Samuel Clay Bassett, 1844-1926 [RG2891.AM]


RG2891.AM:  Samuel Clay Bassett, 1844-1926

Papers:  1871-1926; mostly 1900-1926
Buffalo County, Neb.:  Agriculturist, legislator
Size:  3.0 cu.ft.; 6 boxes


Samuel Clay Bassett was born in Wilson, New York, on July 14, 1844. He was a graduate of Corning Academy, and in 1864 enlisted in the 142nd New York Infantry, serving with that unit until the end of the Civil War. He was married in Grant County, Wisconsin to Lucia M. Baker in 1867. In 1871, accompanied by his wife and two children, he came to Nebraska taking up a soldier's homestead claim near Gibbon, one of the original Gibbon colonists. Here he lived throughout the remainder of his life. He developed "Echo Farm," as he christened his homestead, from a barren prairie into one of the most beautiful farms in the entire Platte Valley.

Mr. Bassett taught five terms of school, the first being the first term of winter school taught in Buffalo County, and served twenty years as a member of the school board in District #8. He was secretary of the first Buffalo County Agricultural Society, 1875; and was a charter member and first president of the Nebraska Dairyman's Association, 1885. Mr. Bassett was also a member of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture for 14 years, serving two terms as president. He acted as first president of the Buffalo County Republican convention in 1871 and served as a member of the state legislature in 1885, and again in 1911. From 1909-1915 he acted as vice president of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Bassett died March 14, 1926 at Echo Farm, Gibbon, Buffalo County, Nebraska.


This collection consists of manuscript material arranged in three Series: 1) Correspondence 1900-1926, 2) Miscellany, and 3) History of Buffalo County. The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence relating to the agricultural interests of Samuel Clay Bassett. Also included is correspondence regarding Bassett's opposition to the proposed movement of the state capitol from Lincoln to Kearney. In addition to the correspondence there is one folder containing poetry and articles by Mr. Bassett; one folder of miscellaneous newspaper clippings; and one folder of tax receipts. There is also a volume containing the constitution, bylaws, minutes and financial records of the Erie Farmers Club of Buffalo County for the years 1874-1881, and a volume containing board minutes and census of School District #8, Buffalo County, 1871-1890.


Series 1 - Correspondence, 1900-1926

Box 1

  1. 1900-1910
  2. 1911, Jan.-Feb.
  3. 1911, Mar.-June 20
  4. 1911, June 24-Dec. 15
  5. 1911, Dec. 16-1912, Jan.
  6. 1912, Feb.

Box 2

  1. 1912, Mar. 1-25
  2. 1912, Mar. 26-Apr.
  3. 1912, May-Oct.
  4. 1912, Nov.-Dec.
  5. 1913, Jan.-Oct. 25
  6. 1913, Oct. 26-Dec.

Box 3

  1. 1914, Jan.-Feb.
  2. 1914, Mar.-Apr. 15
  3. 1914, Apr. 16-1915, Mar.
  4. 1915, Apr.-Oct.
  5. 1915, Nov.-1916, Feb. 15
  6. 1916, Feb. 16-1917, Apr.

Box 4

  1. 1917, May-1918, Feb.
  2. 1918, Mar.-1919, May 14
  3. 1919, Mar. 15-Oct. 25
  4. 1920-1922, June
  5. 1922, July-1923, Mar.
  6. 1923, Apr.-1924, Feb.

Box 5

  1. 1924, Mar.-1926
  2. Undated
  3. Undated

Series 2 - Miscellany

Box 5 (cont.)

  1. Manuscript by Bassett
  2. Manuscript about Bassett
  3. Clippings
  4. Tax receipts
  5. Minutes and census, school district #8, 1871-1890
  6. Nebraska State Dairyman's Assn., cash book, programs, comparative statement showing number of gallons of milk & cream shipped from all stations in Nebraska for 6 months, 1913-1914.

Box 6

  1. Erie Farmers Club, constitution, by-laws, minutes, 1874-1881

Series 3 - History of Buffalo County

Box 6 (cont.)

  1. History of Buffalo County (manuscript), by Samuel Clay Bassett
  2. History of Buffalo County (manuscript), by Samuel Clay Bassett
  3. History of Buffalo County (manuscript), by Samuel Clay Bassett
  4. History of Buffalo County (manuscript), by Samuel Clay Bassett
  5. History of Buffalo County (manuscript), by Samuel Clay Bassett
  6. History of Buffalo County draft/research



Agriculture -- Nebraska
Agriculture -- Societies, etc.
Bassett, Samuel Clay, 1844-1926
Buffalo County (Neb.) -- History
County Option League of Buffalo County, Nebraska
Erie Farmers Club (Buffalo County, Neb.)
Grand Army of the Republic. Department of Nebraska
Legislators -- Nebraska
Nebraska -- Capital and Capitol
Nebraska -- Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920
Nebraska Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers (Neb.)
Nebraska Crop Improvers' Association
Nebraska Farmers Congress (Neb.)
Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement (Neb.)
Nebraska Pure Grain and Seed Growers' Association (Neb.)
Nebraska Rural Life Commission (Neb.)
Nebraska State Board of Agriculture (Neb.)
Nebraska State Dairymen's Association (Neb.)
Nebraska State Historical Society (Lincoln, Neb.)
School districts -- Nebraska -- Buffalo County


JEP/ht   10-31-1972
KFK/dco   09-04-2003
02-02-2010   Revised TMM

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