Among the settlers who drifted into the Sappa valley in the spring of 1873 was William Love, who came from Missouri in a wagon. He homesteaded the farm now owned by W. S. Langmade just east of Oberlin, afterwards proving up on the same. His family did not come out until August of the same year. In that new and unsettled time there were many hardships and privations that must be endured; the little dry weather that we encounter now was as nothing when compared to the drought of that time. Mr. Love says at one time he knew this country to go nine months without a particle of rain and when the droves of buffalo ran over the prairie their location could be known for miles by the cloud of dust that arose as they ran. The first few years he lived here he made a living from hunting mostly; occasionally a new settler wanted some plowing done and a little money could be made in this way. Sometimes a little freight could be hauled from Buffalo Station in Gove county and for this groceries and shoes for the family could be obtained. He took the HERALD from its first issue and has taken it without a stop since and recently said he did not remember that he had ever missed an issue. "Uncle Billy" as he is affectionately called by his neighbors is getting along in years but is still active and no doubt will live many more years to read the HERALD.
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