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             Kearney Hardware Stores – The Boom Period

1889 Promotional Booklet lists three hardware stores
            Addison Scott & Co.
               F. L. Harrington & Co
            Miller & Bradford

A. Addison Scott
(Probably had his store from about 1885-1889)

Born in Vermont

1880 – Newly married, living in Nevada, Iowa, operating a millinery shop with his wife.

1885 – Living in Kearney

Mid-October, 1889 – became ill – no mention of his business
        May have already closed, or closed because of this illness.

Mid-August 1890 – Died, buried here in Kearney Cemetery

B. Francis (Frank) L. Harrington

1880 (age 14) he and his family were living in Kearney –
            perhaps had just arrived as father had no occupation listed in the census

1885 (age 19) had attended school, also working as a clerk in his father’s store – father listed as a merchant in census

1889 (age 22 almost 23) operating the L. Harrington & Co. hardware store at 2214 Central
            In June he was having an addition put on his building -
                thirty feet on the rear, two stories high with basemen, including an elevator

            Completed the first part of August, referred to as Hecht’s block

1890 (age 24) Sold his business to W. E. Jakway of Russell & Jakway.
            He planned to engage in some other business in Kearney.

Next heard of on Nov 29, 1892 – when his suicide was reported

            Frank had been interested in a young lady who, for a while, returned his affection.
            Then, for an unknown reason, she changed her mind and eventually moved to Geneva, Nebr.

            Frank became very depressed even though friends and his father tried to lift his spirits.
            Then about 3 weeks previously, he told his father he did not have much to live for
            His father tried to get him to move home.

            He lived upstairs in the house next door; boarded with (took his meals with) the couple who lived downstairs.

            He refused to move home.

            On that fatal day, he came down for breakfast as usual.

            Then about an hour later, when the lady downstairs had gone out,
                    he sat on the edge of the bed and shot himself in the chest.

A sad ending to a young life

C. Miller & Bradford

Charles Miller was born in Ohio in 1860.

Came to Nebraska and after setting up businesses in Beatrice, Newark, & Minden, he decided to move on to Kearney
         in 1878.

His first store was south of the tracks and then he had several locations on Central Ave.

1888 - June - Miller took Bradford as partner in his hardware store
            No first name or initials so couldn’t find any information on him

1889 - August – Expanded to selling buggies at his hardware store.

          November — Moving again. Work had started on the alterations of the hardware store "for occupancy by the
                 First National Bank.”

          December 2 – Announcement made that Miller & Bradford were dissolving their partnership and
                Miller was taking over the business.

                All the stock in the store on the corner of 22 & Cen. (which is where 1st National Bank was moving in)
                        was moved to another store further south to 2122 Central

1890 (running the business)
            He had a tinner’s shop over the store

Advertisement: Horses and buggies to trade for Kearney lots. Inquire of C. H. Miller, at the hardware store.

[Not in 1908 City Directory, business probably a victim of the Bust] – Family moved on to Spokane, Washington
            But must have considered Kearney home because family is buried here

And Also
July 30. 1890 – Ran Into a Pole
        "A farmer’s team, composed of a mule and a horse started on a run down Central-ave. today. They narrowly missed striking the wheels of a delivery wagon, and veering in, the mule ran square into the telephone pole on the corner. The mule was very much surprised and did no more running."

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