History of the Village of Germantown, Nebraska
From: General History of Seward County, Nebraska
BY: John H. Waterman
Beaver Crossing, Nebraska - 1914-15


Germantown in -H- precinct in the north part of the county is a pioneer town. It has had a fair share of the general prosperity of Seward county towns since the closing of the pioneer period. It has a population of about five hundred; has one rural free delivery mail route, Charles Wyant being the carrier, and there are one hundred and twenty private mail boxes in the post office; it has a ten grade high school and two churches, the Lutheran Congregational and Evangelical.

Its up to date business houses number twenty and it contains one hundred residences. The Folley Theater, owned by Louis Meyers, is a modern structure fine enough for a city. The hotel is owned and managed by Paul Kafke; one restaurant is under the management of Henry Zimmerman; one lumber yard, the Home Lumber Company, proprietors; two general mercantile stores, one run by Robert Beckman who has been in the business fifteen years; and the other is conducted by Meyers & Haus; two coal dealers, one the Home Lumber Company, and the other Louis Meyers, who runs one of the two elevators, the second elevator being managed by the Farmers Grain Company; James Blackwood deals in pumps and windmills; Wm. Gannon runs the one barber shop; one furniture and hardware store conducted by Win. Groats; one state bank, August Beckman cashier; one meat market, Adolph Haas proprietor; one blacksmith shop run by Carl Koch; one harness shop by Fred Roehorkasse; the town has two automobile garages; it has one of the best creameries in the state.

Germantown was one of the early towns in the county, having been laid out in 1873, just after the B. & M. rail road was run through to Seward.

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