Mather research

Research on the the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Samuel and Lucy Mather.  Samuel died in 1896 and Lucy died in 1926. They had 10 children with 8 of them living into adulthood.

Any information of the Mather families would be appreciated.

Please let us know by contacting us at our e-mail address or at our post office address.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Charles township, rural West Point will be celebrating its150th year.  The article on it can be found in the newspaper “Norfolk Daily News”, Friday, June 2, 2017 on page 9.

The early settlers were Anton Fischer, Frank Grewe, Frederick Grovijohn, Fred Kaup, Joseph Kaup, Matthias Schmuecker, Charles Schueth, Henry Harstick. Later the surnames of Drueke, Gerken, Goeken and Kappius were added.

Marjean Lillie (Shupe) Lewis

Source: World, The (Coos Bay, OR) – Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Marjean Lillie Shupe Lewis
A funeral Mass will be held for Marjean Lillie Shupe Lewis, 74, of Reedsport, at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 12 St. John’s Way, in Reedsport. Burial will be at Reedsport Masonic Cemetery.

Marjean was born Nov. 27, 1932, in Tilden, Neb., to Boyd and Marjorie (Taylor) Shupe. She died Nov. 25, 2007, in Florence. She married Albert Lewis on Jan. 21, 1950, in Tilden, Neb. They moved to Reedsport in 1953, and had lived there for the past 54 years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed family, bridge, sewing, knitting and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Albert of Reedsport; daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Greg Service of Madras; son, Tom Lewis of Reedsport; son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Linda Lewis of Reedsport; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Debbie Lewis of Roseburg; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Jacki Lewis of Reedsport; three sisters in Nebraska; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Cascade Coast Regional Office, Alzheimer’s Association, 1238 Lincoln St., Eugene, OR 97401.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dunes Memorial Chapel, (541) 271-2822.

Information submitted by: Leslie Chapman Reedsport, Oregon.                                                                                       Name used with permission

Albert Earl Lewis

Source: Register-Guard, The (Eugene, OR) – Sunday, December 25, 2016

Albert Earl Lewis, “Whitey”, 86, of Reedsport, died Wed. Dec. 14, 2016 at Lower Umpqua Hospital.

A Celebration Of Life will be held Thurs. Dec. 29, 2016 at 3 pm at the Salmon Harbor Marina Activity Center, 100 Ork Rock Road, Winchester Bay, Or. Private Family Graveside Services will be held at the Reedsport Masonic Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife.

Albert Earl Lewis was born Aug. 22, 1930 in Meadow Grove, Nebraska to Earl and Camilla Kelling Lewis. He was raised and educated in Meadow Grove, where he graduated, but he traveled to the Northern Oregon coast for a short time while his father was logging. He was united in marriage to Marjean Shupe on Jan. 21, 1950 in Tilden, Ne. They celebrated fifty-seven years of life together and raised five children. Marjean preceded him in death in Nov. of 2007.

Albert and Marjean moved to Reedsport in 1953 where he began working for the Umpqua Navigation Co. He was there for sixteen years and was working there in 1955 when he lost his leg in an accident. In 1969 Umpqua was purchased by Bohemia Lumber Co. and he continued working there as a foreman and eventually as the manager. He worked there for twenty-two years and then he and John Schaffer bought the company from Bohemia. They operated it until 2000 when it was sold.

Among his personal interests he enjoyed everything that the Oregon Coast has to offer. He loved Salmon fishing, crabbing and digging clams. The family had a traditional deer hunt every year. He also enjoyed playing cards and visiting with his friends. Whitey was all in for the Reedsport community, He was a past member of the Reedsport Volunteer Fire Dept. and an honorary fire chief. He was an active member of the Reedsport Eagles Lodge and the Moose Lodge, as well as the Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents. Survivors include his six children, Monica and Greg Service, Bend, Or., Tom Lewis, Eugene, Or., Ron and Linda Lewis, Reedsport, Or., Becky and Kurt Arnold, Oregon City, Or., Tim and Debbie Lewis, Roseburg, Or., Scott and Jacki Lewis, Reedsport, Or., three brothers; Fred Lewis, Lakeside, Or., Jim Lewis, Idaho, and Ron Lewis, California. Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions made to the Reef Program in Reedsport or the Reedsport Booster Club, in his memory.

Services entrusted to Dunes Memorial Chapel, 541-271-2822.

Information was submitted by: Leslie Chapman Reedsport, Oregon.                                                                                       Name used with permission


Seeking information

Research on the surnames of Dangberg, Jaeger, Janke, Kleine from Wayne county, Nebraska and also in Madison county, Nebraska is being done.  If you can provide additional information or are related to one of those listed above please contact AGS with the information.  We will then make contact with the persons asking for the information.

Church Denomination Websites

The following is a list of some major church denominations                 and the websites for them

Seventh-day Adventist Church

Assemblies of God

Southern Baptist Convention

Catholic Church

United Church of Christ

Churches of Christ

Episcopal Church USA (Anglican)

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Church–U.S.A.

Other websites for the major traditions



Eastern Orthodox






War Letters World War II

An article in the newspaper “Norfolk Daily News”, Tuesday, May 30, 2000 on page 2 had a story about letters being sent and received from military members.  The names below are those that were mentioned in the article.

“Stan McComber to his sister-in-law after he visited the grave of his brother and her late husband.”

“One from Pvt 1st Class Donald Luedtke, who was in Taejon, Korea, with the U.S. Army 24th Division.”

“Lt. Frank Rogers of Omaha served in World War II along side his brother, Bernard, who was killed in action.” A letter he sent to his father.

“Capt. Margaret Gaule of Omaha sent to her husband, while stationed in Okinawa during World War II.”


Pioneer Farm Family awards

The following names come the newspaper “Norfolk Daily News”, Saturday, June 3, 2000 on page 2. These are the ones who were given the award in 2000 and are the area recipients for 19 counties. “In order to qualify, a parcel of land must have been owned consecutively by members of the same family for at least 100 years.” This list will be as listed in the newspaper by county then by name and city.

Antelope — Allen & Janice Dozler, Elgin; Dale Johnson,  Brunswick; Lehr Farms, Omaha;                    Willie Shrader, Ewing; Robert Scott, Tilden; Bill & Nancy Wylie, Elgin

Boone — CK Farms Incorporated, Albion; Mildred Greitens, Petersburg;                                              Mrs. Warren Wilton, Petersburg

Boyd — Donald & Joan Hoffman, Omaha; Thomas & Joanne Langan, O’Neill;                                  Walter & Lucille Motacek, Spencer; Alberta Sieler, Lynch

Burt — Virginia Follstad, Whitewater, Wisconsin

Cedar — Kathleen Brodersen, Yanton, South Dakota; Dalton Gillilan, Wausa;                                     Claire & Norma Janssen, Coleridge; John and Norbert Leise, Wynot;                                   David & Marlene Pick, Coleridge; Larry & JoAnn Rathgeber, Coleridge

Cherry — Claude & Bruce Reyman, Wood Lake; Mary Carr Swendener, Mullen

Colfax — Emil & H. Nadine Beran, Howells; Eugene & Jerane Figgner, Fremont;                                Duane Horn, Schuyler; Leonard Shonka, Schuyler

Cuming — Mark Harstick, West Point; Brian & Doreen Fischer, West Point;                                          Marcella Schlecht, West Point; Amos & Laverne Schulzkump, West Point

Dixon — Walter & Dorothy Hale, Allen; Lavern & Opal Harder, Wayne;                                               Leroy & Helen  Hoesing, Newecastle; Edwin & Esther Schwarten, Emerson;                      Jerry & Karma Thomas, Newcastle

Dodge — Ronald Dames, Scribner; Anna Mae Elkmeier, Dodge; Lou Kroenke, Dodge;                      Robert & Louella Larsen, Fremont

Holt — Kenneth Coolidge, Lincoln;  Edward & Margretha Kaczor, O”Neill;                                        Walter Kollman, Atkinson; Albert Thoendel, Ewing;                                                                Norman & Genelle Trowbridge, Page; Widtfeldt Trust, O”Neill

Keya Paha –Denis Palmer, Springview; Gerald & Lois Titus, Springview;                                                  Brad Weston, Boyne City, Michigan

Knox — Roger & Cindy Effle, Orchard; Merle Milne, Creighton;                                                            Brandon Novak, Yankton, South Dakota; Robert & Norma Morrill, Creighton;                        Janice Peed, Verdigre

Madison — Janet Heath, Cedar Bluffs; Donald Koenig, Newman Grove;                                                 Danny & Peggy Patzel, Newman Grove

Pierce — Scott & Constance Bloomquist, McLean; Arvid & Sharon Monson, Wausa;                          Dennis Wacker, Osmond

Platte — Dennis & Norene Kuhr, Creston; Jerry & Darlene Herchenbach, Humphrey;                       Marilyn Theilen Vrana, Aurora

Rock — Allen Sybrant, Bassett

Stanton — Mardelle Gnirk, Hoskins; Esther Roker Wantlin, Stanton;                                                      Margaret Schellpeper, Stanton

Wayne — Dennis & Gloria Evans, Winside; Norman Haglund, Wayne;                                                   Zita Jenkins, Wayne; Kathleen Karr Caughenour, Cheyenne, Wyoming;                               Dallas & Marcella Schellenberg, Winside





Dr. Richard Tanner, showman known as Diamond Dick

Article in the newspaper “Norfolk Daily News”, Wednesday, June 7, 2000 on page 8 shares information on this doctor who was also a showman in the wild west shows. He was a famous marksman and horseman before he became a physician. He traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and later had his own attraction “Diamond Dick’s Wild West Shows”, and later took his act to the vaudeville state and circuses.

The story about him can be found it the article.  He is buried at Norfolk, Nebraska.