Odds &M Ends
Mrs. Nellie Mohatt killer her four week old baby on Jan. 12. She said she
had enough children. She is 23 and has six children. She was judged
insane. She fed it carbolic acid
Miller Forum, 19 Jan 1910
Elmer Mercer, 40, was killed in
Kearney by Patrick Edward Cooney. Albert Gredler testified that he saw
Cooney strike Mercer who fell to his knees. Cooney then struck him in the
Cooney was in jail. Mercer had
homesteaded with three brothers at Gibbon. They also had four sisters.
Reported in the Miller Forum
and in the Dec. 22, 1910 Kearney Daily Hub
Psychiatrists, Sanity Board Study
The county insanity commission and two psychiatrists studied the
case of a husband in an insanity hearing at the courthouse. Insanity
complaint had been filed by the county attorney, Oscar Drake. The man’s
wife had died and the coronor’s jury found him criminally insane.
The county insanity commission was made up of an attorney, a
physician and the clerk of the district court. The psychiatrists were a
doctor from Omaha and the superintendent of the state hospital at Norfolk.
Police had found the wife’s body buried four feet deep in a
grave beside the river road south of Kearney. When they questioned the
husband he admitted shooting her with a .22 caliber rifle three days
previously “because ‘she was stepping out’ on him.”
The man had been admitted to the state hospital at Hastings two
years earlier for abusing his wife and he was paroled to his wife’s custody
against the advice of the hospital.
Kearney Hub, Jan. 4, 1943
Dr. Bell was a physician in Kearney.
In the 1-24-1893 Hub is a small paragraph about prostate surgery performed
by Dr. Bell, assisted by the doctor from Sumner on a Long Pine man. It was
the first such surgery in Nebraska.
1910 - Bride – Appellona Mortenson
Two rather aged people were given a marriage license by Judge Easterling on
Wednesday, viz: Luther E. Mitchell of Lexington, aged 58, and Margaret Byers
of Kearney aged 51.
New Era Standard, Friday, Jan 22, 1897
Mrs. V. J. Moses filed for
divorce from William Moses because of habitual drunkeness and lack of
support and several other acts of cussedness due to her husband.
Monday, Sept 2, 1889, Kearney Hub
Linden, manager of the Opera House,
has ordered 300 opera glasses to be fastened to the backs of chairs the
Opera House. He may be assured that the public appreciates his energy in
making this the best opera House.
Kearney Hub, Oct. 1, 1889
Autos, Driving, Streets, Roads
When you drive along the
streets, take the right hand side. Be sure you do this.
Kearney Hub, Jan.1, 1890
Police Judge John Cameron is recovering from injuries suffered when he lit a
match to see if there was sufficient water in the radiator of his car.
Alcohol in the radiator blew up in his face, inflicting quite painful
burns. He was not seriously hurt.
[advertisement on same page for Radiator Alcohol, non-rusting, for 55Ë per
gallon at National Accessories, Inc.]
Kearney Hub, Jan. 2, 1935
The statue of justice was placed
on top of the new courthouse.. Nine feet tall, blind, balance in left
hand, sword in right.
The buffalo head was placed in
position on the courthouse. Made of sheet metal.
Work was progressing on the hinge
fence factory started production.
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.
Work started on rebuilding the paper mill.
S M Sweeley manufactured
suspenders in Kearney. It was a very successful business. “Although
without practical experience he had some good hard-headed ideas, he put up a
splendid article, and he has had two salesmen constantly on the road with
wagons, selling directly to the retailers. Now he is preparing now for the
manufacture of a new suspender, the “Dewey.” embracing some new ideas of Mr.
Sweeley’s creation, which is destined without a doubt to be one of the most
popular suspenders extant.”
“With the opening of the fall season
the factory has opened another line in the manufacture of men’s
leggings.…Three styles are now being manufactured. One to buckle on the
side, another top fasten quickly with clasps, and still another with
military lacing, with an improvement on the old way of lacing the
side….unqualified success….has not been able to supply the demand….
Kearney Hub Oct. 6, 1899
[Always attend those meetings]
Ravenna – “Mr. F. P. Wilsey received a telegram from Kearney Saturday
afternoon notifying him that he had been nominated by the republican county
convention for clerk of the district court and asked him to wire his
acceptance. F. P. had not been an aspirant for the nomination and the news
was something of a surprise party to him. He concluded to accept,
however….Mr. Wilsey filled the office of superintendent of public
instruction for four years and his record and acquaintance, coupled with the
demand for a candidate from this part of the county made him a desirable
candidate and he was unanimously chosen on the first ballot and his consent
Kearney Hub Oct. 6, 1899