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Deveny Family History

Courtesy of Our Heritage: Niobrarans and Neighbors, 02/28/2022


Tim Charles Deveny was born Jan. 7, 1888 in McCook, Neb. Mary w. Deveny was born March 29, 1893 in Chicago and the couple were married July 5, 1918 at Camp Fremont, Calif. by an Army Catholic chaplain.

Tim had two brothers -- Bradley Buckingham, who farmed wheat in Calgary Alberta; and Charles Melton, who worked for the railroad for 47 years. His sister, Jeanny Woods, lived in Hastings, Neb. and Comanche, Tex.

Tim and Mary had one daughter, Lucille Ann, who was born July 3, 1911. Tim started a dray line in Lusk in 1920 with two large team horses. They lived in Lusk until 1922 when they moved to Lance Creek or Bright, Wyo. to a homestead and later to the Jenkins place where they ranched for 29 years.

Tim served in World War I at Camp Fremont Calif. and drove a mule team which hauled supplies for Army camps. He later became an Army cook.

Early homestead disasters consisted of electrical storms, hail, drought, floods and lots of grasshoppers. Their home was a log cabin with ordinary furniture and the Model T Ford provided most transportation. Recreation during those years consisted of dancing, picnics, parties and listening to the radio.

Doc Reckling was everyone's physician and his hospital was in Lusk. He was a good doctor to all -- particularly the needy and unfortunate.

The couple later sold their ranch and moved to Salem, Ore. where they had a 47-acre ranch for 21 years. Tim died Nov. 7, 1969 and Mary sold the farm in 1971.

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Obituary DeVeny, Timothy (01/07/1888 - 11/07/1969) View Record