FREMONT COUNTY HERALD
No date, but circa early 1914
Keeping History Straight
Lot Brown of this city, who has been Constable Brown of Sidney township for just 40 years, may be given a free trip out into Nebraska for the purpose of definitely locating the scene of the famous Plum Creek massacre in which a freighting train fell into the hands of the merciless Sioux Indians and all its members killed with the exception of Mrs. Frank Morton, who was held captive for nearly two years before the government finally succeeded in effecting her release by paying a goodly ransom. The secretary of the Nebraska State Historical Society has written Mr. Brown: "We may have to call upon you to come out and help us locate the site, as there is some disagreement about this among the people who profess to know". It is the society's intention to erect a monument on the site of the massacre.
Lot knows all right, for he reached the spot while the remains of the wagon train were still smoking and just as the soldiers had concluded the burial of the unfortunate victims. He belonged to another train bound for Salt Lake and beside himself there were in the party his brother Pete Brown, C.C. Hickman, John Gilbert, John Rodamel, Joe McNatt and a cook known as
Nigger Jake. Lot made numerous trips across the plains and encountered many such scenes as this. But luck was with him. He was always just ahead of or just behind these massacres.
Mrs. Morton was a sister of Hiram Fletcher and Mrs. Emma Curran of this city. Hers was an experience such as probably no other white woman was ever called to endure. On that fatal day, July 10, 1864, at Plum Creek she saw her young husband, her brother Bill Fletcher, and a cousin John Fletcher, cut down before her very eyes, as every other man of the party. Then she was carried away by the Indians and held captive for two years. She always said the red-skins treated her kindly but that she was never out of sight of the lynx-eyed squaws. What she suffered in mental anguish during these two years is beyond the pale of imagination. Mrs. Morton in middle age married again and lived to be a good old age, her death occuring about a year ago at Jefferson.
1. Delos White "Pard" , or "Lot", or "Common" Brown was born 2/22/1847 at Beardstown, Illinois - died - 10/25/1930 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Brown family came to Fremont county at Christmas time 1855.
2. Josiah Allen Harvey (who wrote the account in the Sidney SUN) died on the Saturday before January 20, 1914; he's buried in the Sidney, Iowa, cemetery.