Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 473
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Great was blessed with good health and was
able to care for herself until one afternoon in
1958, when she went to bed for an afternoon
rest and died in her sleep. Great was 97 years
old and was buried in Tucumcari Cemetery.
In due time, George L. retired from
barbering. He died in 1963 and is buried in
by Fannie L. Perry
(See photo next page)
Leroy's grandfather, Christian O. Bron-
stad, was born in Norway in 1853. He
attended school in a farm home two years.
Then he was sent to a county school. Further
education was received through their church.
During his early years he heard tales of
prosperity, opportunity, and freedom in
America. So his mind was firmly settled on
going to America. At age 19 he bade his native
land farewell and set sail for America with
Bosque County to be his destination. He
worked several years as a miller at Norway
Mills. There he met Martha Christine Col-
wick and a romance began, resulting in
marriage in 1877.
Martha's parents came to America in 1854.
They first settled in LaSalle County, Illinois.
Here Martha was born in 1857. While in
Illinois the Colwicks heard tales of the
productive land and wonderful climate in
Texas. They moved to the Neils' Creek Valley
in Bosque County with the help of Cleng
Peerson. He gave them land that he had
received from the state of Texas as a colon-
izer. In return for this he had a home with
them until his death in 1865.
Oscar A. Bronstad (1881-1957), third child
of C. O. and Martha, married Jennie Serena
Jennie's father, August Pederson (1855-
1935), came to America in 1867, settled in
Bosque County, and in 1876 married Martha
Johnson (1855-1927). They acquired land
and lived near Cranfills Gap except for a few
years while he was hauling freight between
Clifton and Waco. They moved back to their
land and home in Cranfills Gap where they
lived the remainder of their years. They are
laid to rest in the Pederson plot in St. Olaf
Rock Church Cemetery.
When Leroy's parents married in 1905 they
lived in Clifton where Oscar was employed as
cashier at the First National Bank. Oscar and
Jennie had one son, Leroy Edgar (1906). His
mother died in 1907. She was buried in
Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Clifton.
Leroy was taken into his Bronstad grand-
parents' home where he lived until he
graduated from Clifton High School and
Clifton Junior College, with the exception of
four school terms beginning in the fall of
1920. His father had remarried and had
another son, Thomas Alfred. His mother was
Imogene Steele. 0. A. and she were married
in 1910 in Clifton. Leroy had gone to school
at Harmony until 1920, and then lived with
his parents during four school terms in
In 1924, when his grandparents rented
their 550 acre farm and moved to Clifton,
Leroy went back to live with them.
Following Leroy's graduation from C
Junior College, he went to the Metrop
work as civil service employee, primary
a railway postal clerk. He married
Davis in 1936. They lived in Deniso
Dallas, depending on Leroy's work a
ment. He retired from postal service in
He then worked for Combined Am
Insurance and retired from postal serve
1965. He then worked for Combined A
can Insurance and retired in 1973. The'
one son, Jack Spencer, born in 1945 in D
He graduated from Adamson High S
then went to Cooke County Junior C(
Gainesville. In 1972 he graduated w
major in political science from Texas U
sity, Arlington. He worked for Dow
then went to work for Underwood Net
He married Joan Zuspann Blacksto
1980. She has two daughters, Kristen
Denise. Both girls are still in school.
works for Underwood Neuhaus, Dalla:
In 1975, the Clifton High School Cl
1925 had a class reunion. Two of the
members were very happy to see each
again. After being a widow 17 years
Richards Rester (1907) and Leroy
Bronstad were married March 5, 1975 a
United Methodist Church, Texarkan
kansas. They live in Clifton. Helen grad
from Texas Woman's University in D
and did graduate work for a Mast
Baylor University. She taught three y
New Mexico and 21 years in Texas
by Helen Bro
LESTER, GEORGE WASHING
Members of the Lester family cam
Illinois to Bosque County, Texas, in
Those who came first clipped one stalk
grass that grew in a cluster and reached
feet in height. They rolled it up and pi
a letter to show their relatives how t
grass grew in Bosque County. Soon six
Lester families joined them.
George Washington Lester was bor
in Tennessee. He married Sarah Word
1823 in the same state. Their childre
Elizabeth, born 1847, Monroe born
Frank born 1854, George born 1857,
born 1859, and Newt born 1862.
Elizabeth married Bethel Meadows
children were Sarah who was marr
Duncan Campbell; Mollie married Sh
Graves; Hugh married Pearl Mingus;
married Arthur Foust; Celeta marri
Lane. I remember Aunt Lizzie, as we
her. In her home she had a loom on wh
made cloth. We liked to watch her at
George married Lillie Philips.
George and Aunt Lillie were our r
neighbors. Myrtle was their only child
took a young boy from the orphanal
kept him until he was grown. His name
Clark, and he and I had good times tol
Myrtle married W.A. York, and
children are Juanita, Charlita and TI
Professor York was my first teac
school, and one of the very best I evi
Later he served for a number of yi
County Judge of Bosque County.
Ellen married Sam Rogers. They had two
lifton children, Delbert born 1888, and Jewel born
lex to 1896. They were visiting in our home along
ily as with other company. The custom was for the
Betty adults to eat first, and the children wait until
n and they finished. My mother had a chicken in a
ssign- coop just outside the kitchen door. Jewel and
1965. I were both five years of age, and while the
erican others were eating we decided to pick this
lice in chicken. When we pulled on a feather it
meri- would not come out, but the chicken would
y have give a loud squall. Mama came out and
)allas. stopped the procedure.
chool, Delbert married Lizzie Stephens who died
college, in her twenties. Later he married Fannie
vith a Jeter. They were living in Meridian, and
niver- Fannie needed surgery. Delbert wanted to
Jones, take her to Baylor Hospital in Dallas. I had
uhaus. just bought a new Model T Ford, so I drove
ne in them to Dallas. We got her settled in a
e and hospital room, the price of which was $5.00
Joan per day. They had one son, J.D. Cousin
s. Delbert was a Baptist pastor. One of the most
lass of outstanding revivals I ever participated in
class was with him in his church in Oklahoma.
other Jewel married Ewing Baldridge. Their
Helen children are Clovis, Josie, Beth Ann and
t First Frank Lester married Ida Cowger. Their
a, Ar- children were Raymond, Ben, George and
luated Della, all of whom died young. Also they had
enton Edith, Earnest, Homer, Nellie, Elizabeth and
ers at Viola.
ears in Edith married Frank Landtroop, in Iredell,
s. She 1902. Earnest married Alice, Homer married
Virginia Craig, Elizabeth married Steve
Stroud, Nellie married Luther Haught, and
nstad Viola married Harvey West.
Newt Lester married Ann Rogers. Born to
them were Roy, Maud, Alta and Eula. Ann
TON died and later Newt married Ethel Campbell.
To them were born Loyd and Floyd, twin
F731 boys, Welburn, Marcille and Mary Ethel.
Floyd died at age 16. Loyd was ordained to
e from the Gospel ministry while still in the teens.
1883. He served as pastor of the following Baptist
of the churches in Bosque County: Flag Branch,
I three Spring Creek, Macedonia, Searsville and
ut it in Iredell.
all the Roy married Mabel Cunningham, Maud
other married Mack Thompson, Eula married
Horace Smith, Alta married Marvin Hall,
n 1813 Loyd married Sadie Lundberg, Wilburn
I, born married Ruby Dodd, Marcille married
n were George Anderson and Mary Ethel married
1851, O.D. Meek.
Ellen A considerable number of those mentioned
above are buried in either the Hanna Ceme-
Their tery or Iredell Cemetery.
erman by J.M. Jordan
is Gus ' '
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