From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Rock County, NE, Centennial Book on eBay

I want it, but I'm not going to bid any more.



eBay is selling a copy of Rock County Nebraska Centennial, 1888-1898. I have run the bid up to $74.29 on the darned thing, but someone has bid more. I'd love to have it, but $73.29 is my top bid. (Don't ask me why that's the magic number, but it is.)

It will be interesting to see how much it brings. My readers from Rock County may be surprised how much their centennial books are worth, if they are fortunate enough to own one.

I would be tempted to bid higher, but I'm getting ready to spend a small fortune on the accompanist's editions of the new hymnbook and liturgy for church. Unfortunately, that's going to deplete my library budget.

(I should add, for those who may be puzzled: I grew up in Rock County, Nebraska. I would know/know-of many of the people who are mentioned in the book.)

Update:

The final price for the Rock County Centennial book on eBay was $74.29.

The same book is currently selling at AbeBooks for $175.00.

2 comments:

John Ruberry said...

Sorry that you didn't win. Maybe there'll be another chance.

Genevieve said...

Thanks, John. Somehow I'll try to carry on. :)

I've consoled myself by buying a much cheaper centennial book for Sargent, Nebraska, a small town about an hour south of Rose, Nebraska, where I grew up. I may not know anyone in the book (not sure), but I do know the area and the town. I'll enjoy the pioneer stories, and I'm sure it will include some Solomon Butcher photos of homesteaders around Sargent.

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