Author Archives: Glenn Čada

The Business of Clarkson is Business

By the turn of the 20th Century, Clarkson was an energetic, bustling community on the prairies of Eastern Nebraska.  Incorporated in 1887 on a branch line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, the settlement already had a general merchandise store, … Continue reading

Posted in 1890s, 1910s | 11 Comments

Let Us Now Praise Famous Clarksonians – Milo Blecha

Let us now praise famous men, our ancestors of generations past. – Sirach 44:1 I recently spent a few days in a small French village that, like ours, has probably never had more than 1,000 citizens.  Over the centuries the … Continue reading

Posted in 1940s, 1950s | 12 Comments

Are We the Widest?

After seeing the photo of Clarkson’s main street (Pine Street) in a recent post, Olenka Stepanek Folda commented on how WIDE the street is, both now and in her childhood memories. My initial response to her was that I recall … Continue reading

Posted in The 21st Century | 8 Comments

Tea Service in the Saloon

I made a trip to the Village in August and had the opportunity to look around town and country for a couple of days.  Things looked pretty much undisturbed – the festivities of their annual Czech Days celebration had blown … Continue reading

Posted in Businesses | 10 Comments

Sympathy for the (Red) Devil

Proud Clarkson High School alumnus Robert Prazak had an important historical question about our school: After completely enjoying our 60th class reunion (class of ‘57) I was back here in Bella Vista reading all the letters my classmates had written … Continue reading

Posted in 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, The 21st Century | 18 Comments

Party Like It’s 1957!

I didn’t make it to Czech Days this year – circumstances compelled me to make my annual visit to The Village in August instead of the last full weekend of June.  But I heard that it was a good time … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s, Celebrations, The 21st Century | 3 Comments

Merry Christmas from Your Clarkson Merchants

As the days get shorter, and the chill winter winds begin to blow, we bring our recreation indoors – dancing, bowling, card playing, soup suppers, television, and movies.  And we begin our preparations for Christmas. The Christmas Season was a … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s | 5 Comments