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Elliot Osin Crawford was born at Milton, Vermont, Aug 27,1843 and died at his home in Gordon on April 10,1930. Mr. Crawford spent his boyhood in Vermont and eastern Canada. In his early manhood he spent two years at sea when he visited several foreign countries.

In 1862 he answered the call of his country and enlisted in the Union Army in Co. D. 13th Vermont Volunteer Inf. and after 9 months service he was discharged on July 21,1863 at Bruttleboro, Vermont, having served from June 2nd to July 21st beyond his enlistment. He went through the famous and decisive Battle of Gettysburg, which pratically decided the ending of the war and the destiny of the nation.

After he came out of the army he started across the plains with a wagon train that was bound for California but was driven back by the Indians in S.D. From there he went to Omaha and finally settled on a homestead in Colfax County.

He was united in marriage to Mrs. Adeline Waltman in 1885. To this union three children were born: Osin Crawford, a son, who died in infancy; one daughter, Mrs. Edith R. Demmer of Gordon and Mr. Chauncey M. Crawford of Denby, S.D. He also leaves one granddaughter, Miss Eunice Demmer of Gordon.

In the passing of Mr. Crawford, is lost one of our earliest and most highly respected pioneer citizens of Western Nebraska. He came to Nebraska in 1865 and has been a resident of the state for 65 years, 43 of which was spent in Sheridan county.

Until a few years ago, Mr. Crawford made his home at Hay Springs but more recently, he invested near Gordon and both children made their homes here, so he came also. Mr. Crawford was a thrifty citizen of the type that develop a new country.

The funeral service was held from the home and interment made in the Hay Springs cemetery.

Source: Gordon Journal  4-17-1930


Iva Gertrude Roberts was born at Osmond, Nebraska on October 26, 1892.  She came to Hay Springs, Nebraska with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Roberts in 1905 and resided here up to the time of her marriage to Jay Furman on April 30, 1914.  She died at her home near Rushville, Nebraska on March 19, 1915. 

Mrs. Furman....graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1909...having the highest honors of the largest of Sheridan County's most successful teachers.  Her husband is left to care for a motherless babe.

Source: Hay Springs News; Hay Springs, Nebraska


By: August 22, 1923 - November 8, 2003
Memorial services for Donald Gordon Ivarson, 80, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church Chapel with the Rev. Peggy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery. Donald died on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, and cremation has already taken place.
Don was born Aug. 22, 1923, at Bridgeport, Neb., the son of Gordon and Iola (Berger) Ivarson. The family moved to Gordon, Neb., where Donald graduated from high school in 1940. He worked at the Lockheed Aircraft Factory in Burbank, Calif., until 1942, when he joined the US Air Force.
He then served in the European Theatre for 35 missions as a flight engineer on a B17. On June 19, 1942, he married Ariel Cushing in Los Angeles. They returned to Nebraska and farmed south of Hay Springs on Mirage Flags for 40 years. In 1982, they retired and moved to Alliance, Neb., and later to Gering, Neb., where they lived for 12 years. They moved to Torrington in 1995.
Donald enjoyed golf and was an avid Cornhusker fan. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Elks.
Survivors include his wife, Ariel, of Torrington; daughter, Janice Russell, of Custer, S.D.; sons, Neal G. (Emilie) Ivarson of Gilbert, Ariz., David M. Ivarson of Chadron, Neb., John T. Ivarson of Chico, Calif., and Gary M. (April) Ivarson, of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Doris M. (Arnold) Kuhn of Alliance; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Annie Fosbury.

Submitted by: G. M. Ivarson

Bernard M. Larson

Summary extract from Dawson Sentinal in Dawson, Mn. Sent by Barbara Oosterhuis

Bernard M. Larson  b. 06 Feb.1895 in Baxter Twp. Lac qui Parle Co. Mn. d.
at the Nursing Home in Rushville, Ne. on Sunday, 16 April 1972. Funeral
services were 21 Apr. 1972 at the Chamberlain Funeral Home in Rushville
with Rev. Roy Brown officiating. Burial in the Military Plot at the
cemetery in Rushville, Ne. (no name of the cemetery given). American Post
161 gave the salute at the graveside.He was a veteran of World War I
receiving his training at Camp Wadsworth, S.C. He saw action overseas
with the 3rd. Pioneer Infantry Unit. His parents were Martin O. Larson
and  Elise (Brettingen) Larson.


Flossie Celine Barnett Mendenhall was born June 25, 1912 at Lindne,
IA, and departed this life May 24, 2002, at her home in Legacy Terrace
Retirement Community.  She was married June 24, 1934 to Floyd Elton
Mendenhall at Earlham, IA.  They shared 59 years of married life
together.  Their union brought forth two children, Elton and Carolyn.
  She preferred the name Celine, and was a farm wife, a mother, a
teacher and Bible scholar.  She lived in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and
California during her life as a farm wife milking cows, driving
tractors, raising chickens and taking care of her children.  She was the
wife of a salesman in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.  She was a teacher of
rural school students north of Rushville, Nebraska and city students in
Rushville.  She was a teacher of Native American students at Pine Ridge,
South Dakota.  She was a teacher of Bible students in Rushville, NE and
Whitier, California.  She was a Christian, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and
Great Grandmother.
  Celine, a birthright Quaker, was a member of the New Hope Friends
Church south of Hay Springs and had attended church at Morse Memorial
United Methodist Church in Rushville, Evangelical Friends Church in
Whittier, CA and Services at Legacy Terrace in Lincoln.
  She had always loved to travel and was the planner and instigator of
many family trips covering much of the United States.  She enjoyed
visiting family and lifelong friends along the way as she toured
historic sites and parks.  She believed travel was an important part of
family education and was not adverse to taking the children out of
school to travel on limited vacations to the Northwest, Southwest and
  She told of growing up on the farm at Linden, Iowa and the many
churches and family events of the horse and buggy days.  She traveled
across Nebraska and Iowa when highway 20 was all gravel.  She said the
advent of Rural Electric Power in western Nebraska and drove cars from
the model T to the modern Oldsmobile.  She saw an Atomic bomb explode in
the desert of Nevada and the advent of space travel and satellite
television.  Celine leaves to survive her son Elton Bruce Mendenhall of
Malcolm, NE, daughter Carolyn Celine Worden of Canton, OH, granddaughter
Ardene Frann Bringman of Lincoln, NE, grandson Allan Kent Mendenhall of
Colorado Springs, CO, granddaughter Donna Celine Neft of Canton, OH,
granddaughter Danei Joline Edelan of Mt. Orab, OH, great granddaughter
Danessa Nicole Alexander of Dalton, OH, great granddaughter Meaghan
Celine Bringman of Lincoln, NE and great grandson Ethan Lane Edelen of
Mt. Orab, OH.
  Survivors also include her sister Marie Cool of Earlham, IA, her
brothers Robert Barnett of Newburg, OR and Rollin Barnett of Salem, OR.
  Memorials to Eveangelical Friends Mission, PO Box 525, Arvada, CO  80001.
  Services by Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, Rushville, NE May
31, 2002 at 10:30 a.m.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.

Sheridan County Star
May 29, 2002

Submitted by bryerenut2


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