Schuyler

 

 

    With the advent of the Union Pacific Railroad put an end to what may be called the "early times," although for several

    years the town had not grown. Among others who arrived just after the depot, section house, and one or two sod

    shanties had been erected was H. Holcomb, now proprietor of the Herald.

     

    After the railroad station and section house had been erected in 1868, the next building which appeared in Schuyler

    was the dwelling erected for W. P. P. St. Clair, the agent and telegraph operator.

     

    Next L. C. Smith & Brother opened the first general store in the spring of 1869. They obtained their stock of goods

    from Omaha, the building in which they set up shop was small..

     

    Thomas Shaw started in business as a blacksmith at about the same period. Afterwards came Frank Tolda, Sumner

    Brothers, Parker Brothers and others.

     

    Up to the spring of 1869, in fact, Schuyler was basically only a railroad station. In these early days the section boss

    was J. J. Riley, now of Columbus. He has the honor of erecting the very first house built in Schuyler

    .

    The town of Schuyler was platted by H. M. Hoxie and Webster Snyder, officials of the U. P. R. R., April 6, 1869.

    E. E. Greenman, County Surveyor, laid it out.  Soon afterward the town site passed into the hands of Clarkson

    Brothers.

     

    In January, 1870, an addition, South Schuyler, was made by Daniel Hashberger, Clarkson's Addition being filed

    the month before. Additions have since been made by M. B. Hoxie (May, 1870); J. T. Clarkson, (5th addition,

    December, 1880); and Clarkson Dorsey's (July, 1881).

     

    The Land Office of the U. P. R. R. Co. was established in 1881, C. P. Tury having charge of it until 1877, since which

    time J. T. Clarkson has managed the business.

     

    By the spring of 1873 Schuyler had so increased in population and prospects that it was determined to adopt a city

    form of government.  A special election was called May 12, 1873, when the following officers were elected:

     

          Mayor, F. E. Frye

          Police Judge, C. M. Greenman

          Councilmen:  John Carel

              C. P. Tury

              A. P. Upton,

              J. C. McBride,

              C. E. Sumner

              D. H. Van Antwerp

              Marshall, M. Helmer

     

    The municipal form of government existed until 1879, when by the passage of an act fixing the population limit of all

    second-class cities at 1,500, Schuyler was debarred from the newly acquired honors.

     

    From present appearances, however, it is believed that she will at once regain her old name and place among the cities

    of the State.

     

     

     

     

     

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Source:  Andreas History of Nebraska