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Name Douglas County (Neb.) -- History

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Image of RG0777.AM - RG0777 Mohler, George

RG0777.AM - RG0777 Mohler, George

This collection consists of a single journal dating from 1860. This handwritten journal entitled "A Trip from Sterling, Illinois to the Gold Mines of Pikes Peak" was kept by George Mohler during his trek westward and while he prospected for gold in Colorado. Leaving Sterling, Illinois on April 24, 1860, Mohler traveled to Omaha by train and boat. During his overland trek, Mohler penned his observations of Omaha, Elkhorn City, Fremont, North Bend, Shinn's Ferry, and Ft. Kearny; the topography; the availability of timber water, and grass; buffalo, antelope, wolves, and prairie dogs seen; and the names of individuals buried along his route. After his arrival in Colorado, Mohler briefly noted his

Image of RG0790.AM - RG0790 Koenig, William C., 1830-1863

RG0790.AM - RG0790 Koenig, William C., 1830-1863

This collection consists of manuscript material arranged in three series: 1) Correspondence, 1854-1863; 2) Financial File, 1860-1864; and 3) Genealogy. The material relates to the life of Koenig from his arrival in the United States in 1854 until his death in Omaha. Correspondence includes Koenig's comparisons of his experiences and life on the frontier with his former life in Germany, along with descriptions of the profits he enjoyed in his grocery business; the conditions in Omaha in the 1850s; and the impact on Nebraska of the gold discovery in the Rocky Mountains in 1858. The correspondence is written in German and a typed transcript of Koenig's letters is included in the collection. T

Image of RG0826.AM - RG0826 Bruning, Fred, 1858-1940

RG0826.AM - RG0826 Bruning, Fred, 1858-1940

This collection consists of two copies of an account by Fred Bruning titled "Winter of 1876-1877 at Camp Canby," and a handwritten autobiography. He writes of life working in fort trading posts in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah from 1876-1883, including one year at the Red Cloud Indian Agency. He returned to Omaha, Nebraska, where he writes of being in business, as well as being a Douglas County, Nebraska, Commissioner.

Image of RG1144.AM - RG1144 Kountze, Herman

RG1144.AM - RG1144 Kountze, Herman

This collection consists of two manuscripts and one letter. The manuscripts, written by Eugenie Kountze Nicholson in 1930, provide biographical sketches about her grandfathers, Christian Kountze and Thomas Davis, both of whom were early settlers of Omaha, Nebraska. Fred Davis, Nicholson's uncle, provides additional biographical information about Thomas Davis and his extended family in a 1930 letter written to Nicholson. Herman Kountze, Nicholson's father, started the First National Bank of Omaha. A brief account of that along with additional information about other Kountze family members is also provided in the manuscript. Thomas Davis was a builder in Omaha, but at one point he also ran a