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Samuel Horning Family

Samuel Horning Family - 1905

The Samuel Horning Family History by Jennie Agatha Horning (written before 1962): Samuel Horning was born December 13, 1856, in Allentown, Allen Co., OH. He died July 25, 1925, aged 68 yrs. 6 mo. He married October 31, 1878 at Shambaugh, IA to Fannie Gehman, born February 19, 1858, in Pleasant Valley, Bucks Co., PA. She died November 18, 1922, aged 64 yrs., 2 mo. Both died at the home of their daughter, Jennie Carson in Nampa, ID and are buried there.

Samuel Horning met Fannie Gehman at Shambaugh where the family moved in 1864. The Gehman family came in about 1878 (NOTE: Sarah Gehman, Fannie’s younger sister, was born in Fayette Co., IA in 1862) to join a Mennonite church and colony. They lived with or near the Horning family. Four children Benjamin F. (1880), Jacob Lee (1881), Edwin G. (1882), Jennie A. (1884) were born in the same house in Shambaugh. In 1885, they moved to Crab Orchard, NE, east of Beatrice. They later moved to Pickrell, Gage Co., NE, where Alice L. was born (1888) on hard Scully Lease, consisting of 1/2 section of land. Here they joined the Disciples of Christ (Christian) of which they were members until their deaths. In 1890 they moved to Nelson, Nuckolls Co., NE, driving a herd of cattle. When they reached Nelson, the cows were thirsty, and a lot of them mired down in the river’s edge. We lived between the river and railroad track, not far from town, and section hands helped pull them out.

In 1893, they moved on to Laramie, WY, then to Grand Junction, CO. In the summer of 1897 they moved to Paonia, CO, where they had 100 acres of land near the mountains, with fruit pasture and cattle. They lived there until they went to Midvale, ID in 1914, where he had traded for a large dry farm. Ed still owns the farm, and his son Glenn and family live there. Samuel and Fannie lived in Salem, OR about a year, returning to Idaho in 1922, having crossed the U.S. almost from ocean to ocean during their lives.

Photo courtesy of Ann Housel; biography courtesy of Genevieve Leavitt