Earnestine Hadlock was born on 5 September 1860 in Partridge Township,
Woodford County, Illinois,
the ninth child of Willard Hadlock,
age 44, and Hannah Waggoner,
age 35. Her father was of English
descent, his ancestors among the earliest New England colonists. Her
mother was of native American origin, probably Kickapoo.
There she met and married Francis
a carpenter, the son of Joseph Reiter
and Zillah Ann
were married 12 December 1880 in Illinois, where two daughters were
born, Orabelle on 2 February 1882, and Bessie Adell on 13 September
In January 1884 she moved with her husband and
daughters, her family and his, to Phillips, Hamilton
County, Nebraska. There
a third daughter, Delpha Blanche, was born on 23 January, 1886.
Elizabeth Hadlock died on 28 December 1941 in Phillips,
preceeded in death by her husband Francis Reiter, on 16 October
1940. They are buried in the Phillips cemetery.
Aurora Republican Register
2 January 1942
Mrs. F. R. Reiter
Another Phillips Pioneer Suc-
cumbs; Services Held
morning, Dec. 28, friends were informed of the death of Mrs. Frank
R. Reiter, which occurred at 6 o’clock at her home in Phillips.
She had been a sufferer of an enlarged heart for several years, and
the past few weeks had been confined to her bed.
Hadlock was born to Rev. Willard and Hannah Hadlock on Sept. 5,
1860, in Illinois. She grew to womanhood in that state and
on Dec. 12, 1880, was united in marriage to Francis Ru- dolph Reiter.
To this union three daughters were born, namely Ora- bell, Bessie
Adell and Delpha Blanche. In the year 1884 the family moved
to Nebraska, set-
tling in the Phillips community. Mrs. Reiter was a christian
from her girlhood and a worker in the local Baptist church many
years. Being a charter member of the Order of Eastern
Star, she was very active so long as her health permitted her to
attend. In 1911 the family retired to live in Phillips.
In April, 1936, she fell down the stairs of her home and fractured
a hip. She recovered from this and was able to do her own
housework for years after this.
In the late winter of 1939 her son- in-law and daughter, Mr. And
Mrs. W. I. Sorenson, gave up their home here, and moved into her
parents’ home to care for them in their declining years. Since
then either the father or the mother were constantly cared
for by the daughter. Mr. Reiter passed away in October, 1940.
had lived 81 years, 7 months and 23 days. She leaves her three
daughters, Mrs. H. A. Lacy of Scottsbluff, Nebr.; Mrs. Elmer Johnson
of Lewellen, and Mrs. W. I. Sorenson of Phillips. Fourteen
grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and three great great
grandchildren. Her husband, her parents, five sisters and
six brothers preceded her in death.
will be held on Thursday afternoon from the Phillips Methodist church
at 2 p. m. Burial in the Phillips cemetery.
Johnson of Lewellen arrived Monday morning in response to a message
telling of her mother’s death.