notes for photos 501 - 600
as of 1/2/2017
Photo 551: “boiler explosiom on a minneapolis return flue steam engine south of Burr, NE, one man killed”
Photo 533: “Last day of school picnic, District #51. Standing from left
1. Mrs. Tom Kubicek
2. Jess Vondrasek
3. Mrs. Frank (Mattie) Fencl
5. Mrs. Jess (Mary) Vondrasek
6. Mrs. Rudolph (Minnie) Klapka
7. Fannie or Mary Kozak [Tim Kozak, Charlie’s great grandson, says that Charlie had a sister Fannie)
9. Mrs. Clyde (Lily) Hunzeker
10. Mrs Charles (Laura) Weddifield
13. Mrs. Edd (Mary) Hunzeker
14. Mrs. Peter (Antonie) Jasa
15. Nettie Karas
16. Mrs. Joe (Bessie) Karas
17. Elsie Fencl
18. Charles Weddefield
19. Edd Hunzeker
20. Charlie Kozak
21. James Kubicek
22. Frank Hruska, Sr.
Rudy Klapka, Jl; Elmer Klapka; Joey Karas; Clyde Hunzeker, Jr; Howard Widdefield; Hubert Hunzeker; Ray Hruska; Alma Fencl; Irma Vondrasek; _______; Lorraine Vondrasek; Bobby Vondrasek.
Photos 545 and 546. From Kathy Johnson Wee-Kait, 12/11/14: My grandpa, Gordon Bethel, purchased the Madden Drugstore in Table Rock from Ines E. Madden (a widow) on March 13, 1961 for $4,000.00. He renamed it "Bethel Drugstore" and sold it on April 19, 1971 to Abe and Judy Lutfiyya for $3,000.00.
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Photo 548. McCourtney outfit at lower town bridge, November 1908. Owned by Delores Penkava and annotated by her. On front,”Table Rock, Nov. 1908”. On back: “Table Rock, Nebr. Nov. 1908. Charles McCourtney’s outfit, just south of Lower town bridge and north of Railroad bridge. Charles standing 2nd from right.”
Photo 549. Harvest, December 1897. Owned by Delores Penkava and annotated by her. On front “December 1897.” On back: “#7, Charles McCourtney ofTable Rock.” There are annotations about it being at a location in Table Rock, one block south and ½ west of the Lincoln Hotel but those are crossed out and written below is, “Taken in St. Louis or Cook County, Minnesota, 1897.”
Photo 550, coposiite of photos
Photo 551. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. On back: “boiler explosion, return flu, Minneapolis, Burr, Neb. 1920, 1 man killed.” Minneapolis refers to the make of the engine.
Photo 552, house with people in front. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. On back: “June 6, 1907.” Charles McCourtney, Bruce McCourtney, sister Myrl McCourtney, sister Fern McCourtneym mother Lula McCourtney, Table Rock, Nebraska.” “The big black stallion was one of dad’s pets. Charles never owned a buggy whip.” In very faint pencil, “Chas. McC, Bruce McC, Myrla Craig, Fern ____ (Frappiar?, Mrs. Charles McC.” Also: 2nd picture: Edith and Lena McCourtney. The Mccourtney girls are Charlie’s children by his first wife Clara Martin of Pawnee, she died of consumption.
Charles McCourtney, born February 21, 1869
Bruce McCourtmey and old Matt (horse), Bruce born January 13, 1906
Myrl McCourtney, born January 16, 1893
Fern McCourtney, born October 18, 1894
Lula McCourtney, born December 23, 1880
Photo 553, train with men in front. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. “1909, Matamoris, Mexico. Water boy delivering to dining and pullman car. Charles McCourtney sitting on barrel.”
Photo 554. Men in street. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. On back: “About 1906 at Table Rock, Nebr. Charles O. McCourtney – 2nd fro right. Behind Charles is his stallion named Matfield, who was certifeid, etc. etc. Main street west of park, Charles is the tallest one.”
Photo 555, men along lake. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. “Dam for Crete Roller Mills. Crete, Nebr. July 1912. 20 H.P.P.C. engine. Bruce McCourtney.”
Photo 556, girls with baby in buggy. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. “Delores McCourtney Penkava, Mary Craig Wenzbauer, Charlie Bill McCourtney in the buggy”
Photo 557, two boys in a wagon. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. Mike McCourtney and Buster Carter
Photo 558, Civil war vets. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her. In pencil, looks like someone else’s handwriting: “45 years ago. Old Soldiers at Barnards. Taylor.” In another hand, “Civil War Vets. Somewhere in picture is Grandpa Stephen Bivans.”. The reference to Barnards is probably to Samuel Barnard, a Civil War vet who was a well known horticulturist, had orchards north of town.
CIVIL WAR VET NAMES.
BACK ROW STANDING, 1ST 3 MEN ON THE LEFT:
Back row standing, first from left is JOHN LEHMAN. I found this photo in family trees on Ancestry with him identified as such (but no other people named).
Back row standing, second from left: POSSIBLY this is John Barrett. That is the educated guess of his great granddaughter Earline.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back row standing, 3RD from left: POSSIBLY this is Elcanah Decker. That is my guess as of April 2016; I am still trying to confirm Decker’s service but it is looking like he was a civil engineer in either a Pennsylvania or Maryland unit, and that’s is an engineer’s hat.
BACK ROW STANDING, 8TH MAN FROM THE LEFT
Definitely Owen Crisler, the man in the back in this detail. This based on a photo of him provided by a descendant.
FRONT ROW, KNEELING FAR RIGHT. 4TH FROM THE LEFT (front row far left in this detail):
WILBER D. PERRY. This is an educated guess by Mara Blake, a descendant, based on a photo of her grandfather (Wilber’s son Oliver) and other family members. He has distinctive features, particularly the hair.
2ND FROM LEFT: POSSIBLY ADAM ALLINSON. Descendants believe pretty strongly that this is him (on the right in the detail below)
FRONT ROW, 10TH & 11TH. POSSIBLY THOMAS & JAMES LINN OR POSSIBLY THOMAS & LUTHER MUMFORD. They were brothers who were veterans, lived in Table Rock, and – I think -- were still alive in 1887 when this photo was taken. Owen Crisler & Anslum Crisler are also a possibility– unsure if they were brothers.
PICTURES OF VETS TO COMPARE
Samuel Barnard. Delores Penkava’s copy of the picture is labeled as having been taken at Barnard’s.
Richard P. Jennings. He was a confederate. Delores Penkava’s copy of the photo is labeled as Civil War vets. Other sources all it a GAR gathering (which would be only Union) but there may be more vets in the photo than belonged to the GAR at the time.
J. D. Longwell
Byron Wilcox at age 98
Photo 559. 1896 harvest. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney. On front, perhaps a hand other than Delores’s, can’t tell: “1896. Gay Nineties by Ed Riley to Charles McCourtney....1948”. Frame says taken at Colwell Studio in Pawnee City. An 1896 photo given to McCourtney in 1948? On back, it says “Threshing.”
Photo 561. Photo owned by Delores Penkava. Unidentified man in front of steam engine.. On back: “McCourtneys last engine, now belongs to Steam Assocaition taht takes it all over including Living History Day in Table Rock.”
Photo 562, famly group. Back: “Pat and Dolly McCourtney, December 25, 1933” “Lottie – Eva – Bruce – Maude – Hazel – Mike – Pat – Velma” “Some of the McCourtney kids”
Photo 563a. McCourtney movers. House going over bridge. On back: Mrs. Jennie Ernigh. House on [road 5 min?] Sabetha, KS. 8 foot 4” up. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her.
Photo 564a. On back, “Maude and Hazel, Mike and Pat. Pony – Midge. Girl with glasses is the eighbor. Pat is in the front of Mike, Hazel at the back. She was cutting up”. Photo 554. Men in street. Owned by Delores Penkava, daughter of Bruce McCourtney, and annotated by her.
Photo 565a. On back, 1933, Mary & Delores. Mary Crain [other places is Craig] Wenzbauer (age 5), Delores McCourtney Penkava (age 3), cousins”
Photo 566 is composite
Photo 567 is a photo of a photo. “Zachariah and Luella Bridgman. Zack was 21, Luella 14. they ended up with 14 kids. One was Delores Penkava’s grandpa. I think Mark faors Zack. I think I favor Luella.”
Photo 568, September 16, 1908 in the hayfield at noon, no names. Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 569, Church, mccourtney: 32’ x 50’, loaded in 3 days, moved 6.5 miles over hills and bridges in one day. Mack and Ford trucks. Set on 14 foot basement near Falls city NE. Used 24 steel wheels 12” x 24”. no cracks, no sags.”
Photo 570, Frank and Antonia Penkava family, undated. Luella Hinrichsen, a family member, posted o Facebook: “Front Row: Emilie, Frank, Antonie (Vetrovsky), Elma Lee, Charles Victor. Middle Row: Edward, Millie, Helen, Irene. Back Row: Alfred, Elmer, Jerry, Lester, Frank. I can always spot Aunt Helen Blecha right away.”
The photo as labeled is not entirely accurate, having only 11 names. As labeled: Frank and Antonia Penkava family: Emilie, illegible, frank, jenny, millie, lester, edward, helen, illegible, alfred, elma lee
Blecha Family Picture front Albert, Josephine, Anna Wenzel [Wenzl?] Back row Christine, Frank, Ludwig, John, Mary 075
Photo 571, Ed and Delores Penkava
Photo 572 and 573 are composites.
Photo 574, postcard of brickyard, duplicate, but on back has additional info, Table Rock Brick and Material Company is written in.
Photo 575, 2011 Penkava family reunion, no names.
Photo 576. Undated, illegible something about ZCBJ. Ila Petrashek, Frankie Petrashek, Leonard Luksik, Delores Penkava, Mildred Meier, Lawrence Stehlik, Nettie Stehlik, Elsie Wenzbauer, Lawrence Wenzbauer, Erma Penkava. Petrasek.
Photo 577, the mushrooom rock
Photo 578, composite
Photo 579, Delores Penkava in Australia
Photo 580, Delores Penkava and daughter Janet in Egypt
Photo 581, “McCourtneys moving a railroad bed. Charles O McCourtney is the one down in ditch” Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 582, water tower, includes a high res copy. “1950, Table Rock, Nebr. McCourtney’s. 18 H.P. Auttman – Taylor Steam Engine thawing riser pipe in City tank. Table Rock Water Tower.”
Photo 583, house over water “McCourtneys made own bridge over the Nemaha south of Falls City. [Cabled?] it up and down the bank.”
Photo 584, McCourtneys moving grain elevator, Pawnee City, nebr, moved over a hilly mile in subzero weather, 1920. Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 585, composite.
Photo 586. Delores Penkava and daughter Janet in Greece. Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 587, “McCourtney grading outfit” Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 588. Bruce McCourtney, Syracuse, NE and his little steam engine “Junior” Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 589, composite
Photo 590, Bruce and Bernice McCourtney, 1928. Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 591, Park scene in Table Rock, “looking east”. Photo owned by Delores Penkava. Two different penciled dates on back, 1921 and 1927.
Photo 592, West side of square, water tower, “1921 or 22, looking north”. Photo owned by Delores Penkava.
Photo 593, Charles and Lula McCourtney, Bruce’s parents, Delores’s Penkava’s grandparents, undated. Photo owned by Delores Penkava. She is buried in the Table Rock Cemetery. The Findagrave memorial for her says born 12/23/1880 in Flagler, Marion County, Iowa, died in Humboldt, Husband Charles O. McCourtney. 9/6/1959, parents Pvt. Stephen Layton Bivans 1840 – 1913, and Barbara Ann Fortner, 1852 – 1938, information provided by Jeane McCourtney.
Photos 594 to 599 are owned by Alice Findlay
Photo 594, composite
Photo 595, Mary Alice and Edward Lynn Findlay, 1959, taken at Ogle farm
Photo 596, Alice Preston Findlay, age 3, “taken at Coles”
Photo 597, 1962, Carolyn and Sharolyn Findlay. “My girls really help keep the cuboards topsy turvy but, this time caught them in the act. Carolyn crawled in first, lying down, and Sharolyn followed bu really was an effort to crawl i backwards with sister already having her half taken. Ogle Farm.”
Photo 598, Carolyn and Sharolyn Findlay, 1962. “Carolyn Kay – ahead, Shailyn Renee, behind holding onto Carolyn. Taken a few weeks after Christmas 1961”