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Ashland Historical Society * Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society

Preserving the rich history of the Ashland NE community & area
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of the Ashland Historical Society
also known as  Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society in Ashland NE

Quarterly meetings are held - please watch here
for the next scheuled meeting, location and time
The July Quarterly meeting  will be held July 10, 2016
JULY will be our annual "road trip" - we will be traveling to ELMWOOD NE to tour the                       
Bess Streeter Aldrich home & museum, the Elmwood Historical Society Museum and the Military Museum
We leave the Ashland History Museum at 1:30 PM - car-pooling for our visit.
April Quarterly Meeting
The Nebraska Museums Association
Annual Meeting & Conference
was held April 11 & 12, 2016 in Alliance, Nebraska
at the Knight Museum & Sandhills Center.
Members from Ashland attending were
Marti Fritzen, Shirley Niemeyer, Linda Hatfield & Peg Lutton.
Our next quarterly meeting will be July 10, 2016.
The regular meeting of the
Ashland Historical Society
was held January 10, 2016
at 2 pm at the Ashland History Museum.
Progress of the museum was discussed.
New blinds are being purchased to protect 
items from harmful UV rays.   
Interesting items of kitchen ware and tools were presented by those attending. 
Marti Fritzen brought a butter churn from the 1920s
and Eleanore Miller brought a wooden butter mold from the same period.
She also brought a few salt dishes,
a part of her collection of over one hundred,
dating from a time when individual salt dishes were
placed at each plate.
Other items included a 1922 waffle iron, a Jaw's Harp,
an egg beater, a wooden silverware holder
and many antique tools, some of which we could only guess the purpose.
Shirley Hemke made a donation of her scrapbook
of the Mormon Trail ride which came through Ashland in 1997.
Rick Grauerholz made a donation of his grandfather's
ID tag from the Armour Ice House where he worked
around the turn of the century.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 10.
from 1pm to 4 pm each afternoon
207 North 15th Street.
Refreshments were served and
about 80 persons attended to see the new museum.
The annual meeting was held at 3 p.m.
on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
New blinds will be put up to prevent
UV rays from damaging the artifacts.
Shirley Niemeyer has ordered the first blind
and will get it up this week; 
we will then decide if we wish to use
that kind for the rest of the windows.
Cataloging of the artifacts with the new
software, Past Perfect, will begin immediately.
 Officers for 2015-1016 fiscal year were chosen as follows:
President, Marti Fritzen; Vice President,
Peg Lutton; Secretary, Deb Busing;
Treasurer, Marilyn Wright.
Board members are Jerry Froistad, Shirley Hemke,
Lee Graham, Pat Proctor, Judy Hull, and Jim Anderson.
Temperature and humidity of the building were discussed. 
Insulation could be added to the attic.
Members and Friends of AHS
Met at 1:00 p.m. July 12, 2015
at the Christian Church parking lot in Ashland
to carpool to the FLORENCE MILL
located at 9102 North 30th Street, Omaha.
The mill is on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was built by Brigham Young as part of the Mormon Winter Quarters
in 1846-47 and contains several hand-hewn beams from that time.
Linda Meigs, owner and restorer of the mill,
spoke on the history and memorabilia.
  It now houses an art gallery on the second floor and was
showing art works of Linda Hatfield.
A farmers market is held every Sunday from 11-3.
Kim and Lynn Cooper led us on a tour of the
Brad & Amy Schaap home on Omaha's Gold Coast.
It was built in 1908 and has
Lalique fixtures, stained glass and mahogany woodwork.
A short business meeting was held.
Sue Brauckmuller and Judy Schamp presented a
Tour of World War I Veteran graves
at the Ashland Cemetery on April 12, 2015 at 2 p.m.
This included biographies of Edgar Jarman, Albert Mays, Charles Mays,
George Reddick, Glen Boring, and Merritt Ward.
An interesting fact was that more deaths were
caused by influenza than in service.
The quarterly meeting of the Historical Society
followed at the new ACRC building in downtown Ashland.
President Marti Fritzen presided and
current business was discussed.
Pat Yardley volunteered to prepare food for
a picnic to be held on the Carnegie Library lawn
after the Stirup parade in July.
This will be a fund-raiser for the Historical Society.
The group adjourned to the Carnegie Library building
which is to be the Ashland History Museum.
The regular quarterly meeting of the Ashland Historical Society
was held at the new Community Resource Center
on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2 p.m.
The topic was GHOSTS IN ASHLAND.
Sandra Monroe, a psychic medium from Crete, Nebraska, spoke and opened
the meeting to those in the group who
had experiences with ghosts.
About 60 persons were in attendance.
The October 12, 2014 annual meeting of the
Ashland Historical Society was held at
1438 Silver Street at 2 p.m.
State Senator Jerry Johnson of Wahoo,
 Marcia Kuiper of Gretna and Roger Bratt
spoke of the work being done to get permission
to put original Highway 6 signs along the current Highway 6
as part of economic and tourism development.
The current board of directors were re-elected for another term.
Members told stories of historic Ashland to conclude the program.
The regular quarterly meeting of the Ashland Historical Society
was held Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1438 Silver Street at 2 p.m.
Topic of the meeting was
with memories of early railroaders,
train displays and photos.



The AHS JULY 13, 2014 meeting was a field trip

to the Syracuse, Nebraska

Otoe County Historical Museum

which consists of three buildings:

a former Lutheran Church and parsonage from the 1890s and

a building housing the taxidermy collection of Henry Kramer.

The church has 5 display rooms:  a butcher shop,

a carriage room & sleigh, a country store, a loom room

and a doctor's office.  Cases along the walls contain

household items & children's toys.

The parsonage has vintage furnishings plus a patriot room

with American flags and uniforms and war memorabilia.

Fourteen from the Ashland Historical Society enjoyed the tour.


January 12, 2014 REGULAR MEETING
The regular quarterly meeting of the Ashland Historical Society
was held January 12, 2014 at 1438 Silver Street at 2 p.m.
President Marti Fritzen opened the meeting to a standing-room-only crowd.
There were pictures of Ashland blacksmiths and their shops, iron items recently made,
a blower from Frank Marcy's forge, the anvil used by John Groenjes
and his certificate of membership in the blacksmith trade
which he had earned after a 3-year apprenticeship
in Germany.
Seth Janssen, a Waverly High School sophomore, demonstrated smithing
and showed some of the decorative items he had made.
Roger Osburn spoke of his grandfather, Silas Osburn,
who was a blacksmith in Ashland in the 1920s.
Marie Groenjes spoke of her father-in-law, John Groenjes,
who apprenticed in Germany and came to Ashland in 1942
and worked with Julius Olesen in his blacksmith shop.
Several of his children were present and told stories
of their father and his work.
The next regular meeting will be held April 13. 2014.
The program will be on Railroads in Ashland.
October 20, 2013 Cemetery Crawl
On October 20, 2013 we did a 'Cemetery Crawl' at the Ashland Cemetery,
meeting at 2 pm, at the Cemetery Directory building, where
we were greeted by Judi  Schamp & Sue Brauckmuller of the Cemetery Association.
We toured the old cemetery section which contains over 100 graves of Civil War veterans.
Following the tour of the cemetery, we adjourned to the AHS offices at 1438 Silver Street,
for a tour of the offices and the Election of Officers to serve the 2013 - 2014 year.
The nominating committee presented the following slate of officers who were duly elected:
President, Marti Fritzen
Vice President, Peg Lutton
Secretary, Judy Hull
Treasurer, Marilyn Wright
Board Members, Shirley Hemke, Jerry Froistad,
Pat Proctor, and Lee Graham
President Fritzen thanked Jerry Lemon for her years of service on the board.
AHS dues for the 2013-2014 year are due by OCT 1st - Renewal & New Members
are encouraged to support the AHS with their membership.
An Invitation to Membership < may be printed out from the
attachment red link; you may mail it to the Treasurer or bring it to the office.
  The July quarterly meeting of the Ashland Historical Society
was held at the Weeping Water Valley Historical Society Museum Complex
in Weeping Water, Nebraska on Sunday, July 14, 2013.
We were welcomed by Shirley Adamonis,
Doris and Bill Duff and Charlie Cover, board members of their historical society,
who ably conducted the tour and explained the exhibits.
The complex consists of four buildings:  the two-room office of Dr. Fate which dates to 1894
and contains original medicines and pills from his practice,
Dr. Fate's limestone home which dates to 1867
and was originally the Congregational Church parsonage,
the Kunkel Building built in 1971 which contains early history displays of the area,
and Memory Lane Museum which has displays of frontier life
and recreations of early businesses.
A short meeting was held at the local ice cream parlor following the tour. 
President Marti Fritzen presided
and discussed changes at the 1438 Silver Street building.
Marilyn Wright discussed getting a historical society book tile
to be placed in the new Community Resource Center entry area.
Barbara Froistad moved that the society purchase a $150 tile.
Motion seconded and carried.
Next meeting will be October 20th, 2013.
It was a lovely summer day & perfect for a field trip.
The Weeping Water guides were most cordial and welcoming.

Our quarterly meeting of the Ashland Historical Society

was held Sunday afternoon, October 14th, 2012 at 2 p.m.

at the First Congregational Church

located at the NE corner of 16th & Boyd Streets.

Paul Siebert, Lincoln musician and story-teller,

presented a program

about the Nebraska seal and how Ashland fits into the history

of the seal

with our blacksmiths, railroads and early settlers.

Siebert appeared in costume of the 1860s

and presented songs on the

hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo and accordion.

Our OCTOBER meeting is our Annual Meeting  & time for Dues Renewal.

The following officers and board members

were re-elected for another term:

President, Marti Fritzen

Vice-president, Peg Lutton

Secretary, Judy Hull

Treasurer, Marilyn Wright

Board Members:  Jerry Froistad, Jerry Lemon, Shirley Hemke, Pat Proctor

Webmaster - Webservices: Roger Bratt


Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2 p.m. 


The  JULY 2012  MEETING of the AHS-SFHPS

Our quarterly meeting of the Ashland Historical Society

was held July 8th, 2012 at 2 p.m.

at American Lutheran Church - 20th & Silver Streets


The theme of our meeting was "ASHLAND's STORY"


Ashland has a story that is unique.  The Stambaughs, Aughes, and Warbrittons were

the first settlers who came to this area in the 1857 and the town started forming. 

Dennis Dean built his large stone house in 1865 and five years later the railroad

came through town and wanted to go right through his house.

Dean and the railroad negotiated. 

The result was the  tracks would not go through Dean’s house,

but the railroad would have the option of buying the house and land after he died.


Murdock was a railroad town and has different stories.  The railroad was going through

Cass County at the turn of the century and the steam engines needed water so the town was established.  Therefore the two towns have very different histories and their museums are going to be different. 


The Ashland Historical Society is getting ready to establish a museum

and needs your help to find the Ashland story which is really a collection of many stories. 

This Dennis Dean story is just one of Ashland’s many stories.

What are your favorite stories.  We have had several meetings about the stories. 

One was the meeting where we told stories about the farmers coming to town on Saturday nights to shop.  Others were about the Wild Hatchery and the Folsom Jewelry Store. 

There are so many stories.  They include the stories of the lives of the many people who have lived in the area as well as the many stories of businesses that have been in the town since its beginning.  Then there are stories about the buildings and the houses, the organizations, the schools and churches.  The list goes on and on. 

You are invited to share the stories that are dearest to you as well as photos and memorabilia that illustrate your stories.



 Our quarterly meeting of the Ashland Historical Society

was held April 1, 2012 at 2 p.m.

at First Christian Church - Fellowship Hall - 17th & Boyd


Tom Bassett of Bassett's Appraisal in Lincoln, NE

spent several hours appraising items brought

by about 40 persons from Ashland and the neighboring area. 

He also brought items from his own

collection and spoke of their history and worth.

Because of the interest shown, we plan

to have Mr. Bassett do another appraisal soon.

At a meeting following the appraisals it was

decided to change the by-laws so that our meetings will

fall on the second Sunday of January, April, July and October.


Our next meeting will be July 8, 2012 at 2 p.m.


Antiques  Antique appraiser

                         "Antique appraisal reveals interesting stories, unique items"

See the Article, by Suzi Nelson in the Ashland Gazette of THU, April 5, 2012:

LINK > > Ashland Gazette follow-up article, from AHS meeting of April 1st

LINK ^ ^ to the Ashland Gazette^ ^ article


A HUGE "THANK YOU" and grateful acknowledgement to Suzi Nelson of the Ashland Gazette

for covering the AHS Meeting and for the photos above!


("Fellowship Hall" of First Christian Chuch * * is in the lower level of the church buildings

& is handicap-accessible - located at the rear/north side entrance, in the "Education Building")

* * 1702 Boyd Street - NW corner of 1th & Boyd Streets

Handicap parking is also available.







LINOMA BEACH restoration
a special web page, including the history of this site
link above ^ to Lincoln Journal Star ^ article
of September 16, 2013
a specal web page, pictures & stories from the past
and the start of the restoration project / fund
a dream soon to be realized!  more details on "About Us" page
Your support is greatly appreciated & certainly needed at this critical time.
THANK YOU for your thoughtful consideration !
Dues are payable at our meeting(s) OR:
may be mailed to: Marilyn (Kolb) Wright, Treasurer
Ashland Historical Society 
 207 North 15th Street, Ashland NE 68003

Your dues will go toward supporting the Society's objectives.

Dues are for the fiscal year of October through September each year.


Ashland Historical Society

aka; Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society

(Renewal / Enrollment  Annual Dues - due October 1st each year):
Patron $75      Family $35      Single $20
print-out & complete, please enclose with your check / M.O.


    ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY  is now available    
   for you, your company, your estate, etc. to   
  contribute tax-exempt donations for the continuing support of the
 Ashland Historical Society - SFHPS
The information sheet attached describes how the
 Ashland Area Foundation  is able to assist this effort

Thank You again for your support

volunteer service, financial, contribution of articles, pictures & history

as we are now able to share the "living history" of Ashland NE

to Members, Friends, Descendants  and the world  through the "WWW" !

JOIN US ^ ^ as a "FRIEND" of ^ ^ Ashland Historical Society

CLAY returns to his 'hometown' of ASHLAND NE
Suzie Nelson's article in the > ASHLAND GAZETTE
JUNE 10 2010 announcing Clay's JUNE 18 homecoming at Willow Point

Clay was kind enough to send a 'thank YOU' e-mail to
 'to the entire City of Ashland and the Ashland Historical Society leaders'
click above  ^ ^ ^ to see Clay's email message


We invite you to see & learn more about Clay's "adventures in space" ? ?


see Clay's special page with photos, stories and daily logs


from Clay's space travel and 5 month stay on the International Space Station in 2007


LINK to "Clay's" special page > >  Clay Anderson Astronaut 


Clay awaits his introduction, with Ashland Artist Gene Roncka & his wife Mary
to present the Towers Of History Ornament, that Clay took on STS-131 - Discovery
The community of Ashland, together with guests from Omaha, Lincoln, Fremont
and other NE communities, as well as from as far away as FL, gathered to
'greet and meet' Clay again, for his official presentation of the Towers of History
ornament, that Clay took with him on the STS-131 Mission on April 5th of 2010
Clay presented the Towers of Historyornament to Mayor Paul Lienke and the
City of Ashland. The Towers of Historyis a project that will showcase local
history by the non-profit Ashland Area Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation
The first ornament, pictured above, is the first in a series produced by local artist
Gene Roncka of Willow Point Gallery, with proceeds directed to the project.
See the recent Ashland Gazettearticle by Suzi Nelson, announcing the event
Scroll down to see Suzi's article
The second ornament is NOW available **
Clay approved the design, while on his STS-131 Mission
** The second ornament is NOW AVAILABLE !
the 1st ornament is also available at Willow Point Gallery


Ornament number 1, signed ornament framed & signed photo Ashland from space


Quarterly meetings are held - please watch here
for the next scheuled meeting, location and time
  Meetings will NOW be held on the second Sunday afternoon
in January, April, July and October


Ashland Historical Society - Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society

Ashland NE 68003


2014-2015 Officers and Directors are:

President: Marti Fritzen

Vice President: Peg Lutton

Secretary: Judy Hull

Treasurer: Marilyn (Kolb) Wright

Directors: Jerry Froistad, 

Shirley Hemke, Lee Graham, Pat Proctor

Webmaster - Webservices: Roger Bratt


MEMBERSHIP is available to all interested in Ashland NE History:

As a member of AHS - SFHPS, you will remain on the newsletter mailing list

And you will be on the calling committee's list for special events.

Your dues will go toward supporting the Society's objectives.

Dues are for the fiscal year of October through September each year.



Thank You for your support - financial, contribution of articles, pictures and history

as we now share the "living history" of Ashland NE to Members and the world !

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