Bellwood CB&Q depot in the early 1900's.
Press for April 15,1909, said word from Bellwood was that
the passenger train had set fire to the Loup bridge, with 16
spans of it burning.
may have startled some uninformed trackside residents at
Bellwood in 1928 when a conventional Columbus branch
passenger train was replaced with a self-propelled
gas-electric motor car for carrying the few passengers and
small freight shipments that remained. Its appearance and
rambling pace earned it such nicknames among citizens as the
"potato bug" and "puddle jumper."
based agent now travels by company van to Bellwood and
other towns to handle carload freight shipments. The
Bellwood depot was purchased and dismantled by Norman Piller
in spring, 1972, with the exception of the freight room. It
was moved to the Jud Nickolite farm for barn use.
Part of Burlington Depot.
Bellwood Board Okays
-The Banner-Press, August 9,1962
A resolution of necessity calling for
the construction of a sewer system for the village of
Bellwood was adopted Monday evening by the Village Board of
Trustees at a meeting held at the Bellwood Public School
gymnasium. The system will include sewer mains, laterals and
a sewage disposal lagoon.
of David City is the village's legal counsel.
The Selzer family has been associated
with the Bellwood telephone exchange since its beginning in
1904. Frank Selzer was the first switchboard operator and
his daughter, Camilla, learned to operate the board when ten
years of age. After her mother's death in 1925, Camilla
became assistant operator, and in 1932, assumed the position
of chief operator when her father retired.
From the time the Platte Valley land
around Bellwood was broken out of native prairie and put
into farm crops the farmers were plagued by frequent
periodic flooding. This was due to the rapid run-off from
the uplands down the steep draws onto the relatively flat
land in the valley. Beside drowning and washing out crops it
left heavy deposits of silt on the lower ground. These
floods proved costly not only to the farmers but also did
much damage to the roads, bridges and railroad.
After many meetings and the circulation
of petitions the area was declared a legal Watershed
Conservancy District on February 17, 1959. The defined area
of the Watershed District comprised 51,300 acres which
included all of Savannah Township, two-thirds of Alexis
Township and the north one- third of both Summit and Olive
The news items are from the Bellwood
Gazette. Items printed after 1939 are from the Butler County
Press, The Peoples Banner and The Banner-Press unless
December 6, 1895
December 18, 1895
Leopold (Joe) Bock's blacksmith shop.