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 Albert Jules Allpress

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Albert Jules Allpress

Birth
Jamison, Keya Paha County, Nebraska, USA
Death 24 Apr 2013 (aged 104)
Gregory, Gregory County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Jamison, Keya Paha County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 109706718 View Source
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Albert Jules Allpress, age 104, the last of a pioneer family generation.
Albert was born August 22, 1908 to Henry Fred and Mertie (Kelley) Allpress in a homesteaded sod house three miles south and west of Jamison, Nebraska.
He was the fourth of nine children and has outlived them all and his nephew, Jason Allpress.
He is survived by Bob and Nancy, Doug and Noel and Paul and Debbie Allpress, great-nieces Christina and Jamie, great-nephews Doug Jr. and Tyler, four great-great-nephews and one great-great-niece.
Albert has lived and experienced over a century of history. In 1914, the family's first car was a big hit. In 1928, Albert and his family enjoyed the sounds of their first radio. The year 1934 found Albert buying his first car. It was a 1927 Model T Ford, for which he paid $50. Even at that price, he thought he got "rooked" for having paid too much for a seven year old car.
In January of 1943, Albert followed his brothers Lloyd, Glen and Howard into the US Army. He was sent to basic training at Camp Swift, Texas. After basic, he was designated as an engineer and sent to Yuma, Arizona for further training. With the 527th Light Engineering Pontoon Company, he learned how to build bridges.
After Yuma, Albert was assigned to the 294th Engineer Combat Battalion and sailed to England. While there, he took ill and was sent to an English Field Hospital for four weeks. After he recovered, he was assigned to the 10th Replacement Casual Company at Tedworth, England where he was reevaluated and was sent to France as a truck mechanic.
He worked as a mechanic for about 1 month and then was sent up to the front as a truck driver. After driving trucks for some time, he was reassigned to Marseilles, France, as a German POW Guard.
In early 1945, and nearing the end of the War, his military designation as a truck mechanic caught up with him and he was shipped to Paris to repair US military vehicles in preparation for turnover to the French.
In October of 1945, Albert boarded a troop transport ship and sailed for the States. He was discharged on November 11, 1945 at a large ceremony dedicated to Pearl Harbor. He then came home by train; first to Omaha and then to Newport, where he caught a ride to the Allpress homestead on the Keya Paha River.
Albert made an offer and bought out the interests of his siblings for the home place at Jamison. He and Lloyd moved there and began farming.
Albert and Lloyd lived together on the old home place until Lloyd's death in 1980. They ranched and farmed and traveled the United States all of those 35 years.
Albert continued farming to some degree until he moved into Naper with his brother, Howard, in 1987. He lived there for a few years and then moved back to the farm. He permanently moved back to Naper with Howard in 1997.
At 99, he rolled his pickup coming back from Burke, South Dakota. Within a week, he bought a new one.
At 100, Albert was diagnosed, requested and underwent surgery for colon cancer. He was back on his feet in less than 10 days.
Three years ago, at 101 years old, he hurt his back while trying to shovel his own snow from a blizzard. This was finally to much and he moved to the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory, South Dakota. He has resided there ever since.
Pioneer Tough!
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Auditorium in Naper, NE. Burial will be in the Spotted Tail Cemetery, rural Jamison, NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the auditorium.
This looks like his family in 1910 in Nebraska but his name is not Albert?
Howard Alfress
[Howard Allpress]
[Howard Alpress]
Age in 1910: 3
Birth Year: 1907
Birthplace: Nebraska
Home in 1910: Keya Paha, Keya Paha, Nebraska
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Henry F Alfress
Father's Birthplace: Missouri
Mother's Name: Myrtle Alfress
Mother's Birthplace: Missouri
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry F Alfress 36
Myrtle Alfress 29
Bertha M Alfress 6
Harry Alfress 4
Howard Alfress 3
Mark L Alfress 1
Emaline S Kelley 64



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