History of Weston, Nebraska
From: Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. Chiago 1915


John Bartek came to Nebraska in 1870 and took up a homestead, where he resided until 1880, then moved into Weston and started a store. He was a native of Bohemia, having been born in that country in 1832. Peter Campbell came to Nebraska in the fall of 1865, with his family, and located at Fort Kearney and started a ranch, which he ran until 1867, at which time the Indians paid a visit to his house and captured his four children, an account of which is given in the chapter on early settlement. In the spring of 1868 he settled in Chapman Precinct, being the first settler in that locality. He was born in Scotland in 1822. Joseph M. Chapman came to Nebraska in the fall of 1869 and homesteaded a place in section 4, Chapman Precinct. This precinct was named after him He was a native of Pennsylvania. Robert A. Heaton, Jr., was a member of the firm of Clark, Heaton & Company, which firm was established at Weston in the spring of 1877, under the firm name of Clark & Son, Mr. Heaton becoming a partner in the fall of 1878. The firm erected the first elevator at Weston in November, 1880. Their shipment for the year 1881 was 400 cars of grain and in December of that year they shipped about 106 cars of grain and live stock. They received about seventy five carloads of lumber at the Weston station every year. These figures are interesting in comparison to the present shipments from the Weston station on the Union Pacific. James Keay came to Nebraska in the fall of 1869 and first located in Butler County, where he took up a homestead and started a store. In the fall of 1877 he moved his goods to Weston and started the second general merchandise store at this place. He was born in Scotland in 1843. Henry C. Stevens came to Nebraska in 1872 and bought a farm three miles east of Wahoo, where he resided until 1879, then came into Weston and opened a blacksmith shop, which was the first in that town. Richard H. Thomas came to Nebraska in 1869 and took up a homestead two miles west of the present Town of Weston. In the summer of 1877 he moved into Weston and opened the first general merchandise store. He was born in Wales, March 10, 1848, and emigrated to the United States with his brother, John T., in 1868. John T. Thomas took up a claim with him at the same time in Saunders County.

Weston was platted in 1877 on land owned by Capt. William Davis and his son in law, William K Hill. Largely through the efforts of Captain Davis the Union Pacific Railroad was induced to build their line through the town and to choose the site. This has been a wonderful impetus to the growth and prosperity of this small Bohemian town, a prosperity which is reflected in their fine church building, new schoolhouse, the two banks and the business houses and residences.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Weston was organized in 1906. W C Kirchman is the president of this institution; Karel Vlcan is the vice president; Ferdinand Pacal is the cashier. The bank carries a capital stock of $12,000 and a surplus of $2,000; while the average deposits on the year will amount to about $81,000.

The Weston Bank was one of the first in the county, having been organized in 1886. H. F. Blunk is the president; L. B. Bilan the vice president; Frank Koudele, cashier; and Frank Boudele, Jr., assistant cashier. The capital stock is $18,000; the surplus $10,000; and the deposits $250,000.

The fact that the total deposits in the two banks of Weston will total more than $325,000 proves the stability and thrift of the people.

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