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A Learning Vacation: Crete Chautauqua in 1886

Nebraska was a leader in the Chautauqua movement, which brought culture and entertainment to rural America. Thousands of Nebraskans spent as many as ten days each summer attending Chautauqua sessions at Crete, among other locations. The Crete Chautauqua for a … Continue reading

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The Fairmont Creamery Company

The Fairmont Creamery Company was incorporated March 29, 1884, in Fairmont, Fillmore County, Nebraska. Wallace Wheeler, an implement dealer, and Joseph H. Rushton, an  attorney, founded the company for the production and sale of butter, eggs, and poultry. Local townspeople … Continue reading

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Crete Mills of Crete, Nebraska

The Crete Mills at Crete, Nebraska, began as a tiny water-powered sawmill located on the Big Blue River at the southern edge of what became the town of Crete in Saline County. Converted to flour milling in 1870, the building … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Ice Industry

For many years the cutting of ice from rivers and lakes was an important winter industry in Nebraska, especially in the eastern part of the state. There was a large demand for ice for home use, the packing industry, and … Continue reading

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