OBITUARY: The Humboldt Standard, Thursday, January 27, 1944
Richardson Pioneer Dies at Dawson
Ephraim Spaulding, son of the late Marshall and Nancy Spaulding, was born in Sciota county, Ohio, June 24, 1877, and departed from this world January 23, 1944, at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 29 days.
He had been in failing health for sometime and had been bedfast since he suffered a paralytic stroke on January 6.
At the age of seven years he came to Nebraska with his parents from the east, and settled in Richardson county, near Dawson; where he grew to manhood and lived the remainder of his life.
On December 25, 1918 he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Miller at Martha, Kentucky and to this union were born eight children, all of whom survive. They moved to a farm north of Dawson, where they resided until moving to their present home in Dawson in 1924.
Although he wasn't a member of any church, he was a firm believer in God and true Christian. He was a kind and loving husband and father and loved by all who knew him.
He was a member of the Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges and has been a faithful member since both organizations were chartered. He had served several terms as a member of the Dawson town board and recently was of the toll collectors on the Missouri River bridge at Rulo.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, five sons, Howard, somewhere in Australia; Homer of Camp Stoneman, Calif.; Herbert, Richard and Robert are at home; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Hoenike, Ozark, Ala, Mary and Wanda at home. Also surviving are two brothers, Leonard of Norfolk, and I. F. of Dawson, two sisters, Mrs. Herbert Drake and Mrs. G. L. Harbour, both of Humboldt; and a host of friends and relatives.
He was well known in this county and his many friends will miss his friendly greetings and smiles.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Evangelical Church at Dawson, conducted by Rev. Ward Merritt of Humboldt, and assisted by Rev. C. E Nichols of Dawson. "In the Garden", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" were sung by Reuben Ulmer, Daisy Smith, Jessie Sipe and Milton Wuster of Dawson. Mrs. Reuben Ulmer played the piano accompaniments. The honorary pall bearers were: A. B. Cornelius, Logan Cornelius, Mack Hayward and N. L. Gould of Humboldt, Max Georgi, Dan J. Riley, E. D. Morris, and Chas. Kerr of Dawson. The active pallbearers were Arlo Coons, Hugh Gibbs, Cleon Hiff, Abert Sandoz, Chas. Cooper and Wm. Vossen of Dawson. The funeral tributes were arranged by Mrs. Arlo Coons, Mrs. Hugh Gibbs, Mrs. Chas. Cooper and Mrs. Albert Sandoz.
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