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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Auction Poster for Poland Pigs in Chester Nebraska 1918
Auction Poster for Poland Pigs in Chester Nebraska 1918 Image

A fine auction poster from 1918 showcases two quality pigs including the 1100 lb Jumbo Bob!

The pigs were being sold by Von Farell Bros in Chester Nebraska.  CF Von Forrell went “to fight for Uncle Sam” (May 1918) and Ira G was left in charge of the 400 acre farm “without sufficient helf to successfully carry on the hog business”.

The CF Von Farell is likely a typo for CE (Cyrus) Von Farell.  Here is his obituary from the Chester Herald.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115951413/cyrus-e-forell
Here is the obituary for his brother Ira George Von Farell:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46318594/ira-george-forell

1931 High School Commencement Invitation
1931 High School Commencement Invitation Image

Here’s a nice piece of school history.  It’s an invitation to the Commencement Exercises for the Senior Class of Chester High School.  The event was held on May 27, 1931 at the Methodist Church (across the street from the school).  This particular invitation was sent by Arthur Gallion.

1917 Report Card from Thayer County Nebraska
1917 Report Card from Thayer County Nebraska Image

This report card is likely from Alexandria, and not Chester, but is included to show what was a typical report card from the era.  It’s the 1st grade report for Flora Murrell.  Flora’s teacher was Sabina Costelloe (who married in 1924: “Miss Sabina Costelloe of Alexandria and William Cortney of Hebron were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria.”)

Denatured Alcohol Label from Chester Drug Co
Denatured Alcohol Label from Chester Drug Co Image

This is a small label about 2-1/2″ across for denatured alcohol, which bears the name of the “Chester Drug Co” operated by JC Sell Reg Ph in Chester Nebraska. 

Old letter envelope mailed from Chester Nebraska 1892
Old letter envelope mailed from Chester Nebraska 1892 Image

This is one of the oldest pieces we have in the collection.  The letter was mailed March 24, 1892 to Mrs. Louie Mitchell of Gibbon NE.

Envelope mailed from Sells Pharmacy to Omaha School Supply 1937
Envelope mailed from Sells Pharmacy to Omaha School Supply 1937 Image

There isn’t anything overly remarkable about this envelope, but it was mailed by Sells Pharmacy of Chester Nebraska – and was sent to the Omaha School Supply Co in 1937.

Misc
Auction Poster for Poland Pigs in Chester Nebraska 1918 Image
Auction Poster for Poland Pigs in Chester Nebraska 1918
A fine auction poster from 1918 showcases two quality pigs including the 1100 lb Jumbo Bob! The pigs were being sold by Von Farell Bros in Chester Nebraska.  CF Von Forrell went “to fight for Uncle Sam” (May 1918)... Read More
1931 High School Commencement Invitation Image
1931 High School Commencement Invitation
Here’s a nice piece of school history.  It’s an invitation to the Commencement Exercises for the Senior Class of Chester High School.  The event was held on May 27, 1931 at the Methodist Church (across the street from the s... Read More
1917 Report Card from Thayer County Nebraska Image
1917 Report Card from Thayer County Nebraska
This report card is likely from Alexandria, and not Chester, but is included to show what was a typical report card from the era.  It’s the 1st grade report for Flora Murrell.  Flora’s teacher was Sabina Costelloe (who marr... Read More
Denatured Alcohol Label from Chester Drug Co Image
Denatured Alcohol Label from Chester Drug Co
This is a small label about 2-1/2″ across for denatured alcohol, which bears the name of the “Chester Drug Co” operated by JC Sell Reg Ph in Chester Nebraska. 
Old letter envelope mailed from Chester Nebraska 1892 Image
Old letter envelope mailed from Chester Nebraska 1892
This is one of the oldest pieces we have in the collection.  The letter was mailed March 24, 1892 to Mrs. Louie Mitchell of Gibbon NE.
Envelope mailed from Sells Pharmacy to Omaha School Supply 1937 Image
Envelope mailed from Sells Pharmacy to Omaha School Supply 1937
There isn’t anything overly remarkable about this envelope, but it was mailed by Sells Pharmacy of Chester Nebraska – and was sent to the Omaha School Supply Co in 1937.

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

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