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 Research Papers

Today is:

I. Accidents

Wagon Accidents

1.  Marie Gebbhart, an 11-year-old girl, and her 13-year-old brother, Fred, were given the responsibility of driving a springboard wagon from their ranch near Broken Bow to Kearney to buy groceries and an 8" x 8" timber, 16 feet long, to be used in a hay sweep.


Returning home, they went north from Kearney to the South Loup River and then northwest up through Pleasant Valley. It was growing dark and rain had made this faint trail slippery. The wagon tipped over and broke a wheel.


Fred walked seven miles to the nearest settler's home to borrow another wagon. A bucket of lard in the groceries had come open when the wagon tipped. While waiting for her brother, Marie wiped lard off herself with dried grass and tried to clean up the wreckage. They eventually arrived home safely.

2.  A law suit was brought by a farmer near Odessa against Kearney Canal and Water supply for failure to maintain a bridge.  It gave way when he was crossing and he, his wife, children and team landed in the canal. He was asking for $1000 damages.

II. A Follow-up Story

A family in Buffalo county consisted of two grown daughters and three grown sons.  The youngest son was convicted of shooting his father the day after he signed a will cutting out his wife and all the children except the youngest daughter.


Now 6 months later this story appeared in the Kearney Daily Hub –

Something is Wrong in the Make-up of Them.

Everybody knows [the youngest son who] was sent to the penitentiary last fall for killing his father. Two weeks ago [one brother] swore out a warrant against [the other] brother, charging that he feared [this brother] would kill him, do bodily injury, or burn property.

On Friday [The sister who inherited the property] appeared before [the judge] and swore that [the brother who had gotten the warrant] was striking his mother when she interceded and [he] struck her in the face.

Something is radically wrong with that 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 th[is] family.

III. Dumping has always been a problem

--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.  [from the Hub]

IV. The Joke’s On … who?

A Buffalo County resident, while in Kearney, stopped off at the police court to see friends and swap yarns. The bailiff was sitting with his legs crossed concentrating on what he was saying. Our visiting friend slipped up and clamped a ball and chain on the bailiff’s 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.  [from the Hub]

V. Odds & Ends

Miller was first called Hancock.
Armada sued the Kearney & Black Hills Rail Road to give them a depot.

One of several boys sent to the Industrial School from New York was released and a place found for him near Atlanta in Phelps County.


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