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RG1446.AM: Everette Samson Sutton, 1893-1987
Research files: ca. 1979 and prior
Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska: Burlington Railroad employee and local historian
Size: 0.25 cu.ft., 1 box
Everette Samson Sutton, Jr. was born January 3, 1893 in Naponee, Nebraska to Clara and Everette Sutton, Sr. In 1899 the family moved to Brush, Colorado where Everette, Sr. worked for the Burlington Railroad. In 1911, Sutton joined the National Guard at Fort Morgan, Colorado and trained for the wireless and signal corps.
Sutton moved to Max, Nebraska in 1915 and married Hazel Ava Gorthy the following year. The couple lived above the Burlington depot where Sutton worked. In 1943, they moved to Benkelman where Sutton continued to work for the railroad, retiring from his position as Benkelman stationmaster in 1968 after 58 years of continuous service with Burlington.
Everette Sutton acted as the unofficial historian of Dundy County and southwest Nebraska in general. He produced hundreds of files on historical incidents and individuals, wrote numerous church histories, and documented every burial in Dundy County. He helped to found the Dundy County Historical Society in the early 1960s as well as societies in St. Francis, Goodland and Atwood, Kansas; Imperial and Trenton, Nebraska and Wray, Colorado. Sutton served on the Nebraska State Historical Society's Board of Directors for seven years and authored two books, Teepees to Soddies: Southwestern Nebraska and Thereabouts, 1968 and Sutton's Southwest Nebraska and Republican River Valley Tributaries, 1983.
Active in community service, Sutton served as president of the Max Rural High School District and the REA, was a board member of the Dundy County Agricultural Society Farm Bureau, a sponsor of the Dundy County Fair, trustee of the Benkelman Methodist Church and a local 4-H leader.
Everett Sutton died at the Kenton Nursing Home in Greeley, Colorado on April 26, 1987 at the age of 94.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection of E. S. Sutton's Dundy County research files consists of four series: 1) Cemetery Research; 2) Dundy County Sites and Towns Research; 3) Manuscripts; and 4) Miscellaneous.
The collection represents Sutton's enthusiasm for Dundy County history. Series 1 of Sutton's papers provide detailed information on twenty-nine cemeteries and burial sites, twenty-one of which include burial listings. In general, information is provided for each site regarding location, date of organization, records available and brief histories. Series 2 of the collection outlines thirty-four towns and historical county sites and relates information garnered from over fifty years of research concerning location, population, churches, schools, post offices, early businesses, published material available, anecdotes and brief histories. Also included is correspondence between Sutton and A.E. Sheldon, Director of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Series 3 contains copies of a 1940 manuscript by Sutton entitled, "As the Indian Knows Beecher Island." Series 4 consists of photocopies of correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, etc. relating to Charles Cormack, pioneer and Civil War veteran. Sutton's work, whether published or found in his research files, provides an exhaustive source of Dundy County history.
Note: Additional research files of Everette Sutton are available at the Dundy County Historical Society.
Series 1 - Cemetery Research
- Table of Contents, Introduction
- Dundy County Cemeteries and Gravesites:
Breeden (burial of John Breeden)
Buckskin Jack (cowboy burial)
Gallagher (burial of Max Joseph Gallagher, one mile east of Max)
Haigler (see also OB033)
St. Paul's Lutheran
Texas Trail Canyon
St. Joseph's Catholic (Benkelman)
- Chase County Cemeteries and Gravesites:
Berry brothers/McGillan (Champion)
- Kansas Cemeteries and Gravesites:
Baker (Cheyenne County)
Series 2 - Dundy County Sites and Town Research
- Correspondence, 1977 and Maps
- County Sites:
Burntwood City, Kansas
St. Elmer (Elmer)
Custer Historical Marker
Leavenworth Pikes Peak Stage Line
- Correspondence with A.E. Sheldon, 1939
Series 3 - Manuscripts
- "As the Indian Knows Beecher Island," 1940
Series 4 - Miscellaneous
- Charles Cormack research
Beecher Island, Battle of, Colo., 1868
Cemeteries -- Chase County (Nebraska)
Cemeteries -- Dundy County (Nebraska)
Cemeteries -- Kansas
Cheyenne Indians -- Wars -- 1868-1869
Cormack, Charles H., 1846-1944
Chase County (Nebraska) -- Cemeteries
Dundy County (Nebraska) -- Cemeteries
Dundy County (Nebraska) -- History
Dundy County (Nebraska) -- Post Offices
Dundy County (Nebraska) -- Towns
Kansas -- Cemeteries
Post Offices -- Dundy County (Nebraska)
Sutton, E.S. (Everette Samson), 1893-1987
Revised TMM 05-09-2007