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1946 fire upset Superior grain markets

It was 75 years ago last February when fire destroyed a Superior elevator located across the street south of what is now the Petro Plus Station. At that time the Day & Frees Lumber Yard was...

 

Fire trucks continue to grow larger

Monday night a member of the Superior Fire Department spoke to the Superior City Council and told about the need to address the budget and the need for new equipment and adequate space to house that...

 

"The Big Dig " Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) International Conventioncomes to Kansas

With historical equipment crawling, rolling, moving or being displayed about as far as the eye could see, arriving at the site of the "Big Dig" was a bit of a "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in...

 

JC steam engine heads to "The Big Dig"

After a "Long Wait" (the event was cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19) the "Big Dig" will be here Friday through Sunday! The full name of the event is the 35th Annual Historical Construction Equipm...

 

Comstock family serves three Jewell County post offices

The March 11, 1886 Burr Oak Herald proclaimed, "It is stated upon good authority that Ibaton, in this county, and Cora, in Smith, were named for Iba and Cora, two daughters of Thomas Comstock, one of the first settlers above Burr Oak, on White Rock...

 

120 Years Ago County was asking for 28 bridges

120 Years Ago August 9, 1901 Jewell County was asking for 28 bridges for the year, but the commissioners were going to cut the number down to those that seemed an absolute necessity. The commissioners were going over the ground themselves before pass...

 

Man fined $10 for shooting his wife five times

120 Years Ago August 2, 1901 Twenty-nine acres of wheat belonging to Elwood Butts yielded 829 bushels. It was estimated Kansas would raise 25 million bushels of corn during the year, a little more than twice as much as Jewell County alone used to...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    History    July 29, 2021

What ever happened to the annual Wheat Harvest ? ? ?

Many of us here in rural Nebraska remember wheat harvest. It was usually about a two week period that came around the first week or two of July . . . each and every year. Everyone on the farm and often people from the towns were involved in the...

 

After the Oregon Trail, Nuckolls Co. commerce followed the railroads

Members of the Nuckolls County Historical Society held their annual meeting, Sunday, in Pioneer Hall, on the museum campus in Superior.. Society members and guests were present. Richard Schmeling, a...

 

Nuckolls County held its first 4th of July observance in 1872

(The following article was taken out of The Nelson Gazette June 29, 1967) The Fourth of July was always celebrated with great fervor in the old days Everyone welcomed the opportunity to break the mono...

 

Superior Fire Dept. collecting for annual fireworks show Superior Joggers will hold 39th annual Firekracker Run

The Superior Volunteer Fire Department is again making plans to present a free fireworks show at Brodstone Memorial Field as a climax to Superior’s July 4th activities. While coordinated by the members of the fire department, the annual show is...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 27, 2021

War Veteran of 1812 buried in Jewell County - Thomas Jenkins

The War of 1812 began when the United States declared war in June of 1812. The opposing forces were Great Britain, Ireland and their North American colonies plus certain Indian allies. One cause of...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 20, 2021

Steuben – Post Office and School

The Steuben Post Office was located in Holmwood Township, Section 12 per Shute and Dillon in Prairie Jewels. It was organized and discontinued three times. First organized on Aug. 19, 1875, it was...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 6, 2021

A prominent JC landmark

Mount Carmel, located on and around the intersection of 60 Road and E Road in Erving Township, is a prominent landmark in the area. Erving Township is the southwestern most township in Jewell County....

 

Tie vote defeats mask repeal motion for Superior Schools

Members of the Superior Board of Education met Monday evening in regular session. They presented a glass apple to both Allison White and Diane Kile. White is the upper level music and band instructor and Diane Kile is a longtime second grade... Full story

 

Jewell County History continues celebrating 150 Years

Jewell County was established in the late summer of 1870. Its first election was held in September. The county was growing as more settlers arrived. Soddies and dugouts were built to house the settlers and their families. Getting the living quarters...

 

Auld Lang Syne

This evening, Thursday, Dec. 31, at gatherings the world over, many will raise a glass and sing these familiar words “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” They are the first line of a poem-song written by Robert Burns in...

 

And it was over! 75 years ago and six years of fighting - WWII

Seventy-five years ago, after six years of fighting – four and a half years of world-wide fighting and United States involvement, the ravages of World War II were finally coming to an end. The...

 

Nuckolls Fair has been different before-1952

As strange and unusual as it was, the recently completed Nuckolls County Fair is probably not the strangest fair in Nuckolls County history. The strangest title is probably still safe with the 1952...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    June 26, 2020

Harrison - Post Office and Town

Early in Jewell County history, there was discussion on the matter of what to name Town 1 South Range 8 West in Jewell County. Two suggestions were Kleveland and Norway as K. O. Kleveland, from Norway, was an early settler. But another suggestion...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    June 18, 2020

The Greene Family

Yes, it is a story – with many starting places. Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Virginia and Cornwall, England to name a few. One beginning was in 1867, when Civil War Veteran Ogden Norman...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 28, 2020

Jewell County's first high school commencement held in 1887

This issue of the Jewell County Record is generally full of the news of graduations, alumni events and Memorial Day ceremonies. This year it is not the case. In honor of graduates, commencements, alumni and Jewell’s Sesquicentennial here is an...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 21, 2020

Mayview Church

The Mayview Christian Church, often called Mayview Church or in later years simply Mayview, was located in Jewell County's Brown's Creek Township, Section 17. The church was in existence for more...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 21, 2020

Pioneer Couple come to Jewell County in 1871

Bill Loomis, Jarrett Arasmith, Grant Arasmith, Darica Bohnert Hagler, Damon Bohnert, Deb Moyer Bohnert, Becky Moyer Cockroft, Jessie Simmelink Eilert, Jensen Eilert, Jada Eilert, Marsha Willmeth...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 7, 2020

Big Bend, Kansas

Jackson Township is the northeastern most township in Jewell County. Nebraska borders it on the north and Republic County's Big Bend Township borders it on the east. Sections one, two and three of the...

 

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