FRIEND, SALINE Co NEBRASKA
Lincoln State Journal
Sunday 5 June 1887
This special edition was intended to promote Nebraska as a state
and provide the towns of with an opportunity to advertise their status
and attract new residents. Located in Saline County on the Burlington
and Missouri Railroad, forty-seven miles from Lincoln - Population Two
Thousand. Friend, is situated on the Burlington and Missouri railroad
about forty miles west of Lincoln and in a fine part of the state. It
has a population of about 2,000 people. The business interests of the
town are well represented.
There are five dry goods stores, nine grocery stores, two hardware,
two furniture, one exclusive boot and shoe, one exclusive clothing,
one cigar factory, one exclusive book, news and notion store, three
drug stores, three banks, two weekly newspapers, three implement
houses, two harness shops, four blacksmith shops, two wagon shops, two
millinery stores, four lawyers and a dozen or more insurance and
collection agents, five churches, two jewelry stores, four doctors,
three saloons, two restaurants, and two hotels.
And right here let it be said that there is the best opening for a
good hotel in Friend of any place on the B and M between Lincoln and
Hastings. The public school is an institution of which the town is
proud. There are some 430 pupils and six teachers are employed. The
amount of grain shipped from this point last year was 1,285 cars or
about 642,500 bushels. Of stock there were shipped 227 cars and during
the months of February, March and April of this year, 74 car loads
amounting to the smug sum of $51,710.01. There was received at this
point last year 160 cars of coal, and 80 cars of lumber.
There are two good grain elevators, four coal yards and three lumber
yards. The future prospects of Friend are very flattering. Farmers'
prospects were never better than now. A new railroad is expected here
within the next few months, and the favorable outlook for the farming
community will certainly make our town one of the most desirable
locations for any one that has capital and business qualifications.
Every week our numbers are increasing, so come to Friend and live and
This material was submitted by: Carolyn Wilkerson