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PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
1878 NEWS
Republished in 1900


Published in The Journal on January 31, 1900 - "Many Years Ago"
Our account this week begins with December 5, 1877 and ends with February 13, 1878.

Wheat, 82 cents.

Plowing was done on December 21.

Died, January 29, 1878, Mrs. Orlando Rose.

Henry Cordess returned from Deadwood.

Mrs. C.N. Thurston was appointed postmistress at Monroe.

Died, Jan. 5, Amanda C., wife of John J. Rickly, aged 28 years.

John Graham trapped a wild cat on the Loup opposite Keatskotoos.

A brickyard was to be opened Pat O'Toole's forty-acre homestead.

Mr. Kopetsky, a farmer of Sherman precinct, lost a dwelling house by fire.

Morrissey and Klock erected a building on Olive street, north of the post office.

C.E. Morse and family started Dec. 5 for a three weeks' visit with friends in Illinois.

Died, Dec. 16, of scarlet rash, William Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomazin, aged one year.

Marshall Smith moved his stock of groceries into his new brick store building on Thirteenth street.

Died, Dec. 13, Bart S. Hunt. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Samuel Goodale at the Episcopal church.

James Yanglin, the first convict from Butler county, was sentenced to the penitentiary four years for horse stealing.

Mr. Ernst, father of Jacob, John and Wm. Ernst, died at his residence in Switzerland, Nov. 1, 1877, aged 77 years.

In those days, Hugh Hughes was a carpenter, joiner and contractor; John Huber was mail carrier between Columbus and Albion.

Stock hogs were in demand, because farmers wanted to utilize their large corn crops. Corn was 20 cents a bushel, and fat hogs $3.00 to $3.25 a hundred.

Married, Feb. 6, 1878, at the residence of John Sacrider, the home of the bride, by Rev. H.N. Cook, John C. Truelove and Miss Susan Sacrider, both of Monroe.

Married, Monday, Jan. 7, 1878, at the residence of the bride's parents in Stearns precinct, by Rev. Father Smith, Daniel Kavanaugh and Miss Bride Gentleman.

Mrs. E.V. Clark, formerly of Columbus, then of Grand Island, died Jan. 21, from the effects of a fallen lamp, setting fire to her clothing, enveloping her in the flames.

Died, Dec. 26, 1877, Blanche, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Winterbotham, aged one year and seven months. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Thomas Bayne.

James Hallows and family and Mrs. Ann Freston and sons started for Utah, December 10. Widow Freston was the mother of the first white boy born in Genoa, in July, 1857.

Alfred Stenger, John Barrow and John McPherson started Dec. 3 for the Beaver valley on a hunting expedition, expecting to strike a herd of elk between the Beaver and the North Loup.

Married, Jan. 8, 1878, at the residence of the bride's brother, Dr. Theodore Stull, Marengo, Ill., by Rev. Mr. Hutchison, Norris Bonesteel and Miss Charlotte A. Stull, both of Columbus.

Musical sounds were transmitted by the telephone from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, a circuit of 375 miles. The sounds were audible to the audience, but the particular tune could not be recognized.

Carl Reinke, Jacob Ernst, George Berney and R. Kummer jr., returned from Chicago, after striking a low market for the cattle and hogs. Mr. Berney said his cattle were in excellent order and were sold for shipment to New York, yet he would have made money by feeding a month longer.

C. E. Morse and family returned from their trip east, and Charley said that our two inches of mud wasn't anything to compare with Illinois, where in a light spring wagon drawn by two good horses, no load but three grown people and three children, they were four hours in going eight miles, and then the men had to get out once and lift the wheels out of the mud.


Published in The Journal on February 7, 1900 - "Many Years Ago"
Our account this week begins with February 20, 1878 and ends with May 1, 1878.

Born, Feb. 17, to Mrs. Gus. G. Becher, a daughter.

E.D. Fitzpatrick started in the stationery business.

F.P. Burgess purchased Wm. Lensch's interest in the Era.

The Stearns prairie post office was moved to J. P. Brann's.

Work began April 12, at Joe Bucher's mill site on Shell creek.

Gus. Lockner made a 12x25 addition to the north of his dwelling.

Mrs. R. T. Page of Omaha began her career here as music teacher.

Thomas Flynn set out twenty thousand cottonwood trees that season.

After July 1 there was to be daily mail between Albion and Columbus.

John Walker planted twenty acres to trees, cottonwood, box-elder and ash.

All the iron work of the new railroad Loupe bridge was in place March 25, 1878.

Married, Feb. 21, 1878, by Judge J. G. Higgins, Alf. N. Burgess and Miss Ada Sheets.

Married, March 28, 1878, by Rev. J. A. Hood, Charles H. Young and Mrs. Ella Compton.

Mrs. Ida Lightfoot and three children of Cheyenne, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Anderson.

Rudolph Kummer left April 30 for a trip to the fatherland, expecting to look in at the Paris exposition.

Died, February 26, Lena Gertrude, daughter of H.L. and M.L. Small, aged four years and two months.

Married, on the evening of February 21, 1878, by Rev. J.Q.A. Fleharty, O.C. Shannon and Miss Elizabeth M. Davis.

Father Ryan received a letter from Deadwood, stating that James Collins formerly of this county had died there March 24.

O.E. Stearns disposed of his land on Stearns' Prairie to Henry Wassenberger and Jacob Henreich of Washington county, Wisconsin, for $2,500.

A number of Creston people made improvements, among them being Wm. Jackson, Mr. Drake, George Rowlin, Mr. Matson, Mr. Iverson, Mr. Olson, Mr. McCandlish, Mr. Sage, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Tucker.

Jos. Rosno, who lived west of the Loupe railroad bridge, was found dead in his stable April 3. He had a rope around his neck, his feet and handle touching the ground, the rope being fastened to a harness pin above. He had once before made a show of committing suicide.

Otto, son of Henry and Katrine Leusche, aged six years and one month, was instantly killed, April 24, the seats in a three-seated, light wagon, being tipped out, all the family being slightly hurt. The seat struck Otto in the temple, and his death was instantaneous. The embankment was only a foot down, and the team going slow at the time. The spot where the accident occured was half a mile north of Edwin Ahren's dwelling.


Published in The Journal on February 14, 1900 - "Many Years Ago"
Our account this week begins with May 8, 1878 and ends with July 17, 1878.

J. B. Senecal opened the Farmers' Home.

A. M. Jennings erected a dwelling on Fourteenth street.

L. Kramer opened a dry-goods store in the Morrissey building.

Carl Reinke reported crops in the Shell creek valley looking tip-top.

B. Schroeder built a dwelling twenty miles northwest of Columbus

Died, June 21, Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gass, aged 4 months.

A. N. Burgess and C.E. Chapin went into the furniture business together.

C. A. Newman built a residence near C. A. Speice's in the eastern part of the city.

G. H. Krause & Sons succeeded W. H. Winterbotham in the hardware business.

Died, May 22, 1878, Mary, daughter of John and Alice Fitzpatrick, aged fifteen years.

Harry Reed had his collar bone broken June 4, his pony stepping into a hole on the prairie.

J. H. Reed donated the use of one acre opposite his residence as a site for a school house.

Miss Serena Oleson returned home from attendance at the State Normal school at Peru.

In Creston precinct W. H. Allison turned under fifty acres of sod, J. A. Fulton twenty-five, E. A. Sage fifteen.

Horace Hudson and Frank Wake tied a broncho to a sapling, but he pulled and hauled and finally broke his neck.

Died, July 15, from the effects of a sunstroke some years previously, John Barrow, in the fifty-ninth year of his age.

Marcus Vogel, late of Indiana, bought the Callaway brick building on Eleventh street and fitted it up for a bakery and restaurant.

Married, on the evening of June 17, at the residence of the bride's parents, by Judge J. G. Higgins, C. A. Newman and Miss Belle Brindley.

The school board of District No. 1 employed as teachers for the current year, Prof. Cramer, principal; Miss Annie Bremer, intermediate; Mrs. Helen Ballou primary.

Gustave Martz, a lad about twelve years old, son of Peter Martz near Jackson, was drowned in the Platte river July 10, while learning to swim. Mr. Meedel discovered the body a mile down stream on a sand-bar.


Published in The Journal on February 21, 1900 - "Many Years Ago"
Our account this week begins with July 24, 1878 and ends with August 28, 1878.

In 1878 Otto Baker brought the first new wheat to town.

John Burke lost a valuable horse from overheating, July 19.

The railroad bridge over the Loup Fork cost over $100,000.

Land sold in Polk and Platte county at from $3 to $10 an acre.

July 19, a man named Kramer died from sunstroke near Becker's mill.

August 7, 1878, John Huber was so very sick that he was not expected to live.

On the 26th of August an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCray departed this life.

Otto Miller, near Becker's mill, lost one of his horses, July 20, from the effects of heat.

Married, July 18, by Rev. Saml. Goodale, James Connell to Sarah Mulligan, all of Columbus.

Henry Gass began the erection of a business building on Eleventh street, the present location.

John Loseke lost a horse July 19 from the effects of heat, dropping dead while hitched to the reaper.

August 23, Mrs. Louisa Schwartz died, aged 67 years. She was the mother of Henry and Louis Schwarz.

Barney McTaggart built a blacksmith shop on the north side of Eleventh street, west of the Farmers' Home.

Married, July 27, 1878, at the residence of Charles Schroeder, this city, Wm. A. Schroeder and Miss Eva Schaffer.

Frank Inkman at a farm in Platte precinct, Polk county, died from the effects of heat. He was unaccustomed to outdoor work.

Joseph Bucher, while digging the race to his mill on Shell creek, came to a big tree, twenty feet below the surface. This was at a distance of a hundred feet from the creek.

C.H. Young built a concrete building on Olive street, the front of brick to match the buildings south of it. One story for the present, but with walls strong enough for two.

Reinhold Brandt contested Peter Laughlin's right to timber culture entry No. 637, W. S. E. section 4, township 19 north, range 2 west, and depositions were to be taken before Henry G. Carew.

August 20, a son of George Graham, living eighteen miles west of Columbus, a lad of about fourteen, shot himself in the stomach while drawing his gun out of a wagon, with the muzzle toward him. He lived four hours after the accident, dying before the arrival of the doctors. Dr. Martyn said that during his practice he had been called upon in a half dozen similar cases.

At about 9 o'clock p.m., August 7, one of the chandaliers fell down at Schupbach & Schroeder's hardware store on Eleventh street, but in a few moments, Herman Oehlrich of Henry Bros.' Establishment came with a Babcock extinguisher on his back and the fire died gradually down under the potent influence of the medicated water. Herman deserved the heartiest thanks of the entire neighborhood for his timely appearance, the The Journal tendered him its share.


Published in The Journal on March 7, 1900 - "Many Years Ago"
Our account this week begins with September 4, 1878 and ends with October 30, 1878.

Leander Gerrard suffered an attack of typhoid fever.

Married, October 19, Thomas Krebs and Miss Lizzie Gerber.

G.A. Schroeder purchased D. Schupbach's interest in the hardware store.

R.T. Bullard and David Smith went into partnership in the grocery business.

Married, October 1, 1878, by Rev. Sherman, Geo. Rieder and Miss Etta Briggs.

John Routson surveyed and platted the town of Genoa, Pawnee Reservation.

Died, October 13, of dropsy, Lydia A., wife of Solomon J. Edwards, aged 58 years.

Married, October 10, by Rev. Schuelsky, Louis Schwartz and Miss Wilhemina Wilke.

D.N. Miner secured the contract for the new school house in District No. 1 - the Reed school.

Married, Saturday evening, October 19, by Judge J.G. Higgins, Henry Hewett and Miss Mary Smith.

Thomas Flynn's new brick house is 24x33 feet, a basement story and two above ground - 140,000 brick.

Married, October 13, at the Upton House, Schuyler, by Judge H.C. Russel, W.N.Hensley and Miss Maggie McAllister.

David Anderson was busy August 31, 1878, filling out a contract with W.P. Phillips, of Lincoln, for the delivery of three hundred steers.

Charles A. Stevenson was of the opinion, after a short canvass, that Columbus contained between two thousand and twenty-five hundred inhabitants.

Died, at Chicago, September 8, 1878, at midnight, of quinzy, resulting in diphtheria, Philip Benjamin Bonesteel, in the 29th year of his age. He was born in Canada; moved to Nebraska in 1868.

M.B. Muhle, living in the vicinity of Beckers mill, it was believed, lost his life instantly while crossing a slough beyond Shell creek, his wagon upsetting, a load of lumber falling on him. He had started from Columbus in the evening.

At a meeting held to raise money for the beefit of yellow fever sufferers in the south, Mayor C. A. Speice presided, T.C. Ryan acted as secretary, and remarks were made by L. Gerrard, John Hammond, R.H. Henry, N. Millet, J.P. Becker, M. Whitmoyer and others. $227.25 was subscribed at the meeting and committees appointed to solicit additional sums; Mrs. H.P. Coolidge, Mrs. Mary Weaver, Mrs. Fred. Reimer, Ada Millett, Maggie A. McAllister, Mrs. I. Gluck, Mrs. A. M. Post, Mrs. A. W. Crites, Mrs. Phil. Bonesteel, Mrs. Jane A. North. The next morning, Mayor Speice telegraphed to the Howard Association to draw on him for $200.

Prairie fires, -- Franz Henggler, John Haney, James Compton and Pat. Griffin lost by a fire which started from the railroad track near Martin Reagan's Oct. 19 in the evening, and reached Shell creek about midnight. R. W. Young on Stearns prairie lost all his hay and grain, three horses and all his buildings. T.J. Ellis all his grain, hay and stable, and Mr. Hellbush twelve stacks of grain and his grove of timber. From the Looking Glass, losses were suffered by Messrs. Peterson, Cedar, Larson, Nelson, Irwin, Valine, Dickinson, Burlin, Jacobs, Ennis, Peterson, Mitchener. Mr. Middleton, who went to help Mitchener, lost his life, managing to get home, but with nothing on him except his shoes, the skin falling off him, and he dying in a few hours. On Shell creek those who lost were Williams, Holleran, Oleson, James and Pat Ducey.


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