The Great Depression in Phelps County

From the Stereoscope – January 2010 The GREAT Depression by Susan Perry As we gather stories about the Great Depression of the 1930s, I have wondered what the conditions were in Holdrege during that time. Many of us have heard dust bowl stories with tons of dirt blowing and no crops and I have heardContinue reading “The Great Depression in Phelps County”

Three Gun Wilson During Prohibition

Stereoscope – Jan 2010 Three Gun Wilson Swoops Down As Church Bells Ring Holdrege Progress October 31, 1932. Five Simultaneous Raidsby Twenty Officers With Federal WarrantsLand Four Holdrege Peoplein Federal Jail at HastingsWhile Other Are Held HereA few minutes before the last church bells rang in Holdrege Sunday morning, a series of simultaneous raids onContinue reading “Three Gun Wilson During Prohibition”

Congregational Church Update

June 2010 Phelps Helps Newsletter Congregational Churches in Phelps County Darlene Samuelson, a volunteer at our library has just completed an index of Congregational church members in Phelps County, Nebraska. The communities include Holdrege, Loomis and Bertrand. We do not have the records for the Urbana Congregational, a country church that was located in theContinue reading “Congregational Church Update”

The 1935 Republican River Flood

From the April 2010 Stereoscope The 1935 Republican Flood Written by Sandra Salter Plans are being made to honor those who lost their life in the Republican Valley Flood by marking each known person’s grave with a special marker on Memorial Day 2010. It is believed that 113 people lost their lives and some familyContinue reading “The 1935 Republican River Flood”

Movie Theaters of Holdrege

Published in the July, 2009 Stereoscope Movie Theaters of Holdrege By Patti Simpson For the last several months the entire community has been watching the Sun Theater with anticipation. The changes taking place are amazing! Thanks to a group of local citizens calling themselves the Strategic Community Investments Group LLC, the Sun Theater is shiningContinue reading “Movie Theaters of Holdrege”

Holdrege’s First Hospital

Published in the July, 2017 Stereoscope Holdrege’s First Hospital By Susan Perry In 1906, the very first hospital was built in Holdrege by two enterprising doctors, Andrews and Giese. Christened the Midwest Hospital, it was erected on the corner of West Avenue and Hedlund Street, which was later renamed Fifth Avenue. The building was brick,Continue reading “Holdrege’s First Hospital”