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prairie settlement nebraska photographs and family letters 1862 1912

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Portrait of an unidentified child.
"Children of William Porter Thomas and Margaret Stafford Thomas taken about 1871 near Logansport, Indiana"

"Children of William Porter Thomas and Margaret Stafford Thomas taken ...

summary: Group portrait of (from left to right) Charlie, Martha, George, Nettie, Giles, and Sam Thomas. original size: 8x10

"Uncle Horace Oblinger  21 y of age"

"Uncle Horace Oblinger 21 y of age"

summary: Portrait of Horace B. Oblinger. This photograph is one of forty-eight found in an album that probably belonged to Mattie Oblinger. The identifications are attributed to one of her daughters.

Enoch W. Raymond, wife, and other family members of wife's in front of teepee with log houses in background, Rose Bud Agency, South Dakota

Enoch W. Raymond, wife, and other family members of wife's in front of...

summary: Note: Enoch W. Raymond married a Lakota Sioux woman in 1852. Their house is at Rose Bud Agency. This photograph is a copy of a page from S. D. Butcher's PIONEER HISTORY OF CUSTER COUNTY, NEBRASKA orig... more

"The hanging of Mitchell and Ketchum by the Olive gang"

"The hanging of Mitchell and Ketchum by the Olive gang"

summary: Note: Butcher staged this photograph to illustrate the hanging of Mitchell and Ketchum by I.P. "Print" Olive in 1878 for use in his PIONEER HISTORY OF CUSTER COUNTY original size: 6x8

Thomas Jefferson Butcher, Born 1831.

Thomas Jefferson Butcher, Born 1831.

summary: Note: The burned area along the lower edge of the photograph was caused by the fire in which S.D. Butcher lost his pioneer narratives.

Sod and frame house

Sod and frame house

original size: 6x8

Family portrait of Uriah Oblinger's brothers and sisters.

Family portrait of Uriah Oblinger's brothers and sisters.

summary: Note: Pictured from left to right are Mattie McKenzie, Horace Oblinger, Jerome Oblinger, Abia Oblinger, Ida Deeming, Mollie Traver, and Sabra Van Doren. original size: 4x6

"Plymale, a Pioneer's Home, 1880."
Bunch of pioneers from near Gates, Custer County, Nebraska.

Bunch of pioneers from near Gates, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: Among them is T.J. Butcher, freighting from Kearney before the railroad came to Broken Bow. Picture taken 1886, Custer County. Inscription on photo: "Middle Loup pioneers 1885 freighting from K... more

E.E. Whaley Hardware & Groceries, Boots & Shoes, Post Office, West Union, Nebraska.

E.E. Whaley Hardware & Groceries, Boots & Shoes, Post Office, West Uni...

summary: Photographer's note: "Mrs. Farley was the post mistress at that time." original size: 6x8

Micheals, Dale, Custer County, Nebraska,.

Micheals, Dale, Custer County, Nebraska,.

summary: Note: Four spools of barbed wire appear in the foreground. original size: 6x8

Morrison residence on Victoria Creek near Merna, Custer County, Nebraska.

Morrison residence on Victoria Creek near Merna, Custer County, Nebras...

summary: Photographer's annotation ". . .one of the first claims taken on Muddy flats by a man by C. N. Dunning." original size: 6x8

Hartley Ranch, Lillian Township on the Middle Loup River, Custer County, Nebraska.

Hartley Ranch, Lillian Township on the Middle Loup River, Custer Count...

summary: Photographer's annotation: "Very remarkable old gentleman." Butcher's PIONEER HISTORY OF CUSTER COUNTY, NEBRASKA adds: "In the spring of 1880, Jesse Grandy started a ranch at the place afterwards know... more

Henry (Hank) Orvis, West Union, Custer County, Nebraska.

Henry (Hank) Orvis, West Union, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Photographer's annotation:: "The man who went with S.D. Butcher to Pine Ridge during the Indian uprising, Spring of 1890." Butcher and Orvis published a series of photographs taken after the Wounded ... more

C.D. Pelham house at Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska.

C.D. Pelham house at Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Photographer's annotation: "Mr. Pelham kept travelers in this building and ran a store before Broken Bow was founded. He had returned to Anselmo when this picture was taken." original size: 6x8

Newton Sims on Victoria Creek (New Helena), Custer County, Nebraska

Newton Sims on Victoria Creek (New Helena), Custer County, Nebraska

summary: Photographer's annotation: "House built by J. Merchant first in creek. Had underground passage dug to spring so if attacked by Indians could not be cut off from water supply, 1886." Denise and Daryl ... more

William Marsh at his homestead near the Genet postoffice in Custer County, Nebraska

William Marsh at his homestead near the Genet postoffice in Custer Cou...

summary: Note the sod spires on the house. This photograph is a companion to RG2608-2499. original size: 6x8

Mr. Sweet, Custer County, Nebraska
Farm scene, Custer County, Nebraska.
A.W. Squires and family, near Gates, Custer County, Nebraska.

A.W. Squires and family, near Gates, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: One of the very early settlers on south side of Loup. Butcher writes that Squires, among other settlers, preferred to call themselves homesteaders in order to distinguish themselves from ranchers... more

"William McKee, West Union, T.P., 1886."

"William McKee, West Union, T.P., 1886."

summary: Mr. William McKee is not mentioned in Butcher PIONEER HISTORY OF CUSTER COUNTY, NEBRASKA, but a Reginald McKee is mentioned in connection with the establishment of Custer County. original size: 6x8

David S. Copp, near Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska.

David S. Copp, near Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: "Dave Coulter identified by E.G. Empfield, Anselmo, Custer County, October 10, 1932." original size: 6x8

Ball Family, Woods Park,  Nebraska

Ball Family, Woods Park, Nebraska

summary: "One among the very early settlers." Identification of the individuals was submitted by the daughter of Elmer Ball; From l-r: George Ball, Mrs. George Ball, Elmer D. Ball, Vera Ball, Vaughn Ball (infa... more

The Tobias family, Custer County, Nebraska.

The Tobias family, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Butcher mentions two Tobias' in connection with his PIONEER HISTORY OF CUSTER COUNTY, NEBRASKA. One was a jeweler; the other a homesteader. The homesteader was from the Sargent area and is mentioned on... more

Jean Marsh, West Union, Custer County, Nebraska.

Jean Marsh, West Union, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Please note the construction of the barn in the distance. original size: 6x8

Ex-judge Chas R. Mathews of New Helena, Nebraska, in front of a log building that was one of the first buildings in the county and served for a time as New Helena's post office.

Ex-judge Chas R. Mathews of New Helena, Nebraska, in front of a log bu...

summary: Pictured from left to right: Oscar Smith, James Forsythe, and Charles R. Mathews. Note the bottles of Victoria Springs Mineral Water. original size: 6x8

J.C. Cram sod house, Loup County, Nebraska.

J.C. Cram sod house, Loup County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: The antelope horn mound. This property was located in Loup County, Sec. 31 & 32, Twp. 21, R. 19. In 1994 Michael Cram provided an identification written by Roy S. Cram, grandson of Wilbur I Cram... more

Ernie Peerin, Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.

Ernie Peerin, Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Society staff member, Martha Turner notes that the spelling of the name should be "Perrin." original size: 6x8

Dick Clifford, Genet Post Office on the Middle Loup River, southeast of Milburn, Nebraska,

Dick Clifford, Genet Post Office on the Middle Loup River, southeast o...

summary: Photographer's annotation: "Old timer, very fine lawyer for early days, 1886." original size: 6x8

William Abernathy Cummings, Cummings Park, Custer County, Nebraska.

William Abernathy Cummings, Cummings Park, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: Mr. Cummings is identified as the man at the left with the dark beard. An inscription indicates he served in congress for three terms from Ft. Collins, Colorado. original size: 6x8

Family with a horses in front of sod house.

Family with a horses in front of sod house.

summary: Note: Photographer's caption reads, "George Cummings, Cummings Park, northeast of West Union. Brother to James Cummings, who lost his life in deep well, 1886."n organ." original size: 6x8

D. Jones, Ortello Valley, Nebraska
Bachelor preparing supper.

Bachelor preparing supper.

original size: 6x8

William Pfrehm, 4 miles west of West Union, Nebraska.

William Pfrehm, 4 miles west of West Union, Nebraska.

summary: In Butcher's book he mentions a Mr. William Pfrehm of West Union who was the owner of a general store. original size: 6x8

Chapman, Custer County, near Walworth, Nebraska.

Chapman, Custer County, near Walworth, Nebraska.

summary: Please note the corn growing on the roof. original size: 6x8

The Chrisman Sisters on a claim in Goheen settlement on Lieban (Lillian) Creek, Custer County

The Chrisman Sisters on a claim in Goheen settlement on Lieban (Lillia...

summary: These daughters of ranchman Joseph M. Chrisman took homesteads, timber claims, and preemption claims in the Goheen Settlement. Pictured from left to right are: Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, Ruth. See... more

Globe Hotel, Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska

Globe Hotel, Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska

summary: "Two story frame building with balcony porch. (Not the Globe Hotel at Broken Bow, although the man on the left resembles Mr. Groot who was proprietor of the Globe." Information from Carl Smith, Broken... more

S.C. Troubtman camp, railroad graders west of Sargent, Nebraska

S.C. Troubtman camp, railroad graders west of Sargent, Nebraska

summary: Note: Two men in the foreground are playing cards original size: 6x8

A. Arnold, Custer County, Nebraska.
"Our Family" Custer County, Nebraska.
Sod house near Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.

Sod house near Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: The seated man holds a hat bearing a civil war era badge. original size: 6x8

Willis Dye, near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska.

Willis Dye, near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note the two young oxen in a training yoke. original size: 6x8

E.E. Whaley Hardware & Groceries, Boots & Shoes, Post Office, West Union, Nebraska.

E.E. Whaley Hardware & Groceries, Boots & Shoes, Post Office, West Uni...

summary: Photographer's note: "Mrs. Farley was the post mistress at that time." original size: 6x8

Jorns family of  Dry Valley, Custer County, Nebraska

Jorns family of Dry Valley, Custer County, Nebraska

summary: Delores Amaran, daughter of Dora Ann Jorn, identified the people pictured from left to right as: Sarah (Mrs. John) Jorn; John Jorn (Homesteader); Dora Ann Jorn (their child); and Doc Worley, who is st... more

Portrait of Tom Smith.

Portrait of Tom Smith.

summary: Note: "West Union all around sport (boxer), tough man, also editor at one time of West Union Gazette." original size: 6x8

Spring in East Custer County.

Spring in East Custer County.

summary: A caption on the back of one of the prints reads: "Preacher was near Lillian W.R. Glaze - identified. Broken Bow Oct. 18, 1932. Oliver Swick 14mi north of B[roken] B[ow] can identify"

"Nebraska Gothic," the John Curry sod house near West Union, Nebraska

"Nebraska Gothic," the John Curry sod house near West Union, Nebraska

summary: Note: A "deep well" outfit. An article by Wanda Corn entitled "The painting that became a symbol of a nation's spirit" (on file) notes the influence of this photograph and others on Grant Woods' "Ame... more

"Cowboy."

"Cowboy."

summary: Pictured is Robert Farley, Milburn, Custer County, Nebraska original size: 6x8

Custer County, Nebraska.

Custer County, Nebraska.

original size: 6x8

Charley Meeks, Cowboy.

Charley Meeks, Cowboy.

original size: 6x8

Holme sod house east Custer County.

Holme sod house east Custer County.

summary: A pregnant woman appears in this photograph original size: 6x8

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