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Esther Naomi (Hanson) Harbeson (1918 - 1994)

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Esther (Hanson) Harbeson
1918 - 1994
Born
April 18, 1918
Elsie, Perkins County, Nebraska United States 69134
Death
December 25, 1994
Elsie, Perkins County, Nebraska United States 69134
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Esther Naomi (Hanson) Harbeson was born on April 18, 1918 in Elsie, Nebraska United States. Her maiden name is Hanson and she married into the Harbeson family. She is the child of Oscar Hanson and Eva Isabelle (Brittain) Hanson, with siblings Pauline, Emil, Dale, and Edith. According to her family tree, Esther was mother to 4 children. She married Archie Willard Harbeson, and they had children Willard Gene Harbeson, Earl Leon Harbeson, Duane Lee Harbeson, and Donald Dean Harbeson. She died on December 25, 1994 in Elsie, Nebraska United States at 76 years old.
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Willard and Esther Harbeson have spent their entire lives in and near Elsie. Esther is a third generation native, and Willard is a second generation. Willard was born on the place where Gunner Eckberg now lives on October 17, 1915. His parents came from Custer County in 19O7. They had nine children who grew up in this area, only Willard is still living . Esther was born on the place where her brother Dale Hanson now lives on April 18, 1918. Her parents were Oscar and Belle (Brittain) Hanson. Oscar was born on the family homestead east of Elsie in December 1886, and the Brittains moved here from Somerset in 1903. Brothers Emil and Dale still live in this vicinity, and her sister Edith Hunter lives in Omaha. Willard and Esther raised four boys. Gene lives in Oakland, N.J. with his wife Joan. Earl and Sheri live in Ca. Duane and Heidi live in Ca., and Donald and Joan live in Elsie Willard's nephews, Harold and Leland spent several years with them and attended school in Elsie. The Harbesons farmed for several years, but moved into Elsie in 1946 where they operated a creamery and feed store. In 1950 they bought the "drug store". This business was also the social gathering place of the town, for both the young people and their parents. The soda fountain was the chief attraction. Here .05 cokes and phosphates were quickly made. The peanut busters were famous, costing .25, as did the thick milk shakes and malts. The high school kids delighted in thinking up new flavor variations and seeing if you could remember long enough to make them and serve them. Bottled pop was also .05 at first, and when it went to .10 in about 1952, people swore they would never drink another bottle of it and for a couple of years the pop case didn't have to be filled very often. But business at the fountain boomed—drinks were still .05 there for the regular 6 oz. glass. There must have been a million cups of coffee served across that bar starting in early morning when the school bus drivers came in before they went on the routes and never stopping before midnight when the "night" people had their last one before going home. Coffee was also .05 until about 1960 when it became necessary to have .10 for it. Esther and the boys ran the store most of the time as Willard started working for the Burlington Railroad. He retired in 1980 after 30 years first as a section laborer, then as an equipment operator. During this time Willard also repaired radios and TV's during the evenings and on weekends. Their hobby is traveling, and they have been in all states. They also made it to Singapore and Hong Kong while Earl was living there. Willard and Esther had been married 50 years — April 14, 1986. They have three grandchildren — Heather (Earl's) and Chris and Paul (Donald's), and a step grandson, Andy (Duane's). They also had 2 great grandchildren
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Mother to 4 children, she died on December 25, 1994 in Elsie, Nebraska United States at 76 years old. she was buried in Elsie, Nebraska United States. She was born on April 18, 1918 in Elsie, Nebraska United States. Esther Naomi (Hanson) Harbeson is the child of Oscar Hanson and Eva Isabelle (Brittain) Hanson, with siblings Pauline, Emil, Dale, and Edith. According to her family tree, she married Archie Willard Harbeson, and they had children Willard Gene Harbeson, Earl Leon Harbeson, Duane Lee Harbeson, and Donald Dean Harbeson.
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In 1918, in the year that Esther Naomi (Hanson) Harbeson was born, in January, President Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, which assured citizens that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and outlined a plan for postwar peace in Europe. The only leader of the Allies to present such a plan, the Europeans thought Wilson was being too idealistic. The points included free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination. They were based on the research and suggestions of 150 advisors.

In 1941, she was 23 years old when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1952, Esther was 34 years old when on February 6th, George VI of England died from a coronary thrombosis and complications due to lung cancer. His eldest daughter, age 25, immediately ascended the throne as Elizabeth II and her coronation was on June 2 1953.

In 1985, by the time she was 67 years old, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

In 1994, in the year of Esther Naomi (Hanson) Harbeson's passing, on May 6th, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" was officially opened. The Chunnel is a railway tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects Great Britain to mainland France. Original plans for such a tunnel were developed in 1802 and approved by Napoleon Bonaparte but the British rejected the plan fearing that Napoleon would use the railway to invade.

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