[Feyerherm] and Ozro Foster Dean
- Mabel [1919-] born in Plainview NE, married Ozro in Orchard
NE June 18, 1939, and left with Clark and
Thelma Gustin for a honeymoon to Yellowstone Park and the
San Francisco Exposition. The first stop on that trip was Casper
WY and the famous fire proof Hotel Townsned. Opened in 1923 as
a luxury palace, it can be seen on the left in the picture looking
south on Center Street. The cost of a nights lodging was under
$8 when it was abandoned in 1983 and put on the national historic
registry. Voters rejected the idea of spending $16 million and
adding 1 cent to sales tax to remodel it into a new 7th district
courthouse in 2004 election. I was living in Casper in the early
1980's in a house that was built about 1910, but has since been
torn down; it was on Collins Drive right across from the Northwestern
Railroad repair shop which has also been removed along with the
- Wyoming tales and trails.com
- Yellowstone in 1939 was much like visiting today. The maximum
highway speed is still 45 MPH, and the famous Fishing Bridge
has not changed. A car could enter the park for $3 [more like
$25 now], camping was free and a stay at the Old Faithful Inn
started at $2.75 a day. Mabel made a painting depicting the Old
Faithful eruption, much like this view taken in 2006.
- They returned to Crawford NE, where Ozro taught at high school.
Besides classroom studies. Ozro was a proficient trumpet player
and liked directing the school marching band which he did later
at Berwyn NE.
- Mabel attended high school in Royal NE [class of '37] and
the principle in 1934 was Ozro! After graduation she went to
complete 2 years of normal school at Wayne State Teachers College.
- Fritz Borchardt, Superintendant with Ozro Dean, Principal,
Royal Public School, 1934
- Mabel wrote this verse in the eighth grade
- The trees are discarding their coats of green
- And many gaudy colors instead can be seen
- There is Miss Box Elder with her pretty gown
- While little Evergreen frowns a big frown
- What is the reason? Can't you guess?
- She would like to have a new party dress!
- Oak and Elm are as happy as can be
- But they are no more beautiful than Miss Maple Tree.
- The Party is started and when the end is near
- Sadness will overwhelm them because the cold, clold winter
will be here.
- Music was another talent, as a child she gave a number of
recitals on piano to the delight of the community, including
one that was broadcast by the AM radio station. In
1932 the Royal Band performed on radio WJAG, Norfolk NE.
Helen Hering was one of Mabel's classmates in the band and older
sister to the performer Jeri
Southern who became quite famous as a blues and jazz singer.
- Ozro was at Broken Bow High School, class of 1927. He was
in the school orchestra and probably played endless refrains
of the school song. He also did debate,
glee and served a term as president of the Dramatic Club.
- For the 1930 census he was at Lincoln attending NU. He was
staying in apartment rented by aunt Lottie Skinner for Ozro,
sister Marge and cousin Wayne Skinner. Ozro graduated from the
University of Nebraska BSEE. He went travelling with his buddy
Clark Gustin after graduation. They
got to Long Beach just in time to survive the March 10, 1933
earthquake, one of the largest to hit southern California. That
was not enough to shake his preference for California life. Ozro
taught at highshool, 1934 Royal, 1936-1938 Hooker County, 1939-1940
Crawford and 1941 Springfield Nebraska. His sister Mary married
Marvin Mayo in 1940 when he worked at
MGM studios and they lived at 1979 Whitley in the Hollywood Hills.
Ozro and Mabel moved to Santa Monica CA but this was all disrupted
by the Pearl Harbor attack and the coming of war. Both families
returned to Nebraska. Marvin served in the military as a photographer
and Ozro went to the Glenn L. Martin Nebraska Company in Omaha
to be electrical assembly inspector on bomber aircraft. They
lived at Papillion just outside Omaha and this is where Don was
- Marvin Mayo, Cora and Leo Dean, Mary, Ozro at Santa Monica
- After the war, building supplies were scarce and Marvin had
a barn taken down and shipped by rail from Nebraska. From that
he built his home and camera shop located on Sepulveda Blvd in
the San Fernando Valley. Meanwhile Ozro went back to Broken Bow,
where he was electrical service inspector for the REA power,
and other jobs including selling new Dodge cars and running for
County Superintendent of Public Schools (he lost). Larry was
born in Broken Bow. Finally he brokered a deal with the General
Dynamics Corporation Convair Division to be engineer at a brand
new naval missile factory being built in Pomona California. Dad
took his final pay as 2 new Dodge cars, one silver gray sedan
and a fire red convertible, and we were off to the west coast.
(The last car he bought was a new 1992 silver gray Dodge Spirit,
which still sits at my ranch). During the construction phase
in 1951, offices were at the old Consolidated Vultee San Diego
aircraft plant and we lived at Cardiff-by-the-Sea, staying at
a shore-side motel run by one of Marvin's studio buddies. In
later years, both families would return here for Thanksgiving
or winter break get togethers.
- Once the factory opened, we moved to a new subdivision in
Ontario, on the grounds of a former orange grove. Our house was
built to be a demo, but dad convinced them to let us move in,
and the next house became the sales office. Several of the professional
staff located in the same subdivision as the factory started
up production. Growth was so strong we could only have partyline
telephone service. I was trained to listen for a dial tone, because
otherwise the line was in use, and you could eavesdrop. This
was GTE (now Verison) service area and they were very progressive
in offering direct dial service, but neighboring Pomona was Pacific
Bell and there was a stiff long distance charge. In fact all
long distance calling was quite expensive and calls to relatives
living in Nebraska were always planned events.
- There was an elementary school just a block away from the
Ontario house, and the next year I started off to kindergarten.
It was an old facility, my 6th grade was the 50th graduating
class. The regulations in those days were that school structures
that survived the '33 Long Beach quake were considered safe.
After the Northridge quake that was reconsidered and many Ontario
school building were affected. The first to be torn down was
my school, and what was discovered was it was so strong it cost
more to tear down than to build it originally. Except for the
large glass windows, it would have withstood a direct thermonuclear
hit. Then it was decided that these buildings were better repurposed
to non-student uses. The oldest building on my high school campus
was saved by turning it into offices, and its auditorium, which
could only serve non-student functions became the home of the
- Mabel put her teaching skills to work as a substitute in
the elementary and junior high schools. Among her favorite assignments
was directing the band classes. Her oldest son had this family
talent which he put to good use at the University of California
Berkeley as student director for the marching band. Ozro's grandsons
Kevin, Ryan and Jeremy all were talented at brass music in both
concert and marching bands, with Jeremy earning his degree in
- 2 children Donald Leo Dean [1942- ] and Larry Ozro
Dean [1948- ]
Susan Marie [Keller] and Dr Donald Leo Dean
- Sue [1948- ] married Don at Seattle WA. 2 living children,
2 grand children
Wileen Gay [Swisher] and Larry Ozro Dean
- Willy [1950-] married Larry at Denver CO in 1970. 3 children,
Jeremy Jason Dean [1972-], Corena Crystal Dean [1975-1996],
and Benjamin Brady Dean [1979-]
- Willy and Larry - 1970
- Willy has re-married in 2002 to Mark Aurand , residing
in Garden City KS where they had the River of Life Karaoke,
in 2005. Now have moved to Longmont CO.
- Mark and Willy - 2003
Nikki Lynn [Marchman] and Jeremy Jason Dean
- Nikki [1976-] married Jeremy in September 1999 at Lakewood
CO. They have two boys, Connor Mathew [2003-] and Logan J [2006-]
and live in Longmont CO. Jeremy has degree in Music Education
performing his senior recital on french horn, but prefers working
as service rep for Rogue Wave computer software.
- Jeremy and Nikki - 2001
Dr. Naomi Jay [Dewey] and Benjamin Brady Dean
- Naomi [1979-] married Ben in May 2001 at Manhattan KS. She
is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate from KSU. They have
2 children Christopher [2003-], Johnathan Daniel [2005-] and
moved to Portsmouth Ohio in 2008. Ben has his degree in Management
Information Systems with minor in economics, KSU class of 2007.
- Ben and Naomi wedding 2001, Jeremy is on the cell phone.