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Schrameck who will occupy it with a saloon. Sam Donaldson will continue the saloon business at his present location. There will be no danger of Bellwood going dry this summer.
   For Sale - House, store building, barn, grainery, all with 9 lots, also 7 lots with double corn crib. Opera House with 5 lots, scenery, 175 chairs, lamps & stove. David Belsley.
   Dr. E. A. Taylor, optician at Belsley's store room.
   H. E. Dally - Photographer's gallery north of Linden's Hardware store. Photo jewelry and buttons made.
   Fred Burch - Buggies and wagons.

January 5, 1900
   Camp Fire - January 6th at G.A.R. Hall. Free oyster supper after Camp Fire. The last Camp Fire on Earth. Singing, speaking and recitations by school children.

   During the year 1899, Bellwood shipped 733 cars of grain, 131 of stock, 119 of hay and 10 cars of miscellaneous goods making a total of 993 cars, which is an increase over the previous year. There has been a considerable falling off in hay shipments. Carloads received were 41 of lumber, 46 of coal, four of implements', one of barbed wire, three of salt and 29, miscellaneous. By the above figures people at a distance may judge for themselves as to what kind of a trading post Bellwood is. - Gazette, Jan. 19, 1900

January 19, 1900
   It is rumored that the Catholics of St. Joseph's and St. Peter's Catholic Churches are about to unite in the support of a priest and that a priest's house will soon be built in Bellwood.

February 9, 1900
   A card of thanks from Bellwood High School for those who contributed so liberally and enabled us to procure the organ for the high school.

March 1900
   Mrs. James Cooper -
   Millinery stock for spring and summer is complete

   Fred Burch purchased Fred Stapf's store bldg - but Mr. Stapf still holds his stock of boots and shoes and will continue to do shoe repairing.

April 6, 1900
   Charley Smith, the tombstone man at David City, is pushing the erection of a new Odd Fellows hall in Bellwood. He has purchased two lots south of Mais's Meat Market for said building.

   The total value of Butler County as footed by the assessor's books, including railroads, telegraph and telephone lines as reported by the state boards is $2,283,486.00 - a gain of $48,782.00. - Gazette, June 15, 1900

July 20, 1900
   Mr. and Mrs. Robert Devoe will vacate the Bellwood House in two weeks. Bellwood will close one of the best hotels in the state.

April 26, 1901
   Don't forget the ice cream social to be given by Jr. Epworth League Friday evening in G. W. Pace store room.
   Nick Linden has purchased the vacant lots south of the Baptist Church and intends to erect a new residence in the course of a short time.

April 26, 1901
   The parsonage at St Marys church in the valley will undergo a thorough over hauling. G. E. Carpenter will do the carpenter work and L.E. Heath the mason work.

April 26, 1901
   J. H. Derby - General Store
   Nick Linden - Hardware

July 19, 1901
   An old maid is a sensible woman who has not been fool enough to be fooled by every fool who has been fool enough to try to fool her.
   Fred Walker of Rising City to paint the L. Henfling farm residence. F. Yates and son to do the carpenter work.



Nick Linden is shown in his hardware store which he ran until 1915, when it was purchased by Fred Selzer.


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July 19, 1901
   Vincent Bock while driving past the Gazette office Monday P.M. the tongue of the buggy snapped in two. Away went the team of mules on a dead run. On reaching Hewitt's drug store the tugs flew off and Vince dropped the lines. The team stopped at the hitching post. For a while Vince thought Mrs. Bock would soon be a widow.
July 19, 1901
   Burlington Rts. fares for round trip
      Detroit - July 5, 6, 7 - $24-45
      Chicago - July 23, 24, 25 - $17.20

Friday, August 2, 1901

Market report

wheat - per bushel


corn, ear - per bushel

.46 1/2

corn, shelled - per bushel (old)


rye - per bushel


hogs - per cwt

4 1/2 to 5

cattle - per cwt

2 to 4 1/2

new potatoes - per bushel


eggs - per dozen


butter (Lb.)


August 2, 1901

   Charles Grisinger has about completed an addition to his residence and it is rumored in a short time he will give the preacher a job.

August 2,1901
   Jake Beringer harvested 32 acres of winter wheat which yielded 1333 bushel machine measure.

August 2. 1901
   Mr. and Mrs. Q. H. Stevens - former school teachers called on former pupils. While here Mr. Stevens ordered a suit of clothes from our little merchant and tailor Mr. Selzer. August 30, 1901
   B and M Co. has a force of men at work this week putting down a cinder platform around the depot.

August 30,1901

H R Gould, Pres. Bellwood, Nebraska   A H Gould, Cashier Real Estate, Agent; Fire Insurance, Agent;
Life Insurance, Agent;
Farm Loans a speciality

August 30, 1901
   Dance to be held in Pace's Hall in Bellwood Friday
September 6,1901.
Powers Orchestra             Hoover and Cockran - Mgr.

September 6, 1901
   R.M. Wards a practical shoemaker has opened a shoe shop next to Suddarth's Barber Shop.

September 13,1901
   Matt Besch is to build a new barn 20 x 40 next week. The old barn to be used as a granary. L. Geier will do the work - Mr. Geier also built a house for Henry Hilger 16 x 22 - 14 ft.

September 27,1901
   Grandpa Enyeart purchased the Belsley Furniture store from G.W. Pace and will remodel it into a home for himself and family. It is rumored a new hall will be erected on the Anton Moells lots or where Anton Moells old blacksmith shop now stands. G.W. Pace and Cal Hager will act as owners.

October 4. 1901
   Ed Grisinger will open a restaurant next week in connnection with his stock of groceries. Meals will be served at all hours.

October 4, 1901
   Village Board - I. W. Hewitt
   J. H. Derby
   C. F. Knutsen - clerk of Board of Health

   School District No. 13 for September
   Number enrolled 32         Average daily attendance 27

Anna Jacobs, teacher

October 25, 1901
   Barney Sheldon has carpenters building him a new dwelling on the old. Mrs. Severn has also started work on a new dwelling west of Dr. Rittenhause old drug store.

October 25, 1901
Township ticket
Town clerk - C. Meister
Justice of Peace - C. F. Knutzen
Road Overseer - Dist No. 53 - Jake Hiller
Road Overseer - Dist No. 8 - Pete Demuth
Road Overseer - Dist No. 64 - J. W. Demuth

November 1, 1901
   Rev. Hull formerly of Bellwood M.E. Church has resigned from the ministry and gone into the shoe business in David City. He probably would prefer now to have people lose their soles instead of saving them as formerly.

November 15, 1901
   Rev. Williams began revival services at Savannah Church.

November 15, 1901
   Full line of cookies, candies, nuts and fresh oysters at Boutons

December 6, 1901
   Gene Carpenter is to commence a new dwelling for Grandpa Randall on his vacant lots north of his present tenant house

December 27, 1901
   Revival Services will start Sunday morning at M.E. Church

   Park Stevens purchased from Charles Hoadley his livery teams and buggies. His business will be at the old B. Taylor livery barn. March 5.
   The village has decided to buy a new pumping engine for Bellwood. They expect to have the well down and in running order before the snow flies. Sept. 25

    A force of men are putting down gas pipes on each side of the square. Gas will be manufactured at Derby and Co. store building. Several citizens and stores have signed contracts. Nov. 27.

   Charles Hoadley has purchased the livery barn from J. T. Wright.
   Mr. and Mrs. Leeman Burch will open restaurant in building that was occupied by Fred Stapf.

   Park Stevens purchased from Chas. Hoadley his livery teams and buggies. His business will be at the old B. Taylor livery barn.
   S. A. Donaldson purchased from Dave Belsley the opera house and contents of $500. The building will be moved and remodeled for a saloon.
   Mr. and Mrs. F. Selzer have leased the Bellwood House. Mrs. Selzer is a first-class cook. Mr. Selzer is to remain in the tailoring business.
   Ed Grisinger will open a restaurant in connection with grocery store.


-Bellwood Gazette
Dec. 20,1901

A Partial Review of the Social and Business Interests
of our Prosperous Town.

   The town of Bellwood has a population of about five hundred. This year a number of new houses have been erect-


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ed, some of them very modern, and yet there is a demand for residences. Most of the businessmen own their property, and every line is well represented but not overdone, and large stocks and handsome stores adorn the business streets. To name all the numerous enterprises is beyond the scope of this article, but a few may be mentioned.
   The town has recently completed an emergency water system by laying mains and placing hydrants in the business portion of the town and erecting a power house. It is equipped with a six horse power gasoline engine and arranged for prompt action in case of fire. They have recently purchased and now own about 1000 feet of hose.


   Mr. Bouton took a homestead near the present site of Bellwood about thirty five years ago when all around him was a wilderness. On this homestead he lived until two years ago when he moved to town to engage in his present business. He purchased the store of C. Meister, and carries a fresh line and well selected stock of staple and fancy groceries, confections, flours, bakers goods, queens ware, boots, shoes and work clothing. He enjoys a good trade, and has made many warm friends and neighbors during his long residence among us. Value received and square dealing is his motto.


   The racket store will sell as fine a line of Holiday goods for the money as any ever brought to town. They started one year ago and the business has more than doubled since that time. The line consists of a general assortment of racket goods, toys, notions, etc. M.E. Aliss, proprietor, carries the only stock of wallpaper and takes contracts for hanging, decorating and painting. The stock is new and consists of the latest designs and prices lower than any ever heard of here before.


   Our merchant tailor has been a citizen of Bellwood for about fifteen years. If you need a new suit, a new pair pants, or anything in his line, he can accommodate you at prices reasonable and the latest styles. There is no better tailor in Butler County.


   Who conducts the "bucket shop," is a genial sort of a fellow and wouldn't turn a customer's pocketbook inside out unless he couldn't help it. If his patrons get squeezed once in a while, it isn't his fault. Carl, recently, took onto himself a wife and has now quit all former bad habits. He is well liked by everybody.


   Who has been out trying his luck at farming, has again opened up a barber shop on the west side of the square. Frank has been in the barber business for about 18 years and can give a fellow a slick shave, or a stylish hair cut.


   Mr. Smith has been our popular and accommodating postmaster during the past four years. He purchased the building he now occupies as an office and residence and moved the office at the time he took possession. The location is central and the service here is as good as anywhere. He finds the revenue of the office materially increased and now the money order business reaches $1000 to $1100 per month. Two rural routes are proposed and no doubt will be established in the near future. Mr. Smith located on his homestead four miles northeast of town in 1872 and lived there until he moved to town to take up his official duties. His two daughters, Miss Etta and Miss Mabel, are his clerks and are just as accommodating and as pleasant as their "dad.


   Dr. Sample is a graduate of the Lincoln Eclectic Medical college and formerly practiced in Cordova. He located here about four years ago and is a successful practitioner. Dr. and

Mrs. Sample have recently returned from Chicago, where the doctor has completed a post graduate course in the Chicago Clinical School.


   Mr. Meyer is proprietor of the west side meat market, and deals in all kinds of fresh and cured meats. His shop is neat and clean, and always exposes a choice variety of high grade meats for sale. He is a careful buyer, courteous and accommodating, all of which make it a desirable place for flesh eaters to trade.
   He also raises Duroc-Jersey swine for breeding purposes, and has a fine herd now on hand.


   This is one of Bellwood's most up-to-date stores in the grocery and confectionery line, and was purchased last March of Mrs. M. Rittenhouse, by the present proprietor; since starting Mr. Grisinger, by strict attention to business has built up an enviable trade in the city and community. The stock consists of staple and fancy groceries, confections, fruits, nuts, flour and everything found in a first class store of the kind. The gentlemanly and accommodating proprietor has lived here nearly all his life, and is a fine type of the honorable, successful and enterprising young western merchant, and none stand higher among the town people and farmers. All the principles of commercial integrity are here observed and the prices meet all competition. The stock cannot be excelled in variety and taste. Every effort is made by the management to satisfy all customers. The town is well supplied with restaurant facilities in this neat establishment. They recently began serving meals and they always set a good table with the best the market' affords. They are building up a good business and are well patronized by people from both town and country as well as commercial guests. It would be difficult to find fault with their manner of serving guests at a very moderate price. This article would be incomplete did we not mention the large display of choice Christmas goods. This is, without doubt, headquarters for Holiday trade this year. A full line of china ware, fancy lamps, dolls, toys, candies, panel pictures, all at very low prices.
   Mr. Grisinger is in the business to stay and invites your trade.


   If there is one thing a man likes more than an easy pair of slippers it is an easy shave. This may be had at the neat an up-to-date barber shop of Mr. Suddarth, who is always ready and at your service. He has done business here for the past several years and cut the first tender fuz of many of his customers who now wear a fully developed beard. He has lived here among us a good many years and has many friends and his shop has a large patronage. In addition to being a first class barber, he is a pleasant gentleman, a good business man and an enterprising citizen. When you need a good shave, hair cut in the latest style or a shampo, just drop into the shop. Its the place for first class tonsorial work in Bellwood.


   Mr. Spelts has been in the grain business at this point for the past twenty years. He is also interested in elevators at different points including Ulysses, Garrison, Edholm, Ruby and Milford with headquarters at David City. This firm's business has grown until it is an important factor in Butler county and built up a fine market at these several stations by the advantages they enjoy in selling grain in large lots to much better advantage. The elevator at this point has a capacity of 15000 bushels and is well equipped with grain dumps, cleaners and a gasoline engine. Last year they shipped 308 cars from Bellwood and so far this year 290 cars.
   Mr. L. Spelts Jr, is local manager and meets all competition in prices, handling, grading and fair treatment. They handle a large share of the grain here and are enterprising in reaching out after trade. There is no more trustworthy firm any where with which to do business. As a business man and


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