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”

The Great Blizzard of 1888

An article from the Feb 2008 Stereoscope: Great Blizzard of 1888 Furnished Thrilling Experiences Both For Parents and Children By Sandra Slater An early incident of pioneer history will show the present generation something of the conditions under which school sere started in that period, and will also show the great contrast with the educationalContinue reading “The Great Blizzard of 1888”

The Silver City

From the 2010 Stereoscope ; Silver City – by Susan Perry Time: late 1945 Place: Holdrege, NebraskaSetting: Holdrege Chamber of Commerce meeting Scenario: Severe Housing Shortage in Holdrege The immediate problem the Chamber needed to address was: The veterans were returning and new residents were arriving to fill plentiful jobs. There was nowhere for peopleContinue reading “The Silver City”