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About The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899 | View Entire Issue (April 25, 1889)
The Sioux County Journal.
Vuhlished every Thursday.
Subscription Price, 2.0v
W. E. Pattfron Editor aud Prop.
Entered at the postoflice at Harrison
as necond clas mutter.
A Trip to the Northwest.
As mentioned in the last i.s.sue tiie lo
cal man of Tiie Repoiter made a trip to
tiie northwest portion of the state arriv
ing home last Friday. Willi tiie excep
tion of a few miles tiie entire journey
was made on the F. E. & M. V. railroad
which lias pushed its way for more tliaa
a hundred miles west of the state line to
wards the coal, oil and iron fields of Wy
oming and also north to Whitewood.
which is the nearest accessible jioint to
lie great mining fields of Dakota. All
along the line toward the western iart
of the state the country is still thinly
settled, but stops were made at many
tliriving towns, and we were informed
that the main settlement had been made
back froru the line of the road a short
distance, as the railroad had followed i
a course through the poorest part of the
country in order to get the easiest
grades to the objective points. The
Black Hills line branches to the north at
Chadron, which is less than three v eal's
old and is one of the liest towns in the
state, having numerous line business
houses, school houses, court house and
an excellent system of water works.
We took the train west from Chadron
and soon arrived at Harrison, tiie county
seat of Sioux County. We had for a
companion on the trip Mr, C. M. Moffit
who was looking for a location for bus
iness aud as this was the place he had in
view we slopped oir with him. Here we
found a nice village about a year old
which contains about three hundred in
habitants. Until recently the settlement of the
locality has been discouraged by the
cattle men who desired to retain it for
range purposes, but the new law passed
by the last legislature making the herd
law effective has been a great advarit
age and the result is tlutt fanners are
Hocking in to that country at a rapid
rate and it is only a quest ion of a verv
.Jiort time when every quarter sectiou'of
land will be taken-. There is no railroad
lands in the county, neither did the town
or county vote any bonds or tax for
railroad purposes, so that it is open for
settlement and the settlers will not lie
burdened with taxes to pay railroad
bonds. On our arrival we met H. T.
voniey, lormerly ol tins city, who is
located there in the law, land and loan
business, and is prosijering nicelv.
Every day during our stay long drives
were taken in the surrounding country,
in every direction, which were highly
enjoyed by Mr. Moffltt and the writer.
The fact tliat Nebraska is a great state
was more firmly impressed upon our
mind than ever before for we saw feat
ures entirely new to us.
To the south of Harrison, which is the
county seat and, in fact, the only town
in the county, lies a vast stretch of ter
ritory composed of as fine land as one
could wish to have. Occasionally a hill
of fair dimensions appears, but there are
out lew that are of such size and char
acter as to lie valueless, and here
aud there a butte towers quite a
height toward the clouds, but thev are
not without their use for, in addition to
their being a relief to the eve thev nWi
serve to break off the severe winds so
prevalent in most parts of Nebraska.
The atmosphere is of such a nature that
objects could be seen a long distance and
we had the pleasure of looking at Lara
mie Peak, 100 miles to the westward and
with the naked eye. Tiie soil in this lo-
i.,i;i,r i 1 l ,
"" loam ana uas the power
Water is found lit a depth varying
from 2' to 150 feet, and is of good quali
ty. Oat raised tliere last year weighed
from 1 1 to 47 )(oumi per busliel. Wheat
yields from 30 to 3." bushels Jier acre.
Corn on sod yielded over 30 bushels per
acre, and tiie corn was matured so that
it -,n 1 tliid i.itrim'- for seed corn.
Tlk-v do not claim t) .t it belonirs to tiie
I trreat torn Hell mil 11 is certain hkh im
j can lie raised for feeding purposes. Hay
i is put up at all times of tiie year al
j most, the grass being of such a quality
that it matures on tiie roots and cattle
which liai-e had no other food and shelter
'at all during the winter are in Utter
condition than the cattle we saw east of
there tiiat have liad as good care and
feed as cattle usually get.
Coal retails at 3.50 jer ton and wood
can be purchased for from f 1.50 to $2.00
lr load, m the log, delivered, winie a
man with a team i-an go and get his
own wood with no exnse except his
time and trouble. No sod houses are
to be seen as the neat and comfortable
losr house takes its nhu e. The loirs can
be got without cost as well as the wood
Posts can be boinrht. delivered, for 6 to
8 cents apiece and wire is sold at almost
ciist, so that fence un lie put up very
cbeaiilv. Some of the settlers will trv
flax and other crops this season and as
certain if they ran I grown profitably.
Potat es and all vegetables grow to bu
rnt nsi size and are of excellent quality.
The ootatues are much suirior in flavor
to those raised in the eastern part of the
Stone can 1 got by simply getting it
out and brick can lie bought and deliver
ed in Harrison for $9 er thousand and
they are the best brick we ever saw in
the state without being pressed. Native
lumber can lie purchased for $18 per
thousand and is cut to fill all needs of
rough material so that all the eastern
lumber needed in a bouse is Uie linisb
The town of Harrison is not a town
which has iiad a boom and collansed.
but is rather liehind tlian ahead of the
demands of the country. There are op
enings for a number of business estab
lishments in the various lines of trade.
It has a neat court house, two stories
and a basement, built of brick and stone,
all the material used in its construction.
except the finish lumber, being the prod
uct of Sioux county and the people are
justly proud ol the structure. The way
to get there is via the F. E. & M. V. rail
road, whose agents will give all the in
formation at their command in regard to
the matter, and 11. T. Couley, who is so
well and favorably known in this city
and county will be pleased to answer all
inquiries from people seeking informa
tion, and The Reporter man will tell
you all he can m regard to the place and
prospects if you can catch him and inter
view him. He returned feeling much
refreshed by his rest and journey and is
at the service of his friends, Reporter,
Jones & Verity,
3 5 1 9 9
The Wrong Pew."
Slop my paper.
The author of the apothegm,
of retaining moisture for an pxcf-wlimrii
long time. Although no rain bad fallen
since last tall prior to our visit the soil
was so moist that the grain was starting
readily after seeding. About the same
quality of land and soil are to be found
east and west, except a little strip next
10 me railroad which is more broken.
Tit tlm .,.-,,. h f .. 1 j.
- ttuUuiiour miles we
find nearly the same lay of land, except
that it is somewhat more elevated, but
after a drive of four miles we came to
toe celebrated Pine Ridge which extends
a long way east near the north line of
W8Uire' ere we saw the high hills
oeiore us, their sides aud tons cov-
-.-uuui1UijpiM trees, on which
.he new cones were just starting. To
.he writer, whose native state contains
vast forests of such trees, but who for
more than a score years has lived on the
praxes, the sight was highly gratifying,
V when the value of the trees to the
country is considered, it is certain to
prove of vast importance to the people
who settle there. The ridge extend
bou five miles to the north and then
yo descend into a fine tract of country.
The surface of the land is level enough
o that almost every foot of it can be
cultivated except along the numerous
sparkling creeks fed by springs in tiie
h'lls, and the strips of what is known as
bad lands," which are caused by wasli
mg. from hills of Piue Ridge. A)o
acb httle brook enough timber of differ-
cfcrs with wood and port. The waste
the whole and the good land is very rich
and productive h '
. ...u, lur lne
or Uw country,-we will now tell
rf some of the things of mod interert to
who may with to go tbare.
is no such word as fail," was evidently
not a newspaper man. All newspaper
men realize the absurdity of this famil
iar maxim when they attempt to get
up a newspaper to everybody's liking.
As well might we undertake to direct the
course of the winds, reverse tlte order of
the tides or blot out the sunlight as to
publish a paper that would please every
body. ThisiscTe of tiie well defined
impossibilities of the present age, and
one which stamps the above aphorism
as a misrepresentation of the most
tive character. History does not fur
nish a single instance where a new.r,.
lias been run in a manner entirely satis
factory to all. That model i.lrm re
mains locked in the undiscovered r,l,.,a
of hidden mystery; it is beyond the reach
of mortal and we positively give it up.
We do not desire, however, to l ,m,w
stood as liaving given up the mihli.tl
of the paper, we simply mean that we
liave given up all hope of pleasing every
body. It may be accented a n i
fact that the Chronicle, notwithstanding
the fact of the loss of a subscriber t,
reason of having exercised our own judg
ment in the matter of running tl.0 r
er, will continue to appear weekly just
u same as u nothing Iiad occurred, and
to those who imagine tliat their inllu.
ence carries sufficient weight to strand
the paper, the following taken from
exchange is submitted for their careful
"After you get angrv and strm
Paper, just poke your fimrer in
pull it out and look for the hoi. TI..J
you will know how sadly you are
missed. A man who thinks a pa,r can
not survive without his support ought to
go off and stay a while. When he comes
oacK hall his iriends will not. I,,
Unit he was gone, and the other half wdl
not care a cent, while the World at large
kept no account of his movement if
you were to get nuui and burn your hi
ble, the hundreds oppresses would still
goonprmtmg.t; and when vou stop
your mt aud call tl)e .
u e paper w,l. hUn pu
what 18 more-you ll read it. m, .i.
Our enemies may tell you that this is "the wrong )w" but U firm of
CONLEY, REIDY & POLLARD
Are Here to Stay and do
A STRAIGHT FORWARD
We would respectfully -alJ the attention of the public to tin- fact
that we are prepared to make farm loans in
tT SIOUX, DAWEH and liOX BUTTE (XJUNTiES J
The Most Liberal Terms.
Final proof money advanced
Without Extra Charge.
Land Office biminess will receive SPECIAL ATTENTION
PROSECUTED or DEFENDED.
Land filings made and a general law business transacted. SVVoffer
you the advantage of several years successful praclk mon
the United Slates I.and Oflice. Will also do
A Locating Business.
Collections made on all accessible point. Abstracts a Wullj com
piled. Do your busiuows
Where Business is; Done!
OFFICE ON MAIN STREET
Harrison, - - .
A wagon pajd thrni,rt,
the other day which bore the following
scrawl in rude letters on the !.,.
C. H, Andrews & Co., B E BBIVffiPnt
ww, President. Vi, I'res,
CUAS. C. JAMESON, Cashier,
PaintS,' WCXlRPORATKTI. ,
Fine Toilet Goods, rjtm. B u .
STATIONERY ttmjMm BUSIIie&S
: wiwmy or bust"
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