Category Archives: 1910s

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

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Pandemic!

With the flu season approaching, I thought it would be worth telling the story of an unusually virulent disease that marched into our town nearly 100 years ago – the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919. (An epidemic is the widespread … Continue reading

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Not Too Big to Fail

The Rise and Fall of the Clarkson State Bank This week’s story concerns a major institution in the Village of Clarkson that flourished and died long before most of us were born – the Clarkson State Bank, one of the … Continue reading

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Beer Joints, Breweries, and a Recipe

Back to our Village’s beer history, but first a few definitions.  One of my smartest readers noted that I was throwing around the terms saloon, tavern, and bar loosely, and she wondered whether there were differences among them?  After doing … Continue reading

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The Wreck of the Reeves (Revisited)

A year ago I posted an unidentified photograph in the Clarkson Museum of a spectacular accident in which a bridge apparently collapsed under the weight of a threshing machine: https://clarksonhistory.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/a-bridge-over-troubled-waters/ I asked readers to identify the location and circumstances of … Continue reading

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The Slama Saloon

One of the sturdiest buildings on Our Village’s main street is situated on the northeast corner of 3rd and Pine Streets (the gray, concrete block structure on the right side of the above photo).  The building, which has stood on … Continue reading

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From the Odvarka Files

I have received another batch of old photographs from Sharon Odvarka Steinberger, who was kind enough to let me look them over before passing them on to the Clarkson Museum.  Most of them came from the collection of the Odvarka … Continue reading

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