Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, December 26, 1956




Fred A. Banks, a Haxtun resident for the past 29 years, passed away Thursday after an extended illness. He had been hospitalized for several months.


 Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the First Methodist church with Rev. Willis Phelps officiating. Music was by Barbara Radford, organist, and a quartette composed of Lorin Starkebaum, Lawrence Bjorklun, Phyllis Starkebaum and Hazel Gall. Pallbearers were Harvey Smith, Emil Bentson, Wallace Lambert, Arthur Ahnstedt, L.L. Baker and S.J. Meakins.   Concluding service and burial was at the Haxtun cemetery.


Fred Banks was born on a farm near Blue Hill, Nebraska, on May 30, 1885, and passed away in the Haxtun hospital on December 20, 1956, at the age of 71 years, six months and 20 days.  He was the son of Israel Banks and Mary Ann Banks, and was one of a family of five children. He secured his schooling in Blue Hill, and then worked at the carpenter trade.


On October 15, 1908 he was united in marriage to Miss Alma Hendricks of Blue Hill, at Hastings, Nebraska. To this union four children were born. The oldest, Harold, preceded his father in death in 1932. Surviving him are: Glenn of Denver, Ivan of Selden, Kansas, and Mrs. Erma Butte of Haxtun.


The couple spent their early married life in Blue Hill, and moved to Amherst, Colorado about 1920, where they farmed for a few years, then lived in Holyoke for a brief time. In 1927 they came to Haxtun where they had made their home since. Mr. Banks was engaged in the barber business for about 12 years here in Haxtun, then took up the carpenter trade until his retirement.


He was a lover of baseball and during the time he was in the barber business he managed the Haxtun baseball teams. Even after ill health began to cripple him he managed to attend some baseball games.


Mr. Banks had suffered increasing poor health during the past two years, and about 14 months ago it was discovered that he suffered from a malignant condition. This condition sapped his strength so much that he had to be placed in the hospital over four months ago.  While residing in Blue Hill, Mr. Banks was baptized in the Methodist church.


In addition to his widow, two sons and daughter, Mr. Banks is survived by one brother, Ira Banks of Riverton, Nebraska, and five grandchildren, Ivan, Jr., Cheryl, Dixie Lee and Carol Banks and Dennis Butte.





Family information for Fred


Father:  Israel

Mother: Mary Ann



Spouse:     Alma (Hendricks)                              Married: October 15, 1908




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