Dr. Kuegle in Madison

Dr. Kuegle leaves Madison

It is with a feeling of regret that the Star-Mail is compelled to chronicle the fact that Dr. F. H. Kuegle has left Madison and located at West Point. Dr. Kuegle came to Madison about a year and a half ago practically a total stranger but his pleasant manner and gentlemanly conduct soon made for him a host of acquaintances and warm friends.

Dr. Kuegle did not leave Madison for the want of sufficient practices as in this short time he had built up a practice that was in every way satisfactory to him and from the phenomenal success he has met with certainly warranted his many patients in being satisfied.

Dr. Kuegle goes to West Point to engage in his chosen profession with his uncle, Dr. Summers, who has the reputation of being one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Nebraska and has practiced in West Point for the past 25 years.

As much as we regret the departure of Dr. Kuegle we are glad he will be placed in a position to better himself. What is true of our feelings is equally true of the entire community, as he came here without a friend in our midst and now leaves it with a great many and not a single enemy. Dr. Kuegle’s practice and good will has been purchased by Dr. Gadbois of Wichita, Kan., who was formerly a resident of Humphrey and who comes to us highly recommended by some eminent medical men of Nebraska and Kansas, and will occupy the rooms in the Jensen block occupied by Dr. Kuegle. He will bring his family to our city as soon as he can find a residence. We welcome Dr. Gadbois and family to our city.

Source: The Madison Star-Mail, February 15, 1907, page 4.

1964 Norfolk City Directory Businesses

A Look Back to 1964

 The items that follow are excerpts from the Norfolk City Directory 1964 issue.                 There are a few businesses mentioned also in Madison, Nebraska.

Agricultural Implement Dealers
John Deere Sales & Service 140 E. 3rd (Madison)
Dinkel Implement Co. 315 S. 1st
Love & Weiland Equipment Co. 336 W. 3rd (Madison)
Madison Farm Equipment 143 W 3rd
Karl Meck Implement   end Omaha Ave.
Norfolk Farm Equipment Co. 301 N. 4th
Reigle Implement Co. 103 W 2nd (Madison)
S & S Wholesale Supply 301 S 1st

Apartment Buildings
Colonial Apartments   1000 Norfolk Ave.
Commodore Apartments    1101 Norfolk Ave.
Emoh Apartments    1104 Koeningstein Ave.
Faubels Court Apartments 607 Blaine
Green Gable Apartments  812 S. 8th
Hoskinson Apartments   110 Braasch Ave.
Johnson Apartments   918 S. 4th
Kruse Apartments   704 Koenigstein Ave.
Lake Side Apartments   2601 S. 13th
McNeely Apartments   206 S. 4th
Mohawk Apartments   128 S. 5th
Park Avenue Apartments   402 Park Ave.
Sihacek Apartments  112 N. 9th
Werner Apartments  105 N. 9th
Windsor Apartments  304 N. 12th

Automobile Dealers
Keith Glatt Motors 605 E. Norfolk Ave.
Jenny Motor Co. 115 Norfolk Ave.
Leichliter Chevrolet Co. 2nd corner Pearl (Madison)
Meiergard Rambler Inc.  119 Norfolk Ave.
Mimick Motor 427 S. Pearl (Madison)
Northrup Chevrolet Co. 218 Braasch Ave.
Petring Lincoln Mercury Sales Inc. 209 S. 5th
Petring Motor Co. Inc. 423 Madison Ave.
Shaffer Pontiac—Buick Inc. 707 Norfolk Ave.

Automobile Dealers—Used Cars
Cobb Motors 707 Madison Ave.
Kralik Auto Sales 844 W. 3rd (Madison)

Baked Goods—Retail
Childs Food Shoppe 429 Norfolk Ave.
Continental Baking Co. 1237 Michigan Ave.
Mel’s Bakery 221 Norfolk Ave.
Jerome M. Osterday 1307 Logan
Sheppard’s Home Bakery 209 Norfolk Ave.
Wonder Bread Thrift Store  1237 Michigan Ave.

Barber Shops
Bob’s Barber Shop 802 1/2 Norfolk Ave.
Deluxe Barber Shop 206 S. Pearl (Madison)
Eiben’s Barber Shop 216 Norfolk Ave.
Faubel Barber & Hat Shop 211 1/2 Norfolk Ave.
Fifth Street Barber Shop 439 1/2 Norfolk Ave.
Fix Barber Shop 511 S. 4th
Otto C. Hart3ig 426 Norfolk Ave.
Joe’s Barber Shop 301 Braasch Ave.
Ken’s Barber Shop  1416 S. 1st
Maas Barber Shop 201 Norfolk Ave.
North Third Street Barber Shop 197 N. 3rd
Hunt J. Quentin 223 Norfolk Ave.
Service Barber Shop 114 S. 4th
Shorty’s Barber Shop 118 S. 3rd (Madison)
Storek’s Barber Shop 112 W 3rd (Madison)
Stan’s Westgate Barber Shop 101 N. 13th

Beauty Shops
Anne’s Beauty Shop 816 W. 4th (Madison)
Amy’s Beauty Ship 214 N. 8th
Bertha’s Beauty Salon 200 S. 4th
Cora Mae Craig Beauty Shop 1100 S. 5th
Dell’s Beauty Shop 1306 Park Ave.
Della’s Beauty Shop 342 E. 2nd  (Madison)
Floma’s Beauty Salon 1102 S. 3rd
Franc’s Beauty Shop 109 N. 4th
Hattie’s Beauty Salon 109 N. Pine basement
Hillview Beauty Shop 1501 Elm Ave.
Jerry’s Beauty Salon 104 S. 5th
Kay’s Beauty Shop 110 S. 13th
LaLaine’s Beauty Salon and Gift Shop 201 Norfolk Ave.
Leona’s Beauty Salon 505 S. 10th
Loretta’s Beauty Salon 306 Omaha Ave.
Madison Beauty Spot 121 W. 3rd (Madison)
Midway Beauty Salon 1101 S. 4th
Mildred’s Beauty Shop 1214 Philip Ave.
Pat’s Beauty Shop 906 S. 5th
Porter’s Beauty Shoppe 131 W. 6th (Madison)
Ray’s Beauty Shop 313 Phillip Ave.
Reinhold Beauty Shop 112 N. 8th
Tews Beauty Salon 1201 S 6th
Ursula’s Beauty Nook 811 S. 13th
Westgate Beauty Salon 101 N. 13th

Buildings — Office and Public
Bishop Block  101 N. 4th
City Auditorium 127 N. 1st
City Hall 208 W. 3rd (Madison)
Court House 737 S. Lincoln (Madison)
DeLay National Bank Building 106 S. 4th
Federal Building 125 S. 4th
Five Thirteen Norfolk Building 512 Norfolk Ave.
Granada Building 509 Norfolk Ave.
Killian Block 329 Norfolk Ave.
King Building 108 S. 4th
Koehn Building 432 Norfolk Ave.
Norfolk Medical Arts Building 1300 Nebraska Ave.
Ommerman Building 118 S. 4th
Parrish Building 429 Norfolk Ave.
Schoregge Block 435 Norfolk Ave.

Bus Lines
Arrow Black Hills Stage Lines 110 N. 4th
Arrow State Lines inc. 700 N. 4th
Center Service Lines 120 N. 5th
P Y N Bus Line  120 N. 5th
United Motor Ways 120 N. 5th
Winner Bus Line 120 N. 5th

Bus Stations
Alden’s Bus Depot 304 S. Pearl (Madison)
Union Bus Depot 120 N. 5th

Blue Rooster Restaurant 1300 Norfolk Ave.
Mary’s Cafe 801 E. Norfolk Ave.

Babe’s Shop (womens) 107 N. 4th
Berle’s Mens Shop 423 Norfolk Ave.
Beverly’s Store (womens) 426 Norfolk Ave.
Fashion City (womens) 310 Norfolk Ave.
Freudenburg Clothing Store 215 S. Pearl (Madison)
Mode O’Day (womens) 105 N. 4th
Norfolk Live Stock Paddock 1601 S. 1st
Sillik’s 601 E. Norfolk Ave.
Star Clothing Store (men) 424 Norfolk Ave.
Style Shop (womens and childrens) 316 Norfolk Ave.
Three Sisters (womens) 307 Norfolk Ave.

Gasoline Stations
Beckner Sincair Service 101 E. Norfolk Ave.
Bob & Bill’s Service Station 543 W. 3rd (Madison)
Champlin Service 516 E. Norfolk Ave.Coovers Derby Service 1320 S. 1st
Deep Rock Service 400 Braasch Ave.
Ecpmp Service 1220 N. 1st
Ed’s D-X Service 701 S. 13th
Eden’s Standard Service 700 Norfolk Ave.
Eighty-One Texaco Service 710 S. 13th
Faulstich Kar Service 613 S. 1st
Filip’s D-X Service 200 S. 1st
Gene’s Standard Service 1027 S. 13th
Harrison’s Phillips “66” Service  101 Norfolk Ave.
Hi-Way Service 320 E. Norfolk Ave.
Hillview Services Station 507 N. 13th
Hudson Oil Co. 800 Norfolk Ave.
Hupp’s Champlin & radiator Service 112 S. 1st
Kohler Service 609 S. 13th
Larsen’s Conoco Service 504 N. 13th
Lau’s Service 214 Norfolk Ave.
Long’s Service—Phillip’s “66” 1301 Norfolk Ave.
M & H Oil Co.101 S. Pearl (Madison)
Manske Oil Co. 300 Madison Ave.
Mary’s Mobil Station 801 E. Norfolk Ave.
McCain’s Conoco 810 Norfolk Ave.
Ninth Street 66 Service Station 811 Norfolk Ave.
Norfolk Deep Rock Service 311 Omaha Ave.
Norfolk Oil Co. 500 Omaha Ave.
Northside Oil Co. N. Pearl (Madison)
Pat O’Gorman Oil Co. E. Omaha Ave. and Logan
Olson’s Sinclair Service 901 Norfolk Ave.
Omaha Avenue 66 Service 101 E. Omaha Ave.
Paul’s Apco 400 E. Norfolk Ave.
Paul’s Apco Service 1024 S. 13th
Paulson’s Skelly Service 316 Omaha Ave.
Roedel Standard Service 101 S. 1st
Stockman’s DX Service 1301 S. 1st
Superior “400” 905 S. 13th
Third Street Texaco Service 200 S. 3rd
Van Super Service Inc. 214 S. 1st

Groceries and Meats—Retail
Bill’s G W Market 116 S. Pearl (Madison)
Braasch Grocery 704 Pasewalk Ave.
Clanton’s Grocery 1209 Nebraska Ave.
Cole’s IGA Foodliner 1306 Norfolk Ave.
Co-op Jack & Jill 232 S. Pearl (Madison)
Economy Food Market 316 Braasch Ave.
Fritz’s Handy Grocery & Produce 121 W. 2nd (Madison)
Harmel’s Thrifty-Way Food Market 807 S. 13th
Hartwig Grocery 511 S. 4th
Hinky-Dinky Stores 121 S. 3rd
Little Giant Grocery 922 S. 4th
McCarthy Grocery 705 Spruce Ave.
National Foods 200 Madison Ave.
Owl Jack & Jill Super Market Inc. 712 S. 13th
Phillip L. Ressell 500 Matrau Ave.
Safeway Stores Inc. 302 Philip Ave.
Skylon Grocery 501 N. 13th
Sunshine Inc. 513 Norfolk Ave.
Test IGA Store 241 S. Pearl (Madison)
Unger’s Handy Grocery 505 W. 3rd (Madison)
Walters Grocery 407 S. 2nd
Wilson’s Grocery 215 S. 11th
Wolff’s Grocery 1906 S. 1st

Becker’s Motel 407 N. 13th
Blue Ridge Motel 916 S. 13th
Bree-Ternes Motel 711 S. 13th
Buck-A-Roo Motel 610 S. 13th
Capri Motor Hotel 211 E. Norfolk Ave.
Flamingo Motel & Café 1019 S. 13th
Mill Bridge Cabin Camp 123 E. Norfolk Ave.
Raasch’s Motel rear 504 N. 13th
Rose Ed Motel 1302 Verges Ave.
Sey-Crest Motel 721 E. Norfolk Ave
Skyline Motel 509 N. 13th

Rest Homes
Norfolk Convalescent Hospital & Nursing Home 1414 S. 3rd
Wayside Nursing Home 201 N. 12th

A & W Root Beer Drive-In 920 S. 13th
Beef Eaters Grill & Lounge 1326 Norfolk Ave.
Alpine Cafe 302 S. Pearl (Madison)
Big Bun Cafe 119 N. 5th
Blue Bell Cafe 214 Norfolk Ave.
Blue Rooster Restaurant 1300 Norfolk Ave.
Bobb’s Cafe 107 N. 8th
Butch’s Sandwich Ship 121 N. 3rd
Carl’s Cafe 1427 S. 1st
Chuck Wagon 101 Omaha Ave.
Dan’s Cafe & Piano Lounge 710 S. 13th
Dog & Suds Drive In 1019 S. 13th
Double—K Drive In 1032 S. 13th
Flamingo Cafe 1019 S. 13th
Giovannis Pizzeria 522 Norfolk Ave.
The Goody Shop 111 S. 5th
Hamburger Hut 114 S. 3rd
Harbison’s Cafe 127 Norfolk Ave.
High’s Cafe 823 E. Norfolk Ave.
Hill Top Cafe 501 N. 13th
Hotel Madison 4th and Norfolk Ave.
Jane’s Cafe 106 S. 5th
Jax Cafe 211 Norfolk Ave.
Lazy L Cafeteria 410 Norfolk Ave.
Mary’s Cafe 801 E. Norfolk Ave.
Miller’s Avenue Cafe 206 Norfolk Ave.
Mom’s Cafe 112 S. 4th
Norfolk Country Club Restaurant  end Country Club road
North Side Cafe  N. Pearl (Madison)
Prenger’s 116 E. Norfolk Ave.
Paul S. Schruber 507 Prospect Ave.
Starlite Cafe 308 S. 6th
Stockman’s Cafe 1035 S. 13th
Stockyards Cafe 1601 S. 1st
The Trails 2608 S. 13th
Welcome Cafe 1421 S. 1st

Madison Butter Factory

List of Subscribers to the Madison Butter Factory

Source:  The Madison Star-Mail, Thursday, February 28, 1929, pages 5, 6.

Adams, J. J.                                 Adams, Martha                            Adelman, Albert

Altschuler, Henry                         Altschuler, Chas.

Baltzell, S. L.                               Best, L. L.                                    Bintz, A. B.

Boysen, August                         Bender & Smith                            Brown, E. E.

Bruhn, Mike                               Burris, E. E.

Collins, Ray                             Conley, F. D.                                 Conway, T. A.

Dover, Ralph                           Dover, Earl                                   Dieter, George

Demmel, Henry                      Davis, Fred                                 Davies, M. A.

Dowling, W. L.

Elley, Walter                             Elley, C. E.                                    Elley, August

Fricke, Ed.                             Field, W. H.                                     Frisch, Joe

Freudenburg, R. H.              Freudenburg, Ernest                       Freudenburg, Arthur

Freudenburg, Arnold            Freudenburg, Eric

Gabelman, Frank               Gabelman, Jacob                            Gabelman, Alfred

Gansko, G. A.                    Goldren Rule Store                         Gustafson, Henry

Hahn, Elmer                       Harms, R.                                      Hartner, Dr. Chas.

Hegr, Frank                       Helmberger, Adam                         Henry, A. S.

Hetzel, Harry                     Hintz, Emil                                     Hoesly, Sam

Hoesly, Pete M.

Jantzen, Arthur                   Jenkins, Lee                                 Jurgens, Ernest

Johnson, Mrs. Wm. R.

Kafitz, Herman                  Kaufman, Julius                        Knauberm, Matt

Klawonn, Fred                  Klawonn, Frank                          Kline, D. W.

Konicek, Emil

LaFleur, R. A.                    Leffler, T. M.                              Lich, Jacobi

Loonan Lumber Co.          Lewis, Clarence                     Long, Dr. F. A.

Maurer, Fritz                    Maurer, Alfred                          Marr, Ray

Miller, J.                           Mortimer, R. H.                        Metschke, O. F.

Malone, Joe                    Meyer, Fred                              Mohr, J. A.

Moyer, Earl J.                Moyer, George H.

Nebr. Fur Farms, Inc.

Ochsner, Honor             Oeltjen, John

Palmer, P. S.                Pospisil, Joe                                    Purdy, Herbert

Purdy, Walter                Plugge, Adolph                            Pruess, Wm.

Pruess, Ed.                   Pruess, Henry                              Peterson, F. A.

Reeker, E. L.                 Rowlett, Ed.                                   Reeg, Philip

Reeves, Chas. C.        Reeves, Joe                                Reeves, Jess

Reinhart, Frank              Reinhart, Albert                                  Rottler, Wm.

Resseguie, E. D.         Reed, Willis E.                                  Rakowsky, Gust

Schmitt, W. A.             Schmidt, A. C.                                Smith, C. S.

Smutny, Prokop           Sunderman, O. A.                            Star-Mail Pub. Co.

Storek, John F.            Sohl, Henry, Sr.                                Schmidt, Art

Schmitt, Wm.             Stevens, Ed.                                  Spence, Perry

Stanke, Wm.             Shank, Fred                                     Sunderman, Henry

Thenke, Fred            Trine, J. O.                                       Tousignant, Geo.

Vilmur, George          Voss, John D.                                  Voss, C. J.

Wonderohe, Wm.         Warden, A. R.                             Wehenkle, Wm.

Wegner, Theodore       White, F. C., Jr.                          White, F. H.

Zessin, Fred               Zaura, Ralph

County Death Announcements


More information can be obtained by contacting Allied Genealogical Search.

Mrs. Bahn, February 21, 1919 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Fred Boche [known as Largest Man in Nebraska], April. 2, 1931 on page 3,                                                                                                          Madison Star-Mail.

Robert B. Channer, [ Editor of Newman Grove Reporter ], October 25, 1918 on                                                                                                           page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Johanna Dietrich Cheney (Mrs. Orran Cheney), November 18, 1918 on page 1,                                                                                                Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Crump (Sarah Ann Farage), May 5, 1905 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

John Frederick Dittberner, October 25, 1918 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. F. W. Fesler (Rosa Barbara Brandt), November 18, 1918 on page 1 and 4,                                                                                      Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Freibe, February 21, 1919 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Sarah Fundum wife of H. H. Fundum, February 22, 1923 on page 1,                                                                                                  Battle Creek Enterprise.

Mrs. John Ganz ( Anna Braje), sister of Mrs. Ed. Wegner, August 23, 1923 on page 1,                                                                           Battle Creek Enterprise.

Mrs. Lizzie Grant, wife of Smith Grant, March 26, 1897 on page 5,                                                                                                      Madison Star-Mail.

William E. Griffin, son of Mrs. John Scheler, October 25, 1918 on page 1,                                                                                                     Madison Star-Mail.

John Huddle, November 1, 1923 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Edward F. Kaul, November 18, 1918 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

John Kehoe, September 18, 1896 on page 5, Madison Star-Mail.

Oliver Kernick, son of Al Kernick, October 25, 1918 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Jacob Knapp, April 4, 1919 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Josephine C. Risk Jenkins, March 2, 1922 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Joseph Krbel, father of Mrs. Anna Severa, March 2, 1922 on page 1,                                                                                                        Battle Creek Enterprise.

Hollis Livinghouse, October 25, 1918 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Chris Martensen, April 4, 1919 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Infant child of Wm. McMahon’s, March 12, 1897 on page 5, Madison Star-Mail.

Frieda Adelheid Meier, daughter of John H. and Emma B. (Kruger) Meier,                                                                        November 18, 1918 on page 4, Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Carl Mink, March 2, 1922 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Zenna Osborn Mink, March 2, 1922 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Mr. and Mrs. James Murray, October 4, 1923 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Troy C. Osborn, September 20, 1923 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.                                                      Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Osborn married 50 years ago, March 22, 1923 on page                            1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Addie Reeves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Reeves, November 18, 1918 on page 1,                                                                                               Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Elizabeth Reeves, wife of Luke Reeves, April 4, 1919 on page 1,                                                                                                           Madison Star-Mail.

Herbert Rhodes, March 2, 1922 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

James Rowland, March 28, 1918 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Mrs. Jacob Schlack, Sr., November 1, 1923 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.

Fred Schmitt, April 4, 1919 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Fredrick Schoepflin, February 2, 1917 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Mary Smith wife of Michael Smith, February 22, 1923 on page 1,                                                                                                   Battle Creek Enterprise.

Mrs. Dewey Spence, (Anna Emma Margaret Test), October 25, 1918 on page 1,                                                                                                    Madison Star-Mail.

Mrs. Ignatz Steiner, February 21, 1919 on page 1, Madison Star-Mail.                                                                     In less than two months, the mother {Mrs. Steiner}, two daughters                                         {Mrs. Freibeand Mrs. Bahn}, and two grandchildren have been called                                   home.

Samuel H. Thatch, March 28, 1918 and April 4, 1918 on page 1, Battle Creek Enterprise.


Post Offices in Madison County, Nebraska

PERKEY’S Nebraska Place-Names

by Elton Perkey

Madison County, NE. Post Offices

Post Office          Established                   Discontinued                Remarks

Battle Creek        27 Jul. 1870

Blakely                25 Feb. 1880               21 Jun.1899

Burnett              20 Jan. 1880                8 Aug. 1887                  Ogden to Burnett to Tilden

Chloe              4 Mar. 1882               6 Jan. 1886

Clarion            4 Apr.  1872               23 Oct. 1899

Deer Creek         14 Dec. 1870        2 Nov. 1899              Changed to Meadow Grove

Dry Creek            28 Mar. 1872       20 Nov. 1888

Dunlap                 11 Feb. 1888                    1889

Emerick               24 May 1873        21 Dec. 1920

Enola                   22 Jan. 1906         31 Dec. 1909


Gates                   24 May 1873                12 Oct. 1875

Glenaro               21 Dec 1874                7 Aug. 1876

Hale                     30 Jan. 1888                27 Oct. 1897

Hiram                   2 Jun. 1887           11 Jun. 1887       Munson to Hiram to Warnerville


Kalamazoo          23 Jun. 1874                24 Aug. 1904

Kent Siding

Madison               23 Dec. 1869

Marrietta              18 Nov. 1873                20 May 1881

Meadow Grove   2 Nov. 1889                                                      before was Deer Creek

Munson                12 Jan. 1880                2 Jun. 1887               to Hiram to Warnerville

Newman Grove   23 Jun. 1874

Norfolk                 9 Jun. 1868

Ogden                 8 Apr. 1878                  20 Jan. 1880            to Burnett to Tilden

Parry                    15 Oct. 1872                6 May 1873

Plum Grove         5 Apr. 1872                   1 Oct. 1873

South Norfolk

Spring Valley       21 Mar. 1872                19 Dec. 1873

Tilden                  8 Aug. 1887                                        was Ogden to Burnett to Tilden

Union Valley        3 Jul 1872                     15 Feb. 1875

Warnerville          11 Jun. 1887                30 Nov. 1917

Warren                 26 Dec. 1871               18 Aug. 1890

Yellow Banks      14 Jun. 1877                19 Dec. 1879


Meadow Grove High School 1940

Meadow Grove H. S. Gives 25 Diplomas

Certificates of Award and Scholarships are Presented

Meadow Grove, Neb., May 16—Special to The News: Commencement was held in Meadow Grove high school Monday night with Newton W. Gaines as the speaker. Despite the fact that a terrific wind, rain, and hail storm visited this section between 7 and 8 p.m. the school auditorium was filled to capacity with the parents and friends of the class of 1940.

The 25 seniors in caps and gowns were seated on the stage. Seventeen of the graduates are from farm homes, seven from the town of Meadow Grove, and one from Battle Creek. Judging by the sentiment expressed by various graduates none of the members of the class is likely to attend college next year unless given an opportunity to work for room and board.

Excerpts from: The Norfolk Daily News, Thursday May 16, 1940, page 10.

Meadow Grove News

Meadow Grove, Nebraska

Information extracted by Richard Strenge

A look at the Meadow Grove News newspaper from years ago gives us great ideas and clues of where to search for more information on family and friends of our ancestors.

Margaret and Burnell Gore of York, are spending the summer vacation with their grandparents Mr. and Mrs. J. W. White.

Mrs. J. G. Wiese left Tuesday morning for Gauze, Tex., where she will spend three or four weeks with her sister, Mrs. C. Bowling.

Mrs. Lister and son, Wm. Harrison, who returned from overseas a few days ago, were visitors at the home of Mrs. Lister.s brother, George Carter, the greater part of last week. They returned to their home at Spencer, Nebr. last Saturday.

Miss Leopal Hawkins left for Ainsworth last Friday to spend the vacation season with her sisters, Miss Elsie and Mrs. Funk. She expects to be gone about six weeks.

Mrs. Uehling and daughter, Miss Dorothy, of Omaha, are visitors at the homes of W. H. Bosse and E. M. Uehling.

Miss Edna B. Anstine has contracted for the second year as teacher of Dist. No. 18, at an increased salary.

Source: Meadow Grove News, Friday June 27, 1919 on page 1.


Mrs. John Edwards is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dogan, near Chadron.

John Edwards and his daughter Miss Hazel, and Mrs. G. M. Hayden were in Norfolk Tuesday attending the funeral of Mr. DeFrance.

Grant White, a nephew of C.N. Hutchins, who was in the aerial service, was recently mustered out, and is now located at Petersburg, Neb.

Donald Cloyd went to Norfolk Monday to have his tonsils removed. He was accompanied by his sister, Miss Cora.

Mrs. Chas. P. Michael left here Monday for her home at Mena, Arkansas, after a pleasant visit to her sister, Mrs. E. H. Brewer.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Cunningham of Plainview, spent Sunday with Mrs. Cunningham.s mother, Mrs. Sarah Brown.

Mrs. I G. Alyea moved to Douglass, Wyo., where her son is in the auto tire repairing business.

Mrs. Mason and son Donald, Mrs. E. H. Crook and daughter Pauline, and Mrs. Emmett Warrick and son Oliver motored to Norfolk Monday.

Misses Rose and Charlotte Hayden, accompanied by their little niece, left Saturday evening for Hyannis, where they expect to spend some time with their brother, E. R. Hayden, on his big ranch in Cherry county.

S. C. Blackman, the editor of the Tilden Citizen, one of our most valued exchanges, left Tilden very quietly a few days ago and went to Council Bluffs, Ia., accompanied by Miss Edith Cunningham of Tilden, and were united in marriage. The bride is well known in the Tilden community having been in the millinery business in that town for several years, and is a lady of high ideals. Mr. Blackman needed a wife as he had been living with his family at a hotel for a long time. An editor can get along so much better with a companion and we congratulate our brother on getting one to help him share the joys as well as sorrows of life incident to the life of a country editor.

Source: Meadow Grove News Friday, July 4, 1919 on page 1.

Mrs. S. A. Werner of Salt Lake City, Utah, arrived here Wednesday to spend a few days with her brother, H. D. Weygint.

Charles H. and J. H. Stahl of Akron, Ohio, and J. C. Stahl of Boulder, Col., are spending a few days at the home of their sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Hansen.

A. J. Collins, accompanied by his wife, left town Monday noon for the scene of his boyhood days ion Baywood, VA., where he will spend a few weeks with his aged father. Eighteen years have elapsed since his last visit. Mrs. Collins, being a Nebraska lady will see so many things different from what they are here, that she, no doubt with her husband, will thoroughly enjoy the trip.

Source: Meadow Grove News Friday, July 11, 1919 on page 1.

Miss Elsie Hawkins came home Tuesday evening from Ainsworth, where she enjoyed a week’s vacation with her sister Mrs. Funk, to enjoy a two week’s vacation with her parents.

Miss Helen Nemce of Weston, Nebr., is enjoying the summer vacation with her aunt, Mrs. J. J. Machecek.

Mrs. Monte Carr, and her little niece, Theola Beech, returned from Bayard, last Thursday.

Mrs. Ed Crook and Mrs. Monte Carr are spending this week at Newman Grove, the guests of Mrs. Chas. Crook.

J. L. Jenkins and family of Venus, Nebr., was in town last Saturday and spent Sunday with Albert Jenkins and family.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Chittenden announce the arrival of a little girl at their home last Saturday morning.

Rev. F. W. Brink returned Tuesday evening from a short vacation at Grand Island and Hastings. He also visited his niece at York.

Source: Meadow Grove News Friday, July 18, 1919 on page 1.

J. R. Smith and family of University Place motored here Saturday. Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Smith went to Plainview to see his mother who is ill. Mr. Smith returned home Monday and Mrs. Smith remained to spend a few days with her sister, Mrs. E. H. Brewer.

Dave Ober and family from Bloomfield visited his mother last Thursday.

L. A. Brown and family of Seward, spent Sunday at the homes of C. C. Wilson and E. H. Brewer.

Miss Wilma Phillips of Battle Creek, was visiting her sister, Mrs. Walter Peterson last week.

Mrs. Bowen and children left here Monday for their home at Tecumseh, after a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Rouse.

Source: Meadow Grove News Friday July 25, 1919 on page 1.

Madison county newspaper

Evolution of a Country Newspaper

             January 1927 will be the fifty-third anniversary of the first newspaper published in Madison county.  It was on that foundation that the Star-Mail has grown in continuous line to the present time.  At a time when Madison county was very new and sparsely settled T. M. Blakely began the publication of the Madison County Review at the place that later became the city of Madison.  Different editors helped to keep it going till it passed to other ownership and in December 1878 its name changed to Madison Chronicle.  The Chronicle was published in Madison until 1921 when it was combined with the Star-Mail by Conley and Silletto under the name of the Star-Mail and Chronicle Combined.

Other newspaper attempts were made at different times.  A small cyclone smeared the Chronicle office all over the surrounding territory in 1881 and the outlook was dark, but it lived.  Editors and publishers changed but the ancestor of the Star-Mail lives on and on.

In 1889 J. B. Donovan appeared and started the Madison Reporter to fill what printers called a long felt want.  He soon found that it wanted something itself and that was a place to earn its bread and it was moved to Newman Grove.  Then in 1893 Donovan & Wright stared a new paper and named it The Star.  In 1902 Senator Allen started the Madison Mail.  Of course there was but one result and that was that three papers could not live where only one could make a grub stake.  Allen withdrew and Donovan united the Star-Mail and gave it the name of the Star and Mail.  All this time the Chronicle was published.  The two papers went on till 1921 when the progressive people of Madison tiring of a continued warfare and supporting two papers by giving the publishers credit for something to live on and making it compulsory to buy advertising space, by a great effort succeeded in having the papers united as had become the usual custom in other towns.

Thus it seems that the Star-Mail is the direct descendent of the first Madison county paper and some of the old equipment and files may still be found packed away in corners of the Star-Mail quarters.

It takes years to start and bring to a successful maturity any newspaper, whether in the country or city.  It may be strengthened by uniting as the Star and Mail did and later by uniting with the Chronicle that had been remained from the Review during the seventies.  It may have gained by accretion from other undertakings that failed but the failures were only tilling the soil for the more worth while newspaper.

A newspaper grows like a tree.  It starts small and if it escapes the dangers that lie in wait for it after may years buffeting the storms that it must pass through, it become a more or less strong tree.

A somewhat irreverent story was once told of a boy who was seeking to widen his information by asking his father questions about the power of God.  His questions were searching and father was troubled and inclined to seek safety by evasion.  The boy wanted his father to substantiate reports he had heard that God could do anything and make anything.  The father assured his son that he had been correctly informed and that nothing was impossible to God.  Can God make a two year old steer, father.  Certainly my son he can.  But father, could he make it in a minute.  The answer like the first was an affirmative.  But father, the boy persisted would the steer be two years old.

That is the idea people sometimes get about newspapers.  They see a paper grow and grow but it takes years to plant its roots firmly and even then some storm may uproot it and destroy it.  But they think if a tree has taken forty years to grow they can start a twig and make it overshadow the forty year old tree in one year.  But would it be forty years old?

Fifty years ago a country newspaper could start with little effort and little equipment.  The Star-Mail forbears was meagerly equipped.  Soon after postal laws did not permit newspapers to be admitted to the mails till they showed a bona fide circulation of subscribers who had paid for the paper themselves.  State laws defined a legal newspaper as one having 200 legitimate subscribers and only after it had been published 52 weeks.  Nebraska laws now make it mandatory that before a newspaper can become a legal paper and publish official or legal notices it would have 300 bona fide paid up subscribers and have been published 52 weeks.

The U. S. Postal laws bear harder on newspapers at each time congress tampers with them.  Since the last change four cents postage is exacted on a ten page Star-Mail and on a 16 page, eight cents.  The same enclosure will go to England with a two cent stamp, the former rate holding good on international mails.

The evolution of the Star-Mail and its advancement has not been checked.  It is stronger and never had a better year than the year 1926.  More improvements have long been contemplated but have been held back because of unsettled local conditions.  It may materialize and the drags on public advancement be ignored, and again the voice of prudence may restraint it.  The signs in the economic world point toward a time when people engaged in business begin to take in sail and not assume too many new undertakings.  The panics of 1873, of 1893, 1907 left warnings that were not heeded.  The same marks our now visible on the world’s sky.                                                        Source:  Madison Star-Mail, Thursday, January 6, 1927, page 1.


 New Newspaper at Madison

            Otto Metschke, proprietor of the Art Printery at Madison will start a new newspaper at Madison opening sometime next month.  For sometime he has been issuing a monthly advertising sheet and according to reports has secured the backing of several Madison merchants who have put $2,000 apiece into the new venture.

The new paper will be called the Madison News.  Mr. Metschke has purchased the Allen building in the rear of the Madison County Building and Loan Association office and is remodeling it for the new plant.

About five years ago Frank Conley purchased the Star-Mail plant and shortly afterward it and the Madison Chronicle the other weekly newspaper published in Madison, were merged together forming one newspaper.  Under the management of Mr. Conley the combined newspapers prospered and everything apparently ran smoothly.  About three years ago he sold the plant to Dr. Cass G. Barns of Albion.  Dr. Barns is a newspaper man of the old school.  He is a brilliant editorial writer but being utterly fearless in the expression of his opinion has apparently been unable to harmonize with the divergent elements of the place and the reopening of another newspaper as the result.

Opinions differ as to the outcome of the new venture.  Madison being a county seat town will no doubt be able to support two newspapers although it is doubtful if either one will prosper.  Neither will be able to completely cover the field in their circulation and the result will be added expense to Madison merchants in their advertising especially when conducting sales as it will be necessary to use both papers in order to have complete coverage.

Mr. Metschke is an experienced newspaper man having formerly operated a newspaper at Wisner.—Newman Grove Reporter.

The Reporter has not been fully advised.  Dr. Barns is not a newspaper man of the old school but of the school of journalism and acting in harmony with journalism instead of working for a grub stake, with some one’s collar around his neck. Conditions have not changed since Conley’s time.  There is a bolshevic element here but are far outnumbered by a higher class of people.  Dr. Barns has not tried to harmonize the two elements.  It would be just as easy to harmonize the Almighty with Satan.  Editorial feed must be held high for the most of the people and it has been too high for the other class.  Happily the new proposition can buy boiler plate brain food to feed his sheep.

After all, while there are signs of decadence in all country towns is it not a sign of a live community when some one has sand enough to start a fight.  If Dr. Barns has been unable to harmonize one class what is there wrong in some one coming to their keep out opposition and it dont play rescue?  It was wholly impossible to try to.  Mr. Price should realize that another paper could start up in his town.

So far as covering the field is concerned, it is covered now thoroughly by the Star-Mail, with local papers in our different neighboring towns.  The world is open to advertisers and the sky is the limit.  The Star-Mail will not change its policy nor will any disciplinary measures tried by any one make as much difference to the ownership as to the employes.  A lessening of support only means a lessening of jobs.  As the income grows less the pay roll will keep pace with it.

Don’t feel sorry for the Star-Mail and don’t feel sorry for the merchants if they have to patronize two papers.  If it hurts them they have only themselves to blame.  In fact don’t feel sorry for any one.  It isn’t half as bad as it looks and is only a sign that there is still live in Madison.  If not now, there will be.                                                 Source:  Madison Star-Mail, Thursday, January 6, 1927, page 1.


Meadow Grove Teachers

Meadow Grove Teachers 1925—1926

Meadow Grove public schools will open for a nine month term on Monday, Aug. 31st. The rooms in the building are being thoroughly cleaned, paint applied where necessary, so that the entire building will be in first-class shape when school opens. There is nothing gained in letting a building run down, and it should be noted that the Board of Education is taking good care of the building entrusted to their keeping and thereby saving money for the taxpayers. The following is a list of the teachers for the ensuing school year: Supt. L. L. Spotts, Meadow Grove, Nebr.; Prin. High School Clarence J. Rosenau, Hastings, Nebr.; Normal Training and Domestic Science Mary Roach, Maywood, Nebr.; English, Latin, French Ruth Ringland, Wayne, Nebr.; 7th and 8th Grades Beatrice Higbee, Meadow Grove, Nebr.; 5th and 6th Grades Frances Snimonek, Wilber, Nebr.; 3rd and 4th Grades Charlotte Hayden, Meadow Grove, Nebr.; Primary Aleda Eggleston, Elgin, Nebr.

Source: Meadow Grove News, August 21, 1925, page 1.