Miscellaneous News Items and Some Research
Kearney Kitchen Queen Show
March 23-25, 1950 ----- At
National Guard Armory ----- 21 Modern Home
Pettinger & Clabaugh Truck & Tractor Co. – new International Harvester
Mrs. Ella Peeler, home economist, at
booth showing frozen food demonstrations
Kearney Upholstery – Fred Weeks to display reupholstered furniture
Kearney Plumbing & Heating – Richard Wallace Geneva kitchen ensemble
and blue American Standard bathroom.
Motto “When you need a plumber bad, you need him good.”
Anderson Bros. Plumbing & Heating – Kitchen & bathroom units. Leroy &
Business 3 years, also contract for work outside Kearney including R.E.A.
building at Cambridge
Swan’s Furniture – Talking refrigerator
Flying saucers, H-bombs and now talking refrigerators.
Swan’s furniture has announced it will display Admiral, the “talking
refrigerator” along with other
This new 1950 Admiral refrigerator is the pride of Swan’s store.
It is noted for its interior design which extends to the floor, giving
it a smaller outside appearance.
It freezes and cools, but can it talk?
Harold Swan said “It will talk only a the Kitchen Queen show.”
H. H. Bowie estate being contested by heirs of “legal wife” in New York.
Buffalo County Sun, 1 Aug 1896
Henry H, Bowie –
Land Patent for NE ¼ 20-10-18 – Logan
Twp, 1 ½ mile from Dawson County
Farm loan 1886
Mrs. H.H. Bowie has moved away – Oct.
Died Feb. 1896 – Not buried in
Buffalo County, might be in Dawson Co.
Probate – Caroline was in New York.
Her lawyer wrote in early March, 1896
March 23, 1896 with Caroline named as his wife.
No papers in file indicating the estate was being contested.
Tony Blackburn - “Anyone knowing where the husband of Minnie Blackburn who
was in Kearney in 1886, can be located at the present time, will please send
address to 476 Chestnut St., Springfield, Mass.”
Semi-Weekly Kearney Hub, 14
[not in Kearney Cemetery]
Camp Elder Charged
A well known character in Buffalo County was charged with disturbing a
religious meeting near Prairie Center.
Buffalo County Sun, 23 Jan
Fred Cheney and Miss Ella Unbenhower, both of Amherst, were married in
Kearney last Wednesday. We wish them happiness and prosperity through life.
New Era Standard, 27 Sept 1895
[marriage license in archives. Fred was 29, Ella 24]
[Father, Sam, homesteaded; nothing on Fred]
Ella Cheney was granted a divorce from her husband, F. P. Cheney last Monday
on the grounds of desertion and failure to support.
Buffalo County Sun, 13 March
[1 ½ year later. No further marriage licenses up to 1912]
Sellick – Land Patents
Sellick, James – NW 1/4 26-11-16 –
David Sellick, 23, born in Ill., &
Irene Livingston, 19
On 21 Dec 1887
1892-3 Kearney City Directory list of Buffalo County residents
Sellick, David – Pleasanton
Sellick, Jas – Pleasanton
Cool – Land Patents
Cool, David – NE ¼ 30-11-15 – Cedar
Township, south of Pleasanton
2 miles east of James Sellick
“John Donovan was struck on the head with a shovel by George Vancel”
Kearney Hub, Armada Township,
5 Sept 1889
[could not find anything on either name]
S. S. Ewart kidnapped his daughter at Omaha. The child was living with a
grandmother, E. L. Doddie and aunt Mrs. M. Smith.
Shelton Clipper, 7 February
[probably the mother’s sister and mother. And we thought kidnapping by the
non-custodial parent was a recent crime.]
Herman Falke was convicted of election fraud in Scott Township. He was also
a candidate for assessor in the same township and election. He supposedly
called out the name Falke 11 times oftener than he should have and it game
him 10 more votes that his opponent, Mr. Dalke. Clerk was said to have
misunderstood in the calling but the judge did not buy this excuse.
Buffalo County Sun, 28 Nov
Land Patent – SW ¼ 22-11-17 – Scott Twp
School Census – 1886 & 1887 in Dist. 80, one child Ernest age 5 & 6
1892-3 City Directory list of Buffalo County residents – Herman Falk,
[sometimes his name was spelled with the “e”, sometimes not.]
"F. Fisher bought a fine tombstone from Kearney which he intends to place
over the grave of his 1st wife who is buried at Stanley."
Sources of information on Fisher:
Fisher burials in Old Stanley Cemetery
Marriage license for Fred Fisher and
1892-3 City Directory list of Buffalo
County residents – Fred Fisher, Amherst
Fisher Time Line –
(Date?) – Fred married Amelia, probably before coming to the county, no
marriage cert. here
1880 – Fred & Amelia had a daughter, Anna, who died before her first
Buried in Stanley Cemetery
1887 – Amelia died at age 28, buried next to daughter
1888 – Oct 4, Fred, 39, married Augusta Heitman, 27
Not her first marriage because her father was Fred Prahl
1889 – Fred bought a tombstone for Amelia
1892-3 – Fred was living near Amherst
1897 – Fred & Augusta had a son, Ewalt
1899 – Ewalt died at age 2, buried one space over from Amelia
1908 – Augusta’s son, Paul Heitman, died at age 27, buried next to Ewalt
1915 – Fred died at age 86, buried next to Amelia, Ewalt on other side
1950 – Augusta died at age 89, buried two spaces away from Fred, next to son
Original Kearney boundaries
1873 Kearney Junction petitioned the County Board to be designated a 2nd
Named changed from Kearney Junction
South – Platte River
North – 56th Street
West – 30th Ave
East – Antelope Road
Plus the section north of 56th and
east of 2nd (where Applebee’s & Menard’s are).
17 sections plus land from I-80 to the river.