News Notes from

Our Early Files


January 9,1883


Write it 1883 and don’t forget it.

Raisins, 9 lbs for a dollar at Roberts’.

John Giffin has gone to Shelby to buy grain.

Harry Raymond and family will leave soon for Illinois.

C. I. Rafter will move back to Ulysses from the city of David.

Geo. L. Brown of David City was elected secretary of the Nebraska Senate.

Geo. Smith will build a barn, the lumber bill alone costing $1440.  Some barn that.

Doc. Hirsch is the father of another boy.  It first saw the peep of day on New Year’s Eve.

S.S. Reynold’s resolution, taking the selection of Senate committees out of the hands of Lieut.-Governor was adopted.

Only one meat market in Ulysses now.  Mr. Thurman having bought out Mr. Williams.  The latter gentleman will move to Seward today.

Married – On Thursday, the 28th day, by S. T. Thrapp, Esq. At the residence of the bride’s uncle, W. T. Shields, Mr. Isaac Dukes and Miss Ellen Hodges, both of Nodaway Co., Mo.

A prize dance will be held in Reed’s Hall, Ulysses, on the evening of the 15th inst.  Two watches will be awarded to the best lady round dancers.

The mother of Mrs. W. D. Cox is here.  She will return shortly to her home in Eashington, Ill., accompanied by her son, who is in poor health.

M. B. Kirk and family have returned to Ulysses.  We could have told Mr. K. he would be back inside of a year, but he would only have laughed at us for our pains.

Hi Craig is working in the Ulysses furniture store and is turning out some good work, among which is a knobby secretary for Dispatch office.  Hi is an old cabinetmaker.

Did you turn over a new leaf and firmly resolve, with uplifted hand, to forever shun the flowing bowl, quit chewing and smoking, and never again ask the butcher for “tick?”  If not, why not?  Hey?


News Notes from

Our Early Files


February 13, 1883


A wet spring is predicted by the prophets.

H. C. Byam will shortly build an addition to his house.

Horace Thomas, of Seward, is setting type in this office.

The late cold snap drained snap drained every coal dealer’s bin empty.

H. Emerson is doing a rattling money loaning business.

Ed Cooper and “Pap” Worley are the bloated bondholders of Ulysses.

A new fice-cent piece is being coined a little larger than the one now in use.

Joe Acton and John Wimberly have gone into partnership in the carpenter business.

Edwin Rowlett’s new store building is about completed and he will move into it this week.

Married – At Cphaco, N.Y., on Wednesday, Febr. 14, Frank C. Smith and Mary E. H. McIntosh.

J. D. Bonner will build a large farmhouse on C. H. Walker’s Mammoth tract of land near the Surprise mill.

F. L. Parkin and J. E. Scott and oh well, we can’t remember all the recipients of bouncing babies of late.

R. M. Sibbett and family will move to Ulysses this week and occupy the house formerly owned by John Graff.

Work will commence this week on George Smith’s Mammoth barn.  Size 98x100 feet.  Charley Sherwood is the builder.

Lewis Spelts, of David City went through Ulysses yesterday morning on his way to Chicago with seven carloads of steers.

W. H. Stone, Hi Miller and Madison Rodgers will attend the Grand Army Encampment at Lincoln on the 20th inst.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction of Seward county is trying to introduce a spelling reform, such as wer for were, al for all, giv for give agre for agree, etc.  We advise him to give up the job and study perpetual motion.




News Notes from

Our Early Files


March 20,1883


Next Sunday is Easter.

Doc Hirsch has sold out.

Geo. Reed is about to rent his hotel.

Scot Cooper is moulding himself into a miller.

Geo. Smith’s large barn will require 110,000 Shingles to roof it in.

Godgrey Rihart has disposed of his livery stable, Horses, Buggies, etc.

Doc. Hirsch has old out all his old stock of goods and is constantly unpacking the new.

A Ulysses clerk wears a leather shirt.  This is a novel way of beating the wash woman.

The grain firm of Em. Spelts and C.A. Sheets, this place, have sold out to Spelts & Klosterman of David.

Mr. Schram, our new merchant, is compelled to live in J. M. Palmers’s house, a mile from town on account of the scarcity of houses to rent.

Rev. J. E. Storm of Illinois, is the Congregational Minister who takes the place of Rev. Roberts.  He is said to be an able expounder of the gospel.

Mr. Alexander Grim, one of Butler county’s enterprising pioneer farmers, has brought in a few cakes of maple sugar, made by himself from the sap of trees planted by his own hands thirteen years ago.  Mr. G. will please accept our tanks for this token of kindness.

On last Saturday night the hardware stores of Dean & Rankin and L. Swanson and the grocery store of Edwin Rowlett were broken into.  About $75 worth of revolvers, and pocket knives were taken from Dean & Rankin’s, and $50 worth of knives and razors from Swanson’s.  $6 in small change was taken from Rowlett’s and a few groceries and cigars.  Our constables are on the alert, but as yet no clue to the identity of the rascals has been ascertained.  They gained entrance through the back windows.



Lincoln Journal

Date: July 18, 1962

Landmark NearUlysses Razed

Ulysses - An old Butler County landmark near here is being torn down.

The biggest barn in the county, located on the Edward Roleenc farm, is being replaced with a smaller building more suitable for modern day farming.

Built in 1869 by George Lewis at a cost of $4,000 the barn had stalls for 22 horses, would hold 130 tons of loose hay, and, in case of rain, 9 wagon loads of gain and 132 head of cattle could be sheltered in the driveway.

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