NSGS Ancestree

Nebraska State Genealogical Society Journals

NEBRASKA ANCESTREE

Volume 21, no. 3

Winter 1998


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BEATRICE BRICK WORKS

These notes of interest of the Beatrice Brick Works were taken from the Journal holding minutes of both the Annual meetings and board meeting. The Journal is currently in the possession of Robert L. Graft.

The first meeting of the Beatrice Brick Works was held April 7, 1909. The four stockholders, were Dr. H.M. Hepperlen, Robert Klose, Don M. McColery, and W. N. Farlow. Each held a 1/5 interest except Farlow, who held a 2/5 interest. Superintendent or general manager was Don M. McColery, with a salary of $60.00 per month and the secretary-treasurer, at $10.00 per month. Both acting in the general management of the business.

At a meeting on May 5, 1909, it was moved to have the title of the business and property transfered from a former owner of the Brick Works. No mention was made of the name of the company or the owners but it was agreed that each 1/5 interest of the company would pay the former owners $7,260, or 1/5 of the $36,300. purchase price and an additional $740 into the corporation for operating capital making a sum of $3,700.

Note: A copy of a freight receipt dated August 1, 1906, shipping 14,000 brick on the Burlington railroad from the Beatrice Brick Works to a contractor, Louis Werner, building a building in Ohiowa, Nebraska, lists the Brick Works as Klose, Wiebe & Co.

By January, 1910, Robert Klose, who had served as President, had disposed of his interest and resigned. H.M. Hepperlen was then elected President. Production the first year, 1909, amounted to 3.2 million brick with one million unsold. A 12.5% dividend was paid on 1909 business at par value. By 1911 the plant was only operated 14 weeks making 1.5 million brick. In 1912, 1.9 million made with 700,000 unsold. August Paul was employed as foreman at $60.00 per month.

At a board meeting on February 10, 1913, it was noted that the margins for brick had decreased. Fred Paul asked permission to examine the books of the corporation, with permission granted. In 1913 one million brick were made at a cost of $6,500. showing a loss of $700--$1,000. No dividend was declared and the company could not employ a foreman by the year. In 1914 August and Fred Paul operated the plant for the sum of $4.00 per thousand brick and paid all expenses.

The 1916 and 1917 meetings were not held but on January 7, 1918, the tenth annual meeting was held. Minutes stated that the 1916 and 1917 meetings were not held for lack of a quorum and that no dividends were declared because of a fire in the machine room with a loss. Insurance on the building and contents was applied to rebuilding the plant which reduced the working capital. Electric motors needed, in the amount of $750. would be paid and included in the expense of the current year, 1918. Brick made in 1917 were about 1.8 million with a net profit of $650.

Note: This was the last reported meeting in the journal until the company was sold to new owners in 1921. While this company was never profitable it should be noted that 1918 was the end of World War I and one would guess that times were difficult. ----Bob Graff

BOARD MEETING February 7, 1921

Stockholders present were H. M. Hepperlen and Orville W. Farlow. Orville W. Farlow called attention to the death of W.N. Farlow, former secretary-treasurer. By this time H. M. Hepperlen owned a nominal one share interest with the balance of stock owned by W. N. Farlow and his wife. Upon W. N. Farlow's death, the stock transfered to Orville W. Farlow.


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Beatrice Board Meeting, Feb 7, 1921 (continued)

At this 1921 meeting, Leo L. Werner, and his wife, Irene 1. Werner, purchased the entire 400 shares of outstanding stock of the company. At this meeting H.M. Hepperlen presented his resignation from the board. Orville W. Farlow resigned as secretary-treasurer but remained on the board. Brief notes of meetings in 1922, 1923, 1924 were in the journal. Board minutes and Annual meeting minutes were apparently recorded in another journal but loose papers of minutes in this journal list a July 1, 1952, meeting stating stockholders were Leo L. Werner, Irene T. Werner, and Robert L. Werner.

At a February 6, 1956 meeting, the minutes showed that the brick portion of the company was sold to Nevada Brick & Tile Company, which included the right to use the name Beatrice Brick Company. The Werner's amended the Articles of Incorporation to change the name to Beatrice Lumber & Coal Company, Inc.

Note: The Werner's during their operation of the brick plant made brick for the Beatrice Auditorium, when it was built in the late 30's and if memory serves me correctly some tile and backup brick were supplied for the State Capitol. The plant was located at 1000 South 6th in Beatrice. Between 1921 and 1956 the brick works was a positive business in Beatrice. The lumber and coal portion of the business was operated by the family until February, 1930, when Louis Werner sold the business.

The Journal included these names, at one time or another, of stockholders: Robert Klose, John Wiebe, Don M. McColery, H. M. Hepperlen, Wm. N. Farlow, Orville W. Farlow, Jemmie Farlow, August (A.W. ) Paul, Fred Paul, Robert C. Richards, Leo L. Werner, Irene T. Werner, Robert L. Werner, Louis Werner, Nettie Werner, Josephine Hetheringlon, Fred Lieneman, and Frank Gerwick.

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Excerpts from HEROES WITHOUT MEDALS by Roy T Bang

1887 - A bicycler named GRAY passed through here; he was wheeling it through from Chicago to San Francisco.

1895 - Dr. HAPEMAN and Fred DEAN left on their bicycles for Chicago. They expect to be gone till the Fourth of July.

Thomas BONDA is back from his bicycle trip through Iowa.

A tandem bicycle ridden by a man and woman dressed in bloomers passed through here. This is the first time they have been seen here.

1896 - A bicycle club has been organized. George MERRILL is president of the club.

A bicycle meet is being held in Minden. The best riders in the country are here to compete for prizes totaling $300.00. Minden has one of the best tracks in the state at the fair grounds. The contestants are from Denver, Chicago, Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City and many of the towns in the surrounding territory. Admission 25 cents.

1897 - Fred KUENNETH has the first tandem bicycle in Minden.

Lars GUNDERSON and "Tork" HOLMES left on a tandem bicycle for a trip through the eastern part of the state.

1898 - The bicycle track has been scraped and is now in good shape and the scorchers are training for the fair. Among the most promising of them is Joe WHEELER, who is taking instructions from the renowned rider, Lars GUNDERSON.

Louis PINKHAM and Herman GRAPENTHIN have new bicycles. Robert MADSEN is getting his repaired and they will start for Cuba as soon as the roads are in riding condition


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BEATRICE OIL AND GAS COMPANY Incorporated 1906.

These notes of interest on the Beatrice Oil and Gas Company were taken from the journal holding minutes of both the Annual meetings and board meetings. This journal is currently in the possession of Robert L. Graff.

The Beatrice Oil and Gas Company was incorporated on the 14th day of July, 1906. This meeting was held at the office of Woods Brothers in Lincoln, Nebraska. The seven stockholders of the corporation were Mark Woods, O.P. Wilson, Henry L. Mayer, and S.W. Burnham, all of Lincoln, Nebraska, J.N. Maupin and E.S. Teagarden, Boulder, Colorado, and W. N. Farlow of Beatrice, Nebraska. W. N. Farlow has a 1/4 interest with all others owning an 1/8 interest.

With the general nature of the business being the drilling for oil, the first business was to purchase the Beatrice Development Company leases at Beatrice, Nebraska, Gage County. These leases, purchased from land owners with $100,000. in stock of the Beatrice Oil and Gas Company. It is presumed that this earlier company had attempted drilling for oil and failed.

A contract was approved with a C.S. Boggs to sink a well at Beatrice with J. N. Maupin, a stockholder to supervise the drilling and sell stock in the corporation with a salary of $50.00 per month and 10% of the stock sold and collected by him. At a later meeting, a motion was passed to allow any director to sell stock at the 10% commission.

At a December meeting of that year a meeting was called to settle a controversy between the contractor, S.S. Wilson and the superintendent, Mr. Maupin, with Wilson claiming loss of time in drilling caused by Maupin. The next year, on June 10, 1907, a meeting was held with S.S. Wilson, contractor; and his drillers, J.D. Kennedy, and John Roberts. They stated that they had completed the second 500 feet and requested settlement.

There were no further minutes of meetings so it could be assumed that the corporation was left to expire as were the leases on the land. It would appear that C. S. Boggs never did sign a contract to drill and Kennedy and Roberts did drill the agreed 1,000 foot well. Since there has never been a producing well in Gage County, it can be assumed that the hole turned up dry.

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Nemaha County Granger, October 2, 1885
Methodist Ministers

Submitted by Bob Graff, Beartice, NE

The appointment for the Nebraska City district, as made by the recent conference are as follows:

Nebraska City - J. W. STEWART, P.E Pawnee City Ct. - (E.J. O'NEILL)
Auburn - F.M. ESTERBROOK Pawnee City - J.C.H. HOBBS
Brownville - Hiram BURGH Peru - D.F. RODABAUGH
Brock - J.W. SWAN Rulo - D.C. PHILLIPS
Crab Orchard - ? H TIBBITS Stella - J.M. RICHMOND
Elk Creek - C.L. SMITH Sterling - W.K. LOOFBOURROW
Falls City - R.G. ADAMS Syracuse - (Geo. S. ALEXANDER)
Humboldt - J.S. HALL Table Rock - Peter VanFLEET
Nebraska City - R. PEARSON Tatmadge - J.W. ROYSE
Nemaha City - To be supplied (D.B. LAKE) Tecumseh - Asa SLEETH

The Methodists at Ponca are about to build a new church.


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Kearney County Marriage Records 1885-1887 --  Book 2
Submitted by: Mary Bergsten Minden, NE

CHRISTIANSEN, Christian M, 26, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Christian HANSEN & Mary KIRK
MADSEN, Metta K, 21, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Soren C MADSEN & Annie NIELSEN
Spacer21 Jul 1886 at Fredericksburg by Hansen ROHE.       Book 2, Page 51

BRAUER, John, 29, b. Germany; Harlan Co NE; Albert BRAUER & Helen PASSOW
THIEDE, Bertha, 28, b. Germany; Kearney Cc NE; Fredrich THIEDE & Fredrieka MASCHAN
Spacer18 Sep 1886 at Ev. Luth Church, Minden, NE by Ernst FLACK.      Book 2, Page 52

RHOADES, William R, 25, b. lllinois; Kearney Co NE; Thomas J RHOADES & Levina ONEAL
GLENN, Ruth A, 18, b. lllinoin; Kearney Co NE; S R GLENN & Jane DALTON
Spacer19 Aug 1886 in Minden, NE by LW HAGUE, Co J.      Book 2, Page 53

THRASHER, Francis M, 31, b. Wisconsin; Keamey Co NE; John S THRASHER & Susan J DICKSON
BLAKER, Mary F, 24, b. Wisconsin; Kearney Co NE; S W BLAKER & Elizabeth VANHISE
Spacer21 Aug 1886 in Axtell, NE by A K HATHAWAY, JP.      Book 2, Page 54

COPELAND, Lemuel E, 24, b. Indiana; Frontier Co NE; Nathan COPELAND & Amelia F CLANTON
DUNGAN, Metta, 21 , b. lllinois; Kearney Co NE; Wm O DUNGAN & Addie GAlLEY
Spacer25 Aug 1886 in Minden, NE by Geo. C GIFFIN.      Book 2, Page 55

PARKER, Henry A, 22, b. Canada; Schoolerafter, Mich; Joseph A PARKER & Esther LEAHY
BENTLEY, Lavina M, 27, B. Canada; Kearney Co NE; William BENTLEY & Hannah LUCHITT
Spacer15 Sep 1886 in Minden, NE by Rev J. SCHULTZ.      Book 2, Page 56.

MOORE, David F, 25, b. Missouri; Kearney Co NE; John F MOORE &Eliza WELSH
ROBERSON, Nera H, 15, b. Missouri; Kearney Co NE; William ROBERSON & Mary DIVERS
Spacer28 Sep 1886 in Minden, NE by Galusha L GODFREY.      Book 2, Page 57

GOTFREDSEN, Levren, 27, b. Denmark; Franklin Co NE; Gotfred JENSEN & Caroline LARSEN
NILSEN, Mrs Johanne, 42, b. Sweden; Franklin Co NE; Nils JEPSEN & Hannah SWENSEN
Spacer1 Oct 1886 in Minden, NE by Galusha L GODFREY.       Book 2, Page 58

JOENS, John, 50, b. Prussia; Franklin Go NE; Peter JOENS & Anna Von Der LIETH
HANSEN, Sophia, 30, b. Denmark; Cook Co, Ill.; (parents unlisted)
Spacer11 Oct 1886 in Minden, NE by Galusha L GODFREY.      Book 2, Page 59

QUILLEN, Thomas, 25, b. lndiana; Kearney Co NE; Thoman QUILLEN & Mary QUILLEN
WOLEVER, Jennie, 20, b. Ohio; Kearney Co NE; Jacob WOLEVER & (unlisted)
Spacer31 Oct 1886 at Res. of J C MOORE by J C MOORE, J.P.      Book 2, Page 60

BLAKEMAN, Rubert S, 21, b. New York; KearneyCo NE; John BLAKEMAN & Mary Ann PALMER
THOMPSEN, Hannah E, 17, b. Illinois; KearneyCo NE; William H THOMPSEN & Sarah BENSON
Spacer3 Nov 1886 in Minden, NE by Andrew J CLIFTON, MG.      Book 2, Page 61

CRAIG, Edward G, 24, b. Penn.; Kearney Co NE; John CRAIG & Maria HARNISH
BROWN, Anna, 19, b. Wisconsin; Kearney Co NE; J W H BROWN & Lydia M WAY
Spacer10 Nov 1886 at Minden, NE by Rev. J H DUFF.      Book 2, Page 62

CURTIS, Frank 0, 21, b. lllinois; Kearney Co NE; Charles CURTIS & Mary Caroline JOHNSON
SMITH, Berta M, 17, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; Thomas SMITH & Margaret R GANOTE
Spacer11 Nov 1886 in Minden, NE by Geo E GIFFIN, Presby.      Book 2, Page 63


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Kearney County Marriage Records (continued)

FORSLUND, Alfred, 29, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; A FORSLUND & L FORSLUND
WILSON, Sophia, 25, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Olof WILSON & Lottie ?
Spacer13 Nov 1886 in Minden, NE by Rev S LARSON.      Book 2, Page 64.

LAMMAR, Daniel, 28, b. Germany; Keamey Go NE; Daniel LAMMAR & Dena WEBER
NEEF, Elizabeth, 18, b. Germany; Kearney Co NE; William NEEF & Katrina BROSTESIDE
Spacer5 Dec 1886 in Heartwell, NE by Rev James SIMEON.      Book 2, Page 65 (Note - Groom signed his name LEMMER)

VOLLEY, Gottlieb, 41, b. Germany; Adams Co NE; Jacob VOLLEY & Margaret KAISER
WALTER, Minnie, 27, b. Germany; Keamey Co NE; August WALTER & Caroline MILLER
Spacer16 Dec 1886 at residence of Ernest FLACK, by Rev E FLACK.      Book 2, Page 66

REAM, Solomon, 35, b. Ohio; Keamey Co NE; Solomon REAM & Missouri STROCHBINE
POWELL, Martha Ellen, 30, b. lllinois; Keamey Go NE; John POWELL & Angeline GARRETT
Spacer24 Nov 1886 in Minden, NE by Golusha L GODFREY, Co J.      Book 2, Page 67

MUMFORD, Burd, 19, b. Penn; Kearney Co NE; C R MUMFORD & Mary KNAPP
MILLER, Hariett 5, 17, b. Penn; Kearney Co NE; Fred MILLER & Elizabeth METZ
Spacer15 Nov 1686 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.      Book 2, Page 68

MILLER, John W, 47, b. Ohio; Kearney Co NE; Andrew N MILLER & Sarah COPENHAGEN
WINTERS, Mrs Sara V R, 38, b. Indiana; Kearney Co NE; Geo. H DYER & (unlisted)
Spacer5 Dec 1866 at Minden, NE by Joseph PINKHAM, J.P.      Book 2, Page 69

STEINIKE, Peter Christian, 30, b. Denmark; Keamey Co NE; Hans Peter STEINIKE & Anna PETERSDAUGHTER
SORENSEN, Carrie Marie, 18, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Soren JENSEN & Inger NELSEN
Spacer2 Dec 1886 in Minden, NE by T C EVANS, J.P.      Book 2, Page 70

RHINER, S L , 22, b. New York; Hall Co NE; C D RHINER & Emily WEAVER
STANLEY, Laura, 17, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; A W STANLEY & Elizabeth DOOLEY
Spacer23 Dec 1886, residence of bride's parents, by Andrew J CLIFTON MG.      Book 2, Page 71

STRAW, C F, 26, b. lowa; Montana;O H STRAW & Sarah E LARKINS
KONKRIGHT, Mabel, 19, b. (unlisted); Geo G KONKRIGHT & Eliza ROGERS
Spacer7 Dec 1886 at residence Geo KONKRIGHT by Andrew CLIFTON MG.       Book 2, Page 72

SPEARS, Edwin, 21, b. Texas; Kearney Co NE; Wm SPEARS & M A SPEARS
NEEDHAM, Ida, 18, b. Illinois; Keamey Co NE; Joseph NEEDHAM & Jane HOLLINSHEAD
Spacer8 Dec 1886 in Minden, NE by Geo G GIFFIN, Presby.      Book 2, Page 73

TROUGH, Aaron, 26, b. Penn.; Kearney Co NE; Henry TROUGH & Jane McGRATH
TOWNSEND, Laura E, 18, b. N.Y.; Kearney Co NE; David TOWNSEND & Emma J STANLEY
Spacer17 Nov 1886 in Minden, NE by Geo C GIFFIN, Presby.      Book 2, Page 74

BADE, Karsten Fredrick, 31, b. Gerrnany; Franklin Co NE; Rasmus BADE & Katrina ASENUS
RUTHER, Antze, 29, b. Germany; Franklin Co NE; John RUTHER & M SHMETZ
Spacer11 Dec 1886 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY. Book 2, Page 75

WEST, Elzey, 25, b. Illinois; Norton Co KS; Martin WEST & Minerva ARMSTRONG
WATSON, Mary A, 31 , b. lndiana; Kearney Co NE; S T WATSON & Molissa POUND
Spacer14 Dec 1886 in Minden, NE by Golusha L GODFREY.      Book 2, Page 76


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Kearney County Marriage Records (continued)

OMAN, Peter, 22, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Peter OLSON & Mary NELSON
CLAUSON, Bina, 22, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Swan CLAUSON & Anna JOHNSON
Spacer21 Dec 1886 at Fredericksburg (church) by Hansen ROHE, MG.      Book 2, Page 77

PAGETT, Theodore, 28, b. Iowa; Keith Co NE; John PAGETT & Sarah FISHER
PIERCE, Anna E, 18, b. Iowa; Kearney Co NE; Quimly PIERCE & Virginia PAINTER
Spacer22 Dec 1886 in Minden by T C EVANS, JP.      Book 2, Page 78

LILLEY, Lionel, 23, b. England; Adams Co NE; John LILLEY & Elizabeth LYNDON
BUSBY, Kati Eliza, 18, b. England; Adams Co NE; James BUSBY & Eliza LEVEL
Spacer25 Dec 1886 in Minden by Galusha L GODFREY, Co J.     Book 2, Page 79

PETERSON, Ola, 42, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Pehr NELSON & EIve NELSON
JENSEN, Mary, 42, b. Sweden; Buffalo Co NE; John JOHNSON & Bengte JOHNSON
Spacer27 Dec 1886 in Minden, NE by Galusha L GODFREY, Co J.     Book 2, Page 80

McDONALD, Oscar, 19, b. Penn; Keamey Co NE; Alexander McDONALD & Annie KIRKPATRICK
DUCKWORTH, Mattie, 16, b. Indiana; Kearney Co NE; John DUCKWORTH & Anna JENKINS
Spacer28 Dec1986 at res. L W McDONALD by John TUBBS, JP.      Book 2, Page 81

KEIM, W G, 23, b. Penn; Gage Co NE; Edward KEIM & Margaret McVICKER
PATTON, Minnie F, 19, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; W D PATTON & (unlisted)
Spacer29 Dec 1886 at Kearney, NE by Rev J D KERR, Presby.      Book 2, Page 82

SWANSON, S A, 29, b. Sweden; Franklin Co NE; John SWANSON & Louise
STRAND, Emma C, 24, b. Wis.; Woodbury Co IA; H H STRAND & (unlisted)
Spacer29 Dec 1886 in Minden, NE by Andrew J CLIFTON, M. G.      Book 2, Page 83

THOMPSON, Carl*, 23, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Thomas C PETERSON & Marie JASPERSON
CHRISTENSEN, Elsie M, 31, b. Denmark; Keamey Co NE; Chris CHRISTENSEN & Bergitte CHRISTENSEN
Spacer3 Jan 1887 in Minden, NE by M HANSEN.      Book 2, Page 84
Spacer*Grooms signature - Karl TOMSEN

HOKSER, Martin K, 21, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Christ J HOKSER & Kirsten MADSEN
DALGAARD, Annie M, 22, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Lars HORNSTRUP & Annie M NIELSEN
Spacer7 Jan 1887 at res. Soren Jensen WISBY by Max JOHNSON, JP.      Book 2, Page 85

DUNN, Findley, 45, b. Penn; Minden; Oliver DUNN & Elizabeth DUMASS
RIBBLE, Flora, 31, b. lowa; Minden; David C RIBBLE & Nancy J MARTIN
Spacer6 Jan 1887 in Minden NE by Rev J A DUFF.      Book 2, Page 86

CASE, Frank, 23, b. Mich; Moline, NE, Franklin Co; Joshua CASE & Mary LETCHER
SHERMAN, Angie S, 20, b. Mich; Moline, NE, Franklin Co; Amos SHERMAN & Julia CARD
Spacer6 Jan 1887 in Minden by L W HAGUE, Co J protem.      Book 2, Page 87

EVERETT, George Jr, 23, b. N.Y.; Keamey Co NE; George EVERETT & Louise CURREY
EDWARDS, Sarah Francis, 15, b. lllinois; Kearney Co NE; Geo EDWARDS & Susan MACKEY
Spacer19 Jan 1887 in Minden, NE by Galusha L GODFREY.     Book 2, Page 88

THOMAS, S E, 32, b. N.Y.; Kearney Co NE; Samuel THOMAS & Sarah PIERCE
WHITESEL, Belle, 19, b. (unlisted); David WHITESEL & Esther WRESLER
Spacer24 Jan 1887 M.E. Parsonage, Minden by Andrew J CLIFTON.      Book 2, Page 89


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Kearney County Marriage Records (continued)

HARTCORN, Samuel Jr, 25, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; Samuel HARTCORN & Margaret McGUIR
WILSON, Martha Francis, 20, b. W.Va; Kearney Co NE; Jasper WILSON & Elizabeth Ann SHRIVER
Spacer1 Feb 1887 at res. bride's parents by Edward KRICK, JP.      Book 2, Page 90

JOHNSON, Charles W, 24, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; J JOHNSON & Louisa LARSEN
SEABURG, Anna, 21, B. Iowa; Kearney Co NE; Anders SEABURG & (unlisted)
Spacer2 Feb 1887 at Swedish Luth Bethany Church by V N THOREN MG.      Book 2, Page 91

SHULTZ, J R, 23, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; Wrn H SHULTZ & Katie J SECKMAN
GLENN, Omie May, 18, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; S R GLENN & Nancy DALTON
Spacer29 Jan 1887 at Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.     Book 2, Page 92

HILLBERG, Charles L, 25, b. Sweden; Wyoming; C G HILLBERG & Louisa BOSTRUM
SEABURG, Mary E, 21, b. Iowa; Kearney Co NE; Anders SEABURG & (unlisted)
Spacer2 Feb 1887 at Swedish Luth Bethany Church by V N THOREN, MG.      Book 2, Page 93

McELHINNY, Robert T, 25, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; William McELHINNY & Elizabeth STEWART
SNIDER, Minnie M, 19, b. Mich.; Kearney Co NE; George SNIDER & Almadin HUBBARD
Spacer8 Feb 1887 in Minden, NE by Rev J A DUFF.      Book 2, Page 94

KNUDSEN, Nels H, 29, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Hans Knudsen JENSEN & Maren NELSEN
JENSEN, Petrina, 29, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Jens Pedersen REOSTED & (unlisted)
Spacer12 Feb, 1887 in Minden, NE by S LARSEN, MG.     Book 2, Page 95

WHITAKER, Samuel, 26, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; Jesse WHITAKER & Elizabeth LESTER
DUCKWORTH, Lilly May, 16, b. Indiana; Kearney Co NE; J DUCKWORTH & (unlisted)
Spacer9 Feb 1887, res. Elizabeth WHITAKER by A WOOD, JP.      Book 2, Page 96

WOMMER, William, 29, b. Penn.; Kearney Co NE; John WOMMER & Catherine CASHNER
KIRKPATRICK, Annie, 24, b. Penn; Kearney Co NE; (parents unlisted)
Spacer11 Feb 1887 in Minden, NE by Geo C GIFFIN Presby min.      Book 2, Page 97

WATSON, Thomas D, 25, b. Indiana; Kansas; S T WATSON & Melissa POUND
COLLINS, Christena A, 18, b. lowa; Kearney Co NE; L B COLLINS & Christena McVAY
Spacer15 Feb 1887 at res. L B COLLINS by L B COLLINS, J P.      Book 2, Page 98

LINDERMAN, John Jr., 24, b. Indiana; Kearney Co NE; John LINDERMAN & Susan RUSLER
BROCK, Laura, 18, b. lndiana, Kearney Co NE; Campbel BROCK & Louisa HICKSON
Spacer18 Feb 1887 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.     Book 2, Page 99

PARKS, Russell, 21, b. Iowa; Adams Co NE; G W PARKS & Maitha C COODDLE
FARRAR, Mary, 20, b. Ohio; Kearney Co NE; Wilkinson FARRAR & Sarah LIVINGSTON
Spacer3 Mar 1887 at "my residence" by J C MOORE, J P.      Book 2, Page 100

CHRISTIANSEN, Peter, 46, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Christian CHRISTIANSEN & Kristen Mane JENSEN
LARSEN, Marie Christen, 36, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Lars MIKKELSEN & (unlisted)
Spacer1 Mar 1887 in Minden, NE by C JENSEN, MG.      Book 2, Page 101

SMITH, Niels T, 28, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Peter Andersen SMITH & Mary PETERSEN
BOISEN, Mary, 22, b. Germany; Kearney Co NE; Anders BOISEN & Mary HOLM
Spacer2 Mar 1887 in Minden, NE by Hansen ROHE, M.G.     Book 2, Page 102


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Kearney County Marriage Records (continued)

MARKWARD, Albert C, 24, b. Wis.; Phelps Go NE; David MARKWARD & Maria WEACHERT
BOCHAN, Minnie, 18, b. Iowa; Kearney Go NE; John BOCHAN & Maggie ROCHTHEIN
Spacer18 Mar 1887 at res. J BOCHAN by Ernest FLACK, Ev. Luth Min.      Book 2, Page 103

CARLSON, George, 38, b. Sweden; Keamey Co NE; Oliver CARLSON & Anna PETERSON
JOHNSON, Anna C, 30, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Johas JOHNSON & Carrie ANDERSON
Spacer11 Mar 1887 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.     Book 2, Page 104

McINTYRE, J B, 70, b. lreland; Kearney Co NE; Jeremiah MCINTYRE & Sarah ROSS
BRAINARD, Mrs A J, age?, born?, residence?; Seth PREFFER & Jane STEEL
Spacer11 Jan 1887 in Minden, NE by Geo C GIFFIN, Presby min.      Book 2, Page 105

JOHNSON, Edward R, 54, b. N.Y.; Phelps Co NE; James JOHNSON & Eliza ROLLINS
STARKEY, Mrs Mary L 34, b. Mich; Kearney Cc NE; Hugh DuQURENE & (unlisted)
Spacer20 Mar 1887 in Wilcox, NE by Amos N DEAN MG.     Book 2, Page 106

HOLM, John H M, 42, b. Sweden; Phelps Co NE; John ANDERSON &Carrie JOHNSON
HANSEN, Anna L 17, b. Sweden; Phelps Co NE; Charley HANSEN &Johanna LUNDEEN (?)
Spacer26 Mar 1887 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.     Book 2, Page 107

MARKWARD-BOCHAN (Error-Page 103)     Book 2, Page 108

BARNES, William Henry, 30, b. Ohio; Kearney Co NE; Jewett BARNES & Harriet WITHAM
FOUNTAIN, Clara May, 17, b. lllinois; Kearney Co NE; Isaac FOUNTAIN & Belle WILSON
Spacer28 Apr 1887 at Bride's parents by Judson P DURHAM.      Book 2, Page 109

FRAILEY, Andrew J, 23, b. Penn; Kearney Co NE; John FRAILEY & Margaret LENNINGTON
BARTOW, Susie J, 18, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; Barney BARTOW & Martha WITTERS
Spacer28 Apr 1887 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.      Book 2, Page 110

DeHAVEN, A E, 27, b. Indiana; Keamey Co NE; Garrett DeHAVEN & Lucinda SLUSSER
BRONSON, Lottie A, 19, b. Penn; Kearney Co NE; (no parents listed)
Spacer4 May 1889 (No pace listed)      Book 2, Page 111

MATLICH, Sheridan, 18, b. W VA; Kearney Co NE; Isaasc MATLICH & Mary E JENKINS
SCOTT, Mamie, 15, b. lowa; Kearney Co NE; Abraham SCOTT & Louisa HAUNESTON
Spacer10 May 1887 in Minden, NE by C L GODFREY,      Book 2, Page 112

MADSEN, Mads, 25, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Mads HANSEN & Ane Kirstine LARSEN
JORGENSEN, Ane Kirstine,23, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Jorgen JORGENSEN & Inger ANDERSEN
Spacer12 May 1887 in Kearney Co by S LARSEN, MG. Book 2, Page 113

JOHNSON, Gust, 36, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; John LARSEN & Hedda ERICKSON
ADOLFSON, Albertine, 34, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Adolph JOHNSON & Maria JOHNSON
Spacer20 May 1887 in Minden, NE by C L GODFREY, Co J.      Book 2, Page 114

ATWATER E W, 30, b. N.Y.; Kearney Co NE; Socrates ATWATER & Lydia Ann WINDOVER
COLLINS, Vina E, 27, b. Iowa; Kearney Co NE; L B COLLINS & Christina McVAY
Spacer24 May 1887 at Christina by L B COLLINS, J P.      Book 2. Page 115

PETERSEN, Jorgen, 28, b. Denmark; Franklin Co NE; H J PETERSEN & Ane Katrine ERICKSON
HANSEN, Ane Katrine, 18, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Hans HANSEN & Elsie Marie RASMUSSEN
Spacer3 Jun 1887 in Minden by S LARSEN, MG.     Book 2, Page 116


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JOHNSON, John A, 20, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; H C JOHNSON & Anne Kirstine PETERSEN
NISSEN, Anne Mary, 20, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; H L NISSEN & (unlisted)
Spacer4 Jun 1887 at Fredricksburg church by C JENSEN, MG.      Book 2, Page 117

KENT, Joseph, 40, b. lIIinois; Kearney Co NE; Joshua KENT & Elizabeth ESSNGER
MACUMBER, Maggie, 18, b. Indiana; Kearney Co NE; Cassiues MACUMBER & __ CLOUD
Spacer5 Jun 1887 at res S A KENT by ___.      Book 2, Page 118

JOHNSON, Andres C, 27, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; John Johnson & Inger ANDERSON
OLSON, Anna, 37, b. Sweden; Kearney Co Ne; (parents unlisted)
Spacer9 Jun 1887 in Minden, NE by S LARSON.      Book 2, Page 119

NELSON, Peter J, 26, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Andrew NELSON & Katie JOHNSON
ANDERSON, Ida, 23, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Swan ANDERSON & (unlisted)
Spacer14 Jun 1887 in Oneida Town by V N THROEN, Ev Luth Church.      Book 2, Page 120

STRAUM, Charles P, 33, b. Ohio; Minden, NE; John STRAUM & Annie E GERMANY (?)
DROLLINGER, Mary E, 17, b. Ohio; Minden, NE; Jacob DROLLINGER & Elizabeth __
Spacer16 Jun 1887 at "My Residence" by Ernest FLACK, Ev Luth.      Book 2, Page 121

HANSEN, Jens C, 30, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Niels HANSEN & Ane Marie HABARG
ANDERSEN, Johanne Mary Svensd, 21 b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Seren C ANDERSEN & Maen CHRISTENSEN
Spacer25 Jun 1887 in Minden, NE by C JENSEN, MG.       Book 2, Page 122

McNAMAR, Marion, 21, b. Iowa; Adams Co NE; Daniel McNAMAR & Lydia DOOLEY
KING, Belle, 24, b. Illinois; Kearney Co NE; Joel KING & Nancy J CREVISTON
Spacer28 Jun 1887 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.      Book 2, Page 123

PETERSEN, Christen, 32, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Peter HENDERSEN & Christina PAULSEN
WARNER, Nellie May, 15, b. Wis.; Kearney Co NE; H H WARNER & Emma REDLON
Spacer29 Jun 1887 at res of groom by G L GODFREY.      Book 2, Page 124

PARKS, Perry C, 31, b. Iowa; Sherman Co NE; Lewis PARKS & Catherine LANCASTER
PARKS, Mrs Mary E, 27, b. Indiana, Kearney Co NE; James I TAYLOR & Matilda SHEPHERD
Spacer30 Jun 1887 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.      Book 2, Page 125

RASMUSSEN, Peter, 28, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Rasmus PETERSEN & Ane Marie LARSEN
HANSEN, Mary, 21, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Bartel HANSEN & Ane Lucie HANSEN
Spacer23 Jul 1887 in Minden, NE by C JENSEN, MG.      Book 2, Page 126

PETERSEN, John, 35, b. Denmark; Keamey Co NE; Peter CHRISTENSEN & Birtoe JENSEN
EBERT, Kristine, 17, b. Denmark; Kearney Co NE; Jens Christian EBERT & Elsebe KUKELY
Spacer27 Jul 1887 in Minden, NE by G L GODFREY, Co J.      Book 2, Page 127

CRAIG, Andrew, 25, b. Penn.; Kearney Co NE; John CRAIG & Maria HARNISH
WRIGHT, Clara, 17, b. England; Kearney Co NE; (parents unlisted)
Spacer2 Aug 1887 at res. E G CRAIG by Andrew J CLIFTON, MG.      Book 2, Page 128

NELSON, Joseph, 23, b. Sweden; Kearney Co NE; Olof NELSON & Annie LARSEN
WELLS, Hattie M, 17, b. Kansas; Kearney Co NE; James H WELLS & Mary A SMITH
Spacer10 Aug 1887 in Minden, NE by Geo C GIFFEN, Presby Min.      Book 2, Page 129


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Source: Lyons Weekly Sun, July 19, 1906, Page 3
Submitted by: Maxine A Sandquist, Lyons, NE

PIONEERS ENJOY DAY AT JACKSON
Catholics Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary of Tracy Colony

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SURVIVORS OF COLONY

Survivors of the colony of Father TRACY founded in 1856: Mr and Mrs Patrick O'NEILL, Mr and Mrs Jno. BOLER, Michael BOLER, Mrs Mary AHERN, Peter SULLIVAN, Mrs B. F. SAWYER, Thomas JAMES, Mrs P TWOHIG, Mrs Daniel DUGGAN, Mr and Mrs Con H DUGGAN, James DUGGAN, Mrs John RYAN, Mrs McCORMICK, Mrs ERLACH, Dennis HOGAN, John McKIVERGAN, Mrs J MURPHY, Michael O'NEILL.

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Jackson, Neb., July 17, 1906. - Glorious weather and the presence of a magnificent crowd characterized the opening of the semi-centennial jubilee of Catholicism in Nebraska.

The fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the first Catholic mission for white people in Nebraska began at 10 o'clock this morning, with Rt. Rev. P.J. GARRIGAN, Bishop of Sioux City, celebrated pontifical high mass. The service, which was held beneath a large tent stretched on the lawn adjoining St. Patrick's church, of which Rev. D.W. MORIARTY is pastor, was attended by more than 100 priests in cassock and surplice, two bishops and a score of high ecclesiastics.

A BEAUTIFUL ALTAR

Out on the lawns of the parish a beautiful high white altar was erected and decorated before daybreak this morning by the sisters, and before this holy place in the open air, near to nature, the Bishop of Sioux City, in beautiful robes of purple silk and white lace, celebrated the mass. The music was furnished by a special choir from Omaha. With the Bishop of Sioux City was Rt. Rev. Richard SCANNELL, Bishop of Omaha and ecclesiastical ruler of the parish of St. Patrick's.

To the survivors of Father TRACY'S colony the scene beneath the great white tent sanctuary today was striking and impressive in contrast to the humble service held by Father TRACY on almost the same ground fifty years ago, when he was 'Vicar of Nebraska" and had charge of the spiritual welfare of Catholic people in all the vast territory stretching westward to the Rocky Mountains and south to the charge of the "Vicar of Atchison."

A STRIKING CONTRAST

This same territory to which the humble Vicar was assigned is now ruled by two Bishops; there are hundreds of priests to care for the Catholic people, and there is hardly a county in the state without half a dozen substantial churches and parish buildings.

The little city of Jackson has the appearance of a carnival city. Tents cover the main streets. There are attractions without end from swings to vaudeville shows. At first glance these seem strange companions for the big tent, with the great white altar, but they will all be quiet today, while the religious celebration is in progress. Tomorrow will be the day for the grand civic celebration, when the brass bands will be turned loose, the shows will open and a program of amusements will be presented to the 1,000 visitors who will be in the city.

STARS AND STRIPES EVERYWHERE

Jackson is wrapped in red, white, and blue bunting and from a dozen tall white flag staffs American flags unfold in the breeze and give testimony to the undying love of the Irish people, who, next to their Creator, love their country.

Long before the hour set for high Mass the seats beneath the canvas were filled and in the yard, seats were arranged filling an area of a quarter of a block. In the front seats were the pioneers, many of them who attended the first Mass and, looking back over the five decades since Mass was first sung here, they remembered the first said by Father TRACY.

Gerald DILLON, first public school teacher in northeastern Nebraska, was one of those who was in a front seat. Tears came to his eyes as he looked admiringly at the Bishop of Sioux


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City on his throne, surrounded by the Bishop of Omaha, Rev. B.C. LENEHAN of Fort Dodge, Rev. Bede DURHAM, O.S.B, of Creston, Iowa, Rev. Thomas McCARTY of Sioux City, Rt. Rev. T.A. FLINN of Sioux Falls, and others.

NO DANGER OF INDIANS

"Guess there is no danger of an Indian scare, he observed before Mass began. "Fifty years ago we were seated beneath a canopy of limbs and branches. Through the holes in the roof the sun poured in upon us. Father TRACY was singing Mass. The wind whistled through the roof making a terrific noise, like the approaching of horsemen.

"Suddenly some one in the back of the little place of worship shouted 'Indians!' I heard the cry and I said, 'My God, the Indians are upon us!' This started a panic. Some remained in their seats, others jumped for their rifles and a hasty search was made. The alarm proved false, but the little band of worshipers will remember the scare until their last day. On numerous other occasions our Masses were interrupted by cries of 'Indians!'"

Dennis HOGAN, who was near the altar at the high Mass today, was a boy of 13 when he attended the first Mass held by Father TRACY. He remembers the scene well and believes at least 150 attended.

The special train from Sioux City on the Great Northern arrived in Jackson at 9:45 this morning, bringing 150 visitors. Among them were: Rt. Rev. J.P. GARRIGAN, Bishop of Sioux City; Rev Thos. McCARTY, chancellor of the diocese; Rt. Rev. B.C. LENEHAN of Fort Dodge, Vicar General; Rev. P.J. O'CONNOR; Rev. Bernard HUNT; Rev. H. J. SCHLEIER; Rev. L.P. DAGNAULT; Rev R.G. PLANTE; Rev. Bede DURHAM; Rev P. CASSIDY; Rev. P.J. CONNLEY; L. McCARTY; P.J. DONOHOE; and others. Mr DONOHOE, commercial agent of the Great Northern, accompanied the visitors, looking after their comfort. There were more than 150 in the three special coaches.

THE OMAHA VISITORS

At 10 o'clock the regular Omaha train brought three coaches from Sioux City, Omaha, Wayne, Emerson, Hubbard, and other points. Rt. Rev. Richard SCANNELL, Bishop of Omaha, was an arrival on this train. Immediately following the high Mass, Bishop SCANNELL delivered a sermon. He was suffering from a cold and his remarks were brief on that account as he experienced much difficulty in speaking.

The venerable churchman, in speaking of the Father TRACY Colony, paid a high tribute to their character, "Thank God," he said "you have never changed your name, but have stayed by the original church. You have not changed your name to be fashionable. Thank God that you have never wanted a Scotch-Irish pedigree, or changed your name so that you may be taken for English."

The reception for the clergy and survivors of Father TRACY'S Colony was held in the convent hail after the sermon, some 225 plates being laid for the banquet. With the reception, the religious celebration closes this afternoon. Tomorrow the grand civic celebration will be given under the care of Father MORIARTY and a committee of Jackson business men consisting of John BOLER, chairman; John J RYAN, secretary; J M BRENNAN; J M BARY; Frank DAVEY; T J HARTNETT; and Mayor Thomas SULLIVAN will introduce the speakers.

After the address of welcome by Mayor SULLIVAN, Hon. George W BERGE, of Lincoln, former democratic candidate for congress in the Second district, and former candidate for governor of Nebraska, will deliver an oration and eulogy to the poineers (sic) who settled the upper Missouri valley and laid the foundation for happiness and wealth in the middle central west. Other addresses will be by Hon. C J SMYTHE, of Omaha, and John BOLER, of Jackson. REED'S Military band, of Sioux City, will furnish music in the evening. There will be dancing, fireworks, a balloon ascension, and other amusements.

HISTORY OF COLONY

L. McCARTY Tells How Father TRACY Invaded the Wilderness

Among the early pioneers of the northwest was L. McCARTY, of Sioux City, father of Rev. Thomas McCARTY, chancellor of the diocese of Sioux City. Mr McCARTY arrived in Jackson this morning on the special train from Sioux City, to represent half a dozen church papers, for which he is a writer of some distinction. Mr McCARTY is known throughout the


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northwest as an authority on Catholic history, and today he sent the following historical sketch of the Father TRACY Colony to his papers.

In commemorating an event like this it may be well to go back to the beginning , the founder of the Irish-American colony, which settled here in 1856 and its first pastor, Rev. Father TRACY.

Rev. Jeremiah F. TRACY was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, in 1821, came to America with his parents in 1831, and grew to manhood in Lancaster, Pa,, where the family settled. After finishing his studies he was principal of the high school there for a few years. During the Know Nothing riots in Philadelphia in 1843-1844, he was honored by being appointed one of the guards to protect the churches from destruction.

In 1849 he entered the Catholic school for young men at Chicago, where after hard study and close application he received minor orders from Bishop QUARTERS, but was stricken with pneumonia and advised by the doctors to seek a more congenial climate away from the lakes. He went to Dubuque where he was adopted by Bishop LORAS and finished his studies at the old St. BERNARD'S college, Table Mound, and was ordained on June 24, 1850.

At that time the cholera was raging in Dubuque and the young priest remained with his Bishop all that year and part of the next, unselfishly ministering to the spiritual and physical necessities of the sick and dying. In many stricken families Father TRACY'S name was a household word, and many now holding exalted positions and living in fine homes in Dubuque and other parts of Iowa, are children for whom he provided homes when their parents were stricken down with the cholera. Many times did he and the good Bishop LORAS go without food for long periods so completely was their time taken up with ministering to the wants of the sick and dying

In the fall of 1851 he was appointed pastor of Garryown, Jackson county, Iowa, a large Irish Catholic settlement, where he built the large, substantial stone church, 50 by 105 feet, which is still used by that large parish. He also established an parochial school, which is still taught by the Sisters of Charity.

In June, 1855, Father TRACY and his brother John crossed the state of Iowa and the Missouri River and explored the country and selected the site for his colony, which he brought there the following year. Returning to Dubuque he tried to induce some of the settlers around there to go to Nebraska, but they evidently thought they were far enough west already. He went east to find recruits for his colony, and while pursuing this work he met much opposition, particularly from Archbishop HUGHES of New York, who denounced him and his scheme to take his innocent counrtymen into the wilds of the west, where they might starve or suffer other untold misfortunes. This shows how great men may be mistaken in their views, as the Archbishop was by prefering to see the Irish immigrants remain in the slums of the great cities, subject to all their contaminating influences, instead of coming west to enjoy the pure air and glorious sunshine of the prairies, to live happy and virtuous lives, while enjoying the greatest degree of material prosperity as the members of this colony certainly did.

Father TRACY made a canvass in the New England states, where he secured a number of recruits and the next spring started with them for Nebraska, coming from Dubuque by wagon, fording streams and rivers, and enduring great hardships in crossing the hitherto untrodden prairies. On June 1, 1856, they crossed the Missouri River at Sioux City and on the next day reached the selected site, which he named St. Johns, about a mile and a half north and east of the present site of Jackson. The colonists, who accompanied him on that memorable trip included his father, mother, and widowed sister, Mrs COYLE, Daniel DUGGAN, James KELLEHAN, George PORTISS, Michael McKIVERGAN, James JONES, Michael McCORMACK, Charles BOYLE, John, James, Patrick, and Nicholas RYAN, William HOGAN, and Simon MAGEE, with their families, and John TRACY, Arthur SHORT, Patrick TWOHIG, and Edward JONES, single men. There were eighteen wagons and about sixty people in all.

Of this sturdy band of pioneers there are still living Mrs Daniel DUGGAN, Mrs Mary McCORMACK and George PORTISS who were married, and Jeremiah F and Cornelius DUGGAN, Thos. B JONES, John and James McKIVERGAN, Dennis HOGAN, Mrs John BOLER, Mrs Lawrence ERLACH, Mrs Patrick TWOHIG, and Mrs James McHENRY, who were children or unmarried at that time. Patrick O'NEILL and wife also came about this time, but not with the


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colony, and Thomas ASHFORD came to Homer, a few miles east of St. Johns, and these two men and their wives are still living. Others followed the same year and the following years the colony grew to be a large and prosperous one.

For a short time mass was celebrated in a tent, but as soon as possible a log church was erected, which was later replaced by a frame structure. After getting the church and parish well established, Father TRACY looked around for scattered Catholics wherever he could find them. In June 1857 he celebrated the first Mass in Sioux City. In 1858 he founded a church in Council Bluffs, the first one erected there for white settlers. He visited points along the Missouri River as far north as Fort Randall.

After about four years of this strenous (sic) life, his health failed and he left St Johns and after remaining in Sioux City for a few months went south to the diocese of Mobile and was appointed pastor at Huntsville, Ala. During the Civil War he served as chaplin in General ROSECRANS' army, but did not confine his ministrations to the Federal ranks alone, crossing and recrossing the lines, wherever he found sick and dying soldiers. After the war he returned to Mobile diocese, working until 1879 when he was striken (sic) with paralysis. He was taken to the Alexian Brother's Hospital in St. Louis where he passed away nine years later, March 1889.

After the departure of Rev. Father TRACY from St. Johns, this townsite which he had selected seemed to lose favor with the settlers, and a few years later the church was moved about a mile and a half south and west and located on land donated by Michael McCORMACK. The stores and other houses soon followed and the town of Jackson, as it was henceforth known, grew up around the church in its new location. The old townsite for which Father TRACY had great expectations is now a farm and the only indication that it had existed is the cemetery on the hill overlooking it which is still used as "the city of the dead."

Father TRACY and his successors served in the following order: Rev. Father TRACY, 1856-1860, Rev. Edward DILLON, 1860-1861, Rev Wm KELLY, 1861-1862, Rev. J.M. RYAN 1862-1866, Rev. F.M. McLAUGHLIN, July 1866-Nov 1866, Rev. P.J. ERLOCH, 1866-1870, Rev P.J. KEENAN, 1870-1873, Rev. P.J. ERLOCH, 1873-1877, Very Rev. P.A. LYSAGHT, Feb 28, 1887-Aug. 25, 1903, Very Rev. D.W. MORIARTY, 1903- Present (1906).

Since 1887 the following assistant pastors have served in the Jackson parish for various periods: Fathers P. O'REILLY, J. FLOOD, T. McGRATH, Thos. O'REILLY, James AHERNE, P. McLAUGHLIN, J. FITZPATRICK, B.F. GALVIN, J McCARTHY, P.A. McGOVERN, E.S. MUENICH, D.P. HARRINGTON, M.F. BYRNE, John McNAMARA, Michael FENNESSY, Thomas MORIARTY, M.L. DALY, and the present efficient assistant pastor, Father John J. KAVANAGH. The neat brick church was built by Father LAWLESS in 1879-1880, and the present residence was erected by him in 1881. St. Patrick's hall, another neat brick structure, was erected in 1891 by Father LYSAGHT for parish and society meetings. The pride of Jackson, however, is St. Catherine's academy, a fine large brick structure erected in 1693 by Father LYSAGHT on ground donated by Martin BARRETT. It is conducted by sixteen Dominican Sisters from the celebrated St. Clara college, Sinsinawa Mound, Wis. and has a large atendance (sic) of boarders and day scholars, and has acquired a high reputation as a young ladies' school under the able management of Sister WALBURGA, Superioress.

The descendants of the early pioneers are scattered throughout these sections, all prosperous and well to do, as farmers, bankers, business and professional men in various lines, and wielding large influence in the civic and political affairs of their respective communities.,

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