Indianola Nebraska

The Best Little City Out West

Welcome to Indianola

“God Bless America”]

Is always the second Saturday in August.

A few pictures added to THE PAWNEE INNDIAN site. 3-13-2018


Welcome to our website, all about Indianola Nebraska!


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34 Responses to “Welcome to Indianola”

  1. Michelle Wurm says:

    I like the addition to titles under the photos. It is great to be able to take a peek of Indianola. I have so many memories of so many places and with so many people. Thanks for getting this site up.

  2. Crinda McConville says:

    Thanks for doing this. It\’s a nice site, and I\’m sure it was a lot of work for you. WOW

  3. Terry Redden says:

    You all have done a wonderful job with the website and photo gathering. I grew up in Indianola from 1965 thru 1986 and had never seen many of the photos you have posted. I already posessed many fond memories of Indianola, and your website has added to my fascination with the rich history of my hometown. I especially like the photos of the POW camp. I will check back often and help out in any way I can. Thank you, everyone!
    Terry Redden

  4. Don Quigley says:

    Indianola is the Best Little City Out West! I’ve been blessed to have lived and visited many places during my time in the Air Force, both as a child and active duty member. There is no place that comes close to holding the great times and memories I had while spending summers with my grandparents, Fern and B.A. Quigley. Going to the Davidson Sand Pit fishing and hunting bull frogs with my cousin Tommy Davidson. Fishing at the Diverson Dam and bringing home mess after mess of channel cats and white bass. Helping Grandma in the garden, and Grandpa in the basement with his latest project. Swimming in Blume’s pool and playing with the Strit kids the summer they lived in the Deffer’s house. Going out to the farm and riding the Combine during the wheat harvest with Uncle Stanley. Running the chickens out at Aunt Anna and Uncle Ike’s farm. Riding the train to Bartley, and coming and going on the Zeffer to Denver. Walking to the Methodist Church every Sunday, and then returning to Grandma’s oven fried chicken lunch. Pizza, and later, Pizza and Beer at the Rocket. Great food and great service! Playing canasta with Grandma & Grandpa & Aunt Anna or Vern Talbot in the evenings. Spending time in Grandpa’s office at the “Quigley Agency” and enjoying all the regular visitors who would come by just to say hello. Watching the ball game with Grandpa after he came home from the office on Saturday afternoon. Then watching Lawarence Welk and eating pop corn with Grandma and Grandpa in the TV room. We’d end the day with the 10 PM News. Feeling and hearing those 100+ car Burlington Northern Freight Trains racing through the night. The Fire Whistle blowing at noon each day. The smell of freshly spread gravel from the pit on the streets. Old Settlers parade, Blumes Grocery, Gambles Hardware, Lords, Rexall Drug & Fountain, IR&W Coop, Indianola Oil, the Indian Grave up on the crick and that cherry 7-Up at the Drive-In. Shooting bottles up at the dump. Picking choke cherries, wild plums, wild grapes and elderberries at Grandma’s secret spots, and then making jelly for days afterwards. Then eating all of Grandma’s homemade pies, cherry, apple, and rubarb! Oh man, those were the days. Recent trips have been to lay to rest members of the Quigley clan who were such a big part of my life, and that I loved so dearly. Thanks to the VFW for the great service they provided for BA, Kendall, and Que during their internments. My thoughts are never far away from the memories I have from the Best Little City out West!

    Don Quigley

  5. X INDIANOLAIN says:

    What a wonderful job. Brings back lots of old memories. Congradulations Bill on this. You are marvalous.

  6. Patrick Minary says:

    Just checking out the site linking from Facebook. This a great site and a great idea. I look forward to some more updates. If I was smart enough to upload some video, I would be happy to shoot a video of my girls going crazy in the park.

  7. Kathy says:

    Bill. You have done a fantastic job with this. Many hours of work I know with all the pictures. Keep up the good work for all of x Indianolaians. Kathy

  8. Henry Krous says:

    Fantastic webpage, thanks to all who were involved in its creation!
    Henry Krous

  9. Peggy says:

    WOW Bill. Didn,t know you were that talented. Good Job!

  10. Mary Berg Bears says:

    Stopped to check out the Indianola Site and the Historical Site and both are wonderfully done. I haven’t been back to Indianola since 2004 so my memories are of all of main street being intact. I find it so sad to see the buildings that were so much a part of my life growing up as they were to so many others who grew up in this little town being destroyed. Did anyone try to salvage the dates etc. on the buildings before they came down, I certainly hope so they would be a beautiful addition to the collection the historical society is accumulating! The small building behind the old bank/post office that was the library all the years I was a child, it was a Saturday ritual to go the the library and check out books. I so looked forward to exploring the world in this way and my love of reading was developed in this small building, I can see the face of the librarian but at present can’t remember her name she was always helpful but had a very forcefull Shhhhh if we got too loud. The bank/post office next door played a large role in my young life my dad carried rural mail for 36 years in Indianola and as a toddler this was the first place I remember seeing him at work, right up until the new office open in the 60’s. , The old hardware store had a very distinctive smell that I can still recall when I look back in my minds eye to my very youngest years, and Grace Whitmore’s dry goods store with her beautiful clothes, hats and gloves and of course Gambles where you could find just about anything imaginable with either Clarence or Mrs. Kelly always ready to help. Buildings too that have been gone for years and years like the old lumber yard and that fresh smell of lumber that even wafted into the street on warm days. The old City Hall with the Skating Rink in back how many remember standing in line for what seemed forever in December when Santa came to town and every child no matter what left with what seemed a huge bag of candy and a wonderfully fresh orange. Because my dad earned his living in Indianola we were raised to believe that we should spend our money in our home town, when Ruby and Edgar Frank owned the grocery store and then as ownership passed as the years did too we always shopped at home. Never did we make a trip to McCook for groceries like so many others, but we purchased everything in town unles it wasn’t available such as car parts. In my sadness seeing the old town disappear in memory I can’t help but think that if more people had believed the way we were brought up that you spent your money in your home town that maybe these buildings would still house vibrant businesses and would not now exist only in the memories of us “old timers”. Guess this has turned into a ramble but it is the thoughts I’ve had seeing a part of me and so many others die!

  11. John says:

    Nice, great job!

  12. Jacquie Urling Carroll says:

    I so love the music background. The song just simply fits with this great website. So much of my family either immigrated, were born, married and now resting in the 2 cemeteries. Thank you so much for your dedication and great job. 🙂

  13. admin says:

    I love catching up on best little city out West.
    …having grown up there with Grandparents Ruby and Edgar, and Fern and Grampa Q, and lots of Aunts, Uncles, and cousins it is sad to see it all disappearing.
    ..the Quigley house coming down was difficult to see… memories will be with us all who were fortunate enough to experience life in Indianola…..
    It seems surreal with life as it is in 2010….I am glad to not have missed it..
    .Dad , Que, said he was glad he lived in the time he did and not now..I am sure we all know what he means.

    Please keep up the great work and the pictures….


  14. Joan Sides says:

    Love the music addition to the website.I liked it before too- it is just enjoyable and Thank You for all the work that you do keeping it all going for us to enjoy.
    Joan Sides

  15. Karen Laycook Au says:

    Brings back so many memories of growing up in “The Best Little City Out West.” It was very sad to see the pictures of the demolition of so many of the buildings on Main Street. Thanks for putting the names of many of the folks in the pictures. Keep up the good work, Bill. This is a real treasure.

  16. Terry Richardson says:

    Enjoyed the Indianola site. This brings back fond memories. Does anyone know the true history of how Indianola got it’s name?

  17. What a wonderful web page with so many interesting items about Indianola. My father, Paul Malleck, was born and raised in Indianola. He told me so many stories about growing up there. My grandfather, Paul James Malleck married Jessie McCool. My ggrandfather, William McCool was sheriff in 1890 and he was the postmaster in 1910. I can send pictures if you are interested. I would love to have a picture of the old post office when he was the postmaster.
    Thanks again for great pictures and articles about Indianola.
    Shirley Ashburn

  18. Betty Miller Hummel says:

    Love the site. Thank you !!
    I have many pictures and will send some to upload. I grew up in Indianola from 1945-1959. My grandparents,Elmer and Sarah Cecil, owned the Cecil Hotel and my parents, Joe and Mary Miller owned the grocery store Miller’s Market. Lovely years and close to my heart.

    Betty Miller Hummel

  19. Isabel Young says:

    Indianola is one of the best places in the world in my opinion. It’s nice to see that there are a lot of people who appreciate it. You did a great job with this website. Keep it up!

  20. The Machine says:

    Greetings from Canada. Nice website, and a great little place to visit! Keep the heritage alive!

  21. Jake Money says:

    I love the internet. I’m not sure how I discovered your site on Indianola, but I’m glad I did. Sounds like a great place!

  22. That´s a very nice site about indianola.. Im seeing some great posts on this website 🙂 My friend is from Lincoln (Nebraska) too. I will consider a visit to this city!

    Take care,


  23. This is really good stuff, I’ll post a link to it on my facebook page.

  24. I don’t commonly comment but I gotta say thank you for the post on this amazing one :D.

  25. Claude V "Mike" Quigley says:

    Enjoyed finding this site. I’m the only child of Calvin C Quigley. who was the 3rd child of Claude Lincoln Quigley and Minerva Pearle Noyes; but the only child to survive past mid-childhood. I understand my father spent many of his youthful summers in various uncles and relative’s homes in this area, and had fond memories of the relatives that took him in and the people and the work that had to be done. I will try to find my way to Old Settlers’ Day this August and catch part of my past history.
    CV “Mike” Quigley

  26. Sharon says:

    How do I find the tribute to Jimmy Sughroue?

  27. Pete says:

    Yes there are several of us dumb computer users that can’t find the Historical page.

  28. Dan says:

    Hey thanks. You need to change the address on the Review.

  29. Ross Farley says:

    Nice site. Didn’t even know it existed.

  30. Elli VonLoh Miller says:

    It made my day to find this website. I graduated from Rep Valley with Judeen, n Barry!! loved seein their pics!!!!!!!!! what a great town!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the memories!!!!!!!!! Elli

  31. Carol (Kircher) Bridgman says:

    Thank you for the wonderful picture of Walt and Louise Ernst. Loved those people.

  32. City Boy says:

    Hey what’s with all the patriotic stuff on here? That shouldn’t be on here!

  33. admin says:

    If you don’t like it don’t look at it. God Bless America. 🙂