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Jefferson County Nebraska

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History of Jefferson County Nebraska

Extracted from : History of State of Nebraska 1882 - Andreas .

69 pages

Topics include:

  • Calamities
  • Indian Troubles
  • Wild Bill Hickock
  • Fairbury
  • Fires and Storms
  • Steele City
  • Schools, Government, Biographies etc.
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    cutting grass and feeding their horses preparatory for the night's camp. One of the men was in the act of gathering up an armful of grass as Whitewater came up, and before the man had risen, shot him through the head, killing his instantly. Then he turned to the other, who succeeded in striking Whitewater on the head and cutting his arms and hands with a scythe, before disabled with a bullet.

    The second man killed was shot through the body and head, showing that the body wound was inflicted first and the second to complete the work of death. The following day the men were found, their teams fastened to the wagons and their persons unmolested, showing that the deed was not committed for robbery. Suspicion pointed to Whitewater, and he was arrested by S. J. Alexander, then Sheriff of Jefferson County. But he made his escape before leaving the Reservation, and after two or three days diligent searching Mr. Alexander returned without his prisoner. There was great indignation among the people toward the Otoes, as they believed they were secreting the murderer. The Otoes became afraid and agreed to find Whitewater and deliver him over to the hands of the law. They soon found him, and with great display brought him into Fairbury. Six mounted warriors rode ahead; then the wagon with the prisoner between two warriors, and two on either side on horses, followed by others mounted, and a large number of the tribe as escort and spectators. It is one of the memorable days in the history of Fairbury. Whitewater was brought before Judge Purdy for preliminary hearing, but he waived examination, and was bound over till the sitting of court. He was tried before Judge Oliver P. Mason. He stated that a white man had killed his sister, and that he had sworn to kill two white men for revenge, and these two innocent and unsuspecting travelers, far from home, were his victims. Owing to this statement and the fact that he was drunk he was sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment at hard labor.

    The names of the murdered men were S. N. Pasco, the first one killed, and D. H. Walters, both living in the eastern part of the State, near the Missouri River. They had passed through Fairbury in the afternoon, were strangers to each other, but discovering their destinations were close together they doubtless had decided to be

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