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HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG1446.AM:  Everette Samson Sutton, 1893-1987



Research files:  ca. 1979 and prior

Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska:  Burlington Railroad employee and local historian

Size:  0.25 cu.ft., 1 box



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Everette Samson Sutton, Jr. was born January 3, 1893 in Naponee, Nebraska to Clara and Everette Sutton, Sr. In 1899 the family moved to Brush, Colorado where Everette, Sr. worked for the Burlington Railroad. In 1911, Sutton joined the National Guard at Fort Morgan, Colorado and trained for the wireless and signal corps.



Sutton moved to Max, Nebraska in 1915 and married Hazel Ava Gorthy the following year. The couple lived above the Burlington depot where Sutton worked. In 1943, they moved to Benkelman where Sutton continued to work for the railroad, retiring from his position as Benkelman stationmaster in 1968 after 58 years of continuous service with Burlington.



Everette Sutton acted as the unofficial historian of Dundy County and southwest Nebraska in general. He produced hundreds of files on historical incidents and individuals, wrote numerous church histories, and documented every burial in Dundy County. He helped to found the Dundy County Historical Society in the early 1960s as well as societies in St. Francis, Goodland and Atwood, Kansas; Imperial and Trenton, Nebraska and Wray, Colorado. Sutton served on the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Board of Directors for seven years and authored two books, Teepees to Soddies: Southwestern Nebraska and Thereabouts, 1968 and Sutton’s Southwest Nebraska and Republican River Valley Tributaries, 1983.



Active in community service, Sutton served as president of the Max Rural High School District and the REA, was a board member of the Dundy County Agricultural Society Farm Bureau, a sponsor of the Dundy County Fair, trustee of the Benkelman Methodist Church and a local 4-H leader.



Everett Sutton died at the Kenton Nursing Home in Greeley, Colorado on April 26, 1987 at the age of 94.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection of E. S. Sutton’s Dundy County research files consists of four series: 1) Cemetery Research; 2) Dundy County Sites and Towns Research; 3) Manuscripts; and 4) Miscellaneous.



The collection represents Sutton’s enthusiasm for Dundy County history. Series 1 of Sutton’s papers provide detailed information on twenty-nine cemeteries and burial sites, twenty-one of which include burial listings. In general, information is provided for each site regarding location, date of organization, records available and brief histories. Series 2 of the collection outlines thirty-four towns and historical county sites and relates information garnered from over fifty years of research concerning location, population, churches, schools, post offices, early businesses, published material available, anecdotes and brief histories. Also included is correspondence between Sutton and A.E. Sheldon, Director of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Series 3 contains copies of a 1940 manuscript by Sutton entitled, “As the Indian Knows Beecher Island.” Series 4 consists of photocopies of correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, etc. relating to Charles Cormack, pioneer and Civil War veteran. Sutton’s work, whether published or found in his research files, provides an exhaustive source of Dundy County history.



Note:  Additional research files of Everette Sutton are available at the Dundy County Historical Society.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – Cemetery Research



Box 1

Folder




  1. Table of Contents, Introduction

  2. Dundy County Cemeteries and Gravesites:

    Ash Grove

    Benkelman

    Breeden (burial of John Breeden)

    Boston

    Buckskin Jack (cowboy burial)

    Gallagher (burial of Max Joseph Gallagher, one mile east of Max)

    Haigler (see also OB033)

    Hiawatha

    Highland

    Hughes

    Knapp

    Max

    Mt. Zion

    Ough

    Parks Presbyterian/McAllister

    Pleasant Valley

    Rollwitz/Valley Center

    Sandwich

    St. Paul’s Lutheran

    Sleeper’s/Sleepy Hollow

    Texas Trail Canyon

    St. Joseph’s Catholic (Benkelman)

    Miscellaneous burials



  3. Chase County Cemeteries and Gravesites:

    Berry brothers/McGillan (Champion)

    Sugden sisters



  4. Kansas Cemeteries and Gravesites:

    Baker (Cheyenne County)

    Tallmon/Tolman

    Wheeler

    St. Francis





Series 2 – Dundy County Sites and Town Research



Box 1

Folder




  1. Correspondence, 1977 and Maps

  2. Towns:

    Allston

    Haigler

    Hiawatha

    Max

    Parks

    Rollwitz

    Sandwich

    Sandborn



  3. County Sites:

    Allston

    Arakan

    Benkelman

    Burntwood City, Kansas

    Callison

    Calvert

    Colfer

    Collinsville

    Doane Siding

    Dundy Centre

    Haigler

    Hancock

    Hiawatha

    Hoover

    Ives (Parks)

    Jacobs

    Kaw

    Lamont

    Lux

    Norton

    Max

    Neel

    Ough

    Parks

    Rock Creek

    Rollwitz

    Valley Center

    Rosewater

    St. Elmer (Elmer)

    Sanborn

    Sandwich

    Circle Ranch

    Union

    Custer Historical Marker

    Cheyenne Canyon

    Leavenworth Pikes Peak Stage Line



  4. Correspondence with A.E. Sheldon, 1939



Series 3 – Manuscripts



Box 1

Folder




  1. “As the Indian Knows Beecher Island,” 1940



Series 4 – Miscellaneous



Box 1

Folder




  1. Charles Cormack research



 



Subject headings:



Beecher Island, Battle of, Colo., 1868

Cemeteries — Chase County (Nebraska)

Cemeteries — Dundy County (Nebraska)

Cemeteries — Kansas

Cheyenne Indians — Wars — 1868-1869

Cormack, Charles H., 1846-1944

Chase County (Nebraska) — Cemeteries

Dundy County (Nebraska) — Cemeteries

Dundy County (Nebraska) — History

Dundy County (Nebraska) — Post Offices

Dundy County (Nebraska) — Towns

Kansas — Cemeteries

Post Offices — Dundy County (Nebraska)

Sutton, E.S. (Everette Samson), 1893-1987



 



EL/ksa                        01-1991

Revised TMM        05-09-2007