Peter Loy of Otoe County Nebraska

Along with the family group chart for Peter Loy (to America from Switzerland 1849), I have several historical news clippings regarding him and his family. I’ll begin with those I found on Peter, and in subsequent posts feature those of his children.

From Friday, 5 August 1892 Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NE) pg. 1:



   Constable Dunn had a happy windfall in connection with the arrest of Aaron real last Sunday night. Unknown to him a reward of $50 had been put up by Mr. Loy at Burr for the apprehension of the scounderal, which was paid to Mr. Dunn.
   Our little village was thrown into a feverish excitement last Sunday evening by the swearing out of two complaints by Constable Dunn, for the arrest of Aaron Real and a Miss Loy of Burr, charging them with criminal cohabitation in this place. Real is a married man but under pretense of going to Tulmago on business left Burr one day last week and taking Miss Loy with him, came to Unadilla registered at the hotel as man and wife and remained over night. The next day he left for the Bennet camp meeting and is reported to have repeated this at the hotel at Bennet. The officer left town about about dark, bound and arrested Real at 11 p.m., at his home in Burr, just in time to save him from a mob who were about to take the matter into their own hands. The arrest of the girl quickly followed that of Real, and they were taken to Unadilla before Justice Brandt, where Real waived examination and was bound over to the district court in the sum of $500, and the girl was discharged. Failing to secure the needed bail, Real was taken to jail Tuesday evening, and while on the way offered the constable $200 to allow him to escape. But it was no go. The officer was not to be bribed and Real now languishes in the bastile where he will have several months to wait before the court convenes.

Note: The “Miss Loy” would have been Peter’s youngest daughter, Ida.

From Wednesday, 4 November 1896 Syracuse Democrat (Syracuse, NE) pg. 1:

   Last Saturday as A. M. Ingersoll, his son and Peter Loy of Burr, were coming into town with a span of colts, some one shot at a rabbit at the corner of the fair ground just across the bridge, scaring the team, and as they turned suddenly, broke the buggy tongue, and ran away. The team ran about half a mile before they were stopped. No other damage was done.

From Friday, 31 May 1901 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 7:


   Mr. Loy of Nebraska City is visiting his daughter, Mrs. John Sinn, and family, in Amity township.

From Thursday, 31 March 1904 Syracuse Democrat (Syracuse, NE) pg. 4:

A Pioneer Gone.

   Peter Loy died Monday morning, March 28th, 1904 at his home in South Branch precinct at the extreme age of ninety-years and one month. He was one of the first homesteaders in the state or the United States, and for about forty years lived and toiled on his original homestead, where he died. Since his residence in this county he was never known to have been sick until his recent illness, urenic trouble was not of long duration.
   He was born in Roth-hausen, Switzerland, February 2, 1814, in 1849 he came to America and settled in Ohio, and a few years afterwards moved to Michigan, and from there to Nebraska and to the present homestead, near Hopewell.
   He leaves three children surviving him, William, who has been his sole companion for about eight years, Mrs. Ida M. Miller [sic] and Mrs. Dena Simer [sic], and a grand daughter Miss Birdie V. Loy, the daughter of his deceased son Fred Loy.
   Thus passes one of the oldest land marks in Otoe County, full of years and honor. No neighbor, no friend, was ever more kind and honest, and honorable than Peter Loy and he filled well the station he chose in life leaving us, mourned and honored by all who knew him. Peace to his ashes.
   The funeral will be held from the Hopewell church today at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. Schueler of the German Evangelical church of Syracuse, and the interment will take place in the Hopewell cemetery.

From Thursday, 7 April 1904 Syracuse Democrat (Syracuse, NE) pg. 5:

   Mrs. Ida M. Miller [sic] from New Mexico arrived here Saturday to attend the funeral of her father the late Peter Loy.

From Tuesday, 3 May 1904 Syracuse Democrat (Syracuse, NE) pg. 1:

   The will of the late Peter Loy was filed for probate this morning. He leaves the farm to his son William, who always made his home with him and looked after things, on the condition that he apy to his three brothers and sister [sic] $600 each. One brother, John, has been away from home for some time and his address is not known at this time, but in case that he does not show up within a year his allotment of money is to be given to the other brothers and sisters, share and share alike. The real estate is valued at $8,000, while there is very little personal property.

From Saturday, 21 May 1904 The Roswell Daily Record (Roswell, NM) pg. 1:

   F. A. Mueller, the tailor, is expecting his wife and children to arrive on the evening train from Syracuse, Nebraska, where they have been for two months. Mrs. Mueller was called there by a message announcing the death of her father Peter Loy. The deceased was ninety years of age when he passed away.

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