1870 census. John Peets 26, wife Jane 23, and their 3 children Phebe 3, Edward 2, & Ada 6 months, living with his parents Lewis Peets 51 (farmer) & Nancy 56. Siblings Peter 23 & Fanny 18, as well as a probable relation Julius Lacomb 11.
1900 census. John Peets 56 (coal heaver/RR), wife of 33 years Jane 53. They have 11 children, with 9 still living, and only James E. 13 still at home.
1910 census. John Peets 67 (odd jobs/laborer), wife of 44 yearsJane 64, and a lodger.
1920 census. Widowed Jane Peets 74, living with son James Peets 33 (day laborer), wife Clara 26, Tevina 7, James T. 4.
1930 census. Widowed Jane Peets 84, living with married daughter Lulu M. 59 & her husband Joseph Prevo 62 (farmer). Also there are her granddaughter Nina R. 18 & husband Joe L. Telgren 19 (farmer).
 John Peets was born in St Lawrence County, New York, December 6, 1841 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Prevo, south of Oakdale, Tuesday, October 22, 1918, aged 76 years, 10 months and 16 days. Mr. Peets had been in poor health for several years and a week previous to his death was stricken with apoplexy. The end was not unexpected and he passed away surrounded by his children. The deceased moved to Delaware County, Iowa when 22 years of age and a year later was married to Jane Crosier. To this union eleven children were born, two dying in infancy and one son, L. W died four years ago. The family moved to Nebraska in the spring of 1880 and located in St Clair Valley. In 1889 Mr. and Mrs. Peets moved to Oakdale and this place has since been their home. The deceased is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. Peter Prevo, and the following children, Mrs. James Bliss, Mrs. Charles Duncan, George E. Peets, Mrs. Joe Prevo, Mrs. O. G. Retzlaff, Mrs. George H. Haines, James Peets of Oakdale, and Mrs. Gean Cohee of Lincoln. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon and interment was made in the Oakdale Cemetery.
Obituary: The Oakdale Sentinel, Thursday, 16 January 1941: Jane Crosier Peets: Jane Crosier was born September 26, 1845, in Oswego County, New York, and passed away at Oakdale, Nebraska, the morning of January 8, 1941, at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 13 days. At the age of five years she moved with her parents to Pennsylvania by boat, a journey which took seven days. When ten years of age they came to Iowa by covered wagon. At twenty she was married to John Peets at Worthington, Iowa. Mr. Peets preceded her in death in 1918. To this union were born 11 children, 4 preceding her in death, two in infancy, William Peets and Mrs Phoebe Bliss in 1937. Those surviving are George Peets, Mrs. Lulu Prevo, Mrs Ada Duncan and Mrs. Kitty Retzlaff all of Oakdale, Jim Peets, Mrs. Cora Cohee and Mrs. Nellie Mankin of Arcadia, California; also 33 grandchildren, 89 great grandchildren and 20 great great grandchildren. She also leaves one half-brother William Crosier, and 4 half-sisters, Effie Crosier, Ellen Crosier, Julia Crosier and Mrs. Della Stansbery, all of Oakdale. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Friday afternoon conducted by Rev. R. E. Daughhetee. Burial was made in the Oakdale cemetery.
Phoebe Maria Peets: The Oakdale Sentinel, October 1937: PHOEBE MARIA PEETS BLISS: Phoebe Marie Peets was born at Worthington, Iowa, July 17, 1866, and departed this life at the family home in Oakdale, Nebraska, October 11, 1937, at the age of seventy-one years, two months and twenty-five days. She came to Nebraska with her parents at the age of fourteen years and located in Antelope County where she resided continuously. She was married to James Bliss February 10, 1887. Nine children came to bless this home, three preceding her in death, one daughter, Felicia Bomar, and two sons, Johnnie and Roy. After her marriage they moved on his father's homestead. They lived on this farm in St. Clair Valley for nearly fifty years, moving to Oakdale last November where she had since resided. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary February 10, 1937. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and six children, William of Arcata, California, Harry of Neligh, Nebraska, Mrs. Henry Nelsen of Winside, Nebraska, Mrs. Jas. Kinnan, Mrs. Albert Michaelson, and Dellis, all of Oakdale, her aged mother, Mrs. Jane Peets, five sisters, two brothers, twenty grandchildren, one great grandchild and a host of other relatives, friends.
George Edward Peets: The Oakdale Sentinel, Thursday, 14 August 1947. George Edward PEETS: G. E. Peets, 79, long time resident of Oakdale and community, died at his home here Saturday morning. He had been in ill health for some time but his illness took a critical turn last Wednesday night. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Monday afternoon with Rev. H. G. Langley and Rev. Dawson J. Park in charge. Internment was made in the Oakdale Cemetery. The Oakdale Odd Fellows Lodge conducted brief services at the grave. George Edward Peets was born near Spencer, Clay county, Iowa, January 19, 1868, and passed away at his home in Oakdale, Nebraska, August 9, 1947, at the age of seventy-nine years, six months and twenty-one days. At the age of twelve years he came with his parents to Oakdale and settled on a timber claim in St. Clair Valley, where he grew to manhood. On December 27, 1887, he was married to Catherine Wetzel. To this union two children were born, a daughter, Cornelia Peets, and a son Charles Peets. The deceased converted and joined the Methodist church in 1938 and had been a faithful member. A week ago Sunday Mr. Peets attended church. All during his illness he attended whenever possible. He had taken an active part in not only his church but in his community. He had been an active member of the Odd Fellows Lodge No. 113 for the past forty-four years. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Catherine, daughter Cornelia who is Mrs. Fred Kraft of Sioux City, Iowa, son Charles E. Peets of Oakdale; four grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Ida Duncan and Mrs. Lulu Prevo of Oakdale, and Mrs. Nellie Gillmore and Mrs. Cora Cohee of Arcata, California; also nieces and nephews and a host of friends. His father, mother, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Ada Emeline Peets: The Oakdale Sentinel, Thursday, 6 December 1948: Ada Emaline Peets Duncan: Funeral services for Mrs. Ada Duncan, 78, pioneer resident of this community, will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon (Thursday) at the Methodist church here. Rev. Albert R. Murdoch, pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren church, will have charge of the services and burial will be made in the Oakdale Cemetery. Mrs. Duncan suffered a stroke Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dellis Bliss. She was taken to the hospital at Tilden that same day and passed away Monday. Ada Emiline Peets, daughter of John Peets and Jane Peets, was born on December 20, 1869, at Spencer, Clay County, Iowa, and passed away at the Tilden hospital December 6, 1948, at the age of seventy-eight years, eleven months and sixteen days. At the age of eleven years she came with her parents to Nebraska where they settled on a timber claim eight miles south of Oakdale, and it was here that she grew to womanhood. On January 12, 1886, she was united in marriage to Jacob Wetzel in Oakdale and they made their home on a farm south of Oakdale. To this union were born four daughters. Her husband passed away in the year 1894. In the year of 1897 she was married to Charles Duncan, who passed away March 16, 1923. Five children were born to this union, one son and four daughters. Also preceding her in death was her son and one daughter, three brothers and two sisters. She leaves to mourn her death her seven daughters, Mrs. Roy Thien, Aberdeen, WA., Mrs. Maggie Crown, Wall, SD., Mrs. Chester Obershaw, Mrs. Pearl Packer, Mrs. George Schwarting, Mrs. Dellis Bliss and Mrs. Joe Telgren all of Oakdale, sisters Mrs. Gene Cohee and Mrs. Bill Gallimore, Arcata, Ca., Mrs. Lulu Prevo, Oakdale; twenty-six grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; and a host of friends.
Lula Mae Peets: Neligh News and Leader, 11 March 1965: LULU MAE PEETS PREVO: Funeral services for Mrs. Lulu PREVO were held Sunday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Middleton officiating. Burial was in the Oakdale Cemetery with great grandsons, Arden and Paul Telgren, Cecil Fields, Keith Brink, Kerry and Jack Miller serving as pallbearers. Mrs Lulu Mae Prevo, daughter of John and Jane Peets was born May 3, 1872 in Clay County, Iowa and died Friday, March 5, 1965 at the age of 92 years, 10 months and 2 days. In 1880 she came to Antelope County with her parents, a brother and three sisters in a covered wagon. They settled on a timber claim in the St Clair Valley. On July 21, 1880 she was married to Joseph Prevo. They lived at Oakdale one year then moved to a farm south of Oakdale. After her husband’s death in 1937 she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Rosa Martens, later moving to town to reside with her other daughter, Mrs. Maude Kinnan. Mrs Prevo was baptized and confirmed in the United Brethren Church south of Oakdale and was a member of the Star Ladies Aid for 40 years. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Maude Kinnan, and Mrs. Rosa Martens, one sister, Mrs. Nell Gallimore of Arcata, California, six grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and nine great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, five sisters and four brothers.
Louis William Peets: The Oakdale Sentinel, 15 May 1914: LOUIS WILLIAM PEETS : Louis William Peets was born in Clay County, Iowa, May 7, 1874 and died at Oakdale, Nebraska on May 10, 1914. He came to Nebraska in 1880 with his parents to Oakdale. He was married to Miss Ada Shurts on November 21, 1896 and to this union were born two children, Elsie May and William McKinley. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, two brothers and six sisters, all of whom reside in or about Oakdale. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the United Brethren Church and interment was in the Oakdale Cemetery.
Catherine Peets: The Oakdale Sentinel, Thursday, 23 September 1943: KATHERINE PEETS RETZLAFF: Mrs. Retzlaff died at her home here last Thursday after a lingering illness. Katherine (Katie) Peets, daughter of John Peets and Jane Peets, was born in Clay county, Iowa, on March 15, 1876, and died at her home in Oakdale, Nebraska, on September 16, 1943, aged sixty-seven years, six months and one day. She moved with her parents to Antelope county, Nebraska, in 1880, and settled near Oakdale where she spent the remainder of her life. She was married to Otto Retzlaff in 1893 and to this union five children were born. Her husband and two children preceded her in death. She was a member of the United Brethren Church for a number of years. She was a kind and loving mother. She leaves to mourn her passing three children, Fred Retzlaff, Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Fannie Storey, Omaha, NE, Mrs. Hattie Eymann, Oakdale; 15 grandchildren; sisters Mrs. Cora Cohee and Mrs. Nell Gallamore of Arcata, Ca., Mrs. Lulu Prevo and Mrs. Ada Duncan, Oakdale; and brother Ed Peets of Oakdale.
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