WEEK 17 2021

Dickens, Neb., June 7— Mrs. Tibbels, eighty-two years old, blind and an invalid for the last year, was instantly killed when the walls and roof of her sod house caved in on her without any warning.

Alliance Herald (Alliance, NE) 10 June 1909

A young girl of German-Russian parentage, whose people are employed on the Phifer place south of this city, was brought into town Tuesday evening by Sheriff Klenig.

The parents of the girl had made a complaint to the authorities that the girl had attempted suicide and they wished her taken in charge. She was kept in jail over night and the next morning employment was found for her in Scottsbluff as a domestic.

The reason given by the girl for the attempted suicide was that she preferred death to work in the beet field. She had attempted suicide by drowning in an irrigation ditch.—Gering Midwest

The Telegraph (Sidney, NE) 13 June 1924

A thousand volts was not enough to kill Kemmler. They had to repeat the charge. This was revolting, to say the least. When it comes to electricision, we are not in it. We would prefer to be quite dead before the electricision begins. Hereafter, as a measure of safety, it might be just as well to thoroughly hang a criminal first and electricize him afterward.

The Wyoming Commonwealth (Cheyenne, WY) 17 August 1890

Henry Kreger tried to chop a hole in a can that had held nitroglycerin, and now he is in the hospital and may not recover, and two men standing near by were knocked down, but not injured. All the explosive had not been removed from the can. Kreger’s right leg was blown off, and he was severely mutilated. He went to Worland, Wyo., recently from Lincoln, Nebr., to work on a ranch, and has a wife and seven children.

Torrington Telegram (Torrington, WY) 26 May 1921


Ed. Rankin, our popular livery man, took an ice water bath in the river the other day. He hitched up a team of bronchos and went to the river for water. Having filled the barrels he started to drive out and the bronchos balked. All manner of persuasion failing to urge the beasts to action, Ed’s usually placid temper became aroused and he tried to drown the dumb critters. He held one under water for as long as he could endure the cold and then waded out and came up for another team. The “bronks,” sorry to say, are still in good bucking and balking condition.—Grand Encampment Herald

Cheyenne Weekly Sun-Leader (Cheyenne, WY) 12 December 1899


What is believed to be an Indian burial has been discovered two miles east of Bridgeport on the route of the Old Oregon Trail. The find was made last week by W.G. Dalley while excavating a basement for a new house. Skeletons of four adults and a baby were discovered buried in the mound. They were in sitting posture and with them was found stone hammers and the remnants of various trinkets. Two of the skeletons were petrified. The skulls had high cheek bones to indicate that they were of the Indians. The mound consists of about an acre of ground, and a slope on it had been selected by Mr. Dalley as a good site for his home, and an excavation was made into the side of the mound.

Paul Henderson, of Bridgeport, who has done considerable studying in the field of archeology believes that there are many more skeletons buried in the mound, and he is of the opinion that the bodies were buried there more than 50 years ago and may possibly be those of some of the mound builders. The find was made on the James Fain homestead, and the skeletons will be turned over to the state historical society.

Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) 20 June 1929

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