Near Burwell in Loup County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
On October 16, 1940, Sheriff George Brock of Taylor was murdered at Valleyview by John Birkes. He had come to serve an eviction notice to John and Willard Birkes, who had brought their nephew Richard to town to register for the draft. A chase, utilizing an airplane, resulted in the trio’s eventual capture and imprisonment.
The site of Valleyview is now part of the Valley View Flat Recreation area at the Calamus Reservoir.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1912.
Location. 41° 54.447′ N, 99° 17.968′ W. Marker is near Burwell, Nebraska, in Loup County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 96, 5.6 miles east of U.S. 183, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located near the boat ramp at the west end of the Valleyview Flat parking lot at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burwell NE 68823, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Calamus Valley (approx. 6.8 miles away); The North Loup Project (approx. 6.8 miles away); Harrop (approx. 10.9 miles away); Railroad Turntable (approx. 11.9 miles away); First Settlers in Garfield (approx. 12.1 miles away); Garfield County (approx. 12.2 miles away); The Pebble Creek Fight (approx. 12.4 miles away); The Easter Blizzard of 1873 (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burwell.
Also see . . .
1. Kinkaid Act.
On April 28, 1904, President Theodore(Submitted on January 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Law officer killed in gunfight outside store.
Twice, Loup County Sheriff George Brock of Taylor tried to serve papers on the ranch of the Birkes brothers (John and Willard) and their nephew, Richard. Both attempts to serve the papers were thwarted by the Birkes from their uniquely fortified Sandhills ranch. Each time they forced him away at gunpoint. On Oct. 16, 1940, Brock drove to Valleyview, where Selective Service registration was taking place. John Birkes brought his 21-year-old nephew Richard to register. After Richard's successful registration, the sheriff proceeded to arrest him. A battle ensued, taking the parties onto the east porch of the store and leaving Sheriff Brock fatally wounded from .32 and .38 caliber gun bullets fired by the pair...(Submitted on January 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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