Elizabeth Earnestine Hadlock

1860 - 1941

Nebraska Pioneer

Elizabeth Earnestine Hadlock photo
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Hamilton County Nebraska
circa 1930s
Elizabeth 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 Rudolph Reiter, a carpenter, the son of Joseph Reiter and Zillah Ann White. They were married 12 December 1880 in Illinois, where two daughters were born, Orabelle on 2 February 1882, and Bessie Adell on 13 September 1883. 

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 
Aurora, Nebraska
2 January 1942 

Mrs. F. R. Reiter
Passes Sunday

Another Phillips Pioneer Suc-
cumbs;  Services Held
Thursday Afternoon


Early Sunday 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. 

Elizabeth 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. 

Mrs. Reiter 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. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon from the Phillips Methodist church at 2 p. m.  Burial in the Phillips cemetery.

Mrs. Elmer Johnson of Lewellen arrived Monday morning in response to a message telling of  her mother’s death.   

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Last Updated 5 April, 2005