2006 Ice Storm 1/4ly Program

Rod Waldrip, Retired Senior Facility Engineer at BD – Holdrege presented the program. Below is an article about the program written by Patti Simpson. A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Nebraska Prairie Museum during Tuesday night’s frigid temperatures for the Phelps County Historical Society’s quarterly program. PCHS board member, Rod Waldrip presented hisContinue reading “2006 Ice Storm 1/4ly Program”

Phelps County Celebrates Nebraska Centennial with Old Settlers’ Picnic—1967

Stereoscope – Jan 2017 by Patti Simpson Many of our readers will remember little or nothing about this part of our county’s history. The first “Old Settlers Picnic” was held in 1919 at the Peterson’s Summer Resort. The Resort was owned by two brothers, Oscar Peterson and Arthur Peterson on the land that, Dr. Theo.Continue reading “Phelps County Celebrates Nebraska Centennial with Old Settlers’ Picnic—1967”

Does Anyone Play Checkers Anymore?

From the Stereoscope July 2011 By Susan Perry The Nebraska Prairie Museum has a very unique picture board in its possession. When the Nebraska Checkers Association disbanded because of waning interest in this hobby, they presented the museum with the Nebraska Checkers Association Hall of Fame display. It features the 10 gentlemen who won severalContinue reading “Does Anyone Play Checkers Anymore?”

Phelps County’s First Pilot

From the June 2018 Issue of the Phelps Helps Newsletter – A Publication by the Holdrege Area Genealogy Club BIERMAN LICENSED AS TRANSPORT PILOT Has Eleven Hundred in the Air Without Serious Trouble From the Holdrege Daily Citizen, November 12, 1931. The first transport pilot’s license to be received in Phelps County was awarded toContinue reading “Phelps County’s First Pilot”

Floyd Lindstrom

Published in September, 2018 Stereoscope Floyd Lindstrom; Medal of Honor recipient by Patti Simpson. Floyd Lindstrom’s Early LifePrivate First Class Floyd K. Lindstrom, was born on June 21, 1912 in Holdrege, Nebraska, to Otto and Anna (Spongberg) Lindstrom. Around 1915, Anna moved away from Otto with her two young children, Pauline aged six and Floyd,Continue reading “Floyd Lindstrom”

Gustaf John Johansson

Gustaf John Johansson was born December 26th, 1829 in Tryggrop, Rydaholm Socken, Smaland, Sweden. After service in the compulsory Swedish military, Gustaf was married on March 25th, 1855 to Stina. Between the years 1858 and 1866 they had four children together Emma Maria, Anders Johan, Anna Mathilda, and Jonas. In their journals it was evidentContinue reading “Gustaf John Johansson”

Swedish Emigration

Swedish emigration got underway in the early 1840s, and had the third-highest rate in all of Europe. Phelps County Nebraska, similar to many counties across Nebraska, was settled by a tight-knit Swedish population. Many of the population were farmers who found themselves without means, spurned by the modernization of agriculture. In 1844 the first stagesContinue reading “Swedish Emigration”