Bressler Obituaries Nebraska

The Bresslers were a big family centered in Pennsylvania, but many of their offspring migrated west to Nebraska.  The clippings were copied from Ruth Bressler Claycomb’s scrapbook.  The original sources are not usually indicated.

Hezikiah Bressler was a half-brother of my great-grandfather, John Tannehill Bressler.  (1903).
bressler h obitFranklin Pierce Bressler was a brother of John Tannehill Bressler. (1933)
bressler fp obitMary Smith Bressler was the wife of Franklin Pierce Bressler.  (1939)
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Claycomb Farm House, Wayne, Nebraska

This is the residence at Cedarhurst, home of my grandparents, Ruth Bressler and Amos Claycomb in Wayne, Nebraska.  The photo was taken about 1920.  I think the car is their 1919 Cadillac.  I cannot identify the children or the horses, a failure I must admit.  Update:  the children on the horses L-R:  William von Seggern, Jr., John Claycomb, and Bill Mellor.
house horses carI wrote about the fate of this house here.

Harriet Duncan and Her In-Laws To Be

This is from one of Mom’s first visit to the Claycomb farm in Wayne, Nebraska, probably 1935 or so.
HDC and ClaycombsJohn Claycomb, Barbara Claycomb, Richard Claycomb, Harriet Duncan, Frank Claycomb, and George Claycomb.  Have to say, I just don’t recognize George – I put his name by elimination.

I.D. Cards

These are two of my father’s i.d. cards.  One is his student activity card for Wayne (Nebraska) State Teachers College.  It surprises me that it would cost $3.25 for one semester in 1933.  Seems pricey.
fec student cardThe other is his Michigan driver’s license for 1936.  It’s printed on shiny paper – like photo paper.  He was 21 and would be getting married that April.
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Wayne Country Club Membership Card 1926

I didn’t know my grandfather, Amos Claycomb, was a member of the Wayne (Nebraska) Country Club.  Or that Wayne even had a country club in 1926.
atc cc membershipAnd then I notice on the reverse, that his was a social membership.  That makes a little more sense.  He was very social, and even athletic, but I never knew him to play golf.
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Bressler Family 1911

Bresslers 1911Front row L-R:  John Tannehill Bressler, Dorothy Bressler, Julia Fair Bressler, Martha Harker, O. A. Harker, Jr.
Back row L-R:  Ruth Bressler, John T. Bressler, Jr., Kate Bressler Von Seggern, William E. Von Seggern, Maud Bressler Harker.
April 1911.

Kate Bressler and William Von Seggern married in April 1911 – perhaps at the time of this photo.  John, Dorothy, Ruth, Kate, and Maud of the children of John T. and Julia Bressler.  Maud married O. A. Harker and their daughter is Martha.

Wayne, Nebraska.

 

 

 

Award of Merit Wayne Nebraska 1927 – 1928

EPSON MFP image“This certifies that Barbara Claycomb a pupil of the Public Schools of this county is especially commended for Punctual and Regular Attendance at School for a period of twenty days and is therefore entitled to receive this Award of Merit.”
EPSON MFP imageIn the year that Thelma Peterson was her teacher and Pearl E. Sewell was the county superintendent of schools in Wayne, Nebraska, Aunt Barb received this award September 1927 through April 1928.
EPSON MFP imageThe forms (N-200-H) were printed for Lincoln School Supply Company in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Each featured a work of art.  On the reverse the painting and the artist were described.  Aunt Barb’s school was District #14 – a one-room school house with probably a dozen students.
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Nebraska Commencement 1940

EPSON MFP imageIn 1940 my Aunt Barb received her BA in Education for Nebraska State Teachers’ College in Wayne, Nebraska.  She save the announcement, the program and mimeograph pages of the Commencement Week program with instructions on how to dress for the ceremonies and how to behave during them.

EPSON MFP imageEPSON MFP imageEPSON MFP imageEPSON MFP image1940 barbQuite an exciting time for a 22 year old farm girl from Wayne.  I’m not sure of the timeline, but I think she went to Chicago to attend a business college after this.  As far as I know she never taught school.  Oh, the questions I wish I had asked her.