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”

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”