West Cedar Valley was settled in June, 1872, by Thomas Lawton, William
Lawrence, Henry Griffith, Henry Rogers, Henry Karl and I. N. Taylor.
The first birth in the county was that of Anna Kimball, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. A. L. Kimball, May 1, 1870; the first marriage was a double one--Allen Hopkins to Miss Frances Bausman and Elias
Ives to Miss Hopkins, sister of Allen Hopkins, August 14, 1869, and the first death that of Mary Frances Snider, October 4,
The first post office in the county was at Twin Grove; J. H. Snider was
The early settlers of Antelope County suffered but little molestation
from the Indians. From a little pamphlet descriptive of the county, written in 1878, by A. J. Leech, one of the early settlers,
we make the following extracts: "In 1870, the settlers suffered from the first Indian raid. A party of ten Indians visited
the new settlement, appearing friendly at first, but in two or three instances becoming extremely insolent, firing a number
of shots into the house of Louis Petras, finally stealing nine horses and hurrying off toward the Sioux reservations in the
"In November, 1870, the Indians made a second raid upon the settlements,
breaking into the house of Robert Horne, living on the head of Cedar Creek, carrying off or destroying all his household goods.
These Indians were followed by fourteen of the settlers, overtaken and severely punished * * a few miles below O'Neill City.
Two of their number were killed and two or three known to be wounded. The whites also suffered in this little battle, two
of them receiving severe arrow wounds and having one horse killed and two or three wounded. Since that time the settlers have
not been molested by Indians."There
were in addition to the difficulties mentioned in these extracts, a few Indian "scares." One of these scares occurred in the