Frank Wilder Hooblerand Lona Dell Vinnedge married in 1906. Their first home was a Kincaid Act homestead in Dry Valley, Nebraska. Leo and Conda were born there. Frank was Loup County Treasurer twice. They farmed at various times in Texas and Nebraska, started a Farmers Union store in Brewster and ran cafes in Halsey, Ansley and Broken Bow, Nebraska. Frank was born in Kansas on January 6, 1883. Lona was born at Taylor, Nebraska on July 2, 1889. As Frank recalls; "We first met at a barn dance in her home. Lona was a good dancer and I never had danced, (and canít yet). I ask her for a dance. It was a square dance and she danced her part with the rest of the set the best she could, but I stood there not knowing what to do. I heard her tell one of her girlfriends, "I have a dickens of a partner." I sure was glad when they told me to sit down, but I didnít sit by her. I thought to myself, "you will pay for that dance" and she still is."
Time went on and they were married by a county judge at Moulton, Nebraska. He was slightly under the weather, you can guess how, but it seems he did a good job. We now have five children, Leo, Conda Duryea, Ford (Buzz), Morris, and Phyllis Billard. We have eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
I have a few rules on how to live with the same girl for fifty years, from one who knows how: 1. Be the same boy you were when you got married. 2. Let her do all the work. 3. Donít do anything without her advice. 4. Donít speak until she gives you the nod. 5. Get in with her doctor. 6. Get sick at least twice a week. 7. Donít cross her path.
Now to be serious for a change; I want everyone to know that Lona is, and always has been a loving, thoughtful, and understanding wife and companion. Together we have seen some pretty lean years,. Yet she never complained, but was always ready to do whatever I thought best, whether she thought I was right or not. She has always been a wonderful mother; kind and understanding to her children, bringing them up in her own gentle way.
Lona and I feel very fortunate to have had each otherís love and devotion for so long a time, that we have the love and respect of all our children and their families. We thank God for all our blessings
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoobler were given a reception Sunday, Jan. 8, as a golden wedding anniversary gift from their children. It was held at the Arrow Hotel, and around 300 people signed the guest book.
At the center of the serving table was a 4-tier cake decorated with yellow frosting flowers and green leaves and a white background. The top tier stood on pedestals and held a golden 50 in a horseshoe shape over which a flower spray arched. A stream of frosting flowers ran at an angle from the second tier across the front to the bottom.
The table was covered with a yellow cloth and decorated with smilax, tapers in two-branch candelabra, and bouquets of carnations and yellow pompom with gold wire 50ís in the center. A fern rope draped the front and was caught at the corners with bows of white and gold metallic ribbon.
Mixed bouquets of daffodils and iris stood on tables beside two armchairs. In this setting Mr. and Mrs. Hoobler received their guests.
A bouquet of yellow carnations stood on the gift table and yellow pompoms on the guest book table. The children wore corsages and boutonnieres of pink carnations. Those of their husbands and wives were of peach carnations.
Mrs. Hoobler wore a corsage of yellow mums on her charcoal gray dress. Mr. Hoobler had a boutonniere of the same flowers.
Mrs. Morton Billiard, Jr. a daughter, poured the coffee. Mrs. Morris Hoobler and Mrs. Ford Hoobler, daughters-in-law, served the cake, assisted by the sons and sons-in-law.
Mrs. Leo Hoobler, a daughter-in-law, was in charge the guest book, and Mrs. Abe Duryea, a daughter, greeted the guests.
The gift table was in charge of Mrs. Morton Billiard, Sr., Mrs. Frank Vinnedge and Miss Joan Thoendel.
The Hooblers were married at the home of the brideís parents in Moulton on January 10,1906. All of their five children were present for the reception.
Immediate family attending were Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hoobler, Sargent; Mr. and Mrs. (Conda) Abe Duryea, Alliance; Mr. and Mrs. Ford Hoobler and family; Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hoobler and Shirley; Mr. and Mrs. (Phyllis) Morton Billiard, Jr. and Terry. Other relatives from out of town were: Miss Joan Thoendel, Chadron; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vinnedge, Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Morris Vinnedge and Mrs. John Hoobler of Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Ralls, Almeria; Wilma Dunbar, Plainview; Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Dunbar and Joyce, Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Palmer and family, Almeria; Mr. and Mrs. Abb Vinnedge and Theda, Berwyn; and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rose, Taylor.
Frank Wilder Hoobler was born at Maple Hill, Kans., Jan. 6, 1883, and died in the Community Hospital in Broken Bow, Nebr., Sept. 19, 1965, at the age of 82 years, 8 months and 13 days. He came with his parents to Loup county in 1902. He married Lona Dell Vinnedge of Moulton, Nebr. (near Almeria) on Jan. 10, 1906. To this union were born three daughters and three sons. An infant daughter, Lona, and his oldest son, Leo of Sargent, preceded him in death, and, also Leoís son, Melvin, at age 1 1/2 years. Survivors are his wife, Lona of Broken Bow; daughters, Mrs. Conda Duryea of Alliance and Mrs. Phyllis Billiard of Lincoln; sons, Ford A. (Buzz) of Broken Bow and Morris of Salina, Kan.; brother, George of Lincoln; eleven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. After moving from Loup county, Mr. Hoobler engaged in business at Brewster, Halsey, and Ansley, before coming to Broken Bow in 1939, where he operated "Frankís Cafe" until his retirement in 1957. Mr. Hoobler was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the United Presbyterian church, and until recent years was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Eastern Star. He was particularly proud of his honorary membership in the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow, with Masonic graveside services and interment at the Broken Bow cemetery
Uncle Frank and Aunt Lona frequently visited with his nephew, Vern, and their family near the old home place near St. Marys. They are remembered with love by grand and great-grandnieces and nephews. Uncle Frank always had a stick of gun to share with the littlest ones, and a joke or some teasing for the older ones. He passed out cards to "present at Franks cafe for a free cup of tea or coffee", and he always honored that card, if we stopped in Broken Bow.
Their children were:
1. Leo - Esther Wells
a. Eunice - Ernest Mosley
c. Lewis - Betty J. Allwhite
2. Conda - Abe Duryea
a. Leta - Robert Whiteman
b. Bonnie - Dale Jones
c. Bobby - Joanie Thoendal
3. Ford (Buzz) - Betty Hagadorn
a. Penny - Donald Shultz
b. Julie - James Turner
c. Kathy- Donald Province
d. Ginger - Gerald Spanel
4. Morris - Jane Colman
a. Shirley - Stanley Train
5. Phyllis - Morton Billiard, Jr
a. Terri - Kenneth Miller