When Colonel Babcock came from New York State in 1871, there was no
railroad beyond Lincoln, he had made his way to Seward, and walked
on from there looking for a family near Indian Creek, nothing like a
house could be seen anywhere, at last he noticed a stove pipe
sticking out of the ground on a little hill, and on making closer
investigations found a dugout having one of the best rooms he ever
saw. He afterwards made his way nearer to Exeter, the only house
visible at that time being the one built by '"Boss" Woodard. When
crossing the country he noticed the horses acting rather queer,
then, a man mysteriously put in an appearance, asking the Colonel
what he was after? He assured the man that he was after no mischief,
when the man said, but you have your horses on my house!
Source: Pioneer Stories of the Pioneers of Fillmore and adjoining Counties, by G. R. McKeith, Press of Fillmore County News, Exeter, Nebraska, 1915
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