|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1859|
|Death: ||May 4, 1938|
Brother of Effie Cressy.
Written by Anson Cressy:
I was born March 18, 1859 - Father from Massachusetts, Mother from Vermont--Fourth child in family of five. There's now living Effie, Steven and "yours truly". Father was killed during the Civil War in Macon, GA. Mother died in 1906. At the age of 8 years I went to the Soldier's Orphans Home at Madison, Wi. I was there until I was 15 years of age. During my schooling at Madison Mother married a Mr. Jennings, an Englishman with a family from a former wife. They lived together for several years but finally separated by mutual consent. After leaving school at Madison, I worked at home and vicinity until March 1st, 1877 when together with a cousin, Fremont Shaw, I went to Minnesota and worked at various jobs at 5 cents a day until Harvest time when I hired out for 4 months at $25.00 per month for a 4 month term. After finishing this job, I came to Onawa, Iowa and after a visit of two weeks with my Mother's brother Uncle Henry Brown, I again went to work at various jobs, picking corn, chopping wood, etc. until spring of 1878 when with a dollar and 90 cents in my pocket, I crossed the Missouri River at Decatur, Iowa, and started to hike to the Logan Valley near Bancroft, Nebraska. Having met a farmer from said valley, I hired out for 8 months at $15.00 per month, where I found myself among strangers in a strange land with only $1.90 in my pocket. I resolved not to be caught again in a like condition and as a consequence I had on March 1, 1878 $100.00 to my credit. With this I purchased a team of horses and harness and farmed on shares the land that the year before I had worked on as a hired hand. By 1879 I had sold the old team and purchased a team of three colts, and with this team I farmed 40 or 50 acres of corn and boarded with a family by the name of Trott and I also worked in haying with my team on what was known as the Vincent Ranch. In 1880, I, together with John Sinclair, rented the Coil farm 4 miles west of Lyons, Nebr. and sold my corn crop in the field to the man that owned the farm. About this time I purchased the Elijah Sinclair 80 acres of land, 2-1/2 miles south and east of Bancroft. I paid $10.00 an acre for this land. In the spring of 1882 I married Emogene Sinclair, a daughter of John Sinclair. We went on to said 80 acres and lived there with our baby Effie, visited my old home at Tomah, Wisc. We bought a residence in Bancroft, Nebr. in which we together with my wife's folks lived until the 4th of March, 1884, when we bought 80 acres of land from the Omaha Indian Reserve at $10.00 per acre. Here we lived until 1892 when we again sold our farm--for $35.00 per acre and bought the farm in Cedar County, Nebr. When we purchased said farm for $1,864.00 there was a mortgage of $650.00 against the place which had yet to run 3 years, in which time we fondly expected to pay the mortgage but instead we were obliged to borrow $1,000.00 to pay the mortgage and to settle other obligations, but in the next 5 years we were able to pay the mortgage and had a balance of $250.00 to the good and we sure felt that we were going strong. I have forgotten when we purchased the 80 acres belonging to the home farm. I have also forgotten the date of the purchase of the Boyd County farm, butpaying for the 80 acres and the 320 acres in Boyd County was a picnic along side of paying for the 160 acres of Cedar County land. Mother [his wife] died in Feb. 23, 1916. After this I seemed to have lost the desire to accumulate. In the winter season of 1921 I took a trip to Southern Texas, then to Rocky Ford, Colorado, then to Miami, Florida, arriving home in March, 1922. My gypsy instinct seemed to come uppermost and I built a house car mounted on a Ford truck chassis. I married Mrs. Esther Pirtle and became an auto-hobo. We spent the winter in Florida returning home in the spring of 1923. I built another body for a house car and made the trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota and then wintered in California in 1923 and 1924. We left Calif. March 1, and went to Newport, Oregon and home again. In 1924 and 25 we went to Florida, then to Hot Springs, Ark.. From there we went to Brownsville, Texas and then back to Corpus Christi until spring and time to start home. Succeeding winters have been spent in Florida.
Obituary from the Hartington, NE Hartington Herald, May 13, 1938
A. H. CRESSY IS LAID
TO REST HERE IN
MAY SNOW STORM
Prominent Pioneer Farmer
Fatally Stricken on Way
Home from Florida
First County Assessor
Helped Organize First Farm Telephone Line and Farmers Union
- Had First Car
A. H. Cressy, 79, first county assessor of Cedar County, who got hisstart in life within the dreary walls of an orphan home and grew up to beone of the most prominent, influential and wealthy farmers of northeast Nebraska, was laid to rest beside his wife in Hartington cemetery last Saturday afternoon in the midst of a blinding snow storm. Body of the deceased arrived in the city by train Friday noon, accompanied by his son Chester, and the funeral was held from the Jones Funeral Home at 2o'clock the following day.
Rites Largely Attended
In spite of the storm, the last rites were largely attended by relatives and old friends and neighbors, and a long line of cars followed the casket to its last resting place.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. D. A. Dickey, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk and former pastor of Hartington Presbyterian church, who was a friend of the family. Music was furnished by Mrs. Alva Forinash and Mrs. Lester Samelson, who sang without accompaniment "The Old Rugged Cross," "In The Garden" and other old favorite hymns.
A brief service was held at the grave, the mourners being protected fromthe storm by a tent.
Born In 1859
Anson Henry Cressy was born at Tomah, Wis. March 18, 1859 and, when his father was killed in the Civil war, he, a lad of four years of age, and his two brothers were placed in the Orphans Home at Madison, where they attended school for seven years. After leaving the home he remained inthe vicinity of Tomah for a time, and, at the age of 18, he went to Minnesota, and from there to Onawa, Iowa and from there to Lyons, Neb.
Married Lyons Girl
He was married at Lyons to Miss Emogene Sinclair of that town March 1,1892, and in the spring of 1892 they moved to Cedar county, where he bought what has since been known as the Cressy farm of 240 acres nine miles west of Hartington.
There were 13 children as follows: Mrs. Frank Newsam (Effie), who died in Murdo, S. Dak. in 1925; Chester of Murdo; Clarence of Yankton, who died in 1931; Denzel of Murdo; Mrs. Bert Newsam (Pearl) of Niobrara; Ignatius of Hartington; Mrs. A. D. Cohee (Kate) of Neoshe, Mo.; Burl W. of California; Walter W. of Chamberlain, S. Dak.; Basil C. of Pierre, S. Dak.; Mrs. J. F. Wood-ward (Hulda) of Flint, Mich.; Pete J. of Chamberlain, S. Dak.; Mrs. Frank E. Hamblin (Vivian) of Hayward, Wis.
Forty-two grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren survive.
One brother also survives - Steven W. Cressy of Rocky Ford, Colo., who is 77 years old.
Wife Died in 1916
Mrs. Cressy died February 23, 1916 and in 1922 he retired from active farming and spent the remainder of his life in travel. He built acomfortable trailer, equipped with every modern convenience, and every winter made a trip to some milder climate. He spent one winter in Texas and one in California and since then he had been spending the winter in Florida. The summers he spent with his children. For the past five years,he had left the trailer in Florida and traveled back and forth by train.
Stricken on Train
Last October the late Mr. Cressy and his son Chester, of Murdo left Florida to spend the winter and it was enroute home that he, apparently in good health up until that time, was fatally stricken Wednesday, May 4. As the train was approaching Springfield, Mo., he complained of feeling ill and, shortly after his son had brought him adrink of water, he was dead. It was pronounced a heart attack.
The body was removed from the train at Springfield and prepared forburial.
Many High Lights
There were many high lights in the life of A. H. Cressy. He spent his childhood in an orphans' home and became a substantial and well-to-do citizen. He was the first county assessor in Cedar county, holding the office for five years. He and J. M. Parsons built the first farm telephone line in the county, now the Cedar County Farmers Telephone Co. He helped to organize the Cedar County Farmers Union and the Cressy school district of which he was a director for 20 years. He owned the first automobile in the county, had the first modern farm home and built the first trailer.
He was an industrious and successful farmer and business man and, when he died, he owned two farms - one in Cedar county and a half section in Boyd county, which, in spite of depression and recessions, were free of debt.
Relatives and friends attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. And Mrs. John Patterson of Gross; Mr. and Mrs. Lige Sinclair of Gregory, S.Dak.; S. W. Cressy of Rockyford, Col., Mrs. Ethel Pease, Mr. and Mrs.W. W. Cressy and Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Cressy of Chamberlain, S. Dak.; Mr.and Mrs. D. H. Cressy and son, Junior, C. C. Cressy, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cressy, Mr. and Mrs. Helge Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Anderson and Frank Newsam of Murdo, S. Dak.
Also B. C. Cressy of Pierre, S. Dak.; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Newsam and family and, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Newsam of Niobrara; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Woodward of Flint, Mich.; Mrs. Bertha Cressy and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cressy of Yankton; and Mrs. Otto Merchen of Bloomfield.
Floral tributes were many and beautiful.
Pallbearers Included the following: Wayne Parson, Robert Newsam, Harold Fuelberth; Clifford Fuelberth; Robert Lind and Ronald Mittan.
Henry Wheeler Cressy (1824 - 1864)
Almira Abigail Brown Jennings (1823 - 1906)
Emogene Sinclair Cressy (1865 - 1916)*
Denzel Henry Cressy (1887 - 1961)*
Ignatius John Cressy (1891 - 1965)*
Created by: Linda Jonas
Record added: Apr 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13965349
Added: Jun. 27, 2009
Added: Oct. 15, 2008
Rest in peace.|
Added: Nov. 14, 2006