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MrsB (#47910340)
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Bio Photo Please feel free to use any of our photos or bios for non-commercial purposes. (Note: Our photos will always have either "MrB" or "MrsB" under the photo. Any other name under a photo on a memorial of ours came from that volunteer, and that volunteer would have to be the one to give permission.) Note: If you send me an edit, I will probably ask for some verification. I hope you understand this is simply me being respectfully careful about memorials. I recently had something sent to me that was actually false, and so I try to do due diligence.

I also volunteer with the Washington County Genealogical Society of Nebraska, which has an online collection of obituaries (with hard-copy cards of the original news clippings in a public library). The obituaries are for people with any connection to Washington County. The link is free (credit to the Gen. Society is appreciated if used)

We want to help people realize they are part of larger families, making a link themselves in the on-going stories.
My husband and I have enjoyed taking photos and learning the stories of times and people gone by. We have heard the scream of eagles overhead, seen large owls swiftly make their silent dives, and watched an antlered stag peacefully munching acorns in an old downtown cemetery in Council Bluffs. Walking through soggy ground in a tiny country cemetery, we wondered why people would bury kin in low-lying areas--until we looked up at the highway, and saw the road was built up, with the cemetery left down level with the ditch (we called the state dept. on that--the first graves were there before that state entered the Union, and it wouldn't take much to dig the ditch a couple of feet deeper). Trying to fulfill a 20th century photo request, I saw in the obit that there would be a Spring interment, suggesting cremation had occurred. Sometimes family members don't always get the job done (that happened in our extended family--the surviving spouse sort of liked keeping the box in the house, and then went on to survive several decades). Trying to locate this requested grave, I called both the Funeral Home and the Sexton, and neither had any listing for this last name at all. I then wrote the memorial creator to see if the names belonged in this cemetery. I suggested perhaps the memorial could be removed, unless he knew for sure Clara and George were buried there (and then it would be a serious kindness to contact the funeral home and the sexton). Sometimes burials are privately made in family plots, particularly with cremains, and it would be a shame to have somebody else buried right on top of the urn just because nobody let the gravediggers know. Sextons from different cemeteries have said that is an increasingly common worry and occurrence. We have learned a lot since we started volunteering with FindaGrave! And to think that as a kid I found history boring :)
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RE: Stoner photos
Yes it is.
Added by SRGF on Oct 22, 2016 2:54 PM
Ron Rader
Rose Hill photo reqs
I was at Missouri Valley this week. I got your Schluter, Bruner, Wheelock photos, GPS, etc.

There is no Bruner parents stone. The Bruner stone is for an infant. I assume it is an infant. Stone has a lamb on top of the stone. No names or dates. All it says is Bruner on the front of the stone. You might want to add an Infant Bruner to Rose Hill so I can add the photo and GPS to it.

Will post photos and things later today or tomorrow. I have lots of things to catch up with.
Added by Ron Rader on Oct 21, 2016 9:12 AM
Stan Ewy
Verna Ridgeway
Connie: Thank you for the transfer of Verna on find a grave. I also like the info that you added. Thanks again!
Added by Stan Ewy on Oct 20, 2016 6:17 PM
Molly H.
Elizabeth House Sapp
Hi, Mrs. B.,
I sent you and email with info on Elizabeth House Sapp.
She was my first cousin three times removed, first cousin to my great grandfather Hugh Ross Coulthard, niece of my second great grandmother Jane Eddie Coulthard.
Let me know if you received the email and if you have more questions. I can send you an invite to my Ancestry tree with the details on her life, if you would like.
Thank you for all that you do!
Added by Molly H. on Oct 17, 2016 7:12 PM
Mary Bateman
obit for Grace A ( nee Lowe) Mead
Omaha World-Herald
Omaha, Nebraska
Friday, May 30, 1902 p12
Brief Bits From Blair
Special Dispatch to the World-Herald.
Blair, Neb, May 29 - Mrs Grace Mead, wife of Guy Mead, died yesterday after an illness of nearly a year.

found on
Added by Mary Bateman on Oct 15, 2016 1:20 AM
Mary Bateman
Haller plot pictures
Thank you so much for the plot pictures. I was surprised how quickly you went out there and really appreciate it.
I am now of the opinion that Grace A Lowe was another daughter of Thomas Lowe and Frances. Remember in 1910 census she is listed as having 5 children with 4 living? Only Blanche was dead and then Grace died in 1902. I still have no direct proof. I would imagine that Grace was Catholic and Guy was not? Grace A Mead was buried in her mother's family plot? Maybe that's why they are not in the same cemetery? Thank you for all your help and please keep me in mind if you find any more info on this extended family.
Added by Mary Bateman on Oct 14, 2016 7:33 PM
Phyllis Hensley
RE: Bring
There is a better obit for Ramon Bring in the Lyons Archived newspaper. The Lyons Library has the paper on line. I have to find out how to copy what I need. Maybe one of you should contact the Lyons library.
Added by Phyllis Hensley on Oct 09, 2016 2:47 PM
Phyllis Hensley
Thanks for the obit for 2nd Lt Ramon Bring. I posted on the Lyons memorial.
Added by Phyllis Hensley on Oct 09, 2016 8:41 AM
Mary Bateman
W D Haller
I found marriage to Frances online in Cass Co NE

VERNON, Frances E. (Mrs.); 29; md. W. D. HALLER; 39; C2 Nov 1885 p 564

Just let me know when you no longer need info.

Thanks, Mary
Added by Mary Bateman on Oct 07, 2016 10:52 AM
Mary Bateman
another link for Wm D Haller
This may have a clearer picture and it's not something I can print off:

It also lists his wife's name which is the first I've seen. It lists her as Francis (instead of Frances) M. Vernon. I have found them in the June 1885 state census months before they were married. She was a widow, Frances Vernon, with a daughter, Blanch, born about 1881 in Colorado.She was housing two lodgers, one of which was Wm Haller as well as a clerk from the drugstore. Most trees list his wife as Frances M or E Caldwell. I have not found a marriage record for the Vernon or the Haller marriage although the marriage date for Haller is listed as 27 Nov 1885 on some trees. I did find Blanch on findagrave as having died in 1899 and a newspaper article stating that Blanch had burned to death outside their house due to a tragic accident. She is listed as Blanche Haller instead of Blanche Vernon. I have requested her being attached to her mother. I have found an obit for Frances Haller's mother, listed as Mrs Elizabeth Maxwell. I hope the above is helpful.
Added by Mary Bateman on Oct 07, 2016 10:27 AM
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