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RG2022.AM:  James Daniel Haskell, 1853-1927

Papers:  1874-1927

Custer County, Nebraska: Pioneer rancher

Size:  0.25 cu.ft.; 1 box


Born at Oxford, Ohio, June 2, 1853, James Daniel Haskell came to Plum Creek, Nebraska, in 1874.  From 1876 to 1883 he managed the Erwin and Rankin ranch near the South Loup.  In 1882 he married Cora Wilcher at Morning Sun, Ohio.  The Haskells returned to Nebraska, and in 1884 he went into the horse business with John T. Stewart of Council Bluffs, Iowa.  They sold the horses in 1893 and formed the Milldale Farm and Live Stock Improvement Company, of Haskell was general manager until his death.  Haskell was one of the first county commissioners for Custer County, and he held the office for three terms.  He served as president of the Security State Bank for several years and was also vice president of the Farmers State Bank of Arnold for a number of years.  Haskell was one of the incorporators of the Farmers Elevator Company, and was elected to the state legislature for one term in 1889.  James Daniel Haskell died in Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 13, 1927.  He is buried in the Arnold Cemetery, Custer County, Nebraska.


This collection consists of one box of papers relating to James Daniel Haskell’s experiences as a pioneer rancher in Custer County, Nebraska.  The collection includes a two letters, a set of memoirs, an account book, a memoranda book and some miscellaneous newspaper clippings.  Materials in the collection date from 1874 to 1927.


Box 1


  1. Correspondence, 1874

  2. Memoirs, 1912-1924

  3. Account book, 1875

  4. Memoranda book, 1876-1878

  5. Newspaper clippings, 1927


Subject headings:

Custer County (Nebraska) — History

Haskell, James Daniel, 1853-1927

Pioneer life — Nebraska — Custer County

Ranches and ranching — Nebraska


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Revised TMM      11-21-2018