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The story of Nemaha county's settlement and growth is faithfully and entertainingly told in the succeeding pages. The regular government trains passed through Nemaha county every two weeks.
As enlightenment came gradually through the ages, the crude meth- ods of transmitting knowledge in vogue for untold centuries gave way to the written and printed pages which we have today, when the ability to read is universal throughout the land. He was followed by an en- emy who overtook him at this point, killing him.Books have multiplied until their number is incalculable. A book of histor}' is not only enter- taining, useful, enlightening, but it is valuable and stimulating. It was afterward learned that Mc Cloud was not the man for whom the murderer was look- ing after at all. Willis was in a village store near the trail when a man and, woman from St.We are inspired by the tales of accomplishment by our forefathers to do even greater things than they. Joseph entered the store and inquired for the Mc Cloud grave.We likewise take a just pride in our own deeds and successes. No one learned who they were nor why they went out to the grave.Macaule}' once wrote: "Show me a country whose people take no pride in their ancestry ; they will produce no posterity worth while." It is well to delve into the past ; strive in the present, and to look forward into the future. On the Chris Aeschlimann farm is another grave with the unus- ual tribute of a stone over it, the inscription on which said, "David But- ley, August, 1844." Majors & Russell were the government contractors whose immense wagon trains passed through Nemaha county. A regular train consisted of from forty to sixty wa- gons, each wagon drawn by six or seven yoke of oxen.This volume of Nemaha Count}^ History tells of the past, which covers a brief span of three score j'ears since the all- conquering American pioneer came into the prairie wilderness to create a home ; its pages likewise speak of the present — all of which is recorded for the benefit and inspiration of posterity. The driver of each team outfit walked beside the wagon.
While Nemaha county is but a small plat of earth, it is very dear to all of us, and is an Empire builded by the hands of brave and hardy men and women, whose composite achievement is one of the wonders of the age. Joseph Sittenauer and an endless number of kindly folk, including the newspapepr men of the county, who contributed their assistance and support freely, to the end that the people of Nemaha might have a history. The wagon boss rode on a pony and took great privileges with the king's English.
Created and grown beyond the wildest dreams of its creators from an unpeopled wilderness into a populous, wealthy, and thriving com- munity during the memory of living men, Nemaha county occupies a proud and enviable place among her sister counties in Kansas. Each driver carried a whip over his shoulder when not in use. On either side of the trail for many, many years after the wagon travel ceased in Nemaha county, could be discerned plainly the footpaths made by the drivers.
m Gc Mi U 978.101 N34t Sg REALOGY COLLECTION 1151666 HISTORY Nemaha County KANSAS RALPH TENNAL ILLUSTRATED STANDARD PUBLISHING COMPANY Lawrence, Kansas 1916 1151666 DEDICATION THIS VOLUME IS KBSPECTPULLY DEDICATED TO THK PEOPLE OF NEMAHA COUNTY, WHOSE WHOLE- HEARTED INTEREST IN AND LOYAL SUPPORT OF THE MERITORIOUS PROJECT OF RECORDING IN IM- PERISHABLE PRINT THE WONDROUS AND VALUABLE STORY OF NEMAHA COUNTY'S INDUSTRIAL, CIVIC AND SOCIAL PROGRESS FOR THE ENLIGHTENMENT OP PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS, HAVE MADE ITS PUBLICA- TION POSSIBLE. FOREWORD "And further, by these, my son, be admonished : of making many books there is no end ; and much study is a weariness of the flesh." Ecclesiastes, xii.:xii. When the body of a forty-niner was buried the rest of the train would sit around awhile and eat plums.
There are books and books, each purporting to fulfill a mission. As a result a small plum grove grew up around every one of the early day graves. Willis, whose deed to his land, which he still retains, was signed by President Buchanan, says that within a distance of six- teen miles from Sabetha he has counted thirteen such graves.
Since remote times man has endeavored in some manner to leave behind him the story of his accomplishments during his brief sojourn on earth. All of them are directly on the old trail which has now become the highway. A famous one is on the farm of Matthais Strahm, which is called the Mc Cloud grave.
Primitive man first chiselled on imperishable stone in various crude ways the messages which he desired transmitted to his descendants; the ancients inscribed history on tablets of clay; in all parts of the known world are found the stories of its peoples inscribed in some form on crumbling monuments, on the walls of forgotten, buried cities — the mes- sages telling in graphic detail the story of the ancient peoples of the earth in the only manner which was possible to the inhabitants thereof. and Mrs Oscar 380 Austin, Albert L 660 Austin, Mrs. Mc CIoud, HISTORY OF NEMAHA COUNTY 4I it is recalled, was returning from California.