AND RECORD OF PIONEER DAYS
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Editor, ADDISON E. SHELDON
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A NEBRASKA CENTENNIAL
Hdqrs. 9th Military
THE OLD NEBRASKA CITY BLOCKHOUSE KEY
May 14, 1919.
to the old blockhouse. Today I found a newspaper clipping concerning the key. There is no date on it, but it says "that Mr. Hill seat the key to Mrs. Thomas Morton, and she in turn loaned it to Mrs. Knotts, who was secretary, at that time, of the State Historical Society. It to be put on exhibition with other mementos of early days held by the Society." I understand the state built a building at Lincoln. The article also says that "at any time the local organization wanted the key it was to be returned." For my part I think the Society ought to have it. Perhaps by this you may be able to locate it. As to the arrows mentioned in the letters referred to I decided to bring them back rather than send them. I have not lost my love for Nebraska yet and hope to visit there many times. I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know if you find the key.
PIONEER SIOUX COUNTY NEWSPAPERS
J. H. Newlin of Harrison recently sent to this Society a collection of the oldest newspapers published in Sioux county, which becomes part of the valuable loan collection of the state. They include the following, all published at Harrison, Sioux county, with the exception of one issue of the Sioux County Herald issued at Bowen, Sioux county, on April 2, 1887, (Vol. 1, No. 47, of that publication).
Following is the list as received by the Society:
"Sioux County Journal," W. E. Patterson editor and manager, October 25. 1888 to December 20, 1888, (Vol 1, No. 6 to No. 14) : "The Independent," by A. L. Baumgartner editor, September 1, 1892, to July 13, 1893, beginning with Vol. 1, No. 1; "Sioux County Herald," C. F. Slingerland editor, one issue only, September 6, 1890, (Vol. V, No. 18) ; "The Northwestern Press," W. H. Davis editor, May 2. 1896, to December 26, 1896, (Vol. 1, No. 9 to No. 43).
HISTORICAL MATERIAL FOUND
In tearing down all old building at Sidney the workmen found two leather bound ledgers between the plaster and the stone wall. They belonged to the Black Hills period of 1877-79 when Sidney was the railroad end of the shortest route to the Black Hills, and contained interesting accounts showing trade conditions then.
Frank Warner at Table Rock found four Indian spearheads and other aboriginal material.
In tearing down the Dawson county courthouse a bottle was found containing this note: "I, Chittick Lamma, hereby with another companion, D. Mooney, place this note in a bottle in the vaults of the new courthouse. May God bless it. Plum Creek, Dawson county, September 6, 1873. David Mooney, Chittick Lamma."
The Metropolitan Hotel, built in 1868 on Douglas street, near Twelfth, Omaha, is to be torn down. George A. Joslyn, who became a millionaire out of Nebraska real estate and printing "patent insides" for country newspapers, was one of its later owners. The editor of this magazine boarded there at one time more than thirty years ago.
The log cabin still standing on the Abram Towner farm, half a mile south and one mile east of Surprise, built in 1866, is said to he the first building of its kind in Butler county and to be situated on the first homestead taken in the county; but log houses were undoubtedly built by settlers along the Platte river late in the fifties and early in the sixties.
The old G. A. R. hall in Hubbell, among the first buildings there, erected in 1881, and which sheltered hundreds of meetings of all kinds, has been torn down.
The large two story frame house on the Chadderdon farm on the Stockville and Curtis road, a landmark for more than it quarter of it century, was recently burned.
Five miles north of Florence is a giant cottonwood, said to be the largest in the state. It is twenty feet in circumference and more than 125 feet high. The land on which it stands was recently sold by Dr. Harold Gifford of Omaha. The deed contains a stipulation that the great tree shall never be cut down.
The J. J. Hawthorne log cabin at Fremont, built for himself and bride in 1862, has lately been pulled down. The logs were cut and hewed on the Platte river islands, and the house was a model for its time.
The old brick cotton mill west of Kearney, built in the boom period of 1889-90 as part of a project to make a great manufacturing center, is being demolished.
Base Hospital 49
(handwritten below photo - "See C 2399")
On December 7, 1918, I was upon a French
railway express train on route from Paris, by way of Dijon,
for the American hospital center at Allereye and
particularly for Base Hospital 49, the Nebraska
representative among the hospital units in Europe. Allereye
is a little French village of perhaps 400 people, about 150
miles southeast of Paris and 40 miles from the frontier of
Switzerland. Upon the slightly rolling, partly wooded, plain
adjoining the village the U. S. army engineers had laid out
a great hospital center covering about eighty acres of
ground. Ten hospital units were in this center, seven of
them regular army hospitals, one from the University of
Minnesota, one from the University of Cincinnati and one
from the University of Nebraska. Special railroad tracks had
been made running through the heart of the camp. Twenty
thousand beds were included in the plans for this
and tissues, smiling and smoking a cigarette while the
nurse carefully and tenderly removed the old dressings and
supplied new ones.
Lieutenants Fred W. Webster, Geo. W. Covey, Robt. Panter, J. E. M. Thomson , E. W. Park, H. E. Flansburg, John S. Simms, Geo. M. Boehler, J. W. MacDonald, F. W. Campbell, E. Delaney, Miles J. Breuer, W. R. Peters, Sanford R. Gifford, Theodore Shaffer, E. W. Buckley, W. L. Sucha, A. Greenberg.
The class song, class yell and other material relating to the 0. P. L. are treasured relics in the State Historical Society rooms.
There was a nurses' dinner and reception in the evening to the commanding officer, staff and the Nebraska visitor. One of the finest experiences at man ever gets in this life is in observation of the army hospital nurse. War and fighting death in the hospital transform a woman. Handling the broken flesh of soldiers stirs depths in her nature never revealed in the ordinary walks. So I shall never think of the Nebraska women I saw in Base Hospital 49 in any other way than with a kind of medieval reverence, such as the old painters put into the pictures of the women they painted upon the cathedral walls of Europe.
On tile third day of my visit I said good bye to Allereye. I had bunked with Captain (Dean) Tancock and Major Hull. I had been presented the freedom of their apartments by Captain Rowe and Captain Potts. I had shaken hands with every high private I met in the camp; for everyone had "Nebraska" in his heart and on his lips. Tender and strong are the cords which bind us to our home. The farther we wander the closer they bind its together. And, as I write, those memories of the "Little Nebraska" at Allereye seem among the best inspirations of a Nebraska lifetime.
Many of Base Hospital 49 are at home. Soon all will be. Off come the Khaki uniforms and Red Cross costumes. Back into the busy ranks of civil life.
Historians were appointed overseas for Base Hospital 49. They have a theme worthy of their best efforts. For in the history of Nebraska in the World War no chapter will be or more enduring interest than the story of the service of Base Hospital 49.
Dear Sir: Herewith enclosed you will find a list of Base Hospital No. 49 personnel, with the names of their home cities, as per your request of December 20, 1918, written from Paris,
A. C. STOKES, Major M. C.
BASE HOSPITAL NO. 49-OFFICERS.
Mitchell, Leopold, Lt. Col. Med. Corps, New Orleans, La.
Stokes, Arthur C., Major, Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Hull, Charles A., Major, Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Bridges, Edson L., Major, Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Patton, James McD., Major, Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Potts, John B., Capt. Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Moore, John C., Capt. Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Chambers, Oliver, Capt. Med. Corps, Rock Springs, Wyo.
Waddell, James C., Capt. Med. Corps, Pawnee City, Nebr.
Dishong, Gustave W., Capt. Med. Corps., Omaha, Nebr.
Rowe, Edward W., Capt. Med. Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Nilsson, John R., Capt. Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Riggert, Leonard 0., Capt. Med. Corps, Norfolk, Nebr.
Olsson, Justus E., Capt. Med. Corps, Lexington, Nebr.
Walker, George H., Capt. Med. Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Sinclair, Fayette A., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Newport News, Va.
Greenberg, Abraham, 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Omaha, Nebr.
Park, Durward B., 1st Lt., Med. Corps. Randolph, Nebr.
Panter, Robert C., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Dorchester, Nebr.
Covey, George W., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Flansburg, Harry E., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Thomson, James E. M., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Simms, John S., 1st Lt.. Med. Corps, North Platte, Nebr.
Breuer, Miles J., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Gifford, Sanford R., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Omaha. Nebr.
Davis, Edwin C., 1st Lt.. Med. Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Sucha, William L., 1st Lt., Med. Corps., Hastings, Nebr.
Peters, William R., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Stanton, Nebr.
Buckley, Fred W., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Beatrice, Nebr.
Delaney, William A., 1st Lt., Med. Corps, Mitchell, S. D.
Webster, Fred W., 1st Lt., Dental Corps, Lincoln, Nebr.
Boehler, George M., 1st Lt., Dental Corps, Alma, Nebr.
Campbell, Joseph L., Sanitary Corps, Northampton, Mass.
McDonald, John W., 1st Lt., Sanitary Corps, Washington, D. C.
Shaffer, Theodore L., 1st Lt., Sanitary Corps, Beatrice, Nebr.
Machol, Herbert L., 2nd Lt., QMCNA, New Haven, Conn.
BASE HOSPITAL NO. 49-ENLISTED PERSONNEL.
Jorgensen, William A., Hosp. Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
McFayden, Grant L., Sergt. 1cl., Omaha, Nebr.
Withrow, Taylor N., Sergi. 1cl., Lincoln, Nebr.
Otoupalik, Huge M., Sergt. 1cl., David City, Nebr.
Storz, Louis N., Sergt. 1cl., Omaha, Nebr.
Patterson, Chester L., Sergt. 1cl., Beatrice, Nebr.
Micek, Joseph F., Sergt. 1cl., Omaha, Nebr.
Swanson, Myrl R., Sergt. 1cl., Lincoln, Nebr.
Levy, Ike, Sergi. 1cl., Omaha, Nebr.
Peterson, Victor E., Sergt., Valley, Nebr.
Garrison, Everett J., Sergt., Summerfield, Kan.
Finch, Walter M., Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
Spearman, Harry H., Sergt., Evanston, Illinois.
Sanders Frank B., Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
Gronstal, Knute S., Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
Fuller, Marlin H., Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
Bierman, Edward A., Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
O'Connell, John L., Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
Garlow, Samuel A., Sergt., Avoca, Iowa.
White, Robert M., Sergt., Lincoln, Nebr.
Stevenson, Waldo W., Sergt., Broken Bow, Nebr.
Loomis, Walter P., Sergt., Denver, Colo.
Hazen, John T., Sergt., Omaha, Nebr.
Kuebler, Leon A., Sergt., Lincoln, Nebr.
Arendt, Daniel C., Sergt., Lincoln, Nebr.
Kerlin, Lloyd W., Sergt., Fremont, Nebr.
Tanner, Howard H., Corporal, Price, Utah.
Vanderpool, Merrill M., Corporal, Lincoln, Nebr.
Redelfs, Lammert H., Corporal, Lincoln, Nebr.
Jindrich, George W., Corporal, Chicago, Ills.
Johnson, Carl A., Corporal Omaha, Nebr.
Smith, Vern, Corporal, Omaha, Nebr.
Creutz, Fred J., Corporal, Wausa, Nebr.
Daugherty, James, Corporal, Pawnee City, Nebr.
Alkire, Irvan D., Cook, Omaha, Nebr.
Bettencourt, Joseph L., Cook, Reno, Nevada.
Bullock, Willard L., Cook, York, Nebr.
Fanton, Herschel A., Cook, Lincoln, Nebr.
Kocum, Joseph, Cook, Omaha, Nebr.
Koehler, Albert, Cook, Omaha, Nebr.
McKellips, Ward, Cook, Albion, Nebr.
Potter, Laird I., Cook, Red Cloud, Nebr.
Rathke, Carl A., Cook, Omaha, Nebr.
Rolhff (sic), Oscar B., Cook, Omaha, Nebr.
Stellate, Martin J., Cook, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Wright, James H., Cook, Fremont, Nebr.
Akeson, James E., Private 1cl., Weeping Water, Nebr.
Almquist, Carl 0. G., Private 1cl., Loomis, Nebr.
Anderson: Oscar B., Private 1cl., Lincoln, Nebr.
Anderson, Paul F., Private 1cl., Lincoln, Nebr.
Arnold, Edward S., Private 1cl., Omaha, Nebr.
Austin, Jack W., Private 1cl., Omaha, Nebr.
Baca, Harold W., Private 1cl., Tulare , Calif.
Bastain, Henry E., Private 1cl., Omaha,
Fuller, Edgar M., Private, Omaha.
Brown, Mildred I., Orient, Iowa.
(handwritten below photo: "See C 1872")
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