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Horace Greeley Handsaker (1870-1930)


Posted By: Dorian Myhre (email)
Date: 8/5/2018 at 18:15:29

From Nevada Evening Journal July 8, 1930 (page 1)



H. G. Handsaker, 60, died very suddenly at his home near Fernald this morning at 9:30, the cause of death being angina pectoris.

Mr. Handsaker had been in his usual health, had finished his shores and was bout to start out to the field to cut some weeds, when he was called back to the house to attend to a small task for Mrs. Handsaker. Leaving him at this she went upstairs for a short time, and returning found that he had suffered the attack ans was unconscious and died within a short time.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church, Fernald. There will be brief services at the home at 1:30 and the funeral at the church at 2:00, with Rev. J. A. Lowe of Omaha, a former pastor, in charge. Interment will be in the Nevada cemetery.

Horace Greeley Handsaker, was the fourth son of William and Emily Wyatt Handsaker, pioneers of the Fernald neighborhood and was born January 3, 1870 upon the old Handsaker homestead in Section 22 Richland township, where he died.

William Handsaker, the father, was an Englishman by birth, came to the United States when a young man, settled on a farm in Richland township, where he met and married Emily Wyatt.

Eight children were born to these pioneer parents they being John T. Handsaker of Sherman township, William H. Handsaker of Nevada, David Handsaker, deceased, Horace Greeley Handsaker, now deceased, Joshua Harvey Handsaker of Fernald, Sabina Day of Nevada, Mona Hynes of sothwest of Nevada and Mary Ellen deceased.

Greeley Handsaker was married 35 years ago to Miss Emma Cook, daughter of Michael and Rose Cook, neighbors of the Handsaker family and to them four children were born, one daughter dying in infancy. Those who with the wife survive the father are Lulu New, Bertha Gerlach and Harold Handsaker all of the same neighborhood.

The subject of this sketch live at home and assisted with the farm work as a boy, but when twenty years of age struck out for himself. Working as a farm had for a couple of years he rented a farm from his father and within a short time had been sufficiently successful as to be able to acquire lands of his own and finally owned and operated one of the finest equipped farmsteads in that part of the county.

Mr. Handsaker, like other members of the pioneer family, was affiliated with the Lutheran church of that neighborhood and always continued his faith therein.

He had always been an industrious active, progressive and energetic citizen, who in his earlier life met with more than the average success in his life work and at the same time won the esteem and good will of the neighborhood and others with whom he came in contact.


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