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1890s Sod House in Southern Boone County

Early History of Boone County, Nebraska

“About five years and three months ago,” said the Rev. Mr. Bollman, in his Centennial sketch, “in the spring of 1871, the first white men visited Boone County with a view to permanent residence. Previous to this time, no white man, except Government Surveyors, adventurers, explorers, or daring trappers had ever trod the flowery landscape of these delightful valleys, or paused in admiration on our extensive table-lands, at the almost boundless prospect. In all these beautiful regions, the various bands of roving Indians and the native wild animals were the only occupants, and the only sounds were the notes of …

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Madison Nebraska

History of Madison, Madison County, Nebraska

Madison was made the county seat October 12, 1875. It is beautifully situated at the junction of Union and Taylor Creeks. It is immediately surrounded by valley and rolling prairie, most of the land in all directions for a number of miles being well adapted to mixed farming. To the westward, in what is called the Knapp & Scheer settlement, are to be found farms equal, perhaps, to any in the State, both as regards their fertility and the improvements that have been made upon them. Good barns have been erected on most of the farms, which, on account of …

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Biographies of Madison Nebraska

Historical and Biographical Sketches of Madison, Madison County, Nebraska Barnes, F. W. Barnes, W. J. Bauch, Phil Becker, H. E. Bridenstine, S. J. Dr. Clark, P. A. Findeisen, L. W. Fricke, Herman Fritz, F. W. Gerecke, William Hoffman, F. Kelly, H. D. Kimball, William E. Rev. Neidig, C. Prince, E. F. Robertson, W. M. Scott, M. C. Searles, William T. Seidel, H. G. Sherlock, J. J. Steele, A. H. Stuart, James Tyrrel, A. C. Wolf, F. W. Source: Andreas, A. T. History of the State of Nebraska, p. 1108-1109. Chicago: The Western Historical Company. 1882.      

Early Settlements in Madison County, Nebraska

The first explorers of Madison County of whom we have any account, were two Germans from Jefferson County, Wisconsin, who left their homes September 1, 1865, to look for new homes in Nebraska. They came here by way of St. Joseph, Missouri, Omaha, Elkhorn City, Fontanelle and West Point. Here they hired a team to take them to the North Fork of the Elkhorn. Eight miles above West Point, the most advanced settler was found. Passing on, they reached their destination September 15. These two pioneers were Herman Braasch and Frederick Wagner. After selecting a location for a colony with …

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