George William Uphaus

George William Uphaus
b. 12 July 1871, Batesville, Ripley County, Indiana, to Johann and Anna Marie (Igelmann) Uphaus
d. 27 February 1956, Glasgow, Valley County, Montana

m. 8 May 1895, Batesville, Ripley County, Indiana
Elizabeth Henrietta Beck
b. 16 August 1874, Ripley County, Indiana, to A. C. Frederick and Anna Marie (Reidemann) Beck
d. 7 March 1956, Glasgow, Valley County, Montana

Children with Elizabeth Henrietta Beck:

  • Raymond Frederick
  • Roy George
  • Mary Anne married Sherman Francis Harvey
  • Lester Charles
  • Clara Rose married William McKee Anderson
  • Emery Delos
  • William Henry
  • Richard Herschel
  • Merla Marcella married Bert Elmo Gines

In 1903, George and Elizabeth Uphaus emigrated from Ripley County, Indiana, to Iroquois County, Illinois. Ten years later, they moved to Church’s Ferry, North Dakota, where they homesteaded on Brazil Creek, Valley County, Montana, in 1913.

Bill, as George William was known, had brought shorthorn cattle, horses, and machinery with him to Montana by train. The first man in his neighborhood to own a gasoline engine powered tractor, he did the neighborhood plowing required by the Homestead Act for improving the land. In the fall, he canvassed the neighborhood with a threshing machine, horsedrawn bundle racks, and a cook car.

Elizabeth’s nephew Emmert Hadler, a bachelor who left Indiana in 1917 to work on the Great Northern Railway, visited the family frequently.

Submitted by:
Merla Uphaus Gines
Renton WA

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