Published Quarterly by the Nebraska State Historical Society
Editor, ADDISON E. SHELDON
The Staffs of the Nebraska State Historical Society and
Legislative Reference Bureau
q All sustaining members of the Nebraska
State Historical Society
HISTORY OF NEBRASKA IN
OVERSEAS AND AT
AID FROM HISTORICAL
The last two books are by Mr. Calvin Elliott, their chief interest to Nebraskans being that Mr. Elliott was one of the first regents of the State University.
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PASSING OF NEBRASKA PIONEERS
Men and Women Who Made Our State
DEATHS SINCE NOVEMBER
Mrs. John T. Van Buskirk died November 24, at her home in Beatrice; was born July 22, 1847, in Wells county, Ind.; came to Nebraska July 4, 1856, settling at Nebraska City.
Mrs. Susannah Little, a resident of Gage county since 1864, died November 25 at her home near Beatrice, aged eighty seven years. She owned a farm on which she had resided for nearly sixty years.
Mrs. Catherine Miller died at Seattle, November 26, aged eighty one years; came to Lincoln county, Nebraska. with her husband in 1860 and they started a road house at a point east of Cottonwood Springs; moved to North Platte in 1867.
Mrs. Marie Montgomery died December 2 at her farm home near Firth, where she had resided forty three years; born in Doylestown, Ohio, May 11, 1834; came to Nebraska City in 1862, where she lived for thirteen years, before moving to Firth.
Mrs. J. W. West, maiden name Malinda Spurleck, died at Howe, Neb., Dec. 5, born May 20, 1823, in the state of Alabama; came to Nemaha county, Nebraska, in 1852, and lived there until the time of her death.
Vaclav Kublicek died December 6 at his home near Crete; born January 16, 1847, in Bohemia; came to America in 1864, first to Chicago and after about six months to Arago, Nebr.; then settled on a homestead near Crete, in 1865.
Mrs. Sarah Parks died December 28 at Red Cloud; was born in Northamptonshire, England, July 14, 1832; came to America, landing May 22, 1855; reached Salt Lake City October 24 of the same year; four days after was married to William Parks, to whom she had been previously engaged; in 1859 they left Salt Lake City for Omaha with a government train, escaping from Mormon surveillance; had lived in Webster county about forty years.
Robert Alexander Wilson, born eighty six years ago; died at Blue Springs on January 30. Mr. Wilson came to the territory in 1866 and for a time was government agent on the Otoe and Missouri Indian reservation near Barneston, Neb. In 1861 he surveyed and platted the original town site of Blue Springs.
Carl Gustaf Rosengren, born in Ephriam, Utah, June 16, 1866, died January 21, near Colon: came to Fremont with his parents in 1867.
John W. Pittman, born March 26, 1834, in Harrison county, Indiana, died January 21, at his home near Union; moved to Weston, Ia., in 1855, where he was a storekeeper; came to Nebraska May 28, 1859, in debt from his business venture, and took a preemption claim near Rock Bluffs, but soon engaged in freighting across the plains from Nebraska City on his own account; in 1867 settled permanently on 160 acres of land in Liberty precinct, Cass county, which he increased to a farm of over 600 acres; married Miss Lydia A. Goodwin of Marion county, Iowa, and they had nine children.
Willam Powell, born in Massillon, Ohio, March 19, 1843, died January 28 at Syracuse; came to Nebraska in 1857 with his parents, who settled in Johnson county; August 12, 1864, enlisted as corporal in Company A. First Regiment Nebraska Veteran Volunteer Cavalry, from Fort Kearney; mustered out May 28, 1866.
Thomas Long McNeil, born in New York City May 23, 1828, died about January 22, at Ogallala, where he had lived many years; came to Nebraska in 1865 and settled on a farm sixteen miles southwest of Lincoln; joined Lodge No. 19, A. F. & A. M. of Lincoln, on February 1, 1870, and remained a member until his death.
Lewis Friel Cornutt, born in Grayson county, Virginia, May 22, 1833, died January 11 at Nebraska City. He left Virginia with friends in September 1854; traveled by wagon and arrived at Nebraska City November 6 of the same year. He soon went to Atchison county, Mo., but after a short stay returned to Nebraska City; in 1860 moved to Colorado; came back to Nebraska City in 1864; in the spring of 1868 moved to Cheyenne, but again returned to Nebraska City in 1871. He was mainly engaged in the merchintile (sic) business in all of these places. though he also gave attention to the development of gold mines at Central City, Col., and to freighting at Nebraska City in 1868.
Andrew Christenson, born at Trelleborg, Sweden, September 26, 1838, died January 12, at Malmo; came to the United States in July, 1867, lived in Omaha until 1870, then settled on a homestead in Saunders County.
Mrs. Sallie M. Camp, born in the state of New York June 9, 1832, died January 16 at Humboldt, came to Nebraska in the spring of 1861 and settled near Auburn.
Mrs. Henry Jones, born in Prussia December 2, 1849, died January 18, at Wilber; came with her parents to this country in 1867, who settled on a homestead in Jefferson county, which Mrs. Jones owned to the time of her death.
Benjamin Nathan Leisure, born in Indiana on August 3,
in Pawnee City, December 28; came to Butler county in his boyhood.
George W. Howe, born on a farm near North Bend May 26, 1866, died December 31, 1918, at Fremont.
Daniel B. Colhapp, born in Covington, Ky., January 24, 1846, died January 2, at Tecumseh; when he was nineteen years of age he became an apprentice in the printing office of the Nebraska Advertiser which was started at Brownville, June 7, 1856, by Dr. John McPherson and Robert W. Furnas.
Mrs. Nancy A. Gessell, born at Lancaster Ohio, December 27, 1834, died January 7, at Beatrice. She was married in 1857 and lived at Odell, Neb., and later moved to Beatrice.
Simpson McKibbin, born in County Down, Ireland, in May, 1834, died January 10, at Emporia, Kan.; emigrated to America in 1848; lived for a time in Grant county, Wisconsin, next in Clayton county, Iowa; came to Nebraska in 1864, settling in Hendricks precinct, Otoe county, where he became a wealthy farmer; was married in 1860 to Miss Harriet M. Douglas of Mitchell county, Iowa, who survives him. The town of Douglas was named for Mrs. McKibbin.
Mrs. Peter Frederick, Sr., born July 22, 1838, at Delphos, Ohio, died January 11, at Falls City; came to Richardson county in 1863 and had resided there ever since.
MRS. WILLIAM NUTTER,
NEBRASKA PIONEER, 1859
DEATH OF A PROMINENT
A preliminary meeting was held on April 8 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Anderberry, Minden, to organize a county historical society. A committee to draft a tentative constitution and by laws was appointed, composed of Lee A. Richmond, Mrs. J. A. Martin, C. P. Johnson and Mrs. R. W. Walt. C. P. Anderberry was made temporary Chairman.
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FROM EUROPEAN BATTLEFIELDS
Some of the Material Gathered in Person by
June 17 a heavy sack of war material from
France arrived at the Historical Society rooms. It is part
of that gathered by Secretary Sheldon from the battle fields
of Belgium and France last November. An interesting story
goes with some of these articles. Last November the hardest
fought battle fields of northern France and Belgium were
covered with the debris of war. The dead had been buried.
The rifles, machine guns, crippled tanks, and cannon,
helmets, gas masks, canteens, camp outfits - all the
equipment of the armies which had fought were scattered
thickly everywhere. Blood stains were upon the ground and
upon the camp outfits and scattered uniforms. Hand grenades,
bombs and other explosives were lying in a reckless way in
the trenches and dugouts. More than one fatal accident
occurred to visitors upon these battle fields at that
This is an order to the soldiers to "Keep off the grass."
One of the most interesting parts of this collection was presented to Mr. Sheldon by a Scotch captain who had in charge the propaganda work under the patronage of Lord Northcliffe. The purpose of this propaganda was to reach the German army, convince it that Germany was losing the war and thereby break down the morale. It was begun in a systematic and extensive way - just about a year ago. A force of several hundred specially trained men was employed all along the allied battle lines. These men were equipped with balloons about six feet high and capable of carrying a burden of several pounds each. When the reports indicated fair weather and a wind blowing toward Germany, hundreds of these balloons were sent up
from back of the allied lines. At the bottom of each balloon was fastened a strong, slow burning cord about as large as a man's thumb and several feet long. At intervals along the cord, by means of strong metalic clips, bundles of propaganda literature printed in German were fastened. The balloons mounted to a height of several thousand feet and drifted back from ten to twenty miles over German camps. As the cord slowly burned the papers were released and thus fell into German hands. One of the effective pieces of literature was a series of maps, prepared from day to day, showing the advance of the allied lines and the retreat of the German army. Although the German high command issued the strictest orders against the reading or handling any of this literature by German soldiers, yet for weeks every batch of German prisoners would be found supplied with some of the maps and papers. The inevitable effect was to discourage the German soldier in the ranks. He could tell whether the map correctly showed the retreat of the German army where he was located. If he found it true there he would infer it was true elsewhere. One of the maps in this collection has upon its back the following legend:
Turning to the other side one finds a map
printed in German with red lines showing a wide retreat of
the German army during three days fighting. Across the map
is printed in red letters, "The Victory of the Allies.
Prisoners taken 15,000, Cannon 180."
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