The early settlers of Antelope County suffered but little
molestation from the Indians. From a little pamphlet descriptive of the county,
written in 1878, by A. J. Leech, one of the early settlers, we make the
following extracts: "In 1870, the settlers suffered from the first Indian raid.
A party of ten Indians visited the new settlement, appearing friendly at first,
but in two or three instances becoming extremely insolent, firing a number of
shots into the house of Louis Petras, finally stealing nine horses and hurrying
off toward the Sioux reservations in the Northwest."
"In November, 1870, the
Indians made a second raid upon the settlements, breaking into the
Robert Horne, living on the head of Cedar Creek, carrying off or destroying all
household goods. These Indians were followed by fourteen of the settlers,
severely punished * * a few miles below O'Neill City. Two of their
number were killed and two or three known to be wounded. The whites also
suffered in this little battle, two of them
receiving severe arrow wounds and
having one horse killed and two or three wounded.
of the State of Nebraska
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