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Kelly, Alice Lucile (Galbraith)

Courtesy of Our Heritage: Niobrarans and Neighbors, 12/31/2020


I was born, Feb. 21, 1911, about 5 1/2 miles southwest of Keeline, Niobrara County, Wyoming. Mrs. Harry Crabb was midwife dur­ing the birth.

My father was born near Clinton, Ia., July 25, 1877. Mother was born near Leigh, Nebr., Nov. 21, 1877. My father's parents were M. R. Galbraith and Flora (Reynolds) Galbraith. My mother's parents were Augustus DeForest and Matilda (Bruen) De­ Forest. My parents were married in South Omaha Presbyterian Church by Robert L. Wheeler, D.D. on Mar. 2, 1907.  After their marriage they lived near Schuyler, Nebr. where my brother, Morris, was born on June 27, 1908.  His weight at birth was only 3 lbs.

My father went to Wyoming in 1910 and started building a barn and house on their farm where he was joined later by my mother and my brother, Morris.

They farmed and also raised livestock. My younger sister, Mabel Bernice Galbraith was born on Dec. 16, 1915 and she died Jan. 16, 1916.

Walter and Charlotte Galbraith donated three acres of the southeast corner of their farm on which they helped build a Presby­terian Church and also the Prairie View School house. The Prairie View Cemetery is across the road south of the church, on the Harry Crabb land. My sister, Mabel Bernice Galbraith, and also my Grandfather, Augustus DeForest, who was a Civil War veteran, were both buried there. My Grand­ father, Augustus DeForest, also was a cou­sin of the late Dr. Lee DeForest (who was known as the father of radio).

Our first automobile was a chain driven International and later we had an Overland car.

My Grandfather, M. R. Galbraith, bought 160 acres of the Thomas E. Hardy land, which joined our farm on the north­west, and this land we later sold to Henry Amend Jr.

In the fall of 1920 we moved to Lost Springs.  There my father managed a grain elevator. Then later we moved to Salt Creek oil field where my father was killed in an explosion on Jan. 23, 1923.

My mother, Morris and I then moved to Lusk. There she bought a small house and Morris and I went to school and in 1926 he graduated from high school. He then went to Chicago where he was working for an electrical company and he died there Dec. 6, 1927.  In the summer of 1927 mother and I moved to Omaha, Nebr. to be near my father's two sisters and their parents and families.

We sold the Wyoming farm to Henry Amend, Jr., but still own three lots in Lost Springs which my father bought in 1920.

My husband, Vern Kelly, who was born and raised in western Nebraska, and I met in Omaha. Then in 1937 we moved to San Gabriel, Calif. and our younger daughter, Sharon, was born there.

My mother, Charlotte Galbraith, passed away on Dec. 20, 1960 and was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery here at Whittier, Calif.

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Obituary Galbraith, Morris (06/27/1908 - 12/06/1927) View Record