Historical Photo

This photo is taken on the corner of 9th Street & Lake Avenue, date unknown. The background building is where Lake Avenue Eyecare is now located. (Photo courtesy Gothenburg Historical Museum)

*Editor’s Note: Welcome to the inaugural monthly installment of Historical Memories. We trust that you will enjoy looking back on some of the happenings and events that helped form our community into what we know and love today. A special thanks to Anne Anderson and the Gothenburg Historical Society for providing this feature.

January 1900

The physics class made an interesting experiment this week. A small piece of phosphorus was placed on a slate with a single crystal of iodine. Fire was the result.

O.H. Cotton moved the old BeeHive building up onto the lots owned by A.G. Carlson this week. It is to be occupied by Carlson’s Hardware.

The Dobbins Bros. big production of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” will be at the opera house. This is the largest production that has ever visited this city. Watch for the noon day parade, which consists of two big bands, ten Shetland ponies, bloodhounds, donkeys, chariots, floats and gorgeous banners.

The Gothenburg Water, Power & Investment Co. made a proposition to the town to furnish free water to irrigate trees on the public streets if the town would build the ditches and set out trees.

January 1920

It was reported an ordinance was passed to change the name of Winchell Street to Lake Avenue and the east and west streets would be called streets and the north and south streets would be called avenues.

Gothenburg’s basketball team defeated Brady 24 to 11 and Maxwell 16 to 6.

January 1925

W. E. Patterson announced he just received two carloads of Rock Island Machinery, including plows, wagons, go-devils, tractors, etc.

January 1930

E.A. Calling was equipping his store building on the corner of Lake Avenue and Front Street as a restaurant.

January 1940

January had a string of nine consecutive days with below zero temperatures.

January 1949

The Fighting Swedes rated in the top 10 Class B teams in all three major sports this year. In basketball, 4th place rating among the B teams. In track, a 1st place rating was gained. Football produced an 8th place rating for the Swedes.

January 1950

The Chamber of Commerce adopts a $7,032 budget for the coming year. Committees include: Agriculture, Aviation & Transportation, Good Roads & Weed Control, Programs & Meetings, Irrigation and New Industry

Jim Engleman is named President of the Gothenburg Riding & Roping Club, Inc. Membership was reported at more than 160.

Roy Gincrich has taken over ownership of the Hiway Camp Grocery along Highway 30 with the slogan “Suburban Grocery with Up-Town Prices”.

Gothenburg Paint & Glass was selling records at 49 cents each; new and old tunes, popular and classics. A long-playing record player for $9.95 could be bought.

January 1960

The Interstate Highway in Nebraska will be built north of the Platte River by a 5-2 vote by the State Highway Advisory Commission.

January 1961

Jan Williams was chosen 1961 Homemaker of Tomorrow at Gothenburg High School.

Gothenburg boasted a total of 1,872 telephones in 1961. 9,000 calls were made daily for a total of over 3 million in a year.

January 1963

Stebbins Implement Co. announced that the 1963 Rambler has been named “Car of the Year” by Motor Trend Magazine.