|Birth: ||May 20, 1844|
|Death: ||Apr. 2, 1916|
REMINISCENCES OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
BY MRS. EMILY BOTTORFF ALLEN
I came to Washington county, Nebraska, with my parents in the fall of 1865, by ox team from Indiana. We stopped at Rockport, where father and brothers got work at wood chopping. They built a house by digging into a hill and using logs to finish the front. The weather was delightful, and autumn's golden tints in the foliage were beautiful.
We gathered hazel nuts and wild grapes, often searing a deer from the underbrush. Our neighbors were the Shipleys, who were very hospitable, and shared their garden products with us.
During the winter father bought John Frazier's homestead, but our home was still in a dugout, in which we were comfortable. We obtained all needed supplies from Fort Calhoun or Omaha.
In the spring Amasa Warrick, from Cuming City, came to our home in search of a teacher and offered me the position, which I accepted. Elam Clark of Fort Calhoun endorsed my teacher's certificate. I soon commenced teaching at Cuming City, and pupils came for miles around. I boarded at George A. Brigham's. Mr. Brigham was county surveyor, postmaster, music teacher, as well as land agent, and a very fine man.
One day, while busy with my classes, the door opened and three large Indians stole in, seating themselves near the stove. I was greatly alarmed and whispered to one of my pupils to hasten to the nearest neighbor for assistance. As soon as the lad left, one Indian went to the window and asked "Where boy go?" I said, "I don't know." The three Indians chattered together a moment, and then the spokesman said, "I kill you sure," but seeing a man coming in the distance with a gun, they all hurried out and ran over the hill.
I taught at Cuming City until the school fund was exhausted, and by that time the small schoolhouse on Long creek was completed. Allen Craig and Thomas McDonald were directors. I boarded at home and taught the first school in this district, with fourteen pupils enrolled. At this time Judge Bowen of Omaha was county superintendent, and I went there to have my certificate renewed.
When all the public money in the Long Creek district was used up, I went back to Cuming City to teach. The population of this district had increased to such an extent that I needed an assistant, and I was authorized to appoint one of my best pupils to the position. I selected Vienna Cooper, daughter of Dr. P. J. Cooper. I boarded at the Lippincott home, known as the "Halfway House" on the stage line between Omaha and Decatur. It was a stage station where horses were changed and drivers and passengers stopped over night.
At the close of our summer term we held a picnic and entertainment on the Methodist church grounds, using the lumber for the new church for our platform and seats. This entertainment was pronounced the grandest affair ever held in the West.
The school funds of the Cuming City district being again exhausted, I returned to Long Creek district in the fall of 1867, and taught as long as there was any money in the treasury. By that time the village of Blair had sprung up, absorbing Cuming City and Do Soto, and I was employed to teach in their new log schoolhouse. T. M. Carter was director of the Blair district. Orrin Colby of Bell Creek, was county superintendent, and he visited the schools of the county, making the rounds on foot. I taught at Blair until April, 1869, when I was married to William Henry Allen, a pioneer of Fort Calhoun. Our license was issued by Judge Stilts of Fort Calhoun, where we were married by Dr. Andrews. We raised our family in the Long Creek district, and still reside where we settled in those pioneer days.
Collection of Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences
Nebraska Society of the DAR
1916, pg 286-287
Andrew Jackson Bottorff (1812 - 1884)
Elizabeth Ann Mills Bottorff (1815 - 1900)
William Henry Allen (1845 - 1922)*
Andrew Grant Allen (1870 - 1958)*
Minnie May Allen Lazure (1872 - 1956)*
Anna Grace Allen Steavenson (1874 - 1918)*
Chauncey Scott Allen (1876 - 1941)*
Clyde Mills Allen (1878 - 1959)*
William Clark Allen (1879 - 1946)*
Henry Etta Coy Allen (1884 - 1885)*
Andrew Jackson Bottorff (1840 - 1933)*
Marion Milburn Bottorff (1842 - 1912)*
Ruth Emily Bottorff Allen (1844 - 1916)
Thomas Walker Bottorff (1846 - 1899)*
Erastus B. Bottorff (1851 - 1927)*
Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
Maintained by: Merri Allen Vinton
Originally Created by: Rose Marie Brown
Record added: May 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37655063