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In the spring of 1866 the family moved to their homestead, living in a dugout until some time later when they constructed a small house of stone. At this time there were only five families in a radius of ten miles. Their hopes were all built an the creeks, four dugouts and one house.

On the trip from Nebraska City to their homestead the family was again visited with great disaster. They had started, with a barrel of pork, counting on this to help carry them through several of the hard months they knew were ahead of them. Sarah had the misfortune to spill a quantity of kerosene in the barrel of pork. This was almost a calamity as there was no money to buy with and not much to buy if they had the money as their nearest market place was Beatrice.

Mr. Lane had arrived at his homestead with 30 head of cattle and several horses. He put out sod corn which gave all indication of being a wonderful crop, but the grasshoppers took the entire crop. There was an abundance of wild grass, but no way to harvest it. After winter set in with no feed for the stock they commenced to suffer. The horses became so weak from starvation [that?] they were not fit for traveling so Mr. Lane would walk 15 miles to what they called the “Dutch Settlement” and now known as Swanton, pay $2.00 per bushel for corn and carry a sack full on his shoulder making a thirty mile/ round trip for one sack of {Begin deleted text}[corns?]{End deleted text} corn


When spring came, he had three cows and a couple of horses he had managed to winter through.

There were many Indian scares and for months the family kept their things packed in such a way that they could get out at a moment's notice. There were several massacres “up the creek,” but the little settlement

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[Mrs. Wm. Trace]
Contributor Names
Hartman, George (Interviewer)
Trace, Mrs. Wm. (Interviewee)
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Subject Headings
-  Local History
-  Indians of North America
-  Pioneers
-  Field notes
-  Narratives
-  United States -- Nebraska -- Lincoln
Field notes
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
MSS55715: BOX A716
Source Collection
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project
Manuscript Division
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The introduction was written by Ann Banks © 1980 and produced by Joanne B. Freeman. The sound recordings were produced by Joan Murphy Stack and engineered by Rob Attinello. The actors who read the manuscripts were Clement Cottingham, Billie Durand, George A. Jackson, Jr., Margaret Root, Edward S. Stout, and Edna Jeweline White.

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Hartman, George, and Mrs. Wm Trace. Mrs. Wm. Trace. Nebraska, 1938. Pdf.

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