Early Settlement and Public Land Disposal in the Elkhorn River Valley, Cuming County, Nebraska Territory
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Milton E Holtz, “Early Settlement and Public Land Disposal in the Elkhorn River Valley, Cuming County, Nebraska Territory,” Nebraska History 52 (1971): 112-132
German settlers from Wisconsin came to Cuming County to take advantage of the Homestead Act. Favorable farming conditions and the settlers’ willingness to “share the wealth” by claiming elongated tracts holding some good bottom land, some timber, and some upland contributed to their success.
This article, among other things, discusses the importance of Uriah Bruner in the settlement of portions of east central Nebraska. Uriah Bruner was one of the first regents for the University of Nebraska and he was the father of our first department chair, Lawrence Bruner.