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PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
1881 NEWS
Republished in 1902


Published in The Journal March 26, 1902 - "Many Years Ago"
Our notes this week begin with The Journal of January 12, 1881, and close with that of February 23, 1881.

Born, Feb. 15, to Mrs. M. Welch, a son.

Frank English and R. Brandt dissolved partnership.

Tickets from Germany to Columbus, Nebraska, were $40.

G.W. Hulst slipped on the sidewalk, fell, and broke a leg.

Married, Jan. 5, Eugene Nichols to Miss E.D. Westcott.

A fire at Osceola destroyed court house and some of the records.

Diphtheria, croup and measles prevailed in many localities of the state.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Baker died at Omaha Jan. 26.

Robert Uhlig sold his hardware business to Geo. D. Foster, from North Platte.

Matthew Burke advertised a sale of stock, etc. John Huber was auctioneer.

Married, Jan. 1, by Elder H.J. Hudson, Charles E. Chapin and Miss Jennie Wood.

G.W. Hulst and V.T. Price purchased the lumber and grain interests of W.H. Hunneman.

J.W. Early advertised for sale 200 acres of choice land in Platte ocunty at $10 an acre.

Mr. Roen of the banking firm of Anderson & Roen arrived in the city Feb. 1 from Decorah, Iowa.

Died, February 3 of diphtheria, Carrie, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Becker, aged 5 years.

R. Stewart of the "Tattersall" stable lost by colic his fine young Clydesdale horse, valued at $2,500.

January 30, Hudson Murdock lost his residence in Monroe precinct by fire. Loss $450; insurance $260.

Died, Jan. 28, of diphtheria and lung disease, Anna K., daughter of P.J. and Anna K. Schmitz, aged 2 years, 21 days.

A.N. Burgess & Co. moved their printing material to the room owned by W.C. Sutton, one door north of Arnold's jewelry store.

Between Feb. 8 and 15, no trains were able to reach this city over the A.& N. from Lincoln, or from Norfolk over the Jackson branch, owing to the heavy snow drifts.

Henry Bean and Mr. England, the latter gentleman in his eightieth year, walked to town, a distance of five miles, in an hour and a quarter. Four miles an hour is not bad for an octogenarian.

Among patents then just received at the U.S. land office, Grand Island, were: J.B. Kyle, H. Greisen, M. Christmas, C. Bump, Peter Plant, E.A. Sage, H. Behrens, R. Gentleman, H.S. Redenbaugh, Wm. Lisco, R.E. Wiley, H. Whitehead.


Published in The Journal on April 16, 1902 - "Many Years Ago"
Our notes this week begin with The Journal of February 23, 1881 and close with that of April 20, 1881.

An infant son of James Haney died of diphtheria, March 20.

Died, March 28, Mrs. Lena B., wife of _. Meedel, aged 32 years.

Hulst & Price started a feed mill in connection with their elevator.

Gus. Schroeder and E. Pohl entered into partnership in the hardware business.

J.C. Elliott and Henry Luers formed a partnershp in the implement business.

Charles Wake had a serious attack of the mumps, and was, for a time, not expected to survive.

E.J. and J.A. Ernst succeeded Schutte & Pohl as dealers in agricultural implements.

The Columbus Gazette, edited by Wm. Burgess, made its first appearance Tuesday March 1, 1881.

Miss Amelia Stenger, who had been visiting in Switzerland for two years, returned home March 13.

Mr. Hennessy, living near Platte Center, had two valuable horses killed by the snow plow on the Jackson branch.

H.L. Small resigned his position as freight agent at the U.P. depot, to engage in the butter and egg business.

Mr. and Mrs. James Haney lost four children by diphtheria within a few days, Elizabeth, Michael, Mary and Maggie.

Married, February 15, by Rev. Hullhorst, at the residence of C.A. Newman, Mr. E.M. Newman to Miss Ella Wendrick.

J.E. Moncrief was appointed by the county commissioners, superintendent of public instruction, in place of S.L. Barrett.

Died, March 3, 1881, of diptheretic croup, Jennie J., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Morse, aged 2 years and 9 months.

Robert McPherson's team of horses were drowned in McAllister's slough, and Mc barely escaped with his life, restoratives being used upon him.

Died, at Omaha, March 17, Harold Dunlap (a nephew of Mrs. J.H. Reed of this vicinity), aged 15 years. Died, March 17, after an illness of two days, Alexander H. Gibson, aged 45 years and 10 months.

The following were placed in nomination as members of the school board under the new law: First ward, John Rickly, J.G. Higgins; Second, M. Smith, W.A. McAllister; Third, A.M. Post, Wm. Burgess.

The new members elect of the city government were: J.R. Meagher, mayor; G.A. Schroeder, councilman First ward; I. Gluck, councilman Second ward; Julius Rasmussen and A.A. Smith, Third ward; John F. Wermuth, treasurer; L.J. Cramer, engineer; H.J. Hudson, clerk.

A half-column account of the flood appeared in The Journal of March 23. Robert McPherson's house was three feet in water, and several small farms in the neighborhood were entirely submerged. The bottom between the Loup and Platte river wagon brides was covered with three to four feet of slush ice. Guy C. Barnum's family moved out at 2 o'clock of morning of March 21, going to Jackson.
    Sam Rickly and Joe Miller came in from the ranch (between the Loup and Platte), and related some of their experiences during the flood. The water was so deep for most of the time that they hoisted their bed to the ceiling and for four days and nights they lived on top of their hut and in a tree. Sam said that after the waters subsided, and the stock had dry soil under them, they would skip and jump about in wild fun, evidently relishing the change in affairs, and Sam acknowledges that he was a little tickled himself.
    Saturday, March 19, the Loup river broke up with a flood the like of which had not been seen since 1967, when the waters covered the bottom south of the city. Abundance of ice two feet thick. Early in the flood the middle spans of the Loup river wagon bridge were seen to loosen and quietly float down stream. Eight spans of the Platte bridge had been swept off when the stream broke up. George Spooner's dwelling was taken several squares, and set down again in good shape. Mrs. Hamer's building was considerably riddled. David Anderson had about $100 worth of hogs caught and lost. He was not at home. The U.P. bridge between Duncan and Lost Creek stations was very considerably damaged--all the superstructure gone and perhaps half the piling, with a considerable amount of track out of shape. John Haney, not having had the least warning of the flood, had two hundred and ten head of cattle swept off, recovering only fifty of them. Only twenty-eight were as young as yearlings, and were worth considerably more than twenty dollars a head. Mr. Haney thought he could have saved his herd if he had had ten minutes warning. The school house near Mrs. Barrows' residence was moved about a mile by the flood, and placed very nearly the center of the district. Mr. Chambers of the A.& N., Ora Shannon and others went down the track on a hand car, and their attention was attracted by a signal waved from Mrs. Barrows' dwelling, which was quite a distance into the water. The party returned to the city, and, taking an engine, flat-car and a boat with them, returned and rescued Mrs. Barrows, her children and Mrs. Dykes, who was stopping with them. Large trees near the house probably saved it from being swept away. Henry Binder had upwards of 200 sheep drowned.


Published in The Journal on April 23, 1902 - "Many Years Ago"
Our notes this week begin with The Journal of April 20, 1881 and close with that of June 15, 1881.

David Jackson moved to Albion, Nebr.

Born to Mrs. H.C. Bean, May 13, a daughter.

Hulst & Price purchased the Chicago lumber yard.

J.C. McBride was appointed postmaster at Lincoln.

Fred. Gottschalk, jr's. right wrist was put out of joint by a fall.

Gus. Luckner and Chas. Rudat started a lumber yard at Norfolk.

Died, May 17, Mrs. Sarah M. Dunlap in the fortieth year of her age.

J.B. Delsman moved into his new place one door east of Gluck's.

Died, May 18, Robert B. McIntire, in the forty-fourth year of his age.

J.C. Morrissey and family left May 25 for their new home at Plattsmouth.

C. Garlow taught the school in the West Creston or Modoc school-house.

Married, by Judge J.G. Higgins, John J. Sullivan, esq., and Miss Kate Landers.

Wm. Hunneman and family started for Chicago May 18, to make that city their home.

A boy by the name of Kalb was drowned May 18, in a slough near Herman Pieper's.

May 25, James J. Haney and Miss Mary Maple were married, Father Ryan officiating.

Burns & Getz of Iowa purchased one of the Temple farms north of the city and located.

Died, Tuesday May 17, James Jones. He was born at Bannockburn, Scotland, in June, 1812.

June 1, R.L. ROssiter and Miss Alice A.M. McCaffrey were married, Father Ryan officiating.

W.O. Clark, father of A.W., died at his home in La Salle county, Illinois, April 11, aged 72 years.

Carl Krummitz, a German lad, arrived here safe, coming alone from Hamburg. He was eleven years old.

The water was about a foot deep in T.C. Ryan's store at Platte Center May 18, owing to the flood in Elm creek.

Charlie Burgess, who had been traveling with "Buffalo Bill's" theatrical troupe, returned home to this city June 8.

The Columbus Cemetery Co. purchased of Jacob Ernst five acres of ground adjoining the cemetery on the south, for the sum of $500.

Born, Monday, May 9, to Mrs. F. Brodfuehrer, a son. May 9, to Mrs. Joseph Henggler, a son; May 8, to Mrs. D. Schupbach, a son.

May 27 lightning struck in the midst of Wm. Ernst's herd of acttle near Jackson, stunning five or six head, and killing one, his best cow.

At a meeting of the Fire deparmtnet J.E. North was chosen president; D.N. Miner, secretary; C.A. Newman, treasurer; G.W. Clother, chief.

Died, May 25, at Kalamazoo, Madison county, Mrs. Nellie Cogswell, wife of F.A. Cogswell, and daughter of Levi and Julia Jenkins, aged 28 years and 1 month.

A Congregational church was to be erected on Robert Wiley's farm, Sec. 10, 18, 3 west, and to be called the Monroe Congregational church. Rev. J.P. Diaz, minister.

The body of John Keipus was found in Elm creek, without a single mark of violence upon it, well preserved, and in the clothes $19.10 in money--paper, gold and silver.

About eighty guests were present at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the wedding-day of Tobias C. Bauer and Miss Marie C. Becker, May 21. The bride and groom were overwhelmed with the number and value of the presents given them.

The outer doors of the county treasurer's safe at the court house were blown off Friday morning, May 6, $60 in money abstracted, with papers such as county warrants, licenses, etc. The burglars entered the office by taking out a pane of glass in one of the windows.

Friday, April 30, Wm. Graves, who was employed on the work train of the Union Pacific, while arranging, with a pair of tongs, a rail upon a flat car, the train being in motion, the tongs slipped, throwing him off his balance. He clung to the car as long as he could, but was compelled to let go his hold and drop; he did his best to drop beyond the reach of the wheels, but could not do so, and three or four cars, heavily loadened, passed over him, cutting off both legs. The unfortunate man was brought to the city, taken to the residence of his father-in-law on Eleventh street, J.C. Wear. Drs. Mitchell & Martyn were called, who administered chloroform, and amputated his legs, one three, the other five inches below the knee.


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