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rf 0Etttef FffT ill lit iftfKT FEATURES OF. NEBRASKA LIFE EDITORIAL AND FEATURES SECTION AND FOUNDED IN 1867 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1936. ft- Gale atudio. Beatrice. i i Daniel Freeman in the later yean of life.
ill A View acrota the hor stead acres, ihowing ap proximate location of first log cabin. Mr. Freemen on the porch of her home some years ago; this house hat been destroyed by fire. (A I Ts 1 J'" Mrs. Daniel Freeman et the sge of eighteen, preced-ing her marriage to the homesteader.
The eecond home on the Freeman homestead; the first log cabin never wa pictured. Eliza Freeman Carre, the eldeat child, and the only one bom in the original cabin on the homestead. Marker at the burial site of Daniel Freeman on the homestead. Daniel Freeman at sheriff of Gage county in 1869-70. 1111 II i 1 AT 12- AklO STREETS OWE WOOW year after Daniel Freeman looked down on Cub creek and hiq fu OUR.
rJATURAL WWCXli LESSOO TOO. IDWtf v- A GliUO MAK OD, APPARBJ-ruf AflVJP lb C0. Ufltltt HE WAlTEt, ftWlTlO" ture home. A few settlers hnpppH the creek, planted their gardens fAVfcD HIM fcV. 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 WELL, CvMLCTitki, 'IK; 5AlD TWiT -mt MIGHTY THOR, DUMPS A BATCH CT-RrTATOES DCXJUfO CELLAR. TTA1IX AUOTrWTS WHAT MAKES TrtE HEAVEUS RUMBLE the grass to create minlnttirn windstorms. A robin swonnpH hv and the flash of blue wasn't a fal i iujiu W'TMffjSft'l 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 MARCH -22.
-I soms in the still air. Walnut and FlUAlL.Y A MAO hickory and oak marked the banks of the stream or thrived rather hardily on the supposedly barren RE03C4JIXEO Hri PLIGHT AOD HtLPto him across wa plains. WCH HE US TROLT Daniel Freeman. Illinois sol GOATEFUL. V-AwJ3 'I wmm'i rv emu fn 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 A. TOE DO IW CUlkJA MCrfiOO AO Of THE CUtlJ UWAkJG the pEWUG. CHnOsJlCLE. 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, HEXT Janet GAYNOtf Henry FONDA in "THE FARMER TAKES A Wi 'Ml LULU MAE COE. 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 out vigorous enough to take this new land that intrieued and tff mocked him. VOLA US A WAP SHOT OF THIS 1 SCEUE OM HIGHWAY W1FF" tfX MILES XJTH OF BtoaoUO I ALL Wt, tbu DAILY DOZ.U DEVOTEES- AS A MDU WAklT WE'LL GLADLY REFEREE THE OOKTEST THEKE ARE. Me WHO CHALLEWC THE 5-lUCH FLOOR-TOOCHilOC. nEOOR.0 OF MLT r3LAMVSrtlP5 TRlEUD.
flf J'ly AMOOESTOOt, MAVHEW Of UORA, IJEBR, WRlTS -'OW OEAT THAT TUjO HJCHES AJD Lott-L 3 Glad ib PQcme it. ALSO. OiESTEft UJIL'SaO. LlUCOLU HI6V CfiU JACKrWJlfE TO THE fUXX. FROM ELtvEU IUCHES.
VT, 'SARAH LEE UUWU OF- LIMCOLU, THE OHJGlUAL IPW I UUU JUUfc3 fl A) VK HER. DRKS CAUCjWT OU PRE HER "5CREAMS I ir BO0Y HHSE RlPLEYS OMtCoU LAST MONTH, CAM DO IT FOdM I1J4WCHK. 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 -Amd, ir wo WKH CAU rjARRilOG PRcFEfilOJAL OOMTORTtOMSTS, WHO THE. DEHYORATEO WATEOMEliDUlkiTHft 03MTEST fOl. mmt.
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HEARD A VEIW WTEaE5TlU6 ADDRESS tt2 tpp" OMTUEOLDAWDUELO iutweorieut by SWk gV 1 II CjERALD GIVIMfA AT A RECEUT sSolWiL Tk JUJW-CUMBER. MEETiWQ W' OACX CDMTEST IAST VEK HOLD OtJ DOJ'T fi UER6IE OULESS V30 ARE. uJS WHAT TOWN IU NEBRASKA ISTHIS! there, he was a symbol, a symbol SPEAKWG OF- BIRTrtDAVS A.GOAVATT OF LIMCOUl $OME WIT WRITES w- -tilibkoHiL of those who love and cherish the land in the troth of a -marriage vow, in sickness and in health; and 111 li lil 11 "Uiv.no Aj. I -a WAS II VEARS OLD 00 THE tyfl 1 til If JiinU. I CAIN'5 OP THE II MOMTrt WTHE EAR r9 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 she was oopw at ii mujutes after ii ooooc at -40l AMBAVE, OrAAHA. MILITARY EGGS THe STAUD UP RALPH FORTOA SAW SICjKlOJ WHAT5 THE AWTER WtW OUR. OLUkJ BC6W Ffi LWOCM herent need to have a minute part of this turning globe as his that irvi iwo or cur wi mutKJi nwjwtfj HATOSH6U. WrtHlU A (ox mown fPlj ITSllu SHOULD BE CETTiUCj Theirs from oaurxujia? WFT SHELL MiLrtAri.Y Blvd. omahA- ERKIVE WVIUS AUD 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 OF EGGS it imv. toward the eastern horizon. That hamlet had a company house, OVri AT THE ARE 'STiU. UX5WDERWC, WHO 16MT THEM A BATCH 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 DOUBLE I IN serving as post office, inn. board EGOS, MRS 'CnViM n.J ing homeland community center; a mill; a school house, 16 by 20 feet In size; and a few shanties HfcRMAO 1 I EOWA fJELSOJ, THIS LARCt COMTA0E0 A M3LK AIJ0AL) AUOTHER.
tVMT THAT CAME. CLEAR FI2CM THE nd buildings built variously of logs, slabs, or tawed timbers. Blue MA6EU loesT, KMJOA Brectw fAIUUlCK, COOK. AIE6A. WJW WAMI4.
OfFERSWRfA Springs lay to the south with kVACfflCCXASriijA BEAUTJFUl. TW ftoUUO nine families in the directory a -ortx GotMrry. JHAMi4MiMaaMlkv WWW BOV.
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