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, 100, of Bassett died at the Rock County Hospital on May 29, 2006.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1905, at home in Duff, Neb., to Charles Swanson and Kate Link Swanson.

He grew up on his father’s original homestead. He stayed with his Link

grandparents at Duff to attend kindergarten. Then he attended District 72, known as the Ewing School. He started the ninth grade, but broke his leg and, because his father also needed help at home, this ended his formal education. But, he always liked learning so he continued his education through media and by active reading, particularly about history.

Early in his life, he was in a farm-ranch partnership with his father. In the summer of 1929, he worked at the Ford Garage in Bassett.

On June 20, 1931, during the depth of the dry years and Depression, he married Helen Everingham at Bassett. For the first two and one-half years of their marriage they lived with his parents on the Swanson homestead, before moving to their own ranch 27 miles southeast of Bassett. Here they raised their five children – Duane, Harry, Ken, David, and Joyce. During this time he was treasurer of School District 51 for as long as his children attended there.

He served on the Federal Land Bank and the Soil Conservation Boards. In 1959, he was honored with a Goodyear award for conservation practices and was able to go to Arizona to meet with other winners from all over the United States. He also received a tree farm award and several other awards for his conservation efforts. He was a precinct assessor, an active member of the Rose United Methodist Church, and on the Rose Cemetery Board for many years. He later became a member of the Bassett United Methodist Church. He voted in every election from the age of 21 up until his death, including voting in the last primary election at the age of 100.

In 1982, he had his first threshing bee to show his grandchildren how it was done in the “old days.” This became a family tradition that children from area country schools and friends and neighbors attended for many year. In later years, this tradition lived on because of the help of the Dale Sybrant family who began running and living on “The Place” when Elmer and Helen moved to Bassett in September 1993. Last year’s threshing bee marked his 100th birthday celebration. Helping him celebrate were over 400 family members, neighbors, and other friends.

They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on June 20, 2004. After their health began to fail, they moved into custodial care at the Rock County Hospital in December of 2004. Helen passed away on March 27, 2005.

Survivors include his sons, Duane (Patty) of Bassett, Harry of Long Pine, Kenneth (Greta) of Central City, David (JoAnn) of Bassett; daughter, Joyce (Karl) Menzel of Bassett; 13 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Gladys Swanson of Bassett; and two nieces, Geraldine (Buck) Roper of Fairmont, and Betty Lou Bell of Green Valley, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Rachel Greenfield, Estelle (Dale) Black, Lucille, Norma, and Lila Everingham, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Leonard “Dutch” and Robert “Bill” Swanson; a daughter-in-law, Karen Swanson; a grandson, Brian Swanson; one sister-in-law, Isabel Swanson; Helen’s sister, Eunice (Everingham) Boerger; and four brothers-in-law, Melvin, Paul, Don Everingham, and Laurence Greenfield.

, 84, of Scottsbluff, died June 23, 2006, at the West Nebraska Veterans Home.

He was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Andrews, Neb., to Albert D. and Fern (Pullen) Watson. While his father worked for the railroad they lived in various locations and in 1929 after his father passed away the family moved to Alliance and then to Minatare where he received his education graduating in 1939. While attending high school he worked at Colson’s Drug Store. After graduation he moved to Scottsbluff and worked at Hauserman’s Drug Store.

He married Ann Marie Roth on June 24, 1941, in Chadron and raised two children – Kay and Keith.

He entered the Army on June 14, 1942, serving in San Antonio and in France. He was honorably discharged Dec. 10, 1945.

He bought half interest in the Gingham Inn Restaurant and opened Tom & Jerry’s Drive Inn in 1950. After retiring from the restaurant business he was an appraiser for the assessor’s office and then sold real estate. He retired after serving as steward for the Elks Lodge for six years.

After Ann’s death he returned to Minatare and has been at the Veterans home for the past 18 months.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, a past patron of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Cosmopolitan Club. He was active in the Panhandle Saddle Club and the Antique Old Car Club.

Survivors include his daughter, Kay Thayer of Minatare; son, Keith of Honolulu, Hawaii; granddaughters, Joy Marie Roberson of Austin, Texas and Michelle and Kristoffer Rehder of Billings, Mont.; grandson, Russell Thayer of Silverdale, Wash.; great-granddaughter, Makayla Ann Marie Moore of Austin, Texas; brothers, Jerry (Marge) Watson and Chuck (Wandalee) Watson all of Scottsbluff.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

, 100, of Bassett died at the Rock County Hospital on May 29, 2006.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1905, at home in Duff, Neb., to Charles Swanson and Kate Link Swanson.

He grew up on his father’s original homestead. He stayed with his Link

grandparents at Duff to attend kindergarten. Then he attended District 72, known as the Ewing School. He started the ninth grade, but broke his leg and, because his father also needed help at home, this ended his formal education. But, he always liked learning so he continued his education through media and by active reading, particularly about history.

Early in his life, he was in a farm-ranch partnership with his father. In the summer of 1929, he worked at the Ford Garage in Bassett.

On June 20, 1931, during the depth of the dry years and Depression, he married Helen Everingham at Bassett. For the first two and one-half years of their marriage they lived with his parents on the Swanson homestead, before moving to their own ranch 27 miles southeast of Bassett. Here they raised their five children – Duane, Harry, Ken, David, and Joyce. During this time he was treasurer of School District 51 for as long as his children attended there.

He served on the Federal Land Bank and the Soil Conservation Boards. In 1959, he was honored with a Goodyear award for conservation practices and was able to go to Arizona to meet with other winners from all over the United States. He also received a tree farm award and several other awards for his conservation efforts. He was a precinct assessor, an active member of the Rose United Methodist Church, and on the Rose Cemetery Board for many years. He later became a member of the Bassett United Methodist Church. He voted in every election from the age of 21 up until his death, including voting in the last primary election at the age of 100.

In 1982, he had his first threshing bee to show his grandchildren how it was done in the “old days.” This became a family tradition that children from area country schools and friends and neighbors attended for many year. In later years, this tradition lived on because of the help of the Dale Sybrant family who began running and living on “The Place” when Elmer and Helen moved to Bassett in September 1993. Last year’s threshing bee marked his 100th birthday celebration. Helping him celebrate were over 400 family members, neighbors, and other friends.

They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on June 20, 2004. After their health began to fail, they moved into custodial care at the Rock County Hospital in December of 2004. Helen passed away on March 27, 2005.

Survivors include his sons, Duane (Patty) of Bassett, Harry of Long Pine, Kenneth (Greta) of Central City, David (JoAnn) of Bassett; daughter, Joyce (Karl) Menzel of Bassett; 13 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Gladys Swanson of Bassett; and two nieces, Geraldine (Buck) Roper of Fairmont, and Betty Lou Bell of Green Valley, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Rachel Greenfield, Estelle (Dale) Black, Lucille, Norma, and Lila Everingham, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Leonard “Dutch” and Robert “Bill” Swanson; a daughter-in-law, Karen Swanson; a grandson, Brian Swanson; one sister-in-law, Isabel Swanson; Helen’s sister, Eunice (Everingham) Boerger; and four brothers-in-law, Melvin, Paul, Don Everingham, and Laurence Greenfield.

, 84, of Scottsbluff, died June 23, 2006, at the West Nebraska Veterans Home.

He was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Andrews, Neb., to Albert D. and Fern (Pullen) Watson. While his father worked for the railroad they lived in various locations and in 1929 after his father passed away the family moved to Alliance and then to Minatare where he received his education graduating in 1939. While attending high school he worked at Colson’s Drug Store. After graduation he moved to Scottsbluff and worked at Hauserman’s Drug Store.

He married Ann Marie Roth on June 24, 1941, in Chadron and raised two children – Kay and Keith.

He entered the Army on June 14, 1942, serving in San Antonio and in France. He was honorably discharged Dec. 10, 1945.

He bought half interest in the Gingham Inn Restaurant and opened Tom & Jerry’s Drive Inn in 1950. After retiring from the restaurant business he was an appraiser for the assessor’s office and then sold real estate. He retired after serving as steward for the Elks Lodge for six years.

After Ann’s death he returned to Minatare and has been at the Veterans home for the past 18 months.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, a past patron of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Cosmopolitan Club. He was active in the Panhandle Saddle Club and the Antique Old Car Club.

Survivors include his daughter, Kay Thayer of Minatare; son, Keith of Honolulu, Hawaii; granddaughters, Joy Marie Roberson of Austin, Texas and Michelle and Kristoffer Rehder of Billings, Mont.; grandson, Russell Thayer of Silverdale, Wash.; great-granddaughter, Makayla Ann Marie Moore of Austin, Texas; brothers, Jerry (Marge) Watson and Chuck (Wandalee) Watson all of Scottsbluff.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.


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