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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1959 Chester Grain Co Weekly Memo Pad
1959 Chester Grain Co Weekly Memo Pad Image

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”.

Atlas Board Sample Piece from Citizens Lumber
Atlas Board Sample Piece from Citizens Lumber Image

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.

Chester Insurance Agency Thermometer
Chester Insurance Agency Thermometer Image

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.

Larking Service Station Matchbook Cover
Larking Service Station Matchbook Cover Image

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.

Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar
Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar Image

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.

Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar September 1949
Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar September 1949 Image

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.

Piso's Pocket Book Almanac - 1919
Piso

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.

Citizens Grain Co -Rain Gauge
Citizens Grain Co -Rain Gauge Image

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

GD Van Cleef Insurance Agency Level
GD Van Cleef Insurance Agency Level Image

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.

Advertising
1959 Chester Grain Co Weekly Memo Pad Image
1959 Chester Grain Co Weekly Memo Pad
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”.
Atlas Board Sample Piece from Citizens Lumber Image
Atlas Board Sample Piece from Citizens Lumber
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.
Chester Insurance Agency Thermometer Image
Chester Insurance Agency Thermometer
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.
Larking Service Station Matchbook Cover Image
Larking Service Station Matchbook Cover
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.
Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar Image
Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar
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 Dec... Read More
Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar September 1949 Image
Peake Transport Blotter Pad & Calendar 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 in the photo studio from September 1949.... Read More
Piso
Piso's Pocket Book Almanac - 1919
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... Read More
Citizens Grain Co -Rain Gauge Image
Citizens Grain Co -Rain Gauge
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
GD Van Cleef Insurance Agency Level Image
GD Van Cleef Insurance Agency Level
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.

One thought 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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