S.D. Butcher's Pioneer History of Custer County, and Short Sketches of Early Days in Nebraska

S.D. Butcher's Pioneer History of Custer County, and Short Sketches of Early Days in Nebraska

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...it is still serving a useful purpose, and who shall say that it was made in vain? A new bell took its place in the belfry long ago. Rev. Brooks was the first regular minister at WesterviUe, and Elder Hale, of the Orleans district, in western Nebraska, was one of our early preachers. The reason Westerville is not the county seat of Custer county, we are told, is because the first settlers were not willing to make a sacrifice of about one hundred dollars deemed necessary to secure this distinction, and while Westerville slumbered and felt secure. Broken Bow worked and soon won the prize. This was mistake number one for Westerville. Two county fairs were held here, one in 1883 and the other in 1884. I attended the one in 1884, and remember seeing two things which interested me very much; a turtle that had been taken from Clear creek and a fawn that was captured a few miles north of here. The turtle was nearly as large as a washtub in which it was exhibited. A number of the people of Broken Bow attended the fair in 1884. The question: "Where shall the county fair be held next year?" was submitted to the people, and when the votes were counted it was found that Westerville had lost the privilege of having it. which she never regained. Mistake number two for Westerville. In Westerville's most prosperous days we had several dry goods and grocery stores, a large hardware store over which was a public hall, three hotels, a flouring mill, two blacksmith shops, a cutlery store, a good public library, a bank that carried on quite an extensive business, printing offices, a drug store, and a good school and church. We could boast of two doctors, Waterbury and Morris. J. A. Armour, now county judge, was our lawyer. We are proud to say that we have...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236616030
  • 9781236616036