1890’s Miscellaneous Facts and Stories
Weekly Hub -
March 13, 1890
That Pettit Family
Something is Wrong in the Make-up of Them.
Everybody knows Washington
Pettit. He was sent to the penitentiary last fall for
killing his father. Two weeks ago Frank Pettit before
Squire Hoge swore out a warrant against his brother George,
charging that he feared George would kill him, do bodily
injury, or burn property. This case yet hangs fire.
On Friday afternoon Mrs.
Carrie White, sister of these boys appeared before Judge
Cornett and swore that Frank was striking his mother when
she interceded and Frank struck her in the face.
Something is radically
wrong with that Pettit family. The old man must have been
all that was claimed of him, and the boys must have
inherited all his bad temper. They should be sat down upon
and made to comb their temper before we have another murder
trial. Buffalo County has paid enough costs on account of
the Pettit family.
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---The funeral of Rev. Collins was very
largely attended. Services were conducted at the Trinity
M.. E. church, Rev. G. L. Haight officiating. Then it was
turned over to the masonic fraternity who conducted the
services at the grave.
Description of his funeral service on
the next page. “The near relatives were his daughter-in-law
On same page is long story about Helen
Kearney Daily Hub
March 23, 1890
--All parties having manure are
permitted to haul the same and throw it on the nearest
corner of the Industrial School farm. That is, of course,
if it is not filled with tin cans and other rubbish that
would injure a farm. They are glad to get it on this farm
and persons should haul it there as it is as close as places
they usually find.
March 27. 1890
Column long response from Mrs.
Sydenham. Ends with description of conversation with Asbury
Collins’ widow about his deathbed conversations.
Coroner’s Jury verdicts:
On March 24th after 2:30 p.m. William
Schreve fell off a pile of lumber, death was accidental, the
lumber was blown over by a severe wind.
On March 24th in the morning Harry
Deming died by jumping from his room when the Midway Hotel
burned. “,,,in our opinion, the said Harry Deming having
his clothes on and shoes upon his feet, and from the
evidence of Edgar Glenn, it is our opinion that he was
sufficiently notified, but owing go the smoke and confusion did
not heed the notice.”
Hotel fire started on roof caused by
sparks from the smoke stack
Businesses in the hotel:
9 real estate offices
George W Frank Improvement Co
Electric Light Co
Kearney Land and Improvement Co
Worden Dramatic Co. Deming was property and bagage man.
Jumped feet first but hit a wire which turned him. An awning
was held to catch him but he fell through landing on his
head and side of face. Lived until 11 p.m. Mother, widowed,
lived in South Omaha.
April 10, 1890
the statue of justice was placed on top of the new
courthouse.. Nine feet tall, blind, balance in left hand,
sword in right.
The paper mill blew down. Other portion of building blew
down last summer just as construction was finished. No paper
ever manufactured to this date.
April 17, 1890
debris from the Midway Hotel was put on South Railroad
between Central and A
April 24, 1890
Buffalo County Agricultural Society took bids for a new
site. 4 possibilities - 3 miles north of Kearney; southeast
of Kearney; a few miles east of Kearney; northeast of
Kearney. None accepted at that time; they will inspect each.
One mile track and land to be purchased will depend of soil
that will make a good track. Will be the only one in the
Shoe social - All ladies behind a screen, tips of shoes
showing. Gentlemen choose a shoe.
A fence factory started production.
Work started on rebuilding the paper mill.
One of several boys sent to the Industrial School from New
York was released and a place found for him near Atlanta in
Work was progressing on the hinge factory.
June 5, 1890
Law suit by farmer near Odessa against Kearney Canal and
Water supply, failed to maintain bridge. gave way when he
was crossing and he, wife, children and team landed in the
canal. Asking for $1000 damages.
Miller was first called Hancock.
June 10, 1890
Placed in Position
The Huge Buffalo Head Adorns the Court House
The huge buffalo head or rather the
sheet iron imitation was placed in position this morning,
and it adds materially to the beauty and novelty of the
The head is several times larger than
a buffalo’s head and is intended to look as large up on the
building as a life-sized one would on closer inspection. The
following is the inscription:
. COUNTY COURT .
. 18 HOUSE 90
Of course the reader can readily
interpret this as reading “Buffalo County Cour4t House,
June 12, 1890
Armada sued the K & BH RR to give them a depot.
Uncle Henry Fieldgrove likes a joke as well as any man in
Sat. Henry Fieldgrove was in Kearney and he called at the
police court to see the boys and swap yarns. The bailiff was
sitting with his legs crossed. Fieldgrove slipped up and
clamped a ball and chain on his ankle. Ball and chain were
not in use because the key had been lost. They had to go to
a blacksmith to have them cut off.
May 2, 1891
– Bids Wanted. The Buffalo County Agricultural society will
receive bids until Saturday, May 9, noon, for building a
mile race track. Specifications at Shepard’s drug store,
Kearney, Neb. Cash when work is complete. W. H Salisbury,
From 1891-2 Kearney City Directory
Benevolent, Secret & Other Societies
[No TV for evening entertainment. Go to a lodge meeting]
Bricklayers Union #7
Buffalo County Bible Society
Buffalo County Medical Society
Oddfellows – 5 different organizations including
Daughters of Rebecca & Naomi Rebecca
Masonic organizations – 6 divisions
Damascus Lodge of Perfection
Kearney Chap. 23 Royal Arch Masons
Mt. Hebron Commandary KT#2
Rob Morris Lodge #46
Temple Craft Association
Knights of Pythius organizations
Dilworth Assembly #2, K of P
Daughters of Veterans of America
Foreman Lodge #12 of A O of U W
I O of G T
Kearney Boating & Park Association
Kearney Chamber of Commerce
Kearney Musical Society
Kearney Typographical Union #109
Knights of Labor
Jem Lodge #14
Modern Woodman of America Hope Camp
Preachers’ Aid Society West Conf. of M. E. Church
Sedgwick Post #1 GAR – three groups
Soldiers & Sailors County Assoc. (met at GAR hall)
State Businessmen’s Men’s Assoc.
U S Pension Board
U S Weather Bureau
Women’s Relief Corps of Nebraska
Ladies Auxilary YMCA
Kearney after the boom
(Information from the HUB)
House Moving ---
Capt. L. D. Forehand was employed to take the school census
in School District No. 7, the City of Kearney. He was
required to visit each dwelling house in the district.
He made note of the number of dwelling houses and the number
He found 1,400 dwelling houses in the city 700 vacant.
Of these vacant houses hundreds were moved out on the farms
of Buffalo County, some of them quite twenty miles from the
Many of the large houses in West Kearney, vacated after the
Boom, were moved into Kearney.
January 1894 – Donations
Superintendent of hospital reported
flour, pound of coffee, tea
Nutter gave $3
7 Feb1895 –
Petition for Election to Vote Bonds for Seed and Feed
purposes for the year 1895.
Petition to County Board for special election on the
question of issuing $50,000 in bonds for purchase of grain
for seed and for feed of farmers teams in the county during
1895. Needed because of failure of crops for the past two
27 Mar 1895 –
Letter from Buffalo County Clerk to our representative in
the state legislature.
[Remember, this was pre-Unicameral
“I have good reason to believe that
this County is being discriminated against by…the state
relief Commission in the distribution of supplies and
further that unless the matter is looked after sharply the
farmers of this county will not receive their share of the
$200,000.00 appropriated by the legislature for seed and
In fact [the chair of the state
relief commission] has written a long letter to our county
relief commission here, stating that, owing to the fact that
some person up in Miller has written a complaining letter to
the ‘World Herald’, that this whole County will be allowed
to suffer therefore, by the relief Commission at Lincoln
shutting off further supplies. The letter certainly shows a
very revengeful spirit…and I appeal to you as a
representative of this County to bring what influence you
can to bear upon the state relief Commission to the end that
Buffalo County gets her prorata of the money appropriated by
We shall send two members of our
Commission here, down to Lincoln the latter part of this
week to see about the matter. Thanking you in advance for
what trouble you may be too. I am very Respectfully yours,
W. S. Hormel, Co Clerk”