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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG2111.AM:  Albertus Homer Kidd, 1863-1936



Papers:  1861-1936

Beatrice, Gage County, Neb.:  Lawyer

Size:  2.5 cu.ft.



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Albertus Homer Kidd was born March 19, 1863 at Ada, Ohio. In 1869 his father, a Methodist minister, moved the family to Indiana. He attended the public school at Wyoming, Illinois, and from 1882-1884 he attended the Gittings Seminary at LaHarpe, Illinois. Upon his admission to the Illinois bar in 1887, he moved to Nebraska. At Alma, Harlan Co., he entered into partnership with Thomas Porter. In the next year he married Elizabeth Gilliland of LaHarpe, and brought her to Alma. Lack of business closed the collection firm for which he had been working, and in 1891 he moved to Beatrice where he obtained work as manager of the collection department of the firm of Griggs, Rinaker and Bibb.



Kidd served six years on the Beatrice board of education, from 1895-1901, and was City Attorney from 1900-1901. Between 1902-1907 he wrote copy and was editor of the Beatrice Daily Express, in which capacity he wrote a series of articles exposing graft between certain bridge companies and the county commissioners. He entered partnership with Samuel Rinaker in the law firm of Rinaker and Kidd, continuing in the Association until 1928. In 1912 he was president of the Crop Improvement Association, hiring Otto H. Leibers to become the first County Agent in Nebraska. A.H. Kidd died on November 9, 1936 at Excelsion Springs, Missouri.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of five manuscript boxes of material arranged in eight series: 1) Correspondence, 1879-1963; 2) Records, 1851-1936; 3) Journals, 1899-1933; 4) Genealogical material; 5) Scrapbook; 6) Manuscripts; 7) Printed Matter; and 8) Miscellany.



This collection consists mainly of the correspondence and business (as well as personal) records of A.H. Kidd. The ledgers and related business material, dated between 1881-1936, relate mainly to collections made on farmers debts. The correspondence relates to business and personal affairs. The journals are records of mileage and expenses of trips taken between 1899-1933, and include his personal comments. Genealogical material relates to the families Poage (Poge), Hopkins, Gilliland, Johnson, Marsh, Mansfield, Lillibridge and Kidd.



Correspondents include: William Allen, 1900; H. Ambler, 1891; Fred H. Barclay, 1933; F.B. Beall, 1894; J.B. Billings, 1894; E.J. Burkett, 1906; A.L. Burr, 1894; Charles E. Bessey, 1900; William A. Campbell, 1894; Robert Leroy Cochran, 1937; Harry B. Coffee, 1929; Leonard M. Colby, 1894; Joseph Garber, 1899; A.L. Green, 1910; R.A. Green, 1899; Frank A. Harrison, 1908; Ross L. Hammond, 1929; W.G. Hastings, 1908; William Hayward, 1906; E.H. Hinshaw, 1904-1908; Gilbert M. Hitchcock, 1918, 1922; Bridge (?) Kidd, 1895; Dora Kidd, 1899; Robert Kyd, 1894; Moses P. Kinkaid, 1908; C.B. Letton, 1895; Otto H. Liebers, 1963; Samuel R. McKelvie, 1906-1929; Adam McMullen, 1917; John H. Mickey, 1904, 1906; Ed S. Miller, 1916; John H. Morehead, 1913; George W. Norris, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1919; W.C. Murray, 1894; Bayard H. Paine, 1905; Ernest M. Pollard, 1908; Roscoe Pound, 1899-1901; Halleck F. Rose, 1900; Victor Rosewater, 1904, 1908; John J. Ryder, 1908; J.C. Seacrest, 1904; Ashton C. Shallenberger, 1906; George L. Sheldon, 1906, 1908; E.N. Smith, 1894, 1897; J.E. Smith, 1891, 1894; C.A. Sorenson, 1912; Charles H. Sloan, 1914; William P. Warner, 1905; Arthur J. Weaver, 1920.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Correspondence, 1879-1963



Box 1

Folder




  1. 1879

  2. 1887-1889

  3. 1891-1894

  4. 1895-1899

  5. 1900-1904

  6. 1905-1909

  7. 1900-1914

  8. 1915-1919

  9. 1920-1924

  10. 1927-1929

  11. 1931, 1933, 1936 and 1937

  12. 1963

  13. Postal cards, 1910-1931



Series 2 – Records, 1861-1936



Box 1

Folder




  1. Personal expenses, notes on property, memoranda, 1861-1895

  2. Personal expenses, notes on property, memoranda, 1893

  3. Bank books, 1918-1936



Box 2

Folder




  1. Business ledgers, 1881-1891

  2. Business ledgers, 1892-1899

  3. Business ledgers, 1899-1906



Box 3

Folder




  1. Business ledgers, 1914-1935

  2. Business ledgers, 1934-1936

  3. Minutes of meetings of the Express Publishing Co., 1904

  4. Patent papers, 1897-1901

  5. Contracts; bills of sale; a will, 1891-1906

  6. Livestock record, 1901-1902

  7. Tax forms, 1927-1936

  8. Material concerning the estate of A.H. Kidd, 1936



Series 3 – Journals, 1899-1933



Box 3

Folder




  1. 1899-1919 (five items)

  2. 1927 (includes typed copy)

  3. 1928-1933 (four items)



Series 4 – Genealogical material



Box 4

Folder




  1. Kidd family – typewritten manuscript by Norma Kidd Green

  2. Typewritten notes on Poage (Poge); Hopkins; Gilliland; Johnson; March; Marsfield; Lillibridge; and Kidd families

  3. Handwritten research notes



Series 5 – Scrapbook



Box 4

Folder




  1. Scrapbook, includes photos, biographical notes on A.H. Kidd; certificates; bills, cards; letters of recommendation; and programs



Series 6 – Manuscripts



Box 4

Folder




  1. Typewritten speeches, mostly undated and unsigned

  2. “The Bridge Graft, What it Cost Gage County,” A.H. Kidd, 1907

  3. Editorials, 1904-1905

  4. Verse, poems and jingles

  5. Sermon by Bert H. Kidd, an essay written at Gittings Academy, not dated

    “The Storie of the Prairie,” Norma Kidd Green, 1928



Series 7 – Printed matter



Box 5

Folder




  1. Soil Survey of Gage County, U.S.D.A., 1916

    By-Laws of the State Savings and Loan Co. of Beatrice, 1905

    Untitled pamphlet on Beatrice

    Catalogue of Gittings Seminary, LaHarpe, Illinois, 1902-1903

    Testimony in a patent dispute case

  2. Clippings

  3. Political parties campaign material, 1888-1908



Series 8 – Miscellany



Box 5

Folder




  1. Address book

  2. Autographs

  3. Notes, cards, etc.



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Beatrice (Neb.) — History

Gage County (Neb.) — Crime and criminals

Gage County (Neb.) — History

Poage (Poge) Family

Gilliland Family

Hopkins Family

Johnson Family

Kidd Family

Kidd, Albertus Homer, 1863-1936

Lawyers — Nebraska

Lillibridge Family

Mansfield Family

Marsh Family



 



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