News in Wakefield
Former mayor remembered for his love for town by Norfolk Daily News
It's Just Old Iron, Right?
By Nick Hytrek
WAKEFIELD, Neb. -- It's just old iron, right?
Weathered by years of use in barns and fields or from sitting, forgotten, in the bottom of a bucket in some farmer's shop.
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Hard Work Fundamental To Eaton's Success At Wakefield by Sioux City Journal
Home for History: Restored Depot Highlights Wakefield's Past by Sioux City Journal
Wakefield's Winning Team
IN WAKEFIELD, POPULATION 1,411, folks are on a first-name basis. Last names are reserved for the kind of name calling best suited for baseball fields. Proclaimed the baseball capital of Nebraska in 1996, Wakefield is home to the Chuck Ellis Memorial Tournament and the Mid-Summer Classic, big deals in the world of Nebraska baseball. But that’s to be expected in a community built by team players.
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Volunteers Make Things Happen in Wakefield
by Terry Turner, Sioux City Journal Correspondent
WAKEFIELD, Neb. - Even though the population of Wakefield is small, community spirit and volunteerism are large. No matter what#’s going on there are always people willing to step up and volunteer their time and talent.
Because of that community spirit and no shortage of volunteers from all walks of life, Wakefield has been able to build a new library, swimming pool and open two museum complexes in the span of just a few short years.
The history of Wakefield goes back to 1881 when it was first incorporated. It was named after L. W. Wakefield, the railroad surveyor who platted the original town site. In 1880, Phil Graves, one of the area’s first settlers, deeded part of his land to the Sioux City and Nebraska Railroad Company for one dollar so tracks could be laid providing much needed transportation to area farmers and businessmen. A train station was built in the spring of 1881 and deeded to the town in December of that same year.
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