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Day 561 July 15 2010

In 5th line on July 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

(If you count the town name as a sentence (because it has a period): “A village on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.” (referring to Dodge, Nebraska)  (If you don’t count the town name as a sentence): “This town was originally called Elkhorn City because of its location near the crossing on the Elkhorn river which is about a mile west of the present site.” (referring to Elk City)~~Nebraska Place-Names by Lilian L. Fitzpatrick

Nebraska town origins, listed by county. Another wonderful resource for Nebraska history.

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Day 144 May 24

In 5th line on May 25, 2009 at 5:03 am

“The parties and neighborhood social events grew to be mostly memories of better times in the past.”~~Hector’s Bliss by Dennis Vossberg

Former slaves move to the Nebraska Sandhills and settle along the Wheeler and Holt County lines in the Bliss Township near Goose Lake. The Black pioneers had a tough life on the Nebraska plains, where windy and dry weather blew away what little quality soil existed. By the end of WWI, they had moved from the area.

On a personal note, this book is based on land about six miles west of our farm. The “lost” Negro cemetery is still lost. During the Dirty 30s, the graves blew open. Several Caucasian families brought the bodies to a cemetery north of Goose Lake, and a year ago, these Black settlers were honored during Memorial Day services.

If you enjoy history, and if you especially enjoy Nebraska history, this book is a must read!!