Samuel F. Urwiller 

 The one who cash-claimed a quarter in Logan County Colorado is likely one of the Buffalo County Nebraska ones.


J. Urwiller  and F. Urwiller arrived in Buffalo County, Nebraska in 1878.

"Among the earliest settlers were the Farrs, Ernest and Levi; three Urwiller brothers, Samuel, Fred and Jacob, Jr., and John Stuber, all from Switzerland via Michigan; Jacob Link and Reuben Miller, both from Germany via Michigan; Jacob Link's sister and husband, the Fred Spahrs, from Germany, and Gilbert and Mary Hankins from Iowa.  Other Sodtown pioneers were Max and Harry Schlund, William Fieldgrove, Claus Sothman, Ed Brumwell, David Bachman, James Harris, and the Bernet, Gross, Stonebarger, Trinkle, Wilkens, Muhlbach, Post, Fisher and Havlik families. "

In 1880 Buffalo County, Nebraska, Jacob 40 and Rose 39 Urwiller have Samuel 13, Jacob F. 11, Sofa E. 8, and Mary 6.

In 1885 Buffalo County, Jacob and Rose, both born in Switzerland, have Samuel, Jacob, Sophia, Mary, all born in Michigan, and Henry born in July 1884 Nebraska.  Father Jacob 73 is also with them.

On the same page is Fred 36 born in Switzerland and Nevada Urwiller 31 born in Michigan, with Cora 11, Cornilia 9, and Frank 3.

Samuel cash-claimed  a quarter in 11, 6N 50W in 1890. This claimant is likely the younger Samuel - the older was too busy with new wife and new kids.....

In 1900 Buffalo County, Sam born June 1887 and Frederica April 1872, married seven years, have Rosie April 1874 and Stella April 1898.

In 1910 Buffalo County, Samuel is 42, Frederica 38, married sixteen years, with Rose M. 16, Esther S. 10, and Irvin 9, all three born in Nebraska.

Samuel 1867-1942 # 13845135 and Fredericka 1872-1958 are buried in Buffalo County.


  Samuel URWILLER born 28 July 1843 at Brittnau, Switerland - Married in Marshall, Michigan, U.S - Died in Sodtown, NE, U.S. 14 February 1935; married Elizabeth HAZELTON; married Emma VOUTH BLUSS.

Samuel Urwiller arrived in Buffalo County Nebraska in 1879.

Samuel Urwiller, 38, born in Switzerland to Jacob Urwiller and Elizabeth Larch, married June 26, 1884 Mrs. Emma Bluss in Buffalo Couny, Nebraska.  Emma was 37, born in Canada to Henry Vaugh and Susannah Frost.

In 1900 Buffalo County, Sam born July 1842 married 18 years to Emma July 1843 have Willie Mar 1887, Addine 1894 both in Nebraska.  This is the uncle of the Samuel born in 1867.

Samuel Urwiller is now living retired at Ravenna but for thirty years was actively identified with farming interests in this county, ranking with the enterprising agriculturists of Cherry Creek township. He was born in Switzerland, July 28, 1844, a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Lerch) Urwiller, who were also natives of the land of the Alps. The father, who was a weaver by trade, came to America with his family in 1854, settling in Rochester, New York, where he was employed until 1857. He then removed to Marshall, Michigan, where he purchased land and developed a farm, continuing its operation until 1883, when he sold out and came to Nebraska, establishing his home in Buffalo county, to which district his children had preceded him. He and his wife afterward made their home with their children, Mrs. Urwiller passing away in 1886, while Mr. Urwiller survived until December 23, 1891.
    Samuel Urwiller was a young lad of ten years at the time of the emigration to the new world. His youth was largely passed in Michigan, where he attended school to some extent, but he is in considerable measure a self-educated as well as a self-made man. His parents were in straitened financial circumstances and the children found it necessary to go to work early in order to provide for their own support. When but eleven years of age Samuel Urwiller secured employment at farm labor and was thus engaged until after he attained his majority. At the age of twenty-three years he began to learn the carpenter's trade, which he followed in Michigan for fifteen years. His entire life has been one of untiring industry and thrift. In 1878 he removed to Buffalo county and secured a homestead on section 4, Gardner township, but he relinquished this and removed to Cherry Creek township, purchasing a preemption of one hundred and sixty acres on section 32. He improved that farm and continued its cultivation for thirty years, transforming it into a valuable property. He resided thereon until 1908, when he rented the place and removed to Ravenna, purchasing a nice home in the western part of the town. Here he has since resided and is now enjoying a rest which he has truly earned and richly deserves. While upon the farm he made a specialty of raising white Hereford cattle and Poland China and Duroc-Jersey hogs. In addition to his home place in Cherry Creek township he purchased eighty acres in Gardner township and through the careful direction of his farm work won notable success.
    On the 1st of April, 1868, Mr. Urwiller was united in marriage to Miss Libbie Haselton, by whom he had five children, as follows: Lewis J., who was born March 10, 1869, and resides in Florida; Frederick T., whose birth occurred  October 23, 1871, and who follows farming in Gardner township; Charles S., who was born April 21, 1874, and makes his home in Florida; Lizzie M., who was born February 2, 1877, and is the wife of Jacob Richardson, of Peru, Nebraska; and Jessie L., who was born in December, 1879, and now lives in California with her husband, A. O. George. The wife and mother passed away on the 5th of November, 1883, and on the 4th of July of the following year Mr. Urwiller was again married, his second union being with Miss Emma Vouth, a daughter of Henry and Susanna (Frost) Vouth, who were natives of London, England. The father, a fisherman in England, emigrated to Canada in 1836 and spent the remainder of his life in that country, his demise occurring in 1848. The mother, who survived him for six decades, was called to her final rest in 1908. By his second wife Mr. Urwiller had four children, namely: Dora, who was born June 11, 1885, and died on the 30th of August, 1891: Willie, who was born March 3, 1887, and cultivates his father's farm; Adeline A., who was born December 20, 1889, and is the wife of Walter Puchard, an agriculturist of Garfield township; and one who died in infancy.
    In his political views Mr. Urwiller has always been an earnest democrat, giving stalwart allegiance to the party and its principles. He served as township clerk of Cherry Creek township, also as constable and for many years was a member of the school board. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and he guides his life according to its teachings. His has been an active and well spent life and his career demonstrated what may be accomplished when energy and determination lead the way. Working his way steadily upward, he has achieved financial independence and his life record indicates that success and an honored name may be won simultaneously.




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