Chester Nebraska Online Museum

Welcome to an online collection of artifacts from through Chester’s history. Many of these have been collected over the years and rather than just stay hidden in filing cabinets and boxes, I thought it would be good to display them until (hopefully!) one day Chester gets a museum of its own.

Do you have something in your collection to share? Send a clear photo and short description via email and we’ll add it!

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Levels used to be popular advertising swag.  I guess everyone needed one back in the day.  Here’s one from the local insurance agency operated by GD Van Cleef and Jack Long in Chester Nebraska.

Here’s a small rain gauge given out by the Citizens Grain Company in Chester Nebraska.  I think on some days would need to be emptied, only to fill up again!  Note the phone number is FAirfax 4-5475

This miniature little booklet was provided by the Piso Medicine Company and given away by the Chester Drug Co.  It shows some scenes of Navy ships during WWI.  This almanac is very small, under 2″ tall.
Piso once made a cough remedy which contained chloroform, cannabis indica and “other valuable ingredients” – as well as, initially, opiates.

There’s not much use for a blotter pad these days, but before the ballpoint pen, ink would need to be blotted and dried to avoid smudging. Here’s a fun pad from Peake Transport with monkeys in the photo studio from September 1949.

There’s not much use for a blotter pad these days, but before the ballpoint pen, ink would need to be blotted and dried to avoid smudging.  Here’s a fun pad from Peake Transport with monkeys at the kissing booth from December 1951.

A fun little memento from an old service station in Chester Nebraska.  It was located on the south end of Thayer, just across the state line in Kansas.  People still remember going down to the station to buy their sodas.

A metal thermometer from the Chester Insurance Agency, which was run by EB Van Cleef and Jack Long.  I nice metal piece in good shape and still working.

Atlas Board was an all purpose wall and ceiling board.  Made from fibres in Hutchinson, Kansas.  A nice piece of sample material, which you could buy at Citizens Lumber in Chester Nebraska.

Here’s a fine piece from the late 50’s, back when everyone needed a memo pad.  Of particular interest is the phone number: “1”.

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Levels used to be popular advertising swag.  I guess everyone needed one back in the day.  Here’s one from the local insurance agency operated by GD Van Cleef and Jack Long in Chester Nebraska.
Here’s a small rain gauge given out by the Citizens Grain Company in Chester Nebraska.  I think on some days would need to be emptied, only to fill up again!  Note the phone number is FAirfax 4-5475
This miniature little booklet was provided by the Piso Medicine Company and given away by the Chester Drug Co.  It shows some scenes of Navy ships during WWI.  This almanac is very small, under 2″ tall. Piso once made a cough re Read More
There’s not much use for a blotter pad these days, but before the ballpoint pen, ink would need to be blotted and dried to avoid smudging. Here’s a fun pad from Peake Transport with monkeys in the photo studio from September 1949.
There’s not much use for a blotter pad these days, but before the ballpoint pen, ink would need to be blotted and dried to avoid smudging.  Here’s a fun pad from Peake Transport with monkeys at the kissing booth from Decemb Read More
A fun little memento from an old service station in Chester Nebraska.  It was located on the south end of Thayer, just across the state line in Kansas.  People still remember going down to the station to buy their sodas.
A metal thermometer from the Chester Insurance Agency, which was run by EB Van Cleef and Jack Long.  I nice metal piece in good shape and still working.
Atlas Board was an all purpose wall and ceiling board.  Made from fibres in Hutchinson, Kansas.  A nice piece of sample material, which you could buy at Citizens Lumber in Chester Nebraska.
Here’s a fine piece from the late 50’s, back when everyone needed a memo pad.  Of particular interest is the phone number: “1”.

2 thoughts on “Chester Nebraska Online Museum

  • August 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm
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    It was G.D. Van Cleef

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  • August 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm
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    Hi –

    I am Brad Brown, son of Harold E. Brown who grew up in Chester. I have a copy of The Chester Herald Souvenir Number dated January First 1914.

    It’s quite interesting with lots of pics, adverts and articles about Chester’s beginning years. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of it, I could possibly photograph each of its 25 or so pages and send it to you if you don’t already have it. My Dad got it from Dale Duey, a friend of his who he grew up with in Chester.

    best regards,

    Brad Brown

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