Furman B. Carley, 1859-1940 [RG0862.AM]

NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG0862.AM:  Furman B. Carley, 1859-1940

Reminiscences:  1930
Chadron, Dawes County, Neb.:  Telegraph operator, judge
Size:  1 folder

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Born in New York on March 7, 1859, Furman B. Carley came to Nebraska with his parents in 1868. As a boy, he worked at the Union Pacific station at Silver Creek in Merrick County. Here he learned how to work the telegraph. He worked as a telegraph operator and traveling agent for the Union Pacific for several years. In 1881 he became a government telegraph operator at Fort Robinson.  On September 11, 1883 he married Catherine Hansell at Nevada, Iowa. In 1885 they moved to Chadron, Nebraska, where Furman was the first county clerk and clerk of the district court. He later engaged in banking. Furman B. Carley died at Chadron, Nebraska, on February 25, 1940.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of F.B. Carley's reminiscence, January 22, 1930. He describes the appointment of the first justice of the peace at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in the 1880s and the demise of cattle ranching in northwest Nebraska. Carley writes also of cowboy life in Sioux and Dawes Counties, Nebraska, and the demise of cattle ranching in northwest Nebraska.

 

Subject headings:

Carley, Furman B., 1859-1940
Cattle trade -- Nebraska
Cheyenne and Black Hills Telegraph Company
Cowboys -- Nebraska
Dawes County (Neb.) -- History
Fort Robinson (Neb.) -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska
Justices of the peace -- Nebraska -- Dawes County
Ranch life -- Nebraska
Sioux County (Neb.) -- History
Telegraph -- Nebraska

 

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