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History of Antelope County Nebraska

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Early History of Antelope County Nebraska
 Historical and Biographical Sketches
 Extracted from: History of the State of Nebraska
The Western Historical Company, 1882.

Topic Headings are:

  • Topography
  • Geology
  • Natural Resources
  • Early Settlements
  • Indian Troubles
  • Military Experience
  • Indian Relics
  • Mound Builders
  • Organizaiton of the County
  • County Seat
  • Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Lands
  • Other Retarding Influences
  • Crimes and Casualties
  • General Topics
  • The Elkhorn Pen and Plow
  • Grand Army of the Republic
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Neligh
  • The Land Office
  • Gates College
  • The Neligh Mill
  • The Press
  • Societies
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Burnett
  • St. Clare
  • Clearwater
  • Willowdale
  • Glenalpine
  • Clear Spring
  • Orchard
  • Other Towns

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    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, 1870.

    The first post office in the county was at Twin Grove; J. H. Snider was first Postmaster.


    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 Northwest."

    "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

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