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Centennial History Book

Every community has cherishedREMINISCENCES


by Mabel Baxter
1936 paper

J. C. Palmer, early settler in District 30 gives much informationconcerning his early Boston Ridge neighbors in District 57.

Boston Ridge school received its name because three familiesfrom Boston, Massachusetts, Willard Carman, G. Y. Bests andManblos were among the first to settle on this ridge.

The school was organized in 1885. Mrs. Noyes was countysuperintendent.

Those helping organize the school were: Charles Woods, G.Y. Bests, the Manblos, Zion Barkers, Ben Marshalls andWillard B. Carman (father of A. B. Carman of Farnam).

The first school house was made of prairie sod and waslocated a half mile south and a half mile west of the presentframe building, created a few years after the sod school house.The community was more thickly settled than now and theschool enrollment much larger.

Church services were held both in the sod and frame houses.This continued until near 1915. Revival meetings were heldoccasionally. Much vocal music was enjoyed.

Most of the folks attended the singing school, also literary atthe adjoining school house in District 30.

On Saturday afternoon the baseball fans enjoyed the gameson either the diamond on the place now known as the JamesFox farm or on the diamond on the quarter joining the JamesWilson farm on the south.

The following were homesteaders who lived in sod houses:John Woods, a bachelor, on the Wilson farm known as theMary Baxter place.

Nick Anderson, a bachelor, on the Charles Davison place.Reverend Sanford Gee, a former cashier in the Stockvillebank and was a Baptist preacher with his family homesteadedthe James Fox farm.

Herman Glaze, homesteaded the J. C. Palmer quarter inDistrict 57, south of the J. C. Palmer home. This land wasbroken out by oxen belonging to J. Palmer.

Mr. Marble, a bachelor, homesteaded the place where Wm.Wilson now lives.

Willard B. Carman and family homesteaded the place whereJames Wilson lives.

G. Y. Best and family homesteaded on the quarter south ofJames Wilsons.

Zion Barker and family homesteaded the Wilson quarter eastof the V. Todd place.

The Manblos, a family who could boast of a part frame, restsod house homesteaded the Charles Alberts place.

John Reickard homesteaded on the quarter now owned by G.W. Herndon and W. E. Baxter used now as pasture land.Sam McMillan homesteaded on the quarter now owned byWm. Walther also used now as a pasture.

Willis McTire and family homesteaded on the Vern Toddfarm now occupied by Jess Warner.

John Hunter homesteaded on the place now occupied by R.D. Earhart.

John Dunbar put out a tree claim on what is now the Dunkinfarm.

Winters Brothers put a tree claim on what is now the Wm.Baxter farm.

Nance Johnson and family homesteaded where their son,Bert, now resides.

Charles Woods homesteaded where his son, John, now lives.

The Johnson and Wood homesteads are the only ones inDistrict 67 where the descendants of homesteaders still occupythem. Mr. Charles Wood, being the only living homesteader.His home is now at North Platte.

Old residents now residing in District 57 are:Mrs. Mable Dunkin, who with her husband, Ben, bought theJohn Dunbar tree claim in 1900. She is now living there withher son, Jack, and wife.

Bert Johnson is living on his fathers homestead.

John Woods and family is living on the Wood homestead.

Mrs. Wood is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Warner, nowresidents of Stockville, who were residents in District 57 fornearly 25 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davison who bought the NickAnderson place and moved on it in 1905.

Mrs. Margaret Wilson came into District 57 in 1903 movingon the farm which she bought of Griers. Her son, William andfamily, are now living on that farm. Mrs. Wm. Wilson wasformerly Margaret Fox, also a resident of District 57.

Mrs. Wilsons other son, James and family with whom Mrs.Wilson is making her home are living on the Willard B. Carmanhomestead.

Mr. and Mrs. William Baxter are living on the place theybought in 1906 of the Winters Brothers.

Mr. and Mrs. James Fox of Moorefield were residents inDistrict 57 many years. They bought the Sanford Gee homestead,where their son, Clarence and family now reside.

Harvard Crow, deceased and Steve Foster, now living northof Cambridge, were well known early settlers who run horsepowerthreshing machines and corn shellers on this ridge.

Published: 3/27/2023 -
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