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.

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Here’s a small booklet showing the balance sheets of the Farmers Bank of Chester Nebraska at the close of business February 17, 1911.

Bank Officers were: James Wilson, Robert Wilson Jr, Robert J Malowney

Bank Directors were: Martin Duey, James Wilson, Robert Wilson, John C Lloyd, Margaret Malowney.

 

 

Here’s a very early check from Chester Nebraska, written on November 18, 1891. Made out to Rob Wilson and signed by Parlin(?) Martin (per DP Marsh).  This is one of the simpler designs on an old check that I have seen.

Here is a check written on November 22, 1897 to the Hapgood Plow Company (which was founded in 1876 in Alton, IL). The amount of $39.43 would be about $1200 “in today’s dollars”.  I’m sure that bought someone a nice plow back then.

Here’s an old cancelled check from the Farmers Bank of Chester written on November 16, 1897 for the amount of $43.68.    Signed by bank cashier Rob Wilson Jr.

These old checks looks so elegant.  This one is dated December 20, 1895.  This date is only five years after Chester was founded.  It has the names of two of Chester’s first bankers James Wilson and Rob Wilson.  It was deposited in the account of the Omaha Casket Company.

Banking
Here’s a small booklet showing the balance sheets of the Farmers Bank of Chester Nebraska at the close of business February 17, 1911. Bank Officers were: James Wilson, Robert Wilson Jr, Robert J Malowney Bank Directors were: Martin Duey, Read More
Here’s a very early check from Chester Nebraska, written on November 18, 1891. Made out to Rob Wilson and signed by Parlin(?) Martin (per DP Marsh).  This is one of the simpler designs on an old check that I have seen.
Here is a check written on November 22, 1897 to the Hapgood Plow Company (which was founded in 1876 in Alton, IL). The amount of $39.43 would be about $1200 “in today’s dollars”.  I’m sure that bought someone a nice plow back t Read More
Here’s an old cancelled check from the Farmers Bank of Chester written on November 16, 1897 for the amount of $43.68.    Signed by bank cashier Rob Wilson Jr.
These old checks looks so elegant.  This one is dated December 20, 1895.  This date is only five years after Chester was founded.  It has the names of two of Chester’s first bankers James Wilson and Rob Wilson.  It was Read More

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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