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Immigrant Issue - Friend

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Immigrant Issue
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 be happy. 

This material was submitted by: Carolyn Wilkerson