Obit: Bridge, Helen Louise Towner (1852 - 1936)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Bridge, Hill, Hommel, Easting, Towner, 1852O'neill, Teller, Bliss, Shoengarth, Cook, Olingy, Ploul, Thorp, Bussell, Spencer, Morris, Williamson, Finney, Mcdermott, Arnold

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 12 March 1936, Census Records

Bridge, Mrs. Jerry (Nov 1852 - 23 Feb. 1936)

Word has been received by Mrs. J. W. Hommel from Lieut. R. George Hill, Fort Worth, Texas, of the death of Mrs. Bridge which occurred on Feb. 23, at Forth Worth, where she was interred.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bridge (Louise Towner) will be remembered as former residents of Neillsville, where their only child, Lura, was born on South Hewett Street. Mr. Bridge died later and the family went to live with her father at Wycona. Miss Lura became a professional nurse of high standing in Milwaukee and later was assistant superintendent of a hospital at Sherman, Texas.

When the Wisconsin Troops went into the Mexican border trouble at Camp Wilson, Miss Bridge transferred to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonia, where she met Lieut. Hill, whom she married later removing to Forth Worth, where Mrs. Bridge joined them, having in the meantime become blind.

A short time afterward she fell and fractured her hop and was confined to a wheel chair and crutches. About five years ago the daughter, Mrs. Hill died leaving Mrs. Bridges a helpless invalid, requiring constant medical care which Mr. Hill is sure she has had to the end.

Just before leaving Neillsville the Bridge family lived in the house just north of the Hommel home.

Mrs. Bridge was a devoted daughter, a fine mother and a splendid neighbor and friend.

Wisconsin Birth Records

Helen L. Towner
gender: Female
baptism/christening date:
baptism/christening place:
birth date: 29 Nov 1852
birthplace: Wyocena, Columbia, Wisconsin
death date:
name note:
race: White
father's name: Wm. J. Towner
father's birthplace:
father's age:
mother's name: Acksa C. Easting
mother's birthplace:
mother's age:
indexing project (batch) number: C00309-5
system origin: Wisconsin-EASy
source film number: 1302854
reference number: P 138, No 02907

1880 Federal Census, Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin

Jerry Bridge, 27 yrs., (1853 - Wisconsin), white, married, male
father's birthplace: Vermont, United States
mother's name:
mother's birthplace: New York, United States
race or color (expanded): White
ethnicity (standardized): American
gender: Male
martial status: Married
age (expanded): 27 years
occupation: Clerk In Hotel

Household Members
self: James O'neill M 70 (1810 New York, United States), Keeps Hotel, father b. Ireland, mother b. NY
wife: Caroline O'neill F 46 (1834 New York, United States), Keeping Hotel, parents b. CT
son: James H. O'neill M 5 (1875 Wisconsin, United States), single
Step-son Peter J. Teller M 17 (1863 Wisconsin, United States), Teamster, father b. OH, mother b. NY
Other: Lizie Teller F 13 (1867 Ohio, United States), at school, parents b. OH
Jerry Bridge M 27 (1853 Wisconsin, United States), Hotel Clerk, father b. VT, mother b. NY
Louisa Bridge F 27 (1853 Wisconsin, United States), married, Servant, father b. Canada, mother b. NY
Mary Bliss F 24 (1856 Canada), divorced, Servant, parents b. Canada
Lizie Shoengarth F 20 (1860 Germany), Servant, parents b. Germany
Emma Cook F 20 (1860 Ohio, United States), Servant, parents b. OH
Zilda Olingy F 15 (1865 Canada), Servant, parents b. Canada
Melvina Ploul F 15 (1865 Germany), Servant, parents b. Germany
Frank Thorp M 15 (1865 Wisconsin, United States), Servant, father b. Wis., mother b. Ill.
Charles E. Bussell M 26 (1854 Maine, United States), Surveyor, parents b. Maine
James F. Spencer M 27 (1853 Maine, United States), Laborer, parents b. Maine
Edward E. Morris M 24 (1856 Wisconsin, United States), Laborer, father b. RI, mother b. PA
John Williamson M 24 (1856 New York, United States), Saloon Keeper, parents b. Scotland
Thomas Finney M 26 (1854 At Sea), Laborer, Parents b. Scotland
Charles Mcdermott M 25 (1855 Canada), Laborer, Father b. Ireland, Mother b. Scotland
William C. Arnold M 23 (1857 Pennsylvania, United States), Bookkeeper, father b. NY, mother b. PA

1880 Federal Census, Wyocena, Columbia, Wisconsin

William J. Towner, 57 yrs. (1823 Canada)
birthdate: 1823
birthplace: Canada
spouse's name: Achsa C. Towner
spouse's birthplace: New York, United States
father's birthplace: Canada
mother's birthplace: Ireland
race or color (expanded): White
ethnicity (standardized): American
gender: Male
martial status: Married
age (expanded): 57 years
occupation: Hotel Keeper

Household Members
self William J. Towner M 57 Canada (father of Louisa Towner)
wife Achsa C. Towner F 60 New York, United States
son Thomas Towner M 31 Wisconsin, United States
son George Towner M 23 Wisconsin, United States
dau Lottie Towner F 17 Wisconsin, United States

1900 Federal Census, ED 19 Wyocena township, Columbia, Wisconsin, United States, page: 7, sheet letter: B, family # 157

Louisa Bridge, 48 yrs., (Nov 1852 - Wisconsin), white, widowed female
father's birthplace: Canada Eng
mother's birthplace: New York
race or color (standardized): White
gender: Female
marital status: Widowed
mother how many children: 1
number living children: 1
immigration year:

Household Gender Age Birthplace
head William J Towner M 77 (Dec 1823 Canada Eng)
daughter Louisa Bridge F 48 Wisconsin
granddaughter Lura Bridge F 18 Wisconsin


Obit: Hill, Lura Bridge (1884 - 1932)

----Source: Texas Death Records

Texas Death Records

Lura Bridge Hill
death date: 12 Jan 1932
death place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas
gender: Female
race: w
death age: 48 years 1 day
estimated birth date:
birth date: 11 Jan 1884
birthplace: Wisconsin
marital status: Married
spouse's name: R. George Hill
father's name: Jerry Bridge
father's birthplace: Wisconsin
mother's name: Louise Towner
mother's birthplace: Wisc.
occupation: Housewife
place of residence: Ft. Worth, Tarrant, Texas
cemetery: Greenwood
burial place:
burial date: 14 Jan 1932
additional relatives:
film # 2135793
digital film # 4163635
image # 1007
reference # cn 4122




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