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By Don Ogle
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

California Earthquake Nets Long Time Nebraska Farmers


Don Ogle

Accepting Pioneer Farm Awards at the Cheyenne County Fair This week were members of the Hyde Family, who have farm holdings in the area of Weyerts Church northeast of Sidney. Accepting the award on behalf of Hyde Agri Farms, LLC and Hyde, LLC were, from left, Keith and Patty Hyde, Kelly, Angela, Cheryl O-Kelly and Dean Hyde.

In April 1906, the ground shook like never before in the San Francisco area when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devistated northern California, affecting thousands. Not many realize it, but that earthquake would also have an impact on western Nebraska as well.

For as John William Hyde and his family recovered from the "big one," Hyde vowed it would be the last earthquake his family would go through. So Hyde packed up his wife Elanor and five children, looking to find a place where he could find land at the best price possible.

The Hyde clan came to rest in the Panhandle and in 1918, John purcha...

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