FORDYCE, Neb. — There will be a hot time in the old town this summer when the village of Fordyce celebrates its centennial.
The small northeast Nebraska community is planning a full day of activities on June 8.
Fordyce was known for many years as a railroad town. It was named for the first railway official, William F. Fordyce, stationed at the depot.
The depot was tagged Fordyce, and the name stuck when the town became incorporated.
In 1912, a fire destroyed several downtown businesses, and area residents realized the need for a fire district. The town was incorporated in 1913, and the water tower, which still stands today, was erected in 1915 as a defense against a future fire disaster.
In 1919, there were 21 businesses around town, including a bank, hotel, grocery store, post office, hardware store, meat market, clothing shop, blacksmith and grain elevators. A Catholic parish was started in 1909 before the town was incorporated, and a parochial school was built in 1919. Both are still active.
The town's population was largest before it became incorporated. Today there are about 130 residents.
“I have always lived in a small town, grew up in a small town, but have lived here ever since my husband and I were married,” said Charlie Becker, a member of the centennial committee, who also was involved in the 75th anniversary celebration. “I probably won't leave until I have to. I just love the small-town atmosphere.”
A Fordyce Nebraska 2013 Centennial page has been set up on Facebook, and information also can be requested via email at email@example.com.