News about arrows, Nebraska Tough Boys, Alex
Swanson born close by in 1886. Orphan Trains, Pony Express, Oregon
Trail. Union Pacific Golden Spike.
A True Story of
the West. Nebraska Tough. Haymakers before Huskers.
August 1864. At Grand Island/Doniphan, Nebraska
Territory on the Great Platte River Road of the Oregon and Mormon
this great story was insight of the Pony Express race track where
the Pony Express station may have ordered the hay from time to time.
April 10th 2018, Grand Island/Doniphan is
in farming country. You can go 7 miles West on a warm August Day on
the Tall Grass Prairie and find the site. I think that would be
quite a reenactment venue.
and Sioux were mean Indians in the Platte Valley saving their
Homeland, the Indian Brave marauders attacked the Civil War era
Bosselman Energy, Fred Bosselman has done a wonderful thing.
It is 1864
this is About 5 years before the Homestead Act, with the first
Homestead in the reunited Union of the USA at Beatrice,
NE….and the Golden Spike was also coming and Nebraska became a state
Making Hay in
August on the banks of the Platte River at 100th
The tracks of
the Union Pacific were coming. And soon by 1880, Orphan Trains
would arrive from New York City supplying additional boys and girls
to Nebraska families.
tough boys and girls with a big heart.
their Father George making hay for the Oregon Trail convoys…..when
Indians attacked….the pinned brothers were left for dead as they
fell from their escaping horse.
The boys were
discovered alive the next morning.
Age 12 Robert
in front and 15 Nathaniel in back taking the first penetrations and
protecting his younger brother…they lived to 47, Robert and 79 ,
Nathaniel. The Martin Brothers were heroes of the west with
prospering families in the Nebraska Tough conditions.
Father Flannigan liked boys with brothers….. with his location on
banks of Platte River Valley.
About 22 years
later Alex Swanson was born in the Platte River Valley at Wahoo
about 103 miles to the east of this location.
40°48'03.04" N 98°26'23.88" W
40°46'16.90" N 98°29'41.38" W
About 52 Exactrix Owners in this
41°07'21.70" N 96°28'21.68" W
1886 Alex Swanson born as first son of Nels Swanson directly from
Sweden settled at Wahoo, NE. The Swedberg area. North of Lincoln
and west of Omaha. Along the Platte River. Not too far from the
Mormon Trail which followed the North Side of Platte. Rolling
Country and a rock solid dryland and irrigated production area of
Nebraska. Alex and Nels left Nebraska in 1900 with cash in hand and
headed west from Freemont on the Union Pacific to Palouse Washington
to buy a beautiful Palouse Farm with no Tornados and no Hail.
Evidently the Great Plains weather had been tough on the crops and
something they had not seen in Sweden.
Your Great Plains Reporter.
Guy J Swanson