Kearney Hardware Stores Part 1: The Early Years
History is a record
of the actions of people. On the topic of the lives of people who operated
hardware stores in Kearney, there are lots of sources, lots of information.
As a result, this series will have several parts.
I. First Stores
A. Vandon B Clark
Born in New York, Married in Wisconsin in Nov. 1864
A daughter born in Minnesota in about 1865
Another daughter born in Wisconsin in 1871
Came to Kearney in summer 1872
Built on southwest corner of Dakota & Smith (2nd & 24th, Episcopal Church
Opened hardware store in October
Also in October, a son was born
First baby born in Kearney, named Frank Kearney Clark
1880 census Two entries:
1) Clark was living with his family in Minneapolis
2) Clark was boarding alone in Kearney
April, 1892 Died in Kearney, buried alone in Kearney Cemetery
B. Anvil No real information
Advertised June and first week in July, 1889 - "Jewel vapor stoves at the
Anvil hardware store."
C. C E Hanson
July 24, 1889 District Court
Buffalo County National Bank sued Hanson to recover rent for the building
north of the bank building.
Hanson leased the building several years ago and opened a hardware store in
it. After a time he sold the
stock and delivered the building, lease and all, to the purchasers, who
failed to pay the rent.
Court found in favor of the bank, awarding a judgment of $310.
At this time there were at least 3 other hardware stores in town and with
the Boom in full swing, real
estate was a good business to get in to.
Who was he?
He was Charles E. Hanson
He was born in Sweden in 1855 and came to Chicago at age 19 in 1869.
Farmed for first five years in Illinois
Teamed for next two years; then spent the winter in Chicago
Spring 1878 - Hanson came to Nebraska and settled in Phelps Center, Phelps
He soon became Postmaster, serving until December, 1881 when he moved to
Hanson opened a business in the spring of 1882
He dealt in agricultural implements and broom corn seed, etc
He sold his hardwere stock in 1889 and moved into real estate
Hanson did well in real estate
He built the steeple house on 9th Ave. in Kenwood district
Started making business trips east, mostly to Chicago, finally moving there
in August of 1890
II. 1889 Kearney Promotional Book
Information for this book would have been gathered
in 1888, just as Boom Period was beginning to build.
F. L. Harrington & Co.
Dealers in Hardware, Stove, Tinware and
2216 Central Avenue
Addison Scott & Co.
Wholesale and Retail
Hardware, Stove, Tinware, Iron, Barb
Wire, Wagon Material, Etc
Miller & Bradford
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
Hardware, Stove, Tinware, Iron, Ammuni-
tion, Barb Wire and Wagon Material