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  • ID: I3679
  • Reference Number: 3679
  • Name: Charles Edward GILLISPIE
  • Name: Charley GILLISPIE 1
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 20 MAR 2007
  • Birth: 11 APR 1875 in Linn County, MO 2
  • Residence: 1900 Sherman County, NE 3
  • Residence: 1931 Grand Island, NE 4
  • Residence: 1943 Grand Island, NE 1
  • Residence: 1945 Grand Island, NE 5
  • Residence: 18 APR 1955 Grand Island, NE 6
  • Death: 26 DEC 1955 in 6 miles East of Grand Junction, NE
  • Note:
    he is mentioned in his sister Emmazella's obituary in May 1931, and again in his nephew Howard Norvell's obituary in 1943. He is not mentioned in his brother William's obituary in 1931.

    His death was described in a Grand Island newspaper:

    "Two Grand Island residents were among the nearly 600 Christmas holiday traffic fatalities that rocked the nation.
    Dead are: Thelmar F. Turner, 65, of 318 East Ninth, chief clerk at the car shop office, Union Pacific Railroad.
    Charles Gillespie, 80, of the Bell Hotel, 217 East Third, a retired employee of both the Blaine-Bachman and the Third City Livestock Companies.
    Gillespie was killed about 3:55 a.m. Monday morning as he wandered in the middle of Highway 30 about 6 1/2 miles east of Grand Island. He was struck and killed instantly by a westbound car driven by Jimmie M. Prouty, 25, of Omaha.
    Prouty told state troopers that Gillespie was about 4 or 5 feet north of the center line in his lane of traffic and that he didn't have a chance to avoid hitting the man.
    Authorities still have not been able to determine why Gillespie was alone and on the highway at the early morning hour. A resident of the Bell Hotel where the dead man lived, told The Independent, that Mr. Gillespie had been known to take long walks along the highway.
    No Inquest
    Stanley Torpin, Merrick County attorney told The Independent this morning that the matter was still under investigation but that there would probably not be an inquest or charges filed in connection with the mishap.
    State troopers estimated that the impact caused about $250 damage to the left front of the Prouty cat. Neither Prouty nor his passenger, identified as Nancy Thomas of Alliance, was injured.
    Another accident at the scene of the Gillespie death brought no injuries. The crash occurred just five minutes after Gillespie had been hit and involved a car which had stopped for the accident and a truck following the car.
    Funeral services for Mr. Gillespie will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Mosher, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery. Visitation hours will be from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
    Mr. Gillespie was born on April 11, 1875, to William and Nancy Young Gillespie at Chillicothe, Mo. He came to Sherman County in 1900 and settled on a farm near Loup City.
    He was married June 12, 1904, to Mabel Owen. They farmed near Loup City for several years, later moving to Fremont. In 1914 they came to Grand Island where Mr. Gillespie was employed by the Livestock companies on East Fourth Street. He retired 12 years ago.
    Survivors include three sons, Merle of Grand Island, John of Omaha, and Thorvill of Bremerton, Washington; a daughter Mrs. Earl Wiles, of Grand Island; and six grandchilden. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1941, his parents, six brothers and eight sisters
    2
  • Note: Even though the obituary says Charles was born in Chillicothe, there is no evidence to support his family living in Livingston County during the time of his birth. Also, the number of children born to William and Nancy is believed to be incorrect, only 13 have been found during research
  • Death: 26 DEC 1955 in Grand Island, NE
  • Burial: 29 DEC 1955 Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island, NE 3
  • Census: 12 JAN 1920 Grand Island, Hall County, NE 7
  • Census: 1930 Grand Island, Hall County, NE 8



    Father: William H. GILLISPIE Sr. b: 04 MAY 1831 in Tazewell County, VA
    Mother: Nancy H. YOUNG b: 01 SEP 1834 in Tazewell County, VA

    Marriage 1 Mabel OWEN b: 15 FEB 1883 in Linn County, MO
    • Married: 12 JUN 1904 in Loup City, NE 3 9
    Children
    1. Has No Children John W. GILLISPIE b: ABT 1906 in NE

    Sources:
    1. Title: The Milan Republican: John Howard Norvell, Location: Milan, Missouri, Page: 2-5
      Abbrev: Death: JH Norvell
      Publication: 28 Apr 1943
      Repository:
        Name: State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia

      Page: "John Howard Norvell, son of James S. and Emmezilla B.? (Gillispie) Norvell was born August 18, 1869 in Linn County, Missouri and departed this life in his home at Humphreys, Missouri April 19, 1943 at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 1 day, where he has resided for 40 years in Humphreys and rest of his life near Humphreys.
      He was united in marriage with Pherby Jane Ireland June 21, 1900 and to this union was born two children, one son and one daughter, the infant son, Henry Lee age one year and 9 months old preceded him in death on September 8, 1903.
      He was united with the Methodist Church of Humphreys in 1926.
      He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Bessie Marie (Norvell) Dearing of Chicago, Illinois, one granddaughter, Mary Marie Dearing of Chicago, Illinois, Claude Oscar Dearing, son in law of Chicago, Ill., one brother, Wesley Norvell of Chillicothe, Mo., two very close nephews James W. and Chester Earl Norvell of Kansas City, Missouri; four nieces Edith Sankey of Kansas City, MO., Mary Humphreys, of Osgood, Mo., Golda Humphreys of Osgood, Mo., Ethel Glidewell of St. Joseph, Mo.; three nephews, Walter Smith of Colorado, Sammie Meeker of Chillicothe, Missouri, Setha Meeker of Osgood, Mo., four aunts, Mrs. Mollie Norvell of Haseville, Mrs. Ida Rentfrow of Rockville, Nebr., Mrs Lon Dennis of Grand Island, Nebr., Charley Gillispie of Grand Island, Nebr., George Gillispie of Grand Island, Nebr., Mrs Sherman Gillispie of Laredo, Mo. and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn him. His father, mother, two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. He was stricken with blindness 39 years ago and before he became blind he was a active farmer of Linn and Sullivan Counties. He was loved by all who knew him. He bore his sufferings patiently. Everything was done by human hands to help him but it was God's will to take him home. He is sadly missed, words cannot express how we miss him.
      Funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday April 20, 1843 at the Methodist Church in Humphreys, Mo., conducted by Rev. W. A. Pollock of Gilman City, Mo. Music was furnished by a quartett composed of Mrs. Amber Humphreys, Mrs. Ella Johnson, Mr. John Todd and Mr. Duffy Carter with Mrs. Willa Hill at the piano. The songs, "In The Garden," and "Uncloudless Days" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" were sung by the quartet.
      The pall bearers were, E. G. Thresher, Grant Hill, Clyde Nichols, Add Cowhick, Ernest Moberly and Newt Clapp.
      He was laid to rest in Humphreys Cemetery by P. K. Payne and Son of Galt.
      Those attending the funeral from a distance were James W. Norvell, Chester Earl Norvell of Kansas City, MO. Mrs. Mollie Norvell and daughter, Miss Fannie Norvell, and Verna Paul [Maul] of Haseville, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dearing of Chillicothe, Mo.; Mrs Sammine Meeker of Chillicothe, Mo.; Rev. W. A. Pollock of Gilman City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Browning and family of near Harris; Mrs. Dorothy Glidewell of Osgood, Mo.; Bill Ireland of Harris, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Setha Meeker and family; Mrs. and Mrs. Tommie Humphreys, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Humphreys, Mrs. Sam Meeker of Osgood. On account of sickness, Mrs. Norvell's only granddaughter, Mary Marie Dearing and Claude Dearing of Chicago, Ill. were not able to attend the funeral. Also a cousin, Mr. Buddy Sallee and wife of Chula, Mo. were unable to attend"

      [Howard had three sisters, Mary, Henryetta, and Vira who preceded him in death]
    2. Title: The Grand Island Independent: Two Grand Island Men Die in Traffic Mishaps, Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
      Abbrev: The Independent
      Publication: 27 Dec 1955
      Page: an accident report in the Grand Island newspaper provoded complete birth, death, and family information
    3. Title: The Grand Island Independent: Two Grand Island Men Die in Traffic Mishaps, Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
      Abbrev: The Independent
      Publication: 27 Dec 1955
      Page: Two Grand Island residents were among the nearly 600 Christmas holiday traffic fatalities that rocked the nation.
      Dead are: Thelmar F. Turner, 65, of 318 East Ninth, chief clerk at the car shop office, Union Pacific Railroad.
      Charles Gillespie, 80, of the Bell Hotel, 217 East Third, a retired employee of both the Blaine-Bachman and the Third City Livestock Companies.
      Gillespie was killed about 3:55 a.m. Monday morning as he wandered in the middle of Highway 30 about 6 1/2 miles east of Grand Island. He was struck and killed instantly by a westbound car driven by Jimmie M. Prouty, 25, of Omaha.
      Prouty told state troopers that Gillespie was about 4 or 5 feet north of the center line in his lane of traffic and that he didn't have a chance to avoid hitting the man.
      Authorities still have not been able to determine why Gillespie was alone and on the highway at the early morning hour. A resident of the Bell Hotel where the dead man lived, told The Independent, that Mr. Gillespie had been known to take long walks along the highway.
      No Inquest
      Stanley Torpin, Merrick County attorney told The Independent this morning that the matter was still under investigation but that there would probably not be an inquest or charges filed in connection with the mishap.
      State troopers estimated that the impact caused about $250 damage to the left front of the Prouty cat. Neither Prouty nor his passenger, identified as Nancy Thomas of Alliance, was injured.
      Another accident at the scene of the Gillespie death brought no injuries. The crash occurred just five minutes after Gillespie had been hit and involved a car which had stopped for the accident and a truck following the car.
      Funeral services for Mr. Gillespie will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Mosher, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery. Visitation hours will be from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
      Mr. Gillespie was born on April 11, 1875, to William and Nancy Young Gillespie at Chillicothe, Mo. He came to Sherman County in 1900 and settled on a farm near Loup City.
      He was married June 12, 1904, to Mabel Owen. They farmed near Loup City for several years, later moving to Fremont. In 1914 they came to Grand Island where Mr. Gillespie was employed by the Livestock companies on East Fourth Street. He retired 12 years ago.
      Survivors include three sons, Merle of Grand Island, John of Omaha, and Thorvill of Bremerton, Washington; a daughter Mrs. Earl Wiles, of Grand Island; and six grandchilden. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1941, his parents, six brothers and eight sisters
    4. Title: The Trenton Republican-Times: Mrs. J. S. Norvell, Humphreys, Dead, Location: Trenton, Missouri
      Abbrev: Republican-Times
      Publication: 16 May 1931
      Repository:
        Name: State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia

      Page: "Mrs. J. S. Norvell of two miles north of Humphreys died at 11 a.m. today at her home there following a stroke of paralysis of last Sunday. She was 78 years old. Mrs. Norvell had been in failing health for some time, although she continued with her house work until stricken.
      Besides the widower the survivors include two sons, Howard Norvell of Humphreys, and Wesley Norvell of the home address; five brothers, John Gillispie, Havelock, Neb.; Charles Gillispie, Grand Island, Neb.; George Gillispie, Valeda, Kansas; Sherman Gillispie, address not learned; W. H. Gillispie, of Humphreys; two sisters, Mrs. Lew Dennis, Fairmont, Neb.; Mrs. Ida Rentfrow, Rockville, Neb. Earl and Jimmie Norvell, two nephews who made their home with the deceased, besides a number of other grandchildren.
      The funeral arrangements have not been completed."

      [Earl and Jimmie were grandsons, not nephews]
    5. Title: Nancy Louise Gillispie Family Information, Recipient: Cunningham, Gwen, Address: Fairmont, Nebraska, Author E-mail: wmarget@navix.net
      Abbrev: Nancy L Gillispie Info
      Author: Marget, Wanda
      Publication: 22 Jan 2001
      Note:
      Wanda Margret is librarian of the Fairmont, NE library. Her information to Gwen came in response to an E-mail query. She provided a list of Nancy Dennis' family buried at the Fairmont Public Cemetery and an obituary for Nancy
      Page: Found in the Fillmore Chronicle, Fairmont, NE December 27, 1945 page 2 top of column 3.
      OBITUARY NANCY DENNIS BURKMAN

      Another loved one and friend has been called home. It is not as though it were without hope for now at this Christmas tide we are come to see a fuller meaning of our hope. Christ gave us this hope.
      Nancy Dennis Burkman, daughter of Wm. and Nancy Gillespie, was born at Laredo, Linn [Grundy] County, MO., November 11, 1872, and went on to her reward December 18, 1945, being aged 73 years, 1 month and 7 days.
      She grew to womanhood at the home of her birth, and on June 26, 1888, united in marriage to Thomas Dennis at Haseville, Mo. Three children came to bless this home. One daughter dying in infancy. Mr. Dennis passed away April 19, 1931. In August of 1938 she married Frank Burkman with who she lived but a few months.
      On March 13, 1896, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis came to Fairmont, Nebraska. Through these years that they lived here, have been those years of grasshoppers, drought, blizzard and good crops. All these they have experience. It is wonderful what faith and hope can do to one during these periods of adversity. We of today can little understand what our earlier forbears [sic] endured throughout their privations and hardships. Yet this one thing is clear. It tested their faith in God. It developed hardy and strong character. It created real neighborliness. It made a nation of which we are all proud. It made home a place of love and care and she wanted always to be at home. Even in these last days, her wish was always to be at home. She would not allow her chickens to be sold before they took her to the hospital. She was coming back to take care of them.
      She with her family, united with Grace Methodist Church shortly after coming to Fairmont and had remained faithful in her trust.
      In passing, she leaves behind two daughters, Mrs. Ida E. Albro of Fairmont and Mrs.. Geniza M. Eggleston of Sacramento, Califor. One sister Mrs. Ida Rentfrow of Loup City; Two brothers, John Gillespie of Havelock and Charles Gillespie of Grand Island; 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, as well as a host of friends.
      Funeral services were held at Grace Methodist church in Fairmont Thursday afternoon, December 20, at two o'clock, Rev. Fishel and Rev. Richards officiating. The singers were Mrs. W. R. Dorrance, Mrs. Rufus Dado, Oliver Moul and Aldean McFadden, with Mrs. A. A. Ashby as organist, Pallbearers were six grandsons, Gilbert Albro, Federal Bridman, Edmund Ackerman and Hubert McClellan. Interment was in the family plot in the Fairmont Cemetery, Kritner Funeral Home in charge
    6. Title: Sarah Gillispie Rentfrow Obituary, Recipient: Smith, Neil S., Author E-mail: <<gwenny@mindspring.com>>
      Abbrev: Sarah Rentfrow Obit E-mail
      Author: Cunningham, Gwen
      Publication: 5 Feb 2001
      Page: Sherman County Times, April 21, 1955- Funeral services for Mrs. Milton Rentfrow, 79, were held Wednesday, April 20, at 2 p.m., at the Presbyterian church by the Rev. Richard Anderson. Miss Harriet Gallaway sang "Abide With Me" and " No Night There", accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Karl Pecht. Burial was in Evergreen cemetery. Pallbearers were T.A. McFadden, Fay Carpenter, Cloyce Sides, Bill Couton, Claude Zimmerman and Johnnie Paulsen. Steele Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
      Sarah Ida Gillespie, daughter of William and Nancy Young Gillespie, was born in Linn County, Mo., November 7, 1875 and passed away at the Sacred Heart Hospital at Loup City, April 18, 1955.
      On February 13, 1890 she was united in marriage to Milton Rentfrow at Orlinda, Mo. and to this union was born one daughter, Rhea. In 1893 they moved to Omaha and in 1894 they came to Loup City. In March of 1895 they moved to a farm in Austin Community and made their home there until 1937 when they moved to Loup City.
      At the age of 12 she united with the Methodist church in Missouri. She was an active member of the Austin Presbyterian church and Aid Society until she moved to Loup City. She became a (sic) active member of the Loup City church and Unity Club until her health failed. She had been confined to her home and in the hospital for the last three years with a heart ailment.
      Her husband, Milton, passed away June 2, 1952; eleven brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.
      Survivors are her daughter, Rhea, who has taken constant care of her mother and one brother, Charles Gillespie, Grand Island; neices and nephews and a host of friends.
    7. Title: Charles and John R. Gillispie Nebraska Census Information, Recipient: Smith, Neil S., Author E-mail: gwenny@mindspring.com
      Abbrev: Gillispie NE Census
      Author: Cunningham, Gwen
      Publication: 22 Feb 2001
      Page: I found Charles Gillispie in the 1920 federal census of Grand Island, Hall County, NE Ward 1 enumeration Dist. 103 Sheet 6A Enumerated the twelfth day of January 1920. GS microfilm# 820992
      House # 709
      Gillispie, Charles, Head, home rented, M,W,45,M, Missouri, Virginia, Virginia, laborer, salesbarn.
      , Mabel, wife, F,W,36,M, Missouri, Kentucky, Missouri
      , John, son,M,W,14,S, Nebraska, Missouri, Missouri
      , Reba, daughter, F,W,9,S,Nebraska, Missouri, Missouri
      , Merle, son, M,W,6,S, Nebraska, Missouri, Missouri
    8. Title: Nebraska. Hall County. 1930 U.S. Census, Record Type: U. S. Census, Household: Charles Gillespie, Location: Hall County, Nebraska
      Abbrev: C. Gillispie 1930
      Publication: 1930
      Repository:
        Name: Ancestry.com

      Page: Grand Island, Hall County, NE dwelling 325 family 337, Charles Gillespie
    9. Title: The Grand Island Independent: Sudden Heart Attack Fatal Mrs. Charles E. Gillespie Stricken While Preparing Christmas Dinner, Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
      Abbrev: The Independent
      Publication: 26 Dec 1941
      Page: Mrs. Mabel Gillespie, wife of Charles E. Gillespie, died suddenly in the family home, 1108 West Eighth street, yesterday. She was stricken with a heart attack while preparing Christmas dinner. Death came before the family physician could be summoned.
      Mrs. Gillespie was born in Lynn county, Mo., on Feb. 15, 1883, the daughter of John and Nancy Owen. She attended school and grew to young womanhood in Missouri.
      On June 12, 1904, Mabel Owen married Charles E. Gillespie at Loup City where they made their first home. They also resided in Fremont before coming to this city in 1914. She affiliated with the Baptist church early in life.
      Surviving besides her husband are three sons, John W. Gillespie of Omaha, and I. Merle and Thorvill E. Gillespie, both of this city; a daughter, Mrs. Earl Wiles of Alda; three brothers, Charles Owen of Springfield, Mo., Ira Owen of Fremont, and Ray Owen of Laredo, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. Tressie Custer of Fort Dodge, Ia., and Mrs. Pearl Wheeler of Chillicothe, Mo. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Owen and one sister, Miss Alta Owen, preceeded her in death.
      Rites will be heald at the Livingston-Sondermann funeral home Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. The Reverend Frederick L. Gilson, pastor of the First Baptist church, will conduct the services. Interment will be in the family space in Grand Island cemetery

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