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 SUNOL

HISTORY OF SUNOL, NEBRASKA CHEYENNE COUNTY
    Sunol was a siding on the union Pacific Railroad between Lodge Pole, Nebraska, and Colton, Nebraska.  The town was named by
Union Pacific officials.

    On December 24, 1909, Friend Dickinson & wife and Henry Neumann & wife, Owners and Proprietors of lands shown on plat, issued a
Dedication Deed to the town of Sunol, located at the Railroad Siding named Sunol.

    The desire for a Post Office was the main reason to plat a town and the first Post Master was Hank Neumann.  It would serve 95 families
in the surrounding area.

    At one time there was a bank, grocery stores, hardware stores and lumber yard, pool hall, grain elevators, drug store, blacksmith shop, garage,
filling stations, opera house, railroad depot, and a K-12 School.

    The population was around 98 to 100 people until WWII when it was closer to 150.


Contributed by Lorraine Lafler for the Cheyenne County Genealogical Society.


Click photo for larger view.
First Sunol business
Sunol public school
Photo contributed by Evelyn DeMers.
    Person unknown. One of two people
who started the business. First Business
in the newly platted town of Sunol.
We think the first post office was in this
building. Post office was established in
1910 so we feel this picture would be
1910 or 1911.
School house in Sunol, Nebraska.   K-12.   
    Country school established in 1885 along the
Lodge Pole Creek.  First school was held in
Mrs. Emil Englert's kitchen in 1885 and then
on to several temporary locations that were
moved within the district.  Eventually a school
building was moved into Sunol and used until this
structure was built and used as a school until the
district consolidated with Lodge Pole in 1993.   
     The building is the Sunol Community Center
at the present time in 2007.
Sunol school bus
Sunol school bus in the snow
Sunol School Bus taken on the main street of
Sunol in the 1920s.
January  1949   South of Sunol, Nebraska
Sunol School bus taken in a cut in a drift shortly
after the Blizzard of 1949.
Sunol street
Sunol looking down Main Street
Photo contributed by Bob Hurst.
    I am guessing it was in the 20s. 
There was no date given. It is looking
north down Main Street over the Union
Pacific Railroad Tracks and Highway 30. 
    Fenske Bros. Lumber Yard on the
right side and DeMers & Sons Hardware
Store on the left side.                                    
Here is a picture of Sunol in 1999, taken by
Bob Hurst.
   Taken same place.  Looking north down
Main Street over the UP Railroad Tracks
and Highway 20. 
   DeMers & Son hardware Store on the left                
side and a grain shed belonging to Demers
on the left side. 
Dismantaling grain elevators
Sunol trapping
Dismantling the Sunol Elevators in 2001.
     They are gone and it looks so bare now.
Trapping along the Lodge Pole Creek at Sunol, Nebraska.
   Charles Seda of Sunol in the picture with his pelts. 
 late 20s or early 30s.
Sunol baseball team 1932
A popular sport in the 20s and 30s.
 
Back Row:  left to right
 Doc Gruntel, Joe Zimola, Bus Bailey, Harold Eden,
Charles Seda, Adolph Seda, Albert Hornicek,

Seated:  Left to right
Charles Oliverius, Frank Hornicek, Millard Zalesky
Loyal Lindley, Arlie Zalesky




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