Arthur, Nebraska History
Samuel Wesley Hogate was one of eight children born to Wheaton W. Hogate and Julietta Frame. In the spring of 1878, his family moved from Iowa to Webster County, Nebraska, about six miles southeast of Bladen onto a half section of land, later known as the Prairie Gem neighborhood. As a young man, Samuel traveled to Oregon to visit his brother, where he met Charlotte Emma Hocken whom he married in 1904 and brought her to Nebraska as a bride, making their first home on a ranch near Bladen. Eventually, they homesteaded a section of land northwest of what later became the town of Arthur. There were five children born of this union; Emma Grace Hogate, born 1904; Irma Mildred Hogate, 1906; Wilma Frances Hogate, 1910; William Wheaton Hogate, 1913; and Margaret Phyllis Hogate, 1919. The family moved from the homestead in 1918 to Arthur when Samuel Hogate was elected Treasurer of Arthur County and where he also conducted an auctioneering business. After the death of their eldest daughter, Emma Hogate, the family moved to Ogallala, where Samuel continued his auctioneering business and dealt in livestock for shipment to eastern markets. The family moved west to Escalon, California in 1926, where Mr. Hogate continued in the livestock business.