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George and Bertha (Shemp) Theobald , Yuma

In 1970 Iowa County, Wisconsin, Frederick Theobald is 48, Mary 47, Robert 20, Sarah 18, George 16, Ferances 12, James 10, Harietta 7, John S. 5, and Rosa B. four months.
George married Isabelle Mary Scott on August 19, 1875 in Dane County, Wisconsin.
In 1880 Iowa County, Wisconsin, George Theobald is 26, farming, with Isabel 29 Wisconsin. They have Sharlotte seven months. On the same page is Robert Theobold, 30, with Sara 28, Minnie 7, Elsie 5, and Mabel 3.
In 1885 Crawford County, Iowa, George Theobald is 31, a lumberman born in Wisconsin, with Isabel 34 born in another ountry. , Lottie 5, and Mina 8, all born in Wisconsin. Mina Aletha was born Sept 26, 1881 in Iowa, per one tree.
On the same page in 1885 Crawford County is Robert Theobald, 68, married to Isabel 54 - she's also born in another country..This Isabella died Sept 2, 1886 and is buried in SAAstor cemetery, Shelby County, Iowa, aged 55.
In 1900 Crawford County, Iowa, George is farming, born Aug 1853 Wisconsin, with Isabelle M. Dec 1851 Prince Edward Island, immigrading in 1859,. Mary B. July 1889, Iowa is with them.
In 1900 Lasalle County, Illinois, John Schemp is 56, Barbra 55, Otto 31, and Bertha E. 24.

1908 Yuma "John S. Theobald of Bartley, Neb., is out on a visit with his brother, our flouring mill man."
June 1908 "Theobald is removing the frame moulds from the concrete walls and getting in shae to go on up with brick on the new flouring mill and electric light plant."

1908 "George Theobald says his marriage was a great surprise to his many Nebraska friends and they are sending him some very comical cards in the way of congratulation."
The McCook newspaper said "George Theobald of Yuma, Colo., and Bertha Shemp of Chicago, Ill."

1908 Yuma "Mrs. George Theobald left Thursday on a short visit with her Nebraska friends."

1909 Wray Gazette
June 4, 1909

1909 "Mr. and Mrs. George Theobald will occupy the Frank Boren residence as soon as vacated by Rev. Hawks."
1909 "The well at the flouring mill is a dandy and water stands forty feet in the caseing. She has stood the test and George Theobald says he can turn the pipe at the crossing and make Weld Avenue look like a river in three hours - now that's some water."

Also in 1909, the town of Yuma granted a franchise to E.E. Smith and George Theobald to erect an electric light plant.
1910 "Mrs. J.C. Shemp and Miss Emma stopped in Wray between trains Tuesday going to Yuma."
1910 Yuma "Mrs. Theobald's mother and sister, Mrs. and Miss Shemp are visiting here this week."
In 1910 Yuma, George Theobald 56, born in Wisconsin, is a miller, and Bertha E. 34 born in Illinois is a bookkeeper.. This is George's second marriage.

"Born, Friday, September 8, 1911, to Mr. and Mrs. George Theobald, a girl."

In 1920 Chase County, Nebraska, George is 66, a carpenter, with Bertha 43. They have Delorez, 8, born in Colorado, and George D., 5, born inNebraska.
George 1853-1922 # 13504992 and Bertha (Schemp) Theobald 1876-1955 are buried in Wauneta.
In 1930 Chase County, Bertha E. is 54, widowed, with Dolores 18 and George D. 16.
In 1940 Chase County, Bertha 64, has a school teacher lodger.
In 1903 Lottie Theobald wrote a spiritual message in the Gospel Trumpet, published at Moundsville, West Virginia.

1911 "Robt. Jarvis and wife arrived in Yuma last Saturday for a visit with Mrs. Jarvis' father, Geo. Theobald. Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis are connected with the missionary work in India."

(Lottie Theobald, born at Barnesville, Wisconsin November 26 1879, living at Anderson Indiana, applied for a passport to do missionary work.
In 1920 Lottie Jarvis wrote an allegory in the Church Of God Evening Light.

1912 Yuma "We have some very good furniture and other articles we will sell. Come and see - At Theobald's."

1912 "H. E. Athey, of Wauneta, Nebr., was a Yuma visitor Tuesday. He is a son-in-law of Geo. Theobald."


1915 "E. Loring this week sold the improved farm of 160 acres belonging to John Heinlein, four miles due north of Yuma, to Phil Theobald, of Fairmont, Nebr."

1915 "Mrs. Philip Theobald and children arrived from Fairmont, Nebr., Wednesday, and are living on the Heinlein farm, whic was purchased recently by Mr. Theobald."
In 1916 Bertha Schemp Theobold was listed as having been a graduate nurse registered in Illinois.

In 1920 Emma "Sherrup" and Bertha Theobald owned the northeast quarter of 3, 1N 48W.
1914 "For Sale - land in 4N 48W, 162 acres, will sell for $1,600... address Miss Emma Shemnp, Troygrove, Illinois."
Emma Schempp 1871-1941 is buried in Troy Grove # 135325897. A nurse, born Jan 16, 1870 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to John Schemp and Barbara Engle.

Mary Isabel (Theobald) Athey 1889-1974 is buried in Wauneta # 36748355.
Mina A. Theobald, daughter of George Theobald and Isabelle Scott, married Harvey E. Athey Nov 22, 1899 in Astor, Iowa. She was 18, born in Aston.

Mina Aletha (Theobald) Athey 1881-1947 is buried in Wauneta # 36748389 - this one the spouse of Harvey Everett Athey. 1878-1957.

Dolores Theobald Mohler passed away peacefully at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., the morning of Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at the age of 91. She had been living in Colorado Springs since the late spring of 2000. Dolores was born in Yuma, Colo., on Sept. 8, 1911. Her father, George Theobald, was a carpenter as well as a millwright originally from Wisconsin. Her mother Bertha Schempp Theobald was a graduate nurse from Illinois. When Dolores was nine months old, her family moved to Wauneta where her father built a mill and also homes. When she was eleven, the mill caught fire and subsequently, her father passed away. At that point, she and her younger brother, Dale, tried to help their mother make ends meet by various chores such as babysitting, delivering meat and selling strawberries. Their mother converted the house into a "tourist home" since there was no hotel from the nearest town 20 miles away to the railroad center 50 miles to the east. During the summers, traveling salesmen and Chautauqua entertainers stayed at the house, while in the winter the family boarded schoolteachers.

When Dolores was thirteen she began working at the Grimms Brothers Hardware Store. This was a full-time summer job and in the winter a Saturday job. The job did not keep Dolores away from her love of learning, hiking and camping in the out of doors which had been received from her favorite teacher, Mae Grimm. Dolores also loved horses and riding them with her best friend, Grace Oliver. She played on the girls basketball team and lettered in other sports. She also was in dramatics and music concerts. As a senior in high school she was the editor of the yearbook and came up with the name Wauneta Broncos, in honor of the bronco horse she enjoyed riding on. She graduated from Wauneta High School in 1929.

She went to McCook Junior College for her first year of higher education and to Nebraska Wesleyen the second year. At the end of this year she was sent home with anemia and spent the following year recovering with relatives on farms in Wisconsin and Illinois.

In 1933, she decided to go to the University of Nebraska where she majored in Social Work. Through the Quaker Society of Friends, Dolores earned social work credits by working with Italian immigrant children in Philadelphia, Pa., one summer. Another summer she took classes at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colo., where she worked on a project with Navajo Indians from New Mexico. She went on to graduate as a Phi Beta Cappa from the University of Nebraska. After graduation, she worked for seven years as a caseworker for The Family Service Agency in Lincoln.

Dolores was married to Phares Lapp Mohler on Sept. 3, 1939. She continued to work and commuted to be with her new husband in Norfolk. For a period of time, she was the Acting Director of Family Service. Dolores was a devoted wife and mother. Her two children, Laurel and Ann, were born in Norfolk before her husband was transferred to Omaha in October of 1950. Phares worked for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. During these years, Dolores was focused mainly on the care and nurturing for her immediate and extended family. She cared for aging elderly relatives, a brother-in-law who had tuberculosis and also instilled the ritual of the dinner table as a place of family reunion for all. Her abiding love of books led her to the University of Omaha for night classes in Library Science. Her energy and love of life was grounded in a life long commitment to Christian values. She was active in the Clifton Hill Presbyterian Church in many different roles in her fifty-year membership there. She was a pioneer in her community by helping to found the Northwest Community Council of Omaha. The goal of the council was to maintain a neighborhood which was culturally and racially mixed which was a novel idea in the early 1960's. During her last 15 years in Omaha, she continued to live at 4032 Maple in her neighborhood. She was respected as a living legend in the neighborhood as "that old lady on the corner who grows the tomato plants."

After her children were grown and her husband was retired, Dolors enjoyed helping her husband in a traveling electronic sales position which entailed covering 11 western states. This was a wonderful time for them.

Throughout her life, Dolores had an avid interest in history, particularly Nebraska history. She continued to read and acquire new books for her collection up until she passed away. She also enjoyed researching the history of both the Theobald and Mohler families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Phares Lapp Mohler; her parents, George and Bertha; her brother, Dale Theobald; nieces, Brenda Theobald and D'Ann Johnson; her half-sister, Mina Athey; nieces, Vetura and Eunice; nephew, Veryl; half-sister, Charlotte Jarvis; niece, May and nephew, Mark; half-sister, Mary Athey; and nephews, Leon and Glenn Athey.

She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Laurel Dunn and Ann Louise Mohler; sister-in-law, Phyllis Theobald; niece, Myrna Bradbury; great-nieces, Angela Johnson and Athenia Michael; nephews, Marvin Athey and Kent Theobald; great-nephew, Ty Theobald. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Levi Mohler and Nathan Mohler; niece, Lois Okrasinski; great-niece, Alison Taylor; niece, Dr. Jean Anderson; great-niece, Dr. Mindy Cohen; nephew, Robert Mohler; great-niece, Kelsey Moses; and great-nephew, Kyle Mohler.

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