I was especially excited because it showed my great grandfathers livery stable in its entirety. I've only seen small portions of the front from other photographs. It was where you "parked" your horse if you took the train anywhere. The depot was only a block further south.
|Oft's Livery Stable, Bennington, NE. ca. 1900|
You are looking at the businesses on the east side of Stark Street. That is Oft's Livery Stable located in the left center and the white building further to the left was originally Fredrichsen's Store. The sign on the side says; "Nick Witt." Nick apparently operated the store at this time and we know he was the Chairman of the City Board in 1913. We know this photo was taken prior to 1906; that is when the Woodmen of the World (Legion Hall) was built and its absent in this photo.
We want to express our appreciation to the Mangold family. Thanks!