Anthony Robinson

Anthony Robinson, 87, Dies

Anthony K. Robinson, 87, one of Madison county’s oldest citizens, died Sunday afternoon at the home of a daughter in Newman Grove. He had been in failing health for some time.

Mr. Robinson came to Madison county when a young man.  He was the husband of Mary Bickley Robinson, who died in 1941.  Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery at Madison.   Source:  Battle Creek Enterprise, Thursday, May 11, 1950 on page 1.


Mrs. John Richardson

Battle Creek, Neb., Sept. 3 — Special to The News:  Funeral services for Mrs. John Richardson, who died Saturday afternoon in a Norfolk hospital, were held Tuesday forenoon in the Catholic Church here.  The Rev. Thomas Walsh officiated, and burial was made in the Catholic cemetery by the side of her husband, who died years ago.  Mrs. Richardson was 76 years old, and an old settler in North Deer Creek precinct.  She is survived by a number of grown children.  Source: The Norfolk Daily News, Wed., Sept. 3, 1930, page 2.

Herman Raasch

Herman Raasch, 85, Is Taken By Death

Was Boy of 7 in First Wisconsin Caravan to arrive in Norfolk

Herman Raasch, Stanton, who was a 7-year-old boy in the first colony of Wisconsin settlers to come to Norfolk in 1866, died Tuesday morning at his home.  He was 85 years old.

Mr. Raasch was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Raasch whose family was one of twenty-eight that traveled in the Wisconsin covered wagon caravan to establish the town of Norfolk.

He spent most of his life in Stanton county where he first engaged in farming and later retired to his home in Stanton,  He wife died many years ago, and for several years his daughter, Mrs. Ella Benning, had made her home with her father.  He also is survived by tow daughters living in Oklahoma, two brothers, Henry, Norfolk, and John, Hadar, and one sister, Mrs. Pfeil, Hoskins.

Death of Mr. Raasch leaves only about twenty-four or twenty-five persons, who came with the first Wisconsin pioneers, still living.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock a the home, and at 2:30 o’clock at St. John’s Lutheran church, the Rev. Herbert Hackbarth, pastor, being in charge.  Burial will be made in the Stanton cemetery.  Source:  The Norfolk Daily News, Wednesday May 15, 1940, page 2.

Cloyd, Martha, Mrs. (Ransdell)

Mrs. Martha Cloyd Passed Suddenly

It was indeed a shock to the people of Meadow Grove to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Martha Cloyd Wednesday evening. She had been feeling as well as usual on Wednesday, and in the evening went with Mrs. Botsford to the movie. All of a sudden she complained that she could not get her breath. She was taken to her home and died immediately, the cause being heart-failure. Mrs. Cloyd had been subject to heart attacks for many years. Usually they were of short duration and would be relieved by ease and quiet. They were becoming more numerous recently and the last one came Wednesday evening. Source: Meadow Grove News, Thursday, July 31, 1930, page 1.

Martha Christina (Ransdell) Cloyd was born February 20, 1859 in Franklin, Indiana and died in Meadow Grove, Nebraska on July 30, 1930, age 71 years 5 months, and 10 days. She was the youngest and last living member of a family of 13 children. She was united in marriage to Wilson Cloyd on February 21, 1881. Survivors were Mrs. Audrey Higbee, Mrs. Martha Buffington, Cora, Irvin, and Donald Cloyd, along with 10 grandchildren. Two children, Robert and Clellen, and her husband preceeded her in death. Burial was in the Besst Cemetery beside her husband and oldest son. Source: excerpts from Meadow Grove News, Thursday, August 7, 1930, page 1.