Gaddis-Higgins Family [RG1020.AM]


RG1020.AM:  Gaddis-Higgins Family

Papers:  1876-1909, 1944, 1962
Custer County, Nebraska 
Size:  One folder


This collection contains correspondence, certificates, and miscellaneous other materials relating to various members of the Gaddis and Higgins families of Custer County, Nebraska. A majority of the materials concern Nancy Higgins Gaddis, including letters (1876-1882) from friends in Newark, Balsora, and Gibbon, Nebraska. Metta Dungan writes about her teaching experience in Gibbon, Nebraska. There are teacher contracts for Nancy (1882-1883) along with her student attendance book. There are also copies of her membership certificates to the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Free Methodist Church of North American and to the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Nebraska. A copy of a 1962 letter by Porter Gaddis remembers his mother on her 100th birthday anniversary.

Also included in the collection are histories written by Porter Gaddis. One of the histories (from 1916) relates to the Mitchell-Ketchum murder in Custer County. The second item (undated) concerns the history of the early religious movement in Comstock, Nebraska, and the surrounding area. Additional miscellaneous items include a business card for William Porter Higgins of Sargent, Nebraska; obituaries for Mary Elizabeth Higgins (1900) and Ella Suggs (1908) of Orleans, Nebraska; a copy of an 1882 tree claim for Adrian Higgins; and a partial family tree for the Higgins family.

Note:  See the photo component [RG1020.PH] for images of various members of the Gaddis and Higgins families.


The Library/Archives collections contain various materials about early teachers and education in Nebraska, the histories of the various towns and counties, and the Mitchell-Ketchum murder.

Subject headings:

Buffalo County (Nebraska) — History
Comstock (Nebraska) — History
Copeland, Willmetta Mary “Metta” (Dungan), 1865-1930
Crime — Nebraska — Custer County
Custer County (Nebraska) — History
Education — Nebraska
Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska
Gaddis Family
Gaddis, Mary Elizabeth Metcalf, 1820-1900
Gaddis, Nancy Higgins, 1862-1942
Gaddis, Porter L., 1885-1965
Gibbon (Nebraska) — History
Higgins Family
Higgins, Adrian A., 1815-1884
Kearney County (Nebraska) — History
Kenyon, Carrie Hamilton (Callen), 1862-1956
Ketchum, Ami Whitney, 1855-1878
Methodist church — Nebraska — Custer County
Mitchell, Luther H., 1815-1878
Newark (Nebraska) — History
Olive, Isom Prentice, 1839-1886
Orleans (Nebraska) — History
School children — Nebraska
Schools — Nebraska
Suggs, Eliza, 1876-1908
Teachers — Nebraska
Westcott (Nebraska) — History
Women teachers — Nebraska

Revised TMM          05-07-2008

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