Obituary – William Gibson

William_Gibson_ObituaryWilliam Gibson was born January 29, 1866 at Rock Island, Ill., and died at Mullen, Nebraska, Nov 27, 1958, at the age of 92 years 9 months, and 28 days.

As a boy he moved with his parents, Alexander and Ellen Gibson, to Iowa, and from there at an early age he moved to Custer County in Nebraska, and later filed on a homestead near Tryon, Nebraska. In the year 1900 he moved to Mullen and in 1905 filed on a Kinkaid homestead in South Cherry County, where he lived until his later years when he moved to Mullen, where he spent the remainder of his life.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters, John A. of Mullen, Nebr; Frank of Denver, Colo; Mrs Irene Johnson, Omaha, Nebraska, and Mrs Pearl Waterman, Indianapolis, Ind. Four sisters, Mrs Maggie Hazelbaker, Springdale Wash; Mrs Ella Bower, of Hamilton, Mont; Mrs Agnes Thompson, LeRoy, Iowa, and Mrs Mary Neal, Tryon, Nebr. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Episcopal church November 29, 1958, with Father John Yamamoto in charge. The music was furnished by Mrs Glenna Buchfinck, and the remains laid to rest in his lot in Cedar View Cemetery at Mullen, Nebr.

Pallbearers were E G Long, Wes James, Lee Isom, Allen Smith, Louis Folk and John Kraye.


We wish to thank everyone for the acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy during the sickness and passing of our father and grandfather.

Mrs. Irene Johnson and Family
Mrs. Pearl Waterman
Frank Gibson and Family
John Gibson and Family
John Gibson Jr. and Family
Jeffie McMannis and Family
Barney Gibson

1940 Census – Calf Creek Township, Cherry County, Nebraska

Land Patent 473921

Names on Document:  Gibson, William
Issue Date:  May 20, 1915
Total Acres:  160
Land Description:
SE¼ Section 34, T26N R33W, Cherry County, Nebraska

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BLM General Land Office Record

Land Patent 176644

Names on Document:  Gibson, William
Issue Date:  February 9, 1911
Total Acres:  480
Land Description:
E½NW¼ & NE¼ Section 33, T26N R33W, Cherry County, Nebraska
NW¼ & W½NE¼ Section34, T26N R33W, Cherry County, Nebraska

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BLM General Land Office Record

Gibson Four Generations Pictures

Gibson Four Generations June 20, 1952: William Gibson, John A. Gibson Sr., Eddie Gibson, John A. “Bud” Gibson Jr.,

Gibson Four Generations: John A. Gibson Sr., Eddie Gibson, Dan “Boone” Gibson, John A. “Bud” Gibson Jr., William Gibson

Reunion of Gibson Family at Mary Neal Home

Gibson Children: William, Agnes, Sarah, Mary, Anna, Ellen, Margaret. (In front row are Agnes, Mary, and Ellen)

Picture taken during “Gibson Kids” reunion Sept, 1937.

On Sunday Sept., 5th, 54 relatives gathered at the home of Mary Gibson Neal for a family reunion.  This was the first time in 35 years that the “Gibson Kids” have been together.  After a bounteous dinner the six sisters and one brother journeyed to North Platte, Neb. to the Brown Studio for a group picture.  The family consists of Wm. Gibson of Mullen, Margaret Gibson Hazelbaker of Walla Walla, Wash., Mary Neal and Sarah Haney of Tryon, Neb. Agnes Thompson of LeRoy, Iowa, Ella Bower of Proctor, Montana and Anna LeLaCheur of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Relatives present were Margaret Hazelbaker, Mr. & Mrs. Strat Bower, Mr. & Mrs. Orin Lewis Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. W.T. Haney and Fern, Mrs. Mary Neal & Clara, William Gibson, Mrs. Anna LeLaCheur, Mr. & Mrs. Scott Wisner, Letha, Michael, Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Wilson James, Loree, John & Helen, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Deidel Wayn, Harry Audrey and Buddy, Mr. Elmer Haney Ronald and Dale, Mrs. Robert Wilson and Warren Wesley.

Taken from Thur. Sept. 9th 1937 Graphic.

William Gibson

William Gibson is one of the well-known citizens of Cherry county, and a prosperous and well-to-do farmer. His residence is on section 34, township 26, range 33, and he is the owner of four hundred and eighty acres of land, all of which is well improved. He is a gentleman of integrity and good judgment and well merits the success which has come to him and the enviable reputation which he enjoys as an old settler and worthy resident of his locality.

Mr. Gibson was born in Rock Island county, Illinois, in 1867. His father, Alex. Gibson, was born in Ireland, as was also his mother. The former followed farming all his life, and the family settled in Iowa when William was a child one year old, and after that lived on several different farms in that state, remaining there for sixteen years in all. He attended the common schools, and worked at farming through his boyhood, coming to Nebraska with his parents about 1883, and when he was twenty-three left home and started for himself, taking a farm in Fillmore county, Nebraska, which he operated for several years. In 1893 he went with his family to McPherson county, settling on barren prairie land, filing on a homestead and proved up on it. There he put up sod buildings and built up a good ranch. That place was located thirty-five miles from a town, and they lived on it for about nine years, then moved to Mullen and made that their home for two years, coming to his present ranch from there. He now has a good ranch and home, having put up good buildings, fences and every improvement. He lately erected a fine barn fifty-six by thirty- two feet, and has plenty of sheds, with wells, windmills, etc.

Mr. Gibson was married in 1891, to Miss Sadie Brown, daughter of John Brown, a farmer and native of Scotland, who settled in this locality many years ago, her mother’s maiden name was Agnes Brown. To Mr. Gibson and his good wife have been born the following children: John, Frank, Irene and Pearl, who form a most charming family group.

Compendium of History Reminiscence & Biography of Western Nebraska
Chicago: Alden Publishing Company, 1909
Page 205

William Gibson and Sadie Brown were actually married in January of 1892 (see Certificate of Marriage).

William Gibson & Sadie Brown Certificate of Marriage

This is the original Certificate of Marriage for William Gibson and Sadie Brown dated January 9, 1892 from Omega, McPherson County, Nebraska.

Gibson Family Bible

These pages came from the Gibson Family Bible. This bible first belonged to William & Sadie Gibson and has been passed down to the eldest son of each generation. When Eddie Gibson passed away the bible was given to my father, Dan Gibson. When Dan moved from his home in Beaver Lake it was given to me, Wade Gibson.

In July of 2013 I sent the bible in to a company in Indiana to be professionally restored. The bible had become very worn over the years and the covers were falling off. Many pages were loose and the bible couldn’t be enjoyed in that condition. Shortly thereafter I received the bible back and was very pleased with the results.

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Pioneer Honored at 88

By Mrs. Joe Bader

William Gibson, who was 88 Jan. 29, was honored guest at a birthday party given by Mr. and Mrs. Bud Gibson Sunday evening. There were 30 guests who came to help him celebrate. The luncheon table was centered with a decorated birthday cake made by Mrs. Betty Gibson. Grandad Gibson, as he’s known to his friends, was born in Rock Island, Ill., and was the oldest son of Elik and Evelyn Gibson, who came from Ireland. He came to Nebraska when a young man.

He recalls clearly the first time he came to Broken Bow, as he was working south of the Bow and drove into town for a load of lumber with his wagon and four horses. Just as he arrived, the blizzard of 1888 struck and he had difficulty finding the livery stable as it was just an old sod building at that time. After the weather cleared he managed to get home by riding one of the horses.

A short time later he took a claim near Tryon and there he met Miss Sadie Brown at a dance when the first court house was built at Tryon. They were married in 1892 in McPherson county through Sadie Brown was a Merna girl. They lived on this claim for several years then sold it and moved to Custer county until a drouth hit. Then they moved to a ranch north of Mullen where they remained until after his wife’s death.

They had four children, his oldest son, John, still lives in Mullen, and has been the postmaster for the past 30 years. Grandad Gibson makes his home with his oldest grandson, Bud, who is proprietor of the Mullen cafe. Bud’s oldest child is also a boy so these four persons have been honored several times by being a four generation male group and all living in Mullen.

Grandad Gibson had six sisters, all living, the youngest one being 71. He is still active and says hard work has kept him young.

Article incorrectly identifies Elik’s wife as “Evelyn”, when her name is “Ellen”.

William Gibson 88th & 89th Birthday Pictures

88th Birthday - January 29, 1955

89th Birthday - January 29, 1956

William Morrison Gibson Biography

This draft article was written by Betty Gibson in 1956.  I’m not sure what this was written for, but it appears to have some basic biographical information that may have been used in some other publication.

Mullen Rites Today for Homesteader, 92

Mullen, Neb (AP) – Services will be held Saturday for William Gibson, Sand Hills homesteader and early “freighter,” who died Thursday at the age of 92.

He homesteaded near Tryon in 1888, later mvoed to a ranch northwest of Mullen. He became known as a heavy shipper of livestock and for his Polled Hereford herds.

Survivors: two sons, John, Mullen, and Frank, Denver, Colo., and two daughters, Mrs. Irene Johnson, Omaha, and Mrs. Pearl Waterman, Indianapolis, Ind.

Based upon this article, William’s birth year would be 1866.

Mrs. William Gibson Died at Her Home Tuesday Morning

Again the dark cloud has been spread over this community.  At noon Tuesday when news of the death of Mrs. William Gibson at her home northwest of town reached here the bustle of business life was hushed and a curtain of sorrow enfolded the sorrowing hearts that felt the deep anguish brought by the sad news.  That dread disease, flu, entered the home and after several days confinement the anxious wife and mother felt she was sufficiently recovered to take the responsibility of caring for other members of the family.  The venture was too great for her and, suffering a relapse, pneumonia set in and she passed away after a short sickness.

The funeral service was held at the home at one o’clock p.m. Thursday on account of the bereft husband and the oldest daughter, Irene, being confined to their beds and under the care of a physician, suffering from the same ailment that marked the first sickness of the devoted wife and mother.

The family is among the oldest settlers in this part of the county, moving here from Custer county, and for a number of years have been engaged in farming and stock raising on one of the best ranches in south Cherry county.  The more important details and names of relatives who are expected to be here from distant points to attend the last rites are not obtainable at this time but will be given in the obituary notice published next week.

William & Sadie Gibson Gravestones

These are William & Sadie Gibson’s gravestones in Cedarview Cemetery, Mullen, NE.

William Gibson Ranch

This is the area of William Gibson’s ranch as mentioned in this article. Section 34, Township 26, Range 33 northwest of Mullen, in Hooker County, Nebraska.

1920 Census – Kinneyville Precinct, Cherry County, Nebraska

1910 Census – Kinneyville Precinct, Cherry County, Nebraska

1900 Census – Tryon Precinct, McPherson County, Nebraska

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Sadie is listed as “Suvina”

1880 Census – Adams Township, Keokuk County, Iowa

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William Gibson is listed as “Willie”
This record shows a Martha Gibson, born 1878, which is presumed to be Anna May Gibson (not listed) who was born in 1878

1870 Census – Dayton Township, Iowa County, Iowa