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THE SIDNEY ARGUS - HERALD. May 12, 1949. "PIONEER OF THIS COUNTY PASSES AWAY. Sarah
Bridgeford Dies at Age of 95; Services at Hamburg".--Sarah Jane Redd, age 95,
daughter of Garrison B. and Nancy Almira Redd, was born June 9th, 1853, on the farm where
her parents settled in 1844, four miles south and east of Sidney.
She was always active, and while recovering from a serious illness, suffered a fractured
hip. She passed away at the Hamburg hospital May 16, at the age of 95 years 10 months and
She was one of a family of nine children, all of whom preceded her in death, except a
brother, Garrison B. Redd, of Sidney.
At the age of 16, in 1869, she was married to Buck King, who passed away four or five
years later. Two children were born to them, both dying in infancy.
On December 24 (?), 1882, she was married to Eli Bridgeford. To this union six children
were born, three sons and three daughters.
A few years after their marriage they homesteaded at Stockville, Frontier county, Neb.,
making the journey in a covered wagon. Her husband passed away at this place.
In 1917 she moved to the old home place, with her mother, where she spent her remaining
years. She spent her later years with her garden and flowers, and when unable to work
outside, she spent her time in crocheting and piecing quilts.
Mrs. Bridgeford saw four wars during her lifetime. She lived through the days of the
grease lamp, the candle and the kerosene lamp and the modern electric light age.
During this time she mothered a ten year old boy, Sparkle Lughry, and gave him a home for
Surviving her are three daugthers, Mrs. John Weatherell (Frances) of near Shenandoah; Mrs.
Art Mortimore (Kitty) of Hamburg; and Mrs. Charles Mortimore (Bertha) of Stockville, Neb.;
three sons, J. R. and Walter of near Sidney, Harrison E. Bridgeford of Hambrg; one
brother, Garrison B. Redd of Sidney; nineteen grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; two
great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.
Mrs. Bridgeford, for more than 20 years has always been honored by her relatives and
friends with a picnic dinner on her birthday.
Funeral services were held by candle light at the Johnson Funeral Home in Hamburg, Sunday,
May 8, at three o'clock, with Rev. Kingsley in charge. Music was furnished by Mrs.
Ambrose Brown, who sang, "Shall we Gather at the River". Casket bearers were
Richard Bridgeford, Eli Mortimore, Roy Barton, Donald Aspedon, Ray Lytle and Robert Howe.
Interment was made in the Riverton cemetery.
Out of town relatives attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Dale Woods and John Callan,
of Stockville, Neb., Mrs. Mahlen Mortimore of Indianola; Mr. and Mrs. Sparkle Lughry of
Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. George Green and Mr. and Mrs. Newell Green and family of Fairfax, Mo.,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Howe of Tarkio, MO.