How the Wade Family Claimed Their Nebraska Homestead

The Wade family went for it and settled a Nebraska homestead, but it wouldn't last forever.

| Good Old Days

One morning in early April, 1879, my parents, E. S. Wade and Hannah Landis Wade and their three children, and several other families of the La Harpe, Ill., vicinity set out by wagon train for their Nebraska homestead.

Each family had a large covered wagon in which their belongings and the children rode. They had wagons of food for themselves and their stock.

Each family took a milk cow or two, a sow, and some chickens, as well as plows and harrows and whatever else they could find room for.

Many families had at least one riding horse as well as a work team or two. The women took turns with their husbands driving the wagons and riding horse back.

As a child I heard stories of the hardships of their life in Nebraska. Most of the families were pretty tired of the struggle by the time they got their claims proved, so they sold their land and came back to Illinois. 

Inez Wade Coleman
West Point, Iowa

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