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Notes for Lewis James BARNUM


During his lifetime, Lewis James Barnum was called "Lew" or "L.J." He married (1st) Rose/Rosie _?_, date and place unknown. It is thought that they divorced in 1907. He married (2nd) Fannie Elizabeth Neider, 19 Oct 1907 at Horton, Brown County, Kansas. She was born 5 Sep 1887 at Shickley, Fillmore County, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Joseph C. and Edith D. (Smith) Neider. Fannie Elizabeth died 29 Dec 1950 at home in Stapleton, Logan County, Nebraska and is buried in the McCain cemetery southeast of there. Lewis James and Fannie Elizabeth lived on a farm near Shickley, Fillmore County until about 1909/10, then moved to Hayes County, where they resided until around 1933. Some time during the late 1920s they lived in Lincoln County north of Maywood. Lew's occupations during their tenure in and around Lincoln and Hayes Counties were farming, working as a builder, doing carpentry, masonry, plastering, brick laying, shingling, etc., supplemented by trapping and hunting furs, mostly raccoon. His hunting was accomplished using mostly hounds for tracking, such as Black and Tan, Blue Tick, or Redbone dogs. He moved from the Lincoln-Hayes County, Nebraska area around 1933 to Stapleton, Logan County, where he continued with his building craft plus initially operated a small farm-ranch operation of about 440 acres, mostly running Black Angus cattle. He also kept a few horses, including an Appaloosa stallion. At one time the family kept chickens and milked a few cows to have a cash flow. They also had a few hogs for meat and for added income. To further supplement their income, and for recreation, Lew kept hounds to hunt coyotes. Those dogs were mostly a cross of Greyhound-Staghound; some were also a Wolfhound cross. Later he discontinued farming, as plowing allows the wind to blow the sandy soil, thereby raising havoc with the landscape. A further detriment was the poor quality and yield of the crops. He later added land that he purchased from his son Gerald, which was a part of the two-section Savage place that once separated his and Gerald's properties. Lewis James Barnum moved off the ranch into Stapleton, then to North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, in the late 1950s or early 1960s and his son Gerald bought all of his land.
He was buried in McCain Cemetery.
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