ROCK CREEK PRECINCT
HISTORY AND DATA
There is no town or railroad in this precinct. Rock Creek Precinct is bounded on the north by Chapman, on the east by Richland, on the south by Lancaster County, and on the west by Oak Creek.
In 1869, the township was divided into four districts. A sod schoolhouse was built on section 26, on the land of James Kelly. In 1870, a school was opened with John McGee as teacher, which was the first school established in the precinct. In 1871, a second sod schoolhouse was erected on Section 10, and during the winter a school was maintained with David Murch, afterward County Commissioner, as teacher. In 1872, the township issued its bonds and built four frame schoolhouses. The first school officers after the organization were: S.G. Chaney, Director; John Harrell, Moderator; and B.F. Omdorff, Treasurer.
Rev. Mr. Davis was the first minister to visit the precinct in 1870, and continued to preach at intervals until 1873. He organized a class of the Methodist Church in 1870. During the winter months services were held in the dug-outs and sod houses of the settlers, and in the summer at Ingram's grove. A Baptist Church was organized in the latter part of 1870, and in 1871 Rev. Colts organized a class of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Up to the winter of 1871, the deer were plentiful, but they disappeared shortly after.
Listed below are some of the prominent farmers in the precinct in the beginning of the early 1900's.
Last Names -- Ahl, Anderson, Beaman, Benes, Bengtson, Bennett, Binder, Bookwalter, Bouc, Brachateck, Brich, Brostrom, Burkman, Butts, Carlson, Cejka, Craven, Danielson, Dolezal, Dooley, Dougherty, Dristy, Dvoracek, Eklund, Ethell, Evans, Gustafson, Hakel, Hanson, Harrell, Hawley, Hedlund, Hellrich, Jaboubek, Jansa, Jelinek, Jirovsky, Jones, Kavan, Kennedy, Krafka, Lambert, Larson, Lukas, Lundgren, McCutcheon, Magnuson, Marshall, Mattson, May, Meldon, Medler, Miller, Millington, Mills, Nelson, Nemec, Olson, Palm, Paul, Pecha, Pekarek, Princ, Raiter, Riggs, Rudeen, Sabatka, Seedlund, Senseny, Smith, Sodergren, Stanek, Stewart, Svoboda, Swanson, Tvrdy, Uher, Vanicek, Vanlandingham, Wagner, Wakefield, Walin, Walters, Wedberg, Westman, and Wondra.
The precinct was organized Feb. 1, 1871. It was named for the creek which runs kitty-corner from NW to SE across the precinct. Rock Creek P. is six miles square and is bound by Lancaster Co. to the south, Oak Creek P. to the west, Chapman to the north and Richland to the east.
|Harvesting on a typical Rock Creek Farm in 1982.|
W.L. Ingram located upon section 20 at the point later known as Ingram's Grove of black walnut and oak, about the year 1863, on the Overland trail from Rocky Ford to the Platte River. He also took up a claim on Sec. 2, through which the old trail passed and he maintained that as a ranch. G.W. Marshall and James Kelly settled in 1868 and John Scott, William Scott and Samuel Scott in 1869.
There is no town in the precinct. It is composed of excellent farms. It is well known as a hog raising area.
Precinct Officers 1983-87 Chairman -- Keith Duane Stewart, Clerk -- Adolph F. Tvrdy, Treas. -- Donald Ohnoutka.
|Frank Caha farmstead southeast of Touhy.|
|School Dist. #49|
MEMORIES OF SCHOOL
We children attended Country School at District #116 walking across the fields as there weren't direct roads connecting the school and our farm home. I remember getting so cold walking to school on bitter cold mornings that I would feel numb. Sometimes when we got to school, the teacher hadn't been there long and the building was so