Grand Army of the Republic
Kearney Hub, August 1898 – Pensions
James & John O’Kane, two well known GAR men had their
pensions raised from $8 to $10 a month.
[Mattie O’Kane in Kearney Cemetery in plot owned by James.
Died in 1903, no age given. No other O’Kane burials]
Kearney Hub, Oct. 20, 1933
Freeman Merryman died age 88. Buffalo County resident 50
One of five surviving GAR members in Kearney.
[Born 1845, was 16 in 1861]
From GAR file in
Civil War vets died after 1910, buried in Buffalo Co.
Elahan Burks widow filed in Idaho
1-26-1925 [was at Miller]
George Forrester, d. 1912 – Miller
Joseph Stevens, d 1917 – Miller
Clark Perkins, 1919 – Pleasanton
George Gillming, 1915 – Prairie Center
Email from Doug Reckard, Northwood, NH
http://www.rootsweb,com/~nhnhs, <firstname.lastname@example.org> –he
was researching M A Young in Majors community back in
2000-2001. He stumbled across a website which had GAR Post
memberships and sent the information to me 28 Jan. 2001.
The site he found is <http:/dp120.denver.lib.co.us/dpl/whg/Nebraska/>
New address: http://history.denverlibrary.org/research/civil_war_gar_neb/GARposts.html
Lists Posts but not memberships in those posts.
From Bassett's History of Buffalo County,
Vol. I, p. 202-204
SEDGWICK POST NO. 1, G. A. R.
Sedgwick Post No. 1,
Department of Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, has the
distinction of being the first G. A. R. post organized in
Past Post Commander A. H.
Boltin furnishes the following history of the post: Sedgwick
Post was organized at Fort Kearney in the year 1870, under
jurisdiction of the Department of Illinois. In 1874, at
Kearney, the post was reorganized under jurisdiction of the
Department of Iowa. On December 1, 1879, the post was again
reorganized and chartered as Sedgwick Post No. 1, Department
In the life of this post thirty-three comrades have served
as post commanders in order as follows: E. C. Calkins, J. W.
Wilson, Joseph Black, Robert La Fountain, James Jenkins, A.
H. Boltin, J. W. Parker, W. J. Perkins, R. M. Grimes, J. M.
Tisdell, W. Smith, D. A. Dorsey, I. A. Arnold, I. B.
Wambaugh, John Barnd, Dr. H. S. Bell, Dwight Phelps, Henry
Seaman, W. W. Dye, J. C. McKeene, Phil Bessor, B. H.
Goulding, John Hoge, J. C. Beswick, E. W. Thomas, George N.
Smith, George C. Ray, Freeman Merryman, J. A. Larimer, Rev.
Henry Wood, Simon Landis, A. D. Rice, Lorenzo Smith.
In the year 1915 the post
was in a flourishing condition, with seventy members. There
are buried in the cemetery at Kearney 162 soldiers of the
SEDGWICK WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS NO. 1, G. A. R.
Sedgwick Woman's Relief
Corps No. 1, Department of Nebraska, G. A. R, was organized
at Kearney in January, 1884, with the following charter
members: Josephine Gillespie, president; Julia McKelvey,
Mary La Fountain, Maria Miles, Mrs. Lacy, Laura Perkins,
Sarah Parker, Mrs. Fields, Mrs. Fitch, Mrs. Vanhorn, Mary
Lotterman, Mrs. Harding, Sarah Hoge, Mrs. R. M. Grimes, Mrs.
Shiers, Mrs. William Hunt, Martha Goulding, Mrs. J. W.
Wilson, Mary Jenkins, Mrs. Bicknell, Harriet Worley, Mrs.
In the year 1915 the
corps had a membership of thirty-five. Its officers: Grace
Hardy, president; Lucinda Ball, S. V. P.; Melissa Wiley, J.
V. P.; Effie Boltin, chaplain; Phoebe J. Lancaster,
secretary; Aurelia Whitney, treasurer; Anna Kilgore,
conductor; Louisa Lowe, A. C.; Louisa Haase, guard; Mary
Bailey, A. G.; Effie Boltin, patriotic instructor; Anna
Kilgore, press correspondent; color bearers, Elizabeth
Smith, Jennie Shiers, Maria Reed, Mary Harper.
This was the first corps
organized in the Department of Nebraska.
SMITH GAVITT POST NO. 290, G. A. R.
Smith Gavitt Post No.
200, G. A. R., of Kearney, received its charter March 4,
1890, with the following charter members: John Tottersman,
L. O. Hyatt, James P. Tucker, James M. Duley, Franklin W.
Nichols, John Larimer, Stewart W. Calhoun, Joseph McKain,
William M. Woodruff, H. H. Wade, Benedict Streigel, Joseph
Worsley, J. A. Larimer, William B. Ray, John H. Boatwright,
Andrew J. Snow, John R. Mote.
The officers elected and
installed were: John W. Totterman, commander; James M. Duley,
S. V.; John Larimer, J. V.; Andrew J. Snow, Q. M.; Franklin
W. Nichols, surgeon; William M. Boatwright, chaplain; H. H.
Wade, O. D.; J. J. Boatwright, O. G.; Joseph Worsley,
adjutant; S. A. Hyatt, S. M.; W. B. Hay, Q. M. Sergt.
In 1915 the post had a
membership of fifty-three. Its officers: M. Hopkins,
commander; S. Bell, S. V.; J. S. Wiley, J. V.; W. H.
Marshall, O. D.; Robert Haines, chaplain; J. A. Larimer, Q.
M.; F. J. Switz, adjutant; D. T. Hostetter, O. G.
SMITH GAVITT WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS NO. 106, G. A. R.
Smith Gavitt Woman's
Relief Corps No. 106 at Kearney received its charter March
18, 1890, and was instituted with the following officers and
charter members: Marie Y. Miles, president; Mary J.
Tottersman, S. V.; Hattie J. Worsley, J. V.; Lucy A.
Willoughby, secretary; Estelle Rogers, treasurer; Maggie
McKain, chaplin; Frances Woodruff, conductor; Sarah A.
Seaman, G.; Kate A. Tucker, A. G.; Nancy Murphy, A. G.; May
Demar, Jennie Coleman, Mary A. Webbert, Mary J. Triggs,
Hannah N. Hyatt, Mattie O'Kane, Jennie Wood, Martha E. Tague,
Eva Uhrig, Lucy Willoughby, Jennie Calhoun, Victoria
Brundage, Marion Steigle, Cleronne Ray, Eleanor Hawk, Ada
In the year 1915 the corps had a membership of twenty-five.
Its officers: Mrs. Barbara Scheiling, president; Liddie
Bonser, S. V.; Elizabeth Marshall, J. V.; Emma L. Hostetter,
treasurer; Nellie M. Stimpson, secretary; Mary M. Page,
conductor; Celia Talbert, chaplain; Olie Springer, G.;
Amanda Green, Emily McKinney, Henrietta Pickerel and
Costelia Rogers, color bearers; Emma L. Hostetter, patriotic
instructor ; Melissa Hemmingway, press correspondent.
PHIL KEARNEY CIRCLE NO. 4, LADIES OF THE G. A. R.
Phil Kearney Circle No.
4, Department of Nebraska, Ladies of the Grand Army of the
Republic, was organized at Kearney, May 12, 1904; with ten
charter members. The first officers were: Lizzie Trimble,
president; Christie Hoge, S. V. P.; Lizzie Wambaugh, J. V.
P.; Josephine Stephenson, secretary; Jane Larimer,
treasurer; Mary J. Stear, chaplain.
In 1915 the membership of
the circle was seventy-five. The officers: Flora Rawell,
president; Fannie Wilson, S. V. P.; Mary Webbert, J. V. P.;
Effie Sullivan, secretary; Anna Warren, treasurer; Lillie
Rahn, chaplain; patriotic instructor, Emily Stark; Sophia
Kearney HUB –
May 3 – Capt. A. M. Trimble, adjunct
May 20 – Mrs. Clara Heffner elected jr. vp of WRC at
Fairbury state convention
May 27 – Committee in charge of Memorial Day ceremony at
J. R. Latimer
W. W. Dye
Services under supervision of Sedgwick #1
Oct. 25 – Dedication of soldiers monument
Jan 4, 1911 – H. Wood, commander
May 26, 1911 – Memorial Day committee
J. R. Arnold
J. A. Latimer