Phelps County’s First Airman

From the June 2018 Stereoscope – 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 to Arvine Bierman Tuesday at Norton,Continue reading “Phelps County’s First Airman”

The Shorthand Sisters

From the July 2013 Stereoscope: The Shorthand Sisters By Gloria Bryan and Rose Ann Swanson During the 40’s, three Hollertz sisters graduated from Ragan High School, Gloria (Mrs. Ward Bryan) in 1942, Leone (Mrs. Bill Heldenbrand) in 1945 and Rose Ann (Mrs. Rod Swanson) in 1947. At that time a girl could take Normal trainingContinue reading “The Shorthand Sisters”

The Holdrege Business College

From the July 2013 Stereoscope The Holdrege Business College By Susan Perry Holdrege has had two business colleges which were in operation from 1903 through several more years. In 1903 the first business college and normal school were in operation. The school had S.S. Hayman as president, O.O. Hayman as principal and two teachers wereContinue reading “The Holdrege Business College”

Alfred Viren’s Carpentry

From the July 2013 Stereoscope: Alfred Viren’s Carpentry By Barbara Blackburn In 1903, at the age of thirty, Alfred Mathias (Sundburg) Viren left Sunborn, Dalarna, Sweden to settle in Phelps County, Nebraska. Dalarna is a mountainous forest area, full of lakes, poets, musicians and skilled craftsmen. The land there did not lend itself to anythingContinue reading “Alfred Viren’s Carpentry”

Bertrand Church Window

October 2009 Stereoscope. The Bertrand Church Window Arrives! On October 8, 2009 another piece of Phelps County history made its way to the Nebraska Prairie Museum. The large stained glass window, along with a smaller stained glass window from the former Congregational Church in Bertrand, had been donated to the museum in 2007 by LelandContinue reading “Bertrand Church Window”