Nebraska State Genealogical Society Journals
related to Hitchcock County
NSGS Nebraska Ancestree, Vol 1, no.2, page 57 - Fall, 1978
No submitter named, no source given.
Upland, Franklin Co., was incorporated on 7 Mar 1894. First board of
trustees: Anton HANSEN, John PARKER, M. L. DOYLE, Frank OSTERLUND, Frank
NSGS Nebraska Ancestree, Vol 1, no.2, page 68 - Fall, 1978
A-Submitted by James Gray, Lincoln
UPLAND HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI SINCE 1891, FRANKLIN COUNTY
Mrs. Chris RUSH
Mr&Ms. Jeff CURRENT
Louis BERTRAND Jr.
E. Paul GILGEN
FIRST SETTLERS IN RIVERTON, FRANKLIN COUNTY
A group of men in Omaha in 1870 formed a company, known as the Thompson Colony, to explore land in outstate Nebraska. They traveled as far as Thompson Creek, returned to Omaha that fall urging people to file claims for settlement. In 1871 the Thompson Colony asked Governor BUTLER for arms and ammunition for defense against the Indians. The Governor advised the group to form a militia company, which they did and elected T. S. BUTLER, Captain; J. H. HUNTER, 1st Lt., and William C. THOMPSON, 2nd Lt. in the Second Nebraska Cavalry.
The first settlers of the Thompson Colony were: Barnett ASHBURNE owned 3 of the teams which helped bring the settlers; William Bedford ONEY (who was married to ASHBURNE's daughter, Mary); H. BANKS;
William C. THOMPSON, who served as the first postmaster; his brother, James W. THOMPSON, leader of the Colony (the creek was named for these brothers); Thomas S. BUTLER, who carried mail to Kearney. These people all lived in the stockade and the rest of the company lived in their covered wagons and dug-outs on their homestead claims.
Jacob BURRIS taught 5 children the first summer in a willow school on the west bank of the Thompson Creek. A flood in August washed away the school and a new limestone one was built farther upon the hill.
The first baby born in the Stockade (and what is now Riverton) was William ONEY, born 2 o'clock a. m., 17 Nov 1871. When this child was 6 years old, another child 3 1/2 and a little girl, who was 2 when she came
and was 8 at the time, all died within 3 weeks of each other with diptheria. Another child soon died after being in contact with these children.
Also with the Colony was an Uncle Johnney ____, an Irishman, with a great sense of Humor, Richard BECKWITH, Isaac CHAPPEL, John CORDIN, Michael O'SULLIVAN, an Omahan who held the meetings of the group at his home. His step-daughter. Sarah BODWILL, died with consumption before their house was completed. He later wrote a history of the town.
Others were Thomas Edward RILEY, who married Sybilla Elizabeth HAND. They operated an early hotel and cafe in Riverton. Lemuel ROBINSON and his wife, Emily Sofia GARRETSON, also came in a covered wagon. They were the grandparents of Eugene WARRINER. John SILVER built the first store at the stockage. Rev. TOWNSEND, a Methodist preacher, was the first to preach in the county. He lived near Franklin.
NSGS Nebraska Ancestree, Vol 1, no.4, page 180 - Spring
A-Submitted by Mrs. D. JoAnn Shimonek Schiefelbein, Wichita Ks
Extracts from "The Milligan Journal" 20 Sep 1901 Vol. V. No. 7:
Grafton: Mrs. G. E. WITTER d 8 Sep 1901 at her home 2 miles south & 1 mile east of Grafton. Services were conducted by Rev. SEYMOUR and burial was at the Fairmont cemetery. Mtilda E. BELL was b Edinburg, Portage Co Oh 27 Jan 1843, with the Christian church as a girl, afterwards the Methodist church.
Fairmont: B 9 Sep a son to John MCCABE & wife. B 7 Sep a son to I. N. LOTT & wife of north Fairmont.
Milligan: Mrs. Mary BURES, wife of Frank BURES, Jr, living 9 miles northwest of town, died leaving a husband & 3 small-children, 1 born but a few weeks. The funeral was held at the Catholic church Sunday with
interment in the Catholic cemetery.
Saline County Happenings: Jos. HYNEK, Frank SLEPICKA, Louis SLEPICKA, John SHIMERDA & John VOSTRES returned this week from a trip to Alberta, Canada where they all bought a farm.
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