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Name Homesteading -- Nebraska

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Image of RG0917.AM - RG0917 Cox, Wesley Elmer, 1857-1945

RG0917.AM - RG0917 Cox, Wesley Elmer, 1857-1945

This collection consists of a 45 page, handwritten reminiscence by Wesley E. Cox. Entitled, "Reflections of Early Days in Saline County," Cox describes aspects of homesteading near Swan City, Nebraska, in the 1860s and 1870s. He mentions other homesteaders, particularly William Remington. He includes information on housing; trapping/hunting; the relationship with Indians; funerals; farming (mention of different farm implements used); education (including the establishment of School District #8 by Reverend W.P. Grantham -- school board, other teachers, physical description of the school); social life (including music, dances and spelling bees); and the 1873 blizzard.

Image of RG0937.AM - RG0937 Delimont, Minnie Adelle (Rundall), 1871-1957

RG0937.AM - RG0937 Delimont, Minnie Adelle (Rundall), 1871-1957

This collection consists of a reminiscence entitled, "I Lived in Soddies," by Minnie (Rundall) Delimont. She and her family settled near Orleans in Harlan County, Nebraska, in 1880. She writes about her youth and describes in detail the construction of the sod houses and dugouts they lived in. The reminiscences also describe the construction of water wells, schools in the area, and the plants that grew on the prairie.

Image of RG1076.AM - RG1076 Hawthorne, Boone B., 1864-1942

RG1076.AM - RG1076 Hawthorne, Boone B., 1864-1942

Boone B. Hawthorne was a teacher, school administrator, and homesteader in Custer, Grant, and Loup Counties. This collection relates to his career in education and to homesteading. The manuscript portion of the collection consists of Hawthorne's writings about homesteading. The manuscripts relate particularly to homesteading on land withdrawn from the Nebraska National Forest, 1909-1913.