From Kearney Hub
The Joke’s On …
A Buffalo County resident, while in Kearney, stopped off at
the police court to see friends and swap yarns. The bailiff
was sitting with his legs crossed concentrating on what he
was saying. Our visiting friend slipped up and clamped a
ball and chain on the bailiff’s ankle. Ball and chain were
not in use because the key had been lost. They had to go to
a blacksmith to have them cut off.
“wandering wayfarer” stole underwear from Black Flag store
one January, caught, sentenced to 30 days in jail – the
coldest part of winter
“wanderers” frequently arrested in evening, spent night in
jail, and escorted to city limits in morning. Once a group
was given choice of leaving town or working on street crew.
Half left, rest left during a rest break.
Red Light District
Arrests - Monthly, paid fines, released
Early 1898 strong Anti-Saloon League movement against
“scarlet women” and gambling as well as drinking. By spring
gamblers and scarlet women were gone. New mayor, Hostetler,
elected, houses of ill repute “on the bottoms” closed and
owner & wife moved to Hastings.
Winsor Hotel – Recognized as “red light” probably in 30’s
Kearney Hub - June 1889 – Arrested
Cora Osborne arrested for keeping a disorderly home.
A Kearney man petitioned police court to do something about
She plead guilty and was fined $29.70
Five men were fined $5 each but their names were not
Kearney Hub - January, 1895 –
Judge Wm. (age 70) charged with bastardy by a 30 year old
Judge refused to say if he was guilty of not because he did
not know if he was guilty or not.
If he was, he said he would do the right thing by the lady
[marry?? Or pay child support??]
Kearney Cemetery Records –
The Judge died of apoplexy in 1903 at age 78
Also buried in that lot is Susan, probably wife, died in
1893 at age 68
Also in that plot is Eugene, died at age 24 of “Gun shot in
center of forhead”