Aug 1998 Newsletter  
 AUGUST  1998

      Have An August
       Browse Nite!
      24 Aug 1998 at
     7 p.m.-Mares
      Meeting Room... 
      C U THERE?
Claire did some shelf rearrangments... 

Two books were rebound and are the Rosters of Soldiers, Sailors & Marines in Nebraska for 1893 and 1895. 

Six rolls of microfilmed newspapers have arrived, they are: 
Hooper Sentinel, roll 2, 30 Jun 1898 thru 8 Aug 1901 
Dodge Criterion, roll 2, 24 Mar 1899 thru 26 Dec 1902 
North Bend Eagle, roll 2, 10 Jan 1901 thru 7 Jan 1904 
Scribner Rustler, roll 2, 6 Sep 1900 thru 10 Dec 1903 
Snyder Banner, roll 1, 2, 3 Jan 1908 thru 13 Feb 1914 
      These microfilms will not circulate. 

Irish & Scotch-Irish Declarations of Intent 1855-1940 for the following counties:  Cass, Douglas, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Richardson, Sarpy and York Counties in Nebraska.

We were saddened to learn of the death of Mae Ritthaler who was ENGS Secretary on 27 July 1998.  Our sympathy is extended to her family.   Mae will be missed by everyone. 

Get well wishes are extended to JoAnn Schiefelbein who is mending from heart surgery. 

Our sympathy is extended to Lloyd and Nona Wiese in the loss of her father Herbert Wiese 4 Jul 1998. 

To Irvan & Arla Hoerath in the loss of Ruth Hoerath 2 Jul 1998, who was their  sister-in-law.


What do you know about New York's Castle Garden? If you have ancestors who immigrated through the port of New York prior to 1892 and the opening of Ellis Island, you will want to know this history: Castle Garden as a building had a long and varied history before becoming a center for immigrant inspections about 1860.  The place had been a fort, an amusement hall and an opera house- singer Jenny Lind performed there to an audience of 10,000 fans.  For the three decades prior to 1892, the state of New York ran Castle Garden as an overstuffed center for immigrant processing.  But by 1875, the building once thought so large, was becoming too small and a little island in New York harbor was chosen for the new immigrant station.  And so history marched on. 
       Genealogy Bulletin #45 page 16. 

Central Illinois News Jul/Aug 1998 Had this tidbit:

When the word consort is used in a record or cemetery 
inscription, it means that the spouse is still living. 

When the word relic is used in a record or cemetery inscription, it means the spouse is dead. 

It is possible to get a copy of the original source if you find a reference to your family when searching Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists(available at Keene Memorial Library in Fremont NE). 

Contact the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI  48202.  Burton's maintains all the sources indexed in Filby's book.  Remember to cite the source number with the reference.  The charge is 20 cents per copy plus $2.00 for postage and handling.

NEBRASKA Bureau of Vital Statistics, State Department of Health,  P O Box 95007, Lincoln NE  68509.  Births and deaths since January, 1904, marriages since January 1909.  Fee for certified copies:  births $10.00; marriages and deaths, $9.00. 
        Genealogy Bulletin #45  page 8 


To secure information from Social Security Applications, you must now use a new address: 

 Social Security Administration 
 Office of Controller of Record Operations 
 The FOI Workgroup 
 P O Box 17772 
 300 N Greene St 
 Baltimore MD  21201. 
     Immigrant Gen Society August 1998 page 

For relief from junk mail, write Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association,l 1100 15th St NW Washington DC  20005. 

 For relief from telemarketing, write The Telephone Preference Service, Direct Marketing Ass'n P O Box 9014, Farmingdale NY  11735. 
          Grtr York Gen Spring Qtly 1998. 

Owing to a previous understanding with Mr Benton, the County Superintendent of the poor, the funeral of Mr Gustav Olson, deceased, at the poor house, was to take place from there at 5 o'clock p.m. on June the 12th.  Quite a number of citizens had for a long time been trying to palliate his great sufferings, and in doing so had formed strong attachments for his noble qualities and were desirous of showing him their respect by being present at the appointed hour.  Rev Porter had promised to officiate, and he, in connection with a few friends of the departed met at the place rather before than after the appointed and advertised time, but to their great surprise the corpse was gone.  The superintendent being apparently in a great hurry, as we found that it was scarcely decently covered and dressed before put in the "box," with lightning speed off he went for the new grave yard.  We felt disgusted, especially as he had requested a decent burial and he had plenty good clothes, or what was needed could have been got from friends.  We  noticed some wagons at a distance and set out in that direction expecting to catch up with them; but it looked more like going to a fire than a funeral; and against all decency  we  had  to drive  as  fast  as  the  roads   would permit in order to keep them in sight and get to the ground before it was all over with.  After a good deal of dissatisfaction on the part of the bereaved friends the remains were put in their last resting place and a few appropriate remarks, closed with a prayer, were offered by Rev Porter.  Several wagons heavily loaded with friends, of the deceased kept coming, and we heard that several more arrived at the poor house about the appointed hour for the funeral, but too disgusted to follow, returned to town. 

Thus is a funeral of the poor carried on in the far west, even when friends and citizens stand ready and anxious to show respect to the dead.  It was an insult to all decency and civilization and the common brotherhood of mankind.          CITIZEN. 

   Noted in the Fremont Herald 14 Jun 1877  4:3 

THE NEW MASONIC HALL - The ceremonies dedicating the New Masonic Hall of this city which has just been completed were gone through with Tuesday evening by the lodge.  The members of this order may well be proud of their new quarters.  We venture to say that no lodge of the state can boast of more beautiful rooms.   They were fitted up by Henry Fuhrman and he did his work well. 

 The Hall proper or Main hall is 31 by 53 feet, carpeted and well furnished.  The reception room is 14 by 18 feet.  There are two committee rooms, one 14 by 18 and one 8 by 14 feet in size.  The hall has a dining room attached 12 by 30 feet in size, with a commodious kitchen. There is also a small chapter room.  The ceiling of all the rooms is 12 feet high.  The lodge has new furniture with the exception of chairs-the old ones are to be used and a sufficient number of new ones have been purchased to furnish the rooms.  Three elegant chandaliers hang from the ceiling, and all the appointments of the hall are of the finest quality.  The Odd Fellows have made arrangements to use this hall for their meetings.  Much credit is due Mr Fuhrman for preparing these rooms for the accommodation of these lodges. 

    Fremont Herald 6 Jun 1877  4:2

The Internet Connection            by Renee Bunck

How  would you like to be able to sample genealogy records in far away towns without traveling?  Through  the efforts of dedicated groups of genealogists all over the US and in many other countries, this dream is becoming a reality!  Volunteers associated with the USGenWeb and WorldGenWeb projects are typing census, cemetery, marriage, and death records into their computers and making these records available in searchable archives for all to see.  If you do not have internet access from home - a trip to the local library is all that is needed to search the records of distant states and countries.  New files are added to the archives daily.  Check out the state archives  by starting at: 

ENGS has contributed records of our area to this project through the efforts of Claire Mares and Anna Lu Meltvedt.  Anna Lu's index of the 1989-92 Roots and Leaves publication has been online since last December and Claire recently typed the Dodge County - Glencoe Cemetery records into her computer.  Glencoe Cemetery is now online and available for searching from all over the world.  We have lots of records in the ENGS library that could be submitted for the NEGenWeb archives - but they do need to be typed into a computer. 

If you can type, you can assist in the effort to make  records of our area available to researchers everywhere. To prepare records for publication in the NEGenWeb Archives, all that is needed is a simple word processing program.  You don't even need your own computer!  Keene Memorial Library in Fremont, just like many public libraries, has a number of computers available for public use.  If you have never used a computer, this would be a great time to learn the basics. 

Please give the Archives project some thought - hopefully researchers in other areas will be doing the same so that records will be available no matter where you need to search. Copies can be made of records that you would like to work on so that your typing will be portable. In keeping with the USGenWeb standards, it is important to be sure that only public domain records are submitted - unless the permission of the copyright holder is available.  If you would like to give it a try, check with Claire Mares to see which records in our library would be good candidates. It is a good idea to find a "buddy" to proof read the records that you type in. 

Here are sample directory listings from Dodge and several nearby counties to give you an idea of the types of records that are being placed in the Archives: 

Dodge County- Part of the USGenWeb Nebraska Archives
Table of Contents

Glencoe Cemetery, Pleasant Valley Township 

Roots and Leaves Genealogical Quarterly; Index A-E 
Roots and Leaves Genealogical Quarterly; Index F-K 
Roots and Leaves Genealogical Quarterly; Index L-R 
Roots and Leaves Genealogical Quarterly; Index S-Z 

Saunders County- Part of the USGenWeb Nebraska Archives
Table of Contents

Clear Creek Cemetery Lot Listings 

Cass County- Part of the USGenWeb Nebraska Archives
Table of Contents

Biographies; Louisville; 1905 

1855 Cass County Census 
1860 Mortality Schedule; Federal Census 
1870 Mortality Schedule; Federal Census 
1880 Federal Census;Rock Bluff Prec.; Families #35-47 

Government - City ; County:
County Officials; 1855-1884 
Sheriffs and Sheriff Candidates; 1855-1984 

Early Marriages; Index 
Marriage Record; Wiley-Craig; 1863 
Marriage Record; Wiley-Smith; 1891 

Obituary; Wiley, William; 1912 
Obituaries; Misc.; 1901-1922 

You can help!  If you are not a typist, volunteer to proofread records for a friend.  Records of all kinds can be helpful to researchers who are not local.  Maybe you even have some in your private library....


This page was submitted to the Dodge county NEGenWeb site
by Renee Bunck

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