The obituaries of members of the extended Wykle family of Galen were contributed by researcher Kathleen Simmons. Kathleen just started her family research this year and put this piece together with obits and identified photos her mother had on hand. She has recently gotten or confirmed some death dates and burial locations from our new Galen online cemetery listings.

The Wykle family will be our "case study" in starting Wayne County research from scratch. We think it'll be very interesting to watch what developments as Kathleen starts to use resources such as census, wills and deeds and meets other researchers through the site. Kathleen is specifically looking for more information about some of the people she has obits for. The Desmonds were a large Irish family who resided in Galen just above the Seneca County border.

"It is all from copies of obituaries and newspaper articles that were saved in a scrapbook by Francelia Wykles' son Grant Rogers. I do not know what newspapers they were clipped from. There is not a masthead in evidence on any of them. Sometimes there are two or three different obits for the same person, so I typed them all in. The pages are beginning to disintegrate a little, so I didn't want the information to be lost."

Philip Wykle, Sr. b. 1828 - d. April 19, 1907 - buried St. John's Cemetery, Clyde
Brida Marie (Bridgette) Smith Wykle d. March 27, 1920 - buried St. John's Cemetery, Clyde
Sylvester Wykle b. March 22, 1857 - d. March 18, 1934, Galen - Buried?
Alexander Wykle b. November 17, 1861 - d. June 03, 1947, Clyde - Wykle lot at Maple Grove Cemetery, Clyde
John Wykle b. July 18, 1868 - d. April 30, 1944 - Clifton Springs Sanitarium - buried in Rural Cemetery
Sarah Wykle (nee Jordan) - Buried in Rural Cemetery (should be with John)
Carrie Desmond (nee Wykle) b. July 15, 1854 - d. May 24, 1942, Clyde - South Cemetery, Lyons
Frank Desmond - South Cemetery, Lyons

"These are all the relatives that I have obituaries for. There are other children whose names I haven't even discovered yet. But I am just starting to look. Any help or guidance you can give me would be greatly appreciated."

Obituaries and Other Information About the Wykle Family of Galen

1. PHILIP1 WYKLE was born 1828 in Alsace, Germany, and died April 19, 1907 in Clyde, NY. Barbara is buried in Ferguson Cemetery, Town of Galen. Philip married BRIDA MARIE (BRIDGETTE) SMITH. Philip's parents were John and Barbara (last name unknown) Wykle. Brida's parents were John Smith and Mary (last name unknown).

Was born in Germany

Marengo, April 24 - Philip Wykle, Sr., died at his home in this vicinity last Friday afternoon, aged 79 years. Although deceased had been in poor health for some time, the immediate cause of his death was a stroke of paralysis. He was born at Alsace, Germany, and came to this country with his parents in his infancy, and located near Ferguson's Corners. When 17 years of age he visited California and Australia, finally returning to this place and purchasing the farm where he died, which has been his home for more than forty years. He had resided at Peoria, Ill., at different times for a period of two years, always returning to the farm. He leaves a widow and five sons, Sylvester and Alexander, of this place; Jay H. and John F., of Lyons, and Philip, Jr. of Wyoming, and three daughters, Mrs. Frank Desmond, of this place; Mrs. James Rogers, of Nebraska, and Mrs. William Hall, of Missouri Valley, Ia. Their many friends extend sympathy to the bereaved family. Funeral services were conducted from the house Tuesday morning at 8:30 and St. John's Catholic Church at Clyde at 10 o'clock, interment being made at Ferguson's Corners Cemetery.

The angel of death, after calling four of our townspeople, in the past two months, summoned Philip Wykle, Sr., Friday afternoon, April 19th, 1907. Mr. Wykle was born, at Alsace, Germany, 79 years ago, being brought here when an infant. His parents settled at Ferguson's Corners, where he grew to manhood. At the time of the raging of the 'gold fever,' he went to California, from there to Australia, then back to California. In these places, he succeeded financially. After marrying, he changed his home several times, from here to Peoria, Ill., where he owned property. He is survived by a widow, five sons and three daughters, Mrs. James Rogers, of Elkhorn, Neb.; Mrs. William Hall, of Missouri Valley, Ia.; Philip, of Montana; Jay and John, of Lyons; and Sylvester, Alexander and Mrs. Frank Desmond, of Marengo. The funeral was held at St. John's Catholic church, Clyde, Tuesday morning. The interment was made at Ferguson's Corners. The many friends of the family extend sympathy to them, in their bereavement.

Philip Wykle Sr.
Photo of Philip Wykle, Sr.

Brida Wykle
Photo of Brida Marie Wykle

Brida Wykle
Photo of Brida Marie and daughters

Brida Marie Smith Wykle, b. ca 1828, d. March 27, 1920 at age 91, in Clyde, N.Y., buried in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Clyde, NY


On March 27th, at 9 P. M., occurred the death of Mrs. Philip Wykle, Sr., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Desmond, in the village of Clyde.

In the death of Mrs. Wykle, life-long friends and neighbors will have none but the kindest and best of memories. No one who ever knew her but will remember the sunny smile, the warm hand clasp, the low, motherly voice in welcoming her friends, a staunch self-sacrificing wife, a loving patient mother, a loyal neighbor and friend, she has fallen asleep after a journey through this uncertain life of ours of nearly ninety-two years.

Dear, Old Friend! To keep cheerful and courageous, when so many who do not reach half that age, are despondent and fretful. Today, I am holding in my fingers a beautiful piece of lace, the work of her hands when over 90 years of age, sent to a little child because "she loved her" only one of her little thoughtful deeds.

She has entered into rest, a well earned rest. The Kindly Light, that sustained here and kept her heart warm, and cheered the last tired stage of life's journey, will still remain around her memory, to her old friends and neighbors.

One who knew and loved her.

2. i. CARRIE 2 WYKLE, b. July 15, 1854, Peoria, IL; d. May 24, 1942, Clyde, NY. Carrie Wykle married Frank Desmond February 13, 1875 in Galen, Wayne County, NY; son of Amos Desmond and Fane Ferris.


Clyde - Mrs. Carrie Desmond, 87, widow of Frank Desmond, prominent Galen farmer in his lifetime, died at her home 21 DeZeng St., Clyde, Sunday morning (May 24, 1942). She was born in Peoria, Ill., July 15, 1854, and had lived in the Clyde area for over 60 years.

Survivors are one son, Leon W. Desmond; three brothers, John Wykle of Lyons, Jay H. Wykle of California and William Wykle (this is Alexander), husband of Mayor Katherine Wykle of Clyde, and two sisters living in Nebraska.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 a. m. Tuesday in St. John's Church, Clyde, of which she had long been a communicant, with the Rev. J. V. Curtin officiating. Burial will be in South Cemetery, Lyons.


Frank Desmond, a prominent farmer of this town, died in Clyde at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, of pneumonia, aged 72 years.

Deceased is survived by his widow, one son, Leon Desmond, and a brother, William Desmond, all of this village, and two sisters, Mrs. Chester Blaine of Lyons and Mrs. John Heisler of Rochester.

Funeral services will be held at the home on DeZeng street at 2:30 Friday afternoon. The remains will be placed in the vault at Maple Grove Cemetery until spring when burial will be made in the cemetery at South Lyons.

3. i. LEON W. 3 DESMOND, b. November 23, 1879, d. August 05, 1943 in Clyde, Wayne County, NY. He married (1) ALICE CONLON and (2) ZAIDA HOFFMAN.

Obit from the Clyde Herald August 5, 1943, 1:5

Leon H. Desmond

Leon H. Desmond, Funeral Director, passed away at his home 21 DeZeng street, early Thursday evening, August 5, 1943. He had been in failing health for two and one half years. He suffered a stroke Wednesday evening of this week and did not regain consciousness.

Mr. Desmond was born in the Town of Galen, near Marengo, on November 12, 1879, son of Frank and Carrie Desmond. He had resided in Clyde and Galen all his life. He had been a funeral director since 1909.

He is survived by his wife Zaida Hoffman Desmond, two daughters, Mrs. Andrea C. Cuddy and Miss Alice C. Desmond, both of Nashua, New Hampshire, and three grandchildren of Syracuse.

Funeral services will be held from his late home in Clyde Saturday morning, at 9 o'clock, and at St. John's Catholic Church at 9:30. Burial in Lyons Rural cemetery. Arrangements by Harold S. Mann.

Family notes from Andrea Desmond as told by her mother: "Grandfather Desmond after college in Iowa. Leon went to New Orleans and worked on the Picayune newspaper. I think then he then went back to New York and went into business as an undertaker. I really don't know is he was married before he married my grandmother or not. I don't where where they were married. My grandmother's name was Alice Madeline Conlon. They divorced when my father was sixteen. He married a second time to a Zaida Hoffman. I was told she had firey red hair but when I met her, she was old and gray. I think they may have married in Niagara Falls, NY but I am not sure." Children of LEON H. DESMOND and ALICE CONLON were:

Andrea C. Desmond, born July 14, 1911 in Clyde, Wayne County, NY; died February 22, 1984 in Nashua, NH.
Leon Conlon Desmond, born May 21, 1913; died July 07, 1994 in Exeter, Rockingham, NH.
Alice Madeline Desmond, born August 06, 1914; died November 26, 1992.

2. ii. SYLVESTER (VET) WYKLE, b. March 22, 1857; d. March 19, 1934, Galen, NY.

Sylvester Wykle, b. March 22, 1857; d. March 19, 1934, Galen, N.Y., buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Clyde, N.Y.


Sylvester Wyckle, who would have been 77 years old died Sunday at the home of his brother, J. H. Wyckle in the Town of Galen, Sunday. He had lived with his brother several years. Surviving are two other brothers, Alexander of Clyde and John of Lyons and three sisters, Mrs. James Rogers of Elkhorn, Neb., Mrs. Francelia Hall of Omaha, Neb., and Mrs. Frank Desmond of Clyde.

Funeral services will be held this Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. John's Church in Clyde with Rev. John V. Curtin officiating.

Another obit, from the Clyde Herald, March 22, 1934, 1:2

Sylvester Wykle, 76 Dies at Galen Home

Sylvester Wykle, 76, who would have been 77 Thursday, died at 1:30 A.M. Monday at the home of his brother, Jay Wykle, in Galen. Born in this town March 22, 1857, he always had lived here.

Surviving Mr. Wykle are two other brother, Alexander Wykle of Clyde and John Wykle of Lyons, and three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Desmond of Clyde, Mrs. Francelia Hall of Lyons and Mrs. James Rogers of Elkhorn, Nebraska.

The body rested at the Bush & Mann funeral home until 9 o'clock Wednesday morning when services were conducted in St. John's Catholic church by Rev. Joseph V. Curtin. The body was placed in a vault in Maple Grove Cemetery to await burial later in the family lot in that cemetery.

2. iii. JOSEPHINE WYKLE, b. October 09, 1858; d. March 06, 1952 in Elkhorn, NE. She married JAMES B. ROGERS January 24, 1877 in Clyde, NY, son of MATTHEW ROGERS and CATHARINE LUNDY. Frank was b. October 31, 1850 in Clyde, N.Y. and d. May 8, 1944, Elkhorn, NE


Mrs. J. Rogers of Omaha, was honored on her 90th birthday Saturday afternoon, October 9 by a large group of friends and neighbors. Mrs. Rogers lived the major portion of her life near and in Elkhorn.

During the early years of her married life she came with her husband and small son from New York to a farm south of Elkhorn.

After retiring from the farm they lived a few years in Omaha and then made their home in the village of Elkhorn for many years. She moved to Omaha with her son about a year ago.

Mrs. Rogers has always lived an energetic and useful life and now at the age of ninety is still able to care for her own home. Her kindly, friendly, gernerous nature has won a host of good friends wherever she has lived.

She greeted her friends at the door with a warm welcome able to call each one by name. Her mind is alert and her heart warm at the age of ninety. Mrs. Henry Witte, Mrs. Veronica Paasch, Mrs. Earl Goodhard, Mrs Frieda McArdle, Mrs. Herman Homan, Mrs. Berneldas Labs, Mrs. Charles Roettelle, Mrs Jack Boggan, Mrs Tina Hofeldt, Mrs Henry Bay, Mrs. Ted Witt, Mrs Walter Bull, Mrs. Dell Leisenberg, Mrs. Vera McAvoy. Omaha guests were: Mrs. Mary Quinn, Mrs Minnie Schuldt, MrsKate Jeffries, Mrs Francelia Hall, Mrs. Jane Hopper, Mrs Emma Hall, and Mrs. Kate Catherwood.

The Omaha friends and neighbors presided at a buffet luncheon beautifully appointed and generously and graciously served.


James B. Rogers, pioneer resident of Elkhorn, died at his home in Elkhorn, Monday, May 8, 1944.

Mr. Rogers was born in Clyde, N. Y., October 31, 1950, and was 93 years, 6 months and 8 days old at the time of his death, which came after a week's illness.

Mr. Rogers was married to Josephine Wykle at Clyde, N. Y., on January 24, 1877, and they had been married 67 years. They made their home at Clyde until 1882, when they moved to a farm south of Elkhorn, where they resided until they moved to Elkhorn, 35 years ago.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Grant W. Rogers of Elkhorn. Funeral services were held at the family home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and were conducted by the Rev. W. O. Samuelson.

Interment was in Prospect Hill cemetery, and pall-bearers were W. E. Moor, W. E. Goodhard, Hoe Stolinski, Ross Van Sickle, A. V. Shotwell and John Slavik.


Mr. and Mrs. James B. Rogers of Elkhorn, were honored guests at a surprise reception given by a group of their friends in honor of their golden wedding anniversary, Monday evening. The party was held at the Niemann Hall and more than 100 old friends and nedighbors were present to extend heartiest congratulations.

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers are Douglas county pioneers, having lived here since 1882, nearly forty-five years.

Mr. Rogers will be 77 years old his next birthday, and was born in NY, October 31, 1850. Mrs. Rogers, who was Miss Josephine Wykle before her marriage, is 8 years younger, also being born in NY, October 9, 1858. They were married at Clyde, NY, January 24, 1977, and came to NE April 3, 1882, and settled on a farm south of Elkhorn.

They have one son, Grant W. Rogers, who now resides on the home place, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers Sr., having moved to Elkhorn.

At the reception Monday evening, J.E. Quinn of Elkhorn presented them with a purse of gold on behalf of their friends. A feature of the party was a mammoth wedding cake, lighted with fifty candles. Dancing and cards furnished amusement, and at high-five first prizes were won by Mrs. J.A. Gibbons and Charles Goodhard, the consolation prizes going to Mrs. Herman Frahm and J.J. Mohatt.

At a late hour the guests departed, wishing Mr. and Mrs. rogers many more happy anniversaries.

3. i. GRANT W. 3 ROGERS, b. November 24, 1877, in Marengo or Clyde, NY; d. January 04, 1966 in Masonic Home, Plattsmouth, NE. Grant married JENNIE FRANCES DOLAN on November 29, 1899 in St. Patrick's Church in Missouri Valley, IA. They later moved to Sheridan, Wyoming where the rest of her family resided. They had owned a small store. He worked in law enforcement and was responsible for establishing a fingerprint bureau there. He was a member of National Finger Print Association. At some point, he and Jennie were divorced and Grant returned to Nebraska. He worked as a Fireman on the Northwestern stock train between Fremont and South Omaha. He became justice of the peace in Elkhorn, NE and retired from that position at the age of 69. Grant died in 1966 at the age of 89, bur. in Old Elkhorn Cemetery, a.k.a. Britton Cemetery.

Marriage Notes for GRANT ROGERS and JENNIE DOLAN:

Rogers-Dolan Nuptials
Wednesday afternoon a St. Patrick's Church in this city. Rev T. J. Mullen pronounced the nuptial mass, uniting Miss Jennie Dolan of Missouri Valley with the man of her choice Mr. Grant Rogers, formerly of Clyde, New York, but who for the past few months has resided in this city. The church was most beautifully decorated with flowers, chrysanthmums, palms and potted plants, making a lovely and artistic display. Numbers of the friends and acquaintances of the contracting parties assembled at the church at 5:50 the appointed hour. As a prelude to the wedding sacrament the beautiful music customary in the church wedding service was rendered, after which the bridal party took their position before Rev. Father Mullen, who gave them their vows which bound them together for life. The bride was attended by her sister Miss Kate Dolan, While Dr. Tamisies acted as groomsman. At the conclusion of the marriage service congratulations were showered upon the worthy young couple who received the praise only as can those who are deserving. The reception which was to occur at the home of the bride's parents at the conclusion of the marriage ceremony did not take place owing to illness in the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers received many beautiful and useful presents among which predominated an elegant silver set. For years past the bride has been a resident of Missouri Valley in fact has grown to womanhood here, and is beloved and respected by a large circle of friends. the groom although residing here but a few months has shown himself the possessor of good attainments and has a legion of friends here.

Obit of Jennie Dolan Rogers:

From the Sheridan Press Tues. June 19, 1962

Rites for Pioneer will be Thursday

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday morning at 8 0'clock from Holy Name church for Jennie Frances Rogers, 84, a resident of the community 60 years, who died at Eventide Thursday evening. She had been a patient at the nursing home since the first of the year, formerly making her home at 129 Coffeen avenue.

She was born in Missouri Valley, IA. on Feb. 7, 1878, and was married to Grant W. Rogers in Omaha in 1922. After the couple moved to Sheridan, he served with the Sheridan police department for about 20 years.

Mrs. Rogers was an accomplished artist and several of her drawings and paintings are owned by residents of the community. She was a member of Holy Name church and was active in the Altar and Rosary society of the church.

There are no survivors. She had been preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and two brothers.

Rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at 7:30 from Stevens Memorial Chapel.

2. iv. ALEXANDER WYKLE, b. November 17, 1861, Peoria, IL; d. June 3, 1947, Clyde, New York; He was previously married to an as yet unknown woman, later marrying KATHERINE MORAN in 1930.


Alexander H. Wykle, 85 years old, widely known retired farmer, died at his home, 31 Cayuga St., Tuesday noon, June 3, 1947. He had been in failing health for several months.

Mr. Wykle was born in Peoria, Ill., Nov. 17, 1861. He was the son of Philip and Brida Marie Wykle. He came to the Town of Galen when he was only 3 years old and after retiring 25 years ago, moved into Clyde.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Moran Wykle; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Rogers of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Mrs. William Hall of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother, Jay Wykle of Huntington Park, California; and by several nieces and nephews.

The body will rest at the Wykle home until Friday morning when Solemn High Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church at 9:30 o'clock, Rev. J. V. Curtin officiating, assisted by Rev. James Callan and Rev. John Guy. The Rosary will be said at the home, Thursday evening at 8:30. Interment in the Wykle lot in Maple Grove Cemetery, Clyde.

Honorary bearers were Smith G. Horton, Walter Benning, Ward Syron, J. Chester Baird, Andrew Dinkel and Ray Watson. Acting Bearers were Joseph Dapolito, John VanVoris, James Lundergan, Eugene Cordon, Kingsley Maloy and James Costello, Jr. Arrangements by Harold S. Mann.

Notes from David Wykle: Alexander's first wife died. It was during this period of time he persuaded Francelia Hall, his widowed sister of Omaha, NE, to return to Clyde to keep house for him with promises of a home for life and other considerations. Francelia returned to Clyde, residing with Al until he became involved with Katherine Moran, later his wife, who lived in the neighborhood. Francelia went to Lyons where she resided with her twin brother John. During this time she sued her brother for failing to keep his promises. The case was tried twice in court in Lyons some time in the early 1930's.


Obit from the Lyons Republican & Clyde Times, Thursday, May 16, 1957

Last Rites Held for Mrs. Wykle, 88, Former Mayor

Mrs. Katherine Moran Wykle, 88 years old, died unexpectedly of a heart ailment at her home in Glasgow St., Clyde, Friday. Mrs. Wykle was the first woman in the state to serve her village as Mayor, having been elected to two terms on the Democratic ticket in Clyde, the first time in March 1935. While Mayor, Mrs. Wykle was instrumental in gaining for Clyde, branches of the Vulcan Heel Corporation and the Acme Electric Corp. which was later taken over by the General Electric.

Mrs. Wykle, a native of Clyde, was married to Alexander Wykle in 1930. He died several years ago. She was a school teacher for 35 years, teaching in Syracuse, Lyons and Clyde. After her retirement she spent four years in Chautauqua work. She was a member of the Clyde Grange and active in Democratic political affairs.

She is survived by several cousins. Funeral services were conducted at 9 o'clock Monday morning in the John R. Canolesio Funeral Home, and at 9:30 in St. John's Catholic Church, with the Rev. J. V. Curtin officiating.

From the Galen Historical Society:

Katherine M. Wykle, born in Clyde on January 1, 1869, became the first woman in the state elected by a village to serve as mayor.

Mrs. Wykle attended Clyde High School and graduated from the Normal School at Geneseo in 1890. She then taught school in the Syracuse area, the Lyons School district, and finally in Clyde, teaching first grade.

In 1930 she married Alexander Wykle, a Galen farmer, and twice was elected mayor in March 1937 and again in 1941. She was instrumental in obtaining the Vulcan Heel Co. She died suddenly in her home on May 10, 1957.

2. v. PHILIP L. WYKLE, JR., b. November 16, 1863; d. April 07, 1931. He married JULIA MORGAN.

Obit from the Clyde Herald, March 15, 1931, 1:5

Weary of this Life, Philip Wykle, 65, Takes Poison

Sixty-five years old, Philip Wykle decided life wasn't worth living any longer. So he purchased 16 grains of strychnine last Tuesday and went to the home of his sister, Mrs. Carrie Desmond, in DeZeng Street.

"Come over and take care of me in the morning, Leon" he told his nephew, Leon Desmond, undertaker, "I'll be dead" he added significantly, pointing to the poison.

His nephew's attempt to dissuade him proving unsuccessful, Wykle started back downtown and over the bridge back downtown and over the bridge for the last time. A few minutes later a church bell tolled the end of another day of labor.

The bell marked the ante-climax of all labor for Wykle. In his home at 6 Orchard Street he prepared the fatal dose, swallowed it and dropped onto a bed to die, a suicide.

Meanwhile, his son, Harvey Wykle of Newark, summoned by Desmond, was racing against death. Meeting Desmond as he arrived in town, Wykle went to his father's home. Dr. George S. Allen was called.

Saying he had "nothing to live for" the elder Wykle related his act, told the whereabouts of his will, gave a few other personal directions while refusing to take a mustard antidote. In a few minutes he was dead.

Surviving besides his son, Harvey Wykle, are four brothers, Alexander, Sylvester and Jay Wykle of Clyde, and John Wykle of Lyons: three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Desmond, Mrs. Francelia Hall and Mrs. James Rogers, both of Omaha, NE.

Philip and Julia's son, HARVEY A. WYKLE, was born July 07, 1896 and d. February 1963.

Obit of HARVEY A. WYKLE from the Lyons Republican & Clyde Times, Thursday, February 21, 1963.

Harvey Wykle

Harvey A. Wykle, 66 years old, of Lock St., Clyde, died Sunday Feb. 17 in the Veterans Hospital, Bath, where he had been a patient since Feb. 4.

He was born in Clyde July 7, 1896, a son of Philip and Julia Morgan Wykle, and had always lived in this area. For many years he was an automobile salesman and at one time he was a member of the New York State Police.

He was a veteran of World War I and a member of Collins-Cassavino Post of the American Legion. Surviving are two cousins, Robert J. Wykle of Lyons and David J. Wykle of Syracuse.

A private funeral was held at the Boeheim Funeral Home, Lyons at 2 P.M. Wednesday with the Rev. Edgar Trexler, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church officiating.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

2. vi. JAY H. WYKLE, b. October 21, 1865; d. abt. August 07, 1947 in Long Beach, CA. He married JULIA LESTER. He is buried in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Clyde with no date on his headstone.

Obit from the Clyde Herald August 7, 1947, 1:4

Jay H. Wykle

Jay H. Wykle, age 82 years, a former resident of the Town of Galen, died at the home of his daughter in Long Beach, California, early this week. He had been in failing health for several months having suffered a series of heart attacks.

He was born near Marengo in 1865, the son of Philip and Bridget Wykle. He lived west of Ferguson's Corners in Galen for several years before going to California to make his home with his daughter. Previously he had lived in Lyons for many years. He was a farmer and produce dealer most of his life. His wife, Julia Lester Wykle died in April 1941.

He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Caroline R. Multer of Long Beach. One grandson and two great grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Rogers, Elkhorn, Nebraska and Mrs. William Hall of Omaha, Nebraska.

The body will arrive in Clyde at midnight Friday evening and funeral services will be held at the Harold S. Mann Funeral Home on Saturday morning, August 9, 1947, at nine o'clock, and at the St. John's Catholic church at nine thirty. Interment in St. John's cemetery, Clyde.

Child of Jay Wykle and Julia Lester is: i. CAROLINE R. WYKLE, born December 15, 1892. She married Unknown MULTER.

2. vii. FRANCELIA A. WYKLE, b. July 18, 1868 in Lyons, NY; d. May 04, 1953 in Omaha, Douglas County, NE.; She married January 08, 1891 in Elkhorn, NE to WILLIAM H. HALL, son of EDWARD HALL and ELIZA McGRATH. Francelia is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, NE, Section F - Block 2 - Row 4, lot 16, Grave #2. William is buried in Elkhorn Cemetery, a.k.a. Britton Cemetery.

Obit from the Omaha World Herald, Tues, May 5, 1953

Hall - Francelia A., age 84 years, 1702 Grace Street. Survived by son, Roger; daughters, Mrs. Jane Hannon, Omaha; Mrs. Grace Ensor, Coral Gables, Fla; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Services Leo A. Hoffman Chapel, Wednesday 8:15 A.M. to St. Peter's Church, 9 A.M. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rosary, 8 P.M. Tuesday at chapel.


William Hall, 4425 South Twentieth Street, died early Thursday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank King, Papillion, NE, where he had been visiting. He had been in ill health for nearly a year, during which time he underwent two operations.

Mr. Hall was 55 years old. He had been a resident of Nebraska for forty-eight years, twelve years of which he had resided on the South Side. At the time of his death he was employed as a railway mail clerk, a position he had held for thirty-two years.

Mr. Hall is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. R. R. Ensor and Jennie; two sons, Roger and Leo, the latter in the national army at Camp Funston; three sisters, Mrs. John Hanney of Oklahoma, Mrs. W. S. King, South Side, and Mrs. Frank King, and six brothers. The brothers are Dr. P. L. Hall of Lincoln, Edward of Roseland, NE, James of Ithaca, NE, John W. of Valley, NE, Robert, who is superintendent of construction for the Union Stock Yards Co., and Charles. The funeral will take place from the residence Sunday at 12 noon, to Britton, where the services and burial will take place.

William Hall, 55 years old, brother of John Hall, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank King, Papillion, Thursday morning. Mr. Hall had been ill for nearly two years and underwent two severe operations. Mr. Hall was in the government postal service as a mail clerk for more than 30 years and was a strong contender for the postmastership at Omaha at the time the present occupant of the position, Chas. Fanning, was appointed. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Roger and Leo Hall; two daughters, Grace and Jennie Hall; six brothers, Dr. P. L. Hall, Lincoln, Edward Hall, Roseland; James Hall, Ithaca; John Hall, Valley; Robert Hall, superintendent of the Stock Yards at South Omaha; and Charles Hall, chief engineer for the stock years company; and three sisters, Mrs. J. M. Hanney and Mrs. W. S. King of South Omaha, and Mrs. Frank King of Papillion. Leo, the elder son is at Camp Funston.

Funeral services will be held at Papillion Sunday morning. Burial will be in the Britton Cemetery. We join with friends of the family here in extending our sympathy to the relatives.

William Hall, 55, an employee of the post office department here for the past thirty years, died at 6:30 am today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank King, Papillion, NE. Mr. Hall was a strong contender for the postmastership at Omaha at the time Charles Fanning was appointed. He is survived by a widow; two sons, Roger and Leo Hall; two daughters, Grace and Jennie Hall; six brothers, Dr. P.L. Hall; Lincoln; Edward Hall, Roseland; James Hall, Ithaca; John W. Hall, Valley, NE; Robert Hall, superintendent of the stock yards at South Omaha; and Charles Hall, chief engineer for the stock yards company; and three sisters, Mrs. J.M. Hanney and Mrs. W. S. King of South Omaha, and Mrs. Frank King of Papillion. Leo, the older son, is at Camp Funston. The funeral will be at 9:30 am Saturday from the residence, 2426 South Twentieth street, to Britton, NE, by automobile.

3. i. LEO G. 3 HALL, b. January 06, 1892; d. March 26, 1932.
ii. GRACE3 HALL (FRANCELIA 2 WYKLE, PHILIP1) was born January 16, 1894, and died April 14, 1963. She married ROLAND R. ENSOR.
iii. JANE (JENNY) MARIE 3 HALL (FRANCELIA2 WYKLE, PHILIP1) was born September 05, 1898 in Missouri Valley, IA, and died 1977 in Omaha, NE.
iv. ROGER 3 HALL (FRANCELIA2 WYKLE, PHILIP1) was born August 13, 1907, and died February 1980.


Leo Hall, former South Omahan who fought in four major battles of the World War, died Saturday in the Veterans' Hospital at Excelsior Springs, Mo., from the effects of injuries he received one month before the armistice was signed. He was 40 years old. Enlisting in September, 1917, Hall served in the Three Hundred Forty-first machine gun company through the engagements at Ypres, St. Quentin, St. Martin and Mazinghien, France, in the last offensive before the war ended. He was gassed in this battle on October 12, 1918. Since the war his injury caused him to be treated at the hospital a number of times, but he entered the last time only two weeks before his death. He had been making his home in Kansas City recently. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. William Hall; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Hannon, Jr., and Mrs. R.R. Ensor, and a brother, Roger, all of Omaha. Military funeral services were held Monday at 8:30 am from the Larkin funeral home to St. Bridget's Church at 9 am. Rev. N.J. Neuberger celebrated the Requiem Mass and delivered an impressive sermon. A firing squad was in attendance, also members of the American Legion. His body was laid to rest in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

GRACE HALL, daughter of Francelia Wykle and William Hall, was born January 16, 1894, and died April 14, 1963. She married Rolland R. Ensor December 24, 1917, son of Thomas Ensor and Mary McAuliffe.

Newspaper article for Rolland R. Ensor: Rolland R. Ensor; M.D., may consistently be said to have had an inherent predilection for the medical profession, his father being one of the pioneer physicians and surgeons in South Omaha, Nebraska, and his paternal grandfather having been a pioneer physician and surgeon in St. Charles County, Missouri. In the practice of his profession in South Omaha, in the metropolitan district of his native state, Dr. Ensor is now associated with his father, Dr. Thomas H. Ensor, to whom an individual tribute is accorded in the preceding sketch, so that further review of his career and the family history is not here demanded.

Dr. Rolland R. Ensor was born in South Omaha, NE, November 17, 1892, and is the youngest in the family of children. In the public schools he continued his studies until his graduation from the South Omaha High School in 1910, and his higher academic education was obtained in Creighton University, Omaha, in the medical department of which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1916. After receiving his degree Doctor of Medicine he was engaged in the practice of his profession in the city of Detroit, Michigan, until 1922, save for the period of his World war service as a member of the Medical Corps of the United States Army. In the Medical Corps he gained the rank of first lieutenant, later was advanced to that of captain, and he now has the grade of major in the Officers Reserve Corps of the United States Army, as has he also in the Nebraska National Guard. The Doctor received his honorable discharge in due course, and he is now actively affiliated with the American Legion. He is affiliated also with the Masonic Fraternity and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, his political alignment is with the Democratic party, and he has membership in the Douglas County Medical Society and the Nebraska State Medical Society. Since 1922 he has been engaged in the practice of his profession in his old home city of South Omaha.

Children of Grace Hall and Rolland Ensor are:
i. Eunice Neville Ensor.
ii. Grace Ensor. She married Frank Dimeo.
iii.Jane Elizabeth "Betty" Ensor. She married L. B. Adair.

JANE (JENNY) MARIE HALL, daughter of Francelia Wykle and William Hall, was born September 05, 1898 in Missouri Valley, IA, and died February 12, 1975 in Omaha, NE. She married (1) Daniel HANNON, Jr in Omaha, NE, son of Daniel Hannon and Margaret O'Neill. She married (2) Russell HOPPER. She married (3) John McKUNE. Jenny is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, NE, Section F - Block 2 - Row 2 - Lot 10 - Grave #2. The chidren of Jane Hall and Daniel Hannon Jr. were Richard Lee Hannon, William Robert (Bill) Hannon, and James Daniel (Pat) Hannon.

Obit of Daniel Hannon, Jr.

Hannon, Daniel Jr. age 42 years. 74th and Douglas, Nov. 25, 1936. Survived by wife, Jane: 3 sons, William, Daniel III, and Richard; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Hannon; 4 brothers, Emmett, Hugh and William, Omaha; Matthias, Salt Lake City; sister, Mrs. W. J. Snyder, Louisville, NE.

Funeral services Saturday from the Larkin Funeral Home at 8:30 to St. Margaret Mary church at 9. Interment Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Funeral Services in charge of American Legion Post No. 1 at the grave.

Pall Bearers were San Bevins, John Tinsberg, Ernest Charnquist, Joseph Ryan.

ROGER HALL, son of Francelia Wykle and William Hall, was born August 13, 1907, and died February 1980. He married Dorothy WHINNERY and had two children, Roger "Bud" Hall, Jr. and Sue Hall.

Obit of Roger Hall:

Hall - Roger W., Sr., age 73 years of Menasha, Wisc. 726 Lakecrest Dr., 54952, formerly of Omaha, graduate of Central High, attended Cornell Univ; retired U.P. RR, Storekeeper, 1970, son of William Hall, member of pioneer Douglas County family, died Feb 23, 1980 of extended heart condition; survived by wife Dorothy Whinnery hall of Appleton, Wisc; daughter, Dr. Sue Ann Hall Hausserman, son-in-law, Dr. Robert Hausserman of Appleton, Wisc; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Judy Hall Jr. of Houston, Tex; grandsons, Andrew and Bradley Hall of Houston; granddaughter, Christine Hausserman of Appleton, Wisc.

Private Services at Brentschneider Funeral Home at Appleton, Wisc, Mon Eve Feb 25, 1980. Memorials acceptable to the Heart Fund.

2. viii. JOHN FRANKLIN WYKLE, b. July 18, 1868 at Galen, NY; d. April 30, 1944, Clifton Springs Sanitarium. He married SARAH A. JORDAN. He was Francelia's twin.

"My mother found a scrap of paper with Francelia's handwriting on it which validates most of my Wykle births and deaths. On it she gives her birthdate and JOHN's as July 18, 1868. I had always heard a family rumor that they were twins. This is the only validation I have of this. Obviously, he went by the name John F. Wykle, but as he and Francelia were twins, Franklin was probably his first name. "


Photo of John F. Wykle

Former Grocer Dies; Aged 75

John F. Wykle, 75 years old, was laid to rest in Rural Cemetery Tuesday afternoon following funeral services conducted from the home in 21 Elmer Street at two o'clock, the Rev. J. R. Carpenter, officiating.

He was born in the town of Galen but had lived most of his life in Lyons having been employed by the New York Central, was in the retail grocery business for many years and lately a foreman in the Lyons branch of the Geo. W. Haxon & Son, Inc.

He died in Clifton Springs sanitarium on Friday, April 30 where he was a pneumonia patient.

He was a member of the Lyons Lodge B.P.O. Elks.

Surviving are a son, Leslie Wykle of Lyons; two grandsons, David of Lyons, Robert of the United States Army; two great-grandsons; two brothers, Jay H. Wykle of Huntington Park, Calif., A. H. Wykle of Clyde; two sisters, Mrs. F. Hall of Omaha, Neb., and Mrs. Rogers of Elkhorn, Neb.

Another obit:

Lyons - Funeral services for John F. Wykle, 75, who died in Clifton Springs Sanitarium Friday after a brief illness which culminated in pneumonia, will be conducted by Rev. J. Russell Carpenter of the Methodist Episcopal Church at 2 P.M. tomorrow at the late home, 21 Elmer St. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.

Although born in the Town of Galen, Mr. Wykle had lived most of his life in Lyons where he was for many years with the New York Central, then in the retail grocery business for 25 years and lastly foreman in the Lyons branch of George W. Haxton & Son Inc. He was a member of Lyons Lodge of Elks.

Survivors are a son, Leslie Wykle of Lyons and Palmyra; two sisters, Mrs. Francelia Hall of Omaha, NE, and Mrs. Joseph Rogers of Elkhorn, NE; two brothers, Jay H. Wykle, long of Lyons, now of California, and Alexander Wykle of Clyde. Mrs. Katherine Wykle, who gained much publicity as the only woman mayor in the country when she was twice elected, is a sister-in-law. David Wykle of Lyons and Robert Wykle also of Lyons, now with an air corps training outfit stationed near Washington, D.C., are grandsons. There are also two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sarah Wykle nee Jordan


Mrs. Sarah A. Wykle, wife of John H. Wykle of Lyons died at the family home on Wednesday after a long illness. Mrs. Wykle was 66 years and had a wide circle of friends in the community.

She is survived by her husband, one son, Leslie Wykle of Lyons, three sisters, Mrs. B. J. Farman, Lyons; Mrs. Sherman Madigan and Mrs. Emma Kane of Galen; five brothers, William T. Jordan and James Jordan of Galen, Ransom Jordan of Savannah; Louis Jordan of Rochester and Esmond Jordan of Arcadia, also two grand children. The funeral will take place Saturday at 3:30 P. M. and will be private. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.

3. i. LESLIE D. 3 WYKLE, March 08, 1892 in Lyons, Wayne Co., NY; died October 15, 1957 in Lyons, Wayne Co., NY. He married (1) MARGARET E. MEYERS and (2) HAZEL NILES.

Leslis and Margaret had 2 sons, David J. Wykle and Robert J. Wykle.

Obit of Leslie D. Wykle:

Leslie D. Wykle, retired garlock foreman, dies.

Leslie D. Wykle, 65 years old, of 21 Elmer Street, retired foreman at the Garlock Packing Co., in Palmyra, and one time grocer in Lyons, died Tuesday in the Barber Hospital.

He was in failing health but his hospitalization followed a fractured skull sustained in a fall in his home.

Mr. Wykle was born in Lyons March 8, 1892, son of John F. and Sarah Jordan Wykle. He was a lifelong resident of the village.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Niles Wykle; two sons, David of Syracuse and Robert of Lyons; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Boeheim Funeral Home, 77 William St. at 2:30 P.M. Thursday, with the Rev. Walter Hobkirk, pastor of the Park Presbyterian Church, Newark, officiating. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.

ELI R. ROGERS, brother of James B. Robers, was b. December 1, 1839, Galen, N.Y.; d. January 12, 1917, Alma, N.Y.

Aged Civil War Veteran Answers Last Roll Call--Old Pioneer

Eli R. Rogers passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Grow, last Friday, following an illness of two years. The past few years had been spent in Alma where he had resided with his daughter, and during that time he had made many warm friends.

The funeral services were held in the home, Sunday, Rev. Ault, pastor of theChurch of Christ, officiating. The remains were taken to Greenville, where interment was made in Forest Home cemetery. Eli R. Rogers was born December 1, 1839, in the town of Galen, Wayne county, N. Y., and died January 12, 1917, at the age of 77 years, one month and 11 days. He spent the early part of his life in the town where he was born.

At the age of 22 years he enlisted in the Civil war, in Company D, 8th N. Y. Cavalry and served three years. In 1866 he was married to Mary Macomber. He is survived by one sister, Eliza S. Deuel, of Winter Haven, Florida, and two brothers, James B., of Omaha, Nebraska, Jacob L., of Greenville, also two daughters, Mrs. F. B. Serven, of Border City, New York, and Mrs. C. M. Grow, of this city.

Wallace H. Weed, b. August 31, 1858; d. March 30, 1920.
Family friend of the Rogers or Wykles


Wallace H. Weed, a former well known farmer of this town, died at the home of his brother, Dr. Harry Weed at 196 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, on Tuesday, March 30, 1920.

Mr. Weed was born in Galen August 31, 1858, and with the exception of a few years spent in the west, spent his entire life here. He was a well read man and in his chosen occupation of farming, was progressive and prosperous. Of late he has been in failing health and since the deaths of his wife and daughter, which occurred but recently, he has made his home with the brother above named. Besides his brother he is survived by one sister, Mrs. William Baker, also of Buffalo. The remains were brought to Clyde today and burial was made in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Submitted by: Kathleen Simmons

Return to Wayne County Obits Section

Return to Wayne County Historical Articles Section

Created: 4/20/99
Updated: 6/13/99
Last Updated: 8/12/00
Copyright © 1998 - 2011 Kathleen Simmons
Wayne County NYGenWeb
All Rights Reserved.