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George Neil Erickson
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Birth: Oct. 2, 1891
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1906
Howard County
Nebraska, USA

From The Dannebrog News, November 23, 1906, transcribed by Linda Berney:

Boy Drowned - The Horrible Fate of George N. Erickson -

One of the saddest accidents in the history of Dannebrog happened here last Tuesday evening about 5:30 o'clock when George Niel Erickson while skating on the creek below J. C. Petersen's house broke through the ice and was drowned. The first any one knew of the accident was a little before 6 o'clcok and must have been shortly after it happened, as George had been seen not over a half hour before that. One of A. A. Jensen's boys found a cap laying on the ice at the edge of a hole about three feet in diameter. He picked it up, brought it home and Mr. Jensen at once notified all he saw of the cap found and inquired if anyone was missing. It was not long before the cap was identified as being that of George's and as he could not be found anywhere, search was made and he was found at the bottom of the creek near the hole where he had fallen through and in nearly ten feet of water.

He was taken to the town hall and all that could possibly be done to bring him back to life was done, but in vain. After it was found there was no hope, the body was prepared for burial and left there til Wednesday afternoon, then he was taken to the Lutheran church and a funeral service was held.

Rev. Pedersen preached a very touching and appropriate sermon. This was one of the saddest fuenrals that has ever been held here, the church was filled to its utmost capacity, there was no school and all the teachers and nearly all the school children were present. Several of the business houses were also closed during the funeral ceremony. There were several very nice and expensive wreaths and boquets of flowers donated by the teachers and school children, as well as flowers from his friends here.

The body was taken to the depot and left on the afternoon train for his home at Brewster by way of Grand Island. J. M. and Peter Erickson, his uncles, and Rev. J. Chr. Pedersen accompanied George on his last sad railway trip.

P. C. Erickson, father of the deceased, was once well known here, having lived in this county from 1873 to 1886, and he has yet many friends here who extend their heartfelt sympathy to him in his sad affliction. In 1886 he went to Brewster which was then a wilderness, and started the International Bank which he still owns, and he has lived in Brewster ever since. September 10, 1888 he married Miss Mollie L. Brewster, and to them two children were born: The oldest, a girl, died in April 1900; Mrs. Erickson died in January 1903. And now the last of a once happy and loving family has been taken from the sorrowing father in a way that makes it double sad and hard to bear. Mr. Erickson, who is married again, when he heard the sad news, telegraphed that on account of sickness, he was unable to come here and requested that the remains be sent to Brewster where they are buried today.

George Niel Erickson was born in Omaha, Nebr. October 2, 1891 and died November 20, 1906 aged fifteen years, one month and eighteen days. He had been here attending school for the last three years and expected to graduate from here next spring.

He was an exceptionally bright boy and a favorite with all both young and old, which was shown Wednesday morning when the teachers and scholars met in the school they all found it was impossible to keep school and do any work that day, and also in the fact that several of the business houses suspended business during the funeral ceremony.

George Niel was a nephew of J. M. and Peter Erickson and Mrs. J. G. Schlytern and a grandson of Mrs. N. Erickson.
Family links: 
  Peder Christian Erickson (1862 - 1935)
  Mollie L. Brewster Erickson (1871 - 1903)
  Elizabeth Christine Erickson (1889 - 1900)*
  George Neil Erickson (1891 - 1906)
*Calculated relationship
Brewster Cemetery
Blaine County
Nebraska, USA
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Record added: Apr 26, 2012
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