Ezra Meeker

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This photo was snapped in the late 1890s in Carlton, Nebraska. It came from my maternal grandfather’s album, who claimed the short man in front was Ezra Meeker. Ezra was a wagon master for immigrant, westbound wagon trains, homesteaders in search of new lives. This time however, the wagon, I assume, is laden with Rio Grande Lager Beer, as the cover states – unless he dabbled in a bit of sales work to make ends meet. Ezra was headed into the sand hills. Six animals may have been required. Who can say 120 years after the fact?

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