Doctor O. P. Baker first visited in this neighborhood with "Joe"
Shaub who, at that time was a buyer of grain on the Burlington
Railroad track. After visiting for some time the Doctor found it
necessary to go two miles out of town to the Willard Payne place to
eat and sleep. During that visit he bought a quarter section of land
one mile east of town, then went back to Morrison, Illinois, and
told the merchants there what he had seen around Exeter, and as a
result of the descriptions given regarding this country and its
possibilities of development; he sold five farms without their ever
coming to look at them.
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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