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Albright and Wishart

Pawnee City

Pawnee City 1910

It was Nebraska's birthday, the 21st anniversary of its statehood.  Had you decided on that March 1st, 1888, to leisurely lean back in your most comfortable recliner after a satisfying Thursday evening supper and casually browse through the latest weekly edition just freshly off the Pawnee Republican press, you could see that 37-year-old David Wishart, Jr., and his partner were still operating their Pawnee City business place just seven weeks after the major blizzard had struck town.

You were certainly welcome to stroll through the second doorway north of the C. T. Edee & Co. bank on the west side of Washington Street, right into the enterprising firm of Albright & Wishart, where happy customers bought sewing machines, household furnishings, small musical goods, pianos, and organs.  Or you could even have their establishment perform mortician services.

David had earlier attended Kansas State College at Manhattan, Kan., almost four years, but quit school because of an eye ailment.  He would work as a stone-mason, merchant, and livestock dealer before going into full-time farming.


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