Great Uncle Patrick Leahy (1931)

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Great Uncle Patrick Leahy (1931) - Sl'NDAY STATE JOITINAIDECEMBER 20. 1931 LINCOLN...
Sl'NDAY STATE JOITINAIDECEMBER 20. 1931 LINCOLN liebmska Ox Traîner Thvills At Patrick ledhy Trained Animals For Wa^n Trains Used In Early Days BV JOHN H. KKAHNKS. Auburn, Nebr. ITH the drone of an occasional airplane over- w county, Miwouri, had been at Peru, hunting for loot slaves. Their side had been taken by a number of the rrsldenta, stirring up bad feeling with the abolition majority. Theio was suspicion and hatred u«„,i tho -hriok of 'ilmnat 'the air. The Lcahys. coming head, the snrieK oi aimosi Louisiana, and reputed to be constantly pns.sing locomo- d mocrats, were at once suspected tivoK aiur truina in the vallev pro-slavery leanings. Recently lives and iraina in me vaiiey ^having below, and the constant noise been .slave owners, and with con- nf aneoHincr automobiles in the s<’‘<‘ntíous scruples against It. they 01 speeninK autoniomies III ine interested In the matter thoroughfare Irefore hiahome, either way. They minded their own Patrick l..'ahy. la<it of the •"'> 'h"»» “hull busters,” who trained Leahy Young Hnsky. motive power for the cov<*red Patrick Leahy then was one of huskie.st jwu lUHiiy rounty and noted young men in the or his .strength W’ a K n n , transports threo-duarters of a centurv, «'»t work and In wrestling t-ames. As ^ resuit of pre-Civil war dlsturb- HKO, is spendlfiiT the twillKht »nres the rountry wa.s f 11 of hors* of his life at his home at Iulian, “Trail’a End.” thieves, organized in gangs, or working indlvlaually. When war was on, the gangs and individual i that his wife, who had washed out Ninety VdHr.a of age, «even- i thieves were superseded by organ- 1 u«,.« gangs of Jay-hawkers. One of ty-two of which have been these bands, coming up from Kan- anent in Nebraska, he is still ’s»«. was led by the notoriou.s Cap..i—M.. Art fVifl i Cleveland. They made It their virile and interested in the iq question all of the resident* affairs of life. He can dance ef Nemaha county as to their . ».«ol «M Tfiah iio- nnri aintr ! ^ t^e union cau.se, and , ,, J e ‘ J u ' was doubt they stole fore quarters at fabulous prices. '“There were those who believed the ballads of Erin, and W’hen the horses and looted home« of Ov^ribcd “Pay Dirt.” , the story and they ‘trekked’ west, the mood is on him can tell * under suspicion. »Ho declared that as he had hauling in their wagons, produce At the left Is Patrick I„eahy of Julian, Neb., as he appears at the age of 90, still virile enoufh to dance an Irish Jig. At the light Is the ’hull buster’s” home« “Trail’s End.” cattle had gre«ed all the way at had finished his letter, and he raid; trained oxen and I went Into It on freighting outfit of the time, Colo- s rado and Santa Pe traders also night, on nutritious grass so that when they arrived at Denver they were hog fat, and he had sold the the ’color’ wa.s dlsappo: gustedly remarked tna inted and db at the dirt was choice meat of the hindquarters, ^ not as rich as usual as it had only pound for pound in goid, and the “panned’’ out $15. sought them, as did my neighbors, lamg Wagon Train*. : “BrownvllI« and Nebraska City B«n extensive scale. Bought Devon Catilo. “I learned that In the viclnlU of Manhattan. Kas., there was an Irish and German colony, where grade ' were then active steamboat porta, Devon cattle were being raised. The and the terminals of the overland oxen of this breed had powerful ox-tralm. In Nemaha county it necks and forequarters, and were wa« a common ilght to see these «•Ckv-Vffv»r a^*v\K4ov4s-icv vwrxtarAv* einH $v*aiwvsi g\f ««rknitiet inOT of his nrijrhhors and to move became so intolerable that in 1861 bearing values might be made to from Missouri river point« to ihp ., ‘ „ *Vi« «M anti-horse thief association was; his Nemaha county friend.s. The mountains and plalas. It created the W'Uifon trams OVtr me oin fomied in Nemaha county and the' dirt was brought back before he an active and profitable demand for 1 Major« lonpr trails to the west. federal government appealed to for protection against the raidings, “The reputation of my .stock grew, by from three to five yoke of oxen. They were in demand by Russell, “Many of the oxen used, were of A; Wadell, the greatest my training and driven by my

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  1. The Lincoln Star,
  2. 20 Dec 1931, Sun,
  3. Page 32

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