In the year 1470, there lived in Lisbon, a town in Portugal, a man by the name of Christopher Columbus, who there married Dona Felipa, the daughter of Bartolome Monis De Palestrello, an Italian (then deceased), who had arisen to great celebrity as a navigator. Dona Felipa was the idol of her doting father, and often accompanied him in his many voyages, in which she soon equally shared with him his love of adventure, and thus became to him a treasure indeed not only as a companion but as a helper; for she drew his maps and geographical charts, and also
Up to 1851, the immense uninhabited plains east of the Rocky Mountains were admitted to be Indian Territory, and numerous tribes roamed from Texas and Mexico to the Northern boundary of the United States. Then came the discovery of gold in California, drawing a tide of emigration across this wide reservation, and it became necessary, by treaty with the Indians, to secure a broad highway to the Pacific shore. By these treaties the Indians were restricted to certain limits, but with the privilege of ranging, for hunting purposes, over the belt thus re-reserved as a route of travel.
Benjamin M. Custer, of Homer, where he lives retired, is now serving as township supervisor. His main business in life has been farming, and he still owns a fine place in Champaign County, where the family were among the pioneer settlers. Mr. Custer is one of the many men in Champaign County who have won financial independence through the avenue of agriculture. He was born in Vermilion County, Illinois, January 23, 1852, a son of Jacob M. and Elizabeth O. (Ochiltree) Custer. His parents were both natives of Virginia, and they came to Illinois in 1848, locating in Vermilion County.
With industry and determination as dominant qualities, Frank D. Custer has made steady progress in the business world, being now the owner of a valuable fruit farm near Bartlesville and also having oil wells on his property. He was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, the boyhood home of General Lew Wallace of military and literary fame, on the 6th of August, 1855. Three of his brothers served in the Civil war and one of these, A. R. Custer, is now living retired in Bartlesville with his family. Frank D. Custer acquired his education in the public schools of Thornton, Indiana,
The mother of Mrs. George E. Ormsby of Alliance, Mrs. Margaret Custer, 66, of Deadwood, S.D., died at the home of her daughter, 524 Box Butte, Monday morning [December 30, 1935]. She has been in Alliance more than a month for medical treatment, having spent part of the time at the hospital. Mrs. Custer was the wife of John W. Custer and was a long-time resident of Deadwood. She was born March 30, 1869 at Dixon, Ill. Surviving her, besides her husband, are four daughters, Mrs. [Nancy] Ormsby; Mrs. George [Clara] Brink, Fairpoint, S.D.; Mrs. Alex [Della] Jacobson, Deadwood, and
John W. Custer, 89, died Saturday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nancy Ormsby, 412 Big Horn. He had been in failing health for the past several months. Mr. Custer was a retired farmer and had lived with Mrs. Ormsby the past five years. He lived on a farm near Deadwood, S.D. for many years. Mr. Custer was born October 2, 1864 in Harlan, Ia., and married March 23, 1888 to Margaret Jones, who died December 30, 1935. Besides Mrs. Ormsby [Nancy], he is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Leo Mooney [Clara], Spearfish, S. D., and Mrs.
0. B. CUSTER. The citizenship of Fall Creek Township has no member more respected and esteemed, both for his individual worth and his many kindly and disinterested service in behalf of his friends and the community, than Mr, 0. B. Custer. He was born near Mortonsville, Indiana, August 9, 1838, and was a son of William and Judah (Kendle) Custer. William Custer, the father, was a native of Kentucky, born near Georgetown, and early in life came to Indiana, locating in Fayette County. In that County he married Miss Kendle and spent the rest of his life as a farmer