FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Shirley Verna Rezac Meese | Carl John Meese
2: Christmas at Aunt Lillie's 1964 Kathleen, John, Shirley, Santa, Carl, Jim, Laurie | Kathy John | Jim Laurie | Carl and Shirley's 40th Wedding Anniversary January 2, 1984
3: Carl and Shirley's 35th Wedding Anniversary January 1979
4: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Verna L. Rezac | Ida Carlson | Pete Pearson | Shsirley V, Rezac | William E. Rezac | Theresa Treblik | James Rezac | Bengta Nelson | Olaf Carlson | Elna Nilsdotter | Per Nilsson | Marie Navrkalova | Frank Treblik | Franciska Hevost | John Rezac
5: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Carl John Meese | Francisca K Hase | Ralph A. Meese | Margaret Donnelly | August Hase | Hattie Cowan | Peter G. Meese | John Donnelly | Margaret Polley | David Cowan | Leah Millhouse | Charles O. Meese
6: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents
7: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | FRISCO | Ralph
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11: Before he married Francisca Hase, Ralph Meese served in the 4th Army Corps, 89th Division, 341st Machine Gun Battalion during World War I. His Battalion, made up iof men from the Omaha area, traveled by train to Halifax, Nova Scocia where they sailed for England,then to France. The Battalion participated in the St. Mihiel Offensive, the 1st major battle for the American Expeditionary Forces and the Battle of the Argonne Forest, the last Allied offensive of WWI. When he returned to Nebraska, he operated construction and grading companies: Watt-Meese Construction Co. with "Red" Watt and alone Meese Construction Co. In 1938, he was elected to the Executive Board of Associated General Contractors of Nebraska and served while Peter Kewitt was 1st Vice President. All three of his sons worked for the companies during their high school years and for years after. Ralph died in July 1951, following a msssive stroke.
12: Peter George Meese was born April 16, 1858, near St. Louis, Missouri, when his family was migrating from Pennsylvania. They initially settled near Tebo, Missouri. At the outbreak of the Civil War, his father moved the family to Illinois and in 1867, on to Nebraska . Peter George lived on the family homestead near Ashland, Nebraska. | Hattie Cowan was born to David and Margaret Cowan on November 9, 1871, in Jasper County, Iowa. Her family moved to Illinois before 1880 and then to Nebraska in 1882 and settled in Saunders County. | Peter married Hattie Cowan in 1887 and moved west, settling near Wray and Idalia, Colorado. There they built a sod house and began farming. Following the birth of their first child and after suffering through years of bad crops, Peter George and Hattie returned to Saunders County in early 1895. They settled on a farm near Ithaca, Nebraska, where they raised their four sons and one daughter. Hattie lived in Saunders County until her death in August 1939. Peter moved to Lancaster County where he died in October1939.
13: Leah Millhouse was also born in Somerset County, on March 24, 1824 to John and Martha Bisel Millhouse. | Charles and Leah were married June 29, 1848 in Berlin Pennsylvania. In 1855 they moved to Iowa and then to Missouri in 1858. When the Civil War came to Missouri, they left a farm of growing crops, put the family belongings in a horse-drawn wagon, and moved to Dixon, Illinois. In 1867 they migrated by covered wagon to Nebraska with their neighbors. They crossed the Missouri River via ferry at Plattsmouth, Nebraska and settled near Ashland. Mr. Meese homesteaded and purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad about 400 acres, ten miles north and west of Ashland in Green Precinct. The area was then Indian country with the Oto tribe camping along the Wahoo Creek. Mr. Meese resided on this land until his death May 29, 1909. On the April 19, 1967, the Charles O. Meese farm was awarded the Nebraska Centennial Distinguished Pioneer Family Award in recognition of a pioneer family who settled in the State of Nebraska and maintained continuous ownership since 1867. The award was presented by Governor Norbert T. Tiemann to Pearl Meese Stover, a granddaughter of Charles Ogle Meese | Charles Ogle Meese, was born March 27, 1827 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania to George C. and Lydia Penrod Meese.
14: George C. Meese was born to Baltzer and Anna Nancy Baker Meese on July 30, 1785 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. On July 7, 1807, he married Lydia Penrod, the youngest daughter of John and Sarah Davis Penrod. George and Lydia had twelve children, two of whom died in childhood. Charles Ogle Meese was the next to the youngest child. According to records on the Somerset County Historical Museum, George was elected Sheriff of the county in 1825. He also farmed in Somerset County and reported in 1850 that his land was worth $5000. George died Feb. 27, 1851. Although he was buried in the Ankeny Square Cemetery in Somerset, his headstone was too eroded to be identified in 2010.
15: Our Patriot, Baltzer Meese, was born in Pennsylvania in 1756 to Phillip George and Anges Ohrendorff Meiss. The last name was altered to Meese shortly after immigration. Baltzer is found in the records of Captain Louis Farmer's Company of Riflemen on June 1, 1776. He served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment and fought in the Battle of Long Island, the 1st major battle of the Revolutionary War. He was discharged in 1781 and later was granted pension #8458.
17: August Friedrick Hase, born in 1855, immigrated from Germany in 1875. He initially lived in New York City where he met and married Margaret Donnelly who was 14 years younger than August. All the Donnelly children immigrated from Ireland individually; Margaret came in 1888. They moved to Saunders County, Nebraska in about 1895 and he filed a Declaration of Intention to become a citizen the next year. August, an upholster and wheelwright, was killed in 1908 at age 52 while working on a carriage. Margaret took in laundry to provide for her 6 small children. The family photo to the left was created after his death from a picture taken of Margaret and children and a separate one of August. Tragedy again struck when Theresa died of diphtheria 5 years later. Margaret Hase had a special relationship with Carl John Meese. He always called her "Elsie's Mama" and wrote her often while he was in Hawaii.
18: Bill and Verna's 50th Wedding Anniversary January 1974
19: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents
23: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.