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Nebraska Brick Thumbnail In the foreground of this shot we can see newly cut sod, soon to be used for repairs--probably on the collapsed building--more visible in the large view on the right. The curtains tell us the house is still occupied--Custer County, 1888.
  Nebraska Brick
Note the sod roof on Jacob Cover's homestead between Mason City and Ansley. These roofs held out most of the rain, at least during the storm. The dripping continued sometimes two days after a good rain had stopped. In July 1913 the Mason City Transcript reported that Jacob, who had been a member of Company E, Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, "heard the Rebel yell, . . . heard President Wilson's address. . .and shook hands with him" at the July 4th Gettysburg "big reunion of the Blue and Gray." Jacob Cover Family Thumbnail
EubankThumbnail Reverend E. Eubank (seated) of Douglas Grove is said to have preached the first Christian sermon in Custer County. The family also figured prominently in the school system--he was the first County Superintendent of Schools, and his wife was among the county's first teachers. This photograph is included through the generosity of the Nebraska State Historical Society's Curator of Photographs, Mr. John Carter. The other samples of Solomon Butcher's work in our gallery were reproduced from prints owned by CCHS.
Eubank Family

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