County Court Records - 1928-1931
From the Archives:
Buffalo County Court Record Books Jan. 1, 1928 July 30, 1931
Mostly claims for unpaid bills by businesses or unpaid rent by property
owners. They were small amounts by todays standards. Probably why small
claims court was established
entries stand out. Also curious to see what I could find out about some of
Charles filed a complaint
John Doe hit him with clods of dirt & other objects and uttered grossly
vile and insulting epithets.
Irvin was arrested, pled not guilty, tried, found guilty of assault, fined
$1 and costs of $4.80
[jury trial or hearing before a judge??]
was Irvin? No information found but probably a youngster
Who was Charles? 74 years old, born in
Living alone in his house on Ave K south of the railroad
In 1940 a younger couple, possibly a grandson and wife, lived with him
Died in Nov. 1943 at age 87
Mike filed a complaint
Against Jacob (same last name) saying Jacob, 19, hit him and struck
him with sticks.
Jacob was arrested. Case dismissed.
Who was Mike? Could not find Mike
Who was Jacob? This incident may
have happened in Shelton because a year earlier Jacob was working as a hired
hand on a farm in Shelton Township
J W, a single man, unlawfully lived and cohabited with Violet, for a month
during which time they had sexual intercourse. A warrant was issued. [for J
Who was J W? A news item 4 years
later said J W, a carpenter, formerly of Holdrege, was living in Colo.
Of course, we can guess the next type of cases
that were filed.
Laurine was pregnant with a
bastard child and named Harry as the father.
was pregnant with a bastard child and named Carl as the father
further action in the court records after the filing in July
Who were Alvera and Carl?
Search of our Marriage License file showed Alvera had married Marvin in
Apparently they divorced or the marriage was anulled
Alvera and Carl show up in later records for Buffalo County with 3 children
pregnant with a bastard child and named Jimmie as the father.
warrant was issued for his arrest. Then, apparently the case moved up to
Mabel, 19, was pregnant with a bastard child and named Guy,
20, as the father.
He was arrested, plead not guilty.
Bond was set at $750 but since
he did not have the money, he went to jail.
The case was filed on July 6th.
On July 10 the county judge married Mabel and Guy
had a son and then Mabel and Guy divorced less than 4 years later
Who was Mabel? At the time of this
filing she was a student living in Kearney
5 years later she and her son were living in Wood River
8 ½ years later she was working in a Hastings household
Who was Guy? At the time of this filing
he was clerking in a grocery store in Kearney.
He was also captain of the Kearney Green Jackets, a local semi-pro
In spring 4 years after marrying Mabel, Guy married Hazel in Council Bluffs
On their Iowa marriage license they both indicated this was their 1st
They made their home in Omaha where Guy was a salesman for a short time
Then Guy came back to Kearney and 4 years later was working with two others
coaching the Kearney grade school football team. They were working for the
recreation division of the WPA
At the time Mabel was working in Hastings, Guy, now married to Darylene, was
living with his mother who was divorced
The following year he was working as a recreation supervisor.
Stolen Car In July 1928 Kenneth stole a 1926 Buick
arrested and charged with:
Count 1) stealing the car.
Count 2) carrying a concealed loaded revolver but not engaged in a business
Count 2 was dropped; Kenneth pled guilty to count 1, bond set at $1000
On to District Court
Stolen underwear In January
1931 25 dozen suits of ladies underwear were stolen from the Union
The suspect lived nearby at Railroad St. and Ave E.
A search warrant was issued but the stolen goods were not found.
Also in January 1931 100 pounds of coal was stolen from the
Two men were arrested.
pled guilty and each was fined $2 plus court costs of $4.80.
witness in the case of the State vs. Melvin B & Elsie H in
Etta (related to Melvin) filed a complaint saying Andrew (related to Elsie)
tried to influence James (also related to Elsie), who had been subpoenaed by
the State as a witness, by taking James out of the jurisdiction