The Nebraska State Journal from Lincoln, Nebraska on March 22, 1936 · 33
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The Nebraska State Journal from Lincoln, Nebraska · 33

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0Etttef J, rf FffT ill lit iftfKT FEATURES OF. NEBRASKA LIFE EDITORIAL AND FEATURES ft- v X FOUNDED IN 1867 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1936. SECTION C AND D Daniel Freeman in the later yean of life. ill Gale atudio. Beatrice. r " View acrota the hor stead acres, ihowing ap proximate location of first log cabin. X o if,"" J - ' :1!II Eliza Freeman Carre, the eldeat child, and the only one bom in the original cabin on the homestead. Daniel Freeman at sheriff of Gage county in 1869-70. J'" - i V i A Mr. Freemen on the porch of her home some years ago; this house hat been destroyed by fire. Marker at the burial site of Daniel Freeman on the homestead. . The eecond home on the Freeman homestead; the first log cabin never wa pictured. V - (A I f Ts t 1 j Mrs. Daniel Freeman et the sge of eighteen, preced-ing her marriage to the homesteader. LULU MAE COE. r REACH it now is the briefest trip down the concrete and gravel that is Court street to the fork in the road. One goes to the south and to Fairbury ; the other goes to the north and Wilber. And the fiorth road, wide and well kept and inviting to the flying motor, is a curly highway, dipping and climbing and dropping again. It must be a very pleasant way in summer, with wild flowers nodding at the passersby, old trees throwing long blue black shadows over the green, and the richness that is a Nebraska June surging through the country air. When Freeman Passed. But when Daniel Freeman first passed that way, he neither went over concrete nor gravel; he had no road, no highway; no muttering motor disturbed his thoughts. Perhaps he pushed through the high prairie grass, which dipped before him, but sprang up to hide the tracks of man, man who was to claim it and scar it with the plow. Perhaps he listened to the sunny silence, light but strong against the far guns of McClel-lan's peninsula campaign. Perhaps he wondered if this green and gold land ever would bring men here to live. If he came from the east or if he came from the south, he came up the small rise to see, as In the beginning of all time, Daniel Freeman's promised land. If he came from the north, he looked at it from a greater distance, to find it good. If he came from the west, he looked through the thicket and timber of the tiny stream, to see in those acres a man's dream in earth and grass and nameless little blossoms. Fierce Love. But from whatever direction he came, in Daniel Freeman was born a fierce love of those Gage county hills smoothing away from the little valley that died only when the black-eyed, bearded, brusque man died, died with the demand that he be taken to those acres again, that he might be forever a part of this earth that had been his life. "i As the Union soldier stood there, he was a symbol, a symbol of those who love and cherish the land in the troth of a -marriage vow, in sickness and in health; and of those thousands of eager, hopeful, sturdy, triumphant men and women who were to follow him, the homesteaders of Nebraska. It must have been man's in herent need to have a minute part of this turning globe as his that spoke to Dan Freeman that day. Gage county had about five hundred white settlers; not a fifth of them were contained in the five-year-old Beatrice, about six miles toward the eastern horizon. That hamlet had a company house, serving as post office, inn. board ing homeland community center; a mill; a school house, 16 by 20 feet In size; and a few shanties nd buildings built variously of logs, slabs, or tawed timbers. Blue Springs lay to the south with nine families in the directory a AT 12- AklO O STREETS OWE WOOW A GliUO MAK OD, APPARBJ-ruf AflVJP lb C0. Ufltltt HE WAlTEt, ftWlTlO" fAVfcD HIM fcV. OUR. rJATURAL WWCXli LESSOO TOO. IDWtf v- WELL, CvMLCTitki, 'IK; 5AlD TWiT -mt MIGHTY THOR, DUMPS A BATCH CT-RrTATOES DCXJUfO m CELLAR. TTA1IX AUOTrWTS WHAT MAKES TrtE HEAVEUS RUMBLE . FlUAlL.Y A MAO RE03C4JIXEO Hri PLIGHT AOD HtLPto him across , wa WCH HE US TROLT GOATEFUL. A. TOE DO IW CUlkJA MCrfiOO AO Of THE CUtlJ UWAkJG m the pEWUG. CHnOsJlCLE. HEXT CHAAI,E Janet GAYNOtf Henry FONDA in "THE FARMER TAKES A W1FF" j Wi 'Ml tff VOLA US A WAP SHOT OF THIS 1 SCEUE OM HIGHWAY 2&t tfX MILES XJTH OF BtoaoUO . I ALL WAklT . Wt, tbu DAILY DOZ.U DEVOTEES- AS A MDU H , WE'LL GLADLY REFEREE THE OOKTEST . THEKE ARE. Me WHO CHALLEWC THE 5-lUCH FLOOR-TOOCHilOC. nEOOR.0 OF MLT r3LAMVSrtlP5 TRlEUD. L .S . MAVHEW Of UORA, IJEBR, WRlTS -'OW OEAT THAT TUjO HJCHES AJD Lott-L 3 Glad ib PQcme it. ALSO. OiESTEft UJIL'SaO. LlUCOLU HI6V SEXJIOR.. CfiU JACKrWJlfE TO THE fUXX. FROM ELtvEU IUCHES. VT, t?b. 'SARAH LEE UUWU OF- LIMCOLU, THE OHJGlUAL J RlPLEYS OMtCoU LAST MONTH, CAM DO IT FOdM I1J4WCHK. UMEKJ!! rjARRilOG PRcFEfilOJAL OOMTORTtOMSTS, WHO WW$ THE. DEHYORATEO WATEOMEliDUlkiTHft OACX CDMTEST ? HOLD OtJ - DOJ'T ACCLKe") fi UER6IE OULESS V30 ARE. ) W$A uJS (ox mown ) fPlj ITSllu -Amd, ir wo WKH CAU 03MTEST fOl. mmt. ladies. wrreri 6we ratio OF KKTbHtRHtl6HT. WHAT TOWN IU NEBRASKA ISTHIS! IAST VEK I EOWA fJELSOJ, MA6EU loesT, -ortx GotMrry. JHAMi4MiMaaMlkv 1111 . . j II i . 1 i ' n ' iujiu W W'TMffjSft'l m MARCH -22. , -I V-AwJ3 H 'I wmm'i rv emu fn Z flf . J'ly AMOOESTOOt, IPW I UUU JUUfc3 fl A) VK HER. DRKS CAUCjWT OU PRE , HER "5CREAMS I ir BO0Y &t HHSE I J T"A yafTTi 6ARMEUT5. IpzizT 'J. Vt. HEARD A VEIW WTEaE5TlU6 ADDRESS tt2 tpp" J j m OMTUEOLDAWDUELO iutweorieut by SWk gV ' 1 II M n CjERALD GIVIMfA AT A RECEUT sSolWiL Tk JUJW-CUMBER. MEETiWQ . . f W' '"a 111 N li lil 11 "Uiv.no Aj. I -a T ..tu f 1 til If JiinU. -"wsesi' I $OME WIT WRITES - w w- -tilibkoHiL -wuAjUaA.1. WHAT5 THE AWTER WtW OUR. OLUkJ BC6W Ffi LWOCM irvi iwo or cur wi mutKJi nwjwtfj f SHOULD BE CETTiUCj Theirs from oaurxujia? ERKIVE WVIUS AUD OVri AT THE ARE 'STiU. UX5WDERWC, WHO 16MT THEM A BATCH C LUClOO?,UJ66UU6 tVMT THAT CAME. CLEAR FI2CM THE kVACfflCCXASriijA BEAUTJFUl. TW BOX.., CAIN'5 MILITARY EGGS THe STAUD UP RALPH . FORTOA SAW SICjKlOJ MiLrtAri.Y Blvd. omahA- 'AUD.SPEAKJUt, OF EGGS T SPEAKWG OF- BIRTrtDAVS -MRS.G A.GOAVATT OF LIMCOUl WAS II VEARS OLD 00 THE tyfl OP THE II MOMTrt WTHE EAR r9 . Furthermore., she was oopw at ii mujutes after ii ooooc at -40l AMBAVE, OrAAHA. HATOSH6U. WrtHlU A WFT SHELL DOUBLE EGOS, -aim& it l imv. I IN lauo.'agbv THIS LARCt E, COMTA0E0 A M3LK AIJ0AL) AUOTHER. !JORNlAL.rVfiDEU-Eia. - fAIUUlCK, COOK. AIE6A. WJW WAMI4. s MfcUlTlSCMN&OtR'ALSoaWE OfFERSWRfA MRS HfcRMAO KMJOA Brectw ftoUUO 'CnViM n.J 1 K'"J year after Daniel Freeman looked down on Cub creek and hiq fu ture home. A few settlers hnpppH the creek, planted their gardens oi greens ana melons, feared Indians, and straggled over the stranee Dlaina tn Rrnumvillo nnH Nebraska City for supplies, Little Life. But little life sliDDed throush the grass to create minlnttirn windstorms. A robin swonnpH hv and the flash of blue wasn't a fal len bit of the sky, but a blue bird. Squirrels chattered at the tall man as they ran up and down the oaks. Butterflies hovered like loose blos soms in the still air. Walnut and hickory and oak marked the banks of the stream or thrived rather hardily on the supposedly barren plains. Daniel Freeman. Illinois sol dier, detailed to secret service duty in INeoraska. eraduate nhvsician. looked down on the cup of a valley he had determined for his, a' CUD in Which lav the nnrhaneprf secrets of creation, written there in tnose lirst seven davs. What. he felt, he possibly never could tell, but, thirty-six years old he was, he undoubtedly became young and crude and awestruck, out vigorous enough to take this new land that intrieued and mocked him. Squatter Rigrhts. The chronological history of those Freeman acres is simple. In July, 1862, Daniel Freeman purchased a squatter rights for that land in Blakeley township. The world knows of that cold January midnight, when an obliging land office clerk in Brownville allowed Freeman, then on furlough, to file for his homestead, so that it became Entry No. 1, Proof No. 1, on Page 1, Volume 1, of the homestead records in the U. S. land office at Washington, D. C. The patent for this quarter section in Section 26, Township 4, Range 5 was issued September 1, 1869, and recorded in Beatrice in the county clerk's files January 6, 1870. At five minutes after midnight of 1863, Daniel Freeman took out the papers under the new homestead law, granting him 160 acres of Nebraska soil, if he would live there five years. Freeman's realization of his dream cost him $16. He was a graduate of the Eclectic Medical institute in Cincinnati, but he never returned To the profession after the war. Marriage In Iowa. When he had come back from the war, Daniel Freeman went to Iowa for his marriage to Agnes Elizabeth Suiter on February 8, 1865. He was just short of thirty-nine; she was twenty-one, formerly engaged to another Freeman brother, who had not come back from the war. The Freemans arrived in Beatrice March 13, 1865. A man with a flatboat agreed to take the bride and her precious oak chest with her trousseau across the snow swollen Blue, for the homestead lay four miles beyond. Snows still push the Blue from its banks, but a bridge is there today and good roads. The light wagon was crossed on a pile of driftwood, with the first home-stead of them all charting It Tht horses did a job of swimminaj. (Coatlnufd on Pag Thn4 WWW BOV

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