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Valentine, Nebr., Oct 19—- The body of an unidentified man was found on a sandbar in the Niobrara river by a party of hunters and it is believed he was murdered. His pockets were turned wrong side out and nothing was found on the body which would lead to his identification. He was about thirty years of age. Physicians believe he had been dead about twenty-four hours. A bad bruise was found on the side of his head, which leads the authorities to believe it a case of murder and robbery.

The Alliance Herald 22 Oct 1908

A BROKEN BOW man named Waters, who had been an inmate of the insane asylum and returned home cured, went to a camp meeting recently and again became a raving maniac on religion. He has been returned to the asylum at Lincoln.

The Journal. Harrison, Nebraska 13 Sep 1888

Tracy Ringousky, a lad about ten years old and residing at Pine Bluffs, was very seriously injured last Sunday. The lad in some manner fell under the train and one leg was severed from the body. Dr. Miller of this place and Dr. Mockett of Kimball were summoned and performed the operation, the Pine Bluffs doctors being out of town at the time. The boy was sent to the company hospital at Cheyenne.

Bushnell Record 27 Nov 1919


Patrocio Estorga, 43, Mexican resident of North Lyman, died at 11:50 Friday morning at a Scottsbluff hospital from wounds received when he was shot through the head at 4 a.m. by Nicolas Garcia, 23, following an argument at Estorga’s home in the sugar factory colony just north of the Lyman city limits.

Garcia, the alleged murderer, escaped with a companion, Tony Alvarez, 26, and neither has been apprehended.

Estorga, a beet tender in the Lyman vicinity for the last three years, is survived by his wife, Alfonza, and 11 children, the oldest of which is 16 years of age.

According to County Attorney Floyd Wright, who conducted an investigation into the killing, Garcia and Alvarez were drunk at the time of the killing. The pair was said to have attended at dance at Torrington Wednesday and to have returned to Lyman early the morning following under the influence of liquor.

They were said to have gone to Estorga’s home where half a dozen friends were congregated, drinking coffee, they said. Garcia and Alvarez joined the group and within a short time got into a heated argument with the host.

They were said to have called him outside the house where Garcia shot him. Both Garcia and Alvarez were said to have had revolvers and fled together, afoot. Another countryman, said to have followed the three outside, witnessed the shooting.

Garcia used a 32 caliber revolver. The bullet entered the left side of the head above and behind the ear. Estorga was given medical attention at Lyman and was taken to the hospital, where he died within a few hours.

The Telegraph News, Sidney, Nebraska 25 Feb 1930

JOHN H. BAUER, a wealthy and respected farmer living ten miles from Plattsmouth, was the object of a murderous assault the other day by a number of men who work in the stone quarry near Louisville. His injuries may prove fatal. All the assailants were arrested.

The Harrison Journal 13 Sep 1888


The campaign to eliminate the “cheek to cheek”, jazz, shimmie, and other “modern” dances, which started in New York early in January, seems to have reached as far west as Omaha, as the newspapers of that city would indicate that movements are on foot there to stamp out such styles. This movement is directly traceable to the plans adopted by the American national association of dancing masters held in January in New York, the association putting the ban on such dances and asking the support of mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, dance hall proprietors, dancing teachers, and if necessary, the police, to exterminate them.

Cheap and vulgar music is also to come under the ban, and in a circular issued by the association those in charge of community or public dances are urged to show their opposition to undesirable dances by distributing “You will please leave the hall” cards to those who persist in offending. Fast dancing, the masters say, is impossible to regulate, so they have set the following tempos for the dances which are looked upon with favor: Waltz, forty-eight measures to minute; one-step, sixty-six measures to minute; fox trot, forty measures to minute. The dancing masters become somewhat ironical, but tell a great amount of truth in the following very sensible suggestion:

“Dancing should be from the waist down, not the waist up. Copying of the extremes used on the modern stage is in bad taste. Remember that the majority of dancers desire to dance according to the best accepted standards, that is, without the slightest trace of offense to dignity or decorum.”

The Alliance Herald 5 Mar 1920

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