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Mrs. Nora LaBounty

I’ll try to recall a few things, which I can of early history ofFarnam and its community.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F. Rolph, son, Clayton, and twodaughters, Frederecka and Lillian, came to Lexington by trainfrom Westfield, New York, then onto the Farnam territory bywagon and horses, where only grass grew on the ground. Thiswas in the spring of 1884. Other residents of that time wereMr. and Mrs. M. J. Tufts and daughters, Dora F., who marriedWm. F. Johnston, another Tufts girl, Minnie, who later marriedSam F. Parker. Those people, as I recall, were from aPennsylvania group or colony from Bradford, Pennsylvania. Itseems to me that several came from other localities; an Ohio242group from near Cleveland. Among these were G. B. Dryden,wife and three daughters, Kittie, Gertrude, and Helen;Gertrude who married Harry Taylor, their son, Byron Taylor,who still lives in Farnam. R. C. Perkins, C. G. Nickerson, andtwo later ones who returned in a few years to their nativestate. Other party settlers were Wesley Thompson, Owen’sfather, J. R. Shaw, Aaron Stull, two McDermott boys, Steveand Tom, two sisters, Polly and Rose; Rose married JuddBurrow, (their daughter became Mrs. Harve McNickle’s firstwife). Henry and Anson Holderman lived in the northeasterncommunity.

Few schools were carried and only three months in the fall.

My earliest remembrance in the fall of 1890 is a sod buildingeast of town, south of R. W. Reynolds home now of the DeanReynolds. The teacher was a Miss Hayden. My father, Mr. andMrs. E. W. Crossgrove, my brother, Merle, M. J. Hunt, acousin, John Crossgrove, of Westfield, New York, came toFarnam in March, 1885; father and Uncle Will both took claimsat North Platte, on land in Lincoln County, Section 12,Township 9, Range 26, the north half. Later years, fatherbought the south half of 12, the Prireett tree claim and theNorgren homestead. Father owned Section 12 for years andsold it to Emil Krepcik in later years.

The earliest business house on the west side of the street inFarnam that I remember was the Woods Brick Front Hotel andthere was a meat market. They were both located on the lotswhere the Co-Op Station is today.

I remember that G. B. Dunton, his daughter, Pansy, andHerb Stilley, C. Bradshaw, Cora and Pearl Caley, and brother,Del Caley, were the earliest singers for quartets for funeralsand special days.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Ralston brought State Bank to Farnam,some little time before 1903. They were on the east side of thestreet then. I was treasurer of our high school class and Ideposited our money in it, then.

C. R. Gastineau was an early depot agent and becamecashier of the State Bank later.

S. F. Parker was the first cashier of the Farnam Bank. M. C.Divoll and E. T. Buss had an early grocery store. It was theforerunner of the Best Place Mercantile Company. Those twoand W. G. Parker were those that gave books to members ofhigh school graduates.

I went to work July 1st, 1903, as cashier there after my Maygraduation from high school. I worked only six months as I washaving trouble with my eyes.

Early in 1904, Merle brought whooping cough to us at home.Mother coughed as hard as we kids but no whoops. Sister Marywas very ill with pneumonia at one time and I was very ill. Inrecovery, Mary’s hair had to be cut off. She felt very terribleabout that because it wasn’t very fashionable to have veryshort hair; but she did recover quite rapidly aftewards.

I was born November 29th, 1885, of course, I don’tremember that, but I do remember walking to school in the fallof 1900. I walked across the Eckstein place and looked intotheir pot holes (buffalo wallows) in that pasture.

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