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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 26, 1895)
In 1863 to call Lincoln a village was a
misnomer. The magic city of the great
American Desert was altogether in the
imagination of the real estate agent. In
the early summer of that year my father
came to Lincoln, purchased lots and let
the contract for a ten room house to be
built where the Lindell hotel now
stands, and to be completed the first of
October. The only dwelling south of
this location was on the corner of Thir
teenth and K streets. The Reverend
Mr. Little of the Congregational church
lived in a story and a half house with a
bay window where Mr. R. H. Oakley's
house now stands. Elder Davis of the
Methodist church lived on L between
Thirteenth and Fourteenth.
At that time the water-tables had
just been'laid in the old capitol baild
ing. August 20 we left Cincinnati ac
companied by our household and the in
evitable dog, a thorough-bred pointer.
The journey from Cincinnati to St.
Louis occupied fifteen days. Owing to
the low water of the river a good part of
that time we were either on a Band bar
or tied to some wharf for the night, as
navigation was dangerous. After many
such trials we arrived at St. Louis and
were transferred to the boat "Moun
taineer" that ran from St. Louis to Fort
Benton, the head of navigation on the
Missouri. We were twelve days going
to Nebraska City and found just as
many obstacles to conquer as in the
first part of out journey.
My father met us at Nebraska City
with two wagons to convey us and our
effects to our new home. Our first
night was spent in the city. My father
said my mother and myself would better
take the stage to the last station, about
fifteen miles from Lincoln. I told him
that emigration by steam boat and stage
was not what I expected, so I prevailed
on him to let us go in the wagon with
him. By the time we reached the first
stage station I was quite willing to take
the coach to Mr. Roberts' where wo
were to spend the night. Then I had
my first experience of western life.
Everybody sat at the same table, used
the same brush and comb and slept in
the same room. The ideas that gov
erned these people were named Liberte
Egalite, Fraternite. I waB young, had
just been gratuated from college and
thought my opinions worth considering
and my knowledge of the fitness of
things good. When we were shown
our home my disgust began. The whole
of the upstairs unplaatered, unparti
tioned, was our bed-room. It contained
five beds. The one intended for my
mother and myself was curtained off.
Tho men folks, with the farm hands,
stage drivers and other pilgrims and
strangers filled the other part. I did
not think I could sleep. However I
soon forgot my discomfort and was only
aroused by the call to breakfast. There
were no toilet arrangements upstairs.
When we went down the men stood
aside for us to use the common wash
bowl roller towel and and 8x10 looking
glass with a comb nailed on to it by a
On the morning of September 20 we
reached Lincoln. Alas! how great our
disappointment! No one can appreciate
the utter desolation of the place nor the
home sick feeling that came over us
unless one has gone from a large eastern
place to live in an unpainted, unfenced,
treeless western town. I will try to pic
ture Lincoln at that time. It had not
more than seventy-five houses built
anywhere regardless of the points of tho
compass, with nothing to show which
was the front and which the back door.
or to define the street lino, to Bchool or
church, a few small stores about the
postofBce square, the offico itself in a
dwelling house, and the postmaster him
Belf very curious over the few letters.
Why, he would run out of his office
when a strange looking letter came to
tell the person to whom it was addressed
that there was a letter for him at the
office, but "that is another s'ory."
On Tenth street between P and O
there was a small building in which
school was kept. On Sunday morning
the Methodists held a service thero and
in the afternoon tho Congregationalists.
Tho first Episcopal servico was hold in
Leighton & Brown's unfinished store
room at the corner of Eleventh and O
streets. We cleared a space in front,
put a white cloth on ono end of tho car
penter's bench and made seats by plac
ing a board on two nail kegs. I think
there were twelve peoplo there of whom
eight wero familiar with tho service,
and of these eight, seven have joined
the great majority. From that nucleus
Holy Trinity church came. Jn 18C9 wo
had i mission priest who held service in
many of (he new buildings, and after a
while wo had the use of the senato
There are a number of persons in Lin
coln today who remember many pleas
ant evenings spent in the old Townley
.house with music, games and conversa
tion, xhen we all did what we could to
help each other through that first win
ter. How memories crowd, one thing
recalls another, and of reminders there
seem no end. I will tell of the snow
blockade, when we were cut off from
communication with the outside world
for one week, of our first New Years day,
first legislature gubernatorial recep
tion, first minstrel entertainment, our
first literary society. These things wero,
interesting and I will tell about them
next time. L. L. Fcller.
r?ALAE INING HKLL
Excellent cuisine. The
best equipped restau
rant in the city. Tickets
$3.50; by the week $3.
A. O. OSMER
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Tlie Ivinooli Cafe.
Hot Meals At All Hours.
Oa.tiflfcf action Guranteed.
881 North lOtlx St. "W. Aff. Stewart, Pjrop
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:y exit beer
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Delivered free to any part of the city.
915 O STREET.
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Mr. and Mrs. M. I. Aitken have re
turned from their wedding trip.
Monday evening George'S. Hagenbeck
and Miss Claude G. Gwin were married
at the bride's home, 929 G street, by Rev.
A . C. Crossthwaite.
Wednesday morning Mrs. Able and
her pupils gave an exhibition of fancy
swimming to the swimming club. Mrs.
Able is very skillful in the water, she
seems quite familiar with all the fancy
strokes and methods. Some of her
pupils have made remarkable progress
and can hold their own in the water
anywhere, The sanitarium plunge is a
good big one and seems to have a de
cided fascination for everyone who has
ever tried it.
Tuesday evening the pupils of Cham
berlain's commercial college gave a
musical and literary program at Lan
sing hall. The exercises were piano
solos by Miss Etta Parrish and Professor
Easterday, vocal duet by Misses Hatch
and Morrill; recitations by Miss Minnow
Gillum and Charles Churchill; instru
mental duets by the Misses Hearn and
Misses Fletcher and a vocal solo by Miss
Cutter. After the program was over
the young people danced until a late
I wish the city council would pass an
ordinance to keep new brides in Lin
coln. Our young men go abroad into
the weary wilderness of tho world and
seek their wives and bring them home
and they stay here for a week and a day
and then return to the parental roof on
the other side of the continent. It is
not just to Lincoln, for really we don't
treat them as badly as that. As tho
bleeding hero says in Shenandoah, "A
woman's place is with her husband,"
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