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William and Jane Horlocker, Yuma.
William's father was Christian Horlocker, dying Jan 15, 1857 and buried in Franklin County Ohio # 47413802. One Franklin County site says "Christian Horlocker served in the War of 1812."

Franklin County Ohio

Christian Horlocker married Sally "Maire" September 12, 1824 in Franklin County.

Mary Adams (ca 1820-bef 1868) married William H. Herlocker 4 Sep 1842 in Franklin Co., OH

(Notes: William and Mary were residents of Mifflin Twp., Franklin Co., OH in 1850. Mary's brother, Andrew Adams (age 12), was in their household.

Their mother was a Swickard - neighbors in Franklin County, Ohio in the 1850's. John Joseph Adams 1785- married Susannah Swickard 1799-1860, and had Mary about 1822 in Pennsylvania.

Mary married Wiliam Horlocker in 1842 in Franklin County.

In 1889 Holyoke, Colorado "Frank Swickard was in Eustis, Neb. last night."

Frank's father Noah was born about 1828 in Ohio, and Frank was born in Illinois about 1867. They're in Clarinda, Iowa in 1880. Frank is in Holdrege Nebraska in the 1885 census, and married Ora Armstrong, per the tree. So Frank was a distant relative of William's first wife, and no blood relation to the Nebraska Horlocker girls.

In 1850 Franklin County, Ohio, William Herlocker is 28, Mary 28, Susan 6, Hilen 4, , and Catherine 2..

1855 William Horlocker moves to Wisconsin along with his mother-in-law and three brothers-in-law. They take up farming in Millville Twsp. (Mt. Hope), Grant County, Wisconsin. The 1860 census shows two others men living with the family; David Horlocker, 25, b. OH and George Horlocker 21, b. OH. Thanks to Jeffrey Blakely for "William Harlocken/Harlockon married Jane A. Vance in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. There are three independent indexes for these records. In the one prepared by the Crawford County Historical Society and the pre-1907 Marriage Index for the state of Wisconsin the date is 10 November 1865. In the index of FamilySearch it is 10 December 1865... The record says William is the son of Chr and Christ Harlocken, and Jane is the daughter of Thm and Margaret B. McMahon."
1868 Wm. Harlocker was the Grant County assessor in 1868

In 1860 Grant County, Wisconsin, William "Herlocker" is 32, Mary A. 40, with Susan E. 15, Highland H. 14, Katy W. 12, David 25, and George 21. All were born in Ohio.

Grace E. Horlocker 1866-1867 "daughter of W. & J.A. " is buried in Grant County, # 88308640.

Wm. Harlocker was the Grant County assessor in 1868.

In 1860 Bad Ax County, Wisconsin, Sampson Vance is 27, Jane 23, with Mary 5 and Luella 3. "Simpson" A. Vance married Miss Jane A. McMahan May 11, 1854 in Grant County, Wisconsin. S.A. Vance # 89093426 is buried in Grant County

August 24, 1864 Jane filed for a widow's pension, and in 1867 for a minor child.

August 23, 1862, William Horlocher is mustered into service in the 20th Wisconsin Volunteers as Capt., Company I. The fact that William was mustered in as a Captain suggests that he had a certain degree of prominence in his community.
1865 The 21st Wisconsin is mustered out and William returns to Wisconsin. Apparently, his wife, Mary has died, but I have no citation supporting this fact.

A family researcher wrote "1866 Grace Horlocker is born to William and Jane and dies in infancy, shortly after her birth. She is buried in Grant County #88308640. As of this writing - July, 2015 - I do not have a citation for William and Jane's marriage, but assume that it was in 1865 when he returned home."

In 1870 Boone County, Iowa, Wm Harlocker is 48, farming, born in Ohio, Jane A. 33 Wisconsin, with Beta 2 Wisconsin. Mary J. Vance is 14, , Louella J. 12, both born in Wisconsin.

In 1880 Boulder County, Wm . Harlocker is 60, a miner, married.

In 1885 Adams County, Nebraska, Wm. Harlocker 65, Ohio, is a silver miner, with wife J. A. 46, Wisconsin. Ella 17 is at college, Viola is 14, born in Iowa, Zora 12, and Bertha 10. Daughter L.J. Vance, 27, born in Wisconsin, is an artist.

Action on the Plains - a history of Yuma County, says that "on the site of the present livery barn was the Harlicker Hotel. At that time there were from two to five saloons running full blast. ...On August 9 , 1887, a fire broke out in the aforementioned hotel and burned all the buldings from Coles Store to the corner north. The water supply was from a dug well a block east, from another just south of the Weld Hotel,and another back of the Harlicker Hotel. All of these wells had windmills, but the source was inadequate and the entire block burned like candles."

In 1890, William "Harlacker" is on the Veterans Schedule in Hastings, Nebraska, serving as a captain in I, 20th Wisconsin, from 1862 to 1865.

Captain William Horlocker, Co. I, 20th Wisconsin Infantry, is buried in Columbia Cemetery, Boulder # 40916040. He must have died in 1890, because in October 1890 "Miss Horlocker, who came in response to the sad summons of the death of her father."

1892 Boulder

Leta Abbott's 1954 obituary said that she was a servant in the Horlocker hotel, located on the "current site of the Chilcoat and Gardner businesses" - that would be on the north side of 2nd avenue, a half-block east of Main Street.
He has to be the William "Hovlocker" who cash-claimed a quarter in section 34, 1N 48W in 1892, about two miles south of Yuma.

In 1893 Hastings, Nebraska, Mrs. Jane A. Horlocker resides at 223 E 3d.

Miss Bertha Horlocker, student, Miss Letta Horlocker, artist, Miss Viola Horlocker, copyist County Judge, and Miss Zora Horlocker all board at 223 E 3d.

In May 1892 William Horlocker’s 3/8 interest in the Home lode and all of the Lucy Star lode, both in Sugar Loaf district, Boulder County, by Jane A. Horlocker, administratrix.

December 1896 - Boulder, Colorado "Mrs. Jane A. Harlocker went up to the Lucky Star mine, Sugar Loaf, today to see how men with guns would act upon her approach to her own property. In the meantime, Duncan's party holds the mine and Mr. Bellows has brought an action for possession."

In 1900 New York City, Jane A. Horlocker, born May 1837 in Wisconsin, widowed, is a guest in the Durant H. Cheever family. Durant is a manufactorer of Oconite. Lita Horlocker April 1871 Wisconsin is an artist, also a guest.

Durant is married to Zora H Cheever, born March 1872 Iowa. Zora sailed to France at least once, and died Oct 23, 1931 in Manhattan, New York. In 1910 Los Angeles, Jane A. Horlocker is widowed, born in Wisconsin, six kids, five living. Leta Horlocker 38 is an artist, daughter . George Reed 59 born in Connecticut is unemployed, married seven years to Jane's daughter Viola H. 36, Jane A. Horlocker 1837-1910 is buried in Forest Lawn Glendale # 8023450.

In 1895 Hastings, Bertha Horlocker advertises as a music teacher, 223 E. 3d.


Boulder, Colorado 1891 "Miss Ollie Harlocker has returned to Boulder to be a guest of those regal entertainers, the Misses Maxwell. That Maxwell corner seems to be the center of gravity this summer."

April 1899

April 1899


HASTINGS, Neb, March 15. The celebrated Horlocker poisoning case will come up for hearing in the district court which begins the regular March term hers tomorrow. County Attorney McCreary, who will conduct prosecution, believes that he will secure a conviction. Miss Horlocker is the young woman who is accused of having sent a box of poisoned candy to Mrs. Anna Moray, the wife of the employer, a lawyer, at Hastings, Neb.

She has been in a private sanitarium at Jacksonville, Illinois, for the past year, but will be brought back for trial In a few days. Her attorneys have persistently claimed that the cause would be fought on the ground that Miss Horlocker is innocent of the crime charged and promise some sensational developments at the trial, but It is generally expected that a plea of Insanity will be made. Miss Horlocker will be represented in court by Judge John M. Ragan, ex-Supreme court commissioner of Nebraska; , Batty, Dungan sc Burton, and John C Stevens. Miss Horlocker is a member of a family of sisters well known in art and literature, and her friends are influential enough to command an able array of legal talent, Miss Viola Horlocker is a young woman of prepossessing appearance, a decided brunette well educated, and of cultivated tastes. She is possessed of a strong contralto voice and usually took a leading part in local musical entertainments. She stood well in social circles and because of her accomplishments and affable manner her presence was always welcomed at the various society functions.

Miss Horlocker is accused of an attempt upon the life of Mrs. Anna Morey, wife of Mr. C. F. Morey of the law firm of Tibbets Bros. Morey, leading attorneys of Hastings, in whose office she was employed as stenographer. The means employed was candy dosed with arsenic, the motive Miss Horlocker's alleged infatuation for her employer, Morey. On the 10th of April, 1899, when Mrs. Morey, who is an artist, returned to her studio from the Hotel Bostwick, where she had dined with her husband, she found at the door a box of chocolate bonbons. With the candy was the visiting card of Miss Nelly Kirby, a prominent young society woman. On the reverse side of the card were the words, inscribed in a feminine hand, "Home-made sweets." - Shortly afterward a half-dozen of the most prominent ladies of the city, pupils of Mrs. Morey, gathered for their regular lesson. When that was finished and the ladies were discussing their work Mrs. Morey remembered the candy and passed it around. Just at this juncture Miss Kirby, who had not visited at the studio before in a year, came in, and when Mrs. Morey began to thank her for the bonbons she expressed surprise and denied all knowledge of the box or its contents. This caused something of a sensation, and as the candy had a peculiar taste the ladies did not eat any more of it. While they were talking Mrs. Morey was taken sick and had a severe spell of vomiting. Soon Mrs. Gaslin was affected the same way, and their condition became so alarming that a physician was sent for. When he arrived he saw that the symptoms denoted poisoning and he began to question the other ladles. They told him of the candy, and one of them remarked that it tasted more like prepared chalk than anything else. "That's the way arsenic tastes," said the doctor, and he commenced immediately to administer antidotes. Mrs. Morey and Mrs. Gaslin continued to grow worse and for days lingered between life and death. The other ladles having barely tasted the candy, were only slightly affected. Chemical tests developed enough arsenic in a single piece of the candy to kill a whole community.

During two days, while the whole town was discussing the poisoning and the excitement was growing intense, Miss Horlocker displayed the most extraordinary nerve. She went quietly to her work in Mr. Morley's office and attended to her regular duties with the same promptness and accuracy that had made her services so valuable to the firm. While Mr. Tibbetts, Mr. Moreys partner, was at work on the case. Miss Horlocker entertained the visitors at the office, discussing the attempt upon Mrs. Morley's life with persons who came in, expressing surprise and regret coupled with the hope that she would speedily recover. It was not until 4 o'clock of the second day, when she was accused of the deed by Mr. Tibbets. that she showed the slightest agitation. Then she broke down completely and it is claimed made a partial confession. It is claimed by the prosecution that Miss Horlocker purchased arsenic at two different drug stores during the two weeks previous to the poisoning. At noon of the day the candy was left at Mrs. Morey's studio Miss Horlocker was at dinner at the Bostwick when Mr. and Mrs. Morey entered the dining hall. She arose from the table where she was sitting and left without taking any notice of them and a few minutes later was seen on Lincoln avenue in the vicinity of the flats where Mrs. Morey's home and studio is located. She was seen to enter the stairway and a woman living across the hall claims to have seen her leave a package at Mrs. Morey's door, while there are others who saw her leave the building. One of the strongest points against her is Miss Kirby's card. The card was one of a lot gotten only a few days before by Miss Kirby, and only ten of them had been given out. As she knew to whom they had been given nine of them were easily secured. The tenth, and the only one that is missing, is one that was left with Mrs. George S. Hayes, Miss Horlocker's sister. Miss Horlocker had been clerk of the County court previous to her employment by Tibbets Bros. and Mr. Morey, besides being a notary public, and there was no difficulty in securing samples of her handwriting. The inscription on the card left with the candy and Misa Horlocker's writing, as found in various documents of public record, are said to be identical. - Mr. Morey, Miss Horlocker's employer, came out with a statement in which he said that he knew of the girl's infatuation for himself and that the fact was also known to Mrs. Morey. - After tbe interview with Mr. Tibbets, in which he was accused of the crime, Miss Horlocker went to the office of her brother-in-law. Mr. George S. Hayes, a prominent grain dealer, and by him was accompanied to her home. That night she left Hastings on an east-bound Burlington passenger train, accompanied by her mother and Mr. Hayes. The next day a warrant was issued and placed In the hands of the sheriff. She was finally located at Sheldon, Iowa, where she had become hysterical and had attempted to commit suicide. She was brought back to Hastings. She waived a preliminary hearing before the county Judge and was placed under 15,000 bail to appear in District court for trial. A few day later she was taken to Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has since been under treatment at a private sanitarium.

Denver Evening Post 4-16-1899 - What Motive? - Why Should Ollie Horlocker Wish to Poison Mrs. Morey? - Was it Botkin literature that made a fugitive of beautiful and cultured Ollie Horlocker, who is accused of attempting to poison her employer's wife by the same means that Mrs. Botkin of San Francisco employed in killing her lover's wife - bonbons saturated in a solution of arsenic? Was it, as Mrs. Botkin's case, passion and sensuous love that led her to the alleged act? Was she jealous of the woman whose life she is said to have attempted? And, for the matter of that, is Ollie Horlocker the culprit, or is she a victim of circumstances? If a victim, why has she run off - why can no one find her? Do innocent people escape when the police pursue? Links of evidence - mostly circumstantial, it is true - are forming a chain of strength which is winding about Ollie Horlocker. Every bit of evidence obtained so far seems to connect her with the crime.

Yet her Denver friends say they cannot imagine her in the role of a willful poisoner, and that if such is the case in this instance she must have been insane or been urged to it by reading newspaper articles telling of poisoned candy cases. That is why Mrs. Botkin's trial is recalled – it is the most recent, the most sensational, and the one about which the newspapers all over the country have written more than of any other similar case. An intimate friend of Ollie's suggested the influence of Botkin literature, saying Miss Horlocker was high strung and such reading would have an effect on her. The scene of the sensational and mysterious case is the usually quiet and prosaic town of Hastings, in Nebraska, where Miss Horlocker's home has been for some years past. But the story has a local and Colorado interest because she lived and worked in Denver before going to Nebraska. Her father was a prominent miner of Boulder, and her sister, Zora Horlocker, began her musical education here that has ended so brilliantly in New York, where society is feting her. Besides, Bertha Horlocker, the youngest sister, was married in Denver about a year ago to George S. Hayes, and they are now living in Hastings. The Horlockers are well known here and they have many friends. The head of the family died six years ago at Boulder, where the family home was. Mrs. Horlocker was left enough money from her husband's estate to carry her and the children comfortably through life. She had five daughters , and with them removed to Hastings. But Ollie and Zora Horlocker immediately returned to Denver. The first named secured employment in the real estate office of Clarke & Caruthers as stenographer, while the other was similarly engaged with Packard & Piper, an insurance firm.

Zora Horlocker was musically inclined and went in music circles. She had a rich contralto voice, which she was having perfected and trained. She and her sister were popular social favorites. She is now winning encomiums in the East on the concert stage. Newspapers are devoting considerable space to her.

When Ollie, or Viola, as her real name is, left Denver, she went to live with her mother. Her first position in Hastings was as stenographer in the office of the county judge, and then she engaged with F. C. Morey, a lawyer. It is his wife she is accused of poisoning. The Moreys are a rather young couple. She lived at their house. There is practically nothing that tends to prove that a love affair existed between Morey and Miss Horlocker. Still she may have loved him secretly and been jealous of his wife on that account. She had been in unusually happy spirits the past few weeks, especially since the morning she received a box of flowers from her husband-to-be at Boulder. This very box, emptied of the flowers, later contained the candy that so nearly ended Mrs. Morey's life and poisoned the latter's intimate friend, Mrs. Gasline, who is still critically ill. Ollie Horlocker's own white hands are supposed to have made the candy. She bought arsenic in small quantities several times immediately preceding the crime. That has been proved. It takes but two and one-half grains of arsenic to kill a person of the strongest constitution, and she had many grains of the poison. The Hastings authorities also knew where she purchased candied fruit and glucose. A dealer asked her what she wanted this for, and she said to make "fine candies." So they undoubtedly were, but a little too highly flavored. Of this conglomeration she made fruit and chocolate candies, saturating some in a solution of arsenic, and in others, especially chocolates, placing particles of arsenic in its original form. Each piece of candy meant death to the taker. Ollie Horlocker herself addressed the package to Mrs. Morey and in her very plainest handwriting. There was no attempt at secrecy on that point. When Mrs. Morey received the present she was in conversation in her house with a woman friend, Mrs. Gasline. Mrs. Morey had seen this box of candy on her husband's stenographer's desk, in her husband's office, and thought it very considerate of the girl to send it to her. She ate of it, as did also Mrs. Gasline. That evening Mrs. Morey became very ill, though at supper the candy was not referred to in connection with the sickness. As the evening advanced Mrs. Morey became worse, and Ollie is said to have become correspondingly more nervous. But it was then far from the Moreys' minds that the candy Ollie sent contained poison. Late that night word was received by Mr. Morey that Mrs. Gasline was also very sick. The note containing the information intimated that Mrs. Gasline thought her sickness was due to eating of the candy. Miss Horlocker had already retired, and she was not told of Mrs. Gasline's opinion. Mr. Morey resolved to have an analysis of the candy made. His wife grew steadily worse during the night, and his alarm increased. Mrs. Morey did not breakfast with him the following morning, but Ollie Horlocker and the other members of the family did. Mr. Morey naturally spoke of his wife's condition, and suggest that undoubtedly the candy must have contained a poison of some kind. At this assertion Ollie Horlocker is said to have fainted. Shortly after breakfast she left the house, supposedly for Mr. Morey's office, but she did not go there, neither did she return to the house again. She took none of her belongings with her. That day a chemist made a report of his analysis of the candy. He found arsenic in large quantities in it. Then Mr. Morey became especially anxious to see Ollie Horlocker, but she was nowhere to be found. A close search of several days has not located her. Even the manner of her escape is a mystery. Miss Horlocker is prominently connected in Hastings and for that reason the authorities were very lenient with her and gave her the benefit of every doubt. But when they found she had gone without their knowledge they allowed a warrant charging attempted murder to be sworn out against her. There are various rumors about where Miss Horlocker is. One rumor says she was spirited away to a sister in Kansas City, another that she is in an insane asylum at Lincoln. It is known that Miss Horlocker was an assiduous reader of the daily papers, and that she was fond of stories of adventure and mystery and crime. The famous Botkin case of San Francisco and Dover, Delaware, is supposed to have attracted her full attention and made an impression on her. Mrs. Botkin, it will be recalled, sent poisoned candy to Mrs. John P. Dunning of Dover, Del., with whose husband she was intimate. This candy also contained arsenic. Mrs. Botkin was found guilty of murder some months ago and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mrs. Ella A. Fairbanks, who lives in the Denison block at Fourteenth and Stout streets, knows the Horlocker family intimately. Miss Zora Horlocker made her home with her for some years while she was studying music. Mrs. Fairbanks is a close friend of Mrs. Horlocker. Mrs. Fairbanks says she has never met Ollie Horlocker, but that from her knowledge of the family she cannot believe the accusation against her to be true; but that if it is, the act must have been committed while Miss Horlocker was temporarily insane. After some reflection Mrs. Fairbanks suggested that reading of poison cases which are so numerous now, may have led her to the act. The Horlocker girls boarded with Mrs. L. Bowles of 1762 Downing avenue when they worked here as stenographers. Mrs. Bowles said she could not imagine Ollie Horlocker as one attempting a human life, she was always so quiet. Mrs. Bowles thinks Miss Horlocker is 27 years old.
Viola Horlocker Reed born Oct 13, 1870 Iowa, died Nov 16, 1948 in Los Angeles, mother Vance.


Leta Horlocker born 1868 in Madison Wisconsin, died 1951 in Los Angeles Buried Forest lawn Glendale # 8023451

Media* Oil Paint "We have a painting done by Leta Horlocker in 1892..Painting of yellow roses. It hung in the Governor Mansion in South Dekota. How would I know what it is worth?"

* Art Educator: School Teaching, Public Lectures, Workshops In 1897, the New York Ceramic Society had an exhibition at the Waldorf (small ballroom), including Miss Lita Horlocker and L. Vance Phillips."

The Art Students League of Los Angeles, 1906-1953 "Also one of the early teachers, Leta Horlocker, became known for her Satsuma pottery after leaving the League"

1910 Los Angeles "Miss Leta Horlocker is enjoying an outing at Yosemlte and will devote some time to outdoor work before returning to her studio in Blanchard hall. "

1929 "The first copy of the new California Federation News, the official organ of the C. F. W. C, is off the press and Is noteworthy for its new cover designed by Leta Horlocker, a Los Angeles artist. It symbolizes club women and their work according to Miss Horlocker, in the use of the blue, yellow and white color scheme; yellow expressing life and light, blue bringing inspiration and energy and white expressing purity. The colors are used in a vertical and horizontal design typifying strength and uprightness and rest and continuity."

1933 Los Angeles - Miss Lita Horlocker was a guest at a meeting of the local architects meeting, with Paul R. Hunter.

1935 Los Angeles "Mr. and Mrs. George Simeonoff and the latter's sister, Miss Navenka Economoff of West Badillo street, accompanied by Miss Lita Horlocker of Los Angeles, spent the weekend at the formers' cottage at Snow Creek. On Sunday the party motored to Palm Springs, where they visited with Reginald Owens of moving picture fame, a friend of Miss Horlocker. Miss Horlocker is chairman of arts and crafts of Los Angeles, and superintendent of the arts and crafts department of the Los Angeles county fair."


Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted countless times for the stage and screen but it was one of the most unfaithful adaptations that dominated the market for years before being ultimately overtaken by other, more popular, adaptations. For a time, the 1938 production, starring Reginald Owen as Scrooge, was the standard bearer of Christmas Carol adaptations for a couple of reasons. One, it was released by MGM, the biggest studio in town and, as such, enjoyed re-release for years after its initial run and two, it became a cheap staple on local television stations across the country when MGM sold the rights to stations across the country. By the sixties, it was shown multiple times by multiple stations throughout the Christmas season but by the seventies, as the popularity of Scrooge, the 1951 adaptation with Alastair Sim, began to surge after being acquired by CBS, Reginald Owens' Scrooge began to lose the interest of the public.
Leta Horlocker, born Mar 26, 1868 in Wisconsin, died Sep 23, 1951 in Los Angeles, mother McMahon.


1892 The Tecumseh Mining and Milling Company, of Colorado, has been incorporated with a capital stock of $250, 000, with the principal office at Denver. Operations in Summit County. Directors are George A. Shapleigh, George S. Hayes, James M. Freeman,James W. McCreery and Thomas D. Price.

In 1893 Hastings, Nebraska, Miss Bertha Horlocker was the only member of the senior class. Miss Horlocker chose to be graduated with the class of the following year.

In 1900 Hastings, George S. Hayes is a grain dealer, born June 1864 in New Hampshire, married 2 years to Bertha Nov 1875 Nebraska.

In 1920 Essex County New Jersey, Geo S. is 55, Bertha 43, with Richard S. 16, Elizabeth 13 - both Nebraska. George is a purchasing agent for the Okonite Corporation (has to be the same one his brother-in-law H. Durant Cheever had)

In 1917 George, accompanied by his wife Bertha H. Hayes, and Richard S. born at Hastings Aug 9, 1903 and Elizabeth born at Lincoln Aug 18, 1906, was going to British Guiana to manage a plantation, to return within two years.

Bertha H. Hayes 1875-1923 # 33130737 and George Hayes 1864-1946 # 33130739 are buried in Denver Fairmount


Dick Hayes was born in Hastings, Neb., on Aug. 9, 1903. He prepared at Exeter. He was an outstanding swimmer and was on the freshman team and the varsity all three years, including the championship team in junior year. He was on the class memorial committee and was manager and treasurer of Tower Club. He was active in alumni affairs and served a term as class agent. After graduation, he joined the Okonite Co. in Passaic, N.J., where he served as advertising and promotion manager. Living in Montclair, he was active in the Red Cross and Community Chest.

After he retired, he moved to Cambridge, N.Y. He suffered from a serious fall in September and died Dec. 30, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Resa, whom he married in 1928, son Richard Jr. '51, daughter Nancy Hinman, and seven grandchildren.

Richard, Jr.'s daughter Elizabeth Wentworth Hayes married Addison Ridgely Mauck June 1984 in Cohasset, Massachusetts.


October 1890 "Alpha Pi" Boulder chapter "We have had the pleasure of meeting a sister from the Hastings Chapter, Miss Horlocker, who came in response to the sad summons of the death of her father."

In March 1891 Los Angeles, Zora Horlocker and Sarah Harris enjoyed a progressive euchre party at the home of Miss Clara Cook.

1893 Boulder "Miss Zoe Horlocker arrived from Denver last evening and sang at the Relief Corps entertainment."

Kearney Nebraska- August 1895

Tickets for the Horlocker concert will be on sale tomorrow at the Golden Eagle. The ruling price will be fifty cents for the first floor and first two rows of the balcony. Back of the first two rows in the balcony the price will be twenty-five cents.

- SCORED A SUCCESS The Horlocker Concert a Brilliant Affair. Ably Assisted by a Number of Talented Artists. A brilliant scene was presented at the opera house last evening when the curtain rose upon the complimentary concert of Miss Zora Horlocker. The seats in the parquet and far back into the d rest' circle were filled and the first rows of the balcony showed an unbroken line of auditors. The stage had been tastefully decorated with flowers and plants and was unusually attractive. The applause broke forth when Miss Blanche Finch and Mr. Ed. Tillson appeared on the stage for the first number, "Andante and Presto from the Concerto Opus 25," Mendelssohn, by Miss Finch, and orchestral accompaniment arranged for piano, by Mr. Tillson. Only the extreme length of the composition barred an encore. "Im Herbst," in German, by Miss Horlocker, was warmly received and demanded an encore. Mr. Carlile Tucker sang with fine baritone voice "Come Where the Liurtenn Bloom," and responding to an encore sang "Three Wise Men," a humorous ballad. Mr. Tucker scored a great success for his first appearance before a critical Kearney audience. The duet by Misses Viola and Zora Horlocker, soprano and contralto, Goetze's beautiful "Calm as the Night," was thoroughly well blended harmony and in good voice. Mr. John Rees, of Hastings, gave violin solo, "Tyroler Heimaths Klange, by Kafka, and had an enthusiastic recall. The double number by Miss Horlocker "Ashes of Roses," by Mary K. Wood, and "The Ring," by C. B. Hawley, seemed to meet with the most favor, and responding to a tumultuous recall sat down at the piano and sang to her own accompaniment the sweet old song, "Genevieve," with exquisite effect. Indeed, the old ballad held the audience spellbound, and was the crowning performance of the evening. Mr. Tillson, at the piano, played the four part number, "Why?" by Schumann, "The Brook," by Theodore Lack, "Largo," by Haendel, and "Prelude in G Minor," by Chopin. The player responded to an encore. The closing number, solo by Miss Horlocker, "Bright Star of Love," Robaudi, with violin obligate by Mr. Rees, left the audience in a mood to stay a while, and it would not seek the exits until an encore had been responded to. Miss Bertha Horlocker accompanied the vocal numbers at the piano very acceptably. Every number on the programme was encored, the pleasant result being a doubling up of the programme.

John Rees, a prominent representative of musical interests of Hastings, was born in Wales, September 7, 1855, a son of Richard and Elizabeth (Edwards) Rees, the former a marine engineer and machinist. The family crossed the Atlantic in 1870 and became residents of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Both parents are now deceased. John Rees was one of a family of five sons and pursued his early education in the schools of Wales, while later he attended high school at Oshkosh. He was afterward apprenticed to the tinner's trade and in October, 1878, came to Hastings, where for two years he worked at his trade. In the meantime he had been studying music and merely utilized his trade in order to secure the means that would enable him to pursue his musical education. In 1880 he began teaching music and has since devoted his time and attention to that profession, teaching the violin, piano and pipe organ. He has also been active as a director of church choirs and is now serving as choir leader in the Congregational church. All of his time is given to his duties, for he has a large class and is regarded as one of the most capable and eminent musical directors in this part of the state. Nature imbued him with a love of music and from early manhood he has cultivated his taste and talent in this direction and has done much to further the enjoyment of the art in the city and county in which he lives. He had charge of the Presbyterian choir in Hastings for over thirty years and of the orchestra of the Kerr Opera House for about twenty years and organized the Conservatory of Music at Hastings College. In the fall of 1912 he withdrew from the Hastings College Conservatory and established the Rees Music School.

In May, 1878, Professor Rees was married to Miss Laura Emery and to them have been born two daughters, May E. and Gertrude, both of whom are teachers in the Rees Music School. Gertrude displays marked talent as a pianist, while the elder daughter is regarded as one of the finest violinists in this section of the country and devotes part of her time to concert and recital work. She is now giving concerts in New York state. Both excel in their chosen branches of music and have studied under those who are acknowledged masters of the art.

February 1895 St Paul, Minnesota at Ford's Music Hall, the New York Ladies' Quartette - Elizabeth Gaffney, Emma Potts, Laura Graves, and Zora Horlocker.

May 13, 1897, Washington, D.C.

The Lafayette Square Opera House was built in 1895 on the site of the 1830's Rodgers House, of one Washington's more famous 19th century residences, which was razed in 1894. Designed by the Chicago firm of Wood & Lovell, the opera house overlooked Lafayette Square and was built for Uriah H. Painter.

The six story building had a soaring facade, with Ionic columns framing the main entrance on Madison Place, as well as below the huge cornice. The beige brickwork was decorated with three panels over the triple arches filled with windows over the main entry. The auditorium, which could seat about 1800, was a blend of Beaux Arts, neoclassical and Italian Renaissance styles, complete with lavishly ornate gilded plasterwork, three balconies, thirty boxes and a graceful but towering proscenium arch, again, coated with gilded plaster decor.

Along with the National Theatre, the grandiose Lafayette Opera House was the main venue for opera, plays, and ballet at the turn of the 20th century in Washington. Among those to perform on its stage included Enrico Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt, Maude Adams, and Ethel Barrymore. In 1906, the opera house was taken over by the Shuberts and David Belasco, and was renamed the Belasco Theatre. By the early years of the Depression, the Shuberts gave up the Belasco Theatre, and by 1935, it was converted to a movie house. During the late-1930's, legitimate theatre made a short-lived and not very successful return, but in 1940, the Belasco Theatre (and nearby properties, including the Tayloe House and Cosmos Club) were acquired by the federal government, which used the Belasco Theatre for a warehouse and offices (all of the seats were removed from the theater at this time).

After America's entry into WW II, the Belasco Theatre was reopened as a Stage Door Canteen for the entertainment of servicemen. It closed at the start of 1946. During the Korean War, the Belasco Theatre was reopened again, as the Lafayette Square Club, again as a venue for entertaining servicemen. In the early-1960's, with the reconstruction of Lafayette Square, many of the Belasco's neighbors were razed, until finally, in 1964, the Belasco Theatre itself was torn down to make way for the new US Court of Claims Building.


In 1901 Mr. and Mrs. Durant Cheever arrived from Liverpool on the Oceanic.



1905 New York Tribune "Pease & Ellixon have sold for Mrs. H. Durant Cheever No. 32 East 51st-st., a new five story American basement basement dwelling house, on a lot 25 x 64.8 feet, for a client for occupancy."


Born Jan . 8, 1867, New York, N. Y. Parents John Haven Cheever and Anna Dow.

Married Maud Russell Barnard, Oct. 1, 1890 {deceased).

Married Zora O. Horlocker, May 28, 1899. Children Zora, May 18, 1911.

Address (Office), Municipal Building, New York, N. Y. {Home), 150 West 59th Street, New York, N. Y.

Cheever reports: " Since last report I have become President of the Okonite Company, and have devoted all my time to increasing the efficiency of this company. My time is divided almost equally between manufacturing problems and the general administration, such as finances, sales, etc. The results have been gratifying; the production has been more than doubled, and the percentage of selling cost and overhead materially decreased.


Maud Russell Barnard 1868 - 1903; parents: George Middleton Barnard and Ellen Hooper Russell; married, 1890, Henry Durant Cheever;

Her father, George Barnard was born in Brookline and was a decorated colonel in the civil war. By 1880, the family had already moved to Mattapoisett, Massachusetts so the inclusion of the sisters in this album of Brookline children remains a mystery. She divorced Mr. Cheever who created a minor stir in the society pages when he then married a singer, Zora Horlocker in 1899. Maud died in Paris four years later.



Luella J. Vance, minor child of Sampson A. Vance of Co. A, 25th Wisconsin, received a pension 1861-1934.

HASTINGS COLLEGE, Hastings, Nebraska, was organized as Nebraska Beta, November 17, 1887, through the efforts of Luella Vance (Phillips), Maud C. Harrison and Flora S. Bowman (McCloud), of York, assisted by Flora Blackburn (Lamson), of York, and Lillie Selby (Moor), of Iowa Zeta. The charter members were: Leta Horlocker, Luella Vance (Phillips), Adeline Shedd, Freda Elizabeth Wahlquist (Zacharias), but owing to almost immediate opposition, the chapter failed to prosper and the Convention at Galesburg in 1890 voted to recall the charter. Only five members were initiated after the founding in 1887, making the total membership nine.

Lou Vance was one of ten teachers in Hastings - (Andreas History of Nebraska)

In 1890 Mrs. Luella V. Phillips of Grand Island won a gold medal for the best china painting at the Western Art Association meeting in Omaha.

In 1891 L. Vance Phillips was in Kearney, winning another prize in Omaha.

1893 Omaha "Mrs. L. Vance Phillips left for Chicago this week, where she will have a studio for China painting during the remainder of the fair. Her pupils and friends will be glad to know that she anticipates continuing her work here after the World's fair closes."

1898 Los Angeles "Art Reception Mrs. H. M. Pomeroy gave an art reception Friday afternoon at her studio at No. 050 West Washington street to meet Mrs. Vance Phillips of New York, who is her guest for the winter. The new studio, which is quite perfect in all its arrangements, was gracefully decorated with pepper sprays, arranged as a frieze, and feathery masses of papyrus grouped in the corners. Some exquisite work by Mrs. Phiilips was exhibited, among the most graceful bits being a portrait of Mrs. Anna Brant of Chicago, done in porcelain, a vase decorated with an idea Undine, an Italian piece representing two mandolin players and an exquisite piece called "Psyche's Wedding." Mrs. Phillips has a method quite her own, which is much more rapid than the old German and French style nnd is wonderfully effective. Some of her work has received high honors both at the World's Fair and at the Omaha Exposition, and some of her miniature work is very fine."

1900 Nebraska State Journal "Mrs. Phillips of New York is a half-sister of the defendant. Their mother when very young married a man named Vance. Later the mother was married to William Horlocker. There were four daughters by the second marriage. The mother's maiden name was Jane McQall (Should be McMahon) . The mother is now in New York. where she went last September. Her home is in Hastings. For the last few years her mother and the defendant had lived alone. Mrs. Phillips was a member of the family until 1876 and was well acquainted with her step-father, Captain Horlocker."

In 1899, at the Chicago convenbtion of the Minature Painters Association, L. Vance Phillips of New York was elected chairman of education.

In 1900, at the West Side Auditorium, 318 West 57th, New York, S.H. Berry presented a stereopticon talk, with music by Miss Luella Phillips.

1905 New York Tribune LUELLA PHILLIPS - Elocution, Voice Culture, Physical Culture - studio, Carnegie Hall, Tel 1350-Columbus.


1907 Los Angeles

In 1908 Zora C. Phillips was a member of the Hall Educational Club at the Univerity of Colorado.

1917 Richmond, Virginia


Hiland 1846-1922 was in Company H, 6th Wisconsin. He was a constable in 1869 Grant County, Wisconsin. He was on the 1890 Veterans Schedules in Delaware County, Ohio. He is buried in Delaware County Ohio # 86824330, , spouse ASdelphia "Della" (White) Herlocker.

Susan Elizabeth Horlocker, per one tree married Wellington Selleck in 1869 in Grant County, Wisconsin

They were residents of Crawford Co., WI in 1870 with no children. In 1880, they lived in Millville, Grant Co., WI. In 1900, they were residents of Clearwater, Wright Co., MN. At that time, Susan reported that she had had 7 children, but only 5 were then living.)

Susan died Dec. 1915 in Pierce County, Washington.

FindaGrave # 96036965 has her buried in Tacoma, Washington, with spouse Wellington 1839-1903 buried in Minneapolis, Minnesota #49051231.


One tree said Catherine A. Horlocker married George W. Briggs, and they're in Bremer County Iowa in 1870. George is 34, Kate 22.

In 1880 Boone County, Iowa, George is a brick mason, and they have Lincoln A. 9, Gaylord G. 6, Ray W. 4, and Eugene J. 1.

In 1900 Washington County, Minnesota, George born January 1834 in Pennsylvania, and Kate Feb 1843 Ohio, have George G. March 1874 Nebraska.

Kate is widowed in 1920 Tacoma, Washington, # 107398461 has Catherine Adams "Kate" (Herlocker) Briggs , born Feb 29, 1848, dying January 19, 1924, buried in Tacoma, with George 1834-1914.

One tree said that William's father was Christian Horlocker mother Mary Crites. It said Christian had four wives , with many kids, including Eli 1815-1850.

In 1850 Franklin County, Ohio, Eli Herlocker is 36, Emily 27, with Charles 8, Linton 2, and newborn Eli.

But few, if any, stand higher socially or morally in the estimation of his friend [sic] and neighbors in the commonwealth than the subject of this sketch. His name is a synonym for all that is true and honorable in a man, fellow citizen and officer. Lintner Harlocker was born July 6, 1848, in Franklin county, Ohio. When but two years old his father died and his mother removed to Grant county, Wisconsin. Here the subject of this sketch remained until 1865, when he enlisted in the Forty-seventh Infantry of Wisconsin. Was mustered out in the latter part of August in the same year. He then joined his mother, who had removed to Charles City, Iowa, and again took up his studies, entering the public schools of Charles City, where he remained until 1869, at which time he went to California and accepted a position on a stock ranch in Sonoma county, remaining there until 1871, when he removed to Oregon, locating in Coos county, where he bought a farm and one year later took up a homestead. Mr. Harlocker then followed farming and logging for the next ten years. In 1882 he was elected county assessor of Coos county on the Republican ticket and re-elected in 1884. In 1886 he was elected sheriff. In 1890 Mr. Harlocker removed to Coquille City and opened a real estate office. In October he became deputy post master of Coquille, and on the resignation of Postmaster J. H. Nosler, was appointed postmaster, which position he held for four years. In 1896 he accepted the position of depot agent. In 1898 Mr. Harlocker again received the appointment of post master at Coquille, which position he held until June, 1900, when he was elected county judge. Mr. Harlocker was married August, 1889, to Miss Fannie I. Coke, of Coos county, and has an interesting family of five children, three boys and two girls. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. Judge Harlocker is a firm believer in Coos county and especially of Coquille City, and shows his belief in the future greatness of that city by erecting the finest home in the county, an engraving of which appears in this issue.

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