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1  McGuire, Frederick Hugh (I177)
2  Bragg, William Herman Sr. (I1945)
3  Dlouhy, Adolph Joseph Jr. (I2961)
4  Votipka, Helen (I3838)
5  Hyde, Bert Lee Jr. (I5373)
6  Burkhalter, Henry Thomas (I7229)
7  Morgan, Isaac Newton (I8502)
8  Clark, John Henry (I11211)
9  Chance, John Palestine (I11282)
10  Cramer, Christina (I12279)
11  Hills, Annie Laura (I12780)
12  Casparis, Susie Hortense (I14623)
13  Matejka, Vaclav "James" (I15034)
14  Laun, Victor (I15108)
15  McLemore, Ozzie L. (I22236)
16  Fairchild, Seth (I24927)
17  Fairchild, Jonathan (I25019)
18  McLemore, Atkins (I25541)
19  McLemore, Magnus (I25938)
20  Burrows, William A. (I26610)
21  Polley, John Robert "Jack" (I29468)
22 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I32280)
23  Binkelman, Hamilton (I33183)
24  Kubicek, Kenneth "Kenny" Arthur (I35351)
25  Chipman, Ellen Angeline (I35407)
26  Brt, Mary (I36509)
27  Brt, Edward Frank (I36510)
28  Anders, Franklin P. (I39187)
29  Chlup, Josie (I39986)
Everett Bartels, age 86 of Tobias, NE, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury. He was born December 17, 1923 at Tobias, NE. Everett was a retired farmer Survived by wife Iona, daughters Judy & Marlon Buzek of Stromsburg, NE, Janet & Raymond Capek of Milligan, NE, Joy & Scott Wolfe of Daykin, NE. 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Brother Willard Bartels and wife Judy of Tobias, NE, sisters, Leona Klawitter of Tobias, NE, Donna Steinbrook of Tobias, NE, Dorothy Brandt of Western, NE. Preceded in death by parents Otto and Lena Schwisow Bartels, brothers Vernon and Gaylord.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Tobias, NE with Pastor Ryan Meyer officiating. Burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials to family's choice. Family will greet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

From Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, courtesy Dennis Belohlavy 
Bartels, Everett L. (I34942)
Timothy John Elznic was born to Donald James Elznic Sr and Lois Vera Klein Elznic on May 11, 1958 at Hebron NE and passed away on September 16, 2012 at his home in Geneva NE at the age of 54 years, 4 months and 5 days. He was one of four children in the family.
Tim attended Geneva Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1976. After graduation he worked the majority of his adult life in construction, working for the W.A. Biba Construction Company and then Webb Construction. In later years, he worked for Champion Homes and Petro in York NE. He retired in 2006 due to complications from his diabetes.
Tim married Debra Sieber on December 9, 1978 in Geneva NE and to this union one child was born, Jason John. They later divorced and Tim remarried Sharlene Harris at Winterset IA on July 25, 1996. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Geneva. Tim enjoyed working outside doing construction projects. His other hobbies were tending his garden, hunting, fishing and collecting John Wayne memorabilia.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Lois Elznic, grandparents John and Vera Hofmann, Carl Klein, and James and Agnes Elznic, grand-daughter Skylar Elznic, as well as many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by son Jason Elznic of Geneva; grand-daughters Madison & Miranda Elznic of Geneva and one grandson, Damion Elznic of Lincoln; sister and brother-in-law, Karla and Frank Slezak of Grand Island; brother Joe Elznic of Bruning NE; and brother and sister-in-law, Donald Jr and Debra Elznic of Salem OR., aunt Margaret Staberg of Lincoln NE, great-aunt Agnes Stofer of Geneva; nephews Tyler Elznic, Patrick Elznic, and nieces Jodi Suminski and spouse Dustin, Kelly Kastens and spouse Nathan, and Sarah Storey and spouse Jason.
Memorial service 10:30 a.m., Friday September 21, at the Farmer & Son Funeral Home in Geneva. No public visitation. Memorials in care of the family.

(Courtesy of Dennis Belohlavy) 
Elznic, Timothy John (I41064)
Wilhelmina Rose Votipka Murphy was born to William and Rose (Hromadka) Votipka on August 5, 1916 on a farm south of Exeter, Nebraska. She graduated from Exeter High School in 1933, and taught in country schools south of Exeter.
On June 17, 1940, she married Leo W. (Swede) Murphy, her high school sweetheart. They enjoyed 49 years together, raising six children on the family farm.
While their children attended St. Stephen's Catholic School, Wilma was active in the Home and School Association. In the early 1960's she worked at the Exeter Rexall Drug store. When Memory Manor opened in 1965, she was on the first staff of caregivers, then worked as secretary for her sons at Murphy Plumbing and Heating until 1984.
After Swede died in 1989, Wilma continued to live in the house they built when they were married, until she moved to the Exeter Care Center at age 90. Throughout her life, she was an inspiration with her strong faith, graceful demeanor, and love of family.
Kolaches, canasta, cooking and crafts are among the many things Wilma shared with family. With dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren, she always had plenty of visitors, as well as activities to attend. She enjoyed her many friends, including those in bridge and pinochle groups, fitness classes, St. Stephen's Altar Society and Exeter Woman's Club. Wilma enjoyed travel, reading, and working crossword puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three sisters, and a son-in-law. She is survived by her brother, Bill Victor of Northridge, California; three daughters and sons-in-law, three sons and daughters-in-law; 17 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Her children and their spouses are: Kathleen and Bob Harre of rural Exeter, Bill and Carol Murphy of Crete, Tim and Sherrill Murphy of Omaha, Kriss and Gib Fendrick of Omaha, Barry and Sylvia Murphy of Exeter, and Rose and Dan Vodvarka of Lincoln.
Funeral services 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter. Rosary services Monday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter,NE. Visitation Monday, from 1 p.m. until rosary at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter. Memorials are in care of the family. Interment will be in the Exeter Cemetery. 
Votipka, Wilhelmina "Wilma" Rose (I43351)
Anna and her sister Mary had commenced writing letters to "care-worn soldiers" other than their brothers. One of these soldiers was Benjamin T. Roberts, seven years older than Anna and a neighbor since childhood, whom had asked her to begin a "friendly correspondence." Although she "never corresponded with young gentelmen before the war...(and) said I never would, She decided it was a 'duty imcumbent of the fair sex' to contribute to the soldier's happiness." (Henson and Cartwright, p. 227) in October 1868, Anna finally gave in to Ben Roberts's ardent courtship and set the wedding for January 1869. Using money from her father's wedding gift, Anna bought the 1830 Ezekiel Cullen house in December 1869, registering the transaction in her own name, an unusual practice for married women at that time. (ibid, p. 267). As a young girl, Anna had displayed more independence of mind than many of her friends, even her mother deplored her occasional "contrariness." After her husband died in 1887, Anna applied to the court and was immediately appointed administrator. Although there was not a prenuptial agreement on file, Anna had kept her property seperate from Ben's. (ibid, p. 299). Her youngest brother, Matthew, offered to build a house for Anna on Griffith Avenue in Terrell, and she agreed to make a fresh start in an area that offered business opportunities for her sons. Within eighteen months of the move, she and her eldest son Matthew had opened a real estate and loan office with the aid of her brother Matthew, and they soon opened an insurance agency to augment their income. (ibid, pp. 300-301). Anna later also had her husband's body reinterred in Terrell, Texas. 
Family F3486
Census Information

Tennessee, Carroll County, ED 1
Enumerated 28 Aug 1850 G. C. Hurt
Stamped 7

At the time of the above referenced census, 22 year old Adkins McLemore, born in Tennessee, was a border in the home of Alfred and Purlney Manning, both age 45, and both born in North Carolina.

Could this be the Sugar Atkins found in Gibson County, TN on later census enumerations? Probably not, as the Sugar Atkin McLmeore, husband of Mary, that was on the 1900 Gibson County, TN census was born July 1863. Perhaps this was instead a namesake a son of Sugars and Mary Jane (Taylor) McLemore? 
McLemore, Sugars (I25543)
Census Listings:

1930 Census
Ilinois, Rock Island County, Moline Twp, Moline, First Ward
Enumerated 11 apr 1930
ED 81-24 SD 12 Sheet 14B
Beilhartz, Mathew M Hd M W 55 M 17 Ind Germany Ind Machine Operator Auto Plant
Beilhartz, Clara M Wf F W 53 M 15 Ind Ind Ind
Beilhartz, Herman Son M W 36 M 22 Ind Ind Ind Salesman
Beilhartz, Fred Son M W 26 M Ind Ind Ind Inspector Tractor Plant
Beilhartz, Gladys Dtr-in-law F W 33 M 19 Ind Ind Ind
Beilhartz, Clara F W Grddtr F W 9 S Ind Ind Ind
Beilhartz, Ruth F W Grddtr F W 7 S Ind Ind Ind
Beilhartz, Marian Grddtr F W 10/12 S Ind Ind Ind 
Beilhartz, Ruth (I3610)
Census Listings:

1900 Census
Louisiana, Sabine Parish, North Half Ward 4
Enumerated 9 and 11 Jun 1900
SD 4 ED 92 Sheet 7A
McCormick, Riley Head W M Jun 1866 33 M 12 La La La farmer
McCormick, Mollie Wf W F Nov 1868 31 M 12 5/4 La La La
McCormick, Lawrence Son W M Jan 1889 11 S La La La Farm Laborer
McCormick, John Son W M Feb 1890 10 S La La La Farm Laborer
McCormick, Lizzie Dtr W F Dec 1893 6 S La La La
McCormick, Edmond Son W M Sept 1898 1 S La La La

1910 Census
Louisiana, Sabine Parish, Ward 5
Enumerated 4 May 1910
SD 6 ED 107 Sheets 7A and 7B Stamped 115
McComic, Melton Head M W 55 M1 38 La La La Farmer
McComic, Margaret Wf F W 52 M1 38 13/6 La La Miss
McComic, Lucy A Dtr F W 17 S La La La Farm Laborer
McComic, Rolly Son M W 12 S La La La Farm Laborer
McComic, Riley Head M W 42 M2 4 La La Tx Farmer
McComic, Eunis Wf F W 25 m1 4 3/3 La Miss Miss
McComic, Safrona Dtr F W 3 S La La La
McComic, Nellie Dtr F W 1 2/12 S La La La
McComic, Ellie Dtr F W 1 2/12 S La La La
McComic, Lizzie Dtr F W 14 S La La La Farm Laborer
McComic, Edmond Son M W 11 S La La La Farm Laborer
McComic, Melton Son M W 8 S La La La 
McComick, William Riley (I13115)
Census Listings:

1930 Census
Texas, Sabine County, JP 1
Enumerated April 8, 1930
ED 202-21 SD 17 Sheet 2A Stamped 16
Payne, J. Leroy Head M W 33 M 27 Tx Tx Tx Salesman Automobile
Payne, Fronie Wf F W 26 M 29 Tx Tx Tx
Payne, Francis E Dtr F W 2 2/12 S Tx Tx Tx 
Payne, James Leroy Sr. (I15073)
Census Listings:

1940 Census
Texas, Sabine County, JP 6
Enumerated April 16, 1940
SD 42-2 ED 202-9 Sheets 7A and 7B
Rosevine to Gravel Hill Road
R 10
Wright, Mack Head M W 52 M Tx Same House Carpenter
Wright, Mary Lee Wf F W 45 M Tx Same House Housewife
Wright, Morgan Son M W 21 S Tx Same House Laborer Farm
Wright, Louise Dtr F W 17 S Tx Sam House Student
Wright, Theo Son M W 14 S Tx Same House Student
Wright, Ethelene Dtr F W 11 S Tx Same House
Wright, Billie Rae Son M W 9 S Tx Same House
Wright, Rosa Ann Dtr F W 6 S Tx Same House 
Wright, Maccauley "Mack" C. (I41500)
Could he have been listed as Mildford on the 1930 census?

Milo Edward Vodicka, 81, Nebraska City, formerly Syracuse and Dunbar, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at Duff's Friendship Villa, Nebraska City. He was born Nov. 19, 1926, at Fairmont, Neb., son of Joseph and Josephine (Josie) Druba. He married Ruby Kubicek March 13, 1948, at Fairbury.

Vodicka was a self-employed construction worker. He was a member of the Nebraska City American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Topeka, Kan. Vodicka also lived at Milford, Exeter and Fairmont. He moved to Nebraska City in 1981. He attended technical school in construction at Milford.

Surviving are his wife, Ruby, Nebraska City; children, Sandy Spevak and husband Robert, Diann Clinkenbeard and husband Dan, and David, all Dunbar; Dennis and wife Sandie, Kenneth and wife Brenda, and Don and wife Denise, all Nebraska City; Steve and wife, Betty, and Ron and wife Lori, all Unadilla; and Robert and wife Julie, Weeping Water; 44 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and a sister, Alice Butler, Warrensburg, Mo.
He was preceded by sisters Henrietta Kubicek and Mildred Vodicka; brothers Joe and James Vodicka and granddaughter, Stacey Vodicka.

Family and friends will gather at Dunbar Presbyterian Church Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. for lunch and fellowship to remember his life. There will be no formal service. Scattering of ashes will occur later.
There is no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to the family of Milo Vodicka.

Courtesy of Dennis Belohlavy
Condolences may be left at
Fusselman-Wymore Funeral Home, Syracuse, is in charge of arrangements 
Vodicka, Milo Edward (I15125)
Shoemake, David "Dave" (I45849)
McLemore, Alla Agnes (I27845)
42 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I45853)
Shoemake, Gavin Eugene (I45854)
Name: Edgar Lonnie Mclemore
Gender: Male
Burial Date: 23 Jan 1943
Burial Place: Dunn, N. C.
Death Date: 19 Jan 1943
Death Place: Erwin, Duke, Harnett, North Carolina
Age: 53
Birth Date: 21 Jul 1889
Birthplace: Sampson County, N. C.
Occupation: Textile Worker
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mamie Royal Mclemore
Father's Name: Haywood Mclemore
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Mary Ann Simmons
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B01770-4
System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
Source Film Number: 1943223
Reference Number: fn 2393 cn 366
Collection: North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994 
McLemore, Edgar Lonie (I22283)
Sparks, T. L. - (CSA), 58th North Carolina Infantry, Co.H. b.5/7/1844; d.1/7/1927. Wife's name was "Sarah Adeline" (b.1/12/1849; d.2/13/1942). Owner of plot was "Mrs. T. L. Sparks." In 1/3/1913 Duncan Banner article & 1/1/1913 reunion photo (which was published in Foot Steps 2:2). May have an OK CSA pension application # 5136, reel # 13 (under "Thomas L."). Buried in the Duncan city cemetery (block 14, lot 5, space 6).

"T.L. Sparks, 401 Pine Avenue, died Friday morning after an illness which his advanced years made difficult to withstand. Mr. Sparks was 83 years old. Sparks, a retired farmer, has lived in Duncan for the past 15 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having fought with General Lee under the command of George Parker. He was in the Civil War 3 years. Sparks was only 18 years old when he enlisted.

"Jim B. (sic) Sparks, his son, who has been buying cotton seed said that his father had been a member of the Methodist Church for the last 45 years. He had been married 62 years, the ceremony being performed November 8, 1866 in Caldwell County, North Carolina, where the elder Sparks was born and raised.

"Three children survive. J.R. Sparks of Duncan, Mrs. Lucy Pend of Dallas and Miss Norma (sic) Sparks of Duncan. The funeral was set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sparks residence on Pine Avenue. Burial was to be at the Duncan Cemetery with the Beeson Grantham Funeral Home officiating." (Duncan Banner, January 14, 1927)

(Courtesy of Lynell Cordell)

Lynell also found this information on another Sparks from the Duncan area. His relationship, if any, to T.L. Sparks is unknown.

Sparks, John M. - (USA or CSA?). b.10/22/1841; 3/14/1918. Name is listed on Marlow vet monument. Wife's name was "America E." (b.3/15/1846; d.12/20/1918). Masonic symbol on headstone. Listed in Dale Talkington's The Long Blue Line as a Union veteran. May have an OK CSA pension application # 1586, reel # 4 (under "John H."). Buried in the Marlow city cemetery (section 12, block 78, lot 1). 
Sparks, Clingman "T.L" (I3959)
Verna Lee Shaw, 78, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Lincoln. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Svoboda Funeral Home, North Chapel. There will be no visitation or viewing.

Verna was born April 13, 1933 in Milligan to Leonard and Vlasta (Cudly) Anderson. She graduated from Tobias High School and moved to Omaha. Verna married Richard Lee Shaw on April 19, 1952 in Omaha. In 1994 Verna and Richard moved to Linwood and in 2009 they moved to Columbus. Verna was a Data Processor for Qwest Communications.
Verna is survived by sons: Matthew of Beatrice, Range and his domestic partner Bill Sheppard of Phoenix, AZ, Bowman (Florence) of Chicago, John (Christa) of Portland; daughter: Julie (Don) Bartels of Boston; grandchildren: Cole, Cameron, Taylor, Andrew, Lauren and Emma; sisters Leha Bojanski and Greta Schneider; nieces Patricia Martin and Linda Deines and nephew: Randy Bojanski.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Richard in 2010.
(Courtesy of Dennis Belohlavy, form the Lincoln Journal Star, June 9, 2011) 
Anderson, Verna Lee (I37249)
47 "Later resided in Willsboro, New York."

The 1910 census, shortly before his death, indicated he had been married three times, his current marriage have been for 20 years. 
Avery, Erwin Wentworth (I30829)
48 A talented musician.

Susan Hintz writes that it appears she married second "Shakespearian actor Frederic W Vroom. They were married before 1920 (I'm still looking for the record)and she was with daughter Ethel in Chicago in 1910. Florence and Frederic were living in Los Angeles in 1920, and in Beverly Hills in 1930.

Obituary Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Times Florence Parks Vroom, April 15, 1932 at 1210 Flores street, Los Angeles. Wife of Frederic Vroom; mother of Fred H Parks, Ethel Parks Smith, and Charles Harvey Parks. Sister of Caroline Brooks. Services Monday at 11 a.m. from the chapel of the Hollywood Cemetery. Ives & Warren Co., Pasadena, directory." 
Peck, Florence Estelle (I31121)
49 After her marriage to Friend Maxon, she lived in Stockbridge, Michigan. Wheat, Lydia Louisa (I30773)
50 After his marriage he removed to LaFayette, Indiana, where he practiced medicine. He was especially successful in the treatment of cancers. Perkins, Elam (I30810)
51 As a young man, Salmon went to Montgomery County, Ohio. He married and lived there near Dayton. In 1836 he removed to Noble County, Indiana, where he died. Sanford, Salmon (I30566)
52 At the age of 14, Ellen assisted her father in teaching at Niles, Ohio. She taught President McKinley his ABCs. Sanford, Ellen Eliza (I30730)
53 Benjamin Franklin Benkelman, Jr. was born in 1899 in a sod hut on the JC Ranch in Jacqua, Kansas. His father, Ben, Sr., had moved to Kansas from Michigan to work for his Uncle at the ranch, and had spent nearly 20 years working as a cowboy. Ben and his three older brothers and sisters were all born on the ranch. In 1901, the family relocated back to Cass City, Michigan, where they purchased a general merchandise store. Ben remembers working at the store as soon as he was old enough to see over the counter. They sold dry goods, groceries, shoes, and crockeries. Ben recalled that the customers just pointed out what they wanted, and it was the clerks job to go gather everything. "We really worked in those days" he said. He remembers making deliveries in a red coaster wagon or by horse and buggy. The horse was named Topsy. Ben said he was the only one of the children who helped his parent's in their store. His other brothers and sisters didn't want to have anything to do with it.

In High School Ben was a star athlete. He was on the baseball, basketball, football, and track teams--four years each, earning a total of 16 letters. He even set several state track records. He graduated from High School during World War I. Fortunately, the war ended a only a few weeks before he was to report for military duty. He went to Kalamazoo College on a football scholarship. His team were the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (MIAA) in 1919. The MIAA is the Nation's Oldest Collegiate Conference.

Ben recalls that one of the games he played was against "the Gipper," who played at the University of Notre Dame. Born in 1895, George Gipp was a varsity athlete at Notre Dame from 1917 to 1920. While planning to pursue a career in baseball, he was convinced by legendary college coach Knute Rockne to play football as well. He led the Fighting Irish to a 27-2-3 record, playing both offense and defense. Several of his records still stand today. Gipp caught a throat infection during one of his final football games at Notre Dame. He died a few weeks later at the age of 25. Just before his death, he told Coach Rockne, "Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys - tell them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock. But I'll know about it, and I'll be happy."

After a year of college, Ben returned to Cass City to help his parents with the store. He later went to work at the Nestle plant in Cass City. Nestles food had purchased the plant from Hires Milk company around 1922. This plant had been producing "sweetened" condensed milk in Cass City since 1917, employing from 50-100 persons with most of their output being exported. The plant had been established at the urging of a group of local businessmen whose objective was to encourage and secure a milk processing plant to give the local farmers, almost all who had a small dairy herd, an easier way to dispose of their milk.

While working in Cass City, Ben was on the "Ward's Independents" Basketball Team and they were 'Thumb Champions, Michigan' for the 1921-1922 season.

A mutual friend set Ben up on a blind date with Avis Smith, a schoolteacher in a nearby town. This was in 1924. When he arrived to the boarding house to pick her up, she peeked over the balcony to check him out. She had made arrangements with a friend to watch for her signal. If Ben didn't pass muster, the friend was to inform him Avis was sick in bed. He passed with flying colors, however, and they drove nearly 20 miles for Chinese food.

Around this same time, Ben enrolled in a dental technician's program in Chicago. He worked his way through school as a waiter at "Child's One Arm Restaurant." The restaurant was named for the tables the diner's each sat at, similar to old fashioned school desks.

The following article about his studies appeared in the January 8, 1926 issue of the Cass City Chronicle "Ben Benkelman, jr., has completed his studies at the McCarrie School of Mechanical Dentistry at Chicago and is now assisting Dr. P.A. Schenck in the latter's dental parlors where he is gaining practical experience in his chosen work."

Ben and Avis were married in August, 1926. Seven years later, on December 8, 1933, their only child, Bonnie, was born.

Despite being born in the midst of the depression, Bonnie remembers an idyllic childhood. By lucky accident, her father withdrew their life savings from the bank the day before the great bank crash. He took out their savings to buy a winter coat and chair. When he returned to redeposit the balance, the banks had all closed. Ben remained steadily employed, running the dental lab for Dr. Pearl Schenck and then Dr. D.E. Rawson. He was employed by them for 42 years. The Benkelman's owned a house in Cass City, and a cabin in Caseville, on Lake Huron. Ben served on the village council for 11 years, and was twice village president (Mayor). He was never too busy for his daughter though. Bonnie remembers her father helping her, along with half the football team, with their math homework throughout high school.

He was a charter member of the Cass City Gavel Club, and Past Master and Life Member of the Tyler F&AM lodge.

When Ben was in his thirties, he went on a strict diet due to problems with his gallbladder. He abstained from sugar and fat for nearly 30 years. This, and his love of sports, probably contributed to his longetivity. He was able to play golf into his late eighties, and walked every morning and evening until he was nearly 96.

Volume 26 of the STIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST, published on September 5, 1966, reported that Ben retired "after 40 years as a Dental Technician. He and Avis were going to spend the winter in Houston, Texas with their daughter and family."

When the McLemore's were transferred back to Chicago, Ben and Avis moved onto St. Petersburg, Florida. They lived in a retirement community. They were to fulfill a dream when the visited Hawaii for their 50 wedding anniversary. They also enjoyed a Caribbean Cruise together. Ben had surgery for both kidney cancer and prostate cancer, both of which never reocurred. Avis died in 1981, and Ben lived in Florida for seven more years. After he suffered several minor strokes, he decided to move back to Houston, where the McLemore's had returned. This was around 1988. He lived in a retirement community on his own for several more years.

Ben's biggest fear was that his mind would deteriorate before his body, and sadly this came to pass. Around 1994, suffering from senile dementia and Alzheimer's, Ben moved into his daughter's home. Here he was to live until he died from complications from pneumonia in early 1998. His daughter, Bonnie, and granddaughters, Melinda and Leigh were at his bedside when he died.

Written by Melinda McLemore Strong, granddaughter, circa 1995 and revised periodically.

He was one the family members BonnieMargaret Jacobs personally interviewed when preparing her history of the Benkelman family. 
Benkelman, Benjamin Franklin Jr. (I17)
54 Born in 1775; died aged 18 years. Sanford, Eunice (I30547)
55 David served as Captain in Company G, 75th Illinois Regiment Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. He resided in Ashton, Illinois, where he was postmaster. Sanford, David (I30693)
56 Died at age seven. Pierce, Abiron (I30670)
57 Died at two years of age. Carter, James Harvey (I30855)
58 Died in the army. Sanford, Isaac N. (I30820)
59 Dr. Perkins was graduated from Cornell University in June 1899, and was an Instructor there the following year. He later was a Government Veterinary Inspector in Buffalo, New York. Perkins, Chester Ransom D. V. M. (I31214)
60 Elmer was a graduate of Mt. Morris College and the University of Michigan. At the time of his death he was Instructor in Physiology at the University of Michigan. Sanford, Elmer (I31037)
61 Faxton went to Ohio with his parents when he was a year old. In 1845 he removed to Taylor Townsip, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a blacksmith and farmer. At various times he served as Justice of the Peace, and town Supervisor. Sanford, Faxton (I30713)
62 For 20 years he was clerk in charge of R.M.S. on the Quincy Branch of the C.B. & Q.R.R., in Illinois. Then he traveled for 20 years for the Maple City Soap Company of Monmouth, Illinois. He resided in Monmouth, Illinois. Pierce, Almiron Gardner (I30735)
63 Frances graduated from Monmouth College in 1885 and taught until her marriage. She later resided in Wallace, Idaho. Pierce, Frances Rosalie (I31327)
64 Franklin spent about twenty years in New York and California. He then returned to Castleton, Vermont and bought a large hotel.
The History of Rutland County, Vermont says: "One of the early taverns was the Westover House, erected about 1808 and kept from the earliest date until 1862 by Hyde Westover. R. H. Morris, W. C. Hyatt, Frank Sanford, and Wm. L. Batcheller then kept it until about 1870, when it was destroyed by fire. The Moulton House was erected about 1812 by Samuel Moulton, who kept it until about 1839. His son Cullen, then kept it about 3 years and closed it. Frank Sanford reopened it about 1878 as the Sanford House."

1880, Castleton, Rutland County, Vermont, p. 56A. Franklin Sanford, age 61, born in Vermont, father born in Connecticut, mother born in Vermont; occupation: Hostel Keeper. Head of a household which includes wife Elisabeth; daughter Carrie Stiles, with her husband and son; daughter Mary with her husband and his father; two servants, and a retired merchant named George D. Spencer. 
Sanford, Franklin (I30639)
65 George was the first Benkelman born in the United States. He was born only a few weeks after Adam and Catherine arrived.

In her history of the Colorado and Nebraska Benkelman's, Margaret "Bonnie" Jacob wrote that George Adam Benkelman was living with his family in Cass City, Michigan when his Uncle, "Big George" Benkelman, contacted him about going into the cattle business with him in Colorado. Just 19 years old, and eager to get on with his life, "Little George" eagerly accepted. It was 1870 when he arrived in Denver. Big George explained to him the need for a relocation of the cattle herd. Little George saddled his horse and rode from Denver to the Kansas-Colorado state line and down the south fork of the Republican River. Just inside the state line he lay in a draugh and watched an entire hunting party of Cheyenne Indians cross the river and continue riding south. He knew that if they saw him that he was dead. Luckily, he continued on his journey, but traveled cautiously from then on. He returned to Denver drawing to a close his 400 mile horseback trip.

Little George set out on a second trip east to find line camp headquarters for the Benkelman Ranch. When George Adam Benkelman viewed the valley of the south fork of the Republican River, he saw a carpet of buffalo grass about 8 inches high. It was lush and beautiful with very few trees. The stream trickled across the prairie aimlessly. One did not have to travel very far in either direction to find a bleak desolate land with no water and absolutely no trees. The visibility on a clear day was for miles. There were no buildings except for the deserted stage station which was made of sod. There was not yet to be a fence on the prairie. This trip he traveled much the same route as the first trip only he continued down the south fork of the Republican into Nebraska Territory and back down through what is now Oberlin and on to what is now Ellis, Kansas just west of Hays. Indians were encountered several times on this trip and several skirmishes took place. He returned to Denver with the location selected on the south fork of the Republican River just inside the state line of Kansas. The journey encompassed approximately 800 miles on horseback.

In 1874, Big George, Little George, Jake Haigler, Ben and Jim Morning and a handful of cowboys moved the Benkelman herd to the selected area in 34-4-42 Kansas. Big George returned to Denver. Little George, Jake Haigler and the Mornings looked after the herd. A sod house was built and the ranch was named the JC Ranch. The grazing lands included northeastern Colorado, Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas lands. Large herds of 5,000 to 20,000 head of cattle were run on this range.

George Adam generally kept 10 cowboys, but during round-up and branding time the number would increase to 30. The closest place for the cowboys to purchase supplies was the Roubidoux Store at Fort Wallace, which was 70 miles away. The trip was made about 3 times a year. A guard was posted at Fort Wallace to prevent trail herds being driven north from Texas from taking strays belonging to the Benkelmans.

Jake Haigler was the foreman on the JC. Realizing that other large cattle companies might move in, George Adam urged Jake to from a cattle company up north to prevent a squeeze. Jake went to Missouri in 1875 for 1 year and then returned and formed a cattle company. The Haigler, Aix, Perkins Cattle Company was made up of family and friends. In 1876, he established on the Arickaree Forks in Nebraska.

The winters in western Kansas were extremely cold. The location of the line camp was straight west of the deserted station 20 on the Pikes Peak Leavenworth Trail. The road to Denver lead home for George Adam. On his trips home, he always stayed at the Benkelman residence.

One particular trip in 1877 proved to be a turning point in his life. The guest of honor at the Benkelman house was Mary Barbara Rommel, Christine's sister. She had been in America only five years.

When John George and George Adam returned to the range in 1878, they moved the headquarters of the ranch down the Republican River seven miles for better hay meadows and springs. The Benkelman Ranch was headquartered up the river from Wano. The exact location was 11-4-41. The new operation was called the T Wrench Ranch because of the brand. The new headquarters consisted of a row of 3 sod houses, an underground storage room, a blacksmith shop, sod barn 20x90 for 22 horses, 11 stalls for two horses each. The roof was made of tree limbs and hay. The corral was 204 square feet.

On January 6, 1880, George Adam Benkelman was united in marriage to Mary Barbara Rommel at the Benkelman residence in Denver. The ranching business had been quite prosperous. George Adam longed for Mary Barbara to be by his side. Their first child, Lottie, was born October 24, 1880 in Denver, as was their son Frank. George and Barbara were living with George and Christina at the time of the 1880 census.

George Adam loaded his family into a wagon and moved from Denver to the JC Ranch in September 1886. Mary Barbara had to be surprised when she saw her new home. It was a small sod hut absolutely colorless with no trees or landscaping. Water had to be hauled from the river, which was only a few steps away. The outdoor privy was not constructed until shortly before she arrived. The inside of the soddie allowed no frills. The walls were plastered with a limestone mixture. She had brought her cookstove from Denver. Wood and cow chips had to be gathered from the offerings of the prairie. One always felt better when there was a stash of chips piled not to far from the house, because of the severe winters. It is amazing what she did with the one room soddie with a few curtains and well spaced colored articles. Life was hard for the pioneers, but Mary Barbara never complained. She tended her family with all the grace and charm with which she had been endowed. Two more children were born, Charles in 1888 and George Albert in 1890. They were the first children born on the ranch.

The ranch cook was Billy Walsh of Irish descent. He had hunted buffalo on the prairies since 1872. A.W. Tip Spencer worked for the Benkelman's since 1877. Other ranch hands were John Burgwald, Ben Benkelman, Lee Bright, Mart Tscheudy, Walter Tovey, Harry Strangeways, John Chandler, George Fahrion, Wallace Clow, Emmet Vandergrift and Elmer Tabor. During the roundup season, the cowboys slept on the ground.

In 1894, the George Adam Benkelmans moved to St. Francis, Kansas after he was elected County Clerk. He served in that capacity until 1904, when he resigned to enter other business opportunities. In 1905, he was appointed postmaster in St. Francis. He served until 1915. He was enroute to California when he suffered a stroke. He died in Alhambra, California, February 10, 1929 at age 77. His wife had died earlier, on May 18, 1928, at age 75, in St. Francis. She was stricken with apoplexy and never regained consciousness before she passed away.

The following biography was transcribed from "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans," written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

GEORGE ADAM BENKELMAN. One historical account states that the first cattle ranch in Cheyenne County was established in the year 1876, but there were no really permanent settlements made for several years after that. These facts give interesting prominence to the career of George A. Benkelman, a well known business man and citizen of St. Francis, who by every right and propriety may be regarded as the real pioneer and first permanent settler of the county, since he was herding cattle on the range in this northwestern corner of Kansas in the year 1876. At that time the frontier was exposed to danger from Indians, who were still numerous and many of them hostile, and there were many more buffaloes to be seen on the prairies than native cattle.

Few men still living have had more intimate contact with the life and times of the old West than George Adam Benkelman. He was born at Lancaster in Erie County, New York, September 7, 1851. His father, Adam Benkelman, was born in Wuertemberg, Germany, in 1830, grew up and married in that kingdom, learned the trade of cooper, and in 1851 brought his family to the United States and settled at Bowmansville, New York. He was a cooper there and in 1865 went to Michigan, where he was both a cooper and farmer. He died at Cass City, Michigan, in 1901. On getting his first papers as an American citizen he affiliated with the democratic party but became a republican later through his admiration of President Lincoln. He was a member of the German Lutheran Church. Adam Benkelman married Christina Schifely, who was born in Wuertemberg in 1826 and died at Cass City, Michigan, in 1910. George Adam was the oldest of their children; Louise is still living in Cass City, Michigan, widow of Andrew Schwegler, who was a farmer there; John also lives on a farm in Cass City; S. G. is a carpenter and farmer at Cass City; W. F. is bookkeeper for a lumber firm in Detroit; and B. F. is a general merchant at Cass City.

Thus of all the family George Adam Benkelman has shown the most enterprise in breaking away from home ties and discovering new fields of conquest in remote districts. He got his education in the public schools of Cass City but at the age of nineteen started out to make his own way in the world. His journeyings soon brought him into the far West and he had an extensive experience as a cowboy in Colorado and along the Western Kansas line. When he was in Cheyenne County in 1876 he had no neighbor nearer than Fort Wallace, seventy-five miles away. He ran his herd of cattle over a domain of country unvexed by wire fence or any other civilized obstruction and made no attempt to secure a more permanent location until the spring of 1888, when he took advantage of the homestead laws and filed upon a quarter section and also a timber claim. The homestead was his place of residence and center of operations until the spring of 1894. Some years later he sold that quarter section.

In the fall of 1893 Mr. Benkelman was elected county clerk of Cheyenne County, and his official duties brought him to St. Francis. He was county clerk for eleven consecutive years. In 1905 President Roosevelt appointed him postmaster of St. Francis, and that office kept him as its incumbent by successive appointments until July, 1915. In the meantime he was identified with all the progressive movements for the upbuilding of his home town. For several years he clerked in a general merchandise store in St. Francis and also owns a farm of 160 acres near St. Francis and thirty-three acres adjoining the town. He is president of the Herald Publishing Company. Mr. Benkelman's home is a modern residence remodeled in 1905, and it stands upon a considerable plat of ground. Politically he is a republican and is a steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has also served as noble grand of Rising Star Lodge of Odd Fellows, and is a past master workman of the Ancient Order of United Workmen at St. Francis.

In January, 1880, at Denver, Colorado, Mr. Benkelman married Miss Mary B. Rommel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rommel, both now deceased. To their marriage were born four children: Lottie C., a graduate of the Cheyenne County High School and of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and is at home with her parents; Frank B. is a graduate of the County High School and of the School of Pharmacy of Kansas City, Missouri, and is a registered pharmacist at Kansas City; Charles A. graduated in pharmacy in the Kansas University and is connected with a general store at McDonald, Kansas; George A., Jr., is a dentist, a graduate of the Western Dental College of Kansas City, Missouri, and while his home and professional office are at St. Francis, he was with the United States Army on professional duty at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. "

Cass City Chronicle
July 15, 1927

Mr. and Mrs. George Benkelman, Miss Lottie Benkelman, and Dr. and Mrs. Albert Benkelman, all of St. Francis, Kansas, are guests at the Benjamin F. Benkelman home and are also visiting other relatives in this community. George Benkelman is a brother of John, Samuel and Benjamin Benkelman and lived in Elkland Township when a lad in the late sixties. He left her in 1870 for the West and has spent most of the years since that date in Kansas. 
Benkelman, George Adam "Little George" (I841)
66 Harvey lived on the old homestead at Poultney, Vermont for many years and then removed to the western part of New York State. Sanford, Harvey (I30568)
67 He became Captain in the 37th Wisconsin. Holton, Francis Gideon (I30931)
68 He became First Lieutenant in the 5th Wisconsin Zouaves. Holton, Edward Kendrick (I30930)
69 He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, and had a large practice in Warsaw, New York. He was Supervisor of the town of Gainesville two terms. Perkins, Dr. Romanzo (I30814)
70 He graduated from Vermont Academy of Medicine at Castleton in 1840. (The name of this institution was changed in 1841 to the Castleton Medical College). He settled in West Haven, Vermont in 1840 to begin his practice. In 1844 he removed to Fair Haven, Vermont, and in 1865 he removed to Castleton, Vermont.
The Rutland County Historical Society was organized 11 June 1880, and James Sanford of Castleton was elected Vice President. In 1882, James Sanford of Castleton was president of the Rutland County Medical and Surgical Society.

1880, Castleton, Rutland County, Vermont, p. 52B. James Sanford, age 63, born in Vermont, occupation: Physician. Head of a household which includes wife Ettie; shilcdren George and Minnie; and servant Sibbie Grady. 
Sanford, James M. D. (I30638)
71 He owned a retail store in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Tuttle, Albert Sanford (I30759)
72 He served as a soldier in the Spanish American War. Pierce, William H. (I31339)
73 He served in the War of 1812. Sanford, Perez Sturtevant (I30589)
74 He was a blacksmith. Hitchcock, John P. (I30791)
75 He was a druggist in Avon, Illinois. Osborn, Giles (I31344)
76 He was a farmer at Hardys, New York. Perkins, Newton Sanford (I30812)
77 He was a farmer living in Hampton, New York. A prominent Methodist.
From the History of Rutland County, Vermont: "The Methodist Episcopal Church of Poultney was formally organized in 1826. Among the first members of the society, which was organized in April of the same year were ... Newtown Sanford...." 
Sanford, Newton (I30543)
78 He was a farmer residing in Roseville, Illinois, and filled many offices in his town.

Clement, born in Poultney, Rutland county, Vermont, September 24, 1813. He was married to Nancy Farr, March 6, 1834. She was born in Essex county, New York, January 13, 1814. He came with his father to Greenbush township, Warren county, Illinois, in 1834. They purchased 160 acres of land on section 7. Clement settled on a tract of land adjoining, where he resided until March. 1845, when he purchased the southwest quarter of section 35. in Roseville township, and moved upon it. Here he resided until June, 1864, when he moved to the village of Roseville, where he was engaged with Dr. B. Ragon in the mercantile business for about two years. He then bought Dr. Ragon's interest in the stock and continued in the business for about seven years, when he sold out. In 1873 he retired from active labor. He was justice of the peace from 1872 to 1885. He also filled the office of supervisor in Roseville township.

In religion Clement Pierce was a member of the Universalist church. In politics he was a republican. He died December 25, 1890. 
Pierce, Clement (I30671)
79 He was a jeweler and watchmaker in Denison, Texas. Peck, Willis Aleney (I31119)
80 He was a journalist, and resided in Minneapolis for many years. Peck, Henry Clay (I30734)
81 He was a lawyer in Denver, Colorado. Sanford, James Fremont (I31053)
82 He was a Methodist minister. Wheat, Salmon (I30612)
83 He was a real estate agent. Resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pitcher, Frank (I31129)
84 He was a teacher and a Baptist minister. Sanford, Alba (I30571)
85 He was a watchmaker and a specialist on time locks. Peck, Franklin Henry (I31116)
86 He was First Lieutenant of Company I, 14th Regiment Illinois Volunteers. He resided in Chana, Illinois. Sanford, Washington Lafayette (I30695)
87 He was graduated from the Berkshire Medical College in 1860, and had just begun to practice his profession when he died. Eastwood, John (I30809)
88 He was in the slate business in Fair Haven, Vermont. Tuttle, Albert (I31165)
89 He was proprietor of Hotel Cranford, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Alexander, Thomas Alvin (I31331)
90 In 1824 they removed to Western New York and in 1840 to Wisconsin. Kendrick, Gideon (I30560)
91 In 1847 he removed with his brother to Ogle County, Illinois. In 1850 he removed to California, where he died. Sanford, William Henry (I30694)
92 In 1853 they removed from Castleton, Vermont to Vinton, Iowa. Whitlock, John A. (I30646)
93 In 1854 William moved to Iowa, where he was a successful farmer, owning 520 acres of land. Sanford, William Payne (I30687)
94 In the fall of 1861 he enlisted in the 2nd Michigan C. A. V., and was elected Veterinary Surgeon. After the war he bought a farm in Michigan. Hitchcock, Freeman (I30793)
95 Killed by lightning. Hartsworth, Santford (I30654)
96 Killed by the cars in Rutland, Vermont. Sherman, D. Barnum (I30754)
97 Lived in Ohio, and later near Beloit, Wisconsin. Sanford, Lucinda (I30610)
98 Mrs. Adelia (Scarlet) Cunningham. Scarlett, Adelia (I30697)
99 Mrs. Elizabeth (Cease) Beecher. Cease, Elizabeth (I30581)
100 Nathan enlisted in August 1862 and served through the war. Hitchcock, Nathan W. (I30794)

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