Ponca newspaper
January 4, 1906
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 

Miss Christena Martinson and Guy Bostwick were married at the Lower Lutheran Church New Year's Day by Rev. O. A. Rorem.  Many nice and useful presents were given to them.


Ponca newspaper
January 16, 1913
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey


G. N. Bostwick and family are occupying a portion of the Peter Anderson dwelling.

Ponca newspaper - June 12, 1913
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey


Guy N. Bostwick and family have moved back to the C. Martinson farm.

Ponca newspaper - Dec. 4, 1924
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 


H. M. Dulaney and P. W. Beller were visitors in Ponca Tuesday.

Several from here attended the Thanksgiving bazaar and dinner at the Daily church.

Supt. W. F. Richardson of Ponca was a visitor in Maskell Tuesday.

A. R. Olson will  have a carload of soft cold on the track the first of the week.

Willis McDonald spent Thanksgiving with home folks in Wynot.

H. W. Cook and W. H. Gee were visitors in Wynot Monday.

Prof. and Mrs. Sandsmark of Newcastle were Sunday visitors with Prof. Jacobson at the M. P. Lund home.
Dr. W. Y. Jones of Ponca was a professional caller at Chris Martinson's.  Mr. Martinson is very low.

Carl Lukken is laid up with sciatica rheumatism.  Dr. Tellesen is attending him.

Mrs. R. O. Aga and son, John are staying at the Harang home while the Rev. Aga is away on business in Minneapolis.

Joe Cryan of Newcastle was a visitor in Maskell Sunday.

Guy Bostwick arrived home for Thanksgiving day from Chicago where he has been employed this summer.

Guy Bostwick's nephew from Sioux City arrived Saturday for a few days visit.

Ponca newspaper December 11, 1924
Submitted by
Mary Ann Tapey 


Chris Martinson, old settler of this community, passed away Tuesday evening and was buried from the Lutheran church Friday.

Prof. Jacobson and Rev. Harang were in Sioux City Wednesday evening.

Miss Louise Tvedt departed for Sioux City Thursday to accompany her brother, Niel, to the Sanitarium at Brush, Colorado.  A card was received from them today stating that they arrived safely at Brush Friday.

Carl Lukken is convalescing from a siege of sciatica rheumatism.

Sheriff and Mrs. A. H. Maskell were up from Ponca attending the Martinson funeral Friday.

The stork paid a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Campbell Saturday night.

Clifford Colbenson came up from Martinsburg via auto Saturday.

There was no school Monday on account of the storm.

Miss Edna Curry of Newcastle visitied over the week end with her sister, Mrs. Walter Blatchford.

Ponca newspaper - Thursday, January 3, 1952
Submitted by
Mary Ann Tapey 


The Jess Hall family and Oren Bostwick of Chicago and the Howard Bostwick family of Omaha arrived Friday, having been called home by the death of their father, Guy Bostwick.

Harold Stukas and Pauline of Sioux City were visitors in the Mrs. M. Whitett home Sunday.  They attended the funeral services for Guy Bostwick.

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to our many friends and neighbors and relatives for their kind expression of sympathy, for their help and also for the many memorial gifts in our recent bereavement.
Mrs. Christina Bostwick
Oren Bostwick
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bostwick
Mr. and Mrs. Jess Hall
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Bostwick
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Bostwick

Newspaper from Ponca   August 10, 1905
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

County News

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Nelson spent Sunday at Kartegodt's.

John Olson of Hornick, Iowa, was at Limegrove a few days this week.

Quite a numbeer of people spent the afternoon at Axel Olson's last Sunday.

Miss Anna Doyle of Ponca visited a few days in this neighborhood this week.

Miss Tillie C. Johnson is home from Wayne, Neb., where she has been attending school.

The Norwegian school at Limegrove closed last Tuesday.  A little picnic was given and cake and cream was served.


The Norwegian school at Limegrove closed Tuesday.

Tom Mace has bought Joe Boekeuhauer's dwelling house.

Stanley Fields of Ponca is in town this week visiting relatives.

Chas Bauchmire and wife of Wisconsin are visiting W. Redl and family

Thos. Hoy was transacting business at Sioux City, Tuesday and Wednesday.

There was a ball game between Elk Point boys and Newcastle last week.  Elk Point won.

Three cars of cattle and seven cars of hogs were shipped from Newcastle station this week.
The Newcastle boys say the Elk Point team is the swiftest they have met this summer.

Oscar Bladen and family arrived from the Rosebud a few days ago.  He will return next week.


The Nebraska Journal Leader  July 5, 1928
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 

Ferne Whitsett, Reporter

Minnie Zechin of Allen has spent the last week with her sister, Mrs. Enoch Birkley.

Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Childs and daughter, Betty, were calling at the Alva Childs home Friday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gee and Virgil spent Saturday at Leigh.

Mrs. M. P. Lund and Arthur were shopping in Sioux City Monday.

News was received of the death of Mrs. Annice Stukas who has been working at Fairview, S. D.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Granthan and Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Wyant and son, Elmer, Mrs. Lewis Tesdall and Grace and Mr. and Mrs. DeLoss Granthan and Donavan, all of Obert and Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Childs and Betty of Ponca were Sunday guests at the Alva Childs and Ed Whitsett homes.

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Anderson and children and P. F. Olson were visiting at the Mrs. Johanna Bottolfson home.

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Bishop spent Sunday at the Albert Neilson home.

Miss Ruth Coe who is in training at the St. Joe hosptial at Omaha is home on a two weeks vacation trip.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dunham and children of Sioux City came up Sunday to spend the day with Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Strange.

Miss Edith Kinney who nurses in Omaha came home the last of the week for a short visit with home folks.

Melvina Anderson is employed at the Harvey Bishop home near Newcastle.

Albert Olson, Johanna Taute and Mildred Nelson are attending Teachers College at Wayne spent the weekend with home folks.

The Maskell ball team lost another close game at Allen last Sunday by the score of 6 to 5.  The boys will play Crofton next Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Anderson and children were in Hartington Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. O. I. Newton of Ponca wee Maskell callers Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tvedt of North Dakota, Mrs. Lena Tvedt and Elsie and Mrs. Hans Knutson and children were Sunday guests at the Nels Jorgenson home.

Quite a number of the Maskell young folks attended the dance at Roost's Saturday night.


Fatal fist Blow
Newark, Ohio, Friday, August 25, 1899
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Ponca, Neb., Aug. 25. - Henry Marron, 60 was killed near his home, seven miles southeast of this place, by a blow of Ferris Casey's fist. This was the result of an old feud. Casey gave himself up to the authorities.


Prisoner Not Sane
The Coshocton Daily Age
Wednesday, March 27, 1907
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Ponca, Neb., March 27, - The trial of Frank Brink for the murder of his sweetheart, Bessie Newton, came to a sudden and unexpected termination. Five physicians made an examination as to the mental condition of Brink, and unanimously agreed that he suffered from melancholic insanity. 


Idaho Daily Statesman
Thursday, May 15, 1902
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Ponca, Neb., May 14 - The fear entertained that there would be an eruption of Mount Iona, located near this town, because of renewed issuing of noxious gases and smoke, has quieted down. Although the gasses continue to pour out, no sounds have been heard since Tueday morning. The real cause of the disturbance in the hills has never been known, but is supposed to be caused by an underlying formation of lime becoming heated by contact with moisture.


Indiana County Gazette- Wednesday, September 10, 1902
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Mr. and Mrs. Simon P. Mikesell, of Ponca, Neb., are visiting at the homes of W.T. and O.M. Wilson.

The Freeborn County Standard
Albert Lea, Minnesota
July 19, 1883, page 3
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 

At Ponca, Nebr., W. H. Auchmoody was recently convicted of manslaughter, he having killed Lyman Bishop in an altercation about cattle.  Auchmoody was sentenced to two years.


MORNING WORLD HERALD, Omaha, Nebraska, Sept. 18, 1892, p4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

The Ponca Gazette says: Speaking of Sullivan and Corbett and other heavyweights, we chronicle this week two twelve pounders and one thirteen and a half pounder, all the product of Dixon county soil and under ordinary circumstances.

Jan. 6, 1893, p1
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 
Chaplain Diffenbacher Prays

Chaplain Diffenbacher opend the hous with prayer today.  His feeling allusion to the late John M. Moan of Dakota county and P. F. Rohan of Dixon county seemed to impress every one.

Jan. 6, 1893, p.4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey


Guy Barker and Geroge Hebert of Ponca have purchased the cigar factory at Wayne.

Sixty-two marriage licenses have been issued during the year in Dixon county, against sixty-one in '91.


March 11, 1892, p.5
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey


HARTINGTON, NEB., March 10 - The farmers of northern Nebraska are very much elated over the prospects for a good season for crops this year.  New settlers are arriving every day and settling in Cedar, Knox and Dixon counties.  The immigration during the month of February was something unusual.  Farmers in this county are getting ready to put in an immense crop, and preparations for active spring work are pparent on every hand.

Aug. 2, 1919, p.6
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Lincoln Highway Notes
The Transcontinental Mortor Convey that went through Gettysburg July 8th is half way across the continent, maintaining the itinerary laid out and expects to reach San Francisco by Sept. 1.
Lancaster county has planted 50 American elms and sycamores 8 to 10 feet high along the Lincoln Highway.  A good example to be followed.
Ohio has a program for the Lincoln Highway to cost $1,422,000.

Nebraska will have completed next year 38 miles of paved roadway as a start toward a paved route entirely across the state.

At a point on Lincoln Highway in New Jersey, recently eleven thousand autos were counted, passing in 15 hours.

GETTYSBURG COMPILER Gettysburg, Pa., June 4, 1938, p.4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Patterson, Mrs. John Patterson and George Nelson, Spearfish, South Dakota, and Mrs. Myrtle Scheffel, Ponca, Nebraska, all formerly of Gettysburg with the exception of Mr. Nelson are visiting friends and relatives in and near Gettysburg.  Recently they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Snyder, South Street.


Mitchell Daily Republican, Mitchell, South Dakota, March 21, 1886
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

The Missouri on a High

ELK POINT, D.T., March 19. - Special to the Journal:  From the best authority obtained a gorge has been formed opposite Ponca.  The river has raised twenty feet from the ice marks.  Two miles above this place the water is rising through a swale.  Three miles below this city it is eight feet deep.  The water is running into the slough west of town, and is rising six inches per hour.  The bridge was torn up and drawn away.  The water is reported seven feet deep in Green's house.  Several farms are flooded, and the people are moving out.  Considerable excitement prevails.  Boats are being sent for to Sioux City, and others are being made here.  All are hoping for the gorge to give way.


Mitchell Daily Republican, Mitchell, South Dakota, January 17, 1890
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Under an article:  RAILROAD CONFERENCE, Representatives in the City From Various Points


Ponca claims to have an excellent place for a bridge for the projected line across the Missouri.  The advantages, which are said to be numerous for bridging at this point, will be presented by Ponca's three representatives, viz: E. E. Halstead, president of the Dixon County bank, John Stough and S. K. Bittenbender, president and secretary respectively of the Ponca Mill company.

Nashua Reporter, Nashua, Iowa, May 5, 1910
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Boiling Liquid Almost Wipes Out Family of Ferryman

Following an explosion of tar, the home of Jerry Miner at Ponca Landing, Neb., was destroyed by fire and his wife and five of his children were burned to a crisp.  Miner operates a ferry at Ponca Landing. He had placed a pot of tar on the kitchen stove to boil, prepatory to mending a boat.  With a terrific concussion the tar exploded.  The father threw an 8 year old girl out the window, saving her life.  Then, his clothing aflame, he ran and jumped into the Missouri River.  It is thought he will die.


Market Topped By Nebraska Steers
(Special to The Star)
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

NEWCASTLE, Neb., Dec. 12, --With one shipment of 10 steers among 10,000 cattle on the Chicago market, C. H. Gibbs, Dixon county farmer, topped the market by receiving the fancy price of $13.50 a hundred pounds, which was from $1.50 to $3 higher than the selling price of the bulk of the stock.  The cattle, which were Herefords, averaged 1,028 pounds each and for about eight months were fed on a corn and alfalfa ration.

Northern Nebraska Journal
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Reflections From
Dixon County Historical Society
Submitted By Pat Nygren

From "The Wakefield Journal" Thursday, January 23, 1896

Local mention:

Cook and Lambert shipped a car of cattle to Chicago Saturday. Phillip Erickson went in charge.

Wayne Democrat: Born, January 12, 1896, to L.E. Hunter and wife a ten pound, red-headed girl.

P.J. Neff sold a bunch of feeders to James Monier delivering them here Fiday, at $3.50 per hundred, netting him $1,000.

R.B. Leonard is putting up a new corn crib 10x32 feet here in town for the purpose of storing away some of his last year's crop.

The Dixon county farmers institute will be held at Allen next Saturday, January 25th. An interesting program has been prepared including a paper by C.W. Gurney on "Fruits".

Miss Ethel Walker, a well known and successful Wayne county teacher placed her name on the rolls of the Wakefield high school this week.

A section of the vertebrae of a mammoth was found under twelve feet of blue clay last week in digging a well on the farm of Levi Acton. The remains may have archeological values and have been sent to the State University.

Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Rawlings starts today for a visit to Kentucky. They will return in about a month, if Mrs. R. does not become so much enamored by that delightful country, as to refuse to face again the pitiless borean blast of our northern clime.

With tens of thousands of bushels of corn stored in open cribs, a great loss will be inevitable should the returning spring bring with the customary amount of rain. To cover or not to cover- that's the question. Whether it is better to protect ten cent corn with twenty dollar lumber, or to chance the storms and blizzards of winter and save the lumber, is a problem calling for careful thought.

Logan City

Thursday, January 23, the Literary will debate, "Resolved that capital punishment should be abolished" Leading disputants, G.H. Neff, aff; Bert Childs, negative.

From "The Wakefield Journal
Thursday, Febrary 6, 1896

Local Mention:

Our genial Justice of the Peace, Wm. Park, was doing business at Wayne Monday.

Noah Weaver is now sending out notices to tax payers to "whack up" Don't be offended if you get one.

Elgin and Waltham 7 jewel movement reduced in price. They are now as low as corn, everything considered, C.F. Howard.

Dixon Tribune: The Dixon Roller Mills were sold Monday to the Dubuque Milling Co. The consideration was so small that we are ashamed to publish it. $2500 was the amount paid for this mill which cost to erect it two years ago, $10.000.

The ice industry of Wakefield has long been an important item, and is growing in value. Charlie Foltz has already sent 100 tons of ice to Emerson, and has contracts yet for 200 tons more. He will also ship 100 tons to Wausa. Besides this, he will put up about 600 tons in Wakefield.

Those of our citizens who indulge in the reprehensible practice of waking up early, were treated to a unique experrience Tuesday morning. It was nothing less than a genuine, dyed-in-the-woolfourteen-carat, name-blow-in-the-glass earthquake. Several parties living in differnt parts of town were startled about six o'clock by hearing a rumbling noise and feeling the earth tremble as if a heavy loaded car was thundering by. The sensation was peculiar, and can only be appreciated by those who heard it. Such a occurence has never happened here before and the lucky ones who heard it are feeling proud. Reports of the shock have been received from Wayne, Norfolk, Bloomfield and various points in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

On Saturday last F.A. Johnson shipped 2 cars, Cook & Lambert 2, Eph Anderson 1 and Hans Olson 1 car of cattle to Chicago. They were shipped from this station in January, the following carloads, Corn 81, wheat 19, oats 3, flax 3, hogs 8, cattle 8, total 102. Not a bad showing is it?

Weather Report

Meteorological Record: Month of Janury, 1896. Station, Wakefield; county, Dixon, state, Nebraska.

Precipitation rainfall, .18 / Snowfall in inches: 1.30 / Number of clear days 11 / Number of partly clear days 7 / Number of partly cloudy days 13 / Prevailing wind direction south. / I.H. Weaver, Voluntary Observer.


Personal Points & Tidbits
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Northern Nebraska Journal, July 11, 1901

T.I. Thomas was transacting business in town Tueday.

Will Reynolds of Dixon was in Ponca a few days last week.

Miss Lottie Burk of South Sioux City was in Ponca the Fourth.

Miss Ada Logan is visiting with relatives at Madison this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Mikesell were Sioux City visitors Friday.

Miss Abbey Lofren is visiting at Limegrove for a few weeks.

Ethel Armstrong returned last week from a visit at Blenco, Iowa.

D.W. Nourse of Sioux City visited Ponca friends on the Fourth.

Charlie McClean departed on Friday for Idaho to spend the summer.

J. Hamlin of Allen was among Ponca friends the fore part of the week.

Gene Keefe of Worthington, Minn. was in town a few days last week.

Bert Dennison and wife were up from SIoux City to spend the Fourth.

Mrs. J. Strawborn of Sioux City was visiting relatives a few days last week.

Miss Grovesnor, a sister of Mrs. J.E. Knapp, left for Califonia Friday noon.

Sheriff Maskel and family spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Vermillion.

Miss Nellie Wiggam was visiting friends in Ionia the fore part of the week.

Chas. Templeman and Duane Bittenbender rode their wheels to SiouxCity Friday.

Mrs. J.A. Swallow of Shenandoah, Iowa is visiting with her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Wilson.

Mrs. O. Teler returned to Sioux City Saturday noon after a short visit here with relatives.

Mrs. A. Knowles returned to Leeds, Iowa Friday after a visit with her sister, Mrs. DeSombre.

Mrs. L.E. Horton and children went Monday to Sioux Falls where they will visit until September.

Ned Sherwood departed fo Denver on Friday for a few months outing in the mountain regions.

Dr. and Mrs. Goodrich of Pender visited at the Gamble home last week, returning Friday noon.

Mrs. Eicelburger came up from Sioux City Friday noon to preside over the Cooper home during Mr. and Mrs. Cooper's absence to Buffalo.

Jas. Bigley and family, former residents of Ponca, came up from Tekemah last week for a short visit.

Herman Fackelman, Arthur Logan, Claude Sidnam and Charlie Templeman visited Newcastle Sunday.

Miss Mamie Knox departed Monday for Freemont.


Legal notices
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Northern Nebraska Journal,  March 23, 1911

Thomas Robinson against S.M. McCurdy. Civil

Robert Metzler against Davis and Company. Suit on account.

A.D. Miller against George Clough. Suit on note.

James Connery against John Conrad. Attachment.

Emma Narts against Jacob Reap and Margret Reap. Foreclosure.

Farmers Elevator Co. a corporation against Chicago St. Paul, Minneapolis Railroad Co. Action for daages.

Alma Ashby against W.P. Truax et al.  Suit on account.

Jacob Reap against Charles P. Haseltine. Action to quiet title.

Lou M. Peterson against Peter N. Peterson. Action to set aside decree of divorce.

Charles Volk against Elmer Schenck et al. Foreclosure for confermation of sale.

Rock Island Savings Bank against Elmer Schenck et al. Foreclosure for confemation of sale.

In the matter of estate of Isaac Anderson Bikjend deceased. Appeal from county court.

Leo Lowe against Jake Bartleson, appeal from County Court.

Nottingham Lace Works against Ware Robins and Co. suit on account.

Dora Peterson against James Harty et al. Action for damages.

Nellie McKenna against Harry J. McKenna, Divorce.

Louis Conway against Mary Conway. Partition of Real Estate.

Sloan State Bank a corporation against Henry C. Nagel et al. Foreclosure for confermation of sale.

George A. Herrick et al against Village of Waterbury municiple corporation. Action to detach certain land from Village of Waterbury.

John D. Haskell Trustee against Gust. W. Borg et al. Foreclosure for conformation of sale.

Rock Island Plow Co. a corporation against Patrick McCabe Trustee Appeal fron County Court.

Frank P. Davey and Joe Davey against A.B. Curry and Alice Curry Action to foreclose contract for sale of real estate.

Mary M. Haney against William McCloud and Wallie M. McCloud. Action to quiet title.

The Krell Piano Company brings action against J.H. Klick on account.

Fort Wayne, Ind., Wednesday, May 31, 1899
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Ponca, Neb., May 31. Three tornados passed through this vicinity yesterday evening. None of them covered a wide area. A large amount of property was destroyed but no live lost.


Decatur, Illinois, Friday Morning, June 13, 1890
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Ponca, Neb. June 12 - This place is threatend with an epidemic of black diphtheria, six or seven cases having been reported to the board of health and two deaths already having occured. The families affected are carefully quaratined and constantly guarded. A number of families have left the city. The mayor will issue a proclamation forbidding the holding of public meetings and confining all children to their homes.


Sept. 17, 1892, p4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 

Last Friday Frank Weatherby of Dixon county was binding on a load of hay when the pole broke, throwing him off and dislocating his arm at the shoulder joint.

Oct. 9, 1892 p.1
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

291 -- Daniel T. Hodges et al, appellants, vs, the county of Dixon, Nebraska circuit court of the United States.

Oct. 28, 1892, p3
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

P. A. Nelson, against W. Jenkins is the title of a case brought up on error from Dixon county.

Jan. 30, 1892, p.5
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Revival services at the Methodist Church at Concord, Dixon county, were begun Sunday evening last under the direction of Rev. J. A. Flowers and will continue for some time.  Two Swedish ministers, Revs. Carlson and Nelson also Rev. Powell of the Baptist church, are already upon the ground.  Rev. Butler will also be present during the series of meetings.


Feb. 27, 1892, p.4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

A petition has been signed quite generally by the practicing attorneys of Dixon county, asking that hereafter admission to the bar be based on examination in open court.  The judge ordered the petition filed, with a decree that hereafter all admissions will be based on the method prescribed in the petition.


April 18, 1892, p.6
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

D. Myers is in Emerson, Neb., superintending the threshing of the field of flax belonging to the  Flournoy Land & Cattle company of Dixon county, Neb.  He reports the crop as well preserved through the winter.  The yield for the 600 acres will be about 7,000 bushels.

GETTYSBURG COMPILER Gettysburg, Pa., June 20, 1899, p.2
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Rev. Dr. Luther Kuhlman left on Thursday for Martinsburg, Nebraska, to assist his father, Rev. J. H. Kuhlman, whose home was swept away by a recent cyclone.  Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, of Frederick, of which Dr. Kuhlman is pastor, made up a liberal purse for his unfortunate father and granted him a vacation to make the trip.

GETTYSBURG COMPILER Gettysburg, Pa., Dec. 11, 1915, p.1
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Mervin Tipton, son of June Tipton, Carlisle street, with his wife and daughter, have moved to Gettysburg where they will make their home.  Mr. Tipton left Gettysburg twelve years ago and after serving an enlistment in the U.S. Army he took up a quarter section of land in South Dakota, residing on it the required length of time to claim it.  Since that time he has been in the employ of a telephone company in Emerson, Nebraska.

GETTYSBURG COMPILER Gettysburg, Pa., Dec. 9, 1916, p8
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Fears are entertained of another epedemic of the foot and mouth disease.  Tests are being made in Kansas City and Chicago, and quarantines have temporarily been place against cattle from Nebraska and portions of Kansas.


DAILY HERALD, Delphos, Ohio, May 15, 1902
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey


Ponca, Neb., May 15. - The fear entertained that there would be an eruption of Mount Iona, located near this town, because of the renewed issuing of obnoxious gases and smoke, has quieted down.  Although the gases continue to pour out, no sounds have been heard since Tuesday morning.


Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

SIOUX CITY, Ia., Sept. 12--(AP)--John Gibbs, 41, of Newcastle, Neb., was injured seriously Thursday night when his car overturned on a highway near South Sioux City.  He suffered severe head injuries.  Officers said Gibbs lost control of his car and that it overturned and crashed into a telephone pole.  He was brought to a hosptial here.


Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey
Baby Upsets Bowl of Boiling Grease Upon Self
Dies Following Day in Hospital at Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Ia., June 13--(AP)--Burns suffered Thursday when a pot of boiling grease was accidentally spilled on him proved fatal late yesterday to Melvin Baker, 18 months-old son of Melvin Baker of Ponca, Neb.  He died in a local hospital.

The accident occurred in the home of the child's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baker.  After Mrs. Baker had set the bowl of hot grease on the table, the child pulled one end of the tablecloth and spilled the grease on himself.  A large quantity went down the child's throat.


Allen Boy Dies of Scarlet Fever
(Special to The Star)
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Allen, Neb., June 3--Christopher, the 15-year-old son of Mrs. Ena Lockwood, died of scarlet fever after only a four days' illness.  The funeral services were held in the cemetery at Martinsburg as the family is under quarantine.  Rev. G. W. Livers conducted the services.  This boy had three fingers of his hand cut off in a binder last year and also was a victim of infantile paralysis a few years ago.
If you have any Dixon County news items prior to 1923
that you would like to submit, please contact Robin. To help you better locate new articles that have been submitted, they will be marked as New
Dixon County News From The Past
Twin Twisters Twirl
Submitted By Cathy Logue
From the Newcastle Times, Newcastle, Nebraska, May 5, 1898:

A Pair of Twisters Visit the Northwestern Portions of the Banner County of Nebraska

Last Saturday (April 30, 1898) Dixon County was visited with two young tornados between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

The western vein struck the county at Charley Johnson's on the Cedar county line, destroying his barn and blowing the house off the foundation. It then destroyed O. B. Severson's house and moved his barn, shook up W. D. Blatchford's barns and house, granaries and machinery. It then demolished the two Norwegian Lutheran churches at Lime Grove and N. C. Jacobson's barn. N. Johnson's house was unroofed. Ole Severson had everything swept away. Ole Halvorson lost his barn as did Ben Benson. Ole Severson and his wife were quite severely injured, though not fatally.

The southwest vein was hardly as severe as the western. It demolished two schoolhouses southwest of here, then dropped down at Thomas O'Toole's, completely destroying all out buildings, farm machinery, grain, etc., and almost wrecked his dwelling. It then struck Peter Nelson's and lifted the house, dropping it a number of steps away onto a cave into which the family had gathered. It then gave Andy Spellacy a call, destroying a house and all outbuildings including barns and granaries. Near here it drove a 2 x 4 studding through a basswood tree about 8 inches in diameter. The studding can now be seen in the tree.

The two twisters traveled in a northeastern direction, doing damage in South Dakota and Iowa.

Destructive Cyclones

Visits These Parts and Northern Iowa, Several Fatalities Reported

Submitted By Cathy Logue

From the Ponca Newspaper, Ponca, Nebraska:

Last Saturday afternoon was the scene of numerous cyclones in this section and northern Iowa. About 3 o'clock a black could was seen in the south but nothing further than a rumble as of thunder attracted some of the citizens to it. It seems the one visible from Ponca that struck the O'Toole farm just east of Newcastle touched the ground first about five miles south west of that place. It is believed to have divided after a few miles journey, the larger portion taking a direction of north and striking in and near Limegrove utterly demolishing the Peterson residence, completely tearing two churches in pieces and making it's way across the river at a point due east of Limegrove.....

Later reports than the above gives definitely the names of the parties and the damage they suffered....Ed Luther a mail carrier between Newcastle and Limegrove, was caught by the storm and lifted from his cart over a fence and the mail sack was carried nearly a mile away.

At Elk Point, SD, three houses were destroyed, three cows killed and John I. Johnson was carried about 200 yards from a building by the wind and picked up dead with his head nearly severed from his body. It is next heard of at Canton, SD, but no damage was reported done. Two children were killed at Sheldon, Ia., and a large number of buildings were laid waste.


Misc. newclips from Dixon County area Newspapers

From the scrapbook of
Laura Agnes EwingBrown
submitted by Ginny Brown

1944 | Hears from Former Depot Agent Mr R J STEELE received a letter this week from Allen's former depot agent, L M  LAWRITSON, telling of  Mrs Lawritson's falling in their home at Salem NE and breaking her right arm.

At present she is confined to the hospital in Falls City but expects to go home soon. He also stated that their two sons and their families are well.

1944 | Barber Shop Opened  The barber shop in Allen has again been reopened by Marvin B MITCHELL, who has returned and repurchased the equipment from the Allen Commercial Club and bought the building which he formerly occupied, from Mrs Bessie CLOUGH.

He was warmly welcomed back by those who had been going with beards and long hair during the absence of a full time barber in Allen.  He plans to immediately start remodeling the building.

Ben JACKSON of Allen received a letter from his brother, Sgt Rodney JACKSON recently telling that he had completed 40 missions as waist gunner in a B17 and expects to soon be given a furlough to return to the states from England.

1944 | First War Casualty News Arrived Monday  News was received Monday by Mr and Mrs George BOCK that their son, Floyd, died Dec 1, of wounds received in action while fighting for his country on French soil.This is the first war casualty announcement to be made in Allen of one of its residents.

Our Neighbors in Service Waterbury NE:  Mrs Robert BROWN, Pawnee City NE, has been notified that her husband, Sgt Robert Brown, son of Mr and Mrs WA Brown of Waterbury, is missing in action on his 21st mission. Sgt Brown enlisted in the marines a few weeks after Pearl Harbor and has been overseas eight months.

He was stationed in the Philippines when reported missing. He is a graduate of the Oakland high school, Oakland NE, and has three sisters living at 301 ½  S Wall Street, Sioux City, Mrs Mary HICKS, Mrs Carl ELDHART, and Mrs Pat O'MARA. A brother in law of Sgt Brown, Carl Eldhart, received the purple heart for wounds suffered May 18 in Okinawa.

1945 | Record Flood Strikes Ponca Thursday Nite.  One Man killed, three others burned as result of explosions caused by record high waters.

1949.01 | You Can't Fight Fire When Water Tank is Blazing
Waterbury NE  Fire destroyed Waterbury's main source of water Friday afternoon  the Burlington railroad's water tank here  while members of the Ponca fire department stood by helpless.

Ponca firemen promptly answered a summons to Waterbury but, since there was no other source of water sufficient for fire fighting, could do nothing but join the crowd of spectators as flames consumed the railroad's wooden tank of 10,000 gallons capacity.

1949.01 | $50,000 Fire Loss at Allen  Fire destroyed three business buildings at Allen after a spectacular blaze swept the principal business block there late Friday night and Saturday morning.

Owners of the property destroyed have estimated their loss as around $50,000.  The Hutchings locker system, the Cash feed and seed warehouse and the Cash general merchandise store virtually were destroyed.  Adjoining buildings on the east and west, including the post office and a café, suffered smoke damage and were scorched on the exterior.

Firemen had the blaze under control Saturday noon, and worked to extinguish fire which still smoldered in coal in basements of the buildings, and in the walls.

Seventy five volunteer firemen from Allen, Ponca and Wakefield fought the flames in a 10 below zero temperature and were hampered in their fight by lack of water, frozen water pipes and inability to use two fire engines which went out of operation because of the cold.

The fire spread rapidly from the Hutchings locker system and electrical appliance shop to the Cash store feed and seed warehouse, the Cash general merchandise store to the post office and to a hotel building containing a restaurant, poolhall and confectionery.

Flames also swept the apartments over several of the business establishments and routed occupants from their beds.  No one was reported injured.  Buildings across the street also suffered considerable damage from the intense heat.

194? | Large Ponca Residence Will Be Used as General Hospital Soon Ponca NE  A new enterprise for Ponca is a general hospital, to be opened soon. It will be known as the Halstead Memorial hospital. 

Dr. R E Bray, formerly of Ponca and Martinsburg, but more recently of Norfolk NE has become the owner of the E E Halstead residence and will be the physician in charge of the hospital.

This property is situated one block north of Main Street, and was built by E E Halstead, now deceased, who was a pioneer banker of Dixon county.  When built 22 years ago the cost, including furnishings, was $40,000. 

Due to failing health it was necessary for Mr Halstead to seek a change of climate, after three years of occupancy, and after his death Mrs. Halstead occupied the home for short intervals. A son, T H Halstead, and family of Sioux City, have made it their summer home for several years.

The new owner will make a few minor alterations in the interior of the building. It is a 12 room structure of two stories with a well equipped basement and finished attic. A commodious porch with tiled floor and screened sides extends on the east and south sides. 


Personal Points & Tidbits
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Northern Nebraska Journal, July Apr. 13, 1893

Chas. Knapp was in Omaha over Saturday.

Mrs. Jas. McQuaid went to Omaha on Saturday.

Fred Hebert and Frank Davey spent Sunday in Sioux City.

F.A. Johnson, a hardware dealer of Newcastle, was in this city last evening.

Mrs. S.B. Stough, Mrs. L.E. Baltzy and Mrs. S.K. Bittenbender visited Sioux City Tuesday.

Mrs. W.M. Wheeler came over from Wakefield on Friday evening and visited relatives here until Tuesday.

? Fey Mattson, A.E. Barnes and J.M. Hoskison went on a fishing exscursion on Tuesday to the lake in Dakota county. It is said that fish are plenty and anxious to be caught.

Mr. Amasa Ward has left school to take a position in a printing office at Dixon. Mr. Ward is a young man of sterling worth and will doubtless succeed in whatever he undertakes.


Personal Points & Tidbits
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Northern Nebraska Journal, November 20, 1902

Dr. M.L. Grote went to Oregon Friday morning on a business trip.

Captain J.H. Brown of Wakefield was in Ponca between trains Friday.

Joe Bastedo went to Storm Lake, Iowa Monday to spend a few months.

Mrs. W.W. Mikesell is visiting relatives and frends at Elk Point this week.

Hugh and Earl Johnson of Sioux City visited relatives in Ponca this week.

Miss Susie Knox came up from Hubbard Thursday evening and returned Saturday.

Mrs. A.W. Myers returned Fridayfrom a few days spent in Newcastle and vicinity.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Auge, Jr. and Miss Mamie Rogosch were at Sious City yesterday.

Mrs. William Sherman of Jamestown, North Dakota is visiting at the L.M. Monfort home.

G.L. Wood went to Hornick, Iowa Saturday, returning the first of the week with Mrs. Wood.

W.T. Bartlett of Jackson was in town yesterday in the inrests of a land agency which he represents.

I. Conner left  Friday morning on a short business trip to Montana in the intrest of his mines in the state.

Miss Gertrude Chadwick of Blair left for Wayne Friday after a short visit with Mrs. L.J. Coyle of this place.

Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Mikesell and Mr. and Mrs. Tisher visited the Hoskinsons at Newcastle the latter part of last week.

Mrs. James Hamilton returned to her home at Sioux City Friday last after a week's visit at the G.C. Hamilton home.

W.A. Stough arrived from Bramen, Oklahoma Sunday, called here by the illness and death of his father. He returned today.

Mr. and Mrs. Tisher of Alden, Iowa arrived last week to visit the S.P. Mikesell home. Mr. Tisher returned the first of the week.

Mrs. J.W. Lee and two children, who visited last week at the W.W. Mikesell home, returned to Elk Point Saturday afternoon.

Tom Eckerson, a prominent business man of Des Moines, Iowa visited at the residence of E.B. Campbell the later part of last week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Knapp of Laurel came over to Ponca Friday to attend the party at J.R. Pomeroy's They returned to Laurel Tuesday.

Mrs. C.M. Sparks returned to her home at Cushing, Iowa Monday afternoon, after spending some time visiting friends and relatives here.

Yesterday at noon Mrs. J.R. Mikesell entertained a few lady friends at dinner in honor of Mrs. Tisber who is visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Mikesell An elegant menu was served after which the guests spent the afternoon with fancy work and social intercourse.

Miss Bessie Pomeroy was pleasntly suprised Tuesday evening by a party of friends who dropped in to remind her of her sixteenth birthday aniversary.  The principle amusement of the evening was ping-pong and it proved a very enjoyable one. Refreshments were served to the guests before departing and a number of fine presents were left as mementos of the occasion.


Real Estate Transfers. (partial)
Submitted by Jackie Shelhart
Northern Nebraska Journal, July Apr. 13, 1893

Real estate transfers for the week ending April 10, as reported from the real estae office of Hiland P. Lockwwod, Ponca, Nebraska

Wm Regan to Charles Breslin, w 1/2 nw, and w1/2 sw, 19-29-9...$2,000

James Tobin to A Couture, lots 8 and 9, blk 2, Tobin's add to Newcastle....100

P Cryan to O Hansen, lot 4, blk 3, Tobin's add to Newcastle.....42

D. Mathewson to J Jensen and Wm Wiseman, lots 18 to 25, Mathewsen's add to Emmerson....600


Big Catch Landed by Two Fisherman
The Lincoln Star, Friday, November 13, 1925
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Newcastle, Neb.  Nov. 13- W.M. Stwart and Milton Parr, at one set made the biggest haul of fish in the history of their fishing career when they got so many that, like the Biblical account of the big draught, their boat was filled with the catch and began to sink. They caught 122 big buffalo and a few cats, weighing from five to fourteen pounds each, and having a total weight of 500 pounds.They sold them for about $60.00


Two little Children Suffer Death By Fire

Mother May Die; Father saved Three Of His Offspring
Reno, Nevada, Wednesday, March 11th, 1914
Submitted by Robin Mosier

Ponca, Neb., Mar. 11 - Emma Watson aged 9, and Alfred Watson, children of Ed Watson, a Ponca business man, were burned to death in a fire which destroyed the home early in this morning. Mrs. Watson was seriously burned and may die. Mr. Watson rescued Mrs. Watson and three other children.

Reno Evening Gazette
Reno, Nevada
march 11, 1914 p.1
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 

Mother May Die; Father Saved Three of His Offspring_________________

PONCA, Neb., Mar. 11 - Emma Watson, aged 9, and Alfred Watson, aged 6, children of Ed Watson, a Ponca business man, were burned to death in a fire which destroyed the Johnson home early this morning.  Mrs. Watson was seriously burned and may die.  Mr. Watson rescued Mrs. Watson and three other children.___________________

Reno Evening Gazette
Reno, Nevada
March 5, 1935    p.8
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey 


PONCA, Neb., March 5. ----(AP) - Unable to agree on a verdict after nearly one hundred hours of deliberation, the jury which heard the case of Mrs. Eva Gilbert, charged with assault with intent to commit murder, last night was dismissed by Judge Mark Ryan in Dixon county district court.

County Attorney J. E. Newton said that the case would be presented again at the September term of court.  Meanwhile Mrs. Gilbert will be at liberty on bond furnished at the time of her indictment.

Mrs. Gilbert was accused of having shot her husband in the hand during a quarrel at the Gilbert farm last September.


Feb. 17, 1892, p.2
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey


C.A. Coffin at Allen, Dixon county, vice A.W. Blckman, removed; A.C. Hatwood at Dunning, Blaine county, vice A. Hansberry resigned; J. A. Keith at Loraine, Banner county, vice W. S. McKee, resigned; F.P. Sheldon at Nehawks, Cass county, vice L.C. Pollard, resigned; G.W. Applegate at Sunshine, Lincoln county, vice C.T. Richards, resigned.


March 30, 1892, p4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

M. L. Rossiter, ex-treasurer of Dixon county, has started a bank at Silver Creek, Merrick county._____________________________________

April 9, 1892, p18
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Dixon Index: The Dixon county delegation is solid for Crawford and other good men to attend the democratic national convention.

April 19, 1892, p4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Cases Filed
The following cases have been filed in the supreme court clerk's office:

E. S. Rood, plaintiff, against Paul Tiss, defendant.  Petititon in error from Douglas county district court.
Dixon county, plaintiff, in error against Hugh Brashear, defendant, in error from Dixon county district court.

Gettysburg, Pa., March 27, 1879, p.3
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

PRIZE ESSAY----The Graeff Prize for the best essay on Byron's "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" was  awarded to George S. Diven, of Salona, Pa., with honorable mention of L. Kuhlman, of Ponca, Nebraska, both of the Senior class of Pennsylvania College.  Revs. W. E. Parsons, J. C. Keller and D. Schindler, of Hanover, composed the committee of award.  On Monday evening Mr. Diven read his essay to a large audience in the College church.  The production is very carefully prepared and does his author much credit.


News affecting Nebraskans in general

Middletown, New York, July 28, 1894, p.4
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

An Omaha dispatch says that the temperature throughout Nebraska averaged 110 degrees, yesterday. The hot wind, which has blown for five days was more like a furnace blast than ever before.  Corn, in three fourths of the best counties in the State, is ruined, and will be worthless, even for fodder corn, unless rain comes soon.

                                                              MIDDLETOWN DAILY ARGUS
Middletown, New York, August 6, 1894, p.4

Reports from the corn belt indicate that the crop, which, two weeks ago, gave every promise of being greater than the great crop of 1889, will be almost a failure.  Indiana is the only state in which the yield will be up to the average.  In Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Northern Missouri, the schorching winds, which blew for several days after a protracted drouth, dired up, withered and blasted the growing crop and ruined the prospect of an abundant harvest.

Middletown, New York, August 13, 1894, p.1

The Long Drought Broken

OMAHA, Aug. 13 ---All day yesterday generous rain fell throughout Nebraska, and the crop situation is improved.  The rains have extended into Colorado, South Dakota, Kansas and Iowa.  On the Union Pacific rain fell west of North Platte, Rain fell along the Burlington road at several places, and along the Sheridan line.  This gives rain to a large section of the farming districts that have been much damaged by drought.

Middletown, New York, September 12, 1894, p.1

Reports from northeastern Nebraska and western Iowa tell of killing frosts.

Middletown, New York, December 4, 1897, p.1

Snow In Nebraska Stops Corn Gathering

OMAHA, Dec. 4 ---Snow has fallen in Nebraska continually for 24 hours, and in some parts of the state it continues.  At Omaha the fall amounts to about 8 inches, and in the northern part of the state it is much heavier, Hartington reports 16 inches, and still falling.  The snow is general in western Iowa and South Dakota.  The storm has stopped the gathering of corn with fully a fifth of Nebraska's big crop yet in the field.  The movement of trains is greatly hampered, and the wind, which is rising, may cause troublesome drifts.


Farmer Crushed By Heavy Logs
(Special to the Star)
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

PONCA, Neb.,  Nov. 23, --Albert Raim, a farmer near here, was severely injured when in some way he fell under the logs and was dragged some distance by his team of horses, sustaining several broken ribs, a broken collar bone, severe bruises and possible internal injuries.  He was found under the logs by men who were working with him near the Missouri river east of here.  He was unconsious.


Dixon Co. Pioneers in Reunion at Allen
(Special to The Star)
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

Allen, Neb.  Aug. 15--The Dixon county pioneers and old settlers' picnic will be held here August 23.  There will be two ball games, one in the forenoon between Emerson and Allen, purse $75; one in the afternoon between Newcastle and Allen, purse $75  "Bobbie" Black of Sioux City will umpire the games.  Judge Jacob Fawcett and William P. Warner will be the speakers of the day.  The Allen band will furnish the music.


Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

T.H. Halstead severed his connection with the Dean Electric company, Monday and left for his home in Ponca, Neb., Thursday.  He expects to engage in telephone work in Wakefeield, Neb.  While in Elyria Mr. Halstead made his home with H. T. Winckles, of Cleveland street.


Birthday Party By Oldest Twins
Submitted by Mary Ann Tapey

PONCA, Neb., Nov. 30--(AP)--The oldest pair of twins in northeastern Nebraska and perhaps in the state are celebrating their eighty-fourth birthday today.  The twins, residents of Ponca since 1886 and 1887, are William and Thomas Barger or "Tom" and "Bill."
These brothers are widowers and have lived alone for twelve years, but their house is noted for its neatness.

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