Where in America
Is Shane Symes?
Daily Shane will update his journal
and let us know what new adventure he is on across his American Historical Tour...
May 25...the end of the leg...
When I left the hotel at Springfield, MO this morning there were a bunch
of Old Cars in the parking lot. There is a car show going on this
I later found out. But this is a really cool looking car. The owner let
me take a photo. No idea what kind of car it is. Does anyone??
I made it into Oklahoma about 9:30 this morning and went directly to the
Mayes Co., Library where I have been in contact with Carolyn Schaver.
She is in charge of the genealogical department and has been so kind to help
me. I did contact Carolyn before I left Salt Lake in early May. I am in
search of where my Robert Cowan Petty may have been buried in Oklahoma.
Long story but if anyone wants to here it I will share more of the story
with you. Carolyn made some phone calls for me and told me who to talk
to and some addresses and phone numbers and set me on my way. First I
talked to Betty Thomas who is the President of the Hisorical Society here in
Pryor. She basically told me I will probably never know where Robert C.
Petty is buried. But I knew that before I left Salt Lake. I just wanted
to kind of pinpoint it. She gave me a history lesson on the Mormon
settlement here in 1855 and told me about all she knew.
The Mormons were in Spavinawin 1855
and that old town is now under lake Spavinaw and the new town of
Spavinau was moved down stream some to its present location. The bodies
from Spavinau were moved to the Mayes Ross Cemetery in Salina, Oklahoma
so if Robert was here and they found his grave he would have been moved to
this location. But for some silly reason I do not think this is what
happened to him. I think he is in a old private cemetery somewhere in
the middle of Oklahoma that nobody knows about or has forgotten about and
this location will be closer to Lake Hudson near the town of Strang which is
not that far away from Spavinaw. Strang has one of the coolest little
post offices I have ever seen and the post master was so nice and we talk for
a little while.
So this is pretty much the end of my story and as the sunsets here in
Oklahoma so does my story.
Well I went to the Holmes County Court House this morning at 8 am. John Copp was not in the deed books nor could I find Hannah with a husband named Huddington. The only thing I really could find was a William Huddleson. So I left and started driving to Oklahoma, I had about a 14 hour drive ahead of me. I stopped in Springfield, Missouri for the night will get up early and drive to Pryor, Oklahoma and try to be at the library at 9 am. First two photos are driving out of Millersburg, the other St. Louis.
Today I started off to Oklahoma passing thru Akron, Ohio. I am not sure
how many of you know that the Old John Copp, we are guessing after his
wife Sarah died moved from Tioga Co., PA to head towards Ohio where his
daughter Hannah was to be. I did not realize how close I was to Holmes
Co., Ohio where John Copp was. The county seat is Millersburg, Ohio so I
took a detour and headed towards Millersburg to do the research in the
court house. I called my sister to have her call to see what time they
closed. They told her 4:30 pm. well I arrived at 4:43 just 13 minutes to
late to do research so I am going to have to spend the night.
There were a couple of accidents on I80 thru PA and OH that made me about 50 minutes
behind schedule. So tomorrow I will have a 14 hour drive to Pryor,
Oklahoma for my next adventure on this trip.
I stopped and got a few photos of Millersburg, if John was here these
are some of the place he may have seen. But this is a beautiful town.
hopefullly I wil have something good to report tomorrow after viewing
1. Court House
2. Old Jail
3. Watering Trough
This morning I went to Martha's house for breakfast. We had a nice
little visit and worked on updating some of the Copp Family information.
Martha also told me about her black bears that were on her porch last Sunday
eating the peanut butter suet that she had put out. There was a mother
bear and two cubs, they did not do much damage but none the less.
I then wanted to take a drive up to Mosherville to take a photo of Leroy
I also wanted to take a drive thru Sullivan Township
cause my Enos Curtis family was from there. We also drove past the old
Lewis Copp family farm.
We also went to a few other cemeteries looking
for Copps. We were at the Frost Cemetery and the Grey Cemetery looking
for Harrison Copp we found his wife.
We also went to a little burial place
where there is a Alice M. Copp buried stating she is a daughter of
Reuben and Jane Copp.
There are also two other people buried here we do not
know who they are. We spent the rest of the evening updating the family
Then all research had to come to a stop American Idol was
on, hope you all voted for David Archuleta.
Today is the day I was planning on being in Rochester, New York for
research in the Court House. Karen told me her Aunt Ellie and Uncle
(Jake) Merle lived there. I asked if she could send me the phone number so I
could call them when I was in town. Well I called just as I left Niagara
Falls this morning but I got a message saying that the phone had been
disconnected or no longer in service. I called Karen this and told her
but decided to just drop in unannounced.
Jake and Ellie live in Churchville just outside of Rochester. I knocked
on the door and Jake answers the door and all he said was " I know who you
are". He was quite surprised to see me and let me in. He then yelled
upstairs to Ellie that there was a surprise at the door. Anyways they
welcomed a complete stranger into their home.
We chatted for a little while and I told them about wanting to go into
Rochester and research my King family. They voluntered to drive me into
Rochester because it was "tough" to get around. I gladly accepted their
offer. We went to the County Clerks Office to research the deeds. I
really did not find anything new that I did not already know. We also went to
look at the wills but found no Thomas King which I guess is a good
1. Merle and Ellie Copp
2. City of Rochester, New York
3. King's Landing Cemetery
4. Gideon King's burial plot
5. Genesee River from King's Landing from Wikipedia "The river was the
original source of power and commerce in the Rochester area. Many grist
mills along the river grind more flour than anywhere else in North
America, giving Rochester her nickname "Flour City".
I need to do some more research on the King family but I can do all that
from Salt Lake, then if needed I will go back out to Rochester again at
some point. They county lines have changed five times so it is hard to
figure out where what records are that you may need.
Ellie and Merle also drove me over to King's Landing which is now
Hanford Landing, Thomas King sold the land to the Hanford Family in 1838. Not
sure where he goes from there. Gideon King his wife Ruth and Simon King are
all buried in the King's Landing cemetery.
Thank you Ellie and Merle "Jake" for being so kind and for lunch. We
said our farewells and started driving back to Wellsboro. I called Martha and
told her I was on my way back to Wellsboro and to plan on spending the
day together. I also stopped at Weis Market to get the White Birch Beer for
my kids cause they like it so much. This is pretty much all they wanted
me to bring back home. All they had was a twelve pack and I wanted to get
two cases to take back.
Today I left Cedar Point, Ohio for Niagara Falls, New York.
I made it down to Maid in the Mist just for the last sailing.
Let me tell you this is the most incredible thing I have
ever seen. If nobody has been to the falls I think that
you should. Photo 1 is us just playing around on Lake Erie.
The rest of the photos are of Niagara Falls.
Today was just a day in the park. We started at 9 am and
went until 9 pm. I guess Cedar Point has some of the
best Roller Coasters.
We ended the day with a Sangria at TGI Fridays.
I am just going to post a few photos of the park.
Today I left Wellsboro for Cedar Point, Ohio. My mother and two sisters
are in Detroit bowling in the Women's Bowling Tourament this year. They
bowled on Thurs. and Fri. They told me they were going to drive to Cedar
Point, Ohio amusement park. Wellsboro is only a 6 hour drive to Cedar
Point. This is something I will never regret doing. We are staying at
Hotel Breakers right on Lake Erie. Then we went to Bay Harbor restaurant
for dinner and had two bottles of wine. One was a Kim Crawford the other
was a Whitehaven both a sauvignon blanc, both very good wines. My sister
gets a little tipsy after one glass of wine and we laughed until we
Today we set off to Elmira in Chemung Co., New York. Alot of our
Copp family is up there. I also found a document stating that a Thomas
King had some land up on the Mt. Zoar area. So we wanted to check out
Thomas to see if he may be my Thomas King. Well we never found the
document that I wanted but I did find another Thomas King in the area, I
do not think he is mine.
From the Courthouse, Martha Copp and I went to the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Karen Copp Phillips stated alot of her family was there. We found 8
in the cemetery two without headstones. Then we went next door to the
Woodlawn Vetern's Cemetery and found 4 Copps. This is also where Mark
Twain and Ernie Davis is buried. Ernie is a Heisman Trophy winner of
His mother just pasted away, her grave is still fresh with flowers.
also had me take a photo of a Dogwood Tree. The tree was a very usefull
tree in the old settler days. This is from Wikipeda
"The word dogwood comes from dagwood, from the use of the slender stems
very hard wood for making 'dags' (daggers, skewers). The wood was also
highly prized for making loom shuttles, arrows, tool handles, and other
small items that required a very hard and strong wood.
Larger items were also made of dogwood such as the screw in basket-style
wine or fruit presses, also made were the first styles of the tennis
racket made out of the bark cut in thin strips".
Karen also stated her grandfather was in Mosherville Cemetery. We went
that way on the way home. We stopped at the cemetery and did not find a
headstone for him.
That was pretty much our day. We watched the birds at Martha's front
and saw 8 different kind of birds. Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied
Woodpecker, House Finch, Rose-breasted Grosbeck, Ruby Throat
Gold Finch, Chickadee and a Indigo Bunting. Martha has turned me into a
1. Elmira Courthouse
2. Mark Twain headstone
3. Dogwood Tree
4. Woodlawn Cemetery Offices
5. Ernie Davis Headstone
Today I met Martha's daughter Cindy from Mansfield. Cindy and her
boyfriend Larry came over to mow the lawn. I showed up at noon and
finish the upper half of the lawn. Martha has just a little over 1 acre
land. Most of the back yard is all uphill. Afterwards Martha made us all
lunch, hot roast beef sandwichs from the night before. With fried potato
pancakes and her homemade applesauce.
We then went into the courthouse again to do birth, death and marriage
records. We found Reuben Copp was buried at the Glass Factory Cemetery
we decided to take a drive over there. Glass House Cemetery is one of
oldest in the Covington area. We never found a headstone for Reuben but
found Alanson and Luthania Copp Clemons headstones.
We also saw a baby rabbit just hidding behind one of the headstones.
We took a drive to Ansonia Cemetery to find a few Copp's over there as
well but they did not have headstones either. From there we drove over
the Shumway Hill Cemetery.
This morning it is a beautiful 65 degrees we decided to take our trip to
the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. It is also called the Pine Creek
It is is situated in approximately 160,000 acres of the Tioga State
Forest. The Canyon begins south of Ansonia, near Wellsboro, along U.S.
Route 6 and continues for approximately 47 miles south. The maximum
of the canyon is 1,450 feet at Waterville, near the southern end. At
Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, the depth is more than
feet and from rim to rim is approximately 4,000 feet.
We saw 7 Turkey Vultures flying around just above us. They really are
beautiful to watch.
On the way there we passed a cute little church that is always open to
public we stopped and walked inside.
On the way home we stopped the the Wellsboro Diner for lunch.
stopped at the Chocolate Factory for a midafternoon snack.
Tonight we are having a pot roast dinner, Martha is cooking. Then we
be watching American Idol. You know David Archuleta is from Murray,
Today I met Martha for breakfast at her house, we had cereal and toast
with homemade elderberry jam. The jam was really good.
It was raining this morning so we decided to go to the Tioga Courthouse
do some research. I have several families that were in the Tioga Co.,
in the early 1830's.
Found all the deeds we were looking for plus some that confirmed that I
had a wrong family for one of my other lines. This is my Enos Curtis
who marries Ruth Franklin. Ruth Franklin is the sister to David Franklin
Jr. This proves that Ruth is the daughter of David Franklin and Hannah
Simmons and not a daughter of John Franklin and Abigail Fuller.
But one of the biggest finds was finding Thomas Norton King living in
Covington, Tioga Co., PA in the 1838 and 1839 Tax Assessment Records.
Thomas King marries my Rebecca Copp. Thomas did not own any land so he
living on someone else land maybe John Copp's land at the time. He is
listed as a "single freeman" meaning he is not married, age of at least
21. So we can guess that Thomas and Rebecca married sometime late 1838.
His name is crossed off of the 1839 record meaning he has moved and
probably married by this time. The 1839 Tax Assessment probably was
in Nov. of 1838.
We also went to the Tioga Co., Historical Building where Martha
her time. We took a tour of the area, Copp Hollow, Cherry Flatts, Copp
Family Cemetery, Tioga River, Grey Cemetery and just drove around having
1. Tioga Co., Courthouse. The tree that you see is the old "hanging
2. Tioga Co., Historical Society Building
3. Copp Family Cemetery. Nothing left of it. Bulldozed about 20 years
4. Cherry Flatts
These photos below will be in the next email.
5. John Copp Family Farm.
6. Harrison Copp Family home.
7. "Roaring" Tioga River. This is a north flowing river. The Copp family
and many early settlers traveled this river from NY to Tioga Co., PA.
8. Copp Hollow Springs
May 11th - Mothers Day
When I left the Kirtland visitors center I told them I would be back to
watch the film which started at 11:30 but check out time from the hotel
is 11:00 am so I decided to hit the road. I pretty much established that my
ancestors were not here. It is possible that Thomas and Rebecca went
thruKirtland on the way to Utah but that is unknown which way they traveled.
In January of 1998 I was working on one of my wife's lines and it was
alsoa dead end. The name we were searching for was Aner Hull. I wanted to
know more about this man so I started researching him. I joined up with the
Hull Family Association and with there help we figured out who he was.
Aner moved to Waterford in Erie Co., PA with his brother Abijah in 1796.
He and most of his family are buried in the Waterford Cemetery so this
is where I wanted to go next. From Kirtland it was only about 84 mile
I stopped at the cemetery and walked around for about 2 or so hours. I
found most of the Hull Family that is buried there. Aner died in 1858 in
Waterford. We are not exactly sure where he is buried. According to
Franklin Dennis, a family historican from Summit Township, Erie
County,PA., lot #52 in the Waterford Cemetery is supposed to be the Aner
Hull family plot. I ordered all of the Hull obituaries from the Erie
Co.,Library the cost then was 80 dollars. I had a couple articles published
on this family in the Hull Family Association Journals on the extensive
research that I had done on Aner Hull and his family. It was nice to
finally connect to a family that I had researched a little over 10 years
ago even though it was in the cemetery.
From the cemetery I drove on US-6 E/ GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC HWY to
Wellsboro. If anyone has ever driven this road you know how beautiful of
a drive it is. Lots of little old towns, two of my favorites were
Smethport and Coudersport. This drive was about 163 miles.
I arrived in Wellsboro about 6 pm and found the hotel immediately. The
only hotel/motel I could find in Wellsboro with wireless internet is the
Canyon Motel of US6. After I checked in I called Martha Copp, her phone
kept saying that the line was busy. Martha gave me directions to her
house but I did remember the way from being here last fall.
On the way to Martha's I got pulled over by the Wellsboro Police. You
see I just bought a new car and still have the temp. tags in the back
window. Well I did not know you could not see the temp. plates from the outside.
I could see them great from the inside. He let me go and hopefully I will
not keep getting pulled over in Wellsboro for I will be here for 5 days.
Finally made it to Martha's house about 7 pm and we had a great little
chat. You know I learned that Martha is a "Birder" and has over 400
sittings to claim. What we do tomorrow will depend on the rain.
Photo 1. is of the Waterford Cemetery.
2 is of historic Waterford downtown.
3. is of the view just before arriving in Wellsboro on US 6.
Hi Karen, I think I should have spent a little more time in Crescent may
have to go back again. I found a map later on where the cemetery was I
would have liked to visit that as well.
So on to the next day not much to report. I stopped in Morris, Illinois
which is 421 miles from Crescent it was a long drive.
When I woke up this morning I had no plans on where to travel. I did a
bunch of research for my wife's (Terri) side of the family. The name I
researched then was the Hull family from Wallingford, Connecticut. They
traveled from CT to Waterford, PA in 1798 and were some of the first
settlers in Waterford, Erie Co., PA. I have a few articles published on
this side of the family. So I planned to drive up to Waterford, PA. But
only wanted to drive until 5 pm. That time frame put in just outside of
Cleveland in Mentor, Ohio. I took a wrong turn and ended up in which I
had no idea was Kirtland, Ohio. I stopped at the Historic Kirtland visitors'
center. I stopped and took pictures of the Kirtland Temple and walked in
the little cemetery. Me being from Utah and my past with the Mormon
history it felt really spiritual and fullfilling. It was really wierd.
The buildings still have the original floors that Jospeh Smith walked on.
Believe me I am not religious at all but I could almost fill a presence.
I thought that the worst part of my trip was going to be traveling thru
Nebraska. I found that totally wrong. Nebraska is beautiful compared to
Indiana. That was a long boring trip. I have never paid for a toll
before and it cost $6.75 to drive thru Indiana. You can not pull off on exits
without paying a toll. Same with Ohio it cost $6.50 to drive thru. The
most I saw gas for was $4.09 just before the border into Ohio from
Indiana. It was also strange to have to stop at these gas islands to get
gas and only eat at McDonalds or Burger King. Not much of a choice thru
Indiana or Ohio. Ohio is alright after you pay the final toll before
Happy mothers day to all mothers and mostly to my mother Judy.
After I talked to you and told you I had missed the turn off and I was
not going back. Well I turned around and went back after I had gotten 30
miles out of the way. Oh well, I thought that if I did not go back that I
would regret it. So I made my way back from Underwood, IA back over the
Missouri River thru Omaha and up to 680 North where I needed to be. Later I
realized I had gone North on 29 and saved myself some time.
I made my way across the Old Mormon Bridge, I am guessing this is where
the Pioneers crossed the Missouri. I made my way to Crescent, Iowa which
is where Thomas Norton King and Rebecca Copp lived probably just for a
short time but now I can do some research and see if I can find some
deeds in Crescent. Thomas and Rebecca King are found in District 21 Dwelling
635 in 1850 census. This I found to be Pigeon Creek.
My first impression of the town is it was somewhat like Copp Hollow
area. The Copp family are Hillside Farmers and that what this place reminded
me of. I stopped at a little winery call Loess Hill Vineyard and Winery.
Cute little place and very friendly people own the winery. She showed me
around and I bought some wine. We spoke for over 45 minutes. I then asked if I
could take photos and they said yes. So I will try to get some of those
History of Crescent Township, 1907
CRESCENT TOWNSHIP: From February 12, 1853, Crescent Township formed a
part of Rockford. At the latter date, a petition signed by A. J.
WILLIAMS and thirty-seven other citizens of the territory comprising
Crescent Township, asking that the territory be set off as a new
township and it was granted. This territory consisted of congressional
township 76, range 42, and township 76, range 43, also a fractional part
of township 76, range 44. This included its present territory as well as
that of Hazel Dell and part of Norwalk. It was also ordered that an
election for township officers be held at Crescent City in April 1857.
The first settlers were Mormons that came with the great exodus that
halted at Council Bluffs and overflowed into the adjacent territory.
Some of these renounced allegiance to Brigham Young, though still adhering to
the faith as expounded by Joseph Smith. These remained here and have
proved to be some of our best citizens. Among the number were David
WILDING, an Englishman, William STRONG, Robert KIRKWOOD, Scotch. H. A.
TERRY, S. M. HOUGH, and Joseph McCOID were natives of New York.
No citizen is better known than H. A. TERRY. For years he has devoted
his time to demonstrating that fruit of all kinds adapted to this parallel
of latitude could be profitably grown here, and he has succeeded in proving
it, and in his old age is reaping the benefits of his earlier labors. He
was among the first to organize the first agricultural society of which
L. M. KLINE was president; D. S. JACKSON, vice president; J. E. JOHNSON,
treasurer; and H. A. TERRY, secretary. This was in 1856. For many years,
his seed business extended from St. Joseph, Mo., to Fort Pierre, Dakota.
Mr. Robert KIRKWOOD was a plain farmer and desired no office, but the
people insisted on his representing them on the county board of
supervisors, to which they elected him a number of terms, and, further,
his party wished to send him to the legislature, but he declined the
The first highway opened was the road from Crescent City to Council
Bluffs, through the valley of the Little Pigeon, and in the crossing of
that stream the first bridge was built. The first schools were probably
kept by the Mormons and taught at some of the residences. In September
1855, Reuben BARTON, David DUNKLE, Wm. McMULLEN, Henry McMULLEN, and
Solomon McMULLEN met and organized the school township of Little Pigeon,
District No. 7. L. J. GODDARD was elected president of the board, David
DUNKLE, secretary, and Reuben BARTON, treasurer. L. J. GODDARD was
employed by the other members to teach at $30 per month until a
schoolhouse could be built. A log schoolhouse was soon built and fitted
up near the line between Crescent and Hazel Dell townships. The floor was
of puncheons, smoothed by an adz, with earth roof. The seats were slabs
with flat side up, with holes bored and pins put in for legs. These are the
germs from which the great universities, with their bequests of
millions, have grown and the foundation upon which the greatest nation of earth
was laid. The next summer Miss Sophronia E. WHITCOMB, now the venerable wife
of Rev. Henry DeLONG, was the teacher, and the house was crowded. For
several years, this was the only school within a radius of seven miles.
The second building was erected on Pigeon Creek, near the site of the
Parish mill. From this time on, the interest increased with that of the
population until before the division by detaching Hazel Dell, Crescent
contained eleven subdistricts, all with comfortable houses. In the
division, Crescent retained five of the houses, to which two had been
added previous to 1880. At this date, ten teachers were employed, four
male and six female.
The first postoffice was at Ellisdale Farm, two miles south of what was
destined to be Crescent City. This was in April 1856, and the first
postmaster was L. J. GODDARD. On Crescent City coming into being, it was
moved to that place. It will be remembered that Crescent City is older
than the township, it having been organized in the spring of 1856. The
original proprietors were Joseph E. JOHNSON, H. A. TERRY, S. M. HOUGH,
Samuel EGGLESTON, L. O. LITTLEFIELD, L. J. GODDARD, O. H. DUTROW, D. S.
JACKSON and R. W. STEELE. Joseph E. JOHNSON erected the first business
house in 1856, and Mr. JOHNSON opened a general store the same year in
that building. Samuel EGGLESTON soon followed with another. The third
was built by a Mr. PIPER, who built a large one but a short distance from
the other two. Business not requiring so large a building, it was converted
into a town hall.
In 1856, few towns away from railroads presented greater activity than
Crescent city. A little newspaper was started called the Rock Bottom,
but was short lived. Its principal business was to urge the bridging of the
Missouri River between this place and Florence on the west side, five
miles above Omaha. The dream that haunted the people of both these towns
was that there being rock bottom here, it would be the only practical
place to locate a bridge; that the first railroad would come down the
Pigeon Valley, and that Crescent would supersede Council Bluffs and
Florence should do likewise to Omaha. Crescent was laid out, platted,
the streets named, a newspaper started called the Crescent City Oracle. It
was quite ably edited by Joseph E. JOHNSON. Florence also made great
A newspaper was started there and also a bank, and for quite a while it
looked as if there was something in it, but in the fall of 1857, when
the great crash came, only the strongest of the young cities (there were no
towns or villages) survived. Many houses in Florence were moved to Omaha
and out onto farms, and from Crescent, both business houses and
dwellings were moved to the Bluffs as well as sold to farmers. Among these was
that of G. F. SMITH, the father of Hon. Walter I. SMITH, present member of
Congress. He had a neat dwelling in Crescent which he brought down to
Council Bluffs, and after living in it some years, sold it to the late
Colonel W. F. SAPP, who finally died in it. So that little house had the
honor of housing two members of Congress, and still - at this writing -
is standing on Oakland Avenue, but it was while yet in Crescent City that
the Hon. Walter I. SMITH was born in it.
It is a long reach from 1856 to 1907, during which time great cities
have risen and some of the embryo cities disappeared. In the meantime,
however the little hamlet backed by the township has maintained its
individuality and, in fact, grown with the township of which it is a part. At this
writing (1907) it has a graded school of four rooms, a neat two-story
frame, with Miss Mary SCHROT as principal, with Margaret JOHNSON and
Nettie HUTCHISON, assistants. The members of the board of education are
J. R. LAPWORTH, president; J. A. PRATT, secretary; and Warren HOUGH,
treasurer. The Latter Day Saints have a neat church building; also the
Methodists. Rev. Mr. Baldwin is a pastor of the latter. The Odd Fellows
have a lodge of over seventy members, of which Dr. A. A. ROBERTSON is
noble grand. The Modern Woodmen also have a lodge with G. B. HAMPTON as
head consul. Crescent City has two stores of general merchandise, two
hotels, a lumber yard, livery stable, and besides the nursery of H. A.
TERRY, previously mentioned, is an extensive one known as the Crescent
city Nursery, owned and operated by a joint stock company of which T. G.
TURNER is president; E. D. MENARY, vice president; R. D. M. TURNER,
secretary; and F. W. MENARY, treasurer. It has extensive salesrooms in
Council Bluffs, with office at 3101 Avenue A.
It is interesting to a person who saw this beautiful country a half
century ago and revisits it to note the difference. In place of the rude
cabin and its equally rude outbuildings, we see the comfortable house of
the prosperous farmer, with the box for reception of his daily mail at
his front gate and, on entering, find the piano or organ while the telephone
is waiting your bidding. Occasionally, we meet those whose life has
spanned the long interval that reaches from the little log schoolhouse
nearly hid in the grove down to the present time with all our modern
conveniences and comforts. An interesting case of this kind is to meet
the following named persons, now past middle age, viz.: J. A. BOREN, Mrs. H.
A. TERRY, Warren HOUGH, and C. L. BARRET, and hear them tell of the time
when, as little kids, they were pupils of Miss WHITCOMB, now Mrs.
DeLONG, in the little log schoolhouse a half century ago and we wonder if the
next will show as much progress. The little boys and girls must answer this,
as we shall not be here.
The township officers at this writing 1907 are: Trustees, James R.
LAPWORTH, Fred MILLER and P. J. MORAN; Walter HOUGH, CLERK; justices of
the peace, J. A. PRATT, and L. S. JONES; constable, James KINNEY;
assessor, H. W. MILLER; school board president J. R. LAPWORTH; secretary
J. A. PRATT; treasurer Warren HOUGH. According to the state census,
there are three hundred and eighteen children between five and twenty one,
being one hundred and fifty nine of each sex.
Shane left Salt Lake City, Utah for Cozad, Nebraska. He's on Rte. 80 traveling
east through Wyoming and to Nebraska. Cozad sits just west of Omaha.
The Platte River he says is the river the Mormons cross during their journey to Salt Lake City.
Which means Thomas Norton King and Sarah Rebecca Copp would have crossed at some point.
He shares that the river used to be much larger compared to today. It gave pioneers lots of
troubles while crossing it.
He notes that he has found a record of Thomas and Sarah Rebecca living in Little Pigeon, Iowa
in 1850 according to U. S. Census. It's just north of Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa. He says he will see where this
is in relation to his travels tomorrow, if it's not too far away he will try to stop there and take some additional photos.
Next he's off to Illinois....see you soon Shane!