A. Samuel Bassett
Visitors to the Archive asking for information on Samuel Bassett
Cousins & spouses, cousins
descendents of Bassett
One was a Civil War re-enactor who
had taken Bassett as his character
Looking for information on Bassett's Civil War career
Many sources on Bassett
His book - History of Buffalo County
Biographical souvenir of Phelps,
Kearney & Buffalo County
Contents of Probate file
Application for administration
Farm between the children
$25 to each
grandchild upon reaching legal age
List of all 19 grandchildren and
their birth dates
List of the 7 who were already of
legal age and were paid
Dryden to Judge Easterling which had included the $300 for remaining 12
from Judge to
Gibbon Exchange bank depositing money at interest (CD)
grandchild to turn 21 asking for his money
wait for CD to mature paid in Aug 1928
2nd & 3st grandchild Aug 1929
Nine left into the 1930s now
$7.35 plus an assignment of 1/9 of the balance
This was 25%
of their money due ($25) + interest
about $20 more when the old Exchange Bank liquidated.
That was 1/9 of the CD = $180 should have been $225 + interest
All have reached maturity Sued the
Confusing, things said verbally not
One letter from judge asked the girl
to come to his office and he will explain it to her.
Settlement reached Aug 17, 1936
received by the 9 remaining grandchildren
Probably not divided equally because two had already received $7.35 each
Judge was sued but it wasnt his fault. It was the financial situation of
B. Found on Library of Congress website
Journal of the Senate - March 27,
Bill (S. 829) granting the Fort Kearney military reservation to the State of
Nebraska for the use and benefit of the Nebraska State deaf and dumb and
insane asylums, had been referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, was
reported without amendment.
Journal of the House of
Representatives - May 11, 1872.
Several bills from the Senate were, by unanimous consent, referred to the
Committee on Military Affairs, including:
An act granting the Fort Kearney military reservation to the State of
Nebraska for the use and benefit of the Nebraska State Deaf and Dumb and
C. John Rose
Nov. 1916 - John Rose, who had been operating a taxi cab in Kearney,
left town with another woman, leaving his wife and three children here
destitute. Mrs. Rose was admitted to the hospital, a charge to the city, and
there was a search for homes for the children.
Feb 16, 1917 Sheriff Funk traced Rose to St. Louis and had the
police there arrest him. He sent a deputy from here to go get him, figured
he would come voluntarily without extradition papers.
Feb. 19, 1917 Rose came back peacefully from Mound City where he was
arrested. The woman who had left with Rose accompanied them part of the way
back. [Didnt say where she got off the train.]
Feb. 21, 1917 Charged with wife desertion. Hearing was held. Rose
waived examination. He was held over, bond $500.
May 15, 1917 Rose was placed under a bond to provide for his wife
[This was not the only John Rose in the area]
D. The "Roaring Twenties"
This was the decade of prohibition and Al Capone,
bobbed hair and the Charleston,
the Teapot Dome scandal, the Scopes
raccoon coats, talking pictures and
Ford Motor Company was moving into
mass production on the assembly line as cars became a necessity of life for
the average American and there was a strong campaign to develop a nationwide
The Nebraska Lincoln Highway
Association held a state meeting in Kearney in April of 1925.
By summer the Lincoln Highway through
Buffalo County was all graveled as well as the road from Kearney to
This made Buffalo County "further
advanced on gravel surfacing of state aid roads than any other county in
In Kearney a goat parade was held to
promote the downtown businesses.
The Ku Klux Klan held a big rally at
the Buffalo County fairgrounds in Kearney.
The school at Amherst was set on fire
to divert attention while the bank was robbed.
The last wood bridge across the
Platte River in Buffalo County was replaced by a concrete and steel
structure south of Gibbon at a cost of $55,000.
Jack Knight, air mail pilot, had
engine trouble and landed at the Shelton air field to make repairs.
The Shelton High School music program
in the spring of 1926 included three quartets.
1. The Sober
Seniors was made up of Roy Loffer, Leland Cook, Everett Waddington and
2. The Hoky
Poky quartet consisted of Mark Hackman, Richard Taylor, Fred Hehner and Alex
Hayseeds included John Spahr, Fred Schroeder, Gale Allen and Franklin Finck.