Wesley Elmer Cox [RG0917.AM]


RG0917.AM:  Wesley Elmer Cox, 1857-1945

Reminiscence:  undated

Saline County and Arnold, Custer County, Nebraska:  Homesteader

Size:  One item; 45 pages


Born in Buchanan County, Iowa, on June 11, 1857, Wesley Elmer Cox came to Nebraska with his family in the 1860s, where they homesteaded in Saline County.  He farmed in Saline County through the 1910s.  Wesley married Permalia “Millie” Garton and they moved to Arnold, Custer County, Nebraska, where Wesley worked as manager of a creamery.  Permalia died in 1941.  Wesley Cox died in 1945.  The couple is buried in the Arnold Cemetery at Arnold, Nebraska.


This collection consists of a 45 page, handwritten reminiscence by Wesley E. Cox. Entitled, “Reflections of Early Days in Saline County,” Cox describes aspects of homesteading near Swan City, Nebraska, in the 1860s and 1870s. He mentions other homesteaders, particularly William Remington. He includes information on housing; trapping/hunting; the relationship with Indians; funerals; farming (mention of different farm implements used); education (including the establishment of School District #8 by Reverend W.P. Grantham — school board, other teachers, physical description of the school); social life (including music, dances and spelling bees); and the 1873 blizzard.

Note:  See also RG1023.AM for additional materials relating to the Cox and Garton families.


Reminiscence, “Reflections of Early Days in Saline County,” by Wesley E. Cox


Subject headings:

Agriculture — Nebraska — Saline County

Bison hunting — Nebraska

Blizzards — Nebraska — Saline County

Cox family

Cox, Abel, 1825-1913

Cox, Wesley Elmer, 1857-1945

Decatur County (Kansas) — History

Education — Nebraska — Saline County

Farm life — Nebraska

Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska — Saline County

Grantham, William P.

Homestead law — Nebraska

Homesteading — Nebraska

Hunting — Nebraska

Indians of North America — Nebraska

Pioneers — Nebraska — Saline County

Remington family

Remington, William

Saline County (Nebraska) — History

Schools — Nebraska — Saline County

Swan City (Nebraska) — History

Trapping — Nebraska

Wall, Aaron, 1848-1933


Revised TMM        10-04-2016


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