Just recently I was evaluating the value of maps in family history research. As part of a program, I reflected on a story Dad used to tell:
His grandparents, John H. Brubaker and Ellen Tiernan owned land in western Nebraska. The farmers and ranchers in the area had decided that they would collectively pay for a school teacher. A school house was built nearby and all of the children were sent. The Brubakers had three sons, all very handsome and charismatic. According to Dad, for three years in a row, the school had to hire a new teacher because each woman that came out to teach would inevitably marry a Brubaker boy.
Until recently, I had never given much credibility to this story. But, I was able to visit Alliance, Nebraska. The museum there is really quite nice. Inside the museum/archives in Alliance I encountered a plat map of the area. There on the map was my grandfather’s land. And just south and west of his land was a school house! Maybe Dad’s story is not such a stretch after all.
Here is a copy of the map. You can make up your own mind. Regardless of the veracity of the story, the discovery on this map was exciting.