2551. The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, December 31, 1944, 23.
Mrs. Nora Daniels, Plattsmouth, has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. Ralph Monia, this week.
2554. “Births,” The Lincoln Star, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, May 16, 1940, 19.
MONIA--Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Alexander (Zelma Leona Griffing), 7038 Morrill, May 13, a girl.
2555. Ronald C Butler and DeLoris Jean Monia, The Lincoln Star, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, June 12, 1955, 30.
2557. “Miss Monia Says Vows,” Leonard Quathamer and Sandra Monia, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, August 12, 1961, 5.
At St. Elizabeth hospital Monday morning a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Monia, 7073 Morrill. Mrs. Monia was formerly Miss Zelma Griffing.
2558. “Marilyn Mae Monia Carlson,” Find-A-Grave,, 100927444.
2559. “Kermit Wallace Carlson,” Find-A-Grave,, 100927343.
2560. “Leonard Alfred Quathamer,” Find-A-Grave,, 21467184.
2562. “Wayne Davies,” Find-A-Grave,, 87135721.
2563. “Ruby Faye Davies Grover,” Find-A-Grave,, 87135781.
2564. “Sidney Oliver Davies,” Find-A-Grave,, 10612006.
2565. “Annette “Nettie” Haake Davies,” Find-A-Grave,, 23832544.
2566. “Dennis Pratt,” Find-A-Grave,, 87391275.
2567. “United States Census: 1910,” Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, 1910, NE, Saline, Atlanta, May 7, 1910, F O Hucers, 7B, 2, 116, T624, 854, 7.
File: 1910 NE Saline County Atlanta p7B
2568. “Bess I. Hill,” Find-A-Grave,, 24009103.
2569. “United States Census,” 1930, NE, Saline, Olive Precinct, Tobias Village, 3A, 11, 76-15, T626, 1291, 228, Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, April 29, 1930, Mary M Brown.
File: 1930 NE Saline County Olive Tobias p3A
2570. W D Davies, The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, July 31, 1922, 6.
DAVIES--W. D., Forty-nine years old, died Sunday morning. His home was at Tobias. The body being held at Castle, Roper & Matthews pending funeral arrangements. He leaves a wife and eight children.
2571. W D Davies and Mina Chase, “Nebraska, Marriages, 1855-1995,” July 27, 1894, Saline County, NE, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00326-4 , System Origin: Nebraska-EASy , GS Film number: 1985882 , Reference ID: p 100,
2572. “Lee William Davies,” Find-A-Grave,, 57921739.
2573. “Alles,” Johanna Alles, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, September 19, 2007,
Johanna Alles , 91, Lincoln, widow of Theodore Alles , passed away Monday (9/17/07). She was born to Alexander and Magdeline (Heugel) Kraft on July 24, 1916 in Lincoln, Neb. Jo taught china painting, enjoyed gardening, cooking, and entertaining. She was a longtime member of the University Park Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Survivors: Brother, Sister, Son, Grandson, two Great-Grandchildren, Several Nieces, Nephews.

Services: Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday (9/21/07) at Lincoln Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 6800 S. 14th Street. Meet at Mausoleum Chapel. Visitation: from 12-9 p.m. Thursday (9/20/07) at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, and Friday (9/21/07) 1-hour prior to services at the Mausoleum Chapel. Memorials: University Park Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 1900 North 84th Street Lincoln, NE 68505. Online guest book may be signed at
2574. “Obituary,” Margaret Kraft Lind, Fort Morgan Times, Fort Morgan, CO, September 23, 2003,
Margaret Lind, 84, former resident of Fort Morgan for almost 60 years, died as a result of a stroke Friday at the Portsbridge Hospice in Dunwoody, GA.

Mrs. Lind was born April 14, 1919, in Lincoln, Neb., to Alex and Lena Kraft. She moved to Fort Morgan in 1940, when she married Daniel Lind, a lifetime resident of Fort Morgan until 1993 when he died.

Mrs. Lind served as a homemaker and partner in their farming operation until their retirement in 1982. She was also an active member of the Immanuel Evangelical Church of Fort Morgan. In 1999, Mrs. Lind moved to Atlanta, GA. to be near her son, Dan, and nearer to her daughter, Julie Hamilton of Falls Church, VA. She was a member of the North Springs United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Dan, and daughter, Julie; two sisters, Frieda Whittington and Johanna Alles of Lincoln, Neb.; two brothers, Earl Kraft of Lincoln and Ervin Kraft of Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Heer & Joliffe Mortuary in Fort Morgan. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Immanuel Evangelical Church. Interment will be in Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Evangelical Church. The Heer & Joliffe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
2575. “Obituaries,” Sydney Oliver Davies, Independent, Long Beach, CA, March 11, 1975, 33.
DAVIES, Sidney Oliver. Age 56, of Norwalk. Passed away March 9th. Survived by wife, Annette; son, Russell; daughter, Shirley Stejskal; sisters, Velma Peters, Evelyn Kraft and Martha Rush; and 6 grandchildren. Services Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 5100 East Arbor, Long Beach. Interment in Little Lake Cemetery. Chapel of Memories directing.
2576. Nebraska, “Velma M Peters,”, May 5, 2012.
2577. “Obituaries,” Velma Peters, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, December 23, 2003,
Velma Peters


Velma Peters, 95, Western, died Monday (12/22/03). Born, Sutton. Homemaker.

Survivors: sister, brother-in-law, Martha and Paul Rhynalds, Western; eight stepgrandchildren; nieces; nephews. Preceded in death by: husbands, Lewis Baatz and Jack Peters.

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, United Methodist Church, Western. Plainview Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers: Western Rescue Unit; church. Meyer Funeral Home, Western.
2578. “Paul S Rhynalds,” Find-A-Grave,, 49022863.
2579. “Verda I Rhynalds,” Find-A-Grave,, 104617769.
2580. “Obituaries,” Paul S Rhynalds, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, March 4, 2010,
Paul S. Rhynalds, 89, of Western, Neb., passed away Sunday (2/28/10) in Fairbury, Neb. Born May 29, 1920 to Chester and Laura (Yost) Rhynalds. Worked at Nebraska State Bank in Western for 50 years. WWII Veteran, B17 Bomber Pilot. Earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verda; sister, Dolores Pfetzer; stepson, Paul (J.R.) Rush. Survivors: wife, Martha of Western; daughters and son-in-law, Polly and Frank Partsch of Omaha, Mona Rhynalds of York; step daughter, Martha Ann Beecher of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Catherine Conlan and Sarah Gilbert; step grandchildren, Elisabeth Lennier and Lori Beecher; four great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services Friday 2 p.m., St. John's UCC, Western, Neb. Interment: Plainview Cemetery, Western, Neb. Visitation is Thursday 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Kuncl Funeral Chapel, Western, Neb. Memorials to Western Rescue Unit or the Western School Bell Fund. Kuncl Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
2581. “Lucinda Ann Davies Ward,”
Lucinda Ann Johnson Davies Ward passed away November 17th, 2009 at Regional West Hospital after a brief illness. 

Lucinda was born August 23, 1923 to Carey and Florence (Benham) Johnson in Curley, Nebraska. 

After graduating from Hemingford High School she taught at a rural school before marrying Lee William Davies on November 16th, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1960. She married J.R. Ward on June 10, 1965. 

Lucinda was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hemingford, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 9, 8 & 40, Eagles Auxiliary, lifetime member of BBGH Auxiliary, Alliance Arts Council and the Rebekah's Lodge. 

Surviving Lucinda are children Velma (Wilbur) Hillman of Grand Island, Roger (Annette) Davies and Carey Davies of Hemingford, Edd (Jenny) Davies of El Segundo, California, Audrey (Shawn) Nelson of Alliance and daughter-in-law Brenda Davies of Hemingford. She is also survived by her sisters Doris Scott of Lead, South Dakota, Alma Boggs of North Bend, Oregon and sister-in-law Martha Rhynalds of Western, Nebraska. She is also survived by special friend Wendell Harden of Alliance, Nebraska. Other loved ones include 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. 

Preceding her in death were husbands Lee Davies and J.R. Ward, daughter Sharon, sons Duane and Jerry, grandson Brian, great-grandson Ayden, brothers Irvin and Guy Johnson and sisters Margaret May and Norma Walters. 

Visitation will be Thursday November 19th at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Hemingford from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, November 20 at 10:00a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford with Pastor Jeri Soens officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. 

Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Volunteer Fire Department, Hemingford American Legion Auxiliary or the Hemingford United Methodist Church.
Friday November 20, 2009, 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford 
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Thursday November 19, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Hemingford
2582. “Births,” Albert Leo Heitzenreder, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, November 2, 1926, 12.
HEITZENREDER--Mr. and Mrs. Alexander (Thelma May Davies), 1204 Rose; a son--Oct. 31.
HEITZENREDER, Alexander -R268
Born: 1907 Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska
Died: 1934 Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska
2584. Martha Beecher, “Tenant of The Month Martha Rhynalds,” Cederwood Chronicle, Fairbury, NE, May 10, 2010, 5.
2585. “Paul B Rush,” Find-A-Grave,, 104668837.
2586. Fred F Kraft and Marie Heizenrader, January 25, 1923, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, Book 54, Page 207,, Lincoln Lancaster Genealogical Society.
Fred F. Kraft, age 22
Marie Heizenrader, age 20
Married January 25, 1923
Book 54, Page 207
2587. Conrad John Hagel and Vera Fern McNeely, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, Book 34, Page 449,, Lincoln Lancaster Genealogical Society.
Conrad John Hagel
Vera Fern McNeely
Book 34, Page 449
2588. John Conrad Hagel and Amanda L Runge, December 12, 1908, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, Book 30, Page 395,, Lincoln Lancaster Genealogical Society.
John Conrad Hagel, age 20
Amanda L. Runge, age 19
Married December 12, 1908
Book 30, Page 395
2589. John C Hagel and Ruth A Miller, April 21, 1919, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, Book 47, Page 180,, Lincoln Lancaster Genealogical Society.
John C. Hagel, age 29
Ruth A. Miller, age 20
Married April 21, 1919
Book 47, Page 180
2590. John C Hagel and Elizabeth Cobb, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, Book 42, Page 533,, Lincoln Lancaster Genealogical Society.
John C. Hagel
Elizabeth Cobb
Book 42, Page 533
2591. John F Schwab and Marie Hagel, October 24, 1926, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, Book 57 Page 610,, Lincoln Lancaster Genealogical Society.
John F Schwab, age 27
Marie Hagel, age 17
Married October 24, 1926
Book 57, Page 610
2592. “Heegel Claims He Was At Home,” John Conrad Hagel, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, June 4, 1912, 2.

Defendant in Assault Case Contradicts Everybody Who Says He Was Down Town. John Conrad Heegel, charged with statutory assault upon fourteen year old Lucy Blood on May 3, testified in his own behalf in district court Tuesday morning and denied positively that he had had anything to do with the girl or that he had ever seen her until the preliminary hearing in justice court. He testified that he slept at home the night he is alleged to have spent with the girl at the Rex hotel and his father, John Heegel, corroborated the latter statement.

Heegel denied categorically every detail of the story told by the prosecuting witness as well as the testimony given by the witnesses Walling and McCoy, who had sworn that they saw him with the Blood girl. He stated that he was at his home during the afternoon, coming up town at 5 o'clock. After he had done his work he was with McCoy until 10.30 o'clock, when he went home and stayed all night. His father and mother were there, and the latter got breakfast for him when he got up at 5:30 in the morning.

Before closing their case the attorneys for the state called Belle McClory, who was doing chamber work at the hotel on the night the defendant is alleged to have been there with the prosecuting witness, and she identified the register, which bore the entry "T. J. Hagel and wife, Omaha," and indicated that they had been assigned to room 29. The witness testified that the man who had room 29 had met her in the hall and told her that he was going out to get his wife.

The defendant denied that he had been at the hotel that night or that the signature on the register was his. W. W. Walling, ticket taker at the Wonderland theater where Heegel was employed, identified a bill of sale for a typewriter which had been given him by the defendant, whom he saw sign the same. It was signed "T. J. Hagel" and the signature was identical with that on the hotel register. Heegle swore that "Walling not only wrote out the bill of sale but that he signed the name of defendant to it by authority of Heegel. Walling also testified to having seen the Blood girl in front of the theater and to having seen Heegel with her afterwards.

On cross examination the defendant admitted that he is a married man and stated also that he did not ask the sheriff why he was arrested and did not know why until the warrant was read to him after he was in the county jail. He said that ever since he had been in this country he had spelled his name "Heegel." but Robin R. Reid, clerk of the county court, was called by the state to prove that this was not the truth. Reid produced the marriage records, which showed that in 1908 John Conrad Hagel had obtained a license to wed and that in June, 1911, Conrad John Hagel had procured a similar permit. The first wife obtained a divorce and the defendant is not living with the second. The signature to both applications for license is in the same handwriting as that which appears on the bill of sale to Walling and on the register of the Rex hotel.
2593. “UNDER ARREST,” John Conrad Hagel, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, May 4, 1912, 12.
University Place Man Charges John Conrad Heegel With Luring Daughter Away.

After the police had searched for her the entire night, on being Informed by her distracted father that she had disappeared at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, Lucy Blood, the thirteen-year-old daughter of Charles F. Blood of University Place, returned home this morning.

A confession from the child as to where she had spent the night and in whose company she had been led the father to file a complaint in the court of Justice Lowe this afternoon charging one John Doe, real name unknown, with mistreating the girl. She told her father that the man had taken her to a show and then to a rooming house.

It was reported to the police last night that the girl was missing from home. She had taken a car to Havelock at 1 p. m. it was said. From there she had gone to Lincoln and had gone to a local theater with an unknown man.

John Conrad Heegel was placed under arrest by Sheriff Hyers today, and he is now in the county jail charged with attempt to commit rape. Heegel is twenty-one years old. He has been married, but he was not of age at the time and has not been living with his wife.
2594. “FIVE YEARS FOR CONRAD HEEGEL,” John Conrad Hagel, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, June 24, 1912, 2.
Despoiler of Young Girl Tells Court He is Innocent, but Judge Says Not.

"The sentence of the court Is that you be confined in the penitentiary of the state of Nebraska at hard labor for a period of five years and that you pay the cost of this prosecution," said Judge Stewart of the district court to John Conrad Heegel Monday morning. Heegel had previously been asked if he had anything to say why sentence of the court should not be pronounced him, and stated that all he had to say was that he was innocent.

Stewart stated that according to his ideas the jury was justified in returning the verdict that it did and he reviewed the evidence, showing that the state had made a case which could not but convince the jury. He pronounced sentence.

Heegel, who is twenty-three years and has been twice married, was convicted of having taken Lucy Blood, fourteen years old, to a rooming house where he passed the night with her. She testified that he used force to accomplish his purpose. She lives at University Place.
2595. “CONSIDER HAGEL CASE,” John Conrad Hagel, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, February 25, 1923, 9.
John Hazel is in the city jail awaiting decision of the authorities as to what can be done with him. In 1912 he went to the penitentiary for assault on a girl at University Place and after serving thirty-three months he was released on parole. He has been married four times and is now living with his fourth wife. The police say they have a serious charge against him and that were it not for bringing the other party into court he would be tried on a charge similar to the one he was convicted in 1912. Some arrangement may be made whereby a minor charge will be placed against him. He is thirty-four years old.
2596. Fred L Whittington, “Certificate of Death,” State of Nebraska Department of Health, Bureaue of Vital Statistics, February 8, 1971, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE.
2597. Merle Ethel Saunders, “Certificate of Birth,” State of Nebraska Department of Health, Bureaue of Vital Statistics, May 13, 1906, Blue Hill, Webster County, NE, USA, 126-249-06.
2598. Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, December 30, 1945, 25.
Mrs. Ralph Monia had as her dinner guests last Sunday, for a pre-Christmas celebration, her mother, Mrs. Jennie Griffing, brother, Leo Griffing, and family, Frankfort Kas., Nora Whittington and Howard Taylor, Omaha, Mrs. Alma Teeples and son, Marshall, Sweetwater, Tex., Mr. and Mrs. Carl Griffing and two daughters, Davenport, la. and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Lull and daughter, Patsy, Morrowvilie, Kas. There were 28 guests in all.
2600. Ward Funeral Home, “Norman Henry Lull,”
It is only fitting that two people who were so much in love and had spent nearly 75 years together in marriage be remembered together as one. Norman and Lois passed from this Earth into God's hands almost simultaneously, Lois on February 21, 2009, and Norman on February 26, 2009. They would have celebrated 75 years together this May 30.

Norman was born into a family with 9 brothers and sisters. Lois was born into a family with 6 brothers and sisters. Both were of farming families north of Morrowville. Both were Morrowville Rural High School graduates. Norman enjoyed music and on-stage experiences having won his high school competition in a "Charleston" contest and having had extensive participation in Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, and Shrine leadership roles later in life. Lois excelled in basketball at MRHS having played on championship teams of the early 30's. She also joined Norman in many Eastern Star and Shrine activities.

Norman and Lois were truly a team. They worked together in farming and their businesses and seemed to share everything. Their marriage endured because they loved each other and were totally committed. Where one may be weak, the other was strong -- a perfect partnership.

They never forgot their roots, often reminiscing about their early married-life experiences in Haddam, on the farm, at Sunrise, and in Washington. Though they outlived most of their peers there are many second generation offspring that are still around to remember their willingness to reopen their business if someone ran out of gas or needed a minor repair.

Norman loved to sing and did play some string instruments like the banjo. Lois' favorite song was Norman's rendition of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" which he would sing to her on special occasions.

Lois was the perfect control mechanism for Norman for he had no fears and his body bore the scars to prove it. One such scar was the missing ring finger on his right hand -- lost putting hay in the barn. He jokingly would wiggle this stub to show some young niece or nephew or grandchild what could happen to them if they didn't behave. Lois, in her own discreet way, would often bring Norman back from some dangerous precipice in life -- thus the perfect combination.

Their lives were truly exemplary. They openly tried to set good examples, especially for their daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Through their Church, their social and civic activities, and their businesses, they touched many lives in a good way.

Lois M. Lull, 96, of Washington, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Homestead Nursing Home in Washington. Norman H. Lull, 98, of Washington died February 26, 2009 at the Homestead.

Graveside services for both were held at 10:30 a.m., June 5, at Hickory Grove Cemetery (Blocker).

Lois was born June 18, 1912 at Steele City, NE, the daughter of Arthur Clay and Jennie May Price Griffing. Norman was born December 5, 1910, the Son of Allen and Maggie Mae Wright Lull.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Charles, Carl and Leo Griffing, and two sisters Nora Whittington and Zelma Monia. Survivors included Norman, one sister Alma Turner. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, four brothers, Orloff, Everett, Franklin, and Kenneth Lull and five sisters, Pearl Lull, Eva Reinecke, Laura Long, Velma Allen, and Elizabeth Bole. Both were also survived by their daughter, Pat Barnes and husband Roy, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

During the evenings of May 30, their anniversary, and again on this June 18th, Lois' birthday, listen very closely, look up, eyes to the heavens, you'll surely hear an old banjo and a clear tenor voice singing "Let - me- call- you- sweetheart".

A memorial fund has been established to the United Methodist Church in Washington. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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