Week 52 2020


A mail plane was wrecked near Dix Saturday morning, when the aviator was forced to land quickly due to engine trouble. He was not injured but the wings of the plane were considerably smashed up. The mail was sent to Cheyenne on the train and a truck from there carried the wrecked machine back to the flying field for repairs.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) 31 Jan 1924



A command “to shoot to kill” was sent out Monday by the post office department to its army of 22,500 railway mail clerks to protect from bandits even at the cost of their own lives, the million dollars worth of valuables handles (sic) daily in the mails.

The command, which applies to thousands of other postal employees, also constitutes a warning to the underworld that the postal service means war and anyone attempting to rob the mails may expect a cold lead reception and no mercy.

In issuing the command it also was indicated that if this means of protection should fail, the United States marines again might be called to guard the mails as they did late in 1921 when banditry was prevalent.

This drastic move was determined on by Postmaster New at a council of war with his assistants as a result of the recent holdup near Chicago in which bandits stole 135 thousand dollars in currency.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) 30 Oct 1926

Miss Merine Thomas met with a rather painful accident last Thursday afternoon. While preparing to fill the washing machine with hot water, she fell, spilling a bucket of water over her lower limbs, making a very painful burn.

The Bushnell Record (Bushnell, NE) 13 Apr 1922



Coroner’s Jury Exonerates Henry Hohnstein, Driver of Car That Ended Life of Child Last Friday Afternoon

Millie, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Heinze, residing one and a half miles northeast of Minatare, was instantly killed Friday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock when she was struck by an automobile driven by Henry Hohnstein.

Mr. Hohnstein lives three and a half miles northeast of town, on the same road. He was on his way home from Minatare at the time of the accident.

There were no witnesses, or at least there was no one who saw the child until she had been struck by the automobile. She came from a gate in the fence and started across the road to a neighbor’s. Evidently she did not see the oncoming car, and the driver did not see her until it was too late. Mr. Hohnstein claims that he was driving about 25 miles an hour at the time.

The impact of the car as it struck the little girl must have been terrific. She suffered a fracture at the base of the skull, her neck was broken, her left leg was broken in two places and dislocated at the hip, there was a deep gash in the right leg between the knee and the thigh and her body was covered with contusions and abrasions.

A coroner’s jury was impanelled (sic) Saturday morning. It consisted of Harry T. Johnson, L.F. Johnson, S.M. Blain, T.A. Dilley, Earl Baysinger and O.G. Pierpont. There having been no witnesses who knew anything of the tragedy until after the little girl was struck by the car, there was no controversion of Mr. Hohnstein’s testimony that he was driving at a moderate speed and that he did not know of the proximity of the child until she ran from the gate in front of his car. Being unable to fix any blame for criminal carelessness on Mr. Hohnstein, the coroner’s jury did not render an accusive verdict and he was not (unreadable).

Millie Heinze was laid to rest Sunday morning. Funeral services were held from the German Lutheran church at Scottsbluff. Rev. Ludwig officiating, and the body was taken to Fairview cemetery, four miles north of Minatare.

Her parents and five brothers and sisters survive.

Minatare Free Press (Minatare, NE) 6 July 1922


Old Settler in the County Disappears And Foul Play Is Suspected

Henry Langford, and old settler living west of Alliance, mysteriously disappeared from our city last Saturday and all efforts to trace his whereabouts have so far proved futile.

He came here last Thursday for the purpose of buying a quarter section of land near Alliance for one of his sons, who, it appears, does not live in this part of the country. He told parties with whom he talked that he had $385 of his son’s money with him. Later he sold a horse he had driven to town for $100 and bought another for $85, so there must have been $400 or more in his possession. All who know him say he is not a drinking man, some that he had never before been drunk when in this city; but certain it is that this time he became intoxicated and was seen about various resorts and his money was disappearing rapidly. How much he yet had Saturday morning is not easily estimated. He did not buy the land he had come to town to purchase. On the morning of the last named day, he went to the Phillips livery barn and told the liveryman that he was going to start home but said he had an errand up town first. He did not return to the barn and all attempts to trace his steps from the time he left it have been in vain, though every effort has been put forth by the officers and Mr. Langford’s two sons, who are now in the city, to do so.

Mr. Langford was about sixty years old. He was respected in his community and his behavior on this trip is a surprise to those acquainted with him. Some think that he was drugged and lost most of his money and that shame for what he had done drove him to decide to leave the country. Others think that he still had quite a large amount of money and had some appointment up town with someone who knew that he had it and that he met with foul play.

The Alliance Herald (Alliance, NE) 8 Aug 1902

MR. WICKHORSE, a farmer living five miles northeast of North Bend, had noticed for several days that his two dogs were acting strangely. His neighbors advised him to kill them. Finally he killed one and tied the other to a tree, where it was kept for a day or two. On the 3d instant it became raving mad, getting loose and running around the yard, springing onto Mrs. Wickhorse, tearing her shoulder and arm and one of her lower limbs in a horrible manner. A physician was called, who attended to her wounds and pronounced her in a serious condition.

The Harrison Journal (Harrison, NE)13 Sep 1888