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PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
1880 NEWS
Republished in 1900 and 1902


Published in The Journal on April 25, 1900 - "Many Years Ago"
Our account this week begins with February 18, 1880 and ends with March 18, 1880.

Nick Blasser built Carl Reinke's second private bridge.

Died, March 6, at his residence in Colfax county, Andrew Dunlap.

Wm. Bloedorn settled at Platte Center and made his anvils ring.

Married, March 10, Wm. H. Lawrence and Miss Clara Alice DeMoss.

The name of Cherry Hill postoffice, this county, was changed to Duncan.

George Lehman as landlord opened the Grand Pacific Hotel, March 3, 1880.

M.D. Thurston from Grand Haven, Mich., located here in the dentistry business.

Fred. Blasser had the contract for carpenter work on Geo. Henggeler's new brick house on his farm.

Jack Echols purchased D. C. Kavanaugh's painting business and entered into partnership with Geo. V. Hines.

W.J. Belknap of Creston notes that it is universally the case, when broom corn is planted on an alkali spot, it grows curled.

Joe Gross returning Feb. 11, from his usual yearly trip to Chicago, reported seeing the electric light, and was very much delighted with it.

Fred. Gottschalk, though not an old man, was one of the oldest settlers in Columbus, being here in 1856, when there was not a house within sixty miles.

Through the persistent recommendation of the Columbus hotels by J.E. North, and on his motion, Columbus was selected as the place for holding the democratic state convention. The Journal urged similar action by the republicans.

Feb. 26 there arrived here to locate in Platte county, the following-named men, with their families, who were neighbors in Rock Island county, Ill.: J.R. Smith, H.S. Lathrop, Thomas Wilson. They brought with them household goods, three car loads, besides fourteen horses and a cow, and The Journal expressed the wish that a hundred thousand such would come to Nebraska that season.

John Strasser of Jackson (now Duncan), accidentally shot and killed himself Feb. 16. Seemingly the contents of both barrels of the gun had gone into the skull near the right ear. The brains were found about ten feet away from the body and as though they had been taken out of the skull by a surgeon and laid there. The coroner's jury were: J. V. Shelder, Peter J. Martz, Jacob Gerber, B. A. Byrne, Geo. L. Diefenbach and H. Mahler.

A fire at Patrick Foley's March 9 destroyed cattle shed, stable, hay, etc. Henry Carrig and a neighbor helped save the dwelling, and Henry was very enthusiastic in praise of a 7-year-old girl of Mr. Foley's who before the neighbors came, pulled her little brother away from the flames, liberated two horses, and with an ax knocked boards enough off the hog pen to save the porkers from roasting. Mr. and Mrs. Foley were absent at Platte Center and left the youngsters in charge of an elderly Polish woman.


Published in The Journal on May 2, 1900 - "Many Years Ago"
Our account this week begins with March 24, 1880 and ends with May 12, 1880.

Ed. North had a second attack of measles.

Nick Adamy lost by prairie fire three acres of trees.

Plastering began on the Sisters' hospital April 13.

Patrick Burke died March 19, after a very brief illness.

Nearly 6,000 emigrants for America left Germany each week.

Dr. F. J. Schug, late of Sandusky, Ohio, located in the city.

The post-offices at Gleason and Keatskatoos were discontinued.

M.K. Turner's four youngest children were sick with measles--a little hospital.

Jacob Ernst purchased eighty acres lying immediately north of his dwelling.

Died, at his residence north of Jackson, March 25, George Rieder, aged 53 years.

Wm. O'Brien, S. A. Crosby and F. Morgan of McHenry county, Ill., arrived in the city.

Wm. Eimers removed his store from St. Mary's to Humphrey station on the Jackson extension.

Will. J. Newman, accompanied by wife and child, arrived in the city April 29, to make it their home.

The rattlesnakes got fewer - John Welch living on Shell creek had a colt which was bit in the chin by a rattlesake.

Died, May 1, of pneumonia, Wm. M. Davis, in the 21st year of his age. Since a lad he had had two attacks of typhoid fever and five of pneumonia.

One of the burning local questions then was, Shall Frankfort square, commonly known as Engine House square, be cut up into business lots and sold?

Vincent Kummer died, Sunday afternoon, March 21, 2 o'clock, aged 59 years. He was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, and in 1850 came to America. In 1860 he was elected county treasurer and held the office until the installment of his successor and fried, J. W. Early.

Michael J. Mullen was cut in two while attempting to board an outgoing train on the Union Pacific. Coroner Heintz called as a jury, J. E. North, G. Schroeder, H. P. Coolidge, J. C. Morrissey, D. C. Kavanaugh and Jacob Greisen. Being a railroad man, and active, Mullen, doubtless thought he could make the train. The report that he was in liquor at the time was false.


Published in The Journal on March 12, 1902 - "Many Years Ago"
Our notes this week begin with The Journal of September 8, 1880 and close with that of November 17, 1880.

Died, Oct. 30, Nelson Millett.

Died, Oct. 31, Mrs. Wm. Routson.

John Eusden engaged in plastering.

Phil. Cain sold the Tattersall to Robert Stewart.

Married, Oct. 23, Wilbur Lincoln and Miss Minnie Gibson.

Albert Stenger, aged 21 years, died of typhoid fever, Sept. 21.

Nich Blasser constructed a county bridge at Edwin Ahrens'.

Virgil T. Price and Miss Josie M. Goodale were married Sept. 15.

Julius Rasmussen and John Schram dissolved partnership, Oct. 1.

Edward Hayes died Sept. 11 in the twenty-ninth year of his age.

Married, Sept. 26, by Rev. C.N. Cate, John N. Lawson and Mrs. Ellen J. Webb.

Married, Sept. 21, by Judge J.G. Higgins, Wm. R. Hendrix and Miss Ettie M. Wheeler.

Charles, William, Bert and Harry, sons of H.P. Coolidge, were afflicted with scarlet fever.

J.E. North of this city was placed on the democratic state ticket as a candidate for congress.

Guy C. Barnum was norminated for senator from Colfax and Platte counties, by the democracy.

Died, Oct. 7, Freddie, only child of Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Shannon, aged 9 months and 20 days.

October 2, Mrs. Moses Welch suffered a stroke of paralysis, affecting the entire right side of her body.

Michael Welch had the contract for carrying the mail between Columbus and Creston post-office.

Born, Oct. 18, to Mrs. Geo. A. Scott, a daughter. On the same day to Mrs. M. Whitmoyer, twin daughters.

John Shanahan, near Metz post-office, lost by fire Oct. 8, his dwelling-house, granary, etc., worth $400, insurance $300.

M.K. Turner was nominated as the republican candidate for senator for the district composed of Colfax and Platte counties.

Four million salmon eggs were placed in the head waters of the streams tributary to the Platte, Blue, Elkhorn and other rivers.

October 20, 11 o'clock p.m., a fire broke out in the building of Mrs. Eliza Clother on Thirteenth street, occupied by Phil. Cain. Loss $360 on building; $250 on furniture.

Charles Cominski, while felling a tree on Martin Bloedorn's farm, was very seriously hurt, the tree falling upon him, fracturing his skull and driving his feet into the ground.

Married, Oct. 16, at the residence of the bride's uncle in Jay county, Indiana, by Friends' ceremony, Joseph L. Truman of Platte county, Nebr., and Marianna Birdsall of Loudon county, Virginia.

Married--Oct. 19 by Rev. C.G.A. Hullhorst, Chas. Klaus and Miss Elizabeth Rieder; Oct. 28, by Rev. P. Cyril Augustinsky, Joseph Micek and Miss Josephine Czapla; Nov. 7, by Judge J.G. Higgins, John P. Button and Miss Hannah A. Galley.


Published in The Journal on March 19, 1902 - "Many Years Ago"
Our notes this week begin with The Journal of November 17, 1880 and close with that of January 12, 1881.

Born, Nov. 28, to Mrs. W.T. Rickly, a daughter.

Born, to Mrs. John George, December 3, a daughter.

Charles A. Brindley was appointed deputy sheriff.

Died, Dec. 4, of scarlet fever, Frank, son of W.T. Rickley, aged 2 years.

Wendell Phlilips was appointed executor of the will of Lydia Maria Child.

George Henggler erected one of the best cattle barns then in the county, 24x75 feet.

An addition to the Becker & Welch mill on Shell creek sunk several inches Dec. 26, it having been undermined.

John A. Steele, A.N. Burgess and John Routson, while hunting on Christmas day in Heintz's timber, ran across a wild cat and killed it.

On Thanksgiving day G.W. Hulst and A.J. Arnold started out in the morning and returned in time for dinner at 2 o'clock, with four deer as the result of their morning's work.

John M. Honahan had an attack of rheumatism lasting through eleven weary weeks, the pain being, at times unbearable, but for the injection of morphine into the affected parts.

Died, Nov. 2, aged 4 years, 8 months, John, and Nov. 5, aged 9 years and 5 months, Hannah, son and daughter of Henry and Hannah Carrig. Both were suddenly taken away by that dreadful disease, diphtheria.

Among those who received patents on land were: Henry Guiles, Wm. Connelly, Pat. Ducey, Jas. Ducey, John Boss, J. Bodmer, F. Wendt, A. Iverson, T.K. Matson, S.J. Wheeler, E. Ahrens, P.J. Schmitz, B.W. Ellis, G. Loseke, James Kiernan, J. Welsh.

Between 6 and 7 o'clock a.m., Dec. 15, a train coming from the west on the Union Pacific, ran into another one standing on the track in the yard here, the engine striking the rear end of an emigrant car, which happened to have no occupant--the car was smashed into kindling-wood about half its length. Passingers said that the engineer had whistled wildly for "down breaks," but the call was not answered by the sleeping brakemen.


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