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A Postcard History of Chester, Nebraska

A photographic history of Chester is available through many of the postcards produced. Through the magic of ebay, I am able to locate them from all over the country. Below is a sampling of what was printed over the years, and gives you an idea of days gone by. Many of these postcards were taken by Edward Hermle - of Chester. I'd love to see his archives!

Click on the images below to see a larger file. The year listed is the year that the postcard was mailed.

City View
Unknown - A new bank is being built - which later became the post office and finally a funeral home. This is on the west side of Thayer.


City View
1911 - A city view looking northwest along Thayer Avenue. Looks like a busy day with all the horses and carriages on the main drag.


City View
1912 - This view looks NE from where the rail yards would be. A good view of the water tower and the Lunch Room.


City View
1910 - A city view looking north along Thayer Avenue. Some buildings like the school are still around today.


City View
1910 - This view looks NE from where the rail yards would be.


Main Street
1909 - Downtown Chester had all the businesses needed in a small, young town. This looking SE on Thayer Avenue.


City Hall
1922 - North of downtown on the west side of the road is the city hall - still in use today.


1910 - A view of the Burlington Railroad yard on the south end of town. Looking east. This image shows cars from CB&Q line.


Railyard in Chester
1910 - Another view of the rail yards looking west.


Chester NE School
Circa 1907 - This is how the school looked when first built.


Chester School
1911 - another shot of the original school - it seems like the trees grew in quick.


School Building
Unknown - By now the school has had an extension added that includes the gym in the est end basement.


1953 - By now the school was established had full grown trees surrounding it.


Sell Pharmacy
Unknown - Sell Pharmacy was the hot spot on Thayer where kids could get their sodas.


Lutheran Church
1953 - The Lutheran Church is still holding services today.


Christian Church
1953 - The Christian church is next to the school, but is no longer active.


Methodist Church
1912 - The Methodist Church is on Thayer and is still active.


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