Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Doris Hamaker (1922-2014)


On April 12, 2014, Doris Hamaker celebrated her 92nd birthday. Eleven days later, she passed away at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Nebraska.  An overflow crowd attended her funeral service in Crawford on Monday, April 28, 2014.  Not a Galey by birth or marriage -- but her daughter Zoleta married Garold (Gary) Galey, and her husband, Tom, was a cousin to Ila Belle (Hamaker) Sibert, whose daughter married another Galey -- Gary's brother Bob.

Doris was well known for her great sense of humor, her candor, an infectious smile, and the best cinnamon rolls this side of heaven, where she now surely shares her treats with all the angels!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Checking out the Chucks…Galey, that is!

Having lived in Mississippi for about eight years -- and having been engaged in family research for a few decades -- it's been fun to learn that there are Galeys in Mississippi.

We only wish we'd learned about them during our years in the Magnolia State.  Truth is, family research got put on the back burner during those busy years of work and travel!

But "Google Search" has been a friend for the past year or so, helping us track everything from stories about Chadron State College alum Danny Woodhead as he navigates through a successful career in the National Football League, to stories about the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, which has always been one of our interests.

So when an article in the Jackson (MS) Free Press popped up through Google Search, we were able to learn a bit about one Chuck Galey, who is shown above.

Chuck has made a name for himself as an illustrator for children's books.  A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, Chuck now lives in Jackson -- our old stomping ground from 1993 to 2001. 

Now, we have no idea whether or not Chuck Galey is a part of the Galey clan that migrated out of Indiana to Missouri and Nebraska -- but who knows?  If he is, we'll have to give some thought to which "Chuck Galey" we're talking about, since our nephew Charles "Chuck" Galey has been the only "Chuck" known to our Nebraska Galey line.

Read more about the Mississippi "Chuck Galey."


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Another "whodunnit"arrives in the mailbox!


A distant Galey cousin -- Harry Colwell from Nebraska -- has sent us a couple of photographs that have been identified by some as Elizabeth Sprinkle and Simon Galey.

As Harry has suggested, it may be impossible to ever learn if these identifications are valid; however, we offer the photos here in the unlikely event that someone with more information might be able to assist.

No dates have been provided.  Our records show that Elizabeth Sprinkle and Simon Galey were married in September of 1851.  She would have been 30 years old -- and Simon would have been only 19.  An unusual age configuration for marriage -- but certainly not unheard of! If this is that couple, the photos were obviously taken at quite different times.  Simon died in 1879 at age 48.  Elizabeth died in 1912 at age 91.  The "Elizabeth" photo would probably been taken in the very late 1800's or very early 1900's, and the "Simon" photo -- given his relative youthful appearance -- would likely have been taken in the 1860's or 1870's -- before  March of 1879 when he died.

Perhaps there's a Sprinkle or Galey cousin who's done some sleuthing or has access to family photos from that era.  If so, we'd surely like to hear from you!

Adding to this challenge is the fact that we have no other photos identified as "Simon Galey," and there are at least three Simon Galey names in our database.

Another cousin provided us with a photo purported to be Elizabeth Sprinkle, but our first glances at the images seem to suggest it's not the same person.  We'll keep exploring! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bob & Naomi Galey celebrate 50 years!

It was October 19, 1962, and this young couple was married at the Warring Memorial Methodist Church in Whitney, Nebraska.  Bob and Naomi (Sibert) Galey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October 2012.  Daughters Brenda Galey and Linda Turnbull -- along with numerous other families and friends -- helped them mark the occasion.  Bob and Naomi  were married by Reverend H. C. Johnson, long-time paster of the church.  You'll find more photos in our Galey Gallery.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In memory of Dorothy Galey

A visitation for Dorothy Galey, 81, of Lubbock, Texas, will be from 5-7 pm on Friday, Febuary 24th, 2012 in Resthaven's Abbey Chapel in Lubbock, Texas, with a wake to follow.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, at 10 am at St. Johns Neumann Catholic Church.  Internment will follow at Resthaven Memorial park.  Mrs. Galey went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 22nd.

Dorothy was born on June 13, 1930, in Holly Grove, Arkansas to Lecil A. and Olga L. Ryals Gannon.  She married Thomas A. Galey, Sr., on May 12, 1957.  He preceded her in death on February 16, 2006.  She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas Galey, Jr. and wife Janice, James Galey and wife Debbi, and Joseph Galey, Sr. and wife Jennifer; three daughters, Sheila Lee and husband Robert, Teresa Jobe, and Felicia Galey; one sister, Alma Herndon; 23 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, known as a prayer warrior with an unwavering Christian faith.

Condolences may be offered at: www.resthavenfuneralhome.com

For additional family photographs, visit our Galey Family Gallery.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

What.....No football in Nebraska?


As the diminutive Danny Woodhead joins his New England Patriot teammates on the field in Indianapolis tomorrow to do battle against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, I have a sorry fact to report.

And I do so with full knowledge that in Nebraska, football is a religion, and I don’t want my Galey and Cunningham in-laws to excommunicate me from the family and brand me a “troublemaker” for divulging this fact.

A.V. Cunningham
Grandpa Cunningham was anti-football. 

Now I’m not talking about Grandpa R.R. Cunningham who many family members today remember from their youth in Whitney.  I mean his dad, A.V. Cunningham of Giltner, that highly regarded farmer who served two terms in the Nebraska legislature, from 1903 to 1907, representing his neighbors in Hamilton County.

Who knew?

Doing a little research on the Cunninghams yesterday while visiting Salt Lake City, I came across a story – not in the Omaha or Lincoln newspapers – but from a 1903 issue of the New York Times that revealed Grandpa Cunningham's dim view of football in colleges and high schools.  Here’s the text of the article:

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 10 – Representative A. V. Cunningham of Hamilton County is credited with the authorship of a bill which will be introduced in the Legislature the coming week to prohibit playing football at the public educational institutions of the State.
            “I am unalterably opposed to football as part of the athletic amusement of students,” said Mr. Cunningham.  “I consider it more brutal than prizefighting for the reason that in prizefighting only two men are engaged; in the game of football twenty-two are called upon to risk their lives.
            “The presence of a physician is not always required at a prizefight, but did you ever hear of or see a game of football at which one or two physicians were not in attendance?”
            Other members are in sympathy with the bill, but the game does not lack defenders among the legislators.

Chance Galey (left) and his dad Gary Gene Galey in 2007
The good news is that Grandpa Cunningham’s bill failed and never became law.  And that was good news for boys on the gridiron from Omaha and Hastings all the way to Scottsluff and Chadron.

And I have a feeling that if A.V. had been around in the early years of the 21st Century, he would have been in the front row cheering for his great-great-great-grandson, Chance Galey.    Chance was a three-year starting center for the Chadron State College "Eagles" and was selected  to the 2008 Football Gazette All-America Team.   After studying environmental science and graduating from CSC in 2008, he's gone to work in the oil and gas industry for Halliburton and lives in Greeley, Colorado. 

Gosh, if Gpa Cunningham’s bill had passed, the Nebraska Cornhuskers could never have built their football dynasty.  And Chance Galey would have missed a fun career on the field at Chadron State.

And Danny Woodhead might not be suiting up for the Patriots tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Cunningham California connection

The Galey-Cunningham connection, of course, was created by the 1933 marriage of Tom Galey to Eva Cunningham in Rushville, Nebraska.  Tom Galey never set foot in California, but Eva did.  At least twice that we know of.  The purpose of those trips was to visit her sisters -- three of whom called California home.

All three of Eva's youngest sisters -- Elva, Lois, and Doris -- lived most of their adult lives in California.  Likely, they were a part of the large wave of folks who sought the warmer climes and great opportunities that seemed to await in California.


Of course, it didn't take long and their relatives back home were eager to come visit.  And that's exactly what appears to be going on in this picture when sister Geraldine (Cunningham) Kritenbrink and her family made the trek.  This photo is undated, but it was taken in the L.A. area.  The street sign shows the intersection of Gracia and Atwater, so it would see fairly easy to find out who was living near that intersection in the 1948-50 time period, when this photo was likely taken.

The "big folks" identified in the photo (left-to-right) are Roger Kritenbrink, little Jack Mosher, Elva Mosher, Dick Mosher, Lois Thompson, Abe Kritenbrink, Geraldine Kritenbrink, Kenny Kritenbrink, and Gordon Thompson.  The younger girl in front is Peggy Mosher.  Standing right behind her is her cousin, Betty Thompson.

A higher resolution version of this photo -- and more -- can be found in our Galey Gallery