History of Leroy, Nebraska
From: Past and Present Adams County, Nebraska
Edited by: Judge William R. Burton
Assisted by David J. Lewis
Published By: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago 1916


Leroy is located on the south side of the Blue River on the southwest quarter of section 25 in Hanover Township. It is 3 1/2 miles northeast of Ayr and nine miles south of Hastings. Before the building of the Kansas City & Omaha Railroad the point was known as Millington, because it was here that Dyer's Mill was located. John Dyer began the erection of the mill in 1872 and by 1874 it was completed and in operation. John Dyer associated with him in this milling business his nephews, Elbridge and True Dyer.

The mill was a large wooden structure operated by water power and having three runs of burrs. For many years it was kept very busy, farmers from miles around bringing their wheat to be made into flour. A store was operated a short time, but in 1880 was moved to Ayr by Kith and Kress.

When the railroad was built in 1887, the single store that Leroy still has was built by John Marshall and John A. Frank, both of whom now live in Ayr. The postoffice was established in this store and John Marshall was the first postmaster.

Mr. Frank sold his interest in the store to his partner in about six months. Mr. Marshall conducted the store until about 1900 and then sold it to his son, Robert. It came back into the possession of Mr. Marshall, who finally sold it to Cal Dreibilbis of Hastings. Mr. Dreibilbis sold it to the present proprietor, Mr. Liesveldt.

Because of its location near the river, which afforded shade trees, Leroy has been quite well known throughout the county as a pleasure resort. The Dyers kept a half dozen boats on the river, and built a dance hall. The place was patronized from Hastings and all surrounding points for many years, ending about 1903 or 1904. In the summer of 1898 vaudeville was an attraction offered. The large station which was first built by the Kansas City & Omaha was removed to Pauline about 1902.

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