Polk County, Nebraska, died 7 Jan 1953 in Santa Cruz, California. Maurice's father was Charles L. EMMINGER and was born somewhere in Nebraska. Charles was a miller at his father's mill (later changed to carpenter). Charles EMMINGER's wife was Alice L. EMMINGER, maiden name: Alice L. GRAY (Born in Illinois). The doctor that delivered Maurice was C.L. LEMAR. (7 Aug 1999) Contact: Denise Harlan

ballEVERT OR EVERETT - John and Elizabeth probably in Osceola from about 1880. Both born in England. Large family with some children born in England and some in US. My grandfather, Albert, born in Illinois. Contact: Leslie Everitt

ballFOX - Seeking information on John FOX, early pioneer in Polk Co, b: ca 1836, in Holland, immigrated to the US settling first in Iowa, then on to Hackberry Precinct, Polk Co in early 1870 (in 1870 Census). Appointed first County Superintendent of Schools in 1880. Married Sarah PATTERSON, b: ca 1837 in Ireland. Children: Samantha, Francis, Mary Elizabeth, Clara, Joseph, John, Marinda, Lyons, and Sarah. John died in 1927, buried in Shelby cemetery. Where in Iowa did they come from? Any descendants in the area? (12 Dec 1998) Contact: Scott Kaelin

ball FRITSCH - interested in locating family member who once lived in the Stromsburg area. Ernest G FRITSCH, born 10 March 1849, died July 1908, In 1934 married Mary C. Bruns and had a daughter Amanda FRITSCH, born 16 February 1874 and she married Charles J. Carlson, born 14 February 1861, died 13 July 13 1930. Any any information on these family`s would be most helpful. Contact: M Graves

ball GABRIEL - researching the families related to Ambrose and Anna GABRIEL. There were 10 children to this union. Most of the Gabriels and spouses are at rest in Polk County. Their daughter Anna, b. May 1879 married Henry M. Wilson, both are at rest in Omaha. They lived in Silver Creek, Merrick Co. for a short while, 1898-about 1901, where my grandfather was born. I would like to find desendants of these families and greatly appreciate your efforts and information. Contact: Jan Penning


ballGAFFNEY - Hanora and George Gaffney moved to Polk County, Nebraska in 1872. George died about 1883. Hanora first moved to Portland, Oregon then South Bend, Washington in 1892. The couple had the following children: Faylan, Mary, George, Owen, Catherine. Looking for death records for George. Contact: Teresa Gaffney


ballGIBSON - Seeking info on Charles GIBSON, born in Ulysses in Jan 1895, then moved to David City and Sutton. He married Lila Whitney. Ran a movie house, at least part time. Also, seeking information on his father William Henry GIBSON's possible relocation to Sutton from Ulysses in his later life. Born May 1860 in Illinois, raised large family in Ulysses with Louella Wakefield. Drops from sight there. Did he go to Sutton or is he buried in Ulysses? Contact: Gayle Wistar




ballGROSVENOR - Looking for evidence of Grosvenor's in Osceala about 1882. My grandmother, Murnie Maude Grosvenor was born there 9 Apr 1882 to James McCurdy Grosvenor. Contact: David G. Woodward

ballHAHN - Looking for ancestors and info about Ludwig HAHN and Margaret KLAUS. Came to Pennsylvania in 1837 with 3 yr old son, Louis/Lewis "Pap" HAHN. Louis married Sarah/Sally Ann WAGNER in 1855 in Pennyslvania. They moved to Polk County, NE in 1871. HAHN School, Dist 16. Children: Edward b: 1856, Amanda b: 1858, Harry b: 1866, Howard b: 1868, Albert b: 1870, Carrie Mae b: 1873, Louis b: 1874, Fred b: 1877, and John b: 1880. (22 Aug 1997) Contact: Jean Spence

ballHAMILTON - William HAMILTON married Austa Jane GRAVES about 1874 in Polk County. Austa Jane GRAVES was born 24 Jul 1840 in Lorrain County, Ohio. They had two children James Edward Hamilton b: 12 Mar 1875 and Archie Wilbur Hamilton b: 7 Oct 1878 both born in Polk County. Any information on any of the above will be greatly appreciated. Contact: Robert J. Stevens

ballHANEY - Seeking information on the HANEY family who was in Polk County in about 1875. Frank HANEY and his wife, Mary GABRIEL immigrated from Germany to the US in about 1874, with at least 1 child (probably more) and had at least 2 more children in Nebraska: Mary HANEY b: 1875 Polk Co, and Louise b: 1880 in Polk County. By 1900 Frank HANEY had been deceased for some time as Mary GABRIEL HANEY, his wife, had already remarried 2 times, once to Mr. LANGHOFF and then in 1886 in Platte Co NE to widower Robert SCHAAD. The SCHAADS appear in Platte Co NE from 1900 to 1920 when they both died. Does anyone know of these family names in Polk County? (23 Aug 1998)
Contact: April Robbins

ballHANKS/HENKS - Seeking any info on grandparents; John HANKS (or Henks), born circa 1850, in Germany to John Hanks/Henks and Elizabeth POHLMUELLER. Lived in Columbus, Platte Co, NE. in 1913, also lived and perhaps died at Shelby, Polk Co, NE. Grandmother Mary ZOHNER (or Suner), born circa 1887, in Austria near Prinzdorf. Sister Annie married to a HAKEL, either Ernest or Louie who moved to Grand Junction, CO. Most of family appeared to be farmers. Other related names are: RODERICK, BENDER, FILP/FILPS, possibly Anna Zohner WIENLICH. Spelling of ZOHNER differs: SUNER,SUNIR,SOEHNEL. I've been told old pronunciation was SUNA. My father, John Aloysuis HANKS, was born 30 Jun 1914,in Columbus, Platte Co., NE. Younger brother, Herman. Both boys were taken away from the parents and sent to Father Flanagan's Boys Town in Omaha, NE on 5 Jul 1922. His mother's address at the time was shown as Shelby, NE as well as Arlington, NE. (14 Feb 1997)
Contact: Linda Suttich

ball HANSHEW - the Early Days of Polk County lists the HANSHEW surname. Seeking information about the HANSHEWS who were in Polk CO, NE in the 1800s. (8 Jun 1999) Contact: Yvonne Hall

ball HARGER - looking for the marriage record for Wilson P. Harger and Olive J. ?. The marriage would have been sometime between 6 March 1878 (the date of death of Anna R. Harger, the first wife of Wilson Harger) and 3 June 1880. Anna R. Harger died 3/6/1878 and is buried in the Osceola Cemetery. Also searching for the death of Wilson P. Harger. He was born cabout 1847 in Kentucky, married Anna R. Collins in 1872 in Missouri, and appears in the 1880 census of Polk County with wife, Olive J. ?. I have been unable to locate Wilson P. Harger after the 1880 census. Contact: Don Knoepfel

ballHENNINGS - I am working on my family history book and was told that a Claus "Henry" HENNINGS, and his wife Catherine (Gehl) with their children lived in Polk County. I am trying to find out who Claus's parents, brothers and sisters where. Contact: Sandra (Hennings) Swaney

ballHEWITT - both parents born Polk County in 1911/18. John WIESEMAN, believed to have homesteaded in Polk County. John, Jr married Caroline HOUSER also of Polk County. David HEWITT homesteaded in Canada Precinct. Any info on either of these would be appreciated. Contact: Sheryl (Hewitt) Porter

ballHONNELL - Andrew, Sophia, William, and Hattie. They sent their last letter to Sweden in 1930. The fourth generation from Sophia's sister in Sweden seeks info. Last known address was A.A. Honnell, R.D. 2, Osecola, NEBR. Please contact us in Sweden. Contact: Christer Persson

ballHOUDERSHELDT - Seeking info, ancesters, descendents of John D. HOUDERSHELDT, born 10 April, 1839 in Rockingham County, Virginia. Married Almira BAKER on 2 April, 1863 in Fairfield, Iowa. Moved to Shelby, Nebraska in 1870's. John died on 1 December, 1921. Buried in Osceola Cemetery. Also seeking information, ancestors, descendents of Almira BAKER, born 5 September, 1845, possibly in Iowa. Married John on 2 April, 1863. Died on 27 April, 1920. Contact: Joe Hamilton

ballHORST - Andreas Horst, my 4th great-grandfather settled in Polk Co in the early 1870's. He is said to have founded the German Methodist Church in Valley Precinct. If you have any information on this family, please contact me. (28 Dec 1997) Contact: Kevin Bania

ball HUDSON - looking for information on Sharon M. Hudson, born 27 July 1933, died 11 April 2003 in Polk County. Looking for her maiden name because she may have been my sister. Contact: Joyce Thorton

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ball IENN - Looking for information on Hulda (Ienn) Grossnicklaus. Born in 1898 and died in 1966. Married to August Ienn. Children were Morris, Francis, Mary-Louise and Helen. August Ienn immigrated to the United States to Polk County after WWI.
Contact: Jared R. Weber

ball INGALLS - Looking for information on Rufus Washington Ingalls b: 1836, came to Shelby, NE in 1874 with his wife Adaline (FURROW) INGALLS and children. Rufus Washington INGALLS fought in the Union Army 1861, Ohio Infantry Co. A, 40th Regiment. Mary Ida Ingalls b: 1861, d: 1930 married to Charles Krumbach, b: 1852, d: 1917. Charles KRUMBACH was Nebraska state senator for 12 years. Contact: Kathy Hendricks

ball JACOBSON - Looking for Johannes Olaf JACOBSON descendants. He was born in Saby, Sweden in 1836. Married Hedda Lovisa Johannesdotter (born 1839 in Saby, Sweden). They immigrated to Nebraska in 1878 and are in the 1880 census in Wahoo precinct. Hedda or Hedvig Lovisa and Johannes had many children: Helga Sofia 1863, Axel Johan 1865, Hedda 1866, Carl David 1876 in Sweden, perhaps Joseph 1880 and Harry 1887 in Nebraska. I don't know when Hedda died so I don't really know if Joseph and Harry are hers or a second wife's. My mother has a picture of some of the family including Harry on which she wrote that J.O. had married Nils Swanson's (formerly Swan Nelson) sister, maiden name Nelson. Contact: Camille Peterson I found the family in the 1910 Census in Osceola precinct-Johanes O. Jacobson with children Hedvig(?), Harry and my grandfather David Swanson. Any help is appreciated, Camille Peterson

ballJOHNSON - Looking for information on Lars L Johnson who came to Polk County in 1884. He was Married to Christina Erikson. They had two children Elmer Eloph Johnson born 7 Aug 1891 and Annette Hilma Johnson born 2 May 1895. I know they moved on to Sherman County but not sure when. Contact: Mary Johnson

ballJOY - am researching the JOY family in Polk County. Chris C. JOY born 1821 in Ohio, moved with his family to Mahaska Co, Iowa and then on to Osceola, Polk County, Nebraska about 1881. Other family heads include Benjamin Franklin JOY and James M. JOY. Please e-mail me if you have any information. Contact: Jessica Frost

ballKELLY (KELLEY) - Looking for information on my grandfather's brother, Thomas KELLY (or Kelley) who was born in Tisrara, County Roscommon, Ireland about 1862 and died in Nebraska in 1890. Other than that I have almost no information on him. He probably worked for the railroad at some time. Not in this country more than 8 years at the time of his death. (28 Aug 1999) Contact: Judy Kelly Fausch

ballKELLER - looking for information on the following families that were in the Osceola area at the turn of the century. Benhard Keller, died by his own hand March 6, 1925. His wife was in the Regional Center in Norfolk and died in 1929. Joseph Tschauner was her guardian and his wife was the informant for the death certificate of Benhard Keller, which leads me to believe that Joseph was married to one of Benhard and Mary's daughters. All of the above info is from the pension papers of Benhard Keller. Any info would be appreciated. (9 Nov 1999) Contact: Pam Keller

ballKIMBALL - Seeking any information on the KIMBALL families who settled in Polk County in the 1870s. Some of them were Charles W. KIMBALL, Joseph KIMBALL (son of Abbigill KKIMBALL, buried in Pleasant Home Cemetery), Leon KIMBALL, Levi KIMBALL, Charles P. KIMBALL, Sylvester KIMBALL. All but Joseph and Abbigill appear to have moved out of the county. (7 May 1997)
Contact: Ruby Coleman

ballKILZER - looking for any Kilzer's that were in Seward County from 1883 until probably 1915. Fred KILZER was born 11 Nov 1883 and both of his parents I believe died in Seward county. His father, Peter Kilzer died in 1915, his mother Flora in 1895. I believe Peter remarried soon after Flora died. Their children were Fred, Pete, Henry, Jacob, Elizabeth, Margaret, John and Louis. Email me if you know where I can find any records of these or any other Kilzers. (3 Nov 1999) Contact: Sherryl Kilzer

ball KNERR - Researching KNERR families, most of whom lived at Stromsburg or Osceola. Have lengthy ancestral file back to 1618 in Germany. Am working on Descendant file. Would appreciate contact from other researchers of the KNERR family.
Contact: Larry Knarr

ball KOSCOR - looking for information on my grandparents and their family who owned 160 acres of farm land in Polk County between Osceola and Silver Creek. The surname is Koczor sometimes spelled Kaczor and later Cutsor. John Jake Koczor of Polk County married Katherine Opiela of Nance County on Feb 13, 1899. They were married in Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska. On the Marriage Records Book 2, Page 301 John's name is listed as Kancer, John's age 28, of Polk Co., NE married at St. Peter & St. Paul Church. They then moved to Polk County where they had 11 children starting in 1900 and the last child was born on June 22, 1922. John Jake Koczor died in 1937 and is buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Pilzno and Katherine died in 1946 and is also buried there. In John's will he lists a daughter Laura and leaves her an amount of money. We are trying to trace "Laura" as nobody knows of her. She is not listed in Katherine's will. Some of the children used the surname of Cutsor.
Contact: Cathy (Cutsor) LaMarche




ballLUCAS - Jessie (VAN HOUTEN) LUCAS lived in Polk County from 1900 to 1950. Will exchange information researching Jessie Lucas. (18 Sep 1997) Contact: Alva L. Van Houten

ball MADDEN - looking for information on William G. MADDEn, born in South Carolina, married Mrs. Isabel Riddle from Saunders County, NE, 29 Oct 1885 in Buffalo County, NE. Contact: Jo Hussey

ballMAYBERRY - Looking for information on Ethel MAYBERRY who lived in Osceola, Nebraska. Ethel lived with her aunt Anna Mayberry NELSON and her husband Nelson B. NELSON. Ethel died on October 12, 1903. Contact: Ken Mayberry

ball MCJIMSEY / MCGIMSEY - Searching for information on MCJIMSEY / MCGIMSEY family living in Polk County in late 1800's. The 1870 census shows Wm. McJimsey, age 21 living with Alysia Birch, 46 and Sarah Birch, 21, in the Platte District. William's brother J. M. McJimsey, 24, with Rachel, W. H. and M.B. are 3 families away. In 1880, Osceola Village, is Elcena MCJIMSEY, 57, daughter Sarah, 30, and grandson Robert Palmer, 18. Elcena RECORD MCJIMSEY is William & Jasper's mother. In 1880 William and Jasper are living in Clarke Co., Iowa. What happened to their father Robert McJimsey? Contact: D M Carlile


ballMETHENY - Looking for descendants and information on Henry and Sarah METHENY. They came to Polk County in about 1875. They had three sons, Samuel, Daniel and George, my grgr-grandfather. They are buried in the Shelby Cemetery. Any information would be appreciated. Contact: Sandy McMillion

ballMPBERG - looking for information on Charles MOBERG (b. 1853 Sweden) and Christine MOBERG (b. 1854 Sweden), living with their son Fred (b. 1879 Illinois) in Polk in the 1880 and 1900 Nebraska state censuses. Also Sarah Lena Moberg, b. 1825 Gagnef, Falun, Sweden. These Mobergs are all buried in Swede Plain Cemetery, Polk (except son Fred). Contact: Doranne

ballMOORE - Eri James MOORE, my great-grandfather, died in Osceola, Polk County, Nebraska on 14 May 1886. He was born 21 Jan 1817 in Ridgeway, New York. He died at the J.N. JAMES farm. I understand he was first buried in the Osceola area then later moved to another location. Any leads I can get on him will be much appreciated. (10 Jun 1997) Contact: Betty Moore Johnson

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ball NELSON - Looking for SWAN NELSON, who supposedly changed his name to NILS SWANSON, see SWANSON.

ballNICOLAUSSON - seeking information on the following brothers: Erik August Nicolausson, born 20 Jan 1861 in Hessleby, Sweden. Emigrated on 4 June 1881, and Samuel Edward Nicolausson, born 22 Mar 1867 in Hessleby, Sweden. Emigrated on 16 April 1888. Both brothers were reported to be living in the Stromsburg, NE area in the 1890's. They were thought to be farmers. Last known letter sent home to Sweden was in 1899. What happened to them? Contact: Glenn W Gustafson ballNORDLUND - seeking information from anyone who has information on the family of Peter Olaf Nordlund, born 1860 in Sweden. He married Hannah Hedman and they lived in Stromsburg. They had eight children, Maud, Elmer, Harry, Margaret, Julian, Brynolf, Theodore and Marian. Elmer worked at the Stromsburg bank. My great great grandfather was a half-brother of Peter Olaf4s grandfather. Thank you for you help. Ingrid Berglund, Fvlene, Herrljunga, Sweden
Contact: Ingrid Berglund ballNORSEN - Clara E. NORSEN of Polk, NE married 3 June 1918 (where) to Claude A. REMINGTON of Big Springs, NE. Clara was widowed on 19 November 1918 when Claude died in France in WWI. His body was returned to Big Springs, Nebraska in July or August of 1921, Clara was living in Polk at that time. Will greatly appreciate any information you might find on Clara E. NORSEN and family. Contact: Mrs. Marvin Remington


ballPUTNAM - Looking for information on George W. or Horace PUTMAN. Lived in Pleasant Home, Polk County in 1880. George married Rosa ?. George is listed as an early Nebraska pioneer, who also lived in York and Merrick Counties. He died in York in November 1916. (9 Jan 2000) Contact: Wendy Allen ballPETERSON - Looking for parents of Evera Irene Peterson, born in 1912. Her fathers name is Ansel Wihleim Peterson, born June 7, 1888 in Stromsburg, Nebraska. He married a Dossie Deene Record. She was born 30 June 1887 in Stromsburg Neb. also. If you have any information on Their families or parents I would love to find out any information. Contact: Stacy Strong


ballRYAN -- Searching for information on Albert Ryan and his family. Albert died on 7 Feb 1976, was considered the oldest working barber, I believe he lived in Osceola, NE. Will share information. Contact: Fred Lambert

ballSCHAAD - see HANEY

ballSHOEMAKER - Looking for information on Birt SHOEMAKER, who built the first hotel in Stromsburg in 1880. His son's were Frank & Hamilton. (7 Jun 1999) Contact: Pam Ferguson

ball SCHAF - Looking for information regarding my great, great grandfather John SCHAF who was a farmer in rural Shelby, Nebraska during the late 1800's. He was married to Cecilia, whose maiden name may have been BEMNER. Contact: Randy

ballSUNWE - see HANKS

ballSHELDON - Looking for any information on Wayne Sheldon and his relatives. Wayne was born 20 March 1921 and died in January 1968. Was married to Loretta ??, was divorced in late 1950 in Omaha. Don't know when he moved to Stromburg, but it was listed as his last place of residence in the SSDI listing. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Contact: Jude Gillespie

ballSHELMADINE - Researching the descendants of William Dwight SHELMADINE, born in Crawford Co, PA, 26 Apr 1834, married Ellen NOLAN in 1859, died 14 May 1911 in Osceola, NE. Children: Ida May, Eddie Franklin Pierce, Clara Belle, Jennie Dell, John Charley, Leonard Leonidas, Elenora, Fred, Nellie Florence and Edith Lillian. Three researchers have joined forces and a book has been written. I will be glad to share information. (5 Jan 1998) Contact: Ernest N. Miles,

ballSEIDEL - Looking for information on Frank & Caroline Siedel, who came to the US in 1886, and settled in Shelby, Polk County. One son named Herman drowned in 1898. A daughter Lena died in 1910. The family later moved to David City, Butler County. Would appreciate any information on this family. Roger Siedel

ballSMITH - Looking for SMITH and LEMMING around 1897. My grandmother, Sarah Ellen SMITH was born 19 July 1897 in Shelby, Polk, Nebraska. She is the daughter of Zyland SMITH and unknown LEMMING. Sarah may have been adopted or placed in a home when she was approx. 6 - 8 yrs old. Any info regarding these folks would be a great help. Contact: Darla DuVall

ballSNODGRASS - Looking for information on Milton SNODGRASS and his descendants. He was said to be a school teacher in about 1870's and 1880's. He is the brother of my grandfather and I have lots of information to share. (22 Spe 1977) Contact: Patty

ballSTROMSBURG ORPHANAGE - Looking for information on an orphanage in Stromsburg in 1910/1920 operated by a Lutheran Church. My father Frank George KORN arrived there on an orphan train from New York City in Dec 1913. He went to live with Samuel and Hilda PETERSON from Swedesburg in Feb, 1914, and was legally adopted in 1920. I would like information concerning him or the orphanage. (7 May 1997) Contact: Alice Boettcher

ballSTUDLEY - I am interested in finding out about my ancestors who resided in Nebraska from the 1860's. Apparently my Grandfather was a rogue, at best, and has been a non-entity throughout my life. He was Russel Alger STUDLEY - married in Osceola, NE about 1910 to my grandmother, Darlene Margaret MERRICK. They went to Omaha after their marriage. Her father was William Merrick, mother was Lulu Mary CORY (COREY). I would be particularly interested in information about the MERRICKS. (I have a long history of CORY) and Russell STUDLEY's lineage. If you can provide me with information and other resources I would appreciate your input. (3 May 1997) Contact: Scott Studley

ballSUNDBERG - Looking for information on Anna Lenna SUNDBERG. She married Lars GRONBERG and immigrated to Stromsburg, Nebraska. Her parents were Anders SUNDBERG and Greta Stina BACKIUS. I have much information to exchange. (9 Mar 1997) Contact: Marcy Ganow

ballSUNDIN - Anton and Erik Axel; Two brothers who registered for the WW I draft in Polk County 1917. They probably lived in Polk County since 1913 (E. Axel) and possibly earlier (Anton). Any information regarding them would be appreciated. I will of course share what I have if anybody is interested. I know Anton later returned to Sweden and E. Axel stayed and lived his life in North America. Contact: Thomas Sjondin

ball SWANSON - Looking for Nils SWANSON, who supposedly changed his name from Swan Nelson. Born in Sweden, 1850, married in Stromsburg 1880, lived in Wahoo or Mead, Saunders Co, 1885-6. Married Johanna Christina Johannesdotter Palmer born in Saby, Sweden in 1850. His sister, maiden name Nelson, may have married Johannes Olof Jacobson. They had two sons in Nebraska, Paul and Aaron. Left to homestead in Colorado in 1886 and died there in 1893. Contact: Camille Peterson

ballTHELEN - Looking for descendants of Gustav THELEN, died in Canada Precinct, Polk County in 1888. His family then moved to Platte Co. Wife Josephine Krings, children, Anna, Frank, Charles, Emil, Richard and Max. Where is Gustav buried? (9 Jum 1998) Contact: Richard F. Krings

ballTHOMPSON - John Thompson married Elizabeth WILLIAMS in York County. They were in the Stromsburg area in 1889-1910. Children: Beulah, William, Iona, Lester, and Harry, all born in Stromsburg. Looking for information about the family life in Polk County. Will share information. Contact: Diane Westermann


Searching for the burial location of three persons, James C. VAN WEY, his wife, Mary and their daughter Eliza Jane VAN WEY, (also known as Eliza WILSON, or Eliza EYLER). James passed away on 4 Jan 1920, his obit ran in the Osceola Record on 8 Jan 1920, and it stated that his remains were brought to Osceola and laid to rest in the cemetery there, not stating which cemetery. Eliza passed 27 Oct 1922 in Omaha, but was also returned to the Shelby-Osceola area for burial. Her obituary was printed under the name of Van Wey, although she was married to Martin L. Eyler at the time. I have checked the Polk County cemetery records at the courthouse and none of these folks are entered in the records. Can someone please help me find my ggg grandmother and her parents? Contact: Jan Penning

ballWAGNER - see HAHN

ballWAHLSTROM - Looking for John A. WAHLSTROM and Wilhemina L. WESTBERG. They had at least 5 children, Emil, Alfred, Arthur, Edith, and one other girl. Edith was born 23 Sept 1890 in Stromsburg, Nebraska. Want to know birth and death info on John Wahlstrom and Wilhemina Westberg. Will share what I have on Edith Wahlstrom (Linder). Contac: Michelle Ashe

ballWELCH - Searching for info on Palmer WELCH, married Mary ROUDEBAUG, 20 July 1901 in Merrick Co., residence, Polk Co. She was the daughter of Henry ROUDEBAUGH and Jennie Cox. He was the son of Martha REMELY and Peter WELCH. Marriage says Parmer Welch. Contact: Sue Waterman

ballWESCOAT - Looking for info on four persons buried in Osceola Cemetery: Fred Wescoat b. 1889, d. 1962, Inona J Wescoat b. 1920, d. 1920, Iona D. Wescoat b. 1851, d. 1933, and William Alfred Wescoat b. 1858, d. 1924. I have other Wescoatt relatives from Hall and Seward Counties. Trying to find out if these four are related to my Wescoat's. Contact: Jennifer Wescoatt Jensen


ballWHEELER - My great, great grandfather Robert WHEELER settled in Polk County in the 1870's or 1880's. Later he became a District Judge, possibly around Lincoln, and then moved to Tecumseh, Okla. around 1900, where he lived until his death in 1937. He was at first a farmer, then read law, was possibly a partner with Albiunus Nance, until Nance became Governor of Nebraska. Any info you can provide on his Polk Co. days would be appreciated. (3 Mar 1997) Contact: Vince Powers

ballWILSON - Looking for any information regarding John D. WILSON and Amelia KING, his wife. Amelia died in 1877, and is buried in the Blue Ridge Cemetery. They had five children, Dora, b. 1867, Elvin, b. 1869, Early(Florence), Henry and Laura. The latter two were given up for adoption after Amelia died. John married again to Artha, according to the 1880 Census. John had a brother Henry living with him as well. He had a livery business in Osceola in 1880 and 1881. Can't find what happened to him after that period of time. (14 Apr 2000) Contact: Robert W. Mix

ballWORTMAN - Ulysses S. Grant RAMAGE & Mary Tipton MYERS RAMAGE, after marriage in Zanesville, OH in 1900, opened a small general store in Polk, Polk County, NE. My grandfather (1870-1963) first came to Nebraska from Ohio in late 19th century to work on his uncle "Con" WORTMAN's farm, supposedly near Central City, NE. But after my grandparents moved to Nebraska, they convinced many of their relatives to follow them. I have, so far, been unable to find any trace of Con WORTMAN in Merrick County and thought perhaps the family's verbal history was wrong; that Con WORTMAN was actually in Polk County and that's why Grant & Mary RAMAGE opened their first store in Polk. "Con" was apparently brother of my great grandmother, Huldah WORTMAN RAMAGE. She and her husband, Joseph A. RAMAGE, also moved to Nebraska after their son Grant married Mary Tipton Myers. Huldah and Joseph are both buried in Polk, IF anyone has any connection, am anxious to find Con WORTMAN's line. (6 Sep 1999) Contact: Richard Ramage


ballZOHNER - see HANKS

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