Stephanie Haumont's story

Another account of this families immigration
Assumed Author:  Stephanie Haumont
great granddaughter of Jules Haumont



MEET THE SANDHILLERS...

A beautiful lady, colorful rockets bursting in air, a spectacular parade of shops. It was the birthday celebration of the Statue of Liberty. As I watched this extravagant celebration I reflected upon my own ancestors journey to America. The Haumont's were all of French origin and moved from France into Be gium.

Jo Severyns was the first Belgian of this group to immigrate to the United States. He landed in New York in 1872. After his arrival he bought a railroad ticket to Chicago and on the way to Chicago he somehow contracted Rheumatic Fever. Upon arriving in Chicago the police thought Joe was drunk and they wanted to arrest him and put him in jail. He finally convinced them that he was sick, so they gave him directions to a monastary. The nuns nursed him back to health and then gave him enough money to buy a train ticket to Moingona, Iowa, where he was going to work in the coal mines. He worked in the mines
for at least 3 years until he earned enough money to go back to Belgium to marry his fiance. He wrote her a letter stating that he was coming home to get her and bring her back to "the land of opportunities". He sailed back to Belgium in 1875 and returned to America with his wife in 1876. They then joined the rest of the group in Moingona, Iowa.

As Joe was sailing back to Belgium in 1875, the Haumonts, Isadore, Jules and Edmund, and Joe's brother Tom and sister, Mary, were coming to America. Upon their arrival they went directly to Moingona, Iowa where they resided. The
four men worked in the coal mines and Mary did the cooking. After awhile they pooled their savings and a team of horses and a wagon was bought. In the spring of 1878 they traveled down the Missouri River Valley to Brownville. At Brownville they had possessions ferried across the river to Nebraska. From there they traveled westward up the Platte River Valley. The group
traveled to Woodriver, Nebraska, but there was not enough homestead land for them all. Tom Severyns bought 80 acres of land and the group spent the winter of 1878 on this land. Later on, 80 more acres of land was bought and the group then had 160 acres of land.

In he spring of 1879 Tom Severyns and my great grandfather, Jules Haumont, took the team and wagon and headed north toward Custer County, where they heard that there was lots of land available. At Comstock, they were told where and how to cross the Middle Loup River. Four days later, after crossing the river, they came to Round Valley, where they were told that
all of the land in the valley was already homesteaded. They met three men who told them about a table, later named French Table. They found this table land and plenty of lagoons and grass. Tom and Jules walked for two days staking out their land. After copying the numbers of the section stake, they went to Grand Island and filed on enough land for the whole group. Joe
Severyns and his wife came to French table from Woodriver and joined the Haumonts and Severyns in homestading at French Table. After building the two story sod house that used to stand by Henry Haumonts, Isadore went back to Belgium to get his wife and son. They also settled at French Table.

My great-grandfather, Jules Haumont, lived on French table until 1919, when he bought land in Round Valley and built a new house on the farm where I now live. My grandfather, Steve Haumont, was born in that house in the fall of 1919 and has lived on our farm all of his life. Steve Haumont is the grandfather of Stephanie Haumont, a freshman at Broken Bow High School.





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