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ately extensive. He did not "stay with" the enterprise long enough to reap any financial profit on his investment, and the cold blasts of the following year sung "requiems to his Industry and forethought."

     Tuesday, November 4th, the first election in Nance county was held in due form, and the face of the returns showed that:

For County Seat

Votes

Genoa received

98

Fullerton

89

East Side Cedar River

15

___

   Total number of votes

202

For County Judge

William Burgess

102

M. S. Lindsay

100

For Sheriff

W. A. Davis

120

W. H. Bowman

82

For Clerk

Martin Patterson

102

J. N. Reynolds

99

For Treasurer

S. L. Surtevant

101

J. F. Ellis

100

For Coroner

J. W. Williamson

105

Davis

97

For Surveyor

G. H. Haskins

202

For Superintendent

C. D. Rakestraw

100

Dan Barker

101

Commissioner--1st Dist.

Geo. E. Willard

109

R. Warn

88

2nd Dist.

Ruby

96

Thompson

100

3rd Dist.

Thos. F. Miller

200

     About the time the county seat fight was warming up to 221 in the shade, and no prospect of cooler weather, J. L. Rood of Monroe, Wisconsin, appeared on the scene, and instead of taking sides in the conflict, went quietly and purchased a trifle over two sections of land near Genoa, for a stock ranch, and the following spring made valuable improvements thereon, and today it is one of the wealthiest ranches in Nance county, well stocked with fine horses, cattle and sheep.

     B. F. Yockum also materialized at this time and purchased a farm on Timber creek, which he has since disposed of to engage in a lucrative livery business at Genoa.

     And last, but not least, Dr. Barnes, a homeopathic physician, set sail from Schuyler and landed at the port of Genoa. He at once engaged in the drug business and the practice of his profession.

     To return to the election matters: On Monday following the election, the county commissioners met at the Pawnee land office to canvass the returns. During the interval between the election and the date of this canvass, M. S. Lindsay applied to Judge Donaldson of Merrick county for a writ of injunction to prevent a count of the returns of Genoa on the ground of fraud. When Genoa's vote was reached, the writ was served, which suspended further action for the time, and the board adjourned.

     The week after election it was learned that G. R. Nunnelly (familiarly known as Antelope Dick), then editor of the Genoa Magnet, had "sold out" to the Fullerton crowd, and threats of violence from some of the Genoa boys encouraged him to surrender his position and take up winter quarters far beyond the uttermost confines of Nance county. It was said at the time that Randall Fuller paid him $100 for his vote and influence in behalf of Fullerton, but there are few who can credit the cash part of the story. It would not be a characteristic transaction on the part of Mr. Fuller. Shortly after the departure of Mr. Nunnelly, Wm. Burgess became editor of the Magnet.

     On the 10th of December, in the district court at Osceola, Judge George M. Post issued a peremptory mandamus commanding the commissioners of Nance county to meet and canvass the entire returns, including the votes of Genoa precinct which were excluded by the injunction. In pursuance of the order the commissioners met on the 13th of December to finish the count, which they did, but the result was not made known at once.

     C. D. Rakestraw, the temporary county clerk by appointment from Governor Nance, for some reason resigned. It is thought, by the uncharitable, that he did so for mercenary considerations, but we who knew C. D. Rakestraw "better than his mother," are inclined to give him the benefit of any lingering doubt as to the rectitude of his motives in throwing up so enviable a position right in his country's crisis, so to speak. But he did resign, and the commissioners unanimously appointed J. N. Reynolds, than whom no more suitable man could have been selected to perform the delicate duties that the interests of Fullerton at that time demanded. After the appointment of Reynolds the abstract of the vote was completed (?) which gave

For County Seat

Genoa

56

Fullerton

89

East Side Cedar River

15

For County Judge

M. S. Lindsay

100

Wm. Burgess

60

For Sheriff

W. H. Bowman

80

W. A. Davis

78

(Continued)


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