MJH, Buffalo County NEGenWeb Project © 2001
Front Cover

This little booklet is now very fragile and the pages are darkened
with age. The pages are not numbered, and about half the booklet is ads.
This reproduction maintains the original page breaks,
and I have added an index for the display ads.
Index to Display Advertisements

Alphabetical List of Veterans of the
Civil War and Spanish American War.

This book is part of the Mardos Memorial Library of Pam Rietsch.
Thanks, Pam!

To the People of
Buffalo county

    We give you this little book free of charge. We have tried herein to give you something that you will prize and want to keep. We do not call this book the work of art. It is plain, but at the same time we believe you will find some very good reading in it. We believe you will like it and show it to your friends.
    We also believe that you will see the Boosting spirit lurking on every page and join us in Boosting our county. It is worth all the boosting we can give it and the more we Boost it, the more it will grow.
    Now for a bigger and better county.

The Twin City Sun, Miller, Nebr.

Buffalo County

    We feel wholly unworthy to put on paper the beauty and wonderful advantages of Buffalo county and like-wise the good-fellow-ship and prosperity of her citizens. We know we cannot do the county or her citizens justice. We know that we cannot begin to tell you how proud we are to be living within the hospitable gates of the best county in the state, but you, who are enjoying the privelidge [sic] will understand and know and those who are not so fortunate as to be a citizen of our county will have to make it a visit and see for themselves in order to fully appreciate what we have already said and are about to say:--
Buffalo county is the hub of the United States, if not of the universe. Kearney, the county seat, is 1,733 from Boston and a like distance from San Francisco.


    Kearney, the county seat, is the largest city of the county. It had a population of 6,200 in 1910. Buffalo county has no waste lands The diversity of the soil to suit the most fastidious. A very large acre- age borders the Platte, Loup and Wood rivers, is the richest in the world.     The farmers produce alfalfa, wheat, corn, barley, rye, sugar-beets, potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other canning crops, broom corn, seeds, sorghum, cane, celery, and many other crops. The rainfall for the past ten years ending January 1912, was 27.06 annually, most of it during the growing season, when it is most needed. This county has a population of 21,900.     Bees, poultry and dairying yields a golden harvest, with a small expense in connection with the large acerage [sic] of alfalfa. In fact, is one

of the leading counties in dairying and poultry in the state, which is growing in popularity. There will be 200,000 head of sheep fed in Buffalo county this year, or 20 per cent more than any other year. Elmcreek has 620 people, Ravenna 1,359, Gibbon 718, Amherst 256, Shelton 1,000, Miller 400, Kearney 6,202.

Blackberries grown in Buffalo County


    First let us dwell upon our county seat town, Kearney. Kearney, the city beautiful, with her fine large business and dwelling houses, with her paved streets and boule vards, with her beautiful parks and the popular pleasure resort, Lake Kearney.


    Kearney with her 9000 people-- the biggest little city in the world in more than one sence [sic] of the word--big in her business life, big in her moral environments and BIG IN HER LOYALTY TO HOME INTERESTS.
    Kearney, without saloons but boasts of 15 churches and the best of school facilities.
    Kearney with her large State Normal Training-School and her Boys' State Industrial School.
    Kearney with one of the largest Poultry Raising Establishments in the world and--Kearney with the busiest and most progressive class of business men in the state.
    Kearney has something like 95 business establishments more or less, and every one of them are up-to-date and most of the business men are members of the Commercial Club, the club that really does things.
    The schools of Kearney are the pride of the state. The high school is accredited to all Nebraska colleges and university and to the University of Chicago. There are seven beautiful buildings of brick and stone. There is also located at this point the Nebraska State Normal building and grounds costing $250,000.
    Having two alfalfa mills, a flour mill, a canning factory, large ice company, large brick company, cement company, broom factory and

among other articles manufactured for outside trade are:--Harnesses, saddles, chicken feeders, blank books, cigars, soft drinks, butter ice cream monuments and rugs. Kearney is also an important grain market.
    Kearney is on the Lincoln Highway, is in the center of the United States, 1733 miles from Boston and a like distance form San Francisco. The Kearney canal is sixteen miles long, has a carrying capacity of 5000 horse power.

Kearney's Commercial Club.

    Much could be said in favor of the worthy organization and its beautiful club rooms. The members are all congenial, big-hearted men, who meet regularly and discuss and plan for the betterment of Kearney and Buffalo county. But they do not stop with that, they "pull together," they find something to do and then get out and do it.

A. B. Knowles

Formerly Instructor in the Carpentering Department of the Industrial School at Kearney. Now engaged in his trade at Miller.

Dr. Mattie Furman

Osteopathy has made greater strides than any other system of the healing art in the same length of time, not because the others systems are valueless, but because Osteopathy offers more.

Some Early Events Retold
    The following interesting sketch is from the pen of Keene Abbott, who together with Lyman Bryson, are travelling from the Missouri River to Denver. They are interviewing old pioneers in each town as they go along and the following interesting story was gleaned from Mother Eliza Collins.
Class of 1917, in Local History


will now recite.
    Who was the first white woman to settle in Kearney?
    When and where was the last Buffalo killed in this community?
    To get authentic answers to both these questions, you need't [sic] look in any text book. Probably the information will not be there.
    No but if you want to know the facts and the spirit of the time when Kearney was put on the map, you can do nothing better than to consult Mrs. Louisa F. Collins.
    Wife of the pioneer Methodist clergyman, Mrs. Collins the first white woman in Kearney, came here in 1871. She had been preceded by her husband, the Rev. Asbury Collins, who journeyed west in a "prairie schooner" after long service as a circuit rider in Iowa.
    In the possession of Mrs. Collins are several interesting souvenirs of the early period. Chief of them are the rough short horns of a bison


which was killed on the townsite, about where the Midway hotel now stands. Recently while reviewing her pioneer experience, she said:
    "It was the first buffalo I ever saw and the last. At that time we were living on our homestead, between here and the river. One day I saw an animal coming along down the river and at first thought it was a pair of horses, I had been deceived I suppose, by the hump on the buffalo's back. But as the brown and heavey [sic] beast came grazing nearer and nearer, I suddenly realized what it was. Instantly I called my husband and he summoned the neighbors. Then the chase began. The animal being headed off, started north. At a lumbering gallop he went along, now and again stopping and turning. I thought he meant to charge upon his pursuers, but it was only that he was troubled by the long hair over his eyes. He had to turn, in order to see what was behind him. After each brief stop, he would whirl and go galloping on. Finnally [sic] I heard the shots fired that killed him."


    Scarcely less interesting than the buffalo horns is a hair lariat which Mrs. Collins still has in her possession. A smoothly braided piece of handicraft, it was wrought of buffalo hair by a Pawnee Indian. The line, with its buckskin loop, is some twelve feet long. Three of such ropes the native was offering for sale when he came to her house for something to eat, and he was very particular that she should have the best of the lariats.
    "The Pawnees," said Mrs. Collins, "were frequent visitors at our place. It was a trick of theirs to give us a scare. Once for instance I was sitting near the window, reading a book, when a black shadow went sliding across the page. I did not look up. Presently another shadow darkened the page. Then I slowly lifted my eyes, gave


the peeping natives a long look and ordered them away. As they went they looked back over their shoulders, each of them broadly grinning. I knew they did such things merely for mischief like prankish boys.
    The house in which Mrs. Collins first lived, upon arriving at Kearney was nothing more than a board cabin fifteen feet square. It was made of sheeting lumber and small as it was, served for a time to shelter seven people. It was there, in May 1871, that the First Methodist church was organized.
    "Of course, the town had not then been laid off into lots," Mrs. Collins explained, "I remember that after our new house had been erected the wooden stakes to be used for marking the lot corners were for a

time stored in our attic."
    In talking about that initial period of Kearney, Mrs. Collins added:
    "What amazing changes I have seen! The last buffalo killed, no more Indians, and no trace left of the astounding mirages we used to see. Once, when driving along the prairie road, far east of town, we saw the buildings lifted in the air above the horizan [sic] and all inverted, like reflections in a lake. A very mysterious illusion, that was, but not so curious as the way it vanished. Presently the houses, seen upside down, began to quiver like jelly, then they lifted and melted utterly away."

A Few Facts And Figures

    The 1915 census shows Buffalo county to have 1,128 farm owners living on their farms and 1,187 tenants.


There are 590,544 acres of improved farm lands and 309,039 acres are under cultivation. The amount of improvements is $1,852,810. In 1916 Buffalo county produced 18,574 head of horses and mules with a total value of $1,867,145.00; 39,721 head of cattle, value $1,768,540; 20,853 head of cattle, value $1,768,540; 29,853 head of hogs, value $597,060; 27,283 head of sheep, value $190,981; and 13,965 doz. chickens.
    The records of the grain produced in Buffalo county show the following:--corn 3,642,622 bushels value at 60c, $2,185,513; wheat 1,836,016 bushels, value at $1.20, $2,203,219; oats 1,022,569 bu. value $357,899.
    There was also produced $28,986 worth of rye, $35,027 worth of barley to say nothing of the many other products of the county.


Buffalo County Now Has True Eye Specialist
Dr. A. M. Skeffington


    Buffalo county and the surrounding country can feel themselves fortunate in having gained as a resident Dr. Skeffington.
    With his Eastern training, and the long years of specializing in the causes and results of eye troubles, Dr. Skeffington is a particularly valuable addition to the county.
    He has specialized particularly in the troubles of women and children and has attained an enviable reputation for alleviating that particularly exhausting torture, headache. Already, altho practically a newcomer there are scattered over the ettire [sic] countryside women, children and men, who have been relieved after giving over hopes of relief.


    Here is a list of 25 of the world's most useful and valuable commodities, showing what country leads and what country ranks second in producing them:

Pig Iron...
Gold Coast
M'l'y States
British India
British India
British India
British India
U. Kingdom
   This summary shows the number of products in which each country leads:
United States
Gold Coast
Malay States
All others

   Smile, of course -- it costs nothing.

Breeding House at Woodlawn Poultry Farm
Breeding House of the Woodlawn Poultry Farm, Miller, Nebr.    A. C. Andrews, Owner.

Another View of Old Fort Kearney
Pioneer Heroes.
The pioneer settlers are scarce today
    But sometime we hear some one say,
There lives Mr. So and So
    A pioneer settler, don't you know.
He came here when this land was wild
    And on a virgin homestead filed.
Fifty years ago or more they say,
    He landed here and determined to say.
He stayed here through thick and thin
    And helped to make this country win.

When he came long years ago,
    No railroad trains passed to and fro,
No wagon roads e'en then to travel
    He picked his way o'er hill and hollow
  There was nothing here on these prairies wild,
    When he on his virgin homestead filed.
No telegraph or telephone,
    No parcels post rated by zone,
No R. F. D. in pioneer day
    The post office then was miles away.

Men like him with courage and will
    Opened the way for work shop and mill,
Paved the way for prosperity's feet
    Never turned back or acknowledged defeat.
Suffered privations and hardships severe
    Not only once but year after year.
Lived through the season of hail, storm and drouth,

    Ravage of hopper and hot winds from the south.
Lived in sod houses or dugouts they say,
    Glad for a shelter built any old way.

Like heros [sic] undaunted with spade and plow,
    They brought up this country to what it is now,
An unbroken plain to a garden fair,
    Made it yield a plenty, enough and to spare.
There [sic] lives and their efforts were not spent in vain,
    They built up good homes on this wild, western plain.
Out of the rough they carved a great state,
    Not one in the U. S. any more great.
They built fine churches and school houses, too.
    And many great things they managed to do.
These men were brave heros, yes, heros we say,
    Who settled Nebraska in pioneer day.
No less do we honor the women who came.
    Brave and true hearted maiden or dame
Came with their husbands as mother or bride
    And through all the hardships stood by their side
With very few comforts and luxuries none.
   Without them, their life mates could never have won.
Brave heroines, no less were they,
   Brave heroines of pioneer day.
       Charlotte F. Stockdale Thompson,
               Hazard, Nebr.
Amherst a Thriving And Attractive Town.

On the Kearney and Blackhills branch of the Union Pacific seventeen miles northwest of Kearney will be found the flourishing little town of Amherst. With a population of about 400, and surrounded by a rich and attractive agricultural territory, Amherst is enjoying a healthy business, and although with in reaching distance of the city of Kearney in this age of the automobile, people do not take advantage of same to do their trading in the city to any great extent, but patronize their home merchants and business men. This no doubt is the reason one finds large and up-to-the minute stocks of stocks of goods in the business houses of Amherst.
    The Methodist, United Brethern, [sic] German Luthern [sic] and Catholic chur-

3 doors south City National Bank. Furniture, Stoves and all house furnishing articles. I buy anything of any value and sell everything. Prices always right.
Kearney, Nebr.

ches are represented.
     The schools employ four teachers and ten grades are taught.
     The town also has a State bank and a National bank, the combined deposits of which are $250,000.
    The secret societies in Amherst are the Odd . Follows, Woodmen, Workmen, and Ladies Auxiliaries of these orders.
    The territory surrounding Amherst is owned and looked after by good honest, energetic German farmers -a class of people that are a credit to any community.
     Amherst is one of the thriving little towns of Buffalo County and prospects for the future are bright.

A Terpsichorean Disagreement
I had a argymint t'other night with Ezry Green,
    And I swan I'm right;
He sez the dances they have today are better
    By far in every way
Than the old square dances we uster know
    In the good old days of the long-ago.
I sez to him, sez I, "By jing, now look here, Ezry,
    They ain't no sich thing.

"You take the tango you dance today,
    You hop an' you skip, an' you jump an' away;
You grab yer lady around the neck
      And you slam her nearly to death, by heck;
I can't see, Ezry, how you kin feel
    That's better'n the old Virginia reel;
They ain't no fun, and they ain't no grace,
    In grabbin' yer partner by the face,
An swingin' her 'round 'till she's nearly drunk.
    You know, now, Ezry, that stuff's all buuk."

But Ezry's headstrong, and he sez, "By Jing,
    I say the tango is jist the thing;
The Virginia reel is too derned slow;
    Ya kin see a reel at a picture show;
No use to argue atall," sez he,
    A figger'n he had jist sqelched me.
"But," I allowed with much elation
    "Well, how about this here hesitation?"
"Some waltz," sez he, "you know it. Still,
    I s'pose yer stuck on the old quadrille."

"Well, 'Ezry," I sez, "you've struck it right.
    It's better'n that waltz, a gol derned sight.
I'll take the good old time quadr'lle
    You kin hesitate 'til ya get yer fill."

"There's life to the music they dance today,"
    Wuz the next thing I heerd Ezry say.

"Too much mustard's got the swing"
    Then I got mad, an' I sez, "By jing,
"Too much mustard 'ain't in it, methinks,
    With 'Old Dan Tucker' an' 'Captain Jinks.' 'Pop Goes the Weasel' was better, I say,
    Than the noisy jangle we hear today."


Our "Man With the Hoe!"
"With skin tanned and eyes clear,
    stalwart and strong he stands;
As fine a man as ever was moulded
    by nature's hands.
Now that he knows he can fill a
     much needed place,
Not 'emptiness,' but a noble purpose
     glorifies his face,
Thus with strength and will
    he shoulders the hoe
To help feed his fellow brothers
     fighting the foe."

Counterfeit Potatoes.

The expected has happened. Counterfeit potatoes are in circulation. They are taking their in place with phony greenbacks and paste diamonds and are said to be such a good imitation that it takes an expert to tell the differance [sic] between the real and the make-believe.


    To make counterfeit potatoes you take one pound of sure-enough potatoes, two and a half quarts of water, one pound of soft summer wheat flour, half a pound of split peas and two ounces of lard. Mix well and mold. This is where skill counts. Anybody can mix them, but it takes an artist to mold them. If they are rounded just right, with every artificial eye where the natural eye ought to be, the average potato eater will take them boiled or fried, mashed or baked and think to his dying day that he has eaten potatoes.
     In one way it doesn't matter. The counterfeit not only looks right and tastes right, but the chefs say it is more nourishing. But it is cheap and it takes the joy out of life to think you have been eating a rare and genuine potatoes and then find out it was a blended substitute.


Winter Scene at a Buffalo County Home
Winter Scene at a Buffalo County Home

Home of A. C. Andrews, The Orpington Man, Miller, Nebr.
Home of A. C. Andrews, The Orpington Man, Miller, Nebr.


It Led and Inspired the Brave Men Who Saved the Union.

Blessed is that country whose soldiers fight for it and are willig to give the best they have, the best that any man has--their own lives--to preserve it because they love it, said the late President William McKinley. Such an army the United States has always commanded in every crisis of her history. From the war of the Revolution to the late civil war the men followed that flag in battle because they loved that flag and believed in what is represented.
     That was the stuff of which the volunteer army of '61 was made. Every one of them not only fought, but thought. And many of them did their own thinking and did not alwavs agree with their commander. A young soldier in the late war was on the battle line ahead with the color guard, bearing the stars and stripes way in front of the line, but the enemy still in front of him. The general called out to the color bearer, "Bring those colors back to the line!" and quicker than any bullet that young soldier answered back, "Bring the line up to the colors!" It was the voice of command; there was a man behind it, and there was patriotism in his heart.
So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
    So near is God to man,
When duty whispers low, 'Thou must,"
    The youth replies, "I can."

    And so more than 2,000,000 brave men thus responded and made up an army grander than any army that ever shook the earth with its tread and engaged in a holier cause than ever engaged soldiers before.


    There were 125 civil war veterans living in Buffalo County, April 15, 1915. They are as follows:--W. S. Allison, Shelton; John L. Abel, Miller; H. G. Andrews, Kearney; Jacob Ball, Kearney; James N. Blackslee, Sweet-water; D. B. Bailey, Shelton; Wm. B. Bouser, Kearney; Dr. H. S Bell, Kearney; C. H. Bishop, Kearney; S. H. Brown, Pleasanton; Charles S. Bailey, Shelton; Ira E. Brewer, Sweetwater; W. H. Bettinger, Kearney; S. C. Basset, Shelton; W. H. Bently, Shelton; James Bly, Shelton; A. M. Blue, Gibbon; Joseph Bayse, Kearney; J. M. Bayley, Gibbon; William Barnes, Shelton; J. H. Bliss, Shelton; F. F. Blanchard, Giblbon; J. M. Baird, Kearney; John Cummings, Kearney; E. Colton, Kearney; Wm. Cleveland, Shelton; Jos. Clayton, Poole; Dan Crowell, Kearney; Patrick Dooley, Shelton; C. C. Davis, Kearney; J. C. Drake, Kearney; S. Drake, Kearney; J.W. Ervin, Kearney; Henry Echternacht, Shelton; Thos. Eldrige, Kearney; Wm. Fowler, Ravenna; J.W. Frank, Elm Creek; C. M. Foltz, Miller; L.D. Forehand, Kearney; Jacob Fisher, Poole; No. 1. A. L, Fitch, Watertown; J. M. Feathers, Kearney; G. G. Fitch, Pleasanton; B. Goodell, Elm Creek; M. Gill, Elm Creek: Geo. L. Gardener, Shelton; W. W. Gibson, Gibbon; S. Grissom, Kearney; R. Hibbard, Kearney; Henry Herbert, Amherst; H. A. Hale, Kearney; J. W. Herbaugh, Ravenna; John A. Houston, No. 1, Poole; Chester Hallway, Gibbon; Gaddis Hageman, Ravenna; Robert Haines, Kearney; Frank Hershey, Gibbon; C. J. Israel, Kearney; Thos. Inks, Kearney; Mon-

View at Old Ft. Kearney.
View at Old Ft. Kearney

ro Jenkins, Pleasanton; Vencil Kerel, Ravenna; H. W. Kenney, Kearney; Win. Keyser, Kearney; J. R. Larimer, Kearney; J. A. Larimer, Kearney; Simon Landis, Kearney; Jno. Lawler, Kearney; James Light, Shelton; J. H. Lyon, Kearney; A. Lawton, Kearney; Robert Lutch, Kearney; Robt. A. Mears, Shelton; John Michie, Ravenna; W. H. Marshall, Kearney; Robt. Mitchell, Elm Creek; Paul Miller, Ravenna: J. E. Miller, Kearney; John Mercer, Miller; J. S. McKean, Kearney; Daniel Morgan, Kearney; J. H. McCartney, Elm Creek: B. W. Mowery, Miller; James Newman, Ravenna; W. O. Pickett, Sweetwater: David Pickerell, Kearney; O.I. Prindle, Kearney;


W. J. Perkins, Kearney; Levi Page, Kearney; C. G. Perking, No. 1, Pleasanton; Robt. Reynolds, Keariney; Fritz Rohrbach, Shelton; J. E. Strain, Kearney; John Swenson, Sartoria; O. B. Smith, Kearney; L. P. Southworth, Ravenna; J. M. Shultz, Shelton; D. Stonebarger, Shelton; F. A. Sibert, Miller; Rev. E. Smith, Kearney; J. W. Stevens, Kearney; Jno. M. Schneider, Kearney; C. H. Shrader, Ravenna; Henry Schmitz, Riverdale; J. S. Salsbury, Ravenna; L. Smith, Kearney; Ceo. Smith, Kearney; J. H. Snyder, No. 2 Kearney; F. J. Switz, Kearney; A. J. Snowden, Kearney; P. F. Smead, Kearney; T. W. Swinyer, Kearney; J. H. Tomb, Kearney; J. H. Tucker,

Another View of Old Fort Kearney
Another View of Old Fort Kearney

Kearney; A. E. Tracy, Kearney; Wm. Talbott, No. 5 Gibbon; E. Wyman, Gibbon; S. Watson, Gibbon; Jay Winslow, Kearney; S. T. Warren, Kearney; James Wilkie, Shelton; W. T, Woody, L. A. Weldin, Gibbon; P. B. Wensel, Shelton; J. A. Wilt, Kearney; M. A. Young, No. 1, Pool.

Spanish American War.

E. W. Allen, Kearney; Frank Berber, Pleasanton; Henry F. Brown, Litchfield; Ed Bernert, No. 1, Riverdale; John L. Bronson, Amherst; E. J. Carson, Kearney; R. O. Day, Miller; Geo. Dill, Ravenna; T. H. Fowler, Ravenna; S. E. Grosh, Kearney; Dallas Henderson, No. 1, Kearney; M. A. Hoover, Kearney; Dr. H. N. Jones, Kearney; Venzens Kreutzer, Pleasanton; J. C. La Cornu, Kearney; G. W. Lawson, Shelton;


G. W. Mueller, No. 5, Kearney; J. P. Morris, Kearney; F. C. Moore, Ravenna; D. Martindale, Kearney; C. H, Petty, Kearney; Clinton Pake, No. 1, Poole; T. A. Pickeral, Kearney; M. A. Prideaux, Elm Creek; E. Quillen, Ravenna; A. E. Soderquist, Kearney; Wm. Snowden, Kearney; A. M. Sharman, Kearney; P. J. Templeton, Ravenna; James Wadley, Gibbon; G. W. Wilson, No. 5. Kearney;


Garfield Voiced Nation's Gratitude to Civil War Soldiers.
Consider this silent assembly, of the dead. What does it represent? Nay, rather what does it not represent? It is an epitome of the war. Here are sheaves reaped, in the harvest of death, from every battlefield of Virginia.

The Living and the Dead

If each grave had a voice to tell us what its silent tenant last saw and heard on earth we might stand with uncovered heads and hear the whole story of the war. We should hear that one perished when the first great drops of the crimson shower began to fall, when the darkness of that first disaster at Manassas fell like an eclipse, on the nation; that another died of disease while wearily waiting for winter to end; that this one fell on the field in sight of the spires of Richmond, little dreaming that the flag must be carried through three more years of blood.
     We should hear mingled voices from the Rappahannock, the Rapidan, the Chickahominy and the James; solemn


voices from the Wilderness and triumphant shouts from the Shenandoah, from Petersburg and the Five Forks, mingled with the wild acclaim of victory and the sweet chorus of returning peace. The voices of these dead will forever fill the land like holy benedictions.
     What other spot so fitting for their last resting place as this, under the shadow of the capitol saved by their valor? Here. where the grim edge of battle joined; here, where all the hope and fear and agony of their country centered; here let them rest, asleep on the nation's heart, entombed in the nation's love!--From Oration Delivered. by General James A. Garfield at Arlington, Va., on May 30, 1868.

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