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GENEALOGY COLLECTION 



ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 



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Official Organ of the Territorial Pioneer Association. 



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Phe Pioneer Record 



A Quarterly Devoted to the Early History of Nebraska 

Sutosei-iption, :2S Cents F»et- Yeetr 



Mrs. C. R. STOW ELL, - Editor 

STOWELL & KENT, - .- - = = Publishers 

AUBURN, NEBRASKA 



CONTENTS 



Piotieer Notes, - - . . . 

Frontispiece—" The First Homestead," 

"The First Homesteader," 

"The First Election in Nemaha County," 

" The First Survey at Omaha," 

Record Endorsed, - - . . 

" The Legislature of 1855," 

"Old Setlers' Cabin," - - . . 

Territorial FMoneers, - - . . 

Editorial 

Here and There, - - - . . 
Necrology, ---... 
Publishers Announcements, 



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THE PIONEER RECORD. 

A Quarterly Devoted to the Early History of Nebraska. 



Vol. 3- 



AUBURN, NEBRASKA, MAY, 1896. 



No. 4. 



We hoaiMi an old settler say the other 
•day "those pioneer days that ai-e 
lieino- held in different localities are a 
i^ood Ihino-; I always attend them when 
I can."' For several years a gTeat 
deal of enthusiasm has been expendrd 
u])ou the children and days have have 
set apart for their henelit, while the 
old people have been comparatively 
neo-lected. It is a good thing- that 
people's attention is being turned in 
tlie direction of the old folks as is in- 
dii-ated by the old settlers' picnics and 
tlic pK)neer days being established 
cvci'vwhere. 



We are in reeeipi 01 the names of a 
number of soldiers who are buried in 
the cemetery at Rulo whose names 

_^ have not been published befoi'e. We 
give the list below: 

Dr. J. S. Jones. Cyrus Whitzel, 

a Tlandoli)h Ilandal, Luther Forbes, 
William Pi-att, Michael Randolph, 
William Dubbles, Martin V. B. Se- 
crist, John Hansli]). Almerln R. I'hin- 

lli'V. 



Martin V. B. SiocuiST was l.ioi-n 
in Bedford county, Va. , in 1S40. He 
enlisted June 14, 18(59, in Company K, 
1st Regiment United States infantry. 
He died March 3()lh. 1ST8. aged 37 
years and 1) mouLhs. 



Almf.rin K. Piunnkv. an early set- 
tler in- Nebraska, was l)Oi-n in New 
York in 1843. In early childhood he 
moved with his parents to Franklin 
county. la. When he was IT years 
old his father died and two j^ears la- 
ter Almerin enlisted in the 32d Iowa 
Regulars. In the battle of Pleasant 
Hill, La., April 0th, 1854, he lost an 



arm and on the following Octoler was 
discharged. Mr. Phinney with his 
family, consisting of his widowed 
mother, two younger brothers and two 
sisters then moved to Richardson 
ijounty. Neb., where he and liis wid- 
owed mother homcsteaded '2W aci'es of 
land eight miles west of Salt in. On 
December 2a, 1871 he was married to 
Marietta E. Andrews who lived with 
her bi'Other-in-law A. E. Rogers, in 
the Phinney neighborhood. Mr. 
Phinney was the first telegi-aph ojiera- 
tor at Saltillo, Nel).. and also the 
first one at Rulo. to which plare he 
moved in Ajsril 1S7() when tlie depot 
was at Rulo Y. Here he died March 
10, 1878. ^ 

May 12, 18i)(; w.is tiie (KJth birthday 
of one of Tecumseh"s old settlers, Mrs. 
Mary Bivens, the widow of Alex. 
Bivens. A number of friends g-ath- 
cred in the evening to help commem- 
orate the occasion while old-time gen- 
tlemen friends of het deceased hus- 
band sent' a handsome present accom- 
panied by a note expressive of their 
regard. Mrs Bivens came to Tecum- 
seh with her husband in 1859. when 
the number of houses in the place num- 
bered but three. The lack of houses 
made it necessary for them to occujjy 
their covered wagons the lirst summer. 
They purchased the Sherman hf)use 
from its builder and one of their 
daughters, the second child i)orn in 
Tecuraseh, was boi-n there. 

The first school house erected in 
Pawnee county, afterward known as 
•'Rosin Weed Seminary," was in a 
district west of Pawnee City. The first 
teacher was Miss Sarah Bell now Mrs. 
Jos. L. Edwards. 



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THE PIONEER RECORD. 




THE PIONEER RECORD. 51 

• The First Homesteader. • 

T~^ANIEL FREEMAN, the first man in the United States to 
-* — ^ take advantaij;"e of the homestead law. was born in Prebble 
eonnty, Ohio, April 25. 1826. He has been twice married and has 
eleven children, live of whom are married. Mr. Freeman's stay 
in the state where lie was born was a short one. coverinj^- 
but one year. Instead of i^oinsj;- west lie went east, with 
his parents, to New York, where they lived for nine years. Tlie 
next move was to Illinois where the })arents died and where tlie 
subject of our sketch was hrst married. When the war broke out 
Mr. Freeman enlisted in Company A. of the 17th Infantry, and 
foug-lit at Fredericktown, Mo., the capture of Fort Donaldson. 
Tenn., and Pittsburg" Landing". It was not long", however, until 
he was transferred to the secret service, and while serving" in tiiat 
capacity he came to Nebraska in 1.S62. The story g-oes, that dur- 
ing" the winter of '02-"63. Freeman was home on a furloug"h. On 
tile night of Decmber 31. lie attended a dance ; and as the liome- 
stead law went into effect tlie next day the party stopi)ed 
dancing" at midnig'ht long" enough to accompany Freeman to an 
office where he took the homestead now on the records at Wasli- 
ing'ton as number 1. book 1, page 1. 

During" the tirst years of Mr. Freeman's residence in tliis 
^tate the Indians were very troublesome, esi)ecia]ly in Nuclvols 
county, and he was one of a squad of soldiers to engage in a hglit 
with the nati\'es at Elk Creek near the present town of Nelson. 

Lilve all other settlers in those early days they sutl'er^d the 
inconvenience of having" no near trading" or milling" point. While 
tlie people in the eastern counties went to Missouri for their 
supplies, those in Gag^e county went to Kansas, and Mr. Freeman 
took many a trip to the mill at Leavenworth. 

vSince the year "Oo Mr. Freeman has continuously held some 
political office, and for the last twenty years he fias hg"ured as 
justice of the peace'. Tlie subject of our sketch is a man of strong" 
political convictions and he should be for he has imbibed all tlie 
g^ood there is in tlie Abolitionist, Republican, and Prohibitionist 
parties, and finally at the age of seventy we find him a staunch 
Populist. Mr. Freeman still lives on the place whose occupation 
g"ave him the title of "The First Homesteader." 

We close this sketch with a clipping" from the Beatrice Times 



52 THE PIONEER RECORD. 

regarding'" the recent celebration of our subject's birthday. 
"Dr. Daniel Freeman celebrated the 70th anniversary of his birth, 
at his -home west of the city, April 25. The happy affair was 
contined to his relatives and descendants and a few immediate 
neij^hbors. A i^rand feast followed, and the event will be long 
and happily remembered by all whose good fortune it was to be 
there. The doctor was at his best and full of reminiscent mem- 
ories of the early days in Gage county, when he took up the tirst 
homestead under the liomestead law. Many changes liave 
occurred since tlien, but excepting his whitening hair. Dr. Free- 
man is still young in heart, and good humor, and among the best 
loved of Gage county i)ioneers. May he live to celebrate his 
lOOth anniversary is tlie wish of his friends everywhere."" 

The Pirst Election in Nemaha County, 

The hrst election held in Nemaha county was at Brownville. 
in December, 1.S55; previous to this time its officers were those' 
appointed by Governor Cumings. Although Johnson county was 
then included within the boundaries of Nemaha county there was 
but one i^recinct and Brownville was the sole voting place. The 
election took place in a storehouse behjnging to Richard Brown, 
the first white settler in the })lace. and for whom the town was 
named. The voters were few in number, probably less than a 
a score of names were recorded; that of a man named Fitzgerald 
being the tirst. Nearly all of the men were Missourians and 
several of these could claim but a very brief residence in the new 
territory. One of this number, it is said, had been but six hours 
on thih^side of the Big Muddy. 

At that election Richard Brown, Allen L. Coate, and Israel 
Cuming were judges, and A. J. Benedict and Stephen Sloan were 
clerks. Of those men Allen Coate and A. J. Benedict are dead; 
Richard Brown lives in California; Israel Cumings in Missouri, 
and Stephen Sloan (to Avhom;with Judge Wheeler, of Auburn, we 
are indebted for information,) in Verdon, Nebras a. 

It is said that this tirst election did not end without the 
])roverbial row. Two of the number present who had taken on 
a sufficient cargo of whiskey to make them excitable, grew angry 
over some imaginary difficulty and one threw an axe at the other; 
but as he fortunately missed his aim no damage was done. 

After this year the elections occurred at the usual time in 
November and twenty-seven voters were recordedin "96. 



THE PIONEER RECORD. 53 

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nPHE laying- out of a town on the western bank of the Missouri 
J- river was'tirst su^^ij^ested by myself to a ferryman named 
William D. Brown whom I assisted to run a ferry between what 
is now Omaha and Council Bluffs. Iowa. He took a claim on the 
east bank of the river and put on the stream a flat ferr\' boat to 
be propelled by oars. There was in the river a long' island 
covered with a .^Towth oi willow and cottonwood trees which 
i^'reatly obstructed his passag^e. consequently he crossed but a few 
times. A company was then org^anized to run a steam ferr}^ 
across the river and at my sugg-estion. included the laying- out of 
a town on the west bank where Omaha now stands. The newly 
org-anized company crossed the river and walked around the pro- 
posed townsite. The location seemed a favorable one as they 
determined to lay out a town there, althoug-h no survey was at 
that time made. Not long- after I made a claim, the first regu- 
larly defined boundaries in this part of the country if not in the 
territory. My claim included a portion of the proposed town 
claim which was the second reg-ularly defined claim in this 
vicinity. About the middle of November. lsr>8. Thomas and 
William iMlen with myself crossed the river in an old leaky scow; 
one of us rowed, another steered, while the third bailed the water 
out to keep the bqat from sinkin<^, with much difficulty we finally 
made a landings on the western shore. We waded throug-h the 
water and crawled over the fallen trees that filled the bottom 
between our landings place an.d the plateau where we camped for 
the nig-ht. We g-athered wood and bursh, made a fire, ate what 
corn bread we had in our pockets for our supper then laid dowm 
for the nig-ht with fallen logs for pillows. We did not sleep 
much, however, for it g-rew quite cold and v.'e were oblig-ed to 
take turns in hunting- fuel for the fire we kept burning- for warmth 
the entire nig-ht. Another cause of discomfort to one of our 
number at least, was fear of the Indians. We were on their 
territory and one of the three cami)ers became g'-reatly alarmed at 
what he thoug^ht was the approach of a larg'e body of Indians 
horseback. It was not until he was fully persuaded that the 
Indians were nothings but the tall grass burnings in a prairie fire 
that his fears w^ere allayed. 

In the morning we marked out our claims. t]]en started for 



54 THE PIONEER RECORD. 



our boats. We found the river full of floating- ice which made 
re-crossing the stream an exceediny^ly diffcult and even dang^erous 
task. But we had nothing- to eat and must return or starve. 
After some consultation we hauled our small craft opposite the 
head of the Island and struck out through the floating ice which 
came near carrying us past the foot of the island Had we missed 
it our destination would have been certain for we could not at 
that time pass the floating ice. We pulled our craft to the east 
side of the head of the island, and by hard work finally reached 
the Iowa side. Thus were the first regular claims laid out where 
the future city of Omaha was destined to stand. 

The Record Endorsed by the Historical Society. 



Hereafter The Pioneer Record will be used for reporting 
the meetings of the Historical society, and the publications of 
that Society will be issued as formerh' in bound volumes. The 
librarian of the Society will frequently make communications 
through these pages, directed to the members of the Societ}^ and 
to the settlers of the State. It may not be in fact a state publi- 
cation, but it has all the indorsement that can be given it 
through its use by the society. A publication is needed that will 
go out to the newspaper men oftener than once a year, as the 
bound volumes do. So, in reverting to the bound volume plan, 
a shift is made to use these columns for notices of various kinds. 
With the help of all who desire to see the annals of this state 
gathered and written, The Pioneer Record can be made a 
monthly in a short time. This will be done as soon as possible, I 
am sure. There seems to be no reason why The Pioneer Rec- 
ord should not grow steadily, with the growth of a desire to 
gather and publish the material for the history' of Nebraska. 

Jay Amos Barrett, Librarian. 

rM 

At a place near Plattsmouth. known as Eight Mile Grove, 
four graves may be seen that are said to be the burial place of 
four persons hung bj- a vigilance committee for stealing horses 
some time early in the OO's. It was afterward proven that one 
of the men was innocent. 

August 29. 1^54, Richard Brown of Missouri settled in what 
is noM' known as Brownville. 




THE PIONEER RECORD. 55 

The Legislature of 1855. i 

THE program of the State Historical Society for 1887 will be 
devoted to the pioneer leg"islature of the Territory of 
Nebraska. This first legislative assembly convened at Omaha, 
the territorial capital, Januar}' 16, and adjourned March 16, 1855. 
The papers of the coming- meeting of the Historical society will 
be given, as far as possible, b}^ the surviving members of that 
famous bod5^ It will take much time and writing before it is 
ascertained definitely just how man}' of them are still living. Out 
of thirteen members of the Council, twentj^-six of the House, and 
eight employees, a total of fort^'-seven, I can not 3'et find out for 
certain that more than nine are now living. Of the Council, A. D. 
Jones and Samuel E. Rogers are in Omaha; H. P. Bennet is in 
Denver, and G. L. Miller, the chief clerk, is in Omaha. Of the 
House, A. J. Hanscom and A. J. Poppleton live in Omaha: Wil- 
liams Clancey, perhaps, in California; William Kempton in 
(xlenwood, Iowa, and William Maddox in Palls City. 

Some of the members died soon after the session, and the 
years between then and now are marked all along with the marble 
slabs erected to their memories. The many interested people who 
read this number of the Record can render great aid in gath- 
ering information about the families of members. I wish very 
much that information about members and their connections be 
sent in to the Historical society. The smallest things are of 
importance. Personal anecdotes, genealogies, photographs, etc. 

The following is the list of members, with the information so 
far as has been learned at t^^'e State Historical Society office: 

COUNCIL. 

Joseph L. Sharp, president, representing Richardson county 
as it was then; died in Tennessee. 

B. R. Folsom, Burt count}'; died in Tekamah. Widow lives 
in Los Angeles. Children were Henen Folsom Ferris. Niles R. 
Folsom, and Benjamin Folsom. 

J. C. Mitchell, Washington county; dead. 

M. H. Clark, Dodge county: died before 1860. 

T. G. Goodwill, Dauglas county: dead. 

A. D. Jones, Douglas county: living in Omaha. 

O. D. Richardson. Douglas county: dead. Son. Lyman 
•r Richardson, lives in Omaha. 



oi] THE PIONEER RECORD. 



Samuel E. Roy:ers. Douy-las county; lives in Omaha. 
Lafayette Nuckols. Cass county; died in Mills county 
Iowa, in 1S59. 

Henry Bradford. Pierce county; died in Colorado. 

Hiram P. Bennett, Pierce county; livin,^- in Denver. 

Charles H. Covvles, Pierce county; dead (IKj;]). 

Richard Brown. Forney county (now Nemaha); California. (V) 

OFFICERS OF COUNCIL. 

Ct. L. Miller, chief clerk; living" in Omaha. 

O. F. Lake, assistant clerk; dead. 

N. R. Folsom. door keeper; living;- iu Los An,<j;-eles. 

H.A. Lewis. ser<;-eant-at-anns; dead. 

HOUSE. 

Andrew J. Hanscom. Dou-ias county, speaker; liviui^r in 
Omaha. 

William N. Byers, Douu'las county; Denver. (?) 

William Clancey. Doui^-las county; California. (V) 

Fleminii: Davidson, Dous^das county; dead. 

Thomas Davis. DouyLas county, dead. 

Andrew J. Poppleton, Dou^ins county; livini^- in Omaha. 

Alfred D. Goyer, Dougdas county. (?) 

Robert B. Whitted, Doug-las county; dead. 

John B. Robertson, Burt county; dead. 

H. C. Purple. Burt county; dead. 

Anselin Arnold, Washington county; dead, {'f) 

Andrew J. Smith. Washing'ton county; dead. 

Eli R. Doyle. Dodg"e county: dead. 

J. W. Richardson, Dodg'e county; dead. 

John M. Latham, Cass county; dead. 

William Kempton, Cass county; living in Glenwood, Iowa. 

Joseph D. N. Thompson, Cass county; dead. 

Gideon Bennet, Pierce county, (now Otoe); dead 25 years. 

James H. Cowles, Pierce county; dead. 

Janips H. Decker, Pierce county; dead. 

William B. Hail, Pierce county; dead. Killed, Nebraska 
City, 1H93. 

Wilson M. Maddox. Pierce county; living- at Falls City. 

William A. Finney, Forney county: dead. Had been in 
Montana. (?) 

Joel M. Wood, Forney county: dead. (V) 

D. M. N. Johnston. Richardson county; really lived in 



THE PIONEER RECORD. 57 



Kansas; said to have been a preacher; Johnson county was 
named for him; left the Territor}' soon after the adiournment 
of the legislature. 

John A- Singleton, Richardson county. 

OFFICERS OF THE HOUSE. 

J. W. Paddock, chief clerk; dead. 
G. L. Eayre. assistant clerk. (?) 

Isaac L. Gibbs, seri,^eant-at-arms; removed to Washin,u"ton, 
D. C. ; died there. 

B. B. Thompson, doorkeeper; dead. 

Jay Amos Barrett. 
Librarian of Nebraska State Historical Society. 
Lincoln. May 5. 1^96. 

"Old Sellers' Cabin." 



The old settlers in the vicinity of Nebraska Citj^ have an as- 
sociation which meets each summer at Morton Park, adjacent to 
that place, in a cabin built of logs hewn from trees which the pi- 
oneers themselves planted. With them. '•Plant trees!" is a dec- 
alog-ue, in one command, for the g^uidance of all home-makers the 
world over. 

Among" the most fervid and enthusiastic of these "old set- 
tlers" is Mr. James Fitchie. now more than 80 years of age. He 
was present as the painter finished lettering" "Old Setlers" Cabin" 
upon that primitive domicile. Driving" up at that moment I re- 
marked; 

'•But Mr. Fitchie, in "Settlers' there should be two t"s and 
on the sig"n 3'ou have only one." 

With quick Irish wit he responded: 

•'But as more than half are dead, one t will do well enough," 
—J. Sterling Morton in Youth's Companion. April 30. 

When the City of Omaha was laid out in "oi, Florence, seven 
miles north, and Bellevue were -dangerous rivals. The former 
place is no more; the latter is aif unimportant village. 

Table Rock opened the first freighting road west and sent 
the first load of grain to Ft. Kearney. 



58 THE PIONEER RECORD. 



Nebraska Territorial Pioneers. 

This is an organisation for the purpose of registering those 
who came to, or were born in, Nebraska before Alarch i, 1867; 
also for the purpose of preserving historical data and personr\l 
reminiscence^. The officers receive no salary. 

Each member who is fully registered by or before August 
15, i8g6, i^uot later,) will receive a ticket of admission to the Ne- 
braska State Fair, and its amphitheatre and quar'.er-stretch, on 
Tuesday, September i, iSg6. At one o'clock that day there ^•ill 
be a reunion of the pioneers on the State Fair grounds. 

Herewith is an approximate list of members on March 31, 
1896, as complete as the present secretary has been able to obtain 
data. A list with fuller data will be published in a month or 
two. He should be advised of any errors in the present list, 
and as to data left blank. 

The fee for registering is fifty cents, which should be sent 
by draft, postal order, or express order; don't send currency, 
because it isn't safe; and don't send check, because it costs con- 
siderable to cash same. 

Cards for registering and further information may be 
obtained from the secretary. 

Robert W. Furnas, President, 

Brownville. 
Wm. R. Bowen, Secretary, 

1608 Capitol Ave., Omaha. 



THE PIONEER RECORD. 



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NEBRASKA TERRITORIAL PIONEERS, 

MARCH 31, 1896, 
ERRORS AND OMISSIONS EXCEPTED. 



KAME. 


PRESENT ADDRESS. 


DATE OF LOCATION 
IV NKBRASKA. 


Armstrong, George R., 


Omaha, 


Spring of*5 5 


Anderson, David, 


South Omaha, 


Apr. 5, '61 


Archer, :^.:ichael, 


Plattsmouth, 


Oct. 14, '56 


Arnold, Rice, 


Blair, 


Apr. 10, '54 


Artman, Willoughby R., 


We-t P')int, 


Apr. 27, '58 


Avery, Charles S., 


()m ...a, 


Feb. 10, '58 


i\very, Hiram K., 


..aha, 


Mar. -,'57 


Avery, ]\Irs. Martha, 


Omaha, 


Mar. -, '57 


Balcombe, Urban B., 


Omaha, 


Apr. I, '65 


Barnum, Guy C. 






Bauer, H. 






Beall, Rev. Byron, 


Lincoln, 


Sep. 15, '60 


Beard, Deles B., 


Omaha, 


Oct. 25, '63 


Bell, Airs. Lvdia E., 


Papillion, 


Sep. 4, '64 


Bell, Willi .::i A., 


Papillion, 


May 2, '56 


Bcntley, Mrs. M^ry A. 






Blake, Mrs. Ang e F., 


Tecumseh, 


Jun. 3, '57 


Blakely, Mrs. Alaggie C, 


Beatrice, 


May -, '60 


Blakely, Nathan, 


Beitrice, 


Jul. 17. '57 


Blakely, William. 


BL-atrice, 


Jul. 17, '57 


Bleick, Frank J., 


Benson, 


Sep. 1 1, '56 


Bleick, John, 


Benson, 


Sep. II, '56 


Bowen, Mrs. Annette, 


Blair, 


Jun. 6, "57 


Bowen, Miss Lucy A., 


Blair, 


Jun. 6, '57 


Bowen, William R., 


■ Omaha, 


Apr. 29, '57 


Boyd, James E., 


Omaha, 


Aug. 19, '56 


Brown, Tames J. 






Browr, W W. 






Brovvm, Lot., 


Chicago, 111., 


Apr. 5, '63 


Bryant, John, 


Elk City, 


Oct. 14, '55 


Bnrkley, Mrs. Theora. 






Burkley, Vincent. 






Burtch, Samuel F., 


Papillion, 


Jan. -, '55 


Buswell, :Mrs. Elizabeth, 


Concord, N. H., 


ab. May i, '66 


Buswell, Ezra M., 


Concord, N. H., 


ab. May i, '66 



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Campbell, David, 
Campbell, J M. or R. 

Carson, John L., 
Castor, Mrs. Mary A., 
Castor, Tobias, 
Chalfant, Mrs. John, 
Chase, Champion S., 
Chilcls, Charles, 
Clagctt, Isaac H., 
Clark, ^Irs. Almira. 
Clark, A ^I. 

Clark, Elias H., 
Clark, Mrs. Phebe A., 
Clarke, Augustus W., 
Clarke, Henry T., 
Clarke, Isaac D., 
Contral, Capt. Charles. 
Cook, Andrew, 
Cook, Harrison F. 
? Cooper, Harrison. 
Corey, Eliza F. 

Cox, ]\Irs. Rebecca, 
Cox, William W. 
Craig, J M. 

Crawford, George N., 
Crawford, James C, 
Cummins, Edgar T. 
Dailcy, Timothy. 
Dakin, Mrs. Julia W. 
Dakin, T D. 

Darling, Levi L., 
Davis, William R., 
Dennison, Thomas. 
Deuel, Charles L., 
Deuel, Mrs. Freelove J. M.^ 
Deuel, Harry P., 
Deuel, Mrs. ]\Iary L., 
Dobbs, Hugh J., 
Dodds, W J. 

Dort, Albert D., 
Dort, Cora, 



Auburn, 

Lincoln, 
Lincoln, 
Lincoln, 

Omaha, 

Johnson, 



Blair, 

Blair. 

Papillion, 

Omaha, 

P.ipiliion, 

Tecumseh, 





Apr. 


"13. 


'57 




Jun. 


9. 


'57 






-, 


'Ci 






-- 


'(•2 




Oct. 


10, 


'66 




Mar. 


15 


,'66 




Mar. 


10 


/55 




Apr. 


-^ 


'64 


ab 


. May 


'5 


. 't=; 




Apr. 


-, 


'64" 



May -, '58 



Seward, 


Feb. 28, '60 


Seward, 


Feb. 28, '60 


Deceased. 




West Point, 


Nov. -, '57 



Lyons, 


Feb. -, '67 


Seward, 


Apr. 23, '57 


Omaha, 


Mar. 4, '64 


Omaha, 


Mar. -, '60 


Omaha, 


Nov.-, '59 


Omaha, 


May 26, '65 


Beatrice, 


Mar. 13, '59 


Burchard, 


Nov. -, '65 


Burchard, 


Jan. I, '6$ 



THE PIONEER RECORD. 



61 



Dort, John C, 


Burchard, 


,'63 


Downs, Charles H. 


Omaha, 


Apr. 26, '54 


Dunham, Martin, 


Omaha, 


Oct. 31, '59 


E:cke, Henrv, 


Omaha, 


Sep. 4, '56 


Ellis, E L. 






Emery, Elias L., 


Omaha, 


Jun. 5, '62 


Emry, :Mrs. Mary E. 






Evans, John, 


Omaha, 


Apr. -,'55 


Ease, Henry J., 


Papillion, 


,'64 


Fitchie, Sa:r.uel D., 


. University Place, 


Oct. 10, '55 


Freeman, LIrs. Agnes S., 


Beatrice, 


Mar. 13, '65 


Freeman, Dr. Daniel, 


Bea.rice, 


Jul. 8, '62 


Frenzer, Mrs. Catharine, 


Omaha, 


Oct. -, '62 


Frenzer, Peter, 


Omaha, 


Sep. -, '56 


Furay, Mrs. Catharine M., 


Deceased, 


Dec. -, '66 


Furay, John B., 


Omaha, 


Sep. 3, '65 


Furnas, Arthur W., 
Furnas, Miss Celia H. 


Tampa, Fla., 


' r T' 


' 55 


Furnas, Fillmore T. 






Furnas, George G. 






Furnas, John S., 


Brownville, 


Apr. 3, '56 


Furnas, ;Mrs. Mary E., 


Brown ville, 


Apr. 6, '56 


Furnas, Miss Mollie. 






Furnas, Jr., Robert. 






Furnas, Robert W., 


Brownville, 


Apr. 6, '56 


Furnas, William E. 






Gaghagen, J>oseph T., 


Omaha, 


Apr. 19, '57 


Gardner, Jonathan F., 


Omaha, 


Sep. II, '65 


Gardner, William A., 


Omaha, 


Apr. 26, '66 


Gates, Amos, 


Gilmore, 


Jun. 15, '55 


Gelston, George W., 


Elk City, 


Sep. - '6o 


Gibson, Arthur, 


Fremont, 


Sep. -, '55 


Gibson, A A. 






Gibson, Henry, 


Los Gatos, Call., 


Aug.- '55 


Gilbert, Ira F., 


Fort Calhoun, 


May I, '61 


Gillespie, John, 


Lincoln, 


ab. Feb. 20, '59 


Gilmour, Mrs. Lucy E., 


Plattsmouth. 




Gilmour, William, 


Plattsmouth. 




Goll, William R., 


Fort Calhoun, 


Apr. 24, '63 


Goolsby, Alfred D., 


Verdon, 




' 34 


Gooman, ? Mrs. Sarah G. 







62 



THE PIONEER RECORD. 



Gramlich, Alois, 


Papillion, 


Jul. 2S, 


'55 


Grebe, Henry. 








Grebe, Louis, 


Omaha, 


Nov. G, 


•56 


Gregory, Mrs. E. Mary. 








Gregory, John S. 








Grenell, Edwin N., 


Fort Calhoun, 


Oct. 8, 


'56 


Griffin, Alfred C, 


Omaha, 


May 22 


, '60 


Griffin, ]\rss Mary P. 








Guy, George H., 


Omaha, 


Apr. -, 


'57 


Hamlin, John, 


Omaha, 


jun. I, 


55 


Harmon, Luther A., 


Omaha, 


Jul. -, 


'66 


Harmon, Mrs. Hannah M., 


Omaha, 


Mar. -. 


'58 


Hamster, ^Mrs. Amanda. 








H- • cr, David. 


* 






Harrison, William G., 


Blair. 






Hartman, Christian, 


Omaha, 


May -, 


'56 


Hartwell, John C, 


Clarks, 


May -, 


'62 


Hascall, Isaac S. 








Hawk, J C. 




' 




Hazlip, Miss Mary E., 


Blair. 






Haffley, Charles J., 


Lincoln. 






Hertzman, Dr. Jorome F., 


Omaha, 


Apr. I, 


'66 


Hilgencamp, Henry, 


Arlington, 


Apr. -, 


'61 


Hoile, J T. 








HoUaday, Andrew S, 








Hoover, William H., 


Lincoln, 


Jan. 24 


■'55 


Hoppe, William J., 


Falls City, 


Mar. -, 


'62 


Hudson, Henry J., 


Columbus, 


Apr. lo, '57 


Huff, Edward T., 


Lincoln, 


Jun. -, 


57 


Huff, Mrs. Emma E., 


Lincoln, 


May -, 


'56 


Hughes, William H. S. 








Hurd, Schuyler E., 


Blair, 


May 9, 


'66 


Ish, Mrs. Martha M., 


Omaha, 


Nov. 30, '60 


James, Miss Sarah A., 


Omaha, 


Jun. - 


,66 


Johnson, Julius B., 


Johnson. 






Johnson, William N., 


Omaha, 


Jul. -, 


'59 


Jones, Albin C, 


Blair, 


Jul. 6, 


'64 


Jones, Alfred D., 


Omaha, 


Nov. n 


;.'53 


Jones, Mrs. S 








Kay, Charles W. 








Kesterson, John C, 


Fairbury, 


May 2, 


'65 



THE PIONEER RECORD. 



63 



Keyes, Mrs. 






King, Jacob, 


Papillinn, 


Jul. 7, '56 


King, Mrs. Christine, 


PapiLion, 


Aug. I, '56 


Kosters, Henry A., 


Omaha, 


May 26, '56 


Kuony, J^hn B., 


Omaha, 


Dec. 16, '54 


Kuony, ]\Irs. Retina, 


Omaha, 


May 10, '55 


Laing, :\I:-s. Harriet J., 


Omaha, 


Apr. I, '56 


Laing, Rev. R )bert, 


Omaha, 


Sep. 9, '54 


Lamaster, Joseph E., 


Tecumseh, 


Jul. -, '59 


Langdon, j\Iartin, 


Omatia, 


Jun. 23, '57 


Lantry, Lemuel L., 


Blair, 


Jan. 25/67 


Lawton, William H., 


Omaha, 


Apr. -, '61 


Leeder, Edward, 


Omaha, 


Sprmg of '65 


Lehman, William. 






Lerieur, Louis, 


Papillion, 


Sep. 1 7, '66 


Len:ioff, L D. 






Levy, John H., 


Omaha, 


, '61 


Lewis, Eugene B., 


Omaha, 


Apr. -, '6^ 


Libbie, M L. 






Libbie, i:rs. M L. 






Lippincoti, T'lomas P., 


Blair, 




■■> i/ 


Loring, Dav'd i.., 


( )maha, 


Feb. -, '67 


"Loring, Mrs. Eliza J., 


Omaha, 


Jun. -, '56 


Loring, John W. 






Mac]\Iurphy, John A., 


Beatrice, 


Apr.-, '57 


MacMurphy, Mrs. Harriet S. 


, Beatrice, 


May -, '63 


Maddox, Mrs. Margaret A., 


Falls City, 


Mar. 20, "55 


Maddox, Wilson M., 


Falls City, 


Apr. 7, '54 


Mark, William H., 


Verdon, 


Apr. 19, '59 


Markel, Jacob E., 


Omaha, 


Jul. 7, '66 


Marquette, T M., 


Deceased. 




Marsh, Mrs. Sally A. 






Marsh, William W., 


Omaha, 


Feb. -, '56 


Martin, James M , 


Richfield, 


Jul. 6. '55 


Martin, Mrs. Mary E., 


Richfield, 


May 4, '57? 


Marton, Charles. 






May field, C G. 






McArdle, John C, 


Omaha, 


Oct. 16, '62 


McArdle, Patrick, 


Omaha, 


May 21, '55 


McAusland, Mrs. 






McCarty, Patrick C, 


Fort Calhoun, 




. 55 



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McComas, Mrs. Mary A. 
McConiga, Stewart, 
McCoy, Alonzo A., 
McCreery, William H., 
McGavrock, Alexander, 
McKenney, Wilbur W., 
McKesson, J C. F. 

McKesson, S F. M. 

McKesson, Mrs. S W. 

McLain, James J., 
McLain, Kerzie. 

McLain, Mrs. Mary E., 
McLaughlin, David H., 
McLaughlin, Kerzie, 

McMaken, Henry C, 
McMaken, Edward M. 
McMaken, Joseph H., 
McMullen, I. Walter, 
Megeath, James G., 
Megeath, Mrs. Virginia C, 
Minnick, Mrs. Alice A. 
Moore, James W., 
Morgan, Francis C, 
Morris, John H. 
Morrison, Morris, 
Morton, J. Sterling, 
Mount, David T., 
Mount, Mrs. Elizabeth A., 
Mudge, William. 
Murphy, P B. 

Murray, Joshua. 
Myers, H B. 

Neale, David. 
Neligh, John D. 
Newell, John W. 
North, James E., 
North, Mrs. Nellie A., 
Overman, James H., 
Palmer, Henry E., 
Patrick, Frank G., 
Patrick, Mrs. Sarah O., 



Lincoln, 

Dead wood, S. D., 

Lincoln, 

Blair, 



Jun. I, '57 
Jan. -, '55 
Mar. 2o, '6 1 

Oct. 6, '66 



Omaha, 


Apr. 28, 


'57 


Omaha, 


Apr. 28, 


'57 


Brown ville. 


Mar. 29, 


'57 


Brownville, 


Jul. 10, 


'57 


Plattsmouth, 


May 22, 


'57 


Piatt smouth, 


Dec. II, 


'66 


Fonienelle, 


Jun. 13, 


'64 


Omaha, 




'54 


Omaha, 


, ' 


'54 



AVashington, D. C, May 19, '57 
Omaha, Jan. 10, '65 



Omaha, 

Nebraska City, 
Omaha, 
Omaha, 



ab. Aug. 30, '66 
Nov. 13, '54 
May 27, '63 
Sep. 10, '57 



Blair, 


May -, '57 


Omaha, 


Aug.- '55 


Deceased, 


, '57 


Stella, 


Sep. -, '58 


Omaha,. 


Mar. 30, '6( 


Omaha, 


May 7, '56 


Omaha, 


May 7 '56 



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65 



Patterson, James M., 
Patterson, Silas C, 
Paxton, William A., 
P. ck, Dr George W., 
Pel o, Thomas C. 
Pflu-;. J ).ep'i S, 
Phalen. Ce vg;c. E. 
Phebus, Jo.sep'i S., 
Plummer, Eli, 
Po^ack, Alexander, 
Pray, David E. 
Pray, G R. 

Pr :y, John W. 
Puis, Charles H. 
Ouinlin, Patrick, 
Quinton, Mrs. Eliza B., 
Rathman, Chri-^iian, 
Rathman, George D., 
Rathman, John, 
Rer.ner, Dr. Fred. 
Renner, Jr., Fred, 
Reese, Mrs. Eva C, 
Reeves, Preston L., 
Richter, Henry, 
Riley, John C, 
Risdon, Marcellus R., 
Rising, Anson, 
Robbins, William H., 
Rogers, Mrs. Anna J. R. 
Rogers, William C. 
Rohwer. George, 
Rorrr, H J., 

Sahlcr, John H., 
vSchilds, Louis. 
Seiver, Mrs. Louisa. 
Scld^n, Perry, 
Selle k, Charles, 
Sexauer, Wil'.iam, 
Sharp, i\Irs. Amanda J. 
Sharp, Joseph G., 
Sheldon, Lawson. 



P'attsrr.outh, 
Soutli Bend, 
Omaha, 
Omaha, 

Papdlion, 

Beaver City, 

Lincoln, 

Omaha, 



Mar. 14, '61 
Feb. 7, "65 
Jan. 14. '57 

Jul. 4, '57 

Dec. 4, '63 

May 17, '56 
M:.r. 15, '63 
Mar. -., '66 



Blair, 


Apr. 16, '66 


Avoca, 


Aug.- '57 


Blair, 


May 19, '57 


Blair, 


Jul. 12, '62 


Grand Lsland, 


Jun. 6, '60 


Hastings, 


Jul. 4< '60 


North Platte, 


Jan. 2, '63 


Omaha, 


Jan. 16, '55 


Blair 


Dec. 23, '67, 


Omaha, 


Feb. 23. '62 


Omaha, 


Apr. I, '66 


Lin oln, 


Jan. I, '62 


Beatrice, 




Spr ngfield. 




Fort Calhoun, 


Jul. 13, '61 


Blair, 


May 19, '57 


Deceased. 




Blair, 


Nov.-, '54 


Blair, 


Sep. 10, '56 


Ankeny, Iowa. 


Sep. -, '59 


Normal, 


Apr. 17, '65 


Normal, 


.'55? 



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Sheldon, Mrs. Louisa. 
Shera, Joseph, 
Shryock, Edith. 

Shryock, Mrs. Rachael A., 
Shryock, Mrs. T W. 

Shryock, Thomas W., 
Shryock, William B. 
Shull, Daniel W., 
Shull, Henry D. 
Shull, Mrs. Maggie, 
Simmons, A W. 

Slaughter, Bradner D., 
Smith, George 
Smith, W H. 

Snowden, Will .am P. 
Sprague, Chester B., 
Stadelmann, William, 
Stephenson, Steven C, 
Sterns, C M. 

Sterns, W P. 

Stewart, Grant, 
Stewart, James H., 
St. Guyer. D. 
Stiles, Mrs. Ida M., 
Slollev, William, 
Stowe 1, W H., 

Sutton, William, 
Swaim, E P. 

Swobe, Mrs. Alzina, 
Swobe, Thomas, 
Taylor, Joseph H., 
Tebbens, John H., 
Teff:, A:r.os, 
Tefft, Mrs. Elizz e H., 
Tefft, Orkaico, 
Timme, H C. 

Tov.le, Albert L, 
Townsend, Alice. 

Townsend, Oliver, 
Treacy, IM's. Mary, 
Tucker, C harles A. 



Ro:k Bluff, 


Jun. I, '64 


Louisville, 


May 30, '64 


Louisville, 


May 30, '64 


Omaha, 


Jun. I, '57 


Omaha, 


JuL 16, '56 


Lincoln, 


Feb. -, '6s 


Omaha,- 


May 10, '56 


Blair, 


Mar. I, '66 


Omaha, 


Jun. 8, '54 


Falls City, 


Dec. 28, '62 


Blair, 


Feb. 14, '64 


Blair, 


Jul. II, '57 


Omaha, 


Apr. 5, '61 


Grand Island. 


Juk II, '57 


Beatrice, 


Honorary 


Table Rock, 


.Apr. -, '66 


Omaha, 


Oct. -, '61 


Omaha, 


Aug. 16, "66 


Omaha, 


Oct. 15, '66 


Omaha, 


Aug. -, '66 


Avoca, 


May -, '57 


A\ . ca, 




■♦3 3 


Avoca, 


Sep. 15, '57 


Niobrara, 


Oct. 2, "66 


Beatrice, 


Oct. 10, '57 


Omaha, 


Jan. 18, '58 



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67 



Tucker, Lettice G. 






Tucker, Luther G. or T. or Y 






Tucker, Mrs. N or M T 






Tyson, Watson, 


Blair, 


Oct. 8, '64 


Valentine, Edward K., 


West Point, 


Mar. I, '66 


Valentine, Mrs. Frances A. 






Vallery, Sr., Jacob. 






VanCamp, Dr. Ira, 


Omaha, 


Sep. 19, '62 


Vanderventer, Morgan H., 


Stella, 


May 4, '59 


VanDeusen, Henry, 


Omaha, 


Apr. 15, '57 


VanNostrand, James W., 


Omaha, 


Apr. 19, '57 


Vaug-han, James D., 


Fort Calhoun, 


May -, '66 


Walker. Charles H. 






Walker, Edwin H., 


Florence, 


Jun. 15, '6^ 


Warner, Moses M., 


Lvons, 


May 17, '57 


Warrick, Samuel, 


Biair, 


Apr' 15, '57 


Watson, Will W. 






Weebcr, Mrs. Mollie. 






Wheeler, ?Jrs. ChariOtte A., 


Omaha, 


Jul. 21, '57 


Wheeler, Daniel H., 


Omaha, 


Jun. 15, '56 


Wheeler, Jr., Daniel H., 


Omaha, 


Apr. -, '61 


While, F S. . 






Wilbur, Mrs. Abby C, 


Omaha, 


May -, '60 


AVilcox, Newel R., 


Omaha, 


Jun. 6, '56 


Wilcox, W P. 






Wilde, Charles F. 






Wilki-S'>n, Thomas, 


Blair, 


Jul. 26, '66 


Williams, William L., 


Papillion, 


Sep. 23, '65 


Wilson, W A. 






Wdson,' William. W., 


Lincoln, 


Jun. -, '57 


Wiltse, Chauncey, 


Dciceased. 




Windha-.n, Rob rt B., 


Plattsmouth, 


, '67 


Wm-h:p, Jimes M, 


Omaha, 


Sep. 10, '57 


Wisem-.n, James F., 


Blair, 


Apr. -, '56 


AVoodworth, C 






Wortendyke, Mrs. E J. 






Wortendyke, Henry. 






Wright, J S. 






Wright, Silas, 


Omaha, 


May 10, '61 


Yates, George C , 


Omaha, 


Dec. 25, '6[ 


Yos;, Absalcm N., 


Omaha, 


Jul. 2;, '55 



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Published Quarterly. 



AUGUST. NOVEMBER. FEBRUARY AND M.AY. 



MRS. C. R. STOWELL. 
STOWEL & KENT, 



Editor. 
Publishers. 



Entered at the Auburn postofflce iis second- 
class mail matter. 

Address all com.munications to Thi; Pionekr 
Kkcohd. Auburn Nebraska. 



Subscription, 25 Cents Per Year. 

The Old Settler's association, of Otce 
county will hold its annual picnic at 
Morton's park, Nebi-aska City. Thurs- 
day. .June 18. 



Old settlers, do not forget that .Sep- 
tember 1st. lS9(i, is Pioneer Day ; t 
the state fair and attend in full foi-c-. 
A special program for the day will be 
l)re))ared. 

We wish subscribers who make use 
of the return cai'ds which are sent out 
would be more careful to sign their 
name to the card. We now have one 
that was returned from Salem, but as 
no name was signed are unable lo 
give it proper credit. A IIecord wiil 
be promptly foi-warded as soon as we 
learn to whom it should be sent. 



.1 W03fAN\S OPINION OF THE 
EARLY TIMES. 

The following communication from 
I Mrs. Polly Wamsley of Falls City. 
shows the bright side of an old set- 
tlers life. 

Dear Editor: — There has been so 
much said about hard times in settling 
Nebraska that I would like to say a 
few words to show that life in those 
days had its bright side. It seems to 
me the years from "57 to ■()2 were the 
happiest ones of my life. All were 
neighbors then and were able and will- 
ing to work, the earth yielded ]>lenty 
and family ties were unbroken. Then 
the war came on and broke up many 
families, our children grew up. mar- 
ried and left the parents r )of for 
homes of their own. Now we old set- 
tlers are scattered over the world, are 
growing old and are sometimes a little 
lonesome. Many of our loved ones 
are buried in unicnown graves, but 
we who are left can look forward to 
the rest that conies to the faithful. 

P. W. 



A. D. .Tones of Omaha, whose arti- 
cle on the tii-st survey of Omaha ap- j 
pears in this number, is a man whose 
history has been closely connected ! 
with that of the city of which he was 
one of the founders. He was one of 
the prime movers in many of the ear- 
ly measures to advance the interests 
of Omaha. He was toe first postmas- 
ter, and later, held the first of a num- 
ber of official positions under the city 
charter. He is today the only one ' 
living of the three who crossed the 
Big Muddy to take a claim and al- ; 
though 82 years of age and suffering ! 
fi'om partial blindness he sends us an 
article interesting in reminiscence and 
valuable foi- its historical facts. i 



Tiie Pioneer c3lebration at Sutton 
was held February 23. The early set- 
tlers wore badges bearing the words, 
'•Pioneers of 1869-71, February 22. 
1S9H, aftei- 25 years."" A 'lunch was 
followed by a program at which Mrs. 
H. E. Evans, the first white woman in 
the precinct, presided. Hereafter an- 
nual pioneer meetings will" be held 
February 22. 



Secretary, .J. A. Barrett of Lincoln, 
is making an effoi't to organize a 
Lancaster county historical society, 
whose object shall be to collect facts 
concerning the early history of the 
county and particularly of the city of 
Lincoln. 

"Old times are best. — what sun- 
beams play amid the flowers of yester- 
day." — Clarence Urmy in Munsey's 
^Magazine. 



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:herea^)there| 

The old ytittlcrs ;l^s^sue•ULli()ll uf Lan- 
caster county will hold their annual 
reunion and picnic June 10. 



liii^hest authority on all mattei's per- 
laiiiiiij^- to the early history of Grant 
and i^-rkins county. — Wooly West. 



The first Presbyterian church of i 
Wahoo was organized in .laiuiary' 
1.S74 by N. C. Robinson, of Nol)raska 
City. — Wahoo Wasp. I 

• William Huse, editor of the Ponca t 
.Journal has written a history of Di.x- [ 
on county that is regarded as a well I 
written and valuable work. 

I 

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crook who have | 
lived near Falls City since "54 cele- 
brated their golden wedding February 
iJ.Sth. Four generations were i-epre- 
sented at the banquet table. 



The Pioneer society, of liichardson 
county will hold their annual reunion 
at Verdon on August 19 and 20. Father 
Fitzgerald, of Auburn, is to deliver an 
address on the 19th, and the program 
foi' the 20th is to be made uj:) by per- 
sons born in Ric;hardst)n county. 



The County Fair association, of 
Nemaha county h;i.ve taken steps to- 
wards permanent headquarters for Ne- 
maha county pioneers. The fair associa- 
tion proposes to build a loj> cabin on the 
fair grounds, the logs to be furnished 
by the pioneers and in this cabin are 
to be ke])t relics of the early days. 



On February 1st the old settlers of 
^'(M•k organized an old settlers asso- 
<-i;i,li()ii ;iii(l started out vvitli a niem- 
liersliip of 5J. Only those who have 
been residents of the county for 20 
years may join the association. Ex- 
Senator J. P. Miller was elected pres- 
ident; N. A. Dean, vice-president; E. 
A. Butterlield, secretary: N. Johnson, 
treasui-er and L. D. Stilson, W. E. 
Dayton and Judge Edward Bates 
were chosen a committee to collect 
facts pertaining to the history of the 
county. 



The editor of the Wooly now enjoy!-; 
the proud distinction of being the old- 
est inhabitant of the town of Grant. 
We do not mean the oldest man in the 
town, but the man who has lived in 
tlie town the greatest number of years. 
But three others are left who lived 
here before the town wa» nioved — D. 
J. rink. C. P. Logan and J. A. Phil- 
li|)s, all of whom came about the same 
time. The lour named are now the 



From a January issue of the Lin- 
coln State Journal we clip the follow- 
ing story of the late Governor Butler: 
Driving from Pawnee City to Omaha 
to attend the legislature of 18()(') and 
to be sworn in as governcn- with two 
members of the legislature from his 
county, the governer met a cattle deal 
er on the prairie, who owed him a tri- 
fle of $8,000, and stopped his team to 
pay him then and there in $1,000 bills. 
The governor remarked that he had 
better divide the money among the 
party so that if one was robbed there 
would still be enough to get home on, 
and he handed a bill to each of his 
fellow travelers and thrust the bal- 
ance into his vest pocket, 

Tlie uioi'uing after his arrival at the 
old Uerndon house at breakfast, the 
governor suddenly exclaimed, "There, 
I left that vest with the money in 
hanging on a chair. Wonder if the 
chamber maid will find itV But every 
body was honest those days and the 
governor lost nothing. 



Wanted-An Idea 



Wlio can think 
of .some simple 
tliiiiy to patent? 
they may lirtntj; you weullli 



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THE FIEST TE RRITOIUAL LEG- 
ISLATURE, 1S55. 

It will be a matter of general inter- 
est to the people of the state that the 
next annual meeting of the State His- 
torical Society, occur ing next Janu- 
ary will be devoted to reminiscences 
of the lirst tcri-itorial legislature of 
Nebraska. It is very desirable not 
only to have all surviving members 
present at that meeting but to collect 
in the mean time all possible data 
with reference to all the members and 
the acts of that body. It will be a 
great help if those who can, will send 
to the society photos and pictures of 
the members antl any papers, letters, 
manuscripts or books rehiting to 
them. Some members are living in 
other states and it may possibly take 
sometime to find them. Information 
relating to such will be thankfully re- 
ceived. The following is a list of the 
members ami officers as tliey were 
then apportioned: 

Council. J. L. Sluiri). Richard- 
son county; B. it. i*V)lsom, Burt; J. 
C. Mitchell, Washington: M. H. 
Clark, Dodge; T. C. CJoodwiU, A. D. 
-Jones, O. D. Ilichardson, S. E. Rog- 
ers, Douglas; Luke Nuckolls, Cass; 
A. H. Bradford, H. P. Bennett, C. H. 
Cowles, Pierce; Richard Brown. For- 
ney. Officers, G. L. Miller, chief 
clerk; O. F. Lake, assistant clerk; S. 
A. Lewis, Sergeant at arms; N. R. 
Folsom, doorkeepei'. 

House. A. J. Hanscom, W. N. 
Byers, William Clancey, F. David- 
son, Thomas Dauis, A. D. Goyei-, A. 
J. Poppleton, Robert Whitted, Doug- 
las; J. B. Robertson, H. C. Purple, 
Burt; A. Archer, A. J. Smith, Wash- 
ington; E. R. Doyle. J. W. Richard- 
son, Dodger; J. M. Latham, William 
Kemptun, J. D. H. Thompson, Cass: 
G. Bennett, J. H. Cowles, J. H. Deck- 
er, W. H. Hail, William Maddox, 
I'ierce county; W. A. Finnt^y, J. M. 
Wood, Forney: D. M. Johnson, J. A, 



Singleton, Richardson. Officers, J. 
W. Paddock, chief clerk: G. E. Eayre. 
assistant clerk: J. L. (ubbs, sergeant 
at arms; B. B. Tlionipsdii, dooi'- 
keepcr. Communications may be ad- 
dressed to the Librarian of the State 
Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebr. 
Jay Amos Bakrett. 

THE HALF BliEED TRACT. 

The boundaries of this land were as 
follows: Beginning at the mouth of 
the great Nemaha and extending west 
along that stream to the mouth of the 
Muddy, thence west about 10 miles, 
and from the mouth of the Little Ne- 
maha in Nemaha county west 10 miles 
and from the two points this made viz; 
10 iniles. West of the mouth of the 
Muddy and Little Nemaha rivtu-s a 
line was drawn connecting these two 
points, running northwest and soutli- 
east about 10 miles west of the Mis- 
souri river. The people foi- whom 
provision was thus made were a mix- 
ture of French and Indian blood and 
their names were given to several lit- 
tle towns along the Missouri river 
within this tract. 

This land was purchased fi'om the 
United States in 1861 by the following 
tliirteen persons: 

A. Barada, Goulel. Mike Manett. 
Douville, Frank Carrion, John De^ 
roin, Joe Deroin, Barnaba, Soudeaur, 
Steve Story. Charles Rulo, Piquot 
Jule and Robideau.x. 



Through the kindness of S. B. 
Robst of Humboldt, we have been en- 
abled to give our readers several 
facts concerning the early history of 
I'awnee county that were gleaned from 
Edwards centennial history of that 
countv. 



The lirst sermon preached in Paw- 
nee county was by Rev. David Hart, 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, at 
the reoidence of Henry Shellhorn. 



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I HECRObOGY. I 

Mks. A]ATirj)A D. Noiavooi) died 
at Nelson, Nuckolls comity, Febriuii-y 
22. ajied 80 ycai-s. She Was boi'ii in 
Noi'th Carolina in 1815 and was mai'- 
ried in that state in 1S:{4 to Nathaniel 
Nor\vf)od. Th(! eouiile soon moved to 
Indiana, whffi' they lived till- 'i'hi, 
then niov(>d to Iowa, and in ISTS locat- 
ed in Nuckolls county. Neb. Her de- 
cendents number 110. Eleven chil- 
dren, ."M g-randchildi-en and ','A g-rea,t 
grand children. IL'r husband with 
whom sill? had lived for (i2 yeai's is 
still livini*-. 



in buildiny the Wesleyan University 
and in the sales of land at University 
Place. Ag-ain suffering financial re- 
verses he moved to Utah, where he- 
died. He leaves a widow and one son, 
Daniel Cropsey of Fairbury, Neb. 



George Grker dknl at his home at 
Benedict, York county, February 15, 
1896 at the advanced age of 97 years 
9 months and 1(> days. He was born 
near Baltimore, Md. He afterward 
lived in West Virginia, then in Ohio 
and from there moved to York county 
this state in 1874. He was one year 
and eight months old when Washing- 
ton died and could go over the history 
of the presidents from the time of 
.James Monroe's administration. He 
was a republican in politics and in 
religious faith a Presbyterian. 



Mrs. SAliAH (tILLESPIe died at her 
home in Lincoln. May r)th aged (12 
years. She was born in Worcester, 

' Mass., and was mai-ried to .John Gil- 

I lespie in 1860. They lived for some 
time in Nemaha county Nebr. When 
the war broke out Mr. Gillespie en- 
listed in the First Nebraska regiment 
and his wife accompanied him to the 

i field. Ho was one of the commission- 
ers to lay out the city of Lincoln for 
a state capital, consequently the fam- 
ily was one of the first to locate in 

i that place. Mrs. Gillespie has for a 
number of years hexm an active and 
appreciated member of the Woman's 
Relief Corps. 



Col. a. J. Cropsey, who recently 
died at Ogden, Utah, was one of the 
first residents of the city of I^^incoln. 
He lived for some time in a frame 
house on the site now oecu])ied by 
Hyatt's livery stable. He afterward 
built an expensive mansion south of 
the capitol square. He was one of 
the prime movc^rs in the impeachment 
prtM'eedings against Governor But- 
ler. In 1870 he was elected to the sen- 
ate. The panic of '73 so crippled him 
financially that he was led to move to 
Texas, where he lived for several 
years when he again i-eturned to Lin- 
coln. He bacame greatly interested 



Died.— At his home in T^ondon pre- 
cinct on Friday May 8, 1866, of dia- 
Vjetes, George S. McGrew, aged 58 
years 2 months and 3 days. 

George Sisson McGrew was born in 
Westraoorland county Pa., March 5, 
1838. He worked on his fathers farm 
farm and at carpentry in his early 
manhood and was an active member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church a,t 
West Newton. With an elder brother 
he was among the first to.respond to the 
call for troops enlisting in the 105th 
Pennsylvania volunteers. George was 
cai>tured before Richmond and taken 
j to Libby prison and after a few months 
I was transferred to Andersonville. In 
jSTO he came to Nernaha county, whei-e 
! hcli;i,s sine- i-.'sided. He taught school 
for -i\cr;il terms, and has been en- 
gai^vd ill la.rming and stock raising. 
j On Alaicii 21, 1872, he was married to 
I Martha I Very. There were six child- 
i ren, [\ve of whom are living and were 
i with him in his last hours. In 1876 he 
j united with the Methodist Protestant 
! church at London, was stewart, trus- 
' tee and secretary of the conference. 



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Publisher's Announcements. j 

A S announced elsewhere, beginnin*^- with this number The 
^^^~^ Pioneer Record will hereafter be used by the State His- 
^torical Society to publish its proceeding's and many of the papers 
that come into its possession that they are unable to jDublish in 
the bound volumes. By the use of the Record the society hopes 
'to aM'aken more interest in historical matters through the state. 
By the use of the matter furnished by the Historical society 
the publishers hope to make The Pioneer Record of interest to 
all parts of the state alike. Heretofore it has of necessity been 
toore or less local in its contents. 

N0TTt3E: — Each member of the Territorial Pioneer Association 
who is fully reg-istered by or before August 15, 189G (not later), 
will be sent a ticket of admission to the Nebraska State Fair, 
and its amphitheater and quarter stretch on Tuesday, September 
1, 189G. At ] o'clock that day there will be a reunion of the pi- 
oneers on the State Pair grounds, 

We wish to call especial attention to the communication of 
Librarian Barrett, that appears in another column. Hereafter 
all persons interested in either the State Historical Society or 
the Territorial Pioneer Association may be sure of getting well 
authorized news concerning their organizations in the Record. 

Volume Three:— With this number Vol. 3 of The Pioneer 
Record closes. It was started to advertise a local pioneer pic- 
nic and stir up an interest in pioneer matters in Richardson 
county. It has succeeded so well tliat Richardson county now 
has three old settlers and pioneer societies and these kind of as- 
sociations are becoming popular all over the slate. It has con- 
stantly grown in favor with the pioneers since the first number 
was printed and we close Vol. 3 with the endorsement of the Ter- 
ritorial Pioneers and the State Historical Society. 

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