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April 26, 1892 – Interesting typo

Mrs. John Hurley and Mrs. Betsey Kelley were married at the Catholic church at 9 o’clock this morning.

        [should be Mr. John Hurley, I’m sure.]

From Marriage Records

Attached to marriage application - “I do not allow this marriage and I have my reasons.” The marriage certificate was not completed.

(no date)
Bride – Ruby Frost, daughter of Jack

Buffalo County Sun, February 22, 1896 – Marriage

City of Kearney – S.L. Shadrick of Kearney County and Lil Truesdale of Pittsburg, Pa. were married in this city Thursday evening, the young lady having arrived during the day from the east.

Rev. Cook, who performed the ceremony, had been engaged to tie the knot on Tuesday,

By missing connection at Chicago the bride was unable to reach Kearney at the appointed time.

During the 2 day wait the bridegroom naturally got a little nervous and Rev. Cook must have caught part of it for when he married them he didn’t notice that the license was issued in Kearney County.

After the couple were well on their way to their home in Missouri, the parson discovered the error and telegraphed the happy couple that they were not yet man & wife.

They have no doubt ere this, had the nuptial knot tied again, mindful that the course of true love never did run smoothly.

April 5, 1912

Objection to marriage made.

Father wants marriage annulled.

        Thursday the court house wedding of Ron S. Line, 19 years, and Mrs. Mable Slux, 31, both of north Eddyville, created a little bit of sensation at the court house bug not half the sensation as did the arrival Friday morning of William Line. The boy’s father after having police arrest and hold the couple over night.
        The woman is a divorcee, her former husband being the man who so heroically threw himself in front of a train at Fremont a year ago to save a little child. He lives at Aurora, is married again.
        Definite action as to annulment at this time has not been taken.

1900 Federal Census – Loup Township, Custer County, Nebraska
Line, William, head, b. July 1865, 34, married 12 years, farmer
        Carrie, wife, b. Oct. 1864, 35, 8 children, 6 living
        Arthur W., b. Sept. 1890, 9
        Rennie S., b. Mar. 1892, 8
        Claude, b. Mar 1895, 5
        Ivan J., b. Apr. 1896, 4
        Laura, b. Feb. 1898, 2
        Alva, b. Apr. 1900, 2/12
Waronder, Sarah, 69, mother-in-law

1920 Federal Census – 3rd Ward, Kearney, Buffalo county, Nebraska
Line, William, 54, no occupation listed
        Carrie, 55
        Claude T., 23
        Eva M., 18
        Dennis B., 16
        Blanche, 11

1930 Federal Census – Loup Township, Custer County, Nebraska
Line, Ren – 37, married at age 22
        Lulu, 33, married at age 19
        (two sons, two daughters)

Buffalo County Sun, December 28, 1895 – No Divorce

Jennie Smith from Henry Smith. Judge Sinclair denied the request and refused to sever the tie that galls but binds.

Around Town

July 27, 1889 [Boom Period]

        Charles Ross and Walter Woods used insulting language yesterday to Mrs. R. F. Francis and were surprised by being put under police protection. Spent night in jail and paid a fine if $7.5 each in police court.

[Charles Ross – born Oct. 1828 in Pennsylvania, married in 1860, 9 children, 6 lived to adulthood. Pvt. in Ill. Infantry in last year of Civil War. Son Edwin, wife & granddaughter living with them in 1900. In 1900 son, Edwin, was doing day labor & 14 year old daughter had been working 7 months in a laundry as a starcher. Charles was retired by then, he was 71. Died in 1906, buried in Kearney Cemetery]

Mar 5, 1892
        There are about one to two hundred more dogs in the city than there are any use for

Oct. 10,1892
        Clerk of the district court started using a typewriter to write up court records

        Mr. Morton became so emphatic in his remarks Saturday evening, and stamped his foot with energy that the current for the footlights was turned on.

July 13, 1893
        Methodist church youth went to Dobytown for a picnic. One fellow brought along a target rifle. “He probably wanted to shoot grasshoppers.” [It was hot, 100 degrees a few days earlier]

March 21, 1893
        A couple of nomadic wanderers stopped over last night under the protective care of Chief Overmire.

May 18, 1898
        --Chief Overmire has been furnished with a new dark lantern, and the rest of the force have been furnished with new pattern oil dark lanterns. In the night search for bums the dark lantern proves to be a handy thing to have.

        --four tough looking bums enjoyed the down couches found in the Hotel de Overmire last evening, and were given exercise this morning by being walked beyond the confines of the city.

February 4, 1913
        John Stahl, a nomadic German, taken before insanity board. [no census or cemetery records]

May 7, 1909
        Woman died of wasting away of the stomach tissues.

Early April, 1923
        The American Legion threw open their headquarters in the Hub building to hold three days of "Gold Creek". The activities were organized along the line of a mining town in the '49er tradition.
        The "boys of the Lay-Z ranch and Moonshine mine" had roulette and faro tables where "bucks" purchased at the door were used,

        an auction of items donated by local businesses, and

        a bar (but the newspapers did not indicate what liquid was served, only that it was straight with no chaser because they were so busy.) [prohibition…]

        The event was so popular it was extended an extra night.

[Every Boy’s Dream]

19 Mar 1894 Kearney Semi Weekly Hub
        William Waples went to Omaha yesterday to join Cole Bros circus as a trapeze performer.

Around the County

Sweetwater – Feb. 3, 1899 – New Era Standard
        John Richardson has sold out and moved back to Indiana. He says he is going where it rains once in a while. Never mind, Jack, you will be back sometime. Everyone leaving old Nebraska soon comes back.

Shelton – 1894 – The livery stable closed due to dull business.

On the Loup – August 7, 1889


        John Schackler [Sheckler] was taken to Lincoln by Deputy Sheriff W. H. Wilson and C. T. Weldin. One of the first settlers of this county. Who owns a large ranch on the Loup River and owns the only natural grove of large timber in this part of the state and has had the misfortune to become hopelessly insane which necessitated his removal to the asylumn. [sic]

        [1880 – Living in Loup Township, age 48. A hired hand living with him. Both single. Schackler homesteaded in 1876 and is listed in the school census records as living in Dist. 33 in 1881 and 1882.]

Elm Creek - 1923
        A good time was enjoyed by all at the Fairview basket dinner Thursday evening. Each lady took her name in a walnut shell, the walnut shell being sold instead of the baskets. A set of scales were handy, each lady being weighed. Their partners paid one cent per pound. This was a new way of buying suppers and it aroused great excitement.

[I'll bet! Was each supper paid for twice... once for the name and again by the weight of the lady who prepared it?]

Odessa -
        Mary Grant was a member of the Grant family which settled at Odessa. She taught school at Stanley and Stone. She operated a china shop in Kearney and some china painting herself. She served as president of the 19th Century club. She was “instrumental in having the public drinking cups in the town abolished.”
10 Generations of Grants by Myron Scott

About Dobytown
E. A. Kirkpatrick, “Was Guard at Old Fort Kearney in the Early Days of Nebraska,” Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln), April 15, 1928

“All the vile scum of creation was gathered here. Four out of five buildings on Main street were either saloons, gambling dens or brothels and they all seemed to be doing good business. Almost every week from one to three men were shot to death. I thought that every denizen of that burg ought to be shot. The only doubt I have about anything was whether the devil could handle the bunch if they were all dumped into hell at the same time.

Other Military
        A woman is buried in the Veteran’s section of Kearney cemetery but she was not a veteran. She was 74 years old and living at St. Lukes when she died in 2003. Her husband had been cremated and was placed in her casket. He was a veteran. He had died in 1996 and was buried at Ft. McPherson. When she died he was disinterred and brought back to Kearney.

July 23, 1891
        The cotton mill has loomed up so that it may be seen by looking west on twenty-first st from Central ave

1901 - Kearney Hub (12 April 2002 This Week in History in file)

        Rumors were circulating that the Kearney Cottonmill would soon be closed and the machinery would be taken south and the buildings would be converted to a sugar beet factory. The rumors could not be traced to a reliable source, and the treasurer of the cotton mill company declared that he knew absolutely nothing about the alleged facts and could not give any information on the subject.

1904 - April 18, 1904 – (Kearney Hub)

        Mrs. Joe Frazer departed Monday for Evansville, Ind., to join her husband, who has charge of the cotton mill at that point.


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