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From: "Nancee Seifert" <>
Subject: [IALUCAS] 1890 HISTORY OF HAMILTON CO., NE
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 09:03:58 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)



From: Nancee Seifert
Date: 06/27/09 18:59:29
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Subject: 1890 HISTORY OF HAMILTON CO., NE


AURORA is handsomely located near the geographical center of the county,
and is an important station of the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad in
Nebraska. It is tastily and regularly laid out, with a fine public square in
the center, planted with rapidly growing forest trees, in the center of
which stands the court-house, and around it on all sides are the various
business houses, compactly and substantially built. The original site of the
town, situated upon the northeast quarter of section 4, Town 10, Range 6,
was pre-empted by Darius Wilcox in the summer of 1871.
In March, 1871, a town company was formed at Chariton, Iowa, who
proposed to go to Hamilton County, Neb., and locate a town which should
become the county seat. They entered into the following agreement with each
other:

This agreement, made and entered into this 9th day of March, 1871, by
and between David Stone, Darius Wilcox, Robert Miler, James Foremuch, J. Ray
N. H. Thorpe, S. P. Lewis, of Lucas County, Iowa, for the purpose of
securing a title to Section 4, Town 10, Range 6 west.
First: - The parties hereto agree and by thise presents do hereby form
themselves together and organize a company for the purpose of laying out and
organizing and locating county seat, town or village in the county of
Hamilton and state of Nebraska, upon the following express conditions.
It is agreed that David Stone be selected as a suitable person to visit
Hamilton County, Nebraska, for the purpose of securing land for the location
of said county seat, town, or village.
Said Stone hereby expressly agrees to homestead in the name of the eight
individual members of the company, if title can be procured in that manner,
if not, locate in the name of each individual member of this company. It is
further agreed that after said Stone secures the land described, being
section four (4); township ten (10); range (6) west, in Hamilton County,
Nebraska, each of the above members, named parties, is to execute to each
other, a bond for a deed for the individual conveyance of the undivided
eighth part of the entire section, or conveyance of the lots to each other
in any manner they may select to divide the same as soon as title to the
same can be obtained; that the entire section shall be owned in common by
all the parties named to this contract, eight in number, and each shall
share and share alike in all the profits and losses, and each be entitled to
the one-eighth part in virtue of the section.
It is agreed and understood by all the parties that individuals shall be
and reside upon said land by the 1st day of June, 1871, in person or agent
to assist in building up



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said town; a failure to comply with this stipulation shall work as a
forfeiture of all his rights under this contract.
The said Stone agrees that during this trip to Nebraska he will keep a
true account of all moneys expended by him, and the expenses of said Stone
shall be equally borne by all parties to this contract.
It is further agreed that each party to this contract will, at the
signing of the same, pay to said Stone the sum of thirty dollars, to be used
by him in the securing the title to said land by pre-emption or homestead,
subject to the laws of the United States in such case made and provided.
Witness our hands and seal this 7th day of March, 1871.
[SIGNED]

DAVID STONE,
DARIUS WILCOX,
ROBERT MILLER,
JAMES O. DOREMUS,
JUSTINIAN RAY,
NATHANIEL H. THORPE,
STILLMAN P. LEWIS.

found this on http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/1890hist/1890history5html


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