Fay Mattison
Submitted by
Michalene Schenburn Cardella
cardella@u.arizona.edu

Fay Mattison was born near Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont, October 17, 1843, and died near Yankton SD November 20, 1911.  He came with his parents to Wisconsin in 1849 and to Iowa in 1856.  He came to Dakota Territ9ory in 1867 and settled upon a claim in Union county,  He was engaged in the manufacture of lumber for about 40 years.  Four years ago he retired from business and took up his residence in Yankton, where he lived until his death.  He was married September 15, 1837, to Emma Tillison of Sioux City, Ia.  Those who survive are his wife, three sons, and one daughter, three sisters and one brother.  The sons are Fred of Canada, Edward of Yankton, Jesse of Allen, Neb., and the daughter is M.C. Lanning of Yankton.  The sisters are Mrs. Boman (Bowman) of Missouri, Mrs. Weaver of Leeds, Ia., Mrs. Marmon of Akin (Aitkin), Minn., and the brother is George Mattison, of Ponca Neb.  He was an honored member of the Mason and Eastern Star lodges in Yankton.

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George Mattison Obit 1935
Submitted by
Michalene Schenburn Cardella
cardella@u.arizona.edu

Aged Pioneer Answers Final Summons

Was prominent in Life of Community for Many Years

George Mattison, widely known citizen of Ponca, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 28, at his home in Ponca following an illness of many weeks duration.  At the time of his death he was 84 years and 7 months old and was one of the oldest residents of the county, having lived here between 60 and 65 years.
George Mattison was born in Monroe county, Wisconsin, January 9, 1851 and came at an early age to Dixon county with his parents.  Early in his life he had to assume heavy responsibilities for his father died when he was 11 years old and the same time his older brother went away to the Civil war leaving young George the man of the household.

On Setpember 15, 1874, he was married to Miss Flora Myers and to them four sons were born.  Bert, the eldest, died in 1896.  the others Guy, of Royal, Neb., Harry of Ponca, and George Jr., of Akron, Ia., survive as do one sister, Mrs. Lydia Mormon (Marmon) a resident of North Dakota, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Mattison was one of the real pioneers.  In the early days he operated a ferry and a saw mill, later he farmed and for the past 25 years he has made his home in Ponca, where he was always active in community affairs.  At one time he represented this county in the state legislature. He was an active member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges and at the time of his death had been a Mason longer than any other member of the local lodge.  The community suffers a real loss in the death of Mr. Mattison.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:30 this afternoon with Rev. Geo. Bray in charge.  Burial will be in the Ponca cemetery under the direction of Mohr's.

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Daniel Curry
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Nov. 20, 1902

Daniel Curry, aged 84 years, who resided 8 miles west of Ponca, died on Wednesdy, Nov. 12, at a hospital in Des Moines, where he was being treated for a cancer. His remains were brought to Ponca Friday noon and buriedSunday forenoon at Silver Ridge Cemetery, the funeral being conducted at the house by Rev. Leonard.

Mr. Curry was one of the pioneers of Dixon County, having settled here in 1867. He was a good citizen, highly respected by all and his home was noted as one of the most hospitable in the county. Six sons survive him, they being Alex. J., James, David, Tom, William and Charles. His wife and five children passed on before him.

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Mrs. Martha Jane Curry
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Oct. 28, 1897

Died

At her home south-east f Newcastle, Dixon County, Nebraska, Mrs. Martha Jane Curry, wife of Mr. Dan Curry on Oct. 22, 1897, after a protracted illness. With much patience and fortitude she bore her suffering to the last.

Mrs. Curry was born at Belfast, Ireland in the year of 1826, and was married to Mr. Curry at Glascow, Scotland, Feb. 15, 1847, thus having lived together over half a century. They came to America in August 1853 with two children, and located in Pennsylvania. In 1865 they moved to Omaha and in early 1867 they came to Dion County where they have lived for 30 years, enduring much privation and hardships whic came to all the early settlers of this new country. She was a very hard working wife, a good and faithful mother, a true and trusted friend to all. Her house was often made the resting place of the weary traveler and the homeless always found an open door and a ready heart and hand to help.

She was always kind and benevolent to those needing her assistance. Mrs. Curry was the mother of eleven children, eight boys and three girls of whom only seven boys survive her. She was very much respected by all who knew her. The many friends that gathered at the funeral filled the house to overflowing and the floral design placed upon the casket and the home all told of the high esteem in which she was held in the community.

At the home several hymns were were sang and appropriate scripture read, followed by a short discourse from the text, Rev. 7th 16th to 17th verses by Rev J. Roberts, pastor Congretional church, Newcastle, after which the remains were laid aside in the silver Ridge cemetery on Sunday, October 24, 1897. Her end was peaceful.

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Patrick Mahon
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Nov. 20, 1902

Patrick Mahon, aged 60 years, died Monday at noon, November 17, of heart trouble, at the home of his sister, Mrs. M. Mullally, six miles south of Ponca. He had been sick but a few days. He was unmarried.

He was buried from the Southcreek church, of which he was a member, Wednesday forenoon at 10 o'clock, Rev. J. Barry officiating.

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GRANDMA HELIKER DIES
Submitted by Bob Heliker
rfheliker@cox.net
Date and Newspaper unknown


Last rites were held last Friday afternoon for Mrs. Elizabeth (Grandma) Heliker at the M. E. church.  Rev E. N. Littrell officiating.  Mrs. Heliker passed away Wednesday, Sept 30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. O. Roberts at Central City, Neb.

Coming to this neighborhood over fifty years ago with her husband, there was ample opportunity for her to become acquainted with the hardships and trials of pioneering.  How the worry and distress caused by prairie fires, Indians and grasshoppers was patiently endured was often related by Mrs. Heliker in her quiet, unassuming way.  Know as "Grandma" to everyone, she became dear to the hearts of young and old.

OBITUARY

Elizabeth Hall was born August 30, 1845 at Port Huron, Mich., and following a paralytic stroke, she passed quietly away Sept. 30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. O. Roberts at Central City, Neb., aged 86 years and 1 month.  She was united in marriage in 1864 to Joseph F. Heliker in St. Clair county, Mich.  To this union were born five children, one son, Francis, dying in infancy.  She is survived by the 4 children: Mrs. Rose Roberts of Central City, Neb., Dean H. of Hebron, Neb., Mrs. Lily Chase and Roy F. of Allen.
Also, fourteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one brother, Frances Hall of Atchison, Kan.

She came with her husband to Springbank township in 1871, settling on a homestead 4 miles northeast of where Allen is now located, and in in this pioneer home, she reared her family.  For the last six years, she made her home with her son, Roy, in Allen, Grandpa Heliker having preceded her in death, Jan. 25, 1917.

Grandma Heliker was truly one of God's noblewomen.  She was converted at an early age and united with the Methodist church.  Her faith in God and her fellow men was expressed every day in patient, kindly service, and like her Master it was said of her, "She went about doing good".  She lived a life rich in those elements that make for Christian character, and no one ever came into intimate contact with her without feeling the urge to be better.  And even as our hearts are lonely today with a sense of loss, heaven is richer with her presence there.

"Then fell upon the house a sudden gloom,
A shadow on those features fair and thin;
And softly from the hushed and darkened room
Two angels issued where but one went in."

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OBITUARY OF JOSEPH F. HELIKER
Submitted by Bob Heliker
rfheliker@cox.net
Date and Newspaper unknown

Joseph F. Heliker was born March 8, 1835 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, where he grew to young manhood.  He moved with his parents to St. Clair county, Michigan in 1835, and the following year was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Hall.  To this union were born 5 children.  On boy, Francis, having died in infancy.  The four living are: Mrs. I. O. Roberts, Mrs. G. M. Chase, Roy F. Heliker, and Dean H. Heliker
who all reside near Allen.

Mr. Heliker was a plain, self-made man, never given to useless display, who had indomitable courage and a firm belief in the Power above. He was always square and honorable in a business way, being not only progressive in financial affairs, but also in religious and educational movements.

He helped to organize the first Sunday school in these parts and was active in the building of the present Methodist church of Allen, of which he was always an official member.

His character was one that is to be envied by all that knew him, and his unerring influence will go down through the ages as a landmark for righteous living.

He was a pioneer of Nebr., having settled on his homestead near Allen in 1871, where he lived until the item of his death, Jan. 25, at the age of 81 yrs. 10 months, 17 days after a brief illness of 3 weeks.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, a sister, r children & 14 grandchildren.



A. I. Tussey
KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Submitted by Bob Heliker
rfheliker@cox.net
Date and Newspaper unknown

This vicinity was greatly shocked by the news Monday noon received by telephone that A. I. Tussey had been killed in an auto accident near Belden, Neb.

He, in company with R. G. Roberts, had left Allen that morning for Beeline in Mr. Tissue's car, where they were to put in a bid on the construction of the new church at that place.  Mr. Tussey experienced a little trouble with the steering mechanism of his car, as Studebaker, several times on the road, but everything went along all right until they were within abut 2 ½ miles of their destination.  Then the driver lost control and made a vain endeavor to turn the auto into a low embankment at one side of the road and stop.  The quick turning of the front wheels caused the car to flip upside down instantly.  Roberts was in some mysterious manner thrown clear of the car and landed on his head about 6 feet in front of the wreckage with such force as to render him unconscious for about half an hour.  Mr. Tussey, who was driving, was pinned under the body of the car, part of which, it was found later, rested upon his face.  When Bob revived from his jolt, he got a post from a nearby fence and tried to lift the wreck from off his companion, but was unable to move the heavy car.  He then went to a farmhouse and had the people phone for help.

When the auto was finally lifted from its position, Mr. Tussey was dead, and it is thought that death came instantly.

He received a fractured skull and a broken jaw and shoulder.

The body was cared for by a Laurel undertaker who brought it to Allen Monday evening.

Roberts, though stiff and sore, was not hurt to any extent.

Isaac Albert Tussey was born in Bentensport, Iowa, March 28, 1858 and died July 9, 1911, age 59 years 3 months and 11 days.  He was married Nov. 8, 1882 to Mary L. McCutchen and the year following, they came to Nebr. Residing first at Wayne and later at Wakefield.  In the spring of 1884, they moved to a farm near Allen where they lived until the death of his wife 6 years ago.

In the course of time, 5 children were born to them, Paul having died in infancy.  The 4 living are Robert and Curtis of Dixon, and Mrs. Roy Heliker of Allen and Mrs. Bruce Bagley of Allen.

When a young man, he joined the Methodist church at Bentensport, Ia., and since that time has lent his support to that church.  He was a conservative, industrious and useful man, being one of the early settlers of Nebr., enduring the many hardships and privations of pioneer life, yet he always enjoyed excellent health until the time of his fatal accident.  The last 3 years of his life he spent in pleasant companionship with his sister, Miss Anna Tussey of Chicago, who kept his home for him.

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Death of Stephen Gasser
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Thurs. Mar. 23, 1911

Stephen Gasser, who has been at Excelsior Springs, Missouri, since last winter, died there Sunday Mar. 19. The remains were shipped here Tuesday and funeral services were held at the home in Ponca, Wednesday, at one o'clock Dr. Cherry officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Silver Creek.

Mr. Gasserdied at the age of 60 years 2-months and 18 days. Four children survive him : William who resides at Marcus, Iowa, Barton at Prarie Du Sac, Wisconsin, Mrs. Ida Carter and Stanley Gasser of Ponca.

All of the children were in attendance at the funeral.
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Stephen Gasser
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Thurs. Mar. 23, 1911

Stephen Gasser, born Honey Creek, Sauk County Wisconsin, Born December 25, 1850, died Excelsior Springs, Mo. March 19,1911.

He moved to Ponca, Dixon County in 1871, where he has since resided. He was married July 3, 1873 to miss Agatha Miller. To this union six children were born, four of whom are still living. William resides at Marcus, Iowa, Burton resids at Pararie Du Sac, Wisconsin, Stanley and Mrs. Ida Carter live in Ponca. These four besides the wife are left to mourn his loss.

Stephen Gasser was one of the pioneers of this county and leaves a host of friends and neighbors to revere his memory.

The body was brought here for burial from Excelsior Springs where he had gone in search of health. The funeral was held from the residence here and interment made in Silvercreek Cemetery. We Join the many friends in extending condolence to th bereaved family.   

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James Miller
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Thurs. Apr. 27, 1905

James Miller was born in Ohio, Dec. 30, 1826 and died in Ponca April 21, 1905.

He was married on July 6, 1846 to Almeda Hoover. Six children were born to them. Four girls and two boys, of these only one has passed away from this world.

He moved to Iowa with his family in 1856. In 1871 they came to Nebraska and settled in Dixon County, and has since resided in Ponca where he passed away at a good old age.

The wife and mother was called from this world July 11, 1901, being over 79 years old. Mr. Miller married again about two years ago. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his departure, also many grand children who feel keely their loss.

While living in Iowa he was converted and joined the Methodist church, of which he was for many years a consistent and faithful member. During the last year a branch f the Advent church has claimed his intrest and fellowship more than any other.

The departed left to his bereaved relatives and friends a clear and positive testimony of his saving faith in Christ, and of his readiness to go and be with the lord.

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Mrs. James Miller
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Thurs. July 11, 1901

Just as we go to press we recieved announcement that Mrs. James Miller died at her home in Ponca this (Thursday) morning, July 11th.

Mrs. Miller has for many years been a hopeless invalid. She was in her eightieth year. Mr. and Mrs. Miller came to this country about twenty-nine years ago and located on Silvercreek. After remaining on their farm twenty years they moved to Ponca. Mr. Miller is much out of health and it may well be inferred that this is a sore trial to him. Mr. Miler and his sons and daughters have the heartfelt symathy of their numerous friends.

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Mrs. Mary A. Mallory
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Jshelhart@aol.com
Northern Nebraska Journal, Apr. 13, 1893

Died

Mallory. - At Wausau, Neb., Thursday, April 6, Mrs. Mary A. Mallory, aged about 38 years, wife of Wm. Mallory.

Mr. and Mrs. Mallory formerly resided in Dailybranch, this county. They rented their farm about eighteen months ago and went to Wausau to conduct a hotel and were engaged in that business when Mrs. Mallory was stricken with sickness which resulted in her death.

Mrs. Mallory was the daughter of Dan Curry Sr. of Silvercreek, and was married in the year 1877. She was an affectionate wife and mother, and possesed many noble and amiable qualities, which had won her the esteem of a large circle of friends. A husband and three chidren mourn her death, and in heir bereavement they will recieve the sympothy of everybody.

The funeral services were conduced by Rev. J. Roberts, of Newcastle, at the residence of Dan Curry on Saturday afternoon and the internment took place in the Silveridge cemetery.

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Francis Bostwick
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey   cematapey@aol.com
Nebraska Journal Leader

Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Bostwick's little daughter was taken to Ponca Saturday noon that her foot which had become infected with blood poisoning might receive medical treatment.  The reporter is sorry to learn at this writing that the little child is very ill.

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About a week ago Francis Bostwick, the little three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Bostwick became ill from blood poisoning.  She was taken to Ponca for medical treatment and died there Friday the 4th.  The remains were brought to Maskell and funeral services held here Sunday afternoon under the direction of Rev. Lewis of Ponca.  Mr. and Mrs. Bostwick have the sympathy of the entire community in this sad bereavement.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bostwick wish to take this opportunity to thank their friends who extended sympathy and assistance at the death and burial of their daughter, Francis.
 
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Christina Bostwick Dies at Home
Rites are Held in Maskell
Died April 28, 1962, the article does not mention the date.
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey   cematapey@aol.com

MASKELL ----Mrs. Christina Bostwick, 81, lifelong resident of this vicinity, died Saturday at her residence in Maskell.  She had been ill a week.
Funeral Services were held Monday afternoon at the Methodist church here.  Rev. Charles Leck officiated.
Burial was in the Maskell cemetery under the direction of the Smith-Richendifer Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were Lionel, Clyde, Roger and Clement Bostwick, Raymond Husk and Dale Nelson.
Mrs. Bostwick is survived by four sons, Victor and Howard Bostwick of Omaha; Hugh Bostwick of Maskell and Orin Bostwick of Chicago; a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Hall of Charleston, Ill.; and a sister Ida Martinson of Maskell.  A daughter, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Christina Bostwick was born July 21, 1881, at Maskell, the daughter of Christian and Maria Martinson.  She was married to Guy Bostwick at Lime Grove church near Maskell January 1, 1906.  Mr. Bostwick died December 26, 1951.

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