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The Farnam Echo, 1936

Mr. Crossgrove, myself, little son, Merle and a nephew,John Crossgrove, now of St. Maries, Idaho, and my brother,W. D. Hunt, now of North East, Pennsylvania, started westfrom Westfield, New York, March 18, 1885.

It was cold there, the ice was three feet thick on Lake Erie.We arrived at Gothenburg, a small town then, the evening ofthe 20th. It was so warm we were delighted with the climate.We stayed in town until the next morning when Clayton Rolph(now deceased) met us with a team and wagon, and brought usto his fathers home about two miles north of Farnam whereWm. Murray now lives.

Mr. Crossgrove and my brother soon went to North Platteand filed on homesteads, joining, which were five and a halfmiles northwest of Farnam, in Lincoln County, now owned byE. F. Krepcik.

That first summer the men worked for a Mr. Thompson, whoowned the place, where Mr. Brasch now lives, north of wherethe town of Keystone was started.

We lived in a one-room house there, then in a tent on ourclaim, while they were building our sod house. The walls werethree feet thick and it made a fine place for houseplants on thewindow sills. The house was warm in winter and cool in thesummer, and the fleas, bugs and snakes thought so too.

Then one beautiful day in November a little girl came tomake her home with us. We named her Nora.

That winter Mr. Crossgrove still worked for Mr. Thompsonand hauled meat to the railroad camps west of here, wherethey were putting in the railroad, which we were all very gladto have and soon the town of Farnam began to build up;business places, beautiful homes, churches and schools on thebare prairie, and fifty years has brought many more changeswhich we are enjoying now.

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