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RG1020.AM:  Gaddis-Higgins Family

Papers:  1876-1909, 1944, 1962

Custer County, Nebraska 

Size:  One folder


This collection contains correspondence, certificates, and miscellaneous other materials relating to various members of the Gaddis and Higgins families of Custer County, Nebraska. A majority of the materials concern Nancy Higgins Gaddis, including letters (1876-1882) from friends in Newark, Balsora, and Gibbon, Nebraska. Metta Dungan writes about her teaching experience in Gibbon, Nebraska. There are teacher contracts for Nancy (1882-1883) along with her student attendance book. There are also copies of her membership certificates to the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Free Methodist Church of North American and to the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Nebraska. A copy of a 1962 letter by Porter Gaddis remembers his mother on her 100th birthday anniversary.

Also included in the collection are histories written by Porter Gaddis. One of the histories (from 1916) relates to the Mitchell-Ketchum murder in Custer County. The second item (undated) concerns the history of the early religious movement in Comstock, Nebraska, and the surrounding area. Additional miscellaneous items include a business card for William Porter Higgins of Sargent, Nebraska; obituaries for Mary Elizabeth Higgins (1900) and Ella Suggs (1908) of Orleans, Nebraska; a copy of an 1882 tree claim for Adrian Higgins; and a partial family tree for the Higgins family.

Note:  See the photo component [RG1020.PH] for images of various members of the Gaddis and Higgins families.


The Library/Archives collections contain various materials about early teachers and education in Nebraska, the histories of the various towns and counties, and the Mitchell-Ketchum murder.


Subject headings:

Buffalo County (Nebraska) — History

Comstock (Nebraska) — History

Copeland, Willmetta Mary “Metta” (Dungan), 1865-1930

Crime — Nebraska — Custer County

Custer County (Nebraska) — History

Education — Nebraska

Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska

Gaddis Family

Gaddis, Mary Elizabeth Metcalf, 1820-1900

Gaddis, Nancy Higgins, 1862-1942

Gaddis, Porter L., 1885-1965

Gibbon (Nebraska) — History

Higgins Family

Higgins, Adrian A., 1815-1884

Kearney County (Nebraska) — History

Kenyon, Carrie Hamilton (Callen), 1862-1956

Ketchum, Ami Whitney, 1855-1878

Methodist church — Nebraska — Custer County

Mitchell, Luther H., 1815-1878

Newark (Nebraska) — History

Olive, Isom Prentice, 1839-1886

Orleans (Nebraska) — History

School children — Nebraska

Schools — Nebraska

Suggs, Eliza, 1876-1908

Teachers — Nebraska

Westcott (Nebraska) — History

Women teachers — Nebraska


Revised TMM          05-07-2008