Various News Items
Grange Hall to Logan Township
(New Era Standard – Feb 4, 1898)
A Grange Hall from Dawson County was moved across the county line to Logan
Township to be fixed up to be a church. Al Brodine was heading up this
[From Logan Township file - Fairview Christian Church
7 miles north of Elm Creek on east side of Highway 183
Christian Church established in 1904]
A Mad Official
(Dec. 21, 1889)
Judge Learn scrubbed his court room, kept a fire going all night so the
floor would dry.
Next morning when court was in session loafers “spit and spat”.
When court was over a reporter came in to get the news.
The judge was so angry the reporter left for fear of hearing some
Only the dignity of his office kept him in check.
Swift justice – less than 24 hours]
Two fellows from Lincoln came into Kearney with their covered wagon and
parked it near the Junction barn, where ever that was, that evening leaving
their possessions in the wagon.
When they came back, a Winchester rifle was missing.
They reported the theft and a suspect was followed.
He sold the rifle and was promptly arrested and put in jail.
The next morning he appeared in court, plead guilty and was sentenced to 30
[Committed the crime, captured, tried, convicted, sentenced within 24
Poker Players Caught
12:30 a.m. two Kearney policemen raided a gambling room over Philips
Plumbing on 21st St. They had been watching for some time.
They went up the stairs in stocking feet.
Found a group playing poker, arrested them all.
Judge Learn was notified and held police court between 1 & 2 o’clock.
One pled guilty and was fined $24.70.
The other 4 pled innocent so the judge proceeded immediately to trial.
The policemen provided evidence.
All were convicted and each fined $24.70.
One person, a spectator, was not arraigned.
Big Real Estate Deal
[Boom Period – businesses coming to town]
• Taylor & Bing of Lincoln opened a rubber stamp business over Harrington’s
dry goods store.
• Several businessmen had visited Kearney thinking to start businesses but
could not find rooms.
• One prospective business was a fruit store.
The West Kearney Improvement Company sold 1200 lots to wealthy men in
the East represented a principal New England banking firm in Springfield,
The sale was estimated to be over $200,000 with $67,000 to be paid in
cash. $10,000 was paid in earnest money until the representative of the
purchasing syndicate could get back east to complete the deal.
It’s probably the largest land deal ever in Kearney and one of the largest
in the state and is a good deal because:
1. The buyers are some of the richest men in the East
2. The property will be sold in small lots to other rich people who will
3. Many people will come to Kearney to look at the land and possibly make
4. These people will then become talkers, workers and boomers for Kearney.
5. Leading representatives of eastern capital will be connected to Kearney
thus opening avenues to money sources.
A Gigantic Scheme
Project will rank up there with the cotton mill and the Kearney Canal.
April - Some Kearney business men gained control Victoria Mineral Springs
Owned mineral springs in Victoria in
Custer County 80 miles away.
[Victoria Springs State Park]
15 springs located on Victoria Creek,
Produce salt, white & red sulpher, iron, soda, and magnesia.
One throws out rocks and earth for two hours before a rain or snow
storm, otherwise runs clear. Called the barometer spring.
The springs are valuable because the water could be converted into
Medicated ginger ale
Soda pop and such drinks
Good medicinal properties as well as good to drink.
[There were notices that people could drop by their office for a sample
Col. Bob Greer – treasurer of Victoria Mineral Springs Company
Leading business man in Kearney
Came in 1873 – in mercantile business
Successful business, invested in land in Buffalo County
Closed business in July 1889 [at time of this story]
A director of Nebraska National Bank – President of State Agriculture
Greer had been wracking his brain and losing sleep over the problem of how
to get the water over 80 miles of hilly country from the springs to Kearney.
July - Great big camp meeting (revival)
He noticed that water was brought to the
campground in iron pipes.
Temporary, laid on the ground instead of being buried.
This gave him an idea.
wanted to lay an 80-mile long pipe line to bring the water to the city.
Get rights-of-way in all the streets and
alleys of Kearney to lay a network of pipes to all the homes and
businesses just like the city water system.
All people have to do is turn on a faucet in their homes to get this
All the pipes would be quadruplex, like a 4-barreled revolver
People have a choice of ginger ale, lemon seltzer, soda pop, or plain
Work was to start immediately so it would be done in time for the G. A. R.
He did not ask a subsidy from the city as so many other businesses planning
to be established in Kearney have.
Greer, as president of the State Agricultural Society
Sure when he presented his plans to them they would agree to move the State
Fair to Kearney
since no other city could provide it with mineral water.
Capt. Tisdel offers his base ball suit at half the actual cost of the
material used in it. Here’s a chance to get a large awning at a trifling
James Tisdel –
Born in New York,
Raised in Belvidere, Illinois – Served in Civil War
Operated a boarding house there – 15 persons (including 2 children)
One man a “Minister of Joseph”
Rock Springs, Wyoming – superintendent of a coal mine, 3 boarders
Kearney – real estate & loan business
City Council about June 1889-91 (a 3-year term?)
They questioned burial of 14 dogs & 9
Tisdel was appointed High & Mighty
Dead Dog Inspector to look into the matter.
Chief of police
A new policeman came in one day and
said he had forgotten his gun.
Capt. Tisdel said that was no problem, “Bring ‘em alive. Bring ‘em
Baseball game – Late July
Leans vs. Fats.
A benefit - Half the proceeds to the base ball association; half to
the band stand funds.
Special uniforms of ticking with red stripe,
Up and down for the Leans,
Around for the Fats,
Both directions for the Umpire.
(shirt only, black tights)
One Umpire not familiar with the game
Said to not know the difference
between a ball diamond and a tennis court.
Hinted that he has been bought by the Fats.
Procession (parade) up Central Ace to the
Led by the umpire
Midway Military Band
Carriage of physicians
A beer wagon
Boys with sponges, court plaster, arnica (first aid supplies)
Squad of uniformed police
Sexton Swisher – the grave digger
Leans won, 33-32. Tisdel scored 3 times,
one a home run
The day after the game Tisdel’s uniform was advertised for sale. [No
info on his stature]
For sale. Capt. Tisdel offers his base ball suit at half the
actual cost of the material used in it.
Here’s a chance to get a large awning at a trifling expense.