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Collection Number RG1020.AM
Collection Name RG1020 Gaddis-Higgins Family
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1 folder
Title Gaddis-Higgins Family collection
Date or Date Span 1876-1962
Year Range from 1876
Year Range to 1962
Scope & Content This collection contains correspondence, certificates, and miscellaneous other materials relating to various members of the Gaddis and Higgins families of Custer County, Nebraska. A majority of the materials concern Nancy Higgins Gaddis, including letters (1876-1882) from friends in Newark, Balsora, and Gibbon, Nebraska. Metta Dungan writes about her teaching experience in Gibbon, Nebraska. There are teacher contracts for Nancy (1882-1883) along with her student attendance book. There are also copies of her membership certificates to the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Free Methodist Church of North American and to the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Nebraska. A copy of a 1962 letter by Porter Gaddis remembers his mother on her 100th birthday anniversary.

Also included in the collection are histories written by Porter Gaddis. One of the histories (from 1916) relates to the Mitchell-Ketchum murder in Custer County. The second item (undated) concerns the history of the early religious movement in Comstock, Nebraska, and the surrounding area. Additional miscellaneous items include a business card for William Porter Higgins of Sargent, Nebraska; obituaries for Mary Elizabeth Higgins (1900) and Ella Suggs (1908) of Orleans, Nebraska; a copy of an 1882 tree claim for Adrian Higgins; and a partial family tree for the Higgins family.
Finding Aids Gaddis-Higgins Family finding aid.
Related units of description See also the photo component [RG1020.PH] for related images.

The NSHS Library/Archives collections contain various materials about early teachers and education in Nebraska, the histories of the various towns and counties, and the Mitchell-Ketchum murder.
Subjects Children
Frontier & pioneer life
People Copeland, Willmetta Mary "Metta" (Dungan), 1865-1930
Gaddis, Mary Elizabeth (Metcalf), 1820-1900
Gaddis, Nancy (Higgins), 1862-1942
Gaddis, Porter L., 1885-1965
Higgins, Adrian A., 1815-1884
Kenyon, Carrie Hamilton (Callen), 1862-1956
Ketchum, Ami Whitney, 1855-1878
Mitchell, Luther H., 1815-1878
Olive, Isom Prentice "Print," 1840-1886
Suggs, Eliza, 1876-1908
Search Terms Buffalo County (Neb.) -- History
Comstock (Neb.) -- History
Crime -- Nebraska -- Custer County
Custer County (Neb.) -- History
Education -- Nebraska
Frontier and pionieer life -- Nebraska
Gaddis Family
Gibbon (Neb.) -- History
Higgins Family
Kearney County (Neb.) -- History
Methodist church -- Nebraska -- Custer County
Newark (Neb.) -- History
Orleans (Neb.) -- History
School children -- Nebraska
Schools -- Nebraska
Teachers -- Nebraska
Westcott (Neb.) -- History
Women teachers -- Nebraska