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The Union Ledger, no date on clipping but was prior to 1910 as Pierson died in 1910

          Dr. J. W. Brendel of Murray was attending to business in the vicinity last Sunday, and was a welcome caller at the Ledger office.

          Mrs. M. E. Baty went to Weeping Water Wednesday to spend Christmas [in 1901 and 1907 December 25 was on a Wednesday], after having visited several days with her daughter, Mrs. E. L. Hammond

          For Sale - - A half dozen full blood Buff Wyandotte Cockrels at $1.00 each. This breed of fowls are [sic] the best layers, and the best table fowls.             John R. Pierson.

          Have your teeth extracted without pain by use of gas, somunform of chloretone the best known method for removing live nerves and extracting teeth absolutely painless guaranteed. Dr. Newell, Dentist, Union, Nebr.

Union Ledger, December 23, 1910

[A Printed List of the Doings of Folks]

Closing out sale on dress goods at Nichloe’s[sic] store.

Remember the secret voting. No one knows how you are voting and it is absolutely fair for all.

Amos McNamee’s car load of sheep graduated from the pasture and he took them to South Omaha market yesterday afternoon.

W.B. Stanton came in from South Dakota yesterday forenoon to spend a few days visiting with his numerous Union friends.

Charles Anderson and wife are the proud parents of a fine new daughter, born yesterday morning. Charley says Santa Claus need not stop at his home, as he has already secured his present.

Remember the dress goods sale at Nichlos’[sic] store.

M.D. Pollard is a new addition to The Ledger list.

J.R. Dysart was a Friday evening passenger to Omaha.

Miss Lottie Wunderlich spent Sunday with her parents at Nehawka.

Senator W.B. Banning was in Omaha, Monday transacting business of great importance.

L.R. Upton, the hardware dealer, was a business passenger to Omaha last Friday evening.

NOTICE: - After Jan. 1 I will charge 10c per load for weighing on my scales. JOHN CHAPPELL.

Mrs. John Everett returned to her home at Avoca Sunday, after a visit with Union relatives and friends.

Mrs. John Lidgett, Mrs. Jesse Dysart and Dan Lynn were passengers to Omaha on the early train last Saturday.

Bert Clarence of Hartington, departed for his home last Friday evening, after several days visit with Union relatives and friends.

Mrs. Simon Gruber, R.D. Stine and wife, Mrs. Peter Clarence, and son Lester, Leona Gruber and Simon Gruber were Nebraska City visitors Saturday.

Mrs. E.O. Barker and son Arthur, of Dorchester, departed for their home last Saturday, after a few days visit with the former’s brothers, the Hathaway boys.

J.M. Stone of Nehawka, and son Lester, changed cars here Saturday, going to Nebraska City. We are very glad to report that Lester is recovering nicely from his recent operation.

Wednesday passengers to Nebraska City were Frank Boggs and wife, Will McCarroll and wife, Jesse Pell and wife, Mrs. A.L. Becker, Mrs. Charles Woodard, Miss Elsie Taylor and N.C. Delles Dernier.

In looking over the appointments of Governor-elect Aldrich we notice that Mont Robb has been appointed steward of the penitentiary at Lincoln. Mr. Robb is a true republican and is well qualified and deserves the appointment. Congratulations, Mont.

Gilbert M. the two months old son of Eli M. Smith and wife, died at the home east of here last Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Mt. Hope church, conducted by Rev. W.A. Taylor.

Mrs. Emery Hathaway returned Saturday from a visit with relatives at Nehawka.

Mrs. James Niday and children were among the Saturday visitors in Nebraska City.

John Chappell and Matt Wolfe were visitors in Plattsmouth yesterday forenoon.

Remember our laundry basket goes every Thursday to the Nebraska City laundry. C.W. CLARK.

William Stotler, one of our old friends, went to Omaha Tuesday evening to have his eyes treated by a specialist.

James Atwell of Omaha changed cars here last Saturday on his way home from Weeping Water, where he had been to transact business.

Harry Graves is making The Ledger better looking every week. — News-Herald. Thanks, brother Pribble, we can say the same of the News-Herald.

R.M. Taylor and wife, Sant[sic] Gifford and wife, Mrs. W.L. Taylor and two sons, Mrs. G.S. Upton, W.H. Mark, Wm. Craig and wife were visitors in Nebraska City on Tuesday.

Yesterday forenoon passengers to Nebraska City were Dave Pickering and wife, Mrs. O.T. Davis, Mrs. R.E. Davis, Mrs. W.A. Taylor, Cora Hathaway, Leona Taylor, Charley Swan, Joe Banning and Winfield Swan.

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Union Ledger, August 26, 1910


Party of Local Men Had a Very Narrow Escape From Death.


W. B. Banning, G. W. Cheney, W. R. Cross, Roy Upton and J. R. Pierson in Mix-up.

         Tuesday evening five of our citizens figured in an automobile accident from which they consider themselves very fortunate to escape with their lives, the parties being G.W. Cheney, L.R. Upton, W.B. Banning, J.R. Pierson, and W.R. Cross, and the accident, occurred about 7 o’clock that evening about seven miles north of Humboldt, resulting in the wrecking of the automobile and more or less injuries to the occupants of the machine. The first reports received here by phone created the impression that there might be fatalities, but later it was learned that the injuries were not so bad as at first supposed, and as near as can now be learned the parties suffered as follows:

         John R. Pierson — Severe cuts and bruises on body and face, and possibly some internal injuries, also dislocation of shoulder; not yet able to be brought home.

         W.R. Cross — Collar-bone fractured, face badly skinned and bruised about the body; came home on train Wednesday morning.

         W.B. Banning — Head and face cut and bruised and injury to shoulder; came home on train Wednesday morning.

         L.R. Upton — Chest and hand bruised, face and leg skinned; came home in automobile that night.

         G.W. Cheney — Severely shaken up, bruised arm; came home in automobile.

         All the above parties appear to be getting along very well. Banning, Upton and Cheney will probably soon recover. Pierson’s injuries appear to be more serious, and the Humboldt physician who attended him advised that he remain at the Avery residence (where the accident occurred) until the extent of his injuries can be more definitely determined. Cross suffers a great deal of pain, principally from the fractured collar bone. The latest report from Pierson is quite favorable, and it is thought no permanent injury was sustained and that he can return home in a few days.

         The exact manner in which the accident occurred and the immediate cause are things that are difficult to determine, as the occupants of the car were stunned and excited and had no time to observe details, but as near as can be ascertained the facts are as follows:

         Three automobile crowds left here Tuesday morning going to Pawnee City to attend the funeral of the late W.F. Tracy, which was held there Tuesday afternoon. They started home that evening. G.W. Cheney, L.R. Upton, W.R. Cross, J.R. Pierson and W. B. Banning in the Cheney car in the lead; L.G. Todd, Will Wolfe, Will L. Taylor and Joe Banning in Todd’s car; F.H. McCarthy, J.B. Roddy, John Bramblet and John Hansell in McCarthy’s car. About 7 p.m. they reached a point seven miles north of Humboldt near the residence of T.O. Avery, and as the roads were in splendid condition, all the cars were going at very good speed. Near the Avery residence the car ran to the east side of the road and it appeared to get beyond control, or the steering apparatus was out of order, and ran into the fence in such a manner as to carry posts and boards with it, then turned over, throwing Upton and Cheney about twenty feet distant, and Pierson, Banning and Cross were caught under the car. Upton and Cheney soon recovered from the shock and hurried to the assistance of the others, pulling Pierson and Cross from under the wreck and found it necessary to lift the car in order to release Banning, who was pinioned to the ground. By this time, the other cars arrived upon the same and the injured persons were made as comfortable as possible [newspaper torn in microfilm image].

The Union Ledger, Friday, March 8, 1912

          Vance Harris was a passenger to Weeping Water last Friday.

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  From the clippings file of Dr. Gilmore
Nebraska News, Thursday, April 26, 1951.


By J. Harold Cowan

          Murray, Neb - Cass Countyís most avid historian is readying for publication another series of articles about the territoryís early-day people.
          Dr. G. H. Gilmore, retired Murray physician, said Wednesday he expects to have the articles ready soon for the Cass County Historical Society.
          Dr. Gilmore, who for years has been literally digging up facts about the territory, is president of the society. Itís a hobby he took up as a full-time project on retirement several years ago from the practice of medicine. He organized the society in 1936.
          In pursuit of his hobby, he has turned up enough Indian artifacts and records of early settlers to fill a small museum. Some of his best finds have, in fact, gone to museums.
          Dr. Gilmore, a graduate of Peru State Teachers College and Rush Medical College, Chicago, began his practice here in 1895. He was born seven miles west of Murray.
          Until his gradual retirement in the 30ís, he carried on a wide practice throughout the county. He wore out several teams of horses and 22 Model Tís had the usual hardship experiences common to much-traveled doctors.
          He once treated in a cornfield a fugitive who had become ill from eating corn. The fugitiveís pal prevented the doctor from alerting the law until the fugitive escaped.
          During World War I, Dr. Gilmore served in the Army Medical Corps in France. In spare-time, he picked up many battlefield souvenirs.
          "Iíve always been interested in things historical," he said. "The study of the history of our own territory fascinates me."
          Dr. Gilmore has mapped out the home sites of early settlers. In 1857, he said, Cass County had 42 "ghost" towns - sites selected for towns but never developed.
          He has the leather-bound logbook of the Ohio-to-Nebraska wagon trip made by his father, John, who in 1885 established a ferryboat business across the Missouri River at Kenosha.
          Dr. and Mrs. Gilmore have one son still living, Dr. John E., of Santa Monica, Cal. A daughter died of flu during World War I.

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