Founded in 1866 by German immigrants, Norfolk, Nebraska grew up along the banks of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River. The original 250 settlers founded Madison County’s first church and school, and from these humble beginnings grew a town that today is the jewel in the crown of northeast Nebraska and the state’s third largest retail area. Showcasing over 200 images, Sheryl Schmeckpeper traces the history of this community from its roots as a Native American campground, to a sleepy farming community, and finally to a bustling city. Although there are many anonymous people pictured here who contributed to the Norfolk of today, readers will recognize the more familiar faces of Herman Gereke,
Dr. “Diamond Dick” Tanner, and Johnny Carson. Vividly captured are the landmarks that are gone forever, such as the Granada Theater, the Sugar City Cereal Mill, and the old high school that burned down in 1907. Also included are never before published photographs of the flood of 1944, the blizzard of 1948, and the Chicago Lumber Company fire.
About the Author
Author Sheryl Schmeckpeper chronicles the life and times of this once small town from its early farming beginnings to the city’s newest community projects. She is the editor of the Norfolk Daily News’ Living Page, publishes a bi-weekly history column, and serves on the board of the Elkhorn Valley Historical Society.