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                          First Families in Buffalo County

Shelton – Olivers - 1860

Edward & Sarah Oliver, 8 children, daughter-in-law, grandchild, and a maid = 13

English family converted to Mormonism, came to the US to settle in Utah

Wagon axle broke near Wood River Center
        Repairs made using green wood which soon bent under heavy load in wagon
        Late enough in the summer they could not get over the mountains before snowfall
        Decided to stay in a cabin on the Wood River until spring

In spring Edward ready to go on west
        Sarah declared she was staying, children sided with her
        Edward and maid left for rest of journey to Utah where they married and raised a family

Sarah and children settled on a plot of land along the Mormon Trail about a mile west of present day Shelton
        Youngest son had 9 children, 8 sons 1 daughter
        Almlst all Olivers stayed in the Shelton area
        Today most people living in the Shelton area are Olivers or have an Oliver descendant in their family

Gibbon – Nutters – 1862 & 1868

Latter part of March, 1855 – John, Dinah two children landed in Philadelphia, May 5, 1855

        No mill work, went to Gloucester, N. J., got job in the print works for 2 years

Spring 1857 – Worked in a mill in Philadelphia, superintendent of carding and spinning departments

Spring 1860 – To Utah Territory

        Engaged in farming for 20 months; disillusioned about Mormons

Spring 1862 - Retraced steps towards the East; settled in Hall county, on the banks of Wood river near the western line of the county.

        There was a stage station where the village of Shelton now stands,

August 1864 – Indian outbreak culminating in the Plum Creek massacre; Nutters fled east and north to Canada to returned to England

        Took this route to avoid traveling through northeast US where he might be conscripted into the Union Army

April, 1865 – returned to the US and worked 3 years at same mill in Philadelphia.

1868 – Returned to Nebraska, settled again on Wood River, Buffalo county, buying a place near Gibbon

Large family of 15 children, not all lived toadulthood
        Many Nutters in Gibboin area

Kearney – James & George Smith, not Asbury & Louisa Collins – 1871

Spring 1871 - The Smith brothers and two others filed first claims on section south of railroad and west of 2nd Ave

        Built the first house in Kearney Precinct in center of section
        Sold their homesteads to Burlington Railroad

James A Smith
Stayed around for about 6 years
        1876 - Lost election for City Engineer - City Minutes book for April 7, 1876
        Manager for two plays, presented as a money-making project for a library.
        Left Kearney shortly thereafter

George E. Smith

January 2, 1843 – Born in Rochester, Indiana

After selling his first claim to the Burlington Railroad, George filed on another piece of land about a mile of north of Kearney
        SE corner of this 80 acres is now the NW quadrant of 39th & 2nd location of Family Food Fresh

He & wife also purchased lots in Kearney Junction and erected buildings on them.
        Lived at the corner of 23rd Street and Avenue D, about 4 blocks east of downtown

George was a real estate agent for the South Platte Land Co.

        This was the Burlington’s land company.

City Clerk off and on from April 1875 to April 1878 and possibly longer

George E. was the first Postmaster in Kearney, holding the office for four years

Must have had a retail store – a news item in May 1877 said he had added a large variety of musical instruments to his stock of books, and stationery

        Store described as a news depot.

1900 – Insurance agent

1907 – Buffalo County atlas lists him as a landowner.
        But he had disposed of his land by the time of his death because there is no probate record.

Sometime between 1900 & 1920 - family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois

1920 – George retired

1921 – wife, Emma, died

1923 – George died
        Both buried in Kearney

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