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TAG : Good Old Days

Colorado Settlers Homesteaded Close to Family

After my father, W. C. Lewis, and my two married brothers, Lemuel and Gwynn, each filed on 640 acres of land in Moffat County, Colorado, in 1916, they returned to our home near Denver to tear down all the barns and salvage what lumber they could use at the new homestead. The wood was loaded ...

Railroad Stories: Father Collected Railroad Memorabilia

My father worked for the railroad for about 45 years. Most of those years were spent as a telegrapher and office clerk doing bills of lading. Through the years, he collected railroad memorabilia.My father not only worked around trains, he loved them. Our old home movies are full of train ...

Railroad Stories: Train Enthusiast Shares Love of Railroads With Husband

My love affair with trains began when I was a young girl. We lived in Hoisington, Kan., and my dad worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which ran through town for more than 40 years. The shop whistle sounded the workday for the community. Growing up there, the way I did, it didn't take ...

Railroad Stories: Employee Received Passes to Ride Great Northern Trains

I worked in the Freight Receipts Office of the Great Northern Railway in St. Paul, Minn., in the 1940s. It was a fortunate thing for me, because I got passes to ride Great Northern trains. On a trip to Glacier National Park on the Empire Builder, I saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time. I ...

Little Girl Becomes Indian Captive and Escapes

This story of an Indian captive has been handed down in my husband's family for years. It is about the miraculous escape from death at the hands of the Indians of the little girl who became my husband's great-grandmother. The pioneer family lived in a sparsely settled country where roving ...

Fitzpatricks Made the Most of Oklahoma Land Run

This story of the Fitzpatrick family's move to Oklahoma after the Oklahoma land run of 1889 is part of a longer manuscript written by my mother, Iva Fitzpatrick Potter, when she was 91 years old. After the death of her mother when she was seven months old, the little girl lived with her ...

Bessie Thomas Staked Her Claim Among Ellis County Kansas Settlers

Bessie Reed Thomas arrived in Kansas in 1871, a bride of 18, with a shotgun across her knees. Her husband, William K. Thomas, a veteran of the Civil War, was coming west to settle on his soldier's claim, 160 acres in Ellis County. This family of Ellis County, Kansas, settlers would make the ...

Early Nebraska Settlers Team Up to Save a Homestead

Alonzo Noble knew his sister and her family was coming to Nebraska, and as it happened, 160 acres across the road from his farm were available for homesteading. Alonzo was desirous of having his brother-in-law settle there.On that land he threw up a shack, and if a covered wagon was seen coming ...

Ryan Among Early Nebraska Settlers

I would like to tell you of my grandfather who came to Jackson, Nebraska, from St. Louis, on foot. He was among the early Nebraska settlers, and lived here with the Native Americans for many years.After he had laid out where all his relatives could settle, he went back to St. Louis and told ...

Plains Settlers: Daniel Fitzgerald Became One of the Iowa Settlers

My great-grandfather Daniel Fitzgerald came to Iowa in the 1850s to escape the famine in Ireland. He lived all along the Mississippi River, from Keokuk to McGregor, finally settling at Harper's Ferry, Iowa. After the Civil War, he crossed the state to take up a farm in Pocahontas County, 40 ...

Early Settlers of New York State: Shaw Family

My great-great-grandparents were early settlers of New York state. They were both born in New York state in 1791, and decided to go to a new country after they were married and had a baby boy.They hitched the oxen to a cart loaded with clothing, bedding, plow, spinning wheel-and the root of a ...

Civil War Stories: Southern Belle Marries Union Soldier

I have one Civil War story about my grandmother who was a Southern belle who went to Virginia City, Montana, with her family upon news of discovery of gold there reaching them in the South. En route on the boat she met a young Union Army officer who was being sent to Virginia City by President ...

Stedmans Settled Kansas Homestead in 1870

Attracted by the free land in Kansas, and the possibility that two young sons, too, could homestead or buy cheap farms in a few years, the Zerah Stedmans sold most of their possessions in 1870 and bought passage to the end of the railroad line at Nebraska City, Nebraska, with hopes of settling ...