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YOL , XXVIII BROKEN BOW , CUSTER COUNTY NEBRASKA , THURSDAY , JANUARY , 20 , 1910 NO. 33
VAULTS FIREPROOF AND RECORDS SAVED
During the lire and the next .morning1 considerable appre
hension'was entertained over the safety of the county rec
ords , but an examination was necessarily delayed until the
vaults had cooled oil' . Monday morning1 the vault in the of
fice of the count } ' elerk was opened and the records were
found uuinjured , except for a little smoke. The county
judge's vault , the treasurer's vault , the register of deed's
vault and tbat in the office of the clerk of the district court
also proved fireproof and the records are none the worse for
the fire. The records in the county superintendent's office
were totally destroyed , as was also the contents of the sher
iff's office. The outgoing superintendent has a map of the
county showing the school district boundaries which he has
placed at the disposal of the count7.
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A Photograph of the Ruins at 0 o'clock Saturday morning.
T. L. V. Ranch Sale.
The T. L. V. ranch property
located in township 19 , ranges
25 , 26 and 27 , comprising 3200
acres , was sold Tuesday after
noon in front of the court house
by Master in Chancery S. A.
Holcomb.by order of the - districts
court to the highest bidder above
two-thirds of the appraised
The land was first offered in
individual tracts , all of which
was bid in by Walter V. Hoag-
land , of North Platte. The
price bid was in round numbers
two-thirds value of each separate
quarter. He bid for the fence
belonging to the company and
not on the lands sold , for $10.
The ranch as a whole was then
offered , including all the im
provements , and fence not on
said land , for which Hoagland
bid $14300 , or two-thirds of the
the appraised value. Wm. War
ren raised this bid to $17000 , and
it looked for a while as though
Mr. Warren's bid would buy the
property , but Mr. Hoagland
raised the bid $100 and Mr. War
ren came back with another
thousand. Mr. Hoagland again
bid $100 more and was in turned
raised $1000 by Mr. Warren.
Mr. Warren's last bid was $19000.
Mr. Hoagland bid $19100 ano
got the property. A large
acreage of hay land is included
in the ranch , which makes it a
very valuable property.
For several years Tierney Bros ,
have had the ranch leased and in
that time have acquired title tea
! f a fine body of land in that vici
nity by the purchase of isolated
tracts and individual holdings of
As they were present and did
not bid on the land it is generally
believed that they will become
owners of the , land by purchase
of the successful bidder , Mr.
Hoagland. This ranch embodied
with the holdings of theTierneys
will make one of the finest ranch
properties in the west.
To Whom it Alay Concern.
I was insured in the Woodman
Accident Association of Lincoln
Neb , During the month of Oct.
( I met with an accident. I am
pleased to say that my claim was
given prompt attention and set
tled in full to my entire satis
Fsux A , LONBRGAN.
Dear Editor : I .have been a
subscriber to your valuable paper
for many years. While it has
had different managers as well
as editors it has always found a
welcome at our house. I have
read several , articles-about pat
ronizing our home merchants
and cutting mail order houses out
that it would be to our best in
terest. Now I believe that the
same motto holds good in regard
to our home doctors.
I had the misfortune as a num
ber of others have had of getting
ruptured. An operation was nec
essary and in place of going to
Omaha or Kansas City I went to
the little burg of Sargent , there
they have a nice little hospital ,
a doctor and nurse that cannot
be beat anywhere. To say that
I had the best of care and that
the operation was performed
with the best of skill is express
ing it in a mild form. Even
though it is less than three
weeks since the operation was
done I am now confident that I
will be as well as ever and I will
ever feel grateful to Dr.
Fenstemacher and Miss Delia
Sturms and I can heartily recom
mend to any one needing a skill
ed surgeon and nurse.
Yours truly ,
In this part of the county most
people patronize the local hos
pital , and when they go to other
hospitals it is on the recommend
ations of the local physicians
who have the case in charge.
William Conrad died at his
home in Broken Bow Thursday ,
Jan. 13th , after a brief illness.
Mr. Conrad was born in North
Carolina , in 1857. He leaves a
wife and seven children , Funer
al services were conducted by
Rev. Norwood Saturday. Burial
in Broken Bow cemetery.
F. M. Sharp , of Dunning , has
traded his land , 1,120 acres , in
the vicinity of Dunning , to Dr ,
Geo. F. Bartholomew , of this city ,
for a stock of goods at Ravenna.
The consideration for the land
was about $7,000.
J. B. Lindley , , of Anselmo ,
was in to see us Tuesday. Mr.
Liddley has been a subscriber to
the Republican since its incep
tion , having begun with Vol. 1 ,
No , 1.
Court House erected In 1889 by citizens of llrokcn How and presented to Ouster County.
THE LOSS IS ESTIMATED AT OVER $25,000
The court house was erected in 1889 , bonds to the amount
of $12,000 being voted by the city of Broken Bow and $3,000
by Broken Bow to vnshlp , and private donations , the total
amounting to $18,000. in payment. The building was then
donated to the ccunty. The county has since added the
southwest tower , in which were the vaults belonging to the
county judge's office and to the office of the register of
deeds. Some other minor improvements were made and the
probable cost of the building andjcontents was $25,000. $13-
000 fire insurance and $26,000 tornado insurance was carried.
The adjuster for all of the companies , but one carrying
$1,000 of the risk was here Wednesday and settled , allowing
the full face of the policies. It is believed the foundation
may be saved and quite a lot of brick which can be used in
the back wall of the new building.
Story of the Fire.
Last Friday night about 12
o'clock or a few minutes after
Huckleberry and Lloyd were Ageing
ing home from the gas plant
where they had been working ;
when they discovered- court
house on fire. They hastened to
the bell tower and rang the fire
bell and in a short time a large
crowd had gathered. The fire
men run out a line of hose and
connected with a hydrant when
it was discovered that there was
no pressure on the mains. Only
a feeble stream of water could be
obtained and nothi'ng could be
done towards extinguishing the
fire. What little water could be
obtained was used in protecting
the Temple Theatre and adjoin
ing buildings across the street
north , About half past one the
pressure came on and a stream of
water was played on the ruins , at
intervals until morning. The
fire boys did nobly and were ably
assisted by the citizens in gen
eral. Had there been enough
pressure and plenty of water it is
believed by mr.ay that the fire
could have been stopped in the
south wing. However there is
no use to mourn over spilled milk ,
but it might be a good plan to be
a little careful and spill no more.
Where They Will Office.
The board of supervisors have
secured a lease on the Temple
Theatre and have fixed it up for
the use of the county officers
until the new court house is
built. There will not be enough
room in this buiding for all the
officers and some of them have
secured quarters outside. County
Judge Holcomb will be found at
his old office. Superintendent
Lewis will office upstairs over
Miss Todd's millinery store.
Sheriff Kennedy will make his
headquarters with Dr. Talbott ,
over Haeberle's drug store. The
other officers will be found at
the Temple Theatre.
J. M. Fodge returned yester
day morning from Lincoln where
he had been in attendance on a
meeting of Nebraska Territorial
Association. He was also present
at the banquet and reports a
J. R. Can , of Henderson , this
week purchased the Wm.Gillings
property in the northwest part
of town ,
How It Started , You Telt
The origin of the fire is a
mystery which will probably
never be solved. Parties who
first seen it are at variance as to
where it started , some declaring
that it waa-on the second-floor in
the hall between the offices of
the county judge and the clerk
of the court , while others are
equally as positive that it started
in the treasurer's office. The
cause of the fire is also very much
in doubt. Some have advanced
the theory that it was caused by
a pet squirrel that nests in the
building carrying matches to its
nest , while others lean to the
theory of spontaneous combus
tion , and others more outspoken
declare it the work of an incen
diary. A thousand and one
theories have been advanced , but
there is nothing of feet but the
fire which was a bad one. Lucki
ly for the city there was scarcely
any wind and by close work the
fire was confined to the court
Will .Rebuild at Once.
It appears to be the unanimous
opinion of the board that the
building should be re-built at
once , and they will probably call
a special election for the purpose
of voting on the proposition to
make a direct levy for that pur-
jose. The levy will not neces
sarily have to be a large one as
the insurance money will be
available. The cost of the new
court house will of course be
greater than the old one , as ma
terial and labor are nearly twice
as high as it was at the time the
old court house was built.
The article in the Republican
two weeks ago that hogs sold for
* 7.00 per 100 inBroken Bow Mon
day , should have read $7.80.
The Ansley correspondent in the
Beacon last week will please
The court house burned , but
the records are saved. We are
still doing business as though
nothing had happened , Bend us
your work J. G. Leonard ,
The time of the U. S. land
officers was occupied most of the
day Tuesday hearing the con
test case of J. S. Hayes ant
Nelson M , George of Thedford
NARROW ESCAPE OF TWO JAIL INMATES
Edwards and Day , the two occupants of the jail in the
basement were taken out by Jailor Cooper just in the nick
of time. Scott was sleeping1 in the "crazy cell" ( don't think
for a moment that Scott is crazy ) and was awakened by the
falling of the stairway leading to the second iloor. On look
ing out he discovered the fire , and hastily dressing he ran to
the cell in which the prisoners we confinsd and brought them
out through the little nortg door. After coming out they
sto'od watching the fire when a by-stander noticed Day shiv
ering with cold. He remarked to the young- man that he
had better get in by a fire or he would have a chill. The
young fellow replied , "II l , I ain't cold ; I am scared. " And
he probably was. The prisoners were taken to Grand Island
and placed in the Hall county jail.
A photograph of the IJulUUng as It appeared Saturday morning at 1 o'clock.
More Time For Homesteaders.
Wednesday , Jan. 12 , the house
passed the Martin bill extending
the time for certain homesteader ?
to establish residence upon their
lands. Through the efforts of
Representative Kinkaid the bill
'was so amended asto - include
Nebraska. The bill provides
that all persons who have made
homestead entry in Nebraska.
South and North Dakota , Idaho ,
Wyoming , Minnesota , Montana ,
Colorado , where the period in
which they were or are required
by law to tnakc entry under such
declaratory statement or establish
residence expired or expires after
December 1 , 1909 , are granted
until May 15 , 1910 , within which
to make such entry or actual
settlement and establish resi
dence upon the lands so entered
by them. There is a provision
that this extension of time shall
not shorten cither the period of
commutation or of actual resi
dence under the homestead law.
Homestead settlers upon the
m'jlic domain in the states
named arc granted a leave of
absence from their laud for the
jeriod of three months from the
date of approval of the act , pro
vided the period of actual ab
sence under this act shall not be
deducted from the full time of
residence required by law.
Corn and Alfalfa.
Do you want to know the very
best about corn culture ? Prof.
P. G. Holden one of the foremost
authorities on corn culture has
written a little book giving in
detail all about corn. This book
is worth many dollars to every
farmer , but it can be bought for
25c per copy. Step into my
business house in Broken Bow
and ask for one.
WH.I.IS CADWIU.I. .
33-21 Sect'y B. B. Com. Club.
Republicans , Attention.
A meeting will be held at the
Woodman hall , Thursday eve
ning , Jan. 25th. 1910 , at 7:30 :
o'clock for the purpose of organ
izing a Burkett Club. All repub
licans interested are invited.
Will open Febr. 15th with a
complete stock of wall paper ,
room mouldings , etc. You will
do well to inspect this stock ,
Stevenson & Pulver , opposite
M."W.A.and _ _ R/'N. A. Hold Public
_ ) Installation.
Over 300 lodge members and
visitors witnessed the public in
stallation of officers of the M , W.
A. and Royal Neighbors at the
opera house Tuesday night.
A short literary' program' w'as
carried out previous to the in
stallation ceremony. Jas. Stock-
ham for the Woodman , present
ed a gold watch to the Royal
Neighbors. The watch will be
presented to the lady securing
the greatest number of members
during the coming year.
Deputy Head Consul C. H.
Holcotnb installed the following
officers of the Woodmen camp :
A. W. Holcotnb , consul , Jas.
Stockham , adviser , T. W. Bass ,
banker , Fr. Skillman , clerk , J. R.
Street , manager , G E. Penniug-
ton , physician , Frank Nicholson ,
watchman , W. W. Waters , sen
try , A. E. Lortescort. .
Mrs. Street , of Merna , install
ed the following officers of the
Koyal Neighbors : Cora B. Mc-
Comas , oracle , Charity Rickles ,
chancellor , R. J. Robinson , re
corder , Annie Strickler , receiver ,
Carrie Sitnonson , marshal ! ,
Loretta Street , I. S , Mildred
Loyd , O. S. , G. E. Ponnington ,
After installation an oyster
supper was served in the lodge
M. B. A. Instal Officers.
At the regular meeting of the
M. B. A. lodge last Friday even
ing the following officers were in
stalled by installing officer L. A.
Wells , assisted by the drill team :
M. D. Callen. president ; Mrs J.
II. Johnson , vice president , Mrs.
D. M. Amsberry , secretaryj D. M.
Auisberry , treasurer , Miss Verna
Holcomb , chaplain , Herbert
Derris , conductor , Claude Craw
ford , watchman , D. C. Koukel ,
sentry , Drs. Bartholomew and
Pennington , physicians.
After installation a social
session was held and refresh
ments served. A large crowd
was present and highly enjoyed
the pleasures of the evening , in
fact so much so that they were
still in session when the fire bell
rang for the oourt house fire.
Mr.o. W. Bishop , who had been
been visiting in Lincoln for the
past three weeks , returned home
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