|Birth: ||Dec. 14, 1878|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 1936|
NICHOLS, EDGAR W.—Edgar W. Nichols, son of William H. and Mary Nichols, was born at Leeds, Wis., December 14, 1878.
The family moved to Nebraska in 1880, settling on a farm between Geneva and Fairmont. Six years later the family moved to another farm in the same neighborhood, which became their permanent home.
Mr. Nichols was married to Miss Lillie Goodsell September 27, 1904, and with his bride established his home at the old farmstead, his parents having retired from the farm. Here they lived and wrought for more than thirty years. Here their eight children were born. Two of the children died in infancy. Those remaining with their sorrowing mother are: Robert, Howard, Elvin, Jess, Helen (Mrs. Harry Crawford), and Maurice, all of Geneva and with them there are five grandchildren, Ronald, Rose, Charles, and Dickie Nichols; and Barbara Crawford. Two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Stanley Goostrey of Vancouver, B. C., Mrs. O. A. Robbins of Fairmont, Neb., C. B. Nichols of Fairmont, and numerous nieces and nephews are also left to mourn his death.
For many years Mr. Nichols carried on extensively and successfully as a farmer, until about fifteen years ago when he turned the farm over to his sons, and began contracting highway construction work. His contracts were numerous, and the work kept a large force of men busily engaged through the years. He was possessed with unusual business efficiency, and his enterprises turned out usually so fortunate that at the time of his passing, his holdings were extensive.
He died at Bryan Memorial hospital, Lincoln, beloved by his devoted wife and children for his great consideration for their happiness and welfare, and respected and honored by a large circle of friends and business associates for his congeniality, fair-mindedness, business sagacity, and his through-going integrity in all his business relationships.
Together with his wife, he united with the Fairmont Methodist church soon after their marriage, transferring their membership to Geneva Methodist church three years ago, upon their moving here. He was a lover of the church and maintained it by his presence and generous gifts throughout his life. Among his last tender thoughts were those of the church, and he requested that certain gifts be made to the Geneva church and similar ones to the church of his first love at Fairmont.
A good man, a useful man, a high class man, has passed from our presence. How much he will be missed by that inner circle of loved ones, by his church and by social and business circles only they and God know.
He died like the Christian man of faith that he was, placid, reconciled. Here are a few of the choice thoughts he released during the last days of his intense suffering, "How do people ever stand such experiences without faith?" "Whichever way it goes it's all right." "I'm reconciled and ready."
The funeral service was conducted at the Geneva Methodist Episcopal church at 2:30 p. m. Saturday, July 18, by Rev. W. H. Shoaf of Geneva, assisted by Rev. Robert L. Embree of Fairmont. Interment was in the Geneva cemetery.
The Nebraska Signal, 1936.
Lillie M. Goodsell Nichols (1880 - 1973)*
Elvin L. Nichols*
William Robert Nichols (1906 - 1990)*
Edgar Howard Nichols (1908 - 1967)*
Jesse L. Nichols (1912 - 1989)*
Helen May Nichols Hofferber (1916 - 2005)*
Maurice A. Nichols (1923 - 1993)*
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Aug 28, 2011
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