Leftovers from 2007
Typos are always interesting
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.
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
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
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
Claude T., 23
Eva M., 18
Dennis B., 16
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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?]
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
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.
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
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
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