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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 10, 1909)
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THE OMAHA DEB
VOL. XXXVIII NO. CO.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING. .JANUAIJY 10, t!)0!.
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NEMAHA COUNTY AN ATTRACTIVELY PROSPEROUS EMPIRE
Auburn, Its County Seat, the Home of Cultured People Who Are Interested in the Advancement of Agriculture and Its Allied Industries, as Well as the Refinements of Modern Life
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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT AUBURN.
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FIRST NATIONAL BANK BUILDING. AUBURN.
YOU cannot Btudy this region long, you cannot
spend many days on the streets of Auburn,
you can meet and mingle with its people
without being Impressed with the universal
belief in It by the citizens themselves that live
there. It crops out In their dally conversation, It show
Itself In their actions. They have planted their lives on
it, and this feeling is not mere local pride, such as you
will find almost everywhere.
This spirit 1? an Important part of the resources a
Auburn and eastern Nebraska. It makes men broader.
It makes them better neighbors and associates, better
citizens. The surprise that a stranger finds iu the lire
of Auburn Is that ttie struggle for financial success is
not as fierce as it has uually been in our young cities of
the middle west.
They are prosperous because of the rich prairie soil,
because of the ever richer wheat field, because of the
Immense corn crop, because of the large amount of beef
and pork. Very nearly every form of wealth produced Is
near by. The prairie has taught them to take conditions
as they find them and make them pay. They make
money more easily than they save It. Nature's broad
lines all about the Nebraska citizen makes him careless,
open-hearted and optimistic. They laugh when they win
because Buccess, in a successful country need not be
ftaken too seriously. They laugh also when they fall, be
cause failure amid so many opportunities Is ludicrous.
They sometimes meet their social obligations In their
wives' names. Their freedom Is that of plenty, their
conceit grows out of their achievement.
An Agricultural Country
Nemaha county Is strictly an agricultural section.
Live stock and grain are its principal resources. It is
comparatively a small county, as it has but a little over
200,000 acres, with 120,000 under cultivation. But It is
the largest little county lu the state. Last year it sold
and shipped out 8,200 beef cattle, 35,000 fat bogs, 600
well bred horses and 1,800 fat sheep. The dairy industry
is fast gaining in favor with the farmer, as there are
now 225 cream separators In active use.
Nemaha county has several good, thrifty, wide-awake
towns. Among these is Peru, where the State Normal
school is located. This Is one ot the Institutions that
Nebraska can well afford to be proud of. This thrifty
little city has a population of 1,500 and is surrounded by
some of the best farms and farming country In Nebraska.
Johnson, another good town of 1,200 population, Is lo
cated In the -western part of the county. Nemaha boasts
of 1,000 people, who are strictly alive to the best Inter
ests of their town. The village ot Brock has about 700
and Julian 600, both located in the northern part of the
county, and both are surrounded by rich farms and pros
perous, progressive farmers.
Brownsville Is full of history and great content. It
is one of the old landmarks of the early pioneers. The
city itself relies for its attraction on Its early history and
its surrounding country. It can show little of com
mercial interest. It is a city of homes and is quiet with
a feeling of a perpetual afternoon.
Go where one wlU In or around Brownsville, here and
there will be found some of the grizzled mementoes of
the old days. Perhaps you may find him engaged in a
social game of cards, or discussing the early steamboat
days a man with a wide slouch hat, a splendid gray
beard and a look of prosperity. In common with al
Saxon frontiersmen, the old pioneer Is a man misplaced
in these times, but in his day he was the true representa
tive of that sturdy valor which is now decaying In wealth
and luxury. There will be no more of him while the
world stands and his name on the prairie he first tilled
with his toll is overwhelmed in modern wonder.
People of the Towns
In this county one finds a curious arrangement of
classes. The towns are settled by men whose deeds of
daring would make complete novels of reckless adven
ture. While beside the old frontier characters are found
the mildest of tenderfeet, the most pollBhed college
graduate and the shrewdest business man. The country
around Brownsville is especially adapted to growing
fruit, and it is here that the best strawberries in the
state are grown. The reception given by the people of
Brownsville at their annual Home Coming Is one of the '
most enjoyable events held anywhere in the entire state.
Auburn Is the county seat of Nemaha county; it has
a population of 4,000, with a good canning factory, a
flouring mill that serves a large section of country, and
some of the modern improvements of city life. But this
little city has more than this, it has a Commercial club
that is active, energetic and ever on the alert for the
best interests of the city. Good roads sentiment Is be
coming somewhat strong around Auburn. It Is not wise
for us to fix our eyes on the railroad and consider it the
sum .of all transportation. Only second to it are the
wagon rbads. The Romans, for military purposes, built
through specially selected districts roads which endure
today, and the ever accompanying result was the rapid
settlement of these districts. The railroad is not the
whole thing. Get together, my countrymen, and mend
your ways; be Romans, make your roads everlastingly
Two Vivid Facts
The stranger visiting this region will carry In his
mind for the rest of his life two facts: First, the re
sourcefulness of the county and the firm faith in Its
rapid development into wealth; and, second, an admi
ration of the public spirit of the people who thus work
together sensibly for the growth of their community.
This kind of activity makes a new kiud of citizen. It
gives everybody an interest In the welfare of everybody
else. The strongest impression made on one's mind by
visiting and traveling over this county Is the effective
ness of these people as builders of cities, of towns, of
communities. They have local jealousies. They have
grievances against the railroads. In a word, they are
human, but every city, village and farming district has
the Bame mind about bringing new men, business men
and manufacturers, to help In the common task of de
veloping. This public spirit and this temper of helpful
ness attracts good men, and makes men good.
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AUBURN RESIDENCE OF MAJOR CHURCH HOWE. UNITED STATES
CONSUL GENERAL AT MANCHESTER. ENGLAND.
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CATHOLIC CHURCH AT AUBURN.
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FALL PLOWING IN NEMAHA COUNTT.
SHEEP ON PASTURE IN NEMAHA. COUNTY.
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