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Loup Township

Top tier, 3rd from west (Harrison, Sartoria, Loup, Beaver, Garfield, Cherry Creek)


Gets its name from the South Loup River which flows south of the township

Loup River winds through the southwest section, then goes south to flow through the next four miles of Rusco Township before coming back north to go through the last two miles of Loup Township.

It is at this point that Peter’s Bridge was built across the river and a small community which was later called Pleasanton developed.

Kearney to Loup City road crossed the Loup here.

Petitioned county supervisors to create Loup Precinct in August 1874
        Included ranges 15 north of the Loup, 16, 17, & 18

        Included all settlement on Loup River.

Present day that is Beaver (15), Loup (16), Sartoria (17), and Harrison (18) townships

1875 voting took place at the District 21 schoolhouse and Morse’s ranch
        Dist 21 was 4 miles west of Ravenna in present day Beaver Township
        Morse’s ranch was on the south side of the Loup in present day Rusco Township
Population in 1877 was 88

First Settlers in Loup Township
1874 – Pleasant Valley
        H. H. Clark – returned to Kearney to have land in that area resurveyed

            to properly locate their claims, moved on
        L. A. Colburn – Pleasant Valley, moved on
        Charles B. Oakley – born in New York in 1848,
                            homesteaded in Pleasant Valley in 1874, age 25
                1860 – Oakley family in Pennsylvania, at least 3 years, in New York before that
                1880 – With family in Loup Township
                            Father – Robert, born in Virginia in 1823
                            Mother – Lucinda, born in New York in 1825
                            Brother – Lewis, 10, born in Nebraska in 1870
                1881 – Married Mary
                            5 children, 2 died
                            Charley (Wilsey?)– born 1895, WWI vet, died 1960
                            Fern – born 1897, died 1904
        Charles & Mary buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Fern & Wilsey

29 homesteads filed by end of 1879

Assessments – shows growth

   1876 Assessors Book 1882 Assessors Book
Acres 3503*  
Livestock totals:    
horses         26 137
cattle 50 639
mules 5 34
sheep 625 376
swine 29  
Other Personal property:    

carriages & wagons



sewing machines





(not counted?)

*(Acres in township or acres broken?)
Cemeteries in Loup Township
        On north edge of Pleasanton
        One of the first projects of the new village
                acquired and set aside 3 acres for a cemetery – July 1894
        Three more acres added in 1945
        Perpetual care fund raised and established in 1976

Pleasant Valley
        7 miles northwest of Pleasanton
        1st meeting of cemetery board was May 2, 1898
        First grave was Augusta Pearson 1883, daughter of John & Diangta (Aunt Betty)
        Pearson who gave a corner of their homestead for the cemetery
        A nonsectarian church was built on the edge of the cemetery in 1917

Where do I Find the Stories?
Question asked by person attending our Chili & Pumpkin Pie fundraiser last month

Following week – helping Hastings College student doing research on Kearney & Black Hills Rail Road

Found misfiled clipping:

Goat Mystery Solved; Owned by Kearneyite, Made Getaway (1913)
The “Mountain Goat” mystery was solved with the capture of a goat which was not a mountain goat after all, but a common domestic goat which had been running loose for several weeks.

On Oct. 24 the owner had arranged for his brother-in-law to take it to the salebarn along with 3 steers.

The steers had attracted so much attention that no one apparently noticed when the goat slipped away.

The steers were 16 (1) and 17(2) years old
        They weighed 1,700 lbs, 1,900 lbs, and 2,100 lbs.
             (comparable to oxen at Trails & Rails last summer)

3 college students had seen the goat and declared it was not a mountain goat
        They have short black horns and snow white hair
        This one had 37” horns and long brown hair with patches of gray
        They also said “It’s not a mountain sheep either.”


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