Indianola NE Historical Society

preserving the history of our town…

Well we made it past 2018 and the world is still here :) I hope you all had a good year. Don’t for get if you are a member of the Indianola Historical Society that your dues of $20.00 will be due in the month of January 2018. We had to increase them $5 a year because of postage. Our first ever in 10 years to increase them
Bill IHS.jpg Do you remember this welcome sign as you came into Indianola? It is hanging in Trappers Bar. (previously known as Indianola Cafe, Nightracks, Big Reds Sports Bar)

The Indianola Historical Society was formed May 27, 2008.  A group of people who are interested in saving the history of Indianola and all Red Willow County got together and decided to start this project. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month. The president is Bill Baumbach and vice-president Pat Schaffert. The treasurer is Don Behnke.  Since James J. (Jimmy) Sughroues passing it is Pat Schaffert who puts together a small 4 page news article called The Review that is filled with interesting articles and pictures of the past.  We are trying to build a picture archive of the people.  Any family photo,  house or farmstead and just any kind of old picture that people have stored away some where in there homes would be of interest and could become part of this archive. We are always interested in ANY thing that pertains to Indianola or any of the other surrounding towns including Bartley, Danbury, Marion and Lebanon.  We will copy and guarantee the return of all old pictures.  We will gladly share what we have with anyone who is interested.

GOD Bless America

Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I’ve often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like,
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I’ll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, or when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be passed away?
Make time to save your stories,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.

If you would like to join the Indianola Historical Society and receive The Review every month, our membership cost is $20.00 per year. Our address is:

Indianola Historical Society
Box 338
Indianola, NE 69034


Pat Schaffert puts together a wonderful monthly publication called INDIANOLA HISTORICAL REVIEW that is a must read with unseen pictures and great stories being told of the past. GREAT job Pat! Join our I.H.S. for $20.00 a year and receive the Review along with your membership. Bill Baumbach

The address is:

Indianola Historical Society

Box 338

Indianola, NE   69034

One of our other goals is to raise enough money to become a non-profit organization which is around $1500.00.  Another goal is to raise enough money, $5500.00, to erect a Historical Marker for the German Prisoner of War camp that was located here in the 1940’s and our biggest goal or dream is to someday have a building to store and exhibit the things we are gathering from people all over the United States that have ties to Red Willow County. We thank them for their donations  and all of you who can help us with these goals.

If you are doing Genealogy or just searching your family you can look at the burials in the Indianola City Cemetery by going back to the Home Page and then to the Cemetery page. Down at the bottom is a link you can click on to take you to the site. The three cemeteries are listed with the names in alphabetical order. The name and grave location was all I was able to put on there. If you need dates or other info feel free to contact me at bbaumbach9@gpcom
. Thanks, Bill


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Elmers Swimming Pool

Elmers Swimming Pool

Indianola Train Depot

Indianola Train Depot


Lords Building

Lords Building

Indianola Cosgro Hotel

Indianola Cosgro Hotel

Thank you to all of the people who continue to be members of the Indianola Historical Society. With out you this would not be possible.


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  1. Jim Dutcher says:

    I was born on my grand father’s farm so/east of town in 1931. His name was John Wesley Dutcher. My dad Wesley and his twin brother Leslie went through school in Indainola. I have the most wonderful memories of my child hood living in Indianola. My wife and I made a trip back about 5 years ago, I wasn’t sure I wanted to return to that part of my past. I didn’t want the memory of the town to change. When we got there and spent time talking with the people, It’s the people that make a home town not just buildings.Thanks for some fond memories. Jim Dutcher