The Bowers family members were instrumental in the creation of Wesley Chapel. They were leaders in the church before the chapel was built. Taken from the writings of Pearl Reddish in 1974: My mother used to wish I had known the "Bowers women." One, in particular, would take her to Sunday School Class outside the little old schoolhouse, line them up around the back, while she taught the lesson for that day. Her eyes would water, and as she wiped them, she would assure her class she was not crying, but something about the air made them water. I don't think my mother ever named a single thought or principle this good woman taught them, but the gentle personality gave them more than any "Teachings" she could have ever put out to them.
William “Willie” Grimm was the youngest of seven children. He was an amateur photographer and a mechanic/machinist at Cushman Motor Works of Lincoln. Willie died in an accident at Cushman at the age of 31 years on September 16, 1914. He left behind Hazel (Pearson), his wife of 1 ½ years, and six-month old child, Ruth Grimm. Hazel eventually remarried and lived in the rural Fairbury area. Pearl Reddish, Willie’s niece wrote about her uncle’s funeral. “The funeral was held in Wesley Chapel Church. The awe, the beauty, the solemnity of the occasion seeped into the depths of this little nine-year old's soul and memory, - to be there forever, I thought then. So many flowers. Overwhelming fragrance of the carnations. Hymns that made direct connection with Heaven. (Later I played them over again and again on the old parlor organ). "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" especially appealed to my childish fancy. The coffin with its white satin lining and the pallid face cushioned there. The morticians (Castle, Roper, Matthews) looking so solemn, - and they hadn't even known Uncle Will! The procession across the churchyard to the cemetery, where the grave had been prepared by relatives and neighbors. Then someone rushing back to the church for a chair when it was noticed that Grandma Grimm seemed to be very weak. "Dust to dust …" Neighborly handshakes and expressions of sympathy. Then home again to wonder about the meaning of it all.”
Orville Wilbur Rogers is buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, his gravestone etched with the dates 1898-1908. Mark Steinhausen remembers hearing stories about his grandmother Anna Steinhausen tending to Orville who died of diphtheria. To prevent the spread of the disease she had to bath outside and burn her clothes before she was reunited with her own family.
Pearl Reddish wrote the following in one of her memoirs. “Logan A. was a rather unusual kind of person to be found operating a farm, - at least in those days. He had a law education, which accounted for the fact that he made his way to the county courthouse when the fields were wet, - or his curiosity had been whet. He knew exactly how to find out whether "that fellow still has a mortgage on his place." People learned his driving habits…in the middle of the road or street, but so slowly other drivers could dodge around him. Never heard of his being in an accident. But I could sort of imagine his wife's feeling as she would cling to the car door while his attention wandered to the crops. His own crops were planted in season, but his love for reading, visiting the court house, imparting information to neighbors kept him from doing many of the normal chores around his place.
I guess the intelligence of this man and his wife (involved in church and temperance causes) was passed on to his children. Esther became a teacher, - finally in college. Vesta was a registered nurse. Chester, a grad of Uni. Nebr., has long been with the FBI. The oldest child, a boy, died in childhood, of diphtheria.” As a young girl, Pearl once heard Logan say no one would remember him or his name after he was dead. The thought left such an impression on Pearl that she proved him wrong by including him in her memoirs.
SHERWOOD (info provided by Kenneth W. Sherwood)
Kenneth DuMont Sherwood was born at 1245 Van Dorn Street in Lincoln, NE on April 12, 1906 to Elbert Vertner and Pearl (Dart) Sherwood. Kenneth was the 3rd of 7 children. He and his brother Corel became interested in flight in their young adulthood. Both took flying lessons in Lincoln where they became friends with Charles Lindberg. They built their own planes and flew from the pasture near their home located ¼ mile south of SW 12th and West Old Cheney Road. Corel Sherwood was killed when his plane crashed near Ellis, NE in 1925. Kenneth became a stunt flyer with the University of Texas flyers and walked the wings of a bi-plane and did parachute jumps. His friend and pilot, Jerry Marshall would then do a “dead engine” landing. Jerry Marshall, a pilot for American Airlines was killed in what was then called “America’s worst air disaster” (17 deaths) in 1938. Kenneth gave up flying the same year and became self-employed as a plasterer, a trade that also was the profession of his father, Elbert, and his grandfather Frederick Oscar Sherwood.
On February 4, 1928 Kenneth DuMont Sherwood was united in marriage with Rachel Dietz. Rachel (Dietz) Sherwood was born on April 26, 1911 at 500 B Street, Lincoln, NE to Henry and Amelia (Maser) Dietz. She was the 5th of 9 children born to the German immigrants from Russia, and the first born in the U.S. She was educated in the Lincoln Public Schools and was a member of the Friedens Lutheran Church on 6th and D Streets. They had 10 children. Dorothy Jean (Frischknecht), Dean Dumont, Eleanor Waunita (Black), Alvin Neal, Patricia Ann (Tagart), Kenneth Wane, Ronald Edwin Keith, David Jack, Ruth Louise and Gary Neal.
The Sherwoods lived in many places around Lincoln until 1962 when they purchased 10 ½ acres of the former Henry Grimm farmstead from Ethel (Smith) Stewart for $2500.
Kenneth suffered a stroke at age 55 which forced him into retirement, and a later stroke, which paralyzed his right side, required he move into Lancaster Manor, where he died on March 31, 1976.
Rachel did domestic work most of her life for many notable Lincolnites including John Selleck, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska, Jack DeVoe and Lyle Holland, local attorneys, Robert Russell of Russell Oil Company, John D. Campbell of Miller and Paine, and James Swanson of Hovland Swanson. Rachel retired in the 1970s after suffering a stroke. She maintained her home in the Grimm house until she fell and broke her hip in the spring of 1987. She then resided with her son Kenneth W. until her death in December of 1997.
Dean DuMont Sherwood was born on September 22, 1929. Dean served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Korea from 1944 through 1948. Dean returned to Lincoln after his military service and married Norma Jean Aksamit from Crete, NE. The marriage ended only one year later. He then met and married Ruth M. Springer of Florence, SD. They had 6 children. Dean engaged in many professions during his lifetime, mostly in the furniture industry. He was employed by Ernie’s of Ceresco when poor health forced his retirement. Heart problems and diabetes forced Dean into the Veteran’s Hospital. He had a leg amputated as a result of health problems and died about 2 weeks later on March 11, 1993. Ruth M. Springer married Dean DuMont Sherwood on March 10, 1949. Ruth was born on June 18, 1928 near Florence, SD to Cleveland Grover and Maude Springer. Ruth came to Lincoln to attend Union College. Ruth left school to tend to her home and children. Ruth died on June 25, 1997.
Bryon James Hanseling was born on January 21, 1970 to James Hanseling of Seward, NE and Pamela (Sherwood) Hanseling. He was the grandson of Dean and Ruth Sherwood. Bryon contracted pneumonia and passed away on January 18, 1972, only 3 days from his 2nd birthday. Bryon was buried in his “sailor suit”.
Heather Sherwood was born October 27, 1972 and died the next day. Heather is the daughter of Julie Sherwood, granddaughter of Dean and Ruth Sherwood.
Alvin Neal Sherwood was born on June 8, 1933, the 4th child of Kenneth and Rachel Sherwood. He was severely burned when he pulled a coffee pot over and onto himself while playing at his grandparent’s home (Henry and Amelia Dietz). He died about a week later on November 25, 1934 at 1 year, 4 months and 17 days.
There may be some unmarked graves near the stone of Anna Ernst. Names associated with these graves may include Brittain (spelling?), Walker and Ernst as per the cemetery lot map. It is likely these are children’s graves but there are no solid records to confirm their identities.