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The Nebraska Signal footage believed to have been made around 1941.
Folks at the very end of the video are: Front row, left to right, Helen Edgecombe Hoyt, Joan Hoyt, John Hoyt.
Back row, left to right, F.O. Edgecombe, Ed Hoyt, Hattie Edgecombe, John Edgecombe Sr., Gladys Edgecombe and Tyler Edgecombe.

Page from Ripley's Believe It or Not: Frank O. Edgecombe, thought totally blind, was Editor and Publisher of The Nebraska Signal for 53 years! …Geneva, Nebr., 1894-1947… He was blinded in a hunting accident in 1892.
Page from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Date not known.
Page from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Date not known.

The Nebraska Signal weekly newspaper located in Geneva, Nebraska has been publishing the news of Fillmore County Nebraska since October of 1881.

Each week, the newspaper is full of events that are about the citizens of Geneva and the surrounding communities that make up Fillmore County. At the present time, Fillmore County has a population of slightly more than 6,000. Geneva is the county seat.

Since early on, The Nebraska Signal has been delivered to its subscribers through the United States Postal Service each week and approximately 98 percent of subscribers receive their newspaper by mail.

The Nebraska Signal serves proudly as the historian of Fillmore County. Each week, within the newspaper pages, there are stories of events in the county like births, deaths, weddings, schools, sporting events, official government records and advertisements from area merchants and much more.

Most of the news that is printed each week is submitted by local patrons. Interaction with the community is key in completing the newspaper each week.

The history that is contained in The Nebraska Signal pages each week is available to anyone interested to search through the 134 years worth of newspapers. Every newspaper since October 1881 is on microfilm and those are stored at the Nebraska Historical Society in Lincoln, Nebraska and they are available to the public at no cost.

Hard copy newspaper files from 1932 to present are available locally. All of the hard copy files are stored in The Signal building, but the very old ones are not available for public inspection due to the condition of those old newspapers.

Edgecombe family.
Edgecombe family. Left to right: Jean Edgecombe, Tyler Edgecombe, Mary Edgecombe, Arlene Edgecombe, Gladys Edgecombe. Photo taken around 1916.
Edgecombe family. Left to right: Jean Edgecombe, Tyler Edgecombe, Mary Edgecombe, Arlene Edgecombe, Gladys Edgecombe.
Photo taken around 1916.


This video was made to share with family. There are many instances where grandpa or grandma or that type of name was used. This was shot in the front office of The Signal building.


The Nebraska Signal, Linotype footage

Four people stanging in front of Signal building in 1908.
Only known person is the lady on far right, Joy Hart. Photo taken in 1908.
Only known person is the lady on far right, Joy Hart. Photo taken in 1908.

Gladys Edgecombe
Gladys Edgecombe worked at The Signal from during World War 2, until she passed. Approximately 50 years. Taken in 1948.
Gladys Edgecombe worked at The Signal from during World War 2, until she passed. Approximately 50 years. Taken in 1948.

Tyler Edgecombe
This photo is taken in the front of the Signal building. Tyler worked at The Signal for 60 years. Photo taken in 1948.
This photo is taken in the front of the Signal building. Tyler worked at The Signal for 60 years. Photo taken in 1948.

Left to right, F.O. Edgecombe, Joy Hart and right lady unknown.
Left to right, F.O. Edgecombe, Joy Hart and right lady unknown. Photo taken around 1916.
Left to right, F.O. Edgecombe, Joy Hart and right lady unknown. Photo taken around 1916.

Left to right, FO Edgecombe, Joy Hart, Tyler Edgecombe.
Left to right, FO Edgecombe, Joy Hart, Tyler Edgecombe. Photo taken in 1916.
Left to right, FO Edgecombe, Joy Hart, Tyler Edgecombe. Photo taken in 1916.

Left to right, Tyler Edgecombe, John Edgecombe Sr., Dick Stephensen, Monty Montgomery and Howard Hamilton. The men at the table are putting together newspaper pages.
Left to right, Tyler Edgecombe, John Edgecombe Sr., Dick Stephensen, Monty Montgomery and Howard Hamilton. The men at the table are putting together newspaper pages. Photo taken late 1940's.
Left to right, Tyler Edgecombe, John Edgecombe Sr., Dick Stephensen, Monty Montgomery and Howard Hamilton.
The men at the table are putting together newspaper pages. Photo taken late 1940's.

Left to right, John Edgecombe Sr., Dick Stephensen, unknown, Tyler Edgecombe and Monty Montgomery. John is running the Duplex newspaper press and the men are inserting newspapers before being mailed.
Left to right, John Edgecombe Sr., Dick Stephensen, unknown, Tyler Edgecombe and Monty Montgomery. John is running the Duplex newspaper press and the men are inserting newspapers before being mailed. Photo taken late 1940's.
Left to right, John Edgecombe Sr., Dick Stephensen, unknown, Tyler Edgecombe and Monty Montgomery.
John is running the Duplex newspaper press and the men are inserting newspapers before being mailed. Photo taken late 1940's.

People are unknown. Photo is in the very back of The Signal building and shows a Linotype, proof press and what are known as stones (tables with granite or marble tops) and some old type cases near the rear of the photo.
People are unknown. Photo is in the very back of The Signal building and shows a Linotype, proof press and what are known as stones (tables with granite or marble tops) and some old type cases near the rear of the photo. Circa 1916.
People are unknown. Photo is in the very back of The Signal building and shows a Linotype, proof press and what are known as stones (tables with granite or marble tops) and some old type cases near the rear of the photo. Circa 1916.