WEST POINT, Neb. — A cast-iron plaque hangs in the Cuming County Courthouse.
The 1880s plaque had been absent from West Point for many years. No one knows how it ended up in an Iowa antiques shop, but here’s how it found its way home:
The plaque was recently discovered by a former Beemer resident, John Schulz, who now lives in Iowa. Schulz notified LeRoy Tichota of Council Bluffs, who is also a Beemer native.
Tichota called his brother, Clarence Tichota of Beemer, who is on the Cuming County Board.
Clarence, in turn, contacted David Steffensmeier, president of the family-owned First Community Bank of Beemer.
Steffensmeier told Tichota, “Buy it. I’ll pay for it.”