in the line of his profession to occupy his time, he engaged his services to Tiffany & Dresser as cook, afterward worked through harvest in Polk county and haying in Nance, then entered into co-partnership with Mr. Slaughter in the land and law business combined, in which prosperity followed from the first.
On the 1st of August, Slaughter moved his family into the Pawnee building, the store not being completed. N. C. Judson moved into his own structure, and B. F. Gregory and wife took up quarters in the room vacated by Mr. Judson.
In June, 1879, J. H. Umstead came west to "grow up with the country," and was so well pleased with the outlook in Nance county that he invested in the half section of land where he now lives.
About this time Dr. J. S. Christison, finding Columbus a little too bountifully supplied with "saw bones," concluded to locate in the new county, and pitched his tent at Genoa. He was the first physician to locate in the county.
A little later in the season, Olof Netsell and Gustave Willson formed a co-partnership in the general merchandise business in Genoa, and A. H. Simpson opened a law office. D. A. Willard engaged in the land and loan business, holding his office in the National House, which was then in charge of C. A. M. Rider.
To return to Fullerton: In the latter part of August, Mrs. Tiffany commenced keeping boarding house in the building now owned by I. A. Beagle, and occupied by Wilson Brothers as a store.
Rev. R. G. Adams purchased the quarter-section of land south of O. E. Stearns, and built the house where S. J. Harman now lives.
On Jul 31st, 1879, volume 1, number 1, of the Genoa Magnet was issued at Genoa by Geo. R. Nunnelly, alias Antelope Dick. It was a six-column folio, and a very attractive little sheet.
In September the first school meeting was held in front of the old Pawnee land office. Those present were Slaughter, Tiffany, Dresser, Noah Judson, Hosea Judson, Rev. R. G. Adams and Jacob Smith. Arrangements were made whereby Hosea Judson agreed to build a school house, on condition that Fuller & Slaughter should donate the lot, which was done, and the house was constructed which now serves as the dwelling of John Harwood.
Miss Cora Judson -- now Mrs. Chas. Hinshilwood was engaged to teach the school, at a salary of $2 per scholar for the term.
In August, John N. Reynolds, an attorney of Columbus, put up the building now occupied as the Citizens' Bank, hauling the lumber from Columbus.
About this time N. C. Judson put in a stock of groceries, and S. L. Sturtevant built the store now used by C. F. Bake, which he also stocked with groceries, etc.
Samuel Buckner, a Jew, engaged in the general merchandise business on a small scale in the Beagle building.
H. F. Snider & Co., of Neoma, Boone county, erected the building now in use by H. W. Stock as a grocery, and stocked the same with general merchandise from their Neoma store. "Josh" Brown took charge of the business, and built up a very flourishing trade, considering the sparsely settled condition of the country.
Later in the fall C. H. Gilmore located and erected the building now used by C. L. Hurt & Son as a restaurant and dwelling, which he stocked with drugs.
In October, J. D. Edgington, James McGee and Dr. L. D. Alexander, from near Council Bluffs, came out on a land and deer hunt. They were encamped on the Cottonwood, in the western part of Nance county, and were having good success in the chase. It was agreed that each man should dress all the animals of his own killing, and at the same time perform the duties of cook. By this arrangement Mr. Edgington, who was by far the most successful hunter of the three, was kept at home about every other day. The skins of the dead animals were hung on the tent to dry, and the oil dripping from then [sic] had thoroughly saturated the canvas, making it exceedingly combustible. One evening, about sundown, Mr. Edgington having completed his task of dressing the game killed the day previous, set at work to prepare the evening meal for the hungry lads who had been on the go all day and must soon reach camp. He threw a lot of dry wood on the fire near the tent and started to the creek for water. Just before reaching it, he heard a slight explosion, and lookIng back observed the top of the tent in flames. There were fifteen pounds of powder in a can inside, also guns, harness, camp equipage, the doctor's surgical case, and many other valuables. Mr. Edgington was quick to appreciate the demands of the situation, and jumping into the stream, saturated his clothing from head to foot, filled his pails with water and ran to the tent at break-neck speed. By that time the entire canvas was a seething mass of flame. Mr. Edgington did not pause a moment, but went head first through the burning canvas into the tent, where, while holding his breath lest death result from breathing in the flame, he threw out the can of powder, guns and the doctor's case, and then retreated with hair, whiskers and clothing in flames. His hands and arms to his elbows were burned to a blister, and his face and chest were in the same condition. Mr. McGee and the doctor came at the opportune moment. Edgington had immersed his
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