Looking ahead, not back
William Howard Taft became president
Last of US troops left Cuba in April – [that is about 10 years after the
In Sept. Dr. Frederick Cook announced he had discovered the North Pole on
April 21, 1908
Peary said he got there on April 6,
In the Ormond-Daytona auto race the winner of the amateur race cut the
record for 10 miles to 5 minutes, 15 seconds, cutting off a full minute.
Driver was driving a Benz car.
Detroit beat Pittsburg in the baseball World Series
Orville Wright set a new record staying in the air for 1 hr., 12 min., 36
seconds at Ft Meyer.
Five days later he made the required
speed record for an Army aeroplane of 42.5 mph. on a 10 mile flight.
There were other aviation records set
all summer here & in France.
Glenn Curtiss entered the flying
He is the
aviator who came to Kearney to demonstrate his plane in 1911.
In Aug. the new “Lincoln” penny went into circulation.
Replaced the Indian head penny.
Bill had been killed by a House
Committee in early March [but must have passed later]
In June the move had begun to pass a constitutional amendment to establish
an income tax
[began in 1913]
In the Kearney Area –
Dec. 8, 1908 the Commercial Bank of Gibbon was burglarized.
Three men probably arrived on night
train, did their deed at the bank and then walked east a mile, crossed the
Wood River, continued east about 8 miles and at daylight burrowed into a
farmer’s hay stack to hide for the day. Then they divided the money and
scattered. A pair of workingman’s gloves and papers from the Gibbon bank
were found in the haystack.
Harley Davidson of Minneapolis, speed skater and artistic roller skater was
coming to Kearney to perform for 5 days at the Kearney Roller Rink [don’t
know if he was THE Harley Davidson]
There was a rug factory 2 blocks south of the UP depot
[puts it on Central Ave or less than
a block west]
Used old carpets, chenille, curtains
and heavy rags to weave rag carpets.
Couple married at 1:30 pm on a Wed in Jan.
Bride daughter of J. D. Hawthorne.
Took afternoon train to Salt Lake
City for honeymoon and then on to Montana where they will live.
Groom, Vern Black, had sold holdings
in Kearney and planned to raise fruit in Missoula.
W. J. Scoutt bought a house in West Kearney and had it moved to west 24th
St. where he will have it fixed up to rent. [didn’t know there were still
any houses out there]
People of Odessa filed for an injunction against the electric company to not
run water in the Kearney Canal.
It is not
deep enough and overflows and causes damage and stagnant pools.
notified the company several times to either turn off the water or control
it but nothing had been done.
George Meisner, Shelton, died.
Before the funeral was held at his
home north of Shelton it was estimated some 2000 people visited the home and
viewed the casket.
News article contained a full
description of the funeral service and an obituary.
A young man (age not given) who stole
a suit of clothes was sentence to the Industrial School until he turned 21.
Newspaper advertised Uneeda Biscuit, National Biscuit Co. 5 cents/package
[looks like a
box of soda crackers] [they are soda crackers]
Bill passed by state legislature and signed allowed $10,000 for new barn at
In March bids were being received in Washington for the new post office
building in Kearney
Wm T. Craig elected to position of superintendant of Poor Farm for salary of
$1,100 from which he would pay any hired help.
Fort Kearney National Park association held a reunion of old settlers and
soldiers June 22-25.
Full program published in May with
titles of speeches, each about the history of something related to the fort.
Buffalo Bill Cody’s was “How I Fought
my First Indian”
Program did not pan out quite as well
as planned but was still a big deal
Several miles of streets and thoroughfares had been improved with cement
Dirt streets had to be maintained
Wanted to improve entrances to city,
looking for ways to raise funds for another grader
The Commercial Club donated $300
July 4 was uneventful in Kearney. Many people went to surrounding towns for
In Shelton, however there was a
A man was
talking to a restaurant owner outside the restaurant
exchanged, and the second man started shooting
hit the restaurant owner in leg (he was an innocent bystander)
The two men
struggled in the gutter over the gun which went off
Hit the first
man in the shoulder, shooter was arrested and taken to Kearney
Two men had a
long standing feud which started several years earlier.
Two years ago
shooter and wife divorced
married first man.
Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show and Pawnee Bill’s Far East Show were
giving combined performances and coming to Kearney on Sept. 2.
camels, buffaloes, elephants, dromedaries, mules,
A man had an accident with his auto three days ago.
came loose, flew up and hit his nose breaking it.
The man was
getting along fine but still had it in for his car.
The penny postcard – postcards with scenes of Kearney were on sale at
Henline’s for a penny apiece.
[Nov 27 day after Thanksgiving]
Front page picture of architect’s drawing of new Post Office
Also detailed written description
Successful business changes with the times –
Downing Saddlery Co. started in 1872 as a harness maker.
Now in 1909 their products include
harness of all grades manufactured by 4 employees, as well as carriage
trimming and manufacture buggy tops
plus lap robes, saddles, blankets,
whips, Davis Arctic overpants for auto drivers, machinery belting,
suitcases, trunks, bags
Dakota, Kansas & Gulf Railroad – Proposal to run a railroad from the Gulf to
Next step was
to raise funds for survey of route from Beloit to Kearney.
trouble raising Kearney’s share.