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Name Railroads -- Nebraska -- History

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Image of RG1033.AM - RG1033 French, William M. DeCoursey

RG1033.AM - RG1033 French, William M. DeCoursey

The collection consists of reminiscences of William M. DeCoursey French of Omaha, Nebraska. The reminiscences describe his life as an assistant enrolling clerk in the State government in Lincoln in 1869; his efforts to have a school for the deaf built in Omaha (1869-1871); and a history of railroads being built in Nebraska in the 1860s as well as rail travel to and from Omaha. As he discusses the deaf school, French mentions various men who were instrumental in getting the school built, including David Butler, James Bonner, and Edward Rosewater. He also writes about a news item concerning the marriage between Charles Cook and Matilda Reed, which was written by James Bonner and Stanley Livings