Miscellaneous Items of Interest
A Court Case:
Nov. 16, 1876 Semi-Weekly Hub – Criminal case tried in Kearney
State vs. Hutchinson for manslaughter
Shot & killed Tingley in self defense
on Elm Island (Audubon visitor center now?)
Verdict: Not guilty Jury took 30
Crowd came from Elm Island to attend
Another Court Case:
Dec. 9, 1889 Kearney Hub
James Karn, (a drayman) drunk, hit a
man, fined $9.70
Jesse Karn, (also a drayman,
Arrested for “annoying the Salvation Army”.
Fined last winter, appealed, lost again,
Doing jail time for not liking the Salvation Army
July 17, 1896 New Era Standard
Andrew Hultquist of Axtell “seriously
shot” Frank Merryman in Axtell
It was the result of an old feud.
Hultquist went to Minden and gave
himself up to the sheriff.
Item in Majors column –
Mr. & Mr. L. C. Valentine were called
to Axtell. Mrs. Valentine’s brother was shot by a neighbor in a fit of
(Weddings usually took place in the courthouse, bride’s home, or parsonage)
March 20, 1897 Buffalo County Sun
Wm. Hunter & Nellie Hayes stood up
before the footlights at the Opera House and were united in marriage.
Judge Hoge officiated.
The ceremony took place between the first and second acts of the minstrel
May 2, 1896 Buffalo County Sun
C. A. Jackson, engaged in washing his
gloves on his hands with gasoline, [today we would use cleaning fluid]
was enjoying a smoke with his pipe at the same time.
In attempting to light his pipe the
gasoline on one of the gloves caught fire.
He attempted to put out the flames
with the other hand and both were ablaze.
Before he could get the gloves
removed both hands were so badly burned that the skin slipped off with the
Dr. Bastin was called to treat him.
He will not lose either of his hands.