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William Conley's sod house, Custer County, Nebraska.
William Abernathy Cummings, Cummings Park, Custer County, Nebraska.

William Abernathy Cummings, Cummings Park, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: Mr. Cummings is identified as the man at the left with the dark beard. An inscription indicates he served in congress for three terms from Ft. Collins, Colorado. original size: 6x8

Family standing in cornfield in front of their farm buildings and sod house.
Catholic Church, Dale, Custer County, Nebraska
Round Valley, Custer County, Nebraska.
C. Brown, Sargent, Nebraska.

C. Brown, Sargent, Nebraska.

summary: Note: Inscription on another photo: "Sod house, mowing machine, windmill -- John Wehling, identified by Joseph Lindner, October 21, 1932." Also note the sickle bar held by the man, the wrench held by ... More

The George Ankeney family who lived 15 miles north west of Sargent at Cummings Park, Custer County, Nebraska

The George Ankeney family who lived 15 miles north west of Sargent at ...

summary: Mrs. Ankeney was the wife of James Cumming who was killed in the well show in this photograph in September of 1885. The well was rebuilt in 1886. Mr. Ankeney was working for Mr. Cumming at the time o... More

C. Brown, Sargent, Nebraska.

C. Brown, Sargent, Nebraska.

summary: Note: Inscription on another photo: "Sod house, mowing machine, windmill -- John Wehling, identified by Joseph Lindner, October 21, 1932." Also note the sickle bar held by the man, the wrench held by ... More

"Hard Life on the Homestead." Custer County, Nebraska.

"Hard Life on the Homestead." Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Please note the laundry drying on the line to the right. original size: 6x8

J. Dye, Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska.
McCarty, Dale Valley, Nebraska.

McCarty, Dale Valley, Nebraska.

summary: It is possible this is R.D. McCarthy, who founded Dale Valley in 1889. original size: 6x8

H. Gates, Gates, Custer County, Nebraska.
E.E. Carson, Old Genet Post Office on the Middle Loup River, West of the old Jefferson Post Office, Custer County, Nebraska.
Farm of Wendel Beager, West Union near Cummings Park, Custer County, Nebraska.
James Stennard (?) sod house, West Union, Custer County, Nebraska.

James Stennard (?) sod house, West Union, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: One of the photographs identifies this house as that of the Sweet family, which is probable. James Stennard lived in Sargent, not West Union. There was an Elmer Sweet who did live in West Union and is ... More

Nebraska Farmers - George Garrison farm

Nebraska Farmers - George Garrison farm

summary: Photographer's note: "An early settler, east of Old Jefferson Post Office, brought into the country a herd of thoroughbred cattle. A very progressive farmer - now dead, 1886." original size: 6x8

Damon Livestock, Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska
D. Dunn just landed on his claim in Custer County.

D. Dunn just landed on his claim in Custer County.

summary: Photographer's note: "Moving on their claim and getting ready to build a sod house, having bought a relinquishment of an early settler." original size: 6x8

J.B. Davis, near Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska.
Morrison residence on Victoria Creek near Merna, Custer County, Nebraska.

Morrison residence on Victoria Creek near Merna, Custer County, Nebras...

summary: Photographer's annotation ". . .one of the first claims taken on Muddy flats by a man by C. N. Dunning." original size: 6x8

J. Kimes farm,  West Union, Nebraska, Custer County, Nebraska.

J. Kimes farm, West Union, Nebraska, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: Butcher's annotation reads, "One of the very old timers." original size: 6x8

Man and three children in front of Con Fleshman sod house, Dale Valley, Nebraska.

Man and three children in front of Con Fleshman sod house, Dale Valley...

summary: Note: Written on back of one photo: "L.A. Gibson, southwest of Mason City about 16 miles. Identified by A.W. Davis and Paul Green, October 17, 1931." original size: 6x8

Family in front of the G.M. Farmer farmhouse near Merna, Custer County, Nebraska.
East Custer County, Nebraska
William Moore, Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.
New house on the old William Marsh homestead near the Genet Post Office, Custer County, Nebraska

New house on the old William Marsh homestead near the Genet Post Offic...

summary: Photographer's caption "[This homestead] now owned by G.W. Butcher at Genet post office. Mr. Butcher now has large frame buildings on the land and fitted up for stock farm," RG2608-3969 is a companio... More

Stillman Gates home and family, Gates, Custer County, Nebraska,.
Coleman, west of Merna, Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Robert McCarty family, Dale Valley, Nebraska

Robert McCarty family, Dale Valley, Nebraska

summary: Note: Dale Valley was not established until 1889; then by R.D. McCarthy, an old timer and railroad contractor. He helped grade the Burlington railroad through Custer Co.. Only his family is seen in t... More

William Laughlin, better known as "Uncle Bill," Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.

William Laughlin, better known as "Uncle Bill," Sargent, Custer County...

summary: Note: Please note the writing on the roof of the house on the right that reads "Cob Brown." original size: 6x8

Frank Cozad ranch, New Helena, Nebraska.
"Old timer", Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.
Family in front of sod house in east Custer County, Nebraska.
Family with their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska.
MacIntosh family on Boggs Table, Custer County,  Nebraska.
East Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
I.C. Barcus, near Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
J.C. Johnson, Round Valley, Custer County, Nebraska.

J.C. Johnson, Round Valley, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: The two girls in the picture wear dresses made from the same fabric. original size: 6x8

Tom Gill, near Gates, Custer County, Nebraska.

Tom Gill, near Gates, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: An annotation in the inventory reads: "Identified January 24, 1933 by Senator James P. Murray, Sargent, Nebraska." original size: 6x8

Helms, Custer County, Nebraska.
Napoleon Roe, north of Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Dunkle, Dry Valley, Custer County, Nebraska.
Mr. Scott, Westerville, Custer County, Nebraska.
Family in front of Ira Lundy's farmhouse near Cummings, Nebraska

Family in front of Ira Lundy's farmhouse near Cummings, Nebraska

summary: Note: Two of the girls pictured in this photograph wear dresses made of the same material. A pregnant woman also appears in this photograph. original size: 6x8

"In Front of Our Home", Custer County, Nebraska.

"In Front of Our Home", Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Please note that one of the horses appears to be eating the plants and flowers on the table near the house. original size: 6x8

Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Wind powered Taylor Mill at Taylor, Loup County, Nebraska.
Severt K. Lee sod house, Round Valley, Nebraska

Severt K. Lee sod house, Round Valley, Nebraska

summary: Photographer's note: "He keeps a post office and store at the place, 1887." Lee and his brother, Nels Lee, were early Norwegian settlers in the area. original size: 6x8

Farm scene near Swanson, north Custer County, Nebraska.
Mr. Allen, Westerville, Custer County, Nebraska.
Dunkle, Dry Valley, Custer County, Nebraska.

Dunkle, Dry Valley, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: "Identified by Judge A.R. Humphrey of Broken Bow as Brumbauglis sod house." original size: 6x8

Family members on Mr. Brown's ranch with hogs, cattle, sheep and sod house in background, Custer County, Nebraska.
Herb Sargent, Sargent Valley, Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Anthony (Anthoney), Custer County, Nebraska
Mathon Family, Dry Valley, Nebraska.

Mathon Family, Dry Valley, Nebraska.

summary: Please note a sod building under construction in the distance. original size: 6x8

East Custer County, Nebraska.
J.H. Lewin near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska
Joseph Beckwith sod homestead
Northwest Custer County, Nebraska.
Family in front of a large sod house near Callaway, Custer County, Nebraska.
Two men and a woman in front of a farmhouse in Eastern Custer County, Nebraska.
Family members on the Hayes farm, Custer County, Nebraska.
Northwest Custer County, Nebraska.
Nelson Potter, Lee Park, Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Farm scene with cattle and horses.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.

Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: The original is out of focus original size: 6x8

Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
E.G. Larson, Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
East Custer County, Nebraska.
Family in front of a small frame house between two sod buildings, Custer County, Nebraska.
Col. Kilgore, Riverdale, Buffalo County, Nebraska.
Northwest Custer County, Nebraska.

Northwest Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Photographer's note: "Early days in Custer County, 1888." original size: 6x8

East Custer County, Nebraska.

East Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: Two of the girls are wearing the same dress and have the same sun bonnets. A large water tank stands next to the windmill original size: 6x8

East Custer County, Nebraska.
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Farm scene in Custer County, Nebraska.
Moses Speese near Westerville, Custer County, Nebraska.
Ranch near Westerville, Custer County, Nebraska.
W.P. Hyatt, Cat Creek or Elk Creek in Southeast Custer County, Nebraska.
Charles Westbrook family, Comstock, Nebraska
Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Farm scene near Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska
Farm of W.W. Potts, Cat Creek, Custer County, Nebraska.

Farm of W.W. Potts, Cat Creek, Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: "See Butcher's History." Also note the clothes line attached to the sod house. original size: 6x8

East Custer County, Nebraska.

East Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note: There are what appear to be raised gardens in front of the sod house original size: 6x8

Nebraska Farmers - Custer County, Nebraska.
Family on a farm in Custer County, Nebraska.

Family on a farm in Custer County, Nebraska.

summary: Note the breaking plow on the shed roof and the stove under the lean-to original size: 6x8

Cole Farm, south of Mason City, Nebraska.

Cole Farm, south of Mason City, Nebraska.

summary: Note: An advertisement is painted on the side of the barn original size: 6x8

Henry Wooters about nine miles east of Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska.
James Kirk near Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska.
Sod house with family in front, Custer County, Nebraska.
East Custer County, Nebraska.
Family in front of a sod house in east Custer County, Nebraska.
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