Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Quit before Four

Cletus Suther and family donated a quilt made by the 'Quit before Four' quilting group to the Nemaha County Historical Society today.

Members of the club each made a quilt block and signed the block. Names on the block include Francis Krammer, laurine Lackey, Louise Stuke, Dorothy Lierz, Elizabeth Frehe, Cathryn Lierz, Minnie Stuke, Rose Gress, Rita Stuke, Rachel Henry, Dorothy Ronnebaum, Charlene Mohlman, Josephine Kuckleman, Marie Ronnebaum and Elsie Wempe.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mysterious Item

Do you know the history behind this item?

This trash can is made out of cardboard. The donor said that cardboard was used to make trash cans during World War II to avoid using metal in the making of the trash cans.

The following blog posts discuss the need to save metal for the war effort.

There is an imprint on the side of the trash can.

We believe this reads:
Menasha Inpervo Can
contents 2 1/2 gal
All Type
Mgr Under patent numbers
1,802,857 and 1,892,575
Menasha, Was.

Unfortunately, historical information about this item has not been found. Please contact the Nemaha County Historical Society ( if you have information on this or any similar item.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2018 Tractor Cruise a Success

Thank you to everyone who supported the Nemaha County Historical Society by participating in this year's Tractor Cruise.

We would also like to thank Richard Schmitz for all of his work planning and coordinating this annual event.

Join us next year as we cruise the county!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Newspaper Research

Resources for Nemaha County and Kansas Newspapers
Interlibrary Loan – Microfilm of Kansas Newspapers
  • Researchers in Kansas can borrow KSHS microfilm collections on interlibrary loan through participating Kansas libraries. There is no fee for this service.
    • Please submit your request to your local library.
    • Provide the complete citation and microfilm reel numbers if possible.
    • Libraries can borrow up to two reels of film at a time per patron.
    • Film must be used on a microfilm reader/printer at the borrowing library.
    • The loan period is for four weeks (including shipping time).
    • Film is usually sent out within five business days after the request is received from the local library.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Nemaha County on Billion Graves

Have you ever gone to a cemetery to decorate a loved one's grave and forgotten exactly where it is? Have you ever wondered who was buried near your ancestor?

Many genealogists rely on Find a Grave to help them with their cemetery research. Not only can Find a Grave help figure out what cemetery a relative was buried in, it often contains pictures of tombstones. Some online memorials include the obituary and/or links to other family members. Currently, most Find a Grave memorials will not help one find that family stone on decoration day.

Billion Graves is similar to Find a Grave. The major difference between the two sites is that Billion Graves entries begin with a picture of the tombstone. By starting with the picture, Billion Graves is able to capture the GPS location of the tombstone. Once pictures are uploaded to the site, volunteers transcribe the information on the stone.

Only a few Nemaha County cemeteries have been photographed. Below is part of the map for Dennis Cemetery.

Seventy-five tombstones have been photographed in Dennis Cemetery. Sixty-four of them have been transcribed. The green map markers on the above map indicate the location of the stones that have not been transcribed. Below is the picture of the J S Dennis tombstone and the transcribed information from the stone.

Michael Philbrick is the primary contributor of the Nemaha County photos to Billion Graves. Besides the Dennis Cemetery, he has photographed most of the Seneca City Cemetery and the Baileyville Cemetery.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rev. G. W. Jermane

[From Platte City (Mo. Landmark.]

A Tribute to the Memory of My Father

As my father was so little know by my friends in the West, I took upon it as a matter of filial duty to say some few things to his memory. And, as my friend and brother, W. M. Paxton, Esq. of Platte City Missouri, has so kindly written in verse of his death, and thereby has laid me under obligations I cannot repay. I the more cheerfully comply with the suggestion of friends, and affectionately notice his death.

George W. Jermane was born in Honeybrook, Chester county Pa. April 1st, 1804. He came to Philadelphia 1825. He was married to Rebecca Lindsay Dec 25th, 1827. He joined the M. E. Church on the 22d of September 1822, and remained in its communion until he died. He was one of the incorporators of St. Paul's M. E. Church and occupied a place in its pulpit when able to be present for the last 30 or 40 years. After preaching for some years he was ordained to Deacon's orders April 27th 1845. He was ordained Elder by Bishop Jaynes on March 28th 1852. Four years ago he was attacked by paralysis, and though he was able to go about he never recovered from that stroke. He served his Church faithfully. or years he  acted as Missionary for the southern district of Philadelphia, and was ever ready to do good. As a preacher he was beyond the ordinary standard of his day. He was earnest and eloquent, and as a result did much to lead men to Christ. He possessed a highly sympathetic nature and this enabled him to do very successful missionary work. He leaves three sons, and one daughter, Mrs. E. R. Branson, at whose residence he died on Tuesday morning June 14th at 9 o'clock and 25 minutes, after having been tenderly cared or and nursed by my sister and her faithful husband, and on the following Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock he was laid to rest by the side of my mother.
Let me die the death of the righteous
And let my last end be like his.
W. L. Jermane