Chris Martinson
Ponca newspaper Dec. 11, 1924
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Chris Martinson, old settler of this community, passed away Tuesday evening and was buried from the Lutheran Church Friday.

Sheriff and Mrs. A. H. Maskell were up from Ponca attending the Martinson funeral Friday.

Christian Martinson passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, 1924, after several months of illness. He was born in Lands Parish, Norway Feb. 5, 1848, emigrating to America in 1866 and settling in Dixon County, Nebraska, where he has since resided.

In 1875 he was married to Mary Opsal.  Five children were born to this union: Carl, Mrs. Hansina Zumpe, Mrs. Christina Bostwick, Ida and Samuel.  With the exception of Mrs. Zumpe, who resides in Denver, Colorado, they have made their homes in the vicinity of Maskell.

Mr. Martinson was among the early settlers of this territory.  Not very many of them remain with us any more.  He was a hard worker and has accumulated considerable property.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Lutheran church, the Rev. O. C. Harang officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in the Maskell cemetery to await the resurrection morn. 

Mrs. Christian Martinson
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Ponca Newspaper:

  Funeral Services Held for
Mrs. Christian Martinson
Funeral services for Mrs. Christian Martinson, a resident of Maskell for 67 years, were held Saturday, January 2, 1943, at 1:30 p.m. at her home, and at 2:00 o'clock from Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. O. J. Engh, pastor officiating.  Burial was in the Maskell Cemetery, under direction of Mohr's Mortuary.

Mrs. Christian Martinson passed from this life on the morning of December 29, 1942 at her home south of Maskell.  Had she lived until January 13th, she would have been eighty-seven years of age.

Gunda Maria Olsen, was born in Lands, Prestejeld, Norway, January 13, 1856.  She came to America with her parents in 1866.  They first settled in Wisconsin.  Later they moved to Gayville, South Dakota, where they made their home.

On March 29, 1875, Miss Olsen was married to Christian Martinson at Vermillion, South Dakota.  After their marriage they made their home south of Maskell.  Mrs. Martinson has lived here since that time.  Mr. Martinson preceded her in death Dec. 2, 1924.

Mrs. Martinson leaves to mourn her departure, five children, Carl of Wakefield, Mrs. Hansina Zumpe of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Christina Bostwick, Ida and Samuel of Maskell, a sister Mrs. John Olsen of Vermillion, twenty-three grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Seven of her grandchildren are in the armed service of their country. A number of memorials have been given to perpetuate the memory of Mrs. Martinson.

The Ponca paper. 
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Hugh C. Bostwick

MASKELL, Neb. - Hugh C. Bostwick, 76, of Maskell died Tuesday, May 14, 1991, at his residence.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Ponca with the Rev. James Moore officiating.  Burial will be in the Maskell Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1 - 5 p.m. today, with the family present from 2 - 4 p.m., at Mohr Funeral Home in Ponca.  A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today at the church.

Mr. Bostwick was born May 31, 1914, in Maskell, the son of Guy and Christina (Martinson) Bostwick.  He married Adelene Nelson June 23, 1937.  He operated a ferry boat across the Missouri River from Maskell to Vermillion, S.D., early in his career.  He worked for Dixon County in road maintenance for about 40 years.  During that time he and his wife owned and operated Maskell Grocery Store and Cafe and the Ponca Hotel Cafe.  Mrs. Bostwick died June 3, 1978.  He married Fern Church April 28, 1988.

Mr. Bostwick was a member of the United Methodist Church and was a lifelong Maskell resident.

Survivors include his wife; four sons and their wives, Lionel "Chris" and Bonnie, Clyde and Carol and Roger and Sharon all of Ponca and Clement "Kelly" and Sheryl of South Sioux City; two daughters and their husbands, Cleo and Ray Waters of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Trudy and Rick Pinkelman of Maskell; two brothers, Howard of Rogers, Ark., and Orin of Newcastle; a sister, Charlotte Hall of Raleigh, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Victor; a sister, Frances Bostwick; a grandchild and a great grandchild.

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      We wish to thank our many friends for their kindess and sympathy during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father.  Also for the many beautiful floral tributes.

  Mrs. Maria Martinson, Mrs. Hansina Zumpe
Mrs. Christina Bostwick, Mr. Carl Martinson
  Mr. Samuel Martinson, Miss Ida Martinson
Nebraska Journal Leader, Thursday, August 6, 1953
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Taken from Maskell News:

A number of realtives from here attended the funeral of Carl Martinson at Wakefield Saturday.  They were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nelson, Levi and Mrs. Annie Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Nelson and Ole Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Martinson and Ida Martinson, Laurel Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Lund, Oscar Bensen, the Elmer Cook family and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Bostwick.

Word was received here Saturday of the death of Charles Martinsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Martinsen, at Beatrice State home. Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran church Thursday at 2 p.m.  Rev. Palmer L. Luken will officiate.

Nebraska Journal Leader    Thursday, May 6, 1965
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Mrs. H. Martinson Funeral Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Martinson, 78, who died in a hospital were held Tuesday at the Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield.  The Rev. Robert V. Johnson officiated and burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery.

Mrs. Martinson was born Hilda Nelson Sept. 25, 1886, at Maskell and had resided at Wakefield the last 27 years.  Her husband, Carl, preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Mildred Evans and Mrs. Mab Evans, both of Pender, and Mrs. Cora Kay of Wakefield; six sons, Harold and Magnus, both of Ponca, Leo of Bakerfield, Calif., Amos and Marvin both of Anaheim, Calif., and Leonard of Wakefield, three sisters, Mrs. Anne Bishop and Mrs. Enga Hangman, both of Maskell, and Mrs. Clara Johnson of Yankton, So. Dak.; five brothers, Nels and Ole Nelson, both of Ponca, Richard and Gerhard Nelson, both of Maskell; and Joe Nelson of Laurel; 29 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


Nebraska Journal Leader, Thursday, April 29, 1965
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Ida Martinson Funeral Saturday

Miss Ida Martinson of Maskell died at the Elms Nursing Home in Ponca Monday, April 26.  She was born at Lime Grove on December 6, 1885.

Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Maskell at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Rev. Carl Grindberg will officiate and burial will be in the Maskell cemetery.

Survivors include 13 nephews, 8 nieces and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Edith Martinson of Maskell.


Nebraska Journal Leader, Thursday, August 13, 1953
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Funeral Last Thursday for Chas. W. Martinson

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 6, 1953 at Zion Lutheran Church, Maskell, for Charles William Martinson, 34, who died at Beatrice, of bronchial pneumonia.

During the services Mr. and Mrs. Jack Conrad sang two hymns, "Love Lifted Me" and "No Night There."

Mr. Martinson was born, January 27, 1919, at Maskell.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran church.

Burial was in the Maskell cemetery. Pallbearers were Arden Olson, Elmer Cook, Hugh Bostwick, Donald Nelson, Chas. Fluent and Laurel Anderson.

Survivors include the following: Harry E. Martinson of South Sioux City, Mary Martinson of Wayne, Nebr, Earl Martinson and Mrs. Helen Beldin, both of Maskell, Lawrence Martinson of Chicago and Mrs. Ruth Cullers of Broadway, Va.


The Sioux City Sunday Journal, July 1, 1928
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey


Following a brief illness Mrs. Annice Strukes, 46 years old, of Maskell, Neb., died Saturday at a Sioux City hospital.

Born in New York, July 9, 1882, Mrs. Strukes moved to Maskell when a young girl and made her home there since. 

She is survived by two sons, Harold and Robert Strukes, of Maskell, and two daughters, Clara, and Mary Jane Strukes, of Maskell.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Full Gospel tabernacle.  Rev. L. N. Glanville will officiate.

Inteerment will be in Maskell cemetery, under the direction of the Anderson undertaking establishment.

(Note from Mary Ann Tapey, my great aunts last name was STUKAS not Strukes)