David "Nesbit" (or "Neb") Miner was born on Nov. 25, 1838 at Unity, Columbiana County, OH, the son of Burget and Sarah Ann Miner. A veteran of the Civil War, he and his wife were pioneer settlers of Nebraska.
Nesbit stood 5 feet, 6 inches, with blue eyes and light hair, and weighed 130 lbs. In the years before the war, he lived in Van Wert, Van Wert County, OH and worked as a carpenter.
As the Civil War was being waged, when he was 22 years of age, Nesbit joined the Union Army on Sept. 8, 1861, as a member of Company K of the 15th Ohio Infantry. [While Henry Clay Minor, a distant cousin, also served in the same regiment, Henry had mustered out and joined another regiment at the end of August 1861, less than 10 days before Nesbit enlisted.]
In November and December of that year, Nesbit was detached from the regiment and served as a steward in the Army hospital at Camp Nevin, KY.
Nesbit later rejoined his regiment. In early 1862, the regiment was stationed near Camp Wood in Kentucky, along the Green River. Presumably they helped guard the construction site of a new railroad bridge spanning the river, which was completed on Jan. 8, 1862. "The whistle of the first engine which crossed it was greeted by cheers from all parts of the camp and we thought we would now make another forward movement," wrote Nesbit's fellow soldier Andrew J. Gleason in his diary. "Some of the companies went out to discharge their guns. 'Neb.' Miner was on guard at the spring and arrested a member of the thirdy-second Indiana for violation of some rule. The man caused some amusement by his protests but 'Neb.' held him at the point of his bayonet until a corporal came and took him to the colonel's quarters." [This account was published in 1916 in The Fifteenth Ohio and Its Campaigns, War of 1861-5, authored by Capt. Alexis Cope.]
Nesbit eventually was promoted to corporal. The regiment saw action at the battles of Chickamauga, Pickett’s Mills, Stones River and Resaca. At Stones River, fought on New Year's Eve 1862, the 15th Ohio was positioned in the extreme lower left corner of the battlefield, as the Union Army's right hand wing, along with the 49th Ohio, 32nd Indiana and 1st Ohio, under the command of Brig. Gen. August Willich and Major Gen. Alexander McCook. The 15th Ohio quickly was routed and forced from the field, under attack from Georgia, Tennesee and North Carolina regiments, and retreated to the west.
Among Nesbit's distant cousins also seeing action at Stones River were Oliver Browning of the 51st Ohio Infantry and Thomas M. Miner of the 90th Ohio Infantry, both of whom were captured there as prisoners of war.
In July 1864, he served with General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops, in the Atlanta region. In the words of his regiment’s surgeon, William M. Clark, David took part in a quick time march with the regiment from Vining Station, GA and:
… in the line of his duty at or near Chatahoochee River in the state of Georgia [David] did on or about the 10th day of July 1864 become disabled in the following manner--: After making a forced march of 20 to 25 miles through a rough country on an excessively hot day the regiment was exposed to a drenching rain, causing considerable sickness in the regiment….
Nesbit himself recalled that Sherman had:
…forced a crossing about 20 or 21 miles above where we was stationed and … we was ordered to reinforce at Double Quick time which order came about 12:00 noon. We made the march by 5 or 6 o’clock the same evening and was still in line, the men almost [illegible] & some left on the road. At this moment their came a hevy thunder storm drenching us to the skin. Without blankets or tents we dryed ourselves … slightly. As best we could, gathered brush for a bed & went to sleep. Some time in the night I got up to urinate but found the passage stoped. I forced myself for a time before I had an evacuation after which I shook as though I had an ague and at day light I found myself in the same situation and found I passed most all blood.
Recalled regiment Captain Julius A. Gleason, Nesbit suffered "an attack of hemorrhage and inflammation of kidneys and bladder. Although he remained with the regt. and performed duty a part of the time until sent to Hospital at Victoria Texas (during the march to San Antonio Tex.) I do not think he was able bodied from July 10, 1864 until discharged."
He was treated in the hospital at Victoria, TX in July and August 1864. He was discharged at San Antonio, TX on Nov. 21, 1865, and mustered out of his regiment on Christmas Day at Camp Chase in Columbus, OH. In all, he had served for four years, three months and 14 days.
On Sept. 21, 1868, at Van Wert, Nesbit married 17-year-old Caroline Amelia Crumrine (Sept. 12, 1851-1911), daughter of Peter and E.J. (Swartzell) Crumrine of Carrolton, OH. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Mounts. Nesbit was nearly two decades older than his wife.
They went on to have six children, of whom five are known – Emma J. McMullen, Charles Thomas J. Miner, Cora N. Cummings Dotson, Laura E. "Lottie" Farrell and Edward Arthur Miner. One of the offspring was deceased by 1900.
In 1866, the Miners bought a lot in the town of Van Wert. Then, in 1869, they purchased town lot 7 in the nearby village of Willshire, OH.
As he aged, Nesbit continued to suffer from his wartime illnesses. In his own words:
The disease was acute for 4 or 5 years after my discharge & one time Dr. McGovern gave me up and said he could do nothing for me. After such time the disease became chronic. The pain is not so severe unless I take cold and when I take cold it always goes back to the old complaint. At the present time I never go to bed without getting up 5 or 6 times a night [to urinate].
In June 1871, Nesbit and Carrie and their five-month old daughter Emma left Ohio and moved to Columbus, Platte County, NE. Said the Columbus Journal, "Mr. Miner was a resident of this city for a good many years..." He obtained contracts for such work as constructing new schoolhouses and frontages for Fitzpatrick's Book Store and Brainard's Drug Store. In 1884, he helped erect a building for Charles Brindley in the northern part of town, at the corner of 16th and M Streets. The Columbus Telegram considered him "one of the pioneer carpenters and builders of Columbus."
He became engrained in the Columbus community and in 1878 served as secretary of the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company as well as executive committee member of its annual fundraising ball, held at the Opera House. The Columbus Journal in June 1884 reported that he had erected a "neat" picket fence around his town lot.
Nesbit was active with the local veterans organization and in August 1881 made news in the gossip columns of the Columbus Journal, which said that "with his bugle playing the old calls reminded those who heard him of the days of long ago, and camp life in the south."
By 1886, the Miners had migrated to Kent, Loup County, NE. Stories in the Journal noted that he returned to Columbus at times and stayed for several days at a time. In 1889, they were on a farm six miles from Burwell, Garfield County, NE. Nesbit worked during these years as a carpenter and contractor, but was so weak that he said he often hired other men to do the laboring, among them Charles Fuller in Garfield County.
While in Nebraska, as compensation for his wartime illness, Nesbit successfully petitioned the federal government for a pension. As of 1909, he was receiving $15 a month.
When a special census was made of Civil War veterans in 1890, Nesbit was listed as living in Burwell. He disclosed to the census-taker that he was a pensioner and that he suffered from "inflammation of urinary organs."
Caroline made news in the gossip columns of the Columbus Journal in late August 1892 when she and her son Charles, in company with J.R. Meager and family and S.L. McCoy and family traveled to the town of Grand Island.
By March 1891, the Miners were back in Columbus.
He ran for the elected position of city clerk on the Republican ticket. In a story about his candidacy, the Journal reported that "He is active, prompot, attentive to business, and will make a good clerk. He is a man of family, and has a lively interest in the welfare of the city. He was a faithful soldier of the republic during the war of the rebellion, and understands the full force and meaning of the word 'cuty,' when applied to serving the public. A vote for Miner will be well placed." He indeed was elected and served under Mayor John G. Pollock.
In 1893, Nesbit felt short-changed in payments made by the local Congregational Church for work he had performed. He filed suit in county court, and won the case, but was awarded only $28.15 instead of the $100-plus he was seeking.
Caroline traveled to Chicago in November 1893 to attend the World's Fair. While there, noted the Courier, she visited a brother "whom she had not seen for twelve years." In March 1894, the Miners received word from their old home region of Van Wert that his mother had died at the age of 77.
Despite the many years they had been married, the Miners' union was troubled. In July 1895, the Courier printed the news that Sheriff Kavanaugh had taken Caroline to the Nebraska State Hospital for the Insane at Norfolk. She spent nine weeks at the asylum and returned home in early September of that same year.
Nesbit received a shock at Christmas 1897 when he learned of the death of his brother T. "Jefferson" Miner. The news was published in the Courier. But the report was erroneous, however, as the brother lived for another five years until December 1902.
Nesbit in about 1898 was named to a committee to erect a Civil War monument in the middle of Frankfort Square in town. His skills in construction would have been valuable to the committee, whose other members were J.H. Galley, H.T. Sperry, J.R. Meagher, E.O. Rector, R.L. Rossiter and Ed. W. Clark. The group obtained two old cannons from California. A 65-ton barre granite stone measuring 30 feet high was installed as the base, and on top was placed a bronze eagle with a wingspan of six feet. The names of 132 men were inscribed on the granite base. The monument is seen here in an old postcard view circa 1907, and Nesbit's name carved on its base is still seen today.
Nesbit received word in January 1899 that his aged father was very ill back in Van Wert. He left Columbus to travel to be at his father's side. Fortunately, the father recovered and lived for another decade. Upon returning to Columbus, Nesbit told a Courier writer that "even old-time Ohioans cannot appreciate the wonderful difference there is between the roads of Nebraska and those of the Buckeye state. There,-- Mud, mud, mud, without limit, and no small depth either. The good people of Ohio are all right, but more of them ought to see Nebraska."
In 1900, when the federal census was taken, married daughter Cora resided in their home, with her two young children, Ownie Cummings and James A. Cummings. However, on Dec. 20, 1901, just five days before Christmas, Caroline and Nesbit separated, after 35 years of marriage. She left home and never returned, except "after many months absence, ... for a short time, ... only as a visitor to the rest of the family..." During that visit, she "refused to have anything to do with" her husband.
Caroline traveled back to Van Wert in April 1903 to visit her relatives, and spent two months there. While in Van Wert, she attended the funeral of her niece Carrie Allen. She also wrote home to say that her father in law, "Grandpa Miner," age 92, was "very low at this writing." She brought back her niece's seven-year-old daughter Eulalia Kisner, and stopped in Council Bluffs to collect her grandson Albert Cummings and bring him back to Columbus as well.
Nesbit filed for divorce in the Platte County District Court on Feb. 16, 1904. Caroline was absent and refused to defend herself, and the divorce was granted by the judge the following month, on March 23, 1904.
Following the divorce, Nesbit apparently moved to Council Bluffs, IA, presumably into the home of one of his married daughters -- Mrs. Harvey Farrell or Mrs. Melvin Dotson. A rare old postcard photograph of Council Bluffs' Broadway Street is seen here.
After several years there, he was admitted in 1906 to the National Military Home in Kansas City, MO. Later, he moved in with his son Charles at 415 Vine Street in Kansas City.
In the summer of 1907, the family apparently reunited for a large family meal in Omaha, where Caroline was living. Reported the Columbus Journal:
One day in late May 1909, Nesbit was reading his newspaper and started to recite out loud the names of deceased Civil War soldiers buried in Kansas City cemeteries. He commented to his son "that he would soon be one of them," said the Columbus Telegram. "Feeling indisposed he was unable to attend the Memorial day exercises the following day and passed away very suddenly that afternoon."
Nesbit's demise occurred on May 30, 1909 -- "Decoration Day" -- and he was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City. Said the Journal, "Mr. Miner had been in poor health all winter, due to old age, and while he seemed to get better with the approaching warm weather, he did not regain strength. Old soldiers acted as pall bearers at his funeral, and members of the army of the Philippines."
News of his death also was printed in his old Ohio hometown newspaper, the Van Wert Twice-A-Week Bulletin:
D. Nesbit Miner, well known to the older inhabitants, as the son of the late Burget Miner, died in Kansas City.... Mr. Miner had been living in Nebraska for several years. Recently he moved to Kansas City.
Caroline lived for another two years in the home of her son Charles in Kansas City, with an illness rendering her an invalid during that time. She suffered a hemorrhage and passed away on Nov. 13, 1911 in Kansas City. She was laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, a short distance from Nesbit's burial site, but her grave was not marked. Son Charles signed her officials Missouri certificate of death.
In the photo seen here, great-great grandson Gary McMullen stands on the approximate site of her grave, with Nesbit's standard-issue military marker and flag in the foreground.
~ Daughter Emma J. (Miner) McMullen Porter ~
Daughter Emma Ione Miner (1869- ? ) was born on Dec. 4, 1869 in or near Wilshire, Van Wert County, OH, sometime after her parents left Unity, Columbiana County, OH. As a toddler she migrated with her parents to Nebraska, where they first made a home in Columbus, Platte County.
Emma is known to have stayed with her parents for eight weeks in July and August 1891, returning to her home in Ord after that time. Her mother than came for a visit just before Christmas that year, and upon returning home, told a Columbus Journal correspondent that "with the crops raised the past season people there are in much better circumstances than the year before."
When she was 20 years of age, in about 1890, Emma was wedded to 27-year-old Frederick Daniel McMullen (March 1863-1932). He is believed to have been the son of Robert and Margaret Elizabeth (Harkness) McMullen.
They had eight known offspring, Louis Wilson "Lou" McMullen, Paul McMullen, Carrie M. Hopper, Arthur Robert "Art"McMullen, Karl Newton McMullen, Adell Lenora "Della" MacCarthy, Dorothy Leola McMullen and David Aubury McMullen.
Fred earned a living over the years as a plasterer, which likely meant frequent moves to project sites. In 1891, they made their residence in Ord, Loup County, NE. By 1900, when the federal census was enumerated, they were in Osceola,Clarke Coiunty, IA. The McMullens moved again within a few years and in 1907 dwelled in Columbus. They entertained a visit from their niece and nephew, Roma and Albert Dotson, in July 1909, as reported in the gossip columns of the Columbus Telegram.
The Grim Reaper of Death cut away two of the children during the mid-1900s. Son Paul died at birth in Columbus on April 14, 1905. Then two days before Christmas 1906, eight-month-old daughter Dorothy died of pneumonia. Noted the Columbus Journal, "The funeral was held from the residence at Seventh and Olive, on December 24, and conducted by Rev. Hayes of the Presbyterian church."
In 1910, census records show the family on 12th Street in Columbus, and in 1911, when named in the Columbus Telegram obituary of her mother, Emma lived in Council Bluffs.
Sadly, Fred passed away during the decade between 1910-1920. The widowed Emma went to live with her son Arthur and his wife Ruby in Council Bluffs. They are shown there in the U.S. Census of 1920.
Emma eventually relocated to Southern California, where she lived in Los Angeles in the 1940s. She married for a second time to (?) Porter ( ? - ? ).
She endured the death of her son Louis during the Christmas season in 1944. She succumbed in Los Angeles at the age of 77 on Jan. 29, 1947.
Son Louis Wilson "Lou" McMullen (1890-1944) was born in September 1890 in Columbus and was raised in Osceola and Columbus. As a young man, he learned the trade of carpentry and likely worked with his father in the business. In May 1915, in nuptials held in Papillion, Sarpy County, NE, he was united in wedlock with Marion Hazel Stubbs (1894-1969), with Rev. Thompson officiating. She was the daughter of Henry Edward and Blanche Eva (Brown) Stubbs of Columbus and Cheyenne, WY. The marriage was reported in the Council Bluffs newspaper and the Telegram, which noted that "The marriage was a complete surprise to friends and relatives, who were not notified until after the ceremony. Mr. McMullen is employed by the Union Pacific and has many friends who are extending their congratulations. The bride has been staying here with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Brown, 349 Benton street, who were greatly surprised at the news of the marriage." The couple bore three children -- Mary Ann McMullen, Richard McMullen and Robert McMullen. Louis was employed for 31 years as a railroad engineer. They made their home in Columbus until about 1937, when they moved to Council Bluffs and lived at 3448 Avenue B. Sadly, while at work in Grand Island, NE, he suffered a heart attack and died. Funeral services were held in a Council Bluffs chapel, and an obituary was printed in the Telegram. Burial was in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Council Bluffs. Marion wedded for a second time to widower Dorsey Liman Greiner (1887-1963) in 1954. After 15 years of marriage, Marion died in Council Bluffs at the age of 74 on Sept. 9, 1969.
Great-granddaughter Sibyl Ann McMullen (1939-2012) was born on Dec. 10, 1939 in Council Bluffs. She grew up in Kennewick, Benton County, WA, where she received a degree from Columbia Basin College in 1960. While in college, she met Roy Michener (Jan. 9, 1937-1982). They married in 1960. The Micheners dwelled in Prosser, WA and produced two children, William "Bill" Michener and James "Jim" Michener. At one time, she served as administrative assistant for local attorney Dwight Halstead. Sadly, Roy died in Prosser at the age of 45 September 1982. She remained a widow only for about a year, and in 1983 married her second husband, Thomas Irvin "Tom" Harper (May 19, 1929-2007). He was the son of Edward A. and Laura M. (Scott) Harper of Faith, SD. He brought four children to this marriage -- Cathy Moe, Terry Harper, Joseph Harper and Douglas Harper. Tom was a veteran of ther U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force. Later, he was a field engineer for Burroughs Corporation and an electrician installer for Boeing. Sibyl and Tom both worked at the Hanford Nuclear Project in Richland, she as an administrative assistant and he as an instrument technician. They made their home in Richland until retirement in 1989. They traveled extensively and in 1991 established a home in Cosmopolis, WA. Tom enjoyed hiking, wood refinishing and traveling in his spare time. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Richland and was named a life member after 25 years of faithful membership. He also joined the Grays Harbor Banjo Band. Sadly, Tom died in Cosmopolis on July 25, 2007 after nearly a quarter century of marriage. She relocated back to Prosser where she spent her final year. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser, was a musician with the Happy Time Band and spent time enjoying embroidery, sewing, wood finishing and playing dominoes. Sibyl died on April 30, 2012, with a death notice printed in the Tri-City Herald.
Great-grandson Robert Wilson "Rob" McMullen Jr. (1940-2007) was born on Nov. 30, 1940 in Council Bluffs. He married Jennie ( ? - ? ). Their children wee Troy McMullen, Robert McMullen, Denise McMullen, Shawn McMullen, Heath McMullen, Laura McMullen, Linda McMullen, Lee McMullen, Rance McMullen and Kelly McMullen. For many years, they owned Mobile RV Service in St. George, UT and maintained a home in Dammeron Valley, UT. At the age of 66, he died in St. George, Washington County, UT on Feb. 27, 2007. Burial was in Veyo Cemetery.
Great-grandson Roger B. McMullen (1941-2005) was born on Oct. 15, 1941 in Council Bluffs. He and his parents and siblings migrated to Kennewick, WA in 1948. He passed away in Golden Valley, AZ on Sept. 7, 2005.
Great-grandson Michael E. Streepy married Jody Forrester, daughter of Donald and Roseann Forrester. The family lived in Omaha, and their children included Zachary Streepy. The couple divorced, with Michael marrying Geney Lyons ( ? - ? ), daughter of Gene and LaRae Lyons, and remaining in Sioux City, but with Jody relocating to Phoenix, AZ. Son Zachary (1974-2003) was All-Star Football Team selection as a kicker from Iowa in 1992. He earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies in criminal justice and communication, and in August 2000 became a member of the Sioux City Police Department. On Sept. 1, 2001, he was joined in wedlock with Cindy Hansen ( ? - ? ), daughter of Lou and Jan Hansen, with the nuptials held in Calvary Lutheran Church in Sioux City. They bore a daughter, Lauren Hansen Streepy. But a long family life was not meant to be. Zachary contracted the deadly melanoma form of cancer and died at home on March 14, 2003.
Great-grandson Richard Streepy married Patricia.
Great-grandson Patrick Streepy
Great-granddaughter Susan Streepy married Daryl Claar.
Great-granddaughter Margaret "Peggy" Streepy wedded Brad Borman.
Daughter Carrie M. McMullen (1892-1973) was born on Sept. 10, 1892 in Columbus. When she was 12 years old, in August 1904, she spent a week's vacation in Fullerton, NE, visiting the with the families of Peter and C.L. Wenburg. She wedded Calvin Hopper ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Nebraska and produced one known daughter, Dorothy Kudlacek Fritz. The Hoppers' marriage fell apart and they divorced, with Carrie and Dorothy moving by 1920 into the home of Carrie's brother Arthur in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, IA. The 1940 federal census shows her residing alone on Avenue C in Council Bluffs and supporting herself as an office manager with a handbill-advertising distribution firm. By 1944, she had relocated to Vancouver, WA, and in 1946, despite the fact she was living so far away, the Council Bluffs City Council increased the assessment of her property at 3508 Western Avenue. She eventually sold the tract. Carrie passed into eternity at the age of 81, three days after Christmas 1973, in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, WA. Her remains rest in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, Clark County.
Son Arthur Robert "Art" McMullen (1895-1947) was born on Jan. 24, 1895 in Council Bluffs or Columbus. (Sources differ.) During World War I, he served with the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was united in matrimony with Ruby Rita Roberts (1900-1955). They were the parents of a son, Louis Robert McMullen. In 1920, they made a home in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, IA, where he worked as a railroad brakeman. That year, Arthur's widowed mother and divorced sister Carrie and her daughter Dorothy lived under their roof. At some point Arthur moved to northern California, making a home in Oakland. They migrated again to Los Angeles County. Arthur died at the age of 52 in Riverside, Los Angeles County on May 30, 1947. Ruby endured life as a widow before marrying again to Francks Nicholas "Frank" Toscano (1904-1979). She died on July 13, 1995, with burial in Los Banos Cemetery in Merced County, CA.
Son Karl Newton McMullen Sr. (1897-1980) was born on Jan. 23, 1897 in Council Bluffs or Columbus. He served in the U.S. Army in both World War I and World War II and was stationed overseas. He married Marie Alice Elizabeth (Oct. 19, 1896-1975). They bore four sons -- Karl Newton McMullen Jr., Ray A. McMullen, Ralph K. McMullen and Roy A. McMullen. Heartache enveloped the family in 1925 at the death of their six-year-old son Karl. Their address was 2530 75th Street in Omaha. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2503 in Benson, NE. Sadly, Marie died in Omaha at the age of 78 on April 18, 1975. His final years were spent in Wisconsin. He died at the age of 83 on May 18, 1980. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha, NE. An obituary appeared in the Omaha World-Herald.
Daughter Adell Lenora "Della" McMullen (1902- ? ) was born on Aug. 1, 1902 in Osceola, Clarke County, IA. In 1941, when she was 39 years of age, she wedded Glen Stanley MacCarthy ( ? - ? ), also spelled "McCarthy." In 1944, the couple resided in California.
Son David Aubury McMullen (1902-1969) was born on April 23, 1902 in Columbus. In about 1925, he was joined in matrimony with Agnes (Kudlacek) Smith (Jan. 6, 1897-1978). He moved to California, where he lived in Los Angeles in 1935, San Francisco in 1940 and earned a living as a radio salesman. David died in Los Angeles County, CA on Dec. 1, 1969. His remains were returned to Nebraska to rest in the veterans' section of Mount Hope Cemetery in Omaha. Agnes survived him by nine years and spent that time in Vancouver, Clark County, WA. She joined him in eternity at age 81 on May 5, 1978. Interment was in Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver.
~ Son Charles Thomas J. Miner ~
Son Charles Thomas J. Miner (1871-1932) was born on Nov. 27, 1871 (or 1872) in or near Columbus, Platte County, NE, shortly after his parents had relocated from Ohio. He grew up learning his father's carpentry trade.
As a young man, he was of medium height and slender build, with blue eyes and brown hair.
Charles obtained a contract from the City of Columbus in December 1892 for installing sidewalks along city streets. Reported the Columbus Journal, he was to be paid "65 cents a foot linear measure for sidewalks 10 feet wide, and 19½ cents for those 4 feet wide." In October 1897, he was selected as a subcontractor for C.C. Hardy in the construction of a 14 ft. by 28 ft., two-story house for John Galley, and in June 1901 for the residence of E.H. Frank in the Evans addition of town.
Proud of his father's Civil War service, Charles joined the Sons of Veterans, Union Camp No. 134. In late December 1896, he was elected second lieutenant of the organization and was named a delegate to attend the state encampment in Omaha in February 1897. During Memorial Day commemorations in Columbus, he played taps while special services were held at soldiers' gravesites.
During the Spanish-American War, Charles served as a musician in the U.S. Army with Company K of the 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry. He wrote a letter home from the Philippine Islands which was printed in the Aug. 24, 1898 edition of the Journal:
We have landed and are in camp a mile and a half from Manila. The insurgents had quite a battle yesterday morning, when he landed. Everything here is heathenish. Houses, horses and boats are of the old heathen style. The natives are a queer people -- something of the Malay race, with all kinds and sorts of race diseases including leprosy. Out in the bay, where we lay awhile before coming ashore, the stench from the dead Spanish of the sunken fleet was fearful. Just after supper the lower half of a Spanish body came floating by the Senator, and made about half the boys sick. The Monterey is expected in tonight, and if she comes we will probably take Manila in a few days. I like the country; have good health, and feel like a fighting cock all the time.
Charles wrote many more letters home from the army, and these duly were printed in the Journal.
When the U.S. Census count was made in 1900, the unmarried 28-year-old lived with his parents in Columbus and earned a living as a carpenter.
On Nov. 27, 1902, when he was 31 years of age, Charles was married to 23-year-old Martha Della "Delight" Wells (April 10, 1879-1962), daughter of William Lewis and Jennie Rose (Fellows) Wells. Martha was a resident of Columbus and a native of Plattsmouth, NE. The ceremony was held in St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Plattsmouth, NE. In announcing the upcoming wedding, the Courier said: "Miss Wells was for some time a competent helper in the composing room of the Argus office and became acquainted with many Columbus people while here. Mr. Miner is a Columbus boy and needs no introduction to our readers. We extend wishes for their happiness through life."
They produced four known offspring, Jennie Delight Moore Adams, Charles R.O. Miner, Robert Thomas Miner and Orabelle M. Herbeck Courtney.
Sadly, little Charles died in Kansas City on Sept. 8, 1913 at the tender age of 15 days, caused by acute kidney failure and lack of vigor. His remains were interred in Elmwood Cemetery.
He obtained employment circa August 1901 as a coach repairer with the Burlington and Missouri Railroad shops in Alliance, NE. By February 1903, he had secured a new job with the Big Four Railroad Company in St. Joseph, MO, working there as a finisher. Reported the Journal, "He is getting good wages and is well pleased with his work."
A story in the Journal in July 1903 noted that he and his wife resided in Plattsmouth, NE and that he was "now receiving treatment for an arm which did not heal perfectly from a fracture received about two years ago."
Circa 1906, he lived at 415 Vine Street in Kansas City, and his aged father died in the residence. In June 1907, as noted in the gossip columns of the Journal, they attended a family reunion at his parents' home in Omaha.
They remained in Kansas City as shown in the 1910 census, with an address of Wayne Avenue. In 1910, Charles' widowed mother lived in their home, in addition to 25-year-old brother in law John M. Wells and cousin 14-year-old Earl (?) Thomas. By 1911, they had relocated within Kansas City to a house at 132 North White. There, his mother died on Nov. 13, 1911. The Miners remained at 132 North White in 1913.
Charles at age 45 was required to register for the military draft during World War I. He stated his residence as Arnold, Custer County, NE, listing Della as his next of kin. At the time, he was providing carpentry services for George Morrow.
By 1920, the family had relocated to Logan, NE, where daughter Orabelle was born. Within five years, in 1925, the Miners were living in Missouri. Then in 1925-1926, the Miners moved south to Texas into Houston, Harris County. They lived at 2008 Columbia, and Charles earned a living with carpentry.
Charles filed to receive a military pension as compensation for his wartime service. [App. #1524722 - Cert. #A-7-20-20].
Tragically, Charles was stricken with cancer of the prostate and bladder. He was admitted to Heights Clinic in Houston, where he died at the age of 59 on Jan. 20, 1932. John L. Moore of Houston was the informant for the Texas death certificate. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston. A military marker is believed to mark his grave.
Martha survived her spouse by three decades. She began receiving her husband's pension. [App. #171.901 - Cert. #A-6-11-32 - XC #2.647.674].
She succumbed in Houston on July 6, 1962.
Daughter Jennie Delight Miner (1907-1980) was born on Jan. 13, 1907 in Kansas City, Jackson County, MO. She migrated to Texas as a young woman. On Nov. 27, 1923, in nuptials held in Houston, Harris County, TX, she was wedded to John Leo Moore Sr. (May 1, 1895-1957), with Fr. James T. Moriarty officiating. He was the son of John and Teresa Mary Moore. John was a native of Ireland, having emigrated from his home of St. Gabriel Parish near Dublin in 1912 after the death of his father, and then settling in Austin, TX. The couple's four children were Charlotte Delight Moore, Rose Mary Moore, John Leo Moore Jr. and Charles Thomas Moore. John was short and slender with grey eyes and brown hair. As a young man, he was employed as a collector in Austin, TX. He registered for the military draft during World War I and eventually served in the armed forces. The federal censuses of 1930 and 1940 show the family making living in a home they owned on 1433 Columbia Street in Houston. John earned a living in the 1920s and early 1930s as an interior decorator, working for a retail furniture company. By 1940, evidence suggests that he had formed his own decoration business,with Jennie having gone to work also as a secretary. The Moores made a journey of a lifetime when they traveled to Ireland in the fall of 1949, sailing back to the United States on the Washington. In the mid-1950s, he continued as a home furnisher. John was burdened with hardening of the arteries for the last 20 years of his life. He suffered a heart attack in about 1952 but continued on for five more years. Sadness blanketed the Moores when John went into circulatory failure at the age of 60 and was rushed to Heights Hospital in Houston where he was pronounced dead on arrival on March 9, 1957. His remains were placed into repose in Garden of Gethsemani Cemetery in Houston. Jennie survived her husband by 23 years. She supported herself through her labor as a draftswoman for a metal working firm. She married a second time on July 19, 1958 to railroad clerk and World War II veteran Nealon Francis Adams (Feb. 6, 1905-1971), son of William Henry and Lena A. (Butler) Adams. The wedding was held at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston. They made their home in Bacliff, Galveston County, TX, with the address of 4746 First Street. Jennie was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church of Houston and later the Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church. Jennie was widowed a second time when Nealon died of larynx cancer and pneumonia on Christmas Day 1971 in Houston. Jennie remained in their home from the final nine years of her life. She suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 73 on April 15, 1980. Burial was in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, following funeral services at the Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson, with Rev. Eugene Cargill leading the service. An obituary appeared in the Galveston Daily News.
Great-grandson John Frederick Tanner
Great-granddaughter Susan Tanner wedded Michael Redding. They were the parents of Christopher Redding and Nicholas Redding. Grief blanketed the family when son Christopher, father of three and grandfather of two and newly remarried for just a year, died at the age of 41 on Feb. 9, 2020 in Lumberton, TX.
Great-granddaughter Sandra Tanner married (?) Waltrip.
Great-grandson Charles Thomas Moore Jr. was married to or a companion of Robin Treadwell.
Great-granddaughter Roxanne Moore wedded Michael Boyce.
Great-granddaughter Michelle Moore was married to or a companion of Dennis Clooney.
Son Robert Thomas Miner (1918-1968) was born on Feb. 10, 1918 in Kansas City, Jackson County, MO. He stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighed 140 lbs., and had a light complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. On April 5, 1942, when he was 24 years of age, Robert was united in marriage with Agnes Lucille "Aggie" Albert (Dec. 5, 1920-2001), a native of Many, Sabine Parish, LA She was the daughter of Mohammed Abdullah and Clara Marie (Mercieca) Husseini, the father an immigrant of Syrian/Turkish heritage whose name was Americanized to "Alex P. Albert." The couple produced three children -- among them Betty Ann Goodson Bruton and Linda Kirschbaum. During World War II, Robert served as a private first class with the Texas National Guard, achieving the rank of major. After the war, the Miners dwelled in Houston for decades with an address of 509 East 16th Street. Robert earned a living as an upholsterer and retail merchandising supervisor for Stower's Furniture Company. Tragically, at the age of 49, and in the morning hours of Jan. 14, 1968, he died suddenly at home. Mrs. Lance Stanley signed the official certificate of death. Interment was in Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston. [Find-a-Grave] The widowed Agnes outlived her husband by more than three decades. She joined him in death on July 9, 2001. Inscribed on her grave marker are the words "Beloved Mother" and "Forever in our hearts."
Daughter Orabelle M. Miner (1920-1992) was born on June 16, 1920 in Logan, NE. Her first husband was Frank Herbeck (Jan. 13, 1916-1979). Their children were Martha Carol Trammell, Frank Alan Herbeck, Charles Richard Herbeck, James Edward Herbeck, Paul David Herbeck and William Robert Herbeck. Frank was a veteran of World War II and earned a living as a bricklayer. They dwelled in Kemah and LaPorte. Orabelle was a talented seamstress and worked for Competition Marine in Seabrook, TX. She also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Kemah. Sadly, the Herbecks divorced. On July 1, 1966, she wedded again to World War II army veteran Leslie Shelton Courtney (1920-1983). The couple divorced in Galveston on Dec. 3, 1971 after five years of marriage. In about 1972, Orabelle relocated to League City, TX. Sadness shook the family when she endured the deaths of sons James and Paul in a vehicle accident on Dec. 18, 1973. History repeated itself when Orabelle and her niece Charlotte Moore were killed in a two-car collision on Aug. 13, 1992. Reported the Galveston Daily News, the accident "occurred as a 1989 Ford Crown Victoria turned left from the Interstate 45 feeder road onto FM 646." Burial was in Seabrook Cemetery, with Rev. James L. Killen officiating, and an obituary printed in the Galveston Daily News. Former husband Frank Herbeck died at age 63 on Oct. 7, 1979, with burial in Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Great-granddaughter Ceh'a Herbeck wedded Phillip Whitworth. They were the parents of Selena Whitworth, Amanda Whitworth and Emily Whitworth.
~ Daughter Cora (Miner) Cummings Dotson ~
Daughter Cora Miner (1877- ? ) was born in January 1877 in or near Columbus, Platte County, NE.
In 1894, at the age of 17, she was united in wedlock with W.A. Cummings ( ? - ? ).
They had at least two children, Iona "Ownie" Cummings and James "Albert" Cummings.
Circa April 1896, when their first child was born, they resided in Osceola, Iowa. Less than three years later, by January 1899, they had relocated back to Nebraska, making a home in Omaha. Cora traveled to Columbus in May 1899 to spend a month with her parents, as reported in the Columbus Journal.
The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows Cora and her two children living with her parents in Columbus. The whereabouts of her husband are not known.
At the age of 30, in about 1907, Cora had married again, to Illinois native Melvin Dotson (1877- ? ).
The couple bore one daughter, Thelma Dotson.
In June 1907, as noted in the gossip columns of the Columbus (NE) Journal, they attended a family reunion at her parents' home in Omaha.
Melvin earned a living as a steamfitter and a furnace installer for a hardware company. They made their home in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Avenue B (in 1910) and Avenue D (1920). In late July or early August 1910, she suffered a slight stroke and was somewhat paralyzed, but a story in the Columbus Journal noted that "Her friends in this city will be pleased to hear of her speedy recovery." In 1911, when named in the Columbus Telegram obituary of her mother, she lived in Omaha.
During the decade of the 1920s, the Dotsons divorced. Cora and her family relocated to northern California, making a new home in San Francisco. The 1930 federal census shows the group there, living in one household. Cora had no occupation, but appears to have been supported by her adult children.
Research is being conducted to determine if she is the same "Cora Dotson" who died in San Francisco at the age of 5 on Sept. 7, 1932.
Daughter Iona "Ownie" Cummings (1896- ? ) was born on April 20, 1896 in Iowa. News of her birth was published in her mother's home town newspaper, the Columbus Journal. In February 1903, when she was age six and living with her parents in Omaha, she traveled with her brother and grandmother Caroline Miner back to the Miner home in Columbus. Iona wedded (?) Neilsen ( ? - ? ). They were divorced during the 1920s. By 1930, Iona had migrated to San Francisco, CA with her mother and siblings and worked there as a hairdresser in a beauty shop. Her fate is not known.
Son James "Albert" Cummings (1899-1941) was born on Jan. 8, 1899 in Nebraska, most likely in Columbus. During World War I, he served as a bugler with a U.S. infantry unit. He married Margaret Anna (1902- ? ), an immigrant from Ireland. Their one known son was John A. Cummings. Circa 1920, Albert at age 21 and Margaret at age 18 dwelled with his parents in Council Bluffs. That year, he was employed as a streetcar conductor. During the 1920s, they relocated with his divorced mother to San Francisco, CA, and he found work as a laborer at odd jobs, while she was a waitress in a hospital. Their address in 1930 was on 23rd Street. Albert passed away at the age of 42 on Oct. 8 or 9, 1941 in San Francisco. He rests in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, San Mateo County, CA. [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Thelma Dotson (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920 in Nebraska. As a girl, she and her mother and older half-siblings moved to a new home in San Francisco, CA.
~ Daughter Laura "Lottie" (Miner) Farrell ~
Daughter Laura "Lottie" Miner (1883-1958) was born in March 1883 in or near Columbus, Platte County, NE.
At the age of 20, she was employed in the hat factory of the Boston Store in Omaha. She made news in the Columbus Journal gossip column when she visited her brother Charles who had secured a new railroad carpentry job in St. Joseph, MO. In January 1904, she relocated to Council Bluffs, Pottawatomie County, IA, where she had obtained work in a restaurant and where her married sister Cora Dotson made her home.
In 1905, when she was 18 years of age, Laura was joined in marriage with 29-year-old Harvey A. Farrell (1876-1957), whose father was an immigrant from Ireland. They made their home in Council Bluffs in 1910-1920, where Harvey was employed as an engineer with the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, also known as the "Rock Island" or the "CRI & P."
The couple produced at least five children -- Chester Farrell, Milton Farrell, Frank Farrell, Stanley Farrell and Eloise Farrell.
In June 1907, as noted in the gossip columns of the Columbus (NE) Journal, they attended a family reunion at her parents' home in Omaha.
When named in the Columbus Telegram obituary of her mother in 1911, Laura lived in Council Bluffs.
By 1930, the Farrells' marriage had dissolved, and they divorced. The 1930 census shows Laura heading a household on 10th Avenue in Council Bluffs, and Harvey at age 52 boarding a short distance away on 10th Avenue, under the roof of Chester and Manda Sanville, and continuing his work as a railroad engineer.
Harvey passed away in 1957, with burial in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Council Bluffs.
Laura only lived for a year more and died in 1958, with burial also in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.
Son Chester Farrell (1907- ? ) was born in 1907 in Council Bluffs. In 1930, at age 23, he lived at home but had no occupation.
Son Milton Farrell (1909- ? ) was born in 1909 in Council Bluffs.
Son Frank Farrell (1910- ? ) was born on Nov. 18, 1910 in Council Bluffs and weighed 12 lbs. at birth.
Son Stanley Farrell (1913- ? ) was born in 1913 in Council Bluffs.
Daughter Eloise Farrell (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921 in Council Bluffs.
~ Son Edward Arthur Miner ~
Son Edward Arthur "Eddie" Miner (1885-1982) was born on July 22, 1885 in Ord near Columbus, Platte County, NE. He may have used the name "George" but this is being sorted out.
At the age of 11, he was injured one day in a freak accident. Reported the Columbus Journal: "Ed. Miner ... endeavored to get into the side door of Butler's milk wagon while the horses were on a full trot, but, missing his reckoning in some way, fell between the wheels and had an arm and leg bruised."
In November-December 1900, he and his mother and sister Laura "Lottie" spent a month visiting with friends in Omaha.
Edward at age 16, in 1901, began working in his father's carpentry contracting business, which took on the name "D.N. Miner & Son." Then in August 1903, he secured employment as a news agent on a passenger railroad train running betwee Grand Island and Omaha. By 1907, he had relocated to Omaha, and that year attended a family reunion at his parents' home in the city.
When he was about age 25, on Nov. 10, 1909, he married 24-year-old Maybell Irene L. (Nicholson) Davis (1887-1944), a native of Garden City, KS and the daughter of John and Margaret (Cottrell) Nicholson of Council Bluffs. The ceremony was held in Council Bluffs, with Rev. James M. Williams of the Broadway Church officiating.
They produced these known offspring -- Margaret Miner, David Miner, Charlotte "Charlie-Mae" Miner and Evelyn Miner. Edward and eldest daughter were photographed together, with postcard versions of the image sent to family and friends.
The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the Miners living in Council Bluffs, with Edward's occupation marked as "commercial traveler - news company."
In 1911, when named in the Columbus Telegram obituary of his mother, Charles resided in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They returned to Council Bluffs by 1915.
The family relocated again between 1916 and 1919, establishing a new home in Denver, CO, with Edward continuing his work as a salesman of news products. They lived on Zuni Street in 1920.
While their whereabouts in 1930 are not yet known, the Miners made their residence circa 1935-1940 in the New Richmond Hotel in Seattle. In 1940, the 54-year-old Edward was employed as manager of a news stand and restaurant, and Mabel added income through her work as a sales clerk at the news stand.
Circa 1942, he was employed by Barkalow Bros. Company, operating a news stand at Union Station in Seattle. His address that year was 308 Fourth Street South. He was required to register for the World War II military draft, and stated that "Mrs. Daniel Hage" of 185 34th Street North in Seattle would always know where to find him.
Sadly, while on a visit to Tucson, Pima County, AZ in March 1944, Maybell was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital after suffering with heart problems. She died there after three weeks on April 14, 1944, at the age of about 58. Her remains were returned to Seattle for interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, also known at one time as the Seattle IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. C.M. Christianson of Seattle signed the official certificate of death.
Edward survived for another nearly four decades. He succumbed at about the age of 97 in 1982. [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Margaret E. Miner (1908-1951) was born in about 1908 in Iowa. She married (?) Shafer ( ? - ? ). Margaret passed away in June 1951 at about age 44. She rests with her parents in eternity in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Son David Miner (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914 in Iowa and appears to have been named after his grandfather. Unmarried at the age of 26 in 1940, he made his home in the New Richmond Hotel in Seattle, and earned a living as a railroad trackman.
Daughter Charlotte Miner (1915- ? ) -- also known as "Charlie-Mae" -- was born on Nov. 10, 1915 in Council Bluffs.
Daughter Evelyn Miner (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920 in Denver.
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