Known Pony Express Riders

Frank Helvey

Photo of Frank Helvey Born: 1831, in Huntington County, Indiana.

Died: March of 1910, at Fairbury, Nebraska.

Frank Helvey, son of Joel Helvey, migrated with his father and family across Iowa in 1846, following the Mormon Trail, crossing the river at Nebraska City in the spring of 1854. He came to Jefferson County, Nebraska, May 25, 1859, in company with his father and brothers, assisting in the erection of a road ranche along the Little Sandy Creek. Joel Helvey and his sons, Frank, Thomas and Jasper engaged in freighting and general ranching until 1870.

Frank Helvey was a Pony Express rider and it is likely the family operation had a contract with the company to provide hay and feed for the horses. Blacksmith services were undoubtedly a part of the Helvey's operation.

Frank and Eleanor Plummer journeyed over to Beatrice where she and he were married by "Pap Towle" in his cabin in 1866. They had several children: Watson, who was killed by accident with a buzz-saw, Auga, a daughter, Delmer, Lillian, Arthur, Eva, Archie, Myrtle, and Ernest.

The Helvey family continued to freight goods to the ranche after the Pony Express ended and years later Frank was elected sheriff of Jefferson County, an office he held for many years. His brother, Tom, was County Treasurer, and a third brother, Jasper, served as County Clerk. Helvey, Nebraska was named for the family.

Source: Dawson, Charles. Pioneer Tales of the Oregon Trail and of Jefferson County , Topeka, Crane and Co. 1912.

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