Custer County

F. W. Carlin survived a 143-foot fall down a well, but then he had another problem. Nobody knew he was there, and no one was likely to coming looking for him. If was to make it out alive, he would have to do it on his own.

Garness family by Solomon D. Butcher [RG2608.PH0-001300]

Garness family by Solomon D. Butcher [RG2608.PH0-001300]

The Garness family pose in front of their sod home in Custer County for Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher in 1887. Next to the family is a big pile of large pumpkins. Butcher often had his subjects pose with their favorite possessions or signs of prosperity.  In this photo, Butcher and the Garness family use the pumpkins to show a successful, bountiful harvest. 

David Murphy (Senior Research Architect) and Diane Laffin (Architectural Historian) stand in front of a six room sod house in Logan County, Nebraska, in Fall 2016.


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James E. McCray of Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska. NSHS RG2608-768 (at left).

Custer County Fair display at Broken Bow in 1886. NSHS RG2608-2964 (above).

J. D. Troyer, west of Calloway, Neb., 1892With the family Bible on father’s knee and a baseball bat under the youngest daughter’s chair, these Nebraska homesteaders are ready for anything Custer County can pitch at them.

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