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THE CLYDE HERALD, 13 April 1882
Obituary of MOSES HELLER
Uncle Heller Dead -- Moses Heller, the first actual settler in Cloud Co. Died at Longwood, Custer county, NE on the 10th day of March, 1882 of paralysis, in the eighty second year of his age.

On the present townsite of Clyde, "Uncle" Heller, as he was most familiarly known, "squatted" in 1860, and continued his residence in this place, without interruption, for eighteen years. He was our first postmaster and continued in the same capacity until he removed from Clyde, giving universal satisfaction as an attentive and competent servant of the people. His home was the headquarters of all immigration during the earlier days, and from his good cheer the homesteaders of this county distributed. No worthy person ever left his home in need of food, and his doors ere always open to welcome those temporarily in need of shelter. As by instinct, in time of Indian trouble, all fled to him for protection, council and assistance, and his natural ability and experience in "handling" the aborigines was of great service to his fellow citizens; and Uncle Haller always "held the fort." After turning the post office over to his successor, W. T. Beatty, in 1878, joined the family of his son David at Lake Sibley, this county, where they remained until about two years ago, when they removed to Longwood NE. In his last moments, passing away in a comparatively new country, his desire was to be again in Kansas with his pioneer friends. Thus he who had been the first to carry the banner of civilization, and whose life -- that of a strong man and an eventful one -- had for the better part been spent in this country's growth, m peacefully returned to dust.

Transcribed and Contributed by Dan Meckenstock

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