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Omaha World Herald
Omaha World Herald
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Description: Have Lived a Long Time – Biographical Sketches of Nebraska Men and Women Who Have Lived to be 75 Years Old and Over

Date: March 15 1891

Newspaper published in: Omaha, NE

Page/Column: 16

Have Lived a Long Time – Biographical Sketches of Nebraska Men and Women Who Have Lived to be 75 Years Old and Over

Butler County: Ulysses, Neb., March 1.

Henry Woodruff, who lives three miles northwest of Ulysses with his son, was born April 20, 1810, in Ashe County, North Carolina. There were no public schools in his boyhood days and his opportunities to acquire an education were limited; the schools of that time being private
enterprises and pupils were compelled to pay for their own instruction. Young Woodruff grew up in manhood and was married in North Carolina to Miss Cynthia Edwards on December 29, 1837. They lived in North Carolina until 1855, when they moved to Atchison County, Missouri, and then in 1862 to Nebraska City and then to Hamburg, Iowa, where they lived until 1881, when the old couple moved to Butler County and have since been living here with their son, H. Woodruff, a prominent farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff have been married 59 years and are today both hale and hearty when their advanced age is considered. On her 73d birthday, Mrs. Woodruff wove five yards of rag carpet.

If Chauncey Ludden lives until May 18 next, he will be 77 years of age. He was born May 18, 1814, in Herkimer County, New York. His father was a shoemaker in Columbia, New York. On arriving at an age to attend school, he was given a fair education for those days, attending the best schools until he was 10 years old, when he went to live with an uncle in the town of Winfield. Here he did not attend school much, because he was kept busy, his relatives believing in not allowing even the children to be unnecessarily idle. At the age of 15, he was apprenticed to his uncle to learn the carpenter's trade, and he worked at this place seven years. After serving his apprenticeship he taught school for a while in Otsego, NY. He moved to Missouri in 183_(?), where he was married in 1845 to Miss Louisa Washburn. Twenty years of married life was spent in Missouri, when they moved to Iowa. After five years residence in Iowa they moved to Butler County 19 years ago and have been honored residents of this section ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Ludden have been blessed with nine children, eight of whom are now living. They are: Mrs. Henry Tobey, Ulysses, Neb.; F. W. Ludden of Surprise; W. M. Ludden, Marquis, Iowa; Keene Ludden, Wayland, Polk County, Nebraska, and now one of the sergeants-at-arms of the legislature; C. P. Ludden, Sioux City, Iowa; C. W. Ludden, Surprise, Nebraska; Anna Salsbury, Ulysses, Nebraska, and S. E. Ludden, Surprise, Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Ludden are both in the enjoyment of good health and strength. They, of course, have had a great deal of the "ups an downs" of life, but are now going down the hill of life together, hand in hand and are certainly in the fullest possession of life's blessings now – a ripe old age and the love, honor and respect of all their neighbors. Their descendants, children and grandchildren, number 39, and when they have a family reunion it takes a big house to hold them all.

David Davis first saw the light of day in Cooperstown, N.Y., on the 28th day of January 1807, and is now 84 years and 28 days old. At the age of 10, his parents moved to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, then a wild and new county and just opened for settlement. As in all new countries, the early settler's life was one of continued hardship and privation and young David was no exception to the rule. The boy had to do his part in providing for the family fortunes and had absolutely no opportunities to acquire an education. But with native American pluck and grit, he did the best he could, helping his father to clear a large farm from heavy timber and owing to the united efforts of the family, at length had the satisfaction of seeing his parents in comfortable circumstances. At the age of 28 he was married to Miss Caroline Wright of Susquehanna County by whom he had three children, none of whom are now living, with the exception of Rev. D. S. Davis, pastor of the Methodist Church in Ulysses, with whom "grandpa" now makes his home. At the age of 42, he, with his growing family, moved to the State of Illinois and settled near Fulton City. In 1852 he moved to Rock Island County where he farmed for a number of years and worked as a carpenter. When the war was declared in 1861, although 55 years of age, he enlisted in the Fifty-first Illinois Infantry, serving until discharged. About eight years ago, he with his aged wife, came to Nebraska. Mrs. Davis died in 1883 at York, and "grandpa" is still living with his son, remarkably spry and healthy for one of his age. Long may he flourish.

Henry S. Phillips was born in Loudon County, Virginia, May 29, 1810. His father and mother died in 1815, leaving him an orphan at the age of 5 years. He was taken into the family of Friends in Pennsylvania with whom he lived for 12 years. The boy was denied all but the very commonest educational privileges and it was only by untiring effort that he received even a rudimentary schooling. At the age of 17, while living in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, he was apprenticed to a blacksmith with whom he worked a little over three years. He was married in Fayette County, Penn., March 27, 1833, to Miss Elizabeth Randolph. Eight children were the result of this marriage, four boys and four girls. Six of these are now living as follows: Permella
Crable, Fulton County, Illinois; S. R. Phillips, a prominent farmer near Gresham; Mrs. Lizzie Smithers, Ulysses, Nebraska; Hattie Lovell, Elma, Washington; W. H. Phillips, Julesburg, Colo.; and J. A. Phillips, a farmer near Ulysses. Mr. Phillips, in spite of his 81 years of life is remarkable hale and hearty and goes out among his relatives and friends whenever the weather will permit "Grandpa" has a great fund of reminiscences at his command and is never happier than when recounting over the history of days gone by. He saw Marquis de Lafayette in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, when he was on his way to Baltimore and Washington. Mr. Phillips now makes his home in Ulysses with his daughter, Mrs. Smithers. Mrs. Phillips lived to the advanced age of 77 years and died a little over two years ago.

Adams County, Roseland, Nebraska, March 4.

At the home of her son-in-law, J. H. Walker, six miles north of Roseland, lives Claressa Ball, the oldest person in Adams County, if not in central Nebraska. She was born in South Carolina March 4, 1797, and is just past 94 years old. She is the mother of eleven children. She has forty-five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She emigrated from her native state to Tennessee and from there to Henry County, Indiana, and from there to Coffey County, Kansas. Seven years ago she came with her son-in-law to Adams County, Nebraska. She has for many years been a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Ball has been a remarkable woman, and if her full history could be written would contain much valuable and interesting matter. Those best acquainted with her say she has always been of a patriotic turn and loved her country. Since living in Nebraska, only one Fourth of July has passed but what she has been at some celebration. Two years ago the old soldiers of Geary Post No. 81 of Juniata made her an honorary member. She is not inclined to talk, but when she does, her thoughts seem to go back to her younger days, and it is of them that she talks best. Her health is very good.

Henry Strommal was born in Germany eighty-four years ago next July. He came to America 40 years ago, locating in Illinois. Twelve years ago he came to Nebraska and settled on a farm in Adams County where he has since lived. He has no children. His home is two miles from Roseland, and when he wishes to come to town, he walks carrying his butter and eggs rather than hitch up a horse. Mr. Strommal's health is remarkably good for one so old. He says he has been the bet part of his life, but expects to live many years yet.

Patrick Duncan is one of the oldest settlers of Adams County. He is 75 years old. He is the father of 10 children and has 16 grandchildren. Mr. Duncan, although an American by residence and education, was born in Ireland. He came to Nebraska over 20 years ago and truly was one of those who made this then unbroken wilderness literally "bud and blossom as the rose." He has lived on his farm continuously for over 20 years until this winter, when he moved into Roseland. He says he broke the second piece of prairie in Adams County. For the first four years of his residence here he was almost constantly bothered by Indians. At no time was he afraid of them, but dealt firmly and kindly with them, giving them almost anything they asked, and in return they gave him the name of good white man. During the early years of his residence here, he had to go to Nebraska City for lumber and other necessaries and to Grand Island to get his plows sharpened. He has one of the best improved farms in Nebraska. He has one of the nicest houses in town, and it is to be hoped that his declining years will pass peacefully and happily long.

Rev. John Fleming of Ayr township is past 85 years of age and has resided in Nebraska since 1878. He has ten children and twenty grandchildren. Mr. Fleming has preached the gospel according to the Presbyterian belief all his life. Away back sixty years ago, he was a missionary among the Indians in the Indian Territory, where he labored faithfully to Christianize them. While among them, he translated the Bible into their language. Mr. Fleming is highly respected by his neighbors and friends.

Pawnee County, Table Rock, Neb., Feb 26:

The oldest person in or around Table Rock is Mrs. Mary Sutton, who lives in town with her son, William Sutton. She was born in Nottingham, England, March 3, 1804, and is therefore nearly 87 years old. She has had ten children, eight of whom are still living. She has 55 grandchilden living and 50 great-grandchildren. She came to Joe Davies County, Illinois, in 1834 and to Nebraska in 1866. She is the widow of George Sutton, who died in 1846.

Mrs. Catharine Wood, who lives in town, was born near Albany, New York, May 1, 1806, and is therefore in her 85th year. She has seven children, 23 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She has lived in Pawnee County for many years.

Martin J. Mumford, who lives two miles southeast of town, but who is here today celebrating his 83d birthday, was born in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, February 26, 1808. He has three living children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He served in this county as justice of the peace for 22 years and in Pennsylvania for ten years. He came to this county in 1857, where he has resided ever since. He informs your correspondent that last fall and winter he chopped sixty cords of stove wood.

Delilah Decker was born in Vermont, March 30, 1809, and is therefore almost 82. She lived in Pennsylvania many years, came to Nebraska in 1866, and is the mother of five children, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rebecca Bloom was born in Ohio, February 28, 1810, and will celebrate her 81st birthday next Saturday at the residence of her son-in-law, E. A. Hansen, with whom she has lived many years. She has lived over 20 years in Nebraska, has four children, 38 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.

David Robertson was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he lived for over 50 years. He has lived in this town for five years and has but one living child and six grandchildren. He was born March 22, 1812, and is therefore in his 79th year.

Jonathan Allison was born in Pennsylvania, Mercer County, July 23, 1813 and is, of course, in his 78th year. He came to the county in 1866, where he has since resided, on his farm, two miles south of town, which he obtained directly from the government as a homestead. He has but two living children and 11 grandchildren. His wife died several years since.

Hannah E. W. Fairbank was born near Worcester, Mass., nearly 78 years ago, September 23, 1813. She has lived about 23 years in this vicinity. She lives in town, in a neat house of her own on a block of ground. She is the widow of Deacon Asaph Fairbank, who died in Hardin County, Iowa, in 1885, from the effects of a hurt sustained by the falling of a tree on him while chopping in the woods. She has one living child, five grandchilden and one great grandchild. She is known far and near as "Auntie Fairbank," and draws a pension for a son which she gave to the union in the dark days of 1862.

Henry Kubicek was born in Bohemia in the year 1814, exact date unknown. He came to this country thirty-three years since, and has lived in our county about 25 years. He lives three miles southeast and is the father of six children and sixteen great-grandchildren.

William McClintock was born in Ireland 76 years since, in 1815, day and month not known, and is one of the oldest settlers in the county, having settled on the farm where he now resides, half way between here and Pawnee City, in 1856, thirty-five years ago. He has five living children and seven grandchilden. He lived for several years in his earlier life near Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Susan Pangburn was born January 10, 1815, in Clark County, Indiana. She came to Nebraska in 1864, and is the widow of D. M. Pangburn, who has been dead several years. She lives in town, has five children and three grandchildren, and is just a little past 76.

Sarah Kerns, whose maiden name was Sarah Ward, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, January 27, 1815, and but recently celebrated her 76th year. She came to Nebraska in 1867, and has ever since resided in this county. She lives in town and is the mother of nine children, 23 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She is the widow of Nicholas Kerns who died 17 years since. Three of her sons-in-law were killed in the Union army; also one son. Another son lost a leg in the Union army and another son-in-law served three years in the army, and is now a member of the Grand Army at this place.

William Brown, who is a blacksmith near the depot, and thinks he can shoe a horse as well as he could 30 years ago, was born in 1815, and was 75 last November. He has five living children. He swears by the World Herald, voted last fall for Bryan and Boyd, and against the amendment, and is an old-fashioned democrat.

John Morley was born in England about 76 years since, we have been unable to get the exact date. He has lived since 1856 in this county. He recently buried his wife, with whom he lived many years, but never had a child, and is stopping with a friend temporarily, a short distance out of town.

Clay County, Sutton, Neb., Feb 26:

Grandma Campbell, mother of Charles Campbell of Sutton, is 79 years old and in looks and personal appearance is no more than 40. She is very particular about her dress and wears her black natural hair with as much care as she did when a girl. She owns an extensive peach garden in Kansas, which she cultivates herself, and this year raised and marketed a fine crop. She lives alone on her farm and looks inquiringly into her open fire place, past the andirons and old-fashioned crane, and in the curling smoke thinks she sees faces long since passed away. There, all by herself, she sits and pats her toes in her own ashes.

Submitted: 12/30/13

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