OLD SETTLER PASSES AWAY
Stockville, Dec. 2-(Special)—Ambrose S. Shelley, who would have been 87 on December 18, passed away at his farm home, early today following a brief illness.
Shelley was one of the first settlers into this county. He came here on Christmas Eve, 1871 and lived with the Indians during the first winter in Frontier county. It is said that he introduced the hoe and other farm implements into the camp. He built the first log cabin for farm use in this region.
The day after the Pawnee raid by the Sioux near Trenton, it is said that Shelley joined the Sioux as a scout. He was greatly revered by the Indians and many honors were conferred on him. He was known as ‘Medicine Lake’ to the Sioux.
Having helped with the organization of Frontier county, Shelley was the county’s first superintendent of schools. He was a Civil war veteran.
A son, John Al, born to Shelley’s first wife died several years ago. The elder Shelley married again on Feb. 1, 1886 to Nellie Lynch and five children were born to them. They are Margaret of Los Angeles,Calif.; Percy and George of Stockville; Will, who lives at home; and Mrs. Grace Fisher of Indiana. The widow also survives Shelley.
Funeral services for Shelley were held at the Congregational church at 2:30 p.m Wednesday, with Rev. Lauren Messersmith officiating. Burial will be made here. (Stockville)
Percy Shelley was a member of the “Lost Battalion” American force which was cut off from the rest of the front of the line regiments for several days during the World War.—McCook Daily Gazette.
The Farnam Echo, 50(11):1 Thursday, December 4, 1930
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