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Union Ledger;
excerpts from a 1905 issue (exact date unknown)

Not Here Today

The approach of the dates of the old settlers' re-union each year reminds us that the pioneers are being called away, and at every reunion we miss familiar faces. The past few years the death record includes a number of the old settlers as well as some of middle age, and from the old settlers' register and The Ledger files we find the following record of deaths of people who had resided in or near this village, also date of death:
Joshua Lynn Feb. 29, 1896
John Ervin Mar 13, 1896
Fleming W. Robb Sr.Apr 10, 1896
Silas SherwoodAug 27, 1896
Mrs. Jane McCarrollAug 29, 1896
Mrs. Mareta Du BoisMar 25, 1897
Abram HathawayApril 9,1897
Milton WolfeDec 20, 1897
Mrs Laticia EngellMar 4, 1898
John O' DonnellJuly 4, 1898
Mrs Catherine HargusJul 29, 1898
Mrs Maria YoungSept 3, 1898
Mrs Nancy BurrisSept 22, 1898
David HickmanSept 25, 1898
Isaac Dye Sr.Oct 6, 1898
Mrs Sarah J DavisNov 2, 1898
Mrs Emily GarrisonDec 13, 1898
Evander W BarnumDec 26, 1898
Simon YoungJan 14, 1899
Mrs Ravina ErvinMar 8, 1899
Claiborne F DavisMar 27, 1899
Aquilla D. JohnsonMay 4, 1899
Wm J YoungOct 12, 1899
Jacob SurfaceDec 12, 1899
William A PellJan 1, 1900
Mrs Eva DysartFeb 26, 1900
John Everett SrMar 21, 1900
Mrs May McClaflinApril 15, 1900
Harrison McClaflinSept 14, 1900
Arthur A GiffordSept 16, 1900
Ezekiel P DavisOct 2, 1900
Robt O HobackOct 26, 1900
Albert EatonOct 30, 1900
John SmithNov 8, 1900
Barnett L ReynoldsNov 19, 1900
Mrs Sarah HickmanJan 23, 1901
Geo W PellJan 27, 1901
Eleazer Balesapril 3, 1901
Mrs Sarah A JohnsonApril 9, 1901
Soloman L ComerJune 281901
John F BuckSept 1, 1901
Dr Robt B WallaceSept 16, 1901
Eugene PickettJan 15, 1902
Mrs Sarah McQuinMar 24, 1902
Thomas LindseyMar 26, 1902
Mrs mary ChilcottJuly 23, 1902
Arthur ShoemakerOct 16, 1902
Hiram DuBoisDec 15, 1902
John StineJan 19, 1903
James Chase SrMar 28, 1903
Mrs Ann HathawayJune 5, 1903
Nicholas TrookJuly 7, 1903
Mrs Theodora TaylorNov 6, 1903
Henry F TaylorDec 4, 1903
Mrs Lottie BarkhurstFeb 10, 1904
Mrs Annie AustinMar 5, 1904
Mrs Sobrina RoseMay 22, 1904
Glenn DougeJune 18, 1904
Mrs Emma J millsAug 29, 1904
Franz BauerSept 18, 1904
John Eaton SrNov 2, 1904
Mrs Jane FoldenNov 25, 1904
Mrs Arella BrambletDec 14, 1904
J I SimmonsJan 26, 1905
Henry Wolfe SrMar 10, 1905
Walker JonesMar 27, 1905
Henry J DavisMay 9, 1905
Nathaniel HarlessApril 17, 1905
Mrs Ellen TrookMay 11, 1905
Nicholas YoungJuly 13, 1905
Mrs Catherine WilsonAug 6, 1905
Perhaps a few names may have been omitted in making the above list, and for the purpose of having ing [sic] it accurate and complete it will be published again next week with such additions as may be reported.
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Union Ledger, August 26, 1910

(The printed date was chopped off and someone wrote August 26 before putting it on microfilm. I mention this only because of the following headline.)

Old Settlers 22nd Re-union To Be Held at Union On That Date.


The Plans Are to Make This the Best Re-Union Ever Held in Our Village

          The annual business meeting of the Old Settlers Association was held Monday evening, at which time much enthusiasm was on tap and everything indicated that this year we are to have a splendid celebation on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20. W.B. Banning was chairman of the meeting and C.L. Graves was secretary. There was some difficulty in finding a gentleman who was willing to accept the position of president of the association this year, as it is well known that that officer has a heavy load to carry, but after several had pledged their best efforts to assist in the work the following officers were elected:

  • President - W.R. Cross
  • Vice Presidents - John B. Roddy and Al E. Stites
  • Secretary - Charles L. Graves
  • Treasurer - L.R. Upton

          All the above officers are enthusiastic and propose to take hold of the business with a view of making this the best re-union ever held here, and if they succeed in doing this they will be "going some" from start to finish. It is desired that every citizen now get busy and "boost" right along to help in the work as well as encourage the officers. These re-unions have done more than anything else to make a good name for our village, and every business man profits by the advertisement it gives it, and we should all unite forces to make this a record-breaker in the way of a celebration. Everybody get busy and be a "booster."
[Submitted by Becky Applegate, July 2001]

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Tell of Early Days

        Mrs. Minnie Anderson, who is a native born Cass county pioneer, having been born at Plattsmouth on October 16, 1856, reached her 80th birthday last October, and is able to recount many incidents of early Cass county history, having resided in the county throughout the years of her life. Her parents were Rev. and Mrs. A. L. Folden, the father being an early day circuit riding minister, who made the rounds of his parishioners on horseback, preaching in homes and pioneer schoolhouses. Mrs. Anderson well recalls the days when Indians were plentiful about Plattsmouth and over-land trains were being outfitted there to make the trip to California, where gold had been discovered.
        She is happily located in a small apartment in the east part of town, where she does her own housekeeping. She has made brief visits outside the county and lived for a short time in California, but to her, Cass county is and always has been home. She likes it here better than anywhere else she has ever been and is happy and contented among the old time friends and acquaintances of this vicinity.

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