Centennial History Book
Every community has cherished REMINISCENCES
W. J. ADKISSON HUNTED AT FARNAM TOWNSITE
Taken from The Farnam Echo, 1936
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Adkisson homesteaded about a mile northeast of Eustis in 1880, where he lived until 1891 when he moved on the Muddy Creek, about 14 miles from here known to the pioneers as the Harry Jones ranch, which Mr. Adkisson still owns. His son, John, is farming it.
Mr. Adkisson says he remembers when he could ride from his place near Eustis to Stockville and not see a single house, or meet anybody, except maybe a cowboy riding the range.
He helped with the boring of Keystone well, which was put down in 1883.
When he first homesteaded he said the water holes, along in the valley near where the depot and light plant now are, attracted the deer and antelope there and he had hunted them many times on what is now the Farnam townsite. The nearest trading point in those days was Plum Creek, now Lexington.
Mrs. Adkisson passed away February 24, 1909 at the family home.
Mr. Adkisson has four children living, all of them having been born while they lived on the homestead during the ’80’s. The children are: J. A. of Farnam; W. E. of North Platte; Mrs. Ira Wear of Farnam, and Mrs. Tom Hastings of Elsie.
Mr. Adkisson will be 80 years of age next December and has lived nearly 56 of these years in this vicinity, 41 of them he has lived southwest of Farnam.