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RG0862.AM:  Furman B. Carley, 1859-1940

Reminiscences:  1930

Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska:  Telegraph operator, judge

Size:  One folder


Born in New York on March 7, 1859, Furman B. Carley came to Nebraska with his parents in 1868. As a boy, he worked at the Union Pacific station at Silver Creek in Merrick County. Here he learned how to work the telegraph. He worked as a telegraph operator and traveling agent for the Union Pacific for several years. In 1881 he became a government telegraph operator at Fort Robinson.  On September 11, 1883 he married Catherine Hansell at Nevada, Iowa. In 1885 they moved to Chadron, Nebraska, where Furman was the first county clerk and clerk of the district court. He later engaged in banking. Furman B. Carley died at Chadron, Nebraska, on February 25, 1940.


This collection consists of F.B. Carley’s reminiscence, January 22, 1930. He describes the appointment of the first justice of the peace at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in the 1880s and the demise of cattle ranching in northwest Nebraska. Carley writes also of cowboy life in Sioux and Dawes Counties, Nebraska, and the demise of cattle ranching in northwest Nebraska.


Reminiscence, 1930


Subject headings:

Carley, Furman B., 1859-1940

Cattle trade — Nebraska

Cheyenne and Black Hills Telegraph Company

Cowboys — Nebraska

Dawes County (Nebraska) — History

Fort Robinson (Nebraska) — History

Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska

Justices of the peace — Nebraska — Dawes County

Ranch life — Nebraska

Sioux County (Nebraska) — History

Telegraph — Nebraska


Revised TMM         02-16-2016