Our sincere appreciation to Diane DICE for being so considerate and generous to give of her time to go to the Elk City Cemetery to take photos of Maggie (née ABRAHAM) RENARD's headstone and the RENARD marker. THANK YOU DIANE, our family is truly grateful! -------------------------------------------
Margaret "Maggie" ABRAHAM was born at home during August 1867 on the family farm in Henry County, Iowa; the farm was located near the community of Mount Pleasant. Her parents were John McCue and Catharine Margaret (née BARTLETT) ABRAHAM; they were married February 5, 1865 in Mount Pleasant. She was the only daughter and second child of seven children born to John and Catharine. Maggie's six brothers were: Lot William, James Willard, Charles, John E., Arthur, and Roy Clair.
During the 1873-1879 Depression, farm prices fell dramatically and Maggie's father ended up in debt. He decided it was best to start afresh by selling out, paying his debts, and moving his family from Iowa to the new territory opening up in Nebraska for homesteaders. During March 1881, the John and Catharine ABRAHAM family removed to the Elkhorn River Valley in Douglas County, Nebraska from Henry County, Iowa. Over the years that followed, the family's 160 acre homestead grew, through hard work and additional purchases of land (as income and opportunity allowed), into 400 acres; they developed the land into a successful cattle ranch.
On March 4, 1891, Maggie married a prominent farmer, Frederick "Fred" RENARD, in Douglas County, Nebraska. They made their home on a farm near Arlington in Washington County, Nebraska; their lovely home sat on a hill overlooking the valley from the east. Two daughters and four sons were born there: Estelle "Stella" (did not marry), infant son RENARD (he died at birth on March 7, 1893), Edward John (married Greta Ruth MARSHALL June 10, 1919), Elizabeth Catharine (married Leslie Paul STROHL May 16, 1931), Walter Andrew (married Amelia JORGENSEN about 1927), and Otto Adonis (married Lillian A. WALLINGFORD June 2, 1925).
Margaret's niece, Ila May (née ABRAHAM) McNAIR, recalled childhood memories of visiting the RENARD's home, located upon a steep hill, with her parents (James Willard and Maud Evelyn (née SUMNER) ABRAHAM) and siblings. She remembered how her Aunt Maggie and Uncle Fred's daughters, Estella and Elizabeth, would always have the big long dining table in their beautifully decorated dining room laden with all kinds of delicious foods awaiting their arrival. The three RENARD sons (Edward, Walter, and Otto) would eagerly be waiting to start eating. Ila recalled what a very enjoyable family the RENARDs were. They were always anxious to have James and Maud's family visit.
Ila described her Aunt Maggie as a kindhearted, generous woman with a very loving nature. The ABRAHAM and RENARD families all loved Maggie dearly.