Transcribed from various copies of the
NorthWest Genealogical Society "Wagoneer Journals 1982-1983" by Liz Lee
Original not copyrighted but used by permission of Becci Thomas, Neva Lewis,
and Bette Ray Thornton of NWGS.
Antioch (aka Reno), NE ghost town
BERRY Omar ???? ????BRIGGS Velma 4 Jul 1907 16 Oct 1907 FORDING ???? Veteran of WWI 18 IA Inf Co. E [Possibility: "Fording, David F., Co. E, 18th Iowa Infantry, b. Ohio, enlisted at age 26, residence West Liberty, Iowa...." Ref: Iowa Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion.] LANE Columbus A. ???? 26 Jun 1893 Age 55yrs. 4mo 22days ROOKER Franklin J. 2 May 1911 11 May 1911 Son of J. T. and M. J. Rooker SESSLER Fredrick 1862 1920 Father SESSLER ???? 1864 1957 Wife THAYER Hugh 1859 1920 TOMPKINS J. T. 28 Jun 1854 17 Jun 1892 WARNER Lloyd C. 1910 1913 WILSON Elaine Frances ? Nov 6 Nov 1905 WILSON Baby ???? ????? Baby of Joe and Dorel Wilson
The history of Antioch is short. A small "Mining" town that sprung up during World War I as a producer of Potash. At one time the population was around 5000. With the end of the war and the demise of the potash industry the town quickly became a ghost town with most residents moving either to Alliance, or the surrounding smaller towns of Lakeside, Hyannis, Rushville. At one time Antioch was known as Reno but the post office changed that designation simply because Reno Nevada and Reno Nebraska were too easily mistaken. The Cemetery is abandoned and in very poor condition with most of the stones knocked over or missing. The exact number of people buried here is a mystery due to the fact that the graves were rarely marked and there are no official records to be obtained. The few that are noted above have been passed down or are still readable. Many of the residents of the town during the potash plant era were drifters and had no family with them so many were buried without markers or moved to Alliance and buried in the Potters Field.
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