Abie, a station on the F.E. & M.V.R.R., in the northeastern part of Butler County,
12 miles from David City, the county seat. The only church organization is the Catholic.
Poplulation, 75. Peak population was in 1910 of 210 inhabitants. The Post office was
established Nov. 22, 1878. Named in honor of Abigail Stevens,
first postmistress, whose husband applied for a post office and named it for his wife.
Postal authorities changed the spelling to Abie.
Bellwood is a town of 300 inhabitants in the northwestern part of Butler county, and on
the A. & N. division of the B.& M.R.R., nine miles from David City, the county
seat. The surrounding country is a good one, grain, cattle and vegetables being produced
in abundance. The Platte Valley Bank is the financial institution of the town. The Gazette
is a wide awake and progressive journal. The churches are the Methodist and the Baptist.
the societies are I.O.G.T., A.O.U.W. and G.A.R. Peak population was in 1940 with 434
inhabitants. Post office named changed from Bell Dec. 30, 1887. Named by Mrs. Mary Finch in honor of Jesse D. Bell, town founder.
Brainard is situated in the eastern part of Butler county, 10 miles from David City,
the county seat. It has a population of 350, and is located on the line of the O. &
R.V. division of the U.P. Ry. The country surrounding it is excellent for the production
of grain and the raising of live stock, as well as for dairy purposes, thus giving
employment to the elevators and other business operations of the town. Financial
facilities are provided by the Bank of Brainard, with a capital of $25,000. A new school
house, costing $3,500, has been provided for the education of the young. The churches are
the Christian, Methodist and Bohemian Catholic. The Brainard Eagle is the poplular journal
of the locality. Peak population was in 1920 with 468 inhabitants. Post office established
Oct. 16, 1877. Union Pacific Railroad named town for David Brainard,
missionary to the Indians.
Bruno is in the eastern part of Butler county, ten miles from David City, the judicial
seat of the county, has about 150 inhabitants. It is on the line of the F.E. &
M.V.R.R. A mill, a hotel, a bank, several general merchandise and other kinds of stores
and industries, are to be found in operation. The Bruno State Bank has recently been
organized with a capital of $25,000. Peak population was between 1910 and 1920 with 468
inhabitants. Post office established April 7, 1888. Town named for Brno (now in Czech
Republic), from which early settlers came. Railroad later changed Brno to Bruno, which was
more easily pronounced.
Butler Center Post office estalbished Jan. 15, 1871; moved to Garrison Sept. 23, 1880.
Founded by S. L. Russell and S. J. Oliver,
the town was center of commerce until the selection of David City as the county seat. With
the coming of the railroad to Garrison, it lost its identity.
David city is the county seat of Butler county and has about 2,000 inhabitants and
ranks as a city of the second class. It is located on the Valparaiso and Stromsburg branch
of the U.P. Ry. Many improvements were made during the past year; among them the opera
house, costing $15,000, court house $50,000, M.E. church $10,000, Lutheran church $2,500,
electric light plant $11,000, water works $25,000, Gates & Son $43,000, B.O. Parker
$42,000, Geo. Schweser $10,000, A. Myatt $35,000. Since the cyclone in 1887, the total
value of improvements amount to about $400,000. The city is lighted by electricity and has
a good system of water works. There are three National banks - the Central Nebraska, City
and First, with an aggregate capital of $200,000. Three grain elevators, roller mills,
machine shop, two brick yards, a lumber yard and other industries give employment to quite
a number of persons. The Hotel Perkins and several other hotels give travelers a welcome
and comfortable quarters. The newspaper press is well represented in the David City
Tribune, Betzer and Cramer publishers, and the Butler County Press, published by C.D.
Casper & Co. Peak population was in 1990, 2,522. Post office name changed from Ollie
Aug. 4, 1873. County seat town named in honor of a Mrs. Miles (nee David), who deeded a
tract of land for the townsite. Another source indicated the town was named for David
Butler, first Nebraska governor. A third source says named for a Mr. Davids, relative of
William Miles, who was patron and part owner of the site. The "s" was dropped
for convenience. David City won county seat from Savannah in 1873.
Dwight, a station on the F.E. & M.V.R.R. in the southeastern part of Bulter county,
19 miles from David City, the county seat. Population, 30. Peak population was in 1930,
323. Post office name changed from Lone Star Aug. 22, 1884. Named with the coming of the
railroad for Dwight, Illinois, where many residents formerly lived. Postmaster Henry Glover was instrumental in securing the name Dwight for the town.
Garrison, a station on the B. & M. R.R., in the central part of Butler county,
eight miles south of David City. Population, 175, peak population was in 1900, 250. Post
office established Sept. 23, 1880; made a rural station of David City in 1966. Town named
in honor of Wiliam Lloyd Garrison, leader of the anti-slavery
movement prior to the Civil War, by a Mr. Sarent, an admirer of Garrison from
Linwood is located at the junction of the Hastings and the Superior lines of the F.E.
& M.V. R.R., on the banks of Skull creek, in the northeastern part of Butler County.
The railroad has a roundhouse and a coaling station here. There are two churches, the
Methodist and Congregational. The school house is a fine building that cost $5,000. The
Farmers & Merchants Bank has a capital of $10,500. There are two hotels. Population,
300, peak population was in 1910, 329. Post office name changed from Skull Creek April 18,
1874. Named for the linden or basswood trees, rare in Nebraska, but growing in this area.
Town platted by Waverly Town Site Company.
Millerton, a small station in the central part of Butler county, on the F.E. &
M.V.R.R., six miles west of David City, the county seat. Population, 25, peak population
was in 1910, 28. Post office established March 27, 1888; discontinued 1935. Former village
named in honor of William Miller, early settler and land owner.
Peak population was in 1900, 25. Post office established Oct. 9, 1888; discontinued
Nov. 7, 1895. Mail served from Linwood. Former town and present community named in honor
of Fymburk, town in what is now Czech Republic. Name changed to accommodate English
Octavia is a village in the northeastern part of Bulter county, on the F.E. & M.
V.R.R., nine miles from David City, the judicial seat of the county. Population about 75.
The town is well located and has fine prospects of becoming an important place. During the
past year the shipments amounted to 600 carloads of grain and 60 carloads of live stock.
The Methodist and Baptist churches hold services here. Peak population was in 1910, 200.
Post office established Jan. 27, 1888. Named in honor of Octavia Speltz,
wife of Allen Speltz, a prominent farmer. Town platted by pioneer Town site Company.
Rising City is in the western part of Butler County, seven miles from David City, the
county seat, is located on the O.&R.V. branch of the U.P. Ry., and has about 750
inhabitants. The neighboring country is rich in its soil, and farm products are abundant.
One thousand carloads of grain, 300 of potatoes, 15 of flax and 150 of live stock were
shipped from here during the last year. Banking facilities and hotel accommodations are
ample. The churches and societies are well represented. Of the former are the
Congregational, Methodist, Christian and Lutheran. Peak population 1880, 775. Post office
named changed from Summit Oct. 14, 1878. Named in honor of two brothers, A. W. and S. W. Rising, who owned the townsite.
Peak population in 1880, 25. Post office established Jan. 17, 1870; discontinued March
21, 1882. Former county seat located on the old Gardner's Ranch.
Town may have been named for cities in Georgia, Missouri, or Tennessee. Savannah lost
county seat to David City in 1873.
Post office established April 20, 1868; name changed to Linwood April 18, 1874. This
town played an important part in the westward immigration. Named for the numerous Pawnee
and/or buffalo skulls found along its creek bed.
Post office established Dec. 1, 1871; name changed to Rising City Oct. 14, 1878. Named
for Summit, Wisconsin, by C.C. Cobb, who established a mercantile business here. Post
office located within the store.
Surprise, a station on the F.E. & M.V. R.R. in the southwestern part of Butler
county, 14 miles from David City, the county seat. Population 250. The place was started
in 1887. A flour mill is in operation here which has a capacity of 50 barrels per day. A
bank, a hotel and Methodist, Baptist and Lutheran churches, a Masonic lodge and the
W.C.T.U. tend to promote the business, religious and social welfare of the community. Peak
population 1900, 348. Post office established Feb. 28, 1883. So named because settlers
were surprised by the good quality of the land.
Ulysses, a lively town of 1,200 inhabitants is located in the southeastern part of
Butler county, on the Blue river, and in one of the finest farming countries one would
wish to look at. The corn crop averaged 65 bushels per acre last year. It is on the A.
& N. Division of the B. & M. R.R., 14 miles from David City, the county seat.
Several costly buildings have been erected recently, Diers Bros
opera house block costing $8,600, school house costing $12,000, large flouring mill,
several handsome private dwellings and two large elevators. The First Bank of Ulysses G.W.
Lord pres, II. C. Gilbert vice-pres,
U.C. Guss cashier, with an authorized capital of $50,000, occupy
a fine stone structure, costing $8,000. Citizens Bank, paid up capital, $25,000, F.W. Leonhardt pres, J.S. Leonhardt vice-pres, Geo Dobson
cashier. These monied institutions exerts a vital influence upon the trade, reputation and
growth of Ulysses, the cashiers are experts in all the departments of banking, becomingly
conservative, always accommodating, and popular with all who come in contact with them.
Every line of mercantile business is represented, mostly carrying a heavy stock, good
hotels, and its schools are second to none in the state, are graded with the best of
teachers. The churches are the Congregational Christian, and the Methodist. The press is
represented by the Dispatch and Argus which are well managed, and in keeping with the
growth of the city. Several secret societies having a long list of members, are
maintained. Ulysses is bound in a short time to be a city of several thousands. Peak
population 1880, 700. Post office established Oct. 5, 1869. Commemorates Ulysses S. Grant,
president of the United States and Union Army commander during the Civil War.