NameCharles Wesley BRINKERHOFF 6158,315
Birth Date24 Feb 1875
Birth PlaceSaint Joseph, Buchanan, MO, USA
Death Date20 Dec 1963 Age: 88
Death PlaceBenkleman, Dundy Co., NE, USA
Burial PlaceBenkleman Cemetery, Benkleman, Dundy, NE
OccupationPostmaster At Parks, NE; Grocery Store Operator, Auctioneer, Deputy Sheriff
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Benkelman Post 12-26-1963

Charles Wesley Brinkerhoff, born St. Joseph, Missouri on Feb 24, 1875, passed away at Benkelman, NE., Dec 20, 1963 at the age of 88 years, nine months and 26 days. He came to Benkelman and stayed with his grandparents in 1890.

He married Anna Behlke July 4 1900 and to this union two children were born, Elsie and Louis. Anna preceded him in death in 1930 and he married Retta Dixon in 1931.

He was postmaster at Parks NE., from 1915-1919 and ran a grocery store in Benkelman and Parks for a number of years.

He spent 30 years as an auctioneer and served in the office of County Commissioner for 12 years, from 1939-1951. He also was a deputy-sheriff for a number of years.

He is survived by his wife, Retta, two daughters: Irene Van Lieu, Missouri, Elsie Richardson, Colorado; one son, Louis, Parks; Two step-daughters: Lillie White, Haigler, Lucille Hering, Galt, CA; one half-sister Pearl Behm and one half-brother Harrison Weatherman, both from Hoquiam, WA.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, Dec 23 1963. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under Jay's Funeral Home. 
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Birth Date12 Aug 1888
Birth PlacePrecept, Furnas Co., NE, USA
Death Date3 Nov 1977 Age: 89
Death PlaceBenkleman, Dundy Co., NE, USA
Burial PlaceHaigler Cemetery, Haigler, Dundy Co., NE, USA
FatherGeorge Franklin SOWERS (1858-1935)
MotherMary Ellen DARE (1863-1927)
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Retta Brinkerhoff passed away in the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on Thursday morning,Nov. 3 at the age of 89 years and 2 months; She was born August 12, 1888 to George and Mary Sowers in Table Rock Nebr.

Retta was married to John L. Dixon in 1906, Four children were born in this union. Mr. Dixon passed away in 1928. In 1931 Retta and Charles W. Brinkerhoff were married.

Mrs. Brinkerhoff and her husband Charles operated a grocery store in Parks for several years and she was a correspondent for The Post during her active years. She was a member of the United Methodist church, and had received a 50 year pin as member of United Methodist Women. Mrs. Brinkerhoff was a member of the Extension Club of Parks.

Both husbands preceded her in death along with her parents, three sisters Jessie, Kate, and Hope; two brothers George and Harry Sowers; 2 sons, James and Bobby Dixon; a step daughter Elise Richardson : and a step son, Louis Brinkerhoff.

Survivors include her daughters Mrs. Lillie White of Haigler, Nebr. and Mrs. Lucille Doucet of Golf, six grandchildren: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kidwell and family of Fullerton, Calif; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hanson and family of Woodrow, Colo; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Herring and family of Vallejo, Ca!if.;.Mr. and Mrs, Leslie White and family of Haigler; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney White and family of Wray, Colo. Dallas Dixon of Louisiana and 21 great-grandchildren.
Family ID13111
Birth Date1 Mar 1878
Death Date20 Jun 1930 Age: 52
Death PlaceBenkleman, Dundy Co., NE, USA
Family ID13114
ChildrenElsie M (1902-1975)
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