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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Lloyd R. and Anna (Kaiser) McWilliams , 6 South 44 West

James A. McWilliams, born near New Boston Illinois about 1853, married "Ida E. Houchin" born about 1869 at livingston , Illinons, on October 25, 1887 in Otoe County, NEbraska.
In 1890 Dunbar precinct, Otoe County, Nebraska, J.A. McWilliams is a farmer.
James McWilliams is a farn laborer in Umatilla, Oregon in 1900, born February 1854 in Illinois, divorced. He's buried in Umatilla County, 1854-1907, # 48390516.

James W. Kaiser 1862-1932 and Ida A. Kaiser 1869-1923 are buried in Otoe County, Nebraska.
In 1910 Otoe County, Nebraska, Loyd is 17, nephew of William 57 and Louise Lowrey 47. (William Calvin Lowrey married in 1908 in Dunbar, Otoe County, to Louisa Jane McWilliams. One of their sons was Edward Lowrey married to Blanche Kaiser.)
Perhaps Lloyd was in Wauneta because of relatives - "Leona Adelia Lamb, age 106, of McCook, Nebraska, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, in Omaha, Nebraska, at Silvercrest Assisted Living. She was born July 18, 1895, to William Calvin and Louisa Jane (McWilliams) Lowrey, at Dunbar, Nebraska. She graduated from Dunbar High School in 1914 and was graduated from Peru State College where she obtained a life-time teaching certificate. She taught for more than 11 years. She married Richard Charles Lamb on June 12, 1927, at her parents home in Dunbar, Nebraska. He died on April 18, 1970. They farmed near Wauneta, NE, for many years before retiring in McCook. "

Lloyd registered for WWI in Wauneta, Nebraska, born January 10, 1891 at Dunbar, Nebraska, single, working for J.B. Ferguson of Wauneta.

Lloyd proved up 240 acres in 34, 6S 44W and section 3, 7S 44W in 1920.
He's a tractor driver living on 14th Street in Burlington, Colorado in 1920, 27, married to Anna 22, both born in Nebraska.
In 1930 "Loyd" and Anna are back in Otoe County, with daughter Joan, 8, Colorado and a niece Joan Lowrey, also 8 born in Nebraska.
Palmyra, Nebraska, December 26, 1938 "Joan McWilliams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd R. McWilliams, of Palmyra became the bride of Francis Hodson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hodson of Ipswich, S. D., at 12 o’clock Christmas day at the home of her parents. Rev. C. J. Johnson read the marriage lines in the presence of twenty-five guests. Baskets of white roses and fern decorated the rooms. Before the service Marquis Kaiser sang "O Promise Me" accompanied by Mrs. Robert Hawkins who played the Mendelssohn Wedding March. Miss Betty Jean Gardner, of Palmyra, cousin of the bride, was the maid of honor and she wore a navy blue knit dress and a corsage of white roses. Marquis Kaiser served Mr. Hodson as best man. The bride wore a dress of royal blue silk and her corsage was of gardenias. Following the ceremony there was a wedding dinner for twenty-five guests at the home of the bride’s aunt Mrs. R. A. Gardner. The table was centered with a three-tiered wedding cake, white flowers and white tapers, Mrs. Robert Hawkins and Mrs. J. R. Mahoney assisted with the serving. Mr. and Mrs. Hodson left for a weeks trip to South Dakota. Out-of-town guests from Lincoln included Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Cathcart and Mrs. Lillian Kaiser. "
In 1940 Otoe County, "Loyd" is a stationary engineer for a natural gas facility, and he and Anna are alone.
Lloyd 1893-1974 # 62797529 and Anna Belle (Kaiser) McWilliams 1897-1975 are buried in Otoe County, Nebraska.

March 23, 1974, Lincoln, Nebraska - "MCWILLIAMS - Lloyd R., 81, Palmyra, died Thursday in Lincoln. Survivors: wife, Anna; daughter, Mrs. Francis (Joan) Hodson, Mt. Prospect, Illinois; sister, Mrs. Lillian Knox, Lincoln; two grandchildren; great-grandchild Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Palmyra Presbyterian. Rosewood Cemetery , Palmyra. Military rites."

May 27, 1975, Lincoln, Nebraska "MCWILLIAMS - Anna B., 77, Palmyra, died Monday in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Survivors: daughter, Mrs. Francis (Joan) Hodson, Mt. Prospect, Illinois; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Mark Kaiser, Garden City, Kan. Services: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Presbyterian Church, Palmyra. The Rev. Gregory Reid. Rosewood Cemetery, Palmyra."

Daily Herald October 27, 1955
New Residents

F. W. Hodson 916 S. loka
Until the end of June, Omaha was the home town of this family who came here on a business transfer. Joan Hodson was born in Burlington, Colo., while "F. W." as he is known to his friends was born in Ipswich, S. D. Mr. and Mrs. Hodson have 2 children, Gary, 9 and Suzanne, 7, plus a cat called "Boots." Perhaps somewhat influential in getting the F. W. Hodsons to move to Mt. Prospect were his cousin and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Hodson of S. Pine St., who have lived here a number of years.

A graduate of Chadron State Teachers college at Chadron, Neb., "F. W." or "Bob" as he is sometimes called, taught science and mathematics in a Nebraska high school before going on to do graduate work at the University of Nebraska.
When at home, Bob enjoys working with woods in his basement workshop. Collecting colored glass is Joan's hobby. Mr. and Mrs. Hodson attend the Community Presbyterian church. He is in the engineering and loss control department of the Travelers Insurance Company.

1960 "Francis W. Hodson, 916 S. Ioka, Mt. Prospect, left Hartford, Conn., Friday after taking part in the first training course ever offered by the Travelers Insurance company on safety engineering for the chemical industry. Chosen as one of the seven men in Travelers’ engineering and loss control department at branch offices throughout the country to attend this course, Hodson is a senior representative in this department at the Chicago branch office. He also acted as an instructor, leading some of the class discussions. He joined the company in 1954 as an engineer. This pilot training course was designed to provide intensive training in such fields as radiation and industrial hygiene so that Travelers representation can provide better service to the chemical plants insured by the company. This two week training course began March 21 and ended April 1."

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