Historic Families


A Commemorative History Project of the Douglas County Historical Society

The Douglas County Historical Society is assembling information and photographs of early Omaha families, businesses and organizations.

If you can trace your Omaha roots back to 1900 or earlier, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the questions on the form below (click on the blue box) and return as indicated to the Douglas County Historical Society. Your responses will be a key resource as we establish an “Early Settlers” Club and plan events and special occasions to commemorate and record the very special stories of our early families. Your record will be kept on file and preserved for the future at the Historical Society’s Library Archives Center, which has been designated the official archive for our County history.


The Douglas County Historical Society’s facilities are located at Fort Omaha, 30th and Fort Streets, and include the General Crook House Museum, the Library Archives Center, the Crook House Victorian Heirloom Garden, and Hitchcock Circle with the statue of General George Crook, a Civil War and Indians Wars hero.

Thank you for your interest and for your desire to preserve the history of your family, business or organization – these stories and experiences are to be treasured by our community!

Kathy Aultz, Executive Director
Douglas County Historical Society
Historic Fort Omaha ~ 5730 North 30th Street, #11B ~ Omaha, NE 68111-1657
402.455.9990 ~ FAX 402.453.9448 ~ director@omahahistory.org


Historic Omaha Families

Dale Andersen Joan Glissman Dolores (Dee) Owen
Alan and Marcia Baer family Carol Graf Jack Parks
Emily Baker John Thomas Green William Paulsen
Kathy Balwanz Herb Grote Family Charlotte Penner
Joseph Barker Quent and Cathy Hansen Niles and Pat Pixley
Stephen Barker David Harding Virginia Pratt
Phyllis Barna Dona Hazeltine Carol Preble
Helen Bayer Joan Hennecke Lynne Richt
Fred Bekins Linda Holdsworth Rosemary Ridenour
Bob and Katie Best Ruthellen Hollander John S. Savage
Sandy Bogema  Howard K. Jensen Donna Schatz
Norman Borchman  Joanne Kenney Susan Schees
Sherman and Sandra Brodkey Denman Kountze Sophie Schulman family
Doug and Dawn Buchanan Neely Kountze Alice Seieroe
Doug and David Buelt Lavonne Krabbenhoft Marge Semin
Eleanor Butts Bill and Anita Kratville Eleanor Shanahan
Patty Cantrell Lowen Kruse Fred Simon
Barbara Cathro Nes Latenser David Slosburg
James P. Cavanaugh Bruce and Kimball Lauritzen John Snyder
Norman and Phyllis Choat Arlene Lee Gail Spevak
Russell Clark Charles Martin Julie Stambaugh
Truman Clawson Rick Martin Kathie Standeven
Donna Clifton Charles and Mary Maxwell Nancy Stephenson
Eleanor Cotton Dennis McArdle Bernie Stock family
Ron and Regina Cronkhite Maureen McGrath Helen Stork
Elliott D. (Itey) Crummer Mac and Virginia McGurk Betty Sullivan
Helen Dail Tom McKeon Eva Swanson
Jean “Duddie” Gallagher Day Larry and Lannie McNichols Isabella Threlkeld
Dr. John Davis  Mark Mercer Marjorie Towey
Sid Dillon Annamary Naylor Marjorie Vaculik
N.P. “Sandy” Dodge Marianne Nielson Loretta Vondra
Gayle Draeger Allan Mactier Bob Wailuns
Walt Duda Charles Moriarty Robert Watkins
Henry Eicke Norma Mosley Helen Weber
George Eisenberg Beverly Motykowski Lois Wine
Jim and Mary Erixon Charles Murphy Tom Wollen
Nate Ferer William Musgrave
Pegi Georgeson Jim and Maria Ortman

Historic Omaha Businesses

ADT Security Systems

Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. Omaha Country Club
Ak-Sar-Ben, Knights of Equitable Life Assurance Society Omaha Ice Company
Alegent Health Fairbanks Scales Omaha Livestock Exchange
American Legion Family Service of Greater Omaha Omaha Printing Companies
American National Bank Ferguson Enterprises-U.S. Supply Co. Omaha Public Power District
Armour-Swift First National Bank Omaha Rubber Stamp Company
ASARCO Forest Lawn Memorial Park Omaha World-Herald
Baird Holm Law Firm Fraser Stryker Law Offices Packaging Corporation of America
Banker’s Life & Casualty G.E. Supply Paxton-Mitchell 
Baum Iron Gordon Moving & Storage Co., Inc. Paxton & Vierling Steel Company
Bemis Company Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Pegler-Sysco Food Service Co.
Bergman Company, The I-Go Van & Storage Physician’s Mutual Insurance Co.
J.F. Bloom Co. Interstate Printing Co. Piccolo Pete’s Restaurant
Borsheim’s Johnson Hardware Company Qwest
Brewer-Korisko Mortuary Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc. Redfield & Co.
Brodkey’s Klopp Printing & Lithographing Renze Company
Brownell-Talbot Preparatory School Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Rotella’s Italian Bakery, Inc.
Burkley Envelopes Lyman-Richey Sand & Gravel Co. John Roth & Sons
Burlington Northern Railroad Malashock Jewelry Co. Schmitt Music Centers
Byron Reed Company, Inc. Methodist Hospital Scott Manufacturing Co.
Campbell Soup Company Metro Area Transit Sunderland Brothers Co.
Carpenter Paper Co. Metropolitan Utilities District Union Pacific Railroad Company
Chicago Lumber Company NCR Corporation United States Checkbook Co.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Mutual Benefit Life U.S. Bank of Omaha
Commercial Federal Bank New England Company Wells Fargo
ConAgra, Inc. New York Life Insurance Co. WESCO
J.P. Cooke Co. Northwest Mutual Willow Springs Bottling Co.
Crosby-Kunold O’Keefe Elevator Co. Woodmen of the World Life Insurance
Daily Record Olson Brothers Wright & Wilhelmy Co.
N.P. Dodge Company Omaha Bedding & Couch Mfg. Co. XPEDX
Drake-Williams Steel, Inc. Omaha Box Company Younkers, Inc.

Historic Omaha Organizations

Creighton University Livestock Foundation of Omaha Tuesday Musical
Creighton University Medical Center Nebraska Children’s Home Society Visiting Nurse Association
Dahlman Neighborhood Association Notre Dame Sisters YMCA
Danish Brotherhood of America Omaha Musicians Association YWCA
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart Prospect Hill Cemetery  
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Tangier Shrine  


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