Bethene Blanch[e] Johnson was born at Genoa, Nance County, Nebraska, November 6, 1892. She moved with her parents to Ord, Nebraska, in December of 1901, attended the rural school near home, graduated from Ord High School in 1912, and then taught school.
She was married to Frederic Ralph Harris September 28, 1913. They had a lovely home in Lincoln, Nebraska, at 1758 Franklin. To them a son was born March 3, 1917, named Frederic Ralph Harris, Jr. In 1919 they moved to her father’s farm near Ord.
Bethene Johnson Harris passed away April 1, 1919, and was buried in the Ord Cemetery. The small son, Frederic Ralph, was adopted by his great aunt and uncle, Ellen and John Young, of Genoa, Nebraska. Nels’ sister, Thilda, went to Ord to the funeral and brought Freddie to Genoa to the Young home where he was later adopted. He graduated from the Genoa High School, attended Nebraska Wesleyan University two years, and is attending Corvallis Agricultural College in Oregon, where he will graduate in the spring of 1938.
Helen Kjerstine Johnson, was born June 18, 1894, at the farm home near Genoa, Nebraska. She graduated from Ord High School in 1914, and the Peru State Normal in 1918. Helen was married to Ernest Melvin Hill on November 24, 1921. To them one daughter was born, Alice May, March 16, 1928. Ernest Hill died of a throat infection July 24, 1933. Helen J. Hill lives in Ord, Nebraska with her father Nels Johnson, and he cares for the granddaughter, Alice May, while Helen works in a Sewing Unit. Helen also keeps the “home fires burning.”
Wallace was born in Ord, Nebraska, March 20, 1903. He finished the rural school, attended Ord High School, graduated from the Kearney Military School in 1922, and from the Kirkville School of Osteopathy in 1924. He practiced in Fairbury and Burwell, Nebraska. He married a Kirkville girl in 1924, and to this union one daughter, Sharon Lea, was born in July 1929. He is now an Osteopath Doctor in Los Angeles, where he, his wife and daughter have made their home since the fall of 1936.