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 By Tim Nolting    News    January 26, 2017

Across the fence

This week I would like to say “Thank You” to all of you who have taken the time to read my stories, reminiscences and retellings of historical people and events in the Heartland of this great nation. I have personally enjoyed sharing these with...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    January 19, 2017

Across the fence

Charlie and Oliver were partners in the cattle business. Oliver had been at it for some time and knew the ‘ropes’ when it came to gathering wild Spanish cattle, building a herd and trailing them to market. Oliver was truly a man of vision and...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    January 12, 2017

Across the Fence: Tools of the Trade

My grandpas, both Nolting and Zeek, and my dad were farmers, ranchers, horsemen and ‘Jacks of all trades.’ Out of necessity they were carpenters, plumbers, electricians, auto and tractor mechanics, welders, veterinarians and whatever else was...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    January 5, 2017

Across the fence

When I chose 'Across the Fence' as the by-line for this column I envisioned neighbors casually leaning against a shared fence, spending a little time just visiting. Maybe the talk would be about the...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    December 29, 2016

Across the fence

Sitting Bull, his son Crow Foot and fourteen other Sioux, had been killed in a botched attempt to arrest him on December 15, 1890. Stunned by his death and fearful of reprisal approximately 200 of...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    December 15, 2016

Across the fence

"My uncles," the young boy pleaded with hands raised above his head, "do not kill me. I do not wish to die." Crow Foot, the 14-year old son of Chief Sitting Bull, had been in hiding inside his...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    December 8, 2016

Across the fence

In the year 1878 Dr. Elisha Barker Graham along with his wife, Mary Hutchison Graham and daughter Kate, relocated his medical practice from New York to Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory. Dr. Graham's health...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    December 1, 2016

Across the fence

Tradition has it that the first Thanksgiving Day was a harvest feast in 1621 when the Plymouth Colonists and the Wampanoag Indians joined together to celebrate. What did they celebrate? Were they...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    November 24, 2016

Across the fence

Ned Dunlap marched in the 1902 Old Settler's Day Parade in Kearney, Nebraska. Decked out in Angora chaps, bibbed shirt, silk neck scarf and appropriate wide brimmed hat. Ned bobbed his horse's tail...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    November 17, 2016

Across the fence

My Great-Grandfather, William Fredrick Gustav Nolting, was a Prussian immigrant to America in the late 1800's. Great-grandfather was a commanding officer in the Prussian Cavalry and he brought with...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    November 10, 2016

Across the fence

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: November 11, 1919 President Woodrow Wilson: "A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities,...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    November 3, 2016

Across the fence

I remember my first trip off the farm and outside of Atchison County, Kansas. I was probably nine or ten years old and traveling with my Grandpa Nolting, heading west to Colorado. Somewhere, just...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    November 5, 2015

Across the fence

It has been a little more than six years since this column “Across the Fence” was first printed in the fledgling newspaper, The Gering Citizen. Since that first column more than 300 pieces have followed, nearly 400,000 words, and that’s a lot o...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    May 7, 2015

Atkins' establish donor-advised fund through Nebraska Community Foundation

Howard and Peggy Atkins are determined to be a part of a catalyst for change in the Kimball Community. “We want to stir up some interest,” Howard Atkins said, “get people thinking: What can I do? What can we do together? How can Kimball be...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    April 2, 2015

New foundation designed to help Kimball County projects

Howard and Peggy Atkins are Kimball County natives and proud of it. They farmed north of Dix for 50 years where they carried on with the legacy of their parents and grandparents before them. Howard’s roots grow deep in the Kimball County soil...

 

Fort Mitchell And The Road

“The Gap” threaded through the wind-cut spires and time-worn edifices of nature’s carved cathedrals in the towering sandstone walls of Scott’s Bluffs. North of the bluffs, reaching to the banks of the Flatwater (Platte), lay a rugged expanse...

 

Wasicu Wakan

Born in Racine, Wisconsin on February 14, 1849 to Irish immigrant parents, Valentine Trant M’Gillycuddy would become one of the wests most notable military surgeons, government agent of the Pine Ridge, Sioux Reservation and influential statesmen....

 

Rural Free Delivery

The United States Post Office Department was created in 1775, by decree of the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin being named the first Postmaster General. However, it was not until 1896 that Rural Free Delivery was begun as...

 

Dull Knife's Quest, Part Two

On January 8, 1879 three Cheyenne Chief’s, with Dull Knife’s band, were taken from the barracks where they were being held at Fort Robinson. Capt. Harry Wessells hoped that by removing the leaders from the Cheyenne people that they would relent a...

 

Dull Knife's Quest (Part One)

On the night of September 9, 1878 the last remnants of Northern Cheyenne, under the leadership of Chief’s Dull Knife and Little Wolf, jumped the Darlington reservation on the northern banks of the Canadian River. The 700-mile journey, that they...

 

The Schoolchildren's Blizzard Of 1888

This past week has been one of unseasonably mild weather. With temperatures having been in the above average range of upper thirties and lower forties, our light jacket days came to an abrupt halt this past Friday when a well-predicted cold front...

 

Across The Fence

It was in the late spring month of June, the year 1847, in Summerville, Mississippi that an African slave woman known only as ‘King’ gave birth to a son. She named him Bose. Who his father was is unknown but some suspected that King’s master,...

 

Across The Fence

The military activity in Dakota Territory during the final days of December 1890 included the 7th U.S. Cavalry and the 8th U.S Cavalry. Their intended purpose was to track down the bands of Sioux who had left their respective reservations. Indians...

 

Across The Fence

Sitting Bull, his son Crow Foot and fourteen other Sioux, had been killed in a botched attempt to arrest him on December 15, 1890. Stunned by his death and fearful of reprisal approximately 200 of his Hunkpapa band left the Standing Rock Reservation...

 

The Last Surrendering Sioux

In the pre-dawn hour of December 15, 1890, a squadron of more than twenty Indian Police roughly wakened Sitting Bull. Rudely escorted from his home, not even allowed the dignity to cover his naked body, Sitting Bull protested his unwarranted arrest....

 

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