A gentleman came in the other day and he was disappointed his ancestor wasn’t included in the display. Most of the photos we have were taken in the 1920’s and he had passed away in 1901, but still he should be celebrated.
His name was Oliver Crowder and I’m going to tell you a portion of his life story.
Oliver was born in Hamilton County in Ohio on January 10th, 1847 to Richard and Mary Crowder. He enlisted as a Private in the Union Army as part of Company K of the 47th Illinois Volunteer Infantry on September 17th, 1861 and was discharged October 12th, 1864.
This unit was originally organized in Peoria, Illinois on August 16th, 1861 but moved several places after. They took part in the capture of Tiptonville, the siege of Corinth, the Battle of Iuka, the siege of Vicksburg, the Red River Campaign, the Battle of Pleasant Hill and many others. Several men were discharged in Springfield in October of 1864, but the remainder of the unit was reorganized and then later mustered out January 21st, 1866.
After the war Oliver joined the Grand Army of the Republic and farmed in York County. He married Parmelia (Amelia) Anderson on March 7th, 1873 in the home of her parents John and Mary Ann Anderson. The Anderson family is known as being the first to homestead in all of York County.
Oliver and Amelia received their deed to homestead on April 1st, 1875. They had 12 children.
Oliver died on May 22nd, 1901 and is buried in Blue Valley Cemetery in McCool Junction. Amelia is buried next to Oliver, but her grave is unmarked.
We’ll be posting stories, just like Oliver’s, through the month of February on our social media. If you had an ancestor who fought and are willing to share their story, please send it our way and we’ll include it in our posts!
Did you know that the first war the United States fought overseas was the Spanish-American War in 1898? And that it was immediately followed by the Philippine-American War? We are blessed to have several items in our collection from both, including a journal written by a member of Company A, First Nebraska.
Check out our Facebook or Instagram pages to see some of the entries, and a few photos we are very fortunate to have that go along with them!
Also – coming up we’ll be hosting Family Game Night at the Museum on December 28th from 6-7:30PM. Join us and play military-themed board games in our America at War exhibit! Come and go as needed and free admission!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our VIBE at 5 event to celebrate local veterans and thank them for their service. More than 60 people signed in, and I was able to have several conversations with veterans about their time in the service. It was neat to be able to hear stories directly from the people who lived them. Thanks to the Chamber for their help with the event, as well as Like Mother Like Daughter for the cookies, Captain RedBeards for the cocoa and coffee and Reverie Wedding and Events for the flowers.
Our America at War exhibit will remain in place until February 2024. If you’d like to visit but aren’t sure quite what to expect check out our virtual tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxohcVfv2ws
We are now scheduling school tours and are available for private outside hour tours if requested. Feel free to reach out through our website for more info!
We were featured on 10/11's Pure Nebraska, click the image below to watch the video
We survived the Grand Opening! Around 70 people showed for our 9am-12pm program on October 28th and we were thrilled! Lots of people seemed super excited, even showing up right at 9am! Several veterans introduced themselves to me, and we even got offers for more military items to be donated.
Speaking of – we are accepting donations. To donate items to the museum please reach out to us using the information on our contact page so we can set up a time for you to come by.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Grand Opening and an even bigger thank you to all those who helped me get the space ready in time! It was quite the adventure!
On to our next project – we will be hosting VIBE at 5 on November 16th, from 4:30-6PM. It is the Thursday after Veteran’s Day and we are inviting veterans to share their stories so if you’re a veteran or know of a veteran who would be interesting in sharing their stories, answering questions and is available to be at the museum on November 16th please reach out to me via our contact page! No big speeches required – just if you’re interested in talking to people about your time in the service, we’d love to have you aboard!
CALLING ALL VETERANS!
If you're a veteran and interested in sharing your story or answering questions from museum visitors please reach out to us via our contact page - we would love to have you in attendance for Vibe at 5 on the Thursday after Veteran's Day.
We will have a hot cocoa bar plus patriotic treats!