Historical Society NEWSLetter

June, 2018 - Sutton Historical Society

We are into the hot days of summer in Sutton.  in both the artifacts and the information sections of our mission and interests.

First, Breaking News.

Heavy rains the first week in June fully taxed the capacity of School Creek and led to flooding at the museum especially at the Wolfe School Museum. 

Germans From Russia projects.

Several members of the historical society joined the local Sutton group who formed a Sutton Chapter of the Germans from Russia organization in Lincoln. The local group's first project was to install a new state historical sign recognizing Sutton as the first settlement of Germans from Russia in Nebraska. This was a project begun by Jim Griess.

4th Grade Interest

This is how to use museum assets. Thanks to the Sutton schools 4th graders
for letting us be a part of their class.
The fourth graders who participated in the Happy Valley program in school and spent a couple of afternoons at the Wolfe School were moved by the experience to raise some funds for the school and put in some time and effort to improve the school. Big thanks to the whole class, parents and especially the teachers.

Dugout Days

Dugout Days are coming at the end of June - the 29th and 30th. The Historical Society will participate and will sponsor another Kuchen Baking Contest. Want to play? Contact us to learn how - bakers, judges, assistants, etc. wanted (and needed.)

Important contributions:

We've had some super contributions of Sutton Memorabilia. First, Bill Johnson of the Sutton High Class of '58 and currently living in Des Moines donated several items:
Sioux Chief Black Horn and Laura Lewis at the
Sutton 75th anniversary celebration in 1939.

  1. The Grandfather's clock which belonged, appropriately enough, to his Grandfather, Bert Lewis, long-time Sutton jeweler who sported the clock in the window of his store on the west side of the north end of Sutton's business district.
  2. A photo of his grandmother, Laura (Schwab) Lewis at the 1939 Sutton celebration observing the town's 75th anniversary. She is wearing period clothes from 1874 and the chief is in his Sioux war bonnet and outfit. 
  3. The tie and moccasins worn by the chief in the photo.
  4. The Civil War era uniform that belonged to Philip Schwab, Laura's father. 
  5. Plus numerous other items.

Thanks to the Schwab/Lewis/Johnson families for these generous donations.
Philip Schwab's Civil War era uniform

Another major contribution came from Lee Effinger of Oregon, a relative in the extended Sheehy/Sheridan families. Lee delivered a "Wardrobe" pictured here.

The wardrobe is about 6 1/2 feet tall and 6 feet wide. 
There is a great story about this piece of furniture that was told in this excerpt from the Sheridan family book, "Along the County Line" page 85 if you're following along at home.

The story of the wardrobe, the latest feature in the Sutton  Museum.
The story in a nutshell is that John Sheehy, an Illinois farmer, used walnut wood from his farm to build this piece of furniture for his daughter, Ellen on the occasion of her wedding to John Sheridan.

The piece followed John and Ellen Sheridan on their travels to the Sutton area. The piece ended up with the branch of the family that led to Lee Effinger, our generous benefactor.

Locally, the branch of the family led to Roger Sheridan, Regina Leininger and others. John and Ellen were the grandparents of Roger and Regina.

Cool, Huh?

A second major item in this donation is a coal oil lamp which was converted to electricity at some point in its life. This item is described in yet another book that is about the Sheehy/Sheridan families.

Full disclosure: The two items, the wardrobe and the lamp arrived with "some assembly required" and we have only begun to address that as of this writing. Hopefully by the time you come to visit we will have them fully assembled and on display. If not, well, we're open to willing hands connected to crafty minds.


Our mowing contractor for 2018 is Mau's Mowing with Shelley and Kesean at work. Tell them thanks.

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