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Murray Newsletter - June 1, 2016


 2016 06 01 summer

In summer, the song sings itself.

William Carlos Williams
American poet


2016 06 01 EMAIL 

As editor of your Murray Newsletter, I anxiously scan my emails each week for a  fun story to include. Receiving and posting fliers for upcoming events is part of what I do, but when I see an unexpected note that pertains to Murray or our area's history, it's especially interesting.

Do you ever wonder how our streets got their names? As you drive along Highway 1, (Main Street), going east through Murray, 'Loughridge' is the northbound road that passes alongside Murray Building and Supply. Now  a 'door' has opened as to the naming of this street.

2016 06 01 E Main and Loughridge

(Current color photos contributed from Cortney Weatherby)

Below is a note I received last week from a gentleman, Stephen, in North Yorkshire, England. (I withheld his last name and other personal contact information.)

The photos shown are from his family history book. After thanking Stephen for this fun information, I opened another email saying that we now have another subscriber to the Newsletter..wa-a-a-y over in Great Britain!

(Just another example of how far and wide your news will go when you post in the Murray Newsletter!)

'Dear Editor,

I have been reading a book of our family history (written in 1943) regarding a relative (William Loughridge) who was one of the early inhabitants of Murray and the visit of his nephew Matthew to Murray in 1907 (including early photos). I have attached the relevant pages in case they are of interest.

I hope you find these interesting.



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 2016 06 01 North on Loughridge from E Main

Looking north from East Main Street onto Loughridge.  Murray Building and Supply is on the left.

2016 06 01 Looking northeast from Davis down Main Street

Looking northeast down Main Street, (Highway 1).  Murray Town Hall is on the left, empty building, then Murray State Bank.  In the background, red brick), is the former Collins Grocery store.

016 06 01 Looking west from rr bridge on Hwy 1 Murray NE

 East Main Street looking west toward Murray's business district.

(Seems like not much has changed since the first photo was taken in 1907!)  

Thank you to Stephen and to Cortney for sharing these with us.


2016 06 01 parade bike


This is an open invitation to you, your children, or to your group's organization to be a part of this year's FREEDOM FESTIVAL parade on July 4th in Murray!

Drive your go-cart, antique tractor, motorcycle, new or classic car, or ride your new bike or even a unicycle.  If you want to walk on stilts as 'Uncle Sam', do cartwheels down the parade route, show off your martial arts skills, or bring your uniformed baseball, softball or soccer team, come on over to Murray and get in line for the parade.  Get your friends at youth or church group to help decorate a truck or flatbed, then pile on the float and get in line!  

NO pre-registration required, just show up and get in line.  There is no cost to participate.  Parade line-up begins at 6 p.m. with emergency vehicles, (police, fire and rescue), starting at Railroad Avenue, south of Young street.  All other entries are to line up at the east parking lot of Conestoga Elementary School, 104 East High Street, Murray, NE.  From the school, entrants will go one block east, to the grain elevator, falling in behind the emergency vehicles, turning west on Young Street and ending at Young Memorial Park.  The route is about 8-9 blocks long.

Any questions, please feel free to contact parade coordinator, Geo at  realgeo@gmail.com or 402 679 5879.

Hope to see you in the parade!



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 2012 07 25 CASA LOGO


Cass Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is currently recruiting CASA advocates to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Cass County.

The next training session is scheduled to begin July 24 and will run for five weeks. The training consists of 15 hours of online training and 15 hours of in-person training.

We are also seeking male volunteers for this class as over 60% of our CASA children are males.

If you are interested, please contact Debbie Green at (402) 296-9521; email dgreen@casscasa.org.

To learn more information about our program, please visit www.casscasa.org