William Vandervoort Sweeney [RG1454.AM]


RG1454.AM:  William Vandervoort Sweeney, 1829-1920

Letter, clippings:  1906, 1920

Arapahoe, Furnas County, Nebraska:  Surveyor; farmer

Size:  One folder


Born at Buffalo, New York, on March 15, 1829, William Vandervoort Sweeney was one of Nebraska’s early settlers.  He came to Nebraska in the 1860s and settled at Arapahoe in the 1870s.  He married Mary Anne Emms at Omaha, Nebraska, on January 29, 1872.  Sweeney worked on a survey party for the Union Pacific Railroad.  He helped establish the right of way for the railroad through Nebraska.  He then had a farm and ranch, and remained at Arapahoe for the rest of his life.  William Vandervoort Sweeney died on May 28, 1920, and was buried in the Arapahoe Cemetery.


The collection consists of one folder of materials relating to the life of William Vandervoort Sweeney.  The collection includes one letter written from Andrew Rosewater to Sweeney, discussing the early days of surveying for the Union Pacific Railroad and what became of various members of their survey party.  Also included are copies of several clippings about the death of William Vandervoort Sweeney.


William Vandervoort Sweeney materials


Subject headings:

Rosewater, Andrew, 1848-1909

Surveyors — Nebraska

Sweeney, William Vandervoort, 1829-1920

Union Pacific Railroad Company (Omaha, Nebraska)


Revised TMM      02-03-2020


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