AND RECORD OF PIONEER DAYS
Published Monthly by the Nebraska State Historical Society
Editor, ADDISON E. SHELDON
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16, 1894, at Lincoln, Nebraska, April 2, 1918.
Twenty below, and I hear the wind roaring,
Where drifts were piled high. green grass will be
January, 1918. - S. C. B.
The poet's zeal is dead and gone,
No longer burns poetic fire,
No longer thoughts blaze forth in rhyme
To soft accompaniment of lyre.
Strangled at birth by cold neglect,
Suffering the pangs of cruel scorn;
'Twould sure have been a kinder fate,
Better never to have been born.
- S. C. B.
HISTORICAL MATERIAL IN NEMAHA COUNTY
KEEPING THE PIONEERS WITH US
JOHN BROWN'S VISITS TO NEBRASKA
Forty years ago the name "J. Brown" carved high up on one of the historic rocks near Table Rock was pointed out as the autograph of John Brown, of Osawatomie. Brown frequently crossed the southeast corner of Nebraska from Tabor, Iowa, which was then a center of anti-slavery agitation on the underground railroad. Dan Cole, of Peru, still tells the story or seeing Brown at Squire Kennedy's house just west of Brownville early in 1859. In volume II of the Nebraska State Historical Society's reports Mr. A. R. Keim has an article upon John Brown's travels in Nebraska with particular references to his headquarters in Falls City and relates the story of his discussion with Wilson M. Maddox, one of the noted Richardson county pioneers, of plans for his Harper's Ferry campaign to free the slaves.
The Nebraska City News of Feb. 12, 1859, contains a fierce and lurid denunciation of Brown in these words:
"John Brown, Captain John Brown, old John Brown of Osawatomie .... passed through this city late last Friday eveniing [sic] at the head of a herd of stolen niggers taken from southern Missouri, accompanied with a gang of horse thieves of the most desperate character. They had a large number of stolen horses in their possession - two or which were taken and are now held by the deputy sheriff of this county.
"There is an appropriateness and fitness in nigger stealers being associated with horse thieves that the rankest black republican cannot fall to appreciate."
The Historical Society will be glad to receive any accounts or traditions of John Brown in Nebraska in addition to the above.
AN OLD BEATRICE NEWSPAPER
A copy of the Blue Valley Record, published at Beatrice by Howard & Nelson, and dated November 11, 1868, bears evidence of having followed the U. S. land office to the Gage county town. Most, of the advertisements in its columns are by Brownville and Nebraska City business men. Only about a dozen small news items appear in the paper. One records the marriage of Nathan Blakely and Maggie C. Tinkham.
The Gage county officers are listed as follows: representative, Oliver Townsend; probate judge, H. M. Reynolds: treasurer, Albert Towle; clerk, 0. Townsend; sheriff, L. P. Chandler; surveyor, A. J. Pethoud; coroner, Dan Freeman; commissioners, H. P. Freeman, William Ticknor, H. M. Wickham; constable, T. J. Chesney.
Mails are advertised to arrive from Falls City and Nebraska City three times a week. Another line arrived from Marysville, Kan., three days each week, while the Plattsmouth mail came in by way of Lincoln on Wednesdays at noon and started back at one o'clock the same day. There was a mail once a week to Big Sandy. Albert Towle was postmaster.
The editorial colum [sic] of the Record is devoted to a boost for the future greatness of Beatrice. It tells of rapid building, of water power, and of wonderful soil. The article concludes: "We have already the Land Office - will soon have a Church and a Court House, and we trust 'that in less than twelve months projected lines of Railway may penetrate our country both from the north and east, so as when completed to make Beatrice one of the Railroad centers of Nebraska."
NEBRASKA PATRIOTS AND THE CIVIL WAR
Benjamin Rogers, liveryman, Brownville..
John August, teamster, Brownville.
A. G. Gates, mason, Brownville.
David Bell, farmer, Nemaha county.
N. Blakeley, farmer, Beatrice.
J. H. Morrison, butcher. Brownville.
Wm. Hackney, freighter, Brownville.
Wm. Blakely, clerk, Brownville.
James Medford, carpenter, Brownville.
S. L. Swan. clerk, Brownville.
John L. Scott, soldier, U. S. A.
Jonas Drury, carpenter, Brownville.
Fred W. Britmeyer, shoemaker, Brownville.
Evan Worthing, saloon keeper, Brownville.
R. I. Whitney, government contractor, Brownville.
A. G. White, minister, Brownville.
F. M. Paulin, justice of peace, Aspinwall.
W. Grant, shoemaker, Brownville.
Theodore Hill, merchant, Brownville.
Joshua Rogers, teamster, Brownville.
D. H. McLaughlin, miller, Brownville.
G. C. Thomson, Brownville.
John. McPherson, physician, Brownville.
H. H. Dobbins, minister, Brownville.
Wesley Penny, farmer, Brownville.
James Berry. merchant, Brownville.
J. H. Crow, freighter, Brownville.
H. H. Marsh. deputy postmaster, Brownville.
Frederick August, laborer, Brownville.
John H. Mean, soldier, U. S. A.
C. P. Richardson. soldier, U. S. A.
S. F. Cooper, soldier, U. S. A.
Alex Robinson. shoemaker, Brownville.
David Gwin. physician, Brownville.
Peter Smith. laborer, Brownville.
Fred I. West, laborer, Brownville.
John V. Denser, tinner, Brownville.
Chas. Denser, tinner, Brownville.
George Denser, tinner, Brownville.
Phillip Denser, tobacconist, Brownville.
H. H. Dye. saddler. Brownville.
James R. Dye, carpenter, Brownville.
John W. Middleton. saddler, Brownville.
J. L. Columbia, soldier, U. S. A.
J. W. Bliss, soldier, U. S.
B. F. Lushbaugh, Pawnee Indian agent.
T. G. Jamison, clerk, Brownville.
R. F. Barrett, register. U. S. land office.
Lewis Hill, soldier, U. S. A.
J. L. Roy, soldier, U. S. A.
Chas. Haywood, farmer. Pawnee county.
S. W. Kennedy. farmer, Nemaha county.
S. L. Collins, minister, Nemaha county.
Daniel Peony, farmer, Nemaha county.
Henry Gilchrist, farmer, Nemaha county.
George Wheeler, farmer, Nemaha county.
David Gilchrist, farmer, Nemaha county.
John A. Small, liveryman, Brownville.
Timothy McLaughlin, laborer, Brownville.
Albert Mead, gunsmith, Brownville.
Wm. Amsbary, minister M. E. church.
T. Manholl, minister M. E. . church.
J. M. McKenzie. minister M. E. church.
Hiram Burch, minister, M. E. church.
Jno. B. Maxfield, minister M. E. church.
H. Hackney, Brownville.
Wm. T. Den, merchant, Brownville.
Rob't. Morrison, hotel keeper, Brownville.
George Clark, farmer, Nemaha county.
Enoch Clark, farmer, Nemaha county.
T. S. Ward, farmer, Nemaha county.
James Entwistle, farmer, Nemaha county.
Andrew Stevens, farmer, Nemaha county.
Wm. Bell, farmer, Nemaha county.
Isaac Range, farmer, Nemaha county.
A. Sherfy, sexton, Brownville.
Jesse John, justice of peace, Brownville.
J. W. Hollingshead, farmer, Pawnee county.
Wm. Hanley, farmer, Nemaha county.
E. Phillips, Calvin E. Phippenny, George Reane, T. H. Ausden, H. P. Manning, W. R. Leach, Gibbard Watts, Samuel Callen, W. H. Kendall, George Sapp, J. K. Chamberlain, J. L. Fort, Joseph Hamilton, John Collins, T. N. Sanders, John Beard. George Thompson, Wm. M. Hannaford, Thomas Collins, C. P. Ware, George Hughes, Joseph Saulsey, J. Q. A. Smith, Win. Foliat, John H. R. Drury, A. Dodd. Benjamin Chapman, Joseph Schutz, Wm. Thorn, Riley Kelly. J. .J. Leach, John Crine, W. B. Phillips, Allen Phillips, Wm. Zook, J. R. Brockman, Chas. Helman, Jacob B. Berkley, W. J. Rains, Jesse Rains, A. Borsh, Louis Waldter, Wm. Rossell, W. S. Hughes, Phillip Huffman. Peter Zook, W. W. Smith, Samuel Snyder, N. Thorp. John Chapman, R. R. Smith, J. F. Neal, R. W. Frame, T. M. Green. R. A. Stewart, Samuel Petit, Joseph Foster, James G. Melvin, George L. Turner, Daniel Butler, Wyman Kent, Samuel Skaats, W. G. Glasigow, Seymour Tomlinson, John Ashley, George Ashley, Wm. Bagley, Levi T. Knox, Francis Redfern, John Brown, Samuel Wagstaff, Johnathan Higgins, James McLure, H. T. G. Krupfer, George F. Bixby, J. L. McGee, H. S. Hill, W. W. Hill, Richard Buckan, John A. Kelso, Thomas Arnold, Thomas Murray, Goldsberry Pavy, Jeremiah Stringham, Stephen Groesbeck, H. F. Dorsey, J. R. Kelley, George R. Belden, Silas Pierce, Robert Gilman, Charles Keiswetter, Michael Barada, R. V. Muir, Levi Richmond, David McReynolds, Jeremiah Burnett, Wm. Vandeford, James M. Hacker, Wm. H. Hacker, Jeremiah Marlatt [?], Antoine Barada, J. J. Leach. Joseph Opelt, Samuel H. Randall, John Blacklaw, W. W. Randall, Richard Carr, Amos Stephens. Jacob Stephens, Mark Stephens, James H. Lahne, A. Hellman, Israel Noggle, George W. Dodge, John Long, B. B. Thompson, John Argabright, Wm. H. McCreery, Wm. R. Massey, Antoine Cabany, Wm. Stilwell, Joseph S. Marsh, Daniel Shadley, Wm. Lyda, Jos. Medford, Jacob Mahron.
On April 19, 1863, the club elected A.
G. White president, in place of John L. Carson, who was
absent from the territory, and at the same meeting assessed
the members ten cents each to pay for badges. About this
time the club made preparations for a big meeting of the
Lolay National League for the 2nd of May, and a committee
was appointed to hire a hall and a band and procure
JOHN EDWARD HUNT
John Edward Hunt, whose wife has been, before and since their marriage, a valued member of the Historical Society's staff, is fighting for his country in France, having sailed from Newport News on April 14. He was at Box Butte county boy, born at Alliance November 8, 1888, but spent most of his life in Morrill county. He attended the Alliance schools and the State University, after which he engaged in the wholesale grain and hay business at Bayard. He was drafted in the new army, went to Funston, where he was selected to go with Company C, Fourth U. S. Infantry, and in a very short time was on his way to France. In a recent letter to his wife he tells of his experiences:
"April 28, Somewhere on the Atlantic,
but in sight of land.
"May 12, Somewhere in France.
THE BLOCKHOUSE AT TEKAMAH
AN EARLY EPISCOPAL PARISH
Among the old records found stored away in a basement in Nemaha county are the organization papers of the Protestant Episcopal parish at Nemaha City, April 22, 1867. The meeting was called to order by Rev. G. R. Davis, with F. G. Holmes as secretary. A resolution was adopted calling the new organization "St. John's Parish." F. G. Holmes was elected senior warden and Geo. Hodkin junior warden; H. B. Strong, J. B. Hoover, John Ritson, William Young and J. S. Cope were elected vestrymen. One year later the records show that J. H. Hoover, 0. K. Fisher, B. Y. White and Seymour Howe, Sr., were. elected vestrymen, with Holmes and Hodkin reelected wardens.
A GRAND BALL AT NEMAHA
A well printed invitation to a Valentine's Day mask ball at Nemaha City is before us, and it would be interesting to know in what year this famous ball was held - sometime thirty or forty years ago. It. was held under the auspices of the Nemaha City Cornet Band, and was at the Hoover Opera House. Tickets were one dollar and spectators were charged twenty-five cents. Supper was served at the Park Hotel, but the price is not stated. Music by the Band orchestra. Committee on invitation, Geo. N. Sanders, Fred Scovill and John E. Crother; Committee on reception, James C. Miller. Lance Jones and J. Lambert Melvin; floor managers, Thomas B. Finch, I. F. Rathbone and George W. Fairbrother.
DEATH OF OMAHA'S OLDEST PIONEER
Samuel E. Rogers, one of the very oldest pioneers of Nebraska, both in point of years and in length of residence, died at Omaha April 14. He was 96 years old and had lived at Omaha since 1854. He was born at Flemingsburg, Ky., Feb. 10., 1822, went to Michigantown, Ind., as a young man, clerked in a store, married in 1841, moved to Crawfordsville, Ind., graduated through Wabash college in 1848. moved to Pekin, Ill., and took up the practice of law, where he became the intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln. He came to Omaha with the first rush of settlers. He was a member of the Nebraska legislature in 1855 and 1857. His wife died in 1907.
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