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Centennial History Book

Every community has cherishedREMINISCENCES

EARLY DAYS IN FRONTIER COUNTY

Given by H. S. Boyle
1936 paper

A few lines on early day history is my theme, so will startback in March 1884.

We left Illinois the last of February for Nebraska, arriving atDoniphan, March 1st, 1884. The weather was very nice and theroads dry.

We had a farm rented northeast of Doniphan for a year, butthat seemed to close in, so we decided to go farther west andlook for cheap land. The last of March I looked over some landin Custer County, but didnt find any that suited me, so Ireturned to Doniphan.

Again the last of June we came to this section, arriving atCambridge on the 30th. We looked over the land north ofOrafino and picked out some claims on July 1st. We started forCambridge on foot, a distance of twenty miles, hoping to arrivethere by 12:35, but as it was a hot day and we had no water,and the road was rough, we were too slow. As we came intotown the train was leaving so we had to wait 24 hours, to go onto McCook.

But on July 2, 1884, we filed on our claims and in 1885 cameout here.

That year the railroad was going through and soon the townof Farnam was started.

We got along nicely for a few years and had good crops, until1894. We did not raise any crops that year, but had plenty offeed for the cattle and horses. Again for a few years we hadpretty good crops. The spring of 1906, we rented the ranch andmoved here and have since made it our home.

Just dropping back again to early days we had lots of hardtimes, and many discouraging things happened. The countrywas new, and there was not much in it, but just to live.

So just as the Indians moved out, we moved in.

On the Medicine, north of Stockville, the Indians camped allsummer the year of 1884 or 85.

Many thrilling things took place in these times. On theFourth of July in 1886 some of the neighbors held a picnic and itwas arranged to have it on the creek, near where Orafino isnow. A program was prepared with different communities furnishingparts of the entertainment. Our community was to furnishthe music and a man named Harry James, lead. We musteredup 26 youngsters and gathered several times before topractice and had our songs well learned by the 4th.

Those taking part in the program included: Mr. and Mrs.Jones, the Nickerson children, Walter, Drake, Kate and Geo.Scott, some of the Messersmith girls, Lilly Dyer, Will Hicks,Tim Ellis, the Twiford children, the Willard girls, Jennie andH. S. Boyle, Mr. and Mrs. Yorty and others that I have forgotten.The songs sang were: "My Country Tis of Thee, "Columbia,the Gem of the Ocean", "Star-Spangled Banner" and "God BeWith You Till We Meet Again.

There was a loud applause and called for an encore, but wewere not prepared for that.

The afternoon was spent playing games, riding until late andclosed with a fight which caused a lot of excitement.

As things come and go we move on and I am only one of thatgroup. I know many of them have passed on to the other world,to be at home with God, their maker. The old ranks are palingfast and will soon be no more.

But the flag of the free still waves over the land of the free,and the home of the brave.

The early days have passed on, new things have come in andnew ways are going fast, too fast, for an old man of 1884.

But may God bless us as a nation, a new nation, not an oldone, but new.


Published: 3/27/2023 - http://www.historicfarnam.us
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