Monthly Archives: January 2009

In Memoriam

January 24, 2009

William Jerod Story
Nov. 3, 1922 – July 19, 2006

A descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller, he joined the Nebraska Society in 1962.

Welcome Aboard!

January 22, 2009

Stephanie Sue (Witham) Donsig
A descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster

In Memoriam

January 17, 2009

Anna Gwendolyn (Slice) Hammond
July 23, 1923 – Jan. 10, 2009

A descendant of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins, she was a member of the Nebraska Society from 1995 to 2003.

From the Star-Herald, Jan. 14, 2009:

SIDNEY – Anna Gwendolyn Hammond, age 85, of Sidney, passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 10, 2009, at the Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Sidney, with Rev Dr. Charles Alkula officiating. Cremation has been held; there will be no visitation at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Anna’s name to the First United Methodist Church or to the Cheyenne County Historical Association. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Gwendolyn Hammond, the daughter of Roy and Sadie Teresa (Krause) Slice, was born at the home of her grandparents in Sterling, Colo., July 23, 1923. She attended the Sterling Public Schools and graduated from Logan County High School with the class of 1941. Anna Gwen joined the Methodist Church in 1934, and was a life long member. On Jan. 4, 1942, Anna was united in marriage to Billy Dean Hammond in Sterling. After World War II the family lived in Scottsbluff, moving to Sidney in January 1949, just before the great blizzard of that year.

Anna Gwen was employed in the Office of the Cheyenne County Assessor in Sidney as a part time and full time employee for more than 32 years, retiring as Deputy County Assessor in 1985. She enjoyed the hobbies of fishing and genealogy and was a charter member of the Cheyenne County Genealogical Society. She was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the research team of the Cheyenne County Historical Association and a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. She also enjoyed camping with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Bill of Sidney; one daughter, Pam Swanson of St. Joseph, Mo.; two sons, Charles Hammond and wife Pat of Dalton, and Kevin Hammond and wife Patty of Lincoln; her sister, Shirley Trum and husband Paul of Lewellen; and brother, Roy Slice and wife Bea of Livermore, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Anna was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Jerald Swanson; and one daughter-in-law, Virginia Hammond.

In Memoriam

January 15, 2009

E. H. (Emanuel Hey) Shoemaker Jr.

North Platte

Sept. 5, 1915 – Jan. 9, 2009

A descendant of Pilgrims John Alden, William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins, he joined the Nebraska Society in 1955. His two daughters and four grandchildren are members of the Nebraska Society.

From the North Platte Telegraph, Jan. 11, 2009:

E.H. “Shoey” Shoemaker Jr, 93, of North Platte, died Jan. 9, 2009, at his home. He was born on Sept. 5, 1915, in Jamaica, N.Y., to Emanuel Hey Sr. and Pauline Peacock Shoemaker. Shoey graduated from Scarsdale New York High School in 1933.

A year later he entered the U.S. Army. After his discharge he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business where he was a second-generation member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) Fraternity. After graduation, he entered into the insurance business in Chicago. This is where he met and later married Marie McFerren on June 14, 1941.

The couple moved to Milwaukee, Wis., with Shoey’s insurance company. Marie’s father soon asked him to run the Mildale Ranch, north of North Platte, feeling his business experience would be valuable to the operation. The ranch is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Shoey still had a hand in the operation of the ranch to his last days.

In addition to his ranching duties, Shoey took an active part in his local community. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of our Savior, having served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden; he was a lifetime member of the NE Cattlemen’s Association, being named Cattleman of the Year in 1993; a member of the NE Chamber of Commerce, named Businessman of the Year in 2005; past president of the North Platte Chamber of Commerce; was inducted into 2002 into the Cattleman’s Hall of Fame; was an original member of the Board of Trustees for the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center; an original board of directors member of North Platte National Bank; past member of the City Planning Commission; Past Chairman of the Memorial Hospital Board; was a member of the North Platte School Board; was the past president of the NE Stockgrowers Association; and was head of the tax committee for the National Cattleman’s Association. He was instrumental in working with others to establish banking and insurance operations in North Platte, and was an active and enthusiastic spokesman for the ranching and beef industry.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marie, of North Platte; two daughters, Sandra (Eric) Hornbacher of Winter Park, Fla., and Diane (Tom) Loughery of Satellite Beach, Fla.; a sister, Joan (John “Beef”) Meader of Morristown, N.J.; four grandchildren, Tyler (Karen) Carraway of Denver, Jennifer Carraway of Maitland, Fla., Shaun Loughery of North Platte, and Brandon Loughery of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a great-grandchild, Sophia Marie Carraway of Denver; several nieces and nephews, including M.L. (Rick) Martin of North Platte, Stewart (Kathy) Allen of North Platte; and great nieces and nephews, Mark Allen, Matt (Audra) Allen and Charlie Martin. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Pauline Reeder.

Memorials may be given to the Nebraska Cattleman’s Association Scholarship Fund or the Sandhills Cattleman Association Scholarship Fund. Online condolences can be made at Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at the Episcopal Church of our Savior with the Rev. Elle Thoeber officiating. A reception with the family will be afterwards at the church. A private family burial will take place at North Platte Cemetery prior to the service with military honors.

Welcome Aboard!

January 15, 2009

Mike Todd Fuller
Grand Island
A descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller

Dustin John Fuller
Mesa, Ariz.
A descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller

Audrey Suzanne Volk
Alameda, Calif.
A descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller

Samantha May Volk
A descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller

Launa Rae Fuller
Grand Island
A descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller

Welcome Aboard!

January 1, 2009

The Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants welcomes:

Jerry Wayne Miller
A descendant of Pilgrim Peter Browne