AND RECORD OF PIONEER DAYS
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THE COUNCIL BLUFF HISTORICAL PARK
OUR NEWSPAPER DEPARTMENT
The newspaper department of the Society is now receiving four hundred and nine of the state publications. These include all but sixty-eight of the papers or periodicals of any description which are published regularly in Nebraska.
The papers now coming cover all of the state from Harrison to Falls City, and from South Sioux City to Haigler. Besides the regular newspapers, all classes of people and societies are represented, such as the Lincoln Trade Review, the Omaha Trade Exhibit. the Western Banker, the Philatelic West, of Superior, devoting its pages to the interest of the coin collector. There are several farm magazines, and there are children's publications, such as Every Child's Magazine, and Homeless Children's Advocate; and we have teachers magazines, religious and political publications - Indian, Danish, German, Jewish and Catholic; and the Christian Record, of College View. published in the point system for the blind.
The busy newsgatherers are compiling
daily the history of every nook and corner of the state,
with its tragedies and joys, its developments both mental
and physical, weaving wonderful life stories in these
PERSHING'S WREATH TO LAFAYETTE
The tomb of Lafayette at Paris is most difficult to find. It is in the back garden of a convent in the Rue Picpus. Readers of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables need no introduction to the Rue Picpus, for it is the scene of Jean Valjean's most thrilling adventures. Last December, after an hour's search of that quarter of Paris, I found myself standing in front of a high wall with an iron-barred gate. Thru a peephole an eye appeared when I touched a button. After explanations of my mission I was admitted, but my camera was at once put in cold storage. Led by the attendant I followed a winding path through shrubbery, around corners. under heavy doorways, until in a remote corner he suddenly pointed out the tomb, smothered with flowers and with a large United States flag above it. With what emotion an American stands for the first time, uncovered at the grave of Lafayette! Dear to the imagination of every patriotic American schoolboy every detail of his life. What a scene! All about are the blazoned monuments of French nobility, most of whom died in the French revolution. The tomb of Lafayette, modest and low, is in the farthest corner of the ___________ the wall. Laying my own tribute on the tomb I noticed the large metallic wreath of immortelles left by General John J. Pershing a few weeks before. I told the attendant that I was from the home of General Pershing. He quickly bent over, picked a leaf which had been broken from the Pershing wreath and fallen on the tomb, gave it to me in silence. And that is how a leaf from the Pershing wreath on the tomb of Lafayette is one of the treasures in the museum of the Nebraska State Historical Society.
GEORGE A. HUNT, PIONEER AND LEGISLATOR
George Artist Hunt died at his home in Crete on July 6, 1919. Mr. Hunt was born in Chili, Ohio, November 28, 1846, while his father, Jacob S. Hunt, was in service in the Mexican war. He was also captain of Company G, Fifth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. The Hunt family came to Nebraska in December, 1862, and settled in Saline county on the Blue River below Wilber. Captain Hunt was the first probate judge of Saline county, elected in 1867, and a member of the House of Representatives of the third legislature - which met in regular session in 1869 - from the tenth district comprising the counties of Saline, Lincoln and Kearney.
George A. Hunt was employed at the Comstock or Oak Grove ranch, on the Little Blue River, when it was attacked by Indians on August 7, 1864. He was wounded in the thigh by a rifle ball. On October 18, 1862, he enlisted at Bellevue, as a private, in Company D, Second Regiment, Nebraska Cavalry Volunteers, and was discharged on September 18, 1863.
Mr. Hunt freighted across the plains with an ox team and carried mail on horseback between Camden and Swan City, Nebraska, in the early '60s. He married Mary A. Bickle of Crete, April 5, 1868; in 1875 moved to Wilber, engaging in a general merchandise business continuously for nineteen years. In 1899 he moved to Crete, where he lived until his death. Mrs. Hunt died in 1901, and in 1907 Mr. Hunt was married to Mrs. Mary Sampson. He was a commissioner of Saline county from 1862-1883 and from 1909 to 1915, and a member of the House of Representatives of the 27th and 28th legislatures - of 1917 and 1919.
THE FORT ATKINSON CENTENNIAL
(handwritten below picture - "See D 173")
Saturday, October 11, about six
thousand people assembled on the historic plateau, sixteen
miles north of Omaha where now stands the village of Fort
Calhoun. In the assembly were: U. S. 20th Infantry band,
Fort Crook; Blair Military Band; Balloon Corps, U. S. army,
Fort Omaha; Omaha Chapter Daughters of American Revolution;
Isaac Sadler Chapter Daughters of 1812; Soldiers of Civil
War, Spanish War and World War; Uniform Rank Modern Woodmen
of America; Washington county pioneers; Douglas county
pioneers; delegation of Omaha Indians (some of them in
automobiles); board of governors Omaha Ak-Sar- Ben; school
children; citizens of Washington, Douglas and other counties
of Nebraska and Iowa.
At three o'clock the pageant, "Landing
of the United States Army and Greeting by Omaha Indians,"
under direction of Curator E. E. Blackman of the State
Historical Society. This was given in the open air with a
large background, twelve feet high by sixty feet in length,
painted by Charles Plein, showing the keel boats, the
steamboat Western Engineer and the river front along the
Council Bluffs a century ago.
The Lewis and Clark Marker.
Reunion of Pioneers.
their part of the centennial celebration a success. They include, on the general committee, J. D. Vaughan, H. J. Livingston, F. J. Wolf, Rev. A. E. Hutchinson, Fred H. Frahm.
On the local committees:
Publicity - Frank Adams, Fred H. Frahm.
D. C. Van Deusen.
COUNTY MEMORIAL BUILDINGS
Saunders county has organized a memorial and historical association one of whose purposes is the erection of a suitable memorial for the soldiers and sailors of that county in the World War. Delegates from every part of the county were present at the organization meeting. It is proposed to make this a permanent historical building with the names of all Saunders county soldiers upon its walls. The State Historical Society will be glad to see such a memorial building in every county of the state.
By Albert Watkins
In my address at the centennial
celebration of the event, on October 11, I undertook to
answer that question comprehensively - to show that the post
was established on account of international complications
which had an intimate relation to the titanic struggle of
England with France and Spain during more than two hundred
years the American phase of which began to culminate in the
conquest by England of the vast French domain called Canada
in 1762; that the other English colonies conquered
independence and then got rid of France and Spain by
acquiring from France what is called the Louisiana Purchase,
in 1803, and Florida from Spain in 1819-21. Rightfully,
Louisiana belonged to Spain, for the Great Napoleon had
acquired it only in trust in 1800.
guard against the hostility of Indians, who were "open to
the influence of a foreign power," measures had been taken
"to establish strong posts at the Council Bluffs and the
Mandan village on the Missouri . . . " In the meantime the
secretary, and presumably the president also, had discovered
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