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Rawding Thumbnail Sylvester Rawding's house near Sargent, Nebraska as it appeared in 1886. A dark spot above Rawding's right eye, visible in the larger view, was a wound he got fighting with the Union Army in the Civil War. Eventually Rawding's stepson was deeded the homestead and promptly threw Rawding off the place.
Art Pulliam of the Sargent area in Custer County not only had a newer rifle than his neighbors, he was a better shot (in the larger view it's clear that those are two coyotes slung across his saddle). Coyotes are among the most difficult animals to hit, and although the predators were plentiful at the turn of the century, bagging two in a day was especially noteworthy and would no doubt be the topic of conversation around pot bellied stoves for several weeks. Pulliam Thumbnail
HiltonThumbnail Mrs. David Hilton from near Weissert was so embarrassed that they still lived in a sod house that in spite of Solomon Butcher's arguments she refused to have the family pose in front of the soddie. Still, as was the custom, she wanted the family to pose in front of their proudest possessions--so she made the men carry her heavy pump organ out into the yard for the shooting.
Hilton Family
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