Family with well Thumbnail It wasn't at all unusual for a sod house to have walls three feet thick. When rain began to deteriorate the exterior face, a soddie dweller simply laid another layer of "Nebraska brick" on it. In addition to a sturdy house, this 1880's Custer County family apparently has a very good well which can be seen in the larger view.
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Jerry Shores, a former slave, claimed a homestead near Westerville in Custer County. Shores Family Thumbnail
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SpeeseThumbnail Jerry Shores' brother, Moses Speese, was also a former slave. Both the Shores and the Speese families stayed in Custer County for years, Moses later becoming the well known chef at Broken Bow's widely acclaimed Arrow Hotel.
        
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