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!


Farmers Bank of Chester Nebraska Cancelled Check 1897 - 2

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Chester Nebraska Online Museum

  • August 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    It was G.D. Van Cleef

  • August 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    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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