Kearney’s History, Part 3
March 17, 1911 – Died
services were held at her residence on East Twenty-sixth street; burial in
1932 – The name Mother Hull Home was not adopted
until the WCTU members bought the former D. B. Clark home
at 23rd Street and Avenue B, their current location.
Eliza Mills (A
1885 – Drs. George and
Eliza Mills came to Kearney
had their home and office in the stucco building at 16 West 23rd Street
had office on corner of 1st Ave & 23rd across from Kearney Steam Laundry(now
One Kearney woman remembered Eliza as "a huge
woman, extremely homely and very gruff."
rode about town on a bicycle, and the sight of the 250-pound woman peddling
around town with "bloomers
billowing" was enough to strike terror in the hearts of many children.
In spite of her
"top sergeant" manner, she was kind in her own way, "going into badly kept
shacks, cleaning them and
often supplying the soap and clean clothing."
1912 - The Millses left
Kearney after selling their home and office to another husband and wife
team, Dr. and Mrs. Judd Albertus Strong.
Maude Marsten Burrows (a woman's rights
activist ahead of her time)
Remembered as the eternal champion of causes, no
matter how great or small
1864 – Born in Illinois
1887 – Came to Kearney with family at age 23
1889 – Society
editor for Kearney Enterprise
Her accounts of social events and descriptions of
dresses worn by those in attendance were extraordinary
point in her journalistic career was her interview of Nelly Bly, who was
traveling by train across the nation
at the end of her trip around the world.
1892 – Boom ended, newspaper closed; Maud turned
to reading law in her father’s office
Chicago for experienced in a large law office; studied in Europe
Returned to Kearney to go into partnership with her father
A strong-minded person.
Campaigned for a hospital in Kearney
well-known public speaker; and once ran unsuccessfully for the State
Continued to write articles for causes
Kept a scrapbook of her writings which she gave to
Charlotte (Lottie) Gove Norton (at one
time the richest woman in Nebraska)
Born May 16, 1859, in Tomah,
Father was judge, mother was a writer.
Graduated from Minneapolis (Minnesota) High School
Attended a Catholic convent, and then a private girls’ school in London,
Charles Oliver Norton of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1885
Moved to Kearney where Mr.
Norton established a banking, insurance, real estate, and abstract business.
Charles Oliver Norton, died in 1896
So successful that at one time she was the
richest woman in Nebraska, dealing in farm and ranch lands.
First woman member of a
commercial club; prominent in many philanthropic and patriotic organizations
Kearney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and later
served as State Regent
Home located on corner of 22nd & 1st Avenue,
where Elks Club used to be
Gave the city 3 lots across the street south
for the Carnegie Library
be used for a library or revert to family
Difficult because of her 3 sons, only one grew to adulthood but he had no