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Logan County Pioneers:

Rebecca O'Brien, Estella M. O'Brien, Fleming
"Heirs of Rebecca O'Brien" timber-claimed a quarter in 22, 8N 49W in 1901.

If anyone has information about the Logan County Rebecca O'Brien, please let us know.


James O'Brien proved up a quarter in 8N 44W - near Holyoke, Phillips County - in 1893.
Possibly this is Peter's brother - who was living with them in Kearney in 1920....
1890 "James O'Brien returned from Nebraska last week. he tells us that he traded teams five times and gave his winter's wages as boot. "Shure and he has a good tame now." "
"We understand that our friend James O'Brien has come in possession of a 'dog cart' and will now ride in the air."
"Pat O'Brien was home from Sterling last Saturday."


In 1860 Muscatine County, Iowa, Owen O'Brien is farming, 45, Jane 36, Catherine 12, Mary 9, Thomas 9, John 5, Peter 3, adn James 2.

In 1870 Muscatine County, Owen is 58, Jane 35?,, Catherine 21, Thomas 18, Mary 19, John 16, and Peter 14.>

Mary Jane O'Brien married Charles Rupson, and their daguhter Lenna mborn 1882 in Brooklin Iowa, married Leonard E. Griffith in Marshall County, Iowa in 1900.
Monroe County Iowa November 29, 1971 "Mrs. Matthew (Kate) Anderson, 95, who had made her home at Albia Manor for the past three years, died there Friday. She was born in Brooklyn, Oct. 5, 1876, the daughter of Charles and Mary O'Brien Rupson. She was married Dec. 17, 1892 to Matthew Anderson who died in 1941. Mrs. Anderson was a 50-year member of the Grace Episcopal Church. She was a practical nurse most of her life. Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Mary Krull of Denver and Mrs. Ernest Carlson of Albia; a stepson, James Anderson of Colfax; and a grandson and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held this morning at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Father Irwin Foster officiating. Burial was in Oak View Cemetery. Downs-Theulen Funeral Home had charge of arrangements."

Kearney, Nebraska

Estella M. O'Brien cash-claimed a quarter in 27, 8N 54W in 1913. That's about twelve miles west of Sterling.

Estella was in Buffalo County, Nebraska in 1885, age 2, with Peter 29 and Serena 28.
On October 1, 1879 in Buffalo County, Nebraska, Peter O'Brien, son of Owen O'Brien and Jane Welch, married Serena S. McCutcheon, daughter of Robert McCutcheon and Mary Scarborough.

In 1900 Kearney, Nebraska, Estella is 18, born in Nebraska, sister Jessie E. 14, Nebraska, and Serena M. 10 Nebraska. Peter O'Brien born in Iowa and his wife S.S. O'Brien born in Ohio, 44. Her mother Mary McCutcheon 72 Pennsylvania is with them.

Peter and Serina are still farming in Kearney in 1910, with the three daughters.
Serena might have married Frank Hollingsworth, having Gerald September 27, 1917 in Kearney.
In 1920 Buffalo County, Frank is a real estate agent, 30, with Serena M. 29. Gerald F. is 2.
Frank and Serena are in Kearney in 1930 and 1940, Frank managing a trust in 1930 and running his own loan office in 1940.
"In 1920, a group of officers of the City National Bank of Kearney organized the Guaranty Trust Co. The office was located in the Northeast corner of the bank building, facing 21st street (now First National Bank building)
Frank Hollingsworth was manager of the company and later president and owner, until his retirement, when it was sold to Elmer Divan. It is now a part of the Platte Valley Bank and Trust Co. "
Serena, born March 13, 1890, died in Kearney September 17, 1985, and is buried in Kearney. Frank E. died Septembeber 1, 1978.

"Marjorie (Marge) Harbaugh, 87, a longtime Albuquerque resident, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2008. Born and raised in Kearney, NE by her parents, Frank and Serena Hollingsworth, Marge graduated from Kearney State Teachers College with a degree in Home Economics and then worked as an accountant for the Union Pacific Railroad before marrying her college sweetheart, James (Jim) Harbaugh in Atlanta, GA where Jim was taking flight training after joining the Navy during World War II."

Jessie E. O'Brien cash-claimed a quarter in 27, 8N 54W, Logan County, Colorado, next to Charles Gardner's and sister Estella's claim.

North Platte July 1915 "Miss Elsie M. Johnson left Tuesday morning for Kearney where she will spend several days and attend the wedding of Miss Jessie O'Brien."

"Logan Lancaster was born June 14, 1916, at Kearney to Logan H. and Jessie (O'Brien) Lancaster"

In 1920 Kearney, Logan H. is 35, Jessie E. 33, Logan R. 3, and Rober T. 1.
Logan 1884-1963 is buried in Kearney # 45752224, with Jessie E. 1886-1972 # 45752206.

Charles L. Gardner cash-claimed a quarter in 29 and 30, 8N 54W in 1912.
The same year Robert H. Gardner cash-claimed a quarter in 29. These claims are near Estella's claim.

In 1920 Logan County, Charles L. Gardner 46, is farming with brother R.H. Gardner, 51, both born in Illinois.
Their sister Nellie P. Richards, 40 is married to Herman H. Richards, 41, born in Iowa, with Margaret M. 8 born in Nebraska, a carpenter in Willard precinct, Logan County.
"In Denver, Tuesday, September 17, 1907, Herman H. Richards of Longmont and Miss Nellie Gardner of Fort Lupton. "
Nellie and Herman are in Sedgwick County, Colorado in 1910, Herman a day carpenter 41 born in IOwa.
Nellie 1869-1942 and Herman are buried in Longmont, # 61015666.

In 1930 Logan County, Charles L. Gardner is 58, single, born in Illinois, with his brother Robert H. 62 born in Illinois.
The three are together in Logan County in 1940.
Charles L. Gardner of Sterling Colorado was buried September 1965, and Estella M. Gardner of Sterling in 1968 were buried in Kearney, with Logan and Jessie Lancaster owning the lot.
FindaGrave # 53107297 has Estella M. (Lancaster) Gardner buried with Charles.
Charles' parents George E. Gardner 1836-1915 # 57972919 and Margaret 1840-1911 are buried in Buffalo County.
Robert Henry Gardner 1868-1947 is buried in Kearney # 53107831, with Fanny (Richards) Gardne 1885-1971.

In 1940 Buffalo County, Charles' nephew Frank Gardner is 40, with brother Melvin 34, both born in Nebraska. Melvin is marrid to Alta 29 Iowa, who was in Sterling Colorado in 1935. Everett is 2, born inNebraska.
Melvin Gardner had married Alta Tomkins April 22, 1936, recorded in Logan County, Colorado.

Livina A. Himelman, age 19, daughter of Philip L. Himelhan and G.A. Pace, married George B. Tomkins January 3, 1910 in Fremont County, Iowa.

Alta Grace Tomkins was born October 11, 1910 in Iowa to George B. Tomkins and Luvina Alice Himelhan.

Alta Grace Tomkins was in Logan County, Willard precinct in 1920, 9, born in Iowa, with parents George B. 35 and Lavina A. 28, both born inIOwa. Inez M. is 3, born in COlorado. They're on the same page as Nellie Richards - aunt of Melvin Gardner.

In 1930 Logan County the four Tompkins family are on the same page as Robert and Charles Gardner.
GARDNER, Alta G., 96, of Elwood, formerly of Gibbon, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at Elwood Care Center
Services: Tuesday, Godberson Mortuary in Gibbon
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Born Oct. 11, 1910, in Imogene, Iowa
Parents: George and Lavina (Himelhan) Tompkins
Married: April 20, 1935, to Melvin Gardner in Sterling, Colo. He died in 1966
Survivors include her son, Everett of Johnson Lake; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 11 November, 2006

Lavina 1892-1968 # 55691592 is buried in Sterling, with George B. 1884-1966, # 55691619.
Alice 1910-1911 is buried in Page County, Iowa "Daughter of George Tomkins and Levina Himelhan. Alice is buried next to her grandfather John Newton Tomkins and family."

Inez (Tompkins) Busig # 62128111 is also buried in Sterling.

Inez Busig, 94, died Nov. 9, 2010 in Loveland. Graveside services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, with a luncheon to follow.
She was born Aug. 1, 1916, on the Tompkins Ranch 11 miles west of Sterling to George and Lavina Tompkins. She grew up in Pawnee Valley on a cattle and dry land ranch and attended grade school there. She graduated from Logan County High School in Sterling in 1933.
On Sept. 7, 1935 she married Ervin Busig. They were involved in farming and ranching until 1943 when they relocated to Portland, Ore. After World War II, they returned to the Tompkins Ranch in Pawnee Valley and raised a family of three children, Roberta, Annette and Glen. Mrs. Busig lived on the ranch until December 1990; she then relocated to Sterling.
During her years of assisting with the ranch work, she enjoyed the main interests of horticulture, sewing and quilting.
She was well-known for her beautiful flowers and gardens and was very active in Logan County 4-H and the Logan County Fair Flower exhibits. Inez was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Sterling.
She is survived by her daughters, Roberta Bryden and husband Bruce of Loveland, and Annette Smith of Colorado Springs; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Busig; son, Glen Busig; sister, Alta Gardner; and son-in-law, Mark Smith.

President Trust Co; b Madison Co, Ia Oct 12, 1888; s of L N Hollingsworth-Jane Downs; ed Kearney HS 1907; KSTC 1909; Grand Island Bus Coll;
m Serena O'Brien Sept 8, 1915 Kearney; s F Gerald; d Marjorie S;
1909-18 bkkpr & steno, later secy Kearney Land & Mortgage Co; 1918-20 mgr real est dept City Natl Bank; 1920 org & secy Guaranty Trust Co. pres since 1927; 1923- city atty; past pres C of C, dir; past pres, treas, bd mbr Kiwanis; vice chmn & chmn ARC; Meth Ch, treas & ofcl bd mbr since 1918; hobbies, baseball, sports & hunting; res 1934 5th Ave, Kearney.

In 1920 Estella is still with her parents, no occupation listed for any. James O'Brien, 62 is lisated as a son, born in either Ohio ro Nebraska.

She's with them in 1930, too, and Serena's brothe McCutcheon is with them, 65.

James must be a brother - in 1860 Muscatine County Iowa, Owen O'Bryan is 45, Jane 35, Catharine 12, Mary A. and Thomas both 9, John 5, Peter 3, and James 2.
Peter 1856-1939 and Serena 1856-1940 are buried in Kearney. # 47597024.

In 1940 Kearney, Estella is a store clerk, with widowed mother Serena 83. Serena's brother James McCutcheon 77 born in Ohio is with them.

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